LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Aaron Sorkin fans should savor the third and final season of "The Newsroom," which starts Sunday, as it may be his last television project.
"I know the whole 'Never say never' stuff," Sorkin told the Los Angeles Times in an article published Saturday. "But I'm pretty certain I'm about to write my last three episodes of television."
Sorkin made the declaration in May as he was writing the final season of the HBO drama, but hadn't changed his mind when the Times checked back in with him in late October.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you've seen "The Walking Dead" season five, episode five, titled "Self Help."
Whether we realized it or not, "The Walking Dead" has been building to this episode ever since Abraham, Eugene and Rosita crashed into our survivors' lives -- showing us the unexpected culmination of Abraham's mission to Washington to flip the switch and save humanity.
But alas, as many may have suspected (whether they're fans of the comics or not), Eugene has been lying all along; there is no magical switch to be flipped, he's not a scientist, and there's no way to undo the damage that's been done, as far as he knows. Continuing the season's overarching theme, "Self Help" is, above all else, an examination of humanity, and how it can be lost and found.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sunday night's episode of "Homeland" featured another shocking twist, this time it was a ghost of the CIA drama's deadly past.
Showtime had warned journalists on Friday that season four's seventh installment, titled "Redux," would not be available for viewing beforehand, usually a hint that something big was in the water. But media and fans of the show alike had no idea what (or whom) exactly was waiting for them Sunday night.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Because CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" has been on the air since 1993, it's easy for one to think there's nothing new to be learned about the program. You might be surprised by the wealth of detail that can be gleaned from people who work behind the scenes.
The writing staff of the long-running program took to the stage at the New York outpost of The Paley Center for Media Friday evening, part of the New York Comedy Festival. Keith Olbermann moderated a talk with 14 different scribes for the Letterman show, including head writer Matt Roberts and longtime hand Bill Scheft, who has been with Letterman's staff since 1991.
The crew sounded an early note of melancholy, as the show's staff is likely to find itself in need of new employment next year. David Letterman has already announced he will step down in 2015, after which CBS will replace him with Stephen Colbert. Scheft said the end seems both far and near simultaneously: "It seems like a long way off. It seems like tomorrow." Only after the annual holiday episode of "The Late Show," when Darlene Love usually comes in to sing holiday tunes, will the inevitable seem close at hand, he said. "That's a real iconic moment," he said, and staffers realize this one will be the last that will take place during Letterman's tenure.
Nick Vadala, Philly.com
Say goodbye to 6ABC weatherman Adam Joseph, viewers—for a little while, anyway. The forecaster announced via Facebook today that he'd be leaving not only 6ABC, but all of local television's golden dominion, for a two-month leave of absence in order to help raise his new son, Jacob.
But, then, those in the know already knew. Back in August, Joseph actually posted a message to Facebook saying that he'd "take a leave of absence to bond with [Jacob] later in the fall." Though, knowing doesn't exactly make the coming separation any easier.
What does, though, is the heartwarming photo Joseph posted featuring him and his son lounging at home. I mean, really, you'd take two months off for this little guy:
No worries, though, Adam Joseph fans of Philadelphia: Your guy will be back on the air slinging forecasts late this coming January. Just don't miss out on his final forecast tonight.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In its pursuit of audience-grabbing event programming, NBC is said to be eyeing a live staging of Aaron Sorkin's play "A Few Good Men."
The Peacock is in the early stages of working out an agreement with Sorkin to mount a live telecast of the play that put him on the map as a writer when it hit Broadway in 1989. The 1992 feature starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore was a hit for TriStar Pictures.
The story revolves around the court-martial case against two Marines accused of killing another serviceman. The film helmed by Rob Reiner earned four Oscar nominations, including best picture and supporting actor for Nicholson.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Godfather of Pittsburgh" is a pithy title for A&E's latest unscripted series, especially because "The Real Sopranos of Pittsburgh" probably wouldn't have cleared legal. Viewers, however, will need to engage in wholesale suspension of disbelief to find much to get excited about in the life and business dealings of Vince Isoldi, who talks a lot about his checkered history but -- given his stated commitment to staying legit for the family's sake -- seems unlikely to whack anybody, at least with the cameras rolling. That leaves a pretty scripted, clannish soap, albeit one where the family business is something called Club Erotica.
Yes, Isoldi might be legit, but his current sources of income include a strip club, which becomes the central point of tension in the premiere. That's because his brother-in-law Sam has opened a similar establishment not far away, creating friction between the two, and prompting Isoldi to disown his sister, Rosa.
The dispute also ignites a reasonably epic verbal ruckus (OK, there's a little shove thrown in) between Vince and Sam that contains enough bleeped expletives to rival any three episodes of "Jersey Shore."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fox is pulling gameshow "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" off the shelf to help fill the void in primetime left by the cancelation of "Utopia."
The quiz show, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, had a three-season run in primetime starting in 2007. It later ran in first-run syndication.
Foxworthy is back as host, and Mark Burnett is back as exec producer. The series tests adult contestants' knowledge of fifth grade-level subjects. Fox has not yet set a premiere date.