The concept behind "Showville" (AMC, Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.) is pretty simple. Hollywood blows into small towns, auditions the hams in the populace for four slots in a local talent show, then two coaches help the final four refine their acts so that one victor can take home $10,000 and bragging rights as the town's favorite act. The problem is that finding a focus and, more importantly, a tone for this hour-long is not so simple. Just as "Showville" searches for talent, it's still seeking its own focus.
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A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I criss-cross the state line of regret... "Hannibal" has been see-sawing back and forth between Will and Hannibal as the most prominent character. We opened with several episodes focusing heavily on our likable but erratic profiler, and in recent weeks have spent a lot of time watching the good doctor at work in his guise as the Chesapeake Ripper, locked in supervillain combat with Tobias Budge, etc.
For a while, it seemed like "Trou Normand" was going to shift the balance back towards Will, as the early parts o...See Full Article
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champion John Cochran has followed through on his pledge to become a writer in a big way.
The winner of the CBS reality show's most recent season, Survivor
: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites, tweeted Thursday that he has landed a gig writing for one of the network's new comedy series.
"I'm thrilled to announce that I'm going...
Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman has been named UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television commencement speaker, the university announced Thursday.
Schulman, who won an Academy Award for 2006's Crash, will address nearly 200 students in the department of theater, film and television at the 66th annual commencement ceremony held Friday, June 14, from 4-6 p.m. at UCLA's Dickson Court North.
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Turns out Steven Soderbergh
isn't retiring after all - at least not when it comes to television.
Though he's previously stated his intention to hang it up following the completion of his upcoming Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" (read Guy Lodge's review from Cannes) the writer/director is reportedly teaming with Clive Owen for a 10-episode series on Cinemax entitled "The Knick," centered on the staff of New York City's Knickerbocker Hospital at th...
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Troubled actress Amanda Bynes
was arrested Thursday night in her New York apartment, according to published reports.
Police were reportedly called to her Midtown Manhattan apartment after being alerted by a doorman that someone was smoking marijuana in the lobby.
According to some reports, by the time police arrived, she had returned to her 36th-floor apartment. When officers knocked on her door, they saw a bong, which Bynes allegedly grabbed and threw out the window. The ...
Deborah Picciolo has been promoted to the new position of senior vp technical operations, residential, at Time Warner Cable.
Based in the company's Los Angeles office, Picciolo will be responsible for leading the regional vps of operations in creating a best-in-class field operations organization and implementing best practices across the entire technical operations organization.
She and her team will work to create a single, replicable process for standardizing the installation and service experience across the enterprise and will also work closely with TWC`s engineering team to ensure a w...See Full Article
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and other big names in the sci-fi arena have endorsed a new project from original Stark Trek writers David Gerrold
and DC (Dorothy) Fontana and producer David C. Fein that's aiming to raise funds via Kickstarter.
The trio are using the crowd-funding platform to raise money to shoot and create a new science fiction adventure ...
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Two American Idol fans in York, Pennsylvania took a heated debate over season 12's top two to extremes when their argument ended in multiple stab wounds.
Karen Elaine Harrelson, 48, and Gregory L. Stambaugh, 57, were watching the Idol finale in the basement of Stambaugh's West Manchester Township home on Wednesday, May 15, when they got into a drunken argument over which finalist -- Candice
Season-long victor CBS shares its May sweep win with ABC and Fox. The three networks finished the competitive month averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49.
All three of the networks were down from the same period last year, with Fox losing the most (25 percent) -- and fourth place NBC managed to post some growth with a 1.7 rating in the final rankings, making for a an exceptionally even spread.
NBC had The Voice in its corner, fueling the boost, while a lackluster start after the pre-sweep break was largely to blame for CBS and ABC's year-to-year dips. Fox had its steep...See Full Article
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The 2,662-day lapse between new episodes of Arrested Development finally comes to an end on May 26. And as Netflix prepares to drop the entire 15-episode run simultaneously, testing the integrity of its streaming servers and the restraint of fans who don't want to mainline this latest iteration all at once.
Defining the new episodes is something Will Arnett
has spent a lot of time thinking about. The actor, who next stars in the CBS fall comedy...
"This is not a game show," an employee featured on Fox's new series Does Someone Have To Go? says emotionally. "This is real life." The series, originally titled "Toxic Office," visits businesses across the country, allowing employees 48 hours to evaluate and potentially terminate some of their peers. For anyone who has worked in a toxic office environment, the concept feels like a dream. Employees are given a voice regarding co-workers who might be lazy, unmotivated, gossips, or argumentative without being pegged as brown-nosers or tattletales.
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....and hiatus over. It's safe to say that Steven Soderbergh has pretty much done it all in the cinema world (except make a western, which he has said is not a genre he's a particular enthusiast for) and has grown a bit weary of storytelling in that format. He's been there, done that, won a Palme d'Or and an Oscar, so now it's time to conquer a new medium, so how about television? Okay, he went down that road a bit with the short lived "K Street" in 2003, but the industry has changed massively in the ensuing decade. And now, Soderbergh is getting back behind the camera....See Full Article
FX has announced a July premiere date for the highly anticipated border drama "The Bridge."
The 13-episode first season for "The Bridge," which FX has been promoting with fleeting, esoteric teasers for months, will launch on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 p.m. ET.
Based on the Scandinavian drama "Bron," "The Bridge" focuses on a murder investigation that straddles both sides of the US-Mexico border between "El Paso" and Juarez. At the story's center is the unlikely partnership between a Mexican homicide detective (Demian Bichir) and an American homicide detective...See Full Article
TORONTO - Comedy giants Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Eddie Izzard and Joan Rivers are part of the initial talent lineup for Montreal`s Just For Laughs comedy festival in July.
Silverman will host two main stage galas on July 27, while outgoing head Saturday Night Live writer Meyers will host his own gala on July 25 head of his new NBC Late Night gig.
And Queen of comedy Rivers will perform at the July 27 gala in Montreal, after Just For Laughs perennial Izzard will host a July 24 gala to feature international acts, including French comic sensation...See Full Article
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Russell Simmons is returning to HBO.
The prolific music and TV producer has inked a two-year first-look deal with the premium cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Under the pact, Simmons will create and develop projects for HBO.
The deal reunites him with the cabler that was home to Simmons' Def Comedy Jam
. That series, which ran from 1992-97 and 2006-08, is credited with launching the careers of several notable Afri...
Doesn't it seem like only yesterday that "Intervention" first started filming addicts, telling them they were just part of a documentary, then surprising them with coach plane tickets and an offer of rehab? After thirteen years and eight seasons, it's probably almost impossible to surprise these people (addicts have TVs, too, at least until they sell them for drugs), and so A&E is unfortunately signing off on the groundbreaking series which has sobered up a remarkable 156 people. The final five episodes begin airing June 13 at 9:00 p.m.
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If you simply can't wait for more ballet class drama, the good news is that you don't have to find a ballet class. The CW has announced that the docuseries "Breaking Pointe" will return for another season one week earlier than previously announced. The new premiere date is Monday, July 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
If you haven't been watching, the show pulls the viewer directly into the inner workings of the elite Salt Lake City ballet company, Ballet West, to experience the rehearsals, the behind-the-scenes drama and the vibrant and dynamic main-stage performances so that every...See Full Article
One of the most venerable TV franchises in history was under assault Thursday at the CBS shareholder meeting, where activists who dominated the question-and-answer period accused 60 Minutes of airing a misleading segment last year that amounted to anti-Israel "propaganda."
The segment, from journalist Bob Simon and called "Christians of the Holy Land," reported that that Israelis have been oppressing Christians living Bethlehem so severely that their numbers have dropped from 30,000 in 1964 to 11,000 now.
But Simon got the number of Christians wrong and it is the Muslim majority who are per...See Full Article
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DirecTV is rounding up an impressive cast for its upcoming Neil LaBute
drama Full Circle.
The 10-episode series about a group of 11 people whose lives are intertwined will feature an all-star cast including Bones' David Boreanaz