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'Doctor Who' finale Season 7 episode 13 review: 'Name of the Doctor' is a smashing finish
4 hours ago
For a "Doctor Who" finale that accomplishes quite a lot in a rather brief amount of time, "The Name of the Doctor" is an incredibly smooth ride.
Just think of everything on Steven Moffat's "to-do list" here: revealing the Doctor's greatest secret, explaining the mystery of Clara the Impossible Girl, bringing back River Song and the Great Intelligence, closing out the season and setting up the 50th anniversary special. And he pulls it all off with wit, verve and quite a bit of nerve -- topped off by a final scene that immediately goes down in "Who" history.
To put it more succinctly: Yowza, what a finale.
The episode zips right along, driven by everything we learn about both Clara and the Doctor. It gets off to a thrilling start on the Doctor's home planet of Gallifrey and immediately introduces a dazzling bit of 50th anniversary magic as Clara »
'Saturday Night Live' season finale: Ben Affleck and Kanye West win an otherwise forgettable 'SNL'
7 hours ago
And this is a very good thing in an "SNL" episode that was otherwise notable only in how forgettable it truly was.
A comedy show shouldn't have to depend on its guests for laughs and quality. This is especially true in a season finale. But with few exceptions, there really wasn't much to remember from this "SNL." As the official farewell episode for Bill Hader, we got to see a lot of the comedian (including his big character, Stefon). Amy Poehler's cameo appearance on "Weekend Update" was pretty fun too.
It's just that not much on "Saturday Night Live" -- other than a few performances by Affleck -- was funny. For example, did the writers and producers really think they should start off the season finale with an "Argo" gag? »
'Saturday Night Live': Amy Poehler is the best at everything, even 'Weekend Update'
7 hours ago
Back in the day, Amy Poehler was a necessary and hilarious part of the "Weekend Update" segments on "Saturday Night Live." We got a bittersweet reminder of this during the current season's finale when Poehler joined Seth Meyers for the fake news bit.
Whatever you think about the standard quality of "Weekend Update" these days, it's pretty hard to deny that Amy Poehler was a bright spot in an otherwise fairly dull few minutes of television. The finale's "Update" seems to have been pretty much a farewell for Meyers and Bill Hader. After all, it wasn't too long into the segment when all vague semblances of sanity disappeared, only to be replaced by a fever-dream version of "The Graduate" in which Meyers interrupted Stefon's wedding -- with Alf, Gizmo and other oddities in attendance.
Sure, it was kind of funny, in a surreal sort of way. But could it compare »
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013: Ann and Nancy Wilson bring the Heart
15 hours ago
It's rare that relatives get to experience receiving one of music's highest honors together.
But sooner or later -- and their devotees believe it should have been sooner -- it was bound to happen for Ann and Nancy Wilson, alias Heart.
The sibling rockers were among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2013 inductees last month at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, and HBO will televise the 28th annual ceremony Saturday, May 18. Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and (posthumously) Albert King and Donna Summer also were honored.
Additionally, producer-manager Lou Adler and music entrepreneur Quincy Jones received the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement. Participants in the evening included Christina Aguilera, Harry Belafonte, Jackson Browne, Cheech and Chong, John Fogerty, Dave Grohl, Don Henley, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Spike Lee, John Mayer, and Usher.
'American Idol' runner-up Kree Harrison to make her Grand Ole Opry debut on June 4
16 hours ago
Kree shared the news with reporters on Friday (May 17), saying "Today's my birthday, and that's the best birthday present I've ever gotten in my life!"
It turns out that "Idol" judge Keith Urban invited her to be part of the show -- in which he will also perform -- on a night that should be very familiar to many television audiences. In addition to Urban and Harrison, the Opry bill for June 4 lists another "Idol" alum, Kellie Pickler. Other acts planned include Rascal Flatts, Ricky Skaggs, Diamond Rio, and Lennon and Maisy Stella (the two sisters who play Rayna James' daughters on "Nashville.")
For her part, Kree couldn't be happier about her upcoming performance. "One of my lifelong goals is to play »
Mariah Carey did not lip-sync on 'American Idol,' according to her rep
17 hours ago
Judging from the reaction online following the "American Idol" Season 12 finale, plenty of viewers believe that Mariah Carey lip-synced the medley of her hits aired during the final results show. But according to a rep for the singer and "Idol" judge, this is not true.
Carey's spokesperson made a statement to E!Online, saying "She Absolutely Did Not lip-sync. She performed Live in front of several thousands of people!!!! (and did it 3 times!!)"
The rep did confirm that Carey sang to a pre-recorded track but that the singing -- along with the 40-person choir providing backup vocals -- was done live. Singing to a recorded track is not all that uncommon in the music industry, even though many do object to it.
Still, video of the performance does indicate that something was off. It is very possible that the sound relay in the Fox broadcast had a bit of a glitch, »
TV ratings: 'Nikita' finale rises slightly while 'Shark Tank' dominates a night of news and reruns
19 hours ago
Fast National ratings for Friday, May 17, 2013
Despite a quiet night on all of the networks, "Nikita" saw soft ratings for its Season 3 finale, landing at the bottom of the ratings pile against a lineup of reality, news programs and repeats. The low-rated -- yet already renewed for a final fourth season -- program only pulled in 1.1 million viewers for the only original scripted program of the night. While an increase over recent weeks, the show has seen higher ratings this season alone.
Thanks mostly to the dominance of two hours of "Shark Tank," the night's highest-rated show, ABC led the night overall, with 5.7 million viewers and a 3.7/7 share in households. NBC's solid night of news programming followed (5.2 million, 3.6/7), with CBS' (4.9 million, 3.3/6) "Undercover Boss"-dominated night rounding out the big three. Fox aired only reruns to come in fourth (2.2 million, 1.5/3), while The CW lagged with 0.9 million viewers (0.6/1).
ABC also won the »
'Doctor Who' Season 7 finale: Watch Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman introduce 'Name of the Doctor' and the prequel episode
23 hours ago
They preview an epic end to the season that builds up to the "moment of moments." (Having already enjoyed a sneak peek of everything but the final scene, we can tell you they're not exaggerating the epic-ness of a truly smashing installment.)
'The Greatest Event in Television History': Adam Scott and Amy Poehler to recreate 'Hart to Hart'
18 May 2013 12:08 AM, PDT
In October, Adam Scott and Jon Hamm brought the world something called "The Greatest Event in Television History." That amazing bit of TV turned out to be a shot-for-shot remake of the "Simon & Simon" opening credits.
Click here to watch the original "Greatest Event."
Of course there has to be a follow-up. The next "Greatest Event in Television History" will air on June 6 -- and it will focus on the classic TV show, "Hart to Hart." And Amy Poehler will co-star with Scott this time.
This identification is not exactly official yet, but the one photo released to the world does indicate that the "Parks and Recreation" co-stars will be playing millionaire sleuths Jonathan and Jennifer Hart. We'll probably have to wait until the show actually airs to see if this is for the opening credits or some other homage to the cheesy (but entertaining) series.
Will this new "Greatest »
Kelly Rowland planned as 'The X Factor' judge for Season 3
17 May 2013 9:46 PM, PDT
According to EW.com, Rowland is in the process of closing a deal with the singing competition to host for the upcoming season. If everything goes according to plan, Rowland will join confirmed judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato in finding music stars. A fourth judge has not yet been determined.
The vacancies at the judges' table come as the result of two of last season's judges, Britney Spears and L.A. Reid. No fourth judge has been determined yet, but rumors indicate that Latin singer and actress Paulina Rubio may be a front-runner for the job.
'Nashville' season finale photos: Brad Paisley and a funeral in 'I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive'
17 May 2013 9:18 PM, PDT
The first season of "Nashville" comes to a close on Wednesday (May 22) with "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." With Brad Paisley appearing as a guest star, Jolene's funeral and the Cma awards, it's going to be a busy episode.
Despite the big excitement of country music's biggest night -- the Country Music Awards -- not everything is happy on "Nashville." Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) finds a letter from her mother that sheds some light on the previous episode's murder-suicide. Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) start out having a great time at the awards, but they may not get a happy ending anyway. Meanwhile, Gunnar (Jonathan Jackson) tries to win back Scarlett (Clare Bowen), and the U.S. Attorney's office comes after Teddy (Eric Close).
Need to see any of this for yourself? Here are photos from the "Nashville" finale.
Rayna meets Brad Paisley and his big hat at the awards show. »
'Mike and Molly' creator Mark Roberts leaving show before Season 4
17 May 2013 8:05 PM, PDT
"Mike & Molly" has been renewed for a Season 4, but the CBS comedy will return without its creator, Mark Roberts. Roberts, who worked as the sitcom's showrunner and executive producer for the first three seasons.
According to a report from Deadline, Roberts is leaving to focus on other projects. The original article quoted a Warner Bros. TV statement that said, "Al Higgins, currently co-executive producer of 'Mike & Molly,' has been named executive producer and will serve as day-to-day showrunner of the comedy for its upcoming fourth season."
There is no further word from the studio about why Roberts decided to leave now, but there has been speculation that the cast and crew of the show were not happy with the creator in charge.
Higgins has worked on the show since its premiere and will now serve as executive producer with Chuck Lorre. It is unlikely, however, that Lorre will have much to do with production. »
Nicki Minaj: 'Candice deserved to win' 'American Idol' Season 12
17 May 2013 7:20 PM, PDT
Candice Glover has been crowned the champion of "American Idol" Season 12, and millions of people have opinions on that. One opinion in particular -- that of "Idol" judge Nicki Minaj -- is definitely in favor of Candice's win. Minaj spoke to reporters right after the finale show, explaining why she didn't perform on the show and why Candice was her pick.
Why didn't you perform tonight?
Nicki Minaj: Well, I had already committed to the Billboard Awards to perform my single, and so I wasn't allowed to perform on "Idol" and perform on Billboard. And also I was supposed to premiere my "High School" video on "Idol," but they said it was too risque.
Do you think Candice was the right singer to win?
Nicki Minaj: Absolutely. Absolutely. I predicted that she would win, so someone owes me money. But I think that Candice is like the real »
'How I Met Your Mother' Season 9: Cristin Milioti made series regular
17 May 2013 6:32 PM, PDT
When "How I Met Your Mother" returns this fall for its ninth and final season, there will be a new face in the opening credits.
TVLine reports that Cristin Milioti, who was revealed to be the titular mother in Monday's (May 13) season finale, will be a part of the show as a series regular. This is the first time in the show's near-decade run that the core cast has been expanded beyond Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders and Jason Segel.
CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler revealed to TVLine that the entirety of Season 9 will span Robin and Barney's weekend and only the weeding weekend, with the show focusing on "how each character, before Ted, meets the mother. So they each meet her independently before he does."
Are you looking forward to getting to know the mother when "Himym" returns this fall? »
'Scandal' Season 3: Guillermo Diaz and Katie Lowes talk hopes for Huck and Quinn
17 May 2013 5:23 PM, PDT
Sure, the Season 2 finale of "Scandal" was all about that final reveal with Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope and her peculiar parentage, but there were some key moments for a pair of characters who have grown into an interesting combination throughout the season, as well: Guillermo Diaz's Huck and Katie Lowes' Quinn.
Throughout Season 2, Huck took Quinn under his wing, teaching her his ways and, as last night's shocking moment with that drill, inadvertently may have created a monster. Zap2It caught up with both Diaz and Lowes on the red carpet at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Thursday (May 16) for a cast reading of the finale, where Lowes gushed about working with Diaz.
"Whatever it is, we just really like working together and we have good chemistry and I couldn't love Guillermo Diaz more," she says. "He's my work husband, that's what I call him. »
'NCIS' vs. 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 3 more of fall TV 2013's toughest timeslots
17 May 2013 4:27 PM, PDT
The dust is settling on the 2013 upfronts for the broadcast networks, and as of this moment all 26 new series on the board for fall are potential breakout hits.
Not all 26 will be, of course. The networks will be lucky if two or three of their new shows draw really big viewer numbers. Some will do Ok, some just won't work and some could fall victim to a tough timeslot, of which there are several.
The viewing landscape has changed immensely in the past 10 years, but scheduling does still matter. With that in mind, here's an early line on which time periods on the broadcast networks could be the most competitive in the fall (all times Et/Pt).
See the full network primetime grid for fall 2013
Tuesdays at 8: "NCIS" vs. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
In addition to featuring the most all-caps titles of any hour in primetime next season, the »
'The Voice': NBC confirms the return of all coaches
17 May 2013 3:18 PM, PDT
It's officially official: All the coaches you know and love will be a part of "The Voice" during the next TV season.
On Friday (May 17), NBC confirmed that this fall's Season 5 will see the return of original coaches Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green, joining mainstays Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Season 6, which will bow in the spring, will find Levine and Shelton joined once again by Shakira and Usher.
Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment made the announcement. "We locked in a plan several months ago to have the outstanding Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green rejoin Blake and Adam for cycle 5, and we're pleased to announce that the original four coaches are going to be back together in the fall," he says. "They're the reason this show was launched so strong for the first three cycles and we owe them a debt of gratitude. And »
'Game of Thrones' Season 3 episode 8: First-look photos from 'Second Sons'
17 May 2013 3:07 PM, PDT
"Game of Thrones" fans already got their first look at Season 3's eight episode, "Second Sons," in a promo released earlier this week, and now more snippets from the upcoming episode have been released online.
HBO has unveiled three mostly spoiler-free pictures from the upcoming episode. In one, Tyrion can be seen dressed in his best clothes with a dour look on his face, while in another he can be seen dining with Tywin Lannister at a fancy dinner. What does he have to celebrate? One of three possible nuptials, perhaps?
In the other image, Daenerys and Missendei can be seen standing in a fancy bathing chamber. Considering Dany was last seen outside Yunkai, it could be that she has now made her way inside the wealthy city -- but as an invader, or an ally?
Here's the synopsis of "Second Sons":
King's Landing hosts a wedding, and Tyrion »
'Tanked's' Wayde King: 'I'm still broke'
17 May 2013 3:00 PM, PDT
When Wayde King married his wife, Heather, she came as part of a package deal with her brother, Brett Raymer, and her father, Irwin "The General" Raymer, and a business partnership that became Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing.
"We've been together almost 17 years, so we're like brothers," Raymer tells Zap2it while sitting at a picnic table with King at a Malibu, Calif., winery where they've just installed an aquarium built into a covered wagon.
He continues, "We know each other's pet peeves; we know each other's good and bad points."
"I irritate him more," says King.
"Over the years," says Raymer, "we've learned to the point where, if I've got a problem with him, I just walk away. Fifteen minutes later, »
'Wipeout's' Jill Wagner: 'People never know my name'
17 May 2013 2:34 PM, PDT
Now she's up for doing another endorsement ... and in one case, she'd be happy to let her mouth do the talking even if she actually didn't say a word.
"I keep pushing for the Crest Whitestrips thing," the ever-friendly Wagner tells Zap2it. "I get so many compliments on how white my teeth are, but I have to say it's not because of my brushing skills. It's from Crest Whitestrips, and that's the honest truth. I don't believe in going to the dentist and paying for whitening."
While that is her preferred pitching job, Wagner wouldn't mind again having some commercial presence similar to the one her long-running car deal ("You've got to put Mercury on your list!") gave her.
"That's something I have not pressed for," she admits, "but my manager »
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