HBO has handed second seasons to both "Girls" and "Veep." No suprise -- it's very, very rare that HBO kills a show that it's put some faith into after just a couple of episodes, and given the hugely positive critical reaction to "Girls," a second season was beyond a certainty. "Girls" stands the chance of becoming one of those real cultural watershed series for the network even though initial ratings are only OK.
"Today" has a reasonably big interview with Bobby Brown - his first since Whitney Houston's death - and the network is just now sending out excerpts. It airs May 2 and May 3:
MATT LAUER: You had actually seen her about a week or so before she died. You were having dinner with your daughter, Bobbi Kristina. And Whitney came to the restaurant.
BOBBY BROWN: Yes.
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And last night's "Mad Men," entitled "At the Codfish Ball:" What have we got to say about this one? Where to begin? With fathers and daughters, and the sins of the fathers revisited upon the children, ad infinitum -- or ad naseum.
"How's New York?," the lascivious and not so little-any-more Glen asks Sally. Says she, "dirty." The French word for "dirty"... » more
"48 Hours Mystery" has an episode Saturday night that I suspect will be of interest to Long Island viewers, and certainly to those who live in North Woodmere, where Jeffrey Locker, 52, lived before his murder in 2009. The body of Locker, a father of three and motivational speaker, was found in Manhattan on July 16, and Kenneth Minor, 38, was collared a little while later. Minor said Locker... » more
NBC has shipped out a fairly meaty first look at Howard Stern on "America's Got Talent," and no need to read my rattling about it — head straight to the clip. But my initial read (and everyone has a first impression don't they?) is not all that good. Howard looks like he's bought into the program, and you don't see — at least in these three plus minutes — the zap, zing and sting that I... » more
"Fringe" -- which I think has earned a "minor classic" label or maybe "major" depending on what or how much we might have had to drink on Friday nights -- has been renewed for one final season. Seriously, great news -- this is a show with big ideas and while "big ideas" might not be adequately resolved in 13 episodes, at least we'll all learn whether we live in one universe or an infinite number of them.
Per Fox Entertainment boss, Kevin Reilly, via press release: “FRINGE is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve,” said Reilly “The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it’s going to be a very exciting final chapter.”
MTV's upfront dog and pony show for advertisers is beginning right about now at New York's Beacon Theater, but of perhaps greater interest, this: We have for you your very very very first look at "Snooki and JWOWW," which will begin June 21. Please: Contain your excitement. I have.
Network also announced that it's picked up a total of six new shows - “Catfish,” “Inbetweeners,” “Underemployed,” “Wake Brothers,” “Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous,” “Teen Wolf: The Hunt."
What do we know about "S&J?" Not a great deal or not any more than we want to although it will be set in Jersey City while MTV president Stephen Friedman told the LA Times' Show Tracker that it will also be "a whole new way to look at pregnancy." And now, let's all take a look at the whole new look, shall we...?
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Craig Ferguson will be taking "The Late Late Show" to Scotland mid-May, and as everyone pretty much knows, you can't even begin to take a late show to Scotland without first producing a music video...which Craig has done. Here it is, featuring the Glaswegian band , The Imagineers, and see if you can guess who the special guest stars are. (OK, you're not in the mood for guesswork:... » more
Jon Stewart? Asteroid mining? A takedown? On "The Daily Show?" Say no more, I'm in! And you may want to jump in too, if, like me, you were wondering about this story and exactly why it's being taken seriously, and whether it should be. . .
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A few weeks, or maybe months ago, Rob Lowe tweeted that he'd heard Peyton Manning was retiring and you would have thought a cure for world peace had just been announced.
Websites, bloggers, tweeters and other assorted troublemakers relayed this as though it were fact, and when it did not turn out to be fact, Lowe then became cannon fodder for whatever deep-seated frustrations they had about... » more