Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
Did HBO force Silicon Valley to tackle artificial intelligence on Westworld premiere night?
"If it’s not an intentional plan on the part of the network suits, it’s one hell of a coincidence," says Les Chappell of Silicon Valley's episode Sunday featuring an AI robot. In reviewing last night's episode, he adds that "the network forcing this choice on Silicon Valley’s creative team would explain why the plot doesn’t land with any of the efficiency that we’ve come to expect. Artificial intelligence is absolutely a real thing in the Valley, so it’s not too much of a stretch for the show to address it in some way. But while it tiptoes towards exploring ideas of nascent consciousness shaped by the pettiness and short tempers that have come to define the show, it backs away and turns that into just another near-disaster for the team to work around."
The Crown's Matt Smith finally responds to Claire Foy pay-disparity controversy
"Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he told The Hollywood Reporter, adding: "I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that what's needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."
Westworld creators explain the Season 2 premiere twist
"In the first season, we were playing cards down with the way that the hosts' memory works," says co-creator Jonathan Nolan. "Which is to say, through the first season, we are not aware that Dolores is actually remembering things and mistaking them for reality. One of the things we were excited for in the second season was now playing cards up with the idea that hosts mistake their realities for their memories, get lost in time, bounce back and forth." Co-creator Lisa Joy adds: "It was kind of embedded in the DNA of the show."
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It's not just a Westworld problem: "Overly long episodes are the manspreading of TV"
"Runtime bloat," as Kathryn VanArendonk explains, started on HBO but spread to FX, where shows like The Shield, Nip/Tuck -- and most egregiously -- Sons of Anarchy ran over their timeslots on a regular basis. "The time has come to call out this swaggering, unselfconscious expanse," she says. "Interminable TV episodes are the manspreading of television storytelling. In precisely the same way that a man sits down on a public row of seats and happily relaxes into a pose that takes up as much real estate as physically possible, the trend of protracted TV episodes is a battle for viewer eyeballs that equates significance with bulk." She adds: "The problem is now endemic to a whole cohort of muscular, more-important-than-regular-TV TV series."
Verne Troyer mourned by his Celebrity Big Brother and Surreal Life housemates
The Austin Powers Mini-Me actor, who died Saturday at age 49, made some notable appearances on reality TV, both in the United States and in Britain. In 2006, he appeared on Season 6 of VH1's The Surreal Life, where he famously got "piss-drunk." Adrianne Curry notes that now two of her housemates are dead, including wrestler Chyna. Rapper Da Brat also paid tribute to Troyer. In 2009, Troyer appeared with Coolio on Britain's Celebrity Big Brother, where he drunkenly crashed his scooter. Coolio tweeted a tribute to Troyer: "#sad that my homie @vernetroyer #vernetroyer is gone #rip I #cherish the time we spent together #cuwhenigetthere #love."
Jimmy Fallon will be Seth Meyers' Late Night guest for the first time
Fallon and Meyers have been late-night neighbors -- at 30 Rock and on NBC's late-night schedule -- for four years now. Yet Meyers didn't visit Fallon's Tonight Show as a guest for the first time until last year. On Wednesday, Fallon is scheduled to make his first appearance as a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Rick and Morty co-creator jokes: “I wouldn’t wish that show’s fans on any fast-food restaurant"
Watch Dan Harmon respond to the McDonald's Szechuan sauce debacle, pointing out that he and the show had no connection with the promotion.
NBC suggested bringing Britney Spears on Freaks and Geeks
Creator Paul Feig recalls: “They were like, ‘She’s really popular now, maybe she could play a waitress or something.'"
Benedict Cumberbatch says Martin Freeman's criticism of Sherlock fan expectations is "pretty pathetic"
"Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing,” Freeman said last month in a interview with The Telegraph. “People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun anymore. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed ... That’s not fun anymore.” Cumberbatch responded to Freeman in his own Telegraph interview, saying: “It’s pretty pathetic if that’s all it takes to let you not want to take a grip of your reality. What, because of expectations? I don’t know. I don’t necessarily agree with that … There’s a level of obsession where (the franchise) becomes (the fans’) even though we’re the ones making it. But I just don’t feel affected by that in the same way, I have to say.”
Syfy cancels Ghost Wars starring Vincent D'Onofrio after one season
The Alaska-set paranormal drama, which also starred Kim Coates and Meatloaf, won't return after last fall's 13-episode run.
Kit Harington says sexual harassment is "everywhere" in show business
“It’s upsetting and disturbing, but it’s not shocking,” the Game of Thrones star tells the Sydney Morning Herald. “I think most actors hear stories, and people in the industry hear stories. It’s just very hard for people to come out and talk about it. But the doors have been blown open a bit, and we can only be thankful for that.”
Fixer Upper is getting a spinoff featuring Chip and Joanna's favorite woodworkers
Clint Harp and his wife Kelly will star in DIY Network's Woodwork, another Waco-based reality show. Woodwork will follow the couple as they make wood furniture and accessories.
Macaulay Culkin tells Ellen he considers Home Alone to be "background radiation at Christmastime"
"I can't watch it the same way other people do," he said of the holiday TV special on Monday's Ellen show, jokingly adding that Christmastime is "my season."
John Oliver and James Van Der Beek spoof podcasts with "Talkin' Tehran"
"If you didn't think that James Van Der Beek was an expert in Iranian history, you need to expand your expectations of what people are capable of," said the Last Week Tonight host in a segment devoted to diplomacy with Iran.
Wink Martindale hopes to get together with Snoop Dogg
The 84-year-old legendary game show host took notice of The Joker's Wild host Snoop Dogg saying that he was one of the rapper's favorite hosts game show growing up, during a recent Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance. To prepare to host a game show, Snoop Dogg said he sought advice from Bob Barker, Michael Strahan and Steve Harvey.
Brent Musburger gets in a "feud" with Hank Azaria's Brockmire, calling him "Buckmeier"
The fake feud between the iconic sports announcer and the fictional IFC sports announcer played out last week on The Rich Eisen Show.
Outlander fans cheered on Caitriona Balfe as she ran her first marathon
Meanwhile, her co-star Sam Heughan watched the London Marathon on his iPad with his cat.
Chris Hemsworth jokingly threatens to cancel Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance over Matt Damon/Ben Affleck joke
Ben Affleck proclaimed himself to be "Team @JimmyKimmel" in response to a tabloid report that Hemsworth had become Damon's new best friend. "Wow. Another big win for #TeamBatman!" Kimmel tweeted in response. "Sorry Matt, I'm sure this is a Thor thubject." Hemsworth responded: "Hey @jimmykimmel sounds like you’ve chosen your side. Guess I’m not coming on your show this week. Good luck finding another Avenger named Chris."
CBS NFL analyst regrets posting a photo of him holding a gun with his daughter and her prom date
Retired longtime NFL kicker Jay Feely, who works as an NFL sideline reporter and color analyst for CBS Sports, tweeted "I was joking." But in wake of the Florida school shooting, the joke was seen as being in poor taste.
HBO teases Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams
Adams plays a reporter who returns to her hometown after a grisly murder in the drama based on the Gillian Flynn book that premieres in July.
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