Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Olympic broadcasters need to have personality, zero chill and the ability to know when to shut up
Those are just three of the five things that make Olympic broadcasters great, according to Jen Chaney. The other two are expertise and the ability to match the mood of an event. Here is Chaney on the broadcasting quality of knowing when to shut up: "This matters because you can avoid saying things on live television that you’ll need to apologize for later, but even more importantly, it’s also a way to let a moment breathe. During Shaun White’s final gold-medal-winning halfpipe run earlier this week, the Todds (snowboarding commentators Todd Harris and Todd Richards) stopped talking as White prepared to go for his medal, letting the moment and the tension speak for itself. They did the same thing while White waited for his score to be announced. A good Olympics broadcaster can read a moment and understand when the best thing he or she can do is just get out of the way."
- Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir have elevated NBC's Winter Olympics with their chemistry and frank analysis
- Watch a German's figure skater's Game of Thrones-themed routine
- NBC's streaming of the Winter Olympics has been frustrating
- Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis deserved the redemption narrative NBC gave to Shaun White
- Olympians should get their medals immediately after the event
Disney Channel officially announces Descendants 3
The third installment in the hit original movie franchise premieres in summer 2019 -- watch the teaser.
Charlyne Yi accuses Marilyn Manson of harassing women while visiting the House set
The former House star tweeted the abuse allegations Friday night in response to the musician's on-stage meltdown this week. "Ugh don't even get me started on Marilyn Manson," she tweeted. "Yes this happened a long time ago - on the last season of House he came on set to visit because he was a huge fan of the show & he harassed just about every woman asking us if we were going to scissor, rhino & called me a China man."
John Oliver: “We pick up the immensely depressing relay baton" of news from late Thursdays through Sunday
What the Last Week Tonight host has come to realize is that all the late-night shows, except Jimmy Fallon, are finished with their week by Thursday evening. "So anything from like 5 o’clock on a Thursday probably falls to us, unfortunately,” he says with a laugh. “We pick up the immensely depressing relay baton. By the time Seth Meyers is done taping, we’re like, ‘F*ck, now it’s us.’” (It should be noted that Saturday Night Live also covers the news on weekends, but it's only on 21 weeks a year to Last Week Tonight's 30 weeks. And unlike SNL, Last Week Tonight doesn't take summer off.) ALSO: Is John Oliver a journalist, despite his protests?
Roswell reboot casts Grey's Anatomy's Jeanine Mason in lead role
The So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 champion, who currently recurs on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Sam Bello, will play a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants who discovers her teenage crush is an alien after returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico. Mason is the daughter of Cuban immigrants.
Joel McHale's new Netflix talk show will avoid Trump and politics
The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale will focus on what McHale knows best: pop-culture. "On The Soup, we were never a political show," he says. "We were always about covering the coverage. So, if there was something going on in the news, and everyone was talking about it, we would always say, 'This was how this was presented' and we make a joke about it. But me, I'm not smart enough to give a searing political indictment." ALSO: Watch McHale reunite with Community's Jim Rash and Alison Brie.
Is iZombie the only show that tackles questions of sexual consent?
"Mainstream TV has a consent problem," says Rachel Racza. Often, the nuances of consent are lost in the narrative, she explains. But The CW dramedy starring Rose McIver as a zombie named Liz is an exception. "The consequences of Liv’s meals create a platform for the characters to frequently check in," she says. "They acknowledge lapses in reason, work to find mutual comfort levels, and have ongoing discussions about what consensual sex within a complex relationship can look like." She adds: "The dire consequences of turning someone into a supernatural or monstrous being serve as a natural catalyst for these conversations."
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had too many Season 3 stumbles, thanks in part to its bloated cast
The CW drama had a lot of creative misfires this says, says Inkoo Kang. "Naturally, I blame Josh Chan," says Kang. "Or rather, the fault seems to stem from the writers’ decision to have Rebecca move on from Josh, the teenage crush she moved to West Covina, California, to pursue. It was an inevitable development, but the storylines have felt repetitive and unmoored since, especially when it came to the sudden bloat of wacky secondary characters and the will-they-or-won’t-they pairing of Rebecca and Nathaniel. The attempt to fashion compelling scenes from therapy workbooks and abrupt revelations about their childhoods was an ambitious gambit, but one that ultimately added to the season’s stale sitcomminess."
- Season 3 was brilliant in moving from manic wackiness to emotional devastation and back to sublime romantic-comedy farce
- Season 3 ends on an audacious note
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ended the season with a solid but uneven finale
- Aline Brosh McKenna on the Season 3 finale: "That’s such a Rebecca Bunch thing to do"
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend succeeds in portraying mental illness where so many other shows have failed
Johnny Galecki: I was criticized on social media simply for calling for change following the Florida school shooting
"In my last couple of posts, I’ve not suggested a single idea for new gun laws or background checks or even mental illness issues after the latest school murders in Florida," The Big Bang Theory star wrote on Instagram. "I only suggested change. And yet many folks were outraged and threatened and angered by only that."
Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Place each found humanity in hell
The CBS All Access series may be completely different from The Good Place, but they are both is "moving in parallel" with each other, says Genevieve Valentine. "Though they couldn’t be more tonally different, each show is deeply concerned with how one person making moral decisions — or compromising them — can change a world," writes Valentine. "And those complexities of subjective morality, utilitarianism, and acceptable collateral damage are all tied into stomach-sinking revelations: The characters in these stories are trapped in horrible places, the utopia they’ve been sold is a lie, and it’s a surprisingly small jump from that supposed utopia to their horrible reality. The central question of each show is whether their protagonists will be defined by the hell they’re in, or whether they’ll be able to redefine it."
The #MeToo movement is "very present" in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4
"Kimmy (will be) confronting some things in a workplace," says co-creator Robert Carlock. "It's the first time she's ever been in a workplace and that changes the rules. That movement, whether we talk about it expressly or not, is very present in how Kimmy looks at the world and you talk about someone who represents the relief of that happening and (the sense that) hopefully it's not too late for other people." Carlock and fellow Kimmy Schmidt co-creator Tina Fey have already tackled sexual misconduct on Great News, which they both executive produce.
Meet the Oscar presenters
Greta Gerwig, Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Kumail Nanjiani and Tiffany Haddish will be among this year's presenters at the Academy Awards.
LeBron James responds to uproar over Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who denies any racial bias
James posted to Instagram and tweeted a picture of "I AM MORE THAN AN ATHLETE" in neon with the hashtag "#wewillnotshutupanddribble" following the uproar over Ingraham telling him and Kevin Durant to "shut up and dribble" and stop talking about politics. Meanwhile, Ingraham released a statement saying: "There was no racial intent in my remarks - false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."
Late-night talk shows use a formula for writing a generic monologue joke
Slate made a video explaining the late-night joke writer's craft, identifying eight different triggers that result in audience laughter.
E!'s The Royals celebrates President's Day, mocks Trump in new promo
“Happy President’s Day, America. And speaking of your president, I’d like to dispel some fake news out there about his recent visit to our side of the pond,” says Elizabeth Hurley's Queen Helena.
Jamie Foxx walked off a live SportsCenter interview when asked about Katie Holmes
SC6 anchor Michael Smith couldn't help but ask about Foxx's relationship with Holmes, which Foxx doesn't talk about.
The Crown's casting director: Picking actors for Seasons 3 and 4 is especially challenging
"Not only are we casting real-life characters,” says casting director Nina Gold, “but as we get closer to the present day, many of these people are very much alive. So we have to honor them by picking the right actor to play them—while making a link between the actors who played these characters in the first seasons.” For instance, Olivia Colman was picked to succeed Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II because they both have the ability to simultaneously convey a stoicism and emotional transparency. "They allow you to somehow see into them without really doing anything,” says Gold. “They each have such easy access to their humanity.”
Chris Rock's publicist explains why his Netflix special is called "Tamborine," and not "Tambourine"
Rock's first standup special in a decade was named after the Prince song, "Tamborine," which The Washington City Paper as “roughly two minutes of threadbare metaphor for masturbation."
MSNBC's Katy Tur: The concept of "News Anchor Makeup" is changing to emphasize natural beauty
"For so long," writes Tur in Glamour magazine, "there was an expectation of how you’re supposed to look when you walk into any broadcast makeup room, where makeup artists would Fox-ify—as in Fox News—any woman by adding fake lashes, bright lipstick, and lots of eyeshadow, and perfectly coiffing her hair. But that’s just not who I am. Today most of the industry, even Fox News, is moving away from that a little. It’s partially the moment we’re in: There’s a shift toward a real, more natural-looking beauty. But I also think people are taking the news more seriously."
Ranking the 25 best FX series of all time
The highest-ranked Ryan Murphy FX series on this list comes at No. 12 (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story).
Dropped from Quantico, Aunjanue Ellis joins CBS' Chiefs pilot
Ellis' exit is part of a creative overhaul for the ABC drama. On Chiefs, she'll play one of three female police chiefs in Los Angeles.
Why HBO's Crashing is devoting Sunday's episode to Artie Lange's drug problems
Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes discussed the Artie-centered episode, with Apatow saying: "We talked to Artie when we were shooting the show last summer and said, you know, we have an opportunity to talk about his struggles in a way that would be honest, and allow him to let people know how painful it is to have to deal with this type of addiction. He recently had some health issues and went to rehab and is doing well right now, but I think it’s very hard for him. I said, “I think it’s important to tell people you don’t wanna have this happen to you, and to stay away from this at all costs.” Artie was very brave about being willing to address this creatively."
ReelzChannel's The Price of Fame explores celebrities with tragic pasts, from Robin Williams to Shania Twain
Sunday's episode will focus on the country singer, who suffered from abuse and poverty before she became famous.
What if The X-Files dropped Mulder and continued with Scully?
Why not keep Gillian Anderson, pay her more money, give her a shot at leading the show, while getting rid of David Duchovny? "This could be the perfect time to center The X-Files on Scully for a potential Season 12 (a renewal, remember, that is far from a given)," says Kimberly Roots. "What better time than now for a strong female with a history of relentlessness to come into her own?"
Happy 60th birthday, Ice-T!
"I’m 60 yrs old today! Win. Since I was not supposed to make it outta my 20s," tweeted the Law & Order: SVU star.
Mozart in the Jungle is still underappreciated as it arrives for Season 4
Even when the Amazon series picked up two Golden Globes in 2016 for best comedy and best actor Gael García Bernal, it was considered a fluke. "Instead of those wins proving that Mozart was a series worth watching," says Yoshana Desta, "the series never really found a way to tap into the collective consciousness of mainstream viewers—even after the Globes. But here’s the thing about Mozart in the Jungle: its first season was lovely. Its second and third seasons were lovely. And its fourth season, which debuted Friday on Amazon, is lovelier and looser still, proving exactly why more people should have been paying attention to this delightful show all along." ALSO: Mozart in the Jungle is still one of TV's most bingeable shows.
Everything Sucks! may look like a blatant Freaks and Geeks clone, but it does find its own "beating heart"
The 1996-set Netflix teen comedy is initially shocking because it looks so derivative of Freaks and Geeks and, in part, Stranger Things, says Matthew Gilbert. "But, long story short, I forgive the series, and I think that, ultimately, it manages to have an appealing voice of its own. Instead of faux-Freaks and Geeks, I’m now thinking of it as post-Freaks and Geeks," he says. "Slowly, the story line finds its own way to portray the difficult aspects of adolescence and the social pressures of high school. Everything Sucks! may not be original, but it has a beating heart, a sense of humor, and at least one distinct theme — a sophomore girl named Kate, gracefully portrayed by Peyton Kennedy, who is beginning to accept that she is a lesbian."
- Early episodes are uneven, but it's almost a different show when it finds its sweet spot in latter episodes
- The problem is it clunkily tries to serve two different audiences: teenagers and nostalgic adults
- This might be the first teen show where the principal is the most sympathetic character
- The biggest issue is tone and intent -- it seems to want to be funny
- Everything Sucks! plays like a portrait of the mostly innocent “before” that we took for granted
- Music supervisor was 19 playing music in Seattle when Everything Sucks! takes place
- Olympic broadcasters need to have personality, zero chill and the ability to know when to shut up