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Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Check out Julianna Margulies in her strawberry-blonde Dietland wig
AMC has released a preview of Margulies darkly comedic drama, premiering June 4.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
All about the new Walking Dead boss Angela Kang
Kang, whose first TV job was as an intern on Grey's Anatomy, is now the fourth showrunner on the AMC series, which she has been working on since Season 2. Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman says Kang, who has written more than 20 episodes, "brings youthful vitality and energy. She has a great voice. We've definitely seen it shine through over various episodes over the seasons." Her predecessor Scott M. Gimple adds: "The newness of the narrative is driven by her vision. She's putting different things forward that we haven't seen before. But she's also been working on the show since season two. She knows it inside and out."
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Did Sean Hannity get his idea for "attorney-client privilege" from Breaking Bad?
In explaining his attorney-client relationship with Michael Cohen, Hannity said on his radio show Monday, “I might have handed him 10 bucks (and said,) ‘I definitely want your attorney-client privilege on this.' Something like that.” Breaking Bad fans were immediately drawing a comparison between Hannity and Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman, who told Walter White and Jesse Pinkman to “put a dollar in my pocket” to become their attorneys in a Season 2 episode. But as Kyle Swenson points out, citing a New Mexico Law Review article, that Breaking Bad scene and Hannity's comment are incorrect because there's no reason to exchange money to establish attorney-client privilege. “There is simply no reason to exchange a dollar,” according to the law review article by Armen Adzhemyan and Susan M. Marcella. “To invoke the privilege, Saul only needs to confirm that Walt and Jesse seek his legal advice as potential clients.”
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
The Walking Dead had its second-worst season finale ratings: Should AMC be worried?
About 7.9 million watched Sunday's Season 8 finale, which was 3.3 million less than last year's Season 7 finale. "The Walking Dead suffered serious ratings erosion this season, losing about a third of its young-adult audience," says Josef Adalian. "This isn’t good news for AMC, but it’s also far from a crisis. What’s most important to keep in mind about TWD is that, even in its somewhat diminished state, the series remains one of the biggest hits on television."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
The Walking Dead director Greg Nicotero describes filming the physical season finale
"This was much more physical," Nicotero says of the scene between Andrew Lincoln and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. "These guys, we started shooting this scene, and I think the first three hours of the day, the guys were really physical and kind of rolling around. And then I was shooting the up angle on Andy and getting his moments where he says, 'Save him,' and at that point, I needed to give the actors a break to catch their breath, and then we turned around and shot some other stuff." ALSO: Scott M. Gimple says of the Lauren Cohan situation: "We will be telling peeps what’s up with all that soon."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
The Walking Dead Season 8 finale may be a turning point for the series that has long felt lost
Creator Robert Kirkman called last night's episode a "huge turning point" for Rick Grimes. But it felt like an important turning point for the series, says Laura Bradley. "With new showrunner Angela Kang stepping in for Season 9, the potential for change seems even more pronounced," she says. "After all, Fear the Walking Dead is already changing for the better with its own new show-runners in place. And while it seems too early to call this a surefire sign that The Walking Dead is deliberately changing its course, it’s certainly a step in the right direction."
- Scott M. Gimple on new showrunner Angela Kang: “She’s putting different things forward that we haven’t seen before"
- The Walking Dead will take a "quantum leap forward" next season: "The show will evolve in a huge way," says Gimple
- Season 8 finale was self-satisfied, obnoxious -- yet still gratifying
- The Walking Dead needs to shake itself up radically next season
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Fear the Walking Dead bosses on the rebooted Season 4: "This show constantly reinvents itself"
"We have multiple timelines over the course of the season," says Ian Goldberg, the new co-showrunner of The Walking Dead spinoff. "We're playing with the structure, depending on which story we're telling in the episode. What we find so exciting about telling stories across time is it allows for mystery and for finding characters in an emotional place and exploring how they came to be that way, and finding them in a very different emotional place in the flashback storyline — not only from a plot perspective of piecing it together, but also showing how people became who they are by charting them in the present and comparing it to where they've been in the past." ALSO: Lennie James on moving to Fear the Walking Dead.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Former TV producer for Jerry Springer and Rosie O'Donnell accused of killing her sister
Veteran daytime TV producer Jill Blackstone has been arrested for the murder of her deaf and partially blind sister, Wendy Blackstone, who died in 2015 of a combination of carbon monoxide poisoning and Xanax. Blackstone, who also served as a producer on Sally Jesse Raphael and Divorce Court, was taken into custody Wednesday night by Baltimore police and is facing extradition to Los Angeles.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
AMC greenlights vampire horror drama NOS4A2, based on the novel by Stephen King's son Joe Hill
Pronounced "Nosferatu," NOS4A2 is named after the license plate for a vampire's car. Hill compares the series, based on his 2013 book, to his dad's novel It. “Everything I know about writing, I learned from my dad — if I didn’t learn it from my mom first,” he said. “NOS4A2, in some ways, is a horror story about horror stories in the way It is a horror story about horror stories.”
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Preacher returns June 24
The AMC series based on the cult comic book series released a series of photos from Season 3.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Before Wild Wild Country, two documentaries gave the Rajneesh cult sympathetic treatment
"The first attempt, thankfully lost in the mists of history, played like outright pro-Rajneesh propaganda," says Win McCormack. "The second, underwritten by the Oregon Public Broadcasting system several years back, all but exonerated the cult of its multitudinous wrongdoings." McCormack adds: "The Duplass brothers’ new series represents a huge advance over those previous, thoroughly tendentious treatments, in two major ways. First, the filmmakers have done yeoman’s work in researching, finding, selecting, and editing into a coherent framework a vast amount of archival news footage, an accomplishment that makes the production a pleasure to watch. Second, through in-depth interviews with former and still-current adherents of the cult, and residents of the area still around to tell the tale, they have succeeded—insofar as it could ever be possible—in allowing representatives on both sides to have their say." ALSO: The Rajneeshpuram Commune is now a Young Life Christian youth camp.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Mad Men props up for auction include Don Draper's 1964 Chrysler convertible
A total of 213 listings have been posted on the online auction site ScreenBids, such as Don's purple heart and Peggy Olson's office couch.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
The Walking Dead pays tribute to a superfan who died after battling cancer
Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan paid tribute to Lisa Williams, who was a regular at Walking Dead fan conventions. "Real blessed that we get to meet a lot of great and special people.... Lisa always stood out as one of the best," tweeted Morgan. "She will be missed by all of us that were lucky enough to know her."
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
The Terror required complicated engineering to build its tilting ship
The ship built for the AMC series was mounted on a gimbal, and the sets were divided in two (the upper deck and lower deck) to create uncomfortable spaces for the actors and audience. “I’ve never worked on a show that had this intricate of a puzzle," says production designer Jonathan McKinstry. "Every day, as new questions came up, the team we put together was phenomenal in figuring out those questions.”
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
NBC's Bright Futures pilot casts Emily Ratajkowski, gets Lisa Kudrow to narrate
Former Friends star Kudrow is set to return to NBC, joining the Kenya Barris pilot in an off-camera role. The comedy about friends in their twenties trying to transition to adulthood will also star American Vandal alums Jimmy Tatro and Calum Worthy, as well as YouTube star Lilly Singh.