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Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Fergie apologizes for her much-derided National Anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game
“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she said after nearly a day of being mocked on Twitter for Sunday's unusual anthem performance. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”
- Watch Fergie being unsure about her National Anthem rendition in rehearsal footage
- Roseanne Barr dissed Fergie's anthem: "I think mine was better"
- In defense of Fergie: At least her intentions were pure
- Is a bad National Anthem better than no National Anthem?
- Kevin Hart's All-Star Game opener was also hated on Twitter
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 2:17PM EST
TNT picks up Deadlier Than the Male to series
The "morally complex thriller about three damaged people trying to start over" stars Lily Rabe, Enrique Murciano, Amy Brenneman, Chiara Aurelia and Hamish Linklater.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
YouTube TV confirms it's adding Turner channels and raising prices for new members
YouTube TV subscribers will have access to Turner channels, including Turner Classic Movies, TNT, TBS, CNN and Cartoon Network, truTV and Adult Swim, as well as NBA TV and MLB Network. The service will also increase its subscription fee $40 per month for new members beginning March 13, but anyone who signs up before then will continue to pay the current $35 a month price.
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
YouTube TV will reportedly raise its price and add the Turner family of channels
The streaming service's monthly price will go up from $35 to $40 a month, according to a Buzzfeed post that has since been removed because it contained embargoed information. Concurrent with the price hike, YouTube will reportedly add Turner channels, including CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT and TCM.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 4:08PM EST
Grey’s Anatomy books Scott Speedman
The Felicity alum has been cast in a “top-secret” role this season, which “will no doubt raise questions about the actor’s involvement in the upcoming third season of TNT’s Animal Kingdom,” according to Michael Ausiello.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
The Alienist sets a TNT record for a drama series launch
TNT says last week’s premiere was watched cumulatively by 13.1 million viewers.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
TNT’s The Alienist can’t escape TV’s serial-killer fatigue
“The Alienist wishes to balance the quaintness of a period drama with the verve of modern procedurals like ....Hannibal and Criminal Minds,” says Ira Madison III, “but it all comes across as too familiar to be entirely exciting. The Alienist isn’t particularly interested in the minutiae of technology like the superior The Knick was and, as a period piece, it doesn’t quite feel as sumptuously lived in as The Crown or other series of that ilk. I have never read Carr’s novel; it’s quite possible fans were clamoring for this adaptation. But as it arrives now, it feels unnecessary in a television landscape where we’ve gone to this well multiple times. How many times must a brilliant man hunt down serial killers in the same fashion, without at least the visual and trippy panache of a Hannibal?”
- The Alienist’s joylessness and gruesome images combine to make it a slog
- The totality of the entire show can’t fail to impress
- The first two episodes are too slow in showing things in detail, as if it’s a little too proud of its expensive budget
- It’s almost too much at times, but the rich detail does justice for fans of Carr’s novel
- The Alienist doesn’t distinguish itself in a crowded field that includes similar shows like The Knick, Ripper Street and Peaky Blinders
- It’s hard not to be distracted by the settings because they are more interesting than the people on screen
- Author Caleb Carr has spent 25 years “battling against really bad interpretations of this book” to bring it to the small screen
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Aziz Ansari was a no-show, but James Franco did appear at SAG Awards
Ansari, nominated for best actor in a comedy series, lost to William H. Macy at the SAG Awards. Ansari didn’t attend the ceremony that came eight days after he was accused by a date of sexual misconduct. Franco did attend, but skipped the SAG red carpet. Franco’s sister-in-law, Alison Brie, was asked about the accusations, responding: “I obviously support my family and not everything reported has been fully accurate. But of course now is a time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
TNT Snowpiercer executive producer Josh Friedman exits
Deadline reports that “creative differences are blamed as the reason for the split."
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Kristen Bell, the first-ever SAG Awards host, says she's "very comfortable with the teleprompter, and I’m a pretty decent party pumper..."
"...Which I believe are the only two qualifications," Bell says jokingly. “I do hope to keep it very fun and lively,” she adds of Sunday's hosting gig. “It’s going to be a lot of women this year. A lot of women. Out of respect for the changes that are happening in the business and the topics of conversation that are happening currently, we want that to be something that is honoring women, and I don’t want to take anything too seriously. A lot of topics, people have asked me if I’m going to broach. I don’t think it’s really my place to broach a lot of negativity, but we want the night to be really uplifting and celebrate a lot of women and celebrate a lot of women that maybe haven’t had as much of a spotlight as they should have had in recent years.”
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 3:55PM EST
Major McDonnell says her final Major Crimes episode “felt like a kick in the solar plexus to a lot of amazing women and men out there”
“What surprised and humbled me, and in a deeper sense than ever before, woke me to the incredible power of the medium, was the level of authentic grief that emerged after Sharon’s death,” McDonnell writes in Variety, breaking her silence on her abrupt departure three episodes before the series finale. “Many fans were truly saddened, angry, and overwhelmingly frustrated. I knew how much Sharon was loved. I knew she was a role model. What I hadn’t totally comprehended was how much importance she held as a symbol. And how her importance had grown since the election last year.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Why was Mary McDonnell’s name removed from the final three episodes of Major Crimes?
“Yes,” says Maureen Ryan, “actor’s names often do get taken out of a show’s opening credits when that character has been killed off (or when producers want the audience to think that the character’s dead). But it’s rare for that to happen to the undisputed lead of a show — and certainly as the show is reaching its conclusion.” McDonnell, TNT and Warner Bros. TV all declined to comment on the name removal. But a studio spokesperson said it was common practice at The Closer and spinoff Major Crimes to not list a performer’s name if they didn’t appear in an episode. “But,” adds Ryan, “the death of Sharon Raydor before the series finale also simply felt jarring, and it’s hard not to view it as a storytelling misfire.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:01PM EST
TNT greenlights Snowpiercer starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs
The post-apocalyptic series based on Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 film also stars Alison Wright from The Americans.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Claws promotes Jimmy Jean-Louis
The Heroes alum has been bumped up to series regular on TNT’s darkly comedic manicurist drama.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 2:06PM EST
Mary McDonnell on her Major Crimes twist: “It was very difficult physically to go through that…”
“I just found it very unpleasant, and also necessary, and then it was done,” she says. “It was kind of shocking, actually.”