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'Fuller House' Replaces Jeff Franklin With Two New Showrunners

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:30pm

Steve Baldikoski and Bryan Behar have been tapped as the two new Fuller House showrunners/executive producers for Season 4 of the Netflix show.

They're taking over after Jeff Franklin was ousted in February. The veteran TV producer was accused of making inappropriate comments and being verbally abusive to multiple staff members of the show. His contract was immediately terminated with Warner Bros. TV.

'Full House' Creator Jeff Franklin Addresses Firing From 'Fuller House' Following Misconduct Complaints 'Full House' Creator Jeff Franklin Addresses Firing From 'Fuller House' Following Misconduct Complaints

Jeff Franklin's deal with Warner Bros. TV has also been terminated in the wake of his alleged behavior.

Baldikoski and Behar aren't strangers to Fuller House, having worked on the Full House spinoff since its 2016 launch. Their past credits also include working as co-executive producers on The New Adventures of Old Christine and 8 Simple Rules.

Production on the fourth season will begin in late 2018.

CNBC Revives 'Deal or No Deal' With Original Host Howie Mandel

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:00pm

On Tuesday, CNBC greenlit new episodes of Deal or No Deal, nine years after the game show—a pop culture phenomenon on NBC from 2005-2009—and host Howie Mandel said goodbye.

The announcement also revealed that Mandel would reprise his role as emcee of the show, set to debut in CNBC's fourth quarter of 2018 in a primetime slot. The America's Got Talent host will also executive produce alongside original showrunner Scott St. John.

Chris Hardwick to Return as Host of NBC's 'Red Nose Day Special' Chris Hardwick to Return as Host of NBC's 'Red Nose Day Special'

The 2018 event will feature a Red Nose Day-themed three-hour block of NBC programming.

Of the exciting reveal, CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman made the below statement:

"Our primetime programs, with their focus on business and money, strive to be both entertaining and instructive," he says. " Those same elements live at the heart of Deal or No Deal, which is why we believe it to be a perfect fit. Today’s announcement confirms our deep commitment to primetime, strengthening our line-up, by adding one of the most successful game shows of all time along with the popular, original host, Howie Mandel.”

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Those who never had a chance to witness the high stakes game show would be well-served to know the following details. The goal of the game is to collect the grand prize of $1 million contained in one of 26 sealed briefcases—all which hold prize amounts ranging from one penny to the aforementioned jackpot. As each case is opened, contestants are offered deals by a mysterious individual only known as "the banker."

The return of the show after nearly a decade is just as exciting for Mandel, who gushed, "Having been in this business for 40 years, I’ve been involved in every kind of production—live, variety, drama, film and animation. Nothing changed my life, career and perception of humanity more than one project, and that was Deal or No Deal. For me, there was only one answer to that iconic question and I am proud to have said DEAL!"

No word yet on if they'll feature models again. Meghan Markle and Chrissy Teigen both got their starts as briefcase holders on the hit game show, and they've seen gone on to make names for themselves in the industry. Who knows, maybe one of them may pop by for the revival!

Until then, fans of the show can look forward to seeing Mandel fist bump contestants, whether they make a deal or not.

Deal or No Deal, late 2018, CNBC

HBO Execs Tease Multiple Deaths in 'Game of Thrones' Final Season

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:15am

No one in Westeros is going to be safe in Game of Thrones' final season, according to multiple HBO execs.

At the INTV Conference in Israel, Francesca Orsi, HBO SVP of drama, spoke about being present at the table read for the last few episodes of Season 8. "It was a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers...None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths."

She added that everyone stood for over 15 minutes and applauded—"It was amazing. Everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes."

However, fans will have to wait until 2019 for the episodes to air.

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The actress knows how the series will end.

Other topics discussed were the multiple GoT spinoffs sprouting from the uber-popular series. "It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it," added Orsi. "That’s why it spawned three, four, five spinoffs."

And the budgets for those spinoffs are going to be big, but not quite undead-Polar Bear big.

"There is a conundrum. If we do take off on one of these Game of Thrones spinoffs, where do we start? We can’t obviously start with the budget of Season 8, but would it be a Game of Thrones Season 3 budget?" HBO programming president Casey Bloys mused.

"As a show goes on, they get more expensive, and as shows get more ambitious they will get more expensive. More money doesn’t always equal better, but in some cases the scope of ideas do require it," he added.

Will 'Jane the Virgin' End After Season 5?

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 5:30pm

¡Ay, Dios mío, Janers!

In a panel discussion at SXSW in Austin on Sunday, Jane the Virgin star and co-executive producer Gina Rodriguez hinted that Season 5 might the series' last.

Rodriguez spoke about how she directed her first episode in Season 4, which just also happened to be the highest-rated episode of the season.

The actress also explained how she wants to do more directing "next year—in our final season," according to Variety.

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The 'Jane the Virgin' actress is stopping by for one episode of the Fox series.

Even if Jane might be ending, Rodriguez's run at The CW isn't. She has two producing projects in the works—one is a female-driven drama, and the other is about Latinx immigrants.

Rodriguez is also currently starring alongside Natalie Portman on the big screen in the sci-fi thriller Annihilation.

The CW has yet to officially confirm if Jane the Virgin will be ending after next season.

Gabrielle Dennis as Whitney Houston & More of BET's 'Bobby Brown Story' Cast

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 3:45pm

BET's upcoming miniseries, The Bobby Brown Story, has found its Whitney HoustonRosewood actress Gabrielle Dennis will take on the role of the Grammy winner.

Woody McClain will reprise his role as the titular character after playing Brown in BET's 2017 miniseries, The New Edition Story. Houston and Brown were married from 1992-2007. Their marriage was turbulent, to say the least, and both reportedly battled drug-abuse issues.

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The next season of TV looks top notch—thanks to some promising stars.

Houston died tragically on Feb. 11, 2012, from an accidental drowning but later, in the autopsy, the LA Coroner's office reported that heart disease and drug use contributed, as well.

Check out the gallery above for all of the big names appearing in The Bobby Brown Story!

The Bobby Brown Story, September 2018, BET

'The Walking Dead': After Negan's New Discovery, Is Rick's Life in Danger?

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 1:30pm

[Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the March 11 episode of The Walking Dead.]

Fans of The Walking Dead have been through a lot this year. It has been nothing short of a whirlwind, between dealing with Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) death to the potential loss of Maggie’s presence if Lauren Cohan’s contract negotiations fail. Taking all of this into consideration, it wouldn't be surprising if there were any more casualties before Season 8 finishes up.

In Sunday's episode, "Dead or Alive Or," events that took place indicate even more brutality lies ahead. For instance, this season's focus has been on the all-out war between the allied Alexandrians, Hilltop and The Kingdom, and Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) people, which makes one of his discoveries in this episode all the more compelling—and utterly dangerous.

 Who Makes It Safely to the Hilltop? (RECAP) 'The Walking Dead' Episode 11: Who Makes It Safely to the Hilltop? (RECAP)

Tara jeopardizes the Alexandrians, Maggie makes choices, Negan has a plan.

Gabriel's (Seth Gilliam) ailments, possibly caused by infection via walker guts, could prove that the potential for serious illness from coming into contact with the material is in fact possible. After Eugene (Josh McDermitt) mentions psychological warfare by catapulting the walker guts into their enemies to Negan, the Lucille wielding wild man sees the opportunity he’s been looking for in this war. The battle has suddenly taken on a new meaning as Negan realizes that he can utilize the walker guts to coat weapons, in the hope that just coming into contact with the gore will cause lasting damage to his enemies.

So what could this new development mean? Well, it may offer insight into how Rick (Andrew Lincoln) became so injured in those possible flash-forward scenes where he's leaning against a tree with a bleeding wound on his side. According to an article for The Hollywood Reporter, this storyline would align with the source material—the Robert Kirkman comic books of the same title.

Can Carl's Death Breathe New Life Into 'The Walking Dead' (and Who Will They Kill Off Next)? Can Carl's Death Breathe New Life Into 'The Walking Dead' (and Who Will They Kill Off Next)?

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Although the show has rarely deviated from the comic, the showrunners have proven that they are willing to flip the script when necessary. (Just look at Carl’s death, where the oldest Grimes child is still very much alive in the comic book.) Could the aforementioned scene of a wounded Rick translate into a memorable comic moment when he was shot by Dwight (Austin Amelio) with an arrow just when Negan started implementing this "germ warfare?"

While the likelihood that Rick will perish this season is slim to none, it doesn’t mean that he’s necessarily safe either. The deviation from the comics by killing off Carl proves that the writers aren’t keeping anyone safe. And the introduction of biological warfare could also give the survivors yet another threat to have to worry about, besides walkers.

For the moment it is difficult to determine who will be the next victim on The Walking Dead, but knowing that it could be anyone at any time is what’s always made the show so intriguing and heartbreaking to fans.

The Walking Dead, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC

'The Walking Dead' Episode 11: Who Makes It Safely to the Hilltop? (RECAP)

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 10:08pm

Let's call this one "A Tale of Maggie and Tara," Walking Dead fans. The Cliffs Notes version: One can still control her longing for revenge. And the other nearly let it cost the Hilltop-bound Alexandrians their lives. Or at least their tenuous freedom.

I'll say it again: Dead's writing team really needs to do something constructive with Tara and Rosita soon or deal them out of the game. I get that long waits for new TWD seasons make events seem much further spread out than they are. But until Dwight shamed himself tonight, I completely forgot that Tara wants him dead because she and Denise (remember, Denise?) were a couple-episode thing and Dwight shot an arrow through Denise's eyeball while aiming for Daryl. About 47,000 years ago. Being mad about it and championing Rick's shoot ’em up attitude is about all Tara has to do right now. Debating her and walking around looking sad are Rosita's main jobs.

 Did Carl's Last Wishes Fall on Deaf Ears? (RECAP) 'The Walking Dead' Episode 10: Did Carl's Last Wishes Fall on Deaf Ears? (RECAP)

Simon shows his true colors, Negan shows compassion, and Jadis suffers an epic loss.

We start tonight's episode "Dead or Alive" with the march of the Alexandrians, who are doing their best to sidestep the Saviors. As previously mentioned, Tara blanked Carl’s Kumbaya lesson. When a walker approaches the group, she calls the kill, but tosses the moldy bugger at an unsuspecting Dwight instead. Only Dwight and Rosita seem the least bit concerned about that. Rosita tells Tara to knock off the vigilante thing. At least until Carl's gone cold in his grave. At least until the Hilltop.

Meanwhile, the newly sprung, Dr. Carson and Father Gabriel are on the road for Hilltop, too, only they're literally on the road. Neither Jesus—not the Paul Rovia one—nor a medical license prove much help to the directionally-challenged duo, not to mention that Gabriel's rheumy eyes make him pretty lousy at reading a map. There's a few walkers (well, crawlers) sporting nasty ankle injuries around as well, one with a spring trap still attached to his leg. During a little roadside eye exam, Gabe displays that thing where if you lose one sense, your others will sharpen.

He hears a bell. It's not a bell. It's a house. They're easily confused.


Hilltop, meanwhile, has gone back to the business of fortifying itself agains the Saviors. Still dressed like amateur Starship Troopers, Morgan and Henry are bumps on a log as they guard the Savior POWS. Unfazed by Maggie's execution of Dean, Jared hollers to his keepers (Carol’s here too now) that it's just a matter of time until he's a free man. "Which one of you killed my brother?" Henry hollers back. Jared doesn't fess up. Carol tells Henry to go grab a sammich instead of plotting his next kill.

When the kid is out of earshot, Morgan asks Carol while they don’t just tell him who murdered Ben and get it over with. Not after what Henry did to Gavin, Carol says. Morgan says that only proves the boy is going to live. He knows how to survive—and killing didn't seem to phase him a bit. Carol knows exactly how much trouble that last part is. She shoos Morgan, too.

Can Carl's Death Breathe New Life Into 'The Walking Dead' (and Who Will They Kill Off Next)? Can Carl's Death Breathe New Life Into 'The Walking Dead' (and Who Will They Kill Off Next)?

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Back at ... where are the Saviors now anyway? ... Negan prods suspicions that a very nervous Eugene may have abetted Carson and Gabe's escape and that Genie might also care a bit too much about what happened at Alexandria, but he lets it slide. He has other plans for his resident rocket scientist: heading up an outpost that will make the very bullets to settle the score with Rick. Yes, people are still a resource. But if said resource acts up, it must be mowed down.

Meantime, Genie's bullet shop will be fully tricked out with a security detail and Negan’s wives to tend to his needs. What Eugene really wants is wine, and he shall have it.

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Seems Dr. Carson and Gabriel have stumbled upon the home of a ham radio operator. Gabe finds the guy's "you can do it, listeners!" script and tells Carson that even if he didn’t reach anyone, just believing he threw hope out into the nether probably gave him hope, too. Or not. Carson forces open a bedroom door and finds the homeowner, long turned and handcuffed to his bed with all the trappings of his suicide strewn nearby.

Hope is not dead. Couple minutes later, while rifling through the meds the dead guy didn't swallow, Gabriel finds not one but TWO full bottles of antibiotics, WHAT ARE THE ODDS?! Then Gabe knocks over a piggy bank and, looky there! Car keys and a map! Jesus—not the Paul Rovia one—loves you, Dr. Carson. The car keys tell you so.

Back in the woods, Dwight tells Daryl that slogging through a potentially zombie-infested swamp might be a fine plan after all. Seems Negan mapped all the best routes to Hilltop and, understandably, that one didn't make the cut. There's dissension in the ranks about whether to believe a guy who turned on his own people, and not just from Tara this time. “Didn’t just turn on them,” Dwight counters. “I killed them.” Daryl saw it and Rosita saw it and Tara saw it. He’s proven his loyalty. #TeamAlexandria rolllllllll. Tara's eyes never leave him.

Meanwhile Hilltop, and with a gurgling baby Gracie beside her (and a whole bunch of new mouths to feed on their way), Maggie learns that food rations are dire if she doesn't feed the Sanctuary prisoners and even worse if she does.

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Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene - The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 11

On their way to the swamp, Dwight and Darry have a little talk about Sherri (remember her? Dwight's wife before Negan claimed her, who set Daryl free and then went on the run?). Dwight says he's never been about enabling the Saviors; he's only done what he must to keep Sherri alive. She saved you, too, he tells Daryl, and they both wonder if she's still alive.

Predictably, there's a sea of homage-to-Swamp-Thing walkers in the bog, and Daryl needs volunteers to clear the way for the others. Dwight offers himself up, but Daryl opts for listless and also injured Rosita instead, because THAT makes a bucket of sense. Tara volunteers to stay back, too, and of course Daryl allows it because we all what's about to go down next. Except for Daryl, apparently. Psssh!

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The AMC hit returns this April.

Back at Hilltop, Gregory requests an audience with "Margaret." He's been a good boy and would like parole. No. "You can’t keep me in here forever," Gregory protests. "Give me good reason to kill you and I won’t have to," Maggie retorts. A captive who sort of looks like Heath Ledger's baby brother resumes the negotiations, but Maggie says she doesn’t have the resources to oblige them even if she wanted to—oh, and one other thing. No food for a day or two or maybe four. “My people come first; I don’t have a choice,” she says. "I think you do," he responds. Food for no-food thought.

Despite what a tenderfoot Siddiq was mere episodes ago, he’s a walker-killing machine now, boy. Meanwhile, Tara invites Dwight to bring a knife to a gunfight under the guise of taking care of some walkers who haven't yet fallen in the drink. And away we go. Dwight does all the work, while Tara just keeps her gun trained on him. When the last walker is down, she aims between his eyes and no amount of discussion can stop her from pulling the trigger. Dwight is saved by a tree knot and they have a dandy foot race through the trees. He's hurt, she's hearty and, sure enough, she catches him ... just in time for the Saviors to come wandering through the bush and make them duck for cover.

I'm not sure we established that something was actually wrong with Carson and Gabriel's car, but they opt to test drive the new find instead. Carson leads the way, but a flutter in the wind catches what's left of Gabriel's eye: A sign announcing the booby traps Carson just wandered into. Carson fends off the walkers the best he can while chained to the ground with a pulped ankle, but one looks like it might get him. Gabe fumbles in the grass and finds a gun. He tried to aim, then closes his eyes and fires. "You did it!" Carson crows with far more energy than a guy who should be in shock or bled out should have.

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"I'll give you this many guesses what happens next." R. Keith Harris as Dr. Carson, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes - The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 11

Considering his options—get knocked off by Tara or knock the Saviors off the Alexandrian’s trail—Dwight comes out of hiding, makes nice with the Saviors and leads them away. Bam! Tara's small heart grew three sizes that day! Doesn't matter. Daryl reads Tara the riot act anyway.

A still remarkably chipper Carson volunteers to take the wheel, never mind that his ankle just got crushed in a bear trap. The men have a hearty chuckle—which will be their last. Neganites show up and toss the men into the back of their truck, but Gabe still insists to Carson that Jesus—not the Paul Rovia one—is still leading the way. Apparently Jesus just told Carson to grab an enemy's gun and get himself killed in the process. On his way back to captivity, Gabriel cries and cries.

The Alexandrians do, however, make it to Hilltop in a slo-mo sequence that lends impact to Maggie, Carol and poor weeping Enid learning Carl's fate. Henry just wants to know how Carl died. "Saving a stranger," Carol tells him. "In the middle of all this, he was helping a stranger." Morgan finally gets the message. He tells Henry that Gavin killed Ben "and you got him, so ...". Don't become a killer, little boy. Become Carl's legacy. Someone has to.

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'Pay the woman,' said the actor, who plays Ezekiel on AMC's hit.

Happy that Hilltop has a new doctor in Siddiq, Maggie still looks around at her expanded community with a mixture of fondness and worry. So many familiar faces. So many more faces to feed. But something about that softens her stance on Ledger Junior's request. The prisoners will be taken out of their pen in pairs to work, exercise (even though their pen is plenty big enough for calisthenics) and get medical attention. Rations are reinstated. If we're all going to starve, we're going to do it fit, patched up and with all the work done.

Gregory doesn't take this as good news. Apparently still convinced that if he opens his eyes THIS WIDE, Maggie will be mesmerized into compliance, he tells her the only solution is to run for their lives. They surely can't win. "Look around, Gregory," she tells him, as the guards bellow Rick's arrival. "How can we lose?"

Here's hoping she's right, because Negan has fresh inspiration, too.

In Eugene’s bullet shop, Mrs. Frankie Negan volunteers to apprentice, but Dwight's not falling for her niceties again. She can procure his food order— scrambled eggs with tomatoes served in the cafeteria/break room/motivational-presentational cubby— and then wipe his brow. Oops. That's going to have to wait, though, because here’s Mr. Negan with the freshly captured Gabriel, who, Negan beams, spilled the beans about his escape. Eugene blanches, but Gabe puts the blame on Carson.

His fib earns Eugene another day on the planet and a helper. Negan says Eugene's not cranking out the bullets fast enough, so Gabriel will take sorting duties off his hands. Eugene suggests catapulting walker parts over the Hilltop walls as an interim solution. Interesting plan. Eugene knows that that won't do a thing but create a mess, but seems to think Negan's none the wiser. Negan is. But he spies a blossom of an idea blooming in the bulls--t.

Realizing that Gabriel got sick but not fatally sick from his exposure to walker slop, looks like Negan figured out they can use zombie cooties as a weapon.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan; group - The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 11

Gathering his troops around a trio of chained-up walkers, Negan rolls Lucille's barbs into one's pulpy remains until the bat is covered in gore. Eying it appreciatively, he says the dissenters will indeed work for him—"dead or alive or some kind of !@#$ in between."

So what's your take, TWD fans? Do the walkers have bark without their bite? Is Eugene still No. 1 with a bullet to Negan or are his days numbered? Is Tara finally a changed woman, or is Dwight safer back in Negan's ranks, even if he is Team Rick? Can Gabriel possibly recover from this affront to his faith—and, the writers room maybe lay off the religious allegories, imagery and yuk-yuks for a while? We get it. God and the devil are in all of us. God rest ye, Saint Carl. May your teachings abide.

The Walking Dead, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC

PREVIEW: 'Bar Rescue' Returns and Jon Taffer Goes Ballistic (Again!)

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 5:00pm

Jon Taffer returns for another season of over-the-top, brutally candid, kick-in-the-ass consulting as he tries to turn struggling bars into profitable businesses in Bar Rescue (Sundays at 10/9c on Paramount Network).

The series begins its sixth season March 11 with a heated father-and-son showdown on the management (more like lack of) of a Memphis, Tenn., family-owned bar in the episode “Put It on Cody's Tab.”

Taffer wastes no time calling the situation for what it is, telling son Cody that he got “f***ed” by his father Bryan. The belligerent Bryan doesn’t appreciate Taffer’s assessment on Bryan putting Cody deeper into debt because he’s drinking the place away, and an altercation ensues.

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“That's a great episode, its one of my favorites,” tells Jeff Altrock, one of the executive producers on the show. “It’s got a great family dynamic and a really interesting story.

"Basically, Cody’s father and mother, who owned the bar, had gotten into some real financial trouble. Right when they get the bar taken from them, they put the bar in their son Cody's name. Cody was living out of state at the time, away from them, and had a whole different life going on. So they put the bar in Cody's name and then continued to run that bar back into the ground again.”

If you’re familiar with the show you know Taffer’s never easy on any of the bar owners or staff when he makes his surprise visits, but that’s the appeal to the show. Taffer’s brutally aggressive style is enhanced with his theatrical flare and his hot temper — the guy curses more than Gordon Ramsey — but he’s effective.

“What I love about Jon is, he feels the pressure,” tells Todd A. Nelson, CEO of 3 Ball Entertainment, who produce the show. “When we first sat down, and we started looking through the format, Jon told us it normally takes a year to do these things. And I go, ‘What? We got five days.’ So we went through this process and condensed it. I think from that very first time, Jon’s like, ‘Holy s**t! I gotta do this in five days?’”

Taffer feels the pressure, but he owns it. His adrenaline fuels his tight schedule and is why he bulldozes into every bar barking orders and going full-out ballistic on gross negligences.

Altrock adds, “Jon does break people down, but it’s only for the good of building them back up. It really becomes about transforming people as much as it becomes about transforming a bar.

"Even more so sometimes, because if you don’t fix the people then the bar will continue to fail. So, I think what Jon does a really good job of is really digging in trying to figure out what the root of the problems are with the people and then trying to help that as well.”

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The network is now looking at later this year to premiere the dark satire.

With over 160 episodes of Bar Rescue behind them, producers are still fielding thousands of applicants for future episodes. Season 6 will feature bars in Florida, Memphis, Nashville, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

You can understand the amount of applicants, knowing what each bar receives out of the publicity on being on the show and the actual rescue, which ranges from rehauls to new refrigeration units and furnishings to structural changes. That said, we wanted to know who picks up the tab on this bender and who really pays for everything on Bar Rescue.

“The network pays for it,” Nelson said. “We have a budget and inside the budget we have line items that are to make a real bar. We get trade outs. A lot of time we’ll get glasses from somewhere, this or that. There’s a lot of different stuff. A lot of great partners.”

Raise your glass to that opportunity, and a new season.

Bar Rescue Season 6, premieres Sunday, March 11, 10/9c, Paramount Network

9 Singers You Forgot Auditioned for 'American Idol'

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 2:00pm

You win some, you lose some. For these successful singers/actors not making it on American Idol, turned out just fine. From hit songs to Grammy wins, they didn't quit on their dreams.

The singing competition series is returning for its fourteenth season on March 11. At home on a new network (ABC), Idol is bringing back all the feels—from making dreams come true to watching those hilarious off-kilter auditions.

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As a new age of 'American Idol' begins, we look back on some of the best past auditions.

Click through the gallery above to check out all the hit artists American Idol famously passed on.

Jane Goodall Discusses Nat Geo Documentary 'Jane' & Memorable Animal Encounters

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 12:00pm

In 1960, a 26-year-old animal lover without a college education ventured into the Tanzanian jungle and emerged with a groundbreaking study of chimpanzees. Her name: Jane Goodall. She has since become a world-famous primatologist and conservationist, and now, her early years in Africa are the subject of a stunning documentary.

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'Possible Worlds' goes boldly into the final frontier's nooks and crannies.

Using never-before-seen footage that had been locked away in the National Geographic archive for over five decades (much of it filmed by Goodall’s future husband Hugo van Lawick, whom she later divorced), director Brett Morgen creates an intimate portrait of the icon.

Goodall, now 83, reminisces with us.

How did it feel to watch the clips from so long ago?
Jane Goodall:
I never thought that another documentary could be new for me, but this has taken me back to those days more than any other movie that’s been done. There’s an immediacy.

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Following Tuesday night's series finale of 'The Long Road Home,' hear the real-life stories of the men and women who inspired the National Geographic event.

Which chimpanzee was the most memorable from that era?
Flo was one amazing lady. When I met her, she was over 40, and her teeth were worn to the gums. She was so distinct with this bulbous nose and thinning hair. She was an amazing mother. And sexy! She had 62 matings in one day!

What were some of the tougher moments to relive?
Poor Mr. McGregor [a chimp that Goodall bonded with]. He got polio. That was just so tragic. And Flo’s son Flint dying of grief after his mother died.

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Plus, the fourth season premiere of 'Grace and Frankie,' Jessica Chastain hosts 'Saturday Night Live' and a Game Show Network special, 'Meghan Markle—The Prince and the Game Show Model'

Was it hard for you to be a woman in a profession that was male-dominated?
I never thought about it until I came back with my results and was branded a “National Geographic cover girl.” I only got anybody to listen to me because I had nice legs! I just wanted to learn about chimps, so to hell with them. I used it!

Jane, Documentary Premiere, Monday, March 12, 8/7c, National Geographic

'Deception': The Stars Preview Their New High-Stakes Magic Drama (VIDEO)

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 10:30am

On Sunday, ABC will premiere new drama Deception, directly following the epic return of American Idol. The series stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as superstar magician Cameron Black who uses his skills to assist the FBI, particularly special agent Kay Daniels (Ilfenesh Hadera) on bizarre cases.

The series comes from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak, Martin Gero (Blindspot), magician David Kwong, Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Productions. Deception has been described as "Magician Impossible" by Fedak, due to the high-stakes action sequences injected with crazy magic tricks (courtesy of Kwong, whose resume boasts the big-budget magic film Now You See Me).

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'Deception' premieres on ABC at midseason.

Cutmore-Scott and Hadera recently talked with TV Insider to preview what's to come in the series, including how their characters will interact with each other and the difficulties of picking up magic and performing it for the small screen.

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'Santa Clarita Diet': Netflix Drops Gruesome, NSFW Season 2 Trailer (VIDEO)

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 7:32pm

It's about to get bloody—quite literally.

The first season of Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet surprised viewers with its quirky take on the All-American family that happens to include an undead mom who eats people.

The comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant is set to return for Season 2 March 23 on Netflix, and it's been over a year since viewers had a such a diverse tasting of episodes. Released in February of last year on the streaming service, Season 1 follows Shelia (Barrymore) and Joel (Olyphant) and their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) as they try to navigate Sheila's newly discovered ailment as an undead being.

 Premiere Date, Guest Stars & More (PHOTOS) 'Santa Clarita Diet' Season 2: Premiere Date, Guest Stars & More (PHOTOS)

Sheila, Joel, and Abby Hammond are joined by some familiar faces.

Described as a horror comedy, the unlikely pairing of genres makes for TV gold, making it an easy binge with just 10 half-hour episodes in the first season—so there's plenty of time to catch up before Season 2 is added.

In the trailer for the new season, Sheila decides she wants to live life to the fullest, "I want to shake s—t up. Dream big, I don't want to stop living just because I'm undead," she pronounces just moments before her finger flies off her hand.

Daughter Abby isn't so sure she can deal with the craziness much longer though, "I'm actually looking forward to a day without any life-and-death issues," she tells Eric (Skyler Gisondo). Well, unfortunately for Abby, it doesn't look like things will be calming down anytime soon.

"Someday if you have kids and you get a virus and start killing people, you'll appreciate how well your mother and I are doing," Joel tells his daughter.

To see the gory hilarity in all its glory, check out the full-length trailer below.

Among some of the trailer's other highlights are blood-covered kitchens—that's going to be hard to clean up—a kill room that looks like it was copied from "a kill room catalogue," and guest stars like Andy Richter, Gerald McRaney and Joel McHale as well as Nathan Fillion?!

It appears that last season's first victim Gary (Fillion) is back in the undead form of a talking head—since Sheila ate most of him already. Oh, and that catchy use of Hootie and the Blowfish's "Only Wanna Be With You" doesn't hurt either.

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Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant will be back for more undead humor in the Netflix comedy.

Just because Sheila and Joel have been getting away with their crimes doesn't mean that they're free and clear though, it looks like Officer Garcia (Natalie Morales) is still searching for her partner's killer, and the person responsible for a number of disappearances in Santa Clarita. Time will tell what kind of shenanigans the Hammonds will get into, and we can't wait to see it.

Santa Clarita Diet, Season 2 premiere, Friday, March 23, Netflix

'Marvel's Jessica Jones' Creator on Telling Jessica's Origin Story and More

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 6:12pm

On March 8, International Women's Day, Netflix dropped the 13-episode Season 2 of Marvel's Jessica Jones. Before we started binging the sophomore season, we picked the brain of creator Melissa Rosenberg on all things Season 2, from trusting Jessica's (Krysten Ritter) right-hand man Malcolm (Eka Darville) to shooting a music video (yes, seriously) in this season.

This time around, the show is delving deeper in Jessica’s past. Why did you decide to take that angle and are we going to see a much more vulnerable Jessica as a result?
Melissa Rosenberg: When we leave Season 1, we have Jessica taking a life after spending an entire season trying to do anything but that. While it had to be done, and it was justified, she still took a life.

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We go into Season 2 with her having that experience of herself which raises all sorts of questions for her like, ‘Is this who I am? Am I killer? Or a monster?’ There’s some really deep questions about who she is and that coincides with Trish [Rachael Taylor] stirring up the snake-pit with her investigations and creating this external conflict that forces Jessica to really examine her past, her history; who she is and what she is.

This is a character who is pretty tough and really keeps her guard up, but there are some times where it’s naturally going to take her to some really vulnerable places. Krysten Ritter, in this extraordinary way, manages to maintain Jessica’s hard edge, but also allow the audience into her vulnerability.

What was your goal for Season 2?
There’s the broader scope of just wanting to peel more layers back on our characters and find more interesting, evocative storylines, but I also just really wanted to get into the origin story. That was one of the goals – keeping it vital and engaging in her present day while also examining her origin.

Eka Darville as Malcolm

How will we see Malcolm evolve in Season 2? He seems like the greatest guy for Jessica to have in her corner now that he's clean, but I still don’t entirely trust him.
Malcolm’s journey over the course of the whole series is a coming-of-age story. Season 2 really has him trying to build something for himself and he too is dealing with this question of ‘Who am I? And how will I contribute to the world in a positive way?

I think one thing that might be stirring your mistrust of him is, I don’t think he knows himself as well as some of the other characters know themselves. He’s still really figuring out who he is. We know that he’s an addict. We know that he comes from a fairly religious family, but he’s really trying to figure out what his role in the world is, and that could take him in any direction.

Trish is reaching a point of desperation with her show. How far is she willing to go to get ratings?
We’re taking Trish to some pretty edgy places this season. We’re talking all of our characters to some pretty edgy places. One of the great things about Season 2 versus Season 1 is in Season 1 you’re really building your lead character and building a world, but then Season 2, it’s all built and you get to play in it. So we really get to expand our characters’ lives and stories. Each one has a really rich journey of their own that is connected to one another.

And then there's the new guy, Oscar (J.R. Ramirez). I couldn't help but notice that he's listed to be in every episode. Who is this guy?
Oscar is a very different kind of person than Jessica and hence a really great foil, or mirror, for her. He has a very open heart, a big family, he loves his son – he’s just very warm in his life. Jess has really never been around someone like that, never gotten involved with someone like that.

When we first meet him, he’s feeling very protective of his family and his son particularly. He sees Jessica and the sort of attention that she brings, all the cases and cops – he sees that as a threat. Once he gets on the other side of that, he is able to see her heart, which is very hard to find from the outside [laughs]. It takes her in some interesting new places.

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'Marvel's Jessica Jones,' 'Santa Clarita Diet,' and other Netflix originals return this month.

How does this season's Big Bad differ from Kilgrave (David Tennant) last season?
Last season, Kilgrave was an incredibly rich character, and also a classic villain. He really was the Big Bad for the season, whose story gets resolved by the end of the season.

We knew going into this season that we didn’t want to repeat ourselves. We weren’t going to do Kilgrave better a second time, so our attention was to really reset and build this series this season differently. It’s a much more steady burn throughout. The conflict for Jessica is both external and internal, so it has a bit of a different feel to it, a different pacing and momentum. It’s basically a 13-hour movie.

Was there anything you were dying to include in Season 2 that didn’t make the cut? Something you wanted to see Jessica do, or say, or punch?
There’s always stuff. You’re always killing your children as a writer. We got so much of it in there this time though, so I really can't think of anything!

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That's good! What else can you tease about this season?
Well, if you keep watching you’re going to get a music video.

I know you won’t give specifics, but what?! How was that to film?
It was one of my very best days on set in my entire career. I came into this business wanting to be a choreographer way back in my youth, and I did not choreograph it obviously, but I got to sit in on rehearsals and pretend I knew what I was doing.

And it’s definitely a real music video, not a dream sequence or something?
It’s definitely real.

Marvel's Jessica Jones Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.

Zoinks! The 'Supernatural'-'Scooby-Doo' Crossover Trailer Has Arrived (VIDEO)

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 5:00pm

It's a perfect example of worlds colliding. On the March 29 episode of Supernatural, the Winchesters are heading into another world—the cartoon world of Scooby-Doo, that is.

Ahead of its highly anticipated airing, The CW revealed the first trailer for the crossover episode which will find Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) sucked into TV, where they'll meet a spooky cast of characters. What could possibly be better than two ghoul-fighting teams joining forces?

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'Looks like we've got another mystery on our hands.'

Until now, the amount of Scooby characters involved was a mystery, but the trailer proves that the whole Scooby gang is getting in on the action. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby will all be appearing alongside Sam and Dean, as well as Castiel (Misha Collins).

Check out the spook-tacular trailer below.

It may only be a few seconds long, but it's never enough for fans—who, if lucky enough to attend, can see the episode early when it premieres at PaleyFest 2018. The episode is certainly pushing the boundaries of where Supernatural can go in terms of episodes, and we just wonder what else the series has up its sleeve for future episodes.

Thankfully, the wait won't be long now, since the episode is less than a month away now.

Supernatural/Scooby-Doo crossover episode airs Thursday, March 29, 8/7c, The CW

'Ash vs. Evil Dead' Cast on How The Stakes Are Being Raised for the 'Ghostbeaters'

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 3:30pm

Blood is way more than just the viscous special effect of choice on Starz's Ash vs. Evil Dead. As fans have found out in the first two episodes of this season, it's also what has brought high-schooler Brandy Barr (Arielle Carver-O'Neill) into the demented family of Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) and his band of foul-mouthed demon hunters.

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'Your family is the most important thing you have,' says the actor.

"Brandy had one goal, and that was to get out of Elk Grove and leave these people she's never fit in with," explains Carver-O'Neill, whose character was revealed in the season opener to be the daughter of Ash with one of his many conquests from the past.

"Then she kind of gets pulled into the fight against evil against her wishes, finds out that she has this father...and that he is a one-armed demon-fighter. That is quite a lot to get used to!"

Pictured: Ash (Bruce Campbell) and Brandy (Arielle Carver O'Neill). Credit: Starz

Not a fan of her recently discovered, skirt-chasing father (and with good reason), Carver-O'Neill admits that Brandy "slowly starts to realize that they have more in common than she thought."

Similarly, it becomes clear that this chip off of Ash's blockhead is a lot like his original badass recruit, Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), whom many suspected might actually be his kin.

"When she first found out that Ash has a kid, Kelly was immediately put on babysitting duty and she was not having it," continues DeLorenzo. "But what's great is that as soon as Kelly spends a little time with Brandy, she sees how similar they are and takes her under her wing."

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In addition to Brandy, the Ghostbeaters have also been joined by Lindsay Farris' hunky Dalton. The last remnant of the Knights of Sumeria, an ancient order of Deadite slayers, Dalton is "a wannabe warrior, I would say," laughs Farris. "All of the other members have gone off to become lawyers and dentists, but Dalton is that one guy who was like 'Nah, i think I'll focus on this and dedicate my life to it.'"

And now that he's been brought into Ash's inner circle by Kelly, "everything makes sense and he has a purpose now."

So does that purpose also include perhaps winning over the brunette powerhouse? Better hope not, otherwise we may have a very human battle between the new guy and Kelly's friend-zoned buddy Pablo (Ray Santiago). "Dalton shows up with the girl I have been pining for for many seasons, so I really don't like him," offers Santiago. "And I have learned a couple things from Ash. One is that you can't trust anybody."

Pictured: Dalton (Lindsay Farris). Credit: Starz

"Pablo doesn't trust Dalton, Dalton doesn't trust Pablo and Kelly is telling them they're both pretty," echoes DeLorenzo, adding that there really is no place for any sort of personal attachment—familial or romantic—when you're facing down the undead.

"This is why she never let her feelings for Pablo come to fruition, because if you care about anything in their world, they immediately become a liability and raises the stakes."

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In Sunday's new episode, the stakes are higher than ever for the team as Brandy catches Ash up to his eyeballs in gooey stuff after another Williams man makes an unexpected return, while Pablo, Kelly and Dalton are drawn to an old haunt to take on a new threat—one they won't see coming or even be able to beat.

"S**t is about to go down." warns Santiago. "And as sad as it's to say, somebody isn't going to make it."

Ash vs. Evil Dead, Sundays, 9/8c, Starz

Can Carl's Death Breathe New Life Into 'The Walking Dead' (and Who Will They Kill Off Next)?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 3:00pm

As if fans weren't already hamstrung by the two-episode, twelve-week fire walk that marked the end of Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead, the show's writers followed his humdinger farewell with an epic bizarre-fest that made us wonder if anyone heard the kid's dying wishes at all.

So it's small wonder that TWD faithful are still debating whether Grimes Junior's death was in vain—both in terms of steering his people toward peace and in steering a once-invincible ratings juggernaut away from its own demise.

Plainly put, at its outset, Dead assembled a highly watchable group of unknown actors into a roster of intriguing characters and an emotionally satisfying, nicely contained storyline that was unlike anything we'd before. Because the people we loved were being eaten up in "can they show that on TV?!" fashion by really disturbing zombies. And then their own drive to survive.

A few seasons in, the show shifted. More and more of the core group met their maker and new characters (and perils) rotated in. The TWD world got bigger and campier and harder to keep straight. The humans got scarier and the walkers decidedly less so, even as their gross factor went through an already sky high gross-factor roof. And fans started falling by the wayside, unsure of who or what to root for, and angered beyond recovery when certain biggies died. And Glenn's eyeball popped loose.

Now Carl is dead, too, and even people who never liked the kid feel wronged, manipulated and uncertain if Dead could recognize a turned-tide when it sees one, for good (the guy was finally getting interesting) or for bad (and now he's !@#$ing dead). So we're making a case for both sides of the coin. That good stuff can come of Dead's most massive departure from the comic that spawned it. Or that maybe it's time that the zombie drama belatedly adopt a Breaking Bad modus, march assuredly toward some well-crafted closure and stop giving us a weekly case of the WTFs.

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Simon shows his true colors, Negan shows compassion, and Jadis suffers an epic loss.

On your mark, get set, pick your poison.

Carl's death is OK, because ....

Carl’s final days and actions and plainspoken hope for a peaceful future finally gave a spine to Season 8’s meandering “can you kill your way to peace?” debate. Rick has clear marching orders if he wants to honor his son’s legacy—and let that legacy be one of a wiser man, not a lonely boy wrestling with one hell of a home life.

His last wishes also give us a litmus test by which to measure how other characters approach the fight and the future and the value of human life—especially when they don’t know the humans. Suddenly Negan’s “one to make a point” kill strategy seems damn near altruistic, even if he does keep Lucille handy (but then who DID make the call that mowed down so many of the Kingdom fighters? Simon? That you?).

And Morgan, thus far a more sympathetic character than Negan, mowing down Saviors willy-nilly seems like … well … the actions of a guy who will be shuffled off to Fear the Walking Dead next month.

Killing off Carl also forces Rick’s hand in the truth of his “I did this all for you” deal. He didn't save his boy, but he has redemption in toddler Judith, even easier pickings in an intensifying war. Given that and his "I'll make it real" promise, his dad honor has never been more on the line.

So a different man and a different leader really should emerge. A much more interesting one than the perpetually sweaty and bleary-eyed walking anxiety attack we’ve grown to know and … tolerate … ish. That would be so, so much a good thing (not to mention, the intriguing change of pace in watching our characters doing something, anything other than fight).

Problem is—all evidence to the contrary thus far. Absent Carl, only Michonne is directly in Rick’s emotional line of fire to call him on his blood lust and myopic focus on Negan’s death, even as the danger of his current modus has never been more painfully evident. Neither Negan nor his minions killed Carl and Rick knows it, not to mention the part where, had Rick OK’d their saving Saddiq at the outset, Carl needn't have gone back for him.

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'The Walking Dead' shed some light on those flash-forward scenes.

Negan’s genuine sorrow over the death of the heir apparent he hoped to coax over to his side felt more genuine and fatherly than Rick’s own turmoil—thus far, the SOP sweat-soaked pacing and snarling he applies to damn near every situation since time immemorial.

Sure, he could be shell-shocked. Sure, he didn’t kill Jadis when he could have. But he didn't show her mercy, either, so it's hard to apply any real change of heart right there. What should be front of mind, regardless of how badly he wants to off his enemy, is that his people need to reach a stocked and fortified homestead, and then regroup for a collective response to Negan’s latest efforts.

Pregnant Maggie, who has suffered equal losses and is bringing an infant into this world, seems to understand her place, her people and her resources—and the power of time well bided—far better than Rick. But there are still six episodes to go.

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Killing Carl wipes clean the comic series’ core storyline—one the comic's fans looked forward to because it shaped Carl’s own character evolution and the tenor and future actions of the group whose leadership he grows into.

Yes, the mythology’s creator Robert Kirkman has said he takes no exception to the show making this epic swerve. But Dead still needs a future generation—someone who has come of age in the apocalypse with little “the way it was” baggage to color his or her idea of better days and the twisty morality of a personal universe in which anyone, everyone, could die tomorrow.

Maybe that person will now be little Henry, who suffered so much loss, was trained to kill (OK, survive) and then walked back from his skills set. Maybe Enid takes the girl-power reins and picks up the peacenik gauntlet thrown down by her lost beau/friend. Maybe Season 9 jumps decades into the future and Rick’s Little Ass-Kicker and Maggie’s will show us how it’s done. But right now, even with Grace in her crib and Baby Rhee in Maggie's belly, everything just seems endlessly bleak.

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Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes in The Walking Dead Season 8 midseason premiere

And then there is this. Even diehard fans are suffering an overabundance of characters we barely know, never mind knowing them well enough to care. The snippets of time we’re afforded with our favorites hardly stave off a nagging apathy. Picking off Carl further hobbles diehard TWD fans' hope of reassembling the remainder of our core group into the scrappy, resourceful (and ultimately triumphant) unit that fed our addiction to the show in the first place—and with no sign of an equally compelling B Squad.

In October, Scott Gimple told TV Insider that his group had great plans for Dead's next 100 episodes. But will any of the able actors who got them there in the first place be around, since only Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Melissa McBride (Carol), Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Lennie James (Morgan) remain? And James already has his transfer papers.

So will we even riot if Daryl dies anymore?! Or has too-many-characters fatigue a) numbed our concern for the guy and b) chased many of our fellow rioters away seasons ago?

As I've said in past recaps, I never much liked Carl ... until I finally did. Until his fresh perspective was injected into All Out War when I really, really needed it. And then they killed him and his evolution, and another longtime cast member was cast aside in favor of a whole lot of also-rans who've yet to win our hearts. It's hard to image how that could bode well.

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Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 9

With little regard for longtime cast members and so many current ones in the "Meh" column (I'll paint the targets on Gabriel, Tara and Rosita myself), which jaw-dropper death could come next? Since we don't know the timeline of Morgan's Fear stint, could be him—but that wouldn't be much of a shock.

Dead fans fear the announcement that Lauren Cohan, locked in a contract dispute with the show's executive team, has signed onto an ABC pilot. Maggie's lack of baby bump could certainly be chalked up to a timeframe that seems much longer as we wait many months for new seasons. Or could she have a target on her head, too, and killing a visibly pregnant woman is a risk even Dead won't take?

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'Pay the woman,' said the actor, who plays Ezekiel on AMC's hit.

The double-dealing Eugene would seem an epic loss, at least to me, if only for his much-needed injection of levity. Some fans think it might be Negan, too, given the mutiny that's a brewin' in his own ranks and both Rick and Maggie's ire.

But that's precisely where Carl's death might truly lead to salvation—for our brave survivors and for The Walking Dead. In the comics, Rick ends his war with the Saviors by sparing Negan's life, not taking it. Carl wrote to both men, urging peace. We saw Negan tending veggies in Carl's dreams.

A scenario in which Rick chooses not to pull the trigger on Negan or Negan chooses not to make mush of Rick's head seems a long, long way off—longer than our already tested patience has to give it. But detente would honor Carl's wishes like none other. And give Dead a fresh focus: rebuilding the world.

The Walking Dead, Sundays, 9/8c on AMC

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WATCH: Sterling K. Brown Hilariously Re-Creates 'SNL' Opening Title With Toys

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 1:30pm

As Randall on This Is Us, we all know that Sterling K. Brown's talent is limitless, but he's now using that talent in a very unexpected way as he preps for his Saturday Night Live hosting duties on March 10.

Usually when a star hosts SNL, they film a set of promos and teaser clips to get viewers excited, but Brown's promo takes the cake—all the cakes, really.

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In the clip, Brown serves as narrator—and quite literally everything else—as he re-creates the show's iconic opening title sequence. The scene features a cardboard city landscape, with toys and action figures serving as the cast—the music provided by a retro-looking boombox.

Yet the source of the music wasn't the only thing booming, as Brown's voice introduced the cast one-by-one, beginning with a Scooby-Doo Fred doll standing in as Beck Bennet following a Care Bare figurine as Aidy Bryant and so on.

For a look at the full promo, watch the video below, as the cast role call becomes increasingly funny.

Just as you begin to think seeing an Iron Man action figure with a bowler hat glued to its head standing in for James Bay is funny, then you're in for a surprise when Brown flips the camera to himself and announces the wrong host. "And your host, Steve Martin," he exclaims excitedly before correcting himself. "Crap—Sterling K. Brown!"

If this promo is any indication for what fans can look forward to this Saturday, then count us in.

Saturday Night Live, Saturdays, 11:30/10:30c, NBC

'Hawaii Five-0': Ian Anthony Dale on What's Next in Adam's Intense Mission

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 1:00pm

Is anyone having a tougher year than Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale) on CBS's Hawaii Five-0?

Besides being separated from his wife, Kono (Grace Park, who left the series after last season along with co-star Daniel Dae Kim), who is working in the States, he's also neck-deep in a mission that is not only endangering his life but is also causing so much stress that Adam's typically tough exterior is starting to crack.

In the Friday, March 9 episode (titled “Hōlapu ke ahi, koe iho ka lehu," which is Hawaiian for "The Fire Blazed Up, Then Only Ashes Were Left") as part of his mission, Adam and ex-con Jessie (Christine Ko) steal some toxic chlorine gas that winds up in the wrong hands, endangering thousands of innocent lives on the island. Will Adam have to lean on McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and the Five-0 team, or will he help stop the situation himself? And how much longer can he mentally handle the tough mission in which he's involved?

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Dale, who is also starring in upcoming second season of CBS's summer drama Salvation, recently talked with TV Insider about what we'll see in Friday's episode and what's to come for Adam. From what he tells us, things aren't going to let up anytime soon.

Since becoming a series regular on Hawaii Five-0, they’ve really been giving you some meaty stories and scenes this whole season!
Ian Anthony Dale:
I'm the luckiest guy in the cast because I get this really juice serialized storyline, that story arc that continues throughout the season. I've been very pleased from a creative standpoint.

How would you describe Adam’s mental state at this point?
When McGarrett asked him to head up this task force, for Adam, he finally has found purpose again. He was wandering aimlessly for a bit after he got out of prison, and certainly when Kono and him are separated. Suddenly, he doesn't quite have an identity, and he's really given purpose again when McGarrett deputizes him.

I love the confidence that he takes into the operation, but clearly he gets in over his head right away. You see that episode after episode—suddenly, the frustration builds, and it starts to compound to the point where you need to let it out. In Adam's situation, the one person that he needs the most, that he relies on for that comfort is nowhere to be seen, is on the mainland. I think on the one hand he's got the pressures of the job eating away at him and there's all that pressure he places on himself in order to succeed at that.

Ian Anthony Dale as Adam Noshimuri in CBS's Hawaii Five-0

In this week’s episode, we see Adam make a pretty significant blunder that was hard to forecast, but it happened under his watch. He's someone who wants to be accountable and take responsibility for his actions and this blunder, or oversight, leads him to enlist the help of McGarrett and the rest of the task force. It's kind of exciting because you get a glimpse of what it might look like if Adam some day joins the team in a more permanent capacity.

But, getting back to your point, deep inside, Adam just misses his wife and feels a little bit of resentment that after six years of doing everything possible, risking each other's lives, saving each other's lives, doing everything he can to be together, suddenly, she's made this choice that something else, this other pursuit, is more important than Adam. And at a time when Adam needs her the most, he doesn't have her to call on. I think that's where the frustration really comes from for him.

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Cumming reflects on portraying the first gay character in a lead role in a network TV drama.

Does he really trust anybody? There’s some question about Jessie’s loyalty, but can he also trust himself?
He doesn't, he really doesn't. He needs friends and allies in the underworld in order to try to blow it up from the inside out. And he had a very brief short period of time to be able to vet any potential candidates to help him. He puts his blind faith in this young Jessie Namora, who's fresh out of women's correctional facility in Kailua. He knows very little about her but just trusts her on instinct.

I think he discovers in this week’s episode that perhaps his instincts when it comes to judging people maybe aren't his sharpest as you would like them to be. And so, there's all this sort of paranoia and suspicion. Who can he trust? Can he trust anybody? And the one person he can trust with your life is unfortunately not there.

If you could give Adam one piece of advice, what would you tell him that he might need right now?
Heading into episode 17, I would say, "Don't be afraid to ask for help." And that's something he doesn't do very well. He really just has a lot of self-confidence to be able to figure out the problems when they arise, and he needs to remember that he's always got the best and the brightest on the island in his phone ready to call on at any moment.

I think sometimes he forgets that. He doesn't want to inconvenience people because he wants to take care of the problem himself and show his worth. So, that would be my advice to him. I think he might be able to circumvent some of these more dire situations if he would just call on help more often.

Dale will also return as Harris this summer in Season 2 of CBS's Salvation

You’re about to jump from Hawaii Five-0 to shooting the second season of Salvation. Is it an easy switch for you from Adam to Harris? They’re different characters, but both are in very extreme, high-pressure situations.
It'll be fun to dive back into the Harris Edwards [character]. But, yeah, the high stakes are both there for Adam and Harris. I can transfer my approach preparing for each character in a similar way with regard to that aspect of what they're going through on screen.

The relationships are different, however, and the sensibilities different. In fact, I try to make Harris a character who appears as if he never gets to eat because he's working so hard. As an actor, what I have to do is essentially is do the same thing. It hasn't been enjoyable preparing for my tight government suits on Salvation, but shifting gears from the mind of an ex-criminal to the mind of a former fighter pilot who is through-and-through a company man, yeah. You need a bit of a break in between to sort of just clear out the space in your head that was being occupied by Adam and fill it with rebuilding Harris.

Here's the trailer for this week's episode of Hawaii Five-0:

Hawaii Five-0, Fridays, 9/8c, CBS.

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