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'The Americans' Star Matthew Rhys Gets Nostalgic & Teases the Series Finale

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 5:00pm

It’s time for comrades of FX’s acclaimed Cold War spy thriller The Americans to lift a glass of vodka and say dasvidaniya.

Matthew Rhys, who plays Philip Jennings, the emotionally torn Soviet agent married to ferociously patriotic fellow spy Elizabeth (Keri Russell), shares his thoughts as the end approaches.

The show certainly became timely with Russia meddling in the 2016 election, didn’t it?

Matthew Rhys: In the first season, journalists questioned whether Russian interest in the United States was still relevant. We feared we wouldn’t last more than a season or two. It’s nice to know that we’ve become relevant.

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The actress also dishes on the series she misses the most and her dream co-star.

The Americans is as much about marriage as politics. Where are the Jenningses in the show’s final episode?

They’re desperately trying to meet in the middle, but they have such opposing forces pulling on them.

Will Elizabeth ultimately accept Gorbachev’s reform in the motherland?

While Philip thinks it’s great, Elizabeth’s mandate to defend [the old order] defines who she is. Elizabeth is really falling apart.

Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings, Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings. CR: Patrick Harbron/FX

On the other hand, Philip seems to have regrets.

Yes. The final betrayal of Martha [the FBI secretary whom he fake-married] weighed heavily on him. And he’s also tired of all the killing.

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The show's executive producers provide some vital intel.

You and Keri shared many emotional scenes together. Does your real-life relationship help you get to the heart of those moments?

There are times when working day-to-day in a very intense manner with your partner helps, and sometimes knowing someone so well doesn’t. When you’re annoyed about the way they left the bathroom [at home], it doesn’t help the scene you’re about to play. You have to take the best and try to ignore the worst.

Any hints on the finale?

I had hoped for a shock or surprise ending. I was incredibly impressed with how the producers threw a curveball that I don’t think anyone will see coming. It was a very emotional roller coaster — and then incredibly moving.

The Americans, Series finale Wednesday, May 30, 10/9c, FX

Will Another 'NCIS' Character Leave the Show? Season 15 Finale Hints at Exit

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:15pm

During the May 22 Season 15 finale of NCIS, a longtime character's fate was left uncertain by the end of the episode, titled "Date With Destiny."

Throughout the episode, the team undergoes a manhunt for a terrorist nicknamed "The Monster." When they discover that Nigel Hakim (Pej Vahdat), a man under British protection, could in fact be their culprit, they chase after him.

Rocky Carroll in the NCIS episode "Date with Destiny."

Fans weren't left with a tidy conclusion but rather a concerning cliffhanger involving Leon (Rocky Carroll). After a confusing game of cat and mouse, the team makes an effort to stop a plane that "The Monster" was supposed to be on, only to find out he had taken another.

While their disappointment sets in, things are only just beginning for Leon who is actually on a plane with "The Monster" unbeknownst to the rest of the team. His head covered by a black cloth bag, Leon is revealed by the terrorist as he snatches the cover.

12 Sweet 'NCIS' Behind-the-Scenes Moments With Pauley Perrette (PHOTOS) 12 Sweet 'NCIS' Behind-the-Scenes Moments With Pauley Perrette (PHOTOS)

The actress left the series for good on May 8.

"The Monster" claims that Leon — "the hero" — killed so many of his brothers, implying that his capture was one part of revenge for the mysterious man. Needless to say, "The Monster," whispering "infidel" into Leon's ear, was enough to give viewers chills.

So what could this mean for the fate of the NCIS director? Fans will have to wait until Season 16 this fall, but things don't look great for Leon.

Finally got a chance to read your messages. Thanks for the kind words. Keep your fingers crossed for Vance!

— Rocky Carroll (@RockyCOfficial) May 23, 2018

If Rocky Carroll's character were to leave the show, it would be the third big loss in less than a year, since Pauley Perrette and Duane Henry left the show earlier this season. There's been no indication about whether or not Carroll will return yet, but it's safe to say that he'll likely be in the first episode of Season 16 so fans have a conclusion to this cliffhanger.

Depending on his fate in the beginning of Season 16, fans may have to say goodbye. Carroll has been on the show for 10 years, beginning his role in Season 5 of CBS's smash hit. Here's to hoping Leon lives to see another day.

Emilia Clarke Teases Daenerys' Final 'Game of Thrones' Scene: 'It F***ed Me Up'

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 1:00pm

Game of Thrones isn't returning until next year, but many of the actors have already filmed their most pivotal scenes, including Emilia Clarke as kickass Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen.

She revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that she has filmed her last scene as the ice-blonde queen, and that "It f***ed me up, knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone's mouth of what Daenerys is ..."

Someone else who knows what happens this season is Daenerys' deceased TV husband, Jason Momoa. The actor told Entertainment Weekly, "It's going to be the greatest thing that's ever aired on TV. It's going to be unbelievable."

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It took nearly two months to film.

Could the big twist be multiple deaths? Yes, according to Francesca Orsi, SVP of Drama at HBO.

At the INTV Conference in Israel in March, Orsi spoke about being present at the table read for the final eight GoT episodes and said, "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."

Game of Thrones, 2019, HBO

Nick Jonas, Michael B. Jordan Revealed as 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Performers & Presenters

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:00pm

June is getting close and that means fans of the MTV Movie & TV Awards are that much closer to enjoying this year's big night, hosted by Tiffany Haddish.

Airing Monday, June 18, the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards will feature more than just awards — it'll also have some superstar performances and big name presenters. On the performance roster? Nick Jonas and Mustard (formerly DJ Mustard) and Chloe x Halle who will take to the stage during the ceremony.

Chris Pratt to Receive Generation Award at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Chris Pratt to Receive Generation Award at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

The June 18 live show will be hosted by Tiffany Haddish.

Mustard and Jonas will perform their new hit "Anywhere" for fans, while Chloe x Halle will take on a medley of "The Kids Are Alright" and "Warrior" from their debut album. The former Jonas Brother is a nominee at the event for his work in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Chloe x Halle star alongside Yara Shahidi in grown-ishwhich is also nominated.

MTV has also revealed a lengthy list of high-profile presenters, including Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Fahrenheit 451), Seth Rogen (Freaks and GeeksFuture Man), Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Mila Kunis (That '70s Show), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Zendaya (The Greatest ShowmanK.C. Undercover), and Common (The Chi).

Tiffany Haddish Set to Host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Tiffany Haddish Set to Host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

The comedian will run the event taking place June 18.

Some of the presenters are also nominees, such as Jordan, who is nominated for his work in Black Panther and Rodriguez for Jane the Virgin.

Don't miss the event when it airs June 18 on MTV. It's sure to be a hilarious few hours with host Haddish!

MTV Movie & TV Awards, Monday, June 18, 9/8c, MTV

The Ladies From TNT's 'Claws' Dish on Season 2 Changes, Their Mani Skills & More

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 9:00am

Slay! That’s the word on the gold chain hanging around the neck of fierce salon owner/money launderer Desna Simms (Niecy Nash) as she paces the Nail Artisans shop on the Claws set in New Orleans (doubling for Manatee County, Florida). It’s also a fitting description for the hot TNT dramedy.

Produced by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, Claws defied expectations when it premiered last June by being equal parts outrageous comedy (the show’s fantasy sequences are over-the-top fun) and life-or-death drama (given the Mafia’s piece of the action, murders are commonplace).

'Claws' Returns for Season 2 and the Ladies Are Taking Charge (VIDEO) 'Claws' Returns for Season 2 and the Ladies Are Taking Charge (VIDEO)

Take a first look at the new season of TNT's bawdy dramedy.

Claws also fell in line with TNT’s successful string of edgy, female-driven fare (including Ellen Barkin’s Animal Kingdom and Michelle Dockery’s Good Behavior) and the first season, um, nailed it by averaging 5.4 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms.

"Viewers," says executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois, "found here a group of women who reminded them of the strong, diverse women that dominate their own lives — and who yearn for the American dream just like men do."

Claws - Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes as Quiet Anne.

Those women? Frustrated Desna, stuck under the thumb of the Russian mob (more on them later), who leans on her workplace family, made up of con artist Polly (Carrie Preston), recovering alcoholic Jennifer (Jenn Lyon), steely Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes) and wild child Virginia (Karrueche Tran).

The ladies took a break from filming to chat about the new episodes, running in high heels and what real-life nail artists are saying about the show.

Last season, Desna and her crew wanted out of the money-laundering business, but the Russian Mafia sucked them back in. How are they handling it when the show returns?

Niecy Nash: Desna has leaned in and accepted that this is where she’s at. She looked at these women and said, "Are you on the ride with me?" We’ll find out in Season 2 who is and who isn’t.

Karrueche Tran: Virginia just likes the money. Wherever the money is, she is.

Claws- Carrie Preston

Carrie Preston as Polly.

How are the Dixie Mafia, led by Dean Norris’s Uncle Daddy, doing with all the changes?

Nash: They are not done totally.

Carrie Preston: But they’re being sat on, and they’re not happy about it!

Is there time for romance with all the criminal mayhem going on?

Preston: Yes! Polly is with Dr. Ken [Jason Antoon] now and trying to walk the straight and narrow. But she’s a con-artist identity thief who is chasing that dragon all the time.

Tran: Virginia is pregnant with Dean’s [Harold Perrineau] baby, but does she have it? Does she not?

Nash: Desna has a new love, Dr. Gregory Ruval [Jimmy Jean-Louis], a new mentor in Russian boss Zlata [Franka Potente] and, of course, her old crew.

Jenn Lyon: You don’t have to say old. We’re of similar ages!

Nash: OK, seasoned! [Laughs]

Claws - Jenn Lyon

Jenn Lyon as Jennifer Husser.

Sheryl Lee Ralph is joining the show as Matilde Ruval, part of the Haitian Mafia and Gregory’s mother. Is she friend or foe?

Nash: I would say frenemy. They used to have a term called nice-nasty when somebody is nice but they’ve got a little twang on the end of them…

Lyon: That was a song! "Nicety!" You’re too young to know this, Karrueche. [All but Tran belt out "Nicety" by Michel’le] "Some people think I’m nice. Some people think I’m nasty, but if you really want to know, just ask me and I’ll say, I’m nicety."

Preston: Well, and there might be a wedding at some point this season too.

Why do you think the series struck such a nerve?

Nash: You see women doing things that had typically been reserved for men in television. When you watched the Breaking Bads of the world or The Sopranos, it’s always guys who were badass. These ladies are unapologetic. They are comfortable in their skin and they’re vibrant. They’re living full lives.

CLAWS - Karrueche Tran

Karrueche Tran as Virginia Loc.

You have tons of celebrity fans too, including Stephen King, RuPaul and Kevin Hart.…

Nash: Tracee Ellis Ross and Chrissy Metz.

Tran: Snoop Dogg wants to get on the show.

Judy Reyes: I heard from Taraji P. Henson — she’s a fan.

Running in heels is a normal occurrence on the show. Who is best at it?

Preston/Lyon: Karrueche!

Tran: I love it! It’s fun.

Who has the hardest time?

Lyon: Niecy. [Everyone laughs]

Nash: Damn! [To Lyon] I was gonna say you!

Lyon: I wear flats!

Nash: I do have an amazing stuntwoman. [Laughs]

Claws - Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash as Desna Simms.

Who is the most like her character?

All but Nash: Niecy!

Tran: Momma, yeah.

Nash: I am the most like my character. If you don’t have what you need, let me help you. Where were we when Karrueche said, "I can’t wait until we get to the hotel ’cause I need a Band-Aid." And I said, "Right in my purse. I got Band-Aids and ointment. Now clean it properly before you bandage it up." I’ve been a mother so long, it’s just a part of my DNA.

How are your manicure skills now that you have a season of filming under your belt?

Reyes: They can do it with their eyes closed!

Nash: We all went to nail school and ended up with an aptitude for certain things. I leaned right into acrylics. This is my jam. I’ve been getting this done since I was 13.

Tran: We also take it very seriously on set. It has to look real.

Reyes: There are way too many gel techs out there scrutinizing our show on Instagram and Twitter.


Dean Norris in Claws.

Really? So you do hear from them?

Preston: Yes!

Nash: I live in Los Angeles and as soon as I get off that plane, people recognize me from Claws and say, "Girl, let me see your nails!" I always have to feel prepared when I go out. It’s pressure from people, because they expect your nails to be fly!

Claws, Season 2 Premiere, Sunday, June 10, 9/8c, TNT

Jenna Fischer's 'Splitting Up Together' Blog: Things Get Hot in the Season Finale!

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:00pm

[This is the weekly post-mortem column for ABC's new comedy, Splitting Up Togethercourtesy of star Jenna Fischer, who plays Lena.  Watch a new episode every Tuesday and then come to TV Insider to read Jenna's behind-the-scenes insights in her own words! SPOILER ALERT: Read ahead only after watching the first season finale, "Heat Wave."]

AHHHHHHHH!!!!! Spoiler Alert!

What did you guys think?! How do you feel about Lena and Martin (Oliver Hudson) hooking up?! What will it mean for next season!? Are they really ready to reconcile?

Okay, let me back up. The episode starts with Lena and Martin loading their kids onto a bus for summer camp in what might be my favorite scene of the entire series. When my husband, Lee, saw this scene, he said, “It’s like they came over to our house and filmed you packing for a real trip.” It’s true. (There is a good chance I would pack a teakettle for a camping trip.)

Oliver said he’s had these exact same conversations with his wife, too. I’ve never felt more at home in a scene. If you want to know what I’m like in real life, this scene says it all!

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What are the new shows will you see on ABC later this year? We've got the full list by day.

After the kids leave, there is a massive heat wave and no AC in the garage. Martin generously invites Lena to stay in the main house, in Mae’s room, until the heat breaks. And, despite their split, Lena and Martin decide to throw their annual summertime piña colada party.

It’s wonderfully dorky. Did you notice all of the decorations? Insane! (It is my belief that if Lena and Martin sold off some of their party décor they could easily afford to live in separate places.)

The party was an especially fun scene to shoot because it involved almost the entire adult cast…which is a rare thing. We all had to learn "The Piña Colada Song" and sing it at the top of our lungs like a bunch of nerds for several hours. I remember being on set and thinking “This is my JOB. I get paid to do this!” It’s so surreal.

Oliver Hudson and Monica Barbaro in the season finale.

This was also a really great episode for Monica [Barbaro], who plays Martin’s girlfriend Lisa Apple. She is so incredible in her drunken dance scene and later in the scene where she confronts Martin.

The end of the show hints at a pretty big curveball that suggests she might be sticking around longer than we expect. I sure hope so. One, because I love working with Monica and also because we STILL don’t know if Lisa Apple’s glasses are real or fake!! For me, that’s the real Season 1 cliffhanger!

Side note: I really loved the wardrobe choices for this episode. I don’t know if you noticed, but Lena and Martin slowly show more skin as the episode goes on. A symbolic stripping of their defenses.

Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson (and, um, Josh the turtle) get hot and heavy in the first season finale. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

Finally, some scoop on the love scene: It isn’t easy to find new, funny ways to film a love scene on TV, but I feel like we managed to find one in our inclusion of Josh the turtle.

The choice to hold Josh while we make out wasn’t in the script. It sort of happened organically while we rehearsed. The script simply said that Martin runs in with the turtle and passionately explains that he wants to be back with Lena. And then Martin and Lena start kissing. It wasn’t until that moment we realized “What do we do with Josh?”

It didn’t make sense for Martin to break away and put the turtle back in its cage before kissing Lena, so our director said, "Let’s just try one and see what you naturally do with Josh." So we did! And that is how Josh wound up in our love scene!

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Plus, CBS renews 'Criminal Minds,' NBC renews 'The Blacklist,' and more.

Thank you everyone for supporting our first season of Splitting Up Together. The cast, crew, writers, and producers are so excited to get started on Season 2. I wish I could tell you all of the things we have planned but that would ruin the fun. Trust me, it’s pretty awesome stuff! Enjoy your summer! See you this fall!

[And everyone at wants to thank Jenna Fischer for these entertaining, informative and all around awesome post-mortem blogs this season. We cannot wait for Season 2!]

Nora Who? 'The Flash' EP Gives More Info on That Surprise Season 4 Finale Guest

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 9:00pm

[The following contains MAJOR spoilers for The Flash Season 4 finale, "We Are the Flash." If you haven't watched it yet, what are you doing here?!]

Ding dong! An unexpected guest dropped by the Allen home in the final moments of tonight's The Flash episode. And just when we thought the crazy had been contained by the demise of The Thinker (Neil Sandilands), things went off the charts once again.

The vaguely familiar face — until now only known as Mystery Girl (played by Jessica Parker Kennedy), who popped up at Iris and Barry's crossover delayed wedding — arrived bearing wishes for Joe and Cecile's newborn. She also brought a revelation a lot of folks had suspected: She's actually Barry and Iris' daughter... from the future! And apparently, she's followed in her daddy's speedy footsteps, big mistakes and all.

Nora Who? 'The Flash' EP Gives More Info on That Surprise Season 4 Finale Guest Nora Who? 'The Flash' EP Gives More Info on That Surprise Season 4 Finale Guest

Make room for baby! Showrunner Todd Helbing breaks down that big Season 4 twist.

Below, showrunner Todd Helbing explains to TV Insider what's up.

The secret daughter!

Todd Helbing: The secret daughter, yes! [Laughs]

When did you guys start to think about laying that story out?

It's funny, a year ago, when we pitched Season 4 to the studio and we were talking about Barry and Iris getting married, the question of 'When are they going to have kids?' came up. We were like, 'Well, we have this idea to do this,' and they were like, 'Yes, let's do it!' That was a year ago. Hat's off to Jessica [Parker Kennedy], because when we sat down with her, it was like, 'Look, are you open to basically coming for five scenes in a year, then coming back next season?' It's a big ask for an actor and she's so amazing and cool and great to work with and she was totally down with it.

Nice. The idea of a unified team was delivered nicely in the finale, but you had us a little scared earlier in the season with the possibility of Cisco (Carlos Valdes) opting to leave.


Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe and Candice Patton as Iris West (Shane Harvey/The CW)

And with any show, there's always the possibility of a cast change that would alter the formulation of the team. Do you ever worry about the team getting too big?

That's certainly a concern. If you look at [past seasons] for instance, Season 1, everybody had their jobs. Their roles were pretty defined, and then as they got caught up in this craziness of meta-humans and Big Bads, things changed. Like Joe (Jesse L. Martin) was in the Cortex and everybody was in there working together and their jobs got less defined.

So, in Season 4, towards the second half of the season, we wanted to redefine where everybody is in this universe, as far as the team and what their roles are. I think next season, we want to do the same thing, even a little bit more so because the cast is expanding a little bit. We're sort of forced to but it helps us story-wise with splitting them off into pairs or pairings. We're going to get Iris (Candice Patton) out in the field again investigating and writing more. And Ralph (Hartley Sawyer), we explored a little bit of his detective side but not really, so next season we're going to dive into that a little bit more. Cisco is going to have a story. It's going to help us, hopefully, and not hurt us.

 'You Gotta Stick with the Plan' 'The Flash' EP Todd Helbing on Ralph's Demise: 'You Gotta Stick with the Plan'

It might be a stretch to expect Elongated Man to bounce back from DeVoe's attack.

How will Nora's sudden arrival impact Barry and Iris?

A lot of next season is going to be exploring this question of, what is it like to meet your daughter at basically the same age you are? And pretty quick into the season, you're going to learn exactly what time period she's from and what her dynamic is with her parents.

She can actually come back and tell them, 'This is what you've grown into.'

[Laughs] Yeah. It's funny because Barry's learned his lessons from time travel, right? He's made as big a mistake as you could and Nora has made a pretty big mistake and now it's interesting for Barry to be on the other side. He also has to decide what information he wants to get from her and what he doesn't, because he knows the ramifications of knowing that stuff too soon.

That whole space-time continuum thing can really mess things up!

Yes, exactly.

Parents of the year? maybe, but what year?! Candice Patton as Iris West and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Katie Yu/The CW)

Have you thought of what villain you'd like for next season?

I think we certainly needed to take a break from Speedsters. I really like the more human qualities of villains than the meta-human qualities, so for next season, we're going to follow that trend.

Do you plan on pulling from The Flash comics or from the wider DC Comics universe?

The Flash comics, but there's always going to be a Speedster component. It's The Flash, so there will be Speedsters, but our main villain next season is a non-Speedster.

The Flash, Returns Fall 2018, Tuesdays, 8/7c, The CW

See Becca Kufrin Meet the 'Bachelorette' 2018 Contestants in the Season Premiere (PHOTOS)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 6:00pm

Season 14 for the new Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin apparently goes spectacularly well, because the Minnesota native revealed on May 22 that yes, she's engaged!

As the eligible bachelors pull up in their limos and then move on to the cocktail hour, the process of elimination begins.

So, the questions on all the viewers' minds will be: Who does she have chemistry with? Who's the villain this season? And who does Becca give the first impression rose to?

Meet Becca's 'Bachelorette' 2018 Contestants (PHOTOS) Meet Becca's 'Bachelorette' 2018 Contestants (PHOTOS)

Let's do the damn thing!

From the looks of the first photos, Becca has a great group of guys ready for a mature, loving, and loyal relationship. Cough, cough, Arie.

Click through the gallery above to check out Becca on her first night as Bachelorette.

The Bachelorette, Season 14 Premiere, Monday, May 28, 8/7c, ABC

Why Maddie Poppe & Caleb Lee Hutchinson Kept Their 'American Idol' Romance Secret

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 5:00pm

On Monday night, American Idol not only crowned a new winner in Maddie Poppe, but she and runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson also announced they're a couple in real life, and the moment made judge Katy Perry's chair spin — literally.

The adorable new couple, who have stolen America's hearts, revealed to ET that their relationship started during Hollywood Week back in January.

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Former finalists, winners, memorable audition singers, and one wild fan come together.

"It was the first day of Hollywood Week and we haven’t really spent any time apart since then," Caleb revealed. "It was one of those things where I didn’t want it to affect anything, and I didn’t want to exploit my feelings for her ‘cause they’re very, very real. Once voting was over, I was like, 'Shoot, I want the world to know.'"

The country crooner admitted he knew "very quickly" his feelings for Maddie were strong.

MY GIRLFRIEND WON AMERICAN IDOL!!! No one deserved it more than you babe. I am honored to know you and even more honored to call you mine. Don’t forget about me. I love you ❤

A post shared by Caleb Lee Hutchinson (@calebleemusic) on May 21, 2018 at 9:12pm PDT

Maddie told ET she was hoping to wind up in the finale two with Caleb.

"We really wished that this could happen and just that it happened, I’m just so happy, so on top of the world, that I can’t even believe this is my life, so it’s pretty amazing," she said.

And for Caleb, even though he lost the singing competition, he said he won in another department — "I don’t feel any type of bitter loss at all. I’m just so happy for her."

Relationship goals. #AmericanIdol #IdolFinale

— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) May 22, 2018

You can catch Maddie and Caleb on tour this summer with the rest of the crew from the Top 7.

Sportscaster Mauro Ranallo Hopes to Save Lives With Showtime Doc 'Bipolar Rock 'N Roller'

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 4:00pm

Mauro Ranallo provides the soundtrack to some of the biggest fights in the world of boxing, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling. Yet despite everything he has seen during his prolific career, it’s the combat sports broadcaster’s lifetime battle with mental illness that has been the biggest fight of all.

The voice of Showtime Championship Boxing, Bellator MMA and WWE NXT brings his struggles with Bipolar Affective Disorder to the forefront in the powerful new Showtime Sports documentary Bipolar Rock ‘N Roller.

Titled with the moniker the Canadian gave himself as a broadcast personality and DJ, the film makes its May 25 debut fittingly during Mental Health Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness of mental health. And with this documentary, Ranallo wants to raise that same awareness by letting viewers take a real, unflinching look at what mental illness does to people.

“This is often perceived as an invisible illness,” Ranallo told us.

“The fact that I’m not on crutches with a broken leg or I’m not in a wheelchair or take insulin for diabetes or are on chemotherapy for cancer, people tend to feel this illness is all in our imagination. That we are doing it for attention or trying to manipulate people. That is the furthest thing from the truth.

"I want people to be uncomfortable. I want people to be severely impacted by what they see. I want them to realize that there needs to be more understanding, compassion and more resources and communication. And less of, ‘You can snap out of it. You’re lazy. Get out of bed.’

"It’s about time we just shut up and listen to people who have something to say about their illness, especially men. We are losing way too many people around the world.”

The emboldened 48-year-old wants to erase the stigma attached to mental illness. Although there is much work to be done, he feels there is some modicum of change. The conversation is growing louder.

Ranallo, who was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder at an early age, is among the names — including Sterling K. Brown, Clark Gregg and Taraji P. Henson — who are using their celebrity for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) #CureStigma social media awareness campaign launched to raise awareness for the 1 in 5 adults living with a mental health condition.

You look at DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love and what they’ve done in the NBA. What Logic has done, the hip-hop artist. Even Mariah Carey doing a cover piece in People about her struggle with bipolar disorder. So, the conversation is growing louder,” Ranallo said.

“I thought it would be the perfect time to show my story, and my story represents millions of others. It’s not about Mauro Ranallo the announcer and my career or what I’ve done in terms of my profession. It’s about a human being who has refused to give up fighting regardless of what he has had to endure. And if I can do it, we all can.”

He is grateful to have a strong support network of family, friends and understanding employers. Ranallo believes the fact that he is so transparent and open has helped bring more good days than bad.

“I do wear my condition not as a badge of honor by any means, but there is a gift as well as a curse with what I’ve had to deal with,” he said. “That is why we should be celebrating them rather than stigmatizing because many millions of people who suffer are some of the most empathetic, brilliant people on the planet. It’s time.

"I hope this documentary, if it can just save one life. One person to say, ‘Wow. I’m not alone. I don’t have to take the drastic measure of killing myself. There is help out there.’ We need more help. The government needs to provide more resources for mental health. All of us as a society need to stop stigmatizing those who are suffering because when we suffer in silence, we remain silence and some of us it can be permanent.”

Bipolar Rock ‘N Roller was in many ways years in the making. Ranallo can trace seeds for the project going back to 2006 in Toronto when he worked for the Fight Network.

It was there he befriended a young editor/cameraman/aspiring filmmaker Haris Usanovic, who was a fan of the veteran commentator’s work from his Pride Fighting Championships days and calling Muay Thai fights on TSN.

“As we spent more time out of the office, he began to see what my other life is like,” Ranallo recalled.

“He was fascinated like so many other people, but he was surprised by the fact nobody knows what I go through. Maybe there was a short film or PSA that we can put together to try to bring awareness to mental health.

"The more we investigated it, the more we documented. The fact he told me from day one that my life without mental health is incredible and worthy of a documentary. It’s not about my ego, the fact he was able to capture so much of what my battle and struggle was.

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“Then Showtime came on board. They’ve always had my back. That’s another thing I want to stress. Many millions of dollars are lost each year due to mental health issues in the workplace. Many people lose their jobs when they should be given the support and time off to get better the same you would any other illness.

"We didn’t know how it would come to fruition, but the fact it is now a documentary that is airing on Showtime is a testament to everyone’s involvement and wanting to get behind something that is literally killing people unnecessarily.”

Ranallo screened the finished product. For him, it was arresting, and at times uncomfortable and cringeworthy, to take a deep look at himself.

“I understand people saying this is courageous and brave. It’s not,” he said.

“This is something that is necessary, and for me to be given the platform that I’ve been given with the greatest career I could ask for. I have to give back and with this platform reaching not just one but so many.

"Whether it’s boxing, MMA, kickboxing, professional wrestling, my social media accounts. I want to be a voice for the voiceless. I want to use the voice I use to make a living to try to save lives.”

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He is known for bringing a genuine excitement to any broadcast he is a part of including the record-breaking Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor super bout last year. Professionally, Ranallo’s plate is full, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“People often wonder how I maintain the schedule I do,” he said.

“First of all, I love it. For me, to be behind the microphone and having the headset in that stressful environment that should maybe trigger a meltdown or breakdown. For me, that’s when I’m most alive. That has always kept me alive. It’s not a juggling act.

"The only thing that has been a casualty of my condition is because I call Showtime Championship Boxing, Bellator MMA and some of the other events, I couldn’t be on the road 52 weeks a year with WWE like I was for the one year for SmackDown Live on USA Network. I will always be thankful to WWE for letting me be the voice of SmackDown Live and bring it to the USA Network.

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The deal is reported to take effect in October 2019.

“I don’t need to address whatever rumors or rumblings there may have been. At the end of the day, the reason I’m no longer on SmackDown Live is because it was taking too much of a toll on my mental health.

"People can say what they want about WWE. Paul Levesque, Vince McMahon, Michael Cole, they all gave me another life by bringing me back to call NXT. That’s where I should have been in the beginning. I’ve never been happier as a professional wrestling announcer than I am right now calling what has been the best brand in sports entertainment in NXT.

"So, all of that has turned out for the best. The fact WWE has allowed footage to be used in the doc and has openly supported me with this is another sign that we are going in the right direction. All of us are coming together to raise awareness and eliminating the stigma of mental health issues.”

Bipolar Rock 'N Roller, premieres Friday, May 25, 9/8c, Showtime

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'The Expanse' & Other TV Shows Moving to New Networks Next Year

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:30pm

New year, new network.

Some of your favorite shows are swapping their homes for something new and improved. The most notable save is NBC's pick-up of the cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, after it was surprisingly cancelled following five seasons by Fox.

The Peacock has ordered a sixth season with 13 episodes.

Fox must have been making room for Last Man Standing since it revived the Tim Allen comedy after the show was canceled last year by ABC after six seasons.

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Plus, CBS renews 'Criminal Minds,' NBC renews 'The Blacklist,' and more.

Another show that was canceled was The Expanse at Syfy (pictured at top). The network decided to end the space drama after only three seasons, and now Amazon Studios is coming to the rescue. The streaming service is picking up sci-fi series for a fourth season.

It was recently rumored that the upcoming (and potential final) fourth season of the Bachelor-inspired dating show, UnREAL, will reportedly air on Hulu instead of its current home network, Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The upcoming season has already been cut down from 10 to 8 episodes but if the show does well on Hulu, they could order more.

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The episodes were meant to be part of the now-canceled Season 4.

It's not unusual for shows to jump ship. In past years, many canceled network shows have moved on to cable channels, like ABC's Cougar Town move to TBS, ABC's Nashville pick up at CMT, and Southland moving from NBC to TNT.

And we can't forget The Mindy Project being saved by Hulu after it was axed at Fox.

One thing that can really save a show's future is social media. Fox canceled Lucifer in May and fans were in uproar, so they took to Twitter to try and convince the network it was making a mistake. The hashtag #SaveLucifer was trending for days.

Stephen Amell on His 'Arrow' Future and the New Characters Coming (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:00pm

Whenever a series goes from "that hot new show" to "that long-running show," it's inevitable that the future of the series and its cast will come up.

The CW's Arrow, the network's version of DC's Green Arrow, is entering its seventh season this fall, and the superhero show is definitely one of those that still has a lot of life in it. Still, at last week's CW Upfront in NYC, we couldn't help but ask star Stephen Amell about his future with the franchise.

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The episode is slated to air in December.

In addition to answering that big question, Amell also teased something major coming for Arrow next season — possibly the Batwoman crossover news that broke during the actual Upfront. It's a move that he says, if done right, could help the show live on for a very long time

Watch the clip below to find out what else he had to say. Plus, can you decipher that golf metaphor?

Arrow, Returns Fall 2018, Mondays, 9/8c, The CW

Watch 'The Middle' Cast Crack up Through These Hilarious Bloopers (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:15pm

The Middle's time on ABC is coming to a close with the series finale on May 22, but fans don't have to be too sad about it.

In honor of the big episode, ABC compiled one "Heck" of a blooper reel celebrating some of the set's most hilarious moments. From tongue-twister dialogue to straight-up clumsiness, fans wouldn't want to miss this carefully composed segment.

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Frankie and Mike must deal with big changes happening to their brood.

Between Eden Sher's inability to spit out Sue's quippy dialogue and Charlie McDermott's shaky walk on stilts, you'll be in stitches before the minute-and-a-half is over. Oh, and it appears that Patricia Heaton doesn't always catch the "camera rolling" cue.

Check out the video below:

The Middle, Series Finale, Tuesday, May 22, 8:30/7:30c, ABC

American Idol' Alums Reunite — See Sanjaya, Taylor Hicks and More Then & Now (PHOTOS)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 1:45pm

American Idol crowned its first winner on ABC Monday night, but it's the ghosts of show's past that really made an impression in a special segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

In a scene similar to the Michael Jackson-led music video for "We Are The World," former Idol stars came together for a song telling fans what they'd been up to, and it's hilarious.

Among the stars were former winners Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, finalists Haley Reinhart and Sanjaya Malakar, and the infamous William Hung.

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After over 200,000 auditions, we have a new champion.

Check out the video below, and click through the gallery above for a look at the favorites then and now.

American Idol will return on ABC

Misha Collins Hints at 'More Heaven Storylines' & Castiel's Role in 'Supernatural' Season 14 (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 1:00pm

Last week's season finale of The CW's Supernatural definitely left a lot of story threads dangling for the show to pick up when it returns for Season 14 this fall.

Jensen Ackles told us how he's going to approach playing a new character since Dean Winchester's body was taken over by archangel Michael in the finale. And then Jared Padalecki shared his advice for his co-star on how to act as a different character.

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It's moving forward with 'The Originals' spinoff, 'Legacies,' instead.

But let's not forget Castiel (Misha Collins), who is also in the mix, as heaven is potentially collapsing.

When we grabbed a few minutes with Collins on last week's CW upfront carpet, we asked the actor about what that means for next season, as well as if it's possible for the long-running show to top the Scooby-Doo animated episode that aired earlier this year.

Check out the interview here:

Supernaturalreturns with Season 14 this fall, The CW 

Praise Rao! Syfy Has Renewed 'Krypton' for Season 2

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:30pm

A day before its spectacularly filmed and action-packed first-season finale, Krypton has been given the greenlight for a second season on Syfy. And that is just, well, super.

The fast-paced, gorgeously crafted drama — set generations before the birth of Superman and the famed planet's big bang — launched earlier this year as the network's highest-rated premiere in three years.

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Plus, CBS renews 'Criminal Minds,' NBC renews 'The Blacklist,' and more.

Since then, Krypton has soared through a season that has seen Supe's grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) navigate his home city of Kandor's shady political and religious guilds while juggling a forbidden romance with Lyta-Zod (Georgina Campbell), an arranged engagement to Nyssa-Vex (Wallis Day), and the impending threat of world domination by Brainiac (Blake Ritson), as foretold by time-traveling superhero from Earth, Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos).

Oh, and legendary DC Comics villain General Zod (Colin Salmon) also showed up from the future. And Doomsday is currently being held in storage.

Blake Ritson as Brainiac in "The Phantom Zone," the Season 1 finale of Krypton (Steffan Hill/Syfy)

All of this makes Wednesday night's Season 1 finale, "The Phantom Zone," a major event for fans, especially since the final moments set up not just where the show is heading when it returns in 2019, but also firmly establishes where the Last Son of Krypton got his heroic genes.

Krypton, Season 1 Finale, Wednesday, May 23, 10/9c, Syfy

'The Handmaid’s Tale': Yvonne Strahovski Teases Villainous Serena's Human Side

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:00pm

Serena Joy is a force to be reckoned with on Emmy-winning drama The Handmaid’s Tale.

The steely wife of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) even makes Yvonne Strahovski, the actress who plays her, a bit uneasy. "I keep her close because I have to know her," says Strahovski, "but at the same time, kind of an arm’s length away." Handmaid Offred (Elisabeth Moss) isn’t so lucky.

Following an escape from the Waterford house, pregnant Offred — who’s expected to surrender her baby to the couple — is once again a slave under their roof. Ahead of the explosive May 23 episode release (it features a shocking flashback), Strahovski fills us in on the clash to come between the two women.

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'Rather than run away from something, you have to change it from the inside,' the actress teases about the upcoming season.

How does Serena feel about having Offred back in the house?

Yvonne Strahovski: She thinks Offred is a sneaky, cheeky, ungrateful but very smart young woman. So there’s a lot of hate there. But it’s such a fine line that she walks because there’s also a lot of love for what is going on in [Offred’s] uterus.

What should viewers make of this relationship?

It’s never clear-cut and it never will be — it’s as changing as the tides. There are so many things at play: secrets and deceptions and rules and regulations, and very raw human feelings. They both see each other’s intelligence, but there’s just always this clash inevitably.

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Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) turns her icy glare on Offred (Elisabeth Moss).

Serena isn’t particularly nurturing. Will she be a good mom?

I think she wants to be a mother so bad, she would do anything to be a good mother. Whether that is a reality is another story.

What else is in store for her in Season 2?

When you set up a character like Serena, who is a villain, at some point an element of humanity is going to touch her in more ways than maybe she bargained for.

The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

'Dancing With the Stars: Athletes' Winner Adam Rippon Admits His Freestyle Was 'Risky'

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:30am

Despite a chancy freestyle that went outside the box, Olympian Adam Rippon and pro partner Jenna Johnson were declared mirror ball champs of Dancing With the Stars: Athletes last night.

“I’m still trying to think,” Rippon told TV Insider shortly after the show ended Monday night when ask how he felt about his win. “This happened like five minutes ago!”

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Sharna Burgess, Mirai Nagasu, and Adam Rippon tell us they're totally on board.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she couldn’t fault Rippon for what he did in his freestyle but she felt something was “missing,” hastening to add that she’s enjoyed watching him “every step of the way.”

“Jenna and I knew it was a risk, but we wanted to take the risk,” Rippon says. “It was different and quirky.”

“At the end of the day, he killed it,” adds Mirai Nagasu, Rippon’s pal and pro ice-skating colleague. “It’s great that he has something to hang his Olympic medal on.”

“America loved it,” dance pro Alan Bersten notes.

“It was really cool in that it was different and risky,” says pro Witney Carson of Rippon’s freestyle. “It’s not something we’re used to.”

It was — and this is a compliment — something that two-time mirror ball champ Mark Ballas might have come up with in week four.

“Yeah, yeah, exactly,” Carson chuckles. “It was very creative.”

Runner-up pairs Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess reflected on their finale performances.

“It felt like I was being tossed like a salad — in a very good way,” Harding said about her freestyle that had her and Farber doing Shawn Johnson-like flips. “Just making it this far was exciting. I know how to dance a little bit now so maybe I’ll get to come back sometime?”

Sasha Farber and Tonya Harding

“My son said that I was beautiful and he was proud of me,” Harding adds. “He said, ‘I’m sorry, Mommy, that you didn’t win.’ I said, ‘That’s okay. The best part is the journey.’”

“I was really rooting for Sasha, obviously,” says Emma Slater, Farber’s wife. “I really, really wanted to see him win because then we’d have matching mirror balls on the mantel piece.” (Actually, the DWTS: Athletes trophy has the word “Athletes” on it and, perhaps because it’s a shorter season, it’s a smaller-sized trophy.)

“I wish I could have done it for Josh,” Burgess says of wanting to win for her celeb partner. “His freestyle was so epic! If we’d had a 24-hour voting period [instead of final votes coming in during the show] we could have had it go in a different way, but Adam was absolutely incredible and Jenna did a great job with him. You can’t deny that. I looked at Josh just before [Adam was announced as the winner] and I said to him, ‘No matter what happens tonight you will have that epic freestyle. It will live on forever.’”

Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess

Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Roberts noted, perhaps pointedly, that the finale was an hour and the season was only four weeks; needless to say, the abbreviated season didn’t sit well with the show’s devotees, who are used to 10 weeks of dances and a two-hour finale packed with musical acts and full routines by ejected contestants.

“We’re getting kind of pushed out by some of these other shows, but I think people still really love the show and what it represents,” Carson admits.

“It’s definitely hard to meet the celebrities [in just four weeks],” adds Farber.

“Having a one-hour finale was ambitious,” says Slater. “The show still packs a punch. People want more and that’s what you gotta leave ‘em with — wanting more.”

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The figure skater loves the reality dance competition.

While the season ran only four weeks, the dance pros have this fall to look forward to when DWTS returns this fall on Mondays. There’s also Dancing With the Stars Juniors which will air on Sundays.

“I’d love to be a judge on [DWTS Juniors],” Burgess says. “It suits me and where I am. I think I have a lot of expertise to share. We’ll see what happens.”

The celebs know that even a month’s worth of exposure on DWTS can lead to future opportunities.

“I don’t know what else will arise,” says Nagasu. “But I’m so grateful I’ve been given this opportunity to showcase my personality.”

Norman says he’s been offered to play a role in a production of The Nutcracker in Washington, D.C. After that, he shrugs, “Who knows what’s next?”

Jenna Johnson and Adam Rippon

Rippon’s open to a hosting gigs and reality series, but says, “Right now, I‘ve just been hosting my own reality.”

“I’m going to be training for the next Olympics in Beijing,” says Chris Mazdzer, Olympic silver medalist in the single’s luge competition. “We have World Cups and World Championships every year. I’d [also] love any opportunities to show off my personality a little more.”

Has Hollywood seriously not been calling this guy?

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“Not that I know of,” Mazdzer quips. “I had my phone number on the Internet during the Olympics, but I took it off. Hosting would be a lot of fun. I love asking the hard questions and playing around with questions, too.”

“Maybe,” he jokes. “I can ask questions while everyone’s lying down?”

Chris Mazdzer

Speaking of jokes, did Rippon get Bergeron’s remark that black bowl cut wig he wore in his freestyle was very “Moe Howard”?

“Yeah,” Rippon quipped. “From The Three Stooges, right? [Moe’s] my style icon.”


'Splitting Up Together' EP Emily Kapnek Teases 'Juicy Cliffhangers' in Finale

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:00am

Divorce is a good thing! At least it has been for controlling Lena (Jenna Fischer) and laid-back Martin (Oliver Hudson), who continued cohabitating post-split for the sake of their family in ABC's Splitting Up Together.

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Learn why one scene in 'Star of Milo' had Jenna & Oliver 'breaking' more than any other of the series.

But with their three children off to camp, a spark could reignite. Emily Kapnek, the comedy’s executive producer, teases, “What’s it like to be alone together for the first time without the kids?”

Stick around through the end credits to find out. “There are two juicy cliffhangers,” she promises.

When the kids are away, the exes will play! The season finale of #SplittingUpTogether is TUESDAY!

— SplittingUpTogether (@SplittingUpABC) May 20, 2018

Splitting Up Together, Season Finale, Tuesday, May 22, 9:30/8:30c, ABC

The 'SMILF' Cast on What to Expect in an 'Intense' Season 2

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 4:00pm

Frankie Shaw and team are back for Season 2 of SMILF.

Filming is beginning soon, and the Showtime series — in an effort to say more authentic to its South Boston-setting — has moved production to Beantown.

"I'm thrilled," Rosie O'Donnell (who plays Tutu) said of the move to the East Coast. "I can take the train and my little five-year-old thinks there's nothing better than the train."

Season 1 left off with Shaw's character, single mom Bridgette Bird, confronting her father about physically abusing her when she was a child, and Shaw has previously teased that Season 2 will be about identity and the masks we wear in front of other people.

O'Donnell teased that the premiere episode is "wow."

"It's about childbirth," she said to TV Insider at an Emmy For Your Consideration event in New York City at the Whitney Museum. "We just read it and oh boy, we do explore childbirth from every single angle."

"It's the 23 hours of labor of Larry's birth. It's intense," added Shaw, who, in addition to being the series' lead actor is also its creator, director, producer, and writer.

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'I’m looking to get away from pop-culture Rosie,' says the actress.

And when you get down to the nitty-gritty, O'Donnell believes the show strikes a chord with audiences because it's about relationships. "I think family is the theme of this show and what makes a family — all the ugly parts underneath as well as the joyous moments," she said.

Something else fans can look for in Season 2 is the development of the supporting characters, so get ready for more Connie Britton as Ally, an over-the-top housewife, and Raven Goodwin as Eliza, Bridgette's BFF.

"Raven will be a bigger part this season. We have a really exciting episode with Connie's character and, of course, more Tutu and more Rafi," teased Shaw.

"We also have one episode I'm really excited about where we follow the housekeepers at Ally's house, who we don't normally see, and we go into their world."

Britton is excited to learn more about Ally, whom she calls "complex."

"I think there are aspects of the character that I have seen in women that I've known in my own life," Britton added. "The character goes to a more extreme place but she deals with a lot of normal elements of feeling unfulfilled in her own life because she gave up things to be a wife and a mother.

"Those are things I find very relatable, which are humorous and also heartbreaking."

SMILF, Season 1 available on Showtime


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