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Is 'SmackDown' Moving From USA to Fox? What This Could Mean for the WWE

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 3:00pm

Not long after Fox Sports signed a major deal to be the new home for the NFL's Thursday Night Football franchise, it appears that Fox is also making a huge acquisition within the realm of sports entertainment.

Fox is said to soon become the new network for one of the WWE's major shows, SmackDown, following a new deal expected to be near completion and which would take effect in October 2019, according to reports Monday from The Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap.

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The big question: Will Fox get better games or get rid of those hideous color rush uniforms?

Sources have told THR that the deal is a massive, billion-dollar, five-year agreement worth $205 million per year — a three-fold increase over what NBCUniversal is currently paying to air the WWE hit on USA Network.

The Wrap's source indicated that the show will be shifted to Fridays on Fox, though WWE and Fox Sports declined comments to The Wrap about the report. SmackDown currently airs Tuesdays on USA.

While WWE's Monday Night RAW juggernaut (which will still air on USA) is still the primary face of WWE on television, SmackDown continues to be a ratings star among cable competition, and it is still a key part of the wrestling company's TV presence, even if it has juggled networks over the years.

'Total Bellas' Season 3 Premiere Offered Glimmers of Hope for John Cena & Nikki Bella (RECAP) 'Total Bellas' Season 3 Premiere Offered Glimmers of Hope for John Cena & Nikki Bella (RECAP)

We learned what went wrong with the WWE power couple's relationship, but also that it might yet be saved.

Since its debut in 1999, SmackDown has been seen on the now-defunct UPN network and MyNetworkTV, as well as on The CW and even Syfy, before moving over to USA Network two years ago to consolidate the WWE programs on one network.

The move from cable back to a broadcast network like Fox could mean even more visibility for SmackDown, and for WWE as a whole, both of which are already highly viewed and popular.

It will also be interesting to see if there still remains the sort of synergy that takes place among the various WWE franchises, especially sister series RAW and SmackDown, now that one of those tentpole shows will be on network television.

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These Superstars of the ring put a ring on it and said, 'I do.'

'Roseanne' Finale: Sneak Peek at the Stormy Conclusion to the Revival's First Season (PHOTOS)

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 2:30pm

A storm is coming to Lanford in the Roseanne season finale airing May 22 on ABC.

The Conners gear up for the inclimate weather while they continue to search for solutions regarding Roseanne's (Roseanne Barr) bum knee. Will a miracle occur? Judge for yourself by checking out some images from the episode marking the end of the first revival season.

A Storm Is Coming in the 'Roseanne' Season Finale — Will Old Wounds be Healed? A Storm Is Coming in the 'Roseanne' Season Finale — Will Old Wounds be Healed?

The final episode of the reboot's first season airs May 22.

Click through the gallery above for a look at your favorite characters as they come together during this important time, and see which guest star returns for this finale episode.

Roseanne, Season Finale, Tuesday, May 22, 8/7c, ABC

'American Idol' Top 3: Who Should Win in Tonight's Finale? Take Our Poll!

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 1:30pm

It's time to sing your heart out.

The country has voted, and tonight is the season finale of the rebooted American Idol with only three hopefuls left: Gabby Barrett, Maddie Poppe, and Caleb Lee Hutchinson.

On Sunday's Part 1 of the finale, the trio had a chance to sing three songs each — one dedicated to their hometowns, one personal selection, and one original song.

The song breakdown:

Caleb Lee Hutchinson — "Johnny Cash Heart," "Don’t Close Your Eyes," and "Folsom Prison Blues"

Gabby Barrett — "Rivers Deep," "Little Red Wagon," and "Don’t Stop Believin'"

Maddie Poppe — "Going, Going Gone," "Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up," and "Landslide"

In Part 2 on Monday, fans can expect more singing from the final three and also performances by some music superstars, including the three American Idol judges: Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Perry. And, of course, host Ryan Seacrest will announce the winner in the last five minutes.

So, before the results come in, let's look back at the top three's best three performances this season:

Maddie Poppe

When she made Katy cry with an original song:

When she made Lionel say, "Wow":

Disney night with her ukulele:

Caleb Lee Hutchinson

With his banjo:

When he plays that guitar:

That low growl of a voice:

Gabby Barrett

When she took us to church:

When Luke said it was the best vocal this season:

Carrie Underwood's twin showed up:

Voice your opinion below and take our poll: Who do you think should be the next American Idol winner?

'Total Bellas' Season 3 Premiere Offered Glimmers of Hope for John Cena & Nikki Bella (RECAP)

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 1:00pm

Ever since Nikki Bella and John Cena announced they were ending their engagement, canceling the wedding and breaking up, WWE fans wondered what went wrong. The May 20 Season 3 premiere of E!'s Total Bellas began addressing that question and many others.

The show started with Nikki and John settling into their new palatial residence in San Diego. Twin sister Brie Bella and Bryan Danielson (a.k.a. Daniel Bryan) are also settling back in California with their baby Birdie. The more Nikki (a.k.a. Auntie Coco) sees Birdie grow, she feels a connection and yearning to become a mom. John, whose career has never been hotter, remains steadfast against the idea of becoming a dad.

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RIP Love!

It’s something Nikki began accepting, but she is hinting toward the opposite. By the way John was reacting even near Birdie it’s hard to picture him in the parental role. But if there is one thing John apparently can't get enough of is rugs. He loves those. Never question a rug man. It’s revealed that Nikki put her dream wedding plans on the back burner to make John happy with nuptials taking place in John’s hometown of West Newberry, Massachusetts.

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Brie is surprised sis would not do it in Napa Valley and Wine Country. To her, it’s another example of Nikki sacrificing so much for John. She shows her feelings more with the feeling Nikki walks on eggshells around John for fear he will change his mind about getting married. Nikki also doesn’t want to live through the nightmare of being Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, left at the altar by Mr. Big.

Then comes the “Downton Abbey” when Nikki’s family came over to see the new place. Discussion comes up about Brie and if she would return to the ring despite being a mom and all her other commitments. Earlier in the show the consummate businesswomen found it was hard to catch moments like Birdie’s first ride on the carousel and swim lessons while she is away at photo shoots or meetings.

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These Superstars of the ring put a ring on it and said, 'I do.'

Sister-in-law Lola talked of being fulfilled being a mother to Vivienne. Cut to Nikki who appears uncomfortable by the topic as a reminder of what she is missing out on with a life with John. She revealed during the confessional interview that through the entire engagement thus far out of around six months, they’ve shared a bed really 30 to 40 days. Despite the fancy houses, Nikki feels alone.

After watching Total Bellas there were signs pointing to the recent events. However, John and Nikki have not given up on each other while speaking about their relationship on the media trail. They were also spotted together the last few days in San Diego.

Back to the dinner, we do see some change with John’s OCD nature. He allows the family to wear shoes indoors and didn’t freak out after Daniel spilled water all over his suit. Would he had been as cool if it was wine or landed on one of his beloved rugs?

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We don’t know, but he made it clear that the home was open and free of any rules. That’s some major progress.

And maybe potential proof that John is willing to change and win Nikki back?

Total Bellas, Sundays, 9/8c, E!

A Storm Is Coming in the 'Roseanne' Season Finale — Will Old Wounds be Healed?

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:00pm

In most cases, a storm hitting town isn’t reason stand up and cheer. But Roseanne isn’t most shows, is it?

When the smash revival ends its first year, Roseanne’s (Roseanne Barr) bum knee nearly forces Dan (John Goodman) to make a big life change…until said tempest brings an unexpected blessing. And the Connors have more to celebrate.

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The revival made a splash in the first season when it tackled politics.

Darlene (Sara Gilbert), who between splitting with her hubby and working as a cocktail waitress hasn’t had the best run, returns to her original passion: writing.

“She hasn’t achieved her dream because she was making ends meet for her kids,” Gilbert says, “but the dream is still burning inside her.”

Roseanne, Season Finale, Tuesday, May 22, 8/7c, ABC

Did 'Fear the Walking Dead' Really Just Do That to [SPOILER]? 8 Takeaways From 'Just in Case' (RECAP)

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 10:05pm

[Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers about Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 episode 6, "Just In Case." Read no further if you're not caught up.]

Don’t you do it, Fear the Walking Dead. Don’t you make me quit you. Again.

I suppose that after last week’s love-fest-slash-heartbreaker that was “Laura,” I should have known that something major would go down this week with one or the other of the episode’s primary players, Garret Dillahunt's John Dorie and Jenna Elfman's Naomi/Laura. But I was expecting it would be Naomi and relate to the details of her fate.

 8 Takeaways From the Lovely 'Laura' (RECAP) 'Fear the Walking Dead': 8 Takeaways From the Lovely 'Laura' (RECAP)

The episode was a showcase for stellar performances from Garret Dillahunt & Jenna Elfman.

It was. Kind of. But the fallout was patently awful

Sunday’s episode, “Just in Case,” again operated in the Before and After, focusing mostly on the Before and a revelatory supply run made by Madison, Strand and Naomi. A run made only after the latter made yet another attempt at escaping the Diamond without notice.

In the After (I guess we're calling it Now, now), Morgan and John encounter a Vulture wrapping up a successful loot. John shoots the guy’s finger off when he tries to draw on him, then snaps and almost shoots his face off, too, demanding to know what happened to Laura.

The fellow doesn’t know, but he does have a map to the Vulture’s meet-up place, which gives Morgan the opportunity to warn him that the others in their group are headed that way, too.

I’m not sure what the point of doing that might be. If he meant to save Al, Strand, Luciana and Alicia by thwarting the confrontation altogether, well, the Vultures didn't know they were headed there in the first place. Let everyone tend their own farm, am I right? But he does it, anyway, setting up a possibly fatal showdown at the end of the episode.

So, with Naomi in a sharing mood and surprises waiting at the meet-up, here are our top 8 takeaways from Fear the Walking Dead, “Just in Case.”

1. John Dorie better not be f***ing dead. But I’m worried he is. Morgan John Fear the Walking Dead

"Save that white flag, pal. You're gonna need it." (Van Redin/AMC)

Let’s just get this one out of the way right now, because I swear to the heavens, people, I ain’t havin’ it. Fear finally loads itself up with interesting newcomers and the most interesting of all took a bullet in the chest from Alicia at the episode's end.

The worst part of John Dorie’s apparent demise — and no, we don’t know for sure that he’s dead — is that the bullet really should have been Naomi’s (if Alicia was aiming for her, you couldn’t prove it by me and I rewound that thing multiple times).

Naomi clearly abandoned the ballparkers, probably had something to do with Madison’s “After” fate and, um, just drove up as Team Vulture, so there's that.

So why the hell shoot mah man? Why him?

P.S. Negative points for the continuity folks on this one. Alicia’s "shot" clearly hits John in the shoulder, but after he falls, Naomi presses her hands over a wound south of his left pec. Which is it? And, more importantly, can he survive it?

2. Laura was JD’s kryptonite to the (possible) end

By his own word, John could outdraw anyone. And yet he died with his hands up, even though his love was right behind him.

I mean, if he IS dead. Which he isn’t. Cause I ain’t havin’ it. Not. Having. It.

3. Naomi’s first camp was a FEMA outpost

We learn this after her attempt to leave the Diamond is thwarted by Viv, forcing Naomi to confess where she was headed to Strand and Madison. She says she wasn’t escaping, really — just going on a run too dangerous for anyone else. They call B.S. and all three get on the road.

The trio passes the night at a motel, where Naomi does manage to flee while the others snooze. She arrives solo at the outpost, where she’s almost done in by walkers, until Strand and Madison ride to the rescue, and she lets them do it.

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There's more to that surprising exit than fans might think.

4. Naomi feels responsible not only for her daughter’s death, but for everyone’s at the outpost.

Naomi’s daughter was named Rose and from the looks of things left behind at the shelter, she wasn't much more than a toddler. The pair came to the outpost after the girl’s dad died, but Rose fell desperately ill anyway.

Not wanting to get kicked out of a secure spot with food and supplies because of the child's illness, Naomi stashed her in the pantry, told her to hide and then hit the road for some antibiotics. By the time she returned three days later, Rose had died and turned. And so had everyone else.

Before that disaster, Naomi took “J.I.C.”—that’s "Just In Case"—classes from a woman named Ellen. Classes that entailed everything from finding and growing food and stitching up owies to hot-wiring a car.

Even with JIC, Ellen was SOL, because the walker version of her is still behind the wheel of a fully-stocked truck. Works out fine for Madison, Strand and Naomi, though.

FTWD Naomi

"Why am I suddenly rooting for the zombie?" Jenna Elfman as Naomi (Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC)

5. Madison nursed Strand back to health following last season’s flood.

As the pair watch the Vultures and pass a bottle of booze back and forth prior to their adventures with Naomi, we get some backstory on how our core group came to be reunited. Mad pulled Strand from the flooded river and she and Alicia nursed him back to health, apparently in a cave. Even though they were on the outs, Madison said she did that because she knows his true nature … plus, she likes having a drinking buddy.

Nick must’ve washed up in the same spot. He recovered, too, and found Luciana.

Later, at the motel with Naomi, the pair reveal that they’ve raided many a minibar on their way from Mexico to New Mexico to Texas, and that’s the truth. Liquid courage in the zombie apocalypse is a thing, people. Or maybe self medication. Or both.

6. Madison didn’t really know Strand’s true nature. Madison Fear the Walking Dead 406

"Cheers ... to lessons learned." Kim Dickens as Madison Clark (Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC)

After Naomi takes her leave in the night, Madison and Strand have a little disagreement about whether people can change for the better or not. Madison says sure they can, if they take the opportunities presented. Strand picks then to tell her the truth about his stashed and stocked car.

“What do you want me to say?” she responds. “That I wish I would have let you drown?” He says that’s what he would have done.

“Lucky for you I’m not you,” she retorts. Who fared better for that remains to be seen.

7. The Vultures did leave the Diamond

After Naomi, Strand and Madison return with enough supplies to feed themselves and replant their fields, and Nick chides the Vultures for running low on supplies, themselves, Mel tells his contingent to pack up their stuff. Because that’s exactly what they’d do with a newly refreshed outpost. Leave it. Pssssh!

Before they go, Mel gives Madison a few parting words of wisdom: “You be careful, Madison. From my experience? The really bad stuff? You never see it coming.”

Except that every last one of us does.

8. But Madison’s no fool.

At least we don’t think so. At least not at the moment. Even though her whereabouts in the After/Now are still unknown, I'm still putting stock in the fact that no one has outright said she's dead.

Though she tells Strand that bygones are bygones when he attempts to have a make-nice back at the Diamond, Madison secrets Alicia away for some private instruction. Tells her girl to grab some rations, a few medical supplies and a couple of rifles and stash them in the Land Rover. Park the Rover at the back of the motor pool and keep her yap shut. Why?

"Just in case."

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Kevin Zegers as Mel, Alexa Nisenson as Charlie (Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC)

So what about it, FTWD fans? Have I—you—any hope that John Dorie lives on? Do I have to keep watching if he doesn't (I kid. Kind of.)? Why didn't John draw on Alicia when she was aiming either at him or at his love? And do you think Alicia was really aiming for Naomi?

After all, the woman was driving the vehicle that Madison and her girl fortified for what we have to believe is an attack by the Vultures. But did she acquire the truck from the Vultures, or did she take it sooner, thwarting the Diamond's—or at least the Clark women's—ability to flee or defend themselves?

I keep coming back to Strand's confession to Madison: 'People don’t change. When pressed, when cornered, the artifice falls. The curtain drops. They always show you who they really are."

We've seen plenty of duplicitousness at the Diamond. Strand—long a self-serving soul—stashing supplies. Luciana begging Nick to go on the run somewhere far, far away. Naomi being Naomi. Everyone hedging their bets on what it takes to survive. Many for their own self-interest.

Lennie James' 3 Words to Describe 'Fear the Walking Dead' (VIDEO) Lennie James' 3 Words to Describe 'Fear the Walking Dead' (VIDEO)

The actor fills us in on jumping from one zombie drama to the other. Plus, an exclusive clip!

The Vultures, on the other hand, seem to have a sense of community and purpose nailed down. Despite Mel's confession about what went down at his and Ennis' homestead, we've only seen little Charlie take a shot and Mel, himself, said they're content to let the others do themselves in and reap the benefit of their stuff when that's done. They're well-stocked, get on just fine, have a handle on the dead ... and could make an appealing option for others looking for the best men (and women) with which to win.

And an unpredictable enemy for those still believing there's unconditional good in this world.

Fear the Walking Dead, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC

Commence Watching These 5 Memorable Graduation Episodes (VIDEO)

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 3:00pm

Congratulations! You’ve put in the work and aced the final exams. But before you pick up your honorary degree in Television Bingeing, watch these TV characters graduate!

Cheers


“Teacher’s Pet,” Season 3, Episode 16 (Netflix, Hulu)
Baseball player turned bartender Sam Malone (Ted Danson) is determined to score that elusive high school diploma. Coach (Nicholas Colasanto) serves as geography tutor, teaching him about Albania to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Better Things


“Graduation,” Season 2, Episode 10 (Amazon Video)
Sam (Pamela Adlon) has a special gift for daughter Max (Mikey Madison) in honor of her high school achievement: a full re-creation of Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted” music video on a makeshift stage in their backyard! The surprised grad squeals in delight watching her mom, siblings and grandma lip-synch and dance. Does it get any Better?

 'Justified,' 'Stranger Things' & More Best Finale Episodes of the 21st Century: 'Justified,' 'Stranger Things' & More

Plus 'Better Things,' 'Dexter' and more.

Beverly Hills, 90210


“Something in the Air,” Season 3, Episode 28 (Hulu)
Say it loud and proud: Donna Martin graduates! In the episode before the West Beverly pals don their caps and gowns, they lead a school-wide march so the fair-haired senior (Tori Spelling) can take part in the ceremony. Mind you, if Donna had adhered to the school board rules and refrained from getting drunk at prom, she never would have been on the outs in the first place.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


“Graduation Day Parts 1 and 2,” Season 3, Episodes 21 and 22 (Hulu)
Sure, the Scooby Gang reaches the end of the road at Sunnyvale High. But fans adore this two-parter for other reasons: Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and fellow slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku) battle, and Buffy’s ex (David Boreanaz) moves on to his own spinoff, Angel.

13 Musical Episodes From TV Shows That Totally Rock (PHOTOS) 13 Musical Episodes From TV Shows That Totally Rock (PHOTOS)

From '30 Rock' to 'Scrubs,' we've selected some of our favorites.

Felicity


“The Graduate,” Season 4, Episode 17 (Hulu)
The drama that started with Felicity (Keri Russell) chasing her crush Ben (Scott Speedman) to the college in New York comes full circle. On the cusp of you-know-what, Ben proposes and asks her to move in with him. She chooses herself and heads back to California. Guess who follows?

'Nate & Jeremiah by Design': Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent Play 'He Said, He Said'

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 9:00am

Interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent can match a sofa to a wall — or tackle a mid-century modern home, as they do in the May 19 episode of Nate & Jeremiah by Design — but how well do they go together? Turns out the fathers of Poppy, 3, and new son Oskar are a matched pair that will never go out of style.

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Fresh off their pregnancy announcement, the twosome has a new special.

He Said: Nate Berkus

How did you two meet?

We met at Rachel Zoe’s 40th birthday party in New York.

What was your first impression?

He was both shockingly handsome and cartoonish.

How are you most similar?

We both love travel and design, and we have a major emphasis on communication in our home.

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Move over, 'Fixer Upper'—there are some new duos in town.

Biggest difference?

I don’t leave wet towels on the floor. And there’s that very slight 13-year age difference.

Favorite room in your own home?
I don’t have one.

Which one of you is first to challenge the other’s design choices?

Jeremiah!

He Said: Jeremiah Brent

How did you two meet?

Through Rachel Zoe. We were friends for years [after that] until one night at a party we reconnected and went on our first date. The date still hasn’t ended.

What was your first impression?

I remember thinking how familiar he felt to me and how I didn’t want to leave him.

How are you most similar?

We both believe in leaving the world more beautiful than it was when we got here.

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When do these guys sleep?!

Biggest difference?

Nate is very pragmatic, logical and organized—a triple Virgo. I am much more emotional and sensitive.

Favorite room in your own home?

Our kitchen. There’s something about the sound of our daughter’s feet on the wood floors, the smell of pancakes, our son sleeping in his bassinet and Nate unwrapping the newspaper that snaps me into consciousness.

Which one of you is first to challenge the other’s design choices?

We are very equal-opportunity.

Nate & Jeremiah by Design, Saturday, May 19, 10/9c, TLC

'Downton Abbey' Actor Kevin Doyle on the Show's Exhibition & Potential Movie

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:45pm

Downton Abbey star Kevin Doyle was completely blown away when he walked through "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition" in New York City.

The actor, who played butler-turned-footman Joseph Molesley on the British period drama, couldn't believe the attention to detail and the spooky feeling he had walking through the reconstructed sets.

"It was like being back at Ealing Studios," Doyle said to TV Insider. He also teased new details about the rumored Downton Abbey movie and if he's watching the Royal Wedding on Saturday.

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The new series will be a costume drama set in 1880s New York.

What did it feel like walking through the exhibit?

Kevin Doyle: The re-creation of the sets are remarkable. The production team that worked on the show also worked on the exhibition, so they were able to recreate the footprint of the downstairs area exactly like it was in the studio. So for all us it was a remarkable experience treading those hallways we got to know so well over six years.

Do you have a favorite piece from the set?

It was quite breathtaking, and the cast was quite moved by it. It felt like the ghosts of all those characters were coming back. It was really eerie. I expected there to be a camera crew around the corner.

In the servants hall, which is where we ate our meals I had a rocking chair by the fire, which isn't in the exhibition. But it was always known as Molesley's chair.

What do you miss most about filming the show?

The people; it's always the people. It really makes the experience. The size of core cast was like 25, so it was always exciting when we got together for the script read-throughs at the beginning of the season. Not just the cast but also the crew. When we finished filming it was very moving because we were saying goodbye to family.

 The Exhibition' Michelle Dockery Gives Us Her Private Tour of 'Downton Abbey: The Exhibition'

The costumes! The bedroom! Her mirror!

Who gave the best wrap gift?

Hugh [Bonneville] gave us a box of photographs. He's a great photographer. On the last day of filming he gave everyone a bound collection of his photographs that he'd taken of everyone over the six seasons. None of us were expecting that. It was a beautiful gift.

If you could play another character in the house, who would you play?

Laura Carmichael's part, Lady Edith, because she was overlooked and taken for granted. One of the lovely storylines over the last couple of years was her emerging from the shadows of Lady Mary and the rest of the family. Being seen as a modern woman who could stand up herself.

What would your character be up to today if the series had continued?

I love the storyline of him ending up as a teacher, and I think he'd be something like that now. He was a quietly dedicated man, so he would be a teacher or perhaps a nurse, but it would be sort of caring for people in a way. I like the idea of him passing on what he's learnt to other people. That was a very gratifying story line.

Any news details about the rumored Downton movie?

Everyone wants it to happen. I think everyone's hopeful.

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding?

It's exciting, but Saturday is also the day of the FA Cup Final. I'm glad at least the wedding is in the morning and the [football] game is in the afternoon. Who knows, maybe Meghan and Harry might even pop into Wembley Stadium afterwards!

 Hour-by-Hour Breakdown of Events The Royal Wedding: Hour-by-Hour Breakdown of Events

The celebration will be televised on all major news channels.

Tickets for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition are on sale now. Visit downtonexhibition.com for more information.

Downton Abbey, Season 1-6 available on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes

NBC's 'Red Nose Day': Which Stars Will Be There & How to Watch (PHOTOS)

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 3:45pm

On Thursday, May 24, the fourth annual Red Nose Day Special will air on NBC as some of the biggest names in TV, film, and music come together to help end child poverty, and we have an exclusive look at the day with the celebrity portraits!

In just three years, Red Nose Day USA has raised over $100 million impacting the lives of over 8.3 million children. This year's event will be kicked off with a few special episodes of some NBC favorites including a Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day special beginning at 8/7c, while a special installment of Hollywood Game Night will air one hour later at 9/8c.

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The longtime 'Ninja Warrior' host will finally tackle the course himself in NBC's 'Celebrity Ninja Warrior' special for Red Nose Day.

Those special episodes will lead into the Red Nose Day Special at 10/9c, hosted by Chris Hardwick. The three hours of special programming will work together to raise money for the charity.

The following stars have been confirmed to appear for the evening's fundraiser: Jack Black, Jennifer Garner, Kristen Bell, Kelly Clarkson, Julia Roberts, Ed Sheeran, Marlon Wayans, Sean Hayes, Ellie Kemper, Zooey Deschanel, Tony Hale, Sasheer Zamata, Jane Lynch, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Matt Iseman, Jack McBrayer, and many more will be taking part in the event.

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.

Ahead of the big night, viewers can purchase their own Red Noses at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations across the country, and this year they sparkle in celebration of the $100 million raised.

Click through the gallery above to see some of your favorite stars don the Red Nose for charity.

The Red Nose Day Special, Thursday, May 24, 10/9c, NBC

MTV Suspends 'Catfish' After Nev Schulman Sexual Misconduct Claims

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:45pm

MTV announced production on its reality TV series Catfish has been suspended following sexual harassment accusations made against the show's co-host and executive producer Nev Schulman.

"We take these allegations very seriously," an MTV rep said in a statement. "We're working with Critical Content, our third-party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation and we've put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed."

The decision comes after a video was posted on YouTube on May 12 by Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on Catfish in 2015, alleging she was sexually harassed by Schulman while on set. She claims she was asked about her sexual orientation, was spoken to in a sexually charged manner, and propositioned by Schulman in his hotel room.

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The women claim the incidents happened in the '90s.

Schulman has released a statement denying these allegations: "The behavior described in this video did not happen and I'm fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth.

"I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions — but these claims are false."

Schulman has been co-hosting Catfish since 2012 with his filmmaking partner, Max Joseph, after the success of their 2010 documentary. The show follows the duo as they help individuals find the truth after they've been fooled by people on the Internet who are not who they claim to be.

As Schulman's behavior on the show is being called into question, additional unsavory details about other actions from his past are coming to light. According to Vulture, a woman is claiming she was assaulted by Schulman in 2006 while at Sarah Lawrence College.

He reportedly punched her in the face after she asked him to stop taking photos of gay couples who were "dancing and kissing" and not aware of the camera.

"I confronted him, and asked him to stop taking pictures," the woman said. "I tapped his shoulder and he turned and hit me out of nowhere, I went down and he held me in a headlock and repeatedly punched me while I tried to get free.

"The impact broke my glasses and the rest of the night was a blur. I got off the floor, talked to police, then went home to sleep. When I woke up the next day, my face was bruised, I was hurt, and a friend urged me to go to the hospital, which I did."

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The jury took 14 hours to deliberate.

Schulman was expelled from the college, and he wrote about the incident in his 2014 memoir In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age.

He wrote: "While I was photographing, an individual who didn’t like that I was taking pictures attempted to tackle me and smash my camera on the ground. Since the camera was attached to a strap around my neck, I found myself in a very unpleasant situation, much like a dog with a choke collar.

"In an effort to free myself, I punched the person and ran off; when I returned minutes later, I discovered that the short, stocky, crew-cut-styled individual that I’d fought with was a woman — a fact I hadn’t been aware of in the heat of the moment.

"The next thing I knew, I’d been arrested. The case was dismissed almost immediately, but Sarah Lawrence took the opportunity to toss me out once and for all."

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The producer is known for his controversial show topics.

Jared Padalecki on the 'Supernatural' Finale & What's Next for Sam (VIDEO)

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:00pm

[The following contains MAJOR spoilers for the Supernatural Season 13 finale, "Let the Good Times Roll."]

Do we really have to wait until fall for more Supernatural? May 17's finale left off with a helluva cliffhanger, as Dean (Jensen Ackles) vanished after being possessed by archangel Michael.

Plus, that all happened after he stopped Lucifer from killing his surrogate son Jack (Alexander Calvert) and brother Sam (Jared Padalecki)! So where did he go? And what does this mean for Sam?

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Dean Winchester went through some big changes in the Season 13 finale...

TV Insider spoke with Padalecki at The CW Upfront this week, where he reflected on his on-screen brother's new identity. After playing a few different characters himself through the years — Soulless Sam, anyone? — you can bet he had some advice for Ackles. The actor also spilled on Sam's state of mind going into Season 14, and what he'll be doing when we see him next.

All that and more in the full clip below, including what he thought of that ambitious Scoobynatural episode:

Supernatural, Returns Fall 2018, Thursdays, 8/7c, The CW

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

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:30pm

Let's do the damn thing!

Becca Kufrin is back for her second chance searching for love after last season's Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr., broke her heart by breaking up with her on camera just a few weeks after proposing to her.

Becca has moved on, though, and now gets to do the choosing herself as the new Bachelorette on the ABC show's fourteenth season. And this Minnesota girl has quite the selection of suitors to choose from, as there are contestants from all walks of life.

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Let's do the damn thing!

The potential suitors include: a male model, professional football player, banjoist, and banker.

So, will Becca's future husband be in the group? Let's hope so! Click through the gallery above to meet the men who will be hoping to win her love.

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

'NCIS: Los Angeles' Showrunner R. Scott Gemmill Teases a 'Deadly Turn' in Season 9 Finale

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:00pm

Thought last year’s NCIS: Los Angeles season ender, when Sam (LL Cool J) lost his wife, was traumatic?

Well, be prepared: This one begins with a major character getting shot. And when the ensuing investigation reveals the possible location of Executive Assistant Director Mosley’s (Nia Long) kidnapped son, the team faces another issue: Risking the rest of their hides to follow that lead to Mexico.

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Actress Nia Long joins the team as former Secret Service agent, Shay Mosley, ahead of the series 200th episode.

"Callen [Chris O’Donnell] made a pledge to Mosley to find her son. He’s a man of his word — even if it kills him," says showrunner R. Scott Gemmill. "They’re a fractured team heading to Mexico, and it takes a deadly turn early. Finding Mosley’s son and getting him back to his mother are two very different things."



NCIS: LA, Season finale Sunday, May 20, 8/7c, CBS

'13 Reasons Why': Get to Know Season 2 Additions Anne Winters & Chelsea Alden

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:15am

If you've already started binging Season 2 of Netflix's wildly popular series 13 Reasons Why, you may be wondering about two of Liberty High's newest faces. And if not, we've got some early scoop for you!

Now streaming on Netflix, Season 2 continues the story of those wrapped up in Hannah Baker's (Katherine Langford) tragic suicide, while her parents take the school to court. But in the pursuit of justice, yet another mystery comes to light as new characters come into play.

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The actor plays Tony Padilla in the hit Netflix series.

This is where Anne Winters and Chelsea Alden come in as Chloe and Mackenzie, respectively, two of the new additions to this talented young cast. Both will play important roles in Season 2, with Winters' Chloe sharing scenes with resident jock (and Season 1 rapist) Bryce Walker — played by the much kinder Justin Prentice — and Alden's Mackenzie teaming up with Devin Druid's Tyler.

TV Insider spoke with both stars ahead of the show's second season to find out more about their characters, the controversy around Season 1, their own fandom of the series, and more.

Justin Prentice as Bryce Walker with Anne Winters as Chloe.

Tell us a bit about your characters. What can fans expect to see from them this season?

Anne Winters: I’m Bryce’s girlfriend, [Chloe], and I have a completely different view of Bryce than what people saw last season. I think it will give insight about how not everything’s so obvious — things may seem to the outside world that there’s a bad situation but, people may not see what everyone else sees and I think that’s kind of what Chloe struggles with this season. [She struggles with the] battle between what she thinks is right or what she thinks is wrong and doesn’t really know quite what to do.

Chelsea Alden: The thing I love about Mackenzie and kind of what you’ll learn is that she sort of comes in with this fresh attitude, you know, she really stands on her own two feet and she really has her own opinions about life. I think a lot of people are gonna relate to Mackenzie for feeling free to have her own opinions and she’s also very non-judgmental and so much of the show revolves around bullying and judgment of other people and how that effect ends up playing out. So I think it’s going to be really nice to have a character who's just artistic and has her own way of thinking and I think it’s gonna be really refreshing for audiences.

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Were you a fan of the show or book prior to being cast?

Anne Winters: Yes, I read the book so long ago, and I actually originally auditioned for it as Hannah on the first season, and then when I even saw that they were making it into a show, I was like, 'That’s such a great idea.' So I’ve been a fan of the whole idea and concept from the beginning.

Chelsea Alden: I had definitely binge watched the whole first season long before I was cast — I think I watched the whole thing in three or four days. And it was interesting because I knew there was so much controversy and so many differing opinions about Season 1, you know, it really blew up.

Devin Druid as Tyler with Chelsea Alden as Mackenzie.

So I actually waited a little while to dig into it, so that I wouldn’t be colored by what other people were saying or other people’s opinions and when I finally did sit down to watch it, I just absorbed it, I couldn’t stop watching it. I just think it’s a really really well told story, and the cinematography on the show is beautiful — I think it really helps just the overall tone and I think it’s part of what makes the show so spectacular.

Why do you think 13 Reasons Why is such an important show?

Anne Winters: It just doesn’t sugarcoat anything, and a lot of teen shows out there — I feel — make teenagers look a little bit... not dumb but just not realistic as to real issues that are going on. I think we don’t really know what teenagers are actually going through and brush them off as just kids. But there’s real things going on in so many teenagers’ lives that I feel like it’s a very important show that depicts actual problems people are going through and maybe can shed light on how to prevent them.

Winters as Chloe with Alisha Boe as Jessica.

Chelsea Alden: We’re living in an age where 15 years ago or so, if you went to high school, and you went to a party, and somebody took a picture of you with a film camera it would take them maybe two weeks or a month to develop it. Then they would kind of forget about it, there’d be one copy of it, maybe you’d show it to one of your friends, and that would kind of be it. But as is the case with Hannah, one picture can be misconstrued and then sent to an entire school instantly, and that’s the age that we’re living in now.

And I think that makes high school, middle school — anything — so much harder to exist through, and  that’s what’s so important about this show, it's really demonstrating just how kids have to live though life right now. And how easy it is to tear someone down in a second, how our actions have some really severe consequences, and you know, that applies then to bullying. In this case of the show, we really touch on sexual assault and I think Season 2 is really going to delve into a lot more of the repercussions of what happened in Season 1 — the aftermath.

13 Reasons Why, Season 2, Friday, May 18, Netflix

Farewell Dean! Jensen Ackles Breaks Down His New 'Supernatural' Character (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 9:01pm

[The following contains MAJOR spoilers for the Supernatural Season 13 finale, "Let the Good Times Roll."]

Now that was a Supernatural season finale game changer!

Sure, there’s been Souless Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Demon Dean (Jensen Ackles), but this time around Dean is a Big Big Big Bad! The Apocalypse World’s archangel Michael, who ruled that alternate Earth with no mercy, has possessed Dean. Dean had agreed to the takeover to rescue Sam and his surrogate son Jack (Alexander Calvert) who happened to be Lucifer’s biological child. Got that?

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

TV Insider spoke with Ackles at The CW Upfront Thursday and he broke down what will drive Michael next season and, importantly, what he’ll be wearing as the world's new devil. (Well, Lucifer's dead so...) Let’s just say, he won’t be an angel you’ll want to pray to, and there won’t be any flannel shirts in sight. Sorry, Dean.

Also, does he think they'll ever top the Scoobynatural episode? All that and more in the video below:

Supernatural, Returns Fall 2018, Thursdays, 8/7c, The CW

20 New Network Shows Coming to TV in Fall 2018

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 5:30pm

While some fans continue to mourn the cancellations of their favorite shows, there are plenty of new options on the docket this fall, from reboots like Magnum P.I.  and Charmed to the new Nathan Fillion starring The Rookie, and the NBC drama Manifest.

We've collected images from all of the network shows premiering this fall. Click through the gallery above for your look at everything new coming your way.

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The definitive guide on when and where to watch your shows this fall.

3 Things We Learn About Hollywood Icon Hedy Lamarr the PBS Doc 'Bombshell'

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:45pm

Hedy Lamarr was first known for flashing her nude form in the 1933 Eurofilm Ecstasy. Then the U.S. fell for her face: The Austrian’s visage inspired Disney’s Snow White and DC’s Catwoman.

Lamarr’s acting (in movies like 1941’s Ziegfeld Girl) earned props too—but the fact that she was a genius inventor never truly made news. Enter this surprising American Masters bio, which offers several bombshells about her brain (and, OK, her bod), including these:

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'We wanted to look beyond the white suit,' says director by Thom Zimny.

1. Lamarr rocked chemistry but loved studying machinery, like the streetcars near her Vienna home. At age 5, she disassembled a music box and rebuilt it herself.

2. Horrified by an account of a WWII Nazi U-boat torpedoing a ship carrying 83 schoolchildren, Lamarr designed a frequency-hopping communications system that could avoid enemy detection and interference. It still inspires technology we use today, like Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth.

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The acclaimed film debuts March 12 on National Geographic.

3. In the 1940s, a survey of plastic surgeons revealed that Lamarr was the starlet most women wanted to look like. Their specific request: her profile. If only someone had gone for her brain!

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, Documentary Premiere 9/8c, PBS (check local listings at pbs.org)

Roush Review: '13 Reasons Why' Season 2 Doesn't Give Enough Reasons to Watch

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:00pm

The question "Why?" — as in, "Why am I still watching?" — arises frequently while slogging through the painfully overextended, sluggish second season of 13 Reasons Why, a continuation of last year's provocative teen tragedy about a student's shocking suicide. Lacking the first season's compelling hook of the 13 tapes left behind by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), exposing a high school's poisonous subculture of sexual abuse and bullying, 13.2 is too much of more of the same.

This wallow in angst ends up being mostly insufferable. That's especially true for grieving Clay (Dylan Minnette), Hannah's greatest admirer and advocate for justice. Clay mopes through most of the season engaged in endless conversations with the comically persistent ghost of Hannah. (In one scene, he even ducks into the bedroom closet to change to get away from her.)

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Will someone be held responsible for Hannah's suicide?

He can't let her go, and neither can Hannah's estranged parents (Kate Walsh and Brian D'Arcy James), who take Liberty High to court in one of the longest, least convincing and repetitive trials in TV history. Each episode puts a different witness on the stand, and as these characters keep dancing around speaking truth to power, anonymous threats pile up—seemingly without anyone else bothering to notice—while scandalous mystery Polaroids circulate, as if this were a lost season of Pretty Little Liars.

13 Reasons Why -Alisha Boe

Alisha Boe in '13 Reasons Why'

The stock jock villains, led by rich-kid sociopath rapist Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice), are possibly even more toxic this season, and the authority figures especially wan, with Derek Luke pathetically bland as guilt-ridden guidance counselor Kevin Porter. Maybe that's the point, because the raison d'etre of 13 Reasons is to ask who should be held accountable for these crimes and if justice is even possible.

As in the first season, some fine work is delivered by a strong cast of young actors giving it their emo all. Standouts include Alisha Boe as traumatized Jessica, Miles Heizer (Parenthood) as recovering-from-trauma Alex, Brandon Flynn as traumatized—see a theme here?—runaway junkie Justin, and Christian Navarro as tough-but-sensitive gay confidant Tony.

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The actor plays Tony Padilla in the hit Netflix series.

The strongest subplot belongs to tormented outcast Tyler (Devin Druid), the lonely misfit school photographer, whose flirtation with gun culture adds an ominous and very timely undercurrent as the 13 very long episodes plod on. Although by the time things actually start to happen in this bloated sequel, it's almost too late to care.

13 Reasons Why, Season Premiere, Friday, May 18, Netflix

Netflix Drops Emotional 'Sense8' Series Finale Trailer (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 2:00pm

Netflix abruptly canceled Sense8 last year, but thanks to the uproar from fans, the streaming service, along with creators Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, and J. Michael Straczynski, decided to revive the series and give it a proper sendoff.

The science-fiction drama will end with a special 2-hour finale on June 8, which will allow the characters to wrap up their storylines.

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Plus, a first look at the final two-hour episode.

The show, which features one of the most diverse casts on TV today, follows eight strangers, or "sensates," from around the world discovering how they're all connected — both mentally and emotionally — and their struggle to avoid capture from the BPO organization that is hunting them.

Netflix released a trailer for the Sense8 finale on Thursday. Watch below:

Sense8, 2-hour Series Finale, Friday, June 8, Netflix

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