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11 Things We Need to Happen in 'Stranger Things' Season 3

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 3:00pm

The third season of Netflix’s sci-fi hit, Stranger Things, is still a half-year (or more) away. But with recent filming spoilers and casting news, it’s never too early to start speculating about what strange things might happen to our favorite characters in the next installment.

Click through the gallery above for our predictions and hopes as to what might go down in Season 3.

Stranger Things, Season 3, 2019, Netflix

'Vet Gone Wild' Star Dr. Chris Brown Talks Animal Rescue & His Oddest Pets

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 1:00pm

From house cats to koalas, Dr. Chris Brown knows what’s up when it comes to treating ailing and endangered animals.

On the July 15 episode of Vet Gone Wild, the native Australian is off to Namibia to help an injured baboon and check in on the local cheetah population.

But first, he updates us on his own wild life.

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How did you get started in animal rescue?

Dr. Chris Brown: Growing up with a dad as a vet, I found myself performing these mini rescues from a young age. Given the number of shoeboxes I’d bring home from the schoolyard with injured birds or lizards for him to look after, I’m surprised Dad didn’t develop a foot phobia. And as my feet got bigger, so did the animals I could bring home!

What were the oddest pets you had as a kid?

I raised an adorable orphaned kangaroo that would sleep in a pillowcase by my bed. But as he matured, he assumed I was competition for his ladies and started trying to box me. Getting girls as an awkward teenager is hard enough without competing with a kangaroo! The other was a sick penguin that had come ashore near my hometown. I’d hand-feed her fish and let her swim in our saltwater pool. My coaching was good enough that eventually she went back to the wild.

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Do you have pets now?

I have a kelpie, which is a breed of Australian farm dog, named Reg and a rescue cat called Cricket. They’re both united by one thing: their confusion over Frankie, a rescued freshwater turtle I’m looking after.

Whether an animal is domesticated or in captivity, what is the most important factor in its diet?

Stick with a high-quality, complete and balanced diet and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Vet Gone Wild, Sundays, 8/7c, Animal Planet

11 Best Fashion Moments From 'The Walking Dead' & 'Fear The Walking Dead' (PHOTOS)

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 11:00am

On a show about the high cost of survival when the dead roam the Earth, fashion isn’t a high priority.

But let’s face it: Everyone on The Walking Dead looks good (well, except for the walkers). Functionality is key, but that doesn’t mean our heroes don’t slay when they’re slaying!

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From the addition of John Dorie to Madison's surprising fate, a look back at the ups and downs.

Click through the gallery above to see our favorite Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead fashions from seasons past.

Fear the Walking Dead, Midseason Premiere, Sunday, August 12, 9/8c, AMC

The Walking Dead, Season 9 Premiere, Fall 2018, AMC

'I'm Dying Up Here' Costume Designer on Season 2's Disco-Era Duds

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 9:00am

Bring on the bell-bottoms!

I’m Dying Up Here costume designer Christie Wittenborn makes the 1970s come to life with duds from the dawn of the disco era. Season 2 of the Showtime drama about stand-up comedians introduced the world of Soul Train, as comic Adam (RJ Cyler) began dating producer Gloria (Nicole Ari Parker), giving Wittenborn more opportunity to show off her talent.


We asked her to take us behind the seams.

Is there one wardrobe item that represents how the story has changed in Season 2?

Christie Wittenborn: The comedians are starting to make money, so that would be Ron’s [Clark Duke] coat. He got a TV show and went for the biggest, boldest fur. It’s a genuine ’70s faux mink.


Clark Duke as Ron

How did you re-create the look of Soul Train?

I scoured images from the show. Every couple going down that dance line, their personality was reflected in their fly threads and moves. The clothes are vintage, so we reinforced all the stitching and zippers so pants wouldn’t slip or rip when they did moves like splits!

Adam and Gloria always look sharp.

For her, I mixed things that you’d see in Vogue with an ethnic feel; I wanted her to feel like she flowed into a room. For men in the ’70s, the tighter the better. It was about embracing your sexuality.


RJ Cyler as Adam and Nicole Ari Parker as Gloria

Where do you get all these clothes?

There are various costume stores in Los Angeles, and I go to these vintage fairs called A Current Affair. I do a lot of shopping!

I'm Dying Up Here, Season 2 Finale, Sunday, July 8, 10/9c, Showtime

Love Isn't Just for Kids: The 12 Best Parent Ships on TV (PHOTOS)

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 5:00pm

It's rarely the parents who get the center spot on TV posters or a key role in their show's storylines. At least on programs where teens soak up most of the limelight, those over the age of 35 typically take on the role of supporting kids and getting caught up in their adventures. That or causing problems for them by disapproving of romances or friendships, shutting down parties, and making life harder for the teens.

In that context, oft-overlooked are the storylines and relationships between parental figures, whether married, dating, or simply pining for each other. They might not be as dramatic, tense, or central to the events of the show as the ones between the "kids," but they can sometimes serve as the best example of what a healthy partnership looks like.

After all, marriage can be just as meaningful as dating, that love is more than just a one-night stand, and that second chances can happen at the age of 25 or 52. Check out our favorite ships between "parents" on shows like Riverdale, The 100, Stranger Things and more!

 'Sex and the City,' 'Buffy' & More (PHOTOS) 12 Most Divisive TV Love Triangles: 'Sex and the City,' 'Buffy' & More (PHOTOS)

Find out which TV love triangles fans were most torn about over the years!

'Seatbelt Psychic' Thomas John Gives Unsuspecting Passengers the Ride of Their Lives

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 3:00pm

It’s one thing to get in a ride-share car with a stranger, but when the driver happens to be a medium who delivers a message from one of your dearly departed — oh, and then tells you you’re on TV — it’s definitely going to be an interesting day.

Having dual titles as both a psychic and a medium, Thomas John shares his talents in the new Lifetime half-hour series Seatbelt Psychic. No stranger to the entertainment industry, John’s long been driving headlines in magazines and on TV talk with his accurate psychic predictions on world events and celebrities (his website credits him with predicting the death of Whitney Houston, the splitting of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and the death of Michael Jackson).

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Born and raised in Boston, John graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Psychology and Human Development, before deciding to further develop his abilities as an intuitive and pursue metaphysical studies in New York City.

Now he’s behind the wheel and offers us some insight on his newest journey.

Can you help us understand the format of the show a bit more? 

Thomas John: I am an undercover ride-share driver. When passengers get into the car, they think they are being picked up by a new ride-share program. Then I share with them that I am a psychic and medium, and I ask them if they would like a reading. There are multiple cameras in the car and, to their surprise, they realize that they are being filmed during the reading. This format allows me to reach all sorts of people with my gift — skeptics, believers and people who would never even think about a medium. … You will see a lot of people surprised to learn I am a psychic, but I always ask first if they are OK receiving a reading.

(Photo: Lifetime)

There have been a lot of TV mediums over the years, and you have long been connected to celebrities and in the field. What felt right to you for this format and at this point in your career? 

It has always been about the healing work for me. I’ve never been interested in doing a show that exploits the work or focuses on me exclusively as the medium. The great thing about Seatbelt Psychic is that it really features the readings and the stories of people getting into the car, and the healing they experience. To me, that’s the most important.

I know your connections with spirits are completely random and you have no idea who you will be sharing a ride with. Could you share a story or two about some of the riders in your car and who (spirit-wise) greeted them?

There are so many great rides that we had, I don’t know if I can pick just one or two stories. There was a story about a man who connected with his late son and got a very healing message from his son. For him, the healing was really about hearing that his son wants him to continue to celebrate his life, and not focus on his death. You could feel this man really experienced a healing in the car — he was a totally different person stepping out of the car.

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I watched an interview with you where you explained how you first realized your gift at age 4, when your grandfather — who you never met — started visiting you. When you explained what was happening to you to your parents, how did they initially react?

When I was 4 years old, my deceased paternal grandfather visited me. He told me specific things there was no way I could possibly know. When I shared this with my parents, they at first laughed it off. Over time, the stuff he told me was too uncanny, and they came to believe I was in touch with my grandfather. They weren’t really supportive about it, and so I became really scared and just ignored it. It wasn't really until my early 20s that I started to focus on developing my abilities and doing readings.

You’ve explained that you can feel, hear and see spirits when they appear. What’s the level of detail you can see? What do they look like?

It really is unique to every spirit. Spirits communicate through smells, senses, images, feelings, thoughts. It’s however they feel that I can get a message in the best way for the person I am with. I sometimes see faces, I see images that are significant to them, I hear a word or a name. Basically, the spirit uses my senses to communicate to the person I am reading for. It’s a lot going on at once, especially when I am driving!

Seatbelt Psychic, Series Premiere, Wednesday, July 11, 10/9c, Lifetime

5 Things This 'Sharp Objects' Reader Is Hoping for in the HBO Series

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 1:00pm

[Warning: The following contains potentially MAJOR spoilers for the upcoming HBO series Sharp Objects, taken from the book inspiration.]

Gillian Flynn is perhaps best known for her chilling novel Gone Girl, which became a cultural phenomenon for its psychological twists and shadowy characters. But it was with her debut novel, Sharp Objects, that she really made her mark as a mystery writer.

The story of Sharp Objects follows Camille Preaker, a Chicago-based reporter who returns to her hometown in Wind Gap, Missouri after the murder and disappearance of two young girls. As she investigates what happened, she ends up traversing through sordid family secrets and repressed memories.

Amy Adams Talks the Pressure of Her 'Sharp Objects' Role & Doing More TV at ATX Festival Amy Adams Talks the Pressure of Her 'Sharp Objects' Role & Doing More TV at ATX Festival

The actress opened up to TV Insider at the ATX Festival about her new HBO series based on Gillian Flynn's popular book.

Now, the novel has been adapted for the small screen in an eight-part limited series on HBO with prolific showrunner Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, UnReal, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) at the helm.

From a book reader’s perspective, there’s plenty about the novel we would like the series to preserve, but there are also parts we think could work better on-screen than they did on the page. Read on for five key choices we hope the showrunners make:

Keep Camille’s emotional fragility

The most striking thing about Camille is that she isn’t your traditional heroine – she’s not entirely likable or dependable as a protagonist, but she’s fascinating nonetheless.

There probably couldn’t be a better actor to play this role than five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams. Her capabilities in darker roles are well-documented in films like in Arrival and Nocturnal Animals, so playing this emotionally-scarred character, a woman consumed by trauma and depression, feels right up her alley. Camille is like an open vessel, prone to cutting and drowning herself in bourbon. Her knotted interior life and history with self-harm places her in a precarious state-of-mind throughout the story.

It’s liberating to have a female character who isn’t confined to likability. And we hope that remains the case in the show, that Adams inserts the kind of sadness, grit, and instability that Camille imbues on the page.  

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Depict Wind Gap as a ghost town

A strong sense of setting can be so integral to a story that it becomes a character in its own right. This can be said of the fictional town of Wind Gap, which Flynn illustrates with vivid detail. It’s like Camille has reentered a sunken, emotional wasteland, her old demons slinking back into the forefront of her mind as she confronts the life she left behind. Wind Gap feels ethereal, a place where everybody knows each other, and where nobody is as they seem.

It’s essential that the miniseries gets the mood of the town just right, which we are optimistic about because the episodes are directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who also directed Big Little Lies, another series that had a strong, visual backbone. We can only hope that this show is able to fully transport us to Wind Gap and its eerie surroundings. 

Add more nuance to Adora

Camille’s mother Adora, who is being played by the impressive Patricia Clarkson, is a nightmarish figure in the book. She is poised and refined on the surface, but deeply manipulative and cold underneath. Her relationship with Camille is central to the story and to understanding why Camille is the way that she is.

While Adora is an interesting character on her own, it’s hard to sympathize with her because we never get a sense of what’s going inside her head. The limitations of the novel only allow us to see through Camille’s lens, making Adora evil and in some ways, inexplicable. With Clarkson portraying her, we can glean that there will be more nuance to the character on the show than there was in the book.

'Sharp Objects' EP Describes the HBO Series as an 'Emotional Ghost Story' 'Sharp Objects' EP Describes the HBO Series as an 'Emotional Ghost Story'

Like 'Big Little Lies,' this show will 'scratch that same dark, murder-mystery itch.'

Walk a fine line with Amma

Amma, Camille’s precocious 13-year-old half-sister, is reminiscent of something out of The Virgin Suicides, or maybe even Lolita. She’s a wild child who plays games with Camille and is the object of her mother’s attention. At home, she’s innocent and harmless, but to the town, she’s carefree, alluring, and a whole lot of trouble.

Played by Eliza Scanlen on the show, Amma is a character that keeps Camille on her toes. It’s sometimes frustrating but also entertaining to watch what the unpredictable character will say or do next, and we hope this translates on-screen without making Amma too unbearable. We also hope the show doesn’t sexualize the young character while depicting the energy of someone who tries hard to provoke others.  

Give immediacy to Camille’s relationship with Richard

Romance is the furthest thing from Camille’s mind (and ours) as we delve into the story. Still, she has a love interest in the form of Detective Richard Willis — a role Chris Messina takes on in the series. The young detective who isn’t originally from Wind Gap is assigned to the case and develops a flirtatious relationship with Camille. She seems to be attracted to him in return, but her feelings are never entirely clear.

The love affair ends before it really begins: Richard is horrified at the sight of Camille’s scars at the end of the novel. As much as it stung to see such a harsh rejection, Richard felt peripheral to the story, making it hard to fully care about him or his connection to Camille. The show may be able to do more to make this partnership more interesting by allowing Adams’ and Messina’s chemistry play out.

Of course, it’s to be expected that HBO’s iteration of Flynn’s story will keep the essentials and hopefully elevate the material for television. Mostly, we’re excited to see the cinematic choices, how the series interprets the moody, ominous atmosphere of the Midwestern town, and how it brings the story to life visually.

The great thing about this is that we’ll have several hours to explore these intriguing characters and submerge into the depraved world of Wind Gap, and we can’t wait to get caught up in the thrill of it.

Sharp Objects, Series Premiere, Sunday, July 8, 9/8c, HBO

A Vote for 'Succession,' 'Evel Live,' 'Sharp Objects,' CNN Remembers the 2000s

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 9:00am

A critical checklist of notable weekend TV:

Succession (Sunday, 10/9c, HBO): This suspenseful episode is what the first season has been building toward: Kendall (Jeremy Strong), no one’s favorite son, desperately organizing a no confidence vote to oust his father, the ailing but stubbornly unyielding Logan Roy (Brian Cox), from the head of the Waystar Royco media empire. Blindsiding Logan won’t be as easy as it looks on Survivor, and besides, the patriarch is engaged in his own battle of wills with another leader: the U.S. president, who Logan feels may have snubbed him on a visit to D.C. The power plays are going to leave someone on the sidelines, but who?

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Brian Cox plays Roy family patriarch in the show premiering June 3.

Evel Live (Sunday, 8/7c, History): Pretty much defines “don’t do this at home.” This three-hour live event is an homage to Evel Knievel, as motorsports star Travis Pastrana attempts to recreate, and perhaps top, the famed daredevil’s most dangerous leaps—including the Caesar’s Palace fountain jump that Knievel was unable to complete a half-century ago.

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ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC combine for 140 hours of Wimbledon TV coverage through July 15.

Sharp Objects (Sunday, 9/8c, HBO): Before Gone Girl, there was Camille, the far-gone and emotionally broken heroine of Gillian Flynn’s first mystery page-turner, adapted in eight parts by director Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies). Amy Adams brings a prickly vulnerability to the juicy role of Camille, a St. Louis reporter sent to her Missouri hometown to look into a serial-murder case. The homecoming triggers repressed memories that Camille numbs through vodka and carving words onto her flesh. Her distant mother (the brilliant Patricia Clarkson), queen bee of Wind Gap, swans around her mansion in a cocoon of denial, like a classic Tennessee Williams neurotic. This is Southern Gothic drama at its creepiest.

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The 2000s (Sunday, 9/8c, CNN): Seems like just yesterday, and in some ways it was. CNN’s latest by-the-decades retrospective tackles the so-called aughts, from tech breakthroughs like the iPhone to the George W. Bush and Obama presidencies. First up: “The Platinum Age of Television,” saluting such iconic series as Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and The Big Bang Theory.

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Her role as 'Gran'ma' in Season 3 of the AMC hit is a far cry from her beloved 'Eight Is Enough' character.

Inside Weekend TV: Robert Redford narrates BBC America’s Planet Earth: One Amazing Day (Saturday, 9/8c), a fascinating compilation of nature and wildlife anecdotes traversing the globe from sunrise to the darkest hours of the night. … Do not expect punches to be pulled in HBO’s Bill Maher: Live From Oklahoma (Saturday, 10/9), the 11th HBO solo stand-up special from the provocative comedian and host of Real Time with Bill Maher, which returns from hiatus Aug. 3. … Do expect tears to flow on FX’s extravagantly heartfelt ’80s drama Pose (Sunday, 9/8c), when Pray Tell (the smashing Billy Porter) organizes a cabaret for the AIDS ward of a local hospital. … Schedule change alert: NBC has moved Running Wild With Bear Grylls to a new night and time (Sunday, 7/6c). This is where you’ll find his latest outing in the Swiss Alps with tennis great Roger Federer, who finds a new use for a tennis ball while scaling a steep cliff. … Getting out of Angelville won’t be easy on AMC’s garishly ghoulish Preacher (Sunday, 10/9c). Despite Jesse’s (Dominic Cooper) warnings, Tulip (Ruth Negga) goes rogue as she plots an escape, while Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) is in danger of being outed as a vampire, which could have deadly consequences in this superstitious backwater.

'The Incredible Dr. Pol': Veterinarian Jan Pol on What's to Come in Season 13

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 5:00pm
The Incredible Dr. Pol

Veterinarian Jan Pol is just as adorable as the animals he heals, so it’s no wonder his reality show, The Incredible Dr. Pol, has stuck around for 13 seasons.

Tomorrow, the Dutch-born doctor returns with his trademark enthusiasm and wonder — “Holy cow!” is an oft-used phrase — to treat more critters at his Michigan clinic. The 76-year-old NASCAR nut and doting family man (he and wife Diane, parents to three adopted children, celebrated their 50th anniversary last August) lets loose.

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Any tricky patients this season?

Dr. Jan Pol: A lady came in with a macaw that needed a beak trim. If they’re in captivity, macaws cannot bite the hard logs they do in nature to trim the beaks themselves. He was not that friendly. You’ve got to get ahold of their head or they’ll get ahold of you!

What inspired you to become a vet?

I was the youngest of six on a dairy farm in the Netherlands. When I was 12, I helped the local veterinarian deliver piglets. I just reached in to get those little things out. That was a lot of fun!

What was your first pet?

According to my sister, it was a crippled chicken, when I was 3. She said I was trying to nurse it back to health. My first dog was a Saint Bernard—we were inseparable.

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How many furry ones do you have at home these days?

Three dogs, two cats, two Friesian horses, two emus, peacocks—I don’t know how many!—pheasants, turkeys, ducks, geese.

Do you find that they’re calming?

You come home after a long day and they sit beside you and look at you. Their eyes say, “I love you; just pet me.” And you run your fingers through their fur. That is so relaxing!

The Incredible Dr. Pol, Season Premiere, Saturday, July 7, 9/8c, Nat Geo Wild

'Everyone Is Doing Great': James Lafferty on Reuniting With 'One Tree Hill' Co-Star Stephen Colletti

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:00pm

James Lafferty is stepping in front of (and behind) the television cameras again with former One Tree Hill cast mate Stephen Colletti!

The two are reuniting for a new independent pilot, Everyone Is Doing Great, which follows Seth (Colletti) and Jeremy (Lafferty), who are lost in their lives and careers five years after being part of fictional hit TV vampire drama, Eternal. Now that the show has come and gone, the two friends and actors struggle to maintain their relevance in the entertainment world.

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The pilot has been a real labor of love for the friends, who co-wrote and co-produced the project. In addition, Lafferty also directed and edited the episode.

He chatted with TV Insider at the 2018 ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas in early June about his life after OTH and how EDG is a kind of like therapy.

Do you feel pressure as an actor coming from a long-running, successful TV series?

James Lafferty: You do feel a certain amount of pressure [from the OTH fans] but at the same time we're crowdfunding the first season of our show on IndieGoGo and it's that intensity that is actually helping is. It's really propping us up and giving us momentum. We want to make a season of this show ourselves and the fans have helped us do that so far. It's helped us realize our dreams.

People are starting to realize you don't need a whole boatload of money in order to make high quality, great television. That's what we're doing. We're trying to make television on par with the best stuff that you see out there and we're doing it for a really manageable budget.

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What was it like working with Stephen again?

We've been wanting to work together for a really long time but it had to be the right project — we were really patient. For this thing, because of what it's about... two guys that are struggling to reclaim their careers after five years of being out of the spotlight... it was kinda close to home.

We don't want to do reality, we wanted this to be a funny fiction and I wanted to pitch it to Stephen as that so I actually went to his house to convince him this was going to be a good idea. I didn't want it to come off wrong.

@everyoneisdoinggreat..... Seth and Jeremy enjoyed relative success from ‘Eternal’, a hit television vampire drama. Five years after their show has ended, they lean on each other as they struggle to reclaim their previous level of success and relevance, awkwardly navigating the perils of life and love amidst a humorously painful coming of age. (Now say that five times fast.)

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This show does hit close to home. Was it a form of therapy for you guys to do?

We've been really fortunate in our careers since One Tree Hill, we've had a lot of opportunities to work and expand our horizons behind the camera. But at the same time, we haven't been on a huge network show as a regular since then, so there's a little bit of frustration that comes with this business as you get back into the auditioning process, accepting rejection constantly.

There's a lot of humor to be derived from that. If you can laugh your way through that then you're fine, so that's really want we wanted to do.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

'Better Call Saul' EP Peter Gould Previews Mike & Gus Teaming Up in Season 4

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 1:00pm

There’s lots cooking on Better Call Saul in Season 4.

When last we left hardened former cop Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), he was indebted to soft-spoken — but deadly — restaurateur/drug dealer Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), who helped him clean stolen cartel money.

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The 'Breaking Bad' spinoff will return before 2019.

When the drama returns, Mike "finds getting his toes wet in the Gus Fring world is not so easy," executive producer Peter Gould says. Bad for Mike, but good for viewers anxious to see the Breaking Bad prequel inch closer to its successor.

"I decide what he deserves." #BetterCallSaul #Season4

— Giancarlo Esposito (@quiethandfilms) July 2, 2018

"You [see] how Gus builds his empire and what piece Mike plays in that," Gould says. Still, warns Banks, "If you hire Mike for his expertise, he will deliver — but don’t push him around." Hear that, Gus?

Better Call Saul, Season 4 Premiere, Monday, August 6, 9/8c, AMC

Kat Graham Joins TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Comic-Con 2018 Panel

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 12:00pm
Kat Graham

You better work, witch!

The Vampire Diaries' Kat Graham, who played the bewitching Bonnie Bennett for the entire run of the CW hit, has just been added to the lineup for TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites panel at Comic-Con International 2018 later this month in San Diego. And after eight seasons, you know she's gonna have some insane fan stories to spill!

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Plus, a magical queen, a zombie, Superman's grandpa and more are making their way to the stage.

Since leaving Mystic Falls and our screens, Graham has been seen playing Jada Pinkett Smith in the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me, costars in the apocalyptic thriller How It Ends (available July 13th on Netflix) and will soon be heard voicing April O'Neil on Nickelodeon's upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

She joins the previously announced roster than includes Tom Ellis (Lucifer), Melanie Scrofano (Wynonna Earp) and all of the lovely people in the image below.

#Repost @tvguidemagazine ・・・ Our SDCC Fan Favorites Panel has been announced! Join stars from #Lucifer, #The100, #WynonnaEarp, #Krypton, #TheMagicians, #Gotham, #iZombie & #Archer along with moderator @damianholbrook for a panel you won't want to miss. More details at link in bio! . . . #sdcc2018 #comiccon #sandiego #fanfavorites #tvguidemagazine #tomellis #bobmorley #elizataylor #robertbuckley #davidmazouz #summerbishil #melaniescrofano #cameroncuffe #ambernash #syfy #fox #netflix #thecw #fx #celebrities

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TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites 2018, Saturday, July 21, 5 p.m. PT, Indigo Ballroom

Roush Review: Amy Adams Brings Dimension to the Pulp Melodrama of 'Sharp Objects'

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 11:00am

Before gone girl, there was Camille, a girl gone over the edge, who is the very flawed heroine of Gillian Flynn’s first page-turner, Sharp Objects. An Absolut mess who swills vodka out of water bottles to numb a lifetime of repressed torment, Camille soon realizes some people probably shouldn’t go home again.

Directed with unsettling moodiness by Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies) to reflect Camille’s extremes of emotional dislocation, HBO’s deluxe eight-part adaptation is perhaps a bit too languorous, not always justifying its length. Surely this bizarre story could have been told more tautly in fewer chapters.

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Thankfully, the casting is impeccable, starting with Oscar darling Amy Adams as Camille, her angelic face set in a sullen scowl that barely masks her turmoil. TV is no stranger to damaged characters, but most internalize their pain. Not Camille, who has carved a disturbing vocabulary of symbolic words onto her flesh — which explains her long sleeves and pants in a muggy Missouri climate where men regularly sweat through their shirts.

Camille has been sent by her St. Louis newspaper to look into a possible serial-murder case in her sleepy hometown of Wind Gap. Hers is not a happy homecoming. Reuniting with her distant mother, local queen bee Adora (an electrifying Patricia Clarkson), only triggers turbulent memories of loss, withheld love and self-destruction. “My demons are not remotely tackled; they’re just mildly concussed,” Camille confides to a friend.

Amy Adams in 'Sharp Objects'

A Southern Gothic neurotic worthy of Tennessee Williams, Adora swans around her mansion in a cocoon of surreal denial, while Camille’s teenage half sister, Amma (impressive newcomer Eliza Scanlen), acts out as a wild child when she isn’t being pampered and babied at home.

The creepy domestic tension serves as a backdrop to the sordid murder mystery involving two teenage girls. Camille, who’s very good at making bad decisions, gets way too close to a visiting detective from nearby Kansas City (The Mindy Project’s Chris Messina) as she meddles in the lives of the prime suspects: one victim’s defensive dad (Will Chase) and the other victim’s sensitive, unhappy brother (Taylor John Smith).

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Solving the crime is almost incidental to the lingering puzzle of Camille’s clouded past. With prickly vulnerability, Adams brings poignant dimension to Flynn’s pulp melodrama.

Sharp Objects, Series Premiere, Sunday, July 8, 9/8c, HBO

Ellen DeGeneres & More Highlights From Netflix's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Season 10

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 9:00am
Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee - Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres - Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee - Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres

Throw two funny people in a car, give ’em enough java to kill a houseplant and it’s bound to be a riot.

That’s the idea behind Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which premieres Friday, July 6 on Netflix. Here are some highlights from the latest crop of caffeinated conversations.

Alec Baldwin

New Yorkers Seinfeld and Baldwin talk about friendship while heading to their native Long Island in a blue 1974 BMW. "It’s like Same Time, Next Year," Baldwin explains of their infrequent meet-ups. "We get together and have, like, a ravenous affair, and then we don’t see each other."

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Ellen DeGeneres

Riding shotgun in a 1977 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, DeGeneres recalls her 1986 spot on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Her only regret? The tent-like blouse she wore. “You know who guided me — and that was a big mistake — was Sinbad," she says.

John Mulaney

"New York looks good in gray," Mulaney says from inside a 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super while looking at the overcast sky. L.A., he adds, is ugly when it’s not sunny. "Like a hooker in the rain," Seinfeld quips. Mulaney then cracks, "That’s what the seal of the City of Los Angeles says!"

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Season Premiere, Friday, July 6, Netflix

Inside History's 'Evel Live': Travis Pastrana Talks Recreating Three of Evel Knievel's Iconic Jumps (VIDEO)

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 5:00pm

Meet Travis Pastrana, American pro motorsports icon and Nitro Circus ring leader. Pastrana is also the man who, this Sunday, is going to do his best to honor legendary daredevil Evel Knievel.

In the three-hour live event on the History Channel, Pastrana will be attempting three of Knievel's most dangerous feats in Las Vegas — breaking Knievel's record of jumping over 52 cars, another record-breaking jump over 16 full-size buses, and he hopes to be the first person to successfully jump the Caesar's Palace fountain, a stunt Knievel failed and almost died from.

As an added bonus, Pastrana is going to do it all while riding a modern day version of the motorcycle Knievel used. If Pastrana rides away from all three, he will be the only person to successfully beat two of Knievel’s distance records and land a jump over the fountain on a V-Twin motorcycle.

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Besides the epic jumps, the event will include live interview with family members of both Knievel and Pastrana, archival footage of Knievel's numerous jumps, as well as expert analysis.

TV Insider spoke with Pastrana about the jumps he's planning to do, and got more details about everything that goes into attempting these dangerous stunts.

Motorcycle technology has changed quite a bit since the days Evel Knievel did these stunts, but you are choosing to use a bike similar to the one he used. Why?

Travis Pastrana: This is a tribute to the stuntman who showed the world it was possible to fly a motorcycle and started the action sports movement. To recreate his stunts on a modern dirt bike wouldn’t have done justice to the difficulty and awesomeness of what Evel was able to accomplish.

What's been the biggest learning curve to the race bike you're planning on using? I'm guessing it's different from what you're used to riding.

This Indian Scout FTR 750 is twice as heavy and has one-third the suspension travel of a modern day motocross bike. The size of the motor (a V-Twin 750cc, as opposed to my regular 250cc MX bike) makes it difficult to balance the bike equally while standing up. And quite frankly, these bikes were not meant to be ridden standing up at any point. It’s also difficult to change the angle of the motorcycle after you take off. So, between its weight, suspension and balance, this bike is exponentially more difficult to fly.

What kind of planning goes into the jump? I’m guessing there's physical planning but is there also scientific planning?

Years and years of jumping everything from motorcycles to cars to snow mobiles to monster trucks have given Nitro Circus a solid base on what speeds go what distances. But the margin of error is very small when you have such a powerful motorcycle that can accelerate so quickly, and missing by two or more mph will end in catastrophe because of the lack of suspension.

On a scale of 1-10, how mental is what you're going to attempt? (1 being not mental at all, 10 being SUPER MENTAL!)

I would say it’s a 9. If I can keep my composure and hit all my marks, I will be successful. But if I focus too much on my speed and not enough on the ramp, I will miss the landing — and if I focus too much on the ramp and not enough on the speed, I will miss the landing. Of course, wind and heat will also play a factor in the motorcycle’s flight trajectory and power delivery.

You could've done one jump and been done with it but you're doing three iconic Evel jumps. What is it about each of these three jumps?

I wanted to recreate Evel’s most iconic jumps and it wouldn’t do him justice to do just one. Also, as technology and the world around us evolves, I think it’s important that this event not only tells the story of the original motorcycle stunt men from the '60s and '70s, but also keeps the younger generation interested in the entire program. These jumps get harder and harder as the night progresses, so with any luck, the crowd will see three successful jumps. But either way, it will be entertaining. 

What's your general prep the day of a jump/stunt? Any good luck charms or rituals you like to lean on?

I like to lean on the knowledge of solid preparation. Things get so hectic before any live event that it’s almost impossible to have a routine. That being said, it is nice to not have to over think the stunts to come.

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Have you spent a lot of time studying Evel's past jumps or do you prefer just tackling them your own way? 

I have studied Evel, but more his showmanship and presentation then his actual jumping. Evel was known because of his guts, because of his theatrics and because of his crashes. I would like to emulate the first two, but not the last one if I can help it!

Evel was also known for the outfits he wore during the jump. What's the plan for what you're wearing for the big jumps?

I went to Roland Sands to help me emulate Evel’s style as much as possible. I will have healed dress boots and white leathers just like the man himself. So awesome, but also horrifying to get the opportunity to literally live a day in Evel’s boots.

I'll be there in Vegas when you do the jumps. Once you're all done, will I more likely find you at a blackjack table or just finding a nice cold beer to celebrate? Or maybe both!

If I can complete all three jumps, I will try to finish like Evel usually started… With a strong drink of whiskey and ready for a good time!

Evel Live, Sunday, July 8, 5/6c, History Channel

What's New When 'Hit The Floor' Returns for Season 4? (VIDEO)

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 3:00pm

The last time we saw an original episode of the soapy drama Hit The Floor on VH1, it was a two-hour special in September 2016 called "Til Death Do Us Part," and it could've been the end of the beloved series.

Though the special tied up many loose ends, the story is thankfully not over for the Devil Girls and basketball's Los Angeles Devils and Hit The Floor is back! The fourth season kicks off on July 10 and on new home: BET picked up the show from VH1; both shows are Viacom-owned. Still, the same sexy, soapy drama is evident from the early peek we had of next week's season premiere. Some new faces, new relationships and, as always, a lot of Devil Girls shaking it on the court for everyone to enjoy.

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To find out more about the return of the series, TV Insider grabbed a coffee with executive producer/creator James LaRosa, who gave us all the scoop on what we'll see in this fourth season.

Bringing the show into the fourth season, what was the biggest challenge?

James LaRosa: The biggest challenge of bringing the show back was reassembling The Avengers. We have a large cast and some people were off doing different things and getting everyone back together was our biggest challenge. The good news is that we had most everyone back, which is great. There were a few key people who had other things on their plates and other directions they wanted to go. To me, addressing that was not as big of a challenge, to be honest. Once you have all of your players in place, the writer in you goes, 'Here's how I would do this story, here's a direction I can take it, here are the new characters who can come into play.'

You can't have Hit The Floor without the Devil Girls, right?

But as the creator of the show, there's an emotional component of going, 'I want to know what happens next with these characters. I want to know what this relationship becomes.' To not be able to do that in some cases was kind of the tougher part. All I could really do was be completely grateful for the people who chose to come back, and I rewarded them, I feel, with exciting stories that, for some of them, are brand new for their characters. Because where is Derek (McKinley Freeman), when you're asking where is Ahsha (Taylour Paige, who does not return); where is Jude (Brent Antonello) when you're asking where is Zero (Adam Senn, who is not back), which we will get into earlier in the season. I don't like to leave fans hanging and so we definitely address all those questions.

How much time has actually passed from the end of season three to four?

A year and a half. I wanted to pick it up in real time and that allowed us to both create story where we're asking questions like, 'What the hell happened in the last year and a half to get us to this place?' And it also gave us an opportunity to introduce new characters, which, if I may say, have fit in rather seamlessly with the ensemble.

With Zude gone, will Jude (Brent Antonello, left) fall for reporter Noah (Kristian Kordula, r)?

You could've used this season as a way to reset the show and really change direction but despite not everyone returning and some new faces, it still very much feels like Hit The Floor.

I take that as a big compliment. As much of a challenge as it was to get our cast reassembled, it was not as big of a challenge to get our writers reassembled and to get our crew reassembled. And so, the show is, it sounds cheesy to say, a family. So when we were coming back there were so many people just on the other side of the camera that were really excited about that because their boss [points to self] is a big goofball. And so, the fact that there's so much consistency behind the scenes helped. I have seen shows do that, where you'll go, 'Okay, well, let's pivot this way. This girl is gonna be our new star. We're gonna kind of re-tell the same storyline but with a different actress playing a different thing. Maybe we can recapture that magic.' And I'm more of a purist. I hate when that happens on shows. I hate when I go, 'Errr the vibe's not the same. The stakes aren't the same. The type of humor isn't the same.'

When you have characters like Kyle (Katherine Bailess) or Lionel (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) or Jelena (Dear White People's Logan Browning), the audience is invested in their stories. So to suddenly say, 'Oh, that story didn't matter.' No. That story is what influences what they do today. I think that's a really exciting part of season four, is to say, it's a year and a half later but these characters, you've gone through a war with them in the past. Let's see what these characters do now in a structure that is the same. You get our big dance number every episode. You get all of our plot twists, our end-of-episode OMG moments, those one-liners that only Lionel or Jelena or Kyle can say.

**We'll have a post mortem after the July 10th episode airs so be sure to come back to TVInsider to read all about the big things that go down in the season premiere!

Here's an exclusive clip from Hit The Floor's season premiere: Hit The Floor, Tuesdays, 10/9c, BET. 

'Shooter' Sneak Peek: How Close to Atlas Was Bob Lee's Father? (VIDEO)

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:00am

Now how often does snooping into the past lead to anything but pain?

That's what former Marine/sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Ryan Phillippe) is finding out on the third season of USA's Shooter, as he digs deeper into the past of his father and his connection to the evil group, Atlas. But try as he might, Bob Lee isn't about to stop on this trail of discovery — no matter what it uncovers.

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The actor also talks about how his on-set injury impacted the character.

In Thursday's all-new episode, Bob Lee regroups with former Marine commanding officer/ally Issac (Omar Epps) and former FBI agent Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to discuss his investigation and what it all means. In the course of their conversation, they stumble on what could be yet another lead for more answers.

Check out this exclusive clip from Thursday's episode below to find out more:

Shooter, Thursdays, 10/9c, USA

'Nashville': The 18 Greatest Musical Moments (VIDEO)

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 9:00am

The end is near for CMT’s Nashville, which has endured six seasons of melodrama, rocky storytelling, and a network change.

And yet, music has remained its constant. Over the years, the show has produced some gorgeous country tunes — relaxed acoustic numbers, show-stopping jams, and of course, sad love songs.

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Even if you’re not a country music fan, this show has sold you on the soulfulness of the genre. With the likes of music producers T-Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller at the helm, we were blessed with some incredible songs.

It’s hard whittling the best musical performances down to just 18, but check to see which ditties made the list.

"If I Didn't Know Better" by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio

In many ways, this is the song that started it all: Rayna’s (Connie Britton) affinity for recognizing new talent, Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar’s (Sam Palladio) tumultuous relationship, and our attachment to the show. The two young and inexperienced singer-songwriters combined their voices to make a sensual tune at the iconic Bluebird Cafe, changing both their professional and personal lives forever.

"What If I Was Willing" by Chris Carmack

This song embodied Will’s (Chris Carmack’s) magnetic stage presence. Coupled with energy and swagger, it perfectly represented his Ladies Man façade. At the time, very few people knew that, all the while, he was struggling to come out of the closet.

"Nothing in This World Will Ever Break My Heart" by Hayden Panettiere

After Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) mother committed suicide, she poured her heart out into this ballad, proving that there’s more depth to be found in this pop-country star. We’ll always remember this performance because it’s one of the rare instances where Juliette showed her vulnerability on stage.

“Believing” by Lennon Stella and Charles Esten

When Deacon (Charles Esten) learned that Maddie (Lennon Stella) was his daughter, he tried his best to bond with her. But it didn’t take long for him to realize just how talented she was, following in both his and Rayna’s musical footsteps. In their first duet together, the look of wonder and pride on Deacon’s face alone made this special.

“Black Roses” by Clare Bowen

Spurred by reawakened wounds of past trauma and mounting pressures, Scarlett took an extended break from music in Season 2. This sad, reflective song is what came out of that painful period, and it’s hauntingly beautiful.

"This Town" by Clare Bowen and Charles Esten

The music business ‘aint easy ya’ll, and this uncle and niece duo was here to remind us of that with a truly eerie song. The lyrics suggest a more somber reality about the city of Nashville, and how it can destroy dreams as easily as it can make them come true.  

"Who I Am" by Chris Carmack

This underrated gem came from Will during his most tortured and intimate moments. Accepting his homosexuality was a defining storyline for the character, who sang this song to himself behind his closed bedroom door.

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“Everything I’ll Ever Need” by Jonathan Jackson and Hayden Panettiere

This song signals to an innocent time in Juliette and Avery’s (Jonathan Jackson) relationship, back when they were just friends and not wrapped up in a chaotic romance. When Juliette was in a rut, Avery helped her find the joy in playing music again, resulting in this sweet little number.

“Wake Me Up When It’s Over” by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio

Yes, they’re super dysfunctional together, and yes, they brought out the worst in each other, but musically, Scarlett and Gunnar were nothing short of magical. This particular song, which ended in a breathless kiss, demonstrated just how incredible their chemistry was.

“From Here On Out” by Charles Esten

Deacon is a complicated man to love. His rage and alcoholism make him crash fast and hard (even if he does get back up with a humble apology). This soft melody is about him wanting to reform his life, and it’s hard to not get swept up his sincerity. Also, “The only give I ever gave was giving up” is not a line we’ll soon forget.

"I Will Never Let You Know" by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio

Scarlett and Gunnar had so many hits together, they probably deserve their own list. But the song that encapsulated just how star-crossed they were was this understated tune, in which the two musicians serenaded to each other on a rooftop under the city’s lights.

"My Favorite Hurricane" by Connie Britton and Charles Esten

“And underneath the pain, you’re my favorite hurricane.” No other lyric can aptly describe what Deacon and Rayna meant to each other than this one. This song, which was part of their joint album together, is filled with their long, storied history as collaborators and lovers.  

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"I'm On My Way" by Hayden Panettiere

Season 5 of Nashville slowed things down with Juliette, who found herself on the cusp of religious enlightenment after a near-death experience. It may have been short-lived, but to witness Juliette look for meaning in her life was truly moving. And this song, which was inspired by gospel music and even featured a choir, is powerful.

“Burn to Dark” by Chris Carmack

We love to see Will jamming out to an up-tempo song, but it’s when he slows down to melodic blues that it makes the most impact. “Burn to Dark” is a song he wrote following his breakup with Kevin, and in mourning the end of that relationship, we hear the smoother parts of his voice come out.

“You’re Mine” by the Nashville cast

After Rayna’s death, the core characters rallied behind Deacon to help him complete his unfinished album. This touching montage featuring the whole cast left us feeling hopeful, even as we were embarking on a new journey without our female lead. This bittersweet song was the perfect goodbye to Rayna’s character.

“Learning How to Lose You” by Kaitlin Doubleday

It seemed impossible to imagine Deacon ever finding love again once Rayna died — that is until he reconnected with Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday) who sang this gentle heartbreak song. In this moment, Deacon was not only reminded of his own loss, but he was also taken aback by Jessie’s voice.

“Sanctuary” by Lennon and Maisy Stella

This song, performed by Maddie and Daphne (Maisy Stella) to commemorate their mother, is achingly good. Their voices melted together in perfect harmony, as most of their duets do. We’ve loved watching the Stella sisters blossom before our eyes on this show and this song signifies how much they’ve grown.

“A Life That's Good” by the Nashville cast

No song sums up the Nashville experience better than this one. In its simplicity, togetherness, and feel-good bravado, “A Life That’s Good” offers up the kind of country song that makes you feel warm and safe. And those are the feelings we hope to carry with us once the shows ends.  

Nashville, Thursdays, 9/8c, CMT.

Kevin Hart on Game Show 'TKO: Total Knock Out': 'You're Going to Laugh a Lot'

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 8:00am

You might not think a new summer game show called TKO: Total Knock Out — where contestants run a goofy, fun house-like obstacle course while being pummeled with silly-looking foam projectiles by their opponents — embodies the power of positivity. But with comedy superstar/actor Kevin Hart running point as host, it sure does.

“TKO is about real people wanting to get the best out of themselves,” says Hart, the star of box-office hits including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the Ride Along franchise, and whose comedy show, The Irresponsible Tour, is selling out venues worldwide. “It’s amazing energy,” he adds. “I feed off that. I love inspiration and motivation. I want to set up an obstacle course in my backyard now!”

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We sat down with him at the Los Angeles headquarters of his Hartbeat Productions (where he arrived with armloads of envelopes and FedEx packages after stopping to pick up the office mail) to learn more about the wacky competition and how it became Hart’s happy place.

Have you run the course?

Kevin Hart: The producers didn’t want me to do it while taping the show. They’re like, 'Kevin’s too crazy, and we don’t want nothing to happen to our host!' I let my two older kids [daughter Heaven, 13, and son Hendrix, 10] play in the Ballpit and on the Unbalanced Balance Beam. But I didn’t throw stuff at them!

TKO has a dodgeball vibe. Were you good at that game as a kid?

Very good. I’m small [Hart stands 5-foot-4] and could move, so I’m a hard target, and I had an arm on me. My problem was, I hit people in the face with the ball. Yeah, I was that guy! The teacher would say, 'Hey everybody, go for the body — no faces.' And I’m like, 'Mmm-hmmm.'

What’s your favorite TKO battle station?

The Frisboom. It’s like a giant Frisbee. I fell in love with the accuracy.

What makes a good contestant?

A person who has no fear. This is not something people do every day. You don’t wake up, go down to your local obstacle course, run it and go to work! But your everyday individual can do this. It’s not about being a ninja. It’s your mom, teacher, contractor, electrical engineer. They tackle it at a very high level. I watch in awe.

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You’re no stranger to taking on a physical challenge. You ran the New York City Marathon and signed up for Chicago in October. How’s training going?

Not good. My body is like, 'Huh? Hey, when did we start doing this again? Nobody told me. Wait a minute, hold on, I want to talk to you about something.' I’m reminding my legs: This is what it’s gonna be. I’m building up muscle memory.

What are your goals as a game-show host?

Engagement. Talking to the camera as if I’m with you in your living room. Making sure the audience has a clear understanding of the rules. But not just explaining it — being authentic and genuine. Me being me. Nothing’s scripted.

Do you ever crack up watching the contestants get slammed?

I laugh because people are whooping their own ass. They attack without thinking or processing what they see. I’m like, 'Oh, God, sir! Don’t do that. Think! Nope, he didn’t put any thought into that.' We have the Grinder, which goes around in circles [like a washing machine tub]. People stand still on it. I’m like, 'No. Don’t stand still, guys. She fell. She’s in the water.'

Growing up, did you watch any game shows?

American Gladiators. It was amazing because it was regular people going up against the elite gladiators who were the best of the best and the biggest of the biggest! [These contestants] didn’t stand a chance. When you saw [someone] who trained for it do well, you were like, 'That’s amazing! Oh my God! I can do it too!' It gave you hope that you could do things.

Is that why you’re proud to be a part of TKO?

I love to surround myself with people who are goal-oriented. People on TKO want to take the [$50,000] prize money and do something ambitious with it. Even if they don’t win, [competing] changes their lives. They say, 'This was something I said I was going to do, and the fact that I completed it is big. I want to do more stuff like this.' Look, we don’t talk about good things enough anymore. We have to personally change the narrative. How I do that is I try to be as happy as I possibly can and give people, whether my fanbase or not, a reason to go, 'Man, that’s dope' and smile. That’s TKO. You’re going to laugh a lot. We’re going to have a lot of fun.

TKO: Total Knock Out, Series Premiere, Wednesday, July 11, 8/7c, CBS

A 'Little Big Shot' Returns, Steve McQueen Is TCM's Star of the Month, Brotherly Love on 'Detroiters'

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 7:00am

A critical checklist of notable Thursday TV:

Little Big Shots (8/7c, NBC): This talent showcase for prodigies knows a good thing when it comes along. Which is why Steve Harvey welcomes back 13-year-old singer/ukulele whiz-kid EmiSunshine for a repeat visit. She wowed the audience earlier this season with a rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” and now she has an original song to share. Other small but mightily talented guests include a 5-year-old space expert, an 8-year-old pianist, a young aerialist and brothers who help each other overcome disabilities.

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Steve McQueen Marathon: Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month got his start on TV (as Josh Randall on Wanted Dead or Alive) but soon established himself as a major TV star. TCM celebrates McQueen’s career on Thursdays through July, starting with his inauspicious first leading role as a horror-movie hero in 1958’s campy The Blob (8/7c). Followed by a true breakout role in a more familiar Western setting as one of 1960s’ The Magnificent Seven (9:45/8:45c), director John Sturges’ homage to Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, co-starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn and Charles Bronson.

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Detroiters (10:30/9:30c, Comedy Central): This raucous buddy comedy adds a third wheel when Tim (Tim Robinson) is cajoled by his overprotective mom (a very funny Nora Dunn) to hire his aggressively strange and perversely unmotivated brother, Trevor (Conner O’Malley), at the ad firm. When Trevor shows an unusual aptitude for the biz, neither Tim nor a disgruntled Sam (Sam Richardson) know how to react. The brothers’ screaming sibling battles are much the weirdest and most hilarious thing you’re likely to see this night—and that includes The Gong Show.

'Moonlighting' Reunion! Cybill Shepherd Joins the Roast of Bruce Willis 'Moonlighting' Reunion! Cybill Shepherd Joins the Roast of Bruce Willis

Edward Norton, Kevin Pollak, Dom Irrera, Nikki Glaser, and Lil Rel Howery will also be taking the stage.

Inside Thursday TV: USA’s Queen of the South (9/8c), aka Teresa (Alice Braga), may be endangering her empire, and her life, when she tries to disrupt her new business partner’s European girl-trafficking ring. … How many sitcoms have used a kid’s driver’s test as a plot device? NBC’s Marlon (9:30/8:30c) goes there this week, but with a twist. Turns out Marley (Notlim Taylor) is afraid to drive, and to help her get out over her fear, Marlon (Marlon Wayans) confronts one of his own: petting a dog. … Does Abby’s (Lisa Edelstein) Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (10/9c, Bravo) include a chapter on getting along with a new lover’s ex? It might help when she clashes with Mike’s (James Lesure) ex-wife, Colette (Stephanie Szotack), over boundaries. In other relationship news, Delia (Necar Zadegan) gets bad news from her fertility doctor, and responds by taking her relationship with Tony (Steve Talley) to the next level.

 Lisa Edelstein Promises Closure (and Tears!) 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce' Final Season: Lisa Edelstein Promises Closure (and Tears!)

The Bravo series' star Lisa Edelstein spills on what's to come in the final episodes.


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