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'Wedding Cake Championship': He Said/She Said With Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 1:00pm
Wedding Cake Championship- Hosts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, as seen on Wedding Cake Championship, Season 1.

This is one gold-medal pair. Fashionable and funny Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are trading their usual sideline-commentary gigs to host Wedding Cake Championship — new competition that gives six teams of bakers a shot at designing the centerpiece confection for Lipinski’s upcoming anniversary.

But first, we had the besties — whose outrageous coordinated outfits were a hit at this year’s Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea — break down their own sweet relationship.

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The couple reveals how they met and more!

How did you first meet?

He said: Covering the 2010 World Championships for Universal Sports. We had an immediate connection. By the end of the week we were essentially spooning on a couch for our viewers.

She said: The skating world is small, so we had known of each other for a long time. We worked together briefly in 2010 and hit it off. Then we reunited leading into the 2014 Sochi Olympics. I was covering ladies’ figure skating, Johnny was covering the men’s events, and we overlapped in the studio one day.

First impression?

He said: Of course that she is beautiful and tiny!

She said: He’s extremely polite, a perfect gentleman, ridiculously funny and incredibly smart.

How did you realize you needed to be best friends?

He said: Despite our fantastical appearance and the fact that we’re only in our thirties, Tara and I are very deep people who have lived a lot of lives. We can laugh and commiserate on a level that so few people I meet can relate to.

She said: It just happened. There was an immediate, undeniable connection, and we both recognized it.

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Shohannah Stern and Josh Feldman on their characters, the perks of texting, and 'Switched at Birth.'

How exactly does one judge a wedding cake competition?

He said: Presentation, style, technique and taste. Just like figure skating — aside from taste, of course!

She said: We are purely hosting, not judging, but we got to taste a lot of the cakes, which were all insanely good.

Who’s more likely to be on the dance floor at a wedding?

He said: Tara, for sure.

She said: Most definitely me.

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Plus, Yeh's show on Food Network premieres this month.

And at the bar?

He said: Both. We like to think we can hang, but we’re usually hiccuping and making vacation plans with strangers 1.5 glasses in.

She said: It depends on the day, but we both love a good glass of wine: Sancerre for Johnny, Chardonnay for me.

Wedding Cake Championship, Series Premiere, Monday, June 25, 9/8c, Food Network

'The Pacific War in Color' Sheds New Light on a Dramatic Past (VIDEO)

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 9:00am

If you're a history buff, Smithsonian Channel has a new series for you.

The Pacific War in Color premieres Sunday and brings rare and never-before-seen footage from every corner of World War II's conflict in the Pacific Theater of operations.

The eight-part series features rare color home movies from servicemen and even General Douglas MacArthur to reveal a look we've never had of the war, which we tend to be more familiar with through black-and-white film footage and photos. Each episode of the series brings first-hand looks from the men and women who lived through the war, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to fighting in the Philippines, Burma and on Iwo Jima.

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But there may be a movie in the works.

Sunday's premiere episode, "An Ocean Apart," reveals the first color images from locations like Midway, Wake Island and Guam before they were torn apart by war. Also, viewers will get a new perspective on the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

Here is an exclusive clip from Sunday's premiere episode, featuring Pauline and Johnnie Falk as they climbed aboard one of the inaugural commercial flights across the Pacific in the Pan Am Clipper:

The Pacific War in Color, Sundays beginning June 24, 8/7c, Smithsonian Channel 

'Preacher' Superfan Betty Buckley on Joining the Series: 'I Was Literally Dancing Around My House'

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 3:00pm
Preacher Betty Buckley

Remember Betty Buckley as Eight Is Enough’s ever-patient and loving stepmom Abby Bradford? You’re gonna need to get over that, Preacher fans.

On June 24, the versatile actress, singer and Broadway icon joins AMC’s deliciously subversive dramedy as the current-day version of Jesse Custer’s freaky “Gran’ma,” Marie L’Angell.

No cuddly cookie baker, this one. Instead, Gran’ma’s a spell-casting, dead-raising, enterprising “spiritist” with a loyal pair of enforcers (Falling Skies’ Colin Cunningham and Nashville’s Jeremy Childs), a thirst for eternal youth — and her long-lost grandson on her doorstep, desperate to bring his beloved Tulip (Ruth Negga) back among the living, no matter what the cost.

Picking up where Season 2’s finale left off, Jesse’s continued mission to track down God (or maybe claim the title for himself) has led him to the one place he dreads most: Angelville, the creepy Louisiana plantation where he was raised under, er, less-than-ideal circumstances. Not surprisingly, he quickly discovers that no amount of time can erase some grudges, even as new obligations abound.

And, as ever, Gran’ma means business. Need a spell or spirit? Pay a fee — or pay with your soul.

Are these kin really kindred spirits? We asked Buckley for insight.

One look at your resumé and there’s no arguing that you’re the ultimate in versatility as an entertainer — but this still may not be the first thing people think of when they hear “Betty Buckley.” What drew Betty to Marie?

Betty Buckley: Well, I've been a fan of the show for the first two seasons. I was just channel surfing one night and came across it and was like, "God, what is this show? It's so weird." I quickly became addicted to it and couldn't wait to see it week-to-week.

So, I was just sitting on my ranch in January after the Christmas holidays, and my agent called and said there was this role of Madame Marie L'Angell — Gran’ma in the graphic novels — and that she was going to be one of the primary villains for Season 3. She said that they were interested in me for it, and I was ecstatic. I mean, I was literally dancing around my house.

I got the part and they flew me out almost immediately to New Orleans to start shooting. It was the greatest four months of my life. The cast is absolutely phenomenal. I'm, like, literally in love with Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun and Colin Cunningham who plays TC, one of Gran’ma’s henchmen and Jeremy Childs who plays Jody, another henchman.

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The series returns on June 24.

What's it like coming onto a show when you’re already a massive fan?

My first week in town I was at a restaurant in New Orleans and sitting at a bar waiting for my table and Pip Torrens walks in and sat next to me. I was like, "Oh my God, Herr Starr!" And he looked at me like I was some kind of weird mall girl, and I said, "Oh, no. I'm Betty. I'm Betty. I play Gran’ma." That was my first encounter with him.

I'm just a huge fan of all these people, so much so that my first couple of days working with Dom and Ruth and Joseph on the set I really had to just calm down. Because I was just kind of watching them like a fan watches people, as opposed to remembering my character. It was really silly.

In fact, I saw some footage from that first couple of days and I literally said to the director as he was showing it to me, "Oh man, you got to cut around that because I look like an adoring fan." Like, “Please, help me remember to act.” It's so dopey. [Laughs]



How exactly does one prep to become an evil Cajun sorceress?

I interviewed Sam Catlin on the phone for a couple hours before I started, and then also the producing director, Michael Slovis, to get some background on the character. I also looked at the graphic novels, and what I didn't understand I had to make up.

I also worked with my psychologist on creating this really evil character. I've played a lot of people with aberrated psychologies in my career, but I don't know if I've played anybody as intentionally cruel as this character is. For the first couple of three weeks of working on the show, she really entered my dreams in a nightmare fashion. I was calling my psychologist several times a week to work it through, because it was really dark. It was a dark place!

And the action — the stunts — are out of this world. Our stunt director is just brilliant and the first time on set with Ruth, I got to do some really cool stunts. They were treating me like, "Oh, be careful!" like I'm this old lady, because I am. But I was like, "Hey guys, I just want to tell you, you don't have to worry. I'm from Texas. I live on a ranch. I'm a cowgirl." And they're like, "Oh. Oh!"

I've died horribly in movies, like Split and Carrie, but I never had done that before. So that was super fun.

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The showrunner revealed the news Wednesday but kept mum about casting shakeups.

I loved Oz, of which you were a terrific part. Tell me about getting to enter, again, a television universe where it's unapologetically all about people's lesser angels and worst inclinations. Freeing?

It's my favorite kind of work to get to do, because I studied for years and years with some of the greatest teachers in the business to learn how to be a really, raw, truth-telling actress. My role models were Kim Stanley, Geraldine Page, Gena Rowlands. I wanted to become that kind of actress, so I studied for a long time to learn how to do that.

I've played a lot of mothers and nice, well-meaning people in my life, too, but the parts that are most fun to play and interesting to explore are those with aberrated psyches, who from their childhood were literally taught by example and experienced the wrong thing of how to live in community with others, and why they're the way they are is what's fascinating to me.

I've been a study of human psychology and comparative world religions from my twenties on — people, humanity, life on this planet, why we do what we do and who we really are in spite of what we think we are, fascinates me. So to get to be that kind of truth-telling storyteller, has always been the thing I prefer to do.

Betty Buckley as Gran'Ma - Preacher

I'm a bit of a rebel inside, and I was a child of the '60s, and I think of myself as a rock ’n' roll kid even though I never really got to do that. I've lived my own version of it to the best of my ability, and I think of myself as one of the outliers. What was so great about being on Preacher is everybody in that crew, everybody on every part of the show feels the same way about themselves. It's almost like it was a gathering of the family, of the nerds who have stories to tell.

Plus, as a student of comparative world religions, I love Preacher's iconoclast nature. They really take all the cultural and religious icons that you have rooted in your consciousness from your childhood and they turn it all upside down. Which is shocking at first, but then it forces you to rethink your philosophy and then recommit to what your own convictions are about respect for life and respect for other people. It's very effective that way and helping people process their most primal emotions — as you call them, your darker angels.

Give me your own personal take on Gran'ma's motivations and what drives her. Is it an aberrated faith? Is it power? Is it loyalty? Is it invincibility? 

She learned her cruelty from her background with a very cruel father, and he ran this plantation and the tombs, and it was all a part of his business. We don't know really how old she is. She could be hundreds of years old, according to Sam Catlin, but she learned her skills, I believe, from one of her father's mistresses who was a mulatto slave and a Cajun sorceress, and she identified with her father's cruelty because her mother was really weak and retiring because of, again, the father's cruelty.

So she just stopped participating, so to speak. In her mind, the learned thing is you have to be strong, you have to be powerful or people will take advantage of you.

At this point that we find her, she herself was brutalized, so she brutalizes. It's the chain-of-family-abuse kind of thing. At least that's my theory, and with the little facts that I could garner from everything from Catlin and everyone's perspective.

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Colin Cunningham as TC, Betty Buckley as Grandma, Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare

And now here is Jesse standing before her again.

Jesse Custer has left the plantation, and he was her roper. He was like her PR guy. He went out and got people to come to Madame L'Angell for the spells — for whatever they needed for healing, for love spells, for whatever — and the methodology was always if they didn't pay the bill, then she would take their soul. And it's discovered how she found out that taking people's souls can help her persist.

She doesn't want to die, and she doesn't want to grow old, and her beauty is very, very important to her — because, the way she negotiated, her beauty gave her power, too, but she's learned these spells, and she's a really good sorceress. She calls herself a healer in the first couple of episodes, and I think she's very sincere about that, but when people don't pay her or fulfill their contract, then she takes everything they have, which is their soul, and she feels justified in doing so.

She can't tolerate disrespect and a lack of appreciation, and so we find her at the beginning of Season 3 in a kind of compromised state. She's ill and diminished from all the years since Jesse has left, and she's very angry at him for abandoning the family business — but she loves him very much, and he's her only living relative, so he comes with this enormous favor to ask, and she's ready to fulfill that for him for a price. And that's where we go from there.



Tell me about playing that relationship with Dominic, who is so good as Jesse.

 I was already his fan, and, like every girl that meets him, I have a crush on him. He's a brilliant young actor, and he's a beautiful man, you know? [Laughs] So, we had an immediate chemistry, and we became very good friends during the four months.

They were all very kind, and they just created the space for me to be there, and because I was a fan of the show, I think I was pretty up on the style and listened very carefully ... and had an easy connection and camaraderie with Dom and Ruth and Joseph in my early work with them. There was an immediate give-and-take relationship with them as actors, which one always hopes for but doesn't always find. Dom and I had a very special connection, which I'm very grateful to have experienced.

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Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare

I imagine Joseph [Gilgun, who plays vampire Cassidy] is a memorable acquaintance, as well?

Oh God, Joseph! [Laughs]. He comes from a family that are like gypsies — they're called the Travellers.

He doesn't have a cellphone or an address. He is such a character. He tells stories in the makeup trailer and his stories are just hilarious, and they go on and on and on. I was like, "Please, Joseph. Can we spend more time? I just wanna hear more stories, more stories." He's a brilliant storyteller. In fact, he's in London now making a new show about his life, which I can't wait to see. I think he's a genius. I told him that.

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Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy

We've been talking about dark things — fun things, but dark things — so let's switch gears a little. Tell me about the catalyst behind your new record, Hope. It's getting great initial response, and it couldn't come at a better time, since most of us are exhausted to our souls right now.

Well, there you have it. That's what it's about — trying to put together a collection of music that soothes that soul experience because we're so exhausted with everything that's going on. It's centered around a song called "Hope" that was written by Jason Robert Brown, who contributed three songs to my last CD, Story Songs, which was released a year ago.

I called him this year to see if he had any new material to send me, and he said, "Not really, but I did write one song the morning after the election," and he sent that to me  It's just a beautiful, beautiful song about rolling up your sleeves and deciding to work in spite of the fact that you're completely flummoxed about everything and feeling very defeated and mentally exhausted. It helps you experience that feeling and then recommit. At least it did for me when I heard it.

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This actor was spotted near the Georgia set of the show, which is currently filming.

So, with my beautiful collaborator, Christian Jacob, we picked material around that. Three songs from T Bone Burnett, who's my good friend; we grew up together in Fort Worth. Material from Paul Simon, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lisa Loeb, a couple of standards, and then two songs by one of my favorite bands, Steely Dan, which I love their song "Any Major Dude Will Tell You."

It's such a sweet idea in trying to say, "Look, a major dude in the world will tell you the truth. Don't listen to anything other than a major dude."

The structure of the album and the music is meant to take you through a process of free association with the images that the lyrics present and the feelings that the music offer, and to help you go through a cathartic journey to, hopefully, by the end, reclaim your hope for a peaceful, beautiful remembrance of this beautiful world that we live in.

And now you're about to embark on "Hello, Dolly!" — a 44-week tour of more feel-good. 

My catch phrase for that is we're gonna "Make America Happy Again!" I don't know if you've seen the current Broadway production, but it's just so joyous. I saw it last winter with Bette Midler, and the whole place was standing up at the end. Tears were just streaming down my face, everybody I've talked to had the same similar experience. It's such a joyous production that you feel rapture by the end.

I'm just personally grateful to get to play somebody like Dolly Levi as an antidote to Madame L'Angell, after four months of immersing myself in this dark, murky world of Angelville.

I'm quite sure that my friends and family are gonna think I'm completely schizophrenic.

Preacher, Season 3 Premiere, Sunday, June 24, 9/8c, AMC

'Masterpiece: Endeavour' Is Back for a 'Darker' Season 5 — Plus, 3 More Unconventional Detectives

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 1:00pm
 Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse and Roger Allam as Fred Thursday.

Brilliant Oxford police detective, opera lover and crossword puzzle whiz Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) and his down-to-earth boss Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) are back on the case for Season 5 of Endeavour on PBS’s Masterpiece.

The ’60s-era prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse expands to six episodes from the usual four as the pair deal with a gang turf war, a poisoning linked to a film shoot and a disappearance that sends Morse undercover to teach a boarding school’s twisted students. "This season is darker," says executive producer Damien Timmer. "Morse almost gets blown up, various people try to shoot him and he’s caught in a fire."

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Hawke is the daughter of actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.

Along with danger, the series offers up its usual dry wit and observation of the social hierarchy in Oxford and at Cowley Police Station. There, Morse — a lone wolf who doesn’t fit in with his colleagues — finds himself in the unwanted role of mentor to a young detective, George Fancy (Lewis Peek). "He’s not necessarily very successful," hints Timmer.

As always, the relationship between Endeavour and Thursday takes center stage. "We’re finding new things for them to argue about," Timmer says. "And new ways for them to need each other." This season, they share each other’s pain over Thursday’s daughter, Joan (Sara Vickers), the object of Endeavour’s affection, who left Oxford with no intention of returning. "She continues to be a big deal for Endeavour," Timmer says. "He has romantic adventures with women, but Joan is the shadow over everything."

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The moody serial killer drama takes place in Sweden.

3 More Unconventional Detectives

Harry Bosch, Bosch (Amazon Prime Video)
The LAPD detective (Titus Welliver) — who was an abused foster child — goes rogue to get justice for the city’s most vulnerable victims. Bosch has challenged superiors, exposed corrupt cops and staged solo rescues.

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Nevertheless, she persisted. On Season 1 of the FX anthology, the old boys’ network at a small-town police department discourages Deputy Solverson (Allison Tolman) from investigating a resident who could be a murderer. Her disobedience pays off in the form of nabbing the bad guy.

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John Luther, Luther (Netflix)
Detective Chief Inspector Luther (Idris Elba) solves creepy London crimes but gets way too close to the psychos committing them. The hero of the BBC series "doesn’t necessarily follow procedure," Elba has said. That’s an understatement!

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Masterpiece: Endeavour, Season premiere, Sunday, June 24, 9/8c, PBS (check local listings at pbs.org)

The 10 Good, Bad & Ugly Theories of 'Westworld' Season 2

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 11:00am

Westworld is fodder for both insanely cool and just plain insane fan theories. Part of the fun of a show like this is in speculating about twists before they even happen.

Last year, eagle-eyed fans on Reddit were able to foresee some of the season’s biggest revelations. And as the show has gotten even more confounding in Season 2, the viewers have remained just as savvy — if not more.

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Plus, series stars Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden get their karaoke on.

In the gallery above, we take a look back at just some of the popular theories that circulated throughout the season, as well as a couple that have yet to be confirmed or debunked. (Beware, spoilers ahead.) Hopefully, we’ll get answers in Sunday's finale!

Westworld, Season 2 Finale, Sunday, June 24, 9/8c, HBO

Best Lines of the Week (June 15-21): 'You're the Earthquake'

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 9:00am
Best Lines - Jordan Kimball, Elliott Knight, Lucy Hale, Chelsey Reist

From meaningful monologues on Westworld to funny zingers on Queer Eye, this week of television was filled with both humor and drama.

Click through the gallery above to see our 10 favorite lines on TV this week!

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Plus, find out how Kat and Adena's relationship will be tested.

'Black Lightning' Season 1 DVD Includes Tons of Bonus Material (VIDEO)

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 4:00pm

Get ready to binge the most-watched CW series premiere in the past two years, because Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing Black Lightning: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Fans who buy the set will be treated to all 13 full episodes from the freshman season, plus "extra content including the 2017 Comic-Con panel, new featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel and more," according to a press release.

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Producer Salim Akil wants to delve deeper into Pierce's daughters' powers.

“In only its first season on the air, Black Lightning has quickly established itself as a hit series with its action-packed episodes and stellar storyline,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing.

"We are very excited to release the first season on Blu-ray and DVD so fans and newcomers alike can add the new hit series to their collections along with newly added bonus content.”

Take an exclusive look at a Black Lightning Season 1 supercut that is being used to promote the DVD release, and which you won't actually find on the DVD:

Black Lightning: The Complete First Season costs $29.98 SRP for the DVD and $39.99 SRP for the Blu-ray. Black Lightning: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

Black Lightning, Season 2 Premiere, Tuesday, October 9, 9/8c, The CW

Paul 'Triple H' Levesque on WWE's U.K. Championship Tournament & Global Expansion

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:00am

WWE has enjoyed a strong fan base in the United Kingdom for decades.

In 1992, more than 80,000 packed Wembley Stadium to watch the British Bulldog defeat Bret Hart for the Intercontinental championship at SummerSlam. At one time the company even had a European title.

However, in recent years the company extended its reach in the region by partnering with local companies and hosting a tournament to crown the first ever United Kingdom champion.

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The pro wrestling world mourns one of the best big men in the business.

At the forefront of this global expansion is Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE's executive vice president of talent, live events and creative. His vision is slowly being realized thanks to WWE’s presence growing exponentially, spotlighted with two United Kingdom Championship Tournament at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Day one featured a tournament of top talent where the winner earned the right to face U.K. champion Pete Dunne the next night. The second event featured a series of talent from NXT, WWE’s developmental brand. Viewers can watch the action unfold June 25 and 26 on WWE Network.

U.K. talent has never been more represented on WWE than it does now. There are superstars on 205 Live and NXT making waves. Among them has been the resurgence of Danny Burch, who was signed to a full-time contact in April.

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The latest version of the video game will be released this fall.

“If you saw the U.K. tournament last year, I think you can see what to expect,” Levesque said during a media call. “The level of talent we will be bringing is off the charts. I’m really excited about that. ...

"It’s morphed and took a lot longer than I’ve liked to get back to where we are and doing this again. In the meantime I think we’ve exposed some great talent like Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, Wolfgang, and Tyler Bate and everyone to the world that weren’t getting to as many people do now on a semi regular basis. That has been successful.

"Going forward the plan is still the same to get something moving on the ground there and move in that direction. We are headed in that direction. Hopefully, we will have more announcements soon.”

And announcements came. Building upon these live event specials, WWE recently announced plans for a full-on series highlighting the greatest competitors from the U.K. and Ireland. Shows will be taped during eight live events later in 2018. Additionally, along with the U.K. championship, the company will introduce a U.K. women’s and tag team titles.

“The U.K. has an amazing talent base and incredibly passionate fans that are deserving of their own showcase,” said Levesque said in a release. “This is the next step in our ongoing strategy to create localized content and further develop our brand globally.”

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Levesque spoke about this global localization in numerous conversations including a June NXT conference call.

His description is very similar to what is done with franchising cultivating talent from around the world, spotlighting them at different levels. He uses Yao Ming as an example with what he has done coming out of China and finding success in the NBA. Recruiting efforts have been ongoing for WWE during visits to places such as China, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

“As the world increases it kind of gets smaller because of social media and everything on the internet,” Levesque said.

“And the ease of getting all that and the infrastructure becomes better that allows you to be in more markets more frequently. There is a demand in a lot of markets. We are restricted by geography and nothing more.”

WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament events stream at 3/2c Monday and Tuesday, June 25 and 26 on WWE Network

'Instinct' Star Bojana Novakovic on Lizzie's Love Life & Her Dynamic With Dylan

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:00am
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Since premiering in March, Instinct has quickly joined the ranks of CBS’s hit procedurals. Averaging nearly 8 million viewers a week, it even earned an early renewal for Season 2.

While the crime drama delivers on the well-worn formula of an odd couple — former CIA operative Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) and NYPD homicide detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) — sparring their way through a case of the week, the show’s greatest appeal is how it breaks ranks: Dylan is gay, Lizzie is struggling with a loss, and their investigations tend to be quirky almost to the point of camp.

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Novakovic with Cummings in Instinct (Francisco Roman/CBS).

(In the June 24 episode, they try to crack the Steampunk-themed murder of a film student.) Novakovic offers her POV from the precinct.

Why do you think Instinct connected with the audience right out of the gate?

Novakovic: The comedy and banter between Alan and myself — it’s so rapid-fire. I think not having the usual will-they-or-won’t-they sexual chemistry actually adds excitement, because it makes you think, "Then what will happen?"

How would you describe Lizzie and Dylan’s friendship?

He wears his neuroses on the outside and she wears hers on the inside, so it’s a great yin-yang. She’s closed up emotionally, and he draws her out. I came into this going, "I’m in a drama. I’m playing a woman with a dark past who’s focused on her work." It took a bit of direction to get us doing our quick, witty dialogue.

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The creator of the CBS series apologized on social media.

Lizzie has been mourning her late fiancé — but this week, there’s a new love interest on the horizon. Is her dry spell over?

I don’t think anyone’s ever ready, or not ready, for a relationship, but I will say this: On the [July 1] finale, you can expect a cliffhanger in Lizzie’s personal life — maybe it’s romantic. And the No. 1 thing I’ve said to [executive producer] Michael Rauch about Season 2 is that Lizzie needs to get more action.

Important final question: How does Lizzie manage that Lady Godiva hair?

I’ve spoken with a few female homicide detectives, and a lot of these badass women get out of bed, put on makeup and blow-dry their hair. That’s even more badass, because how do you have the time?

Instinct, Sundays, 8/7c, CBS

ABC Officially Picks Up 'Roseanne' Spinoff 'The Conners' Without Roseanne Barr

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 9:00pm

Roseanne might be canceled, but fans don't have to say goodbye to (most of) the Conners! ABC announced Thursday they're picking up the Roseanne Barr-free spinoff series, The Conners, for a full series order, airing this fall.

The Conners — working title — will focus on Dan (John Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson), and D.J. (Michael Fishman) but not the titular Roseanne (Barr) after the actress' racist tweet got the show axed last month. So what happens to the matriarch? The network's press release seems to hint at an (all-too-fitting) tragic ending for the character.

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Buzz continues to grow around a potential Darlene-focused series.

"After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before," the release teases. "This iconic family — Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. — grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails."

The series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes, airing Tuesdays at 8/7c this fall. The cast released a joint statement about the exciting news:

“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience. We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”

Tom Werner will executive produce, along with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan and Bruce Rasmussen will also act as writers. Werner and Barr addressed the agreement to produce the spinoff — without Barr's creative or financial participation — in the following statements:

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Even Disney CEO Robert Iger is weighing in on ABC's decision to cancel the hit.

“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne.  I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved” said Barr.

Werner added:  “We are grateful to have reached this agreement to keep our team working as we continue to explore stories of the Conner family.”

The Conners, Tuesdays, 8/7c, Fall 2018, ABC

How do you think Roseanne will exit the show? Will you tune in this fall? Sound off in the comments below.

Pearl from 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Is the Real Doll Behind Our Pride Month Giveaway

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 5:00pm

Clutch this Pearl! On Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race, the subdued but always sassy Pearl Liaison (aka Matthew Lent) may have been overshadowed by the more energetic queens early on in the competition. But after a speaking-to from Ru and the judges, Pearl revved herself up and made it all the way to the Top 3.

Now, a few years after Race, Pearl is shifting lanes and bringing fashion-doll realness to the masses with Vladonna, a customizable DIY vinyl doll she's designed for the art-toy geniuses at Kidrobot. Available exclusively online, we're giving you the chance to score your very own Vladonna at the end of this chat with her creator, who opens up about reality TV regrets, art-versus-fashion, and how a blank doll with Jessica Rabbit features can help future drag artists hone their skills.

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The Season 6 star was featured in the Season 15 premiere episode.

Love this doll! Where did you come up with this idea?

Pearl Liaison: Oh, cool. Thanks. I love it too. I've always wanted to make a doll and have been doing lots of sculpting the last couple of years. An old friend who had a connection at a toy production company kind of linked us up. So, all of a sudden it was like a really cool freakin' new project.

And this is not just a minor undertaking.

I know! A lot more goes into it than all of us would think. It was an eye-opening experience, getting a product like this out on the shelves. I guess not even really shelves 'cause it's available online. But obviously, it's much easier said than done. We do have plans to create a clothed doll in the future. But it was like a long, two-year process just to get this one product out there.

Did this start working on this right after you were on Drag Race?

I wouldn't say immediately after. Maybe after about a year of touring or so, I finally found a moment to work on other projects.

It's an interesting career path that your following. You've done the DJing thing, and then you do Drag Race, where your drag was almost like a Kidrobot project... it was more artistic and conceptual than a lot of other queens.

Thank you. That's a great compliment. I chose to sort of be something versus wearing fashions, I guess. That's just always kind of been my motto from the beginning. Like Pearl as a character herself is kind of, you know, she's not a model, she's a character. So when she goes somewhere, she dresses for the theme, not really for the occasion. Does that make sense?

Of course. When did you first dip your toe into the drag world?

Oh, it was Halloween of 2012, I think. It all just happened very organically and very naturally. I went out and dragged, and from that, I met other drag queens who were the hosts of this drag show, and they had asked me to be a part of it. So I got in drag once and I was asked to do it again and again and then I started my own drag show in Chicago. [It] kind of broke away from the standard drag queen persona that you were getting in Chicago at the time, which was very pageantry, flawlessness, Top 20 anthems. And that's all fabulous and great, but I wanted a little bit more of an experimental, conceptual style of drag in my show. So the one I started was more of a variety show. It was all kinds of different performances and people from the community, not just men in wigs with a corset and whatever.

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The Season 10 stars spill all.

How did you end up on Drag Race?

I think my breaking away in the Chicago scene kind of made me realize that I had a little bit more, something special and dynamic to contribute to drag. So even though I felt very unprepared and I had only been doing drag for a short amount of time, I just felt like I could get on Drag Race. They didn't really reach out to me. I wasn't known enough. I had somebody help me with my video, I submitted it and then they called me. Crazy.

And then you make it to the Top 3. What are your fondest and worst memories of the experience?

My fondest? Honestly, being on the show itself is very hard and very stressful. I think the hardest and the fondest memories are kind of what happens to you psychologically throughout the course of the whole thing. [I was] able to look back and see where exactly I have room for growth, which was pretty much everywhere. And that's been the best part of it all, the changes that come after the show. And I'm still evolving.

The worst part is looking back — kind of the yin to the yang of what I just said — it's really hard to see yourself in a very growing time of my life and not really knowing things that I thought I knew. It's hard to see yourself like that, especially when you're so much younger. It was like five years ago.

 

Now, who is Vladonna? Where did you come up with her?

I think she's just the woman that was inside of me. Just kind of a crazy, kooky, disassociated, hyper-feminine shell of a person. She just doesn't take anything seriously at all. It's just about looking fab and having the best time, meeting famous people, staying in gorgeous hotels, and traveling,  jewelry and diamonds! Just ridiculous, over-the-top things that I don't find necessary in my life. It's more of like a metaphor, you know what I mean? And sort of poking fun at the way people feel they need to attain things they think that need to have. Kind of like a tongue-in-cheek joke, like body goals and life goals and travel goals, and friend goals.

And what was the thinking behind creating her as a paint-your-own version instead of an already made-up doll? Because that seems like it would be right in your wheelhouse, designing her costume and make up and all that.

Well, when I was growing up I used to take Barbie and strip her make up off with nail polish remover. Then I would repaint her whole body, style her hair and make her clothes out of construction paper and cotton balls. So the original idea was to have a full fledged conceptualized doll — which we have in the works right now — but it was taking so long, and then I had this idea of, 'Well, I used to customize my own dolls. How amazing would it be if she was just a figure that people could paint on?' Have you ever been at an arts-and-crafts store and seen the wooden posable figure that you can sort of draw on? That always excited me for some reason. A blank human figure that you can basically make whatever you want it to be.

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The library is OPEN!

Right.

So it just seemed like a really cool idea and not something that is really available. I know that there are a couple of dolls throughout history, kind of like a big plush doll with a marker, something like that. But not necessarily a crazy, full figured, fashion doll. With long hair and t**s. The goal was to get people excited to create something. And I don't necessarily want people to just paint a face on her and give her a flesh tone, you know what I mean? I wanted her to be sort of like an art piece, where you do exactly that. You rhinestone her, you bedazzle, you cover her in glitter, or you cover her in feathers, wherever kind of stretches your imagination.

Dried pasta shells.

Cereal. [Laughs]

Kidrobot's such a great group for this because their whole thing is bringing art to life. And their stuff is superfun!

Right. Yeah, they have their Munny doll, which is a customizable vinyl figure. So we basically just kind of made a super hyper feminine version of something that they kind of already had.

I think it's so cool, especially for gay kids looking to channel some off their creativity and their feelings.

I have so many people ask me how to get into to drag, how to start doing drag, or they wanna do drag and just don't know how. And I get it, drag is not an easy thing to do. From making sure that you look the way that you want to look, to getting the courage to leave your house in drag, the whole thing can just get very hard. So, having Vladonna is kind of like your first step. You can practice on her. What do you want it to look like? What is your first look? You can sort of make a miniature version and it's kind of a release. You scratch that drag itch when you don't know how to exactly put it on yourself yet. That make sense?

It's baby's first drag queen.

Exactly. [Laughs]

For a chance to win your own Vladonna, visit our Facebook page and enter!

Snoopy Swag! 'Peanuts' Unveils Comic-Con Exclusive Gear

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:30pm
Peanuts Key art for the new Peanuts series.

If you're heading to San Diego next month for Comic-Con International, it's already time to start figuring out how much luggage you're gonna need to bring back all the exclusive loot being served up.

For Peanuts fans, it's gonna be plenty, and plenty stylish.

In coordination with the Peanuts Global Artist Collective that launched this spring with public murals around the world, this year's pop-up shop on 226 5th Ave. in the Gaslamp district will be packed with limited-run items featuring the Peanuts gang as interpreted by 7 world-renowned artists.

Available from July 19-22, the stock will include Pintrill brand hats, pins, and totes sporting designs by Nina Chanel Abney, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Rob Pruitt, André Saraiva x Mr. A, AVAF, Kenny Scharf and FriendsWithYou. It's like fanfic for artists!

Below are some mock-ups of the goodies from the good folks at Peanuts Worldwide and yeah, we want them all.

 

Inside the San Diego Convention Center, the Peanuts booth (#1635 ... look for the omni-present crowd!) will showcase a wide array of other exclusives, including limited edition tees, a collector's set of figures, enamel pins, bandanas, buttons, lanyards, water bottles, Pop Sockets and a mini-comic that harken back to the spaciest adventures of Charlie Brown's beloved beagle. This is also your best place to line up for a photo with Snoopy, himself.

And trust us, it's worth the wait for the #Snoopyhugs

First Look: Kelly Osbourne Crashes 'Ozzy & Jack's World Detour' (PHOTO)

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 3:00pm
Ozzy & Jack's World Detour - Peace United Methodist Church LGBTQ Choir

Ozzy Osbourne and his son, Jack, have been to some crazy locations since they started their long, strange trip across the globe two years ago in Ozzy & Jack's World Detour. But the Prince of Darkness in the house of the Lord?

This season, Kelly Osbourne joins her dad and brother on the road. In a mid-July episode, she surprises the guys in St. Louis by taking them to the Peace United Church of Christ, where the St. Louis Women’s Chorus performs a special gospel version of Black Sabbath’s 1972 ballad “Changes,” which Ozzy wrote with his bandmates.

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Jack Osbourne talks about going to the San Antonio landmark, where his father Ozzy has his own history, for their History docuseries.

The experience was particularly moving for the legendary rocker and proud papa.

"Of course the song has great meaning to Kelly and I," Ozzy says. "Hearing the choir’s version in this extraordinary setting made us both very emotional." Amen to that!



Ozzy & Jack's World Detour, Wednesdays, 9/8c, A&E

'Jerry Springer' Production Ending — 5 Iconic Moments From the Show (VIDEO)

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:30pm

Jerry Springer has shuttered production on his iconic television series, The Jerry Springer Show, after 4,000 episodes and 27 seasons.

The AP reported the news that NBC Universal is not currently making any new episodes of the series, which debuted in 1991, but in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Springer set the record straight.

He revealed, "A deal has been made with The CW and so our show will be on in most cities twice a day. It will be mostly from the shows we've done, so every once in a while you'll be seeing shows where I look a lot younger."

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So fans who need still their expletive-filled rants, paternity tests, cheating scandals, and catfights need not worry.

"The show as I understand it will be on for at least another two or three years and then they'll, if it still continues to rate good, then they'll do some more," he added.

The one aspect of the show that the 74-year-old finds difficult to continue with is the pace — "Other people have come and talked about possible television projects, but I don't know that I can maintain this schedule that... has been insane for all these years."

In celebration of 27 years (and counting) on the air, let's look back on five crazy moments:

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Brie Bella Gets Candid About the Emotional Impact of 'Total Bellas' Season 3

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:00pm

"Roller-coaster ride" would be an accurate way to describe the first half of Total Bellas Season 3.

Brie Bella told us it was hard for her to be part of certain scenes within the latest episodes of the E! reality show, let alone relive them during live TV viewings. Many of those emotional moments involved her twin sister Nikki and Nikki's longtime love John Cena.

“It’s crazy, because I know what is going to happen,” she said. “I know how it all unfolds. Every Sunday night I sit with a box of tissues and a bottle of wine and cry my eyes out.

"For me as a sister — and I feel like I’m a sister to both John and Nicole — you just want to mend everything. Maybe it’s the mom in me. I want everyone to be happy. I want everything to work. When it’s out of your hands and your control, you can’t help but be so emotional.

"There are definitely [also] great moments like seeing Bryan [Danielson] make his comeback to the ring. Seeing myself come back for the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble. And my mom being the weather woman.

“Those are moments where I smile so big. With John and Nicole, it has been tough. I just have to say I give them so much credit, because it would have been easy for them to say, ‘None of this can be aired. No cameras. Nothing.’

"But my sister has always stood strong, with the line of thinking of, ‘You know what? I’m going to show everyone the good, the bad, the ugly, the happy, the everything. I’m not going to pick and choose. This is who I am, and you’re going to see it. And if you love me, hate me, whatever it is. This is my life.’”

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

Watching the show has been at times therapeutic for Bella. It allows her to reassess how she approached certain situations. Maybe things she would have done differently looking back, like telling everyone her brother JJ and Lauren Garcia were expecting before they could.

“My whole family was in town, and maybe it was too many champagnes, but I thought it was great to announce their pregnancy,” Bella said.

“When I watched it I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! That was horrible. What was I thinking?’ Then in the moment when Nicole and I are talking about John, I’m very protective over my sister. So, I think I make some very strong comments. Maybe I should have taken a step back, evaluated the situation, and did more of the grownup thing instead of lashing out.”

This season sees Bella juggling the role of wife and mother while growing her clothing line Birdiebee and her and Nikki's wine brand Belle Radici.

If these personal and career demands weren’t enough, Bella also was training for a return to the WWE ring and feeling self-conscious. She has appreciated the feedback from first-time parents as well as women overall, those who can relate to wanting it all and the challenges that come with that.

“I always tell my sister that there are times I’m flipping through Instagram, and whether it’s certain celebrities or other people, they make motherhood look so easy,” Bella said. [Daughter Birdie lets out a faint cry in the background.]

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Watch the pair's emotional interaction in a newly released 'Total Bellas' clip.

“They make getting back into shape seem like it should happen in two weeks and it’s a piece of pie. I’m just like, ‘No! It’s not like this. This is all BS.’

"I wanted people to see someone like me struggles. Birdie is 13 months, and I still have about seven pounds of baby weight to lose. I work out with a personal trainer. I eat a little amount like I did last night for dinner but staring at the SmartPop! popcorn thinking I want to smash that. But I didn’t.

"Some days are super-exhausting and I'm so tired. I wanted moms to feel that. And because of the position I’m in it was really hard for me to go back to the Rumble.

“I was insecure about my body. I didn’t want to be made fun of or [read] comments on Instagram making fun of me. I really had to find my confidence. My husband really helped out. I got to the point where I was like, ‘F this. Why am I embarrassed over my stretch marks or my little bell, I birthed a baby. That’s warrior status.’

"I was in labor for 22 hours, had an emergency C-section. After all that happened, I didn’t even get a respite. I had to start breast feeding after two hours after it. I was at a point where I thought, ‘This is the rest of my life. Holy crap!’ I wanted moms to see that I did lose my identity, but yes, there is a way to balance the old us and the new us.”

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Among the most uplifting stories on Total Bellas is SmackDown Live star Daniel Bryan’s miraculous return to active competition. Despite a three-year hiatus, Bryan showed no sign of ring rust. He also maintains the same physical style fans have come to expect from the popular performer. Bella is supportive of her husband and confident in his abilities.

“One thing about Bryan is he is just so healthy and physically fit. He really knows what he can do. That’s the one thing,” she said.

“I do trust him with the way he moves out there and his body and what he does. I’m letting him live his dream and do what he wants because life is too short. There are times I watch and am like, ‘Oh my.’ At the end of the day though, he is great. He is super safe and super healthy.”

Bella can see the genuine joy in the eyes of Bryan when he enters an arena to fan adulation. It’s something the former diva’s champion got a taste of working the historic Royal Rumble. She wants more than a taste — she wants another run.

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Who will the leader of the Yes Movement face as part of his Cinderella comeback story?

“My husband really wants us to get pregnant again. I tell him that in my heart I just really want to come back to have a main story,” Bella said.

“Whether it’s a month long or two months, six months. I would love that. I think about how much work one kid is. Bringing another in, I can’t imagine. My sister and I are really pushing hard. We would both love to, especially since the last couple of years it was Nikki was there or I was there. The Bella Twins really haven’t had a run since the ‘Divas Revolution.’

“There are great teams like the IIconics. We would love to go against them. Even if I had a one-off, I’d love to wrestle Asuka, Alexa Bliss. There are so many girls I would wrestle.

"Even with the Mixed Match Challenge. I was like, ‘Bryan, we should do it if it came back. Wouldn’t it be amazing?’ I’m hoping. I told him to give me until next summer. Let me see if I can do something before then. If the boss doesn’t want us back by next summer, we can start trying for babies.”

Brie Bella

It's a busy and exciting time to be a Bella. Along with Total Bellas on the air right now, E! extended Total Divas for an additional two seasons. The series was also nominated for another Teen Choice Award, in the “Choice Reality Series” category.

Additionally, the dynamic duo rocked the carpet at the WWE’s inaugural “For Your Consideration” Emmy event. Multiple WWE programs even made the preliminary Emmy ballots, including Total Divas and Total Bellas for the “Unstructured Reality Program” category.

“It’s really surreal,” she said. “When we were at the event, the way everyone was talking about Raw, SmackDown, Total Bellas and Total Divas. It’s crazy to think about getting recognized for something you just love to do.

"That night I was listening to Stephanie McMahon talk, and I was shocked with how long WWE has been on the air with the great storylines and entertainment every week that they put out that were never nominated for an Emmy.

"I think about Stephanie McMahon and what she has done for women, and Triple H with what he has done the last couple of years. To see that being recognized. And Total Divas and Total Bellas, who bring in this new audience to women’s wrestling. Nicole and I see it as an honor to be a part of those reality shows.

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The 'War Goddess' on preparing for the high stakes ladder match, working with Ronda Rousey and meeting idol Lucy Lawless.

“They were reality shows that at first people were so against. They thought they would ruin the wrestling business.

"No, we are going to expose it to more women out there. We are going to have more people believe and say they want to be a professional wrestler. I can even tell you since the launch of those reality shows all the women, the young girls, they come to our signings. The wives bring their husbands to tell us they never liked wrestling until they watched the reality shows.

“Now they want to go to Raw. Husbands are always like, ‘Thank you. Thank you so much because we can watch wrestling in our house now.’ It has been an honor to be at the forefront of that and just to see what it has done.

"It is crazy. Nicole and I, when we were there that night. We never thought we would be there hearing all this stuff. You have to pinch yourself at times.”

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Total Bellas, Sundays, 9/8c, E!

'The Great British Baking Show' Is a Sweet & Decadent Obsession

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:30am
The Great British Baking Show

Certain recipes just work. My mom’s Chicken Christopher, for one. Who knew a can of mushroom soup, bread crumbs and a ton of butter and cheese could be so dangerous? I mean, delicious.

That sort of culinary alchemy is also at work in The Great British Baking Show. When PBS first imported it to America via the BBC (where it’s called The Great British Bake Off), this sugar-and-spice Top Chef won me over thanks to Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, the comic hosts, and judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. He’s suave and silver-fox cool; she’s regal and delightfully cheeky.

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To say they are the only reason GBBS gets a rise out of me would be half-baked. There’s also the jovial camaraderie among the chefs vying for the crown — a quality rarely seen on U.S. reality competitions. Instead of trash talking, these Brits stand the heat in the show’s outdoor tented kitchen with style. And the intricate confections they turn out every week are sick.

Sadly, the show moved to the U.K.’s Channel 4 last year and lost Perkins, Giedroyc and Berry. No offense to their replacements, but they’re like the human version of sugar substitutes: fine, just not as tasty. Thankfully, PBS is finally airing the third season, which never ran in the States.



Filmed in 2012, this batch of episodes features Perkins, Giedroyc, Hollywood and Berry doing what they do best as 12 hopefuls take on challenges like constructing a chocolate and custard delicacy based on French nuns. Fitting, really, for a show so many of us consider to be manna from heaven.

The Great British Baking Show, Friday, June 22, 9/8c, PBS (check local listings at pbs.org)

'Westworld' Teams up with Amazon's Alexa For New Voice-Activated Game

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 6:00pm

"Alexa … open Westworld."

That's what you can now say to your Amazon Echo/Alexa-enabled devices to activate a new game created by HBO. It's called "Westworld: The Maze" and allows users to "choose your own adventure."

The game is unlike anything else available right now. It features three levels of play, over 60 story lines, and 400 different choices filled with intricate questions about Delos/Westworld.

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'I didn’t think that you should just stand there and just be a zombie,' said the actress.

HBO released this description: "The game takes about 20 minutes to complete for those cunning enough to stay alive that long. Each moment of the game was designed with purpose, much like the show itself. Within the game’s detailed sound design and scripted interactions, anything could be a clue. It will take a true superfan to find the center of The Maze."

Stories include characters from Sweetwater, and you could even run across the dangerous Confederados.

Sabrina Caluori, SVP, HBO digital and social marketing said, "Voice is the next frontier of interactive storytelling, with a powerful ability as a marketing tool to deepen engagement with our fanbases. We’re excited to launch our first Voice initiative as a Westworld story extension that we hope will surprise and delight our viewers."

Watch the trailer below and try not to be mesmerized by Jeffrey Wright's voice:

If you're feeling like the Alexa game is too dark, make sure to check out Apple TV’s newest episode of Carpool Karaoke. It features Westworld stars James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood belting out some of their favorite road-trip tunes.

And Marsden can play the guitar? Who knew these actors had such a variety of talents!

Watch the sneak peek below:

The Carpool Karaoke episode featuring Wood and Marsden premieres Friday at 4/3c on the Apple TV App on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

'The Nanny' in Talks for Revival — See the Cast Then & Now (PHOTOS)

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 5:00pm

Nanny Fine could be making a comeback!

In this new TV landscape of reboots and revivals, another '90s sitcom is throwing its hat in the ring — The Nanny.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Fran Drescher teased the possibility of the show coming back to a screen near you.

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The network has a gaping void in its fall schedule now that the hit series has been canceled.

"We’re talking about it," she revealed. "Peter [Marc Jacobson] and I are talking about it." She's referring to her ex-husband, whom she created the show with in 1993. It ran for six seasons on CBS, until 1999.

"The thing is our show would be the same characters 20 years later," she added. "We can’t just pick up where we left off. But in a way, that could be really good because the show can have a whole fresh bend to it.” She adds that her character probably would be more involved with social issues."

Click through the gallery above to see what the cast looks like today!

The CW Fall 2018 Premiere Dates: Find Out When 'Supergirl,' 'Supernatural' & More Return

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:30pm

Mark your calendars!

The CW just revealed its fall 2018 premiere dates for some of its top television shows, and the new six-night primetime schedule begins on October 7 with the exclusive telecast of the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Also, make note of the time period switch for Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. The superhero dramas have moved to Monday night.

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Plus, the final seasons of 'Crazy Ex' and 'iZombie' confirmed and more new series announcements.

Check out The CW’s fall 2018 premiere schedule below:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

8:00-10:00pm                 2018 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL, NIGHT ONE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8

8:00-10:00pm                 2018 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL, NIGHT TWO

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9

8:00-9:00pm                 THE FLASH (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm               BLACK LIGHTNING (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10

8:00-9:00pm                 RIVERDALE (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm               ALL AMERICAN (Series Premiere)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11

8:00-9:00pm                 SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm               ALL AMERICAN (Encore of Premiere)

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And Wednesday night has become 'Chicago' central.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

8:00-9:00pm                 DYNASTY (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm               CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (Season Premiere)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

8:00-9:00pm                 SUPERGIRL (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm               CHARMED (Series Premiere)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

8:00-9:00pm               ARROW (Season Premiere)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

8:00-9:00pm                 SUPERNATURAL (Original Episode)

9:00-10:00pm               CHARMED (Encore of Premiere)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22

8:00-9:00pm                 ARROW (Original Episode)

9:00-10:00pm               DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Season Premiere)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25

8:00-9:00pm                SUPERNATURAL (Original Episode)

9:00-10:00pm              LEGACIES (Series Premiere)

 

'Brother vs. Brother': He Said/He Said With Jonathan & Drew Scott

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:00pm
Property Brothers

Drew and Jonathan Scott can’t agree on who’ll win this season of Brother vs. Brother.

“I have this!” says Drew, who hopes to sell the San Francisco home he’s overhauling for a bigger profit than Jonathan can reap from his pad on next week’s finale. (The cash goes to charity.) Not so fast, says Jonathan: “Hands down, me!”

 See Jonathan & Drew Scott Face Off Two Cool Projects (PHOTOS) 'Brother vs. Brother': See Jonathan & Drew Scott Face Off Two Cool Projects (PHOTOS)

Get an inside look at the HGTV stars' latest competing home transformations!

In the spirit of sibling rivalry, we asked the twins, who remodel the guest suites in tonight’s episode — to answer the same questions to see how their responses stack up.

Brother vs. Brother: Jonathan vs. Drew, Wednesdays, 9/8c, HGTV

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