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Why Theme Songs Rock — David Bianculli Looks Back at the Best TV Openers

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00pm

ABC’s Roseanne revival didn’t just bring back the hit sitcom — it also revived the theme song, that once ubiquitous, now endangered opening credits sequence that serves as a scene-setter for a series. In recent years, networks and streaming services have discouraged theme songs because execs fear viewers’ shortened attention spans and want them to be able to binge-watch more efficiently. (Take, for example, the opener of Lost, which was one elongated note.)

But I think that’s a shortsighted, wrong-headed approach. When properly written and presented, such songs don’t just identify a show, they set the mood, connect with the audience and propel the series.

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The Roseanne opening (mirroring that of the original) concludes with a newly recorded laugh from Roseanne Barr punctuating a casual, raucous family dinner scene. Despite the bickering that goes on in each episode, this setup conveys that the Conners obviously love one another — the same wordless message once expressed by the whistling theme to The Andy Griffith Show, as Andy and son Opie ambled their way to the local Mayberry fishing hole.

Then there are the songs that express deep emotion with lyrics. Every episode of All in the Family began with Archie and Edith Bunker (Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton) at the piano singing the full-throated duet “Those Were the Days.” They radiate love. No matter how many times Archie calls Edith a dingbat or yells at her to stifle it, that opening number somehow makes it all more genial.


All in the Family.

Another approach is the explanatory version, which lays out a show’s premise. Producer Sherwood Schwartz was a famous proponent of this practice, as evidenced by his earworm theme songs for Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch. Also, think of the stories told by the openers to The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres, and you may realize how impossible those lyrics are to forget.

The sarcastic self-awareness to the It’s Garry Shandling’s Show opening perfectly reflects the comedy’s breaking-the-fourth-wall radicalism ("This is the theme to Garry’s show…"). And the tune to The Addams Family not only establishes the charming oddity of this particular clan, but invites viewers to finger-snap along.


The Brady Bunch.

Instrumental themes can also be quite evocative: the thrilling lit-fuse, fast-cut images of Mission: Impossible, the incongruously soothing melodies of Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere, the dreamy eeriness of Twin Peaks. Don’t forget the chamber-of-commerce tropical images accompanying the exciting rhythms of the themes to Hawaii Five-0 and Miami Vice, which became major radio hits.

Today’s theme songs rarely have lyrics — The Big Bang Theory’s fast-paced tour of evolution by the Barenaked Ladies is a delightful exception — but the best instrumentals still convey the proper mood. Think of the impending dread of The Walking Dead, the political tension of Homeland and The Americans, the player piano as mechanical metaphor on Westworld.


Gilligan's Island.

If there’s one theme song more famous and more important than any other, it’s The Twilight Zone. The opening notes, repeated in any conversation, serve as a shorthand for strange. "Twilight Zone never really goes away," TV music historian Jon Burlingame tells TV Guide Magazine. "It continues to have a presence on TV, and even the millennials know it as well as anything." Writer-director Jordan Peele is working on a reboot of the sci-fi anthology series for CBS All Access, and including the original opening sequence would be a foregone conclusion. Next stop…the Twilight Zone!

David Bianculli is a TV and film professor at Rowan University, New Jersey, and appears as a critic and guest host on NPR’s Fresh Air With Terry Gross.

'American Idol' Disney Night — Did America Pick the Right Top 7? (VIDEO)

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 11:45am

On Sunday, the American Idol Top 10 blew its viewers away with the show's first ever Disney night.

The singing competition, which originated on Fox, is now on Disney's ABC network, allowing contestants to sing some beloved classics from the Disney vault, including songs from The Lion King, Pixar's latest Coco, and many more.

Idol's judges also got into the spirit of the evening, with Katy Perry donning Snow White's classic ensemble — black wig and all. The typical cast of characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, were all there for the event, as well.

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And which contestants we think will belt them out best.

Besides taking on some favorite songs, the contestants also got to work with Frozen songstress Idina Menzel as she coached them through this week. Of course, just like many fairytales, thit can't all be magic, as the show also had to account for the elimination of the bottom three singers.

During the broadcast, viewers could vote for their favorites to stay, but Ada Vox, Michelle Sussett, and Dennis Lorenzo fell victim to that fading magic. Of course, this surprised many as Vox had been an early favorite among fans.

Did America vote right? Judge for yourself by viewing their performances below, and let us know what you think in our poll!

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The ABC revival is the first competition series to offer live coast-to-coast viewing.

Cade Foehner, "Kiss the Girl" (The Little Mermaid)

Maddie Poppe, "The Bare Necessities" (The Jungle Book)

Michael J. Woodard, "Beauty and the Beast" (Beauty and the Beast)

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Network bigwig Robert Mills shares that they've been wanting to do this for a long time.

Jurnee, "How Far I'll Go" (Moana)

Ada Vox, "The Circle of Life" (The Lion King)

Catie Turner, "Once Upon a Dream" (Sleeping Beauty)

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It's almost time for America to step in an vote.

Gabby Barrett, "Colors of the Wind" (Pocahontas)

Caleb Lee Hutchinson, "You've Got a Friend in Me" (Toy Story)

Michelle Sussett, "Remember Me" (Coco)

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

Dennis Lorenzo, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (The Lion King)

American Idol, Sundays, live coast-to-coast at 8e/5p, ABC

'Westworld' Season 2: 'Breaking Bad' Favorite Makes Guest Appearance

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 11:30am

Westworld is known for its twisty plot and stellar cast. We had the pleasure of watching Sir Anthony Hopkins in the first season, and even though we've lost his character in Season 2, the HBO series has certainly made up for it by adding a number of amazing actors to the cast.

So far (we're only two episodes in), fans have been delighted to see Vikings actor Gustaf Skarsgard cast as Delos' Head of Operations Karl Strand, and Get Out's Betty Gabriel as the armed-and-dangerous security agent Maling.

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Sunday's episode — which took us deep into the origins of the Westworld park — showed us humanity at its most selfish and self-destructive.

But nothing prepared fans for the brief but oh-so-satisfying cameo from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Gustavo "Gus" Fring — a.k.a. one of TV's nastiest villains.

In the Westworld "Reunion" episode, Esposito continued on his evil streak by portraying El Lazo, a gun-slinging host with a merciless army whom William/Man in Black (Ed Harris) wants to align with on his journey to find "The Door."

But it seems even from beyond the grave, Dr. Robert Ford (Hopkins) is controlling the park, thwarting William at every chance. In a brutal moment, Lazo and his men all commit suicide after he gives an ominous monologue.

Esposito revealed to The Hollywood Reporter how the part came together.

"I got a call [from the Westworld team] asking me if I liked the show. I said that I loved the concept, I loved the original movie, and then I got a call of support from my people over at Better Call Saul. They told me: 'They're such great writers. They have envisioned something very different, and they can't get you out of their heads for it. We wanted to give you our support if you like them after you talk with them.'

"So I got on the phone with Lisa Joy and her lovely husband [Jonathan Nolan], and I liked the way it sounded. And then I did it!"

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The first episode answered some questions but mostly opened a whole other can of worms.

It was the description of the El Lazo character that really piqued the actor's interest. "[The producers] talked about a character who is a bit of a mystery. Someone who is strong, someone who is a leader. He does things very differently. They told me the whole idea about the host uprising and how all of that impacts the Man in Black."

And, of course, Esposito couldn't pass up the opportunity to spar on-screen with Ed Harris. "I've known [Ed] for a long time. I really love his work. It's very subtle and very complicated," Esposito added.

Westworld, Sundays, 9/8c, HBO

'James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction' Brings Together the Genre's Best

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 9:00am

All-Star Comic-Con, anyone? This wide-ranging six-part dissection of all things sci-fi is at its best when ringleader/host James Cameron (Aliens, Avatar) geeks out with like-minded filmmaking legends — an elite group who have also realized their fantastical dreams and obsessions onscreen.

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The 'Mother!' actor will play Spanish explorerHernan Cortes in the project.

The premiere deals with “Alien Life” in its most uplifting and terrifying varieties, with guest Steven Spielberg analyzing the hopefulness of first contact in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the emotional resonance of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. But the director also depicted alien invasion from a post-9/11 perspective in 2005’s War of the Worlds, an oft-remade title that spurs an intriguing examination of sci-fi’s ability to evoke the anxieties of any era.

With a nod to iconic TV shows such as Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, Cameron enlists critics, authors and scientists to marvel at the genre’s cultural impact. “This has been an amazing brain jam,” he gushes to Star Wars guru George Lucas in a genuine nerdgasm.

AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, Series Premiere 10/9c, AMC

'Fear the Walking Dead': 5 Takeaways From 'Good Out Here' — Including That Major Shocker! (RECAP)

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 10:05pm

[Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers about Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 episode 3 “Good Out Here” — and there's a few humdingers! — so read no further if you are not caught up and do not want to know. Really. Don’t.]

Yeeow! Didn’t see THAT coming, though I guess I should have.

After everything he endured and survived, reformed addict and failed farmer Nick Clark was done in by a kid. A kid he wanted to help.

Sunday's Fear the Walking Dead episode, “Good Out There,” again featured dual timelines. One—the Before we've now gotten used to—is a veritable study in technicolor, featuring Madison and Nick trying to work around the Vultures to score some grub and keep their chins up in the wake of the fallen crops. Madison’s also trying to convince her boy that, no matter what, he should always look for the good stuff—funny billboards, armadillos, signs of people helping each other.

A big ol’ field of Texas bluebonnets.

The other — the After — is so devoid of color that it’s this-close to being shot in black and white. It clues us in on what shook out in the Morgan-John-Althea versus Strand-Nick-Luciana-Alicia conflict as they headed to the camp where Al and Company found the mysterious number flag.

It also melded hope and cooperation with death and despair in a way that’ll have us inside our own heads for a while.

So with that, here are our top takeaways from “Good Out Here.”

1. Nick is dead. And, yeah, we're kinda stunned. Frank Dillane Fear the Walking Dead

Frank Dillane as Nick Clark (Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC)

Love him or loathe him, to see Frank Dillane’s embattled Nick shot dead by Alexa Nisenson’s avenging mini-spy Charlie was a jaw-dropper, since just moments before, Fear seemed to be setting up a “Morgan’s now Eastman and Nick is now Morgan” deal that could have been pretty interesting.

If you don’t watch The Walking Dead, Eastman was Morgan’s peacenik mentor who, as Morgan’s speech indicated, taught him to honor all living things, embrace hope for a peaceful future and use that staff as a non-lethal weapon if he needed one. Didn’t work too smoothly for Morgan in his TWD days, hence his arrival in Texas.

But the prospect of Morgan honoring his mentor (and maybe giving us another peek at John Carroll Lynch in the Eastman role) and healing himself while turning Nick into anything other than a wide-eyed mess was hugely, if briefly, appealing.

That said …

2. Nick signaled his fate.

After the shock of his death wore off, we realized that Nick was pretty clearly signaling his demise throughout the episode.

On their ill-fated supply run, he told Madison that his attempts at doing good always go haywire. And that staying inside the park protects him from the suffocating prospect of being who he knows (and has demonstrated over and over again) that he is outside its safe haven.

And then whatever circumstances led to "After" turned him back out into an unforgiving world — and turned him upside down.

 7 Takeaways From 'Another Day in the Diamond' (RECAP) 'Fear The Walking Dead': 7 Takeaways From 'Another Day in the Diamond' (RECAP)

Thus, his attempts to overpower Althea seemed delusional at best, suicidal at worst. Sabotaging the combined groups' tentative cooperation and the salvation of a very helpful van in favor of charging off after Hipster Vulture signaled a selfishness and focus on personal vengeance that never works out well in this world.

Hipster Vulture's stinging "unlike you, I keep my family fed"  in the Before, coupled with his hold over little Charlie was likely the nail in both their coffins. Yes, Hipster fell onto the deer antler during their scuffle, but Nick made sure the wound was fatal. And when Morgan hands over his cherished The Art of Peace even after and tells him there is still hope, Nick barks, "too late!" so loud I jump a little.

But he seemed to consider it a little. And the single bluebonnet still tucked in his back pocket. The good stuff. Still some good stuff.

And then Charlie fired. Too late, indeed.

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

3. That use of color was pretty first-rate.

Though the gang was still dealing with the Vultures in the brightly-colored Before, everyone was still living and breathing, per head Vulture Mel’s earlier promise that he’d just wait for the ball-parkers to craft their own demise. Right now, though, it’s only a contest to see who can find the most stuff—and an unspoken battle for Charlie’s soul.

In the After, we saw color only twice. In Morgan’s frayed, golden copy of The Art of Peace and in the bluebonnets Nick strayed into on his march of revenge. Morgan saved him, then. But he couldn't save him for good.

Draining the color from the scenes as folks' collective fortunes drain any hope and ease from their lives is a visual, impactful and resonant reminder of the world in which they must operate.

4. Goodwill and cooperation aren't completely lost to bad fortunes.

Though no one was much appreciating their time together, Althea, John, Morgan, Alicia, Strand and Luciana still opted for, as Strand nicely put it, "acts of faith" and negotiation to get them out of the potentially fatal pickle into which Nick's rashness landed them. Reasoning and restraint for the win. And that's refreshing.

Nick tackled Althea and landed the truck and everyone in it in the ditch, letting Al and Co. regain the upper hand. Without the heavily armored van, no one was better off, so now what.

Luci knew where they could find a tow truck, so everyone was freed from their zip ties in favor of the greater good, leaving Nick and a wounded Morgan to babysit each other and the wheels while the others went in search of the needed equipment.

We know how that turned out for Nick, but there were additional solid interactions that give us hope for the remaining group to collectively put some color back in the world. Strand and Althea are neatly matched in the wits and wisdom department. Alicia, Al and Luci are fine fighters and take no B.S. — though the first two may now be hobbled (or worse, emboldened) by grief.

And blessed be you, John Dorie, the peacekeeper. And my everything.

5. Somewhere out there, there's a place called The Bog.

That's all we know about that, for now, other than that Althea's been there and captured at least some of the stories of the folks who lived there. Those tapes are in a box of their own, which Maggie is relieved to discover have not been lost to Nick's nosey ways.

Clue to Charlie's family? Clue to the Vultures' origins? Your better guess here?

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And a bonus takeaway:

Last, but not least, in its fourth season, Fear the Walking Dead is not just a better show, it’s the better show.

Even if we are operating in two timelines, by paring down its cast to a wisely curated group of full-realized, multi-dimensional characters, Fear has belatedly embraced what made The Walking Dead so great in its earlier seasons.

Folks we can actually care about—even when they made us insane in earlier seasons—battling for survival with not much more than their wits, their industriousness, their will and their willingness to work together. Connections that count for something. A full gamut of human emotion, instead of revenge and more revenge, guns and more guns.

And so, Nick's death is genuinely shocking.

To be sure, his saucer-eyed weirdo ways and reckless nature didn't endear him to plenty of Fear fans. But he meant an awful lot to Madison and Alicia and Luciana. I worry for how the formerly icy Madison will react when she finds out that Nick is dead, and how he died, if she herself survived to the After.

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The show was recently canceled by Starz after three seasons.

In this world, too, Morgan's quest for a return to his Eastman ways already feels fully integrated, and makes sense in a way it rarely did in Dead's last few seasons.

I want to know what happens next. And that is a very good thing.

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

What's Coming and Going From Hulu in May 2018

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 5:00pm

May is a great month for Hulu subscribers as the streaming service gears up to add many enticing titles to its library.

On May 11 catch Season 1 of Hulu's original series All Night as well as the complete first season of TNT's Claws when they're added to the site. Later on May 16 fans of FX's drama The Strain can catch the entire fourth season when its added to Hulu.

Among the exciting show titles are the additions of the films Baywatch which was inspired by the TV show, as well as Oscar nominated and winning film I, Tonya which tells the story of Tonya Harding. All of these titles and more will be available this May, for the full lineup check out the list below. (Note: Titles with an * are available with a subscription to the HBO, Showtime or Cinemax premium add-ons.)

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Catch the second seasons of 'The Handmaid's Tale' and HBO's 'Westworld.'

Available May 1

3 Ways to Get a Husband (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

Baby Boom (1987)

Back to School (1986)

Barefoot (2014)

The Beatles: Made on Merseyside (2017)

The Box (2009)

Booty Call (1997)

Breakable You (2018) 

Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Bull Durham (1988)

The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

The Crow (1994)

The Crow II: City of Angels (1996)

The Crow III: Salvation (2000)

The Crow IV: Wicked Prayer (2005) 

Demolition Man (1993)

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Eight Men Out (1988)

Elizabethtown (2005)

Emperor (2012)

Executive Decision (1996)

Foxfire (1996)

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Fans can look forward to 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Bobby Kennedy for President.'

Gator (1976)

Godzilla (1998)

The Hangman (2017)

Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits (2017)

Hot Boyz (2000)

The House I Live In (2012)

Immigration Tango (2010)

Iron Eagle IV: On the Attack (1995)

Kalifornia (1993)

Lost in Vagueness (2017)

Love is a Gun (1994)

Malena (2000)

Man of the House (2005)

Manhunter (1986)

Mansfield Park (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Men in Black II (2002)

Men with Brooms (2002)

Never Back Down (2008)

New Guy (2002)

New Rose Hotel (1998)

Ninja Masters (2009)

No Greater Love (2015)

The Pallbearer (1996)

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Pret-A-Porter (1994)

Priest (2011)

Race for your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)

Rocky (1976)

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky III (1982)

Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky V (1990)

School Ties (1992)

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Clooney, who is also producing and directing the series, moves to a smaller part.

Set Up (2011)

She’s All That (1999)

Starting out the Evening (2007)

Strategic Air Command (1955)

The Swan Princess Christmas (2012)

The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure (1998)

Thief (1981)

To Rome with Love (2012)

Traffic (2000)

Untamed Heart (1993)

Valkyrie (2008)

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Available May 5

Drunk History: Complete Season 5A (Comedy Central)

Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin: Complete Season 1 (Sunrise)

The Longest Week (2014)

Warrior (2011)

Available May 6

I’m Dying Up Here: Season 2 Premiere (*Showtime)

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With big success after adapting Margaret Atwood's novel, 'The Handmaid's Tale,' Hulu is looking to another iconic book.

Available May 7

Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Complete Season 3 (Disney XD)

Available May 8

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)

Available May 9

T@gged: Complete Season 2 (AwesomenessTV)

Available May 11

All Night: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)

Claws: Complete Season 1 (TNT)

Bleeding Heart (2015)

Into the Fade (2018)

Available May 12

Patrick Melrose: Series Premiere (*Showtime)

Baywatch (2017)

Frank Serpico (2017)

Jane (2017)

Still Mine (2012)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Available May 13

Tonight She Comes (2016)

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Plus, find out what's available on Hulu and Sundance Now.

Available May 15

Animals (2015)

How to be a Latin Lover (2017)

It’s A Disaster (2012)

Periods. (2012)

Soul of a Banquet (2014)

Take Every Wave (2017)

The Other F Word (2011)

The Snapper (1993)

The Strange Ones (2018)

Available May 16

12 Monkeys: Complete Season 3 (Syfy)

The Strain: Complete Season 4 (FX)

Knights of the Damned (2018)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

Available May 19

Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

Shooters (2002)

Available May 21

American Folk (2017)

Neat (2017)

What's Coming and Going From Hulu in March 2018 What's Coming and Going From Hulu in March 2018

The Oscars, AMC's 'The Son,' and more are making the roster.

Available May 23

Half Magic (2018)

Available May 24

Curvature (2017)

Available May 25

Hollywood Game Night: Red Nose Day Special (NBC)

Mad to be Normal (2017)

Available May 27

The Wedding Plan (2016)

Available May 30

America’s Got Talent: Season 13 Premiere (NBC)

World of Dance: Season 2 Premiere (NBC) 

Available May 31

American Ninja Warrior: Season 10 Premiere (NBC)

I, Tonya (2017)

Please Stand By (2018)

Rain Man (1988)

**Here's what is leaving Hulu in May:

May 31

1984 (1985)

The Accused (1988)

A Feast at Midnight (1997)

Antitrust (2001)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Boulevard (2015)

Branded (2012)

Breakdown (1997)

Captivity (2007)

Chaplin (1992)

Diablo (2016)

The Doors (1991)

Earth Girls are Easy (1988)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Finder’s Fee (2003)

Fluke (1995)

Forces of Nature (1999)

Fred: The Movie (2010)

Fred: Night of the Living Fred (2011)

Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012)

The Glass Shield (1994)

Glitter (2001)

Gordy (1995)

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The actresses will star in and executive produce the series.

Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

Harriot the Spy (1996)

Hart’s War (2002)

He Named Me Malala (2015)

Hesher (2010)

High School (2010)

Honey (2003)

Honey 2 (2011)

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

Jennifer 8 (1992)

John Q (2002)

Kingpin (1996)

Love Crimes (1992)

Show of Force (1990)

Manhattan (1979)

Manny (2015)

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The classic NBC drama is now streaming for the first time.

The Million Dollar Hotel (2001)

National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie (2011)

National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea (2006)

No Stranger Than Love (2016)

Outlaws and Angels (2016)

The Pick-up Artist (1987)

Regarding Henry (1991)

The Secret of N.I.M.H. (1982)

Southie (1998)

Sprung (1997)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

17 Most Successful Athletes in 'Dancing With the Stars' History

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 1:00pm

After 25 seasons of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, the show is returning for yet another season, this time with a twist — an all-athlete cast.

With their competitive nature and athleticism, professional athletes have a track record for performing well on the show. Since the first season in 2005, 62 athletes have competed on the show and 10 managed to walk away with the Mirrorball.

To prepare for the new season, we’ve put together a gallery of the top 17 athletes of years past. Click through the gallery above to see who made the cut!

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Former pro Louis Van Amstel selects his top men and women.

Stuff We Love Right Now: 'Mrs. Maisel' Wardrobe, YouTube Red & More

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 11:00am

It's that time of the week where the staff of TV Guide Magazine and TV Insider select their favorite things to stream, read, listen to and more right now.

Click through the gallery above to see what made the list this time around!

 Mister Rogers Stamps, 'Handmaid's Tale' Podcasts & More Stuff We Love Right Now: Mister Rogers Stamps, 'Handmaid's Tale' Podcasts & More

The staff picks their favorite apps, podcasts, shows, and more.

Are the Feisty Lawyers of 'The Good Fight' Taking on the White House? (VIDEO)

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 9:45am

You can't say that  The Good Fight,  the witty sequel to CBS's The Good Wife airing on the streaming channel CBS All Access, doesn't go there. And who better to go anywhere with than one of our favorite funny ladies, Jane Lynch?

In this exclusive video clip from Sunday's (April 29) new episode, legal eagles Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) meet Lynch's recurring character, federal investigator Madeline Starkey, at a pizza joint to convince her to stay a deportation order from the U.S. for "reasonable fear" issues.

 Audra McDonald on Why She Joined the Series 'The Good Fight': Audra McDonald on Why She Joined the Series

How will her character mesh with Diane Lockhart?

It seems their client is a foreign woman claiming to have a connection to a rumored, unsavory video connected to a very, very powerful man — President Donald Trump.  It's the kind of case that makes Diane very happy indeed.

Check it out:

The Good Fight, new episodes available Sundays on CBS All Access

'Picnic at Hanging Rock,' 'Orphan Black,' and More Coming to Amazon in May 2018

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 7:00am

This May Amazon subscribers won't be able to tear themselves away from their accounts as the streaming site adds many great titles to its library.

Beginning on May 4, fans of Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, The Office's Steve Carell, and Black-ish's Laurence Fishburne can enjoy the critically acclaimed Amazon film Last Flag Flying. Meanwhile viewers can relive their childhood through Prime's collaboration with Dreamworks, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle starting on May 11.

Those aren't the only titles to look forward to, also catch Game of Thrones's Natalie Dormer in Picnic at Hanging Rock when it premieres May 25. All of these titles and more will be streaming this May, check out the full lineup in the list below.

'Bosch,' 'Westworld' and More Coming to Amazon in April 2018 'Bosch,' 'Westworld' and More Coming to Amazon in April 2018

Amazon original 'Bosch' returns for Season 4 on April 13.

Available for streaming on Amazon Prime in May 2018:

May 1


3 Ways to Get a Husband

40 Days and 40 Nights

A Very Brady Sequel

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

An Inconvenient Truth

Baby Boom

Back to School

Bad News Bears


Beyond Borders


Brother Nature

Bull Durham

Cool World


Diamonds Are Forever

Dr. No

Eight Men Out





From Russia with Love


Ghost Town



Holy Air

Hot Boyz

Immigration Tango


Iron Eagle IV: On the Attack


Live and Let Die

Love Is A Gun

Natalie Dormer in Picnic at Hanging Rock.


Men with Brooms

Murder on the Orient Express

Never Say Never Again

New Rose Hotel

Ninja Masters



Perfect Score

Perfume: Story of a Murderer


Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown


Rocky II

Rocky III

Rocky IV

Rocky V


Saturday Church

School Ties

Set Up

Starting Out in the Evening

Strategic Air Command

The Benchwarmers

'Sneaky Pete,' 'Billions,' and More Coming to Amazon in March 2018 'Sneaky Pete,' 'Billions,' and More Coming to Amazon in March 2018

Season 2 of 'Sneaky Pete' premieres March 9.

The Benefactor

The Box

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Counterfeit Traitor

The Crow

The Elephant Man

The Golden Compass

The Hangman

The House I Live In

The Hurt Locker

The Last Castle

The Legend of Bagger Vance

The Man with the Golden Gun

The Saint

The Spy Who Loved Me


Thirst Street



Untamed Heart

Wild Thornberrys

Wish Upon a Star

Wonder Boys

You Only Live Twice

TV Series

Aristocrats: Limited Series

Banished: Limited Series

Charles II - The Power and The Passion: Limited Series

Daniel Deronda: Limited Series

David Copperfield: Limited Series

Desperate Romantics: Limited Series

Ivanhoe: Limited Series

Jane Eyre (1983): Limited Series

Jane Erye (2006): Limited Series

Life in Squares: Limited Series

Little Dorrit: Limited Series

What's Streaming on Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime? What's Streaming on Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime?

Plus, find out what's available on Hulu and Sundance Now.

Lorna Doone: Limited Series

Love in A Cold Climate: Limited Series

Mansfield Park: Limited Series

Martin Chuzzlewit: Limited Series

Middlemarch: Limited Series

Oliver Twist (1985): Limited Series

Oliver Twist (2007): Limited Series

Our Mutual Friend: Limited Series

Pride and Prejudice: Limited Series

Sense and Sensibility (1981): Limited Series

Sense and Sensibility (2008): Limited Series

Sinbad: Limited Series

Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Limited Series

The Buccaneers: Limited Series

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Limited Series

The Lost World: Limited Series

The Office: Limited Series

The Pickwick Papers: Limited Series

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: Limited Series

The Way We Live Now: Limited Series

Tom Jones: Limited Series

Vanity Fair (1998): Limited Series

May 4


Last Flag Flying (Amazon Original Movie)

May 5



TV Series

Diablo Guardian, Season 1 (Prime Original Series)

May 11

TV Series

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Season 1 (Prime Original Series)

Amazon Greenlights 'Jack Ryan' Season 2 Ahead of Series Premiere This Summer Amazon Greenlights 'Jack Ryan' Season 2 Ahead of Series Premiere This Summer

The John Kraskinski-led thriller doesn't premiere its first season until late August.

May 12



Still Mine

TV Series

Orphan Black, Season 5

May 15


How to Be a Latin Lover

May 18

Live TV

Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (Austin Open)

TV Series

You Are Wanted, Season 2 (Prime Original Series)

May 19

Live TV

Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (Austin Open)


Beatriz at Dinner


May 20

Live TV

Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (Austin Open)

May 22

TV Series

Dino Dana, Season 2 (Prime Original Series)

May 23


Beast of Burden

May 25

TV Series

Picnic at Hanging Rock, Season 1 (Prime Original Series)

May 27


Just Getting Started

The Wedding Plan

May 29

TV Series

Howards End, Season 1

Amazon Orders 'Utopia' Series with 'Gone Girl' Author Gillian Flynn as Showrunner Amazon Orders 'Utopia' Series with 'Gone Girl' Author Gillian Flynn as Showrunner

This is the 'Gone Girl' author's first project with the streaming service under her new TV deal.

Available to Rent on Prime Video:

May 1


12 Strong

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Peter Rabbit


Batman Ninja

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed (Unrated)


Available for Streaming on Prime Video Channels:

May 2


Being Serena (HBO)

May 5


Lego Ninjago (HBO)

May 6

TV Series

Sweetbitter, Season 1 (STARZ)

Vida, Season 1 (STARZ)

I'm Dying Up Here, Season 2 (Showtime)

May 12



TV Series

Patrick Melrose, Mini-Series (Showtime)

Live TV

UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington (UFC) *Available via Pay-Per-View

What's Streaming This Month on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? What's Streaming This Month on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime?

Fans can look forward to 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Bobby Kennedy for President.'

May 14

TV Series

Little Women, Season 1 (PBS Masterpiece)

May 19


Fahrenheit 451 (HBO Original)

Amy's Bachelorette Party Goes Awry in This 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Clip (VIDEO)

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 3:00pm

Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy's (Melissa Fumero) big day is getting closer, and they're celebrating with bachelor and bachelorette parties in the latest episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

"Bachelor-ette" will feature two distinctly different parties for each of them, but both will go awry in their own ways. In an exclusive clip below, get a look at Amy's bachelorette party that's on the brink of being a snooze-fest.

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The captain catches up on social media in the episode

While playing a game of "Never have I ever," Amy's friends including Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) and Gina (Chelsea Peretti) are bored over the bride's lack of experiences.

"We've done, like, nine rounds of this and you haven't drunk once," Rosa complains. "Maybe we should play something else that actually gets you drunk. I love you dude, but you haven't had the craziest life."

"That's not true!" Amy protests.

Ultimately, this proves to be a mistake when Amy finally reveals she had a one night stand with a "guy from a band." The catch? Said guy from band also happens to be from the band that's scheduled to play her wedding.

Take an exclusive peek at the scene here:

Talk about awkward. Fans will just have to see how things go down when "Bachelor-ette" airs Sunday, April 29. Viewers should also expect to see Jake's party struggle with a scavenger hunt of Charles's (Joe Lo Truglio) design.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sundays, 8:30/7:30c, Fox

5 Yummy Facts About 'The Pioneer Woman' Star Ree Drummond

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 1:00pm

Ree Drummond, the star of Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman, went from city girl to country mama when she fell in love with ranch owner Ladd Drummond, a journey chronicled in her 2011 memoir, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.

She now has four kids with the cowboy she nicknamed the “Marlboro Man.” On the May 12 episode of her daytime cooking show, Drummond honors some of her favorite moms with recipes for sweet Mother’s Day treats like strawberry cheesecake brownies and vanilla meringue cookies. We found out more about this flame-haired force of nature.

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Don't worry, unlike Liv's dishes, this recipe uses substitutes for real brains!

1. She owns a fancy inn.

The Pioneer Woman Boarding House is an eight-room “cowboy luxury” hotel in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. It opened in April, but that “No Vacancy” sign’s a-flashing. It’s booked through the end of the year.

2. They live in Ladd’s childhood home.

The Drummonds are one of America’s biggest ranching dynasties, and their sprawl—which houses 2,500 head of cattle—has been in his family for five generations. The homey kitchen where Drummond shoots her show is in a separate house on their property.

Food Network Stars Gina and Pat Neely Haven't Spoken in 4 Years Food Network Stars Gina and Pat Neely Haven't Spoken in 4 Years

She's on a new search for love.

3. She loves Basset hounds.

Drummond says no canine can ever replace Charlie the Ranch Dog, her basset who passed away in early 2017. She even wrote a series of children’s books in his honor, Charlie the Ranch Dog. But last Christmas the family welcomed another puppy from the floppy-eared breed, Henry the Great.

4. She’s quite flexible.

The cook studied ballet—as a teen she traveled to dance competitions around the country—and is still super-stretchy (she can put her ankles behind her head). Her next fitness goal is to get six-pack abs.

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Beyond reality cooking competitions and Food Network documentaries, the scripted realm can also get foodies' mouths watering.

5. Flying is her main phobia.

In 2008, Drummond confessed to the fear on her blog. One reason: She was once on a plane that blew a tire on takeoff and required the landing gear to be checked by an Air Force jet flying beneath it before they could make a (rough) landing. That’ll scare anyone!

The Pioneer Woman, Saturdays, 10am/9c, Food Network

Best Lines of the Week (April 20-26): 'You Had Sex With Her, and Then You Broke up With Her?'

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 11:00am

From the return of The CW's The 100 to the never-ending fun of Bob's Burgers, this week had entertainment for any audience.

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

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From heartbreaking executions to shocking sacrifices, we're catching you up on the first four seasons.

9 Fashion Moments That Were Distinctly Abby on 'NCIS' (PHOTOS)

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 5:30pm

For the last 15 years, Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) has been shocking audiences with her edgy look on NCIS.

As Perrette prepares to depart from the series this May, we're taking a look back at some of her truly inspired ensembles from her signature color — black — to some unique accessories. Check out some of the wardrobe choices Abby made that still stick in viewers' minds.

'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette on Why She's Leaving & Abby's Emotional Final Episodes 'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette on Why She's Leaving & Abby's Emotional Final Episodes

Find out why 15 seasons was enough and what she's taking with her.

Click through the gallery above, and don't miss Abby's goodbye when she exits the show on May 8.

NCIS, Tuesdays, 8/7c, CBS

Following Arrest of Suspect, TV Documentaries Revisit Case of the Golden State Killer

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 5:00pm

In the wake of this week's stunning news that 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested as the suspected "Golden State Killer" responsible for a long series of murders and rapes in California decades ago, some TV networks are airing new, or updated, documentary specials about the infamous case this weekend.

Golden State Killer Caught: People Magazine Investigates — Friday, April 27, 10/9c, and Sunday, April 29, 8/7c, Investigation Discovery (ID)

In this updated version of a previously aired special, People's editor-in-chief Jess Cagle and senior writer Christine Pelisek delve into the Golden State Killer case.

Interviews with victims tell the story of the killer’s evolution of evil, including: rape survivor Jane Carson-Sandler who was raped in 1976 with her 3-year-old son in the next room; Margaret Wardlow, who was raped just a year later at the age of 12; Debbie Domingo, whose mother was murdered in 1981; and Michelle Cruz, sister of victim Janell Cruz, who was raped and murdered in 1986.

48 Hours: The Golden State Killer, Saturday, April 28, 9/8c, CBS

Tracy Smith and 48 Hours investigate the case and the shocking developments of this past week. The episode features new interviews with survivors and witnesses who have spent years wondering if the killer and rapist would ever be caught.

Among the interviewees are Patton Oswalt, whose late wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara, was obsessed with the case, and in fact was the one who dubbed the suspect "The Golden State Killer" in a 2013 story for Los Angeles magazine.

The Golden State Killer: It's Not Over, Sunday, April 29, 9am/8am c, Discovery Channel

This is a re-airing of the recent four-part docuseries that features recollections from survivors, friends and family of the murder victims, as well as from detectives past and present, and it follows cold case investigator Paul Holes as he uncovers new leads.

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Done with 'American Crime Story' and 'Making a Murderer'? Try these next.

What's Coming and Going From Netflix in May 2018

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 3:30pm

Those April showers may be clearing, but Netflix subscribers will still have many reasons to stay indoors this May, as many exciting titles are added to the streaming service.

Among the month's premieres are returning favorites like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (May 30), Dear White People (May 4), and Bill Nye Saves the World (May 11).

Meanwhile, more installments of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman are on the way, including interviews with Tina Fey and Howard Stern.

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Plus, get a look at the new cast members.

The CW is showing Netflix some love by adding new seasons of RiverdaleArrowSupernatural, and more, although no definite air dates have been confirmed yet.

All of these titles and more will be available this May; check out the full lineup below!

Available This Month on Netflix:

May 1

27: Gone Too Soon

A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana


Beautiful Girls


God's Own Country

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

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

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Mr. Woodcock

My Perfect Romance

Pocoyo & Cars

Pocoyo & The Space Circus

Queens of Comedy: Season 1

Reasonable Doubt

Red Dragon

Scream 2


Simon: Season 1

Sliding Doors

Dear White People

Dear White People: Volume 2.

Sometimes — NETFLIX FILM

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Carter Effect

The Clapper

The Reaping

The Strange Name Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2

May 2


May 3

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1

May 4

A Little Help with Carol Burnett — NETFLIX ORIGINAL


Busted!: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Dear White People: Volume 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The 'Fast & Furious' Franchise Is Getting Animated for New Netflix Series The 'Fast & Furious' Franchise Is Getting Animated for New Netflix Series

The animated adaptation will be produced by film star Vin Diesel.


Forgive Us Our Debts — NETFLIX FILM

Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo


My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

No Estoy Loca

The Rain: Season 1

May 5

Faces Places

May 6

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 8


Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives — NETFLIX ORIGINAL


May Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey.

May 9

Dirty Girl

May 11

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Evil Genius: the True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Spirit Riding Free: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The Kissing Booth — NETFLIX FILM

The Who Was? Show: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 13

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

May 14

The Phantom of the Opera

May 15

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 4

Grand Designs: Season 13 - 14

Only God Forgives

The Game 365: Seasons 15 - 16

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See the 'Dexter' star in a very different role.

May 16


Mamma Mia!

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Kingdom


May 18


Catching Feelings — NETFLIX FILM

Inspector Gadget: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 19

Bridge to Terabithia

Scandal: Season 7

Small Town Crime

May 20

Some Kind of Beautiful

May 21

Señora Acero: Season 4

Bill Nye Show

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3.

May 22

Mob Psycho 100: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Shooter: Season 2

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 23


May 24

Fauda: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Survivors Guide to Prison

May 25


Idris Elba to Play a Failed DJ in Netflix Comedy Series 'Turn Up Charlie' Idris Elba to Play a Failed DJ in Netflix Comedy Series 'Turn Up Charlie'

The actor will play a wannabe DJ and manny in the upcoming series.

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The Toys That Made Us: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Trollhunters: Part 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 26

Sara's Notebook — NETFLIX FILM

May 27

The Break with Michelle Wolf — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 29

Disney·Pixar Coco

May 30

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 31

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The Rain

The Rain: Season 1.

Date To Be Announced

Arrow: Season 6

Dynasty: Season 1

Riverdale: Season 2

Supernatural: Season 1

The Flash: Season 4

Leaving This Month:

Bridget Jones's Diary



Charlotte's Web

Field of Dreams


Ocean's Eleven


Silent Hill

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Hurt Locker

To Rome With Love

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

12 Dates of Christmas

 See Jonah Hill & Emma Stone in New Netflix Series (PHOTOS) 'Maniac' First Look: See Jonah Hill & Emma Stone in New Netflix Series (PHOTOS)

The sci-fi drama is directed by 'True Detective' alum Cary Fukunaga.

Beauty & the Briefcase

Cadet Kelly

Camp Rock

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

Cow Belles


Disney's The Cheetah Girls

Disney's The Cheetah Girls 2

Disney's The Cheetah Girls: One World


Geek Charming

Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas

Hello Sister, Goodbye Life

High School Musical

High School Musical 2

Jump In!

Lemonade Mouth

Little Einsteins: Seasons 1 - 2

My Fake Fiance

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Plus, 7 new European projects are coming to the streaming service.

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension

Phineas and Ferb: Seasons 1 - 4

Princess Protection Program

Princess: A Modern Fairytale

Read It and Weep

Revenge of the Bridesmaids

Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure

Special Agent Oso: Seasons 1 - 2


Teen Spirit

The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Seasons 1 - 5

Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

The Host

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Disney's The Jungle Book

WATCH: Wyatt & Flynn Clash Over Lucy on a New 'Timeless'

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 3:00pm

Is the Wyatt-Lucy-Flynn love triangle heating up — or, perhaps, about to come to blows — on Timeless?

It's definitely gotten complicated since Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Lucy (Abigail Spencer) acknowledged their feelings for each other, slept together and then found out that Wyatt's dead wife, Jessica (Tonya Glanz), wasn't so dead. Oops!

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This was also her final episode on the series.

Things cooled between the new pair, and now Wyatt is dealing with his complicated feelings for both women while also still trying to keep those Rittenhouse baddies in line as much as possible.

However, with Wyatt distracted, Garcia Flynn (Goran Višnjić) has been inching closer to Lucy, with whom he does share a nice connection.

As a result, in the April 29 new episode "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes" — which takes our team of time travelers to 1919 New York City amid the backdrop of the women's suffrage movement — Flynn and Wyatt have some words over Lucy, and they're not friendly ones.

Is it up to Wyatt or Flynn who Lucy winds up with, or does she actually have a say in this? Check out this exclusive preview clip from the episode and see what you think:

Timeless, Sundays, 10/9c, NBC

'The Simpsons' EP Al Jean on a Record-Breaking 636 Episodes and What's Next

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 1:00pm

To quote Homer Simpson, “Woo-hoo!” The Simpsons is besting Gunsmoke for the second time.

Fox’s animated comedy already surpassed the 1955–1975 Western in 2009 as the longest-running American scripted primetime series, and April 29th's 636th episode marks the most installments ever aired by a scripted primetime show.

“It’s the home-run record of TV,” says executive producer Al Jean, who estimates the writers have churned out about 50,000 pages of script. “I really try to be modest, but I think it’s amazing.”

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The animated series completely skirted about the issue.

He should know. Jean has been on staff since the beginning, when creator Matt Groening’s dysfunctional family from fictional Springfield made the leap from animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show to a half-hour comedy in 1989.

For nearly three decades, millions have continued to tune in week after week for the exploits of lovable oaf Homer (voiced by Dan Castellaneta), stressed-out wife Marge (Julie Kavner), mischievous son Bart (Nancy Cartwright), overachieving daughter Lisa (Yeardley Smith) and baby Maggie (her first word was uttered by Elizabeth Taylor!).

Season 1, Episode 1, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire."

“The magic of the show is that the basic characters don’t change that much,” Jean says. “I think the Lisa or the Marge or the Homer of Season 2 would be very recognizable in Season 29.”

Homer is at the heart of this particular episode, chosen because of its classic mix of comedy and pathos. In “Forgive and Regret”, Grampa Simpson makes a hospital-bed confession that reveals a poignant detail about his son’s childhood. “It offers special insight into Homer’s character,” hints Jean.

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The actor revealed his stance on 'The Late Show.'

As for the future of this influential toon — which has enticed guest voices from Meryl Streep to Mark Zuckerberg, been name-checked by politicians such as George H.W. Bush and introduced “D’oh” to the lexicon — Jean says he can see the series continuing indefinitely as long as the core cast is still on board. And when he considers the current trend of shorter seasons on both network and streaming TV, he’s skeptical any show will ever exceed The Simpsons’ episode count, saying, “It very well may not happen.” In Bart-speak: Eat his shorts.

The Simpsons, Sunday, April 29, 8/7c, Fox

'Stranger Things' Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of Season 3 With Production Teaser (VIDEO)

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:30pm

Things are getting strange, just the way fans like it, as Netflix's crown jewel Stranger Things begins production on Season 3.

The series, which premiered its second season back in October of 2017, is back to work with new scripts, old faces and some — ahem — strangers. So far, Season 3 has yielded three major casting announcements as the show adds Maya Hawke, Jake Busey, and Cary Elwes to the crew.

'Stranger Things' Gets More Nostalgic and Adds Cary Elwes & Jake Busey for Season 3 'Stranger Things' Gets More Nostalgic and Adds Cary Elwes & Jake Busey for Season 3

The actors join previously-announced new cast member Maya Hawke.

In a new behind-the-scenes teaser for Season 3, fans get an up-close look at the production's table read, which, according to a screen card, took place on April 20.

While this is an exciting share from the show's crew, it doesn't hide the fact that production is beginning over a year after production took place on Season 2. So what does this mean? It's very likely fans won't return to the upside down until 2019, potentially.

But even with that said, the promised return of the fan-favorite cast is more than enough to console viewers. The screen cards read, when put together, "On April 20, 2018, old friends, and a few strangers came together to start a new adventure."

The epic statement was then overshadowed by scene-stealer Priah Ferguson.

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The cast of the Netflix show gave some scoop on what's to come at PaleyFest.

The actress, who plays Lucas's (Caleb McLaughlin) sassy sister Erica, turns to the camera and says, "Get out of here, nerds!" Classic Erica.

Also featured in the teaser are fist bumps, slow motion walking, and page flipping. Oh, and a little taste of the Upside Down, as well. Check it out for yourself in the clip below.

Stranger Things, Seasons 1 & 2 streaming now, Netflix

Check out the Stars Who Are Going Undercover in 'Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition' (PHOTOS)

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:03am

Gabby Douglas and Idina Menzel will be among the personalities starring in the inaugural season of CBS' Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition, the network has announced. The series comes from the creative team behind the original, Emmy-winning Undercover Boss, and premieres May 11.

A CBS release says that in Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition, "Celebrities at the top of their chosen fields are going undercover to find talented people and make dreams come true. The nation’s best singers, athletes, models and business icons embark on talent searches to pay it forward to deserving yet-to-be-discovered individuals."

“Imagine if your idol could walk a mile in your shoes, recognize your special ability and change your life forever? This is what you’ll see this season on the celebrity edition of Undercover Boss — along with state-of-the-art disguises, trickier undercover situations — and the greatest payoffs yet,” said Greg Goldman, executive producer of the new series.

The stars announced as participating in the series are listed below, with more to be announced at a later date.

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Burnett describes the show as 'like the Olympics for entertainment.'

In the original Undercover Boss, it was relatively easy to understand how employees may not have recognized a CEO or other management figure whom they may not have encountered before.

But when you are talking about very familiar celebrities like these, the challenge to conceal their recognizability was greater — CBS says that each star was disguised with state-of-the-art prosthetic makeup and custom-made wigs, which took an average of two and a half hours to apply.

You can judge the results for yourself in the photos of the currently announced stars, seen above and below. Think you'd recognize them in their disguises?

Friday, May 11 (Season Premiere): Gabby Douglas – Two-time U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team member, three-time Olympic Gold medalist, a two-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most celebrated Olympic gymnasts of all time. Douglas goes undercover to discover incredibly gifted gymnasts and coaches.

(Right Photo: Mark Hill/CBS)

Friday, May 18: Idina Menzel – Tony Award-winning iconic Broadway star and multi-platinum recording artist and actress, who is celebrated for singing “Let It Go,” the international phenomenon from the animated feature film “Frozen.” Mendel goes undercover to find Broadway’s next amazing talents. 

(Right photo: Bill Inoshita/CBS)

Friday, May 25: Bethany Mota – YouTube sensation and author with more than 12.7 million subscribers and over one billion views, who is one of the most powerful and inspiring voices in social media. Mota goes undercover to identify up-and-coming YouTube talent.

(Right Photo: Bill Inoshita/CBS)

Friday, June 1: Deion Sanders – Pro Football Hall of Famer, eight-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl champion and current NFL Network analyst who was one of the most electrifying athletes in the NFL and MLB. Sanders goes undercover to find amazing football coaches.

(Left Photo: ©2018 National Football League; Right Photo: Felicia Graham/CBS)

Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition, Fridays beginning May 11 at 8/7c, CBS


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