All the tube news that’s fit to surf …
– He’s contractually obligated to not appear on TV until after May 1, so Conan O’Brien won’t talk about the Tonight Show saga … until May 2, on 60 Minutes, in an interview with Steve Kroft.
– There’s certainly no lack of famous types in need of rehab after public meltdowns, and TMZ.com says that means the producers of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew are going after big names like Heather Locklear, Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller and the trainwreck that is Lindsay Lohan to join the cast for next season.
– West Wing star Allison Janney will guest star in the May 11 episode of Lost, but the bigger news is that that episode will finally, supposedly, answer all our questions about the Locke-ness monster.
– If you’re a 30 Rock fan and you’re in New York, here’s a great way to spend a few hours: Time Out New York magazine’s 30 Rock Walk.
– Adam Lambert has been the best guest mentor on American Idol this season, and I think he’s the best candidate so far to replace Simon Cowell at the judges’ table next season, but alas, he’s not interested.
– Add another TV name to the upcoming Smurfs big-screen movie: Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens.
– True Blood fans, no need to wait ’till June 13 for new episodes. There’s a new minisode at HBO.com right now.
– James Franco did it, Julianne Moore did it for a day and David Hasselhoff is going to do it; now add Sean Young to the list of big-screen stars who’ve gone to daytime, as Young will be joining the cast of The Young and the Restless in June.
– Buzz is that Desperate Housewives may be renewed for two more seasons on ABC, after which it would ride off into that big TV graveyard in the sky. Anyone else think it’s sort of played out already? How many big mysteries can one little neighborhood have? Really, Marc Cherry.
– Glee fans are lovin’ the show’s music, and Billboard mag points out that there have been plenty of other TV series that have used music as part of their success stories.
– Is America’s Got Talent judge and Celebrity Apprentice alum Piers Morgan the next Babs Walters?
– Former NBC and now TNT cop drama Southland will live on for a third season.
– He’ll be a part of the Parks and Recreation cast next season, and Brothers and Sisters star Rob Lowe is making a guest stop in Californication first. Lowe will play an actor who’s a leading candidate to play Hank Moody (David Duchovny) in the movie version of Hank’s book.
– If all the foodie programming on Food Network and TLC still aren’t satiating your appetite, get ready for the Cooking Channel, which launches on May 31.
– And fantastic news: Mrs. Dexter, a.k.a. Jennifer Carpenter, says her hubby, her Dexter co-star Michael C. Hall, is fully recovered from his battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
All the tube news that’s fit to surf …
– Kudos to NBC for the get-well message to Celebrity Apprentice contestant Bret Michaels at the end of last night’s show. Not so much for Apprentice host Donald Trump, who’s spouting off today about the supposed negative prognosis for the rocker and his brain hemorrhage … often he’s amusing, but sometimes, Trump should just keep his mouth shut.
– Madonna got her own episode of Glee, and now Britney Spears wants one, too. And series creator Ryan Murphy says he’s into the idea.
– More Glee news: Murphy’s description of this summer’s Glee tour makes it sound like it’ll be sort of a live performance of a TV episode.
– TheWrap.com has a first look at Rob Lowe and Party Down‘s Adam Scott as the new cast members of the most improved show of the season, Parks and Recreation, which means season three could be even better.
– Another show that’s likely to be even better in its third season: FX’s Sons of Anarchy, which started filming on season three last week. The new season, set to premiere this fall, will feature Hal Holbrook playing the father of (the so Emmy-worthy) Katey Sagal‘s Gemma. Holbrook, whose last TV guest gig was on ER in 2008, was married to Designing Women star Dixie Carter, who died earlier this month.
– And a show I hope improves upon its last season, which was the lamest in the show’s history: Entourage, which makes its seventh season premiere on June 27, along with season two of Hung and season three of True Blood. According to the current plan for Entourage, by the way, season seven will be the show’s penultimate one, with a big-screen Entourage movie in development for after the show’s eighth season.
– After a year on The CW, the Daytime Emmys are headed to CBS. They’ll air live – from Las Vegas, for the first time – on June 27.
– The Lost series finale just keeps getting bigger. ABC will now air the Lost two-hour pilot on May 22, the night before the series ender that (hopefully) will answer most of fans’ big lingering questions.
– If you have HDNet, check out the list of awesome performers the channel will host for concerts in May and June, including Green Day, Paul McCartney, Jack Johnson and John Legend.
– One of my fave TV critics, Alan Sepinwall, says the last six season three episodes of Chuck, which begin airing tonight (8PM ET, NBC) are even better, thanks to the Chuck and Sarah romance.
– And Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser is definitely the opposite of those people on Hoarders, but he may be taking it too far: He has no toilet in his house.
All the tube news that’s fit to surf …
– Crystal Bowersox on last night’s American Idol? Wow.
– Not only is Betty White hosting Saturday Night Live on May 8, but her musical guest will be Jay-Z. Be prepared to fall in love with Betty White, hip hop fans.
– The Daily Beast interviews Al Pacino about his HBO movie You Don’t Know Jack, which premieres Saturday night (8PM ET). Pacino plays “suicide doc” Jack Kevorkian, and it truly is his best performance in years and another great made-for-TV flick from HBO.
– If you’re planning on throwing a Lost finale party on May 23, make sure you have plenty of snacks and libations on hand: ABC is planning five hours of Lost-themed programming that night, including a two-hour recap special, the two-hour finale and Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost, an hour-long special that will feature Lost showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lidelof, as well as several cast members.
– Kelsey Grammer is among the backers of a new right-wing TV network, which will feature shows like a conservative comedy series and Running, a reality show that will follow six people running for political office for the first time.
– Glee fans, cancel all plans for May 18. That’s when the Joss Whedon-directed episode of the show airs. The episode also includes Neil Patrick Harris guest starring as Will Shuester’s high school rival, as well as guest turns by Molly Shannon and Idina Menzel.
– Don’t hassle The Hoff: David Hasselhoff‘s doing a good thing by making a return appearance on The Young and the Restless, the CBS daytime soap that gave him his big break.
– Tori Spelling, the next big talk show host? Could be.
– Meanwhile, CBS is reportedly planning a talk show to rival The View, with Big Brother host (and wife of CBS honcho Les Moonves) Julie Chen, Roseanne and The Big Bang Theory star Sara Gilbert, Lisa Rinna and Real Housewives of New York City‘s Bethenny Frankel as panelists/hosts.
– Add I Dream of Jeannie to the list of TV shows being developed as big-screen movies.
– More series renewals: Burn Notice has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season, even though the USA show’s fourth season doesn’t premiere until this summer; NBC has ordered a second season of Parenthood; and Fox has given the thumbs up to a 23rd season of Cops, the network’s second longest-running series.
– VH1 has a whopping 44 original series on tap for the rest of this year, including a new installment of Divas, more reality programming with Dr. Drew (how does this guy have time to live his own life when he’s so all up in the Kool-Aid of others’?), documentaries on 50 Cent and Rush, more installments of Behind the Music, and a reality show about Eva Longoria-Parker‘s L.A. restaurant Beso.
– According to a Lady Gaga Tweet, she’ll be performing on American Idol on May 5.
– And NBC reportedly wanted the Website AshleyMadison.com – the Website that encourages infidelity – to advertise during Jerry Seinfeld‘s The Marriage Ref. It might sound outrageous initially, but this is a show where the likes of Madonna is giving marital advice, so … maybe kinda fitting.
May 21: That’s when the MacGruber, the movie based on the Will Forte Saturday Night Live skit, hits theaters. Here’s the latest (and restricted) trailer, meaning it’s NSFW, but it does promise that this will be one funny flick. And it provides more evidence that Val Kilmer should adopt the Alec Baldwin career philosophy, i.e., give up on the leading man gigs and focus on the funny.
June 11: That’s when The A-Team hits theaters, and, as this new trailer hints, even the usual buzz-killing presence of Jessica Biel isn’t able to take the fun out of this TV-to-movie adaptation. Bradley Cooper is perfectly cast as Face, ditto Liam Neeson as Hannibal, and they’re maintaining key elements of the TV show, including B.A.’s fear of airplanes, his contentious relationship with Murdock and Murdock’s craziness. Oh, and the van!
And check out The A-Team movie poster. Awesome. Who else has these two movies on their must-see list of summer flicks?
All the tube news that’s fit to surf …
– About that “shocking” twist on last night’s 24 … I think the phrase “deus ex machina” applies more than the word “shocking,” but if it means a faster exit for Katee Sackhoff and her bad acting, shock on.
– Craig Ferguson gave a great interview to Reuters, in which he gives what is probably the sanest perspective on the Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien brouhaha.
– Looking for a new drama to add to your primetime viewing schedule? Fringe producers are making it easy for new viewers to catch up with the Josh Jackson sci-fi series, even as they prepare to premiere the last seven episodes of their second season.
– Geek Chic Daily.com has some fun scoop on Lost stars’ pop culture obsessions, including Emmy winner Michael Emerson‘s (Ben Linus) love of Nancy Drew books.
– Looks like one of the Discovery Channel networks will be airing Sarah Palin‘s travel reality series, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.
– Oscar winner Sissy Spacek is following her recent guest gig on Big Love with a role in CBS’ fall medical drama pilot from ER producer John Wells.
– Not surprising, since the show just keeps getting better and better, but the third season premiere of AMC’s Breaking Bad earned the show’s highest ratings ever.
– Fans loved it, but EA Games is apparently unamused by the use of its Tiger Woods golf games in last week’s South Park season 14 premiere. So unamused, in fact, that the company is considering a lawsuit.
– Speaking of Park, this week’s new episode takes on book censorship, in an episode called “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs.” After reading and loving a book that was formerly banned, Cartman and his pals decide to pen a tome of their own.
– Never thought I’d say it, but it may finally be time to pull the plug on The Real World. The next season — which finds the show returning to New Orleans — will include a housemate vs. housemate conflict that allegedly led one guy to urinate on another’s toothbrush and use it to scrub the house toilet … after which the toothbrush owner used it!
– Sex and the City 2 movie writer and director Michael Patrick King has dished some details on the sequel flick, including confirmation that two of Carrie’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) big loves will co-star and that Carrie and pals party in Abu Dhabi.
– I love that Jamie Foxx is co-writing the script for the big-screen Laverne & Shirley movie, but still think Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are a better duo for the flick than Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel.
– Does the trailer for the new Doctor Who have you excited for the show’s return or not?
Charlie Sheen, Russell Brand and Louis C.K. are getting most of the attention, but I’m most excited that one of the best new shows of last TV season — Wilfred — returns for its second season on FX tonight (10PM ET). Season one of the series ended with a cliffhanger — had Ryan (Elijah Wood) […]