07:26 PM EDT 05/17/2013
Originally posted 05/13/2013 03:15PM
Advertisers were given their first big glimpse of the fall TV schedule Monday as NBC launched the annual Upfront Week in Manhattan. The upfronts are lavish (and longish) network presentations staged for the ad community with the hope of vacuuming up all their money with the promise of great, popular shows.
The truth is, of course, that few shows manage to be great and/or popular. One could even call this a sad truth.
But, to be philosophical, nothing ventured, nothing gained – and NBC could use some gaining. After applying advanced critical theorem to the brief clips presented at Radio City Music Hall, I would say these shows showed the most potential:
Originally posted 05/13/2013 12:50PM
He loomed large to generations of young TV watchers – but turns out he was really only a size 40.
Artifacts from the Captain Kangaroo show, a CBS morning fixture from 1955 to 1984, are going on the auction block May 21, the Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders Auctions announced Monday.
The Captain's trademark navy blue jacket jacket with brass buttons, oversized pockets and gray piping is included in a list of more than 500 items to be sold to the highest bidder. Later, once color TV became popular, the Captain donned a red jacket – also for sale.
Originally posted 05/13/2013 06:20AM
After more than five decades, Barbara Walters is hanging up her microphone.
The veteran ABC News anchor, 83, said Monday morning on The View – the show she started in 1997 – that she will retire from TV journalism next summer.
"Let me just say I have been on television continuously for over 50 years. But in the summer of '14 I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. ... I'm perfectly healthy. This is my decision. This is what I want to do," Walters told her audience, which in the studio included Disney CEO (and therefore head of ABC) Bob Iger – who suggested once he also retires that both he and Walters go on Dancing with the Stars.
Originally posted 05/12/2013 09:00PM
Many dream of kissing Matt Damon, but Michael Douglas is one of the lucky few who has actually done it. But for him, it was simply part of the job.
"Once you get that first kiss in, you are comfortable," Douglas, who stars as pianist Liberace in HBO's Behind the Candelabra, tells New York magazine in its latest cover story (on newsstands May 13).
"Matt and I didn't rehearse the love scenes. We said, 'Well – we've read the script, haven't we?' "
Originally posted 05/12/2013 05:00PM
Seth Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon as the host of Late Night.
"We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation. His years at SNL's 'Weekend Update' desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the Late Night franchise," NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Sunday.
Originally posted 05/12/2013 07:00AM
For Saturday Night Live fans, this week's show was like kicking back and catching up with kooky yet familiar friends.
Kristen Wiig made her way back to Studio 8H after leaving nearly a year ago – or 11 months and 30 days to be precise, as she pointed out in her opening monologue.
In case you missed the funny girl's return to the late-night circuit, here are her three best, most LOL-worthy moments that made us wish she was here to stay.
Originally posted 05/10/2013 07:00PM
Like mother, like daughter.
Following Ava Sambora's acting debut in Judd Apatow's This Is 40, Heather Locklear's only child filmed a guest-starring role in Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie.
In the episode, Ava, 15 – whose dad is Richie Sambora – plays Charlie Duncan 10 years into the future.
Originally posted 05/10/2013 07:00PM
With Randy Jackson's announcement that he is leaving American Idol, who will take the veteran judge's place?
The answer is probably not Alicia Keys, who performed her new single "Tears Always Win" on the Fox show Thursday night.
"I don't know if I'd want to be a judge," she told reporters after her performance.
The "Girl on Fire" singer did express her dismay that Jackson would be leaving the panel after 12 seasons.
Originally posted 05/10/2013 06:00PM
It's that eternal question that seems to plague every Bachelor and Bachelorette: Are their potential mates on the show there for "the right reasons?"
If this exclusive sneak peek at Desiree Hartsock as The Bachelorette is any indication, at least one of her suitors – a handsome fella named Brian – may not be.
In a teaser for the new season, Hartsock, 26, is faced with a solemn-looking Chris Harrison and a woman who proclaims, "I'm Brian's girlfriend."
Originally posted 05/10/2013 07:15AM
There doesn't appear to be too public much information behind why Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev split after several years, but a cryptic Tweet may give fans some insight.
Just before a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the Vampire Diaries stars called it quits, Somerhalder, 34, Tweeted, "A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: People change and forget to tell each other. -Lillian Hellman, playwright (1905-1984)."
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