Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.
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- Oliver Lyttelton
'American Gods': Everything You Need to Know About 2017's Trippiest TV Show
Get ready for some more Peak Weird TV.
American Gods, the unconventional new drama from Starz, is the latest mind-bending show to go all-in on off-the-wall. How so, you ask? For starters, the premiere episode features, among other things, Vikings, a towering Leprechaun, a ghostly white buffalo with flaming eyes, a massive tree with talons at the end of its branches and a vicious gang of faceless cyber thugs called the Children. Also, at one point, a man is swallowed whole by a woman's vagina.
At the core of all »
TV Ratings: ‘Little Big Shots’ Leads NBC to Demo Victory, CBS Wins Viewers
NBC was the number one network in the key adults 18-49 demographic thanks to top-rated show of the night “Little Big Shots.”
According to overnight Nielsen data, “Little Big Shots” drew a 1.2 rating and 8.2 million viewers. That was enough to elevate NBC to the top spot in the demo on Sunday night, though the network finished second in total viewers to CBS.
A repeat of “Little Big Shots” led into the new episode at 8 p.m. “Chicago Justice” (1.0, 5.6 million) followed at 9 p.m. “Shades of Blue” (0.7, 4.1 million) closed out the night steady from last week.
On CBS, “60 Minutes” (0.8, 9.6 million) was up in total viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0, 9.4 million) was even, while “Madam Secretary” (0.7, 7.8 million) and “Elementary” (0.5, 4.6 million) both dipped slightly in the demo.
For ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.0, 4.8 million) was up significantly in the key demo compared to its last original episode. “Once Upon a Time” (0.8, 2.7 million) was even, while »
- Joe Otterson
Dancing With the Stars Week 6 Recap: Did the Right Couple Go Home?
Dancing With the Stars might not be a scripted series, but it knows how to bring the drama — and just in time for May Sweeps!
Even though the Season 24 eliminations have been predictable thus far (Chris Kattan, we hardly knew you!), the ABC series closed out its sixth week with a doozy: After reuniting with her once-injured partner and landing the first perfect score of the season, Glee grad Heather Morris was sent home in a twist that earned massive boos from the crowd.
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‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ Takes Over Bill O’Reilly’s Timeslot — and Delivers the Same Bombast (Column)
It would seem that nothing has changed.
With characteristic, disingenuous smarm, Tucker Carlson debuted “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at the 8 p.m. hour on Fox News, taking over from disgraced anchor Bill O’Reilly. Carlson began the hour with a statement about O’Reilly that lionized the former Fox News host: “I watched Bill O’Reilly at this hour for years and I always marveled at how well-prepared he was, how tough he was, and how crisply and directly he expressed his views. What O’Reilly did was not easy — he set a high bar — and I’m going to do my best to meet it. Thanks for sticking with us.”
Carlson’s program then proceeded to follow a template of the exact same demonizing, disingenuous rhetoric that has characterized his style for years and Fox News’ strategy for decades. When O’Reilly was let go from the network, the Murdoch family stated that they were prioritizing a »
- Sonia Saraiya
The Voice Top 12 Performance Recap: That Don't Impress Me Much, Except...
Going into The Voice’s Top 12 performance night — with Shania Twain trying on for size a fifth chair — Team Alicia’s Chris Blue looked — and, more importantly, sounded — like a lock to win Season 12. (I can’t be the only one still playing his version of Riri’s “Love On the Brain” on a loop, right? If it was vinyl, I’d have worn out three needles on it by now.) Was the retro-soul showman able to bring down the house once again Monday? Or did his star fade just enough for him to be outshone by a less flashy singer? »
You Can Finally Watch Le’veon Bell Rap in an Abandoned Steel Factory
While I don’t think anyone can ever top the fictional rap video from Any Given Sunday featuring none other than Qb Willie Beamen, I’m not going to lie when I say that the rap debut of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’veon Bell isn’t half bad. No, seriously, it’s pretty decent. Bell is arguably the best running back in the NFL but it turns out he’s got some decent skills on the mic as well. Bell, who raps under the name Juice, may not be Kendrick Lamar, or even Damian Lillard, he doesn’t completely embarrass himself on “Machine.” Check out his
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- Nat Berman
Supergirl Recap: Has Lena Luthor Finally Reached Her Breaking Point?
Another week in National City, another former lover stirring up trouble.
This time, the spotlight was put on Lena Luthor, whose tech-genius ex-boyfriend Jack Spheer (iZombie’s Rahul Kohli) blew back into her life on Monday’s Supergirl like a tornado of nanobots — which, coincidentally or not, also served as this week’s villain. Readers, meet Jack:
Plot twist! It turns out the human trials for Spheerical’s groundbreaking miracle cure were all performed on Jack, which Lena was crushed to learn (via Kara) for a multitude of reasons, including that she »
Advertisers Return to Fox News’ 8 P.M. Slot As Tucker Carlson Starts New Run
Madison Avenue has rediscovered Fox News Channel’s 8 p.m. hour.
Mercedes-Benz, one of the first advertisers to announce it was yanking commercials from Fox News Channel’s flagship program, “The O’Reilly Factor” in the midst of a recent controversy surrounding its host, has returned to that program’s timeslot now that a new offering is in its place. The automaker joined other former O’Reilly advertisers like Jenny Craig and custom-shirt maker Untuckit.com in support of the ousted anchor’s successor, Tucker Carlson.
Fox News’ inaugural broadcast of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at 8 p.m. carried what appeared to be 18 national spots from marketers including Honda, ExxonMobil, Choice Hotels, Bp and Infiniti. In contrast, some of Fox News’ more recent airings of “The O’Reilly Factor,” with and without Bill O’Reilly at the helm, carried as few as ten ads, many of them from direct-response marketers and lesser-known brands. O »
- Brian Steinberg
Flip or Flop Stars to Return Together for Season 7, Despite Separation
The stars of Hgtv’s Flip or Flop are fixing up their relationship… on-camera, at least.
Home renovators Tarek and Christina El Moussa are reuniting for a seventh season of their popular Hgtv reality series, according to our sister site Deadline — despite the married couple’s very public split last year. The two have signed on to appear together in 20 episodes, five of which have already filmed. Season 7 is expected to debut in December.
RelatedFlip or Flop Stars Split — What Does It Mean for Their Hgtv Show?
Flip or Flop follows Tarek and Christina as they purchase distressed houses, »
Gotham Recap: Prescription for Riddlin'
The Riddler riseth as Fox’s Gotham resumed Season 3 on Monday night.
RelatedGotham Is Riddled With Threats Familiar and New as Season 3 Resumes
Weeks after shooting and then shoving Penguin into the river, Nygma is unable to cope, popping meds that leave him talking to himself, in the form of his fallen best friend. It also turns out that Nygma has been on a killing spree of sorts, seeking out Gotham’s brightest minds only to off them, one by one, when they go 0-for-3 in his test of riddles.
Nygma switches from seeking a genius “teacher” in villainy to courting an arch enemy, »
Gotham Spring Premiere Review: Find Out “How the Riddler Got His Name”
It’s been a long wait, friends, but Gotham has finally returned to our televisions. They left us back in January on several huge cliff-hangers but now a few of them are resolved, as they continue to race toward the era of Gotham City that we know as “Batman”. Villains are becoming who they’re meant to be, and the younglings are maturing right before our eyes. Based on this episode, it’s going to continue to be an exciting ride. Spoilers abound below, so use caution. This week on Gotham: When Nygma shot Oswald (Penguin), he killed a part of his soul. So, Nygma spends his
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- Nick Hogan
Emmys: Allison Janney Goes Lead for ‘Mom’ as Campaigns Jockey for Position
After three-straight supporting actress Emmy nominations, including back-to-back wins, “Mom” star Allison Janney will be submitted in the lead actress comedy category for the show’s fourth season, Variety has learned.
Janney’s camp — spurred by press reaction suggesting lead consideration — felt the show had evolved to a place where it was more of a two-hander between Janney and co-star Anna Faris. And after all, changing categories didn’t hurt the 11-time nominee when she did it over a decade ago; Janney won twice in supporting for “The West Wing” and then twice again when she went lead.
These kinds of maneuvers often reflect an organic progression, but they can also be a reaction to the competitive environment. Changing to a thinner category could pave an easier path to recognition, etc. But Janney isn’t exactly moving into a weaker stream. Indeed, the comedy categories on the whole are as competitive as ever. Top »
- Kristopher Tapley
Riverdale Adds Mark Consuelos to Play Veronica's Dad in Season 2 — But There's a Pitch-Related Catch
Veronica’s dad might be getting out of jail sooner than we thought on Riverdale.
Mark Consuelos has signed on to play the heretofore-unseen Hiram Lodge on The CW’s Archie reboot, TVLine has learned exclusively. He’ll make his debut in Season 2, and is set to join the cast as a series regular.
Videos Get a Sneak Peek at Riverdale‘s ‘Varchie’ Duet
Hiram Lodge, per the show’s official description, is “a ruthless, handsome, charismatic businessman who is coming back to Riverdale after weathering a financial scandal that almost destroyed him. He is there to reconnect with his wife Hermione and, »
‘Flip or Flop’ Stars Returning for 20 More Episodes of Hgtv Show Amid Divorce
The announcement of the hosts’ — and former couple — return to the home improvement series comes amid a highly-publicized divorce that followed a domestic altercation last spring. When the duo announced their separation after seven years of marriage this past December, the future of the Hgtv series was unclear and reports surfaced that the seventh season would be shortened.
Hgtv has ordered a whopping 20 episodes for the seventh season — more episodes than any season in the past of the home improvement show. Season 7 is slated to debut in December 2017.
According to Hgtv’s website, their cameras for Season 7 “captured the ups and downs of Tarek and Christina’s house flipping business as well as their family life. While the couple has separated, each one has turned the page to a new life that includes a continued commitment »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
MTV Movie & TV Awards On Collision Course With Potential Writers Strike
After 25 years, the MTV Movie Awards is getting a major makeover this year, expanding to include TV series for the first time, and is returning to a live format after going pre-taped last night. But, in another major change, the first MTV Movie & TV Awards were slotted for May 7 after predecessor the MTV Movie Awards aired in mid-April for the past few years and in June before that. That new air date makes the awards show the first big live TV event to be threatened by a… »
Scorpion Wedding Sneak Peek: Walter Has Something to Tell Paige
Scorpion‘s imminent wedding for Toby and Happy seems to have put Walter in a mood, based on this first look at a promo for the CBS series’ Monday, May 1 episode.
RelatedNCIS and Scorpion Weddings, Life-Changing Five-0 Decision Among CBS Sweeps Stories
As teased in TVLine’s May Sweeps Preview extravaganza, given Paige’s dramatic exit from the team, her appearance at the “Quintas” wedding will be cause for concern. “She comes back after having been away for a month, and there’s a lot of tension,” says Ep Nick Wootton tells us.
And as for Paige’s relationship with Walter specifically, »
Bill O’Reilly “Set A High Bar,” Tucker Carlson Says In Debut In ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Slot
Fox News Channel officially entered its post-Bill O’Reilly era with Tucker Carlson Tonight debuting in the 8 pm Pt slot that The O’Reilly Factor had occupied for more than 20 years. Host Tucker Carlson signed on with a tribute to the channel’s former top star. “For those of you tuning in expecting to see someone different in this anchor chair, I know the feeling well,” Carlson began. “I watched Bill O’Reilly at this… »
Faye Dunaway Talks Feeling “Guilty” About Oscars Best Picture Snafu On ‘NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt’
Faye Dunaway is speaking out publicly for the first time about the unforgettable Oscar Best Picture snafu when, alongside Warren Beatty, she mistakenly announced La La Land as the winner instead of Moonlight. The actress sat down with Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News where she opened up about the mixup and how she thought Beatty's hesitation was because he was trying to be funny, not because he was confused. "So he took the card out, and he didn’t say anything," Dunaway… »
Ever Wonder Why So many Cartoon Characters are Yellow?
In the old days it was pretty easy to do the coloring on a cartoon because everything was in black and white. There was no coloring! But with the advent of color, a creative stream and completely new way to tell a story opened up. Not only could you create dialogue that meant the world to the viewer, but a reaction, gesture, or emotion could be amplified by the use of color. Color itself became an integral “character” if you will. However, something strange brewed out of the advent of color in cartoons. As many options as animators have, it
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- Nat Berman
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