Today was another big day for TV, as The X Factor FINALLY announced that Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez would take over my beloved Steve Jones' role as hosts for the rapidly approaching live shows this season. X Factor's was certainly today's glitziest announcement, but there were plenty of other notable TV tidbits that took over this fine Tuesday:
Opie Lives On: After his tragic, untimely death on Sons of Anarchy, Ryan Hurst will be taking his talents to TNT's upcoming drama pilot, King & Maxwell. The show will follow private eyes Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, who are both former secret service agents. Hurst will take on the role of Edgar, a suspected serial killer-slash-autistic savant with "an extraordinary ability to see patterns and numerical sequences." He'll form a special relationship with King that leads to a breakthrough in their case. [Deadline]
Glee Nabs Another Starlet: Who needs sites like this when you have Ryan Murphy's Twitter? The multi-talented showrunner told Twitter today that during last night's God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards, he had asked Hollywood legend Bette Midler to guest on Glee:
I just asked the incredible Bette Midler to be on Glee in front of 1,000 people. I hope she says yes!— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) October 16, 2012It would appear that Midler is a fan of the show, since she later replied with a role suggestion:
Ok, @rpmurphy, I have one vote for Rachel's grandmother...hmmmm.I'm thinking, I'm thinking!!— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 16, 2012Broadway crooner Idina Menzel has already appeared as Rachel's biological mother, so we think that Bette Midler as granny would be pretty believable.
More Burgers For All: Congrats (and milkshakes) are in order for the folks at Bob's Burgers, as Fox has officially granted the animated comedy a 22-episode fourth-season order. Sandwiched between Simpsons and Family Guy, Burgers has seen the greatest year-to-year growth of any returning broadcast series in the male demographic, according to Fox. [Deadline]
Gordon Ramsay Gets Another Show: He's everywhere! Reality chef megastar Gordon Ramsay will team up with Ted producer Scott Stuber for The Inferno, an NBC drama project set in a restaurant. In a situation you would see on Ramsay's Fox hit Hell's Kitchen, the show will focus on two restaurants that are on the brink of bankruptcy, until a mysterious Italian chef comes in and saves the day. The only problem is, anything that seems too good to be true probably is — the restaurants will become hits, but at a "terrible cost." Ramsay will contribute with stories from his own vast array of experiences. [Deadline]
Another Olympian Heads to the Small Screen: With McKayla Maroney on Hart of Dixie and Gabby Douglas on The Vampire Diaries, someone had to show some love to the swimmers. Today, Pretty Little Liars showed that love by nabbing Missy Franklin, who will play herself, for a guest spot. In the episode, Emily (Shay Mitchell), who is a swimmer, will have coffee with the gold medalist. Hopefully, it'll be a better conversation than the one she'd have with Ryan Lochte. [EW]
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While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
[Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]