August 09, 2012 9:42am EST
The search for the new host (or hosts) of The X Factor has been hotter than a stack of griddlecakes in the deep fryer, but it may be nearing its end. Glee's Kevin McHale is being considered for the talent competition's open hosting spot, TV Guide Magazine reports.
In finding a replacement for Season 1 host Steve Jones, executive producer Simon Cowell has reportedly said he is looking for a male/female team to take on the responsibilities. “What we’ve learned from the show is you’ve got so much information you have to relay as one person,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in a press call. “And I think that it’s almost impossible to have one person doing the hosting job. You’ve got to give out so much information now, the telephone lines, the integration of the sponsors. I mean, they’re like newscasters now, these hosts. It’s a much, much bigger role.”
So, who are McHale's potential partners? Ladies being considered include Khloe Kardashian Odom, Erin Andrews, and Kelly Osbourne. Considering shallow aesthetics alone, Osbourne is the best fit of the three — she's the only one who wouldn't tower over the 5' 6" McHale. But clearly looks aren't everything (right?), and we think Kardashian Odom has the booming personality needed to counter McHale's deadpan. McHale is charming as geeky Artie on Glee, but maybe he's a wee bit too one-dimensionally nice to carry a show on his shoulders. McHale's most recent hosting performance (I'm looking at you, Teen Choice Awards) certainly fell flat. Kardashian Odom may have just the right amount of sass necessary to spice up McHale's quieter brand of charisma.
If McHale does land the gig, he'll be reunited with his Teen Choice Awards co-host, Demi Lovato. This raises an interesting question: Are the youngs taking over TV's talent competitions? Let's examine the evidence. Nineteen-year-old Lovato has already begun her judging duties on The X Factor, Joe Jonas is set to judge The CW's The Next, and lil' bro Nick Jonas is being considered for the open American Idol judging spot. All of these kids, including McHale, are under 25.
The networks' desire to draw in a younger viewership through the additions of these teen idols is completely transparent. And while no one can blame them for wanting to expand their demographics, it doesn't make these casting choices any less eyebrow-raising. The fact of the matter is, no one wants to take advice from someone younger than them. Even more to the point, receiving feedback from a teenaged star who was handed his or her career on a silver platter (thanks, Disney) must be a bitter pill for any struggling artist to swallow. Simon Cowell has already gone on the record calling Lovato a "brat" (albeit playfully), and when The X Factor starts to air on September 12, it will be interesting to see if contestants show any open contempt for the young star.
Or, hey, maybe we're wrong. Maybe a healthy dose of the young and taut will be just the electric shock these shows need to get back on their feet. And if Fox can use the success of its youth-powered ratings monster Glee to increase the number of eyes on the struggling X Factor, all power to them. At the very least, McHale — and Kardasian Odom, Andrews, Osbourne, or whomever the lady host may be — will look nice in HD.
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August 06, 2012 12:04pm EST
Trouty-Mouth, Cheerios, promise rings, astronomy, Justin Bieber and Color Me Mine.
Don’t worry people, we’re not just blurting out gibberish — we’re describing one of Glee’s most missed relationships! The unwavering fans of Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Quinn (Dianna Agron), a.k.a. Fabrevans, have been patiently waiting over a season and a half for their favorite couple to once again walk down the McKinley halls together. And now that Glee executive producer Ryan Murphy has joined Twitter, he has publicly squashed the relationship rumors between Sam and Mercedes (Amber Riley). Murphy writes, “SAM will have a new girlfriend this year. Guess who it is!”
While Overstreet doesn’t officially reveal the identity of his new leading lady, he does admit that Agron will always be one of his favorite on-screen partners. Overstreet gushes to Hollywood.com, “Diana is one of the easiest people to work with, so I always love doing scenes with her.”
Now that we eased the conversation into shipper territory, we decided to just ask him flat out: how does he feel about the fans who are absolutely dying to see Fabrevans again? “That would be a blast!" exclaims Overstreet. "We’ll see what happens in the show.” He adds with a smile, “You guys could be in for a treat!” Only one word can captivate how Fabrevans fans are feeling right now: Squee!
Although Overstreet has only read the first episode, he was kind enough to spill some Season 4 scoop. The 23-year-old actor says, “They’re really doing a really good job at blending what’s going on in New York with Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and what’s going still back in Ohio and kind of blending in all the seniors that graduated into the show and intertwining it.” Hmm, perhaps he’s referring to his favorite alum Quinn?
Overstreet continues, “The first script is hilarious. There’s a lot of really good stuff. [A lot of] scenes with Jane [Lynch] and a lot of really good stuff with Matt [Morrison] and the new kids they’re bringing in. So I can’t wait to start shooting and see the chemistries.”
Now that the seniors have left the choir room, it seems like it’s up to Sam, Artie (Kevin Mchale) and Blaine (Darren Criss) to fight for the spotlight this season as the leading man. Although he’s got some tough competition, Overstreet says he’s confident Sam has what it takes to lead the New Directions. “I would love to see him just go out there and own it," explains the Tennessee native. "Those [other] guys just don’t match up, I could take ‘em. I would just outrun Artie.”
Who do you think would be the best male lead this season? Are you hopeful for a Fabrevans reunion this year? Sing us your thoughts in the comments below!
Glee returns Thursday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. on FOX.
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July 23, 2012 5:00am EST
The TV personality hit the stage with her "hype girls", English cousins Sophia Grace and Rosie, who have become regulars on her U.S. daytime show.
Her surfboard prize was DeGeneres' fourth.
And she had a surprise in store for her little co-stars, presenting them with the Choice Web Stars mini-surfboard prize.
Excited Brit Sophia Grace squealed, "This is the best thing that ever happened."
The ceremony was co-hosted by Demi Lovato and Glee star Kevin McHale.
July 23, 2012 5:00am EST
The films and stars Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have now picked up a staggering 41 awards at the event.
Stewart and Lautner also landed prizes for Snow White & The Huntsman and Abduction, respectively.
But the big Teen Choice winners were The Hunger Games and The Vampire Diaries, which claimed six honours apiece.
Taylor Swift was the biggest individual winner, landing five trophies and taking her Teen Choice Awards haul to 20, making her the most honoured female at the event. TV Drama Pretty Little Liars also racked up five wins.
The 2012 prizegiving was co-hosted by Demi Lovato, who was also a double winner, and Glee star Kevin McHale, while Justin Bieber, Flo Rida and Carly Rae Jepsen performed.
No Doubt also took the stage to perform their comeback single Settle Down live in public for the first time.
The list of winners is:
Ultimate Choice Award - The Twilight Saga
Choice Movie: Romance - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Choice Movie: Drama - The Lucky One
Choice Movie: Comedy - 21 Jump Street
Choice Movie: Sci-fi Fantasy - The Hunger Games
Choice Movie Actor: Drama - Zac Efron (The Lucky One)
Choice Movie Actress: Drama - Emma Stone (The Help)
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-fi/Fantasy - Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games)
Choice Movie Actress: Sci-fi/Fantasy - Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Choice Movie Actress: Action - Zoe Saldana (Columbiana)
Choice Movie Actor: Action - Taylor Lautner (Abduction)
Choice Movie Actor: Romance - Zac Efron (The Lucky One)
Choice Movie Actress: Romance - Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1)
Choice Breakout in a Movie - Rihanna (Battleship)
Choice Movie Hissy Fit - Charlize Theron (Snow White & The Huntsman)
Choice Lip-Lock - Josh Hutcherson & Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Choice Summer Movie: Music/Comedy - Katy Perry: Part of Me
Choice Female Movie Star of the Summer - Kristen Stewart (Snow White & The Huntsman)
Choice Male Movie Star of the Summer - Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers and Snow White & The Huntsman)
Choice Voice in an Animated Movie - Taylor Swift (Dr. Seuss' The Lorax)
Choice Movie Scene Stealer - Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games)
Choice Movie Villain - Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games)
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy - Emma Stone (Crazy, Stupid, Love)
Choice TV Show: Sci-fi/Fantasy - The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Show: Comedy - Glee
Choice TV Show: Drama - Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actress: Sci-fi/Fantasy - Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries)
Choice TV Actor: Sci-fi/Fantasy - Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)
Choice TV Actress: Comedy - Lea Michele (Glee)
Choice TV Actor: Comedy - Chris Colfer (Glee)
Choice TV Actress: Drama - Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars)
Choice TV Actor: Drama - Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars)
Choice Female TV Scene Stealer - Candice Accola (The Vampire Diaries)
Choice Male TV Scene Stealer - Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries)
Choice TV Breakout Star - Hannah Simone (New Girl)
Choice Male TV Star of the Summer - Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf)
Choice Female TV Star of the Summer - Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars)
Choice Music Group - Selena Gomez & The Scene
Choice Female Artist - Taylor Swift
Choice Male Artist - Justin Bieber
Choice Single by a Female Artist - Eyes Wide Open by Taylor Swift
Choice Single by a Male Artist - Boyfriend by Justin Bieber
Choice Breakout Artist - Carly Rae Jepsen
Choice Song of the Summer - Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
Choice Male Music Star of the Summer - Justin Bieber
Choice Female Music Star of the Summer - Demi Lovato
Choice Group of the Summer - One Direction
Choice Breakout Group - One Direction
Choice Female Country Artist - Taylor Swift
Choice Country Song - Sparks Fly by Taylor Swift
Choice Break-Up Song - Payphone by Maroon 5
Choice Love Song - What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
Choice Female Hottie - Miley Cyrus
Choice Male Hottie - Ian Somerhalder
Choice Twit - Demi Lovato
Choice Book - The Hunger Games
Choice Male Fashion Icon - Justin Bieber
Choice Female Fashion Icon - Miley Cyrus
Choice Comedian - Ellen DeGeneres
Choice Web Stars - Sophia Grace & Rosie
Acuvue Inspire Award - Miranda Cosgrove.
July 12, 2012 1:15pm EST
Glee star Kevin Mchale will co-host the Teen Choice Awards with Demi Lovato on 22 July (12).
July 04, 2012 5:28am EST
Happy 4th of July, kidderoos! There really is nothing more American than Glee, amirite? So I can think of no better way to celebrate the birth of our great nation than reading Interweb recaps of The Glee Project — are you squeezing in your computer time somewhere between your fourth hot dog and the parade? Or are you about to run out to watch the fireworks? Firework! Speaking of fireworks, there were some — of the emotional variety — on last night’s The Glee Project (how’s that for a segue?).
The theme of last night’s episode was “Adaptability.” Which, we quickly came to learn, was a clever ploy to keep the contenders on their toes. Think you know what song you’re going to sing? Wrong! Think you know the choreography? You don’t! The mentors had scheming twinkles in their eyes as they threw the kids curveball after curveball. There are no fastballs or knuckleballs in adaptability week, only curveballs. And goofballs (I’m looking at you, Michael).
First shake-up of the night had to do with the homework assignment. This time around, the contenders wouldn’t get to pick their own lines. Oh no, the horror! Like, really, Robert? You think that’s a challenge? I scoff at your challenge; really, you just made this easier on the kiddies. Now no one had to risk damage to life and limb in a fight to the death for the best. line. ever.
Wait a sec! I totally forgot to talk about the single most important part of the episode, which happened right at the very beginning (you’ll have to pardon my scatterbrainedness, I’m just so excited about all the patriotic Jell-O I’m going to devour later today). So, the thing is, Aylin and Charlie decided to be “just friends.” This is a really good call, they both agree, because this means they can channel all the energy they used to put into frivolous activities like snuggling straight into figuring out how best to kick each other’s asses. There is not a hint of sarcasm so much as floating in the general vicinity of Charlie as he says, “Friendship. Is awesome.” Yeah, right.
Okay, back to the homework assignment. The super-secret special mentor for adaptability week is… Artie! Kevin McHale saunters into the dusty choir room, sans wheelchair, and whips off his glasses Clark Kent-style for dramatic effect. Ali bursts into a bout of uncontrollable giggling. She loves him, you see, because he never cheats when he’s using his wheelchair. But Kevin has some — dramatic pause — bad news for the kidderoos. Thought you were going to sing Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”* as a group? Wrong! It’s solo time. Each contender will have to sing the song individually. The color drains from Shanna’s face, leaving her a lovely shade of ashy pale green — she doesn’t know the words.
*Fun fact: “You Oughta Know” was written in 1995 and is based on the tumultuous relationship Alanis had with Full House star Dave Coulier. That’s right, Uncle Joey. I guess Alanis doesn’t like impressions or hockey.
NEXT: Twist 1.5 revealed!Thankfully, for the viewers at home at least, the Glee Project’s team of ninja superstar editors splices all the solos together so we don’t have to listen to “You Oughta Know” 10 times. Kevin and Robert, however, do have to listen to Alanis’ anthem 10 times, which explains the ringing in their ears and sudden urge to break a few pieces of flatware before settling in on the sofa with a Snuggie and a pint of Chunky Monkey. Oh ‘90s music, how you make me feel things.
The winner of the homework assignment is Aylin. Congrats, Aylin. Woohoo, it’s your party.
And we’re onto twist number 1.5 (because I don’t think the first twist was really much of a twist at all, but rather more of a lil twistlet). Neither Kevin nor Robert will be announcing the song for the music video this week, because it’s a surprise. The contenders won’t learn which song they will be expected to sing until they’re in the recording booth with Nikki. Same goes for choreography. They’ll be learning their two-steps on set.
At this point, it dawns on me that adaptability week is a really good idea. Essentially, what the powers that be are doing is testing whether these kids have what it takes to be working actors. As SAG card-carrying, working actors in Hollywood, the contenders will be forced to change things up at the drop of a hat. You think Lea Michele needs more than two microseconds to learn the latest Kelly Clarkson ballad? You think Harry Shum Jr. ever needs to rehearse his choreography before the cameras are rolling? You naïve sons of guns.
Turns out, the song for this week’s music video is Jessie J’s “Price Tag,” and the premise of the video is a class war between the mean rich kids and the broke kids who just want to have fun. The recording session and video shoot are a whirlwind of cha-ching cha-chings, so here’s a list of highlights.
1. Ali decides to do a bit of spoken word in the recording booth. Nikki is not impressed.
2. Nikki is impressed with Michael, who decides to let loose and be a total goofball. Also impressive are Shanna, who didn’t “know this song from Adam,” Aylin, and Lily.
3. Abraham is freaked out about learning choreography on set. He’s just not a fast-learner, you know? He starts to rock back and forth a bit, cradling his knees to his chest.
4. Robert reminds the viewers at home that this is adaptability week. Woah, did you know the theme was adaptability? I had no idea!
5. Charlie gets into his bitchy rich person character by declaring into a fake cell phone while wearing a palm tree-printed Hawaiian shirt, “I don’t care how many ocelots you have.”
6. Mario clears things up a bit by telling us that his vibe is “girls and money.” Are you a pimp now, Mario?
7. Erik dubs Mario the problem child, stating he has never had such a difficult time with anyone on set. In doing so, Erik accidentally reveals that he has the same disorder Guy Pearce has in Memento, because how could be forget Charlie from last week?
8. Blake is an awkward dancer.
And there you have it.
NEXT: On to the reveal of the bottom three!The judges announce that Aylin had the standout performance of the week, and that Shanna, Michael, and Lily are also safe. That leaves Mario, Ali, Abraham, Charlie, Blake, and Nellie to learn their fate. In the final twist of the night, Robert announces that all six of them will have to sing for Ryan Murphy, paired up in duets. Sheeeeeit. Here’s what happens.
- Blake and Nellie are asked to sing “Waiting for a Girl/Boy Like You” by Foreigner. They’re up first. Blake and Nellie take to the stage and the lights dim; I can already tell we’re in for a treat here, folks. Blake and Nellie (Blellie?) have put together a heart-wrenching soap opera of a rendition for the judges, one filled with emotional singing into each other’s faces and a forehead kiss that’ll make your heart squee. Upon finishing the song, Ryan Murphy proclaims, “That wasn’t a Last Chance performance, that was an opera.” These two are clearly safe, and scurry off stage holding hands.
- Ali and Abraham are next, singing Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night.” This song, I think, is a trainwreck. They start off by finishing each other’s sentences, and then things go from bad to worse as their voices ricochet off one another during their harmonies. And, Abraham, would you mind looking at Ali while you’re singing? I know you dyed your hair last week and you’re super masculine now, so would at least pretend that you like her? But oh, wait, apparently I know nothing about music and don’t even have ears, now that I come to think of it, because Ryan Murphy thought their performance was charming. Ali is like a “funny little Dolly Parton,” he proclaims, which I guess is a compliment.
- Mario and Charlie are last, singing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” by Elton John and George Michael. Our brief glimpses of their rehearsal time together is beyond cringe-worthy; these two clearly can’t stand each other. On stage things get intense. Mario nearly breaks down sobbing and I daresay I see the glimmer of a tear in Charlie’s eye, which makes perfect sense because there’s nothing like an Elton John ballad to make grown men cry. Ryan Murphy thinks it was sweet, but it’s clear to everyone that one of these two cry babies is going home this week.
Robert walks into the choir room following the Last Chance performances with his head hung so low that I think he’s about to pull one of the contestants aside to tell them their grandmother died. But no, he just wants to say, “The list is up.” Robert pulls out a paisley handkerchief to wipe his eyes as he sulks out of the room.
Going home this week is Mario. Charlie and Abraham are happy because they know that neither one of them were very good this week. I’m happy because Mario’s the worst. Can’t say that I’ll miss ya, bud! Mario makes his exit as proud as ever, stating (over swells of violins) that he hopes people watching this show will find him inspiring. In a rare and fleeting moment of strength and humility, Mario declares, “Blind is the last thing on my list.”
I can’t wait for more shenanigans next week, but for now it’s time for a red, white, and blue rocket-shaped Popsicle. Viva America!
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July 03, 2012 1:06pm EST
Gleeks everywhere panicked (or something less dramatic) when rumors started flying about losing our favorite McKinley High glee club members after the graduation-themed finale. How will the show work without them? How will we get our spot-on commentary on the world of YouTube series like Lord Tubbington's riveting weekly video? Who will we turn to for genius ideas like a dinosaur prom? Okay, so maybe we were planning on missing Brittany more than the others, but still. What is Glee without our original crew?
Deadline confirms that we won't have answer that question for the time being. We were already sure that Lea Michele and Cory Monteith would return to the series, but now Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jayma Mays, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr. and Heather Morris are all headed back. Chord Overstreet is reportedly in talks to return to the series as a regular, which would make sense since his character was a junior in Season 3. Hollywood.com has reached out to Fox for comment.
But now that the gang's all here, how are they possibly going to fit into the plot when it centers on the glee club at the Lima, Ohio high school? (You guessed it) We've got an idea or two.
Brittany (Heather Morris): After hitting it big with Lord Tubbington's web show, Brittany scores a job at the local news station where she and Lord Tubbington take over Sue's Corner. Sue will be mad, but when their first segment is a hard-hitting intervention in an effort to curb Lord Tubbington's Home Shopping Network addiction, she'll come around.
Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison): After last year's Spanish teacher debacle (in which we learned Will, the Spanish teacher, didn't know Spanish) Will's confidence in teaching things that don't involve catchy choruses and stage presence is still down and he suffers the consequences of a history brain fart and is demoted to P.E. teacher.
Sue (Jane Lynch): In the wake of losing her local news segment to Brittany and Lord Tubbington, Sue starts packing on the pounds. No one seems to notice because she's supposed to be with child, so she's forced to finally turn her vicious one-liners on herself.
Santana (Naya Rivera): Santana "I Just Want to Be Famous" Lopez, scores a Disney channel deal for a children's sitcom. Her catchphrase? "I wants... what I wants." (Snap and head-wag implied.)
Kurt (Chris Colfer): After getting denied from NYADA, Kurt rationally applies for Spring semester at NYU, where he is rejoined with his text-happy friend from Between the Sheets. Kurt will get his revenge on Blaine for the "It's Not Right (But It's Okay)" performance with his own city-centric rendition of "Telephone."
Artie (Kevin McHale): Artie will refuse to stop rapping, and in accordance he opens Lima's first (and probably history's first) Center For Kids Who Can't Rap But Choose to Anyway.
Blaine (Darren Criss): Blaine will make impassioned speeches about how he's not the new Rachel of the New Directions, but in taking the floor to make said speeches, he will in fact become the dreaded Rachel. But to be fair, Blaine will never be not lovable, so at least he'll have that.
Mercedes (Amber Riley): After moving to L.A., Mercedes will hop on the fast track to superstardom, sending Sam into an emotional tailspin. She flies back on occasion to remind him that she dumped her football star boyfriend for him and that he needs to breathe normally. She will always love him. (Get it? Because she sang that to him that one time?)
Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz): Robbed of her "New Rachel" title by Blaine, Tina tries to make her mark by being "That Girl Who Brags About Her Boyfriend in Chicago" (because Mike Chang got into that Chicago dance program). Needless to say, it is short lived.
Emma (Jayma Mays): Emma spends most of the season trying to convince Will not to spend their life savings flying all the graduated New Directions members back for their wedding.
Quinn (Dianna Agron): After leaving Joe in an awkward no man's land relationship quandry, Quinn will come back one weekend to profess that she's moved on to Yale boys, but that they can be ambiguously interested in each other and not official for as long as he wants.
Mike (Harry Shum Jr.): Mike is happy in Chicago, learning amazing things at his dance academy, and he would not be involved at all in the ridiculous antics at McKinley, but Tina and Schue drag him back to teach the new glee clubbers to dance. So at least we won't lose his magic moves. Whew.
Okay, so most of this probably won't happen because this is a Ryan Murphy series and nothing is ever predictable, but how about we agree to give me a pat on the back if I'm right about any of it. Deal? Deal.
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June 05, 2012 8:03am EST
Community's complicated relationship with television has found another silver lining. The beloved cult favorite, which was granted an abbreviated fourth season despite low ratings (before being bumped to television graveyard's Friday night lineup and losing its showrunner and arguable guts of the show, Dan Harmon, in the process) is now leading the pack for the 2nd Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards.
The comedy earned six nods, more than any other show (pop! pop!) including Best Comedy Series (vying for the title with The Big Bang Theory, Girls, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, and last year's champ Modern Family) and nominations for some of its stars, including Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, and Gillian Jacobs. Interestingly enough, Community's network NBC, which has seen its own share of struggles in the television landscape, had more nominations than any other network with 14 nods total. Sans Community, NBC would have fallen behind ABC, HBO, FX, and AMC, which earned 13, 12, and 11 CCTA nods, respectively.
While Community has always been something of a critical darling, it's never quite earned the same accolades as fellow cult gem Arrested Development did during its run. With awareness of Community arguably at its highest (propelled, in part, by those headline-grabbing feuds between Harmon and star Chevy Chase) six seasons and a movie doesn't seem as implausible a feat as once feared, especially if Emmy follows the CCTA's lead this year.
Emmy waited a little too long to rightfully reward another fan favorite, Friday Night Lights (which had its own complicated relationship with NBC) but with Community still around, for now, it may be time for them to strike while the iron is hot. Depending on how Community fares at the CCTAs, the crazy little show that could may get another boost of confidence.
Among the other big nominees for the 2012 CCTAs include last year's winner for Best Drama Mad Men, which will compete with Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, and Homeland. Check out the complete list of nominees in all the major acting categories (whose notable names include Louis C.K., Lena Dunham, Max Greenfield, Cat Deeley, Kevin Costner, Casey Wilson, and Benedict Cumberbatch, among the varied lot), as well as Best Reality Series, Best Animated Series and Best Talk Show, here.
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April 30, 2012 10:19am EST
E! has been every TV fanatic’s source of all-day celeb, Hollywood, and lifestyle dish since 1990. Between E! News, E! True Hollywood Stories, Fashion Police, The Soup (and its predecessor Talk Soup), the unending branches of the Kardashian franchise, and specials like the 100 Sexiest Beach Bodies, the network has provided a hotbed of celeb-skewed entertainment for fans of the boob tube. Now, they’re looking to add another element: drama. The network just slated nine new scripted series for development, territory where no E! exec has boldly gone before. Of course the big question is: Will it work?
On one level, this decision to slate series ranging from Kevin Spacey’s 1990s Silicon Valley boom drama to an ABC reject series placing Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII in modern-day Hollywood signals a seeming desire to up the network’s level of discourse. We’ve already started to see that shift with focus on families like The Eastwoods (as in Clint Eastwood) and the E! Investigates series with journalist Laura Ling, but the scripted series push is an incongruent move for the network’s general reality-based mode of operation.
Granted, E! is not the first network to try and change its stripes. We’ve watched USA, TBS, and TNT work tirelessly to alter their reputations from “those cable channels that always play Speed and Beverly Hills: 90210 reruns” to viable cable networks with genuine original programming and distinct identities. And E! has been testing the scripted waters with reruns of the ever-classic Sex and the City, NBC’s new guilty pleasure Smash (merging with NBC Universal has its perks), as well as Brit Cult hit Absolutely Fabulous, but reality and newsy commentary has remained the priority. And for good reason.
We love E!. From the schmoozy, celeb-loving tone of E! News to the snark and complete disregard for any and all famous folks on The Soup and Fashion Police — and that tone isn’t going anywhere. If anything, it seems the network is amplifying it. Their new initiative, which the network calls “Pop of Culture,” features new series that toe the line of E! we know so well. Whitney Cummings will bring a weekly talk show to the network to pair her snarky quips alongside Joel McHale’s devil-may-care takedown of all things reality and celebrity on The Soup; Kevin Jonas will take us into his new life of wedded bliss on Married to Jonas; and Nigel Lythgoe brings a talent competition aimed at web-famous talent.
The difference between these endeavors and the new scripted slate is that these are expanding on an idea we’re all buying into. Throw in the scripted series – which span from historical dramas to glitzy guilty pleasures – and you’ve got a risky cocktail of new content that will either overwhelm us with intrigue or render us defenseless with confusion. In one corner we have intelligent-sounding series like King David, a “modern-day Mr. Smith [Goes to Washington]” tale written by a former D.C. lobbyist, and Upstarts, the Kevin Spacey/Michael De Luca produced series set in the Silicon Valley digital boom of the 1990s. And in the other, we have Amy Devlin Mysteries, a typical procedural that follows a twentysomething pop culture wiz detective (you would, E!), and Dorothy, a modern-day love story based not so loosely on The Wizard of Oz. Overnight, E! is attempting a rather tall order: It wants to go from special interest cable network to full-fledged programming in a single beat.
While the risk is large, if it pays off, E! could be sitting very, very pretty. But the big question is: Why the risk? As they say, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and E!’s not exactly broke. (Just look at the fifth season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ average audience of 3.11 viewers, which is nothing to scoff at for a cable reality series.) It does make sense, however, that E! is moving towards more high-minded content, attempting to skew its reputation for flashiness to a more intelligent plane. It’s just curious that the overhaul is so expansive and ambitious. Of course, they don’t have a colloquialism like "if ain’t broke, but you want to skew your reputation to be a little smarter, try baby steps." It doesn’t have quite the same ring.
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April 18, 2012 1:16pm EST
The television industry was rocked today when news broke that entertainment legend and staple of TV history, Dick Clark, has passed away at the age of 82. While plenty of Clark's fans are shaken, some of his colleagues have gone to Twitter to release 140-character tributes for the icon. From here's how Clark's celebrity fans and colleagues — including Ryan Seacrest, Snoop Dogg, Denise Richards, and more — are morning his loss.
Ryan Seacrest: "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life."
Denis Leary: "Dick Clark dead. Okay so now I'm starting to get a little more concerned about all this 2012 Mayan shit"
Gloria Estefan: "Not 2 many people actually deserve the term "legend", Dick Clark embodied it & never lost his humility or humanity. We will miss him!"
Joan Rivers: "Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!"
Kevin McHale: "Dick Clark, what a a legend. Changed TV & Music forever. You will be missed Mr. Clark!"
Loni Love: "Dick Clark 1929-2012 Thanks for helping black artists to get the exposure they needed so we could ALL enjoy their music!"
Seth Green: "So saddened by Dick Clark's passing- an innovator, a legend, a man who believed in the greatness of humans. #ThankYou"
D.L. Hughley: "RIP Dick Clark worked with him on New Years Rockin Eve and TV Bloopers always a class act!#TeamDl"
Comedian Doug Benson: "Dear Coachella, a Dick Clark hologram should introduce the Tupac hologram this weekend.#RIPBandstandMan"
Comedian Dave Holmes: "Worked with Dick Clark a few years back. Dude did it ALL: wrote cue cards, moved lights, called shots. An inspiration and a very nice guy."
Russell Simmons: "Dick Clark was eternally young. No matter what culturally phenomenon was happening, he always embraced it. RIP..."
Paramore's Hayley Williams: "RIP Dick Clark. Will think of you every NYE."
Denise Richards: "My heart goes out to Dick Clark's family and loved ones.... we lost a legend.. #RIPDickClark"
Patton Oswalt: "'I finally get to apologize to GG Allin for never having him on Bandstand.' -- Dick Clark's last words. #rip"
Jenny McCarthy: "RIP dick Clark. You were amazing to work with. U will be missed. Xxxoo"
Matthew Morrison: "A sad day as we have lost Dick Clark, an American Icon. You will be missed."
Snoop Dogg: "REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir"
Isaac Hanson: "Dick Clark was a Rock 'n' Roll Radio/TV icon with an influence on pop culture for more than 50 years. Rest in peace. -ISAAC"
Lance Bass: "Farewell to one of my all time idols Dick Clark- genius pioneer in music/television and just a great guy! You will be missed!" More: Dick Clark Dies at 82 Why There Will Never Be Another Dick Clark Dick Clark's Best TV Moments