It isn't every comedian that can get away with doing an entire interview on The Tonight Show doing an imitation of someone else. Yet, when Kristen Wiig did exactly that — taking a seat next to buddy Jimmy Fallon dressed like One Direction's Harry Styles during his first week as host — it was completely charming. The same goes for when Wiig pops in on her old Saturday Night Live stomping grounds, as when she showed up in a cold open this season reprising her highly inappropriate, small-handed Dooneese character during a parody of NBC's The Sound of Music.
Quite simply, the Bridesmaids star makes every TV show that she comes in contact with better just by her presence, so why should that be limited to just late night? There are plenty of primetime offerings that could use some of Wiig's charm.
Parks and RecreationFellow SNL alum Amy Poehler's show has a strong history of funny guest stars (Louis CK, Parker Posey, Megan Mullally) so the writers would know what to do with Wiig. With Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones having departed, there's also plenty of available screen time. Even if it's just for a single episode, the show could use the boost. We've already met two of Nick Offerman's ex-wives both named Tammy (same as his domineering mother). What could it hurt to have a just as crazy Tammy III?
Downtown AbbeyWiig was just in Will Ferrell's period piece parody miniseries The Spoils of Babylon on IFC, so she should be good with the costumes. Elizabeth McGovern's Cora Crawley is from the States… she has to have a cousin someplace, right? Wiig is just the person to turn up as an ugly American full of dating advice and some "just get over it already" tips for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery).
The Vampire DiariesWe get it… hot vampires. After five seasons of watching pretty people fall in and out of love, biting each other's necks just isn't enough anymore. Let's say that Paul Wesley's Salvatore has an undead aunt that wants to pal around with Nina Dobrev's Elena… or Katherine or Amara or whatever other doppelgangers she has. Wiig seems perfectly capable of turning from funny to scary in a heartbeat… or, you know, whatever vampires have.
Game of ThronesWiig's pal Ferrell had a spoof on his Funny or Die website that turned GoT into a reality show. The producers of HBO's smash probably wouldn't want to go full-on comedy, but we could see Wiig doing a guest turn as a woman that befriends Peter Dinklage's Tyrion, only to be killed in some horribly graphic way just as he's starting to feel a little bit better about life.
The BlacklistNBC has a hit in the freshman James Spader thriller, but the struggling Peacock network can't afford to take any chances. It's always far better to keep the audience entertained while they're still watching a show than to have to lure them back later after they're already watching whatever's on CBS at the time. The show hasn't done much in the way of name guest stars so far, but Isabella Rossellini did make an appearance so it's not like they're completely averse to it. Maybe the next name on Spader's list could be a woman who controls foreign leaders from behind the scenes using her looks and charm… and maybe, just maybe, she has really, really tiny hands.
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Everyone loves a good flashback. If used properly — with the right casting and costuming — a flashback could make or break an episode of a television show. However, more and more, TV series are leaning too heavily on the use of flashbacks.
Sure, it was original when Lost and Once Upon a Time had parallel storylines in an episode: one in the present and one in the past. But too many shows now are using the same format: Once Upon A Time in Wonderland (of course), True Detective, and Arrow just to name a few more. Other series don’t use flashback in every episode, but still employ them regularly: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Revolution, Psych, True Blood, and Criminal Minds. Even more television shows have entire episodes focusing on flashbacks: Bones, Teen Wolf, Scandal, and Suits.
If you watch television regularly, then it’s hard to miss how often flashbacks are used. (And we’re not even going into the shows about time travel, like Doctor Who.) So are flashbacks overdone? Yes. Absolutely.
At this point, using flashbacks is both unoriginal and, to be honest, tiresome. While they might have seemed cool and creative even a couple years ago, so many shows employ flashbacks now that it’s more refreshing when a series doesn’t use them.
That’s not to say flashbacks can’t be used at all anymore, or that we should ban flashbacks. In fact, an episode early in Teen Wolf’s third season, “Frayed,” used flashbacks in a way that heightened the tension and made the story much more dramatic. True Detective also employs flashbacks in an interesting way to subvert a character’s integrity. However, most often, flashbacks are utilized as a lazy way to develop character or provide some sort of background information.
So, from an avid TV viewer, please, please, please stop using flashbacks. Unless they’re really and truly going to make a show better.
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Although The CW tends to skew toward teenagers, girls in particular, with its lineup of shows — The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, etc. — the network has gained a strong foothold with fans of comic books through Arrow. The series, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, is popular among the network’s usual viewers as well as avid comic book fans, and has already been given a third season. However, will the Arrow spinoff series, The Flash, be able to bridge the same gap and be enjoyed by the same fans?
While the Green Arrow character is inherently more of a crime fighter — which has been portrayed well through Arrow's Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) — The Flash is more interested in science, which we saw already in Arrow when Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was introduced. Because of these differences, Arrow lends itself more to action, while the new series The Flash will lend itself more toward science fiction.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, executive producer of Arrow and The Flash, Greg Berlanti, said Oliver and Barry will compliment each other since they both have light and dark aspects to their characters.
“They're a really nice contrast to each other and the show functions in that way, I think,” Berlanti said.
Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) will also serve to bridge the two shows. In the two-part introduction of Barry on Arrow, he formed a bond with Felicity. She also spent most of the following Arrow episode visiting Barry in Central City, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that she will appear on The Flash once it premieres.
Berlanti already has a hit with Arrow, and since he’s also executive producing The Flash, we can hope the new series will probably be successful as well. The Flash is definitely worth checking out for fans of Arrow, despite their differences.
The Carrie Diaries is a fun retro series about a young girl finding her footing in big city Manhattan in the 1980s. The girl in question … Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City fame. The only issue with the series is that it’s a new take on wildly popular characters we have come to know in six seasons and two films. Since we’ve known these characters for more than 10 years, can a series really justify making changes?
The series follows Candace Bushnell’s Carrie Bradshaw’s life more closely than the version we know from television and films. However, this Carrie does call into question our perspective about the unlucky in love fashionista. Can a girl with such fabulous teen years be so relatable?
1. Carrie's Daddy Issues
Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) didn’t have a dad in the HBO series. In the episode “A ‘Vogue’ Idea” she confesses that her dad abandoned her family. This explains why she was consistently drawn to older men like Mr. Big (Chris Noth) and Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov). However, in the CW teen series, Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) has lost her mother. Her father Tom Bradshaw (Matt Letscher) is doting, attentive, and pretty respectful. The shift does work to change the way we'd analyze the behavior of adult Carrie, just a bit.
2. How They Met
In the Sex and the City 2, Carrie describes how she met all of her friends: first Charlotte (Kristen Davis), then Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), then finally Samantha (Kim Cattrall). However, on the Carrie Diaries, young Carrie meets a young Samantha (Lindsey Gort), who is cousins with Carrie’s sex-obsessed school rival Donna LeDonna (Chloe Bridges). From a narrative perspective, it makes sense. Young Carrie has a friend like Charlotte in overachieving Mouse (Ellen Wong) and snarky Maggie Landers (Katie Findlay). Also, Samantha is a fan favorite. But it calls into question why the show would alter the canon if it would so readily pander to fans of the HBO series.
3. Carrie's Lost Virginity
Older Carrie confesses she lost her virginity in a Sean Bateman’s rec room on a ping pong table (something more or less... relatable). In The Carrie Diaries, rather than losing her virginity to her boyfriend Sebastian Kydd (Austin Butler) she loses it to a young playwright Adam Weaver (Chris Wood). This is symptomatic of the need to paint a young Carrie Bradshaw of having fabulous teenage years. If she grows up to be a “the last single girl” at 40 years old who makes poor choices with men, money, and her life the series seems more like a tragedy.
4. The Escapades of Samantha
Gort’s portrayal of Samantha is the right blend of a wink and a nod to Catrall’s unique cadence and over the top behavior with a fresh take on the character. Catrall’s Samantha represented successful women with more traditionally "masculine" attitudes on sex. Echoing adult Samantha's business savvy, Gort’s Samantha can scam her way into something fabulous. She isn’t as sex-obsessed as Catrall’s Samantha, but she does have sex pretty indiscriminately in the 1980s with AIDS on the rise. The prospect of Samantha having a ton of sex for 30 years is a little excessive if you stop to think about it.
5. Carrie Doesn’t Struggle at All
Adult Carrie is always struggling but handles it with grace. She can’t pay her bills but can use her cache in Manhattan nightlife to still live fabulously. However, young Carrie has no real problems. She’s upper-middle class, is able to accept an internship at Interview magazine during with her school schedule, and she has rich boy after rich boy interested in her. The series is lighthearted and doesn’t really offer Bradshaw any character building struggles. So why is the woman we meet in her adult years so harried?
Here's a video that shows all the similarities of the two series.
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The creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries are putting out a novel companion to the popular YouTube series? Whaaat? (I hope you read that in Lydia Bennet’s voice.) Even though the series concluded almost a year ago, fans of the LBD are still so infatuated with it that creator Bernie Su decided to team up with Katie Rorick and Touchstone to publish The Secret Diary Of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel in July. So what made the LBD so successful that Su and Rorick could release a novel more than a year after the series ended?
One of the biggest draws of the LBD was the modernization of a classic Jane Austen tale: Pride and Prejudice, which many teenagers were forced to endure in high school English classes. But what the LBD truly excelled at was its use of transmedia storytelling. You could watch the biweekly video installments on YouTube, and then follow Lizzie, Lydia, Charlotte Lu, and Bing Lee on Twitter to keep up with the characters outside of the videos. Additionally, fictional companies featured in the LBD like Collins & Collins or Pemberley Digital had real websites that viewers could visit.
The LBD allowed users to interact and immerse themselves in the world of the series on a level that very few big budget films or television series have achieved — let alone other web series. The creators took a story already beloved by millions of people and used the Internet to bring it to life in an entirely new way. It’s no wonder the LBD won an Emmy for Original Interactive Program at the Creative Arts.
The series continues to be successful because they are changing the way people watch and immerse themselves within their favorite works of art — which fans were already doing online with fan art, fan mixes, role-playing communities, etc. Even after a year, no other web series has come close to popularity of the LBD. Plus, in the words of Lydia, the LBD is totes awesome.
When David Mamet's play Sexual Pervesity in Chicago was adapted into the 1986 movie About Last Night, the self-absorbed Chicago twenty-somethings were played by Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, and Elizabeth Perkins. In the 2014 remake, those parts are now being played by Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Kevin Hart, and Regina Hall and nothing about that seems unusual. It isn't that Mamet's play has changed much in the 40 years since he first wrote it, it's that some of the audience's preconceived notions of who can play what role have.Just as it happened with the reworked The Karate Kid that featured Jaden Smith in the title role made famous by Ralph Macchio, About Last Night takes a '80s story and adds some ethnic diversity to come up with something new. Well, there's a whole lot more movies from the '80s that are just sitting there waiting for just such a redo. Here are five stories that would work just as well in a more coloful version.
Molly Ringwald playing the forgotten girl on her birthday, in love with an older boy and tormented by geeks in the John Hughes classic. Everything about the story still works, including the Chicago suburban setting that was ultra-white in the '80s. Disney Channel stalwart Coco Jones is the right age to play the teenager in love, and Zoe Kravitz would make a fine addition as her attention-hogging older sister. So what if Jones and Kravitz don't look alike? Ringwald looked nothing like her onscreen family in the original. In the all-important older guy role, someone like 90210's Tristan Wilds could provide the smolder. The only real issue would be what to do with the original's exchange student, The Donger. That was a role so racially regrettable that it doesn't exactly have a place in today's world.
In Mike Nichols' film, Melanie Griffith played the secretary that secretly takes over for her out-of-commission boss (Sigourney Weaver), proves a capable business woman, and wins the affection of Harrison Ford. The Griffith character would have to be called an assistant now, but otherwise there isn't much about the story that needs to change. Use someone like Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) or Tika Sumpter (Ride Along) as the underling trying to get ahead, maybe Halle Berry or even Gabrielle Union as the obnoxious boss and Taye Diggs as the love interest, and update the setting from a generic New York investment bank to the entertainment idustry. What Hollywood assistant doesn't want to push the boss out of the way and take over?
Sure, people remember the soundtrack but how many people remember the story? A steel-worker by day who dances in a bar by night, all while dreaming of making it as a legitimate professional dancer, and is pursued by her rich boss. Back then she wasn't really a stripper, but now she would have to be and she'd be trying to break into something hipper than ballet. The role could also be played this time by someone that can legitimately dance, since Jennifer Beals, the original star, was famously replaced by a body double. Someone like That Awkward Feeling's Jessica Lucas would work, or else there's got to be a Janelle Monáe back-up dancer that's ready to break out.
Tiger Woods broke on the scene nearly 20 years ago, so a golf comedy set at a country club and featuring a diverse cast shouldn’t be any big deal. It's near sacrilege to many to consider remaking such a beloved classic, but a new version would be shooting for a whole new audience. After all, golfers of all colors are tired of reciting the same tired lines from the original. Start with Hart taking on the Rodney Dangerfield role of the rich guy that doesn't like the country club set. Imagine letting Hart riff on a bunch of rich people while dressed in ugly golf garb, throw in Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah as the wacky grounds keeper, and it just flows from there. You could have a who's who of comedy going... Godfrey, Chris Rock, Mike Epps, Katt Williams, Faizon Love… there would be a part for just about everyone. Heck, even Eddie Murphy might be convinced to do the Judge Smails role that Ted Knight made famous. That would be top notch.
Three Men and a Baby
Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg were three well-off bachelors sharing a fabulous midtown Manhattan apartment that have their lives interrupted by a baby being dropped off at their doorstep. The idea of guys taking care of babies continues to be played for laughs, most recently in the sitcom Guys with Kids. What has been missing since Three Men is the angle of the guys being rich, Type A personalities. Take Jesse L. Martin, Tyler Perry and Damon Wayans Jr., move the setting to Hollywood, make them all successful and sharing a Charlie Sheen-type playpen, and then let a baby screw up their lives. It's comedy gold.
Sean Penn's model daughter Dylan has reportedly split from The Vampire Diaries star Steven R. Mcqueen after a short-lived romance. Dylan Penn was first linked to the 25-year-old actor, the grandson of movie legend Steve McQueen, last November (13), and the couple made the relationship official by attending a Hollywood charity gala hosted by her father in January (14).
However, Penn and McQueen have since called it quits, with a source telling Eonline.com, "I think it just fizzled (out)."
The blonde beauty, whose mother is Robin Wright, was previously rumoured to have dated Robert Pattinson.
Production on The Vampire Diaries was shut down this week (beg10Feb14) after a winter storm hit the TV show's set in Georgia. The series, starring Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, was filming in Atlanta when heavy snow and sleet hit the area, prompting executives at Warner Bros. TV to put the shoot on hold.
In addition, another supernatural drama, The Originals, which also films in Atlanta, has been suspended due to the bad weather.
Both shoots are expected to resume later this week (beg10Feb14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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When we last left Saved by the Blood: The College Years, Katherine Pierce was no more. However, via a well-timed Traveler magic spell she took possession of Elena Gilbert’s body. Caroline Forbes had freaky outdoor public sex with Klaus Mikaelson. 10 minutes later, her estranged boyfriend Tyler Lockwood returned. Damon Salvatore is still reeling from losing Elena and his obsession with vengeance with the Whittemore family for the Augustine vampire experiments.
A possessed Elena -- for lack of a better term, K-Elena -- surprises Matt Donovan. She slyly rips off his vervain bracelet and compels him into telling her details of Elena’s life ... specifically how she broke up with him. We know where this is going and it’s going to be juicier than a specimen bag filled with red corn syrup. K-Elena is going to break up with Damon and it’s about to get feisty.
K-Elena is being helped by Katherine’s daughter, Nadia Petrova. Like her mother, she thinks twelve steps ahead and manages to arrive at just the right moment. They only need Katherine’s corpse to complete the Traveler spell and get rid of Elena permanently. There is a problem. Elena will unexpectedly creep up out of nowhere. Luckily, it takes her so long to emotionally adjust to being possessed she doesn’t do much of anything. They hit the jackpot when Damon brags about putting Katherine where she “belongs” so they’re quickly able to find her body in the crypt from Season 1.
Tyler is having an emotional crisis because of all of the tortures he endured with Klaus. He’s moved back in with Matt. Despite being concerned with his drinking habits, Matt decides to throw him a party. Matt’s girlfriend Caroline, is stressed, feeling guilty, and blowing up Elena’s cell phone. When K-Elena finally finds out that Caroline slept with Klaus she makes sure that Tyler overhears. Damn that vampire/werewolf hybrid super-hearing! Tyler reminds her (and the audience) how fundamentally evil and murderous Klaus was and how sleeping with him is the definitive betrayal. You don’t want to piss off a boyfriend who can kill you with one bite. Stefan comes to Caroline’s rescue and they have a moment while Tyler is crying in Matt’s arms.
Damon is having an emotional crisis. Despite breaking up with Elena, Stefan and even Caroline are encouraging him to get her back. Enzo has returned with the unconscious body of Aaron Whitmore. What better way to mend fences than to murder a college freshman together? Aaron does admit that he cut off funding to the Augustine experiments. This is thankful because that storyline was a major dud. Damon is torn on the idea of killing him because Elena is his friend. But the old, darker, Season 1 Damon desperately wants to kill him.
K-Elena, Nadia and a sketchy, crimp-haired witch that quite possibly may be related to Myrtle Snow, perform the spell. Conveniently, Elena re-enters her body, attacks them both, and flees in a fit of hysterics. She tries to use her phone but the password has changed. Elena’s outsmarted by Katherine for the umpteenth time. It’s easy to forget that most of the characters on this show are still dumb teenagers. The witch succeeds in the spell, because Elena did nothing to stop them except run away. Also, despite having super speed, she sort of scampered away like a hurt bunny.
As a distraught Elena runs into Damon’s arms, you realize how in love they are. But she disappears to some Hell dimension or spirit world we’ll visit in a later episode. Meanwhile, Katherine, who now has full control of Elena, destroys Damon with all the reasons she can’t be with him. With that, the last shred of good Damon dies. He goes on to kill Aaron Whitmore and it looks like he and Enzo are going to be the new Scream Team. Katherine takes a moment to bond with Nadia: “Cold, manipulative, good hair. You really are my daughter.” Katherine has decided to stay in Mystic Falls because she wants to have it all ... and by all she means Stefan’s sexy bod.
It looks like Stefan is the new icing in the love triangle Oreo. He has the plucky and feisty Caroline and his doppelganger soulless-mate Katherine.
It looks like Tyler has become a drunk. They will probably deal with this in a very special episode where they send him to doggy rehab.
Enzo and Nadia will somehow become a couple. The entire cast has paired off like the last season of Friends, so it’s only fitting.
Elena really loves Damon! Katherine is drawn to Stefan because of the doppelganger connection which might be the reason Elena ever dated Stefan in the first place. But when she ran into Damon’s arms it was clear that she really cared.
It seems like the Travelers are going to be the big bad of this season and hopefully we are done with Augustine for good.
This episode focuses on the many faces of Nina Dobrev. Dobrev has portrayed two of television’s most wildly different twinsies (or more realistically doppelgängsies). Elena Gilbert and everyone on the show has been dealing with the onslaught of Katherine Pierce’s schemes, tricks, and violence since Season 1. 100 episodes later it looks like Katherine Pierce is no more. As part of the anniversary episode festivities there are a ton of reappearances by characters that have come and gone.
Elena is still struggling with her break-up with Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). While Caroline (Candice Accola) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) try to console her, Matt (Zach Roering) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) find Damon drinking the pain away. The gang gathers for one of the most mean-spirited drinking games as they compare, and recap for the audience, all of Katherine’s dirtiest deeds. It’s pretty shocking to realize that as one of the most major antagonists on the series, she is responsible for most of the major deaths on the show.
Elena gets a double whammy. She finds out that Stefan (Paul Wesley) slept with Katherine and that Nadia Petrova (Olga Fonda) has kidnapped Matt. Nadia needs a traveler to save Katherine’s life, and in true fashion, she betrays them to a whole mess of witches that want their blood. Elena and Stefan bond and flirt as they’re bled by the group of random Czech witches. Vampires make strange bedfellows. After the witches get a bucketful they let them go which is pretty anticlimactic. However, they probably will use their blood for something major later in the season.
Stefan plays the bigger man by convincing his brother to go back to Elena because she really is good for him. Bonnie’s anchor powers become a topic of discussion and Vicki Donovan (Kayla Ewell) and Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) stop by to make their 100th episode appearance. Sadly, Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) didn’t stop by but she is one of Damon’s most vicious and gratuitously douchey murders.
Katherine is not only dying but plagued by visions that have haunted her for her entire life. Her daughter gets ripped from her arms and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) murders her entire family that’s probably enough to turn someone into a violent sociopath. Damon returns to his more evil ways by trying to kill her and settling for taunting her psychically. Damon has really been redeemed these past few episodes. He turned off his humanity after leaving his friend Enzo to endure the horrible experiments of the Augustine organization. That combined with being manipulated by Katherine for so long and those blue eyes really do make him more redeemable.
Katherine is haunted by her past mistakes and it only gets worse as Damon manipulates her mind. She revisits the first time she ever saw Stefan and realizes that the doppelganger connection might be truer than she thought. Damon uses Elena’s aunt Jenna (Sara Canning) and her biological dad/uncle John Gilbert (David Anders) to taunt Katherine until Nadia breaks his neck. She shows up with a traveler to teach Katherine how to swap bodies and offers up her own body but Katherine refuses.
Stefan uses his vampire dreamwalking to help Katherine deal with some of her more torturous memories and gives them a shiny makeover. He wants to give her some peace in her last days. She dies for a second but refuses to go and literally makes her own heart beat again. Elena is standing over her newly conscious body and gives Katherine her heartfelt and sweet forgiveness. Katherine convinces her, and the audience that she’s ready to die. Then grabs Elena and does the traveler spell to steal her body. The episode ends with a great callback to the season 1 finale with Katherine impersonating Elena.
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Klaus returns to Mystic Falls to remind everyone of the misguided Originals series. He teases Caroline and somehow convinces him to sleep with her. Rebekah (Claire Holt) rescues Matt gives him a wink and a smile. She also lets Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) return. Elijah pops up in on of Katherine’s visions.
Tyler is going to lose it when he finds out Caroline slept with Klaus.
Katherine isn’t going anywhere and will find a way to stay on the show. She may also use Elena’s body to get it on with Stefan.
The Travelers are going to be the big enemy this season and someone from the past will probably have been a traveler all along.
The personal feelings, fears and passions of Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Joan Crawford and Marlon Brando are disclosed in their own words. Culled from autobiographies, interviews and diaries, and dramatized by four contemporary actors: Daryl Hannah, William Devane, Lauren Hutton and Patrick Swayze.