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Aly Semigran
Staff editor Aly Semigran is a New York City native who grew up in Philadelphia and spent the better part of her youth trying to figure out what the Philly Phanatic was (an anteater?), quoting 'The Simpsons,' and learning all about movies from her dad. After graduating from Temple University, where she studied journalism, she moved back to NYC and began her career as a freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper, MTV.com, and iVillage.com. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hollywood.com team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')
  • Cee Lo Green Gets New TBS Reality Show with An Ill-Advised Name: 'The Cee Lo Life'
    By: Aly Semigran May 10, 2013
    Put your tiny hands together: Cee Lo Green is going to be back on television! TBS announced Friday that it has ordered six episodes of an unscripted series about the life of the "F**k You" crooner and former judge on NBC's The Voice.  The series will reportedly chronicle Cee Lo's oh-so-busy schedule, including his many musical collaborations like Goodie Mob. That's the good news. The bad news is that its working title is The Cee Lo Life (low life...yeesh) and there's no word yet on whether or not Purrfect the Cat will be on the show.  However, Michael Wright, the head of programming for TBS, said of giving Cee Lo his own show on the network, "With his distinctive voice, winning personality and remarkable ability to tap into a wide range of musical styles, Cee Lo Green has risen to the top of the music industry. This new TBS series will give viewers the chance to get to know Cee Lo Green,who is without a doubt one of the hardest working men in show business. The Cee Lo Life is certain to be a smart, fun and funny journey packed with a lot of great music." The show is expected to premiere in 2014, which is right about the time when you'll finally get "F**k You" out of your head.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: The CW Picks Up 4 New Series for the Fall Lineup 'Criminal Minds' Renewed by CBS for Season 9 Fox 2013-2014 Comedies Include Andy Samberg's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • NBC Adds Blair Underwood in 'Ironside', Bill Lawrence's 'Undateable', and More to Lineup
    By: Aly Semigran May 10, 2013
      NBC may be down four shows (I mean, they weren't very good ones, so no major love lost there) but they're gaining even more. After yesterday's annoucement that new series from the likes of J.J. Abrams and the small screen adaptation of About a Boy would be heading to the peacock network, there's been the annoucement that they have ordered even more shows for the 2013-2014 lineup. Check it out:  -Blair Underwood, whose TV credits include L.A. Law, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Sex and the City, will join the NBC family as his star vehicle, the reboot of the 1960s series Ironside, has been picked up. The drama stars Underwood as a police detective who is bound to a wheelchair after a shooting, but continues to work.  -Bill Lawrence, who brought the likes of Scrubs and Cougar Town to ABC, will now bring his new comedy  Undateable to NBC. The show has a familiar, if not usually successful sitcom M.O.: a group of twentysomething friends trying to navigate their love lives.  - Loved Chicago Fire? You're in luck, because NBC has ordered a series spin-off called Chicago PD.  More: Dermot Mulroney, Sean Hayes, Minnie Driver, and More Join NBC's 2013-2014 Lineup  Fox Pilot Orders 'Sleepy Hollow' and MoreAndy Samberg's New Comedy Heads to Fox From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)  
  • Stephen Colbert Kicks Off His Book Club Reading of 'The Great Gatsby,' with Carey Mulligan and LeVar Burton
    By: Aly Semigran May 10, 2013
    If, over the past week, you've seen people reading The Great Gatsby everywhere — at the park, on the subway, at the movie theater during the opening credits — it's not in preparation for this weekend's release of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. No, no, old sports. It's because Stephen Colbert told them to. Filling in the void of Oprah's Book Club, The Colbert Report host kicked off his inaugural cOlbert book club with the beloved novel. (First rule of cOlbert's book club? "Don't read Fight Club!"). The only problem is that, like pretty much everyone who has ever joined any book club, Colbert wound up sipping chardonnay and not reading the book at all.  While he certainly looked the part (watch out, Leo, Stephen makes a pretty great Gatsby himself) he still had no idea what the book was about, rendering him unable to discuss it with his guest, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan (A Visit From the Goon Squad). With time running down, he recruited Gatsby's leading lady Carey Mulligan ... after all, she would have had to have read the book, right? Right?!  Wrong! Don't be fooled by her beauty, grace, intelligence, and brilliant acting skills. It's all a front! (Damn British accents). Turns out, Mulligan actually can't read and has no idea what's going on in her movies (as evident by her confusing the ending of Gatsby with that of Drive). There's only thing to remedy such a situation: ride the Reading Rainbow all the way to LeVar Burton! Who needs to read when you can just look through Burton's Star Trek VISOR, anyway?  As far as Colbert book segments go, this one might be on par with his visit with the late, great Maurice Sendak. From his keen analysis of The Great Gatsby ("Couldn't you boil this book down to, 'Bitches be crazy'?") to a heard-but-not-seen cameo by James Franco, here's to hoping Colbert doesn't make his book club a one-time venture. The Hobbit seems like the obvious next choice.  Watch all three segments, including his hilarious and insightful discussion with Egan, below. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive   The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: 'The Great Gatsby' Review: Leonardo DiCaprio Outshines the Glitz and Glamour Baz Luhrmann Wants 'Gatsby' Star Leonardo DiCaprio for 'Hamlet'  Florence + The Machine's New 'Gatsby' Track Is Moody, Sexy From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)  
  • NBC's 2013-2014 Shows Feature Dermot Mulroney, Sean Hayes, Minnie Driver, and More
    By: Aly Semigran May 09, 2013
    Some familiar names and faces to the NBC family will be popping back up in the upcoming 2013-2014 TV season. Both Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) and Dermot Mulroney (Friends) have new shows slated for the network's lineup, as well as the latest from drama dreamweaver Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and bona fide hitmaker J.J. Abrams (Revolution).  In fact, familiarity seems to be the name of the game for NBC, as the network is also bringing the small screen adaptation of the Oscar nominated big screen adaptation of About a Boy.  Before the NBC upfronts get underway next week, here's what's on the network's upcoming lineup so far:  About a Boy: Remember the movie based on Nick Hornby's novel of the same name? Well, this is the same thing, just brought to you by Jason Katims and replace Hugh Grant with David Walton and Toni Collette with Minnie Driver. Voila!  Believe: From executive producer J.J. Abrams, this drama starring Jake McLaughlin, Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo, and Jamie Chung follows a young girl with powers and the former prisoner who protects her from evil forces trying to steal said powers.  Crisis: This vehicle for Dermot Mulroney (pictured) and Gillian Anderson is a drama centered around political intrigue, conspiracies, and threats.  The Family Guide: Comedy veterans Parker Posey and J.K. Simmons star as a quirky couple in the process of divorce, and the effect said divorce has on their children. Posey's Joyce Fisher becomes a little too close to her daughter due to her desperate need to be young again, while Simmons' Mel Fisher, who is blind, leans on his son to be his eyes and ears. Sean Saves the World: Or, at least, NBC is hoping Sean saves NBC with this new comedy starring the Emmy-winning actor as a dad trying to balance raising his teenager and his career.  These five new shows will join renewed favorites such as Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood, Chicago Fire and Revolution. Stay tuned to Hollywood.com all week for all the breaking TV news regarding the upcoming seasons from all the networks.  More: A Viewer's Guide to 25 New Pilot OrdersFox Pilot Orders 'Sleepy Hollow' and MoreAndy Samberg's New Comedy Heads to Fox From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Neil Patrick Harris Will Host the Tony Awards Again
    By: Aly Semigran May 09, 2013
    Between Kristen Wiig heading back to Saturday Night Live and the announcement that Neil Patrick Harris will once again emcee the Tony Awards, this has been the week of welcome returns.  On Thursday morning the Tony Awards confirmed that NPH, the always delightful song-and-dance man, will host the ceremony for the fourth time. (No announcement has yet been made that he will host every show from here until the end of time...because he should).  The How I Met Your Mother star said of his gig hosting the biggest night on Broadway, "I'm very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legen — wait for it — dary Radio City Music Hall. It'll be more impressive than ever —  if my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year. Oh, wait.  No, that can't... hold on... carry the one... I'm awful at math.  But rest assured, the show will rock!" We never had a shadow of doubt.  Cyndi Lauper's show-stopping musical Kinky Boots is leading the pack of the NPH-hosted 67th Tony Awards with 13 nominations, though the musical adaptation of Matilda isn't far behind with 12. Adding to the star power of the ceremony this year is nominees like Tom Hanks, who is up for the play Lucky Guy. The production, which is Nora Ephron's final play, has six nods.  The 67th Tony Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, June 9 at 9 PM ET.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Tom Hanks is Nora Ephron's 'Lucky Guy' on BroadwaySeth MacFarlane Will Not Host the Oscars Again — So Who's Next?Prop 8: The Movie? Hollywood's History with the Gay Marriage Debate   From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrested Development': There's Always Money in the Banana Stand...and It's Coming To Your Town
    By: Aly Semigran May 08, 2013
    When it comes to promotional tours, Arrested Development knows where it's bread is buttered. Or rather, where it's bananas are frozen. In anticipation for the long-awaited Season 4 premiere of the cult comedy on Netflix the beloved Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand is going on a worldwide promotional tour. And it could be coming to a town near you. Kicking off today in London, England (if you're there, you should probably keep an eye out for Rita Leeds), the banana stand will then move to the United States and stop in various cities in anticipation of the Netflix debut on Sunday, May 26. According to a statement by Netflix, "The Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand Worldwide Tour will include special surprise appearances by the Bluth family and friends. Fans can follow the @ArrestedDev Twitter account for information about the stand’s location that day and special activities in each city." No word on the price of the bananas yet, but how much could it cost? Ten dollars?  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Kristen Wiig's Role on 'Arrested Development' Revealed'Arrested Development' Character Posters 'Arrested Development': 20 Running Jokes We Hope Keep Going  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Kristen Wiig Is Back On 'Saturday Night Live' and Everything Is Right in the World Again — VIDEO
    By: Aly Semigran May 08, 2013
    The current season of Saturday Night Live has felt a little, well, off. Something has been missing. Despite the best efforts of top-notch cast members like Bill Hader, Taran Killam, and breakout star Kate McKinnon, there has still been a tangible comedy void that just can't seem to be filled. That being, of course, the absence of one of the all-time greats: Kristen Wiig.  But comedy gods have smiled down upon us from Studio 8H and delivered Wiig back to the place that made her a star. Wiig will host SNL for her first time since capping her 7 seasons on the show with an emotional farewell in 2012. In her brand new promo, it feels like she never left. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she's paired up with her good pal and former cast member Fred Armisen (who recently described Wiig as "a family member" in the SNL world). The whole thing plays out like an improv dream come true.  Watch the silly clip below, complete with new Wiig-patented characters and promises of Olivia Newton-John cameos. Everything just feels right again, doesn't it?  Wiig will host the Mother's Day weekend installment of SNL, along with musical guests Vampire Weekend. Get excited.  Credit: Reactiongifs.com Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Kristen Wiig Returns to 'SNL' to Host, Ben Affleck Joins Five-Timers Club'SNL' Star Fred Armisen on Zach Galifianakis: 'We Always Have a Really Great Time With Him'  Zach Galifianakis Shoots a Porno For 'SNL'...No, Sorry, That's a Promo   From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Can You See the People Sing? Jimmy Fallon Has A Sexy Lip Sync-Off with John Krasinski
    By: Aly Semigran May 08, 2013
    In the music industry, the controversial act of live lip-syncing is not only frowned upon, but in some cases it can be nothing short of a career killer. (See: Ashlee Simpson. No, really, watch it again, it's still as uncomfortable as you remember it). In comedy, however, it's pure gold. Case in point: The Office star John Krasinski stopped by Late Night on Tuesday night and challenged host Jimmy Fallon to a lip sync-off. The rules were that each man would "sing" three songs, and whoever faux-crooned with the most style (read: impressed Questlove the most) would win. The results were... well, pretty damn amazing, and unexpectedly sexy (Emily Blunt, you are a lucky lady). While Fallon gave it his all (his hand motions during his rendition of Melissa Manchester's "Don't Cry Out Loud" were nothing short of inspired), Krasinski went for the jugular. He "rapped," he stripped (twice!), and he pretty much gave Justin Timberlake a run for his money, not only as a viable boy band member (now that The Office is over for him, maybe he really can tour with Boyz II Men) but as Fallon's singing partner in crime. Even if he wasn't really singing. Which is all the more impressive. Let's hope this is a recurring segment on the show.  Watch:    Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: 'The Office' Celebration in Scranton Reunites Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and More'The Office' Wraps Shooting: Cast Shares Finale SecretsJohn Krasinski to Appear on 'Arrested Development'   From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'New Girl' Recap: You Winston Some, You Lose Some (Season 2, Episode 24)
    By: Aly Semigran May 07, 2013
    Poor Wilson Winston... he gets no respect, I tell ya. No respect. Not only does he have to play fourth (and sometimes fifth or sixth fiddle) on New Girl, but the guy finally gets his own episode called "Winston's Birthday" and the whole thing winds up being about his friends forgetting about said birthday and dealing with their own set of much sexier problems. Hey, at least Lamorne Morris got to play Samantha Baker in Sixteen Candles while wearing that Eddie Murphy Raw red jumpsuit. Not many actors can say they've had that chance.  How could Nick and Jess be bothered to remember their pal's birthday when they were soaking in the morning-afterglow of their seriously hot hookup? There was shoulder kissing, laughter, googly-eyed glances, sweet nothings ("That was really fun") — hell, there was even a bonus soft pretzel found in bed. It was wonderful. Nick even tried to be a romantic by bringing Jess a balanced breakfast in bed comprised of runny eggs, a grapefruit, a piece of pie, and a beer with a flower in it. Aw, Nick, he means well. Of course, the bound-to-be-adorable moment all became significantly less so when Jess' dear old dad Bob (returning guest star Rob Reiner) showed up unexpectedly to stay at the loft before Cece's upcoming nuptials. And just in case that terrible timing wasn't enough, Jess got a last-minute substitute teaching offer that could turn into a full-time gig. When it rains, kids. Jess tried in vain to keep Nick and Bob away from each other, as Bob is an overly protective pop, but Nick folded like a damn lawn chair and decided to spend the day with him.  I mean, how could things possibly be weird between these two? Nick once hit on his ex-wife Joan (Jamie Lee Curtis, who will hopefully pop up for next week's finale) and slept with his daughter just mere hours earlier. Plus, it's Nick, when has he ever made a situation more uncomfortable than it already is? Oh, right, constantly. Surprisingly enough, things started out not terribly. Bob and Nick were bonding on the roof, talking about things like life and the ladies. Hell, Nick wanted advice and even brought up his new love interest: the not quirky, no bangs, tall, fat, tiny-eyed and fictitious Yolanda Winston (hooray, she's back!)  Bob and Nick were bonding: they were shooting the s**t, making sandwiches, everything was going the opposite of how Jess feared it would. Until Nick went and Nick Millered the whole thing by confessing that the girl who meant a lot to him and didn't want to screw things up wasn't Yoldana Winston. As he not-so-coyly put it: "It's Jess...she's your daughter." Bob then lunged after Nick and Nick ran away screaming. Yep, Jess was right.  Of course, Jess was too busy putting out other personal fires, like trying to win over a classroom of terrible children and attempting calm down Cece who was in total bride meltdown mode thanks to no dress, spotlight-stealing relatives, and accidentally falling asleep on her henna tattoo which was all over her face. Jess tried to solve the latter by sending over Winston (who thought it was a surprise birthday party — but surprise! — it wasn't), but it was all fruitless efforts. Jess had a total verbal meltdown in the classroom (read: over-sharing with a bunch of kids) and only sweet Shivrang could help Cece (that guy is finally growing on me) since she just rubbed olive oil her face and made the henna crisis worse.  When Jess finally got to deal with her own crisis, it was already too late — the damage was done: Bob was seriously pissed and Nick had attempted to defend himself physically with a mallet, a tiny bat, and an ash tray. But he wasn't ready for the emotional blow he was about to be dealt by Bob. Jess' father warned that Nick was nothing more than a "lazy, drunken cable thief" who doesn't have his life together — a younger version of himself, and "I'm not good enough for my little girl." Ouch. Nick was crestfallen and Jess, despite understanding that her father was just doing what fathers do, was able to take care of herself and deal with her own messes.  New relationships are tricky...but sometimes old new relationships can be even trickier. Just look at Schmidt and My New Favorite New Girl Character, Elizabeth (guest star Merritt Wever). These two unexpectedly reunited, got down, and quickly became the most interesting couple on the series. (Don't get me wrong, Nick and Jess are just as sexy and swoon-worthy as ever — Nick especially —  but they are still in a frustrating place. We're still gonna have to hold our breath for these two to make it official). We already knew that Elizabeth was a seriously awesome college girlfriend who accepted Fat Schmidt for who he was: Schmidt. But we had no idea that she got him to dance at college parties, bought him amazing sweatshirts that read 'Frogettaboutit' with a picture of a frog on them, and was just so damn cool in general.  Schmidt was smitten with her all over again. He was schmidtten, and with good reason: Elizabeth rules. But Schmidt almost blew the whole thing by pretending not to know her when one of his hot coworkers was snooty to her and implied she was a "spooky" cleaning lady. Elizabeth, of course, fired back at the horrible girl, and rightly told Schmidt to get lost. But Schmidt — thank goodness — realized he wanted to be with Elizabeth, the only girl who has ever really known and loved the real him, and rescued her from a terrible date. Even better, he showed up in his old sweatshirt and they Roger Rabbit-ed for old times sake.  At the end of the night, both Schmidt and Elizabeth and Nick and Jess wound up on the roof (or, as Schmidt pronounces it, "the ruff"), but for entirely different reasons. Schmidt and Elizabeth brought a telescope up to match Schmidt's mole patterns to the constellations (true love!), while Nick tried to remedy the botched breakfast in bed plan with a romantic dinner. Ultimately, both roof rendezvous for the couples were interrupted by Winston, who thought it was a star gazing breakfast party. Which, admittedly, sounds incredible. Still, poor Winston was actually a nuisance for the other characters because the guy was just trying to celebrate his birthday, which everyone actively forgot about or plain ruined. Maybe the finale will bring him the same kind fate that seems to have befallen the far more interesting Nick, Jess, and Schmidt.  Here are the best lines and moments from tonight's all-around satisfying penultimate Season 2 episode of New Girl ,"Winston's Birthday":  -  Nick checking Jess' pulse in bed because she sleeps so soundly. So endearing. - "If they make fun of you, I'll punch them in the penis"- Flashback Elizabeth to Flashback Schmidt about dancing at the party. She rocks. - "I got...documents"- Nick, failing to come up with an excuse to get out of hanging out with Bob. - Nick's general big-eyed terror. It's on par with Joey's on Friends at this point, and no one did a big-eyed freakout quite like Matt LeBlanc. - "I don't know how you get a podcast, but you should look into it."- Nick to Bob. - "Burkas isn't you guys, is it?" - Jess, to Cece, trying to come up with a creative way to cover her face. - "I got my own damn cake, and you can't have none!" - Poor Winston, who couldn't even have his cake and eat it, too, as Bob gave him guff about his figure. - "Hey Gipetto, make with the 'Oom Pah Pah!'"- Schmidt, to the musicians at the Italian restaurant where he won back Elizabeth. - Speaking of music, how great has New Girl's music choices been as of late? "Until We Get There" by Lucius was the perfect song for Jess and Nick to meet on the roof to. - "You know how much I love to explore space and time!" - Winston, thinking the roof festivities were for him. - Nick's sweet, sad look when he realized he wouldn't be getting alone time with Jess on the roof. Sigh.  Until next week. I hope.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: 'New Girl' Recap: Nick and Jess Explore Virgin Territory  'New Girl' Recap: Cece's Bachelorette Party and Nick's D**k Pic 'New Girl' Recap: Nick and Jess' Infinite Sexual Tension From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Showville' Promo: Small Town Americana Takes Center Stage — EXCLUSIVE
    By: Aly Semigran May 07, 2013
    There's no business like show business and no people like show people, so it only makes sense for a reality competition to help those said people wind up in said business. Enter: Showville, AMC's new original unscripted program in which small town Americana get a shot at the big time.  The 8-episode series — which premieres on Thursday, May 23 at 9 PM ET — follows competitors in a small town talent show featuring local acts, who will get a chance to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight. The episodes will chronicle the process of the talent over the course of a few days, including working with actor/director Alec Mapa and choreographer Lisette Bustamante, and their eventual make-or-break performance. The winner of Showville gets $10,000 and, of course, bragging rights to being a hometown hero. AMC describes the hour-long episodes of Showville as "a celebration of performing, and a fond, funny look at the lives, workplaces, and families of these acts and what happens to them when Hollywood comes to town."  Watch the Showville promo, made exclusive to Hollywood.com in which America's new favorite underdogs (guys like Barry) take center stage, below.    Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: A 'Duck Dynasty' and 'Walking Dead' Crossover? AMC's 'Small Town Security' — Exclusive Previews 'Breaking Bad': What Are Walt and Jesse Up To? — EXCLUSIVE PICS  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)