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,, and She is thrilled to be a part of the team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')
  • 'Kick-Ass 2' Set Photos: Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Aaron Taylor-Johnson Suit Up
    By: Aly Semigran Sep 20, 2012
    Sorry, no images of Chloe Moretz's ballsy Hit-Girl or Jim Carrey in a leotard just yet, but the photos from the set of Kick-Ass 2 are still pretty — you guessed it — kick ass. Snapped on the Toronto set of the upcoming sequel, returning stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse (see below, decked out in full badass regalia as his vigilante alter ego Red Mist) and leading man Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who provided a kickin' view of his ass in his superhero garb, alongside trusty sidekick Clark Duke) look like they're ready for action again. Check them out here:   Also spotted on the set was Kick-Ass newcomer Donald Faison, who hasn't let any of his Scrubs medical training go to waste in order to play Doctor Gravity, as the well as the intimidating female bodybuilder Olga Kurkulina who plays Red Mist's no-nonsense bodyguard Mother Russia. Judging solely on a somewhat grainy photo it looks like Kurkulina, decked out in a skimpy red costume and looking like some sort of terrifying mix of a Street Fighter character and an early era Brigitte Nielsen, will be a force to be reckoned with. Take a look at Faison, who looks like he's the superhero for the Springfield Isotopes, and Kurkulina, below:   [Photo Credit: O'Neill/White/INFphoto; Todd Gillis/iPhoto (2); Reddit] More: Kick-Ass 2 is Happening: 3 Hurdles the Movie Will Face Jim Carrey For Kick-Ass 2? Alrighty Then! Mark Millar Talks Nemesis, Kick-Ass 2
  • Today in Piers Morgan Battles: The CNN Host vs. Kelsey Grammer 
    By: Aly Semigran Sep 20, 2012
    Piers Morgan may have just become the Bart Simpson to Kelsey Grammer's Sideshow Bob: his mortal enemy. ("The. Piers. The.")  The Boss star was slated to appear on Piers Morgan Tonight on Wednesday but reportedly stormed off the set before the interview could even begin. According to Morgan via Twitter, the actor "was supposed to be on my show now but ran out of the building. Strange."  He later told followers, "So, Kelsey Grammer saw a photo of his ex wife Camille [Grammer] in the open to our show and legged it. Extraordinary. Never had this happen before. ... I like Kelsey Grammer personally, but this was a shockingly unprofessional thing to do. I wasn't even going to mention his ex-wife!" (The former spouses, in case you hadn't heard, didn't exactly have the most amicable split).  In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Grammer's rep said simply of the incident, "Piers needs to take responsibility for what he did to Kelsey. It's called accountability." While Grammer seems to think everyone is out to get him these days and has frequently discussed his ex-wife in interviews, it's safe to say that Morgan has earned something of a reputation for making certain guests feel unwelcome. Or, in the case of Madonna, simply not welcome at all.  Last year the CNN host caused his first self-proclaimed "walk-out ever" after he questioned Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell on her stance on gay marriage. The former Deleware U.S. Senate candidate, according to Morgan, "ripped mike and fled" when he wouldn't ask her about her book, rather questioned her on her feelings on other hot button issues.  Perhaps after seeing that Morgan wouldn't let O'Donnell (or Robert Blake, for that matter) off the hook, Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin legitimately backed out of his scheduled appearance on his show last month. Morgan, who called Akin a "gutless little twerp" for not showing up to discuss those controversial "legitimate rape" comments, went ahead with interview and talked to an empty chair instead. Hey, at least Clint Eastwood seemed to like that unique interviewing style! Is Morgan a good, button-pushing interviewer, or does he simply not know what to do with those tossed salad and scrambled eggs? Should he apologize to Grammer?  [Photo credit:]  More:  Piers Morgan Asks Robert Blake "Are You Sane?" — VIDEO  Kelsey Grammer Says His Republican Politics Cost Him an Emmy Nomination. Sorry, No.  Kelsey Grammer's Ridiculous Tattoo for Wife: Celebrities' Most Regrettable Ink
  • Emmys Idle Threats: Give Louis C.K. an Emmy or I'll Make You Babysit Never
    By: Aly Semigran Sep 20, 2012
      Television fans are a unique set. We're the type of people who devote hours upon hours a week to our fictional, televised friends. We laugh at their jokes and cry when they cry because our favorite shows are just so darn good. But the intensity of the laughter and the tears is all thanks to the fact that we regard these characters as something of a family. We know them. We understand them. We love them unconditionally. And actors deserve recognition for being able to elicit that level of a reaction from their fans. Naturally, when they're not given their due, we're forced to react, well, emotionally. How, exactly, will we react? That depends on the actor in question. Next up is the one of the best TV dads of all-time (that's right, we said it!): Louie renaissance man Louis C.K. It's been long debated when the actual "golden age of television" was. Historians may point out that it was at the very dawn of the television programming age in the '50s and '60s, while television nerds/snobs will argue that it was the early 2000s when both The Sopranos and The Wire were on at the same time. While I tend to agree more with the latter, I'd argue that the golden age of television isn't a thing of the past, but something we're lucky enough to be living in right now.  After all, this is an era in which we have brilliant, beloved Emmy and fan favorite dramas like Mad Man and Breaking Bad and risk-taking, talked-about, darkly hilarious comedies like Girls and, of course, Louie. Then again, to lump Louie and its leading man/creator/writer/director/producer/all-around renaissance man Louis C.K. into any category seems like a disservice to both the show and the star: They're both in a league of their own.  Never mind that the rule-breaking 45-year-old star already has an Emmy on his mantle (he was a writer for The Chris Rock Show, which earned a trophy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program in 1999) or that he's the biggest name and hottest ticket in stand-up comedy right now. Never mind the notion that Louis C.K. is someone who has finally achieved the fame and recognition he deserves after years of honing his craft (despite the fact that he most certainly does) or that he's tapping into a cultural zeitgeist in a way no one else is (despite the fact that he most certainly is).  Louis C.K. deserves Emmys — plural — this year (he's up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the gut-busting, quite literally, episode "Pregnant," and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for the groundbreaking "Duckling," pictured), because he's made television fascinating and daring again by making a series that's as rooted in reality and the small intricacies of life as it is in its effortless ability to venture into subversive fantasy.  The nominated Season 2 of Louie was the one that caught the attention of viewers, and with good reason. Louis C.K.'s character is a hapless, but devoted dad that actually taps into a relatable psyche that we rarely see on television. Imagine if Coach Taylor let himself go or if Cliff Huxtable said "f**k" a lot and you might get someone like Louie. He's not your average sitcom dad, and he's damn funny (and often times tragic) because of it. "Country Drive" (and this brilliant scene), "Oh Louie/Tickets," and "Halloween/Ellie" were all proof positive of that.  Louis C.K.'s keen direction, sharp writing, and natural acting made for some of the most heartbreaking, sincere, bizarre, and hilarious moments (sometimes at the same time) in television over the course of its game-changing Season 2. From his heartfelt speech to Pamela to the longest-running fart on television, Louis C.K. and Louie pull of a high wire act that few attempt, let alone succeed at.  But nothing, not the darkly funny misery of "Bummer/Blueberries" nor unflinchingly honest hilarity of "Come On, God" put Louie in a different league the same way that the hourlong "Duckling" did. An instant classic episode of television on par with recent greats like Mad Men's "The Suitcase" or Breaking Bad's "Fly," Louie's "Duckling" brought humanity, humor, and humility to a place where those things are rarely found: a wartorn country.  The episode brought Louis C.K.'s loosely-based-on-himself comedian Louie to Afghanistan for a USO tour where he unexpectedly bridges a cultural gap when a duckling his daughter packed for him escapes and gets laughs and smiles during his visit. If that moment didn't tug at your heartstrings enough, consider this: C.K.'s real-life daughter came up with that profound and beautiful storyline.  I understand that Louis C.K.'s show and humor may make some older viewers nervous or uncomfortable (the masturbation-themed "Come On God" was likely the breaking point episode for many) but if they don't vote for him, I'll just make them watch something even more nervous and uncomfortable: Never. That's right, Emmy voters, hope you don't like pristine bathtubs or your area rug anymore, because I'll make sure Never will never make you think twice about rewarding the genius of Louis C.K. and Louie ever again.  [Photo credit: FX]  More:  Emmys Idle Threats: Give Julia Louis-Dreyfus an Emmy or I'll Camp on the White House Lawn  Emmys Idle Threats: Give Bill Hader an Emmy or I'll Sic DJ Baby Bok Choy On You  Emmys Idle Threats: Give Amy Poehler an Emmy or the Waffles Get It
  • 'Big Brother' Finale Recap: Nerd's the Word
    By: Aly Semigran Sep 20, 2012
    Ian has every right to be smiling in this picture. The lifelong Big Brother fanatic not only won the respect and admiration of his peers and BB fellow enthusiasts, but he became CBS' second-most successful poindexter after those Big Bang Theory nerds: Ian was declared the winner of the unpredictable, downright enthralling Season 14. Despite ratting out Frank and Boogie, Ian played a relatively clean game (then again, in comparison to Dan everyone played a clean game) and the nerd with a heart of gold emerged victorious despite going up against a devious, but brilliant strategist like Dan. Then again, could Dan kick himself in the head? No. No he couldn't. In the words of Chenbot, "But first… "  But first, let's look back at how the Season 14 finale started. The unlikely final three — Ian, Dan, and his loyal brainwashed prodigy Danielle — were all still hanging by threads (well, hooks, really) in the first round of the last HoH competition. Now, this was a competition right up Danielle's alley, seeing as she'd won a strikingly similar one when she clinched the pirate ship face-off that earned her HoH and her first smooch from fellow hapless hottie Shane. Logic would tell Danielle to hold on tight, that she could — and, for the love of $500,000, should — grasp on for dear life to win the first round of this vital competition, but Danielle and logic got along about as well as Joe and a whisper in the dark. Danielle relied heavily on one thing all season: total blind faith in Dan.  Dan, who had already cut a deal with Ian pre-Shane blindside to throw his first round of the HoH competition, then convinced Danielle to do the exact same thing despite any evidence to the contrary that he was looking out for anyone other than himself. "I don't know whether to trust Dan," she actually mused out loud at one point. Somewhere, someone is right now making Fifty Shades of Grey fanfic with Dan and Danielle in the roles of Christian and Anastasia. Holy crap.  Despite having some reservations about Dan, double superlative ("the most deadliest player to ever play in the game") or otherwise ("Your antics, Dan"), Danielle still played into Dan's evil genius master plan. Dan concocted a scenario for Danielle to start a fight with Ian after Dan would "accidentally" show their allegiance. That way, Danielle would believe Ian would be too scared to put her on the jury. Why Dan was continuing to be referred to as a "High School Football Coach" instead of "Full-Fledged Puppetmaster" was a major oversight by the otherwise on-their-game Big Brother producers.  But first (Must. Not. Disobey. Chenbot.), Danielle and Ian would have to face off in the second portion of the HoH competition. Thanks to a swifter and smarter strategy, Ian bested Danielle in a window washing challenge by completing the rope game in nearly a minute-and-a-half less time. "Thank you, middle school," Ian cried, making him the first nerd in history to ever utter those words.  While Danielle sealed her fate the minute she joined Dan's team at the beginning of the season, it was closed air tight when Dan and Ian headed into the final part of the HoH competition. Ian ultimately won the third round which asked the final two to guess what evicted houseguests had said about their time in the BB house. And while Danielle's fake fight with Dan "worked," her coach still kept her in the dark about another trick up his sleeve: Dan already made a deal with Ian that would ensure he made it to the final two, because of course he did. It's why he made it this far to begin with.  Back at the Jury House, a pooka shell-wearing, tank top-free Shane, who was the liveliest we saw him all season joined his fellow evictees for a hearty discussion about who should and will win. Something tells me, based on their chat, they also read Brian Moylan's analysis on the very subject. They too agreed that Ian made tough decisions, Dan is unethical but damn good at the game, and that Danielle is a human coattail.The Human Coattail (Worst. Fantastic Four. Character. Ever.) could only ride that for so long and Ian voted to evict her. "You've come a looooong way, girl," Chenbot tried, in vain, to conjure up human feelings for Danielle who was still somehow shocked that Dan hadn't taken her to the end of the game.  So there they were: the final two. Judas and the Nerd. (You're welcome, Fox. There's the title of your next dating show.) Would good triumph over evil? Would the rookie best the former Big Brother champ? The head or the heart? Before those questions could be answered, Ian and Dan had to field some other ones from the Jury House. "If yeh could change your fate, would you?" Ashley asked Ian. Okay, fine, she asked Ian if he made his own decisions in the game. Ian assured he created his own destiny — he did it his way. Dan chimed in that he disagreed, that Ian only did what the Quack Pack told him to do, but Chenbot locked that down as it wasn't his turn to answer. Dan, what did we say about disobeying Chenbot?  When it was finally Dan's turn, he had to answer the looming moral dilemma question, the only that likely cost him the game. How could he justify doing things like backstabbing Shane (who, in the end, just wanted a nice piece of paper like everyone else, dammit) and swearing on his wife and the Bible to get to the end? While Dan said he "regretted" the latter, his theory was that when you've gotta go to confession anyway, you'd might as well just keep sinning. Hey, you know what other high school educator has that theory? Let's just say if Dan starts wearing a bowler hat, we should all be very concerned.  After Dan stated that Britney was "puppeting" Ian (which made Ian malfunction and get stuck on the word "bull"), his own strings were soon seen by Ian, who found out for the first time that Dan and Danielle had a final two alliance throughout the game. Not only that, but Ian also revealed to viewers and the Jury House that in an attempt to buy his trust, Dan gave his grandfather's cross to him. "Really?" Ian asked repeatedly. Really, really.  When it came to the final speeches, Ian decided now was the time to lay into Dan. "I'm fairly disgusted with you," he told him. But it wasn't Dan's villain status that Ian wanted to tap into. Rather, he wanted the members of the jury to recall that he won four HoH competitions, had a better poker hand, and came into the Big Brother house with one life, while Dan had three. Dan, rather than deny or backtrack, simply owned up to his cunning actions. Well, that and he started to kiss some ass. Though, perhaps, it was too little too late. Dan assured that he wasn't an evil man, but that he simply wasn't a physical man like Shane or a likable man like Frank. You see, he had no choice but to play the game ruthlessly. He played only with the tools he had, 24 hours a day (as someone who actually watches Big Brother After Dark, I can vouch for this), and he didn't do it with malice, only with the intention to win. That in the game of Big Brother, he would be no pawn. Is he unethical? Perhaps. But this is a show that makes people dress up like dogs and eat slop. And I'm so glad it's coming back for yet another season.  When it was time for the jury members to vote, it was obvious that Frank and Shane ("Oh boy, the things I wanna say Dan" he cried, likely over his limited vocabulary) that the two players still felt burnt by Dan, but you know who didn't? No, not Jenn City, despite Dan's last-ditch effort to earn a vote that she'd sold over a million albums or Ashley, who made a dream board about it. Why, it was Danielle, of course. "The only reason I'm voting this way is I'm gonna try and keep my word," she stated. If anybody was going to bring Dan back from the dead one last time, it was going to be his faithful zombie. But first… the earlier evictees Boogie, Janelle, Wig, Jojo, Kara, and "America's Favorite" Jodi (500,000 kudos to whoever said that on camera) were brought back to give a piece of their mind about how the rest of the game was played. But wait, where was Willie? (Oh, right.)  Wig did a stellar Joe imitation, Sensei Boogie made it clear he had no ill will towards his rogue grasshopper Ian, and beautiful, emotionless cyborg Janelle (who ranks up there with Chenbot and Zingbot as Big Brother's best bot) cried that if Dan, who she declared is one of the best Big Brother players of all-time, didn't win it would be "an absolute travesty."  So move over, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, there's a new national travesty in town! Because Ian, the Big Brother super fan, won Season 14 by a vote of 6-1. Who was the lone vote for Dan, you ask? I don't understand the question and I won't respond to it. It was Danielle, of course. Dan may have fooled his way to the end, but Ian got a studio full of grown men and women to quack like ducks at his victory, so you tell me who is the real evil one here. "This is the best moment of my entire life," Ian declared. Even the most hardened, seasoned Big Brother fans and vets would find it tough not to feel a little happy for Ian. Dan may have played a better, if not infinitely more entertaining game, but that'd sort of be like rooting for Johnny at the end of The Karate Kid. (Hey, they both wore a hachimaki at some point.) You're the best around, Ian!  Ian's win may have been a surprise considering Dan's strategy was the thing Big Brother victories were made of, but the biggest upset of the night had to go to Frank mysteriously winning $25,000 and being declared America's Favorite Houseguest. While I have no doubt that the curly-haired charmer won over more than just Ashley, he likely turned off just as many. The honor likely should have gone to Ian or Britney, though for hilarity's sake, I now wish Jodi had won. ZING.  What did you think of the Big Brother finale? Did the right man win or did the jury go with their hearts instead of their heads? Or, despite Dan's brilliant maneuvers like planning his own funeral, did his loose morals ultimately cost him a second victory? Was Danielle the ultimate Big Brother straphanger or what? Now that Shane found out Danielle had no part in his backstabbing will they get back together? (If only to save closet space on pink tank tops.) Share your thoughts in the comments section.  [Photo credit: CBS/Lisette M. Azar] More:  Big Brother Recap: O Captain, My (God!) Captain!  Big Brother Recap: McKayla is Not Impressed  Big Brother Recap: Welcome to the Dan Show
  • Randy Newman Satirizes Presidential Race in New Song 'I'm Dreaming' — LISTEN
    By: Aly Semigran Sep 19, 2012
    Perennial Oscar nominee and occasional Oscar winner Randy Newman has returned to his satirical roots with a song skewering anti-Obama sentiment called "I'm Dreaming". Don't expect to hear this one on a Pixar soundtrack anytime soon; the song — which Newman has made available for free download on his website — goes for cutting rather than cute.  "I’m dreaming of a white President/ Someone whom we can understand/ Someone who knows where we’re coming from/ And that the law of the jungle is not the law of this land," the celebrated 68-year-old artist sings on the track, satirizing the viewpoint of overt racism against President Barack Obama.  He croons about the impending Presidential election in which Obama will go up against Republican candidate Mitt Romney, "He won’t be the brightest, perhaps/ But he’ll be the whitest/ And I’ll vote for that." (In other words, you'll never get Randy Newman mixed up with Ted Nugent. Ever.)  Newman, who said in a statement that he wrote the song in character, further argued, "I think there are a lot of people who find it jarring to have a black man in the White House and they want him out. They just can’t believe that there’s not a more qualified white man. You won’t get anyone, and I do mean anyone, to admit it."  The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, who penned satirical classics such as "Sail Away" (a song about slavery) and "Political Science" (nuclear war) not to mention his famous hit "Short People", says a whole lot when he sings, "I’m dreaming of a white President/ Just like the ones we’ve always had." But he may have said the most when he ended his statement (in which he also encourages fans to donate to the UNFC) with simply these words: "Vote in November."  Your move, Weird Al.  Listen to Newman's biting, politically-charged "I'm Dreaming" here:   [Photo credit:]  More:  Obama on Romney Controversy: Presidents Have 'to Work for Everybody' — VIDEO  Mitt Romney Joins Pop Culture's Most Incriminating Videos Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly to Debate in D.C.: Bring. It. On.
  • Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly to Debate in D.C.: Bring. It. On. 
    By: Aly Semigran Sep 18, 2012
    Whenever Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly get together, something magical happens. Well, something magical in the sense that thought-provoking, intense, funny, and oft jaw-dropping conversations between two media figures with wildly opposing viewpoints will unfold. (Exhibit A, B, and C).  In which case, "The Rumble in the Air Conditioned Auditorium" should be one hell of a magic show. Watch as Stewart makes logical rhetoric appear as if from thin air! Marvel as O'Reilly pulls facts out of... well, that's for you to decide.  The Emmy-winning host of The Daily Show and the best-selling author/Fox News commentator will do it live on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8PM ET from Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University. Tickets for the 90-minute debate are available on the official website, but for those who can't attend the event in person, don't fret, the whole thing will be live-streamed for a low fee and will be available for a short time after on demand. It is, as the website rightfully boasts, "why Al Gore invented the Internet."  If you're a fan of Stewart or Stephen Colbert's dear ol' "Papa Bear" O'Reilly, you already likely have your allegiance firmly in place and the debate likely won't make anyone cross to the other side, but it will do what most political face-offs rarely accomplish: a healthy mix of actual listening, the acknowledgment that both sides have something to say and "Oooh, ya burnt!"-style smack downs. Plus, maybe Stewart will talk to a chair just to mess with O'Reilly.  Check out the video messages from both men, starting with Stewart's promise that the inevitably heated politically charged argument will be like "the worst Thanksgiving anyone's ever been to" and then O'Reilly's reassurance that it will be a "train wreck." Bring it on, indeed.  With the Stewart/O'Reilly debate taking place just weeks before the Presidential election, it will be fascinating to see how much of an impact their talk makes in conjunction with the actual political debates. Neither the left nor the right take Stewart and O'Reilly's words lightly and the "winner" of this debate may actually cause some waves before voters head to the booths. Or, at the very least, will be infinitely more entertaining.  Will you be tuning in for the Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly Rumble 2012? Do you have a side? Will this debate make an impact on the Presidential election or just create soundbites for both their respective programs? Sound off in the comments section.  [Photo credit:]  More: Jon Stewart Confronts Bill O'Reilly on 'The O'Reilly Factor'  Jon Stewart Bids Farewall to Glenn Beck  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Extend Contracts: Five Reasons Why We're Giddy
  • A History of 'Saturday Night Live' at the Emmys
    By: Aly Semigran Sep 17, 2012
    If Saturday Night Live MVPs Bill Hader and/or Kristen Wiig — pictured here being taaaaahhhhtally hilarious, and, like, awesome in The Californians sketch — were to emerge victorious at the 64th Primetime Emmys this Sunday night, not only would they be well-deserved wins, but historic ones at that.  In the span of its unparalleled 38 seasons on the air, only two full-time SNL cast members have won Emmys for their work on the show. Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner both won the award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program in 1976 and 1978, respectively. That's right, it's been nearly 35 years since a thinking man's class clown and a groundbreaking funny lady have walked away with Emmys for their work on Lorne Michaels' late night comedy institution.  In other words, if Hader and/or Wiig were to win for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, respectively, not only would they be the first SNL players to win in those categories (Wiig has been nominated in her category before, as was fellow SNL retiree Amy Poehler, while Hader is the first male cast member since Eddie Murphy in 1983 to be up for the accolade), but they'd break a far too-long drought of SNL cast members being inexcusably snubbed. These cast members not only did their jobs on live television, but brought multiple characters (some of which became all-time favorites among fans) to life every week. No small feat for the small screen.  That's not to say that SNL or its talented cast members have been completely shut-out during the series' time on the air. The show, which has generated countless comedy superstars (many of whom have later gone on to capture Emmy glory on other shows), has earned 21 Primetime Emmys. In addition to Chase and Radner's wins, SNL greats like Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, and Al Franken all have golden Emmy statuettes on their mantles, just not for their performances as full-time cast members. For instance, Fey won as a head writer in 2002 and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2009 for her iconic, star-making turn as former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin during the 2008 Presidential race.  While the Emmys had nominated legendary full-time cast members such as Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, Dan Aykroyd, and Jane Curtin in the past in the Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program category, the lack of recognition for the talent's efforts on air is an overwhelming oversight. With this having been Wiig's final season on SNL, Emmy may finally give the actress her due for her eight dominating years as the show's oft saving grace. Though, in years past, Emmy may wait to reward her for her inevitable return as host someday. (Much like they did with Fallon, who won this year for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his spectacular turn as the host for an episode in 2011).  But why wait? Sharp, hard-working, gut-busting SNL powerhouses like Hader (who has emerged as one of the show's driving forces, not to mention one of the funniest guys on television today) and Wiig may be part of the rich Not Ready For Primetime Players heritage, but they are more than ready — and deserving — for a Primetime Emmy.  [Photo credit: NBC]  More:  Emmys Idle Threats: Give Bill Hader an Emmy or I'll Sic DJ Baby Bok Choy On You  Kristen Wiig Talks 'Emotional' SNL Goodbye  Saturday Night Live Premiere: Ushering in a New Era?
  • Daniel Craig Drops in for New 'Skyfall' Poster
    By: Aly Semigran Sep 17, 2012
    The new poster for Skyfall is much like James Bond himself: straight-forward and sleek. Shaken, not stirred. In fact, the poster for the hotly anticipated Sam Mendes caper proves just how iconic the secret agent man is by putting Daniel Craig's Bond gliding across the very bottom of the image in a sharp suit, looking as cool and calm (even with a gun) as ever.  With Skyfall in big, bold letters and the classic 007 logo underneath, the clean, no-frills poster — much like they did a few months ago with the first poster for the twenty-third Bond film — requires no explosions, no menacing villains, no Bond girls, no tag lines (instead, simply a helpful reminder of that impending November 9 release date). Just Bond. James Bond. Check out the Skyfall poster, which takes the less-is-more approach to a larger than life action hero, below.  [Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures]  More:  'Skyfall' International Trailer  'Skyfall': A Breakdown of All the Bond Action from the Trailer  'Skyfall' Poster: Daniel Craig is Classic, Sleek, and Deadly
  • Best and Worst Emmy Stunts
    By: Aly Semigran Sep 11, 2012
    While we don't know for sure who will emerge victorious at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, we know some things for certain: Someone will make an uncomfortably long acceptance speech, host Jimmy Kimmel will step out of his jammies and into a tux, and there will be some Emmy stunts that really work and some that really don't.  As is the case with any scripted awards show, the Emmys sometimes find televised gold with a stunt (such as Jimmy Fallon's Gleeful opening number, Melissa McCarthy's crowning glory, and Ellen DeGeneres' swan dive into our hearts and funny bones, pictured) or can be met with a dreadful thud. (See: The Emmytones, reality star appearances, the quintuple hosting disaster of 2007.) Here's to hoping the Sept. 23 broadcast finds its place in the former rather than the latter. Until then, we'll just hold our breath and take a look back at the best and worst Emmy stunts ever.  The Emmys air live on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8 PM ET on ABC.  Gallery: Best and Worst Emmy Stunts  [Photo credit: Getty Images]  More:  Gorgeous (and Gaudy) Emmy Fashions Emmys 2012: Parks & Rec, Girls, Louie, and Community Are More Than Comedies 2012 Emmy Awards: See the Full List of Nominees!
  • TV Network Swap: What if 'Girls' Were On Fox? 
    By: Aly Semigran Sep 11, 2012
    Our favorite shows feel perfect for their respective networks: The nude-friendly Game of Thrones is a tried-and-true HBO series, the tortoise-slow Mad Men fits AMC’s intelligent and patient viewers, and The Big Bang Theory never met a laugh track CBS didn’t like. But what if those series appeared on different networks? How would the show change? We’re exploring just that in our Network Swap series. Next up: What if Girls aired on Fox?  Series: Girls  Network: Fox  TV Rating: TV-14/TV-H (TV-Hipster)  Logline: Meet Hannah, the New Girl in Town. She's A-Quirk-Able!  Setting: A wildly expensive and hip Los Angeles loft apartment that no quasi-employed twentysomethings could ever dream of affording, but who cares?!  Pilot Plot: After her parents cut her off, aspiring ukulele player and Brooklynite Hannah (Lena Dunham) and calls up her West Coast bestie, model/actress/waitress Marnie (Allison Williams). When Marnie tells Hannah she and her roommates, the free-spirited hippie and freelance photographer Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Jessa's preppy medical student cousin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), are looking for a fourth roomie in their terribly trendy Los Angeles loft, Hannah packs up her ukulele and heads out west. Quirky wackiness ensues when Hannah tries to learn how to drive a car (in crazy L.A. traffic, no less!), gets a part-time gig as a barista, and meets her kooky, out-of-work, unicycle-riding perpetually shirtless neighbor across the hall Adam (Adam Driver). The two bicker over whose Urban Outfitters catalog was actually in the mailbox, but their instant chemistry is undeniable. Expect at least two seasons of will they/won't they sexual tension!   Breakout Star: Marnie's too-goo-to-be-true boyfriend Charlie, a kindergarten teacher who also trains seeing eye dogs on the weekends. (Played by Chris Messina, because of course).  Soundbite: "I fit in in New York. Everyone there was in a rush to stand on a hot, disgusting subway platform and acted like Liz Lemon. Here? It's more Liz ....Wheatgrass and sorry, I'm late Pilates classes."  Sweeps Twist: Hannah's parents, after feeling terrible about cutting her off, offer to move her back to Brooklyn. The news comes right after Adam shows up (with a shirt on!) at one of Hannah's ukulele gigs at the coffee shop he works at.  Reason People Watch: Not since Sex and the City has there been appointment girls' night television. Plus, your boyfriend actually secretly loves it no matter how much he might complain otherwise. What the Critics Say: "Finally, a hip, edgy, and smart comedy about young women. But seriously, what the hell are they wearing? They all look like glorified hobos."  Emmy Odds: The show itself will probably get snubbed (older Emmy voters don't "get it"), but star-making turns from their lady leading and supporting actor bode well.  Spin-Off Possibilities: Shoshanna, despite being, like, totally grossed out by blood, finally becomes a doctor. All of her hilariously ditzy, but lovable antics now play out in a hospital for Shosh, M.D. [Photo credit: HBO]  More:  TV Network Swap: What if 'Games of Thrones' Were on MTV?  TV Network Swap: What if 'Parks and Recreation' Were on CNN?  TV Network Swap: What if 'Louie' Were on The CW?