Kate Ward
Kate Ward is the current Executive Editor for, a former editor and writer for Entertainment Weekly and, and a forever fan of pop culture. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Ward — whose work has also appeared in Glamour magazine — loves talking about nutgrafs and hates exclamation points, despite using them on a regular basis. Specializing in reality TV, ’90s nostalgia, and bad movies, Ward is likely the oldest person to attend "American Idols LIVE!" every year with her mom.
  • 'Great Gatsby' to Charleston Into Theaters May 10, 2013
    By: Kate Ward Sep 20, 2012
    This past May, a colorful cast of characters took the world by storm with awe-inspiring filmmaking and a shockingly large box office total. And, next May, another film hopes to do the same. No, we're not talking about the anticipated Avengers 2 — you'll have to wait patiently until Summer 2015 until you can break out your Hawkeye cosplay. Instead, Warner Bros. hopes to win in the early summer slot with their glitzy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, which just announced a May 10, 2013 release date. The Baz Luhrmann adaptation — which comes complete with stars almost as bright as Fitzgerald's 1920s universe — was at first scheduled for release during the crowded holiday season, boasting a Christmas day release against Quentin Tarantino's buzzy Django Unchained. But, as it turned out, Gatsby and Django star Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't forced to compete with himself — in early August, Warner Bros. announced Gatsby would move to summer in order to capture more eyes. (And on Wednesday, Universal announced Les Misérables would fill the Dec. 25 gap left by Gatsby.) Right now, based on its May 10 competitors — About Time and Tyler Perry's We the Peeples — Gatsby, co-starring Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, and Isla Fisher, should roar into theaters. But we'll have to wait to see if Hollywood's release date shuffle (or, should we say, Charleston) works in the films' favor. To whet your appetite until May 10, watch Gatsby's trailer below! Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credit: Warner Bros.] More: The Great Gatsby Moves from Holidays to Summer 2013 The Great Gatsby Trailer: The Baz Luhrman Cliffsnotes Great Gatsby: Who Is Leonardo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire's New Frield? — PIC
  • Today in Nostalgic Reunions: 'The West Wing,' Backstreet Boys Are Back, Alright!
    By: Kate Ward Sep 20, 2012
    When we look back, 2012 will be known as 1999. Or, rather, the year that brought us back to the 1990s. Not only were we privy to a Spice Girl reunion at London's Olympics and a slew of Old Navy ads that reminded us of the days when Blossom and Beverly Hills, 90210 were appointment television, but 2012 also brought 98 Degrees back together and revived a more advanced version of Skynet's human hypnosis tool, Furby. But the nostalgia obsession continues — today, we go the chance to enjoy two doses of the 1990s. First, Old Navy wasted a major opportunity when they brought Backstreet Boys back (alright)... only to feature them singing "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" next to a runway. (Come on, guys: At least have them sing about how they want Performance Fleece that way. That's all we ask.) And, just four months after reuniting for a Funny or Die PSA (note to Netflix: I think they want back in), The West Wing cast has come together for real do-gooder purposes to encourage citizens to vote... especially for Michigan Supreme Court candidate Bridget Mary McCormack. The faces (which include Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Janel Moloney, and more... but no Rob Lowe) won't be the only things in the ad that looks familiar — McCormack's name might as well. That's because she is, yes, West Wing alum Mary McCormack's sister, which might explain how the candidate managed to wrangle the entire cast together for a short spot. Below, see the Backstreet Boys commercial and The West Wing ad, which, in true Aaron Sorkin fashion, transforms Allison Janney's C.J. into a clueless woman needing explanation from her more informed, more penis-y co-workers. More: West Wing Cast's PSA About the Health Benefits of 'Walk & Talks' — VIDEO Obama on Romney Controversy: Presidents Have 'to Work for Everybody' — VIDEO Gene Hackman as Mitt Romney?
  • 'Big Brother' Finale: And the Winner Is...
    By: Kate Ward Sep 19, 2012
    After two months of jaw-dropping blindsides, awe-inspiring stupidity, and more alliances than Ashley could count on one hand, Big Brother Season 14 finally came to a close Thursday night. So who picked up the win? Did Ian, Dan, or Danielle take home a half a million dollars? In the end, Danielle's everlasting trusting nature proved her downfall — after throwing the first Head of Household, and losing the second, third HoH winner Ian sent Danielle back to the jury house to act as Captain America's mighty body shield.   That left Big Brother superfan Ian and nice guy-turned-diabolical genius Dan to fight for the final title. And after a final jury Q&A — in which we were privy to a saucy Britney number, a surprisingly laugh-out-loud moment courtesy of Shane(!), and, of course, one last mouth-dropping Danielle face after Ian told her Dan gave him a token from his grandfather along with a final two deal — the winner was crowned: Surprisingly, despite Dan's fantastic social game that led to Danielle's season-long Stockholm Syndrome, Ian was named the winner of Big Brother Season 14 by a vote of 6-1. Quack! Surprised by the outcome? And surprised that Frank, of all houseguests, picked up the Fan Favorite prize? But first, be sure to return later for Aly Semigran's complete recap of the night's events! Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credit: CBS] More: Big Brother Recap: O Captain, My (God!) Captain! Big Brother Recap: McKayla Is Not Impressed Big Brother Recap: The End Is Near
  • Courtney Stodden on 'Couples Therapy': The Promo You Wanted to See in 2011
    By: Kate Ward Sep 19, 2012
    Remember that month last summer when we learned 51-year-old Lost actor Doug Hutchison married a 16-year-old girl named Courtney Stodden, and then she made these faces at him, and we all said the couple would be perfect for a reality show, but then you realized Stodden wasn't actually a 30-something method actress and the whole spectacle made us feel as dirty as Stodden's Twitter and we simply stopped caring? Well, good news, people of July 2011, Stodden and her husband have finally made their way onto our TV screens! Though Stodden's Instagram account seems to indicate no problem in her marriage to Hutchinson, the barely legal twosome will appear on the second season of Vh1's Couples Therapy, and, based on a promo for the season, rub the other couples in a way almost as wrong as Hutchinson's unsettling thigh rub. (In the spot for the series, we see Hutchinson asking another castmate, "Did you just call my wife trash?" That's Mrs. Trash to you, buddy.) Joining Stodden and Hutchinson is a cast clearly found at the bottom of Snooki's laundry pile: Rapper Too Short and Monica Payne; Bachelor winner Shayne Lamas and Nik Richie; K-Ci & JoJo's JoJo and Tiny (way to Dupree the s**t out of that relationship, Tiny); and Real Housewives of New York rejects Alex McCord and leather pants enthusiast Simon van Kempen. Check out the promo for Couples Therapy below, and if you're still not feeling shame, check out our gallery of Courtney Stodden's Craziest Costumes. Also, go to jail. Courtney Stodden's Craziest Costumes: Launch Gallery Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credit: Vh1] More: In Movies, It's the End of the World As We Know It. Is That Fine? Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and 7 Reasons the Mayans Might Be Right Apoca-Let's Hang Out: 11 Necessary Friends for the End
  • 'SNL' Promos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Cut Himself in Half — VIDEO
    By: Kate Ward Sep 19, 2012
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt has proved he will do anything for our viewing pleasure. Sing, dance, sport an uncomfortably bad hairstyle for an impressive amount of time. So we only expect to see his penchant for entertainment to continue during his Saturday Night Live hosting stint this Saturday. After all, last time he hosted in 2009, Gordon-Levitt attempted Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh" backflip on Studio 8H's tiny soundstage. How will he top the musical moment? According to new SNL promos, he will cut himself in half. Impressive, yes, but we would prefer to see Scooper, Gordon-Levitt's 2079 Looper spin-off about picking up dog poop. How very green. Gordon-Levitt is hosting SNL alongside musical guests Mumford & Sons, so grab your oversized rimless glasses, your battered copy of On the Road, and ask Siri if it's raining, because this will be one hipster affair. More: Saturday Night Live Recap: Seth MacFarlane Gets Laughs, and the Boys Take Over A History of Saturday Night Live At the Emmys Great Job, SNL! Jay Pharoah Set to Take Over Obama Impression This Fall
  • 'Malcolm in the Middle' Reunion: Careful! It's Walt! — PICS 
    By: Kate Ward Sep 18, 2012
    You know those moments when you watch Breaking Bad’s Walt murder, toss pizzas, and do other generally terrible things and you wonder, how in the world is this the same man who played Malcolm in the Middle’s goofy dad Hal?! Well, as it turns out, seeing Bryan Cranston alongside the rest of the cast six years after the FOX comedy wrapped is still unsettling. But thanks to former child star-turned-fictional child spy-turned-race car driver Frankie Muniz, we got to see the dysfunctional family (mostly) all grown-up. And perhaps it’s the fact that, from certain angles, Muniz looks like he could be Aaron Paul’s long-lost, shorter cousin, but looking at the family reunion pic, I can’t help but feel the urge to protect Erik Per Sullivan’s Dewey from paternally forced tequila shots. [Shudder] Below, see new pics of the cast, which includes Cranston, Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Christopher Kennedy Masterson, Justin Berfield, Sullivan, and James and Lukas Rodriguez. Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credit: Instagram/Frankie Muniz] More: Bryan Cranston: “I Know How Easy It Is to Lose Control and Kill Someone TV Tidbits: Bryan Cranston Trades New Mexico For New York Breaking Bad Finale Recap: Gliding All Over
  • 'The Mob Doctor': Sadly, An Offering You Can Refuse
    By: Kate Ward Sep 18, 2012
    For four seasons, Jordana Spiro headlined TBS’ My Boys, an underrated comedy with a genre-defying female heroine that proved to TV audiences (no matter how small) that women are more than just shoes and pratfalls. So it’s more than disappointing to see the actress top-billed on a series that toes the medical drama line, offering little more to differentiate itself than a seemingly unsustainable twist. Granted, in The Mob Doctor’s defense, the medical market is a tough one to enter. In the past 10 years alone, we’ve already seen hospital shows that center around complex antiheroes (House, Nurse Jackie), hormone-raging sexpots (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), benevolent adventure-seekers (Off the Map), and seriously f**ked-up individuals (Childrens Hospital). Add to that ER’s 15 seasons centering on several sexy, f**ked-up antiheroes who seek adventure in the latest ridiculous helicopter crash to befall their hospital, and there’s little ground left to cover. But Mob Doctor tries. And you truly have to give it credit for that. Centering on Dr. Grace Devlin (Spiro) — a talented, desirable surgeon with a deadbeat, less-than-desirable family — Mob Doctor fuses the medical soap with the mafia drama, attempting to bounce between Grace’s love and professional life and impossible relationship with the local mob outside Chicago. Obligated to fulfill her brother’s (Jesse Lee Soffer) debt to the gangsters via medical treatments, Grace finds herself constantly dipping into a moral gray area — especially when she’s ordered by gangster Paul Moretti (Michael Rapaport) to murder a witness in the ER. It’s no doubt an interesting premise that could captivate your attention for a 90-minute movie, but its sustainability is questionable. Especially since the series is already forced to water down its central plotline with predictable doctor-on-doctor romance and case-of-the-week mysteries. (The first? A teenage virgin turns up pregnant! Dr. House sees this and raises it an MP3 player in the ass.) After all, the show has to give the “mob” and “doctor” equal time. The result is an uneven, if well-meaning, series that’s too ambitious for its own good, hardly filling the Monday night void left behind by House. And it’s too bad, considering The Mob Doctor’s talent. Not only are Friday Night Lights fans still waiting for one of its Dillon Panthers to break out in Hollywood (Zach Gilford — who plays Grace’s loving, but impatient, boyfriend, Dr. Brett Robinson — saw ABC’s Off the Map come and go), but Spiro is far too charming an actress to see another series flatline. Not to say Mob Doctor would allow her to fully show off her talents. Any fan of Spiro’s work on My Boys would notice Spiro’s flare for comedy tragically missing from the new Fox series. Still, its cast tries, and Spiro does boast a watchable chemistry with William Forsythe, who plays a former mob boss with a heart of gold. But when it comes to the doc-mob drama, if only we could take the cast and leave the ridiculous premise. Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credit: FOX] More: The Mob Doctor: What You Need to Know Before Watching Jordana Spiro’s New Series Mob Doctor Star Jordana Spiro Teases Gnarly Surgeries & Romantic Complications’s Fall TV Guide
  • 'The Mob Doctor': What You Need to Know Before Watching Jordana Spiro's New Series
    By: Kate Ward Sep 17, 2012
    Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Today, we're checking out new series The Mob Doctor, starring My Boys charmer Jordana Spiro. So leave the gun… and take on this deep dive of the new FOX series. Series: The Mob Doctor Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 17, 9 pm ET Synopsis: A gifted doctor is forced to pay off his brother’s debt to local Chicago mafia by healing its gangsters… and possibly killing off its enemies. Cast: My Boys tomboy Jordana Spiro as Dr. Grace Devlin, the big-hearted — but big-time conflicted — title character; William Forsythe as mob boss Constantine Alexander who’s too old for this s**t; Zach Gilford as Grace’s impossibly perfect boyfriend and co-worker, Dr. Brett Robinson; and Michael Rapaport as a hot-headed gangster. You’ll Like It If…: You need your doctor soaps to come with an extra dose of danger. Also, you still have episodes of My Boys saved on your DVR for nostalgia’s sake. You’ll Hate It If: TV’s sheer volume of medical dramas gives you an anxiety attack. Also, what’s My Boys? Mob Doctor’s Formula: (House – antihero) + (Grey’s Anatomy – indie pop – whine/wine) + (The Sopranos – HBO) Oh, the Places You’ll Go: The Mob Doctor travels to a Bridgeport, a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago known for its diversity and pizza. There has been little of both seen in the pilot. Most Cringe-worthy Moment: Grace helps a mob associate by extracting a screwdriver from his skull. Too bad — if she let his condition continue, he’d have his own TLC show by now. Most Shocking Moment: The Mob Doctor does what shows like Lost wouldn’t: The series kills off a main character in its first episode. PSA Moment: In the pilot, Grace treats a teenage virgin who gets pregnant following a too-close encounter with her boyfriend. Think you’re staying safe? Stay safer and invest in one of these. Will There Be Blood?: Based on the series’ pilot, which came complete with a high-stakes surgery and the aforementioned screwdriver scene, yes, there will be enough blood to satisfy the most insatiable Daniel Plainviews out there. Just look at Mob Doctor’s one-sheet. More Improbable Than Its Premise?: Grace’s impeccably styled hair. Soundbite Most Likely to Become Series’ Tagline: Brett, fighting Grace’s desire to perform an abortion without consent: “This is not legal!” Grace: “Then it’s a good thing we’re not lawyers.” How Dr. Grace’s Hospital Is Different from Seattle Grace: Both run rocky operations — but Grace’s professional in-fighting is career-focused, not carnal. And, so far, no ghost sex. How Dr. Grace’s Hospital Is Different from Princeton Plainsboro: No Lupus. Sure-to-Be Fan Favorite: Impossibly perfect Brett is mostly impossibly perfect because he starred in Friday Night Lights. But he’s also The Mob Doctor’s only shot of eye candy. Who To Watch It With: Your young, hip mother who needs something to tide her over until Grey’s premieres Sept. 27. Who Not to Watch It With: Mike Callahan. Necessary Wine and Cheese Pairing: A nice bland Merlot with mozzarella (that sits atop a deep dish pizza). Biggest Mafia Cliché?: Surprisingly, clichés were an offering The Mob Doctor could refuse. Props to the show for featuring nary a “fuggetaboutit” in sight. What You’re Most Likely to Yell at the Screen: “Who’s your stylist?” My Boys Character Most Likely to Watch: Kenny, of course. Follow Kate on Twitter @HWKateWard [Image Credit: FOX] More: Mob Doctor Star Jordana Spiro Teases Gnarly Surgeries & Romantic Complications Boardwalk Empire Premiere Recap: Jimmy, We Miss You Already’s Fall TV Guide
  • 'American Idol' Judges Announced: Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban Officially Join Panel
    By: Kate Ward Sep 16, 2012
    After months of searching — and dozens of rumors that put celebrities from Nick Jonas to Charlie Sheen in seats vacated by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler — American Idol finally announced its judging panel. Following in the footsteps of competitors The Voice and The X Factor, the reality series plucked some of the industry’s buzziest stars for its 12th season. Along with the already announced Mariah Carey and mainstay Randy Jackson, rapper Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban are set to join the Fox hit. Simon Fuller said in a press release about the new panel, “With the exciting addition of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, alongside Randy Jackson, American Idol’s star power has never been so great. For this we have to thank the ongoing commitment and belief of FOX and the dedication and focus of the Idol production team. We have all been together since the very beginning and we are focused on making Idol Season 12 the best ever.”  Added Fox President of Alternative Entertainment Mike Darnell in the release, “I am thrilled about this year’s judges’ panel! We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and Idol's heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to Idol – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him ... With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”  Of course, this is hardly the first time Idol has flirted with an all-star cast: Not only did theshow famously reinvigorate the careers of famous faces Lopez and Tyler, but Idol (not so successfully) tried to attract buzz in Season 9 by recruiting Ellen DeGeneres. Lopez and Tyler announced their exit in a one-two punch in July — though Randy Jackson was first rumored to be a Season 12 mentor, the network confirmed that the judge, who has been with Idol since Season 1, is indeed returning to the panel. (Enrique Iglesias was reportedly in negotiations to join the show before Jackson officially returned.) With the famously frisky Carey and Minaj on tap, Idol might have succeeded in creating a headline-making panel, even if no member quite matches X Factor judge Britney Spears’ star power. Of course, the series still must fight the dreaded rule of three curse …  [Photo Credit: WENN] More: Idol: Enrique Iglesias Offered Judging Spot Randy Jackson Leaving Idol Panel? Why We Need Him As Mentor Why the Judging Panel Exodus at Idol Is a Chance to Finally Get It Right
  • 'Saturday Night Live' Premiere: Ushering In a New Era?
    By: Kate Ward Sep 15, 2012
    The tides are turning on Saturday Night Live. And I'm not just saying that to make a pun about musical guest Frank Ocean. (Except, let's face it, I kind of am.) But, for the first time since the early 2000s, when Will Ferrell's exit made way for the sketch comedy show's era of Tina Fey- (and then Kristen Wiig)-led female domination, Saturday Night Live will feel patently different than the show we left behind in May. First off, the series' spring finale saw the last of SNL (and big screen) superstar Wiig, which means no more Gilly (thank god!) or Björk (But why?! Now we'll have to make clouds our friends instead). And, thanks to Andy Samberg's exit, we'll also no longer be privy to SNL's youthful Digital Shorts — whether you found the segments to be infuriatingly immature or uproariously creative, there's no doubt the sketches opened up the series' demographic to an audience more interested in laser cats than James Carville. But, less than one week before its 38th season premiere, SNL announced three new cast members that will undoubtedly help drive the new direction of the sketch comedy show, even as featured players: Chicago comics Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, and Tim Robinson. Add that new Midwest flavor to fresh Season 37 meat Kate McKinnon — who only began to flex her very funny comedy muscles before the close of the season — and SNL is starting to feel brand spankin' new. And it seems the series is reflecting that in their first guests of the season. Whereas the past two seasons featured SNL mainstays as premiere hosts — Alec Baldwin and Amy Poehler — Season 38 is taking a chance on first-timers Seth MacFarlane and Ocean. And on its own cast. Four years after lingering cast member Fred Armisen debuted his polarizing Barack Obama impersonation, Jay Pharoah will be officially taking up the reins during the sure-to-be politically heavy season. But will this new era of SNL resemble the beloved early 1990s period... or the dreaded Anthony Michael Hall days? We'll be tuning tonight in to find out. But it's easy to have faith knowing this man will be there. Talk about tonight's premiere here, and return back tomorrow for Lisa Costantini's full recap! [Image Credit: NBC] More: Great Job, SNL! Jay Pharoah Set to Take Over Obama Impression This Fall Emmys Idle Threats: Give Bill Hader an Emmy or I'll Sic DJ Baby Bok Choy On You SNL Promos Ask the Tough Questions, Like: Is That Seth MacFarlane's Real Voice? — VIDEO