It's The X-Files meets Twin Peaks — but animated. Oh, and for kids. Disney Channel's Gravity Falls, which launches tonight at 9:30/8:30c, may be unlike any other cartoon out there for the runny-nose set — and that's the appeal.
Disney, which already reinvented its cartoon brand with irreverent fare like megahit Phineas and Ferb, goes even further down that path with Gravity Falls, the tale of a brother and sister forced to spend the summer with their great-uncle (or "Grunkle") in a town where very weird things happen. Jason Ritter plays bright-eyed youngster Dipper Pines, while Kristen Schaal provides the voice of his eager sister Mabel. Linda Cardellini is on board as teenager Wendy, the older object of Dipper's affections.
As his new show prepares to debut, Charlie Sheen is getting nostalgic for his old one. Sheen, who helped pick 24 episodes of Two and a Half Men for FX to air as a 12-hour marathon leading up to the launch of Anger Management on Thursday, is even feeling charitable towards his ex-boss.
Dunder-Mifflin temp Ryan Howard may be joining his on-again, off-again flame Kelly Kapoor in exiting The Office. B.J. Novak, who has doubled as a writer off-screen and a series regular on-screen since The Office's 2005 launch, is leaving as a full-time part of the show.
As Abed would say, "cool-cool-cool." It's #sixseasonsandamovieandanothercomicconpanel as TV Guide Magazine can officially confirm that yes, as the show's stars hinted last week, fan favorite Community is returning to San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. And this year, the organizers didn't Britta it: The gang from Greendale are movin' on up to...
Executive producer Brenda Hampton knows a thing or two about the life of the American teenager. Her family drama 7th Heaven ran for 11 seasons and now her hit ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager is marking its landmark 100th episode on Monday (8/7c). Secret Life stars Shailene Woodley as a high school student whose life gets turned upside down when she becomes pregnant — and things just get more complicated from there. Hampton took a moment to tell us why we should learn the secrets of The Secret Life.
TV Guide Magazine: It's been 100 episodes. Is the American teenager's life secret anymore?
Brenda Hampton: Oh yeah. Teenagers always have secrets. That's because they're never doing what they're supposed to do. You were a teenager, right? You have secrets from when you were a teen, don't you? No? Liar!
Marc Cherry's Devious Maids is headed to Lifetime. The network has picked up 13 episodes of the soap for a 2013 launch.
The show was originally developed this spring for ABC, but the network ultimately passed on turning the pilot into a series. Cherry's first series since Desperate Housewives ended its run, the show centers on a group of five maids who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
A few years ago, the broadcast networks finally woke up from their summer slumber and realized they'd ceded too much ground during the warmer months. Cable was winning the battle for the hearts and eyes of summer TV viewers by offering heavily promoted scripted fare — and the networks were mostly in rerun hell. "People got used to going away from the broadcasters in the summer," says The CW president Mark Pedowitz. "Now you're dealing with viewing patterns and trying to change them."
Food Network has quietly scheduled the new special Health Inspectors, which follows restaurant consultant Ben Vaughn as he helps a restaurant do what it takes to pass a health inspection and stay open for business.
Director Kevin Smith has publicly announced his retirement from filmmaking, yet the brash auteur seems busier than ever. He produces and appears in the AMC reality series Comic Book Men (set in the New Jersey comic book store he owns), has launched a podcast and Internet radio service, and is behind the new Hulu movie-centric talk show Spoilers. The show features Smith and a studio audience chatting about an upcoming summer movie (which they previously screened). Among the upcoming movies discussed: Magic Mike, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises and Total Recall. Smith answered our showrunner survey to explain why we should log in and be spoiled...