It's quite a week for those who enjoy rugged armchair escapism of the historical epic variety. First came the three nights of Discovery's enjoyable gold-rush melodrama Klondike (repeated in its entirety on Saturday, starting at 9:30 am/8:30c), during which Jack London (played by Johnny Simmons) is heard rhapsodizing, "What you're looking at here is a walking, talking novel," as he surveys the squalor and violent desperation teeming throughout Dawson City, the miniseries' Yukon frontier setting.
Christina Ricci, Clea Duvall
Was legendary ax murderer Lizzie Borden nothing more than a cold-blooded killer? That's the basis for Lifetime's latest film, which stars Christina Ricci as the titular woman standing trial for the murder of her parents.
While there are countless theories about Borden's crimes — including that her father Andrew Borden's illegitimate son committed the murders or Lizzie committed them during an epileptic fit brought on by menstruation — Lizzie Borden Took an Ax seems happier sticking to the general consensus that Lizzie did the deed.
James Heerdegen, Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci married her longtime boyfriend, camera technician James Heerdegen,Saturday in New York City, People reports.
Imagine a world in which the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball all decided to move their seasons to the same time of year. It would be chaos, for fans and the professional sports business alike. And yet, in television, that's essentially what happens during pilot season.
The broadcast networks traditionally order pilots during the first few months of the year. From there, it's a race to find the best actors, hire a crew, build sets and produce a show before May, when the upcoming fall schedules are announced. The field has always been crowded, but this spring, several cable networks and online retailer-turned-programmer Amazon are also developing new shows that they hope will go to series (cable networks typically produce pilots throughout the year, usually avoiding the spring).
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The broadcast networks are desperate for your attention. They know that you're overwhelmed with their programming and distracted by cable, the Internet and now even streaming services. Plus, they didn't produce a new major hit this season, and their ratings are suffering for it.
That's why this year's crop of nearly 100 series pilots at the five networks (48 comedy and 50 drama from the five networks) is all about being big: big stars, big producers, big concepts.
Will she wear black to the wedding? The Addams Family alum Christina Ricci confirmed she is engaged to boyfriend James Heerdegen, Us Weekly reports...
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Our top moments of the week:
17. Craziest Crowd: This little British boy band called One Direction — perhaps you've heard of them? — appear on the Today show Tuesday in front of a record-breaking crowd to perform their hit "Live While We're Young" to throngs upon throngs of teenagers (and their very loving parents). Ironically, nobody can hear the performance they camped outside for four whole days to see over the cacophony of screams coming from the audience.
16. Lamest Twist: Top Chef brings back alums Stefan, C.J. and Josie to judge a Quickfire, but their work doesn't end there. After they name a...
Julianna Margulies and Amanda Peet
Court is in session for a whole new slew of high-profile guest stars on The Good Wife.
After kicking off the season with a bang — including guest stars like Nathan Lane, Kristin Chenoweth and Maura Tierney — the critical darling is keeping the momentum going in Season 4 with ....
Bill Maher has landed a familiar Good Wife role.
The Real Time with Bill Maher host will play...
Pan Am star Christina Ricci has landed at The Good Wife as Lockhart/Gardner's latest client.
Ricci, 32, will guest-star in an upcoming episode as a...