Linda Lavin, Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty
Pity the network that has to follow cable at the annual Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Such was long-time underdog NBC's lot on Saturday, putting its happiest face on a mixed bag of new fall programming in front of an audience that just a day earlier had sat in rapt fascination as the cast and creator of AMC's Breaking Bad presented their farewell TCA panel — the first episode of its final run (airing Aug. 11) is as gripping as you could hope, by the way. The cable portion of TCA also included a spectacularly geek-tastic celebration of Doctor Who's upcoming 50th anniversary staged by BBC America (complete with TARDIS and Dalek, a roving Cyberman and a museum-quality display of costumes and props).
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NBC didn't improve its overall ratings this past season, but network chairman Bob Greenblatt remains positive.
"How good is it to celebrate being flat? At this point in our business, flat is the new up," he said Saturday at the Television Critics Association fall previews. Greenblatt pointed out that the other Big 4 networks (ABC, CBS and FOX were all down ) and dubbed the 2012 season as the "Year of Improvement," citing that it was the network's most competitive season in the past nine years.
Diane Lane and Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are divorcing after eight years of marriage, a rep for Brolin confirms to TVGuide.com.
Henry Cavill shows off Superman's vaunted power in the first photo from the upcoming film Man of Steel.
Laurence Fishburne to play Perry White in Man of Steel
Looks like the thing to do after leaving a crime procedural is to join Man of Steel.
Laurence Fishburne, who exited CSI after two seasons, has signed on to the Superman reboot as Daily Planet Editor-in-Chief Perry White, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Laurence Fishburne exits CSI after two seasons
Fishburne is the first black actor to play the part. He succeeds ...
Former Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Christopher Meloni is in talks for a role in the new Superman film, Man of Steel, Deadline.com reports.
Meloni, who left the long-running NBC procedural after contract negotiations stalled earlier this year, will reportedly join the film...
Russell Crowe is looking to join Zach Snyder's cinematic Superman reboot, Man of Steel, reports Variety's Showblitz blog reports.
The Oscar-winning actor would play Superman's biological father Jor-El, the role immortalized by Marlon Brando in the 1978 film Superman.
Henry Cavill is engaged
Tim Robbins, Diane Lane
Below is a montage of scenes from the first modern reality show, 1973's An American Family, and their counterparts in HBO's original movie Cinema Verite, which premiered on Saturday. Watching Diane Lane's and Tim Robbins' performances next to the people they're portraying (Pat and Bill Loud), the differences are obvious — the fictional spin on the Louds is infinitely more melodramatic. Peaceful discussions get injected with hostility and hysteria, scenes stretch on to belabor points and simple goodbyes become heavy-handed symbols...
This weekend, HBO offers up a comedy special (Talking Funny), a new movie about an historic TV phenom (Cinema Verite) and the return of a distinguished drama series (Treme). All are worth a look. It's actually an HBO grand slam if you count Game of Thrones, the triumphant adult fantasy series that was renewed for a second season shortly after the first episode aired. (HBO has a tradition of doing this, but rarely in recent years has the network's enthusiasm been so well deserved.)
In Thrones' eventful second chapter (Sunday, 9/8c), you begin to sense the series' range, as many characters begin disparate journeys through the sprawling land of Westeros: dutiful Ned Stark heads out with...
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan
Supernatural (Friday, 9/8c, The CW)
Winchesters, meet Colt! As in: the real Samuel Colt, whose infamous demon-destroying gun has loomed large throughout Supernatural's mythology. This week, Dean gets to play cowboy — Sam is less thrilled — when Castiel sends the brothers back in time to the Wild West to get some guidance from the proverbial horse's mouth. Speaking of weapons, over on Fox's Fringe in the same time period, an apocalyptic scenario is triggered when Walternate revs up the doomsday device "over there," in hopes of rocking our (and specifically Peter's) world.