Rock Center with Brian Williams
The biggest TV news of the night comes from a network's news division, as NBC News launches Rock Center With Brian Williams (10/9c), the first high-profile network newsmagazine with serious intent to premiere in a long while, closer in tone to 60 Minutes than Dateline's lurid true-crime fixation. How serious is this? No less a legend than Ted Koppel has signed on as ...
Jimmy Fallon is returning to Saturday Night Live to host for the first time, NBC announced Monday.
Fallon will host on Dec. 17 with Michael Bublé returning for his second time as the musical guest.
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Our top moments of the week:
11. Worst Liar: Jerry Bruckheimer's new heist show Take the Money & Run rewards criminal masterminding: Hide a case containing $100,000 and if the cops can't find it within 48 hours while you're being interrogated, the dough is yours. How hard can it be, right? Apparently very hard for Paul. With 15 hours to go, Paul folds like a cheap tent — with tears in his eyes, natch — and confesses where he and his brother, Raul, hid the...
Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (of which I'm a charter voting member) handed out its inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards on June 20. On the red carpet, the nominated actors and producers — all hopeful they'll also be on the Primetime Emmy ballot when it's announced July 14 — filled me in on what they're hatching for their exciting fall returns.
The Middle (Best Comedy nominee)
Cocreator Eileen Heisler tells me they are superclose to signing...
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
After the New York State Senate passed a law Friday night allowing same-sex marriages, Twitter exploded with an outpour of love and support from celebrities. Here are some of the best tweets:
"It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!" —Neil Patrick Harris
"I've already proposed, he said yes! Thank god!" —David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris' partner
"I'm thrilled about the news from NY. Marriage equality! Every day we get a little closer. What an amazing feeling. —Ellen DeGeneres
The Today Show
Wednesday marked Meredith Vieira's final Today show, and she received a fond, elaborate sendoff...
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon
Justin Timberlake closed out Season 36 of Saturday Night Live, reprising two memorable sketches — co-hosting "The Barry Gibb Talk Show" with SNL alum Jimmy Fallon and re-teaming with Andy Samberg for a third digital short in their '90s R&B group alter egos from "D--- in a Box" and "Motherlover."
Musical guest Lady Gaga also got to have some fun in "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," which saw Timberlake — who was serving as the show's host for the fourth time — and Samberg singing about how it's not gay if it's a three-way, "with a...
Ed Helms, Saturday Night Live
Ed Helms shared the stage for his first time hosting Saturday Night Live, welcoming old Daily Show co-stars Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert, among other surprise guests.
Carell and Colbert, who voiced the SNL cartoon "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" in the '90s, helped bring the popular sketch to life for the first time. However this time, Carell and Colbert played two of the villains — along with Helms — while superheroes Ace and Gary were portrayed by Jon Hamm and...
Patricia Heaton, The Middle
In honor of Mother's Day, let's start there. I've already penned a tribute to the mighty Mags Bennett of FX's Justified, a poison-packing mountain mama fiercely and fatally devoted to her degenerate brood, as we saw in this week's fabulous finale. Brava, Margo Martindale. But that same Wednesday night, another Midwestern mom — The Middle's Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) from Orson, IN — gave us a pungently funny reminder of why our moms deserve a big hug every day...
President Barack Obama
Our top moments of the week:
15. You Can't Handle the Truth Award: After Dustin's past in the gay porn industry is revealed on The Real World, his girlfriend reacts in a completely predictable and healthy way: by shoving her tongue down the throat of her female roommate, Nany, in front of everyone. Either this is her weird ...