Sunday marked Ellen DeGeneres' sophomore outing as host of the Academy Awards, and the typically tame comedienne offered up some jokes that were more barbed than usual during her opening monologue.
In her intro to the show, DeGeneres took jabs at everyone from June Squibb to Jennifer Lawrence.
"I never feel guilty eating anything," purrs Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) as he serves up another portion of some erotically charged exotic delicacy. NBC's Hannibal (Friday, 10/9c), in its second season, is a feast of macabre freakishness, going beyond the realm of guilty pleasure in a sustained nightmare of horrific yet elegantly hypnotic design.
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the Season 2 premiere of Netflix's House of Cards. Read at your own risk.]
House of Cards' second season premiere ends with Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood telling viewers, using his trademark direct address to the audience in the most meta way possible, not to spend much time fretting over his most recent deplorable act. "For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy," Frank purrs. "There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted. Welcome back."
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon on the D.C. thriller's second season
For much of the episode, Frank is the one being hunted. Although Frank is on the brink of being confirmed for the vice presidency, he still has a major problem...
While the Olympians continue to dominate the TV spotlight in Sochi, another gathering of championship talent takes a bow in the weekend's other gold-medal event: PBS's Great Performances presentation of National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (Friday, 9/8c, check tvguide.com listings).
Laurence Olivier led the National Theatre upon its founding in 1963, and he and other luminaries are seen in vintage clips from past productions, interspersed throughout a dazzling evening of live re-enactments and tantalizing excerpts from landmark plays, including Angels in America, Stuff Happens, The History Boys and War Horse. Fans of Downton Abbey will delight to see the Dowager Countess Maggie Smith in her 1964 prime, vamping in ...
Conniving politico Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) isn't facing term limits just yet. Days before the release of House of Cards' Season 2 — Netflix will start streaming all 13 episodes on Feb. 14 — the Washington, D.C., thriller secured a third season pickup. Executive producer Beau Willimon recently spoke with TV Guide Magazine on the show's return, how Netflix treats the drama and how he reacted when President Obama declared himself a fan.