It's the little late-night talk show that could. Next week, Watch What Happens Live — the kooky, wildly unpredictable chat-fest hosted by Andy Cohen — marks its fifth year on the air. That's no small feat, considering its very humble beginning as a shoestring web series anchored by a largely unknown Bravo network executive. Since then, plenty has changed. For starters, Cohen has become a celebrity in his own right, with one bestselling book down and a second due in the fall. And the ratings have grown. About 334,000 people tuned in for the first televised episode in 2009; this spring, WWHL hit an all-time high of 3.9 million viewers, and it's up 7 percent over Conan this season. The star power is also higher wattage. Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan and Oprah Winfrey are among the guests who have partaken in the mélange of parlor games, free-flowing cocktails and general pop-culture revelry that's made the pint-size "Bravo Clubhouse" ground zero for countless watercooler moments. We sat down with Cohen in his Manhattan studio to relive the wild ride...
There's another serious new player in the ever-expanding universe of online original-content providers (see: Netflix and Hulu) — and happily, Amazon's entry into this suddenly cluttered marketplace is not just seriously funny, but it's as bracingly timely as the latest exasperating political headline.
Alpha House (three episodes bow Friday on amazon.com, with future episodes available to Amazon Prime subscribers) is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company. The setting is a Washington, D.C., row house, home away from home for four Republican senators, led by the fearlessly outrageous John Goodman as a good-old-boy/former football star who's outraged to discover he won't be able to coast through his next election. (His new opponent: a legendary Duke coach. As someone observes: "You're like a retired god. He's active.")
Amazon has announced premiere dates for its first two original series, Alpha House and Betas.
Alpha House will premiere on Nov. 15, while Betas will bow a week later on Nov. 22. The first three episodes of each show will be available immediately to all Amazon customers for free. After the first episodes premiere, Amazon will release one episode weekly via its Prime Instant Video service, for Amazon Prime subscribers.
Jessica Simpson treated her Twitter followers to a very special treat on Thursday.
As part of the social media trend "Throwback Thursday," Simpson posted a vintage video of her high school performance of A Chorus Line's famous number "The Music and the Mirror."
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Amazon has ordered five original series, including the political comedy Alpha House starring John Goodman.
Amazon Studios made all of its 14 pilots available for free back in April, and used feedback from Amazon and LOVEFiLM customers to help decide which pilots would be among the company's first original series.
Marc Consuelos, Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, and Ripa commemorated the event by posting a picture of their Vegas wedding.
"OMG. Here it is. 5/1/96," Ripa tweeted, along with the photo.
Amazon is throwing the lid off TV's pilot process. As it looks to join rival Netflix in the original series game, the online retailer has just posted pilot episodes of six sitcoms, two animated comedies and six children's cartoons. Amazon will then gauge audience reaction before making series orders.
Pilots are usually screened in network boardrooms and closed-door focus groups. But in an extensive interview with TV Guide Magazine, Amazon Studios director Roy Price says he wanted to make the service's selection process transparent for U.S., U.K. and (soon) Germany audiences...
On Thursday's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert debuted a "sneak peek" at Breaking Abbey. You know, the Breaking Bad adaptation as performed by cast members from Downton Abbey.
Anthology series American Horror Story kicked off its second chapter, subtitled Asylum, and it made the first season look like child's play.
Set in the 1960s, the series takes viewers inside Briarcliff Manor, an asylum for the criminally insane run by the Catholic Church. Where the first season was the study of adultery, Year 2 takes a look at the definition of insanity. From those who run the asylum all the way down to the inmates, it's anyone's guess as to who is truly sane.
American Horror Story's second season asks: What is sanity?
Since Season 2 is a completely different story from the first season, with completely different characters, let's take a look at the 5 things we learned from the season premiere:
FX has released the first trailer for American Horror Story: Asylum — and it's as creepy as ever.
With birds chirping and church bells ringing in the background, a nun appears in the frame and empties out a bucket filled with body parts before walking away.
The new rubber man, Lange's character and more American Horror Story: Asylum spoilers
The upcoming season takes place in the 1960s at a Catholic Church-run sanitarium in New England that's run by Jessica Lange and Joseph Fiennes. The remaining details remain a mystery aside from the names of cast members, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan, Clea DuVall, James Cromwell, Mark Consuelos, Chloë Sevigny and Chris Zylka.