Constructing the new multimillion-dollar studio for NBC's upcoming newsmagazine show Rock Center With Brian Williams has been a TV version of an archaeological dig. "We've found a piece of the set from the soap opera The Doctors," says Williams. "And an old applause sign from when they did live TV there."
Uncovering remnants of the past in the Rockefeller Center location seems fitting, as Williams' newsmagazine sounds like a bit of a throwback as well. Rock Center (expected to be the first replacement on the schedule when one of NBC's new fall shows falters) will have two or three ambitious, deeply reported stories each hour, following the model of 60 Minutes. NBC News even enlisted former 60 Minutes producer Rome Hartman to put together a team that shares that show's sensibility. "He's assembled an army," says Williams, who will anchor the live program while remaining at NBC Nightly News. "In the world of producers and correspondents, this is going to be Cooperstown."
Even a Jedi knight is no match for spy-for-hire Chuck Bartowski! Sci-fi icon Mark Hamill (with Zachary Levi) guest stars as a rich thief named Jean Claude for Chuck's October 21 season premiere.
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 4 premiere of ABC's Castle. Read at your own risk.]
"I remember everything."
With those words, spoken by Detective Kate Beckett in the closing moments of Castle's Season 4 premiere, the show kicked off what is sure to be a rollercoaster season of secrets.
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After narrowly surviving the gunshot she suffered in the Season 3 finale, Beckett (Stana Katic) tells Castle (Nathan Fillion) that she doesn't remember anything from the day she was shot — including the fact that Castle told Beckett he loved her. But in the premiere's final moments, Beckett confesses to her police-mandated shrink (Michael Dorn) that she she's been lying about her faulty memory.
But why? "She's scared to admit that she heard him because she's scared that the relationship is going to go to the next level and it could potentially ruin their friendship," creator and executive producer Andrew W. Marlowe tells TVGuide.com...
Here's what Glee boss Ryan Murphy says he likes about his new team of writers: "We hired people who will read scenes and scripts and go, 'We can do better, let's change that. Like, they'll literally say, 'You know what? We don't wanna do that with Mercedes. No one wants to f---ing see that.'"
That may sound extreme, but to help plot out what will be senior year for most of the McKinley High glee clubbers, Murphy says he specifically sought out writers with "big opinions" about the show. Why? Because the second season of Glee had been hit with its own kind of Slushee and was in need of cleaning up.
Two And A Half Men
Should I start watching Two and a Half Men now that Ashton Kutcher has taken over for Charlie Sheen?
Full disclosure: I'm a terrible choice to recap the premiere of Men 2.0 really. Did I enjoy watching the show over which Sheen formerly held court? Um, no. Did I watch an episode or two while visiting my parents in Florida for Easter and not really mind it exactly? Sure. Was I a Kutcher fan from his days on That '70s Show? Nope. Will I admit to watching — and moderately enjoying -- Dude, Where's My Car? while home from work hungover sick? OK, fine. That said, my feelings about the merger of the relative pop-culture magnetism of Two and a Half Men and Kutcher can be summarized in one simple word brought to the colonies by my Emerald Isle forebears: meh.
As near as I can gather, Charlie Harper (Sheen) died...
Zooey Deschanel may be Fox's New Girl, but with more than a dozen movies, several high-profile TV appearances, her indie-rock band She & Him and a sister who's a staple on the network that houses her new comedy, the 31-year-old actress is anything but new.
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But just in case you're still unclear of who this adorable star is, TVGuide.com sat down with Deschanel to get the scoop on her and New Girl, where she plays an unlucky-in-love elementary school teacher who moves out of her philandering boyfriend's apartment and in with three unruly guys.
1. Zooey doesn't mind being branded "adorable." From the billboards to the TV spots, if viewers know anything about New Girl's leading lady, it's that she's adorable. That was even the topic discussed at length at this summer's Fox fall TV previews. But Deschanel doesn't mind the label. "I just...
Two Broke Girls, The Playboy Club
With all the hubbub of Two and a Half Men's new man Ashton Kutcher taking over for Charlie Sheen on the ninth season premiere Monday night, it might be easy to forget that a comedy from the executive producer of Sex and the City debuted immediately after. The equally numerically descriptive 2 Broke Girls stars Kat Dennings as a sassy waitress who reluctantly befriends privileged but now broke girl Caroline (Beth Behrs).
After a competitive season featuring Elise's big mouth, Elise's feud with Carrie and even more incessant Elise drama, Hell's Kitchen finally crowned its new winner Monday night. Did Elise live up to her own hype?
Going into the two-hour finale, Will Lustberg, Paul Niedermann, Tommy Stevens and Elise Wims were the final chefs vying to snag the position of chef-de-cuisine at Gordon Ramsay's BLT Steak in New York City.