Adam Scott and Amy Poehler
For last year's Adult Swim sensation The Greatest Event in Television History, a 15-minute spoof that went viral, Adam Scott enlisted Mad Men's Jon Hamm to help him re-create the opening credits of '80s detective series Simon & Simon. Now...
He did whaat? Fans of CBS's The Young and the Restless just found out that good guy Nick Newman — played by longtime fan fave Joshua Morrow — is capable of heartless deceit. Yes, it seems our Nick has known for years that he might not be the biological father of his beloved teen daughter Summer (Hunter King), and he's kept that knowledge from the kid, her mother, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), and Jack (Peter Bergman), the other possible dad. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Morrow about this messy development. Has his character been trashed forever? Or is there a sly way out of this?
Da Vinci's Demons
Let's hope he's packing some garlic. Friday's episode of Starz's historical-fantasy series Da Vinci's Demons will feature a face-off between Leonardo Da Vinci (Tom Riley) and Vlad the Impaler (Paul Rhys), the notorious inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. It's not that crazy a notion: Da Vinci and Vlad were Renaissance contemporaries and close enough neighbors. And Vlad, despite his lust for horrific torture, was hailed as a savior by the Catholic church because he kept the Ottoman Empire from conquering the Italian states.
Another May weekend, another deluge of season finales — though none are likely to blow the mind with as much daring, panache and imaginative fervor as BBC America's gloriously inventive Doctor Who (Saturday, 8/7c), which signs off until next time-travel with one of its trippiest yet emotionally powerful episodes to date. Steven Moffat's typically clever script, brimming with colorful incident and characters grandly heroic or villainous, finds a nifty way to salute the 50-year history of Doctors as we learn more about the impossibly irrepressible companion Clara (the smashing Jenna-Louise Coleman), first seen in a cosmic haze — "I don't know where I am ... Sometimes I think I'm everywhere at once" — with only one constant to guide her: "I have to save the Doctor." That same impulse prompts lizard lady Vastra, her wife Jenny and the stalwart Strax to summon Clara to a psychic conference call, interrupted by the menacing "Whisper Men" (reminiscent of the ghoulish Gentlemen from Buffy's classic "Hush" episode).
Jennifer Lopez is returning to American Idol...at least for the May 16 season finale, where she will perform her new single, "Live it Up." "It's great to go back and see the old gang," she told TV Guide Magazine at the Nuvo TV upfront on May 15, where she was named the Chief Creative Officer for the Latino targeted, English-speaking network. "I do miss it. I had a great time doing Idol."
Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus
In honor of TV Guide Magazine's 60th anniversary, senior critic Matt Roush names the 60 greatest comedies of all time. Here are the top 10, and pick up the new issue (on sale now) to see numbers 11 through 60.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski
Given the fanfare with which NBC is closing The Office after nine seasons (at least two too many), you'd think it was a Cheers or Seinfeld-sized hit from the "must-see" glory days, instead of the show that presided over the slow fade of a once-powerful comedy brand on the back of too many same-seeming niche comedies specializing in preciously arch irony. At its best (the Steve Carell and early Jim-Pam years), The Office had heart as well as range, as it found comic magic in its ensemble once the show emerged from the large shadow cast by the classic Ricky Gervais original series. But now it just hits the same beats over and over to lesser effect, which hasn't stopped NBC from pulling out the stops. The celebration (eulogy?) begins with an hour-long behind-the-scenes retrospective (Thursday, 8/7c) produced by NBC News — which didn't have more pressing business? — featuring interviews from cast members and producers. The main event is a super-sized finale (9/8c) that has swelled to an hour and 15 minutes, staged as a mock reunion of the Dunder Mifflin gang several months after the airing of the mock documentary that took nearly a decade to finish.
Liam is gonna crap. Former Days of Our Lives star Darin Brooks has joined the cast of CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful as Wyatt Fuller, a character described by a show rep as "clever and mysterious and a love interest for Hope Logan [Kim Matula]." Brooks, who won a 2009 Emmy as Days' Max and went on to star in three seasons of Spike's riotously raunchy sitcom Blue Mountain State, has already started shooting at B&B. He'll hit the air June 21. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the star about his juicy — and...
Though as popular as ever, ABC's top comedy Modern Family isn't always the most pleasant company — and in this week's episode (Wednesday, 9/8c), several of the more abrasive and prickly characters (notably, siblings Claire and Mitchell) confront their dark side with sporadically funny if sometimes predictable results.
TV has had its share of good doctors, but The Middle (Wednesday, 8/7c, ABC) has a good dentist: Dr. Goodwin, novice hygienist Frankie Heck's new boss, played with gusto by 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer.