It's hard to say no to Meredith Vieira. While putting together her new daytime show, NBCUniversal executives let the host pick her executive producer, sidekick, band — even the furniture on her set (a tatty, pet-ravaged couch from her Westchester, New York, home). Perhaps the "suits" — as Vieira calls them — are aware that she is one of the rare TV talents who is not afraid to walk away from it all.
After becoming, at age 35 in 1989, the youngest correspondent ever hired by 60 Minutes, she left the prestigious CBS newsmagazine two years later to have her second child when then-executive producer Don Hewitt refused her request to work part-time. Her very public decision sparked a national conversation on the challenges for women who balance motherhood and career. After an Emmy award-winning stint on the ABC newsmagazine Turning Point, she changed course, becoming a founding panelist on the daytime coffee klatch The View in 1997.
Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe
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Question: You are probably going to get a lot of angry email about how Orange Is the New Black and True Detective didn't win any of the major Emmys. But I think they may have suffered from submitting in the wrong category, and some of the voters probably didn't want to get more viewers angry after letting both OITNB and True Detective submit in the wrong categories. So glad for Julianna Margulies' win for The Good Wife and Jim Parsons' win for The Big Bang Theory. But the biggest shock for me is Sherlock's three wins, couldn't be any happier. Which win/snub shocked you, and do you think OITNB and True Detective could have won more awards if they had submitted in the proper categories? — Aadil
Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors
Spider-Man is getting an upgrade. In the third season his animated Disney XD series, the popular webslinger gets a promotion to the Avengers, and makes some new friends (and enemies) along the way. The new season — premiering Sunday, Aug. 31 at 9 a.m./8c — also comes with a very Marvel-ous mouthful of new title: Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors.
That's all folks! The final episode of The Looney Tunes Show is going to be super. Cartoon Network's Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck comedy signs off Sunday with a Superman-themed adventure. Bugs recounts his time as the caped crusading SuperRabbit, facing off against Daffy in the role of General Zod and Elmer Fudd as Lex Luthor.
Ed Helms goes postal this fall as a special guest star in Brooklyn Nine-Nine's second season. The Office vet will play an agent working for the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) whom Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) struggles with in order to work a case.
Family Guy and The Simpsons Crossover Episode
D'oh...nuts! Homer Simpson and his clan make a guest appearance on the Sept. 28 season premiere of Family Guy (9/8c, Fox) when the Griffins visit Springfield.
Brats Bart and Stewie team up for trouble, Lisa teaches Meg how to play the sax, and Homer and Peter shoot the bull over brewskis. "We let [the Family Guy team] do their thing with the script," says The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. "Both shows are all about satire. We weren't about to say, 'You can't make fun of us!'"
The NBC sitcom Welcome to Sweden couldn't get much more personal for Greg Poehler. Not only is it based on his life — he married a woman from Sweden and moved there — he also stars as, Bruce, a money manager to the stars who follows a woman to Stockholm (where much of the show was filmed). Then there's Poehler's sister, Amy, who serves as an executive producer and appears in multiple episodes.
Nicole Munoz, Linda Hamilton and Justin Rain
Come with me if you want to live! Linda Hamilton emerged from 1984's The Terminator as one of the great heroines of science fiction — now she's threatening to do some terminating of her own. On Thursday's two-hour season finale of the futuristic Western Defiance, Hamilton's crazed character, Pilar McCawley, will kidnap her pregnant daughter at gunpoint and attempt to take her far away.
Andre Braugher and Kyra Sedgwick
The Closer vet Kyra Sedgwick returns to the force in an arresting guest stint beginning Oct. 5. Sedgwick will appear in two episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch, who shares an acrimonious history with Captain Holt (Andre Braugher).