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What went wrong? Daytime soaps are currently enjoying one hell of a ratings renaissance but it wasn't that long ago that they were considered dead as disco. How did such once-mighty shows as Guiding Light, As the World Turns, All My Children and One Life to Live get the ax in quick succession? Were there people at the networks who secretly wanted them gone? If so, why? And how come our beloved soaps are suddenly so damn hot again? Will it last?
It ain't easy being Justified's Boyd Crowder. But creating the character? That's a heckuva good time, both for actor Walton Goggins and exec producer Graham Yost. "He's changed a lot over the seasons," Goggins tells TV Guide Magazine. "That's been so rewarding for me as an actor. And he's got a lot more changes to go."
You sci-fi fans sure are a crafty crowd! Responding to Fox and Almost Human's invite to remake the show's extended trailer, droves of viewers submitted their DIY renditions that varied in style, sophistication and, honestly, visual success. Now, the best bits of the batch have been patched together into a full-length clip that plays like a scene-for-scene substitute for the original cinematic promo created by Ari Margolis of Fox's Special Ops marketing brain trust. Just be warned: Some of this stuff is Almost too funny to take in with a single viewing.
LEGOS, little kids playing Kennix and Dorian, a laughable line-reading of "I was made to feel!," and a last-seconds shot of our beloved Fringe vet John Noble? Be still our Human hearts! What do you think of this homemade hybrid?
My Strange Addiction
TLC's human shockfest My Strange Addiction returns for a fifth season on New Year's Day with the one-hour special I'm A Living Doll, which explores the lives of three people who undergo radical plastic surgery, extreme diets and other appearance-altering means in order to look like human dolls.
The special premieres Jan. 1 at 9/8c, followed by two more new episodes at 10/9c. Among the stories explored: A woman who dresses up like a pony every day; a single mother who drinks paint; two identical twins who haven't been apart for more than 30 minutes in 20 years; and a 26-year-old who eats mattresses, consuming a total of eight beds in the past 20 years.
My Strange Addiction continues on Jan. 8 at 10/9c with cases including a 33-year-old man who has spent $100,000 on plastic surgery to look like Justin Bieber; a woman who chews on dirty diapers; a man who's hooked on leeches; and a woman who eats an entire palate of eye shadow in one sitting. Who's hungry?
Disney Channel is turning to some of the darkest characters on the Disney shelf for its next live-action movie. Descendants will focus on the progeny of Disney baddies like Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar.
But the movie, directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), will follow these modern-day teens as they begin to question the evil in their hearts. Casting is currently under way for Descendants, which is set to begin production next spring and premiere in 2015.
While Modern Family is still contemplating an offer from Australia to come film an episode Down Under, the ABC comedy is planning a trip closer to its L.A. home base. "It's looking like we probably will do an episode where everybody goes to Las Vegas," reveals executive producer Chris Lloyd. "It's at the seventy-five percent stage now, but...
As 2013 comes to a close, the major television conglomerates are doing some housekeeping — and that includes clearing the deck of some of their "zombie channels." Among the neglected networks stumbling toward the end of their runs: SoapNet is shutting down at the end of the year, while NBCUniversal owner Comcast has quietly announced that it is "ceasing distribution" of G4 at the start of January.
Meanwhile, A+E Networks announced this week that it would morph its neglected Bio channel into....
Zoinks! How's this for an unexpected crossover: Scooby-Doo and his pals are set to team up with the stars of the WWE (aka World Wrestling Entertainment) in an upcoming animated DVD movie. Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery sends the gang on a trip to Wrestle City, where — shocker! — they find themselves in supernatural sleuthing mode.
A mysterious ghostly bear is on the rampage, wreaking havoc on WrestleMania and attempting to steal the championship gold belt. Before you can say, "ruh-roh," Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the lords of the wrestling ring to sort out the bear facts.
WWE stars John Cena, Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, AJ Lee, The Miz and Kane all provide their own voices, as does WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery — a co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and WWE Studios — goes on sale March 25 in DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD platforms. Here's an exclusive first look at the movie:
The Simpsons Get the White Christmas Blues
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas — but only where The Simpsons live. The long-running Fox series will celebrate the holidays Sunday, Dec. 15 (8/7c) in predictably screwy fashion: Thanks to global warming, there's no snow anywhere in the United States except in Springfield, where a radiation leak at the town's nuclear-power plant has resulted in lots of local white stuff. Cue the price gouging.