David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel
In this exclusive sneak-peek image, a glowing Bones (Emily Deschanel) shares a touching moment with Booth (David Boreanaz) as they prepare for a new day. "Season 7 starts with Brennan and Booth as many fans have always wanted them...
There's music in the air on the Los Angeles set of Fox's breakout comedy New Girl. Inside the trailer of star Zooey Deschanel, an electric ukulele rests on the couch. "It's my backup from when I was touring," she says. "Sometimes I'll just sing at lunch for people." She even installed a karaoke machine in the show's hair-and-makeup trailer. Creator Liz Meriwether says with a laugh, "I have gone to makeup at four in the morning and there's this music pumping, she's dancing, and I'm like, 'How do you still have enough energy?'"
The cast and crew of New Girl have plenty to sing about these days. The show's premiere episode opened to 10 million viewers on September 20, building on lead-in Glee and benefiting from a bold Fox strategy: making the episode available on iTunes more than a week in advance. "It feels like...
The Playboy Club
It took years for The Playboy Club to hop into primetime. It took NBC three weeks to kill it.
Quick cancellations are nothing new in TV, but the rapid demise of The Playboy Club might serve as a cautionary tale for programmers as they depend more on familiar franchises and icons to attract distracted viewers.
With so much competition for the attention of viewers, network execs are looking for anything that might give them an edge in marketing and awareness — which is why so many remakes with familiar titles are hitting the air. The Playboy Club wasn't a reboot of an old show, but rather an original series looking to leverage a popular global brand.
NBC liked that the name "Playboy" would at least cut through the clutter of fall TV's slew of new series launches. "Many programmers would look at it and say, 'Here's a huge brand that should be able to...
They rarely make TV-movies like Lifetime's Five (Monday, 9/8c) anymore, and I really wish they would. A sensitively told issue-of-the-week anthology in the classic life-affirming tear-jerker tradition, the high-profile talent is on both sides of the camera in these intertwined vignettes dealing with breast cancer. Though the subject matter is wrenching, the tone here is more about emotional uplift, emphasizing the importance of bringing loved ones along for the fight.
These days, a lot of TV actresses are taking on dual roles: The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine), Ringer's Sarah Michelle Gellar (Bridget/Siobhan) and The Lying Game's Alexandra Chando (Emma/Sutton). But back in 1963, Patty Duke was all on her own as identical cousins Patty and Cathy Lane on The Patty Duke Show. "We didn't have digital anything," recalls Duke, 64. "We'd [shoot] the Patty side first, then everyone would stand in place while I sneaked off and came back dressed as Cathy. In postproduction, they would actually split the celluloid."
Tonight Duke is returning to TV for a guest appearance on Hawaii Five-0. It's a role she couldn't turn down. "I play a woman in the second stage of Alzheimer's whose son was involved in a nefarious deal with gold coins in the ocean," says Duke, who took home the best supporting actress Oscar for The Miracle Worker in 1962. "McGarrett [Alex O'Loughlin] and Lori [Lauren German] come to inform my character that her son is dead and find that I'm living 20 or 30 years in the past. In her head, [her] son is still a boy coming home from school any minute for a sandwich."
Bryan Cranston and Bob Odenkirk
Casa Tranquila, my eye! (Or, rather, Gus's eye.)
Is The Walking Dead going to reintroduce fan favorite Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker), who went MIA in Season 1 after chopping off his cuffed hand to escape becoming zombie lunch? Sounds like November 13 could be the night. That's when the AMC series centers an entire episode around Merle's bad boy brother, Daryl (Norman Reedus).
"It's pretty much all Daryl on his own, in a hard-core man-versus...