So this online stuff is pretty messed up, huh?
Last night, ABC Family debuted its original movie Cyberbu//y and if you didn't see it, you probably should. And if you have kids, ya definitely should. Because it turns out that those Kardashian sex tapes and sad Live Journal fanfic forums aren't the Internet's biggest problems. Online bullying is.
Charting one teen's nightmarish run-in with cyber taunts from bitchy classmates and strangers alike (including a fake suitor created by a jealous pal), this unsettling, at times heartbreaking, flick was like the anti-Social Network. Instead of showing how fun sites like Facebook or Twitter can be, we got to see how ferocious the web can get...
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Question: I thought the Emmy nominations were spot on except in the following areas. I love Kathy Bates, but can't stand her in Harry's Law, a show I find to be lazy. Tina Fey and NBC should in no way be proud of 30 Rock's nominations, a show that has been running on fumes since the end of season 3. I don't understand the love for this show anymore. When this show first came out it was a breath of fresh air in the comedy genre. Now it reeks of stale, recycled storylines. It all revolves around Tracy Morgan's character and his stupid antics and Tina Fey's character constantly playing babysitter. For a show that's paced in real time, it amazes me how the only character to have evolved on this series is Baldwin's Jack. I'm also delighted that Cougar Town was allegedly snubbed; I find it to be a dreadful series. Ecstatic about Parks and Recreation, a show that truly deserves to be nominated. Now that I've ranted, I think I'll go to bed. Love reading your column. — MW
Matt Roush: As you'd expect, there are as many opinions about the Emmy nominations as there are Emmy nominations...
Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies
One of the highlights of Comic-Con 2010 was the surprise appearance of the quirky Canadian pop-rock band Barenaked Ladies at The Big Bang Theory panel to sing their catchy theme song to the hit CBS sitcom. (Sample lyric: "Religion or astronomy, Descartes or Deuteronomy, it all started with the big bang.") It was an exhilarating moment for the crowd — and the cast. "To hear thousands of fans screaming and singing along with them was truly moving for me," says Simon Helberg, aka Howard Wolowitz. "Nothing to make a man question his masculinity like crying during an accordion solo."
Cloo, the NBCUniversal cable network formerly known as Sleuth, as ordered its first-ever original show.
Killer Instinct, a 13-part true-crime series, will premiere Saturday, Sept. 17 on the crime-and-mystery channel. The one-hour show explores some of the country's most notorious crimes, as seen through the eyes of FBI criminal profiler Mark Safarik.
Safarik, who has helped solve countless high-profile cases, will show how...
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Merlin is conjuring up another season at Syfy. The drama, which saw its ratings rise in season three, will be back for a fourth season in 2012.
The show — known as The Adventures of Merlin throughout the rest of the world, outside of...
Summer escapism? Nice while it lasted. For those who prefer a more riveting, nail-biting variety of TV, one of cable's darkest masterpieces of mayhem is back after a long absence, having lost none of its sinister allure in its fourth season.
For fans of adult, morally murky drama, AMC's criminally intense Breaking Bad is a cause for celebration — though any drinking going on may be just to settle one's nerves. The grim silence is deafening, and the tension nearly unbearable, as the story picks up in the immediate aftermath of last season's climactic shocker, with partners in meth-making crime Walt and Jesse (Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul) facing the consequences of having murdered their fellow chemist to save their own necks.
Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler
The Emmy voters are nothing if not creatures of habit, so in a year of very few new breakout hits, it's no surprise that the surprises are far and few between. (For a list of top nominees, go here.)
But there were some doozies — the most startling being the snub for The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick, last year's unexpected winner for drama actress. As the TNT hit enters the beginning of its final stretch, Sedgwick was knocked out by new arrivals Mireille Enos, the haunting star of AMC's controversial The Killing, and Oscar winner Kathy Bates, who carries NBC's quirky sleeper success Harry's Law. (Frontrunner in the drama actress race is unquestionably The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, as the CBS critics' darling boasts nine nominations, towering above all other network dramas, trailing only HBO behemoths Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones).
Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles has signed on to serve as the new third judge on NBC's talent competition The Sing-Off.
Bareilles will appear as a judge alongside Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men) as The Sing-Off morphs into a weekly, two-hour series this fall (having previously aired in 2009 and 2010 as holiday events). Nick Lachey continues as host...
Bam! Pow! Carolyn Hinsey's new take-no-prisoners suds tome Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter (available at thesoapbook.com and amazon.com) is already a hit, having commanded the No. 1 spot on Amazon Kindle's pop culture list for the last two weeks. And the hardcover edition is just shipping this week. If you've ever been addicted to a soap opera, you'll want to grab this terrific mix of historical perspective, sage advice, lip-smacking gossip, biting criticism (Ellen Wheeler, duck for cover!) and — most important — some real hope and faith in the long-term future of daytime drama. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Hinsey, who is best known for her outrageously snarky "It's Only My Opinion" column in Soap Opera Digest. We could talk to this broad all day...