From daytime to late night, familiar faces are popping up in new places this season. Here's a progress report on how these hosts are doing in their latest roles.
Can you keep a secret? Probably not as well as Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat's two sons, Joshua, 13, and Louis, 11. These days, nearly every television producer, director, writer, actor and caterer is apprehensive about revealing details and plot points from unaired episodes of their shows. But Moffat is the master. He even gave one of the series' characters the catchphrase "No spoilers." He purposely misleads the press. "I lied my arse off," Moffat told 6,500 attendees at this year's San Diego Comic-Con regarding the content of an upcoming episode. He also runs a tight spaceship: Nondisclosure agreements are as ubiquitous as silver alien masks on the British science-fiction show's set.
Joshua, however, is the first to...
This fall's network development frenzy has led to a slew of bigger-than-usual deals with some of the hottest names in TV. But that doesn't mean all of these projects will actually get made.
The price tag for hot pitches has escalated thanks to the emergence of new competitors with hefty wallets, such as Netflix, plus cable networks (including WGN America, Discovery Channel and E!) spending heavily to get into the scripted business.
"It's amazing how...
Revenge returns in January for three episodes before going on hiatus again until March. Here's a peek at new storms heading to the Hamptons.
- Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) moves...
With her floppy hat and flapping gums, Jackie "Moms" Mabley is mostly remembered these days for her outrageous appearances on late-'60s and '70s-era variety and talk shows, as mainstream as Ed Sullivan and as of-the-moment as the Smothers Brothers, performing racy and politically barbed stand-up routines whose sting was couched in a dirty-old-lady's guise.
Among those influenced by Mabley was Whoopi Goldberg, who performed an homage to the comedian early in her own career. In the HBO documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (Monday, 9/8c), the View personality directs and participates in this tribute to the pioneering comic's life and legacy, with TV clips and audio excerpts (enhanced with crude animation) from her many comedy albums, which hold up surprisingly well.
Get ready to boldly go where no man has gone before — and bring a hanky. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the fifth season of the landmark series Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released on remastered high definition Blu-ray, featuring all 26 episodes plus all-new commentary tracks, deleted scenes and a gag reel.
Also included is an all-new featurette "Requiem: A Remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation," in which cast members, writers and producers reflect on the passing of legendary Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Known to Trekkers as The Great Bird of the Galaxy, Roddenberry died at age 70 on Oct. 24, 1991 — midway through ST:TNG's fifth season — and that very sad day is remembered by actors Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis and producer-writers Rick Berman and Ron Moore, among many others.
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TNT's Dallas will kick off its third season — the first without the late Larry Hagman as J.R. — on Monday, Feb. 24 at 9/8c. The season will start with a run of eight episodes before going on hiatus and returning in the summer with seven more.
"We will have two season openers and two cliffhangers," teases showrunner Cynthia Cidre. "We have tried this season to make the show more about Ewing family conflicts — secrets, lies and betrayals. And I think we have succeeded."
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Question: I started watching Scandal from the start, when it was simply a problem-of-the-week plot mixed in with a little soap opera with Olivia and the President. They lost me a little bit last year when they temporarily dropped that element to completely focus on the soap opera element when the president was shot. With the addition of the B613 storyline (and possible new Harrison storyline), I feel the show has lost its focus. I was highly enjoying Lisa Kudrow's story and performance only to have the show dragged down by B613's machinations and apparent manipulation of Quinn. I get the fear the show could be the political Love Boat where the guest stars get all the meaty storylines, but I watch shows like Strike Back for my spy action and adventure. Have these writers learned nothing from the mistakes countless shows including Alias and recently Revenge have made with these over-the-top secret maniacal agencies? — Brian
David Blane, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
For master illusionist David Blaine, the last five years have been a grueling adventure, traveling the world and filming performances for his latest ABC special, David Blaine: Real or Magic (Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 9:30/8:30c). "My whole team has been put through the grinder and back," says Blaine, 40. "We tried really hard to make it look different from any other special you've seen."
Emily Van Camp, Josh Bowman
In a glass-framed Palos Verdes, Calif., chapel on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the cast of ABC's Revenge has gathered for the wedding of Emily Rebecca Thorne (Emily VanCamp) and Daniel Edward Grayson (Josh Bowman), which will air on the Dec. 15 midseason finale. "From the moment we met, I knew this was in our destiny," the bride tells her betrothed in front of a congregation that includes best man Conrad (Henry Czerny) and maid of honor Charlotte (Christa B. Allen). "Thanks for letting me into your life...into your family. Today we share a bond that's unbreakable. Till death parts us..."