Mere weeks before she booked the part of Deputy Molly Solverson on FX's Fargo — her first real TV role — Allison Tolman found herself at a crossroads: She could either give up on attempting to make a living from creative pursuits and return to humdrum corporate office life, or she could soldier on, hoping for a break. "It was a major, major impasse," she says. "Luckily, that question was answered for me."
"How do we change him back?"
Such impulsive words, which "Impossible Girl" companion Clara will eventually be forced to swallow as she, and we, learn to adjust to yet another fabulous new Doctor, the 12th in his incredible line. As Doctor Who devotees know, change is inevitable in the world of a Time Lord, and each regeneration brings a new personality and energy to the 50-year-old fantasy franchise.
It's crunch time for Primetime Emmys executive producer Don Mischer. The live TV veteran and his production partners Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare face a daunting task on Aug. 25: Hand out 26 awards (more than most televised awards shows), give host Seth Meyers room to shine, keep the show entertaining and make sure it ends in three hours.
"On any live show, you can work on it for three years and the last month you work around the clock," Mischer says of the frenzy in the past few weeks to finalize this year's show, which airs Monday on NBC at 8/7c and 5 p.m. on the West Coast. "A lot of things aren't decided until the last few weeks."
Jail: Las Vegas
Spike TV is reviving the reality series Jail, but this time focusing on the lockups in Las Vegas. The network has just ordered 22 episodes of the newly retitled Jail: Las Vegas, which will premiere in 2015.
Bob Barker on The Bold and the Beautiful
The price is wrong, bitch! Game show icon Bob Barker will spoof his classic fight scene from Happy Gilmore — the one where he beat the bejesus out of Adam Sandler — on the Thursday, Aug. 28 episode of CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful. The plot has bad boy Wyatt Spencer (Darin Brooks) foolishly mouthing off about Barker's pet cause — pets! Not only does TV Guide Magazine have an exclusive video preview of the resulting smackdown (below), we also spoke to the 90-year-old Barker to get all the deets.
The upcoming fall season will be lucky to generate even a fraction as many hits as this unusually busy TV summer produced, a list of keepers that includes Outlander, The Strain, The Knick, The Last Ship, Undateable, to name just a few. (Even something as underwhelming as AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, which didn't, has been renewed by its increasingly desperate network, and I'm hoping for good news about the future of WGN America's Manhattan and WE's The Divide.)
Lizzy Caplan, Steve Buscemi
Halfway through the pilot episode of the Showtime series Masters of Sex, which is based on the story of real-life sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters leaves his wife, Libby, in the care of another doctor as she undergoes infertility treatments so he can slip into a neighboring examination room and watch a prostitute masturbate... It's an amazingly rich six minutes of television that manages not only to set up most of the first season's major plotlines and underlying emotional tensions, but also to explain the story's historical import. In a strictly factual sense, it's also mostly made up.
Viewers will have more time to find Carter. MTV has given a Season 2 renewal to its new coming-of-age tale Finding Carter, which stars Kathryn Prescott as a teenager who discovers she was abducted as a child.