You wouldn't compare a McDonald's Extra Value Meal to an expensive dinner at a five-star restaurant. But that's the predicament Emmy Awards voters increasingly face in such key categories as comedy and drama. (Nominations will be announced July 10; NBC airs the ceremony, hosted by Seth Meyers, on August 25.)
As primetime splinters into subgenres, shows with little in common must compete in the same races, and there's no room at all for plenty of popular shows, particularly from the broadcast networks...
The one thing a potential guilty pleasure can't afford to be guilty of is boredom. Just look at the current standard-bearer: ABC's outrageous Scandal, with its whiplash plotting and rat-a-tat-tat dialogue delivered at such hyperspeed you don't have time to dwell on the berserk absurdities, because you're having such a blast. NBC's tepid new mystery-soap hybrid Deception (10/9c) deceives itself if it thinks it belongs in that gonzo company. It even pales next to the diminished second season of Revenge, which needs to refocus on the Emily-vs.-Graysons dynamic and forget the Initiative — yawn — ever existed.
PBS' president said the network fired Fred Willard after his indecency arrest to keep the production schedule moving.
At the fall TV previews in Los Angeles, Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, said Willard's removal as the narrator of Market Warriors, the network's spin-off of Antiques Roadshow, was mostly a function of a tight schedule. "We are actually in production with that series, so at the end of the week, when it became known, we had to...
Following his arrest Wednesday in Los Angeles on a charge of lewd conduct, Fred Willard has been relieved of his narrating duties for the PBS show Market Warriors, The New York Times reports.
"Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately, Fred Willard no longer will be...
Madonna is no stranger to controversy. The singer has been known for her provocative behavior since she shot to fame in the 1980s. So why's everyone making such a fuss over her recent antics?
Out of the Madonna drama loop? Here's a quick catch-up: In the past two weeks, the "Materiel Girl" flashed her nipple during a concert in Istanbul, was spotted riding piggy-back on her boy toy Brahim Zaibat in Florence, Italy, mooned an audience in Rome, and projected a swastika over the face of French politician Marine Le Pen during a show in Tel Aviv.