Now that Nick (Jake M. Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) kissed, it's time for her to meet his mom!
Just kidding (kind of). New Girl has cast Justified alum Margo Martindale to play Mrs. Miller in...
Anjelica Huston and Jack Davenport
Bombshell? More like a bomb.
Smash crashed and burned in its much-hyped, two-hour, revamped return, drawing a mere 4.5 million viewers and a 1.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Tuesday. That's down a whopping 71 percent from its post-Voice series premiere last ...
Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan
Someone should make a musical about the remaking of Smash between its first and second seasons. Let's call it Phantom of the Rewrite.
Or maybe The (New) Producers, seeing how NBC replaced the original creator/showrunner in hopes of calming this elaborate backstage drama's own behind-the-scenes creative turmoil, which manifested on screen in turgid and oft-ridiculed soap opera between the splashy production numbers (which are still mostly terrific). Smash 2.0 (Tuesday, 9/8c) wastes no time addressing, while slyly commenting on, the show's problem spots, many involving Debra Messing's character, insecure lyricist-librettist Julia Houston. Her dull husband, cloddish son and needy lover? History. Her hideous scarves? Mocked. Also soon to be gone. Along with reviled characters like the scheming, lurking Ellis and Karen's cheating ex, Dev.
Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel
Our best moments of the week:
14. Most Disturbing Ball-Busting: When Tessa plays tennis with her new beau Ryan and his overbearing mother Sheila on Suburgatory, she gets a very creepy first-hand look into their — should we say, close? — mother-son relationship. "Are you ready to watch me give it to my mom?" Ryan asks Tessa in all seriousness before serving a fault. "Focus on delivering your balls right to Mama," Sheila yells in encouragement. Uh, last time we checked it's...
Watching New Girl or Homeland on your computer, mobile phone or Xbox has become so second nature to viewers, it's hard to recall that new technology once brought Hollywood to a standstill.
But how writers were paid for the digital distribution of their work was at the core of a 100-day work stoppage that put primetime TV viewers on a strict diet of reality and reruns in 2007 and early 2008. Daily Variety deputy editor Cynthia Littleton, who chronicles the battle and its lasting impact in her new book TV On Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War over the Internet (Syracuse University Press), says while many writers took a financial beating from the walkout, they had little choice but to take a hard line. The emergence of Netflix, Hulu and other services since the strike has proven online viewing is a robust business. We asked her about the strike's aftermath and what's ahead...
Pauley Perrette and Sean Murray
CBS topped Tuesday with another big NCIS showing, while NBC's sitcoms slid to new lows.
NCIS returned to 21.8 million viewers and a 3.7 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down two-tenths from its last new episode. NCIS: Los Angeles (17.2 million, 3.1) and Vegas (11.1 million, 1.9) were both up.
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A week after ...
Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday's episode of New Girl! Read at your own risk.]
Are you OK, New Girl fans? Because we're almost too excited for words!
On Tuesday's episode Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) were locked in a room and forced to...
Shannon Woodward, Lucas Neff
We knew it wouldn't be all grins and giggles when three networks decided to stake out comedy ground on Tuesdays this season, cannibalizing the audience with too much of a quirky thing. Sure enough, the laughter ended last week for two of the night's more offbeat sitcoms: Fox's Ben and Kate and ABC's Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, both abruptly if not unexpectedly yanked from the schedule.
If there's an upside, it's that we get more to love, at least for now, of Fox's underappreciated Raising Hope (8/7), now airing back-to-back episodes off and on for several weeks.
Brooklyn Decker, Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield
What kind of woman is attracted to both Nick and Schmidt?
New Girl will venture to answer that question Tuesday (9/8c on Fox) when the dynamic duo meet Brooklyn Decker's Holly in a bar, where they'll discover there's a particular reason why she likes them both. To get the scoop, TVGuide.com caught up with Decker, who also dishes on being part of the big strip True American episode:
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