Comedian and Tonight Show legend David Brenner died Saturday at the age of 78, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This week, Bill Nye (the Science Guy) participated in a debate about the origins of matter with Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum, and Jon Stewart paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman on The Daily Show. ABC Family's The Fosterslaunched its web series, and BIO released a collection of videos online in honor of Black History Month. Oh, and Tara Lipinski did an amazing Big Lebowski-inspired figure skating routine. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel
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14. Best Power Move, Part 1: It's no secret that Chief Boden and State Fire Marshal consultant Gail McLeod have never seen eye-to-eye when it comes to managing 51 on Chicago Fire. However, after McLeod offers Boden early retirement, Boden suddenly decides not to fight it and hands in his resignation letter, clearing the way for Benny, aka Severide's dad, to take over as...
Super Fun Night
This week, Rebel Wilson and the rest of her Super Fun Night castmates got into the Halloween spirit with a graveyard rendition of "The Monster Mash," and Bob's Burgers star Kristen Schaal showcased some "sexy" costumes on The Daily Show. Also, Sarah Silverman posted a previously unseen television pilot online, Andrew Lincoln talked about one of the toughest challenges he faces filming The Walking Dead, and Betty White spoofed Miley Cyrus' video for "Wrecking Ball." Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bieber
This week, Jon Stewart weighed in on the government shutdown, Vince Gilligan provided commentary about the Breaking Bad finale, and Zach Galifianakisinterviewed Justin Bieber. Jennifer Hudson starred in a parody of Scandal, and some construction workers starred in a parody of Miley Cyrus' music video for "Wrecking Ball." AMC also debuted "The Oath," a new web companion series to The Walking Dead. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Josh Radnor, Cristin Milioti and Josh Radnor
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13. Best Sexual Harassment: In an effort to win back her old office on The Mindy Project, Mindy convinces her new (and much less alcohol-tolerant) co-worker, Paul (James Franco) to a shots-off. When Mindy drinks Paul under the table, literally, she helps walk him home and leaves him, unconscious, at the door to his apartment. But not before the newly engaged Mindy decides to go in for a kiss. The minute she presses her lips against his, however, the drunk Paul yells "Whoa, mama! Help me! Whoa!" Apparently that wasn't as good for him as it was for...
This is the calm before the new-season storm. A week from now, only the most advanced devices will be able to handle the crush of new (and mostly returning-hit) programming airing on Thursdays, with expanded season openers of long-running faves The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation and Grey's Anatomy among the draws.
By comparison, this is a much quieter Thursday, although NBC once had high hopes that the two-hour climax of the seemingly endless and haplessly muddled Million Second Quiz (8/7c) would be something to shout, instead of yawn, about. Instead, the peacock's more anticipated headliner is Valerie's Story — A Meredith Vieira Special (10/9c), an hour-long good-news report from the former Today co-anchor chronicling Valerie Harper's unusually public battle against terminal brain cancer.
Some like it rough — and TV doesn't get much rougher or darker than BBC America's brutally compelling crime drama Luther, mining new depths of depravity and tragedy in its third cycle (airing as a four-night miniseries this Tuesday through Friday at 10/9c, except Wednesday, when it airs an hour earlier as the lead-in to the even more shattering Broadchurch). Once again, Luther's Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning star Idris Elba attacks his signature role of the tormented, damaged London detective John Luther with raw magnetism. He has a way of absorbing others' pain and isn't afraid to inflict some of his own, but Luther's history of explosively reckless behavior has made him the target of a relentless Internal Affairs cop (the excellent David O'Hara), who tries to turn Luther's loyal partner Ripley (Warren Brown) against him.
There is a new king of late night, according to TV Guide Magazine's annual survey of star salaries. And he's a very rich king.
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart is now earning between $25-30 million a year, according to several sources (his network, Comedy Central, did not comment). That puts Stewart ahead of the past perennial late night salary leaders Jay Leno and David Letterman. Leno took a significant pay cut last year, as NBC wanted to reduce costs at Tonight. He now earns around $20 million a year after being up near $30 million. Letterman is also said to be in the $20 million range as the license fee CBS pays to his production company, Worldwide Pants, for Late Show has been reduced in recent years.