Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Johnny Galecki
Every advertising selling season, broadcast-network executives must privately ask themselves the same question: "How much longer can we defy gravity?"
Through the first quarter of 2004, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox combined had a 48 percent share of viewers ages 18 to 49, the sweet spot for advertisers. In 2013, their share was down to 34 percent. The networks reportedly took in $9 billion in revenue during the 2004 upfronts. Last year, that total was closer to $8 billion — down, but not nearly commensurate with the decline in ratings. With the exception of...
Jim Rash, Robert Kirkman and Blair Butler
Zombies have treated the brains behind AMC's The Walking Dead very well. But Robert Kirkman, who originated the comic book series that inspired the show, admits the early days of his career were slower than, well, the undead. "You have to be crazy to get into [writing]," Kirkman tells SundanceTV's The Writers' Room, which digs into the art of creating some of TV's biggest series. "I went massively into debt."
On April 25's special comic book-themed episode, Kirkman recounts some of the obstacles he faced in getting the TV adaptation of...
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Question: From the moment Cyrus elected (pun intended) not to let anyone else in on the bomb threat to the final silliness of Olivia and Jake wending skyward on daddy's jet, the Scandal finale was all the usual over-the-top perfection Gladiators have come to love and expect from Shonda Rhimes when she's operating at the top of her "a little too much is not enough" game. Nice homage to the Keyser Söze reveal from The Usual Suspects at the end. Sorry Columbus Short got offed; perhaps if his character had been given a real reel life I'd miss him more, but that was one of the flaws in the mostly great/outlandish storytelling that truly bugged this fangirl. I know it was a rush from plot point to plot point, but I'm willing to accept the pregnancy as a legitimate excuse for the end-of-season, roller rink stop-and-go, punch in the face/gut action. And what a nice sendoff for Joe Morton! Now let's see how Rhimes gets Olivia back in the game. Who's she gonna play with now? This could be a signal that there are new players, yet to be named. And how in the expletive deleted are they (Ms. Rhimes and Ms. Pope) gonna top that?! — McKenzie
AMC is banking big on Turn, its new spy series set during the Revolutionary War. With Breaking Bad over and Mad Men entering its final season, not to mention last year's non-starter Low Winter Sun, the network is in desperate need of a drama besides The Walking Dead on which to hang its storytelling hat.
Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti
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12. Worst Fake Wife:Liz finally takes action on The Blacklist! We've seen Liz's so-called husband Tom outsmart her (and even sucker-punch her in the face!), but this time our favorite bewigged FBI profiler is onto his lying, sham-marriage ways. She first outmaneuvers his romantic re-proposal by throwing a party ...
Clark Gregg, Tracy Spiradakos, Jon Hamm
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Do you know why Col. Glenn Talbot is joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? — Pauley
With Coulson & Co. on the run, Talbot will be tasked with tracking them down. And it doesn't sound like he has friendly plans for our heroes should he catch them. "Longtime Marvel fans know that he's been a nemesis to anything that's organized," executive producer Jeph Loeb tells me. "I love the fact that [Adrian Pasdar] referred to him as a world-class jerk. [Our] Talbot continues that tradition."
Is Charlie going to die on Revolution?! — Hayley
These promos don't look promising, do they? Allow executive producer Rockne S. O'Bannon to throw more gasoline on the fire...
The Walking Dead set a new finale ratings record Sunday.
The Season 4 closer drew 15.7 million viewers, with 10.2 million in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. Though the figures are down from the show's all-time high (16.1 million and 10.4 million for its Season 4 premiere), the fourth ...
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead has promoted Andrew J. West, Alanna Masterson and Christian Serratos to series regulars for Season 5, TVGuide.com has learned.
West was introduced during Sunday's Season 4 finale as...
[WARNING: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday's The Walking Dead season finale. Read at your own risk!]
The survivors of The Walking Dead have found themselves in yet another perilous position.
During Sunday's season finale, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his small group made their way to Terminus, a community that promised safety for all those who arrived. Once the group learned just how much of a lie that was, they quickly tried to make a run for it. But they ended up being forced by Terminus leader Gareth (Andrew J. West) into a train car, where they were reunited with Glenn (Steven Yeun), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.). Suffice it to say, Gareth and the people of Terminus are not allies.
The Walking Dead: What is Terminus, really?
However, executive producer Robert Kirkman tells TVGuide.com that Gareth will not be...
Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira
[Warning: The following story contains major spoilers from Sunday's season finale of The Walking Dead. Read at your own risk!]
Once again, Rick Grimes and his weary group of travelers learned the hard way that there are no safe havens in the world of The Walking Dead.
During the season finale, Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) inched closer to what they hoped was safety at Terminus. Unfortunately...