AMC seems fearful its cupboards are going bare

09.17.13 4 years ago

AMC seems fearful its cupboards are going bare
Splitting “Mad Men’s” final season? A “Breaking Bad” spinoff? A “Walking Dead” spinoff!? “Not to sound ungrateful for a little extra Don Draper or the continued counsel of Mr. Saul Goodman,” says James Poniewozik, “AMC is starting to look like it threw a dinner party, found spider webs in the cupboard, and is stre-e-e-e-e-tching the leftovers in the refrigerator as far as they will go.”

Jamie Lee Curtis to star in an ABC Family horror drama
The project will reunite Curtis with her “Halloween H2O” director Steve Miner.

“Modern Family” finds Cam’s sister
“Suburgatory” vet Dana Powell will guest as Cam’s sassy sister.

“Covert Affairs” shocker, explained

“We really wanted to do this this year. It’s not something we’ve ever done …”

Lea Thompson joins “CSI” for November sweeps

The “Caroline in the City” alum will work in the crime lab as part of her “CSI” guest stint.

Report: “Big Bang” stars are banding together to demand another raise
Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco — who each earn $350,000 an episode — are expected to band together for a salary bump for Season 8 and beyond.

George R.R. Martin: “Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros”
The “Game of Thrones” author reacts to this week’s episode, and says he thinks “Breaking Bad” will definitely win next year’s best drama Emmy, though he thinks “Game of Thrones” still has a shot this year.

“Breaking Bad’s” Walter White: Why are we so often willing to give him a pass?

Walt’s actions at the end of this week’s episode may make him seem noble. But, says Maureen Ryan, “Walter White is not noble. He’s not selfless. He’s not a hero. He may be a complicated guy, but what dominates the mixture right now is his obsessive need not just to manipulate everyone around him but to control their lives and their impressions of him. To all the people who see him as a more or less decent guy who’s trying to do the right thing, let me ask you this: If a man rescues people from a burning building, do we give him a medal — even if he’s the one who set the fire?” PLUS: “Gomie” & “Hank” filmed this video after shooting this week’s episode, how Giancarlo Esposito would like “Breaking Bad” to end, Dean Norris defends spoiling this week’s episode on Twitter 2 days later, and why do Walt & Skyler still have an answering machine.

“NCIS” taps “Sopranos” alum as Ziva’s likely replacement

Emily Wickersham, who once played A.J. Soprano’s girlfriend, will potentially succeed Cote de Pablo’s Ziva during her three-episode arc.

Watch “Duck Dynasty” stars on “Last Man Standing”
Here’s a preview of the Season 3 premiere.

Nathan Lane headed back to “The Good Wife”
He’ll reprise his role as Clarke Hayden.

“Suits”: What’s next?

Exec producer Aaron Korsh on tonight’s midseason finale: “Sometimes I think we’ve made things clear, and then it turns out we haven”t. And sometimes I think we’ve made them unclear, and it turns out we were clearer than I thought.”

It’s a mini-“Seinfeld” reunion
Jerry Seinfeld showed up on the red carpet to support Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ new movie “Enough Said.” PLUS: Seinfeld is calling tonight’s Mets game.

“SVU’s” season premiere is deeply upsetting
Gasps and groans were heard when the Season 15 premiere was screened recently.

“The Mindy Project” is going to regret making Mindy likable
Mindy needs to stay obnoxious if she wants to pull off something truly revolutionary on TV. PLUS: “Mindy” is finally good this season,

Networks are now competing for new shows with cable and Netflix
For instance, NBC lost a comedy project to Netflix as the traditional model for selling shows has been upended.

Julie Chen: I was not shunning my Asian heritage

On Tuesday’s “The Talk,” Chen defended getting plastic surgery on her eyes, saying she still “looks Chinese.”

“New Girl” creator doesn’t fear the “Moonlighting” curse
The Nick and Jess relationship “adds a lot of new tension to the loft,” says Liz Meriwether. “On the whole, though, the show is still the same. Nick and Jess’ relationship has deepened and become romantic, but it definitely hasn’t drastically changed everything. It’s added a lot of great story opportunities and it’s been to fun to figure out how any relationship could survive being in that loft.” PLUS: Zooey Deschanel on her “New Girl” romance, and Lamorne Morris on Damon Wayans Jr.’s return.

Amber Riley: “Dancing” isn’t as grueling as “Glee”
“Glee is more grueling,” she says, adding: “Trust me.”

How “GMA” told one of its contributors to lose weight — without telling them to lose weight
Tory Johnson wasn’t told she’d lose her job if she didn’t shed pounds, but that was the message she got.

Firefighter loses job for quoting Dwight Schrute

A Canadian firefighter and his pal were fired for quoting sexist lines from “The Office” and “South Park.”

New “SNL” cast parties together for the 1st time
NBC hosted a bash to welcome the six new featured players. PLUS: Cecily Strong considers Amy Poehler her hero.

“Real Housewives of O.C.” alum Kara Keough to appear on “Say Yes to the Dress”

Keough is getting married in February.

Here’s your 1st look at “Glee’s” Klaine in Season 5
Darren Criss and Chris Colfer are …

How to skip to all the sex scenes on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”

The Showtime pilot is now up on YouTube, complete with nudity.

Jon Tenney is going back to “Major Crimes”

The “King & Maxwell” star will direct an episode and reprise his role as FBI Agent Fritz Howard.

“True Blood” promotes Bailey Noble
Adilyn Bellefleur will be a series regular next season.

“Scandal” to air a catch-up special
“Scandal: The Secret is Out” will air before the Season 3 premiere.

E! orders “The Drama Queen”
The reality show will follow around a celebrity manager.

“Sons of Anarchy” covers a Rolling Stones song

Listen to the new version of “As Tears Go By.” PLUS: Donal Logue on Lee Toric’s demons.

See Alexis Bledel as a ’90s model

The “Gilmore Girls” and “Us and Them” star teen modeling before going into acting.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck gets big numbers for her “Fox & Friends” debut

More than a million tuned in for her debut on Fox News.

The evolution of Alex Trebek’s mustache

The “Jeopardy!” host had a “porn stache” in the early ’70s.

PBS’ “Latino Americans” covers 500 years of history in 6 hours
The three-part documentary is compelling viewing.

Check out 20 board games based on ’70s and ’80s shows

From “Happy Days” to “Cheers.”

“The Bachelor’s” Juan Pablo gets his own cake
Tonight is the first night of taping the next “Bachelor” season.

Animal Planet orders “Alaska Gold Diggers”
The reality show will follow five Orange County women who are looking for love in Alaska.

“Parks and Rec” celebrates Ron Swanson’s emotional range

Watch a compilation of Ron’s emotions. PLUS: Nick Offerman reveals the secret to his success, and all about Leslie Knope’s house.

Watch the “Awkward” Season 3 fall trailer
The final 10 episodes of the season start airing Oct. 22.

Fox’s “Dads”: “A brilliantly depressing portrait” of white men in decline?
The Seth MacFarlane-produced comedy is indeed terrible, but it’s saying something that even it’s creators might not realize, says Darren Franich. “If the show were even a little bit funny,” he says, “then this could play like farce. But because almost everything these four men say is totally dumb, it plays like tragedy. Here are four white dudes who are incapable of engaging in a new multicultural era – incapable, really, of even growing up.” PLUS: Maybe the stars know how awful the show is, “Dads” boss says there’s “pretty much one guy who’s offended,” and “Dads” is the worst new comedy in years.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” manages to pull off a comedy about cops
Few shows have been able to do it, “but ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ gets the formula right immediately,” says Tim Goodman. “It’s broad, but funny because it’s broad — you get the tone immediately and go with it.” PLUS: “Brooklyn” has “intelligent design” with his characters, it’s a lame premise that wastes Andre Braugher, can Andy Samberg’s character become a real person?, and how the cast became so diverse.

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