Russian TV avoided showing the Sochi Opening Ceremony’s Olympic ring screw-up

02.07.14 4 years ago

Russian TV avoided showing the Sochi Opening Ceremony’s Olympic ring screw-up

State broadcaster Russia-1 instead quickly switched to rehearsal footage of all five rings lighting up, instead of the four that lighted up during the Opening Ceremony.

NBC already painted over “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” sign outside his studio

The Peacock is wasting no time wiping away Leno’s memory. PLUS: Leno was pretty weak in his final week.

FX putting “Justified,” “Archer” and “Chozen” on hiatus during Winter Olympics
“Justified” will take one week off (the week of Feb. 17), while “Archer” and “Chozen” will take a break the next two weeks.

MTV orders “The Dorm,” a horror movie starring Alexis Knapp

The “Pitch Perfect” alum will play a flawed college freshman who’s transformed into a flawless beauty by her dormmates.

Rob Riggle joins Rob Lowe’s tennis pro comedy

On “The Pro,” Riggle will play Lowe’s ex-partner who reunites with him after a public falling out.

“The Walking Dead” boss: “Answers will come quickly” in the remaining Season 4 episodes

“Structurally, yes this will be very different,” says Scott Gimple. “I think the tone is actually varied. And in that variety it’s very different. There are some bright sweet moments and there are – shock upon shock – some smiles. There”s also some of the darkest material we”ve ever written as well.” PLUS: Meet the new characters, and 6 nagging questions “Walking Dead” needs to answer.

Cecily Strong recalls reenacting “SNL” sketches on the playground when she was 11 years old

“A friend and I would play these Chicago newscasters that were actually just impressions of the Bears’ ‘Superfans,'” she recalls.

“The Ed Sullivan Show” was full of crap acts — until The Beatles came along 50 years ago Sunday

In 1964, viewers loved the crap on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” explains Fred Kaplan. “That’s all there was. There was no concept of an alternative,” he says. “That’s why the Beatles were such a big deal. From the moment they strummed those electric chords, wagged their mops of hair, and smiled those beaming, ironic, isn’t-this-cool-but-also-a-bit-absurd smiles, we all knew it was something from a different galaxy.” PLUS: 5 things to know about February 9, 1964.

Maggie Q to play famous Chinese pirate Ching Shih in a limited TV series
The “Nikita” alum will star in “Red Flag,” a series set in the early 1800s.

Farewell, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”: Jimmy tonight says goodbye to 12:36
Here’s counting down Fallon’s Top 10 moments. PLUS: Fallon’s music booker on why “Late Night” is like an iPod.

FDA approves a Pillcam that “The Jetsons” predicted in 1962
Another “Jetsons” prediction of the future has come to fruition.

Behind the scenes of “Breaking Bad’s” Spanish-language remake
“Metástasis” is very different from the AMC series — a bus replaces the RV and “Saúl Bueno” hosts a late-night legal advice show. PLUS: Chart: Walter White vs. Walter Blanco.

Why is Oprah going to Broadway? Doesn’t she have a network to run?

Is Oprah trying to win a Tony after getting snubbed by Oscar?

Are movies back to being superior to TV?
The film industry is on the upswing, and television isn’t looking so good in the post-“Breaking Bad” world, says James Wolcott. “It looked as if the pendulum had swung back in the movies’ favor, setting the stage for a rematch, or at least a rethink,” he writes.

ABC casts a “Fifty Shades of Grey” star in drama pilot
Eloise Mumford is joining military doctors pilot “Warriors.”

Ian Somerhalder will hand out “Vampire Diaries” beads at Mardi Gras

Somerhalder is serving as co-grand marshal with “The Walking Dead’s” Norman Reedus.

Actor who played McGruff the Crime Dog sentenced to 16 years in prison

John R. Morales, 41, was caught with marijuana and illegal weapons.

Which of the new Amazon pilots are worth watching?
Here’s ranking Amazon’s new batch of comedies and dramas.

“True Detective”: How did such a bleak show become a hit?

The most intriguing thing about the HBO series, says Michael Calia, is “that a show that”s such a big hit features so prominently a dark philosophy which suggests that humanity is an error of evolution and ultimately meaningless, and that we should stop reproducing.” PLUS: Tumblr blog mocks Detective Rust Cohle, and does Alexandra Daddario have the 2nd-best nude scene in HBO history?

BJ Novak explains his friendship with Mindy Kaling
“No one ever knew if we were together or not, including us,” he said on “Watch What Happens Live. “We weren’t always on the same page on a given day or a given hour. We fought a lot. We were each other’s best friends. We were inseparable and not talking to each other, often on the same day. And people didn’t know, if she was gone, they would ask me where she was, and vice versa. We were like E.T. and Elliott a little bit.”

FX adapting sci-fi novel “Redshirts”

The 25th century-set book is being made as a limited series.

Kelly Ripa loses Super Bowl bet, goes makeup-free on “Live”

Ripa had to interview George Clooney sans makeup.

CBS orders “Cuz-Bros,” a roommates comedy from “Happy Endings” creator

David Caspe’s pilot pairs a ladies man with his messy cousin.

“Saved by the Bell’s” Screech is now in a band
Watch the first music video for Dustin Diamond’s band, Deleted Scenes.

Emilia Clarke recalls singing happy birthday to a drunk and rude “Game of Thrones” fan
Clarke was told, “You’re doing it all wrong, you know? You’re f-kin’ it up.” PLUS: HBO instagrammed a new “Game of Thrones” teaser.

“The Talk” hosts a “Roseanne” reunion

Sara Gilbert got to catch up with her TV dad, John Goodman.

“Dallas” is now available on Netflix
The first two seasons can now be streamed in advance of its Feb. 24 Season 3 premiere.

Katie Lowes: All the props in my “Scandal” torture scene were real

“One hundred percent real,” she says.

Watch an “Episodes” blooper reel
Showtime will show these outtakes on Sunday’s episode.

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