‘The Big Bang Theory’ cast is still without contracts 2 weeks before Season 8 starts production

07.16.14 3 years ago

“The Big Bang Theory” cast is still without contracts 2 weeks before Season 8 starts production
If a deal isn”t struck with the original five stars by July 30, production will be delayed – though a short delay won”t affect the Sept. 22 season premiere.

Shonda Rhimes doesn't see “Scandal” lasting to Season 8
“I've already decided when Scandal is ending,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I think there's only so much ‘Scandal' you can tell satisfactorily. The Fitz-Liv thing can only be told so long and in such a way. It's not a 10-season or eight-season show. I've already decided how long that is and what that's going to be. I'm not really worried about that.”

Jason Lee joins Amazon”s “Cocked”
He”ll play Sam Trammel”s brother and Brian Dennehy”s son in a dramedy about a family gun business.

Latest “True Detective” rumor: Ewan McGregor?
A British tabloid says McGregor is planning to meet with show creator Nic Pizzolatto about a possible role.

Jerry Seinfeld: I”m considering a “Comedians in Cars All-Stars” season
In a Facebook Q&A, Seinfeld also revealed he reviews the coffee shops he visits on Yelp and that next week “Comedians in Cars” will get a spinoff show showing compilations from other episodes patched together. PLUS: The 12 most-underrated “Seinfeld” episodes.

Andy Samberg buys Charlie Chaplin”s former home for $6.25 million
The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star's new Hollywood Hills mansion was also the former home of actress Mary Astor.

Chelsea Handler called tasteless for dressing her sidekick as Hitler
The “Chelsea Lately” star has come under fire for celebrating Germany”s World Cup win with Chuy dressed as the Nazi dictator.

Kickstarter campaign wants a “Breaking Bad” spinoff starring Slash and Val Kilmer
What if they played U.S. Marshals who are seeking to determine if Walter White is still alive?

Listen to the R&B singer who will dub Whitney Houston”s songs for Lifetime movie
Does Deborah Cox sound like Whitney?

Carrie Preston talks about her “True Blood” tears
“Well, there was no problem accessing the emotion for me that day,” she says of this week”s episode. PLUS: Anna Paquin now has purple and blue hair.

ESPN and Sean Astin revive “Rudy” for a college football playoffs promo
Watch Astin reprise his 1993 movie role.

What “The Leftovers” can learn from “Lost”
Damon Lindelof”s HBO series, says Steve Bryant, “never really gives us a reason to give a sh*t. I think there's a simple reason why we don't. It's because we never got to see the rapture happen. All we saw in the pilot episode was a missing baby, a fender bender, and a kid calling out for his dad.”

Here are the most iconic moments from Andy Cohen”s “Watch What Happens Live”
Over the past five years, Tina Fey has gotten drunk and Oprah has said the word “breasteses!”

Jason Biggs meets his real-life “OITNB” counterpart
The real Larry is named Larry Smith. PLUS: Why is the TV Larry such a jerk compared to the real Larry?

Woody Allen”s never-aired 1972 PBS special attacking Richard Nixon surfaces on YouTube
Check out “Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story.” PLUS: HBO special presents “Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words.”

“Full House”s” Candace Cameron Bure facing a backlash for going on a 5-day cleanse
The “Dancing” alum insists that the cleanse is intended not to lose weight, but to get her body back on track.

What it”s like to receive an e-mail from Louis CK
“Hi, begins one e-mail sent in 2011.  “This is LOuie.  It seriously is me. Im even going to leave the O stuipdly capatalized because who would pay an intern to do that??”

“Hawaii Five-0” adds Amanda Setton
“The Crazy Ones” alum will play Masi Oka”s new medical examiner trainee.

Should it matter that “Game of Thrones” will have no female directors next season?
As Carolyn Cox notes, “it”s important to have female voices on a series which often depicts women being silenced.” PLUS: Man climbs the real “GoT” wall with no ropes.

How not to get fired on “SNL”: Do characters, not impressions
Fired featured player Noel Wells was great at impersonating people like Zooey Deschanel and Lena Dunham. But the problem with impressions is that you tend to disappear into your character. While creating a character offers something unique.

Why does Oxygen keep failing to try appeal to young women?
The original Oprah network announced this week yet another rebrand to hook young female viewers.

A Bea Arthur fan has created a “Bea A Day” Tumblr blog
Artist Mike Denison has resolved to create a different Bea Arthur drawing every day for one year.

“The Vampire Diaries” adds another new character
Emily C. Chang will play Ivy, a “quintessential girl next door with an unexpected wild side.”

Watch “Boardwalk Empire” creator talk for 4 1/2 hours
Terence Winter recently sat down with the Archives of American Television.

PBS sets “Icon” Al Capone for “Gangster Night”
The legendary mobster will be part of next Tuesday”s “Gangster Night” on PBS in an “Icon” special.

Michael Vartan hit with divorce papers
The “Alias” and “Bates Motel” vet has been married for three years.

Go behind the scenes of “The Librarians” filming in Oregon
The Noah Wyle series is the latest TNT series to call Oregon home.

On “Virgin Territory,” MTV thinks virgins are weird
The reality show about virgins takes a psychological approach to learning why these young people are still virgins out of high school. PLUS: “Virgin Territory” would”ve been perfect six years ago during the teen pregnancy reality show era, and it explores a serious topic in an un-serious way.

WE”s first scripted series “The Divide” is surprisingly good
The cable network known for reality shows like “Marriage Boot camp” has turned in a drama that isn”t “frilly or fun,” says Alessandra Stanley. “It is a smart, intense thriller inspired by the Innocence Project, the nonprofit organization that uses DNA testing to fight to reverse wrongful convictions – including many in death penalty cases.” PLUS: Every character is developed with an intriguingly complex moral point of view, the problematic casting is “decidedly off-Broadway,” and how does co-creator Tony Goldwyn juggle “The Divide” and “Scandal”?

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