When Agent Peggy Carter makes the transition to television this winter on both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, a few Howling Commandos and Strategic Scientific Reserve agents will join her. And with the latest addition to Agent Carter‘s cast, an important figure has been added that should tether the series even more firmly into the Marvel cinematic universe.
Bill Hader is returning to his roots.
The comedian, who can currently be seen channeling his dark side on the big screen in The Skeleton Twins, will host Saturday Night Live‘s Oct. 11 show with musical guest Hozier, NBC announced today. This is Hader’s first time as a host; one can only hope he’ll tap into the deep reservoir of characters and impressions he accumulated during his eight years on the show. And, yes, fingers crossed for Stefon. (Though, can he recapture the Stefon magic as a host? And without Seth Meyers at the Update desk?)
SNL’s 40th season premieres Sept. 27 with Chris Pratt as host and Ariana Grande as musical guest.
It always happens. Whenever someone even semi-famous comes on Survivor and hopes to fly under the radar, they are recognized. Former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel almost made it all the way through Survivor: Philippines, until Jonathan Penner forced her to reveal her secret at the final Tribal Council. Even Gary Hogeboom, who was mostly a backup quarterback in his NFL career, was recognized when he played in Survivor: Guatemala. All it takes is one person to connect the dots and your game could be through.
So will it happen to former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker when Survivor: San Juan del Sur commences on Sept. 24? I asked the outspoken and controversial athlete about that when I spoke with him and his girlfriend Julie McGee out in Nicaragua the day before filming began and you can see his response in the video player below. READ FULL STORY
Juliette may have a chance to turn her career around this season on Nashville.
Critics say New Girl had a sexy, funny premiere Tuesday night for its fourth-season opener. Too bad more people didn’t see it.
The creatively refreshed, now-with-more-sexiness Fox comedy returned to only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, down 45 percent from last year’s debut. The third season return of companion comedy The Mindy Project had an even sadder story, with 2.8 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, down 32 percent. The New Girl rating is better than how each show was performing by the end of last season—both shows dropped a significant amount along the way last year—but the usual standard is to compare premieres to premieres. Perhaps New Girl‘s refreshed creative will help the show pick up steam in the weeks to come.
Neither were helped by their lead-in: Reality project Utopia (2.5 million, 1.0), which thankfully halted its declines and bounced up a tenth of a point in its second week in this slot.
Also in originals last night: CBS’ Big Brother (6.9 million, 2.3), ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (12.3 million, 2.1) and NBC’s America’s Got Talent (11.4 million, 2.5), the latter of which topped the charts in the demo.
Magic, Masons, demons, devious plots, apocalyptic horsemen, appalling doughnut taxes, Paul Revere, purgatory, Sin-Eaters, skinny jeans… how can you possibly fit all that happened on Sleepy Hollow‘s first season into a single one-minute video?
Well, you can’t. EW did, however, manage to break down the series’ jaw-dropper of a season finale without losing our heads. Check out our 60-second refresher before the spooky series returns on Fox Monday, Sept. 22—and find out everything else you missed by reading our detailed season one recaps.
The lights are about to dim on the HBO’s The Newsroom. The drama, created by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and focusing on fictional cable news channel ACN, begins its final season on Nov. 9, and will wrap up its story in a tight six episodes. “It was because of my schedule,” Sorkin says of the shortened season. “But, as it turned out, six was the right number. I don’t know what we would have done with a seventh episode.”
So what’s in these final hours? EW talked to Sorkin about weddings, power plays, and Twitter scandals.
EW: Will there be a time jump when the show premieres?
AARON SORKIN: We’re ahead about five months. However, once the season starts each episode begins right after the last one ended so there are no time jumps during the season. It’s a very compressed season. Once again, we’re telling one story throughout the whole season, there are stories that come off like branches, but there’s one story that we begin in the first episode and goes to the end.
Can you tease the main story?
Well, without giving too much away, it’s something that we’ve been talking about for the last 2 years: government and journalism. A lot of people feel like the current administration has been really tough on reporters and whistleblowers. I realize I’m not making it sound exciting but it involves one of our characters in a lot of jeopardy. Our people have a story that was given to them by a government whistleblower and the Justice Department wants the name of their source and they won’t give it up. So we see how far they’re willing to go for that.
Will the fallout from Jerry (Hamish Linklater) and Genoa play in?
It does a little bit. But the bigger thing that comes along is that we meet Reese’s father’s children by his next wife so we meet his half-brother and his half-sister is Kat Dennings. And they own a 45-percent share of the controlling stock in the company and that begins a story rolling of a hostile takeover of AWN.
Will (Jeff Daniels) proposed to Mac (Emily Mortimer) in the finale. Are they still engaged?
Again without giving too much away, I knew going into this season that they’re gonna have to get married. There’s gonna have to be a wedding. How do you do a wedding that we haven’t seen before on TV? And I think we came up with a way.
Is Maggie back on stable ground?
When we meet Maggie at the beginning of the season, she sort of has the eye of the tiger. She is trying to shed every rotten thing that’s happened to her in the last few years and toughen up and breathe new life into herself. She really completes that part of her character arc this season.
Is Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) still dating Hallie (Grace Gummer)?
Yeah Jim is still dating Hallie, but there’s tension in that relationship. Hallie is actually now working for ACN Digital at the beginning of the season. And mirroring something that happened at MSNBC a while back when someone tweeted a quip that was offensive to Republicans. It was a big deal—MSNBC had to apologize. They had to fire the producer who sent the tweet and everything. So something very similar happens to Hallie. She in the middle of the night, really tired, tweets something from ACN’s account, sort of immediately realizes what she’s done, deletes it but it’s too late. That begins a story that lasts the whole season, too.
How do you feel about this last season? Excited? Sad?
I’m really excited. I do feel it’s a really solid season. I think we’re wrapping up a lot of stories in a nice way. I miss everybody already but I’m in the editing room every day with the show so for me I don’t have postpartum depression yet. But that will come, I promise. On the other side of the wall from the editing room is our stage, so I can hear them pulling apart our set and throwing it in dumpsters, so that’s hard.
Did the show end how you thought it would? Did things evolve?
For most of the time, I didn’t know how the show was going to end. I would have small images of what I wanted to see. But the closer I got to the end of the season in terms of writing, the more I was able to see the end of the season finale. Once we got there, it happened more easily than I thought it was going to.
It’s a good thing VHS tapes are pretty much extinct because Frankie Grande may never want to Be Kind — Rewind ever again. The professional “YouTube personality” (and brother of current pop princess Ariana Grande) was running the Big Brother house last week as Head of Household yet could not stop himself form pressing the mysterious button that showed up in the house. Once pressed, the BB Rewind button meant that the entire week in the house would be replayed, and Frankie went from HOH to being evicted by his fellow houseguests and alliance partners. How does Frankie feel about their betrayal? Does he regret pushing that infernal button? And what can we expect form his reunion with the other half of Zankie? We were able to slip some questions to Frankie on his way to the jury house, and here’s what he had to say.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You kind of led the charge to hitting the Rewind button that wiped out your entire week as HOH. Now that you’ve experienced the results and were sent packing, do you regret it?
FRANKIE GRANDE: I don’t regret pushing the button because as a Big Brother super fan, there was no option — the button was going to be pushed. I’m happy I led the charge too. The only thing I regret is not winning the HOH again. READ FULL STORY
American Horror Story has added another act to its freak show.
The Nine Lives of Chloe King star Skyler Samuels has landed a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of the horror anthology, EW has confirmed. There aren’t many details on Samuels’ role, but The Hollywood Reporter describes her character as “a local who finds herself in a tough situation.”
American Horror Story: Freak Show, which premieres Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. on FX, follows Elsa Mars (played by AHS alum Jessica Lange) and her group of, well, freaky circus performers and their ill-fated arrival in Jupiter, Fla, in the 1950s. Also returning are Emma Roberts and Denis O’Hare, who play a couple of con artists; Sarah Paulson, who plays conjoined twins; Angela Bassett, who plays a performer with three breasts; Kathy Bates, who plays a bearded woman; Frances Conroy, a woman whose son wants to join the freak show; and Evan Peters, whose character Ryan Murphy calls “the big man on campus.”
Speaking to EW, Murphy teased that there will be some stark differences between Freak Show and Coven. “This season, once you die, you’re dead,” he said. “There’s no supernatural thing to bring you back like last year. It’s just completely new. It feels completely new.”
Sorry, Scrubs fans: Ground Floor will not be reuniting Christa Miller and John C. McGinley.
With numbers like this, Rosie can wear whatever she wants. Powered by the return of Rosie O’Donnell to the chat panel, ABC’s daytime veteran The View had its biggest premiere rating in eight years.
Monday’s return had 3.9 million viewers — the best since O’Donnell first joined the cast in 2006. The show also hit three-year highs among women 18-49. O’Donnell made additional headlines by doing the show barefoot (thus the above photo).
The 18th season of the show also had two newcomers on the panel — actress Rosie Perez and Republican political analyst Nicolle Wallace — in addition to moderator Whoopi Goldberg.
Production on the final season of TNT’s Falling Skies has halted after a security guard was killed on the set, EW confirmed.
On Monday night, a security guard was reportedly struck by an unattended truck rolling down a hill on the Vancouver-based production, Deadline wrote. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic event, and on behalf of the producers and TNT, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of the security guard,” TNT said in a statement. The accident is currently being investigated.
Falling Skies is shooting its 10-episode fifth and final season, which is expected to debut next summer.
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