Archive: December 2012 (1-10 of 3936)

'My Strange Addiction': Meet a girl who eats mattresses

Beautyrest, it’s what’s for dinner!

For the season premiere of My Strange Addiction, TLC has tracked down an odd duck who likes to munch on mattress stuffing. It’s certainly a testament to the human body and how efficiently it digests foreign matter; a family member comments on how he’ll often find full pieces of padding in the commode. Yowza.

Take a look:

'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan on the finale, 'Better Call Saul' and his acting debut on 'Community'

2013 was the breakout year for Breaking Bad. The critically adored meth drama, which had enthralled a fervent yet modest-sized fanbase, went next level with its final eight episodes, rocketing to record ratings while dominating talk on Twitter and around watercoolers. Before the New Mexico dust had settled, the show also scored its first Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. For those reasons and more, Breaking Bad was named as one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year and EW critic Melissa Maerz’s No. 1 TV show of 2013, while season 5′s “Ozymandias” topped our Best Episodes of 2013 list. Series creator Vince Gilligan talked with EW about his year to remember, Breaking Bad‘s finale, the plans for spin-off prequel Better Call Saul, his upcoming guest spot on Community and the person he’s dying to work with.
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'The Following': Unmasking season 2's fresh faces

Given the abundance of O-neg spilled during the first season of Fox’s The Following, it should come as little surprise that executive producers have pumped plenty of new blood into the series’ second season, premiering Jan. 19 (following the NFC Championships).

After cleaning up the splatter from the cliffhanger finale, The Following will fast-forward a year, where former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is recovering nicely, thanks in part to niece Max (played by 90210 grad Jessica Stroup). And the handcuffs don’t fall far from the squad car (if you know what we mean), with Max carrying on the family business of law enforcement. “It’s an important part of the setup,” executive producer Marcos Siega explains of Ryan’s relationship with his niece, who not only lends him moral support, but tactical support as well.

And Edgar Allan Poe knows he’ll need it, what with a new group of acolytes inciting murder and mayhem in Joe Carroll’s name. Watch out for the baddest baddie of the bunch, angelic-looking Luke, played by British actor Sam Underwood — no stranger to homicide best practices, having served as a short-lived apprentice to Dexter Morgan.
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'Duck Dynasty': Willie and Korie Robertson line up Fox News interview

The Robertson family has been keeping silent since the brief suspension of patriarch Phil Robertson from A&E’s popular reality TV series Duck Dynasty, but that silence will soon be broken.

Fox News announced Monday that Willie and Korie Robertson will participate in the network’s “All-American New Year” special, during which they’ll be interviewed by Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
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Tim Tebow joins new ESPN network, keeps NFL options open

Tim Tebow was an all-time great as Florida’s Heisman-winning quarterback, but despite an improbable NFL playoff run that made him a folk hero in Denver in 2011, he’s currently out of football after being released by two different teams. Only 26, Tebow isn’t giving up on his playing career — officially — but he’s actively preparing for life after football.

Today, ESPN announced that Tebow will join the SEC Network as an analyst when it launches next August. “Tim is a SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal. He will be a significant contributor to the compelling content we will deliver with the SEC Network,” said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, programming, college networks. READ FULL STORY

'Black Sails': See the awesome opening credits with theme from 'Walking Dead' composer -- EXCLUSIVE

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Starz’ upcoming pirate drama Black Sails has a must-see opening credits sequence with a rousing theme from famed Battlestar Galactica and Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary. Gorgeous, cool, and thematically on target, these credits are like a haunting dream you might have after touring a sculpture museum and hitting Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride on the same day. And the music! Arguably McCreary’s best titles theme, and that’s saying quite a bit (fun fact: the instrument he’s playing is called a hurdy gurdy). The last opening sequence that got us this excited was for HBO’s Game of Thrones, which won the 2011 Emmy for best credits (yes, there is such a thing; the Academy calls it “main title design”). Check out the opening below. Play it full screen, volume up. The sequence (made by Imaginary Forces and directors Michelle Dougherty and Karin Fong) starts slow and subtle … then gets interesting. Black Sails premieres Jan. 25 on Starz. READ FULL STORY

Jordan Belfort, the real Wolf of Wall Street, shopping reality show

Jordan Belfort, the former financier who pulled off, in the words of EW’s review of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, “one of the most brazen and boneheaded scams in history,” is hoping to star in a reality TV show. Electus, the studio behind Fashion StarMob Wives, and Dwayne Johnson’s The Hero, sought out Belfort, an ex-con who now works as a motivational speaker. Electus
 CEO Chris Grant tells The Hollywood Reporter that networks have been taken with Belfort, who’d help others looking for redemption: “He was described to 
us after leaving the room as ‘TV gold,’” Grant said.

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Jimmy Fallon announces 'Late Night' special Jan. 5

Jimmy Fallon has announced a two-hour primetime special via — what else? — his Twitter feed. The Best of Late Night will air Jan. 5 from 9-11 p.m. ET.

It’s anyone’s guess as to how he’ll manage to cram five years’ worth of solid-gold ridiculata into just two hours! Seems daunting.

As we know, Fallon will replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show following the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.

The biggest TV stories of 2013

It was the mother of all years when it came to major TV stories, which made it difficult to whittle them down for a Top 10. So we went with 15, instead!

In no apparent order (though honestly, does any story top the Duck Dynasty one?) here are the year’s 15 biggest newsmakers.

Phil Robertson on Duck Dynasty. Journalists loved the scandal; it gave us something to write about during the dog days of winter. Conservatives (and A&E) hated it because of claims that Duck Dynasty’s home network was squashing Robertson’s right to speak his mind. Ultimately, the Bible-thumping patriarch prevailed, order was restored, and the DD news cycle became the gift that kept giving long after Christmas Day.

'Duck Dynasty' verdict analysis: Why A&E backed down

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This was over when the Robertson family declared they would not continue on Duck Dynasty without Phil.

That was the checkmate move vs. the family’s opponent and employer A&E, which announced Friday that the reality hit will resume filming with the entire Louisiana family.

As we reported last week, sources close to the situation suggested the show was likely to continue with the family’s patriarch, and that the most probable of the four major outcomes for this battle was that Phil would be back on the show.

The financial motivations are obvious. Duck Dynasty is the A&E’s golden goose duck. It’s cable’s biggest reality show ever (averaging more than 14 million viewers per week). There’s enormous merchandising revenue attached to the brand. As a business, A&E would have a tough time justifying nuking its all-time biggest hit at the peak of its popularity. READ FULL STORY

'Duck Dynasty': A&E lifts suspension on Phil Robertson

UPDATED:

The standoff is over: A&E announced today that it will resume production on its hit show Duck Dynasty with Phil Robertson.

Production will resume later this spring. The network released this statement today: “As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

“That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.’ We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

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Wanda Sykes gets singing lessons from Kristin Chenoweth -- EXCLUSIVE

Kristin Chenoweth as a singing teacher is less than popular when Wanda Sykes is her hard-to-teach student. In the clip below from the OWN comedy special Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, the comedian is put to the test by Chenoweth’s singing lessons in a sendup of reality singing shows, and we’re treated to some seriously off-key scales of “Unique, New York.”

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Britney Spears documentary tanked in ratings

Britney Spears’ residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino begins tonight, and while people may be anticipating the show, they weren’t that excited about E!’s two-hour documentary, I Am Britney Jean, following the four months of preparation for it. USA Today reports the Dec. 22 premiere garnered just 706,000 viewers. As of now, you can catch the full documentary here, though the first riveting question Spears is asked — “What’s your favorite bubble gum?”* — may have you switching YouTube channels. READ FULL STORY

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