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'Grey's Anatomy' star Sara Ramirez dissects shocking Calzona twist

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Read at your own risk!

Calzona fans got quite the shock during Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.


AMC now owns 49.9% of BBC America


AMC Networks and BBC Worldwide have announced a partnership that will see the American entertainment company take a  49.9% equity stake in BBC America, the British company’s Stateside cable channel. BBC America has seen its cultural stock rise thanks to buzzy original series Orphan Black and the ascending US viewership for British sci-fi touchstone Doctor Who. According to a press release, AMC Networks agreed to pay $200 million for almost-but-not-quite-but-basically half of the network, a deal which also grants AMC operational control of BBC America. READ FULL STORY

NBA stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul on their new Jordan Brand sketch comedy campaign

We all know that Blake Griffin and Chris Paul can combine to score points. But how good are they at scoring laughs together? The Los Angeles Clippers teammates’ assortment of individual commercials for Kia and State Farm — as well as this sketch from the ESPYs — show some promise. Their comedic skills will be put to the next test tonight, though,  when they team up for BGCP3 TV in HD, a two-part sketch comedy “special” that airs on Adult Swim tonight at 12:12 a.m. ET. (The second five-minute episode can be seen next Thursday night.) READ FULL STORY

An unconscious Jason Schwartzman guest-stars on 'Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories'


On tonight’s installment of the off-kilter anthology series Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, Jason Schwartzman guest-stars as himself, reluctantly agreeing to endorse a watch—with the unusual stipulation that he won’t actually be conscious for the photo shoot or have any memory of it because he doesn’t want it to ruin his credibility. We found his performance opposite Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim to be rather limp, but see for yourself in this exclusive scene from the episode, which airs at tonight at 12:15 a.m. on Adult Swim. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' mania hits Spain as 86,000 apply for roles

Game of Thrones is conquering Spain: The HBO fantasy hit’s production is enjoying an overwhelming response since filming started in the country two weeks ago.

When the local production company Fresco Film put out a casting call for roughly 600 extras for a key battle Thrones scene, fans responded with an incredible 86,000 applications. The company needed to add more server space to accommodate the load. Many applicants needed the work, but one hired extra told the production he took a vacation from his high-level banking job to be on the show.

Meanwhile, others have clamored to get a glimpse of the show’s cast, with one even asking a random production staffer to post for a photo merely because he was wearing a Thrones badge.

To some extent, Spain’s response reflects the ongoing global fandom growth of HBO’s most popular series ever. Ratings climb each season and this year hit 19 million viewers in the United States when viewership is measured across all platforms. But Spain is perhaps primed to be more appreciative than most— Thrones has hired more than 1,000 locals across its production and is expected to generate millions for the country’s economy which has been climbing out of a deep recession (for example, Thrones generated $32 million for Northern Ireland last year). READ FULL STORY

Fox developing basketball comedy about former NBA player Baron Davis

Fox may have a fictional Latvian basketball player in New Girl‘s Winston, but a new comedy in development brings some professional NBA talent to the network.


'Doctor Who' season 8 Blu-ray and DVD details

The current season of time travel show Doctor Who is far from over. But on Thurday, the BBC took a trip into the future by announcing that Peter Capaldi’s debut run of shows will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from Dec. 9.


An Archie series is in development at Fox, and that's not a bad idea

So this is unexpected: Greg Berlanti—whose current hobby is turning comics books into TV shows like Arrow and The Flash—is developing a new drama for Fox based on Archie Andrews and the gang. Yup, that Archie Andrews. And this is crazy, but it’s quite possible that it could turn out pretty great.

According to Deadline, the series is called Riverdale, and will feature the extended family of Archie Comics characters—from Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Moose, to relatively new additions like Kevin Kellar, all the way to Josie and the Pussycats. Taking place in the present day, Riverdale will offer “a bold, subversive” take on the cast, “exploring the surreality of small-town life…the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.”

Here’s why that’s awesome: Archie Comics has secretly become one of the most interesting and daring comic book publishers in the industry, churning out ideas that seem patently insane but in fact yield astonishingly great comics. Like, there is no reason why “Archie, but with zombies,” should work, and yet Afterlife with Archie is a fantastic suspense comic. Similarly, a Sabrina reboot set in the 60s—this month’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1—is a genuinely disturbing horror story. And then there’s Life With Archie, which is a ridiculous and daring bit of storytelling that ended this summer with the death of Archie Andrews.

Why bring all this up? Because Archie’s Chief Creative Officer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, (who also writes Afterlife and Sabrina), is writing the pilot. Aguirre-Sacasa gets Archie, and just how flexible and universal Riverdale can be—all you really need is a few core tenets. The love triangle, the everyman, and the community. That’s it. Remember those Archie digests? Remember how weird they would get? Imagine Riverdale being a teen drama, but where anything can happen. Sabrina can show up, and it’s like Buffy. Josie and the Pussycats come by, and Riverdale becomes a supercharged girl-power rock anthem of a show for a week or two. And that doesn’t even get to Kevin Kellar—a character whose introduction made waves for being openly gay and having a key story arc in Life With Archie that showed him becoming a politician who builds a platform on gun control.

Archie Comics, in other words, is not messing around. Hopefully, Riverdale doesn’t either. At the very least, the bar is really, really, low.

'Phantom of the Opera' drama series headed to ABC

A modern-day Phantom of the Opera is in the works at ABC. The network is teaming with Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry for Phantom seriesbut it’s not based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit Broadway version.

Phantom is described as a drama series with musical elements with producers looking to the original 1909 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. The novel was also the basis for the 1925 film version.

Per usual, the story is about a ghost who haunts an opera house and helps a budding singer before jealousy gets the better of him. If greenlit to series, expect the ABC version to incorporate music naturally into the story much the same way as Nashville (so it’s not like, say, Glee, where characters just burst into song).

Courtney Love cast in upcoming Fox drama

Courtney Love is coming to Fox’s primetime. The singer/actress has joined the cast of midseason hip-hop drama Empire in a recurring guest star role.

Empire stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, the head of a record label. Love will play Elle Dallas, “a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment’s stable of artists.” The Hole singer’s most recent acting gig was on another show in the Fox family, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and she had had major roles in films such as The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Man in the Moon.

Other previously announced Empire guest stars to be featured on the show include model Naomi Campbell, Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Gabourey Sidibe (American Horror Story), Derek Luke (The Americans) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club).

MTV to premiere documentary series focusing on millennial veterans

MTV announced the premiere of a new veteran documentary series, MTV’s Got Your 6, which will focus on young soldiers and Marines coming home from active duty. READ FULL STORY

'The Late Late Show' to feature guest hosts after Craig Ferguson leaves

English comedian James Corden will begin his reign as The Late Late Show host in March 2015, but sources say a rotating roster of guest hosts will take over the show until then.

Corden, whose on-screen credits include starring in the U.K. comedy series Gavin and Stacey and the upcoming Into the Woods, was announced as host in September after current host Craig Ferguson announced his resignation in April. READ FULL STORY

Kelley from 'Survivor' reveals who cooked all the rice

No wonder Hunahpu has won every single Survivor immunity challenge they have tried to win this season (Drew intentionally lost one because he is a moron) — it’s because they were eating twice as much rice as the other tribe. As a result, the folks stuck on Hunahpu will have to strike some sort of bargain with Jeff Probst next week to replenish their practically non-existent food supply. What will it cost them? We’ll find out next Wednesday. But whose fault is it? Who kept insisting on cooking all of that rice? We asked the latest person voted out (and a former Hunahpuian), Kelley Wentworth, to reveal who exactly was responsible when she called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this morning, and she was more than willing to give up the goods. We also asked her whether her dad helped or hurt her in the game, why Drew was so obsessed with getting her out, and to tell us all about her reunion with Drew at Ponderosa after being voted out. You can now hear the entire interview right here by clicking on the audio player below for the latest InsideTV Podcast. (The Kelley interview starts at 39:30.)


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