Not Ready for Primetime Players, get ready to be in prime time — in a big way: NBC announced Friday it will air a three-hour special next year in celebration of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary. READ FULL STORY
EW had your first look at Castle’s ’70s themed episode last week, but wouldn’t you rather see a clip?
In this exclusive sneak peek, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) have to play along when their sole witness in a case is seemingly trapped in a ’70s frame of mind — and even Lanie (Tamala Jones) gets into the action. READ FULL STORY
NBC’s The Office was at first viewed with so much skepticism — the Yankee version of Ricky Gervais’ beloved UK cult favorite series. Yet by the second season, the Thursday comedy found its own voice and its quirky ensemble of struggling office drones was embraced by fans and critics. Its docu-style helped launch a TV trend away from studio-based sitcoms and gave NBC a much-needed anchor on TV’s most competitive night. Last year, after nine seasons, The Office closed its doors. Below creator Greg Daniels looks back on the final episode.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So how did the final season come about?
Greg Daniels: John Krasinski and Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak were pretty confident that we should have a final season. And when they first suggested at the end of season 8, I thought, “Let’s keep trying to go as long as we can.” But as we got it underway, I actually thought it was a great move, and I got really on board because it opened up a lot of stories, and it felt very good to ultimately have an end.
Did you know what the final story was going to be? Did you change your mind over the years?
Daniels: It was always kind of a reunion show. The part about Dwight’s wedding came awhile later. I think it wouldn’t have been possible to have predicted exactly where we would be with all the characters early on because the show kept on getting picked up and different storylines were resolved and other ones were started.
In terms of having Michael Scott there—how much discussion was there about that? READ FULL STORY
After a series of teaser spots, HBO has finally released a full trailer for May’s highly anticipated adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. Directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons, the stirring film chronicles the rise of AIDS in the 1980s in New York City. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY
Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer will now be joining Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos as co-host.
Spencer has been on the show as a lifestyle anchor, a position created just for her, since 2011, but before that, she was a national correspondent for Good Morning America from 1999 to 2003.
This isn’t the only GMA news this week: Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host and former football star Michael Strahan officially announced April 15 that he’ll be joining the hosts a few times a week while still keeping his Live! gig.
Scandal might be done for the season, but this summer, Tony Goldwyn will be back on TV in a different way.
In July, the Goldwyn-produced drama The Divide, which he worked on with Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra), will make its debut on the rebranded WEtv network, and Entertainment Weekly has your first look at the series.
“It’s absolutely insane, but intoxicating as well,” Goldwyn told EW back in late November of juggling writing and producing with his Scandal duties. “It’s incredibly busy doing both, but so incredibly creatively inspiring.” READ FULL STORY
What’s a riskier move in Westeros than going to a wedding? Marrying Margaery Tyrell, apparently. Her first husband, Renly Baratheon, was killed by a mysterious assassin. Now her second, Joffrey Baratheon, was poisoned in Sunday’s episode at their wedding feast. Last September, we chatted with actress Natalie Dormer on the set of HBO’s Game of Thrones in Croatia in between breaks shooting “The Purple Wedding” about playing the savvy Highgarden double-widow and what comes next.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So congratulations, this is your big day.
Natalie Dormer: Thank you! Five [shooting] days in a row, six if you count the interior stuff that we did.
That’s right, you had a ceremony scene, too.
Dormer: Absolutely. I mean every girl loves a wedding day, but whether they actually would want to do it for five days in a row remains to be seen
Nice dress though.
Dormer: Thank you!
Your character’s interesting because we’ve seen all these different players manipulating others—playing the game of thrones, as they say — and your character brought something new to it. She played the game, but in a different way.
Dormer: She brings a very sort of modern PR angle to it, sort of canvassing the common people’s hearts and minds type of thing. I think of her as like a hybrid sorts — Michelle Obama, with a Kate Middleton or a Princess Di. That’s what she’s aiming for. READ FULL STORY
WGN America is taking viewers back to another part of history — this time without witches — in Manhattan, an original series about the race to the build the first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Here’s the show in a nutshell, as summarized in this exclusive teaser: “In war, secrets save lives. At home, secrets destroy everything you love.”
John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) stars a Frank Winter, a self-destructive professor who is commissioned to help lead the Manhattan Project. Olivia Williams (Dollhouse) plays his wife, Liza Winter, a botanist with a past. Daniel Stern (Home Alone), Ashley Zukerman (Rush), and Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) also star.
Scandal crushed Thursday rivals with its highest-rated season finale. The closer was up 15 percent from last year to draw its second-largest audience of all time — 10.5 million viewers and a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Overall this season, the soapy drama was up 43 percent in the demo to post its best season ever, at least in the ratings.
As for the rest of the broadcast lineup … well … not so great. The Community finale was down 23 percent from last season and the Parenthood finale was down 28 percent from last season. And CBS’ one-hour Crazy Ones finale was really soft for a CBS comedy, with its second episode hitting a series low — this did not help Robin Williams’ odds for a second-season renewal.
Also: NBC’s Parks & Rec sank under the 1.0 line to hit a series low, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen climbed 21 percent, Idol was up 12 percent, and new comedy Surviving Jack ain’t gonna survive. Full chart:
'Orphan Black': Creators reveal more secrets from the set (like that Delphine was originally a 'kooky Asian scientist')
How much of that science on Orphan Black is actually real? How long does it take to film a scene with multiple clones? What clones did Tatiana Maslany play in her audition? And which other OB cast member auditioned for the role of Sarah Manning? In part 2 of our joint conversation leading into the season 2 premiere on April 19, co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett chatted about all this and more from their on-set office in Toronto. (Check out part 1 right here.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How much do you guys look at what is happening in the world of science and how much do you incorporate that?
GRAEME MANSON: We want it to be as grounded as possible in real science, but we aren’t afraid to take that one step over the line into science fiction. And part of that is having these characters react realistically to these concepts, not just having the scientific reality. So it’s something that we try very hard to do. When you keep at it, it’s strange how you do rub up against reality.
JOHN FAWCETT: Things are moving so quickly from the medical and science point of view, so the realities of things are so much closer than you would think. READ FULL STORY
If you’re a TV fan who’s always wanted to peek behind the curtain and see what really goes down when the writers of some of today’s hottest television shows sit down to pen all new episodes, then you definitely don’t want to miss season 2 of Sundance Channel’s The Writer’s Room. EW caught up with the show’s host, actor Jim Rash (Community, The Way Way Back), to talk what fans can expect from this season.
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With the competition getting down to the wire, every American Idol performance counts. Unfortunately for the three finalists from Alabama who joined together for a trio performance, their “Compass” pointed Dexter Roberts and Jessica Meuse to the bottom — with Dexter not getting America’s vote. EW talked to the “lucky man” after his elimination. Plus, check out our video interview with Dexter to find out what he was planning to sing next week. READ FULL STORY
Parks and Recreation will unveil its season finale next Thursday, and it will be filled with all sorts of guest stars, from musical (Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, the returning Jeff Tweedy) to political (First Lady Michelle Obama) to mystery (???). One name you can add to the list from the comedy world: Workaholics star Blake Anderson. READ FULL STORY
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