Rappers Kid Cudi and Method Man have landed guest-starring roles on CBS’ new drama Scorpion, EW has learned exclusively.
Sunday night had two much-anticipated premieres with major brand cross-over elements and both stunts paid off big time: There was Fox’s Family Guy crossing over with longtime animated frenemy The Simpsons in a one-hour episode at 9 p.m., and the fourth season return of Once Upon a Time introducing its arc based on the Disney hit Frozen at 8 p.m.
Both shows jumped in the ratings compared to last fall, with Fox’s animated series coming out on top: Family Guy (8.4 million, 4.5 rating among adults 18-49) bounced a whopping 73 percent from last season’s premiere and ranked as the night’s No. 1 entertainment program. This is Family Guy‘s biggest rating in four years (here’s our take on the crossover). While Once Upon (9.3 million, 3.4) spiked an impressive 31 percent from last fall to mark its best ratings in nearly two years.
While Family Guy had larger ratings, in some ways this is better news for ABC’s show. Once Upon fell alarmingly in the numbers last season and it is rare for serialized dramas to stage a comeback. Plus, the Family Guy stunt was a one-time event, whereas the Frozen arc will continue through the first half of the season. Once Upon‘s ratings also grew over the course of the hour, which is a good sign that the show held the interest of curious Frozen fans. Check out EW’s Once Upon recap here. READ FULL STORY
If you’re a fan for Sleepless in Seattle-esque tales of all-consuming love at first sight, you’re probably going to hate Wedlock.
The couple at the center of the Ross Partridge-directed web series aren’t falling in love — they’re carefully calculating every step to it. Mark Duplass and Jennifer Lafleur star as two friends who, now that they’re getting older, want to logically, systematically and not even a little bit romantically get married. They even have a handbook. Rob Corddry stars as their couples therapist, who, despite his reservations, guide them on their quest session by strange, strange session.
Check out a trailer below. The 10-episode series is available now on Vimeo on Demand.
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Lady Cora is coming back to America, but this time, it’s in real life. According to The Associated Press, McGovern and her folk-rock band, Sadie and the Hotheads, will be embarking on a 10-date U.S. tour along the East coast starting Dec. 4. The seven-person band was formed in 2007 with McGovern as the lead vocalist and picked up in popularity when Downton Abbey came along.
Masters of Sex‘s second season found Masters and Johnson exploring sexual dysfunction (including Bill’s), Libby Masters getting involved with St. Louis’ racial politics, and the show entering the Kennedy era.
In the final scene of the season, against the backdrop of the JFK’s inauguration, Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) are resolutely moving forward with their work, but not without having endured a series of personal and professional failures of a sort. The CBS feature about them made sex an implication rather than a focus, presenting it as squeaky clean rather than scientifically rigorous. When Bill concocted a plan to kill it with the aid of his old friend Barton Scully (Beau Bridges), he ended up hurting Virginia, who was going to use the film to prove that her work’s respectability, and therefore keep her grasp on her children. Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald), meanwhile, is engaged in an affair with Robert (Jocko Sims), a member of the Congress of Racial Equality, where she has been working.
Now that the season is over, showrunner Michelle Ashford talked with EW and looked back on season 2 and forward.
'The Simpsons'/'Family Guy' crossover is one of the most fascinatingly weird things to ever happen to television
The first thing to remember when you watch the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover is that it is an episode of Family Guy. This is when you groan, because Family Guy is an unoriginal rip-off of The Simpsons that retells tired old gags with an ironic approach. Or maybe you cheer, because you’re over The Simpsons: It hasn’t even been good in 13 years. Those aren’t my opinions. Those are the implicit opinions of the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover–or at least, those explicit self-mocking assertions are how “The Simpsons Guy” portrays every possible critique you could have about the two shows. “It’s just a lousy rip-off!” screams Homer Simpson. “I think I speak for all of us when I say I am over the Simpsons!” screams Peter Griffin back at him. READ FULL STORY
Warning: This story contains spoilers from Once Upon a Time’s season four premiere. Read at your own risk.
Move over, Frozen: Once Upon a Time has introduced yet another Disney property into the mix.
[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read until you have watched Sunday night's episode of The Simpsons, titled “Clown in the Dumps.”] READ FULL STORY
Ahead of CSI‘s Sept. 28 season premiere (10 p.m. ET on CBS), Ted Danson joined EW’s Kyle Anderson for a SiriusXM Town Hall to talk about his lengthy career. Listen to two highlights below.
In the first clip, after an audience member asks him about being mocked on Seinfeld (he has neither as much money as George Costanza thought he had, nor a plane), Danson reveals the secret to comedy: “I’ve discovered that you don’t have to be the one telling the joke. As long as you’re in the room with funny, you get credit for funny,” he says. Thinking back to taping Cheers with multiple cameras in front of a live audience, which meant actors had to stay alive even when they weren’t the focus of a scene, he explains, “So you have a very funny joke, right. All of the sudden, you’d notice everybody in the cast is crossing behind you just at the right moment of the funny—so they were part of a very funny joke, they were part of that shot. If you had a dumb joke, it was like tumbleweeds. You couldn’t find anyone. All of the sudden, they’d all duck behind the bar to pick something up, or run off someplace else. You would be all by yourself with your non-funny joke.” (He goes on to reminisce about Cheers costar Woody Harrelson insisting he come to the premiere of his film Doc Hollywood, which includes a joke about Danson, and how he got him back in the film Ted.)
In the second clip, Danson admits that walking through airports is how an actor knows where they are career-wise. “Here’s my motto: Keep working. Because otherwise what happens is, somebody will have watched a rerun of Sam Malone when I’m 34 to 44, and then they’ll see me on the street now and go, ‘Geez, you look like s–t,'” he says. “But if you keep working, people realize, ‘Oh, no, that’s alright. I saw CSI. Alright, I get it. He’s aging.'” READ FULL STORY
For Revenge fans who watched that season 3 finale and yelled at your TV some variation of “what the hell?”, you’re not alone: Star Emily VanCamp had the same reaction.
When VanCamp talked to EW Radio’s Julia Cunningham about the ABC retribution drama’s fourth season —which kicks off tonight at 9 p.m. — she said season 3’s revelation that David Clarke was, after all this time, alive was a decision former showrunner Mike Kelley was “absolutely” against.
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Many fans of The Walking Dead have been hoping for a while now for poor Daryl Dixon to find true love. At first, shippers targeted Carol as a potential love interest for the crossbow-wielding warrior. However, last season, a new potential pair emerged as Daryl and Beth spent a good chunk of time together downing booze and burning down cabins. Then Beth had to go missing and ruin everything.
However, we saw in the season 5 trailer that Beth is indeed still alive (and on the receiving end of a nasty blow to the face). So there is hope these two could be reunited at some point. Should that happen, is there a chance for romance? “I don’t know,” said Emily Kinney (who plays Beth) when she paid a visit to Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105). “You have to wait and find out.” But Kinney did confirm that there are indeed feelings of some sort between the two survivors. “I would say last season what you saw, there’s definitely a connection, and a connection that’s growing. And they care about each other a lot, and so there’s definitely something really special there.” READ FULL STORY
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