Misery loves famous company: Marc Maron has recruited a slew of funny folks to appear in the second season of his IFC comedy series, Maron, which has been given a debut date of May 8 at 10 p.m. READ FULL STORY
When Marcia Wallace passed away last year after a 28-year battle with breast cancer, fans of The Simpsons mourned the loss of the series’ beloved, wisecracking teacher Edna Krabappel — whom Wallace had voiced for 24 years.
Executive producer Al Jean promised that the character would be retired, and The Simpsons has since paid homage to Wallace in a few brief instances: in a November episode, Bart remembered his teacher in a somber opening chalkboard gag, and a holiday opening credits sequence featured Krabappel sporting angel wings in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.
But at the end of the March 10 episode “The Man Who Grew Too Much,” the show dedicated its tag to what appears to be Mrs. Krabappel’s final appearance. The scene finds Ned Flanders — who married Bart’s perennial fourth grade teacher in a 2012 episode — wearing a black armband and tenderly remembering his late wife. And naturally, we hear her signature laugh echo one last time.
Hulu is amping up its original programming game with a new bingeworthy series, set to premiere in its entirety on the web April 9.
The show is Deadbeat, a quirky supernatural comedy that follows Kevin (Tyler Labine), described as “a hapless medium who will do anything to finish New York City ghosts’ unfinished business.”
Joining Labine (a breakout on The CW’s Reaper, also a supernatural comedy) are Tropic Thunder’s Brandon T. Jackson, Melissa & Joey’s Lucy Devito, and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley making her scripted comedy debut as a celeb psychic named Camomile. The series comes from co-creators Cody Heller and Brett Konner (FX’s Wilfred) and Troy Miller (Arrested Development).
Deadbeat will make its world premiere at SXSW on March 11. Until then, EW’s got your exclusive first look at a trio of trailers themed around various major moments for the horror genre — particularly the 1940s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. The trailers are a nod to the sort of genre fans Hulu hopes to grab on April 9 when the series debuts.
Check out the clips below: READ FULL STORY
“To win a war you have to start one,” declares the first teaser trailer for HBO’s highly anticipated adaptation of Larry Kramer’s award-winning play The Normal Heart. The TV movie will focus on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of fictional writer/activist Ned Weeks — the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. The character is based on writer/activist Kramer himself.
Viewers can see the rumblings of outrage beginning in the first thirty-second tease, which offers fans their first glimpses of the cast, including Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo (as Weeks), Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Jonathan Groff, in action.
The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy, will premiere on HBO Sunday, May 25. Watch below: READ FULL STORY
Still steaming about the HBO Go outage that killed your plans to watch True Detective‘s finale? This might help: On Sunday, the cabler premiered another new trailer for the fourth season of Game of Thrones, which premieres in a few short weeks. (They’d better get their server issues sorted out by then, or we will take what is ours, with fire and blood!)
Though the clip doesn’t feature many new revelations, it does include several shots of interest, especially for those who have read George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire saga: Sansa (Sophie Turner) mourning her slain family; new character Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) noting that if you can’t protect the ones you love, you must avenge them; Dany (Emilia Clarke) overseeing a catapult attack and swearing to “answer injustice… with justice;” Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) bitterly saying “we mustn’t disappoint Father” over a shot of Tywin (Charles Dance) lounging on the Iron Throne. Also, the dragons (actual dragons) have gotten a lot bigger.
HBO’s freshman dramedy Looking, about three gay best friends in San Francisco, wrapped up its first season tonight with some break-ups and hook ups. EW talked to the series creator Michael Lannan about all the drama as well as plans for the recently announced season two.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The big twist was that Kevin and Patrick hooked up. Did you always plan for that to happen?
MICHAEL LANNAN: I don’t think it was too pre-meditated. It was just something that came about as we were working through the room and just got through more episodes. I think Richie and Kevin both offer Patrick such different things and I think we always thought Patrick would be in this place where he’s so connected to Richie in this one way and so connected to Kevin in another and this was going to create big problems for him. So I think we were just excited to see how it would play out as we wrote it. Richie and Kevin just access Patrick in different ways and offer him different thigns and I think that’s really exciting for Patrick and also very problematic.
I was surprised they didn’t use one of those swinging chairs in the office for that scene.
That was a brilliant idea of our production designer Todd Fjelsted. That subconscious suggestion isn’t just in your head.
Good. I’m glad I’m not the only one.
One of the things that’s so different about Looking is that the sex on the show is very realistic.
That was always the goal. We made a decision early on that we wanted the show to be very frank and show sex as something really exciting and awesome and also sometimes awkward and much trickier than it can sometimes be on TV. So we just wanted to show all those sides of it and not just have it be punishing or humiliating or not just have it be amazing and super sweaty and hot. You can learn so much about a character by how they approach sex and how they do it and what they do afterwards. Along with that, we just decided we’d show sex for storytelling purposes. Really, half an hour is so short you don’t have much time so we just wanted it all to be very integrated into the story and always say something about the characters and the situation.
Have trouble watching the hotly anticipated True Detective finale tonight? You weren’t the only one. Fans of the series took to Twitter to protest technical issues that struck the HBO GO streaming platform. HBO GO’s official Twitter stream acknowledged the troubles, blaming the show’s literally overwhelming popularity: “Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we’ve been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon.” READ FULL STORY
'Once Upon a Time': Jennifer Morrison talks ditching Neverland for Oz -- and Emma's epic love triangle
[Ahoy, Oncers: We've got some spoilers ahead.]
Flying monkeys! Surprise(ish) pregnancies! Another curse! Clearly, there’s a lot to unpack from Once Upon a Time‘s midseason premiere — but thankfully, EW had the opportunity to chat with OUAT star/savior Jennifer Morrison after we’d seen the episode. She couldn’t answer every burning question… but she could tease some pretty interesting details about the fairy tale series’ journey into Oz.
Read on to learn why the woman who plays Emma Swan might miss Neverland, what makes this half-season’s villain so wicked, what the future holds for a certain presumed-dead fan favorite — and, of course, how Morrison feels about Nealfire (Michael Raymond James) and Hook’s (Colin O’Donoghue) battle for Emma’s heart.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The end of the last episode before the break seemed a bit like it could have marked the end of the show. Did you guys feel like that at all? It was very definitive.
JENNIFER MORRISON: Yeah. I think that Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz, Once's showrunners] did that on purpose. I think they were looking at the cable model, where they do 10 to 12 episodes [per season], and that’s a really definitive length of time to tell a story. Because of the way we were going to air this year, they had an opportunity to do two half-seasons, basically. And so they wanted the end of that half of a season to really feel like a definitive end, and then dangle the carrot for the next arc. And the second half of the season is completely different. We have a totally different villain, we have a whole different world we’re dealing with.
HBO has just released the first look at High Hopes, the documentary chronicling the making of Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio album.
In the clip, The Boss talks about the emotional impetus behind the album, also titled High Hopes, and how collaborator Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, served as “the glue” of the project.
The film reunites Springsteen with filmmaker Thom Zimny, who previously directed The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ in 2010. It will feature interviews, behind-the-scenes studio and rehearsal segments, and exclusive E Street Band tour footage.
High Hopes premieres April 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET on HBO.
Neverland is ancient history for the gang on Once Upon a Time, which returns tonight after a three-month hiatus. Lana Parrilla, for one, is happy to have the island behind her. “It was getting quite dirty for everyone,” jokes the actress who plays The Evil Queen/Regina.
Emotionally, though, things remain as messy as ever for these characters. In this second half of the third season, they will find themselves contending with Zelena, the Wicked Witch (Rebecca Mader), a villain the likes of which has never been seen on the show, according to Parrilla. “She’s fighting for different reasons,” she says. “The Evil Queen wanted revenge — something happened to her and and she wanted to hurt [someone] because of it. This is a different situation because Zelena wants what other people had that she didn’t have….She has a connection to a character on the show, and that’s why she’s arrived. She’s out to hurt someone.” READ FULL STORY
Tomorrow, tomorrow, The Bachelor finale is tomorrow. It’s only a day ah-way! Okay, that’s enough. Perhaps I should let Juan Pablo’s phone do the singing.
In day four of our countdown to the Bachelor finale, we’ve got an exclusive look at a deleted scene involving Juan Pablo and what appears to be his signature move. In this clip, Juan Pablo pulls out his phone and plays Nikki a song, the same way he pulled out a phone and played Clare a song in Saturday’s clip.
But this time, instead of him playing a song his significant other already knows, Juan Pablo picks a song specifically for Nikki. And with lyrics like, “‘Cause you’re the only one for me; your love is like the deep blue sea,” we don’t blame Nikki for feeling reassured. But when he starts to sing along? Yep, he did that with Clare too.
Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY
Tonight’s third leg of The Amazing Race: All-Stars takes the nine remaining teams into river madness — they’ll rappel down the Kiansom Waterfall and race in whitewater rafts they built themselves to deliver goods to a village chief.
Below, host Phil Keoghan shares his personal photos to give you a behind-the-scenes preview of the episode! READ FULL STORY
Jack Bauer’s on the clock again in 24: Live Another Day, and he’s looking as conflicted as ever.
In the first episodic footage released from the new 12-part series revival, a somewhat haggard — yet always dangerous — Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is living in London in exile. Four years have passed since the events of the 24 finale, and now the American president is in danger. The U.S. government needs Bauer’s help, despite viewing him as a “traitor” and “psychopath.”
“If an American president is assassinated on foreign soil, you’re looking at a world war,” Bauer warns, while fully admitting: “There’s no going home for me.”
24: Live Another Day premieres May 5 on Fox.
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