It was a big morning for Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Homeland, which netted nine Emmy nominations, including Best Drama Series, Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Claire Danes, and Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Damian Lewis. The noms were a record for the network and the most for any freshman series this year. “I’m really thrilled,” says Lewis, celebrating on a day off from the series currently shooting season two in Charlotte, N.C.. “Over the moon. I was asleep. So I was just getting some extra zzzzs and I woke up with my phone buzzing next to my head.” EW talked to Lewis about Homeland as well as season two and carrying a tune with his co-star Mandy Patinkin.
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Season 2 of FX’s American Horror Story begins production this week, but it looks like they are still adding folks to the asylum: EW can exclusively reveal that former All My Children star Mark Consuelos (also the husband of daytime’s Kelly Ripa) is joining AHS as a patient named Spivey.
Consuelos joins Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, and Lizzie Brochere in the new season, which centers around an institution for the criminally insane.
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AMC’s battle with Dish continues, but at least Breaking Bad fans won’t have to suffer: The basic cable net will offer a special live stream of the drama’s season 5 premiere to Dish subscribers on its website July 15.
Starting tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET, Dish subs can register for access at www.amctv.com/breakingbad4dish. “Every cable, phone and satellite company other than Dish carries AMC and its popular programming, including Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Mad Men in their basic package,” the network said in a statement. “AMC wants its loyal Dish viewers to experience the excitement of the Breaking Bad premiere at the same time as their friends and neighbors and we want to give Dish customers an extra week to switch providers so they can enjoy the rest of the season.”
Dish, which has more than 14 million subscribers, dropped all of the AMC nets at the end of June after the two sides failed to sign a new carriage agreement. Dish has said that low ratings on IFC and WE, in particular, didn’t justify the high rates that AMC Nets wants to continue charging. AMC, however, believes the blackout has less to do with a carriage dispute and more to do with an ongoing lawsuit between the two companies that involves a bunch of high-definition channels that no longer exist.
AMC accuses Dish of ‘retaliation’ for burying nets on dial
Viacom yanks free online programming; spat continues with DirecTV
DirecTV-Viacom feud makes children cry (or at least the ‘No more Dora’ commercial did)
DirecTV customers lose MTV, Nick and other Viacom nets
As the dispute between Viacom and DirecTV continued Wednesday, the conglomerate yanked access to some of its more popular programming that was available free on company websites. Fans can no longer watch full episodes of shows like SpongeBob Squarepants and iCarly or Jersey Shore and The Daily Show, which is sure to further anger the 20 million DirecTV subscribers who continue to find a dark screen when they change the channel to Viacom-owned nets like Nick, MTV, Comedy Central and VH1.
“Viacom is now not only holding DirecTV customers hostage, but all online viewers as well,” according to a statement from DirecTV. “Is this just another underhanded negotiating tactic, or does this mean that Viacom will no longer offer its content free online?” READ FULL STORY
DirecTV customers who wanted their MTV (or their BET, or Spike, or VH1) were met with this message: “Viacom, the owner of this channel, forced DirecTV to suspend it despite our many requests to keep it on. We are working to bring it back as soon as possible without an unfair increase to your bill. Disruptions like this are brief. Go to DirecTVPromise.com for the latest info.” CEO Mike White also taped a message for customers by saying how Viacom wants them to “pay substantially more for all of their networks, even those you don’t watch or care about.”
Viacom described the impasse a little differently by saying it was DirecTV’s decision to drop the major cablers. “We are deeply disappointed that DirecTV dropped Viacom’s channels before our midnight deadline this evening, severing our connection with its nearly 20 million subscribers nationwide,” according to a company statement. “We proposed a fair deal that amounted to an increase of only a couple pennies per day, per subscriber, and we remained willing to negotiate that deal right up to this evening’s deadline.”
The seven-year deal between Viacom and DirecTV just expired. DirecTV says Viacom wants a 30% increase in fees to carry the nets, while Viacom has accused the satellite provider of lowballing the conglomerate — which, admittedly, has seen double-digit ratings drops on its once shining star, Nickelodeon. The kiddie cabler used to routinely trounce the Disney Channel in total day and kids 2-11; now the Mouse House cabler is ruling in total day viewing and the young demo. It certainly helps that Disney has recently launched several new and popular shows like Good Luck Charlie and A.N.T. Farm while Nick hasn’t created a new hit since iCarly, which will go off the air on November.
If that’s not enough to raise the ire of DirecTV, there’s also the issue of how lots of Viacom programming can be accessed for free online.
DirecTV has roughly 20 million subscribers.
'Snooki and JWoww' First Look: The girls reunite with their 'Jersey Shore' housemates -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO
Snooki and JWoww have been doing the roomie thing for the last couple weeks on their MTV spin-off but in this week’s episode (the first of a two-parter that concludes on July 19), the ladies invite back their Jersey Shore housemates—Pauly D, Vinny, Sammi, Ronnie, and Deena—for a special dinner, seen here in this exclusive photo. The occassion? Snooki plans to reveal her engagement and pregnancy with Jionni. Let’s just say things don’t go exactly according to plan. “Their reactions were crazy,” says executive producer Sally Ann Salsano. “There are two episodes it plays out over. First she says she’s engaged and I’m not sure Snooki got the reaction from everyone that she wanted.”
Next, Snooki dropped the pregnancy bombshell. “There’s no confusion on how anyone feels,” teases Salsano. “Jenni and Snooki hung behind because they had to clean up the dinner and without saying anything the cast made plans right out the door, like ‘We need to have a drink.’ They instantly wanted to go talk about it and we went with them.”
To witness the drama go down and see what the Shore housemates thought of Snooki’s big news, be sure and tune into the two-part Snooki & JWoww episode airing July 12 and July 19 at 10pm on MTV.
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Tonight’s an all-star edition of Drop Dead Diva, featuring Joan Rivers as a psychiatrist and Serena Williama as an attorney representing Brandy. From the winner’s circle at Wimbledon to center stage on a Lifetime hit; not a bad way to spend the weekend, Serena.
Here’s a sneak peek of tonight’s episode: READ FULL STORY
Two weeks ago, EW premiered the trailer for Nickelodeon’s reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, and now we’ve got some more exclusive information for you: The children’s cable network will premiere the show on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. in a one-hour special event. Nickelodeon will officially announce the premiere date on the network on Saturday.
The half-hour action series is set to consist of 26 episodes about the four, butt-kicking turtles who rise from the sewers: Leonardo (American Pie‘s Jason Biggs), Raphael (Lord of the Rings‘ Sean Astin), Michelangelo (Teen Titan‘s Greg Cipes), and Donatello (Planet Sheen‘s Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the original animated series during the ’80s and ’90s). The network describes the series as: “Funnier and with more Ninjutsu than ever before, the show will explore the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be.”
Rounding out key roles in the series include Mae Whitman (Parenthood) as the boys’ pal April O’Neil; Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as the Turtles’ sensei and father figure Master Splinter; and Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as nemesis Shredder.
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On this week’s Snooki & JWoww, the girls visit theme restaurant Ninja in New York City and are terrified by ninjas, a little treat that awaits arriving diners at the Tribeca spot. Preggers Snooki has a little bladder accident and tough JWoww doesn’t handle the ninjas with any more fortitude. Avert your eyes if you’re afraid of ninjas (or guidettes with leaky bladders). Everyone else, enjoy! READ FULL STORY
This week, Oxygen’s The Glee Project welcomes Kevin McHale, who of course plays Artie on Glee, to mentor the remaining contestants. Their lesson this week? “Adaptability,” which required the contestants to think on their feet. EW spoke to McHale about tonight’s episode — and didn’t hesitate to grill him for scoop on season 4 and even his thoughts on a Quinn/Artie romance.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your theme is adaptability. What song did they have to do?
KEVIN MCHALE: They had to do Alanis Morissette… What Alanis Morissette song was it? The one about [oral sex] in a theater.
“You Oughta Know?”
“You Oughta Know” — that’s what I thought! My intention was to be as cruel as possible to them. READ FULL STORY
One of TV Land’s favorite things to do on its original sitcoms is to reunite old castmembers from old shows. You know, those winky scenes — like when Betty White reunited with Mary Tyler Moore on Hot in Cleveland last year — that nod back to the original series the actors were originally on together. Well, there’s more of that coming on tomorrow night’s episode of TV Land’s The Exes, which finds former 3rd Rock from the Sun actors Kristen Johnston and Wayne Knight playing together in a dating-focused half hour.
Of course, the pair have co-starred together on The Exes since it launched last November, but this particular episode — which you can catch an exclusive sneak peek of below — puts them together like the old 3rd Rock days when their characters on that show, Sally and Don, were constantly in the will-they-or-won’t-they zone.
On The Exes, Johnston plays Holly Brooks, a divorce attorney who lives across the hall from three of her former clients — one of whom is Knight’s character Haskell Lutz, a lazy divorcee who makes cash selling stuff online. This won’t ruin tomorrow night’s episode for you, but it’s fair to say that the pair aren’t really dating because, well, lawyers shouldn’t date their clients — especially divorce lawyers. But Holly and Haskell do go on a fun, faux, practice date (Haskell needs the practice, trust!) and have a number of funny scenes together throughout the episode.
EW rounded the pair up to chat about what it was like to come back together, a la 3rd Rock, and got them talking about various other topics. Read what they had to say and watch the scene they preview below.
We’ve already seen the return of True Blood. We already know how many viewers that Charlie Sheen can bring to FX. Now what about the return of Bryan Cranston to AMC or the whereabouts of all those desperate bachelors on ABC?
Here are the premiere dates for the rest of this summer’s broadcast and cable shows, including some of those early bows for NBC’s post-Olympic programming. READ FULL STORY
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