Whether TV’s feistiest figures were slapping each other down with words or fists, there was plenty of strife to go around this year. Below, we reminisce fondly over all the boob slapping, bare knuckle boxing, Bachelorette beatdowns, and more. READ FULL STORY
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As if Nick, Schmidt, and Winston needed something else to fight over: Brooklyn Decker will guest star in an upcoming episode of New Girl, EW has learned. The supermodel/actress will play Holly, a patron at Nick’s bar who is specifically attracted to the brokenhearted. The three roommates compete for her by playing up their love wounds. READ FULL STORY
Shipping is a time-honored tradition when it comes to the couples that populate our televisions. Here are our favorite twosomes that we rooted for in 2012.
Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev), The Vampire Diaries
In the epic ongoing battle of which Salvatore brother is worthy of Elena Gilbert, the scales seemed to finally be even after Elena became a vampire and Damon accepted her darker tendencies while boyfriend Stefan (Paul Wesley) wanted to “fix her.” After breaking up with Stefan, Elena had sex with Damon in the Nov. 29 episode — but wait! Stefan thinks Elena has a rare sire bond to Damon, whose blood made her a vampire, and that’s why her feelings for him intensified — out of obligation, not love. And so the triangle continues…
2012 hasn’t been just a big year for doomsday preppers and TMZ’s Lindsay Lohan beat reporter, it’s been a fine one for Fox’s New Girl, which further established itself as a force for good comedy. (In addition, Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield received Emmy nominations over the summer.) EW has named New Girl one of its Entertainers of the Year, along with Homeland, Ben Affleck, Seth MacFarlane, and others. Pick up a copy of the EOY issue — which includes a tribute to the second-year roommate comedy by Bones star/Zooey’s sister Emily Deschanel — and scroll down for a few bonus quotes from Zooey (Jess), Greenfield (Schmidt), and Jake Johnson (Nick). READ FULL STORY
Here’s some exclusive first-look photos at an upcoming episode of Fox’s New Girl featuring Olivia Munn guest starring as Nick’s new love interest. Why, it’s almost like a New Girl graphic novel. Except with photos. Photo-novel? Anyway, here they are, from the Dec. 4 episode. Nick (Jake Johnson) breaks his self-imposed rule of never coming out from behind the bar, when he meets a beautiful and tough customer (played by Munn who begins a multi-epiosde arc on the show)…. READ FULL STORY
A lot has been made about which new shows have been sinking and swimming this season. We all waited with bated breath to see which show would be cancelled first (sorry, Made in Jersey), and which shows would become breakout hits (umm…still waiting). And then there are the new shows that alternately thrill and exasperate us depending on the week (we’re talking to you, Last Resort).
But what of the returning shows? Which ones have come back just as strong — or even stronger — than last season? James Hibberd, Jessica Shaw, and I tackle that very topic on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast as each of us gives our pick for the best returning show this fall. What shows are aging like a fine wine? We’ll tell you. Although I have a bone to pick with Jessica’s selection. Click on the audio player icon below to find out why!
Then, Jessica and I turn our attention to another returning show that is having a stellar season: Survivor: Philippines. We discuss who we are loving and loathing in this installment and then take a call form the man who was just ousted from the tribe, Artis Silvester. Artis has some harsh words for his former tribemate Michael Skupin, whom he describes as “not a nice person.” Listen in to find out what has Artis so hot, even months after the game ended. READ FULL STORY
Carla Gugino is coming to Fox’s New Girl as Schmidt’s sexually adventurous boss — want to take a look? EW.com exclusively has the first photos of Gugino (Entourage, Californication) dominating the hit comedy’s ladies’ man (Max Greenfield). The Nov. 13 episode plays like a gender switch on the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, with Schmidt getting more than he can handle after signing a sex contract. New Girl returns for its Halloween episode tonight on Fox. READ FULL STORY
The concept of male friendship is up for debate, discussion, and dissection on tonight’s episode of New Girl, as the one between Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Nick (Jake Johnson) seems headed toward destruction. Why? Because Schmidt gave Nick a cookie, that’s why! In addition to explaining how a cookie can be so much more than a cookie, this installment of New Girl whisks us back to college for the first meeting of Nick and Schmidt.
You can see this historic comedic moment before the rest of America simply by clicking on the video below. (WARNING: Video contains a mustache, dry ramen, and Fat Schmidt.) READ FULL STORY
'Daily Show,' 'SNL,' 'Colbert,' and 'Fallon' writers assemble for New York Television Festival panel
“Live from New York…” is Saturday Night Live‘s proprietary catchprase, but those four iconic words might just as easily more broadly describe the best and brightest of American comedy — period. Within a three-block radius in midtown Manhattan lies the home bases for Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. So it only makes sense that during the comically fertile election season, the New York Television Festival is celebrating the talent behind those shows with a special discussion panel, “Long Day’s Journey Into Late Night: 2012 Election Edition – The Politics of Funny.”
Next Tuesday night at the 92Y Tribeca, NBC’s Willie Geist will welcome a Barry Julien (head writer, The Colbert Report), Steve Bodow (co-executive producer and former head writer, The Daily Show), Colin Jost (co-head writer, Saturday Night Live), and A.D. Miles (head writer, Late Night) for a lively discussion about their favorite moments from the 2012 campaign so far and their take on the current state of the late-night genre. (Tickets are free but will surely “sell out.”) READ FULL STORY
Who will win the adorkable face off?
Olivia Munn is joining Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl for an arc this season. She’s going to play “Angie,” a love interest for Nick (Jake Johnson). She’s described as sexy (duh), as well as “earthy, charming and can hold her own with the group.”
Deadline says Munn will shoot her New Girl arc before re-joining HBO’s The Newsroom for season two. New Girl returned Tuesday night to 5.2 million viewers, down a bit from last year, but managed to tie NBC’s Go On.
Mindy Kaling vs. Ellen Barkin! Zooey Deschanel vs. Matthew Perry! Tuesday night unleashed a trio of new shows into competitive time slots: Fox’s Ben & Kate, CBS’ Vegas and — probably the most buzzed-about of the bunch — Fox’s The Mindy Project. Here’s how they stacked up.
First, Kaling’s debut disappointed a bit. The Mindy Project (4.7 million viewers, 2.4) was down 23 percent from last year’s Raising Hope premiere in this slot and dropped from its lead in. Still, Mindy Project fended off its 9:30 p.m. comedy rival, NBC’s The New Normal (5.2 million, 2.0). Mindy also performed better than Fox’s other new sitcom. At 8:30 p.m., Ben & Kate (4.2 million, 2.0) opened weak.
Both Mindy Project and Ben & Kate had the benefit of the same lead-in (weirdly). Fox aired a special New Girl (5.3 million, 2.7) at 8 p.m., then aired New Girl‘s official regular time-period debut at 9 p.m. (5.2 million, 2.7). Both episodes delivered the same demo number, down a steep 44 percent from last fall’s series premiere. The 9 p.m. New Girl tied NBC’s Go On (7.3 million, 2.7). The Matthew Perry comedy was down a bit this week, but NBC will gladly accept this outcome against the return of a tough rival. Oh, why can’t all these sitcoms just be friends? (Friends?).
At 10 p.m., CBS rolled out Vegas. I gotta confess: READ FULL STORY
In case you haven’t already heard, there are some changes in store for the new season of New Girl (which premieres tonight at 8 p.m.): Jess will lose her job, Schmidt will lose his cast (and gain an exciting new mission in life), Nick will contemplate publishing a zombie book (see below), and Winston…well, he’ll actually be on the right track. We spoke to exec producer Liz Meriwether to get the scoop on what’s coming up for each character this season.
What does a new season of New Girl bring? A new Schmidt. When the metrosensitive douche sensation who’s been sidelined sexually finally has his penis cast removed in the season 2 premiere (Fox, tonight, 8 p.m.), he rebrands himself with a bash at Nick’s bar (and has the displeasure of meeting Cece’s new boyfriend). “He’s felt he’s been held back by having this cast on his nether regions and this is his big coming out party,” says Max Greenfield, a.k.a. Schmidt. “He’s ready to take on the world again. He doesn’t feel like he’s got a crutch anymore so he feels like he needs to reintroduce his brand, and what better way to do that than to have a rebranding event?” The plan was for the episode to feature a slide show with Schmidt showing off a multitude of looks, but time constraints left that sequence on the cutting room floor. The good news is that it has found a home right here on EW.com. You can see the highlights in the following photos, complete with commentary from Greenfield. “I had so much fun,” he says of the shoot. “It was a week before we started up the show again, and it was just confirmation to me after a hiatus, ‘Oh, we’re back.’ Just when I thought it couldn’t get any weirder, I’m now dressed up in a Jewish assassin costume as well as a Magic Mike outfit. I don’t know what’s happening but I guess we’re shooting the show again.” READ FULL STORY
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