Jessica Meuse won’t get to go home as part of the traditional local celebration that greets the final three contestants on American Idol, but she will go home a winner in the minds of many fans back in Alabama after making it to the final four. EW talked to Jessica about her emotional night and why last week’s twist was unproductive, and the real reason she wore a braid that night. (Watch out, Katniss!) READ FULL STORY
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The boy with the bread and the lady with the meat dress are both coming to SNL. (Sandwich time!)
NBC has just announced its next two Saturday Night Live hosts. On Nov. 16, the series will return from a week-long break with an episode helmed entirely by Lady Gaga. Though Gaga has twice appeared on SNL as a musical guest and has cameoed in a few memorable sketches, this will be her first time hosting the show. Gaga’s next album, Artpop, drops Nov. 11.
SNL will continue its first-time-host trend the following week, when it welcomes Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson on Nov. 23. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters Nov. 22. Hutcherson will be joined by musical guest Haim, the buzzy L.A. band that made a splash this fall with the release of its debut studio album, Days Are Gone.
EW has confirmed that Amandla Stenberg — who played the doe-eyed little one who stole Katniss’ heart in the first installment of The Hunger Games franchise — is coming to Fox’s Sleepy Hollow.
She will play the daughter of Orlando Jones’ Capt. Frank Irving, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the casting. She will first appear as the character, named Macey, in the Nov. 25 episode.
Sleepy Hollow — which remains one fall TV’s biggest rating successes (and even more so when you factor in DVR) — is currently on a three-week break. When it returns, Fringe alum John Noble will join the fun in a major, recurring role. A trailer for the show’s next few episodes aired after Monday’s new hour, and you can watch that here.
The CW has released a trailer for its reality competition series Capture, premiering July 31. Think of it as a kinder, gentler Hunger Games in which, as the network says, 12 teams of two “enter a fenced-in enclosure in the middle of the wild, where they must live for one month and compete against each other for scarce resources. With $250,000 on the line, it’s a winner-take-all battle in which the teams must hunt each other down to survive.” Of course, there’s no killing. There’s just a lot of running, some crying, and a bit of blood. READ FULL STORY
Joel McHale knows what you’re thinking. “Fans will see these pictures and go, ‘Dammit, they’ve tried to make this show mainstream! They’re trying to steal the Two and a Half Men audience!’” quips the Community star who plays Jeff Winger. “They’re going to be like, ‘What — is this an episode of The Middle?’”
That’s about as likely as, say, Dean Pelton entering a room in low-key fashion. Despite the exit of series creator Dan Harmon and the changing of the guard, Community apparently will still strive to be weird, surprising, and… you know, Community. In the season 4 premiere (NBC, Oct. 19), you will be treated to a parody of — or shall we say, tribute to — The Hunger Games. When the Greendale student records seem to be lost, the Dean (Jim Rash) stages a Hunger Games-like competition to determine enrollment in a class called The History of Ice Cream. (Which raises the question: There’s actually a class at Greendale called The History of Ice Cream? “Ice cream is something that people eat every day and they probably don’t know its origin story,” deadpans McHale. “F— you and your elitist I-don’t-need-to-know-about-my-frozen-treats-and-where-they-came-from attitude.”) READ FULL STORY
Kids killing kids doesn’t exactly scream ‘prime time hit.’
Or, at least, it didn’t before the crazy success of The Hunger Games (final domestic box office: over 405 million dollars). Now fights to the death seem as profitable as shows about vampires. The CW is reportedly developing a show based on the cult Japanese movie Battle Royale. EW has confirmed that The CW has “inquired about the rights.”
For the uninitiated, Battle Royale is a 2000 film about a group of Japanese school children. The group is rounded up and moved to an island where, much like The Hunger Games, on the government’s orders they must kill each other until one remains. Needless to say, it’s a blood bath.
The L.A. Times points out that a sticking point in the deal might be the approval of original novel author Koushun Takami, who, according to Japanese law, must sign off on the deal.
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Elizabeth Banks is climbing her way to the top in the season premiere of Family Guy. EW has learned that the Hunger Games/30 Rock actress will voice the snooty wife of Lois’ ex-boyfriend Ross Fishman, who attempts to scale Mt. Everest with her perfect family. “The Fishmans look down their noses at the Griffins as these slobs,” explains Family Guy exec producer Mark Hentemann. “They’re super successful and they go on the most exotic vacations and they take on the greatest challenges… Peter picks up on his jealousy that he had in season 3 and says, ‘Well, if they’re going to do it, we’re gonna do it — and beat them.’” Place your bets, folks: Who will make it to the summit first — if anyone makes it all? READ FULL STORY
The Hunger Games is coming to TV — in 2014.
ABC Family, which is also home to the Harry Potter franchise, has acquired the network television premiere rights to the just-released hit film and the franchise’s second film, Catching Fire, the network announced today.
This weekend, The Hunger Games earned $155 million, giving it the third highest-grossing opening weekend of all time. Talk about the odds being in ABC Family’s favor.
The Hunger Games will air on the network starting in 2014.
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