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The Daily Show Head Writer: Trump's Presidency Is a "Blessing and a Curse"

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Luckily, by our nature as comedy writers, the only way we can react to terrible things is to make fun of them.



Celebrities React to Donald Trump's Inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

The former Apprentice host took the oath of office shortly after noon ET on Friday, and subsequently gave a scorched-earth speech promising to give America back to Americans and that he will end "this American carnage ... right here and right now." Celebrities on the left and right took to Twitter to weigh in on the inauguration, offering praise, expressing resistance, and expressing admiration for outgoing president Barack Obama. - Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) January 20, 2017 Can you spot the difference? pic.twitter.com/2TxmhR8k1k - Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) January 20, 2017 Isn't American Carnage opening for 3 Doors Down next week? - Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) January 20, 2017 Tomorrow I'm going on a #Brownout in protest of @realDonaldTrump not having a Latino appointed to his cabinet , first time since 1988 pic.twitter.com/woEyaBjkoh



Legion Stars Explain How the Show Will and Won't Be Like the Comics

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

FX's upcoming superhero series Legion is about a character who first appeared in X-Men, the Marvel comics franchise. In the comics, Legion, whose human name is David Haller, is an extraordinarily powerful mutant with multiple personalities. Stevens says it won't be a version where all the personalities will be seen locked up in "physical fortress" fighting amongst themselves to be the dominant one.



The Supergirl and Flash Musical Crossover Finally Has an Air Date

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

The highly anticipated Supergirl and The Flash musical crossover episode is coming soon, and new details reveal much to get excited about. Benoist and Gustin are both Glee alums while Barrowman, Valdes and Jordan both cut their teeth on Broadway (Jordan was also a series regular in Season 2 of NBC's SMASH). The actor is a professionally trained dancer and his moves can be seen in the Australian teen soap Dance Academy, which is available on Netflix.



Donald Trump Quoted Bane from The Dark Night Rises in His Inaugural Address

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

(function(){ var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = 'http://www.cbsnews.com/live/scripts/widget-compact/v2/'; var el = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; el.parentNode.insertBefore(s, el); })();In the 2012 Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, the villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy, leads an uprising against the entrenched powers that be in Gotham City. In his inaugural address on Friday, President Donald Trump said that his presidency is a victory for the American people over the entrenched powers that be in Washington. Deadspin editor Timothy Burke noticed that the President plagiarized a supervillain and quickly made a supercut of the two quotes.



The Blacklist: Is Red Having a Crisis of Conscience?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

After a list of people who are in the Witness Protection Program gets stolen, Red and the FBI coordinate to have Liz (Megan Boone) infiltrate "The Harem" -- a group of Robin Hood-esque female thieves who steal from other criminals -- in order to recover it. When all is said and done, and a number of people have been arrested or killed, Red gets the list back and safely returns it to the FBI via Liz. [...] Liz is starting to have moral qualms about the FBI essentially enabling Red to commit heinous acts of violence week after week. Red explains that one of the names on the list was Mr. Kaplan's (Susan Blommaert) sister, who was put in Witness Protection after her "wrong place, wrong time" eyewitness testimony brought some Russian criminals to justice.



House of Cards Season 5 Gets a Premiere Date and Teaser

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Netflix announced a May 30 premiere date for Season 5 of its award-winning political drama House of Cards. Netflix also tweeted a teaser video announcing the date that features children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance over footage of an upside-down American flag waving in the wind, with the caption "We make the terror."



Black-ish's Yara Shahidi May Get Her Own Spin-Off

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Deadline reports that Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and executive producer Larry Wilmore are developing an idea for a spin-off that would follow Zoey (Yara Shahidi) as she goes to college college. Creating a a spin-off focusing on the daughter while she's away at college was previously done by Black-ish antecedent The Cosby Show with A Different World, which initially was about Denise Huxtable's (Lisa Bonet) life at college.



The Big Bang Theory Was Really a Stretch, Thanks to Howard

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Thursday's low-key episode of The Big Bang Theory had two stories that never came together. The main plot was about Penny (Kaley Cuoco) feeling taken for granted by Leonard (Johnny Galecki), and the couple turning to Sheldon (Jim Parsons) to draw up a relationship agreement to keep them on the right path. [...] the real action was in the secondary plot, in which Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) tried to solve the problem of a squeaky floor in the baby's room.



How to Watch (or Avoid) Donald Trump's Inauguration Day Coverage

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

[...] if you don't want to watch the Inauguration, we also have you covered, with details about where you can watch protests like the Women's March and other demonstrations that will be going on over the weekend, including a concert by some of Broadway's best-known voices. ABC kicks off the day with a special edition of Good Morning America that will broadcast live from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. World News Tonight, Nightline and 20/20 will also air special editions from Washington D.C. that evening. [...] CBS This Morning will kick things off live at the National Mall at 7 a.m. and wrap up at 4 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Evening News anchor Scott Pelley will handle a special edition broadcast from D.C. At 8 p.m., CBS will air the live special Change and Challenge: In addition to the broadcast networks, cable channels including CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox Business and Fox News will feature live coverage of the Inauguration events, parade and Inaugural Balls. [...] USA Today will offer a 360-degree virtual reality coverage using multiple VR camera angles. If you're looking to boycott the Inauguration festivities, check out the Concert for America, an event being held on Friday afternoon in New York City to celebrate diversity and benefit organizations including Planned Parenthood. On Saturday, the protests kick into high gear with The Women's March on Washington Rally, a peaceful demonstration that has also sparked similar events in cities around the world.



Mom: We're Gonna Need Some More Chris Pratt

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Anna Faris' real-life husband Chris Pratt guest-starred on Thursday's Mom, "Good Karma and the Big Weird," as Nick, a seemingly perfect but actually critically flawed love interest for Faris' Christy. A rep for Mom confirmed that this is Pratt's only episode at this time. All the ladies at the restaurant are drooling over him, because he's an impossibly handsome and rugged cowboy, but Marjorie, as their sponsor, forbids them all from making a move on him. Later, they go on a real date, and things start to get weird when he won't stop making out with her in the restaurant even to order food. [...] he's right: when he makes sad puppy dog eyes at her, she says "aw hell, I'm crazy too," and jumps into his arms. It's possible that CBS is keeping further appearances secret for now, and the thrilling conclusion will come as a surprise. [...] the coolest, most creative way to do it would be to make it a multimedia experience.



TV Land's Throwing Shade Is Great, Except for One Little Thing

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

TV Land's new late night news/chat fest Throwing Shade has a noticeable, glaring omission -- as people on Twitter have been pointing out since the show debuted this week: Based on Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi's 5-year-old podcast, Throwing Shade's very good schtick -- a gay dude and his female buddy dish on current events, politics and pop culture, as well as LGBTQ and women's issues -- works. Bits like "Have You Heard of This Bitch?" (with bitch used as a term of endearment, in keeping with the gay tradition of subverting and reclaiming language), which praises amazing women, offers up a unique point of view in a crowded late-night commentary landscape. Pushing back against homophobia and sexism is part of the show's mission, but sadly, there's no refutation of racial discrimination to be found in the premiere -- or people of color, for that matter, save for a quick mention of Hidden Figures. In an era where "cultural appropriation" has worked its way into the everyday lexicon and a megastar like Katy Perry can reference high-minded social topics like intersectionality and "misogynoir" to her 95 million Twitter followers, the absence of people of color here seems... egregious. There is no way anyone can watch that film (which you should, if you haven't) and not be floored by the creativity and resilience of the poor black and Latino gay kids in it; nor can one ignore how prejudice and being ostracized shaped these youths' entire life experiences.



Grey's Anatomy Mega Buzz: Jo Has the Worst Day Ever

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

When Grey's Anatomy returns from its winter hiatus next week, Jo's (Camilla Luddington) already pretty terrible day only goes from bad to worse. The less revealed in advance about the medical case the better, but let's just say it leaves a lasting impression on all the ladies, especially Jo.



Blindspot Mega Buzz: Who's Going to Die?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Blindspot is no stranger to killing off characters in jaw-dropping fashion (RIP, Bethany Mayfair), so who will it be this time? The big exit is scheduled to take place in Episode 16, which will likely air in February. Crave scoop on your favorite TV shows?



15 Essential The Bachelor Snapchat Accounts to Follow During Nick's Season

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

The Bachelor is great, but savvy fans know that the real fun is on social media. Following current and former Bachelor cast members adds another layer of familiarity to the personalities you come to love (or hate) on the show. The best way to keep up is on Snapchat, where folks are less guarded and welcome you into their lives in the most intimate way social media can allow. The Bachelor himself goes a lot of VIP places -- most importantly, the amazing Jerry Maguire video store -- but always finds time to sunbathe. The fan favorite is currently back home in Montreal working as a special education teacher, and she mostly uses Snapchat to share adorable snaps of her students. Nick's resident villain is at her best/worst on Instagram, where she's just as unhinged as she is on the show, but her Snapchat is pretty great, too -- recently she shared a script for an episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead she was auditioning for, which is A a wonderfully transparent disclosure of why she's really on the show and B probably in violation of a non-disclosure agreement. Ben's third-place finisher is worth following for the shameless business acumen of her product endorsement game. ...while her mellower sister puts her phone at the radio while she's driving.



NCIS: LA's Miguel Ferrer Dead at 61

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Miguel Ferrer, who played NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: LA, on which he has starred since 2012, Ferrer's other notable television credits include Twin Peaks and Crossing Jordan. Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart.



Scandal Surprise! Watch a Gladiators-Focused Online Spin-Off Now

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Gladiator Wanted and it follows Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) employees as they search for an intern for Olivia Pope & Associates, and fans can watch right now on ABC.com and via the ABC app. Gladiator Wanted will provide a bridge between Seasons 5 and 6 (and will tide fans over after the show's originally-scheduled Jan. 19 premiere was pushed back a week so that ABC could air a 20/20 special about the Trump family).



Amazon Greenlights Adaptation of Terry Pratchett-Neil Gaiman Novel Good Omens

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Amazon has ordered a six-episode limited series adaptation of Good Omens, a 1990 novel by beloved fantasy writers Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. "Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an 11-year old Antichrist, witchfinders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse," Gaiman said in a statement. BBC Studios comedy boss Chris Sussman said Good Omens has always been one of my favourite books, and it's hugely exciting not just to be able to bring it to life, but to do so with scripts from Neil Gaiman himself.



Jane Lynch to Play Janet Reno on Discovery's Upcoming Unabomber Series

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Jane Lynch, best known for playing hilariously villainous cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee, will take a serious turn as former Attorney General Janet Reno in Discovery's Manifesto, an upcoming limited series about the Unabomber, TVLine reports. Manifesto continues the '90s crime story trend kicked into high gear by FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson, tackling the capture of Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, who terrorized the nation through his mail bombing campaign from 1978 to 1995.



Vikings Composer Takes Us Inside the Show's Haunting Soundtrack

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Einar Selvik is a Norwegian musician who leads the project Wardruna, which creates modern folk music using ancient Nordic spiritual concepts and instruments. Selvik has even appeared on the show performing his compositions, which add authenticity and historical context to the series. The bukkehorn is a horn in both senses of the word -- a musical instrument made from the horn of a goat -- that creates a mournful sound perfect for funeral scenes.



Outlander, Big Bang Theory, Bates Motel Win Big at People's Choice Awards

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

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Powerless Reimagines the DC Comics Universe on Its Own Terms

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

NBC's live-action DC Comics superhero workplace comedy (say that three times fast) Powerless has gone through a little bit of re-jiggering; in the original iteration, the Vanessa Hudgens-led sitcom had her at an insurance agency that helps people collect on the collateral damage done by superheroes. Hudgens is director of research and development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen -- so writers and producers have to carefully manage how they roll out lesser-known heroes, as well as how they're shown. On top of that, The CW's wunderkind Greg Berlanti has a near monopoly on DC characters, creating a scenario that requires permission to involve characters.



Blindspot: Roman Reunites With An Old Flame

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Throwing Roman back into the criminal underbelly inspired an equally fast proficiency in handling the intensity of negotiating with the evil leader of an MC, hijacking a moving transportation vehicle, and "shooting" Kurt and Edgar (Rob Brown) to keep up the facade of criminality. [...] here, he wasn't tossed in the fire against a stray bad dude with a terrorist plan; he faced off with his former lover, with the help of his sister, as part of a bigger plan to take down his mother. [...] knowing that he's eventually going to discover the truth about what happened to him -- and Jane's role in that process -- only makes episodes like this better. Kurt, basically wrecked by the combination of losing Allison and their unborn kid to Colorado, plus the administrative tasks of his promotion, took another hit when Nas (Archie Panjabi) decided she was ready to end their fling. Shocking revelation aside, it was just like old times for those two, jolting the show's central pairing back to life for what's surely going to be a fascinating final string of episodes.



This Is Us Is Bringing Katie Couric and Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry on as Guest Stars

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Katie Couric will make a cameo as herself on This Is Us before the end of Season 1, creator Dan Fogelman told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter previews in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday. [...] Brian Tyree Henry, who stars in FX's Golden-Globe wining comedy Atlanta, will also appear in an episode.



Great News Shares DNA With 30 Rock, but It's a Different Show

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 UT

Created by 30 Rock and The Mindy Project alum Tracey Wigfield and executive-produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the workplace comedy set behind the scenes of a local news program certainly shares DNA with the Emmy Award-winning comedy. "Where this show and 30 Rock share some DNA is, it's a funny show with a lot of fast-paced jokes per page," said Wigfield at the Television Critics Association winter previews Wednesday.