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6 Issues William Shakespeare Might Have with Still Star-Crossed

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

How do you make the soapiest play of all time prime for a summer guilty pleasure watch? [...] Star-Crossed is the latest offering from the production company that created Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. The new ABC series keeps the setting, the time period and the characters of Shakespeare's most famous play, but it also makes some serious changes to the Bard's work of art to create an even more dramatic story of the aftermath of Romeo and Juliet's suicides. While Still Star-Crossed could be just the thing this summer to tide you over until Scandal's final season, there are a few key things we think old Billy Shakes would pick a bone with in this sequel. Dust of your freshman year English copy of this lovers' tale and let's dig in to Shakespeare's (most likely) gripes. In the OG version of this story, Juliet (Clare Rugaard) wakes up from her fake slumber to realize Romeo (Lucien Laviscount) missed the memo that she's not really dead and poisoned himself. [...] Star-Crossed mostly sticks to that game plan, except Juliet just drinks the rest of Romeo's poison instead of stabbing herself. [...] at the end of the first episode, she is the Capulets' choice to marry Benvolio Montague (Wade Briggs) in hopes of uniting the families and having one powerhouse union to control Verona. Since Rosaline was aligned with the Montagues in Shakespeare's version, her marrying Benvolio wouldn't have been scandalous or even unexpected -- now it's the crux of Still Star-Crossed's entire plot. In Still Star-Crossed, the original prince dies in the first episode, leaving his son Escalus and his ambitious daughter Isabella (Medalion Rahimi) in charge of keeping the Capulets and Montagues at peace. Watch the trailer for Shonda Rhimes' legal drama For the People



The Bachelorette: Rachel Doesn't Need These Dudes, She Has Copper

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

On The Bachelorette this week, Rachel went on her first round of dates with a little help from her famous "friends" Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. [...] none of them have the star power of new kid on the block Copper, Rachel's dog, who managed to steal the show with his leg in a cast. Who cares about all these boring dudes' stories? The first round of dudes went out for their group date, which turned out to be an obstacle course to prove that they were "husband material." The obstacle course required the guys to change a diaper, put a baby in a BabyBjorn, vacuum, pull a long strand of hair out of a clogged drain, fish an engagement ring out of a sink full of dirty dishes, set a table for a romantic dinner and finally bring Rachel a bouquet of flowers. Lucas, aka Whaboom, won the challenge after stiff-arming runner-up Kenny to get ahead in the final sprint. The basketball group date was hosted by NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who, two months before this was taped, wrote a column about how The Bachelor was killing romance. DeMario was the best basketball player -- he could even dunk! -- which impressed Rachel, because she likes athletes. Instead of a producer coming to her and saying, "hey, we found this out about DeMario," she was thrust into a dramatic scene. [...] the cocktail party after the game gave the other guys a chance to step up and be there for Rachel and act like they all didn't dump somebody to go on the show.



Lauren Graham Will Play the Anti-Lorelai Gilmore on Curb Your Enthusiasm

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

Don't be shocked if you see an entirely different side of Gilmore Girls alum Lauren Graham when she starts her recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm's upcoming ninth season. In an interview with TVLine, Graham didn't leak too much about who she'll play, but she did reveal that she plays a woman who uses "very colorful language." [...] anyone who's watched Curb knows magical, potty-mouthed diatribes are kind of par for the course -- and Graham says pretty much all her work on the series was with Larry David, whom she takes pride in making laugh.



The Bachelorette's Rachel Lindsay Says "Race Didn't Play In as a Factor" in Choosing Her Mate

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 32-year-old attorney from Dallas and unflappable great sport said that, although she felt pressure from her family and other African-Americans to choose a black man, she gave herself permission to be selfish and choose the person she wanted to be with for herself, regardless of race. In my final decision, I just went with my heart and the person I found my forever with.



Here's Who You Think Is Going to Win The Bachelorette

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

The results are in, and by an overwhelming margin, you think it's going to be Peter, the gap-toothed personal training business owner from Madison, Wisconsin. Peter earned 54% percent of the vote, almost 40% more than the runner-up, first impression rose recipient Bryan, who 16% of you think will win.



Kim Kardashian Talks Taylor Swift Feud, Caitlyn Jenner Drama on Watch What Happens Live!

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

Kim Kardashian-West appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Sunday night, offering up more insight into her mysteriously glam life and sweet, sensitive personality that's become more introspective since her scary robbery in Paris. Across the evening, Andy Cohen asked a barrage of questions -- many of which weren't exactly hard-hitting ("How often do you eat salads"?) -- but it was the audience who got into the juiciest stuff, like when a fan asked if Kim's feud Taylor Swift made things awkward for her sister and Swift's friend Kendall.



Prison Break Exclusive: Michael's Cool Tattoo Trick Will Blow Your Mind

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

As Prison Break rambles towards its Season 5 finale, the big showdown between Jacob (Mark Feuerstein) and Michael (Wentworth Miller) nears. [...] the good news is that the clip shows Michael alive and well, so the blood spatter that was part of the penultimate episode's cliffhanger didn't come from him. In the clip, we see that Jacob wasn't in the driver's seat as he thought and that Michael was playing him all along.



Will Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ever Fully Address Kimmy's Sexual Assault?

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

When the Reverend's (Jon Hamm) new girlfriend Wendy (Laura Dern) arrives at Kimmy and Titus' (Tituss Burgess) doorstep with divorce papers for Kimmy to sign, she completely ignores the abuse "Dick" inflicted on Kimmy and the other women he kept imprisoned for 15 years. [...] Kimmy has no patience for Wendy romanticizing her abuse and -- for the first time in three seasons -- she verbalizes the sexual abuse she suffered for over a decade, telling Wendy that her comparison would only be accurate "If Noël Coward really was a coward who rapes everybody." (In its second season, Kimmy Schmidt dug into Kimmy's PTSD, but the show has never used the words "rape" or "sexual assault" to describe anything Kimmy or the other women were subjected to.) However, that small but crucial moment was the only time Kimmy's rape was addressed in the entirety of the season. Due to the seriousness of the issue and Kimmy's penchant for repressing the negative aspects of the world, it makes sense that sexual assault wouldn't be something she'd be very keen on speaking openly about.



Twin Peaks Just Keeps Getting Stranger (Thank Goodness)

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

Before she passed away from natural causes (a street fight), the great Dr. Maya Angelou once said, "When people show you who they are, believe them." Last week's two-part premiere of David Lynch's longest art film to date unsurprisingly baffled many and enraged more than a few. What WAS this thing? Because it surely wasn't a continuation of the cozy murder mystery many had mistakenly believed the first two seasons to be. Twin Peaks was also the chocolate bunny Lucy Brennan (Kimmy Robertson) ate out of the evidence locker that later spurred a debate about whether it was ever important in the first place. For a 27-year-old series, the thrill of discovery here is just so palpable and delightful and I can't remember the last time I was this excited about a TV series. [...] Cooper entered a window where he encountered an eye-less Japanese woman who spoke in clicks and seemed distressed by the random banging on a nearby door. Because this is Twin Peaks, this entire sequence was nearly dialogue-free and filmed in stilted, sped up, and occasionally backwards footage, as though David Lynch's copy of FinalCut Pro had a glitch and he just went with it. [...] Cooper re-entered the cube and found himself in a new room, this one inhabited by someone the credits listed as "American Girl" but was played by the same actress (Phoebe Augustine) who played Ronette Pulaski in the original series! [...] Cooper stuffed himself into a wall outlet. [...] Dale Cooper slithered out of an electrical socket, which the sex worker Jade found very confusing. [...] Dale Cooper needed her, as his re-entry into human form had left him, uh, developmentally disabled and he was not transitioning to the realm of the living very well. Back in Twin Peaks proper, we were then treated to what I am guessing was David Lynch and Mark Frost's way of brutally lampooning Old School Twin Peaks. Because holy jeez was everyone, uh, not very smart anymore.



The Story Behind The Leftovers' Epic Kevin vs. Kevin Face-Off

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

The Leftovers just pulled off its trippiest episode yet -- and coming in a season that already featured a lion sex cult boat party, that's saying a lot. Suited up in the familiar black suit, Kevin's back to being an assassin whose new mission is to kill the President of the United States. [...] in a weird way, it's sort of a bookend to the first 'International Assassin' episode where, essentially, his journey was to walk this person to the end of their life and kill them or put them out of their misery. [...] this one, he has to do it for himself, and so that I found fascinating. Add The Gifted to your Watchlist now! [...] both Kevins do decide to go along with Secretary of Defense Patti's plan to destroy the world. Assassin Kevin nobly sacrifices himself to President Kevin, allowing the beautifully bearded POTUS to dig out the key embedded in beardless Assassin Kevin's heart that will allow the plan to move forward. [...] he regrets that decision to kind of step out once his family implodes, and he does it again in Australia when he walks out on Nora and basically says, 'enough is enough' and leaves her and realizes he's either afraid of intimacy or afraid of having exactly what he wants. Other Links From TVGuide.com The LeftoversJustin TherouxDamon LindelofAnn Dowd



This Is the Only Way Ed Westwick Would Do a Gossip Girl Reboot

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

Gossip Girl ended fewer than five full years ago, but it's never too early to start talking about a revival -- after all, American Idol will have been gone for less than two years when it comes back next year. [...] nobody would be unhappy with more Gossip Girl, the delightfully over-the-top New York soap that ran for six seasons on The CW. Netflix could afford to make Westwick an offer he couldn't refuse.



Nyle DiMarco Calls Out Jamie Foxx Over "Disrespectful" Fake Sign Language

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

.@iamjamiefoxx, It is straight up disrespectful to make up sign language. - Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) May 27, 2017 Nyle DiMarco, past winner of Dancing with the Stars and America's Next Top Model and deaf advocate, is unhappy with Jamie Foxx for a Tonight Show promo in which the Beat Shazam host does fake sign language. Other Links From TVGuide.com Nyle DiMarcoJamie FoxxThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon



Alex Rodriguez Joining ABC News as a Contributor

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

The New York Post first reported that Rodriguez, who ended his 22-year baseball career last year, will appear in segments across ABC's news division, including Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Nightline. An ABC source told the Post, This doesn't mean that George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan should watch their backs -- but ABC is talking to Alex about taking a role in the news division and expanding his appearances across a number of shows.



Doctor Who Plays Let's Make a Deal, With Serious Consequences

Sat, 27 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

Humans are emotional, selfish creatures by nature, and the fear of losing the Doctor and the fear of what Earth would look like without him pushes us -- and therefore Bill -- to indulge ourselves in our most basic instincts. There is a last place you will ever go, a last door you will ever walk through, a last sight you will ever see, and every step you ever take is moving you closer, the threat of danger would still feel very real because of what we know. The politics present within the overall narrative, which deals with ruling over people, are increasingly relevant to the world in which we're actually living. With references to the Oval Office last week and Donald Trump this week, with references to ruling through fear and strategy rather than love, it's impossible to ignore the political themes running through this season.



What Were the Most-Watched Shows of the 2016-2017 Season?

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

19. (tie) Speechless (ABC) - 1.6 Other Links From TVGuide.com Thursday Night FootballSunday Night FootballThe Big Bang TheoryThe OTFootball Night in America60 MinutesThis Is UsMadam SecretaryNCISNCIS: Los AngelesThe GoldbergsSpeechlessThe VoiceDancing with the StarsThe BachelorGrey's AnatomyModern FamilyEmpireHawaii Five - OLittle Big ShotsBullBlue BloodsSurvivor



Hannibal Season 4 May Be Back on the Table

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

Of all the heartbreaking TV cancellations of 2015, Hannibal was perhaps the most devastating for its hardcore group of dedicated fans. After NBC broke the news that Hannibal would end after its third season, the cast and writers seemed optimistic that they could possibly shop the show elsewhere. Fuller recently revealed to the podcast Post Mortem with Mick Garris that he's had talks with both stars as well as the show's former executive producer Martha De Laurentiis about a potential Season 4.



Adam Pally Is Developing a Comedy Based on a Twitter Account for Hulu

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

Pally's Clone Wolf Productions will produce Los Feliz Daycare, based on the Twitter account of the same name run by comedy writer Jason Shapiro. Hollywood doesn't have a good track record of adapting Twitter feeds into TV shows (remember $#*! My Dad Says?), but hopefully this one turns out better if it makes it to series.



Poll: Who Will Win The Bachelorette?

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

The last "whaboom" of the evening echoed through the halls of Bachelor Mansion and we mourned the loss of hot veteran Blake K. Now it's time to look forward and ask the big question. Is it Peter, the gap-toothed personal trainer from Wisconsin who got the first limo entrance? (Being first out of the limo is a predictor of success; two of the last three winners have been the first contestant introduced.) Could it be Josiah, who emerged as a fan favorite on night one thanks to his triumph-over-adversity backstory and charming personality?



Watch This Price Is Right Contestant Completely Freak Out While Setting a Plinko Record

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

Ryan Belz is the Michael Jordan of Plinko, and Michael Jordan never led a chant of his own name. [...] Ryan Belz is a bigger boss than Michael Jordan. Belz told TMZ that he's a Price Is Right superfan, even scheduling his college classes around the game show's daily airing to make sure he didn't miss it.



The 100 Exclusive: Echo Promoted to Series Regular for Season 5

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

The 100 may have left viewers wondering what happened to the rocket and bunker survivors, but we know at least one character who will live to see the ground again: [...] after Roan's death and her exile from the bunker, Bellamy was still kind enough to offer Echo one of the spots on the rocket, which allowed them to escape Praimfaya and make it to the Ark. Having never left the ground before, Echo will have undergone the most dramatic adjustment to her new lifestyle -- not to mention the fact that she'll likely have become quite friendly with her former political enemies, including Bellamy and Raven (Lindsey Morgan). [...] based on the chemistry she and Bellamy had in the finale, there's a chance they'll have become more than friends by the time the show picks back up.



T.J. Miller Is Leaving Silicon Valley

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

T.J. Miller will not be returning as the eccentric investor and scene stealer as the HBO comedy continues on. Miller is also an executive producer on Comedy Central's The Gorburger Show and has several big screen projects including The Emoji Movie, Deadpool 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 3.



Here's Where Everyone Ended Up in the Love Actually Reunion

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

Love Actually has been considered one of the best Christmas films for almost 15 years now and the mega-star cast reunited to give fans another taste of their romantic magic. [...] it was finally shown to American audiences on Thursday night during the US version of the charity special with a special bonus scene featuring Laura Linney that showed everyone where their favorite characters ended up after a decade and a half. On a tragic note, Billy admits that his manager Joe (Gregor Fisher) passed away from a massive heart attack. The two childhood lovebirds reconnected while Sam has been living in New York and the gorgeous songstress came all the way to London to ask Daniel's permission to marry Sam. [...] the emotional impact of the entire reunion hits hard when David gives an emotional speech to the British press core that mirrors the sentimental monologue he delivered in the original movie about the greatness of England. Wherever you see ordinary people in need, you see extraordinary people come to their aid. Today's Red Nose Day and people are giving cash to people they will never meet, but whose pain and fear they feel and want to fight. Most people still, every day, everywhere have enough love in their hearts to help human beings in trouble. Funds from Red Nose Day go to thousands of charities that help children around the world have brighter futures.



Sophia Bush Peaces Out of Chicago P.D. After Four Seasons

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

According to Deadline, Bush could return next season for guest-starring episodes to officially wrap up Erin's storyline and the show will make moves to replace her with another prominent female character. Bush has been instrumental in the one-Chicago crossovers, having appeared on 22 episodes of the three other Chicago shows including Law & Order: SVU.



Pretty Little Liars: We Need to Talk About That "Wrencer" Scene

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

First of all, Wren was only there for the one scene -- a meet up with Spencer (Troian Bellisario) at the Rosewood airport that Ezra accidentally crashed -- and it has us thinking something isn't quite right. Who has a "massive layover" in a regional airport? Where is he going that he would have a seven-hour layover in a tiny regional airport? Okay, let's pretend we believe Wren magically got stuck in Rosewood and texted Spencer, Come hang out at an airport with me, then Spencer was like, I have a cyber stalker trying to send me and my friends to prison and you're the creeper who hit on me when I was 16, but sure. Yet at the airport she seemed like she was having a super fun day just catching up with her ex-boyfriend/almost brother-in-law? When Spencer is seeing her life-not-behind-bars flash before her eyes during Marco's interrogation, she's wearing a beautiful white coat. Are you trying to tell me that someone as classy as Spencer left such a beautiful, probably designer coat, folded in her car somewhere? Did the temperature that night suddenly rise so she no longer needed it to keep warm? After the super awkward meeting with Ezra (and PLL fans racked their brains to figure out how it was possible Wren and Ezra had never met before), Spencer asks that her former English teacher not tell anyone he saw her at the airport. Ezra is also the only Liar significant other to still be in the dark about End Game, so he's the only person who could have caught Spencer at the airport with Wren and not think it was weird.



Stephen Amell & Erika Christensen Were Celebrity Ninja Warrior MVPs

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 UT

NBC kicked off an amazing Red Nose Day with Celebrity Ninja Warrior, where celebs from all your favorite shows and movies ran the obstacle courses (sometimes cheating along the way) to raise money for charity. Where other celebs had to crawl and fib their way past the more advanced stunts, Amell ran through them with ease -- even the dreaded Flywheels, which felled Dancing with the Stars' Derek Hough, could not defeat the Green Arrow.