Last night, during the season four finale of “Gossip Girl,” Cecily von Ziegesar, the author of the books the show is based on, made a surprise appearance—Headmistress Queller introduced her to Serena van deer Woodsen as they brushed past each other at an alumni benefit. I believe this was the perfect time for Cecily to make a cameo, since “Gossip Girl” has gotten really, really good the past few episodes. Why? Finally, the show’s spotlight isn’t shining on Serena and one of the 98,000 paramours she’s had on the show—in fact, she’s single at the moment. The action is about Blair and Chuck, who I have always thought are the most interesting characters on the show, hands down. (If you haven’t watched yet, SPOILER ALERT.) Keep reading »
Just as we learn that Ashton Kutcher is replacing Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men,” we hear (ghost) whispers of another television switcheroo. Apparently, Mariska Hargitay, who plays detective Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: SVU,” has negotiated a new contract for the 13th season of the show. Mid-season, Benson will get a promotion to supervisor, meaning that Mariska will clock far fewer hours on the show. So who will be stepping in to be Elliot Stabler’s new partner? Jennifer Love Hewitt, apparently. Keep reading »
My dear readers, I have a confession to make: my name is Kate and I am a television addict. Even though my living room is less than 200 square feet, I have a 40-inch television. On Friday night, I briefly considered canceling my birthday party because I’d accidentally scheduled it for the same time as the series finale of “Smallville.” And truth be told, I am looking forward to the return of “True Blood” this summer as much as I am going to the beach. See, I love television. And yes, I would marry it if I could.
For my fellow television enthusiasts out there, this is a big week. This week, the major networks are holding their upfronts, grand events—think big presentations and musical numbers—during which they unveil their lineups for the fall and winter. NBC and Fox upfronts are today. ABC presents on Tuesday. CBS is Wednesday. And The CW takes their turn on Thursday. For advertisers, this is how they decide when they’d like to run commercials. For the press, it’s time to get the lowdown on what’s coming down the pipeline. And for television addicts, it’s a big old tease since most people won’t be able to actually watch the new shows until September. But who cares? It’s still like being able to see into the television future! So, every day this week, I’ll be bringing you five new shows that have me a tad bit giddy. Check out today’s offerings after the jump. Keep reading »
“Ashton Kutcher is a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer. Oh wait, so am I!! Enjoy the show America, Enjoy seeing 2.0 in the demo every Monday, WB. Enjoy planet Chuck, Ashton. There is no air, laughter, loyalty, or love there.”
—Charlie Sheen reacts to the news that Ashton Kutcher will be replacing him on “Two and a Half Men,” the sitcom he was fired from before losing his marbles. Interestingly, sources say Ashton will be making $650K to $700K an episode, which is an insane amount of loot but still far less than Charlie’s price tag of $1.8 million an episode. So it looks like producer Chuck Lorre might be the one who is winning most of all, what with the publicity and savings per episode? [People] Keep reading »
Speaking of reboots of classic female heroines, Sarah Michelle Gellar spoke to CNN this week about (a) her partnership with Nestle’s Share the Joy of Reading project and (b) the new “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” movie that Warner Brothers is currently working on. And our girl does not mince words. “It was a movie, it’s been made—it stars Kristy Swanson. They don’t need to make another one. I think it’s a horrible idea to try to do a ‘Buffy’ without Joss Whedon!” Sarah Michelle said. “That’s like honestly, to be incredibly non-eloquent, that’s the dumbest idea I ever heard.” Co-sign. Even if they cast the awesome Heather Morris of “Glee,” it just won’t be right. [NY Post] Keep reading »
What were you doing 20 years ago today? Perhaps preparing to watch a new NBC drama called “Sisters”?
It was two decades ago that the Emmy-winning series premiered, earning critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase, while helping to launch the careers of up-and-comers like Ashley Judd and Paul Rudd. The series also earned a certain TV pilot veteran his shot at another TV drama that would send him on the path to big-screen stardom and an Oscar. Keep reading »