Did you miss Sunday’s episodes of The Amazing Race, Once Upon a Time or Homeland? Catch up with our TV Recap video below! READ FULL STORY
If you’ve ever described your computer as having “a bug,” you have computer programmer Grace Hopper to thank.
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 107th birthday of the computer programmer, who is credited with creating COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language), the program that allows computer to communicate through language as well as numbers.
But for the game show enthusiast, the more interesting fact may be her coining of the “bug” term. According to Time magazine from 1984, “In August 1945, while she and some associates were working at Harvard on an experimental machine called the Mark I, a circuit malfunctioned. A researcher using tweezers located and removed the problem: a 2-in. long moth. Hopper taped the offending insect into her logbook. Says she: ‘From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.’”
Hopper, also a Navy Rear Admiral and for quite some time the oldest woman serving in the military, is depicted on today’s Google homepage as computing her own age on a giant mainframe. She’d likely be pleased by the posthumous recognition — she was a celebrity of sorts at the end of her life, even appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman. Watch the appearance below: READ FULL STORY
Smooth-talking, erudite Brian Griffin is really and truly dead… at least, until Family Guy revives him somehow, likely during the show’s Dec. 15 installment. But in the meantime, the pup has gone to that big dog run in the sky — leaving a hole in our hearts, the Griffin family, and the series’ opening credits, which traditionally feature every member of the clan doing a snazzy song-and-dance number.
Enter Vinny, the family’s replacement pet — a street-smart hound voiced by Sopranos star Tony Sirico. You can’t hear Paulie Walnuts singing in the show’s revamped opening credits… but you can see him stepping in for Brian, wearing his very own gold tuxedo and everything.
In Anchorman, Paul Rudd was part of the Channel 4 news team that rallied around Ron Burgundy at his moment of crisis. On Saturday, the gang returned the favor as Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time. He didn’t necessarily need it, but you don’t think Anchorman 2 was going to let this promotional opportunity pass by, did you? Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Steve Carell had Rudd’s back for a little “Afternoon Delight” sing-off against One Direction. Combined with a cold-open that featured Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen, it quickly appeared as if Rudd might simply be an all-star emcee. But he did some heavy-lifting once things got rolling, notably as a 1D freak-fan and the Madea-like star in White Christmas — emphasis on the White.
Rudd joked about being upstaged by One Direction on Saturday night, but he also faces a similar challenge in this week’s best-host poll. Josh Hutcherson put in a decent showing last month, but his support — no doubt inflamed by the Catching Fire partisans — rocketed him to the top of the standings with 62 percent, the highest debut of the season. His big splash slashed into everyone’s numbers, with Lady Gaga diving the hardest, from first to third place. Kerry Washington saw her own popularity halved, but she actually moved up a place, in to second. Tina Fey, who hosted the season premiere, held relatively steady, but she now finds herself next on the plank, following Edward Norton‘s departure. READ FULL STORY
'Baby, It's Cold Outside': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL
The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics starts today! Over the next two weeks, EW will put the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the next 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.
To kick off our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics, we start with a song that wasn’t even a Christmas tune to begin with, but it’s come to fit snugly with the holiday’s wintry weather: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The catchy duet, with its suggestive-verging-on-coercive lyrics, was written in 1944 by musical-theater vet Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls), who originally sang it with his wife at a housewarming party. He ended up selling it to MGM in 1948 for the movie Neptune’s Daughter, for which it earned an Oscar.
So which flirty version is your favorite? Check out our six options, in chronological order, and place your vote below:
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Leighton Meester is going from the Upper East Side to the California country.
The former Gossip Girl starlet has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck’s literary classic about migrant field workers who seek new prospects of success and the American dream during the Great Depression. Previously announced stars James Franco and Chris O’Dowd will also make their debuts as George and Lennie.
Meester will play Curley’s wife, the beauty-obsessed youth who tempts the duo while also incurring the jealous wrath of her hard-headed husband Curley. Additional casting for the roles of Curley and ranch hands Slim, Candy, and the Boss (among others) have not yet been announced.
Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County) will take the reins and direct the production, the first on Broadway in 40 years. The play will bow on March 19 at the Longacre Theatre, with official opening night set for April 16. Move quickly though: This limited engagement is strictly ending on July 27.
Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Shirley MacLaine, and Martina Arroyo receive Kennedy Center Honors
The “Piano Man” who became one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl” and “Allentown” is being awarded the nation’s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts.
Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children – and have never stopped. READ FULL STORY
SHRIEEEEK! OH. MY. GOD. You guys, it’s… One Direction! No, Paul Rudd! Wait, no, Kristen Wiig! Fred Armisen?! Will Ferrell! David Koechner! Steve Carell! … Bill Brasky?!?!?!
Deep breaths, dear SNL-watching, squee-happy readers, because even though last night’s show paraded out surprise guests like Captain von Trapp did his children in The Sound of Music Live & Condensed, the strong sketches that opened the evening quickly led to lackluster ones with diminishing returns that didn’t effectively showcase host Paul Rudd nor had any particularly inspired ideas (there are exceptions, of course — more on those below). READ FULL STORY
As we head into the holiday season, it’s time to cherish the final weeks before all of our favorite television shows go on their winter hiatuses. As much as it hurts to say goodbye, mid-season finales mark the (second) best — behind actual season finales, of course — time of the year for TV.
So this week is all about catching every possible mid-season finale that you can, and then running to the theater for a little Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper reunion.
All times listed are Eastern.
Bonnie & Clyde, 9 p.m., simulcasted by A&E, Lifetime, and The History Channel
Emile Hirsch stars as Clyde Barrow and The Borgias‘ Holliday Grainger plays Bonnie Parker in this two-night miniseries about the ’30s crime couple.
Sleepy Hollow, 9 p.m., Fox
John Noble returns as Henry Parrish, who helps Ichabod contact Katrina. Long story short: They end up releasing a monster from purgatory. Or, if you’re not one for monsters, the episode will also tell us more about Ichabod’s recently revealed son.
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, 8 p.m. ABC
When it comes to getting in the holiday spirit, this classic story of the legend of Santa Claus, featuring the voices of Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney, is the perfect ending to a long day. Bonus: Pair it with a nice cup of hot chocolate.
American Country Awards, 8 p.m., Fox
Country fans won’t want to miss performances by Sara Evans, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, and more. Did we mention it’s hosted by Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick?
R. Kelly’s Black Panties hits shelves
So R. Kelly has a new album. And it’s called Black Panties.
Arrow, 8 p.m., The CW
The mid-season finale of Arrow promises action, more Barry Allen, and a death. Basically, everything you could ask for. And if you’re watching Arrow, you might as well stick around for the mid-season finale of The Tomorrow People at 9 p.m. on The CW. Unless, of course, one shocking finale is all you can take in one night.
Scandal, 10 p.m., ABC
Thursday night is the mid-season finale jackpot. From The Vampire Diaries to Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, Reign, and the always shocking Scandal, you can’t go wrong. However, Liv dealing with her father (and Sally dealing with her “sin”) is at the top of our list.
American Hustle in theaters
David O. Russell’s newest film stars the likes of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. It’s the The Fighter-Silver Linings Playbook collision we’ve been waiting for.
College Basketball, 5:15 p.m., ESPN
If you’re a fan of college basketball, this NCAA match-up between Kentucky and North Carolina is a must-see.
Revenge, 9 p.m., ABC
Revenge‘s mid-season finale is all about Emily and Daniel’s wedding. And if we have learned anything, blood shed is never out of the question in The Hamptons … not even on a wedding day.
In this corner: Charming, charismatic, boyishly handsome Paul Rudd, a potential vampire who successfully made the transition from rom-coms to quirkier comedies long before tonight’s musical guests had anything approaching fame. In this corner: The charming, charismatic, boyishly handsome members of One Direction, a lad band with an army of tweenage fans and the power to make even curmudgeons admit that its songs sure are catchy.
Which of these two will rule the roost at Saturday Night Live tonight? The obvious answer is Rudd. He’s a veteran SNL host with two other stints under his belt already, a talented improviser who’s won membership into a number of exclusive comedic fraternities, and, oh yeah, a lead in one of winter’s biggest movies: Anchorman 2, of which you may be ignorant only if you’ve somehow stayed away from the Internet and television and movie theaters and well-traveled roads for the past few months. Given the film’s nonstop promotional campaign and the backgrounds of Rudd’s co-stars — one starred on an NBC sitcom for seven season, another was a cast member on SNL for just as long, and the third both played the first one’s best buddy on said sitcom and had a brief stint on SNL as well – it’s also almost inevitable that Rudd’s hosting gig will come complete with cameos from Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and Dave Koechner. (In my dream world, Christina Applegate is there too.) A lineup like that would certainly push the night in Rudd’s favor.
But don’t discount Simon Cowell’s most successful pet project. The boys were the stealth stars of Rudd’s promos earlier this week, and they too have SNL experience. Last time they were on the show, they even threw on history’s worst wigs and fake mustaches to play a quintet of visitors to the Manuel Ortiz Show:
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