As expected, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a raft of high-profile media partnerships at today’s f8 summit, including deals with Hulu, Spotify, and Netflix. But Zuckerberg also announced a new aesthetic for the Facebook profile that is, to my eyes, the most complete redesign that the social networking website has ever experienced. Zuckerberg discussed the fact that, in the current design, status updates fall away into the abyss after a few days: A message that someone left on your wall in 2008 requires you to scroll down, down, down through the years. Timeline changes all of that, allowing you to navigate through months and years of your life, essentially “remembering” things for you. READ FULL STORY »
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After the chock-full-of-surprises season premiere of How I Met Your Mother and the hyped debut of Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men, CBS rolled out its brand-new Monday night sitcom, 2 Broke Girls, an odd couple tale as old as time… with a young, hip twist.
The influence of creators Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and Whitney Cummings (Whitney) was felt throughout last night’s show, in which a sassy Brooklyn waitress named Max (Kat Dennings, channeling her sassy New York-savvy Nick and Norah character) meets a prissy socialite named Caroline (Beth Behrs) who has fallen on hard times and begins working at her restaurant (and subsequently becomes her roommate).
The pilot for the series, which was named one of the EW’s most anticipated Fall TV shows, managed to both feel comfortably familiar (mismatched pals living and working in New York, quirky supporting characters like Earl the cashier and Ryce the manager, that laugh track) and boundary-pushing. READ FULL STORY »
Let’s get the main problem surrounding CMT’s new show Angels Among Us, which premiered last night, out of the way: It airs on Country Music Television, yet makes absolutely NO reference to the classic Alabama song “Angels Among Us.” What’s up with that?!
Elisabeth Hasselbeck hosts the re-enactment series, which highlights those who believe their lives were saved because of divine intervention by angels. The View co-host only appeared in the premiere episode for a total of about two minutes, but she struck a very odd tone during her brief segments. (For the record, I really do like Hasselbeck. In a sea of daytime hosts that are all too willing to smile and nod with any statement that sounds nice, she’s willing to confront people face-to-face.)
Hasselbeck, with her overly affected presentation style and serious stare, seemed like she was playing dress-up as a news anchor — especially in front of the evening news-ish green screen. READ FULL STORY »
Based on that globetrotting, apocalypse-flirting season finale of Torchwood, it’s hard to believe that this series began as just a Doctor Who spinoff on BBC Three about a black ops unit fighting aliens in apparently extraterrestrial-packed Cardiff, Wales. No, it still hasn’t come close to fulfilling its original mandate to give a more “adult” spin to the Who formula. Not by a mile. But what Torchwood still lacks in maturity it almost makes up with sheer expansiveness.
Take Series Four, subtitled “Miracle Day,” which wrapped up last night. It was in some respects a season-long deconstruction of most television series’ biggest conceit: that your main characters are never going to die, or at least have a much, much lower mortality rate than the general population. On the titular Miracle Day, not a single human being on the planet died. But then, none died on the day after, or the day after that, and so on, like some cancerous antipode to Children of Men’s sterility epidemic. After that non-Apocalypse Apocalypse, humanity became an immortal race of gods subjected to an increasingly crowded planet—except for those “Category One” individuals who should have died but haven’t and now linger on in some kind of limbo. READ FULL STORY »
Dane Cook to try his hand at drama again in 'Answers to Nothing'. Could this be the role that changes everyone's mind?
Did you hear the one about Dane Cook trying his hand, once again, at a serious acting career? Now, don’t go setting up a punchline just yet, PopWatchers.
Roadside Attractions confirmed to EW that their upcoming indie drama Answers to Nothing will be released nationwide on Dec. 2. The film, about a group of people seeking redemption in the midst of a child kidnapping case, stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Julie Benz, Zach Gilford, Barbara Hershey, and, yes, Cook. Mitchell explained to EW back in 2009 that the movie, “Is a little bit like Magnolia, where you get this glimpse into people’s lives and it may not be exactly what you want to see, but it is accurate.”
Nevertheless, it’s a pretty safe assumption that many of you stopped reading around “Dane Cook” or made up your mind about his part in Answers to Nothing right around, well, “Dane Cook.” READ FULL STORY »
Did you expect anything less of Samantha Ronson? The perpetually sour-mugged DJ stayed true to form during the intake process for her DUI arrest Monday in California. It’s the kind of smirk that could only come from someone allegedly caught driving drunk (at 89 m.p.h.) at 10:30 in the morning: “Frankly my dear, I’m too sauced to give a damn.” Or perhaps she was hoping, given the limited range of expression in a mugshot, that this could be a suitable approximation of throwing her arms out wide and yelling “What?!” The daughter of That Guy From Foreigner will certainly need some street cred in the county jail and on the ankle monitor circuit where her ex has become the queen. What do you think, Popwatchers?
When Steve Carell opted to bow out of The Office and took the irreplaceable (both in our hearts and at Dunder Mifflin) Michael Scott with him, many fans of the series, myself included, all but wrote the show off. His departure was beyond words, really. It was incalculable.
Then came the season seven finale, and with it a bevy of guest stars, all of which were vying for the Regional Manager position and, perhaps, the opportunity to be last saving grace for the struggling sitcom.
It seems none of them made a bigger impression on Dunder Mifflin, or The Office‘s still-hopeful fans for that matter, more than James Spader and his intimidating, overly confident candidate Robert California. Of course, the Spader-eqsue swagger once again worked its magic, as it was announced today that the actor would be joining the cast in the upcoming eighth season. So does this mark a revival — or first beacon of hope since Carell’s departure — for the series? READ FULL STORY »
Eleven long weeks after news of his guest arc was first reported, Will Ferrell’s four-episode Office arc finally began last night. In terms of ratings, the outing was a definite success — it delivered 7.7 million viewers and a 3.9 adult demo rating, making it Thursday’s top-rated scripted show. But as I said in my recap of last night’s half hour, I felt a little lukewarm about Ferrell’s debut. His character, Deangelo Vickers, is more of a collection of quirks than a fully-formed person, and his first day at The Office also felt way too similar to Charles Miner‘s. At the same time, though, Deangelo made me laugh plenty of times — the episode’s cold open especially hit all the right notes — and Ferrell is so appealing that I’ll enjoy watching him for the rest of the season even if Deangelo himself is sort of half-baked.
But enough about me. What did you think of Ferrell’s return to NBC? Are you wishing that he’d replace Michael full time, or that the comedian had signed on for one episode (or no episodes) instead of four? Vote in the poll below, then tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments. READ FULL STORY »
Yesterday, EW confirmed that Jennifer Garner is bringing Agatha Christie’s beloved crime-solving spinster Miss Marple back to the big screen in an upcoming Disney production, setting off a flood of skeptical comments.
Why are people so reticent to see Sydney Bristow become Miss Jane Marple? Well, it may have something to do with the fact that unless this movie is going to be called 38 Going on 70, Christie’s character has been changed from an AARP-eligible loner to suit the athletic, dimpled actress.
But is a youthful Miss Marple really such a travesty in itself? READ FULL STORY »
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