The CW did what we all knew they would and officially renewed The Vampire Diaries for a fourth season today, and it wasn’t a minute too soon considering just how emotional, and how open with possibilities, series executive...
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CBS's canceled "How To Be a Gentleman" is coming back. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS will air the canceled sitcom with back-to-back episodes on Sat., May 26 starting at 8 p.m. ET as part of the network's summer schedule.
David Hornsby created, wrote and starred in "How to Be a Gentleman" alongside "Entourage" veteran Kevin Dillon and "24's" Mary Lynn Rajskub. When CBS launched "How To Be a Gentleman" on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. after "The Big Bang Theory," it debuted to an audience of about 9 million viewers. The show lasted two weeks in the Thursday timeslot before being canceled and moved to Saturdays in favor of "Rules of Engagement."
However, CBS yanked "Gentleman" off of its schedule in October shortly after the move to Saturdays. A "Two and a Half Men" rerun bested "How To Be a Gentleman" in its first Saturday outing in October.
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Last week, "Grey's Anatomy" executive producer Shonda Rhimes made a lot of people nervous when she confirmed to TV Guide Magazine that a beloved Grey's character will die in the ABC drama's May 17th finale. "A lot of our writers were crying, which is a very rare thing," Rhimes told the magazine. "There's some really shocking, horrible moments.?
Rhimes also told TV Guide that the upcoming death is worse than the bloodbath the show's writer's crafted two years ago, when a man entered the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital with a gun and started hunting doctors like animals. ?I've been sitting with my head in my hands for days," Rhimes said of penning this season's finale. "I understand the choice I made, but it scares me how fans are going to react."
Already nervous about the news that one of their favorite characters would be killed off, Grey's fans became extra-worried when Rhimes tweeted a quote from author Kurt Vonnegut that was intended to foreshadow this season's finale: "Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them ? in order that the reader may see what they are made of."
Rhimes said the quote was exactly what she needed to give her ?the courage to do what we're doing in the finale.?
But what exactly is Shonda "doing in the finale?" Who is getting killed off?
In the May 6th issue of TV Guide, Senior Editor William Keck revealed tons of spoilers from the finale about several characters, including Ben and Dr. Bailey, Mark and Lexie, and Cristina and Owen. But Keck, who interviewed Rhimes about the shocking death, said he knows nothing about Callie (the character played by Mexican actress, Sara Ramirez). ?Curiously, Rhimes said there was nothing she could reveal about Callie and Arizona's storyline in the finale," writes Keck. "Which, frankly, has me worried."
It has us worried, too. Especially since Callie has almost been killed off the show before. Last March, Callie was in a coma for an entire episode, her life (and her unborn baby's life) hanging in the balance. She managed to make it through in the end....
Still, killing off Callie would be a bold move by Rhimes. Sara Ramirez has emerged as one of the show's biggest stars, and her character, Callie, is now a fan favorite. A few months ago, Rhimes said she herself has seen Ramirez grow on the show.?Her talent has always been amazing, but her confidence in her talent has blossomed in a way that has been beautiful to see," Rhimes said of Ramirez. "We have 14 actors on the show, and she's become one of the leaders. She's kind to the new actors who come in and she tries to extend herself in a friendly way and she's very open."
Rhimes added that she has not only seen Ramirez evolve on the show, but also watched the actress' character, Callie Torres, change too. "When Callie first came on, I had conceived of her as this girl who wore a lot of black eye liner?she actually says it in one episode that she was the girl who sat in the back of the class and ate her hair," Rhimes said of Callie. "I feel like I've watched her blossom in terms of figuring out her sexuality, in terms of being a doctor, as a friend, and I think audiences have gotten to know her."
It's entirely possible that the big death could be Meredith or Derek, since the status of Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey's contracts is unknown. But Rhimes recently said that after killing George (T.R. Knight) in 2009, she learned an important lesson: ?There are certain characters on this show that you can't kill. It wouldn't be acceptable not only to the audience, but to me and my vision of what this show is. They can't die." Given that logic, it doesn't seem likely that Rhimes would kill off the show's central couple.
So just in case Shonda is thinking of killing Callie on the season finale, here are six reasons she shouldn't do it!
1). Callie is a fascinating, complicated, complex, and endearing character who has become a Grey's fan favorite. To quote Sara Ramirez, "I think that Callie has kind of grown up! And regardless of who she chooses to sleep with, I think the most important thing is that she keeps coming back to her belief in love."
2). Her character Callie (an orthopedic surgeon) is three-dimensional and one of the only Latinas in primetime who isn't a Latina stereotype!
3). Her work last season was Emmy-worthy!
4). She's the only Grey's cast member who has an amazing voice. What if Shonda wants to do another musical episode in the future? Note: it won't work without Sara!
5). Callie is finally happy! In many ways, Callie is the heart of Seattle Grace. Don't kill her off now when she has finally found the woman of her dreams! If anyone deserves a happy ending, it's Callie!
6). Sara rocks! She has a huge fan club and they (we) watch the show every week just for her! Bring her back next season and we'll be back, too!
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Good news if you're a fan of The CW - the network has just renewed three series! Fan favorites The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural will be back for seasons four and eight respectively, while 90210 will head into season five. It's no surprise that The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural will be back, especially since TVD is the network's highest-rated show, but I am a little shocked to see 90210 continuing to stay strong. The news leaves a few shows still left in the lurch, including Ringer, Hart of Dixie, and Nikita, but we're most interested to learn the fate of Gossip Girl, and whether or not the network will try to squeeze one more season out of the series.
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Although he's been a regular on Dr. Mehmet Oz's talk show, television personality and healthy living champion Montel Williams revealed a secret about his own health on today's episode that he says he's never said on air before.
In an emotional segment Williams teared up as he described to Oz how he underwent an unnecessary double mastectomy at the age of 19, the result of a torn pectoralis muscle that was misdiagnosed as male breast cancer. As a result, Williams says he now suffers from emotional eating, a habit that experts say may function as a precursor to eating disorders.
"People have heard me talk about this on air," he says, referring to previous discussion he's had in the media about his mastectomy and bouts with clinical depression. "It's been recently diagnosed as emotional lability, which means that I can't control my ups and downs ... and when I feel that way, and I'm at home, I sneak food," Williams said.
A landmark study conducted last year offered some confirmation on a long-standing theory that food and mood are biologically linked. According to researchers, hormones in our stomachs appear to communicate directly with our brains, independent of any feelings we have about a particular food.
Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, a degenerative autoimmune disease that is also said to cause profound emotional consequences, including major depressive episodes and mood swings.
Williams revelation also sheds light on largely-held misconception about African Americans and eating disorders.
Contrary to popular beliefs, researchers at the University of Southern California released statistics in 2009 that found African-American girls were 50 percent more likely than their white counterparts to be bulimic. Another study called the National Survey of American Life conducted a comprehensive nationwide study of over 6,000 African American and Caribbean Blacks found that lifetime prevalence rates for Bulimia is slightly higher than the national average of 1.0 percent.
To conquer his emotional eating, Williams says he's implemented a "miracle plan" that's helped him break the junk-food cycle. Read more about how it did it here.
Jennifer Lopez can count American Idol's remaining contestants as some of her biggest fans. Hear what the top five had to say about the gorgeous judge during backstage interviews with us in today's PopSugar Rush.
Warren Littlefield, NBC's former president of entertainment who's brought us small-screen gems like "Seinfeld," "Friends" and "Frasier," remembers taking a huge gamble on Jennifer Aniston and convincing Debra Messing to do ?Will and Grace."
"[It's] 10:30 p.m. at night on Sunset Boulevard," Littlefield tells me on the set of "New York Live." "I'm at the Chevron station gassing up and Jennifer is over at the other island and she comes over and she says, ?Is it ever going to happen?' and I say, 'We believe in you, I love you, I so believe in your talent, I'm sure it will.' A few months later, we handed her the 'Friends' script."
But it wasn't quite so simple. Littlefield said that at the time, Aniston was under contract for a CBS series, "Muddling Through." But NBC went ahead with Aniston -- a move that could have "cost us millions of dollars to reshoot." Soon CBS yanked the flailing show, allowing Aniston to officially move forward with "Friends."
It's not just Aniston's career on which Warren had a direct impact. He recalls having to beg Debra Messing to take the role of Grace Adler on the hit "Will & Grace."
?We were on our knees," Littlefield remembers. "She was reluctant. She had just come off an hour-series called 'Pray.' She was tired. She was a little exhausted and we said, 'Debra read it.' And we wined her and dined her and begged her, and ultimately Debra said, 'How do I say no?'"
Warren believes that due to the prevalence of DVRs, one network dominating one night for one decade of must-see TV will never happen again, but thinks that if NBC can find its "Modern Family," the network could once again reign supreme.
Don't you hate how few awards shows we can enjoy year round? So did Comedy Central. But unlike you, they have the power to snap their fingers and bring one into existence out of thin air.
And snap their fingers they did -- for the second year in a row, they held The Comedy Awards in New York City, honoring and celebrating the best in film, TV, stand-up and other comedy from the last year. They also gave Don Rickles and Robin Williams special lifetime achievement awards, recognizing their lives in comedy.
Although the winners have already been announced, you can watch the awards this Saturday evening on Comedy Central. But the real fun was seeing so many stars of the world of comedy all in one place.
HuffPost Comedy was there, too, and we were lucky enough to nab interviews with several of them. We chatted with Robin Williams, Reggie Watts, Andy Richter, Questlove, the cast of "The Daily Show," Randall (the Honey Badger dude) and more before the show started, and they were all delights. Enjoy!
The awards will air on May 6 at 9 p.m., and you can still vote for the Viewers Choice categories on the official website.
Interviews conducted by Carol Hartsell, Ross Luippold and Katla McGlynn. Video produced by Ross Luippold.
The bad boys of The Expendables are back in the trailer for the sequel, and this time they have a hot, new secret weapon: Liam Hemsworth. Given that the original film features action stars of many decades (including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, and Chuck Norris), it seems fitting that they've made room for the Hunger Games star as their latest edition (fun fact: Hemsworth was originally cast in the first film, but his part was cut). In The Expendables 2, Hemsworth joins the gang as a sniper named Billy the Kid as they face down a villain played by Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Don't try to follow too much of the story in the trailer, though; it's mostly a mélange of shoot-'em-up sequences, fistfights, and explosions. It's not that it's not fun, however, and it's definitely worth the watch to see Hemsworth in action star mode. The movie comes out on Aug. 17, and you can check out the trailer when youread more
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