Happy Friday! May has officially begun, and sweeps mean new episodes of our favorite comedies and dramas. Think you caught enough prime-time action this week to master our TV quote quiz? Try your luck and let us know how you did or if we missed your favorite quote this week!Question 1 of 8"Men don't take the time to end things. They ignore you until you insist on a declaration of hate."
During last week's episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher," the irreverent comedian blasted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for donating money to the Mormon Church rather than to a more worthy charity. Instead of reining in his attacks on Romney and Mormonism, he sharpened his criticism during his New Rules segment in Friday's broadcast of HBO's political comedy show.
Maher brushed off the Internet firestorm that came from the right after last week's episode, saying that he's "really sorry if I called your horseshit bullshit." He once again emphasized that he believes Mormonism is a "cult," quipping that "I personally define a cult as any religion with fewer followers than Snooki has on Twitter." (For the record, the Church of Latter-Day Saints counts about 14 million members among its ranks, versus Snooki's 4 million Twitter followers.)
But he mostly took issue with the practice of tithing, which asks Mormons to give part of their earnings directly to the Church. Maher notes that when wealthy Mormons like Mitt Romney receive a tax deductible for their donation since it's considered charity, the loss is covered by other taxpayers. "Charitable donations reduce the public coffers by about $60 billion each year," Maher cited. "They take more out of our budget than enforcing the Buffet rule would put back in."
In particular, Maher hardly takes the Mormon Church seriously as an institution. "The way it works when you're a Mormon is you give 10% of your income to your local covent, or whatever it's called, they send it to Salt Lake City, where it's counted by goblins and guarded by dragons... I'm sorry, that's Harry Potter."
But he also has political problems with the church, claiming that if Mormons used their donations for apolitical, benevolent causes, the donations would be justified. Instead, they "spent millions here in California in a political battle to make sure the only gay person at a wedding is the priest who performs the ceremony," referring to Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage and was largely backed by the Church of Latter-Day Saints.
This week is hardly the first time Maher has singled out Mormonism for attack, even though he's an outspoken critic of all religions. Earlier this year, he "unbaptized" Romney's late father-in-law, a scientist who was posthumously baptized to be admitted to Heaven according to Mormon belief.
A lawyer for CBS sent a threatening letter to ABC's president about ABC's plans to air Glass House, a series that was announced earlier this week and is similar to and possibly better than Big Brother. There's one way to read this: CBS is very, very scared that ABC is going to improve on a format they've squandered for years by letting it stay in a low-rent rut. The letter (Deadline has a PDF as... keep reading »
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We've seen bits of footage and photos from "True Blood" Season 5 as the weeks inch closer to the hit HBO show's June 10 debut, and now we have a better look at some of the new faces --as well as a few familiar ones -- headed to Bon Temps.
HBO released a series of photos of the cast, including a look at newcomers Christopher Meloni and Scott Foley. Sookie (Anna Paquin), Bill (Stephen Moyer), Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and most of the gang are around as well -- but there's stil no Tara (Rutina Wesley) in sight. (Things looked pretty grim for her at the end of last season.)
Though we've already gotten a few looks at the new season, including the official teaser trailer, and some clips featuring scenes between Sam and Luna, Pam and Eric, and Patrick and Terry, we think HBO says it best when it comes to "True Blood": "Waiting Sucks."
"True Blood" returns on Sunday, June 10 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
LOS ANGELES -- CBS is hoping a legal warning shot shatters rival network ABC's plans for its reality show "The Glass House."
Attorneys for CBS sent ABC executives a letter Friday warning that "The Glass House" is "strikingly" similar to CBS' show "Big Brother." The network notes that ABC may be benefiting from the fact that 18 former "Big Brother" staffers and executives are now working on the planned ABC show.
"Glass House" would feature contestants who are constantly filmed and eliminated from a home they share, and viewers will be able to influence many of their actions, according to a description of the series released Monday. "Big Brother," which has aired on CBS since 2000, has similar features.
Attorneys for CBS noted that the former "Big Brother" staffers now working on the show, including "Glass House" Executive Producer Kenny Rosen, all signed nondisclosure agreements and are likely violating them by working on the new series.
"In the strongest possible terms, we must admonish ABC and anyone involved in the development or production of `Glass House' that they will be acting at their own peril if they continue to proceed in this manner," says the letter that was sent to ABC and later obtained by The Associated Press and other news outlets.
ABC had no comment on CBS' allegations.
The letter states that CBS, which owns the U.S. licenses and copyrights to "Big Brother," could sue ABC and block "Glass House" from being broadcast. Previous cases involving copycat allegations in reality television have been difficult to win in court, but judges assess their merits after reviewing both products.
"With the striking similarities to `Big Brother' and their concerted effort to recruit a large number of former staff from the show, we don't see how ABC can produce this new series without infringing on our rights," CBS wrote in a statement released Friday afternoon.
ABC settled a case on confidential terms last year with the Tokyo Broadcasting System over allegations that ABC's hit show "Wipeout" was a copycat of several Japanese game shows such as "Takeshi's Castle," "Most Extreme Elimination Challenge" and "Ninja Warrior."
Some of our favorite stars welcomed the month of May by getting to work on sets all over the globe. On the East Coast, Matt Bomer filmed scenes for White Collar and Jude Law continued production on The Bitter Pill. Kelly Clarkson was busy on a new music video shoot in LA while Nicole Kidman got into character for The Railway Man in Scotland. For all this and more, click through to see which Hollywood A-listers were on set in the week that was.View Slideshow ?
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