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UPDATED: The Jason Katims drama will return for a fourth season, while Tina Fey's comedy will end its run with a 13-episode final season. In addition, the network also continues to add to its drama pickups.
Creator Andrew Miller revealed to THR that "a major shift" takes place by the end of Thursday's closer.
Joan Rivers is known for having an outrageous and opinionated persona, and she doesn't hold back when it comes to dishing out advice for single women.
"Have a child! How lucky you are that society is allowing you this joy," she told The Huffington Post. "You think you're having fun with your Shih Tzu, wait until you have a child."
Joan means every word of it. Despite her long and storied Hollywood career, she maintains that her greatest achievement has been and always will be her daughter and oft-partner in crime, Melissa Rivers.
?Your proudest moment is to watch your egg not just function, but to achieve on her own,? Joan said. ?I am not only so proud of everything she has accomplished professionally, but I am proud of her because she is the most amazing mother I have ever seen in my entire life. She is 1,000 times better than I am. I am always astonished at how she handles [her son, Cooper].?
Joan said she decided early on that despite her career, she would be a hands-on mom with Melissa.
?When I was pregnant I was sitting with a very famous actress on the playground," she recalled. "The child fell and ran to the nanny. At that point I decided my child would always run to me. We had dinner together every night and every night I put a line in my book at 6 p.m. and that was it."
Melissa doesn't always agree with her mom, but they are on the same page about parenting.
?I think my parents always made such a huge effort to be there for all the important events and even the not so important ones," Melissa said. "They always sat down to have dinner with me and that is the same bond I am trying to create with Cooper."
These days, the busy mother-daughter duo are both slammed with work. They work together on E!'s ?Fashion Police," where Joan stars and Melissa executive produces, on their WE reality show, "Joan Knows Best?" and on promoting this weekend's special Mother's Day episode of E!'s "True Hollywood Story."
Working with family isn't always easy -- especially when working on three different programs. Both women said they speak to each other in their own language, a kind of mother-daughter shorthand, but sometimes their wires get crossed.
?You have to learn to listen and communicate differently,? Melissa said. ?Don't assume they are coming from a place where they are telling you that you are doing something wrong. That was a big turning point for us to figure out.?
Joan added that she thinks everyone should be able to enjoy the fruits of parenthood, whether they are gay or straight, married or single. We spoke before President Barack Obama's announcement about his stance on gay marriage, and Rivers didn't mince words.
"It is outrageous. The politicians are all such ass-kissers. No one is saying the truth. They are saying what they think people want to hear,? Joan said. ?And while we're talking about this, and Mother's Day, I do want to say that if you don't have a uterus, I don't care what you think about abortion.?
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'EUREKA'"NOCHE DE SUENOS"
Jo Lupo, head of security at Global Dynamics in the town of Eureka, Oregon, said she grew up with no mother and three brothers. This would mean her mother died or left when she was young.
One of those brothers could be Cyrus Lupo, now a detective at the 27th Precinct in New York City.
Near the beginning of this final season of 'Eureka', Jo visited her old family home while on her "walkabout". Because she got back to Eureka fairly quickly after that, I have to assume that she was still in Oregon, maybe in Washington state. So Detective Lupo must have moved to New York City after high school or college. (He went to a Catholic school earlier back in the Pacific Northwest, and is now attending law school at Brooklyn College.)
Like his sister, Cyrus Lupo served overseas - Jo was with the US Army Rangers, while he was working with the NYPD Intelligence Division investigating terrorist cells in the Mideast.
PS:Jo may have had an identical half-sister by the name of Bowers in Seattle, Washington, (as seen in 'Dead Like Me'). This would suggest each of them had a parent who was fooling around......
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The women of Wisteria Lane aren't shelving their stilettos without a fight, but this time, it's all happening off-camera. After filming the final episode of "Desperate Housewives," the other ladies made it clear that they didn't want anything to do with Teri Hatcher. The cast even gave out luggage-tag parting gifts to the crew with Teri's signature noticeably missing.
"Since day one, it has always been Eva [Longoria], Marcia [Cross] and Felicity [Huffman] on one big team and Teri on her own team," a show insider tells me. "She has never wanted to have anything to do with the other ladies. She entered the show thinking she was the star and is leaving it in the same manner."
Back in 2005, when the hot new show landed a coveted Vanity Fair cover, Eva and Marcia reportedly threatened to walk out of the shoot if Teri continued to be at the center of every photo. And just a few months ago, during ex-housewife Nicollette Sheridan's lawsuit against show creator Marc Cherry and ABC, Nicollette called Teri "the meanest woman in the world."
Teri, for her part, is staying civil about her former cast mates. "I will never disclose the true and complicated journey of us all, but I wish everyone on the show well," she told TV Guide.
Just like on Wisteria Lane, some truths are best kept buried.
The end of The Vampire Diaries is nearly here and we're positively befuddled after seeing these pics of the season finale. It looks like this will be a major flashback episode, complete with Aunt Jenna and Elena's parents! Given Elena's cheerleading uniform, these are definitely from a time pre-Salvatore brothers, but that's not to say the finale will be totally Stefan and Damon-free; it looks like they do make an appearance. We do have one major question: What's with the scuba diving?
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In an appearance on ?The Ellen DeGeneres Show,? the rapper also performs ?Right By My Side? and ?Starships.?
I spent the weekend in New York City. After taking a 6 a.m. flight from New Orleans, I landed at LaGuardia and went straight to Queens, where my NYU students were shooting the last segment of their collaborative film based on the poet Stephen Dobyns' 1984 collection, Black Dog, Red Dog. The segment was based on a poem called "The Gun," about two unsupervised boys who read comic books and smoke cigarettes, until one holds the other at gunpoint and tells him to take his pants off. The room next to the set was occupied by one of the household's daughters, and it was filled with neatly hung posters of a boy band I'd never heard of, called something like Really Big Rush. While the students were setting up a new shot, I took a book from the daughter's shelf. There were two to choose from, and you'd think I would have pulled the book that said The Clash -- incongruous in a room otherwise filled with teen pop -- but instead I opted for Burning Up: On Tour With the Jonas Bothers. It was a bunch of photos of the curly-headed boys on tour. They certainly have fans, albeit teen ones.
Their legions of teen fans make me wonder about the Beatles' fans. We remember the Beatles for their immortal classics beloved by audiences of all ages, but think about the screaming teenagers in the Ed Sullivan crowd -- aren't those kids the same age as the rabid Bieber fans nowadays? Aren't teens and kids the driving force behind most chart-topping albums and blockbuster films? But what happens is, the teen fandom is transformed into sales, and all the world appreciates is the money. When something sells, it is automatically considered good, regardless of who does the buying. This kind of critical judgment based on commercial success happens in film, music, and in the art world. Who knows if Marvel's The Avengers, The Hunger Games, or the Harry Potter series are good films? They have become more than just films. They are cultural phenomena, due to their record-breaking sales; they are cultural beacons. The same can be said for the work of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Damian Hirst, as well as anything to do with Twilight. I'm not saying that these are bad products -- just that it's impossible to judge their merits without looking through the lenses of their incredible financial success.
In N.Y.C., I participated in the filming of the Sundance Channel show Iconoclasts with Marina Abromavic. We shot at her place, she turned me into a gold statue (Strange? Fitting? Ridiculous? Beautiful?) and then we went to the Met Ball together. We both wore tuxes. The following day, I flew back to New Orleans with my close friend Nana, who happens to do my hair for film, and landed around 10 p.m. Nana had noticed a few Maysles brothers DVDs from the Criterion Collection in my bag (Gray Gardens, Salesman and Gimme Shelter), which had been returned to me by one of my NYU students. In New Orleans, Nana and I have two units in a little complex in the French Quarter; she said she wanted to watch the Stones documentary, Gimme Shelter, and even though I'd seen it five times, I lay on her couch and told her to pop it in. Nana thought it would be a concert film -- "Oh, is this the one by Scorsese?" -- but I told her it was not what she expected. It was not what the Maysles had expected either. What had started as a concert film about the Rolling Stones, a follow-up of sorts to the Maysles' The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit, turned into a Zapruder-like document that sounded the death knell for the flower power of the 1960s. Much of the energy of this film comes from the lack of commentary. All the pieces are put in place to tell the story, but the information isn't hand-fed to you. The audience must engage to appreciate the building tensions at the Altamont Speedway Free Concert, in 1969, where a man was eventually stabbed to death within eyesight of the stage.
Considering the lateness of the hour, my long days, my proneness to falling asleep absolutely anywhere -- Nana and I fell asleep on each other at a midnight screening of The Avengers opening night; don't worry, we'll return this week to soak up the pop-culture explosion -- I was surprised that I stayed awake through the film. But what a document it is, what a piece of art. The characters are ten times as strange as fictional characters; the tensions are ten times as intense as any reality show, because none of it is coerced into being by the filmmakers. The Maysles were the largest proponents of the Direct Cinema movement, which used an observational approach and eschewed "voice of god"-style narration. The film has multiple levels. The Maysles didn't just film the horrific events at the concert; they also had the Stones watch the resulting footage, and filmed their reactions to it. Mick Jagger is stone-faced -- as you might expect anyone to be while being filmed watching a murder. Without commentary, the confrontations between the Hell's Angels and the crowd escalate, as the bikers go from hitting hippies with broken pool cues to punching out members of Jefferson Airplane, to brandishing guns and knives, to murder. This is not sensationalism -- the Maysles were not looking for any of this material -- but it does have a heinous act at its center.
For my money, this material is 20 times as moving as 1,000 computer-generated deaths. Here is a view of celebrity, fans, mass culture and the violence underneath it all. As I watched, I wondered who was in the right, who was the coolest, who was the toughest. The Hell's Angels are depicted in all their terrible leather-clad glory, the Stones are young and at their peak, the fans are free and beautiful, but it's the Maysles, the eyes and ears taking it all in, who are the rulers of them all.
Fox has picked up both Sunday staples for additional seasons, while a decision on "The Cleveland Show" beyond its fourth year has yet to be made.
"What happens when the guy you've been working with for seven years upsets you or you guys start fighting over something? Is it over in 10 minutes? Does it last a week?" executive producer Karim Zreik poses to THR.