The former anchor of the CBS Evening News strikes back at the network he says abandoned him after his 2004 story on then-President Bush came under scrutiny.
Auteur Hal Hartley once said, "A family is like a gun. You point it in the wrong direction and you could kill someone."The message therein, and the parallels between the potential explosive energy of a family and that of a loaded gun, was keenly felt in this week's outstanding season finale of CBS' The Good Wife ("The Dream Team"), written by Corinne Brinkerhoff and Meredith Averill and directed by Robert King, which posited two parallel situations between Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) that will fuel our imagination during the long summer.The Good Wife is one of a very small handful of television shows that can take innately simple moments--those that may seem quotidian or mundane, such as a knock at the door or a look through an open window--and make them transformative. This has been the case in the past as well: look at Alicia and Will (Josh Charles) opening a hotel door at the end of last season. While the choice was apparent there (they enter the room, therefore committing to consummating their romance), here we instead find both Alicia and Kalinda at their own respective crossroads, each of which offers the same binary choice: do you stay or do you go? And each must make an ultimate choice, one that will likely have resounding consequences within their lives: do you open that door, knowing that your life will change?That fantastic parallel (leaving/staying) plays out magnificently here, leaving both characters in a...
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E! has a brand new TV lineup in development, and the Kardashians aren't involved, but a lot of scripts are!
While The Jonas Brothers are reportedly working on their own reality show, E! is zeroing in on the lives of Kevin and Danielle Jonas, EW exclusively reports. "Married to Jonas" (premieres Mon., Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. on E!) follows the couple as they attempt to have a "normal" marriage while dealing with the fame that comes with being -- and being married to -- the eldest Jonas brother.
?Danielle is living a true Cinderella story after marrying into pop royalty, partnering in Kevin's larger-than-life career and becoming a ?Jonas,' a name synonymous with hit music and a worldwide fan base,? Lisa Berger, president of entertainment programming for E!, said. ?The series presents a unique look at a young couple and their families from two entirely different worlds, one small town and one dealing with international fame, coming together as one and starting a whole new life together.?
Meanwhile, the network is headed in a new direction with its programming: Scripted shows!
"The slate rounds out the scope of the network in terms of what we're offering and it elevates the quality perception of the network,? entertainment president Suzanne Kolb told The Hollywood Reporter.
"The question for us has been how do we tell unique and different stories in the scripted space that, frankly, we can't tell in the reality space," Berger adds. "If you can tell the story in the reality space, one could argue reality is more interesting than scripted."
Check out the descriptions of the upcoming E! slate below:
"Dorothy:" Inspired by the books "Dorothy" and "The Wizard Of Oz," "Dorothy" centers on the life of a girl who falls in love with a man and follows him to Emerald City to work at his Emerald Hotel.
"Amy Devlin Mysteries:" Based on the graphic novel of the same name, "Amy Devlin Mysteries" tells the story of culturally-obsessed detective in her late 20s who brings her own point of view to police work.
"Anne Of Hollywood:" This modern spin on the story of Anne Boleyn holds on to the elements of sex, scandal, infidelity and betrayal, but set in present-day Hollywood.
"Fascination Street:" Split between past and present, this series centers on the lives of two brothers as they look back at their struggle to make their band a success and focus on finding out who is behind the disappearance of their band's lead singer.
"The 400s" Set in 1890s New York, "The 400s" is about the classy lives of the Vanderbilt family when "society" was determined by how many people could fit into the wealthy Mrs. Astor's ballroom.
"Juror #9:" After accidentally killing a woman who has been blackmailing him in this legal drama, the seemingly good-hearted Alex Dunbar might not be quite as good a man as he appears.
"King David" A tale of a modern day Mr. Smith, this series will tell the story of a self-made billionaire who sleeps with lobbyists in the nation's capital.
"Untitled Assistants Project:" A group of young executive assistants are seemingly loyal minions, but they get into trouble while their high-powered bosses are out of the office.
"Upstarts:" This '90s "gold rush" tale tells the story of three men who work to strike it rich fueled by power, money, sex, and politics.
Though these projects are still in development, what do you think of E!'s new slate? Let us know in the comments.
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The Kardashians may have just signed an impressive $40 million deal with E!, for three more seasons of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," but they might be saying goodbye to one of their spinoff shows.
Sources tell TMZ that Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have decided to pull the plug on their show, "Khloe & Lamar."
In the middle of the worst season of his NBA career, Lamar parted ways with the Dallas Mavericks, but remains on the inactive list waiting to see if he'll be traded next season. Rumors that Lamar wanted to quit reality TV have been circulating for months and now sources say he's more determined than ever to find his way back to the basketball court.
Sources told TMZ, Lamar believes he can make a comeback only if he's focused on one project -- and that means saying goodbye to the cameras that document his and Khloe's every move on the show.
Last month sources told HollywoodLife, "Lamar never thought being part of a reality show would have such an impact on his life. At the beginning, Lamar thought it would be fun to be part of the show. But when he got let go from the Lakers, he realized the show was nothing but a distraction," claims the source. "The show started taking a toll on Lamar and Khloe's relationship when he got traded. It was kind of a wake-up call for Lamar. He's scared about his future and his career."
As of now, the fate of the show seems undecided. A rep for the couple told Gossip Cop, "We are not sure what the future holds, but for now it will depend on everyone's schedules," adding that Odom's basketball schedule is the main "priority."
For their part, the couple have remained silent about the reports. Khloe was busy tweeting and encouraging fans to watch last night's episode that aired on E!, but hasn't commented to say if the couple's show is really canceled.
"Mad Men" (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC) has had plenty of wild parties this season, but this past Sunday's episode, "At the Codfish Ball," may have been the most eventful, and deflating.
Megan's feuding parents were visiting from Montreal at the same time Don was to be honored by the American Cancer Society for his "Why I Quit Tobacco" editorial, and the group, including Sally, dressed to the nines and descended on the gala for a lovely evening. Instead, the ball became a perfect storm of disappointment, sex and lies.
The newly-single Roger Sterling thought the gala would be a perfect opportunity to acquire new business. He spent the week studying flash cards of the high-powered CEOs in attendance. But once the event actually started, he ended up in the other room with Megan's mom's (guest star Julia Ormond) head in his lap. She was getting back at her husband for cheating on her with "his latest grad student" and to make matters worse, poor Sally Draper accidentally walked in on them, losing any shred of adolescent innocence she may have had left.
At the very moment that was happening, both Don and Megan were being served their own cold doses of reality. Megan's father, a philandering Marxist academic, called out his daughter for taking the easy path to wealth and luxury, and made his disdain for Don, and the couple's chosen profession, crystal clear.
Perhaps the most deflating moment came in a conversation Don had at the bar with Ed Baxter, Ken Cosgrove's father-in-law and an executive at Dow Corning. While Don was expecting the room of powerful businessmen would be eating out of his hand after winning his award, Baxter let him know that the big corporations aren't interested in working with Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce after Don's moves with Lucky Strike. "How could they trust you, after the way you bit the hand?" he told him. Another drink, please.
"Mad Men" airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.
Aliens and male strippers and Woody Allen, oh my! The Summer movie season is swiftly approaching and we can hardly contain our giddiness. It feel like déjà vu with so many familiar collaborators reteaming, such as Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones for Men in Black 3, Johnny Deep and Tim Burton for Dark Shadows, and Wes Anderson and, well, everyone he knows, for Moonrise Kingdom. Check out the flicks we're most excited for in May and June, and stay tuned for the rest of the movies that are on our hit list for July and August!View Slideshow ?
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