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'Sharknado 3' to be filmed in Florida, attack Orlando

Syfy

Florida, brace yourself for a snark attack, the Syfy Network has announced it will film Sharknado 3 in the Sunshine State for its 2015 release of the so-bad-it’s-gold series of logic-defying disaster movies starring a swirling cloud of killer sharks.

Syfy announced on Tuesday that the third Sharknado film will begin with an attack on Washington D.C. chomp its way down the Eastern Seaboard on its way down to Orlando. “No seaboard city below our nation’s capital is safe!” the channel announced on its website.

Somebody tell Syfy Orlando isn’t on the coast.
Oh, nevermind.

Sharknado defied all logic as snarky Twitter fans embraced the most outlandish plot ever by crossing a shark attack with a tornado.

This third Sharknado got its order from Syfy two months before Sharknado 2, The Second One even premiered. That was set in New York City and absolutely demolished the ratings  bringing in  3.9 million viewers, which not only broke the record for any Syfy original film, but it more than doubled the audience of the first Sharknado.

The third film, which does not yet have a confirmed cast or formal premiere date will undoubtedly bring back Ian Ziering and Tara Reid. …

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Yes, it is worth it to cut the cable cord - here's why

Netflix's 'Orange is the New Black,' one of the many things I watch without traditional cable.

Netflix

Netflix's 'Orange is the New Black,' one of the many things I watch without traditional cable.

Every Monday I settle in for a night of hokey reality competitions: NBC’s The Voice or ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. On Tuesday, it’s New Girl and The Mindy Project on Fox; Thursday is Shonda Rhimes nights with Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. Friday mornings, I catch up on what I missed Wednesday and Thursday. 

I haven’t had cable in four years. And with the recent news that HBO has plans to offer a standalone online streaming service, and CBS is currently offering the same, we might be moving toward a world in which this sort of TV consumption, without a traditional cable subscription, is the norm.

So, is it worth it to go ahead and cut the cord, and opt for a more “a la carte” viewing experience? 

It certainly was for me. Here’s why.

First, let’s define “a la carte.” The term has been thrown around a lot recently when describing a potentially new TV model. What it means is that viewers are purchasing standalone services, like the upcoming HBO service but also like already-existing options Netflix and Hulu Plus, instead of a lump cable package. The goal, at least for me and many of my millennial friends, is to cut costs and get a more custom TV experience. …

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'Walking Dead' recap: Bob's leg — it's what's for dinner!

AMC

Zombies and human fallibility aside, The Walking Dead needs a true villain, a neo-mustache-twirler who's abandoned all shred of new-world reason. The One-Eyed Gov was megomaniacally eeeevil by his grisly end, and the show was better for it -- a Bad Guy that gooses the Good Guys. When Rick & Co. 'sploded Terminus and set out on a Road to Nowhere in the Season 5 premiere, I feared the show would once again wander and weave into a sloggish, too-many-plotlines pace. And blame it on my ADD, but Sunday's followup ep -- titled "Strangers" -- was a slow-builder for almost its entire length. Here we go againzzz. Then Gareth, the subtly creepola Terminus chief, showed up in the final frame...AND SNACKED ON BOB'S BBQ'D LEG RIGHT IN FRONT OF BOB! "You taste much better than we thought you would." Dannnggg!! I'm hooked and, oddly enough, hungry. …

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'Out of the Woods'...and On Your TV: Taylor Swift gets ready for Kimmel, GMA, Rosie O'Donnell

Big Machine

Not gonna lie: I've listened to new Taylor Swift song Out of the Woods approximately 322 times in the past two days. I'm officially on the record (vulnerable, shivering) saying it's the best song of her career thus far. So here's hoping the 24-year-old -- on a massive promotional swing for upcoming album 1989 (out Oct. 27) -- plays Out of the Woods at one of her myriad TV appearances. On Thursday, Oct. 23, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Swift will set up smack-dab in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard. On Monday, Oct. 27, she'll do a sit-down interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America; then, on Thursday Oct. 30, she'll come back to GMA to play "in the heart of New York City." Finally, on Wednesday, Oct. 29. America's Sweetheart will be the featured guest on The View.   

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CBS also launches an online-only streaming service

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

The Big Bang Theory

Remember yesterday, when HBO announced it would offer an online-only streaming service? Well, another, very different kind of channel has followed suit.

Broadcast network CBS has launched a stand-alone online streaming service, CBS All Access, for $5.99 a month. Unlike the HBO news, though, CBS moved fast on this one: You can already sign up for CBS All Access here.

Here are the somewhat confusing particulars about the new service:

* Previously on CBS.com, you could watch many recent episodes of current shows for free. Now, most of that content is behind the new All Access paywall. This is a bummer for cable cord-cutters, like me, who took advantage of the CBS site to watch episodes of current shows. (Hitfix.com reports that recent episodes of shows like The Good Wife (whew!) and The Big Bang Theory are exceptions to this rule.) Though Entertainment Weekly points out that episodes of these current series still won’t be available until the day after they air on TV. And there will still be lots and lots of ads. …

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Just call us 'The Bleed'! Your 'Walking Dead'-quarters!

AMC

Hey you gore-hungry boys and girls, only a few days away from the second ep of The Walking Dead's so-far-so-cutthroat fifth season. I'll do a full excitable recap right here after the show Sunday. (Morgan's back! Maybe Singing Beth, too? And am I the only one who loves-hates Gareth? We need a good villain a la the One Eyed Gov.) I'll check in on The Feed's Twitter page, too. If you're catching up (or just can't get enough), you can read my review of the premiere then check out my feverish debate with rabid Dead-despiser Michelle Stark  THEN marvel at the show's record-breaking ratings. Plus if you're a colossal nerd, and you remember Morgan's epic "Clear" episode, check out our creepy walking tour of Grantville, Ga. Until then, here's a teaser for this Sunday's show...

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Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars - finally!

Yeah, Neil was made for this hosting thing.

Associated Press

Yeah, Neil was made for this hosting thing.

We must log in the fact that entertainer extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the 2015 Oscars. Harris has also previously presided over the Tony Awards (four times) and the Emmy Awards (two times), and those Tony telecasts won Emmys each time he hosted. With the Oscars now on his resume, it's an awards show hat trick!

Harris announced the new gig Wednesday, with this video on Twitter.

He also said in a statement: "To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true." Aw, NPH. How self-deprecating of you.

The 87th Academy Awards will air Feb. 22, 2015. Let's all hope Gone Girl is nominated for something, so Harris can recreate his very memorable scene from the movie. Come on, you know the one.

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Every episode of 'Friends' is coming to Netflix

The Friends!

NBC

The Friends!

Continuing today's exciting streaming service news, Netflix just announced that it reached a deal with Warner Bros to make all 236 episodes of Friends available on the streaming service in the U.S. and Canada. Take that, HBO!

Friends, as if we need to tell you, ended its ten-year run in 2004, though you can still see a rerun episode or twelve on TV practically every night. That is, unless you don't have cable, like me, which means you've been deprived of casual viewings of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer at their finest. And what perfect timing, too: The show is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

And when will you be able to bask in the glory of unlimited, on-demand Friends? All 10 seasons will be available to stream starting Jan. 1, 2015. Between this recent Netflix addition Gilmore Girls, I'm officially clearning my New Year's Day schedule for prime bingeing.

Here's Netflix's announcement on Twitter Wednesday:

They will all be there for you, Jan.1, 2015 https://t.co/EdGNWtFsZl

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It's about time: HBO will soon offer online-only streaming service

Now you can catch up on all that  Game of Thrones.

HBO

Now you can catch up on all that Game of Thrones.

Cable-cancelers everywhere, rejoice! HBO announced Wednesday it's going to implement an online streaming service sometime next year, a la Netflix. That means someone without a cable subscription (or HBO subscription) will be able to sign up for the service and access all HBO content in an online-only platform. If you're a cord-cutter like me, this is the most exciting TV news of the year. (I ditched cable about three years ago, opting for an HD antenna, Hulu Plus and Netflix.)

It's about time HBO made the move, particularly to tap into all those HBO Go users who borrow their friends/parents/uncle's stepson's cable log-ins and use the service for free. Come on, you know you do it.

According to Entertainment Weekly, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said during an investment meeting Wednesday: "It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO. So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. ... All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them."

Which means you now no longer have a good excuse for never having seen The Wire. Let the bingeing begin!

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Halloween TV specials: 'It's the Great Pumpkin,' 'The Simpsons,' 13 Nights of Halloween and more

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Let's face it: We can’t rely on seasonal shifts to mark the start of a festive fall season. October in Florida needs all the help it can get. That’s why we need spooky decorations, haunted theme park attractions and, of course, Halloween-themed television. To get you in the mood, here are some of our top TV picks airing over the next few weeks. …

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So Much for a 'Dead' Dropoff: AMC is 'Walking' tall after zombie hit's Season 5 premiere scores best ratings ever

AMC

You can pick on The Walking Dead all you want -- tottering pace, too many dang characters, gaping logic loopholes -- but you sure can't ding the AMC smash for viewer swoon. Sunday's slam-bang Season 5 premiere scored the record-breaking series' highest ratings EVER, with 17.3 million of us tuning in to see Rick & Co. shoot their way out of Terminus. (That number is 7 percent higher than the previous record: TWD's Season 4 premiere.) You folks sure do dig zombie entrails!

Another gaudy number? That super-gory "No Sanctuary" ep seduced 11 million adults ages 18-49, a key demo that helped the horror hit beat out its main competition: NBC's Sunday Night Football. TWD is already the most-watched show in basic-cable history, and it's crushing on social media, too: The premiere generated 1.32 million tweets. Oh, and one more thing: The Chris Hardwick-hosted Talking Dead, the fan-geeky live aftershow which featured superfan Conan O'Brien, broke its own previous record with 6.9 million viewers. The Walking Dead is back again Sunday at 9 p.m., when fan-fave fringe character Morgan returns to action. Yep, those record numbers just might break again.    

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Review: 'Marry Me' is one of the fall TV season's best new sitcoms

Wilson and Marino

NBC

Wilson and Marino

I miss NBC's canceled sitcom Happy Endings on a daily basis. So it's a real delight to watch the network's new show Marry Me, from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, and feel some of that zany Endings energy come through the TV. The show comes off as sort of gimmicky in its pilot episode premiering Tuesday, but it's more than funny and charming enough to make up for it. Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as a couple on the verge of getting engaged are a dream.

Click here to read my review.

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RECAP: 'The Walking Dead' opens Season 5 with bloody masterpiece … or not

AMC

Did we just witness the tautest hour in the history of The Walking Dead, a cutthroat Season 5 premiere for the flesh-eating ages? Sean Daly thinks so. Or is the AMC phenomenon (the highest-rated series in basic-cable history) a beyond-tedious mess at this point? Um, super casual Dead fan Michelle Stark thinks so. Herewith, the Tampa Bay Times TV nerds debate Sunday's kickoff episode. Needless to say, they don't agree....
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What to watch this week: 'The Voice,' 'Marry Me,' 'Jane the Virgin,' 'The Flash'

NBC

This week's top TV includes two new shows that are worth putting on your radar: the very funny new NBC sitcom Marry Me, and the CW's campy, fun Jane the Virgin. Plus, The Voice heads into one of the best parts of the show: Battle Rounds!

Click here for our full list of top TV picks.

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Watch it and weep: Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman's touching short film

The short film Love is a Dream from Season 14 of Saturday Night Live was the touching closing moment for the SNL tribute to Phil Hartman back in 1998 after he was shot to death by his wife. And now that both he and Jan Hooks have passed, and neither of them reached the elderly age of their characters in this unusually heartwarming sketch, well I think I *sniff* just got some dust in eyes or something.

 

 


Jan and Phil, together again in heaven. His Bill Clinton now has his Hillary. Ron has his Nancy Reagan, and even Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker are reunited.

Hartman and Hooks, with their similarly realistic performing styles, were paired on SNL so often even Hartman's wife noticed. In a 1998 interview with NPR's David Bianculli after Hartman's death, Hooks remembered that Hartman's wife once said, "You know, I think you and Phil are married on some other level."  Hook then remarked,  "We would laugh about it - in some make-believe world, Phil and I were always a couple."

 

 

 

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