Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad'
AMC announced today that the network will host a Breaking Bad marathon at the end of this month, airing all five seasons of the masterful Emmy-winning drama. Bring on the bingeing! Starting at 11 a.m. each day, the episodes will run Dec. 27-30. (And yes, if you must know, there’s also a two-day marathon of The Walking Dead starting Dec. 31, but as a Dead hater, I can’t talk about those two shows in the same breath and feel good about myself.)
If you’re still trying to catch up on the series that ended in September (have you gotten to the train episode yet, Sean Daly?!), it’s worth noting that this marathon is the only place right now to see every Breaking Bad episode for “free” (if you have cable, that is). You can rent discs of the entire show from Netflix, but the second half of the fifth season is not yet available via Netflix streaming, like the rest of the series is. Your only other (legal) option is to buy this awesome complete series box set, released last Tuesday. (Heads up, Santa!) …Full Story
Winning immunity challenges like this one is likely what made Tampa's Monica Culpepper a target.
Wow. What just happened?
That was one of the craziest Tribal Council's ever last night -- and only the second time in 27 seasons of Survivor that the voting came down to two tie votes and a random drawing of rocks from a sack to determinewho goes home. And it was Tampa's Monica Culpepper who was on the rocks. She could have easily been voted off if just one player had turned on her.
Here's why this is only the second time in Survivor history this has heppened: It was a collosally stupid move to allow your fate to be determined by the luck of the draw. That rock could end up costing Katie $1 million because she pulled a white rock out of a bag.
The rules are a little complicated so bear with me: If there's a tie vote, the two people on the block cannot vote and remaining players vote again. So the first vote was a 3-3 tie of Monica vs. Big Brother's Hayden, who pleaded his case that the Tyson-Gervase-Monica allliance needed to be broken up. This is where the stupid part comes in. …Full Story
Bashir came to MSNBC in 2010 from ABC News' Nightline
There seems to be a dispute over whether he quit or was fired, but MSNBC host Martin Bashir today resigned from the network, nearly three weeks after making graphic remarks on his show about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
"I deeply regret" the comments, Bashir said in a statement. "It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments."
His resignation, effective immediately, was accepted by MSNBC president Phil Griffin, who in a statement thanked him "for three great years" with the network.
The uproar began last month after Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in Palin's mouth because of a remark the former vice presidential candidate made comparing the United States' indebtedness to China with slavery.
MSNBC sure is running through hosts lately. Bashir's exit from MSNBC coincided with the network parting company with Alec Baldwin, who was suspended from his weekly talk show after just two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.
So what did Bashir do? Here's a rundown: …Full Story
Tim Conway won an Emmy for his guest role, shown here with Kenneth the page (Jack McBrayer) as Bucky Bright, a long-forgotten TV star of the '50s. Best line: He was aimlessly wandering the halls of NBC and bumping into a "gigantic lesbian" then asks, "Who is Conan O'Brien and why is she so sad?"
Fans of Tim Conway can relax, no retirement party will be needed anytime soon.
A press release sent out Friday announcing that the veteran funnyman was retiring from performing live and canceling his Florida shows turns out to be incorrect. In fact, the performer who turns 80 on Dec. 15 is still pretty darn busy with a book tour, a TV pilot with Robert Wagner and appearances this week on The Talk and on Conan O’Brien’s talk show on Dec. 12. But at least he's kept his sense of humor about it.
“I have been retired for four hours now and I’m rested. I’m now back from retirement,” Conway quipped in a press release dispelling the retirement talk.
The poor PR folks at Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are red-faced but insist the press release was supplied by Conway’s touring agent and said the wording that he “has decided that it’s time to retire” was supplied to them. …Full Story
Vytas is about get the business end of the Mom Smackdown Alliance, shutting him out of a puzzle challenge. Was that cheating or shrewd gameplay?
Going into the final stretch of Survivor, the women are showing some serious backbone. Tampa's Monica Culpepper has been a fierce competitor and admitted she wanted to “show the kids that more than one badass lives in our house.” Brad who? The ex-Buccaneer and Tampa attorney, Brad Culpepper was an instant lightning rod on Blood vs. Water, but ever since he was sent away from Redemption Island, girlfriend has been bringing it. Monica has now kicked butt in three of the past four challenges.
And last week Laura made the shrewd move (some would call it cheating) of literally turning her back on Vytas and helping Tina finish a puzzle to send away a guy Laura views as a bigger threat. Survivor fans have long complained about how game designers never put up dividers between puzzles to keep players from cheating off each other. Last week showed us why. It was a pretty ballsy move for Laura to go out of her way to help another player defeat her biggest threat. …Full Story
This trailer doesn't reveal much, or anything, about The Walking Dead's Season 4 second-half return on Feb. 9, 2014. Looks like the crew -- with the help of Hershel, without the menace of the Governor -- is busting a Willie Nelson, on the road again. We get a few zombie hijinks. We see a ticked-off Carl, who might just go full Rambo now that his baby sister Judith is dead (or is she?). The only pure tease is a final image of Carl unable to wake dad Rick from a couchly slumber. What's up with that? Will Carol come back? Will Michonne and Daryl finally hook up? Who will the new villain be? Guess we'll find out in a couple months... Full Story
At least Lawrence has an Oscar. KimYe had a baby and Miley had poor sense of self.
Barbara Walters is back one last time to tell you which famous people are the most famousest, so you know who will be on that list: Accomplished statesmen, prize-winning scientists and other deserving luminaries. Wait, no, it's going to be Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. With a little Miley Cyrus thrown in.
ABC announced Monday that her Most Fascinating People of the Year special for 2013 does indeed feature Miley and KimYe, but also Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, perpetual thorn-in-the-NSA's-side Edward Snowden, Kate and William's son Prince George and the guys from Duck Dynasty. Sounds like a perfectly well-rounded list to us.Full Story
Tim Conway, the comedian who made all his co-stars on The Carol Burnett Show crack up in almost every skit and the voice of Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob Squarepants (See below for my favorite Conway characters and weigh in) has decided to retire from concert performances. That means that he's canceled all his Florida appearances including his March 23 date at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and his March 22 show in Sarasota.
Conway turns 80 on Dec. 15 and his statement announcing the retirement seems to take that into account:Full Story
"After completing an exhausting and extensive national book tour promoting his autobiography, So You Think That's Funny, Tim Conway, in consultation with his family, has decided that it's time to retire from performing live in concert on the road. Tim will truly miss this part of his performing career and will look back upon it with only very fond memories. He sincerely apologies for any inconveniences and disappointments this has caused to his fans and to the venues but believes that this is in his and his family's best interest going forward." …
"Don't look back, Carl. Just keep walking..."
So much for The Walking Dead pulling its slow-pace punches in Season 4, eh? Egads. In a carousel of carnage, the midseason finale of AMC's gore-soaked phenom saw both Good and Evil getting snuffed out by an ominous Other, the stark looming reality of the zombie apocalypse. We're all goners, boys and girls (and babies?!); it's just a matter of how long you keep dancing through the undead. The hour was One Giant Spoiler, yowza entertainment, a body count to die for.
Cliffs Notes version: After kidnapping Hershel and Michonne, the Governor and his newbie loons try to take over Rick & Co.'s prison. Oh, and little kids either get killed or take a hankering to killing. If you haven't watched yet, stop reading now. The results are too good, too gruesome, too holy-flash-flood-warning to read about first. …Full Story
It's time for this week's top TV picks, including A Charlie Brown Christmas (who can resist that sad, little tree?), SNL Christmas and a live version of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood (yeah, we don't get it either). Click here for the full list!Full Story
There are plenty of must-see (and see again) holiday specials, but what about those never-seen gems? We've compiled some of our favorite holiday shows you've likely never heard of that you should put on your DVR right now, or more likely, reserve on Netflix.
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AMC and the folks on The Walking Dead are promising that "some will fall" during Sunday's midseason brouhaha between Rick & Co. and the Governor & Co. The last time the One Eyed Gov went after the prison, the bloodshed and brouhaha were minimal, a total letdown. Showrunner Scott Gimple and the writers have had a topsy-turvy one-step-forward season, but despite their creative indecision, they must know they need to doink someone. You can't keep having wars without casualties. That said, I have a feeling that Hershel's going down. Whenever a character represents goodness and hope -- well, they usually bite the dust. Dale, Sophia, that nice hippie couple a couple weeks ago. With Hershel 86'd, the show can follow that dark, doomy path that Gimple and his cohorts so want to go down. Besides, if they jettison Michonne or Daryl, this season's already dipping ratings are going to nosedive. Full Story
The Grinch in all his grinchiness.
When can you see the Grinch? How about A Charlie Brown Christmas? We've got you covered. Click here for the list of holiday TV specials, including everything from It's a Wonderful Life to Frosty the Snowman to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
CBS already aired Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Tuesday, before any of us were ready, so keep this list handy so you don’t miss the rest of your holiday favorites. Plus, there are three new specials to work into the rotation for when Frosty’s hat is looking a bit worn. As always, be sure to check your local listings for channels and schedule changes. List runs this weekend through Christmas.
Every time a bell rings during the holiday season, it seems a yesteryear star takes wing on TV.
On Sunday it’s '70s recording star, scrappy filmmaker and Tarpon Springs native Bertie Higgins (Key Largo), whose latest movie Christmas in Hollywood will be featured during that town’s holiday parade, televised live on the Hallmark Channel.
No release date has been set for the reported $4 million production, although a spokeswoman said television deals are being negotiated.
According to a news release, Christmas in Hollywood is the story of a young boy (Chinese recording “sensation” Jiang Zi Long) discovering the “true spirit of Christmas” with the help of Black Bart the pirate (Higgins) and Erik the elf (Darren Dowler, current lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders). The retro radio casting doesn’t end there; we also spotted John Ford Coley in the cast. But no England Dan.
Higgins and Dowler co-directed Christmas in Hollywood, and are listed among its four screenwriters. Higgins' most recent release under his Cayo Largo Productions banner was 2011’s The Colombian Connection, starring Tom Sizemore, that premiered in Palm Harbor under the title Through the Eye. …Full Story
For a minute there, this show was going to become another languid, talky procedural. Now it's actually good.
We're nine episodes into ABC's favored fall child Agents of SHIELD, and the network has some good news: The show's ratings freefall seems to have finally stopped. It looks like having Melinda May hooking up with Grant Ward really did the trick.
The show posted a 2.5 percent rating in the 18 to 49 demo on Tuesday, which means it actually ticked upward from the previous week's 2.4, Entertainment Weekly says. That's saying a lot, since it had been steadily dropping since premiering at an unreal 4.7. This week it even fended off an assault by the annual showing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on CBS, which won the night with a 3.0.
But forget all that technical ratings talk. The show itself really has gotten better. It started out with an A-Team with superheroes vibe, then sort of meandered around in comic book X-Files territory, but has lately really found its footing by creating some intrigue.The writers seem to have figured out your characters need to be more than comic book tropes to be engaging, so everyone has suddenly gotten a lot more complex.Full Story