The Feed

Sean Daly, Michelle Stark and Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Stephen Colbert will be on 'Late Show' with David Letterman next week

Colbert.

Comedy Central

Colbert.

CBS announced today that forthcoming Late Night host Stephen Colbert will sit down with current Late Night host David Letterman this week as a guest on the show. Gee, what ever will they talk about?

It'll be interesting to see whether Colbert shows up as his character "Stephen Colbert" or as himself, the guy who will be taking over Dave's show next year. It was announced last week that Colbert is replacing Letterman when Dave retires in 2015 after three decades as a late-night host. For what it's worth, we're obsessed with these glimpses at the "real" Colbert, which are being unearthed all over the Internet after last week's announcement.

And if you haven't seen it, check out Colbert's spot about Letterman's retirement on his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report: "I gotta tell you, I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair. Folks, those are some huge shoes to fill and some really big pants."

The Colbert Report
Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive

Full Story

D is for Draper: Jon Hamm feels 'guilty' on Sesame Street

PBS

Although things are getting mighty chilly for Mad Men's Don Draper, actor Jon Hamm is in a far warmer place these days: Sesame Street! And with a rockin' manly beard, to boot! In what could be the cutest video of all time, the 43-year-old actor helps furry Murray with his "emotions," including what it looks like to feel guilty, which Hamm has had seven seasons of Mad Men to perfect. 

Full Story

Interview: Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton talk 'Fargo'

Billy Bob Thornton

FX

Billy Bob Thornton

FX had a tricky task when it set about creating its new series, Fargo: craft something in the same dark-comedy vein as the Coen brothers' 1996 movie while also creating a work that stands on its own.

The show, premiering 10 p.m. tonight on FX, seems to have pulled off something impressive, especially with the spot-on casting of Martin Freeman as pathetic sap Lester Nygaard and Billy Bob Thornton as drifter Lorne Malvo. That's what really sets Fargo apart.

We spoke to the actors via a conference call last week, and they were both confident that Fargo is its own creation. Click here for their thoughts on that, and for more excerpts about everything from Minnesota accents to how they approached the characters.

Full Story

Review: FX's superb 'Fargo' adaptation stands on its own

Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in 'Fargo'.

FX

Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in 'Fargo'.

Well, looks like we found our new favorite show: FX's Fargo. Yes, the drama debuting Tuesday is an adaptation of the Coen brothers' 1996 black comedy, but it more than stands on its own as a compelling creative work. It does a tremendous job re-creating the movie’s tone, that foreboding dread and Minnesota friendliness, but it builds on that with surprising writing, memorable original characters and some dynamite acting. Leads Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton in particular turn in some fascinating performances.

Click here for our full review of Fargo. The show debuts 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX. Trust me, you don't want to miss it.

 

Full Story

'Mad Men' Season 7 premiere: Don, Peggy, Roger keep hangin' on — barely

Oh, Peggy. Chin up, kid!

AMC

Oh, Peggy. Chin up, kid!

Grab a cigar and pour yourself an Old Fashioned. Each week, Times TV mavens Michelle Stark -- a young go-getter in the Peggy Olson mold -- and Sean Daly -- the Roger Sterling-esque, smiling-through-the-chaos smartaleck -- will vigorously debate Sunday night's episode of Mad Men

Amid all the zombies and Scandals on right now, it’s easy to forget that Mad Men is still the reigning champ of quality TV. And Sunday night’s premiere was a great, if teasing, Mad Men episode, one that actually has us pumped for this final season (not a given, considering how morose and frustrating last season could be). Oh, sure, the episode was still dreadfully depressing at times (what's up with Don shivering on the icy balcony?), but the buzz of a new decade on the horizon, of change, gave it an exciting energy. Judging by President Nixon's inauguration speech, it looks like we're in January 1969 now, which means this last season will likely span the entire final year of the '60s. More thoughts on the season 7 premiere, Time Zones

  …

Full Story

What to watch this week: 'Scandal' season finale, 'Orphan Black' premiere, 'Silicon Valley'

Tatiana Maslany in 'Orphan Black'.

BBC America

Tatiana Maslany in 'Orphan Black'.

Scandal heads to an explosive season 3 finale, Parenthood revives a character we thought would never appear again, and New Girl attempts to deal with life after 'Nick and Jess'. Plus, Tatiana Maslany resumes one of TV's most impressive performances when Orphan Black returns!

Click here for the full list of this week's top TV picks.

Full Story

Keep an eye on these buzzy shows premiering in April

HBO's new show Silicon Valley is a hilarious send-up of techie culture.

HBO

HBO's new show Silicon Valley is a hilarious send-up of techie culture.

In honor of Mad Men returning Sunday, we rounded up six other shows that should definitely be on your watch list this month. Okay, and one that's not out till May, but it's so good we had to include it.

Click here for the full list.

Full Story

Preview: 'Mad Men' season 7 premieres Sunday - a look at where it's headed

Don and Megan are up to new things in Sunday's 'Mad Men' premiere.

AMC

Don and Megan are up to new things in Sunday's 'Mad Men' premiere.

Mad Men definitely seems to be swinging into a new era for its final season, which starts Sunday on AMC with seven episodes this year and the final seven airing in 2015. Filled with fab fashions and a groovy color palette, the premiere is a showcase for all our major characters. Pete, Peggy, Joan, Roger - we get a chance to see what they're all up to, and some of it is not what you'd expect. That goes for Don Draper, too, who seems poised for a change as everyone gets closer to a new decade. As one character says in the episode's first few moments: "This is the beginning of something."

Click here to read our Mad Men preview. (Don't worry, no big spoilers ahead.)

Full Story

Recap: 'Scandal' heads to an explosive season 3 finale

ABC

It's time for some tough talk, Scandal. Ready?

I'm getting bored.

How much Olivia-Fitz back-and-forth can a viewer handle? How many more B613 agents can we keep track of? How many Russians does it take for us to actually care about the Mama Pope plot?

Scandal's shortened third season ends next Thursday, and while this season has contained some of the best moments of the series, it's also been one of the most convoluted and repetitive - and easier to lose interest in. Our advice for season 4? Get back to two or three major plot lines, and throw in some Case of the Week episodes.

The end of this episode (more interesting at least than last week's snoozefest) sets us up for a big, EXPLOSIVE (had to) finale, and we're actually on board with that. Wipe out a handful of characters, Scandal, and clear the slate. Also: Don't you dare kill Papa Pope!

In the spirit of envisioning a better show for season 4, here's our advice for what to keep/lose.

Don't care about anymore:

Still care about/want to see more of:

 

Full Story

Breaking News: Colbert picked to replace Letterman

Well that was fast. Just days after David Letterman shocked fans and even family with his decision to retire from the Late Show in 2015, CBS has announced that Comedy Central satire king Stephen Colbert will take the desk when Dave departs.

Exactly a week after David Letterman announced his plans to retire, CBS anounced that Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of The Colbert Report, will succeed Letterman.

"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement Thursday. "David Letterman's legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today's announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night."

Colbert said in a statement "Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead." He added: "I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

Full Story

Why Colbert was picked to replace Letterman

Now that we have digested the news that another white guy has been picked to helm a network late-night talk show, we will steal one of the Colbert Report's signature bits "Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger" to mull why Stephen Colbert has been picked to replace David Letterman on the Late Show. Read it here.

Full Story

Let the judging begin! Extreme parenting as a reality show

In August of 2013, this group of kids were given free range to explore their neighborhood. (Seriously, this is a big deal to some parents) Jewely Smith, 10, counts money that she and her friends, left to right, Morissey Montgomery, 7, Josie Smith, 7, and Asher Montgomery, 9, found hidden in a palm tree after following directions to a hidden treasure.  CAROLINA HIDALGO | Times (2013)

In August of 2013, this group of kids were given free range to explore their neighborhood. (Seriously, this is a big deal to some parents) Jewely Smith, 10, counts money that she and her friends, left to right, Morissey Montgomery, 7, Josie Smith, 7, and Asher Montgomery, 9, found hidden in a palm tree after following directions to a hidden treasure. CAROLINA HIDALGO | Times (2013)

Bravo just released news of its many reality series coming soon to the cable channel but the one that caught my eye was Extreme Guide to Parenting premiering in July.

Having been one of the mom bloggers on TampaBay.com's now-defunct Whoa Momma! parenting blog, I can tell you that judging a person's parenting choices have become a popular spectator sport.

This reality show aims for the heart of the mommy wars:
"From spoiling and severe punishments to helicopter and new age methods, this is parenting at its most extreme.  Each episode gives a candid look at two different households with very unique styles of raising their children – and each family strongly believes their methods are superior."

Oh yeah, let the judging begin!

Each episode promises to feature two different families who practice very different parenting techniques. They've lined up all of the usual suspects: attachment parents who breast-feed past the age of 4, the free-rangers like this mom who let their kids wander at will, competitive Tiger moms, helicopter parents and more.

We get to smugly judge them all. But should we? …

Full Story

Tours bring 'Walking Dead' and 'The Voice' to Tampa

As our colleague Steve Persall reports here, pop exploitation, like zombies, simply won’t die.So that means fans of The Walking Dead can now pay $150 to act like an undead VIP. And while it would be awesome if the audience had chairs that swiveled around, The Voice has just announced plans for a 31-date tour that will hit Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts on June 25.

The Walking Dead Escape, an immersive obstacle course cashing in on AMC’s popular series, comes to the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome on May 10. Get details here. It's a bit pricey and it sounds like it's more fun to be a “Walker” ($75) where you will get professional makeup and terrorize the runners, than it will be to be a  “Survivor” ($65) who has to run the gauntlet.

As Steve notes, "Timid or out-of-shape souls may choose to be spectators ($20)." 

The pricier VIP package includes the option to run the course twice, as both a Walker and a Survivor, plus a T-shirt, a lounging area and behind-the-scenes access. Tickets  are available at thewalkingdeadescape.com . …

Full Story

Sisaundra Lewis from Polk County is going to the live shows on 'The Voice' (with video)

Sisaundra Lewis

NBC

Sisaundra Lewis

This season of The Voice has been good to the Tampa Bay area. First there was Jake Barker, the 28-year-old St. Petersburg native on Adam Levine's team who made it past the Battle Rounds on Monday night and will find out next week whether he continues to the live shows.

Then, Team Blake's Sisaundra Lewis from Polk County made it past Tuesday's playoffs premiere. She's going to the live shows as part of the top 12 singers in the competition. And we have a good feeling she's going to be around for a while.

See, the thing about Lewis is she's one of the best singers The Voice has ever had, with the kind of voice that makes you wonder why she isn't already a huge star. Like one of the show's other greatest singers, season 4's Judith Hill, who was a backup singer for Michael Jackson, Lewis toured with Celine Dion for a couple years. She can sing anything. She also has a great attitude and an elegance about her that is so appealing. We have a real hard time seeing how she's not going to make it to the finals, and possibly take the whole thing. …

Full Story

St. Petersburg's Jake Barker advances to the playoffs on 'The Voice'

Jake Barker won his Battle Round last night over Brittnee Camelle.

NBC

Jake Barker won his Battle Round last night over Brittnee Camelle.

Bartender and Justin Timberlake doppelganger Jake Barker has made it past the Battle Rounds on The Voice and made it to the playoffs. The St. Petersburg native, 28, was stolen by Adam Levine after Usher let Barker go from his team, and he competed for Team Adam last night.

Adam paired Barker with Brittnee Camelle, and they boldly chose to sing one of Usher's songs, Climax. The falsetto-filled jam ended up working in Barker's favor, showing off his ability to sing really high and still sound pretty good. The Timberlake-ness was out in full force.

So now Barker heads to the playoffs, which start next week with the top 20 artists. If he makes it through that round, he'll join the 12 remaining singers in the live shows. Watch Barker's Battle Round performance below.

Full Story