Little FX cartoon breaking big
All at once, Hollywood has discovered a little FX cartoon about a big idiot. According to this Huffington Post report, the two-part finale to "Archer's" upcoming third season will guest star the hugely breaking Bryan Cranston.
"Breaking Bad's" Walter White will travel to space to investigate the benefits of manufacturing blue meth in zero gravity.
Just kidding. Cranston will play Commander Drake, an "earnest, conscientious astronaut" attempting to thwart a mutiny aboard the International Space Station, according to series creator Adam Reed.
If you're later to the bandwagon than even Hollywood, "Archer" is a hilariously politically incorrect comedy about a thick, selfish and womanizing secret agent with mommy issues, who will do whatever it takes to get the job done except work.
In addition to Cranston, Reed told HuffPo the upcoming season will also feature "30 Rock's" smiley-faced Jack McBrayer ,"The Walking Dead's" zombiephobic Michael Rooker and the indescribable Burt Reynolds, who voices himself in "Archer's" season premiere.
Season 3 of "Archer" premieres Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
'Mad Men' network is retooling classic mob flick as possible weekly drama
FOX's breakout comedy got scheduled for later viewing more than any show last season
In laymen's terms, the achievement can be looked at in one of two ways: Either "New Girl" fans have a unilaterally crowded social schedule on Tuesday nights, or it doesn't resonate as "appointment viewing" -- à la prestigious (but generally less eyeballed) critical darlings like "Breaking Bad" and "Parks and Recreation." Either way, a lot of people are watching, regardless of when they find time in their schedules.
As the body count jumps, the fearful foursome gets one step closer to discovering A's true identity
Last week on “Pretty Little Liars,” the fearful foursome found A’s phone – and that could mean that they’d finally learn who A is. And maybe so would we?
Alas, Monday night’s episode left us hanging. Again. But there was some well-placed intrigue on other fronts.
Despite Hanna’s protestations, the girls rushed to Caleb’s so he could break into the locked phone. After wondering why Emily smelled like mulch, Caleb managed to unlock the evidence, but it’s owner shut it down remotely. Which meant Caleb scored a few files, but they could be corrupted. Foiled again!
Anyway, the girls had a lot of other stuff going on.
Aria’s parents had her on lockdown – even instituting a dress code – after finding out about her and Ezra. Her dad decided to confront him and things got worse, because Ezra wasn’t willing to say he’d never see her again. But mom Ella didn’t want to press charges because she didn’t want to make Aria’s life even harder.
Hanna’s evil step-sister Kate was moving to Rosewood. And now that Caleb was in on the phone business, he wanted to know what the girls were hiding. “So when do I get inducted into the secret society,” Caleb asked her. “Somebody doesn’t trust me.”
Toby wouldn’t let Spencer ditch him – and she had to admit that she really missed him, too. Cue make-out session in the pick up truck. But it was interrupted by Officer Garrett swinging by to see Jenna, but he never got in the front door. Instead, he argued with her, quite loudly, on the phone about the mistake they made by bringing “him” into the situation. Hmmm, mysterious. Could “he” be A?
Spencer thought “he” must be Jason DeLaurentis, who’d been MIA for a few weeks, so she decided to go snoop around his house. She texted Hanna, who was still mad at her, so she figured if Spencer would offer up her lake house for Caleb’s surprise birthday party. Game on.
Emily bailed on a make-up test and had to do extra community service at a crisis hotline, where she ran through a practice call – a transcript of one that came through the night before – with the training coach. It was from someone upset losing something important, something they’d be punished for. Could it have been A? The coach wouldn’t tell Emily anything else about the caller, but she stole the transcript to share it with the girls, who were shocked.
In other news, Caleb cracked one of the files – and it was CREEPY. It was four little dolls, sitting on a shelf. Caleb was still irritated with Hanna for keeping secrets – and he didn’t even know about the surprise party.
Later, at the crisis center, Emily and Spencer – who strategically volunteered to work there – listened in as their stressed out stalker called again and told the counselor there was only one way out. Oddly, the caller sounded very much like Hanna’s pal Lucas. Tun tun tun.
The girls told Hanna, but she wasn’t buying it. “Lucas hated Alison just as much as Jenna did,” Spencer reminded her. But she countered every piece of evidence the girls offered up. “Leave it alone,” she warned them. “He’s too easy of a target.”
Aria called Ezra from a borrowed phone, but he told her not to call him anymore. Could they really be over?
Toby watched his step-sister Jenna get into a town car to head to Boston for an eye operation just as Officer Garrett pulled up. He told Toby that they were on the outs, that Jenna was bailing on him, but that he’d always be there for her.
Party time. Spencer went up to the attic at the lake house to find some tiki torches. But naturally, she found the exact shelf that those dolls were perched on instead. That meant “A” had been up there. And just as she realized that, Lucas showed up, looking for tools. You know, for the party.
Aria’s parents took her out for dinner, and Ezra happened to be at the restaurant, so they forced her to go somewhere else. But then they ran into an old friend and his hottie son, Holden. Perhaps Aria wouldn’t have to mourn her relationship with Ezra for long. But then Aria called Ezra again to tell him that maybe his mom would come around. Not likely Aria. Time to move on.
Just as Emily was about to leave the crisis center for the party, she got the call – it was Lucas, again. He said he’d made a decision. “It’s so hard seeing her face and knowing that I’m about to lose her forever,” he said. Emily raced to the house, where she found Lucas pondering the cake. “Caleb’s a really lucky guy,” he said. She asked him not to do anything he’d regret.
Emily found Spencer to tell her about Lucas, but they were too late. Hanna went with Lucas to the pier across the lake, alone, in a boat, in the dark. He stopped rowing in the middle of the lake, which really freaked Hanna out. Just as he was about to do something creepy, she took a row and knocked him out of the boat and into the lake, then accidentally tipped herself over into it, too.
As partygoers gathered on the lakefront, Hanna swam to shore. But no sign of Lucas. That’s when Caleb finally showed up. Surprise indeed.
Here's a sneak peek from next week's all-new "Pretty Little Liars."
"Pretty Little Liars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
J.J. Abrams and FOX brass confess that fan-fave series could be too costly
'One Life to Live' says goodbye, 'Today' celebrates 60
Schedules subject to change. Original airdate and repeat notation provided when available.
Mon: "I Cloned My Pet" star
Tues: "Dance Moms" castmembers, Dr. Jan Garavaglia on Casey Anthony
Wed Kathie Lee & Hoda
Thurs: Suze Orman
Fri: Women in love with prisoners
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Mark Wahlberg, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, guest co-host Reggie Bush
Tue: Kate Beckinsale, Laura Prepon, guest co-host Carl Edwards
Wed: Jane Krakowski, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Melina Jampolis, guest co-host Boomer Esiason
Thurs: Dolly Parton, Miranda Cosgrove, Dr. Wendy Bazilian, guest co-host Jesse Palmer
Fri: Lana Parrilla, Common, guest co-host Apolo Anton Ohno
Bing: Watch clips and episodes of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Kelly Osbourne, Nolan Gould; Gavin DeGraw performs
Tues: Woody Harrelson, Joshua Jackson; The Wanted performs
Wed: James Spader, Jeremy Irvine,
Thurs: Meryl Streep, Ricky Gervais, Snow Patrol
Fri: Queen Latifah, Kenneth Branagh
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: Grocery shopping tips, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Cheese Monger Steve Jenkins
Wed: Megan Meany, Viewer Q&A
Thurs: Jenn Falik, chef David Burke
Fri: "Rachael vs. Guy" viewer cookoff, Chris Powell
Mon: Kaley Cuoco, Paul Bartolotta
Tues: The cast of the new CBS comedy "Rob"
Wed: Wendie Malick, Dr. Peter Weiss
Thurs: Isaac Mizrahi, Lorrie Sullenberger
Fri: William H. Macy, David Zincenko
Mon (7-10 a.m.): Jennifer Hudson, Mark Wahlberg, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott on Today
Tues (7-9 a.m.): Laura Prepon, Tina Fey & Jane Krakowski, (10-11 a.m.): Camille Grammer
Wed (7-10 a.m.): Martha Stewart, Wild animals, Mally Roncal, Chef Zane (10-11 a.m.): Laura Prepon
Thurs (7-9 a.m.): Queen Latifah & Dolly Parton, Chris Kimball, Josh Lucas (9-11 a.m.): Tiffani Thiessen, Bobbie Thomas, Josh Lucas
Fri (7-9 a.m.): past "Today" anchors Meredith Vieira, Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley, Barbara Walters, Hugh Downs, Jim Hartz, Deborah Norville and more return for an anniversary celebration
Mon: Roxanna Green
Tues: Keira Knightley, Ty Pennington & Dr. Jennifer Ashton
Wed: Suze Orman
Thurs: Donnie Wahlberg
Fri: Erika Slezak guest hosts a salute to "One Life to Live" with Agnes Nixon, Judith Light, Robin Strasser, Kassie DePaiva, Jim DePaiva, Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Brandy Norwood, Pooch, Hosea and Coby
Tues: Wendy Raquel Robinson and Tia Mowry
Wed: Camille Grammer
Thurs: KeKe Palmer
'Chuck' wraps up, '30 Rock' double-dips and 'Saving Hope' arrives stateside
Ain't no party like an NBC party, and the NBC party don't ... you get the idea. The venerable Peacock Network is doing a whole lot of movin' and shakin' this January to help keep a grip against stiff, largely unscripted competition from the remaining "big four" networks.
Here's just a few tidbits of what viewers can expect as we lunge into the winter season:
- "Chuck" is zeroing in on its two-part Friday, Jan. 27, finale. "Chuck Versus Sarah" and its sibling episode, "Chuck Versus the Goodbye," will center around the spy comedy's titular unlikely hero facing down his ultimate enemy, Nicholas Quinn (guest star Angus Macfayden). Fansite ChuckTV additionally reports that we can anticipate some of the action to take place way up in the skies.
- Meanwhile, Futon Critic shares the news that the sixth season of "30 Rock" (which TV Buzz previewed here) will unleash two of its new half-hours back-to-back on January 26, in lieu of "The Office" taking a week-long siesta. The first of those eps, "Idiots Are People Three!" will boast appearances by Will Arnett, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden and Denise Richards.
- Lastly, NBC hopes to resuscitate its stronghold on the medical-drama genre by importing Canadian series "Saving Hope." The show currently airs on Toronto's CTV and stars Michael Shanks ("Stargate SG-1") as a chief of surgery besieged by his own illness, and Erica Durance ("Smallville") as his traumatized wife. "Hope" has been seeking a U.S. buyer, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, they've found their suitor in NBC. Hopefully for them, it's a match in ratings heaven.
Damon and Stefan finally join forces -- but the baddie bloodsucker still has a thing for his brother's girl
When we last left our not-so-merry band of vamps and werewolves in Mystic Falls, they were doing a takedown on Klaus, his long-estranged papa and his his hoity-toity but in the end just-wanna-be-a-real-teen sister Rebecca.
This week, as “Vampire Diaries” returned with its winter premiere, we were still chasing Klaus, so to speak. But this time it was in Bonnie’s dreams. Hmmm…with all the news that he’s about to score a love interest, the two could make a very sizzling combo, no?
Elena, in the meantime, was being chased by demons of her own – in the form of a handsome stranger that looked startlingly like Klaus. Stefan, though, was no where to be found. “He betrayed us, Bonnie,” she said. “The Stefan we know is gone.” Which is fine, really, since lately she's been getting more and more into his badass bloodsucker bro Damon.
Drunk Damon was still around, and still clinging to Alaric in some demented bromance. They were at the bar, waiting for Jeremy, who was too busy “getting drunk and shooting stuff” with Tyler. Later, he brought Klaus’s sired hybrid to dinner, much to Elena and Alaric’s chagrin. “He’s dangerous,” they warned. Tyler explained to them that he felt he owed Klaus from releasing him from a curse – but he insisted that he could still make his own decisions.
Over secrets and (vervain-spiked) scotch -- shared loathing of Stefan -- Klaus reminded Damon that his sister and the rest of his clan-in-coffins were still MIA. But Damon wasn’t really playing nice, so Klaus once again resorted to violence. He compelled Jeremy, who took off his life-saving ring and stood in front of a speeding car (driven by Klaus’s new minion Tony). Luckily, Alaric (still wearing his life-saving ring) pushed him out of the way.
Bonnie went solo to that decrepit old house she was always drawn to – the one where all the witches died – and she found Stefan right on her heels, looking for help in hiding Klaus’s kin. She told Elena, who got there post-haste. She told Stefan that he had to turn over Klaus’s kin, before someone else got hurt. “Not really my problem,” Stefan said, right before she slapped him. So Damon stepped up. “You go deal with your brother, I’ll deal with mine.”
“Nothings ever easy with you, is it?” he asked Stefan before staking him.
Then he finally got what he wanted out of him – a confession. “I did it to save you,” Stefan said. “If Klaus died, his hybrids would kill you.”
To which Damon said, “When are you going to get it? Stop saving me!”
Then Damon demanded to be let in on the mission: “If you’re going to go after Klaus, you’re going to have to be cutthroat and devious, and I am so much better than you at that.”
So Stefan let him on the secret – those long-dead witches were hiding the coffins with a spell, so even if Klaus showed, he wouldn’t see them there.
When Jeremy went to confront Tyler about his involvement, Tyler warned him to hide because Klaus wasn’t done with him. Or Alaric, either. When Alaric finally awoke, he wasn’t healed – and his ring was missing. Klaus’s minion Tony showed up again and offered to save him with his vampire blood. But then Jeremy staked the minion and cut off his head.
Later, Alaric walked out of the hospital – after meeting hottie nurse Meredith Fell – without a scratch, thanks to Damon’s blood. Jeremy picked him up from the hospital, but he was done dealing with the drama.
To spare Jeremy, Elena turned Rebecca over to Klaus. But she still wouldn’t turn over Stefan, so he reminded her that she had no shortage of loved ones he could hunt down. “Just so you know,” Elena told him, “I’m not the only one Rebecca wants dead. She knows what you did to your mother.” Which is probably why he didn’t de-stake her and bring her back to life.
Damon comforted Elena when she told him about Jeremy having to chop off Tony’s head – and then did something about it. He compelled Jeremy to leave Mystic Falls behind and never think twice about it. Eeeps! Yes, that means they just effectively wrote Jeremy off the show – at least for a little while.
In the end, as sexual tension hit a boiling point, Damon told Elena why Stefan did what he did. “If I’m going to feel guilty about something, I’m going to feel guilty about this,” Damon said, before finally kissing her.
Ack! Just when we thought the brothers might finally get along! What did you think of the "Vampire Diaries" winter premiere? And as always, where's Caroline?
"Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 8 ET/PT on the CW.