Has the 'Friends' curse lifted?
NBC is renewing its friendship with Matthew Perry. According to Deadline.com, the network has picked up 13 episodes of the former "Friends" star's latest sitcom. In "Go On," the report says, Perry will play a Chandler-esque sportscaster who, "trying to move on from a loss, finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory support group."
After the "Friends" finale in 2004, four of the six cast members tried to re-establish themselves on television and failed. (Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer couldn't fail because they didn't try.) Perry fumbled two prime- time chances: NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" in 2006 and ABC's "Mr. Sunshine" last year.
So what's different this time? Was NBC really that floored by the script? The acting?
Perhaps. But, just as likely, Perry has Courteney Cox to thank. In February, her "Cougar Town" broke the "'Friends' curse" by becoming the first TV show headlined by a former cast member to reach its third season.
'American Housewife' gets the early ax
Sometimes, OK-ing pilots can be TV's own little game of Russian roulette.
As it turns out, Lifetime had a silver bullet in the chamber with "The Client List," one that may have mortally wounded other series in development.
The man who first breathed life into the iconic '60s vampire Barnabas has died
With Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" set to premiere on the big screen in May, the actor who played the original Barnabas Collins, Jonathan Frid, has passed. The 87-year-old star of the Gothic '60s soap opera died Friday, April 13, and Johnny Depp, who is both a fan and the new Barnabas, has spoken out.
"Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch Dark Shadows,’” Depp said in a statement. "His elegance and grace was an inspiration then and will continue to remain one forever more.
"When I had the honor to finally meet him, as he so generously passed the torch of Barnabas to me, he was as elegant and magical as I had always imagined. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. The world has lost a true original."
Frid's "Dark Shadows" costar Kathryn Leigh Scott also spoke out about his passing. She and Frid make cameos in the upcoming big screen remake, sharing the screen with Depp when Barnabas hits a party. For soap fans everywhere, it seems like a fitting final appearance for Frid, who trained at Yale School of Drama and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and embraced his status as a campy cult icon.
Frid was remembered by family and friends on April 18, which happened to be the 45th Anniversary of his first appearance on "Dark Shadows."
As is often the case with popular soap opera heroes and villains, Barnabas was intended to be a short term character when he came onto the "Dark Shadows" scene, but quickly turned into a fan fave. The tortured and sympathetic vamp didn’t just become the central character, but his popularity also saved the series from cancellation.
Lots of blood and lust this week as Delena drama develops and Alaric's dark side is revisited!
On the “Vampire Diaries,” when we last left Mystic Falls, Alaric’s highly uncooperative alter ego was still a vampire-hating serial killer – and he’d hidden the final white oak wood stake that could kill the Originals. And every vampire created from their bloodlines, too.
- The whole ring thing was clearly problematic, so Elena and Damon were Colorado-bound to find Jeremy, who wore the other murderous rage-inducing piece. Plus, Stefan wanted Elena to “resolve” her feelings for Damon, one way or the other. So there was a lot at stake, so to speak, on this trip. Yes, pun intended.
- When they got to J, he wasn’t quite buying the whole “we need you to talk to the dead vampire Rose” story that Damon and Elena fed him. But he didn’t have time to probe – Original Cole showed up and tried to attack Damon, but Damon maimed him with a wooden baseball bat. Apparently, Cole had befriended Jeremy without telling him he was an Original.
- Meanwhile, at school, Caroline was planning the decade dance – and Rebecca tried to horn in on her decision-making. Caroline voted ‘70s, while Rebecca wanted to go all flapper-style. And Matt voted for the ‘20s, too. What gives? Rebecca wanted to know what he was up to. “It’s sad that you can’t get a ride home from school without thinking there’s some ulterior motive,” he said.
- Well, actually, Matt’s interest in Rebecca was all (or mostly, at least) a rouse to keep the Original mean girl busy while Caroline went on her own secret mission – to find Tyler. Cue the make-up sex. Tyler told her felt “freer” from Klaus. Then Caroline told about the bloodline thing – how all the vampires created from that bloodline died with the Original. So if they killed Klaus, they killed Tyler. “But Damon doesn’t care,” she warned him. In the meantime, he came home with her. He found Klaus’s drawing. “Does Klaus have a thing for you or something?” he asked. “Why’d you keep this?” Just when they were connecting again, it all fell apart.
- At the Original mansion, Original witch Esther was waiting for her daughter. “Give me one reason not to kill you now,” Rebecca said. Esther’s response: “I’m dying.” She’d been drawing power from the Bennett bloodline, but the connection had been broken. She told Rebecca that she’d been watching over her for 1000 years. “No one should live that long,” she said. To which Rebecca responded: “But I haven’t lived at all.” Esther apologized. And then she died.
- At some boondock motel – with nice mountain views – Jeremy called on Rose. She said that she was sired by a Mary Porter. “Scary Mary,” Damon scoffed. While Jeremy slept, Damon and Elena talked. “Why don’t you let people see the good in you?” she asked. “Because when people see good, they expect good,” he said. “I don’t want to have to live up to anyone’s expectations.” Then he took her hand, at which point she left to get some air. And some space. But Damon followed. “Don’t,” she said. But there was no resisting.
- They only stopped because Jeremy showed up to tell them Rose had found Mary in Kansas. Road trip time. Jeremy was not happy about his traveling companions’ newfound love connection, but it was time to hunt down “Scary Mary, really old, super-creepy.” And a previous hook-up. They did find Mary. And she was scary. And dead. Cole had already gotten to her. “She was a bit of an Original groupie,” Cole said. “I know you wanted to find out where you descended from. Now you never will.” Then he proceeded to beat Damon to a pulp with a metal baseball bat.
- Stefan kept watch over Alaric, who still blamed himself for unleashing that maniac killer. But while Stefan was all “it’s not your fault,” Klaus wasn’t as forgiving. He wanted that stake – and he knocked Alaric dead. But don’t worry, he was wearing his immortality ring. So he laid their dead for half the night as Stefan read Moby Dick. When he awoke, Alaric suggested Stefan try to kill him – sans ring – and hoped his alter ego didn’t have a death wish. So Stefan attacked, drawing a lot of blood. But he was worried he wouldn’t be able to resist. He attacked again. And there he was, the evil Alaric. “You’re so weak,” he told Stefan. “One of nature’s most hideous creatures and you can’t even get that right.”
- But it wasn’t just evil Alaric. It was something far more sinister. “You’re all going to burn,” he said. “Ashes to dust.” But this thing did self-preserve – he told Stefan the white oak stake was in the cave, where no vampire could get it. Klaus and Rebecca were waiting for word outside. Rebecca took Alaric to the caves to get the stake or die. Klaus, meanwhile, taunted Stefan, beckoning his Ripper alter ego to come out and play. But Stefan told him to kill him or get out.
- Damon asked Elena what she really wanted. Elena said she was confused and he was destructive. But he wasn’t letting her off that easy. Tense silence in the car as the rain poured out. Jeremy watched the two of them sulk. But then Rose spilled: “You don’t see what I see,” she said. “It’s not that she makes him a better person. She does. But he changes her, too. Damon challenges her. Surprises her. He makes her question her life, beliefs. Damon is either the best thing for her, or the worst.” Jeremy pondered this as Rose disappeared.
- At the cave, Alaric got the white oak stake. But then he stayed inside, where Rebecca couldn’t get in. “There’s only one stake out there,” he said, “which means only one Original has to die. Help me and I’ll make sure it’s not you.” Then Rebecca stepped forward – right into cave. “But you see,” she said, “I don’t want one Original to die. I want them all to die. Mine name is Esther. And we have a great deal in common.”
Future talk show host also discusses Sarah Palin, Matt Lauer's new paycheck and more
With ABC's "Katie" set to launch in September, Couric is re-connecting with daytime audiences. Soap opera fans cheered when she stood up for "General Hospital," and her week co-hosting "GMA" is still making news. She even landed face time with NBC daytime fans on the 60th Anniversary episode of "Today," back in January.
Couric reached beyond the dueling networks Wednesday to share a few laughs with "The Wendy Williams Show" fans. After showing off her biceps and making a spin class date with Williams, Couric revealed she's looking to mix business with pleasure on "Katie."
"I was very honored to do the 'CBS Evening News,' but it was a little regimented for me. I just want to have a show where I can be serious sometimes, but also have a lot of fun and be engaging and just be who I am," Couric told Williams. "You're going to see a lot of Fun Katie!"
When "Katie" does get serious, Couric says, "I want to tackles some tough subjects, like how technology is impacting our relationships and maybe how it's affecting our kids when they're glued to those computers 24/7. And just a lot of different things I think people want to talk about, hear about, get some guidance about."
"Katie" guests will be "interesting people who are doing interesting things," which is sure to include celebs and notables.
Couric would even welcome Sarah Palin. "If she would like to come, I would be happy to have her," Couric said. "I think it's been portrayed that it's like a mano a mano – or womano a womano – with the two of us. I have nothing against her, at all. I did my job. I asked questions I would ask any candidate. And there you have it."
As for her former co-host Matt Lauer's reportedly $25 million paycheck? "That's some nice cabbage, as they say," Couric quipped. "Matt and are I good friends and listen. He's a great person. A lot of things get printed that aren't true. All I know is he's a very very valuable member of that team. Matt feels a lot of loyalty to the show, which I admire and respect. He feels like he's the caretaker and wants to be there for the show when the show needs him."
In the clip above, the former "Today" co-host also reflects on her "divided loyalties" during her guest hosting stint at "GMA," what it was like getting back into the morning news for a week and more.
"The Wendy Williams Show" airs weekdays in syndication and at midnight on BET.
Ryan Murphy confirms change of scenery for Season 2, reveals more character info
'The X Factor' battle comes to 'The Talk'
The allegation that has Osbourne riled up is that she left British “The X Factor" because of Cowell's romance with Dannii Minogue.
"I couldn't care if he was having sex with … anything!" Osbourne sniffed in "The Talk" clip above. "It's not my business... I'm not interested and that is not the reason that I left. I’m, like, pissed off because you’ve got a whole career to talk about… Why bring Mrs. O into your messing around?"
When co-host Julie Chen asked what Osbourne thought was going on in Cowell's head, Osbourne had no trouble coming up with ideas.
"He likes to glamorize. He likes attention. He loves all the publicity he's getting," she contends. "The thing is, nobody leaves Simon. He fires you. So when you leave of your own accord, he doesn't like that, because he's the power. He's the big fish."
"He's great, he's wonderful. I work for him [at "America's Got Talent"]. He'll probably fire me now, but I don't care. He doesn’t even like me, so why bring me into your book? I don't want to be in your book. I don't want to know about your fiddling with this one or that one. To me, when you have an autobiography, who cares who you have sex with?"
A few of "The Talk" co-hosts tittered that they do care. But Osbourne, who clearly has her own taste for publicity and is also currently promoting the return of "America's Got Talent," wasn't done. She took the tirade up a notch, attacking Cowell's manhood.
"I think he is a victim of small penis syndrome. He's wealthy, he's powerful, he's creative, he's got everything, but you can't buy the goods."
"The Talk" airs weekdays on CBS.
Fearless seniors offer up more hilarious pranks on the younger generation
Recently named the most liked Hollywood celebrity for the second straight year, seven-time Emmy Award winner Betty White brings her inimitable wit and charm to “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
This week, a sassy senior takes matters into his own hands when he doesn’t like the music played by a street performer, a patient in an ambulance tries to make a daring escape, and a woman at the grocery boldly takes things from the shopping carts of others. Other pranks include a gassy man who isn’t welcomed on a shopping mall bench, and a tired senior who falls asleep at the wheel while riding his electric scooter. As star of the series, the delightful Betty White shares her comical pearls of wisdom and stars in engaging and funny sketches between the pranks.
“Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.