Holzhauer joined Ken Jennings on Tuesday night in becoming the second player to cross the $1 million mark. He also is now in fourth place in all-time Jeopardy! wins. But according to Daniel D'Addario, Holzhauer's domination is bad for the game. "If every episode is a blowout in which two of three contestants are basically never competitive, does that not grow uninteresting over time?" he asks, pointing out that there is a "show" aspect to game shows. "Holzhauer’s run is a thrilling achievement, and deadly dull television," says D'Addario. "Jeopardy!’s inherent appeal is the story it tells of competition — comebacks, falls from the top, surprise reversals of fortune, all of which speak to the manner in which people respond under pressure. A person who has basically no response to pressure thanks to his demeanor and his professional experience is either perfect casting for a show like this, or, perhaps, a less-than-edifying companion through weeks and weeks of episodes that have lost a certain fundamental crisp interest. A steady march that goes the same way each episode evokes not the heady cut-and-thrust of a game well played but the dreary awareness that a game show, just like all other aspects of life in the late 2010s, can be optimized." ALSO: Does it matter if Holzhauer broke Jeopardy!?
“The cast is upset, it is a sad time and we are slowly healing,” Daniels tells Extra of Smollett's hate-crime controversy. He adds: “What I am learning right now is I can’t judge, that that judgment is for that man wearing that black coat with gavel and God. I can only support him because he is like my son, he is my son, so I am with him, I can only support him and give him compassion.”
Each 60-minute episode of How to Rob a Bank will tell a story of an "ordinary" person who became a bank robber, using personal testimony, reenactments and documentary footage of the actual crime scenes.
"The fact that Jon and Dany have always felt like two awkward kids flirting—and not like two leaders in love enough to make the kinds of sacrifices that, say, Sam and Gilly have for each other—is a major flaw of the show," says Courtney Sender, adding: This oversight has consequences for the series as a whole. Game of Thrones would be a different—and better—show if viewers could buy into this once-in-a-lifetime passion. The story would be a true tragedy, a tale of choosing between the person you love and everything else that matters—the politics, the wars, the tribalism, and the history. Why and how did the show miss its chance to invest viewers in the only ongoing romance that could have repercussions for the whole Thrones universe?"
It wasn't just Arya's sex scene that made her seem like a normal teenager. Her interactions on Sunday's episode with The Hound and Beric Dondarrion, both of whom had been on her kill list, were signs that she was maturing. "In other words, she regained her soul—or, if you prefer, stopped being such a know-it-all teenage sh*t, with the black-and-white ethics to match," says Inkoo Kang. "Completing the kill list at this point of her character arc, in contrast, would feel like settling permanently into arrested development." Kang adds: "That’s why Arya’s no-frills seduction of Gendry was such a welcome detour. It was the first time in a long time that we got to see her be anything resembling a normal teenager. There were signs of the Arya we knew: She took charge of the situation, asserted herself as the physically dominant partner despite her diminutive stature, at one point pushing Gendry down on a stack of hay, then telling him to take off his pants....Her development into a wizard warrior was often fun to witness, but it was also a relief to see that she’s still able to explore the other sides of herself too. After watching so many other women learn the hard way that they must toughen up, it was fascinating to see Arya learn that she can soften herself, however fumblingly, without being any less powerful."
"Generally speaking, series that center the professional and personal lives of women of color are more plentiful, and presented with much more variety, than when Being Mary Jane first debuted (in 2013), and that’s meaningful progress," Melanie McFarland says of the BET series starring Gabrielle Union, which wrapped up with a two-hour movie on Tuesday night. Being Mary Jane's legacy, she says, lives on in shows like She’s Gotta Have It, How to Get Away with Murder and Insecure.
Following the outrage Michelle Wolf caused last year, this year's event isn't expected to grab headlines with historian Ron Chernow as the keynote speaker and the president not in attendance for the third straight year. The annual dinner had evolved from something exclusively broadcast on C-SPAN to a big TV event covered live on the cable news networks, thanks to the intersections of White House officials, celebrities and journalists. It had become an "embarrassment," says Margaret Sullivan. But thanks to Trump, the annual dinner is now irrelevant -- as it should be. "Trump is certainly no friend of the free press, but in his role as dinner-damper, he’s done journalists a huge favor," says Sullivan.
Last year, Sykes spoke out in support of Mo'Nique, who accused Netflix of low-balling her. Sykes acknowledged she also rejected the streaming service due to what she felt was low pay. But Sykes now has a Netflix special coming out, Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, on May 21. What changed her mind? “They moved that comma,” she said to Variety. “I had to step up and say something,” Sykes said of lending her support to Mo’Nique. “I also felt I was low-balled.”
The NBC dramedy worked with GLAAD for Sunday's episode, which Out magazine called “one of the best depictions of a coming out seen on TV in recent memory.” "We realized we had a really great opportunity to tell a story about a character who was gender non-conforming, but at the same time not necessarily have that be what leads the story,” said creator Jenna Bans.
"The illustrations of the majority of the Muslim women in Ramy’s life are focused on all the things they seemingly can’t do," says Shamira Ibrahim of Ramy Youssef's Hulu comedy. "These representations are divorced from reality; Muslim women are indeed varied and complicated, but portraying them as largely absent of agency, or somehow wholly separate from the temptations or crises that Ramy himself navigates, excludes them from the modern Millennial existence in a way that rings false. The lives of Muslim women aren’t exclusively dominated by forlorn conversations about potential suitors and their proclivities; women are mobilizing and advocating for their people in the face of rising oppression, breaking barriers in sports and modeling, and engaging in their day-to-day lives on their own terms. They are defining their identities in a world often committed to making them feel that they should be in despair. Ramy executes its male narratives with wit and precision. It’s unfortunate that, so far, the show fails to demonstrate that Muslim women’s stories can be more than a sympathetic canvas of unfulfilled dreams."
After Oswalt appeared in a campaign video for the Republican U.S. senator from Texas, Cornyn's campaign staff began dredging up the comedian's old profane tweets.
Hasbro is capitalizing on the Netflix show's love of D&D with "The Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set." ALSO: One Stranger Things video game died before it was even announced.
SNL alum Tim Robinson's new sketch series, featuring current and former Saturday Night Live stars, works because he's such an expert at sketch both in front of the camera and as a writer. "Another thing that makes this show work so well is its brevity," says Garrett Martin. "Each episode is about 18 minutes long. It’s long enough to make an impression, while also having a more leisurely pace than, say, an Adult Swim show that runs for 12 minutes. It also never drags on, though, and rarely has a bad sketch. It’s lean in the best way, and is the first time I’ve binged an entire show in one sitting and didn’t feel guilty about it." ALSO: Robinson explains why he uses so much bodily humor.
HBO is reteaming with Succession executive producer McKay on a potential drama series based on sports writer Jeff Pearlman's book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. Showtime will tell the behind-the-scenes story of the dominating 1980s L.A. Lakers and its five NBA championships, which were won with the help of head coach Pat Riley and perennial All-Stars Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Godzilla writer Max Borenstein, who was previously worked on one of the potential Game of Thrones prequels, penned the pilot script. "Jeff Pearlman's book and Max Borenstein's script of the story of the Showtime Lakers really knocked me over," McKay said in a statement. "Sexism, racism, tragedy, redemption, no-look passes and a giant cultural shift in America... I can’t wait to start filming."
Seehorn responded to Giancarlo Esposito's recent comments to Collider, suggesting the Breaking Bad spinoff would end with Season 6, suggesting that he may have been referring to comments made by co-creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan. "Peter and Vince have said things like, 'Wouldn't it be fun if this had the same number of episodes as Breaking Bad?'" Seehorn explained to TV Guide, noting that Breaking Bad ran for 62 episodes over five seasons, but with one season stretched out over two years. "But they said that with a grin, because I think sentimentally it's sweet to them to bookend (the shows) that way."
Ianniello has received an extension with a contract now running through Dec. 31. Vanity Fair reported earlier this month that CBS has been having trouble finding Les Moonves' successor. A new CEO was supposed to be named by the end of March. Ianniello was CBS COO when he was tapped to succeedMoonves on an interim basis, but he wasn't seriously considered for the permanent CEO role due to his close ties to his successor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS' move today "makes it all the more likely that Ianniello would be named the permanent CEO when his extended contract runs out on Dec. 31."
Neil recurred as Bella Heathcote's character's half-sister in Season 1.
Fuse Media, the millennial-focused music cable network, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after declaring itself $242 million in debt. Fuse is the largest independently owned cable television network in the United States. Fuse launched in 1994 as MuchMusic USA. It was rebranded "Fuse" in 2003.
The Counterpart alum joins Alden Ehrenreich on the USA adaptation of Aldous Huxley's groundbreaking 1932 novel.
The Family Guy creator and The Orville star was joined by Mila Kunis and Ted Danson at this afternoon's Hollywood Blvd ceremony.
The Amazon series is back for a new season on May 10.
TBS says Season 4 of the family travel comedy "finds The Parkers on a journey around the world searching for their runaway daughter, Delilah."
The Shazam! star, who recurred on Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, will emcee this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards on June 17, succeeding Tiffany Haddish. "Y’all...I’m hosting the @MTV Movie & TV awards...this is not a drill," Levi tweeted, adding: "We gon’ do the damn thang." (Watch Levi's reaction video.) MTV says of Levi hosting: "With major roles on both the big and small screen this year, Levi is the perfect choice to host the show. Oh, and did we mention he can sing? A true quadruple threat! Not to mention, he's more than capable of stepping in and saving us from any demonic entities, interdimensional monsters, and/or deadly sins if they decide to show up to this year's telecast. (Bad guys love to crash a good party.)"
The 74-year-old Milch began feeling the effects of Alzheimer's disease five years ago after he says he noticed more instances of “imperfect recall and tardy recall and short temper. I became more and more of an acquired taste." Milch had been working for years writing the Deadwood movie that will air on May 31. As a result, he had trouble writing, explaining to Vulture that there was “a generalized incertitude and a growing incapacity.” He adds: “As best I understand it, which is minimally, I have a deterioration in the organization of my brain. And it’s progressive. And in some ways discouraging. In more than some ways — in every way I can think of.” According to Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz, "the film’s tightly focused nature might’ve made it feel like a final summation even without the extra-dramatic frame of Milch’s Alzheimer’s, which is insinuated in fleeting exchanges — as when Brad Dourif’s Doc Cochran asks Al what day it is and he mistakenly says Tuesday when it’s Friday. The tale is suffused with a melancholy acceptance of the passage of time and the certainty of aging and death."
“The Good Fight is in the middle of an incredible third season and continues to be a flagship original series for the service,” said Julie McNamara, CBS All Access' original content executive vice president, of renewing The Good Wife spinoff for a fourth season. The Good Fight ends its third season on May 16.
The Outlander alum from Northern Ireland is joining the HBO drama as Amalia True, "the most reckless, impulsive, emotionally damaged hero of her time. A menace to stuffy Victorian society, she would die for the cause and kill for a drink."
Byer will return with six new episodes of her baking fail competition on May 17.
The Conners star will recur as an ethics professor on Season 3 of the coming-of-age series.
Williams joked on Twitter: "if u feel uncomfortable just know that my mother and my step dad and my 2 sisters and my 4 brothers have all probably watched this too ahahakillmeehehe."
The eight-episode one-hour Flip It Like Disick premieres this summer, starring Disick and former pop singer-turned-interior designer Willa Ford. Disick will serve as executive producer with Kris Jenner.
The president already said he'll miss Saturday’s annual White House Correspondents Association dinner for the third straight year, but Politico reports he has barred all of his administration officials from attending as well. News of the boycott comes hours after President Trump again ranted at the media on Twitter, calling CNN "beyond disaster," referring to Morning Joe as "Morning Psycho (Joe)" and urging The New York Times "to get down on their knees & beg for forgiveness-they are truly the Enemy of the People!"
"The company has a white problem across the board," writes Whitney Davis, who resigned as manager of CBS Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion in February, in a Variety essay. "Did you know that there’s not one black creative executive working at CBS Television Network or CBS Television Studios? Of the network’s 36 creative executives — all upper management roles that deal with content development, casting, current production, daytime and alternative programming — there are only three women of color, none black. There is not one executive of color working in casting at CBS. The one Latinx executive hired in casting last year lasted eight months. He works at Netflix now."
The original Sunday, June 9 premiere date has been changed to Tuesday, June 11. The old premiere date would've pitted Pose vs. the Tony Awards and the return of Big Little Lies.
The Love After Lockup spinoff, focusing on the show's most popular couples, is set to premiere in June.
Sunday's episode was made available to Amazon Prime subscribers in Germany hours before its premiere in the U.S. “We regret that for a short time Amazon customers in Germany were able to access episode two of season eight of Game of Thrones…This was an error and has been rectified,” an Amazon rep told the BBC.
The CBS soap today aired the first four consecutive episodes devoted to St. John's longtime character Neil Winters.
About 15.9 million watched Episode 2 on Sunday night, down from the 17.4 million who tuned in for the April 14 premiere. ALSO: Stephen King was "in awe" of Episode 2, tweeting: "They made it look easy."
"A perk of working for CIA is world travel. Apparently that sometimes extends to other realms," tweeted the CIA's official Twitter account. The tweet was referring to David S. Cohen, who served as deputy director from 2015 to 2017. "Way to blow my cover!" tweeted Cohen, who appeared as a field worker receiving soup on Sunday's epsiode. Cohen happens to be the brother-in-law of Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff.
Ola and Abel Osundairo, who were allegedly involved in the Empire star's hate-crime hoax, have filed a federal lawsuit against the actor's attorneys claiming they were falsely accused of an actual hate crime. “Statements indicating Plaintiffs actually criminally battered Mr. Smollett without his consent are patently false and defamatory, as Mr. Smollett originated, planned and orchestrated the attack," their lawsuit states.
Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe recap set to the tune of Joel's 1989 hit “We Didn’t Start The Fire.”
Zellweger's first TV series, a neo-noir social thriller, drops on May 24. "What if I made you an offer too extraordinary to refuse?" Zellweger's character asks in the teaser for What/If.
Many viewers were creeped out that Game of Thrones would allow 22-year-old Maisie Williams to portray the 18-year-old Arya Stark having sex, saying it was like watching a younger sibling or daughter lose their virginity because they've watched the actress and her character grow up over the past eight seasons. The problem, says Kathryn VanArendonk, is that point of view is through an "audience-centric lens: When viewers think of Arya as a sibling or child, when we ignore her years of painfully earned self-possession, the priority is on the viewer’s experience of the show. But there’s another way to see this scene. Rather than understanding Arya from the perspective of someone caring for her, it’s possible to read the sex scene from Arya’s own point of view. From where Arya’s standing, she’s an older teenager whose formative years have been spent balanced on the knife’s edge of survival. Her entire purpose has been to avenge her family’s deaths; she knows death intimately, and she is more than capable of caring for herself. But Arya has had no time to behave like a teenager. When Game of Thrones began, Sansa was often considered obnoxious for how much she focused on love and marriage. But she was a teenager — her behavior, annoying though it may have been, made sense for her character at the time. Arya was given no similar opportunity." VanArendonk adds: "It’s difficult to think of Arya as a sexual person because everything about her — her goals, her costumes, her circumstances — has, for her own safety, deflected attention away from that aspect of who she is. It’s uncomfortable for some to watch that sex scene because, for so long, all we’ve seen is the fully armored assassin. To see her remove her own clothing is to see her more deliberately vulnerable than she’s been in years, probably since Ned’s death. From Arya’s perspective, though, this is the most typical postpubescent thing she may have ever done. Boning down with a hot guy the night before the world ends is human in a way Arya rarely has a chance to be, and that Game of Thrones made time to include it felt like a notable turn for a show that was once known for using breasts as the fleshy equivalent of a siren emoji. Arya deciding to have sex is Arya claiming agency over her own body, and staking out a definition of herself as something other than an instrument of death."
YouTube is full of recap videos, talk shows, interactive videos and numerous other Game of Thrones content to keep fans occupied with what has become a consuming obsession between episodes. “There are so many good channels out there,” says Reuben Natal of the Nerd Soup channel. “The show is overwhelming with all the information and the characters, the settings, the names, so that’s why it has opened the market for all of these channels to review it, to speculate and theorize.” Quinn Howard, who runs the Ideas of Ice and Fire channel adds “The community that has cropped up around Game of Thrones fandom is a particularly great one."
Some Jeopardy! fans have taken to calling themselves "Holzhauer Haters" in response to Holzhauer's streak. "'Holzhauer Haters' is pretty catchy, but I have not encountered too many haters," Holzhauer tells Newsweek. "I’m sure they are out there, but I don’t spend my free time looking up every person’s opinion of James Holzhauer...I have not personally seen any accusations. I assure you that everything you see on TV is kosher. As a gambler, I hold myself to an especially high standard of honor, and it disgusts me when people try to cheat at games." Holzhauer also discussed the Ken Jennings comparisons: "I am in awe of Ken Jennings’s accomplishments, as all Jeopardy! fans are. Simply being compared to him is an honor," Holzhauer says. "It’s interesting to hear his take on the big gambles, because he was notably conservative with his own wagers 15 years ago. Of course, if I had every game on cruise control as he did, I might have done the same." ALSO: Ken Jennings: "I don’t feel I get enough credit for making small, sensible Jeopardy wagers, which helped the show with its prize budget."
Leight, who is credited with revitalizing Law & Order: Special Victims Unit during his five-year reign from Seasons 13 through 17, will helm the series for its record-breaking 21st season. Leight recently co-created Law & Order: Hate Crimes with Dick Wolf, which he'll continue to work on as it remains in development at NBC.
The revised Season 6 poster now prominently features Erin Krakow’s Elizabeth Thatcher, instead of Loughlin with Krakow and Jack Wagner.
In their first show since Saturday Night Live's recent parody of The View, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar said they were happy to finally be portrayed by women. Kenan Thompson and Fred Armisen previously portrayed Goldberg and Behar, respectively. On the April 13 episode, Leslie Jones assumed the role of Goldberg, while Kate McKinnon played Behar. “In a certain way, I have to say, it was a pleasure to be done by a woman for a change,” said Behar.
Some interpreted a tweet Cowell sent early Monday morning for Take the Stage Antarctica as a prank. "I’ve set up talent shows all over the world," Cowell tweeted. "But until now, one place was missing. I am very excited to tell you that we are finally expanding into Antarctica."
"Here's the thing — dark is good," says Tim Goodman, who estimates that Barry went from 60% comedy in Season 1 to 35% comedy in Season 2. "I'm impressed by how it is working to deepen its dramatic intent," Goodman says of Season 2. "Maybe I just like that balance better — I think both FX's Fargo and something like HBO's Succession are fundamentally dramas that infuse themselves with comedy and Barry could be in very welcome company if it keeps going in the more serious vein."
The Girls and I'm Dying Up Here alum will co-star opposite Zoe Kravitz on the TV series based on the 2000 John Cusack film, playing an "effortlessly cute" character.
Florence Fang, former publisher of the San Francisco Examiner newspaper, bought the house in the town of Hillsborough for $2.8 million in 2017 to use as an entertaining space rather than as a residence. The town sued, calling the property an eyesore, prompting Fang to recently file a countersuit.
A Sunday Wall Street Journal article partly blamed Netflix, and its lack of commercials, for the U.S. birth rate being at a 30-year low. Yet a survey that the WSJ conduct with Survey Monkey seems to undermine rather than bolster its points.
Watch the Veep star go down Elaine Benes memory lane in this 10-minute Vogue video.
McShane calls the Atlanta episode showcasing Brian Tyree Henry a "half an hour of pure delight" on the My Favorite Episode with Michael Schneider podcast. “You never know what’s coming next," he says. "It’s a very fabulously entertaining show. I picked that one because he just made me laugh continuously.” McShane also talked about the upcoming Deadwood movie, noting that Al Swearengen is "not exactly what he used to be" in the film, set 10 years after the series finale, due to all the drinking. “It’s a love letter to the old Deadwood,” he says. “I think they found the connecting tissue by making it statehood day. There’s a reason a lot of the characters come back.”
Watch The Tonight Show tackle the Lil Nas X sensation as "Old Town Hall."
The documentary, dropping May 1, follows four female 2018 Democratic Congressional candidates.
"It’s not easy to describe a character as intensely original as Anne Lister, the gender nonconforming (the everything nonconforming) 19th-century protagonist in HBO’s deliciously provocative British period drama Gentleman Jack, which premieres Monday night on HBO," says Hank Stuever of the drama from Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright. (Yes, Monday night. The buggy whips are a-crackin’ over at HBO, which is now owned by AT&T and under orders to speed up the conveyor belt, in a race to smother us all in TV shows.) But Gentleman Jack is far from filler content; indeed, it’s one of the most engaging dramas to come along so far this year. At first blush, this eight-episode series may look more PBS than HBO, but the second blush is a doozy — and it would probably send Masterpiece pledge-drivers straight to the fainting couch." He adds: "Gentleman Jack is particularly canny in the way it allows Anne’s dangerous delusions (including the notion of a same-sex union) to flourish and then start to unravel by the fifth episode. Although the viewer is inclined to root for her to prevail, Anne often falls somewhat short of heroic, and that’s by design. Driven by class status, she manipulates people to get what she wants, and her obsessive pursuit of the naive Ann Walker verges on predatory."