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'The Little Couple' sneak peek: Jen, Bill, Will and Zoey sit down for a meal together

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 7:15pm
The Arnold-Klein family has faced plenty of struggle over the past year, but in an all-new episode of "The Little Couple" on April 1, Jen and Bill reflect on how their lives have changed.

Zoey is now a well-adjusted 2-year-old, Jen went through six rounds of chemotherapy after getting her cancer diagnosis, but now they -- and son Will -- can all sit down at the dinner table and eat a meal together.

Says Bill in this sneak peek at the episode, "What's nice about having a family of four at a dinner table is it feels like a family. When I was a kid, we would all sit down and say grace and eat our meal and share stories of what had happened that day, and now we're doing that again."

"The Little Couple" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.

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'Agents of SHIELD' first look photos of Patton Oswalt and Adrian Pasdar

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 7:00pm
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" has released an embarrassment of riches in the new photos for its upcoming episode "Providence." The images include potential spoilers, as well as first looks at the characters played by Patton Oswalt and Adrian Pasdar.
Above, Oswalt plays the role of Eric Koening, though what exactly that entails has yet to be seen. Some images show him interacting with Coulson, but whatever he's doing, he's not with the Howling Commandos in the World War II era like he was in the comics. Maybe he's still somehow connected to that storyline, though?
Meanwhile, Pasdar looks suited up as Col. Glenn Talbot, but it doesn't seem he's an ally of the "Agents of SHIELD" team. The synopsis for "Providence" reads: "With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover SHIELD's most dangerous secrets -- secrets that could destroy them all."
What is Agent Garrett doing here with Raina? Is he secretly an enemy of SHIELD? And who is he standing over?
Clearly times change pretty drastically in the next two episodes of the series to get us to this point.
"Agents of SHIELD" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

'Arrow' Season 2, episode 18 video: 'Deathstroke' trailer in LEGO

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:30pm

The trailer for the upcoming "Arrow" Season 2 episode, "Deathstroke," is pretty impressive, what with a kidnapped Thea, lots of Slade Wilson and Oliver shooting his nemesis. Amazingly, there is a way to make it still better: LEGO.

A YouTube user named RADVisuals has taken the audio from the official trailer for The CW's show and substituted live-action for animated LEGO figures. It totally works, with all the scenes from the promo video translated into plastic. LEGO Oliver even gets to shoot Slade with an arrow in this version!

If you like the classics, you can watch the original promo below. Or you can just wait for "Deathstroke" to air Wednesday (April 2) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

'Person of Interest': Billionaire Harold Finch would not buy off the rack

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:00pm
Being a billionaire does not automatically create a fashionable man. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates could easily afford to keep designers, tailors and stylists on the payroll. Yet neither man looks markedly different from men whose annual incomes are what they earn hourly.
Style cannot be bought. Still if one happens to have an innate sense of fashion and is a billionaire, then he can become the pinnacle of style - witness Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) of CBS' Tuesday drama "Person of Interest."
Although such superlative statements are tinder for arguments, it's fair to say that Finch is the most dapper character on television. That is thanks to Gary Jones, the show's costume designer, who quickly volunteers he arrived after some of the look was set.
"Finch's storyline involves a character who is, in fact, no longer on the show," Jones tells Zap2it. "And so at one point, he had adopted this dapper and vested look in honor of the love of his life, and because she had given him a vest, so that started the vest thing. Now that we have been working together for a while, we have come into Finch is becoming a little freer in his approach to things.
"That doesn't mean he is becoming casual or anything like that," Jones continues, "but he is able to use some of his former look, and he is also branching out into other things and becoming as much of a dandy -- in a subtler way."
Someone like Finch would not buy off the rack, and since price is not an issue, he has everything custom-made.
"He has bespoke suits," Jones says. "He also has suits from Armani, suits from Phineas Cole, which is a tailor that is specifically filled at Paul Stuart. He also has suits from Paul Stuart. He has suits from Joseph Abboud."
Though Finch knows what he likes, his taste has evolved, and he cares more about fashion now than he did when he was younger.
"He is someone who there is actually not any vanity about his look," Jones says. "He just loves that he feels good, and I would have to say he does not have an Armani suit because it is an Armani suit. He has it because it is the thing that feels good to him."
His most flamboyant suit is the plaid one. By definition that's flashier than navy serge, yet there is something about Finch that tamps down the plaid, making it sedate.
Initially, his palette was darker, but he's worn lighter colors such as the cream-colored trousers with a houndstooth jacket he had on in a cafe in Italy.
"As much as fun as it is to do his clothes," Jones says, "it is always important for me to stand back and say, 'Let's take one thing away' -- the Chanel rule."

'Teen Wolf' Season 4 spoilers: Mexico, 'The Empire Strikes Back' and girl power

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:30pm
"Teen Wolf" Season 4 is going to look a lot different than the premiere of Season 3. With the death of Allison, the departure of Isaac and the general air of grief and horror following the characters into the new episodes, things have to change.

But how will they change specifically? Keep reading for some Season 4 spoilers from "Teen Wolf" creator Jeff Davis.

Wolves, south of the border

Look for some of the "Teen Wolf" action to take place outside of Beacon Hills in Season 4. Starting with the premiere episode, there will be some traveling. Why? That part remains a mystery, but Davis does offer some hints to Zap2it: "The first episode of season 4 takes place in Mexico."

Have the boys taken a road trip? Is this a flashback of some sort? Are those possibly-Mexican hunters seen in Season 3 coming back?

Remember how bad 'Empire Strikes Back' was for the heroes?

It might be good to remember that things don't always go the way we want them to for the good guys. Season 4 may be an example of that. "I came up with an idea, literally just couple of weeks ago," Davis tells us. "It comes out of real-life issues ... and you'll see it brings in some new villains and some very difficult times for Scott and his friends and his family."

When pressed to explain what this might mean, Davis only adds, "There's a feeling of 'The Empire Strikes Back' in Season 4."

Girl power!

Although Allison has gone from the "Teen Wolf" scene, there are several other young woman still around -- and girl power doesn't even begin to describe these ladies. Lydia (a banshee), Kira (a kitsune) and Malia (a were-coyote) all feature prominently in Season 4.

"One of the things that I really like in Season 4 is the friendship developing between Kira, Malia and Lydia," Davis says in an interview with E! Online. "We have this trio of girls who are becoming a very powerful part of the show, which is just awesome."

It's not just going to be about romance and love triangles for the ladies either. While Stiles will have to figure out his feelings for Malia and Lydia, Davis promises that "you'll definitely see some growing feelings between Malia and Stiles."

"Kira, Arden [Cho], is just amazing. She's back full-time on the show, as well," he says. "I think Arden did a stunning job and stepped in to the role beautifully and we have so much more planned for her, for her and Scott as well, and her becoming part of his pack."

Scott and Kira, meanwhile, will be taking it slow. "Kira doesn't know what to do, she doesn't know how much space to give him," Davis says. "Scott doesn't know what to do either, because he wants to be a gentleman and respect the girl he loved who is now dead, but he's also a teenager and he's falling in love."

"Teen Wolf" Season 4 premieres June 23 on MTV.

'Raising Hope' finale sneak peek: Burt prepares Hope for her college graduation

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:00pm
FOX's underrated comedy gem "Raising Hope" wraps up with an hour-long series finale on Friday (April 4). In advance of the double episode, Zap2it has gotten a hold of an exclusive featurette which features Burt preparing little Hope for the future.

In "Burt Chance's College Prep Talk," he prepares to send Hope off to college with some lessons he learned from his college experiences (which are drawn exclusively from 1980s movies). There are tips about beer pong, food fights, toga parties, fake IDs and graduation gown style.

Check it out below, and tune in to the "Raising Hope" finale on Friday (April 4) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

'The 100' episode 3: Can Clarke save a dying Jasper? Watch

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:45pm
So far on "The 100," Jasper (Devon Bostick) has survived a spear thrown clear through his chest. He's survived being strung up like bait for the other 100 teens to come find. He survived being "healed" by the mysterious Grounders. But can he survive the night?
On Wednesday's (April 2) episode of The CW's new drama, Jasper is no safer now with the 100 teens on Earth than he was with the Grounders, as Bellamy threatens to kill the wounded Jasper because his moans are driving the rest of the group crazy. Bellamy gives Clarke, who's trying her best to heal Jasper, one day to heal him. If Jasper isn't better by then, then Bellamy plans on putting the kid out of his misery.

Zap2it has an exclusive clip from the episode, "Earth Kills," when Bellamy issues his threat to Clarke. Watch it below:

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"The 100" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

'Gotham' casts Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, aka the Riddler

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:35pm
FOX's "Gotham" has added a new member of the Rogues' Gallery to its cast: Meet the man playing the future Riddler.

His name is Cory Michael Smith, and he'll play Edward Nygma in the show, which has a series commitment for 2014-15. Smith has signed on as a guest star but could have a recurring or regular role as the series goes on. When viewers meet him, Edward is a forensic scientist with the Gotham PD. He's very smart but socially maladroit and already has a penchant for speaking in brain-teasers.

Just what turns him into the criminal Batman fans know will presumably be explored in "Gotham's" future.

The part will be Smith's first weekly series role. He appeared in the Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 2013 and co-starred in the feature film "Camp X-Ray," which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He'll also be seen in HBO's miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" later in 2014.

"Gotham" stars Ben McKenzie as a young Detective James Gordon and Donal Logue as his partner, Harvey Bullock. The cast also includes Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova and David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne.

'Person of Interest' Season 3 clip: Root comes to warn Fusco

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:01pm
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Root is back and undercover in a new Zap2it-exclusive clip from "Person of Interest." In the above video, Root confronts Fusco and warns him to watch himself. He does what any normal person would do in response: He leaves.

The synopsis for "Person of Interest" Season 3, episode 19 "Most Likely To ..." reads: "Reese and Shaw pose as alumni at a high school reunion in order to keep eyes on the latest POI. Meanwhile, Finch and Fusco travel to Washington, D.C., to investigate the motivations behind Vigilance's latest attack."
"Person of Interest" airs Tuesdays on CBS at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

'Game of Thrones' marathon leads to Season 4 premiere; 'Nashville' goes on tour

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00pm
TV news and notes:

- "Game of Thrones" fans are in for a treat leading up to the Season 4 premiere on Sunday, April 6. Beginning on Friday, April 4 at 9 a.m. ET/PT, HBO2 will air Seasons 1-3 back-to-back twice, for 60 straight hours of "GoT" goodness. The marathon will end just before the premiere on HBO. HBOGo has also launched an interactive viewers' guide.

- "Nashville" is rocking out in real life, as stars from the ABC southern drama are going on tour. The "Nashville Concert Tour" will have stars Charles Esten (Deacon), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Chris Carmack (Will) perform in three cities (Chicago, DC and NYC). Will Chase (Luke) will also be performing for the New York concert. Dates and locations: 4/25 at Joe's Bar, Chicago; 5/4 at Lincoln Theatre, Washington; 5/6 at Best Buy Theater, New York Ctiy. 

- Aisha Tyler, who hosts "The Talk" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", as well as doing voice acting work on "Archer," has had her humorous memoir "Self-Inflicted Wounds" optioned by CBS Television Studios. The search is underway for writers to adapt it into a comedy series, with Tyler and her company attached to executive produce. [THR]

- BBC America has set a premiere date for "The Musketeers" of Sunday, June 22, plus it has picked up a second season of the sword-fighting action/drama that debuted to strong numbers in the U.K. earlier this year. [Deadline]

- "Breaking Bad" fans, dust off your turntables: The original score from the show is getting released as a double album on vinyl on April 29. SpaceLab9 and Madison Gate records are following up a limited release of the score last fall with a wider launch. The double album includes a gate-fold cover with photos from the series, an 18-by-24-inch poster and liner notes by composer David Porter and series creator Vince Gilligan. [THR]

- Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is returning to reality television in a new docu-series from TVGN. Called "The Sorrentinos," the show will consist of eight 30-minute episodes which detail the lives of Mike, mother Linda, father Frank, sister Melissa and brother Marc as the former "Jersey Shore" star tries to build a career from his fame while staying sober. "The Sorrentinos" is executive produced by Julie and Seth Jarrett.
- Spike TV is bringing back "Ink Master" for another season. Season 5 of the reality series will feature 16 one-hour episodes, and is expected to have a Fall 2014 premiere. According to Spike TV, Season 4 delivered 1.72 million viewers.

- In the wake of Chelsea Handler announcing she's leaving E! when her contract expires in nine months, the network has closed a two-year contract with late-night host Ross Mathews, who currently hosts Friday night's "Hello Ross!" "Ross" is produced by Handler's production company Borderline Amazing. [The Wrap]

- A&E announced a new docu-series: "The Herbert Brothers" (still a working title). The series follows the group of brothers from Batesville, Ind. who created the homemade "Doritos Crash the Super Bowl" commercial, and then launched their own "advertising empire" from their hometown. The eight half-hour episode series is expected to premiere in summer 2014.

'How I Met Your Mother's' legacy: The most successful 'Lost' clone ever

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 3:05pm
When "How I Met Your Mother" premiered in September 2005, it had been 16 1/2 months since the series finale of "Friends" and just about a year since the startlingly successful debut of "Lost."

CBS may have been looking for something like the former show: an ensemble series about a group of young people, which was a type of sitcom the network had never really figured out. It got that, without question -- "HIMYM" ended up running almost as long as "Friends" did (nine seasons vs. 10), and though it was never near the massive hit "Friends" was, it was a reliable, consistent performer for CBS. And as the overall network audience shrank in the show's nine years on the air, those once-marginal ratings ended up higher and higher on the Nielsen charts.

The real legacy of "How I Met Your Mother," though, may be as the most successful "Lost" clone ever produced -- for both good and ill, as the sharply divided (and deeply felt, on both sides of the argument) reactions to the series finale suggest.

Obviously, the stories "Lost" and "How I Met Your Mother" could scarcely be much different (give or take a Jorge Garcia guest appearance). "Lost" was a global-scale, sci fi-tinged drama that posed questions about the very nature of our existence and our purpose in life. "HIMYM" took place largely inside a bar and an apartment upstairs and was concerned with five people and their love lives.

But the way creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas constructed and told the story of "How I Met Your Mother" makes the show a direct descendant of "Lost," whether intentional or not. The 2005-06 season featured three sci-fi shows greenlit in the wake of "Lost's" success the previous season. None of them, including CBS' "Threshold," lasted longer than a season.

Tucked away between an aging "King of Queens" and "Two and a Half Men" on Monday nights, though, was a critically well-received comedy about Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), his friends and his search for the woman with whom he wanted to spend his life. It went largely uncommented on at the time, but "HIMYM" was employing a lot of the same tactics that helped "Lost" stand out -- flashbacks and -forwards, a sometimes unreliable narrator and a stories that looped back on themselves. More than any live-action comedy in recent memory, it rewarded close viewing and sustained viewing with call-back stories and jokes, and it tied off most* of the dangling plot threads by the end of the show's run.

(*Even here, there's a parallel: "What about the pineapple?" is the "HIMYM" equivalent of "Lost's" "Who was in the outrigger?," although it's implied there will be an answer to the pineapple question on the final-season DVD set.)

Sitcoms tend to be semi-serialized in that they acknowledge the passage of time and record the milestones in the lives of their characters -- children grow up, people get married, they change jobs. But that's more a byproduct of a multi-season run than something built into the structure of a show. "How I Met Your Mother," though, owned its serialization from the start -- and what's more, Bays and Thomas said repeatedly in interviews, the show knew its endpoint fairly early on.

Well, we can see how that worked out. As HitFix's Alan Sepinwall pointed out in his review of the "HIMYM" finale, part of the ire over "Lost" and some other finales stemmed from the fact that those shows' creators admitted they were making things up as they went along and adapting to ideas and actors that weren't there in the beginning. Those who didn't enjoy the "HIMYM" finale now have a counter-argument: Becoming beholden to a plan you laid out when you thought your show might not last more than a couple of years can prove just as problematic when your show ends up growing and changing for seven more.

The lesson the "How I Met Your Mother" finale taught, and that "Lost" and "The Sopranos" and "Breaking Bad" and countless others before it did, is that it's really tough to end a TV series in a way that's pleasing to everyone who watched, or even most of those people. The time in which we live, where we can instantly and loudly proclaim our satisfaction or dissatisfaction for anyone online to see, only serves to magnify what a difficult trick it is to leave things just right.

As I said in my initial review of the "HIMYM" finale, my adverse reaction won't diminish my affection for the characters or my love of the show's best episodes. Disappointment about a TV show ending goes away; "Let's Go to the Mall" will be awesome for eternity.

'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' star Michael Socha joining 'Once Upon a Time' as series regular

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:15pm
Hot on the heels of the cancelation of "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," spinoff series star Michael Socha is heading to the original series "Once Upon a Time" as a series regular.

EW reports that if ABC renews the original series -- which is likely, but ABC has yet to make any 2014-15 renewal decisions -- then Socha's Knave of Hearts/Will Scarlet will head to Storybrooke next season. 
This is great news, as Socha was the clear breakout star of the spinoff series and will add a twist of sarcastic and charming humor to the ABC fairytale drama. However, since "Once Upon a Time" has not been officially renewed yet, this is not a done deal.

What do you think of Socha's potential crossover? What other "Wonderland" favorites do you want to see head over to Storybrooke? Let us know in the comments below.

The "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" series finale airs Thursday, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET and "Once Upon a Time" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

'Justified': Erica Tazel's parents thought they were getting a doctor

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:00pm
Zap2it: When did you know you were an actress?
Erica Tazel: I didn't know on a conscious level. I went to college with the intent of being a physical therapist. I went to Spelman [College, in Atlanta] as a biology pre-med major.
Zap2it: When did you develop an interest in acting?
Erica Tazel: I went to a performing arts high school. It was a means to an end. I didn't want to go to the school in my home district. I loved "Fame." Is it like that? Do they really dance on the tables? I can't sing my way out of a paper bag. I had some raw talent for dance. ... The last couple of years I focused on acting. I was off to my freshman year in college, and I had a really hard time with my math and science classes. In sophomore year a girlfriend asked me to come over and take a break, and I walked into the theater and started crying. I didn't feel it coming. I was shocked. Why is there water on my face? And the only way I could describe it is I was home.
Zap2it: Once you knew, did you tell your parents?
Erica Tazel: I think I am supposed to be here, but my parents think they are getting a doctor out of the deal.
Zap2it: When did you broach it with them?
Erica Tazel: [I told them], "OK, so when you all come for graduation, Bachelor of Science [is on one side], and Bachelor of Arts is on other side, because I got a B.A. in theater and am going to New York in three months to get a master's of acting." They were parents and I am the only actor in the family and no one, including myself, knew what that would look like.

'Gang Related': Go behind the scenes of FOX's new cop drama

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 1:30pm
On May 22, FOX debuts its newest cop drama, "Gang Related," about a young police officer named Ryan Lopez who is torn between the gang that raised him and the gang task force where he works.

"Ryan Lopez lives in the law enforcement world and he also lives in the gang-related world," explains executive producer Brian Grazer in Zap2it's exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes of the new show.

Lopez must weigh his obligation to the man who took him in as a child and the cops with whom he's working. Explains Ramon Rodriguez, who plays Lopez, in the police force "he finds the family he never had."

"If people find out about what's happening, we all go down," says Jay Hernandez.

Check out the full featurette below. "Gang Related" premieres Thursday, May 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.


'SuperSleepy' starring Orlando Jones and Misha Collins is the best/cruelest April Fools' joke

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 1:21pm
Some exciting news for you, "Supernatural" and "Sleepy Hollow" fans: Social Media Showdown tumblr champion Orlando Jones and overall champion Misha Collins are joining forces for the series of your fan-fiction dreams: "SuperSleepy." It's happening, y'all!

Take a look at the press release, which was issued April 1 ... wait a minute. OK, so it's not real. But you need to read it anyway. For the record, we'd watch the heck out of this, if anyone fake-involved wants to make it for real. Don't April Fool with our hearts like this!

MISHA COLLINS AND ORLANDO JONES TO STAR IN HULU ORIGINAL SERIES
SURPRISE SPIN-OFF BORN FROM JOKE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2014/LOS ANGELES - An unlikely pairing will come to life on popular streaming website Hulu as "Supernatural" star Misha Collins and "Sleepy Hollow" fan favorite Orlando Jones join forces in a unique and unexpected limited series. After lengthy negotiations, the OTT (over-the-top) streaming video subscription service, "Sleepy Hollow" producer 20th Century Fox TV and "Supernatural" producer Warner Brothers Television have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff from the two acclaimed drama series. The untitled spinoff series, codenamed "SuperSleepy," has been in the works for months. It centers on two of the breakout supporting characters from the respective series, "Sleepy Hollow's" Captain Frank Irving (Jones), the by-the-book police captain who was last seen confessing to a murder he did not commit and "Supernatural's" Castiel (Collins), an angel who fell from heaven and works along side the Winchester Brothers to protect humanity from the battle between heaven and hell.
Conceived by "Supernatural" writer/producer Robbie Thompson along with actors Collins and Jones, who inspired the idea with a series of humorous tweets about the proposed series, the spinoff will be a stand-alone 13 episode series that will focus on the relationship between the two characters after Collins character appears in "Sleepy Hollow" while Jones' Captain Irving is in an asylum under heavy sedation, Hulu said. None of the parties would elaborate on the project's status, but we've learned "SuperSleepy" has a series order pending the completion of Fox's deal with Jones and Warner Bros deal with Collins and Thompson. Collins is slated to direct the pilot. The agreement between Hulu, Fox, and WB came after negotiations with Amazon, which has had huge success with Sleepy Hollow, broke down over Amazon's concern about the project's special "niche within a niche market appeal."
The hourlong spinoff is expected to be far less dark than the respective original series with more comedy infused.
"Sleepy Hollow" co-creator Len Wiseman has been high on the idea since Jones first discussed it with him in December. "As a fan of 'Supernatural' I would love to see a SuperSleepy spinoff," he said at the recent Paleyfest event for "Sleepy Hollow" at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater. "I like the idea of a buddy show in which these two breakout characters will do anything it takes to protect mankind from the impending apocalypse while trying to out sass each other. I look forward to seeing a more comedic side of these characters than our respective shows regularly present. That would be fun -- I would like that."
No word yet on whether the lead actors from either show -- "Sleepy Hollow" stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie or "Supernatural" stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki -- will make an appearance in the spin-off. An earlier announcement about the hybrid series on The Huffington Post hinted at the involvement of legendary actor William Shatner in a supporting role, although calls to his representatives have not been returned.

RiffTrax's Bill Corbett finds humor in everything -- even National Geographic specials

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 1:00pm
Bill Corbett of RiffTrax would like you to know that he and his colleagues do not dislike nature. Even if the RiffTrax crew will be bringing their hilarious commentary to a handful of National Geographic specials on Tuesday (April 1), it all comes from a place of love.

And let's face it -- some parts of nature are as weird as any of the bad movies usually spoofed by RiffTrax and by "Mystery Science Theater 3000" before it.

Zap2it spoke to Corbett about this new RiffTrax project, "Total Riff Off," and it's definitely something you do not want to miss.

Zap2i: How did this partnership with National Geographic happen, and what are you planning to do to them?
Bill Corbett: We're taking some of the programming that they already had. We left that sort of up to them -- they gave us a bunch of stuff that we could choose from. But I think most of it is either not on the air or recently went off the air. And we're doing what we usually do, which is just a sort of running commentary on it.

And why we're doing it? Because they asked. Somebody at National Geographic is a RiffTrax fan, and he got in touch with us and said, "Here's something you can try on April Fools' Day, if you want to give it a shot."

How were the specific shows chosen for the RiffTrax treatment?
We did have to winnow down our choices from a bunch of stuff he sent. There were a lot of animal shows which were mostly focused on animals, but we tried to get some variety even within that. Some of them fall more into the category of "big dudes doing rough jobs," and some of them are more nature programming with weird animals.

What sort of format are we going to see?
It won't be that fancy. It'll be a pretty short introduction, and we won't even be on-screen -- I think there might be a still-shot of us, to let people know what's going on. We'll be in the title and everything. But beyond that, it'll be just like a director's commentary on a movie. I'm sure some people will tune in and wonder what the heck is going on. They'll think they're hallucinating, and that's always good.

Since this isn't the normal type of production RiffTrax usually tackles, how did you go about mocking nature?
That's a good observation, because some of our usual bags of tricks were not available to us when there were no human beings on-screen, and it stretches you to look in different places for your humor.

We have done little animal short films before -- we do a bunch of old short films as part of our regular offerings, as well as the feature-length stuff we do. A lot of it, I've observed, consists of imposing human motives onto the animals and also giving them human voices. We joke about how "The Flinstones" kind of set the palate for that. Unless specified otherwise, all the animals have these kind of Brooklyn-y voices. Which is great for me, since I'm from Brooklyn.

Is it harder to make fun of something that you like or that's objectively good?
What we're always looking to do with a movie because it's bad or because it's cheesy -- what we're always looking to do is be funny. That's the one and only thing, it's comedy. We have done RiffTrax commentaries on movies we like quite a bit. In fact we did "Casablanca" a couple of years ago, just to challenge ourselves. And we've done the "Lord of the Rings" movies and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and stuff that we like. You do use different gears for those movies. You're not so much making fun of the movie itself, as just trying to find a funny point of view moment-to-moment. So I think we were relying on that more with the animals. We don't dislike nature!

Is this a one-time deal with National Geographic, or will RiffTrax be back?
I think there are hopes. There are no plans yet. I think we are all looking at this as an experiment -- RiffTrax and National Geographic both -- to see how it does and see what the reception is. And then we'll take it from there. But it's fun to get out of our usual gear for a little bit -- and it's great to be back on TV after hanging around in people's computers for so long.

The RiffTraxing of National Geographic, "Total Riff Off," will air Tuesday, April 1 (no joke) from 8 to 11 p.m. ET.

'Hot in Cleveland' bloopers: The ladies gang up on Valerie Bertinelli

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:00pm
Valerie Bertinelli needs to get it together if she doesn't want her "Hot in Cleveland" costars to gang up on her. Zap2it has proof: An exclusive video of the ladies taking Bertinelli to task after she stumbles over her lines a few times.

Watch below, then check out the episode, "Surprise," on Wednesday (April 2).

In "Surprise," Melanie tells Alec (Jay Harrington) that she's pregnant, which does not go over well with his current girlfriend (Jaime Pressly). Meanwhile, the women are monitored closely by an FBI agent (Thomas Lennon) due to Victoria's husband's mysterious disappearance.

"Hot in Cleveland" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land.

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'Agents of SHIELD' cast tease 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' 'ripple effect'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:30am
The "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" cast and crew have been very, very clear about the fact that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will have a big effect on their TV series. In fact, executive producer Jeph Loeb made it a point to keep reminding fans at the show's PaleyFest panel that they should tune into "SHIELD" Tuesday (April 1), run out to see the film opening weekend, and then catch "SHIELD's" follow-up on April 8.

"There's definitely a ripple effect," co-showrunner Jed Whedon tells Zap2it of what's in store. "Things that you see in 'Cap 2' will be reflected on the show, absolutely. It's sort of inevitable."

Loeb says, "This has always been planned from the very beginning. I think everyone will be delighted by what's going on. We have said always, even from the pilot, it is all one universe. Clearly it is, because we're telling the story of what happened to Agent Coulson post-'The Avengers.' Once you start with that, that world still exists, and that's one of the things that really binds the Marvel Universe is that universe itself."

Agent Sitwell, played by Maximiliano Hernandez, is the first character in the MCU to have a role in "Agents of SHIELD" and then go back into the movies -- in this case, "The Winter Soldier." Clark Gregg teases that "he might not be the only one" and says he is also open to bringing Coulson back into the movies.

"My personal door is much more open now that I'm no longer dead. It's much more open than it was," he tells us. "I think that so far our show keeps us all very busy, but I think in the right time and place, it's the logical progression to see some crossover back in that direction. As of now, what's exciting is there's a great deal of crossover between the films and the show. Maybe not as much the superheroes that people are after, but I wouldn't rule that out either."

According to EP Maurissa Tancharoen, she and Whedon knew about the major events that would be occurring in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" "from the outset," which allowed them to "know what's coming and what's happening." And as anyone who's seen a trailer for "Captain America 2" knows, what's happening in the movie has a good deal to do with SHIELD.

"It's clear to anyone who's seen a recent trailer of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' that everything is not right within SHIELD, and there are forces, whether they're within the World Security Council or within SHIELD, who cannot be trusted," Gregg tells Zap2it. "That was a startling experience to those of us who work by day in those outfits that belong to SHIELD. The really fun thing about this to me is that it's all one thing, it's all connected. What happens in the movies affects us."

He quips, "I don't know if we're going to be called 'The Artists Formerly Known As SHIELD' next year, or if SHIELD is intact. I don't know."

Brett Dalton (Agent Ward) says of the film, "It really does not only affect our team but the show entirely, because the events of 'Captain America 2' change the world in which we live."

In recent episodes, Coulson has found himself questioning the orders of his SHIELD superiors. Both Agent Hand and Nick Fury have made decisions that didn't sit well with Coulson. Elizabeth Henstridge (Simmons) says she likes the social commentary about questioning authority Coulson's situation raises.

"I think it's definitely a conversation about the people that protect you -- we give them a lot of power, and is that the right thing to do and what the dangers of that is a really interesting social question to pose," she says. "Coulson's been through a lot, and he's starting to question it, which I feel like is natural for the type of position he's in right now.

"I think he's questioning it because he cares so much about us, his team. He wants to protect us, whereas when it was just himself as a solo agent, you sacrifice yourself more than you would your team. We're his children now, so he's questioning whether or not we're safe."

There also is the question of what role Melinda May has to play in some of the villainous storylines this season. Ming-Na Wen admits she already knows what's going on with May, and that she's leaving it up to the fans to figure it out.

"I will say that there are many, many surprises coming up, and what I love is because in this world that they live in, it's very true to situations," Wen teases. "I don't think it's anything that's contrived."

"Agents of SHIELD" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

TV ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' finale scores series highs, 'Friends With Better Lives' has OK start

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:57am
Fast National ratings for Monday, March 31, 2014

The series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" went out on a ratings high, scoring the biggest total audience and best adults 18-49 rating in its nine-year history. It dominated NBC's "The Voice" in their common hour in the 18-49 demographic.

"HIMYM" also helped new comedy "Friends With Better Lives" get off to a decent start. It fell off significantly from its lead-in but still drew solid numbers. Elsewhere Monday, "Dancing With the Stars" dipped a little for ABC, while "Bones" ticked up opposite "HIMYM." "The Blacklist" was steady for NBC.

NBC snagged the night's top spot among viewers with 11.85 million and a 7.2 rating/11 share in households. ABC (11.6 million, 7.7/12) was a close second, and CBS (8.7 million, 5.3/8) came in third. FOX took fourth with 4.9 million viewers and a 3.1/5. The CW (1.1 million, 0.7/1) trailed.

Despite the big "HIMYM" numbers, CBS couldn't overtake NBC for the lead among adults 18-49, pulling a 3.0 rating to NBC's 3.2. ABC finished third with a 1.8, followed by FOX, 1.4, and The CW, 0.4.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC:
"Dancing With the Stars" (13.1 million viewers, 8.6/13 households)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" series finale (12.9 million, 7.6/12)
NBC: "The Voice" (11.5 million, 7.0/11)
FOX: "Bones" (5.6 million, 3.5/6)
The CW: "Star-Crossed" (1.1 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "How I Met Your Mother" (5.3)

9 p.m.

ABC:
"Dancing With the Stars" (14.3 million, 9.4/14)
NBC: "The Voice" (12.6 million, 7.5/11)
CBS: "Friends With Better Lives" series premiere (8 million, 4.9/7)/"Mom" (7.2 million, 4.6/7)
FOX: "The Following" (4.2 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: "The Tomorrow People" (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "The Voice" (3.6)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"The Blacklist" (11.4 million, 7.0/11)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (7.4 million, 5.1/8)
CBS: "Intelligence" (5.55 million, 3.6/6)

18-49 leader: "The Blacklist" (2.8)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 4: Roose is 'wary' of 'psychotic' son Ramsay, says Michael McElhatton

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:30am
"Game of Thrones" fans were introduced to the darker side of the Bolton family tree in Season 3. From Roose Bolton's betrayal of Robb Stark at the Red Wedding to his bastard son Ramsay Bolton torturing Theon Greyjoy, it didn't take long to realize that neither are very good men.

But what does Roose think of Ramsay? That's a dynamic viewers didn't get to see play out in Season 3. During a conversation with Zap2it, Michael McElhatton says his character Roose Bolton has a soft spot for Ramsay.

"He's very wary of Ramsay, but he is his son," McElhatton says. "He does say that he should have thrown him down a well or something, but that the babe had his eyes, so there's something there; the survival of the species of Bolton. He is his only child. His other child is dead, he suspects Ramsay of killing him, but I think there is something very primal of that even though he's very, very wary and he's aware that he is a psychotic."

The relationship between men and their bastard children has been an interesting one to watch on "Game of Thrones." Ned raised Jon, but never quite as a full son. Robert Baratheon completely ignored his bastards, like Gendry. Jaime never acted quite like any sort of father figure to Joffrey. By contrast, Roose takes a certain amount of ownership of Ramsay.

"He doesn't dismiss him totally," McElhatton says. "He's very, very wary of him, he knows he's psychotic, but he is his son. I think that will probably play out as the seasons go on."

McElhatton admits that he, like Roose, has a bit of a soft spot for Ramsay. Yes, this character is evil, but McElhatton believes he also has some redeeming qualities.

"I think he's got ambition and he's got drive, and they're the things that really are the engine of Roose Bolton," McElhatton explains of why Roose gives Ramsay the time of day. "He's a political animal, and it's just survival of the fittest and moving on. He's not a lay about. He's not a guy who runs and hides behind -- if he had a mother -- her apron strings. He's out there in the thick of it."

In fact, McElhatton finds the relationship between Ramsay and Roose to be fascinating.

"The one thing Ramsay craves more than torturing people and maiming them is the love and respect of his dad, and I think that's played out. I think that's really interesting," he says. "Later on, it's very moving actually. There's a scene and you go, 'Oh my god,' even though it's totally weird and quite epic. There is something about a child craving and needing the love of a parent, and the parent not giving it to them. It's a brilliant dynamic."

"Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.