Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
What will Chris Rock say? That’s one of the main questions surrounding the 88th Academy Awards, which have already become engulfed in an international debate over racial diversity, with the Feb. 28 ceremony still more than a month away. Reginald Hudlin, who is co-producing the telecast on ABC, told “Entertainment Tonight” that Rock, hired last year as host, had blown up his originally planned monologue as the #OscarsSoWhite controversy has raised awareness about the lack of black nominees in major performing categories.
TV stars are parading through a hotel ballroom in Pasadena for the press this month, trying to persuade an army of reporters that their new winter shows are fascinating, groundbreaking, impossible to ignore. They better hope the sales pitches stick, because it’s getting hard for viewers to keep up. The next couple of months will bring season or series premieres for nearly 300 new shows on broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. That’s right. Three hundred.
To prepare for his latest role, Bryan Cranston was in luck: He sort of looks like former President Lyndon B. Johnson. "Fortunately my own natural makeup is what every man hopes for — beady eyes and thin lips," Cranston, the former "Breaking Bad" star, joked to reporters at the Television Critics Association media tour in Pasadena last week. "That's what I share with LBJ."
"I've done things in the last three weeks," Patrick Stewart was saying, "I've never thought in my life I would do on-camera." Coming from Stewart, that statement demands attention. On "Star Trek: The Next Generation" — the sci-fi series that made him a household name — Stewart played Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, the cerebral spaceship commander who, among other unlikely events, survived a stab to the heart during battle and had his body taken over by aliens. But those were heroic things.
It’s official: "Full House" is coming back to TV. Or more accurately, to Netflix. The video-streaming giant confirmed that it has ordered 13 episodes of "Fuller House," a reboot of the 1987-1995 ABC family sitcom about a widower (Bob Saget) trying to raise three daughters with the help of two male friends. John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse in the original "Full House," will reprise his role, as will Candace Cameron-Bure, who played eldest daughter D.J.
LOS ANGELES — Sorry, Robin Williams, but you and your peeps at "The Crazy Ones" will just have to wait a little longer. CBS announced Thursday that it will return 18 series already on the schedule for the 2014-15 TV season, including old favorites like "NCIS," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Two and a Half Men." The new comedies "The Millers" and "Mom" made the cut as well, as did the critically acclaimed but sometimes ratings-challenged drama "The Good Wife."