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SNL Calls Out Alum Al Franken in Wake of Sexual Harassment Scandal

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After labeling four-time host Louis C.K. a “sex monster” during the Nov. 11 edition of Weekend Update, Saturday Night Live this weekend turned its attention to former writer and cast member, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who earlier this week was accused of sexual harassment.

Franken’s accuser, Leeann Tweeden, alleged that the SNL alum forcibly kissed her during a Uso tour back in 2006. She also released a photo that appeared to show him groping her while she was sleeping. He has since issued an apology, which she has accepted. He has also called on Congress to conduct a proper ethics investigation into his behavior. »


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Saoirse Ronan to Host SNL in December

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Lady Bird has been cleared for landing in Studio 8H: Saoirse Ronan will host Saturday Night Live for the first time this December.

Saoirse, who’s currently starring in the aforementioned acclaimed indie, will headline the Dec. 2 show, the network announced.

Ronan will be joined by U2, who will serve as the musical guest.

SNL is taking Nov. 25 off, following three straight weeks of new shows that featured hosts Larry David, Tiffany Haddish and Chance the Rapper.

Are you looking forward to seeing Name’s host SNL? Drop a comment below.

Related storiesSNL Calls Out Alum Al Franken in »


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Night of Too Many Stars: Jon Stewart 'Joins' Game of Thrones, Sam Bee Flips the Bird, J.J. Abrams 'Spoils' Star Wars

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Jon Stewart on Saturday night called on a few famous friends for a very worthy cause.

Night of Too Many Stars brought out a bevy of Daily Show alumni, as well as the likes of Robert De Niro, J.J. Abrams, Billy Crystal, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Silverman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and many more to raise awareness/money for Next for Autism, a non-profit organization that “transforms the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching, and supporting innovative programs.” 

Last week, HBO — which broadcast the event live from New York’s Madison Square Garden — announced that embattled »


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TVLine Items: HBO's Gunpowder Trailer, Grace and Frankie Return Date and More

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Game of ThronesKit Harington is ready to topple the monarchy in the first trailer for the upcoming HBO miniseries Gunpowder.

The Guy Fawkes-inspired thriller, which first premiered on BBC One in October, chronicles the attempt made by Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics (led by Harington’s Robert Catesby) to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I, all in an effort to help restore a Catholic to the crown. Peter Mullan (Quarry), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Liv Tyler (The Leftovers) co-star.

RelatedGame of Thrones: 2019 Premiere for Final Season Seems Even More »


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NCIS: La's Renée Felice Smith Teases Episode 200's Nell Reveal, Hetty vs. Tiger (!) — Plus: Secrets From the Set

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When CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles first came calling, New York-bred Renée Felice Smith had just graduated from Nyu’s Tisch School of the Arts with little more on her resume than an Off-Broadway show and a passed-over CW pilot — Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s The Wyoming Project, which she likens to “Little House on the Prairie meets Party of Five” — on her resume.

As such, being courted to join the high-octane NCIS spinoff for Season 2 “was really big, huge,” the actress warmly recalls. “It changed my life.”

VideosNCIS: La Sneak Peek: Hetty Is Her Badass Self in Ep 200

Seven years later, »


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Dave Chappelle Netflix Special Set for Nye — Watch Stranger Things Teaser

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Netflix is hoping you’ll choose to ring in 2018 with Dave Chappelle.

The streaming service has revealed that the stand-up comedian’s latest special, Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, will be released on Sunday, Dec. 31 aka New Year’s Eve. (Watch Chappelle’s Stranger Things-themed announcement above.)

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Equanimity marks Chappelle’s third stand-up special for Netflix in 2017. A double feature — The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium and Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits — was »


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Family Guy Sneak Peek: Brian Strikes Out With Kristen Bell, Things Get Gross

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Spoiler alert: Brian Griffin is a horrible garbage person.

RelatedFamily Guy‘s Sad Brian Twist Is Sticking

To be fair, most regular Family Guy viewers are already aware of this fact, but TVLine’s exclusive clip from Sunday’s episode (Fox, 9/8c) is going to confirm it in ways you didn’t even think possible.

Like, the least disturbing part of this preview is when Brian tries (unsuccessfully) to score a date with his co-worker at the suicide hotline. Oh, and his co-worker is voiced by Kristen Bell, which means Brian is basically attempting to desecrate a national treasure. »


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Ratings: Blindspot Dips to Series Low

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NBC’s Blindspot this Friday drew 3.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, steady-ish in audience while dipping a tenth in the demo to a series low.

RelatedBlindspot Ep Sheds Light on That Jane Shocker: ‘It’s a Huge Part’ of Season 3

Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time (2.57 mil/0.5) was steady with its first hour, while the second dipped to 2 mil/0.4 (possibly marking series lows; I’m away from my data banks right now).

RelatedOnce Upon a Time: Weigh In on Rapunzel Twist, Visit to Wonderland

Elsewhere….

CBS | MacGyver (7.2 mil/0.9) was steady, while Hawaii Five-0 (9.1 mil/1.0) and Blue Bloods (9.1 mil/0.9) each dipped a tenth. »


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Bill Maher Defends Al Franken, Says It's Unfair to Compare Him to Roy Moore

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Real Time host Bill Maher on Friday used his monologue to defend Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who earlier this week became the latest politician to be accused of sexual harassment.

RelatedReport: Transparent Poised to Kill off Jeffrey Tambor’s Maura in Season 5

Franken’s accuser, Leeann Tweeden, alleged that the SNL alum forcibly kissed her during a Uso tour back in 2006. She also released a photo that appeared to show him groping her while she was sleeping.

Fox News has not really wanted to talk too much about the sexual harassment when it was Roy Moore or Donald Trump or everybody at Fox News, »


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Performer of the Week: Rachel Bloom

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The Performer | Rachel Bloom

The Show | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

The Episode | “Josh Is Irrelevant.” (Nov. 17, 2017)

The Performance | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is considered a comedy — and it is damn funny — but that really only scratches the surface of the full range of complex emotions Bloom goes through each week playing the “adorably obsessed” Rebecca Bunch. And that range was on full display this week, as we learned exactly how “crazy” Rebecca actually is.

As the episode opened, Rebecca was still recuperating from last week’s suicide attempt, and massive regret and shame was written all over Bloom’s face as Rebecca weakly confessed »


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Once Upon a Time: Weigh In on Rapunzel Twist, Visit to Wonderland

17 November 2017 7:00 PM, PST

ABC’s Once Upon a Time this Friday served up its Season 7 versions of Rapunzel and Wonderland, in a pair of back-to-back episodes. Did the new takes improve on the past? And what new twists were on tap?

RelatedOnce Upon a Time Casts Robin for Season 7

ABC was not able to furnish me with advanced screeners of this week’s two episodes, and I had plans (on a Friday night, imagine!), so… no recap follows. Instead, I leave you with the loglines for each episode plus the vivid memories of what your eyeballs just watched on the TV box to »


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True Detective Season 3: Carmen Ejogo to Star Opposite Mahershala Ali

17 November 2017 6:30 PM, PST

You can stop making your #TrueDetectiveSeason3 memes now: Oscar winner Mahershala Ali finally has a partner in the cast.

Carmen Ejogo (Zero Hour) will star alongside Ali in the third season of HBO’s True Detective, TVLine has learned. Ejogo will play Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher who has a connection to two children who went missing in the 1980s. Season 3 of the crime anthology “tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods,” per the network’s official description.

RelatedTrue Detective Renewed for Ozarks-Set, »


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Blindspot Ep Sheds Light on That Jane Shocker: 'It's a Huge Part' of Season 3

17 November 2017 6:00 PM, PST

Warning: This post contains spoilers from Friday’s episode of Blindspot.

Jane Doe has been called a lot of names during Blindspot‘s 48-episode run: Alice Kruger. Remi. Mrs. Kurt Weller.

And now, after Friday’s installment of the NBC drama, she can add a new moniker to that list: Mom.

In the newest Case of the Week — which sent the FBI on a hunt for a serial bomber, who had resurfaced many years after he was believed to have committed suicide — Jane crossed paths with a man named Rossi, who clearly had a long history with Jane that she simply couldn’t remember. »


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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Boss on Revealing Rebecca's New Diagnosis: 'So Much of This Seemed to Resonate for Her'

17 November 2017 5:59 PM, PST

Warning: This post contains spoilers from Friday’s episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

After years of fighting labels and resisting treatment, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rebecca Bunch finally got a new diagnosis this week to help her address her mental health issues. But as we know, “the situation’s a lot more nuanced than that,” right?

RelatedCrazy Ex-Girlfriend Boss Explains Rebecca’s Sad Choice: ‘We Knew She Was Going to Bottom Out’

Having survived last week’s harrowing suicide attempt, Rebecca was worried she’d be put back on heavy medication, but her new therapist Dr. Shin (The Catch‘s »


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Jeopardy!'s Tournament of Champions Crowns an Unexpected Winner — Watch

17 November 2017 4:30 PM, PST

After a harrowing two-week battle of the brains, Jeopardy! on Friday crowned the winner of its Tournament of Champions.

RelatedProject Runway Finale Recap: Did the Right Designer Win Season 16?

Buzzy Cohen, a 32-year-old music executive from Los Angeles — who somehow didn’t end up as a judge on Fox’s The Four — took home the $250,000 grand prize, with 26-year-old software engineer Alan Lin finishing in second place ($100,000) and 38-year-old bartender Austin Rogers placing third ($50,000).

And no one can say that Cohen didn’t fight his way to the top. Were it not for a bold Daily Double wager — he »


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Suits Spinoff Adds S.H.I.E.L.D. Alum Simon Kassianides as Series Regular

17 November 2017 4:08 PM, PST

The Suits spinoff is still staffing up: Simon Kassianides (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has joined the cast as a series regular.

Kassianides will play an enigmatic tough guy with connections to the mayor of Chicago, as well as the city’s top developer, according to our sister site Deadline. His character will be introduced in the upcoming Season 7 finale of Suits, which will serve as a backdoor pilot for the spinoff. Gina Torres is set to reprise her Suits role as attorney Jessica Pearson in the spinoff, which sees Jessica entering the world of Chicago politics.

Related Suits Shocker: »


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S.W.A.T. Gets Full-Season Order at CBS

17 November 2017 3:30 PM, PST

CBS’ S.W.A.T. reboot is getting some reinforcements.

The freshman police drama has scored a full-season order from CBS, TVLine has learned. That will take S.W.A.T.‘s first season to a total of 20 episodes, according to a source. Also, CBS has ordered three additional episodes of the freshman sitcom 9Jkl, which stars Mark Feuerstein as an out-of-work actor stuck living in an apartment between his parents and his brother.

RelatedCBS’ S.W.A.T. Premiere: Grade It!

Currently airing Thursdays at 10/9c, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a Los Angeles S.W.A.T. sergeant assigned to lead a specialized tactical unit — and also to bridge the »


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Arrowverse Crossover Photos: Dark Arrow and Overgirl, Cisco Pilots Waverider, [Spoiler] Injured and More

17 November 2017 2:42 PM, PST

Cisco Ramon is flying high and one hero appears to be down for the count (or at least sidelined) in the first batch of photos from this year’s Arrowverse crossover event, airing across The CW’s Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.

Also on display in the attached photo gallery: adversaries such as Dark Arrow, Overgirl and Dark Flash.

VideosArrowverse Crossover Promo Teases Explosive Wedding, Evil Ollie?

The crossover will unfold across two nights, beginning with Supergirl and a specially scheduled Arrow on Monday, Nov. 27, starting at 8/7c, and concluding with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow on Tuesday, »


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Meghan Trainor, Sean 'Diddy' Combs and More to Judge Fox's The Four

17 November 2017 2:30 PM, PST

Fox is getting back in the singing competition game with help from four of the biggest names in music — even if you’ve only heard of three of them.

RelatedJulianne Hough to Star as Washed-Up Musician in Fox Comedy One Hit Wendy

Meghan Trainor, Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and record label executive Charlie Walk will serve as the judges on The Four: Battle for Stardom, which premieres Thursday, Jan. 4 at 8/7c.

Instead of narrowing down its finalists from a large crop of contestants, The Four begins with a quartet of finalists who are tasked with defending their spots »


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Report: Transparent Poised to Kill off Jeffrey Tambor's Maura in Season 5

17 November 2017 2:17 PM, PST

A Jeffrey Tambor-less Transparent may actually happen.

In the wake of sexual harassment allegations recently levied against the Amazon series’ star, creator Jill Soloway is reportedly asking the streaming video service for enough time to write Tambor’s character Maura out of the dramedy in the upcoming fifth season, per The Hollywood Reporter. One exit option Soloway is reportedly considering? Maura’s death.

RelatedThe Royals Creator Mark Schwahn Suspended as Star Alexandra Park Backs Up Sexual Harassment Claims

On Thursday, Tambor was accused of sexual harassment by his Transparent co-star Trace Lysette, who says that, in addition to »


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