- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV49 mins ago
Later this season, "American Idol" will streamline its weekly results shows to only a half-hour. But this week, Fox still had a whole hour to kill, so the network decided to fill what felt like 23 of those 60 minutes with a group therapy session that really would've been a better fit for "Tough Love," "Charm School," or one of those '90s boot camp-themed episodes from "Sally Jesse Raphael."
Truth be told (and it was definitely told), the man leading this venting sesh — Hatchet Harry, aka tough-loving judge Harry Connick Jr. — offered some real nuggets of showbiz wisdom. It was the kind of stuff that this season's young, thin-skinned contestants (who were shown earlier in the episode sitting around a dining table, eating comfort food and whining about the judges' mean remarks) probably needed to hear. But I would have preferred to hear a second song from excellent guest performer Phillip Phillips, personally.
- Yahoo TV2 hrs ago
How busy is chef and Food Network star Bobby Flay? So busy that he's talking to us about his new show, "Beat Bobby Flay," from Gato, a Mediterranean restaurant he's opening later in the day in downtown Manhattan. He also recently opened the 18th outpost of his Bobby's Burger Palace, in Las Vegas.
And then there's "Beat Bobby Flay," the new competition series that will find chefs from across the country challenging Flay in a one-on-one cook-off. The twists: His friends — like fellow chefs Scott Conant, Giada De Laurentiis, and Sunny Anderson — are trying to choose the contestants who can beat him, and then he must, on the fly, prepare his version of his opponent's signature dish.
"Beat Bobby Flay," where did the idea come from? It's something I've wanted to do for the last three years, and it finally came to fruition after all the tweaking and brainstorming and conversations.
- Yahoo TV4 hrs ago
Paging Dr. Preston Burke! In what may be "Grey's Anatomy's" most shocking storyline ever, Isaiah Washington is returning for an episode of the Shonda Rhimes-helmed medical drama this May.
An original castmember on the show, Washington was famously fired from the show in Season 3 after making homophobic remarks about costar T.R. Knight, who was not yet open about his homosexuality.
"It's important to me that Cristina's journey unfolds exactly as it should," Rhimes said in a statement. "Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang."
- Yahoo TV4 hrs ago
One day, Amy Brenneman plays a woman who doesn't hesitate to speak her mind. The next, she is a woman who refuses to talk.
The versatile actress is guest starring on this week's new "Reign" as Marie de Guise, the mother of Queen Mary (Adelaide Kane). She arrives at the French court to give both her daughter and Queen Catherine (Megan Follows) a big piece of her mind.
When Yahoo TV spoke to Brenneman a few weeks ago, she had just shot her scenes for The CW's "Reign" — and was departing the next day to film the new HBO show, "The Leftovers." In the post-apocalyptic series, based on a novel by Tom Perrotta and produced by Damon Lindelof ("Lost"), Brenneman plays a woman who leaves her family behind and goes totally silent.
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The former "Private Practice" star chatted with us about moving between two wildly different roles, and just what we can expect from the larger-than-life Marie de Guise on "Reign" (airing Thursday, March 6 at 9 p.m. on The CW).
- Yahoo TV5 hrs ago
"The Strain" — FX's thriller about a mysterious outbreak of an ancient strain of vampirism — is launching some viral marketing, quite appropriately.
Yahoo TV has the exclusive first look at new cast photos for "The Strain," featuring stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and David Bradley, that will be seen in a unique show-sponsored installation at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. Take a look:
SXSW is known for being a non-stop event for attendees; FX is hoping to cure that particular strain of SXSW madness with The Strain Transformation Station, a place to power nap for 20 minutes in custom-built Rejuvenation Pods. The pods will be equipped with tablets showcasing exclusive content from the new FX original series, including the photos above and more.
- Yahoo TV5 hrs ago
"Suits" is back (Thursday, March 6 at 9 p.m. on USA), and with only six more episodes to wrap up this rollercoaster of a season, it's full speed ahead for the lawyers (and non-lawyers) of Pearson Specter. Yahoo TV sat down with "Suits" stars Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Gina Torres, Sarah Rafferty, and Rick Hoffman to hear all about the latest shake-ups at the firm and how Pearson Specter will recover — if they can recover at all. New dynamics, relationships being taken to the next level, darker twists, and a new path for one of the gang all spell major changes coming soon. They also dished about Hoffman's big cliffhanger moment — when Louis failed to find Mike Ross's (Adams) Harvard files — and how they're all working together to make sure the secret stays under wraps. Otherwise Louis Litt, the firm's most loyal soldier, could be the one to bring it all crashing down. Keep reading for more…
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- Yahoo TV7 hrs ago
"Mad Men" fans, prepare for takeoff: The seventh (and, sadly, final) season of AMC's expertly crafted period drama debuts April 13, and the network is giving us a tiny taste of what's to come with a photo and a brief teaser.
The photo and teaser both find exiled ad man Don Draper stepping off of a TWA airliner in his usual Madison Avenue suit and tie, fedora in hand. The teaser is frustratingly brief, but we'll take any morsel of "Mad Men" we can get, right? Click here to take a look:
Last we saw Don, he was taking an involuntary leave of absence from Sterling Cooper & Partners and finally opening up to his kids about his Dick Whitman past. Things were also rocky between him and wife Megan, and we can't help but notice he's conspicuously alone in the teaser.
Could Don be taking advantage of his downtime to travel the globe and come to terms with his split identity, once and for all? Or perhaps he's just visiting the newly-minted California outpost of SC&P, run by Ted Chaough and Pete Campbell. Or maybe the plane motif is simply a metaphor meant to convey how "up in the air" Don's life is at the moment.
- Yahoo TV10 hrs ago
The lights at the Peach Pit dimmed more than a decade ago, but we'll never tire of hearing about behind-the-scenes drama on the set of "Beverly Hills, 90210."
Jennie Garth has a dishy new memoir, "Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde," in which the mom of three talks about moving on from her divorce from Peter Facinelli and her first marriage to musician Dan Clark, whom she left for the "Twilight" star. The 41-year-old also spills secrets from her days as Kelly Taylor on the '90s teen drama, dishing about Shannen Doherty (Brenda) and their real-life rivalry, as well as her other famous castmates, including Luke Perry (Dylan), Jason Priestley (Brandon), Tori Spelling (Donna), and Ian Ziering (Steve).
- Yahoo TV11 hrs ago
"Survivor" Rule No. 2: You can't completely trust anyone, no matter if they swear on their dead mother, soul, first-born child, etc.
The Brains tribe learned a doubly hard lesson in last week's "Survivor: Cagayan" premiere — anyone can go, at any moment. J'Tia throws the rice in the fire? Eh, she's safe.
This week, down to just four members, Brains is teetering on the brink of annihilation. Luckily, they squeak by in the immunity challenge, just beating out Beauty.
The Beauty tribe, meanwhile, isn't faring well after a 24-hour monsoon that deluged them with heavy rain and whipping winds. The delicate flowers look miserable as they shiver and survey their wrinkled fingers. Poor things!
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- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV20 hrs ago
The theme for this Wednesday's "American Idol" show was "Home," which meant the top 12 performed Phillip Phillips's "Home," Chris Daughtry's "Home," Carrie Underwood's "Temporary Home," and Carrie's version of Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home." Just kidding! It was actually another open-ended theme night, on which the contestants could sing any song that reminded them of their respective hometowns.
None of the contestants went for obvious homages to particular cities or states. There would be no "Georgia on My Mind," no "New York State of Mind"…and sadly, no one did my favorite song about my own hometown, Bran Van 3000's "Drinking In L.A." (Maybe next week? Maybe if it's '90s Week?) But there were still some interesting song choices, and some great performances. As for the not-so-great performers? Well, one of them will probably go home, for real, after this week's votes are tallied.
Here's how everyone did this Wednesday: