- kellywoo at Yahoo TV32 mins ago
Iconic television comedy "Murphy Brown" premiered 25 years ago, made Candice Bergen a star, and was famously the topic of a speech by Dan Quayle during the 1992 election.
But it could've all turned out very differently, as Bergen and creator Diane English on her talk show. CBS apparently didn't want Bergen to play the acid-tongued Murphy.
"They wanted someone much younger," Bergen acknowledged. "They said, 'Couldn't Murphy be coming back from a week at a spa, does it have to be a month at Betty Ford for alcoholism? And does she have to be 40, couldn't she be in her early 30s?' And Diane said, 'Are you insane? The whole point is her edges.'"
An incredulous Couric then revealed the name of the actress that the network almost cast instead — Heather Locklear!
As the audience gasped, Couric quickly made sure to say she had nothing against Locklear. "But she's not Murphy Brown!"
Amen to that!
- Victoria Leigh Miller at Yahoo TV1 hr ago
Julie Chen is talking trash about rival daytime chatfest "The View." In an interview on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show, the host of CBS's "The Talk" said the ABC show may have made a major mistake in hiring Jenny McCarthy for the show's current season. While Chen admitted that the former MTV star is likeable and beautiful, Chen said McCarthy's a fish out of water when it comes to talking politics. "That's what put ['The View'] on the map, but they don't do that any more," she said. "No one wants to hear Jenny McCarthy talk about the New York mayoral race ... or politics. They don't."
It's Called 'Fifty Shades of Grayson' for a Reason! 7 Things to Know About the 'Vampire Diaries' Winter Finalekellywoo at Yahoo TV1 hr ago
The humans are fighting back, and that could mean big trouble for Elena, Damon, and the rest of the Mystic Falls gang on "The Vampire Diaries."
Last week, we got an in-depth look at the decades-long Augustine project, which used Damon as a vampire test subject. When he finally got free, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) embarked on a quest for revenge against every living Whitmore — a story that shocked and appalled girlfriend Elena (Nina Dobrev).
But then, Elena herself was taken to Dr. Wes Maxfield's lab of doom. The winter finale is "a pretty intense episode," promised writer and executive producer Caroline Dries.
"We start with Elena still in that lab and she's wondering, a) where she is, b) what the heck is Wes doing to her, because he seems to have a very clear and secret agenda," Dries told Yahoo TV in a phone interview.
Maggie Siff on 'Sons of Anarchy' Season Finale: There's Clearly No Happily-Ever-After Ending Coming for the Serieskimp at Yahoo TV2 hrs ago
Well, that was traumatic. While we knew there probably wasn't going to be a happy ending for "Sons of Anarchy" in the sixth season, the death of Dr. Tara Knowles, especially coming in such a violent way at the hands of her mother-in-law, was particularly harsh. And, as Tara's portrayer, the fantastic Maggie Siff, tells Yahoo TV, it sets up what promises to be an unhappy final season for Tara's widower, SAMCRO president Jax Teller.
Series creator Kurt Sutter's "clearly not planning the happily-ever-after ending. I know he wanted to see Jax move into this final chapter stripped of everything," Siff says. "So he's lost his best friend, and he's lost Tara. I think Opie also had a real strong streak of goodness in him, a nobility that Jax clung to. And to see both of those characters lost within a year is brutally hard.
- rchan at Yahoo TV3 hrs ago
Bob Barker surprised the audience of Thursday's "The Price Is Right" by appearing on the show, on what was his 90th birthday. This is only the second time he's gone on the show since his final taping back in 2007, capping off a 35 year run. "He looks better than he did even when he left," said executive producer Mike Richards. But Barker brings more than looks back with him. "He was always undervalued as to how funny he was because he was such a great host and so gracious and so well-spoken. He is hilarious and you'll see it in the show."
His return coincides with Pet Adoption Week on the show, a cause near and dear to Barker's heart. He continues to devote enormous amounts of time and money to the Humane Society and other animal welfare groups.
'Scandal' Stars Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz on HuckleberryQuinn's Future: 'He Might Have a Little More Respect for Her'kellywoo at Yahoo TV6 hrs ago
Fans of "HuckleberryQuinn" on "Scandal" were shocked last week when the relationship between the mentor and his protégé took a very dark turn.
After finding out Quinn had betrayed Olivia Pope and the other gladiators, Huck went B-613 on Quinn — tying her up, torturing her, and even pulling out a tooth! He spared her life, but only because she seemingly promised to get to Eli Pope and kill him!
So where does the HuckleberryQuinn pairing go from here? We chatted with stars Guillermo Diaz and Katie Lowes about their big scene, a potential romance, and this week's big winter finale.
What was your reaction when you first read the torture scene?
Lowes: Oh, wow.
Diaz: I think people cried during the table read. I was completely shocked and it was really unexpected and I just remember thinking, "Oh my god, we have to shoot this." I was excited and scared and just crazy happy that we were getting to shoot this amazingly written scene. As an actor, it's what you want.
Watch as Huck prepares Quinn for torture:
You're very good friends, did that make it easier or harder to shoot?
Lowes: I think that made it easier, really.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV12 hrs ago
On Wednesday, each of the "X Factor" top four finalists sang three times: one solo song selected by America, another solo picked by his/their respective mentor, and then a duet with a fellow contestant. And the duets were, well, kind of "Voice"-y, as the paired-up contestants battled each other in what sort of looked like an X-shaped boxing ring.
But the duets were actually the weakest part of the show. If Simon, Kelly, Demi, and Paulina had been sitting in spinning red chairs, they probably wouldn't have turned around. The solos , though? They were, for the most part, pretty good — and sometimes pretty great . While Carlito Olivero, who sang in the tricky first spot, still seemed like the underdog, to quote Season 2 underdogs Fifth Harmony, anything could happen on Thursday's results show. This was a highly competitive week. Let's recap…
SOLO PERFORMANCES, ROUND 1
- kellywoo at Yahoo TV17 hrs ago
SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers.
Another week, another intense tribal council on “Survivor.”
Wow, can Hayden and Ciera talk or what? For two people who have very little hope, they do an excellent job of nearly swaying Monica to flip to their side.
She’s always been the weak link, emotionally, of the veterans’ alliance. While Monica is physically fit and can compete well in challenges, her insecurities and paranoia make her the natural target for outsiders like Hayden and Ciera.
And they almost achieve their goal. Ciera introduces doubt in Monica’s mind, saying Tyson and Gervase consider her a “puppy on a leash.” Then at tribal council, she and Hayden continue their attack and even bring her family into it. How will Brad and her children react to seeing her play Tyson’s game, instead of playing her own?
Their words definitely hit home, and a teary Monica seems to wobble. But in the end, she remains loyal and votes out Hayden.
Now, all Ciera can hope for is that her mother wins next week’s duel and returns to the game. This time, she wants mama to come back.
A rundown of this week’s episode:
- Joyce Edwards at Yahoo TV18 hrs ago
Revenge is an especially scary notion on "American Horror Story: Coven," and sometimes all that's needed are a melon baller and some silver bullets to get the desired effect.
In an intense and casually gruesome episode, this week's "Head" not only unites witchcraft with voodoo, but also exposes an ultra-bizarre witch-hunting conglomerate that is at the nexus of the coven's danger.
With the witch hunters responsible for Cordelia's blinding and Hank's double life, and the witches matching each action with solutions for Cordelia's eyesight and Queenie's quick save, it seems as if "Horror Story" is at a temporary checkmate, as an all-out war is on the horizon. Here are the top shockers from this week's episode that made our eyes pop out of our heads.
Through a traumatic boyhood flashback, it's revealed that Hank comes from a long line of witch hunters and began shooting, or rather failing to shoot, silver bullets at a young age.
- rchan at Yahoo TV18 hrs ago
If the thought of watching that treacle-sweet stop-motion Rudolph one more time makes you want to grind your teeth down to the gums, Adult Swim is happy to provide you with an antidote in the form of stop-motion elves eaten by reindeer, Emmet Otter's final jug-band rehearsal, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane reprising his role as Santa, and a surly rabbi at a spelling bee.
This clip is from the third "Robot Chicken" holiday-themed special and, like its predecessors, the "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" is full of cheer, but also enough bleeped language that you're probably not going to want to share it with the whole family. Fortunately, show creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich will be live-tweeting the show (with the hashtag #RCXmas) so you can watch it with your Internet family.
The "Robot Chicken: Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" airs Monday night/Tuesday morning at midnight on Cartoon Network.