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Season 4 of 'American Horror Story' to be carnival-themed

Posted by Matthew Juul March 17, 2014 03:12 PM


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Haunted L.A. homes and bizarre '60s sanitariums are two of the creepy settings "American Horror Story" has used over the years to send viewers hiding under their covers, so it should come as no surprise that the upcoming fourth season of the FX series is reportedly planned to be set in a 1950s carnival fairground.

Nightmares, much?


'Dancing with the Stars' returns: 5 new things you'll see

Posted by Emily Wright March 17, 2014 12:58 PM


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Valentin Chmerkovskiy and partner Danica McKellar practiced for Season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars."

The "Dancing with the Stars" producers are trying to stay current and shook things up during the off-season to make it happen. From hirings and firings to set changes and fresh faces, we've got the five things for you to look out for before watching the season 18 premiere tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.


Chelsea Handler schools Piers Morgan on how to give a painfully awkward interview

Posted by Rachel Raczka March 12, 2014 11:16 AM

Comedian Chelsea Handler appeared on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" Monday where she verbally slammed the host for his "nonsense."


'Cosmos' reboot brings the wonders of the universe to primetime

Posted by Matthew Juul March 10, 2014 10:08 AM



When shows about ancient aliens and searching for Bigfoot dominate networks like Discovery and the History Channel, it's refreshing to see actual scientific programming hit the airwaves -- especially on a major player like Fox.

"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" -- a reboot of the late Carl Sagan's 1980 PBS series -- debuted Sunday night, across a bevy of Fox networks, bringing the many wonders of the universe to primetime audiences.

Produced by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane and hosted by famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the 13-episode series debuted with a bang -- Big Bang-style.


'True Detective' finale crashes HBO Go

Posted by Rachel Raczka March 10, 2014 09:55 AM

Couldn't stream the season finale of HBO's "True Detective" last night?

You're not alone.


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The Nic Pizzolatto-created series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson caused HBO's online streaming service to temporarily crash due to excessive demand. The network sent out a humble brag tweet apologizing for the disruption:

Twitter obviously erupted, but despite the inconvenience, the temporary issue brought two talking points to light:

"The disruption reaffirms True Detective's status of a pop culture phenomenon, which it has been able to achieve in only eight episodes," said Deadline. "It also underlines how inherently irrelevant traditional overnight ratings are with so many HBO subscribers preferring to watch online, they overwhelmed the network’s server."

HBO Go resumed regular service within a few hours.

We're still waiting to hear the official viewership numbers for the finale, but we want to know: did you get to see the finale? What did you think? Are you mad at HBO Go, too? Weigh in here.

[h/t WSJ Speakeasy]

Chat transcript: 'The Voice' contestant (and Hanson native) Kristen Merlin

Posted by Emily Wright March 7, 2014 11:42 AM

"The Voice" has a habit of picking up talent from the Bay State (i.e. former finalist and Wellesley High alum, Michelle Chamuel), and this year is no exception.


Lohan reality series 'Lindsay' looks like a hot mess

Posted by Emily Wright March 5, 2014 11:00 AM


The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) released its official first look at "Lindsay," a reality series documenting Lindsay Lohan post-rehab -- and girl, it looks like a hot mess.


Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots do 'Let It Go' with classroom instruments

Posted by Emily Wright March 4, 2014 10:06 AM

Since we've all had a day to digest John Travolta's tragic pronunciation of Idina Menzel's name, it's time to get back to the reason that the Tony Award-winning actress was performing at the Oscars in the first place: the girl can sing.


Bergeron, Andrews reveal 'Dancing with the Stars' celebrity cast

Posted by Emily Wright March 4, 2014 08:22 AM

Season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars" is going to feature a ton of new faces, from co-host Erin Andrews replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet to a new band, and now we know who the faces of the competitors will be.


'Flipping Boston' premiers March 1, show's Dave and Peter chat March 6

Posted by Emily Wright February 28, 2014 02:50 PM

A&E's hit reality show "Flipping Boston" is returning for a third season, featuring professional flippers Dave Seymour and Peter Souhleris, on March 1. The Peabody-based duo, who chatted with viewers in 2013, will take your questions about all things show and home-related on Thursday, March 6 at 10 a.m.


'Daredevil,' more new Marvel Netflix series to shoot in New York

Posted by Matthew Juul February 26, 2014 11:48 AM


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Daredevil, Luke Cage, and the rest of Marvel's upcoming live-action Netlfix series are set to shoot in New York, Disney chief Bob Iger and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday.


Hanson native Kristen Merlin picked for 'The Voice' team

Posted by Emily Wright February 25, 2014 10:36 AM

The Bay State has another local reason to watch "The Voice."


Seth Meyers debuts on 'Late Night' to mixed, mostly positive, reviews

Posted by Emily Wright February 25, 2014 10:18 AM

Twitter users are being relatively positive about Seth Meyers's first episode of "Late Night," where he paid homage to his predecessor, Jimmy Fallon, with a thank you note (above).

From what we're seeing of the Amy Poehler-and-Joe Biden featured show, the general social population liked it, or think there's enough room for improvement that they'll give it another chance -- if they can get over seeing his feet under his desk.


Erin Andrews to co-host 'Dancing with the Stars,' replace Brooke Burke-Charvet

Posted by Emily Wright February 23, 2014 07:46 PM

Fox Sports reporter and "Dancing with the Stars" veteran Erin Andrews will take her turn at hosting the ABC competition series, ABC confirmed on "Good Morning America" Monday.


Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon do 'History of Rap' part 5 on 'Tonight Show'

Posted by Emily Wright February 22, 2014 12:09 AM

Justin Timberlake was so sick that he had to cancel a concert at Madison Square Garden originally scheduled for Wednesday night, but he managed to pull it together enough to stop by "The Tonight Show" Friday.

Timberlake and host Jimmy Fallon threw it back to the "Late Night" days with the fifth installment in the "History of Rap" series. The performance preceded the interview portion of the night, helping to wrap Fallon's first week at "Tonight" on a super high note.

Here's the compilation rundown:

LL Cool J, "I'm Bad"

Run DMC, "Beats to the Rhyme"

Crazy Calls, "Wait for the Beep"

Beastie Boys, "Fight For Your Right"

Tone Loc, "Wild Thing"

DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, "Fresh Prince Theme"

Salt N' Pepa, "Whatta Man"

Positive K, "I Got A Man"

The Notorious B.I.G., "Big Poppa"

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg, "Dre Day"

Warren G feat. Nate Dogg, "Regulate"

N.W.A., "Straight Outta Compton"

Ini Kamoze, "Hot Stepper"

Outkast, "So Fresh, So Clean"

Busta Rhymes feat. P. Diddy & Pharrell, "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II"

Kris Kross, "Jump"

Skee-Lo, "I Wish"

Jay Z, "99 Problems"

Ludacris, "Move Bitch (Get Out the Way)"

Drake, "Started From the Bottom"

Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools (Drank)"

Kanye West feat. T-Pain, "Good Life"

Run DMC, "Walk This Way"

Before Timberlake left Rockefeller Center to head to the rescheduled MSG show, The pair talked all about "Saturday Night Live," his current worldwide "20/20 Experience" tour, and their love for each other (but they assured the audience that they're happily married).

Timberlake also gave viewers a sneak peak into his concert experience, which arrives in Boston for the first of two 2014 shows on Feb. 27.

Jimmy Fallon, Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell do 'Ew' on 'Tonight Show'

Posted by Emily Wright February 21, 2014 10:29 AM

We are pumped that Jimmy Fallon carried over one of our favorite "Late Night" sketches to "The Tonight Show." This, friends, is not ew.


'The Tonight Show': 4 reasons you should have tuned in

Posted by Emily Wright February 18, 2014 01:02 AM


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If you didn't stay awake until midnight on Monday to catch Jimmy Fallon's premiere on "The Tonight Show," that's OK -- we've got you covered. But you should have watched.


NBC News: Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer

Posted by Katie McLeod February 11, 2014 06:20 PM

TomBrokaw_sm.jpgNBC News has reported that Tom Brokaw, a special correspondent for the news station, has been diagnosed with cancer. NBC News also reports that Brokaw said he and his doctors are encouraged by his progress and optimistic about the outcome of his treatment. Brokaw has worked at NBC News since 1966.

The former "Nightly News" anchor was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August at the Mayo Clinic. This form of cancer affects blood cells in the bone marrow.


Harvard student Julia Clark competing in 'Jeopardy' college championship

Posted by Emily Wright February 11, 2014 03:25 PM

Could Julia Clark win the "Jeopardy" college championship?

Check out the Harvard University senior on CBS Thursday, Feb. 13 during the first round of play to find out. She'll be competing against Tucker Pope of Texas A&M University and Eric Turner of Vanderbilt University.


Mike Dowling to leave WCVB-TV Channel 5

Posted by Matthew Juul February 11, 2014 10:19 AM


The Boston local news scene will be losing another notable name when veteran sports reporter Mike Dowling signs off from SportsCenter 5 for the last time on Feb. 21.

WCVB-TV Channel 5 President and General Manager Bill Fine made the announcement in a press release Tuesday morning.

Dowling joined Channel 5 in 1985 and has covered all of Boston's major sports teams, including 20 local championship quests.


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