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Newcomers Buy Ad Time at the Super Bowl – A tiny start-up in Silicon Valley is one of 15 first-time advertisers that will compete for attention on Sunday against the usual lineup of deep-pocketed brands.

Television Review: ‘Beautiful & Twisted,’ a True-Crime FiIm on Lifetime – Rob Lowe and Paz Vega star as a hotel heir and the stripper he married.

In ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ Jostling Cultural Legacies – “Fresh Off the Boat,” based on a memoir by the chef Eddie Huang, is the first sitcom about an Asian-American family since Margaret Cho’s short-lived show of the 1990s. Much is riding on it.

Talk: David Duchovny: ‘I Like Fooling Around With Words’ – The actor on his first novel and fan fiction.

Riff: ‘Black Mirror’ and the Horrors and Delights of Technology – A brilliant British TV show reflects a modern-day dystopia, made in America.

What’s on TV Friday – Television highlights.

TV Sports: Behind the Scenes, Network Production Crews Find a Friendlier Belichick – Bill Belichick’s funereal demeanor is rooted in the public imagination, but as one N.F.L. network analyst said, meetings with him can be illuminating, even fun.

Rod McKuen, Poet and Lyricist With Vast Following, Dies at 81 – The author of dozens of books whose work met with immense commercial success if little critical esteem, Mr. McKuen was once described as “the unofficial poet laureate of America.”

Television News from the Seattle PI

Mary Murphy Leaving So You Think You Can Dance After 11 Seasons – Check out all the fashion hits and misses Murphy's exit ends a month-long speculation about her status. "Thank you to the dancers and choreographers who inspired and enriched my life every week; to the crew and producers, especially James Breen, Jeff Thacker, and Nigel Lythgoe, I thank you for believing in me," Murphy added. [...] thank you to my fans, as you always put a smile on my face when I encountered you. Can Henry be redeemed? src="[autoplay]=false&options[loop]=false" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> View original Mary Murphy Leaving So You Think You Can Dance After 11 Seasons at
The New Odd Couple: "We're Trying to Reinvent the Show for 2015" – The question really, according to the executive producers and stars of the upcoming CBS sitcom, is: "The Odd Couple has been repeated so many times," executive producer Bob Daly told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter previews on Monday. Much like the 1970 TV show (based on the movie based on the play), the sitcom centers on the sloppy Oscar Madison, this time played by Matthew Perry, who moves in with his obsessively clean friend Felix Unger (Reno 911's Thomas Lennon). Coming off two short-lived and slightly darker single-camera comedies (ABC's Mr. Sunshine and NBC's Go On), Perry said he was happy to return to a multi-camera sitcom shot in front of an audience similar to Friends. Perry said that precisely because of the show's cast, which also includes Community alum Yvette Nicole Brown, The Wire's Wendell Pierce and Lindsay Sloane (Horrible Bosses), the new version of The Odd Couple is "more of an ensemble show," according to Perry. Unlike the original series, the writing staff now includes female scribes. The Odd Couple premieres on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.
The Bachelor's Harrison on Chris Keeping Bizarre Ashley S: He Should've Had Enough Reason to Cut Her – The Bachelor's Chris might have given out some debatable roses the first night, but now some of the women - and a lot of viewers - are even more confused by his decisions. During the week's group date, which included a zombie hunt, Ashley S. continued to stun with her bizarre personality and nonsensical behavior. [...] Chris was so perplexed by what she was saying to him, she sent her home for the night. [...] by the time the cocktail party rolled around, the Iowa farmer still gave her a rose - and not even host Chris Harrison knows why. [...] I got a lot of crap on social media for beating her up and I was like, 'It couldn't have been a softer interview!' I'm privy to information, but none of those details are for me to say. By no means did I know they were broken up and did that interview because honestly, having been through a crappy breakup, I would've protected it more and stayed away from wedding talk and I wouldn't have put them on the spot. For Kimberly, she felt like she came all this way and didn't get a fair shake, so when I talked to Chris, it didn't bother me that he thought, I'll give it another shot. Tara got drunk [on Night 1] and Kimberly was already out the door, and it takes a lot to overcome a first impression. When you talk about having a nose fetish and aliens -- it was awkward at best. What the heck is wrong with these women the way they're talking after they make out with the guy?! They're running around kissing and telling. [...] the person who has that first spark, it's really hard for them because they get brought down to reality real quick, and Britt is feeling that. Britt is going to feel the repercussions of all these new relationships now starting and there is a lot more women to meet. Once she said she was a virgin, you get a preconceived notion of the person you think she is and about her sexuality, and then she immediately does a 180 from what you think she is by having him wish on her belly button and make out with her. The oddest thing was Mackenzie having envy over her as if she were a unicorn flying into the show.
Parks and Recreation Gets Ready to Say Goodbye on Its Own Terms – Three weeks after filming wrapped on his comedy Parks and Recreation, the executive producer is back at work after the holidays editing the last few episodes of the series when an unwelcome distraction is thrown his way. The final 13 episodes pick up right where the Season 6 finale left off, which is to say they start in 2017, three years into Leslie's gig at the National Parks department and three years after Leslie and Ben (Adam Scott) welcomed triplets. The arc of the season is about what I think is probably the most important issue facing America, which is not just public sector vs. private sector, but specifically it becomes about the issue of privacy. The closeness of this group of people is fraying at the edges just because people's lives are taking them in different directions, and that culminates in the series finale. The "scattered" nature of Parks' ensemble is precisely why Schur and Poehler began contemplating bidding adieu to Pawnee in the middle of Season 6. "Because we had written so many season finales that could be series finales and because we were always unsure of our future, we accelerated the characters so dramatically in terms of their personal lives and their professional lives," Schur says. After being left off the fall schedule, the network announced in December that Season 7 would premiere in January on a new night, Tuesdays, and air new episodes back-to-back. In a statement, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt called the scheduling a way to "eventize" the last season, while most critics bemoaned the move as a way to burn episodes of Parks off.
Penny Dreadful Season 2 Brings a Literal Bloodbath, Witchcraft and... Dancing?! – The second season of Showtime's gothic drama Penny Dreadful will premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 10/9c, it was announced at the Television Critics Association winter previews on Monday. A trailer (which you can watch below) shown before the panel featured a number of disturbing scenes, including this season's antagonist Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory) reclining in a bathtub filled with blood. Viewers may recall meeting McCrory's character by another name, Madame Kali, the renowned spiritualist and medium who hosted a seance in Season 1. Dr. Victor Frankenstein At the end of last season, Victor (Harry Treadaway) killed Ethan's ailing friend Brona (Billie Piper) in order to give his Creature (Rory Kinnear) a companion. Dancing We see the Creature learning to waltz in the trailer, and Logan confirms that music is significant to the series because "anguish is everything." Bloodbath Although McCrory didn't find filming the bloodbath scene upsetting, the logistics of the bath were a nightmare to put together. The crew had to weigh McCrory down with blocks along the length of her body. Related Articles on Showtime secures Kyle MacLachlan for Twin Peaks reboot, renews ShamelessPenny Dreadful boss addresses Vanessa's sexuality, Ethan's werewolf origins Other Links From Eva GreenHelen McCroryJosh HartnettTimothy DaltonBillie PiperRory KinnearHarry TreadawayReeve CarneyPenny DreadfulJohn Logan
Showtime Secures Kyle MacLachlan for Twin Peaks Reboot, Renews Shameless for Season 6 – ?The Television Critics Association welcomed a very special guest to the winter previews on Monday when ? Dressed as his iconic character, MacLachlan came out carrying "a damn good cup of coffee" intended for Showtime President David Nevins. "The viewer loyalty and critical acclaim over the last five seasons has made Shameless one of our signature series" Nevins said in a statement. Happyish coming soon Nevins also announced that Showtime has ordered the new comedy Happyish to series. Starring Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford, the series will premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9:30/8:30c immediately following the final season of Nurse Jackie, which kicks off on April 12, at 9/8c. [...] he said there was already a "big surge" Sunday night shortly after The Affair's two Golden Globe wins for Best Drama Series and Best Actress in a Drama Series (Ruth Wilson). "There's a season-long arc involving a complicated family that's not his family," Nevins teased, also saying that the plot involves real estate. Homeland's critics The Emmy-winning drama went through a major creative resurgence in Season 4, but the finale particularly still had detractors. In regards to the criticism the show received from the Pakistani government, "I really respect how they handled it," he said.
Which Comic-Book Legend Is Dropping by Agent Carter? – Stan Lee, the icon who created Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and others, will make a cameo in an upcoming episode of the ABC-Marvel television series, TVLine reports. Lee, a former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, is known for making cameos in television and film productions of Marvel properties. In recent years, Lee has made cameos in the Captain America films, Guardians of the Galaxy, and ABC's other Marvel series, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Gary Oldman and Wife Are Getting Divorced After Six Years of Marriage – The Dark Knight actor and Alexandra Edenborough, Oldman's fourth wife, are getting a divorce, People reports. Edenborough, 36, filed divorce papers on Friday, citing "irreconcilable differences." The actor married Lesley Manville in 1987 before splitting in 1989. Fashion hits and misses

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