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Audra McDonald Sings Yahoo! Answers on Fallon

On Wednesday, six-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald returned to The Tonight Show to sing some ridiculous Yahoo! Answers, accompanied on piano by Jimmy Fallon and The Good Wife's Josh Charles. If you enjoyed McDonald's Tony-winning performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, you'll love hearing her take on classic tracks like "How can I be the life of the party?", "Does vodka really kill bees and wasps?" and "I swallowed an ice cube last night and then it disappeared, and I'm wondering if it's stuck." Truly effervescent.

Jessica Biel Will Face Off Against Jess in the New Girl Season Premiere

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jessica Biel will guest star in the season premiere of New Girl as the so-called "hottest scientist in the world" who ends up competing with Jess for the attentions of an attractive male guest at a wedding. It's not clear which Jess will be victorious, although Biel does have the advantage of having science on her side. Adorkability isn't technically a science, right?

Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Will Remain in New York

Governor Cuomo and CBS announced Wednesday that The Late Show will continue to be shot at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, its home of 21 years, when David Letterman retires and Stephen Colbert takes over in 2015. While it had been assumed that the show would be staying put, CBS only made it official today, announcing that it had received $11-million in state tax credits and $5-million in renovation money for the theater in exchange for staying in NYC and guaranteeing the continuation of 200 jobs surrounding the show's production. While the dates for the transition remain unclear, The New York Times reports that Letterman is expected to step down next May, with Colbert starting things up again in September following a summer hiatus.

Orange Is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks on Lies, Laughing, and Taystee-Poussey Shippers

You’ve watched all of Orange Is the New Black’s second season, yes? Wonderful. Then you may proceed. The rest of you, please note that this post contains many spoilers about the show.

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Do I Really Have to Watch Twin Peaks? Your Pressing TV Questions, Answered

Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons will answer your questions about what to watch, when to watch it, whom to watch it with, and how to feel about the whole thing. To submit your own questions, you can email staytuned@nymag.com, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned.

People seem to go on and on (and on and on) about how amazing Twin Peaks is and how significant it was and how I can survive without having watched it, etc. I can't seem to find motivation to start watching it, and I never really cared for David Lynch. (Sorry!) Is it really worth it? —Sophie

The short answer: Yes. The long answer: Yyeeeesssss. »

The Real Housewives of New York City Finale Had One Amazing Moment Involving a Prosthetic Leg

On last night's Real Housewives of New York City, Aviva Drescher threw her leg. Who is Aviva Drescher? A Housewife of New York City. Why did she throw her leg? "Aviva Drescher threw her leg because she knew it would be great television," wrote sage Vulture recapper Brian Moylan. And that's a good enough answer for me. Hell, just show me the GIFs. (Thank you to RealityTVGIFs.)

Here it is:

Check Out the Real-Life Better Call Saul Billboard

The anticipation for the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul is officially in phase two: Growing Excitement. We know the show is set in 2002 and that Saul was then going by "Jimmy McGill," though he was still practicing law and helping out the seedy-underbelly types. Now it appears that Jimmy has a real-life billboard, just like Saul did back in the Breaking Bad glory days. This sign was spotted in Albuquerque — and the number really works! Yes, we called Saul, and you can listen to Jimmy's outgoing message below.

Everything We Know About the Production of Game of Thrones Season 5

Season four of Game of Thrones may have just ended last month, but the next trip to Westeros isn’t that far away — at least for the show’s cast and crew, who are currently prepping for shooting to start this summer and fall. While HBO has yet to make official announcements about new additions to the cast and other major changes, some juicy tidbits have been trickling in from abroad, giving us more of an idea of what we might see come season five. More information is sure to arrive at HBO’s Comic-Con panel this Friday, but for now, here is what we know so far about who’s involved and where season five may be shot.

[Warning: The rest of this post contains spoilers concerning the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, as well as plot points from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books relevant to the reports we’ve rounded up.]

Scouring interviews and international news sources so you don't have to. »

The Real Housewives of New York City Season 6 Finale Recap: Aviva Drescher Threw Her Leg

Aviva Drescher threw her leg. That’s all there is left to say, ladies and gentlemen. Aviva Drescher threw her leg and we watched it on television. Yes, that is right, a 44-year-old mother of four who went to Vassar and has a master's degree from NYU hurled her prosthetic leg at another woman in front of television cameras and a gasping room of image consultants, facialists, social-media interns, pet psychics, people who have used the phrase “glam squad” without irony, and reality television stars. Aviva Drescher threw her leg. Aviva Drescher threw her leg. Aviva Drescher threw her leg and there is really nothing left to say.

Disgust, like Kristen’s, is probably the appropriate response. »

Pretty Little Liars Recap: Drunk in Love

In this rough, crazy, brutal thing we call life, all joy must be mitigated with sorrow. We can rejoice at the successes of last night’s episode: Hanna and Caleb making out like faux-Saracen never existed; the return of at least one grown-up; Aria learning that, when she wears a name tag, people will know what her name is. But, alas, our joy is short-lived! Ask for plot progression and ye shall receive, but with it will come the revival of Toby’s mom’s “suicide” story. That’s right, kids, we’re back on the Radley rooftop, and it’s a long way down from here.

Pam Fields is the person we talk about when we talk about parenting. »

Seth Meyers’s ‘Live New Yorker Cartoons’ Will Make You Go ‘Hmm, Yes, I See, Very Amusing’

Seth Meyers has only been hosting for six months, but it's already quite clear his Late Night is going to be a very different show from Jimmy Fallon's. It is a bit more restrained, a bit more highbrow. Case in point: "Live New Yorker Cartoons." For the second time, Meyers had The New Yorker's editor-in-chief David Remnick on to watch Late Night writers perform live versions of New Yorker cartoons and confront exactly what that looks like. It's grim — as in the Grim Reaper, who of course shows up in one, as they are New Yorker cartoons.

Understanding Under the Dome’s Underwhelming Ratings

The residents of Chester’s Mill are still trapped Under the Dome, but the rest of us are finding it increasingly easy to escape the clutches of CBS’s Monday-night thriller. Per Nielsen same-day ratings, Dome’s fourth episode of season two averaged 6.8 million viewers and scored a 1.5 rating among viewers under 50 last night, numbers which in and of themselves are pretty solid for a random Monday in the summer. But those same figures also represent the smallest same-day audience for Dome yet in the show’s two-season history and continue a troubling trend for the show: Every episode this season has been watched by fewer viewers, while the show’s overall audience has declined sharply — by some metrics, more than 40 percent — versus last year. And while a year ago, Dome regularly beat everything else on TV Mondays, last night the show had fewer same-day viewers than ABC’s The Bachelorette, and a lower adults-18-49 rating than Fox’s MasterChef and NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. Dome may not be doomed, but it’s definitely been dented.

Better DVR numbers, though. »

Why the Kim Kardashian Game Is Legitimately Good

If it feels like everyone around you is not only playing the Kim Kardashian game, but also can’t stop talking about how they are playing the Kim Kardashian game, that’s because they are and they can’t. With one analyst projecting that the Glu Mobile game could make $200 million this year and the app sitting pretty at #1 on the App Store’s Top Free charts (#5 on the Top Grossing charts), we're on a trajectory toward Candy Crush status here, people. (You know what I'm talking about, Environmental Protection Agency.) And while it’d be easy to moan and complain about the state of humanity on this one — I’ve clocked quite a few hours (okay, days) playing this thing, and it’s pretty fun! In fact, it’s a really well-made game that even a Kardashian hater might love. And I’m prepared to make my case for it, so strap on your Louboutins. (They’ll cost you 5 K Stars.) Here's why Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is a legitimately good game.

Because it’s a funny and well-written parody. »

How The Fosters Tackled TV’s Biggest Taboo

Every week, The Fosters finds a new way to make me cry — often through empowering love, sometimes through supportive honesty. This week's big tearjerker caught me by surprise, though, because it's something very rarely depicted on television: The Fosters included a late-term abortion, and it was really damn sad.

Poor Lena. »

Why Aren’t You Watching Face Off?

Syfy's competitive prosthetic makeup series Face Off returns for a seventh season tonight, as glorious and tenderhearted as ever. The show is one of my favorites, but despite actual years of insisting that everyone I know at least give the series a try, it appears some have not yet been persuaded by my persistence. I am at a loss — the show is everything there is to love about a reality contest show, without any of the bloating and awkwardness of other series. Perhaps there are other reasons keeping you away? Allow me to dismantle them.

I thought it was related to the Nicolas Cage movie Face/Off. »

Under the Dome Recap: Reduction Option

The morning starts out stressfully, with Rebecca dropping into Big Jim's office to push a mass-murder/save-the-town agenda. The food will be gone in seven days, according to Mrs. Science's science facts, and from there it'll be cannibalism and/or starvation. Big Jim uses his fluency in politicianese to translate Rebecca's "extermination plan" into a "reduction option." Just to render the decision-making process as brutal as possible, Chester's Mill's new mom and her baby — the one named after Norrie's dead mother, Alice — pop up for a doe-eyed hello at Sweetbriar Rose.

A crayon sketch of an open door. »

  • Posted 7/22/14 at 12:42 AM
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The Strain TV Series Will Be Very Different From the Books

Looks like Game of Thrones book purists may soon have another group of angry fans to commiserate with: At a recent Television Critics association panel, The Strain trilogy co-writer and show co-creator Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse explained that the series will detour widely from the narrative laid out in the books, both changing the order of events and omitting some others.  “[W]e will get there in a much more baroque way [than the books do],” said del Toro, with Cuse adding: “If you read the books and think that's the way its going to happen on the show, then you're wrong." Start sharpening your pitchforks, Strain trilogy fans.

Louie Is Getting a Shorter Fifth Season

Along with renewing Fargo for a second season — to be set during the Carter years — FX announced Monday that Louie will also be returning for a truncated fifth season in spring 2015, consisting of only seven episodes instead of the usual fourteen. Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking — always thought provoking,” said FX CEO John Landgraf. “The show went to narrative and cinematic places no comedy has gone before and we look forward to seeing what Louis comes up with next.” No word on whether C.K. has any plans to relocate the new season to the Carter years, but we wouldn't put it past the guy.

  • Posted 7/21/14 at 9:18 PM

Season 2 of Fargo Will Follow Young Lou Solverson in Sioux Falls

As reported earlier today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, FX ordered a second season of Fargo for fall 2015. And as many of you had speculated, the next edition will be set in Sioux Falls circa 1979. To jog your memory about the season finale: Molly’s dad, diner owner Lou Solverson, tells Lorne Malvo that he’d left behind his state trooper job decades ago because of a ghastly incident that took place in Sioux Falls, involving bodies “stacked so high, you could’ve climbed to the second floor.” “I’d call it animal except animals only kill for food,” he said. Season two will follow the events leading up to that incident, picking up with Lou as a 33-year-old man recently back from Vietnam, along with his 4-year-old daughter, Molly. (Alas, that means neither Keith Carradine nor Emmy nominee Allison Tolman will be returning.)

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You Will Soon Be Able to Instantly Watch All of The Simpsons and Finally Find Happiness

We knew a whole bunch of Simpsons was coming when the show signed a syndication deal with FXX, but we're not sure if we could've expected this. It was announced today that the 12-day marathon we were promised will feature every single episode of the show played in chronological order (with the movie airing after episode 400). The marathon, which is the longest in TV history, will begin on FXX on August 21 at 10 a.m. and will end on September 1 at 12 a.m. But wait: There's more. 

About Simpsons World. »