FOX brought in the big guns for The Simpsons‘ annual Halloween episode. Guillermo Del Toro whose memorable films include Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and Pacific Rim created this year’s “couch gag” event. In addition, he reimagined the opening credits and created his own spook-tacular extended one. Reportedly, it took over two months to produce it.
The finished product is a wicked tribute to the monsters and other scary influences that Del Toro loves, as well as references to his own movies. Definitely watch it below. Hopefully, the FOX animated show brings him back, but to direct the entire Halloween special.
Now that the Beatles two-episode marathon is over, Glee can start promoting the highly-anticipated Cory Monteith tribute episode. Love John, Paul, George and Ringo, but I was ready to stab Ryan Murphy if he subjected me to another song cover of the Fab Four. Who else agree with me?
“I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve. After that, we’re going to take two weeks or three weeks down to get our heads together because it’s been a really hard thing to write.” – Ryan Murphy
Titled “The Quarterback,” the episode features six performances including one by Lea Michele belting out Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” which was later covered by Adele. I’m pretty sure, Michele will do that rendition. She loves covering divas after all. I’m surprised there isn’t a Celine or Barbra number in the mix.
Another interesting song selection is The Pretenders “I’ll Stand By You.” For all you Gleeks out there, you probably remember Finn (Monteith) singing it previously in Season 1 to Quinn (Dianna Agron) as he looked at what he thought was his baby’s ultrasound. Speaking of Quinn, it’s odd she wasn’t asked to appear in the episode.
Check out the promo below, along with the other songs being covered on the episode. “The Quarterback” will be the last new show until Glee returns after a month-long hiatus to accommodate the MLB playoffs.
We’re less than a week away from the second season premiere of Arrow? Can you feel the excitement? I can, but I’d rather feel Stephen Amell’s abs. Can I get an amen? The CW released another promo with Amell’s chiseled six pack front and center. They really know how to cater to their demo, don’t they?
“With great power, comes great abs,” Emily Bett Rickards explains. I’m so glad the powers-that-be promoted her character Felicity to series regular this season. Besides all the shirtless scenes of Stephen, she was the best thing about the superhero show. Watch Felicity travel to Lian Yu below and encounter a very sweaty Oliver Queen. Lucky girl.
Typically, this early in the new television season, chatter is about which shows will get the axe first (I’m calling Betrayal or Lucky 7) and not which ones will get a renewal. FOX made a surprising announcement today, renewing Sleepy Hollow for a second season after only three airings. Instead of ordering an additional back nine episodes to the show’s initial 13, the network is opting for a cable television type of approach and waiting til the 2014-2015 season to bring back the show for a second season.
“The show has proven to be a risk well worth taking — it’s a conceptual blast unlike anything else on television and it all holds together with inventive writing and a fantastic cast,” Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox, says. “I can’t wait for fans to experience what else is in store for this fall and even more of this wild ride into Season 2.”
The Ichabod Crane drama got a jump start on the season by premiering a week before most shows. It’s first outing delivered 13.6 million viewers and a 5.0 adults 18-49 rating when including three days of DVR playback. Those numbers give it the distinction as Fox’s most successful drama premiere since 24 opened in 2001.
Are you watching Sleepy Hollow? Glad that it’s coming back for a second season? Bummed that you have to wait til next Fall? Sound off below.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Guido Barilla’s anti-gay comments. The Barilla pasta brand chairman declared his company would never film an advertisement featuring a homosexual couple. He further added that if gays didn’t like it, they can eat another brand.
Between you and me, how many gays actually eat carbs? No big loss to most of us. Personally though, I love me some lasagna, penne, linguini, spaghetti etc… Who’s with me? A couple of days later, Guido made a half-assed mea culpa but the damage was already done. Don’t mess with the gay mafia.
In the wake of pasta-gate, a few companies including Bertolli pasta have spoken out, reminding their customers that they’ve always been gay-friendly and shared previous commercials featuring same-sex couples. Even a couple of fake brands have popped up poking fun at the situation. One of the best aired on The Conan Show. The ginger host introduced us to Pasta Tolernza di Napoli. Watch the cute parody featuring how gay and straight pasta can co-exist. I’ve also added a couple real commercials as well.
Miley Cyrus returns to Saturday Night Live this weekend to host for the second time. She’ll serve double duty, performing as the musical guest as well.
The “We Can’t Stop” singer appears with SNL repertory player Taran Killam in a series of promos released today, hyping up her weekend gig. In the clips, they banter back and forth regarding Cyrus’ new image, VMA performance and most importantly, why she’s always sticking out her tongue. Find out the reason below.
How do you celebrate 25 seasons on the air? Easy, but killing off a character. The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean reveals that writers are “working on a script where a character will pass away.” He teased that said character was voiced by an actor who won an Emmy for the role. It’s not much of a hint given that several actors have walked away with a statue, but a hint nonetheless.
In its history, The Simpsons has killed off seven characters including Homer’s Las Vegas wife, Amber in Season 16 and Ned’s wife Maude Flanders in Season 11. Though the writers are penning the script and it being produced this year, the episode might not air until Season 26. Check out a list of actors who’ve own Emmys for their work on The Simpsons below.
Rihanna’s fashion reality competition was originally slated to premiere on Style Network, but due to Esquire buying out the channel, Styled To Rock has a new home. Where else but Bravo of course. That Andy Cohen, always to the rescue, especially when it comes to pop singers gays love.
Similar to Project Runway, the Rihanna-executive produced series is looking for new designers to create fashion for A-list celebrities. Supported by their mentors, the candidates fight in a weekly battle for the final where the winner will walk away with $100,000 in cash, a fashion feature in Glamour magazine, and a chance to join Rihanna’s own design team.
On tap to mentor the contestants is everyone’s lucky charm Pharrell Williams, model Erin Wasson, and Rihanna’s stylist Mel Ottenberg. Weekly celebrity guest judges include Miley Cyrus, Carly Rae Jepsen, Khloé Kardashian, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Osbourne, Kid Cudi, The Band Perry, Ne-Yo, Big Sean, and Nervo. Pretty impressive roster right? Catch all the action when Styled To Rock premieres on Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.
In other Rihanna-related news, ever wonder who was on the other side of the bathroom door while she moodily sang “Stay?” Wonder no more. Queen Latifah answers that question in a parody she filmed for her daytime talk show. Check it out below.