TV Junkie: Video Interviews with 'Royal Pains' Cast & More; Ashton Won't Make 'Men' Better
Here's our last chunk of videos from last week's USA Network upfronts. Above we have a video of Bruce Campbell harassing Tiffany Thiessen and below we have Vincent D'Onofrio frmo "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and then Jill Flint and Reshma Shetty from "Royal Pains." Next week we will have video from NBC's upfronts. [Check out our other videos from the event: "Covert Affairs" castmates Peter Gallagher and Anne Dudeck, Sarah Shahi and others from "Fairly Legal" , Tuesday's post with James Roday and Dulé Hill from "Psych," and Monday's post with the cast of the new series "Necessary Roughness."]
Reports have it that Ashton Kutcher is going to "replace" Charlie Sheen on CBS' "Two and a Half Men" for $1 million per episode. Kutcher got his start on TV and had a lot of success there as compared to his film career. But if there hadn't been a controversy around the departure of Sheen, who would really care? Kutcher's arrival on the show doesn't mean that the basic premise of the show will change or that the writing will, all of a sudden, improve.
Other TV shenanigans: NBC has cancelled "The Event" which we thought would have enough starpower to survive but we also felt is was too weird and too close to the conclusion of "Lost" for broadcast TV - the star power and special effects also made it too expensive. Also, "Chuck" got renewed for one more season, which will be its last.
This weekend Ed Helms hosts "Saturday Night Live." Last week's Tina Fey episode wasn't as good as we'd hoped, in fact, Fey and Maya Rudolph were much funnier on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" over he past couple weeks than they've been on "SNL." Is it the writing or the performances or the decisions of Lorne Michaels that brings down what should be winning combinations? We'll keep watching "SNL" because there's nothing quite like it on TV but that doesn't mean we can't recognize when the show has problems.
Below is our Channel Zero podcast with voice actor Billy West ("Ren & Stimpy," "Doug," "Futurama," etc.):
Please subscribe on iTunes to keep up with our interviews. Next week: Anders Holm from "Workaholics" and Louis C.K. from "Louie."
Events: Next Monday and Tuesday you can run G4's "American Ninja Warrior" course for a chance to compete in Japan - it starts at 7am on Venice Beach, get info HERE. Wednesday, May 18, Greg Proops has returned from Australia to once again bring his free Proopcast, "The Smartest Man In The World," to Bar Lubistch at 7pm. Thursday, May 19, "Fringe" fans should get their tickets in advance for this screening and panel with castmembers and creators of the show at "An Evening With 'Fringe'" at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Starting on Thursday, May 19, legendary comedian Paul Rodriguez will be performing a 2 week run at the El Portal Theatre.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Real Time With Bill Maher," "Friday Night Lights," "The Soup," "Fashion Police," "The Late Show With David Letterman" (Comic Joan Rivers; comic Nick Griffin; Okkervil River performs), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actress Kristen Wiig; actor Chris Colfer; Lenny Kravitz performs). Saturday - "Doctor Who," "The Graham Norton Show," "Saturday Night Live" (Ed Helms hosts, Paul Simon musical guest). Sunday - "Bob's Burgers," "Game of Thrones," "The Killing," "Treme" (on immediate rerun).Tonight
8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Columnist Reihan Salam and journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. National security expert Richard Clarke and humorist and documentary filmmaker Harry Shearer are interview guests.
8:00pm Flashpoint CBS - The team is called in when a couple holds up a bank in an attempt to get money for their son, who is dying of leukemia.
8:00pm Friday Night Lights NBC - Coach talks to Vince and his father about recruitment regulations; four of the Lions make a lifelong pact; Julie's relationship becomes more complicated.
9:55pm Camelot Starz - Morgan puts on a feast for King Arthur and his Knights at Castle Pendragon which turns to panic as the castle comes under attack; Arthur and Morgan's men join forces.
10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale and the gang hilariously wrap up the week of TV, pop culture, news, etc.
10:00pm Blue Bloods CBS - In an effort to expose the Blue Templar, Frank decides not to report a case that reveals dirty cops.
10:30pm The Whitest Kids U'Know IFC - Black light; stork factory; CW5 pt ; CW 5 pt2.
10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Joan Rivers and Co. will rip fashion and celebs for another week
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Comic Joan Rivers; comic Nick Griffin; Okkervil River performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Jodie Foster; actor Ken Jeong; Rodrigo y Gabriela perform.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Paul Reiser; actress Melissa McCarthy.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Kristen Wiig; actor Chris Colfer; Lenny Kravitz performs.
9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - The Doctor, Amy, Rory and the TARDIS are in danger after following a Time Lord distress signal.
9:00pm Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz Showtime - The comic performs stand-up style
10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Great talk show host with great guests
11:25pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Ed Helms; Paul Simon performs.
7:15pm Rasputin, the Mad Monk TCM - (1966) The bearded Russian mystic (Christopher Lee) worms his way into Czar Nicholas II's court by seducing a lady-in-waiting (Barbara Shelley).
8:00pm Nature PBS/KOCE - Bears of the Last Frontier: The Road North Chris Morgan studies black bears caught between urban development in Anchorage, Alaska, and the wilderness.
8:30pm Bob's Burgers Fox - When a storm cancels Lobsterfest, Bob is happy to serve the would-be attendees; the kids decide to try lobster.
9:00pm Game of Thrones HBO - Robert orders a preemptive strike on the Targaryens; Tyrion helps Catelyn; Sansa is charmed by Ser Loras Tyrell; Arya overhears a plot against her father. [See preview clip below]
9:00pm Masterpiece Classic PBS/KOCE - South Riding Robert confronts political corruption; Sarah must deal with personal and professional crises.
10:00pm The Killing AMC - Sarah and Holder uncover evidence; Mitch endangers the boys; Richmond tries to get back in the race.
10:00pm In Plain Sight USA - Mary plays the go-between for a witness and a suspect.
10:00pm Treme HBO - Aunt Mimi and Davis form a record company; Janette makes a dramatic departure from Restaurant Brulard; Antoine gets a teaching job.
10:00pm The Borgias Showtime - The invaders capture a pregnant Lucrezia who charms King Charles; Pope Alexander VI awaits his fate.
10:00pm Killing bin Laden Discovery - An account of the bin Laden operation from the beginning to his burial at sea.
10:00pm Iron Chef America Food - Flay vs. Stein Windy City vs. the Big Apple; Chicago Chef Todd Stein takes on Iron Chef Bobby Flay.