Interview: Katharine McPhee makes a SMASH with the Season 1 finale

Katharine McPhee in SMASH - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Patrick Randak

NBC’s SMASH, set in the world of Broadway musicals, has its first season finale tonight at 10 PM. Never fear – the show has been renewed for a second season. This year, one of the main plotlines has been the rivalry between veteran musical chorus member Ivy Bell, played by musical theatre veteran Megan Hilty, and New York newcomer Karen Cartwright, played by Katharine McPhee in her first scripted TV series lead. McPhee, a Los Angeles native, shot to pop fame as the runner-up in the 2006 fifth season of AMERICAN IDOL. Since then, she’s appeared in feature films, including […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Romany Malco gets to THINK LIKE A MAN

Romany Malco in THINK LIKE A MAN | ©2012 Screen Gems

Actor/comic Romany Malco is actually in the middle of moving from Los Angeles to Brooklyn during this phone conversation – workers periodically ask him questions and his American bulldog Doodles occasionally gives a contented-sounding “Woof” in the background. Despite this, Malco seems remarkably focused and friendly as he discusses his new romantic comedy movie THINK LIKE A MAN, the animated FX comedy UNSUPERVISED, his new social network/TV project ROMANY MEETS HIS FRIENDS and more. ASSIGNMENT X: What is THINK LIKE A MAN about? ROMANY MALCO: It’s really about women trying to think about how to think like a man, and […]Read On »

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TV Recap: THE X FACTOR – Season 1 – “The Top 12 Compete”

Stereo Hogzz on THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - "The Top 12 Perform" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Cast: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio Reid, Nicole Scherzinger Network: Fox, airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: Nov. 2, 2011 Not surprisingly, the world’s second, third, fourth, fifth greatest karaoke competition, THE X FACTOR, began with the obligatory recap of the “epic” last episode that had the judges eliminating their last few picks in order to make up the Top 12. Outside of the whole groups and old people being included on this show, I don’t see much of a difference between this and the other The Stereo Hogzz Song: “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson What the judges said: […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE X FACTOR – SEASON 1 – “The Top 17 Compete”

inTENSITY on THE X FACTOR - Top 17 | ©2011 Fox/Aaron Rapoport

Cast: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio Reid, Nicole Scherzinger Network: Fox, airs Tuesdays Original Telecast: Oct. 25, 2011 Finally, after weeks of auditions and narrowing the number of contestants down to 17, we get the live performances on THE X FACTOR. Now, we just gotta eliminate another five in order to get to the Top 12. Top 12 eh? Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah that’s right AMERICAN IDOL does the exact same thing, unfortunately just as slow as this show has as well. It would have been much better to just have jumped to this point, but […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE X FACTOR – Season 1 – “Auditions No. 3”

Ashley Sansone performs on THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - "Auditions No. 3" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Cast: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio Reid, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger Network: Fox, airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: Sept. 28, 2011 A quick recap of what you know about THE X FACTOR: Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell returned together, a pompous British dude with a Barney-colored Polo is the host, they kicked off Cheryl Cole as a judge despite the fact that she’s a better judge than Nicole Scherzinger, it has just as many freaks, losers and bad singers as AMERICAN IDOL and, yes, it is just another copy of all the other singing/talent shows we’ve grown to […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE X FACTOR – SEASON 1 – “Auditions No. 1” – Series Premiere

Steve Jones, Nicole Sherzinger, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid in THE X FACTOR - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox/

Cast: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio Reid, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger Network: Fox, airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: Sept. 21, 2011 I’ve got a funny feeling going here … Simon Cowell (and his too-tight shirts and new eyeliner) and Paul Abdul (and her crying and weird clapping) doing a music competition/reality show. A bunch of talented singers and a bunch of crazies and losers. Similar audition stories and a pompous host that is more annoying than anything else. But wait … it’s still hot outside? So yeah there are a little too many familiarities to THE X FACTOR […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the 2011 PaleyFest Fall TV Preview presents FOX!

Zooey Deschanel at the 2011 PaleyFest Fall TV Preview presents FOX | ©2011 Sue Schneider

The last network to be a part of this year’s 2011 PALEYFEST FALL TV PREVIEW was FOX on September 12, at The Paley Center For Media in Beverly Hills. FOX brought in the stars and creative teams from the following shows: TERRA NOVA: Executive Producers – Rene Echevarria and Brannon Braga. ALLEN GREGORY: Will Forte (star), Executive Producers/Creators – Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, and Executive Producer David Goodman. I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER: Kevin Rahm (star), Co-Creator/Executive Producer Sherry Bilsing. NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel (star) THE X FACTOR: Paula Abdul (Judge) Fans were treated to screenings of FOX shows: […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Paula Abdul talks about reuniting with Simon Cowell on THE X FACTOR

Paula Abdul from THE X FACTOR - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox/Nino Munoz

While promoting THE X FACTOR during the Summer 2011 Television Critics Association press tour, judge Paula Abdul talks about reuniting with her former AMERICAN IDOL sparring partner Simon Cowell on this Fox network reality singing competition. “It’s nice to be back in a demented relationship,” says Abdul. “It’s like the EXORCIST 2,” adds Cowell dead-pan (and via satellite). Meanwhile, X FACTOR host Steve Jones couldn’t help but chime in and mediate. “It’s like mommy and daddy had a trial separation, but they still argue all the time,” says Jones.” As for how different THE X FACTOR will be different from […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Fox predicts the new Simon Cowell show THE X FACTOR will be huge

Simon Cowell judges THE X FACTOR | ©2011 Fox

There were many doubts with AMERICAN IDOL going into Season 10 that it wouldn’t thrive and survive without iconic judge Simon Cowell at the helm. Yet, with new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez joining Randy Jackson, the show has been an even bigger player than last year. That said, Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice says the plan was never to replace him and his personality on IDOL, but rather save his iconic personality for his own singing reality competition series THE X FACTOR which will be airing in the Fall and featuring new judges Cheryl Cole, L.A. Reid and […]Read On »

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