Johnny Depp, a star since his days on 21 Jump Street, understands that an actor’s career can draw to a close at any time. Depp is a survivor in the entertainment industry, and he recalls his struggling days before landing the lead role in Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. (Click on the audio player to hear Jonny Depp)
Now starring in Dark Shadows, Depp will also be seen as “Tonto” in The Lone Ranger, which is scheduled to come out next year.
Although he’s one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, Will Smith is still proud to dig up his past work as a rapper and the lead of the 1990′s series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Plus, he’s also secure with still being called The Fresh Prince, the moniker he used during his hip hop days with DJ Jazzy Jeff. (Click on the audio player to hear Will Smith)
As for his children, son Jayden is not too accepting of his dad’s wardrobe in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. (Click on the audio player to hear Will Smith)
Will Smith’s threads are a lot less colorful with his latest movie, as a black suit and shades should suit him just fine. MIB3 opens in theaters everywhere this Friday.
It’s a sad, sad thing to see. Here at the Fox lot, the oversized doors of Stage 15 were usually closed, with a security guard often stationed outside, helping keep safe the secrets of the institution that existed within: Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.
But for the last few weeks, the doors have been open. Piece by piece, door by door, wall by wall, crews have been dismantling PPTH.
And now it is gone.
Just an empty soundstage remains… for now, at least. Soon, sets for a new project will be constructed within those walls, and the Hollywood circle of life goes on. “House” creator/executive producer David Shore is all too aware of that. He recalls how cool it seemed at the time when, back in the show’s second year, construction crews started creating what would become the exterior to Dr. House’s home.
Until he realized that the facade being torn down was the entrance to “NYPD Blue’s” 15th precinct. “I loved that show,” Shore told us. “And I just realized, well, that’s the future. That’s the nature of it. There’s not a lot of sentiment.”
Being just days away from the show’s finale, it’s certainly a time for “House” fans to get a little sentimental. One of the most popular TV dramas of the past decade, its loss gives fans plenty to mourn — no more House, no more Wilson, no more Foreman or Chase or Taub, no more of the dialogue that was written so expertly and performed so brilliantly, no more of the “a-ha” moments that often signaled House’s break in the case, no more of the music-backed montages that captured an episode’s emotions so perfectly.
With that in mind, we spoke with Shore about the end of “House” — and its beginning.
Did he have an “a-ha” moment of his own, when the seeds of the show were first planted? (Click on the media player to hear David Shore.)
Back when the show was conceived, did Shore have its ultimate ending in mind? And does the real finale come close to what he might have envisioned?
The annals of TV history are littered with series finales that haven’t lived up to viewers’ expectations. After all, when viewers become invested in a show, its characters take on a new life inside each viewer’s own imagination.
We all have different ideas about where we’d like those characters to wind up (Shore admits he’s had plenty of people tell him how they’d like to see the show end), and so it’s up to the show’s writers and producers to craft an ending that, well, feels right. An appropriate ending that equals — or surpasses — what we’ve come up with ourselves.
And in an age where “spoilers” has become part of our everyday TV vernacular, it’s not easy to deliver a finale that hits the right notes and packs the emotional punch that can only come with the element of surprise. Which is why Shore said he’s taken plenty of precautions to keep the ending secret until it airs — and why he’s refused to talk about anything that could be construed as a spoiler.
The series finale of “House” begins Monday night with a special one-hour retrospective at 8/7c on Fox, followed immediately by the cryptically titled episode, “Everybody Dies.”
Do you think the show can deliver a satisfying ending? What do you think will happen? Do you have your own ideas about how you’d end things? And do you think we’ll ever see another show like “House”?
With three contestants left in the competition and only two slots open in the “American Idol” finale next week, somebody had to go home tonight.
And unfortunately for Joshua Ledet, he was the one who drew the proverbial short straw, winding up with fewer votes than either Jessica Sanchez or Phillip Phillips. So close, yet so far away.
Still, though it was certainly an emotional night for Ledet, he was in good spirits and optimistic about his future when he spoke backstage with Fox All Access producer Jeff Axelrod.
While Phillip and Jessica will try to earn your votes with their performances next Tuesday night during the first part of the “American Idol” finale, Joshua will be back on the “Idol” stage next Wednesday for part two of the finale, when the new “American Idol” will be announced. The two-part finale airs Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8/7c on Fox.
One of the two will be your next “American Idol” winner.
With just five days left until they perform in the big “Idol” finale, things are going to get really hectic for the two of them, really fast.
But before that happens, Jessica and Phillip took some time to sit down with Fox All Access producer Jeff Axelrod in the “Idol” dressing room, reflecting on their journeys so far and looking ahead to what will undoubtedly be the most exciting night of their young lives.
And although we’re sure they’ll both be giving it their all next Tuesday night, one thing is certain: This is a very friendly rivalry.
Watch Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips compete for the “American Idol” title — they’ll be performing Tuesday night at 8/7c, and the winner will be announced during the star-studded season finale, Wednesday night on Fox.
At times, it’s made us laugh; at other times, it’s made us cry. Some of us might have a heightened interest in medicine; some of us might have heightened anxiety over a symptom they share with a patient. And over the years, we’ve been teased, frustrated, fascinated, and delighted by the show.
And ultimately, we’ve been entertained.
But what about the cast members who made the show so affecting? How has being on the show changed them as actors? For the two characters at the very core of the show — House and Wilson — how have they changed over the course of these eight years? (Or have they?)
With the series finale just a few days away, Fox All Access went to the “House” set and spoke with cast members Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Peter Jacobson, Charlyne Yi, and Odette Annable.
The “House” series finale airs Monday night, with a special retrospective and the last episode, starting at 8/7c on Fox.
Watching the American Idol contestants return home last night reminded viewers and fans of where the Idols started and made where they are now just that more extraordinary. It’s been a wild ride for the ”Top 3″ had these last couple of months. From Joshua Ledet’s small town upbringing and even smaller church, Jessica’s home-schooled experience in a big city and Phillip Phillips simple down home town and proud gun packing dad, they’re all interesting stories of the American Dream. We caught up with Phillip, Jessica and Joshua backstage last night right after the performances and asked them about the emotions of going home, prepping for finale week, and what this journey has meant to them. Check out each of their stories:
So who do you think will make it to next week’s finale week? The answers will be revealed tongiht, when the top three become the top two. It all takes place tongiht on American Idol at 8/7 c on FOX.
We are down to the Final 3 contestants on American Idol: Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet. We are days away from finding out who wins it all, the winner will be announced next week when the American Idol finale airs Tuesday and Wednesday night on Fox. We caught up with Phillip, Jessica and Joshua right before they found out they had made the Final 3. We asked them what they are most looking forward to about visiting their hometowns. It’s going to be a big celebration for each of them. Their answers were pretty obvious as soon as they flashed huge smiles on their faces!
Make sure to catch the 3 finalists compete on Wednesday at 8/7 central, then see who gets voted off Thursday at 8/7 central on Fox.
These days, there are plenty of personalities in late-night television: Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, and Jimmy Fallon, to name a few. But once upon a time, there was only one name that mattered: Johnny Carson.
His 30 years hosting “The Tonight Show” remain legendary. His monologues, his characters, his witty banter with Ed McMahon and the thousands of guests who graced the show’s couch, and the way he made viewers feel like they were spending time with a trusted friend — all were hallmarks of the undisputed King of Late Night TV.
Tonight, PBS airs a documentary taking a look at the man, his gifts, and his legacy. “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night” takes a look at his rise to fame, from aspiring magician to one of television’s true icons.
Carson’s “Tonight Show” was a launching pad for many young comedians — Jerry Seinfeld, Rosanne Barr, Drew Carey and Ellen Degeneres all got their big break on the show. And it was a rule of thumb: If Carson liked you enough to invite you back to the couch after your routine, superstardom was virtually predestined. When we spoke with Ellen Degeneres, she recalled the fateful night that turned her into a star. (click on the audio player to hear Ellen Degeneres)
As Carson’s career wound down, it became apparent that a generational passing of the torch was taking place. When Arsenio Hall’s late-night talk show premiered in 1989, he became the first real competition Carson faced in ages. But in spite of their on-screen rivalry, Hall told us that off-screen, he and Carson developed a memorable friendship.
But for all of his accolades and accomplishments, there was another side of Carson, and the documentary doesn’t shy away from that. It delves into the bad blood between Carson and Joan Rivers. Once the best of friends — for a while, she was his permanent guest host — things got acrimonious when Rivers signed a deal to host her own late-night show without letting Carson know about it. The two never spoke again, and Rivers told us that, to this day, she can’t understand why. (Click on the audio player to hear Joan Rivers)