Will “Revolution” be the next show on the cancellation list? The drama was not among several shows that were renewed by NBC last week, so Tom Shaw is predicting its doom. He also wonders about “Law and Order: SVU” since such an aging program gets costlier to keep with sky-high production costs and star salaries (like Mariska Hargitay). Other producers who should be concerned about renewal: “Intelligence,” “Last Man Standing,” “Mixology,” “Parenthood,” and “Trophy Wife.” TV by the Numbers.
Four-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston says his former series “Breaking Bad” resonated with audiences “because there’s a Walter White in every person in the world.” Cranston played White, a chemistry teacher who turned to making and selling crystal meth when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The article refers to the character as “possibly the darkest and most morally ambigious protagonist in television history.” He adds, “Given the right circumstances, anyone would be threatened enough, fearful enough, desirous enough.” Cranston now stars on Broadway in “All the Way” as President Lyndon Johnson. Huffington Post.
Veteran character actor James Rebhorn dies Friday at age 65 after a long battle with melanoma. One of his most recent roles was as the father of Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) on “Homeland.” Other TV shows included “Boston Legal,” “Law and Order,” “Enlightened,” “The Practice,” “Seinfeld,” “30 Rock,” and “White Collar.” Notable film appearances were “The Game,” “Independence Day,” “Meet the Parents,” “My Cousin Vinny,” and “Scent of a Woman.” Variety.
“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner reveals very little about the final season of the four-time Emmy winner for Best Drama Series. At a PaleyFest screening Friday, the writer/producer said, “I love the audience not knowing how the new season is going to start. We ended (Season 6) in the fall of 1968, and we’ll begin right after that.” The seventh season premieres April 13 on AMC with just seven episodes. Weiner did say that they will begin production on the final seven episodes next week with those shows airing in spring 2015. Cast members at the event were Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser, Robert Morse, Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Pare, and Kiernan Shipka. Deadline.
Setting up a hot new film franchise, “Divergent” takes the top spot at this weekend’s box office with $56 million. It is based on the young-adult adventure novels by Veronica Roth and stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James. That is the second best opening of 2014, behind the $69 million of “The Lego Movie” in February. “Muppets Most Wanted” opens fairly soft in second place with $16.5 million. The faith-based movie “God’s Not Dead” surprises with $8.5 million for a strong fifth place finish. The Wrap.
When reality show “Last Comic Standing” returns to NBC on May 22, it will have a whole new lineup. Comedian and actor J.B. Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Millers“) will host the eighth season. Roseanne Barr, Russell Peters and Keenan Ivory Wayans will serve as the celebrity judges. Wanda Sykes will executive produce the 13 episodes. Entertainment Weekly.
With the Noir City festival currently underway at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, what are the top classic noir films of all time? Anne Thompson‘s five choices are “Touch of Evil,” “Port of Shadows,” “Double Indemnity,” “Elevator to the Gallows,” and “Aphaville.” Beth Hanna selects “The Asphalt Jungle,” “Gun Crazy,” “The Killers,” “In a Lonely Place,” and “Detour.” Ryan Lattanzio picks “Laura,” “Sweet Smell of Success,” “High and Low,” “House by the River,” and “Out of the Past.” Thompson on Hollywood.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the hit film “Footloose,” actor Kevin Bacon makes the best talk show entrance in recent times. After “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon bans dancing on his show Friday night, the camera then shows a disgusted Bacon backstage. Watch the video as he and a group of dancers then recreate two of the songs from the movie before appearing on the main stage. Vulture.