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Bill Clinton to Appear on StarTalk Season 2 Premiere

Former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson attend the 65th Anniversary Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game at Herrick Park on Aug. 17, 2013 in East Hampton, New York.
Steven A Henry—Getty Images Former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson attend the 65th Anniversary Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game at Herrick Park on Aug. 17, 2013 in East Hampton, New York.

The former president will appear alongside show host Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson will sit down with President Bill Clinton for the season 2 premiere of StarTalk, NatGeo announced at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour.

“I couldn’t think of a more appropriate guest to kick off our second season,” said Tyson. “President Bill Clinton is a public figure whose impact and influence spans politics, pop culture and science—with an occasional dose of humor. That’s exactly the mission statement for StarTalk, and I look forward to sharing our conversation with viewers.”

Other season 2 guests include Susan Sarandon, David Byrne, Larry Wilmore, Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp and Penn and Teller.

StarTalk returns Sunday, Oct. 25 at 11 p.m. ET on NatGeo.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Watch the First Clip From The Unauthorized Full House Story

The 50-second clip highlights the trouble in paradise

Lifetime has released the first clip from The Unauthorized Full House Story, premiering on August 22 at 10 p.m.

The 50-second clip is supposed to show the drama behind the scenes of the sitcom. The actor playing John Stamos’s character Jesse (Justin Gaston) complains the Olsen twins are not comfortable on stage. Bob Saget (Garrett Brawith), who plays Danny Tanner, the wholesome TV anchor dad in the original show, gets yelled at off-stage for making a vulgar remark in front of the actress playing the character Stephanie (Dakota Guppy) — which is not surprising, given how raunchy his set is in real life.

Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes looks at Netflix’s upcoming 21st century Fuller House paint a much happier picture. John Stamos revealed this week that his character is still married to Becky (Lori Loughlin) in the reboot.

 

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Trevor Noah Plans Big Daily Show Changes

For starters, there will be less Fox News-bashing

The Daily Show is really going to change when Trevor Noah takes over the Comedy Central series this fall. One big switch off the bat: Noah says he’ll focus less on Jon Stewart’s favorite source of outrage, Fox News.

The Daily Show was based on an emerging 24 hour news cycle, that’s everything it was,” Noah told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour on Wednesday. “That’s what inspired The Daily Show. Now you look at news and it’s changed. It’s no longer predicated around 24 hour news. There are so many different choices. Half of it is online now. Now you’ve got the Gawkers, the BuzzFeeds. The way people are drawing their news is soundbites and headlines and click-bait links has changed everything. The biggest challenge is going to be an exciting one I’m sure is how are we going to bring all of that together looking at it from a bigger lens as opposed to just going after one source—which was historically Fox News.”

Here are more revelations from the panel:

The set will change: “We’re changing the sets a tiny bit,” Noah said. “But we still want it to be recognized as The Daily Show.”

The perspective will change: “We’re still dealing with the same issues, it’s just a different angle we’re looking at things from—and it’s my angle, really. I’m taking things in a slightly different direction, but to the same endpoint.” Noah then ran down the biographical differences between himself (describing himself as a 31-year-old half-black, half-white South African man who immigrated to the United States in 2011) and Stewart (as a 52-year-old Jewish man who grew up in New Jersey). “The way we look at the same story will be completely different,” he said. “We have different access to different jokes, different sides, different sensitivities … the most important thing is the place that you come from.”

More mimicry: Noah speaks seven languages and is learning more, and impersonating accents is part of his stand-up act already. “I have an affinity for picking up on accents and tones,” he said. “But I don’t think somebody’s accent is inherently funny.” A reporter brought up how Stewart recently made headlines after a former writer from The Daily Show recounted a wrtiers room arugment over Stewart’s Herman Cain impression, and wondered whether doing impressions of accents is really a wise idea. “The story wasn’t about the accent itself, the story was framed around an incident in the office,” Noah countered. “The incident with Herman Cain wasn’t a bad joke in particular.” Noah added that a writers room is supposed to be a place where creatives fight about content. “That’s the whole point of having a great writing team. You’re trying to find the best way to tell the best joke. What happened with Jon is exactly what the writers’ room is for. We hope to get to a point where we’re really passionate for our subject, because when we get the fight on screen we’ve already had the fight [behind the scenes].”

About those tweets: Noah was asked about Twitter history that was slammed when as insensitive when he was announced as The Daily Show’s new host. “I don’t strive to be offensive,” he said. “But you can never control what people find is offensive or not. Any joke can be seen as offensive. When people get to know you, and when you know a person, you know the context of a joke. Luckily, Comedy Central hasn’t limited me to 140 characters on the show, so I should be able to [better articulate context].”

About being chosen by Stewart: “The biggest pressure is living up to the expectations that Jon has for me,” he said. “Jon believes in me … for years we’ve been talking. I never dreamed I’d be sitting in this chair. I guess he knew something about me that I didn’t know at the time. There’s an immense pressure, personally. But it’s about the show first, it’s not about me.”

At the top of Noah’s panel, Comedy Central also revealed the show will retain Stewart’s five executive producers.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Actor Who Played Joffrey Thinks the Misogyny on Game of Thrones May Be ‘Unjust’

Jack Gleeson would also advocate for more male nudity on the show

Jack Gleeson, who played the cruel, woman-torturing Joffrey Baratheon on Game of Thrones, weighed in on the misogyny debate that has plagued the HBO show this season.

Since his character was one of the main perpetrators of the violence and sexual abuse of women on the show, Gleeson had a unique perspective on whether it should depict those actions as often as it does. In an interview with the Daily Beast, Gleeson said that he has not watched the series since he left because he cannot suspend his disbelief after being on set, so he cannot comment on the infamous Sansa rape scene. But Gleeson admitted that past representations of sexual violence may been “unfair.”

MORE: Maisie Williams on How Game of Thrones Treats Women and Her Dream Superhero Role

When asked if he found it difficult to film some of the scenes where he abused women, Gleeson replied:

Yeah, of course; it’s a tricky thing when you are representing misogyny in that way because I wouldn’t say the show ever implicitly condones misogyny or any kind of violence towards women. But, perhaps, it’s still unfair or unjust to represent it even if the gloss on the representation is a negative one.

Obviously as a 23-year-old man, I can never put myself into the mindset of a woman who has been sexually assaulted, but I think that sometimes you have to represent awful things happening onscreen even if they’re for entertainment because you have to expose the brutality of them, because the chances are you’re not going to see that anywhere. So there’s a chance it engages some kind of empathy but it is a gray area. It might be very traumatic and stressful to watch those scenes.

The show has also come under fire—like many HBO shows before it—for excessive female nudity. Despite not being a regular viewer, Gleeson said he supports the instances of male nudity he’s heard about from friends and colleagues.

As I say, I don’t watch it so I can’t really comment, but I have heard that there is male nudity — so I think that is one good thing, to not just objectify women but also objectify the beauty of the male genitalia! We’re all objects together.

The 23-year-old Gleeson said last year that he plans to retire from acting.

MORE: Sophie Turner on Defending Sansa Stark and Her Surprising Dream Role

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Orange Is the New Black Actress on Nicky Nichols’ Fate in Season 4

"It makes sense that a self destructive person would end up where she did"

Orange Is the New Black’s third season launched with one of the most shocking moments as one of Litchfield’s own was shipped down the hill.

Deciding to sell Vee’s (Lorraine Toussaint) heroin, Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) enlisted the help of baboonish guard Luschek (Matt Peters), who was unfortunately quick to throw her under the bus when Caputo (Nick Sandow) found a bag of the drug in his office. The recovering drug addict—and arguably the heart of Litchfield—was then shipped off to Maximum Security, never to be seen again in season 3.

“I was excited to read it,” Lyonne told reporters at the Television Critics Associations summer press tour on Tuesday. “I would actually argue that there were huge stakes for Nicky Nichols this season much more than any previous season. It makes sense that a self destructive person would end up where she did.”

So, is there hope for Nicky to return next season and get redemption? “I can’t speak to [that],” Lyonne said coyly. But considering the actress was in attendance during the panel, it seems quite clear that Nicky Nichols should resurface in season 4.

Either way, Lyonne is excited at the prospect of seeing how a stint in Max will impact someone as mouthy as Nichols.

“It could really go both ways,” she told EW after the panel. “People respond all kinds of ways to intense [situations] beyond rules. That kind of discipline sometimes brings out the best in people and sometimes brings out that much more anger and rebellion. Certainly, at a certain point, I think Nicky would have to come to terms with her childhood and do some reconciling with her past if she’s going to make peace with being an adult.”

Orange Is the New Black is slated to return for a fourth season in summer 2016.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Jon Stewart Reveals What He Scribbles on Those Blue Papers on The Daily Show

"I draw a round-headed drunk guy, or I draw me when I was in a college"

With just a few more days before Jon Stewart says goodbye to The Daily Show, he’s letting fans in on some secrets—like what’s up with those blue papers he’s always scribbling on during the show? The papers themselves are scripts for the show, but his drawings are just some rudimentary cartoons to keep his brain busy. “I get bored, I can’t smoke anymore, so I scribble, or I doodle the same cartoons over and over again,” he explains in the above video. “What I normally do is I draw a round-headed drunk guy, or I draw me when I was in a college.”

No word on what happens to the scripts after he’s done sketching—Comedy Central could probably make a lot of money auctioning off Stewart’s discarded doodles.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Try to Sober Up a Drunk Ron Weasley on The Tonight Show

To celebrate Harry Potter's birthday

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the comedian brought out a drunk version of Ron Weasley, the hapless redhead from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, to gin up hype for the fictional hero’s birthday, which is July 31.

As expected, “Drunk Ron Weasley” acted like the worst birthday party attendee ever as he proceeded to chug a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, sob about how Hermione left him and make a lot of perverted jokes. Meanwhile, Fallon tried to keep him quiet (and clothed) so that the bad behavior did not ruin the magic of the series.

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Cindy Crawford is Developing a TV Series About Models in the ’80s

Cindy Crawford
Jason Merritt—Getty Images Cindy Crawford in Los Angeles in 2013.

The fictionalized show about the fashion world will be the former supermodel's television producing debut

Cindy Crawford is pulling back the curtain on the fashion. The renowned model is set to produce an upcoming NBC television series about the fashion world of the ’80s, EW has confirmed.

More specifically, the project tentatively titled Icon, according to Variety will follow the wars between Ford Modeling Agency and Elite Model Management. The show will be fictionalized, with no actual names being used. Crawford will also not be appearing in the series.

The project marks her television producing debut. Robin Bissell (The Hunger Games) is attached to write. Anne Heche and James Tupper will executive produce.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Jimmy Kimmel Is Really Upset About the Dentist That Killed Cecil the Lion

The late-night host even got choked up talking about it

Jimmy Kimmel is known for his biting wit, but on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night he was as serious as could be on the topic of Cecil the lion.

People around the world have been outraged at the news that a 55-year-old American dentist Walter Palmer hunted, maimed and, ultimately, killed a lion during a safari holiday in Zimbabwe. It also emerged that Palmer had hunted numerous big-game animals in the past. But the lion that he killed most recently turned out to be Cecil, a star attraction at Hwange National Park, who was being studied and tracked by Oxford University.

Read more: Why Big Game Hunters Believe They’re the Real Conservationists

Count Kimmel among the outraged and he used his late-night show to condemn the dentist, asking “is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you?” The comedian was so upset, he even teared up as he called on people to make donations to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford, saying he wanted to turn the story into a “positive” one.

Watch the full clip below:

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Why Game of Thrones Actor Pedro Pascal Doesn’t Need Dragons

“We don’t need dragons. We got cocaine!”

Westeros palace intrigue and Colombian drug cartels: kinda similar? Definitely, according to former Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal, who chatted with reporters Tuesday about his new 10-hour Netflix series Narcos, which chronicles the rise and fall of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the 1980s.

Pascal memorably played Prince Oberyn Martell in the HBO fantasy drama’s fourth season, and in Narcos he co-stars as Javier Pena, a Mexican DEA agent.

“They’re very comparable to one another,” said Pascal. “There’s the size of the story. Game of Thrones would take a lot of inspiration from the story of what went down in Colombia and the war that was fought. The thing that seems most important was capturing the physical environment we were in. When I got to Croatia for Thrones and we were shooting over the Adriatic Sea and thinking that as a fan I thought it was CGI. My physical experience similar [on Narcos] where I’m in these physical locations and what you see is what you get.”

Not to mention, Pascal added, “We don’t need dragons. We got cocaine!”

Other notes from the panel: Narcos stars Wagner Moura as Esocbar, and drew on the classic mob drama Goodfellas for inspiration. Executive producer Jose Padilha declared the U.S. drug war a failure and also said drug users should have a better appreciation of the real human cost of the drugs they take. “If you’re at a party and snort a gram of cocaine, look at how many people died (for it), how many lives were destroyed … The drug policy that we have in the U.S. hasn’t worked in the last 30 years.”

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This article originally appeared on EW.com

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