PC #68: American Horror Story of The Walking Dead

On today's Pop Confidential podcast Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe, Melodie Aikels and Jenna Dorsi dish the latest TV, film and celebrity news and gossip, including:

American Horror Story: Coven's bewitches members of the PC crew. The Walking Dead's return devours the ratings competition. Olivia Pope is held hostage on Scandal. White Collar and Covert Affairs return on USA. Was Reign's pilot episode as much of a hot mess as anticipated? Everyone should binge on Orange is the New Black.

The PC gang then dives into all the pick ups and cancellations of the new Fall 2013 TV season. Find out which shows they are most excited about getting picked up and which axed shows they won't miss.

Gravity has dominated the movie box office for three weeks. Jenna weighs in on whether-or-not it as good as everyone else seems to think.

A 33 year old Justin Bieber fan has almost one hundred thousand dollars in plastic surgery done in order to look like his idol.

Will CBS Score With Serialized Hostages?

CBS isn’t exactly known for its edgy programming. The network is mainly comprised of crime procedurals which keep the network number one in ratings and sell well in syndication. 
As a result, viewers know what they’re going to get when they tune in to a CBS drama. Typically, some horrible crime will be committed, an investigative force will do everything to solve it, the bad guys fall and the good guys win — all in 44 minutes.

Spoofs galore exist about the CSI and/or NCIS franchises, and their repetitive (and sometimes cheesy) content, but the fact remains millions of people keep tuning in. CBS is laughing all the way to the bank. 
However,  CBS may no longer be content existing as just popular TV.  Perhaps they are looking for the critical prestige heaped on other networks and cable stations?

American Horror Story and Mad Men Lead 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations!

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy nominations were announced today, and FX’s American Horror Story and AMC’s Mad Men each racked up a leading 17 nominations. The British import Downton Abbey moved from the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category last year to Outstanding Drama Series this year, picking up 16 nominations.  A&E’s Hatfields & McCoys also earned 16 nominations, while picking up a nomination in the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category.

Downton Abbey was joined by Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Homeland and Breaking Bad in the Outstanding Drama Series category. Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, 30 Rock and Veep all received Outstanding Comedy Series nominations. See the full list after the jump!

Mark Consuelos Scares Up Role on American Horror Story

Is Kelly Ripa's better half checking himself into a nut house? He is on TV! Former All My Children star Mark Consuelos has signed on for season 2 of FX's hit drama American Horror Story.  According to Entertainment Weekly, Consuelos will star as Spivey, a patient at the asylum that is central to Season 2's plotlines.

Photo by PR Photos.

Hayden Panettiere and Jonathan Jackson Get Their Honky Tonk Suds on in Nashville Teaser!

ABC has released a first look at their highly-anticipated country music soap Nashville. The freshman series revolves around Rayna (Connie Britton), a country superstar who starts to lose her luster, while younger singing sensation Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is on the rise.

General Hospital alum Jonathan Jackson also stars as Avery, an aspiring musician, who is a bit of a bad boy. Check out the preview after the jump!

Michael Graziadei to Play Jessica Lange’s Toy Boy in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story


Michael Graziadei is continuing to book steady primetime gigs. The Young and the Restless actor, who recently had an impressive turn as a troubled, pro skater, counseled by Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne), in USA's hit series Necessary Roughness, has scored a recurring role in Glee creator Ryan Murphy's upcoming FX series American Horror Story.

According to Deadline, Graz will play the younger boyfriend of Constance, played by film and stage legend Jessica Lange. Go, Graz!

Photo of Jessica Lange by PR Photos