Scandal’s Abortion Episode Draws Praise and Scorn

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Scandal’s abortion episode draws praise and scorn

Planned Parenthood released a statement immediately following last night’s shocking midseason finale applauding Shonda Rhimes. Meanwhile, the conservative Media Research Council responded with disgust, saying: “Hollywood’s liberal values permeate movies and television. Last night’s episode of ABC’s Scandal was pretty much an hour-long advertisement for Planned Parenthood.” PLUS: Why this storyline took the abortion debate a step further than most shows, and this was the second time Scandal broached the controversial abortion debate.


Modern Family’s Reid Ewing reveals his plastic surgery addiction

Ewing, who played Haley’s boyfriend Dylan, recounted his body dysmorphic disorder in an article for The Huffington Post.


Married at First Sight is trying to use a journalism shield law to quash a subpoena

A former contestant who claims she received death threats from her “random groom” is trying to get ahold of the show's unaired audio as part of her trial. But A&E’s lawyer responded: "All of these unpublished materials are protected against compelled disclosure by the reporters’ privilege.”


Kevin McKidd was shocked by Grey’s Anatomy twist

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Transparent
to be screened at the White House

On Monday, the Amazon series will be part of a new White House LGBT Artists Champions of Change event.


Shameless
unveils its official Season 6 trailer

The Showtime series returns Jan. 10.


Aziz Ansari brings back his Bobby Jindal impression to The Tonight Show

The Louisiana governor was mocked some more after dropping out of the presidential race this week. PLUS: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Bieber have the world’s longest handshake.


Watch Matthew McConaughey’s SNL promos with Adele

Who’s calling her while filming the promos?


Bryan Fuller directed a Hannibal-themed ad for PETA starring Gillian Anderson

“Writing Hannibal made me realize that human beings and other animals have more similarities than differences,” says the former Hannibal boss.


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Donald Trump was the object of much derision at the Latin Grammys

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Comedy Central renews The Meltdown and Jonah and Kumail

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Annalise’s How to Get Away with Murder shooter speaks

The shooter "definitely aimed that gun a little higher than she wanted, though.” PLUS: Creator Pete Nowalk admits "it could all come crashing down."


Ex-Raising Hope star Lucas Neff joins ABC comedy pilot Downward Dog

He’ll play Fargo alum Allison Tolman’s ex-boyfriend in the comedy about a woman and her talking dog.


See the trailer for NBC’s Dolly Parton biopic

Coat of Many Colors airs December 10.