Duck Dynasty Musical is Closing Early

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Duck Dynasty musical is closing early
The Duck Commander Musical, which officially opened in Las Vegas on April 15, will shut down on May 17. No reason for the early closure was given. But the Las Vegas Review-Journal says the musical opened with questions over “whether the TV show’s rural fan base would be interested in the Broadway-style musical, and whether the gay-friendly theater community would shun a musical biography of a family whose patriarch, Phil Robertson, became infamous for homophobic comments.”

The Last Man on Earth went from great to awful to pretty good all in 1 season
The reason the Fox comedy rebounded from being awful to pretty good is that it “evolved into a Darwinian sex comedy with the men as the objects,” says James Poniewozik. “Last Man on Earth is still not as amazing it promised to be at its beginning (nor does the title make much sense anymore),” he says. “It’s developed–maybe inevitably–into something more familiar. But it’s rebounded from its worst point.” PLUS: Will Forte reflects on Season 1, Boris Kodjoe on playing the new Phil Miller, what should be changed for Season 2, maybe The Last Man on Earth would work better as an ensemble, Forte wanted to compete on The Amazing Race with Val Kilmer, and producers warn to stay tuned for the final scene of Sunday’s season finale.

NBC orders 3 dramas, including Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago Med
The medical drama Chicago Med, whose cast includes Oliver Platt and S. Epatha Merkerson, will join FBI conspiracy thriller Blindspot and medical soap Heartbreaker on NBC’s fall schedule. In Blindspot, Jaimie Alexander plays a mysterious naked tattooed woman with no memory whose ink offers clues to solving crimes. Heartbreaker, from producer Amy Brenneman stars Melissa George in a drama based on renowned surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato.

MSNBC gathered The Wire alums to talk about the Baltimore riots
Felicia Pearson, AKA Snoop, says she even knew Freddie Gray personally.

The Vampire Diaries‘ Nathaniel Buzolic joins CW’s Significant Mother
Buzolic will return to the CW, playing a guy who’s dating his best friends’ mom, played by Kristy Allen.

Why Grey’s Anatomy should just admit it’s over
No one is going to replace Derek Shepherd, so it’s time to call it quits.

There will be no new daytime talk show this fall with a famous host
It’s the first time in years that no celebrity will front a talk show, as the format appears to be in decline.

Meet Keisha Castle-Hughes, Game of Thrones‘ badass new cast member
Castle-Hughes, the former Whale Rider star who was the youngest best-actress nominee in Oscar history, plays Obara Sand, Prince Oberyn Martell’s vengeful daughter. She describes her character as “ruthless, badass, dangerous, and thirsty for Lannister blood.” PLUS: Castle-Hughes read the books in high school, 6 characters whose stories are totally different from the books, and check out The Real Housewives of King’s Landing.

Matthew Weiner doesn’t care about Mad Men fans complaining about Diana
At a recent 92Y event, Weiner said: “We do not do the same thing over and over again, every episode is different, and I’m sorry it made you a little uneasy that Don’s doing something you don’t really like. Grief holds people together, and you’re in grief right now. That’s why you’re so upset.” PLUS: Mad Men stopped being about advertising when advertising got interesting, a history of every big change at Sterling Cooper, here is every woman Don Draper romanced, and the real McCann is tweeting its reaction to Mad Men developments.

Why Samantha Bee was The Daily Show‘s most valuable correspondent
“Bee has always had a special knack for navigating even the silliest of “Daily Show candid interviews without risk of blowing her own cover,” says Michael Arbeiter. “Compared to almost everyone else in the show’s history, Bee has been the best instituting a feigned camaraderie with her subjects, provoking in them a heightened willingness to spout ideological tirades that will stir amused reactions in any viewer at home.”

Bones created a spoof of Guy Fieri
Introducing Chili Reuben and his Spice Mobile.

The Wire and The Walking Dead‘s Chad L. Coleman captured throwing a NYC subway tantrum
Coleman explains that the reason he was caught screaming on video was because he was set off by a passenger saying the N-word.

Julianna Margulies honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star
“It’s a moment when you feel, ‘Wow, I’m hopefully affecting some people out there,'” The Good Wife star said during this morning’s ceremony. PLUS: Matt Czuchry previews The Good Wife‘s final episodes of the season.

So far, Silicon Valley has felt buggy in Season 2
Peter Gregory is missed and there are still women problems, says Dave Nemetz. Plus, the plot is lost in corporate-speak gobbledygook.

Scarlett Johansson does a tattoo comparison in new SNL promos
Which among her, Cecily Strong and Wiz Khalifa have the most tattoos?

Check out Pretty Little Liars‘ Season 6 promo
This will be the “summer of answers.”

Tea Léoni viewed Madam Secretary‘s 1st season like a trial
With Sunday’s season finale, Léoni says she’s still figuring out her character.

Judd Hirsch looks back at his TV career
From Taxi to Numbers to Sharknado 2.

Seth MacFarlane’s assistant: How I ended up writing Family Guy‘s 250th episode
“Writing for Peter, Lois, and the rest of the Griffin family was a dream,” says Jaydi Samuels, “but I never imagined that my first writing credit would also include scripting dialogue for Liam Neeson.”

Lifetime’s Cleveland Abduction is terribly off-putting
There’s nothing palatable about the film depiction of the Ariel Castro kidnapping case. PLUS: Raymond Cruz on playing Ariel Castro.

Matt LeBlanc can still sing Joey Tribbiani’s Friends songs
Watch LeBlanc easily tackle the first song he sang in Season 1, when he played Dr. Freud.

Chasing Life brings on Amber Stevens for a Greek reunion
She’ll reunite with Scott Michael Foster on the ABC Family series.

Penny Dreadful is even better at balancing camp and horror in Season 2
“More than anything,” says Pilot Viruet, bless “Penny Dreadful for not only understanding but delightfully reveling in its camp. It’s a tough tightrope for a show to walk, to be serious enough to avoid being overtaken by its gothic silliness but to also, somehow, be campy enough to remain a fun — and bloody — good time.” PLUS: Penny Dreadful has become “a fine and frankly shrewdly calculated addition” to Showtime, and showrunner previews Season 2.