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Netflix reviving 'The Magic School Bus'

Netflix reviving “The Magic School Bus"
Scholastic Media’s “The Magic School Bus 360°,” debuting in 2016, will use computer-generated animation to continue to encourage kids to pursue science.

Walmart driver uses Twitter to defend himself in Tracy Morgan accident
“Once again the accident was horrific and we lost a precious life, but please remember I was not drunk, high (I was tested and passed),” read the first of five tweets on Kevin Roper’s Twitter account.

Watch Dave Chappelle joke to Letterman about walking away from $50 million
Chappelle tells Letterman there isn’t a big difference from the $10 million he has to the $50 million he could’ve had with his lucrative Comedy Central contract. PLUS: Watch the full interview.

Animal Planet is still airing “Call of the Wildman” despite feds investigating animal mistreatment
Ernie “Turtleman" Brown Jr. is back with new episodes amid controversy over his show’s practices.

J.Lo will perform at the World Cup after all
She’ll join Pitbull and others for the opening ceremonies in São Paulo Thursday night.

“Fargo” boss on next week’s finale: “Hold onto your butts”
The penultimate episode last night was full of gasp-inducing moments.

Will Ferrell and Chad Smith are challenging Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich to a 2nd epic drum battle
Ferrell says he and the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer often get mistaken for each other.

Mila Kunis rants on Jimmy Kimmel against men who say “We Are Pregnant”
“All you did was roll over and fall asleep.” PLUS: Kimmel takes on Gerard Butler in a Hollywood Blvd "Twofie  Shootout."

Nickelodeon renews “Sanjay and Craig”
The animated comedy starring Maulik Pancholy and Chris Hardwick will return for a 20-episode 3rd season.

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Review: 'Fargo' - 'A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage'

Lester confronts Malvo in an unbearably tense episode

A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as it's like a clown car back there...

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FX passes on Paul Giamatti as homicide detective 'Hoke'

FX passes on Paul Giamatti as homicide detective “Hoke”
The 1985-set series would’ve starred Giamatti as Hoke Moseley, a murder detective going through a midlife crisis in Miami.

“Duck Dynasty’s” crew has “several gay people on it”
Exec producer Deirdre Gurney says of Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments: "We know our talent. I know Phil Robertson. I know his beliefs. I know how he treats a crew that has several gay people on it and people of different races and people from all different places."

“Game of Thrones” gets “The O.C.” treatment
“Mmm Whatcha’ Say….”

Why is HBO putting so much of John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” on YouTube?
Large chunks of each episode have gone up after each broadcast, including this week’s 13-minute FIFA rant. Says HBO’s Chief Marketing Officer Pam Levine: "We are always looking for interesting ways for viewers to sample our programming and with the topicality and timeliness of 'Last Week Tonight' we feel putting select clips on YouTube is an effective and simple way to allow audiences to see John’s unique take on the news events of the week.” PLUS: Oliver has found his niche: viral rants.

Here are 23 oddities and oversights from the Emmy ballots
Bill Murray wants an Emmy for appearing for less than 1 minute on “Alpha House,” Prince wants an Emmy for “New Girl” and Damian Lewis is seeking another leading actor Emmy despite only appearing in half of last season’s “Homeland” episodes.

What TV gets wrong about hospitals: There are 10 times more nurses than doctors
On TV shows, however, there are 10 times more doctors than nurses.

XBox developing a “supernatural bro comedy”
"East Of Exurbia” was inspired by a story on

Lisa Kudrow’s motion for a new trial denied in ex-manager lawsuit
She’ll still have to pay her former manager $1.6 million from her “Friends” money.

Mel B joining UK “X Factor”
The former Spice Girl, who already works for Simon Cowell on “America’s Got Talent,” will join him on the original “X Factor.”

NFL Network may begin using drones
Drones may be used to film this year’s "Inside Training Camp” series.

Laura Prepon: I’m glad to be back in every episode of “Orange is the New Black”
“Yes, definitely, and I’m really excited because I missed everybody so much during season 2,” she tells “Today.” PLUS: Did “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White appear on the 2nd season?

See Jimmy Fallon’s parents' wedding photo
As Fallon points out to Clint Eastwood, his dad had a cigarette in his hand after the ceremony.

Tracy Morgan’s estranged mother was turned away at the hospital
Alicia Warden says she tried to visit her son, but was turned away by his fiance and hospital security.

Kerry Washington addresses being a mom for the 1st time
The “Scandal” star says "I feel really, really blessed."

Katie Couric: Today would’ve been my 25th wedding anniversary
Couric lost husband Jay Monahan in 1998 to cancer.

A “Clone High” movie?
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the brains behind MTV’s “Clone High” who’ve gone on to direct “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” say a “Clone High” film is a possibility.

Introducing the Showerbox, which will allow you to binge on Netflix in the shower
The Showerbox makes your iPad waterproof.

“Mulaney’s” John Mulaney: “If we’re even a tenth as good as ‘Seinfeld,' we’d be lucky"
Mulaney insists his new Fox sitcom is different from “Seinfeld,” but doesn’t mind the comparisons.

How to shake up Emmy’s comedy category
No more “Modern Family”! No more dramedies!

“Now & Then” to ABC Family?
“Pretty Little Liars” boss Marlene King says there’s been talk of remaking the 1995 film as a TV series.

Lauren Graham on “Parenthood” finale: “Of course I hope she ends up Hank!”
Graham and the cast spoke about the final season at the ATX Television Festival.

“Full House’s” Dave Coulier is engaged
Coulier, 54, says his fiancee "has been my best friend since I met her nine years ago."

“Teen Mom” Jenelle Evans gets divorced
Her marriage to estranged husband Courtland Rogers is over.

“Chasing Life” is a flawed cancer drama, yet perfect for ABC Family
Starring Italia Ricci as a cancer-stricken 24-year-old, “Chasing Life” comes off as desperate with its storylines. PLUS: Ricci doesn't make it too sentimental, and “Chasing Life” is the anti-“Breaking Bad.”

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Dave Chappelle on 'The Chappelle Show': 'Technically, I never quit'

Dave Chappelle on “The Chappelle Show": “Technically, I never quit”
"I’m seven years late for work,” Chappelle quipped to Letterman in his first late-night interview since 2008.

HLN and Vice may be merged
Time Warner is in the process of acquiring half of Vice Media, and the plan is to combine it with the former Headline News Network.

“Blossom” returning to TV for the first time in 15 years
Hub has acquired all five seasons of the ‘90s comedy starring Mayim Bialik, Joey Lawrence and Jenna von Oy. “Blossom” begins airing on Hub on July 7.

Syfy to sell “Sharknado” boxers, jewelry, shot glasses, T-shirts, Halloween costumes
A whole range of products will be available for “Sharknado” aficionados.

“Under the Dome” loses exec producer Brian K. Vaughn
The comic book writer, who used to write for “Lost," was handpicked by Steven Spielberg to adapt the Stephen King book.

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'22 Jump Street' directors on how the Lucas Brothers and Jillian Bell steal the movie

'22 Jump Street' directors on how the Lucas Brothers and Jillian Bell steal the movie

Plus: the difficulties of juggling the sequel and 'Lego Movie' at the same time

It may never be this good again for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Well, actually, let's restate that.  Until they are holding multiple Oscars in their hands after a triumphant Academy Awards it may never be this good again for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. 

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ABC Family renews 'Pretty Little Liars' for Seasons 6 and 7

ABC Family renews “Pretty Little Liars” for Seasons 6 and 7
The No. 1 series on ABC Family, “PLL” has averaged 3.8 million viewers.

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 17: 'Veep,' Emmy ballot weirdness & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Chasing Life' and pick their ideal desert island TV network

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! It's a bit of a slow week in TV (and of course next week a gajillion scripted shows premiere), but there was still enough for a full Firewall & Iceberg Show, including a new ABC Family drama that we may be inclined to stick with for a bit, a discussion of the wonderful "Veep" season finale, a deep dive into Emmy category madness (before Dan and I start our annual Emmy nominations experiment tomorrow), and a new approach to the familiar desert island question. 

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Spoon releases new song 'Rent I Pay,' and it's pretty great

First new music to arrive from band's 'They Want My Soul'

Efficient, distorted, fresh and messy. That's how I'd describe Spoon's "Rent I Pay,"the first song to arrive from their forthcoming album "They Want My Soul."

The band has in various forms of away-time for the last four years, their longest break. Singer Britt Daniel formed the Divine Fits, drummer Jim Eno has produced some great records from !!!, Heartless Bastards and more, for instance.

I've gotten the impression from talking to Daniel before that he needs a certain amount of distance from his band to get anything done. He moved out of Austin, for instance; he writes lyrics separately, which is one of the hardest part of his job description.

I love the crunch and pop of 2001's "Girls Can Tell" and the tight empty spaces of 2002's "Kill the Moonlight." I don't think I or the band could explain how those albums -- released one after the other -- felt so different and so much the opposite of stale. 2010's "Transference" had some of that wear (I hate to say it) and it had more than three years to boil.

All this to say, I think "Rent I Pay" is a really good sign. It's something very straight-forward and viscerally rock 'n' roll, even with the metronomic mid-tempo. As previously reported, Spoon added a permanent new member, keyboardist Alex Fischel (who also served in Divine Fits), and you can hear his organ sprinklings here, too.

Pre-orders are up now for "They Want My Soul," due Aug. 5 via Loma Vista, their first for the label.

Listen to the song below; tour dates are below that.

06/14/14 - Burnaby, BC - CBC Festival

06/21/14 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Festival

06/14/14 - Vancouver, BC - CBC Music Festival

06/22/14 - Minneapolis, MN - Rock the Garden 2014

06/26-28/14 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

07/12-13/14 - Telluride, CO - The Ride Festival

07/18/14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

07/25/14 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party

08/01/14 - Chicago, IL - Metro

08/02/14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza

08/08/14 - Los Angeles, CA - "They Want My Soul" on The Fairbanks Lawn of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

08/10/14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands

08/17/14 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW

08/30-31/14 - Philadelphia, PA - Made in America Festival

09/05/14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival

09/07/14 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling Music Festival

10/03-05/14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival

10/10-12/14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival

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Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon

Jennifer Lopez threatens Jimmy Fallon in latest 'Tight Pants' episode

As if he ever stood a chance....

Jennifer Lopez might not be able to get herself to Brazil to perform at the opening ceremonies for the World Cup on Thursday, but she and her tight pants found their way to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night.

In his latest episode of “Tight Pants,” Fallon squares off against J-Lo, and, as you can imagine, it’s no contest. The sweet, well-intentioned Fallon is so out of his league that even though Lopez threatens to “cut him” if he doesn’t let her be the tightest pants in town, she wins the minute she walks out.

“Tight Pans” debuted with Fallon and Will Farrell two years ago, but it never gets old. Who will be the next one to challenge Fallon?

Lopez's new album, "A.K.A.," comes out June 17.

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Puff Daddy

Puff Daddy is apparently a 'Game of Thrones' fan in new video, 'I Want The Love': Watch

Too much excess is never enough

If you’re going to lavish love on Puff Daddy, do him a favor and do it while he’s still here to hear your praise.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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'Last Week Tonight' & YouTube: When pay cable content turns free online

Why has HBO been so willing to put large chunks of John Oliver's new show on the Internet?

HBO's "Last Week Tonight" has come into its own in a very short period of time. It helps, of course, that John Oliver isn't doing anything significantly different from when he filled in as "The Daily Show" host last summer, but he and his creative team have taken advantage of the extra lead time that comes with doing only one show a week to really craft each segment and find every single bit of humor and indignation on that week's subject.

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Vincent D’Onofrio joins Netflix's 'Daredevil'

Vincent D’Onofrio joins Netflix's “Daredevil”
He’ll play villain Wilson Fisk, AKA "The Kingpin."

“Doctor Who” is taking Peter Capaldi on a 7-city worldwide tour
Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat will visit London, Seoul, New  York, Sydney, Cardiff, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro over 12 days.

Starz teases LeBron James’ “Survivor’s Remorse” basketball comedy
No actual footage from the show is part of the first “official teaser."

"Murder in the First” delivers 3.8 million viewers to TNT
Steven Bochco’s new cop drama premiered with ratings in line with last year’s “King & Maxwell,” which was canceled.

Watch “Everwood” reunion clips, including Chris Pratt speaking via Facetime from the “Jurassic World” set
An iPhone was used to allow Pratt to address the audience and his former castmates.

“The Mentalist” promotes Joe Adler
His FBI computer expert will be a regular in Season 7.

WGN America unveils “Manhattan” trailer
Watch a glimpse of the 1940s Atom Bomb drama.

Disney Channel orders "Fairest of the Mall”
The comedy pilot follows a teen girl who has to work at a tech store in the mall with “quirky teen boys."

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