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<p>Louie</p>

Louie

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Season finale review: 'Louie' - 'Pamela Part 2 & 3'

Louie pursues Pamela, but is this the way the season should be ending?

A review of the "Louie" season finale coming up just as soon I'm a mailbox on two tree stumps with a melon on top...

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<p>24</p>

24

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Review: '24: Live Another Day' - '6:00 PM - 7:00 PM'

Jack and President Heller visit Wembley Stadium, while Kate practices medicine

A quick review of tonight's "24: Live Another Day" coming up just as soon as I don't have an ideal work situation right now...

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"Jersey Boys"
"Jersey Boys"
Credit: Warner Bros.

Review: Clint Eastwood can't feel the beat in drab, low-energy 'Jersey Boys'

The veteran director is an awkward fit for the Tony-winning stage hit

If Hollywood blockbusters are currently crippled by fear of the unknown, Broadway musicals – an ever-increasing number of them based on Hollywood blockbusters – are hardly less guilty. The jukebox musical is, if you will, the Great White Way's superhero reboot: their safest gambit, removing the greatest variable in a genre that has, after all, always been reliant on existing story material. Who needs composers when perfectly good popular discographies are there for the taking? “Jersey Boys” was a swift hit when it opened on Broadway in 2005; credit zesty staging or a tidily structured book if you will, but it's a show that owes its pull to one of the most buoyant American songbooks in Top 40 history.

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn has 'Ozymandias,' but who will compete with her?

Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.

Our next category:

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Like "Breaking Bad" itself, Anna Gunn arrived on the Emmy podium a year ahead of schedule last September. It's not that I didn't think Gunn deserved to win last year, but I figured she had one year of being deserving-but-snubbed and then she'd take advantage of this year's seemingly inevitable "Breaking Bad" sweep. With Gunn already in place as defending champion and boasting "Ozymandias" as an inevitable submission episode, does anybody else really stand a chance? 

Probably not. It helps Gunn's cause that there aren't any no-brainer newcomers in this category, though a strong performance from "True Detective" should make Michelle Monaghan a real contender.

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<p>Annet Mahendru in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Annet Mahendru in "The Americans."

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

A great year for the women of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' and more

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.

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Tracy Morgan upgraded to fair condition

Tracy Morgan upgraded to fair condition
“Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement,” his rep said in a statement released late today. “His personality is certainly starting to come back as well.”

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Jack Coleman becomes the 1st 'Heroes' alum to sign on for 'Heroes Reborn'

Jack Coleman becomes the 1st “Heroes” alum to sign on for “Heroes Reborn”
HRG, AKA Horn-Rimmed Glasses, will be back for the 13-episode NBC miniseries.

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T.I.

T.I. teams with Iggy Azalea on 'No Mediocre': Listen

Video for new single drops on Wednesday

T.I. wants to make one thing clear: he does not want any mediocre women. On “No Mediocre,” featuring Iggy Azalea, he has some very specific requests for women, including making sure he has a clean work surface, if you get his drift.

Over a tip-toeing beat, he rails against “bad mamacitas.” And lays down some other rules for his ladies. He also wants her to have flat abs and wear heels and some other requirements. Guess what ladies? He also expects to split the check if you don’t meet his standards. Good luck with that.

Azalea, who’s sitting pretty with the No. 1 and No. 2 song on Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy" and as a guest on Ariana Grande's "Problem," comes in for two verses. She’s already delivered they goods, but he wants more and she’s not so sure. “If you ain’t talking money, what are you saying to me?,” she asks… Hmmm. Interpret how you will.

The lyrics are sketchy, but the beat is undeniable and Azalea is shaping up as the rainmaker for hits this summer, so expect this one to soar up the charts. A video for “No Mediocre” drops on Wednesday. The teaser ad for the video features several women's asses in bikini bottoms so I think we can pretty much figure out what to expect here.

“No Mediocre” is T.I.’s latest single from “Paperwork,” his new album due this fall and his first in his imprint Grand Hustle’s deal with Columbia.

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<p>Jon Hopkins</p>

Jon Hopkins

Credit: Steve Gullick

Jon Hopkins' 'We Disappear' video dances in smoke

Featuring Lulu James,

Jon Hopkins' "Immunity" made it into my Top 10 Albums of 2013, so it is only good and right to make sure you hear its opening track, in video form.

"We Disappear" featuring Lulu James is intoxicating and emotional, like a fancy robe in a blacklit room.

It would have fit right in with my recent mix for Vevo, for their Guest List column; I outline other dance and electronica jams to kick your summer off right, including Tove Lo's "Stay High," Sia's "Chandelier," Porter Robinson's "Sad Machine," Gorgon City's "Ready for Your Love," La Roux's "Let Me Down Gently" and Le1f's "Sup." Listen to them all here.

Get ready for your heart to hurt around 1:18.

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'The Bachelorette' quits her assistant district attorney job

“The Bachelorette” quits her assistant district attorney job
Andi Dorfman’s had to finish her unpaid "Bachelorette" leave by May 31. Instead, she’s quitting her job working in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office’s gang unit.


“Blossom” stars reunite
Check out Mayim Bialik, Joey Lawrence, Mike Stoyanov and Jenna Von Oy in a photo taken for the Hub Network, which will begin showing “Blossom” reruns.


Bill Maher: “Jeopardy!” is for smart people, “Wheel of Fortune” is for idiots
Maher took to Twitter this afternoon to slam Pat Sajak and his game show.


Jimmy Fallon and “Today” are spending this week in Orlando, Disney’s backyard
Both NBC shows will celebrate the opening of Universal’s new Harry Potter theme ride.


Check out Jon Hamm filming one of “Mad Men’s” final episodes
Spoiler: Don Draper is not wearing a suit.


Bill Clinton was Jay Leno’s No. 1 target, and that’s why he never visited Leno's "Tonight Show”
The former president, the subject of 4,607 jokes during Leno’s “Tonight Show” tenure, didn’t particularly like all the Monica Lewinsky jokes, according to a new book by Leno’s producer. So Clinton declined interview requests, even after Leno sent him a $12,000 custom-made tandem bicycle.


“Fargo” seems to be throwing red meat at fans who think of antiheroes as heroes
That’s especially the case with Lester Nygaard and Lorne Malvo, as Emily Nussbaum points out: "Malvo’s crimes ... are presented as at once grotesquely horrible and utterly delicious, because they’re acts of high-flown cinema, as much Scorsese as Coen. The best of these sequences are dazzling, especially a  gunfight in a snowstorm, and another in which Malvo massacres his mobster enemies.”


Can “Game of Thrones” ever be as great as “The Sopranos”?
"Can it evolve into a show that will truly challenge 'The Sopranos' as the most successful HBO show of all time?” asks Maureen Ryan, adding: "The real question is this: Will 'Game of Thrones,' like 'The Sopranos,' continue to rigorously challenge itself and its viewers with an honest and complex view of men and women and their foibles? Or will "Game of Thrones" keep falling into ditches of its own digging? Every season, I find myself extremely frustrated with certain scenes and story lines, and I end up muttering to myself, 'Come on, "Game of Thrones," you're smarter than this.’” PLUS: Charles Dance learned of his fate by a book reader on the street, “GoT’s” flaw is it doesn’t have a groundbreaking character, data analysis reveals “Game of Thrones” may be done before the books, real-life women who inspired “GoT” characters, the wight attack was the most expensive scene “GoT” ever produced, what was going on with Bran?, in defense of getting rid of that book spoiler, book readers and non-book fans are now on equal footing, Arya is the biggest hope for next season, Season 4 by the numbers, there were 5 real-world precedents for what happened last night, how to chain a dragon, “Ramsay Snow” on being an evil bastard, stop pestering Sibel Kekilli about her porn past, how Hodor has changed, how are we supposed to feel about Tyrion now?, and former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry calls Tyrion “my main man."


Joan Rivers and her “Fashion Police” judge an “Orange is the New Black” fashion show
Watch a mashup of the two shows.


Howard Stern’s 60th birthday bash hosted by Jimmy Kimmel will stream live on the web for free
Starting next week, SiriusXM will stream the January event, featuring Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Lena Dunham, Seth Meyers, and more.


“Supernatural” had the 2nd-highest growth last season in the demo — how does it do it?
Is it “Supernatural’s” diehard fans that are keeping the CW series growing, even during its 9th season? PLUS: Misha Collins breaks an online hugging Guinness World Record.


Netflix teams with Mattel on a fairytale animated series
“Ever After High” will tell the story of the teenage children of fairytale characters, including Snow White and Raven Queen.


Lisa Ling: I have ADHD
The former “View” star learned of her diagnosis via her OWN show “Our America.”


Watch Casey Kasem deliver the Letterman Top 10 during Dave’s 1st week on CBS
Kasem appeared on “The Late Show” in September 1993, delivering the “Top Ten Numbers From One to Ten.” PLUS: Kasem’s wife was on “Cheers” as Loretta Tortelli, and watch Kasem on “The Ben Stiller Show."


“Broad City” would’ve been different if it wasn't rejected by FX
The Comedy Central series was originally developed for FX.


Ian Ziering, 50, returns to Chippendales
The “Sharknado” and “Beverly Hills 90210” star showed off his buff body over the weekend.


Here are the Best TV shows that never aired
From Louis CK’s CBS sitcom with Spike Fereston to HBO’s “The Corrections.”


Ex-“Bachelor” star: Yes, I had sex in the ocean, on camera
Courteney Robertson writes in her tell-all book that she and Ben Flajnik engaged in intercourse on “The Bachelor”: “It was immediate but it was only for about 20 seconds and, um, it was just the tip,” she writes.


ABC to burn off “The Assets”
The Aldrich Ames spy drama that premiered in January returns to ABC’s lineup on July 5.


“It’s Always Sunny” stars sued
Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney’s unleashed dog allegedly bit a toddler.


Mindy Kaling likes to put 1 hand on her hip
Is there a reason why she strikes the same pose?


“The Fosters” is back for Season 2
Here are seven reasons why this season is not to be missed.


Here’s a glimpse of the new “Drunk History” season, starring Jordan Peele
He plays a groundbreaking African-American chemist.


“Rookie Blue” adds Erin Karpluk
The “Being Erica” alum will recur in the 2nd half of Season 5.

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Zendaya Coleman to play Aaliyah in a Lifetime TV movie

Zendaya Coleman to play Aaliyah in a Lifetime TV movie
The Disney Channel star and “Dancing with the Stars” alum will portray the late singer in Lifetime's "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” biopic.

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'Game of Thrones' season finale up from last year, but couldn’t top its all-time high

“Game of Thrones” season finale up from last year, but couldn’t top its all-time high
The Season 4 finale attracted 7.1 million, just short of the 7.2 million record.

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