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'Full House' may be revived

“Full House” may be revived
According to TV Guide, Warner Bros. TV is mulling a new take on “Full House” that would include some of the original cast. John Stamos is leading the revival plans, but just about everybody is on board, including “Full House’s” creator, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Andrea Barber and Jodie Sweetin.

15.6 million watched this year’s Emmys
That’s down from last year’s 17.8 million, which, unlike this year, aired on a Sunday and followed an NFL game. But it was the 2nd highest-rated Emmys in eight years.

Even “Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan expected “True Detective” to win
“I didn’t think we would win — I thought it would be 'True Detective,'” the “Breaking Bad” creator said at an Emmy after-party. “I felt like there was an awful lot of groundswell for 'True Detective,' which was an excellent show and a worthy show, and I thought, ‘We’ve been off the air now for a year and a half.’” (Actually, “Breaking Bad” has been off the air for 11 months.)

CBS sued over “NCIS” farting hippo puppet
CBS is accused of violating copyright by selling a Bert the Farting Hippo puppet on its online store.

Check out “Breaking Bad’s” Dean Norris as Benjamin Franklin
The "Under the Dome" star couldn’t make it to last night’s Emmys because he’s in Romania filming  the “Sons of Liberty” History channel Revolutionary War miniseries.

“Sherlock” Season 4 will be “devastating”
So says Steven Moffat: "We have a plan to top it — and actually I do think our plan is devastating. We practically reduced our cast to tears by telling them the plan."

MTV’s VMAs down from last year
About 8.3 million watched the first airing, compared to 10.1 million last year. PLUS: Miley Cyrus says homeless youth stunt was in response to the twerking backlash.

TV Land will air a 12-hour “SNL” marathon on Labor Day
The marathon will include several “Best Of” specials, from Jimmy Fallon to Amy Poehler, plus Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Justin Timberlake.

Donald Glover will play Spider-Man in Disney XD cartoon
"Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” will have the former “Community” star play a half-Latino, half-black version of Peter Parker in a parallel universe.

After stepping down as Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer binge-watched 100 episodes of “The Good Wife” in 2 weeks
That’s according to a Wall Street Journal profile of the new L.A. Clippers owner.

Ricky Gervais crashes other Netflix shows
Check out Netflix’s “Superfan” ad, plus outtakes.

Meredith Vieira promotes her NBC 30 Rock-based talk show on ABC’s “GMA”
Turns out that though "The Meredith Vieira Show” will air on many NBC stations, it will also be shown on some ABC affiliates.

Matt Groening releases a trailer for his “The Simpsons Family History” book
The hardcover book, containing 400 illustrations, is due out next month.

Watch ABC’s “Forever” pilot online
The drama series about an immortal NYC medical examiner starring Ioan Gruffudd and Alana De La Garza has been posted to Hulu in advance of its premiere.

Lifetime’s "The Brittany Murphy Story” suggests the late actress may have been murdered
The trailer emphasizes that there are “the suspects” and she was “afraid for her life."

Here’s “The Originals” Season 2 trailer
Klaus finds a potential new ally.

CNBC renews “Restaurant Startup”
The reality show will return in January with 10 new episodes.

“Revenge’s” Emily VanCamp takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
She challenged her co-stars Barry Sloane and Gabriel Mann to do the same.

Apple TV adds Showtime Anytime
You can now stream Showtime shows like “Homeland” if you have an Apple TV.

“Modern Family’s” Sarah Hyland is single
She and boyfriend of five years, Matt Prokop, have broken up.

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Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea joins Jennifer Lopez on shaking 'Booty' remix: Listen

Two booties are better than one, right?

As we continue to celebrate the female form via songs like Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,”  Iggy Azalea is now weighing in on a remix of Jennifer Lopez’s Latin beat-infused “Booty.”

The remix is largely the same as the original song with the insinuating beat as Lopez recommends giving your man what he wants on his birthday—your booty.  Azalea comes in around the 2-minute mark with a 30-second rap declaring  “The last time the world saw a booty this good, it was on Jenny on the Block.” Remember to raise your hands if you like a big booty…

Lopez and Azalea have a growing friendship: They’ve performed together in Chicago, and Lopez taped an episode of MTV’s rejuvenated “House Of Style,” now hosted by Azalea.

"Booty" is on Lopez's current album, "A.K.A."

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<p>Your &quot;Breaking Bad&quot; Emmy winners</p>

Your "Breaking Bad" Emmy winners

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TV Ratings: NBC gets top-rated Monday Night Emmys since 1976

'MasterChef,' 'Hotel Hell' and 'Under the Dome' are only slightly impacted

Fast National ratings for Monday, August 25, 2014.

Airing on an atypical Monday in August, the Primetime Emmy Awards delivered primetime-winning numbers for NBC, despite the repetitive nature of the big winners. 

Per NBC, fast nationals for the Emmys telecast were down from last year's show, which benefited from an inflated NFL lead-in, but they were up from the 2012 telecast. In fact, NBC is claiming that these were the second highest ratings Emmys in preliminary metered market ratings in the past eight years.

We will, of course, have more accurate figures later, but if Seth Meyers' claim that these were the first Monday Emmys since 1976 was correct, then we're confident saying this was the highest rated Monday Emmys telecast since 1976.

The Emmys had only limited impact on the competition. FOX's "MasterChef" dropped in viewers but was flat in the key demo, while "Hotel Hell" maybe even rose a hair in the demo. ABC's "Mistresses" was up week-to-week and CBS' "Under the Dome" posted only a small drop. On The CW, "America's Next Top Model" was down, but only a hair.

On to the numbers...

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Kim Kardashian is coming to '2 Broke Girls'

Kim Kardashian is coming to “2 Broke Girls”
Max and Caroline bump into Kim K while she’s filming “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” in Williamsburg.

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'Breaking Bad’s' Emmy victory: 'A scrappy, hard-earned, communal triumph over an imperious, well-funded newcomer'

“Breaking Bad’s” Emmy victory: “A scrappy, hard-earned, communal triumph over an imperious, well-funded newcomer"
As Spencer Kornhaber points out, "'True Detective' had arrived fully formed and built to win awards, bringing Oscar-level talent, a presumption of significance, and a hunger that no show ever had. Its impact was blockbuster-like. Even the memory of its underwhelming finale has faded, replaced by deafening casting speculation not unlike that which usually surrounds, say, an upcoming Marvel-movie installment. 'Breaking Bad,' on the other hand, was a distinctly TV-ish story of success in increments.” PLUS: Why Bryan Cranston deserved to beat Matthew McConaughey, why “True Detective” lost, and why HBO made the right decision to put “True Detective” in the Best Drama category.

The Emmys are stuck in 2011
"If you believe everything written lately about television by its critics and outspoken fans,” says Hank Stuever, "the shows have never been better — especially the newer ones. But if you watched Monday night’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, you saw that the medium is stuck in a loop where it’s always the late-middle of 2011. TV viewers are moving forward at a voracious pace — this year’s Emmys, not so much.” PLUS: Nearly every winner had previously won, Ranking the Emmy acceptance speeches, Which Emmy loser was best at faking happiness for the winner?, Why rush the winners at the end?, “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga became declared an “Emmys Crush,” Emmy voters stopped Netflix—something networks couldn’t do, how Jon Hamm’s beard was groomed, Aaron Paul’s wife’s website crashed after he mentioned it in his acceptance speech, Emmys censored Robin Williams' punchline, and Seth Meyers DM'd "Weird Al" Yankovic on Twitter a few weeks ago -- they cut the "True Detective" song.

Seth Meyers’ opening monologue was great yet terrible
"The thing that Seth Meyers did that was very tricky in his monologue is that he wasn’t mean,” says Kevin Fallon. "He did not turn the Emmys opening into a roast, which is something that we’ve become a bit accustomed over the years. That might explain why his schtick—sort of a bemused truth-telling about the industry that bordered on way too insider-y—didn’t seem to go over as riotously as your typical Ricky Gervais-Seth MacFarlane-Jimmy Kimmel brand roasting. But it was smart. Welcome to the Smart Emmys, Meyers seemed to be saying, which is about as polarizing a greeting you could give at one of these things.” PLUS: Meyers brought a breezy charm to his hosting duties, Meyers left the “very funny” meanness to Jimmy Kimmel because nastiness becomes tiresome during a long awards show, and Amy Poehler took half a second to upstage Meyers.

Sofia Vergara slams critics who cried sexism over her rotating pedestal Emmys bit
“I think its absolutely the opposite,” Vergara told the press backstage. “It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it's ridiculous that somebody started this — I know who she was — who has no sense of humor (and should) lighten up a little bit.”

Seth Meyers took the Ice Bucket Challenge immediately after finishing the Emmys
Watch Meyers get drenched off stage. PLUS: “Downton Abbey’s” Michelle Dockery screamed at her Ice Bucket Challenge.

“The Simpsons” mural unveiled in Springfield, Oregon
The Oregon town on Monday asserted itself as the only and only Springfield from “The Simpsons.” PLUS: See more photos, including of “Lisa Simpson” Yeardley Smith.

Check out Geena Davis on “Grey’s Anatomy”
Here are her first pics from the set.

“SNL” alum Phil Hartman gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star today
Sixteen years after his tragic death, Hartman’s star will be presented today by his brother and his former “SNL” castmate Kevin Nealon. David Spade is also expected to be on hand.

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'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win more Emmys, while newbies were mostly shunned

“Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” win more Emmys, while newbies were mostly shunned
At this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, buzzworthy shows like “True Detective” and “Orange is the New Black” were shut out in favor of winners from last year. In fact, Netflix was shut out on Monday night. Meanwhile, “Sherlock” scored the most wins with seven, followed by “Breaking Bad's" six and “True Detective” and “SNL” with five each. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Sarah Silverman brought a marijuana vapor pen — but she insists she wasn’t high on stage, Jimmy Kimmel outshined Seth Meyers with his Matthew McConaughey roast, the “Orange is the New Black” cast took a party bus to the Emmys, Ryan Seacrest got revenge on Jimmy Fallon for calling him out, Gwen Stefani mispronounces “The Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert half-apologized for having 1 woman on his writing staff, Sofia Vergara was part of the “incredibly sexist” portion of the Emmys, Colbert got “Kanye’d” by Jimmy Fallon, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson channeled "A Night at the Roxbury,” Weird Al put lyrics to theme songs and had and Andy Samberg played King Joffrey, and  explaining Lena Dunham’s dress — she wasn’t wearing a wig.

Watch Billy Crystal’s poignant Emmy tribute to Robin Williams
“Robin Williams, what a concept,” he said. PLUS: Sarah Michelle Gellar to Crystal: "I'm not ready to watch yet, but I heard the tribute was beautiful."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Bryan Cranston and I got our spouses to OK us kissing
"I asked my husband if he was OK with that and he said, ‘Sure,’ and Bryan checked with his wife and said, ‘Sure,’ and we said we would go for it,” she says of their surprise kiss. Adds Cranston: “It’s not a question of why, but more a question of why not?” PLUS: Louis-Dreyfus apparently dissed NBC in her Emmy speech.

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 6 - HitFix Picks
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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 6 - HitFix Picks

These episodes are a glove-slapping, computer-tapping, hunger-striking fun

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Day 6 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon starts with "The Simpsons Bible Stories" and carries through "Children of a Lesser Clod," going from Episode 221 through Episode 268.

Again, we're not in the Golden Age anymore, but that doesn't mean that there aren't great episodes kicking around in here. We have seven top-notch recommendations and that doesn't even include the crayon-in-the-brain favorite "HOMR" or the toad-licking "Save me Jeebus!" fun of "Missionary: Impossible."

Actually, "Missionary: Impossible" should definitely be here, but I'd already saluted two favorites and nobody else wanted to call it. Oh well.

Check out our recommendations for Day 6 and chime in with your own favorites...

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<p>Ty Burrell wins an Emmy for Modern Family</p>

Ty Burrell wins an Emmy for Modern Family

Credit: AP

‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘Modern Family’ lead familiar Emmy winners list

Cranston beats McConaughey, 'Sherlock' somehow dominates movie category, 'Orange' largely ignored

The easiest way to win an Emmy is to have already won an Emmy, and rarely has that wisdom proved more true than at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, where "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" repeated last year's best drama and comedy series wins, and where you had to squint sometimes to find a person and/or show that hadn't accepted one of these trophies before.

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<p>Bryan Cranston</p>

Bryan Cranston

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Emmy Awards 2014 Live-Blog

Will 'Orange Is The New Black' and 'Breaking Bad' reign? Or will upsets abound?

Never again, TV Academy. 

Never again.

I don't care if NBC has to do the Emmys in August because of football and if NBC is scared of going head-to-head with a competing award show. Doing the Emmys on Monday is just wrong.

But we shall trudge on!

Seth Meyers is hosting. Some fantastic TV shows and actors are nominated. 

Follow along. Comment below. Join the fun. Make the fun.

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Ryan Seacrest too busy for the Emmy red carpet

Ryan Seacrest too busy for the Emmy red carpet
The Monday Emmys meant a Seacrest-less E! red carpet this year. Seacrest was too busy to work the Emmy red carpet this year. Instead of Seacrest, E! debuted the Clutch Cam. UPDATE: E! says Seacrest is on vacation. UPDATE 2: Seacrest says "Idol" auditions in New Orleans kept him from working the red carpet. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel took the subway to the Emmys, and Hayden Panettiere revealed on the red carpet she’s having a girl.

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Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are set to complicate 'Vacation' for Ed Helms
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Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are set to complicate 'Vacation' for Ed Helms

Looks like this one is finally happening

It looks like "Vacation" is still happening, and they're adding cast members that are making me really want to see this movie.

When I interviewed John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein about their film "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," they were still just signed to write a new "Vacation" film. Since then, they've also been announced as directors for the film, and it's gone through some development twists and turns, including what felt like a step back just before they went into production so they could consider their options and fine tune it some more.

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Fox orders Malcolm Gladwell’s 'The Cure' pilot

Fox orders Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Cure” pilot
The noted New Yorker journalist and bestselling author will write and produce “a provocative character-driven medical thriller about a young, impulsive African American neurologist who decides to take the law into her own hands in the cause of tackling a deadly disease.”

“Doctor Who” returns to its best-ever BBC America debut
Still, the 2.2 million who watched the first airing Saturday night pales in comparison to the UK’s 6.8 million. PLUS: Peter Capaldi is bringing a “marvelously strange energy” to the Doctor.

Miley Cyrus’ homeless VMAs date is flying home to his parents in Oregon today
"My son, my youngest baby,” said the mother of Jesse Felt, 22, who called his parents early this morning.

Aaron Paul’s “Breaking Bad” scavenger hunt was a success
Fans got to hang with RJ Mitte and Badger, and at least one lucky fan got to pretend to be killed by one of the Cousins. PLUS: Aaron Paul wore his yellow cooking suit to the scavenger hunt.

Syfy’s “Lost Girl” will end after the upcoming 5th season
Syfy hasn’t announced when the Canadian import’s final 16 episodes will air.

“The Bachelor” creator: If you miss tonight’s “Bachelor in Paradise,” "you will regret it for the rest of your life”
Host Chris Harrison is also advocating that viewers avoid the Emmys. PLUS: Renee Oteri is pregnant

Despite the finale, “True Blood” actually had a very good final season
“If there’s any recent blueprint to follow in closing out a show that should’ve been put to rest a while ago,” says Dee Locket, "it’s 'True Blood.' We can only hope that Ryan Murphy (‘Glee'), Terence Winter ('Boardwalk Empire'), and Shonda Rhimes ('Grey’s Anatomy') took notes.” PLUS: Author Charlaine Harris on the viewer backlash, showrunner is “defiantly proud of what we did,” finale burning questions answered, Kristin Bauer van Straten on Pam’s ending, Alexander Skarsgard says finale was “unbelievable emotional,” no nudity warning foretold a terrible ending, and every question the series finale failed to answer.

Beyonce saved the VMAs
"The VMAs really needed Bey last night,” says Rob Sheffield, "because MTV's annual 'Hey, there's this thing called music and it's not so bad really, P.S. please watch Teen Wolf' bash was short on sparks until she showed up. Here's a brief list of things that were badly missed at this year's VMAs: 1. Players playing. 2. Haters hating. 3. Breakers breaking. And can't forget: 4. Fakers faking. It was one of those nights the stars play it safe, trotting out there to promote their product and act sincere and make sure nobody's feelings get hurt.” PLUS: Why did this year’s VMAs feel so unhip?, the audience cam was more entertaining, and what was up with those “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson” ads?

What if “My So-Called Life” returned for a 2nd season?
The actress who plays Angela Chase’s mom reveals the plan for Season 2.

“Veep” beats “House of Cards” in getting Capitol Hill right
The HBO series is “refreshingly familiar” to Congressional staffers, while the characters on “House of Cards” are "merely steely-eyed archetypes stripped of distinguishing personalities.”

“Sons of Anarchy” is trying to find a way to bring Lea Michele back
"Her acting was completely naturalistic,” says director/exec producer Paris Barclay.

The NHL once threatened “The Simpsons” over Krusty puking into the Stanley Cup
A Fox lawyer told producers to ignore the letter over the Season 9 episode, "The Last Temptation of Krust."

See the new “Walking Dead” teaser
This one focuses on family.

“The Price is Right” announces a male model search
After hiring one male model, the CBS game show is seeking more.

Lena Dunham’s book excerpt reveals something about her that “Girls” doesn’t
The New Yorker’s “Difficult Girl” excerpt shows Dunham has matured as a writer.

Courteney Cox takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
She was nominated by her former “Friend” Jennifer Aniston.

Former “Game of Thrones” star: I thought I was safe because I was alive in the books
Thomas Brodie-Sangster said he received no advance warning Jojen Reed would be killed off. PLUS: "GoT" explained in 3 minutes.

A shark expert went crazy binging on Shark Week over the weekend
PhD student David Shiffman live-tweeted his "real-time descent into madness.”

“Downton Abbey” hasn’t figured out who was responsible for the water bottle
"We don't know whose it was, to be honest,” says Joanne Froggatt.

Watch “Revenge’s” 1st Season 4 teaser
Victoria threatens Emily.

How to throw an “Orange is the New Black”-themed Emmy party
Here are some “prison hacking” tips.

Watch the “Awkward” midseason trailer
"There seems to be some pretty clear proof that she's not faking it,” says showrunner Chris Alberghini.

Looking back at Comedy Central’s many failed news parody shows
From "Chocolate News” to "Sports Show with Norm Macdonald.”

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