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Nobody's leaving 'NCIS'

Nobody's leaving "NCIS"
CBS is closing deals or has closed deals with every cast member whose contract is expiring at the end of this season, according to TV Line.
 

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Adele

Is Adele's '25' on its way in 2014?

The singer hints that a new album could be here soon

Is a new album from Adele on the way? The British singer hinted that it might be via a Tweet this morning.

Today is Adele's 26th birthday (a birthday she shares with Chris Brown and Black Sabbath217;s Bill Ward, by the way).  She tweeted “Bye bye 25… See you again later in the year x.”

Could that mean that, like her previous two sets, titled “19,” and “21,” a third album, titled “25” is coming in 2014?  She included a photo of herself in bed offering a thumbs up.

The album would be her first since 2011’s  Grammy-winning “21,” which included such hits as “Rolling In The Deep,” “Rumour Has It” and “Someone Like You.”  

Adele has been taking time off since the birth of her first child, but has worked sporadically on the new album, including writing with Diane Warren (as we exclusively reported) and Phil Collins.
http://www.hitfix.com/news/exclusive-adele-writing-with-diane-warren-on-new-album

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Bob Iger takes a selfie with Chewbacca from the set of 'Star Wars Episode VII'
Credit: 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Bob Iger takes a selfie with Chewbacca from the set of 'Star Wars Episode VII'

I hope this is how they introduce every character

Wouldn't it be great if every major news break for the entire duration of principal photography for "Star Wars: Episode VII" was handled in the form of a selfie?

As the entire planet is now aware thanks to last week's news cycle, "Star Wars Episode VII" is now up and running in the UK, and in addition to the table reads of the script, there are final decisions being made now about wardrobe and the on-screen appearance of the characters. That means screen tests. That means fitting sessions.

And, evidently, that means Bob Iger gets to hang out with Chewbacca, according to the official Instagram account for the film.

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'The Comeback' is officially coming back for 6 episodes

“The Comeback” is officially coming back for 6 episodes
HBO announced a “limited series” of six episodes starring Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish 10 years after the first series left off.


CW announces “Veronica Mars” spinoff web series, starring Ryan Hansen
“Play It Again, Dick” will be shown on CW Seed and will be co-written by “Veronica” creator Rob Thomas.


WGN America renews “Salem”
The witch drama will be back for Season 2.


Jay Leno now a protester
The former “Tonight Show” host spent this morning protesting the Sultan of Brunei in front of the Beverly Hilton over his harsh Islamic laws. “What year is this? 1814? It’s 2014,” said Leno.

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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez's new album, 'A.K.A.,' features Izzy Azalea, Chris Brown and Rick Ross

Billboard will present her with its Icon Award on May 18

As we previously announced, Jennifer Lopez’s 10th album will come out June 17. But now we have a title, "A.K.A.," and a list of the guest stars on her first album for Capitol Records.  Lopez collaborates with French Montana, Rick Ross, TI, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, Tyga, Sia, Chantal, Kirby, Chris Brown, and producers Max Martin and Savan, Detail, RoccStar, DJ Mustard, Diplo, Harmony, Pop and Oak and Cory Rooney.

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Dave Franco promises 'Neighbors' is 'insane'

Dave Franco promises 'Neighbors' is 'insane'

Franco explains why he would love to work with his friends forever

Of all the Francos right now, Dave Franco is the Daviest.

In other words, it's silly to compare James Franco and Dave Franco because the more we see of the two of them, the more it becomes apparent that shared DNA aside, these guys are radically different performers.

In "Neighbors," Franco plays Pete, the right-hand-man to Teddy (Zac Efron). The two of them rule the frat in the film and exist as a sort of living embodiment of the bro code. One of the things that "Neighbors" does well is the way it begins with broad stereotypes and then reveals the characters to be far weirder than they originally seem. Franco's character emerges as the "smartest" of the frat guys, an admittedly low bar, and his relationship with Teddy drives the film is some very funny directions.

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Netflix renews 'Orange is the New Black' for Season 3

Netflix renews "Orange is the New Black" for Season 3
Laura Prepon revealed the news on her Instagram pic of "Season 3 Titles."

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<p>Taylor Schilling in &quot;Orange Is The New Black.&quot;</p>

Taylor Schilling in "Orange Is The New Black."

Credit: Netflix

Netflix renews 'Orange Is The New Black' for season 3

Laura Prepon announces via Instagram that the women's prison drama will be around a while

Netflix is a very strange outfit when it comes to releasing information. They won't tell the public how many people are watching their original shows, and won't even tell the people making them (which has caused some problems when it comes to actors and producers trying to negotiate new contracts). And when it comes to the renewal of what's allegedly the streaming service's most popular show, "Orange Is The New Black," they left the announcement up to Laura Prepon's Instagram.

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"Dance Mom" star Abby Lee Miller

"Dance Mom" star Abby Lee Miller

Credit: Lifetime

Interview: 'Dance Moms'' Abby Lee Miller to talk on 'Dancing with the Stars'

The tough cookie will dial it back for the celebs - maybe

"Dancing with the Stars" (Mon. at 8:00 p.m. on ABC) has had a cavalcade of celebrity guest judges this season, but none have known much about the dancing they're seeing -- until now. Abby Lee Miller, the tough-as-nails instructor on Lifetime's "Dance Moms," is taking the fourth chair at the judges' table, and you can bet we'll be getting some actual insight about dancing. We won't, however, see her dressing down the stars, it seems. Too bad. I spoke to Miller as she prepped for her one-night gig tonight about why she's judging instead of dancing, who her favorite is (yes, America, you're right on this one) and who she thinks might take home the mirror ball. 

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Joel McHale was surprised that his Bill Clinton cigar joke wasn’t considered controversial at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Joel McHale was surprised that his Bill Clinton cigar joke wasn’t considered controversial at White House Correspondents’ Dinner
“I was very surprised by that,” says McHale. “I thought that of any jokes, the Bill Clinton jokes would be kind of the roughest, but no one is talking about them.” McHale also says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “was very cool” with being the target of his jokes. PLUS: McHale’s performance “was a mess.”


E Street Band member named bandleader of “The Meredith Vieira Show”
Everett Bradley will be joined by announcer Jon Harris when Vieira’s show debuts Sept. 8.


“Mad Men” hijacked by metaphors
“The Monolith,” last night’s episode, was "so over-the-top symbolic, it’s practically literal,” as Logan Hills puts it. PLUS: “Mad Men” may have entered the Peggy Olson era, last night’s episode was pretty terrific once it stopped being cute with the symbolism, and last night’s episode vs. the real 1969.


“Silicon Valley” airs Christopher Evan Welch’s final episode
After filming last week’s episode, the actor could no longer film the series due to the cancer that would kill him in December. PLUS: How Pied Piper’s logo measures up.


Moviefone expands to TV listings
AOL has revamped its movie listings site to include television listings because, as the CEO of the company behind the change put it, “the line between television and film content blurs more every day."


“SNL” alum Chris Kattan reunites with Jimmy Fallon after reuniting with Seth Meyers
Kattan is apparently touring NBC’s late-night shows.


Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco launching a comedy label
Conan’s label’s first release will be comic Ian Edwards' "100% Half Assed."


“The Simpsons” writers reveal their favorite Lego episode jokes
Producer Matt Selman boasted of having a Lego Advent Calendar joke: “I was like, ‘Is The Lego Movie going to have a Lego Advent calendar joke? I doubt it.’” PLUS: Last night’s episode felt like the old days.


Adult Swim orders the live-action "Dream Corp LLC” from John Krasinski
“The Office” alum will produce a show about a service that lets people confront workplace issues via virtual reality. It stars “Lost” alum Jon Gries.


Hallmark Channel renews “When Calls The Heart”
The series starring Lori Loughlin will return for a 2nd season.


How outdated does the 1st season of “24” look?
In Season 1, Jack Bauer has a floppy disk, a flip phone and CTU has a really old-looking Mac.


Download your own “The Good Wife” coloring book
As seen on “Billy on the Street.”


Check out “New Girl’s” Max Greenfield in a cage on “Hot in Cleveland”
Greenfield guests on this week’s episode.


Which of the 6 “Friends” were the closest?
Slate crunched the numbers in honor of this week’s 10-year finale anniversary, and determined that Ross and Rachel were the closest, followed by Monica and Chandler.


“The O.C.’s” Ryan and Trey Atwood reunite
Ben McKenzie got to meet former co-star Logan Marshall-Green’s new baby over the weekend.


Watch the trailer for DirecTV’s “Rogue”
Season 2 premieres May 28.

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"Goodbye to Language"
"Goodbye to Language"
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Cannes Check 2014: Jean-Luc Godard's 'Goodbye to Language'

Continuing our festival preview with the veteran of the Competition

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the oldest director (with the shortest film) in the lineup: Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language." 

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Our favorite season-ending TV cliffhangers

Our favorite season-ending TV cliffhangers

From near-assassinated presidents to intriguing time jumps, we celebrate finales

Cliffhangers aren't just for finales. 

Recent shows as different as "24" and The Collected Works of Shonda Rhimes have proven that if you drop a cliffhanger on a weekly basis, audiences will keep coming back, while soap operas have been doing almost daily cliffhangers for decades.

But the season-ending cliffhanger is a particular creature. Producers know that they have to drop narrative bombs big enough to carry audiences across not just a couple weeks, but several months of anticipation and speculation. 

There's a reason why "Who shot J.R.?" and "Is Buffy Dead?" and "Wait, that was a Flash-Forward?" are questions that instantly bring back memories of both the finales in question, but also the months of pondering and waiting.

With so many of our favorite shows signing off for the season, we put our heads together to list some of our favorite season-ending cliffhangers and pay tribute to them. 

OBVIOUSLY there are spoilers here, but mostly just for older shows and we didn't spoil how most of the finales resolved. 

Check out our list and chime in with some of your favorites!

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