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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."

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Emmy Predictions 2014: Outstanding comedy series

Will this be the end of the 'Modern Family' streak? And is 'Veep' or 'Orange' better-poised to beat it?

Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj keeps her assets covered in Juicy J's 'Low' video: Watch

All the nastiness comes from her rhymes, not twerking


After showing off a year’s worth of ass in one day with her video for “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj keeps it her most formidable asset out of sight in her cameo on Juicy J’s “Low” video and leaves the twerking to others.

Minaj comes in around 1:30 on the tune. Declaring she’s “fly every day,” she delivers a 40-second X-rated rhyme dressed relatively demurely in a black, then white, dress. Even if you're not a Minaj fan, you have to admire her sheer ubiquity these days, between her own "Anaconda,"  "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Ariana Grande, Beyonce's remix of "Flawless" and now this...

Juicy J’s low voice combined with a hypnotic beat creates a slinky tune, as he, like Kelly Rowland earlier this year, talks about liking his “kisses down low.” Hey, at least he's practicing safe sex, as he tells us the only thing in his suitcase is condoms.

In addition to Minaj, Juicy J also enlists the aid of Lil Bibby and Young Thug.

Juicy J is up for two MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday for his feature on Katy Perry's "Dark Horse."

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Julie Chen takes the Ice Bucket challenge, nominates every 'Big Brother' contestant ever

Julie Chen takes the Ice Bucket challenge, nominates every “Big Brother” contestant ever
Will Arnett helped dump ice water on the “Big Brother” host. Says Chen: "It felt great and fun and funny for about the first 3 seconds and then it was like…am I going to catch pneumonia?!?!?  This is NOT fun anymore…it’s freezing and I am shaking." PLUS: Neil Patrick Harris accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge.


Lena Dunham teases Season 4 of “Girls”
Watch "Hannah" fall off a bike at university.


Syfy’s “Z Nation” gets a premiere date
The zombie drama debuts Wednesday, Sept. 10.


Watch some of Conan’s “scraps”
Last night’s “Scrapisodes” reveals that Conan O’Brien likes to rehearse with a guitar around his neck. PLUS: Watch the “Scrapisodes” intro.


“Grace and Frankie” adds Joe Morton, Geoff Stults and Barry Bostwick
They’ll each recur on the Netflix comedy.


BBC America orders “The Living and the Dead”
The paranormal drama is from the creators of “Life on Mars."


Fox’s year-long “Utopia” will have 129 cameras, over 10 miles of wiring
Producers yesterday gave the media a tour of the ambitious reality show.

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<p>Will Arnett assists Julie Chen&#39;s completion of the Ice Bucket Challenge</p>

Will Arnett assists Julie Chen's completion of the Ice Bucket Challenge

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TV Ratings: 'Rookie Blue' finale rises, but 'Big Brother' still leads Thursday

Of course, NFL preemptions mean these numbers will change

Fast National ratings for Thursday, August 21, 2014.

ABC got a bit of a bump for the two-hour finale of "Rookie Blood," but that wasn't close to enough to push the network past a "Big Bang Theory" repeat and the rising "Big Brother" on Thursday.

We will, of course, have to see how Thursday Night Football impacts the primetime numbers but, as usual, the answer is likely to be "some." ABC had the Philadelphia preemption, while CBS aired football in Pittsburgh. NBC had preemptions in Jacksonville and Indianapolis, but those probably won't matter very much.

On to the numbers...

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Sophie Turner says Sansa's 'Game of Thrones' season 5 storyline was a 'big surprise'

Sophie Turner says Sansa's 'Game of Thrones' season 5 storyline was a 'big surprise'

'Another Me' brings the Brit actress to the big screen

One of the benefits of being discovered on a hit TV show is that a chance at a significant movie career is usually in the cards. Actually, it usually only occurs with talent on show that hits the pop culture lexicon.  In this case, "Game of Thrones."

Sophie Turner has spent the last four years on "GoT" playing Sansa Stark and as any loyal viewer can tell you, she's been put through the ringer.  She's seen her father beheaded (poor Ned), been engaged to a mad king against her will, was almost raped and then forced to marry the show's most popular character, Lord Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who doesn't happen to be that popular in King's Landing. Those key dramatic moments, among others, is just one reason Turner has come to the attention of casting directors, producers, international financiers and movie directors. She's got talent that's ready to be explored in other projects. The first of those new films, "Another Me," hits theaters in select markets today, but let's get to what all "GoT" fans want to hear about first: season five.  

Turner spoke to HitFix Thursday from Belfast where she's in the middle of shooting the current "GoT" season. She's expected to continue production until the middle of December, but notes " I mean it's very unpredictable because there are so many parts on 'Game of Thrones.' If someone gets injured? The schedule can just like totally flip and I could be shooting a lot longer or a lot shorter."

The 18-year-old actress obviously wasn't going to spill specific details about the upcoming stretch, but did discuss how she's stopped reading the novels in preparing for each new season.

"I kind of read the 'Game of Thrones' books as the seasons [went on]," Turner says, "But now that the storyline and scripts are kind of going away from the books I decided I'm just going to read the scripts so I don't get confused and read the books later."

As for where Ms. Stark will end up Turner sounded quite excited about her character's new direction.  More importantly, she thinks viewers will be too.

"'Game of Thrones' is so unpredictable and it was a big surprise what is happening to her this season," Turner says. "I am so excited because it gives me the opportunity to work with new people and it goes in a completely different direction. I think the fans will really like where her storyline is going this season."

The point of the interview, however, way to discuss "Another Me" and Turner is clearly proud of her work in Isabel Coixet's thriller. Based on a novel by Cathy MacPhail, the movie finds Turner playing Fay, a teenager in suburban Wales who is trying to juggle the pressures of school with a her father's debilitating illness. As time passes a number of events occur that makes her think someone is following, impersonating or playing mind games with her. What she's unaware of is that dear old dad (Rhys Ifans) knows exactly what's going on and doesn't have the heart to tell her.  

"Me" premiered at the 2013 Rome Film Festival this past November and has been released in Italy and Spain. It also features an intriguing cast including Claire Forlani as her mother, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Fay's drama teacher and Geraldine Chaplin as a very strange neighbor.  

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'MythBusters' cuts 3 of its stars

“MythBusters” cuts 3 of its stars
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman announced at the end of Thursday’s episode that Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara won’t be back next season.


Watch Peter Krause dump “ice” on “Parenthood” co-star/girlfriend Lauren Graham
"I donated AND icebucketed, CA drought style…,” Graham tweeted of the Ice Bucket Challenge. PLUS: Tom Bergeron takes 3 ice buckets, and “Top Chef” winner Stephanie Izard recreates “Flashdance."


Gary Busey’s erratic behavior is worrying “Celebrity Big Brother” producers
Busey is being closely monitored and there’s even talk of removing him from the house.


Nicole Richie’s VH1 show has been a flop
Networks execs are trying to find a way to reverse the ratings slide on “Candidly Nicole,” according to Page Six.


“The Vampire Diaries” unveils Season 6 trailer
“Damon’s gone,” Stefan tells Elena. “You need to say goodbye, too.”


David Letterman and Serena Williams turn NYC's 53rd Street into a tennis court
Watch Serena smash the window of Rupert Gee’s Hello Deli.


Jimmy Fallon gets local NBC anchors to read fake good news
To counter all the bad news, “The Tonight Show” came up with an "I've Got Good News and Good News” segment.

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<p>Zach of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Zach of "Big Brother"

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Eviction and a Jury Comeback

Will Arnett pours ice water on Julie Chen and other stuff happens too

I'm checking in on Thursday's (August 21) "Big Brother" after spending my afternoon and evening on the set of FOX's yet-to-shoot "Utopia," a new reality show that's exactly like "Big Brother" except for all of the ways it's completely different. 

"Utopia" isn't a competition and while people are sent home, they aren't "eliminations," per se. Also, nobody wins.

Somebody will definitely win on "Big Brother." And somebody will definitely go home, or at least to the Jury House, with the catch being that according to Julie Chen, tonight's episode will also feature the return of a recently eliminated hamster. 

So it sounds like tonight's "Big Brother" will actually be a zero-sum game?

Let's find out, after the break...

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 2 - HitFix Picks
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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 2 - HitFix Picks

A magical drink, The Germans, innovative transportation and talking baseball make the cut

[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.]

Picking episodes for Day 1 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon was relatively easy. Yes, "The Simpsons" was quite fine right off the bat and it only improved as the show moved into its second season, but the fans here at HitFix were able to cobble together a clear list of favorites without any hugely disappointing exclusions.

Day 2 was far more difficult. We have five participants picking episodes here and we each snagged two favorites for the day, which stretches from "Bart's Dog Gets an F" through to "Last Exit to Springfield," or from Episode 29 through Episode 76. 

I think we represented many of the best episodes from this fertile early period, but if I had been about to select four or five, I could have easily done it. 

My greatest regret is that we didn't have room for "Selma's Choice," which has possibly my favorite opening of the entire series -- Homer's refusal to stop eating an extra-long sandwich leads to food poisoning and, as a result, Selma has to take the kids to Duff Gardens -- and it also has Lisa's "I am the Lizard Queen" trip. It's a glorious episode. But if I only had two picks... I'm solid on the two I picked. I wish we could have found room for "Radio Bart" and "Kamp Krusty" and "Stark Raving Dad," with its gloriously odd Michael Jackson cameo.

And here's the scary part: The next two days after this one are even tougher, as we move into what is generally accepted as the show's Golden Age.

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

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<p>Rectify</p>

Rectify

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'Rectify' creator Ray McKinnon looks back on season 2

'Was that obtuse enough?' he asks at the end of one answer

Before he was the creator of one of TV's most beautiful and emotionally powerful dramas in Sundance's "Rectify," Ray McKinnon was a character actor. And because I'm so used to watching his long, scarecrow-like frame pop up in films and movies, I never thought of "Rectify" protagonist Daniel Holden — a former Death Row inmate whose conviction is overturned, and who is embodied by an actor (the terrific Aden Young) with no physical resemblance to McKinnon — as an avatar of his creator. Even when I interviewed McKinnon before "Rectify" premiered, I was looking at the man who had played Reverend Smith on "Deadwood," Linc Potter on "Sons of Anarchy," etc.

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<p>Aden Young in Rectify</p>

Aden Young in Rectify

Credit: Sundance

Season finale review: 'Rectify' - 'Unhinged'

Daniel has to confess his 'crime' in order to go free

"Rectify" just wrapped up its second season, a couple of days after Sundance ordered a third. I spoke briefly with Ray McKinnon about the season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I hoard food under stress...

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Confessions of a 'Simpsons' virgin

Confessions of a “Simpsons” virgin
Megan Greenwell had never seen an episode of the Fox cartoon. So before FXX’s marathon, she decided to immerse herself in as much “Simpsons” as possible over two weeks. "I’ve now watched 68 episodes of The Simpsons in 14 days, an absurd and wholly unhealthy pace,” she says. "During the height of my mania, I saw Simpsons parallels everywhere in my life.” PLUS: An appreciation of Moe Szyslak, the 11 best celebrity cameos, ranking the first 14 seasons, here are 12 things you might not know, what “The Simpsons” taught us about money, and the voice of Homer Simpson loses his dad.


Shonda Rhimes now says she won’t rule out breaking up MerDer on “Grey’s Anatomy"
“I’m not going to say that Meredith and Derek are never going to break up,” she tells TVLine. “I’m not going to say that simply because we’re writing a story and we’re on this long, long journey. I’ve learned never to say absolutes about anything anymore. People always say, ‘Seven seasons ago you said… ‘ Well, I didn’t think we’d still be here.”


New “The Voice” trailer showcases Gwen Stefani and Pharrell
Here’s your first look at Season 7.


Are the Emmys too obsessed with movie stars like Julia Roberts?
Roberts, who is nominated for an Emmy for “The Normal Heart,” is the latest movie star to be featured prominently on the Emmy broadcast. Previous Emmys have also showcased movie stars like Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow.


“True Detective” begins shooting next month with Season 2 expected to air next summer
"It’s set in California, all of California,” says HBO boss Michael Lombardo at the Edinburgh TV Festival. "There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that’s probably all I’m allowed to say. We’ll probably be announcing casting soon."


There’s no consensus at “SNL” or NBC on who should replace Lorne Michaels
“Saturday Night Live” oral history co-author James Andrew Miller delves into Michaels’ past and future as the “SNL” honcho begins Season 40. "Mortality has to be the cruelest imaginable concept for anyone who’s lived a life as exciting, enviable, and admired as Michaels has, and for anyone who’s managed to play the kind of fascinating character he created,” Miller writes. But don’t tell him that. The Michaels ecosystem looks like it is built around a 40-year-old. Not only is there no named 'No. 2' or successor, there’s not even a consensus among those at SNL, NBC, or the entertainment world in general who, if anyone, would or could take over when Michaels decides he’s had enough.” PLUS: Who is the greatest “SNL” cast member?, and past “SNL” stars recall working on the show.


 

Why AMC is struggling to find its next big hit
The cable network might have gotten to cocky after “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad,” resulting in alienating some top-notch showrunners.


“Parenthood” boss’ next project: A Silicon Valley medical drama
CBS has bought Jason Katims’ pitch about "a controversial, outrageous, young tech titan who opens his own hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine.”


“Real Housewives” contract revealed: One Bravo star earned $600K for 4 months of work
Stars of “Real Housewives” can earn extra via a “wardrobe fee,” a “location fee” or even an “on-camera services fee.”


Why are the Emmys on a Monday this year?
Because on Sunday, NBC has a “Sunday Night Football” preseason game while MTV has the VMAs. And apparently no other Sunday was available.


HBO boss defends sex, violence, rape scenes on “Game of Thrones”
"We have certainly not given them an edict or a note that they need to tone down the sexual content in the show,” says HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo.


Billy Eichner and Rhys Darby are coming to “The Millers”
Eichner will play Sean Hayes’ ex-husband, while “Flight of the Conchords” vet Darby will play Will Arnett's nerdy high school classmate who became a George R.R. Martin-like author.


NFL gets its first pay to play Super Bowl halftime offer — from the band The Carnabys
Hard Rock Records has offered to pay $1 million to the charity of the NFL’s choice if The Carnabys perform at next year’s Super Bowl.


“Criminal Minds” to pay tribute to Meshach Taylor
The late “Designing Women” star appeared twice on the CBS series as Joe Mantegna’s former Marine sergeant.


Anderson Cooper gets a comic book makeover
The CNN anchor will appear on Marvel’s "Black Widow" series.


GSN renews “The Chase” and “It Takes a Church”
Both shows have been strong performers for GSN.


Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow win a PEN Literary Award for “Girls”
The PEN Literary Awards also announced that Norman Lear will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


Why do men on “Bachelor in Paradise” wear necklaces?
Is it a standard part of the wardrobe?


Recalling reality TV’s one-hit wonders
From “My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss” to “Kid Nation.”


Frankie Valli will join Carol Burnett on “Hawaii Five-0”
He’ll play her fiancé.


Syfy’s “The Expanse” casts Shohreh Aghdashloo and Steven Strait
They’ll join Thomas Jane in the space opera based on the best-selling book series.


Watch a preview of "Manzo'd With Children”
The “Real Housewives” spinoff stars Caroline Manzo.

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Steven Spielberg is developing a 'Minority Report' TV series

Steven Spielberg is developing a “Minority Report” TV series
“Godzilla” writer Max Borenstein has been tapped to bring Spielberg’s 2002 movie, based on the futuristic story by Philip K. Dick, to the small screen.

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