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John Oliver’s is set to grill the former NSA director with his 1st 'Last Week Tonight' interview

John Oliver’s is set to grill the former NSA director with his 1st “Last Week Tonight” interview
It’ll be Gen. Keith Alexander’s first interview since his retirement.


"Girls" will use Brooklyn to portray Iowa
The Midwestern-looking Brooklyn neighborhood of Ditmas Park was being used today to film what looks like a frat house scene.


BET to air “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” plus “The Book of Negroes” miniseries
The six-part “Book of Nergoes” will be BET’s first miniseries, while Raven-Symone and Tichina Arnold will star in “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.” BET has also ordered reality shows “Gone Gospel” and “Got Game.”


“Bones” and “Big Bang Theory” are having to share the same actress
Sweets and Raj are in a "love triangle" with Laura Spencer.


BET renews “The Game,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”
They’ll be back for a respective 8th, 2nd and 3rd season.


“Dancing with the Stars” names a new boss
“X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent” vet Rob Wade worked on “Dancing” for its first four seasons.


Neil Patrick Harris tells Letterman why he liked the “HIMYM” finale
“I was a big proponent of it, big fan of it,” he says of the controversial series finale.


Discovery sets Mt. Everest avalanche documentary for May 4
"Everest Avalanche Tragedy” will feature all-new footage over the course of 90 minutes.


1995 dating show Jon Hamm was rejected by an actress who treated it like a casting audition
"I think I had, like, five different accents and 20 different facial expressions in that clip. I was a dork,” says Mary Sandler of that viral clip. In an interview with LA Weekly, Sandler describes the aftermath of becoming a sudden media sensation — her brother died 5 days after the clip went viral — and how it has affected her life.


“Family Guy’s” Emmy campaign mocks New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
“Vote for us, or it’s time for some traffic problems in Brentwood,” Peter Griffin says in the Fox comedy’s Emmy mailer.


USA’s “Rush” promotes Larenz Tate
He’ll become a series regular on the “medical fixer” drama.


Why “Parks and Rec” should wrap it up next season
"Go out on top!” says Margaret Lyons. “'Parks' hasn't gotten less funny, but it is running out of narrative steam a little bit. Just ask Councilman Jamm, Mona-Lisa, or Dr. Saperstein — funny-ish each in (very) small doses, but nowhere near deserving of the amount of screentime they've had. Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe might have left for budgetary reasons, but their story lines were fully exhausted.” PLUS: Why “Parks and Rec” should end tonight, and Billy Eichner hopes “Parks and Rec” promotes him to series regular


An appreciation of “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Cristina Yang
“Yang,” says Brittany Volk, "is a tricky character; her cocky and overly confident demeanor can be a turn-off for some. At first, it seems she’s just a cold, stubborn, know-it-all doctor. But of course, that’s not really the case, and that’s what I love about her. She practices tough love and tough medicine — on her patients and herself.” PLUS: Shonda Rhimes recalls when an unknown Taylor Swift stopped by the “Grey’s” set.


See the 1st images from “Downton Abbey” Season 5
Filming has already begun this week.


In defense of watching HBO sex scenes with your mom
Kate Hakala recalls being a teenager watching “Sex and the City” and “Six Feet Under” with her mom. She explains: “Something about those HBO nights with my mom, the feeling of illicitness, intimacy, and vulnerability paved the way for unscientific and honest post-show sex talks. Sure, of course I was a little humiliated, but looking back, I would have missed out on something if I had just stolen away to my room with an HBO Go password.”


VH1 releases an "I Will Survive” anti-bullying ad
Does the 1-minute PSA work or fall flat?


Read a fake “alternate” script of the controversial “Game of Thrones” scene
What if the scene was more talkative? PLUS: Australian football releases a “Game of Footy” trailer, and "Arya" and "Sansa" make funny faces over FaceTime.


"Salem" adds a Marilyn Manson song to its opening credits
Manson’s new song “Cupid Carries a Gun” will be part of Sunday’s opening.


“Orange is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba recalls her audition — not for Crazy Eyes
Aduba also reveals that she also got a job on “Blue Bloods” at the same time. PLUS: Pablo Schreiber on his pornstache.


Presenting TV’s weirdest musician cameos
From Devo on “Square Pegs” to The Flaming Lips on “Beverly Hills 90210."


USA announces “Suits After Hours”
“Suits” is getting its first early-morning fan-centric marathon.


Is there a books-to-TV miniseries trend?
JK Rowling bringing “The Casual Vacancy” to HBO and BBC may be part of a new trend to bring books to the small screen.

Monica Potter: How I got through “Parenthood’s” most emotional scenes
Potter looks back at Kristina Braverman's Top 10 most emotional moments.


CBS’ “Bad Teacher” doesn’t have enough story to merit a series
"The real challenge of the show,” says Karen Valby, "will be to give it an actual surprising arc. In three episodes, the narrative is the same. Meredith is a gold-digger, but when push comes to shove she chooses her students’ welfare over her ambition to become someone’s new wife. That is a pat resolution in a movie but not enough to sustain a series.” PLUS: It’s a well-played ephemeral farce, it’s a pretty amusing sitcom, it’s a flavorless, sanitized and timid retread, how CBS wooed Ari Graynor, and Graynor looks back at her TV career.


ABC’s “Black Box” combines the annoying aspect of “Homeland” with the formulaic parts of “House”
“We need good shows about complicated women, as opposed to something like ABC's new 'Black Box,” ... a clumsy, pretentious, cliché-riddled mess that just happens to have a woman at the center of things,” says Alan Sepinwall, who adds: "Describing the show makes it sound like the sort of thing Jack Donaghy might have scheduled on the '30 Rock' version of NBC.” PLUS: “Black Box” is ridiculously bad, it suffers from "prime-time multiple-personality disorder,” and it’s one of the most resonant pilots in years.

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'The Mentalist' is trying to find a new network home in case it’s canceled by CBS

“The Mentalist” is trying to find a new network home in case it’s canceled by CBS
Warner Bros. has been shopping a 7th season to both broadcast and cable networks in case. Meanwhile, the season finale is being written to work as a series finale and to set up a 7th season. “It will be a very pleasing and satisfying series finale if that’s what happens and if not it's a very pleasing and satisfying precursor to a new season,” says creator Bruno Heller.


MTV renews “The Real World” and “Snooki & JWoww”; new “Buckwild” will be called “Slednecks”
The cable network also ordered more “Girl Code,” while announcing the reality shows “One Bad Choice” and “Beyond Dance.” PLUS: MTV unveils summer schedule — “Teen Wolf” returns June 23.

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<p>&quot;The Killing&quot;</p>

"The Killing"

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' will be back in August on Netflix

Joan Allen joins the cast for a military school-set mystery

Hallelujah, it's raining blood?

Yeah, probably not. 

On Thursday (April 24), Netflix officially at a late-summer premiere date for the fourth and final season of "The Killing."

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'Wolf Creek 2' is less brutal than the original and plays its killer more broad

'Wolf Creek 2' is less brutal than the original and plays its killer more broad

It's still a dark, grim piece of work, though

It is incredibly unusual for a sequel to take eight years, and it's even more uncommon for a sequel made after that kind of delay to actually be made by the creative team behind the original. Normally, if it had taken this long to get a sequel made, it would most likely be a whole new group of people working with a property, but here, we've got writer/director Greg Mclean back in the driver's seat, working with co-writer Aaron Sterns (who has worked with Mclean in other capacities on earlier films) and with John Jarratt, who once again plays outback serial killer Mick Taylor.

I hadn't seen the original in so long that I had to go back and find my original review to try and remind myself what my issues with it were. I knew I liked the original, but that something had made me hesitant to give it a whole-hearted recommendation. It's a brutal movie, with some truly horrible violence, but I admired the way Mclean handled it. He played rough, but for good reason, and the best moments in the film were genuinely difficult to watch.

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Jermaine Dupri

Mariah Carey will tour behind new album, according to Jermaine Dupri

Watch our video: Dupri on why Carey's the last of the great singers

Mariah Carey’s closest collaborator,  producer and now co-manager Jermaine Dupri, understandably thinks that Mimi is the last of the great singers still regularly releasing albums.

We chatted with Dupri at the ASCAP Pop Awards Wednesday night. The video opens as we’re asking why she may be having a bit of a tough time taking off at radio, but he deflected us and explained that “The Art of Letting Go” was never an official single— it was meant to remind the fans what a great voice she has—when we were actually asking about “You’re Mine (Eternal),” which was released as an official single around Valentine’s Day. However, we both agree that Carey is one of the most successful artists ever.

“When I came in to help on the management side, I heard a lot of people saying they weren’t getting the Mariah Carey records they were used to. they weren’t getting the ballads. To this day, Celine Dion isn’t dropping records the way she used to and we lost Whitney Houston. There’s not really a person or people out there that’s putting this type of music out there. I feel like Mariah is that person.”

He reveals that Carey will be touring behind this album, which isn’t always a given with her.  He says “yes” when I asked if she was going on a full tour. Carey’s oft-delayed new album comes out May 6, although we don't see it listed as a pre-order on Amazon, so we're checking with the label and will keep you posted.

Dupri is working on new albums on Usher, Jagged Edge, and Bow Wow.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry shows off her 'golden nuggets' in hilarious 'Birthday' video

You may not want her to come to your party

Everyone loves to celebrate their birthday, but they might not want to invite Katy Perry after watching her video for “Birthday.”

In the very amusing clip, Perry plays several different characters, ranging from a geriatric stripper (nicknamed Goldie because of her “golden nuggets”) to an alcoholic clown, an unartistic face painter with a horrible case of vocal fry, a very hungry beat-boxing Bat Mitzvah MC straight out of the Borscht Belt, and an animal trainer who may want to rethink his career choice.  

In each scenario, let’s just say things do not go as planned for the birthday celebrants, and the video is appropriated dubbed “The World’s Worst Birthday Party Entertainers” for a reason. However, all's well that ends well, especially for a group of little girls, who get the surprise of their young lives.

Perry is such a natural in front of the camera, a great mimic, and totally fearless, which all makes for a very fun video that reveals something different on each viewing.

During her CMTCrossroads” taping with Kacey Musgraves, she revealed that this was her most “insane” clip yet and she wasn’t kidding…

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A 'Friday the 13th' TV series is in the works

A “Friday the 13th” TV series is in the works
The director of the original 1980 film, Sean S. Cunningham, will produce the project that reimagines Jason in multiple time periods. Unlike the original 1987 “Friday the 13th” TV series, this one will actually use Jason Voorhees.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'Vampire Diaries'' Ian Somerhalder and EP Caroline Dries talk big changes ahead

Three 'permanent deaths' will happen by season's end

The CW doesn't ask reporters to come by to watch an upcoming episode of "The Vampire Diaries"  (Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on the CW) and chat with Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) and executive producer Caroline Dries every day, so I had reason to believe something big was in the works for the show this week. No spoilers here, but I wasn't wrong. 

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Is the 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff actually 'When Harry Met Sally'?

Is the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff actually “When Harry Met Sally”?
Meg Ryan, after all, will be voicing the character of “Future Sally" on "How I Met Your Dad."


Lifetime denies “True Tori” is fake
The cable network says talk that Tori Spelling faked her cheating scandal to get a reality show is “so false."


Netflix announces “The Killing’s” final season premiere date
The final six episodes drop on Aug. 1.


Meet Tatiana Maslany’s “Orphan Black” clone double
“I could cry thinking about her,” Maslany says of Kathryn Alexandre, who also helps play every single clone. “She’s so amazing. She memorizes all of the lines, all of my blocking, all of her blocking, my mannerisms, my impulses; she, somehow, memorizes all of that and gives it back to me with a performance I can play off of.”


“True Blood’s” Sam Trammell will star in the Amazon pilot “Cocked”
The series from the creator of “Lie to Me” will have Trammell playing a man who returns to his family’s gun business after a falling out with his brother and father.


Discovery reality special will follow “mechanical savants” who mash-up cars
The Appalachian-set “Rebel Road” will follow the people who create what are known as “rat rods.”


Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for her joke about the women held captive in Cleveland
“Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space,” Rivers said on “Today” while promoting her “Melissa & Joan” reality show and comparing her living situation to theirs. The joke prompted the womens’ attorney to ask for a “sincere apology.”


See the “Girl Meets World” poster
Check out Disney Channel’s happy family portrait.

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<p>&quot;Red Army&quot;</p>

"Red Army"

Credit: Sony Classics

Sony Classics set for a bumper year at Cannes, following acquisition of 'Red Army'

The hockey doc joins 'Foxcatcher,' 'Coming Home,' Whiplash' and 'Mr. Turner'

Last year was a slightly quieter one than usual for Sony Pictures Classics on the prestige film circuit -- the studio had a number of strong titles, from Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" to Ralph Fiennes's "The Invisible Woman," but only a couple that really connected with audiences. Their strongest Oscar contender, Woody Allen's surprise hit "Blue Jasmine," ruled the Best Actress race but didn't make it all the way to Best Picture. Meanwhile, Best Foreign Language Film -- the category that they normally have on lock, with four consecutive wins between 2009 and 2012 --  didn't go their way at all, with several surprise omissions keeping them out of the final five. 

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NBC and USA to remake Telemundo telenovelas in English

NBC and USA to remake Telemundo telenovelas in English
Shows like "Mujer de Acero” (Woman Of Steel) will get an English language remake as the two NBC Universal channels have agreed to remake shows from its Spanish-language sibling for the first time.


“The Bachelorette” creator: “This transcends everything, certainly a television show”
"He was such a young guy who lived life to the fullest,” Mike Fleiss says of Eric Hill. "I couldn't believe it when I heard. I'm still in shock. We're all in shock.”


ABC News renews George Stephanopoulos’ contract
He’ll continue with his roles on “GMA” and “This Week."


Jimmy Kimmel's “Scandal” special was his most-watched episode ever
“Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandalabra” attracted more than 4 million viewers.


“Longmire” returns June 2
A&E has some details on the Season 3 premiere.


“The Americans’” Holly Taylor says she has to occasionally leave the room while watching the show
The 16-year-old actress, who plays daughter Paige, also admits she’s never watched “Felicity,” but she’s worn the “Felicity” wig.


Jon Stewart fires back at Hannity: “My God, you’re the Arby’s of news”
On being called a “comedic hack,” Stewart replied: "The hack thing hurts a little. But the wound is healed by the ointment of your attention.”


“Veep’s” Jonah says he “boned” his audition
Timothy Simons tells Letterman he tries to be overly nice in real life.


Ginnifer Goodwin talks about marrying Josh Dallas soon after wrapping “Once Upon a Time”
The very pregnant Goodwin learned that she wasn’t Jimmy Kimmel’s most pregnant guest ever.


Colin Quinn urges Seth Meyers to crack down on Fred Armisen’s frequent “Late Night” absences
The “Late Night” bandleader was expected to take time off to film “Portlandia,” but he’s out again this week attending another festival in Austin.

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<p>Ty Burrell takes Sydney</p>

Ty Burrell takes Sydney

TV Ratings: 'Survivor' and 'Modern Family' lead, but FOX still tops Wednesday

'American Idol' is up week-to-week in all measures for FOX

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

"Survivor" was Wednesday night's top show overall, while "Modern Family" was the best among young viewers, but with "American Idol" posting week-to-week gains, FOX won the night in all measures.

With CBS and NBC mostly in repeats, the night was short on notables. "Suburgatory" retained most of its "Middle" lead-in, as "Mixology" squandered more than half of its "Modern Family" lead-in, but that's pretty much business as usual. And over on The CW, both "Arrow" and "The 100" were steady in the key demo, but down a hair overall.

On to the numbers...

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