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'Salem' review: Everything old is newish again in premiere episode

A mishmash of history and modern horror doesn't entirely work

There are many striking things about Salem (premieres Sun. April 20 at 10:00 p.m. on WGN). There is a surplus of gross and gory stuff, plenty of Puritans, and some of the most anachronistic dialogue I've ever heard in a period drama. Apparently the writers decided that the best way to capture the olde time speake of the 17th century is in cliches like "you can't keep a good man down," "he's a chip off the old block,"  "he fights like a girl" and my favorite, "I call bullshit!" Yes, someone really says "I call bullshit," I kid thee not.

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Gwen Stefani is set to join 'The Voice' as a judge

Gwen Stefani is set to join “The Voice” as a judge
The No Doubt singer is in talks to take over Christina Aguilera’s chair in the fall, according to TMZ. Aguilera will take the season off in the fall as she prepares to give birth.

“Orphan Black” accused of stealing
A writer has sued the BBC claiming the BBC America series is based on a script he wrote in the ‘90s.

“Mixology” looking good for renewal, “Trophy Wife” and “The Neighbors” are still on the bubble
Meanwhile, fellow ABC sitcom “Suburgatory” could return next year for a shortened season.

Bravo’s “Southern Charm” is a “pop culture smear” on Charleston, South Carolina
That is what one local says of the reality show, according to the NY Times, "channeling the prevailing view of many longtime Charlestonians.”

Amy Poehler: “Parks and Rec” will have a big surprise in the final seconds of the season finale
"The last minute or so of our season finale…the last moments are really important and big things happen that kind of show you where we're going and where a lot of the characters are going or shows you where they may go,” she teased. PLUS: Can Leslie Knope have it all?

Watch profane outtakes from Amy Schumer’s Aaron Sorkin spoof
Josh Charles likes to drop F-bombs.

“Lost’s” Carlton Cuse: "Social media has created this bell curve effect around finales that is really overblown”
"I can’t say that the ending of a story is always the best part of the story,” he says, "and yet there’s sort of this implicit idea that the finale is somehow supposed to be the mind-blowing best episode of a show.”

What makes “Supernatural” so enduring?
Is it the hair? Is it Netflix? Or is the “400 pounds of dude” that the CW series showcases each week?

King Joffrey’s little brother on “Game of Thrones” was killed off last season — as another character
Joffrey’s brother is teen actor Dean-Charles Chapman’s 2nd role on the HBO series. He previously played Martyn Lannister, who was murdered in Season 3. PLUS: Has “GoT” jumped the shark already this season?, Joffrey meets "Mrs. Doubtfire," and Natalie Dormer on the Purple Wedding.

Scott Foley answers Reddit questions about “Scandal,” “Felicity,” “Grey’s" and Jennifer Garner
Foley says he prefers working on “Scandal” over “Grey’s Anatomy” because “Scandal” is a regular job, and not a guest stint. PLUS: Cher sings for "James Novak."

“SVU” boss makes the case for renewal
Showrunner Warren Leight says: "We're just in that moment of purgatory — for a crime we haven't committed.”

Monica Potter: “Parenthood” is set in Berkeley — it’s about time we had a gay character
“I’m like, ‘We live in Berkeley!’” she says of this week’s episode. "Even if we didn’t live in Berkeley, I’m like, ‘C’mon, lets go!’”

Heather Graham signed on for “Californication” having never watched the Showtime series
"I'm only allowed to say that I'm from David’s (Hank Moody’s) past,” who "adds a lot of conflict,” she says.

Tracy Morgan has still got it in his Comedy Central special
"Tracy Morgan: Bona Fide” shows the former “30 Rock” star at the top of his game.

See the trailer for “Petals on the Wind”
Lifetime's “Flowers in the Attic” followup is even crazier.

Religious TV has been resurrected
Programs like “The Bible” and Oprah’s upcoming “Belief” are trying to catch an audience interested in spirituality.

Stop trying to solve “Mad Men”!
All those theories are crap, says Sam Adams, who points out that Matthew Weiner has "never shown much interest in leaving clues for viewers to pore over. One of the more compelling theories about why creator Matthew Weiner is so obsessive about critics spoiling minor details is that it's a way to create an air of mystery around a show that otherwise doesn't generate much. Weiner prefers genuine surprise to an elongated tease.” PLUS: Should the Manson theories be taken seriously?, Vincent Kartheiser has stopped taking buses to the “Mad Men” set, Kartheiser started watching “True Detective” with Episode 7, costume designer Janie Bryant talks about Peggy’s power suit, all the ‘90s and ‘00s TV stars who’ve appeared on “Mad Men,” why “Mad Men” needs Sally Draper, and how “Mad Men” changed the way men dress.

Kristen Bell gets “Naked and Afraid” for Ellen
It’s one of Bell’s favorite shows.

Lindsay Lohan explains why she doesn’t wear a bra on “Lindsay”
Turns out she hates wearing bras, as she told Andy Cohen while wearing a bra.

TV is showing relationships that are more complicated
From “Game of Thrones” to “Elementary,” says Mary McNamara, "television is making room for relationships that side-step easy sentiment to explore the other ways in which we bind ourselves to each other.”

Check out “Cook Smart,” Alton Brown’s “Good Eats”-like web series
The Food Network star had said his former show might return in a different capacity.

Tori Spelling’s husband is reportedly upset his name isn’t in “True Tori” title
Dean McDermott, who’s at the center of the reality show, allegedly “feels betrayed."

Dennis O’Hare reveals details of his new “American Horror Story” character
“We’ll have lots of scenes with each other, but we’ll be battling,” he says of him and Jessica Lange.

Zac Efron drops his pants for “Workaholics”
Efron and Seth Rogen dropped by the set to promote their new movie “Neighbors."

Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” gets an HBO showcase this weekend
The one-man show isn’t a “greatest hits” revue.

Watch Key & Peele on “Fargo”
The Comedy Central duo play FBI agents on the FX series.

Inside “SNL’s” makeup lab
First-year “SNL”-er John Milhiser introduces us to the makeup world of “Saturday Night Live."

Jim Rash: I watch all the shows featured on “The Writers’ Room” — but “Pretty Little Liars” proved a challenge
"I do!” the “Community” star says of his Sundance series, which returns tonight with “Scandal. "It’s a lot of weekends…Luckily, some of these shows I was already watching. I was already watching 'Breaking Bad' and Game of Thrones last year, and I was already watching 'Parks and Recreation.' But then I just do some binge watching. Now, clearly, with 'Pretty Little Liars,’ there’s like 100 episodes. There’s no way I was going to be able to fit in 100 episodes of 'Pretty Little Liars,' so I just sort of watched a list of key episodes."

BBC America tells "The Real History of Science Fiction”
The BBC-made series, airing after “Orphan Black” on Saturday, kicks off with an exploration of robots.

Food Network’s “Unwrapped” spawns “Rewrapped”
Marc Summers is back with a show that has chef contestants “rewrap” famous foods.

“Bob’s Burgers” Tina Belcher is an icon for anxious millennials
She’s dysfunctionally ambivalent, yet a decidedly moral person.

“Friday Night Lights” boss looks back at the series finale
Jason Katims didn’t shoot that final game any other way.

“Vikings” creator addresses last week’s death
Michael Hirst said he "decided quite a long time ago” to kill off that character.

“Devious Maids” is back
What will happen in Season 2? PLUS: Susan Lucci is enjoying her “Devious” work.

Whoopi Goldberg stars in “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” on Lifetime
She plays a dying matriarch Saturday in the film based on Terry McMillan’s book.

Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts”: Watch a preview
The PBS documentary series, airing this fall, will tell the story of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor.

Give credit to WGN America to trying something new with “Salem”
“Salem” does a good job reimaging witches. PLUS: It makes witch trials boring, this feels like a "me-too” exercise, and “Salem” uses 1 dress made of human hair.

Tatiana Maslany was warned “this is going to be insane” before joining “Orphan Black”
The 28-year-old actress, it turns out, can handle playing many characters, thanks to a strategy of using certain triggers that help her slip seamlessly into each role. "Last season, nobody knew about ('Orphan Black’) when we were shooting, so we kind of had this little private moment,” she says. "Now it's public and you have to sort of quiet up the noise — of peoples' opinions, peoples' criticisms, peoples' love. The pressure is people knowing about you and saying, 'OK, let's see what you can do.’” PLUS: “Orphan Black” is even clone-crazier in Season 2, showrunner planned Season 2 to “take off like a bullet” to avoid losing momentum, “Orphan Black” makes its feminist argument with flat male characters, this is a smart and challenging show, Jordan Gavaris talks Felix, and being famous feels foreign to Maslany.

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<p>You could, for example, ask me about the &quot;Airwolf&quot; story. Everyone loves a good &quot;Airwolf&quot; story, right?</p>

You could, for example, ask me about the "Airwolf" story. Everyone loves a good "Airwolf" story, right?

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'Ask Drew' #2 is coming next week and now's the time for you to submit your questions

How will you torture me this week?

There was an aptly timed e-mail from a reader in my inbox today. One simple question. "When is the next episode of 'Ask Drew'?"

We'll be taping the episode on April 22nd. After that, we'll be going to a bi-weekly format. We'll be playing with the length of the episodes as well until we find the sweet spot, and we appreciate all of the feedback you guys gave us on the first one.

Obviously, now is the time to send your questions, and while I relish the feeling of re-living high school-era humiliations for you from time to time, I would encourage you to think big. For example, see that "Airwolf" picture at the top of this story? You could ask me about the "Airwolf" story. Everyone loves a good "Airwolf" story, don't they?

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<p>Timothy Spall in Mike Leigh&#39;s &quot;Mr. Turner&quot;</p>

Timothy Spall in Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner"

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Will Cannes 2014 kick off the Oscar season for Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh and others?

Following a lackluster Sundance, the Croisette could mark the beginning of the circuit for many

Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced.

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'Mad Men' gets a huge ratings boost from DVR users

“Mad Men” gets a huge ratings boost from DVR users
With DVR users accounted for, “Mad Men’s” Season 7 premiere ratings jumped 62% and narrowed the gap with last year’s premiere.

Laura Prepon will be back full-time on “Orange is the New Black” in Season 3
That is, if Netflix renews the prison drama for a 3rd season.

“Hot in Cleveland” books Luke Perry
The former “Beverly Hills 90210” star will go on a date with Wendie Malick’s character.

“Cougar Town’s” Ian Gomez joins CBS’ “Cuz-Bros” pilot
Technically, Gomez will be a guest-star in the pilot because he’s still tied to “Cougar Town” — unless the TBS comedy doesn’t return.

ABC Family orders paranormal drama pilot “Stitchers”
The pilot will have a woman “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased so that she could use their memory to investigate murders for the government.

“Hawaii Five-0’s” Alex O’Loughlin weds
O’Loughlin and his girlfriend quietly got married in Hawaii recently.

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"My Five Wives"

"My Five Wives"

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Exclusive clip: He shouldn't have put a ring on it on 'My Five Wives'

It turns out jewelry isn't always the answer

If "My Five Wives" (Sundays at 10:00 p.m. on TLC) has taught us anything, it's that juggling a lot of wives is not the fabulous harem of fun non-polygamists might believe it is. In an exclusive clip from this week's episode, Brady realizes he's in trouble when third wife Rosemary and second wife Robyn sit down to have a "safe talk" with him. In Brady's world, safe talks usually mean tears and accusations. Fun, fun, fun!

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Lee Brice
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Interview: Lee Brice on Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, and Bruno Mars

Why his ACM song of the year, 'I Drive Your Truck,' still chokes him up

Lee Brice first came to prominence as writer of such country hits as Tim McGraw’s “Still,”  “Crazy Girl” for Eli Young Band, and Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory,” the first song to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, so it may have seemed a bit strange to see him up on stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards two weeks ago as his massive hit, “I Drive Your Truck” —a tune he didn't write— snagged song of the year honors.  But give him credit for knowing a hit when he hears it. From the first listen, he related to the story of honoring and re-connecting with a lost loved one (in this case a fallen soldier).

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Michelle Obama will appear on 'Nashville'

Michelle Obama will appear on “Nashville"
Not only will the first lady appear on next week’s “Parks and Rec” season finale, she’ll also make a cameo on the May 7 episode of “Nashville.” Obama will attend a charity concert put on by Rayna Jaymes.

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<p>Mr. Boogie&#39;s coming back for &#39;Sinister 2&#39;</p>

Mr. Boogie's coming back for 'Sinister 2'

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'Sinister' sequel hires 'Citadel' director Ciaran Foy to steer the series

Can this series overcome the typical horror sequel stumbling blocks?

Horror franchises are difficult to get right, and it's a built-in problem that seems hard to avoid. Much of what works on us in a great horror movie is fear of the unknown, dread that the filmmaker carefully cultivates. When you end up making a sequel to a horror film, you are automatically dealing with a known quantity, and the more often you return to a movie monster, the more you familiarize it to the audience, and the less effective it becomes.

At this point, I have a hard time imagining anyone being afraid of Freddy Kruger, and if you look at the way they handled him over the run of the film series, the solution that the filmmakers embraced was to make him more and more comedy-driven, robbing him of whatever ability to scare he had in his initial appearance. It's happened with plenty of characters over time.

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'SNL' will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015 with a 3-hour NBC primetime special

“SNL” will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015 with a 3-hour NBC primetime special
NBC has set the “Saturday Night Live” special for Feb. 15, 2015. “SNL” launched on Oct. 11, 1975. No word yet on which "SNL" will actually appear.

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<p>Old school &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;</p>

Old school "Saturday Night Live"

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'Saturday Night Live' sets 40th anniversary celebration for February 2015

Expect lots and lots of guests for the Sunday night special

You thought that maybe "Saturday Night Live" was going to ignore its 40th birthday?

NBC announced on Friday (April 18) that "Saturday Night Live" will celebrate its Ruby Anniversary next February with a three-hour orgy of clips, guests and back-patting. 

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"Naked and Afraid"

"Naked and Afraid"

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Exclusive clip: 'Naked and Afraid' meets Sabrina the witch, no joke

Just to be clear, she's not Melissa Joan Hart

Sadly, the season finale of "Naked and Afraid" is upon us (Sun. April 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Discovery), but before it goes we get to spend a little time with Sabrina the witch. I'm not even kidding. The woman's name is Sabrina, and she's a witch. And she's naked, but you knew that.

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