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Janelle Monae reinvents David Bowie's 'Heroes' for Pepsi

She says the Thin White Duke is a fan

Janelle Monae upends David Bowie’s classic, “Heroes,” for Pepsi’s “Now is What You Make It” campaign.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves to tape CMT's 'Crossroads'

Episode will air on VH1 and MTV, too

Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves will be tour mates this summer, but first the two will come together for the 50th episode of “Crossroads,”  CMT’s innovative series that pairs country artists with acts from another genre.

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Discovery and Science Channel team to televise a live moon landing by the end of 2015

Discovery and Science Channel team to televise a live moon landing by the end of 2015
“Apollo Moment” will also capture the $30 million competition for privately funded teams to land an unmanned craft on the moon by the end of next year.


Wil Wheaton to host Syfy’s "The Wil Wheaton Project” — a “Talk Soup for Geeks”
Wheaton describes his new show as "“a weekly roundup of the things I love on television and on the Internet, with commentary and jokes, and the occasional visit from interesting people who make those things happen...“It’s sort of like 'Talk Soup' for geeks.”


Josh Elliott: “In the end, it had nothing to do with money”
"It wasn't at all about anyone or anything at ABC,” says the departing “GMA” star. "It was about what lies ahead for me at NBC Sports. I have always wanted to be part of an Olympics broadcast, and the opportunity to cover sports that captivate America was too good to pass up." PLUS: Elliott denies he's being groomed to replace Matt Lauer.


“The Americans” creator regrets Matthew Rhys’ Clark wig
"I think if we could do it over, maybe Clark wouldn’t have a wig,” says creator Joe Weisberg. "Let’s put it this way, the Clark part of the story as we discuss all the time is based on real intelligence operations where real KGB illegals married secretaries and I’m sure they did not wear wigs.” Meanwhile, Alison Wright, who plays Clark’s wife, says the wig will be addressed this season.


“Vanity Fair Confidential”: Vanity Fair launching its first TV series
The Investigation Discovery series will use Vanity Fairs archives, as well as its writers, to delve into in-depth investigations from the past.


Lindsay Lohan to sit down with Letterman
She’ll promote her “2 Broke Girls” guest stint and talk Oprah on April 9. PLUS: Letterman plays a cruel April Fool’s prank on Kristin Chenoweth.


Hulu adds “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and  “The Mindy Project,” plus more NBC Universal shows
Hulu will also make available shows from NBC, Bravo and E!, including "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."


Jimmy Fallon to feature Broadway’s “Cabaret”
Now that “The Tonight Show” is in New York, Fallon could prove to be a Broadway alternative to Letterman.


50 years of “The Simpsons”?
“Simpsons” boss Al Jean thinks the long-running Fox series could last half a century. "The deals are usually in installments of four and the ratings are good, so I can't see why we wouldn't go to 30 . . .and why can't we go to 40 or even 50,” he says.


Connie Britton named a UN goodwill ambassador
The “Nashville” star plans to focus on poverty eradication for the United Nations Development Program.


AMC is already teasing “The Walking Dead” Season 5
See the “Survive” poster of Rick with a gun in his hands. PLUS: Analyzing the final scene.


Female scientist slams “SNL’s” Weekend Update for calling her a man
Colin Jost "made me into a male graduate student,” says Raychelle Burks of a joke from last week's show. "I am a female postdoctoral research fellow and a member of the teaching faculty at my institution."


Amazon’s new Fire TV won’t have HBO Go
That’s the one app that could prove to be a deal breaker.


Report: "Sam & Cat” feud is said to be over money
Jennette McCurdy is reportedly ticked off that she makes way less than co-star Ariana Grande.


Brooke Burke-Charvet crashes her Maserati
The former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host is okay after getting in an accident early this morning.


CMT orders documentaries from Morgan Spurlock and Ridley Scott
New docs will include “Promiseland,” “They Called Us Outlaws,” “Freedom” and “Johnny Cash: American Rebel.”

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<p>NEEDTOBREATHE</p>

NEEDTOBREATHE

Credit: Atlantic

Exclusive: NEEDTOBREATHE's new song 'Feet Don't Fail Me Now'

From rock act's forthcoming album 'Rivers in the Wasteland'

The title to Needtobreathe's "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" is also fair request: those feet will be set to stomping in this new song.

This HitFix exclusive track premiere is from the Southern-hued rockers' forthcoming album "Rivers in the Wasteland," due on April 15.

"'Feet Don't fail me now' is what we like to call 'maraca rock.' There is a constant pace to the song that makes you feel like you're running from something," said band founders Bear and Bo Rinehart in a statement on the song, which is "about youth, ambition and fear of failure set to the soundtrack of a car chase. There's even a ZZ Top/'Knight Rider' moment in there that we're very proud of."

Leading up to the release of "Rivers in the Wasteland," Needtobreathe is dropping a song per day. In addition to "Feet" below, listen to what else the South Carolinians have in store on their website, which so far is a mix of chaos, beauty, simplicity, noise and emotion.

The relentlessly touring band is also likely headed to a town near you: dates are below.

Here are NEEDTOBREATHE's tour dates:

     Apr 16        In-Store @ Fingerprints Music    Long Beach, CA
     Apr 19        Grimey's    Nashville, TN
     Apr 19        Grand Ole Opry    Nashville, TN
     May 01    Gillioz Theatre    Springfield, MO
     May 02    Brady Theater    Tulsa, OK
     May 03    Suburbia Music Festival    Plano, TX
     May 05    Marquee Theatre    Phoenix, AZ
     May 06    The Wiltern    Los Angeles, CA
     May 07    The Fillmore    San Francisco, CA
     May 09    Neptune Theatre    Seattle, WA
     May 10    Neptune Theatre    Seattle, WA
     May 11    Vogue Theatre    Vancouver, Canada
     May 14    The Fillmore    Denver, CO
     May 15    Uptown Theatre    Kansas City, MO
     May 16    Hangout Festival    Gulf Shores, AL
     May 31    The Tabernacle    Atlanta, GA
     Jun 01        The Tabernacle    Atlanta, GA
     Jun 03        Stage AE    Pittsburgh, PA
     Jun 04        Ichthus Festival    Lexington, KY
     Jun 05        House of Blues     Cleveland, OH
     Jun 06        Murat Theatre    Indianapolis, IN
     Jun 08        Pabst Theater    Milwaukee, WI
     Jun 10        Simon Estes    Des Moines, IA
     Jun 12        Skyway Theatre    Minneapolis, MN
     Jun 13        The Pageant    St Louis, MO
     Jun 14        House of Blues     Chicago, IL
     Jun 15        House of Blues     Chicago, IL
     Jun 17        Town Ballroom    Buffalo, NY
     Jun 19        Danforth Theatre    Toronto, Canada
     Jun 20        The Fillmore    Detroit, MI
     Jun 21        Meijer Gardens    Grand Rapids, MI
     Jun 25        Creation NE    Mt Union, PA
     Aug 16        DownPour Festival    Great Falls, MT

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<p>Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones' star Gwendoline Christie on Brienne's journey

On fighting with bears, bathing with Jaime and being the best swordswoman in Westeros

There are certain characters on “Game of Thrones” who could probably have been played equally well by a few dozen actors across the UK and Europe. Then there are the ones who, because of certain traits given to them by author George R.R. Martin, needed a very specific combination of talent and physical appearance. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister is obviously one of those, and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth is another. At an imposing 6’4”(*) with icy blonde hair and large blue eyes, Christie makes an impression, and is absolutely convincing as the stoic warrior who keeps beating up all the men who underestimate her.

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'HIMYM' fan creates an alternate series finale ending

“HIMYM” fan creates an alternate series finale ending
Watch the “fixed” version of the series finale. PLUS: “How I Met Your Dad’s” Greta Gerwig loved the finale.


Amazon unveils FireTV, its $100 streaming TV box
You can even watch Netflix on Amazon’s new streaming box.


Matt Lauer & Al Roker to appear on “Sharknado 2”
“I can’t believe we gave away the whole climax of the movie,” Lauer joked, in explaining their cameo on “Today."


Steve Buscemi’s new AOL talk show will have him interviewing New Yorkers on a park bench
The “Boardwalk Empire” star will also talk to his celebrity pals on “Park Bench.”


Michael Strahan sort of confirms he’s joining “GMA”
“I don’t know,” he said when pressed by “Live” co-host Kelly Ripa this morning. "You know what? (If you) read the papers, I am,” he said, adding: “But this is what I do. This is me. This is my home right here; like, I love you! So no matter what, I go nowhere.”


“Breaking Bad” vs. “Metástasis”: See more pics from the Spanish-language remake
See how the Spanish-language version compares to the original, including the new Saul Goodman and the new Salamanca cousins.


“The Americans” co-stars Matthew Rhys & Keri Russell are indeed a couple
People magazine confirms the pair are dating.


“24’s” Jack Bauer covers EW
“I’m back, Dammit!”


Nickelodeon denies “Sam & Cat” is canceled
Despite some rumors, Nick insists the tween show is taking a scheduled production hiatus.


Travel Channel orders "Booze Traveler,” "American Grilled,” "Big Time RV” and more
Overall, Travel Channel has ordered 10 new series.


“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” ties its series low during “Captain America” week
The hype for the film hasn’t paid off for the ABC series. PLUS: "The Mindy Project" returns down.


TLC orders “Psychic Matchmaker,” renews “90 Day Fiance”
TLC also plans to air the specials "Curvy Girls Bridal" and "Heidi to the Dresscue.”


Comedy Central orders “Duty,” a cop comedy from “Happy Endings” team
The sitcom pilot follows a former football star who moves home to become a local cop.


“Game of Thrones” star poses “topless” for GQ
But not HBO kind of “topless." PLUS: There are 70 ways to say "Hodor."


Billy Dee Williams dances with Chewbacca on “The Tonight Show”
After making fun of him for weeks, Jimmy Fallon invited the “Dancing” star on his show last night.


Willard Scott, 80, marries his longtime girlfriend
The former “Today” weatherman has been with Paris Keena for 11 years.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;NCIS: Los Angeles&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS: Los Angeles"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'NCIS: LA' tops 'NCIS' as 'Mindy,' 'Voice' and 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' go low

'About a Boy' is Tuesday's lone riser

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

On a lackluster Tuesday with a slew of ratings lows across the board, CBS dominated overall and edged out NBC among young viewers, with the main notable being an "NCIS: Los Angeles" victory over "NCIS" in the key demo.

Given that "NCIS" was the second part of a nested spinoff for "NCIS: New Orleans," will this quell CBS' enthusiasm for the fresh project? Probably not on its own, no.

And "NCIS" wasn't the only show having a rough time of things on Tuesday.

FOX's "Glee" and the return of "The Mindy Project" were both down, as were ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Goldbergs" and NBC's "The Voice."

In light of yet another "Voice" drop, it's actually a triumph that NBC's "About a Boy" rose a hair in the key demo, while "Growing Up Fisher" was flat. 

On to the numbers...

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Peabody Award winners announced: 'Scandal,' 'Key & Peele,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards'

Peabody Award winners announced: "Scandal," "Key & Peele," "Breaking Bad," "House of Cards"
"Orange is the New Black," "Orphan Black," "The Bridge," "Broadchurch," "Borgen," "The Returned," "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" and PBS' "League of Denial" also are being honored with Peabody Awards.

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Jon Cryer is writing his memoir

Jon Cryer is writing his memoir
The "Two and a Half" star's book, due out in spring 2015, will cover everything from Ducking "And maybe I'll talk about Charlie Sheen," Cryer says in a statement.


Watch Anna Kendrick's "SNL" promos
"When does the show air?" she asks.


Samuel L. Jackson performs "Boy Meets World" slam poetry
Watch his performance for Jimmy Fallon.


Conan becomes a Mary Kay beauty consultant
Watch Conan O'Brien smear lipstick over his face.

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Samuel L. Jackson on Nick Fury's future after 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Samuel L. Jackson on Nick Fury's future after 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Plus: How much does Marvel tell him?

If you've read any of the reviews of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" you probably realize that this isn't your typical Marvel Studios superhero flick.  Well, you're not alone.  Samuel L. Jackson, who sat down to chat with HitFix about "Winter Soldier" a few weeks ago, received a pleasant surprise when the script for the movie came across his desk.

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"The Real Housewives of New York City"

"The Real Housewives of New York City"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of New York': Is Heather ghetto or great?

It's another battle between Carole and Aviva

After this week's episode of "The Real Housewives of New York City," I'm still not sure I entirely understand Sonja's "caburlesque" concept, except that it involves wearing deeply unflattering lingerie, yakking mindlessly, and possibly boring the snot out of friends who have (apparently) paid for tickets in order to see the narcissistic mess you've created on stage. Still, it gave the ladies something to do in the Hamptons, so kudos, Sonja!

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Did Internet over-analysis help ruin 'HIMYM'?

Did Internet over-analysis help ruin "HIMYM"?
"What once might have been the subtlest of foreshadowing is now broadcast via bullhorn," says Johnny Gall of the Internet culture that spent the last nine years over-analyzing "How I Met Your Mother." The result was "HIMYM" writers trying harder to avoid being predictable.  Says Gall: "Much of the disappointing facets of the finale were a result of the writers refusing to give in to tropes (which audiences can now see coming around the corner), instead showing a somewhat true-to-life progression of events. Divorces do happen, friends drift apart, and when you sleep with thirty-one women in a single month, odds are good one of them will get pregnant." PLUS: Ted Mosby's son reacts to the finale, "Friends" vs. "HIMYM," why the ending was not a cop-out, "HIMYM" was supposed to be a show about failure, "HIMYM" was a show about "selfish young whites" in New York, and the 5 stages of "HIMYM" grief.


Jeep commercial blurs the line between "SNL" and advertising
Cecily Strong and 30 Rock starred in the Jeep Cherokee commercial Saturday night that, at first, seemed like another ad parody.


Irish college yanks an "Inspiration from Breaking Bad" drug-making manual
Two students at the Trinity College Dublin's medical school had published a paper titled, "Inspiration from Breaking Bad: The synthesis of mephedrone from legally-acquired domestic substances." PLUS: "Breaking Bad" original score vinyl getting a wider release.


Seth Rogen guests on Conan in Texas 3 weeks after guesting on Kimmel in Texas
Is Rogen now the go-to guest for late-night shows visiting the Lone Star State?


Kaley Cuoco: Getting breast implants at age 18 was the "best decision" I ever made
"The Big Bang Theory" star was on "8 Simple Rules" when she opted to go under the knife.


OWN's "Operation Change" international charity work show will feature a cameo by Bill Clinton
Sir Elton John, Harry Connick, Jr. will also appear on the 10-episode series.


"Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." bosses: Season 1 has been a learning process
"We've learned what works and what doesn't," says co-showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen, "and we're sticking with the stuff that works. It's an eight-day shoot, and we knew from the outset that there were a lot of eyes on the show with very high expectations. People were expecting to see a Marvel movie every week." PLUS: Is there a "Captain America" crossover?


"The Sopranos" creator to revisit his controversial finale
The American Museum of the Moving Image will host "An Evening With David Chase," which will include screenings of "The Sopranos" pilot and finale.


"Schmidt" from "New Girl" speaks at his alma mater, Syracuse University
During his visit, Max Greenfield revealed how "New Girl" chose Syracuse for his character -- it was the only sweatshirt that would fit over his fat suit.


Watch Drew Carey host "The Late Late Show"
"The Price is Right" pulled off his April Fool's prank pretty well.


University of Iowa students launch a petition to allow "Girls" to film on their campus
Students have also created a special T-shirt featuring Hannah Horvath with her face crossed out.


April Fool's? Investigation Discovery announces an '80s "Heartbreakers" series
The supposed miniseries will feature Peter Brady from the "Brady Bunch," Rob Estes, Judd Nelson, Nicole Eggert, Robert Wagner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Tracey Gold and Jamie Lunar.


"Selfie" books Natasha Henstridge
She'll recur if the ABC pilot is picked up to series.


"Shameless" hits a series high
Sunday's episode of the Showtime series attracted 2.8 million viewers, the best the show has ever had.


"Archer" creates a "Danger Zone" music video
Watch Charlene perform the Kenny Loggins classic.


"The Game" promotes Brittany Daniel
She'll become a regular on the BET series.


Watch new "Fargo" clips
Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Bob Odenkirk are shown discussing the FX event series.

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