Tomorrow night's "Parks and Recreation" — titled "Flu Season 2," though it wisely doesn't try to simply replicate the beats of the show's funniest episode — is one of my favorites of this season, with a good mix of big laughs and big emotion, and a moment for everyone in the cast to shine. There isn't a Ron Swanson story in there, necessarily, but he spends most of the episode as a sounding board for Ben, and in the process Nick Offerman once again reminds you how much he can do with very little material.
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If you really can't wait for the second season of "Orphan Black" (which returns April 19 on BBC America), good news -- today we got tantalizing new posters of a few of our favorite clones. There's no spoilers here, but maybe some clues.
The Roots have something to say on their new single, “When The People Cheer,” the first cut from the provocatively titled new album, “...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin,” out May 13.
Letterman and Lindsay Lohan phone Oprah
Dave announces he's a Scientologist.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ naked Rolling Stone cover contains a major flaw
John Hancock never signed the U.S. Constitution!
Bill O’Reilly slams Stephen Colbert — is "Papa Bear" trying to get him the “Late Show” gig?
Last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” served only to bolster Colbert’s relevance, says James Poniewozik. “Make no mistake,” he says, "however much Colbert wants Letterman’s job and however much CBS wants him, making Colbert the subject of another public flame war only raises his profile higher than it already is. Is O’Reilly maybe trying to undermine Colbert, sending the signal that CBS will alienate conservative viewers if it hires Colbert? If so, I doubt that would work. Many conservatives have had it in for Letterman for years, and CBS gladly renewed him as long as he wanted to keep the job.”
E! to air a special devoted to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show
The April 23 special will celebrate Seacrest’s 10-year gig as host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest."
Teresa & Joe Giudice will erase more than $13M in debt by paying $7,500 to their creditors
TMZ has uncovered documents showing the “Real Housewives” couple living a lavish lifestyle.
“Divorce Court” renewed through 2017
It’s TV’s longest-running court show.
Roseanne unveils skinnier new look for “Last Comic Standing”
Did Roseanne Barr drop all this weight for her return to TV?
TV Land is rebooting “Candid Camera”
Peter Funt, son of “Candid Camera” creator and original host Allen Funt, will co-host the 10-episode reboot this summer.
Barbara Walters confirms Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck were booted from “The View”
In a Variety profile on her retirement, Walters says, “I don’t feel like I’m being pushed out. This was my decision.” But it wasn’t Hasselbeck or Behar’s decision to leave "The View." “These are not Barbara and Bill’s decisions,” Walters says. “The network is also involved. I think the feeling was if one went, both had to leave. We needed to shake things up.”
Watch last week’s entire “SNL” in 2 minutes from the audience’s perspective
“Saturday Night Live” has uploaded a time-lapse behind-the-scenes-video of Anna Kendrick’s entire show.
Lifetime’s “Relative Insanity" will lock family members in a room for 2 days
Two families will battle it out to see who can outlast and out-fox each other and earn a $25,000 cash prize.
“The Simpsons” launching on FXX with a 12-day, 522-episode marathon
“It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” says FXX boss Jon Landgraf.
FX boss: “True Detective” competing for Emmy’s Best Drama is “unfair”
Says John Landgraf: “My own personal point of view is that a miniseries is a story that ends, a series is a story that continues. To tell you the truth, I think it's actually unfair for HBO to put ‘True Detective’ in the drama series category because essentially you can get certain actors to do a closed-ended series, a la Billy Bob Thornton in ‘Fargo’ or Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in ‘True Detective,’ who you can't get to sign on for a seven-year deal.”
Cobie Smulders will return to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
She’ll reprise her Agent Maria Hill role during May sweeps. PLUS: “S.H.I.E.L.D.” hits a new low.
Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show has lost nearly half its premiere viewership
About 390,000 watched this week’s “Lindsay."
“The Voice” is going on tour
The 31-city tour will include Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin, as well as Dia Frampton from Season 1 and Will Champlin.
“The L Word’s” Mia Kirshner headed to Netflix
She’ll be part of the psychological thriller from the “Damages” creators that stars Kyle Chandler.
Former Alabama QB AJ McCarron and “Splash” star Katherine Webb are making a reality show together
The engaged couple will have their lives chronicled as McCarron moves to the NFL, but their proposed reality show hasn’t found a network yet.
Jill Duggar is engaged
"19 Kids & Counting” will be adding a son-in-law to their clan.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
A widely hyped and well-received episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." actually dropped in ratings despite a tie-in to the blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Of course, even with a huge bump ABC wouldn't have competed on Tuesday with "The Voice"-driven NBC and "NCIS"-fueled CBS.
For CBS, there was a big week-to-week bump for "NCIS," which helped the network easily win Tuesday overall, while "Chicago Fire" capitalized on a "Person of Interest" repeat to lead NBC to a key demo victory.
Among Tuesday decliners, "The Voice" lost a chunk of support, which also translated into drops for "About a Boy" and "Chicago Fire." ABC's comedies were also down, but FOX's "The Mindy Project" was up a hair.
On to the numbers...
Amazon orders Ron Perlman’s “House of God” and Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny in “The Cosmopolitans”
Perlman will play law-bending Judge Pernell Harris, with Dana Delany as his wife. “The Cosmopolitans” is from “Metropolitan” director Whit Stillman, about ex-pats in Paris.
Jon Hamm makes fun of his ‘90s dating show rejection
“And that’s how I met your mother,” he said on Craig Ferguson.
FX on the verge of renewing “The Americans”
FX chief John Landgraf also said at today’s upfronts that “Fargo” is "“one of the better things we’ve ever put on the network.”
Former “Dancing” host Samantha Harris will undergo a double mastectomy
Harris, 40, has been treated for breast cancer since last fall.
Nat Geo Wild renews Cesar Milian’s “Cesar 911”
“Cesar” had become the cable network’s 2nd highest-rated series.
Drew McWeeny has been covering "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" for us all season, and like usual he had a thoughtful take on last night's episode. But given both how pivotal and unusual "Turn, Turn, Turn" was, I figured I would check in as well with a review — featuring spoilers for both this episode and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" — coming up just as soon as I have thoughts on Chachi...
L.A. mayor phoned Les Moonves to get CBS’ post-Letterman show to move to Los Angeles
Mayor Eric Garcetti did Tuesday what his NYC counterpart did Monday. That follows a letter Garcetti sent last week, saying: "I am excited for the opportunity to encourage you to bring CBS’ next late-night show to our city — the entertainment capital of the world."
“Justified” boss reflects on Season 5
"It's so funny,” says Graham Yost, "because we were in this position in season 3, where people liked the season but weren't loving it. Although, I gotta tell ya, there are some people who think this is our best season, and I choose to listen only to them. (laughs) Our biggest concern was not to repeat ourselves and not to make this the Bennetts, part two — to make the Crowes a distinct family. What we got with the actors gave us that. It was a different constellation.” PLUS: The last two seasons are meant to be one big season, why Ava was in prison the entire season, the season finale was predictable yet fun to watch, it deftly set up the final season, and the final season looks very promising.
“SNL” made a special goodbye "Wig" T-shirt for Kristen Wiig
Seth Meyers showed a Beatles-inspired T-shirt of all of Wiig's 19 wigs she wore during her seven seasons on "Saturday Night Live."
Remembering “Silicon Valley’s” Christopher Evan Welch, who died in December
Welch never lived to see the debut of his breakout role as angel investor Peter Gregory in the “Silicon Valley” pilot.
Watch the trailer for NBC’s “Undateable”
The comedy is from “Cougar Town” and “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence.
“Chicago Fire” boss: Why we keep killing off major characters
"You have to keep the audience honest,” says exec producer Matt Olmstead. "They can't be conditioned to think no one's ever getting killed on this show. ... You have to take the opportunity to show that there are risks on this job, there are risks in Chicago, there are risks on this show.”
Jimmy Fallon & Anne Hathaway sing Broadway versions of rap songs
It’s the latest "Tonight Show" viral video.
FX's "Justified" is usually one of my favorite shows on television, but the just-completed fifth season was my least favorite stretch of the show. The Crowe family never clicked for me as major villains the way the show's other big bads have, a lot of time was spent on the bleakness of Ava's life in prison and Boyd's struggles to become a heroin trafficker, and at a certain point I was just waiting for the show to kick off the Raylan vs. Boyd endgame that will be the subject of the final season next year.
As I usually do at the end of the season, I got on the phone with "Justified" showrunner Graham Yost, who was good-natured (and good-humored) about discussing a season he knows hasn't been the series' most popular, and who explained some of the ways plans changed over the course of the season.