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'True Blood’s' final season kicks off June 22, 'Lost' co-creator’s 'The Leftovers' debuts after 'Game of Thrones' finale

“True Blood’s” final season kicks off June 22, “Lost” co-creator’s "The Leftovers" debuts after “Game of Thrones” finale
Damon Lindelof’s "The Leftovers” will premiere on June 15. PLUS: Watch the first "True Blood" teaser for the final season.


“Chicago Fire’s” Jesse Spencer rescued by real firefighters
Spencer was touring Illinois’ State Capitol with his parents when they got stuck in an elevator.


“The Goldbergs” will also celebrate Star Wars Day with help from Lucasfilm
The May 6 episode will revolve around the “Return of the Jedi” opening in 1983.


“Better Call Saul's” new characters, revealed?
The “Breaking Bad” spinoff is reportedly adding several new lawyers, plus a career criminal and skateboarding twins. PLUS: Walter White suffered from depression, says Bryan Cranston.


Restaurant at center of Paula Deen racial controversy shuts down
Workers at Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House didn’t find out about the closure until this morning.


George W. Bush’s daughter lands a “Today” exclusive interview with George W. Bush
Jenna Bush Hager will interview her dad, the former president, about his new art exhibit, "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy,” which will include portraits of 24 world leaders.


What the “HIMYM” stars are doing next
Alyson Hannigan has her CBS sitcom pilot, Neil Patrick Harris has Broadway, and Josh Radnor, Jason Segel and Cobie Smulders are concentrating on movies.


NBC forbids Kathie Lee from plugging her wine on “Today”
"They let me announce it and then they've asked us to please not discuss it right now,” she says.


Is Jimmy Fallon too addicted to clickbait videos?
Why viral video stunts like Samuel L. Jackson reading “Boy Meets World” slam poetry is getting annoying.


Letterman tops Jimmy Kimmel in total viewers; Jimmy Fallon still No. 1
Kimmel still beat Letterman last week in the key 18-49 demo.


DirecTV signs a multi-year deal with Weather Channel competitor WeatherNation
Since The Weather Channel was dropped by DirecTV, its ratings have actually gone up.


Some "Mad Men” stars were in mourning at last night’s season premiere
"It’s all pretty terrible and sad,” said Jay Ferguson. Adds Rich Sommer: "It’s sort of like being told you’re going to be dead in a few months."


“Jeopardy!” contestant accuses Alex Trebek of wearing a suit made from sweatshops
Watch an awkward moment in which a contestant claims that an 8-year-old make Trebek’s “fancy suits."


John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” will try to avoid being the “last visitor to the party”
News items hashed over on all the numerous other late-night shows will "steer us in a different direction,” says Oliver.


Kelly Osbourne lends her voice to DisneyXD
She’ll star in the “Snow White” spinoff “The 7D."


Lady Gaga will take over MTV and Logo on Friday
Gaga will break into programming throughout the day to show clips from her world tour.


HBO added to British Airways flights
Passengers will be able to uncomfortably watch “Game of Thrones” nude scenes next to one another.


“Justified” vet David Meunier joins TNT’s “Legends”
He’ll play a high school chemistry teacher who is suddenly abducted.

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<p>Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner on Sansa's struggle

The hostage bride 'becomes really cool' by the end of season 4.

When I was arranging my “Game of Thrones” actor interviews a few weeks ago (this week I’ve already posted chats with Alfie Allen and Gwendoline Christie, plus an email exchange with Benioff and Weiss), I put in a special request to interview the three older Stark children together, mainly so we could discuss their annual DVD commentaries where they take different approaches to performing the show’s theme song. (In season 1, they sang it. In season 2, they beat-boxed and rapped. Season 3 involved percussion.)

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Animal Planet orders its 1st movie, 'Revenge of the Whale' starring Martin Sheen

Animal Planet orders its 1st movie, “Revenge of the Whale” starring Martin Sheen
“Whale” will tell the story of “Moby Dick” from the whale’s point of view. Animal Planet also ordered “The Yao Ming Project,” starring the former NBA star as he tries to end the trade of illegal ivory and rhino horn. Also getting a pick up are “Gator Boys,” “My Cat From Hell” and “Ice Cold Gold,” among others.


Nik Wallenda will tight-rope walk across Chicago’s skyline
Wallenda will walk across the Chicago skyline, untethered, this fall.


Even “Criminal Minds” is beating “Idol”
Last night, the CBS drama topped “American Idol” for the first time in head-to-head competition.


OWN taps Toni Braxton to play Darlene Love, Octavia Spencer for “Tulsa"
Toni Braxton will play Darlene Love in OWN’s “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story,” while “Tulsa” will air as a miniseries about the largest race riot in U.S. history.


Discovery renews “Mythbusters,” orders a slew of new shows, including “Tree People” and "#Bikerlive"
Discovery Channel will also air “Fat N’ Furious,” “American Muscle” and “Girl Gang of Talia,” as well as “Motor Mondays."


“GMA” pays video tribute to Josh Elliott without Josh Elliott
Elliott’s final day on “Good Morning America” was last Friday.


TLC’s new slate includes Leah Remini’s reality show, “Listed Sisters,” "Quints By Surprise”
TLC will also show “The One Who Got Away,” “A Duggar Leaves Home" and “Curvy Girls Bridal.”


Al Roker recovering from shoulder surgery
This morning, “Today” replaced its weatherman with a cardboard cutout.


Watch the 1st 7 minutes of “Fargo”
FX is offering a taste of its event series, premiering April 15.


“Girls” plans to shoot near the University of Iowa
"Even if we can’t shoot on campus,” says “Girls” director Jesse Peretz, "we will shoot around campus. Most of the scenes don’t even take place on campus. So we’ll probably cheat some other campus for the campus. Some of it will be Iowa. A little more than a smidge."


See another “Rosemary’s Baby” teaser
“Oh god — what’s happening to me,.”

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<p>Channing Tatum, Jonah Miller and the &quot;22 Jump Street&quot; directors</p>

Channing Tatum, Jonah Miller and the "22 Jump Street" directors

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'22 Jump Street' filmmakers face big expectations, bigger scale on the set

Phil Lord & Chris Miller, plus producer Neal Moritz revisit undercover funnies

NEW ORLEANS, LA. It's November 2013 and Phil Lord and Chris Miller are living a double life.

By day, they're hard at work on "22 Jump Street," the sequel to their 2012 live-action feature debut, which went from an adaptation of a FOX TV drama that nobody thought they needed to being one of the most profitable and best reviewed blockbusters of that year.

By night, they're deep into post-production on their latest return to animation. Like "21 Jump Street," it's based on a property fueled by nostalgia. And like "21 Jump Street," it's a property that faced skepticism throughout its development process, right up until audiences got a glimpse at the first trailer.

It's quite possible, then, that "22 Jump Street" is the first movie the "Clone High" veterans have done that will actually be greeted by an audience without an initial wave of skepticism. Is that prospect scary for the longtime collaborators?

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<p>Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go for a ride in &quot;22 Jump Street&quot;</p>

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go for a ride in "22 Jump Street"

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Set Visit: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have a ball on '22 Jump Street'

Stars discuss their approach to making the '21 Jump Street' sequel stand out

NEW ORLEANS, LA. It's nearly noon on the set of "22 Jump Street" and the star of the scene is laying flattened on the turf at Tad Gormley Stadium just outside of New Orleans, immobile. Dozens of extras, clad in football uniforms, look away.

A man in a Saints shirt hovers above the featured player, taking in the decapitation and the splattered insides with growing frustration.

"Is there any way of making it so that it doesn't fall apart?" he laments.

The man is a second [or possibly third] unit cinematographer and he's currently facing the difficult challenge of a thespian who clearly isn't ready for his close-up, in this case a roast beef sandwich that refuses to catch the light in the right way. Maybe it's the glare off the lettuce or maybe it's the lifeless meat, but effort is being put into capturing the fumbled sandwich just right. There's a stunt sandwich off to the side, currently in one piece but ready to take the dive if necessary. There's a Coke cup that keeps being used for lighting reference. 

The disarrayed sandwich is a key part of the "22 Jump Street" scene a group of reporters is observing on this morning. Like many of the jokes in the franchise, it's a largely improvised conversation that takes a long journey to a very meta punchline that will make certain savvy viewers chuckle, but could very well get lost in a barrage of rapid-fire bits. But great care is being taken. See, Channing Tatum's Jenko and Wyatt Russell's Benji bump into each other at open football tryouts and if certain elements aren't visible in the insert, the laughs may get lost as well.

Over at video village, this produces its own sight gag. The first monitor features actual human stars Tatum and Russell warming up with a football. The second monitor features the aforementioned extras doing basic drills as an instructor talks them through their paces. And the third monitor features a tight close-up on a sandwich, bread splayed dangerously far from fillings.

Trust me, it's a funny juxtaposition. 

In "22 Jump Street," which takes Jenko and Jonah Hill's Schmidt to college for their latest undercover caper, Russell -- You might know his parents Kurt and Goldie -- plays the quarterback of MC State [Metropolitan State] football team, the Statesmen.

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<p>Thomas Gibson of &quot;Criminal Minds&quot;</p>

Thomas Gibson of "Criminal Minds"

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TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' tops 'Idol' and leads CBS Wednesday

'Surburgatory' and 'Nashville' rise, 'Arrow' and 'The 100' dip

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

"Survivor: Cagayan" and "Criminal Minds" both beat "American Idol" in key measures and helped CBS win Wednesday night both overall and among young viewers.

"Idol" was actually flat week-to-week in Fast Nationals, while "Survivor" was down a hair, but last week was the first time the "Survivor" margin-of-victory from Fast Nationals held up over "Idol" in Finals. Given the history of tightening in Finals, there's a strong possibility FOX could end up tied for the night in the key demo, but we'll have to wait and see.

For the most part it was a sluggish Wednesday, though there were small gains for "Suburgatory," "Nashville," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago PD," while "Modern Family," "Mixology," "Arrow" and "The 100" were among the shows in decline.

On to the numbers...

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Report: 'GMA' may add a 3rd hour, which would force 'Live!' to move

Report: “GMA” may add a 3rd hour, which would force “Live!” to move
If “Good Morning America” does take over the 9 a.m. hour to more effectively compete with the “Today” show, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan’s "Live!" will be pushed to 10 a.m, reports The NY Daily News. PLUS: Robin Roberts talks Josh Elliott and Michael Strahan — Elliott is completely done with "GMA."


Jimmy Kimmel asks Bill Clinton about UFOs, Rob Ford and being the former 1st black president
The former president said that he never knew of any alien life forms while in the White House, that Mayor Ford destroyed every Canadian stereotype and that he “loved being called the first black president, but Barack Obama really is, he deserves it." (Watch Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 of their interview.)


Roseanne to host Investigation Discovery’s “Momsters: When Moms Go Bad”
“I like to correct people when I don’t think they’re doing good mother things in public,” says Roseanne Barr, who’s a big fan of Investigation Discovery.


Barney Stinson invented the modern “Bro” — until “HIMYM's” finale ruined him
GQ has written a eulogy for Barney: "No, Barney Stinson was never a laudable character—and though his secret fears and abandonment issues and fanatical friend-devotion gave him a likable, human tint, he was mostly a pretty horrible person. But in keeping him stuck in that rut, elevated only by a case of accidental paternity, the sitcom shellacked its own finale with all the classy patina of a Maury Povich episode.” PLUS: Behind the scenes of the finale.


Xbox creating another “Halo” TV series
Steven Spielberg will be producing one “Halo” series and Ridley Scott will produce another, with “Prison Break” creator Paul Scheuring to pen the project.

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<p>Channing Tatum at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards</p>

Channing Tatum at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

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'Trailblazer' Channing Tatum to be honored at 2014 MTV Movie Awards

The 33-year-old renaissance bro is the third annual recipient

Even if it is just a ploy to shoehorn another pandering award to a popular young star, I kind of dig the MTV's Trailblazer Award as a general concept. It's kind of the opposite of a lifetime achievement honor, reserved for actors or actresses of a young age whose work paves the way for others in the industry. And the first two annual recipients were women, which is nice (Emma Stone in 2012 and Emma Watson in 2013). This year the honor is going to a dude for the first time: Channing Tatum.

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Head of the Snake'

After the Merge, a straight-forward vote leads to a shocking Tribal Council

Pre-credit sequence. When we left, Aparri had decided to keep Jeremiah over Alexis. Everybody is very taken aback by Alexis crying after her elimination, though Spencer is feeling OK about the vote and about the cohesion of his six-person tribe. Sarah wants to have two fast targets in case there's a Merge the very next morning and the agreement seems to be that either Trish or Jefra should be the votes. They put their hands together and celebrate Final 6. For a tribe that just lost two straight challenges and that only has a one-person number advantage, there's a lot of smugness. "The best laid plans often end up sprawled out on a murder scene floor," Kass says colorfully and portentously. For some reason, Kass thinks it's good strategy to tell Sarah that she and Jeremiah are the only people she worries about, loyalty-wise. "People don't like to be called a liar and pretty much I got called a liar without being called a liar," Sarah grumbles. "When I know that you guys think that I'm teetering, that's going to push me away," Sarah says. Sarah and Kass shake hands and they agree they're good. Kass points out that Sarah has only voted with her once, so she hasn't proven anything. "Show me blood on your hand from a former tribe mate and then we'll talk," Kass declares, colorfully again.

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<p>If you want to see me turn about eleven shades of red, stay tuned for my reaction when I open the second envelope.</p>

If you want to see me turn about eleven shades of red, stay tuned for my reaction when I open the second envelope.

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Our new show 'Ask Drew' premieres with stories of disappointment and a round of Movie God

I can't believe you asked me about my prom

Okay, this is fiendish.

As I said in the introductory piece we ran on Monday about "Ask Drew," a new video series that we'll be doing here at HitFix, I love my video team. They're turning out so much good work these days, and they do it every single day.

They came to me with this idea, and it sounded like a great one to me. The premise is simple. You guys send them questions via e-mail at video@hitfix.com, and they pick a handful of questions each episode. I don't see them until I am on camera, and then I have to answer.

I must be crazy to agree to this.

What I tend to forget is that you guys have absolutely amazing memories, and if I've ever mentioned anything on the site, one of you will no doubt remember it. Sure enough, there's a question this time around that almost made me run out of the studio. Still, I agreed, so I answered it, and I hope all the parties involved can smile and laugh about it at this point.

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Jimmy Fallon gets Sarah Palin to counter Bill Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Fallon gets Sarah Palin to counter Bill Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel
While the former president guested on Kimmel Wednesday, Palin made a cameo on “The Tonight Show” to speak to Fallon as Vladimir Putin and to promote her new Sportsman Channel show.

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<p>Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys sport new disguises on &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys sport new disguises on "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Behind the Red Door'

Elizabeth gets to know Clark better, while Oleg has a request for Stan

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I quit the volleyball team...

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