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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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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot; Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Boyd (Walton Goggins) go at it.</p>

On "Justified," Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Boyd (Walton Goggins) go at it.

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'Starvation'

Raylan goes after Boyd to get to Daryl, and Boyd responds poorly

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I go with the "I was kidding!" defense...

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<p>J. August Richards plays a very different kind of bionic man as Deathlok on &#39;Marvel&#39;s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.&#39;</p>

J. August Richards plays a very different kind of bionic man as Deathlok on 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Credit: ABC/Marvel Studios

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' reveals secrets and sets up 'Captain America' nicely

So where do we go from here?

So much for making it easy for new viewers to jump in.

At this point, "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." seems to be serialized in a major way, and if you haven't been watching from the start, things just aren't going to make as much sense to you. That's fine with me, but it seems like their plans for the show have changed fairly dramatically since it went on the air.

Then again, maybe this has always been the plan. After all, this week's episode lands at the perfect moment before "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and next week's episode looks like it's going to take the ideas from that film and run with them in a parallel way. This is the sort of thing I was hoping for when this show was originally announced, and this is the first moment they're really having to juggle everything at the same moment.

Does it work?

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Jamie Bell discusses his Revolutionary War spy 'Turn'

Jamie Bell discusses his Revolutionary War spy 'Turn'

'Billy Elliot' veteran has little to say on his 'Fantastic Four' role

RICHMOND, VA - Nestled next to the Richmond International Raceway, the vast warehouse inhabited by AMC's "Turn" are an unusual place to travel back in time to the American Revolution.

That's where I met Jamie Bell on a chilly day in late February. 

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Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

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Interview: 'Vampire Diaries' star Nina Dobrev talks Delena 'rollercoaster'

The actress talks about Elena's latest challenge at PaleyFest

I had a chance to talk to Nina Dobrev prior to the panel for "The Vampire Diaries" at PaleyFest, and while we're both sad that Katherine's gone, she's glad the bad girl vampire got a send-off worthy of her character arc. I also asked her about that "toxic" Delena relationship (not my words --that was on the show, people!), and she weighed in. In short, buckle in. It's going to be a bumpy ride.

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Frankie Knuckles

Exclusive: Diane Warren and others remember DJ pioneer Frankie Knuckles

Read their thoughts on the late Godfather of House Music

When Frankie Knuckles died unexpectedly yesterday, it sent reverberations throughout the dance community.  Though his name may not be as familiar to some as the current rank of superstar dance names,  like Avicii or Skrillex or David Guetta, make no mistake about it:  Knuckles was a titan and a pioneer.

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Michael Strahan is poised to join 'Good Morning America'

Michael Strahan is poised to join "Good Morning America"
The "Live!" co-host is closing in on a deal to appear several times a week on "GMA" in early segments, before going off to do his regular gig with Kelly Ripa at 9 a.m. Strahan won't be replacing anybody, but his expected addition comes in the wake of Josh Elliott's departure.

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<p>Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti in the best moment of the &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; finale.</p>

Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti in the best moment of the "How I Met Your Mother" finale.

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 10: 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Veep' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Silicon Valley' and 'The Mindy Project'

It's a mixed set of emotions on this week's Firewall & Iceberg video show. On the one hand, Dan and I have lots of positive things to say about HBO's "Veep" and "Silicon Valley," and mostly positive things to say about "The Mindy Project." On the other, we also spent about half the show discussion the "How I Met Your Mother" finale, and you already know where I stand on that.

We'll be back tomorrow with a podcast to discuss "Turn," "The Walking Dead" finale and more, including more mail and possibly more "HIMYM" talk.

One thing to note: in the "Silicon Valley" segment, Dan and I neglected to mention that castmember Christopher Evan Welch died unexpectedly in December. His performance is perhaps the best thing about a show that has a lot of excellent things; if HBO renews it (and I hope they will), it's a big loss.

The rundown:

0:00- 5:55- Mindy Project
5:55- 10:48- Veep
10:48- 27:30- HIMYM finale
27:30- 33:30- Silicon Valle

As always, you can send us questions at There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at

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HBO teams with Al Gore's daughter on comedy 'Women In Space'

HBO teams with Al Gore's daughter on comedy "Women In Space"
Kristen Gore is teaming up with Jay Roach on a comedy about a group of women on a mission to colonize another planet. Gore will write the series.

What it's like to die on "Scandal"
Dan Bucatinsky lists the 11 things he learned, including having "ER's" Dr. Robert Romano, AKA Paul McCrane, direct your death scene.

Admit it: "HIMYM" was always terrible
"How I Met Your Mother" fan EJ Dickson is convinced the creators threw in the towel a long time ago. "In truth, HIMYM never jumped the shark, because HIMYM was always terrible," he says. "And frankly, I wasn’t as disappointed by the finale as other fans were. In a way, it was fitting, because it exemplified the lack of respect for its audience’s intelligence and desire to pander to the lowest common denominator that have been part of HIMYM’s modus operandi all along." PLUS: The story behind the finale music.

Lifetime's "Flowers in the Wind" sequel premieres on Memorial Day
Here's your 1st look at "Petals on the Wind."

"The Mindy Project" returns, raunchier than ever
"It's some of the raciest stuff I've ever written, and it's also some of the funniest," Mindy Kaling says of tonight's one-hour return. "It's a really great way to bring the show back for spring. I'm so excited."

Lady Gaga will perform on Letterman for the 1st time
The performer has previously appeared on "The Late Show" as a guest. Gaga will perform on Wednesday's show.

"Franklin  & Bash" books George Wendt and Kurt Fuller
The "Cheers" alum will play a food inspector, while Fuller will guest as a  restaurateur.

"Inside Amy Schumer": The most sneakily feminist show on TV
Season 2 of Schumer's Comedy Central series premieres tonight, and Willa Paskin says "Schumer channels her perspective through an onscreen persona that is insecure, self-proclaimedly slutty, crass, selfish, glossy—onscreen, Amy Schumer thinks feminism is the ultimate F word." PLUS: Everything on this show is a double entendre.

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Meryl Streep brought it on stage in "Postcards from the Edge" -- is there more where that came from?
Meryl Streep brought it on stage in "Postcards from the Edge" -- is there more where that came from?
Credit: Sony Pictures

Get ready for Meryl Streep to rock out in 'Ricki and the Flash'

More details on the star's collaboration with Jonathan Demme and Diablo Cody

Last week, we passed along news of a rather intriguing new project for 18-time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep: an untitled Diablo Cody script, to be directed by Jonathan Demme, in which she'd play a fame-hungry mother reuniting with her estranged family. Today, a few more choice details were announced, beginning with a title: the film is to be called "Ricki and the Flash." Tastier still: Streep will be unleashing her inner rock chick.

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