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'Without a Trace's' Anthony LaPaglia is returning to CBS

“Without a Trace's” Anthony LaPaglia is returning to CBS
Five years after “Without a Trace” was canceled, LaPaglia will play a high school football coach and retired CIA agent who is forced to go back to the agency in “Red Zone.” PLUS: Josh Lucas joins Debra Messing on NBC's "The Mysteries of Laura," “Sopranos” and “Doogie Howser” alum Max Casella and Jack Quaid from “The Hunger Games” join HBO’s rock ’n’ roll drama pilot, and "Pretty Little Liars’” Bryce Johnson joins “Supernatural” spinoff.


Lena Dunham: I’m not quitting acting after “Girls”
The “Girls” star clarified her comments in Glamour magazine, in which she said: “I don’t know if I’m going to want to act anymore.”


TLC’s “The Man With the 132-Pound Scrotum” star is dead at 49
Weesley Warren, who appeared in a British documentary last year that was rebroadcast on TLC, died not because of his scrotum but due to complications from two recent heart attacks.

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<p>Chris Lowell and Jason Dohring seem to get along great as long as &#39;Veronica Mars&#39; isn&#39;t in the room for them to fight over.</p>

Chris Lowell and Jason Dohring seem to get along great as long as 'Veronica Mars' isn't in the room for them to fight over.

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Chris Lowell and Jason Dohring bond over their fight for the love of 'Veronica Mars'

You might find yourself on Team Pizlogan after seeing these two together

One of the more popular tropes of fandom today is when people break down into teams along the romantic fault lines in whatever it is they're watching, the most famous case being the "Twilight" movies and their "Team Jacob" and "Team Edward" camps.

Before Jacob and Edward divided fans, though, there was Logan and Piz, and this weekend, "Veronica Mars" will once again be able to pick sides in what I feel like is a very smart and canny nod to the way fans feel. Rob Thomas could easily have done a full reset between the end of the show and the start of the film, and he could have simply left Chris Lowell's character Piz out of things completely if he'd wanted.

If you didn't watch the show and you didn't read my guide to everything you need to know about the show to enjoy the movie that we published yesterday, I'm sure you're asking yourself "Why does he keep using the word Piz like it's someone's name?" Ah, but it was. In the third season of the show, the series shifted from high school to college, and Lowell played Stosh "Piz" Piznarski, his last name a tribute to the guy who directed the pilot episode of the show. There was a vocal percentage of fans who rejected the character completely, and those fans had to feel somewhat let down when they heard that Powell, currently featured on the excellent comedy series "Enlisted," was back for the movie.

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'Game of Thrones' releases a 5-minute video telling the story of its birth

“Game of Thrones” releases a 5-minute video telling the story of its birth
“Don’t f*ck it up,” creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff recall George R.R. Martin’s wife telling them, in a video narrated by Charles Dance.


“Homeland” promotes Nazanin Boniadi
CIA analyst Fara Sherazi will be a regular part of Season 4.


Check out “Mad Men” Season 7 cast portrait photos
Everybody looks straight out of the late ‘60s.


Comedy Central picks up “Unemployable” starring comedian Hannibal Buress
Buress will try out a different job each week in this 10-episode series that he describes as a “comedian version of ‘Dirty Jobs.’"

“Modern Family’s” Ariel Winter, 16, buys a Mercedes
Winter paid for the C350, costing more than $50,000 in full, with her dad’s help.


“The Fosters” adds “True Foster, VP” star
Ashley Argota will play Brandon’s girlfriend.

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Calvin Harris is ready for 'Summer'

Calvin Harris warms up with 'Summer'

DJ tries his hand at singing vocals

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris usually turns to one of his muses, such as Rihanna or Ellie Goulding, to give voice to his dance tracks, but with “Summer, “ his newest tune, he handles vocal chores himself. (Though he certainly has been known to take the lead occasionally before, on tunes lie "Feel So Close.")

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"Sydney ER"

"Sydney ER"

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'Sydney ER': Stab wounds to the neck become a bloody mess

Doctors assure him he'll survive, but they're not so sure

You know what's a good way to cap off your working week? Sitting down in front of the TV to watch a guy spurt real blood all over an emergency room in Australia. If that sounds good to you, rejoice. Tonight on "Sydney ER" (Fridays, 9:00 p.m. ET on Discovery Fit & Health), you get to see just that. And if you're getting off work early? Watch a clip below! Start your weekend right!

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"Bates Motel"

"Bates Motel"

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Exclusive clip: Freddy and Emma share hard truths on 'Bates Motel'

Even a supposed death can't make Emma say something nice

It can't be easy being Norman Bates. He tries to be a good friend to Emma, but she's too busy feeling that the universe has conspired against her for hating Bradley. Norman, of course, can't tell her the truth. In this exclusive clip, watch as Emma dives into a sulk as Norman... observes.

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Report: Kate Gosselin, Geraldo, Terrell Owens competing on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Report: Kate Gosselin, Geraldo, Terrell Owens competing on "Celebrity Apprentice"
“The Cosby Show’s” Keshia Knight Pulliam, “Real Housewives” Brandi Glanville and Kenya Moore are also joining the show are joining former NFL-er Owens on “Celebrity Apprentice," according to TMZ.


TNT will air 10 original shows this summer, including Steven Bochco’s “Murder in the First”
TNT has announced premiere dates for its unprecedented 10 summer originals, from “Franklin & Bash” to “Rizzoli & Isles.” PLUS: Tom Everett Scott joins TNT’s “Guilt By Association."


“Teen Mom 2” canceled?
According to Radar Online, the MTV reality show will end with Season 5.


NBC owns NiceBooty.net and many other racy URLS that have appared on “SVU”
NBC’s stockpile of URLs that have appeared on its shows include Upyourbutt.net, Cocoajuggs.com, Crotcheteria.com and Fetishmanor.net — all of which redirect to NBC’s home page.


“Resurrection’s” viewership rises to 17 million
DVR viewership has boosted the ABC drama’s premiere.


Introducing the cast of “Gang Related”
Fox’s L.A. gang task force drama stars Ramon Rodriguez, “Lost’s” Terry O’Quinn, Jay Hernandez and RZA.


“Devious Maids” unveils a “Deliciously Dirty” poster
Check out the women in their “SECRETS” outfits.

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Adult Swim is releasing a 'Rick and Morty' episode via 100 Instagram clips of 15 seconds or less

Adult Swim is releasing a “Rick and Morty” episode via 100 Instagram clips of 15 seconds or less
You can watch Monday’s episode of the Dan Harmon cartoon now — if you have the patience. "Adult Swim feels 'Rick and Morty' fans are more than up to the challenge,” the network says.


President Obama talks to Ryan Seacrest about “Between Two Ferns" -- "Malia was so excited"
“Zach actually was pretty nervous,” the president laughed in recalling his interview with Zach Galifianakis. “It was funny to watch because this whole Between Two Ferns schtick – which I wasn’t familiar with before my staff told me that we had been pitched to do this – his whole character is to go after the guest and I think he was looking around and seeing all these Secret Service guys with guns and thinking, ‘I wonder what happens here if I cross the line?’ But we had a great time.”


Rob Ford’s brother lashes out at Kevin Spacey for not snubbing them at “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
The “House of Cards” star is accused of refusing to take a photo backstage at Kimmel’s post-Oscars special.


“Scandal” didn’t jump the shark last night — it gave the shark the middle finger
“Last night,” says Kevin Fallon, “'Scandal' walked up to that shark, looked it in the eye, gave it the finger, and then walked around it, boldly proclaiming—taunting, actually—that it just does not give a flying fig about idioms and gimmicks and daring to go 'too far.’ That shark has a name.  And its name is '#whogotshot.’” PLUS: Has “Scandal” become too dark?


Listen to Prince & Zooey Deschanel’s duet
The “New Girl” star and the New Girl” fan have released a disco jam called “FALLINLOVE2NITE.”


NBC Burbank, longtime home to “The Tonight Show,” is now closed
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night taped, "The Last Word," final national primetime broadcast from NBC Burbank.


Andy Cohen asks Shaquille O’Neill: “How big is your d**k?”
O’Neill then took off his show, and showed him on “Watch What Happens Live."


Watch “The Deadliest Catch” Season 10 opening
With the return of the Cornelia Marie.


Nat Geo Wild to air “Kingdom of the Apes with Jane Goodall and “Giant Pandas”
The two specials will air this summer.

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NBC’s 'The Voice' contract called 'dehumanizing'

NBC’s “The Voice” contract called “dehumanizing”
The 32-page legal document, obtained by the NY Daily News, allows the show to change the rules at any time and to eliminate any contestant even if they’re winning. The show is also allowed to release medical or psychological tests to the public.


Anne Heche to star in USA’s “Dig" miniseries
She’ll play the head of the Jerusalem FBI office in the limited series from “Homeland’s” Gideon Raff” and “Heroes’” Tim Kring.


Check out "Mad Men's" Joan in her airplane promo shot
Here’s the 1st look at Christina Hendricks in the final season. PLUS: Check out Betty Draper Francis and her baggage.


Kevin Nealon will co-star on "The Pro" with Rob Lowe
The “SNL” and “Weeds” vet will co-star on Lowe’s tennis pro comedy pilot.

“Scandal’s” Joe Morton joins TNT’s “Proof”
He’ll play the head of the hospital in the medical drama pilot from Kyra Sedgwick, starring Jennifer Beals.


Lady Gaga visits Jimmy Kimmel in an outfit made of coffee filters
She was covered head to toe in coffee filters. PLUS: Kimmel pranks SXSW attendees with fake band names.


Watch Vince Gilligan’s acting debut on “Community”
The “Breaking Bad” creator did a scene opposite Gina Gershon.


“Grey’s Anatomy” ties its series low with “Idol” in the 9 pm timeslot
Still, “Grey’s” managed to top last night’s “Idol” results show.


“True Detective” meets “King of the Hill”
Watch a haunting mashup of the two shows.

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<p>Thursday&#39;s &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Hell's Kitchen' premiere boosts FOX Thursday, but CBS still rules

'Big Bang Theory' is down, but still Thursday's tops

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Fleeing "The Big Bang Theory" to 9 p.m. failed to give "American Idol" a bump in its new first time period airing, however the return of "Hell's Kitchen" handily outperformed "Rake," giving FOX a Thursday boost. However, "The Big Bang Theory" kept CBS atop the night in all measures.

The "Idol" shift to 9 p.m. had its biggest impact on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," which had a second straight week of big declines and also led to some "Scandal" slippage. 

Subtracting "Idol" from the 8 p.m. hour failed to provide any boost to the competition, as "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and "Community" were flat, while "Parks and Recreation" was down a hair from last week.

Of *very* minor interest: The CW's "Reign" had a repeat for a lead-in and faced "Idol" for the first time, but came very close to reproducing last week's near-series-highs and finished in line with its general season averages.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Chadwick Boseman in &quot;Get On Up.&quot;</p>

Chadwick Boseman in "Get On Up."

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Chadwick Boseman chases stardom in first trailer for James Brown biopic 'Get On Up'

'The Help' director Tate Taylor reunites with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny and June Carter Cash, Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf, Cate Blanchett as (more or less) Bob Dylan -- playing an iconic musician has been a successful route to awards attention for several actors in recent years. That may be the long-term goal for Tate Taylor's glossy-looking James Brown biopic "Get On Up," but the more immediate goal suggested by the film's first trailer is launching 31-year-old leading man Chadwick Boseman to major-league stardom.

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"Scandal"

"Scandal"

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'Scandal': A big secret is revealed, but a bigger twist may be ahead

It's an OMG moment, but what does it mean?

ABC promised us that there would be an OMG moment (the network's marketing magic, not mine) at the very end of tonight's episode of "Scandal," and damn if that wasn't the case. Of course, spoilers ahead, so don't even think of clicking through if you haven't seen the episode. 

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