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5 debuts leap onto the album chart next week, challenging 'Frozen's' supremacy

Will one of the newcomers toss 'Frozen' out of the top spot?

 It’s a big week next week for debuts on The Billboard 200 with at least five new titles bowing in the Top 10.

The big race is between the soundtrack to “Frozen,” which is vying for its 9th week at No. 1, but is facing a big challenge from boy band 5 Seconds of Summer and its EP, “She Looks So Perfect.” Hits Daily Double says the two are too close to call, with “Frozen slated to sell between 140,000-150,000 and “Perfect” between 135,000 and 145,000.

The contenders for No. 3 and 4 are also close, but 100,000 copies separate them from the No. 1 and No. 2 slots. Chevelle’s “La Gargola” and Christina Perri’s “Head Or Heart” are both expected to move around 40,000 units each.

Coming in at No. 5 will likely be country duo Dan + Shay’s “Where It All Began” (read our interview with the pair here).

Shakira’s “Shakira” falls to No. 6 (30,000), Johnny Cash’s “Out Among the Stars” to No. 7 (24,000), Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” to No. 8, Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” to No. 9 (20,000) and Nickel Creek’s “A Dotted Line” bows at No. 10 (20,000).

The full chart will be released next Wednesday.

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<p>The &quot;Raising Hope&quot; series finale</p>

The "Raising Hope" series finale

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Unforgettable' return leads CBS Friday split as 'Hannibal' falls, 'Hope' finale rises

'Shark Tank' helps ABC win the key demo, while CW comedies drop

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 4, 2014.

The not-especially-huge third season premiere of "Unforgettable" still won its hour overall to help CBS win Friday in total viewers, but it was far less successful among young viewers, where "Shark Tank" led ABC to its usual Friday win.

Because of the weird way CBS has scheduled "Unforgettable," it's impossible to truly compare seasons. Friday's return was up from last season's late-July premiere in total viewers, but it was down in the key demo. Of course, despite the summer slot, the last "Unforgettable" premiere had a strong "Big Brother" lead-in, while the drama had to be a self-starter on Friday.

Last week's "Hannibal" bump proved to be a "Dateline"-fueled illusion as the cult favorite drama drooped again, as did its "Grimm" lead-in. Also way down for the week were The CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "Hart of Dixie."

The news was a tiny bit better for the series finale of "Raising Hope," which didn't exactly get a "How I Met Your Mother"-sized finale bump, but at least it was up week-to-week.

On to the numbers...

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Jimmy Fallon pays a Top 10 tribute to Letterman

Jimmy Fallon pays a Top 10 tribute to Letterman
Fallon, who guest-hosted “The Late Show” in 2000 when Dave hated shingles, also recalled how jealous Letterman was when he visited “Late Night” when Paul Shaffer was host. PLUS: Watch Letterman’s 1993 goodbye to “Late Night,” listen to his 1981 interview with “Fresh Air,” recalling Letterman’s 360-degree episode, and 14 photos of a young Letterman “looking fine as hell."

Stephen Colbert’s contracts were designed for a Letterman opening; Tina Fey would be a home-run hire
That’s what Bill Carter, author of “The Late Shift,” reports of the possibilities to replace David Letterman. He notes that Amy Poehler is another possibility and that Craig Ferguson is likely gone if he doesn’t get the promotion. But it is Colbert, Carter reports, who most intrigues late-night insiders: "Several late-night executives and staff members have ranked Mr. Colbert highest among the potential successors for several reasons: He wields an inventive brand of humor; he has a younger audience, which is highly important for late-night advertisers; and, perhaps most significant, he is in the spot that historically promotes the next late-night star to the top level: second position.”  PLUS: The Top 10 things that would happen on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

Craig Ferguson stands to make an extra $5 million to $12 million if he’s passed over
The amount of money reported varies, but it’s clear the “Late Late Show” host will rake in extra money if he doesn’t get the Letterman timeslot.

CBS needs to hire someone who talks like an adult, the anti-Jimmy Fallon
"I hope that the person who gets his job will, in turn, present a show that looks and feels as if it belongs on CBS,” says Hank Stuever. "That doesn’t mean old, but it does mean something ineffable and increasingly impossible to describe in an era in which all media formats are in a state of reinvention. I’m simply hoping for a “Late Show” host who knows what it means to be a funny adult."

What’ll a retired Letterman do?
Will a retired Dave do anything related to TV?

The case for Conan O’Brien as Letterman’s replacement
Of all the late-night hosts out there, Conan is the most Letterman-like of the bunch — and he’s the only one who could provide real competition to the two Jimmys.

Fox interested in “Couples Retreat,” a partner-swapping reality show
Unlike “Temptation Island,” “Couples Retreat’s” goal is to help couples.

Is there too much rape on prestigious TV shows?
Rape storylines have surfaced on everything from “The Americans” to “House of Cards” to “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” in recent years.

Cosmo goes to bed with the ladies of “SNL"
Check out the women of “Saturday Night Live” in their nighties.

In praise of “Raising Hope”
As Phil Dyess-Nugent put it, "In an age of ambitious, sometimes pretentious TV, 'Raising Hope’ never made any grand promises, but over the course of four uneven but honorably entertaining seasons, it actually delivered a lot. It’s one of the few contemporary shows that depicts working class people as decent and worthy of an audience’s time without ever getting misty-eyed, and it proved that Garret Dillahunt, previously best known for playing multiple despicable characters on ‘Deadwood' and impersonating Jesus on that “controversial” NBC thing that was canceled during its first commercial break, is one funny son of a bitch.” PLUS: “HIMYM” finale vs. “Raising Hope” finale.

Judd Apatow to release a book of his teenage interviews with comedians
When Apatow was in high school, Apatow got to interview famous comedians like Jay Leno, Howard Stern and Jerry Seinfeld.

“HIMYM” co-creator explains the alternate ending
"We only shot one script, but through edit room magic we had two possible outcomes for the series,” tweeted Carter Bays. "We chose the ending we chose and we stand by it. But we loved the other version too."

In Season 4, “Game of Thrones” proves to be the Best Show Ever
Words like “greatest” and “best” are thrown around a lot these days, notes Mary McNamara. "So to say that 'Game of Thrones,' which returns, roaring and snorting, for its fourth season on Sunday night, is the Best Television Show Ever isn't just thoroughly subjective, it's reductive. Despite our increasingly wearisome penchant for lists, television was never linear enough for meaningful comparisons; it is now so wildly diverse in form and function that any sort of ranking or award is all but meaningless. But you know what? I'm going to say it anyway. 'Game of Thrones' is the Best Television Show Ever.” PLUS: Meet the new Season 4 cast members, the creators explain what’s different in Season 4, how much historical truth is in “Game of Thrones?, readers vs. watchers is “GoT’s” true battle, how cast members handle spoilers, Arya learns “brutality” in Season 4, individual episodes are too unsatisfying, and why King Joffrey must die.

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is that rare TV comedy that makes you laugh — laugh for days
"Like all good series,” says Robert Bianco, "this eight-episode paean to techno-geek entrepreneurs is reliably well-acted, and like most HBO comedies, it's extremely well-observed, from its jokes about involuntary/voluntary corporate retreats and "revenge hires" to its main geek character struggling to spit like the tough guys. But the ability it has to make you actually laugh, not just when you watch it, but days later as you recall the jokes — well, that's something very few HBO comedies even attempt, let alone accomplish. And with times as they are, that's something to cherish.” PLUS: “Silicon Valley” is too nice to Silicon Valley, it’s “Office Space” meets “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” it’s more than uproariously funny — it’s consistantly fascinating, it’s a precise, sharply executed sendup of the high-tech billionaire-making culture, it’s the sitcom Silicon Valley deserves, the best take on Silicon Valley ever, inside “Silicon Valley’s” fashion, and the creators respond to Elon Musk jab.

Mike Judge’s evolution: From “Beavis and Butt-head” to “Silicon Valley”
"'Silicon Valley' can be read as a metaphor for Mike Judge's own career,” explains Paul Schrodt. "What happens when one average guy becomes successful beyond his dreams? Does he leave his old bum friends behind? Or does he find a way to incorporate them into his new life? If you're anything like Mike Judge, you don't forget the assholes who made you who you are.

“Veep” hits a higher gear in Season 3, puts “House of Cards” to shame
“Veep,” says David Zurawik, "offers what I believe is the most honest and searing critique anywhere in popular culture of what’s wrong with our civic life these days — and it makes us sometimes even laugh out loud as it delivers that damning indictment.” He adds that in Season 3, Julia Louis-Dreyfus proves she "is the greatest comedic actress in the history of American television.” PLUS: The presidential race has made “Veep” even more cynical, how “Veep” conquered Washington, “Veep” has become a lean, mean apolitical machine, “Veep’s” Jonah has become TV’s most insufferable character, and Tony Hale describes Season 3 as like the Keystone Cops.

AMC’s Revolutionary War drama “Turn” feels small and dull
“Turn,” says Willa Paskin, "suffers from 'Forrest Gump' disease, wherein all of its characters are always, magically, in exactly the right place to affect history. Somehow, everything that Abe—just one guy, in one town—sees and hears is directly relevant to the battle plans of his friends—just a few guys, in one regiment. Turn gives the impression the war was not vast and scattered over the Colonies, or a sweeping geopolitical event, but merely a small series of coincidences.” PLUS: “Turn” is too forgettable despite its cool opening credits, “Turn” struggles to lay out its characters and conflicts in a way that feels instantly addictive, and “Turn” is ambitious, beautifully filmed and exciting to watch.

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<p>Sarah&#39;s torch is snuffed</p>

Sarah's torch is snuffed

Credit: CBS

Interview: Sarah Lacina talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Latest 'Survivor' bootee discusses her dramatic blindside

Sarah Lacina was pretty confident that she was safe on Wednesday (April 2) night's "Survivor: Cagaya."

But Sarah was more than confident that she was staying. She was certain that she was the one deciding who would go home. In the immediate aftermath of the season's Merge, Sarah was positioned as the swing vote between two five-person alliances. 

She was the queen. 

She was the president.

She was blindsided. 

Fed up with Sarah's power and insecure about her own position with her former Brains alliance, Kass was wooed to the dark side and flipped, sending Sarah packing in a shocking Tribal Council that saw two Hidden Immunity Idols get played on castaways who received a combined total of zero votes.

It was a tough moment for Sarah, an Iowa-based police officer who immediately bonded with New Jersey's Tony to form the short-lived Cops -r- Us alliance. Nothing actually came of that alliance, since Tony was lying to Sarah about the forces massing against her, though there was a failed attempt to throw an Immunity challenge.

In this week's exit interview, Sarah discusses why Kass was stupid to flip, why she read Tony so poorly and which aspects of her blindside surprised her most.

Full Q&A below...

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<p>On &quot;Hannibal,&quot; Dr. Lecter has Dr. Bloom as a guest at his dinner party.</p>

On "Hannibal," Dr. Lecter has Dr. Bloom as a guest at his dinner party.

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Futamono'

Dr. Lecter has some friends for dinner, but will Jack begin to suspect?

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I play "Chopsticks"...

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Report: CBS talking to Chelsea Handler about a possible late-night show

Report: CBS talking to Chelsea Handler about a possible late-night show
CBS was interested in the E! star replacing Craig Ferguson at 12:35 — that is, until David Letterman announced her retirement, according to The Wrap. Now she has her eye on replacing Dave. The Wrap also reports that CBS initially offered Handler a syndicated late-night show, which she rejected.

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<p>The &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; finale</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" finale

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' DVD will include an alternate ending

Series co-creator Carter Bays tweeted the announcement on Friday

Did you hate the ending for "How I Met Your Mother"?

Are you willing to pay a large sum of money to get an ending you might like more?

If so... You're in luck!

Late Friday (April 4) afternoon, just days after a series finale which was, let's just say "contentious," broke the news that an alternate "How I Met Your Mother" ending might appear on complete series DVD, series co-creator Carter Bays took to Twitter to explain and confirm.

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<p>Just one of the many moments that scared the holy hell out of my kids when we finally screened &#39;Raiders Of The Lost Ark&#39;</p>

Just one of the many moments that scared the holy hell out of my kids when we finally screened 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark'

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Film Nerd 2.0: Indy and Batman and X-Men, oh my

My kids are starting to assert their own taste, and that's a great thing

We live in an age of franchises.

One of the simple truths of modern pop culture is that there is nothing a studio values more than the ability to get a series off the ground where they can constantly count on fans coming back for more of the same. My kids are on the hook for so many ongoing series at this point that I have to sometimes remind them that films that aren't part of a series are also worth watching.

There are some series that they're not ready for yet, like "Lord Of The Rings" or "The Terminator," and Toshi is constantly pushing to see the things that have been on the "not yet" shelf for a while. Recently, we've dabbled with a few series, and the reactions from both of the kids have been interesting, and not what I expected.

For example, one would think that based on the series I wrote about sharing the "Star Wars" saga with my kids that the same amount of thought and energy would go into figuring out how to introduce them to Indiana Jones.

One would think that, but one would be wrong.

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"My Five Wives"

"My Five Wives"

Credit: TLC

Exclusive clip: Rhonda reveals breast cancer scare on 'My Five Wives'

Her adoption plans may be put into flux

Being a polygamist wife isn't all fun and games. In this exclusive clip from the TLC series "My Five Wives" (airing Sun. April 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET), fifth wife Rhonda reveals to first wife Paulie that she's recently undergone a test for breast cancer -- and because of her family history (her mother died from the disease) she's terrified of what might happen. 

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Miranda Lambert

2014 Academy of Country Music Awards predictions

Who's going home with the most trophies?

Tim McGraw is the leading nominee for the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, with seven nods, but he may be going home empty handed on Sunday night. Below are my predictions in the main categories for the April 6 ceremony, which airs on CBS live EDT starting at 8 p.m.

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift

SHOULD WIN: George Strait. Even though some will consider it a sentimental win, he’s still selling out arenas and going out at the top of his game.
WILL WIN: Blake Shelton

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Lee Brice
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

SHOULD WIN: It’s a bit of a strange category: Where’s Brad Paisley? Where’s Eric Church?  Of this group, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban are the stand out vocalists, with Shelton winning by a nose.

WILL WIN: Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

SHOULD WIN: If we’re going solely by voices— and it is a vocalist award— Carrie Underwood, but she seems to have fallen out of favor with voters the last few years.

WILL WIN: Miranda Lambert

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

SHOULD WIN: Florida Georgia Line. No one else has come close to their success this year. Perennially a weak category, Thompson Square is the other duo that could give them a run for their money

WILL WIN: Florida Georgia Line

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

SHOULD WIN: The year’s strongest category, this is a toss up between The Band Perry and Little Big Town and Lady A (although Lady A was dormant for much of the time)

WILL WIN: The Band Perry

Album of the Year
Blake Shelton, ‘Based on a True Story…’ L
uke Bryan, ‘Crash My Party’
Florida Georgia Line, ‘Here’s to the Good Times’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Same Trailer Different Park’
Tim McGraw, ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’

SHOULD WIN: Kacey Musgraves. “Trailer” is the strongest, most consistent album of the bunch.

WILL WIN: Blake Shelton, “Based on a True Story…”

Single Record of the Year
Florida Georgia Line, ‘Cruise’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Lee Brice, ‘I Drive Your Truck’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Darius Rucker (Feat. Lady Antebellum), ‘Wagon Wheel’

SHOULD WIN: The best written song of the bunch is “I Drive Your Truck” (although this is not a songwriters’ award), and the funnest song in the bunch is “Mama’s Broken Heart,” it’s really a tie.

WILL WIN: “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line. It was simply unstoppable last year.

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'The Simpsons' pays a couch gag tribute to David Letterman

“The Simpsons” pays a couch gag tribute to David Letterman
“We’ll miss you, Dave," says the animated comedy. PLUS: Letterman reveals the real reason he's retiring, on Friday's show.

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"Once Upon A Time"

"Once Upon A Time"

Credit: ABC

'Once Upon A Time''s Wicked Witch Rebecca Mader talks up being green

'It's really delicious when we go toe-to-toe' she says of Regina

After the long slog "Once Upon A Time" took through a grim and colorless Neverland (sorry, Peter Pan, but you kind of creeped us out), the show's latest Big Bad has been a delicious and welcome change of direction. Played by Rebecca Mader (Charlotte Lewis on "Lost"), the Wicked Witch/Zelena has emerged as a villain we love to hate -- and more importantly, a villain who just might be a worthy adversary for Regina, the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla). In real life, Mader couldn't be more charming. We talked about being green, going "toe-to-toe" with Parrilla, and why it's fun to play off of a dot instead of a monkey. 

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