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'Idol' will give $50,000 to the 'True Believer' who convinced next year’s winner to audition

“Idol” will give $50,000 to the “True Believer” who convinced next year’s winner to audition
The $50,000 prize could go to anybody — a family member, friend, or colleague.

Why NBC re-signed Matt Lauer
Lauer seemed to be on his way out a few years ago, but “Today” ratings have jumped 9% over the past year. PLUS: Dave Chappelle "crashes" “Today.”

The O.J. Simpson Ford Bronco slow-speed chase happened 20 years ago today
The events of June 17, 1994 included a Howard Stern fan pranking Peter Jennings on live TV. PLUS: Al Michaels recalls that famous prank call.

“Game of Thrones’” Lena Heady isn't sorry for her Instagram “spoilers”
She tells Jimmy Kimmel of one photo that was perceived as a book spoiler, "No, that was me drunk in Palm Springs going, ‘This is so pretty.’”

Bryan Cranston on his LBJ play’s move to TV: "I don't know if it's a miniseries as much as an HBO movie”
"They want to see and honor the story, and so if it needs to be maybe four hours then it might be a two-hour and two-hour kind of thing,” he says of the Steve Spielberg-produced adaptation of “All the Way."

“Mixology” star jumps to Amazon
Adan Canto will star opposite Mena Suvari and T.R. Knight in “Hysteria."

Wanda Sykes on “Last Comic Standing’s” new rules: “I don’t trust America”
Sykes tells Seth Meyers why she took America’s vote away on the NBC reality show.

“Glee’s” Lea Michele is writing a 2nd book
Michele tweeted: "I had so much fun writing #BrunetteAmbition that I can't wait to continue the series & write another!"

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<p>Monday&#39;s (June 16) &quot;MasterChef&quot;</p>

Monday's (June 16) "MasterChef"

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TV Ratings: 'MasterChef' rises, '24' dips and FOX leads Monday night

'Bachelorette' puts ABC in second for the night

Fast National ratings for Monday, June 16, 2014.

Posting week-to-week growth, "MasterChef" led FOX to a Monday win among young viewers, while even a declining episode of "24: Live Another Day" was enough to give FOX the primetime lead overall as well.

There weren't many other Monday notables. "The Bachelorette" was down a hair, but "Mistresses" was steady for ABC. "Beauty and the Beast" lost a couple viewers for The CW. And The CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" repeat built on the original episode that opened the hour, for whatever reason.

On to the numbers.

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New 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' international trailer features more Rocket Raccoon
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New 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' international trailer features more Rocket Raccoon

Disney keeps cutting better and better trailers for this one

It seems appropriate that the first thing I'd post from Hong Kong would be an international trailer for an upcoming movie.

There is no question that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" mania has gripped my home these days, and each new clip or poster seems to whip my kids into a frenzy. That culminated this weekend in a lovely moment when we ran into Bradley Cooper at the Los Angeles premiere of "Earth To Echo." He posed for a photo with the two of them, and my six-year-old got a chance to tell Cooper how much he loves it in the last trailer where Rocket Raccoon fixes his balls in his spacesuit. I'm not sure I've ever been more proud.

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'Game of Thrones' finale breaks piracy records

“Game of Thrones” finale breaks piracy records
The Season 4 finale was downloaded about 1.5 million times in the first 12 hours after airing.

Jimmy Fallon pays tribute to “Miami Vice” in his 1st Orlando "Tonight Show" show
Watch the opening from Monday’s “Tonight Show.” PLUS: Fallon has Brian Williams rap “Baby Got Back."

Disney is shutting down the “American Idol Experience” theme park attraction
The Disney's Hollywood Studios attraction, which has allowed guests to experience “Idol” first-hand,” has been open since 2009.

NYC mayor awkwardly sings “I Love L.A.” on Jimmy Kimmel
Mayor Bill de Blasio paid off his bet over the Stanley Cup on Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” singing the Randy Newman classic via satellite with a group of kids.

“Louie” ends season full of unoriginality
Just about everything from Season 4 — from the fat girl speech to Louis CK being a creep to the “Elevator” arc — has been done before, and done better. As Willa Paskin points out, this season’s plots "burnishes Louis C.K., by side-stepping all the gnarly issues the show itself had raised and by allowing C.K. to get credit for exposing himself to his audience… But ‘Louie' this season was not as fresh as it has been in the past—and not just because Louis C.K. said so.” PLUS: The finale felt muddled, Pamela has proven to be the voice in Louie’s head come to life, the finale made an important point about gender, and Louis CK seemed to be more interested in teaching us lessons than making us laugh.

“Dancing’s” Mark Ballas OK after car accident
Ballas was briefly hospitalized after a car rammed into his car Monday afternoon.

“The Following” boss Kevin Williamson steps down
He’ll still be “very involved in the show,” but the showrunner duties will be passed on to producer Jennifer Johnson.

“Breaking Bad” is now streaming in 4K on Netflix
You’ll need a 4K TV to watch in Ultra HD.

“Chuck” alum Zachary Levi marries “Rookie Blue’s” Missy Peregrym
The couple had a secret wedding in Maui.

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Season finale review: 'Louie' - 'Pamela Part 2 & 3'

Louie pursues Pamela, but is this the way the season should be ending?

A review of the "Louie" season finale coming up just as soon I'm a mailbox on two tree stumps with a melon on top...

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Review: '24: Live Another Day' - '6:00 PM - 7:00 PM'

Jack and President Heller visit Wembley Stadium, while Kate practices medicine

A quick review of tonight's "24: Live Another Day" coming up just as soon as I don't have an ideal work situation right now...

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"Jersey Boys"
"Jersey Boys"
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Review: Clint Eastwood can't feel the beat in drab, low-energy 'Jersey Boys'

The veteran director is an awkward fit for the Tony-winning stage hit

If Hollywood blockbusters are currently crippled by fear of the unknown, Broadway musicals – an ever-increasing number of them based on Hollywood blockbusters – are hardly less guilty. The jukebox musical is, if you will, the Great White Way's superhero reboot: their safest gambit, removing the greatest variable in a genre that has, after all, always been reliant on existing story material. Who needs composers when perfectly good popular discographies are there for the taking? “Jersey Boys” was a swift hit when it opened on Broadway in 2005; credit zesty staging or a tidily structured book if you will, but it's a show that owes its pull to one of the most buoyant American songbooks in Top 40 history.

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn has 'Ozymandias,' but who will compete with her?

Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.

Our next category:


Like "Breaking Bad" itself, Anna Gunn arrived on the Emmy podium a year ahead of schedule last September. It's not that I didn't think Gunn deserved to win last year, but I figured she had one year of being deserving-but-snubbed and then she'd take advantage of this year's seemingly inevitable "Breaking Bad" sweep. With Gunn already in place as defending champion and boasting "Ozymandias" as an inevitable submission episode, does anybody else really stand a chance? 

Probably not. It helps Gunn's cause that there aren't any no-brainer newcomers in this category, though a strong performance from "True Detective" should make Michelle Monaghan a real contender.

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<p>Annet Mahendru in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Annet Mahendru in "The Americans."

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

A great year for the women of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' and more

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.

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Tracy Morgan upgraded to fair condition

Tracy Morgan upgraded to fair condition
“Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement,” his rep said in a statement released late today. “His personality is certainly starting to come back as well.”

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Jack Coleman becomes the 1st 'Heroes' alum to sign on for 'Heroes Reborn'

Jack Coleman becomes the 1st “Heroes” alum to sign on for “Heroes Reborn”
HRG, AKA Horn-Rimmed Glasses, will be back for the 13-episode NBC miniseries.

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T.I. teams with Iggy Azalea on 'No Mediocre': Listen

Video for new single drops on Wednesday

T.I. wants to make one thing clear: he does not want any mediocre women. On “No Mediocre,” featuring Iggy Azalea, he has some very specific requests for women, including making sure he has a clean work surface, if you get his drift.

Over a tip-toeing beat, he rails against “bad mamacitas.” And lays down some other rules for his ladies. He also wants her to have flat abs and wear heels and some other requirements. Guess what ladies? He also expects to split the check if you don’t meet his standards. Good luck with that.

Azalea, who’s sitting pretty with the No. 1 and No. 2 song on Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy" and as a guest on Ariana Grande's "Problem," comes in for two verses. She’s already delivered they goods, but he wants more and she’s not so sure. “If you ain’t talking money, what are you saying to me?,” she asks… Hmmm. Interpret how you will.

The lyrics are sketchy, but the beat is undeniable and Azalea is shaping up as the rainmaker for hits this summer, so expect this one to soar up the charts. A video for “No Mediocre” drops on Wednesday. The teaser ad for the video features several women's asses in bikini bottoms so I think we can pretty much figure out what to expect here.

“No Mediocre” is T.I.’s latest single from “Paperwork,” his new album due this fall and his first in his imprint Grand Hustle’s deal with Columbia.

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