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"The Real Housewives of New York City"

"The Real Housewives of New York City"

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'Real Housewives of New York City': Was Kristen being fair?

Carole and Aviva aren't done battling yet

So, Carole and Aviva are still fighting about who wrote what, the difference between ghost writers and real writers, and whose feelings have been more grievously hurt. Unfortunately, it all devolves into the other housewives pitying poor, childless Carole, who doesn't have anything else in the world except her poor little computer. I'm not sure how Carole standing up for herself and defending her career became all about her being one step removed from being a crazy lady with cats, but fine. If it makes Sonja and Ramona feel better to pity Carole, let them have their delusions.

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<p>Michael Rapaport and Timothy Olyphant in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Michael Rapaport and Timothy Olyphant in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'The Toll'

The marshals go on a manhunt, and Boyd takes an interest in cigarettes

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as this hotel takes the non-smoking policy pretty seriously...

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<p>Angelina Jolie waves to the crowd after being introduced at CinemaCon 2014.</p>

Angelina Jolie waves to the crowd after being introduced at CinemaCon 2014.

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Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' is the Oscars 2015 player we thought it would be

Nation's theater owners get a pitch on a Christmas release

LAS VEGAS - Every year the major studios present their upcoming slate to the nation's theater owners at CinemaCon (formerly ShoWest). It's commonplace for a studio head to bring out a few famous faces to drive home the point that they should get behind a particular movie or two. Tuesday morning, Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, had only one movie star waiting in the wings and it was a big one: Angelina Jolie.

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Can Matthew McConaughey defeat Bryan Cranston for Emmy’s best dramatic actor?

Can Matthew McConaughey defeat Bryan Cranston for Emmy’s best dramatic actor?
Now that “True Detective” is competing in the drama categories, rather than the miniseries categories, "McConaughey could be the irresistible force that dislodges the immovable object of Bryan Cranston,” says James Poniewozik. After last year’s final batch of eight “Breaking Bad” episodes, Cranston looked like a sure thing to win the Emmy in 2014. Not anymore.

Why “The Good Wife” twist was so devastating
"Now fans know that what they have been waiting for will never happen,” writes Delia Ephron. PLUS: The whole plot seemed very Deus Ex Machina.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” is considered a coup for Jimmy Fallon
Schwarzenegger was up for grabs as a guest after being loyal to Jay Leno for years. And he chose Fallon over Kimmel, despite being a Californian.

Why are network reality TV shows losing viewers?
“American Idol,” “Dancing with the Stars” and even “The Voice” are down. In fact, the only network reality competition that’s up this year is “Shark Tank.”

“Sons of Anarchy” bringing back the Grim Bastards motorcycle club
Michael Beach will reprise his Season 7 role as club leader T.O. Cross.

“HIMYM’s” prop master recalls the show’s most memorable props, including the yellow umbrella
Propmaster David Baker worked on every episode, except the pilot.

Did “Scandal” help get Alfre Woodard cast as U.S. president on “State of Affairs”?
In casting Woodard in the Katherine Heigl CIA drama, NBC may seen the role as being another powerful black woman.

Why “Glee” is worth watching again
The Fox comedy has rediscovered its sense of humor — and how to correctly use music.

“Shameless” is not a comedy — it’s a “really depressing drama”
The TV Academy allowing the Showtime drama to switch Emmy categories is like cheating, says Tim Goodman.

Coming to Discovery: “The Pigman of Texas”
Wild-hog wrangler Brian “Pigman” Quaca will star in a reality show in which he helps control Texas’ wild-boar population.

How Bill Nye went from sketch comedian to “The Science Guy”
Here Nye presents his origin story.

“New Girl” stars reunite on the big screen in “Let’s Be Cops”
Check out the trailer starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., plus “The Vampire Diaries’” Nina Dobrev.

“Girls” Season 3 finale proved it had been saying something all along
Season 3 was the year “Girls” got real and faced the hard reality of life. PLUS: “Girls” had trouble knowing what to do with its cast and big-name guest-stars.

PBS presents the 5-hour “Story of the Jews”
Historian Simon Schama says he violated “all the historian’s rules about distance and objectivity” for his documentary, which was originally shown in Britain last year. He says he wanted to look at the history of Jews in light of present events.

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<p>In the &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine&quot; season finale, Santiago (Melissa Fumero) helps Jake (Andy Samberg) argue a point with the captain.</p>

In the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" season finale, Santiago (Melissa Fumero) helps Jake (Andy Samberg) argue a point with the captain.

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Season finale review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Charges and Specs'

Peralta's job is in jeopardy, while Boyle gets low after a break-up

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" just concluded a pretty terrific first season. I did a long interview with Mike Schur about the evolution of the show and some of the plots set up in the finale, and I have a few thoughts on the episode itself coming up just as soon as I have reliable tittle-tattle...

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<p>Andre Braugher in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' co-creator Mike Schur looks back on season 1

How 'chunks of dough' were molded into one of TV's best comedies

Back in the summer, I sat down with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" creators Dan Goor and Mike Schur to talk about the creative challenges that come with the launch of any new comedy. In particular, we discussed — based on their experience on "Parks and Recreation," and Schur's on "The Office" — the process of fine-tuning characters from the broad sketches they are in a pilot to ones who best match the actors who play them, and best fit into the larger world.

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<p>Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Mars Landing'

A hard night of True American leads to some tough truths for Jess and Nick the morning after

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I take the thing that looks like a meth lab and put it in the thing that looks like a pipe bomb...

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<p>Matthew McConaughey of &quot;True Detective&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey of "True Detective"

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'True Detective' will submit for Emmy contention as a drama

Matthew McConaughey series will now go head-to-head with 'Breaking Bad'

If this summer's Emmy races are half as exciting as this spring's jockeying for Emmy category position, we're gonna have a real barnburner on our hands come August.

Two weeks ago, Netflix fired the first salvo, electing to submit "Orange Is The New Black" in the comedy category after going as a drama for Golden Globes contention. Personally, I think that was the smart and correct choice and, in a perfect world, "Orange" could fill out the supporting actress field on its own. [That won't happen. But it should.]

Then earlier this morning, Showtime unexpectedly announced that after three years as a drama for Emmy purposes, "Shameless" will submit as a comedy this year. I'd always advocated "Shameless" as a comedy in years past and I would put Emmy Rossum in any open field of actress contenders, regardless of category. Still, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the move in this particular season, which has probably been more consistently dramatic in tone than the three that came before. Rossum remains the show's top contender for nods and it's true that the Lead Actress Drama field is absurdly packed -- Seven nominees last year and that didn't include Rossum, Tatiana Maslany or Julianna Margulies -- but the Lead Actress Comedy is hardly empty, though Laura Dern and Tina Fey will both fall out from last year's Top 6.

But the biggest shoe to drop? Well, that came on Tuesday afternoon, as HBO confirmed that winter sensation "True Detective" will submit in the Drama field, rather than in the Miniseries category.


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Watch Louis CK’s 'SNL' promos

Watch Louis CK’s “SNL” promos
Will he or won’t he smoke the pot with Kenan Thompson?

“Game of Thrones” Season 4 premiere will be simulcast in the UK at 2 a.m.
HBO’s East Coast airing will be shown simultaneously in Britain, where it will be 2 o’clock in the morning. PLUS: “House of Cards” meets “Game of Thrones” in new mashup.

USC taps "The Office's" Rainn Wilson as commencement speaker
Pancakes may or may not be served.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine” ends its freshman season as one of TV’s best comedies
The Fox comedy overcame its biggest hurdle: Andy Samberg.

“Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge” premieres on Syfy
The creature-building reality show isn’t setting out to create drama, just riveting projects. PLUS: It should’ve been called “Project Nerdway."

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"Grey's Anatomy"

"Grey's Anatomy"

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'Grey's Anatomy' kicks Tessa Ferrer and Gaius Charles to the curb

The question is, do we care?

So many changes at "Grey's Anatomy," so little time to absorb them. Even as we're gearing up for the exit of Cristina (Sandra Oh), now comes word from The Hollywood Reporter that two cast regulars -- Tessa Ferrer (Leah) and Gaius Charles (Shane) -- won't be back for season 11. For fans of the show, this may or may not be considered bad news.

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<p>Connor Buckley and Christopher Meloni in &quot;Surviving Jack.&quot;</p>

Connor Buckley and Christopher Meloni in "Surviving Jack."

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 9

Dan and Alan also review 'Friends with Better Lives' and answer your mail

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for another Firewall & Iceberg video show, with Dan still in Los Angeles and me returned to my office on the other side of this great land of ours. In this one, Dan and review a pair of new comedies, answer a bunch of mail, and then discuss The Thing That Happened on "The Good Wife," which then inspires some discussion of similar Things we loved on past shows.

The rundown:

"Surviving Jack": 0:00- 8:22
Vince Gilligan 'Battle Creek'/ Network vs. Cable: 13:00-16:56
Sunday Nights pile-up: 16:56- 20:20
Bob Saget/"HIMYM": 20:20- 24:07
"Good Wife" Shocker: 25:33- 31:13
Favorite TV (Redacted): 31:13- 36:05

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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'True Detective' to compete for Emmy's best drama series award, not best miniseries

“True Detective” to compete for Emmy's best series drama award, not best miniseries
HBO’s decision will likely pit “True Detective” vs. “Breaking Bad” in one of the most competitive categories. As an anthology series, “True Detective” could’ve easily competed as a miniseries, where its main competition would’ve been “American Horror Story.” But, as Deadline points out, "winning a drama series Emmy has a cachet to it.”

Patrick Dempsey’s mother dies of cancer
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star had honored his mom, Amanda, who was 79, by opening The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Maine.

Joey Fatone to host “Parents Just Don’t Understand”
The Hub network reality show will help parents and their children better understand each other.

Lifetime renews “Kim of Queens”
The pageant reality show will be back for a 2nd season in June.

Check out Selina Meyer’s new “Veep” book
“Some New Beginnings: Our Next American Journey.”

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