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Grumpy Cat to star in a Lifetime holiday movie

Grumpy Cat to star in a Lifetime holiday movie
"Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” will feature the iconic cat as a "pet-store cat that is perpetually overlooked and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her."


Michael K. Williams joins HBO’s “Bessie” biopic
“The Wire” alum and “Boardwalk Empire” star will play an "Ike Turner-esque” role in the film starring Queen Latifah.


Facebook employee pays $20K to be killed off in “Game of Thrones” book; George R.R. Martin “astonished”
Martin’s two charity prizes to raise money for a wolf sanctuary were claimed within two hours, with eight people on a wait list hoping to be killed off, too. Says Martin: "I will do my best to make their ends memorable.” PLUS: HBO programming chief “delighted” that Martin might write an 8th book, and “Game of Thrones”/“Breaking Bad” director Michelle MacLaren inks HBO deal, and watch the scene Martin regrets having to cut.


How “Pretty Little Liars” is going to deal with its 2-season pickup
The ABC Family series was originally supposed to last five seasons.


Seth MacFarlane draws "Peter deGrasse Tyson”
Neil deGrasse Tyson meets Peter Griffin from “Family Guy.”


Mel B unplugged the “America’s Got Talent” judges' buzzers so she could charge her phone
That’s why the buzzers didn't work when the judges tried to buzz out one of the acts.


What if “Doctor Who” was a Disney movie?
An artist has created a poster for “Doctor Who?”

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Soundgarden

Members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Off! form side group

When can you expect to hear music?

 

Members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age and Off! have formed a new unnamed side project and have already recorded the basis for 10 songs.

The group is Soundgarden’s Ben Shepherd, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron,  Off!’s Dimitri Coats, and Alain Johannes, best known for his work with QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures, and Eleven.

Coats will be the primarily vocalist, he told Billboard, with Johannes also contributing vocals. The ad-hoc group has Facebook to thank for its formation. Coats says he sent Cameron a Facebook note complimenting him on his drumming and Cameron wrote back that he was a big Coats fan and told him about a side project that he, Shepherd and Johannes started in 2008. Coats mentioned he’d love to be part of it and shortly thereafter jointed the guys in Seattle and began laying down tracks.

“ I think we’re all in situations in our band where we may not get to express ourselves fully the way we want to and this is an opportunity to let some of those other colors out in our songwriting,” said Coats, who describes the band’s music as “heavy and doomy…There’s some kind of heavy, bluesy moments and then there’s some really beautiful stuff too. It’s a little bit like ‘Superunknown,’ that kind of era of Soundgarden, mixed with Alain’s kind of Stevie Wonder vibe.”

No release date is planned, nor does Coats know when the band will finish recording as Off!, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden are all on the road this summer.

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'The Night Shift' does well for the 3rd week in a row

“The Night Shift” does well for the 3rd week in a row
About 6.9 million viewers tuned in last night, despite the medical drama airing vs. Game 3 of the NBA Finals.


“Fargo” is changing cable’s antihero formula by telling a story of actual good people and actual bad people
Lester Nygaard and Lorne Malvo are terrible people with nothing redeeming about them, says James Poniewozik, who adds: "What keeps this from being depressing–indeed, what makes ‘Fargo' not just a powerful show but a pleasurable one–is that it sets Malvo and Lester against a larger background of goodness. The incredibly tense faceoff between Thornton and Keith Carradine in the diner was like a Western with pie. But ‘Fargo‘s' not a simple black-hat vs. white-hat show, because it’s concerned not with heroism or nobility but something both more common and more interesting: decency.”


Damian Lewis reunites with “Band of Brother” stars for D-Day
The “Homeland” alum laid a wreath a statue memorializing Major Richard “Dick” Winters, whom he played in the HBO miniseries.


Kit Harrington: “Game of Thrones” forbids me from cutting my hair
"It has its own contract, definitely,” he says of long, curly locks of hair. "I never thought I'd say that about my own hair.” PLUS: Hodor gets a “Hodor In Da House” remix, and Diddy sits on the Iron Throne.


Seth Meyers wore a blue suit in front of his blue "Late Night" curtains
On last night’s “Late Night,” Meyers blended in with his background.


Uzo Aduba’s “Orange is the New Black” audition for every role has been “leaked”
Check out her video for Funny or Die.


People magazine cover puts Jimmy Fallon and his daughter in matching suits
"This has been the craziest year of my life,” he tells the mag. "But being a father is the most exciting, amazing thing that ever happened to me. And everything's going well on the show. My life has never been this cool.” PLUS: Fallon plays “Real People, Fake Arms” with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.


“SNL’s” Vanessa Bayer gives Drake social media advice in a new Lorne Michaels-produced web series
Check out "Sound Advice ft. Drake” from Michaels’ Above Average YouTube channel. PLUS: Aidy Bryant thought she was going to sleep with Drake when he hosted “SNL."


MTV unveils the trailer for “Finding Carter” starring “Skins” alum Kathryn Prescott
She plays Carter Stevens, who was abducted as a child and struggles to reconnect with her biological parents, played by “Lost‘s" Cynthia Watros and “Angel’s” Alexis Denisof.


truTV’s "Fake Off” taps Harry Shum Jr., Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Michael Curry as judges
They’ll judge a competition of people trying to recreate iconic pop-culture moments.


Watch VH1’s trailer for “LeAnn & Eddie”
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian now have their own reality show.


Disney Jr. lands “Mad Men’s” Robert Morse, Ginnifer Goodwin, “Supernanny” Jo Frost
They’ll be part of the “Pirate and Princess Summer” programming event.


Scott Caan to become a dad for the 1st time
The “Hawaii Five-0” star’s girlfriend is pregnant.

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Outstanding Drama Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Outstanding Drama Series

What will join 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective' in the big category?

It's Emmy Nomination Contender Time!

The 2014 Emmy Ballots were unveiled on Monday, June 9 and finished ballots are due in on the 20th. That's a very short window. Between now and June 20, we'll be breaking down the major categories, 10 of them to be specific.

As usual, the process will be pretty straight-forward. Sepinwall will blog about his preferences, using the intriguing rules and methodology that he sets for himself.

And over here, in photo gallery form, I'll be going through the featured contenders handicapping their chances of actually landing nominations. My rules and methodology are also a bit silly. Specifically, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions, vaguely in order by likelihood. 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, just because.

Life has a way of messing up tight schedules like this and there's an off chance that we won't finish before the June 20 deadline. It's happened in the past and that's why this year we're starting with...

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES!

It's always one of the toughest categories on the Emmy board and it gets harder and harder each year with new players like Netflix and SundanceTV and History pushing their way into a field that gets deeper and deeper, especially when somebody like -- hypothetically -- HBO decides that something that might -- hypothetically -- normally have been a miniseries is actually -- hypothetically -- a drama series.

Normally, you'd have to wait for the end of the nomination announcements or Emmy telecast to dig into this category. Instead, it's where we're starting.

Check out the gallery below...

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<p>Breaking Bad</p>

Breaking Bad

Credit: AMC

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Drama Series

What deserves to join 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective' among this year's nominees?

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. This means we now know who submitted themselves for consideration and who didn't, which actors mistakenly consider themselves leads when they aren't (The Rob Lowe Award), which actors exploit loopholes to submit themselves as supporting actors on shows named after them (The Amy Schumer Award), and which shows have submitted themselves in categories where they arguably don't belong. (Dan and I discussed this problem at length on this week's Firewall & Iceberg Show.)

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<p>Tiago Splitter of the Spurs</p>

Tiago Splitter of the Spurs

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 3 rout leads Tuesday, 'Harry' falls under a million

Steady 'Night Shift' and 'Talent' put NBC in second

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

The San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, leading ABC to comfortable wins among young viewers. However, the NBA Finals Game 3 was down from Sunday's Game 2 and lost to "America's Got Talent" overall head-to-head, though ABC still scored a narrow nightly win in total viewers.

Even against the NBA Finals, NBC's summer success "The Night Shift" maintained its key demo numbers, while The CW's "Famous in 12" also stayed steady in its second week. 

Both FOX's "Riot" and "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" were flat with their dismal key demo numbers, but while "Riot" added a couple viewers, the royal dating dud dipped below a million viewers. [I'd bet on "Harry" ticking above a million in Final Live + SD numbers, but for now, those are ugly numbers.]

On to the numbers...

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Paula Deen launching 'The Paula Deen Network' on the web

Paula Deen launching “The Paula Deen Network” on the web
The subscriber-based online network will launch in September featuring exclusive videos of Deen, who said she opted for the web after fielding TV offers. "After much research and talking to our fans, this is what they wanted. They wanted to be able to watch me anytime, anywhere, any place,” says Deen. “iPads are so much lighter to tote around than a TV. In a network program, you only have 22 minutes. The fans are going to see things they have never seen before. They are going to see all of me."


George R.R. Martin wishes “Game of Thrones” had 13 episodes a season
“I wish we had more episodes,” he tells the NY Times. “I’d love to have 13 episodes. With 13 episodes, we could include smaller scenes that we had to cut, scenes that make the story deeper and richer.” Martin also spoke of the changes between the book and the TV series. “The butterfly effects are accumulating,” he says.


“Orange is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox makes nice with Katie Couric
Cox had blasted Couric earlier this year for the way she interviewed Carmen Carrera about her private parts. PLUS: Samira Wiley promoted to series regular.


Nat Geo Wild’s new shows includes “Animals Gone Wild,” “Secret Life of Cats,” “Pond Stars” and Jane Goodall in “Kingdom of the Apes"
There will also be a special on “Giant Pandas."


Check out “Young & Hungry” from producer Ashley Tisdale
The ABC Family food blogger-turned-personal chef comedy stars Emily Osment, “Entourage’s” Rex Lee and Jonathan Sadowski.


Lea Michele’s new boyfriend has a “Gigolos” connection
According to TMZ, the “Glee” star has a profile on Cowboys4Angels, a male escort website that was featured on the Showtime series. PLUS: Naya Rivera’s Twitter is back up after its deactivation over the weekend.

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<p>The Cosby Show</p>

The Cosby Show

Credit: NBC

Summer sitcom rewind: 'The Cosby Show' - 'Theo's Holiday'

The Huxtables team up to teach Theo a lesson about adult responsibility

We're continuing this periodic summer project where we revisit classic sitcom episode. Last week, we did a "NewsRadio" double feature, and today we're going to talk about one of my favorite episodes of "The Cosby Show," called "Theo's Holiday," coming up just as soon as my corporate headquarters has 49 floors but no phone...

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Netflix reviving 'The Magic School Bus'

Netflix reviving “The Magic School Bus"
Scholastic Media’s “The Magic School Bus 360°,” debuting in 2016, will use computer-generated animation to continue to encourage kids to pursue science.


Walmart driver uses Twitter to defend himself in Tracy Morgan accident
“Once again the accident was horrific and we lost a precious life, but please remember I was not drunk, high (I was tested and passed),” read the first of five tweets on Kevin Roper’s Twitter account.


Watch Dave Chappelle joke to Letterman about walking away from $50 million
Chappelle tells Letterman there isn’t a big difference from the $10 million he has to the $50 million he could’ve had with his lucrative Comedy Central contract. PLUS: Watch the full interview.


Animal Planet is still airing “Call of the Wildman” despite feds investigating animal mistreatment
Ernie “Turtleman" Brown Jr. is back with new episodes amid controversy over his show’s practices.


J.Lo will perform at the World Cup after all
She’ll join Pitbull and others for the opening ceremonies in São Paulo Thursday night.


“Fargo” boss on next week’s finale: “Hold onto your butts”
The penultimate episode last night was full of gasp-inducing moments.


Will Ferrell and Chad Smith are challenging Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich to a 2nd epic drum battle
Ferrell says he and the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer often get mistaken for each other.


Mila Kunis rants on Jimmy Kimmel against men who say “We Are Pregnant”
“All you did was roll over and fall asleep.” PLUS: Kimmel takes on Gerard Butler in a Hollywood Blvd "Twofie  Shootout."


Nickelodeon renews “Sanjay and Craig”
The animated comedy starring Maulik Pancholy and Chris Hardwick will return for a 20-episode 3rd season.

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<p>Fargo</p>

Fargo

Credit: FX

Review: 'Fargo' - 'A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage'

Lester confronts Malvo in an unbearably tense episode

A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as it's like a clown car back there...

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FX passes on Paul Giamatti as homicide detective 'Hoke'

FX passes on Paul Giamatti as homicide detective “Hoke”
The 1985-set series would’ve starred Giamatti as Hoke Moseley, a murder detective going through a midlife crisis in Miami.


“Duck Dynasty’s” crew has “several gay people on it”
Exec producer Deirdre Gurney says of Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments: "We know our talent. I know Phil Robertson. I know his beliefs. I know how he treats a crew that has several gay people on it and people of different races and people from all different places."


“Game of Thrones” gets “The O.C.” treatment
“Mmm Whatcha’ Say….”


Why is HBO putting so much of John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” on YouTube?
Large chunks of each episode have gone up after each broadcast, including this week’s 13-minute FIFA rant. Says HBO’s Chief Marketing Officer Pam Levine: "We are always looking for interesting ways for viewers to sample our programming and with the topicality and timeliness of 'Last Week Tonight' we feel putting select clips on YouTube is an effective and simple way to allow audiences to see John’s unique take on the news events of the week.” PLUS: Oliver has found his niche: viral rants.


Here are 23 oddities and oversights from the Emmy ballots
Bill Murray wants an Emmy for appearing for less than 1 minute on “Alpha House,” Prince wants an Emmy for “New Girl” and Damian Lewis is seeking another leading actor Emmy despite only appearing in half of last season’s “Homeland” episodes.


What TV gets wrong about hospitals: There are 10 times more nurses than doctors
On TV shows, however, there are 10 times more doctors than nurses.


XBox developing a “supernatural bro comedy”
"East Of Exurbia” was inspired by a story on BroBible.com.


Lisa Kudrow’s motion for a new trial denied in ex-manager lawsuit
She’ll still have to pay her former manager $1.6 million from her “Friends” money.


Mel B joining UK “X Factor”
The former Spice Girl, who already works for Simon Cowell on “America’s Got Talent,” will join him on the original “X Factor.”


NFL Network may begin using drones
Drones may be used to film this year’s "Inside Training Camp” series.


Laura Prepon: I’m glad to be back in every episode of “Orange is the New Black”
“Yes, definitely, and I’m really excited because I missed everybody so much during season 2,” she tells “Today.” PLUS: Did “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White appear on the 2nd season?


See Jimmy Fallon’s parents' wedding photo
As Fallon points out to Clint Eastwood, his dad had a cigarette in his hand after the ceremony.


Tracy Morgan’s estranged mother was turned away at the hospital
Alicia Warden says she tried to visit her son, but was turned away by his fiance and hospital security.


Kerry Washington addresses being a mom for the 1st time
The “Scandal” star says "I feel really, really blessed."


Katie Couric: Today would’ve been my 25th wedding anniversary
Couric lost husband Jay Monahan in 1998 to cancer.


A “Clone High” movie?
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the brains behind MTV’s “Clone High” who’ve gone on to direct “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” say a “Clone High” film is a possibility.


Introducing the Showerbox, which will allow you to binge on Netflix in the shower
The Showerbox makes your iPad waterproof.


“Mulaney’s” John Mulaney: “If we’re even a tenth as good as ‘Seinfeld,' we’d be lucky"
Mulaney insists his new Fox sitcom is different from “Seinfeld,” but doesn’t mind the comparisons.


How to shake up Emmy’s comedy category
No more “Modern Family”! No more dramedies!


“Now & Then” to ABC Family?
“Pretty Little Liars” boss Marlene King says there’s been talk of remaking the 1995 film as a TV series.


Lauren Graham on “Parenthood” finale: “Of course I hope she ends up Hank!”
Graham and the cast spoke about the final season at the ATX Television Festival.


“Full House’s” Dave Coulier is engaged
Coulier, 54, says his fiancee "has been my best friend since I met her nine years ago."


“Teen Mom” Jenelle Evans gets divorced
Her marriage to estranged husband Courtland Rogers is over.


“Chasing Life” is a flawed cancer drama, yet perfect for ABC Family
Starring Italia Ricci as a cancer-stricken 24-year-old, “Chasing Life” comes off as desperate with its storylines. PLUS: Ricci doesn't make it too sentimental, and “Chasing Life” is the anti-“Breaking Bad.”

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Dave Chappelle on 'The Chappelle Show': 'Technically, I never quit'

Dave Chappelle on “The Chappelle Show": “Technically, I never quit”
"I’m seven years late for work,” Chappelle quipped to Letterman in his first late-night interview since 2008.


HLN and Vice may be merged
Time Warner is in the process of acquiring half of Vice Media, and the plan is to combine it with the former Headline News Network.


“Blossom” returning to TV for the first time in 15 years
Hub has acquired all five seasons of the ‘90s comedy starring Mayim Bialik, Joey Lawrence and Jenna von Oy. “Blossom” begins airing on Hub on July 7.


Syfy to sell “Sharknado” boxers, jewelry, shot glasses, T-shirts, Halloween costumes
A whole range of products will be available for “Sharknado” aficionados.


“Under the Dome” loses exec producer Brian K. Vaughn
The comic book writer, who used to write for “Lost," was handpicked by Steven Spielberg to adapt the Stephen King book.

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