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MTV renews 'Faking It' for a 2nd season

MTV renews “Faking It” for a 2nd season
Says MTV: "'Faking It' has proved to be the perfect companion show to 'Awkward.’”

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<p>Rik Mayall in &quot;Drop Dead Fred.&quot;</p>

Rik Mayall in "Drop Dead Fred."

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Cult British comedian Rik Mayall passes away at 56

The Emmy-winning actor-writer died unexpectedly at his London home

Seasoned devotees of British TV comedy -- as well as any children of the 1990s with fond memories of "Drop Dead Fred" -- are feeling a twinge of sorrow today with the news that Rik Mayall has passed away at the age of 56. The comic actor and writer, who made a name for himself in 1982 with the cult BBC sitcom "The Young Ones," died in his London home this morning. The cause of death has not yet been announced, but is not being treated as suspicious.

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'Once Upon a Time' casting for 'Frozen’s' Queen Elsa, Anna and Kristoff

“Once Upon a Time” casting for “Frozen’s” Queen Elsa, Anna and Kristoff
Elsa will appear in nine episodes, more than her other fellow “Frozen” characters.

Police: Driver in Tracy Morgan crash hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours
New Jersey State Police say Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper drove "without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours."

Tonys has the same viewership as last year
About 7 million watched last night’s awards show. PLUS: Miss USA beats Tonys in 18-49 demo.

Gov. Chris Christie will visit Jimmy Fallon on Thursday
The New Jersey governor’s visit to “The Tonight Show” on will be the first time he’ll see Fallon since "Late Night" skewered him with Bruce Springsteen over BridgeGate.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” launches a food truck to campaign for the Emmys
Joe Lo Truglio will be aboard today as the truck travels through L.A. and Beverly Hills.

“Nathan For You’s” new season promo touts his “Dumb Starbucks” prank
The new promo also shows Brian Williams being fooled by a “pig” saving a goat.

Jay Leno has become a YouTube hit with his “Leno’s Garage” YouTube channel
Boasting 900,000 subscribers with 5 million views per month, the former “Tonight Show” host’s YouTube channel is No. 5 in the auto category.

J.Lo pulls out of World Cup’s opening ceremony
Jennifer Lopez provided this year’s World Cup anthem.

Jimmy Kimmel’s mom drives her son, Snoop Dogg and Psy to karaoke
Watch the trio surprise patrons at a karaoke bar while promoting Psy and Snoop Dogg’s new "Hangover" music video.

Watch an extended trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s new “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” season
Aziz Ansari, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Stewart, Robert Klein and George Wallace are part of the 4th season, which premieres in 11 days.

Bravo gives a reality show to a New Jersey woman living in Alabama
Watch the trailer for “Jersey Belle.”

Watch “Hemlock Grove’s” Season 2 trailer
Warning: It’s not safe for work.

Check out HBO’s 2nd trailer for “The Leftovers”
This has a “Sounds of Silence” theme.

Introducing the Hodor keyboard app
The “Game of Thrones” character has inspired his own app, which replaces everything you type with “Hodor.”

“The Bridge” lands on Hulu Plus
Season 1 of the FX series is available today.

“Terry the Tomboy” from AwesomenessTV is getting a Nick TV movie
Lia Marie Johnson will star in a film airing June 21.

John Oliver spends 13 minutes attacking FIFA
Soccer, he says, "is an organized religion. And FIFA is its church."

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<p>LeBron James didn&#39;t cramp up on Sunday</p>

LeBron James didn't cramp up on Sunday

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TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 2 crushes Tony Awards, Miss USA on Sunday

'Cosmos' finale is down for FOX, while 'Enlisted' loses viewers

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 8, 2014.

On a busy Sunday night of live programming, there was actually very little competition at all. ABC's coverage of the second game of the NBA Finals dominated primetime in all measures. The Tony Awards telecast put CBS in second place overall, while NBC's Miss USA coverage eked out a distant second among young viewers.

All of those numbers will be prone to adjustments when Final Live+Same Day figures trickle in. As of now, the Tony Awards were flat from last year in the key demo and down a hair overall. Miss USA was up very slightly from last year.

FOX had the night's other couple notables, as "Enlisted" ticked down a tiny bit in total viewers, while the finale for "Cosmos" was down in most measures.

On to the numbers...

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Psy and Snoop Dogg

Psy and Snoop Dogg party like rock stars in 'Hangover' video

And they look darn good doing it

You have to give Psy credit, the Korean rapper continues to parlay his international fame that started with 2012’s “Gangnam Style” on little more than a few clever dance moves, not-particularly catchy, bleating beats, and videos that spread virally like wildfire.

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<p>Murder in the First</p>

Murder in the First

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Review: Steven Bochco goes retro with TNT's 'Murder in the First'

Serialized cop drama would have seemed much bolder 20 years ago, but still works

Earlier this spring, the complete run of "Hill Street Blues" was released on DVD, and it was remarkable to see just how well the groundbreaking cop drama held up three decades later. Some elements of it felt dated, but on the whole, you could find common DNA with many of this century's best dramas.

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How 'Game of Thrones' pulled off the wall battle

How “Game of Thrones” pulled off the wall battle
Between 100 and 200 extras and four weeks of filming was allotted, but director Neil Marshall says the toughest scene to pull off was “probably the mammoth. Everything else exists in some form or another. Even the giants are like 8-foot-tall actors that we film against green screen and make them bigger. But the mammoth is 100 percent CG. So you have to plan out these sequences where you have stunts and then you’re going to put this giant and mammoth there, and leave room for them. Easily the most complex effects work I’ve done on anything.” PLUS: Kit Harington and Rose Leslie talk last night’s episode, how the book was different, this was "bravura cinema-on-TV” yet a very odd episode, there was a lot of action and yet very little happened, the producers relied on spectacle because there was less important raw material, this episode needed to happen years ago, and this was the best hour of action filmmaking this year, on TV or in film.

Bryan Cranston on winning a Tony: “It’s as strong as blue crystal meth”
The former “Breaking Bad” star also joked about playing Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way”: It’s “like I stole something," he quipped. "Every adult is seeking something ... And I found it. I stumbled on it. And I'm the luckiest guy in the world."

Comedian killed in crash was Tracy Morgan’s mentor
James McNair, AKA Jimmy Mack, not only worked as the former “30 Rock” star’s writer, but he shared a long history with Morgan. "He was one of the first comedians that took Tracy under his wing,” Morgan’s wife, Sabina, said of the 62-year-old Mack. "They were very close."

“Orange is the New Black” isn’t as popular as “House of Cards," based on illegal downloading
Season 2 of “OITNB” was illegally downloaded by 55,668 individuals, compared to 90,841 for “House of Cards” Season 2 in its first two days of release.

Shonda Rhimes tells Dartmouth grads: “My dreams can suck it”
The “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” honcho, who graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991, told graduates on Sunday: "Dreams are lovely, but they are just dreams -- fleeting, ephemeral, pretty,” adding: "My dreams did not come true, but I worked very hard and ended up building an empire out of my imagination, so my dreams can suck it."

“Veep” ends Season 3 with a “genius move”
Why that twist was perfect for the HBO comedy. PLUS: Season 3 was fantastic and consistent.

“Everwood” cast reunites without some of its biggest stars
Treat Williams and former real-life couple/TV siblings Chris Pratt and Emily VanCamp didn’t attend Saturday’s reunion at the ATX Television Festival. But much of the cast was there, including Gregory Smith a grown-up Vivien Cardone and creator Greg Berlanti. PLUS: See reunion photos.

Tony Awards was more than a “Hey, we’re just like the movies” ceremony
The Tony broadcast rolled out so many people from the movie world, it seemed to try to fool viewers into thinking the theater was like the big screen. Yet there was a subtext to the broadcast, as Neil Genzlinger points out, that showed how tough it was to put on eight live performances per week. PLUS: The best and worst moments, LL Cool J and T.I. rap “The Music Man,” Jonathan Groff paid tribute to John Travolta, Neil Patrick Harris grinded on Sting, and Hugh Jackman was terrific.

“Mulaney” star Nasim Pedrad doubts she’ll be on “SNL” next season
Pedrad has been filming both Lorne Michaels-produced shows -- which film in L.A. and NYC -- since December. But Pedrad doesn’t think she’ll have time to be on the “Saturday Night Live” cast for its 40th season. “I haven’t heard any official word so far, but I love this show so much,” she says.

Oxygen orders “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” reality show
The “docuseries” will focus on upcoming female emcees, or “femcees.”

“Roswell” cast reunites for 15th anniversary
Diehard “Roswell” fan Snooki from “Jersey Shore” was also in attendance at Sunday’s ATX Television Festival. PLUS: See the cast pic.

Matthew McConaughey presented ex Sandra Bullock with the “Decade of Hotness” prize at Guys Choice Awards
“What decade? I have several under my belt,” responded Bullock.

“GMA’s” Ginger Zee weds
The TV meteorologist married NBC News correspondent Ben Aaron over the weekend.

Former “Bachelorette” Emily Maynard had a secret wedding
Maynard married fiance Tyler Johnson on Saturday after telling guests that they were attending an engagement party.

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<p>Jon Snow in &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>

Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones"

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'The Watchers on the Wall'

Jon Snow, Sam and the rest of the Night's Watch stand against the wildling invaders

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I promise you I won't die...

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris in &quot;Hedwig and the Angry Inch&quot;</p>

Neil Patrick Harris in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

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2014 Tony Awards Live-Blog

Hugh Jackman hosts, Neil Patrick Harris performs and theater's best are toasted

I was in London two weeks ago and caught four plays -- Well, three plays and one musical -- in three days, so when the Olivier Awards roll around, I'll be well-prepared. 

However, with Josh Lasser handling most of the New York junkets for Team HitFix, I haven't made it to NYC since Fall 2012, which would also be the last time I made it to Broadway. As a result, I've seen none of this year's Tony nominees. 

So follow along for full coverage of what I'm able to understand from the 2014 Tony Awards. I know Hugh Jackman is hosting. I know Neil Patrick Harris is both a performer and a guaranteed winner. 

Click through for the full live-blog and comment below, should the spirit move you!

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Review: 'Enlisted' - 'General Inspection'

Sgt. Major Cody orders the base to work overtime to impress a visiting general

A quick review of tonight's "Enlisted" — and thoughts on the show's panel at the Austin TV Festival — coming up just as soon as my inspiration was a pimp who is a mermaid...

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25 panels we want to see at Comic-Con 2014: 'Interstellar,' 'Lost,' 'Star Wars'

25 panels we want to see at Comic-Con 2014: 'Interstellar,' 'Lost,' 'Star Wars'

Plus: Can we ever get a 'True Blood' panel that's any good?

It's hard to believe, but another Comic-Con is right around the corner. Another four days of non-stop entertainment news and photo ops as some of the biggest stars in the world head to San Diego to promote their latest or current movies and TV shows. And, since approximately only 6,000 people can get into the massive Hall H, approximately 4,000 into Ballroom 20 and the entire event is effectively sold out, well, we're going to once again cover it from top to bottom for you.

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<p>Kerry Bish&eacute; of &quot;Halt and Catch Fire&quot;</p>

Kerry Bishé of "Halt and Catch Fire"

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Interview: 'Halt and Catch Fire' star Kerry Bishé on not being a wet blanket wife

What technical skills does the 'Scrubs' veteran have?

When it comes to Kerry Bishé's character on AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," it was a Speak and Spell that caused me to pivot.

In her opening moments, we fear that Bishé's Donna is going to be the latest in a series of cable drama wet-blanket wives. Her husband Gordon (Bishé's "Argo" co-star Scoot McNairy) has big dreams in the world of '80s computing and we think that Donna's role is going to be the one telling him to think of his family rather than chasing his dreams. [I've seen some people suggest that's all the character continues to be. Those people are wrong.]

Then we see Donna go to work on her kid's Speak and Spell. She isn't meek or tentative with the poplar piece of juvenile technology. She attacks it like a woman who knows her way around a computer. In that moment, and as we hear later hints about Donna's work at TI and her computing past with Gordon, we realize -- or we *should* realize -- that the character has skills of her own, that she had dreams of her own. When she allows Gordon to follow his path, we sense she's not just being permissive to her husband, she's permitting herself to have dreams again.

I got a lot of that from a Speak and Spell, but when I sat down with Bishé and mentioned that scene, she was immediately excited and eager to discuss a moment she also viewed as crucial. 

In a wide-ranging interview, the "Virtuality" and "Scrubs" veteran talks about making sure that Donna seemed capable, what her own technological capabilities are, reuniting in the '80s with McNairy and much more.

Check out the full Q&A. And also check out my interviews with stars Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy and with "Halt and Catch Fire" showrunner Jonathan Lisco...

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