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'The Bachelor' Juan Pablo is headed to 'Couples Therapy'

“The Bachelor” Juan Pablo is headed to “Couples Therapy”
Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell will get counseling on the 5th season of the VH1 reality show.

Fox boss Kevin Reilly is stepping down after a disappointing season
The Fox Entertainment chairman is exiting after Fox placed 4th in total viewers and 2nd in the key 18-49 demo. Reilly put shows like "The Mindy Project" and "New Girl" on the air. Before Fox, he was NBC Entertainment president, responsible for shows like "The  Office," "30 Rock," "Friday Night Lights" and "Heroes."

How will ABC’s “Rising Star” use real-time voting when the U.S. has 4 time zones?
It looks like the vast majority of the country, from the Mountain Time Zone  to the Eastern Time Zone will get the show live. But what about the Pacific Time Zone?

Julia Collins predicted she'd become a “Jeopardy!” champion in her 8th grade yearbook
Collins, though, predicted she’d become the "'Ten Time Jeopardy Champion,’ winning each tournament twice.”

Shame on the Spelling Bee for its new rules!
Half the spellers were eliminated without spelling any words wrong, thanks to new rules. PLUS: Shonda Rhimes is again live-blogging the Bee.

“Hell on Wheels” gets a Season 4 premiere date
The AMC Western returns Aug. 2.

“Covert Affairs” hires a new spy
Max Martini will guest in Season 5.

“Hannibal” debuts an 8-minute gag reel
This gag reel may make you actually gag.

British singer-songwriter Foxes will guest on “Doctor Who”
She’ll also perform a song on the BBC series.

Maggie Smith gets a “Downton Abbey” made
Actress Sue Johnston is joining the ITV series.

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Marilyn Manson joins 'Sons of Anarchy'

Marilyn Manson joins “Sons of Anarchy”
The goth rocker will play a white supremacist prison power player associated with Jax Teller in the final season.

Edward Snowden interview brings in just 5.9 million viewers
The NBC News exclusive special tied for 2nd in the ratings, while the premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” was first.

"Millionaire Matchmaker” star facing federal felony extortion charges
Adam Winters, 25, who appeared on the Bravo series in February and claimed to be worth more than $1 million, was arrested and could not afford to pay for his own attorney.

“American Idol” winner takes runner-up to her prom
Jena Irene Asciutto asked Caleb Johnson to escort her to prom at her Michigan high school.

Elisabeth Moss’ 1st post-“Mad Men” gig: “The Heidi Chronicles” on Broadway?
Moss is wrapping up filming of “Mad Men” and is in negotiations to star in the beloved Wendy Wasserstein play.

Man who punched Brad Pitt is on probation for crashing the Grammys stage last year
Vitalii Sediuk surprised Jennifer Lopez last year when he crashed the Grammys stage before Adele’s speech.

Louis CK buys Babe Ruth’s summer Hamptons beach house for $2.5M
After bombing in the Hamptons in the season premiere of “Louie,” Louis CK is set to own the house that the Yankees legend used to spend his summers at.

"Blood Lake: Attack Of The Killer Lampreys” a ratings dud
Animal Planet’s first original B-horror film didn’t come close to the cable channel’s other offering that night, "Mermaids: The New Evidence."

Why Edward Snowden should’ve liked “The Wire” Season 2
Season 2 of the HBO series critiques the war on terror. And as Vox points out, “The Wire’s” critique "closely resembles ones Snowden himself has made.”

Vimeo announces its 1st original TV series
The video-sharing website is getting into original programming with cannabis dealer series "High Maintenance.” The web series has already been shown on Vimeo, but Vimeo has ordered six more episodes.

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<p>Liv LeMoyne, Mira Barkhammar and Mira Grosin from &quot;We Are the Best&quot;</p>

Liv LeMoyne, Mira Barkhammar and Mira Grosin from "We Are the Best"

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'We Are the Best' exclusive clip: The prettiest, punk-est girls in town

This is what first band rehearsals should always be like

I had more compassion for the 13-year-old version of myself after watching the movie "We Are The Best!"

The Swedish film centers on middle school-aged girls who, even after the punk era has seemingly crested in the early '80s, decide to start a punk band. Their bedrooms are lined with posters of the records and bands they like, they disappear into records when their parents annoy them or let them down. They lust after the boys featured in music mags (even though they scarcely know what lust even is) as much as they'd like to compete with them on stage.

"We Are the Best!" is a merciful and subtly celebratory portrait of the goof-toothed age of girls, when friendships start forming around the things you can't stand as much as the things you love, when your personality is defined by group view and your own rebellion within that crew... and by your hair, and makeup and your independence to wield all of the above like weapons.

In the exclusive clip above, the problem for these Stockholm kids Bobo and Klara -- as it is for so many budding bands -- is that they can't play anything. They don't own instruments, they have no songs. The guitar-wielding bro-dudes at the rec center just took the wind out of their sails by mocking the girls' looks, the mohawked, socially awkward "prettiest girls in town." 

They take the power back by using good old-fashioned bureaucracy: they reserved the rehearsal room out from under their hecklers. As the latter files out of the room, the girls suppress laughter, and then they get to work making noise.

Overall, the flick is recommended watching for everyone in need of some good, hearty racket, tweens and beyond. "We Are the Best!" -- directed by Lukas Moodysson and starring the phenomenal Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv Lemoyne -- opens Friday (May 30).

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'Wonder Years' cast reunites to announce that the DVD is coming soon

“Wonder Years” cast reunites to announce that the DVD is coming soon
Check out Kevin Arnold with his family, plus Winnie Cooper and Paul Pfeiffer.

Time puts “Orange is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox on its cover
She talks to Time about the transgender movement in this week’s cover story, “The Transgender Tipping Point."

Neil Patrick Harris will perform at the Tonys, along with Idina Menzel, Sting, Patti LaBelle
Also performing: Fantasia, Alan Cumming and Sutton Foster.

LeVar Burton posts video of him tearing up over his “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter
“It is our first day. I am overwhelmed, thank you so much, this is going to enable us to really, really, really do a lot of good,” he said.

Edward Snowden has been watching “The Wire,” but says Season 2 is “not so great”
Snowden told Brian Williams “I’m really enjoying” the HBO series about surveillance, but  PLUS: Why Snowden is wrong about Season 2, and “Wire” creator David Simon is not a Snowden fan.

Why Hulu should not bring back “Community”
A 6th season would be nothing but pandering to fans, especially since the canceled NBC comedy exhausted all its storylines.

“SNL’s” Jay Pharoah makes another rap parody music video
“Problems” is a follow-up to last year’s “I Am a Dog.”

Anna Gunn’s ex-husband is reportedly seeking her “Breaking Bad” money
Alastair Duncan, the actor father of Gunn’s two daughters, stopped seeking child support after their divorce in 2009. But according to TMZ, he wants “a piece of” her earnings, including the $1 million she made from “Breaking Bad” last year.

Lena Dunham’s dog bites her in the butt
The “Girls” star posted a blood-stained photo, taken by co-star Jemima Kirke, of the aftermath of yesterday’s incident.

Cartoon Network’s "DreamWorks Dragons” is jumping to Netflix
The animated series will debut on Netflix early next year.

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Interview: Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel on 'Undateable' and The State of TV Comedy

Network vs Cable, Single-Cam vs Multi-Cam and more more.

I interviewed "Undateable" executive producer Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel at a noisy bar in Pasadena shortly before a press conference in mid-April.

Going back and transcribing the 35-minute interview is bittersweet.

At the time, Lawrence had two shows in limbo -- TBS' "Cougar Town" and FOX's newly premiered "Surviving Jack," which he EPed along with creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. While Lawrence wasn't directly involved with "Enlisted," he has a close relationship with "Enlisted" and "Cougar Town" creator Kevin Biegel, whose comedy was newly shelved.

Since that time, "Enlisted" and "Surviving Jack" were both cancelled. "Cougar Town" was renewed for a final season on TBS.

At the time, Lawrence also wasn't feeling especially confident about "Undateable." The multi-cam sitcom, which features Chris D'Elia as seemingly cocksure ladies man Danny, who mentors the less confident Justin (Brent Morin) and his group of allegedly "undateable" friends.

"Undateable" had been announced for NBC's 2013-2014 slate at the May 2013 upfronts and went without a premiere date until spring. And when a premiere date was slated, NBC gave "Undateable" a launch on May 29, after the conclusion of the season. The network also announced plans to double-pump the comedy, airing two episodes per week.

Normally, that would be a sign of pessimism, but just because Lawrence wasn't confident doesn't mean he lacked confidence. A network veteran who burst onto the scene as a wunderkind on "Spin City," had a huge hit with "Scrubs" and has most recently been shepherding a series of protégées including Biegel, Halpern and Sztykiel, Lawrence has watched the TV business shift and watched the business of TV comedy shift and he's never been shy when it comes to holding court on Small Screen State of Affairs.

In this wide-ranging interview, Lawrence and Sztykiel talk about why they're not discouraged about "Undateable," why they think the show is special and why they think the cast is special. They also talk about TV ratings, the eternal battle between multi-cam and single-cam comedy and other industry shifts.

It's a huge interview -- 6200 words of transcribing -- but I think it's a good one... [And remember the timing of the interview as it relates to "Cougar Town," "Surviving Jack" and "Enlisted." Lawrence was hopeful on all three shows. Oh well...]

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

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'So You Think You Can Dance': Don't be bothered by Justin Bieber

Fans may be disappointed, but haters shouldn't stay away

While there must be many, many Justin Bieber fans in the world (apparently 52 million of them, judging from his Twitter feed), it seemed that just as many haters popped up when when it was announced that the singer would be appearing on the first four episodes of "So You Think You Can Dance." Dance fans were upset that Bieber would be taking away the spotlight from hardworking, under-appreciated dancers. I'm sure someone, somewhere started an online petition. Toe and tap shoes were surely tossed. 

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LeVar Burton’s 'Reading Rainbow' campaign easily beats its $1 million goal in 1 day

LeVar Burton’s “Reading Rainbow” campaign easily beats its $1 million goal in 1 day
"Reading Rainbow" joins "Veronica Mars" in becoming one of the rare Kickstarter projects to hit its goal in less than 24 hours.

A female contestant is making “Jeopardy!” history, but is getting scant media attention
Julia Collins -- who's already surpassed Arthur Chu -- is set to tie the second-longest streak in “Jeopardy!” history. She’s already the winningest female in the game show’s history.

“The Goldbergs” creator: MTV has forbidden us from celebrating its ‘80s past
"We wanted to use their old logos and videos in the pilot,” says Adam Goldberg, "but they rejected us. MTV said they wanted to look to the future, and not dwell on the past. I hope they change their minds and realize they defined my generation— and need to be celebrated.”

Could “True Detective” Season 2 become overwhelmed by all the speculation?
As Tom Ley notes, "Making a good TV drama is hard enough without having to invent new characters and an entirely new plot every season, and all of this anticipation is going to make it damn near impossible for this show's encore to live up to expectations.” PLUS: 8 actresses perfect for Season 2, and which beer will replace Lone Star?

“America’s Next Top Model” contestant has vitiligo on her face
Chantelle Young’s skin is lightened around her mouth.

Why does “Louie” have so many uninterrupted shots this season?
This season has boasted one 7 1/2-minute shot, about a dozen longer than two minutes and about five longer than three minutes. PLUS: “Louie’s” flashback was “deeply sad."

Nielsen plans to increase its TV ratings sample audience size
Los Angeles will go from 1,000 homes measured to 1,300 homes.

Kudos to “Mad Men” for ditching California
The midseason finale resisted the notion that the Golden State is the ultimate symbol of rebirth. PLUS: Watch “Mad Men: The Musical."

Why does TV only show lesbians engaging in oral sex?
Even shows like “Orange is the New Black” and “The L Word” would feed the misconception that oral sex is the only sex lesbians engage in.

CW unveils an extended “Jane the Virgin” trailer
This four-minute trailer explains how a virgin got impregnated.

Alex Trebek: "I consider myself a social liberal and a fiscal conservative”
With Pat Sajak getting political on Twitter, the “Jeopardy!” host explains his political views: “I would point out that anyone who has ever asked me, or investigated, would know that I am a registered ‘Independent,’ and I have voted for both Democratic and Republican candidates in the past, and will continue to do so.”

Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list: Sofia Vergara tops Ellen DeGeneres
The “Modern Family” star was ranked No. 32, while Ellen is No. 46.

Piers Morgan pantsed by a member of One Direction
Watch Harry Styles embarrass the former CNN host in the middle of a soccer stadium.

Ricky Gervais says of “Dexter”: “I think this is the most sincere thing I’ve done”
Says the comedian: “I’ve left behind that sort of veil of irony that I sort of explored with ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras.’”

Kate Gosselin is back with "Kate Plus Eight: Sextuplets Turn 10” on June 19
The two-part TLC special follows the season premiere of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

Nigel Lythgoe: My least favorite part of “SYTYCD” is when we go live
“You won’t believe this, but I get very, very nervous,” he says. “Your brain works much faster than your mouth. Especially as you get older. I’ve forgotten someone’s name who I met yesterday!"

Amateur hockey team names itself after “Full House”
Check out the uniform for “The Rippers.”

Here’s a rundown of summer premiere dates
Starting tonight with “So You Think You Can Dance.” PLUS: The networks will air combined 570 hours of original programming this summer.

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Hulu in talks to revive 'Community'

Hulu in talks to revive "Community"
"Preliminary" discussions for a potential sixth season have begun, according to Deadline.

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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea ties the Beatles on the Billboard Hot 100

She's only the second artist to do what?


What does Australian rapper Iggy Azalea have in common with the Beatles? As her tune “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, ascends to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” featuring Azalea, rises 3-2, she becomes the only artist other than the Fab Four in the 56-year history of the chart to have her first two Hot 100 singles reach No. 1 and 2 concurrently. Her gain pushes John Legend’s “All of Me” 1-3.

There’s also good news for another newcomer:  Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz, whose first charting single, “Am I Wrong” zooms 17-8.

Following the shift at the top, positions 4-7 remain the same as last week: Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” is No. 4, DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” is No. 5, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J is No. 6, and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz” is No. 7. More good news for Derulo: his new single, “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, leaps 20-10.

Justin Timberlake’s “Not A Bad Thing” drops 8-9.

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Danny McBride and Jody Hill sign to bring the world of 'Vice-Principals' to HBO
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Danny McBride and Jody Hill sign to bring the world of 'Vice-Principals' to HBO

No word yet on when we'll actually see it

Danny McBride is going back to school, and I couldn't be happier to hear it.

There is a fascinating thread running through the work of McBride, especially when it intersects with the work of Jody Hill. There's a curdled idea of masculinity in our culture, and they've done a beautiful job of creating characters who represent the weakest parts of who we are. They are men who buy into the ideas that are sold to us about success and manhood and power, and who are destroyed by it in the process. One of the reasons it infuriates me when critics refuse to engage with comedy in the same way that they engage with drama is that comedy can lay the truths about who we are in a very honest way. The humor is what makes it possible to deal with it in these cases. If we were told the exact same story that "Eastbound And Down" but without humor, it would be so emotionally savage and unbearable that I'm not sure you could look directly at it.

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<p>Dean Deblois is the primary architect of the &#39;How To Train Your Dragon&#39; series</p>

Dean Deblois is the primary architect of the 'How To Train Your Dragon' series

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'Train Your Dragon 2' director Deblois on crafting the middle film in a trilogy

The filmmaker talks about his larger plans for the series

When the first "How To Train Your Dragon" came out, I was excited because Chris Sanders and Dean Deblois were both involved, and "Lilo And Stitch" was one of the most charming animated films in recent memory. Sanders has moved on, but Deblois is now the primary architect of the "Dragon" series moving forward.

It's safe to say that the series is in good hands. "How To Train Your Dragon 2" isn't just one of the best of the Dreamworks sequels, it's one of the best sequels to anything that I've seen in a while. It is a confident, smart story, told with an eye on both the epic scale of the world and the action as well as the intimate emotional material that makes this something more than just an excuse to sell a new toy line to the fans who loved the first movie.

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<p>&quot;The Mysteries of Laura&quot;</p>

"The Mysteries of Laura"

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DVR Gridlock 2014-15: Wednesday Nights

Does everybody feel liberated by the absence of 'X Factor'?

[As is my recent tradition, over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. It also assumes that you/I only have a dual tuner DVR (plus occasional access to a Slingbox on ET. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments and the DVR Gridlock segments for 2012.]


8:00 p.m.
ABC: "The Middle," "The Goldbergs"
CBS: "Survivor"
The CW: "Arrow"
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen"
NBC: "The Mysteries of Laura"

9:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Modern Family," "Black-ish"
CBS: "Criminal Minds"
The CW: "The 100"
FOX: "Red Band Society"
NBC: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

10 p.m. 
ABC: "Nashville"
CBS: "Stalker"
NBC: "Chicago PD"

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