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TV station apologizes for using a 'Lost' image to promote its Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 coverage

TV station apologizes for using a “Lost” image to promote its Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 coverage
Omaha’s KETV tweeted a link to “the latest theories” with an image that looked like a doctored “Lost” poster.

CW apparently rejected Lauren Graham’s “Unfamous” TV project based on her debut novel
Ellen DeGeneres, who’s producing Graham's “Unfamous,” revealed in an interview with the “Parenthood” star that “one network” passed on Graham’s show in favor of another zombie show. Ellen says she hopes to shop “Unfamous,” which is based on Graham’s book “Someday, Someday Maybe,” to another network.

“Duck Dynasty” continues dropping
The A&E reality show fell to its lowest numbers in 16 months, falling to 4.7 million this week. Last summer, "Duck Dynasty" was watched by 11.7 million.

CW seems to be out sci-fi-ing SyFy
CW currently has nine genre shows compared to Syfy’s 13. But many of Syfy’s 13 genre shows are either ending or imports from another country.

“Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner: Don Draper represents American society
"What you’re watching with Don is a representation, to me, of American society,” he says. "He is steeped in sin, haunted by his past, raised by animals, and there is a chance to revolt. And he cannot stop himself.”

NBC to air "Prince Harry's South Pole Heroes”
The March 26 broadcast of a British documentary will feature Prince Harry going to the South Pole with “True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgård and “The Wire’s" Dominic West to raise awareness for injured servicemen and women.

“Franklin & Bash” books Kevin McKidd and Creed Bratton
The “Grey’s Anatomy” doctor and “The Office” alum will play, respectively, the Duke of Weddington and a judge.

Yes, “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope is a feminist
Shonda Rhimes answered one of many burning Pope questions. PLUS: Josh Malina takes us inside the “Scandal” voiceover booth.

Jimmy Fallon coming to Australian TV
Starting Monday, “The Tonight Show” will air every night at 7:30 pm in Australia.

ABC creates a “Happy” music video
The “GMA”-created video incorporates everybody from the Disney-ABC family, from “Modern Family” to “SportsCenter."

“HIMYM’s” final season has tarnished its legacy
As it gets closer to its March 31 series finale, “How I Met Your Mother” has proven to be unwatchable.

Robert Kirkman isn’t afraid to have “The Walking Dead” kill off Rick
"ABSOLUTELY NOT,” he wrote in a Reddit Ask Me Anything. "Although when I look in Andrew Lincoln's piercing blue eyes I FEEL safe.”

“Dexter” fans keep telling Michael C. Hall they hated the ending
"They'll ask me about the ending," he says of his fans, "and tell me why they found it troubling or unsatisfying, or on the other hand, they want to distinguish themselves by saying they liked the ending.

Presenting the worst “American Idol” moments
From Kara DioGuardi in a bikini to Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo getting engaged.

Check out Amy Poehler’s brother’s Swedish sitcom
“Welcome to Sweden” is based on Greg Poehler’s life as an American who moved to Sweden to be with his Swedish girlfriend, with co-stars Lena Olin Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy. The Amy Poehler-produced comedy is expected to air on NBC at some point.

Why “The Crazy Ones” deserves to live
The Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar comedy was one of the rare comedic gems this season.

Elizabeth Vargas to write a memoir about her alcoholism
The “20/20” anchor will detail her struggles with alcohol in a book due out next year.

“Community’s” Dan Harmon will be hosting a QVC-style online garage sale this weekend
Proceeds will go to charity.

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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Galentine's Day 2014'

Leslie tries to replace Ann, Ron takes Andy to the dentist and Ben learns to appreciate a colleague

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" — which NBC almost casually renewed yesterday — coming up just as soon as I cap off a long con I'm pulling on Keith Sweat...

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<p>Jennifer Lopez of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lopez of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 10 Results plus Jennifer Lopez performs

Another so-so performance night means another potentially surprising vote

Once again, we're facing some uncertainty as Thursday (March 20) night's "American Idol" results loom.

After Wednesday's variably so-so performances, I can imagine a variety of potential eliminations. However, I remain uncertain on which singers would force the judges to use their Save. Probably Alex Preston and Caleb Johnson would be guaranteed saves. But who else? Malaya? Probably. Jena "Gina" Irene? Maybe. Anybody else? I'm not so sure.

I'm using a J-Lo picture, because I know she's not going home and I also know she's performing tonight. I don't, however, know how to consistently spell "I Luh Ya Papi," but I know it's J-Lo's new song about her appreciation for the postseason exploits of David Ortiz.

Also performing on Thursday? Something called Royal Teeth.

Click through for the full recap!

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"Duck Dynasty"

"Duck Dynasty"

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'Duck Dynasty' hasn't changed, but have we?

Dipping ratings may not mean what you think

After Phil Robertson said the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person (to wit: his opinion of homosexuals, the 21st century, a GQ reporter), there were many people calling for his suspension (which happened), his reinstatement (which also happened) and the end of "Duck Dynasty" (which didn't). While ratings represented a year-over-year dip when the show returned for a fifth season in January, 8.5 million viewers are nothing to sneeze at, especially for a basic cable show. This week the show lured in under 5 million viewers, again making it the most-watched basic cable show by a landslide. Not bad, but less than half of the 11.8 million that was the series' high watermark. 

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<p>Ethan Embry and Pat Healy joined us for a fast and funny conversation about their new film &#39;Cheap Thrills&#39;</p>

Ethan Embry and Pat Healy joined us for a fast and funny conversation about their new film 'Cheap Thrills'

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Ethan Embry and Pat Healy discuss the ways they find 'Cheap Thrills'

What reduces Embry to helpless laughter? Watch and find out.

As soon as I saw "Cheap Thrills" at the 2013 SXSW film festival, I knew it was something special. It is a very simple logline, a very direct set-up, but the way it executes the idea is pitch-perfect and it never flinches from the grim path that it sets for itself.

I've heaped praise on the direction by E.L. Katz and the script by Trent Haaga and David Chirchirillo, but one of the things that really makes the film sing is the casting. Pat Healy is one of those guys you've seen in a thousand things even if you're not sure you've seen him in a thousand things, and in the last few years, he's finally started getting the roles where you'll remember him. He was so disturbing in "Compliance" as the guy on the phone who creates the situation, and in "The Innkeepers," he and Sara Paxton play a pair of clerks who work at a hotel that is reportedly haunted. In this film, Healy plays Craig, a guy who has just lost his job and gotten an eviction notice, and he's not sure how to go home and face his family. He runs into his friend Vince at a bar, a guy he hasn't seen in quite a while, and they drink together for a few, talking about their problems.

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Lisa Kudrow’s 'The Comeback' may indeed make a comeback on HBO

Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback” may indeed make a comeback on HBO
One day after a Slate article argued for “The Comeback” to return, Deadline reports that HBO is in discussions to bring back washed-up sitcom actress Valerie Cherish. Airing in summer of 2005, “The Comeback” was considered ahead of its time. “The Comeback’s” cast also featured Malin Akerman and Kellan Lutz.

Comedy Central roaster Jeff Ross signs on for ABC’s Kevin Hart comedy
He’ll play Romany Malco’s best friend in the comedy loosely based on Hart’s life.

“2 Broke Girls” nabs Hal Linden
“The Barney Miller Show” star will guest as the man whose name is on the lease of Max’s rent-controlled apartment.

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"Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor"

"Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor"

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Exclusive clip: It's time for the Trailer Park Games on 'Myrtle Manor'

Chelsey can't pound beers, and Jared wonders why

Gosh, talk about ruining the Trailer Park Games for Jared. He wants to practice pounding back beers (this is called training or, on other days, Saturday night), but his wife just won't join in. Why would a respectable trailer park woman turn down beer? Hmmm, let's see. A raging yeast infection? Mouth sores? Wait, I know, pregnancy! At least, maybe pregnancy (and possibly the other stuff, but who knows). In this exclusive clip from "Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor" (airs. Thurs. March 20 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC), Chelsey confesses she might have a bun in the oven. Drink up, Jared!

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<p>Patton Oswalt made a memorable guest appearance on another Whedon series, &#39;Dollhouse&#39;</p>

Patton Oswalt made a memorable guest appearance on another Whedon series, 'Dollhouse'

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Patton Oswalt joins 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' as longtime Nick Fury friend Agent Koenig

What part will he play in the Marvel movie universe moving forward?

Does it make me a bad person if I'm still surprised each time Patton Oswalt is cast as an actor?

Don't get me wrong… I think he's very good. I think the work he's done in films like "Big Fan" and "Ratatouille" and "Young Adult" is great. It's just that I still think of him primarily as a stand-up. I also think of him as a consummate fanboy, a guy who unabashedly loves what he loves, and a big part of what he loves is the world of comic books.

It must be delightful when your various passions all converge, and I'm willing to bet that Patton practically sprinted to set when he got the call to join "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." as Agent Eric Koenig.

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"Party Down South"

"Party Down South"

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'Party Down South' producer talks 'Jersey Shore,' 'Bachelor'

SallyAnn Salsano knows what works - and what doesn't

If you've never heard the name SallyAnn Salsano, you most certainly know the shows she's produced. She's been a showrunner on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," and she's also the brains behind MTV's highest-rated series, "Jersey Shore." The Long Island native now has a very different kind of success in "Party Down South," which has its season finale tonight (Thurs. March 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET on CMT).

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<p>I can&#39;t imagine Nick Offerman has ever been accused of being shy.</p>

I can't imagine Nick Offerman has ever been accused of being shy.

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Nick Offerman explicitly explains why he was cut from Seth Rogen's 'Neighbors'

We've got both safe for work and not safe for work versions of his answer

If there is indeed a zone, then Nick Offerman seems to be living in it these days.

I love stories about artists who succeed later in their career, and I think in Offerman's case, one of the reasons that Ron Swanson clicked is because there was a sense of authority that Offerman gives off that might not have been there in the same way if he was fifteen years younger. I look at him in something like "Sin City," and I can't imagine that guy as the same person who is giving one of the most amazing comedy performances on TV every single week right now.

I wrote about his new concert film on Valentine's Day this year, and the other night on the red carpet, when I heard him use the word "delicious" during an answer, it made me smile. He has this enormous zest for the life he's living right now, and a big part of that is his blatantly passionate relationship with his wife, actress Megan Mullally. He is certainly not shy about discussing just how passionate, either.

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'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' recruits Patton Oswalt

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” recruits Patton Oswalt
Says the comic of his guest role as Agent Eric Koenig: “I got a call from my agent saying they want you on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I said ‘hell, yes.’”

“How I Met Your Dad” pilot won’t be shot by “HIMYM’s” director
A family emergency has forced Pam Fryman, director of 172 of 184 “HIMYM” episodes, to pull out of the pilot. Fryman, who is still onboard “HIMYD” as executive producer and director, will be replaced by Rob Greenberg, who directed the 2nd most “HIMYM” episodes at seven.

“Dancing’s" Danica McKellar & Candace Cameron Bure appeared together in a 1990 TV movie
Watch them in a dancing-themed scene in “Camp Cucamonga,” which also starred Jennifer Aniston, Jaleel White, McKellar’s “Wonder Years” co-star Josh Saviano and Chad Allen.

Tracey Ullman to play the therapist on CBS' “Good Session”
The CBS pilot, co-starring “Psych’s” James Roday and “Mad Men’s” Rich Sommer, revolves around marriage therapy. PLUS: “2 Broke Girls’” Eric Andre joins FX’s “Man Seeking Woman,” Patricia Wettig joins CW’s “Identity."

Netflix to show “Flight of the Conchords” star Rhys Darby’s “Short Poppies”
The mockumentary will feature Darby as a journalist who interviews people in a small New Zealand town, who are all played by Darby.

A&E yanks Mark Wahlberg’s “Breaking Boston” after 1 week
The show about four blue-collar Boston women attracted only 311,000 viewers in its premiere.

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<p>&quot;Dear White People&quot;</p>

"Dear White People"

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Sundance hit 'Dear White People' hitches a ride with Roadside Attractions

The racially-themed campus comedy is scheduled for a fall release

Nearly two months after the Sundance Film Festival wrapped up for another year, the acquisitions news is still trickling in, and the latest hit from Park City to find US distribution is "Dear White People." Justin Simien's debut feature was one of the few to generate critical discussion and debate in what was a pretty low-temperature US Dramatic competition, and was duly recognized with a special Breakthrough Talent award. Now Lionsgate and their adventurous indie arm Roadside Attractions have picked it up for the North American market, with a release pencilled in for the autumn.

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