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'Orphan Black' recap: You can't keep a crazy Ukrainian clone down

'Orphan Black' recap: You can't keep a crazy Ukrainian clone down

Sarah is on the run, but not for long

It seems that clones are hard to kill unless they have a suspicious cough. It's an important distinction to make, because even as Cosima circles the drain I'm beginning to wonder if Helena might actually possess super powers. Talk about takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. I'd say you can't keep a good woman down, but it really doesn't apply here. 

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Timothy Spall in "Mr. Turner."
Timothy Spall in "Mr. Turner."
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Cannes Check 2014: Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner'

Continuing our festival preview with the seven-time Oscar nominee's passion project

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the first of two British veterans in the lineup: Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner."

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10 top artists we'd love to hear duet with Michael Jackson
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10 top artists we'd love to hear duet with Michael Jackson

Why should Justin Timberlake be the only one?

“Love Never Felt So Good,” the first single from Michael Jackson’s new album, “Xscape,” out Tuesday (13), featuring Justin Timberlake and the King of Pop in a makeshift duet created years after Jackson’s 2009 death. In fact, the whole album “contemporizes” eight previously unreleased Jackson tracks, reimagined by top producers including Timbaland and Stargate. So what if some of Jackson’s biggest hits could be recreated with some of today’s top artists? Here are our picks for a dream Michael Jackson duets album (Though it doesn't appear on "Xscape," Justin Bieber apparently recorded a version of "Slave to the Rhythm." We picked another song for him below). By the way, there's clearly a demand for new Jackson material: "Love Never Felt So Good" debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

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TNT orders a final season of 'Cougar Town'

TNT orders a final season of "Cougar Town"
The 13-episode Season 6 will mark the end of the Courteney Cox vehicle.

"Dracula" axed after 1 season
Jonathan Rhys Meyers' NBC series won't be back next year.


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<p>Jonathan Rhys Meyers&#39; &quot;Dracula&quot;</p>

Jonathan Rhys Meyers' "Dracula"

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NBC stakes 'Dracula' after one season

The lights go out for Jonathan Rhys Meyers' bloodsucker

What will become of Count Dracula and his ambition plans for alternative energy sources?

The world may never know.

We can confirm that on Saturday (May 10) morning, NBC put a stake in the heart of Jonathan Rhys Meyers' "Dracula," stopping the sucking after one lone season.

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<p>&quot;Fresh Off The Boat&quot;</p>

"Fresh Off The Boat"

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ABC renews 'Last Man Standing,' orders 'Fresh Off the Boat' and 'Cristela'

ABC's bubble is now basically cleared

ABC's last bubble show has been spared!

It's not a big surprise but "Last Man Standing," a consistent under-the-radar success for ABC on Friday nights, has been picked up for a fourth season. 

The "Last Man Standing" pickup comes after Friday's late renewal for "Nashville" and leaves ABC with no remaining shows in limbo. 

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ABC renews 'Last Man Standing' for a 4th season, orders 'Fresh Off the Boat' and 'Cristela'

ABC renews “Last Man Standing” for a 4th season, orders “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Cristela”
“Fresh Off the Boat” is a comedy based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir about a Chinese immigrant family that settles in Orlando. “Cristela” stars Cristela Alonzo as a law school student who juggles life with her Mexican-American family.

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<p>&quot;Renew my show, or I&#39;ll remake &#39;Death to Smoochy&#39; with this adorable child!&quot;</p>

"Renew my show, or I'll remake 'Death to Smoochy' with this adorable child!"

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CBS renews 'The Mentalist,' cancels 'Crazy Ones,' 'Intelligence,' midseason comedies

'Hostages' is also dead, but you probably guessed that

Saturday (May 10) morning brought bad news for nearly all of CBS' remaining bubble shows.

In one fell swoop, CBS cancelled five of its six shows-in-limbo, but gave a semi-surprising renewal to the long-running procedural "The Mentalist."

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CBS renews 'The Mentalist'

CBS renews “The Mentalist”
Patrick Jane will be back for a 7th season.

CBS cancels “The Crazy Ones,” “Bad Teacher,” “Intelligence,” “Friends with Better Lives” and “Hostages”
Josh Holloway's "Intelligence" fell off after premiering to 20.8 million viewers in January. Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar's single-camera "The Crazy Ones" never fit in on CBS, home to many multi-camera comedies.


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Now That's What I Call Music 50

'Now 50' turns up the heat on 'Frozen' on the albums' chart

Do any of the six debuts push 'Frozen' out of the top spot?

A big thaw happens on the charts next week as “Now That’s What I Call Music” topples the “Frozen” soundtrack out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 by a wide margin as six new albums bow in the Top 10.

The 50th edition of the “Now” series will sell up to 150,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double, surpassing “Frozen” by as many as 50,000. “Frozen” has spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Country artist Hunter Hayes comes in at No. 3 with his latest, “Storyline” (75,000), while Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan returns with “Shine On” (40,000) at No. 4.
Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” is at No. 5 (30,000), although it may have to settle for No. 6 as Tech N9ne Callobos’ “Strangulation” could enter at No. 5 (30,000).

Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” climbs back up to No. 7 in its 39th week on the chart (24,000), besting out Atmosphere’s latest, “Southsiders” (21,000-24,000). The last newcomer,  Lily Allen’s “Sheezus,” will likely bow at No. 8 with 19,000 copies sold.

Lindsey Stirling’s “Shatter Me” drops  from No. 2 to No. 9  (17,000-19000) and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” rounds out the Top 10 at No. 10 (18,000).


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"In the Flesh"

"In the Flesh"

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Interview: 'In the Flesh' creator Dominic Mitchell talks season 2

The zombie show creator says the new season will get 'political'

If you haven't seen "In the Flesh" (the second season premieres Sat. March 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET), the good news is that you can still catch up. The first season is just three episodes, currently available for streaming on the BBC America website, and fans of zombie movies will catch on quickly. What might come as a surprise to horror buffs is that this show takes the idea of zombies a step further -- oh, don't say zombies, by the way. They're people with PDS -- Partially Deceased Syndrome -- who can be treated for their brain-chomping tendencies. 

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<p>Tom Selleck gets his &quot;Blue Bloods&quot; on</p>

Tom Selleck gets his "Blue Bloods" on

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday, 'Hannibal' drops post-renewal

The CW tops FOX's '24' encore among young viewers

Fast National ratings for Friday, May 9, 2014.

Season finales for "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" led CBS to its usual overall win on Friday night, while "Shark Tank" held its normal position as Friday's top show with young viewers, leading ABC to a key demo win.

Among other notables, "Hannibal" was down from recent airings, but it doesn't much matter, because NBC renewed the drama on Friday. In addition, "Hart of Dixie" was up from last week's low, which doesn't much matter, because The CW renewed the drama on Thursday.

And interest was so limited for FOX's encore of the "24: Live Another Day" premiere that The CW beat FOX among young viewers for the night. 

On to the numbers...

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