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<p>Seriously... I look at this, and I am already smiling like a lunatic. &#39;Blazing Saddles&#39; forever.</p>

Seriously... I look at this, and I am already smiling like a lunatic. 'Blazing Saddles' forever.

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Mel Brooks discusses 'Blazing Saddles,' Brooksfilms, and the best screening ever

If you didn't already love Mel Brooks, this may change your mind

So the phone rings, and I answer it, and it's Mel Brooks.

That's an actual thing that happened. That's now something I can say. And even better, the 40 minute conversation that followed me answering the phone is one of my favorites in recent memory. How often do you get to talk to a comedy legend about one of the pinnacle moments of not only their career, but of film comedy in general?

I was told I'd have about 15 minutes originally. Time was tight. And if you get offered 15 minutes to talk to Mel Brooks about "Blazing Saddles," you take it, right? We ended up having a really fun back and forth about that film, about films he's produced, about his partnership with Gene Wilder, and about the ways Hollywood failed the great Richard Pryor. The only reason we wrapped it up is because we had to, and it would have been easy to talk to him for twice as long.

What I enjoyed most is that from the moment I picked up the phone, I felt like he was willing to play. I managed to get out, "Hello, Mr. Brooks. How are you this afternoon?" before he was off and running.

"Okay, Drew, you're on."

"Okay."

"You're on. You are on. Describe your network. Describe it."

"My online home is HitFix. It is a website where we cover film, television, music… it's a broad entertainment site."

"It's a website? Is it popular?"

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NBC will tackle 'The Music Man' for a live musical performance

NBC will tackle “The Music Man” for a live musical performance
The 1957 musical will follow “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan."


“Rosemary’s Baby” remake bombs on NBC
About 3.7 million viewers checked out part 1 of the two-part miniseries.


“30 Rock” reunion: Jane Krakowski joining Tina Fey’s new NBC comedy
Krakowski will recur on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from the “30 Rock” producing team of Fey and Robert Carlock. She’ll play a rich woman who hires Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper, as her nanny.


Dan Harmon “won’t stand in the way” of a “Community” revival
Harmon writes in a Tumblr post that he was initially resistant on Friday to reviving “Community” elsewhere. “But,” he adds, "it doesn’t matter right now WHY I’d be lukewarm or if my reasons would be valid. What matters is, I won’t be lukewarm. I’ll heat up. I said 'eh' on a Friday afternoon, I will change it to a 'Sure, let’s talk' on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing. I’m not going to be the guy that recancels cancelled ‘Community.'"


“Mad Men” using its characters and products to campaign for an Emmy
"In the past, we've campaigned for Mad Men by letting the show sell itself," says AMC executive vp marketing Linda Schupack. "This year, we wanted to be a little more fun and playful."


Seth Meyers mocks NBC
Read his jokes from this morning’s upfront presentation.

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<p>Zoe Saldana of &quot;Rosemary&#39;s Baby&quot;</p>

Zoe Saldana of "Rosemary's Baby"

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TV Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time' finale rises, but viewers don't adopt 'Rosemary's Baby'

'Revenge' rises for its finale, while 'Cosmos' dips for FOX

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 11, 2014.

"Rosemary's Baby" was no "Sound of Music Live" when it comes to NBC event ratings, as the first part of the horror remake drew impressively low ratings in its Sunday night debut.

Sunday stayed true to its usual form. "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge" both rose in their series finales as ABC ruled primetime among young viewers, but it was CBS cruising to its usual overall win, paced by "The Good Wife."

Meanwhile, facing enhanced competition, FOX's "Cosmos" took a tumble, as did "The Simpsons" without last week's Lego hook.

On to the numbers.

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<p>Your &quot;American Idol&quot; judges</p>

Your "American Idol" judges

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'American Idol' will have a trimmed Season 14, judges 'likely' to return

FOX execs discuss the new normal for 'Idol' expectations

If FOX is looking a bit lighter on its feet for the 2014-2015 season, that's probably because the network is dedicating a lot less programming time to singing competitions. 

The roughly 39 hours of "X Factor" programming that have glutted FOX's schedule the past three years with variable success are now entirely gone, making room for both more reality -- Two weekly hours of "Utopia" are on the fall schedule -- but also more scripted programming. 

And at midseason, while "American Idol" is slated to return for a 14th season, the colossus that towered atop the ratings heap for the better part of a decade will also be looking leaner in 2015.

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<p>&quot;Gracepoint.&quot;</p>

"Gracepoint."

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Upfronts 2014: FOX bets on year-round programming to counter 'Idol' struggles

'Gotham' is the big fall player, and live-action comedies mix with Sunday cartoons

For a decade or so, the schedules FOX announced during upfront week followed a predictable, amusing pattern: one schedule for the fall that would inevitably struggle, another schedule for mid-season built around the dominant presence of "American Idol," and then many, many changes made to that second schedule at a later date due to the struggles of the first.

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<p>FOX&#39;s &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

FOX's "Gotham"

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New 'Gotham' pictures tease future Batman, Catwoman, Penguin and more

FOX is airing the DC Comics prequel on Mondays at 8 p.m.

Normally upfronts bring the first video and images from new shows. That's not exactly the case with FOX's DC Comics prequel "Gotham," which has been anticipated enough that FOX and Warner Brothers TV have been teasing pictures  for several weeks and the first trailer for the drama aired last week with the premiere of "24: Live Another Day."

We've already seen glimpses of Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Jada Pinkett Smith and the rest of the stars of "Gotham," which will air on Mondays at 8 p.m. on FOX.

Here, however, are the first official gallery shots and stills for "Gotham," which has been ordered for 16 episode, rather than the normal 13, up-front with the potential for more.

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'American Idol' will go from 2 nights to 1 night a week next season

“American Idol” will go from 2 nights to 1 night a week next season
The plan is to air two shows a week during the audition phase, followed by a two-hour show once a week, Fox Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly announced. He also said “Sleepy Hollow” will air 18 episodes next season and that “Glee’s” 22-episode final season may be trimmed.


“Modern Family” will cover the costs all marriage licenses and wedding ceremonies today in NYC
This is ABC’s way of promoting Mitch and Cam’s upcoming wedding.

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Fox’s fall schedule: 'Gotham' to Mondays, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' to Sundays, 'Glee' to midseason

Fox’s fall schedule: “Gotham” to Mondays, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to Sundays, “Glee” to midseason
Sunday’s Animation Domination block is being invaded next season by two live-action comedies, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Mulaney.” “Bones” is moving back to Thursdays, where it’ll be paired with “Broadchurch” remake “Gracepoint.” Meanwhile, Fox is holding “Empire,” “Backstrom,” “Hieroglyph,” “Weird Loners,” “Bordertown” and “Last Man on Earth” for midseason. Fox also plans to air live motorcycle jumping over a canyon special “Jump of the Century.” PLUS: Fox airing a New Year’s Eve special with Pitbull.


“Game of Thrones” writer: We tried to avoid making “Law & Order: Westeros”
"It was a tricky balance,” Bryan Cogman says of writing last night’s riveting courtroom scene. PLUS: Is “GoT” killing time?, can writers afford to kill Tyrion?, was that an Emmy moment?, how does the justice system work on “GoT,” was that a “Monty Python” shout-out?


“Gotham” promotes 3, including the future Riddler
Cory Michael Smith, who plays future Riddler Edward Nygma, has been upped to series regular status, along with detectives on the show Victoria Cartagena and Andrew Stewart Jones.


“Revenge” boss explains the season finale
Will there be another time-jump next season? PLUS: What’s next for Victoria?, and why that ending was a cheap twist.


David Tennant will go from Fox's "Broadchurch" remake back to "Broadchurch"
Tennant, who's starring in the remake "Gracepoint," has agreed to a 2nd season of the acclaimed British series.

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"Once Upon A Time"

"Once Upon A Time"

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'Once Upon A Time': It's another twist on Oz for the season finale

This time, Emma is the one who discovers there's no place like home

Well, when I talked to Ed Kitsis and Adam Horowitz about the season finale of "Once Upon A Time," they promised that the episode would play like a movie. I just had no idea the movie was going to be "The Wizard of Oz" with a dash of "Cinderella" and a smattering of "Back to the Future thrown in. 

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<p>Donal Logue of &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

Donal Logue of "Gotham"

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FOX's 2014-15 Schedule: 'Gotham' to Monday, 'Brooklyn' to Sunday and double 'Utopia'

'Gracepoint' draws a tough Thursday slot as 'Bones' moves again

Coming off a bumpy season and facing its first fall without three hours of "X Factor" in several years, FOX announced its 2014-15 schedule on Monday (May 12) morning. 

Actually, FOX only announced its Fall 2014 schedule on Monday. For the first time in recent memory, FOX didn't even attempt to present a midseason slate to advertisers as part of its upfronts presentation. Certainly FOX has plenty on the bench for a busy midseason, but the network has held back on January plans, perhaps waiting on the fate of the ambitious reality series "Utopia."

While "X Factor" and its three hours are now, thankfully, gone, FOX scheduled two fall episodes with "Utopia," airing new episodes on Tuesday and Friday nights. In success, FOX execs have indicated that "Utopia" could continue forever -- Just like "Forever Eden"! -- which would impact FOX's spring slate. FOX also may want to hold off on deciding how much "American Idol" to air in the spring.

But spring is a long time in the future. Let's look at fall, which includes the usual time period change for "Bones," an ambitious slot for FOX's "Broadchurch" remake and an intriguing mixture of live-action and animation on Sundays, breaking up Animation Domination.

Check it out, night-by-night:

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<p>Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher."

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Cannes Check 2014: Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher'

Continuing our festival preview with the long-awaited awards hopeful

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, a film we've been waiting to see for some time now: Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher."

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"Marry Me"

"Marry Me"

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'Marry Me': 5 things we learned from NBC's first trailer

People in romcoms do the silliest things!

Do you ever think, gee, I just can't get enough of the hackneyed tropes and predictable plot twists I remember from cheesy romcoms? Probably not, but fingers crossed "Marry Me" isn't the vehicle to deliver them in any case. This trailer hits just about every annoying romantic comedy cliche you can imagine short of a Kate Hudson cameo, but you can't fault the talent involved -- Casey Wilson of “Happy Endings” plays Annie and Ken Marino of “Eastbound & Down” is Jake, the couple who just can't get this engagement thing right. Still, there was much to learn from this first trailer. What a wacky sitcom couple!

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