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Louis CK tells Letterman: 'The fact that you’re leaving really sucks balls'

Louis CK tells Letterman: “The fact that you’re leaving really sucks balls”
Letterman then noted that Louis CK just made history: “Louis, no one on this program, either over at NBC or here, has ever used the expression ‘sucks balls,'" said Dave.


“Glee’s” Naya Rivera dropped by her record label
Columbia Records has dumped the “Glee” star amid reports that she has been let go from the Fox drama. UPDATE: Rivera's rep denies she was dropped by her record label.


“The Big Bang Theory” shocker, explained
For tonight’s episode, producers had to give a "quick primer" on "Star Wars."


Study: Most “HIMYM” viewers had a positive reaction to the series finale
Data analysis of Twitter users found that the negative reaction to the finale was overblown.


Jon Hamm has trouble with the "weird names" on “Game of Thrones,” says he’s watching “Mad Men” alone on DVR
Hamm tells Bill Simmons he sometimes struggles to keep up with his HBO timeslot competitor because of all the “weird names.” Hamm also says he gets to watch the "Mad Men" episodes when everybody else does. But since his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt is in New York, he’s watching this season alone. Hamm also says “it makes sense” that “Mad Men’s” viewership has dwindled down to its “hardcore” fans, saying it’s like the reverse of what happened to “Breaking Bad.”


Netflix’s lack of viewership data throws a wrench into negotiations
How do cast members negotiate for a raise if they don’t know how many people are actually watching?


“Vikings” creator likens “Game of Thrones” to "soft porn”
"'Game of Thrones' is a very, very different show,” says Michael Hirst. "It is a fantasy show, and it has a lot of things which are very appealing to an audience. It is soft porn, and it has a lot of gratuitous stuff in it, but it’s still very well-written and I don’t — you know, I don’t watch it because I don’t ever want to be accused of being influenced by it.”


Why not pick Anna Kendrick to replace Anna Kendrick?
CBS could really shake up late-night with somebody as multi-talented as Kendrick.


“House of Cards” is a good show to binge on while folding laundry, but don’t give it your full attention
Because the Netflix series reveals its flaws when you approach it as a critical viewer. PLUS: Watch a preview of “House of Cards” on “The Writers’ Room."


MTV launching a PSA to address race, gender, LGBT issues
Check out the new “Look Different” campaign.


David Spade credits “Just Shoot Me” for much of his success
"If I didn't have 'Just Shoot Me,' I wouldn't have had a lot of stuff,” Spade writes in a Reddit AMA. "I would have never gotten a cover of Rolling Stone, I never would have gotten the house I had, and I got to work with fun people and do a show that I was proud of.” PLUS: Spade questions Stephen Colbert’s move to CBS, and Jimmy Fallon gets Spade to talk about his first appearance with Johnny Carson.


Edward James Olmos criticizes Jennifer Lopez for not dedicating herself to her culture
“She’s done a lot of things but she hasn’t dedicated herself to her culture, and that’s very important to me,” says Olmos, who worked with J.Lo on the 1997 Selena movie.


“Downton Abbey” star to record an album of poetry devoted to World War I
Jim Carter and his wife are working on "Centenary: Words & Music Of The Great War.”


“Chrisley Knows Best” star wanted for allegedly attacking his baby mama
Police say Kyle Chrisley assaulted his baby mama and threatened her sister with a knife.


VH1 will live-stream 24 bands competing in a 25-hour battle of the bands competition
“Make a Band Famous” will give the last band standing a recording contract.


Tia Mowry files lawsuit involving her $108,000 Twitter deal
The “Instant Mom” star claims her agent took most of the money she was set to receive for tweeting sponsored tweets.


TV writers tell how “Hill Street Blues” influenced them
"'Hill Street Blues' was the first TV show that I perceived as being 'good' in terms of quality, not just entertainment,” says “Bones” creator Hart Hanson.


Donald Sterling yells at George Costanza
Check out this “Seinfeld” mashup created by Adult Swim.


“SNL’s” Stefon is seemingly inspiring writers of NYC nightlife
Recent reviews have been “curiously Stefon-y."


It’s “The Mindy Project” drinking game
Take a sip if someone mentions a rom-com.


Andy Daly: Every “Review” assignment Forrest MacNeil gets is full of hope
"There’s always reason to think that something might finally break his way,” he says.


Check out AMC’s ‘80s-themed “Halt and Catch Fire” poster
“The Battle for CTRL Begins."


The Oregonian critiques “Portlandia”
The Portland-based newspaper didn’t love the “gutter-punk” sketch, but did approve the “Celery” episode.

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<p>These people have a big month ahead.</p>

These people have a big month ahead.

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6 movie stars on the summer movie hot seat in May

From Seth MacFarlane to Drew Barrymore, these are this month's big players

This summer, we're going to be taking a look at the summer movie season from a number of different angles. Kristopher Tapley put up a great piece yesterday about his favorite summer movie summer, back in 1989, and you can expect three more of those. We also just posted a gallery of people we think have a chance at being breakout stars by the time September rolls around.

But each month, we're also going to be taking a look at people who are at a crossroads, people who are having defining moments, people who are either on the wane or on the rise, and we're going to spotlight them. We're going to look at the stakes for them this summer, and how this could change things for them.

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TV Land renews 'Hot in Cleveland'

TV Land renews “Hot in Cleveland”
“Cleveland” will return with a 24-episode 6th season.


“Scandal’s” president will be among the attendees at the White House Correspondents Dinner
Among the guests at this year’s dinner: Tony Goldwyn, Connie Britton, Dean Norris, Mae Whitman, AnnaSophia Robb, Michael Shannon and Jeffrey Tambor.


Brian Williams’ wish of rapping “Rollout” comes true
PorterHouse Media, not Jimmy Fallon’s people, created the NBC Newsman’s latest rapping video.


Check out a "WWE Raw" script
WWE wrestling matches are scripted like a TV show.


Sandra Oh: “Yes indeedy, Burke is back”
Oh tweeted a pic of herself and Isaiah Washington from tonight’s “Grey’s Anatomy” episode table read. PLUS: The best Cristina & Burke moments.


“Little People, Big World” star gets engaged
Zach Roloff, 23, may get a TLC special out of his engagement.

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"Vikings"

"Vikings"

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'Vikings' season finale review: Can the gods save Ragnar this time?

The stakes get higher when another threat bubbles to the surface

The season finale of "Vikings" is a rough, bloody endeavor that's not for the faint of heart. But then, if you're watching this show, you're not likely to fall into that category anyway. Even so, Ragnar's legion fans will have a hard time not squirming out of their seats or screaming at their television sets. It is, in a word, intense.

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Weather Channel to host a 'GMA' reunion on Friday

Weather Channel to host a “GMA” reunion on Friday
Josh Elliott and Sam Champion will appear together fort the first time since their “Good Morning America” days.


HBO taps Queen Latifah to play iconic blues singer Bessie Smith
She’ll star in and exec produce a biopic on the “Empress of the Blues.”


David Chase would be interested in a "Sopranos” prequel, still flirts with the idea of doing a movie
“A lot of people have talked to me about it, and frankly I still flirt with the idea sometimes,” Chase said when asked about a "Sopranos" movie last night at a Museum of the Moving Image panel in NYC. "But if I had a really great way to do it, I would do maybe a prequel. Somebody gave me a book about Newark in the 1920s about gangsters in Newark. That kind of interests me but not enough that I would have done it.”


Golf Digest puts Jimmy Fallon on its cover to attract younger readers
“Golf is my meditation,” says “The Tonight Show” host, who doesn’t consider himself a golfer. See Fallon's photo shoot.


“Bates Motel” talk show is coming back for the Season 2 finale
"Bates Motel: After Hours” last aired after the season premiere.


Watch the trailer for USA’s “Satisfaction”
“The Glades” alum Matt Passmore stars in a “modern love story."


Watch Andi Dorfman as “The Bachelorette”
Here’s the first look at Dorfman’s season, premiering May 19.


“One Tree Hill” vet Tyler Hilton joins “Extant”
He’ll play the chief coder on the CBS drama from Steven Spielberg.


Here’s how much time it takes to binge-watch your favorite shows
Nielsen has released a chart, titled: “Just How Long is a TV Marathon?"

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"Enlisted."

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'Enlisted' creator Kevin Biegel on life in TV limbo and going to the ATX Festival

The military comedy's final four episodes will premiere at the TV festival next month

"Enlisted," one of this TV season's best new comedies — and easily its most star-crossed — has been in limbo for more than a month. The last new episode of the military sitcom aired in late March, and though FOX promised that the remaining four episodes would air at some point, possibly in a more favorable timeslot, it's not anywhere on the schedule for May — meaning that they'll air after FOX has already made its decision about what shows to renew and cancel.

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Adult Swim renews 'Children’s Hospital'

Adult Swim renews “Children’s Hospital”
Rob Corddry’s comedy will be back for a 6th season.


Jason Priestley’s memoir details Shannen Doherty’s diva antics, and recalls roommate Brad Pitt
Priestley recalls his “Beverly Hills 90210” sister complaining that Fox sent her to the airport in a town car, not a limo.


Isaiah Washington was a “nervous wreck” his first day back at “Grey’s Anatomy”
Even Sandra Oh noticed that Washington was nervous. "He’s a prepared, energized actor and he was ready to play,” she says. “I will say, though, he was nervous.”


Craig Ferguson’s successor won’t be decided soon
Unlike the Stephen Colbert decision, CBS will take its time as names like Aisha Tyler, Michael Ian Black and Joel McHale are being floated for “The Late Late” spot.


Former NBA Commissioner David Stern makes an unusual Letterman appearance
Watch him not comment on L.A. Clippers owner David Sterling.


Chris Rock: "JB Smoove should have a late night show”
“He’s the funniest,” Rock says of the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star and “SNL” alum.


Watch Shannen Doherty in her Animal Planet movie “Attack of the Killer Lampreys”
"Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys” stars Doherty and Christopher Lloyd.


NBC pitting Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” vs. Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” for Emmys
The Peacock is doing what it did in 2010, when it submitted both Conan O’Brien’s and Leno’s “Tonight Shows” for Emmy consideration.


See the trailer for Steven Bochco’s “Murder in the First”
The TNT drama features Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as homicide detectives who are investigating two unrelated murders that turn out to be related.


“Wheel of Fortune” fan with Tourette's and Asperger's Syndrome got to compete last night
Trent Girone, who began watching “Wheel” at age 2 didn’t win. But his appearance was “A smashing success."


Kristen Chenoweth to play Maleficent in Disney Channel’s “Descendents”
She’ll play the classic "Sleeping Beauty” villain in the film directed by Kenny Ortega.


“SNL’s" Debbie Downer turns 10
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of “Mean Girls.” And today is the 10th anniversary of 17-year-old Lindsay Lohan hosting “SNL” for the 1st time — and breaking character in the Debbie Downer sketch.


“Breaking Bad” alum David Costabile joins “The Unit’s” Regina Taylor on USA’s “Dig”
They’ll co-star with Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche in the archaeology conspiracy event series.


Watch the Season 2 trailer for Ricky Gervais’ “Derek”
“Derek” returns on Netflix on May 30.

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Adult Swim renews 'Children’s Hospital'

Adult Swim renews “Children’s Hospital”
Rob Corddry’s comedy will be back for a 6th season.


Jason Priestley’s memoir details Shannen Doherty’s diva antics, and recalls roommate Brad Pitt
Priestley recalls his “Beverly Hills 90210” sister complaining that Fox sent her to the airport in a town car, not a limo.


Isaiah Washington was a “nervous wreck” his first day back at “Grey’s Anatomy”
Even Sandra Oh noticed that Washington was nervous. "He’s a prepared, energized actor and he was ready to play,” she says. “I will say, though, he was nervous.”


Craig Ferguson’s successor won’t be decided soon
Unlike the Stephen Colbert decision, CBS will take its time as names like Aisha Tyler, Michael Ian Black and Joel McHale are being floated for “The Late Late” spot.


Chris Rock: "JB Smoove should have a late night show”
“He’s the funniest,” Rock says of the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star and “SNL” alum.


Watch Shannen Doherty in her Animal Planet movie “Attack of the Killer Lampreys”
"Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys” stars Doherty and Christopher Lloyd.


NBC pitting Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” vs. Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” for Emmys
The Peacock is doing what it did in 2010, when it submitted both Conan O’Brien’s and Leno’s “Tonight Shows” for Emmy consideration.


“Wheel of Fortune” fan with Tourette's and Asperger's Syndrome got to compete last night
Trent Girone, who began watching “Wheel” at age 2 didn’t win. But his appearance was “A smashing success."


“SNL’s" Debbie Downer turns 10
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of “Mean Girls.” And today is the 10th anniversary of 17-year-old Lindsay Lohan hosting “SNL” for the 1st time — and breaking character in the Debbie Downer sketch.


“Breaking Bad” alum David Costabile joins “The Unit’s” Regina Taylor on USA’s “Dig”
They’ll co-star with Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche in the archaeology conspiracy event series.


Watch the Season 2 trailer for Ricky Gervais’ “Derek”
“Derek” returns on Netflix on May 30.

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The Black Keys

The Black Keys take you to church in new video for 'Fever': Watch

Can Dan Auerbach save your soul?


The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach wants to testify to you.  In the duo’s new video for “Fever,” he plays an evangelist, eager to save his flock’s souls and, more importantly, get them to open their wallets.

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'CSI' gets a small bump from Patricia Arquette’s backdoor pilot

“CSI” gets a small bump from Patricia Arquette’s backdoor pilot
Wednesday’s cyber-crime-themed “CSI” attracted 9.9 million viewers.


Another report claims Naya Rivera has been fired from “Glee”
Us Weekly reports that Rivera’s contract won’t be renewed for Season 6.


AT&T interested in buying DirecTV
According to The Wall Street Journal, AT&T may spend up to $40 billion on a DirecTV acquisition.


"Lou Avery" from "Mad Men" once had a talk show on Comedy Central
As Keith Olbermann recalls, standup comic-turned-actor Allan Havey hosted “Night After Night with Allan Havey" from 1989 to 1992 on The Comedy Channel, which became Comedy Central in 1991. “You can’t tell by looking at me, but I went into that audition and transformed myself into a middle-aged pain in the butt,” Havey says of his “Mad Men” role.


Clay Aiken takes his Congressional campaign to “The Colbert Report”
Stephen Colbert couldn’t get the former “Idol” to sing the National Anthem.


“Mom,” “The Big C: Hereafter,” “The Fosters” earn Television Academy Honors
HBO’s “Vice” is also being honored by the Academy.


How Caterina Scorsone ended up back on “Grey’s Anatomy”
Scorsone says Shonda Rhimes "has always liked the character of Amelia, so it was kind of always in the back of I think both of our minds that it would be possible that Amelia would come over.” PLUS: Will we get a “Private Practice” update?


“How I Met Your Mother” added to the plaque outside its former studio stage
The CBS comedy’s Stage 22 at 20th Century Fox Studios has also been home to “Dharma  & Greg,” “Plant of the Apes” and “Nine to Five."


Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir may end up calling the Kentucky Derby, anyway
Says Lipinski: "You know what, Johnny, maybe we just do this for ourselves and YouTube it?” Says Weir: "I think we will end up Instagraming the race and then maybe call it whether anyone wants to see it or not. We will pick a horse based on how pretty it is rather than the one that has the best odds.”


Check out “The Hotwives of Orlando”
See Hulu’s spoof of “The Real Housewives.”

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<p>Patricia Arquette guested on Wednesday&#39;s &quot;CSI&quot;</p>

Patricia Arquette guested on Wednesday's "CSI"

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TV Ratings: 'CSI' backdoor pilot anchors CBS Wednesday wins, 'Idol' goes low

'Modern Family' and 'Nashville' take big drops for ABC

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Even with "Chicago PD" topping CBS' backdoor "CSI" pilot among young viewers, CBS was still able to ride "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" victory both overall and in the key demographic on Wednesday night.

[NBC had an NBA preemption in Portland, which will probably make the 10 p.m. race closer.]

With CBS' full lineup returning for originals (and perhaps with NHL and NBA playoff competition on cable), there were big drops for ABC's "Modern Family"  (a whopping 0.6 key demo rating from last week's Fast Nationals), "Suburgatory" and "Nashville," as well as FOX's "American Idol" and NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Over on The CW, "Arrow" was up a hair, while "The 100" continued to hold onto its lead-in well, making its case for renewal.

On to the numbers...

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Mariah Carey
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Why Mariah Carey's 'Me. I Am Mariah' album cover makes me sad

'The Elusive Chanteuse' returns May 27

Mariah Carey wants you to know a few things about her new album, now titled “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” but the first take away is that she looks smoking hot in a bathing suit.  Before we think about the music, before we think about the voice, she wants us to think about how after two babies, she can still rock that body. And that makes me sad.

I am a Carey fan, both of her music and of her as a person. I’ve interviewed and met her a number of times over the past 20 years and I’ve found her delightfully real, whipsmart, and funny, which is not how she always comes across in one staged, airbrushed photo after another.  So when I heard the album title and then saw the album cover, my heart sunk a little.

Mariah Carey album cover

Yes, she looks beautiful, but it makes me sad that one of the best vocalists ever can’t rely on her prestigious talent to make us interested in listening to her. I know part of it is the times we are in and the outrageous demands we make on women to look like super models, no matter what their profession, but part of it also comes from Carey.

Maybe she feels a little spooked, and for good reason. She is a pop music artist and pop music is a notoriously tough on women over 30. Carey is 44 (or 45, there seems to be some dispute as to whether she was born in 1969 or 1970).  Plus, this album, originally title “The Art of Letting Go,” has had a series of stops and starts over the past two years. Some singles, such as “#Beautiful,” with Miguel, have done well, while others have not fared as well. (Carey is No. 1 on Billboard’s  Dance Club Songs chart right now with “You’re Mine (Eternal).”

In a video highlight the album cover, Carey delivers in voice over why she chose the album title. It comes from her “first and only self portrait. I drew it when I was three and a half,” she says, calling it a “personal treasure.”. The adorable drawing, which is on the back of the album cover, shows a cute little girl with eyelashes for days. The words, probably penned by an adult, “Me. I am Mariah,” are also on the drawing. (If she did write that at age 3, she had amazing penmanship).

“Please don’t judge me for such a simplistic title,” she continues. “C’mon, I was only three and a half! It was a creative visualization of how I saw myself with the purity of a child’s heart before it was ever broken…because this album is a reflection of some of the peaks and valley that have made me whom I am today, I decided to share it with those of you who actually care and have been with been through it all.”

As far as “The Elusive Chanteuse,”  Carey says, “Along the way there have been a couple of nicknames…lately they’ve been calling me ‘the elusive chanteuse’.” Anyone know who ‘they’ are?

The album comes out May 27 (it had most recently been slated for May 6) and will come in standard and deluxe editions.

Are you excited for “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse?” (The album's tracklisting is below the video).

"Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse" tracklisting:
1. Cry.
2. Faded
3. Dedicated (feat. Nas)
4. #Beautiful (feat. Miguel)
5. Thirsty
6. Make It Look Good
7. You’re Mine (Eternal)
8. You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale)
9. Supernatural (With Special Guest Stars “Dembabies” a.k.a. Ms. Monroe & Mr. Moroccan Scott Cannon a.k.a. Roc ‘N Roe)
10. Meteorite
11. Camouflage
12. Money ($ * / …) (feat. Fabolous)
13. One More Try
14. Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can’t Give Up Now)
15. It’s a Wrap (feat. Mary J. Blige) [Deluxe edition]
16. Betcha Gon’ Know (feat. R. Kelly) [Deluxe edition]
17. The Art of Letting Go [Deluxe edition]
18. Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse

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