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<p>FX has renewed &quot;The Americans,&quot; starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.</p>

FX has renewed "The Americans," starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.

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FX renews 'The Americans' for season 3

Spy drama is one of TV's best, and DVR usage has helped keep it alive

In a sign of the changing economics of the TV industry, as well as a boon for fans of quality television, FX has renewed "The Americans" for a third season of 13 episodes.

"The Americans," which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as KGB sleeper agents posing as an American couple in the early '80s, is one of the very best shows on television. Its live ratings, though, are modest, and have actually gone down a bit from last year's numbers. But the show also doubles its audience when you count those who watch via DVR or other methods within the first seven days of airing.

Every TV executive in the business has been trumpeting Live+7 numbers as a way to show that their audiences haven't slipped nearly as much as it seems from looking at overnight ratings. The question has been whether there's enough money to be made that way, given that advertisers aren't that interested in people who watch much later, especially if they'll be skipping commercials on their DVR'ed recording. But FX apparently has found a way to make the numbers work here.

When the second season premiered to disappointing numbers, FX's PR chief John Solberg said, "We fully expect 'The Americans' will be on our schedule for the next five years or more."

A new episode airs tonight at 10. It's a good one.

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FX renews 'The Americans'

FX renews "The Americans"
A 13-episode Season 3 will air next year.


Valerie Harper: “I’m absolutely cancer-free!”
"My last scans have been positive, and my doctors are very happy,” she tells Closer Weekly.


Sigmund Freud is getting a crime drama series
“Freud: The Secret Casebook” will have the founder of psychoanalysis portrayed as the first criminal profiler. “Freud” is from the producer of “Downton Abbey” and former “X Files” writer Frank Spotnitz.


Brooklyn’s minor league team will wear puffy shirts for “Seinfeld Night”
The Brooklyn Cyclones, a Mets affiliate, will also rename its stadium Vandelay Industries Park for “Seinfeld’s” 25th anniversary in July. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a Keith Hernandez “Magic Loogie” bobblehead, mailmen in uniform will throw out the first pitch, players will wear puffy shirts for batting practice and there will bean Elaine-inspired dance contest for the July 5 special event.


Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg get engaged
McCarthy announced her engagement to the “Blue Bloods” star on “The View."

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<p>Bill Paxton on Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Bill Paxton on Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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TV Ratings: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'Voice' rise on Tuesday as CBS procedurals hit lows

'Originals' and 'Supernatural' draw small audiences for The CW

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Rising episodes of "The Voice" and "About a Boy" helped NBC win Tuesday night among young viewers, while CBS' "NCIS"-led procedurals dominated overall despite hovering around series lows in the key demo.

In a special 9 p.m. airing, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got a solid demo bump and a tiny overall uptick, but couldn't do much to help the launch of "Celebrity Wife Swap."

Among other sluggish Tuesday offerings, FOX's "Glee" lost a few viewers from last week, while "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" were on the low side. Both "The Originals" and "Supernatural" came in week for The CW as well.

On to the numbers...

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'The View' will reunite all 11 current and former co-hosts for Barbara Walters' farewell

"The View" will reunite all 11 current and former co-hosts for Barbara Walters' farewell
That includes Star Jones, Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, reuniting on May 15, the day before Walters says goodbye.

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Spike TV’s canceled 'Blue Mountain State' launches a movie Kickstarter

Spike TV’s canceled “Blue Mountain State” launches a movie Kickstarter
The creators of the college football comedy, which ran three seasons from 2010 to 2011, says interest has grown in “Blue Mountain state” since it was added to Netflix.


Louis CK jumps off the Brooklyn Bridge in latest “Louie” promo
See the new “perhaps, perhaps, perhaps” teaser.


PBS’ “American Masters” is revamping and expanding beyond artists
The 28-year-old biography series will begin including famous people in science and industry.

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<p>Wolverine&#39;s winning personality is once more front and center in &#39;X-Men: Days Of Future Past&#39;</p>

Wolverine's winning personality is once more front and center in 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

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Final 'X-Men Days Of Future Past' trailer pulls out all the stops and looks mammoth

Could this be Singer's return to form?

I'm not sure why they're calling this the final trailer for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." With a month to go before the film's release, I would imagine we're going to get pounded with marketing materials that are going to show us more and more of the film in an effort to get audiences to show up.

My own kids have been working to catch up with the "X-Men" series for the last month, and just tonight we watched "X-Men: First Class." I was struck again by just how much I like that film's take on the relationship between Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender), and there is no way to quantify how lucky they were to sign Jennifer Lawrence before she became a giant star. This film may feature an army of cameo appearances from the cast of the first three movies, but it is still very much a sequel to "First Class," and a bridge to "X-Men: Apocalypse," where we'll once again follow the younger cast.

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<p>Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall struggle mightily to make &#39;Transcendence&#39; work, but there&#39;s no saving a film this deeply dopey.</p>

Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall struggle mightily to make 'Transcendence' work, but there's no saving a film this deeply dopey.

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Review: Johnny Depp looks bored by the silly science-fiction ideas of 'Transcendence'

Consider this the anti-'Her'

Jack Paglen is the sole credited writer of "Transcendence," the new science-fiction film starring Johnny Depp, and if he really is the man responsible for the script, then it scares me to learn that he's been hired to write the big-screen "Battlestar Galactica" reboot.

One of the truths of science-fiction is that anytime we as a culture try to get our heads around a jump forward in technology, one of the ways we do that is by imagining the very worst case scenario, so it should come as no surprise that as we discuss ideas about The Singularity and trans-humanism, "Transcendence" arrives to serve as this decade's "Lawnmower Man," a deeply stupid movie that uses smart ideas as a springboard but without any real sense of what they're talking about. Wally Pfister, best known until now as the cinematographer on Christopher Nolan's big films, makes his directorial debut here, and as dumb as Paglen's script is, Pfister seems to have no feeling whatsoever for the staging of sequences or for any sort of dramatic narrative momentum. Make no mistake… "Transcendence" is a stiff, but one that is produced with enough polish that it almost successfully disguises its true nature.

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<p>Billy Bob Thornton goes driving at night on &quot;Fargo.&quot;</p>

Billy Bob Thornton goes driving at night on "Fargo."

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Series premiere review: 'Fargo' - 'The Crocodile's Dilemma'

Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman take a trip to Coen brothers country

I reviewed FX's "Fargo" in advance this morning, and I have a few specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I get more familiar with the ham...

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"The Real Housewives of New York City"

"The Real Housewives of New York City"

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'Real Housewives of New York City': Did the Singer Stinger ruin the party?

Heather can't forgive Aviva, but will she warm to Ramona and Sonja?

Hey, who knew that a trip to South Africa can transform you into a lovable peacemaker? Okay, maybe not lovable, but Ramona swears that her vacation (the one she can't stop mentioning, just so everyone and their dog knows she went to SOUTH AFRICA) has turned her into a gentler, kinder, better person. Apparently being a better person, by her definition, means bullying other people into playing nice with someone they hate, then flaking out on them as punishment for not being as Zen and forgiving as she is. Excuse me, I think I have to lie down. The layers upon layers of hypocrisy are just making my head hurt. 

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<p>Actually seeing Patton Oswalt in the Marvel universe feels like there&#39;s been a tear in reality... a totally awesome tear.</p>

Actually seeing Patton Oswalt in the Marvel universe feels like there's been a tear in reality... a totally awesome tear.

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' are on the run after last week's meltdown

And it looks like Patton Oswalt's ready to help

I tuned in just in time this week to catch Ward's act of betrayal again, followed by the HYDRA symbol instead of the SHIELD one. I'm less convinced now than last week that Ward is faking anything. Those three bullets he put in Hand at close range would seem to be fairly inarguable, and as more back-story was revealed over the course of the episode, it seems like Ward has been garbage since frame one.

That's cool. That's the version of the story I hope they're telling. If he turns out to just be faking everything, it's going to really irritate me. Right now, Ward suddenly got a personality, and he's suddenly an interesting character with some actual dimension to him. If they try to wrap everything up this year by just making him a good guy again, it's going to feel like it's just not playing fair anymore. There are only so many times you can have characters switch sides and only so far you can push them when they're working undercover before it becomes ridiculous. They're in a very interesting place for the story and the characters right now, and I'm hoping they push forward without trying to eventually roll everything back to the status quo.

More than anything, what last week's episode reminded me of was the Super Bowl episode of "Alias" where they blew up SD6, the covert agency that Sydney Bristow worked for. It was a great move, but it also started the show down a creative path that it never quite recovered from, and I think it may have been a mistake in hindsight. If you're going to blow up the premise of your show, you'd better have a great plan in place for how to build from there.

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MTV Movie Awards viewership drops by 1 million viewers with Conan O’Brien

MTV Movie Awards viewership drops by 1 million viewers with Conan O’Brien
This year’s awards, however, did beat “Game of Thrones” in number of Twitter impressions.


Chelsea Handler’s manager: She’s not headed to network TV, she didn’t mean to post a pic of CBS papers
“When Chelsea posted the picture she didn't notice the magazine and it was not a conscious attempt to say she was meeting with CBS,” Handler’s manager, Irving Azoff, tells The Wrap. “And I don't envision her on any broadcast network.” PLUS: Handler shouldn’t have campaigned so openly.


“All That” turns 20
Here’s ranking all the original cast members of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show, including No. 8 Nick Cannon, No. 5 Amanda Bynes, No. 4 Kenan Thompson and No. 2. Kel Mitchell.


“Roswell” is having a 15th-anniversary reunion
The Austin Television Festival’s panel will, so far, include Shiri Appleby, “Revenge’s” Nick Wechsler, “Parenthood’s” Jason Katims and Brendan Fehr.


Here are TV’s most satisfying death scenes
Besides the ones on “Game of Thrones."


“Awkward” is back for senior year
The MTV series’ new showrunners are promising a Season 4 "fraught with tension and drama.”


“Pawn Stars’” Chumlee is now skinny
The History channel reality star dropped 75 pounds in the last year.


Behind the scenes of “The Simpsons’” Sylvain Chomet couch gag
The "Triplets of Belleville” director talks about his “Simpsons” animation process.


“Murphy Brown” creator couldn’t imagine doing a series finale in today’s Twitter world
Diane English thinks it’s harder for today’s TV showrunners to stick with their gut. In 1998, when “Murphy Brown” ended, "there was no social media,” she says. "People were barely on the Internet. So I had no input from fans at all. Zero. I mean, it was really what was gonna satisfy us? What did the network want? Did we want the same thing? What about the cast? What about Candice? These were the voices, not the outside world. Now, God, I don’t know how you do a series finale when everybody’s weighing in on Twitter."


“Passions” stars: Where are they now?
Catch up with the stars of the NBC/DirecTV soap, including Natalie Zea, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Justin Hartley.


Aziz Ansari starring in web series “Food Club”
Ansari is joined by Eric Wareheim from “Tim & Eric” and “Human Giant’s” Jason Woliner as they sample food throughout L.A.


21-year-old “Southern Charm” star welcomes a baby with her 50-year-old co-star
Kathryn Dennis was shown on the Bravo reality show testing negative for pregnancy.


Study: TV-obsessed watching kids have trouble sleeping
The more children watch television, the more likely they are to suffer sleep problems, according to new research in the journal Pediatrics.


Tina Fey: “iCarly” series finale moved me to tears
Fey and her fellow “30 Rock” showrunner Robert Carlock recalled watching all sorts of finales before finishing the NBC sitcom.


“Girls” is back to work
Season 4 began filming today.


PBS’ “Pioneers of Television” returns with “Standup to Sitcom”
The problem with this PBS series, says Brian Lowry is that it "suffers from its pigheaded refusal to incorporate voices beyond the actual stars it features, providing a once-over-lightly account that could easily be enriched by incorporating a few behind-the-scenes and third-party voices."


“New Girl” is suffering from “Make Something Happen” syndrome
Many recent story lines, says Marc Hirsh, "spring out of, or follow a track built on, nothing beyond a desire on the part of the show to Make Something Happen. It happened with Jess and Sam. Winston and Shelby. Winston and Daisy. Just Winston in general, really.”


Why "Breaking Bad's" Vince Gilligan abandoned a “Wild Bunch” bloodbath ending
Gilligan considered killing everybody off, but realized: "Just because an ending is dramatic or perhaps overly dramatic does not ensure that it will be satisfying.” PLUS: Canadian cafe puts Walter White in the bathroom.


Watch the “Game of Thrones” cast react to Sunday’s episode
A new video includes Arya (Maisie Williams’) reaction. PLUS: Green Day meets “Game of Thrones,” and how book readers solved the mystery.


Mindy Lahiri from “The Mindy Project” is “batsh*t crazy”
“'Crazy' is a word that gets tossed around too often in conversations about women’s emotions and how well they control them,” says Jillian Mapes. "I don’t use it lightly, but here we go: Mindy Lahiri is batsh*t crazy. If the show’s demographic were comprised of more straight men, I would worry that the character is offering up a damaging portrayal of the modern career woman. I suspect Kaling thinks of her TV counterpart as 'crazy in a fun way,' like the friend who gets too drunk at brunch and snags the waiter’s number. The thing is, 'crazy in a fun way' requires self-confidence — something Lahiri lacks at every juncture, except when being constantly undercut by her male coworkers.” PLUS: Max Greenfield on his “Mindy” cameo, and Mindy Kaling talks to Conan about her fantasies of hunks while exercising.


ABC releases a “Scandal” visual party checklist
A new promo urges Gladiators to “break Twitter.” PLUS: Ranking all the ways “Scandal” hid Kerry Washington’s baby bump, and Scott Foley promises a “divisive” season finale.


“SNL’s” Cecily Strong becomes a rabbit
Watch what happens when she loses a bet over an NBA game.


Amazon picks up “Defiance”
The Syfy’s 1st season is now available for streaming.


Presenting the weirdest TV merchandise
From the “Yo Bitch!” “Breaking Bad” fathead to the “Girls” burnout hoodie.


Unlike “Seinfeld,” Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” isn’t relatable at all
The web series seems more suited to the comfortably rich.


Ken Burns’ “The Address” is really a documentary about learning disabilities
The film about students with learning disabilities learning the Gettysburg Address is unlike any documentary Burns has made before.


FX’s “Fargo” does everything a TV show should do when it’s based on a movie
“It makes you recall how much you loved it the first time around while advancing a new tale in the same snow-blown, upper-Midwestern milieu,” says Hank Stuever. PLUS: It’s easy to lose yourself in this FX remake, a dubious idea turns out to be shockingly great, it will remind you what’s great about the movie, it establishes itself as its own wonderful thing, “Fargo" is missing the spark of originality that would make it great, Billy Bob Thornton never had time to doubt the project, and Martin Freeman would’ve normally rejected a project like this.

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<p>Based on this image, I&#39;m pretty sure the border is completely safe thanks to Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the upcoming film &#39;Border Guards&#39;</p>

Based on this image, I'm pretty sure the border is completely safe thanks to Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the upcoming film 'Border Guards'

Credit: Sony Pictures

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly teaming up on immigration comedy 'Border Guards'

There's a great writer in the mix as well, so we're excited

What an odd bit of synchronicity. For the last week, I've had "Step Brothers" sitting on the shelf by the TV in my office and I've been considering watching it again. Finally, as I started getting ready to write a few pieces this afternoon, I threw the film in and hit play. As the first scene started to play, I went back to my e-mail and found a heads-up from Greg Ellwood about a story that just broke regarding the third collaboration between Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and John C. Reilly.

It's safe to say that I am a fan of the combination of McKay and Ferrell. I feel like they have such a great voice when they create characters, and one of the things I like most is seeing how they incorporate other comedy voices into what they do in each new project. For example, in "The Other Guys," it was really smart making Will Ferrell the straight man and giving Mark Wahlberg the main role as the explosive lunatic, and Eva Medes in the same film looked like she was having the time of her life playing one of the strangest characters of her career. In "Talladega Nights," John C. Reilly made a fantastic sidekick to Ferrell's character, which made it even more fun to watch them go after each other in "Step Brothers."

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