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HIMYM' co-creators are 'deeply sorry' for 'yellowface' in Monday's episode


"HIMYM" co-creators are "deeply sorry" for "yellowface" on Monday's episode
Carter Bays (along with Craig Thomas) responded to the "#HowIMetYourRacism" hashtag on Twitter, saying: "With Monday's episode, we set out to make a silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies, a genre we’ve always loved. But along the way we offended people. We're deeply sorry, and we’re grateful to everyone who spoke up to make us aware of it."

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Kristen Bell

 Kristen Bell

'Veronica Mars' to get digital spin-off

The online series may or may not air before the movie

If you loved the late, great "Veronica Mars" (which went off the air in 2007), it might be time to rejoice. During press tour, the CW revealed that the beloved Kristen Bell-vehicle is getting a spin-off -- online.

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'American Horror Story' Season 4 will be set in 1950


"American Horror Story" Season 4 will be set in 1950

"It's a period piece," says Ryan Murphy.


"Duck Dynasty" returns tonight: Expect big ratings
The A&E series should get a big boost from last month's controversy, as James Poniewozik points out: "At least for the premiere, I'm betting they'll be more than made up for by people watching the show for the first time (as a statement or not), longtime fans making sure to catch the first airing to Stand With Phil, and casual viewers who don't care so much about the controversy one way or the other but, who have spent a solid month being reminded that 'Duck Dynasty' exists."


CW orders a "Veronica Mars" spinoff digital series
Rob Thomas will be behind the digital series, which will be shown on CW Seed, the network's digital home.


HBO renews "Real Time with Bill Maher"
The long-running talk show will be back for a 13th season.


CW orders Cedric the Entertainer's "Barber Battle" and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us"

In "Barber Battle," barbers will compete to be named the creator of the best "crowns" in town.


"The Good Wife" promises an improved Kalinda storyline, may bring back Michael J. Fox

"Kalinda was a little bit adrift in the first half of the year," exec producer Robert King admitted today at TCAs. PLUS: Eric Bogosian will guest-star, why the next "Good Wife" episode is scheduled for March 9, and Julianna Margulies' apartment was flooded after an Architectural Digest shoot.


"Downton Abbey" vet Jessica Brown-Findlay to star in CW's "Labyrinth" miniseries

She'll play a character named Alaïs in an event series that follows two women who are separated by centuries in their pursuit of the Holy Grail.


This week's "NCIS" was inspired by the Boston Marathon bombings
Exec producer Gary Glasberg says he wanted "to show someone who comes from a government background involved in something tragic like this and manages to persevere."


"Intelligence" creator on ratings plunge: "That sucked"

"We're all human and want to win," says Michael Seitzman. "Yesterday morning we woke up, and the ratings were not what they had been. That sucked. But it was great for five days having the network tout you as the No. 1 new show on TV. We had that and they can't take it away from us," he says jokingly. PLUS: Michael Trucco and Peter Coyote will guest on "Intelligence."


"Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox is penning her memoir
The book, due in 2015, will delve into Cox's experience growing up transgender.


"Elementary" taps Jane Alexander to play Sherlock's pen pal

They will meet after trading erotic letters for years.


Paul Rudd joins the final "Greatest Event in Television History"
Check out Rudd and Adam Scott with their new hairstyles.


Thomas Dekker will join Rainn Wilson on "Backstrom"

The former "Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles" star is returning to Fox as Detective Backstrom's connection to the underworld.

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<p>Mark Pedowitz</p>

Mark Pedowitz

Credit: The CW

The CW Executive Session with Mark Pedowitz Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect 'Flash,' 'Amazon' and other questions

No network executive goes through as many press conference questions/answers as CW President Mark Pedowitz. 

On Wednesday (January 15), Pedowitz makes his latest TCA press tour appearance after a fall that saw the network renew all of its new shows, even if "Reign" and "Tomorrow People" are both struggling to retain their lead-ins. 

Expect questions about the "Arrow" spinoff of "The Flash" as well as some other DC Comics stuff, probably. 

Click through to follow along.

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<p>Ke$ha and Pitbull</p>

Ke$ha and Pitbull

Credit: AP Photo

Pitbull and Ke$ha's 'Timber' tops the pop charts... again

Katy Perry gets some exciting news

Pitbull and Ke$ha remain in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with “Timber.”  The song is also No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs.

Four of the top five stay in place, as OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” is No. 2, Eminem and Rihanna’s “Monster” is No. 3, and A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something” is No. 5.

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, rides into the top 5, rising 6-4. Its rise is propelled by the song’s move into No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart, her tenth Digital Songs chart topper.

Passenger’s “Let Her Go” inches 7-6, Lorde’s “Royals” slips 4-7, and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” holds at No. 8

Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” scoots 10-9, while One Direction’s “Story of My Life” re-enters the Top 10, moving 12-10.

 

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<p>Could &quot;Fast &amp;&nbsp;Furious 6&quot;&nbsp;be a nominee in the Best&nbsp;Sound Editing category tomorrow?</p>

Could "Fast & Furious 6" be a nominee in the Best Sound Editing category tomorrow?

Credit: Universal Pictures

'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' lead MPSE Golden Reel Awards nominations

'Captain Phillips,' 'The Hobbit,' 'Lone Survivor' show up strong as well

Nominations have been announced for the Motion Picture Sound Editors' (MPSE) 61st annual Golden Reel Awards, and it was "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" that led the way with three nominations each.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Credit: Katyperry.com

Katy Perry ready to roar on stage

North American tour kicks off June 22

Katy Perry will roar back onto stage June 22, when she kicks off the Prismatic World Tour in Raleigh, N.C.

Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara will serve as support acts.

The 46-city outing, presented by AEG’s Goldenvoice, will last four months, ending at Houston’s Toyota Center on Oct. 10.

Perry’s current album, “Prism,” has landed Perry a number of hits, including first single, “Roar,” and current Top 10 tune, “Dark Horse.”

And here’s a term we don’t remember seeing before: Cover Girl is the “official cosmetic partner” of the Prismatic tour.  I guess that leaves room for an official car sponsor, clothing sponsor, etc. Citi has already grabbed official credit card of the tour...

Citi members will have first crack at tickets starting Jan. 21, followed by a Facebook pre-sale starting Jan. 23. The general on-sale date will be announced shortly.

Perry will appear on the Grammy Awards, Jan. 26.

6/22/14 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena *
6/24/14 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center *
6/27/14 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena *
6/28/14 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena *
6/30/14 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum *
7/2/14 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center *
7/3/14 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena *
7/9/14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *
7/11/14 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center *
7/15/14 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre *
7/16/14 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre *
7/18/14 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre *
7/22/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center *
7/24/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *
8/1/14 – Boston, MA – TD Garden *
8/4/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center *
8/7/14 – Chicago, IL – United Center *
8/10/14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena ^
8/11/14 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills ^
8/13/14 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena ^
8/14/14 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena ^
8/16/14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center ^
8/17/14 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center ^
8/19/14 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center ^
8/20/14 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena ^
8/22/14 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center ^
8/23/14 – Fargo, ND – FARGODOME ^
8/26/14 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre ^
8/28/14 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre ^
8/29/14 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome ^
8/31/14 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place ^
9/9/14 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
9/12/14 – Portland, OR – Moda Center #
9/13/14 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome #
9/16/14 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center #
9/19/14 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center #
9/22/14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center #
9/25/14 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena #
9/26/14 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena #
9/29/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena #
9/30/14 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center #
10/2/14 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center #
10/5/14 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum #
10/6/14 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center #
10/8/14 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena #
10/10/14 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center ~

*With Capital Cities
^ With Kasey Musgraves
# With Tegan and Sara
~ TBD

 

 

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<p>Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez in &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez in "Looking."

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'Looking' a sharp look at three gay friends

New comedy has an excellent sense of place and community

HBO is celebrated more for its trailblazing dramas, but many of its half-hour series have also been responsible for pushing the limits of what's acceptable in TV comedy, or even what we consider comedy at all, from "The Larry Sanders Show" to "Sex and the City" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to more recent entries like "Girls" and "Enlightened." And what's most striking about HBO's newest comedy, "Looking" (Sunday at 10:30 p.m.) is how non-radical it seems. It's a series about three gay male friends in San Francisco, and incredibly frank about sex (though its explicitness tends to be more verbal than visual), and yet at the moment we're in as a culture, and in the evolutionary history of cable comedy, it just feels like a natural extension of what's come before.

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Jay Leno will get a '60 Minutes' profile as he exits 'The Tonight Show'


Jay Leno will get a "60 Minutes" profile as he exits "The Tonight Show"

Leno and Steve Kroft were recently spotted in Jay's hometown of Andover, Massachusetts filming a farewell piece that will coincide with Leno's exit.


CBS boss admits being "mortified" by "Big Brother" racist and homophobic comments

CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler, however, feels the producers handled Gries responsibly. Still, the network plans to upgrade the way it does background checks on "Big Brother" contestants. PLUS: CBS defends the 22-episode season, does CBS have a Monday at 10 problem?, and "How I Met Your Father" will follow the "HIMYM" structure.


"Parks and Rec" gets John Hodgman to take on Dan Catellaneta

They'll play dueling public radio hosts.


Jenny McCarthy claims "The Bachelorette" rejected her a decade ago
McCarthy explained on "The View": "I got my agent to call ABC and say I wanted to be the new 'Bachelorette' and they said, 'No we're not using celebrities at this time.' That was 10 years ago."


"Intelligence" producers: We didn't rip off "Chuck" because we haven't seen it
Producers on the Josh Holloway drama say they've heard the comparisons of the two shows.


Adult Swim renews "China, IL"
The animated comedy will return for a 3rd season.


Another "Cheer Perfection" star arrested
Cheer Time Revolution co-owner Ronald Dunlap was allegedly caught with marijuana.

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<p>&quot;Survivor&quot; host Jeff Probst</p>

"Survivor" host Jeff Probst

Credit: CBS

CBS sets premieres for Spring 2014 'Survivor,' 'Amazing Race' installments

The Olympics will push back the premieres a little
I still have six weeks before the exit interviews start again.
 
CBS has announced the premiere dates for the Spring 2014 installments of "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor," which will be slightly later than usual this year to somewhat dodge NBC's Olympics coverage.
 
"The Amazing Race" premieres its third All-Stars installment on Sunday, February 23. It's only an hour-long episode, which would prompt my normal complaints about how it's too hard to fit 11 teams into an hour-long premiere, but at least the All-Stars format means that we theoretically half-remember the teams. 
 
CBS has yet to formally announce the returning teams, but that information is all over the Internet, if you happen to care.
 
In contrast, CBS' 28th installment of "Survivor," which seems to be titled "Survivor: Cagayan" rather than "Survivor: Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty," actually will get a two-hour premiere for the first time since "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" in 2010. "Survivor: Cagayan" will premiere on Wednesday, February 26t, with what will be the show's first season without any returning players in some time.
 
CBS has already renewed "Survivor" for two more seasons next year. "The Amazing Race," with its nine Outstanding Reality Competition Program Emmys, hasn't been renewed, but it's expected to be back next season.
 
"Survivor" is coming off a strong "Blood vs. Water" season, while I don't remember much about the last "Amazing Race" season. 
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"The Facts of Life"

 "The Facts of Life"

Exclusive clip: 'Facts of Life' star talks going broke on 'Oprah: WATN?'

Lisa Whelchel reveals she blew through her TV money quickly

Remember rich kid Blair Warner on the '80s sitcom "The Facts of Life"? In real life, Lisa Whelchel was far removed from her snobby character -- in fact, shortly after the series ended, she had blown through all of her TV earnings. Whereas Blair probably would have been devastated at the thought of living with less, the mother of three (and, more recently, one time "Survivor" contestant) tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" that losing it all was the best thing that could have happened to her. Well, as long as she's happy!

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<p>Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek and the rest of the Razzie-nominated 'Grown Ups 2' cast.&nbsp;</p>

Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek and the rest of the Razzie-nominated 'Grown Ups 2' cast. 

Credit: Sony Pictures

'Grown Ups 2' leads this year's Razzie nominations

'Lone Ranger,' 'After Earth,' Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian also 'honored'

"Grown Ups 2" is the clear "winner" of this year's Razzie nominations, although the voters saved plenty of vitriol for summer flops "The Lone Ranger" and "After Earth," and the star-studded comedy anthology "Movie 43."

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