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Letterman and Lindsay Lohan phone Oprah

Letterman and Lindsay Lohan phone Oprah
Dave announces he's a Scientologist.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ naked Rolling Stone cover contains a major flaw
John Hancock never signed the U.S. Constitution!

Bill O’Reilly slams Stephen Colbert — is "Papa Bear" trying to get him the “Late Show” gig?
Last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” served only to bolster Colbert’s relevance, says James Poniewozik. “Make no mistake,” he says, "however much Colbert wants Letterman’s job and however much CBS wants him, making Colbert the subject of another public flame war only raises his profile higher than it already is. Is O’Reilly maybe trying to undermine Colbert, sending the signal that CBS will alienate conservative viewers if it hires Colbert? If so, I doubt that would work. Many conservatives have had it in for Letterman for years, and CBS gladly renewed him as long as he wanted to keep the job.”

E! to air a special devoted to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show
The April 23 special will celebrate Seacrest’s 10-year gig as host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest."

Teresa & Joe Giudice will erase more than $13M in debt by paying $7,500 to their creditors
TMZ has uncovered documents showing the “Real Housewives” couple living a lavish lifestyle.

“Divorce Court” renewed through 2017
It’s TV’s longest-running court show.

Roseanne unveils skinnier new look for “Last Comic Standing”
Did Roseanne Barr drop all this weight for her return to TV?

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Drake will host the ESPYs

Drake will host the ESPYs
After hosting “SNL” in January, rapper Drake will helm ESPN’s annual awards show live on July 16.

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TV Land is rebooting 'Candid Camera'

TV Land is rebooting “Candid Camera”
Peter Funt, son of “Candid Camera” creator and original host Allen Funt, will co-host the 10-episode reboot this summer.

Barbara Walters confirms Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck were booted from “The View”
In a Variety profile on her retirement, Walters says, “I don’t feel like I’m being pushed out. This was my decision.” But it wasn’t Hasselbeck or Behar’s decision to leave "The View." “These are not Barbara and Bill’s decisions,” Walters says. “The network is also involved. I think the feeling was if one went, both had to leave. We needed to shake things up.”

Watch last week’s entire “SNL” in 2 minutes from the audience’s perspective
“Saturday Night Live” has uploaded a time-lapse behind-the-scenes-video of Anna Kendrick’s entire show.

Lifetime’s “Relative Insanity" will lock family members in a room for 2 days
Two families will battle it out to see who can outlast and out-fox each other and earn a $25,000 cash prize.

“The Simpsons” launching on FXX with a 12-day, 522-episode marathon
“It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” says FXX boss Jon Landgraf.

FX boss: “True Detective” competing for Emmy’s Best Drama is “unfair”
Says John Landgraf: “My own personal point of view is that a miniseries is a story that ends, a series is a story that continues. To tell you the truth, I think it's actually unfair for HBO to put ‘True Detective’ in the drama series category because essentially you can get certain actors to do a closed-ended series, a la Billy Bob Thornton in ‘Fargo’ or Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in ‘True Detective,’ who you can't get to sign on for a seven-year deal.”

Cobie Smulders will return to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
She’ll reprise her Agent Maria Hill role during May sweeps. PLUS: “S.H.I.E.L.D.” hits a new low.

Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show has lost nearly half its premiere viewership
About 390,000 watched this week’s “Lindsay."

“The Voice” is going on tour
The 31-city tour will include Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin, as well as Dia Frampton from Season 1 and Will Champlin.

“The L Word’s” Mia Kirshner headed to Netflix
She’ll be part of the psychological thriller from the “Damages” creators that stars Kyle Chandler.

Former Alabama QB AJ McCarron and “Splash” star Katherine Webb are making a reality show together
The engaged couple will have their lives chronicled as McCarron moves to the NFL, but their proposed reality show hasn’t found a network yet.

Jill Duggar is engaged
"19 Kids & Counting” will be adding a son-in-law to their clan.

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

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

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: No 'Winter Soldier' bump for 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' as NBC, CBS split Tuesday

'NCIS' leads CBS overall, while 'The Voice' and 'Chicago Fire' pace NBC in the demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

A widely hyped and well-received episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." actually dropped in ratings despite a tie-in to the blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Of course, even with a huge bump ABC wouldn't have competed on Tuesday with "The Voice"-driven NBC and "NCIS"-fueled CBS.

For CBS, there was a big week-to-week bump for "NCIS," which helped the network easily win Tuesday overall, while "Chicago Fire" capitalized on a "Person of Interest" repeat to lead NBC to a key demo victory.

Among Tuesday decliners, "The Voice" lost a chunk of support, which also translated into drops for "About a Boy" and "Chicago Fire." ABC's comedies were also down, but FOX's "The Mindy Project" was up a hair.

On to the numbers...

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Amazon orders Ron Perlman’s 'House of God' and Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny in 'The Cosmopolitans'

Amazon orders Ron Perlman’s “House of God” and Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny in “The Cosmopolitans”
Perlman will play law-bending Judge Pernell Harris, with Dana Delany as his wife. “The Cosmopolitans” is from “Metropolitan” director Whit Stillman, about ex-pats in Paris.

Jon Hamm makes fun of his ‘90s dating show rejection
“And that’s how I met your mother,” he said on Craig Ferguson.

FX on the verge of renewing “The Americans”
FX chief John Landgraf also said at today’s upfronts that “Fargo” is "“one of the better things we’ve ever put on the network.”

Former “Dancing” host Samantha Harris will undergo a double mastectomy
Harris, 40, has been treated for breast cancer since last fall.

Nat Geo Wild renews Cesar Milian’s “Cesar 911”
“Cesar” had become the cable network’s 2nd highest-rated series.

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<p>Chloe Bennet as Skye in &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of SHIELD.&quot;</p>

Chloe Bennet as Skye in "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD."

Credit: ABC

Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'Turn, Turn, Turn'

The TV show has to deal with all the ramifications of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

Drew McWeeny has been covering "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" for us all season, and like usual he had a thoughtful take on last night's episode. But given both how pivotal and unusual "Turn, Turn, Turn" was, I figured I would check in as well with a review — featuring spoilers for both this episode and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" — coming up just as soon as I have thoughts on Chachi...

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L.A. mayor phoned Les Moonves to get CBS’ post-Letterman show to move to Los Angeles

L.A. mayor phoned Les Moonves to get CBS’ post-Letterman show to move to Los Angeles
Mayor Eric Garcetti did Tuesday what his NYC counterpart did Monday. That follows a letter Garcetti sent last week, saying: "I am excited for the opportunity to encourage you to bring CBS’ next late-night show to our city — the entertainment capital of the world."

“Justified” boss reflects on Season 5
"It's so funny,” says Graham Yost, "because we were in this position in season 3, where people liked the season but weren't loving it. Although, I gotta tell ya, there are some people who think this is our best season, and I choose to listen only to them. (laughs) Our biggest concern was not to repeat ourselves and not to make this the Bennetts, part two — to make the Crowes a distinct family. What we got with the actors gave us that. It was a different constellation.” PLUS: The last two seasons are meant to be one big season, why Ava was in prison the entire season, the season finale was predictable yet fun to watch, it deftly set up the final season, and the final season looks very promising.

“SNL” made a special goodbye "Wig" T-shirt for Kristen Wiig
Seth Meyers showed a Beatles-inspired T-shirt of all of Wiig's 19 wigs she wore during her seven seasons on "Saturday Night Live."

Remembering “Silicon Valley’s” Christopher Evan Welch, who died in December
Welch never lived to see the debut of his breakout role as angel investor Peter Gregory in the “Silicon Valley” pilot.

Watch the trailer for NBC’s “Undateable”
The comedy is from “Cougar Town” and “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence.

“Chicago Fire” boss: Why we keep killing off major characters
"You have to keep the audience honest,” says exec producer Matt Olmstead. "They can't be conditioned to think no one's ever getting killed on this show. ... You have to take the opportunity to show that there are risks on this job, there are risks in Chicago, there are risks on this show.”

Jimmy Fallon & Anne Hathaway sing Broadway versions of rap songs
It’s the latest "Tonight Show" viral video.

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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot; Raylan tries to get through to Kendall Crowe.</p>

On "Justified," Raylan tries to get through to Kendall Crowe.

Credit: FX

Season finale review: 'Justified' - 'Restitution'

Raylan tries one more move against Daryl Crowe, while Boyd has visitors from Mexico

"Justified" just wrapped up season 5. I spoke with Graham Yost about various storytelling decisions from the year, and I have a few specific thoughts on the finale coming up just as soon as I kill you with both hands cuffed behind my back...

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<p>The Crowe family were at the center of &quot;Justified&quot; season 5, for good or for ill.</p>

The Crowe family were at the center of "Justified" season 5, for good or for ill.

Credit: FX

'Justified' producer Graham Yost post-mortems season 5

'Things have got to get a lot worse before they're going to get better.'

FX's "Justified" is usually one of my favorite shows on television, but the just-completed fifth season was my least favorite stretch of the show. The Crowe family never clicked for me as major villains the way the show's other big bads have, a lot of time was spent on the bleakness of Ava's life in prison and Boyd's struggles to become a heroin trafficker, and at a certain point I was just waiting for the show to kick off the Raylan vs. Boyd endgame that will be the subject of the final season next year.

As I usually do at the end of the season, I got on the phone with "Justified" showrunner Graham Yost, who was good-natured (and good-humored) about discussing a season he knows hasn't been the series' most popular, and who explained some of the ways plans changed over the course of the season.

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<p>Agent May is just one of the characters who gets put through the ringer in tonight&#39;s episode of &#39;Marvel&#39;s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.&#39;</p>

Agent May is just one of the characters who gets put through the ringer in tonight's episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Credit: ABC/Marvel Studios

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' promises big changes, but does it deliver?

How do we feel now that they've paid off the season's biggest storyline?

One of the greatest acts of sleight of hand involved with telling any ongoing narrative, whether it's a TV show or a comic book or a movie franchise, is giving the impression that you are creating major permanent changes in the story without burning down all the things that drew the audience to the thing in the first place.

When you've got a show like "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.," that's not a danger because this entire season has been a struggle for the show to find its voice and build a narrative head of steam, and any adjustments they make right now can only work to the show's advantage. It helps that last week's episode and this week's are both directly tied to the events of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," since the film definitely shook up the status quo of the Marvel Movie Universe.

Of course, you can't just shake things up for the sake of doing so, either. That's no better than simply telling the same dull story without any adjustments. For it to really work, major changes have to offer something thematically important to the story, or they have to organically tie in to what's come before. It's a balancing act, and I don't envy the creative team behind "S.H.I.E.L.D." The pressure had to be monumental to get tonight's episode right, and it feels like they've finally paid off much of what they've been doing over the last sixteen hours of the series.

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NBC asking viewers to come up with better sitcom ideas

NBC asking viewers to come up with better sitcom ideas
The “NBC Comedy Playground” initiative will use crowdsourcing to find fresh sitcom ideas, with a panel of stars like Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling and Jason Bateman forming a panel to judge the entries.

“SNL’s” Fox News flub becomes true
On last week’s “Saturday Night Live” sketch spoofing “Fox & Friends,” Bobby Moynihan as Brian Kilmeade referred to the NCAA as the NAACP.  This morning on "Fox & Friends First,” host Heather Childers referred to the UConn Huskies as "NAACP national champs."

Naked Julia Louis-Dreyfus covers Rolling Stone — with the constitution tattooed on her back
"In my defense, 'I was in a drunken stupor,” the “Veep” star says of the racy cover.

Mindy Kaling on “Shameless” entering Emmy’s Best Comedy race: A comedy should contain jokes
Kaling, “Parks and Rec’s” Adam Scott, Jenna Elfman, “About a Boy’s David Walton and Andy Samberg talked comedy today at NBC Universal’s press day.

Jimmy Fallon is finally going on vacation after 8 straight weeks of “The Tonight Show”
Next week, NBC will re-air Fallon’s entire “Tonight Show” premiere week.

Seth Rogen jumps in the air for his "SNL" promos
Watch his promos with Aidy Bryant.

Marvel’s movie approach may have been inspired by TV
The slew of Marvel movies seems to be using the serialized approach that television is thriving on these days. But oddly enough, Marvel isn’t doing so well with its TV show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

The secret to Letterman’s comedy? His boredom!
That’s the theory posed by Joshua Rothman: "Dog people, who seek out affability and enthusiasm in their late-night hosts, gravitate toward Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, hosts who tumble down the driveway, eager to please. Cat people, by contrast, like Letterman, because he’s prickly, indifferent, and mysterious. Staring down at his blue index cards, chuckling ominously to himself, Letterman doesn’t seem to care about being funny. Instead, he seems frustrated, distracted, and maybe even a little bored. Nonfans find this off-putting. But Letterman’s boredom—his reticence or, on a good day, his guarded enthusiasm—is the secret to his comedy. In fact, it’s been his main theme for more than thirty years.” PLUS: Every Letterman junkie knew Dave would retire on a whim, Questlove says Letterman made New York cool, and listen to Dave’s 1969 college radio show.

“House of Cards” creator has no idea how many people watch his show
“I don’t know how many people have watched ‘House of Cards,’ says Beau Willimon, "I don’t know the demographics, I don’t know when they watch it, I don’t know how many episodes on average they watch in a row,” he said in an interview. “I don’t have access to any of that any more than you do, and I’m grateful for that too, because I don’t have to respond to it.” PLUS: What about a “Veep” crossover? “If we could get Kevin and Julia on the screen at the same time, that would be electric,” says Willimon.

“Family Ties” alum Michael Gross is headed to “Suits”
He’ll play the founder of a DVD distribution company.

“New Girl” books alums from “The Office” and “Reno 911!”
Oscar Nunez and Kerri Kenney will appear in the season finale.

Ex-“Seinfeld” writer Carol Leifer recalls pitching ideas to Larry David
"Pitching your ideas at ‘Seinfeld' was tough,” she says in her new memoir. "Especially getting Larry David to bite. Larry had this physical tic when he was bored: he’d stretch his shoulder down from his neck and then move his arm around in a circle, looking like he was in pain. I’d pitch, Larry would listen while doing a lap with his shoulder, then at the end he’d often just shake his head and declare: 'No, I don’t love that one.’"

Check out Kevin Hart and his ABC sitcom pilot family
Comedy Central roaster Jeffrey Ross and “Weeds” alum Romany Malco are among the cast for Hart’s comedy pilot loosely based on his life.

Read Andy Cohen’s “Peanuts” forward
The Bravo star wrote the intro the new book “Peanuts Guide to Life,” a collection of the best Charlie Brown comic strips.

CNBC orders “Restaurant Kickstart” and “Filthy Rich Guide”
“Restaurant Kickstart” will challenge contestants to launch a pop-up restaurant with $7500.

Disney Junior animates a double amputee character
“Doc McStuffins” will reveal the character of Wildlife Will, who has no legs.

“Orphan Black’s” Season 2 changes include shooting outside more
Shooting in warm weather allowed the BBC America drama to get away from its urban feel.

Watch Amy Poehler talk “Broad City” in Cannes
"I think there's a universality about young people's ability to tell when something isn't authentic,” Poehler said at a panel for the MIPTV conference.

Food Network and HGTV are doing a TV crossover, via their magazines
The May issue will feature coordinated covers and content.

What it’s like to teach a “Mad Men” college course
Whitman College prof Anne Helen Petersen’s course "Mad Men: Media, Gender, Historiography” requires each student to watch two to five episodes before each class. PLUS: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about “Mad Men” hair.

“Trophy Wife” tonight spoofs “Scandal”
Watch Marcia Gay Harden channel Olivia Pope on tonight’s episode.

“The View” shouldn’t become Barbara Walters’ biggest legacy
Don’t forget that Walters was a trailblazer in TV news.

Oxygen is now exclusively targeting women, 18-34
Oxygen found that this millennial audience demands programming that’s diverse. “These people want to see themselves reflected on screen,” says the head of Bravo and Oxygen, and “the opportunity for Oxygen is huge.”

Bravo cancels "Princesses: Long Island"
The controversial reality show caused quite a stir in the real Long Island.

How to survive a “Colbert Report” interview
Lesson No. 1: Don’t try to be funny.

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<p>Hilary Swank winning Oscar #2 for &quot;Million Dollar Baby&quot;</p>

Hilary Swank winning Oscar #2 for "Million Dollar Baby"

Credit: AP Photo

Oscar Bait: 'You're Not You' with Hilary Swank coming to theaters this year

Entertainment One acquires North American distribution rights

Let's dust off the old part-time specialty feature "Oscar Bait" with some news on an acquisition, shall we?

Now, this time last year a lot of eyes were turned toward Naomi Watts in what seemed like a baity role as Princess Diana in "Diana." Then the film waited for a distributor, and waited, and waited. The writing was on the wall by the time Entertainment One grabbed it and it went nowhere with critics, audiences and, certainly, awards-voting bodies.

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