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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."

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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.

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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.

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'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.'

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'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"

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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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Amy and Greg Poehler

Amy and Greg Poehler

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Amy and Greg Poehler talk Skarsgards, doggy bags, 'Welcome to Sweden'

The siblings discuss what it's like to make TV in Sweden

It turns out that doggy bags don't necessarily translate as a concept overseas. When a reporter at the NBC summer press day recounted a story about how a friend was met with a horrified expression when asking for one in Sweden, "Welcome to Sweden" (premiering July 10) creator/executive producer/star Greg Poehler laughed. "Yeah, you don't take food home from restaurants in Sweden. We didn't put any doggy bag jokes in the show season one, but we may use it in season 2. Can we use that?"

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<p>Lisa Cholodenko</p>

Lisa Cholodenko

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LA film fest announces Lisa Cholodenko as Guest Director and special award for SPC honchos

Other programs revealed, including conversations with Atticus Ross and Key & Peele

The Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) is gearing up for a bow this June, having already announced Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" as the opening night premiere. Today Film Independent, which puts on the fest, announced this year's guest director and a special honor for two all-timers in the indie game.

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<p>Don Draper&#39;s back on Sunday in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Don Draper's back on Sunday in "Mad Men."

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 11: 'Mad Men,' 'Raising Hope' & more

Dan and Alan also review Showtime's 'Years of Living Dangerously'

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for another Firewall & Iceberg video show, in which we attempt to discuss the "Mad Men" without revealing anything of substance, talk about finales in general and the end of "Raising Hope" in particular, and review Showtime's eco-docu series "Years of Living Dangerously."

The rundown: 

TIME BREAKDOWN

0:00- 4:05- Too Much TV Viewer Mail Question

4:05- 8:33- Mad Men Preview
8:33- 13:55- TV Finale Character Progression Mail Question
13:55- 19:38- Raising Hope finale Discussion
19:38- 27:11- Years of Living Dangerously Review

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.

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'Glee' enlists Shirley MacLaine

“Glee” enlists Shirley MacLaine
She’ll appear in a multi-episode arc New York socialite intent on turning Blaine into a superstar.

“Single Ladies” uncanceled
BET’s “Centric” has ordered a 4th season of the VH1 series that was canceled in February.


50 Cent made a music video for his Starz drama “Power,” which premieres on a Saturday in June
Starz also unveiled the key art for “Power,” which will be promoted with 50 Cent’s “Big Rich Town” video.


“America’s Got Talent” will allow judges to save an act
Each judge will get to use the “golden buzzer” for the season. Contestants can also be put through a “boot camp” in front of a live audience.


Linda Hamilton joins “Defiance”: Watch the Syfy drama’s Season 2 trailer
Hamilton will play Graham Greene’s estranged wife.

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<p>Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner make a strong couple in the charming adult comedy &#39;Draft Day&#39;</p>

Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner make a strong couple in the charming adult comedy 'Draft Day'

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Review: Kevin Costner's winning performance anchors the smart and charming 'Draft Day'

It's nice to be treated like a grown-up by a Hollywood comedy

Ivan Reitman's early comedies leaned heavily on the idea of the scruffy underdogs who managed to retain their personal quirks within systems designed to break them down. Whether it was the rowdy campers and counselors of "Meatballs" or the shabby soldiers of "Stripes" or the Ghostbusters, Reitman's movies seemed to celebrate these characters and the entire idea of rebellion.

After those films, though, he became an A-list director whose movies seemed to lean on high concepts that were much less interesting. "Legal Eagles" and "Twins" were both dispiriting efforts that leaned heavily on movie star charisma in place of actual scripts and characters. In general, any film Reitman made with Arnold Schwarzenegger felt like a total refutation of the things that Reitman did well.

The one bright spot in his post-"Ghostbusters" filmography was "Dave," which started as a sharp and funny script, and if "Draft Day" feels like any of his prior films, it's "Dave." It's nice to see a comedy that is about adults simply doing their jobs, without any ridiculous high-concept grafted onto things. The NFL draft is a huge business event now, and for sports fans, it is the moment each year when all things are possible. The script by Scott Rothman & Rajiv Joseph does a wonderful job of laying out not only the stakes but the process in a way that even someone who has never paid attention to football can understand, and Reitman seems to take great pleasure in simply standing back and letting his cast play the material.

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