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Letterman announces he's retiring in 2015

Letterman announces he's retiring in 2015
David Letterman just announced during tonight's "Late Show" taping that he'll step down in one year, according to tonight's musical guest, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who tweeted the news that has since been confirmed. Letterman turns 67 next week, and by next year he will have been working in late-night for 33 years, a record for a talk show host. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel quickly reacts: "David is the best there is and ever was." UPDATE: Letterman told his audience that he broke the news of his retirement to CBS boss Les Moonves before tonight's taping: "What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married. We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down – I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.” UPDATE: Craig Ferguson has a "Prince of Wales" clause, giving him the right to the 11:35 timeslot. But Ferguson's contract also expires next year, and the clause isn't ironclad.

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How did 'Community' and 'Arrested Development' get the Russos to 'Captain America 2'?
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How did 'Community' and 'Arrested Development' get the Russos to 'Captain America 2'?

Kevin Feige and the Russos talk 'Winter Soldier' and Marvel world building

When you look back at it, Marvel Studios has almost always taken the unconventional route when it comes to picking the directors for their movies. When most Hollywood studios would select the proven blockbuster director, indie darling or recent Oscar nominee looking for a payday Marvel has always gone in a different, um, direction.

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"Game of Stones"

"Game of Stones"

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Exclusive clip: Have they hit a major payout on 'Game of Stones'?

The abandoned mine is dangerous, but the risk may be worth it

This Friday is the season finale of "Game of Stones" (airing April 4 at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery), and it's good news (maybe) for our intrepid miners. After getting duped during a deal for Blue Turk, Don and the Gem Guys salvage their botched mission by trekking into the foothills of Turkey. While the bad news is that they face an abandoned mine that could collapse at any time, the good news is that it may totally be worth it. In this exclusive clip, sees what happens when they stumble upon what looks (at  least, to the untrained eye) like a bunch of shiny rock. 

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Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton
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7 reasons to watch Sunday's ACMs: Blake Shelton, Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift and more

Plus, we've come up with a drinking game

The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. on CBS.  While slightly more prestigious than the American Music Awards (which are similarly produced by dick clark productions), the ACMs are to the CMA Awards what the AMAs are to the Grammys: they are a little less stuffy and a little more loose-limbed. The ceremony is in in Las Vegas, so artists are out of their Nashville hometown and they feel a little less constrained.

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Bryan Cranston writing his memoir — it’ll include 'secrets and lies' from 'Breaking Bad'

Bryan Cranston writing his memoir — it’ll include “secrets and lies” from “Breaking Bad"
Cranston says in a statement that his memoir, due in fall 2015, will “tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting ‘Breaking Bad.’”

Bill Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel beaten by Sarah Palin on Jimmy Fallon
Kimmel’s interview with the former president was also edged out by Lady Gaga and Martha Stewart on Letterman. PLUS: Seth Meyers topped Kimmel and Letterman last week in the key 18-49 demo.

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Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

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Octavia Spencer to tackle story of real-life race riot for OWN miniseries

The Oscar winner will play a journalist facing 'demons of her past'

Let no one accuse Oprah Winfrey of letting her OWN channel become the unofficial Tyler Perry network. Now comes word that OWN is developing "Tulsa" (working title), a two-night miniseries set to star Oscar winner Octavia Spencer ("The Help"). The miniseries will tell the story of the largest race riot in U.S. history, during which 300 people are believed to have been murdered. With Spencer's name above the title, we can't help but think this is sure to be Emmy Awards bait. 

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<p>Linus Roache of &quot;Vikings&quot;</p>

Linus Roache of "Vikings"

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Interview: Linus Roache discusses his 'Vikings' King and his 'Blacklist' Kingmaker

Why does King Ecbert spend so much time in the bath?

If they gave Emmys for Outstanding Acting In a Vintage Roman Bath... That would be a very strange and limited Emmy category. It would also be a category that Linus Roache would win with ease this year.

Roache has been a new addition in the second season of History's "Vikings," playing King Ecbert, a real history figure brought into the "Vikings" world as this year's Big Bad to oppose Travis Fimmel's  Ragnar. Or at least that's the way it looked at first, but soon King Ecbert and Ragnar were making tentative treaties and Ecbert was showing great interest in the Viking religion. So who can say how things stand between King Ecbert and Ragnar at this point?

One thing we know with certainty, though, is that King Ecbert loves a good soak. He meets with political allies in the bath. He meets with religion advisors in the bath. And when he and Ragnar were ready to negotiate? They certainly didn't do it at a conference table with their clothes on. 

Last week, I got on the phone with "Law & Order" and "Wings of the Dove" veteran Roache, to discuss King Ecbert and his love for bathing. The actor, whose London stage production of "Uncle Vanya" with Stephen Dillane is one of my all-time favorite theater-going experiences, talked about series creator Michael Hirst's vision for the character and his own take on Ecbert as a nemesis, but not a villain this season.

Roache is also getting ready to do a guest spot on NBC's "The Blacklist," playing the cryptically named The Kingmaker, a character he doesn't hesitate to call a villain. 

Check out the full Q&A below and tune into "Vikings" on Thursdays on History...

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<p>Justin Theroux of &quot;The Leftovers&quot;</p>

Justin Theroux of "The Leftovers"

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Final 'True Blood' season, 'Leftovers' get June premieres on HBO

'Game of Thrones' finale will be June 15, if you couldn't do the math

We've known for some time that "True Blood" and "The Leftovers" were premiering on HBO on June, but on Thursday (April 3), the network decided that it was time for a little specificity. 

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'True Blood’s' final season kicks off June 22, 'Lost' co-creator’s 'The Leftovers' debuts after 'Game of Thrones' finale

“True Blood’s” final season kicks off June 22, “Lost” co-creator’s "The Leftovers" debuts after “Game of Thrones” finale
Damon Lindelof’s "The Leftovers” will premiere on June 15. PLUS: Watch the first "True Blood" teaser for the final season.

“Chicago Fire’s” Jesse Spencer rescued by real firefighters
Spencer was touring Illinois’ State Capitol with his parents when they got stuck in an elevator.

“The Goldbergs” will also celebrate Star Wars Day with help from Lucasfilm
The May 6 episode will revolve around the “Return of the Jedi” opening in 1983.

“Better Call Saul's” new characters, revealed?
The “Breaking Bad” spinoff is reportedly adding several new lawyers, plus a career criminal and skateboarding twins. PLUS: Walter White suffered from depression, says Bryan Cranston.

Restaurant at center of Paula Deen racial controversy shuts down
Workers at Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House didn’t find out about the closure until this morning.

George W. Bush’s daughter lands a “Today” exclusive interview with George W. Bush
Jenna Bush Hager will interview her dad, the former president, about his new art exhibit, "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy,” which will include portraits of 24 world leaders.

What the “HIMYM” stars are doing next
Alyson Hannigan has her CBS sitcom pilot, Neil Patrick Harris has Broadway, and Josh Radnor, Jason Segel and Cobie Smulders are concentrating on movies.

NBC forbids Kathie Lee from plugging her wine on “Today”
"They let me announce it and then they've asked us to please not discuss it right now,” she says.

Is Jimmy Fallon too addicted to clickbait videos?
Why viral video stunts like Samuel L. Jackson reading “Boy Meets World” slam poetry is getting annoying.

Letterman tops Jimmy Kimmel in total viewers; Jimmy Fallon still No. 1
Kimmel still beat Letterman last week in the key 18-49 demo.

DirecTV signs a multi-year deal with Weather Channel competitor WeatherNation
Since The Weather Channel was dropped by DirecTV, its ratings have actually gone up.

Some "Mad Men” stars were in mourning at last night’s season premiere
"It’s all pretty terrible and sad,” said Jay Ferguson. Adds Rich Sommer: "It’s sort of like being told you’re going to be dead in a few months."

“Jeopardy!” contestant accuses Alex Trebek of wearing a suit made from sweatshops
Watch an awkward moment in which a contestant claims that an 8-year-old make Trebek’s “fancy suits."

John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” will try to avoid being the “last visitor to the party”
News items hashed over on all the numerous other late-night shows will "steer us in a different direction,” says Oliver.

Kelly Osbourne lends her voice to DisneyXD
She’ll star in the “Snow White” spinoff “The 7D."

Lady Gaga will take over MTV and Logo on Friday
Gaga will break into programming throughout the day to show clips from her world tour.

HBO added to British Airways flights
Passengers will be able to uncomfortably watch “Game of Thrones” nude scenes next to one another.

“Justified” vet David Meunier joins TNT’s “Legends”
He’ll play a high school chemistry teacher who is suddenly abducted.

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<p>Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner on Sansa's struggle

The hostage bride 'becomes really cool' by the end of season 4.

When I was arranging my “Game of Thrones” actor interviews a few weeks ago (this week I’ve already posted chats with Alfie Allen and Gwendoline Christie, plus an email exchange with Benioff and Weiss), I put in a special request to interview the three older Stark children together, mainly so we could discuss their annual DVD commentaries where they take different approaches to performing the show’s theme song. (In season 1, they sang it. In season 2, they beat-boxed and rapped. Season 3 involved percussion.)

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Animal Planet orders its 1st movie, 'Revenge of the Whale' starring Martin Sheen

Animal Planet orders its 1st movie, “Revenge of the Whale” starring Martin Sheen
“Whale” will tell the story of “Moby Dick” from the whale’s point of view. Animal Planet also ordered “The Yao Ming Project,” starring the former NBA star as he tries to end the trade of illegal ivory and rhino horn. Also getting a pick up are “Gator Boys,” “My Cat From Hell” and “Ice Cold Gold,” among others.

Nik Wallenda will tight-rope walk across Chicago’s skyline
Wallenda will walk across the Chicago skyline, untethered, this fall.

Even “Criminal Minds” is beating “Idol”
Last night, the CBS drama topped “American Idol” for the first time in head-to-head competition.

OWN taps Toni Braxton to play Darlene Love, Octavia Spencer for “Tulsa"
Toni Braxton will play Darlene Love in OWN’s “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story,” while “Tulsa” will air as a miniseries about the largest race riot in U.S. history.

Discovery renews “Mythbusters,” orders a slew of new shows, including “Tree People” and "#Bikerlive"
Discovery Channel will also air “Fat N’ Furious,” “American Muscle” and “Girl Gang of Talia,” as well as “Motor Mondays."

“GMA” pays video tribute to Josh Elliott without Josh Elliott
Elliott’s final day on “Good Morning America” was last Friday.

TLC’s new slate includes Leah Remini’s reality show, “Listed Sisters,” "Quints By Surprise”
TLC will also show “The One Who Got Away,” “A Duggar Leaves Home" and “Curvy Girls Bridal.”

Al Roker recovering from shoulder surgery
This morning, “Today” replaced its weatherman with a cardboard cutout.

Watch the 1st 7 minutes of “Fargo”
FX is offering a taste of its event series, premiering April 15.

“Girls” plans to shoot near the University of Iowa
"Even if we can’t shoot on campus,” says “Girls” director Jesse Peretz, "we will shoot around campus. Most of the scenes don’t even take place on campus. So we’ll probably cheat some other campus for the campus. Some of it will be Iowa. A little more than a smidge."

See another “Rosemary’s Baby” teaser
“Oh god — what’s happening to me,.”

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<p>Channing Tatum, Jonah Miller and the &quot;22 Jump Street&quot; directors</p>

Channing Tatum, Jonah Miller and the "22 Jump Street" directors

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'22 Jump Street' filmmakers face big expectations, bigger scale on the set

Phil Lord & Chris Miller, plus producer Neal Moritz revisit undercover funnies

NEW ORLEANS, LA. It's November 2013 and Phil Lord and Chris Miller are living a double life.

By day, they're hard at work on "22 Jump Street," the sequel to their 2012 live-action feature debut, which went from an adaptation of a FOX TV drama that nobody thought they needed to being one of the most profitable and best reviewed blockbusters of that year.

By night, they're deep into post-production on their latest return to animation. Like "21 Jump Street," it's based on a property fueled by nostalgia. And like "21 Jump Street," it's a property that faced skepticism throughout its development process, right up until audiences got a glimpse at the first trailer.

It's quite possible, then, that "22 Jump Street" is the first movie the "Clone High" veterans have done that will actually be greeted by an audience without an initial wave of skepticism. Is that prospect scary for the longtime collaborators?

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