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"Spider-Man 2" is coming
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Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar soar on 'Spider-Man 2' track, 'It's On Again'

What does your Spidey sense tell you about the tune?

Kendrick Lamar provides the grit and Alicia Keys brings the soaring sensation to “It’s On Again,” from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

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<p>Jack Gleeson as Joffrey in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey in "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' producers Benioff & Weiss on approaching 'the halfway point'

At this stage, how do they balance the show's many characters and stories?

The job of running any of today’s ambitious cable drama series is hard, but “Game of Thrones” bosses David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s jobs come with an added degree of difficulty, because they’re adapting a series of beloved, enormous books by George R.R. Martin. So they have to mostly stay faithful to Martin’s stories, and that means incorporating dozens of significant characters, and almost that many separate plots that take place across two different continents, with characters sometimes spending whole seasons just traveling from one location to another. And because of the production logistics involved in filming the HBO drama in multiple countries, Benioff and Weiss say they can realistically only make 10 episodes a season. So even if they’re taking two seasons to cover a particular book — as they are with the third book, “A Storm of Swords,” which will span the third and upcoming fourth season of the show — they have to be very judicious in how much time any one story gets in an episode, or a season.

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'The Walking Dead' boss explains the season finale

"The Walking Dead" boss explains the season finale
"I think it was a question of completing the emotional story being the most important thing," says Scott M. Gimple. "We knew about this very, very, very early in the process. We knew what that last line was. It is a cliffhanger. But we’re gonna launch right into season 5 sort of full-speed this way." PLUS: Robert Kirkman on Terminus, and Andrew Lincoln on his "brutal" bite.

Showtime renews "Nurse Jackie"
Edie Falco will be back for a 7th season.

"The Good Wife's" ratings rise after big twist
The CBS drama hit a near-season high, despite a 20-minute delay due to the NCAA tourney. PLUS: "Crisis" keeps falling.

Watch the trailer for AMC's '80s computer drama "Halt and Catch Fire"
The series starring Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy captures the personal computer boom of the '80s.

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<p>Kentucky celebrates its Elite 8 win</p>

Kentucky celebrates its Elite 8 win

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TV Ratings: NCAA overrun leads CBS Sunday as 'Resurrection,' 'Crisis' drops continue

'Good Wife' draws its second-biggest audience of the season

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 30, 2014.

A tight NCAA Tournament Elite 8 game stretched 20 minutes into Sunday primetime and boosted CBS to primetime-winning numbers in all key measures.

Meanwhile, all of Sunday's new programming continued to drop with weekly declines for "Resurrection," "Cosmos," "Believe" and "Crisis."

If you're looking for some good news, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" posted a small gain among young viewers, though "Revenge" was down week-to-week.

[We'll have "Walking Dead" finale ratings later in the day. They'll be higher than anything on-network.]

On to the numbers...

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Amazon renews 'Alpha House,' orders 6 new pilots, including Chris Carter's 'The After'

Amazon renews "Alpha House," orders 6 new pilots, including Chris Carter's "The After"
"The After" joins "Bosch" starring Titus Welliver and "24's" Annie Wersching, "Mozart in the Jungle" starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Malcolm McDowell and Bernadette Peters, "Transparent" starring Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light, "Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street" and the animated "Wishenpoof!"

HLN is developing a late-night talk show with L.A. radio DJ Chuey Martinez
“Weekly Mashup" would be like any other late-night talk show, but with guests who are famous from the social media world, including famous tweeters.

Jimmy Fallon picks Ford to be his truck sponsor
For weeks, Fallon had been talking about buying a trucking, resulting in automakers pitching him their trucks. Ultimately, the Ford F-150 won, and 10 Ford dealers from around the nation are going to compete to sell it to Fallon by placing their hands on an F-150 on an aircraft carrier in New York City.

Woman throws a drink in "Bachelor" Juan Pablo's face
"F--king douche bag!" she reportedly shouted after confronting Juan Pablo at an Atlantic City Hotel.

"GMA" bids farewell to Josh Elliott, who was on vacation today
Said George Stephanopoulos: "He let us know last night, and, Josh, it has been a great run with you here on GMA. We're very happy you're going to be pursuing your passion."

VH1 orders #CandidlyNicole" starring Nicole Richie
VH1 has signed a development deal with the former "Real World" star, which includes a reality show based on her AOL series, which was based on her Twitter feed.

"The Good Wife" follows last week's shocker with a powerful episode
Josh Charles had said that Sunday's scene moved him. PLUS: "Sports Night" flashback: Josh Charles co-hosts "Olbermann."

Former President George H.W. Bush got a private screening of AMC's "Turn"
Bush was impressed with the revolutionary war drama, saying: "AMC put together a brilliant show, a fantastic cast, there’s one problem however, and that’s waiting till the next episode."

Ex-"Real World"-er gets a restraining order against the singer of Incubus
Svetlana Shusterman from the Key West season claims Brandon Boyd is threatening to kill her. But his rep says he has no idea who she is.

"The Walking Dead" season finale: Brutal, shocking, heartbreaking
"A" was good, but not perfect, says Rob Bricken, "because it was kind of unwieldy and really two stories crammed together as opposed to one coherent whole, but it did have one unified message, and that message was kind of heartbreaking." PLUS: It demonstrated that Robert Kirkman's vision is a savage hall of mirrors, "The Walking Dead" is at its best when it put morality lessons aside, and a "Talking Dead" viewer recreated the "Love Actually" scene for Andrew Lincoln.

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Tom Cruise at last night's Empire Awards.
Tom Cruise at last night's Empire Awards.
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'Gravity' wins top Empire Awards, as Tom Cruise is named 'legend of our lifetime'

James McAvoy and Emma Thompson also win at reader-voted ceremony

I think we can now emphatically put a lid on the 2013/14 awards season, as the Empire Awards -- voted on by the readers of the British film magazine -- took place in London last night. Unsurprisingly, given the magazine's inclination toward populist and genre fare, this is one ceremony where "Gravity" managed to trump "12 Years a Slave": Alfonso Cuaron's space adventure took Best Film and Best Director, while "Slave," which had received six nominations, won only Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender.

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"Naked and Afraid"

"Naked and Afraid"

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'Naked and Afraid': Can the make-up artist and sober coach make it?

The results may surprise you

So, a naked make-up artist and a naked sober coach are on a deserted island... what, this isn't the set up to a joke? No, it's what really happened on "Naked and Afraid" this week, and I was expecting a complete debacle. The make-up artist assures us she's a "girly girl" who works at the mall, while the middle-aged sober coach was a big time addict who totally digs adventures, dude. That's a recipe for disaster and certain death, right?

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<p>Andrew Lincoln as Rick in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln as Rick in "The Walking Dead."

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Season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'A'

After a bloody encounter, Rick finally makes it to Terminus

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" season finale coming up just as soon as my hunger is a 28 on a scale of 1 to 10...

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot;</p>

Sunday's "Amazing Race: All-Stars"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Down and Dirty'

Tuk-tuk bedlam and elephant dung help determine Sunday's Leg

If you ask me for a preference between Country Blondes Jennifer and Caroline, I'll always go with punchy, pint-sized Caroline, she of the reliable zingers and ace comic timing.

But Jennifer had the smartest observation in Sunday (March 30) night's "Amazing Race."

Musing on why this season has been difficult, Jennifer noted, "Nobody makes mistakes."

That's not exactly true. Natalie & Nadiya couldn't find a wedding dress shop in China over several hours and they went home. Mark & Mallory went back to get Mark's bag and they went home. Joey & Meghan didn't tell their driver to stay at a Roadblock and they went home. And last week, Margie & Luke couldn't get tickets for a good flight leaving Kuala Lumpur and they went home. At least in the early-going of this "All-Stars" season, it hasn't been that nobody's been making mistakes, but it's certainly been the case that, generally speaking, it's been nearly impossible to overcome what few mistakes there have been. 

One thing to note about the single mistakes that have led to all four of the season's eliminations: None of them have been related to "Amazing Race" Roadblocks or Detours, which are usually the meat of the game. The Twinnies fumbled on a season-opening general task and then we had two self-inflicted eliminations and the airport strangeness that befell Margie & Luke last week. Performances on the Roadblocks and Detours have been almost completely proficient and uniform.

It's possible that Sunday's episode featured the biggest in-task blunder of the season, but once that gaffe proved to be completely and totally meaningless, despite eating up 10 minutes of screentime, it was already very clear where the hour was going.

[More after the break...]

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Do you think Kandi should trust Porsha?

Do you think Cynthia let NeNe off the hook too easily?

Somebody catch me, because I may just fall over from shock any minute. Was there actually a peaceful resolution of a conflict between two women (and their respective menfolk) on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"? Did my eyes deceive me? Did I imagine that there was a civilized discussion of feelings without screaming or hair pulling? This may mark the beginning of the end for the entire franchise. How can we carry on from here? 

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'GMA' loses Josh Elliott to NBC Sports

"GMA" loses Josh Elliott to NBC Sports
Eliott becomes the 2nd "Good Morning America" star to lead the ABC morning show to No. 1 who has been poached by NBC Universal, following the departure of Sam Champion to NBC-owned The Weather Channel. Elliott reportedly wanted $8 million a year. PLUS: Amy Robach is the new "GMA" news anchor.

Chelsea Handler plans to leave E!
Handler's manager says the "Chelsea Lately" star and her team "have at least seven suitors and many ideas."

Louis CK delivers "SNL's" 2nd-worst ratings of the season
The FX star's stint was even lower than Lena Dunham, who had the 2nd-worst ratings of the season. PLUS: FX teases "Louie," "SNL" celebrates "Jeopardy!'s" 50th anniversary with "Black Jeopardy!," and watch a sketch cut in dress rehearsal.

"Dynasty's" Kate O'Mara dies at 74
O'Mara played Cassandra "Caress" Morrell, sister of Joan Collins' Alexis Colby, on the '80s soap.

"Love & Hip Hop's" Benzino shot during a funeral procession
The Hip-Hop Weekly CEO was allegedly shot by his nephew.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." casts Blackout
"The Black Donnellys" alum Patrick Brennan will play the famous Marvel villain.

"Idol's" Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed split after 2 years of marriage
They are still planning, however, to release their debut album together.

Happy 50th birthday, Ian Ziering!
Ziering today becomes the 2nd "Beverly Hills, 90210" teenager to enter their 50s (Gabrielle Carteris is 53).

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<p>Chances are hippogriffs like Buckbeak are going to be just one of the many magical creatures we&#39;ll meet in JK Rowling&#39;s upcoming &#39;Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them&#39; trilogy.</p>

Chances are hippogriffs like Buckbeak are going to be just one of the many magical creatures we'll meet in JK Rowling's upcoming 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' trilogy.

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JK Rowling's 'Harry Potter' spinoff will be a full trilogy of movies for Warner

Is anyone surprised to hear this?

Well, of course it's going to be a trilogy.

The profile that The New York Times just ran on Warner's newest CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, was all about the way he's planning to keep Warner in the franchise business in the near future, and one of the things he mentioned was the new project that was announced last year, "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them," an original project by JK Rowling that builds off the world she created for her "Harry Potter" books.

One thing I'll say immediately that makes me like Tsujihara is that he's pushing Warner to produce and release more films instead of less at a time where so many other studios are barely making films. And, sure, many of those films are going to be giant tentpole movies, but that's what allows them to take a chance on something like "Gravity." The "Fantastic Beasts" trilogy will focus on Newt Scamander, a "magizoologist," and it sounds like these are going to be big adventure films that aren't saddled with an overall mythology about someone being The Chosen One and having to fulfill some Grand Destiny. Set seventy years before the "Potter" books, this sounds like it's going to give Rowling a chance to flesh out her magical world in ways that should be an opportunity for all sorts of fun.

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