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<p>Rose&nbsp;Byrne and Seth Rogen just want some peace and quiet in this summer's 'Neighbors'</p>

Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen just want some peace and quiet in this summer's 'Neighbors'

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The screenwriters of Seth Rogen's 'Neighbors' say the star is not what he seems

Where did the family versus frat comedy come from?

It is a relatively uncommon thing for me to have time alone on a set these days as a journalist. For the most part, set visits are orchestrated with between six and twelves journalists together, and interviews are conducted as round tables. Depending on the group of people you're with, that can be a good or a bad thing, but what it ultimately is not is "exclusive" in any real sense of the word.

Occasionally, though, I find myself with a day that genuinely is just me on the set, as I did when I visited "Neighbors." It was a very relaxed day overall. I drove myself down to the set, since it was shooting here in Los Angeles. I followed the directions from the 10 freeway a few blocks south, to where the two houses that feature most prominently in the film were located. In one, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne lived with their baby daughter, and in the other, it was Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and a whole bunch of frat dudes.

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<p>Now that CBS has 8 Thursday night NFL&nbsp;games for fall, will the network get all boastful like Richard Sherman?</p>

Now that CBS has 8 Thursday night NFL games for fall, will the network get all boastful like Richard Sherman?

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CBS acquires Thursday night NFL package

Where does 'Big Bang Theory' go now that CBS has football on two different days?

In a case of the rich getting richer by spending a whole lot of money, CBS has acquired rights to broadcast eight Thursday night NFL games for next season.

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<p>Zooey Deschanel and Adam Brody in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Adam Brody in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'The Exes'

Adam Brody and Mary Elizabeth Ellis stop by to cause trouble for Jess and Nick

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as a lot of ladies feel like Don Corleone...

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CBS wins Thursday night NFL games -- what will happen to 'The Big Bang Theory'?

CBS wins Thursday night NFL games -- what will happen to "The Big Bang Theory"?

CBS will disrupt its fall lineup by airing eight NFL games on Thursday nights, starting this fall. No word yet on how this will affect CBS' Thursday shows.

Jimmy Fallon: Anytime Jay Leno wants to come on my show, "the stage is his"

"He knows that," says Fallon. "So whenever he wants, he's got a stage."

NBC gets Peter Dinklage to voice the Winter Olympics opening ceremony tease

The Peacock is following in the footsteps of the BBC, which enlisted Dinklage's "Game of Thrones" father Charles Dance to promote its coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Super Bowl does nothing for "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
After a big post-Super Bowl boost, both Fox comedies were down from their last Tuesday airing.

Nick Cannon to star in "Drumline" sequel for VH1

"Drumline: A New Beat" will also be executive produced by the "America's Got Talent" host.

"Biggest Loser" contestant is revealed to be scarily skinny after 155-pound weight loss

Even the trainers were shocked by Rachel's extreme drop in weight.

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<p>Tuesday's &quot;NCIS: Los Angeles&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS: Los Angeles"

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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday wins, no Super Bowl bump for 'New Girl'

'Biggest Loser' gives NBC a 10 p.m. win with young viewers
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Strong performances from its procedural drama trio, particularly "NCIS: Los Angeles," helped CBS sweep primetime on Tuesday night, commandingly winning all three hours overall and two of the three hours in the key demo.
Among other notables, NBC attracted minimal attention for its preview of the Sochi Olympics, but got a small finale bump for "The Biggest Loser." 
There was no real Super Bowl bump for "New Girl" -- most shows tend not to see any real post-Super Bowl growth -- and while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" certainly outperformed the normal 9:30 performances by "The Mindy Project," it wasn't above its normal 8:30 performances. And don't look now, but "Dads" was FOX's most-watched comedy for the night.
Over on ABC, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Goldbergs" were in their normal range, as were "Trophy Wife" and "Killer Women," with a low normal.
Finally, "The Originals" and "Supernatural" were both down week-to-week, though "Supernatural" came closer to retaining last week's big audience.
On to the numbers...
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<p>The Chili Peppers</p>

The Chili Peppers

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Axl Rose weighs in on Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'karaoke' Super Bowl performance

My thoughts on 'Peppergate'

For reasons that are unclear, Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose has decided to weigh in on Peppergate, as I’m now calling it, which is better known as the mini-scandal that has erupted since it was revealed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were not playing live during their guest appearance with Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl  halftime show on Sunday.  In fact, their instruments weren’t even plugged in.

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Discovery Channel will show a man leaping live off Mount Everest

Discovery Channel will show a man leaping live off Mount Everest
Discovery hopes to capture that Wallenda magic in May, when Joby Ogwyn will attempt the first wing suit flight off of the summit of Mount Everest.

Bill Nye the Science Guy spent last night debating a creationist

Watch highlights from Nye's debate with creationist Ken Ham at his Creation Museum in Kentucky.

Axl Rose mocks the Red Hot Chili Peppers' unplugged Super Bowl performance
The Guns N' Roses frontman wrote to Billboard, "Maybe they all had microchips installed in their asses and not only pick up the frequencies of their instruments but get Direct TV and the internet too! Like Google Glass... Google Ass!"

Stephen Colbert interviewed Pussy Riot, with a Russian translator
Did the Russian band get Colbert's jokes?

"Once Upon a Time" adds another "Lost" alum
Eric Lange, who was on "Lost's" 5th season as Stuart Radzinsky, will play the young Prince Leopold.

Matt Damon reads Jimmy Kimmel's mean tweet calling him a "d*ckhead"

"Too they don't give an Oscar for blowing ass because Matt Damon would win every year."

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<p>On &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine,&quot;&nbsp;Holt introduces Peralta and the other cops to his husband Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson).</p>

On "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Holt introduces Peralta and the other cops to his husband Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson).

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Party'

Holt invites the squad to his birthday party, and quickly comes to regret it

A review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I give our kiss umami flavor...

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<p>Lupita Nyong'o and Emma Thompson at the SAG&nbsp;Awards</p>

Lupita Nyong'o and Emma Thompson at the SAG Awards

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Roundup: Women fight back on the red carpet

Also: Jared Leto's heart-to-heart with heckler, and John Hurt takes on Harvey

Even for those of us who enjoy the red-carpet portion of awards season, the vacant questions and 360-degree cameras that female stars must face from the likes of E! have become a bit exasperating. But as Hadley Freeman notes, the women are beginning to fight back against this institution, with stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Thompson and Elisabeth Moss making a point of rebelling against red-carpet routine, whether by photobombing fellows stars or giving the finger to the (ugh) "manicam." "We have reached peak red carpet," writes Freeman. "It's all just got too stupid and too hysterical, and there are too many savvy, funny women working in the industry to put up with this bullshittery any more, or to swallow the old line that any bad behaviour on the red carpet could destroy their career." [The Guardian]

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It's official: Clay Aiken is running for Congress

It's official: Clay Aiken is running for Congress
The former "Idol" runner-up released a campaign video announcing his run for a North Carolina congressional seat.

"Naked and Afraid" is getting a spinoff talk show: "Discovery After Dark"

Each week, the "Naked and Afraid" castaways will talk about their ordeal.

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright would be open to doing a lot more "House of Cards" seasons
"As long as Beau (Willimon) and me and David Fincher and Netflix feel that we have story to explore and terrain to move into, I think that we can move on as long as we feel," says Spacey.

Did Budweiser's touching Super Bowl ad violate military regulations?
Is a member of the military allowed to endorse a particular beer brand?

Why Jerry Seinfeld is wrong to dismiss diversity in comedy
By calling diversity in comedy "PC nonsense," Seinfeld is essentially saying that a comedy world packed with white men is no big deal. "The very response to his statement, and to the whole recent history of diversity in comedy, shows that he'd do well to give it more weight," says Lily Rothman. PLUS: This is a case of Seinfeld being lazy and taking into account his own privileged perspective.

"Jeopardy!'s" controversial game-theory contestant admits: I stole these strategies

"I don't know that much about game theory myself. I took one undergrad course on it," says Arthur Chu. "I didn’t make them up. I liberally stole them."

Jerry Seinfeld, pals with Leno and Letterman, examines their relationship
"They're intertwined as people," says Seinfeld, who's had both David Letterman and Jay Leno on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" in the past year, pointing to unseen clips of both men behaving the same way and telling the same jokes.

Here's a list of the richest characters on "Game of Thrones"

Tywan Lannister is worth nearly $10 billion.

Chinese geeks can relate to "The Big Bang Theory"
The CBS sitcom especially resonates in a country where men outnumber women.

Is Juan Pablo the most-hated "Bachelor" ever?

Even more hated than Jason Mesnick?

Jerry Seinfeld is eyeing Jon Stewart, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Jessica Parker for "Comedians in Cars"
"There's so many people" that we're looking at, says Seinfeld, who adds: "I haven't had a 'no' yet."

Behind the scenes of "24: Live Another Day" Super Bowl promos

"There were so many moving parts," says Kiefer Sutherland. PLUS: Judy Davis exits "24: Live Another Day" for personal reasons.

David Strathairn to star in ABC's "Clementine"

He'll play the father of the title character, a habitual criminal.

CBS orders "Scorpion," a drama with a "Big Bang" twist

Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, is behind the project, along with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Justin Lin about a group of eccentric geniuses who solve the world's problems.

PBS animates one of Jimi Hendrix's final interviews

From September 1970.

Showtime posts "Inside Comedy" episode with Jimmy Fallon and Zach Galifianakis
Watch the Season 3 premiere of David Steinberg's interview series.

Cory Monteith's band releases one of the "Glee" star's final songs

Listen to Bonnie Dune's "Maybe Tonight."

Andy Cohen talks "kicking butt" on "Watch What Happens Live" and no longer being a Bravo exec

Cohen says of no longer having executive duties, "I believe it was January 3 when I woke up and for the first time in my life I didn't have a boss. So it's great."

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has 3 glaring problems
The Fox freshman comedy has been terrific, but there are some gaping issues like making it easier for the audience to connect with the characters, which the show has failed to do. PLUS: 9 reasons to love "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Stephen King's short story "Ayana" is set to become a TV series
The 2007 short story focuses on a young girl who kisses her dying father, and saves his life.

A toddler is obsessed with the "Parks and Rec" theme song
Watch a YouTube video of a kid going crazy with that theme.

"Teen Mom's" Jenelle Evans is expecting a 2nd boy, plans to name him "Kaiser"
"We didn't want something that everyone else had or had even heard before, even us," she says. "So we wanted something different, and we ended up looking up Kaiser."

Former "Brothers and Sisters" star Sarah Jane Morris welcomes a girl

This is the second child for Morris and her husband.

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<p>Michael Rapaport as Daryl Crowe and Edi Gathegi as Jean Baptiste in &quot;Justified.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Michael Rapaport as Daryl Crowe and Edi Gathegi as Jean Baptiste in "Justified." 

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Shot All to Hell'

Many bodies drop in an extra-long episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I drop a toonie...

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"Naked and Afraid"

 "Naked and Afraid"

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'Naked and Afraid' set to return next month - with a friend

'Discovery After Dark' set to debut after 'Naked and Afraid'

Missing "Naked and Afraid"? Then good news -- the series will be back and baring all yet again on Sun., March 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET.  Even better, the show now has a companion program running immediately afterward -- "Discovery After Dark" (w/t) -- which will host the survivalists from "Naked and Afraid," probably in clothing. But that's just a guess. "Discovery After Dark" premieres at 10:15 p.m. ET

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