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CBS announces season finale dates

CBS announces season finale dates
CBS’ season ends with a special Wednesday “Survivor” finale on May 21.

IFC orders “American Documentary” from Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, plus “American Storage
“American Documentary,” from producers Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Hader and Armisen, will spoof documentaries with a regular cast. IFC has also ordered “American Storage,” in which Rob Hube4l plays a bachelor who starts living in a storage unit. IFC also announced it’s going to air the "CollegeHumor Comedy Music Awards.”

ABC will test “Shark Tank” on Thursdays
“Shark Tank” will air on April 10 and 11 as part of a two-night event.

Jimmy Kimmel: “The truth is, right now, Rob Ford is keeping me in business”
Profiled by Esquire, Kimmel talks about the difference between him and Jimmy Fallon: "He’s like an athlete out there. He can jump high, act, sing. He’s a true performer. I’m a broadcaster. That’s how I come at this. Not a stand-up, not an actor, not a commentator. A broadcaster.” PLUS: Kimmel gets Regis Philbin to play God.

Check out Donal Logue on “Gotham”
Here’s your first glimpse of Det. Harvey Bullock.

Discovery’s "Everest Live Jump” will feature NBC News' Willie Geist and Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore
Geist will host the two-hour May special, while Cantore will serve as chief meteorologist.

Emilia Clarke danced the funky chicken in her “Game of Thrones” audition
"David Benioff suggested I do a dance...and so I did,” she tells Jimmy Fallon. PLUS: Kit Harrington is the new face of Jimmy Choo.

Watch Alec Baldwin play a journalist on “SVU”
A “bad journalist.”

Animal Planet renews “Treehouse Masters,” orders “Redwood Kings”
“Redwood Kings” will uncover "the artistry that goes into turning ancient reclaimed redwood trees into creative works of art,” according to Animal Planet.

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First look at 'Gotham' star Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock
Credit: WBTV/FOX

First look at 'Gotham' star Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock

WBTV and FOX Batman not-really-prequel also stars Ben McKenzie

Get ready for a bunch of these first-looks in the next couple weeks. FOX and WBTV are teasing the first look at Donal Logue in character from the upcoming straight-to-series DC Comics adaptation "Gotham."

Logue will be playing Detective Harvey Bullock, described as Future Commissioner Gordon's "rough-around-the-edges" partner and mentor. The character "plays loose with police procedure, but he gets results... and he does it with old-school, forceful panache." 

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Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw to headline CMA Music Fest

Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and others also on June bill

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert are among the artists headlining the 2014 CMA Music Festival.

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<p>A big change on &quot;Community&quot; season 5 has been letting Annie (Alison Brie) grow up.</p>

A big change on "Community" season 5 has been letting Annie (Alison Brie) grow up.

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Mega 'Community' interview with Dan Harmon, part 2

On putting Annie and the Dean into pants, Greendale dystopia and more

Yesterday, I posted the first part of an extremely long interview I did with “Community” creator Dan Harmon about his return to the NBC comedy, saying goodbye to Donald Glover, making peace with Chevy Chase, and more. Now it’s time for part 2, where we get into more of the specific creative decisions that have driven season 5, why Chang remains the character Harmon struggles with most, letting Annie grow up, and how Harmon feels about the possibility of the phrase “six seasons and a movie” becoming a reality, among many Greendale-related topics.

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Ellen apologizes to President Obama for breaking his Twitter retweet record

Ellen apologizes to President Obama for breaking his Twitter retweet record
"I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself,” the president said of Ellen’s Oscar selfie, in an appearance on “Ellen” via satellite. "Getting a bunch of celebrities in the feeding them pizza."

“The 100” opens to great numbers
The sci-fi drama was The CW’s best midseason debut since “Life Unexpected” in 2010.

“Ron Swanson” will headline this year's Congressional Correspondents Dinner
“Parks and Rec” star Nick Offerman has been tapped to be the entertainment at the 70th Annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner, a black tie dinner for members of Congress.

“Wheel of Fortune” contestant shocks Pat Sajak by solving hard puzzle in 1 guess
The contestant only had two letters on the board.

Bradley Cooper proves Louis CK's diss of "Inside the Actor's Studio" wrong
Louis CK said you couldn't ask Sean Penn a question on "Actor's Studio" and make it big. But that's exactly what happened to Cooper.

WEtv renews “Braxton Family Values”
"SWV Reunited” is also returning for a new season.

Check out “The Neighbors’” “Full House” reunion
Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weigner are once again playing a couple.

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<p>Eliza Taylor of &quot;The 100&quot;</p>

Eliza Taylor of "The 100"

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TV Ratings: 'Survivor' tops 'Idol' again on Wednesday, while 'The 100' premieres strong

'The 100' draws The CW's biggest time period audience since 2010

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

With "American Idol" lagging behind "Survivor" in the 8 p.m. hour and only edging "Criminal Minds" among young viewers in the 9 p.m. hour, CBS and FOX had a tight race for Wednesday supremacy. As of now, the two networks tied in the key demographic and CBS holds a slim advantage overall, though anything could change.

Among other notables, "Mixology" took a solid drop without a new "Modern Family" as lead-in, while NBC's various dramas were also down a hair.

The CW had the night's best news, as "The 100" premiered above its "Arrow" lead-in, giving the network its biggest midseason hit since the 2010 premiere of "Life Unexpected." "The 100" was The CW's most watched show in its time period since September 2010.

On to the numbers...

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If you loved 'Nymphomaniac' check out these 10 sexually explicit flicks

If you loved 'Nymphomaniac' check out these 10 sexually explicit flicks

What would Lars von Trier think?

Lars von Trier's critically acclaimed "Nymphomaniac, Pt. 1" has already been available on VOD for a few weeks, but is finally hitting the big screen this Friday.  The second part plays on VOD tomorrow before hitting theaters on April 4.  And, at some point, you'll likely be able to watch the entire five-hour cut which was released in Denmark late last year. That being said, if von Trier's sexually dramatic exploits have awakened something in you or you don't get what all the fuss is about then we've got 10 other films you really need to see. One of them is actually another von Trier production and a few others might even make the infant terrible director blush.


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<p>It&#39;s been a long road from page to screen for the comic book &#39;Powers,&#39; but now it looks like the show&#39;s going to land on the PlayStation Network.</p>

It's been a long road from page to screen for the comic book 'Powers,' but now it looks like the show's going to land on the PlayStation Network.

Credit: Image Comics

Bendis comic 'Powers' set to be the first original series produced for PlayStation

With XBox developing 'Halo,' is this the future of TV?

I got a chance to take a sneak peek at the pilot episode of "Enormous," a new web series about a world where giant monsters have laid waste to everything while a mysterious virus works its way through humanity.

Directed by BenDavid Grabinski, it's just eleven and a half minutes, but it establishes a world and it plays with some big fun effects and it feels genuinely cinematic. It serves as a stark reminder that the world is changing in terms of where we can sell projects and what kind of outlets there are for creativity these days. "Enormous" is set to premiere on the Machinima network. They also recently debuted "Rubicon," a live-action pilot from Chris McQuarrie and Mark Long, and they're premiering "Gable 5" next week, with Kevin Tancharoen directing Eliza Dushku. They are trying all sorts of things, and it feels like Machinima is offering up a genuine alternative to someplace like Syfy.

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<p>Farewell, Beauty Tribe.</p>

Farewell, Beauty Tribe.

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Odd One Out'

A Shuffle puts an end to Beauty vs. Brains vs. Brawn

Pre-credit sequence. J'Tia is gone. "It's a complete roller-coaster ride," reflects Spencer, who is very grateful that Tasha and Kass chose him. "I just knew if we kept her, we would be back there in three days and regretting it," Kass reflects on her decision, which she describes as a "last minute" switch. "How my team has played this game is ridiculous. We're not the Brain Tribe, we're the Crap-for-Brains Tribe," Kass notes, dubbing the tribe, "Just a rolling log-jam mess with a couple nerds on top." Spencer jokes that the only thing standing between them and the Final 3 is "two entire tribes." The next morning... Tree-Mail! There's a hint that Reward and food are coming and they're hungry. The Brains think this is the start of their comeback. Or at least that's sure what they hope. Everybody arrives at the beach ready for a challenge and... "Alright everybody, drop your buffs," Probst says without hesitation. "Brains, Brawn and Beauty is no more," he adds. Time for some Harrison Bergeron-style weights, brain-shocking and paper bag masks!

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<p>Ben Schwartz seemed delighted to be part of this year&#39;s PaleyFest celebration of &#39;Parks and Recreation&#39;</p>

Ben Schwartz seemed delighted to be part of this year's PaleyFest celebration of 'Parks and Recreation'

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Ben Schwartz loves the way 'Parks and Rec' has developed Jean-Ralphio's mythology

Plus he talks about how much fun he had doing 'House Of Lies Live'

As "Parks and Recreation" has progressed from season to season, one of the joys of the show has been watching the way they've built out the supporting cast, creating a world of lunatics who all live in Pawnee.

One of my favorite recurring characters on the show is Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, played by Ben Schwartz. He's not only a great foil for Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), he's also just a great hilarious force of nature in his own right. He's been a staple of the LA comedy scene for a while now, but Jean-Ralphio launched him to a new level of visibility, and at this point, it seems like he must work non-stop.

In recent seasons, they've started to expand Jean-Ralphio's family, first with his insane sister Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate), and more recently with his father, Dr. Saperstein (Henry Winkler). Each new thing we've learned about his family only makes him seem even weirder, and I love it. He's also a regular on Showtime's "House Of Lies," and not too long ago, he got the entire cast of that show (including Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell) to join him for a one-hour live improv special called, appropriately, "House Of Lies Live." It was great to see him play improv games with that cast, all of them out of their comfort zone.

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<p>Margo Martindale in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Margo Martindale in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'A Little Night Music'

Religion comes into the Jennings home, and their old handler has a new assignment

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I have half a sock drawer...

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PlayStation orders 'Powers,' its 1st drama series

PlayStation orders “Powers,” its 1st drama series
The video game console is jumping into original programming with an adaption of the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

Starbucks to begin selling Oprah-branded tea
Proceeds from Teavana Oprah Chai Tea will go towards the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

Sam Shepard headed to Netflix to star in psychological drama from “Damages” creators
He’ll play the patriarch in a family that includes Sissy Spacek as his wife and Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini as his children.

Sharon Gless will play Michael Imperioli’s mom on ABC comedy pilot
She’s joining “Saint Francis.”

Republican congressman reads “SNL’s” “I can see Russia" sketch on the House floor
Rep. Louie Gohmert from Texas wanted to prove that Palin didn’t say those words, while reading both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s parts of the famous sketch.

Joan Rivers to return to “The Tonight Show,” this time as a guest
After appearing briefly on Jimmy Fallon’s debut, after not appearing on “Tonight” for nearly three decades, Rivers will sit down with Fallon on Thursday of next week. PLUS: Reese Witherspoon tweets her appreciation of Fallon and Lena Dunham gushing over “The Man in the Moon."

Former “Ink Masters” production assistant sues, claiming judges sexually harassed her
Nicoletta Robinson claims Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck from the tattoo reality competition harassed her with "offensive jokes and creepy verbal and physical come-ons.”

“Parks and Rec” won’t ever show the footage it has of Leslie Knope making out with Ron Swanson
"Nick and I do a scene just for the gag reel where Leslie and Ron make out!” says Amy Poehler. “And,” adds co-creator Michael Schur, "we never put it on the gag reel because it's super-disturbing.”

3 days before his death, Philip Seymour Hoffman praised his pal John Slattery and his “Mad Men" character
In fact, Slattery last heard from Hoffman the day before he was discovered dead on Feb. 2. "What I like about that guy is how much he loves women,” Hoffman told Men’s Journal, referr9ing to Roger Sterling. "His passion is women, his passion is romance – and he's stuck in this job where he has neither. His job is about fantasy, but he lost that view of it years ago. Now he just wants to be in love somewhere."

Nat Geo announces “You Can’t Lick Your Elbow,” “Cabin Fever” and “Meat Heads”
Former NFL star Tony Gonzalez will host “Lick Your Elbow,” which teaches “body hacks.” National Geographic’s new slate also includes “The Primitives,” “Remote Survival” and “Crowd Control.”

Billy Eichner would like to do “Billy on the Street” on streets outside NYC
Read the Fuse star’s comments on his Reddit Ask Me Anything.

Vote in the “Best ‘Seinfeld’ Episode Tournament”
Here’s the field of 32, including No. 1 seeds “The Contest,” “The Boyfriend,” “The Marine Biologist” and “The Soup Nazi.

Rose McGowan joining Chad Michael Murray on Crackle’s “Chosen” Season 3
The web series is No. 2 on Crackle, behind Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Dan Harmon recounts how Joel McHale helped get him back on “Community”
"I never dreamed that an actor could accomplish too much more than inspiring a Tumblr blog about him, you know. I didn’t think he had that much sway,” says Harmon.

Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight” viewers’ average age is 54, five years younger than Jay Leno’s viewers
Letterman now has late-night’s oldest average viewership, while Jimmy Kimmel’s average audience is 55.

“The Simpsons” unveils a new Springfield public transit map
Now you can carefully inspect Springfield’s subway map.

“Pretty Little Liars” promises a “Season of answers 2”
Exec producer Marlene King says: "This is the first finale where it felt like people were universally satisfied and that is really just fantastic, which is what we set out to do. We pushed our fans to the breaking point and they really deserved these answers. It's a great opportunity for us to spin the show in a new direction."

Meet Twitter’s head of TV
Fred Graver, a former writer for Letterman, Jon Stewart and “Cheers,” says his job is to "get everyone in America to say ‘Oh my God watching TV with Twitter is so much better than watching TV alone.’”

Should “Veronica Mars” movie have gone out of its way to appeal to non-fans?
Why even “Veronica” would be disappointed in the final film.

Why Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback” needs to come back
The one-season HBO series still seems fresh, nearly a decade later.

“Burn Notice’s” Bruce Campbell on his “Psych” guest spot: "Heck yeah, I want to be a part of that”
"I had always wanted to work with the guys because I ran into them at all these PR events for ‘Psych' and 'Burn Notice,’” says the “Burn Notice” alum.

Mindy Kaling has some “Wine Time”
Watch her homage to “Sideways.”

Watch a preview of ABC Family’s “Chasing Life” cancer drama
Based on Mexico’s “Terminales,” the series follows a 20-something female journalist who learns she has cancer.

CW’s “The 100” is cribbed from many sci-fi shows
It’s “Terra Nova” meets “Lost” meets “Battlestar Galactica” meets “Lost in Space!” PLUS: It’s “not garbage” unlike most sci-fi shows, it’s binge-viewing worthy, and CW finally got it startlingly right.

HBO’s “Doll & Em” is a sweet take on female friendship
Emily Mortimer and her pal Dolly Well’s new show overcomes its Hollywood satire to become something that is actually touching. PLUS: It’s awkwardly funny yet occasionally heartbreaking, Mortimer talks about her real-life friendship with Wells, and it looks like HBO is killing off this show before it even begins.

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