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Alan Thicke gets a reality show on TV Guide Network

Alan Thicke gets a reality show on TV Guide Network
“Unusually Thicke” will follow the 67-year-old former “Growing Pains” star, his "spicy" much-younger wife and their 16-year-old son -- plus cameos by Robin Thicke.

Porn star Sasha Grey: That's me in “True Detective's” opening credits!
The Daily Beast recently showed the former “Entourage” guest-star an image from the opening of a topless brunette woman. "What the f*ck?!” she responded. “That’s my nose! That’s me! One hundred percent … I’m in 'True Detective!'” She added: “That’s the opening credits? Yeah, I need to find out about this. That’s so weird.”

Buy “Modern Family’s” Dunphy house, for $2.35 million
Phil and Claire Dunphy’s L.A.-area home is about to hit the market.

CW’s “iZombie” taps Rose McIver to play the zombie
The “Flowers in the Attic” alum will play the lead role, a medical student-turned-zombie, in the Rob Thomas pilot.

Watch Jay Leno’s TV Hall of Fame induction speech
Leno said that he started feeling really old working on “The Tonight Show” with people much younger than him. “You can’t be hip past a certain age. You have old guy gestures,” he said. PLUS: Amy Poehler honors inductee Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Movies are dumb, and TV is awesome."

Roseanne sued by George Zimmerman’s parents
Roseanne tweeted and later deleted the address of Zimmerman’s parents,  and now she’s being sued as a result.

Discovery announces Season 10 launch of “Deadliest Catch”
The long-running reality show returns April 22.

Keke Palmer joins “Masters of Sex”
She’ll play the Masters’ new nanny.

“SVU” bringing back Pablo Schreiber
Olivia Benson’s worst nightmare is returning in April.

“Salem” poster shows a witch hanging
Check out the two posters for the WGN America series.

“Little Couple, Big World” stars separate
Matt and Laura Roloff have been married for 26 years, with four children between them.

Letterman celebrates Episode 4,000 of “The Late Show”
Watch the "Top Ten Thoughts I’ve Had 4,000 Times," presented by long-time staffers.

Piper Perabo gets a new “Covert Affairs” romantic interest
“Body of Proof’s” Nic Bishop is joining the cast next season.

“Glee” falls to a series low
Just 2.3 million watched last night’s episode.

“The Bachelor’s” Juan Pablo & Nikki go on their “first REAL one on one date”
Nikki posted on her Instagram a picture of their date yesterday, adding it was “So good.” PLUS: Life & Style claims they’ve already broken up.

Scott Cohen joins NBC's "Coercion"
He'll be part of a Russian sleeper cell, with Hope Davis playing his wife.

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<p>Jaimie Alexander in &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Jaimie Alexander in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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TV Ratings: 'Voice,' CBS repeats lead Tuesday while 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' rises and 'Boy' falls

'Mind Games' soars 50 percent in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Even with three procedural repeats, CBS was the most watched network on Tuesday night, while NBC's "The Voice" was the night's top show among young viewers and led a primetime sweep.

With "The Voice" down week-to-week, both "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" also posted drops -- Somewhat sizable for "Boy" and a bit more modest for "Fisher." However, with "Person of Interest" airing a repeat, "Chicago Fire" got to be up week-to-week.

Percentage-wise, the night's biggest gainer was actually "Mind Games" on ABC, which rose from a dismal 0.6 key demo rating to a dismal 0.9 key demo rating with "PoI" out. ABC's lineup had mixed returns, as "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was up, but "The Goldbergs" dropped a little.

Finally, "Glee" dropped to a 0.9 in the key demo rating, which tied with The CW's "Originals" for that hour.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Rose McIver</p>

Rose McIver

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'Sex' veteran lands The CW's 'iZombie' lead

DC Comics adaptation comes from a 'Veronica Mars' team


After moving ahead to cast a number of supporting roles, The CW and WBTV have found a leading lady for the DC Comics adaptation "iZombie."

Rose McIver is in place to star in "iZombie," which comes from "Veronica Mars" scribes Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero. The "iZombie" pilot will be directed by Thomas.

A recently red-hot veteran of "Masters of Sex" and "Once Upon a Time," McIver will play med student-turned-zombie Olivia "Liv" Moore. After her transformation, Liv takes a job at the coroner's office, which initially is for the access to yummy, delicious brains. She soon discovers that with each mushy, brainy meal, she's also devouring the memories of the deceased, so she begins to use this information to work with a medical examiner and a police detective to solve crimes.

The pilot's most recent addition was "One Tree Hill" veteran Robert Buckley playing Liv's ex-fiance. Previously cast co-stars include Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney and David Anders.

McIver comes to "iZombie" fresh off of taking over for Kiernan Shipka as the star of the "Flowers in the Attic" sequel "Petals on the Wind" for Lifetime.

In addition to her roles as Tinker Bell on "Once" and the initially virginal Vivian on "Masters of Sex," the New Zealand-born actress has appeared in "Power Rangers R.P.M." and in "The Lovely Bones" and, in her first role, "The Piano."

Intrigued? Any more or less?

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CBS renews 'The Big Bang Theory' for 3 more seasons

CBS renews “The Big Bang Theory” for 3 more seasons
That means the No. 1 sitcom will make it to 10 seasons, at least, lasting through the 2016-17 season. PLUS: "Two and a Half Men" may get a 13-episode final season.

Comedy Central expands “Key & Peele’s” 4th season, developing an animated spinoff
Season 4 will consist of 22 episodes, instead of 13. And the duo’s popular "Vandaveon & Mike” characters may get their own animated series.

Watch a glimpse of “HIMYM” on “Inside the Actor’s Studio”
James Lipton’s interview with the gang airs March 27.

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<p>I am fairly sure that I am the only person who decided to have a certain conversation with Imogen Poots at a recent press day for &#39;Need For Speed&#39;</p>

I am fairly sure that I am the only person who decided to have a certain conversation with Imogen Poots at a recent press day for 'Need For Speed'

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Imogen Poots on how she built a dynamic role for 'Need For Speed'

Plus watch us bond over something very special that we share

One of the more unusual interviews I've had recently was with Imogen Poots, who is the female lead of the new action film "Need For Speed," and who was also seen in this spring's "That Awkward Moment."

It is not often that I sit down across from someone after seeing a film and find myself stymied for what we are supposed to discuss, but that happened when I attended the press day for "Need For Speed." After all, the role she plays in the film might as well just be named "The Girl." The part is so thinly written that the majority of what she has to do in the movie is sit in the passenger's seat and smile at Aaron Paul while he does things.

I decided not to tiptoe around things, and I asked her how she approaches the challenge of taking a non-existent character and turning it into something that keeps her dynamic and engaged and that gives her something worth doing. The truth is that most writing for women in mainstream movies is dire, and for young women, that is doubly true. At least there are more character roles available as people age, but when you're a young and beautiful woman, the range of what you're asked to do can be enormously frustrating.

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<p>Godzilla is almost ready for his big debut, and tonight&#39;s SXSW event had him center-stage.</p>

Godzilla is almost ready for his big debut, and tonight's SXSW event had him center-stage.

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New 'Godzilla' makes a special appearance at a screening of the 1954 original

Gareth Edwards finally unveils his giant star in his full glory

AUSTIN - Anxious fans around the world have breathlessly analyzed each new bit of footage that has been released from the Gareth Edwards-directed "Godzilla," which arrives in theaters on May 16th, hoping that this will time, they will recognize the iconic monster, praying that this will not be a repeat of the awful 1998 movie.

I think it's safe for fans everywhere to relax.

One of the events at this year's SXSW festival was a special screening of the 1954 original version of "Gojira," the film that was re-edited with new footage when it was released in America and retitled "Godzilla." Rialto Films has held the American distribution rights to the Toho production for a while now, and this will actually be the second time they've done a national theatrical roll-out of the original movie.

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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot; Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) teams up with DEA agent Miller (Eric Roberts).</p>

On "Justified," Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) teams up with DEA agent Miller (Eric Roberts).

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Wrong Roads'

Raylan teams up with his counterpart from the DEA, played by Eric Roberts

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as we do the Hammer and Anvil...

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"The Real Housewives of New York"

"The Real Housewives of New York"

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'Real Housewives of New York': Aviva is determined to win Ramona back

In the season premiere, we meet new girl Kristen, too

So, have you missed "The Real Housewives of New York"? I think it was just long enough between seasons for me to shake the crazy squawk of Ramona's voice out of my brain, which makes hearing her again all the more painful. When we eventually get Ramona and Sonja together in a room, as we inevitably do, I have to resist the urge to either mute the television or claw desperately at my ears until I have nothing but bloody, senseless stumps on the side of my face. Luckily, I found the remote.

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<p>Johnny Sequoyah and Delroy Lindo of &quot;Believe&quot;</p>

Johnny Sequoyah and Delroy Lindo of "Believe"

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TV Ratings: 'Bachelor' finale tops 'Believe' sneak as ABC, NBC split Monday

'How I Met Your Mother' drops big for CBS

[Apologies for the lateness of this ratings story! I'm in Calgary and I spent the day on the set of FX's "Fargo." That means lots of "Fargo" interviews pre-premiere (April 15), but it also means I couldn't get to ratings the morning. On the other hand, these are National Live+SD ratings, so I got to delete my normal "preliminary and subject to change" caveat.]

National ratings for Monday, March 10, 2014.

Monday night's sneak of "Believe" basically equalled last week's "Blacklist" for NBC, but it couldn't keep up with the final hour of ABC's "The Bachelor" finale. The result was a narrow ABC win among young viewers and a comfortable NBC win overall.

Probably due to the stronger-than-normal "Bachelor" numbers, "How I Met Your Mother" was way down for CBS, while "Star-Crossed" and "Beauty and the Beast" also slipped for The CW. 

Even if there was a slightly bigger audience watching "The Bachelor" and "Believe" than normally tunes in for "Castle" and "Blacklist," CBS' "Intelligence" got a small bump without its normal competition.

Over on FOX, "Bones" returned to Monday with familiar "Bones"-y numbers, but couldn't stop "The Following" from slipping back under 5 million viewers." 

On to the numbers...

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"The Blacklist"

"The Blacklist"

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NBC announces slate of season finale dates: 'Blacklist,' 'Grimm,' 'Voice' and more

It's time to set your DVRs for season send-offs

April may bring spring showers, but it also brings season finales. NBC has released its season finale slate. Set your DVRs for the season wraps for "Parenthood," "The Blacklist," "Revolution," "Grimm" and more. 

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<p>Aaron Paul has good reason to be excited about pretty much everything these days.</p>

Aaron Paul has good reason to be excited about pretty much everything these days.

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Aaron Paul discusses how his own 'Need For Speed' influenced his choice of roles

Can he outrace the memory of Jesse Pinkman?

Aaron Paul's post-"Breaking Bad" career is going to be interesting.

Being on a show that is a breakout phenomenon like that can be a double-edged sword. Sure, his visibility went through the roof, and all of a sudden, he became incredibly well-known, and not just as Jesse. People unearthed old game show appearances and a video of him chatting with tourists outside his house went viral. He became closely identified with the emphatic use of the word "Bitch!", and ended up endorsing a whiskey as himself.

So now what? We talked about how he's adjusted to the end of the show, and we also discussed his first major post-"Breaking Bad" role, the new car stunt extravaganza "Need For Speed" and why he chose this film.

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'Game of Thrones' creators: The plan is to end after Season 7

“Game of Thrones” creators: The plan is to end after Season 7
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said seven or eight seasons in Vanity Fair’s cover article that came out today, but they tell EW that it’s more likely going to be seven seasons. “It feels like this is the midpoint for us,” Benioff says. “If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season 4 is right down the middle, the pivot point.”

“Breaking Bad” inspired "Game of Thrones" creators to set an early end date
"If you look at the shows that we love, it's so rare for a series to go beyond that length and maintain quality,” says co-creator David Benioff. "And, you know, looking at 'Breaking Bad,' which is probably the most consistently great show in history, and I think the fact that they decided relatively early, it's going to be five seasons and that's it, I think that was an incredibly smart choice.” PLUS: “Game of Thrones” is the 1st TV show to cover Vanity Fair, and cast answers who should sit on the Iron Throne.

Fox reveals “Gotham” log and synopsis
“Gotham,” says Fox, "is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.”

“Nashville” promotes Oliver Hudson and Will Chase
They’ll become series regulars in Season 3.

“The Originals” loses one of its stars
Which “Vampire Diaries” alum is exiting the CW series after tonight’s episode?

On YouTube, "Fallon is kicking Kimmel’s ass"
Jimmy Fallon is not only destroying Jimmy Kimmel in YouTube views but also in YouTube subscribers added.

Ranking all 18 of “The Bachelors”: Juan Pablo was indeed the worst
Season 1’s Alex Michel was the 2nd-worst, followed by Andy Baldwin. The best “Bachelor”? Matt Grant, followed by Jesse Palmer. PLUS: Juan Pablo & Nikki rejected ABC’s car after last night’s taping — they are “FREE,” why Nikki Farrell is “brilliant,” here are lessons from this season, Chris Harrison insists he wasn’t mad and angry, Harrison approached his role as being a “tough love” parent, and Juan Pablo posts an "Adventures in Loving You" video on Youtube.

“Trophy Wife” creators explain all the Disney-ABC shout-outs
The recent nods to “The Bachelor,” “Aladdin” and “Scandal” were done to create buzz for the struggling show — plus, they're easier to clear, legally.

Why a morbid “HIMYM” series finale is a good thing
It would be "a refreshing detour from the usual sitcom punctuation,” says Joyce Eng. "Happy endings are  not assured in life. Some love stories are tragic — hell, the most famous ones are, and I think Ted, the hopeless romantic that he is, would consider his and The Mother's an epic love story — and there's no reason why a sitcom cannot reflect that.” PLUS: CBS creates a “HIMYM” farewell page, and counting down “HIMYM’s” best gags.

Tom Bergeron: I really want to do a live version of “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
Bergeron says he’s parting with the ABC series in good terms. But he’d be willing to host a new version if it were live. PLUS: Which “Full House” alum should replace Bergeron?

Obama didn’t pitch jokes at the White House “Between Two Ferns" taping, he just said them
Director Scott Aukerman describes surreptitiously visiting the White House to film their Funny or Die segment. "I don’t think the president has to pitch jokes, he just says jokes and we enjoy them,” he says.

Jimmy Kimmel: We don’t warn ABC News about our pranks because “we don’t trust them”
"We didn’t tell them until we launched it,” he says of the Sochi wolf prank. "We try to keep it really small. People will tell other people — even if they’re not trying to ruin the prank, just because they think it’s funny. I’ve found that the fewer people that know, the better off you are.” PLUS: Now Kimmel is getting blamed for every web prank, Kimmel pranks people with fake Tostitos, and teachers make a parody of Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets."

Would Lena Dunham be successful without the New York media?
Why the rest of the country probably doesn't share the same love for the “Girls” star as the New York media. PLUS: Dunham returns to NBC next week for Jimmy Fallon, Dunham delivered SXSW’s keynote address, and “The View” debated whether Dunham is a comedian.

Dear cable TV: Stop making shows that make Louisiana look like it’s made of magic
“True Detective,” “American Horror Story,” “True Blood” — it’s starting to get old.

“Cops” premiered 25 years ago today: It's still going strong on SpikeTV
Though its ratings are a far cry from its Fox days, the long-running reality show is getting big numbers for the male-oriented SpikeTV.

“Game of Thrones” veteran cast in CBS’ “Scorpion"
Elyes Gabel will play the eccentric genius at the center of Justin Lin’s pilot.

Watch an artist recreate Ellen’s Oscar selfie in a drawing
Heather Rooney’s drawing looks almost exactly like the tweet that broke Twitter.

Nick Kroll dodges question about working with girlfriend Amy Poehler on “Kroll Show”
Kroll does, however, talk about working with a lot of his friends in Season 2.

“Christley Knows Best” is the latest Southern reality show
The USA series, starting tonight, stars bankrupt multimillionaire Todd Chrisley and his Atlanta family.

Arthur Chu has taken advantage of his “Jeopardy!” fame to establish his brand
Chu works extra hard live-tweeting episodes and posting on message boards in the hopes that this “Jeopardy!” stint leads to something bigger, like a voice-acting job.

The most popular show in each state, mapped
Two different maps try to give each state a TV show-brand — one map gives New Mexico to “In Plain Sight” while another gives it to “Breaking Bad.”

Why is “New Girl” so disappointing this season?
It seems like creator Elizabeth Meriwether isn’t as involved in the writing these days, because the Fox comedy ahs lost its creative spark. PLUS: See “True Detective’s” Alexandra Daddario in her “New Girl” guest role.

Watch “Awkward’s” Season 4 trailer
The MTV series returns April 15.

Steve Harvey explains why he’s a daytime sensation
"Here's what I knew: There were no men on daytime TV that had all of the experience that I had,” he tells “Today.” "There's not a lot of guys that's done the marriage thing the way I have, survived it, been homeless, flunked out of college, (and) started at the bottom. Kind of got an American dream story."

Jaimie Alexander was excited to bring Lady Sif to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Some of her movie character’s scenes end up on the cutting-room floor, "so this was a lot of fun to explore Sif a little bit deeper and show people what she's about,” she says.

Check out Mariska Hargitay as an “SVU” director
The “Law & Order” series has released a slew of images of Hargitay directing her first episode, which stars Alec Baldwin. PLUS: Hargitay helped catch a real-life rapist.

“Teen Wolf” adds 2 new lacrosse players
One of them is gay.

“Hogan’s Heroes” star Cynthia Lynn dies
Lynn played Col. Klink’s secretary, Helga, and various other roles on the ‘60s sitcom.

How “Looking” got its act together
The HBO gay-themed series started off boring and ho-hum.

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