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Benjamin Bratt joins '24: Live Another Day'

Benjamin Bratt joins "24: Live Another Day"
He'll play the CIA boss who's tracking the rogue Jack Bauer.

"Veronica Mars" digital spinoff will revolve around Dick Casablancas

Rob Thomas tweets that the spinoff will be a comedy starring Ryan Hansen. PLUS: Jason Dohring was crushing on Kristen Bell during their three years of filming "Veronica Mars."

1960s "Batman" TV series is finally coming to DVD -- thanks to Conan?
For some reason, Warner Bros. apparently let Conan O'Brien announce the DVD release news on Twitter.

NBC orders an "Anchorman"-esque astronaut comedy from Will Ferrell, plus "Ellen More or Less"
The 1962-set "Mission Control" is a workplace comedy win which a macho astronaut butts heads with a strong woman. Meanwhile, Jason Katims' "Ellen More or Less" is about an average-sized woman who reinvents herself after losing 100 pounds.

"True Blood" finds a replacement for Luke Grimes

"Bunheads" alum Nathan Parsons will play the new James.

Vogue first interviewed Lena Dunham in 1998 when she was 11

Dunham and her "Girls" pal Jemima Kirke were part of an article on New York's wealthiest children. PLUS: How much is Dunham's Vogue pictures photoshopped?

CW boss sees no reason to end "Supernatural," talks spinoff

"As long as I'm here and those numbers still hold, god bless them, they can go as long as they want," says CW president Mark Pedowitz. He also said there's a good chance "The Originals" gets picked up for a 2nd season. PLUS: CW's Wonder Woman prequel is dead, and so is "Breaking Pointe."

Another take: Olivia Pope fixes Chris Christie

The New Yorker offers its version on how "Scandal" would tackle Bridgegate.

Terry Crews has helped "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" co-star Andre Braugher shed 20 pounds

"Terry's my fitness guru," says Braugher. "I now run every day, eat smart meals and try not to snack. If I want to be like Terry, I need to do what he does."

Is "Friday Night Tykes" the new "Toddlers & Tiaras"?
The new Esquire Network show about kids playing organized football is like "Toddlers" in that they both feature parental monsters -- except "Friday Night Tykes" showcases meaner parents.

"Happy Days" turns 40
The classic sitcom premiered on Jan. 15, 1974.

John Boehner to make his "Tonight Show" debut
The Speaker of the House will sit down with Jay Leno on Jan. 23.

Wanda Sykes hooks up with NickMom

She'll help develop a comedy block for mothers as part of a comedy development deal.

Tim Gunn's "Under the Gunn" came about when Heidi Klum had to take a season off
"Heidi and I have a pact," says Gunn. "We will never do another season of the show without each other. I just can't conceive of it."

Arsenio Hall tears up during an interview

Hall lost his composure while talking about Whitney Houston with Tika Sumpter.

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<p>Jane Levy in the &quot;Suburgatory&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Jane Levy in the "Suburgatory" season premiere.

Credit: ABC

Season premiere review: 'Suburgatory' - 'No Me Gusta, Mami'

Tessa and George try to reconnect while Dahlia teaches accountants to twerk

"Suburgatory" is back for a third season, and I have a few thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I look up pictures of Tony Danza's grandchildren...

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"My Strange Addiction"

 "My Strange Addiction"

Credit: TLC

Exclusive clip: 'My Strange Addiction' goes to the leeches

Vladimir is a sucker for blood suckers

In tonight's episode of "My Strange Addiction" (Wed. Jan. 15 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC), we meet some pretty colorful characters. The highlight? Keyshia, the chick who likes to chew on dirty diapers. Yeah, that's a thing. But in this exclusive clip, you'll meet someone equally odd -- Vladimir, a guy who likes the vampire-high leeches give him. He'll slap on up to 12 leaches at a time. Yup. 

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<p>&quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;&nbsp;leads the guild and industry tally with 10 mentions.</p>

"American Hustle" leads the guild and industry tally with 10 mentions.

Credit: Sony Pictures

Four films stand atop the industry precursor awards circuit

A look at the Best Picture landscape with all the guilds and societies declared

With the announcement of the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards nominees this afternoon, all of the various industry guilds and societies have had their say on the season. And it's just under the wire, too, as we're all preparing for the Oscar nominations announcement tomorrow morning. So how did the various contenders fare?

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<p>Agata Trzebuchowska in &quot;Ida.&quot;</p>

Agata Trzebuchowska in "Ida."

Credit: Music Box Films

'Ida' among films nominated for ASC's inaugural Spotlight Award

Award was created to recognize festival premieres and limited releases

This promises to be an interesting addition to the annual awards trail, which could always use new below-the-line honors. Previously, the American Society of Cinematographers has only given out one award for feature film work -- the nominees for which were announced last week. This year, however, they're introducing a second: the Spotlight Award, which will recognize outstanding cinematography in lower-profile films that have either premiered at festivals or opened in limited release.

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<p>This is pretty much exactly how I&nbsp;felt when I read the news today that 'Batman' is finally headed to home video.</p>

This is pretty much exactly how I felt when I read the news today that 'Batman' is finally headed to home video.

Credit: Warner Bros Home Entertainment

Biff! Bam! Whap! The '60's 'Batman' TV show is finally set for home video release


We are fifteen days into 2014, and I have already had at least three conversations with people about the possibility of a home video release of the "Batman" television series from the '60s, and until a half-hour ago, I would have said that the odds were slim to none that we would ever get it, much less that we would get it this year.

However, according to Conan O'Brien's announcement (which is being confirmed by home video sites including TVShowsOnDVD and which incorporated a pretty great Adam West joke), Warner Bros Home Entertainment has officially slated the series for a release this year, ending what has got to be one of the longest and most contentious legal rights tussles I've ever seen.


You would think this would have been a no-brainer for all involved years ago when everyone was putting out box sets of every TV show, but there's been a brutal legal battle going on between Warner and Fox over who had the specific rights to put the show out. Character rights, licensing rights regarding the Batmobile, actor likeness rights… everything complicated the process, and as a result, the show has been largely out of circulation even as the DVD sales market peaked and started to ebb.

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Paul Greengrass

Industry editors to honor 'Captain Phillips' director Paul Greengrass

He'll receive the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award in February

Ever since he launched onto the scene with 2002's "Bloody Sunday," the work of director Paul Greengrass has been marked by intensity on the editorial side. Films like "The Bourne Supremacy," "The Bourne Ultimatum" (which won the Oscar for Best Film Editing), "United 93" and this year's "Captain Phillips" have really stood out for their assemblage, wrangling intense amounts of footage into narratives that reflect a docudrama style, putting you right in the action. Naturally, then, he's a fantastic choice for the American Cinema Editors' annual Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year award.

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<p>John Cooper and Trevor Goth discussing the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park, City.</p>

John Cooper and Trevor Goth discussing the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park, City.

Credit: Sundance

Sundance Q&A: John Cooper and Trevor Groth on genre, star power and the Rockettes

Plus: What under-the-radar movies should you catch?

If it's January that means Sundance is once again upon us and the Park City institution appears ready to make some noise in what has become a very busy month for entertainment fans. Before the festival begins, much of the publicity and hype usually centers on the star-driven films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and Premieres categories, but by the time Saturday rolls around it's a jaw-dropping documentary or unexpected surprise ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Little Miss Sunshine") that really have people talking and have film lovers wondering when these titles will find their way to a theater in their hometown. It's a recurring scenario that has made Sundance America's premiere and, arguably, most important film festival.

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HIMYM' co-creators are 'deeply sorry' for 'yellowface' in Monday's episode

"HIMYM" co-creators are "deeply sorry" for "yellowface" on Monday's episode
Carter Bays (along with Craig Thomas) responded to the "#HowIMetYourRacism" hashtag on Twitter, saying: "With Monday's episode, we set out to make a silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies, a genre we’ve always loved. But along the way we offended people. We're deeply sorry, and we’re grateful to everyone who spoke up to make us aware of it."

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Kristen Bell

 Kristen Bell

'Veronica Mars' to get digital spin-off

The online series may or may not air before the movie

If you loved the late, great "Veronica Mars" (which went off the air in 2007), it might be time to rejoice. During press tour, the CW revealed that the beloved Kristen Bell-vehicle is getting a spin-off -- online.

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'American Horror Story' Season 4 will be set in 1950

"American Horror Story" Season 4 will be set in 1950

"It's a period piece," says Ryan Murphy.

"Duck Dynasty" returns tonight: Expect big ratings
The A&E series should get a big boost from last month's controversy, as James Poniewozik points out: "At least for the premiere, I'm betting they'll be more than made up for by people watching the show for the first time (as a statement or not), longtime fans making sure to catch the first airing to Stand With Phil, and casual viewers who don't care so much about the controversy one way or the other but, who have spent a solid month being reminded that 'Duck Dynasty' exists."

CW orders a "Veronica Mars" spinoff digital series
Rob Thomas will be behind the digital series, which will be shown on CW Seed, the network's digital home.

HBO renews "Real Time with Bill Maher"
The long-running talk show will be back for a 13th season.

CW orders Cedric the Entertainer's "Barber Battle" and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us"

In "Barber Battle," barbers will compete to be named the creator of the best "crowns" in town.

"The Good Wife" promises an improved Kalinda storyline, may bring back Michael J. Fox

"Kalinda was a little bit adrift in the first half of the year," exec producer Robert King admitted today at TCAs. PLUS: Eric Bogosian will guest-star, why the next "Good Wife" episode is scheduled for March 9, and Julianna Margulies' apartment was flooded after an Architectural Digest shoot.

"Downton Abbey" vet Jessica Brown-Findlay to star in CW's "Labyrinth" miniseries

She'll play a character named Alaïs in an event series that follows two women who are separated by centuries in their pursuit of the Holy Grail.

This week's "NCIS" was inspired by the Boston Marathon bombings
Exec producer Gary Glasberg says he wanted "to show someone who comes from a government background involved in something tragic like this and manages to persevere."

"Intelligence" creator on ratings plunge: "That sucked"

"We're all human and want to win," says Michael Seitzman. "Yesterday morning we woke up, and the ratings were not what they had been. That sucked. But it was great for five days having the network tout you as the No. 1 new show on TV. We had that and they can't take it away from us," he says jokingly. PLUS: Michael Trucco and Peter Coyote will guest on "Intelligence."

"Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox is penning her memoir
The book, due in 2015, will delve into Cox's experience growing up transgender.

"Elementary" taps Jane Alexander to play Sherlock's pen pal

They will meet after trading erotic letters for years.

Paul Rudd joins the final "Greatest Event in Television History"
Check out Rudd and Adam Scott with their new hairstyles.

Thomas Dekker will join Rainn Wilson on "Backstrom"

The former "Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles" star is returning to Fox as Detective Backstrom's connection to the underworld.

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<p>Mark Pedowitz</p>

Mark Pedowitz

Credit: The CW

The CW Executive Session with Mark Pedowitz Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect 'Flash,' 'Amazon' and other questions

No network executive goes through as many press conference questions/answers as CW President Mark Pedowitz. 

On Wednesday (January 15), Pedowitz makes his latest TCA press tour appearance after a fall that saw the network renew all of its new shows, even if "Reign" and "Tomorrow People" are both struggling to retain their lead-ins. 

Expect questions about the "Arrow" spinoff of "The Flash" as well as some other DC Comics stuff, probably. 

Click through to follow along.

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