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Vince Gilligan: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul to make 'Better Call Saul' cameos


Vince Gilligan: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul to make "Better Call Saul" cameos
"The sky's the limit with a prequel," says the "Breaking Bad" creator, who adds that he could also see Mike Ehrmantraut becoming an important part of the spinoff, which will be an hour-long drama that will contain 75% comedy.


Katie Couric will need to take a paycut if she wants "Katie" to be back next season
Couric, who makes $10 million a year from her talk show, has been deemed a daytime failure because her talk show has become too expensive too produce.


Buckingham Palace will celebrate "Doctor Who's" 50th anniversary

The Countess of Wessex will hold a party at Buckingham Palace to honor the BBC series next month, five days before its anniversary.


NBC resurrects failed CBS pilot "Babylon Fields"
The 2007 pilot from Michael Cuesta about a town whose residents rise from the dead had achieved cult status since it didn't make the CBS schedule.


ABC will tell the true story of "The Astronaut Wives Club"

"Gossip Girl" co-creator Stephanie Savage will write the '60s-set limited series about the wives of the NASA astronauts.

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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

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Will Beyonce release a new single in December

She takes on all the single ladies: Miley, Gaga, Katy, Britney

In a season flush with releases from the biggest female pop stars, will Beyonce chime in too?

The New York Daily News reports that Beyonce
will drop a new single on Dec. 3 and that she has already shot the accompanying Terry Richardson-directed video. She enters a field crowded with singles from new albums from Miley Cyrus (out now), Katy Perry (10/22), Lady Gaga (11/11)  and Britney Spears (12/3).

Plus, Beyonce has dropped a number of songs and/or song snippets over the past year and none of them have gained traction, despite being catchy: “Bow Down/I Been On,” “Grown Woman,” and “Standing On The Sun.”

There’s still no word when Beyonce, who has spent much of the year on her successful “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” will release her follow-up to 2011’s “4.”

Part of the NY Daily News’ reporting makes no sense-- or a total lack of understanding about how the music world works: It says that Beyonce planned to “put out a big song in early 2013, but kept pushing it back when she realized she wasn’t going to have any real competition on the charts.” Uh, no... that’s not how it works. And, again, she did keep pumping out tunes, almost seeing as if something would stick, in early 2013. Plus, if she’s now putting out a single at a time when, quite frankly, radio charts start to slow down for the holidays, to show that she can still top these other single ladies, that seems a bit of a risk.

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<p>I have no idea what Paramount is worried about.</p>

I have no idea what Paramount is worried about.

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Reports have Aronofsky and Paramount battling over Russell Crowe's 'Noah'

Whose vision will the final film ultimately represent?

Why would you hire Darren Aronofsky to make a Darren Aronofsky film unless you were ready to have the full Darren Aronofsky experience?

During a recent appearance on the podcast "How Did This Get Made?", I talked about how often we see long-time dream projects finally get realized on film only to turn out to be terrible. I'm not saying that will be the case with "Noah," but any studio that signs on to a film like that has to understand this isn't some mere case of work for hire. This is something that a filmmaker has lived with for decades now, and there are things he's going to have to do, test audiences be damned. When you agree to make a film like that, you have to assume it's going to be a wild ride, and when we hear reports of struggles in this situation, it baffles me because it seems like everyone involved should have seen that coming.

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"Doctor Who"

 "Doctor Who"

Credit: BBC America

Take a first look at John Hurt in 'Doctor Who'

The anniversary special will be chock full of Doctors

While Whovians have been buzzing with excitement about Peter Capaldi being named as the new Doctor, at the end of last season people were just as excited to see esteemed actor John Hurt ("The Elephant Man," "Nineteen Eighty-Four") on deck as, ominously, the last Doctor.

While these new images from the 50th anniversary special are more fun than revealing (though we can Matt Smith and David Tennant are on deck, as is Jemma Redgrave as the new UNIT boss along with Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays "The Impossible Girl" Clara), they are awfully exciting, aren't they? "The Day of the Doctor" airs Nov. 23 on BBC America. 

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'Girls' gets return date


"Girls" gets return date
Season 3 of "Girls" will debut Jan. 12 with Woody Harrelson-Matthey McConaughey drama "True Detective," while gay-themed "Looking" debuts on Jan. 19.

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<p>Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in &quot;True Detective.&quot;</p>

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in "True Detective."

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HBO announces January premieres for 'Girls,' 'True Detective'

Lena Dunham will be paired with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on Sundays

HBO has announced a winter Sunday lineup featuring the return of "Girls" sandwiched in between two new series: Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the drama "True Detective" and Jonathan Groff in the new comedy "Looking."

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Kerry Washington hosting 'SNL': Is Lorne Michaels trying to duck the diversity controversy?


Kerry Washington hosting "SNL": Is Lorne Michaels trying to duck the diversity controversy?
It's funny that Washington's hosting would be announce one day after Kenan Thompson's controversial comments on black comediennes. PLUS: Why Washington hosting "SNL" matters.


Ellen made a special appearance on "Bethenny" to deny reports of a feud
"I was just telling my audience how much I love you and how amazing you've been to me," Ellen said in a message via satellite.


"The View" boss insists Jenny McCarthy is not getting fired
"It's ridiculous. There's nothing to it," says executive producer Bill Geddie. Previously, "The View" denied that Elisabeth Hasselbeck was out and that Barbara Walters was retiring.


America Ferrera is poised to return to TV as a nun on CBS
The former "Ugly Betty" star has signed on for "Damascus," in which she'll play a nun/lawyer who crusades for the poor.


AMC is seeking NFL-level ad rates for "The Walking Dead"

The $600,000 per 30-second ad spot is more than NBC makes off of individual "Sunday Night Football" ads.


NY Times columnist asks: Why isn't Obama more like "Scandal's" Olivia Pope?
The president could end the government shutdown, says Maureen Dowd, by following Olivia's lead.


"Game of Thrones" gets the "Bad Lip Reading" treatment
What if the HBO series was recut as a comedy trailer?


Discovery Channel's "Penguins" doc will get up close by disguising cameras as penguins
"Penguins: Waddle All the Way" will use animatronic cameras disguised as penguins to spy on a colony of penguins.


Ranking TV judging show panels

"The Voice" is the best, "X Factor" the worst.


Eric Stonestreet: "Modern Family" fans are disappointed that I'm not flamboyant in real life

Stonestreet says fans expect him to act like a screaming queen.


Rebel Wilson goes on her boss Conan's show dressed as a chicken
"I'm a hot chick," Wilson told Conan, who produces "Super Fun Night."


"SNL's" Ian Rubbish sits down with The Clash
Fred Armisen reprised his British punk rocker character for Funny or Die.


"Sons of Anarchy's" Theo Rossi talks Juice

"Everybody right now knows everything from Juice’s past, so every move he makes is in the spotlight for every member," says the actor.


"Parks and Rec's" Li'l Sebastian surfaces on "Hart of Dixie"

Looks like Pawnee's cherished icon is still alive.


"The Biggest Loser" returns to its lowest-rated debut, "The Originals" rises

The weightloss competition was down 27% from its spring premiere.


Kim Kardashian stands with her "American Dad" character

Check her out with her alien character.


Derek Hough & Nina Dobrev break up
The "Dancing" star and "The Vampire Diaries" star dated for six weeks.

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Steve McQueen on the set of "12 Years a Slave."
Steve McQueen on the set of "12 Years a Slave."
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The Long Shot: Direct influence

There's much to celebrate if this race comes down to McQueen vs. Cuarón
"How are you not the best director if you made the best movie?” I remember this question being asked, with ingenuous bafflement, at an Oscar party earlier this year, as the puzzle of Ben Affleck’s missing Best Director nomination was being hashed out for the umpteenth time in six weeks. It’s one that surfaces repeatedly in similar situations, often by people who haven’t given that much thought to its politics – it’s a funny truth that hardline auteurists and many casual film fans are united in their belief that all films are the exclusive creative property of their directors, and should only be measured and compared as such.
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<p>Ming-Na Wen of &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Ming-Na Wen of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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TV Ratings: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' drop slows, 'Person of Interest' rises and 'Voice' leads NBC Tuesday

'The Originals' and 'Supernatural' give CW a big night
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
 
A so-so premiere for "The Biggest Loser" combined with "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" to help NBC win a slim Tuesday victory among young viewers, while CBS dominated the night overall led by "NCIS" and a rising "Person of Interest."
 
ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." posted its smallest drop so far, but the news was less positive "The Goldbergs," which now holds only a tiny advantage over "Trophy Wife" for ABC.
 
After a pretty steady fall of drops, most of FOX's comedies were steady week-to-week and even, in some cases, posted growth in viewers. 
 
Also showing positive numbers were The CW's "The Originals" and "Supernatural." It was, in fact, The CW's highest rated Tuesday since 2009.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Kerry Washington to host "SNL"


Kerry Washington to host "SNL"
The "Scandal" star will be joined Nov. 2 by musical guest Eminem.

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Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
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Roundup: The two faces of Harvey Scissorhands

Also: Reports from Academy screenings of 'Captain Phillips' and '12 Years a Slave'

Harvey Weinstein didn't acquire that "Scissorhands" nickname casually -- no producer in the modern era has exerted quite such fierce artistic control over the films he decides needs it. But is he an enabling or obstructive influence? Karina Longworth breaks down the pros and cons in this excellent long-form piece, which goes from his recent editing input on such films as "August: Osage County" and "Snowpiercer" back through the likes of "Gangs of New York" and Billy Bob Thornton's "Sling Blade." (The quoted exchange between Weinstein and Thornton is priceless.) Finally, Longworth wonders if a villainous reputation is exactly what Weinstein has been deliberately cultivating all along. [Grantland]

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<p>Andy Samberg and Dean Winters in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Dean Winters in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' & 'New Girl'

Dean Winters stops by 'Brooklyn,' while Nick inherits some money

It's morning round-up time, with quick reviews of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I'm knitting a mansion...

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