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'White Collar' gets a November final season premiere date
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'White Collar' gets a November final season premiere date

“White Collar” gets a November final season premiere date
The Nov. 6 Season 6 premiere will lead into the 2nd half of “Covert Affairs’” 5th season.


TNT renews “Murder in the First” for Season 2
The Steven Bochco drama will be back for another 10-episode season.


AMC's “Turn” finds its Benedict Arnold
"The Mentalist’s" Owain Yeoman will take on the role of the American Revolution’s famous traitor.

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Mandy Moore

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FOX's 'Red Band Society' admits Mandy Moore

'Candy' chanteuse will play the ex-fiancee to Dave Annable's character

Mandy Moore is scrubbing in as what FOX is calling a "recurring guest star" on the freshman hospital dramedy "Red Band Society."

The network announced this morning that Moore will play Dr. Erin Grace, chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital, home to the pediatric wing caring for the show's main characters.

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Jack White

Jack White's in a blue mood in 'Would You Fight For My Love' video: Watch

He dusts off his powder blue tux

Following his excellent video for “Lazaretto’s” title track, Jack White returns with a clip for the album’s “Would You Fight For My Love?”

The Robert Hales-directed video is in the blue-washed tint that White so loves (check out clips for “I’m Shakin’,” or  “Love Interruption”) and features a sartorially splendid White, dressed for a prom circa 1979, with shorter hair than we’re used to seeing him and crazy sideburns.

The video takes place in the art deco bar at Denver’s Oxford Hotel and goes from a relatively sedate scene of White drinking at the bar until we delve into his mind. For as placid as he seems at the bar, there’s a whirlwind going on in his mind, as evidenced by the razor-quick edits and staccato images, all propelled by a mystery woman whom he never approached.

And by the way, he takes the line “I’m getting better at being a ghost,” literally in the clip.

Next up for White is appearing at Farm Aid, the yearly benefit put on by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, and Neil Young, on Sept. 13 at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheater.

 

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CBS’ 'Thursday Night Football' debut gets big numbers
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CBS’ 'Thursday Night Football' debut gets big numbers

CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” debut gets big numbers
The NFL’s new TV package paid off for CBS, as it’s likely going to inflict damage on rival shows on Thursday over the next seven weeks. PLUS: CBS crushed "The Biggest Loser" premiere.


Mandy Moore to guest on “Red Band Society”
She’ll play Dave Annable’s ex.

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<p>Ravens QB Joe Flacco</p>

Ravens QB Joe Flacco

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TV Ratings: CBS' Steelers-Ravens Thursday Night Football opener dominates

'The Biggest Loser' premiere puts NBC in second

Fast National ratings for Thursday, September 11, 2014.

The premiere of CBS' Thursday Night Football, a sloppy game between the Ravens and Steelers, dominated primetime in all measures, though NBC's "The Biggest Loser" opener still got a decent sampling, albeit far below fall's launch.

CBS is boasting that the Thursday Night Football premiere was the network's best Thursday primetime deliver since 2006 and the broadcast on both CBS and NFL Network more than doubled last year's NFL Network Thursday opener.

Remember, as always, that due to the live nature of the football game, plus the simulcast on NFL Network, these numbers aren't accurately reflective of the actual Pittsburgh-Baltimore ratings for the night. 

On to those numbers...

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Calvin Harris

Watch: Calvin Harris' new video for 'Blame,' featuring John Newman

So this is where club girls go when the party's over

Pretty things populate Scottish DJ Calvin Harris’s new  Emil Nava-directed video, “Blame,” featuring British singer John Newman.

And bless their hearts, while the men in the video all have enough money to afford clothes, most of these poor things only have enough cash to afford bras, undies, garter belts, stockings and very high heels. Let’s throw a fundraiser for them, shall we? Surely if we did that, it would wipe the petulant pouts off their face as they wait in line to get into the club. Hey, at least the end of the video reveals where these girls disappear to, like vampires, before sunrise.

The club anthem’s most distinguishing feature is Newman’s ability to stretch the word “night” into five syllables. "Summer" it is not, although we're intrigued by the guilt implied in the "I'll be better this time" refrain.

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Review: Despite Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber's efforts, 'Pawn Sacrifice' is a draw

Review: Despite Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber's efforts, 'Pawn Sacrifice' is a draw

Ed Zwick sticks to slick

TORONTO — It’s quite remarkable that up until now there has never been a biopic on the life of Bobby Fischer, arguably the greatest chess player of the 20th Century. Yes, his name was used in the acclaimed 1993 film “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” but that referenced his potential successor. Fisher’s life and his greatest moment, a dramatic match against his Russian counterpart, are finally depicted in the new drama “Pawn Sacrifice,” which screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Contender Countdown: 'Imitation Game' gets the early love for best picture

Contender Countdown: 'Imitation Game' gets the early love for best picture

Will 'Interstellar' or 'Unbroken' ultimately become the frontrunner?

TORONTO — If it's September, not only is it fall film festival time, but it's also time for the return of the Contender Countdown. Yes, your weekly snapshot of the Best Picture race is back and who knew 2014 might actually deliver another real race?

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Did Sony Classics just seal the deal on Julianne Moore's first Oscar?
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Did Sony Classics just seal the deal on Julianne Moore's first Oscar?

The actress won a Cannes prize for 'Maps to the Stars' and now this

Most eyes were on Sony Pictures Classics for a potential suitor for Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's "Still Alice." They have a lot of dogs in a lot of hunts, but the lead actress race was something left lacking on their awards slate. That's all changed now, as they've just made the first steps toward potentially securing Julianne Moore her long-elusive first Academy Award.

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Report: 'Sharknado 3' eyeing Washington, D.C.
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Report: 'Sharknado 3' eyeing Washington, D.C.

Report: “Sharknado 3” eyeing Washington, D.C.
The 3rd installment of the Syfy movie franchise could involve the White House, the Capitol Hill and the Washington Monument.


“Shark Tank” is getting a spinoff: “Beyond the Tank”
The spinoff, which is close to being finalized, would track the next stage of the “Shark Tank” start-ups.


HBO not moving forward with Ryan Murphy’s racy sex-and-relationship drama “Open”
The sexy project had an all-star cast including Scott Speedman, Anna Torv, Wes Bentley, Michelle Monaghan and Jennifer Jason Leigh.


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“SNL” Weekend Update: Cecily Strong is out, Michael Che is in
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“SNL” Weekend Update: Cecily Strong is out, Michael Che is in

“SNL” Weekend Update: Cecily Strong is out, Michael Che is in
Che, the “SNL” writer who left after last season to become a “Daily Show” correspondent, will be part of a two-man anchor team with Colin Jost. Strong, who joined the Weekend Update desk last year after one season, will remain a featured player. In making the change, Lorne Michaels says “This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now. That’s why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out.” He added that Weekend Update "struggled to find an identity last season.” PLUS: Michaels also announced that each Saturday night at 10 pm, instead of running an “SNL” rerun from the previous season, NBC will show one “SNL” episode from each of the previous 39 seasons of the show.

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TNT is close to ordering a DC Comics Teen Titans pilot featuring Nightwing
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TNT is close to ordering a DC Comics Teen Titans pilot featuring Nightwing

TNT is close to ordering a DC Comics Teen Titans pilot featuring Nightwing
In the “Titans” pilot, Dick Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others.”


Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show: Not celebrity-oriented, 3 shows per week, No Chuy, and not always a talk show
"I just want to do fish-out-of-water stuff,” says Handler, who wants to dive with sharks, visit the NBA Draft and do snake immersion cognitive behavioral therapy. What she doesn’t want to do is another talk show. But she’s still trying to figure out when the episodes will be released — three times a week or three episodes every Monday.


A&E's canceled “Longmire” had bigger ratings than "Mad Men” and “Justified," but its fans were too old
As the Wall Street Journal notes, it was the wrong show for the wrong network, despite its 5.6 million viewers. It had a median age of 60 on a network whose median age as a whole is 48.


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