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Lindsay Lohan will try hosting a talk show when she guest-hosts 'Chelsea Lately'

Lindsay Lohan will try hosting a talk show when she guest-hosts "Chelsea Lately"

She'll sub for Chelsea Handler on Aug. 5.

CNN is making a Hillary Clinton documentary
The feature-length film will debut in theaters next year before airing on CNN.

Teresa Giudice: "Today is a most difficult day for our family"

The "Real Housewives" star, in a statement responding to her and her husband's 39-count federal indictment, said "I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the Government as quickly as possible."

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio replacing Kate Burton as the First Lady of "Hostages"
The CBS drama will have reshoot pilot scenes featuring Burton.

Sarah Michelle Gellar: "The Crazy Ones" has a great schedule, unlike "Ringer"

"I don't think I really thought that whole 'twin' thing through," she says of the exhausting work she did on her canceled CW series. PLUS: McDonalds didn't pay for its placement in the pilot, and how "The Crazy Ones" managed Robin Williams.

Lucy Hale & Darren Criss to co-host the Teen Choice Awards
This year's ceremony takes place on Aug. 11.

CBS hints at how Cote de Pablo will exit "NCIS"

Will her character be killed off?

Cartoon Network cancels "Incredible Crew"

Does the cancelation of the Nick Cannon-created show mean there's a sketch comedy crisis on TV?

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<p>Cote de Pablo of &quot;NCIS&quot;</p>

Cote de Pablo of "NCIS"

Credit: CBS

Press Tour: Les Moonves insists CBS offered Cote de Pablo 'a lot of money'

CEO says leaving 'NCIS' was her decision
In the days leading up to CBS' Monday (July 29) presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour, a number of emails began to circulate to a wide array of reporters.
Fans of "NCIS" wanted to make it clear both that they were able to dig up the email addresses for dozens of TCA members, but also that they were concerned about a recent departure from the show's cast.
Claiming to represent Operation Bring Back Cote, the emails requested that we ask CBS about the recent announcement that Cote de Pablo would be leaving "NCIS" and that her character, Ziva David, would get only a one-episode send-off at the start of the upcoming season. 
The campaign emails suggested the Cote de Pablo's exit was money-based and that it continued a trend of CBS procedurals undervaluing female talent. [While the former may or may not be true, negotiations with female cast members on "Criminal Minds" certainly give credence to the latter.]
It's unclear if the emails had any impact on the reporting body of the TCA -- "NCIS" is still TV's most watched drama and a show of that stature losing a prominent star is the kind of thing we'd normally inquire about --  but CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves was, indeed, asked about Cote de Pablo on Monday morning.
He was prepared.
"I really want to clarify," Moonves began. "We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money, and then we offered her even more money because we really didn’t want to lose her. We love her. We think she was she was terrific. And we, obviously, were in discussions. And the rest of the cast and the producers were aware what’s going on. And ultimately she decided she didn’t want to do the show. It was purely her decision. We’re, obviously, getting a lot of emails. There’s a lot of Twitter buzz about her, and rightly so. She’s a wonderful lady." 
He concluded, "Look, 'NCIS,' the highest rated show on television last year. We don’t like losing anybody. But we did everything humanly possible. We feel like we exhausted every opportunity, and she just decided she didn’t want to do the show."
More details as they emerge. Or not.
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Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman of "Doctor Who"

 Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman of "Doctor Who"

Credit: BBC America

Watch: 'Doctor Who''s Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman talk end times

Coleman admits she's 'in denial' about Smith's exit

I'll gladly admit to being a bit of a "Doctor Who" geek, so getting a chance to talk to outgoing Doctor Matt Smith and his feisty companion Clara (and previously Oswin) Jenna Coleman was a Comic-Con high for me. 

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<p>I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who had issues with some of this stuff.</p>

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who had issues with some of this stuff.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Chris Claremont, who helped define the 'X-Men' in comics, weighs in on 'The Wolverine'

Are comic writers involved enough with adaptations?

This weekend, I watched the new DC animated film "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox," and I thought it was really well-done overall. One of the things that most impressed me was a credits block where they named the creators of several of the major characters used in the film.

"SUPERMAN created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
By Special Arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.
BATMAN created by Bob Kane.
WONDER WOMAN created by William Moulton Marston.
AQUAMAN created by Paul Norris.
ETRIGAN THE DEMON created by Jack Kirby.
CYBORG and DEATHSTROKE created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez.
GRIFTER created by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi."

And, no, I don't know why they don't also credit Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert for creating The Flash, since this is a Flash-heavy movie, or why they don't include the creators of The Green Lantern or Shazam. It's been a slow and interesting process watching DC and Marvel grapple with how to handle the credits on their films, both animated and live-action, and so far, most of these decisions have been made because of legal action, not a sense of wanting to credit those who deserve it.

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CW renews 'Whose Line is it Anyway?'

CW renews "Whose Line is it Anyway?"
The rebooted improv show will be back for a 24-episode 2nd season.

CW moves up the premieres of "The Vampire Diaries," "The Originals" and "Supernatural"

CW hopes the schedule changes gives "The Originals" an edge over "Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD."

Oprah books her "Watch What Happens Live" debut
Oprah Winfrey will appear on Andy Cohen's Bravo show on Aug. 15.

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R. Kelly's new single 'My Story' with 2 Chainz: Listen

R. Kelly's new single 'My Story' with 2 Chainz: Listen

He's sticking by his rags-to-riches tale

R. Kelly has a lot of interesting stories, to be sure, but his new single, “My Story” would not be one of them.

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<p>Bruno Mars in 2012</p>

Bruno Mars in 2012

Credit: AP Photo

Concert Review: Bruno Mars dazzles at Staples Center

He's the consummate song-and-dance man

Bruno Mars has seen his star rise meteorically since fans first heard him as the featured vocalist on B.o.B.’s  2010 smash “Nothing On You.” Between his guest spots and his own hit-filled two albums, it should come as no surprise that Mars was able to sell out Los Angeles’ Staples Center for two nights, but what was surprising was how capably he commanded an audience for someone still in the early stages of his career.

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"We Are Men"

 "We Are Men"

Credit: CBS

Press Tour: 'We Are Men' promises angry men, Speedos and 'lots of sex'

Jerry O'Connell jokes about his new status as 'Speedo guy'

"I was known as the fat kid from 'Stand By Me.' Now I'm the Speedo Guy," Jerry O'Connell quipped about his new CBS series "We Are Men" during press tour. That so many of the questions had to do with O'Connell's wardrobe of tiny swimsuits on the show might have been an attempt to balance the amount of testosterone on the show, which stars and producers were quick to defend as a sweet bromance and not a woman-hating group sulk. 

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Feds charge 'Real Housewives' stars Teresa and Joe Giudice with money fraud

Feds charge "Real Housewives" stars Teresa and Joe Giudice with money fraud
The 39-count indictment could send them to prison for more than 50 years.

Annette Benning is eyeing a comedy on HBO
Benning is teaming with "Game Change" director Jay Roach on "The Third Coast," in which she'd play a larger-than-life casting director in New Mexico.

Will Arnett is up for more "Arrested Development"
"Whatever sort of incarnation comes up, I'm very open to it," he tells EW.

Check out "Parks and Rec" shooting in London
Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza filmed a scene on the London Eye.

Carrie Preston is set to return to "The Good Wife"
She already has a nomination for her role as Elsbeth Tascioni.

"Sharknado" producer: Tara Reid is welcome back for the sequel
The Asylum's David Latt is disputing TMZ's story that Tara Reid isn't welcomed back.

Barney's dad, John Lithgow, will return to "HIMYM"
He's the latest past prominent guest star to sign on for the last season.

"Orange is the New Black" promotes 1, adds 1

Danielle Brooks will be a series regular in Season, while Lorraine Toussaint will recur.

Jerry Bruckheimer on "Hostages": "This is not a miniseries for us”
"We're doing 15 (episodes) and we're hoping to get not only two seasons, but hopefully a lot more," he told critics today.

"Revenge" brings on James LeGros

The "Ally McBeal" alum will play Father Paul.

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<p>Miley Cyrus in &quot;We Can't Stop&quot;</p>

Miley Cyrus in "We Can't Stop"

Miley Cyrus can't stop breaking records on VEVO, tops Eminem and Rihanna

Listen to her 'On My Own' cover

Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” video can’t stop drawing viewers. The clip has become the fastest music video to reach 100 million views on VEVO.

It only took “Stop” 37 days to reach the milestone, surpassing previous record holder, Eminem and Rihanna’s 2010 hit, “Love The Way You Lie,” which needed 39 days. The song sits at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

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Cyrus’s video premiered June 19 on Vevo and delivered 10.7 million views in the first 24 hours. In doing so, Cyrus broke Justin Bieber’s 24-hour record for “Beauty & The Beat.” However, One Direction then broke Cyrus’s record a few days later with the quintet’s video for “Best Song Ever,” which drew 10.8 views in its first full day.

Cyrus’s new album, which features “We Can’t Stop,” will come out later this year. Among her collaborators are Dr. Luke,,  Mike Will, Pharrell, and Future. She has previously described exploring hip hop and country on the set. She's working on the album when Cyrus is not busy posting nude for a very good cause, or recording an a cappella version of "On My Own." Cyrus posted the audio of her performing the "Les Miserable" tune over the weekend.  The clip is below.


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'Devious Maids' getting renewed

"Devious Maids" getting renewed
Lifetime is close to ordering a 2nd season after the March Cherry drama reached another season high, following an unspectacular premier.

Lea Michele tweets for the 1st time since Cory Monteith's death

"Cory will forever be in my heart," she wrote, adding a picture of her and her former "Glee" co-star.

Les Moonves is sticking with Letterman: "Dave is still making money for us"
"He's our guy and despite what people think, we don't like drama at 11:30," the CBS boss told critics today, adding: "I consider Letterman to be the best guy in late-night."

Can cutting down on fart jokes save "The Millers"?

The CBS comedy from Greg Garcia is loaded with talent ( Margo Martindale, Will Arnett), but the pilot has been viewed as disappointing. Garcia today told critics there has been rewriting and recasting on subsequent episodes, and promised that there will be fewer fart jokes.

"24: Live Another Day" will premiere in April 2014 -- possibly with Chloe
Exec producer Howard Gordon tells Assignment X filming will begin in January, with the premiere happening in April, not May, as was previously reported. As for whether Mary Lynn Rajskub’s character will return, Gordon says, "I hope so. As a fan, I absolutely hope so. The truth is, we’re at the beginning of the process."

Regina King is returning to "The Big Bang Theory"

She'll reprise her role as the university's director of human resources.

Where is Donald Glover?

The "Community" star has all but vanished from the internet.

Can "Under the Dome" sustain itself for a 2nd season?
Some worry that there isn't enough story to keep what once was a miniseries going. But Les Moonves says: "Why can't they be under the dome for a long period of time? This is television."

Les Moonves: "It's hard to put 'The Good Wife' up against 'Game of Thrones'" at Emmys
The CBS boss said that it's hard for network shows to compete against cable shows at the Emmys these days.

Happy 60th birthday, Tim Gunn!
Celebrate the "Project Runway" star's birthday by reading his best advice.

Matthew Perry & Lisa Kudrow wish they were still doing "Friends"
If "Friends" was still going, this upcoming the NBC sitcom would be entering its 20th season. "If I had a time machine, I would like to go back to 2004 and not have stopped," says Perry.

Christina Aguilera shows off her dramatic weight loss for her "Voice" return

Check her out in a tight pink dress.

Jimmy Kimmel returns to work today after a wedding and a honeymoon

Kimmel calls it "work," in quotes, after two weeks off.

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Firewall & Iceberg Video Podcast: Summer press tour talk

Firewall & Iceberg Video Podcast: Summer press tour talk

Dan and Alan break down cable and NBC's time in front of the TV critics

Happy Monday, everybody! Time for another bonus video installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast! Dan and I will be recording a traditional audio breakdown of all things press tour later this week (maybe on Wednesday), but we took a few minutes yesterday to step out onto the balcony of my room to chat about the early days of press tour, including HBO, AMC and NBC's time in front of the Television Critics Association.

As with the audio podcast in its early days, these videos are an evolving process. We've learned things from the first one about the Emmys, and improvements have been made (though my hair can only grow back in so quickly) based on feedback. Onward and upward!

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