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Listen: Beck releases single 'Defriended' ahead of two new album releases

Is that pining we hear?

Beck apparently has two new albums in the works, and has preceded them with a mostly-electronic, non-album single "Defriended."

After it leaked a couple of days ago, the songwriter posted the song to his website, linking to a new Rolling Stone report: in it, a "source" says that Beck is working on not just one new, acoustic album as previously reported, but a second set as well, a "proper" follow-up to his last album "Modern Guilt" (2008).

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'It's Always Sunny' films Swedish-speaking black & white promos

"It's Always Sunny" films Swedish-speaking black & white promos
Watch the cast mock art house stereotypes for Season 9. PLUS: Listen to the "It's Always Sunny" end credits hidden messages.

"The Voice" has become a country music show, thanks to Blake Shelton

Shelton strategically tilted the competition towards country music, which could hurt "The Voice" in future seasons if it's seen as favoring a certain music genre.

"The Wendy Williams Show" renewed through 2017

The pickup comes after a strong May sweeps for "Wendy."

"Big Brother" returns early, on June 26
This is the earliest summer start for the CBS franchise, which usually kicks off after the 4th of July. PLUS: Live feed prices cut 30%.

Women are definitely watching "Game of Thrones"
According to Wired, about 2 million female viewers watch the HBO series each week. PLUS: Blame Robb Stark for this week's developments, and 10 shocking deaths in genre shows, take a 9-hour "Thrones" tour, or read the Red Wedding chapter from the book, and go inside the Red Wedding.

Ken Burns to make a doc based on "Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer"
The project will be adapted from Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

Binge-watching has had an impact on TV composers
For instance, the "Game of Thrones" composer, Ramin Djawadi, takes binge viewers in consideration when scoring the season, taking a long-view approach so viewers won't get tired of the same music repeated over and over.

Are the boys on "Girls" the equivalent of Bond Girls?

Except for Adam, the guys on "Girls" seem to be disposable, just like Bond Girls.

"Mad Men's" problem this season: It's more concerned with 1968 than its characters

"It's sort of sad to see the show just drifting listlessly from shocking event to shocking event," says Ta-Nehisi Coates. "It points to a lack of actual things to say about actual human beings." He adds: "Increasingly the magical '60s and a crumbling New York have become a crutch for 'Mad Men.'" PLUS: How the Hollywood Hills party fashion came together, Harry Hamlin on his "Mad Men" footrace,

Broadway to dim the lights in honor of Jean Stapleton

The "All in the Family" star also had a distinguished career on the NY stage.

Check out Jimmy Kimmel on his treadmill desk
The treadmill desk is why Kimmel is looking so skinny these days. The British GQ visited Kimmel recently to compare and contrast his talk show to what passes as talk shows on the other side of the pond. PLUS: More details of Kimmel's bachelor party.

See new pics of "Homeland" shooting
The Showtime series yesterday filmed on location at the North Carolina Supreme Court building.

Could "Scandal's" Dan Bucatinsky get nominated in 3 Emmy categories?
As Lisa Kudrow's producing partner, Bucatinsky last year was nominated for "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Web Therapy." This year, he might be nominated for best guest actor.

"Teen Wolf" returns for Season 2, entirely too self-aware

Has success spoiled the MTV drama? PLUS: "Teen Wolf" returns to with highest-rated episode.

Vince Gilligan: "Breaking Bad" was saved by binge viewing

“I don't really have a complete understanding of it," he says, "or a complete metric for it but I got to believe – my gut tells me–that it’s very possible we wouldn’t have made it to 62 episodes without this creation of these technologies and this cultural creation of binge-watching." PLUS: Buy Walter White hazmat suit toy.

Listen to "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's" hidden messages

As played during the closing credits.

Would a female "Doctor Who" have to be asexual?

Or would producers have to sex up the Doctor? PLUS: Kickstarter project aims to put a TARDIS in space.

The Electric Barbarellas returns, as MTV's "The Alectrix"

This time, the Joe Simpson is the manager.

Jimmy Fallon: I injured my finger making salsa
Fallon was out of his cast for last night's "Late Night."

Check out Lego cars inspired by '80s TV series

From "The A-Team" to "Dukes of Hazzard" to "Knight Rider."

Lifetime teases "Drop Dead Diva's" return
The once-canceled drama returns June 23.

FearNet begins showing "Reaper": Watch Missy Peregrym before "Rookie Blue"
Peregrym previously played the love interest on the 2007-09 CW horror-comedy series.

Lifetime rolls out "Pretty Wicked Moms"

The reality show about Atlanta moms is described as an "unscripted comedy."

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Nine Inch Nails will premiere a new single on Thursday

Nine Inch Nails will premiere a new single on Thursday

'Came Back Haunted' is a comeback from the Trent Reznor-fronted band

Nine Inch Nails will premiere "Came Back Haunted," the band's first song from forthcoming album, on Thursday (June 6) this week.

In a post from Las Vegas radio station X1075 and then confirmed by Los Angeles' KROQ, the track will make its way onto the airwaves at 2:30 p.m. EST. KROQ's program director said the song “harkens back to early Nine Inch Nails.”

Yes, we noticed those are radio stations reporting this. And there, folks, you may have at least one answer as to why Trent Reznor wanted his band back in a major label fold.

As previously reported, Reznor's other, more recent band How To Destroy Angels also ultimately went with Columbia, for their EP and then album. They didn't have much luck with radio, but then again, very few new bands (no matter what famous people are in them) have a hard time breaking into rock radio, and certainly mass distribuation helped with their sales.. As a former radio star, Nine Inch Nails has better luck getting back on the radio with a major label, and perhaps that's a priority to Reznor, who will spend much of the summer on tour with his new lineup.

And, furthermore, for the scale of what Reznor envisions this next single and album to be, he needs a bigger (prettier, hate-ier) machine for it to work.

Anyway, see you back here on Thursday.

Here are Nine Inch Nails' tour dates:

07/26 - Niigata, Japan @ Fuji Rocks Festival
07/28 - Ansan, South Korea @ Ansan Valley Festival
08/2-4 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/9-11 - San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
08/15 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
08/16 - Biddinghuizen, Holland @ Lowlands Festival
08/18 - Hockenheim, Germany @ Rock 'n' Heim
08/21 - Belfast, Northern Ireland @ Belsonic Festival
08/23 - Leeds, England @ Leeds Festival
08/24 - Paris, France @ Rock en Seine
08/25 - Reading, England @ Reading Festival
08/28 - Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
08/31 - 09/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America Festival
09/28 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
09/30 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
10/01 - St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
10/03 - Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
10/04 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/05 - Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
10/07 - Auburn Hill, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
10/08 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
10/11 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/15 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/18 - Washington, D.C. @ Verizon Center
10/19 - University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
10/21 - Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
10/22 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
10/24 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
10/25-27 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10/30 - Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
10/31 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
11/1-3 - New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
11/05 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
11/08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
11/09 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
11/11 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
11/13 - Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
11/15 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
11/16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
11/18 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
11/19 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
11/21 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
11/22 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
11/24 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
11/25 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Orange County': What's the big deal about strippers?

Lydia and Heather are terrified by the idea of naked people

This week's episode of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" was memorable for a lot of reasons. One, Gretchen threatened to unleash the wrath of "furry" on Vicki, which was almost cute. Two, there were more penis jokes than usual (thanks, bachelorette party favors!). Finally, we also discovered a new theme that appears to be running through the "Real Houswives" franchise: a fear of strippers.

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'Breaking Bad's' final season poster doesn't mention 'Breaking Bad'

"Breaking Bad's" final season poster doesn't mention "Breaking Bad"
It just features this cryptic tagline: "All Bad things must come to an end."

"Entourage" movie, "Justified" among winners in California tax credit lottery
"Pretty Little Liars" and "Teen Wolf" will also get special tax incentives.

Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage is over

Kardashian and Kris Humphries have finalized their divorce after settling claims over money.

WGN America's first scripted series will be about the Salem Witch Trials

Brannon Braga of "Star Trek: TNG" fame will helm the drama series.

NBC announces "The Million Second Quiz"
The game show will premiere in September, lasting 1 million seconds, or nearly 12 days.

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<p>These are not your standard-issue Disney princesses.</p>

These are not your standard-issue Disney princesses.

Credit: DC/Vertigo

DC's fairy-tale epic 'Fables' set for the big screen with new writer and director

Is there room for another 'fairy-tales-in-the-real-world' project?

If you're an "Arrested Development" fan, you probably pride yourself on being able to pick up all the levels of the various jokes that are piled on with an almost breathtaking density, but even the nerdiest of fans probably missed one of the weirdest inside beats this season. There are a number of jokes in the new series built around that weird early-'90s tax shelter production of "Fantastic Four" that was supposed to lock down the rights for Roger Corman, and on their own, those jokes are a bunch of fun.

But if you pay close attention, you'll spot Josh Trank and Jeremy Slater in the episodes, and that's a joke that won't fully pay off until Fox releases their in-development reboot of "Fantastic Four," which Josh Trank is set to direct, and which Jeremy Slater worked on as a writer. The notion of layering in a gag that won't even fully make sense for a few years is one of the many reasons I love "Arrested Development."

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<p>Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in &quot;Mood Indigo.&quot;</p>

Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in "Mood Indigo."

Credit: StudioCanal

Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' to open Karlovy Vary fest

Once more, we'll be attending the Czech-based fest

Cannes is still fresh enough in my mind that the idea of diving into another film festival right now is ever-so-slightly panic-inducing, but I've got over three weeks to get in the mood for the admittedly far more relaxed charms of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, which kicks off on June 28.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt pregnant, expecting a baby with her 'Client List' co-star

Jennifer Love Hewitt pregnant, expecting a baby with her "Client List" co-star
Hewitt, 34, began dating Brian Hallisay 15 months ago after meeting on the NBC drama "Love Bites." According to Us Weekly, Hewitt is three months along.

Report: Fox firing "Idol" bosses Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick

The two exec producers were with "Idol" when it debuted in 2002 and they also worked together on the British "Pop Idol."

"The Bachelorette" puts up tweet complaining about tweets featured on-screen

"I wish the tweets at the bottom of the screen would go away on the bachelorette. #noonecares," tweeted Alexa Stout. PLUS: Chris Harrison approves.

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"Anna Nicole"

 "Anna Nicole"

Credit: Lifetime

Watch: 'American Psycho' director tackles a sad and soapy 'Anna Nicole'

This quick clip promises stripping, clown make-up and more

There are so many reasons to find "Anna Nicole" depressing before you've even watched it. First, the trailer is set to the saddest rendition of the song "Fame" you've ever heard. Then, the Lifetime movie is directed by "American Psycho"'s Mary Harron, who definitely classes up the joint but whom you'd hope would have better things to do. I hope this is her "Star 80," but given that it's Lifetime, there's a better chance of this being akin to Lindsay Lohan's "Liz & Dick."

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Justin Theroux joins HBO's 'The Leftovers' from Damon Lindelof

Justin Theroux joins HBO's "The Leftovers" from Damon Lindelof
He'll play the police chief in the "Lost" co-creator's drama about life after the Rapture.

Hillary Clinton jokes about pitching a Bravo reality show: "Project Pantsuit"

"You know," she said last night at a fashion awards show. "I have been thinking, now that I have some more time on my hands, I am going to be pitching Andy (Cohen) and others on a new show for Bravo, to fill that gap that is so apparent to some of us. All you really need is a small but passionate audience to be successful. We could call it 'Project Pantsuit.' We have all kinds of ideas. So just call me after tonight, Andy."

Coldplay's drummer made a cameo during "Game of Thrones" wedding

Will Champion was playing a drum in his quick cameo appearance. PLUS: Eat some Red Wedding Cake, and Aaron Rodgers not sorry for spoiling "Game of Thrones," citing 24-hour rule.

Aaron Sorkin: Larry David told me to avoid watching "The West Wing" after I left
Sorkin recalls: "He said, 'Listen to me. Under no circumstances can you ever watch the show again. Either it's going to be great and you're going to be miserable, or it's going to be less than great and you're going to be miserable. Either way you're going to be miserable.' I thought, 'Well, it's Larry David, he's kind of professionally miserable.'" PLUS: Check out Sorkin's spacious office.

"Devious Maids" pilot will be released early in English and Spanish

Lifetime will also make each episode available in both languages the day after airing.

Deacon Jones dies: NFL Hall of Famer was one of "Brady Bunch's" most memorable guest-stars
Watch Jones teach Peter Brady that it's okay to sing and play football from a 1971 episode.

"Mad Men" alum Jared Harris gets engaged

The actor who played Lane Pryce is set to marry longtime girlfriend Allegra Riggio.

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<p>LeAnn Rimes' &quot;`Spitfire&quot;</p>

LeAnn Rimes' "`Spitfire"

Credit: Curb

Album Review: LeAnn Rimes tells her side of the story on 'Spitfire'

Confessional new set showcases her strong vocals

LeAnn Rimes’ private life has played out very publicly in the tabloids for the past few years and has, unfortunately,  completely overshadowed her considerable musical talents. With “Spitfire,” out today, she attempts to get the focus back on her superior singing chops through, ironically, addressing the very issue with which the press has had a field day.

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Watch: Taylor Swift joins The Rolling Stones on 'As Tears Go By' in Chicago
Credit: AP Photo

Watch: Taylor Swift joins The Rolling Stones on 'As Tears Go By' in Chicago

Is her version Faithfull to the original?

Taylor Swift did her best Marianne Faithfull imitation Monday night in Chicago as she became the latest artist to join the Rolling Stones on stage.

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