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Hilary Clinton to visit Jon Stewart on Tuesday

Hilary Clinton to visit Jon Stewart on Tuesday
Clinton last appeared on “The Daily Show” in March 2008 and, before that, in Oct. 2003.

Ben Kingsley to star in Spike TV’s “Tut”
The “Gandhi” star Kingsley will play Ay, the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun, on the Spike event series.

8 unaired "Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” episodes will be shown on Logo
Logo will also marathon the 16 episodes that did air of the canceled ABC comedy, starting this Saturday.

Turns out that “American Horror Story: Freak Show” teaser was fan-made
FX confirmed it didn’t release the “Fallen Angel” teaser.

“24’s” Cheng Zhi actor: "I didn't expect such a fervent reaction"
"Oh, my God,” says Tzi Ma. "I couldn't believe it! They wanted  this to be the surprise of the season. There were these posts on the ’24' Facebook page, and there was one chain that had, like, 900 responses. 'I can't believe he's back! I hate this guy!' It was unbelievable — the chatter.”

“Elementary” books “Smash’s” Raza Jaffrey
He’ll recur as Joan’s new boyfriend.

Meet the world’s greatest Peter Griffin impersonator
Robert Franzese has been doing the “Family Guy” patriarch at conventions for two years.

USA orders “Mr. Robot,” a computer hacking pilot
The drama pilot follows a young anti-social computer hacker who can only connect with people by hacking into their lives.

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Pic: Tracy Morgan is all smiles returning home from rehabilitation facility

Pic: Tracy Morgan is all smiles returning home from rehabilitation facility
“I’m OK,” Morgan said after getting into a car service. “I feel strong. Love you. Thank you very much. I appreciate it.”

Unrest in Israel leads FX’s “Tyrant” and USA’s “Dig” to delay production
“Tyrant,” which is shooting in Tel Aviv, will relocate to Turkey, while the Jerusalem-based “Dig” will extend its current previously scheduled hiatus by a few days.

Here’s your 1st look at Lifetime’s Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
Yaya DaCosta and Arlen Escarpata are starring in the Angela Bassett-directed “Whitney.”

Erin Andrews replacing Pam Oliver as Fox Sports’ lead NFL sideline reporter
This is the 2nd time in as many months that Andrews has taken over somebody else’s job, after becoming “Dancing with the Stars” co-host earlier this year. This time she’s replacing Oliver, who’s been the lead sideline reporter for two decades. Oliver will move to the No. 2 team before exiting sideline reporting next year.

“Heroes: Reborn”: "The vast, vast majority are brand new characters, brand new ideas”
Despite the return of Jack Coleman and some interest by Zachary Quinto, “Heroes” creator Tim Kring says the emphasis will be on new characters. "If it was all completely brand new, we’d miss certain elements that need  to be there to give you that bridge to cross to something new,” he says. "I approached Coleman because he was a character who had a spine through the series that allowed you to meet new characters.”

Jenny McCarthy is going from “The View” to her own SiriusXM show
She’ll host the weekly show "Dirty, Sexy, Funny With Jenny McCarthy.”

NBC’s “Constantine” character won’t be bisexual, but will smoke cigarettes
The producers explained at the press tour how the DC Comics character will and won’t be different.

Matt Stone on Hulu’s “South Park” deal: "What we do is expensive..."
“It takes a lot of people,” he says, "and it makes sense to put it through windows in a way that produces a lot of value. We do what we do because we act like we own the stuff and try to surf whatever wave is out there.”

Fox gets new bosses
Dana Walden and Gary Newman replace Kevin Reilly, who exited last month after seven years from the entertainment side of the network.

Brawl breaks out at Bravo’s “Game of Crowns” premiere party
Two husbands on the pageant reality show got into a fight last night.

“Parks and Rec’s” Retta: Amy Poehler told me, “I’m not working with babies”
That, Retta explains, is why they ended up doing the time jump.

Check out “The Walking Dead’s” Norman Reedus gagged and bound
Here’s a striking image from Season 5. PLUS: Steven Yuen previews the season premiere.

Meet the full “Bachelor in Paradise” cast
Each episode will add two new “Bachelor” alums. PLUS: Renne Oteri is pregnant.

Ben Feldman can’t escape questions about his “Mad Men” nipple
Feldman has been asked a lot about his nipple while promoting his new NBC comedy “A to Z.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new gig: Working at a lemonade stand
The former “Crazy Ones” star tweeted an image yesterday of her sitting at a roadside lemonade stand.

“Madam Secretary” adds a rebellious eldest daughter
Wallis Currie-Wood will play the daughter of Tea Leoni’s secretary of state character.

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<p>Julie Chen of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Julie Chen of "Big Brother"

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TV Ratings: 'Rising Star,' 'Big Brother,' 'Unforgettable' rise on Sunday

CBS leads overall, but ABC currently leads the key demo

Fast National ratings for Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Boosted presumably by the overtime conclusion of the World Cup Final, ABC's lineup was up on Sunday night, including "Rising Star," which helped the network lead primetime among young viewers. CBS, meanwhile, capitalized on early primetime strength for "60 Minutes" and "Big Brother" to cruise to an overall win.

There were few other notables on Sunday, but CBS' decision to swap time periods for "Unforgettable" and "Reckless" resulted in a predictable demo bump for "Unforgettable" at nine, now gifted with a "Big Brother" lead-in, and a predictable demo drop for "Reckless," but both shows did very close to what they did last week.

On to the numbers...

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No 'Mockingjay' or 'Jurassic World' top Comic-Con 2014 schedule surprises

No 'Mockingjay' or 'Jurassic World' top Comic-Con 2014 schedule surprises

Where did the comedy panels go?

Comic-Con has become a strange bird to Hollywood studios.  Bringing talent and previewing footage can give tremendous hype and word of mouth to eventual blockbusters ("Django Unchained," "Gravity," "Iron Man") or it can end up providing false hope for genre films hope will be smash hits ("Cowboys and Aliens," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World").  That means it can be an expensive endeavor if things don't go well and, moreover, you might not realize that until six months later on your opening weekend.

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Ann Curry is the latest rumored candidate for 'The View'

Ann Curry is the latest rumored candidate for “The View”
Curry, who is still bound by her NBC contract, is among a list of possible  co-hosts that includes everybody from Mario Cantone to Meghan McCain to Bernadette Peters.

“Parenthood” boss: Our final season will contain "one larger story that influences everybody on the show”
“The story is going to be introduced in the first episode and play throughout the season,” says exec producer Jason Katims. "It's a huge new challenge for the family and one  that we didn't see before… In this case, I feel like I want to do something that starts at the beginning of the season, by the way there will be as many story lines going on as usual, but this will be something that tracks us throughout the year.”

NBC’s “Marry Me” really isn’t about a wedding and a marriage
"We'll be doing general stories,” creator David Caspe told critics. "Occasionally we'll do stuff about the wedding. It's not episode two is the dress and episode three is we need another dress.”

Joss Whedon revives “Buffy” — on a napkin
Whedon recently responded to a fan’s request for "More Buffy the Vampire Slayer please” by drawing a “Buffy” scene on a napkin.

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;True Blood&quot;</p>

Sunday's "True Blood"

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'Death Is Not the End'

It’s sometimes possible for something to keep going for a while after all the life in it is used up

Last week, "True Blood" went on a killing spree, dispatching major characters and lesser recurring characters and bit players and new characters—including a few that had potential, such as Sarah Newlin’s guru boyfriend—with an indiscriminating, bland casualness. The only loss that was supposed to mean anything was the unexpected, last-minute killing of Alcide, but his shooting—at the hands of a couple of random gun nuts, just after he’d appeared from out of nowhere to help rescue Sookie from the infected vamps—was such a hectic mess, and carried so little dramatic weight, that the only real emotion came from the slow, mournful version of Steely Dan’s “Fire in the Hole” that played under the closing credits. 

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<p>The Strain</p>

The Strain

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Strain' - 'Night Zero'

What did everybody think of FX's new vampire series from Guillermo del Toro and friends?

I posted my review of FX's "The Strain" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those who turned into FX's first-ever Sunday night drama, what did you think? Did you find the vampire makeup and special effects creepy, or just as silly as Corey Stoll's wig? Were you interested in the characters and/or the story of this takeover plot? How did you feel about old Abraham Setrakian's way of caring for his "wife"? Was the whole thing scary or too cheesey? And will you watch again?

Have at it. I don't plan to cover this show weekly (too many things on Sunday nights), but I'll try to check in from time to time, depending on what's happening on the show.

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

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Season premiere review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Parallax'

Bill and Virginia struggle to define the new phase of their relationship

"Masters of Sex" is back for a new season. I reviewed the start of the new season on Friday, and I have specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I can buy an extra $100 worth of french lingerie every month...

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Two Boats and a Helicopter'

In a single-POV tour de force, Matt races to find the cash to save his church

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I think I know what happened to your face...

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Sunday - Nominations, The Frogwarts Battle & Donnybrook
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Recap: 'Big Brother' Sunday - Nominations, The Frogwarts Battle & Donnybrook

Nicole and Derrick face some tough choices and Devin prepares to fight

When we left things on Thursday, Nicole and Derrick had just won Head of Household, which made me somewhat happy, because I like Nicole and I'm fine with Derrick and I was honestly going to be satisfied with ANYBODY being HoH, since Devin couldn't win and everybody is planning to target Devin, at least until they abandon that plan in a moment of suspicious or just-plain-silly strategy. 

But who's going up on the Block tonight? And then who's going OFF the Block tonight?

Follow along...

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<p>Angelica Celaya</p>

Angelica Celaya

Press tour: 'Constantine' hires Angelica Celaya to replace Lucy Griffiths

How NBC's adaptation of the 'Hellblazer' comics is already being tweaked

TV pilot production is an inexact science. Certain characters or ideas don't quite click, so you change them, or you abandon them, and then you move on. In these days of leaner budgets, though, it's trickier to deal with the changes as thoroughly as might be ideal, which is why much of NBC's press tour session for "Constantine" was devoted to a character who now won't be in the show past the pilot.

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'Doctor Who' unveils its full Peter Capaldi trailer

“Doctor Who” unveils its full Peter Capaldi trailer
“Am I a good man?” Peter Capaldi’s Doctor asks in his first full-length trailer.

“Whale Rider” star Keisha Castle-Hughes is rumored to be up for “Game of Thrones”
Castle-Hughes, an Oscar nominee at age 13, is reportedly a possible frontrunner to play the older bastard daughter of Oberyn Martell.

“Constantine” casts a Telemundo star as its new female lead
Angelica Celaya will play the role of Zed following the departure of Lucy Griffiths as Liv.

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