<p>Old school &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;</p>

Old school "Saturday Night Live"

Credit: NBC

'Saturday Night Live' sets 40th anniversary celebration for February 2015

Expect lots and lots of guests for the Sunday night special

You thought that maybe "Saturday Night Live" was going to ignore its 40th birthday?

NBC announced on Friday (April 18) that "Saturday Night Live" will celebrate its Ruby Anniversary next February with a three-hour orgy of clips, guests and back-patting. 

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<p>Kerry Washington of &quot;Scandal&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington of "Scandal"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: Big 'Scandal' finale leads Thursday, while 'Community' rises

'Hell's Kitchen' and 'American Idol' rise for FOX

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 17, 2014.

The season finale of "Scandal" drew big numbers on Thursday and helped ABC win Thursday among young viewers, but Thursday's most watched show was still a "Big Bang Theory" repeat, which let CBS eke out a slim win overall.

Stay tuned for Final Live+Same Day ratings to see if ABC was able to push into the lead overall.

Among other notables, FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" and "American Idol" both posted gains, but "Surviving Jack" was down week-to-week.

Season finales of "Community" and "Parenthood" were both up for NBC, but "Parks and Recreation" was down.

And The CW's spring lag continued with both "The Vampire Diaries" and "Reign" on the low side, especially among total viewers.

The "Parks and Recreation," "Vampire Diaries" and "Crazy Ones" numbers were all series lows, if you're keeping score at home.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jeleb is safe. I&#39;m sure of it.</p>

Jeleb is safe. I'm sure of it.

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 7 Results

Who's heading home after Wednesday's so-so Competitor's Pick show?

Once again, it's like this: Assuming Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson and Alex "New Hampshire's Own" Preston are safe on Thursday (April 17) night's "American Idol," I don't much care who goes home or who's in the Bottom 3. 

There are the three people I care about and the cannon fodder.

The big question: How is "American Idol" planning on killing the 30 minutes tonight? For the second straight week, FOX hasn't bothered to announce a guest performer, which either means that the producers decided they were happily able to fill the half-hour without a musical number, or they're having trouble booking guests. I have no evidence to confirm the latter. So... Who knows?

On to the recap!

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<p>Jay Ryan of &quot;Beauty and the Beast&quot;</p>

Jay Ryan of "Beauty and the Beast"

Credit: The CW

CW sets Summer 2014 plans including 'Beauty and the Beast' return

'Seed,' 'Backpackers' and Penn & Teller are also coming this summer

I've said it once and I'll say it again: If you love original filler programming on TV, Summer 2014 will be your Golden Age.

The CW is getting in on the summer programming act, which will come as no surprise to anybody paying attention to the network's steady hoarding of offerings like "Seed" and "Backpackers" and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," as well as the available backlog of episodes for "Beauty and the Beast."

On Thursday (April 17), The CW set its summer slate, including the long-awaited -- by some people I'm sure -- return of "Beauty and the Beast," which comes two-plus weeks after the network's upfront presentation to advertisers, presumably cementing the drama's chances of a third season. [Short version: The CW makes its own rules, but several bubble dramas would appear to have a better chance of renewal than "Beauty and the Beast" and that doesn't even include spring success "The 100," which would have to really stumble to not get a no-brainer pick-up at this point.]

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First 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2 trailer welcomes us to the jungle
Credit: Netflix

First 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2 trailer welcomes us to the jungle

Lorraine Toussaint's Vee is gonna cause some trouble

The first thing you want to know about the first full-length trailer for Season 2 of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" is... June 6. Only six more weeks until one of the best shows of 2013 returns. But you already knew that, right?

Of course you did.

The second thing you'll want to know after watching the trailer: The song is Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors' "Jungle" and yes, you definitely want to download it. [It seems to have something to do with a movie I'd never heard of called "Welcome to Yesterday" that has maybe been retitled "Project Almanac" and won't be out until 2015.

This trailer is, in my critical opinion, kinda awesome a huge two-minute leap forward from both the teaser that accompanied the premiere date announcement, but also the clip reel Netflix submitted for the show's PaleyFest appearance last month.

There are prognostications of doom -- "There's a storm coming." There's Piper being a badass -- "I am a lone wolf and a vicious one. Don't make me rip your throat out." There's a glimpse of Pornstache! A glimpse of Alex! 

There are hints of backstories for several favorite characters, but there are actually a lot of new faces in the trailer, fresh fish who may or may not prove to be important. One fresh fish who will definitely shake things up in Litchfield is Lorraine Toussaint's Vee, who appears to have a past with Red and who gets a terrific first meeting with Crazy Eyes. 

Check out the trailer above.

Yeah, get thee here, June 6!

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<p>Jarl Borg, or as I call him The Cheese</p>

Jarl Borg, or as I call him The Cheese

Credit: History

Interview: 'Vikings' creator Michael Hirst talks 'Blood Eagle' and targeting Paris

Hirst also discusses Lagertha's journey and King Ecbert's fate

On History's "Vikings," a show prone to extended battles, time jumps and portentous prophesies from a hideous seer, an unusual thing happened last Thursday.

I'll pause if you're not caught up on "Vikings" to let you depart, lest you be spoiled.

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; judge Jennifer Lopez</p>

"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: Dipping 'American Idol' leads FOX to Wednesday wins, while 'The 100' gets a bump

'Survivor: Cagayan' is Wednesday's top show in most measures

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

With "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" both in repeats, "American Idol" was able to post week-to-week declines and lose the 8 p.m. hour to "Survivor: Cagayan," but still win Wednesday primetime in all measures.

Because the 8 p.m. hour remained competitive, a new "Arrow" posted no real gains for The CW, but against mostly repeats in the 9 p.m. hour, "The 100" was up over last week's "Arrow"-free airing and also returned to 2 million viewers for the first time since its second episode.

On to Wednesday's numbers...

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<p>Tony and Woo chat on &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tony and Woo chat on "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Bag of Tricks'

Even in a position, one castaway has to resist paranoia

Pre-credit sequence. After voting Morgan out, Solarrion is down to nine. As they return to camp, Tony knocks over all of the torches. He doesn't pick them up. In fact, he wants to cause a little more bedlam. He explains to Spencer that his alliance has been targeting people who don't deserve to be in the game anymore and he wants to know why he's been targeted twice (kinda, since no votes went against him the previous week). Tony says Woo's more athletic and LJ's more athletic and he wants to know why he's been targeted. Tony enjoys being a force of chaos for absolutely NO reason, so he starts demanding explanations for why the minority alliance didn't just come kneel before him and agree to vote Morgan out. Yeah, Tony. That's just how "Survivor" works. "But anyway, I appreciate the compliment," he tells them. He has a 6-3 advantage, but he knows that getting rid of sitting ducks is never that easy. He knows he could be gone tomorrow and he sounds prepared to split up his alliance if necessary. Foreshadowing, baby!

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Season 13 Top 7</p>

The "American Idol" Season 13 Top 7

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 7 Performances - Competitor's Pick

The 'Idol' finalists sing songs selected by their rivals

I'm intrigued by Wednesday (April 16) night's "American Idol" theme, but I'm also expecting to be disappointed. 

As FOX put it last week, the theme is Competitor's Pick (we'll see if the word choice or punctuation change any) and the gimmick seems to be that each singer received a list of six potential songs selected by their rivals and they got to do one of those songs.

Unfortunately, the "Idol" Finalists keep pretending they're all lovey-dovey besties, which decreases the chances of straight-up sabotage or subversion.

But we can still dream, eh?

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<p>Bill Paxton on Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Bill Paxton on Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'Voice' rise on Tuesday as CBS procedurals hit lows

'Originals' and 'Supernatural' draw small audiences for The CW

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Rising episodes of "The Voice" and "About a Boy" helped NBC win Tuesday night among young viewers, while CBS' "NCIS"-led procedurals dominated overall despite hovering around series lows in the key demo.

In a special 9 p.m. airing, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got a solid demo bump and a tiny overall uptick, but couldn't do much to help the launch of "Celebrity Wife Swap."

Among other sluggish Tuesday offerings, FOX's "Glee" lost a few viewers from last week, while "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" were on the low side. Both "The Originals" and "Supernatural" came in week for The CW as well.

On to the numbers...

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