“It’s Always Sunny’s” Rob McElhenney is coming to “The Mindy Project”
He’ll guest as Ike Barinholtz’s cousin.
Brands tried jumping on the “Sharknado 2” bandwagon
Companies from Victoria’ Secret to Bud Lite to Dominoes to Ritz crackers all had “Sharknado”-themed tweets on hand during the Syfy movie. PLUS: Tara Reid releasing “Shark” perfume, why “Sharknado 2” was so glorious, where does it rank among sh*tty movies?, “Sharknado 2” inspires Internet memes, the ratings weren’t spectacular, and “Sharknado 2” is the future of television.
“Homeland” adds Mark Moses, plus 2 others
The “Desperate Housewives” and “Mad Men” alum will join Indian actress Nimrat Kaur and “True Lies” star Art Malik in Season 4.
“Mad Men” is No. 1 in viewers skipping ads
TiVo compiled a list of the Top 10 TV shows for ad-skipping from the first half of this year, and AMC had three and FX had three.
“Once Upon a Time” unveils “Frozen” photos
Check out Sven the reindeer.
“Lost” has been huge for Hawaii’s economy
Not only did the ABC drama help Hawaii get through the recession, but it also led to other TV shows and movie projects to film on the islands.
Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Jerry Seinfeld sing a duet of “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” from 2000
“The Late Show” today posted this clip from its archives. PLUS: Louis-Dreyfus talked to Dave about “Seinfeld” turning 25.
UCLA flooding forces Teen Choice Awards to seek a new home
This year’s show was scheduled to take place Aug. 10 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, which is currently recovering from water damage.
Watch Stephen Colbert give “Ask a Grown Man” advice
Colbert answered questions from teens about growing up in a special web video. PLUS: James Franco tried to get Colbert to break character.
Robin Roberts’ alleged stalker arrested
Troy Warren, 42, shows up outside ABC’s Times Square studios eight times last month, claiming the “GMA” star owed him money.
Why do people hate Allison Williams?
Is the “Girls” and “Peter Pan Live” star too closely identified with Marnie?
Uzo Aduba: I never wanted to play “Crazy Eyes” as “crazy”
Read what the “Orange is the New Black” star said in her Reddit AMA. PLUS: Laverne Cox talks about her Emmy nomination with Seth Meyers.
Bravo to begin showing “Real Housewives of Melbourne”
The Australian spinoff debuts on Sunday.
“Nathan For You” actually does have good business tips
As Christy O’Shoney notes, "for a show that mocks American marketing strategies, 'Nathan for You' offers some surprisingly savvy entrepreneurial advice. Watching this show has almost made me want to launch my own company just so I can put these biz tips into action.” PLUS: How “Nathan For You” blows up reality TV.
“The Quest” is the inevitable “Game of Thrones”-inspired reality show
The ABC series mixes reality with Medieval Times. PLUS: Why medieval fiction and reality TV should never meet.
SundanceTV’s timely “The Honorable Woman” manages to navigate the complex Israel-Palestine conflict
"Any series that takes on the Israel-Palestine conflict and does not immediately wander into a morass has accomplished something difficult,” says Willa Paskin. "It takes its subject absolutely as seriously as it should, and in the endless complexity of motivation, the depth of grievance, the weight of history, the impossibility of honor—it oversimplifies very little.” PLUS: Its themes or both topical and eternal, it’s a lavish homage to John le Carré, and it’s Maggie Gyllenhaal’s best performance yet.
“Sharknado 2” scores big ratings: 3.9 million, a Syfy movie record
“The Second One” sequel was up 280% from the original “Sharknado,” which attracted 1.4 million. It also beat network TV shows like “Extant” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” PLUS: “Sharknado 2” was also up in number of tweets vs. "Sharknado."
Monica Lewinsky reacts to “Orange is the New Black" using her last name as a vulgarity
Writing in Vanity Fair, Lewinsky recalls: "I was ‘Orange'-bingeing, when along came Episode 11. (O.K., I’m a late adopter. Just getting through Season 1.) In it, there was a vulgar reference to my last name and DNA. I did what I usually do in these situations where the culture throws me a shard of my former self. After the cringing embarrassment, the whiff of shame, and the sense that I am no longer an agent running my own life, I shuddered, I got up off the sofa, and I turned it off.”
Watch the trailer for DirecTV’s “Kingdom”
Nick Jonas and Matt Lauria star in a family drama set in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
“Extant” halts its slide in new timeslot
After weeks of declining viewership, the Halle Berry drama had the same ratings as last week in its new 10 pm timeslot. Meanwhile, "Penn & Teller: Fool Us” had the CW’s 2nd highest-rated summer premiere ever.
Watch Ben Stiller go rappelling with Bear Grylls
Stiller is next week’s guest on “Running Wild.”
“Girls” books Spike Jonze
The acclaimed director (and sometimes actor) will play a character named Marcos.
Check out Syfy’s zombie drama “Z Nation”
Here’s the first teaser for Syfy’s answer to “The Walking Dead.”
Meredith Vieira on “Today” debacle: “Sh*t happens. People make mistakes”
Vieira says of the Ann Curry situation: "I thought it had not been handled smartly from the very beginning, because I don't think they ever felt that was the right fit for Ann so they should never have put her in that position to begin with.”
Fred Flintstone was not a wife-beater
A Washington Post columnist described Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice as “Going all Flintstone on his wife” when he attacked her. But as a reader pointed out, Fred Flintstone loved and respected his wife Wilma.
BBC America will air several “Doctor Who” specials in advance of Peter Capaldi’s debut
Special programming includes “Doctor Who: The Companion” and "The Real History of Science Fiction: Time.” PLUS: See photos from the season premiere.
Chris Pratt: NBC admonished me for flashing Amy Poehler on “Parks and Rec"
“The reaction was awesome,” he says of the look on her face on Season 2 when Poehler opened the door and he was completely naked.
ABC made a “Shondaland Thursday” video featuring Shonda Rhimes and her 3 leading ladies
Watch Rhimes sit down with Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis.
Showtime to launch “Ray Donovan” webisodes
Titled "Behind the Fix,” the webisodes debuting Sunday will show how tasks are completed for Ray.
Jimmy Kimmel got Warren G to read President Warren G. Harding’s intimate love letters
The Library of Congress recently released the former president’s letters to his mistress.
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan battled sharks on “Sharknado 2”
In fact, “Live with Kelly and Michael” and producer Gelman were featured prominently on “The Second One" - PLUS: Here are all the cameos from “Sharknado 2.”
Netflix unveils the trailer for “BoJack Horseman”
Will Arnett voices the character of the legendary star of the ‘90s sitcom “Horsin’ Around.”
Watch the premiere of “Garfunkel and Oates”
IFC has posted a full episode of the new show from musical comedy duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci.
Eric McCormack stars in “Will & Will”
Check out the “Will & Grace” spinoff he shot for Jimmy Kimmel.
See the new “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” movie trailer
SpongeBob and friends are literally out of water in their 2nd movie.
“Big Bang Theory’s” Thursday table read canceled
Production on Season 8 has been postponed for a 2nd day due to contract negotiations.
Brian Williams reports on his daughter’s “Peter Pan Live” casting on “NBC Nightly News”
"Family members confirm that she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three and they look forward to seeing her fly,” Williams said of daughter Allison’s casting.
Sharknadoes cause PTSD, and 9 other lessons from “Sharknado 2”
“Sharknado 2: The Second One” also taught us that Matt Lauer is the 3rd most-important character. PLUS: ASPCA creates a “Barknado,” and “Sharknado 2” had no business being this much fun.
“Stalker” adds Warren Kole
“The Following” vet will reunite with Kevin Williamson on the CBS drama.
AMC Networks in talks to buy a 50% stake in BBC America
BBC America is currently owned by BBC Worldwide, the for-profit arm of the BBC.
“Sharknado 2” is already a huge success regardless of ratings
Tonight’s sequel was made for next to nothing, and all the free promotion — from the media to companies like Subway — guarantees that “The Second One” won’t be a failure. PLUS: The New Yorker goes behind the scenes, the sequel is even more cheap and boringly bogus, play the “Sharknado 2” drinking game, it is too packed with cameos, the problem is “Sharknado 2” is trying to spoof the original, it’s as good as the first one, “Sharknado 2” writer promises a “surprisingly heartfelt” sequel, “So it's a tornado full of sharks?,” asks 88-year-old congressman, “Sharknado 2” is so bad, it’s bad, will “Sharknado 2” will give Tara Reid staying power, and the real “Sharknado 2” fear is of missing out on a big event.
How CBS got New York to give Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” $16 million in tax breaks
"We had to get a little more creative in the incentives to keep them here," says a spokesman for Empire State Development, noting that Los Angeles, New Orleans and Connecticut were all trying to woo “The Late Show.”
11 things to watch tonight instead of “Sharknado 2”
“Swimming with Sharks” is also on tonight.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” books Jenny Slate
She’ll play a mob mistress in the season premiere, reuniting with former “SNL” co-star Andy Samberg.
Watch Seth Meyers’ 1st Emmys promo
The Emmy host tried to bring “Breaking Bad” blue meth and a “Game of Thrones” sword through the TSA.
Infographic: Here are “The Walking Dead’s” most talked-about characters
Turns out The Governor was more talked about than Rick Grimes.
“Downton Abbey” takes over "Harry Potter’s” Hogwarts
The ITV drama is filming this week in the grand residence of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.
What happens to canceled TV shows’ Twitter accounts?
So many dead TV shows had Twitter accounts, it’s like a social media graveyard.
Readers of TV adaptations need to let it go
Regarding the “Game of Thrones” controversy, James Poniewozik says, “In the end, the book is the book. The show is the show. I’m glad to accept that I’m going to get different things from one than from the other–and if one of them ends up sucking, it doesn’t diminish the other. It’s just one more reason that it’s a good thing to own both a TV set and a bookcase."
Lena Dunham talks to Fred Armisen about once working as an “SNL” extra
She couldn’t stop giggling while Armisen filmed a digital short.
Nick’s “Bachelorette” “made love” comment reversed yet reinforced gender roles
As Willa Paskin points out, "Nick, operating under the auspices of hurt, sexual naïveté, and a dash of hubris, does not believe that Andi, the good, classy girl he loves, could have been sexually comfortable and voracious enough to have really good sex with someone— him!—if he was not 'the one.' No woman who has ever appeared on The Bachelor suffers from this delusion. By bringing up the sex, Nick is also upholding the specific gender roles of The Bachelor, in which men basically get to decide what is kosher.” PLUS: Fox News host calls Andi a "slut."
Who is “Supernatural” bringing back next season?
Several past guest stars will return in Season 10.
Burbank burger stand gives discounts if you order in the voice or a TV character
Order as Scooby-Doo, and get 10% off.
Watch Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Jack McBrayer at Comic-Con
They were promoting their new Adult Swim series.
Maksim: Kirstie Alley and I don’t speak anymore
The “Dancing” alum says: "Now that I'm associating with other people, that (she said) she can't be associated with, I am no longer to be spoken with."
“HIMYM’s” Ashley Williams is pregnant
The actress, whose Jim Gaffigan pilot was just picked up yesterday by TV Land, is expecting her first child this fall.
“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” premieres tonight on CW
The game show will reward magicians who stump the famous duo.
“The Wire" creator David Simon’s HBO miniseries casts Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaac
Simon is returning to HBO with “Show Me a Hero,” a Paul Haggis-directed six-hour miniseries based on Lisa Belkin’s 1999 non-fiction book about the fight for housing desegregation in the late ‘80s.
Bella Thorne to appear on “CSI"
The Disney star will become the prime suspect in a murder.
“Nashville” nabs Laura Benanti
The “Go On” alum will play an up-and-coming country star who befriends Rayna.
A warrant has been issued for Columbus Short’s arrest
The former “Scandal” star was a no-show for this morning’s domestic violence hearing. PLUS: “Scandal” books Kelen Coleman from “The McCarthys."
In defense of Allison Williams’ casting as Peter Pan
Marnie may be the worst character on “Girls,” but the real-life Williams is pretty good singer. PLUS: Lena Dunham predicts “she will slay,” and see Williams dressed as Peter Pan — as a child.
TNT renews Dick Wolf’s “Cold Justice"
The true crime docu-drama will be back for a 3rd season in early 2015.
Watch Jay Leno mentor a “Last Comic Standing” contestant
Why this might be Leno's smartest post-retirement appearance yet.
“The Bachelorette’s” Nick on his “made love” comments: ""It wasn’t necessarily about the sex…”
"I think she was very caught off guard by the question,” he says, "and quite honestly, I was surprised it came out, but I think I was very much in the moment, and it was something that I felt was weighing on my mind," he said. "It wasn’t necessarily about the sex, but just the level of intimacy about that night."
Krysten Ritter to visit “The Blacklist”
The “Breaking Bad” alum will guest on the season premiere.
Meet the Howard Stern crank caller who’s been pranking ESPN, CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC for 25 years
The Washington Post profiles Tom Cipriano, AKA Captain Janks, a truck driver and Stern fan who’s posed as everything from a football player to Bob Hope’s comedy writer to get on air.
Reminder: Halle Berry’s “Extant” has a new timeslot tonight
The Steven Spielberg-produced drama moves to 10 pm.
Production on “The Big Bang Theory” postponed due to cast contract negotiations
Season 8 was scheduled to begin production today. But only two cast members are under contract: Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik.