Watch Letterman welcome 'Late Show' successor Stephen Colbert

Watch Letterman welcome “Late Show” successor Stephen Colbert
“I’m going to do whatever you have done,” Colbert tells Letterman. PLUS: See their selfie.

“The Boondocks” returns to a series high
In fact, the 4th season premiere beat all TV shows on last night, including broadcast, in the 18-34 demo.

History’s “Texas Rising” adds Robert Knepper and Jeremy Davies
“Prison Break” alum Knepper will play a slob named Empresario Buckley, while Davies will take on the role of Sgt. Ephraim Knowles.

Bing is making reality TV predictions
The Microsoft search engine will use search queries and social media to predict who will be booted off “The Voice,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol."

Discovery won’t rule out a future Mount Everest jump
The cable network may wait a year to see what happens in the aftermath of the devastating avalanche.

Matt Bomer: I’ve been married for 3 years
The “White Collar” and “The Normal Heart” star revealed to Details that he wed his partner in 2011, one year before coming out.

Why Shonda Rhimes should dump Columbus Short from “Scandal"
"Moral clauses were created for a reason,” Tanya Tatum says of the recent allegations against Short, "and if ever there were cause to incite one, it is when fully grown men threaten and beat their wives in front of their helpless children. Not only will his continued employment hurt the show’s reputation, I believe many of your fans will turn the channel before turning a blind eye to his abusive behavior.”

Jimmy Fallon was booed for mocking Hillary Clinton’s clothes
"It wasn't that hard of a joke. What's the big deal?” Fallon responded after joking about Clinton’s pantsuits.

Original “Parks and Rec” cast member Paul Schneider has no plans to return to Pawnee
“That experience was very strange for me,” Schneider says of his Mark Brendanawicz character, who left after Season 2.

Why Aaron Sorkin should apologize to women next
Or at the very least “The Newsroom” creator should acknowledge his women problem.

Watch “Scandal’s” episode of “The Writers’ Room”
Sundance has posted the full episode from the Season 2 premiere.

Billie Piper is asked which “Doctor Who” kissed better — David Tennant or Christopher Eccleston
"I think I've kissed David more,” she said at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. "So I think we are more practiced, more well-versed, and therefore our technique is somewhat better."

“The Goldbergs” creator: "I wish I had embraced the autobiographical nature of the show earlier”
For instance, Adam F. Goldberg thought he had to change the real names from his childhood for legal reasons. But the real people have been reaching out to him and were okay with the show using their names.

Oprah’s relationship with Gayle is “bizarre” and “unhealthy,” says Oprah’s former stepmom
Barbara Winfrey is telling all to a British tabloid.

NBC: We’re not doing a “Will & Grace” reunion special
A rumor of a reunion had surfaced earlier today, but it’s not true.

Check out pics of “Supernatural’s” potential spinoff
"Supernatural: Bloodlines” will be unveiled next week.

Amy Acker jokes about begging to work on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Acker returns to the Whedonverse on tonight’s episode.

“SNL’s” Kate McKinnon: Here’s how we came up with “Dyke & Fats"
"We were both really tired one night," McKinnon tells Vulture, "and I just said to Aidy (Bryant), 'Man, dyke is tired,' and Aidy said, 'Fats is tired, too.' And then it became our beautiful thing that we had together and we wanted to make something out of it."

After “Real Housewives” brawl, either Kenya Moore or Porsha Williams won’t likely return
It’s “highly doubtful” both will be back next season, E! reports.

Ranking TV shows based on movies
From “Friday Night Lights” to “Buffy” to “Casablanca.”

Mary Lynn Rajskub: The way viewers watch TV now, it "makes a weird sort of sense” to do 12 episodes of “24”
"I think it's going to go by really fast and I'll be really curious to see how it's received,” she says. "I can't imagine after this they wouldn't do more."

“Reign” books Tahmoh Penikett
The “Battlestar Galactica” alum will play a “Sexy nobleman” on the CW series.

Craig Ferguson: An appreciation
"Craig's had a good run,” says Rob Harvilla, "if that run is over, if ‘run' is even the appropriate term to apply to a show this blithely bananas. Know this: No one has ever better replicated the actual sensory experience of watching a talk show in the dead of night. He doesn't need your pity, but he deserves your respect. I hope he and Alice Eve are very happy together."

“Faking It” is odd, interesting, lightly subversive, potentially offensive
The controversial MTV series, where two girls pretend to be a lesbian couple, "rises above its gimmick in a number of ways, with themes that turn on matters of friendship and love; it’s more than a mistaken identity farce,” says Matthew Gilbert, who adds that it "takes the paradigm of high school supremacy and turns it on its head.” PLUS: “Faking It” is a missed opportunity, it just doesn’t hit the mark, it is saved by a twist, and its showrunner claims it’s realistic.

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A Supreme Court justice thought HBO is a free service

A Supreme Court justice thought HBO is a free service
In the Aereo case today, it had to be explained to Justice Antonin Scalia that HBO isn’t a service that is free over the airwaves.

Food Network’s 35 new shows include “The Valerie Bertinelli Project” and “Game of Cones”
Bertinelli’s new show will be set in her home, while Food Network has also ordered "Chopped Teens Tournament,” “Undercover Critics,” “Diner Death Match, “Food Truck Face Off” and an ice cream competition called “Game of Cones.”

Watch John Malkovich as a pirate in “Crossbones"
NBC has released its first trailer on the Blackbeard drama series, debuting May 30.

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NBC is poised to finish the season No. 1 in the demo thanks to Fallon, Olympics, 'The Blacklist'

NBC is poised to finish the season No. 1 in the demo thanks to Fallon, Olympics, “The Blacklist”
"It's an incredible turnaround story,” says Comcast CEO Brian Roberts of NBC’s turnaround this season. The result has been a 28.8% jump in revenue for NBC Universal this past quarter.

“The Good Wife” books Nestor Carbonell
The “Lost” alum will play a charming entrepreneur who encounters Alicia.

Former NBC, Fox, WB boss Garth Ancier denies sexually assaulting a minor
Ancier’s attorney tells TMZ, "All of the allegations made by (Michael Egan) against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented."

Women are objecting to Bear Grylls’ new show, “The Island of Lost Blokes”
One female survivalist says of the all-male show, which is being made for UK’s Channel 4: "It's fantastical and ridiculous. Women are every bit as cut out for this stuff as men.”

Max Greenfield nearly quit acting before “New Girl”
“Right before ‘New Girl’ happened, there were definitely moments of, I probably shouldn't do this anymore,” says Greenfield, who had been acting for 12 years before his big break, including a role on MTV’s “Undressed” and “Veronica Mars."

Billy Eichner recalls his “SNL” cameo at age 12
To his dismay, Eichner played one of John Goodman’s overweight children.

Martin Sheen revives “The West Wing’s” President Bartlet for a PSA
Watch Sheen as Bartlet speak out for sentencing reform.

Watch the trailer for WEtv’s “The Divide,” co-created by “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn
Goldwyn has teamed with Richard LaGravenese on a drama exploring the justice system.

“Archer” creator talks about ending the “Vice” experiment and FX asking to make scenes racier
“We have had FX ask us to make scenes racier than the first draft of the script... which is the first time I’ve ever had a network do that,” says Adam Reed. PLUS: This was “Archer’s” most meaningful season, and last night’s ending gives hope for the next two seasons.

An Airbnb reality show?
A dating site is trying to use the rental service to create a reality how about hooking up with renters.

Hulu posts the series finale of “The IT Crowd”
The final episode aired last year, but hasn’t been shown in the U.S. until today.

“Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell opens a bar in Salt Lake City
Burrell’s Beer Bar serves 150 different beers.

Check out the trailer for Syfy’s post-apocalyptic angel drama “Dominion”
The series, premiering June 19, is based on the movie “Legion."

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Discovery will replace the Mount Everest jump with a documentary on the deadly avalanche

Discovery will replace the Mount Everest jump with a documentary on the deadly avalanche
NBC News, which was producing the jump, captured footage of the disaster, which will be used in the documentary.

“The Voice” hits a Monday low
NBC may be shaking up the judges at the right time.

ESPN will show its 1st-ever NFL playoff game, at a cost of $100 million
ESPN will pay the NFL $100 million per season to move one playoff game off of broadcast TV, starting with one on Wildcard Weekend in January 2015.

“The Fosters” star Teri Polo files for bankruptcy
Polo, who’s famous for co-starring with Ben Stiller in “Meet the Parents,” owes debt of nearly $1 million.

Kristen Bell poses naked for Allure
Check her out in the Annual Nudes Issue.

Travel Channel’s 8 pilots include “Adventure Capitalists” and “Find My Past”
The cable network has also announced shows about iconic cities and unique places around the globe.

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NBC adds Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its Kentucky Derby coverage

NBC adds Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its Kentucky Derby coverage
The two figure skaters, who made a name for themselves in Sochi, will offer commentary on the fashionable outfits worn by the celebrities in the audience.

Bill O’Reilly admits Stephen Colbert “may prevail” on CBS
“In the end, Colbert may prevail, but my analysis of him has been to the point and honest, and as you know, that drives zealots on both sides completely crazy,” O’Reilly said on last night’s “O’Reilly Factor.”

Brian Williams to Jimmy Fallon: “I have never said hippety. Never"
The NBC Nightly News anchor tells Jimmy Fallon he’s been told he’s a “huge figure” in the rap and hip-hop community because of his “rapping.” “This has changed my life,” he says. PLUS: Fallon comes up with Brian Williams rap names, and Williams does “Gin and Juice."

“Girl Meets World’s” logo gives a nod to “Boy Meets World”
The Disney Channel spinoff also has a globe.

Aaron Sorkin said “I apologize,” but did he really apologize for “The Newsroom”?
Or was he saying sorry that viewers didn’t get his show?

Bill Cosby to receive the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence
The presentation will be part of the American Comedy Awards, airing May 8 on NBC.

Ellen DeGeneres launching a furniture design competition on HGTV
"Ellen's Design Challenge” will have six competitors battling it out to create furniture within 24 hours.

Check out “Game of Thrones” characters reimagined as ‘80s movies characters
Artist Mike Wrobel gives the HBO series an ‘80s remix. PLUS: Michael Huisman says, "This horse was such a pro."

Katy Perry competes on Jimmy Kimmel’s “Who Knows Katy?” game show
Could Katy beat one of her superfans?

Jimmie J.J. Walker recalls the outrage over “Good Times" with his former writer Dave Letterman
“Oh my heck, darn it, oh fiddlesticks,” Walker said of the outrage.

Louis CK: “I've never been suicidal. But I've wanted to be”
GQ put the FX star on its cover and spoke to him about his past moments of darkness.

Laura Prepon: I’m not dating Tom Cruise
Says the “Orange is the New Black” star: "The thing that sucks is that there's so much false data because people are in mystery as to what Scientology is, so they just kind of make up stuff. It’s kind of unfortunate because then I have to be like, 'No, that's actually not what's happening.'"

“Rookie Blue” heading to syndication
The Canadian-made cop drama airing on ABC will be shown in repeats on Ion beginning this fall.

Amy Poehler pretends to be Pitbull
Watch her “scare” strangers on the street with Billy Eichner.

“The Voice” contestant “freaked out” when her mic died mid-performance
"I kind of geeked out a little bit but for me, it was like keep going, rock it,” says Kristen Merlin. "You have to keep going."

“Rectify”: Here’s the 1st look at Season 2
Here are two pics following up on the Season 1 cliffhanger.

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Aaron Sorkin says 'I apologize' about 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin says "I apologize" about "The Newsroom"
“I’m going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don’t mind. I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with 'The Newsroom' and I apologize and I’d like to start over,” Sorkin said during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, admitting there was a "terrible misunderstanding" he had with the media.

Michelle Obama reacts to the “Scandal” season finale
"It was pretty intense,” the first lady tells “ET" at today's White House Easter Egg Hunt. "I just started following ‘Scandal' this year, so now of course I'm hooked.”

Sarah Chalke & Selma Blair team up for Amazon pilot “Really”
They’ll join Jay Chandrasekhar, who’s writing, directing and starring in the comedy pilot about a group of 30-something friends.

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Netflix says Maryland 'House of Cards' tax dispute is 'overcome-able'

Netflix says Maryland "House of Cards" tax dispute is “overcome-able”
Netflix is still in talks to keep the two-season drama in Maryland. PLUS: “Veep” will stay in Baltimore for Season 4.

Courteney Cox: I’ve tried and failed to have a “Friends” reunion at my house for 10 years
“It’s not going to happen,” she tells Letterman, who asked Cox the typical "Friends" reunion question.

Former Fox, NBC and WB boss accused of sexual assault in case related to Bryan Singer
Garth Ancier, who put shows from “Buffy” to “The West Wing” on TV, is accused of sexually abusing Michael Egan when he was a minor. Ancier was founding entertainment president of Fox and The WB, before assuming the same job at NBC.

“Devious Maids” returns up from last year
In the young adult demo, the ABC Family series reached nearly 1 million viewers.

“Silicon Valley’s fake startup launches a real website

“Obsessive-compulsive” James Spader has to speak with “The Blacklist” producers 7 days a week
"I haven't talked to him today yet," says exec producer Jon Bokencamp tells Rolling Stone, "but last weekend, on his birthday, we were on the phone for two and a half hours, and on Thanksgiving, when I was in Colorado, I was out pacing on the phone for two hours. This stuff keeps him up at night. He can dig his heels in. The conversations can be frustrating.” PLUS: Ryan Eggold says Spader is great to work with — when he gets the opportunity.

Finally, “Mad Men” makes race the prominent theme of an episode
Peggy’s a-hole behavior sequence, says Seth Stevenson, "seems like a pretty solid metaphor for midcentury American racial relations.” PLUS: Sally Draper turns 60 this month, about that episode-ending Zombies song, and Matthew Weiner on how he cast Pete Campbell.

Maisie Williams on “Game of Thrones’” 2nd most shocking scene of the week: “It was awful”
"It was disgusting, and I was dry-heaving throughout the whole day,” she says.

Complaint: TV nudity is annoying!
"Here’s the main reason why TV nudity makes me anxious,” says Simon Doonan. "The characters on any series become, over time, familiar and squishy and cosy. They become my TV friends. Because they are my TV friends I expect them to behave like my real friends.”

Report: One of Andi Dorfman’s “Bachelorette” suitors was critically injured in a paragliding accident
Season 10 bachelor Eric Hall was reportedly hospitalized after crashing on Sunday in Utah.

“Community” mocks NBC
Watch the fake shows created for the Season 5 finale. PLUS: “Community” stars are still pushing for “Six Seasons and a Movie."

“Boondocks” isn’t the same without creator Aaron McGruder
It’s been 3 1/2 years since the last season, but that time off won’t make you forget what’s missing in Season 4. As Phil Dyess-Nugent notes, “based on a small sampling of upcoming episodes, the new season is a copy of McGruder’s baby made from a printer that needs a fresh ink cartridge. The clear, hard lines of McGruder’s vision and sensibility aren’t the only things that are a little faded.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen made a “Portlandia” cameo
Allen, owner of the Portland Trailblazers and the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks, appeared in a Kickstarter sketch.

Kate McKinnon: “SNL” plans to do more all-female music videos
“We’ve got a process worked out about writing these songs so I think we’ll try to do more in the future,” she says of sketches like “Twin Bed” one with Jimmy Fallon and “Dongs  All Over the World.” PLUS: Cecily Strong’s apartment gets a makeover.

Chris Messina defends last week’s “Mindy Project” twist
"I know that’s a wimpy cop-out, and something a lot of guys do,” he says, "but I think you’ll see if you watch the remainder of the season that he tries to redeem himself — he’s made an awful mistake and she’s the woman of his dreams.”

The "Love & Hip Hop" sex tape is the most-pirated sex tape of all time
Mimi Faust’s sex tape is even bigger than Kim Kardashian’s.

Aubrey Plaza: I’ve been trying to get pregnant on “Parks and Rec,” too
"I think they’re doing it to spite me, getting Leslie pregnant,” she jokes. PLUS: Chris Pratt can make a French braid.

“Orphan Black’s” Donnie ranks the clones
"The most awesome clone, the winner of the clone-off for episode 201, has gotta be Sarah. She’s killing it. She’s killing it!” says Kristian Bruun.

Why this week’s “Veep” was one of its best-ever episodes
There was a “scarred humanity” in one scene this week.

Pharrell turned 41 with a “SpongeBob”-themed birthday party
Check out the giant “SpongeBob” burger cake.

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George R.R. Martin defends 'Game of Thrones’' controversial scene, which was altered from the book

George R.R. Martin defends “Game of Thrones’” controversial scene, which was altered from the book
The book, Martin points out, is from Jaime’s point of view. He also notes that the TV series is operating on a different timeline, adding that "the scene was always intended to be disturbing.” PLUS: The director of last night’s episode never read the scene in the book.

John Turturro will take over James Gandolfini’s role on HBO’s “Criminal Justice”
Turturro will take over for Robert De Niro, who took on the role following Gandolfini’s death last year. Gandolfini starred in the pilot of the legal miniseries, playing a defense attorney.

Shonda Rhimes to deliver Dartmouth’s commencement speech
Like Mindy Kaling, the “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” honcho is a graduate of the Ivy League school.

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'Game of Thrones' matches its season premiere record ratings with Episode 3

“Game of Thrones” matches its season premiere record ratings with Episode 3
The viewership of 6.6 million last night matched the Season 4 premiere two weeks ago, which was HBO’s highest-rated episode since “The Sopranos” finale.

DVR users give “Fargo’s” premiere a massive boost
Viewership jumped 68%, from 2.65 million to 4.46 million, thanks to DVR users.

“Last Comic Standing” editors go on strike 1 month before the show’s return
The editors are seeking a union contract with NBC. No word on how this strike will affect “Last Comic Standing’s” broadcast schedule.

Netflix raising prices $1 to $2 per month for new customers
Current members will keep paying they same price for a “generous” amount of time.

TLC cancels “Women of Homicide”
The docuseries lasted two of its eight episodes. "The show was not resonating with our viewers as we had hoped for, but we are very proud of the series and are sad to see it go,” says a TLC spokesperson.

“Orphan Black” returns big among important young viewers
About 620,000 total viewers watched the first airing of the Season 2 premiere on Saturday.

Ex-“Idol” contestant denies reports she’s dating Ian Somerhalder
"I've been off the market for 2 yrs!” Molly Swenson wrote on Twitter.

Emma Stone pitches herself for “True Detective” Season 2 — with Kristen Wiig
"That would be amazing,” she says. "I would do 'True Detective' with Kristen Wiig in a heartbeat."

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HBO renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

HBO renews “Veep” and “Silicon Valley”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be back for a 4th season as VP, while “Silicon Valley” will return for its sophomore season.

Oscar bringing back the same producing team for the 3rd straight year
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return next year after bouncing back from Seth MacFarlane with a successful hosting job done by Ellen DeGeneres.

TruTV wooing younger viewers with 6 new shows, including “Hair Jacked” and “How to be a Grown Up”
Contestants will also compete in re-creating pop-culture moments in “Fake-Off.”

“Boy Meets World” bully to appear on “Girl Meets World”
Danny McNulty is reprising his role as Harvey "Harley” Keiner.

“Salem” has a solid debut
WGN America’s first original scripted series attracted 1.5 million viewers.

“Ice Road Truckers” star arrested for allegedly kidnapping a prostitute
Tim Zickuhr has been charged with three felonies over the Vegas incident.

HBO Go’s new ad campaign has teens watching HBO sex scenes with their parents
Watch the seven ads, featuring sex scenes from “Girls,” “True Detective” and “Game of Thrones."

A “Farscape” movie is being written
"We are, in fact, in the script stage of a Farscape feature,” co-creator Rockne S. O’Bannon revealed over the weekend at Wondercon.

“The Voice” creating a “tailgate” pre-show on social media
Carson Daly will then mention highlights when “The Voice” starts tonight.

Kenya Moore mulls “Real Housewives” exit following reunion brawl
“At the end of the day, we know there's a line. If there are no consequences, then where does it end?” she says of the alleged attack on her by Porsha Williams.

Check out “Once Upon a Time’s” royal birth
Ginnifer Goodwin’s Snow White is also welcoming a child on TV.

Tom Petty approves of Jimmy Fallon’s impression of him
"I was amazed by how well they did the Heartbreakers," he says of Fallon's re-creation with Stevie Nicks of “Stop Draggin My Heart Around." "It was brilliant. Very funny."

Richard Gere is reportedly dating “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi
Gere, 64, and the 43-year-old Lakshmi “have been quietly spending time together,” Page Six reports, as Gere finalizes his divorce from Carey Lowell.

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