Last night's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in U.S. history


Last night's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in U.S. history
Updated ratings show that 111.5 million viewers watched the boring blowout that was Super Bowl XLVIII, up from the 111.3 million who saw the previous record-holder, the 2012 Super Bowl. PLUS: "Downton Abbey" was the night's runner-up for the 3rd year.

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Discovery Channel orders 'Game of Stones'


Discovery Channel orders "Game of Stones"
The reality show follows an "extreme gem hunter" who is an expert at finding rare stones "from the most dangerous and lawless places on earth."


Did Flea fake playing the bass during Super Bowl halftime?
There are allegations that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were "air-shredding" during last night's performance.


"HIMYM" creators answer question on Reddit -- Jennifer Love Hewitt didn't want to play Robin
Hewitt rejected the role of Robin to do "The Ghost Whisperer," according to Carter Bays. That, of course, led to the casting of Cobie Smulders. PLUS: Cristin Milioti talks playing the ukulele?


Seth Meyers to make a cameo on "Say Yes to Dress"
Three days before his "Late Night" debut, Meyers will pop up on TLC to surprise a medic who was injured by a bomb in Afghanistan.


"Live" celebrates Michael Strahan's Pro Football Hall of Fame honor

Strahan, who handed out the Super Bowl trophy last night, had quite a busy weekend. He was voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday in his 2nd year of eligibility.


Jack Davenport joins Jennifer Carpenter on ABC's "Sea of Fire"
The "Coupling" and "Smash" vet will play a local sheriff who joins Carpenter's FBI agent in an investigation of the disappearance of three girls.

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Scott Bakula will star in the 'NCIS' New Orleans spinoff


Scott Bakula will star in the "NCIS" New Orleans spinoff

The 2nd "NCIS" spinoff will feature Bakula as NCIS Special Agent Pride, who "embodies" New Orleans.

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'New Girl' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' score big ratings from Super Bowl


"New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" score big ratings from Super Bowl
About 25.8 million viewers stuck around for Prince on "New Girl," while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" attracted 14.8 million. "New Girl's" ratings topped the last sitcom to air after the Super Bowl, "The Office" in 2009.


Bruno Mars tops Beyonce
Bruno Mars' Super Bowl halftime show barely topped Beyonce's performance last year, at least based on early numbers.


Lorne Michaels talks "SNL" -- his typical week, his lack of a succession plan, the show's diversity
Does Lorne have a succession plan? "In terms of people who I think can do this job, I think there's probably five or six who care enough about it," says the 69-year-old "SNL" boss. "But I have no plan. It’s as if somehow thinking about it will … you know. Milton Berle, George Burns, and Bob Hope, they all made it to 100 or pretty close. So, you never know." PLUS: Check out a cartoon drawing of Seth Meyers' Weekend Update, AND Seth's name joins the "SNL" nameplate collection of ex-cast members and writers.


"Desperate Housewives" star Shawn Pyfrom admits to drug abuse following Philip Seymour Hoffman's death
The 27-year-old actor, who played Andrew Van Der Kamp for eight seasons, wrote on Tumblr: "I just read the news about Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman, and against the (advice) of others; I had to write this open letter. I can't stay quiet anymore about this. … I am an alcoholic and a drug addict,"


"24: Live Another Day" adds James Bond franchise star Colin Salmon

Salmon, who also appears on "Arrow," will play the character of General Coburn.


See a preview of "The After," the Amazon pilot from "The X-Files" creator

Viewers will get to decide if Chris Carter's post-apocalyptic drama gets made.


Watch Lena Dunham's roast of Howard Stern

"I lost 15 pounds to be here with you."


"Blue Bloods" is headed to syndication

The CBS drama is expected to land on WGN America and Ion, plus there is a video on demand deal in the works.


Allison Janney: I'm returning for "Masters of Sex" Season 2
Says the "Mom" star: "I know they're trying to work out the schedule right now."


HLN cancels "Showbiz Tonight," but A.J. Hammer will stick around
"Showbiz Tonight" will end with Thursday's show.

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Super Bowl Blowout ratings down from last year, but in the Top 5 all-time


Super Bowl Blowout ratings down from last year, but in the Top 5 all-time

Four of the Top 5 Super Bowls of all-time have happened in the past four years. PLUS: Super Bowl stadium is covered in snow less than 12 hours after the game.


Fox and Jerry Seinfeld insist "Seinfeld" reunion wasn't a commercial, even though it promoted his Crackle web series
No money was exchanged for the promotion. As Jerry Seinfeld says in a statement: "Fox approached Larry and me about doing some kind of ‘Seinfeld’ reunion for the halftime broadcast because of the New York connection. So we thought throwing Jerry, George and Newman into a ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ was a fun way to do it. Larry and I wrote the script in one sitting, just like old times, and working with him, Jason and Wayne was a total blast, as it always was." PLUS: What a disappointing reunion!, and it was much ado about nothing.


Watch all the "24: Live Another Day" Super Bowl trailers
Featuring Jack Bauer and "Goth Chloe." PLUS: Watch Super Bowl ads for Fox's "Cosmos" and "The Following."


Bruno Mars gets credited with "rescuing" boring Super Bowl
Mars suddenly became the main event as the Broncos were getting blown out in the first half. And he lived up to the billing. PLUS: Mars' halftime was "solid-meh," the Red Hot Chili Peppers got the biggest cheers, and Mars delivered after baring scrutinized over his inexperience.


Super Bowl champion QB Russell Wilson will be on Letterman tonight
It's become a tradition for the Super Bowl-winning quarterback to appear on "The Late Show" first.


Seattle Seahawks use "Community's" Jeff Winger in celebrating their Super Bowl victory
Joel McHale is, of course, a diehard Seahawks fan.


"SNL" had its 2nd-best ratings of the season, thanks to Seth Meyers' farewell
Apparently viewers were tuning in for Seth's goodbye, not Melissa McCarthy.


Opera superstar Renee Fleming was "living and breathing" the national anthem for weeks
"This is not for civilians," says the Super Bowl soprano.


Super Bowl ads: Less risqué and crude, more warm and fuzzy
There was also a lot of nostalgia this year, including a Radio Shack '80s reunion ad and, of course, the "Full House" reunion. PLUS: "Puppy Love" wins USA Today's Ad Meter.


Coca-Cola's Super Bowl ad brings out a racist backlash
Some "ugly Americans" were ticked off to see "America the Beautiful" sung in foreign languages.


Aziz Ansari tweeted a "Friday Night Lights" Super Bowl -- "Street" and Vince Howard join the fun
Ansari's all-day Sunday tweet fest inspired a photo from Scott Porter and Michael B. Jordan.


All performers on Letterman this week will sing Beatles songs
"The Late Show" and the Ed Sullivan Theater is commemorating Sunday's 50th anniversary of the Beatles famous performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."


Time Warner's Super Bowl ad features "Duck Dynasty" cast minus Phil Robertson

The controversial "Duck" star was conspicuously absent from last night's commercial.


Puppy Bowl vs. Fish Bowl vs. Kitten Bowl

Which put on the cutest performance vs. the Super Bowl, Animal Planet, Nat Geo or Hallmark Channel?


Hillary Clinton sent a tweet joking about Fox News during Super Bowl

"It's so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked! #SuperBowl"


Kim Kardashian in Vogue?
The E! star reportedly was photographed for the fashion magazine this weekend.


Prince and Zooey Deschanel had a duet on "New Girl"
Prince did sing on last night's Super Bowl episode.


Stephen Colbert had his head cracked open in Super Bowl ad
Watch Colbert pitch pistachios.


Meet the "Supernatural" spinoff characters

All new spinoff characters will be introduced on the CW series' 20th episode. PLUS: Jared Padalecki under fire for calling Philip Seymour Hoffman's death "stupid."


Rainn Wilson tweets a childhood photo of him wearing a Seahawks shirt
"This goes out to all the as*holes calling me a #Bandwagon fan."

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Jerry Seinfeld's 'Seinfeld' reunion was to promote "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"


Jerry Seinfeld's "Seinfeld" reunion was to promote "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"

Watch the bit he, Jason Alexander, Wayne Knight and Larry David did for Fox's Super Bowl coverage.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman dead: He was set to star on Showtime's 'Happyish'


Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46: He was set to star in Showtime's "Happyish"

The news of Hoffman's death today comes just 2 1/2 weeks after Showtime announced a 10-episode order for "Happyish," a comedy starring Hoffman. As Showtime president explained on Jan. 16, "'Happyish' is a very personal comedy starring one of the really great actors of our time, Oscar-winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman. 'Happyish' is about the fear — in this world of 25 year old CEOs and 27 year old billionaires — of becoming culturally irrelevant at a surprisingly young age. Hoffman plays Thom Payne, a successful but self-loathing creative director at a New York ad agency.... While true happiness is an unreasonably high bar, 'Happyish' might just be within reach." PLUS: Here's a 23-year-old Hoffman in his first on-screen acting role on "Law & Order" in 1991. UPDATE: Showtime mourns Hoffman's death.

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Seth Meyers bids an emotional farewell to 'SNL,' with help from Amy Poehler and Stefon


Seth Meyers bids an emotional farewell to "SNL," with help from Amy Poehler and Stefon

Meyers, who's been on "Saturday Night Live" so long he joined shortly after the 9/11 attacks, was a huge part of the show, on and off screen. As "SNL" oral history author James Andrew Miller tweeted, "What you saw of @sethmeyers on #SNL was small part of his contributions. As writer/mentor @nbcsnl he leaves big shoes to fill."


Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash brings together Letterman, Kimmel, Fallon
The future of 11:35 -- plus Seth Meyers -- were under one roof Friday night to salute the King of All Media. Kimmel emceed the event, which a slew of celebs attended, from Bryan Cranston to Sarah Silverman to Louis CK to Gov. Christie, Rachael Ray, Katie Couric, Dr. Drew, Tracy Morgan, Barbara Walters and George Takei. PLUS: Watch Jimmy Kimmel's intro for Stern,  Fallon did shots on stage with Stern, and here's a rundown of the 4-hour Birthday Bash.


Listen to Letterman's interview with Howard Stern: Dave called Jay Leno when his 2nd exit was announced
David Letterman also talked to Stern about his "Late Show" future, saying: "If it were up to me, I would not quit. On the other hand, it's not always up to me and you can't go on forever. It really is stupid that I'm still doing the show."


Lena Dunham gets revenge on Howard Stern, saying he looks like a "cartoon of a Jewish female horse"
The "Girls" star was a surprise roaster at Stern's Birthday Bash, and she quickly got revenge on the shock jock for saying last year that she "looked like Jonah Hill and was raping his eyes" -- a comment for which he later apologized for during an interview with Dunham.


Kurt Sutter: I've "inquired" about expanding "Sons of Anarchy's" final season
On his podcast, Sutter said an expansion might not happen because it wouldn't benefit FX, cost-wise.


"SNL" celebrates Black History Month with "28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy"
Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson and Sasheer Zamata starred in this "black history review revue." PLUS: NY Times investigates "SNL" after-parties, and learns that they haven't been the same since Horatio Sanz left.


The Puppy Bowl was filmed in October
Here are 12 things that you might not know about today's Big Game, including why you don't see more poop.


See pics of Stephen Colbert in college
Colbert's Northwestern University acting teacher shares photos of Colbert when he had much-longer hair. PLUS: Steve Carell had a mustache in his college yearbook photo.


Jay Leno scores big ratings on his final Friday night

Leno, who leaves "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, had a season-high viewership on Friday.


"Veronica Mars" spinoff details unveiled
Ryan Hansen will be playing a version of himself in the Dick Casablancas spinoff.


Alex Karpovsky reacts to his "Girls" hookup

"It was interesting and exciting and it was a very sort of perverse form of two people needing, depending and also sort of expressing their hatred towards one another in a very physical sense," he says.


"Blue Bloods" attracts 12.8 million, its biggest audience since its premiere

The Tom Selleck drama had an impressive viewership on Friday, especially for a 4th-season show.


"Magnum P.I." house is for sale for nearly $16M
The 8,921 sq. ft mansion lies on the shores of Oahu.


"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" animator dies at 89
Arthur Rankin Jr.'s company Rankin/Bass was a pioneer in the '60s of making stop-motion animation films.

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Former 'Friends' star David Schwimmer joins an ABC comedy pilot


Former "Friends" star David Schwimmer joins an ABC comedy pilot
Schwimmer is starring in relationship comedy "Irreversible" in what could become his 1st regular TV gig since "Friends."

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Happy 10th anniversary, Janet Jackson's Nipplegate!


Happy 10th anniversary, Janet Jackson's Nipplegate!

February 1st marks the 10-year anniversary of Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction, which then-FCC Commissioner Michael Powell now admits was an overblown controversy. PLUS: We should thank Janet Jackson for making the halftime show more watchable, a nipplegate retrospective, and how Justin Timberlake won while Janet lost.


How Fox will cover Super Bowl Sunday

The pregame show starts at 2 pm ET, 4 1/2 hours before kickoff. PLUS: Fox is prepared for a whiteout and a blackout.


Blame the Internet for making Super Bowl ads more weird

Advertisers are under increased pressure to make ads go viral, which is why we see so many weird Super Bowl ads these days. PLUS: Why do Super Bowl ads love dogs?


"RuPaul's Drag Race" will feature a "Duck Dynasty" challenge

The Season 6 premiere -- which was shot back in June, before the "Duck" controversy -- tasks contestants with paying homage to several TV shows, including "Duck Dynasty."


Here are your Super Bowl alternatives: Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl, Fish Bowl
AMC will carry the "Zombie Bowl," while Weather Channel will have the "Weather Bowl."


Bruno Mars is a "potentially risky experiment" for the Super Bowl halftime show
After a decade of mostly older, established acts, Bruno Mars is a way for the NFL to go back to younger, hipper performers.


Penny Marshall & Lorraine Bracco will play a lesbian couple on Fox's "Mulaney"
They're set to guest on the 2nd episode of the Lorne Michaels-produced sitcom.


Goodbye, Seth: "SNL" alums credit Seth Meyers with setting a nicer tone
Bill Hader expected "SNL" to be a cutthroat environment, but he says, "Seth brought in the idea that this place is made to be competitive, but we do not have to be competitive with each other." Adds Will Forte: "Essentially, what it created was this atmosphere where you just wanted the best stuff to get on because that was the only thing that mattered." PLUS: Meyers' Weekend Update will be remembered for all the great characters, from Stefon to Drunk Uncle, more of the best of Meyers, and Meyers leaves with no regrets.


Andre Braugher's "Brooklyn" epiphany: He wanted to avoid another "critically acclaimed flop"

Braugher, who was used to starring in TV dramas, changed his thinking, and that's how he ended up on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" -- which, it turns out, has become a prestigious show. PLUS: How "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" became the year's hottest new sitcom.


Nicole Eggert files for bankruptcy for the 3rd time in a year
The former "Baywatch" babe and "Charles in Charge" star is in heavy debt.


Behind the creation of NFL on Fox's "ginormous" theme music

Says composer Scott Schreer: "We quadrupled the horns. We added piccolo trumpets. We had four layers of brass trombone—it was ginormous; it was huge. We had full sections of horns and strings and brass. Ginormous!"


Bill Murray as Peter Pan flies on to the Letterman set

Watch Murray's flying entrance from tonight's "Late Show."


What was Johnny Carson's NYC "Tonight Show" like?
"There was a ring-a-ding quality to those early shows," notes Vanity Fair, which adds that Carson had run-ins with mobsters during his first decade on "The Tonight Show." PLUS: Jimmy Fallon reminisces about Carson in extended "Tonight Show" promo.


"Jeopardy!" contestant has become polarizing with his use of game-theory
Arthur Chu has alternately won fans and annoyed viewers by playing for the tie, aggressively buzzing and searching for daily doubles.


Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas gets the Lifetime movie treatment on Saturday

The gold medalist is the subject of "The Gabby Douglas Story."


Why isn't the Oscars celebrating the 75th anniversary of "Gone with the Wind"?
Is it because of "12 Years a Slave"?


Watch the "Billy on the Street" Season 3 trailer with Seth Meyers, Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris

Plus, Paul Rudd, Joel McHale, Amy Poehler and more.


Julie Chen changes her legal name

Julie Moonves is now Julie Chen Moonves.


How the daytime soap came back from the dead
Viewers appear to be starving for soapy plot lines, as nighttime soaps like "Scandal" and "Dallas" have thrived in recent years.


3 books by "Real Housewives" stars are due out in February
Suddenly, the Bravo franchise has become a publishing juggernaut. PLUS: "Vanderpump Rules" has become a hate-watch classic.


Does Bill Maher's proposed congressional meddling violate election law?

Can Maher find a Stephen Colbert-type loophole to campaign against a U.S. representative?


Ranking the "Top Chef" seasons

Based on quality, Las Vegas is No. 1.


Hulu creates a "Scandal" jam

"Olivia & Fitz" was made in honor of Kerry Washington's birthday today. PLUS: Washington's journey from girl to gladiator.


"Broad City" is going on tour

Comedy Central stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are taking their act to 18 cities. PLUS: How Abbi met Ilana.


"Game of Thrones" exhibit lets fans "Ascend the Wall"

The NYC exhibit gives fans a virtual reality look at that giant wall. PLUS: Disney movies get mashed up with "Game of Thrones."


The most shocking part of "Wahlburgers" is that Mark Wahlberg is actually in it
Turns out "Marky Mark" is featured prominently on his A&E reality show.


Nicolas Brendan to help write "Buffy" comic books

The former "Buffy" star will co-write three comic books for Season 10.


Rob Lowe has now left 3 shows

Here's an analysis of Lowe's exits from "The West Wing," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Parks and Recreation."


Vera Farmiga has trouble getting into "Bates Motel"

"They won't let me into MY OWN HOUSE."


Expect to wait a while for more "Sherlock"

Steven Moffat's work on "Doctor Who" plus the "Sherlock" stars' growing film careers will delay work on Seasons 4 and 5. PLUS: Why we can't get enough of Sherlock Holmes.

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