'24' bringing back Kim Raver and William Devane

"24" bringing back Kim Raver and William Devane

"24: Live Another Day" will feature Audrey and her dad, James Heller.

Albuquerque newspaper runs a paid Walter White obituary
Albuquerque residents who are part of the Facebook group “Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour” placed today's obit, which states: "He will be greatly missed." UPDATE: The obit cost $166 plus tax.

"Scandal" returns to it best-ever ratings, "The Millers" premieres big

Olivia Pope attracted 15% more viewers than her Season 2 finale, while "The Millers" scored 13.2 million. On NBC, "Welcome to the Family" got only 3.3 million and "Sean Saves the World" premiered to 4.9 million. "The Originals" retained 75% of "The Vampire Diaries'" audience, which was down 25% from last year's premiere.

Nat Geo orders "Duck Quacks Don't Echo"
The "Brain Games" companion, based on a UK series, will have panelists challenge each other with scientific questions.

Watch Kate Walsh on DirecTV's "Full Circle"

The "Private Practice" alum is one of several big names in the Neil LaBute limited series.

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'Scandal's' Tony Goldwyn: 'When we read the script, I was like, "What?!"'

"Scandal's" Tony Goldwyn: "When we read the script, I was like, 'What?!'"
Goldwyn says Season 3 of "Scandal" is very different. "It is different, which I was so happy to find out, because I didn't know, and I was so afraid we'd start repeating ourselves," he says. "It's darker. It's more complex than Season 2, if you can believe that. The complexities of it are just more intricate. So far, while a lot of crazy stuff that happens, they aren't the big, dramatic things. We are really starting to sink deep roots." PLUS: Gladiators and cast and crew react to the season premiere, "Scandal" stars become mannequins at Saks Fifth Avenue, Olivia Pope's fashion detailed, even guys like "Scandal," is "Scandal" optimistic?, Scott Foley defends Jake Ballard, should you root for Fitz & Olivia?, why Olivia is no role model, and Capitol Hill is hooked.

"Glee" releases "Farewell to Finn" promo
"It was very hard," Ryan Murphy says of next week's episode. "I struggled even working on it because what you're seeing is what they felt not just about Finn but Cory. It's amazing performances across the board and everybody went into it with a lot of love." PLUS: Naya Rivera gets engaged to Big Sean.

Stephen Colbert performs an epic gov't shutdown wedding
A couple couldn't be married at the Jefferson Memorial, so they wed on Colbert. (Watch Part 2).

Louis CK taking a much more leisurely approach to "Louie" Season 4

At NY PaleyFest, a reinvigorated Louis CK explained: "We usually start shooting in February for that year's show, and we’re four months ahead this time. So we have much, much more time."

Tina Fey's "SNL" premiere was the best opener in 2 years

That may have something to do with last year's "SNL" season premiere with Seth MacFarlane airing two weeks early.

Hallmark Channel picks up "Signed, Sealed & Delivered" starring Eric Mabius
The "Ugly Betty" alum's movie, airing next week, will become a series.

"The Originals" is a far cry from "The Vampire Diaries"

It's lacking in "Vampire's" post-adolescent heat. PLUS: There's a steep learning curve.

Why is "Hell on Wheels" so anti-Mormon?

On the AMC series, Mormons are "either bloodthirsty, violent jerks or simpletons," says Scott Pierce. "It's lazy writing relying on clichés and stereotypes."

See pics from "Grey's Anatomy's" 200th episode

Next week's episode is set amid a charity gala. PLUS: Sandra Oh says: "I'm going through so much therapy, by the way, to get through this."

"Breaking Bad" characters get "Simpson"-ized
What if Walter White & Co. lived in Springfield?

In defense of "The Millers'" use of fart jokes

The gassy CBS sitcom does have a point with its reliance on flatulence. PLUS: Margo Martindale is terrific on terrible "Millers," and Will Arnett has had quite a year since "Up All Night" ended abruptly.

Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof renew their wedding vows on their 10th anniversary
The Whedonverse stars celebrated their 10th anniversary this week.

"Sean Saves the World" is hilarious despite obvious jokes
The new NBC comedy is a serviceable sitcom. PLUS: Sean Hayes was made for TV.

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NBC orders a Rob Lowe comedy pilot

NBC orders a Rob Lowe comedy pilot
The "Parks and Rec" star is staying at the Peacock with "The Pro," where he'll play a former tennis champion now working at a country club.

Stevie Nick has written "Game of Thrones"-inspired poetry for each of the characters

The Fleetwood Mac credits the HBO series with re-sparking her creativity after her mom died.

Check out the track list for "Glee's" tribute to Cory Monteith

The cast will honor Finn with "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" and "No Surrender" from Bruce Springsteen, as well as other songs.

Chris Carter's Amazon pilot "The After" adds Jamie Kennedy and Adrian Pasdar
"Leverage's" Aldis Hodge is also joining the thriller from "The X Files" creator.

Nathan Fillion to guest on "Community"
He'll guest as the head custodian at Greendale.

Watch the Guillermo del Toro-directed "Simpsons" horror-movie themed opening
For "Treehouse of Horror XXIV."

"Trophy Wife" books Dennis Haysbert
The former "24" president will help chaperone a school field trip in Episode 9.

Jason Priestley to visit "Hot in Cleveland"

He'll play a movie star whom Valerie Bertinelli had a high school crush on.

See Walter Blanco in action

Here's the trailer for The Spanish "Breaking Bad."

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NBC to air the Mark Burnett/Richard Branson space reality show

NBC to air the Mark Burnett/Richard Branson space reality show
"Space Race" will have contestants compete to lift off from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, possibly next year.

Versace not happy with Lifetime's "House of Versace" movie
The company has taken issue with the inspiration for the film, the book "House of Versace" by Deborah Bell.

"Survivor's" Colton insists he quit to benefit partner Caleb
"I felt like the sooner I distanced myself from him, the better his chances would be," says Colton, who received a tongue-lashing from Jeff Probst.

"Girls" porn parody's "Hannah" doesn't understand Lena Dunham's objection

"It seemed like she liked the parody that 'SNL' did of her, so obviously it wasn't making fun of her that was the issue," says Alex Chance, who plays the porn version of Hannah Horvath.

Howard Stern & Jerry Seinfeld go shopping for cereal
The shock jock tweeted a photo from today's filming of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

Last night's "SVU" tackled seemingly every issue imaginable

It wasn't just about Paula Deen and Trayvon Martin.

"Rachael Ray" renewed through 2016

The two-year renewal will mean Rachael's talk show will have been on for 10 years.

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Fox renews 'Sleepy Hollow'

Fox renews "Sleepy Hollow"
The freshman drama, which is slated to run for 13 episodes this fall, has received an order for a 13-episode 2nd season.

"24: Die Another Day" will film in London

Jack Bauer is leaving the United States, with the action taking place in the UK.

"Breaking Bad's" R.J. Mitte joins "Switched at Birth"
He'll recur on the ABC Family series as a pre-med college student.

Exxon accuses FXX of stealing its logo

Exxon Mobile has filed suit against 21st Century Fox, claiming the new FXX logo with intrerlocking X's steals from the Exxon logo.

Miley Cyrus gets a "Ken Burns"-style documentary, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel
Watch the birth of twerk. PLUS: Miley's VMAs outfit is the most popular Halloween costume, Miley's MTV documentary was a "strategic hot mess," and Miley will have her first post-VMAs interview with Matt Lauer on "Today."

Amazon orders 3 new pilots, including 1 from Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman
The two cousins are collaborating on "Mozart in the Jungle," a drama on the sex and drugs world of the symphony.

Alec Baldwin deletes tweets attacking future MSNBC colleague Joe Scarborough
Read his anti-"Morning Joe" tweets. PLUS: Chris Matthews jokes about "Killing O'Reilly" on "Colbert Report."

Oprah is planning a lavish 60th birthday bash
Oprah Winfrey will celebrate the Big 6-0 in January.

You can watch Louis CK's PaleyFest chat tonight live online
PaleyFest will be livestreaming the interview starting at 9:20 p.m. ET.

ABC announces celeb-studded "David Blaine: Real or Magic" special
The 90-minute special will show Blaine performing for everybody from George W. Bush to Woody Allan to Katy Perry.

"Masters of Sex's" Michael Sheen is dating a VH1 star
He and "VH1 Morning Buzz" host Carrie Keagan are an item.

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'Covert Affairs' renewed

"Covert Affairs" renewed

USA has picked up the spy drama for a 5th season.

"Super Fun Night" has strong debut, "Ironside" premieres weak
About 8.2 million tuned in for the Rebel Wilson comedy, while Blair Underwood's remake had NBC's lowest-ever fall drama debut in the 18-49 demo.

MTV orders a 25th season of "The Challenge"
"The Real World" spinoff will begin filming its 25th season this fall.

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How 'The West Wing' solved its government shutdown

How "The West Wing" solved its government shutdown

Can President Obama learn from President Bartlet?

Samuel L. Jackson wanted to make a  "S.H.I.E.L.D." cameo

"I'm still playing the same guy, it's the same process," he says. "I just show up and they turn the cameras on and we do it."

"Orange is the New Black" creator quickly corrects herself after calling it a "TV show"

"It's not a TV show — it's a streaming show," Jenji Kohan said at NY Paleyfest. PLUS: Taylor Schilling poses with her real-life counterpart, Piper Kerman.

Is "Lucky 7" about to be canceled?
The 2nd episode logged very, very low numbers this week.

We are living in the golden age of TV Theme Songs

As the Wall Street Journal notes, "In the age of binge-viewing, it's more important than ever that a theme song be catchy. Now that viewers can watch any show at any time, a familiar song can provide an anchor for a series and preserve the sense of ritual attached to following it."

How "Breaking Bad" filmed Walter White's final scene

Walter White in the lab was filmed first, as makeup artists were "uglying" up Aaron Paul. "I'm looking at the lab equipment as if I'm inspecting the troops. One last nod. One last look at the world of chemistry," Bryan Cranston tells Entertainment Weekly, which witnessed the death of Walter White. PLUS: New Mexico rejected giving "Breaking Bad" a loan in 2008, cast reveal which scenes they always wanted to shoot, 3 lessons from the finale, will "Breaking Bad" change the way TV shows end?, and can Aaron Paul become a movie star?.

Johnny Lewis may have fathered a child with a "Sons of Anarchy" guest actress
The court is trying to figure out how to split Lewis' $41,000 estate, and documents reveal that one possible beneficiary is the daughter of an actress who appeared on the FX series.

How "SVU" came up with its Paula Deen/Trayvon Martin mashup
Producers wanted to do a story about racial profiling in New York City, but the episode had to have a sex crime component.

"Heroes" creator Tim Kring to produce a high school drug use drama for CW

"Exp" would explore what happens when a foreign designer drug becomes prevalent in American high schools.

Howard Stern agrees to do Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
The shock jock said he'll be taping with Seinfeld today.

Academics delve into "SNL"
A new media studies book on "Saturday Night Live" tries to examine the NBC show via academics essays.

"The Bridge" is watched by more DVR viewers than live viewers

It's the most time-shifted show in FX history.

Did Fox make a mistake picking David Tennant for the American "Broadchurch" remake?
The former "Doctor Who" star's American accent has been criticized.

Check out "Game of Thrones" set photos

Emilia Clarke was spotted filming Season 4. PLUS: Sansa and Arya are BFFs in real life.

See Emily Deschanel in her "Bones" wedding dress
Deschanel says she picked the most "flattering" wedding dress, a $4,800 off-white gown by Romona Keveza.

Listen to "Real Housewives" stars sing without autotune
No, they cannot sing.

Is "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" the successor to "30 Rock"?
The heavy use of flashcuts is reminiscent of Tina Fey's NBC comedy.

How "Team Clinton" shut down CNN and NBC's Hillary Clinton projects
This is not the first time Bill and Hillary have wielded their clout against a media organization.

Spike TV greenlights "Frankenfood"
Contestants will compete to create great tasting flavor combinations.

"Cop Rock" is still considered a weird idea 23 years later
What was Steven Bochco thinking?

Tyler Labine headed to Hulu

The "Reaper" alum will star in a supernatural series called "Deadbeat."

"Step by Step" cast: Where are they now?
What is the cast of the '90s TGIF comedy up to these days?

"Super Fun Night" wants to be the "Freaks and Geeks" of sitcom hangout shows
Unfortunately for Rebel Wilson, her sitcom doesn't work and feels like the network is throwing a bunch of ideas at the wall. PLUS: It came out of the oven half-baked.

NBC's "Ironside" is weak, confusing, simpleminded

Blair Underwood's new detective show looks like a pointless remake. PLUS: It's no worse than your average cop show.

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'Wilfred' renewed for a 4th and final season

"Wilfred" renewed for a 4th and final season
Elijah Wood's comedy will end its run on FXX.

"Veep" already shut down the "U.S. government" in June

What prompted creator Armando Iannucci to do such a prescient episode? "I suppose it’s been sort of looming over the past couple of years," he says. "It so nearly happened already, and the whole threat was becoming a perennial thing, like Thanksgiving, really. So we thought it would fun to do."

ABC renews "Motive"
The Canadian summer series will be back for a 2nd season.

Final death report: Cory Monteith shot himself up with heroin and drank champagne before dying
The "Glee" star's hotel room contained evidence of heroin use, plus two empty bottles of champagne.

Norm MacDonald argues that "Breaking Bad" killed Walter White at the start of the finale
The rest of the episode, he says, is just a fantasy.

"Homeland" vet David Harewood headed to HBO

He'll play a "grandiose, boisterous, irascible" CEO in David Milch's "The Money."

Tom Selleck: Tom Clancy wanted to make a "Magnum P.I." movie with me

"Tom Clancy is a huge 'Magnum' fan," Selleck said in an interview published the day Clancy died.

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'Big Bang Theory' will pit Bill Nye vs. Bob Newhart

"Big Bang Theory" will pit Bill Nye vs. Bob Newhart
Turns out Professor Photon is a rival of The Science Guy.

"Breaking Bad" remake: Check out the Spanish-language version of Walter White

Diego Trujillo stars in "Metastasis," A Colombian version of "Breaking Bad" from Sony.

Fox orders ex-"SNL" writer John Mulaney/Martin Short sitcom that NBC rejected

The Lorne Michaels-produced sitcom has received a six-episode order, but it's unclear if "SNL" star Nasim Pedrad and Elliott Gould will reprise their roles from the original pilot.

Colin Hanks joins "Fargo"
He'll co-star on the FX series as Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly.

Damon Lindelof: "Breaking Bad's" finale helped me say goodbye to "Lost"

His message to the haters: "If it's unpleasant and exhausting for me to keep defending the 'Lost' finale, aren't you getting tired of hating it? And so … I, like Walter White, want out. To be free. And to grant you the same."

Kurt Sutter explains the "Sons of Anarchy" shockers
A last-minute change of plans forced Sutter to turn a negative into a positive.

Bryan Cranston to narrate "Big History" on H2

"I was asked to be the voice of 13.7 billion years of history," Cranston says of the 10-hour series.

Watch the "Girls" porn parody trailer

"This Ain't Girls XXX" is indeed terrible.

Ziva says goodbye to "NCIS"
Last night's episode was like a bullet to the heart.

Ronan Farrow may get his own MSNBC show

Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen (or Frank Sinatra), is poised to get a weekend show on the left-leaning cable news network.

Mariska Hargitay on "SVU" torture: "It was hard and it was painful and it was scary"
She adds: ""It's one of those scenes where you really don't know what's going to happen until you do it."

5 "Simpsons" characters who should die

From Sideshow Bob to Grandpa Simpson.

Conan furloughs his non-essential staffers
Which "Conan" workers were deemed "essential"?

Brant Daugherty mugged after "Dancing"

The "Pretty Little Liars" star says he was approached by a man with a gun when he got home from taping "Dancing with the Stars" last week.

ABC Family may reunite "90210's" Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling
Garth is in talks to join Spelling in "Mystery Girls."

Check out the Solis family "Desperate Housewives" reunion on NBC
Here are Ricardo Chavira and Eva Longoria together again on "Welcome to the Family."

Amy Poehler sent "SNL's" Cecily Strong some flowers
"Walked into this, the greatest thing in the world," Strong tweeted.

Sarah Michelle Gellar greeted by her "Buffy" pals on Twitter
Gellar was welcomed by David Boreanaz, Emma Caulfield and Eliza Dushku.

Here's your 1st look at Ron Moore's "Helix"

The "Battlestar Galactica" honcho is returning to Syfy with a series starring Billy Campbell.

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'Two and a Half Men' promotes Amber Tamblyn

"Two and a Half Men" promotes Amber Tamblyn
She'll be a series regular after being initially signed to a five-episode arc

David Tennant to reprise his "Broadchurch" role with an American accent in Fox's remake
Tennant has joined the American remake of the BBC series.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and ABC's other Tuesday newbies tumble in Week 2

"S.H.I.E.L.D." dropped 31%, "The Goldbergs" fell 29%, "Trophy Wife" lost 39% of its premiere viewers and "Lucky 7" dropped 38%.

"CSI: NY" alum A.J. Buckley joins "Justified"

Buckley will play yet another Crowe family member.

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