Hilariously bad singers will be mostly missing from the new 'American Idol'

Hilariously bad singers will be mostly missing from the new "American Idol"
Those terrible singers will be "exponentially less to almost nonexistent" in the new season, says Keith Urban. They'll be part of a slew of sweeping changes coming in Season 13. As Fox Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly put it, "It's not Tide. It's the new, improved Tide." The NY Times explains: "The set is new, the lighting is new, the theme music is changed, and the format will undergo some significant tweaks."

HBO teases its "Game of Thrones" Season 4 trailer using Vine
See several Vines of the trailer, which premieres Sunday at 8:58 PM ET.

Jon Stewart has now hosted "The Daily Show" for 15 years
Saturday marks Stewart's 15th anniversary at the helm of the Comedy Central news parody. Watch the Jan. 11, 1999 episode, which includes correspondent Stephen Colbert covering Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. PLUS: Watch Craig Kilborn introduce his replacement, Jon Stewart.

MTV hopes to fill a foodie void with "House of Food"
The new culinary competition has been described as "Top Chef" meets "The Real World."

Bill Clinton and Kobe Bryant are teaming up for "ESPN Town Hall: Kids and Sports"
The event will tape Monday and air on ESPN2 on Feb. 9.

Gwyneth Paltrow joins "Glee's" 100th episode
She'll appear in two episodes, reprising her role as Holly Holliday. PLUS: Watch Lea Michele's music video "Cannonball."

Sarah Palin insists her new Sportsman Channel show won't be political
She says, however, that "Amazing America with Sarah Palin" will touch on "protecting our Constitution."

FX is promoting "Chozen" by taking over barbershops
Several barbershops nationwide will give out haircuts inspired by the animated series starring "SNL's" Bobby Moynihan.

Comedy Central orders "Big Time in Hollywood" from producer Ben Stiller
The comedy follows to filmmaker brothers who are kicked out of their parents' house.

Michael Rapaport is headed to "Raising Hope"
Rapaport, currently on "Justified," will move in with the Fox comedy's family in a guest appearance.

Kristen Bell interviews "House of Lies" co-star Don Cheadle for Vanity Fair

And Cheadle responds by interviewing her back.

MTV2 greenlights "Jobs That Don't Suck"
The unscripted series will tell the stories of young people who are working their dream jobs.

Nat Geo spinning off "Wicked Tuna"
"Wicked Tuna: North vs. South" will film in North Carolina.

Conan forces his hoarder producer to clean up his filthy office

Watch the latest installment of Conan and Jordan Schlansky.

"30 Rock" alum Maulik Pancholy gets engaged at the Taj Mahal
The engagement comes two months after Pancholy came out.

"Community" finally says goodbye to Chevy Chase

Watch a tribute to Pierce Hawthorne.

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'The Big Bang Theory' hits a series high, 'Parks and Rec' up with Episode 100

"The Big Bang Theory" hits a series high, "Parks and Rec" up with Episode 100
About 20.08 million watched last night's "Big Bang" episode.

Aaron Sorkin dating Courtney Love!?

According to Page Six, "The Newsroom" star has been seeing the troubled rocker for the past few months. UPDATE: Sorkin's rep denies they're dating.

Next up for David Morrissey: BBC's "The Driver"
"The Walking Dead" alum will play a man who suddenly finds himself driving for a criminal gang.

"The Sopranos" premiered 15 years ago today
As Alan Sepinwall notes, "The series still feels so fresh, and vital, and so much a piece of everything that came afterwards," yet some things like the World Trade Center in the opening credits "mark it as a product of its time."

Jonah Hill & Leonardo DiCaprio are teaming with Q-Tip on a hip-hop drama series
The proposed project would explore the hip-hop star's life in the Native Tongue era.

Rob Lowe to star in an animated Comedy Central cop series
He'll be joined on "Moonbeam City" by Will Forte, Elizabeth Banks and Kate Mara.

"Doctor Who" will air without breaks in 2014 and 2015
Both Seasons 8 and 9 will each be shown without interruption.

Here's your first look at "Salem"

The WGN America series stars from Brannon Braga stars Shane West and Ashley Madekwe.

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'American Idol' finale may move to New York

"American Idol" finale may move to New York
Madison Square Garden could host the first "Idol" finale outside Los Angeles. PLUS: Paula Abdul sues after getting burned by a tanning bed.

DirecTV may dump WWE over its new online network
The satellite broadcaster, which makes money off of the WWE's pay-per-view specials, isn't happy with those pay-per-view events also airing on the new WWE network.

Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow clash with a reporter questioning her "Girls" nudity

Dunham was asked, "I don't get the purpose of all the nudity on the show. By you particularly." To which she responded that nudity is a "a realistic expression of what it's like to be alive. But I totally get it. If you’re not into me, that’s your problem and you’re going to have to work that out with professionals"

French TV bans Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears' new videos before 10 pm
Both of their new music videos were deemed too racy.

Steve McQueen is developing a BBC drama series on the black experience in Britain
The "12 Years A Slave" is planning a series that is "epic" in scope.

Kristen Wiig interrupts her Jimmy Kimmel interview to go on a date
Watch Wiig's awkward first date on Kimmel's couch.

Steven Moffat doesn't see any reason to make a "Sherlock" movie
"It would just be, 'How does it make it better to go to the cinema?' - that would be the question," he says. "Everyone knows that cinema and television - in terms of production quality, in terms of everything really - are getting closer together, so how would we make it better if we put it on the big-screen?

John Oliver isn't sure how different his new HBO show will be from his "Daily Show" work

"It will be similar because it will be me talking about things," he says, adding: "I just have to build a machine that will approach it in a different way. I don't think there's a worry that it will be too similar. We're not going up against anyone, so it will be an interesting process to work out what we do."

Watch Danica McKellar's new math-themed web series

The former "Wonder Years" star has debuted "Math Bites," with a salute to pi.

A "Dancing with the Stars" baby is born
Former "Dancing" pros Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska have welcomed a son.

Michele Bachmann creates her "Downton Abbey" pose

The Republican U.S. Rep. from Minnesota and her family posed as "Bachmann Abbey."

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How would 'Scandal's' Olivia Pope handle Gov. Chris Christie's bridge scandal?

How would "Scandal's" Olivia Pope handle Gov. Chris Christie's bridge scandal?

Olivia Pope to the New Jersey governor: "I have one rule, Chris. The truth. I need to know how much damage we're talking about here. I need to know exactly what kind of bridge you’ve burned. And if you don’t tell me the truth, I’ll burn you. You think you can do that?" PLUS: 10 "Sopranos" lessons for Chris Christie, and which show will tackle "Bridgegazi" first, "The Good Wife" or "Scandal"?

"The Simpsons" pays an anime tribute to Hayao Miyazaki
Watch Sunday's opening, which brings together the anime masters most famous films. PLUS: See "Simpson"-ized Stan Lee, watch "The Simpsons'" special British TV channel promo, and delve into "The Simpsons" Lego set.

Did Ellen DeGeneres' "Walter Mitty" screener leak online?
A screener for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has reportedly surfaced on BitTorrent bearing Ellen's name in watermark.

Mike Judge: HBO gave me more freedom than I got from MTV with "Beavis and Butt-Head"
The "Silicon Valley" creator also told critics today that the death last month of Christopher Evan Welch, who plays a tech billionaire, will have more of an impact on Season 2 than on Season 1.

On Bravo, Dan Rather recalls his experience with heroin
Rather was on "Watch What Happens Live" when he talked about his 1955 sampling of heroin, under police supervision.

Do you "sync-watch" TV shows with loved ones who are far away?
The NY Times examines a new shared-screen experience of people watching shows together, while far apart, via services like Netflix.

VH1 "I Love New York" contestant's murder conviction is overturned
Jamal Trulove was convicted in 2010 for the murder of a San Francisco man and sentenced to 50 years to life. But an appeals court has overturned the conviction this week due to "highly prejudicial prosecutorial misconduct."

Report: Steven Spielberg's daughter wants to create a "Girls"-type series based on her life
Sasha Spielberg, 23, wants to delve into her teenage years with the help of her close pal Zooey Deschanel, according to RadarOnline.

"Lost's" Damon Lindelof: "We can all agree that cable is far superior to network"

Lindelof, promoting his new show "The Leftovers," says he's psyched to be working at HBO, where story matters. "('Leftovers') is a grower not a shower — not to compare it to an erect penis but the metaphor is apt," he told critics. PLUS: Lindelof details his quitting of Twitter.

Tim Gunn: "Under the Gunn" is not a rehashed "Project Runway"

Gunn says of his new reality fashion show: "We took the best parts -- well, I shouldn't say the best parts -- the parts that I love about 'Project Runway.'"

A "Survivor" name leaks: The president of the Florida Marlins

Major League Baseball honcho David Samson is said to be one of the 18 contestants competing next season.

"Parks and Rec's" 100th: Here are each character's best episodes
Leslie Knope was at her best with "The Debate." PLUS: 10 "Parks" writers who've appeared on the show.

"Enough Said" director recalls being humiliated by George Lucas on the "Gilmore Girls" set

Nicole Holofcener was directing an episode of the WB/CW series when Lucas visited the set with his daughter -- and questioned one of her shots.

"SNL's" history of black performers, examined

Blacks on "SNL" can be categorized into one of three groups: 1) a) "The disgruntleds, the washouts, and the walk-offs," 2) "The ones who stuck around," and 3) Eddie Murphy.

58% of Americans still own a VCR, according to a new Gallup poll

That's down from 88% in 2005.

See the "Girls" as American Girl Dolls

The doll versions of the HBO characters look pretty dead-on.

"Orange is the New Black" stars go glam for Elle

See the cast flaunting "spring’s modern, feminine silhouettes."

Matthew McConaughey doesn't expect to return if "True Detective" gets a 2nd season
The story, he said, was "contained," but exec producer Nic Pizzolatto isn't giving up hope.

"The Real World" was a bit jarring with cameos from producers and cameramen
"The Real World: Ex-Plosion" isn't ignoring the actual real world. PLUS: Why it's time for "Real World" to go.

FX releases pics from Guillermo del Toro's "The Strain"
The vampire drama debuts in July.

Dan Stevens is still apologizing for "Downton Abbey"
"I spend a lot of my time apologizing," says the actor in an interview this morning on "Today."

Anthony Bourdain is opening a large-scale  food market in NYC

The new market will mark Bourdain's return to the food business.

Julia Roberts recalls initially rejecting HBO's "The Normal Heart"

Why did she ultimately decide to join the Ryan Murphy project?

VH1 announces its Super Bowl "Blitz" week lineup
VH1's Super Bowl Blitz will present a concert a night in the six nights leading up to the Super Bowl.

Shia LaBeouf's "Even Stevens" sister weighs in on his plagiarism scandal
Says Christy Carlson Romano: "This is him experimenting with his artistic instincts. This is not just some breakdown, like some other child actors. This isn't some emotional neediness. This is something that he’s actively doing."

Sam Shepard agreed to do Discovery's "Klondike" because "I was out of work"

"The landlord," he says, "was going to kick me out" when he opted to take the role on the Discovery miniseries.

NBC Burbank: An appreciation
Read the history of the Peacock's old "Tonight Show" home.

You don't have to be gay to enjoy HBO's "Looking"
That's the message from the cast and crew of the HBO San Francisco-set series, about a group of gay friends. "All the characters are gay, but that's not the big issue in their lives. It's not coming out stories," says Jonathan Groff. PLUS: "Looking" is unlike "Queer of Folk."

Real community college dean: "Community" does get some stuff right
"Dean Pelton is not a role model, to put it delicately," says Matt Reed, author of "Confessions of a Community College Administrator. "What the show gets right is that the students really are diverse, and mostly older. It's not all 18-year-olds.

Study examines "uptalk" between male and female "Jeopardy!" contestants
A sociologist has concluded, based on watching 100 "Jeopardy!" episodes, that uptalk can reinforce gender norms.

Why "Treme" is better than "The Wire"

Aymar Jean Christian argues: "'Treme' has all the operatic political heft of 'The Wire,' but it embraced the warmth of community and spiritual depth of the arts."

IFC's "The Spoils of Babylon" is bizarre, outrageously campy
The miniseries spoof featuring an all-star cast of Tobey Maguire, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Carey Mulligan and more really picks up with Episode 2.

"Grey's Anatomy's" Jesse Williams becomes a dad

Williams and his wife welcomed their first child, a girl, last month.

"Girl Meets World": See the cast together
Ben Savage has posted a photo of the entire cast on Instagram.

Throwback Thursday: Check out Jimmy Kimmel & Carson Daly in 1992

Daly was Kimmel's intern at a Palms Springs radio station. PLUS: See Kim Kardashian & Nicole Richie at age 13.

"The Fosters" mom Sherri Saum is expecting twins
"There's a freeloader in there hiding," she says of getting the news.

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'Girls' renewed for Season 4

"Girls" renewed for Season 4
HBO says the 4th season will shoot this spring and air in 2015.

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'Boardwalk Empire' will end later this year with Season 5

"Boardwalk Empire" will end later this year with Season 5
Creator Terence Winter released a statement saying: "After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion."

"Game of Thrones" returns April 4, "Veep" will be paired with "Silicon Valley"
Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley" will air this spring with "Veep" in the hour after "Game of Thrones." Meanwhile, HBO will present the "Game of Thrones" trailer on Sunday.

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IFC changes its name to IFC

IFC changes its name to IFC

IFC is no longer the "Independent Film Channel."

Lifetime already planning a "Flowers in the Attic" sequel
The TV movie has yet to air, but the 2nd book in the V.C. Andrews series, "Petals in the Wind," is getting adapted.

Bryan Cranston scores Directors Guild nominations for "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family"

In fact, Cranston is up against "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan in the best dramatic series category.

"Devious Maids" returns April 20, with Eva Longoria's directorial debut
Season 2 will kick off with Longoria's first time behind the camera.

"Portlandia" coming out with a cookbook
"The Portlandia Cookbook" won't hit shelves until 2015, with at least 50 "related recipes."

"Veronica Mars" movie to premiere a SXSW

South by Southwest will host the film ahead of its March 14 release.

Andy Richter books "Sean Saves the World" appearance
He'll guest as a senatorial candidate.

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CBS to begin airing the Hollywood Film Awards

CBS to begin airing the Hollywood Film Awards

Dick Clark Productions, which is behind the Golden Globes and many other awards show, will be behind the new October awards show.

Mom from "Dance Moms" allegedly attacked Abby Lee Miller

TMZ reports today that Kelly Hyland was arrested back in November for assault and harassment of the Lifetime star.

"Parks and Rec" turns 100: Co-creator wants a Hillary Clinton ending, jokes of spinning off Jean-Ralphio
For Michael Schur, a perfect ending -- "five seasons away" -- would have Leslie Knope bumping into Hillary Clinton in Washington, with Hillary saying, "Leslie." He also jokes of doing a Sapperstein family spinoff starring Henry Winkler, Ben Schwartz and Jenny Slate.

Camryn Manheim to play Halle Berry's best friend on "Extant"
This marks Manheim's return to CBS after co-starring on "The Ghost Whisperer."

Watch Patton Oswalt ride in a DeLorean with Jerry Seinfeld

It's the latest episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." PLUS: Conan presents a "Patton Oswalt Gets The Crap Kicked Out Of Him" supercut, and Oswalt answers 20 Playboy questions.

Oprah comes to the rescue on Lindsay Lohan's OWN reality show

Oprah Winfrey herself appears on "Lindsay," getting Lohan to tell her: "I know this is my last shot at doing what I have to do."

"Men at Work" will host a "Las Vegas" reunion with Molly Sims
Sims will reunite with James Lesure, playing his love interest.

ID to mark Valentine's Day with Wendy Williams' "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
The Investigation Discovery special is meant as an anti-Valentine's Day celebration. PLUS: ID orders "Secret Lives of Stepford Wives."

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Military Channel is changing its name to American Heroes Channel

Military Channel is changing its name to American Heroes Channel
Starting on March 3, the Military Channel will expand its focus to police officers, fire fighters and others who do heroic deeds in their everyday lives.

Nat Geo to air a 2-hour "Live From Space" special
The International Space Station event will air to coincide with Seth MacFarlane's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey."

"Chicago PD" attracts 8.6M, People's Choice Awards declines
The Dick Wolf spinoff was up over two million from "Chicago Fire's" debut.

"Tywin Lannister" will narrate the BBC's Winter Olympics coverage

"Game of Thrones" star Charles Dance will take over voiceover duties this year.

Lindsay Lohan's OWN reality show debuts March 9, OWN orders another Tyler Perry series
"Single Moms Club," based on the upcoming movie, will be Perry's latest series for Oprah.

"Girls" to debut new songs from Beck, Lily Allen, Miguel
 "We had Miguel write us a new song," says "Girls" music supervisor Manish Raval. PLUS: Rihanna doesn't want her music on "Girls."

Watch Stevie Nicks' "American Horror Story" cameo
She played a slightly altered version of herself.

Cecily Strong: "SNL's" new black female hires are "crylaugh funny"
"No ass kissing, I'm so excited about our new snl hires," she tweets.

Sofia Vergara fake slaps Jimmy Kimmel
Watch them read mean internet comments about each other.

"Veronica Mars" going on Amazon Prime

All three seasons will be available for steaming.

Hulu adds "The Bridge's" original Danish/Swedish version

"Broen"/"Bron" will be available starting Jan. 14.

"Vampire Diaries" stars Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder make fun of their real-life breakup
Watch them win a People's Choice Award for "Best Chemistry." PLUS: Happy 25th birthday, Nina Dobrev!

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WWE Network is launching online in February

WWE Network is launching online in February

A 24-hour streaming service devoted to all things WWE premieres Feb. 24, at a cost of $10 a month.

Why "SNL's hiring of 2 black female writers is more significant

It shows that Lorne Michaels cares about having a diversity of ideas. PLUS: Taiwanese animators tackle Sasheer Zamata's hiring.

See pics of FX's "Fargo"
The miniseries remake of the Coen brothers classic airs this spring.

Watch Shia LaBeouf sing about lying on "Even Stevens"

A preteen LaBeouf singing "I Always Find a Way" is more notable in the wake of his current plagiarism scandal.

Bob Saget has an "HIMYM" question for Josh Radnor
"How did you turn into me when Ted got older?"

Lifetime unveils its extended "Flowers in the Attic" trailer

Check out the movie based on the 1979 novel starring "Mad Men's" Kiernan Shipka, Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn.

Food Network orders "Buy This Restaurant," cancels "Chef Wanted"
Anne Burrell's reality show is done after three seasons.

Bob Costas under fire for comparing some Winter Olympics sports to "Jackass"
"I think the president of the IOC should be Johnny Knoxville, because basically, this stuff is just Jackass stuff that they invented and called Olympic sports," Costas said this week.

"Sherlock" Seasons 4 and 5 have already been plotted
Says Steven Moffat: "Rather excitingly, (co-creator) Mark (Gatiss) and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the ('Sherlock') production bus… and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future." PLUS: Moffat won't rule out a Matt Smith visit to "Sherlock."

"Enlisted" creator is "proud" of his pilot, yet "embarrassed" by "too many mistakes"
"I'm proud of the pilot on a story level, but on a technical level I'm totally embarrassed by it," says Kevin Biegel, adding: "We made too many mistakes and we didn't do our diligence."

Mariska Hargitay talks about facing her "SVU" attacker

"I think it was important for her to face him again because she can, and victims, I feel, need to sometimes be reminded of their own inner strength. That's what I wanted to do," the actress says of confronting Pablo Schreiber's character. PLUS: Ranking "SVU's" creepiest guest stars.

"Downton Abbey" producer: We haven't decided an end date for the series
Exec producer Gareth Neame has dismissed talk that the show will end after Season 5. PLUS: Meet the "Downton" costume designer.

"Being Mary Jane" delivers big numbers for BET
About 3.3 million watched the first airing of the Gabrielle Union series.

Matt Lauer to host "Going for Gold," which has nothing to do with the Olympics
The one-hour NBC special will actually celebrate this year's Golden Globe nominees.

Why Damon Lindelof decided to return to TV, with "Leftovers"
The "Lost" co-creator admits he was "so terrified" to tackle another project -- until he discovered the book that would become HBO's "The Leftovers."

Will Americans watch a "Utopia" reality show?
The Dutch format from "Big Brother's" creator has 15 people create their own society, with their own rules.

Watch the new "Americans" teaser
This one focusing on "Rules."

"Downton Abbey" vs. "The Walking Dead"

Both hit shows have a lot more in common than you might think.

Dick Clark's "American Bandstand": Anti-gay?
A new report in The National Enquirer claims Clark would "purge gays from the ranks," especially with many of the male dancers being in the closet.

This week's "Mindy Project" offers insight into how women see themselves

The Tinder episode revolved around body image and confidence. PLUS: Why don't more sitcoms use dating websites?

"Real World" boss defends adding exes and letting housemates use smartphones

Jon Murray explains the changes for the San Francisco edition: "There's a closed social-media site where family and loved ones, and most importantly exes, can see what’s going on when the cast posts pictures and things. We looked at the way we tell stories and the pacing of the show. We're playing more scenes dry, without music. We're pulling the lens back a little, you see some of the cameras on the floor." PLUS: Ranking the best "Real World" stars.

Evaluating the style of "Justified"
Who had the best look in the Season 5 premiere? PLUS: Michael Rappaport seems out of place.

"Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham regrets making a sex tape
"If I went back in time, I would not have done it. The sex tape ruined my life," she says.

Buy some "Game of Thrones" mini-figures

HBO is selling special miniature figurines of the "Thrones" characters.

Jane Lynch's divorce is settled
The "Glee" star's wife is expected to get spousal support.

Dick Wolf's "Chicago PD" is badly cast and badly written
"Designed for people who want the legal clock turned back, not just to before the Constitution, but before the Magna Carta, 'Chicago P.D.' is an insult to Chicago, police departments and viewers alike," says Robert Bianco. "Against stiff competition, it claims the title of NBC's worst series since last fall's similarly atavistic and quickly canceled Ironside, which at least had Blair Underwood going for it." PLUS: "Chicago PD" doesn't feel very Chicago, and embrace "Chicago PD" as comfort food.

"Workaholics" star Anders Holm becomes a dad
Holm and his wife welcomed a baby boy on Dec. 19.

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