President Obama to introduce another TV special, this one on the Star-Spangled Banner

President Obama to introduce another TV special, this one on the Star-Spangled Banner
The president has a taped piece before Saturday’s Smithsonian Channel documentary, "A Star-Spangled Story: Battle For America."


Watch Nick Offerman apologize for not bringing his mustache to the Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner
The “Parks and Rec” star was this year’s featured speaker at the annual gathering, where he explained that he is neither a Democrat nor a Republican — he'ss a member of Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party. (Watch Part 2 with Offerman's Bill of Rights Refresher Course)


Jennifer Grey joins Amazon’s “Red Oaks”
She’ll play Richard Kind’s wife in the comedy pilot set at a predominantly Jewish country club in New Jersey.


ESPN gets record ratings from the World Cup’s opening match, but fewer viewers than Univision
About 4.4 million watched the Brazil-Croatia match on ESPN, compared to 5.1 million on Univision.


Showtime releases “Ray Donovan’s” official Season 2 trailer
“You don’t want to know what really happened."


“Twin Peaks” jazz singer Jimmy Scott dies
Scott, 88, famously sang “Sycamore Tree” on the mystery series.

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'24: Live Another Day' is making a time jump so it could span 24 hours

“24: Live Another Day” is making a time jump so it could span 24 hours
Exec producer Howard Gordon wouldn’t say how the time jump will happen. Instead of having five hours left in Jack Bauer’s day, he’ll have 17 hours to go.


The Teletubbies are making a comeback
BBC digital channel CBeebies has ordered 60 new episodes of the children’s series starring Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, the first new episodes since 2001.


Which “Game of Thrones” cast members were submitted for Emmy consideration?
The usual major cast members were submitted, but not Aidan Gillen. Pedro Pascal (Prince Oberyn) and Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna) were submitted for best supporting actor. PLUS: “GoT” character names can also double as the names of metal bands.


Amazon orders Civil War drama pilot “Point of Honor” from Carlton Cuse
The “Lost” and “Bates Motel” honcho will co-write a drama about a Virginia family divided by the impending war.


In his war vs. Amazon, Stephen Colbert urges his fans to buy another book from his publisher
Just 6,400 copies of the book “California” were purchased from last week’s effort.


“SNL” alum Darrell Hammond is launching a stage show, “The Darrell Hammond Project"
Hammond’s stage show is based on his memoir, “God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked,” which delved into his 14 years on “Saturday Night Live.”


Netflix orders “Dinotrux”
The robotic dinosaur cartoon from DreamWorks Animation debuts next year.


John Oliver to interview Stephen Hawking
The famed physicist will be Oliver’s guest Sunday on “Last Week Tonight."

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Can Kathy Griffin save the Daytime Emmy Awards on the web?

Can Kathy Griffin save the Daytime Emmy Awards on the web?
Griffin has been tapped to host the June 22 ceremony. “I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year,” she joked in a statement. "Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show."


Nobody’s leaving “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
The entire cast will be back for Season 7.


Larry King slams TMZ, joins the call to take down the Tracy Morgan crash footage
“I've known Harvey Levin for years,” King says. “I don't think a great deal about TMZ. I think they prey on the bad things that happen to people — I'm not a favorite fan of theirs."


NBC’s “Undateable” is doing well vs. the NBA Finals
About 3.3 million watched last night’s first episode, up 7% from last week.

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Mary Steenburgen joins 'Orange is the New Black'

Mary Steenburgen joins “Orange is the New Black”
Steenburgen tweeted the news: "Very excited to go to my first wardrobe fitting of OITNB! Will I be in orange or black?:)” PLUS: Pablo Schreiber isn’t recognized as Pornstache.


NBC paid Chelsea Clinton $600,000 a year — now she’s on a month-to-month salary
NBC News decided to switch the former first daughter’s contract as "special correspondent" to a monthly agreement so that she can quit if her mom runs for president.


Hulu to show Emma Roberts’ rejected Fox pilot “Delirium”
Check out the trailer for the series based on the young adult novel, which Fox rejected last year. Hulu will show “Delirium’s” pilot for 30 days starting next Friday.


A Mercedes-Benz crashed into CNN Center in Atlanta
The lobby’s glass was shattered early this morning, and the driver was arrested.


Reporter in Calgary has no idea he’s interviewing Bob Odenkirk about “Fargo”
Odenkirk was asked by man-on-the-street reporter Gil Tucker about what they were filming on a Calgary street.


14 reality stars who owe their fame to the O.J. Simpson trial
Kris Jenner was close friends with Nicole Simpson, and her daughter Kim Kardashian was of course the daughter of O.J.’s confidante Robert Kardashian.


Check out “Game of Thrones” in your office
Lorne Michaels’ Above Average has created an "Office" version of the HBO series.


Aaron Paul freaks out Xbox owners by controlling their consoles
The “Breaking Bad” star says “Xbox On” in an ad, which is turning on some Xboxes.


Jimmy Kimmel makes Ice Cube say nice things with an angry tone
You are very good at seeming angry,” Kimmel tells the “22 Jump Street” star. "I don't know if you are angry in general."

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Matt Lauer signs on for more 'Today'

Matt Lauer signs on for more “Today”
NBC wouldn’t disclose the details of Lauer’s new deal, but it’s for more than two years.


Gov. Chris Christie joins Jimmy Fallon in “The Evolution of Dad Dancing”
Fallon and Christie put aside their differences over BridgeGate, with Fallon awkwardly apologizing to Christie for telling jokes about his bridge scandal.


“Duck Dynasty’s” ratings fall further in Season 6 return
Wednesday’s premiere was down 45% from January’s Season 5 premiere.


“Orange is the New Black” promotes Dascha Polanco
She’ll become a series regular in Season 3.


Hodor visits “Family Feud”
Jimmy Kimmel wanted to see what happens when the “Game of Thrones” characters tries to answer survey questions. PLUS: Kit Harrington lies to “Game of Thrones” fans to throw them off.

“American Idol” will hold auditions at a fairground for the 1st time
All eligible visitors to the San Diego State Fair can audition this weekend.


Chris Rock scares Seth Meyers by crashing his “Late Night” monologue
"You're funny, man."


J.Lo denies dating Maksim
"No I'm not. #rumors #nottrue” she responded to a report she was dating "Dancing with the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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Shonda Rhimes will host President Obama for a fundraiser at her home

Shonda Rhimes will host President Obama for a fundraiser at her home
President Obama will be part of a $32,400-per-person reception and dinner at the “Scandal” creator’s house next month. The president had previously appointed Rimes to the Kennedy Center's board of trustees.


O.J. Simpson murder case turns 20: How it influenced TV
Besides the reality TV aspect, the O.J. Simpson arrest and trial inspired “Seinfeld’s” Jackie Chiles and Jay Leno’s “Dancing Itos.”


“SNL’s” Lorne Michaels: “It was a hard season,” and there definitely will be changes
"We’re still in the middle of rebuilding,” Michaels says, also pointing out that his work load was rough this year in having to launch Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” Seth Meyer’s “Late Night” while adding eight new cast members. On “SNL,” he says, "we put a lot of pressure, a lot of new people."


Ben & Jerry’s to create 2 more “SNL” flavors, possibly more
To celebrate “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary, Ben & Jerry’s will announce two new flavors based on iconic sketches — but they won’t have anything to do with “Coneheads,” “More Cowbell” or “Chippendales.” Ben & Jerry’s already created a Schweddy Balls flavor.


Mike Judge: “Silicon Valley” will deal with Peter Gregory’s fate in a comedic way
"We're trying to figure out season two,” he says, adding that he’s consulted Christopher Evan Welch’s family with several suggestions, and they laughed at each one. "I think we have to deal with it in a comedic way, there's no way around it,” he says.


A female ex-con finds everything wrong with “Orange is the New Black”
"This kitchen is f*cking Fantasy Island!” she says of watching the Netflix series "There are a lot of things that drive me crazy about the show, but the kitchen is killing me.” PLUS: The many books on “OITNB,” see the “Crazy Pies” food truck, and see Norma as a ‘70s rocker and ‘80s pop star.


“The Walking Dead” already has Season 12 planned out
“We know where season 11 and 12… we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we’re lucky enough to get there,” says producer David Alpert.


Paul Reiser lands an Amazon role
He’ll be part of the pilot for the 1985-set “Red Oaks” Jewish country club comedy from Steven Soderbergh.


Tim Gunn: I’d like “Project Runway” to have a season of all plus-sized models
“I would like to do a season of Project Runway where every model is larger than a size 12,” he says in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable.


Facebook combed through 6 years of posts about “True Blood”
And the data it collected will be used as part of HBO’s “True Blood” full season marathon, which will feature a marathon a night starting June 16.


Meet the guy who’s never watched “Game of Thrones”
College Humor sends up somebody we all know. PLUS: NBA gets “GoT” treatment, 7 amazing facts about “GoT,” 10 shows that paved the way for “GoT” and George R.R. Martin has been sneaking in famous names in his books for years.


Dan Harmon is “pessimistic” the entire “Community” gang could be brought back together
First off, Harmon says he won’t do the show without writing partner Chris McKenna.


Letterman scolds Regis Philbin for hitchhiking in NYC
Reege could’ve been killed!


It’s true: Viewers are fleeing broadcast TV
Here’s how much network TV was hurt by fleeing viewers, as shown in a chart. PLUS: “Glee” lost 45% of its viewership this season.


Will Dave Chappelle ever return to TV?
Chappelle is making the media rounds this week (Letterman on Tuesday, Fallon on Friday), which begs the question: Could he return to Comedy Central?


“Fargo” composer uses the Prague Philharmonic: I was told to write something that sounded “cold and lonesome and stark”
“Eastern European orchestras have a very distinctive sound,” explains composer Jeff Russo, who also co-founded the rock band Tonic. “I listened to a lot of different orchestras before choosing Prague. And I really felt like the emotional feeling I got from listening to the orchestra was what I wanted to convey in the score.”


Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman discuss each other’s “Fargo” roles
"I didn't notice until I started watching the show that Lester and Malvo share many of the same qualities,” says Thornton. Freeman adds: "It’d be boring just to play evil. There's something very likable about Malvo, which makes him 10 times more dangerous."


Chris Pratt’s evolution: From troubled “Everwood” teen to “The O.C.” to “Parks and Rec”
Let’s not forget what Pratt, in his mid-20s, looked like as a teenager on “Everwood."


Fox developing "Answer Me 1999,” a musical time-jump series based on a Korean drama
The "Step Up 3D” writers are behind the project that follows a group of friends as high school students in 1999 and in their present day working life.


“The View” responds to Jimmy Kimmel’s diss
Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy had requested that Kimmel send them something in response to a gift from Jimmy Fallon.


Seth Rogen recalls going to high school with “Nathan For You's” Nathan Fielder
They were part of the same student improv-comedy troupe. “He had this deadpan, dry delivery; he was very precise,” Rogen says of the Comedy Central star. “He wouldn’t say anything, then he’d come in at the end with a line that killed — a joke that changed the whole scene or escalated it.”


“The Cosby Show’s” The Huxtables are America’s favorite TV family
How do they compare to the average U.S. family?


“The Americans’” Noah Emmerich compares TV vs. movie acting
"In television, you have no idea where you are really going,” he explains.


“Faking It” creator: "I am telling the story that I’ve been wanting to tell, which is a girl discovery of her own sexual identity”
“And,” says Carter Covington, "I feel like that’s not a one season story.”


“Halt and Catch Fire” characters each have their own Spotify playlist
Each list is representative of character studies done by a writers’ assistant on the AMC series.


Watch TV’s comedy actors and actresses each talk shop for an hour
Here are the actors and the actresses from The Hollywood Reporter’s Emmy roundtable.


“Hannibal” vs. “Fargo”
Which drama’s greatness is more improbable?


Ben McKenzie got “Gotham” thanks to CBS rejecting his lawyer pilot last year
McKenzie made “The Advocates” pilot last year with Mandy Moore and creator Bruno Heller, and Heller had McKenzie in mind when he wrote the “Gotham” script.


Dennis Miller looks back at his Weekend Update-hosting past
Among his fave moments was the time Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey joined him in forming the three Dennis Millers.


Here are 18 TV roles the cast of “Friends” had before they were friends
From “Misfits of Science” to “Ferris Bueller” to “Red Shoe Diaries.”


Check out El Rey Network’s extended “Matador” trailer
Tony Bravo plays a DEA agent who investigates a soccer team on the series, premiering July 15.

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Report: Cameron Crowe teaming with J.J. Abrams for Showtime's 'Roadies'

Report: Cameron Crowe teaming with J.J. Abrams for Showtime's “Roadies”
The “Say Anything” director and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” writer is set to tackle television with an ensemble comedy set during a U.S. rock tour.


Korean Deli where “Seinfeld” was conceived is shutting down
Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld were walking the aisles of Lee’s Deli when they hit upon the idea for a show about nothing.


Rep: Tracy Morgan "continues to show signs of improvement”
Morgan’s rep released a statement this afternoon, saying: "While Tracy remains in critical, but stable, condition, he continues to show signs of improvement," the statement read. "His medical team remains optimistic that his recovery is progressing.” PLUS: Morgan’s ex-wife joins in asking TMZ to remove accident video.


St. Louis Cardinals will celebrate “Jon Hamm Night” by handing out a bobblehead of the “Mad Men” star
Fans can get the bobblehead on Aug. 18.


Fox to begin airing the American Country Countdown Awards
The live concert, broadcasting from Nashville in December, comes out of the long-running radio show “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.”


“Girls” star Andrew Rannells to replace Neal Patrick Harris on "Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Harris will exit the Broadway role in August.

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Sarah Paulson will play conjoined twins on 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Sarah Paulson will play conjoined twins on “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Paulson tweeted a pic of her new characters, Bette and Dot.


Viewers’ rejection of “I Wanna Marry Harry” restores your faith humanity
"When Fox premiered the dating-deception show 'I Wanna Marry Harry' last month,” says James Poniewozik, "it raised the question of whether there was yet a reality-show concept so insulting, cynical, sexist and shameless that TV viewers would refuse to watch. There was, and they did.”


Watch J.Lo and Pitbull kick off the FIFA World Cup 2014
They performed their song “We Are One” at the opening ceremony in Brazil.


Why did “House of Cards” change the theme from Season 1 to Season 2?
Season 1 has “sweeping violins,” while Season 2 has a “full cello assault.”


Katie Couric tapes her final “Katie” episode
Couric’s talk show was canceled after two seasons.


"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars” gets a premiere date
The crossover episode is set for July 26.


Check out a preview of Leah Remini’s TLC reality show
"Leah Remini: It’s All Relative” references her ordeal with Scientology in the opening episode, which premieres July 10.


ABC Family orders hidden-camera prank show “Freak Out”
The reality show from “Jersey Shore’s” creator will use elaborate special effects to freak people out.

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Fox yanks 'I Wanna Marry Harry,' plus Steve Carell’s 'Riot'

Fox yanks “I Wanna Marry Harry,” plus Steve Carell’s “Riot”
Both unscripted summer series have been performing poorly. “I Wanna Marry Harry’s” unaired episodes will be put online.

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Atlanta Falcons sign on for HBO’s 'Hard Knocks'

Atlanta Falcons sign on for HBO’s “Hard Knocks”
The NFL training camp reality show returns Aug. 5 for its 9th season.


VH1 is ready for “I Love the 2000s”
The follow-up to “I Love the ‘70s,” “I Love the ‘80s” and “I Love the ‘90s” kicks off on Tuesday.


Shonda Rhimes: I’d love for Bill Clinton to guest on “Scandal”
"That's not really our thing,” she says of the stunt-casting, "but I will say, 'Bill Clinton, if you're out there, we would love to have you…We would always love to have you.”


Kerry Washington makes her 1st post-pregnancy public appearance
"I was anxious about being on the carpet,” the “Scandal” star said last night at a charity event.


DirecTV’s MMA drama “Kingdom" starring Nick Jonas and Kiele Sanchez will premiere Oct. 8
Previously titled “Navy St.,” the drama series is set in a Venice Beach MMA gym in California.


LeVar Burton has enlisted his “Star Trek” pals for a series of “Reading Rainbow” live readings
The first live reading will feature the "Men of Star Trek,” including Burton’s “Next Generation” co-stars Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn and Robert Picardo.


“Chasing Life” adds Ed Asner and "Happy Days” mom Marion Ross
They’ll guest as Italia Ricci’s grandparents.


Mindy Kaling’s next book: “Why not Me?”
Kaling will release a collection of personal essays as an update to 2011’s "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)."


“The Bachelor” franchise’s most successful relationship is showing cracks
Trista and Ryan Sutter admit their flaws on "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.”


Check out Walter White’s “Breaking Bad” action figure
The six-inch figurine will be available at Comic-Con.

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