Nik Wallenda’s Chicago skyscraper tightrope walk airs live Sunday with a 10-second delay
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Nik Wallenda’s Chicago skyscraper tightrope walk airs live Sunday with a 10-second delay

NBC gets Uma Thurman to romance 'Gossip Girl’s' Penn Badgley on 'The Slap'

Nik Wallenda’s Chicago skyscraper tightrope walk airs live Sunday with a 10-second delay
Discovery Channel has contingency plans in place, and if anything goes wrong, “nothing that is insensitive or inappropriate” will appear on their TV or online networks,” Discovery execs tell the NY Times. The newspaper notes that “the high-wire act illustrates the extreme risks some television networks are taking to attract lucrative, live audiences in the age of fragmented, on-demand viewing. Beyond sports and major pop culture events, luring mass live viewership is a challenge. Discovery is finding that extreme stunts — some so daring that there is a chance a person could die — are the exception."


NBC gets Uma Thurman to romance “Gossip Girl’s” Penn Badgley on “The Slap”
Thurman replaces Mary-Louise Parker on the NBC miniseries. Parker had to bow out as she recovers from pneumonia.


Billy Crystal dresses as “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White for Halloween
"Have a cookin’ Halloween,” tweeted Crystal. PLUS: Sarah Michelle Gellar went as Princess Lea in honor of her “Star Wars Rebels” hubby, Neil Patrick Harris went Gotham, and one guy created a “Sharknado” costume.


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Sharon Stone will play America's 1st female vice president on TNT’s 'Agent X'
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Sharon Stone will play America's 1st female vice president on TNT’s 'Agent X'

Sharon Stone will play America's 1st female vice president on TNT’s “Agent X”
TNT has given a straight-to-series 10 episode order for the drama series, which also co-stars Gerald McRaney. Stone will play America’s first female vice president, who soon learns that her job comes with a top-secret duty to protect the Constitution in crisis situations by using a secret operative called “Agent X."

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NBC cancels 'A to Z' and 'Bad Judge'
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NBC cancels 'A to Z' and 'Bad Judge'

Ryan Murphy: All 'American Horror Story' seasons are connected

NBC cancels “A to Z” and “Bad Judge”
The Peacock announced today it would no longer produce episodes of the freshman comedies beyond their 13-episode orders. “Bad Judge” has shot 10 episodes. “A to Z” has shot 11.


Ryan Murphy: All “American Horror Story” seasons are connected
"They’re all connected,” says Murphy. "We’re just beginning to tell you how they’re connected. They’re all very separate but there’s clues every season that we’re now telling you how the different worlds are intertwined.”

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What will happen to NBC's 'Space Race' reality show following Virgin Galactic Crash?
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What will happen to NBC's 'Space Race' reality show following Virgin Galactic Crash?

CBS orders 'Limitless,' a TV drama sequel to the 2011 Bradley Cooper film

What will happen to NBC's “Space Race” reality show following Virgin Galactic Crash?
NBC says it’s “gathering information on the situation” following the crash today of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo spacecraft, which was to be the center of a reality competition from Richard Branson and Mark Burnett. Exactly one year ago, NBC announced the competition that would have regular people compete to go on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. NBC also announced plans to have “Today” cover the first flight of SpaceShipTwo with a three-hour live broadcast.


CBS orders 'Limitless,' a TV drama sequel to the 2011 Bradley Cooper film
The drama will pick up where the thriller left off.


“Big Bang Theory” boss didn't expect the studio audience to keep last night's big cameo a secret
"We knew that as far as the promos go," says showrunner Steve Molaro, "they were going to keep a lid on it but we figured we couldn't control these 200 people in the (taping) audience, it's probably going to get out somehow. But people managed to keep a lid on it long enough that it was a genuine surprise for a lot of people. I'm glad it worked out that way. The response seems to be overwhelmingly positive.”


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Starz’s canceled 'Magic City' is becoming a movie with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray
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Starz’s canceled 'Magic City' is becoming a movie with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray

Aidy Bryant: 'SNL’s' breakout star?

Starz’s canceled “Magic City” is becoming a movie with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray
The 1950s Miami-set drama, which ran for two seasons from 2012 to 2013, is set to hit the big screen with stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko and Kelly Lynch, plus Murray and Willis. The film will be written and directed by its creator, Mitch Glazer. Here’s the pitch, according to Deadline: "Miami 1962. Gangsters, hoteliers, spies and socialites win, lose and die beneath the palms. JFK and a mob boss share a mistress in a Collins Avenue penthouse. The CIA secretly arms Cuban freedom fighters and hires the mafia to kill Castro.”


“TMZ’s” Harvey Levin dresses as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for Halloween
The TMZ boss almost cost the NFL commissioner his job thanks to the Ray Rice scandal.


Aidy Bryant: “SNL’s” breakout star?
As Kevin Fallon put it, Bryant has stealthily become your favorite “SNL” star: "In her two-and-a-half years in Studio 8H Bryant has stealthily and unassumingly become one of the show’s most valuable cast members, parlaying her knack for playing the quiet, precocious prim Everywoman (Joann, 'trying her best,' is one example) who sometimes has an unexpected randy, wild side into a series of breakout sketches."


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'Today' recreates 'SNL' for Halloween
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'Today' recreates 'SNL' for Halloween

'The Vampire Diaries' flashing back to 2009

“Today” recreates “SNL” for Halloween
Not only did “Today” do their own version of the opening credits, but its stars dressed up as “Wayne’s World,” Spartan Cheerleaders, It’s Pat and Blues Brothers. Also, Kenan Thompson made a cameo as Al Roker.


“The McCarthys” has a lackluster debut
The freshman comedy appears to have delivered CBS’ worst ratings in the 18-49 demo.


“The Vampire Diaries” flashing back to 2009
Elena, Caroline and Bonnie are going back to high school for the midseason finale. PLUS: About last night’s final scene.


Mama June’s oldest daughter breaks down in talking about her mom’s child molester boyfriend
"She let him get around Alana and Lauryn (Pumpkin) knowing that she is going to get the kids taken away, why? Why let him?,” said Anna Cardwell. PLUS: Sugar Bear and Uncle Poodle are upset they're not getting any more “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” money.

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Stephen Colbert: I'm saying goodbye to 'The Colbert Report' on Dec. 18
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Stephen Colbert: I'm saying goodbye to 'The Colbert Report' on Dec. 18

Which big-name actor made a surprising cameo on last night's 'Big Bang Theory'?

Stephen Colbert: I'm saying goodbye to “The Colbert Report" on Dec. 18
Colbert used the promotion of the paperback version of “America Again” to announce he’s leaving one week before Christmas.


Which big-name actor made a surprising cameo on last night's “Big Bang Theory”?
The CBS comedy cast an Oscar winner whose mom turned him on to the show.


Chelsea Handler accuses Instagram of sexism for removing her topless photo
Handler was ticked off that this topless photo of her was removed for violating Instagram’s “Community Guidelines.” "If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it's ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?” she wrote.


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Jon Cryer on 'Two and a Half Men' gay wedding controversy: It 'surprised us'
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Jon Cryer on 'Two and a Half Men' gay wedding controversy: It 'surprised us'

'Lost' alum Jorge Garcia plans to chop off his signature long hair

Jon Cryer on “Two and a Half Men” gay marriage controversy: "Hopefully we haven't done something too terrible in taste”
"For us it was just a fun, silly idea that some people were taking kind of seriously, so that sort of surprised us,” says Cryer of the plan for Alan to marry Ashton Kutcher’s character. "But at the same time I understand. This is a time when our nation is changing so much. And let's remember, same-sex adoption is still illegal in some states so I can see why people would be nervous about it. And as long as the fight is still being fought they have a right to be sensitive about it.” PLUS: Jon Cryer recalls when Charlie Sheen began going crazy on “Men,” Sheen says "I just think it makes sense” for him to return to “Men,” Cryer recalls being labeled “The Show Killer,” and Conchata Ferrell recalls auditioning for Berta.


Eric Stonestreet fools his Twitter followers by linking to a fake story on “Modern Family’s” cancelation
The headline from Clickhole, which is affiliated with The Onion, reads: "Whoa: ABC Just Canceled ‘Modern Family’ In Order To Teach People That Something You Love Can Be Taken From You With No Warning Whatsoever."


“Lost” alum Jorge Garcia plans to chop off his signature long hair
Garcia, now 41 and a regular on “Hawaii Five-0,” says he’s going to cut his signature long hair so he can get “real suit-and-tie guy” roles. "I've had long hair for so long, I need to start feeling like a grown-up,” he says.


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“The Meredith Vieira Show” given a partial renewal for Season 2
NBC-owned stations has picked up the freshman talk show. Now it’s up to the non-NBC-owned stations to decide whether to order a Season 2.


World Series Game 7 was watched by 23.52M
That’s close to the 25.4 million who watched the last Game 7 three years ago.


Watch a supercut of Matthew McConaughey Lincoln car ad parodies
“South Park,” Ellen and “SNL” weren’t the only ones to spoof the ubiquitous ads.


9 revelations from Amy Poehler’s book -- her funniest “SNL” memories always involve Will Forte
In “Yes Please,” Poehler recalls she and Forte doodling penises during a sexual harrassment presentation.


Michael J. Fox: Tina Yothers would beat me up on “Family Ties” set
Andy Cohen asked Fox, “Who was more annoying, pre-puberty or post-puberty, Tina Yothers?”


What does the “Game of Thrones” raise mean for the future of the series?
It appears the 7-season planning is going full steam ahead. PLUS: George R.R. Martin judges “GoT” Halloween costumes.


“American Horror Story: Freak Show” gets a Disney twist
An artist fan of the FX series has created original artwork combining Disney and “Freak Show” characters.


Watch Prince’s 1st appearance on “SNL” — from 33 years ago
Prince was a highlight from the much-maligned 6th season.


Netflix outdoor ads in France use GIFs of “Breaking Bad,” “Fargo” and “OITNB”
It’s a bit jarring seeing the moving digital billboards.


DC Comics is killing it on TV — compared to Marvel
While Marvel has found success on the big screen, DC Comics has been dominant on television with “Gotham,” “Arrow,” “Constantine” and “The Flash.” Meanwhile, Marvel’s only current TV show on air, “Agents of S.H.l.E.LD.,” isn’t bad but isn’t great.


British “Hustle” star Adrian Lester joins “Red Band Society”
The “Girlfriends” vet will play a world-renowned international neurologist.


Watch “Doc McStuffins” featuring singing “Downton Abbey” stars
Joanne Froggatt and her fellow castmates lent their voices for Sunday’s episode of the Disney Channel series.


What’s with all the “bottom shaming” in "How to Get Away With Murder”?
The ShondaLand drama has earned raves for its graphic portrayal of gay sex. But that portrayal of gay sex, says J. Bryan Lowder, "has thus far persistently contained a nasty strain of bottom shaming—and that kind of retrograde mess is not progressive in the least.” PLUS: Doucheface is the Pornstache of “How to Get Away with Murder."


Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s dystopian sci-fi novel flops
The E! stars' "Rebels: City of Indra” sold just 13,000 copies since June.


How “Mom” became an aspiration version of itself
The CBS comedy returns for Season 2 looking a lot different from its pilot.


Taylor Kitsch has a piece of Tim Riggins’ “Friday Night Lights” locker
Kitsch also reveals that all of Riggins’ jerseys are hanging in his closet.


Fox developing “Zoobiquity”
An adaptation of the book linking animal and human health issues is in the works.


“Major Crimes” books Tuc Watkins
The “Desperate HousewiveS” alum will be part of the final two episodes of the season.


“CSI: Miami" alum Adam Rodriguez joins “The Night Shift”
He’ll play a doctor on the NBC medical drama.


Watch a “House of Cards”-inspired political ad
North Carolina state Sen. Chad Barefoot channeled the Netflix series to attack his opponent.


Lena Dunham was interviewed by the daughter of “Girls” producer Judd Apatow
Maude Apatow writes: "I met Lena Dunham when I was in sixth grade. For a long time, I knew her as just this ridiculously kind person who was working on some sort of television project with my dad that I was not allowed to see."


MTV’s “Slednecks” didn’t learn any lessons from “Buckwild”
The Alaskan version of the canceled West Virginia reality show about out-of-control millennials repeats many of the dangerous stunts of its predecessor.


Watch a video showcasing the gay subtext of “Franklin & Bash”
TNT has two gay subtext-heavy shows, “Franklin & Bash” and “Rizzoli & Isles.”


What to expect with the return of “Elementary”
Season 3 takes place eight months after Season 2.


Check out Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn as vampires
In Funny or Die’s “Haunted House Hunters.”


“Millionaire Matchmaker” to feature Perez Hilton, TLC’s Chilli and a TMZ staffer
Watch the trailer for Season 8.


CBS’ “The McCarthys” has potential, but it hasn’t figured itself out
Tyler Ritter, John’s son, is more like his late father than Jason Ritter, and the show is a throwback to past hit sitcoms. PLUS: The characters are appealing, and it’s a by-the-numbers sitcom.

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WEtv cancels 'The Divide' after 1 season
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WEtv cancels 'The Divide' after 1 season

HBO finalizing 'True Detective' deals with Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin, Kelly Reilly and Michael Irby

WEtv cancels “The Divide” after 1 season
The cable network’s first original scripted series, which was co-created by “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese, ran for eight episodes this summer.


HBO finalizing “True Detective” deals with Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin, Kelly Reilly and Michael Irby
Spencer, according to Deadline, is set to play the "survivor of a sexual attack." Rambin would play "a beauty with a history of drug problems.” Reilly, star of ABC’s “Black Box” this summer, would play “the self-possessed Morgan,” while Irby is poised to play Rachel McAdams’ detective partner.

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Jon Stewart: I was approached to host 'Meet the Press' but didn't take it seriously
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Jon Stewart: I was approached to host 'Meet the Press' but didn't take it seriously

E! extends Joel McHale’s 'The Soup' deal through 2016

Jon Stewart confirms he was approached to host "Meet the Press," but he didn't take NBC's offer seriously
"My guess is they were casting as wide and as weird a net as they could,” Stewart tells Rolling Stone. "I'm sure part of them was thinking, 'Why don't we just make it a variety show?’” Stewart also says that he thinks Stephen Colbert might be even better when he takes over from Letterman. "Untethered from his character, I think he'll actually have more room and really be able to deliver in a way that's going to surprise people,” says Stewart.


E! extends Joel McHale’s “The Soup” deal through 2016
McHale will continue hosting the weekly comedy show, while also coming up reality projects for the network.


Queen Latifah reportedly disinvites Bill Cosby after his rape allegations resurface
The allegations may be old, but standup comic Hannibal Buress bringing them up in his standup act has made Cosby a toxic guest, according to TMZ.


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