New York Times creates a fake column inspired by this week's 'Breaking Bad'


New York Times creates a fake column inspired by this week's "Breaking Bad"
Here's the column referenced last night.


Justin Timberlake cancels tonight's Jay Leno performance -- he'll still do Kimmel Tuesday
Timberlake is reportedly "under the weather," but perhaps he canceled "The Tonight Show" gig to ensure maximum impact when he takes over Hollywood Blvd Tuesday for "Jimmy Kimmel Live."


Larry Hagman's son: I was disappointed, not angry with very brief Emmy tribute

"I think three seconds was short," says Preston Hagman. "I think all of them were short."


Original "Tomorrow People" star joins CW version
Nicholas Young will take on a different role on the American version of "The Tomorrow People."


HBO's entertainment president exits
Sue Naegle put her stamp on HBO with shows like "Girls," "True Blood" and "Game of Thrones."


Ellen Pompeo blasts Emmys for lack of diversity

"I didn't see any diversity in the Emmys at all," says the "Grey's Anatomy" star. "The Emmys felt so dated to me... That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?"


"SNL" surpasses "Frasier" as the show with the most Emmy wins
"Saturday Night Live" now has 40 Emmys.


Netflix launches "Spoilerfoiler," a Twitter app that stops "Breaking Bad" spoilers
The app puts a black bar over any potential "Breaking Bad" spoilers.


"The Mindy Project" enlists Kendra Wilkinson

The Mindy character has already tweeted at Kendra's husband, but she'll play a whole new role.


"Scandal" adds Sally Pressman

The "Army Wives" alum will be part of multiepisode arc, but her role hasn't been revealed.

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The Emmys has its biggest audience since 2005, thanks to the NFL


The Emmys has its biggest audience since 2005, thanks to the NFL
CBS' decision to air NFL games immediately before last night's broadcast boosted the Emmys' ratings 33% from last year, with 17.63 million viewers tuning in.


Emmy Awards producer defends, dissects last night's broadcast
Ken Ehrlich explains why there was no opening musical number and reveals that the guy behind Neil Patrick Harris was a bit planned by the show.


"Breaking Bad" hits another Emmys ratings mark with penultimate episode
Last night's episode was watched by 6.6 million.


Report: Jon Hamm to undergo throat surgery
The "Mad Men" star reportedly has two large polyps on his vocal cord, though Hamm's rep has yet to confirm or deny the diagnosis. PLUS: Hamm sells his NYC home for $2.5 million.


"Glee" recreates iconic Beatles covers
See the "Glee" cast on Abbey Road and "Let it Glee."


"Dexter" exits with its best-ever audience

About 2.8 million tuned in last night, up from the 2.7 million who watched the Season 7 finale.


Bethany Joy Lenz joins E!'s "Songbyrd"
The "One Tree Hill" alum will play a songwriter on the E! scripted drama from the producers of "Smash."


Tina Fey suffers wardrobe malfunction on Emmy stage

As she was accepting an award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, her dress "gaped" in the front.

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'Dexter' goes out with an awful series finale


"Dexter" goes out with an awful series finale
The final episode was in line with the disappointing final season, says Todd VanDerWerff. "The series seemed all along as if it were building toward a conclusion where Dexter would be forced to turn on friends and co-workers to preserve himself, escaping from Miami by the skin of his teeth, or perhaps living his life in a jail cell...By the time it ended, even though (Deb) knew her brother's secret for two seasons, it was unable to view the protagonist as anything other than a public good, like a library, and, thus, it could not imprison him or even punish him in the slightest." PLUS: Producers defend the final season, this is what happens when you overstay your welcome, the writers seemed to be phoning it in all season, the series finale was unbelievably awful, ranking all 8 "Dexter" seasons, and Jennifer Carpenter reacts to the finale.


Nigel Lythgoe was shocked "The Voice" won after many years of "Idol" snubs

He expressed his frustration on Twitter, calling "Idol" "The first, the best and the program that changed the face of TV." PLUS: Mark Burnett explains why "The Voice" and "Idol" shouldn't be compared.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus: How I came up with my Emmy "Veep" skit with Tony Hale

"It was like a lightning bolt, it just struck me," she says of her funny acceptance. "I called Tony this afternoon and he was game, all I had to do was win." PLUS: "Veep" characters become shorthand for Washington types.


Is "Breaking Bad" trying out several alternate endings?
Each of the past few weeks has given Walter White a different kind of ending. This week, it was "The Shield" alternate ending. PLUS: The cabin was built in New Mexico by "Breaking Bad" crew, "Breaking Bad" has become a post-apocalyptic thriller, the cast and crew yell "Emmy's bitch," watch the Emmy's "Breaking Bad" dance number, the racial politics of "Breaking Bad," "Granite State" was profound without being epic, this was Flynn's finest hour, check out The New Yorker's "Breaking Bad"-themed cover, the Nazis have exposed "Breaking Bad," and why "Breaking Bad's" Emmy win is so stunning.


"Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." earns more than 1 million Facebook likes
That's a record for a new series, but will it make a difference for this week's premiere.


Piers Morgan continues taunting Jon Stewart
After Stephen Colbert broke Stewart's 10-year Emmy win streak, the CNN star tweeted: "CNN BREAKING NEWS > It's over for Jon Stewart."


Tina Fey: There's a downside to Cecily Strong joining "Weekend Update"

"She's a good choice," says the host of this week's "SNL" season premiere. "The one thing that will be sad is she's really great at Weekend Update features, so we'll miss that." PLUS: When will Fey do "Parks and Rec"?


"Downton Abbey" Season 4 premieres to massive ratings in UK
About 9.5 million watched over the weekend, up from 8.6 million last year.


A "China Beach" novel is in the works
Co-creator John Sacret Young is working on a book that would reunite the characters of the ABC drama starring Dana Delany.


Alexander Skarsgård was supposed to wear a "sack of destiny" on "True Blood"
Stephen Moyer says Eric wasn't supposed to get naked.


"Mad Men" blamed for rise in sales of Lucky Strike cigarettes

The cigarettes, owned by British American Tobacco, sold 33 billion packs last year, compared to 23 billion when the AMC series first premiered in 2007.


Check out "Once Upon a Time's" Little Mermaid
Here's JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Ariel.


Mila Kunis' 1st kiss was on "That '70s Show" with Ashton Kutcher
Laura Prepon revealed that and said she's not surprised they're together in real life.


Andy Samberg weds

The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star tied the knot Saturday with singer-songwriter Joanna Newson.


Emmys reunite Amy Poehler & Will Arnett
The former couple were spotted sitting together backstage. PLUS: Arnett was asked about his wife on the red carpet.


Casey Wilson engaged to the creator of "Happy Endings"
She's set to marry boyfriend of two years David Caspe.


"Gossip Girl's" Kaylee DeFer welcomes her first child
She delivered a baby boy on Friday.

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The Emmys: Neil Patrick Harris seemed off his game in a sorrow-filled ceremony


The Emmys: Neil Patrick Harris seemed off his game in a sorrow-filled ceremony

The idea of having five separate tributes to the dead, plus an In Memoriam segment, plus two mournful ballads from Elton John and Carrie Underwood dragged down the entire ceremony, says Mary McNamara. And Harris not being up to his usual hosting self added to the night's problems: "Although still hostier than most mere mortals, Harris seemed off his game Sunday night .... Between a sketch chronicling his struggles with 'Excessive Hosting Disorder' and a self-acknowledged random 'Dance Number in the Middle of the Show,' Harris seemed to be suggesting that he's done as much as he can do with this gig."
Anemic, awkward, boring: An awards show filled with skits about how bad awards shows are
Don't blame Neil Patrick Harris -- he stood no chance, even if he was a producer
Jeff Daniels was shocked to win -- just like Twitter was shocked
Ryan Seacrest endorses "The Ryan Seacrest Center for Excessive Hosting"
Emmys tried to be the Tonys and the Grammys
A lot of awards went to unexpected people
Kevin Spacey takes on Emmy camera
Jack Klugman's son objected to Cory Monteith tribute
Merrit Wever expanded on her "I gotta go. Bye" acceptance speech backstage
Netflix won just 1 award Sunday, for best director for "House of Cards"
Lena Dunham & Claire Danes pretended to almost make out on the red carpet
Who was the "awkward stage-exit man"?
Conan, Fallon, Kimmel and Jane Lynch help Neil Patrick Harris
Inside Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler's Emmy Losers Party

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Jay Leno pretends to put a pillow over Jimmy Fallon's face


Jay Leno pretends to put a pillow over Jimmy Fallon's face
Watch Friday's "The Tonight Show" cold open. PLUS: Fallon & Leno claim to be good pals, and Fallon's "Tonight Show" writers' pitch packet accused of violating WGA guidelines.


Damian Lewis: "Homeland" should've killed off Brody
"The more compromised storytelling is to keep him alive and to keep him bubbling along somehow," he tells Men's Journal. "It's the executives who write that version."


Jeff Garlin: My gut feeling is that Larry David will do more "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Writing in Sports Illustrated, Garlin explains, "I think, if you ask me my gut feeling, Larry will come to realize 'Curb' is the most fun he and I will ever have working, and he'll miss it so much he'll have to do more."


"NYPD Blue" turns 20

"It arrived on ABC on September 21, 1993 with as much hype and controversy as any show anyone could remember at the time, and more than most shows have debuted with since," says Alan Sepinwall, who used to recap each "NYPD Blue" episode as they aired. He notes that "Blue" was then considered an R-rated TV show, but would be more PG-13 today.


D.B. Sweeney joins "Two and a Half Men"
He'll romance Courtney Thorne-Smith's Lindsay.


Country stars help promote "Nashville"
See the new promo featuring Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town, as well as Sheryl Crow.


Vince Gilligan sloppy? Why "Breaking Bad" doesn't deserve all its acclaim
Jason Whitlock argues that "Breaking Bad" is getting a pass on its "impossible-to-believe plot twists. You would think there had never been a fast-paced, high-action TV show that explored the drug world, featured a white male's spiraling descent into immorality and showed the price paid by his family and former friends. All of the critics bowing at Gilligan's feet need to re-watch 'The Shield.' Shawn Ryan's 'Shield' covered every inch of ground 'Breaking Bad' is trampling upon. 'The Shield' did it without sloppily cutting the corners routinely cut by BB." PLUS: Courtney Love watches "Breaking Bad" and "Talking Bad," director Michelle MacLaren is flying from "Game of Thrones" for Emmys, inside the anonymous "Breaking Bad" writers' room, and watch a video for Hank Schrader.


Why "Million Second Quiz" didn't work
Dumb trivia and confusing rules were only part of the problem.


Ken Jeong poised to play "Dr. Ken" on NBC
The real-life doctor/"Community" star will play a doctor in a pilot for the Peacock.


Subdued Elisabeth Hasselbeck just isn't the same on "Fox & Friends"
As expected, Hasselbeck isn't the same outside "The View" environment. PLUS: Gretchen Carlson claims "Fox & Friends" has a no-pants rule.


Fox giving away a pre-Super Bowl 30-second ad worth $850K
The catch? You have to pay a $150,000 entry fee to participate in the contest.


See the "Queer Eye" at their 10-year reunion
"I think we all look better ten years later!" says Carson Kressley.


"Parks and Rec" has become "a weird bizarro world"

Co-creator Michael Schur says of all the upcoming changes: "It feels like the end of some kind of special era. It's sad, but it's not necessarily a bad thing."


Watch the new "NCIS:LA" opening credits
See the opening credits from the Sept. 24 premiere.


Scott Baio admits he's too "illiterate" to watch "Arrested Development" on Netflix

"I have Apple TV," he says. "I don't know quite how to work it, so I don't watch anything on it."


"The Walking Dead" enlists Phineas from "Phineas and Ferb"
Will Vincent Martella be playing a zombie?


Anna Faris joins Twitter
Says hubby Chris Pratt: "Welcome darling. Now you can see what I'm always doing with my phone!"


High school student gets in trouble for wearing a "Duck Dynasty" T-shirt
The "I will hurt you physically and metaphysically" shirt was deemed to be threatening by school officials.


Unlike "Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire" puts black characters front and center
Chalky White and Valentin Narcisse are a big part of this season.


"New Girl" creates a fake crosswalk in Hollywood
"Any use of this crosswalk is strictly prohibited," states a sign next to the fake crosswalk.


Louisville newspaper fooled by a letter from "Will McAvoy"
Read the letter quoting from Sunday's "Newsroom" finale. PLUS: Aaron Sorkin's flaw: He can't write anti-heroes.


A "Newsroom" writer's assistant wrote some disturbing Lena Dunham fan fiction
His lengthy screed is titled "Lena Dunham's D*ck."


"Glee's" Heather Morris ready to give birth
Check out her massive baby bump. PLUS: Max Adler is engaged.


Presenting TV's most stylist men
From Don Draper to Jax Teller to Raylan Givens.


Julie Chen: Why "Big Brother" finale didn't focus on the racism controversy
"We wanted the finale to be a celebration of who won," she says, "and not have the spotlight moved away from that person. We didn’t want the whole show to be me scolding the Houseguests."


Henry Winkler's book based on his childhood will be adapted by the BBC
BBC's children's network CBBC will turn "Hank Zipzer: The Worlds' Greatest Underachiever" into a TV show.


"South Park" will livestream all 234 episodes on the web

The countdown to Wednesday's season premiere kicks off today at SouthParkMarathon.com.


Jimmy Kimmel: I am Shasta to David Letterman's Coca-Cola

"I don't compare myself to him because that depresses me," Kimmel says of his idol.


Shiri Appleby joins Lifetime pilot

She'll play a staffer on a reality TV dating show in Marti Noxon's "Unreal."


Janina Gavankar lands on USA

The "True Blood" vet will star opposite Ben Rappaport in "Love is Dead."


"Ray Donovan's" Austin Nichols" is dating an "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star
He is currently romancing Elizabeth Henstridge.


Watch the "Revenge" Season 3 extended promo
The 3rd season kicks off Sept. 29.

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Appreciating 'Dexter,' the drama that changed Showtime forever


Appreciating "Dexter," the drama that changed Showtime forever
"Dexter" helped Showtime get out of HBO's shadow, and it was the first Showtime-owned series to do big business in international markets and home video sales. "It absolutely played a critical role in defining the Showtime brand," says Showtime CEO Matthew Blank. "The brand that is so strong today was not strong at all nine years ago." Thanks to "Dexter," Showtime created shows revolving around outsized characters, from "Nurse Jackie" to "Homeland." PLUS: Why viewers fell for "Dexter," introducing "Dextering," check out a guide to "Dexter" filming locations, and go inside the kill room.


Why did "Dexter's" final season go so wrong?
It's not a stretch to say how terrible this final season has been disappointing, from the Dr. Evelyn Vogel character to Masuka finding his biological daughter.


Showtime boss: We must keep "Dexter" alive via a spinoff
"We're nowhere yet, but I do feel like 'Dexter' is such a core franchise to Showtime," says entertainment president David Nevins. "Arguably, 'Dexter' is to Showtime what Spider-Man is to Sony or Batman is to Warner Bros., so I think it's going to be important for us to keep it alive."


Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter tell of their favorite "Dexter" moments
Says Hall: "There have been so many, but I always come back to Dexter discovering his origin story and doing that face plant into the room full of blood in the 10th episode of the first season."

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'King & Maxwell' canceled after 1 season


"King & Maxwell" canceled after 1 season
The TNT procedural starring Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney won't make it to Season 2.

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Vince Gilligan: Watch 'Breaking Bad' over Emmys, final episodes won't run exactly 75 minutes


Vince Gilligan: Watch "Breaking Bad" over Emmys, final episodes won't run exactly 75 minutes

The "Breaking Bad" creator says the last two episodes will actually run about six to seven minutes past the hour. PLUS: Hank Schrader rises.


"Lost" created a secret document tricking ABC into thinking it was a self-contained series
Four "Lost" writers were enlisted during the pilot to create the document, which promised that the show wouldn't be as mysterious as it ended up being with a less-serialized structure, and that characters would live in a "primitive 'Melrose Place.'" Co-creator Damon Lindelof says the document was created to ensure "Lost's" renewal.


Kelly McGilis is going Amish again for a TV movie
The "Witness" star will play an Amish aunt in "Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio."


NBC Entertainment boss' contract extended throught2017
The Peacock has been making a comeback under Bob Greenblatt's leadership, especially since it just came out that NBC was No. 2 in the 18-49 demo last season.


Jon Hamm is sporting a bushy salt and pepper beard these days

Check out the "Mad Men" star in a photo taken on Thursday.


Taylor Armstrong officially out of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
But she will appear in a few scenes next season.


"The Bachelor" host not dating a former bachelorette
Chris Harrison was spotted in a bar with Season 17's Selma Alameri, but she insists they are just good friends.


"Castle" books "Justified's" Joelle Carter
She'll guest as the girlfriend of a death row inmate.


Jimmy Fallon gives "Wheel of Fortune" contestant who missed out on $1M a 2nd chance
Watch the contestant get redemption.

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Matthew Weiner rules out a 'Mad Men' spinoff, says he was told of split season


Matthew Weiner rules out a "Mad Men" spinoff, says he was told of split season
"It's a strategy from the network and I was told about it," Weiner says of splitting the final season into two halves. "I found a way to work with it. That's all I can say. I think it's an opportunity." As for a spinoff, Weiner says, "There's no chance... when it's done, it's done."


Rebel Wilson's "Super Fun Night" will premiere with Episode 2

The pilot got some unfavorable reviews, so ABC is switching things up.


"Breaking Bad's" finale will be followed by a 1-hour "Talking Bad" with Jimmy Kimmel

"Talking Bad" will air immediately after the finale, and will feature many of the show's casts and alums. Kimmel will also be hosting a Q&A at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Aaron Paul is screening the finale. Also, AMC will air every "Breaking Bad" episode in a marathon starting next week.


Neil Patrick Harris hopes this year's Emmy In Memoriam segment is "not a competition"
This year's In Memoriam won't be "weird" with the audience applauding some of those who have died.


Fox puts soap in "Raising Hope's" mouth

See the promo for Season 4.


Bryan Singer teams with Syfy on a monster drama

"Creature At Bay" will focus on the modern-day "Kaiju" monster.


Happy 65th birthday, George R.R. Martin!
Here are 65 things the "Game of Thrones" honcho has to do.


Melora Hardin heads to "Killer Women"

"The Office" alum will guest as a long-suffering spouse.

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HBO making a film on the Benghazi attack


HBO making a film on the Benghazi attack
Last year's 9/11 terrorist attack is set to become a film from Jerry Weintraub, based on the book "Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi."


"Fringe's" John Noble joins "Sleepy Hollow"

The casting reunites him with "Fringe's" co-creators.


Louis CK and Conan O'Brien remember the launch of "Late Night" in 1993
Check out a picture of the staff 20 years ago, featuring Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel. PLUS: Louis CK rants against smartphones.


See the items from the "Breaking Bad" prop auction
Up for bidding are Walt's underwear, Tuco's grill and "Leaves of Grass."


"Coupling's" Richard Coyle joins John Malkovich on NBC's "Crossbones"

He'll play an undercover assassin in the drama from the creator of "Luther."


TLC orders more "Honey Boo Boo"

Twelve addition episodes have been ordered, plus three specials.


ABC creates a "Modern Family" GIF
See the cast, animated.


Watch the new "American Horror Story" trailer

"Coven" presents "Burn."

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