Charlie Sheen is attempting to be part of 'Two and a Half Men’s' send-off
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Charlie Sheen is attempting to be part of 'Two and a Half Men’s' send-off

'Madam Secretary' debuts to 14.3 million, 'The Good Wife' has its lowest-ever premiere

Charlie Sheen is attempting to be part of “Two and a Half Men’s” send-off
"I've reached out to them and they've reached back,” Sheen tells TV Guide. "We're trying to figure out what makes the most sense. If they figure it out like I've presented it to them and they want to include me in some final send-off, I'm available and I'm showing up early. If not, it's on them."


“Madam Secretary” debuts to 14.3 million, “The Good Wife” has its lowest-ever premiere
The Tea Leoni drama, however, only attracted only a small number very important young viewers, while “The Good Wife” was down 13% from last season’s premiere.


NY Times public editor calls Shonda Rhimes “angry black woman” article "astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch”
Public editor Margaret Sullivan is investigating how that piece TV critic Alessandra Stanley ended up in the paper.


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'South Park' aired a Washington Redskins-skewering commercial during the Redskins game
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'South Park' aired a Washington Redskins-skewering commercial during the Redskins game

'The Daily Show' created a showdown between Native Americans and Redskins fans

“South Park” aired a Washington Redskins-skewering commercial during the Redskins game
“When I named my company Washington Redskins, it was out of deep appreciation for your team and your people,” Cartman says in the one-minute ad for the new “South Park” season that will likely include a parody of the team’s name.


“The Daily Show” created a showdown between Native Americans and Redskins fans
Four diehard fans of the Washington Redskins agreed to be mocked by correspondent Jason Jones for a Sept. 13 taping. But they were surprised to be confronted by a larger group of Native American activists. “This goes way beyond mocking. Poking fun is one thing, but that’s not what happened,” said one of the fans who agreed to “The Daily Show” appearance. “The Daily Show” has yet to air the segment.


Eric the Actor, a diehard “American Idol” fan who parlayed phoning the Howard Stern show into TV guest roles, is dead at 39
Eric Lynch, a wheelchair-bound little person with a short life expectancy who was also known by the offensive nickname “Eric the Midget,” first called the Stern show in 2002 to defend Kelly Clarkson when the shock jock described her as ugly. Lynch would go on to become a frequent caller, especially to defend all things “Idol,” who at one time hosted an “American Idol” wrap-up show for Stern’s Sirius channel. (Stern also introduced him to his "Idol" crush, Diana DeGarmo.) TV producers took notice and gave Eric the Actor cameos on “American Dreams,” plus “Fringe,” and “In Plain Sight.” He even stopped by Jimmy Kimmel, one of Eric the Actor’s biggest fans. PLUS: Andy Cohen, “God" and Jonah Hill pay tribute to Eric the Actor.


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Colin Farrell tells an Irish newspaper he's doing 'True Detective' Season 2
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Colin Farrell tells an Irish newspaper he's doing 'True Detective' Season 2

Colin Farrell tells an Irish newspaper he's doing "True Detective" Season 2
HBO hasn't confirmed his casting, but Ireland's Sunday World quotes him as saying, “I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited. I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot.”

'The Good Wife' is even better in Season 6
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'The Good Wife' is even better in Season 6

NY Times TV critic blames Twitter for the backlash to her 'Angry Black Woman' Shonda Rhimes article

“The Good Wife” is even better in Season 6
The CBS series is, says Willa Paskin, "in almost unheard of shape for a drama heading into the latter stages of middle age. By Seasons 7 or 8, most series are thinking about retirement, or ought to be. Typically they’ve been flagging for years, the vim and vigor of their youth long since mellowed. But 'The Good Wife' does not know from flagging. As it begins its sixth season, it is sharper than it has ever been, the ageless, wiry athlete sprinting circles around other dramas, tacitly talking trash. 'Anything you can do, I can do 22 times a year, without cursing, without much violence, and without a hoity-toity cable-TV address,”'it winks, as it runs by in some impeccably tailored workout gear. 'The Good Wife,' a delectable, invigorating series of unprecedented depth and cynicism, is the best drama on TV.” PLUS: There will be a big secret revealed on the season premiere, and does Will’s death still loom large?


Neil Armstrong’s life story will be told in a TNT miniseries
The first man to walk on the moon will be the subject of “One Giant Leap” from a writer on “The Earth to the Moon” and “Apollo 13."


NY Times TV critic blames Twitter for the backlash to her “Angry Black Woman” Shonda Rhimes article
“The whole point of the piece — once you read past the first 140 characters — is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype,” TV critic Alessandra Stanley said in a statement issued by The Times.


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E!’s 'Fashion Police' will continue without Joan Rivers
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E!’s 'Fashion Police' will continue without Joan Rivers

E!’s “Fashion Police” will continue without Joan Rivers
E! announced today that “Fashion Police” will be back in 2015, starting with Golden Globes coverage in January. No further details about a possible replacement for Rivers were announced.

HBO's Joe Paterno film starring Al Pacino is on hold
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HBO's Joe Paterno film starring Al Pacino is on hold

Report: Jim Carrey to host 'SNL' sometime this fall

HBO's Joe Paterno film starring Al Pacino is on hold
“Happy Valley,” which would’ve reunited Pacino with “Scarface” director Brian de Palma,” has been in the works for nearly two years. It would’ve chronicled the life of the legendary Penn State football coach, whose tenure ended in a child molestation controversy. HBO says the project is on hold, but not dead: “We have not killed the project, so to say so inaccurate. We have suspended pre-production for a moment to deal with budget issues, but the project is still intact at HBO with the entire creative team as before.”


Report: Jim Carrey to host “SNL” sometime this fall
Carrey is expected to host to promote “Dumb and Dumber To,” which comes out Nov. 14, according to The Wrap. Carrey previously hosted in 1996 and 2011.

ABC, NBC, CBS break into programming to cover NFL Commissioner’s press conference as a 'Special Report'
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ABC, NBC, CBS break into programming to cover NFL Commissioner’s press conference as a 'Special Report'

Why Shonda Rhimes isn’t an 'angry black woman'

ABC, NBC, CBS break into programming to cover NFL Commissioner’s press conference as a “Special Report”
The NFL's domestic violence controversy has become so significant that the three major networks broke into their regular programming to air Roger Goodell’s 3 pm ET press conference live. UPDATE: Howard Stern writer Benjy Bronk interrupted the press conference and yelled, "Don't put me in the elevator."


Why Shonda Rhimes isn’t an “angry black woman”
"To understand Rhimes’ work as a reclamation and redefinition of the phrase 'angry black woman' is to take an extremely narrow, arguably undermining view of what she has accomplished,” says Willa Paskin. "It would be far more accurate to say that, in her work, Rhimes has embraced and subverted the stereotype of the career-first woman and the mistress than that of the 'angry black woman,' but even these reclamation projects are selling Rhimes’ achievements short. Rhimes has not just re-framed the stereotype of the “angry black woman,” she has blown open what black female characters are allowed to do on television, including, most importantly, fronting a TV show.”


Shonda Rhimes’ TV stars stick up for her on Twitter
Ellen Pompeo tweeted the NY Times: "you set the world back with a review of a television show based around the RACE of the lead. Is the show good tv or not?” Joshua Malina tweeted, "Wow. Did I just read a @nytimes piece that reduced my brilliant, creative, compassionate, thoughtful, badass boss to an 'angry black woman?’” And Kerry Washington also tweeted the NY Times.


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'Supergirl' lands a series commitment from CBS
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'Supergirl' lands a series commitment from CBS

Shonda Rhimes blasts New York Times for calling her an 'angry black woman'

“Supergirl” lands a series commitment from CBS
The DC Comics heroine will star in a series from Greg Berlanti, who's produced "Arrow," "The Flash," "Green Lantern" and "No Ordinary Family." As Deadline points out, "While CBS may look as a surprising home for a younger-skewing superhero drama, it was the only broadcast network without a comic book series. Additionally, CBS has been making a push in female-lead dramas with 'Extant,' 'Madam Secretary' and 'CSI: Cyber' joining staple 'The Good Wife.'"


Shonda Rhimes blasts New York Times for calling her an “angry black woman”
“When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman,’” TV critic Alessandra Stanley wrote in a critique of “How to Get Away with Murder” — which, as Rhimes notes, was created by a white guy named Pete Nowalk. In a series of tweets, Rhimes points out that the article singles her out for her black female characters while ignoring the rantings of her white females (including Meredith and Addison). Rhimes also wasn’t happy that the article labeled her a “romance writer.” She tweeteed: "Wait. I’m’ angry' AND a ROMANCE WRITER?!! I'm going to need to put down  the internet and go dance this one out. Because ish is getting real."


Report: NBC promotes Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir to No. 1 figure skating broadcast team
That means the end for Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic, whose future with NBC Sports is uncertain. Says Hamilton: "I always had the best interests of skating and the skaters at heart. I never wanted it to be about me, and I still don't. I wish them great success.”


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Jon Stewart sings 'I Will Remember You' in 'tribute' to Michael Che’s 3-months at 'Daily Show'
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Jon Stewart sings 'I Will Remember You' in 'tribute' to Michael Che’s 3-months at 'Daily Show'

Happy 40th birthday, Jimmy Fallon!

Jon Stewart sings “I will remember you” in "tribute" to Michael Che’s 3-month “Daily Show” stint
Che, who begins his “SNL” Weekend Update co-hosting job next week, got an elaborate mock sendoff from Stewart, who noted Che worked for him for a total of 58 business days.


Happy 40th birthday, Jimmy Fallon!
“The Tonight Show” host today enters his 40s. PLUS: Fallon and Billy Crystal share Robin Williams stories.


“ER” premiered 20 years ago today
The last huge network drama, which drew more than 30 million viewers per week, debuted on a Tuesday with a two-hour pilot.


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President Obama paid tribute to Joan Rivers in a hand-written note
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President Obama paid tribute to Joan Rivers in a hand-written note

“The Simpsons” boss: The killed-off character won’t be resurrected

President Obama paid tribute to Joan Rivers in a hand-written note
That’s according to Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa, who said in a “Fashion Police” special that the president’s note read, “Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think.” PLUS: PBS will show Joan Rivers documentary “A Piece of Work” next week as part of “American Masters,” Rivers’ doctor denies taking a selfie.


“The Simpsons” boss: The killed-off character won’t be resurrected
The season premiere won’t pull a “Family Guy.” “When we kill ‘em, they stay dead,” says exec producer Al Jean.


National Latino Media Council gives ABC a “mediocre” grade thanks in part to “The Bachelor” Juan Pablo
ABC has the most Latino actors, writers and producers, yet it was categorized as “mediocre” in terms of Latino representation — along with CBS and Fox — for the casting of a Latino “Bachelor” who "ended up perpetuating stereotypes with his sexist and homophobic remarks.” Meanwhile, NBC had the highest grade of the four major networks, a "Mediocre/Good grade," because it "showed great improvement with Latino actors in scripted roles and cast members in unscripted roles.”


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