Whitney Houston’s mom blasts Lifetime’s biopic

Whitney Houston’s mom blasts Lifetime’s biopic
"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections,” Cissy Houston said in a statement.


Judd Apatow books his 15-year-old daughter for “Girls”
Maude Apatow, who already has her own online following, will play a character named Cleo in Season 4.


"Conan" to host the “Orange is the New Black” cast
Monday’s show will feature Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Biggs.


Jon Stewart announces $10 billion Kickstarter to buy CNN
Here’s the pitch: "This $10 billion, all-cash bid for CNN would secure control of a massive television network reaching over 100 million homes in the US alone, which we could then use to rebuild a news organization befitting this proud land. Or more likely we’d use it to make a lot more poop jokes. Either way, you get to watch!”


“Gotham’s” Comic-Con marketing includes its own “police" force, newspaper
San Diego’s mayor will help kick off “Gotham’s” promotional festivities Thursday by riding a Gotham zip line.


“Better Call Saul” billboard spotted in Albuquerque
Who is “Jimmy McGill”?


“Orphan Black” getting a comic book series
IDW Publishing will release the Orphan Black comic book early next year.


“Glee’s” Naya Rivera” is married
The actress married actor Ryan Dorsey in Mexico on Saturday.

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HBO’s 'Westworld' pilot lands Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood

HBO’s “Westworld” pilot lands Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood
J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub are producing the futuristic theme park pilot based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, with Hopkins poised for his first regular TV role.


Elisabeth Rohm joins “Stalker”
The “Law & Order” alum will become a series regular on the CBS drama, taking on another DA role.


FXX promo shows the scary aftermath of “Simpsons World”
This is what happens when 552 episodes are immediately available. PLUS: “Simpsons World” will be blocked in Canada.


“The Mindy Project” taps Rhea Perlman to play Danny’s mom
The “Cheers” alum will recur throughout Season 3.


Regina King is headed to “American Crime”
King is keeping busy on TV, with plans to return to “The Big Bang Theory” and direct an episode of “Scandal.”


“Face Off” returns tonight, eliminating 2 contestants before the contestant even begins
"Oh, my God, the shocked and disappointed faces! I felt so horrible delivering the news,” host McKenzie Westmore says of tonight’s season premiere.


Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts” won’t say if Eleanor Roosevelt was a lesbian
The 14-hour documentary won’t, however, shy away from “the facts,” including Eleanor’s affectionate letters to a female friend.


White House confirms it opted to cancel President Obama’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” visit due to world troubles
White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained: “We ultimately elected not to have the president do that interview over the course of this trip, and that is at least in part related to the  challenges of doing a comedy show in the midst of some of these other more serious matters that the president is dealing with on the  international scene."


Why do “Under the Dome’s” ratings keep falling?
Every episode in Season 2 has had fewer viewers than the previous episode.


“Chuck’s” Sarah Lancaster will recur on “Witches of East End”
Her character’s name: "Raven Moreau.”


How is Terry Crews juggling “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine"?
"We tape five episodes at a time,” says Crews, who’s already taped 75 episodes. "It's not scripted. It's in real time; you're playing a real game with people. So it's not that bad. I do it on hiatus weeks.”


Nathan Lane would like to see “Modern Family” spin off “A Dash of Pepper”
"I think we could do something!” he says of a Pepper Saltzman sitcom.


“Sharknado 2” writer: I wouldn’t call the sharknadoes the “bad guys”
"Who says they're the bad guys?” says Thunder Levin. "I think this question just displays your own prejudices. You're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. So who's to say the sharks aren't taking honorable vengeance on their only predator?”


Jay Leno’s fake George W. Bush once fooled Joe Biden
Dave Berg, author of a new behind-the-scenes book on “The Tonight Show,” recalls the time in 2008 that Biden, then a VP candidate, bumped into Bush impersonator Steve Bridges backstage. “God damn, is that you, George?” Berg recalls Biden saying.


“True Blood” vet to play a Russian agent on “Covert Affairs”
Lynn Collins, who played Dawn on “True Blood,” will cross paths with Piper Perabo.


“NCIS” star Pauley Perrette had to be hospitalized following an allergic reaction to hair dye
Perrette posted a photo of her puffy face after suffering the severe allergic reaction.


“E.T.” mom gets to reunite with Steven Spielberg on “The Whispers”
“It’s great to be reunited with the director who put me on the map,” says Dee Wallace, who played Elliott’s mom.


“True Detective” Season 1 director Cary Fukunaga has no idea what’s going on in Season 2
Fukunaga, who won’t be directing next season, will retain an executive producer credit. Still, he says, “I have the excuse of having been out of the loop, because I’ve been in Africa the last five months.”


“The Fosters” tackles the controversial subject of late-term abortion
Last night’s episode was “really damn sad.”


How the “Seinfeld” Emoji came to be
From the creator of the @Seinfeld2000 Twitter, the “Seinfeld” Emoji are more about his world than the show itself.


“Gotham” will also feature Harvey Dent and Hugo Strange
Both Batman villains should turn up in Season 1.


Check out the “Sherlock” sand castle
Britain’s Sandworld also created an homage to “Doctor Who.”


Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar celebrate their 30th anniversary
See the "19 Kids and Counting” stars on their wedding day.


“Key & Peele’s” crew laughed the hardest at this image
Check out the Comedy Central stars as older women.


“The X Files’” Scully gets a musical tribute
Scully’s love of science has been set to music.


“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” daughter arrested for DUI
Yolanda Foster, 17, was taken into custody early this morning on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Will Ferrell is remaking 'Manimal' for the big screen

Will Ferrell is remaking “Manimal" for the big screen
The 1980s cult TV show about a man who morphs into animals is the latest movie from Ferrell and writing partner Adam McKay.


USA’s “Dig” is leaving Israel
The Middle Eastern drama is relocating in wake of the Gaza violence to Albuquerque, where it’ll explore other locations.


Sen. Ted Cruz responds to “True Blood’s” Cruz bloodbath episode, calls it "misogynist"
"Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO's 'True Blood' vampire show would have to be near the top of the list,” the Texas U.S. senator posted on Facebook. "Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a 'Ted Cruz fundraiser.’ Well, I'm sorry to have lost the vampire vote, but am astonished (and amused) that HBO is suggesting that hard-core leftists are blood-sucking fiends.”


TLC, once known as “The Learning Channel,” now stands for “Tender Loving Care”
The cable network has unveiled a new tagline/: "Everyone needs a little TLC.”


“Downton Abbey” returns to PBS Jan. 4
The British series’ 5th season will once again be delayed, airing months after the UK broadcast. PLUS: What to expect in Season 5.


PBS not worried about “Sherlock” scheduling uncertainty
"We'll be watching for it and putting it in a great slot in the schedule,” says PBS chief Paula Kerger.


PBS will stream all 14 hours of Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts” online
The entire documentary will be posted online one day after the first two installments air on PBS stations.


William Mapother is the latest “Lost” alum to visit “Hawaii Five-0”
Mapother is the 9th “Lost” alum to appear on the CBS drama. PLUS: Evangeline Lilly has written a children’s book.

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Walt Disney will be the subject of a 2-night, 4-hour 'American Experience' special

Walt Disney will be the subject of a 2-night, 4-hour “American Experience” special
PBS will air the special on the American icon in fall 2015.


Hans from “Frozen” is also joining “Once Upon a Time”
Anna’s onetime suitor will be the 4th character from the film to visit the ABC series.


Carrie Preston is returning to “The Good Wife”
She’ll reprise her role as Elsbeth Tascioni in Season 6, but it’s unclear how long she’ll stay.


PBS picks up “Call the Midwife” Season 4, orders “Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story”
The SEALs documentary airing is scheduled for Veteran’s Day. PBS will also explore the brain in the six-part "The Brain With Dr. David Eagleman.”


Craig Bierko will play a reality TV show creator on Lifetime
He’s joining Shiri Appleby on “Un-Real,” which dramatizes the behind-the-scenes world of a reality show production.


Joy Behar doesn’t want to see Sarah Palin on “The View”
"Shouldn't Sarah Palin be turning letters over on some game show at this point? Why is she even relevant?” said the former “View” co-host. PLUS: Jenny McCarthy implied Hillary Clinton is a lesbian on this morning’s “View."


Stephen Colbert-backed author is debuting at No. 3 on the NY Times bestseller list
Edan Lepucki’s “California” debuts at No. 3 on this week’s list.

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Ken Jeong to star in MTV pilot 'Ken Jeong Made Me Do It'

Ken Jeong to star in MTV pilot “Ken Jeong Made Me Do It”
In addition to sticking with “Community,” Jeong will play himself in a comedy in which he mentors a 22-year-old guy on how to man up.


Adam Richman apologizes on “Today” for his Instagram rant
Richman has had to talk to the media to promote his new NBC show “Food Fighters. "Simply put, I got into a silly social media argument, and I lashed out in just a really inappropriate, really crude way, and...I'm incredibly sorry about my actions,” he told Kathie Lee and Hoda.
 

Syfy’s “Killjoys” cast is revealed
The interplanetary bounty hunters series will star "Warehouse 13’s” Aaron Ashmore, "Brothers & Sisters” alum Luke Macfarlane and British actress Hannah John-Kamen.

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Ed Helms, Ed Harris, Hilary Swank are in talks for TV drama 'One Percent' from Alejandro González Iñárritu’

Ed Helms, Ed Harris, Hilary Swank are in talks for TV drama “One Percent” from Alejandro González Iñárritu’
The "Amores perros” director is shopping a drama in which Helms and Swank would play husband-and-wife organic farmers, and Harris would play the family matriarch.


Jimmy Kimmel shows off pics of his new baby
Baby Jane is named after his grandma.


Paula Deen offers a glimpse of The Paula Deen Network
As pre-registration begins, the former Food Network star has made a video of what her fans can expect on her online network.

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'Sons of Anarchy' creator hasn’t figured out how the series will end

“Sons of Anarchy” creator hasn’t figured out how the series will end
“Considering I’m a week-and-a-half behind writing episode 7, it could all change,” creator Kurt Sutter told critics on Monday. “I’ve always had a sense of where I wanted it to go, and I come in each season with a blueprint with the big arcs and mile markers. And I’ve learned over seven seasons the looser I grip that idea the better the seasons are. And this season isn’t any different. I came in with how I wanted the season to end … but things change. It’s always been heading in the same direction, but the way I’m getting there continues to change.” PLUS: A potential prequel would last just 1 season, and Charlie Hunnam doesn’t give a “sh*t” about Emmys.


Fox News: President Obama canceled “surprise" Jimmy Kimmel appearance because it would look bad
Both reps for Kimmel and ABC deny the president is booked for Wednesday, and Fox News is saying the president canceled his appearance due to the crises in Ukraine and Gaza.


TCM to celebrate James Garner’s life with a 24-hour marathon
Twelve of Garner’s films will be shown starting Monday, July 28, including “Grand Prix” and "The Americanization of Emily.” PLUS: Don’t call Garner "TV’s Cary Grant,” and watch Garner look back at his career in an extensive 1999 interview.


A “Nostradamus” drama is in the works starring Joseph Fiennes
The “American Horror Story” alum will play the famous clairvoyant as he looks for revenge on the people who killed his family.


Michigan sheriff dumps orange prisoner jumpsuits, citing the popularity of “Orange is the New Black”
His inmates will now wear black-and-white striped jumpsuits.


Watch a bearded Taylor Lautner on his BBC sitcom “Cuckoo"
Lautner replaces Andy Samberg in the 2nd season of the BBC3 comedy.


Malcolm-Jamal Warner got to ride his own motorcycle on “Sons of Anarchy”
The former “Cosby Show” star says he had to audition for his role as Sticky, but he was allowed to bring use his Harley on screen.


“Fargo’s” Billy Bob Thornton would love to join “Boardwalk Empire,” Alison Tolman wants to visit “New Girl” and “Walking Dead”
"Hopefully something else will come along,” says Thornton. "I don't have another job right now. And I hope the dry spell is not as long this time around."


“Tyrant” will film in Turkey for the rest of Season 1
The FX series had been based in Tel Aviv but relocated to Turkey amid fighting in Gaza. PLUS: FX boss addresses questions about tension with the show’s creator, and producers are still talking to Muslim groups.


University of Virginia is offering a 4-week English seminar on “Game of Thrones”
Says the English professor who is teaching the course: “One of the goals behind this class was to teach students how the skills that we use to study literature are very useful skills for reading literature and TV in conjunction.” PLUS: Watch a compilation of all 4 seasons, and Maisie Williams goes on an anti-British Airways Twitter rant for not letting her use the business-class lounge.


Nelsan Ellis: This week’s “True Blood” contained my 2nd-favorite scene of the series
"I didn’t add a thing,” he says of Lafayette’s speech. PLUS: Nathan Parsons on his scene with Lafayette, about Eric and Pam’s flashback attire, and “True Blood” slams Ted Cruz.


Paula Deen’s new online network debuts Sept. 24
The $100 million-network will give the former Food Network star’s fans a chance to "engage and access Paula and her Southern home cooking, anytime, anywhere -- on computer, smartphone or tablet.”


Happy 50th birthday, David Spade!
The “SNL” alum and star of “Just Shoot Me” and “Rules of Engagement” turns the Big 5-0 on Tuesday. PLUS: An appreciation of “Just Shoot Me."


Elizabeth Berkley has no interest in Lifetime’s “Saved by the Bell” film
"I know nothing about what they are planning,” she tells Us Weekly. "I’m not really curious about it because we know the life we led, and I have no idea what their picture of it is. So who knows!"


Corey Stoll’s “The Strain” wig, explained
Stoll says his wig "helped increase the eccentricity of the character and bring him more into the world. It functions more as a mask."


Why “The Bridge” ditched its serial killer storyline
"The show we have this season was the show I think 'The Bridge' was aching to be,” exec producer Elwood Reid told critics. PLUS: Emily Rios on being gay and playing gay.


Introducing “Smile TV”
This TV set, built by a college student, only works when you smile at it.


John Oliver has proven to be the anti-Piers Morgan
“Fortunately,” says Stephen Marche, "after ten episodes of 'Last Week Tonight' on HBO, John Oliver is now redeeming his countrymen. He's a Brit in America who for once doesn't come off as superior and smug, and who is nonetheless utterly hilarious. 'Last Week Tonight' has developed a new and surprisingly effective form for television: the extended rant.” PLUS: Oliver is taking the "slow food" approach to topical comedy.


"The Bachelorette" is a religious experience, while "The Bachelor" is mere idolatry
That’s according to Elizabeth Wurtzel, who says: "Women are so invested in finding the most perfect man—perfect can be modified by a woman searching for the perfect man—and they are so steeped in the granular particulars of what they want that they are so willing to read relationship guides and self-improvement manuals as part of this quest, and their patience with the process is itself a process that hardly matters except as it pleases a belief system that knows no bounds.”


“The Lottery” has an OK debut
Lifetime’s dystopian reproductive drama attracted 1.1 million viewers.


Is Krusty the Clown the greatest “Simpsons” character ever?
Why you should be outraged by Krusty’s rumored death.


“SNL's” longtime bandleader calls his job “The Lorne Michaels Grant”
Saxophonist Lenny Pickett, who has led the “Saturday Night Live” band since 1995, is releasing his second album.


Check out outtakes from Conan’s Tinder bit with Dave Franco
Is Conan too old to respond to a 20-year-old? PLUS: See Conan's Emmy billboard for “Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda."

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'Fargo' Season 2 will be set in 1979

“Fargo” Season 2 will be set in 1979
The 2nd season will follow the Sioux Falls case Molly Solverson’s dad, Lou, talked about in Season 1. Season 2 will focus on a 33-year-old version of Molly’s dad, plus Molly’s mom, who wasn’t seen in Season 1. PLUS: "Fargo" won't return until at least fall 2015.

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President Obama to visit 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' for the 1st time on Wednesday

President Obama to visit “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for the 1st time on Wednesday
Security will be tight this week since Kimmel tapes on busy Hollywood Blvd, according to TMZ. This will be Obama’s first visit on Kimmel's show. He previously appeared via satellite when he was a candidate amid the 2008 presidential campaign. UPDATE: ABC denies Obama is visiting Kimmel during his L.A. visit.


Lucy Lawless joins "Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
She may play a highly skilled agent named “Mary."


FX passes on Charlie Kaufman comedy “How & Why” starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes
The Oscar-winning writer’s comedy in which Cera plays Hawkes’ boss is already being shopped to other outlets, including Netflix, which has also passed.

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' will be less campy than 'Coven'

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” will be less campy than “Coven”
“Some years it’s going to be big and bright and brash and campy the way ‘Coven' is,” says FX CEO John Landgraf. "Other years it’s going to be dark and brooding—like ‘Asylum' was. I guess I would put 'Freak Show' half-way in between the two.”


FX boss: I think we can do “Fargo” Season 2 without any famous names
“I think it would be nice to have a movie star in the second cycle, but I don't think we need it,” says FX boss John Landgraf. “Frankly, I think we can do it with unknowns.” He added that newcomer Allison Tolman “brought as much to Fargo’s first installment as Billy Bob Thornton did.”


FX boss: “Justified” will get a “fitting” farewell, “Sons of Anarchy” creator’s next show will film in England
FX CEO John Landgraf also said that "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” 10th season will premiere in January. PLUS: Landgraf said W. Kamau Bell’s talk show lacked consistency: “It was brilliant sometimes."


Netflix has 4 Emmy nominations for a documentary that already earned an Oscar nomination
How is Egyptian revolution documentary “The Square” eligible for both?


Fall 2014 sitcom trend: Bearded Best Friend
“Mulaney” has a “BBF," and so does “Marry Me” and “A to Z.” “It’s strange that I keep seeing me in different TV shows,” says “Mulaney’s” BBF Zack Pearlman. "It’s funny that everybody caught on to the same trend, but I’m happy to be part of it.”


“The Simpsons” offers a taste of the “Simpsons World” App
The new “Simpsons” portal will allow you to watch any episode, or any of your favorite scenes.  You can even create “Simpsons” playlists.


Watch BBC America’s full trailer for “Intruders” starring Mira Sorvino
The drama about people chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others premieres Aug. 23.


“The Client List’s” Brian Hallisay joins “Revenge”
He’ll play a character named Ben, as he does currently on “Mistresses.”

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