Miss America pageant responds to John Oliver’s 'Last Week Tonight' takedown
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Miss America pageant responds to John Oliver’s 'Last Week Tonight' takedown

'Super Creepy Rob Lowe' stars in a DirecTV ad

Miss America pageant responds to John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” takedown
The Miss America Organization said it was common practice to advertise the total figure offered for scholarships rather than what is actually being spent.


TruTV, the cable network formerly known as Court TV, is rebranding itself for comedy
The Turner cable network will introduce a “way more fun” tagline next month, plus four new comedies.


“Super Creepy Rob Lowe” stars in a DirecTV ad
Also meet the balding "Less Attractive Rob Lowe."


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'Gotham' debuts strong, 'Big Bang' dominates Monday night, 'Scorpion' scores 14 million
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'Gotham' debuts strong, 'Big Bang' dominates Monday night, 'Scorpion' scores 14 million

Years ending in 4 tend to be TV game-changers — will the same happen this year?

“Gotham” debuts strong, “Big Bang” dominates night, “Scorpion” scores 14 million
The Batman prequel gave Fox its best Monday launch since “Prison Break” in 2005, attracting 8 million viewers. Meanwhile, “The Voice” dropped, and so did “Dancing with the Stars” and “Sleepy Hollow.” ABC’s “Forever” brought in 8.3 million, while “The Blacklist” returned strong.


Years ending in "4" tend to be TV game-changers — will the same happen this year?
The “Rule of 4” is the reason there are so many big anniversaries this year, from “The Cosby Show’s” 30th to "Friends'" 20th to “Lost’s” 10th to “Gilligan’s Island’s” 50th."


TMZ: “SNL” is wrong to call our Kenan Thompson leaving report “incredibly inaccurate”
Says TMZ: “SNL says our story is ‘inaccurate as the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season.’ But as we reported … this is not an SNL decision — it’s Kenan’s decision, and we know he’s already made it.”


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How much damage will 'Big Bang Theory' do on Mondays?
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How much damage will 'Big Bang Theory' do on Mondays?

'The Walking Dead' unveils its official Season 5 trailer

How much damage will “The Big Bang Theory” do on Monday nights?
“Big Bang’s” temporary new Monday home could have widespread consequences, not just with “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Voice” but also Fox’s launch of “Gotham” and the return of “Sleepy Hollow.” The thing is “Big Bang” viewers like to watch their show live, so its competitors may end up on the DVR. PLUS: What to expect in Season 8.


“Fashion Police's" Joan Rivers tribute delivers its biggest audience ever
A record 1.1 million watched the 90-minute special on Friday night.


“The Walking Dead” unveils its official Season 5 trailer
“It’s not over till they’re all dead.”


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'Police Academy' stars to reunite for Syfy’s lava-spewing tarantula film 'Lavalantula'
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'Police Academy' stars to reunite for Syfy’s lava-spewing tarantula film 'Lavalantula'

'SNL' calls report of Kenan Thompson leaving 'inaccurate' because casting decisions won’t be made until the season's end

“Police Academy” stars to reunite for Syfy’s lava-spewing tarantula film “Lavalantula"
Giant fire-breathing tarantulas will attack Los Angeles in a film starring “Police Academy” veterans Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow and Leslie Easterbrook, plus Nia Peeples.


“SNL” calls report of Kenan Thompson leaving “inaccurate” because casting decisions won’t be made until the season's end
An "SNL" spokesperson didn't directly address TMZ's report that Thompson was planning to leave after last season, but is now intent on exiting after this, his 12th, season.


“Angry black woman” NY Times TV critic: “I feel bad” about readers’ misinterpretation of my praise for Shonda Rhimes
"In the review,” explains Alessandra Stanley, "I referenced a painful and insidious stereotype solely in order to praise Ms. Rhimes and her shows for traveling so far from it. If making that connection between the two offended people, I feel bad about that. But I think that a full reading allows for a different takeaway than the loudest critics took.” PLUS: 30 Shonda Rhimes stars responded to the NY Times article.


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Report: Kenan Thompson plans to leave 'SNL' after this, his 12th, season
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Report: Kenan Thompson plans to leave 'SNL' after this, his 12th, season

Heads up: 'Veronica Mars is celebrating a 10th anniversary today

Report: Kenan Thompson to leave “SNL” after this, his 12th, season
Thompson, who joined the cast in 2003, planned to leave last season but Lorne Michaels convinced him to stay due to the high cast turnover, according to TMZ. After this season, Thompson will tie for the 3rd-longest "Saturday Night Live" tenure with Al Franken -- Seth Meyers is 2nd, Darrell Hammond is 1st.


Warner Bros. TV denies Charlie Sheen’s claim they are talking about a “Two and a Half Men” return
Sheen had told TV Guide, "I've reached out to them and they've reached back. We’re trying to figure out what makes the most sense.”


“Veronica Mars” is also celebrating a 10th anniversary today
“Veronica Mars” and “Lost” premiered on the same night, Sept. 22, 2004.


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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.”

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'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.

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