The new 'View': Bold, intelligent and kind of boring
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The new 'View': Bold, intelligent and kind of boring

The new “View”: Bold, intelligent and kind of boring
The revamped panel of “The View” is everything we’ve always wanted — problem is, that’s boring, says Kevin Fallon. “After so many years of vilifying Elisabeth Hasselbeck for her extreme conservative points of views, lampooning the harpy nature of the panel’s clucking hens, and clamoring for a roundtable of smart and respected hosts who never posed for Playboy, this current View is almost unrecognizable,” he says. "Yes, we got everything we thought we wanted in a new ‘View.' But now we should wonder whether we should have wanted it in the first place. Because this respectable, illuminating View was also—let’s face it—kind of boring.” PLUS: Nicolle Wallace is behaving too much like a political strategist, it was a flawed but promising start, and Rosie was barefoot.


“Utopia” gets a big DVR boost
The 2nd episode of the disappointing Fox reality show saw its 2nd episode ratings jump 56% when accounting for DVR viewership.


“True Detective” Season 2: Jessica Biel? Malin Akerman? Rosario Dawson?
According to The Wrap, those three are among seven actresses now vying for the Season 2 lead female role.


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New 'SNL' cast member Pete Davidson is the son of an FDNY firefighter killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11
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New 'SNL' cast member Pete Davidson is the son of an FDNY firefighter killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11

New “SNL” cast member Pete Davidson is the son of an FDNY firefighter killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11
Pete Davidson was 7 years old when he lost his father, Scott Davidson, to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In fact, Davidson tweeted in memory of his father and his fallen colleagues from Ladder 118, Engine 205 last Thursday. The elder Davidson was part of a Brooklyn Heights-based ladder company that responded to the World Trade Center after the second plane hit. "It is believed they were on the 15th floor in the north tower, on the way up, when the building collapsed,” Pete Davidson’s grandfather told the Staten Island Advance newspaper back in 2001 in a profile of Scott Davidson that ran one month after the tragedy. Today, the Staten Island Advance caught up with Pete, who said of joining "Saturday Night Live": "I'm freaking out a little but I'm excited. It’s such a crazy thing you never thought would ever happen."

'Sons of Anarchy’s' final season premiere was the most-watched episode in FX history
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'Sons of Anarchy’s' final season premiere was the most-watched episode in FX history

“Sons of Anarchy’s” final season premiere was the most-watched episode in FX history
Accounting for DVR viewers, 9.25 million tuned in for the Season 7 premiere.


“Conan” devoting a week to George Harrison
Beck, Norah Jones and Harrison’s son Dhani will perform the late Beatle’s songs the week of Sept. 22-25, as part of a promotion for the re-release of Harrison’s first six solo albums.


“Daredevil” adds Scott Glenn
The recent “Leftovers” vet is the latest big name to join Marvel’s Netflix series.


HBO orders “Factory Man” miniseries from producer Tom Hanks
Hanks tweeted about Beth Macy’s book "Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local – And Helped Save An American Town” this summer, and now he’s producing a miniseries based on that book.

Spike TV to air tribute to 'Cops' crew member killed during filming
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Spike TV to air tribute to 'Cops' crew member killed during filming

Spike TV to air tribute to “Cops” crew member killed during filming
The special, airing Saturday, will pay tribute to Bryce Dion, a longtime audio technician with the show.


Jimmy Kimmel and Carson Daly sell ABC a comedy loosely based on Daly’s life
Daly, who once was Kimmel's 18-year-old intern at a Palm Springs radio station, is producing with Kimmel writing the project, about a popular VJ who "loses it all and is forced to move back in with his parents and take a job as host of a local radio 'morning zoo.’"


Listen to Mindy Kaling talk to Howard Stern about her dating past
“The Mindy Project” honcho spent this morning talking about juggling her sitcom jobs, her brief stint writing for “SNL,” and her past romances. PLUS: Shonda Rhimes’ “Mindy Project” role revealed, and Kaling says she “misspoke” about abortion being too serious for sitcoms.


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The revamped 'View' kicks off with the kissing of Barbara Walters’ ring
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The revamped 'View' kicks off with the kissing of Barbara Walters’ ring

The revamped "View” kicks off with the kissing of Barbara Walters’ ring
Walters wore a crown as Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell joined newbies Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez in kissing Walters’ ring.


“SNL” newbie: Pete Davidson: “I don’t even know what race I am"
With the racial makeup of the cast a hot topic, Davidson has said in his standup act that “I’m all miscellaneous in the face,” implying that he’s multiracial — though his race wasn’t brought up in a recent Q&A. Meanwhile, “SNL” has had several famous mixed-race alumni who've been able to play multiple races, including Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph and Rob Schneider.


“A Different World” cast reunite on OWN
Watch a preview of the Oct. 26 episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?,” featuring the cast of “The Cosby Show” spinoff.


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'SNL' adds 20-year-old standup comic Pete Davidson, demotes featured player Mike O’Brien
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'SNL' adds 20-year-old standup comic Pete Davidson, demotes featured player Mike O’Brien

“SNL” adds 20-year-old standup comic Pete Davidson, demotes featured player Mike O’Brien
Mike O’Brien, a longtime "SNL" writer who is being moved back to the writer’s room after a one-year stint as featured player, becomes the fourth of the six cast members hired last fall who  won't return for the Season 40 cast (The two remaining are Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett from the Good Neighbor sketch comedy group). Davidson, a "real New Yorker" who turns 21 in November, will become the only featured player hired this season. He is also the first "SNL" cast member born in the '90s. PLUS: Watch Davidson perform standup on “Jimmy Kimmel Live" earlier this year, and everything you need to know about Davidson, including his stint on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."


VH1 renews “Dating Naked”
A whole new crop of couples will get together for Season 2.

Luke Perry is joining 'CSI: Cyber'
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Luke Perry is joining 'CSI: Cyber'

Luke Perry is joining “CSI: Cyber”
The former “Beverly Hills 90210” star will play a former FBI agent-turned-“futurist” who knows about Patricia Arquette’s character’s past.


“Hell on Wheels” shocker, explained
Showrunner John Wirth says of last night’s episode: “I got to say it wasn’t the easiest thing for me to do."


Lea Michele reveals she’ll sing the “Frozen” song on “Glee”
Michele on Friday tweeted out the lyrics to “Let it Go.”


Lauren Conrad weds
“The Hills” star tired the knot Saturday with boyfriend William Tell.

Benjamin McKenzie suffered a 'Gotham' head injury on his 36th birthday
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Benjamin McKenzie suffered a 'Gotham' head injury on his 36th birthday

Benjamin McKenzie suffered a “Gotham” head injury on his birthday
"Happy Birthday to me,” the actor wrote on Instagram. "Fight sequence gone awry. Don't ram your head into concrete pillars kids. #gotham.” McKenzie is expected to be back at work on Monday.


“Orange is the New Black” writer left her husband for an actress on the show
Lauren Morelli, who joined the Netflix series as a writer soon after her marriage, realized through the writing process that she’s a lesbian. And now she’s dating Samira Wiley, AKA Poussey.


“Barney Miller” co-creator dies
Theodore J. Flicker wrote the pilot "The Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller,” which ABC aired in 1974. The pilot paved the way for the hit series, which ran from 1975 to 1982.

Cecily Strong reacts to leaving 'SNL’s' Weekend Update desk
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Cecily Strong reacts to leaving 'SNL’s' Weekend Update desk

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Cecily Strong reacts to leaving “SNL’s” Weekend Update desk
"I don't see this as me leaving update,” she wrote on Instagram,
"just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I'm better at. Unless you are just a person who enjoys being angry or sad. Then I guess play on, playa. Also, I danced.” PLUS: Why a woman is needed on “Update."


“Utopia” plummets yet again
The 3rd airing of the year-long “reality experiment" slipped to 2 million viewers.


Watch Conan, Weird Al and more sing at “The Simpsons” at the Hollywood Bowl
Conan O’Brien performed "The Monorail Song."

ABC is moving forward with its Chevy Chase-Beverly D’Angelo comedy
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ABC is moving forward with its Chevy Chase-Beverly D’Angelo comedy

ABC is moving forward with its Chevy Chase-Beverly D’Angelo comedy
The proposed comedy reuniting the “National Lampoon's Vacation” stars has received a script commitment from ABC and ABC Studios.


“The Office’s” Angela Kinsey signs on for an ABC buddy comedy
Kinsey will also co-create the comedy about an ex-wife who becomes BFFs with her ex-husband’s new girlfriend.


“Nashville” gets Mykelti Williamson to sing
The “Forrest Gump” star will play a brilliant musician-turned-nomad over four episodes on the ABC series.


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