'Louie' returns up

“Louie” returns up
Season 4’s first two episodes were up 19% over the Season 3 average, attracting about 941,000 viewers.

Larry King: "I am glad I am not at CNN now with this missing plane”
The former CNN star says his former network made a mistake going overboard on its missing plane coverage and he says CNN boss Jeff Zucker is wrong to declare interview shows dead.

Watch a “Grey’s Anatomy” tribute to Cristina and Meredith
One of the best depictions of friendship on TV.

NBC orders a 2nd edition of Ryan Seacrest’s iHeartRadio Music Awards
Last week’s telecast brought in only “so-so” ratings.

Starz renews “Da Vinci’s Demons,” developing “Blackbirds”
The Leonardo da Vinci series will be back for a 3rd season under new showrunner John Shiban, who is also developing a the series “Blackbirds” based on the novels by Chuck Wendig about a female runaway who can see how and when you die by touching you.

A new Muppets TV show?
The co-writer of the recent Muppet movies says there’s talk of bringing back the Muppets for a variety show.

Why would "Dancing" let Abby Lee Miller guest-judge?
Ratings fell for last night’s episode, featuring the controversial “Dance Moms” star, who didn’t add much to the show.

“Downton Abbey” losing another cast member
Lily James has committed instead to the new “Cinderella” film.

Kiefer Sutherland is dating actress Sofia Karstens
Karstens, who appears on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” is separated from Jason London.

“Sleepy Hollow” adds Timothy Busfield to play Benjamin Franklin
“The West Wing” alum will recur on the CW series.

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'Friends' is still influential on the 10 anniversary of its series finale

“Friends” is still influential on the 10 anniversary of its series finale
The "untraditional, improvisatory families” that “Friends” celebrated are now staples on television, from “Modern Family” to “Trophy Wife.” “Friends” even had a gay wedding during its run. PLUS: “Friends” season finale marked the end of NBC’s dominance, and “Friends” gave 20-somethings unrealistic expectations.

Billy Eichner to star in USA pilot “Difficult People” from producer Amy Poehler
Poehler is teaming with her fellow “Parks and Rec” employee and his “Billy on the Street” writer Julia Klausner for a comedy about two friends in NYC who hate everybody.

“The Maya Rudolph Show”: Watch the 1st promo
“I am also here,” sings Andy Samberg.

John Oliver’s set includes a “Game of Thrones” castle
If you take a close look at the background of “Last Week Tonight," you can see where Stannis Baratheon hangs out. PLUS: Oliver got a letter from juice maker he described as making “dog juice.”

W. Kamau Bell weighs in on “SNL” Leslie Jones controversy: "When I watched the bit I kept thinking about white people”
"I was thinking about the white people who (I’m sure) make up the vast majority of SNL’s studio audience,” he explains, "the white people who (definitely) make up the vast majority of the TV audience, and the white person (Colin Jost) who was sitting next to Leslie during the bit. I took a scientific poll of myself, and I determined that it just felt like too many white people were watching her bit. Especially for a bit as potentially (and actually) incendiary as the one Leslie did. I didn’t trust that those white people understood the historic context behind the bit. I didn’t trust that it wouldn’t lead to frat boys walking up to black women with Afros and saying, 'I’d totally do you over Lupita Nyong’o!… Hey! Where you going?’ IMHO, context is what made Leslie Jones’s bit seem weird to some (like me) and offensive to others.” PLUS: Good on Lorne Michaels and the writing staff for allowing Jones to go there, this kind of comedy about slavery has been done many times before.

“24” producers explain the "Live Another Day" similarities to Edward Snowden
"As we looked at Edward Snowden and the NSA, we realized Chloe herself is as much a fugitive as Jack is,” says exec producer Manny Coto. "She's the one who closed down the satellite at the end of season eight, which allowed Jack to escape.” PLUS: “24” seems to be taking its cues from “Homeland,” and “24: Live Another Day” is the perfect reboot for newbies.

Yvonne Strahovski talks about appearing last night on “24” and “Louie”
She says her “Louie” role was “slightly terrifying,” while she had to binge-watch Seasons 1 and 8 of “24” to get to know who Jack Bauer was since she had never watched the show before. PLUS: Is Strahovski’s character a female Jack Bauer?

IFC announces a new logo and slogan
“Always On, Slightly Off” is IFC’s new motto.

Washington, D.C. councilman: “Scandal” would be willing to shoot in D.C. if given incentives
Councilman Vincent Orange says if the ABC drama is given the funding, it’ll shoot some Season 4 scenes in August. “Scandal” usually uses L.A. to portray D.C.

Louis CK urged critics not to write about the opening scene in the “Louie” premiere
But why that scene? PLUS: The season premiere was based on a true story.

American TV viewers watch just 9% of the TV channels available to them
Nielsen found that the average U.S. TV home receives 189 TV channels, but only 17 to 18 of them are watched.

Tony Goldwyn’s “The Divide” gets a WEtv premiere date
The legal drama starring Marin Ireland, Damon Gupton, Clarke Peters and Nia Long debuts July 23.

Jon Hamm recalls his “24” alum prom date, and working as softcore porn set-dresser while filming that dating show
Hamm gets the Vanity Fair cover treatment. He recalls dating Sarah Clarke, who had a crush on Paul Rudd in high school — resulting in a "Paul Rudd–Jon Hamm showdown."

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'24' does well for Fox, but was down 29% from its last season premiere

“24” does well for Fox, but was down 29% from its last season premiere
About 8 million viewers watched the two-hour premiere of “Live Another Day."

“Game of Thrones” hits yet another series high with 7.2 million viewers
The success of “Game of Thrones” bolstered “Veep” and “Silicon Valley,” which reached season highs Sunday.

Brad Paisley to judge ABC’s “Rising Star”
Paisley is the first big name ABC has been able to grab after rejections from Gwen Stefani, Pitbull and Luke Bryan.

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ABC extends 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' through January 2017

ABC extends “Jimmy Kimmel Live” through January 2017
The two-season extension comes as Kimmel’s show has seen a 16% boost in total ratings. The new deal ends after Kimmel’s 14th year on air.

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NBC yanks 'Believe' and 'Crisis' from the final Sunday of May sweeps

NBC yanks “Believe” and “Crisis” from the final Sunday of May sweeps
Both freshman series look to be dead, as the Peacock has decided to replace them with a “Women of SNL” rerun.

Jimmy Kimmel pits Julia Roberts vs. Sally Field in “Celebrity Curse Off”
Watch the two Oscar winners battle it out in their use of profanity.

“Friends” ended 10 years ago today
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the “Friends” series finale, check out 27 rare photos from the first season, which aired nearly 20 years ago.

“Orange is the New Black” promotes 2
Nick Sandow and Selenis Leyva will become series regulars in Season 3.

It’s official: Seth Meyers will revive rejected “SNL” sketches
“Second Chance Theater” kicks off May 13 on “Late Night” with Will Forte and “Jenjamin Franklin.”

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Watch the 1st trailer for Batman prequel 'Gotham'

Watch the 1st trailer for Batman prequel “Gotham”
See the younger versions of Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon, The Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman.

Spike Lee’s 1st movie “She’s Gotta Have It” is set to become a Showtime series
Lee will produce a contemporary adaptation of the 1986 film about three women and her lovers.

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'New Girl' promotes Damon Wayans Jr. to series regular

“New Girl” promotes Damon Wayans Jr. to series regular
Coach will be back full-time in Season 4.

In defense of Leslie Jones' controversial “SNL” Weekend Update slavery monologue
Jones made a very good point about being black and beautiful, says Roxane Gay, who adds: "I have watched the clip several times now. Beyond the surface of the joke, I see pain. I see rage. I see a woman speaking her truth.” PLUS: Jones is guilty of not being funny, Jones' skit could’ve been brilliant, and the problem is it feels like the skit panders to a white audience at the expense of black people.

Ex-“Idol” champ Scott McCreery was the victim of a home invasion robbery
Police say three gunmen broke into McCreery’s home early this morning new North Carolina State University, where he is a student.

Mindy Kaling interviews Billy Crystal
What happened "When Harry met Mindy"?

Canadian newspaper advice columnist fooled by a “Breaking Bad”-inspired letter
A letter to columnist Miss Lonelyhearts began: "I’ve been happily married to my husband for 15 years; however, he was recently diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer..."

“Seinfeld” gets a Junior Mints Game, with a theme song from Vampire Weekend singer
The folks at @Seinfeld2000 got Ezra Koenig to sing “Seinfeld’s” famous bass line.

Luke Perry: "I think reality TV sucks for the most part”
"It's put so many writers out of business and put so many actors out of work that it's changed the face of entertainment,” says the former “Beverly Hills 90210” star. "As a guy who has grown up making his living making primetime television – get that reality s––– out of here and give more writers and actors a chance to make shows that people will watch."

Brands use Twitter to tie themselves to hit shows like “Game of Thrones”
Bud Light has name-dropped Arya, while Tim Hortons has unveiled “GoT”-themed dragon egg donuts.

Don’t expect Seth Meyers to host “SNL” anytime soon
“I would like to put that a little bit farther in the future, mostly because I don’t think I’d be very good at it,” says Meyers of possibly hosting “Saturday Night Live." “It would be a thing I wouldn’t be able to say no to. Like (Andy) Samberg will be great when he does it for the season finale — that’s a no-brainer. It’s a some-brainer for me.” PLUS: Donald Trump slams Meyers’ “stumbling & mumbling” interviewing skills.

“Modern Family” star Ariel Winter’s mom reaches agreement in guardianship case
The 16-year-old actress will continue to live with her sister.

How this week’s “Game of Thrones” debunked accusations of rampant misogyny
Last night’s episode flipped the misogynist comments on its head. PLUS: Last night was an ode to the women of Westeros, and “Hodor” recounts his big scene.

Mike Judge says shooting last night’s “Silicon Valley” was "awful and tragic. A bummer on many levels”
Judge says following the death of Christopher Evan Welch, he and his writers decided not to replace him. Instead, they wrote around him. "There are scenes that he would have been in where there are now allusions to his being elsewhere,” says co-exec producer Alec Berg.

“The Tomorrow People” optimistic about a Season 2
Exec producer Phil Klemmer talks about tonight’s finale and what to expect if the CW series is renewed.

CW orders web series “Park Rangers” and “Whose Line is it Minis”
“Park Rangers” follows two aspiring park rangers in Griffith Park, while “Minis” condenses  “Whose Line is it Anyway?” episodes down to two minutes.

“Saved by the Bell’s” Lark Voorhies looks very different
Did she have a makeup malfunction?

Tom Bergeron has maintained his friendship with Brooke Burke-Charvet
In fact, the “Dancing with the Stars” host is having dinner with his former co-host this week.

Why “The Big Bang Theory” is TV’s No. 1 show
Its use of an apartment setting, real chains and Chuck Lorre are among the reasons why so many people flock to CBS on Thursdays at 8. PLUS: Jim Parsons says “Big Bang” is so successful because nobody changes.

New PBS Digital shows include “Frankenstein M.D.” and “Pancake Mountain”
PBS has also ordered “Bongo Bongo” and “Food Buzz” as web series.

“Mad Men” vs. “2001: A Space Odyssey”
Last night’s episode contained many allusions to the Stanley Kubrick film.

“America’s Got Talent” stars wear suits for their first trailer of the season
NBC is promising the “most mind-blowing season."

“SNL” posts another cut sketch
Check out Bobby Moynihan as “Janet” with Andrew Garfield. PLUS: Moynihan talks about his “SNL” spaghetti-eating ritual.

MTV teases the return of “Catfish”
Watch a preview of the Season 3 premiere.

Jimmy Kimmel has his own wine
Check out the “Kimmel Wine” bottle that was sent to Howard Stern.

Stephen King: “The Americans,” “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy” have put the movies to shame
King tweeted over the weekend: "After watching THE AMERICANS, SOA, and BREAKING BAD, I have to say most movies are starting to look old-fashioned and way behind the curve.”

“Don’t Trust the B” star Dreama Walker joins Amazon pilot “Cocked”
She’ll play Sam Trammell’s illegitimate daughter. PLUS: “Masters of Sex” adds Jocko Sims.

“Homeland” next season will be "mostly a Carrie story”
Showrunner Alex Gansa says, though: “Saul figures into the narrative in a very, very important way.”

Check out The WB’’s unaired 2001 pilot “Electra-Woman and Dyna Girl”
The remake of the 1970s superhero show starring Markie Posdt came amid “Buffy” mania.

Rick Grimes & Walter White stage an “Epic Rap Battle”
Watch the two AMC anti-heroes have a hip-hop face-off.

“Full House” gets the horror trailer treatment
Watch the creepy Danny Tanner.

See new pics of Simon Cowell’s son Eric
Cowell tweeted: “Very handsome like his dad."

“Louie” feels amazingly confident in Season 4
“Every line and shot and cut keenly judged,” says Matt Zoller Seitz, "every segment exactly the right length, every shift in tone expertly navigated. A lot of its surety might come from its creator realizing that he's been doing this for several years now and it's not new to us anymore. He doesn't have to hold our hands and ease us into anything. He can just do it.” PLUS: Did “Girls” inspire one of tonight’s episodes?, “Louie” isn’t a sitcom, drama or dramedy, and FX was smart to air 2 shows a week this season.

“24” hasn’t changed much, for better or worse
Sure, there is a new setting, half its normal 24 episodes and a new storyline involving drones and anti-surveillance groups. But everything else is the same: "If you want a 24 very much like the show that went off the air in 2010,” says James Poniewozik, "it will please you; if you’ve forgotten much about the show in the intervening four years, it might surprise you. Otherwise, 24 is very much 24, even if this one only adds up to 12.” PLUS: “Live Another Day” does a good job of trying to figure out where Jack Bauer belongs in this political era, it’s always good to see an old friend, 24 questions answered, Mary Lynn Rajskub on Chloe’s new role, and “24” now resembles its copycats like “Hostages” and “The Following.”

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Fox greenlights Batman prequel 'Gotham'

Fox greenlights Batman prequel “Gotham”
“Gotham” starring Ben McKenzie as James Gordon will be on next season’s Fox schedule. Fox describes the series as “an origin story of the great DC Comics super-villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.”

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Nobody's leaving 'NCIS'

Nobody's leaving "NCIS"
CBS is closing deals or has closed deals with every cast member whose contract is expiring at the end of this season, according to TV Line.

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'The Comeback' is officially coming back for 6 episodes

“The Comeback” is officially coming back for 6 episodes
HBO announced a “limited series” of six episodes starring Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish 10 years after the first series left off.

CW announces “Veronica Mars” spinoff web series, starring Ryan Hansen
“Play It Again, Dick” will be shown on CW Seed and will be co-written by “Veronica” creator Rob Thomas.

WGN America renews “Salem”
The witch drama will be back for Season 2.

Jay Leno now a protester
The former “Tonight Show” host spent this morning protesting the Sultan of Brunei in front of the Beverly Hilton over his harsh Islamic laws. “What year is this? 1814? It’s 2014,” said Leno.

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