'The Simpsons” marathon propelled FXX to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo on cable, topping ESPN

'The Simpsons” marathon propelled FXX to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo on cable, topping ESPN

“The Simpsons” marathon propelled FXX to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo on cable, topping ESPN
From Aug. 21 to Sept. 1, FXX averaged 1.3 million viewers with an estimated 25 million sampling some of the marathon. Among total viewers, FXX ranked No. 9 during the marathon.

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'Riddick' alum to play 'Arrow’s' Ra's al Ghul

“Riddick” alum to play “Arrow’s” Ra's al Ghul
Matt Nable will play the leader of the League of Assassins and the father of Nyssa al Ghul.


Mariska Hargitay to get the “Actor’s Studio” treatment
The “SVU” Star will appear on James Lipton’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio” on Sept. 22.


HBO to show the Mick Jagger-produced James Brown documentary
“Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” will air on Oct. 27.


Matthew McConaughey pokes fun at his “True Detective” character in a car ad
Watch him channel Rust Cohle in a Lincoln MKC.

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Joan Rivers is dead at 81

Joan Rivers is dead at 81

Joan Rivers is dead at 81
Melissa Rivers has released a statement saying: "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.” PLUS: Two weeks ago, Joan Rivers took the Ice Bucket Challenge, Three weeks ago, Rivers mourned Robin Williams. Four weeks ago, she was cracking up Seth Meyers. Two months ago, David Letterman walked out on her. Less than six months ago, she returned to “The Tonight Show” after nearly three decades. Read the tributes from celebrities on Twitter, watch Joan with Johnny Carson in 1966, relive her memorable “Louie” appearance, watch the 1986 premiere of “The Late Show with Joan Rivers,” watch the documentary on her life “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” and read her NY Times’ obituary.

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BBC cut a beheading scene from this week’s “Doctor Who”
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BBC cut a beheading scene from this week’s “Doctor Who”

BBC cut a beheading scene from this week’s “Doctor Who”
“In light of recent news events, we have made an edit to episode three out of respect,” says a BBC spokesperson, referring to recent news that journalist Steven Sotloff was executed by ISIS.


Fox is making an event series based on Carrie Underwood’s hit song “Two Black Cadillacs”
Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the six-hour series along with the former “Idol” winner, based on her 2012 hit song about a wife and mistress who conspire to kill the guy they’re both involved with after discovering the affair.


MTV greenlights a Ja Rule family reality show
“Follow the Rules,” from executive producer Queen Latifah, will be like “The Cosby Show” with a rapper as family patriarch.


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David Chase learned a lesson from last week’s 'Sopranos' hubbub, says he feels a 'little competitive' with 'Mad Men'
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David Chase learned a lesson from last week’s 'Sopranos' hubbub, says he feels a 'little competitive' with 'Mad Men'

David Chase learned a lesson from last week’s “Sopranos” hubbub, says he feels a "little competitive" with “Mad Men”
"This has taught me, for good and all, not to befriend any journalist,” “The Sopranos” creator says in a new interview about Vox's story claiming to reveal whether he thought Tony Soprano lived or died. "I got too friendly with her. And I kept saying to her, “You know, this can’t be good that you and I talk to each other and have lunch and coffee. Something’s wrong here,” and she’d say, “No, no, no.” And she meant that—she wasn’t setting me up. It seems like, poor Dave, there’s no way he can win. I don’t recall that conversation. I’m sure it happened, but I don’t recall it, and if I did say that, I believe I was probably thinking about something else.” PLUS: Chase says he feels a “little competitive” with “Mad Men” because Matthew Weiner worked for him, "but I also think it’s just so spectacular.” Chase also says he has yet to complete “Breaking Bad” — "I got into it too late” — or “True Detective."

 

E!’s “Fashion Police” is going on hiatus as Joan Rivers recovers
“We will not be producing a ‘Fashion Police’ this week or next as we await Joan and Melissa’s return in front and behind the camera,” E! said in a statement.


NBC developing a hotel comedy that will air live
The multi-camera comedy from Sean Hayes would also feature live commercials during the breaks.


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'Dancing with the Stars' cast announced: Tommy Chong, Alfonso Ribeiro, Lea Thompson

'Dancing with the Stars' cast announced: Tommy Chong, Alfonso Ribeiro, Lea Thompson

“Dancing with the Stars” cast announced: Tommy Chong, Alfonso Ribeiro, Lea Thompson
They’ll be joined by soap star Antonio Sabato Jr. YouTube sensation Bethany Mota, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, Janel Parrish from “Pretty Little Liars,” Olympian Lolo Jones, “Mean Girls” star Jonathan Bennett, NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, MMA champion Randy Couture, “Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson and PBS host Tavis Smiley.


Report: Barbara Walters will be backstage only for the new “View”
She’ll stay backstage only, according to Roger Friedman, in her role as executive producer.


“Jeopardy!” champion charged with child sexual assault
Jerome Slowik, who won $120,000 on “Jeopardy!,” has pleaded not guilty to second-degree sexual assault of a child, a felony.


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'Utopia' star was booted for smuggling in a smartphone, and looking up the other contestants

'Utopia' star was booted for smuggling in a smartphone, and looking up the other contestants

“Utopia” star was booted for smuggling in a smartphone, and looking up the other contestants
“It was clearly crossing the boundary of what was in her contract and what we thought was creatively important for the show,” says Simon Andreae, chief of Fox’s alternative programming. “So, we sadly had to let her go and that's the sum of it.”


NBC’s “Weight for Love” will have couples lose weight together
The new reality show will be self-contained and different from "The Biggest Loser’s" couples editions.


Lifetime sued over “Happy Face Killer” movie
Daun Slagle, who survived the real-life killing spree, claims the movie wrongfully portrayed her as a prostitute. Her lawsuit contends that the film, which aired in March, left viewers "with the sense that (she) somewhat provoked and/or deserved the attack due to her low character, criminal behavior."


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Bruce Springsteen to make his acting debut on 'Lilyhammer,' which will also get a visit from 'The Sopranos’ alum Tony Sirico
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Bruce Springsteen to make his acting debut on 'Lilyhammer,' which will also get a visit from 'The Sopranos’ alum Tony Sirico

Bruce Springsteen to make his acting debut on “Lilyhammer,” which will also get a visit from “The Sopranos" alum Tony Sirico
Steven Van Zandt will have two reunions on his Netflix series in Season 3. The E Street band member will play a priest who visits Springsteen, who’ll play a mortuary owner in what may be his acting debut. Van Zandt’s former “Sopranos” co-star Sirico, meanwhile, will recur throughout the season.

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'The View’s' new co-hosts: Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace

“The View’s” new co-hosts: Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace
Rosie Perez, who’s set to co-star with Larry David on Broadway, will join for George W. Bush and John McCain aide Nicolle Wallace when “The View” returns Sept. 15, according to Deadline. They’re replacing Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.

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'Game of Thrones’' Bran Stark and Hodor will take next season off
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'Game of Thrones’' Bran Stark and Hodor will take next season off

“Game of Thrones’” Bran Stark and Hodor will take next season off
As Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, explains: "We have a season off and we have a year's hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books.”

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