Lifetime making a Whitney Houston movie directed by Angela Bassett

Lifetime making a Whitney Houston movie directed by Angela Bassett
Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in “Waiting to Exhale,” won’t star in the film but could play another role. The film will focus on Whitney Houston’s relationship with Bobby Brown. Says Bassett: "I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and  accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story.”

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'Mental athletes' to star in a Memory Test TV show

“Mental athletes” to star in a Memory Test TV show
Dick Clark Productions is developing what it calls "the greatest test of memory in the world.”

NBC will air an Edward Snowden primetime special next week
Brian Williams is in Moscow conducting the former NSA contractor’s first American TV interview, which will air May 28 at 10 pm.

“The Shield’s” Michael Jace formally charged with murder
Jace is expected to be arraigned this afternoon for the shooting death of his wife — and could face 50 years to life in prison if convicted.

WEtv orders an exorcist horror series with Eli Roth attached
“South of Hell” revolves around a “stunning, 30-year-old demon-hunter-for-higher” in Savannah, Georgia. Roth is on board to direct the pilot and serve as executive producer.

A new Phil Robertson anti-gay sermon surfaces weeks before “Duck Dynasty” returns for Season 6
During a recent Easter sermon, Robertson said, “The news media didn’t even know it was a verse!… They thought I was just mouthing off. ‘Is homosexual behavior a sin?’ the (GQ interview) guy asked me. I said, ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived.’"

L.A. Times reporter: “The Bachelorette” banned me for being “too negative”
The newspaper has stopped its coverage of the ABC reality show after it banned reporter Amy Kaufman from covering the show’s conference calls and events. PLUS: Watch Amy Schumer take on “The Bachelorette,” and Andi Dorfman thinks there are zero gay guys this season.

Catholic school principal apologizes for allowing Ellen DeGeneres’ photo on school dance invitations
"Perhaps I was distracted by the Oscar,” but Ellen is a “poor role model” who "lives her life outside the teachings of the Catholic Church,” the principal, Nancy Matteo, wrote in a letter to parents. She requested that they return the invitations so she could destroy them.

Meryl Davis addresses her “chemistry” with Maksim on “Dancing"
"I think the friendship we have and the relationship we built through the course of the show definitely helped us establish it on the dance floor as well,” she says.

Jessica Chastain: That false “True Detective” rumor was “an awkward thing”
“It’s an awkward thing because when all that attention happens it takes away from whoever plays the role,” said Chastain, who describes herself as a “big fan” of the series.

“Orange is the New Black” is coming out with a cookbook
Learn how to make Prison Pad Thai.

Disney Channel unveils a new logo
See the cable channel’s “less boxy” new look.

TBS orders more of Howie Mandel’s “Deal With It”
The hidden-camera show will return with 10 more episodes.

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'Idol' edges out 'Survivor'

“Idol” edges out “Survivor”
The first season finale battle of the two enduring reality shows ended with “American Idol” scoring 10.1 million viewers to “Survivor’s” 9.5 million. “Modern Family” topped the night with 10.2 million viewers. PLUS: Watch Ryan Seacrest sing on the “Idol” finale.

Watch a preview of Jerry Seinfeld's “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” Season 4
Seinfeld is back June 19 with Aziz Ansari, Jon Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Klein and George Wallace.

Check out Tina Fey and Amy Poehler roasting Don Rickles
Plus, more clips from Spike TV’s All-Star salute to the legendary comedian.

“Silicon Valley’s” T.J. Miller may have been spotted near a D.C. murder scene
Miller, or somebody who looks just like him, was photographed watching the aftermath of a 7-year-old girl's shooting death on Tuesday night.

Dr. Phil gets boost from V. Stiviano
The Donald Sterling controversy figure helped Dr. Phil’s rating jump 73% on Wednesday.

Syfy acquires “Spartacus” reruns
All 39 episodes of the Starz series will begin airing on Syfy, starting June 26.

“Joe Millionaire” winner weighs in on “I Wanna Marry Harry”
Zora Andrich (now Sabrina) writes: "Just when I thought they've covered every reality show idea ... Fox is at it again! I suppose it has been a decade, so in all fairness, a good deceptive reality show was due." PLUS: 1st eliminated contestant had no idea what Prince Harry looked like.

HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic adds Mo’Nique and Khandi Alexander
They’ll co-star opposite Queen Latifah in the biopic on the iconic blues singer.

Watch the trailer for “Rectify” Season 2
The Sundance series returns on June 19.

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'Survivor' is going to Nicaragua for a 'Blood vs. Water' season of brand-new contestants

“Survivor” is going to Nicaragua for a “Blood vs. Water” season of brand-new contestants
“We really listened to people saying, ‘Oh my gosh, we love new players again,” says Jeff Probst. "This is so fresh and it feels so good,’” says the host. “And we went down the road with a couple of different ways to do Blood vs. Water, and we started casting it, and started finding really good people, and then more good people, and then it became a very easy decision to go with a completely new cast."

Stephen Colbert lands an interview with reclusive author Philip Roth
The 81-year-old Roth will sit down for an “extended interview” with Colbert in July for “cOlbert Book Club."

Jimmy Kimmel gets Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone to read mean tweets
Watch the 7th installment of "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets."

Jerry Seinfeld wanted Chris Rock to replace Letterman -- Aziz Ansari, Jon Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker booked for “Comedians in Cars”
“I was trying to convince him to take it. He says, ‘Absolutely no possible way,’” Seinfeld tells GQ of trying to get his good friend Chris Rock to audition for “The Late Show.” Seinfeld also revealed that Ansari, Stewart and Parker, he will get coffee next season with Robert Klein and George Wallace.

“The Americans” didn’t want the audience to be ahead of Phillip and Elizabeth
Addressing the season finale twist, creator Joe Weisberg says: "It's a story we really believed in because it made emotional sense to us on every level and that's why we did it. It's funny, the whole season we were waiting and watching to see if anybody is going to get onto it. When you know it, you're worried that maybe it's visible and people are going to figure it out. We were nervous because we didn't want the surprise spoiled.” PLUS: How producers tackled the wig problem, who will be back next season?, it’s special when a great TV season has a great finale, the finale’s big moment felt like an exposition-dump, this was the Season of Paige, what a brilliant stroke, is Elizabeth a bad mother?, Noah Emmerich was shocked by the finale, and this was the best season of TV this year — better than “True Detective."

Conan O’Brien helps Norm Macdonald audition for “The Late Late Show”
Watch Macdonald bomb in his attempt to fill in for Conan.

“Modern Family’s” shouldn’t aired “The Wedding” as 1 complete episode
The two-part season finale would’ve worked better as a one-hour episode. But felt disjointed as a two-parter. PLUS: Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Eric Stonestreet film an “Important Message” for Jimmy Kimmel.

“Pretty Little Liars” star: “OF COURSE WE WERE” photoshopped for GQ
The ABC Family stars posed in bikinis, and looked a little too perfect. Troian Bellesario took to Instagram to address the controversy: "that’s a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for. Great. Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it's not real," she declared.”

“Chicago P.D.” has a satisfying season finale
Last night’s episode revealed Lindsay’s past.

Caleb Johnson wins “American Idol”
The Season 13 winner divided some fans.

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Why is 'Game of Thrones' heading to Spain?

Why is “Game of Thrones” heading to Spain?
The HBO series is scouting the Andalucia region of Spain, which would become its 7th country to be used for filming. PLUS: The 10 most shocking characters that could be killed off, the science of “GoT,” what “GoT” would look like as a Disney movie, and the “GoT” creators were “two American Jews in Dublin” when they first met in 1995.

ABC’s newly picked-up “Forever” drama accused of stealing
Warner Bros TV received a letter claiming that the supernatural series “sounds rather similar” to “Forever,” a 2004 supernatural novel by Pete Hamill.

Could “The Americans” let the Russians win?
Noted historian Edward Jay Epstein weighs in on whether an alternate-universe scenario of the Russians winning could actually work on the FX series. PLUS: “The Americans” composer is influenced by scores from the late ’70s and early ‘80s, the Russian-speaking cast members speak Russian when cameras aren’t rolling, and Margo Martindale on juggling “The Millers” and “The Americans."

Allison Tolman was binging on “Breaking Bad” while filming “Fargo”
While watching “Breaking Bad,” Tolman said to herself, “Man, this is great, we have really good timing. There’ll be a lot of people sad that this show is gone and we’re gonna be able to fill that void.” PLUS: Watch Key & Peele on “Fargo."

Charlie Sheen to serve as a guest analyst on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight”
Sheen, a lifelong Reds fan, be part of the broadcast booth for “Sunday Night Countdown” between the Reds and Cardinals.

Pat Sajak: It was a parody!
Responding to the outrage over his equating “global warming alarmists” to “unpatriotic racists,” the “Wheel of Fortune” host tweeted this afternoon: "As most of you know, original Tweet was intended to parody the name-calling directed at climate skeptics. Hyperbole.”

Claire Danes recalls filming a “Homeland” sex scene while 7 1/2 months pregnant
"At the very end, I was a month and a half shy of popping, and I was doing a romantic scene,” Danes says as part of The Hollywood Reporter’s drama actress roundtable.

Julianna Margulies felt like “sloppy thirds” when she was approached after Ashley Judd rejected “The Good Wife”
In a Hollywood Reporter Emmy roundtable of drama actresses, Margulies said she wanted to hate “The Good Wife” script, "because, you know, f— you, you didn’t want me to begin with. And I’m like your sloppy thirds.” PLUS: Why “The Good Wife” was so great this season.

“Parks and Rec” boss addresses the final season, jokes about a spinoff of “The Sappersteins"
Exec producer Michael Schur also says he’s mulling an Andy and April baby.

Zeljko Ivanek promoted at “Madam Secretary”
The “Damages” alum will be a series regular as chief of staff to the president of the United States.

Jon Hamm tanks in his 1st leading movie role
“Million Dollar Arm” only brought in $10.5 million in its first weekend.

Will Letterman and Leno get Emmy nominated?
David Letterman’s impending retirement and Jay Leno’s exit could shake up the Emmy race this year. PLUS: Leno is enjoying retirement.

18-year-old high school girl receives gobs of media attention for being attractive on TV during the NBA Draft
Mallory Edens, the daughter of the Milwaukee Bucks owner, was so attractive she merited stories in the Washington Post and L.A. Times.

Has Louis CK become the male comic version of Oprah?
His pontificating on various issues has made him seem like "a kind of self-help guru, peddling pat life advice vaguely dressed up as jokes,” says Soraya Roberts.

Female Charlie Day fans can’t explain their attraction
Why are women attracted to the “It’s Always Sunny” star (and commencement speaker extraordinaire)? "Day is intensely charismatic, funny and cute,” as Madeleine Davies explains. Plus, "He has what seems to be a very sweet relationship with his wife Mary Elizabeth Ellis … and he's incredibly gifted musically.”

“Orange is the New Black” writer: I realized I was gay while working on the show
Five months after marrying a man, Lauren Morelli writes, "I flew to New York to start production on my first episode of ‘Orange,' and from that moment on my life fell into a parallel rhythm with Piper's story in a way that went from interesting to terrifying in a matter of months."

How “Catfish” works: Everybody meets with a therapist at the end
The production process begins with casting the liars first.

Letterman accused of being transphobic
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch’s” John Cameron Mitchell says "David wouldn’t shake my hand” when he performed as a woman on “The Late Show” a while back.

“Modern Family” co-creator: Even anti-gay marriage people give Mitch & Cam “a pass to a certain extent”
Christopher Lloyd says criticism of this week’s wedding has mostly been muted. PLUS: Everybody was emotional during filming of the wedding, and Ty Burrell wrote a love letter to Salt Lake City.

“The Voice” champ Josh Kaufman psyched to perform with The Roots on “The Tonight Show”
"I'm getting to sing with the Roots, so that's a pretty big deal,” he says.

“Major Crimes” recruits “Review’s” Andy Daly and “Alphas’” Azita Ghanizada
They’ll guest in Season 3.

Why “Gang Related” isn't "Gang-Related" (with a hyphen)
Producers “just forgot" to add a hyphen in the title.

How to watch the “Girl Meets World” premiere now
The “Boy Meets World” spinoff debuts on June 27, but you can watch it now if you have the right cable provider. PLUS: Here's the first review.

Watch Aimee Mann and Ted Leo cover TV theme songs
They recently rocked through everything from “Community” to “WKRP in Cincinnati” to “Orange is the New Black."

“Broadchurch” Season 2 casts Charlotte Rampling, plus “Torchwood” and “Without a Trace” stars
The UK series is returning with Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eve Myles and James D’arcy.

Mike Myers says he was “very proud” to be standing next to Kanye West 9 years ago
Myers if finally commenting on that Hurricane Katrina fundraiser from 2005, in which Kanye said: "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

For sale: "Twin Peaks”-themed shower curtains
For $68, you can get Laura Palmer or Dale Cooper shower curtains.

“Pretty Little Liars” creator to tackle "The Merciless”
The upcoming horror novel from Danielle Vega is being adapted by I. Marlene King.

Headless Horseman will be back on “Sleepy Hollow”
Neil Jackson has been promoted to series regular next season.

Nikki Reed files for divorce from ex-“Idol” Paul McDonald
The “Twilight” star cites irreconcilable differences in their marriage, which began in October 2011.

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Why 'Survivor' endures

Why “Survivor” endures
"The show’s blueprint for longevity and success,” says Dalton Ross, "lies in its ability to reinvent itself every single season while retaining elements of the original formula — physical challenges, Tribal Council, the dopey catchphrase 'The tribe has spoken' — that fans know and love. Because you have a new cast every season, there is always a brand new dynamic at play. It’s like pouring 18 to 20 different chemicals into a test tube, shaking it up, and seeing what happens. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. But that’s what’s so genius about the formula: even if one season ends up being a dud, CBS gets to hit the reset button when it’s all over and start anew.” PLUS: Jeff Probst on whether All-stars will be brought back, and Probst considers the past 4 seasons in the Top 10 of all “Survivor” seasons.

“Suits” adds Neal McDonough
He’ll play an SEC investigator who investigates wrongdoing at Pearson Specter.

Singing shows are sinking: As “The Voice” disappoints, “Idol” had a disastrous night
“The Voice’s” ratings last night were way down from the last two seasons, while “American Idol’s” final performance show was watched by just 6.6 million, which as Josef Adalian notes was "the least-watched episode in the show’s history. Not the least-watched finale, but the least-watched episode, period, going all the way back to when the show was an infant in 2002, and (some) real human beings voted for Justin Guarini instead of Kelly Clarkson."

Shark Week this summer will include “Air Jaws” and “Alien Sharks”
This year’s Shark Week, which kicks off Aug. 10, will also highlight unusual sharks like mutant sharks and sharks that glow in the dark.

The New Mexico Law Review is publishing a special “Breaking Bad” issue
The journal from the University of New Mexico School of Law’s special issue will tackle such topics as "Ethical Duties of Lawyers to Clients Involved in Drugs or Sophisticated Crimes.” PLUS: Vince Gilligan may direct commercials.

“West Wing” fan created a detailed website devoted to Season 2, Episode 18
Jon White’s website devoted to "17 People,” the 40th episode of the NBC drama, argues that that episode is the greatest hour of TV ever created.

Fox posts a farewell to “Almost Human” video
Watch one last look at the canceled robot cop series.

“Shameless” crosses out the “drama” in its Emmy ad
The Showtime series is now competing for best comedy.

Ben Savage is getting a “Girl Meets World” little brother
“The Glades” alum Uriah Shelton will play Cory’s little brother, known as “Uncle Joshua,” in the holiday episode.

Syfy’s “Dominion” poster inspired by Banksy
Just like Banksy subverts classical paintings, the Syfy series based on the film “Legion” uses the classic image of an angel in a contemporary gunfight.

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E! extends Giuliana Rancic for 2 more years

E! extends Giuliana Rancic for 2 more years
Rancic will continue in her role as E! News anchor, plus she’ll continue doing her various other E! shows.

Facebook’s mobile app can now recognize TV shows playing nearby
The app can recognize a TV show within 15 seconds, allowing users to tell their Facebook friends what they’re watching — without spoilers.

“Dancing’s” Len Goodman: “Hopefully” I’ll be back next season
Goodman, whose contract is up, said during the show, "This might be my last season, and if it is, I couldn't wish for a better dance to watch to finish up with.” Backstage, though, Goodman said when a PA told him he wished he’d be back, responded: “Hopefully I will.” PLUS: Maksim has not decided if he’ll return.

Watch the trailer for the Roger Ebert documentary
“Life Itself” premieres on video on demand and in theaters on July 4.

“Mad Men’s” James Wolk responds to the fake “Benson” spinoff
He also talked about juggling this week’s episode while working on “The Crazy Ones.”

Ex-“Idol” finalist has been an “Idol” backup singer all season
Season 8’s Allison Iraheta has been spending all season singing backup for Rickey Minor’s band. "This guy has been paying my rent,” she says. PLUS: Tonight’s finale will feature all judges performing together for the first time.

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Bill Hader is coming to HBO

Bill Hader is coming to HBO
The “SNL” alum has signed an exclusive deal to create and star in his own HBO series.

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'I Wanna Marry Harry' bombs

“I Wanna Marry Harry” bombs
Just 2.1 million viewers watched the fake Prince Harry reality show. PLUS: “The Voice” hits a finale low, while “Dancing” was down.

“The Shield’s” Michael Jace and his family were considered “The Huxtables on the block”
Neighbors say they are shocked by the events that took place on Monday night.

“Sharknado 2” will debut worldwide within the same day
Syfy will roll out the “Sharknado” sequel in 86 countries within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere.

Glenn Howerton had “a lot of fun” filming last night’s “Fargo”
Last night’s episode fulfilled a childhood dream.

HBO shows hit Amazon Prime
“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood” are among the offerings now available.

Jon Stewart rails against Philly food
Watch “The Daily Show” host melt down over Ryne Samberg’s claim he got food poisoning from Shake Shack.

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HBO, Jessica Chastain shoot down 'True Detective' report

HBO, Jessica Chastain shoot down “True Detective” report
Chastain’s reps say she’s not doing the series, while HBO says she was never offered the role.

“Community’s” Gillian Jacobs joins “Girls”
She’ll recur in Season 4, starting with Episode 5, as a character named Mimi-Rose in an episode titled “Mimi-Rose.”

Chris Bukowski: “The Bachelorette” staged my “surprise” appearance
"They made it seem like they didn't know I was coming, but they knew,” he tells TMZ.

Report: Rachel Bilson is pregnant
The “Hart of Dixie” star is expecting her first child with boyfriend Hayden Christensen, according to Us Weekly.

Stephen Colbert grills “Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner
Is he ending the AMC series because he’s afraid of ‘70s fashion?

Conan O’Brien takes a samurai sword to the gut
Watch his fake stabbing.

Seth Meyers apologizes for his ‘90s hair
And his ‘90s goatee.

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