Report: Barbara Walters won’t have much influence over the new 'View'

Report: Barbara Walters won’t have much influence over the new “View”
Walters will still retain the title of creator and executive producer. But with the departure of her longtime producer Bill Geddie, it’ll be ABC who will be calling the shots. According to The Daily Beast, it was ABC execs who decided to bring back Rosie O’Donnell.


Shonda Rhimes: “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 11 will kick off “about 24 hours” after Season 10, “maybe”
“It’s really a Meredith-centric season,” says Rhimes of Meredith still reeling from the loss of Cristina Yang. “She’s lost her ‘person,’ her (half-)sister has shown up, her husband is chafing to go someplace else…”


How Larry Wilmore will transition from “Black-ish” to Comedy Central's “The Minority Report”
Wilmore, executive producer on the ABC sitcom, will work on it as it breaks its first 12 episodes. Then it’s Comedy Central full-time.


“Doctor Who’s” 50th anniversary episode gets a Lego makeover
Every Doctor is represented in this short Lego film.


Laurence Fishburne will juggle “Hannibal” and “Black-ish” by not appearing in every episode of both shows
"I'm not going to do a full season of 'Hannibal' this year, and I'm not going to do a full season of 'Black-ish,' which will keep me free enough for both, to have fun and to contribute as best I can,” says Fishburne. "It's not a problem. It works out just fine."


Harrison’s “Scandal” fate revealed
"It's safe to assume that Harrison has met his end,” Shonda Rhimes says of Columbus Short’s character. PLUS: Scott Foley expecting his 3rd child.


Jon Stewart gives Hillary Clinton a mock career-aptitude test
"This can you help you decide if you even want this job,” said “The Daily Show” host.


Carlton Cuse vs. Damon Lindelof: Which former “Lost” boss is winning?
While Lindelof is out with “The Leftovers,” Cuse has “The Strain” and “Bates Motel.” PLUS: “The Leftovers” mirrors one fan’s religious journey.


ABC’s “Black-ish” will celebrate black more as a culture than as a race
Exec producer Larry Wilmore says: “At heart it’s a family show,”  he says, while creator Kenya Barris explains: “The show is about a black family – not about a family that happens to be black.”


Adam Richman calls Instagram snafu “a wake-up call”
Travel Channel may have pulled “Man Finds Food,” but Richman hopes to make a comeback with his new NBC show “Food Fighters.”


“Game of Thrones” announces (mostly new) Season 5 directors
Four of the five directors, including “Breaking Bad’s” Michael Slovis, are new to the HBO series.


“The Walking Dead” is building a 15-foot wall around an Atlanta neighborhood
Ten homes will be walled off from the rest of the community for filming this fall.


Ben McKenzie narrates new “Gotham” trailer
“This is my city.”


Watch the “Hell on Wheels” Season 4 trailer
The tagline for the season premiere: “Hell ain’t civilized.”


“Tyrant” books Leslie Hope
The “24” alum is already guesting on another FX show, “The Strain.”


GSN orders game show “The Line”
Contestants in various cities will line up to compete for prizes, and to go to the head of the line.


NYPD officers apologize to “OITNB’s” Taylor Schilling for inadvertently scaring her
Turns out the officers were fans when they pulled up and shouted her name.


“24” alum John Boyd joins “Bones”
He’ll play Booth’s protégé.


Lifetime renews “Little Women: LA”
The little person reality show will return for a 2nd season.


“Grimm” adds an “OITNB” alum
Elizabeth Rodriguez will play Special Agent Chavez.


Joe Manganiello teaches Conan O’Brien how to strip
Watch Conan’s “Magic Mike” lesson.


Nick and Vanessa Lachey are expecting their 2nd child
The former VH1 and MTV stars announced they’re having a girl.

'SNL' dumps 2 more: Noël Wells and John Milhiser

“SNL” dumps 2 more: Noël Wells and John Milhiser
With Brooks Wheelan's departure, that means just half of the six featured players hired before last season survived to next season. Wells is famous for her Lena Dunham impression, while Milhiser had the least screen time of all the new cast members. Meanwhile, the future of writer-turned-featured player Mike O’Brien, who’s dating Weekend Update’s Cecily Strong, is up in the air, with the possibility of him returning to the writing staff, according to Deadline. PLUS: Jon Cryer will miss Milhiser, his impersonator.


Nasim Pedrad won't return to "SNL" due to "Mulaney"
Pedrad will still stay connected to Lorne Michaels, who's producing "Mulaney."

Shonda Rhimes has no plans to end 'Grey’s Anatomy,' or to add a new character to 'Scandal'

Shonda Rhimes has no plans to end “Grey’s Anatomy,” or to add a new character to “Scandal”
Asked about ending “Grey’s,” which enters its 11th season next year, Rhimes responded: "Right now, as long as I am still interested in what happens next, I am not thinking about that.” She also said that there are no plans to add a new Gladiator in the wake of Columbus Short’s exit.


Shonda Rhimes didn’t consider a Twitter hashtag when coming up with the “How to Get Away With Murder” title
Should the hashtag be #HowToGetAwayWithMurder or #HTGAWM?


ABC defends its push for diverse shows
“When they come in with real specificity … when they bring you authentic, relatable stories, you really have no other choice than to pick them up,” ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee says. “When I watch ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ when I watch ‘Black-ish,’ when I watch ‘Cristela,’ I am one of those families.”


Erin Andrews reacts to her ascension to NFL on Fox’s No. 1 sideline reporter
"I know I have huge, huge shoes to fill,” she says of replacing Pam Oliver, adding: "I can't thank her enough for being a wonderful role model. This is not going to be easy for me."


“Selfie” creator sticks up for using a “provocative” word for her title
“It becomes a descriptive word for us,” says exec producer Emily Kapnek. "It felt natural to keep it as the title of the show.”


Watch “The Wonder Years” stars reunite
Cast members appeared together this morning on “GMA."


“Masters of Sex” returns slightly down, "Ray Donovan" has an impressive return
The Season 2 premiere attracted 825,000 viewers in its first airing Sunday. Meanwhile, "Ray Donovan's" numbers were about steady without the benefit of a "Dexter" lead-in.


ABC “a little disappointed” with “Rising Star’s” ratings
But ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee adds: “I think they learned on the roll extremely well, and the episodes now are really high quality.”


ABC pressed on why “The Goldbergs” isn’t more Jewish
Responded ABC’s Paul Lee: “I don’t think there’s anybody in the country who watches The Goldbergs who doesn’t think it’s a show about a Jewish family; I think it’s pretty explicit."


ABC regrets not airing spinoff “Wonderland” in “Once Upon a Time’s” timeslot
"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” might have stood a chance had it aired during “Once Upon a Time’s” hiatus, instead of on Thursday nights, said ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee. PLUS: There are no plans for a “Frozen” spinoff, and ABC is “loving” the new “Agents of SHIELD” scripts.


Joss Whedon follows up his “Buffy” drawing with a “Firefly” napkin drawing
Check out “Firefly: The New Lame Drawing."


"The Hotwives of Orlando” hits Hulu
Will the “Real Housewives” sendup starring Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal and Casey Wilson put Hulu on the map?

ABC unveils fall premiere dates

ABC unveils fall premiere dates
“Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” return Sept. 25, and “Selfie” premieres Sept. 30.

'24: Live Another Day' wraps with 6.5 million viewers

“24: Live Another Day” wraps with 6.5 million viewers
The finale was up 8% from last week.


TV binge-watchers are more receptive of ads, study finds
Binging viewers are apparently more tolerant of advertising — as long as it lowers their subscription rate.


Craig Ferguson to also moderate “The Big Bang Theory” panel at Comic-Con
"My system for getting a hotel room during #SDCC2014 is becoming known,” tweeted Ferguson, who will also moderate the “Game of Thrones” panel.


“The Strain” debuts to 3 million viewers
That’s 42% better than FX’s recent premiere of “Tyrant.”


How other fired “SNL”-ers bounced back
Everybody from Sarah Silverman to Damon Wayans to Robert Downey Jr. has been fired by the NBC sketch comedy show.


Pierce Brosnan teams with Spike TV on “The Crusaders”
The event series follows two different knights who visit the Holy Land from Scotland for different reasons.


Adult Swim inks a new deal with Aaron McGruder
The cable network calls “The Boondocks” and “Black Jesus” creator "very instrumental in the success of Adult Swim.”


Creator of the fake “American Horror Story: Freak Show” teaser says “it was a total blast”
Kellen Moore, who began work on the 20-second promo in March, says "it was a total blast having the opportunity to put my stamp on a brand and television show I love and respect.”


“Gotham” will spend each week teasing The Joker
Each episode will introduce a character who may or may not be The Joker.


“Teen Beach Movie 2” cast revealed
Which of the stars will be back from the original Disney Channel movie?


Watch a “Game of Thrones” visual effects reel on the finale fight
Here’s how the snowy finale fight scene was made. PLUS: Check out a mind-blowing theory on Jon Snow’s parents.


Judge tosses lawsuit from the Kramer who inspired “Seinfeld”
Kenny Kramer had sued fellow comedian Fred Stoller, whom he accused of defaming him as a homophobe in his memoir.


“Sharknado 2” previewed with "Shark-tinis" and inflatable sharks
Critics at the press tour were treated last night to a “Sharknado 2” pool party.

'24' seriously considered killing off Jack Bauer

“24” seriously considered killing off Jack Bauer
As exec producer Howard Gordon explains, "This has always been a show that is really about the days and the life of this man and no day is probably as intense as a person’s last day. So killing Jack was something that was intriguing to us all but it had to be done just right. And that didn’t present itself to us.” PLUS: How producers arrived at that ending, Tzi Ma says: "You couldn't ask for anything better,” “Live Another Day” was a terrific season of TV, Kiefer Sutherland deserves credit for the powerful finale, and this season played like “Jack Bauer’s Greatest Hits."


Facebook to begin tracking its users’ TV habits for Nielsen
Starting this fall, Facebook will track users who watch TV via their cellphone or tablet.


Judd Apatow tells fired “SNL”-er Brooks Wheelan he’ll have a Robert Downey Jr.-type post-"SNL" career
Downey was let go from “Saturday Night Live,” too. Wheelan’s response: "thanks man! I'm gonna take this time to formally submit myself for the Ironman reboot in 2021 and the Chaplin reboot in 2032."


Matt Lauer & Savannah Guthrie did the “Today” show this morning from Howard Stern’s studio
Matt and Savannah did a simulcast this morning from the shock jock’s couch.


Jenny McCarthy calls “The View” a “stepping stone,” reveals she’s been unhappy on the panel
McCarthy said in an interview with Howard Stern: “I’ll tell you something Howard, it’s like halfway into it, it was probably around February, I went, ‘God I’m not allowed to be the best of me here.’”


Ian Ziering helps promote Sprout’s “Sharknado” week
The channel for preschoolers is having a "Sprout-Nado” this week.


HBO developing a movie with Frank Gifford on the 1958 Giants-Colts NFL Championship game
The overtime game that put the NFL on the map is the subject of Gifford’s “The Glory Game,” which HBO has optioned.


Conan O’Brien buys a billboard to promote his cameo on “Sharktopus vs. “Pteracuda"
“I’m going to be a movie star,” says Conan.


Kate McKinnon: I got into a little bit of trouble over my “SNL” cat shelter sketch
McKinnon tells Seth Meyers she had been at a real cat shelter the week before, and was accused of doing research.


“Switched at Birth” boss explains last night’s sad episode
"I shied away for the longest time for all the obvious reasons,” says exec producer Lizzy Weiss.


Lena Dunham going on tour to promote her book
The “Not Kind of Girl” tour will include a stop in Iowa, where her “Girls” character is attending college.

'Hot in Cleveland’s' animated episode asks: What if LeBron James never left Cleveland?

“Hot in Cleveland’s” animated episode asks: What if LeBron James never left Cleveland?
Here's a timely glimpse of the  July 30 episode, featuring an appearance by "the Great and Powerful LeBron.”


Convicted felon “Southern Charm” star has gathered 16,000 signatures to run for U.S. Senate
Thomas Ravenel could become longtime U.S. senator Lindsey Graham’s challenger.


Why it wouldn’t be surprising if Brooks Wheelan is the only “SNL” newbie to be fired
If nobody else is fired — not even John Milhiser — it could be Lorne Michaels' nice show of confidence in the still-developing cast.


John Oliver, speaking on PBS, expresses his distaste for “Downton Abbey"
“Those kind of shows were the bane of my childhood,” says Oliver, who has yet to watch the British import, in an interview with “Newshour."


“Chicago Fire” boss: One character will die in the Season 3 premiere
"Not everybody makes it out of that building,” says showrunner Matt Olmstead, "and then certainly what people deal with in terms of the loss of whomever that character is, that's definitely what we're dealing with in the first episode and beyond."


Hurricane warning forces “House of Cards” cast and crew together in one room.
"Entire cast & crew of @HouseofCards gathered in green-screen room for safety,” tweeted creator Beau Willimon. “Wish us luck!"


Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” features a fake CW vampire-twins show
What if "Blood Sisters” became an actual TV series?


Esquire Network orders “Weekend Fix” and "Best Restaurants In America”
Starring “CSI: Miami’s” Omar Miller, “Weekend Fix” will use social media to determine the best of everything in each city.


“Person of Interest” adds Cara Buono
The “Mad Men” and “Sopranos” alum will recur as a “femme fatale” in Season 4 of the CBS drama.


What if each “Buffy” season was recapped on a napkin?
Inspired by Joss Whedon, here are season-by-season napkin recaps.


“America’s Next Top Model’s” only plus-sized winner now runs her own restaurant
Whitney Thompson says: "I'm not giving up modeling.... I'm satisfied with what I've accomplished so far. I just don't want to be a mom with kids going on castings. That's not for me."


“Masters of Sex”: When bad opening credits happen to good shows
The opening title sequence of the Showtime series has a slew of problems. PLUS: “Masters of Sex” costume designer talks vintage lingerie, and the reality of that shocking season premiere scene.


Meredith Vieira’s new talk show will film across the hall from Jimmy Fallon
Vieira revealed new details about her show, including that her band will consist of four female musicians and that there will be a “House Party” theme every Friday to discover new talent.


A marble statue in Philadelphia looks just like Ron Swanson
The resemblance is uncanny.


Syfy’s “12 Monkeys” is a “complete re-imagining of the film”
“We're all big fans of the original film and we didn't want to just re-do what the movie does,” co-executive producer Terry Matalas said at the TV press tour. "Everything from the top-down changed. While the story has a lot of the same themes, it wouldn't make sense to tell the same story again.”


“The Strain” and “The Leftovers” feel a lot like Stephen King novels
"They may not be descended from King’s work in name, but they certainly are with him in spirit, and share many of his favorite themes,” as Molly Lambert points out. PLUS: Former “Doctor Who” Christopher Eccleston got his own “Leftovers” episode this week, and Episode 3 was an "Are you in or out?" moment for "The Leftovers."


Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow discuss how they collaborate on “Girls”
Apatow doesn’t like Skype, so most of their work is done over the phone.


What it’s like to work as a Netflix professional binge-watcher
Greg Harty, 34, is one of 40 part-time “taggers” whose job is to categorize TV shows and movies. “It’s one of the luckier gigs I’ve gotten,” he says of his 8-year-old job.


Style Network’s "Clean House New York” sued
A man claims his home was wrecked when he appeared on the reality show.


“True Blood’s” Tara Buck talks about Ginger’s backstory
"I never sat down with the writers and spoke to them about it. But when I got that script, I was like, 'This is amazing. You read my mind,'” she says.


Meet Ryan Seacrest’s new girlfriend
It’s confirmed that the “Idol” host, who turns 40 later this year, is dating a 23-year-old model.


A med student is trying to take down “Dr. Oz”
"Dr. Oz has something like 4-million viewers a day,” says Benjamin Mazer, a third-year med student at the University of Rochester. "The average physician doesn't see a million patients in their lifetime. That's why organized medicine should be taking action."


“Real Housewives” star Tamra Barney announces she’s going to be a grandma
Barney 46, revealed that her 28-year-old son is expecting his first child with his fiancee.


“Orphan Black” stars discuss the Clone Dance Party
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video from the season finale.

Brooks Wheelan: 'SNL' fired me

Brooks Wheelan: “SNL” fired me
One of seven featured players hired last season, Wheelan just tweeted: "Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke... FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!” The L.A.-based standup comic, considered the most likely to be fired of last season's new featured players, last year documented his "SNL" hiring in a video capturing one second from each day of 2013. PLUS: Wheelan quit his job as an engineer to join "SNL."


“Vampire Diaries” casts Colin Ferguson as Season 6’s villain
The "Eureka" star will play "the head of a community militia who will “do anything to protect his town.”

Rob Lowe, Candice Bergen, Paz Vega to star in Lifetime’s 'Beautiful and Twisted' movie

Rob Lowe, Candice Bergen, Paz Vega to star in Lifetime’s “Beautiful and Twisted" movie
Lowe will play a murdered millionaire heir, Bergen will play his mom and Vega will also co-star as his former stripper ex-wife.


“Friday Night Lights” alum Gaius Charles joins NBC’s Charles Manson drama
The recent “Grey’s Anatomy” doctor will play "a former gang-banger who is now a fanatical Nation of Islam adherent whose hatred of the white man is evident" in "Aquarius."


Marvel using “The View” to announce a new project
The Disney-owned company is using its corporate connections to promote “an all-new thundering title” on Tuesday.


Watch the trailer for “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”
Lisa Edelstein stars in Bravo’s first scripted series, debuting Dec. 2.


Oxygen unveils new logo, announces “Very real” tagline
The rebranded Oxygen will focus on "authentic, proudly imperfect and diverse characters" for young, modern women. PLUS: Oxygen orders 2 new shows: “After Happily Ever After” and “It Takes a Sister."

Gwen Stefani taps hubby Gavin Rossdale to join her on 'The Voice'

Gwen Stefani taps hubby Gavin Rossdale to join her on “The Voice”
Rossdale will serve as mentor for his wife's team.