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.

Stephen Colbert books NYC’s mayor via Twitter

Stephen Colbert books NYC’s mayor via Twitter
Colbert tweeted today, "@BillDeBlasio I demand you come on my show! Stop dodging me, Mr Mayor!” To which the mayor responded: "Sure, @StephenAtHome. How about Wednesday?” And that later prompted Colbert to tweet: "I demand you come on my show on Wednesday! Stop dodging me, Mr Mayor!"


Bravo gives San Francisco a “Million Dollar Listing,” renews “Southern Charm, gives “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” a holiday debut
In addition to announcing the 4th "Million Dollar" franchise, Bravo also announced two new series: “There Goes The Motherhood” and “Secrets & Wives.”


Oprah will send you a birthday card if you spend $200 on an O magazine subscription
The Oprah magazine has developed special bonuses for subscribers in hopes of boosting circulation.


Watch a preview of Jon Stewart getting coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
“The Daily Show” host is this week’s guest on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."


John Walsh does big numbers for CNN
The former “America’s Most Wanted” host’s new show “The Hunt with John Walsh” delivered CNN’s best original series demo debut.


First openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers’ life to become a sitcom
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will develop the project based on the life of Rogers, who is currently dating TV producer Greg Berlanti.


Rosie still feuding with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Twitter
Over the weekend, Rosie O’Donnell tweeted a link to an old clip of them arguing on “The View.” PLUS: Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg may get married before she exits “The View,” and Meredith Vieira could never return to “The View" full-time.


Craig Ferguson to moderate Comic-Con’s “Game of Thrones” panel
"I shall be wearing chain mail underpants,” says the “Late Late Show” host.


“HIMYM’s” Ted Mosby responds to LeBron James going back to Cleveland
"Yes, I shaved for this,” Josh Radnor says of the video he filmed, which includes the real blue horn. PLUS: Hodor is going on a “Rave of Thrones” tour.


"House of Cards’" Kristen Connolly joins “The Whispers"
She’ll replace Brianna Brown, who was let go from the ABC pilot.


USA’s “Dig” producers talk about the difficulty of filming in Israel’s current climate
Producers have also released the first trailer for the six-part drama from the creators of “Heroes” and “Homeland."


Documentary about “Community” creator Dan Harmon will be shown in theaters and on video on demand
Says Harmon: "‘Harmontown’ is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man that would quote himself saying that a movie about him is fascinating.”


Showtime teases “Homeland”
Here’s the first look at Season 4.


Check out Fox’s Comic-Con posters
Including the “Bob’s Burgers” Food Pyramid.


“Nathan for You’s” Nathan Fielder: Only once did we have to scrap filming after a business owner learned about our show
Fielder talked about the making of his Comedy Central show in a Reddit AMA.


“Parenthood’s” Sarah Ramos will only return for 1 or 2 episodes in the final season
"You know we’re hoping that she comes back — we’re hoping she comes back for the first episode,” says exec producer Jason Katims. "You know she’s in college, the actress…so it’s about her schedule.”


Watch a glimpse of Kanye West’s failed reality TV pilot
West appeared in a pilot in 2010 with his travel agent.


“Real Housewives of New York” star threw her fake leg across a restaurant in season finale
Aviva Drescher apparently tossed her prosthetic leg during an argument featured in the July 22 Season 6 finale.


Weird Al’s “Tacky” music video features Eric Stonestreet, Aisha Tyler, Kristen Schaal
The parody of Pharrell’s “Happy” also includes Margaret Cho and Jack Black.


“Chrisley Knows Best” star: “Today, I’m not gay”
“I don't feel there's a need for me to not address it,” Todd Chrisley said of the gay rumors surrounding him.

Yahoo may rescue 'Enlisted,' too

Yahoo may rescue “Enlisted,” too
The studio behind the canceled Fox military comedy is in negotiations for a 2nd season with Yahoo, according to Deadline.

Hilary Clinton to visit Jon Stewart on Tuesday

Hilary Clinton to visit Jon Stewart on Tuesday
Clinton last appeared on “The Daily Show” in March 2008 and, before that, in Oct. 2003.


Ben Kingsley to star in Spike TV’s “Tut”
The “Gandhi” star Kingsley will play Ay, the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun, on the Spike event series.


8 unaired "Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” episodes will be shown on Logo
Logo will also marathon the 16 episodes that did air of the canceled ABC comedy, starting this Saturday.


Turns out that “American Horror Story: Freak Show” teaser was fan-made
FX confirmed it didn’t release the “Fallen Angel” teaser.


“24’s” Cheng Zhi actor: "I didn't expect such a fervent reaction"
"Oh, my God,” says Tzi Ma. "I couldn't believe it! They wanted  this to be the surprise of the season. There were these posts on the ’24' Facebook page, and there was one chain that had, like, 900 responses. 'I can't believe he's back! I hate this guy!' It was unbelievable — the chatter.”


“Elementary” books “Smash’s” Raza Jaffrey
He’ll recur as Joan’s new boyfriend.


Meet the world’s greatest Peter Griffin impersonator
Robert Franzese has been doing the “Family Guy” patriarch at conventions for two years.


USA orders “Mr. Robot,” a computer hacking pilot
The drama pilot follows a young anti-social computer hacker who can only connect with people by hacking into their lives.