“True Blood” ends as it lived: “A complete mess with no emotional center"
"In seven years,” says Noah Love, "'True Blood' got close to emotional gravitas only once. In the ninth episode of Season 2, Eric’s maker, Godric, decides he has lived enough and faces the “true death” as the sun rises. He dies after an emotional plea from Eric, and Sookie keeps him company until the end. It was weirdly touching, and nothing that came before or after it (and five more seasons came after it) could match that moment. So of course, the writers of the show would try to emulate it to close out the show.” PLUS: Maybe there was no logical ending, what a whimper of a finale, this season contain episodes that were essentially "frustrating bits of nothing,” “True Blood” never figured out what it wanted its vampires to be, HBO auctioning off the wedding dress, Sookie and Bill aren’t among "True Blood's" 10 best characters, and Lafayette deserved better.
IFC buys Chelsea Handler’s brothel comedy
“Rabbit Hole” is set in Nevada’s “second most famous” brothel.
Increased competition has made the Emmys a big deal this year
Digital shows have added a new dimension to the “Golden Age of Television.” PLUS: Jimmy Fallon presents Emmys Bingo.
Donald Trump: Seth Meyers hosting the Emmys “is a total joke”
Trump weighed in this morning on his fellow NBC star hosting the Emmy Awards: "He is very awkward with almost no talent. Marbles in his mouth!” Trump tweeted, apparently still not over Meyers mocking him at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.
It almost seemed like “SNL’s” Jay Pharoah hosted the VMAs
This year’s awards show was host-less, but Pharoah kept coming out with impressions of Kanye West and Jay Z that proved essential to last night’s broadcast. PLUS: What was up with that awkward Robin Williams tribute?, the best and worst of the VMAs, Kardashians texted during Michael Brown moment of silence, and the VMAs existed for Beyonce.
Miley Cyrus sending a homeless teen to accept her VMA award was inspired by Marlon Brando
Cyrus, according to her rep, modeled her “not a stunt” after Brando sending Sacheen Littlefeather to accept his Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather” in 1973 as a protest against the movie industry’s treatment of Native Americans.
TiVo announces its first antenna-only DVR
The special DVR will cost $50 plus $15 a month in service fees.
Small Croatian town forbids “Game of Thrones” from filming a naked Cersei scene on location
According to TMZ, the film commission in Dubrovnik, Croatia won’t allow the “crucial” scene to be filmed because of pressure from the local Church of St. Nicholas.
John Oliver hits a piñata to slam the overblown headlines about "Last Week Tonight"
"Up until this point, I’ve just made some mean jokes about them,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said in a web exclusive video. "But now, for the sake of actual internet headlines, I will literally destroy them.”
HBO teases the final “Newsroom” season
Check out the copy machine promo.
Read an excerpt from Lena Dunham’s book
The New Yorker has an excerpt from "Not That Kind of Girl."
DirecTV and NFL are closing in on a $1.3 billion Sunday Ticket deal
The deal will go up over the next decade.
Watch the “Iyanla: Fix My Life” trailer from Ferguson
The special “Healing in Ferguson” airs Tuesday.
E! unveils its trailer for “The Royals”
E!’s first scripted series stars Elizabeth Hurley as the Queen.
Jim Parsons talks about the “Big Bang” contract dispute
“You see the word ‘strike’—’They’re walking out!’—but there was nothing to walk out from,” he says with a laugh. “That’s always hard, because part of you wants to explain to people what’s really going on. ‘Don’t worry, we’re not leaving, we want to do the show.'”
“Rising Star” crowns its 1st winner
But the West Coast had no say in Jesse Kinch winning.
Valerie Cherish pleads with the paparazzi in new “The Comeback” teaser
“Give her another take!”