Julie Chen takes the Ice Bucket challenge, nominates every 'Big Brother' contestant ever

Julie Chen takes the Ice Bucket challenge, nominates every “Big Brother” contestant ever
Will Arnett helped dump ice water on the “Big Brother” host. Says Chen: "It felt great and fun and funny for about the first 3 seconds and then it was like…am I going to catch pneumonia?!?!?  This is NOT fun anymore…it’s freezing and I am shaking." PLUS: Neil Patrick Harris accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge.


Lena Dunham teases Season 4 of “Girls”
Watch "Hannah" fall off a bike at university.


Syfy’s “Z Nation” gets a premiere date
The zombie drama debuts Wednesday, Sept. 10.


Watch some of Conan’s “scraps”
Last night’s “Scrapisodes” reveals that Conan O’Brien likes to rehearse with a guitar around his neck. PLUS: Watch the “Scrapisodes” intro.


“Grace and Frankie” adds Joe Morton, Geoff Stults and Barry Bostwick
They’ll each recur on the Netflix comedy.


BBC America orders “The Living and the Dead”
The paranormal drama is from the creators of “Life on Mars."


Fox’s year-long “Utopia” will have 129 cameras, over 10 miles of wiring
Producers yesterday gave the media a tour of the ambitious reality show.

'MythBusters' cuts 3 of its stars

“MythBusters” cuts 3 of its stars
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman announced at the end of Thursday’s episode that Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara won’t be back next season.


Watch Peter Krause dump “ice” on “Parenthood” co-star/girlfriend Lauren Graham
"I donated AND icebucketed, CA drought style…,” Graham tweeted of the Ice Bucket Challenge. PLUS: Tom Bergeron takes 3 ice buckets, and “Top Chef” winner Stephanie Izard recreates “Flashdance."


Gary Busey’s erratic behavior is worrying “Celebrity Big Brother” producers
Busey is being closely monitored and there’s even talk of removing him from the house.


Nicole Richie’s VH1 show has been a flop
Networks execs are trying to find a way to reverse the ratings slide on “Candidly Nicole,” according to Page Six.


“The Vampire Diaries” unveils Season 6 trailer
“Damon’s gone,” Stefan tells Elena. “You need to say goodbye, too.”


David Letterman and Serena Williams turn NYC's 53rd Street into a tennis court
Watch Serena smash the window of Rupert Gee’s Hello Deli.


Jimmy Fallon gets local NBC anchors to read fake good news
To counter all the bad news, “The Tonight Show” came up with an "I've Got Good News and Good News” segment.

Confessions of a 'Simpsons' virgin

Confessions of a “Simpsons” virgin
Megan Greenwell had never seen an episode of the Fox cartoon. So before FXX’s marathon, she decided to immerse herself in as much “Simpsons” as possible over two weeks. "I’ve now watched 68 episodes of The Simpsons in 14 days, an absurd and wholly unhealthy pace,” she says. "During the height of my mania, I saw Simpsons parallels everywhere in my life.” PLUS: An appreciation of Moe Szyslak, the 11 best celebrity cameos, ranking the first 14 seasons, here are 12 things you might not know, what “The Simpsons” taught us about money, and the voice of Homer Simpson loses his dad.


Shonda Rhimes now says she won’t rule out breaking up MerDer on “Grey’s Anatomy"
“I’m not going to say that Meredith and Derek are never going to break up,” she tells TVLine. “I’m not going to say that simply because we’re writing a story and we’re on this long, long journey. I’ve learned never to say absolutes about anything anymore. People always say, ‘Seven seasons ago you said… ‘ Well, I didn’t think we’d still be here.”


New “The Voice” trailer showcases Gwen Stefani and Pharrell
Here’s your first look at Season 7.


Are the Emmys too obsessed with movie stars like Julia Roberts?
Roberts, who is nominated for an Emmy for “The Normal Heart,” is the latest movie star to be featured prominently on the Emmy broadcast. Previous Emmys have also showcased movie stars like Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow.


“True Detective” begins shooting next month with Season 2 expected to air next summer
"It’s set in California, all of California,” says HBO boss Michael Lombardo at the Edinburgh TV Festival. "There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that’s probably all I’m allowed to say. We’ll probably be announcing casting soon."


There’s no consensus at “SNL” or NBC on who should replace Lorne Michaels
“Saturday Night Live” oral history co-author James Andrew Miller delves into Michaels’ past and future as the “SNL” honcho begins Season 40. "Mortality has to be the cruelest imaginable concept for anyone who’s lived a life as exciting, enviable, and admired as Michaels has, and for anyone who’s managed to play the kind of fascinating character he created,” Miller writes. But don’t tell him that. The Michaels ecosystem looks like it is built around a 40-year-old. Not only is there no named 'No. 2' or successor, there’s not even a consensus among those at SNL, NBC, or the entertainment world in general who, if anyone, would or could take over when Michaels decides he’s had enough.” PLUS: Who is the greatest “SNL” cast member?, and past “SNL” stars recall working on the show.


 

Why AMC is struggling to find its next big hit
The cable network might have gotten to cocky after “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad,” resulting in alienating some top-notch showrunners.


“Parenthood” boss’ next project: A Silicon Valley medical drama
CBS has bought Jason Katims’ pitch about "a controversial, outrageous, young tech titan who opens his own hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine.”


“Real Housewives” contract revealed: One Bravo star earned $600K for 4 months of work
Stars of “Real Housewives” can earn extra via a “wardrobe fee,” a “location fee” or even an “on-camera services fee.”


Why are the Emmys on a Monday this year?
Because on Sunday, NBC has a “Sunday Night Football” preseason game while MTV has the VMAs. And apparently no other Sunday was available.


HBO boss defends sex, violence, rape scenes on “Game of Thrones”
"We have certainly not given them an edict or a note that they need to tone down the sexual content in the show,” says HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo.


Billy Eichner and Rhys Darby are coming to “The Millers”
Eichner will play Sean Hayes’ ex-husband, while “Flight of the Conchords” vet Darby will play Will Arnett's nerdy high school classmate who became a George R.R. Martin-like author.


NFL gets its first pay to play Super Bowl halftime offer — from the band The Carnabys
Hard Rock Records has offered to pay $1 million to the charity of the NFL’s choice if The Carnabys perform at next year’s Super Bowl.


“Criminal Minds” to pay tribute to Meshach Taylor
The late “Designing Women” star appeared twice on the CBS series as Joe Mantegna’s former Marine sergeant.


Anderson Cooper gets a comic book makeover
The CNN anchor will appear on Marvel’s "Black Widow" series.


GSN renews “The Chase” and “It Takes a Church”
Both shows have been strong performers for GSN.


Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow win a PEN Literary Award for “Girls”
The PEN Literary Awards also announced that Norman Lear will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


Why do men on “Bachelor in Paradise” wear necklaces?
Is it a standard part of the wardrobe?


Recalling reality TV’s one-hit wonders
From “My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss” to “Kid Nation.”


Frankie Valli will join Carol Burnett on “Hawaii Five-0”
He’ll play her fiancé.


Syfy’s “The Expanse” casts Shohreh Aghdashloo and Steven Strait
They’ll join Thomas Jane in the space opera based on the best-selling book series.


Watch a preview of "Manzo'd With Children”
The “Real Housewives” spinoff stars Caroline Manzo.

Steven Spielberg is developing a 'Minority Report' TV series

Steven Spielberg is developing a “Minority Report” TV series
“Godzilla” writer Max Borenstein has been tapped to bring Spielberg’s 2002 movie, based on the futuristic story by Philip K. Dick, to the small screen.

WEtv greenlights 'Sex Box'

WEtv greenlights “Sex Box”
The British reality format that sends couples to have sex in a soundproof, camera-free box before talking about the experience with a group of experts has been picked up for a nine-episode American remake to air next year.

'Glee' bringing back Max Adler

“Glee” bringing back Max Adler
Former bully Dave Karofsky could end up romancing Blaine in a four-episode arc.


“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” casts Absorbing Man
“Teen Wolf’s” Brian Patrick Wade will play new supervillain Carl “Crusher” Creel next season.


HBO boss on “True Detective” Season 2: "It's not as dark, but it's not a light ride”
"It's still dark,” added HBO’s Mike Lombardo, speaking at a television festival in Scotland. "Nic (Pizzolatto) explores the darkness in people's souls."


ABC’s new promo proclaims “Thank God It’s Thursday”
The “TGIT” promo’s message: “I (heart) Shonda Rhimes."


“Scandal” alum Columbus Short arrested
Short finally showed up to court this morning after a judge issued an arrest warrant when he failed to show up last month.

'Dating Naked' star sues after producers failed to blur her private parts

“Dating Naked” star sues after producers failed to blur her private parts
“I felt lied to, manipulated and used. I was horrified,” says Jessie Nizewitz, who was brought to tears after the July 31 episode showed her actually naked. She’s seeking $10 million.


Michigan town dumps military vehicle that John Oliver mocked
The sheriff of Saginaw, Michigan insists the decision to dump a 19-ton MRAP that was given to the department for free was made before it was mocked on “Last Week Tonight.” But the decision wasn’t announced until this week.


CBS boss Les Moonves takes the Ice Bucket Challenge, nominates wife Julie Chen to do the same live on “Big Brother”
Moonves also challenged the cast of “NCIS." PLUS: Damon Lindelof takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.


Seth Meyers says “Late Night” will return with a revamped set, explains why a Weekend Update-like feature was scrapped
The blue curtain will be gone when Meyers returns to work in two weeks. Meyers also explains in an interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons that he opted not to do a Weekend Update like desk because they couldn’t distinguish it enough from “SNL.” After six months of hosting a talk show, Meyers also tells of the difference between his new and old jobs, specifically how loose you have to be as a talk show host. Meyers also admits: “We are not a very viral show thus far."


“SVU” books Hoda Kotb as herself, brings back Ron Rifkin
An episode titled “Producer’s Backend” will also feature “Smash’s” Brian D’Arcy James and more guest-stars.


“Parks and Rec” unveils its Season 6 gag reel
“This Gag Reel is incredibly profane. Please don’t watch it.”


“Mad Men” creator is the latest TV showrunner with a disappointing follow-up
Matthew Weiner’s movie directorial debut has been getting negative reviews. “The Sopranos’” David Chase, “The Wire’s” David Simon, “Deadwood’s” David Milch and even Joss Whedon also struggled in their follow-ups to their hit shows. PLUS: Weiner asked himself as “Mad Men” was ending, “Why am I so angry?”


“Downton Abbey” bans water bottles and designer underwear from the set
In fact, all things contemporary have been banned in wake of the water bottle fiasco.


“Doctor Who” getting a 10-minute behind-the-scenes spinoff
"Doctor Who Extra” will be shown online.


Watch tipsy “Revenge” stars in their blooper reel
Gabriel Mann is particularly good at chugging champagne.


Check out HBO’s “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” trailer
Dave Grohl’s music documentary series debuts Oct. 17.

'The View' unveils a new logo, reveals plans to have hosts interact with viewers in real time

“The View” unveils a new logo, reveals plans to have hosts interact with viewers in real time
The new “View,” which is taking over Katie Couric’s talk show studios, will feature an on-camera social media station.


Joel McHale interviews Chelsea Handler on “Chelsea Lately”
She tells him, “you should get the f*ck out of here, too.” PLUS: Chuy doesn’t know if he’ll join Chelsea on Netflix, and Miley Cyrus will sing on Chelsea's E! finale.


Watch Bob Barker’s “Happy Gilmore” homage on “The Bold and the Beautiful”
The former “Price is Right” host punched somebody else.


“Garfunkel and Oates” paid tribute to “Saved by the Bell’s” 25th anniversary
Watch the IFC stars remake the famous “Jessie’s Song” episode.


George R.R. Martin says he’s reached a point where he has "a lot more flexibility for killing people”
The “Game of Thrones” honcho said he had been limited in who he could kill.


CBS remaking Britain’s “Friday Night Dinner”
The comedy about a Jewish family’s weekly dinner aims to be in the vein of “Modern Family.”


Judi Dench joins Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC's "Richard III”
She’ll play Duchess of York alongside the “Sherlock” star.


Elisabeth Moss and Ted Danson spoof “Couples Therapy”
Watch their Funny or Die video with Mark Duplass.


Check out the poster for “Nashville” Season 3
Rayna and Juliette face the future. PLUS: Hayden Panettiere turns 25.


Carson Daly welcomes a daughter
“The Voice” host now has 3 kids.

It's official: Julianne Hough joins 'Dancing with the Stars" as 4th judge

It's official: Julianne Hough joins "Dancing with the Stars" as 4th judge
"My role is to encourage and be supportive, and to also be candid and honest and try not to beat around the bush, to be too politically correct," says Hough, whose duties will include judging her brother, Derek. "I want to give critiques so they can improve. I'm not there to be harsh or cause a controversy. I won't be mean or malicious. That's not who I am. That's not my role at all."

ABC is developing a 'Derrick Storm' series based on 'Castle’s' novels

ABC is developing a “Derrick Storm” series based on “Castle’s” novels
Nathan Fillion’s fictional ABC character, Richard Castle, has published books in real life about a spy working for the CIA. And those best-selling “Derrick Storm” novels are coming to TV.


“Halt and Catch Fire’s” surprising renewal is part of trend of networks showing patience
As Josef Adalian points out, "networks like AMC and FX seem to be realizing that constantly churning their schedules, yanking every modest performer to chase the possibility that Something New will be that next big hit is a recipe for even lower ratings. Even broadcasters have gotten hip to the new reality: NBC is bringing back summer originals such as 'Welcome to Sweden,' 'The Night Shift,' and ‘Undateable,’ despite their decidedly so-so ratings."


How to survive a 552-episode “Simpsons” marathon
The writers offer 15 tips on making it through the next 12 days. PLUS: Uncut episodes will be shown, “The Simpsons” boss reveals his 5 favorites, here are 8 can’t-miss episodes.


Report: Picketing teamster told “Top Chef’s” Padma Lakshmi: “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f*cking whore!”
The Bravo reality show has been the subject of protests for not hiring teamsters. A “Top Chef” crew member says of the incident, which happened in June: “She was scared."


Laverne Cox’s Wikipedia page was vandalized by someone on Capitol Hill
The “Orange is the New Black” star’s Wiki was changed from labeling her as "a real transgender woman” to referring to her instead as "a real man pretending to be a woman.” As a result, Congress has been banned from editing Wikipedia for 1 month. PLUS: Cox read a letter from a transgender woman in prison.


Comedy Central orders “@DadBoner”
The animated comedy will based on the Twitter feed of "a fictional middle-aged Michigan man separated from his wife who loves Bob Seger.”


Aaron Paul announces a “Breaking Bad” scavenger hunt before the Emmys
“Just wanted to do a little something to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has supported us thru out the years,” says Paul on Instagram. PLUS: A blindfolded RJ Mitte tries to guess cereals while blindfolded.


Craig Ferguson does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
“The Late Late Show” host did it in honor of his audiobooks producer, who died today of ALS. PLUS: Hayden Panettiere confirms her pregnancy via the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the cast of “Gotham" cast also dumped water over their heads.


Pharrell is being sued for ditching a YouTube show for “The Voice”
The Happy singer allegedly committed to the YouTube show “ARTST TLK” before “The Voice” came calling.


Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl II adds a Feline Football League
Kitten Bowl fans will be able to follow their favorite teams’ progress starting in November in anticipation of Su-Purr Bowl Sunday on Feb. 1.


“The Middle” books Richard Kind
He’ll help take out Sue’s teeth as her orthodontist in the season premiere.


BET wins lawsuit over a fan’s “The Game” Facebook page
BET hired the fan to maintain the Facebook page after it revived “The Game,” but soon their business relationship fell apart.


David Spade to star in Fox Sports 1’s “Fantasy Football Uncensored” show
The weekly show will feature and NFL on Fox insider Jay Glazer.


“Downton Abbey’s” Season 5 premiere will feature a surprising stunt
Producers have filmed what appears to be a shocking plot twist.


Ex-manager sues “Criminal Minds” star Thomas Gibson
The ex-manager claims he is owed “no less than $480,000 from his former client.


In a Reddit AMA, Seth Meyers explains why he tells a personal story after each “Late Night” monologue
"I wasn't something we planned as much as we discovered,” he says. "They don't come easy every day. There are times when it's a bit more of a struggle mostly because my days can be the same in the middle of a show week. I do find myself trying new things in hopes of finding something new to talk about.” PLUS: Meyers helped roll out the Emmy red carpet, and don’t expect a mass selfie on Monday.


Here are this summer’s TV winners and losers
Winner: Cinemax. Loser: Netflix. Winner: “You’re the Worst.” Loser: Halle Berry.


Kurt Sutter reveals how many “Sons of Anarchy” club members he’ll kill off in the final season
“Two club members will be dead,” he tells EW. “I don’t think there’ll be more than that.”


Jerry Seinfeld describes freaking out when a woman backed into his parked 1973 Porsche
“We could hear the sound of metal crunching — rare, classic, expensive, vintage metal, by the way — from across the street. A sickening sound to a car person,” said Seinfeld, who added: “I went home and put my head under the covers."


“The Bridge” never expected to parallel real life
"We do entertainment, not documentary,” says showrunner Elwood Reid.


Did “Switched at Birth” go too far?
Did the season finale turn you off?


“The Flash” casts Girder
"Star-Crossed” vet Greg Finley will play the role of Tony Woodward, AKA Girder.


Comedy Central has posted every “Broad City” episode online
Watch all of Season 1 now.


Kevin Frazier to co-host “Entertainment Tonight” with Nancy O’Dell
“The Insider” star replaces Rob Marciano.


Watch a preview of “Adam Devine’s House Party” Season 2, featuring Kristen Schaal
Kurt Braunohler and Nikki Glaser will also be part of the 2nd season.


Ricky Gervais: “I’m not ashamed” to be watching “Celebrity Big Brother” on my laptop
He adds: “(I’m so ashamed).”


BBC’s “Happy Valley” is now on Netflix
The six-episode series stars Sarah Lancashire as a cop coming to terms with the suicide of her daughter.


“Scandal’s” Joe Morton was stunned when he won an Emmy because he expected “Mad Men’s” Robert Morse to win
"My first reaction was a deep sigh of relief mixed with a bit of surprise,” he says. "Everybody wants to win, but you can come up with a million reasons why you won’t.”


Bravo spills “Top Chef” Boston details
“Top Chef All Stars” winner Richard Blais will help judge Season 12.


“iZombie” finds a replacement for Nora Dunn
Molly Hagan will take over the role of Olivia “Liv” Moore’s mom.


2 stars from ABC Family’s canceled “Twisted” land on “Tut”
Kylie Bunbury will reunite with Avan Jogia on the Spike TV event series.


“Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev traveled Europe completely alone for a month and a half
“Everything I’ve done until now is because I worked my ass off,” she says. I never needed anyone — I just made it happen. Nowadays, I’m never by myself, whether I’m with 150 crew members on set, on a plane or at an event. I haven’t had any alone time for a while, and I wanted to get away and feel that way again.”


“iZombie” finds a replacement for Nora Dunn
Molly Hagan will take over the role of Olivia “Liv” Moore’s mom.


Presenting ‘90s sitcoms with the verbs cut out
From The Onion’s new Buzzfeed spoof, Clickhole.


See the “Saved by the Bell” publicity photos from 25 years ago
The cast looks “insanely young.”


“Selfie’s” John Cho takes a K-Pop selfie
"Getting pretty hardcore into K-Pop lately,” he tweeted. "Like, deep into it."