'Extant' halts its slide in new timeslot

“Extant” halts its slide in new timeslot
After weeks of declining viewership, the Halle Berry drama had the same ratings as last week in its new 10 pm timeslot. Meanwhile, "Penn & Teller: Fool Us” had the CW’s 2nd highest-rated summer premiere ever.


Watch Ben Stiller go rappelling with Bear Grylls
Stiller is next week’s guest on “Running Wild.”


“Girls” books Spike Jonze
The acclaimed director (and sometimes actor) will play a character named Marcos.


Check out Syfy’s zombie drama “Z Nation”
Here’s the first teaser for Syfy’s answer to “The Walking Dead.”


Meredith Vieira on “Today” debacle: “Sh*t happens. People make mistakes”
Vieira says of the Ann Curry situation: "I thought it had not been handled smartly from the very beginning, because I don't think they ever felt that was the right fit for Ann so they should never have put her in that position to begin with.”


Fred Flintstone was not a wife-beater
A Washington Post columnist described Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice as “Going all Flintstone on his wife” when he attacked her. But as a reader pointed out, Fred Flintstone loved and respected his wife Wilma.


BBC America will air several “Doctor Who” specials in advance of Peter Capaldi’s debut
Special programming includes “Doctor Who: The Companion” and "The Real History of Science Fiction: Time.” PLUS: See photos from the season premiere.

Chris Pratt: NBC admonished me for flashing Amy Poehler on 'Parks and Rec'

Chris Pratt: NBC admonished me for flashing Amy Poehler on “Parks and Rec"
“The reaction was awesome,” he says of the look on her face on Season 2 when Poehler opened the door and he was completely naked.


ABC made a “Shondaland Thursday” video featuring Shonda Rhimes and her 3 leading ladies
Watch Rhimes sit down with Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis.


Showtime to launch “Ray Donovan” webisodes
Titled "Behind the Fix,” the webisodes debuting Sunday will show how tasks are completed for Ray.


Jimmy Kimmel got Warren G to read President Warren G. Harding’s intimate love letters
The Library of Congress recently released the former president’s letters to his mistress.


Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan battled sharks on “Sharknado 2”
In fact, “Live with Kelly and Michael” and producer Gelman were featured prominently on “The Second One" - PLUS: Here are all the cameos from “Sharknado 2.”


Netflix unveils the trailer for “BoJack Horseman”
Will Arnett voices the character of the legendary star of the ‘90s sitcom “Horsin’ Around.”


Watch the premiere of “Garfunkel and Oates”
IFC has posted a full episode of the new show from musical comedy duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci.


Eric McCormack stars in “Will & Will”
Check out the “Will & Grace” spinoff he shot for Jimmy Kimmel.


See the new “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” movie trailer
SpongeBob and friends are literally out of water in their 2nd movie.

'Big Bang Theory’s' Thursday table read canceled

“Big Bang Theory’s” Thursday table read canceled
Production on Season 8 has been postponed for a 2nd day due to contract negotiations.


Brian Williams reports on his daughter’s “Peter Pan Live” casting on “NBC Nightly News”
"Family members confirm that she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three and they look forward to seeing her fly,” Williams said of daughter Allison’s casting.


Sharknadoes cause PTSD, and 9 other lessons from “Sharknado 2”
“Sharknado 2: The Second One” also taught us that Matt Lauer is the 3rd most-important character. PLUS: ASPCA creates a “Barknado,” and “Sharknado 2” had no business being this much fun.


“Stalker” adds Warren Kole
“The Following” vet will reunite with Kevin Williamson on the CBS drama.


AMC Networks in talks to buy a 50% stake in BBC America
BBC America is currently owned by BBC Worldwide, the for-profit arm of the BBC.

'Sharknado 2' is already a huge success regardless of ratings
Credit: Syfy

'Sharknado 2' is already a huge success regardless of ratings

“Sharknado 2” is already a huge success regardless of ratings
Tonight’s sequel was made for next to nothing, and all the free promotion — from the media to companies like Subway — guarantees that “The Second One” won’t be a failure. PLUS: The New Yorker goes behind the scenes, the sequel is even more cheap and boringly bogus, play the “Sharknado 2” drinking game, it is too packed with cameos, the problem is “Sharknado 2” is trying to spoof the original, it’s as good as the first one, “Sharknado 2” writer promises a “surprisingly heartfelt” sequel, “So it's a tornado full of sharks?,” asks 88-year-old congressman, “Sharknado 2” is so bad, it’s bad, will “Sharknado 2” will give Tara Reid staying power, and the real “Sharknado 2” fear is of missing out on a big event.


How CBS got New York to give Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” $16 million in tax breaks
"We had to get a little more creative in the incentives to keep them here," says a spokesman for Empire State Development, noting that Los Angeles, New Orleans and Connecticut were all trying to woo “The Late Show.”


11 things to watch tonight instead of “Sharknado 2”
“Swimming with Sharks” is also on tonight.


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” books Jenny Slate
She’ll play a mob mistress in the season premiere, reuniting with former “SNL” co-star Andy Samberg.


Watch Seth Meyers’ 1st Emmys promo
The Emmy host tried to bring “Breaking Bad” blue meth and a “Game of Thrones” sword through the TSA.


Infographic: Here are “The Walking Dead’s” most talked-about characters
Turns out The Governor was more talked about than Rick Grimes.


“Downton Abbey” takes over "Harry Potter’s” Hogwarts
The ITV drama is filming this week in the grand residence of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.


What happens to canceled TV shows’ Twitter accounts?
So many dead TV shows had Twitter accounts, it’s like a social media graveyard.


Readers of TV adaptations need to let it go
Regarding the “Game of Thrones” controversy, James Poniewozik says, “In the end, the book is the book. The show is the show. I’m glad to accept that I’m going to get different things from one than from the other–and if one of them ends up sucking, it doesn’t diminish the other. It’s just one more reason that it’s a good thing to own both a TV set and a bookcase."


Lena Dunham talks to Fred Armisen about once working as an “SNL” extra
She couldn’t stop giggling while Armisen filmed a digital short.


Nick’s “Bachelorette” “made love” comment reversed yet reinforced gender roles
As Willa Paskin points out, "Nick, operating under the auspices of hurt, sexual naïveté, and a dash of hubris, does not believe that Andi, the good, classy girl he loves, could have been sexually comfortable and voracious enough to have really good sex with someone— him!—if he was not 'the one.' No woman who has ever appeared on The Bachelor suffers from this delusion. By bringing up the sex, Nick is also upholding the specific gender roles of The Bachelor, in which men basically get to decide what is kosher.” PLUS: Fox News host calls Andi a "slut."


Who is “Supernatural” bringing back next season?
Several past guest stars will return in Season 10.


Burbank burger stand gives discounts if you order in the voice or a TV character
Order as  Scooby-Doo, and get 10% off.


Watch Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Jack McBrayer at Comic-Con
They were promoting their new Adult Swim series.


Maksim: Kirstie Alley and I don’t speak anymore
The “Dancing” alum says: "Now that I'm associating with other people, that (she said) she can't be associated with, I am no longer to be spoken with."


“HIMYM’s” Ashley Williams is pregnant
The actress, whose Jim Gaffigan pilot was just picked up yesterday by TV Land, is expecting her first child this fall.


“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” premieres tonight on CW
The game show will reward magicians who stump the famous duo.

“The Wire" creator David Simon’s HBO miniseries casts Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaac

“The Wire" creator David Simon’s HBO miniseries casts Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaac
Simon is returning to HBO with “Show Me a Hero,” a Paul Haggis-directed six-hour miniseries based on Lisa Belkin’s 1999 non-fiction book about the fight for housing desegregation in the late ‘80s.


Bella Thorne to appear on “CSI"
The Disney star will become the prime suspect in a murder.


“Nashville” nabs Laura Benanti
The “Go On” alum will play an up-and-coming country star who befriends Rayna.


A warrant has been issued for Columbus Short’s arrest
The former “Scandal” star was a no-show for this morning’s domestic violence hearing. PLUS: “Scandal” books Kelen Coleman from “The McCarthys."

In defense of Allison Williams’ casting as Peter Pan

In defense of Allison Williams’ casting as Peter Pan
Marnie may be the worst character on “Girls,” but the real-life Williams is pretty good singer. PLUS: Lena Dunham predicts “she will slay,” and see Williams dressed as Peter Pan — as a child.


TNT renews Dick Wolf’s “Cold Justice"
The true crime docu-drama will be back for a 3rd season in early 2015.


Watch Jay Leno mentor a “Last Comic Standing” contestant
Why this might be Leno's smartest post-retirement appearance yet.


“The Bachelorette’s” Nick on his “made love” comments: ""It wasn’t necessarily about the sex…”
"I think she was very caught off guard by the question,” he says, "and quite honestly, I was surprised it came out, but I think I was very much in the moment, and it was something that I felt was weighing on my mind," he said. "It wasn’t necessarily about the sex, but just the level of intimacy about that night."


Krysten Ritter to visit “The Blacklist”
The “Breaking Bad” alum will guest on the season premiere.


Meet the Howard Stern crank caller who’s been pranking ESPN, CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC for 25 years
The Washington Post profiles Tom Cipriano, AKA Captain Janks, a truck driver and Stern fan who’s posed as everything from a football player to Bob Hope’s comedy writer to get on air.


Reminder: Halle Berry’s “Extant” has a new timeslot tonight
The Steven Spielberg-produced drama moves to 10 pm.

Production on 'The Big Bang Theory' postponed due to cast contract negotiations

Production on “The Big Bang Theory” postponed due to cast contract negotiations
Season 8 was scheduled to begin production today. But only two cast members are under contract: Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik.

'Big Brother Israel' adds a bomb shelter

“Big Brother Israel” adds a bomb shelter
The reality show is pulling in big ratings amid fighting amid the Gaza conflict.


Why not cast everybody from “Girls” on “Peter Pan Live”?
Lena Dunham could play Wendy, Adam Driver could be John Darling. PLUS: Watch clips of Allison Williams singing.


"SVU's" Richard Belzer is mourning the loss of his older brother, who jumped to his death early this morning
Leonard Belzer, 73, died early this morning after jumping from the 15th floor of his Upper West Side apartment.


After raising $4.3 trillion to buy CNN, Jon Stewart launches a  #NewCNNShows Twitter hashtag
Last night, “The Daily Show” looked back at 15 years of bashing CNN.


Stephen Colbert buys the URL TheSarahPalinChannel.com
The URL will be home to Colbert’s new online channel, “Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber."


Seth Meyers' younger brother will be a “Late Night” guest on Monday
Seth is best friends with younger brother Josh, who is a “MADtv” alum.


“Nathan For You” lived up to the hype with Dumb Starbucks
Turns out there were many layers to it than the actual store.


Chelsea Handler is setting up a “Clique of Powerful Women"
As she prepares to go to Netflix, the “Chelsea Lately” star has become best buds with A-listers Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.


Katie Couric says goodbye today to “Katie”
Couric will say goodbye to her daytime talk show with a special “Farewell to Katie” episode.


“Ted” from “HIMYM” enters his 40s
Happy birthday, Josh Radnor!


On “Sons of Anarchy” set, Lea Michele is apparently smoking with “Gemma”
Check her out as truck stop waitress Gertie.


“Twin Peaks” gets mashed up with The Muppets
Check out Kermit the Frog as Agent Cooper and Miss Piggy as Laura Palmer in honor of the Blu-ray release. PLUS: 11 shows that owe a debt to “Twin Peaks."

'Girls' star Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in NBC's 'Peter Pan Live'

"Girls" star Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in NBC's "Peter Pan Live"
The daughter of Brian Williams will join Christopher Walken on the live Dec. 4 telecast. "I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true,” Williams said in a statement.

Ian Ziering: Twitter better be prepared for Wednesday’s 'Sharknado wave'

Ian Ziering: Twitter better be prepared for Wednesday’s “Sharknado wave”
"I think the nerds over at Twitter better reinforce their hard drives because it almost broke them last time,” the actor said with a laugh, in an interview with Mashable. “Get those servers backed up because a storm is coming … and it’s a huge Sharknado wave.” PLUS: Ziering on Reddit gives a Steve Sanders update, and check out Ziering’s “Sharknado”-themed autograph.


Nickelodeon orders 26 episodes of “100 Things to Do Before High School”
The middle school comedy is from the creator of “Big Time Rush.”


“Game of Thrones’” Maisie Williams: “I’m so sick of going on the internet and seeing all the book readers being snobby…"
Asked about the Lady Stonehart controversy, Williams says of book readers: "They feel they have a claim on the series because they read the books first, and I understand that, but they don’t need to be mean about it. That’s why I liked moments like this, because book readers think they know what’s coming, then we change it and it’s really funny to watch their reactions. They’re always like, 'That’s not what happened in the books, so the show’s really bad now.' But really, they just feel insecure because they’re used to knowing what’s coming next.” PLUS: Cersei’s daughter reacts to being recast via a Vine video, and George R.R. Martin is a rock star at Comic-Con.


Craig Ferguson thinks a female should replace him
That’s according to VH1’s Carrie Keagan, in an essay complaining about the lack of female network talk show hosts.


It’s about time “The Bachelorette” talked about sex
Monday night’s “historic television moment” shouldn’t have been that big a deal. PLUS: Stop shaming Andi!, bachelor Nick preferred to have that conversation in public, Chris Harrison recalls Nick’s demeanor the past few months, and a character study of “Mumblecore Nick."


“Nathan For You” co-creator: How the show could’ve been different
Michael Koman, who hired Nathan Fielder as a writer on "Important Things with Demetri Martin,” says the initial concept of the show included written pieces.


Has John Oliver discovered late-night’s future with “Last Week Tonight”?
After three months, Oliver has set himself apart from “The Daily Show.” PLUS: Oliver’s long rants are a “master class” in how to make a downer subject entertaining.


Former “Lost” boss Carlton Cuse is now juggling 5 TV shows
Meanwhile, Damon Lindelof has “The Leftovers.”


"Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” adds “Bakshi"
British actor Simon Kassianides will recur in Season 2 as a "confident right-hand man.”


"Downton Abbey’s Lily James may be up for “War and Peace”
She and Paul Dano are reportedly in negotiations for the six-part BBC adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic.


Jay R. Ferguson shaves off his “Mad Men” beard
“RIP Rizzo, it was a pleasure."


“Community’s” last-minute Yahoo renewal prompted Comic-Con panel scrambling
TV Guide Magazine’s tribute to “Community” had been in the works for months, but its rebirth on Yahoo made it all the more viable.


Billy Bob Thornton: I’d love to steal Penny away on “The Big Bang Theory”
Thornton, whose mom turned him on to “Big Bang,” says he’d also like to play Hodor’s cousin on “Game of Thrones.”


Why “Saved by the Bell” was terrible
The classic NBC teen comedy has influenced many awful Disney Channel sitcoms, says Drew Magary. "It's a show that holds a special place in the hearts of many people my age,” he notes. "I am not one of these people. Saved by the Bell was f*cking terrible. It wasn't funny. It wasn't well acted. It wasn't well written. It wasn't even well shot. It was a sh*tty placeholder sitcom designed to keep you in the TV room an extra hour before heading out to softball practice.”


Here is a reported breakdown of how much TLC paid the Gosselins for “Jon & Kate Plus 8”
The Gosselins went from making $2,000 an episode to $22,500 an episode, according to a new tell-all book.


“Girls” films at SUNY New Paltz
Can the State University of New York at New Paltz substitute for the University of Iowa?