Read an excerpt from 'SNL’s' updated oral history: Sarah Palin hated being portrayed as an 'idiot'

Read an excerpt from “SNL’s” updated oral history: Sarah Palin hated being portrayed as an “idiot”
In "Live From New York” by Tom Shales and James Miller, which adds 200 pages to the 2002 book, Palin says: "I know that they portrayed me as an idiot, and I hated that, and I wanted to come on the show and counter some of that...If I ran into Tina Fey again today, I would say: 'You need to at least pay for my kids' braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you're me! My goodness, you capitalized on that! Can't you contribute a little bit? Jeez!’"


Discovery orders "Bear Grylls: Breaking Point”
Grylls’ new show will help everyday people overcome their biggest fears.


“Saved by the Bell” first aired 25 years ago today
Here are 25 things you never knew about the show that originated from "Good Morning, Miss Bliss.” PLUS: Here are some “Saved” guest-stars, from "Punky Brewster "to Tara Reid.


Bryan Cranston autographs a baseball as “Walter White”
“I can use a guy like you,” the former “Breaking Bad” star wrote in his autograph for pitcher Brian Wilson at last night’s Dodger game.


Connie Britton takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The “Nashville” star nominated her former roommate, Lauren Graham. PLUS: TMZ staffers gleefully dump ice water on Harvey Levin.


“Conan” is devoting an entire episode to bloopers
Thursday’s episode is being dubbed the “scrapisode."


“Parks and Rec” bringing back Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales
Tammy 2 and Tom Haverford’s ex will be part of the final season.


Jimmy Fallon beats Pierce Brosnan in "GoldenEye 007”
The former James Bond was easily beaten in the classic Nintendo game.


Another Duggar is on the way
Recently married "19 Kids and Counting” star Jill Duggar is pregnant.

'Halt and Catch Fire' renewed for Season 2

"Halt and Catch Fire" renewed for Season 2
AMC's '80s-set computer drama had disappointing ratings, but was redeemed by DVR viewership.

Jerry O’Connell is prepping a daytime talk show, but will he replace 'The Queen Latifah Show'?

Jerry O’Connell is prepping a daytime talk show, but will he replace “The Queen Latifah Show”?
Sony Pictures Television is denying a report that Queen Latifah’s talk show is in danger. But if she doesn’t return next season, CBS is developing a talk show starring O’Connell that would be aimed at the same Queen Latifah daytime female audience.


"Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition” book will be available on Dec. 3, the day after the series finale
The 208-page hardcover book will cover all seven seasons, with a special introduction from Kurt Sutter.


Watch the trailer for “The Chair,” Starz’s “Project Greenlight”-like filmmaking reality show
“The Chair,” from “Project Greenlight” star/executive producer Chris Moore, will pit two first-time directors against each other as they each film the same script.


“30 Rock’s” Scott Adsit will play Sam Adams on AMC's “We Hate Paul Revere”
Adsit is joining the AMC series starring opposite Ron Livingston’s Paul Revere.


HBO developing “Sing With me,” a musical comedy
Bruce Eric Kaplan, the cartoonist and “Girls” producer, is behind the project about three generations of women living in L.A.


“CSI" alum Louise Lombard is headed to “Grimm”
She’ll appear in the season’s first three episodes.

Eva Longoria is coming to 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

Eva Longoria is coming to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
The “Desperate Housewives” alum will play a defense attorney who catches the attention of Andy Samberg over the course of a three-episode arc.


“Touched by an Angel’s” Roma Downey is developing a guardian angels drama for NBC
Downey and her husband Mark Burnett are developing “Unveiled,” about a group of guardian angels who help people in a state of crisis.


NFL: “We have only ruled out Janet Jackson” for next year’s Super Bowl Halftime
The NFL was asked to confirm possible acts for next year’s halftime show. PLUS: Did the NFL leak Katy Perry, Coldplay and Rihanna's names to pressure one of them to blink and pay up?


FX’s “Partners” looks unlikely to get a 90-episode order after hitting a new low
The Kelsey Grammer/Martin Lawrence sitcom needs to do impressively in the ratings in its first 10 episodes in order to get an additional 90-episode order.


John Oliver is proving that fake news doesn’t need to use the “reassuring tropes” of “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report”
"What the success of 'Last Week Tonight' suggests,” says Steve Almond, "is that American television viewers may finally be tired of the frantic bombast generated by the Stimulation Media. What’s more, after years of making do with the therapeutic jibes of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, they are finding in Oliver a figure more interested in making sense of the world than in making them laugh.”


The subject of “The Wolf of Wall Street” is writing a TV show about Wall Street excesses in the ‘80s
Jordan Belfort, whom Leonardo DiCaprio played on the big screen, “The idea was to come up with a show about that period with really interesting characters.”


"SNL" fired Don Pardo before Season 7 — he recently did his “SNL” announcing from a Tucson assisted living facility
James Andrew Miller, author of "The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live,” recalls how Pardo didn’t think “Saturday Night Live” would last past its 1st season. He also notes that when a new producer took over “SNL” for one year in the early ‘80s, Pardo was let go in order to “blow up the show.” Miller also spoke to Lorne Michaels, who recalls hiring Pardo from a list of staff announcers. “I said, ‘Don Pardo?!’,” Michaels said, adding: “I was so excited by the possibility because he connected us really to the history of television. It turned out to be a fantastic ride, I think, because he was our connection to the beginnings of NBC.” PLUS: Here is “SNL” Tumblr’s tribute to Pardo, and Jimmy Fallon remembers Pardo.


Jon Stewart: I would ask “Daily Show” guests to read my movie script
J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard were among the guests who offered Stewart advice on  “Rosewater.” "They were both awfully gracious,” he says. "Basically, I would ask anybody who came on the show who is in the business, 'While you’re sitting here, would you mind…' (Laughs) I was that dick in a coffee shop with a script.”


Matthew Weiner: “Mad Men” on HBO would've been less sexy, more naked
Weiner said today in a Reddit AMA that he liked being on AMC when asked if his show would be different on HBO: "HBO has an insatiable appetite for nakedness and violence so there would have been a lot more of that. That may sound like a missed opportunity for some people but I have enjoyed the restrictions of basic cable. I think it has made the show strangely more sexy by implication and it was never going to be violent. The hero takes a nap in the first 15 minutes of the pilot.” PLUS: Weiner “was totally freaking out” when Paul McCartney said he watched “Mad Men” and Weiner took home Roger’s Bar.


Why don’t “Mad Men” star win Emmys?
The Emmy-nominated "Mad Men" stars' losses seem to make sense, especially when Jon Hamm lost to Bryan Cranston.


“The Shield’s” Kenny Johnson joins “Covert Affairs”
He’ll play a former CIA paramilitary operative in the 2nd half of the season.


Meet Olivia Benson’s new “SVU” protégé
Here’s your first look at Peter Scanavino in his guest role.


The real Alex from “Orange is the New Black” will tell the “wretched and stinky” truth in her book
Catherine Cleary Wolters, the inspiration for Laura Prepon’s character, says she’ll stick to real events, like her and Piper not actually having sex. The real events, she says, were "so wretched and stinky, it would quite possibly result in a collapsed universe. So I guess it’s a good thing Piper and Jenji (Kohan) stick with the fun little tidbits.”


“The Simpsons” FXX marathon begins Thursday morning: Here’s the schedule
Which are the best episodes to watch? PLUS: “Simpsons” writers will be live-tweeting during the marathon.


"Girls" star Adam Driver sees a connection between being a Marine and being an actor
"Obviously the stakes are different,” says the GQ cover boy. "You have to risk getting shot or killed in one and just embarrassed in the other.”


Why “SNL’s” Kate McKinnon is comedy’s next big superstar
After a little more than two seasons on “Saturday Night Live,” McKinnon looks poised to make it big. PLUS: Says McKinnon: "My favorite show on television of all time is 'The Bachelorette.’"


“SNL’s” Vanessa Bayer plays a tacky talk show host in Haim’s new music video
Bayer has gone from interviewing bands for “Sound Advice” to appearing in a music video.


“Breaking Bad’s” Bill Burr rants against the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
"At this point I’ve been challenged by three different f*cking people,” says Burr. “I love how it’s about the person. It’s not even about the disease. ‘Hey check out my wacky response to ice cold water over my f*cking head’ … I live in a desert. It’s a $500 fine if you waste water. I’m gonna do the $100 donation instead … Do you understand how precious water is to everyone around the world?” PLUS: “Glee” cast and “Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal also dump icy water over their heads.


Ellen Pompeo to produce a police drama for ABC
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star’s project will focus on a female cop who, after getting injured, becomes the police station’s psychologist.


Comedy Central is on a 9-show hot streak
From “Key & Peele” to “Inside Amy Schumer” to “Nathan For You,” Comedy Central has become one of the best networks over the past two years.


“Outlander” up in 2nd episode
The Starz series went from 721,000 to 900,000 viewers.


Erin Andrews: “Dancing with the Stars” dress rehearsals "would never be allowed on broadcast TV”
“Our dress rehearsals need to find their way on to cable television,” says the “Dancing” co-host. “They’re dirty. They’re nasty. They’re funny."


“Doctor Who” alum who helped inspire “Outlander” to guest on the Starz series
Frazer Hines was featured in the episode author Diana Gabaldon was watching when she decided to write the “Outlander” book series.


Kathy Griffin will have a “takeover on CBS” on Wednesday
She’ll be on “Big Brother” and Letterman.


“NCIS” books Stephanie Jacobsen
The “Melrose Place” alum will partner with and possibly romance Agent DiNozzo.


Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe return for a 2nd season of "A Young Doctor's Notebook”
Airing tonight on Ovation, Maureen Ryan says of the brief series: "This British import is weird, slight and lovingly made, and perhaps most importantly, it's smart enough not to overstay its welcome."


Magicians battle it out on Syfy’s “Wizard Wars”
"The format doesn’t work, but the illusions do” says Neil Genzlinger of the new reality show premiering tonight. "It’s 58 minutes of pretty amusing magic, building to a two-minute letdown.” PLUS: Behind the scenes.

Viral Canadian astronaut’s book 'An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth' to become an ABC sitcom pilot

Viral Canadian astronaut’s book "An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth” to become an ABC sitcom pilot
Col. Chris Hadfield, who performed David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” aboard the International Space Station, is being turned into a comedy by “Sh*t My Dad Says” creator Justin Halpern.


Simon Cowell submits to the Ice Bucket Challenge
Watch the former “Idol” star get drenched aboard a yacht. PLUS: Watch
John Krasinski, Jared Padalecki, Katie Couric, Charlie Rose and Dave Grohl as “Carrie” do the Ice Bucket Challenge.


Kids re-enact “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective,” “Breaking Bad” and other adult dramas
Check out the kiddie version of Rust Cohle.


Richard Branson to visit “The Simpsons”
“Richard Branson is the Flanders to Mr. Burns,” says “The Simpsons” boss Al Jean. “He’s Mr. Burns’ nosy neighbor.”


Introducing "A Game of Thrones: The Board Game”
Check out a table-sized, hand made 3D recreation of the map of Westeros that took 150 hours to make. PLUS: Sophie Turner takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.


“Sons of Anarchy” theme song band is trying to crowdfund its debut album
The Forest Rangers have launched a PledgeMusic campaign.


“The Knick” goes up 18% in Week 2
The 2nd episode was watched by 600,000 viewers.


Shark Week scores big ratings among men and women
The most-watched Shark Week attracted 42 million total viewers.


“Pushing Daisies” kiss becomes a reality 5 years after cancelation
Lee Pace and Anna Friel recently reunited.


Watch the trailer for VH1’s “Drumline: A New Beat”
The sequel to 2002’s “Drumline” stars Alexandra Shipp.

Bow Wow is the newest star of 'CSI: Cyber'

Bow Wow is the newest star of “CSI: Cyber”
Hip-hop artist and actor Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, will co-star with Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek, playing Brody “Baby Face” Nelson, a hacker who’s been ordered by a judge to work with Arquette’s character “on loan.”

NFL wants Super Bowl Halftime performers to pay to play

NFL wants Super Bowl Halftime performers to pay to play
The Wall Street Journal has asked Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay — finalists for the 2015 Super Bowl — to pay to play. Reports the Journal: "While notifying the artists' camps of their candidacy, league representatives also asked at least some of the acts if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig. The pay-to-play suggestion got a chilly reception from the candidates' representatives, these people said."


Bryan Cranston reunites with Aaron Paul and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Barely Legal Pawn"
Check out their spoof video for the TV Academy.


MTV renews “Finding Carter”
The teen drama has received a big DVR boost.


Nathan Fielder was once a psychic and spiritual healer named “Ronald Shoub”
The Comedy Central star talked about his fake website in an interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons.


Screech punches a fan in new “Unauthorized Saved by the Bell” clip
Here’s the latest clip from the Lifetime movie.


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” bringing back Patton Oswalt
He’ll reprise his role as Fire Marshall Boone.


“Arrow” casts Komodo
Matt Ward will play the notorious DC Comics villain, also known as Simon Lacroix.


Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert will present at the Emmys
They’ll join fellow late-night host Seth Meyers on Monday night.


“Will & Grace” artifacts join the Smithsonian’s gay rights collection
Original scripts and props from the NBC comedy will be part of the Smithsonian’s gay rights exhibit.


Bill Cosby “confronts” Jimmy Fallon for impersonating him
Watch Fallon imitate Cosby behind his back.


“Trophy Wife’s” Bailee Madison headed to “Mulaney”
She’ll play the daughter of a woman Mulaney is dating.

FX renews 'The Strain' for Season 2

FX renews “The Strain” for Season 2
“I am thrilled!” Guillermo del Toro said of the pickup, which means his and Carlton Cuse’s neo-vampire bio-terror drama will be back next summer.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' gets Adrianne Palicki to play Mockingbird

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” gets Adrianne Palicki to play Mockingbird
The “Friday Night Lights” alum will guest as the fan favorite on the season’s 5th episode.

Amy Poehler: 'My whole life changed once Don Pardo said my name'

Amy Poehler: “My whole life changed once Don Pardo said my name”
“I will really miss that kind and talented man,” Poehler said in a statement, one of a number of "SNL" alums remembering the longtime "Saturday Night Live" announcer. PLUS: Watch Pardo’s greatest “SNL” moments, and read more tributes from Ana GasteyerColin Jost, Chris Kattan, Dennis Miller, John Milhiser and Rachel Dratch.


Julianne Hough — “Dancing with the Stars” judge!?
TMZ reports that an offer has been made to make the former “Dancing” star a judge next season.


Watch Gary Busey’s bizarre “Celebrity Big Brother” entrance
“That was an experience and a half - don’t you just love live telly?” said presenter Emma Willis, who had to lead Busey up by the hand. PLUS: Watch Busey’s video intro.


Chelsea Handler is only taking 2 of her staffers to Netflix
According to the NY Daily News, Handler initially told all her “Chelsea Lately” staff that they’d come with her to Netflix.


Report: Katie Couric declined to guest co-host “Today” for 1 day
Page Six reports Couric wanted to guest-host for two weeks while Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave.


Hulu renews “The Awesomes”
Seth Meyers’ animated comedy will return for a 3rd season.


Chuck Lorre will experiment by putting “Mom” reruns on TBS for 1 month
From Aug. 25 to Sept. 19, the Anna Faris comedy will be shown after reruns of “The Big Bang Theory.”


ABC’s “Selfie” pilot is now available for web streaming
The Karen Gillan-John Cho comedy is now posted on Hulu. PLUS: “Selfie” reviewed in hashtags.

Justin Hartley is the new Adam Newman on “The Young and the Restless”
Hartley is returning to daytime TV, replacing Michael Muhney, who was fired from the soap last year.


Nathan Fielder explains to Conan why he kept posting a old man porn on Instagram
“It’s just one of those unfortunae accidents…"


Watch the trailer for Syfy zombie drama “Z Nation”
Is this the next “Walking Dead”?


Roku unveils its own smart TVs
The streaming set-top box maker claims that these are the first streaming-first TV sets.


James Corden is coming back with “The Wrong Mans” Christmas specials
The rumored future “Late Late Show” host will have a pair of specials on BBC2 this Christmas.


William Hung is a married man
The famed “American Idol” reject actually tied the knot two months ago.


“Veep” director could become “Doctor Who’s” next sidekick
British comedian Chris Addison directed much of the 2nd season of the HBO series.


“Star Wars Rebels” will premiere with a 1-hour movie
“Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” debuts Oct. 3.


TruTV orders 13 more “Hardcore Pawn” episodes
The 13 episodes amount to a backorder for this season.