'American Horror Story: Freak Show' gets an Oct. 8 premiere date

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” gets an Oct. 8 premiere date
FX also announced a description of this season: "The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike…" PLUS: Watch the latest creepy teaser.

Winona Ryder, Jon Bernthal, Alfred Molina join David Simon’s HBO miniseries
Ryder will play the City Council president on "Show Me a Hero,” while Molina will play a fellow City Council member. “The Walking Dead’s” Bernthal will play a Harvard-trained lawyer.

Nick Offerman shares his “Simply Genius Shower Thoughts”
Check out the “Parks and Rec” star’s new series for Mashable.

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Tony Shalhoub joins 'Nurse Jackie'

Tony Shalhoub joins “Nurse Jackie”
The “Monk” alum will recur as an ER doctor who befriends Nurse Jackie.

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Jay Leno on Robin Williams: 'He was a guy I would have liked to have grown old with'

Jay Leno on Robin Williams: "He was a guy I would have liked to have grown old with”
“It would have been fun to be 87 or 88 with him,” says Leno, who’s one year older than Williams. "I look at Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks and I go, 'How much fun will that be for Jerry (Seinfeld) and I and Robin and all the other guys when we get older to tell lies about how famous we used to be.' And I realize now I'll never have that opportunity with Robin.”

Ian Somerhalder shares his first Season 6 “Vampire Diaries” pics of Damon
“Did he eat Bonnie?”

"SNL" alum Horatio Sanz: Will Ferrell helped George W. Bush with his likable impression
In the “SNL” updated oral history book, Sanz blames Lorne Michaels and former head political writer Jim Downey, who leans conservative, for “SNL” appearing too neutral, or too soft on the right. He also thinks Ferrell’s impression influenced how voters saw Bush. "You know, if Will hadn't done that impression, or at least made him likable, it may have tipped it the other way,” he says. "I honestly think so. We made up for it. I think Tina's impression basically killed Sarah Palin.” PLUS: Obama rejected a sketch about racial profiling.


Dan Patrick’s “Sports Jeopardy!” debuts on Crackle on Sept. 24
The Sony-owned digital network has ordered 52 episodes.

Al Roker turns 60, gets offered a White House job from Vice President Biden
“Look,” said Biden, "if I were running the administration or the next one, I’d have you in it. I mean, what the hell?”

ABC’s “Selfie” can be watched on Twitter
The pilot has also been available in a tweet.

DirecTV renews Neil LaBute’s “Full Circle”
The relationship drama will be back for a 10-episode 2nd season.

“Cosmos” has become a hit among stoners
The four-time Emmy winner from Seth MacFarlane has become huge in the marijuana-consuming world.

Kathy Griffin joins forces with the Zingbot to roast “Big Brother” contestants
Watch a preview of tonight’s episode.

“House of Cards” alum Rachel Brosnahan joins “The Dovekeepers”
She’ll play a key role in the four-hour miniseries from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett about four women at the siege of Masada.

“Jersey Shore’s” Ronnie & Sammi are officially over
"We were drifting apart and not really spending any time together,” says Ronnie Ortiz-Magro.

“20/20’s” Elizabeth Vargas is headed for divorce
As she heads back to rehab, Vargas is reportedly dealing with her family falling apart.

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CBS will show 'Madam Secretary’s' pilot twice in 1 night

CBS will show “Madam Secretary’s” pilot twice in 1 night
Due to an NFL delay, “Madam Secretary” will debut before and after “The Good Wife."

NBC's “Working the Engels” canceled
The U.S.-Canadian summer family comedy has been yanked in favor of new “Welcome to Sweden” episodes.

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Showtime renews 'Masters of Sex' and 'Ray Donovan'

Showtime renews “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan”
Both sophomore shows will be back for Season 3.

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Billy Crystal will speak in tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys

Billy Crystal will speak in tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys
At last year’s Emmys, Robin Williams spoke in tribute to Jonathan Winters. PLUS: Sara Bareilles will provide the "In Memoriam" music.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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