Report: CBS wanted to redo the 'How I Met Your Dad' pilot without guaranteeing a series pickup

Report: CBS wanted to redo the “How I Met Your Dad” pilot without guaranteeing a series pickup
But 20th Century Fox TV, though willing to retool the pilot, was unwilling to proceed without the guarantee of a series commitment, according to Deadline. So 20th is shopping the “How I Met Your Mother” to other networks, and Deadline reports that other channels have shown interest.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is getting an HBO documentary
The documentary will cover the NBA legend’s entire life, with the film set to air early next year.


Why was CBS boss Les Moonves “hanging” with Joel McHale?
Julie Chen tweeted a photo of the three of them together amid speculation that the former “Community” star could be a candidate to replace Craig Ferguson on “The Late Late Show.”


“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” ends its 1st season having finally found its way
For most of the season, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” didn’t know what it wanted to be. But the release of "Captain America: The Winter Solider” forced the show to reboot itself, which it did, resulting in a compelling season finale. PLUS: “S.H.I.E.L.D.” needs to figure out how to make the standalone episodes exciting.


Conan O’Brien’s audience averages 862,000 viewers with a median age of 39.6
In fact, “Conan” is the only major late-night show with a median age under 40.


John Oliver explains how he got an old wrinkled penis for “Last Week Tonight”
"We went through photos,” he says of his fake attack ad. "It was basically the penis version of a headshot.”


CBS is taking more chances after losing the No. 1 demo spot to NBC
Les Moonves has never been more experimental with his schedule, especially with his decision to not have a two-hour CBS Monday comedy block for the first time since the 1985-86 season.


“Glee” ends the season on a series low of 1.9 million
Meanwhile, “NCIS," "NCIS: LA," "Person of Interest” and even “Trophy Wife” ended the season on an up note.


"Fresh Off The Boat” is the 1st network Asian-American family comedy since Margaret Cho’s “All-American Girl” in 1994
Will “Fresh Off The Boat” have a better experience than Cho’s sitcom, which struggled through many ABC changes.


“Glee” had a ridiculous explanation for Naya Rivera’s absence from the season finale
"Oh she's shooting a Yeast-I-Stat commercial in Iowa for a week,” explained Mercedes. PLUS: Finale set up the Season 6 time jump, and is the Rivera-Lea Michele drama mirrored on the show?


Ludacris to host the 2014 Billboard Music Awards
Presenters at Sunday’s awards show include Danica McKellar, “The Bachelorette" and Sarah Hyland.


“The L Word” creator joins Fox’s “Empire” as showrunner
Ilene Chaiken will join “The Butler” team of Danny Strong and Lee Daniels on the hip-hop empire drama.


Lily Allen: I was asked to join my brother, “Theon Greyjoy,” on “Game of Thrones”
The singer says she was asked to play Theon’s brother, who is played by Alfie Allen, her real-life brother.


“Law & Order” meets “Game of Thrones”
Here’s what “Law & Order: GoT” would look like. PLUS: How Sunday’s episode should’ve ended, and George R.R. Martin talks about the “more bloodthirsty” showrunners.


Check out “Scandal’s” Josh Malina on “SVU”
He’s really creepy in this role.


“The Goldbergs” changed a lot from its pilot to its Season 1 finale
The once-loud show ended its first season on a quiet note last night.


“Supernatural” shocker, explained
What was going on in that moment?


Olivia Munn is reportedly dating Aaron Rodgers
“The Newsroom” star has, according to Us, moved on from “The Killing’s” Joel Kinnaman to the Green Bay Packers QB.


“The Fosters” star Sherri Saum welcomes twins
She gave birth to John Rubén and Michael Luís on Tuesday.

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CBS confirms it’s not picking up 'How I Met Your Dad'

CBS confirms it’s not picking up “How I Met Your Dad”
The “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff, starring Greta Gerwig, can be shopped to other networks after CBS’ boss Nina Tassler said “things on the pilot didn’t work out." Tassler said she tried to get producers to redo the pilot, but couldn’t get them to resolve the spinoff’s issues. “I’m heartsick,” she said. “It wasn’t what they wanted to do.”

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CBS unveils its fall schedule: 'Big Bang' to Monday during NFL Thursdays, 'CSI' to Sunday

CBS unveils its fall schedule: “Big Bang” to Monday during NFL Thursdays, “CSI” to Sunday
CBS’ Monday comedy block has been reduced to one hour, with “Big Bang”/“2 Broke Girls" and “Mom.” “CSI” and “CSI: Cyber” will share the same timeslot on Sundays.


“Two and a Half Men” will end next year after 12 seasons
Chuck Lorre is promising a "season-long event.” PLUS: Could Charlie Sheen return?


“Conan” extended through 2018
TBS’ three-year extension means Conan will close in on his 25th anniversary as a talk show host.


Watch TBS’ new show trailers
See Rashida Jones in “Angie Tribeca,” plus “Buzzy’s” and “Your Family or Mine.”


Watch TNT’s new show trailers
Check out “Transporter: The Series,” “The Librarians,” “Proof” and “Public Morals."


TNT reveals new “Boom” tagline, plans for a Stephen King “Firestarter” sequel
TNT’s new projects include “87th Precinct,” “President X,” “Fix-It Men,” “Kali,” “Breed” and “Anonymous.”

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Andy Samberg is back: Watch his 'SNL' season finale promos

Andy Samberg is back: Watch his “SNL” season finale promos
Two years after leaving “Saturday Night Live,” the Golden Globe-winning "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star has returned to frolic with Kenan Thompson. PLUS: Seth Meyers unveils "SNL" "Second Chance Theater": Watch Will Forte as "Jennjamin Franklin," joined by Jason Sudeikis, Vanessa Bayer and Fred Armisen.

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ABC, with its diverse new shows, has made Shonda Rhimes the heart and soul of the entire network

ABC, with its diverse new shows, has made Shonda Rhimes the heart and soul of the entire network
Rhimes’ DNA is all over ABC’s new shows, even the ones she’s not involved with. A lot of the new ABC shows either have non-white male leads, and/or diverse casts and/or non-white male executive producers. PLUS: ABC is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to diversity, judging ABC’s new fall shows, and why does ABC continue using terrible titles?


An appreciation of “Trophy Wife,” a more complex version of “Modern Family"
The ABC comedy exits tonight having eclipsed “Modern Family” in portraying the politics of a complex family, says Eliana Dockterman. "To its credit, 'Trophy Wife’ directly confronted the complications of divorce that Modern Family often ignores—and did so without vilifying the exes,” she explains. PLUS: The creators talk about ending “Trophy Wife,” and the entire cast made “Trophy Wife” great.


George R.R. Martin’s writes his books on his DOS computer
The “Game of Thrones” honcho has one computer for the internet, and a DOS machine for his Wordstar 4.0 program. PLUS: 4th “GoT” beer revealed, and Super Mario Bros. meets “GoT."


Don Draper to meet Rip Van Winkle in new Sundance drama
"Crack in the Sky” will revolve around a Don Draper-like man who falls asleep in 1962 and wakes up in 2012.


Why Louis CK got it wrong in the “Fat Girl” speech he wrote for Sarah Baker
As Willa Paskin points out, "A woman as confident and comfortable as Vanessa would not, I don’t think, imagine herself as the victim of her weight and blame guys like Louie as entirely as her speech suggests. As a guilt trip, her speech is perfect; as a character exploration, it’s a little bit too much of a guilt trip. Vanessa’s teachable moment, and the episode more largely, is as scathing to Louie as possible. But it’s also condescending to Vanessa: I mean, if all Vanessa wanted in life was to hold hands with a nice guy, a girl as cool as she is could do just that.” PLUS: Louis CK pulled his punches and his speech was condescending, Louis CK finally destroyed his "Manic Pixie Dream Girl” fantasy, at least he started a necessary conversation, why do overweight men rank higher than overweight women, and what about men who love “Big Beautiful Women”?


Claim: “The Biggest Loser” refused to show fat people getting into relationships
Season 3’s Kai Hibbard reveals “5 Details They Cut from My Season,” and writes: "'The Biggest Loser' had romantic subplots that would build throughout the season, (like any other reality show), but the producers and editors made sure to Jim & Pam that sh*t as slowly as possible. Those ‘relationships' weren't allowed to bloom until both partners were skinny enough that their kisses were safe for a presumably very shallow audience that knows love only as something bedazzled on the butts of pretty girls' pink sweatpants."


“Frasier” ended its 11-year run 10 years ago tonight
Why is the 10th anniversary of the end of “Frasier” receiving less attention than the 10th anniversary of the end of “Friends”?


Steve Carell tonight debuts his new “Riot” improv game show
“I have no idea what I’m getting myself into,” he says of the Fox show that he’s filming along with his “Office” co-star Andy Buckley.


Jim Parsons: I thought I was auditioning for a Chuck Woolery show, not for Chuck Lorre
“The Big Bang Theory” star tells Letterman he was confused as to why Woolery would have his own show.


In praise of “Fargo’s” Martin Freeman, and his "understated facial guitar solo of abjection”
For Freeman, the former star of the original “Office,” "Reaction shots have long been his foremost weapon,” says Chris DeVille. "He pioneered the bemused camera-mugging that John Krasinski rode to a comfortable living Stateside, and his perplexed head-cocks are the Picassos of the form. But on ‘Fargo,' he's reaching a new pinnacle of pitiful.”


Danny Strong came up with Fox's “Empire” while driving
The “Buffy” and “Gilmore Girl” alum says: "I was literally driving in my car and I thought, I wonder if you could do King Lear in a hip hop empire. I literally was like: King Lear. Hip hop Empire and then my next thought was, 'I should call Lee Daniels.’"


Roseanne Barr detailed more sexism on “Roseanne” after her former writer Norm Macdonald defended her
Macdonald called Roseanne "a true feminist in a world of false ones" and "a genius who is being wasted.” Roseanne responded, saying: "They hate me because I have ideas.” PLUS: Is Norm Macdonald a comedian who doesn’t do comedy?


Carson Daly gets that “Voice” fans, especially West Coasters, don’t like the Twitter Save
“I love the Twitter Save,” he says, "but there’s definitely been some backlash. I see it online — maybe more because I’m from L.A., and the West Coast still doesn’t have a clear grip on how they can participate.”


“Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman: “I was devastated” when I found out about bachelor Eric Hill's death
"I had just seen him,” she says. "He was a member of our cast and we had an inherent bond. The (other contestants) shared that bond too. It was shocking and devastating to all of us and it's still a tough thing that we're going through.” PLUS: See photos of the new “Bachelorette” bachelors.


Juan Pablo won’t watch “The Bachelorette” season
Why? Juan Pablo tweeted that he "“will CALL Andi to get her VERSION.” PLUS: Juan Pablo blamed for St. Louis Cardinals losing, and Jimmy Kimmel jokes that ABC won’t have another non-white “Bachelor” after Juan Pablo.


Comedy Central passes on “The Chris Gethard Show”
The comedian’s public access show won’t be making its way to cable.


Sweet TV moms are being replaced by “TV momsters”
The June Cleaver type of TV mother has given way to Norma Bates, Gemma Teller Morrow, and even Gillian Darmody.


Bill Paxton had a great time on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” but he’s not ready for a full-time return to TV
"To take on a whole series does not interest me,” he says. "I mean I had a great experience doing the five seasons as the male lead in 'Big Love.' That was a great experience. I’m glad I have done it, but I just don’t feel like I have the stamina to try to do that again. it’s just an experience I’ve had, I enjoyed it. I like jumping around now."


Ben Feldman: That’s how I’m really like on the “Mad Men” set
"That’s just — that’s just how I am on set,” he says. "High-anxiety, sweaty, freaking out. It’s just my process. It’s not an evolution.” PLUS: Feldman was at an NBC Upfronts party Sunday when he started receiving all these nipple-related texts.


What to expect from “The Originals” season finale
“There is going to be a point of critical mass,” says Daniel Gillies. “I do think that he’s going to reach a breaking point of sorts. And when he does, I think that it could be a really frightening thing to watch."


Check out Giada De Laurentiis’ 1st-ever restaurant
The Food Network star is opening a restaurant for the first time. “Giada” opens in Las Vegas on May 28.


Carson, Letterman and Stewart all had early failures when they had their own “The (fill in the name) Show”
Here’s recalling the early struggles of “The Johnny Carson Show,” “The David Letterman Show” and “The Jon Stewart Show.”


Elisabeth Moss beat out Danica McKellar, and 8 other revelations from “The West Wing” oral history
Also, Rob Lowe had to audition while Moira Kelly didn’t.


“Frontline” tonight tackles the “United States of Secrets”
Tonight’s episode delves into the NSA’s vast data collection operation.

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Jimmy Kimmel takes shots at ABC, Fox’s 'Gotham,' NBC musicals

Jimmy Kimmel takes shots at ABC, Fox’s “Gotham,” NBC musicals
During his annual upfront standup routine, Kimmel also offered advertisers the chance to pay $25 million for naming rights for his baby — a “cervical integration.” Kimmel also called Fox’s “Gotham” “the show for people who love everything about Batman except Batman” Kimmel also proposed a show called “Kittens with Cancer” while questioning NBC’s strategy: “You know what you do when you’re No. 1? You double down and hit ‘em with Peter mother#$%^ing Pan. Is (NBC Entertainment chief) Bob (Greenblatt) running a network or a high school theater camp?”


ABC posts full trailers for its new shows
Here’s a full look at “Fresh Off the Boat,” "Forever," "Galavant," "The Whispers," “Cristela” and “Secrets and Lies."

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Anderson Cooper gets a huge boost from interviewing Donald Sterling

Anderson Cooper gets a huge boost from interviewing Donald Sterling
Cooper’s CNN show was up 73% in the key news demo last night.


“Girls” adds a former “Homeland” terrorist as Hannah's classmate
Actress Marin Ireland is joining the cast next season as Hannah’s “rich, sexual, beautiful but cold” classmate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


ABC boss calls Shonda Rhimes “the Charles Dickens of the 21st Century”
"I call her the Charles Dickens of the 21st Century if Charles Dickens had been black and a woman,” said ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee at the network’s up fronts.


Here are 8 ways “Mulaney” resembles “Seinfeld”
Is “SNL’s” Nasim Pedrad the new Elaine?


“Mad Men’s” Ginsberg might be schizophrenic, says a psychiatrist
Dr. Paul Puri says of this week’s episode: "Through the contemporary psychiatric lens, which is very biology-based, the show has really dropped hints all along that Ginsberg is an odd guy and possibly on the schizophrenia spectrum.”


Watch the trailer for ABC’s new fantasy reality show “The Quest”
“The Quest” mixes geek fantasy with a reality competition.

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'The Walking Dead' offers the 1st glimpse of Andrew Lincoln in Season 5

“The Walking Dead” offers the 1st glimpse of Andrew Lincoln in Season 5
What is Rick Grimes looking at?

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ABC defends putting racy 'Grey’s Anatomy' on during the 8 pm family hour

ABC defends putting racy “Grey’s Anatomy” on during the 8 pm family hour
“I think it’s much less relevant than it was than five years ago,” ABC Entertainment boss Paul Lee said of the network family hour, adding: “We will make sure whatever we air is appropriate.” PLUS: Lee is sorry to see “Trophy Wife” go.


Simon Cowell launching “La Banda” on Univision
Cowell is teaming with the Spanish-language network to find a Latino boy band.


Clay Aiken officially wins his Democratic Congressional primary 1 day after his opponent’s death
The “Idol” alum, who was declared winner today, said his opponent Keith Crisco was “a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him.”


Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon last night told the exact same Donald Sterling joke
“The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” tape 90 minutes apart. Doesn’t NBC have somebody monitoring their monologues?


Anna Gunn hints at a “Better Call Saul” cameo
“I just heard a little rumor about that,” says the “Gracepoint” star and “Breaking Bad” alum.


University of Iowa reveals the “Girls” scenes it rejected — Hannah’s bungles with bikes
The writers sent the university descriptions of the scenes it wanted to shoot on campus, and the university released those e-mails to the local Iowa City Press-Citizen newspaper.


MSNBC sued for mistaking a man named Keith Todd for a criminal named Todd Keith
Keith Todd was featured on the reality show “Caught on Camera.”


CBS still hasn’t picked up “How I Met Your Dad”
If the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff isn’t picked up by Wednesday, it could end up on another network.


Alec Baldwin goes on Twitter rant after his wrong-way bike arrest
"New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign,” he tweeted.


“Game of Thrones’” Shae speaks
"I wouldn't call it shrewd,” Sibel Kekilli says of this week’s episode. "I would rather call it straight and fearless.”


Larry King finds Andy Cohen a date on Tinder
“You mean, it's only for gays?” King asked.


“NCIS” boss: How we’re sending off Ralph Waite tonight
"Every character has their moment to say goodbye” on tonight’s season finale, says Gary Glasberg. "Tremendous thought went into the funeral scene.”


“The Blacklist”: Here are the highs and lows from Season 1
James Spader was of course a high, Megan Boone’s wig was a low. PLUS: The season finale delivered, and the show ended up owning its clichéd lameness.


Introducing John Krasinski’s daughter
The former “Office” star tweeted a photo of his And Emily Blunt’s first child, Hazel.

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Watch ABC’s new show trailers

Watch ABC’s new show trailers
Check out Anthony Anderson in “Black-ish,” Karen Gillan in “Selfie” and Viola Davis in “How to Get Away with Murder.”


“24” tumbles
The 2nd week of “Live Another Day” was down 24% in the demo. Meanwhile, the season finales of “Castle” and “The Blacklist” did well, while the final episode of “Star-Crossed” was up 33%.


“Castle” creator: "It's not like we're playing a love triangle or anything”
Andrew W. Marlowe explains last night’s season finale.

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