Letterman and Lindsay Lohan phone Oprah

Letterman and Lindsay Lohan phone Oprah
Dave announces he's a Scientologist.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ naked Rolling Stone cover contains a major flaw
John Hancock never signed the U.S. Constitution!


Bill O’Reilly slams Stephen Colbert — is "Papa Bear" trying to get him the “Late Show” gig?
Last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” served only to bolster Colbert’s relevance, says James Poniewozik. “Make no mistake,” he says, "however much Colbert wants Letterman’s job and however much CBS wants him, making Colbert the subject of another public flame war only raises his profile higher than it already is. Is O’Reilly maybe trying to undermine Colbert, sending the signal that CBS will alienate conservative viewers if it hires Colbert? If so, I doubt that would work. Many conservatives have had it in for Letterman for years, and CBS gladly renewed him as long as he wanted to keep the job.”


E! to air a special devoted to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show
The April 23 special will celebrate Seacrest’s 10-year gig as host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest."


Teresa & Joe Giudice will erase more than $13M in debt by paying $7,500 to their creditors
TMZ has uncovered documents showing the “Real Housewives” couple living a lavish lifestyle.


“Divorce Court” renewed through 2017
It’s TV’s longest-running court show.


Roseanne unveils skinnier new look for “Last Comic Standing”
Did Roseanne Barr drop all this weight for her return to TV?

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Drake will host the ESPYs

Drake will host the ESPYs
After hosting “SNL” in January, rapper Drake will helm ESPN’s annual awards show live on July 16.

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TV Land is rebooting 'Candid Camera'

TV Land is rebooting “Candid Camera”
Peter Funt, son of “Candid Camera” creator and original host Allen Funt, will co-host the 10-episode reboot this summer.


Barbara Walters confirms Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck were booted from “The View”
In a Variety profile on her retirement, Walters says, “I don’t feel like I’m being pushed out. This was my decision.” But it wasn’t Hasselbeck or Behar’s decision to leave "The View." “These are not Barbara and Bill’s decisions,” Walters says. “The network is also involved. I think the feeling was if one went, both had to leave. We needed to shake things up.”


Watch last week’s entire “SNL” in 2 minutes from the audience’s perspective
“Saturday Night Live” has uploaded a time-lapse behind-the-scenes-video of Anna Kendrick’s entire show.


Lifetime’s “Relative Insanity" will lock family members in a room for 2 days
Two families will battle it out to see who can outlast and out-fox each other and earn a $25,000 cash prize.


“The Simpsons” launching on FXX with a 12-day, 522-episode marathon
“It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” says FXX boss Jon Landgraf.


FX boss: “True Detective” competing for Emmy’s Best Drama is “unfair”
Says John Landgraf: “My own personal point of view is that a miniseries is a story that ends, a series is a story that continues. To tell you the truth, I think it's actually unfair for HBO to put ‘True Detective’ in the drama series category because essentially you can get certain actors to do a closed-ended series, a la Billy Bob Thornton in ‘Fargo’ or Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in ‘True Detective,’ who you can't get to sign on for a seven-year deal.”


Cobie Smulders will return to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
She’ll reprise her Agent Maria Hill role during May sweeps. PLUS: “S.H.I.E.L.D.” hits a new low.


Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show has lost nearly half its premiere viewership
About 390,000 watched this week’s “Lindsay."


“The Voice” is going on tour
The 31-city tour will include Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin, as well as Dia Frampton from Season 1 and Will Champlin.


“The L Word’s” Mia Kirshner headed to Netflix
She’ll be part of the psychological thriller from the “Damages” creators that stars Kyle Chandler.


Former Alabama QB AJ McCarron and “Splash” star Katherine Webb are making a reality show together
The engaged couple will have their lives chronicled as McCarron moves to the NFL, but their proposed reality show hasn’t found a network yet.


Jill Duggar is engaged
"19 Kids & Counting” will be adding a son-in-law to their clan.

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Amazon orders Ron Perlman’s 'House of God' and Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny in 'The Cosmopolitans'

Amazon orders Ron Perlman’s “House of God” and Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny in “The Cosmopolitans”
Perlman will play law-bending Judge Pernell Harris, with Dana Delany as his wife. “The Cosmopolitans” is from “Metropolitan” director Whit Stillman, about ex-pats in Paris.


Jon Hamm makes fun of his ‘90s dating show rejection
“And that’s how I met your mother,” he said on Craig Ferguson.


FX on the verge of renewing “The Americans”
FX chief John Landgraf also said at today’s upfronts that “Fargo” is "“one of the better things we’ve ever put on the network.”


Former “Dancing” host Samantha Harris will undergo a double mastectomy
Harris, 40, has been treated for breast cancer since last fall.


Nat Geo Wild renews Cesar Milian’s “Cesar 911”
“Cesar” had become the cable network’s 2nd highest-rated series.

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L.A. mayor phoned Les Moonves to get CBS’ post-Letterman show to move to Los Angeles

L.A. mayor phoned Les Moonves to get CBS’ post-Letterman show to move to Los Angeles
Mayor Eric Garcetti did Tuesday what his NYC counterpart did Monday. That follows a letter Garcetti sent last week, saying: "I am excited for the opportunity to encourage you to bring CBS’ next late-night show to our city — the entertainment capital of the world."


“Justified” boss reflects on Season 5
"It's so funny,” says Graham Yost, "because we were in this position in season 3, where people liked the season but weren't loving it. Although, I gotta tell ya, there are some people who think this is our best season, and I choose to listen only to them. (laughs) Our biggest concern was not to repeat ourselves and not to make this the Bennetts, part two — to make the Crowes a distinct family. What we got with the actors gave us that. It was a different constellation.” PLUS: The last two seasons are meant to be one big season, why Ava was in prison the entire season, the season finale was predictable yet fun to watch, it deftly set up the final season, and the final season looks very promising.


“SNL” made a special goodbye "Wig" T-shirt for Kristen Wiig
Seth Meyers showed a Beatles-inspired T-shirt of all of Wiig's 19 wigs she wore during her seven seasons on "Saturday Night Live."


Remembering “Silicon Valley’s” Christopher Evan Welch, who died in December
Welch never lived to see the debut of his breakout role as angel investor Peter Gregory in the “Silicon Valley” pilot.


Watch the trailer for NBC’s “Undateable”
The comedy is from “Cougar Town” and “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence.


“Chicago Fire” boss: Why we keep killing off major characters
"You have to keep the audience honest,” says exec producer Matt Olmstead. "They can't be conditioned to think no one's ever getting killed on this show. ... You have to take the opportunity to show that there are risks on this job, there are risks in Chicago, there are risks on this show.”


Jimmy Fallon & Anne Hathaway sing Broadway versions of rap songs
It’s the latest "Tonight Show" viral video.

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NBC asking viewers to come up with better sitcom ideas

NBC asking viewers to come up with better sitcom ideas
The “NBC Comedy Playground” initiative will use crowdsourcing to find fresh sitcom ideas, with a panel of stars like Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling and Jason Bateman forming a panel to judge the entries.


“SNL’s” Fox News flub becomes true
On last week’s “Saturday Night Live” sketch spoofing “Fox & Friends,” Bobby Moynihan as Brian Kilmeade referred to the NCAA as the NAACP.  This morning on "Fox & Friends First,” host Heather Childers referred to the UConn Huskies as "NAACP national champs."


Naked Julia Louis-Dreyfus covers Rolling Stone — with the constitution tattooed on her back
"In my defense, 'I was in a drunken stupor,” the “Veep” star says of the racy cover.


Mindy Kaling on “Shameless” entering Emmy’s Best Comedy race: A comedy should contain jokes
Kaling, “Parks and Rec’s” Adam Scott, Jenna Elfman, “About a Boy’s David Walton and Andy Samberg talked comedy today at NBC Universal’s press day.


Jimmy Fallon is finally going on vacation after 8 straight weeks of “The Tonight Show”
Next week, NBC will re-air Fallon’s entire “Tonight Show” premiere week.


Seth Rogen jumps in the air for his "SNL" promos
Watch his promos with Aidy Bryant.


Marvel’s movie approach may have been inspired by TV
The slew of Marvel movies seems to be using the serialized approach that television is thriving on these days. But oddly enough, Marvel isn’t doing so well with its TV show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."


The secret to Letterman’s comedy? His boredom!
That’s the theory posed by Joshua Rothman: "Dog people, who seek out affability and enthusiasm in their late-night hosts, gravitate toward Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, hosts who tumble down the driveway, eager to please. Cat people, by contrast, like Letterman, because he’s prickly, indifferent, and mysterious. Staring down at his blue index cards, chuckling ominously to himself, Letterman doesn’t seem to care about being funny. Instead, he seems frustrated, distracted, and maybe even a little bored. Nonfans find this off-putting. But Letterman’s boredom—his reticence or, on a good day, his guarded enthusiasm—is the secret to his comedy. In fact, it’s been his main theme for more than thirty years.” PLUS: Every Letterman junkie knew Dave would retire on a whim, Questlove says Letterman made New York cool, and listen to Dave’s 1969 college radio show.


“House of Cards” creator has no idea how many people watch his show
“I don’t know how many people have watched ‘House of Cards,’ says Beau Willimon, "I don’t know the demographics, I don’t know when they watch it, I don’t know how many episodes on average they watch in a row,” he said in an interview. “I don’t have access to any of that any more than you do, and I’m grateful for that too, because I don’t have to respond to it.” PLUS: What about a “Veep” crossover? “If we could get Kevin and Julia on the screen at the same time, that would be electric,” says Willimon.


“Family Ties” alum Michael Gross is headed to “Suits”
He’ll play the founder of a DVD distribution company.


“New Girl” books alums from “The Office” and “Reno 911!”
Oscar Nunez and Kerri Kenney will appear in the season finale.


Ex-“Seinfeld” writer Carol Leifer recalls pitching ideas to Larry David
"Pitching your ideas at ‘Seinfeld' was tough,” she says in her new memoir. "Especially getting Larry David to bite. Larry had this physical tic when he was bored: he’d stretch his shoulder down from his neck and then move his arm around in a circle, looking like he was in pain. I’d pitch, Larry would listen while doing a lap with his shoulder, then at the end he’d often just shake his head and declare: 'No, I don’t love that one.’"


Check out Kevin Hart and his ABC sitcom pilot family
Comedy Central roaster Jeffrey Ross and “Weeds” alum Romany Malco are among the cast for Hart’s comedy pilot loosely based on his life.


Read Andy Cohen’s “Peanuts” forward
The Bravo star wrote the intro the new book “Peanuts Guide to Life,” a collection of the best Charlie Brown comic strips.


CNBC orders “Restaurant Kickstart” and “Filthy Rich Guide”
“Restaurant Kickstart” will challenge contestants to launch a pop-up restaurant with $7500.


Disney Junior animates a double amputee character
“Doc McStuffins” will reveal the character of Wildlife Will, who has no legs.


“Orphan Black’s” Season 2 changes include shooting outside more
Shooting in warm weather allowed the BBC America drama to get away from its urban feel.


Watch Amy Poehler talk “Broad City” in Cannes
"I think there's a universality about young people's ability to tell when something isn't authentic,” Poehler said at a panel for the MIPTV conference.


Food Network and HGTV are doing a TV crossover, via their magazines
The May issue will feature coordinated covers and content.


What it’s like to teach a “Mad Men” college course
Whitman College prof Anne Helen Petersen’s course "Mad Men: Media, Gender, Historiography” requires each student to watch two to five episodes before each class. PLUS: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about “Mad Men” hair.


“Trophy Wife” tonight spoofs “Scandal”
Watch Marcia Gay Harden channel Olivia Pope on tonight’s episode.


“The View” shouldn’t become Barbara Walters’ biggest legacy
Don’t forget that Walters was a trailblazer in TV news.


Oxygen is now exclusively targeting women, 18-34
Oxygen found that this millennial audience demands programming that’s diverse. “These people want to see themselves reflected on screen,” says the head of Bravo and Oxygen, and “the opportunity for Oxygen is huge.”


Bravo cancels "Princesses: Long Island"
The controversial reality show caused quite a stir in the real Long Island.


How to survive a “Colbert Report” interview
Lesson No. 1: Don’t try to be funny.

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'Glee' enlists Shirley MacLaine

“Glee” enlists Shirley MacLaine
She’ll appear in a multi-episode arc New York socialite intent on turning Blaine into a superstar.

“Single Ladies” uncanceled
BET’s “Centric” has ordered a 4th season of the VH1 series that was canceled in February.


50 Cent made a music video for his Starz drama “Power,” which premieres on a Saturday in June
Starz also unveiled the key art for “Power,” which will be promoted with 50 Cent’s “Big Rich Town” video.


“America’s Got Talent” will allow judges to save an act
Each judge will get to use the “golden buzzer” for the season. Contestants can also be put through a “boot camp” in front of a live audience.


Linda Hamilton joins “Defiance”: Watch the Syfy drama’s Season 2 trailer
Hamilton will play Graham Greene’s estranged wife.

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NYC mayor asks CBS’ Les Moonves to keep the post-Letterman 'Late Show' in New York

NYC mayor asks CBS’ Les Moonves to keep the post-Letterman "Late Show” in New York
Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters, “I had a very good conversation yesterday with the man who will actually make that decision, Les Moonves, and I emphasized that New York has been an extraordinary home for the 'Late Show' and that we think it’ll be a great home for the Late Show going forward. And I’m hopeful that that’s what will come to pass."


Weather Channel returns to DirecTV after agreeing to cut back on weekday reality shows
The satellite provider had yanked The Weather Channel complaining that it ran too many reality shows. In response, The Weather Channel agreed to reduce its weekday reality TV programming by half.


Watch a preview of the new “Last Comic Standing” with Roseanne, JB Smoove, Keenen Ivory Wayans
"It’s not real to me unless I see you with a microphone,” Wayans said at today’s NBC Universal press conference.

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HBO renews 'Game of Thrones' for Seasons 5 and 6

HBO renews "Game of Thrones" for Seasons 5 and 6
The HBO series "is a phenomenon like no other,” says HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”


Can “Justified” right itself?
Season 5, which ends tonight, has been a disappointment, especially with so few episodes left in the series. PLUS: Damon Herriman was glad to see Dewey Crowe on for most of the season.


Maryland fails to pass a “House of Cards” tax credits bill at the last minute
The Maryland House of Delegates was on the verge of passing an increase in the Netflix drama’s tax credits to $18.5 million, when three delegates wanted to add a condition that would’ve required the show to pay back the money should it leave the state.


“Sharknado 2” is basically an extension of “Sharknado”
“We never stopped making the first movie,” director Anthony C. Ferrante said today at NBC Universal’s press day. “This thing never stopped…If it stayed in Los Angeles it would have been boring." PLUS: "This is the most important film ever made about climate change," says "Sharknado 2's" Judah Friedlander.


“New Girl” planning to reset the show and go back to basics, with a lighter tone
“I think this year we got a little heavy, we got a little into that emotional arc, and I think this show completely exists without all that heaviness,” says creator Liz Meriwether, who adds that she wants to return to the fun of the pilot.


“Mad Men” might be channeling “Midnight Cowboy” in its final season
Stan Rizzo is wearing Jon Voight’s outfit in promo shots. And Stan shares the same last name as Dustin Hoffman’s Ratso Rizzo. PLUS: Seth Meyers unveils his Don Draper impression.


Stephen Colbert doesn’t need his “Stephen Colbert” character to be an excellent “Late Show” host
Colbert has proven to have a great TV presence with his real persona, as shown in many TV interviews.


“Family Guy” joins Instagram
Check out Peter Griffin’s vacation pic.


Johnny Depp kisses Jimmy Kimmel again
This was their 2nd kiss in a year. Says Depp: "I feel bad about it, but I also feel like between you and I, it's kind of an 'anything goes' kind of thing. You know what I mean?” PLUS: Kimmel spoofs “Game of Thrones” with KFC ad.

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Bravo announces 15 new shows, including 'Manzo’d with Children' and 'Game of Crowns'

Bravo announces 15 new shows, including “Manzo’d with Children” and “Game of Crowns”
The “Real Housewives” spinoff and the pageant wives reality show will join new programs with titles like “Euros of Hollywood,” “100 Dates,” “Top Chef Duels,” “Extreme Guide to Parenting,” “Going Going Gone” and “Gen XYZ.” That’s in addition to the scripted “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and “Odd Mom Out." PLUS: Bravo renews “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Don’t Be Tardy,” orders “Kandi’s Wedding”


“Game of Thrones” Season 4 premiere is closing in on the piracy record
More than 1 million people illegally downloaded Sunday’s episode within 12 hours of its debut. PLUS: “Game of Thrones” has featured at least 6 current or former porn stars, and just 500,000 UK viewers watched the U.S. “Game of Thrones" simulcast at 2 a.m.


Mindy Kaling: “I would be dead if I lived the life of my character”
Kaling, now wearing bangs, tells Chelsea Handler her “Mindy Project” character has "Lindsay Lohan's love life but she's like a doctor....it's kind of fun because I don't live that life."


Oxygen’s new shows include “Fix My Choir” and “Street Art Throwdown”
Oxygen is also adding “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” and “Nail’d It” to its lineup.


Fox improv series “Riot” nabs Steve Carell, Cheryl Hines, Jason Alexander
Mayim Bialik, David Arquette, D.L. Hughley and Chris Kattan are also set to guest-star.


Christina Hendricks wanted to be on “Game on Thrones,” though she has yet to watch the HBO drama
It was just something to say on the red carpet, she tells Conan.


Simon Cowell regrets having an extramarital affair
"It just happened,” he says. "You have to deal with it and man up to it.”


Ali Fedotowsky: 2 people have been stabbed and killed in my apartment complex this past week
The E! News star and former “Bachelorette” is planning to move after the 2nd stabbing incident occurred last night.


Kate Mara is set to star in a Lifetime movie about kidnapper Ariel Castro
She’s about to sign on to play one of the victims who was held by Castro for years in a house in Cleveland.


Billy Eichner pimps out Paul Rudd for $1
Have sex with Rudd for $1 on the next “Billy on the Street.”


CW picks up “The Backpackers”
Dillon Casey and Noah Reid will play two Americans backpacking across Europe in this summer series.


“Parenthood’s” Crosby pops up tonight on “About a Boy”
Dax Shepard is returning the favor after David Walton showed up on “Parenthood.”


“SVU” books Samantha Mathis
She’ll guest on a May episode.


Netflix’s “Marco Polo” casts its title role
Lorenzo Richelmy will play the famed explorer.


Read an oral history of “Deadwood”
Ian McShane, Kim Dickens and more former “Deadwood” stars reminisce for the 10th anniversary of the HBO series.


“Doctor Who” adds a new, “storming villain"
Steven Moffat says with Ben Miller’s addition, "we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa."


Matthew McConaughey still wears his “True Detective” pants
The actor spoke to People recently and revealed he was wearing Rust Cohle’s gray Dickies.

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