Shonda Rhimes responds to 'Scandal' casting hoax: 'Harrison is not being recast EVER'

Shonda Rhimes responds to “Scandal” casting hoax: "Harrison is not being recast EVER”
Deadline had reported, based on fake ABC press release, that an actor named Eric West was going to take over the role of Harrison next season from Columbus Short. Rhimes responded immediately: "I've never heard of Eric West."

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HGTV pulls 'Flip It Forward' after its stars were identified as anti-gay activists

HGTV pulls “Flip It Forward” after its stars were identified as anti-gay activists
After the stars of the house-flipping series were identified as anti-gay activists by the group Right Wing Watch, HGTV tweeted: "HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series.”

Terry Crews named new “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” host
The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star replaces Cedric the Entertainer.


NBC hires ESPN honcho as “Today’s” new boss
Jamie Horowitz will take over the “Today” show after launching such ESPN shows as “Olbermann,” “First Take,” “SportsNation,” “Numbers Never Lie” and “World Series of Poker.”


NBC News president: “Homegrown talent” will be used to sub for Savannah Guthrie on “Today” — “with perhaps a few surprises mixed in”
That all that Deborah Turness, the president of NBC News, would say about rumors of Katie Couric returning to “Today."


TBS picks up comedies starring Rashida Jones, George Wendt, Ashley Tisdale, JoBeth Williams and Richard Dreyfuss
Jones will star in Steve Carell’s cop comedy “Angie Tribeca,” while Wendt and Tisdale will unite for barbershop comedy “Buzzy’s” from the creators of “Will & Grace.” Kyle Howard and Kat Foster will star in romantic comedy “Your Family or Mine” with Dreyfuss and Williams.


HBO orders 2 more “Vice” seasons
The news magazine series is set to run through 2016.


A&E teams with Mark Wahlberg again on “The Big Brew Theory”
The reality show will follow four MIT grads as they create a home-grown micro-brewery.


“ER” alum Mekhi Phifer files for bankruptcy
Phifer owes debts totaling $1.3 million.


TNT orders “Proof” starring Jennifer Beals and Matthew Modine
Kyra Sedgwick will produce the supernatural drama in which Beals plays a brilliant surgeon who helps Modine as he suffers from out-of-body experiences. PLUS: TNT orders Ed Burns’ 1967-set cop drama “Public Morals."


“My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” renewed
The Hub Network animated series will return for a 5th season.


Kristin Cavallari welcomes her 2nd child
“The Hills” alum and Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler welcomed Jaxon Wyatt Cutler earlier today.

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NBC will keep the Olympics through 2032

NBC will keep the Olympics through 2032
The $7.65 billion deal between NBC Universal and the International Olympic Committee covers the next nine games, and includes broadcast, cable, internet and mobile.


9 network shows hit season lows on Tuesday
From “Person of Interest” to “Trophy Wife,” last night wasn’t a good night for the networks.


Read the best jokes from Spike TV’s salute to Don Rickles
Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Johnny Depp, Amy Poehler, Bob Newhart and David Letterman were among those paying tribute during last night’s taping.


Report: “Today” staffers want an in-house fill-in for Savannah Guthrie — not Katie Couric
Some staffers think asking Katie back is a disservice to current “Today” staffers like Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall.


“Sleepy Hollow” will have far more than 13 episodes next season
Producers are expecting 15-18 episodes for Season 2.

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'Fargo' boss explains last night’s big revelation

“Fargo” boss explains last night’s big revelation
Noah Hawley didn’t think he could do what he did last night until after penning the first episode.


See Jon Hamm’s prom photo with “24” alum Sarah Clarke
Jimmy Kimmel got the parents of Clarke, who’s now on “The Tomorrow People,” to give him a photo of the “Mad Men” star’s prom. As detailed in Vanity Fair yesterday, Hamm had a “showdown” with Paul Rudd over Clarke while they were in high school.


Gayle King expects Oprah to buy the L.A. Clippers
“If I was a betting man, I'd say yes,” she said on “CBS This Morning.”


Sophie Turner has adopted Sansa's “Game of Thrones” dire wolf
"We kind of fell in love with my character's dire wolf, Lady, on set,” she says.


Police arrest suspect in "Idol" Scotty McCreery home invasion robbery
Mikkail Jamal Shaw, 19, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.


Clay Aiken’s Democratic congressional primary is too close to call
If the “Idol” alum wins, he’ll challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in November.


Charles Grodin on Louis CK: "I was very taken with his talent”
Grodin tells how he ended up playing “Louie’s” doctor.


Chuck Lorre uses his vanity card to fire back at China for pulling “The Big Bang Theory”
"The overlords of 1.3 billion people are afraid of our sitcom,” writes Lorre. "Exactly what we were going for!”


Report: E! cancels “Hello Ross”
Former Jay Leno sidekick Ross Matthews’ talk show is getting the boot as part of E!’s fallout with Chelsea Handler, according to Radar Online.


Tina Fey has also gotten her hands on Seth Meyers’ credit card
The “Late Night” host’s fake lost credit card bit has expanded to include both Amy Poehler and Fey.


“New Girl” producer: "This show was never built to be about Nick and Jess”
Exec producer Dave Finkel says of the season finale: "From our point of view, this (story) is a marathon. We want these characters to continue to develop and let the dynamics change."


Egyptian TV station claims “The Simpsons” predicted the Syrian Civil War in 2001
The “New Kids on the Blecch” episode features a flag similar to the one carried by the Syrian opposition.


ABC News’ summer hospital docuseries returns with “NY Med” on June 24
It’s from the producers of “Hopkins” and “Boston Med.”


“Teen Mom” dumps Farrah Abraham
After her high-profile antics, Abraham won’t be back if there’s a 5th season.


“Sesame Street” spoofs “The Wizard of Oz”
Cookie Monster stars in “Cookie of Oz.”


Amy Schumer “Goes Deep” with a 106-year-old woman
Watch a touching interview with a woman who’s seen it all.


Ellen has Julia Roberts surprise the Oscar pizza guy
Roberts was the Oscar guy’s favorite movie star when he was growing up in Russia.


“Power Rangers” coming to the big screen
A live-action film is in the works from Lionsgate.


Mindy Kaling talks about her “Mindy Project” finale/mashup
Last night’s finale was a full-on mashup of “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” PLUS: The perfect ending revealed the show’s fatal flaw, Chris Messina on the finale, and maybe “Mindy” will improve without the “Boyfriend of the Week."


Jimmy Fallon gets Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in drag for his latest “Ew!” sketch
Has this sketch become overdone?

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NBC picks up action drama 'Odyssey' starring Anna Friel and Peter Facinelli

NBC picks up action drama “Odyssey” starring Anna Friel and Peter Facinelli
Treat Williams, “Lost’s” Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and “The Wire’s” Jim True-Frost also star in the “Traffic”-like series about a female soldier, a corporate lawyer and a political activist whose lives collide.


Fox expands “Mulaney” to 16 episodes
The Lorne Michaels-produced comedy starring former “SNL” writer John Mulaney, current “SNL” cast member Nasim Pedrad and comedy veterans Martin Short and Elliott Gould was originally picked up for six episodes.

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NBC picks up Katherine Heigl’s CIA drama 'State of Affairs'

NBC picks up Katherine Heigl’s CIA drama “State of Affairs”
She’ll play a CIA agent whose job is to brief the president of the United States, as played by Alfre Woodard.


NBC orders Russian spy thriller “Alliance”
Gavin Stenhouse plays a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst whose parents (Hope Davis and Scott Cohen) belong to a Russian sleeper cell.


Watch Charlize Theron's "SNL" promos
Theron, who last hosted in 2000, shows her "Model Face."


Lee Daniels hopes “Empire” becomes the black “Dynasty,” says Oprah told him he couldn’t do a TV show
The director of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” says his hip-hop drama — made with former “Buffy” and “Gilmore Girls” star Danny Strong” -- is “more like ‘Nashville.' And 'The Sopranos,' because there is no much violence. And ‘Dynasty.' I wanted to make a black 'Dynasty.’ You sit there and go, “No, this bitch didn’t! Oh my f--king God!”


The real Prince Harry went to Memphis, and Fox's fake Prince Harry followed
People hoping to see the real Prince Harry, who was in town over the weekend for a friend’s wedding, mobbed the fake Prince Harry, who's starring in "I Wanna Marry Harry.”


When did food TV shows become so bad?
Everything these days seems to be derivative of “Top Chef” or Guy Fieri.


A Twitter account is helping TV viewers connect with the fashion they see on screen
Kingsley Maunder’s Style on Screen has found a way to hook up brands featured on TV shows with fans who want to buy them.


Fox boss is not ready to quit on “American Idol,” may give “Mindy” fewer episodes
Entertainment president Kevin Reilly also says he liked “Enlisted,” he isn’t ready to join the late-night wars and doesn’t regret extending “Sleepy Hollow.”


Comedy Central picks up “Archer” reruns
The FX animated series could begin airing on Comedy Central as soon as May 2015.


Why do Americans watch TV shows about government if they hate it so much?
So many of TV’s biggest shows revolve around the government, from “NCIS” to “CSI.”


Watch Oprah’s original "Oprah Winfrey Show" audition tape
Oprah Winfrey filmed this audition in 1983.


Marge Simpson is getting her own makeup line
MAC Cosmetics is releasing a limited-edition color collection dedicated to Marge this fall.


Adam Goldberg: “I was terrified” to learn American Sign Language for "Fargo"
"I was genuinely scared,” admits Goldberg, who compares the learning process to “dancing or playing music."


“Person of Interest” has become TV’s most prescient show, thanks to Edward Snowden
As Kate Aurthur points out, "The web the show had fictionally spun in which the government, often in collusion with corporations, is watching and listening to us, turned out to be almost exactly what Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed to be true. While Person of Interest still has the spine of a case-of-the-week procedural, it has deepened into an acutely paranoid, multi-layered story about emotionally damaged, well-funded vigilantes (who kill frequently).”


Chris Colfer: I could not turn down an opportunity to write for “Glee"
"I never wanted to do this,” he says, "or gave any indication that I wanted to do it. It’s not my world, these aren’t my characters and I thought I’d hate tampering with it or ruining it. But then they came to me and said, 'Would you be interested in writing an episode? We want you to.’"


Fred Armisen may split his time between NYC and "Portlandia," but he just bought a house in L.A.
Check out the “Late Night” bandleader’s “hipster home."


Discovery taps Peter Dinklage to narrate animal documentary “Mini Monsters”
The two-hour special will celebrate diminutive animal characters.


Zooey Deschanel will be wearing clothing from her own fashion line on “New Girl” season finale
Deschanel insists her “To Tommy, From Zooey” — which she co-designed with Tommy Hilfiger — was picked out without the costume designer knowing she helped create the clothes.


“24’s” Chloe O’Brian might be the most "meritocratically powerful female character on television right now”
"he fundamental fact about Chloe — what has made her a breakout character since the show’s first season — remains just as true today,” says Joanna Weiss. "She’s principled, valued, and good at what she does, and her power has nothing to do with sex appeal.” PLUS: Jack Bauer seems harder, more dead-eyed and resolute in “Live Another Day.”


Here are 7 things “Friends” fans still argue about
From Ross & Rachel to Rachel & Joey. PLUS: Courteney Cox acknowledges the 10-year anniversary: “Ten years. Time flies."


Why “The Mindy Project” should reboot itself
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina and Ike Barinholtz should stay. But everything else — including the premise — should be gone next season. Because she's no longer believable as a doctor. PLUS: Meet “Mindy’s” producing director, and are you a Mindy Kaling fan who hates “The Mindy Project”?


With “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver has become the old Jon Stewart
"It's only been two episodes, granted,” says Jordan Sargent, "but in that hour of television Oliver has proven himself to be an antidote to Stewart's current brand of humor. Perhaps more precisely, he is what Stewart himself used to be: an outsider who presented the absurdity of politics and the hypocrisy of powerful blowhards while guffawing along with the audience."


“Louie” will have "lots of… parts stories” this season
There will be a two-episode arc, a three-episode arc and a six-episode arc this season. Presenting the Louis CK Guide to Masturbation.


It’s “Buffy” the video game
Here’s how "Buffy The Vampire Slayer” would look like as a LucasArts adventure game.


Tony the Tiger’s voice dies
Lee Marshall, who took over as the Frosted Flakes icon in 1999, passed away on April 26. He was 64.

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NBC orders 'Happy Endings' creator’s 'Marry Me' starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino

NBC orders “Happy Endings” creator’s “Marry Me” starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino
The relationship drama stars Wilson and Marino as a longtime couple who hold off on their engagement after a mess of a proposal. Tim Meadows also stars.

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Fox orders hip-hop drama 'Empire' and teen hospital drama 'Red Band Society'

Fox orders hip-hop drama “Empire” and teen hospital drama “Red Band Society”
“The Butler’s” Lee Daniels is behind “Empire,” starring Terrence Howard as a music mogul along with Taraji P. Henson and Malik Yoba, with Timbaland serving as song producer. Steven Spielberg's “Red Band Empire” is set in a children’s hospital wing, starring Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable.

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'Louie' returns up

“Louie” returns up
Season 4’s first two episodes were up 19% over the Season 3 average, attracting about 941,000 viewers.

Larry King: "I am glad I am not at CNN now with this missing plane”
The former CNN star says his former network made a mistake going overboard on its missing plane coverage and he says CNN boss Jeff Zucker is wrong to declare interview shows dead.


Watch a “Grey’s Anatomy” tribute to Cristina and Meredith
One of the best depictions of friendship on TV.


NBC orders a 2nd edition of Ryan Seacrest’s iHeartRadio Music Awards
Last week’s telecast brought in only “so-so” ratings.


Starz renews “Da Vinci’s Demons,” developing “Blackbirds”
The Leonardo da Vinci series will be back for a 3rd season under new showrunner John Shiban, who is also developing a the series “Blackbirds” based on the novels by Chuck Wendig about a female runaway who can see how and when you die by touching you.


A new Muppets TV show?
The co-writer of the recent Muppet movies says there’s talk of bringing back the Muppets for a variety show.


Why would "Dancing" let Abby Lee Miller guest-judge?
Ratings fell for last night’s episode, featuring the controversial “Dance Moms” star, who didn’t add much to the show.


“Downton Abbey” losing another cast member
Lily James has committed instead to the new “Cinderella” film.


Kiefer Sutherland is dating actress Sofia Karstens
Karstens, who appears on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” is separated from Jason London.


“Sleepy Hollow” adds Timothy Busfield to play Benjamin Franklin
“The West Wing” alum will recur on the CW series.

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'Friends' is still influential on the 10 anniversary of its series finale

“Friends” is still influential on the 10 anniversary of its series finale
The "untraditional, improvisatory families” that “Friends” celebrated are now staples on television, from “Modern Family” to “Trophy Wife.” “Friends” even had a gay wedding during its run. PLUS: “Friends” season finale marked the end of NBC’s dominance, and “Friends” gave 20-somethings unrealistic expectations.


Billy Eichner to star in USA pilot “Difficult People” from producer Amy Poehler
Poehler is teaming with her fellow “Parks and Rec” employee and his “Billy on the Street” writer Julia Klausner for a comedy about two friends in NYC who hate everybody.


“The Maya Rudolph Show”: Watch the 1st promo
“I am also here,” sings Andy Samberg.


John Oliver’s set includes a “Game of Thrones” castle
If you take a close look at the background of “Last Week Tonight," you can see where Stannis Baratheon hangs out. PLUS: Oliver got a letter from juice maker he described as making “dog juice.”


W. Kamau Bell weighs in on “SNL” Leslie Jones controversy: "When I watched the bit I kept thinking about white people”
"I was thinking about the white people who (I’m sure) make up the vast majority of SNL’s studio audience,” he explains, "the white people who (definitely) make up the vast majority of the TV audience, and the white person (Colin Jost) who was sitting next to Leslie during the bit. I took a scientific poll of myself, and I determined that it just felt like too many white people were watching her bit. Especially for a bit as potentially (and actually) incendiary as the one Leslie did. I didn’t trust that those white people understood the historic context behind the bit. I didn’t trust that it wouldn’t lead to frat boys walking up to black women with Afros and saying, 'I’d totally do you over Lupita Nyong’o!… Hey! Where you going?’ IMHO, context is what made Leslie Jones’s bit seem weird to some (like me) and offensive to others.” PLUS: Good on Lorne Michaels and the writing staff for allowing Jones to go there, this kind of comedy about slavery has been done many times before.


“24” producers explain the "Live Another Day" similarities to Edward Snowden
"As we looked at Edward Snowden and the NSA, we realized Chloe herself is as much a fugitive as Jack is,” says exec producer Manny Coto. "She's the one who closed down the satellite at the end of season eight, which allowed Jack to escape.” PLUS: “24” seems to be taking its cues from “Homeland,” and “24: Live Another Day” is the perfect reboot for newbies.


Yvonne Strahovski talks about appearing last night on “24” and “Louie”
She says her “Louie” role was “slightly terrifying,” while she had to binge-watch Seasons 1 and 8 of “24” to get to know who Jack Bauer was since she had never watched the show before. PLUS: Is Strahovski’s character a female Jack Bauer?


IFC announces a new logo and slogan
“Always On, Slightly Off” is IFC’s new motto.


Washington, D.C. councilman: “Scandal” would be willing to shoot in D.C. if given incentives
Councilman Vincent Orange says if the ABC drama is given the funding, it’ll shoot some Season 4 scenes in August. “Scandal” usually uses L.A. to portray D.C.


Louis CK urged critics not to write about the opening scene in the “Louie” premiere
But why that scene? PLUS: The season premiere was based on a true story.


American TV viewers watch just 9% of the TV channels available to them
Nielsen found that the average U.S. TV home receives 189 TV channels, but only 17 to 18 of them are watched.


Tony Goldwyn’s “The Divide” gets a WEtv premiere date
The legal drama starring Marin Ireland, Damon Gupton, Clarke Peters and Nia Long debuts July 23.


Jon Hamm recalls his “24” alum prom date, and working as softcore porn set-dresser while filming that dating show
Hamm gets the Vanity Fair cover treatment. He recalls dating Sarah Clarke, who had a crush on Paul Rudd in high school — resulting in a "Paul Rudd–Jon Hamm showdown."

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