James Marsden joins HBO’s 'Westworld'

James Marsden joins HBO’s “Westworld”
The “X-Men” franchise actor will join Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in the sci-fi drama about a futuristic theme park.

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Yvette Nicole Brown joins 'The Odd Couple,' but she’s not leaving 'Community'

Yvette Nicole Brown joins “The Odd Couple,” but she’s not leaving “Community”
Brown will recur on the CBS midseason comedy as the assistant to Matthew Perry’s Oscar. Brown replaces Sarah Baker, the “fat girl” from “Louie,” who starred in the first pilot.

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Rosie O’Donnell: 'The View' won’t hire any jerks

Rosie O’Donnell: “The View” won’t hire any jerks
Rosie tweeted "fear not - won't happen” after a fan asked her on Twitter not to hire a “jerk just for the sake of them fighting with” her and Whoopi.

Tony Gonzalez’s wife is battling his baby mama for a co-hosting job on “The View”
Not only is the former NFL star’s wife October Gonzalez competing, but so is his ex-girlfriend and mother to his firstborn son Lauren Sanchez.

Kerry Washington details her fave “Scandal” Season 3 moments
Of one particular Jake Ballard scene, she says, "I love, love, love working with Scott Foley. I find our scenes to be some of the more challenging scenes, because their relationship is so complicated.”

“SNL” alum Victoria Jackson loses her bid for public office
The outspoken Tea Party member was up for a pot on Williamson County Commission In Tennessee.

Judge Judy settles with Connecticut lawyer who used her image in ads without permission
Judith Sheindlin had sued arguing that the ads made it look like she endorsed his law firm.

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Reports: Nicolle Wallace and October Gonzalez are frontrunners for 'The View'

Reports: Nicolle Wallace and October Gonzalez are frontrunners for “The View”
Conservative MSNBC commentator Wallace, a former communications advisor to George W. Bush, John McCain and Sarah Palin, was portrayed by Sarah Paulson in the HBO Palin movie “Game Change,” while Gonzalez is the wife of former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez (who now works for CBS Sports).

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A Marilyn Monroe miniseries is in the works at Lifetime

A Marilyn Monroe miniseries is in the works at Lifetime
The team behind Reelz’s “The Kennedys” is making a miniseries based on the book "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe."

“Today” reveals who will fill in for Savannah Guthrie while she’s on maternity leave
Natalie Morales will initially take over, followed by Tamron Hall and Hoda Kotb and other surprise guest hosts.

Will Arnett confirms to Jimmy Fallon that “Arrested Development” is coming back
“It’s going to happen,” he says. "We don’t know when. But it is going to happen.” PLUS: Arnett and Fallon play karate piñata.

Starz’s “Outlander” has already been viewed nearly 1 million times
The Ron Moore series was posted online and on demand one week ago.

See Steve Buscemi as a 6th-grader
Here is the “Boardwalk Empire” star’s elementary school yearbook photo.

Chris Hardwick spoofs “Talking Dead” wiht “Talking Bread”
Conan had the “Talking” talk show host talk bread with Andy Daly and Tig Notaro.

Netflix picks up acclaimed BBC crime drama “Happy Valley”
The six-part series revolving around a policewoman (watch the trailer) debuts Aug. 20.

LeVar Burton creates “Tweeting Rainbow” for Jimmy Kimmel
“It’s time to read, what’s in my feed, a Tweeting Rainbow.”

“Fargo’s” Allison Tolman recalls her Barney past…at age 26
She says “it was the most surreal experience of my life.”

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'The View' taped test segments with Whoopi, Rosie and potential female co-hosts

“The View” taped test segments with Whoopi, Rosie and potential female co-hosts
Those potential female co-hosts, according to Buzzfeed, include ESPN’s Jemele Hill, CNN’s S.E. Cupp, CNN’s Ann Navarro, “Good Day L.A.’s” Lauren Sanchez, ESPN’s Sage Steele, MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace and CNN’s Sunny Hostin. PLUS: Hostin is said to be the frontrunner.

ABC cancels "Black Box"
The midseason bipolar neurologist drama starring Kelly Reilly premiered after "Scandal."

Jaime Pressly underwent an “almost full mastectomy” after breast cancer scare
The TV Land star made the revelation on “The Talk."

Sean Hannity: "Maybe Stephen Colbert needs to come over here and get a dose of reality”
The Fox News host has issued a challenge to Colbert in response to being mocked last night on “The Colbert Report.”

“Once Upon a Time” unveils “Frozen’s” Anna
Here’s how Elizabeth Lail looks as the “Frozen” princess.

Ex-NFL star Tony Gonzalez to guest on “NCIS”
Gonzalez, who is now working for CBS’ NFL pregame show, spent today filming his guest role. PLUS: Gonzalez’s wife auditioned for “The View."

The “Cheers” bar is moving from storage to a TV museum
CBS is donating the classic sitcom set to TV memorabilia collector James Comisar and his new Museum of Television.

Was “True Detective” so great despite its creator?
Here’s an argument that Nic Pizzolatto wasn’t a big factor in the success of the HBO series. The show was great, argues Max Read, because of Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and director Cary Fukunaga.

Andy Samberg and his "SNL"/Lonely Island pals are starring in a movie together
Judd Apatow will produce the film, with Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone co-starring. The Lonely Island previously collaborated on the 2007 film “Hot Rod,” but Schaffer was behind the camera as director while Samberg and Taccone played leading roles.

What’s wrong with survival TV?
Shows like “Naked and Afraid” and Bear Grylls’ “Running Wild” just don’t like realistic enough.

“NYPD Blue” alum Henry Simmons is the latest to join “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
He’ll recur as agent Alphonso “Mac” Mackenzie.

“Hell on Wheels” pulls in impressive ratings on a Saturday night
The Season 4 premiere was on par with last year’s debut.

Kerry Washington: "It was tough for me to even maintain Olivia’s walk” while pregnant filming “Scandal”
Washington is one of several actresses who revealed their most challenging scenes to The Hollywood Reporter.

Robert Knepper will reprise his “Arrow” Clock King role on “The Flash”
He’ll be one of "TWO bad guys” The Flash will face in Episode 7, says the CW show’s exec producer. PLUS: New “Flash” trailer offers comic book Easter eggs.

Play “The Big Bang Theory” showrunner challenge
Exec producers Bill Prady and Steve Molaro were guests on "Superfan Vs. Showrunner."

Jimmy Fallon remains dominant, as Jimmy Kimmel surges and Letterman declines
Kimmel is now beating Dave in the key 18-49 demo, while closing in on his idol in total viewers.

Why Arya Stark is the best “Game of Thrones” character, even better than Tyrion
No character has grown and changed and faced more troubles than Arya.

“Haven” gets a Season 5 premiere date
The first 13 of 26 episodes will debut on Sept. 11.

Billy Eichner is jealous of that viral “Apparently Kid”
“I did not struggle in this business since I was a teenager only 2 have my star eclipsed by some strange red headed child who says apparently,” the “Billy on the Street” star tweeted.

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” rehires the fired Jacqueline Laurita
TMZ says producers originally  let her go because of family issues. PLUS: Ramona Singer leaves her husband.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar reenacts “Saved by the Bell” on “Watch What Happens Live”
Andy Cohen played Screech, while guest Mel B was Lisa Turtle.

Check out Starz’s “The Missing”
The limited series debuts Nov. 15.

Ryan Seacrest launches his suit line
"Ryan Seacrest Distinction” is available at Macy’s.

See “The League’s” poster featuring a unicorn
“The fantasy is real.”

“The Killing” series finale, explained
That final moment, says Veena Sud, "we viewed as the final movement of an opera.” PLUS: Joan Allen reacts to “The Killing” finale.

“Cheer Perfection” mom sentenced to 10 years for sleeping with a 13-year-old boy
Andrea Clevenger, 34, pleaded guilty to having sex with the boy in her home and in her car.

TCM to showcase ““The Jewish Experience in Film” Tuesdays in September
The films will be grouped into seven themes, including “The Evolving Jew” and “The Holocaust.”

Conan splits a pot brownie with Larry King and Andy Richter
Did they consume a real pot brownie?

Morgan Spurlock begins exploring the “7 Deadly Sins”
The Showtime series, premiering tonight, presents a skewed look at the grotesque.

Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus” is looser, baggier and less pointed than “The Boondocks”
The Adult Swim live-action comedy, debuting tonight, has a familiar feel to it, recalling comedies from “Chappelle’s Show” to “Sanford and Son.” PLUS: “Black Jesus” is mockery with Jesus, not of Jesus.

IFC’s "Garfunkel and Oates” is nothing like “Girls” or “Broad City”
Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome’s TV show based on their musical-comedy act is actually something every unique. It’s totally unfamiliar. PLUS: Kate and Riki have a slight Mary-Rhoda correlation, and the show was originally slated for HBO.

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'True Detective' creator denies plagiarism allegations, HBO is standing by him

“True Detective” creator denies plagiarism allegations, HBO is standing by him
“Nothing in the television show 'True Detective' was plagiarized,” Nic Pizzolatto said in statement. HBO, meanwhile, said in a statement: “True Detective is a work of exceptional originality and the story, plot, characters and dialogue are that of Nic Pizzolatto...we stand by the show, its writing and Nic Pizzolatto entirely.”

Kyle McLachlan joins “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
He’ll recur in Season 2 as Skye’s father.

Khloe Kardashian and Scott Disick to guest on “Royal Pains”
The E! stars will play themselves in the season finale.

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Anti-Russian protesters use 'The Simpsons' to bash Putin

Anti-Russian protesters use “The Simpsons” to bash Putin
A doctored video of the opening sequence circulating around the Ukrainian and Russian Internet states that "Putin is a d---head!”

Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd say goodbye to “The View,” but Whoopi Goldberg wasn’t there
Today was the final live taping for Shepherd and McCarthy, who was teary-eyed. “My time here was short, but the memories and lessons learned here will stay with me for ever,” McCarthy said. “I am so grateful."

Discovery’s “Shark After Dark” talk show books Chelsea Handler, Danny Trejo, Robert Rodriguez
Ashley Tisdale, Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr. and Stone Cold Steve Austin will also be guests on the Shark Week talk show.

Watch a clip from Lifetime’s “Unauthorized Saved by the Bell” movie
How much do the Lifetime actors resemble their real-life counterparts?

“Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks is stuck in the ‘60s in a Funny or Die video
Watch “Joan" try to work in a modern office.

“The Mentalist” bringing back Morena Baccerin
The former “Homeland” star will reprise her role as sexy sociopath Erika Flynn.

Shonda Rhimes unveils the poster for “How to Get Away with Murder”
“Black-and-white and red all over."

Entire Wu-Tang Clan reunite on “The Daily Show,” including Jordan Klepper
The new “Daily Show” correspondent was revealed last night to be a Wu-Tang member.

“Extant” hits another low
Despite its new timeslot, Halle Berry’s drama was down 9% in the key demo from last week.

“Doctor Who” won’t celebrate a decade of the new “Who”
The 10th-anniversary of the Christopher Eccleston/Billie Piper revival won’t be acknowledged next year.

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Report: E! execs are worried about airing Chelsea Handler’s 1-hour 'Chelsea Lately' farewell live

Report: E! execs are worried about airing Chelsea Handler’s 1-hour “Chelsea Lately” farewell live
“They were nervous about handing 60 minutes of live TV to her, because she’s been unpredictable,” an E! insider tells the NY Daily News. “They are now discussing taping the last show in case it needs editing.”

Larry David talks about his Broadway play — and whether he’ll do more “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
On stage, David says he’ll be playing "somebody very similar to Larry David – it might even be Larry David with a different name.” As for “Curb,” David says he hasn’t ruled out another season. “But I’m not going to mentally do that to myself right now,” he said of making a decision about the cable series. “But if I did do another season, this play would push that schedule back.”

FCC investigating NBC’s “Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour” special
Only three people complained about the 4th of July special, yet the FCC will probe the broadcast anyway.

Will Arnett: “We are going to do more ‘Arrested Development’”
"Ted Sarandos and Netflix kind of let the cat out of the bag on that one,” Arnett said this morning on “Today." "It's something we all want to do so we're excited.”

Study: 31% of Netflix subscribers have watched “House of Cards,” 44% have ever watched “Orange is the New Black”
That’s according to a poll of 562 U.S. households.

Beyonce to receive the Vanguard Award at MTV VMAs
She’s also planning an “epic” performance.

USA’s “Dig” to move filming to Croatia
The Middle East series had to flee Jerusalem amid Gaza fighting.

Netflix passes HBO in subscriber revenue
The streaming video service last quarter earned $1.146 billion to HBO’s $1.141 billion.

James Cameron feared going on “The Tonight Show” more than diving into the deepest part of the ocean
“If something goes wrong on a dive it can be fixed, but if I screw up on TV I have to live with it the rest of my life,” he says.

Lester Holt played bass for Jimmy Fallon
The NBC News star was a guest of The Roots on “The Tonight Show.”

Ana Gasteyer will play a drama teacher on “The Goldbergs”
The “SNL” alum will guest along with Principal Stephen Toblowsky.

Lizzy Caplan recalls her 1st “Masters of Sex” love scene with Michael Sheen
Things did not go well, she tells Conan.

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'Game of Thrones’' viewership has grown to a record 19 milllion viewers

“Game of Thrones’” viewership has grown to a record 19 milllion viewers
That’s accounting for DVR usage, repeat airings and streaming. PLUS: Check out the “GoT” subway map.

Aly Michalka joins “iZombie”
She’ll play Rose McIver’s best friend, a role played by somebody else in the pilot.

HBO’s “Westworld” adds Jeffrey Wright, Shannon Woodward and “Lost’s” Rodrigo Santaro
The sci-fi drama based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 futuristic theme park film from J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub has hired six new actors.

“House of Cards” to interrupt Washington, D.C. traffic with fake motorcades
The Netflix series will spend all day Satruday “shooting ‘drive-bys’, b-roll, and a mock-motorcade scene” for Season 3.

Why “True Detective's” creator did not plagiarize
“Nic Pizzolatto was not taking a test. He was writing a fictional TV show,” says Dave Haglund, who adds: "He created a character who thinks much like (author Thomas) Ligotti thinks, and he had that character express ideas similar to the ones that Ligotti expounded upon in a work of philosophy—albeit an unusual one…” PLUS: Talk of “True Detective’s” “women’s problem” enrages Pizzolatto.

John Oliver found “an eclectic bunch” of writers by shaking up the hiring process
Oliver and his “Last Week Tonight” showrunner used two rounds of blind selection that resulted in a diverse range of applicants you would normally not get for a late-night writing job, including a former speechwriter for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Read all the e-mails Bill Nye sent to the White House
Including a science poem.

Santa Fe, New Mexico is spending up to $100K to woo “The Bachelor” — but won’t say if its offer was accepted
City officials are keeping mum so as not to reveal any possible spoilers.

Bob Barker recreated his famous “Happy Gilmore” fight scene for “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Watch the 90-year-old former “Price is Right” host punch out a guy.

“Orange is the New Black” creator wrote a superhero pilot for Busta Rhymes
That’s one of the revelations from this 3,000-word profile on Jenji Kohan, who spent years before breaking out with “Weeds” working on shows from “Gilmore Girls” to “Tracey Takes On” while writing pilot scripts that went nowhere.

Samantha Bee and Jessica Williams chat about their experience on “The Daily Show”
What’s it like working with Jon Stewart? How do they stay comfortable doing field pieces?

Why Elisabeth Moss should reject “True Detective”
She already did similar work recently on Jane Campion’s "Top of the Lake.”

Here are the 40 most Atlanta things about HBO's “Hard Knocks’” Falcons season premiere
They include No. 13: "The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s (and DE Kroy Biermann’s wife) Kim Zolciak Biermann, watching herself on TV.”

Ovation orders “Raidars of the Lost Art”
The new show will use re-enactments and archival footage to document famous pieces of art that have gone missing.

Adrienne Maloof: I’m coming back to “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
Maloof hopes to “mend things” with several cameo appearances.

“Weird Al” once played “Wheel of Fortune” with Little Richard and James Brown
Plus, Lee Greenwood.

“Person of Interest” casts a new captain for Fusco
"Lie to Me” alum Monique Curnen will play Captain Felicia Moreno.

DirecTV picks up BBC’s “Uncle”
The BBC3 family comedy revolving around an out-of-work musician debuts on DirecTV’s Audience Network on Oct. 14.

Why can’t Ricky Gervais leave “The Office’s” David Brent alone?
Bringing back his famous character feels like sullying a great show.

“Sleepy Hollow” transformed downtown Wilmington, North Carolina into a war zone
Crews spent all day today filming war scenes in the heart of the city.

“12 Monkeys” rounds out its cast
Four actors have joined the Syfy series.

Breckin Meyer: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and I talk “endlessly” about “Screech’s” tell-all on the “Franklin & Bash” set
“That guy is such a d*ck,” says Meyer in a joint interview with Gosselaar. PLUS: Gosselaar always dyed his hair blonde for "Saved by the Bell."

“OITNB” warden Alysia Reiner is filming “Hawaii Five-0”
She’s guesting as an FBI agent.

Adam Pally has become Hollywood’s “Go-To 'Bro'”
The 32-year-old married dad who stars on “The Mindy Project” admits: "I’m pretty bro-y.”

“Doctor Who” is planning more web-exclusive content
"I think we now have to accept that online stuff isn’t a spin-off anymore,” says Steven Moffat.

Rachel McAdams learns of her “Downton Abbey” ancestry on TLC
"Who Do You Think You Are?” reveals one of her ancestors was an English footman.

“Skin Wars” debuts with host Rebecca Romijn
The GSN game show gathers together the world’s best body painters.

“Big Brother” spawns “BB Comics”
Check out the “Big Brother” housemates in comic book form.

Epix looks back at the career of director Robert Altman
“Altman” tonight takes a linear approach to the life of the director of “Nashville,” “M*A*S*H” and “Gosford Park.”

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