'24: Live Another Day’s' finale pulled in more viewers than the '24' series finale

“24: Live Another Day’s” finale pulled in more viewers than the “24” series finale
Thanks to DVR viewers, the “24:LAD” ratings has gone up to about 10.7 million.


Report: “True Detective” Season 2 was written with Vince Vaughn in mind
In fact, Vaughn and “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto have previously worked together, but only briefly, according to Deadline. Pizzolatto was the original writer for Vaughn’s film reboot of “The Rockford Files,” which he had to exit due to his “True Detective” commitments.


NBC renews “Welcome to Sweden”
The sitcom from Amy Poehler and her brother Greg has been picked up for a 10-episode 2nd season. Despite low ratings, "Sweden" has been big among affluent viewers.


CBS pulls “Extant’s” finale from premiere week, expands “Survivor’s” premiere to 90 minutes
The Halle Berry drama will wrap one week early due to disappointing ratings. “Big Brother’s” finale has also been changed to 90 minutes.


“SNL”-themed products are going on sale: From talking Stefon Doll to peanut butter Schweddy Balls
“Saturday Night Live:” has partnered with It’Sugar to sell more than 50 “SNL”-inspired products, from Gilly Sour Gummy Hearts to Debbie Downer hand sanitizer. Products go on sale Sept. 13. PLUS: “SNL” embracing commercial tie-ins for Season 40.


Why “Big Bang” stars deserve even more money — and why they’re each making less than “Friends” cast’s $1 million an episode
Adjusted for inflation, the “Friends” cast’s $1 million an episode is worth $1.3 million in today’s dollars. Which means “The Big Bang Theory” stars are making much less than each of the “Friends” cast members. And with “Big Bang” CBS’ only big comedy hit, as Josef Adalian points out, "'Big Bang' is arguably more important to the Eye than either ‘Friends' or ‘Seinfeld' were to NBC.”


“Arrow” books “Medium’s” David Cubitt as The Manhunter
He’ll guest in the important role of Mark Shaw.


Canada’s prime minister unfollowed Homer Simpson on Twitter
Stephen Harper unfollowed Homer after the CBC revealed that “The Simpsons” patriarch was one of 223 people the prime minister followed on Twitter.


Elisabeth Moss: Even the men cried during “Mad Men’s” final days of filming — except Jon Hamm
"The last three days were kind of like a funeral," Moss says. "It was just everybody crying all day long -- these big, giant men bursting into tears.”


Netflix exec on “Arrested Development” Season 5: "It's just a matter of when"
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos is “positive” that “Arrested Development” will be back, but the cast scheduling has to be sorted.


"The Bachelor Australia” has already gone with a minority Bachelor in Season 2
The current Australian “Bachelor” is half black/half white.


“Justified’s” Joelle Carter to visit “Constantine”
She’ll play a damaged ex-model who’s married to a rock star on the NBC series.


“The Strain” is even more relevant with Ebola in the news
Why it’s the "show for our Ebola jittery moment.”


“SNL’s” booted John Milhiser: I felt “the least funny" this past year
Milhiser and “SNL” newbie Sasheer Zamata talked about their rookie year at an Upright Citizens Brigade event.


What TV can teach the struggling music industry
Like TV, the music industry needs to appeal to adults with more complex content.


“Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan has his own Topps baseball card
Gilligan’s storyboard cards also got the Allen & Ginter card treatment.


Sonia Braga is headed to “Royal Pains”
She’ll play Divya’s former mother-in-law and grandmother to her baby.


“Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson pitches herself for “SVU"
“Maybe I could be Mariska Hargitay's mother or grandmother,” says the “Law & Order” fan.


“The Awesomes” is almost the perfect companion piece to “Guardians of the Galaxy”
The Seth Meyers co-created Hulu cartoon is back with Season 2.


Watch Dan Harmon’s "return" in a “Community” DVD extra
The Season 5 DVD set is due out Tuesday. PLUS: Jim Rash wants a “Game of Thrones” parody.


“Boardwalk Empire’s” Brian Geraghty joins “Chicago PD”
He’ll be partnered with Marina Squerciati next season.


Shark Week parodies abound: From Comedy Central’s Shart Week to Logo’s Snark Week
There’s also Bark Week from Hub Network, Big Cat Week on Nat Geo, Weather Channel’s Tornado Week and Sportsman Channel’s Aporkalypse.


“Sirens” cop gets a promotion
Josh Segarra will become a series regular next season.


“Jeopardy!” teen tournament ended in a 2-way tie
Because it was the last day of the tournament, there had to be two winners.


Piers Morgan to Larry King’s wife: “Tell him it's over, he can stop being a bitch now”
Shawn King has now entered the Larry-Piers war of words, prompting Morgan to tweet: "if Larry can't fight his own battles, tell him to stop being such a graceless old toad."


Check out the trailer for Showtime’s “L Word Mississippi”
"L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin” tells the story of lesbians living in the deep South.


HBO tonight presents "Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words”
With the anniversary of Nixon’s resignation looming, HBO presents a documentary on the former president’s tapes that will leave you “alternately gasping aloud, chuckling and groaning.”


Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence's “Partners”: How did this get on FX?
That’s what Brian Moylan is asking: "You know how in the 90s (or in 2014 on CBS) they used to make sitcoms with big stars, laugh tracks, hokey premises and jokes that even borscht-belt comedians thought were old? Well, FX, one of the hippest channels on the dial (oh my god, remember dials?!) just made one of those.” PLUS: It’s vexing like an out-of-tune guitar, and it’s a cynical, feckless money-grab by veteran talents who should know better.

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Report: Vince Vaughn in talks for 'True Detective' Season 2

Report: Vince Vaughn in talks for “True Detective” Season 2
According to TV Line, Vaughn is in “preliminary” negotiations to play one of three leads in the 2nd season of the HBO series. Previous reports from last month had Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch in negotiations for “True Detective."


Natalie Zea to star in ABC’s “Members Only”
The “Justified” and “Dirty Sexy Money” alum is set to return to ABC in an upstairs/downstairs Connecticut country club drama from RJ Cutler.


“Warehouse 13’s” Eddie McClintock joins “Backstrom”
He’ll play a police lieutenant who grew up with Rainn Wilson’s Det. Backstrom character, and stole from him.

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'Downton Abbey’s' Hugh Bonneville to visit 'Galavant'

“Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville to visit “Galavant”
He’s set to guest-star as Peter the Pillager.


Cedric the Entertainer’s “The Soul Man” renewed
The TV Land spinoff from “Hot in Cleveland” will return next year for a 12-episode 4th season.


Reminder: “Conan” tonight hosts the “Orange is the New Black” cast
Tonight's guests include Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne and Jason Biggs, marking the 4th time Conan has hosted a TV show cast.


David Spade to make fake IDs for “The Goldbergs”
He’ll guest as a photo store employee.

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Comedy Central announces premiere dates for 'South Park,' 'Key & Peele,' 'Tosh.0,' 'Adam Devine's House Party'

Comedy Central announces premiere dates for “South Park,” “Key & Peele,” “Tosh.0," "Adam Devine's House Party"
“South Park’s” 18th season kicks off Sept. 24 followed by “Key & Peele," “Tosh” returns Aug. 26 and "Adam Devine’s House Party” returns Sept. 9.


“Sharknado 2” to hit theaters for 1 night only
Following the success of the original “Sharknado” in theaters last year, “Sharknado 2: The Second One” will be screened on Aug. 21.


Spike TV and NFL vet Ray Lewis team for “Coaching Bad”
The hourlong reality show will feature nine coaches from different sports receiving instruction from the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and an anger management specialist.


“Idol” finalist from last season: "I have Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever”
It took months for Dexter Roberts to learn about the ailment that forced him off of this year’s tour.

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Report: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will each be paid $90M in new 'Big Bang Theory' deals

Report: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will each be paid $90M in new "Big Bang Theory" deals
The trio have agreed to return for Seasons 8 through 10 for $1 million per episode, with the door open for a Season 11, according to Deadline. The new deals will not only triple their $350,000 per episode salary, but will also give them a bigger piece of the backend. Still, negotiations aren’t completed. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are still working on their deals to return.

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Nickelodeon is making a 'School of Rock' TV series

Nickelodeon is making a “School of Rock” TV series
Director Richard Linklater will be on board to produce the TV remake of the 2003 Jack Black film, which has secured a 13-episode straight-to-series pickup.


Meredith Baxter joins “The Young and the Restless”
CBS says the "Family Ties" alum will play Maureen, a "charming, intelligent, middle-class woman who has always aspired to a more privileged life than she's had."


How did “Idol” alum Michael Johns die of a blood clot?
A doctor explains what may have happened to the Season 8 finalist.


“The Wire’s” Anwan Glover, AKA Slim Charles, stabbed and beaten at a Washington D.C. nightclub
"I am recovering and will be back soon,” Glover wrote in an Instagram post Sunday night. “My flesh may be stabbed, but my spirit is unbreakable."


Has Brian Williams been damaged by Jimmy Fallon?
As he’s become a viral “Tonight Show” sensation, the NBC Nightly Newsman’s ratings have tumbled in the key demo.


Mischa Barton facing foreclosure on the home she bought while on “The O.C.”
The 1.2-acre home that she purchased for $4.2 million in 2005 has been on sale for more than $8.5 million.


Discovery orders “America’s Smartest” reality show
In each episode, five contestants will be challenged to come up with solutions to everyday problems.


Michael Strahan acknowledged "TV wife" Kelly Ripa in his Pro Football Hall of Fame speech
Watch the “Live” hosts late-night speech. Strahan was one of seven to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. PLUS: Strahan was said to be blindsided that his breakup became public on the eve of his Hall of Fame ceremony, and how Strahan’s gapped teeth were made part of his Hall of Fame bust.


Anna Paquin explains to Larry King that she’s still bisexual, despite being married to Stephen Moyer
“Well, I don’t think it’s a past tense thing,” Paquin explained to King. “Are you still straight if you are with somebody?… If you were to break up with them or if they were to die, it doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn’t really work like that.”


Conan O’Brien will perform “The Monorail Song” when “The Simpsons” hit the Hollywood Bowl
Conan will join cast members for their three-day live performance next month.


See “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harrington with short hair
His new film “Testament of Youth” shows “Jon Snow” with an early 20th century look.


Kirstie Alley tweets a strange message amid feud with ex-“Dancing” partner Maksim
"Dear Sir..after you have ass raped me there is really no reason to include 'I wish you the best'.. It's rhetorical,” she wrote.


“Halt and Catch Fire” ends its flawed 1st season telling a very big truth about tech
"Dramatically, the episode was a mess,” Farhad Manjoo says of the season finale. "And yet as I look back on the finale and on the whole season, it’s clear that despite its many flaws, 'Halt and Catch Fire' managed to hit on a profound idea about the tech industry, one that is often glossed over in most analyses of the business.” PLUS: Don’t expect AMC to pick up a 2nd season, why "Halt" mattered, and “Halt” seemed like a kind a fantasy about capitalism.

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Former 'American Idol' finalist Michael Johns dies at 35

Former "American Idol" finalist Michael Johns dies at 35
The Australian-born singer, who finished 8th in 2008 on "Idol's" 7th season, died Friday due to a blood clot in his ankle.
 

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'Nashville' season premiere will feature 2 live performances

“Nashville” season premiere will feature 2 live performances
The East Coast broadcast will include live performances from the Bluebird Café set, one from Will Lexington and another from Deacon Claybourne.


“Sons of Anarchy” unveils its final season poster
It looks like the reaper is on Jax’s back.


Teen Choice Awards has found a new venue after UCLA flooding
This year’s TCAs, scheduled for UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, will now take place Aug. 10 from the Shrine Auditorium.


“Chappelle’s Show” co-creator: “Louie” is the kale of television
"I’m going to put 'Two And A Half Men' in ‘Lowbrow but Brilliant’ vs ‘Louie,’” says Neal Brennan. “Again, I love Louie’s stand-up; I love the stand-up sections of the show. I find the narrative to be non-existent and kind of sloppy and kind of lazy. So, I’m putting him in ‘Lowbrow and Despicable.’ I think ‘Louie' is like the kale of television. I think people like to say they watch it but I don’t think anyone is really…”


“Manhattan” really shines in Episode 2
“Having successfully eaten television's mandated opening appetizer of raw fennel,” says Matt Zoller Seitz, "it's ready to move on to dishes that please the palates of everyone involved. You can practically hear the entire series sighing with relief that they've gotten the hard part over with.” PLUS: TV needs more science shows like “Manhattan."


As he enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, Michael Strahan is everywhere
"Few retired athletes have parlayed their success on the field and their time in the nation’s largest media market into a second career in television as well as Strahan,” as the NY Times points out. "Stars like Frank Gifford and Tim McCarver blazed trails in the broadcast booth calling games, but Strahan is one of a handful of former players to work simultaneously in sports and entertainment television.” PLUS: Strahan and fiancee Nicole Murphy split up.


Is anybody watching Food Network?
Food’s primetime lineup appears to have declined in recent years.


Chris Pratt on “Parks and Rec”: “I think people are ready for it to be done”
Pratt is returning to work in two weeks after his whirlwind “Guardians of the Galaxy” publicity tour. "They’ve done a tremendous job,” he says of the writers, "but eventually you just run out of stories to tell about these characters without it becoming hackneyed and becoming sort of jumping the shark and turning into something that wouldn’t honor the characters.” PLUS: Pratt’s evolution from “Everwood” and “The O.C."


“Friends” star David Schwimmer is now directing “Breaking Bad’s” Anna Gunn
Schwimmer’s two-person play, "Sex With Strangers,” opens Wednesday.


How Letterman’s Stupid Pet Tricks was born
"We briefly considered Stupid Baby Tricks,” says former Letterman head writer (and girlfriend) Merrill Markoe, "but we were concerned that the idea would inspire desperate attention-seeking people to commit borderline child abuse."


Bristol Palin’s attorney denies she earned $0 in 2012 and 2013
The documents in her legal filming came from her baby’s daddy, Levi Johnston, says the lawyer.


Why did it take so long for “True Blood” to get around to Hurricane Katrina?
New showrunner Brian Buckner is doing what Alan Ball never did — acknowledge the 2005 storm’s effects on Louisiana. PLUS: Check out a box of “True Blood” props.


Why you should stick with “The Leftovers”
Despite its bleakness, the HBO drama is doing something not done on any other show. PLUS: To watch or not to watch?


HBO gives “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” a premiere date
The Dave Grohl-directed documentary series will air on Fridays at 11 pm, starting Oct. 17.


Chelsea Handler posts her bat-mitzvah photo
"Don't ever say I'm not a real Jew,” Handler wrote on Instagram.


Atheist TV debuts on the web
The president of American Atheists describes his new channel as “a place we can call our own, where we can speak the truth as frankly as we want.” It intends, he said, “to promote the idea that religion can and should be criticized.”


“Veep’s” Tony Hale unveils his children’s book
“Archibald’s Next Big Thing” is due out on Aug. 15.


What is Kirk from “Gilmore Girls” doing in “Guardians of the Galaxy”?
Turns out Sean Gunn, who played Kirk on all seven seasons of “Gilmore Girls,” is the brother of “Guardians” director James Gunn (and James Gunn is the ex-husband of “The Office’s” Jenna Fischer).


Fox buys an NYC crime drama from Richard Price
The noted crime writer and “Criminal Justice” creator’s project "centers on a twentysomething Wall Street portfolio manager who unwittingly becomes a pawn in the DA’s attempts to take down a criminal organization.”


Is “OITNB’s” Taylor Schilling the new Mary Tyler Moore?
Hayden Wright things so: "The very nature of Schilling's brilliance, like Mary Tyler Moore's, however, is her knack for knowing how and when to fade into the background. It's the subtlety of her upright posture, the openness of her expressions. She doesn't always get the punchline or the dramatic breakdown, but Schilling soldiers along as the unassuming lead of a dynamite ensemble we often find ourselves discussing instead. And she deserves an Emmy for it.” PLUS: Meet “OITNB’s” Miss Rosa.


Check out 10 awesome musical performances from “The Jon Stewart Show”
From Notorious B.I.G. to Van Halen.


Piers Morgan calls Larry King a “graceless, petty little man”
The former CNN host responded after King slammed him yet again.


Disney XD’s “Kickin’ It” takes on “Star Wars”
Here’s a preview of Monday’s “Star Wars”-themed episode.


A day in the life of a Times Square Elmo impersonator
Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, is one of many Times Square Elmos. PLUS: A farmer uses Elmo as a scarecrow.


Watch "Weird Al” Yankovic take over MTV in 1984
“Weird Al” would occasionally host “AL-TV.”


“The Killing” ends on Netflix, a shadow of its former self
Not even the presence of Joan Allen in Season 4 can keep diehard viewers from wishing it would just conclude already. PLUS: “The Killing” never did achieve greatness, Season 4 is more a thriller than a somber grief melodrama, and “Killing” boss Veena Sud on the Netflix revival.


“The Knick” could be a game-changer for Cinemax
The 1900-set Steven Soderbergh drama starring Clive Owen, says Tim Goodman, "is a series that makes no rush to win support during its pilot, then audaciously walks the audience through another two hours of medical bleakness before arriving, in episode four, almost fully formed. That’s the HBO model to a scientific description, but in this case “almost” is an apt qualifier, because the series really arrives at its most important milestone by the sixth episode. By then, The Knick has fully enthralled with its merits.” PLUS: Soderbergh predicts half the viewers will look away from the gruesome scenes.

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'Ally McBeal’s' Peter MacNicol joins 'CSI:Cyber'

“Ally McBeal’s” Peter MacNicol joins “CSI:Cyber”
The “Numbers” alum is returning to CBS as a series regular on the “CSI” spinoff, playing Patricia Arquette’s supervisor.

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'Big Bang Theory' is aiming to get a deal done by Sunday

“Big Bang Theory” is aiming to get a deal done by Sunday
What’s dragging negotiations, according to Variety, is that each of the five actors is negotiating for the same salary but doing so with different reps.


“Game of Thrones” inspired Simon Cowell’s new “X Factor” UK promo
Watch the judges, including “America’s Got Talent’s” Mel B, go to war.


George R.R. Martin is re-releasing his 1980 children’s book set in Westeros
"The Ice Dragon” is being updated with artist Luis Royo, with a release set for Oct. 21.


“Breaking Bad’s” Betsy Brandt” is returning to “Parenthood”
She’ll reprise her role as Ray Romano’s estranged wife.


Here is every summer TV show from this summer, ranked
“America’s Got Talent” occupies the top two spots in the ratings, followed by “Under the Dome,” “Extant” and “24: Live Another Day."


How difficult was that University of Virginia 4-week “Game of Thrones” class?
“It was a lot of work,” Professor Lisa Woolfork says of her course. "It was a lot of debate, a lot of conversation, a lot of disagreement. This is the point of what we can do when we apply the skills of literary analysis to both a literary and televisual adaptation.”


“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Ellen Pompeo is producing “Debt” for ABC Family
Based on the Rachel Carey novel, “Debt” satirizes the 2008 financial meltdown.


Watch Amy Poehler as a spelling bee moderator
It’s her latest Old Navy ad.


Disney launches a Muppets web series
Check out “Disney Drive-On with The Muppets.”

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