'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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'Big Bang Theory' is hoping to begin production on Season 8 on Wednesday as continue negotiations continue

“Big Bang Theory” is hoping to begin production on Season 8 on Wednesday as continue negotiations continue
According to Deadline, there is talk of reducing this season’s episode order from 24 to 23 if production continues to be delayed.

“Dexter’s” David Zayas joins “Gotham”
He’ll play mob boss Salvatore Maroni.

Bryan Cranston was kidding about Walter White — he wants to direct “Better Call Saul,” but isn’t sure about making a cameo
Asked about his May comment on his “Breaking Bad” character, Cranston says: "I think it was on the Ashley Banfield show on CNN, and she brought up the speculation. I was just toying with her and said, 'I don’t know!' which created a whole brushfire of rumor. I don’t think that we’re going to see any kind of rebirth of that show, or that character.” PLUS: “Breaking Bad” festival organizers have run into problems.

“Modern Family’s” Sarah Hyland to co-host the Teen Choice Awards
She’ll co-host with “Teen Wolf’s” Tyler Posey.

Former “Dancing" star Bristol Palin earned $0 in 2013 and 2014
Palin, who also starred in "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp” in 2012, is seeking child support from her baby’s father, Levi Johnston.

Simon Cowell may be planning a “World’s Got Talent” competition
The Mirror reports that the top acts from “Got Talent” shows around the world would gather later this year in Mumbai, India.

“Elementary” bringing back “Mad Men’s” Rich Sommer
He’ll reprise his role as one of Sherlock's “irregulars.”

“NYPD Blue’s” Charlotte Ross headed to “Arrow”
She’ll play the mother of Felicity Smoak.

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Kathie Lee Gifford producing a 'Today' musical

Kathie Lee Gifford producing a “Today” musical
The 18-minute “Today: The Musical” will feature a cameo by Regis Philbin, who was filling for Hoda Kotb this morning.

ABC’s “The Quest” has a disappointing debut
Just 2.8 million watched the medieval reality show.

Julia Roberts and Jimmy Fallon throw big balls at each other’s face
Watch the latest “Tonight Show” viral stunt.

“Nathan For You” is auctioning off its “Dumb Starbucks” art
You can own some of Nathan Fielder’s parody “art pieces.”

Here’s your 1st look at the movie Jon Stewart directed last summer
Gael García Bernal stars in “Rosewater.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus got in trouble with Facebook over her naked Rolling Stone cover
The “Veep” star talks to Letterman about the John Hancock controversy and getting locked out of Facebook after spoofing her cover with a naked baby.

Kerry Washington gives Jimmy Fallon the “Scandal” season premiere script
The only problem: nearly everything was redacted. PLUS: Kimmel bussed his entire audience 5 miles to watch Tom Petty perform at Sony Studios in Culver City.

Read Nathan Fillion’s forward to Joss Whedon’s biography
"Joss Whedon's version of a hero doesn't always win. He loses more than he wins,” Fillion explains in the forward to "Joss Whedon: The Biography.”

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NBC renews 'Undateable'

NBC renews "Undateable"
The summer buddy comedy from Bill Lawrence will be back for a 2nd season.

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'It’s Always Sunny’s' Rob McElhenney is coming to 'The Mindy Project'

“It’s Always Sunny’s” Rob McElhenney is coming to “The Mindy Project”
He’ll guest as Ike Barinholtz’s cousin.

Brands tried jumping on the “Sharknado 2” bandwagon
Companies from Victoria’ Secret to Bud Lite to Dominoes to Ritz crackers all had “Sharknado”-themed tweets on hand during the Syfy movie. PLUS: Tara Reid releasing “Shark” perfume, why “Sharknado 2” was so glorious, where does it rank among sh*tty movies?, “Sharknado 2” inspires Internet memes, the ratings weren’t spectacular, and “Sharknado 2” is the future of television.

“Galavant” casts John Stamos as a singing knight
He’ll guest as Galavant’s longtime rival. PLUS: Introducing “Sad Full House."

“Homeland” adds Mark Moses, plus 2 others
The “Desperate Housewives” and “Mad Men” alum will join Indian actress Nimrat Kaur and “True Lies” star Art Malik in Season 4.

“Mad Men” is No. 1 in viewers skipping ads
TiVo compiled a list of the Top 10 TV shows for ad-skipping from the first half of this year, and AMC had three and FX had three.

“Once Upon a Time” unveils “Frozen” photos
Check out Sven the reindeer.

“Lost” has been huge for Hawaii’s economy
Not only did the ABC drama help Hawaii get through the recession, but it also led to other TV shows and movie projects to film on the islands.

Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Jerry Seinfeld sing a duet of “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” from 2000
“The Late Show” today posted this clip from its archives. PLUS: Louis-Dreyfus talked to Dave about “Seinfeld” turning 25.

UCLA flooding forces Teen Choice Awards to seek a new home
This year’s show was scheduled to take place Aug. 10 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, which is currently recovering from water damage.

Watch Stephen Colbert give “Ask a Grown Man” advice
Colbert answered questions from teens about growing up in a special web video. PLUS: James Franco tried to get Colbert to break character.

Robin Roberts’ alleged stalker arrested
Troy Warren, 42, shows up outside ABC’s Times Square studios eight times last month, claiming the “GMA” star owed him money.

Why do people hate Allison Williams?
Is the “Girls” and “Peter Pan Live” star too closely identified with Marnie?

Uzo Aduba: I never wanted to play “Crazy Eyes” as “crazy”
Read what the “Orange is the New Black” star said in her Reddit AMA. PLUS: Laverne Cox talks about her Emmy nomination with Seth Meyers.

Bravo to begin showing “Real Housewives of Melbourne”
The Australian spinoff debuts on Sunday.

“Nathan For You” actually does have good business tips
As Christy O’Shoney notes, "for a show that mocks American marketing strategies, 'Nathan for You' offers some surprisingly savvy entrepreneurial advice. Watching this show has almost made me want to launch my own company just so I can put these biz tips into action.” PLUS: How “Nathan For You” blows up reality TV.

“The Quest” is the inevitable “Game of Thrones”-inspired reality show
The ABC series mixes reality with Medieval Times. PLUS: Why medieval fiction and reality TV should never meet.

SundanceTV’s timely “The Honorable Woman” manages to navigate the complex Israel-Palestine conflict
"Any series that takes on the Israel-Palestine conflict and does not immediately wander into a morass has accomplished something difficult,” says Willa Paskin. "It takes its subject absolutely as seriously as it should, and in the endless complexity of motivation, the depth of grievance, the weight of history, the impossibility of honor—it oversimplifies very little.” PLUS: Its themes or both topical and eternal, it’s a lavish homage to John le Carré, and it’s Maggie Gyllenhaal’s best performance yet.

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'Sharknado 2' scores big ratings: 3.9 million, a Syfy movie record

“Sharknado 2” scores big ratings: 3.9 million, a Syfy movie record
“The Second One” sequel was up 280% from the original “Sharknado,” which attracted 1.4 million. It also beat network TV shows like “Extant” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” PLUS: “Sharknado 2” was also up in number of tweets vs. "Sharknado."

Monica Lewinsky reacts to “Orange is the New Black" using her last name as a vulgarity
Writing in Vanity Fair, Lewinsky recalls: "I was ‘Orange'-bingeing, when along came Episode 11. (O.K., I’m a late adopter. Just getting through Season 1.) In it, there was a vulgar reference to my last name and DNA. I did what I usually do in these situations where the culture throws me a shard of my former self. After the cringing embarrassment, the whiff of shame, and the sense that I am no longer an agent running my own life, I shuddered, I got up off the sofa, and I turned it off.”

Watch the trailer for DirecTV’s “Kingdom”
Nick Jonas and Matt Lauria star in a family drama set in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

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'Extant' halts its slide in new timeslot

“Extant” halts its slide in new timeslot
After weeks of declining viewership, the Halle Berry drama had the same ratings as last week in its new 10 pm timeslot. Meanwhile, "Penn & Teller: Fool Us” had the CW’s 2nd highest-rated summer premiere ever.

Watch Ben Stiller go rappelling with Bear Grylls
Stiller is next week’s guest on “Running Wild.”

“Girls” books Spike Jonze
The acclaimed director (and sometimes actor) will play a character named Marcos.

Check out Syfy’s zombie drama “Z Nation”
Here’s the first teaser for Syfy’s answer to “The Walking Dead.”

Meredith Vieira on “Today” debacle: “Sh*t happens. People make mistakes”
Vieira says of the Ann Curry situation: "I thought it had not been handled smartly from the very beginning, because I don't think they ever felt that was the right fit for Ann so they should never have put her in that position to begin with.”

Fred Flintstone was not a wife-beater
A Washington Post columnist described Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice as “Going all Flintstone on his wife” when he attacked her. But as a reader pointed out, Fred Flintstone loved and respected his wife Wilma.

BBC America will air several “Doctor Who” specials in advance of Peter Capaldi’s debut
Special programming includes “Doctor Who: The Companion” and "The Real History of Science Fiction: Time.” PLUS: See photos from the season premiere.

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Chris Pratt: NBC admonished me for flashing Amy Poehler on 'Parks and Rec'

Chris Pratt: NBC admonished me for flashing Amy Poehler on “Parks and Rec"
“The reaction was awesome,” he says of the look on her face on Season 2 when Poehler opened the door and he was completely naked.

ABC made a “Shondaland Thursday” video featuring Shonda Rhimes and her 3 leading ladies
Watch Rhimes sit down with Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis.

Showtime to launch “Ray Donovan” webisodes
Titled "Behind the Fix,” the webisodes debuting Sunday will show how tasks are completed for Ray.

Jimmy Kimmel got Warren G to read President Warren G. Harding’s intimate love letters
The Library of Congress recently released the former president’s letters to his mistress.

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan battled sharks on “Sharknado 2”
In fact, “Live with Kelly and Michael” and producer Gelman were featured prominently on “The Second One" - PLUS: Here are all the cameos from “Sharknado 2.”

Netflix unveils the trailer for “BoJack Horseman”
Will Arnett voices the character of the legendary star of the ‘90s sitcom “Horsin’ Around.”

Watch the premiere of “Garfunkel and Oates”
IFC has posted a full episode of the new show from musical comedy duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci.

Eric McCormack stars in “Will & Will”
Check out the “Will & Grace” spinoff he shot for Jimmy Kimmel.

See the new “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” movie trailer
SpongeBob and friends are literally out of water in their 2nd movie.

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'Big Bang Theory’s' Thursday table read canceled

“Big Bang Theory’s” Thursday table read canceled
Production on Season 8 has been postponed for a 2nd day due to contract negotiations.

Brian Williams reports on his daughter’s “Peter Pan Live” casting on “NBC Nightly News”
"Family members confirm that she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three and they look forward to seeing her fly,” Williams said of daughter Allison’s casting.

Sharknadoes cause PTSD, and 9 other lessons from “Sharknado 2”
“Sharknado 2: The Second One” also taught us that Matt Lauer is the 3rd most-important character. PLUS: ASPCA creates a “Barknado,” and “Sharknado 2” had no business being this much fun.

“Stalker” adds Warren Kole
“The Following” vet will reunite with Kevin Williamson on the CBS drama.

AMC Networks in talks to buy a 50% stake in BBC America
BBC America is currently owned by BBC Worldwide, the for-profit arm of the BBC.

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'Sharknado 2' is already a huge success regardless of ratings
Credit: Syfy

'Sharknado 2' is already a huge success regardless of ratings

“Sharknado 2” is already a huge success regardless of ratings
Tonight’s sequel was made for next to nothing, and all the free promotion — from the media to companies like Subway — guarantees that “The Second One” won’t be a failure. PLUS: The New Yorker goes behind the scenes, the sequel is even more cheap and boringly bogus, play the “Sharknado 2” drinking game, it is too packed with cameos, the problem is “Sharknado 2” is trying to spoof the original, it’s as good as the first one, “Sharknado 2” writer promises a “surprisingly heartfelt” sequel, “So it's a tornado full of sharks?,” asks 88-year-old congressman, “Sharknado 2” is so bad, it’s bad, will “Sharknado 2” will give Tara Reid staying power, and the real “Sharknado 2” fear is of missing out on a big event.

How CBS got New York to give Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” $16 million in tax breaks
"We had to get a little more creative in the incentives to keep them here," says a spokesman for Empire State Development, noting that Los Angeles, New Orleans and Connecticut were all trying to woo “The Late Show.”

11 things to watch tonight instead of “Sharknado 2”
“Swimming with Sharks” is also on tonight.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” books Jenny Slate
She’ll play a mob mistress in the season premiere, reuniting with former “SNL” co-star Andy Samberg.

Watch Seth Meyers’ 1st Emmys promo
The Emmy host tried to bring “Breaking Bad” blue meth and a “Game of Thrones” sword through the TSA.

Infographic: Here are “The Walking Dead’s” most talked-about characters
Turns out The Governor was more talked about than Rick Grimes.

“Downton Abbey” takes over "Harry Potter’s” Hogwarts
The ITV drama is filming this week in the grand residence of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.

What happens to canceled TV shows’ Twitter accounts?
So many dead TV shows had Twitter accounts, it’s like a social media graveyard.

Readers of TV adaptations need to let it go
Regarding the “Game of Thrones” controversy, James Poniewozik says, “In the end, the book is the book. The show is the show. I’m glad to accept that I’m going to get different things from one than from the other–and if one of them ends up sucking, it doesn’t diminish the other. It’s just one more reason that it’s a good thing to own both a TV set and a bookcase."

Lena Dunham talks to Fred Armisen about once working as an “SNL” extra
She couldn’t stop giggling while Armisen filmed a digital short.

Nick’s “Bachelorette” “made love” comment reversed yet reinforced gender roles
As Willa Paskin points out, "Nick, operating under the auspices of hurt, sexual naïveté, and a dash of hubris, does not believe that Andi, the good, classy girl he loves, could have been sexually comfortable and voracious enough to have really good sex with someone— him!—if he was not 'the one.' No woman who has ever appeared on The Bachelor suffers from this delusion. By bringing up the sex, Nick is also upholding the specific gender roles of The Bachelor, in which men basically get to decide what is kosher.” PLUS: Fox News host calls Andi a "slut."

Who is “Supernatural” bringing back next season?
Several past guest stars will return in Season 10.

Burbank burger stand gives discounts if you order in the voice or a TV character
Order as  Scooby-Doo, and get 10% off.

Watch Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Jack McBrayer at Comic-Con
They were promoting their new Adult Swim series.

Maksim: Kirstie Alley and I don’t speak anymore
The “Dancing” alum says: "Now that I'm associating with other people, that (she said) she can't be associated with, I am no longer to be spoken with."

“HIMYM’s” Ashley Williams is pregnant
The actress, whose Jim Gaffigan pilot was just picked up yesterday by TV Land, is expecting her first child this fall.

“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” premieres tonight on CW
The game show will reward magicians who stump the famous duo.

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