In defense of Allison Williams’ casting as Peter Pan

In defense of Allison Williams’ casting as Peter Pan
Marnie may be the worst character on “Girls,” but the real-life Williams is pretty good singer. PLUS: Lena Dunham predicts “she will slay,” and see Williams dressed as Peter Pan — as a child.


TNT renews Dick Wolf’s “Cold Justice"
The true crime docu-drama will be back for a 3rd season in early 2015.


Watch Jay Leno mentor a “Last Comic Standing” contestant
Why this might be Leno's smartest post-retirement appearance yet.


“The Bachelorette’s” Nick on his “made love” comments: ""It wasn’t necessarily about the sex…”
"I think she was very caught off guard by the question,” he says, "and quite honestly, I was surprised it came out, but I think I was very much in the moment, and it was something that I felt was weighing on my mind," he said. "It wasn’t necessarily about the sex, but just the level of intimacy about that night."


Krysten Ritter to visit “The Blacklist”
The “Breaking Bad” alum will guest on the season premiere.


Meet the Howard Stern crank caller who’s been pranking ESPN, CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC for 25 years
The Washington Post profiles Tom Cipriano, AKA Captain Janks, a truck driver and Stern fan who’s posed as everything from a football player to Bob Hope’s comedy writer to get on air.


Reminder: Halle Berry’s “Extant” has a new timeslot tonight
The Steven Spielberg-produced drama moves to 10 pm.

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Production on 'The Big Bang Theory' postponed due to cast contract negotiations

Production on “The Big Bang Theory” postponed due to cast contract negotiations
Season 8 was scheduled to begin production today. But only two cast members are under contract: Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik.

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'Big Brother Israel' adds a bomb shelter

“Big Brother Israel” adds a bomb shelter
The reality show is pulling in big ratings amid fighting amid the Gaza conflict.


Why not cast everybody from “Girls” on “Peter Pan Live”?
Lena Dunham could play Wendy, Adam Driver could be John Darling. PLUS: Watch clips of Allison Williams singing.


"SVU's" Richard Belzer is mourning the loss of his older brother, who jumped to his death early this morning
Leonard Belzer, 73, died early this morning after jumping from the 15th floor of his Upper West Side apartment.


After raising $4.3 trillion to buy CNN, Jon Stewart launches a  #NewCNNShows Twitter hashtag
Last night, “The Daily Show” looked back at 15 years of bashing CNN.


Stephen Colbert buys the URL TheSarahPalinChannel.com
The URL will be home to Colbert’s new online channel, “Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber."


Seth Meyers' younger brother will be a “Late Night” guest on Monday
Seth is best friends with younger brother Josh, who is a “MADtv” alum.


“Nathan For You” lived up to the hype with Dumb Starbucks
Turns out there were many layers to it than the actual store.


Chelsea Handler is setting up a “Clique of Powerful Women"
As she prepares to go to Netflix, the “Chelsea Lately” star has become best buds with A-listers Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.


Katie Couric says goodbye today to “Katie”
Couric will say goodbye to her daytime talk show with a special “Farewell to Katie” episode.


“Ted” from “HIMYM” enters his 40s
Happy birthday, Josh Radnor!


On “Sons of Anarchy” set, Lea Michele is apparently smoking with “Gemma”
Check her out as truck stop waitress Gertie.


“Twin Peaks” gets mashed up with The Muppets
Check out Kermit the Frog as Agent Cooper and Miss Piggy as Laura Palmer in honor of the Blu-ray release. PLUS: 11 shows that owe a debt to “Twin Peaks."

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'Girls' star Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in NBC's 'Peter Pan Live'

"Girls" star Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in NBC's "Peter Pan Live"
The daughter of Brian Williams will join Christopher Walken on the live Dec. 4 telecast. "I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true,” Williams said in a statement.

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Ian Ziering: Twitter better be prepared for Wednesday’s 'Sharknado wave'

Ian Ziering: Twitter better be prepared for Wednesday’s “Sharknado wave”
"I think the nerds over at Twitter better reinforce their hard drives because it almost broke them last time,” the actor said with a laugh, in an interview with Mashable. “Get those servers backed up because a storm is coming … and it’s a huge Sharknado wave.” PLUS: Ziering on Reddit gives a Steve Sanders update, and check out Ziering’s “Sharknado”-themed autograph.


Nickelodeon orders 26 episodes of “100 Things to Do Before High School”
The middle school comedy is from the creator of “Big Time Rush.”


“Game of Thrones’” Maisie Williams: “I’m so sick of going on the internet and seeing all the book readers being snobby…"
Asked about the Lady Stonehart controversy, Williams says of book readers: "They feel they have a claim on the series because they read the books first, and I understand that, but they don’t need to be mean about it. That’s why I liked moments like this, because book readers think they know what’s coming, then we change it and it’s really funny to watch their reactions. They’re always like, 'That’s not what happened in the books, so the show’s really bad now.' But really, they just feel insecure because they’re used to knowing what’s coming next.” PLUS: Cersei’s daughter reacts to being recast via a Vine video, and George R.R. Martin is a rock star at Comic-Con.


Craig Ferguson thinks a female should replace him
That’s according to VH1’s Carrie Keagan, in an essay complaining about the lack of female network talk show hosts.


It’s about time “The Bachelorette” talked about sex
Monday night’s “historic television moment” shouldn’t have been that big a deal. PLUS: Stop shaming Andi!, bachelor Nick preferred to have that conversation in public, Chris Harrison recalls Nick’s demeanor the past few months, and a character study of “Mumblecore Nick."


“Nathan For You” co-creator: How the show could’ve been different
Michael Koman, who hired Nathan Fielder as a writer on "Important Things with Demetri Martin,” says the initial concept of the show included written pieces.


Has John Oliver discovered late-night’s future with “Last Week Tonight”?
After three months, Oliver has set himself apart from “The Daily Show.” PLUS: Oliver’s long rants are a “master class” in how to make a downer subject entertaining.


Former “Lost” boss Carlton Cuse is now juggling 5 TV shows
Meanwhile, Damon Lindelof has “The Leftovers.”


"Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” adds “Bakshi"
British actor Simon Kassianides will recur in Season 2 as a "confident right-hand man.”


"Downton Abbey’s Lily James may be up for “War and Peace”
She and Paul Dano are reportedly in negotiations for the six-part BBC adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic.


Jay R. Ferguson shaves off his “Mad Men” beard
“RIP Rizzo, it was a pleasure."


“Community’s” last-minute Yahoo renewal prompted Comic-Con panel scrambling
TV Guide Magazine’s tribute to “Community” had been in the works for months, but its rebirth on Yahoo made it all the more viable.


Billy Bob Thornton: I’d love to steal Penny away on “The Big Bang Theory”
Thornton, whose mom turned him on to “Big Bang,” says he’d also like to play Hodor’s cousin on “Game of Thrones.”


Why “Saved by the Bell” was terrible
The classic NBC teen comedy has influenced many awful Disney Channel sitcoms, says Drew Magary. "It's a show that holds a special place in the hearts of many people my age,” he notes. "I am not one of these people. Saved by the Bell was f*cking terrible. It wasn't funny. It wasn't well acted. It wasn't well written. It wasn't even well shot. It was a sh*tty placeholder sitcom designed to keep you in the TV room an extra hour before heading out to softball practice.”


Here is a reported breakdown of how much TLC paid the Gosselins for “Jon & Kate Plus 8”
The Gosselins went from making $2,000 an episode to $22,500 an episode, according to a new tell-all book.


“Girls” films at SUNY New Paltz
Can the State University of New York at New Paltz substitute for the University of Iowa?

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Mark Valley joins 'CSI'

Mark Valley joins “CSI”
The “Fringe,” “Keen Eddie” and “Boston Legal” alum will recur next season as Elisabeth Shue’s new partner (and possible love interest).


Jim Gaffigan’s rejected CBS pilot "The Jim Gaffigan Show” picked up by TV Land
Gaffigan’s comedy, based on his life, also co-stars Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black and Adam Goldberg.


Mindy Kaling replaces “bitches” with “haters” from her "Mindy Project" season premiere title
Season 3’s premiere will be called "We're a Couple Now, Haters!” because people could be offended by “bitches,” Kaling explains.


Check out Lea Michele in her frumpy “Sons of Anarchy” outfit
The “Glee” star has been guest-starring on the FX series this week.


“The Originals” alum Claire Holt to star in NBC’s “Aquarius”
She’ll play a police officer in the Charles Manson-themed drama.


“Frontline” details what went wrong in Iraq in “Losing Iraq”
Tonight’s documentary tells how everything was screwed up from the start.

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TV Land cancels Kirstie Alley’s 'Kirstie'

TV Land cancels Kirstie Alley’s “Kirstie”
The ratings-challenged sitcom, also co-starring Michael Richards and Rhea Perlman, lasted one season.


Syfy’s “12 Monkeys” casts a woman in the Brad Pitt role
“Cosmopolis” star Emily Hampshire will take on the role Pitt played in the 1995 Terry Gilliam film.

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CW to air The World Dog Awards

CW to air The World Dog Awards
The inaugural and all-inclusive doggie awards show will be broadcast from Santa Monica's Barker Hanger in January.


“The League” gets a Season 6 premiere date
The FXX series returns Sept. 3.


CNN capitalizing on fugitive who was killed after appearing on John Walsh’s “The Hunt”
Charles Mozdir, who was profiled on July 20 of the “America’s Most Wanted” host’s new series, was killed in a shootout Monday. And ever since, CNN has been going all-out covering Mozdir and Walsh’s connection to the story.


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” unveils its Season 2 poster
“Same Shift. Different Day.”

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Charlie Hunnam gets naked in a video explaining his Comic-Con absence

Charlie Hunnam gets naked in a video explaining his Comic-Con absence
Watch the “Sons of Anarchy” star get a massage.


Santa Fe, New Mexico is trying to woo “The Bachelor”
The City Council tonight will consider a request from Santa Fe’s tourism department to spend $50,000 to $100,000 to lure the ABC reality show. PLUS: "The Bachelorette" posts Nick's emotional letter to Andi Dorfman on Facebook.


“24” vet Louis Lombardi defends Kiefer Sutherland
Lombardi, who played Edgar Stiles on “24” Seasons 4 and 5, says of Freddie Prinze, Jr’s comments: "My experience with Kiefer was absolutely the opposite. He was one of the most professional actors I've ever worked with," Lombardi tells Us Weekly exclusively. "He wanted the best out of everybody. I have nothing but great experiences with him. He's a gentleman.”


“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Sarah Drew is pregnant
Drew is expected to welcome her 2nd child in December.


James Garner died of a massive heart attack
“The Rockford Files” star’s death certificate sates that he died from acute myocardial infarction.


Brooklyn Decker and Ethan Embry join Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”
They’ll play, respectively, Jane Fonda’s daughter and Lily Tomlin’s son.


“The Blacklist” casts a “House of Cards” vet as James Spader’s new foe
Mozhan Marnò will play a former Mossad agent.


You can vote for “America’s Got Talent” via Google searches
Starting tonight, Google searches for “AGT” contestants will bring up ballots for the NBC reality show.


USA’s “Sirens” promotes “Cash"
Actor Bill Nunn will become a series regular in Season 2.


Ex-“Fargo” police chief headed to “Covert Affairs”
Shawn Doyle will recur as a Georgian diplomat.

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Maksim: 'I’m done dancing' on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maksim: “I’m done dancing” on “Dancing with the Stars”
"I feel like it's time,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy said of opting not to dance on the ABC reality show anymore, adding: "When I came back to the show, it was not the same -- I was different, probably.”


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” books Kyra Sedgwick as deputy chief
She’ll play Andre Braugher’s longtime rival in two episodes.

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