'Game of Thrones’' Season 4 finale was 'more blow-up than clean-up,' says co-creator

“Game of Thrones’” Season 4 finale was “more blow-up than clean-up,” says co-creator
"In past seasons,” says D.B. Weiss, "our final episodes have often been clean-up  -- exciting in their own right, but primarily concerned with addressing the aftermath of the momentous events of the episode before. This isn't one of those. The finale of the fourth season is more blow-up than clean-up. In real life, blowing things up is usually a lot easier than cleaning them up, but on TV it's a lot more difficult.” PLUS: Why it’s a good thing the book spoiler didn’t happen, here's George R.R. Martin's explanation for what happened to Tyrion, It was refreshing that producers chose to end on an emotional moment instead of a cool one, producers made a misstep with Tyrion, Was there too much good stuff?, too many characters got shorter shrift, there was something for everyone in the finale, “The Children” is more an ellipsis than a period, Gwendoline Christie on Brienne’s finale showdown — “I was just knackered,” Maisie Williams is glad Arya Stark got that ending — “I don’t really think it was spiteful," Sibel Kekilli was shocked it didn’t happen to Shae last season, and read George R. Martin’s 1963 letter to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.


Report: Malia Obama is working as a production assistant on CBS’ “Extant”
The oldest daughter of President and Mrs. Obama, who turns 16 on the 4th of July, was spotted working on the CBS Steven Spielberg-produced Halle Berry drama last week, according to The Wrap. “She helped with computer shop alignments and the director also let her slate a take,” says an insider.


TLC apologizes for airing a profanity-laced “Honey Boo Boo” episode in the UK
Last week’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” contained five instances of the F-word, 11 instances of the S-word and one B-word.


Report: Katie Couric was hated at CBS
A new book "The News Sorority” tells how CBS staffers resented Couric’s arrival in 2006, including her hefty $15 million salary. PLUS: Couric talks about her daytime talk show struggles.


Jimmy Kimmel has his fans jump on their dads for Father’s Day
Check out Kimmel’s latest YouTube Challenge — “Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I Hopped on Pop.” PLUS: NBA stars read Mean Tweets.


“24” tonight hits Episode 200
"It's fantastic,” says co-creator Robert Cochran. "It's something that makes us very humble and very thankful for the fans around the world... that have supported us all these years. I can promise you when we started the show, this thing wasn't even in our minds. We were trying to get to Episode 2. We're very thankful for it."

RIP Casey Kasem

RIP Casey Kasem
Kasem, who died today at age 82, was not only famous for his radio work, but also was the voice of NBC in the '70s and '80s and was the voice of Shaggy on "Scobby-Doo."

Jay Leno’s longtime producer dishes dirt on 'Tonight Show' guests in tell-all book

Jay Leno’s longtime producer dishes dirt on “Tonight Show” guests in tell-all book
Leno wrote the forward to Dave Berg’s book, “Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show,” which tells how Christian Bale was difficult, Teri Hatcher was complicated and how the show had to pay $33,000 to Sarah Palin and her family to fly down to L.A. via private jet.


NYC mayor has to sing “I Love L.A.” on Jimmy Kimmel after losing Stanley Cup bet
Mayor Bill de Blasio will also have to buy Kimmel’s entire audience hot dogs from Gray’s Papaya.


HBO let “Girls” do a “money shot” in Season 3 after rejecting it in Season 2
“Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner calls it “the biggest fight we've ever gotten in with HBO.


Happy 50th birthday, Courteney Cox!
The “Cougar Town” star today becomes the 2nd “Friend" to enter their 50s.


NBC dumps the “Crisis” finale on a Saturday
The canceled drama's two-hour finale was originally scheduled for Sunday, June 29.It’ll instead air on June 21.


Animal Planet responds to The World Cup with The World Pup
Check out cute dogs in a World Cup-style bracket.


Dave Chappelle recalls Kanye West’s TV debut on “Chappelle's Show”
Even before Kanye was famous, Chappelle tells Jimmy Fallon, he had a big head.


“Idol” alum Pia Toscano is now J.Lo’s backup singer
“I’m in her band,” says the Season 10 alum.


Kelly Clarkson becomes a mom
The former “Idol” champ welcomed a daughter, River Rose, on Saturday.

Why 'Game of Thrones' exploded in popularity in Season 4

Why “Game of Thrones" exploded in popularity in Season 4
It was a deeper and richer season, says Verne Gay, and at this point in the series, viewers didn’t have to frequently consult all the Wiki pages devoted to George R.R. Martin’s creation. Plus, he adds, narratively, the fourth season has been -- bluntly speaking -- nuts. Almost every episode has begun with a jaw-dropper, ended with one and dropped a few more jaws in between.” PLUS: 5 burning questions for the season finale, 6 questions that need answers, explaining the religions of “GoT,” The Legend of Zelda meets “GoT,” the best and worst dads from “GoT,” and director Alex Graves says "This is the first season where the finale is a finale. It is an all-out, massive, episode."


Alex Trebek sets a Guinness World Record with tonight’s “Jeopardy!”
His 6,829th episode marks the "Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter (One Show),” according to Guinness.


Happy Father’s Day: Ranking TV’s Top 10 dads right now
Louis CK comes in at No. 1. PLUS: 15 stylish TV dads, Fox’s Animation Domination celebrates Father’s Day, and what “Friday Night Lights” teaches about fatherhood.


The Kardashians are “krashing"
The 2nd half of Season 9’s premiere was down 29% in the demo compared to the 2nd half of Season 8’s premiere.


Oliver North calls Jon Stewart a “jackass”
Jon Stewart recently mocked The Fox News personality and Iran-Contra figure on “The Daily Show" over his Bowe Bergdahl comments.


Terry Crews has a “View” argument with Jenny McCarthy over fatherhood
Guest co-host Crews explained that fathers gave children a name, their story and their security. To which single mom McCarthy disagreed.


Starz orders “Signal,” a U.S. government contractor war drama
Inspired by true events, the drama project focuses on a government contractor who gets rich off the government with his own propaganda business.


A Kickstarter hopes to create a “Breaking Bad” festival in Albuquerque
The fundraising campaign is seeking $35,000 in 30 days for a “Breaking Bad” festival.


On Chile's “Modern Family,” a gay male character sleeps with a woman to get her pregnant
That’s because Chile is deeply conservative, and gay marriage and gays adopting are illegal. Producers also had to change the Gloria character because “Gloria” types are very common in Latin America.


Kerry Washington: “Scandal” Season 3 really turned Olivia Pope "upside down for me"
"The whole season was such a really dark, dark season for Olivia,” she says, "and turned the character upside down for me. I was still playing this strong woman that I’ve grown to love, (but) she’s really gone deep into the cave of her own understanding by having to face her own mother and father and her own dark history.”


Complaint: It’s hard to avoid TV spoilers these days
"Every minute you're not watching, you're at risk of stumbling upon information you'd rather not have,” says Dan Eaton, adding: "The combination of a word or two in a headline plus a picture is enough to tip off most savvy viewers; the immediate post-episode Q&A is practically a tombstone. Even when a modicum of discretion is exerted, it isn't enough: a bold-faced spoiler warning may as well just announce that Character X is dead/fired/short a nipple. You may not even click it, but you don't really have to: Acknowledging SOMETHING practically says EVERYTHING."


Bob Odenkirk was wearing a “Breaking Bad” coat to “Fargo” when a reporter didn’t know who he was
That’s according to Saul Goodman’s creator, Peter Gould, who co-created “Better Call Saul."


Vanity Fair’s Young Hollywood Class of 2003: Where are they now?
That class included “Everwood” stars Emily VanCamp and Gregory Smith, plus Lindsay Lohan, Raven-Symoné, “Even Stevens” star Shia LaBeouf, Alexis Bledel, Milo Ventimiglia, Jared Padalecki and Kaley Cuoco.


Lorraine Toussaint on “Orange is the New Black” villain Vee: “Bless her heart, she’s just misunderstood”
"That was my running joke about Vee when people would try to label her. I stood very firmly on Oh, she’s just really misunderstood. Yeah, she’s missing a few critical components.” PLUS: Exploring the lesbian sex on “OITNB,”  Yael Stone promoted to series regular, inside the mind of “OITNB’s” costume designer, a night out with Natasha Lyonne, and 9 “OITNB” stars who were on Broadway.


Watch the first 12 minutes of “Rectify” Season 2
SundanceTV has released the first few minutes in advance of the June 19 premiere.


“Knot’s Landing” cast reunites on OWN
They’ll be part of Sunday’s "Oprah: Where Are They Now?” episode.


“The Newsroom” fan Aaron Rodgers confirms he’s dating Olivia Munn
The normally private Green Bay Packers QB, who was photographed recently kissing Munn on “The Newsroom” set, says "I’m real happy in my relationship. And I understand what comes with it."


“Last Man Standing” promotes Jonathan Adams
His neighbor character recurred the past two seasons.


Wrenn Schmidt from "The Americans" and "Boardwalk Empire" joins FX's "Tyrant"
She'll play Jennifer Finnigan's sister on the Middle East series.


There are clues in this “Sons of Anarchy” final season picture
Exec producer Paris Barclay tweeted this pic from the set of the 2nd episode of Season 7.


“Halt and Catch Fire’s” Mackenzie Davis: "Cameron’s wardrobe and haircut are motivated by utility”
"Would she be wearing black nail polish? No,” she says. "I can’t imagine this character taking time out from her day to paint her nails. She does everything the easier way, because she is so addicted to and obsessed with coding."


David Tennant stars in “The Escape Artist” on PBS
Before his “Gracepoint” premiere on Fox, Tennant stars in “Masterpiece Mystery!” on PBS on Sunday as a London barrister who has never lost a case.


“The Office’s” Jenna Fischer welcomes a baby girl
Harper Marie Kirk joins 2-year-old son Weston.

The Beatles will be the subject of an NBC event series

The Beatles will be the subject of an NBC event series
The team behind “The Tudors” is developing an eight-episode limited series that will tell the story of The Fab Five.

President Obama to introduce another TV special, this one on the Star-Spangled Banner

President Obama to introduce another TV special, this one on the Star-Spangled Banner
The president has a taped piece before Saturday’s Smithsonian Channel documentary, "A Star-Spangled Story: Battle For America."


Watch Nick Offerman apologize for not bringing his mustache to the Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner
The “Parks and Rec” star was this year’s featured speaker at the annual gathering, where he explained that he is neither a Democrat nor a Republican — he'ss a member of Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party. (Watch Part 2 with Offerman's Bill of Rights Refresher Course)


Jennifer Grey joins Amazon’s “Red Oaks”
She’ll play Richard Kind’s wife in the comedy pilot set at a predominantly Jewish country club in New Jersey.


ESPN gets record ratings from the World Cup’s opening match, but fewer viewers than Univision
About 4.4 million watched the Brazil-Croatia match on ESPN, compared to 5.1 million on Univision.


Showtime releases “Ray Donovan’s” official Season 2 trailer
“You don’t want to know what really happened."


“Twin Peaks” jazz singer Jimmy Scott dies
Scott, 88, famously sang “Sycamore Tree” on the mystery series.

'24: Live Another Day' is making a time jump so it could span 24 hours

“24: Live Another Day” is making a time jump so it could span 24 hours
Exec producer Howard Gordon wouldn’t say how the time jump will happen. Instead of having five hours left in Jack Bauer’s day, he’ll have 17 hours to go.


The Teletubbies are making a comeback
BBC digital channel CBeebies has ordered 60 new episodes of the children’s series starring Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, the first new episodes since 2001.


Which “Game of Thrones” cast members were submitted for Emmy consideration?
The usual major cast members were submitted, but not Aidan Gillen. Pedro Pascal (Prince Oberyn) and Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna) were submitted for best supporting actor. PLUS: “GoT” character names can also double as the names of metal bands.


Amazon orders Civil War drama pilot “Point of Honor” from Carlton Cuse
The “Lost” and “Bates Motel” honcho will co-write a drama about a Virginia family divided by the impending war.


In his war vs. Amazon, Stephen Colbert urges his fans to buy another book from his publisher
Just 6,400 copies of the book “California” were purchased from last week’s effort.


“SNL” alum Darrell Hammond is launching a stage show, “The Darrell Hammond Project"
Hammond’s stage show is based on his memoir, “God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked,” which delved into his 14 years on “Saturday Night Live.”


Netflix orders “Dinotrux”
The robotic dinosaur cartoon from DreamWorks Animation debuts next year.


John Oliver to interview Stephen Hawking
The famed physicist will be Oliver’s guest Sunday on “Last Week Tonight."

Can Kathy Griffin save the Daytime Emmy Awards on the web?

Can Kathy Griffin save the Daytime Emmy Awards on the web?
Griffin has been tapped to host the June 22 ceremony. “I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year,” she joked in a statement. "Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show."


Nobody’s leaving “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
The entire cast will be back for Season 7.


Larry King slams TMZ, joins the call to take down the Tracy Morgan crash footage
“I've known Harvey Levin for years,” King says. “I don't think a great deal about TMZ. I think they prey on the bad things that happen to people — I'm not a favorite fan of theirs."


NBC’s “Undateable” is doing well vs. the NBA Finals
About 3.3 million watched last night’s first episode, up 7% from last week.

Mary Steenburgen joins 'Orange is the New Black'

Mary Steenburgen joins “Orange is the New Black”
Steenburgen tweeted the news: "Very excited to go to my first wardrobe fitting of OITNB! Will I be in orange or black?:)” PLUS: Pablo Schreiber isn’t recognized as Pornstache.


NBC paid Chelsea Clinton $600,000 a year — now she’s on a month-to-month salary
NBC News decided to switch the former first daughter’s contract as "special correspondent" to a monthly agreement so that she can quit if her mom runs for president.


Hulu to show Emma Roberts’ rejected Fox pilot “Delirium”
Check out the trailer for the series based on the young adult novel, which Fox rejected last year. Hulu will show “Delirium’s” pilot for 30 days starting next Friday.


A Mercedes-Benz crashed into CNN Center in Atlanta
The lobby’s glass was shattered early this morning, and the driver was arrested.


Reporter in Calgary has no idea he’s interviewing Bob Odenkirk about “Fargo”
Odenkirk was asked by man-on-the-street reporter Gil Tucker about what they were filming on a Calgary street.


14 reality stars who owe their fame to the O.J. Simpson trial
Kris Jenner was close friends with Nicole Simpson, and her daughter Kim Kardashian was of course the daughter of O.J.’s confidante Robert Kardashian.


Check out “Game of Thrones” in your office
Lorne Michaels’ Above Average has created an "Office" version of the HBO series.


Aaron Paul freaks out Xbox owners by controlling their consoles
The “Breaking Bad” star says “Xbox On” in an ad, which is turning on some Xboxes.


Jimmy Kimmel makes Ice Cube say nice things with an angry tone
You are very good at seeming angry,” Kimmel tells the “22 Jump Street” star. "I don't know if you are angry in general."

Matt Lauer signs on for more 'Today'

Matt Lauer signs on for more “Today”
NBC wouldn’t disclose the details of Lauer’s new deal, but it’s for more than two years.


Gov. Chris Christie joins Jimmy Fallon in “The Evolution of Dad Dancing”
Fallon and Christie put aside their differences over BridgeGate, with Fallon awkwardly apologizing to Christie for telling jokes about his bridge scandal.


“Duck Dynasty’s” ratings fall further in Season 6 return
Wednesday’s premiere was down 45% from January’s Season 5 premiere.


“Orange is the New Black” promotes Dascha Polanco
She’ll become a series regular in Season 3.


Hodor visits “Family Feud”
Jimmy Kimmel wanted to see what happens when the “Game of Thrones” characters tries to answer survey questions. PLUS: Kit Harrington lies to “Game of Thrones” fans to throw them off.

“American Idol” will hold auditions at a fairground for the 1st time
All eligible visitors to the San Diego State Fair can audition this weekend.


Chris Rock scares Seth Meyers by crashing his “Late Night” monologue
"You're funny, man."


J.Lo denies dating Maksim
"No I'm not. #rumors #nottrue” she responded to a report she was dating "Dancing with the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.