'Scandal' has its most-watched finale yet

“Scandal” has its most-watched finale yet
About 10.5 million viewers watched the explosive Season 3 conclusion. PLUS: “Parenthood” and “Community” were also up, while “The Crazy Ones” was down in its finale.


Jimmy Kimmel beats repeats, hits a season high with “Scandal” special
Kimmel was No. 1 last night for the first time since Jimmy Fallon took over "The Tonight Show," but Fallon and Letterman are on vacation this week (as is Kimmel).


“Scandal” finale: Underwhelming?
It was a good finale, says Samantha Highfill, but it wasn’t shocking at all. "I was able to walk away from the finale and sleep well, which just didn’t feel right to me, she says. "Look, I’m not saying it was a bad finale at all. I’m just saying that, if we’re talking purely about the shock factor that Scandal does so well, I was expecting more. But maybe that’s my own fault.” PLUS: “Scandal” is serving supreme inhumanity as delectable plot-twist tidbits, finale summed up everything that was wrong with Season 3, that last twist wasn’t that shocking, how women named Olivia Pope reacted to the finale, and Tony Goldwyn calls the finale his worst nightmare.


“Scandal’s” Columbus Short calls domestic violence allegations “outlandish”
"Life has the best scriptwriters of all time,” he tells NewsOne Now.” "That’s all I can say about that,” Short said with a chuckle. “I don’t mean to laugh but it read outlandish and it sounds even more outlandish coming out of your mouth.” PLUS: Could Short be kicked off "Scandal" over the allegations?


Hayden Panettiere won’t be part of “Heroes: Reborn”
"Well, it was a shock to me,” she says of the NBC miniseries, which she learned from her cousin. "I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that."


“The View” alum Debbie Matenopoulos is married and pregnant
“I eloped in Greece and I’m four months pregnant!” says Matenopoulos, who now hosts the show "Home & Family.” PLUS: What happened to other “View” alums?


Whoopi Goldberg penning a pot column
“The View” star wrote about her marijuana vaporizer for The Denver Post’s new pot-centric website.


Watch “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Farewell to Cristina Yang promo
Sandra Oh still has a few more episodes to go.


“Parenthood’s” Season 5 finale felt out of whack with the season as a whole
"'The Pontiac' is a ‘F*CK IT!’ finale,” says By Todd VanDerWerff. "By that I mean that it has barely anything to do with the season that preceded it and hopes we don’t really pay attention to that fact. But on its own terms, as a wrap-up to some other, better season, it’s pretty terrific.” PLUS: That was a tearjerker, and “Parenthood” isn’t as good when given a full season.

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Shonda Rhimes answers burning 'Scandal' finale questions on Jimmy Kimmel

Shonda Rhimes answers burning “Scandal” finale questions on Jimmy Kimmel
Kimmel also shows a “Scandal” blooper reel and got dirt on “Scandal” actors. PLUS: This was "Scandal's" best episode yet.


George R.R. Martin reveals what a full-sized “Game of Thrones” dragon looks like
Martin posted an excerpt from his companion book to the Song of Ice and Fire novels.


Lindsay Lohan confirms her sex list is real on “Watch What Happens Live”
"That was actually my fifth step in AA at Betty Ford,” she told Andy Cohen.


U.S. Sen.  Elizabeth Warren: I threw up twice before my 1st “Daily Show” appearance
"I was miserable,” says the Massachusetts senator. "I had stage fright -- gut-wrenching, stomach-turning, bile-filled stage fright. And I was stuck in a gloomy little bathroom, about to go on 'The Daily Show.’”


Stephen Lang joins “Salem”
The “Avatar” star will play Increase Mather, an old-line, hard-core Puritan, on the WGN America series.


Jeremy Piven had never watched “Seinfeld” when he played George Costanza
"You know, what an incredible honor,” he writes in a Reddit AMA of his brief role on “Seinfeld.” "I think everyone loves ‘Seinfeld.' And the horrible truth that I'm so embarrassed to reveal is that at the time, I was very young, I was in my mid-twenties when I played George, and I didn't have a TV... so I had never seen 'Seinfeld.’”


“Community” ends its season, again as if it was truly the end
Although there’s a possibility of another season, the season finale felt like an appropriate season-ender.

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How 'Scandal’s' Mellie Grant slowly transformed into a fan favorite
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How 'Scandal’s' Mellie Grant slowly transformed into a fan favorite

How “Scandal’s” Mellie Grant slowly transformed into a fan favorite
The First Lady has become the most complex and fun character on the ABC soap, says Kevin Fallon. He adds: "Some of it had to do with fatigue over the callously brazen affair between the show’s protagonists, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn). Much of it came as heartbreaking details about the ambitious—if embattled—character’s past came to surface and helped explain away the malicious wrath that seemed to be her guiding light. But, more than anything, the shift came as we all had the realization that the actress bringing Mellie to life, Bellamy Young, is just damned good at her job.” PLUS: Mellie is a rare female antihero on TV, play the “Scandal” finale drinking game, try the Shonda Rhimes “Scandal” monologue generator, which characters need to die?, Jeff Perry views Cyrus Beene's screaming and anxiety as cathartic, Scott Foley defends B613, Ellen DeGeneres tries to explain “Scandal,” how “Scandal” dominates social media, Katie Lowes poses for Esquire, “Scandal” stars discuss Rhimes’ monologues, how Rhimes uses music on “Scandal,” Shonda explains the writers’ room process, and Joe Morton says there are prayer groups for Rowan Pope.


“Grey’s Anatomy” vs. “Scandal”
Comparing Meredith and Olivia — Shonda Rhimes’ twisted sisters.


“The Daily Show’s” Jessica Williams: I’m not replacing Stephen Colbert
Williams took to Tumblr to address a petition urging Comedy Central to give her the 11:30 timeslot.


“Parks and Rec” books “Workaholics” star Blake Anderson for its season finale
He’ll play the founder of a Bay Area tech startup.


“Southland” boss: We’re perfectly suited to do a 2-hour wrap-up movie
The canceled TNT series could wrap things up with an event film that could appeal to new viewers.


“Parks and Rec” has also found writers via their Twitter feeds
"It's great for producers, it's a new way to find someone who can write jokes,” says co-creator Michael Schur, who hired two writers based on their tweets. "You get to see how their brain works.” But Mindy Kaling thinks hiring a writer based on their tweets is a bad idea: "Social media is great, but it's not something to be put on your resume. I worry that its distracting people from the hard work. And writing is hard work."


“Justified” creator: “You can’t win” with series finales
Says Graham Yost: "I mean, the 'How I Met Your Mother' guys had this planned from the beginning and people say 'oh they had this planned from the beginning. That’s terrible.' And if it feels more improvised, people say 'oh they should have planned it from the beginning.’"


Jonah from “Veep” hung out with Maryland’s governor
The HBO drama has been a major highlight in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s plan to lure TV shows to his state with tax credits.


“Jeopardy!” has a rare 6-time female winner
Sandie Brown’s streak has only been matched by women two other time.


Why doesn’t TV have any butch lesbians?
“Somehow,” says Vanessa Vitiello, "we’ve even come to a point where it’s easier to think of straight butch TV characters—'Game of Thrones’' Brienne of Tarth, Coaches Shannon Beiste and Sue Sylvester of ‘Glee,' and 'Battlestar Galactica’s' Starbuck, to name a few, than it is to come up with an actual butch lesbian."


Why “New Girl” is like a 1930s romcom
Nick and Jess harken back to the screwball romantic comedies of the depression era.


Transgender TV personality B. Scott loses lawsuit claiming BET made him change his gender identity
A judge ruled that BET had the right to control "the appearance of individuals appearing on-air."


Ranking TV’s worst child characters: “Modern Family’s” Lily is No. 2
No. 1? Sydney from “Parenthood.”


Chris Messina = “The Guy You See in Everything”
From “The Mindy Project” to “New Girl.”


Joan Rivers: Gwyneth Paltrow confronted me over “Fashion Police”
"The worst criticism was, ugh, Gwyneth Paltrow,” Rivers said on “Watch What Happens Live.” "She came in and yelled at us, but she stood up,” she added. "She couldn't sit down because she's got a stick up her rear end."


There are 2 things to know about “Parenthood”: 1) Nothing happens, 2) It’ll make you cry
That it’s the “Seinfeld” of dramas makes the NBC series easy to jump into. PLUS: Xolo Mariduena on rooting for Joel and Julia, and Erika Christensen’s journey from teen star to “Parenthood."


“Game of Thrones” gets the “Frozen” treatment
Watch a “Let It Go” parody of the HBO series. PLUS: Tormund Giantsbane explains how to grow and shave a beard, and HBO Canada put a Dragon Bowl on the sidewalk.


"Sullivan & Son” is bringing back Ken Jeong and Billy Gardell
"The Big Bang Theory’s" Kunal Nayyar will also return this season to the TBS comedy.


“SNL’s” “28 Reasons” is now available for download
The Black History Month song has been posted to iTunes.


“Adventure Time” is back for Season 6
The Cartoon Network series is "one of the most philosophically risky and, often, emotionally affecting shows on TV,” says Emily Nussbaum.


“24’s” Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brian take a selfie
“Our 70s rock album cover.”

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ABC removes Bryan Singer’s name from ads for 'Black Box' in wake of sexual abuse allegations

ABC removes Bryan Singer’s name from ads for “Black Box” in wake of sexual abuse allegations
Commercials will be re-edited to omit the name of Singer, who serves as executive producer on the upcoming drama.


Fox dumping its Saturday night Animation Domination HD block
The ADHD block will end on June 28.


“Community” wraps up its 5th season, having returned to its earlier glory
Dan Harmon did indeed bring back what made "Community" special this season. PLUS: Gillian Jacobs says, "it really has been the strongest season ever."


“Louie” offers another taste of Season 4
This time in Dr. Charles Grodin's office.


Tracy Morgan answers questions on Reddit, recalls getting “there” with Liz Lemon
"It felt good. I hope it felt good for Liz Lemon too!” he writes. "It felt great to get there.” Morgan also admitted to farting in front of Kate Upton and said he’d like Will Smith to play him in the movie about his life.


Bret Harrison joins “Astronaut’s Wives Club” for a “Breaking In” reunion
He’ll play the husband of Odette Annable, his former co-star on Fox's “Breaking In.”

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Don Rickles getting a Spike TV tribute, featuring Letterman, Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro

Don Rickles getting a Spike TV tribute, featuring Letterman, Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro
“One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles” will air May 28, and also paying tribute to “Mr. Warmth” will be Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, John Stamos, Ray Romano and more.


Prof suspended for posting a photo of his daughter wearing a “Game of Thrones” T-shirt
Bergen Community College administrators found the T-shirt — bearing Daenerys Targaryen’s words of "I will take what is mine with fire and blood” — to be “threatening.”


CW sets summer premiere dates: “Beauty and the Beast” returns June 2
The CW will be premiering five new shows this summer, including "Penn & Teller: Fool Us” on July 30.


PBS’ “Frontline” to tackle the NSA scandal with "United States of Secrets”
The two-part documentary, airing next month, will explore the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations.


Jon Stewart gave Obama the toughest interview of the 2012 election year, says White House press secretary
Says Jay Carney: "Probably the most substantive, challenging interview Barack Obama had in the election year was with the anchor of ‘The Daily Show.'”


A&E orders Dick Wolf’s “D.O.A.” reality show
“D.O.A.” will follow an elite team of detectives as it re-examines controversial murder cases.


Key from “Key & Peele” guests on tonight’s “Parks and Rec”
Keegan-Michael Key “is, as one might expect, truly great,” says co-creator Michael Schur.

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'Frozen' may meet 'Once Upon a Time'

“Frozen” may meet “Once Upon a Time”
Producers of the ABC drama want Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel to reprise their “Frozen” roles, and Bell says she’s totally up for it.


New Orleans to CBS: Make us the home of Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show”
Mayor Mitch Landrieu sent CBS boss Les Moonves a letter offering the late-night talk show tax breaks: “Though it may seem like an unlikely fit, New Orleans and 'The Late Show' or its successor would be a great fit."


The White House press secretary has never watched “Scandal,” is way behind on “House of Cards”
“I haven’t made it that far yet,” Jay Carney said of being behind on “House of Cards,” after failing to follow a comical reference to the Netflix drama during an interview today at George Washington University.


“The Americans” prop master: It was quite a challenge getting last night's car in mint condition
"In a scene that takes place in a showroom from 1982, that showroom has to have cars in near-mint condition,” says Duke Scoppa. "Ideally, they're in mint condition. That's a huge challenge. Lots of time on the show, they want to find cars that are non-descript. Spies want to not be seen. So nothing flashy. The problem is, a lot of these cars are not collectors items, so nobody has these cars. Nobody cares about saving a 1980 Buick Skylark.” PLUS: Noah Emmerich sees Stan as “a thoroughly good person,” and listen to Emmerich talk about his FBI agent character.


Showtime to air a documentary on Kobe Bryant
“Kobe Bryant’s Muse” will delve into the life of the L.A. Lakers star.


“Girl Meets World” will let Ben Savage direct his 1st episode
"It's something I've been prepping for the last 20 years,” he says of his directorial debut.


Watch a montage of “Real Housewives” crying through their botoxed faces
"This is your face on Botox—and it's ridiculous."


Rosie O’Donnell: I shed nearly 50 pounds
Rosie, who currently stars on ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” revealed her weightloss today on Twitter.


“Survivor” had its worst-ever ratings, but won last night anyway
Last night’s network TV was chalk full of reruns.

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'Orange is the New Black' creator promises male frontal nudity this season, says: 'I love graphic sex'

“Orange is the New Black” creator promises male frontal nudity this season, says: “I love graphic sex”
"We have some male frontal nudity this season, but I don't think it's going to be erect,” says Jenji Kohan, adding: "I love graphic sex, the more sex the better.”


“Scandal” almost made Scott Foley Fitz’s VP
Shonda Rhimes says on tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel special that there were two options for Jake Ballard, and one was to make him President Fitzgerald’s veep candidate.


Washington D.C.’s Capital Hill staffers may get their own reality show
A "House of Cards” veteran is reportedly putting together a reality show featuring “D.C. up-and-comers.”


“Scandal’s” Columbus Short releases a statement addressing his wife’s abuse allegations
"As much as I would like to provide my side of events,” he says, "my counsel has instructed me that a Court of law is the only and proper venue to deal with such matters. Accordingly, I must refrain from making any comments even though that is very difficult for me under the circumstances. Thank you to my fans for your continued support during this difficult time.”


“Watch What Happens Live” with Lindsay Lohan was already taped last night
Andy Cohen kept his vow not to drink alcohol, according to TMZ, but the audience was allowed to get drunk. The episode airs tonight.


Claim: “Glee’s” Naya Rivera and Lea Michele are feuding on set
Rivera this week questioned Michele’s diva antics, according to TMZ.


Joel McHale competes in Billy Eichner’s “Mo’Lympics”
The “Community” star competes in a series of physical challenges celebrating the career of Mo’Nique.


Watch a preview of “Modern Family” in Australia”
A kangaroo punches Phil Dunphy in the face.

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Netflix unveils 'Orange is the New Black’s' Season 2 trailer

Netflix unveils “Orange is the New Black’s” Season 2 trailer
“I am a lone wolf and a vicious one,” says Piper.

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Fox offers a glimpse of 'I Wanna Marry Harry'

Fox offers a glimpse of “I Wanna Marry Harry”
Watch a preview of the new reality prank dating show.


Chelsea Handler tells Ellen: “I could never be on a regular network. I would never do that to my fans"
“I would never go to CBS,” she says after being asked about her Instagram photo. “My mouth? What would they do with me there? I could never be on a regular network. I would never do that to my fans, or to myself, or to the network."


“The Vampire Diaries” director Paul Wesley declined to direct himself shirtless
Wesley convinced the writers to change a scene from tonight’s directorial debut that would have him shirtless as Stefan.


Tracy Morgan revisits “SNL’s” Brian Fellow
Morgan talked about his “Saturday Night Live” character on “Watch What Happens Live."


“CSI” alum Gary Dourdan lands on “Glee” and “Being Mary Jane”
The formerly troubled actor will play Mercedes’ record producer on “Glee” and a retired civil trial attorney on the BET series.


“Arrow’s” twist, explained
All about that Ravager.


See “Real Housewives” star Porsha Williams’ mugshot
Williams was arrested and released on bail after being charged with assaulting fellow cast member Kenya Moore.

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Chelsea Handler: I’ve never wanted to take somebody else’s job

Chelsea Handler: I’ve never wanted to take somebody else’s job
Ostensibly referring to Craig Ferguson, Handler tweeted: "I have never had nor will have any desire to take a job someone else has already had. Speculation to the contrary is inaccurate.”  PLUS: Handler reportedly met with CBS about hosting a daytime syndicated talk show, and why CBS should still consider Handler.


Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
The couple have been married since 2003 and separated since September 2012.


NBC passes on David Koechner’s variety sketch show
The “Anchorman” star and veteran of “SNL” and “The Office” had planned to return to his sketch comedy roots.


Did “Portlandia” steal its “Disappointing Gay” sketch?
Before last night’s episode, there was already a “Disappointing Gay Best Friend” on YouTube.


“Fargo’s” dialect coach: I had to pull the actors back from their “Fargo” accent stereotypes
"Every actor knew the ‘Fargo' accent in its most stereotypical sound,” says Tony Alcantar, "but then I'd have to pull the actor back to make sure we weren't accent-acting. Nearly twenty years of Fargo send-ups have rendered the accent comical, and we didn't want to approach that. There's an expectation that it's going to be all, 'YAHH!’” PLUS: “Fargo” is the perfect show for TV’s anti-hero age.


Jon Stewart should be celebrated for finding and developing stars
“The Daily Show” alumni are everywhere these days, from the movies (Steve Carell) to dramas (Olivia Munn on “The Newsroom”) to, coming next year, a network talk show (Stephen Colbert).


A Greta Garbo-Marlene Dietrich TV project is in the works
The proposed project would tell how the two classic movie stars’ lives intersected.


How “The View” should set up its seating chart for the 11-co-host reunion
Meredith Vieira deserves the chair next to Barbara Walters, while Rosie O’Donnell and Star Jones should be seated as far away from her as possible.


“Game of Thrones’” “Joffrey” smiles with Joffrey
Jack Gleeson took a picture of his reaction to this week’s episode. PLUS: watch a behind-the-scenes featurette on the Purple Wedding, a “GoT” set visit is up for auction, more reactions to Sunday’s episode, Pedro Pascal’s Instagram is a “gold mine of snuggly Westerosi selfies,” and the show's fashion and hair designers tell all about the Purple Wedding.


Why “The Late Show” is a step down for Stephen Colbert
Just like “CBS Evening News” was a step down for Katie Couric, moving to CBS will similarly be a step down for Colbert, who will leave his best work behind him.


“The Office Time Machine” gets a follow-up: "The Office Stare Machine”
A new project changes you to endure all 706 of “The Office’s” stares.


“Grey’s Anatomy’s” interns are among TV’s most loathed characters
They join King Joffrey and Marnie from “Girls.”


Kerry Washington: It's an "awesome challenge" filming “Scandal” while pregnant
"I work very physically as an actor,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person (Olivia Pope) with the personal transformation that's going on for me physically and how to stay true to this character. That hasn't been easy. It's been an awesome challenge for me as an actor because so much of how I access character is through my body. It's definitely been complicated to say the least. I've learned a lot about other ways to access Olivia and be her.” PLUS: Cyrus Beene reads Dr. Seuss, Scott Foley and Joshua Malina will appear on Jimmy Kimmel’s "Scandal" special, a “Scandal” playlist for Season 3, and “Scandal” enters “The Writers’ Room” on Friday.


A&E and History channel launch a live-streaming app
The livestreams are available to certain cable and satellite customers.


Check out “Girls” filming
Spoiler: See how Adam and Hannah look in Season 4.


Is Tom Cruise dating an “Orange is the New Black” star?
Cruise’s alleged romance with Laura Prepon has reportedly been “the buzz on the set of her show,” reports Page Six.


Kris Jenner hospitalized
The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” matriarch is suffering from internal pains.


10 years later, “Friends” creators look back at the series finale
Marta Kauffman and David Crane insist there won’t be a reunion, though they’ll be asked as “Friends” marks two milestones in the coming months — the 10th anniversary of the finale next month and the 20th anniversary of the series premiere in September.


How the weirdly subversive “All That” changed children’s TV
The Nickelodeon sketch comedy show, which debuted 20 years ago today, "upended the norms of children's TV with its diverse cast, un-condescending tone, and kid characters played by actual kids,” says Jake Flanagin. PLUS: Nick’s “Hey Dude” ranch is still around.


Warrant issued for “Real Housewives” star Porsha Williams’ arrest over alleged on-set assault
Williams is expected to surrender Thursday over her fight with Kenya Moore, who filed a police report.


“Dawson’s Creek” creator: "Everyone’s gotten just snarky, snarky, snarky” these days
Kevin Williamson, who now works on “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Following” looks back at the 2003 finale, and says: "Back in 2003, we barely had Dawson’s Desktop, it was just new and cutting-edge on our AOL dial-up. … Twitter sort of elevates everyone’s angst to some degree. Everyone’s got a blog. Everyone’s hate-watching everything. Everyone’s gotten just snarky, snarky, snarky.” PLUS: Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is apparently a “Dawson’s Creek” expert.


Flash back to “Buffy” in the ‘90s
Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted a pic of her and Alyson Hannigan from a 1998 InStyle magazine profile.


Esquire Network tonight unleashes “Lucky Bastards"
The reality show about six rich single guys in New York includes former “Bachelor” Prince Lorenzo.


Jeremy Renner will narrate History channel’s “World Wars”
The six-hour event will look back at three decades of world wars, featuring interviews with Colin Powell, John McCain and others.


FX teases “Tyrant”
The Middle East drama is from the makers of “Homeland."


Alan Thicke's “Unusually Thicke” wants to be a reality version of “Modern Family"
The TV Guide Network sitcom stars the 67-year-old Thicke and his wife, who’s 28 years younger. Thicke wants to hit "that sweet spot between 'Honey Boo Boo' and Larry David."

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