Columbus Short out at "Scandal"
After a string of recent negative headlines, Short won't be returning to the ABC series for Season 4, the actor announced in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. The future of his character, Harrison, was left in doubt on last week's Season 3 finale. Short said in his statement: "At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I’ve called home for 3 years," Short said in the state with what is the most talented ensemble on television today. I would like to first thank Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast. Thank you GLADIATORS, who have supported me throughout my entire career and of course to ABC and Shondaland for allowing me to play such a pivotal role in the Scandal series. I have enjoyed every single minute of it." UPDATE: ABC decided to ax Short, reports TMZ, and his option wasn't picked up.
Columbus Short out at "Scandal"
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Here’s a glimpse of Burke surprising Cristina on next week’s episode.
Danica McKellar breaks her rib during “Dancing” practice
The former “Wonder Years” star tweeted: "Trying my best to pull thru and could use your prayers!! #wanttokeepdancing."
HBO delays “The Leftovers” by 2 weeks
The Damon Lindelof drama will debut June 29 instead of June 15.
“Franklin & Bash” nabs Cloris Leachman and Barry Bostwick
They’ll guest-star in separate episodes in Season 4.
“Salem” also got a big DVR boost
Viewership rose 41% for the WGN America series, when accounting for viewers who watched “Salem” later on.
What “Parks and Rec” can learn from other shows that did what it did
“Parks” is not the first show to try what it tried.
Former Fox, NBC, WB boss Garth Ancier calls allegations against him a "get-rich-quick scheme”
Ancier took to Twitter this morning to defend himself against allegations he sexually abused an underage boy.
Newest “Louie” promo features Louis CK falling for a woman coming out of the pool
The FX series returns in two weeks.
Fox will follow the early years of Jesus Christ with “Nazareth”
The event series was inspired by History channel’s “Bible” success.
Jay Leno is lending his voice to Disney XD
Leno will join Whoopi Goldberg on “The 7D,” lending his voice to the contemporary take on Snow White's Seven Dwarves as the Crystal Ball.
Here’s Lego John Oliver
"I've always wanted to be a choking hazard,” says the “Last Week Tonight” host.
Mario Lopez denies Maria Menounos is leaving “Extra”
Lopez got flustered on “Watch What Happens Live” when asked if there was tension between him and his co-host Menounos. He also denied reports she’s leaving the entertainment show.
Mockumentary reveals Andy Samberg's post-Golden Globe ego trip on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” set
“Andy has stopped talking to most of the cast and the crew,” Stephanie Beatriz says in the three-minute mockumentary “Life After the Win.”
“Mom’s” Mimi Kennedy gets a promotion
She’ll become a series regular.
3 cable companies add Netflix as a channel
RCN, Grande Communications, and Atlantic Broadband will offer access to Netflix via their set-top boxes, but only for Netflix subscribers.
Erin Andrews takes a selfie with Larry David
Check her out with Fox Sports’ Charissa Thompson.
“Breaking Bad” alums reunite to promote a children’s book
See Skinny Pete, Marco Salamanca appear together to promote a book by David Ury, whose head was crushed by an ATM on the AMC series.
Sean Hannity says he loves "extremely talented and funny" Jon Stewart
"I love, I think Jon Stewart is extremely talented and funny," the Fox News host said Thursday on his radio show. "I must be missing the chip because some said ‘Hannity he took you down last night.' Yeah, it’s pretty funny, I laughed." PLUS: Stephen Colbert sings about Hannity.
Report: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped shape CNN’s “Chicagoland”
More than 700 e-mails reviewed by the Chicago Tribune "reveal that the production team worked hand in hand with the mayor's advisers to develop storylines, arrange specific camera shots and review news releases officially announcing the show,” the Tribune reports. Producers also asked the mayor’s office to help them set up key interactions as part of the “nonscripted” series. PLUS: CNN denies Emanuel had editorial control over the documentary series.
Bryan Singer’s “Black Box” fails to live up to "Scandal's" big ratings
About 6.6 million watched the premiere of the ABC drama.
David Simon: "I am not sure 'The Wire' could survive now”
That’s what Simon admitted yesterday, in a discussion with “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon: “In some ways, HBO is a new window,” says Simon, "and 10 years ago when they were throwing stuff up against the wall, 'The Wire' could survive. I am not sure The Wire could survive now. The stakes are higher for HBO now.”
“House of Cards” creator: Why I refuse to see the Netflix data on our viewers
"That data leads to pandering, which is the antithesis of creativity,” says Beau Willimon.
“Bad Teacher” has a big debut
About 7.9 million viewers watched last night’s premiere, up 51% from its “Crazy Ones” timeslot predecessor.
“Parks and Rec” unshackled itself with its shocking twist
"'Moving Up' is one hell of a series finale,” says Alasdair Wilkins, "which makes it all the more exciting that it isn’t one. This hour of television doesn’t represent 'Parks And Recreation' at its funniest, but it is the show at its most charmingly celebratory.” Wilkins adds: “The potentially drastic shift in circumstances for its characters and the freedom that comes from the knowledge that next year is probably the end means that the show has a real chance to push forward, instead of just retracing the same few story beats.” PLUS: This episode was “Parks’" way of having everything it wanted, this was essentially the “Parks and Rec” series finale, will “Parks” turn into “Lost”?, and watch Michelle Obama’s cameo — how does it compare to other political cameos?
Dr. Phil helps Jimmy “Putin” Fallon resolve his relationship with Obama
Welcome Vlad and Barack!
“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Sarah Drew: "I was really, really surprised”
Drew says there’s somewhat of a “mixed bag” to April’s latest development.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” is bringing Bob Barker back to CBS daytime
The former “Price is Right” host will be part of a three-day arc next week on animal rescue.
“Orphan Black” gets a record-breaking 97% DVR bump
As EW reports, "That’s more than any TV drama premiere — cable or broadcast — this season. The first episode is up to 1.6 million viewers and 746,000 in the demo.”
Roger Ebert’s statue unveiled
A life-size bronze sculpture of the critic giving a thumbs-up while sitting on a bench was revealed yesterday in Champaign, Illinois as part of Ebertfest.
“Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner reveals his book-reading habits
Gabriel García Márquez is his favorite novelist of all time. He also tells the NY Times: "I recently gave my son my high school copy of 'Wuthering Heights for his English class, forgetting that a friend had drawn a penis on the cover. It was a bonding experience. He loved it — the book, I mean."
Here’s a glimpse of “The Maya Rudolph Show”
There will likely be a song-and-dance number.
“Girls” casts 2 students for Hannah’s writing program
Desiree Akhavan is, like Lena Dunham, a filmmaker herself, while Peter Mark Kendall is an upcoming actor.
“GMA’s” Amy Robach completes her chemotherapy
The “Good Morning America” news anchor went through eight rounds of chemo.
Happy 50th birthday, Hank Azaria!
“The Simpsons” star enters his 50s today.
Julie Bowen and Jimmy Kimmel play “Tweeter Totter”
Watch Kimmel force Bowen to tweet bad things, like that she doesn’t like the Pope.
"Real Housewives of New Jersey” may be delayed by Teresa Giudice’s prison sentencing
Bravo reportedly is still trying to figure out how to maximize her screentime next season.
NBC “forces” Lester Holt to be friends with Seth Meyers
Is this Meyers’ 1st “Late Night” bit outside the studio?
Michael Pitt makes his “Hannibal” debut tonight
The “Boardwalk Empire” alum will play the brother of one of Hannibal’s patients.
New “Simpsons” couch gag takes you inside Homer’s brain
Sunday’s opening is from award-winning Polish animator Michal Socha.
“Parks and Rec” boss on the season finale shocker: “Shonda Rhimes agrees with me”
"I’m a broken record about this,” says Michael Schur, "but I think that’s the best weapon we have in our arsenal, and that’s doing things unexpected and throwing people off-balance. It’s the last potent weapon for a network television show. And by the way, Shonda Rhimes agrees with me. That’s why people love ‘Scandal' so much, because they never know what’s going to happen.” PLUS: Schur on that cameo and how "Battlestar Galactica" inspired the finale.
John Oliver is the latest alum to crash “The Daily Show"
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Seth Meyers to host the Emmy Awards
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John Oliver’s is set to grill the former NSA director with his 1st “Last Week Tonight” interview
It’ll be Gen. Keith Alexander’s first interview since his retirement.
"Girls" will use Brooklyn to portray Iowa
The Midwestern-looking Brooklyn neighborhood of Ditmas Park was being used today to film what looks like a frat house scene.
BET to air “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” plus “The Book of Negroes” miniseries
The six-part “Book of Nergoes” will be BET’s first miniseries, while Raven-Symone and Tichina Arnold will star in “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.” BET has also ordered reality shows “Gone Gospel” and “Got Game.”
“Bones” and “Big Bang Theory” are having to share the same actress
Sweets and Raj are in a "love triangle" with Laura Spencer.
BET renews “The Game,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”
They’ll be back for a respective 8th, 2nd and 3rd season.
“Dancing with the Stars” names a new boss
“X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent” vet Rob Wade worked on “Dancing” for its first four seasons.
Neil Patrick Harris tells Letterman why he liked the “HIMYM” finale
“I was a big proponent of it, big fan of it,” he says of the controversial series finale.
Discovery sets Mt. Everest avalanche documentary for May 4
"Everest Avalanche Tragedy” will feature all-new footage over the course of 90 minutes.
1995 dating show Jon Hamm was rejected by an actress who treated it like a casting audition
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“Family Guy’s” Emmy campaign mocks New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
“Vote for us, or it’s time for some traffic problems in Brentwood,” Peter Griffin says in the Fox comedy’s Emmy mailer.
USA’s “Rush” promotes Larenz Tate
He’ll become a series regular on the “medical fixer” drama.
Why “Parks and Rec” should wrap it up next season
"Go out on top!” says Margaret Lyons. “'Parks' hasn't gotten less funny, but it is running out of narrative steam a little bit. Just ask Councilman Jamm, Mona-Lisa, or Dr. Saperstein — funny-ish each in (very) small doses, but nowhere near deserving of the amount of screentime they've had. Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe might have left for budgetary reasons, but their story lines were fully exhausted.” PLUS: Why “Parks and Rec” should end tonight, and Billy Eichner hopes “Parks and Rec” promotes him to series regular
An appreciation of “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Cristina Yang
“Yang,” says Brittany Volk, "is a tricky character; her cocky and overly confident demeanor can be a turn-off for some. At first, it seems she’s just a cold, stubborn, know-it-all doctor. But of course, that’s not really the case, and that’s what I love about her. She practices tough love and tough medicine — on her patients and herself.” PLUS: Shonda Rhimes recalls when an unknown Taylor Swift stopped by the “Grey’s” set.
See the 1st images from “Downton Abbey” Season 5
Filming has already begun this week.
In defense of watching HBO sex scenes with your mom
Kate Hakala recalls being a teenager watching “Sex and the City” and “Six Feet Under” with her mom. She explains: “Something about those HBO nights with my mom, the feeling of illicitness, intimacy, and vulnerability paved the way for unscientific and honest post-show sex talks. Sure, of course I was a little humiliated, but looking back, I would have missed out on something if I had just stolen away to my room with an HBO Go password.”
VH1 releases an "I Will Survive” anti-bullying ad
Does the 1-minute PSA work or fall flat?
Read a fake “alternate” script of the controversial “Game of Thrones” scene
What if the scene was more talkative? PLUS: Australian football releases a “Game of Footy” trailer, and "Arya" and "Sansa" make funny faces over FaceTime.
"Salem" adds a Marilyn Manson song to its opening credits
Manson’s new song “Cupid Carries a Gun” will be part of Sunday’s opening.
“Orange is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba recalls her audition — not for Crazy Eyes
Aduba also reveals that she also got a job on “Blue Bloods” at the same time. PLUS: Pablo Schreiber on his pornstache.
Presenting TV’s weirdest musician cameos
From Devo on “Square Pegs” to The Flaming Lips on “Beverly Hills 90210."
USA announces “Suits After Hours”
“Suits” is getting its first early-morning fan-centric marathon.
Is there a books-to-TV miniseries trend?
JK Rowling bringing “The Casual Vacancy” to HBO and BBC may be part of a new trend to bring books to the small screen.
Monica Potter: How I got through “Parenthood’s” most emotional scenes
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CBS’ “Bad Teacher” doesn’t have enough story to merit a series
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ABC’s “Black Box” combines the annoying aspect of “Homeland” with the formulaic parts of “House”
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“The Mentalist” is trying to find a new network home in case it’s canceled by CBS
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MTV renews “The Real World” and “Snooki & JWoww”; new “Buckwild” will be called “Slednecks”
The cable network also ordered more “Girl Code,” while announcing the reality shows “One Bad Choice” and “Beyond Dance.” PLUS: MTV unveils summer schedule — “Teen Wolf” returns June 23.
Is the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff actually “When Harry Met Sally”?
Meg Ryan, after all, will be voicing the character of “Future Sally" on "How I Met Your Dad."
Lifetime denies “True Tori” is fake
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Netflix announces “The Killing’s” final season premiere date
The final six episodes drop on Aug. 1.
Meet Tatiana Maslany’s “Orphan Black” clone double
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“True Blood’s” Sam Trammell will star in the Amazon pilot “Cocked”
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Discovery reality special will follow “mechanical savants” who mash-up cars
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Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for her joke about the women held captive in Cleveland
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See the “Girl Meets World” poster
Check out Disney Channel’s happy family portrait.