'American Horror Story: Freak Show' will be less campy than 'Coven'

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” will be less campy than “Coven”
“Some years it’s going to be big and bright and brash and campy the way ‘Coven' is,” says FX CEO John Landgraf. "Other years it’s going to be dark and brooding—like ‘Asylum' was. I guess I would put 'Freak Show' half-way in between the two.”


FX boss: I think we can do “Fargo” Season 2 without any famous names
“I think it would be nice to have a movie star in the second cycle, but I don't think we need it,” says FX boss John Landgraf. “Frankly, I think we can do it with unknowns.” He added that newcomer Allison Tolman “brought as much to Fargo’s first installment as Billy Bob Thornton did.”


FX boss: “Justified” will get a “fitting” farewell, “Sons of Anarchy” creator’s next show will film in England
FX CEO John Landgraf also said that "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” 10th season will premiere in January. PLUS: Landgraf said W. Kamau Bell’s talk show lacked consistency: “It was brilliant sometimes."


Netflix has 4 Emmy nominations for a documentary that already earned an Oscar nomination
How is Egyptian revolution documentary “The Square” eligible for both?


Fall 2014 sitcom trend: Bearded Best Friend
“Mulaney” has a “BBF," and so does “Marry Me” and “A to Z.” “It’s strange that I keep seeing me in different TV shows,” says “Mulaney’s” BBF Zack Pearlman. "It’s funny that everybody caught on to the same trend, but I’m happy to be part of it.”


“The Simpsons” offers a taste of the “Simpsons World” App
The new “Simpsons” portal will allow you to watch any episode, or any of your favorite scenes.  You can even create “Simpsons” playlists.


Watch BBC America’s full trailer for “Intruders” starring Mira Sorvino
The drama about people chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others premieres Aug. 23.


“The Client List’s” Brian Hallisay joins “Revenge”
He’ll play a character named Ben, as he does currently on “Mistresses.”

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FXX to air the longest-ever TV marathon: 522 'Simpsons' episodes, plus 'The Simpsons' movie

FXX to air the longest-ever TV marathon: 522 “Simpsons” episodes, plus “The Simpsons” movie
The marathon will go from 10 a.m. on Aug. 21 nonstop through 12 a.m. on Sept. 1.


FX: We'll be ready for Tracy Morgan’s sitcom whenever he's ready
"We're extremely encouraged by his progress and remain excited by his new show," says FX boss John Landgraf. "Whenever Tracy says he's ready to come back, we'll be ready to get going."


Bernadette Peters to guest on "Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”
She’ll play Janeane Garofalo’s mom.


ESPN is now showing video game tournaments
Not everybody was happy that ESPN2 over the weekend showed a preview of the grand finals of Dota 2's "The International.”


Laverne Cox compares her Emmy nomination to Sidney Poitier’s Oscar
The “Orange is the New Black” star talked about being the first transgender nominee this morning on “The View.”


Why do so many TV shows peak in Season 3?
Mike Schur of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Parks and Rec” has an explanation: "Everyone’s favorite seasons of shows are seasons two and three, because you’ve had a year to get to know them, and then you’re still in the honeymoon period where you go, ‘This is great!’ And then after season three, everyone starts to go, ‘Eh, that show’s not as interesting as it was anymore.’ And it’s like, ‘Well you’ve been watching it for three years.’”


“The Walking Dead” puts the entire cast in handcuffs
Check out the Comic-Con poster for Season 5.


John Oliver explains America’s broken prison system with puppets
Watch them sing an uplifting song about prisons.


“The Leftovers”: Ranking the 10 most-depressing moments (so far)
The Top 2 happened just last night.

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FX renews 'Fargo' — Season 2 will feature an all-new cast, new time period

FX renews “Fargo” — Season 2 will feature an all-new cast, new time period
“We could not be more proud of Fargo,” said FX CEO John Landgraf in a statement announcing the new 10-episode season, which will have a new true crime story.


FX renews "Louie" for a 7-episode 5th season
Season 5 will air next spring with half the episodes of Season 4.

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Jason Biggs apologizes on 'The View' for his Malaysian Airline joke tweet

Jason Biggs apologizes on “The View” for his Malaysian Airline joke tweet
”I certainly meant no harm; there was no malice, but I was stupid,” the "Orange is the New Black" star said this morning. "It was poorly timed. I've always tried to find the humor in situations … it's a knee-jerk reaction for me, it's how I cope.”


Will Forte has grown a massive beard for his new Fox sitcom
"It’s not a great look, so I’m hoping it’s a relatively short beard existence,” the “SNL” alum says of his “Last Man on Earth” beard.


See inside Palestine’s “SpongeBob”-inspired Krusty Krab restaurant
The Ramallah-based restaurant looks just like the cartoon.


Watch a Walter White bobblehead doll launched into space
The “Breaking Bad” character’s bobble head was recently attached to a weather balloon and a GoPro camera. PLUS: Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul face-palmed each other at the TCA Awards Saturday night.


“New Girl” creator: Maybe it's better that Nick and Jess aren't a couple
"It's been easier for me to just write them as single people, single idiots (who are) kind of out in the world trying to get laid and looking for love,” says Liz Meriwether. "It's just been more fun. I had trouble kind of figuring out where the conflict and the comedy was coming from in their relationship last season.”


China bans “The Vampire Diaries” drink
The CW series, streamed illegally in China, has led to the sale of fruit drinks disguised as medical blood bags.


Watch the new “Boardwalk Empire” teaser
How does Chalky White look in 1931?


Check out Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon as “The Odd Couple”
The former “Friends” star is remaking the classic comedy for CBS.


“Sleepy Hollow”: What to expect in Season 2
Will Ichabod and Abbie finally "go there"?


Larry King is surprised by his Emmy nomination
The former CNN host, nominated for his Ora.tv show “Larry King Now,” says: "After receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, I didn’t think I was eligible for an Emmy.”

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Will 'The Simpsons' kill off Krusty the Clown?

Will “The Simpsons” kill off Krusty the Clown?
The season premiere, in which a famous “Simpsons” character played by an Emmy-winning actor, will be titled “A Clown in the Dumps.” "I didn’t say I was killing Krusty,” “Simpsons” boss Al Jean told critics. "I didn't say I wasn't." PLUS: Bob from “Bob’s Burgers” joins “The Simpsons”-“Futurama” crossover episode.

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Fox on shortening 'Glee’s' final season: 'It burned so hot and so fast'

Fox on shortening “Glee’s” final season: “It burned so hot and so fast"
“It’s been on for over 100 episodes now in six seasons, and we want to go out in a way that celebrates it,” explains Fox’s Peter Rice. "And we thought that finding 13 episodes and compacting it and doing it in a straight run was a better way to finish the show.” PLUS: Chris Colfer is a NY Times bestselling author.


Nasim Pedrad on exiting “SNL”: "At some point you have to leave”
"Obviously there's nothing like that show and I was lucky to be there for five years,” the “Mulaney” star told critics. "At some point you have to leave, and I can't think of a better reason to leave than for this particular show and this particular cast."


John Mulaney mocks “Mulaney”-“Seinfeld” comparisons: “I just watched 'Seinfeld' and copied it”
But seriously, Mulaney wanted to do an update on the “cool” sitcoms he grew up on “with my sense of humor – my sensibility…Two years later we’re here (with) an updated version of an old-school sitcom with maybe a weirder bent to it, and I hope I accomplished that.”


“Gracepoint” will begin differing from “Broadchurch” after Episode 2
Producers of the UK “Broadchurch” remake couldn’t bring themselves to completely rewrite the first two episodes, so both shows will look the same through Episode 2. Meanwhile, David Tennant joked about playing both lead roles on “Gracepoint” and “Broadchurch,” saying “they both look quite like me and have similar heights.”


Children’s hospital drama “Red Band Society” won’t kill off its patients
"It is not a show that has a body count,” says exec producer Margaret Nagle. "That is not where the show lives. (It's about): What if you were able to learn what life is all about when you were old enough to do something about it?”


Fox’s “Utopia” has been whittling down 5,000 potential contestants to live 1 year on reality TV
About 5,000 applicants have been cut down to fewer than 40, four of whom were paraded today before TV critics.


“Gotham” boss: The show won't feature Batman
"If there is a superhero in the show, it is Gotham,” says exec producer Bruno Heller. "That's a larger than life character that's a central part of the show. To me, heroes are more interesting than superheroes because the difference is superheroes do the impossible and drama is really about the physically possible."

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'Futurama' cast to guest on 'The Simpsons' season premiere

“Futurama” cast to guest on “The Simpsons” season premiere
Jane Fonda and Willem Dafoe are also lending their voices to the Season 26 premiere. PLUS: New Zealand man sets a “Simpsons” tattoo world record.


Remembering James Garner: TV’s Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford won you over with their mind
Garner’s roles on “The Rockford Files” and “Maverick” "got through trouble with cleverness, charm and subtle wit,” says James Poniewozik. "James Garner wasn’t the kind of star who won love because he seemed so elevated above you: he made you love him by showing you that he was on your level–had in fact spent some time down in the dirt, brushed off the dust, and moved on with a rascally smile.” PLUS: “Rockford Files” was the perfect marriage of storytellers, star and genre, Kaley Cuoco remembers her “8 Simple Rules” grandpa, and read the NY Times obituary on Garner.


Fox exec blames the contestants for “Idol’s” woes
Fox Networks’ Peter Rice told critics “American Idol” is “aging gracefully,” but "We haven't found in the last two years a group of kids who've captured the imagination of the public.”


Hank Azaria to star in “Bordertown,” Seth MacFarlane’s latest Fox animated comedy
He’ll voice the lead on MacFarlane’s border comedy.


It took Matthew McConaughey a few seconds to realize only the winners attended the TV Critics’ Association Awards
McConaughey, winner for individual achievement in drama for "True Detective," had trouble spotting his fellow nominees in the TCA Awards audience. In fact, fellow nominee Bryan Cranston was in attendance for “Breaking Bad."


Kevin Sorbo is upset he isn’t in the new “Hercules” movie
The ‘90s “Hercules” stars said he asked for a cameo in the Dwayne Johnson film. "I think it's kind of stupid really," he told Dish. "To not put me in a cameo is taking the business out of show business."


Fox hopes this isn’t “Bones’” final season, will begin talks on “24’s” future
Fox’s Peter Rice says of “24," "they did a great job this year.” And of “Bones,” he said: “I hope it’s not the last year” and "I hope that will come back.”


Skye McCole Bartusiak, the little girl from “24" Season 2, is dead at 21
Bartusiak appeared in eight episodes of “24’s” 2nd day, with Elisha Cuthbert's Kim Bauer as her au pair. Bartusiak died in her sleep, but the cause of death is unknown.


The Coen Brothers had the right to remove their names from FX’s “Fargo”
Read the story of how the FX miniseries came together.


“Teen Wolf’s” Tyler Posey will host the Teen Choice Awards
This year’s TCAs is scheduled for Aug. 10.

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James Garner is dead at 86

James Garner is dead at 86
The legendary star of “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files” died late Saturday night. The cause of death is unknown.

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'Breaking Bad,' 'True Detective,' 'The Good Wife' all win TV Critics’ Awards

“Breaking Bad,” “True Detective,” “The Good Wife” all win TV Critics’ Awards
While all three competed in the same Emmy category, the TV Critics Association named them, respectively, program of the year, best drama and best miniseries. “Orange is the New Black," meanwhile, was honored as best new program, while “Louie” and “Veep” tied for best comedy. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won best reality show. “Cosmos” won best news program, “SNL” won the Heritage Award and James Burrows was honored for his career achievement.


“Sons of Anarchy” books Malcolm-Jamal Warner
"The Cosby Show” alum will play Sticky, the right-hand man to T.O. Cross, in two episodes, starting with the season premiere. PLUS: Watch a new “Sons of Anarchy” teaser.


Zendaya on exiting Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic: "I felt not really morally OK with moving forward with the project”
Zendaya Coleman congratulated her replacement Alexandra Shipp on Friday, and explained her exit via Instagram: "The main reason (I left) is that the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation.”


Networks want to move away from live/same day viewership ratings
Says CBS research guru David Poltrack: "If you were a sports reporter, you would not report the winner based on the third-inning score – that’s what you’re doing if you use Live + Same Day ratings.”


The Queen’s Guard covered the “Game of Thrones” theme
Watch their performance at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.


Check out Bobby Cannavale filming HBO’s ‘70s rock ’n’ roll drama from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger
He has fluffy hair and sideburns, plus an orangey leather jacket.


“The Fosters” star Jake T. Austin charged with hit and run
The 19-year-old allegedly slammed into three parked cars early this morning.


LeVar Burton shares his lessons from his Kickstarter campaign
"The biggest lesson here has been if you believe in anything ... and you're not achieving the kind of traction you're going for," he says in a new video. "Just keep going."


Listen to Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic version of “I Will Always Love You”
Deborah Cox has been tapped for all of Houston’s songs in the TV movie.


“The Wire’s” David Simon took a selfie with Maryland’s “Wire”-hating governor
Simon bumped into Gov. Martin O’Malley, a possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, on the train on Friday.


See “Breaking Bad’s” Betsy Brandt looking straight out of the ‘50s on “Masters of Sex”
Brandt makes her debut as Bill’s new secretary on Sunday’s episode.


Adam Levine weds
“The Voice” star married model Behati Prinsloo on Saturday.

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This year’s summer TV: Lots of big names, lots of mediocrity

This year’s summer TV: Lots of big names, lots of mediocrity
As David Zurawik notes, "Big names alone do not make for golden TV. In fact, sometimes the big names are only using TV to pass off inferior work that couldn’t get big-screen funding. Some actors and actresses choose to do TV because it fits their lifestyle at the moment — keeping them near home and on a fixed schedule rather than on a far-flung location making a film, for example.”


See Jerry Seinfeld’s Yelp page: He downgraded a diner after its owner pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire scheme
Seinfeld initially praised the Tick Tock Diner after eating their with Jon Stewart for this week's “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”


Kevin Williamson gets in a Twitter fight with a TV critic, calls him a “loser” and “idiot”
The "Dawson’s Creek,” “Vampire Diaries” and “The Following” honcho wasn’t happy with the criticism he received promoting his new CBS show “Stalker” at TCA on Thursday.


“The View’s” Sherri Shepherd: Maybe I could become the “Chocolate” Ellen
"I love doing talk shows," she says. "Maybe they need a chocolate version of Ellen. I don't know."


John Cho calls his “Selfie” role as the romantic lead “revolutionary”
“I would call this revolutionary. It’s certainly a personal revolution for me,” he says, noting that Asians usually aren't playing the romantic lead.


Showtime won’t say Cameron Crowe’s “Roadies” is “Almost Famous,” but there are “real similarities between the two”
“I think there’ll be a lot of 'Almost Famous' in it,” says Showtime president David Nevins. "Nothing would make me happier.


Watch Zac Efron jump off a cliff with Bear Grylls
Here’s a preview of NBC’s "Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” debuting Monday.


Kristin Bauer explains the difference between her and “True Blood’s” Pam
"My family would say there are similarities between Pam & myself,” she says in a Reddit AMA. "One being my sarcasm, and two my blunt nature. But where Pam is mainly blunt and a tiny bit vulnerable, I'm probably mainly vulnerable and less blunt. Just because I'm human and have to not offend people constantly.”


Wentworth Miller talks coming out, and walking away from acting after “Prison Break”
Miller says, "I was fried after four years on an intense network drama.”


Watch the trailer for Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus”
The Adult Swim series about a modern-day Jesus living in Compton premieres Aug. 7.


“Ray Donovan” creator: We're not doing an “homage” to “The Sopranos”
In fact, Ann Biderman plans to take Ray out of therapy. “No one's in therapy for too terribly long in this show,” she says. “I don't think it's a trope that we're using in the same way, but it does kind of ignite a theme.”


Kobe Bryant talks about his Showtime “Muse”
The L.A. Lakers star visited with TV critics to talk about the film documenting his recovery from a devastating Achilles injury.


A sitcom warm-up comedian tells all
How do you keep an audience laughing take after take?


Martin Lawrence: "It’s not as easy to get on TV” nowadays
The star of FX’s “Partners” with Kelsey Grammer says the demands of TV are greater now than when he was on “Martin.” "Just to get ratings,” he says, "it’s very hard. The paychecks are not the same anymore.”


Explaining the Barefoot Contessa
How nuclear budget analyst Ina Garten became a Food Network hit.


New York Public Library to celebrate “Sesame Street"
An exhibition, "‘Somebody Come and Play’: 45 Years of Learning on ‘Sesame Street,’” opens Sept. 18.


Which of his “Cosby Show” sisters did Malcolm Jamal-Warner have a crush on?
"Early on, it was Lisa (Bonet),” he admits.


Amid controversy, The Situation is opening another tanning salon
TV Guide Network cameras will be on hand, and so will the local mayor, for Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Boca Tanning Club in Manalapan, New Jersey.


American Heroes Channel's “Gunslingers” features “heroes” Billy the Kid and Jesse James
The six-part series, debuting Sunday, also includes Wyatt Earp.


Check out a “Breaking Bad” birthday cake of Walter White sitting on his cash
“Happy Birthday Bitch.”


“The Lottery,” Lifetime’s 1st sci-fi show, is quite ridiculous
Premiering Sunday, “The Lottery” "makes baby-mania the stuff of dystopian sci-fi,” says James Poniewozik. "Unfortunately, this baby was full of possibility in its conception, but it’s not hitting its developmental milestones.” PLUS: “The Lottery” could be something great, but it needs to be smarter.

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