'Game of Thrones' creators: The plan is to end after Season 7

“Game of Thrones” creators: The plan is to end after Season 7
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said seven or eight seasons in Vanity Fair’s cover article that came out today, but they tell EW that it’s more likely going to be seven seasons. “It feels like this is the midpoint for us,” Benioff says. “If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season 4 is right down the middle, the pivot point.”

“Breaking Bad” inspired "Game of Thrones" creators to set an early end date
"If you look at the shows that we love, it's so rare for a series to go beyond that length and maintain quality,” says co-creator David Benioff. "And, you know, looking at 'Breaking Bad,' which is probably the most consistently great show in history, and I think the fact that they decided relatively early, it's going to be five seasons and that's it, I think that was an incredibly smart choice.” PLUS: “Game of Thrones” is the 1st TV show to cover Vanity Fair, and cast answers who should sit on the Iron Throne.

Fox reveals “Gotham” log and synopsis
“Gotham,” says Fox, "is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.”

“Nashville” promotes Oliver Hudson and Will Chase
They’ll become series regulars in Season 3.

“The Originals” loses one of its stars
Which “Vampire Diaries” alum is exiting the CW series after tonight’s episode?

On YouTube, "Fallon is kicking Kimmel’s ass"
Jimmy Fallon is not only destroying Jimmy Kimmel in YouTube views but also in YouTube subscribers added.

Ranking all 18 of “The Bachelors”: Juan Pablo was indeed the worst
Season 1’s Alex Michel was the 2nd-worst, followed by Andy Baldwin. The best “Bachelor”? Matt Grant, followed by Jesse Palmer. PLUS: Juan Pablo & Nikki rejected ABC’s car after last night’s taping — they are “FREE,” why Nikki Farrell is “brilliant,” here are lessons from this season, Chris Harrison insists he wasn’t mad and angry, Harrison approached his role as being a “tough love” parent, and Juan Pablo posts an "Adventures in Loving You" video on Youtube.

“Trophy Wife” creators explain all the Disney-ABC shout-outs
The recent nods to “The Bachelor,” “Aladdin” and “Scandal” were done to create buzz for the struggling show — plus, they're easier to clear, legally.

Why a morbid “HIMYM” series finale is a good thing
It would be "a refreshing detour from the usual sitcom punctuation,” says Joyce Eng. "Happy endings are  not assured in life. Some love stories are tragic — hell, the most famous ones are, and I think Ted, the hopeless romantic that he is, would consider his and The Mother's an epic love story — and there's no reason why a sitcom cannot reflect that.” PLUS: CBS creates a “HIMYM” farewell page, and counting down “HIMYM’s” best gags.

Tom Bergeron: I really want to do a live version of “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
Bergeron says he’s parting with the ABC series in good terms. But he’d be willing to host a new version if it were live. PLUS: Which “Full House” alum should replace Bergeron?

Obama didn’t pitch jokes at the White House “Between Two Ferns" taping, he just said them
Director Scott Aukerman describes surreptitiously visiting the White House to film their Funny or Die segment. "I don’t think the president has to pitch jokes, he just says jokes and we enjoy them,” he says.

Jimmy Kimmel: We don’t warn ABC News about our pranks because “we don’t trust them”
"We didn’t tell them until we launched it,” he says of the Sochi wolf prank. "We try to keep it really small. People will tell other people — even if they’re not trying to ruin the prank, just because they think it’s funny. I’ve found that the fewer people that know, the better off you are.” PLUS: Now Kimmel is getting blamed for every web prank, Kimmel pranks people with fake Tostitos, and teachers make a parody of Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets."

Would Lena Dunham be successful without the New York media?
Why the rest of the country probably doesn't share the same love for the “Girls” star as the New York media. PLUS: Dunham returns to NBC next week for Jimmy Fallon, Dunham delivered SXSW’s keynote address, and “The View” debated whether Dunham is a comedian.

Dear cable TV: Stop making shows that make Louisiana look like it’s made of magic
“True Detective,” “American Horror Story,” “True Blood” — it’s starting to get old.

“Cops” premiered 25 years ago today: It's still going strong on SpikeTV
Though its ratings are a far cry from its Fox days, the long-running reality show is getting big numbers for the male-oriented SpikeTV.

“Game of Thrones” veteran cast in CBS’ “Scorpion"
Elyes Gabel will play the eccentric genius at the center of Justin Lin’s pilot.

Watch an artist recreate Ellen’s Oscar selfie in a drawing
Heather Rooney’s drawing looks almost exactly like the tweet that broke Twitter.

Nick Kroll dodges question about working with girlfriend Amy Poehler on “Kroll Show”
Kroll does, however, talk about working with a lot of his friends in Season 2.

“Christley Knows Best” is the latest Southern reality show
The USA series, starting tonight, stars bankrupt multimillionaire Todd Chrisley and his Atlanta family.

Arthur Chu has taken advantage of his “Jeopardy!” fame to establish his brand
Chu works extra hard live-tweeting episodes and posting on message boards in the hopes that this “Jeopardy!” stint leads to something bigger, like a voice-acting job.

The most popular show in each state, mapped
Two different maps try to give each state a TV show-brand — one map gives New Mexico to “In Plain Sight” while another gives it to “Breaking Bad.”

Why is “New Girl” so disappointing this season?
It seems like creator Elizabeth Meriwether isn’t as involved in the writing these days, because the Fox comedy ahs lost its creative spark. PLUS: See “True Detective’s” Alexandra Daddario in her “New Girl” guest role.

Watch “Awkward’s” Season 4 trailer
The MTV series returns April 15.

Steve Harvey explains why he’s a daytime sensation
"Here's what I knew: There were no men on daytime TV that had all of the experience that I had,” he tells “Today.” "There's not a lot of guys that's done the marriage thing the way I have, survived it, been homeless, flunked out of college, (and) started at the bottom. Kind of got an American dream story."

Jaimie Alexander was excited to bring Lady Sif to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Some of her movie character’s scenes end up on the cutting-room floor, "so this was a lot of fun to explore Sif a little bit deeper and show people what she's about,” she says.

Check out Mariska Hargitay as an “SVU” director
The “Law & Order” series has released a slew of images of Hargitay directing her first episode, which stars Alec Baldwin. PLUS: Hargitay helped catch a real-life rapist.

“Teen Wolf” adds 2 new lacrosse players
One of them is gay.

“Hogan’s Heroes” star Cynthia Lynn dies
Lynn played Col. Klink’s secretary, Helga, and various other roles on the ‘60s sitcom.

How “Looking” got its act together
The HBO gay-themed series started off boring and ho-hum.

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'Mad Men' final season airport images, revealed

“Mad Men” final season airport images, revealed
Matthew Weiner says of the three new airport images and last week’s Don Draper airplane teaser: "We picked the airport because we felt it was something we hadn’t done. Obviously it’s an opportunity for a slight bit of irony because there is zero glamour in an airport now. So that was a little bit of time travel. But really, as disappointing as it is, there’s not much story to tell there.” PLUS: Don’t read too much into the images of Don and Roger or Don and Megan together, says Weiner.

“SNL” releases a Lena Dunham backstage video
Vanessa Bayer dances to Beyonce for Dunham, Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon.

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Olivia Wilde joins HBO’s ‘70s rock ’n’ roll drama from Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese

Olivia Wilde joins HBO’s ‘70s rock ’n’ roll drama from Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese
Wilde will be married to Bobby Cannavale, who will play a record label executive in 1970s New York amid the rise of disco and punk.

NBC releases its season finale schedule
“Community” ends the season on April 17, followed one week later by “Parks and Rec."

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WEtv picks up 'Sex Box'

WEtv picks up “Sex Box”
The British reality format -- featuring couples having sex in a box in front of a studio audience, before discussing their sex problems with sex experts -- is coming to America.

Amazon picks up 4 of its pilots, including 1 from “The X-Files” creator
Chris Carter’s “The After” will join Jason Schwartzman’s comedy “Mozart in the Jungle” starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Tambor in “Transparent” and cop drama “Bosch” starring Titus Welliver.

Judd Apatow: Everything I’ve done is in reaction to NBC canceling “Freaks and Geeks”
“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled,” Apatow said Monday in a speech at the Paley Center for Media. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. And that writer and that director.’ And I really should get over that.”

Regina Hall getting “Married” on FX
She’s joining the couples comedy starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as a married couple.

Adam Carolla’s “Catch a Contractor” was Spike TV’s best debut in 3 years
About 1.2 million watched the construction reality show.

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President Obama’s interview with Zach Galifianakis has been in the works since last summer

President Obama’s interview with Zach Galifianakis has been in the works since last summer
Funny or Die proposed the "Between the Ferns" idea as part of the White House’s attempt to work with Hollywood to promote the Affordable Care Act. PLUS: Obama proves to be the first “cringe-humor president."

Anna Camp lands on “Damaged Goods”
The “True Blood” alum will play the boyfriend of “Smallville‘s" Justin Hartley on the ABC comedy pilot from the creator of “Awkward." PLUS: “SNL” alum Nora Dunn joins “iZombie,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins “Exposed,” and Starz’s “Flesh and Bone” adds Ben Daniels from “House of Cards."

Report: Juan Pablo is now done with “The Bachelor” — he’s not doing any day-after press
"Juan Pablo is over the show just as much as the show is over him,” a source tells E!. "He fulfilled his contractual obligations and now he wants to be left alone.” PLUS: Why creepy Juan Pablo was right not to say “I love you,” Barbara Walters backs Juan Pablo, Juan Pablo allegedly told Clare, "I love f---ing you but I don't know you."

Hodor from “Game of Thrones” comes out
Kristian Nairn was asked by a “Game of Thrones” fan website about his LGBT fans. His response: “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about MY community."

George R.R. Martin told “Game of Thrones” creators the “broad strokes” of how the books will end
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss met with Martin last year and went through each character. As a result, they're thinking of ending the series after Season 7 or 8.

Linda Hamilton signs on for Syfy film “Bermuda Tentacles”
She’ll join Trevor Donovan, Mya Harrison, and Jamie Kennedy in a movie about Air Force One going down in the Bermuda Triangle.

NBC halts plans to remake “The Money Pit”
The network had trouble casting the remake of the 1986 movie starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long.

“The Simpsons” may replace Mrs. Krabappel with guest actors as substitute teachers
The Mrs. Kabrappel character is being retired due to Marcia Wallace’s death. And for next season, exec producer Al Jean says, it’s "possible both given the way the show works and the state of public schools there won’t be a permanent teacher. We can get some great guest stars here and there before we settle on somebody. We’re looking at it from different angles.”

Check out “True Detective’s” real Carcosa
Sunday’s season finale was shot at Fort Macomb, a 19th-century brick fortress near New Orleans.

VH1 accused of stealing “Love & Hip Hop”
Two female producers are suing claiming they pitched a show called “Hip Hop Wives.”

Mom dresses her baby girl as Walter White, Khaleesi and other TV characters
Check out Baby Olive also dressed as characters from “House of Cards,” “The Walking Dead” and “True Detective."

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'Believe' has a solid debut

“Believe” has a solid debut
The J.J. Abrams-Alfonso Cuaron drama premiered to 10.7 million viewers, and topped last year’s debut of “Hannibal.”

Les Moonves: We may try out “The Big Bang Theory” on Mondays during CBS' NFL Thursdays
The CBS boss acknowledged his Monday lineup was “slightly disappointing, and that he would “not be surprised” to see “The Big Bang Theory” on Mondays while NFL games air on Thursdays.

CBS sets summer premiere dates for 4 scripted dramas, early “Big Brother”
“Big Brother” will once again launch in June, instead of after July 4th, premiering on June 25. “Under the Dome” returns June 30, while “Extant” has been pushed back a week to July 9.

“Game of Thrones” gets Vanity Fair cover story: Yes, President Obama gets episodes early
"One perk of being the most powerful man in the world: yes, you get to see episodes early,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss tell Vanity Fair for their cover story, which was shot by Annie Leibovitz.

See “The Flash” in full body costume
CW has unveiled the first image of Grant Gustin in full costume.

Jimmy Kimmel agrees to appear on Mayor Rob Ford’s YouTube show, via Skype
Kimmel has agreed to appear on “Ford Nation” according to his brother Doug Ford.

Tom Bergeron leaving “America’s Funniest Home Videos” after 15 seasons
"I'm embracing change this month,” says the “Dancing with the Stars” co-host, who adds on Twitter that he’s pitching ABC on a live spinoff.

David Copperfield gave Andy Samberg a “D*ck in the Box” as a wedding gift
“He was either using magic to make it float, or he’s hung like a rhinoceros,” Samberg told Seth Meyers, in an interview in which they also recalled getting Nicolas Cage to mock himself on “SNL.”

Bill Cosby: No plans for a “Cosby Show” reunion
"No! Because to look at them and see that there really is no more to what we did,” he tells E! "We laid out eight years of trying to our best and we did a great job because the people came in numbers of saying the following, 'I want my house back.’” PLUS: Cosby joins Instagram.

Chelsea Handler to Piers Morgan on CNN: “You’re a terrible interviewer”
“You can’t even pay attention for 60 seconds,” she said on “Piers Morgan Live,” adding: "Maybe that’s why you’re job is coming to and end."

Lauren Graham visits “Sesame Street”
The “Parenthood” star talks authors with Grover.

Lena Dunham may quit acting after “Girls” is over
"I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore. I'm always relieved on the days I don't have to,” she tells Glamour magazine.

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Juan Pablo has 'The Bachelor’s' most-awkward finale yet

Juan Pablo has “The Bachelor’s” most-awkward finale yet
Juan Pablo refused to play by “The Bachelor” rules, frustrating producers. As Emily Yahr notes, "While the final episode was wildly uncomfortable to watch, it was also one of the most riveting hours of reality television in recent memory. The reason? It exposed the fascinating disconnect between veteran show producers stubbornly anchored in tradition and a star who doesn’t follow — and frankly, couldn’t care less about — the rules of the franchise.” PLUS: Juan Pablo seals his fate as the most-depised “Bachelor,” and it’s official: Andi Dorfman is the new “Bachelorette”

President Obama to appear on Zach Galifiankis’ Funny or Die talk show
The 6 1/2-minute “Between Two Ferns” interview was taped two weeks ago. UPDATE: Watch Obama on "Between Two Ferns."

Jimmy Kimmel & Seth Rogen star in “True Detective 2”
Check out the newest HBO “bromance."

Kerry Washington approves of “SNL's" spoof of “Scandal”
"SO FUN! SUCH AN HONOR! Thank u @lenadunham & @nbcsnl family!” she tweeted.

Disney Channel is not ready for a “High School Musical” reunion
At least not now, a spokesperson says, responding to Zac Efron’s interest in a reunion.

Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm photobomb tourists on the top of 30 Rock
It was the “Mad Men” star’s 2nd cameo on an NBC late-night show in as many days.

Alex Trebek gets revenge on Conan
The “Jeopardy!” host put a stop to “Conan” mocking him.

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Adult Swim orders 'Black Jesus,' a live-action comedy from 'Boondocks' creator

Adult Swim orders “Black Jesus,” a live-action comedy from “Boondocks” creator
Aaron McGruder’s new series stars Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Jesus Christ living in Compton.

Jimmy Kimmel sees no booking war with Fallon, says he’d take over for Letterman if Dave asked
Kimmel says Fallon’s “Tonight Show” “inspired me to work harder on my show” and says of the recent report of a booking war: ""The fact of the matter is, you want the celebrities to do your show first," Kimmel says. "They either will or they won't. The truth is, there is a balance they can strike — if you do one show first, the next time you do the other show first."

Louis Gossett Jr. joins CBS’ “Extant” as Halle Berry’s dad
He’ll play the “good-natured but unreliable” father to Berry’s female astronaut character.

The company that put “OLTL” and “AMC” on the web files for bankruptcy
Prospect Park briefly revived "All My Children” and “One Life to Live” a few years ago.

The “True Detective” FAQ
Here are your questions about the finale, answered, including the Alfred Hitchcock connection. PLUS: Director Cary Fukunaga on filming the final scene in 3 takes, the costume designer on the yellow tie, something was off about that final scene, “SNL’s” Weekend Update anchor creates a Yellow Kingdom map, and yes, “True Detective” has a woman problem.

Seth Meyers’ final “SNL” sketch bombed so badly it was cut before airtime
“I'm very happy to say that the last sketch I wrote at ‘SNL' in the Melissa McCarthy show, I had the last sketch at dress,” Meyers said at SXSW. "I pitched this idea that, she had ordered wings to a Super Bowl party, and she wouldn't pay the delivery guy until she did a full count of the 300 wings. And it played to silence. And I was just under the bleachers, I've been here 12 and a half years, I've probably written 1,000 sketches, and my last one is a total zero. Which is just a good reminder that I never have this thing figured out."

AMC’s “Preacher” will try to stay as “true to the comic” as possible
Says Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen’s producing partner: "We need to change some stuff but we’re not gonna change much, I hope.  We’re just gonna do a little more of the preamble instead of doing flashbacks and restructure how we dole out the information a little, but we’re gonna (do the) same characters, same story, same ending.”

Zac Efron would be up for a “High School Musical” reunion
“We’re all thinking about it,” he says.

Letterman talks to John McCain about his Sarah Palin flub
“Another trip down memory lane."

Check out “Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville” in his new BBC sitcom
Bonneville plays the Head of Values at the BBC in this BBC2 satire about the British Broadcasting Corporation. PLUS: Bonnevile was refused entry into the BBC while filming the BBC sitcom.

Simon Cowell is reuniting with Cheryl Cole for “X Factor” UK after booting her off “X Factor” US
"It's official. Cheryl is back,” Cowell tweeted.

Sean Combs wants to buy Fuse for $200M
The hip-hop mogul wants to convert Fuse into Revolt TV in order to gain wider distribution for his new cable network.

Did Lena Dunham intentionally save the best “Girls” episodes for last?
Was it her plan all along to start the season out so badly?

Keeping up with all the quality TV shows is too hard these days
"Oh no, not another one,” David Carr says of hearing that there’s a new quality TV show coming out. "Television’s golden age is also a gilded cage,” he adds, "an always-on ecosystem of immense riches that leaves me feeling less like the master of my own universe, and more as if I am surrounded."

Is Alex Trebek obsessed with gender?
The “Jeopardy!” host kept referred to a “Battle of the Sexes” during last week’s “Battle of the Decades.”

“My Five Wives” patriarch: I am a feminist
TLC star Brady Williams says he believes in equality so much in his marriage he’s actually taking a college class on feminist theory.

Bravo is 10 years too late with “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male”
Bravo’s new dating reality show feels old compared in our Tinder world.

“Dancing with the Stars” reveals official cast portraits
Check out Billy Dee Williams and Drew Carey having a little fun.

How to watch “Lindsay”
It takes 12 steps to view Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show. PLUS: “Lindsay” is anxiety-inducing.

“Bones” has a big cliffhanger planned to end the season
“We’re ending the year in a very surprising way,” says exec producer Stephen Nathan. “Two different stories converge and it throws Booth and Brennan’s work relationship into turmoil and causes big, big changes for our people.” PLUS: Ranking “Bones” conspiracy theories.

NBC's “Believe” is a cliché-ridden mess
"It is a terrible sign when a show has no sense of humor, but ‘Believe' almost has too much of it,” says Willa Paskin. "It looks great—(co-creator Alfonso) Cuarón, who just won an Oscar, directed, after all—but there is something off-puttingly cutesy about it. It’s not just Abrams-trademark banter, but a fundamentally silly setup, as if 'Agents of SHIELD' or even ‘Alias' found itself caught inside a serious and stentorian body.” PLUS: Cuarón’s directing makes “Believe” worth watching, the dialogue is “Believe’s” downfall, the best moments are when the dialogue does the talking, and everything is kind of "meh."

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'Cosmos' watched by 8.5 million over 10 networks

“Cosmos” watched by 8.5 million over 10 networks
Fox had expected much bigger, especially after simulcasting it over all its cable networks plus Nat Geo. PLUS: NASA turned to Instagram to accentuate the “Cosmos” broadcast.

Introducing Fitz and Mellie's “Scandal” kids
Jerry and Karen make their debut on the March 27 episode.

OWN’s “Lindsay” debuts to 693,000 viewers
"We feel really good about the goal that we had set out,” OWN’s president says of the Lindsay Lohan reality launch.

HBO Go moochers: You have no right to complain about the “True Detective” outage
Let’s face it, says Richard Lawson, last night’s outage was caused by too many freeloaders watching via borrowed HBO Go passwords. "These are people who want, really expect at this point, top-tier television programs, ones we might even call premium, without having to pay a cent for it,” he says. "As if sprawling, epic, ambitious, gorgeous television just grows on trees."

BBC America unveils “Orphan Black’s” Season 2 trailer
The one-minute trailer includes a shocking final image.

ABC Family announces premiere dates for “Pretty Little Liars” and other summer shows
“PLL” returns June 16, while ABC Family will debut “Chasing Life,” “Young & Hungry” and “Mystery Girls” over the summer.

“Bachelor” Juan Pablo’s final Rochester Appliance ad released
“All he wants … is to sell you a fridge."

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'Raising Hope' canceled after 4 seasons

“Raising Hope” canceled after 4 seasons
The Fox comedy will end its run on April 4 with two back-to-back episodes.

“True Detective” ends season with a ratings high
Overall, “True Detective” was HBO’s most-watched freshman series since “Six Feet Under.”

Gabourey Sidibe joins hip-hop drama “Empire”
Sidibie will reunite with “Precious” director Lee Daniels, playing Terrence Howard’s assistant.

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