HBO explains why 'True Detective' is competing for Emmy’s Best Drama series award

HBO explains why “True Detective” is competing for Emmy’s Best Drama series award
“This project was pitched to us, it was produced by us and marketed by us as a series, says HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, adding that creator Nic Pizzolatto "never thought of this as a miniseries, and we always treated him as a creator of a series. In our minds this is a series, and the only reason to enter it as a miniseries was a cynical reason that didn’t feel like the right thing to do.”


Letterman did a 2nd "Late Show" taping after his retirement announcement, with Jay Leno’s final guest
Billy Crystal will appear on Friday’s show, which usually tapes on Thursdays. PLUS: Steve Martin calls Letterman "a significant force in my ‘later’ career."


“The Late Show” interviews R.E.M.’s bassist about breaking Letterman’s retirement news on Twitter
“Right place, right time, what can I say,” Mike Mills says of his tweet in an interview posted on Letterman's YouTube page.

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Coming to reality TV: 'Married at First Sight'

Coming to reality TV: “Married at First Sight”
A&E Networks is remaking a Danish reality format that has six people agree to legally marry the moment they first meet, resulting in three married couples. Four specialists will be enlisted to help create the three perfect pairings. It’s unclear, though, which of the A&E Networks will carry “Marred at First Sight."

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CBS boss Les Moonves on Letterman: 'It’s going to be tough to say goodbye'

CBS boss Les Moonves on Letterman: "It’s going to be tough to say goodbye”
"For 21 years, David Letterman has graced our Network’s air in late night with wit, gravitas and brilliance unique in the history of our medium,” Moonves said in a statement, adding: "There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here, and he will certainly sit among the pantheon of this business. On a personal note, it’s been a privilege to get to know Dave and to enjoy a terrific relationship. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye. Fortunately, we won’t have to do that for another year or so.” PLUS: Did Jimmy Fallon’s big ratings play a role?, Letterman’s successor has already been named (Conan, Kimmel, Fallon), watch Letterman’s 1st “Late Night” from 1982 with guest Bill Murray, Letterman in 1991 laughs at Johnny Carson’s question asking if he could envision working 20 more years in late-night, watch Dave’s craziest interviews, and celebs react to the news, from Lena Dunham to Donald Trump to Ellen -- Ricky Gervais calls him a "king-maker."


Who will replace Dave — Stephen Colbert? Craig Ferguson? Chelsea Handler? Louis CK?
What about Jay Leno?


Report: Networks turned down President Obama’s request to address the nation in primetime about healthcare
According to Buzzfeed, the Obama administration wanted the president to talk about the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday night.


Watch Anna Kendrick’s “SNL” promos with Pharrell — and his hat
Pharrell Williams’ big hat makes a brief cameo in the latest “SNL” promos.


Mandy Moore joins CBS’ “Good Session”
She’ll be married to James Roday on the couples therapy sitcom.


BJ Novak recalls his former Little League teammate, John Krasinski
Not only did the former “Office” co-stars go to high school together, but they’ve known each other nearly their entire lives.


“Damages” creators’ Netflix series adds Enrique Murciano and Katie Finneran
“Without a Trace” alum Murciano will play Linda Cardellini’s boyfriend on the psychological thriller.

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Watch Letterman’s retirement announcement

Watch Letterman’s retirement announcement
"The Late Show" audience greeted the news with a standing ovation.

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Letterman announces he's retiring in 2015

Letterman announces he's retiring in 2015
David Letterman just announced during tonight's "Late Show" taping that he'll step down in one year, according to tonight's musical guest, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who tweeted the news that has since been confirmed. Letterman turns 67 next week, and by next year he will have been working in late-night for 33 years, a record for a talk show host. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel quickly reacts: "David is the best there is and ever was." UPDATE: Letterman told his audience that he broke the news of his retirement to CBS boss Les Moonves before tonight's taping: "What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married. We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down – I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.” UPDATE: Craig Ferguson has a "Prince of Wales" clause, giving him the right to the 11:35 timeslot. But Ferguson's contract also expires next year, and the clause isn't ironclad.

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Bryan Cranston writing his memoir — it’ll include 'secrets and lies' from 'Breaking Bad'

Bryan Cranston writing his memoir — it’ll include “secrets and lies” from “Breaking Bad"
Cranston says in a statement that his memoir, due in fall 2015, will “tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting ‘Breaking Bad.’”


Bill Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel beaten by Sarah Palin on Jimmy Fallon
Kimmel’s interview with the former president was also edged out by Lady Gaga and Martha Stewart on Letterman. PLUS: Seth Meyers topped Kimmel and Letterman last week in the key 18-49 demo.

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'True Blood’s' final season kicks off June 22, 'Lost' co-creator’s 'The Leftovers' debuts after 'Game of Thrones' finale

“True Blood’s” final season kicks off June 22, “Lost” co-creator’s "The Leftovers" debuts after “Game of Thrones” finale
Damon Lindelof’s "The Leftovers” will premiere on June 15. PLUS: Watch the first "True Blood" teaser for the final season.


“Chicago Fire’s” Jesse Spencer rescued by real firefighters
Spencer was touring Illinois’ State Capitol with his parents when they got stuck in an elevator.


“The Goldbergs” will also celebrate Star Wars Day with help from Lucasfilm
The May 6 episode will revolve around the “Return of the Jedi” opening in 1983.


“Better Call Saul's” new characters, revealed?
The “Breaking Bad” spinoff is reportedly adding several new lawyers, plus a career criminal and skateboarding twins. PLUS: Walter White suffered from depression, says Bryan Cranston.


Restaurant at center of Paula Deen racial controversy shuts down
Workers at Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House didn’t find out about the closure until this morning.


George W. Bush’s daughter lands a “Today” exclusive interview with George W. Bush
Jenna Bush Hager will interview her dad, the former president, about his new art exhibit, "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy,” which will include portraits of 24 world leaders.


What the “HIMYM” stars are doing next
Alyson Hannigan has her CBS sitcom pilot, Neil Patrick Harris has Broadway, and Josh Radnor, Jason Segel and Cobie Smulders are concentrating on movies.


NBC forbids Kathie Lee from plugging her wine on “Today”
"They let me announce it and then they've asked us to please not discuss it right now,” she says.


Is Jimmy Fallon too addicted to clickbait videos?
Why viral video stunts like Samuel L. Jackson reading “Boy Meets World” slam poetry is getting annoying.


Letterman tops Jimmy Kimmel in total viewers; Jimmy Fallon still No. 1
Kimmel still beat Letterman last week in the key 18-49 demo.


DirecTV signs a multi-year deal with Weather Channel competitor WeatherNation
Since The Weather Channel was dropped by DirecTV, its ratings have actually gone up.


Some "Mad Men” stars were in mourning at last night’s season premiere
"It’s all pretty terrible and sad,” said Jay Ferguson. Adds Rich Sommer: "It’s sort of like being told you’re going to be dead in a few months."


“Jeopardy!” contestant accuses Alex Trebek of wearing a suit made from sweatshops
Watch an awkward moment in which a contestant claims that an 8-year-old make Trebek’s “fancy suits."


John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” will try to avoid being the “last visitor to the party”
News items hashed over on all the numerous other late-night shows will "steer us in a different direction,” says Oliver.


Kelly Osbourne lends her voice to DisneyXD
She’ll star in the “Snow White” spinoff “The 7D."


Lady Gaga will take over MTV and Logo on Friday
Gaga will break into programming throughout the day to show clips from her world tour.


HBO added to British Airways flights
Passengers will be able to uncomfortably watch “Game of Thrones” nude scenes next to one another.


“Justified” vet David Meunier joins TNT’s “Legends”
He’ll play a high school chemistry teacher who is suddenly abducted.

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Animal Planet orders its 1st movie, 'Revenge of the Whale' starring Martin Sheen

Animal Planet orders its 1st movie, “Revenge of the Whale” starring Martin Sheen
“Whale” will tell the story of “Moby Dick” from the whale’s point of view. Animal Planet also ordered “The Yao Ming Project,” starring the former NBA star as he tries to end the trade of illegal ivory and rhino horn. Also getting a pick up are “Gator Boys,” “My Cat From Hell” and “Ice Cold Gold,” among others.


Nik Wallenda will tight-rope walk across Chicago’s skyline
Wallenda will walk across the Chicago skyline, untethered, this fall.


Even “Criminal Minds” is beating “Idol”
Last night, the CBS drama topped “American Idol” for the first time in head-to-head competition.


OWN taps Toni Braxton to play Darlene Love, Octavia Spencer for “Tulsa"
Toni Braxton will play Darlene Love in OWN’s “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story,” while “Tulsa” will air as a miniseries about the largest race riot in U.S. history.


Discovery renews “Mythbusters,” orders a slew of new shows, including “Tree People” and "#Bikerlive"
Discovery Channel will also air “Fat N’ Furious,” “American Muscle” and “Girl Gang of Talia,” as well as “Motor Mondays."


“GMA” pays video tribute to Josh Elliott without Josh Elliott
Elliott’s final day on “Good Morning America” was last Friday.


TLC’s new slate includes Leah Remini’s reality show, “Listed Sisters,” "Quints By Surprise”
TLC will also show “The One Who Got Away,” “A Duggar Leaves Home" and “Curvy Girls Bridal.”


Al Roker recovering from shoulder surgery
This morning, “Today” replaced its weatherman with a cardboard cutout.


Watch the 1st 7 minutes of “Fargo”
FX is offering a taste of its event series, premiering April 15.


“Girls” plans to shoot near the University of Iowa
"Even if we can’t shoot on campus,” says “Girls” director Jesse Peretz, "we will shoot around campus. Most of the scenes don’t even take place on campus. So we’ll probably cheat some other campus for the campus. Some of it will be Iowa. A little more than a smidge."


See another “Rosemary’s Baby” teaser
“Oh god — what’s happening to me,.”

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Report: 'GMA' may add a 3rd hour, which would force 'Live!' to move

Report: “GMA” may add a 3rd hour, which would force “Live!” to move
If “Good Morning America” does take over the 9 a.m. hour to more effectively compete with the “Today” show, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan’s "Live!" will be pushed to 10 a.m, reports The NY Daily News. PLUS: Robin Roberts talks Josh Elliott and Michael Strahan — Elliott is completely done with "GMA."


Jimmy Kimmel asks Bill Clinton about UFOs, Rob Ford and being the former 1st black president
The former president said that he never knew of any alien life forms while in the White House, that Mayor Ford destroyed every Canadian stereotype and that he “loved being called the first black president, but Barack Obama really is, he deserves it." (Watch Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 of their interview.)


Roseanne to host Investigation Discovery’s “Momsters: When Moms Go Bad”
“I like to correct people when I don’t think they’re doing good mother things in public,” says Roseanne Barr, who’s a big fan of Investigation Discovery.


Barney Stinson invented the modern “Bro” — until “HIMYM's” finale ruined him
GQ has written a eulogy for Barney: "No, Barney Stinson was never a laudable character—and though his secret fears and abandonment issues and fanatical friend-devotion gave him a likable, human tint, he was mostly a pretty horrible person. But in keeping him stuck in that rut, elevated only by a case of accidental paternity, the sitcom shellacked its own finale with all the classy patina of a Maury Povich episode.” PLUS: Behind the scenes of the finale.


Xbox creating another “Halo” TV series
Steven Spielberg will be producing one “Halo” series and Ridley Scott will produce another, with “Prison Break” creator Paul Scheuring to pen the project.

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Jimmy Fallon gets Sarah Palin to counter Bill Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Fallon gets Sarah Palin to counter Bill Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel
While the former president guested on Kimmel Wednesday, Palin made a cameo on “The Tonight Show” to speak to Fallon as Vladimir Putin and to promote her new Sportsman Channel show.

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