E! orders its 1st scripted series: 'The Royals' starring Elizabeth Hurley

E! orders its 1st scripted series: “The Royals” starring Elizabeth Hurley
"One Tree Hill" creator Mark Schwahn is behind the project about a fictional British royal family, with Hurley playing Queen Helena.


Paul Reiser to romance Jenny Slate on FX
Reiser will recur on “Married,” the comedy that has Judy Greer and Nat Faxon playing a married couple.


HBO will celebrate “Deadwood's" 10th anniversary with a marathon
“Deadwood,” which premiered on March 21, 2004, will be marathoned via HBO Zone (back-to-back) starting March 15 and HBO Signature (nightly) starting April 2.


“True Detective” creator debunks the craziest theories
On widespread speculation that either Rust or Marty is the killer, Nic Pizzolatto says: "It was a little surprising, but not frustrating at all, just part of the experience of having people connect to the show. The possibility is built into the story, as it has to be credible that the 2012 PD suspect Cohle. I just thought that such a revelation would be terrible, obvious writing. For me, the worst writing generally just ‘flips' things: this person’s really a traitor; it was all a dream; etc. Nothing is so ruinous as a forced ‘twist,' I think.” PLUS: There was a huge clue in Episode 3, check out Rust Cohle’s Pinterest page, and how to make Rust’s beer can men.


Prince gives Arsenio a ratings boost
Last night’s “Arsenio Hall Show” actually tied “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the key 18-49 demo.


Check out “Modern Family’s” Sarah Hyland playing Jennifer Aniston’s daughter in the ‘90s
Hyland followed up her role of playing Howard Stern’s daughter in 1997's “Private Parts" with playing Aniston's daughter in the 1998 film “The Object of My Affection.”

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Maksim: 'Dancing with the Stars' wanted me to return as a judge

Maksim: “Dancing with the Stars” wanted me to return as a judge
“I had that option,” says Maksim Chmerkovskiy. “I can’t reveal a lot, but I was offered a judge's position on the show. This was my decision (to return as a pro).”


Was Andrew Garfield responsible for Batkid’s Oscar snub?
Page Six reports that it was the “Spider-Man” star who didn’t like his lines that he was to do with 5-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott, so their appearance was ditched. But the Academy blames production issues for the bit’s cancelation — and pointed out that Garfield hung out at Disneyland with the Batkid on Monday.


“Game of Thrones” won’t start out slow this season
That’s according to John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly: "This season they've completely thrown that template out of the window, and they're determined to put as many surprises in as possible when people least expect it."


“The Hobbit’s” James Nesbitt to star in “Missing” from Starz and BBC
Nesbitt will play a man searching for his missing son on the eight-episode limited series.


Listen to “Archer’s” country music album
“Cherlene” is actually pretty good.


Matthew Rhys on last night’s “The Americans”: “Dramaturgically, it’s fantastic”
"I love that element and the shooting allows for that period, where as an audience, you're developing and discovering things yourself,” he says.


“Grey’s Anatomy” is giving Cristina Yang a “Sliding Doors”-themed episode
The March 27 episode will see Yang’s life had she gone in a different direction.


Mariana Klaveno is joining Dylan McDermott’s CBS stalker drama pilot
The “True Blood” and “Devious Maids” vet will also play a detective alongside McDermott.


Neil Patrick Harris has already moved to NYC 1 week after filming the “HIMYM” finale
"My wonderful west coast days are done,” Harris tweeted after moving for his “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Broadway role.


Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard get in a heated debate with a paparazzi agency owner on "Access Hollywood"
Things got emotional as Bell and Shepard continued their campaign to stop the paparazzi from taking unauthorized photos of celebrity children.


CNN debuts “Chicagoland” tonight from producer Robert Redford
The eight-episode documentary series is almost a travelogue of the Windy City, portraying it as a tale of two cities.

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Nearly every HBO drama or miniseries has been created by a white man

Nearly every HBO drama or miniseries has been created by a white man
Since 1975, according to The Huffington Post, 34 of the 38 people responsible for every HBO miniseries and drama has been white. Three woman and one non-white man made up the other four. In response, HBO insists that it’s trying to diversify: "We can do better; we are doing better; we are striving to do better,” says a spokesperson, pointing out a new diversity initiative, plus new projects with Oprah, Steve McQueen and Jenji Kohan.


“Survivor’s” ratings go up in 2nd week
“American Idol” was also up, as was “Criminal Minds."


NBC synergy: “Late Night” and “Today” are taking full advantage of Lena Dunham hosting “SNL”
This morning on “Today," Dunham talked about going on “Late Night” to ask Seth Meyers for advice on hosting “Saturday Night Live."


“Homeland’s” David Harewood joins ABC’s “Selfie”
The British actor will play the boss of Karen Gillan in the pilot from “Suburgatory” Creator Emily Kapnek.


“The Big Bang Theory” gets the Lego treatment
Check out the “Mini” version of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the rest of the gang.


Jimmy Kimmel will join Andy Cohen in Austin
Kimmel and Cohen are both bringing their shows to SXSW, and Kimmel will be Cohen’s only guest on Monday’s “Watch What Happens Live.”


HBO is helping to create a “Girls” bus tour
HBO is working with the company behind the “Sex and the City” and “The Sopranos” tours to celebrate the famous Brooklyn landmarks on the Lena Dunham series.


“Rectify” gets June 19 Season 2 premiere date
The Sundance Channel series returns June 19 at 9 pm.


Prince takes over “Arsenio”
Prince even helped break up a couple on last night’s show.


“The Soup” unveils its “True Detective” parody
Why are they speaking gibberish? PLUS: “True Detective” gets the “Twin Peaks” remix.


ABC’s low-rated new dramas has dragged the network to 4th place
“Mind Games” is expected to become the third Tuesday failure, as ABC struggles in 4th place both in total viewers and in the key 18-49 demo.


Listen to Big Boi’s “Game of Thrones” song
Here’s the debut of “Mother of Dragons” from the “Catch the Throne” mixtape. PLUS: Listen to Wale’s “King Slayer."


“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” uses fake home exteriors for “security purposes”
"It was so unsafe,” says Kim Kardashian. "The Hollywood star tours would stop by too, bc they recognized my home from our show. After that we realized how unsafe it is to show the exterior of our homes.” PLUS: Khloe Kardashian mocks herself guest-hosting “Chelsea Lately”


Miss Piggy boasts about putting cake in Joan Rivers’ face
It was all part of a promo for "Muppets Most Wanted.”


Watch Paul Giamatti play God on “Inside Amy Schumer”
Says Schumer: “We thought, ‘Who would be the funniest person to play God?’ And immediately we were like, ‘Paul Giamatti.’”

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Report: NBC is banning Jimmy Fallon’s guests from doing other network shows

Report: NBC is banning Jimmy Fallon’s guests from doing other network shows
According to TMZ, the ban applies to not only CBS and ABC’s late-night shows but the morning shoes as well.


AMC teases a glimpse of “Mad Men’s” final season
Watch Don Draper step off an airplane.


AMC coming out with a “Walking Dead” mobile game
The game will be released to coincide with Season 5.

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Comedy Central renews 'Kroll Show'

Comedy Central renews “Kroll Show”
Nick Kroll’s sketch comedy show will return for 3rd season.


ABC's “American Crime” lands Timothy Hutton, talking to Felicity Huffman
Hutton will play the father of the victim in the series about a racially charged murder. Huffman is in negotiations to play the female lead.


“How I Met Your Dad” casts the mom’s best friend: “Smash’s” Krysta Rodriguez
Rodriguez will play Greta Gerwig’s best friend, Sally, , “a sexy, flamboyant force of nature who runs the most successful fashion blog in the country.” PLUS: UK actor Rufus Sewell joins an ABC pilot.

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Lindsay Lohan will help '2 Broke Girls' take over 'HIMYM’s' timeslot

Lindsay Lohan will help “2 Broke Girls” take over “HIMYM’s” timeslot
Lohan will guest on the April 14 episode as a woman who has trouble making decisions when she asks Max and Caroline to make her wedding cake.


CW’s “Reign” is puttng an uncensored, racier sex scene from this week's episode on the web
In what could be a network first, CW will present two versions of a sex scene, the racier one of which can be easily watched on the web.


Penelope Ann Miller signs up for ABC’s “American Crime”
She’ll co-star on the racial drama from the Oscar-winning writer of “12 Years a Slave.”


“True Detective”: How they came up with the title sequence
"Visually, we were inspired by photographic double exposures,” says Patrick Clair, creative director of the Elastic design studio. "Fragmented portraits, created by using human figures as windows into partial landscapes, served as a great way to show characters that are marginalised or internally divided.”

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Mary-Louise Parker to star in NBC comedy pilot 'Feed Me'

Mary-Louise Parker to star in NBC comedy pilot “Feed Me”
She’ll play the matriarch of a dysfunctional family that runs a restaurant together.


Oscars cut Batkid
Miles Scott, the 5-year-old cancer survivor who got his own Batkid day in San Francisco, was flown with his family to L.A. for Sunday’s Academy Awards. But producers opted to cut his segment at the day of the ceremony.


“The Wire’s” David Simon: Martin Luther King Jr. HBO miniseries is a long ways away
Simon says he and his team already have another HBO miniseries, which will be announced soon, with greater priority.


JWoww teams with Howard Stern sidekicks for “Jersey Shore Massacre”
The “Jersey Shore” alum is executive producing a video on demand movie starring porn star Ron Jeremy, plus “The Howard Stern Show’s” Sal Governale, Richard Christy and Bigfoot.


“Entourage” movie spoiler: See Eric and Sloan
Kevin Connolly and Emmanuelle Chriqui were photographed filming today.


“The Little Couple” returns to a series high
About 3.9 million watched “Zoey Makes 4."

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The 'Hot Jesus' from 'The Bible' is joining CW’s 'The Messengers'

The “Hot Jesus” from “The Bible” is joining CW’s “The Messengers”
Diogo Morgado will play a mysterious character known as “The Man.”


“Facts of Life" stars Lisa Whelchel & Kim Fields are reuniting on Hallmark Channel
They’re co-starring in the romantic comedy film "For Better Or For Worse."


Fox wants $500,000 per 30-second ad for the “24: Live Another Day” premiere
That’s among TV’s priciest asking price. Even subsequent episodes are costly at between $325,000 and $350,000 per spot.


“Once Upon a Time” gets “Downton Abbey’s” Dan Stevens to narrate Sunday’s catch-up special
He’ll lend his voice to "Once Upon a Time: Wicked is Coming."


Jimmy Kimmel is using the “Scandal Thursdays” strategy in his battle with Jimmy Fallon
Kimmel got his 2nd-best ratings ever last Thursday with Kerry Washington and a “Scandal” telenovela. So this week he has on Bellamy Young and another installment of “Escandalo.”


Tiffani Thiessen will host a “Dinner at Tiffani’s” special on Cooking Channel
Nathan Fillion, Willie Garson and Lindsay Price will be her guest on the March 23 special.


“Bachelor” reject writes "Ess Okay," a song in “tribute” to Juan Pablo
Watch “free spirit” Lucy Aragon perform her song on YouTube.


“The Good Wife” teases “the most shocking moment ever”
See a new promo for a “three-episode event” leading up to the CBS drama’s “most shocking moment … EVER.”


Tina Fey recalls her failed audition for a McDonald’s commercial
Her facial scar apparently didn’t work out for her drive-thru audition.


“Dancing” co-host Erin Andrews admits she’s biased for 1 contestant
Andrews says she’s “kind of obsessed” with NeNe Leakes.


Georgia lawyer who starred in a viral 2-minute local Super Bowl ad is getting his own reality show
Jamie Casino will star in “Casino’s Law,” from the creator of “The Bachelor."


Is Oprah exploiting Lindsay Lohan?
OWN’s “Lindsay” trailer seems to show just another reality show, while Oprah’s been touting it as a “documentary series."


Jennie Garth: Shannen Doherty and I nearly came to blows on the “Beverly Hills 90210” set
Garth spills some beans in her new book “Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde”: "We were shooting a scene and Shannen kept grabbing at the hem of my skirt, trying to slap me on the leg—anything to get me to react and break character. Finally, when she'd pulled up my skirt, and my bare ass was exposed for everyone on the set to see, I did snap and I yelled at her, something to the effect of, 'Come on, bitch! We're talking this outside!’"


IFC boss talks Fred Armisen’s “Late Night” gig, and getting a pitch from Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Jennifer Caserta thinks Armisen being on NBC every night is good for her small cable network. Caserta also recalls Robert Smigel pitching her as Triumph. "It was awesome,” she says, without going into details on what happened.


A closeted gay football player hazes on tonight’s “SVU”
Tonight’s episode, inspired by the Miami Dolphins scandal, turns out to have some similiarities to the Michael Sam coming out story.


“Modern Family” cast members try to juggle movie roles
Nearly the entire cast has a movie project in the works. But finding time is difficult. Ty Burrell shot a movie during his Thanksgiving break.


Kelsey Grammer will become a dad for the 6th time
The former “Frasier” star already has kids ranging in age from 19 months to 30 years.


Ted Allen to host “America’s Best Cook” on Food Network
The reality competition will feature mentors Cat Cora and Tyler Florence.


Will “Workaholics” fans Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber make a cameo?
Maybe, maybe not, says Adam Devine. "We didn't want to have to make it look like broke-ass ‘Entourage,’” he says. "It would be cool to get Justin or Miley on, but only if we write a story that is really funny and won't take people out of it. It's a trap that you don't want to fall into, just having celebrities on for celebrity sake."


Conan O’Brien: An “odd choice” for MTV Movie Awards?
It’s unusual for the MTV Movie Awards to get such an experienced host. PLUS: Relive Conan’s Emmy-hosting past.


Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers lends his voice to Disney Junior
Check out his vocal cameo on this week’s "Sheriff Callie's Wild West.”

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'The Wire' creator teams with Oprah on a Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries on HBO

“The Wire” creator teams with Oprah on a Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries on HBO
David Simon will oversee "America: In the King Years” with Oprah producing the miniseries based on the Taylor Branch book trilogy. Simon will reunite with “Treme” co-creator Eric Overmeyer in writing the “bible” for the entire miniseries.


Ty Pennington and Emeril Lagasse join TNT’s “On the Menu” from Mark Burnett
Pennington will host and Emeril will serve as “Menu Master” on the first reality cooking competition that will allow viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode.


Listen to Common rap about The Red Wedding on the “Game of Thrones” mixtape
The “Catch the Throne” mixtape featuring hip-hop and Latin artists aims to bring more “multicultural” viewers to the HBO series.


VH1 orders a “Walk of Shame” reality show
“Walk of Shame Shuffle” follows a young entrepreneur who helps college students who’ve “overindulged” get home the morning after.


Selina Meyer is George Washington in “Veep” poster
Check her out crossing the Delaware.


How “True Detective” will end: Here are the 5 craziest theories
Is Woody Harrelson the killer? PLUS: 18 revealing screengrabs from this week’s episode.


Russian TV denies responsibility for cutting Jared Leto’s Ukraine reference from its Oscar broadcast
That part of Leto’s speech was missing when it aired on delay on Russian state TV on Monday.


“Party Down South” forced to leave Pensacola, Florida
The locals weren’t happy to be part of the raunchy CMT reality show.


Claim: “Bachelor” Juan Pablo lives in an apartment with his mom and dad
According to Life & Style, “The Bachelor” is broke.


Hugh Laurie: King of Mardi Gras
See the former “House” star as The King of Bacchus.


Netflix picks up new “Trailer Park Boys” episodes
The Canadian mockumentary series Seasons 8 and 9 will soon be available on the streaming service.

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Leah Remini gets her own reality show on TLC

Leah Remini gets her own reality show on TLC
The untitled reality show will emphasize the former “King of Queens” star’s Brooklyn roots as she lives with her family in L.A.


Whoopi Goldberg slams ABC for not allowing “The View” on the Oscar red carpet
"We are the only show -- and I hate to ring my own bell, but what the hell -- 'The View' is the only show that has an Oscar winner on the panel and I thought it was a crying shame that we weren't there,” she said, noting that other daytime ABC shows were represented, plus CBS’ “Rachael Ray.”


“Masterchef Junior” renewed for Season 3
Season 2 has yet to begin filming, but Fox has ordered an eight-episode 3rd season.

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