Fox to air a live 'Grease' musical

Fox to air a live “Grease” musical
Fox is following in the footsteps of NBC’s “Sound of Music Live” with “Grease Live,” a 3-hour event that will air sometime in 2015, likely on a Sunday.

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Report: Lisa Kudrow’s 'The Comeback' will return to HBO for a 6-episode run

Report: Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback” will return to HBO for a 6-episode run
E! reports original stars Malin Ackerman and Kellan Lutz are expected to return as will, of course, Kudrow herself.

Bravo greenlights reality shows “Fempire,” “The Fit Club” and “Why Not, Minot?”
Bravo’s new unscripted slate will take viewers into the world of female CEOs, New York’s hottest trainers and a modern-day Gold Rush series set in North Dakota. PLUS: Bravo developing a “Choose Your Own Adventure” reality show.

Watch the 1st episode of Showtime's “Penny Dreadful”
The (likely) edited version is now on YouTube ahead of its May 11 premiere.

See Courteney Cox’s “Drunk History”
She’ll appear in Season 2 with a short hair wig.

Paula Deen will cook for fans on a live 20-city tour
“Paula Deen Live!” will feature a mixture of cooking demonstrations and games.

Check out “The World Wars”
The History channel event series will kick off on Memorial Day.

Watch the producers cut of the “Parks and Rec” season finale
The special cut includes 10 minutes of unseen footage.

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'The Simpsons' falls to its worst-ever Sunday ratings

“The Simpsons” falls to its worst-ever Sunday ratings
About 3.4 million tuned in for last night’s episode.

“The Daily Show” hires “SNL” writer Michael Che as its newest correspondent
Che, a standup comic and Upright Citizens Brigade alum, who’s in his first season at “Saturday Night Live” will join Jon Stewart in June, after he’s done with “SNL.”

Gloria Estefan’s new musical is getting a reality show
The reality project will search for a singer to play Estefan for the “On Your Feet” production.

Xbox’s TV slate includes 2 “Halo” series, sci-fi “Humans” and "Gun Machine”
“Humans,” a series based on a Swedish drama focusing on synthetic people, will join a soccer reality show and the serial killer drama “Gun Machine” as part of Xbox’s first development slate.

Regis Philbin’s “Crowd Goes Wild” canceled by Fox Sports 1
The sports talk show lasted eight months.

John Oliver’s 1st “Last Week Tonight” premiere was too fast, too furious
The problem with Oliver’s HBO debut was that there were too many stories that he had to race through, which resulted in him and the viewers not having the chance to breathe and react. PLUS: Oliver seemed angry at his audience, too, he did nothing to distinguish his show as not a “Daily Show” knockoff, it was a funny and confident start, and watch the entire premiere on YouTube.

Ion’s new shows include “Reality Obsessed” and “So Chic,” plus reruns of “Rookie Blue” and “Blue Bloods”
Ion this fall will air shows on reality TV, dog training and grandmothers cooking.

“Game of Thrones” surprises even “smug book readers”
"We’ve see the show veer off in non-book directions before, but not like this,” says Joanna Robinson, who adds: "The real game changer is that for the first time, in a truly significant way, the book readers were as surprised as the show watchers. That’s right, the reign of the smug book reader is over. Or, at least, it’s on temporary hiatus.” PLUS: How do you react to Jaime Lannister after last week?, it’s complexity vs. confusion, this was one of the shoddiest-looking episodes to date, the ending was like a horror movie, and see Daenerys’ new throne room.

George R.R. Martin says drones are worse than the Dothraki
"Taking human life should always be a very serious thing,” the “Game of Thrones” author says, noting that in his universe, death is taken seriously because the killer actually sees firsthand what is happening.

Meet “Mad Men’s” despicable Lou Avery, played by a former standup comic
Allan Havey says of his role: "I've been a 'Mad Men' fan since the beginning, so if I had been home watching this guy, I probably wouldn't have liked him either. But as long as people have a passionate response, that's all an actor can really hope for. To me, it's a very high compliment.” PLUS: Jon Hamm & Elisabeth Moss went on a date incognito, and here’s a list of every client Don Draper ever had.

Tori Spelling reportedly secretly hospitalized
According to E!, Spelling recently spent six days in the hospital for undisclosed reasons.

What has “Veep” done to Jonah?
Season 3’s “Blogger Jonah” has become an unusual misfire for such a great comedy series.

HBO to show a tribute to Robert De Niro’s dad
“Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.” will celebrate De Niro’s father, an abstract expressionist painter who never achieved fame.

An email message sent to Dr. Phil threatened to kill “Common Law’s” Warren Kole
The LAPD is investigating the email, which was sent from outside of the country.

Disney Channel renews “Austin & Ally”
The kids’ show will return for a 4th season.

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Report: Chelsea Handler close to a deal with Netflix

Report: Chelsea Handler close to a deal with Netflix
“Handler has a deal with Netflix, but the format is to be decided,” a source tells the NY Post.

China bans “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Good Wife,” “NCIS”
“The Practice” has also been banned from video streaming websites.

“The Office” stars reunite for Brian Baumgartner’s wedding
Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski and Oscar Nunez were among the attendees at Baumgartner’s house as he married his girlfriend Celeste Ackelson.

Alyson Hannigan: “HIMYM” cut a funeral scene that could’ve improved the series finale
“Honestly, if you saw (that) cut, it would be even more heart-wrenching than what the finale was,” she says.

HBO unveils the full “Leftovers” trailer
Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers” starring Justin Theroux premieres June 29.

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'House of Cards' will stay in Maryland after the state reached a tax credit deal

“House of Cards” will stay in Maryland after the state reached a tax credit deal
The Netflix series will get $11.5 million in tax credits, which is less than what producers wanted but far more than the $4 million legislators were willing to give the show.

Michelle Obama didn’t rehearse her “Parks and Rec” scene, which had to be done in 25 minutes
The First Lady "just walked on the set and had all her lines memorized and never faltered once. It makes sense,” says co-creator Michael Schur. "All she does is travel around the country and give speeches in front of large crowds of people. We had about 25 minutes with her total, and it was very smooth and easy.” PLUS: Schur wasn’t worried about “HIMYM” finale — or Leslie’s bangs, NBC was vaguely told about the big cameo, and the finale was a bold, feminist leap forward.

“Game of Thrones” writer: Sunday’s episode was "the most difficult episode I've written”
Bryan Cogman wouldn’t go into details, of course, but he has scripted some of the show’s most memorable scenes. PLUS: “Hodor” answers questions Hodor-style.

Gillian Jacobs gets “Community” fans to put mustard on their face to save the show
Today she tweeted: "Tweet @nbc a picture of yourself with mustard on your face. They'll have to give us #sixseasonsandamovie then, right?” PLUS: Check our more “Six Seasons and a Movie” posters.

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen can’t tell themselves apart when watching “Full House”
The twins visited Ellen today to talk about their experience filming the sitcom.

Check out “The Strain’s” eye-popping poster
Featuring a worm coming out of a woman’s eye.

Seth Meyers’ success is baffling: Why is he so successful?
"Can you actually remember any joke that Seth Meyers has made”? asks Elisabeth Donnelly. She adds: “What’s Seth Meyers going to bring to the table? I couldn’t even tell you, that’s how distinctive a personality he is as a host-type guy. His success — he’s ‘influential,' according to TIME — is sort of baffling, clearly kind of Lorne Michaels’ fault, and it’s too bad. There’s a lot of great, wild comic minds out there that could bring energy, wit, and surprises to something like Late Show or the Emmys, but instead, a boring choice like Seth Meyers persists in his winning mediocrity."

Listen to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ son’s band
Henry Hall, 21, son of the “Veep” star and “SNL” alum Brad Hall, is the lead singer of Grand Cousin.

Meet the guys who made up a fake case just to get on “Judge Judy”
The case involved smashed TVs and a dead cat.

Ellen DeGeneres denies being a house-flipper: “I love real estate"
Ellen has been described as a “property hound” for buying so many properties. But, says Ellen, "I’ve never bought to sell. I always say: ‘This is it. I’m never moving.’ People laugh at me now."

“Veep” fans insult “Jonah” by calling him “Jonad”
“Jonad is the most common one that I get,” says Timothy Simons. "I think because it’s the quickest and it’s also only slightly insulting to call another human.” PLUS: Simons talks Jonah on MSNBC, and Kevin Dunn finds “Veep” swearing to be liberating.

“The Newsroom” vet to play Gus Grissom on “The Astronaut Wives Club”
Joel Johnstone will play the 2nd American to fly into space, who was later killed in 1967 during a pre-launch test for Apollo 1.

Why “Orphan Black” should kill off Sarah
Her death could invigorate the series, making it a show where anything could happen. PLUS: It’s okay that “Orphan Black” is getting more political.

Joan Rivers’ “Fashion Police” reportedly pays peanuts
The striking writers on the E! show were makng one-sixth of the Writers Guild minimum.

“Mrs. Doubtfire” was the most-played movie on basic cable last year
“She’s All That” came in at No. 2, “Juno” No. 3, "Austin Powers in Goldmember” No. 4 and “Ice Age” was No. 5.

“Black Box” proves TV has a problem with its portrayal of mental illness
Mental illness shouldn’t be portrayed as some kind of superpower.

University of Michigan student assumes her “Grimm” role tonight
Jacqueline Toboni, 22, was “discovered” thanks to a visit to the university by the show’s co-creator, whose daughter is a student there.

“Bad Teacher”: How other movie-to-TV show adaptations have fared
From “Clueless” to “Ferris Bueller.”

“Wheel of Fortune” celebrates 6,000 episodes
Next week, the game show will celebrate by giving away $6,000 prizes.

Spring and Chrysler will be prominently featured on “24: Live Another Day”
Chrysler is taking over as “24’s” car sponsor from Ford and Hyundai. PLUS: Producer responds to the "When does Jack Bauer go to the bathroom?"

“No, no, no,” John Oliver says when asked if he regrets leaving Comedy Central before Colbert's promotion
“Because,” he says. "I think this is a chance to do something completely different. HBO on Sunday night is a tantalizing thing to try and do something with. I like the idea of trying to change my metabolism, which is so built around a daily production, which I loved and I think there is part of me that is gonna miss the kind of daily grind. But I’m really looking forward to working out how to use the extra time to do some things with higher production. You know, tackle stories that are incredibly difficult to do on a daily turnaround.” PLUS: HBO open to expanding “Last Week Tonight” to other nights.

OWN’s “Running From Crazy” examines the history of mental illness in Mariel Hemingway’s family
Hemingway’s grandfather, Ernest Hemingway, and her sister both committed suicide, which will be the focus of the documentary airing Sunday.

Ian Somerhalder responds to the latest “Vampire Diaries” shocker
Damon is “definitely not very happy” when he finds out the truth.

See the character posters for “Petals in the Wind”
Featuring a “Twisted Sister” and the “Holy Hag."

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Columbus Short out at "Scandal"

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.

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Watch Isaiah Washington’s 'Grey’s Anatomy' reunion with Sandra Oh

Watch Isaiah Washington’s “Grey’s Anatomy” reunion with Sandra Oh
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.

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Fox will follow the early years of Jesus Christ with 'Nazareth'

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.

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Sean Hannity says he loves 'extremely talented and funny' Jon Stewart

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.

It’s true: Malin Akerman dating Colin Egglesfield
The “Trophy Wife” star has been spending time lately with the “Rizzoli & Isles” star.

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'Parks and Rec' boss on the season finale shocker: 'Shonda Rhimes agrees with me'

“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"
“HBO will let me say whatever the f— I want!” Oliver said while promoting “Last Week Tonight.”

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