'Boardwalk Empire' returns for a final, 8-episode season on Sept. 7

“Boardwalk Empire” returns for a final, 8-episode season on Sept. 7
HBO confirmed today that Season 5 will be set during the Depression in 1931. PLUS: "The Comeback" will come back in November, along with "Getting On."


“True Detective” creator: “There are four central roles” for the California-set Season 2
Nic Pizzolatto wouldn’t reveal much more, but HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said today: “The two scripts we have are… I hate to jinx it, but are more exciting than the first season,” and casting announcements should come next week.


HBO isn’t concerned about the “Game of Thrones” books, says Larry David is still thinking about “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said he recently bumped into Larry David. “I said, ‘So Larry, should I emotionally get Curb out of my head?’ He says, ‘No, no, no.’ As long as he’s still thinking about it, we have a place for him.”


“Big Brother” will begin tracking housemates’ every move with wireless activity trackers
The Fitbit Flex trackers will generate information that will be posted on CBS.com.


Donald Trump calls Rosie’s “View” return “a good move” — but "Rosie always self-destructs”
Rosie O’Donnell’s longtime nemesis says: “I think it’s a good move on ABC’s part. It’ll have a short term positive effect. The show has really missed not having Barbara (Walters) on it. With that said, it’ll have a short term positive impact, but then you have the long term. Rosie always self-destructs.”


HBO will show Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “On the Run” tour
The “major musical event” will tape in Paris in September.


Cinemax renews Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” before its premiere
The 1900-set NYC hospital drama won’t premiere for another two months.


Kate Mulgrew earned her very 1st Emmy nomination today
"This is my first Emmy nomination,” she says of her “Orange is the New Black” nod. "Can you believe it, after 40 years in this business?"


Ali Larter: I’m not reprising my “Heroes” role
Larter says she’s too committed to TNT’s “Legends” to return for “Heroes: Reborn.”

Fox reveals fall premiere dates

Fox reveals fall premiere dates
Fox’s fall season kicks off on Sept. 7 with “Utopia,” “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” return Sept. 16, “Gotham” debuts on Sept. 22 and “Mulaney” won’t premiere until Oct. 5.


“How I Met Your Dad” may be revived next year with a brand-new cast
The pilot starring Greta Gerwig is officially dead since the casts’ contracts expired last month. But according to TV Line, “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are planning to redevelop “HIMYD” for the 2015-16 season.


11 black actors received Emmy nominations this year
That’s the most since “Roots” was up for consideration in 1977.

'Glee’s' final season reduced to 13 episodes

“Glee’s” final season reduced to 13 episodes
The Fox musical dramedy will have its shortest season yet with Season 6, which will air at midseason.

President Obama’s 'Between Two Ferns' interview is up for an Emmy

President Obama’s “Between Two Ferns” interview is up for an Emmy
The president will be battling it out in the same category as his White House Correspondents Dinner roaster, Joel McHale.


Mark-Paul Gosselaar will play not 1 but 2 notorious serial killers on “CSI”
He’ll guest-star as twins on a multi-episode arc this fall.


Madeleine Albright congratulates Amy Poehler on her Emmy nomination
The former secretary of state took to Twitter to write: “Dear Leslie: Keep up the good work!”


“Game of Thrones” isn’t Sean Bean’s favorite onscreen death
Bean, speaking before TV critics today about his upcoming drama “Legends," said he much preferred his death on “Lord of the Rings.” “Quite bizarre, isn't it?” Bean added. “I've died quite a few times, actually, and I've died quite a few different deaths. Maybe it's the quality of my death.”


Seth MacFarlane’s “Cosmos” earned 12  Emmy nominations
That's the same number of Emmy noms received by HBO’s “True Detective."


Jerry Seinfeld drives Aziz Ansari's massive tour bus on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
The tour bus' name: "Good Times."


Check out the 1st official image of Peter Capaldi’s “Doctor Who” and Clara
The image is from the season premiere.

Jimmy Kimmel and his co-head writer wife welcome a baby girl

Jimmy Kimmel and his co-head writer wife welcome a baby girl
Kimmel just tweeted: "Congratulations to my beautiful and very tough wife,” Molly McNearney, "on delivering our baby girl this morning.” Kimmel already has two kids, a boy and a girl who are in their 20s, with his first wife. PLUS: After giving birth, McNearney tweets: "Kids, don't do drugs. Until you have a baby. Then do ALL OF THEM." UPDATE: The baby's name is Jane Kimmel.


“Fargo” creator hints at tackling another Coen Brothers movie for Season 2
Will Noah Hawley next tackle “Raising Arizona” or “A Serious Man”?


Chris Rock congratulates his mom on her new TV gig
Rose Rock is the new co-host of Myrtle Beach’s “Carolina & Company Live."


TruTV gets a new logo, adds 4 new shows
The four new shows include musical "Branson Famous,” bar competition “The Shake  Up,” “Hack My Life” and “Kart Life.”


“True Blood” gets a “Cheers” makeover
Watch “True Blood’s” new theme song, courtesy of “The Wil Wheaton Project.”

ABC makes it official: Rosie is returning to 'The View'

ABC makes it official: Rosie is returning to “The View”
“The View” confirmed the news via a tweet: "It's official! ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18."

Halle Berry’s 'Extant' ratings: Good but unspectacular

Halle Berry’s “Extant” ratings: Good but unspectacular
About 9.4 million watched the premiere of the Steven Spielberg series, making it the summer’s top premiere, but Spielberg’s “Under the Dome” last year premiered to 13.53 million viewers.


See Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston
The first photo of the former "America’s Next Top Model’s” from the Lifetime biopic has been released.


“The Simpsons” was snubbed by the Emmys for the 1st time in 20 years
The last time “The Simpsons” was left out of the Outstanding Animated Program category was in 1994.


Study: Jimmy Fallon talks the least of all the late-night talk show hosts
Fallon talks just 37% of the time, down from 51% for Jay Leno, according to a study by “TV’s Greatest Talk Shows” author Stephen Winzenburg, a communications professor. Craig Ferguson is the next lowest at 43%, followed by Jimmy Kimmel (48%), Seth Meyers and David Letterman (51%) and Conan O’Brien (53%).


Whoopi Goldberg rants about “The View” hosting rumors: "We are grown-ass women"
Goldberg opened today’s show by saying, "We don't know who's coming in,” she said. "We will do our best to bring you the view that Barbara Walters wanted you to have, which is women talking about issues. We are not little kids. We are grown-ass women."


Rosie responds to Elisabeth Hasselbeck by bashing on Twitter
Rosie O’Donnell tweeted she was “shocked" by her former “View” co-host’s comments yesterday.


Meghan McCain will guest-host “The View” next week amid talk of her joining the panel
Will next week’s appearance be a tryout for the daughter of John McCain?


Letterman recaps “Under the Dome” with Paul Shaffer musical accompaniment
Watch Dave make fun of the CBS drama.


Watch the trailer for “Sleepy Hollow” Season 2
The 1st promo of promises that “evil takes hold” next season.


In defense of “The Strain’s” worm-eye posters
Kids have always been exposed to disturbing images in the art for horror films.


The Situation accused of passing more bad checks
The former “Jersey Shore” star, who was accused of passing bad checks to his tanning salon employees, is now accused of giving “worthless checks” to his former lawyer.


Google Street View takes you inside “MythBusters” star’s “cave”
Now you can view Adam Savage’s collection of movie memorabilia thanks to Google Maps.


Check out “The Sopranos” opening, remade for "Grand Theft Auto V”
The “reenactment” was made by YouTuber “8-Bit Bastard."


Sofia Vergara’s “Modern Family” co-stars poke fun at her dating Joe Manganiello
Vergara’ s reaction: "what????!!!!”

The system is broken: Too many Emmy nominations were lazy or just plain bad
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The system is broken: Too many Emmy nominations were lazy or just plain bad

The system is broken: Too many Emmy nominations were lazy this year
"The system is broken,” says Alan Sepinwall. "The categories don't make sense any more (and the ridiculous ‘Shameless' switch to comedy only paid off with William H. Macy being nominated, but not Emmy Rossum), and there's more television to watch then a voter — or, really, any human — has time for. Maybe come August, when I expect to be seeing Vince Gilligan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, one of Bryan Cranston or Matthew McConaughey, and some other deserving winners walking to the podium, today's irritation will fade somewhat. But even in a year when the voters got so many things right, the many things that are wrong, or just illogical, stand out all the more.”
--Jon Hamm earns his 7th nom, and this was the 1st time he was awake for it
--Which leading male actor will beat Hamm this year?
--There were too many rubber-stamped nominees this year
--Explained: Why “OITNB’s” black stars were nominated for “guest” acting Emmys
--Laverne Cox is the first transgender Emmy nominee
--Has 1 category ever contained reigning Emmy, Oscar and Tony winners before?
--Emmy voters seem stuck on a big DVR backlog
--What Emmy voters got right: “OITNB,” “Fargo’s” Allison Tolman, Chiwetel Ejiofor
--Fred Armisen scores a surprising best supporting actor nom for “Portlandia"
--“SNL’s” “(Do It On My) Twin Bed” earned an Emmy nomination
--“OITNB’s” Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne react to their nominations
--The biggest losers: Keri Russell, Dean Norris, Mads Mikkelsen, Tatiana Maslany, “Parks and Recreation"
--“Dog with a Blog” earned more nominations than “The Americans” or “Orphan Black"
--“Girls” replaced by “Silicon Valley,” a show without girls
--Josh Charles: "Of course I totally knew today was the day…"
--The 22 most outraged tweets over Tatiana Maslany’s snub
--Why Maslany will always be snubbed: She stars in a genre show that isn't "Game of Thrones"
--Maslany’s snub is everything that’s wrong with the Emmys
--The Undeserving: Ricky Gervais, “Downton Abbey” stars, Jon Voight
--"The Sound of Music Live!” earned 4 noms, "Key & Peele" got hairstyling and makeup nominations
--Even more snubs: Eric Stonestreet, Elisabeth Moss, Bellamy Young
--Lizzy Caplan learned of her nomination when her pal Lindsay Sloane woke her up
--Surprising Emmy nominees: Daniel Craig, Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Wahlberg, Jodie Foster, Bruno Mars, Zach Galifianakis, Guy Fieri
--"Fargo's" Allison Tolman woke up early, put her cat in her lap, preparing for the news
--Why "True Detective" vs. "Fargo" isn't happening
--"The Soup" received a nom for its "True Detective" spoof
--Billy Bob Thornton: "I don't get out much. The next time I'll be out will be at the Emmys. I'm kind of a hermit"
--Allison Janney reacts to her 2 nominations
--An emotional Laverne Cox credits Jodie Foster for her Emmy nod

Emmy nominations: 'True Detective' vs. 'Breaking Bad,' Matthew McConaughey vs. Woody Harrelson vs. Bryan Cranston

Emmy nominations: “True Detective” vs. “Breaking Bad," Matthew McConaughey vs. Woody Harrelson vs. Bryan Cranston
The 2014 nominations included lead actors competing in the same category, including “True Detective’s” Harrelson vs. McConaughey in the lead drama series category and “Fargo’s” Martin Freeman vs. Billy Bob Thornton in the best lead actor in a miniseries or movie category. "True Detective," “Orange Is the New Black” and “Silicon Valley” became the new three newest series to join the major Emmy categories.
--Read the full list of nominees
--“Game of Thrones” No. 1 with 19 nominations, “Fargo” has 18, "American Horror Story: Coven" has 17, and “Breaking Bad” has 16 noms
--Jimmy Fallon vs. Jimmy Kimmel vs. Jon Stewart vs. Stephen Colbert in Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy series category.
--"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and Andy Samberg were dissed after winning Golden Globes earlier this year.
--More snubs: “The Good Wife,” James Spader, Tatiana Maslany
--Also snubbed: "Homeland" and "Girls"
--Kate McKinnon nominated for "SNL"
--Netflix has more nominations (31) than Fox (18)
--HBO No. 1 with 99 nominations, CBS No. 2 with 47 (NBC has 46)
--“Orphan Black” uses Twitter to cope with its Emmy snub
--“Orange is the New Black” leads all comedies with 12 nominations
--“Orange is the New Black” is a comedy?, and other surprises
--More snubs: “Masters of Sex,” The Mindy Project,” “Inside Amy Schumer”“The Americans”!… Charles Dance!
--Double nominees include Allison Janney, Jim Parsons, Louis CK, Kate McKinnon, Jimmy Fallon, Melissa McCarthy
--Jimmy Fallon's daughter: "Go Daily Show!"

Joy Behar calls Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s 'hate-filled remark' about Rosie 'below the belt'

Joy Behar calls Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s “hate-filled remark” about Rosie “below the belt”
Speaking on CNN, the former “View” star dismissed Hasselbeck’s comments as nonsense because “everything’s fiction on Fox anyway.” PLUS: Exec producer Bill Geddie is expected to exit if/when Rosie returns.


Netherlands fan Seth Meyers tossed an iPad when he learned on air that his team had lost
The “Late Night” host — who became a Netherlands soccer fan while living in Amsterdam performing improv — had rearranged his schedule to watch yesterday’s World Cup semi-finals match, only for it to go into extra time. PLUS: Meyers has a “forced friendship” with Keith Morrison.


Syfy greenlights “The Magicians” pilot
The proposed series is based on Lev Grossman’s fantasy book trilogy.


NatGeo and David Hasselhoff sued over Berlin Wall documentary
The Hoff allegedly signed on for another Berlin Wall documentary.