'True Detective' creator: 'This is a story that began with its ending in mind'

“True Detective” creator: "This is a story that began with its ending in mind”
Nic Pizzolatto talks about what was going through his mind in the writing the season finale, and offers a clue on a likely Season 2: "Okay. This is really early, but I'll tell you (it's about) hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” PLUS: Was “True Detective” trolling us?, it was the perfect conclusion to a perfect season, what an underwhelming end to the season, the finale worked because it showed the best example of the buddy cop genre, the finale’s biggest flaw was “Scarred Man,” “True Detective’s” power was the way it made us feel when we watched it, the epilogue made the ending immensely satisfying, the theme song gets an 8-bit makeover, and HBO Go crashed due to “True Detective” demand.

Jennifer Beals joins TNT’s “Proof” from producer Kyra Sedgwick
She’ll play a brilliant female surgeon who investigates reincarnation.

Mindy Kaling: "I'm a f*cking Indian woman who has her own television show”
At SXSW, Kaling talked about the lack of diversity on network TV. "I look at shows on TV — and this is going to seem defensive, but I'm just going to say it — I'm a f*cking Indian woman who has her own television show," Kaling said. "I have four series regulars that are women on my show, and no one asks these other shows (run by white men) why there are no women or women of color. People have a higher expectation for me. They say, why aren't you doing enough? And the answer is, I always want to do more because people should always be doing as much as they can, but my fulltime job is not casting 'The Mindy Project.’” PLUS: Kaling is writing another book.

“The Simpsons” says goodbye to Edna Krabappel
Last night’s episode formally paid tribute to Marcia Wallace’s character.

Watch President Obama’s “Cosmos” introduction
“The next great discovery could be yours,” the president says in the 30-second intro.

“SNL” ratings tumble with Lena Dunham as host
The “Girls” star had the second-lowest numbers of the season, in the important 18-49 demo. PLUS: Dunham nailed her “SNL” hosting gig.

Watch Julia Roberts in HBO’s “The Normal Heart” teaser
The Ryan Murphy film about the AIDS epidemic also features Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch.

HBO unveils the most action-packed “Game of Thrones” trailer yet
The 3rd Season 3 trailer is called “Secrets.” PLUS: Virtual reality “Game of Thrones” impresses SXSW attendees, and Seth Meyers sits on the Iron Throne.

Jonathan Groff talks “Looking” season finale — and how it educated straight people about gay sex
“It’s certainly not like the intention of the show is to, like, educate straight people about how (gay people) have sex,” he says. "But it’s obviously happening with my friends, and I feel like, 'Wow, what an added bonus that we’re telling some things that maybe people didn’t know.' Isn’t that crazy?” PLUS: “Looking” creator on the future of the series, and Scott Bakula.

Is Peggy Olson the new star of “Mad Men”?
When the final season premieres next month, the AMC series will focus just as much on Elisabeth Moss’ character as it has on Don Draper.

Go behind the scenes of Cuba Gooding Jr’s famous Oscar-acceptance speech
Control room footage from the March 1997 Academy Awards, in which Gooding won the best supporting actor for “Jerry Maguire,” has just been released.

“The Walking Dead” has taken on a “Lost” feel this season
Episodes are focusing on different characters week to week.

Watch the “Veep” Season 3 promo
“I’d rather be shot in the face then serve as vice president again.” PLUS: Watch a new “Silicon Valley” promo.

Lifetime unveils the final “Drop Dead Diva” promos
Check out the final season trailer.

“Band of Brothers” veteran dies at 90
William "Wild Bill” Guarnere, who lost a leg during the Battle of the bulge, was portrayed in seven episodes of the HBO miniseries by actor Frank John Hughes.

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Charlie Sheen has been missing work days on 'Anger Management'

Charlie Sheen has been missing work days on “Anger Management”
Fellow cast members on the FX comedy are said to be furious about Sheen’s recent absences in recent weeks, which has forced a delay in production and the use of stand-ins in Sheen’s place, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sheen’s publicist, however, disputes that stand-ins were used or the “Anger Management” shot around the actor.

Science Channel greenlights "I F*cking Love Science” from Craig Ferguson
The series is based on the Facebook page of the same name.

Louis CK will host “SNL” for the 2nd time
The comedian returns March 29 after hosting in fall 2012. PLUS: “SNL” mocks “Girls” with Lena Dunham and spoofs “Scandal," with caemos by Liam Neeson and Jon Hamm.

Play “True Detective” finale bingo
U.S. News has put all of this season’s favorite tropes on one bingo card. PLUS: "Matthew McConaughey" talks "True Detective" finale  on "SNL."

“Workaholics” star Blake Anderson becomes a dad
He’s the latest “Workaholic” to become a father, welcoming a baby girl with his wife.

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President Obama will introduce 'Cosmos'

President Obama will introduce “Cosmos”
The president recorded a special introduction for Sunday’s premiere on Fox and Nat Geo.

“Supernatural” spinoff gets a new name: “Supernatural: Bloodlines”
The CW pilot has also cast its female lead, actress Melissa Roxburgh.

“Community's" Dan Harmon: "True Detective" finale can't possibly disappoint
“If the finale tanks, I’ll be leaving the country,” Nic Pizzolatto told Dan Harmon, according to Vanity Fair, in a Twitter conversation that was apparently deleted. But Harmon says it isn't possible for the finale to disappoint: "There's no way for the finale to do me wrong because what’s for sale with that show isn’t the pay-off, it’s smelling the roses along the way.”

“Celebrity Apprentice” eyeing David Hasselhoff, Ian Ziering, Kate Gosselin
The long-delayed season is expected to begin filming next month.

Robert Patrick signs up for CBS’ “Suspicion”
He’ll play a federal agent in a drama about a group of super-geniuses. PLUS: Malik Yoba joins Fox’s “Empire,” and Harriet Harris joins NBC’s “Lifesaver."

Jimmy Fallon tries on Keri Russell’s “Felicity” wig from “The Americans”
"Who did I look like in that wig? Weird Robert Plant? Weird Leif Garrett?” asked Fallon. PLUS: Fallon plays “Truth or Truth” with Stephen Colbert.

A Johnny Carson sex tape!?
TMZ reports somebody is shopping a sex tape starring “The Tonight Show” icon recorded in the ‘70s, after failing to get Carson’s estate to buy the rights to the tape.

Watch the “24: Live Another Day” promo with all-new footage
“The Clock Starts Tickin This May.”

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'True Detective': The first cop show to truly embrace the digital age

“True Detective”: The first cop show to truly embrace the digital age
DVRs and screen-capturing technology allow us to scrutinize shows, and “True Detective” has exploited that fact to full effect. Its creators, says James S. Murphy, "have made the first true cop show of the digital age, or rather, the first cop show to reckon with and exploit the effects of digitization. 'True Detective' has provided us with so many clues that the creators are daring us to think any aspect of the show is irrelevant. Is it merely a coincidence that the show’s initial crime takes place in 1995, the very year that the DVD was invented, and that Cohle and Martin missed their target then? PLUS: Here are some disappointing endings, here are more insane theories, here are 15 burning questions that need to be answered, here are 7 ways it will end, is “True Detective” anti-Christian?, why the crime doesn’t need solving, here’s perhaps the craziest theory, and what if The Yellow King is "Game of Thrones’” King Joffrey?

With a whopping 17 cast members, “SNL" has become bloated this season
The 17-member cast — including 8 who joined this season — is the largest since “SNL’s” disastrous 1994-95 season, as Mike Ryan points out. That cast, too, had 17 cast members, and the following season Lorne Michaels reduced the cast to 11, including newbie Will Ferrell. The result of having 17 cast members, says Ryan, is that this "particular cast has no real group personality. It's almost impossible to get to know these guys because we see them so sporadically.”

Amy Sedaris joins Jane Krakowski on Fox’s “Dead Boss”
Sedaris will play Krakowski’s co-worker in the British comedy remake.

CW’s uncensored “Reign” sex scenes: Full-body shots, louder moaning
All in all, the “Reign” episode posted online wasn’t that much different from the one that aired on CW.

Cartoon Network is creating a “micro-network” — an app that sends “15-second content bites”
Cartoon Network Anything, coming later this year, will feature games, videos and trivia specifically created for mobile devices.

Lena Dunham went on a “real sick double date” with President Obama and the First Lady
The “Girls” star’s boyfriend, Jack Antonoff of Fun, posted a photo of him and Dunham and a casually dressed First Couple. PLUS: Dunham thought “SNL’s” “Girls” spoof was “one of the best things ever."

Why “Portlandia” is actually a show about Los Angeles
Some of the sketches resonate more among Angelinos than Portlanders.

Seth Meyers: I’m sleeping more with “Late Night” than I did on “SNL”
"I feel like I'm sleeping more with this job than I did at ‘SNL,’” he says. "Because at ‘SNL' you just stay up all night writing, and you stay up all night rehearsing. This has that nice thing of you finish the show and you kinda have nothing to do until the next morning, so that's been good."

Report: “Bachelor” producers can’t wait for Juan Pablo’s season to end
"Everyone on the show is just so over him and cannot wait for this season to be over,” a source tells E!, adding that his anti-gay comments ruined all the hard work put in to Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici’s wedding.

Ke$ha drops the "$" from her name
After leaving rehab, the MTV star will now be known as “Kesha.”

Is “Cheers” still funny in 2014?
Or is the NBC comedy a product of its time?

Robin Wright: “House of Cards” was inspired by my real-life anti-sex violence activism
“Well to tell you the truth, that was kind of my idea, and Beau Willimon, the show runner’s, because I had been involved with this campaign for so many years,” she says of Claire Underwood also becoming an activist this season.

Why Adam Driver is the breakout star of “Girls”
As Leah Pickett argues, "audiences and critics are much more likely to reward male actors for playing strange or unlikeable men, while actors playing unlikeable women are either vilified by the viewing public or brushed aside as too ditzy, bitchy, slutty, or incompetent."

“Community” isn’t really funny this season, but it’s become a terrific drama
Perhaps the shorter season is to blame, says David Sims, Dan Harmon, he says, "is seemingly shedding the lighter, less daring episodes that would pad the earlier seasons. There’s not so much of the gang just hanging around the table and quibbling with school issues, or tripping over some nutty Chang behavior."

Is the rumor true that Peter Capaldi is only aboard for 1 “Doctor Who” series?
There’s talk that Capaldi was selected for one season so that Steven Moffat could send the new “Doctor” in a more “radical” direction.

Spencer Pratt is officially a college graduate
The former “Hills” star posted a photo of his USC diploma yesterday on Instagram.

Why women are drawn to “Looking”
The gay-themed HBO drama,” says Inkoo Kang, appeals to women "who want to see reflected on screen their aspiration of living in a world almost wiped clean of sexism.” PLUS: Scott Bakula talks about his “Looking” role.

Here are the best TV opening credits of all time
From “Cheers” to “Fresh Prince.”

Benedict Cumberbatch talks about becoming an “accidental superstar”
In a lengthy NY Times profile, Cumberbatch calls Sherlock “an absolute bastard.”

Jonathan Banks: I’ll set the dark tone on “Better Call Saul”
The former “Breaking Bad” star says of the “Breaking Bad” spinoff, "essentially, there’s no way around Saul, he’s going to be a lighter tone. And the darker tone will be Mike."

The “Game of Thrones” hip-hop mixtape is actually good
It’s a “rap word-bank fantasy” featuring repeated use of words like “Khaleesi” and “dragon” and “Red Wedding."

Carpenter Adam Carolla helps wronged homeowners on “Catch a Contractor”
The Spike TV series debuting Sunday reunites Carolla with the job he did two decades ago when he met Jimmy Kimmel.

Happy 50th birthday, Wanda Sykes!
"Birthday celebration is in full effect!” the comedienne tweets of her 50th birthday, which is today. "I'm taking over the rest of 2014. Embracing 50! If you don't want the truth, then don't ask me."

VH1’s “The Surreal Life" spawned so many spinoffs
Here’s a family tree, from “I Love New York” to “Celebrity Rehab.”

“The Good Wife” finally returns Sunday
Here’s a refresher on where the CBS drama left off before its hiatus. PLUS: Tony winner Michael Cerveris joining the cast.

Band on Letterman creates a mind-blowing performance
Check out Baltimore’s Future Islands, with its lead singer’s unique onstage presence.

“Once Upon a Time” returns looking like whodunnit mystery
“It’s kind of creepy, but a good creepy — a little like a horror film,” says Ginnifer Goodwin.

“Revenge” is back with a big confrontation
Preview Sunday’s big confrontation between Emily and Veronica. PLUS: Emily VanCamp talks about her off-screen romance with Josh Bowman.

Presenting TV’s best coffee mugs
From “True Detective” to the “Friends” Central Perk mug.

“Glee’s” Harry Shum Jr. gets engaged
Actually, Shum popped the question in October, but his reps confirmed the news today.

Analyzing “Mad Men’s” trippy poster
Is Don Draper going to die?

Ranking “Scandal’s” least-destructive couples
Mellie & Andrew are No. 1.

Another star of the ‘60s “Honeymooners” revival dies
Sheila MacRae, who played Alice, passed away yesterday, three months after the death of Jane Kean, who played Trixie.

ABC’s “Resurrection” looks ridiculous
"Basically, ‘Resurrection' is like 'Touched by the Angel' meets 'The X-Files.' Just in case that sounds like your bag,” says Kevin Fallon. "It’s our fascination with, our desperation for, and perhaps even our fear of resurrection that makes ABC’s new supernatural drama such a genius idea,” he says. "The network wisely named the show ‘Resurrection,' too—instantly, we’re hooked. If only the network had breathed more life into it.” PLUS: Sundance’s “The Returned” ruins “Resurrection,” and it’s a solid show for a network audience.

Seth MacFarlane’s "Cosmos” is in superior and inferior to the Carl Sagan original
“There's a rushed, breathless quality to this finished product. Basic ideas are laid out, but they're almost too basic,” says Verne Gay, pointing to the fact that it’s on commercial TV. Still, it’s hard to ignore that the special effects are much superior than the original thanks to the many leaps in special effects technology. PLUS: It’s a refreshing change of pace to normal unscripted TV, organized religion is irrelevant in this series, host Neil deGrasse Tyson calls this a “surreal project,” and MacFarlane explains the new trippy spaceship.

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Fox renews 'New Girl,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'The Mindy Project' and 'The Following'

Fox renews “New Girl,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Mindy Project” and “The Following”
"These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera,” Fox said of the early renewals. "All four are core assets within our 2014-2015 portfolio of content, and we're really happy to bring them back to our Fox fans for another season."

CW’s “iZombie” nabs “One Tree Hill’s” Robert Buckley
He’ll star in the DC Comics-based drama from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas. PLUS: Paul F. Tompkins joins Molly Shannon's ABC comedy, “Jane the Virgin” adds Mexican singer Jaime Camil, and "House of Cards'" Joanna Going joins DirecTV's "Navy St."

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'True Detective' gets 'spoiled' by 'The Simpsons'

“True Detective” gets “spoiled” by “The Simpsons"
Homer Simpson is The Yellow King, “The Simpsons” reveals in a tweet urging viewers to "watch @FOXTV first!” on Sunday night.

Rebecca Romijn joins Rob Lowe’s NBC tennis comedy “The Pro"
She’ll play a “1 per center” who takes lessons from Lowe’s former pro tennis player instructor character, leading to a possible romantic connection.

Not many watched CNN’s “Chicagoland” premiere
In fact, the eight-part documentary series was walloped by MSNBC and Fox News, drawing just 227,000 viewers.

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HBO unveils John Oliver’s 1st 'Last Week Tonight' promo

HBO unveils John Oliver’s 1st “Last Week Tonight” promo
“Breaking news…on a weekly basis."

Lindsay Lohan is already trying to escape blame for her messy “Lindsay” trailer
"It is a television show so they want ratings,” she told Jimmy Fallon. PLUS: Lohan is closing in on a $1 million memoir deal.

“Rake’s" Bojana Novakovic has signed on for ABC’s “Agatha” pilot
With the Greg Kinnear drama poised for cancelation, the Australian actress is set to play an ex-con who becomes a big-city criminologist.

Ford, Chevy, Ram respond to Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” conversation about trucks
Ram even sent one of its trucks outside 30 Rock with a sign reading: “Big Enough, Jimmy? Test it Out." It was in response to Fallon's random conversation with The Roots about trucks on Wednsday's show.

Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” gets a porn parody
From the maker of the “Seinfeld” porn parody.

“Chuck’s” Joshua Gomez is returning to NBC in “Ellen More or Less”
He’ll play the title character’s co-worker in the comedy from “Parenthood’s” Jason Katims and J.J. Philbin. PLUS: “Brothers and Sisters” alum Dave Annable joins Fox’s “Red Band Society,” and Jayson Blair joins “Keep It Together."

Check out Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o in a “raunchy" Kenyan MTV soap
The “12 Years a Slave” star played a character named Ayira on “Shuga.”

“Sesame Street” spoofs “Les Miserables” with Cookie Monster
Check out “Les Mousserables.”

“The Office’s” Jenna Fischer celebrates her 40th birthday with a pregnancy pose on the beach
"I think I found a good place to celebrate!” Fischer tweeted this morning from the beach, while showing off her baby bump.

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John Corbett will play Denis Leary’s best friend on FX’s 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'

John Corbett will play Denis Leary’s best friend on FX’s "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”
Leary will star in a pilot playing the lead singer of New York’s legendary early-’90s band The Heathens.

It’s official: Felicity Huffman joins “American Crime”
The former “Desperate Housewives” star is returning to ABC in a pilot about a racially charged murder from Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley.

Everybody on “Scandal” is suddenly bad at their jobs
What happened? “Scandal” has usually portrayed its characters as being great at their work.

Just because Rust and Cohle are sexist doesn’t mean “True Detective” is too
“It’s time that we all stop assuming TV writers endorse the bad actions of their flawed characters on television,” says Eliana Dockterman of criticism that the HBO series is misogynistic.

Ted Turner has appendicitis
The CNN and Turner Broadcasting Service founder was rushed to a hospital in Buenos Aires for surgery.

Lacey Chabert to star in “Christmas Tree Farm”
The "Party of Five" alum will star in an UP network holiday film about a bank trying to take away her childhood Christmas tree farm.

Jimmy Kimmel will interview Texas Gov. Rick Perry next week in Austin
Kimmel’s SXSW lineup next week will also include Willie Nelson’s first appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” PLUS: Joseph Gordon-Levitt perfectly recreated “David After Dentist” for Kimmel.

“Sons of Anarchy” wants Aaron Paul
Kurt Sutter says of all the “Breaking Bad” actors, he’d most want to work with Paul: "I think it would be fun to get @aaronpaul_8 on the show,” he tweeted.

Watch new “Fargo” teasers
Check out Martin Freeman as an insurance salesman inspired by William H. Macy’s character.

Aaron Paul: “It’s ridiculous” — a grandma asked me to call her a “bitch”
Six months later, Paul says he’s still approached by “Breaking Bad” fans. PLUS: Is this the real Saul Goodman?

Will Ferrell hosts “@midday” on Comedy Central
Watch Ferrell take reveal his “@midnight” “spinoff.”

“Idol” tries to recreate Ellen’s Oscar selfie
With one person missing: Harry Connick Jr.

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ABC bringing Katie Holmes back to TV

ABC bringing Katie Holmes back to TV
Holmes has signed up to star in what would become her first regular TV gig since “Dawson’s Creek,” a "Dangerous Liasons-esque" drama set in NYC’s high society. The project is from “Behind the Candelabra” writer Richard LaGravenese, with Taylor Hackford on board to direct the pilot.

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'Sharknado 2: The Second One' gets July 31 premiere date, announces new cameos

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” gets July 31 premiere date, announces new cameos
Perez Hilton, Biz Markie, Pepa from Salt-N-Pepa, Howard Stern sidekick Benjy Bronk, Robert Klein and Kurt Angle will also make cameos. (Klein and Angle will play the former NYC mayor and fire chief, respectively.)

Obama flubs the spelling of “Respect” during the taping of PBS’ Women of Soul tribute
"When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” said the president.

What was it like to interrogate Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on “True Detective”?
"Those were 10- to 12-hour days for us, with few breaks,” says Michael Potts, who was partnered with Tory Kittles as they grilled Rust and Marty. "We'd do Woody for a day and a half, then Matthew for a while, then we'd get dinner and pick up with Matthew for a day and a half. They were very intense, long-hour days.”

Comedy Central orders “Over The Garden Wall,” its 1st miniseries
10-epsiode comedy-fantasy miniseries is based on “Tome of The Unknown,” starring Elijah Wood.

“Reign” rises, as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” slips
The CW series was up 34%, while “Grey’s” and “Scandal” were down 13% and 10%, respectively, this week.

Adam Carolla not a fan of having female late-night hosts
Carolla, who served as Jimmy Kimmel’s security guard last night, says: "To me it's not so much about women or men, it's sort of who do you want to see at night,” adding: "I don't know if it would be confusing if it's a woman standing there telling monologue jokes. We’re just used to certain genders in certain roles."

Stream the “Game of Thrones” hip-hop mixtape
All 10 tracks from "Catch the Throne" are now available.

Ted Turner admitted to the hospital in South Africa
Says a spokesperson for the Turner Broadcasting System and CNN founder: "Given it is our policy not to comment on his personal health, no further details will be provided."

Lena Dunham asks "Today's" Savannah Guthrie if she's willing to show nipple to become the 5th "Girl"
“You know what, spoiler alert! I'm not,” Guthrie responded, after confessing to Dunham that she imagined herself as the 5th star of "Girls."

Stephen Colbert debuts his alternative or “Happy Birthday”
Colbert’s new National Birthday Anthem is royalty-free.

“Greek” alum Spencer Grammer will play Michael Imperioli’s sister on ABC
The daughter of Kelsey Grammer has joined the pilot “Saint Francis.”

“Orphan Black” episodes will be available on Amazon
The BBC America series will join Amazon Prime.

Juan Pablo defends himself after retweeting an R-word joke
“People,” “The Bachelor” star wrote, "try to be HAPPY and enjoy JOKES and SARCASM... In Venezuela the R word is USED commonly and by NO means is to OFFEND anyone... #Relax #DifferentCulture #Respect.”

“True Blood” promotes barmaid Ginger
Tara Buck will become a series regular after recurring for six seasons.

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