NBC to counter ABC’s 'Rising Star's" debut with a special 'America’s Got Talent' and Guinness world record stunts

NBC to counter ABC’s “Rising Star's" debut with a special “America’s Got Talent” and Guinness world record stunts
“AGT” will get a special airing on Sunday in an attempt to thwart the ABC singing competition — and “AGT” will include Howie Mandel-hosted interstitials featuring Guinness World Record attempts in fire diving and jumping over moving cars.

“Rizzoli & Isles” boss: Writing out Lee Thompson Young was "very daunting"
The first two episodes of Season 5 pay tribute to the late actor’s character, Det. Barry Frost.

PBS to add a 30-minute version of “Sesame Street”
The shortened “Sesame” aims to capture the short attention span of kids these days.

TV Land taps “Smallville’s” Michael Rosenbaum to play a man pretending to be a gay pastor
On “Impastor,” Rosenbaum will play a lowlife who hides away in a small town by convincing residents that he’s the new gay pastor.

Lena Headey was shocked by reaction to “Game of Thrones” “rape” scene
"I was kind of shocked by the reaction, actually, because the show is full of crimes against humanity,” she says, adding: "She wanted him. She’s saying ‘no' for many reasons. She’s saying ‘no' because of the f*cking pain of her loss—she can’t bear what she’s feeling. She was saying, 'No, no… not here,' but a lot of stuff was about how, right in that moment, she couldn’t bear to feel what she was feeling and wanted him to take some of that away.” PLUS: Headey wore an “I’m Not Sorry” shirt on Monday, Jaime raping Cersei was one of Season 4’s many problems, and Sarah McLachlan meets that dragon scene from the finale.

Donald Trump: “Awkward” Seth Meyers “shouldn’t be doing television”
Trump apparently is still not over being roasted by Meyers at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.

Howard Stern show contest winner auditions for the shock again on “America’s Got Talent”
Comedian Rachel Butera already has a link to one of the judges, having won $5,000 on Stern’s Staff Impression Contest in 2010. UPDATE: Stern wasn't allowed to vote because of his connection to Butera.

“Mystery Girls” will feature a 3rd “Beverly Hills 90210” cast member
Peach Pit owner Joe E. Tata will reunite with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth on their ABC Family series.

“NCIS: New Orleans” star: My husband filed for divorce to get a piece of my new salary
Zoe McClellan has been hit with divorce papers, and she claims her husband filed for divorce to get some of her $45,000-an-episode salary via child support payments, according to TMZ. McClellan is also battling her husband to move her son with her to New Orleans.

“Gunslingers” docudrama will feature commentary from Kurt Russell and “Deadwood” creator David Milch
American Heroes Channel’s six-part series will highlight a different figure from the past, from Jesse James to Wyatt Earp to Billy the Kid.

When did “miniseries” become a bad word?
Why are new terms like “event series” and “limited series” bandied about these days?

See more of “Mad Men's" Don Draper from one of his final scenes
Jon Hamm again is not wearing a suit. PLUS: Christina Hendricks pens “A Letter to Men."

Michelle Dockery: I’m not leaving “Downton Abbey”
"I’m here till the end, whenever that may be,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Where would J.Lo’s career be without “American Idol”?
Jennifer Lopez released her 8th studio album today, and she has reality TV to thank for her recent success.

“Fargo” burning finale questions
Tonight’s finale has so much to answer for, including: What happened to all the missing characters, from Stavros Milos to Wrench? PLUS: Rounding up the Easter eggs, and more Easter Eggs.

Here’s the 1st look at “Bachelor in Paradise”
How different is it from “Bachelor Pad”?

Count down the 50 best TV scenes from the last year
From “The Simpsons’” Lego episode to “Louie’s” plus-sized woman rant.

Give “Louie” credit for continuing to avoid being an ordinary sitcom
"I loved a lot of this season,” says James Poniewozik, "and I admired its effort not to be too cool, to risk taking itself too seriously, to take off its shirt and risk being laughed at and not with. I don’t want ‘Louie' to become ordinary–an artsier, looser version of a kind of dramedy that other shows are already doing–and I hope Louis CK doesn’t want that either.” PLUS: Louis CK cares too much about what we think.

Watch the  opening credits to IFC’s “Garfunkel and Oates”
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci's musical comedy act comes to TV on Aug. 7.

Bryan Cranston has tentatively titled his memoir 'Say My Name'

Bryan Cranston has tentatively titled his memoir “Say My Name”
It looks like Cranston will use a “Breaking Bad” reference for his memoir title.

The Situation arrested at his tanning salon
Cops were called on the “Jersey Star” after he got into a fight at his Boca Tanning Salon in Middletown, New Jersey.

George R.R. Martin made a cameo on Funny or Die’s “Gay of Thrones”
Watch him play a grandfather reading his son the book of "Gay of Thrones."

For every celebrity guest, Jimmy Kimmel's staff searches for “Mean Tweets”
Kimmel’s co-head writer/wife Molly McNearney explains the “Mean Tweet” process, noting that each celebrity guest reads three to five mean tweets and that they are always cleared through their PR rep or the celebrity themselves in advance.

More than 11 million watched the USA vs. Ghana World Cup game

More than 11 million watched the USA vs. Ghana World Cup game
It was the most-viewed soccer game in ESPN history.

Cable TV boxes are the 2nd-biggest energy users in many homes
As the L.A. Times reports, "A set-top cable box with a digital recorder can consume as much as 35 watts of power, costing about $8 a month for a typical Southern California consumer. The devices use nearly as much power turned off as  they do when they are turned on."

“Louie” exec producer: It’s fair to say we’ve become more dramatic this season
"There's a lot of humor but they're definitely more dramatic,” says exec producer Blair Breard, "and he probably thought about that a lot before we started shooting—how are they going to react to this? This was probably less comedic than the other seasons. But, if you look at the first three episodes, as I was saying, I think they're much more in line with the first three seasons.”

Nickelodeon renews “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for 4th season — Seth Green replaces Jason Biggs
Green will become the voice of Leonardo.

Dr. Oz admits the weight loss products he peddles on his show don’t pass “scientific muster”
The TV doctor was grilled today before a U.S. Senate committee. "I get that you do a lot of good on your show,” Sen. Claire McCaskill told him, "but I don't get why you need to say this stuff because you know it's not true."

Brian Williams’ “NBC Nightly News” website promotes his Jimmy Fallon "rapping"
NBC News is going along with “Baby Got Back."

MyNetworkTV slates reruns of “The Walking Dead” and “The Mentalist”
“The Walking Dead” reruns will air back-to-back on Wednesdays, while “The Mentalist” reruns are slated for Thursday.

Christopher Titus to host “Pawnography” on History Channel
The former Fox sitcom star has been tapped for the “Pawn Stars” spinoff game show.

BBC reviving “Danger Mouse”
The first cartoon to break into the U.S. TV market is being rebooted next year in hopes of winning over a new generation of fans.

Michael K. Williams: 'Boardwalk Empire’s' final season will be set in 1931, amid the Great Depression

Michael K. Williams: “Boardwalk Empire’s” final season will be set in 1931, amid the Great Depression
“The storyline has jumped seven years (into the future), which is why I have the beard now,” Williams tells Den of Geek. “The Depression has set in. The days of the shiny shoes and fancy suits are long gone.”

ABC tested its unusual “Rising Star” voting system during “The Bachelorette”
The Josh Groban-hosted music reality show will try to employ real-time "super awkward" voting system across the U.S.

What it’s like to play a “Game of Thrones” White Walker
Actor Ross Mullan has to put on six hours worth of makeup and prosthetics before each shoot.

Watch the trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s 1900-set Cinemax drama “The Knick”
Clive Owen stars in a drama set at the Knickerbocker Hospital in NYC.

Check out “Homeland” filming Season 5 in South Africa
A South African airport lounge was being used this week to sub for a Pakistani airport lounge.

WGN America’s “Manhattan” poster shows a giant atomic bomb striking a small town
Another poster pays homage to WWII wartime propaganda.

Tony Soprano’s driver sentenced to 5 years probation
Former “Sopranos” actor Louis Gross pleaded guilty in April to trying to use a fake $100 bill at a bar.

'Idol' will give $50,000 to the 'True Believer' who convinced next year’s winner to audition

“Idol” will give $50,000 to the “True Believer” who convinced next year’s winner to audition
The $50,000 prize could go to anybody — a family member, friend, or colleague.

Why NBC re-signed Matt Lauer
Lauer seemed to be on his way out a few years ago, but “Today” ratings have jumped 9% over the past year. PLUS: Dave Chappelle "crashes" “Today.”

The O.J. Simpson Ford Bronco slow-speed chase happened 20 years ago today
The events of June 17, 1994 included a Howard Stern fan pranking Peter Jennings on live TV. PLUS: Al Michaels recalls that famous prank call.

“Game of Thrones’” Lena Heady isn't sorry for her Instagram “spoilers”
She tells Jimmy Kimmel of one photo that was perceived as a book spoiler, "No, that was me drunk in Palm Springs going, ‘This is so pretty.’”

Bryan Cranston on his LBJ play’s move to TV: "I don't know if it's a miniseries as much as an HBO movie”
"They want to see and honor the story, and so if it needs to be maybe four hours then it might be a two-hour and two-hour kind of thing,” he says of the Steve Spielberg-produced adaptation of “All the Way."

“Mixology” star jumps to Amazon
Adan Canto will star opposite Mena Suvari and T.R. Knight in “Hysteria."

Wanda Sykes on “Last Comic Standing’s” new rules: “I don’t trust America”
Sykes tells Seth Meyers why she took America’s vote away on the NBC reality show.

“Glee’s” Lea Michele is writing a 2nd book
Michele tweeted: "I had so much fun writing #BrunetteAmbition that I can't wait to continue the series & write another!"

'Game of Thrones' finale breaks piracy records

“Game of Thrones” finale breaks piracy records
The Season 4 finale was downloaded about 1.5 million times in the first 12 hours after airing.

Jimmy Fallon pays tribute to “Miami Vice” in his 1st Orlando "Tonight Show" show
Watch the opening from Monday’s “Tonight Show.” PLUS: Fallon has Brian Williams rap “Baby Got Back."

Disney is shutting down the “American Idol Experience” theme park attraction
The Disney's Hollywood Studios attraction, which has allowed guests to experience “Idol” first-hand,” has been open since 2009.

NYC mayor awkwardly sings “I Love L.A.” on Jimmy Kimmel
Mayor Bill de Blasio paid off his bet over the Stanley Cup on Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” singing the Randy Newman classic via satellite with a group of kids.

“Louie” ends season full of unoriginality
Just about everything from Season 4 — from the fat girl speech to Louis CK being a creep to the “Elevator” arc — has been done before, and done better. As Willa Paskin points out, this season’s plots "burnishes Louis C.K., by side-stepping all the gnarly issues the show itself had raised and by allowing C.K. to get credit for exposing himself to his audience… But ‘Louie' this season was not as fresh as it has been in the past—and not just because Louis C.K. said so.” PLUS: The finale felt muddled, Pamela has proven to be the voice in Louie’s head come to life, the finale made an important point about gender, and Louis CK seemed to be more interested in teaching us lessons than making us laugh.

“Dancing’s” Mark Ballas OK after car accident
Ballas was briefly hospitalized after a car rammed into his car Monday afternoon.

“The Following” boss Kevin Williamson steps down
He’ll still be “very involved in the show,” but the showrunner duties will be passed on to producer Jennifer Johnson.

“Breaking Bad” is now streaming in 4K on Netflix
You’ll need a 4K TV to watch in Ultra HD.

“Chuck” alum Zachary Levi marries “Rookie Blue’s” Missy Peregrym
The couple had a secret wedding in Maui.

Tracy Morgan upgraded to fair condition

Tracy Morgan upgraded to fair condition
“Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement,” his rep said in a statement released late today. “His personality is certainly starting to come back as well.”

Jack Coleman becomes the 1st 'Heroes' alum to sign on for 'Heroes Reborn'

Jack Coleman becomes the 1st “Heroes” alum to sign on for “Heroes Reborn”
HRG, AKA Horn-Rimmed Glasses, will be back for the 13-episode NBC miniseries.

'The Bachelorette' quits her assistant district attorney job

“The Bachelorette” quits her assistant district attorney job
Andi Dorfman’s had to finish her unpaid "Bachelorette" leave by May 31. Instead, she’s quitting her job working in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office’s gang unit.

“Blossom” stars reunite
Check out Mayim Bialik, Joey Lawrence, Mike Stoyanov and Jenna Von Oy in a photo taken for the Hub Network, which will begin showing “Blossom” reruns.

Bill Maher: “Jeopardy!” is for smart people, “Wheel of Fortune” is for idiots
Maher took to Twitter this afternoon to slam Pat Sajak and his game show.

Jimmy Fallon and “Today” are spending this week in Orlando, Disney’s backyard
Both NBC shows will celebrate the opening of Universal’s new Harry Potter theme ride.

Check out Jon Hamm filming one of “Mad Men’s” final episodes
Spoiler: Don Draper is not wearing a suit.

Bill Clinton was Jay Leno’s No. 1 target, and that’s why he never visited Leno's "Tonight Show”
The former president, the subject of 4,607 jokes during Leno’s “Tonight Show” tenure, didn’t particularly like all the Monica Lewinsky jokes, according to a new book by Leno’s producer. So Clinton declined interview requests, even after Leno sent him a $12,000 custom-made tandem bicycle.

“Fargo” seems to be throwing red meat at fans who think of antiheroes as heroes
That’s especially the case with Lester Nygaard and Lorne Malvo, as Emily Nussbaum points out: "Malvo’s crimes ... are presented as at once grotesquely horrible and utterly delicious, because they’re acts of high-flown cinema, as much Scorsese as Coen. The best of these sequences are dazzling, especially a  gunfight in a snowstorm, and another in which Malvo massacres his mobster enemies.”

Can “Game of Thrones” ever be as great as “The Sopranos”?
"Can it evolve into a show that will truly challenge 'The Sopranos' as the most successful HBO show of all time?” asks Maureen Ryan, adding: "The real question is this: Will 'Game of Thrones,' like 'The Sopranos,' continue to rigorously challenge itself and its viewers with an honest and complex view of men and women and their foibles? Or will "Game of Thrones" keep falling into ditches of its own digging? Every season, I find myself extremely frustrated with certain scenes and story lines, and I end up muttering to myself, 'Come on, "Game of Thrones," you're smarter than this.’” PLUS: Charles Dance learned of his fate by a book reader on the street, “GoT’s” flaw is it doesn’t have a groundbreaking character, data analysis reveals “Game of Thrones” may be done before the books, real-life women who inspired “GoT” characters, the wight attack was the most expensive scene “GoT” ever produced, what was going on with Bran?, in defense of getting rid of that book spoiler, book readers and non-book fans are now on equal footing, Arya is the biggest hope for next season, Season 4 by the numbers, there were 5 real-world precedents for what happened last night, how to chain a dragon, “Ramsay Snow” on being an evil bastard, stop pestering Sibel Kekilli about her porn past, how Hodor has changed, how are we supposed to feel about Tyrion now?, and former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry calls Tyrion “my main man."

Joan Rivers and her “Fashion Police” judge an “Orange is the New Black” fashion show
Watch a mashup of the two shows.

Howard Stern’s 60th birthday bash hosted by Jimmy Kimmel will stream live on the web for free
Starting next week, SiriusXM will stream the January event, featuring Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Lena Dunham, Seth Meyers, and more.

“Supernatural” had the 2nd-highest growth last season in the demo — how does it do it?
Is it “Supernatural’s” diehard fans that are keeping the CW series growing, even during its 9th season? PLUS: Misha Collins breaks an online hugging Guinness World Record.

Netflix teams with Mattel on a fairytale animated series
“Ever After High” will tell the story of the teenage children of fairytale characters, including Snow White and Raven Queen.

Lisa Ling: I have ADHD
The former “View” star learned of her diagnosis via her OWN show “Our America.”

Watch Casey Kasem deliver the Letterman Top 10 during Dave’s 1st week on CBS
Kasem appeared on “The Late Show” in September 1993, delivering the “Top Ten Numbers From One to Ten.” PLUS: Kasem’s wife was on “Cheers” as Loretta Tortelli, and watch Kasem on “The Ben Stiller Show."

“Broad City” would’ve been different if it wasn't rejected by FX
The Comedy Central series was originally developed for FX.

Ian Ziering, 50, returns to Chippendales
The “Sharknado” and “Beverly Hills 90210” star showed off his buff body over the weekend.

Here are the Best TV shows that never aired
From Louis CK’s CBS sitcom with Spike Fereston to HBO’s “The Corrections.”

Ex-“Bachelor” star: Yes, I had sex in the ocean, on camera
Courteney Robertson writes in her tell-all book that she and Ben Flajnik engaged in intercourse on “The Bachelor”: “It was immediate but it was only for about 20 seconds and, um, it was just the tip,” she writes.

ABC to burn off “The Assets”
The Aldrich Ames spy drama that premiered in January returns to ABC’s lineup on July 5.

“It’s Always Sunny” stars sued
Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney’s unleashed dog allegedly bit a toddler.

Mindy Kaling likes to put 1 hand on her hip
Is there a reason why she strikes the same pose?

“The Fosters” is back for Season 2
Here are seven reasons why this season is not to be missed.

Here’s a glimpse of the new “Drunk History” season, starring Jordan Peele
He plays a groundbreaking African-American chemist.

“Rookie Blue” adds Erin Karpluk
The “Being Erica” alum will recur in the 2nd half of Season 5.

Zendaya Coleman to play Aaliyah in a Lifetime TV movie

Zendaya Coleman to play Aaliyah in a Lifetime TV movie
The Disney Channel star and “Dancing with the Stars” alum will portray the late singer in Lifetime's "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” biopic.