NBC’s Beatles miniseries hits a snag

NBC’s Beatles miniseries hits a snag
The Peacock hasn’t secured likeness rights of the Fab Four, or music rights to The Beatles catalogue. NBC will also have to contend with another Beatles project that Sony is developing for cable TV.


“The Simpsons” books Will Forte
He’ll play the owner of King Toot’s Music Store.


“Freaks and Geeks” creator Paul Feig has released his character bible
“The bible for 'Freaks and Geeks' was for the executives, of course, but I mostly wrote it for me,” Feig explains in this excerpt from the book "Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers."


Mindy Kaling pitches app ideas in a speech at “Made With Code” event
Kaling’s ideas include “What’s His Deal?” and “Shazam for Perfumes!”


A dictionary has added “New Girl’s” tagline “adorkable”
Collins English Dictionary defines the word, coined by a Fox exec, as "socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way."


“The Killing” sweaters are up for auction on eBay
You can own the sweater worn by Rosie Larsen. PLUS: Read a preview of “The Killing” prequel novel.

Tracy Morgan out of the hospital, transferred to a rehab center

Tracy Morgan out of the hospital, transferred to a rehab center
Morgan's publicist released a statement today saying: "While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go."


Samantha Harris may need chemo after her cancer spreads
Says the former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host, who underwent a mastectomy: "If I need it, I will take a deep breath and readjust my focus."


Report: NBC declined to air “Obvious Child” ads because they contained the word “abortion”
Page Six reports that NBC turned down the ad, while NBC says it never received the proposed commercial.


Adam Richman apologizes for calling a woman the C-word on Instagram
The “Man Vs. Food” star got in a fight on social media.


Sasha Obama is the latest Obama daughter to visit a TV show set
The 13-year-old Sasha got to meet the cast of “Pretty Little Liars” — but she didn’t have to fetch coffee, unlike her sister Malia on the set of “Extant.”


Allison Janney won 2 Critics’ Choice TV Awards -- and told an orgasm joke in each acceptance speech
Janney won awards for “Mom” and “Masters of Sex.” PLUS: Watch Matthew McConaughey’s befudding Critics' Choice TV Awards lecture.


Amazon orders “Really” comedy pilot starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Sarah Chalke, Selma Blair
Lindsay Sloane and Rob Delaney also star in the comedy about four hard-charging couples in Chicago.


“Royal Pains” books Cheyenne Jackson
He’ll play the owner of a perfumery in the Hamptons.


Could “Enlisted” survive elsewhere?
Why the Fox military sitcom’s final episode, airing Sunday, may not be the last we see of it.


“Rookie Blue” returns down, about 1 million watched the Critics’ Choice TV Awards
Season 5 of “Rookie Blue” was down slightly from its Season 4 premiere.


“Looking” is set to get 2 extra episodes in Season 2
According to TV Line, Season 2 will consist of 10 episodes, up from Season 1’s eight episodes.


“Storage Wars” auctioneer Dan Dotson suffered a double brain aneurysm
Dotson underwent a successful surgery on Tuesday after behaving bizarrely on Monday.


J. August Richards joins “The Lottery” on Lifetime
The former “Angel” star will play the deputy secretary of state on the post-apocalyptic drama.


Jimmy Kimmel gets a 6-year-old girl to give him parenting advice
“I suggest you start changing the diaper” was her biggest piece of advice.


Matt Lauer wore a shorts suit on “Today”
Lauer was just demonstrating the latest in guy’s style this morning.

'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange is the New Black,' 'Fargo' win Critics’ Choice Television Awards

“Breaking Bad,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Fargo" win Critics’ Choice Television Awards
They were named the best drama, comedy and miniseries, respectively. PLUS: Sarah Silverman ticks off Mark Burnett while sarcastically presenting the reality TV award.

Cable TV is struggling to find network sitcom hits it can use for reruns

Cable TV is struggling to find network sitcom hits it can use for reruns
“New Girl” is the only viable option for 2015, while “The Mindy Project” and “Last Man Standing” are the only comedies left for 2016 syndication. Yet all three aren’t big hits. "We're all getting starved,” says an FX executive. "For every elite show like 'Big Bang Theory', there is an awful lot of mediocrity out there that won't pull ratings."


Early Critics Choice Television Award winners include “Fargo’s” Allison Tolman, “OITNB’s” Uzo Aduba
Matt Bomer also won for “The Normal Heart,” while Andre Braugher took home an award for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine." UPDATE: "Orange is the New Black" wins best comedy series, "Fargo" nabs best miniseries, and Billy Bob Thornton and Matthew McConaughey also win awards.


Bill Clinton to introduce USA’s broadcast of “Philadelphia”
The former president will introduce the AIDS-themed 1993 film on Saturday at 7 m as part of Pride Month and National HIV Testing Day.


Bill Nye on a “Science Guy” reboot: “Does it make sense now”?
Bill Nye has been talking about bringing back “Bill Nye The Science Guy” for years, but he says “now there are millions, just literally millions of competitors (on YouTube). Certainly tens of thousands."


Why “Fargo” isn’t all it was cracked up to be
The glaring problem was that the FX event series paled in comparison to the brilliance of the Coen brothers, however much it tried, says Matt Zoller Seitz. "As long as (creator Noah) Hawley's show is doing things that are different from, but as aesthetically and philosophically rich as, things that the Coens might do in their films, it's in fine fettle. The problem arises when the show does things that seem lazier or dumber or more retrograde than things the Coens would do. And unfortunately, the show had many such lapses.” PLUS: “Fargo” became the antidote to bloody “shock-ya” TV.


History channel enlists Dierks Bentley to pen the theme song for “Biker Battleground Phoenix”
The country singer, a motorcycle enthusiast, penned the song “Ride On."


January Jones deletes an old modeling pic she posted to Instagram after it was called racist
The modeling pic shows the “Mad Men” starring wearing a trial-themed sweater while standing between two shirtless black boys.


“Rookie Blue” Season 5 picks up tonight exactly where Season 4 left off
“This,” says co-creator Tassie Cameron, "was more challenging because we're picking up moments after the finale of Season 4 and trying to remind everybody where you're at. And you're starting in this very intense, emotional place.”


Kerry Washington: I’d love to play Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones”
The “Scandal” star was asked, "If you could play another role on any other show, what would it be?” PLUS: What it’s like to be a man on “Scandal."


“Teen Wolf’s” Bianca Lawson joins “Witches of East End”
She’ll play a mysterious character named Eva.


John Oliver gets some “Fresh Air”
The “Last Week Tonight” host tells NPR’s Terry Gross of his net neutrality viral video, "It took a week of sifting through almost paralyzingly dull footage to try and work out how to present it."


Vienna gets the “House of Cards” treatment
A filmmaker in Austria recreated the Netflix series’ opening credits using locations in Vienna.


Jill Duggar and her fiance’s Walmart wedding registry lists guns, ammo, cereal, duck tape
The TLC star is getting married on Saturday.


TCM Cruise to feature Richard Dreyfuss, Alex Trebek, Roger Corman
Shirley Jones will also be part of this year’s cruise, taking place Oct. 21-26.


“Rectify” is to drama what “Louie” is to comedy
The SundanceTV series returns for a 2nd season tonight, offering "an emotional marathon unmatched by anything else on television.” says Jason Lynch, adding: "It might sound clichéd to say that Rectify is unlike anything else on television, but it’s also entirely accurate. The show’s languid, deliberate pace is almost hypnotic.” PLUS: “Rectify” needs to get on with it, "Rectify's" slowness and care is even more distinctive and refreshing than they were a year ago, and creator Ray McKinnon on deciding to do a Season 2.


Syfy’s “Dominion” uses just about every fantasy/sci-fi trope
The TV series about angels based on the 2010 film “Legion,” says Diane Werts, "seems to have assembled elements of just about every fantasy/sci-fi trope -- dystopic urban landscape, royal house-joinings, flying monsters, secret-message tattoos, 'religious theater’ vs. "politics." Not 10 minutes into the pilot comes a good old-fashioned penance whipping. There's even a subtitled angel language.” PLUS: It’s utterly familiar and predictable, “Dominion” may be the dumbest, worst-acted, most poorly written TV series ever.

Hollywood Walk of Fame giving stars to Amy Poehler, Julianna Margulies, Seth MacFarlane, Jim Parsons, Sofia Vergara

Hollywood Walk of Fame giving stars to Amy Poehler, Julianna Margulies, Seth MacFarlane, Jim Parsons, Sofia Vergara
Also receiving stars in 2015: Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Flay, Chris O’Donnell, James L. Brooks, Kelly Ripa, Kristin Chenoweth and Dick Gregory.

AMC has already renewed 'Better Call Saul' for a 2nd season — Season 1 will premiere in early 2015

AMC has already renewed “Better Call Saul” for a 2nd season — Season 1 will premiere in early 2015
The 1st season of the "Breaking Bad" spinoff was originally scheduled to kick off in November. Instead,  the 10-episode Season 1 will air in early 2015, and the 13-episode 2nd season will be shown in early 2016. PLUS: Here's the 1st photo from the set, and Vince Gilligan will be more involved with "Saul" as co-showrunner and director of the first episode and Season 1 will air with "The Walking Dead."


Michael Vartan joins “Satisfaction”
The “Alias” alum will recur as a “daring photographer” on the upcoming USA series.


Will NBA champ Tim Duncan announce his retirement on Letterman?
The San Antonio Spurs star is scheduled to appear on “The Late Show” on Tuesday.

Chelsea Clinton hasn’t been on NBC in 4 months

Chelsea Clinton hasn’t been on NBC in 4 months
The Peacock says that Clinton, whose $600,000 yearly NBC News salary revelation stirred controversy last week, is working on two stories that will air soon.


Is Netflix’s Chelsea Handler talk show revolutionary? We already get late-night talk shows on-demand!
"The late-night programming that we’re watching these days is actually programming that you can watch any time,” says Kevin Fallon "In other words, we’re kind of  already watching late-night on-demand. We’re not watching Jimmy Fallon’s silly skits at 11:35 p.m. each night. We’re watching them whenever our old college roommate posts them on Facebook. Netflix isn’t revolutionizing that viewing habit, it’s taking advantage of it.” PLUS: Handler’s talk show only needs to be worth it for Netflix, this may be Netflix’s 1st misstep, and why Handler’s deal is doomed to failure.

Judd Apatow is publishing a book of his interviews with comedy legends from the last 30+ years
Apatow was a teenager in the early ’80s when he interviewed everybody from Jerry Seinfeld to Howard Stern to Jay Leno. His book will include those interviews, plus more recent interviews with Lena Dunham, Chris Rock and Louis CK and more comedy legends.

 


Listen to Jerry Seinfeld sing the new “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” theme song
Seinfeld seems to be paying hokey homage to ‘60s sitcom themes.


“Buffy” alum James Marsters to guest on “Witches of the East End”
"Turns out he's a witch,” says a producer on the Lifetime series.


Chris Meloni filmed a special video for “SVU’s” “No More Excuses” marathon on USA
He’ll encourage men to help stop domestic violence and sexual assault during Sunday’s marathon.

HBO to show Beyoncé mini-concerts before 'True Blood'

HBO to show Beyoncé mini-concerts before “True Blood"
The four-minute "Beyoncé: X10” episodes will air each Sunday at 8:55 for 10 weeks, starting on June 29.

'Saved by the Bell' inspires an 'unauthorized' Lifetime TV movie

“Saved by the Bell” inspires an "unauthorized" Lifetime TV movie
Meet the cast of “The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story,” which, according to Buzzfeed, will tell the behind-the-scenes dirt from the classic teen sitcom when it airs Sept. 1.

NBC will send Bear Grylls into the wild with celebs Ben Stiller, Zac Efron and Channing Tatum

NBC will send Bear Grylls into the wild with celebs Ben Stiller, Zac Efron and Channing Tatum
“Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” debuting July 28, will feature one celebrity per episode, including Deion Sanders, “Today’s” Tamron Hall and Tom Arnold.


Claim: Honey Boo Boo was a “tiny, dimpled monster” when she visited Jimmy Fallon last week
“The Tonight Show” interview with the TLC star was heavily edited for broadcast, according to audience member Christy O’Shoney. “The episode left out some deeply uncomfortable spats between Mama June and Alana,” she writes. "You see it a bit in the broadcast, but Mama June was continually either answering questions on behalf of Boo Boo or mumbling  answers to her. The quick wit we’ve come to expect from Honey Boo Boo  was nowhere to be seen, but instead it was fed to her by her pageant mom.”


Syfy’s “Z Nation” taps Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott and DJ Qualls
Ex-“Lost” star Perrineau will lead a group as they navigate zombie-infested terrain.


Watch Maggie Gyllenhaal with a British accent as “The Honourable Woman”
The eight-part BBC2 political thriller will air on SundanceTV starting July 24.


Feds charge 2 NYC men with distributing “Breaking Bad”-branded heroin
The men allegedly stamped the envelopes containing the heroin — which was linked with the overdose deaths of three people — with the “Breaking Bad” logo.


"So You Think You Can Dance” hits a season high
About 5.3 million watched last night’s episode.


Mike Tyson wasn’t a fan of the “Game of Thrones” season finale
“What happened during the ending?” he said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live." “What happened? Nobody won. Nobody took over (everything).”


Here’s your 1st look at the Depression-era “Boardwalk Empire”
Far Rockaway Beach is being transformed into a 1931 version of Atlanta City.


Meet the characters of NBC’s “Wizard of Oz”-themed “Emerald City”
Here’s the casting sheet for Dorothy Gale and the rest of the “Emerald” characters.