Jay Leno to be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Jay Leno to be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
The former “Tonight Show” host will be honored in a Kennedy Center ceremony on Oct. 19 that PBS will broadcast on Nov. 23. The recent previous recipients of the Mark Twain Prize include Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Bill Cosby.

A 'True Blood' musical is in the works

A “True Blood” musical is in the works
The HBO drama’s composer, Nathan Barr, has pitched a “True Blood: The Musical” that would focus on Sookie Stackhouse. "I think we're really going to try to return to the roots of the show,” says Barr, who got some help from Stephen Moyer in his presentation to HBO.


“Fargo” creator: We’re not like Rust Cohle — "This is a more optimistic view of the world”
Noah Hawley says he wanted to create a show that wasn’t like the “True Detectives” of the world. "One of the things that I take pride in is that ‘Fargo' is a very different story than the sort of haunted-demon-hunter-cop stories that have become the norm for us,” he says. "This idea that in order to protect the innocent, these men who fight evil have to become these tortured figures. That may be true, but certainly in the assignment I was given, there was a basic decency to Molly and Gus and Lou and Bill. Nobody is saying, we are good with a capital G, they’re saying we’re decent with a small d.” PLUS: Hawley says it would be disingenuous to bring back Season 1 characters for a 2nd season, how Lorne Malvo won, Hawley calls the ending a “big deal” because it’s a hero moment and morally questionable, Hawley says 10 episodes ended up being the perfect amount, this “Fargo” had a lot in common with “Friday Night Lights,” the ending was so satisfying, but having Molly and Malvo cross paths only once felt a bit unsatisfying, Hawley explains the missing characters, and what the heck happened to Molly?


Stuntwoman sues after getting burned on “Face Off”
Tamiko Brownlee claims a fireball burned her during filming of the Syfy reality show.


Joan Rivers’ new book lashes out at Lena Dunham
In “Diary of a Mad Diva,” Rivers writes if she has to see Dunham’s “a—, boobs or tattoos” again, she wants HBO charged with crimes against humanity.


“Royal Pains” twist, explained
"We've always had, from the beginning, family as the major theme of our show,” says exec producer Michael Rauch.


Jimmy Fallon makes Kevin Hart conquer his fear of roller coasters
Watch Hart go crazy at the Universal Orlando Resort.


Zendaya responds to the backlash over her Lifetime biopic role as Aaliyah
Some have said the 17-year-old Disney star looks nothing like the late singer.


Ozzy Osbourne will play a “rock and roll fish” on Nickelodeon
He’s set to guest-star on “Bubble Guppies” as Sid Fishy, a "rock and roll fish who loves being rotten."


VH1’s “I Love The 2000s” comes 6 years after VH1’s “I Love The New Millennium”
“I Love The New Millennium” only covered the events up until 2007. This one goes all the way to the end of the last decade, 2009. PLUS: Here’s everything mentioned from 2000 and 2001.


British Prime Minister David Cameron gives signed “Downton Abbey” script to China’s premier
Turns out “Downton” is big in China.

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.