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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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Report: Meryl Streep will play Maria Callas in an HBO film

Report: Meryl Streep will play Maria Callas in an HBO film
Mike Nichols is set to direct Streep as the opera legend in the film adaptation of Terrence McNally’s play “Master Class,” according to Page Six.


“Girls” books Zachary Quinto
The “Star Trek” star and “24” alum was spotted on set filming yesterday. While his role is unclear, the guest spot is only for one episode.


“Big Brother 16” cast includes Ariana Grande’s older brother
Meet the 16 new housemates, including 31-year-old "YouTube Personality” Frankie Grande.


Movie premieres are moving to NYC thanks to Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show”
Fallon moving “The Tonight Show” has led to the Big Apple becoming the hot spot for promotional opportunities, especially during the summer when Ellen DeGeneres’ show is in the dark in L.A. PLUS: Has Fallon gone overboard this week plugging NBC Universal?, and The Roots does a “Harry Potter” rap.


Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic casts the Bobby Brown role
Actor Arlen Escarpeta will take on the role of Whitney’s husband, while Yolanda Ross will play her lifelong best friend.


Ben & Jerry’s announces 2 “SNL”-themed flavors: “Lazy Sunday” and "Gilly's Catastrophic Crunch”
The Andy Samberg/Chris Parnell rap-inspired flavor consists of the vanilla cake batter ice cream containing chunks of yellow cupcake pieces and a chocolate frosting swirl. The Kristen Wiig-inspired flavor features chocolate and sweet cream ice creams flecked with caramel clusters, fudge-covered almonds and a marshmallow swirl.


Watch Sarah Jessica Parker get coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
The “Sex and the City” alum stars in the Season 4 premiere of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."


“Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman wants her assistant district attorney job back
Turns out Dorfman didn’t resign, but she has asked that the Fulton County D.A. "strongly consider me for re-hire” after she’s done with her “Bachelorette” promotional duties, which should stop by the end of the year.


Cory and Topanga promoted “Girl Meets World” at L.A. Dodgers game, but they left during a no-hitter
In fact, Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage were gone by the 4th inning of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter.


Which “SVU” character did Taylor Swift name her new kitten after?
“Meet Olivia Benson,”  Swift wrote on Instagram.


Amazon Prime to stream “Wallace & Gromit”
New and old episodes of the British stop-motion animation comedy will be available.


NTSB: Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash was speeding after driving for 13 hours straight
The Walmart driver was traveling 65 mpg in a 45 mph zone.

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Chelsea Handler lands a Netflix late-night talk show deal

Chelsea Handler lands a Netflix late-night talk show deal
The E! star is signed a deal to star in Netflix’s first talk show, premiering in early 2016. She’ll also star in a Netflix standup special and make several other “docu-comedy” specials.

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FX should turn 'Fargo' into 'Coen Brothers Theater'

FX should turn “Fargo” into “Coen Brothers Theater”
Rather than do another "Fargo" season, Season 2 could be a riff on “No Country for Old men, and Season 3 could be a new version of “Inside Llewyn Davis.” PLUS: Billy Bob Thornton shot 3 different endings, “Fargo” proved to be Allison Tolman’s show, and introducing “Fargo” death trading cards.


“The Bachelorette" fan fave Marquel Martin joins “Bachelor in Paradise”
Can he also become the first black “Bachelor”?


If “Rising Star” does voting live in real time, how will tape-delayed West Coasters participate?
About 80% of the country, including the Mountain Time Zone, will get to vote on “Rising Star” live. If results are too close by the time the show airs on the West Coast, the tape-delayed broadcast will be interrupted with live hits from the studio allowing West Coast viewers to weigh in. Meanwhile, viewers in Hawaii and Alaska won’t have a chance to vote.


Dana Carvey performs standup as Johnny Carson on Letterman
Watch “Carson” tell a Justin Bieber/Rob Ford joke.


“Real Housewives of New Jersey” dad Frank Giudice dies
The father of Joe Giudice suffered a heart attack early today. He was 63.


“Game of Thrones” creators recall casting complaints over Daenerys and Cersei and Jamie Lannister
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss spoke recently at Cannes Lions: "When Lena Headey was cast, people complained she was a brunette, people actually complained when we cast Nikolaj Coster-Waldau because his nose isn’t perfect, and people complained when we cast Emilia Clarke as Daenerys because the character in the book is like 13 and she’s 23 or 24. I started tearing my hair out, and we realized if we were to keep our sanity, we’d have to stop looking at everything.” PLUS: Watch a supercut of every “GoT” grunt.


MTV2 orders “Fatawesome”
The sketch comedy pilot comes from the makers of the viral video “Cat-Friend vs. Dog-Friend.”


Meet “Gotham's” villains
A new promo reveals Fish Mooney, and the future Penguin and Catwoman.


Hulu orders a “Los Cowboys” rodeo reality show
The show will follow a group of wannabe Latino cowboys as they try to qualify for the Mexican National Rodeo Finals in Guadalajara.


FCC received some complaints over ESPN's airing of NFL draft pick Michael Sam's gay kiss
Read all the complaints over Sam’s kiss.


Ashley Benson gets a restraining order against a Warner Bros. security guard
The former security guard had said told him to have a sexual relationship with the “Pretty Little Liars” star.


No joke: “Masters of Sex” nabs Erin Cummings
The former “Mad Men” prostitute will play another prostitute on the Showtime series. PLUS: “It’s Always Sunny’s Artemis Pebdani is also joining “Masters."


Conan O’Brien and Andy Cohen trade late-night stories
Conan says the talk show landscape is "like 'Game of Thrones' now with different realms. There’s an endless number of comedy realms. Maybe I’m the Lannisters, I don’t know."


“SNL’s” Vanessa Bayer recalls battling childhood leukemia, and interning for “Sesame Street” and Conan O’Brien
Bayer today answered questions on Reddit. PLUS: Aidy Bryant talks “(Do It On My) Twin Bed,” 8 of the most fascinating "SNL" cast member bios, and watch the angry outtakes from Mike Ditka’s 1993 “SNL” appearance.


Anna Paquin poses nude with her “True Blood” hubby on the cover of EW
Check out her and Stephen Moyer cuddling in a coffin.


Listen to The Situation tanning salon brawl 911 call
The former “Jersey Shore” star got in a fight with his brother.


Who is Cottonelle’s “Bum” girl?
Cherry Healey has been making videos of uncomfortable subjects for years.


How “Suits” costume designer comes up with the right office wear
"I'm sensitive to the mood of the script,” says Jolie Andreatta, "and the particular case that's being addressed. I feel like I can always be a little more sexy, a little more elaborate, when it’s dealing with corporate takeovers. If it's a more emotional case, I don't want to distract from what's going on.”


MTV: Alaska-set “Slednecks” isn’t “Buckwild” on ice
The two shows may come from the same producers, but MTV compared “Slednecks” to “Jersey Shore” and “Laguna Beach.”


What it’s like to watch the Spanish-language “Breaking Bad”
Episodes of “Metastasis” have been posted on Hulu. But despite the lack of English subtitles, it’s easy to follow along.


When will USA renew “Playing House”?
The female friendship comedy has gotten good ratings and widespread critical acclaim.


“Blossom’s” Jenna von Oy is pregnant
Von Oy, 37, is expecting her 2nd child.

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