Bob Costas only spends a few minutes on screen each night during the Olympics


Bob Costas only spends a few minutes on screen each night during the Olympics
On his first night back, Costas was clocked in at 5 minutes 28 seconds, according to the NY Times. On Tuesday, he was on screen for 10:17. When the NY Times told Costas that, he responded: "If you told me 15 minutes, I would say that sounds right."


"Sharknado 2" filming takes over Times Square
Check out Ian Ziering and Judd Hirsch on top of a yellow taxi cab. PLUS: Watch Mark McGrath and Ziering in action.


Is Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" theme inspired by "The Electric Company"?

A video for "-tion" sounds very familiar.


Kate Mara talks about filming Season 2 of "House of Cards"

Mara says she still hasn't finished watching this season. She's on Episode 6. PLUS: 2% of Netflix subscribers finished Season 2 in 2 to 3 days.


Shingles sidelines Keith Olbermann
"To those asking, Shingles feels like you fell 3 flights," the ESPN2 star explained on Twitter. "On to sharp poison ivy. Which then spontaneously combusts. Emitting toxic fumes."


Watch Lena Dunham address the "Girls" backlash in an hour-long interview
The "Girls" honcho talks to ESPN's Bill Simmons about the Vogue Photoshop controversy and wanting to guest on "Scandal." "Basically, my life's great passion is the idea of being a guest star on Scandal," Dunham says. "I want to be like, a senator who did something wrong."


CBS Entertainment chief gets a promotion
Nina Tassler will become chairman of CBS Entertainment after successfully serving as president of CBS Entertainment since 2003.


Matthew Rhys had to convince his mom he's not dating "Americans" co-star Keri Russell
"She calls up going, 'What's going on? I just read this about you,'" Rhys tells People. "I tell her, 'You have to take off your Google alerts.'"


"Parks and Rec" spawns "The Hapley Group"

Watch the new "Parks and Recreation" web series, starring news anchor Perd Hapley.


Treat Williams lands on NBC

The "Everwood" alum will co-star in the "Traffic"-like pilot "Odyssey."


"True Detective" has made "The King in Yellow" book an Amazon bestseller
The 1895 collection of short stories yesterday shot up 71% to 7th place on Amazon's bestseller book list.


Spike TV will dramatize the feud between Donald Trump and Steve Wynn
The event series will be based on the book "The War at the Shore: Donald Trump, Steve Wynn and the Epic Battle to Save Atlantic City."


Letterman tonight has on has on 3 Olympians
Medal-winning skiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper will be Dave's guests.


Joan Rivers gives Jay Leno the finger
"The f*cking curse is gone," she said on "Inside Edition. "To Jay! Well, Jay. Twenty-three years. I’m still here and you're going to be selling cars."


How to save "Downton Abbey": Kill Mr. Bates!
"Bates deserves to die," says Andrew Romano, "because 'Downton Abbey' creator and writer Julian Fellowes has failed for several seasons now to give him a reason to exist. Actually, let me rephrase that: Fellowes has failed for several seasons now to give him a reason to exist that is not idiotic, irritating, implausible, and deeply, depressingly tedious."


Food Network renews "The Kitchen"

A batch of 13 more episodes will premiere in January.


Ex-"Bachelor" star Shayne Lamas is out of the hospital
Lamas is recovering from a miscarriage.
 

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Norman Weiss has been doing TV Tattle since the week "Freaks and Geeks" was canceled. He is a Hollywood outsider who was born and raised in Hollywood. "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars" are broadcast 2 blocks from his high school.
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