John Oliver’s is set to grill the former NSA director with his 1st “Last Week Tonight” interview
It’ll be Gen. Keith Alexander’s first interview since his retirement.


"Girls" will use Brooklyn to portray Iowa
The Midwestern-looking Brooklyn neighborhood of Ditmas Park was being used today to film what looks like a frat house scene.


BET to air “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” plus “The Book of Negroes” miniseries
The six-part “Book of Nergoes” will be BET’s first miniseries, while Raven-Symone and Tichina Arnold will star in “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.” BET has also ordered reality shows “Gone Gospel” and “Got Game.”


“Bones” and “Big Bang Theory” are having to share the same actress
Sweets and Raj are in a "love triangle" with Laura Spencer.


BET renews “The Game,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”
They’ll be back for a respective 8th, 2nd and 3rd season.


“Dancing with the Stars” names a new boss
“X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent” vet Rob Wade worked on “Dancing” for its first four seasons.


Neil Patrick Harris tells Letterman why he liked the “HIMYM” finale
“I was a big proponent of it, big fan of it,” he says of the controversial series finale.


Discovery sets Mt. Everest avalanche documentary for May 4
"Everest Avalanche Tragedy” will feature all-new footage over the course of 90 minutes.


1995 dating show Jon Hamm was rejected by an actress who treated it like a casting audition
"I think I had, like, five different accents and 20 different facial expressions in that clip. I was a dork,” says Mary Sandler of that viral clip. In an interview with LA Weekly, Sandler describes the aftermath of becoming a sudden media sensation — her brother died 5 days after the clip went viral — and how it has affected her life.


“Family Guy’s” Emmy campaign mocks New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
“Vote for us, or it’s time for some traffic problems in Brentwood,” Peter Griffin says in the Fox comedy’s Emmy mailer.


USA’s “Rush” promotes Larenz Tate
He’ll become a series regular on the “medical fixer” drama.


Why “Parks and Rec” should wrap it up next season
"Go out on top!” says Margaret Lyons. “'Parks' hasn't gotten less funny, but it is running out of narrative steam a little bit. Just ask Councilman Jamm, Mona-Lisa, or Dr. Saperstein — funny-ish each in (very) small doses, but nowhere near deserving of the amount of screentime they've had. Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe might have left for budgetary reasons, but their story lines were fully exhausted.” PLUS: Why “Parks and Rec” should end tonight, and Billy Eichner hopes “Parks and Rec” promotes him to series regular


An appreciation of “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Cristina Yang
“Yang,” says Brittany Volk, "is a tricky character; her cocky and overly confident demeanor can be a turn-off for some. At first, it seems she’s just a cold, stubborn, know-it-all doctor. But of course, that’s not really the case, and that’s what I love about her. She practices tough love and tough medicine — on her patients and herself.” PLUS: Shonda Rhimes recalls when an unknown Taylor Swift stopped by the “Grey’s” set.


See the 1st images from “Downton Abbey” Season 5
Filming has already begun this week.


In defense of watching HBO sex scenes with your mom
Kate Hakala recalls being a teenager watching “Sex and the City” and “Six Feet Under” with her mom. She explains: “Something about those HBO nights with my mom, the feeling of illicitness, intimacy, and vulnerability paved the way for unscientific and honest post-show sex talks. Sure, of course I was a little humiliated, but looking back, I would have missed out on something if I had just stolen away to my room with an HBO Go password.”


VH1 releases an "I Will Survive” anti-bullying ad
Does the 1-minute PSA work or fall flat?


Read a fake “alternate” script of the controversial “Game of Thrones” scene
What if the scene was more talkative? PLUS: Australian football releases a “Game of Footy” trailer, and "Arya" and "Sansa" make funny faces over FaceTime.


"Salem" adds a Marilyn Manson song to its opening credits
Manson’s new song “Cupid Carries a Gun” will be part of Sunday’s opening.


“Orange is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba recalls her audition — not for Crazy Eyes
Aduba also reveals that she also got a job on “Blue Bloods” at the same time. PLUS: Pablo Schreiber on his pornstache.


Presenting TV’s weirdest musician cameos
From Devo on “Square Pegs” to The Flaming Lips on “Beverly Hills 90210."


USA announces “Suits After Hours”
“Suits” is getting its first early-morning fan-centric marathon.


Is there a books-to-TV miniseries trend?
JK Rowling bringing “The Casual Vacancy” to HBO and BBC may be part of a new trend to bring books to the small screen.

Monica Potter: How I got through “Parenthood’s” most emotional scenes
Potter looks back at Kristina Braverman's Top 10 most emotional moments.


CBS’ “Bad Teacher” doesn’t have enough story to merit a series
"The real challenge of the show,” says Karen Valby, "will be to give it an actual surprising arc. In three episodes, the narrative is the same. Meredith is a gold-digger, but when push comes to shove she chooses her students’ welfare over her ambition to become someone’s new wife. That is a pat resolution in a movie but not enough to sustain a series.” PLUS: It’s a well-played ephemeral farce, it’s a pretty amusing sitcom, it’s a flavorless, sanitized and timid retread, how CBS wooed Ari Graynor, and Graynor looks back at her TV career.


ABC’s “Black Box” combines the annoying aspect of “Homeland” with the formulaic parts of “House”
“We need good shows about complicated women, as opposed to something like ABC's new 'Black Box,” ... a clumsy, pretentious, cliché-riddled mess that just happens to have a woman at the center of things,” says Alan Sepinwall, who adds: "Describing the show makes it sound like the sort of thing Jack Donaghy might have scheduled on the '30 Rock' version of NBC.” PLUS: “Black Box” is ridiculously bad, it suffers from "prime-time multiple-personality disorder,” and it’s one of the most resonant pilots in years.