Why “Rising Star’s” live voting gimmick is flawed
The interactive element doesn’t really give viewers a sense of connection to the show. PLUS: “Rising Star,” explained.


Lorraine Toussaint: I had a non-nudity rider in my “OITNB” contract, but I changed my mind
Toussaint talks about ultimately deciding to disrobe and show off her 50-something figure: "Well, this is what age does to you, and my darn sense of truthfulness and commitment to a character. I looked at that thing every which way to see, how can I camouflage it? How can I not show my tits? How can I not do this naked?” PLUS: 27 things revealed at “OITNB” press day.


Michelle Obama: My daughters watch E!
In promoting the National Summer Learning Day Fair in an E! interview, the First Lady said: "It's important. You guys have a viewership that needs to hear about this stuff. I know my kids like to watch you guys. "They're listening to you!"


Lisa Vanderpump returning to “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”
There had been speculation she wouldn’t be back for Season 5.


“24: Live Another Day” has been sensational with its focus on the “drone menace”
"The drone menace that drives this season's destruction machine turns out to be a far more provocative, morally complex delivery system than one might have expected of a show with this rightward rah-rah reputation,” says James Wolcott.


Ross Matthews will likely stay at E!, but “Hello Ross!” is likely done
Matthews’ Chelsea Handler-produced talk show looks like it’s going to end after two seasons, according to The Wrap. But because Russ just signed a two-year talent deal with E!, he’ll likely continue his other duties on the red carpet and on E! News.


Sitcoms promote a cynical view of love, university researchers find
University of Michigan researchers found that shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Bang Theory” are more likely to have fans who don’t believe in the mushier aspects of love and romance.


“Game of Thrones” has boosted Northern Ireland’s economy
About 75% of the HBO series is filmed in Northern Ireland, which is why Queen Elizabeth II is visiting the set this week.


Meet the voices of the “Peanuts” specials
Here are interviews with the voice actors and actresses who’ve played the various Sally’s and Lucy’s in “Peanuts” specials.


TNT creates a pop-up “The Last Ship” art gallery
“Survival is an Art: The ‘Last Ship’ Experience” was a one-day event in NYC.


“Sherlock” competing as a TV movie is one of the many Emmy ballot oddities
Another oddity: Damian Lewis competing as a “Homeland” lead after appearing in a few episodes in Season 3.


CeeLo Green now starring on “The Good Life” on TBS
Cameras follow as CeeLo reunites with the Goodie Mob.


Borscht Belt veteran comic Freddie Roman joins Amazon’s Jewish country club comedy pilot
He’ll co-star with Paul Reiser, Jennifer Grey and Richard Kind in “Red Oaks."


Watch Howard Stern’s 60th birthday bash, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and featuring a slew of celebrities
David Letterman, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon, David Spade, Seth Meyers, and Lorne Michaels were among those who paid tribute to the shock jock in January.


HBO’s “The Case Against 8” tells the story of how California’s gay marriage ban was overturned
Tonight’s documentary was a hit at Sundance.


Steve Rossi of “Ed Sullivan Show” staple Allen & Rossi dies
Rossi, 82, was also a regular on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” and “The Merv Griffin Show.”