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<p>&quot;Suburgatory&quot;&nbsp;will get the plum timeslot after &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;this fall.</p>

"Suburgatory" will get the plum timeslot after "Modern Family" this fall.

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ABC to swap 'Suburgatory' and 'The Neighbors' timeslots

Post-'Modern Family' slot goes to rising sophomore sitcom

One of the more confounding scheduling decisions any network made during upfront season was ABC's scheduling of the new comedy "The Neighbors" on Wednesdays at 9:30. The timeslot after "Modern Family" is the best launching pad ABC can give a new sitcom —though the results have been mixed at best in the past for "Cougar Town," "Mr. Sunshine," "Happy Endings" and more — and it's hard to find anyone who doesn't work at ABC with many kind things to say about the pilot for "The Neighbors." Clips of the show — starring Lenny Venito and Jamie Gertz as parents who move their family into a gated community where all the neighbors are secretly aliens — bombed in front of advertisers at the network's fall schedule announcement, and early critical buzz has been rough, with many in the industry speculating on how many weeks ABC would leave the show in such a good slot before admitting defeat.

Instead, it appears ABC has accepted the inevitable and is going to put a different, better show after Phil, Claire and the gang. As first reported by Deadline, and confirmed to me by a source close to the show, ABC has decided to put "Suburgatory" on at 9:30 and try "The Neighbors" in the old "Suburgatory" slot at 8:30.

"Suburgatory" had a very strong debut season, and while it seemed a good match in the 8 o'clock hour with "The Middle," it feels like the best possible match with "Modern Family" of all the other comedies ABC currently has in its inventory. And if there's going to be an audience that likes "The Neighbors," it'll likely be little kids who think people who turn into squishy green aliens are cool — and those kids won't be watching at 9:30 p.m.

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<p>The Wallflowers</p>

The Wallflowers

Listen: The Wallflowers get help from The Clash's Mick Jones on 'Reboot The Mission''

Do you like how the band's sound has evolved?

If you’re lucky enough to have The Clash’s Mick Jones on your song, you probably want to take full advantage of that opportunity.

Happily, the Wallflowers do just that on “Reboot the Mission,” the first single from “Glad All Over,” the band’s first album since 2005’s “Rebel, Sweetheart.”  Listen to it here.

Not only does Jones play guitar on the mid-tempo shuffler, he sings the chorus. But the band doesn’t stop the homage there: they even name check The Clash’s late Joe Strummer in the lyrics and throw in just enough of the Clash’s punk/dub swagger to reference the seminal British band without sounding like they’re ripping them off.

The song took a few listens to grow on me, but it definitely has. There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on, from the Clash-like muted shout-outs in the background to the wonky organ that comes in at the end. Plus, while Jakob Dylan’s spoken/singing vocals are definitely recognizable, the band shows no fear in trying to switch its sound up a little...hence the song title’s appropriateness. As gracefully as “One Headlight” may be aging, no one needs a retread just yet.

Rolling Stone debuted the track today and has the exclusive, but the song will be available on iTunes starting July 24 and we’ll embed the song as soon as we can.

What do you think of "Reboot The Mission?"

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Britney Spears, "The X Factor"

Britney Spears, "The X Factor"

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Press Tour 2012: Simon Cowell promises 'mean' Britney, 'brat' Demi on 'X Factor'

Britney Spears wants to 'give back' to fledgling singers

It's been a big day for talent competition judges. Mariah is in and J-Lo is officially out at "American Idol," while Britney Spears and Demi Lovato took to satellite to talk to journalists at the press tour about their stint as the new judges on Fox's "The X Factor." Joined by their counterparts Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid, the cozy foursome joked around like best buddies. Like best buddies, this left plenty of room for ribbing. "Britney… is a really good judge. Demi is a brat, but there's something really likable about her as well," said Cowell with a grin. "The show needed someone younger, because I'm in my 30s."

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<p>Bat For Lashes, &quot;The Haunted Man&quot;</p>

Bat For Lashes, "The Haunted Man"

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Song Of The Day: Bat For Lashes is back with theatrical single 'Laura'

Should it be called 'Florence' or 'Mandy' instead?

Mercury Prize-nominated songwriter Bat For Lashes is back, and out the gate, she's... solemn.

"Laura" -- the first track from forthcoming album "The Haunted Man" -- has a music video featuring a haunted man and an interpretive dance honoring the song's namesake. The nervous, slow waltz showcases BfL's ringing voice, which would sound just marvelous in a velvet red curtained room.

But I also can't shake what it reminds me of: "Ooo Laura, you're more than a superstar" is eerily reminiscent of Barry Manilow's "Mandy" (or if you prefer The Simpsons version, "Margie / You came and found me a turkey"). The video is gorgeously shot, so any unintended Laura-Mandy-Margie similarities are forgiven.

"The Haunted Man" has a fantastic, NSFW album cover shot by nudes specialist Ryan McGinley, and will be out Oct. 23 via EMI.

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<p>Snoop Lion's &quot;La La La&quot; cover</p>

Snoop Lion's "La La La" cover

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Listen: Snoop Dogg combines with Major Lazer for reggae effort Snoop Lion

'La La La' is la-la-lovely

There have been only a few instances lately where I felt inclined to turn up a Snoop Dogg tune. His new track, "La La La" under the Snoop Lion moniker, is one of them.

The West Coast rapper combined forces with "executive producers" Major Lazer and churned out this reggae-drenched weirdo. Diplo and Ariel Rechtshaid engineered the thing to sound like a legitimate island diamond, rather than a thin attempt to branch out into a traditionally un-Snoop genre.

But it doesn't take long to get from point A to point B, considering the weed-loving rhymer's affinity for reggae's greenest trope. It's what brought he and Willie Nelson together for a country ode "Roll Me Up" back this spring.

That cover art, though? Sad comedy.

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<p>Rita Ora</p>

Rita Ora

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Listen: Rita Ora, Roc Nation's new hope, drops rock-heavy 'Roc the Life'

'ORA' delivery imminent: do you hear a superstar?

Rita Ora's "How We Do (Party)" made HitFix's top 25 2012 Summer Jams list. Will her new tune "Roc the Life" make it into the fall?

The title is a nod to her label home, Jay-Z's Roc Nation, which obviously hopes to attract a pop crossover crowd combining the rock influence with R&B vocal appeal. I can't help but to compare the refrain to "Roc the Life" to Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life," but then again, Roc Nation/Def Jam is always interested giving Cash Money a run for it's, well, money. What's unique about this flirtation with top 40 is the live drum and guitar sounds, which operate outside of the pure, drop-the-bass dance tyranny that seems to have a stranglehold on most other solo female pop musicians on radio right now.

In other words, Pink should have put this one out instead of her wounded-animal single "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)."

"Roc the Life" is the newest single from the 21-year-old singer's cleverly titled "Ora," due Aug. 27. Do you hear gold?

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<p>The Vindicator is a beloved spaceship design, so it'll be interesting to see if they retain the key design elements for Martin Campbell's upcoming reboot of 'Blake's 7'</p>

The Vindicator is a beloved spaceship design, so it'll be interesting to see if they retain the key design elements for Martin Campbell's upcoming reboot of 'Blake's 7'

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Martin Campbell takes the helm of 'Blake's 7' reboot

Will this new take on the cult British science-fiction show make it to American screens?

When I was young, British television was not always easy to see in America, and as a result, there are many things I know by reputation and not because I've actually seen them.  I've attempted to fill in the gaps in my knowledge over the years whenever possible, but one show that I've never managed to catch up with is "Blake's 7," the Terry Nation space-opera that ran from 1978 to 1981 on BBC 1.

I've heard the show cited as a precursor to all sorts of things, most notably Joss Whedon's "Firefly," but I'm not sure how accurate that is.  My one friend who is a big fan of the show always called it "Bastards In Space," which made me laugh every time.

The series told the story of Roj Blake, a political prisoner who escapes from a prison planet with a crew of criminals and and aliens, and using a special spaceship called The Vindicator, they begin to wage a guerilla war against the Terran Foundation.

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<p>Mariah Carey will be an &quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;judge.</p>
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Mariah Carey will be an "American Idol" judge.


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Press Tour 2012: FOX president Kevin Reilly welcomes Mariah Carey

Will this be the year that FOX finishes in second place?

FOX has been the top-rated network on television for the past 8 television seasons. But as network entertainment president Kevin Reilly faced the press assembled for the Television Critics Association summer press tour, he also acknowledged that this is a network in the midst of a transition — which could, depending on how big a boost top rival CBS gets from airing the Super Bowl next year, the end of that first place streak.

"I can tell you that at the very least, it's going to be close," Reilly said of the possibility of finishing second for the first time in almost a decade. "Whether we end up getting nudged out of the title, we'll see."

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<p>John Cazale and Al Pacino co-starred in 'Dog Day Afternoon,' perhaps the most famous of the films made from one of Frank Pierson's screenplays</p>

John Cazale and Al Pacino co-starred in 'Dog Day Afternoon,' perhaps the most famous of the films made from one of Frank Pierson's screenplays

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'Dog Day Afternoon' screenwriter Frank Pierson passes away at age 87

While he may be gone, the films he wrote were built to last

Frank Pierson was the model of what I think of as the serious professional screenwriter.

In addition to crafting work that will remain fresh and relevant as long as we are watching movies, he was also heavily involved in the industry as the President of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for many years and President of the Writers Guild Of America for many years as well.  His career as a writer began on TV in the '60s and ended on TV with his work on "Mad Men," an experience that no doubt drew on his work as an advertising copywriter during the '50s.  In between, he wrote some indelible, amazing movies, and he leaves behind a filmography that any writer would be proud to claim.

I never got a chance to meet Pierson, and it's a shame.  I would have loved to have spent an afternoon discussing "Cat Ballou," "Cool Hand Luke," "The Anderson Tapes," "Dog Day Afternoon," the nightmare of working with Streisand on "A Star Is Born," or his last produced screenplay, the adaptation of "Presumed Innocent."  Pierson had a sober, adult approach to character and narrative, and one of the things that distinguishes his work is that it all seems to have a respect for the audience, treating them as if they can handle complex ideas and difficult emotions.

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"American Idol"

"American Idol"

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Mariah Carey officially named to 'American Idol' judges' table

Fox confirms that J. Lo is definitely out as new name takes her place

Kevin Reilly, Fox President of Entertainment, seemed to be taunting the journalists in the audience at his TCA press tour panel. He promised that he was getting the latest addition to the judges table at "American Idol" onto the phone, noting that this person was a "megastar." 

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<p>Jennifer Lopez in &quot;Goin' In&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lopez in "Goin' In"

Watch: Jennifer Lopez sparkles and shines in video tease for 'Goin' In'

When can you see the full clip?

J-Lo has a bedazzler and she’s not afraid to use it...On her lips, on her top, and who knows where else. We have to wait until Wednesday to get the full “Goin’ In” video, but as fans can see from the 30-second teaser released today, Jennifer Lopez has returned to the block.

The snippet features Lopez with shiny lips and cape alternating between her glamor and pseudo-street self, with flashing images of the designer Lopez interspersed with “urban” Lopez in a hoodie and even shots of a car with crazy bouncing suspension.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>While it may be difficult for audiences to deal with the images from the theater scene in 'Gangster Squad' right now, rushing to radically reshoot the film seems like an overreaction</p>

While it may be difficult for audiences to deal with the images from the theater scene in 'Gangster Squad' right now, rushing to radically reshoot the film seems like an overreaction

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Warner Bros prepares 'Gangster Squad' reshoots in response to Aurora tragedy

The studio makes a big choice in the wake of last week's events

Warner Bros. is in a no-win situation on this one.

Almost as soon as executives awoke on Friday morning, Warner began asking theaters to remove all of the current trailers for "Gangster Squad" from theaters since one of the key images from those trailers is a shootout inside a movie theater.  Warner Bros. felt that it would be insensitive to leave the ads in general circulation right now, and the decision seems like the right one to make the morning after something as horrible and senseless as the Aurora, CO shootings.

Now comes word that Warner Bros. plans to remove the sequence from the movie completely.  Looking at the original trailers, the scene appeared to take place in the Chinese Theater, where armed men standing behind the screen open fire with machine guns, marching through the ragged holes in the screen while firing into the audience.  It's a stylish image, and looked like it was executed well.

The studio had just started early screenings of the movie, and they seemed happy with it.  The movie is still planned for a September 7th release, which means they'll have to scramble to get the reshoots finished, especially since it's supposed to be a fairly major sequence that comes near the end of the movie.

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