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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Comedy Series

Fuzzy eligibility rules mean that half the deserving shows aren't even really comedies

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.

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<p>O.J. Simpson</p>

O.J. Simpson

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TV Ratings: NBC's 'People vs. O.J. Simpson' special leads Wednesday

FOX splits the key demo with 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, NBC got solid numbers from the special "The People vs O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard," leading Wednesday in all measures.

Among other originals, FOX had week-to-week declines for "So You Think You Can Dance," as did ABC with "Motive," while The CW's "The 100" finale was down a hair from last week in the key demo.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Fargo and Hannibal</p>

Fargo and Hannibal

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'Fargo' vs. 'Hannibal': Which drama's greatness is more improbable?

How on earth did we get two adaptations this great and this unlikely in one spring?

Over the weekend, I was in Austin for the third annual ATX Television Festival, featuring lots of panels, parties and other opportunities for passionate TV fans to rub elbows with both one another and, at times, the people responsible for their favorite shows. As happens at an event like this, there was a lot of talk about TV both during the panels and between them, and one of the recurring questions (even before the screening of this week's episode) was this: How in the world does "Fargo" not only exist, but exist at the level of quality it's at?

And that, in turn, led me to a related question: Which show's greatness is more improbable: "Fargo" or "Hannibal"?

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Sam Smith

11 Must-See Acts at Bonnaroo

From A$AP Ferg to Sam Smith, the acts you can't miss in Manchester

The 13th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicks off today in Manchester, Tenn. As usual, there’s something for everything across the 700-acre farms’s multiple stages--except for Outkast fans-- it's one of the few festivals the reunited duo is skipping. If you’re having trouble figuring out who to see, you can’t go wrong with this list of 11 acts. For the most part, we stayed away from recommending the main headliners since you can make you own mind up on those famous names.  The acts are listed in order of their time slot.

Real Estate
June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Ease into Bonnaroo with a nice set by a this guitar driven indie band from New Jersey, who are sure to deliver an uplifting, care-free set. They may have tackled some darker issues on new album, “Atlas,” but there’s still an unquenchable lilt to what they do.

Sam Smith
June 13, 2:15 p.m.

Chances are good the British crooner will join Disclosure for its set later Friday night, but if you miss that, check out his solo set where he will dazzle you with his strong voice and confessional tales of heartbreak.

Janelle Monae
June 13, 5:30 p.m.

Monae is the complete package. She is a great singer and a great dancer and she puts a premium on entertaining as she skittles across the stage in her black and white outfits. Go to Wondaland with her. You'll be glad you did.

Mastadon
June 13, 11:30 p.m.

If you’ve had a little too much of the acoustic, hippie vibe, then go get your head twisted around a few times by metal band Mastadon, who are sure to be the loudest act at the festival. Be among the first to catch songs from the Metallica-influenced band’s “Once More ‘Round The Sun,” which comes out June 24.

Disclosure
June 14, 12 a.m.

The British electronic duo, Guy and Howard Lawrence, have their breakthrough hit in  “Latch,” featuring Sam Smith in the U.S., but they’ve already had a slew of hits in the U.K. and were big on the festival circuit last year. In their first Bonnaroo appearance, expect lots of songs from their No. 1 U.K. album, “Settle,” and lots of dancing. It will probably be very crowded.

Chance The Rapper
June 14, 2:30 a.m.

If you didn’t catch him on tour with Childish Gambino a while OK or guesting on a slew of other artists’ tracks, here’s your chance to see the Chicago rapper, who draws from diverse influences that span genres and generations, while his star is still ascending.


First Aid Kit
June 14, 3 p.m.

Lovely Americana music courtesy of two Swedish sisters. There are a lot worst ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than listening to their golden harmonies.

Lionel Richie
June 14, 8 p.m.

We’re staying away from recommending top headliners for the most part, but for the past several years some of shows people are buzzing about afterwards come from the WTF veterans, like Kenny Rogers two years ago (who Richie joined on stage) or  … If you want a break from the up-and-comers and hip acts and want to dance all night long to hear wall-to-wall hits (and to dance on the ceiling), then satisfaction is guaranteed at Richie’s show.


Carolina Chocolate Drops
June 15, 12:30 p.m.

They describe themselves as an old-time string band, but they are so much more. Rihannon Giddens’ pure voice has to be heard live to be believed and the sheer musicality of the quartet will take your breath away. You may have heard their song, “Daughter’s Lament” on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack.

A$AP Ferg
June 15, 4:15 p.m.

As if seeing  the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards recipient of Rookie of the Year confidently run through tracks from “Lords Never Worry” and “Trap Lord”  isn’t enough incentive, you have to imagine that other members of the A$AP Mob will show up.

Avett Bros.
June 15, 7 p.m.

They are good on record, but they are great live. Brothers Scott and Seth Avett, and band mates Joe Kwon and Bob Crawford create a lot of noise and it’s usually all harmony-filled and fun. Even if you don’t know the acoustic rock songs, you’ll still be singing and dancing along to many of the tracks. Why they aren’t as big as Mumford & Sons is unfathomable.

 

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<p>Tilda Swinton at the world premiere of &quot;Snowpiercer.&quot;</p>

Tilda Swinton at the world premiere of "Snowpiercer."

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Tilda Swinton brings 'Snowpiercer' to LA Film Fest and U.S. screens (finally)

One of the better opening night films in some time

LOS ANGELES - After back to back years of opening night duds "To Rome with Love" and "I'm So Excited," the Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off its 2014 campaign with a real winner, Joon-ho Bong's "Snowpiercer."  Stars Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Allison Pill, Kang-ho Song, and Ah-sung Ko were on hand as Bong's critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic thriller finally hit U.S. shores.  Chris Evans, who is essentially the film's lead, sent a video message from London where he's shooting "Avengers: Age of Ultron" proclaiming how happy he was over the LA premiere.

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Louis CK and Judd Apatow ask TMZ to take down Tracy Morgan crash video

Louis CK and Judd Apatow ask TMZ to take down Tracy Morgan crash video
They want footage showing comedian Ardie Fuqua being removed from the vehicle taken down. Louis CK also linked to a post from Fuqua’s daughter asking TMZ to remove the video.

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Up all night to get nerdy: Watch Mastodon's awesome 'High Road' video

Up all night to get nerdy: Watch Mastodon's awesome 'High Road' video

Metal band spell grants +4 enhancement

How do you feel about live action role playing? D&D? "Role Models?" Your grandma?

Check in with your local gamemaster and join in the fun of Mastodon's "High Road" music video, which should speak to your inner dweeb-among-nerds (the fact that you are a nerd a given, you're safe here).

Pressing the heavy riffage up against soft foam swords gives this single from the metal band's forthcoming "Once More 'Round the Sun" some oomph, while the last shot may take the wind out of you. (Did we mention you can buy "Once More 'Round the Sun" with BitCoin?)

"High Road" and "Chimes After Midnight" are the first two songs so far to arrive from the June 24 release. Check out both below.

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Morrissey cancels tour, new album still on: 'World Peace' with singer is impossible

Morrissey cancels tour, new album still on: 'World Peace' with singer is impossible

Your relationship status update with Morrissey: 'It's complicated'

I was at Morrissey's Los Angeles stop of his North American tour last month, and was the guest of someone who had warned me that, mid-set, she'd be stepping out. She knew the introduction and performance of "Meat Is Murder" was coming and that the video presentation that came with it contained footage of animals being slaughtered and abused, and the generally very poor conditions meat animals endure in slaughterhouses.

When these videos finally did launch, I saw streams of people headed up the aisles of the Sports Arena. Some people fired up their lighters, or "woooed" and gravitated closer to the stage, others crossed their arms or checked their phones or took video of the screens.

The guy standing left of me -- who arrived to the concert, like so many Morrissey fans, dressed to the nines --  started shelling out obscenities, as loud as he could. "F*ck you Morrissey! I love meat! I wish I had a big f*cking burger right now!" he'd rattle at the famous PETA spokesperson, giving the bird to his entertainer and his friends. "No! Shut the f*ck up and sing!"

The man in front of me was either making out with his arm or crying into it.

They both were singing every word to "First of the Gang to Die" a couple tunes later.

Fans' relationship to Morrissey, and vice versa, is fascinating. That is not to say that Morrissey is necessarily some rare beast or species. I think his activism, how he articulates his manner and politics, the branding, the imaging, the sex and the age make a very particular mix of him as an icon. He is a complicated artist, and I think it's good for people to have complicated relationships to art.

This week, Morrissey canceled the rest of his tour in support of "World Peace Is None of Your Business" his next album. Via his Facebook:

"It is with great sadness that the remainder of the US Tour has been cancelled. The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted. Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates."

And it's not just that he is stepping away from the road due to illness -- speaking through soapbox True To You, he explained further.

"Difficulties had arisen on May 31st following Kristeen Young's opening set at the Miami Knight Concert Hall, after which Kristeen confessed to 'a horrendous cold,' the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey resulting in the cancellation of the next show in Atlanta. For the good of all, Kristeen was asked to step down from the immediate upcoming shows, but instead she decided to leave the tour entirely. Morrissey and the band wish her well and hope she is now in good health."

So Morrissey is, effectively and with no known motivation, blaming Kristeen Young for getting him sick and causing cancellation of the tour. Young volleyed back that in Miami she "had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours," that she offered to have Morrissey and his camp a follow-up with her doctors. She also said that she was asked to leave the entire tour because a replacement had already been called.

"I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well. But I will not tolerate these lies....particularly about my health," she wrote on Facebook. "This is really too much and bizarre."

Kristeen Young (under the name KRISTEENYOUNG) also opened for Morrissey in 2007. Described as his protege at one point, she as was booted from that tour for what she later called a metaphor, for telling the crowd, "Morrissey gives good head, I mean, um, cunnilingus..."

Morrissey has cancelled and postponed many tour dates in years past on the basis of illness,  visa problems, a blown voice, meat on arena menus or rowdy and unruly crowds. He nixed more than 20 shows in 2009. Longtime bandmembers would quit mid-tour. Morrissey would sometimes quit mid-show. (For a fun read, here's "Every Time Morrissey Has Canceled.")

In the Bay area last month, concert-goers, the band and the singer himself were in danger due to a "stage invasion," of fans rushing to get hugs from the former Smiths singer.

He's also stormed off stage for being hit in the head with a water bottle.

Read the concert reviews of the shows that actually transpired on this tour, and you'll see raves up and down, about what a fine and stunning performer Morrissey is. And it's true. I'm not a dyed-wool fan, but the man has swagger, a voice like a muscle ripples, tone and control for days. He's coquettish, romantic, chic and mean as a presence.

When I saw him, he seemed somewhat guarded as fans clung to his outreached arms to the front row, and who can blame him. For a misanthrope whose best-love rep includes titles like "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get," "Disapoointed," "We Hate It When Our Friends Are Successful" and "I Have Forgiven Jesus," he's got the poetry of push-and-pull, a little something with which Kanye West fans may be familiar.

Look to the title of his next album: "World Peace Is None of Your Business" (due July 15). Most people (the ones I know anyway) are firmly pro-World Peace. The confrontation begins.

For every song on the album, Morrissey also recorded a spoken word version of the song. In the case of the third single "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet," he released a video, but for the spoken word version, featuring another PETA enthusiast Pamela Anderson and him standing on the roof of the Capitol Records building. It went wide while the song itself could only be streamed via Spotify. (Also: spoken word, but there's bathwater and there's babies.)

On the 17th this month, all three of the available songs from the record will be officially go up on Vevo and YouTube and the other usual suspects. Then, or now, you should give them a spin -- so far, the album is shaping up nicely with an especially lovely croon on "Instanbul." It's high-minded stuff, and yet easy to rally around, even when the extraordinary artist himself makes even the act of enjoyment all the more complicated. It says as much about us as it does him.

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'NCIS' and 'Modern Family' are the world’s most-watched drama and comedy

“NCIS” and “Modern Family” are the world’s most-watched drama and comedy
"The Bold and the Beautiful,” meanwhile, was named the world’s most-watched soap opera at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.


“Fargo’s” Allison Tolman: "For f**k's sake, internet- I'm not fat…”
"I've just been wearing this GIANT EFFING COAT FOR 8 WEEKS ON YOUR TELEVISION,” Tolman tweeted in response to tweeters criticizing her weight. She also tweeted: "A- Christ on a cracker, stop defining women by size," she continued. "B- I'm AVERAGE- women on TV are TINY. #realtalk” PLUS: Tolman recalls working out with her “Fargo” co-stars.


Watch David Letterman & Jerry Seinfeld crack each other up during their hourlong chat
The two old friends delved into “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” — while showing raw footage from the web series. PLUS: Seinfeld doesn’t buy the burden of celebrity.


Young rich people watch “The Bachelor,” highly educated young people watch “The Mindy Project”
Here’s a look at what young/rich people and what young highly educated people watch, including many reality shows in the former category.


“Dukes of Hazzard’s” Cooter takes credit for helping oust House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Ben Jones, a Democrat, actually ran against Cantor in 2002, but lost after what he describes as a “truly dishonorable campaign.” So this year, Jones wrote an open letter urging Democrats, Libertarians and Independents to vote for Cantor’s opponent in the Republican primary. PLUS: CNN defends choosing O.J. Simpson over Eric Cantor at 9 pm.


See Marilyn Manson as a “Sons of Anarchy” white supremacist
Photos from the set show the rocker sporting a swastika tattoo.


Kato Kaelin is miffed that the Kardashians don’t speak to him anymore, says Jay Leno was “mean-spirited”
O.J. Simpson’s former houseguest recalls playing with the three Kardashian sisters when they were much younger. "I knew Kim when she was this big. And that was just her ass!” he says.


“Game of Thrones” submitted the season finale for the Best Writing Emmy
In fact, it’s the only episode submitted. Sunday’s “The Children” episode is also up for Outstanding Prosthetic makeup. PLUS: “GoT” theme gets a New Orleans makeover.


Chelsea Handler: I’m leaving “Chelsea Lately” so I don’t have to talk about Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian
'To be quite honest I don't really care about Justin Bieber and I don't want to talk about him anymore,” she tells the Daily Mail. "In order to make that happen I had to just stop doing my show. Straight away."


“Orange is the New Black’s" Uzo Aduba recalls being a college track star, a figure skater and musical theater performer
Growing up, Aduba wanted to be a lawyer. "But in high school, I realized that the arts was my first love,” she says. PLUS: Aduba talks about Crazy Eyes’ Season 2 transformation, and former corrections officer Sharon Jones of the Dap-Kings weighs in on “OITNB’s” authenticity.


“Graceland” gets serialized for Season 2
Why the USA series is dropping the case of the week this season.


The Duggars have quietly become one of reality TV’s most powerful families
The reality TV family isn’t just a hit on TLC, but also in the Republican party. PLUS: Jessa Duggar poses with a semi-automatic rifle.


Meet Lena Dunham’s “Girls" stunt double
Dakota Brown is the one who falls off a bicycle or gets involved in a car crash for Hannah. PLUS: Check out French TV’s Hannah Horvath T-shirt.


A 370-inch TV set is for sale for $1.7 million
A British company is selling what it calls the biggest TV in the world.


How “The Daily Show,” “The Soup,” “The Colbert Report” finds all those juicy news clips
They use a service called SnapStream, which allows users to easily search recorded programming through closed captioning.


Stanford researchers have a mathematical explanation for the “Silicon Valley” Epic D*ck Joke
"This is amazing, and somehow educational."


ABC’s “The Whispers” recasts a major character
Brianna Brown, who played the wife on the midseason drama, is out.


Report: J.Lo and Maksim are dating
The “American Idol” judge and the “Dancing with the Stars” stud — who film on the same lot — are an item, according to the NY Daily News.


Which characters from other shows would Mindy Kaling bring on her show?
Kaling tweeted: "I was just asked which characters on other shows I would crossover to mine and I said Jonah from Veep or Darryl from Walking Dead."


“Veep” isn’t the only show to outgrow its title
"Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Two and a Half Men” are among the other shows that stuck with their name, even though they didn’t match their new premises.


Syfy’s “Isa” is unlike any film the “Sharknado” has ever shown
Airing tonight, “Isa” follows a Mexican-American teen whose brain has been “switched on.”


“Pretty Little Liars” returns slightly down, but tops basic cable
About 2.7 million watched the Season 5 premiere. PLUS: Lucy Hale gets “Raw and Real” on her debut album, and the "PLL" premiere generated more tweets than "The Walking Dead."


“The 100” boss: Our goal was to move from love triangles to darkness
Says exec producer Jason Rothenberg "You know that metaphor of the frog in the pot -- if you put it in a pot of boiling water, it jumps right out, but if you put it in a pot of lukewarm water and turn the heat up slowly it'll stay in that pot until it cooks. That's sort of my metaphor for the season -- we slowly turned up the heat on the darkness and moved away from love triangles as much as possible, and I think that continues into Season 2 for sure."


“Survivor’s” Malcolm Freberg lands an online travel show
“Wayfaring” will follow him each day as he travels the United States for 20 days.


“Scandal’s” Jeff Perry likens social media to theater
"It reminds me of a subscription audience in the theater, with talkbacks and getting to know the people who came to your shows month after month,” he explains. "It’s like a version of that in television now. It’s very sweet.”


Take a tour of Olivia Munn’s house
Vogue recently filmed “The Newsroom” star at her home.


Check out Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa’s dummies
A special dummy was also made for Mark Consuelos.

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First poster revealed for Seth Rogen and James Franco assassination comedy 'The Interview'
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First poster revealed for Seth Rogen and James Franco assassination comedy 'The Interview'

How do you think Korea's going to feel about this?

Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have become a major force for good in film comedy over the last decade, and after their co-directing debut, "This Is The End," it would be fair to say that they are the all-purpose package. They write, they direct, they produce, and Seth's a bona-fide movie star.

Some of the best chemistry Seth has ever had with a co-star was with James Franco, so it's good to see the two of them working together as well. I had no idea what "The Interview" was about the first few times I heard it mentioned, and for some reason, I thought it was about a job interview. Turns out, it sounds like a truly weird concept that could yield a fantastic movie. In it, Rogen and James Franco play guys who are recruited by the CIA to go to North Korea, pose as journalists, and assassinate Kim Jong Un.

That's a description that absolutely makes me want to see the film immediately, but even if I hadn't been sold right away, the new poster is so great that I can't believe it's for a real studio release. Studios don't take chances on the posters for the most part, but this one looks amazing.

The art style is perfect, suggesting a political propaganda poster from WWII. Seth and Evan seem fairly unstoppable these days, especially coming off the spring hit "Neighbors," which has made back something like 130,000 its budget.

Looking good so far, guys.

"The Interview" arrives in theaters October 10, 2014.

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USA renews Denis Leary’s 'Sirens'

USA renews Denis Leary’s “Sirens”
The comedy about Chicago EMTs will be back for a 2nd season.

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The new Dreamworks animated comedy 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' gets a silly first trailer
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The new Dreamworks animated comedy 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' gets a silly first trailer

Why does this look like 'Scrat: The Movie' to me?

Somewhere, right now, my kids are losing their minds.

I'm not particularly fond of the "Madagascar" films, but they're fine, I guess. This is the side of Dreamworks that I'm less fond of, the super-jokey frantic-to-be-funny side. Coming on the heels of the beautiful, heartfelt "How To Train Your Dragon 2," it feels like a far more crass decision. That sort of sums up exactly what's wrong with Dreamworks as a studio. They are capable of greatness, but they seem to aim for the "farts are funny" crowd more often than not.

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