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Starz will split 'Outlander’s' 1st season in half and preview it early

Starz will split “Outlander’s” 1st season in half and preview it early
Ronald D. Moore’s new series will be available online one week before its Aug. 9 debut.

“Pawnography” is a hit for History channel
The “Pawn Stars” spinoff game show debuted to 2.82 million viewers.

Thomas Jane to star in Syfy’s “The Expanse”
The “Hung” alum will play the lead role in a space opera set 200 years in the future.

“Fifty Shades of Grey”: The Starz TV series?
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht revealed today he tried years ago to turn the EL James bestseller into a TV series, to no avail.

Showtime promoting “Masters of Sex” by having 20 strangers “Undress Me”
Watch the black and white video by the director of the viral “First Kiss” video.

DirecTV’s “Kingdom” adds “Queer Eye’s” Jai Rodriguez and “Lost’s” Zuleikha Robinson
They’ll appear in several episodes of the MMA gym series.

MTV “Happyland” star: “Incest is hot, and we’re going to have fun!”
The controversial MTV show featuring what appears to be an incestuous relationship has critics buzzing — watch the trailer.

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Comic-Con Friday: Daniel Radcliffe (finally) and 20th Century Fox will rule the day

Comic-Con Friday: Daniel Radcliffe (finally) and 20th Century Fox will rule the day

Channing Tatum, Sam Jackson and 'The Maze Runner' cast will be on hand

One of Comic-Con's worst-kept secrets was confirmed by Comic-Con International today. Daniel Radcliffe, who never made it to San Diego during his "Harry Potter" years, will finally visit the pop culture fest in conjunction with a panel for the new indie comedy "Horns." That's big news in and of itself, but besides a massive two-hour presentation from 20th Century Fox, Friday is going to be pretty weak on the movie side.  

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John Legend

We have just one small problem with John Legend's video for 'You & I (Nobody In The World)'

It's a lovely sentiment, but I don't know if I believe the messenger


Following “All of Me,” John Legend continues his “most-sensitive-man-in-the-world” campaign with the video for new single, “You & I (Nobody In The World).”

The song follows the same trajectory as “All of Me,” in which he declares his love for a women—she is perfect just as she is in his eyes even as she continues to fuss with her make up and clothing.

The video features shots of women, girls, and toddlers of all shapes and sizes, races and ages  looking straight into the camera as if it it were a mirror, adjusting their hair, scrutinizing their faces and bodies, and displaying the general amount of fine-tuning  and judging women constantly do to themselves in an effort to meet some ridiculously high standard of beauty.  Some of the most moving images include an older woman removing her wig to show a bald head, as well as a woman taking off her shirt following a double mastectomy, and cancer survivor/comedian Tig Notaro. Transgender actress Laverne Cox, who was nominated for an Emmy yesterday in the guest actress comedy category, also appears.

On the face of it, the video is truly lovely and a message that women can't hear enough because there are so many messages that tell us every day that we are not good enough just as we are and I like the song (what woman wouldn't want to hear that from her partner?) Perhaps I’m being too cynical, but the video’s message might be a little more impactful if the woman Legend is telling “you don’t even have to try” didn’t just happen to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who appears with Legend in the beginning and end of the video. There’s exactly one woman in this video who apparently truly meets his standard and it is his super model wife.  But, hey, super models get to have their insecure moments as well and maybe it's wrong to doubt the video's sincerity simply because Legend married to someone gorgeous.  My non-cynical side would like to believe that women's romantic partners the world over feel this way about their girlfriends/wives, even if they won't ever be on the cover of the swimsuit edition of "Sports Illustrated." Or maybe they're just trying to get them out of the door a little faster. As Legend sings, "You were fine in my eyes a half hour ago."

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Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn in "Land Ho!."
Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn in "Land Ho!."
Credit: Sony Classics

Talking road trips and buddy movies with the stars and directors of 'Land Ho!'

Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' charming Sundance comedy opens today

It's a good weekend for catching up on Sundance highlights, big and small. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is, of course, the film on everybody's lips at the moment — and deservedly so — but that's no reason to ignore a more modest independent tale of growing up and growing out, albeit at a slightly different age. Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' droll, laid-back comedy "Land Ho!" is the first collaboration between the two writer-directors, each one with a handful of delicately formed micro-indies behind them, and it is itself a story of an unexpected partnership: the plot centers on two drifting retirees, formerly in-laws, whose friendship is tested and deepened over the course of a spontaneous road trip through Iceland.

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Fox halts production on its naked dating show pilot

Fox halts production on its naked dating show pilot
Unlike VH1’s “Dating Naked,” Fox’s naked dating reality show would’ve had its contestants going on dates in the buff in front of a studio audience.

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<p>&quot;Dawn of the Planet of the Apes&quot;</p>

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Tell us what you thought of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

One of the summer's most anticipated sequels hits theaters today

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is getting killer reviews and I couldn't be happier for Matt Reeves and company. Though I think some of them might be a little too effusive ("Godzilla" remains, for me, the movie of the summer), this is a fantastic showcase. And naturally, the technical prowess on display is phenomenal; pity it seems something else is destined to come along and snatch the Best Visual Effects Oscar from this team every time ("Hugo" in 2011, "Interstellar" this year?).

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Report: Colin Farrell is 'deep in negotiations' to join 'True Detective'

Report: Colin Farrell is “deep in negotiations” to join “True Detective”
It looks likely that Farrell will be part of the Season 2 cast, according to Deadline. PLUS: Taylor Kitsch is also reportedly in consideration for Season 2.

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MTV renews 'Catfish,' sends 'Shannara' to series
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MTV renews 'Catfish,' sends 'Shannara' to series

Plus, premiere dates for 'Awkward,' 'Happyland' and more

MTV kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour day on Friday (July 11) with a big series pickup, a big renewal and a slew of premiere dates.

The renewal is, if my Twitter feed is any indication, an important one: "Catfish: The TV Show" has been picked up for a fourth season. The adaptation of the hit Sundance documentary, "Catfish: The TV Show" is Wednesday's top original cable series among viewers 12-34. 

Shouldn't the ongoing existence of "Catfish" make it harder and harder for the obfuscations necessary for the ongoing existence of "Catfish"? I would thing so. But I would apparently be wrong.

MTV also gave a series order to "Shannara," based on the Terry Brooks fantasy series.

"Smallville" veterans Al Gough and Miles Millar are serving as writers and executive producers on the 10-episode first season, with Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of the Titans") directing the first two episodes. 

If this matters to you: The first "Shannara" season will actually be based on the second book in the series, "The Elfstones of Shannara."

MTV also announced premiere dates for "Are You The One?" (September 29), "Awkward" (September 23), "Faking It" (September 23) and "Happyland" (September 30)

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Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Kiss part of Live Nation/Yahoo free concert streaming service

Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Kiss part of Live Nation/Yahoo free concert streaming service

Dave Matthews Band kicks off daily concert for 365 days on July 15

Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews Band, Ray LaMontagne, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, Kiss, and OneRepublic are among the acts whose concerts you can watch for free as part of Yahoo and Live Nation’s new partnership that will feature one live concert a day for 365 days.

The partnership, originally announced in April, released the first month’s line-up today. The series kicks off July 15 with Dave Matthews Band from its sold out show at  Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

Live Nation has plenty of shows to choose from: the world’s largest promoter presents 23,000 concerts each year, said CEO Michael Rapino, in a statement. Kellogg has signed on as the sponsor of the series.

Concerts will air on Here’s the line-up for the first month:

July 15 Dave Matthews Band
July 16 The Fray
July 17 The Neighbourhood
July 18 Michael Franti &Spearhead
July 19 KISS
July 20 Chevelle
July 21 Common
July 22 Everclear
July 23 Jurassic 5
July 24 311
July 25 Wiz Khalifa
July 26 Ray LaMontagne
July 27 Three Days Grace
July 28 Jess McCartney
July 29 Gogol Bordello
July 30 Panic @ the Disco
Aug 01 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Aug 02 Rixton
Aug 03 Daughtry
Aug 04 Sick Puppies
Aug 05 Gavin DeGraw
Aug 07 MKTO
Aug 08 The Kooks
Aug 09 David Gray
Aug 10 OneRepublic
Aug 11 Lila Downs
Aug 13 Emblem3

(We don’t know if the Emblem3 date should be Aug. 12 or if Yahoo still needs to fill in Aug. 12)



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MTV renews 'Catfish'

MTV renews “Catfish”
The reality hit will be back for a 4th season.

"The Good Wife" is bringing Josh Charles back, as a director
Charles says he’s expected to direct his 4th episode of the CBS drama.

MTV greenlights fantasy series “Shannara”
The “high fantasy” show is based on Terry Books’ series of novels.

Watch VH1’s “Dating Naked” trailer
There’s a lot of blurring, except for the bottoms.

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<p>&quot;Welcome to Sweden&quot;</p>

"Welcome to Sweden"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' leads CBS Thursday, while 'Sweden,' 'Engels' have OK launches

'Hell's Kitchen' and 'Gang Related' have FOX in second in the demo

Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 10, 2014.

The season's second "Big Brother" eviction delivered Thursday's best key demo numbers and combined with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat to help CBS lead primetime in most measures.

Also on Thursday, NBC's "Welcome to Sweden" premiered got off to a decent start, with the launch of "Working the Engels" dipping a bit. Both comedies came in below the May premiere for "Undateable," but "Sweden" was above recent "Undateable" numbers and "Working the Engels" was comparable.

Among other notables, ABC's "NY Med" and "Rookie Blue" were consistent and helped the network finish second overall, while "Hell's Kitchen" helped FOX take second in the key demographic.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Credit: Showtime

Review: Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' better than ever in season 2

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan continue to shine

Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson spend much of the second season premiere of the Showtime drama "Masters of Sex" (Sunday at 10) trying to redefine the nature and parameters of their relationship after the events of the show's marvelous first season. Are they now a couple? Is this just an affair? Is it still simply one small component of their groundbreaking study on human sexuality?

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