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'Jericho' wins HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown

The finale pit CBS' post-apocalyptic drama against 'Almost Human'

Even though ratings were only tepid after its first resurrection by CBS, "Jericho" has won HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown as the series fans would most like to see get a second (or, in this case, third) chance on air.

After three weeks of voting, which saw over 900,000 votes cast, "Jericho" had no trouble conquering "Almost Human" in the final round and claiming our crown.

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Broken Bells

Broken Bells believe we are not alone in 'Control' video: Watch

Yep, the pink orb makes it into this video too

James Mercer and Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton), collectively known at Broken Bells, definitely believe that we are not alone.

In the video for “Control,” the two perform before footage of space travel, crop circles, images of the earth from space, UFOs, and other signs that there is life out there far beyond our own life on Earth.

The combination of real news footage and the footage of the same pink orb that has appeared in every video for tunes from “After The Disco” creates the a cool, interplanetary vibe that fits the spacey “Control” perfectly as Mercer sings about not being in control.

The duo resumes its current tour Sept. 26. The video is below the tour dates.

09/26/14 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield
09/27/14 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
09/28/14 - Richmond, VA - The National
09/29/14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10/01/14 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
10/02/14 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10/04/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/05/14 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater
10/07/14 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom
10/08/14 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
10/11/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/24-25/14 – Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
10/24-26/14 – Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful Festival
10/28/14 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic Auditorium


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Allison Tolman goes from 'Fargo' to 'The Mindy Project'
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Allison Tolman goes from 'Fargo' to 'The Mindy Project'

Allison Tolman goes from "Fargo" to "The Mindy Project"
Fresh off an Emmy nomination, Tolman will guest on two episodes as a romance novelist who dates Adam Pally.

FXX will fill its post-“Simpsons” marathon schedule with even more “Simpsons"
On Mondays and Fridays, “The Simpsons” will be shown from 6 pm to midnight. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 pm to midnight. And on Sundays, from 4 to 8 pm.

HBO to air a Banksy documentary
The crowd-sourced documentary "Banksy Does New York” debuts Nov. 17.

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A&E cancels 'Longmire' after 3 seasons

A&E cancels "Longmire" after 3 seasons
A&E most-watched original drama series of all time will be shopped to other networks.

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Tom Petty

Album sales drop to new low in the U.S.

Streaming continues to turn listerners into renters instead of buyers

In a summer that brought “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tom Petty and Wiz Khalifa all their first No. 1 records, the rest of the news has been all bad for album sales.

For the weekend ending Aug. 24, album sales totaled 3.97 million, marking the first time the weekly tally has dropped below 4 million in the 23-year Nielsen SoundScan era, according to Billboard. The same week a year ago, album sales were 4.88 million. There have only been five weeks this year where total album sales surpassed 5 million copies (and I imagine we’ll see it happen again when Taylor Swift’s album comes out in October and possibly when Garth Brooks releases his album around Black Friday).

The culprit is streaming, which many fans do for free on ad-supported outlets, or they pay a low monthly fee, such as $10 to services like Beats Music and Spotify. Digital sales, once considered the savior of the industry, have not proved to be the lifeline many thought they would be.

For the year, album sales in the U.S. are down across the board: physical sales are down 14.6 percent, digital album sales down 11.8 percent, and track-album-equivalent sales are down 12.8 percent.

Billboard analysts reveal that the bottom for the preceding year is usually the next year’s top, so it’s likely that next year, weekly album sales will surpass 4 million a handful of times, but for the majority of the time, they will come in at under 3.9 million and continue to drop.

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Trailer for Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' finds Gael García Bernal clinging to hope

First Telluride screening happens Friday night

And there it is. On the heels of that poster this morning, and a handful of early reviews, the trailer for Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" has finally arrived.

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'The Good Wife' recruits 'Frasier’s' David Hyde Pierce for his first TV role in more than a decade
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'The Good Wife' recruits 'Frasier’s' David Hyde Pierce for his first TV role in more than a decade

“The Good Wife” recruits “Frasier’s" David Hyde Pierce for his TV role in more than a decade
Pierce will recur this season as a cable news legal commentator.

“Ray Donovan’s” creator is out
Ann Biderman is stepping down from her duties as showrunner for Season 3.

Tracy Morgan’s lawyer: "He's really having a tough time”
Morgan has been having trouble walking, forcing him to rely on a wheelchair, says his attorney, Benedict P. Morelli, who adds that it may be months before he can fully walk again.

GSN is casting for an “App Wars” reality show
The proposed show would have a team of programmers bring your app idea to life.

Patton Oswalt will play the mayor of Vince Gilligan’s “Battle Creek”
Oswalt will guest on the CBS series as Mayor Scooter Hardy.

Bill Maher pours gasoline over his head
Take the “Douse Yourself in Gasoline Challenge.”

It’s official: Bill Geddie is out at “The View," replaced by Rachel Maddow’s producer
Bill Wolff, whom Maddow bid farewell to recently will take over as “The View’s” new boss.

President Obama will attend an MSNBC host’s wedding
MSNBC’s Alex Wagner is marrying Obama’s personal chef, Sam Kass.

Here are your Labor Day TV marathons
From "Animal Fight Night “ to "Top Gear."

Jon Stewart talks about his “Daily Show” future and Stephen Colbert’s move to CBS
"I think there's been a beautiful arc to (‘The Colbert Report,’” he says. "But it was time” for Colbert to move on, he says. As for his own future, Stewart tells The Hollywood Reporter: "Uh, yeah. I mean, like anything else, you do it long enough, you will take it for granted, or there will be aspects of it that are grinding. I can't say that following the news cycle as closely as we do and trying to convert that into something either joyful or important to us doesn't have its fraught moments. But there will come a point where I'm sure …” He then trailed off. PLUS: Watch Stewart's “Rosewater" movie trailer.

Introducing the new “Amazing Race” stars
Here are pics of the Season 25 cast.

Britt Robertson is coming back to “Under the Dome”
She’ll reprise her role after dying in the season premiere.

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Watch the new teaser trailer for Telluride entry 'Foxcatcher'

Nearly 10 years ago, Bennett Miller hit the festival with another Oscar player

As fully expected, Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" was on the Telluride slate when it was announced this morning. This marks Miller's second trip to the Colorado fest after 2005's "Capote," and that last time was kind of significant.

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13 actors who would have made great 'Ghostbusters'
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13 actors who would have made great 'Ghostbusters'

Who ya gonna call? A pretty eclectic group of performers, if we're in charge.

One of the greatest cosplay costumes ever was at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, where a married couple made great use of who they were to create something memorable. He was dressed as a Ghostbuster in a reasonably realistic costume complete with a proton pack that lit up, while she was dressed as the librarian ghost at the start of the film. What pushed the costume over the top was that the wife was in a wheelchair, and they had modified the chair to look like one of the ghost traps that was open, and she was being pulled into the trap.

Genius, right?

I wasn't surprised to see a ton of Ghostbusters outfits at Comic-Con this year. Sure, it's the 30th anniversary this summer, but I don't think that's why we saw so many costumes. The truth is that every year is a great year for Ghostbusters sightings. Box-office is certainly one way to quantify a film's success, but it's not the only way. I'm far more interested in how deeply something takes seed in pop culture. Do actual lines of dialogue make it into the popular lexicon? Do other movies rip this movie off? Were there sequels? Spin-offs? Merchandising?

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'Rosewater' poster lands amid tepid reception for Jon Stewart's directorial debut

The film is set to play Telluride ahead of Toronto next week

Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" was apparently screened for trades (and Indiewire) ahead of the film's Telluride bow this weekend, but it's been met with a bit of a wet blanket, with only Variety's Scott Foundas (ever positive) finding considerable love for the film. That must smart a bit, as the film arrives in the soggy San Juans this weekend as something perhaps knocked down a few rungs down on the list of priorities for festival goers trying to make sense of a heavily packed schedule.

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Netflix paying $2 million per episode to show reruns of 'The Blacklist'
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Netflix paying $2 million per episode to show reruns of 'The Blacklist'

Netflix paying $2 million per episode to show reruns of “The Blacklist”
Season 1 of the NBC drama will debut on the streaming service next weekend.

Joan Rivers upgraded to stable condition
E!’s Ken Baker tweets that Rivers is no longer in critical condition: "Our own lovely living legend Joan Rivers is in stable condition at Mt Sinai hospital.”

Donald Trump enlisted Miss USA and Miss Universe for his Ice Bucket Challenge
Watch them pour Trump water over his head.

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Adam and Bethany of "The Amazing Race"

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'Amazing Race' Season 25 cast pictures revealed

The cast was already announced when they left NYC in May

Another day, another CBS reality show cast announcement, as "The Amazing Race" has revealed the 11 teams competing in the upcoming season.

Thursday's (August 28) cast announcement was rather different from CBS' Wednesday unveiling of the latest "Survivor" cast, which includes controversy-inflaming former Major Leaguer John Rocker and former "Amazing Race" veterans Nadiya and Natalie Anderson.

CBS actually announced the 11 "Amazing Race" teams back at the end of May, when a very public starting line in the heart of Times Square required some measure of early transparency lest social media spoil all the secrets ahead of time.

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