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'Outlander' gets an Aug. 9 premiere date and a poster

“Outlander” gets an Aug. 9 premiere date and a poster
The much-anticipated Starz historical drama from “Battlestar’s” Ron Moore asks: “What if your future was the past?”

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<p>&quot;Penny Dreadful.&quot;</p>

"Penny Dreadful."

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Review: Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful' does a literary monster mash-up

Timothy Dalton, Eva Green and Josh Hartnett star in Victorian era horror show from John Logan

Showtime's new horror series "Penny Dreadful" is several recent creative devices rolled into one entertaining, if largely nonsensical, package. Like "True Detective" and "Fargo," it's a prestige cable series where all the episodes come from the same writer — in this case, John Logan ("Skyfall") — and in its early going is highlighted by some gorgeous and unconventional for television directing from J.A. Bayona ("The Orphanage"), though the first season will ultimately have four different directors. (Each of them directs two at a time.) And like "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (the great comic book, not the dumb movie), it takes characters and plot elements from multiple classics of English literature and places them into the same fantastical story.

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Is TV experiencing a 'Kerry Washington Revolution'?

Is TV experiencing a “Kerry Washington Revolution”?
Series starring African-American women is, so far, the big trend this season, as the NY Post points out, with Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Alfre Woodard and Rashida Jones leading new shows.


Ken Burns’ 14-hour “The Roosevelts” will air over 7 straight nights starting Sept. 14
PBS’ programming chief says: "I think it's the best thing Ken's done since 'The Civil War.’ He thinks it might be the best thing he's ever done."


Check out pics from Fox's “Mulaney”
Former “SNL” writer John Mulaney stars in the Fox comedy also featuring “SNL’s” Nasim Pedrad, Martin Short and Elliott Gould.


USA’s slate includes Carlton Cuse’s “Colony,” Jessica Biel’s” Moguls” and Michael Urie’s “Majordomo”
Other new shows include air traffic control drama “Control,” Jodie Foster’s “Brand” and the North Dakota-set “Boom.”


Brothers whose HGTV show "Flip It Forward" was yanked deny being anti-gay
"Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying,” the Benham brothers tell TMZ in response to an allegation that they’re anti-gay activists.


Lifetime orders “The Red Tent” miniseries starring Minnie Driver and “Homeland’s” Morena Baccerin
“The White Queen’s” Rebecca Ferguson, “Game of Thrones” Iain Glen and Debra Winger also star in a telling of the story of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob from the Old Testament.


Amy Poehler returns Seth Meyers’ credit card in exchange for a $5,000 donation to charity in her name
The “Late Night” host’s nearly two-week lost credit card saga is now over.


Adult Swim orders “Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter”
The comedy pilot is from “Parks and Rec” and Conan star Jon Glaser.


Pharrell battles Jimmy Kimmel in a “Twofie Shootout”
Watch them compete to take the most selfies on Hollywood Blvd.


Happy 50th birthday, Melissa Gilbert!
“Half-Point” from “Little House on the Prairie” enters her 50s today.


Lindsay Price & Curtis Stone are expecting their 2nd child
The couple already have a two-year-old son.

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;CSI&quot; finale</p>

Wednesday's "CSI" finale

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TV Ratings: 'Survivor,' 'Criminal Minds' rise, 'Idol,' 'Revolution' fall on Wednesday

'Modern Family' is Wednesday's best in key demo

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

CBS' "Survivor: Cagayan," "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" all saw tiny gains on Wednesday night and, given the drops for most of the rest of the competition, that was enough to score comfortable wins both overall and among young viewers.

Among the shows in decline on Wednesday were FOX's "American Idol," NBC's full slate of dramas (particularly "Chicago PD") and ABC's "The Middle" and "Suburgatory." The CW's "Arrow" was down a hair in the demo, but flat in total viewers, while "The 100" was flat in the demo, but down in total viewers. And most of those numbers set or tied series lows.

On to the frequently ugly numbers...

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'Homeland’s' Damian Lewis returning to American TV as PBS’ King Henry VIII

“Homeland’s” Damian Lewis returning to American TV as PBS’ King Henry VIII
He’ll star in the six-part “Masterpiece” presentation of “Wolf Hall.”

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<p>Spencer of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Spencer of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Havoc to Wreak'

Kass and Tony have several differences of opinion

Pre-credit sequence. Jefra! They voted Jefra out last week. I keep forgetting these things. "That was intense. Pattern continues," Spencer says, returning to camp. Kass is displeased by the way things played out. "Anyone who crosses Tony gets their cement shoes and gets thrown in the pond," Kass says of Jefra's sin, which was contemplating backstabbing The Don. Kass reckons that the lesson of her own flip was that you shouldn't leave anybody out and she's tired of being confused at Tribal Council. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me," Kass grumbles. She calls Tony a hothead and he protests that he keeps his promises until people conspire against him. Kass tells Tony that she's sick of his condescending attitude and warns him about a Jury. Spencer loves watching Tony and Kass fighting, as Kass refuses Tony's half-hearted apology. 

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Fox orders a 14th season of 'American Idol'

Fox orders a 14th season of “American Idol”
It’s unclear if all the judges will return, especially with Jennifer Lopez starring in an NBC drama.

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A new 'Ask Drew' gives the spotlight to underrated filmmakers and more
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A new 'Ask Drew' gives the spotlight to underrated filmmakers and more

Plus we get into the fate of the Motion/Captured Podcast

Three down, and as many more to go as you guys are willing to play along with, and so far, "Ask Drew" seems to be fun.

I'm looking forward to the week where I am asked a question that simply short circuits me on-camera and you guys get to see my impression of a chicken trying to speak Mandarin Chinese. I know it's going to happen. It's inevitable. But so far, so good. I've got such a fun video team to work with these days that this becomes a game when we shoot it. They've been great about curating the questions so far, coming up with a real mix of stuff.

I was a little surprised to see a question this week about one of my screenwriting projects, but that's certainly fair game. I could write a book about things not to do if you actually want to get your films made, and if my experiences can help anyone as they navigate a business that rarely makes rational sense, then I'm happy to share.

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<p>Holly Taylor as Paige in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Holly Taylor as Paige in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Stealth'

Kate has a visitor, Oleg learns more about Nina and Philip makes a new friend

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as the FBI has its own comic books...

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"Gypsy Sisters"

"Gypsy Sisters"

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Exclusive clip: Nukkie and Pookie prep for 'My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding''

One angry mom says fourteen is too young for marriage

Yes, "Romeo and Juliet" features some of the most romantic dialogue Shakespeare ever wrote -- but it's not quite so alluring when you think that Juliet was barely a teenager. With that in mind, you might understand why "Gypsy Sisters" star Nettie Stanley wasn't all that thrilled when her daughter Nukkie wanted to run off with her very first boyfriend, Pookie Small (don't you love these names?). It's "Romeo and Juliet" Gypsy style, with bad clothing and neon pink nails! In this exclusive clip from "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" (Thurs. May 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET), get a glimpse of Nukkie and Pookie's rush to the altar. 

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"Game of Thrones," "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," "Mad Men"

"Game of Thrones," "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," "Mad Men"

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17 of the worst TV moms of all-time

Recall the mothers of "Game of Thrones," "Damages," "30 Rock" and more

Ah, Mother's Day, that special time when foo-foo restaurants push overcooked quiche, bacon brined in tears and jumbo-sized helpings of angst (that stuff's free with the meal). No matter what you have planned, you'll want to raise a mimosa to these fine ladies of misbegotten parenting.  

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President Obama and Michelle Obama met 'Scandal’s' President Fitz and Mellie

President Obama and Michelle Obama met “Scandal’s” President Fitz and Mellie
"The entire Writers Room has been procrastinating by staring at this photo all day,” Shonda Rhimes says of the photo taken at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. PLUS: This wasn’t the first time actor Eric West had (falsely) heard he was the new Harrison on “Scandal."


See pics from the new shows that have been greenlighted
Check out Katherine Heigl as a CIA agent and Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as a couple.


Bob Costas will be 80 when NBC’s Olympics deal expires in 2032
As sports media writer Richard Deitsch put it, "Game of Thrones time for those in waiting" to replace Costas. PLUS: Matt Lauer can’t wait to cover the Olympics at age 75.


Fox News’ Megyn Kelly: Jon Stewart called me after I said he was “mean”
"Stewart doesn't bother me as much as he used to,” Kelly tells Reuters. "He used to do these segments on me all the time, and then one day on the air I said he was mean and then he called me up, and we had an hour-long talk. He explained that he didn't mean to be mean and that he does satire and that he claimed I was 'one of the three journalists he respects.’”


“Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell will represent the St. Louis Rams at the NFL Draft
Check out Burrell’s official NFL Draft ID.


“Veep” creator’s next target: Washington lobbyists?
Says Armando Ianucci: “What I’m keen to look at now are all those other hundreds of thousands of people in Washington who aren’t in any administration job but somehow are always there — the lobbyists, the consultants, the think tanks, the movers and shakers, the organizers,” he said during an interview recapping the weekend. “The personalities who aren’t part of any administration. That’s an interesting area.”


NFL won’t have to force a team to participate on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”
According to the NY Post, several teams have volunteered.


Read the roasting Don Rickles received from Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
"So here we are,” said Poehler, "because they thought it was important for Don to be honored by at least one woman, which, apparently, is what we count as.”


What happened to Gunther and other famous “Friends” supporting cast members?
Here’s catching up with “Friends” regulars from Paul Rudd to “Gunther” James Michael Tyler.


Why nobody writes about popular TV shows
"There's a shallow and deep explanation,” Derek Thompson says of why shows like “NCIS” aren’t analyzed like “Mad Men.” "The shallow explanation is that TV I (and perhaps you) live in the cloistered monastery of media. Television criticism thrives with unpacking precisely the sort of shows that don't appeal to a mass audience, because they weren't made for a mass audience. Which leads to the deeper, economic explanation. Broadcast TV sells audiences. Premium TV sells a ‘brand.’”


Katie Couric: “My plate is really full”
Couric says she doesn’t see herself as having the time to temporarily replace Savannah Guthrie on “Today” while she’s on maternity leave.


“Lost” bosses pick the worst episode -- 15 to 20 episodes were "subpar, bordering on turds”
"I mean, I think the episode where Jack gets his tattoos in Thailand” was “not our finest hour,” admits Carlton Cuse. Says Damon Lindelof: "Sometimes the mistake, the thing that wasn't good, is the thing that's really part of the legacy of a show like ours.”


William Shatner headed to internet network Ora.TV
Shatner will develop shows for the network that already features Larry King, Jesse Ventura and Haylie Duff.


Kenny Kramer, who inspired the “Seinfeld” character, goes to court over “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”
Kramer is suing a former “Seinfeld” guest-actor and writer who wrote in his memoir that Kenny Kramer would shout “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” at gay people during his “Kramer Reality Tour” tour. Kramer is asking for $1 million for being allegedly defamed.


Jason Priestley recalls first love Holly Robinson Peete, “90210” cast hookups and "Donna Martin masturbates!”
Priestley and Robinson fell in love on the set of “21 Jump Street.” "I could not have asked for a more idyllic first love,” recalls Priestley. He also writes in his memoir that the marching band is shouting "Donna Martin masturbates!” during the famous "Donna Martin graduates” episode.


“CSI” expects to have Paul Guilfoyle back after tonight’s exit
"We reached a place, creatively, where it was time to say goodbye to Brass, but that doesn't mean we won't want Paul to return in some capacity in the future,” says exec producer Don McGill.


Lara Spencer apologizes for “GMA” "Cinco de Drinko" segment
On Monday, Spencer wore a sombrero, held a margarita, and said “Cinco de Drinko” was "the biggest day of the year for margarita sales.”


Here’s a visual guide to “The Mindy Project’s” homage to rom-coms
From “The Walk and Talk” to "You Love Me Until You Don’t.” PLUS: Here’s another guide.


Oxygen’s new slate includes “Sister Witches” and “Wantrepreneur”
“Finding My Father” and “Love on the Line” are also on Oxygen’s women-focused slate.


Max Greenfield compares doing “Hot in Cleveland” pre- and post-“New Girl”
Greenfield returns tonight as a different character, after having guest-starred three years ago before “New Girl."


VH1 taps “Jersey Shore” talk show host for “Dating Naked”
Amy Paffrath, who hosted “Jersey Shore After Hours" and “Jersey Shore Reunion,” will host VH1’s new naked dating show.


“Witches of East End” adds a “Magic City” alum
Actor Christian Cooke will play an important character in Season 2. PLUS: "Witches of East End" returns July 6.


For sale: A miniature version of “The Addams Family” set
An artist has created the miniature set and is selling it for $345.


A former “Dateline” producer claims she was forced to respond to sex ads
Kimberly Lengle, 33, is suing claiming producers put her in dangerous situations for their “Wild Wild Web” series.


Chris Pratt predicted the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” movie reboot in the “Parks and Rec” season finale
After “Jurassic World,” this is Pratt/Andy Dwyer’s 2nd movie prediction to come true.


“The Flintstones” is getting another movie adaptation
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are behind this latest reboot.


In defense of spoilers
As Alfred Hitchcock once said, there’s a difference between surprise and suspense. "We overestimate the importance and experience of a surprise and can't see the trees for the forest the more obsessed we get with ‘reveals' in this post-Lost world,” says Joyce Eng. "But the sequence of events we take to get there are just as, and I'd argue more, important and fascinating as the twist itself, especially if crafted well.”


On “Criminal Minds” season finale, “the stakes are insanely high”
The two-part Season 9 finale kicks off tonight.


Neil Patrick Harris gets naked for Rolling Stone cover
The former “How I Met Your Mother” star says he has a huge following of straight guys who can’t stop trying to high-five him thanks to the Barney Stinson character.


Which “Mad Men” stars showed up for Jon Hamm’s “Million Dollar Arm” premiere?
Attendees included Hamm's TV daughter and his TV ex-wife’s husband.

Fred Durst directed an eHarmony commercial
Why would the dating website be interested in the former Limp Bizkit frontman?


“Drop Dead Diva” finalizes filming by giving its crew beach cruiser bikes
In all, 115 Old Skool beach cruisers were given out, with each containing a name tag.


Kiefer Sutherland is not dating actress Sofia Karstens
People is walking back its report from yesterday.

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