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'Friends' is still influential on the 10 anniversary of its series finale

“Friends” is still influential on the 10 anniversary of its series finale
The "untraditional, improvisatory families” that “Friends” celebrated are now staples on television, from “Modern Family” to “Trophy Wife.” “Friends” even had a gay wedding during its run. PLUS: “Friends” season finale marked the end of NBC’s dominance, and “Friends” gave 20-somethings unrealistic expectations.


Billy Eichner to star in USA pilot “Difficult People” from producer Amy Poehler
Poehler is teaming with her fellow “Parks and Rec” employee and his “Billy on the Street” writer Julia Klausner for a comedy about two friends in NYC who hate everybody.


“The Maya Rudolph Show”: Watch the 1st promo
“I am also here,” sings Andy Samberg.


John Oliver’s set includes a “Game of Thrones” castle
If you take a close look at the background of “Last Week Tonight," you can see where Stannis Baratheon hangs out. PLUS: Oliver got a letter from juice maker he described as making “dog juice.”


W. Kamau Bell weighs in on “SNL” Leslie Jones controversy: "When I watched the bit I kept thinking about white people”
"I was thinking about the white people who (I’m sure) make up the vast majority of SNL’s studio audience,” he explains, "the white people who (definitely) make up the vast majority of the TV audience, and the white person (Colin Jost) who was sitting next to Leslie during the bit. I took a scientific poll of myself, and I determined that it just felt like too many white people were watching her bit. Especially for a bit as potentially (and actually) incendiary as the one Leslie did. I didn’t trust that those white people understood the historic context behind the bit. I didn’t trust that it wouldn’t lead to frat boys walking up to black women with Afros and saying, 'I’d totally do you over Lupita Nyong’o!… Hey! Where you going?’ IMHO, context is what made Leslie Jones’s bit seem weird to some (like me) and offensive to others.” PLUS: Good on Lorne Michaels and the writing staff for allowing Jones to go there, this kind of comedy about slavery has been done many times before.


“24” producers explain the "Live Another Day" similarities to Edward Snowden
"As we looked at Edward Snowden and the NSA, we realized Chloe herself is as much a fugitive as Jack is,” says exec producer Manny Coto. "She's the one who closed down the satellite at the end of season eight, which allowed Jack to escape.” PLUS: “24” seems to be taking its cues from “Homeland,” and “24: Live Another Day” is the perfect reboot for newbies.


Yvonne Strahovski talks about appearing last night on “24” and “Louie”
She says her “Louie” role was “slightly terrifying,” while she had to binge-watch Seasons 1 and 8 of “24” to get to know who Jack Bauer was since she had never watched the show before. PLUS: Is Strahovski’s character a female Jack Bauer?


IFC announces a new logo and slogan
“Always On, Slightly Off” is IFC’s new motto.


Washington, D.C. councilman: “Scandal” would be willing to shoot in D.C. if given incentives
Councilman Vincent Orange says if the ABC drama is given the funding, it’ll shoot some Season 4 scenes in August. “Scandal” usually uses L.A. to portray D.C.


Louis CK urged critics not to write about the opening scene in the “Louie” premiere
But why that scene? PLUS: The season premiere was based on a true story.


American TV viewers watch just 9% of the TV channels available to them
Nielsen found that the average U.S. TV home receives 189 TV channels, but only 17 to 18 of them are watched.


Tony Goldwyn’s “The Divide” gets a WEtv premiere date
The legal drama starring Marin Ireland, Damon Gupton, Clarke Peters and Nia Long debuts July 23.


Jon Hamm recalls his “24” alum prom date, and working as softcore porn set-dresser while filming that dating show
Hamm gets the Vanity Fair cover treatment. He recalls dating Sarah Clarke, who had a crush on Paul Rudd in high school — resulting in a "Paul Rudd–Jon Hamm showdown."

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"24: Live Another Day"

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TV Ratings: '24' return clocks in strong, while 'The Voice' leads NBC Monday

ABC leads overall, while '2 Broke Girls' finales weak

Fast National ratings for Monday, May 5, 2014.

Although it was below its Season 8 averages, "24" had a strong return for FOX on Monday, pushing the network close to "Voice"-boosted NBC among young viewers, though not especially close to "Dancing with the Stars"-boosted ABC overall.

The funny thing to remember is that "24" averaged over 9 million live viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 in its final season, numbers that seemed a little sluggish, but still totally respectable at the time. Now, of course, those would be blockbuster numbers for a drama, especially the key demo figure. So the "24: Live Another Day" average of approaching 8 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating? Well, you can either view it as down from established "24" standards, or far better than any drama FOX has aired this season since the early "Sleepy Hollow" episodes. Maybe I'll do analysis when Finals come in.

When you look at other numbers, "Dancing with the Stars" was down steely from last week, while "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" were basically flat.

Presumably it was "24" that took a big bite out of "2 Broke Girls" and "Friends with Better Lives."

And over on The CW, "The Tomorrow People" rose for its first season finale.

On to the numbers...

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'24' does well for Fox, but was down 29% from its last season premiere

“24” does well for Fox, but was down 29% from its last season premiere
About 8 million viewers watched the two-hour premiere of “Live Another Day."


“Game of Thrones” hits yet another series high with 7.2 million viewers
The success of “Game of Thrones” bolstered “Veep” and “Silicon Valley,” which reached season highs Sunday.


Brad Paisley to judge ABC’s “Rising Star”
Paisley is the first big name ABC has been able to grab after rejections from Gwen Stefani, Pitbull and Luke Bryan.

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Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
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Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda join all-star cast of Paolo Sorrentino's post-Oscar project

Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano will also star in 'Youth'

The last time high-style Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino attempted an English-language film, the results were interesting but muddled: starring Sean Penn as a past-prime goth-rock star crossing America in search of a Nazi war hunter, 2011's unabashedly odd Irish-Italian co-production "This Must Be the Place" had its champions, but was deemed enough of a misfire to send the director back to the safety of home. His follow-up, last year's Fellini-inspired Roman valentine "The Great Beauty" was as Italian as Italian can be, and his most universally acclaimed film to date -- even winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

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ABC extends 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' through January 2017

ABC extends “Jimmy Kimmel Live” through January 2017
The two-season extension comes as Kimmel’s show has seen a 16% boost in total ratings. The new deal ends after Kimmel’s 14th year on air.

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"Friends."

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The one where 'Friends' ended 10 years ago tonight

Looking back on the legacy of one of TV's most successful sitcoms

Today in We Are All Getting Old And There Is Nothing We Can Do About It: 10 years ago tonight, a little show called "Friends" aired its last episode (titled, in that "Friends" style, "The Last One"). Dan and I are going to talk more about the anniversary on today's Firewall & Iceberg video show, but I wanted to bring up a few points for everybody to kick around in the meantime:

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NBC yanks 'Believe' and 'Crisis' from the final Sunday of May sweeps

NBC yanks “Believe” and “Crisis” from the final Sunday of May sweeps
Both freshman series look to be dead, as the Peacock has decided to replace them with a “Women of SNL” rerun.


Jimmy Kimmel pits Julia Roberts vs. Sally Field in “Celebrity Curse Off”
Watch the two Oscar winners battle it out in their use of profanity.


“Friends” ended 10 years ago today
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the “Friends” series finale, check out 27 rare photos from the first season, which aired nearly 20 years ago.


“Orange is the New Black” promotes 2
Nick Sandow and Selenis Leyva will become series regulars in Season 3.


It’s official: Seth Meyers will revive rejected “SNL” sketches
“Second Chance Theater” kicks off May 13 on “Late Night” with Will Forte and “Jenjamin Franklin.”

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Adam Goldberg of "Fargo"

Interview: 'Fargo' co-star Adam Goldberg on ASL challenges and Calgary cold

Also, the "Midnight Cowboy" thing? Not intentional.

In March, I was on the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo" and I got to talk to most of the show's main stars, including Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Keith Carradine, and Colin Hanks and Joey King. I also chatted with producers Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield and, before the premiere, I interviewed Billy Bob Thornton as well.

The characters on the reimagined take on the Coen Brothers' Oscar winner are compelling and that gives everybody involved plenty to discuss, so I hope to keep checking off members of the eclectic cast plenty to talk about.

Up next? Adam Goldberg, who was introduced in the second episode as a fiery hitman whose name has never been given. Official FX literature says that Goldberg is Mr. Numbers, while Russell Harvard's character is Mr. Wrench. Apparently, we aren't going to learn anything more than that.

Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench are intriguing because they're dressed an awful lot like Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight's characters from the classic "Midnight Cowboy" and because all of their dialogue together is delivered in often passionately delivered ASL. Goldberg's character also gets to talk in frequently irritated bursts of speech, but Harvard only communicates in sign language. It's a unique partnership. 

Goldberg is a master of frequently irritated speech in films like "Dazed and Confused" and on the small screen on shows like "Friends" and in the Hawley-created brilliant-but-cancelled ABC drama "The Unusuals." He's carried that over into his work as an indie writer-director, a gig that nearly prevented him from taking the "Fargo" role and reuniting with Hawley.

It's also a master of irritated speech in real life. The guy is NOT a fan of the cold weather in Calgary, it turns out. And he was really worried about his ability to do justice to the ASL dialogue. 

And it turns out that the "Midnight Cowboy" thing? Well, it wasn't a part of his thought process. 

Click through for my chat with Goldberg, which covers that terrain and more. And check out "Fargo" on FX on Tuesday nights.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': Is Lizzie a good addition to the cast?

Vicki thinks Brooks is the bomb, but should she?

You would think David whisking Shannon away for a night of romance at the St. Regis would be intensely romantic. Or, if not romantic, at least not unsettling and kind of creepy. Unfortunately, when Shannon declares she needs to get just a little drunker to stomach the idea of having sex with her husband and searches for an open bottle for a quick swig, it was pretty clearly the latter and not the former. You know what's great foreplay? Asking your wife over dinner when she's getting her boobs "firmed up." I kept waiting for David to shove an envelope of money into her purse and shove her out the door with her shoes in her hand after he was done with her. The worst part? She was so grateful he was finally making time for her! 

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<p>Louis C.K. in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. in "Louie."

Credit: FX

Season premiere review: 'Louie' - 'Back/Model'

Louie suffers an injury, then spends a long, strange night on the Hamptons

"Louie" finally returned to our television sets tonight. I published my advance review of the new season earlier today, and I have specific thoughts on tonight's two episodes coming up just as soon as I write a letter to AIDS...

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"Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars': Abby Lee Miller is one tough judge

The 'Dance Moms' star takes an independent stance

Is that Mark Ballas singing? Yes, yes it is. And then he's dancing. He's a man of many talents, that Mark Ballas. He's got a single, because why not? It's called "Get My Name" so quick, go to iTunes! Anyway, Abby Lee Miller of the Lifetime show "Dance Moms" will be joining the judges' panel, which will either be great fun or extremely stressful. She isn't going to be shy about what she thinks, and while I have to believe she'll be easier on celebrities than she is on little kids, there's a good chance she'll tangle with the other judges since they're used to guest judges who say things like, "I don't know anything about what you were doing, but you were so passionate!"

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<p>Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub in &quot;24: Live Another Day.&quot;</p>

Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub in "24: Live Another Day."

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Season premiere review: '24: Live Another Day' - '11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m./12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.'

Jack and Chloe turn up in London as another POTUS is in need of saving

Jack Bauer is back. I published an advance review of the "24: Live Another Day" premiere this morning, and I have some spoiler-y thoughts on these first two episodes coming up just as soon as we sit the whole thing out in Greenland...

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