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Tony Shalhoub joins 'Nurse Jackie'

Tony Shalhoub joins “Nurse Jackie”
The “Monk” alum will recur as an ER doctor who befriends Nurse Jackie.

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Jay Leno on Robin Williams: 'He was a guy I would have liked to have grown old with'

Jay Leno on Robin Williams: "He was a guy I would have liked to have grown old with”
“It would have been fun to be 87 or 88 with him,” says Leno, who’s one year older than Williams. "I look at Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks and I go, 'How much fun will that be for Jerry (Seinfeld) and I and Robin and all the other guys when we get older to tell lies about how famous we used to be.' And I realize now I'll never have that opportunity with Robin.”

Ian Somerhalder shares his first Season 6 “Vampire Diaries” pics of Damon
“Did he eat Bonnie?”

"SNL" alum Horatio Sanz: Will Ferrell helped George W. Bush with his likable impression
In the “SNL” updated oral history book, Sanz blames Lorne Michaels and former head political writer Jim Downey, who leans conservative, for “SNL” appearing too neutral, or too soft on the right. He also thinks Ferrell’s impression influenced how voters saw Bush. "You know, if Will hadn't done that impression, or at least made him likable, it may have tipped it the other way,” he says. "I honestly think so. We made up for it. I think Tina's impression basically killed Sarah Palin.” PLUS: Obama rejected a sketch about racial profiling.


Dan Patrick’s “Sports Jeopardy!” debuts on Crackle on Sept. 24
The Sony-owned digital network has ordered 52 episodes.

Al Roker turns 60, gets offered a White House job from Vice President Biden
“Look,” said Biden, "if I were running the administration or the next one, I’d have you in it. I mean, what the hell?”

ABC’s “Selfie” can be watched on Twitter
The pilot has also been available in a tweet.

DirecTV renews Neil LaBute’s “Full Circle”
The relationship drama will be back for a 10-episode 2nd season.

“Cosmos” has become a hit among stoners
The four-time Emmy winner from Seth MacFarlane has become huge in the marijuana-consuming world.

Kathy Griffin joins forces with the Zingbot to roast “Big Brother” contestants
Watch a preview of tonight’s episode.

“House of Cards” alum Rachel Brosnahan joins “The Dovekeepers”
She’ll play a key role in the four-hour miniseries from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett about four women at the siege of Masada.

“Jersey Shore’s” Ronnie & Sammi are officially over
"We were drifting apart and not really spending any time together,” says Ronnie Ortiz-Magro.

“20/20’s” Elizabeth Vargas is headed for divorce
As she heads back to rehab, Vargas is reportedly dealing with her family falling apart.

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<p>Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

Emmy Predictions 2014: Outstanding comedy/drama lead actress

Can anyone beat Julia Louis-Dreyfus? Will Claire Danes threepeat?

Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.

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CBS will show 'Madam Secretary’s' pilot twice in 1 night

CBS will show “Madam Secretary’s” pilot twice in 1 night
Due to an NFL delay, “Madam Secretary” will debut before and after “The Good Wife."

NBC's “Working the Engels” canceled
The U.S.-Canadian summer family comedy has been yanked in favor of new “Welcome to Sweden” episodes.

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<p>&quot;Madam Secretary&quot;</p>

"Madam Secretary"

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CBS doubles 'Madam Secretary' premiere to combat NFL delay

Tea Leoni drama is being protected from scheduling uncertainty

Well, this is one way to keep your new show from getting lost amidst an inevitable Sunday primetime delay.

CBS announced on Wednesday (August 20) that next month's "Madam Secretary" premiere will get a same-night encore to combat inevitable confusion caused by an NFL doubleheader.

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Showtime renews 'Masters of Sex' and 'Ray Donovan'

Showtime renews “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan”
Both sophomore shows will be back for Season 3.

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Masters of Sex

Showtime renews 'Masters of Sex' & 'Ray Donovan' for season 3

Both series to return with 12-episode runs next year

The cable drama renewals just keep on coming. A few hours after AMC announced a second season of "Halt and Catch Fire," and a day after "Rectify" and "The Strain" got renewed, Showtime has ordered third seasons of both "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan." Both shows will be back next year with 12-episode seasons, and are each halfway through their second seasons.

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Billy Crystal will speak in tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys

Billy Crystal will speak in tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys
At last year’s Emmys, Robin Williams spoke in tribute to Jonathan Winters. PLUS: Sara Bareilles will provide the "In Memoriam" music.

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Read an excerpt from 'SNL’s' updated oral history: Sarah Palin hated being portrayed as an 'idiot'

Read an excerpt from “SNL’s” updated oral history: Sarah Palin hated being portrayed as an “idiot”
In "Live From New York” by Tom Shales and James Miller, which adds 200 pages to the 2002 book, Palin says: "I know that they portrayed me as an idiot, and I hated that, and I wanted to come on the show and counter some of that...If I ran into Tina Fey again today, I would say: 'You need to at least pay for my kids' braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you're me! My goodness, you capitalized on that! Can't you contribute a little bit? Jeez!’"

Discovery orders "Bear Grylls: Breaking Point”
Grylls’ new show will help everyday people overcome their biggest fears.

“Saved by the Bell” first aired 25 years ago today
Here are 25 things you never knew about the show that originated from "Good Morning, Miss Bliss.” PLUS: Here are some “Saved” guest-stars, from "Punky Brewster "to Tara Reid.

Bryan Cranston autographs a baseball as “Walter White”
“I can use a guy like you,” the former “Breaking Bad” star wrote in his autograph for pitcher Brian Wilson at last night’s Dodger game.

Connie Britton takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The “Nashville” star nominated her former roommate, Lauren Graham. PLUS: TMZ staffers gleefully dump ice water on Harvey Levin.

“Conan” is devoting an entire episode to bloopers
Thursday’s episode is being dubbed the “scrapisode."

“Parks and Rec” bringing back Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales
Tammy 2 and Tom Haverford’s ex will be part of the final season.

Jimmy Fallon beats Pierce Brosnan in "GoldenEye 007”
The former James Bond was easily beaten in the classic Nintendo game.

Another Duggar is on the way
Recently married "19 Kids and Counting” star Jill Duggar is pregnant.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;America&#39;s Got Talent&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "America's Got Talent"

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TV Ratings: Dipping 'America's Got Talent' leads NBC Tuesday, CBS repeats rise

CBS is a close second overall, but can't compete in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

With "America's Got Talent" carrying NBC to victory in all measures, Tuesday's other very minor notables included an audience bump for CBS' "NCIS" repeat and a drop for ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss."

NBC's "Food Fighters" got a tiny audience bump, while ABC's "20/20: From Hell" special attracted little interest.

On to the numbers...

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'Halt and Catch Fire' renewed for Season 2

"Halt and Catch Fire" renewed for Season 2
AMC's '80s-set computer drama had disappointing ratings, but was redeemed by DVR viewership.

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<p>Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Halt and Catch Fire

Credit: AMC

AMC renews 'Halt and Catch Fire' for season 2

'80s computer drama had low ratings but showed creative promise at the end

Those summer cable drama renewals just keep on coming, folks. A day after Sundance ordered a third season of "Rectify" and FX ordered a second of "The Strain," AMC belatedly announced a second season order for "Halt and Catch Fire."

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