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Judge tosses final lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer

Judge tosses final lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer
A federal judge ruled that Sheldon Stephens, 25, had waited too long to file suit against Kevin Clash.


Allison Tolman was “a little bit bummed” by the “Fargo” finale -- she only recently got cable
Tolman, however, says she came to realize that her ego is bigger than her character Molly’s ego, “and that Molly wouldn’t care in the least.” Tolman added that she only got cable "a second and a half ago," and is trying to catch up on all the shows she's missed. She has yet to watch "The Sopranos."


“Game of Thrones’” Renly Baratheon to play Charles Manson on NBC
Actor Gethin Anthony will take on the Manson role in “Aquarius,” joining David Duchovny, “Friday Night Lights” alum Grey Damon and “Bunheads” alum Emma Dumont.


Jerry Seinfeld: Why I sang a “Comedians in Cars” theme song
Seinfeld tweeted: "The reason for the theme song was: The episode felt so 60's sitcom with the wagon, the suburbs, the comedy Mom and Dad.. #missthemesongs”


Jason O’Mara to play George Washington
The “Terra Nova” and “Life on Mars” alum has singed on to History channel’s “Sons of Liberty” Revolutionary War miniseries.

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Will an 'Orange' star prevent Julia Louis-Dreyfus' three-peat?

Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.

Our next category:

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

The four returning nominees in this category are locks and, unlike some of the Lead Actor in a Comedy locks, they're not just default favorites. And, unlike the Lead Actor in a Comedy field, there are a few very likely contenders to add nominations this year, starting with "Orange Is The New Black" star Taylor Schilling, who will be close to a lock unless Netflix drops the ball in some way. From there, voters could go with one of several new faces, category transplants and briefly displaced former winners. This is a fun category and unlike Lead Actor in a Comedy, it's not an embarrassing "Well, we've gotta nominate somebody" fun.

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<p>Taylor Schilling in &quot;Orange Is the New Black&quot;</p>

Taylor Schilling in "Orange Is the New Black"

Credit: Netflix

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

How to make picks when half the 'comedies' are dramatic?

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots last week. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.

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<p>Andy Richter... and Ashanti!</p>

Andy Richter... and Ashanti!

Exclusive: Andy Richter joins Ashanti and more on new comedy track 'Escape from New York'

One of many funny songs from benefit album featuring Patton Oswalt, Neko Case, Reggie Watts

We already established that Neko Case and Kelly Hogan's comedy song "These Aren't the Droids" is the best thing ever. Now get ready for the next best thing ever, from the same compilation album.

The unlikely combo of Andy Richter with Ashanti, Baron Vaughn, Alonzo Bodden and Loaded Lux erupts all over "Escape from New York," from benefit album "2776." It's not monsters, earthquakes, terrorists or climate that will get the U.S.'s largest city down: this skyscraper-sized hip-hop track has news for you.

"Escape from New York," "These Aren't the Droids" and more appears on satire comedy and music album "2776," with sales going toward Onekid Oneworld, in "their efforts to promote education in Kenya and El Salvador."

Pre-sale for the album -- which goes up on July 4 -- is already running on CD Baby.

Ed Helms, Aimee Mann, Andrew W.K., Aubrey Plaza, Patton Oswalt, Ira Glass, Kids In The Hall, Margaret Cho, Reggie Watts, Will Forte, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Mike Mills, Bobcat Goldthwait, Sally Timms,  k.d.lang, Will Arnett, Alex Trebek, Samantha Bee, Cobie Smulders and others also contributed.

Listen to ALL available preview tracks below, including another favorite from Eugene Mirman ("Satan's got Kentucky...").

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith totally owns Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know': Listen

It's a new classic to go with the original classic

Sam Smith, whose “In The Lonely Hour,” came out this Tuesday, has been on the promotion circuit this week. In addition to playing his own songs during a stop at Sirius XM, he covered Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.” And when we say “covered,” we mean “owned.”

He took her early, peppy hit and turned it into a heartbreaking ballad of uncertainty, longing, and with just the right amount of ache. Accompanied only by a keyboard, his restrained version upends the original. So now we have Houston's incomparable, exuberant original to make us smile and dance and Smith's rendition to make our bottom lip tremble a little. If you want a little more delicious synchronicity, both Houston and Smith were 22 when they recorded their versions of the song.

This is how you do a cover, folks…

 

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Rosario Dawson joins Netflix’s 'Daredevil'

Rosario Dawson joins Netflix’s “Daredevil”
Her exact role hasn’t been revealed, but Netflix says she’ll play a “dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.”


“Breaking Bad” director is taking over the “Star Wars” franchise
Rian Johnson, who directed three memorable “Breaking Bad” episodes — “Fly,” “Fifty-One” and “Ozymandias” — will replace J.J. Abrams as writer and director of "Star Wars" Episodes VIII and IX.

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<p>Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo</p>

Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo

Credit: AP Photo

Oprah Winfrey-produced 'Selma' moves to Christmas just in time for the Oscar game

Paramount has another player for the upcoming circuit

I had been sitting back wondering whether Ava DuVernay's "Selma" would be ready in time for this year's upcoming awards season. Paramount already has a couple of things to play with, from Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" to Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." Well, add another, as DuVernay's film has just been slated for a Christmas Day limited release.

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NBC’s Beatles miniseries hits a snag

NBC’s Beatles miniseries hits a snag
The Peacock hasn’t secured likeness rights of the Fab Four, or music rights to The Beatles catalogue. NBC will also have to contend with another Beatles project that Sony is developing for cable TV.


“The Simpsons” books Will Forte
He’ll play the owner of King Toot’s Music Store.


“Freaks and Geeks” creator Paul Feig has released his character bible
“The bible for 'Freaks and Geeks' was for the executives, of course, but I mostly wrote it for me,” Feig explains in this excerpt from the book "Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers."


Mindy Kaling pitches app ideas in a speech at “Made With Code” event
Kaling’s ideas include “What’s His Deal?” and “Shazam for Perfumes!”


A dictionary has added “New Girl’s” tagline “adorkable”
Collins English Dictionary defines the word, coined by a Fox exec, as "socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way."


“The Killing” sweaters are up for auction on eBay
You can own the sweater worn by Rosie Larsen. PLUS: Read a preview of “The Killing” prequel novel.

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Tracy Morgan out of the hospital, transferred to a rehab center

Tracy Morgan out of the hospital, transferred to a rehab center
Morgan's publicist released a statement today saying: "While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go."


Samantha Harris may need chemo after her cancer spreads
Says the former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host, who underwent a mastectomy: "If I need it, I will take a deep breath and readjust my focus."


Report: NBC declined to air “Obvious Child” ads because they contained the word “abortion”
Page Six reports that NBC turned down the ad, while NBC says it never received the proposed commercial.


Adam Richman apologizes for calling a woman the C-word on Instagram
The “Man Vs. Food” star got in a fight on social media.


Sasha Obama is the latest Obama daughter to visit a TV show set
The 13-year-old Sasha got to meet the cast of “Pretty Little Liars” — but she didn’t have to fetch coffee, unlike her sister Malia on the set of “Extant.”


Allison Janney won 2 Critics’ Choice TV Awards -- and told an orgasm joke in each acceptance speech
Janney won awards for “Mom” and “Masters of Sex.” PLUS: Watch Matthew McConaughey’s befudding Critics' Choice TV Awards lecture.


Amazon orders “Really” comedy pilot starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Sarah Chalke, Selma Blair
Lindsay Sloane and Rob Delaney also star in the comedy about four hard-charging couples in Chicago.


“Royal Pains” books Cheyenne Jackson
He’ll play the owner of a perfumery in the Hamptons.


Could “Enlisted” survive elsewhere?
Why the Fox military sitcom’s final episode, airing Sunday, may not be the last we see of it.


“Rookie Blue” returns down, about 1 million watched the Critics’ Choice TV Awards
Season 5 of “Rookie Blue” was down slightly from its Season 4 premiere.


“Looking” is set to get 2 extra episodes in Season 2
According to TV Line, Season 2 will consist of 10 episodes, up from Season 1’s eight episodes.


“Storage Wars” auctioneer Dan Dotson suffered a double brain aneurysm
Dotson underwent a successful surgery on Tuesday after behaving bizarrely on Monday.


J. August Richards joins “The Lottery” on Lifetime
The former “Angel” star will play the deputy secretary of state on the post-apocalyptic drama.


Jimmy Kimmel gets a 6-year-old girl to give him parenting advice
“I suggest you start changing the diaper” was her biggest piece of advice.


Matt Lauer wore a shorts suit on “Today”
Lauer was just demonstrating the latest in guy’s style this morning.

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<p>Missy Peregrym of &quot;Rookie Blue&quot;</p>

Missy Peregrym of "Rookie Blue"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Big Bang' repeat, rising 'Hell's Kitchen' lead Thursday split

'Rookie Blue' premiere puts ABC in a close second overall

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 19, 2014.

A solid week-to-week bump for "Hell's Kitchen" helped FOX win Thursday night among young viewers, while the night's overall leader continued to be CBS, powered by a "Big Bang Theory" repeat.

Among other notables, "Hell's Kitchen" helped "Gang Related" post a tiny gain as the drama tied with NBC's dipping "Undateable."

Meanwhile, ABC's "Rookie Blue" returned with soft demo numbers, but a solid overall audience and The CW also got OK returns for the Critics' Choice TV Awards.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Enlisted</p>

Enlisted

Credit: FOX

Why I'm not ready to say goodbye to 'Enlisted' yet

FOX airs the military comedy's final episode on Sunday night, but it deserves more

It's funny, the things you get caught up in on this job sometime. This morning, I sat down to write my review of Sunday's episode of "Enlisted." Part of that process involved writing a headline in our publishing system, and that in turn required me to decide if I wanted to refer to the next episode as the season finale or the series finale.

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<p>Orange Is the New Black</p>

Orange Is the New Black

Credit: Netflix

Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - 'Low Self-Esteem City/You Also Have a Pizza'

Gloria and Poussey get flashbacks, Piper starts a newspaper, and Caputo's band has a gig

Continuing our periodic look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, I have a review of episodes 5 and 6 coming up just as soon as the song is a metaphor about my vasectomy reversal...

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