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'Louie' returns up

“Louie” returns up
Season 4’s first two episodes were up 19% over the Season 3 average, attracting about 941,000 viewers.

Larry King: "I am glad I am not at CNN now with this missing plane”
The former CNN star says his former network made a mistake going overboard on its missing plane coverage and he says CNN boss Jeff Zucker is wrong to declare interview shows dead.


Watch a “Grey’s Anatomy” tribute to Cristina and Meredith
One of the best depictions of friendship on TV.


NBC orders a 2nd edition of Ryan Seacrest’s iHeartRadio Music Awards
Last week’s telecast brought in only “so-so” ratings.


Starz renews “Da Vinci’s Demons,” developing “Blackbirds”
The Leonardo da Vinci series will be back for a 3rd season under new showrunner John Shiban, who is also developing a the series “Blackbirds” based on the novels by Chuck Wendig about a female runaway who can see how and when you die by touching you.


A new Muppets TV show?
The co-writer of the recent Muppet movies says there’s talk of bringing back the Muppets for a variety show.


Why would "Dancing" let Abby Lee Miller guest-judge?
Ratings fell for last night’s episode, featuring the controversial “Dance Moms” star, who didn’t add much to the show.


“Downton Abbey” losing another cast member
Lily James has committed instead to the new “Cinderella” film.


Kiefer Sutherland is dating actress Sofia Karstens
Karstens, who appears on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” is separated from Jason London.


“Sleepy Hollow” adds Timothy Busfield to play Benjamin Franklin
“The West Wing” alum will recur on the CW series.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Jersey Boys&quot;</p>

A scene from "Jersey Boys"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' to premiere at 2014 LA film fest

Will it arrive as an awards contender this summer?

Clint Eastwood hasn't hit it big on the Oscar circuit in some time. Films like "Changeling," "Invictus" and "Hereafter" scored the casual nomination here or there, but his last Best Picture nominee came nearly a decade ago with "Letters from Iwo Jima." Will "Jersey Boys" change all of that? We'll know if the adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical has that kind of muscle sooner rather than later, as the film has been announced as the closing night premiere of this year's Los Angeles Film Festival.

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<p>Christopher Nolan</p>

Christopher Nolan

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Teaser poster for Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' reaches for the stars

The Matthew McConaughey-starring sci-fi drama is out in November

By anyone's standards, Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is shaping up to be one of the year's major event films: with a cast headlined by newly minted Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway, and a November release date that places in the thick of awards season, the sci-fi drama looks to have both its prestige and blockbuster bases covered. Nolan's last originally scripted film, "Inception," got him his first Best Picture Oscar nomination; hopes are similarly high for this still heavily-shrouded tale of space travelers entering a wormhole.

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'Dance Mom's' Maddie Ziegler in Sia's 'Chandelier'

Sia's haunting new video for 'Chandelier' with 'Dance Mom's' Maddie Ziegler

Come for the dancing, stay for the creepiness

Want to know what it feels like to have a manic episode? Watch Sia’s new spellbinding video for “Chandelier.”

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"Spring Breakers"
"Spring Breakers"
Credit: A24 Films

'Spring Breakers' sequel coming your way, courtesy of 'Trainspotting' writer

The film is one of several projects being sold at Cannes by Wild Bunch

Look at my shee-yit... again. Yep, what started as iffy-sounding, blog-based rumor a couple of months ago seems now to have become a real thing: Harmony Korine's girls-gone-wild provocation "Spring Breakers" is getting a sequel. 

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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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<p>&quot;24: Live Another Day&quot;</p>

"24: Live Another Day"

Credit: FOX

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."

Credit: NBC

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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