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LeBron James

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TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 1 ratings cause 'Undateable' to cramp up on Thursday

'Gang Related' and 'Last Comic Standing' are also down against Spurs-Heat

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 5, 2014.

The air-conditioning-free Game 1 of the NBA Finals caused problems for both LeBron James and ABC's competition on Thursday night as the Heat-Spurs showdown dominated primetime in all measures.

The Miami/San Antonio opener was in line with last year's Game 1 ratings, which makes sense since that was also a Heat-Spurs Finals.

Fittingly, only "Hell's Kitchen," which only had to face ABC's pre-game, avoided drops on Thursday as "Undateable," "Gang Related" and "Last Comic Standing" all dipped.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Orange Is the New Black.&quot;</p>

"Orange Is the New Black."

Credit: Netflix

Season premiere review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - 'Thirsty Bird/Looks Blue, Tastes Red'

Piper gets the spotlight in season 2's first hour, and then the ensemble takes over

Netflix released the new season of "Orange Is the New Black" last night, and I offered some early thoughts on the season yesterday. My plan is to review the season two episodes at a time, at a pace that may be weekly or may be more irregular than that, just to see how things go given the collision of the Netflix distribution model with the weekly discussion model. Thoughts on the first two episodes coming up just as soon as my mom tells me my birth story...

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Are Shailene Woodley and Kristen Stewart really 2015 Oscar players?

Are Shailene Woodley and Kristen Stewart really 2015 Oscar players?

Popular actresses making noise in June

"The Fault in Our Stars" arrives in theaters tomorrow having already transformed itself from summer sleeper to expected blockbuster. The reviews have been very positive with a number of critics even admitting they were bawling at the end. That being said, when it really comes down to it, most reviewers will admit Josh Boone's direction leaves a lot to be desired. Still, the movie works. Why?  The reasons are two fold.

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TV Land will celebrate 'The Brady Bunch’s' Alice with a 12-hour marathon

TV Land will celebrate “The Brady Bunch’s” Alice with a 12-hour marathon
Saturday’s marathon in honor of Ann B. Davis airs from 6 am to 6 pm.


Jeremy Sisto joins “The Returned”
The “Suburgatory” alum will co-star opposite Kevin Alejandro, playing a psychologist who helps people struggling with grief when zombies start appearing.


Why do we watch “Game of Thrones” reaction videos?
Is there some catharsis in seeing somebody experiencing a shocking scene for the first time?


“Orange is the New Black” is beating “House of Cards” in online buzz
Social media mentions for the new season of the Netflix series are far exceeding Kevin Spacey’s political drama. But “Cards” is still tops on Wikipedia.


Why are women in prison all the rage on TV?
It’s not just “Orange is the New Black.” Women have been put in prison recently on “Justified,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Shameless.” The other showrunners say the Netflix hit didn't influence them. They just wanted to have storylines with female antiheroes.


Jimmy Fallon’s success hasn’t really hurt Letterman or Jimmy Kimmel
In fact, Fallon’s “Tonight Show” has brought in new younger viewers to late-night. PLUS: Here is KROQ “Sports Guy” Kimmel in the 90s.


“Dancing’s” Amy Purdy to serve as a guest model on “The Price is Right”
The Paralympic athlete reunites with fellow “Dancing” star Drew Carey next week.


A Hamptons landlord is getting a lot of flak for renting a storefront to the Kardashians
“Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptons” began filming on Tuesday, and landlord Irma Herzog has been bombarded by angry comments from neighbors and people online.


“House of Cards” is holding an open casting call for actors with a “DC political look”
The casting notice for Saturday is for everybody, but you have to be “dressed to showcase your DC political look."


“Modern Family” became selective in casting big-name guest-stars because it didn’t want to become “Will & Grace”
“Early days in the series, we had a lot of names on, and there was kind of a backlash, like, oh, is this turning into ‘Will and Grace?’“ says casting director Jeff Greenberg. “The show didn’t need to rely on guest stars, and we really want to choose the right person for the part.”


“SNL’s” Jay Pharaoh: "Hopefully I'll get a chance to show people an even more in-depth picture of Jay Pharoah”
Pharoah points out that in his 4th season, he kind of got away from doing impressions to doing more characters. "There are characters that haven't got on that have killed,” he says, adding: I feel like people are starting to see it, and that's good because I'm not just a person who does voices or impressions. This season has been great as far as people saying, 'You're coming into your own.’"


Jessica Pare speculates on Megan’s “Mad Men” fate
How much will she appear in the final episodes?


“Girls” set photos reveal spoilers
Who’s that with Gillian Jacobs?


On “Louie’s” attempted rape scene: “Boy, is it a risk”
"If you don’t follow up on what happened, you can trivialize it,” says James Poniewozik. "If you do follow up, yes, it can be bold and socially valuable to show that audience that, look: guys who do this sort of thing don’t walk around with labels on their forehead.”


“Bob’s Burgers” meets Beyonce
Check out a mashup with Beyonce's "Partition" video.


Watch Amy Poehler as an intense soccer coach
It’s her latest Old Navy ad.


ABC moving “Black Box” to 8 pm
“Black Box” will return June 19 to air its remaining episodes.


TV’s comedy showrunners trade war stories
They also talk about niche shows, keeping their casts happy and ejaculation shots.


How TV evolved in working around pregnant actresses
Producers have come up with all sorts of ways to conceal a real-life pregnancy, from computer graphics to using body doubles.


Ian Somerhalder named a United Nations goodwill ambassador for its Environment Program
“The Vampire Diaries” star has been committed to environmental causes.


“The Wil Wheaton Project” is hurting itself by not nerding it up
Instead Wheaton’s Syfy version of “The Soup” has tried to capture a broader audience.


“Silicon Valley’s” Kumail Nanjiani launches an “X-Files” podcast
Each episode of “The X-Files Files” will tackle a different episode of the sci-fi classic.


Tyler Perry’s OWN drama “If Loving You Is Wrong” rounds sets its cast
The series follows a group of husbands and wives living on the same street.


What it’s really like to win the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battle that inspired “Silicon Valley”
Craig Walker, CEO of UberConference, says last week’s episode was pretty dead-on: "I get guys who are just like each of those guys. I don’t think we have any like full-blown Satanists, but we do have loud agnostics.”


Watch TV’s greatest catchphrases, compiled
The “Today” stars also revealed their fave catchphrases.


In Season 2, “Orange is the New Black" becomes a smart drama that respects itself
"The second season of 'Orange Is the New Black,’” says Heather Havrilesky, "is much less like a manic, comedic prison-themed episode of 'The L-Word’ and much more of a smart drama that respects itself enough to lean into its heavier moments without always retreating to the safety of one-liners. In its second season, the comedy of “OITNB” feels more like the comedy of “The Sopranos”; it’s not meant to undercut the darkness so much as sharpen the contrast and turn up the dial on the show’s overall emotional impact.” PLUS: Season 2’s first 6 episodes outshine Season 1’s first 6 episodes, Season 2 is even more powerful than Season 1, Season 2 feels scattershot with less urgency, “Orange” might be better off without Piper, how the “OITNB” composers came up with a cavernous sound, Season 2 is more sprawling — like a feast, the real treasure are the flashback scenes, “OITNB” is pretty tame compared to “Caged Heat,” the actual “OITNB” prison is an inhumane dump, go behind the scenes of the “OITNB” set, food is the real star of the Netflix series, a psychiatrist analyzes all the characters, and how the cast approaches playing cons.

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10 best lyrics from Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' album

10 best lyrics from Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' album

Commemorating the album's 30th anniversary

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” The album, which sold more than 15 million copies in the U.S. alone, is not only his best-selling title, it is likely his most misunderstood. The title track, about the disillusionment of the American Dream as seen through the eyes of a soldier returning from Vietnam, became a controversial lightning rod after then-president Ronald Reagan and other conservatives embraced it as a patriotic anthem.

The album boasted a staggering seven top 10 singles (a record shared with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation 1814”) and catapulted Springsteen from star to stadium-filling superstar.

Here’s a look back at the 10 best lyrics from the album.

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<p>Peter Dinklage of &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>

Peter Dinklage of "Game of Thrones"

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones' has become more popular than 'The Sopranos' sorta kinda

By one measurement, Westeros has now surpassed New Jersey

Congratulations, with myriad caveats, to "Game of Thrones" for becoming the most popular series in HBO's history, at least in some ways of measuring these things.

HBO proudly announced on Thursday (June 5) that the current fourth season of "Game of Thrones" is averaging a gross audience of 18.4 million viewers. That surpasses the 2002 season of "The Sopranos," which had an average gross audience of 18.2 million viewers.

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Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'Americanah' is more exciting than 'Star Wars Episode VII'
Credit: Alexi Lubomirski for Lancôme

Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'Americanah' is more exciting than 'Star Wars Episode VII'

This is what real representation looks like

There was a fair amount of excitement that greeted the recent news that Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie had been added to the cast of "Star Wars," and the exaltations that I read were just as fervent as the condemnations of the table read photo that led me to write this piece a few weeks ago. I'm glad people are excited for them to be cast, and I certainly think they are both talented performers, but I'm not sure party hats are appropriate yet.

I think both sets of reactions are sort of ridiculous, and not because I have any problem with the idea of discussing how people feel under-represented in movies. I think the reactions are ridiculous because we still have no idea what roles they're playing or what story is being told. We have no idea if they'll have big roles or small roles or even interesting roles. Terrence Stamp is one of my favorite actors, and he makes 100% no difference in "The Phantom Menace." It is inconsequential to even mention his work in the film because of how little he has to do. Who knows? Maybe Lupita Nyong'o will be sitting next to Han Solo in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and get every great line in the film.

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'Game of Thrones' tops 'The Sopranos' to become HBO’s most-watched series ever

“Game of Thrones” tops “The Sopranos” to become HBO’s most-watched series ever
An average gross audience of 18.4 million has been watching this season, which beats “The Sopranos’” peak season in 2002, which had an average gross audience of 18.2 million.

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Daytime Emmys won’t air on TV — catch the livestream!

Daytime Emmys won’t air on TV — catch the livestream!
The June 22 ceremony couldn’t find a TV home this year, so it’ll air on the web, a first for a major long-running awards show.


Kellan Lutz and Malin Akerman are coming back to “The Comeback”
They’ll reprise their roles for the six-episode follow-up to Lisa Kudrow’s HBO comedy.


Hillary Clinton preempts “The Bachelorette”
Monday’s "Bachelorette" has been delayed so that ABC News could broadcast an interview with the possible future presidential candidate. As Chris Harrison puts it, "In all seriousness she's on this journey for the right reasons & ABC news promises most dramatic interview ever!"


George R.R. Martin auctioning a chance to have you get killed off on “Game of Thrones"
Benefitting Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot, the charity auction will allow you to choose your character’s name, your "character’s station in the world (lordling, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything) and you will certainly meet a grisly death!,” says Martin.


Peter Bogdanovich to direct TV miniseries “The Inventor and the Tycoon”
“The Last Picture Show” director and “Sopranos” actor will direct an adaptation of the 2013 book “The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures,” which tells the story of the early days of cinema, featuring motion-picture pioneer Edward Muybridge and industrialist-politician Leland Stanford.


Sarah Silverman watches her boyfriend have sex on “Masters of Sex” — but she won’t watch it live
“I watch him have sex on TV all the time,” she says of Michael Sheen. But Silverman, who is guesting on “Masters” this season, says seeing Sheen have TV sex live is “so not sexy.”


“The Shield’” Michael Jace reportedly texted his wife’s father after allegedly killing her
Jace's father-in-law called 911 and said that Jace had texted him to say he had shot his wife.


CW to launch a “One Magnificent Morning” Saturday educational programming block for kids
Starting Oct. 5, the block will run from 7 a.m to 12 p.m.


“Modern Family” co-creator staying
Christopher Lloyd has inked a new deal after “difficult negotiations.”

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CNN compares newly released POW Bowe Bergdahl to Brody from 'Homeland'

CNN compares newly released POW Bowe Bergdahl to Brody from “Homeland"
Don Lemon asked “Homeland” exec producer Gideon Raff this morning, ""Do you see similarities between Bowe Bergdahl's release and your character Sgt. Nicholas Brody in Homeland?” PLUS: CNN had another “Brody” vs Bergdahl segment.


“Sharknado 2” trailer shows a shark landing on a Citi Bike rider
Here’s a 20-second sneak peek at “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”


“The Walking Dead” has 28 million viewers across all platforms — “Game of Thrones” has 18 million
Despite the HBO series' surging viewership, it's still far behind AMC's biggest hit.


“Life of Pi” and “Million Dollar Arm” star joins “Homeland”
Suraj Sharma will play a Pakistani medical student who crosses paths with Carrie Mathison.


“Survivor” drops Redemption Island
Says Jeff Probst: "We decided, we have this arena being built: What if instead of (Redemption Island), we use it for something else. Something that will make Blood vs. Water a little more… interesting."


Hallmark Channel reunites “Facts of Life” stars Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields
They’ll play wedding planner co-workers in the TV movie "For Better or For Worse,” airing July 19.


Obstetrician: Lifetime’s "Born in the Wild” is a bad idea
The reality show that shows moms giving birth “in the wild” without doctors can lead to complications, says Ron Jaekle, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Fetal Center. Lifetime, meanwhile, is taking precautions, including making sure no first-time mothers are involved on the show.


Mindy Kaling is “outraged” the Super Bowl dropped the “L”
“Am I the only Latin nerd outraged by the Super Bowl dropping Roman numerals?!” she tweeted, adding: “Lupae Filius!!!”


“Man v. Food” Star Adam Richman poses naked after dropping 70 pounds
Check out his before and after pictures from Cosmo UK.


Mayim Bialik: Amy kissing Sheldon was the toughest “Big Bang” scene I filmed last season
“It was a very interesting emotional week,” she says.


CNN has begun following Andy Richter on Twitter
The Conan sidekick was stunned, saying he didn’t know where the plane was. To which CNN responded: "You do you. We'll keep reporting on the plane."


Nickelodeon orders “The Loud House”
The animated series revolves around a house filled with children.

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'Big Brother' is finally going HD with its 16th season

“Big Brother” is finally going HD with its 16th season
The CBS reality show was the only regularly scheduled primetime program to be shown in standard definition.


Matthew McConaughey: I’d be open to doing more “True Detective”
"I liked 'True Detective,' the whole series and the experience of making it, so much that I’d be open to doing another one now,” he tells Deadline. "At the time, I was looking at six months and not beyond that. I don’t know of a feature film I’d sign for where I’m going to say, 'If this works, you’ve got me whenever you want me for the next three years.’"


David Hasselhoff to star in Nat Geo's "Hasselhoff vs. The Berlin Wall”
The documentary airing this fall will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Report: TMZ blackmailed Justin Bieber with his racist video for years
Bieber has always been friendly to TMZ and its TV shows, and Defamer may have the answer as to why: TMZ purchased the video four years ago, according to the website, to “extort appearances and call-ins from Bieber ever since.”


Stephen Colbert gives Amazon the finger
Watch Colbert go after Amazon’s shady book-selling tactics. PLUS: Colbert is sad by the report his fans learn more from him than the news.


Jerry Seinfeld not happy with NBC’s “Undateable”
Seinfeld tweeted last night: "Just saw promo for new NBC show #Undateable. That word is so damn familiar! Anyone? #isthispossible? #myownnetwork?"


Harry Hamlin and Rachel Nichols join USA’s “Rush”
They’ll recur on the USA medical drama with Hamlin playing Tom Ellis’ estranged father and Nichols playing his “trophy wife.”


BBC to air a zombie apocalypse game show
"I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse” will trap eight contestants in a “Walking Dead”-like shopping mall.


Larry David opens his mouth for a NHL Finals selfie
Check him out with Fox Sports’ Charissa Thompson.


Watch a guy get a “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle totally wrong
He said, ""Surf Clay Where We Go” instead of "Surf City Here We Come.”


Watch Michael Che’s “Daily Show” debut
And watch Aasif Mandvi crash the recent “SNL” writer’s first appearance with Jon Stewart.


Jimmy Fallon and Tom Cruise throw footballs at pictures of each other’s faces
Introducing “Face Breakers.”

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<p>Jan Bijvoet in &quot;Borgman.&quot;</p>

Jan Bijvoet in "Borgman."

Credit: Drafthouse Films

Check out the first scene of freaky, fascinating Cannes sensation 'Borgman'

The disturbingly funny Dutch thriller opens in limited release on Friday

A little over a year after the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, a number of films that were major talking points at the time have faded from my memory -- not everything flourishes outsides the festival bubble. One sneaky title to which my thoughts keep circling back, however, is Alex van Warmerdam's "Borgman" -- a film that won no awards from the jury, but provided the Competition with a bracing shot of alluring, cult-beckoning eccentricity.

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