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"America's Got Talent"

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TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent,' rising 'Food Fighters' lead NBC Tuesday

'Celebrity Wife Swap' posts a small dip for its season finale

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

"America's Got Talent" topped Tuesday night in all measures, while "Food Fighters" rose from last week's premiere, allowing NBC to dominate primetime.

With NBC doubling up the competition among young viewers and cruising overall, there weren't many other Tuesday notables, though ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" was up a hair and "Celebrity Wife Swap" dipped a hair in its season finale.

On to the numbers...

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'Big Brother Israel' adds a bomb shelter

“Big Brother Israel” adds a bomb shelter
The reality show is pulling in big ratings amid fighting amid the Gaza conflict.


Why not cast everybody from “Girls” on “Peter Pan Live”?
Lena Dunham could play Wendy, Adam Driver could be John Darling. PLUS: Watch clips of Allison Williams singing.


"SVU's" Richard Belzer is mourning the loss of his older brother, who jumped to his death early this morning
Leonard Belzer, 73, died early this morning after jumping from the 15th floor of his Upper West Side apartment.


After raising $4.3 trillion to buy CNN, Jon Stewart launches a  #NewCNNShows Twitter hashtag
Last night, “The Daily Show” looked back at 15 years of bashing CNN.


Stephen Colbert buys the URL TheSarahPalinChannel.com
The URL will be home to Colbert’s new online channel, “Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber."


Seth Meyers' younger brother will be a “Late Night” guest on Monday
Seth is best friends with younger brother Josh, who is a “MADtv” alum.


“Nathan For You” lived up to the hype with Dumb Starbucks
Turns out there were many layers to it than the actual store.


Chelsea Handler is setting up a “Clique of Powerful Women"
As she prepares to go to Netflix, the “Chelsea Lately” star has become best buds with A-listers Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.


Katie Couric says goodbye today to “Katie”
Couric will say goodbye to her daytime talk show with a special “Farewell to Katie” episode.


“Ted” from “HIMYM” enters his 40s
Happy birthday, Josh Radnor!


On “Sons of Anarchy” set, Lea Michele is apparently smoking with “Gemma”
Check her out as truck stop waitress Gertie.


“Twin Peaks” gets mashed up with The Muppets
Check out Kermit the Frog as Agent Cooper and Miss Piggy as Laura Palmer in honor of the Blu-ray release. PLUS: 11 shows that owe a debt to “Twin Peaks."

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Nick Jonas

Watch: Nick Jonas is all grown up in 'Chains' video

How soon before the song is in a '50 Shades of Grey' trailer?

“50 Shades of Grey’s” trailer got it wrong last week when it used a slowed-down version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.”

Instead, it should have used Nick Jonas’ “Chains.”  As the new song from the youngest—and most talented— JoBro shows, he has grown up and out (check out those guns) and he’s got a lot on his mind. His previous side project, Nick Jonas & The Administration, certainly didn’t hint at this kind of heat.

The song has a sexy, slow grind, Usher- kind of vibe about how his girl and his passion for her has him all wrapped up in chains. And he’s more than fine with that.

The video, filmed in slow motion and co-directed by Jonas, perfectly matches the song’s sultry, spacey vibe as Jonas gets dragged along the floor and deals with police in riot gear and snarling dogs, to get to his love… or does he?  His love interest is played by Dylan Penn, daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright.

“Chains” is the first single from Jonas’ forthcoming solo album on Island Records. Jonas is also filming DIRECTV’s original series, “Kingdom,” in which he plays a MMA fighter.

 

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae throws a house party with T.I., Estelle in 'Electric Lady' video

How do we join Electro Phi Beta sorority?

We’ll be back with a review of Janelle Monae’s “Electric Lady” video after this brief commercial for Samsung.

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'Girls' star Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in NBC's 'Peter Pan Live'

"Girls" star Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in NBC's "Peter Pan Live"
The daughter of Brian Williams will join Christopher Walken on the live Dec. 4 telecast. "I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true,” Williams said in a statement.

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<p>Allison Williams</p>

Allison Williams

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'Girls' star can fly in NBC's 'Peter Pan Live!' title role

No, Lena Dunham isn't joining Christopher Walken in NBC's musical

There has been a long history of girls playing the title role in "Peter Pan," so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" has found its leading lady on HBO's "Girls."

NBC announced on Wednesday (July 30) morning that Allison Williams will play Peter Pan in the network's second live musical, which will air on December 4.

Williams will appear opposite Christopher Walken, who was previously cast as the nefarious Captain Hook.

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<p>Jessica Lange</p>

Jessica Lange

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'American Horror Story' star Jessica Lange tapped for Santa Barbara's Kirk Douglas Award

The two-time Oscar winner was recently nominated for her sixth Emmy

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange as the recipient of this year's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The honor will be presented at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, an event which serves as an annual fundraiser for SBIFF.

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Hannibal

'Hannibal' co-stars on the risks and laughs of life on a serial killer drama

Scott Thompson, Caroline Dhavernas, Aaron Abrams and Raul Esparza enjoy some Comic-Con time

"Hannibal" stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen couldn't make it to Comic-Con this year, but the bulk of the show's supporting cast — including Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, and surprise returnee Raul Esparza — were able to be in San Diego, and I got a chance to sit down with the four of them the morning after their lively Comic-Con panel. We talked about the unexpected reprieve for Esparza's Dr. Chilton, the "Hannibal" supporting player trap of being more in danger the more you're given to do, how the show will look with Price and Zeller as the only completely healthy good guy characters left, and a lot more. 

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These actors could play these pop stars in a biopic now

These actors could play these pop stars in a biopic now

Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mark Ruffalo... who would they play?

James Brown biopic "Get On Up" with recent Hitfix interviewee Chadwick Boseman heads to theaters Friday. Tom Hiddleston and Ansel Elgort will play Hank Williams and Van Cliburn, respectively, soon. The N.W.A. flick has its cast. Andre 3000 already stepped up as Jimi Hendrix in "All Is By My Side," out just recently.

Biopics have been a draw for awards voters too, like for "Ray" and "Walk the Line," for their actors and the music.

So why wait? Might as well start planning ahead while our favorite artists are with us.

In the gallery below, I spitball some actors and the contemporary musicians they could play. Undoubtedly, Tilda Swinton could play quite a few, but which first? Who looks like Taylor Swift? Who could be a doppelganger for Alicia Keys or Drake? How does Miley Cyrus fit in? And why are Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Ruffalo on this list?

Add your own suggestions in the comments. I'd be particularly keen to see Mark Strong take on Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor -- "Come Back Stronger," what do you think?

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Ian Ziering: Twitter better be prepared for Wednesday’s 'Sharknado wave'

Ian Ziering: Twitter better be prepared for Wednesday’s “Sharknado wave”
"I think the nerds over at Twitter better reinforce their hard drives because it almost broke them last time,” the actor said with a laugh, in an interview with Mashable. “Get those servers backed up because a storm is coming … and it’s a huge Sharknado wave.” PLUS: Ziering on Reddit gives a Steve Sanders update, and check out Ziering’s “Sharknado”-themed autograph.


Nickelodeon orders 26 episodes of “100 Things to Do Before High School”
The middle school comedy is from the creator of “Big Time Rush.”


“Game of Thrones’” Maisie Williams: “I’m so sick of going on the internet and seeing all the book readers being snobby…"
Asked about the Lady Stonehart controversy, Williams says of book readers: "They feel they have a claim on the series because they read the books first, and I understand that, but they don’t need to be mean about it. That’s why I liked moments like this, because book readers think they know what’s coming, then we change it and it’s really funny to watch their reactions. They’re always like, 'That’s not what happened in the books, so the show’s really bad now.' But really, they just feel insecure because they’re used to knowing what’s coming next.” PLUS: Cersei’s daughter reacts to being recast via a Vine video, and George R.R. Martin is a rock star at Comic-Con.


Craig Ferguson thinks a female should replace him
That’s according to VH1’s Carrie Keagan, in an essay complaining about the lack of female network talk show hosts.


It’s about time “The Bachelorette” talked about sex
Monday night’s “historic television moment” shouldn’t have been that big a deal. PLUS: Stop shaming Andi!, bachelor Nick preferred to have that conversation in public, Chris Harrison recalls Nick’s demeanor the past few months, and a character study of “Mumblecore Nick."


“Nathan For You” co-creator: How the show could’ve been different
Michael Koman, who hired Nathan Fielder as a writer on "Important Things with Demetri Martin,” says the initial concept of the show included written pieces.


Has John Oliver discovered late-night’s future with “Last Week Tonight”?
After three months, Oliver has set himself apart from “The Daily Show.” PLUS: Oliver’s long rants are a “master class” in how to make a downer subject entertaining.


Former “Lost” boss Carlton Cuse is now juggling 5 TV shows
Meanwhile, Damon Lindelof has “The Leftovers.”


"Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” adds “Bakshi"
British actor Simon Kassianides will recur in Season 2 as a "confident right-hand man.”


"Downton Abbey’s Lily James may be up for “War and Peace”
She and Paul Dano are reportedly in negotiations for the six-part BBC adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic.


Jay R. Ferguson shaves off his “Mad Men” beard
“RIP Rizzo, it was a pleasure."


“Community’s” last-minute Yahoo renewal prompted Comic-Con panel scrambling
TV Guide Magazine’s tribute to “Community” had been in the works for months, but its rebirth on Yahoo made it all the more viable.


Billy Bob Thornton: I’d love to steal Penny away on “The Big Bang Theory”
Thornton, whose mom turned him on to “Big Bang,” says he’d also like to play Hodor’s cousin on “Game of Thrones.”


Why “Saved by the Bell” was terrible
The classic NBC teen comedy has influenced many awful Disney Channel sitcoms, says Drew Magary. "It's a show that holds a special place in the hearts of many people my age,” he notes. "I am not one of these people. Saved by the Bell was f*cking terrible. It wasn't funny. It wasn't well acted. It wasn't well written. It wasn't even well shot. It was a sh*tty placeholder sitcom designed to keep you in the TV room an extra hour before heading out to softball practice.”


Here is a reported breakdown of how much TLC paid the Gosselins for “Jon & Kate Plus 8”
The Gosselins went from making $2,000 an episode to $22,500 an episode, according to a new tell-all book.


“Girls” films at SUNY New Paltz
Can the State University of New York at New Paltz substitute for the University of Iowa?

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'Grim Sleeper,' 'Yes Men' and Iraq docs set for world premieres at Toronto Film Festival

'Grim Sleeper,' 'Yes Men' and Iraq docs set for world premieres at Toronto Film Festival

Just six out of the 15 selections have never been seen before

The Toronto International Film Festival is known for its Oscar bait prestige dramas, major Hollywood studio releases, a focus (appropriately) on Canadian film and, to a lesser extent, its Midnight Madness program. One thing it doesn't have a strong reputation for is documentaries. That's why it's no surprise that only six of the initial 15 documentaries announced for the 2014 festival this morning are world premieres.  

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Mark Valley joins 'CSI'

Mark Valley joins “CSI”
The “Fringe,” “Keen Eddie” and “Boston Legal” alum will recur next season as Elisabeth Shue’s new partner (and possible love interest).


Jim Gaffigan’s rejected CBS pilot "The Jim Gaffigan Show” picked up by TV Land
Gaffigan’s comedy, based on his life, also co-stars Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black and Adam Goldberg.


Mindy Kaling replaces “bitches” with “haters” from her "Mindy Project" season premiere title
Season 3’s premiere will be called "We're a Couple Now, Haters!” because people could be offended by “bitches,” Kaling explains.


Check out Lea Michele in her frumpy “Sons of Anarchy” outfit
The “Glee” star has been guest-starring on the FX series this week.


“The Originals” alum Claire Holt to star in NBC’s “Aquarius”
She’ll play a police officer in the Charles Manson-themed drama.


“Frontline” details what went wrong in Iraq in “Losing Iraq”
Tonight’s documentary tells how everything was screwed up from the start.

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