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Report: CBS wanted to redo the 'How I Met Your Dad' pilot without guaranteeing a series pickup

Report: CBS wanted to redo the “How I Met Your Dad” pilot without guaranteeing a series pickup
But 20th Century Fox TV, though willing to retool the pilot, was unwilling to proceed without the guarantee of a series commitment, according to Deadline. So 20th is shopping the “How I Met Your Mother” to other networks, and Deadline reports that other channels have shown interest.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is getting an HBO documentary
The documentary will cover the NBA legend’s entire life, with the film set to air early next year.


Why was CBS boss Les Moonves “hanging” with Joel McHale?
Julie Chen tweeted a photo of the three of them together amid speculation that the former “Community” star could be a candidate to replace Craig Ferguson on “The Late Late Show.”


“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” ends its 1st season having finally found its way
For most of the season, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” didn’t know what it wanted to be. But the release of "Captain America: The Winter Solider” forced the show to reboot itself, which it did, resulting in a compelling season finale. PLUS: “S.H.I.E.L.D.” needs to figure out how to make the standalone episodes exciting.


Conan O’Brien’s audience averages 862,000 viewers with a median age of 39.6
In fact, “Conan” is the only major late-night show with a median age under 40.


John Oliver explains how he got an old wrinkled penis for “Last Week Tonight”
"We went through photos,” he says of his fake attack ad. "It was basically the penis version of a headshot.”


CBS is taking more chances after losing the No. 1 demo spot to NBC
Les Moonves has never been more experimental with his schedule, especially with his decision to not have a two-hour CBS Monday comedy block for the first time since the 1985-86 season.


“Glee” ends the season on a series low of 1.9 million
Meanwhile, “NCIS," "NCIS: LA," "Person of Interest” and even “Trophy Wife” ended the season on an up note.


"Fresh Off The Boat” is the 1st network Asian-American family comedy since Margaret Cho’s “All-American Girl” in 1994
Will “Fresh Off The Boat” have a better experience than Cho’s sitcom, which struggled through many ABC changes.


“Glee” had a ridiculous explanation for Naya Rivera’s absence from the season finale
"Oh she's shooting a Yeast-I-Stat commercial in Iowa for a week,” explained Mercedes. PLUS: Finale set up the Season 6 time jump, and is the Rivera-Lea Michele drama mirrored on the show?


Ludacris to host the 2014 Billboard Music Awards
Presenters at Sunday’s awards show include Danica McKellar, “The Bachelorette" and Sarah Hyland.


“The L Word” creator joins Fox’s “Empire” as showrunner
Ilene Chaiken will join “The Butler” team of Danny Strong and Lee Daniels on the hip-hop empire drama.


Lily Allen: I was asked to join my brother, “Theon Greyjoy,” on “Game of Thrones”
The singer says she was asked to play Theon’s brother, who is played by Alfie Allen, her real-life brother.


“Law & Order” meets “Game of Thrones”
Here’s what “Law & Order: GoT” would look like. PLUS: How Sunday’s episode should’ve ended, and George R.R. Martin talks about the “more bloodthirsty” showrunners.


Check out “Scandal’s” Josh Malina on “SVU”
He’s really creepy in this role.


“The Goldbergs” changed a lot from its pilot to its Season 1 finale
The once-loud show ended its first season on a quiet note last night.


“Supernatural” shocker, explained
What was going on in that moment?


Olivia Munn is reportedly dating Aaron Rodgers
“The Newsroom” star has, according to Us, moved on from “The Killing’s” Joel Kinnaman to the Green Bay Packers QB.


“The Fosters” star Sherri Saum welcomes twins
She gave birth to John Rubén and Michael Luís on Tuesday.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;NCIS&quot; finale</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS" finale

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'NCIS' finale tops 'The Voice' on Tuesday, while FOX's 'Riot' tanks

'The Originals' finale rises, though The CW had preemptions

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

Finales for "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" all dominated their hours overall and also won among young viewers (with "Chicago Fire" tying for the demo lead at 10), helping CBS easily win Tuesday primetime in all measures.

Yes, that means that "NCIS" even beat "The Voice" in the 18-49 demo for the first time this season.

With CBS and NBC leading, FOX had a rough night with the "Glee" finale hitting series lows and the summer series "Riot" getting off to an atrocious start.

The CW's "Originals" had a strong finale, while "Supernatural" was also up, though the network was preempted in New York City for baseball, so the numbers are sure to come down at least somewhat.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Big Bang Theory.&quot;</p>

"The Big Bang Theory."

Credit: CBS

Upfronts 2014: CBS starts changing with the times like everyone else

'Big Bang Theory' will hop from night to night due to football, fewer repeats and an end to 'mid-season'

CBS had what was, by their impressive and very stable standards, a down year. Though still the most-watched network on television, the network slipped behind football and Olympics-enhanced NBC for the season among the adults 18-49 demo. "The Crazy Ones," Robin Williams' return to television was a ratings dud, and won't be back. "2 Broke Girls" regressed in the ratings this season, and the network failed to develop any other viable successors to "How I Met Your Mother." (And they also passed on the "How I Met Your Dad" pseudo-spin-off.) And its new Monday night dramas — the fairly off-brand "Hostages" and the very on-brand "Intelligence" — were both resounding failures.

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CBS doesn’t order 'How I Met Your Dad' to series — and not because of 'HIMYM' backlash

CBS doesn’t order 'How I Met Your Dad' to series — and not because of 'HIMYM' backlash

CBS executives wanted to shoot a new pilot; the 'How I Met Your Mother' guys didn't

CBS viewers will not get to find out "How I Met Your Dad" next season, as the network declined to pick up the new sitcom from the "How I Met Your Mother" creators, even though at one point it seemed one of the surest bets of any pilot at any network this spring.

And, no, it's not for the reason you may think.

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CBS confirms it’s not picking up 'How I Met Your Dad'

CBS confirms it’s not picking up “How I Met Your Dad”
The “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff, starring Greta Gerwig, can be shopped to other networks after CBS’ boss Nina Tassler said “things on the pilot didn’t work out." Tassler said she tried to get producers to redo the pilot, but couldn’t get them to resolve the spinoff’s issues. “I’m heartsick,” she said. “It wasn’t what they wanted to do.”

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CBS unveils its fall schedule: 'Big Bang' to Monday during NFL Thursdays, 'CSI' to Sunday

CBS unveils its fall schedule: “Big Bang” to Monday during NFL Thursdays, “CSI” to Sunday
CBS’ Monday comedy block has been reduced to one hour, with “Big Bang”/“2 Broke Girls" and “Mom.” “CSI” and “CSI: Cyber” will share the same timeslot on Sundays.


“Two and a Half Men” will end next year after 12 seasons
Chuck Lorre is promising a "season-long event.” PLUS: Could Charlie Sheen return?


“Conan” extended through 2018
TBS’ three-year extension means Conan will close in on his 25th anniversary as a talk show host.


Watch TBS’ new show trailers
See Rashida Jones in “Angie Tribeca,” plus “Buzzy’s” and “Your Family or Mine.”


Watch TNT’s new show trailers
Check out “Transporter: The Series,” “The Librarians,” “Proof” and “Public Morals."


TNT reveals new “Boom” tagline, plans for a Stephen King “Firestarter” sequel
TNT’s new projects include “87th Precinct,” “President X,” “Fix-It Men,” “Kali,” “Breed” and “Anonymous.”

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<p>Nicole Kidman posses for the paparazzi before her Cannes 2014 press conference.</p>

Nicole Kidman posses for the paparazzi before her Cannes 2014 press conference.

Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Nicole Kidman says it's 'sad' Grace Kelly's family is boycotting 'Grace of Monaco'

Not the best day for the Oscar winner

CANNES - Nicole Kidman is back in Cannes for the third year in a row, but this visit may be her least memorable. The Oscar winner stars as cinema icon Grace Kelly in the festival's opening night film, "Grace of Monaco," and the early reviews have not been good. Throw in the fact that Kelly's family has announced they are boycotting the picture and, well, you have to give her credit for being willing to appear before a throng of global journalists at the festival's kick-off press conference.

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<p>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

Credit: CBS

CBS's 2014-15 TV Schedule: NFL anchors fall, 'NCIS: LA' to Monday, 'CSI' to Sunday

'The Big Bang Theory' will air on Mondays through October

CBS may be cruising to yet another season as TV's most watched network, but the network is not sleeping on its success. Or, alternatively, CBS has had more demo issues than usual this season and has suddenly started struggling on several nights it used to dominate.

Either way, CBS announced a primetime schedule on Wednesday (May 14) morning that features some major shake-ups.

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<p>Michael Fassbender in an early teaser look from &quot;Macbeth.&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender in an early teaser look from "Macbeth."

First Look: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in 'Macbeth'

This looks very intriguing doesn't it?

CANNES - The arrival of the Cannes Film Market means the first buzz and first looks at a number of upcoming films. Many have US distribution, many do not. One film that has displayed its first imagery is StudioCanal's new adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

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Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."
Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

Review: 'Grace of Monaco' opens Cannes on a graceless note

A committed Nicole Kidman can't makes sense of this misjudged fantasy biopic

With apologies to Three Six Mafia, it's hard out here for a princess. In the past year, first-world problem films – the plush brand of non-issue cinema exemplified by last year's Cannes entry “A Castle in Italy,” in which linen-clad lunchers fretted prettily about what to do with their priceless original Brueghels – have been threatened by the Princess Problem Picture, a currently thriving subgenre that sets out to measure the true weight of a tiara. Whether the wearer is a closeted Scandi ice maiden who just wants, Garbo-style, to be left alone (“Frozen”) or a hounded British divorcee who just wants, Lauper-style, to have fun (“Diana”), female royalty hasn't seemed such a drag since the age of Henry VIII.

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Andy Samberg is back: Watch his 'SNL' season finale promos

Andy Samberg is back: Watch his “SNL” season finale promos
Two years after leaving “Saturday Night Live,” the Golden Globe-winning "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star has returned to frolic with Kenan Thompson. PLUS: Seth Meyers unveils "SNL" "Second Chance Theater": Watch Will Forte as "Jennjamin Franklin," joined by Jason Sudeikis, Vanessa Bayer and Fred Armisen.

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<p>Adam Goldberg, Martin Freeman and Russell Harvard in &quot;Fargo.&quot;</p>

Adam Goldberg, Martin Freeman and Russell Harvard in "Fargo."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Fargo' - 'The Six Ungraspables'

Molly breaks down the case for Bill, Gus befriends a neighbor, and Lester's situation worsens

A quick review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I make my best offer for irregular socks...

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