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NBC renews 'About a Boy'

NBC renews “About a Boy”
The midseason comedy has been doing well, attracting 8.3 million viewers.


Casey Affleck will star in HBO’s “Lewis and Clark” miniseries
He’ll play explorer Meriwether Lewis in a six-hour miniseries based on the Stephen E. Ambrose book “Undaunted Courage.” Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks and Ed Norton will serve as producers.


Check out Rainn Wilson and his “Backstrom” cast
“The Office” alum is starring in “Bones” creator Hart Hanson’s “subversive and comic crime procedural” along with Dennis Haysbert, Thomas Dekker, Page Kennedy and Kristoffer Polaha.


Jon Hamm took a selfie with a wax Don Draper
Hamm today helped unveil Madame Tussauds wax figure of his famous “Mad Men” character. PLUS: Hamm had “SNL’s” 2nd-biggest head.


241 baby girls were named Khaleesi in 2013
The “Game of Thrones” influence has propelled Khaleesi above such names as Pamela, Janet, Joan and Stacy. About 1,135 girls were named Arya last year, but that may not be entire attributable to the HBO series.


“Trophy Wife” shouldn’t have been canceled — it was the best new show of this season
"From the start,” says Willa Paskin, "'Trophy Wife' was burdened with a junky name and a bogus time slot. The sweet family comedy would have been a perfect fit after ABC’s hit 'Modern Family,' a perch it never got. Instead, the Sarah Haskins comedy about a young woman who marries into a complex family—a man, his two ex-wives, and three children—had to go it alone and had the poor ratings to prove it.”


Discovery to air a “Russian Yeti” special
The June special will explore the disappearance of nine college students in Russia in 1959 who were allegedly killed by the folk tale creature.


“Saturday Night Live” is turning into “Saturday Night Pretaped”
“SNL” seems to have placed a special emphasis on pretaped videos over dangerous live sketches this season, perhaps because of all the new cast members. As Erik Voss points out, "there have been far fewer standout moments from the live portions of the show. Other than Weekend Update — still a fairly reliable vehicle for topical jokes and character monologues — the other live sketches seem to be fading into the periphery, with the longtime SNL crutch of talk shows, game shows, and press conferences filling in the cracks between bland setups and odd character pieces that never quite take off.” PLUS: Jay Pharoah created a freestyle rap over Drake’s “Draft Day,” and Will Forte once threw food out of 30 Rock.


Connie Chung brought medical marijuana named after her to “Watch What Happens Live”
Chung, accompanied by husband Maury Povich, also did a shot and drank three glasses of wine.


Lisa Kudrow can’t remember making “Friends” when she watches old episodes
Kudrow last night talked with Craig Ferguson about the 10th anniversary of the series finale.


Questlove’s new VH1 show “Soundclash" will feature Lil’ Wayne, Fall Out Boy, Ed Sheeran
Each week, three artists will perform simultaneously on one stage as part of the Questlove-produced series.


Introducing the Kim Kardashian Cheese Pizza
An Italian restaurant owner in Scotland has been baking celebrity faces into pizza.


Disney XD renews “Lab Rats”
The sci-fi teen comedy returns for a 4th season.


“Survivor’s” Coach welcomes a daughter
Benjamin Wade’s wife gave birth to Lenna Marie Newton Wade on Thursday.

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“Hannibal” earns a 3rd season

“Hannibal” earns a 3rd season
The NBC series has been averaging 3.6 million viewers on Friday nights.

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"Hannibal."

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NBC renews 'Hannibal' for season 3

Critically-acclaimed Hannibal Lecter prequel series sticks around thanks to advantageous deal

Dinner will be served for at least one more year: NBC has renewed "Hannibal" for a third season.

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Ryan Seacrest agrees to return to 'American Idol'

Ryan Seacrest agrees to return to “American Idol”
He’ll be back for his and the show’s 14th season, with the option for returning for a 15th season.

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"The Middle"

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ABC renews 'The Middle' and 'Dancing with the Stars'

'Nashville' and 'Suburgatory' are among the ABC shows still waiting

Two of the most successful shows left out of ABC's Thursday Night Renewal-Fest received good news on Friday (May 9) morning.

ABC has announced that long-running reality hit "Dancing with the Stars" and Wednesday comedy stalwart "The Middle" have both been picked up for the 2014-2015 seasons.

For "The Middle," this renewal is for Season 6, while for "Dancing" it's for Season 19.

After not renewing anything for the entire spring, Thursday saw pickups for "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," "Resurrection," "Once Upon a Time," "Castle," "Modern Family" and "The Goldbergs." Read more here.

ABC also picked up a second season for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Read more about that renewal here.

That left ABC with a number of shows still on the bubble. 

Sepinwall reported this morning that both "Mixology" and "Trophy Wife" have apparently been cancelled, not that ABC is confirming. Read more here.

Shows currently in limbo include "Nashville," "Suburgatory" and "Last Man Standing," though ABC promises "some additional news later today."

Stay tuned!

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ABC renews 'Dancing with the Stars' for a 19th season

ABC renews “Dancing with the Stars” for a 19th season
“Dancing” is still doing well for ABC, averaging 15.4 million viewers this season.

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'Big Bang Theory' hits a season low as NFL Draft took a toll on Thursday shows

“Big Bang Theory” hits a season low as NFL Draft took a toll on Thursday shows
Even “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Vampire Diaries” were down last night. PLUS: NBC's "American Comedy Awards" bombs, and how about that “Big Bang” shocker?


NFL’s decision to move the NFL Draft to May pays off with record ratings for ESPN
The draft is usually held two weeks earlier, at the end of April. But this year’s move to May — along with suspense over Johnny Football — paid off with ESPN’s highest-rated first round ever.


“American Horror Story: Freak Show” will have “the most terrifying clown ever!,” plus a Bearded Lady
Ryan Murphy says of next season: "I thought it was going to be light but it’s turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the Asylum season. But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it’s going to be dark."


Bravo orders scripted series “Shanghai,” “Rules of Attraction” and “Sweet Life”
“Shanghai” is an ensemble drama set in the Chinese city, while “Rules of Attraction” is based on the Bret Easton Ellis book and movie. “Sweet Life” is set in an area of Martha’s Vineyard where affluent African Americans like to visit.


Jay Leno to host an awards show in Israel
He’ll help honor for NYC Mayor Michal Bloomberg as part of the $1 million Genesis Prize in Jerusalem.


“The Neighbors” is ABC’s latest cancelation
It joins “Mixology” and “Trophy Wife” on ABC’s cancelation pile. PLUS: "Trophy Wife" stars react to cancelation, thanking fans via Twitter.


Brothers yanked by HGTV say “we love homosexuals," but hate the “homosexual agenda”
“A smear campaign was run, and Jason and I are not going to try and correct a smear campaign,” David Benham said on CNN of his and his twin brother’s show “Flip It Forward” being yanked from HGTV.


“The Carrie Diaries” boss reveals how Carrie would’ve met Miranda
Exec producer Amy B. Harris says she "always knew that final episode, which I hoped was just a season finale, could also be a series finale if it came to an end."


Anderson Cooper says “F*ck you” to the person who mixed him up for Dr. Drew
CNN did bleep Cooper's pretaped F-word and middle finger.


Jason Priestley doesn’t think “True Tori” is fake
He tells “Watch What Happens Live” there’s “zero percent” chance her new reality show is staged.


Stephen Colbert dresses as a vampire
Watch his interview with a “vampire Congressional candidate."

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Chris Meloni of "Surviving Jack"

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TV Ratings: Low 'Big Bang Theory' leads sluggish Thursday, while 'Surviving Jack' finale rises

'Black Box' and 'Bad Teacher' continue to dip

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Spring doldrums hit Thursday primetime hard, with big audience drops for most primetime offerings, including CBS' "Big Bang Theory," which had its weakest night in recent memory. Of course, even a historically weak "Big Bang Theory" was still able to lead Thursday in all measures and carry CBS to comfortable primetime wins. 

Among the other shows posting big audience declines on Thursday were "Grey's Anatomy," "Bad Teacher" and "Black Box," while NBC's "American Comedy Awards" was no match for last week's IHeartRadio award show.

On the positive side, FOX's "American Idol" had a slight rebound from last week's Thursday low, while the newly cancelled "Surviving Jack" got a solid bump for what seems to be its series finale. If these numbers hold up, "Surviving Jack" will end the week as FOX's most-watched comedy and tied with "New Girl" in the key demo.

On to the numbers...

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog & Jack McBrayer are teaming up for an Adult Swim series

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog & Jack McBrayer are teaming up for an Adult Swim series
The “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” alums will star in an action series created by Triumph’s voice Robert Smigel. McBrayer will play a former child star of a "Lassie"-type series who reunites with his dog. PLUS: Adult Swim’s slate includes the previously announced “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus.”

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"Trophy Wife."

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ABC reportedly cancels 'Trophy Wife' & 'Mixology'

One show got the post-'Modern Family' timeslot that should've gone to the other

In the age of DVRs, On Demand, Hulu and other options for DIY TV scheduling, timeslots matter less than they used to, but they still matter. Enough people still watch TV passively, leaving the same channel on after their favorite, that a show no one cares about like "The Millers" can be renewed entirely because it's paired with a monster like "The Big Bang Theory," while it's miraculous to see a new show succeed (or even survive) without a good lead-in.

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12 buzzworthy Cannes Film Festival movies everyone will be talking about

12 buzzworthy Cannes Film Festival movies everyone will be talking about

From awards contenders to KStew to the Goz's directorial debut

If it's May that means the south of France will soon become the center of the cinematic universe. For 11 days stars will rise, filmmakers will fall and random European celebrities will hit the festival's legendary red carpet. Yes, the 2014 Cannes Film Festival is almost upon us.

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<p>Viola Davis of &quot;How To Get Away With Murder&quot;</p>

Viola Davis of "How To Get Away With Murder"

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ABC orders 'How to Get Away with Murder,' 'Selfie,' 'Galavant' and more

'Black-ish,' 'American Crime,' 'The Whispers' and 'Manhattan Love Story' also get orders

After remaining quiet all spring, ABC monopolized the attentions of the nation's TV critics on Thursday (May 8) with an evening full of big announcements. 

You can read about seven of the network's renewals here, as ABC extended its relationship with "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," "Modern Family" and more. Fortunately, despite all of these renewals, ABC still has a number of bubble shows waiting for news on Friday, which means more content.

And you can also read about ABC's renewal of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and pickup for "Marvel's Agent Carter" here.

But like the game show host says... That's not all!

In addition to "Marvel's Agent Carter," ABC gave series orders to dramas "How To Get Away With Murder," "American Crime," "The Whispers" and "Forever."

On the comedy side, "Black-ish," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Selfie" earned series orders.

And on the musical comedy fairy tale front? Well, ABC only picked up one musical comedy fairy tale, "Galavant."

Let's go through the shows, shall we?

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