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It’s been a big week for black TV stars

It’s been a big week for black TV stars
Black TV stars got a lot of ink this week, from Larry Wilmore taking over for Stephen Colbert, to Fox picking up “Empire” starring Terrence Howard, to Viola Davis in "How to Get Away With Murder,” to Anthony Anderson in “Black-ish,” and Alfre Woodard playing the president of the United States on “State of Affairs."

Why it makes business sense to resurrect “Community”
Amazon, for instance, would get a ton of media attention by simply paying for a 6th season and a movie.

See the “Gotham” cast photo
Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon is front and center on the Fox series.

Check out the “Empire” cast photo
Terrence Howard gets to sit down as head of a music empire.

Here are posters for new CW shows
From “iZombie” to “The Flash.”

“Vice” could’ve ended up being part of “60 Minutes”
CBS News made an offer to Vice, but its founder opted for HBO and the swearing it affords.

“The Good Wife” creators: More than 500 people had to keep the Josh Charles secret
Robert and Michelle King detail how more they kept the secret from getting out, including having Charles on board so he wouldn’t be attached to other projects that would tip people off. "I actually think all those things combined. I don't think it will happen again,” says Robert King. "I don't think you can keep secrets like this with the Internet.”

Cecily Strong & Colin Jost give an update on their “SNL” Weekend Update relationship
Did you know he directed her in a movie last summer?

A “Southern Charm” star has become famous in Austria and Germany
Whitney Sudler-Smith’s face is being splashed in German-speaking newspapers because he’s dating the Austrian equivalent of Jennifer Lawrence.

Why Marvel’s “Agent Carter” is primed for success
The likely to be short-lived “bridge” series for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will likely resonate with its audience like the Marvel movies.

How “Nashville’s” Chris Carmack rebounded after being written off “The O.C.”
"You know how most kids look back at college and go, ‘I could have gotten a lot more out of that?’ That’s kind of what ‘The O.C.’ was for me,” says Carmack of his quick rise to fame in 2003.

“Revenge” boss promises the season finale will pay off Seasons 1 through 3
"We really refocus on the fact that the Graysons are just bad people,” says showrunner Sunil Nayar, "wonderfully bad people, and we wanted to get back to the core of the show so that when we culminate at the end of the story, we not only pay off the second half of the season, but three seasons of the show for the audience.”

Here are ’90s teen heartthrobs who’ve resurfaced on TV
From James Van Der Beek to Josh Hartnett to Joey Lawrence.

“SVU” learned of its 16th-season renewal at its wrap party
The news "made it a special wrap party,” says Richard Belzer.

Billy Eichner’s new show with his “Billy on the Street” writer Julie Klausner was pitched as "'Will and Grace”….
"Think of Will and Grace, if one was a six and the other was a seven,” says Eichner.

Credit “Mad Men" for bringing high art to the masses
The AMC series, says Mary McNamara, "not only put AMC on the map but also created a whole new map, one in which nonpremium cable networks could produce high-quality, game-changing dramatic television. Hence all those network-establishing scripted dramas with their troubled but attractive protagonists and, like as not, historical settings."

Aziz Ansari has found the “Parks and Rec” Leslie and Ben lock in Paris
"Hey it's that thing from that show!”

“Looking” gets spoofed
Watch “Not Looking,” an L.A. take on the HBO gay-themed series.

Vera Farmiga on the “Bates Motel” season finale shocker
"From my perspective, it's pure desperation,” she says.

Watch the new “Girl Meets World” promo
This one deals with the “Girl’s” friendships.

“Rosemary’s Baby's" cast is outstanding, but it's stuck in a slog that can’t escape Roman Polanski’s version
“When you look back on this four-hour, two-night TV production,” says Matt Zoller Seitz, "you'll realize that nearly all of its effective images and moments were culled from the Polanski film, including Rosemary's nightmare of impregnation, her escalating paranoia, the noxious herbal remedy prescribed by her doctor, the short hairdo that Rosemary acquires in the second half (which gives her a bit of a Joan of Arc look), and the darkly comic climax.” PLUS: It’s a dull, clumsy bore, it is a not-entirely-horrible miniseries, and the TV version offers little nuance and no new perspective.

“Penny Dreadful” is bloody good fun
"Set in a dreary, scraggly late-19th-century London, 'Penny Dreadful' has the stateliness of quality period fare,” says Richard Lawson, "but it’s quickly apparent that the series is not going to be some muted exploration of time and place.” He adds: "What the series may lack in 'Mad Men'ian depth it makes up for with heaps of gore and genuine scares.” PLUS: "Penny Dreadful" maintains the over-the-top gore of discount lit while oozing elegance, it does a fine job of capturing that social and personal unease of the Victorian era, there’s so many ways this could’ve gone wrong, and it’s a fascinating, potentially great mess.

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<p>Tasha of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tasha of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Tasha Fox talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Latest castaway is pretty sure she'd have been unbeatable in a Final 3

I said as much in my recap of Wednesday's (May 7) "Survivor: Cagayan," but Tasha Fox has no doubt that if she hadn't been voted out and if she'd been allowed to make it into  Final 3 situation, she was going to win, whether she went up against Idol-finding mastermind Tony or fellow Brain Spencer.

"Hand's down, I would win the million dollars regardless of who I sat next to," Tasha told me in this week's exit interview.

Of course, getting to the Final 3 required getting out of last week's Tribal Council and that required counting on Kass and Woo to flip against Tony. 

That didn't happen.

But just because Tony seems to be in a power position from what we've seen on TV, Tasha hints that her own Jury sentiments may not be so clear. She gives a perspective that may be illustrative of what we can expect over the next couple weeks on "Survivor" and it may be surprising.

In her exit chat, Tasha talks about Tony's valuable henchmen, Kass' scapegoating, her frustration and not talking to Spencer sooner and what she would have told LJ if he hadn't stood her up on the beach.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Hayden Panettiere of &quot;Nashville&quot;</p>

Hayden Panettiere of "Nashville"

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ABC renews 'Nashville' for Season 3

You can sleep now, unless you're waiting on 'Last Man Standing' news

If you've been holding your breath waiting deep into the night to learn the fate of ABC's "Nashville," you can breathe and you can go to bed happy.

It was finally announced late on Friday (May 9) night that "Nashville" has been picked up for a third season. Since the news for "Nashville" was good, those involved with the musical drama probably won't sweat that they were one of ABC's very last shows to find out its fate.

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ABC renews 'Nashville'

ABC renews "Nashville"
After negotiations, "Nashville" will return for a 3rd season, for a full 22 episodes.

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<p>Patricia Arquette dropped by &quot;CSI&quot; to introduce her new show</p>

Patricia Arquette dropped by "CSI" to introduce her new show

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CBS sends 'CSI: Cyber' to series

Patricia Arquette stars in the 'CSI' spinoff

It looked like CBS was ready to stop for the day after ordering five dramas and two comedies to series for the 2014-2015 season, but late Friday (May 9) afternoon, the network gave out one more series order, picking up "CSI: Cyber."

"CSI: Cyber" stars Patricia Arquette and despite the title, the series actually will deal with the FBI's Cyber Crime Division. If the basics sound familiar, it's because Arquette's Avery Ryan debuted on the April 30 episode of "CSI."

A similar process saw CBS' "NCIS: New Orleans" characters and setting introduced in a spring two-parter.

There had been speculation that CBS might only pick up one of the nested spinoffs, but that speculation was incorrect, I guess.

Between those two spinoffs and the Matthew Perry-centric remake of "The Odd Couple," CBS is banking heavily on familiarity for the 2014-2015 season. [It remains to be seen if an additional semi-spinoff, "How I Met Your Dad" goes to series. On Thursday, a variety of media reports had the order a done-deal, but CBS and 20th Century Fox TV both denied the news and, as of Friday, it seemed like things were far-from-certain.]

While not quite on the level of Abraham fathering Isaac at the age of 100, it's a bit unusual that "CSI" should be spawning spinoffs going into its 14th season. After all, CBS surely that though the days of using "CSI" to spawn new shows was over. "CSI" was a wildly successful stud, with "CSI: Miami" running 10 seasons and "CSI: NY" running a respectable nine, but "CSI" outlived both of its progeny. Far from eating the end of its run, though, "CSI" continues to be unbeatable in its Tuesday 10 p.m. home overall and very tough to top in the key demographic.

The "CSI: Cyber" pick-up returns Arquette to the grounds upon which she briefly stomped after CBS snagged "Medium" from NBC's cancellation pile. Also expected to return to CBS is "CSI: NY" showrunner Pam Veasey, who would run the "CSI: Cyber" ship.

Stay tuned for more news as it breaks... Unless my head explodes...

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Ko No Mono'

Mason and Margot play games with each other, and so do Hannibal and Will

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" — which NBC renewed for a third season earlier today — coming up just as soon as the teacup comes back together...

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<p>Larry Wilmore of &quot;The Daily Show&quot;</p>

Larry Wilmore of "The Daily Show"

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Larry Wilmore will replace Colbert after 'The Daily Show' in 2015

'The Minority Report' will take over for 'The Colbert Report'

Late Friday (May 9) afternoon, Comedy Central announced that Larry Wilmore has landed the coveted post-"Daily Show" time slot starting in January 2015.

With tongue-in-cheek very pointedly, Comedy Central promises that "The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore" will be "a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television." Underlining that point, Comedy Central teases that the show will "feature a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television."

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CBS picks up 'CSI: Cyber' starring Patricia Arquette

CBS picks up “CSI: Cyber” starring Patricia Arquette
Arquette will lead a team targeting cyber crimes and threats, starting with a pilot penned by “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker, along with “CSI” bosses Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue, all of whom launched the original “CSI” in 2000.

Cheryl Hines gets engaged to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The “Suburgatory” star has good news to celebrate along with her bad cancelation news.

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"My Five Wives"

"My Five Wives"

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Exclusive clip: A battle for Brady breaks out on 'My Five Wives: Tell All'

The truth comes out, sort of

Poor, poor Tamron Hall. The NBC talking head tries to squeeze deep confessions and screaming out of the placid ladies of "My Five Wives: Tell All" (airing Sun. May 11 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC), but she's really in over her head. These wives may get their feelings hurt, they may even be a little jealous, but no way are they going to go all Maury Povich no matter how many time Hall tries to poke them. 

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<p>Kate Walsh of &quot;Bad Judge&quot;</p>

Kate Walsh of "Bad Judge"

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Will Ferrell puts 2 comedies on NBC's 2014-15 schedule

NBC orders 'Mission Control,' 'Bad Judge' and 'One Big Happy'

Just keeping busy before its big schedule announcement on Sunday, NBC picked up a trio of comedies on Friday afternoon, including two from executive producer Will Ferrell.

The "Anchorman" star and "Anchorman" director Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions is behind "Bad Judge" and "Mission Control," which will be joined by "One Big Happy" on NBC's slate for next season. Sadly, Ferrell has nothing to do with "One Big Happy," but with Ellen DeGeneres executive producing, it doesn't lack for behind-the-scenes starpower.

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'The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore' will replace 'The Colbert Report'

“The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore” will replace “The Colbert Report”
Jon Stewart created the new format for his “senior black correspondent," who has been part of "The Daily Show" since 2006. Wilmore's show replaces Stephen Colbert in January.

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<p>Oh, come on, Franco, you&#39;re just trying to freak us out now, aren&#39;t you?</p>

Oh, come on, Franco, you're just trying to freak us out now, aren't you?

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Review: Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' is a sad and lovely look at teenage life

Based on James Franco's book, this is a small but special film

It would be easy to think that the last name Coppola is a shortcut to becoming a filmmaker, but that would be dismissive, and honestly, sort of backwards. At this point, living up to that last name must be an intimidating prospect, but with her first film, Gia Coppola proves herself to be a deeply empathic filmmaker with a great sense of atmosphere. "Palo Alto," based on a collection of short stories by James Franco, is a lovely debut film, and a strong expression of just how it feels to be a teenager struggling to figure out your place in the world.

Forget about narrative. Forget about whether things add up in a typical A-B-C fashion. What makes "Palo Alto" special is the way it captures certain feelings, and it's not an easy thing. There were moments in the film where I found myself almost completely transported back to those long, weird, woozy nights where Teenage Drew made bad decisions and just plain didn't care. Something as simple as a party in a house where someone's parents are out of town becomes an excuse for Coppola to dig deep into the still-nascent souls of these aimless kids, and while she is very frank about showing how the currency of sex is such a casual thing for them on the surface, she's also very good at showing us the ways it actually impacts them in some permanent way.

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