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'Scandal' has its most-watched finale yet

“Scandal” has its most-watched finale yet
About 10.5 million viewers watched the explosive Season 3 conclusion. PLUS: “Parenthood” and “Community” were also up, while “The Crazy Ones” was down in its finale.


Jimmy Kimmel beats repeats, hits a season high with “Scandal” special
Kimmel was No. 1 last night for the first time since Jimmy Fallon took over "The Tonight Show," but Fallon and Letterman are on vacation this week (as is Kimmel).


“Scandal” finale: Underwhelming?
It was a good finale, says Samantha Highfill, but it wasn’t shocking at all. "I was able to walk away from the finale and sleep well, which just didn’t feel right to me, she says. "Look, I’m not saying it was a bad finale at all. I’m just saying that, if we’re talking purely about the shock factor that Scandal does so well, I was expecting more. But maybe that’s my own fault.” PLUS: “Scandal” is serving supreme inhumanity as delectable plot-twist tidbits, finale summed up everything that was wrong with Season 3, that last twist wasn’t that shocking, how women named Olivia Pope reacted to the finale, and Tony Goldwyn calls the finale his worst nightmare.


“Scandal’s” Columbus Short calls domestic violence allegations “outlandish”
"Life has the best scriptwriters of all time,” he tells NewsOne Now.” "That’s all I can say about that,” Short said with a chuckle. “I don’t mean to laugh but it read outlandish and it sounds even more outlandish coming out of your mouth.” PLUS: Could Short be kicked off "Scandal" over the allegations?


Hayden Panettiere won’t be part of “Heroes: Reborn”
"Well, it was a shock to me,” she says of the NBC miniseries, which she learned from her cousin. "I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that."


“The View” alum Debbie Matenopoulos is married and pregnant
“I eloped in Greece and I’m four months pregnant!” says Matenopoulos, who now hosts the show "Home & Family.” PLUS: What happened to other “View” alums?


Whoopi Goldberg penning a pot column
“The View” star wrote about her marijuana vaporizer for The Denver Post’s new pot-centric website.


Watch “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Farewell to Cristina Yang promo
Sandra Oh still has a few more episodes to go.


“Parenthood’s” Season 5 finale felt out of whack with the season as a whole
"'The Pontiac' is a ‘F*CK IT!’ finale,” says By Todd VanDerWerff. "By that I mean that it has barely anything to do with the season that preceded it and hopes we don’t really pay attention to that fact. But on its own terms, as a wrap-up to some other, better season, it’s pretty terrific.” PLUS: That was a tearjerker, and “Parenthood” isn’t as good when given a full season.

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<p>Kerry Washington of &quot;Scandal&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington of "Scandal"

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TV Ratings: Big 'Scandal' finale leads Thursday, while 'Community' rises

'Hell's Kitchen' and 'American Idol' rise for FOX

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 17, 2014.

The season finale of "Scandal" drew big numbers on Thursday and helped ABC win Thursday among young viewers, but Thursday's most watched show was still a "Big Bang Theory" repeat, which let CBS eke out a slim win overall.

Stay tuned for Final Live+Same Day ratings to see if ABC was able to push into the lead overall.

Among other notables, FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" and "American Idol" both posted gains, but "Surviving Jack" was down week-to-week.

Season finales of "Community" and "Parenthood" were both up for NBC, but "Parks and Recreation" was down.

And The CW's spring lag continued with both "The Vampire Diaries" and "Reign" on the low side, especially among total viewers.

The "Parks and Recreation," "Vampire Diaries" and "Crazy Ones" numbers were all series lows, if you're keeping score at home.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Ray Romano, Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham in the &quot;Parenthood&quot; season finale.</p>

Ray Romano, Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham in the "Parenthood" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Pontiac'

Zeek and Camille prepare to move, Haddie comes home and Amber meets Ryan's mom

A review of the "Parenthood" season finale — and some thoughts on season 5 as a whole — coming up just as soon as we talk about the big tomato in the room...

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Shonda Rhimes answers burning 'Scandal' finale questions on Jimmy Kimmel

Shonda Rhimes answers burning “Scandal” finale questions on Jimmy Kimmel
Kimmel also shows a “Scandal” blooper reel and got dirt on “Scandal” actors. PLUS: This was "Scandal's" best episode yet.


George R.R. Martin reveals what a full-sized “Game of Thrones” dragon looks like
Martin posted an excerpt from his companion book to the Song of Ice and Fire novels.


Lindsay Lohan confirms her sex list is real on “Watch What Happens Live”
"That was actually my fifth step in AA at Betty Ford,” she told Andy Cohen.


U.S. Sen.  Elizabeth Warren: I threw up twice before my 1st “Daily Show” appearance
"I was miserable,” says the Massachusetts senator. "I had stage fright -- gut-wrenching, stomach-turning, bile-filled stage fright. And I was stuck in a gloomy little bathroom, about to go on 'The Daily Show.’”


Stephen Lang joins “Salem”
The “Avatar” star will play Increase Mather, an old-line, hard-core Puritan, on the WGN America series.


Jeremy Piven had never watched “Seinfeld” when he played George Costanza
"You know, what an incredible honor,” he writes in a Reddit AMA of his brief role on “Seinfeld.” "I think everyone loves ‘Seinfeld.' And the horrible truth that I'm so embarrassed to reveal is that at the time, I was very young, I was in my mid-twenties when I played George, and I didn't have a TV... so I had never seen 'Seinfeld.’”


“Community” ends its season, again as if it was truly the end
Although there’s a possibility of another season, the season finale felt like an appropriate season-ender.

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<p>Tatiana Maslany as Sarah and Tatiana Maslany as Rachel in &quot;Orphan Black.&quot;</p>

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah and Tatiana Maslany as Rachel in "Orphan Black."

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Review: Tatiana Maslany keeps dazzling in 'Orphan Black' season 2

BBC America sci-fi series maintains brisk pace, excellent blend of suspense and humor

A year ago, "Orphan Black" snuck up on me. Like another female-centric show with "Black" at the end of its title, it had a relatively unknown lead, and seemed an afterthought among its network's original offerings. (At Netflix, "House of Cards" and "Arrested Development" consumed all the PR oxygen; for BBC America, it was "Copper.") And like "Orange Is the New Black," it turned out to be a pleasant surprise of large proportions, featuring a star-making performance — really, a series of performances, as con artist Sarah and her many clones — by Tatiana Maslany, a deft balance of sci-fi and character study and comedy, and an eagerness to keep the plot moving as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

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"Scandal"

"Scandal"

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'Scandal' recap: The big explosion in the season finale isn't in the church

You won't believe how much changes in just one episode

Wow. I realize there are only so many ways to bring Fitz and Olivia together and then break them apart, but what's happened in this season finale... well, let's just say no more without saying spoilers, spoilers, spoilers. There's just no way to talk about what happened without them. And maybe with a drink. Just a thought. 

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Can Elena love both brothers at the same time?

Strange visions have Elena yearning for what she can never have

First off, kudos to Paul Wesley for his directing debut. This was an episode with a lot of feels for Elena and Stefan, so it couldn't have been easy bouncing back and forth behind the camera to check the shot. But let's move on. I'm still reeling a bit from all the dream sequences, visits to the afterlife and, of course, Markos. 

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<p>Is Frankie Valli trying to pick me up? Dude&#39;s putting out some serious vibe, right?</p>

Is Frankie Valli trying to pick me up? Dude's putting out some serious vibe, right?

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The first trailer for Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' struts and sings

But is there really an movie audience for this kind of jukebox musical?

At least no one's going to be in any position to argue with Clint Eastwood about the period detail in "Jersey Boys."

The first trailer for Eastwood's big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit jukebox musical that paid tribute to the Four Seasons arrived today, and it looks like he's making a musical version of "Goodfellas." Vincent Piazza and John Lloyd Young, playing Tommy Devito and Frankie Valli, lead a largely unknown ensemble cast, and I'm sure there's going to be a ton of singing in the film. This sort of story has been told a thousand times, so it comes down to the energy and the pleasure of seeing these guys go through their rise and fall.

It's a good trailer. Solid. Some fun bits in it. You can tell they're going for the sweetest possible version of the songs, and since that was the big hook of the show, it makes sense. This does not look like "Les Miserables," where the vocals were recorded live on-set. Instead, it appears Eastwood's gone the far more conventional route of using a pre-record that the actors are performing to in the scenes.

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<p>Tony Kushner (left) and Steven Spielberg at a screening of &quot;Lincoln&quot; on Capitol Hill</p>

Tony Kushner (left) and Steven Spielberg at a screening of "Lincoln" on Capitol Hill

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Steven Spielberg to develop new film from 'Lincoln' screenwriter

A co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company, eh?

For me, there are two immediately interesting takeaways from the news that Steve Spielberg will be developing the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara." The first is that it would mark his third collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner after "Munich" and "Lincoln." The other is that the project would be a co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company.

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<p>Retta and Keegan-Michael Key in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Retta and Keegan-Michael Key in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'One in 8,000'

Family news stresses out Ben, while Ron protects Donna from half of 'Key & Peele'

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I ask the Louvre for a refund...

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<p>Jeleb is safe. I&#39;m sure of it.</p>

Jeleb is safe. I'm sure of it.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 7 Results

Who's heading home after Wednesday's so-so Competitor's Pick show?

Once again, it's like this: Assuming Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson and Alex "New Hampshire's Own" Preston are safe on Thursday (April 17) night's "American Idol," I don't much care who goes home or who's in the Bottom 3. 

There are the three people I care about and the cannon fodder.

The big question: How is "American Idol" planning on killing the 30 minutes tonight? For the second straight week, FOX hasn't bothered to announce a guest performer, which either means that the producers decided they were happily able to fill the half-hour without a musical number, or they're having trouble booking guests. I have no evidence to confirm the latter. So... Who knows?

On to the recap!

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How 'Scandal’s' Mellie Grant slowly transformed into a fan favorite
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How 'Scandal’s' Mellie Grant slowly transformed into a fan favorite

How “Scandal’s” Mellie Grant slowly transformed into a fan favorite
The First Lady has become the most complex and fun character on the ABC soap, says Kevin Fallon. He adds: "Some of it had to do with fatigue over the callously brazen affair between the show’s protagonists, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn). Much of it came as heartbreaking details about the ambitious—if embattled—character’s past came to surface and helped explain away the malicious wrath that seemed to be her guiding light. But, more than anything, the shift came as we all had the realization that the actress bringing Mellie to life, Bellamy Young, is just damned good at her job.” PLUS: Mellie is a rare female antihero on TV, play the “Scandal” finale drinking game, try the Shonda Rhimes “Scandal” monologue generator, which characters need to die?, Jeff Perry views Cyrus Beene's screaming and anxiety as cathartic, Scott Foley defends B613, Ellen DeGeneres tries to explain “Scandal,” how “Scandal” dominates social media, Katie Lowes poses for Esquire, “Scandal” stars discuss Rhimes’ monologues, how Rhimes uses music on “Scandal,” Shonda explains the writers’ room process, and Joe Morton says there are prayer groups for Rowan Pope.


“Grey’s Anatomy” vs. “Scandal”
Comparing Meredith and Olivia — Shonda Rhimes’ twisted sisters.


“The Daily Show’s” Jessica Williams: I’m not replacing Stephen Colbert
Williams took to Tumblr to address a petition urging Comedy Central to give her the 11:30 timeslot.


“Parks and Rec” books “Workaholics” star Blake Anderson for its season finale
He’ll play the founder of a Bay Area tech startup.


“Southland” boss: We’re perfectly suited to do a 2-hour wrap-up movie
The canceled TNT series could wrap things up with an event film that could appeal to new viewers.


“Parks and Rec” has also found writers via their Twitter feeds
"It's great for producers, it's a new way to find someone who can write jokes,” says co-creator Michael Schur, who hired two writers based on their tweets. "You get to see how their brain works.” But Mindy Kaling thinks hiring a writer based on their tweets is a bad idea: "Social media is great, but it's not something to be put on your resume. I worry that its distracting people from the hard work. And writing is hard work."


“Justified” creator: “You can’t win” with series finales
Says Graham Yost: "I mean, the 'How I Met Your Mother' guys had this planned from the beginning and people say 'oh they had this planned from the beginning. That’s terrible.' And if it feels more improvised, people say 'oh they should have planned it from the beginning.’"


Jonah from “Veep” hung out with Maryland’s governor
The HBO drama has been a major highlight in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s plan to lure TV shows to his state with tax credits.


“Jeopardy!” has a rare 6-time female winner
Sandie Brown’s streak has only been matched by women two other time.


Why doesn’t TV have any butch lesbians?
“Somehow,” says Vanessa Vitiello, "we’ve even come to a point where it’s easier to think of straight butch TV characters—'Game of Thrones’' Brienne of Tarth, Coaches Shannon Beiste and Sue Sylvester of ‘Glee,' and 'Battlestar Galactica’s' Starbuck, to name a few, than it is to come up with an actual butch lesbian."


Why “New Girl” is like a 1930s romcom
Nick and Jess harken back to the screwball romantic comedies of the depression era.


Transgender TV personality B. Scott loses lawsuit claiming BET made him change his gender identity
A judge ruled that BET had the right to control "the appearance of individuals appearing on-air."


Ranking TV’s worst child characters: “Modern Family’s” Lily is No. 2
No. 1? Sydney from “Parenthood.”


Chris Messina = “The Guy You See in Everything”
From “The Mindy Project” to “New Girl.”


Joan Rivers: Gwyneth Paltrow confronted me over “Fashion Police”
"The worst criticism was, ugh, Gwyneth Paltrow,” Rivers said on “Watch What Happens Live.” "She came in and yelled at us, but she stood up,” she added. "She couldn't sit down because she's got a stick up her rear end."


There are 2 things to know about “Parenthood”: 1) Nothing happens, 2) It’ll make you cry
That it’s the “Seinfeld” of dramas makes the NBC series easy to jump into. PLUS: Xolo Mariduena on rooting for Joel and Julia, and Erika Christensen’s journey from teen star to “Parenthood."


“Game of Thrones” gets the “Frozen” treatment
Watch a “Let It Go” parody of the HBO series. PLUS: Tormund Giantsbane explains how to grow and shave a beard, and HBO Canada put a Dragon Bowl on the sidewalk.


"Sullivan & Son” is bringing back Ken Jeong and Billy Gardell
"The Big Bang Theory’s" Kunal Nayyar will also return this season to the TBS comedy.


“SNL’s” “28 Reasons” is now available for download
The Black History Month song has been posted to iTunes.


“Adventure Time” is back for Season 6
The Cartoon Network series is "one of the most philosophically risky and, often, emotionally affecting shows on TV,” says Emily Nussbaum.


“24’s” Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brian take a selfie
“Our 70s rock album cover.”

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