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President Obama and Michelle Obama met 'Scandal’s' President Fitz and Mellie

President Obama and Michelle Obama met “Scandal’s” President Fitz and Mellie
"The entire Writers Room has been procrastinating by staring at this photo all day,” Shonda Rhimes says of the photo taken at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. PLUS: This wasn’t the first time actor Eric West had (falsely) heard he was the new Harrison on “Scandal."


See pics from the new shows that have been greenlighted
Check out Katherine Heigl as a CIA agent and Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as a couple.


Bob Costas will be 80 when NBC’s Olympics deal expires in 2032
As sports media writer Richard Deitsch put it, "Game of Thrones time for those in waiting" to replace Costas. PLUS: Matt Lauer can’t wait to cover the Olympics at age 75.


Fox News’ Megyn Kelly: Jon Stewart called me after I said he was “mean”
"Stewart doesn't bother me as much as he used to,” Kelly tells Reuters. "He used to do these segments on me all the time, and then one day on the air I said he was mean and then he called me up, and we had an hour-long talk. He explained that he didn't mean to be mean and that he does satire and that he claimed I was 'one of the three journalists he respects.’”


“Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell will represent the St. Louis Rams at the NFL Draft
Check out Burrell’s official NFL Draft ID.


“Veep” creator’s next target: Washington lobbyists?
Says Armando Ianucci: “What I’m keen to look at now are all those other hundreds of thousands of people in Washington who aren’t in any administration job but somehow are always there — the lobbyists, the consultants, the think tanks, the movers and shakers, the organizers,” he said during an interview recapping the weekend. “The personalities who aren’t part of any administration. That’s an interesting area.”


NFL won’t have to force a team to participate on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”
According to the NY Post, several teams have volunteered.


Read the roasting Don Rickles received from Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
"So here we are,” said Poehler, "because they thought it was important for Don to be honored by at least one woman, which, apparently, is what we count as.”


What happened to Gunther and other famous “Friends” supporting cast members?
Here’s catching up with “Friends” regulars from Paul Rudd to “Gunther” James Michael Tyler.


Why nobody writes about popular TV shows
"There's a shallow and deep explanation,” Derek Thompson says of why shows like “NCIS” aren’t analyzed like “Mad Men.” "The shallow explanation is that TV I (and perhaps you) live in the cloistered monastery of media. Television criticism thrives with unpacking precisely the sort of shows that don't appeal to a mass audience, because they weren't made for a mass audience. Which leads to the deeper, economic explanation. Broadcast TV sells audiences. Premium TV sells a ‘brand.’”


Katie Couric: “My plate is really full”
Couric says she doesn’t see herself as having the time to temporarily replace Savannah Guthrie on “Today” while she’s on maternity leave.


“Lost” bosses pick the worst episode -- 15 to 20 episodes were "subpar, bordering on turds”
"I mean, I think the episode where Jack gets his tattoos in Thailand” was “not our finest hour,” admits Carlton Cuse. Says Damon Lindelof: "Sometimes the mistake, the thing that wasn't good, is the thing that's really part of the legacy of a show like ours.”


William Shatner headed to internet network Ora.TV
Shatner will develop shows for the network that already features Larry King, Jesse Ventura and Haylie Duff.


Kenny Kramer, who inspired the “Seinfeld” character, goes to court over “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”
Kramer is suing a former “Seinfeld” guest-actor and writer who wrote in his memoir that Kenny Kramer would shout “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” at gay people during his “Kramer Reality Tour” tour. Kramer is asking for $1 million for being allegedly defamed.


Jason Priestley recalls first love Holly Robinson Peete, “90210” cast hookups and "Donna Martin masturbates!”
Priestley and Robinson fell in love on the set of “21 Jump Street.” "I could not have asked for a more idyllic first love,” recalls Priestley. He also writes in his memoir that the marching band is shouting "Donna Martin masturbates!” during the famous "Donna Martin graduates” episode.


“CSI” expects to have Paul Guilfoyle back after tonight’s exit
"We reached a place, creatively, where it was time to say goodbye to Brass, but that doesn't mean we won't want Paul to return in some capacity in the future,” says exec producer Don McGill.


Lara Spencer apologizes for “GMA” "Cinco de Drinko" segment
On Monday, Spencer wore a sombrero, held a margarita, and said “Cinco de Drinko” was "the biggest day of the year for margarita sales.”


Here’s a visual guide to “The Mindy Project’s” homage to rom-coms
From “The Walk and Talk” to "You Love Me Until You Don’t.” PLUS: Here’s another guide.


Oxygen’s new slate includes “Sister Witches” and “Wantrepreneur”
“Finding My Father” and “Love on the Line” are also on Oxygen’s women-focused slate.


Max Greenfield compares doing “Hot in Cleveland” pre- and post-“New Girl”
Greenfield returns tonight as a different character, after having guest-starred three years ago before “New Girl."


VH1 taps “Jersey Shore” talk show host for “Dating Naked”
Amy Paffrath, who hosted “Jersey Shore After Hours" and “Jersey Shore Reunion,” will host VH1’s new naked dating show.


“Witches of East End” adds a “Magic City” alum
Actor Christian Cooke will play an important character in Season 2. PLUS: "Witches of East End" returns July 6.


For sale: A miniature version of “The Addams Family” set
An artist has created the miniature set and is selling it for $345.


A former “Dateline” producer claims she was forced to respond to sex ads
Kimberly Lengle, 33, is suing claiming producers put her in dangerous situations for their “Wild Wild Web” series.


Chris Pratt predicted the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” movie reboot in the “Parks and Rec” season finale
After “Jurassic World,” this is Pratt/Andy Dwyer’s 2nd movie prediction to come true.


“The Flintstones” is getting another movie adaptation
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are behind this latest reboot.


In defense of spoilers
As Alfred Hitchcock once said, there’s a difference between surprise and suspense. "We overestimate the importance and experience of a surprise and can't see the trees for the forest the more obsessed we get with ‘reveals' in this post-Lost world,” says Joyce Eng. "But the sequence of events we take to get there are just as, and I'd argue more, important and fascinating as the twist itself, especially if crafted well.”


On “Criminal Minds” season finale, “the stakes are insanely high”
The two-part Season 9 finale kicks off tonight.


Neil Patrick Harris gets naked for Rolling Stone cover
The former “How I Met Your Mother” star says he has a huge following of straight guys who can’t stop trying to high-five him thanks to the Barney Stinson character.


Which “Mad Men” stars showed up for Jon Hamm’s “Million Dollar Arm” premiere?
Attendees included Hamm's TV daughter and his TV ex-wife’s husband.

Fred Durst directed an eHarmony commercial
Why would the dating website be interested in the former Limp Bizkit frontman?


“Drop Dead Diva” finalizes filming by giving its crew beach cruiser bikes
In all, 115 Old Skool beach cruisers were given out, with each containing a name tag.


Kiefer Sutherland is not dating actress Sofia Karstens
People is walking back its report from yesterday.

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<p>Your &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 4</p>

Your "American Idol" Top 4

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 4 Performances - Love: Break-Ups & Make-Ups Night

Will 'Idol' address Caleb Johnson's unfortunate statements from last week?

Has Jessica Meuse seriously become our "American Idol" frontrunner? 

After last week's "No" votes sent Sam Woolf home, both Jena Irene and Alex Preston had some fickle fans grumbling about their lack of solidarity.

Then Caleb Johnson had to go and give an idiotic interview calling his Twitter kinda-fans "retards." 

Sigh. 

Jessica had the only clean week!

Click through for some Love-themed recapping!

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<p>&quot;Law &amp; Order: Special Victims Unit&quot;</p>

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

NBC renews 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' for Season 16

No word on 'Community,' so relax.

Continuing its piecemeal tip-toeing around the bubble, NBC has renewed "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for a 16th season.

And that's all of the NBC renewal/cancellation news we have for today.

Sorry. No "Community" news. Chill, y'all!

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<p>&quot;Enlisted&quot; was canceled.</p>

"Enlisted" was canceled.

Credit: FOX

FOX cancels 'Enlisted,' 'Surviving Jack' & 'Dads'

'Rake' also reportedly got the ax on a bloody Wednesday

It was a bloody Wednesday at FOX, which canceled freshman comedies "Enlisted," "Surviving Jack" and "Dads." (First-year legal drama "Rake" has also reportedly gotten the final nail in the coffin, but FOX would not confirm this. Either way, it's not coming back.)

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NBC renews 'Law & Order: SVU' for Season 16

NBC renews "Law & Order: SVU" for Season 16
The renewal comes after lengthy negotiations, but Mariska Hargitay and the cast will be back next year.

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Fox cancels 'Dads,' 'Surviving Jack' and 'Enlisted”

Fox cancels “Dads,” “Surviving Jack” and “Enlisted”
The Seth MacFarlane comedy joins Christopher Meloni’s “Jack” and cult-fave “Enlisted” on the Fox trash heap. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is the only Fox freshman comedy to survive to next season. UPDATE: Greg Kinnear's "Rake" also canceled.


Fox rejects pilots “Fatrick,” “Dead Boss” and "No Place Like Home”
“Fatrick” would’ve brought Marcia Cross back to network TV. The same for “No Place Like Home,” which starred Jane Kaczmarek and David James Elliott, plus Jon Heder. “Dead Boss” starred Jane Krakowski, Amy Sedaris, David Cross, Rachel Dratch and Katharine McPhee.

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Shonda Rhimes responds to 'Scandal' casting hoax: 'Harrison is not being recast EVER'

Shonda Rhimes responds to “Scandal” casting hoax: "Harrison is not being recast EVER”
Deadline had reported, based on fake ABC press release, that an actor named Eric West was going to take over the role of Harrison next season from Columbus Short. Rhimes responded immediately: "I've never heard of Eric West."

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Ray LaMontagne

Concert Review: Ray LaMontagne brings 'Supernova' to life

Album release show in a Los Angeles church creates perfect vibe

LOS ANGELES—Ray LaMontagne let the music do the talking during an intimate 70-minute show here to promote his new album, “Supernova.”

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"Outrageous Acts of Science"

"Outrageous Acts of Science"

Credit: Discovery

Exclusive: 'Outrageous Acts of Science' updates us on Super Bowl breakout star

Find out what happened to the deaf woman whose video went viral

Do you ever watch commercials or viral videos featuring real people and wonder, hey, what happened to them? You probably make a mental note to Google whoever it is, but then, hey, shiny object and it's all over. "Outrageous Acts of Science" (Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. on Science Channel) can now put your mind to rest about Sarah Churman.

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John Legend

John Legend's 'All of Me' topples 'Happy,' while Iggy Azalea rules the top 10

Ariana Grande and Azalea make chart history with 'Problem'

John Legend scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, but the big news is that Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has two songs in the top four, but more about that later.

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<p>James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in &quot;Eleanor Rigby.&quot;</p>

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in "Eleanor Rigby."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Weinsteins to release 'Eleanor Rigby' three ways, as agreement nears on 'Grace of Monaco'

Both films have faced different editing challenges, and will appear at Cannes

Two films that The Weinstein Company is bringing to Cannes this month have faced very different, complicated issues in the editing room -- resulting in multiple versions, or at least multiple visions for a single version, of festival opener "Grace of Monaco" and Un Certain Regard title "Eleanor Rigby." Just another day at the office for Harvey Scissorhands, then, though clarity seems to be arriving on both projects just in time for the start of the festival next week.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 229: 'New Girl,' 'The Mindy Project,' 'Mad Men' & more
Credit: AMC

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 229: 'New Girl,' 'The Mindy Project,' 'Mad Men' & more

Dan and Alan also answer mail about revived '00s series and rules for adaptations

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Happy Wednesday, and time for a Firewall & Iceberg podcast in which Dan and I do a little more upfront previewing, answer your mail, break down last night's "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" finales, then discuss all the tension on "Mad Men" (and fess up as non-fans of "2001").  

Most likely next week's podcast will be on Thursday due to upfront madness, but we'll see.

The rundown: 

Today's podcast breakdown:
Pre-upfronts update (00:00:50 - 00:07:20)
Listener Mail: "The Comeback" (00:07:30 - 00:13:25)
Listener Mail: Adaptations (00:13:30 - 00:17:30)
"New Girl" finale (00:17:40 - 00:28:15)
"The Mindy Project" (00:28:20 - 00:35:50)
NBC Gets the Olympics Through 2032 (00:35:50 - 00:40:05)
"Mad Men" (00:40:05 - 00:59:30)
 
As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. You can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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