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Josh Duhamel joins Vince Gilligan’s 'Battle Creek'

Josh Duhamel joins Vince Gilligan’s “Battle Creek”
He’ll play an FBI agent teaming with Dean Winters in the CBS drama pilot from the “Breaking Bad” creator and “House’s” David Shore. PLUS: Kal Penn visited the real Battle Creek PD.

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'Resurrection' has big debut

“Resurrection” has big debut
The ABC series had the best midseason drama debut in two years.


HBO explains why HBO Go crashed during the “True Detective” finale
The cable network said in a statement: “Due to overwhelming interest in the season finale of True Detective, HBO GO was hit with an excessive amount of traffic soon after 9:00 PM ET last night. The issue has since been rectified and the service is now back to normal.”


“That’s insane,” Cristin Milioti says of morbid “HIMYM” finale theories
"There are some crazy conspiracy theories,” she says, "which really makes me love the fans more... That is so crazy."


South Korean reality contestant hanged herself on set of a “Big Brother”-like dating show
Filming was suspended on “Jjak” (“Mate”) after a 29-year-old female contestant was found hanged with a hairdryer cord in the bathroom of a guesthouse where seven men and five women had been living together. Cameras were filming in every room except the bathroom.


“Maron” books Conan, Ray Romano, Sarah Silverman, David Cross
Season 2 of Marc Maron’s IFC comedy will also feature Johnny Knoxville, Andy Richter, Bill Burr, Paul Feig and Wyatt Cenac.


Cartoon Network’s new slate includes “Be Cool Scooby-Doo,” “Wabbit” and “The Tom and Jerry Show”
There will also be a new Lego series, as well as show called “We Bare Bears” and “Sonic Boom” starring Sonic the Hedgehog.


“True Detective” contained 31 buddy-cop clichés
Turns out this "anti-cop show" was a cop show at heart.


Diane Neal joins 50 Cent’s “Power"
The “SVU” alum will recur on the Starz drama series.


Lena Dunham quickly deletes tweet joking about her uncle molesting her
"I just made and deleted a not so great molestation joke. Sorry guys. I am really sleepy,” the “Girls” star explained. PLUS: Dunham is a Glamour covergirl.


Cameraman reveals details of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin’s death
Justin Lyons, who worked with Irwin for 15 years, says an 8-foot-wide stingray  attacked him: "All of a sudden, it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds."

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<p>The premiere of &quot;Resurrection &quot;</p>

The premiere of "Resurrection "

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TV Ratings: Huge 'Resurrection' premiere leads ABC to surprising Sunday split

Solid 'Cosmos' start, while CBS wins Sunday overall

Fast National ratings for  Sunday, March 9, 2014.

ABC's relentless promotion of the midseason drama "Resurrection" paid off in a surprisingly huge debut on Sunday night, combining with "Once Upon a Time" and a boosted "Revenge" to help the network win the night among young viewers.

"Resurrection" had the second-biggest overall premiere for any new drama this year, behind only CBS' preview airing of "Intelligence" out of "NCIS." That didn't work so well. It was the top midseason drama among young viewers since the 2012 launch of "Smash." That also didn't work so well. The key difference is that unlike those two premieres, "Resurrection" was effectively a self-starter, building dramatically on its lead-in.

Overall, CBS got a bounce-back performance from "The Amazing Race: All-Stars" and an hour-winning return from "The Mentalist" to win the night in total viewers.

Sunday's other major notable was FOX's premiere of "Cosmos." The Seth MacFarlane-produced update on Carl Sagan's classic space-centric miniseries  launched simultaneously on 10 networks on Sunday and FOX is expected to have overall numbers in a couple hours. The on-network component did reasonably well and was FOX's top show overall, but it ran into the unexpected "Resurrection" buzzsaw in the 9 p.m. hour. The FOX portion of "Cosmos" did top "Resurrection" among men 18-34.

[UPDATE: The 10-network premiere numbers for "Cosmos" are in. Including FOX and the nine satellite airings, "Cosmos" averaged a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 and drew 8.5 million viewers.]

All of these optimistic numbers bely the normal declines associated with the start of Daylight Savings Time, which reliably lowers primetime TV usage in its first week or two.

On to the numbers...

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Ginger Parker in "Beverly Pills"

Ginger Parker in "Beverly Pills"

Credit: Filthy Martini

CulturePop No. 40 - Steve Silverman, Ginger Parker, Oscars, LiLo

We start drinking before noon to salute a new web series

Is it possible to say we had too much fun with this podcast? Possibly, but that had a lot to do with the return of our favorite guest (and that's saying something), Steve Silverman. The writer-director popped by to introduce us to his friend Ginger Parker, who has a new Web series, "Beverly Pills," debuting Monday, March 10 at beverlypillstheseries.com. But that wasn't all we talked about. And we were drinking. That was our way to salute the series, which is about a spoiled rich girl who starts dealing prescription drugs after she loses her income stream. Yeah, that's why we were drinking.

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'True Detective' creator: 'This is a story that began with its ending in mind'

“True Detective” creator: "This is a story that began with its ending in mind”
Nic Pizzolatto talks about what was going through his mind in the writing the season finale, and offers a clue on a likely Season 2: "Okay. This is really early, but I'll tell you (it's about) hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” PLUS: Was “True Detective” trolling us?, it was the perfect conclusion to a perfect season, what an underwhelming end to the season, the finale worked because it showed the best example of the buddy cop genre, the finale’s biggest flaw was “Scarred Man,” “True Detective’s” power was the way it made us feel when we watched it, the epilogue made the ending immensely satisfying, the theme song gets an 8-bit makeover, and HBO Go crashed due to “True Detective” demand.


Jennifer Beals joins TNT’s “Proof” from producer Kyra Sedgwick
She’ll play a brilliant female surgeon who investigates reincarnation.


Mindy Kaling: "I'm a f*cking Indian woman who has her own television show”
At SXSW, Kaling talked about the lack of diversity on network TV. "I look at shows on TV — and this is going to seem defensive, but I'm just going to say it — I'm a f*cking Indian woman who has her own television show," Kaling said. "I have four series regulars that are women on my show, and no one asks these other shows (run by white men) why there are no women or women of color. People have a higher expectation for me. They say, why aren't you doing enough? And the answer is, I always want to do more because people should always be doing as much as they can, but my fulltime job is not casting 'The Mindy Project.’” PLUS: Kaling is writing another book.


“The Simpsons” says goodbye to Edna Krabappel
Last night’s episode formally paid tribute to Marcia Wallace’s character.


Watch President Obama’s “Cosmos” introduction
“The next great discovery could be yours,” the president says in the 30-second intro.


“SNL” ratings tumble with Lena Dunham as host
The “Girls” star had the second-lowest numbers of the season, in the important 18-49 demo. PLUS: Dunham nailed her “SNL” hosting gig.


Watch Julia Roberts in HBO’s “The Normal Heart” teaser
The Ryan Murphy film about the AIDS epidemic also features Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch.


HBO unveils the most action-packed “Game of Thrones” trailer yet
The 3rd Season 3 trailer is called “Secrets.” PLUS: Virtual reality “Game of Thrones” impresses SXSW attendees, and Seth Meyers sits on the Iron Throne.


Jonathan Groff talks “Looking” season finale — and how it educated straight people about gay sex
“It’s certainly not like the intention of the show is to, like, educate straight people about how (gay people) have sex,” he says. "But it’s obviously happening with my friends, and I feel like, 'Wow, what an added bonus that we’re telling some things that maybe people didn’t know.' Isn’t that crazy?” PLUS: “Looking” creator on the future of the series, and Scott Bakula.


Is Peggy Olson the new star of “Mad Men”?
When the final season premieres next month, the AMC series will focus just as much on Elisabeth Moss’ character as it has on Don Draper.


Go behind the scenes of Cuba Gooding Jr’s famous Oscar-acceptance speech
Control room footage from the March 1997 Academy Awards, in which Gooding won the best supporting actor for “Jerry Maguire,” has just been released.


“The Walking Dead” has taken on a “Lost” feel this season
Episodes are focusing on different characters week to week.


Watch the “Veep” Season 3 promo
“I’d rather be shot in the face then serve as vice president again.” PLUS: Watch a new “Silicon Valley” promo.


Lifetime unveils the final “Drop Dead Diva” promos
Check out the final season trailer.


“Band of Brothers” veteran dies at 90
William "Wild Bill” Guarnere, who lost a leg during the Battle of the bulge, was portrayed in seven episodes of the HBO miniseries by actor Frank John Hughes.

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<p>Ethan Hawke was in a particularly great mood after the Austin premiere of his films &#39;Boyhood&#39; and &#39;Predestination&#39;</p>

Ethan Hawke was in a particularly great mood after the Austin premiere of his films 'Boyhood' and 'Predestination'

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Ethan Hawke on Linklater, time travel, and space prostitutes in 'Predestination'

A thoughtful ten minutes with the always-engaging actor

AUSTIN - Ethan Hawke walked into the Gibson Guitar Lounge at Maggie Mae's, one of 6th Street's biggest clubs, looking sharp and still flushed from how well Richard Linklater's new film "Boyhood" played for a packed house at the Paramount on Sunday morning.

His parents had joined him, and while he had seen the film at Sundance, it meant something different to him to see it in the city where it was filmed. As soon as he walked in, we started talking, and I've noticed that about him. He's one of those guys who always just seems like he's picking up a conversation with you after a brief interruption, and if you're willing to really dig into a subject with him, he'll absolutely give you thoughtful, interesting answers.

Even on those occasions where I haven't liked a film that he was in, the interviews with him over the years have been excellent, and I feel like this latest was one of the best overall interviews we've done so far. We covered a lot of ground, starting with my extreme irritation at so far having missed "Boyhood" at both Sundance and this festival. I am dying to see it. If there's any film this year that I want to see, it's that one. It's just been a brutal twist of timing so far that has kept me from having a chance.

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<p>Series co-creators Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh and star Jonathan Groff on the set of &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Series co-creators Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh and star Jonathan Groff on the set of "Looking."

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'Looking' co-creator Michael Lannan says Scott Bakula is returning for season 2

What should you look forward to next season?

Relative newcomer Michael Lannan and acclaimed director Andrew Haigh ("Weekend") have created a remarkable new series with "Looking" that just wrapped up its first season Sunday night. Already picked up by HBO for another season, the show centers on Patrick (Jonathan Groff), a somewhat naive video game developer in San Francisco on the cusp of turning 30 and finally coming into his own. He's surrounded by two friends who have some issues of their own; Dom (Murray Bartlett) and Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez).  

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<p>Jonathan Groff at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.</p>

Jonathan Groff at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.

Credit: AP Photo/Jordan Strauss

Jonathan Groff revisits 'Looking' season one and the surprise success of 'Frozen'

Who does he think Patrick should end up with?

Jonathan Groff is an amazingly nice guy. No, really. It's not just an act. There are many actors who would blow off an interview after a scheduling mishap, but not Groff. Either he was raised by saints or he really believes in his new HBO series "Looking."

Or, maybe it's a combination of both.

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<p>Nope, &quot;Gravity&quot; didn&#39;t take home the big one, but we can all exhale that another long awards season is over.</p>

Nope, "Gravity" didn't take home the big one, but we can all exhale that another long awards season is over.

Credit: Warner Bros.

Exhale: Lessons from the 2013-2014 Oscars season

New rules as the Academy's membership changes the game

A week ago the 86th Academy Awards wrapped up what was one of the closest Best Picture races in history. An awards season full of unexpected distractions, pretenders and results came to an end. Many in Hollywood could finally take a deep breath and exhale.

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<p>How seriously did &quot;True Detective&quot; creator Nic Pizzolatto want us to take Rust Cohle&#39;s philosophizing?</p>

How seriously did "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto want us to take Rust Cohle's philosophizing?

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'True Detective' creator Nic Pizzolatto talks season 1

Why end it that way? How big was the conspiracy? And what about season 2?

Earlier tonight, "True Detective" concluded its first season — and, with it, the stories of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. I reviewed the finale here, and as a bookend to a conversation we had before the season started, I spoke with the show's creator, Nic Pizzolatto, about the finale and the season as a whole (along with a vague but intriguing hint about season 2, which hasn't been officially ordered yet, but only because I suspect HBO is waiting until they've signed the actors they want before announcing). That's coming up just as soon as I strike you as more of a talker than a doer...

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<p>Jason Schwartzman and Jude Law in &quot;The Grand Budapest Hotel&quot;</p>

Jason Schwartzman and Jude Law in "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

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Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' scores record box office in limited release

The film could be the auteur's biggest hit to date

The list of top per-screen averages tends to be dominated by Disney fare, everything from "The Lion King" to "Frozen" putting up staggering numbers. But sometimes something on the art house circuit can put up a whopper of a number, such as "Red State" or "The Master." Late last year, "American Hustle" surged in this frame, and just a few years ago, Wes Anderson proved his fan base was hungry for "Moonrise Kingdom" on just four screens, averaging over $130,000 per screen.

Well, this weekend Anderson broke his own record and entered the top 10 of limited releases as "The Grand Budapest Hotel" averaged over $200,000 on four screens for an opening weekend tally of $800,000.

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<p>Jake Gyllenhaal in &quot;Enemy.&quot;</p>

Jake Gyllenhaal in "Enemy."

Credit: A24

'Enemy,' 'Gabrielle' top Canadian Screen Award winners

And 'The Mortal Instruments' finds some awards love

Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy" won the most hardware at this year's Canadian Screen Awards, as the freaky psychological thriller (which Villeneuve shot back-to-back with his Hollywood debut "Prisoners") took home five awards, including Best Director, Supporting Actress and Cinematography. But it lost the top prize to something a little more warm and fuzzy. The tender, sentimental "Gabrielle" -- a love story between two special-needs choir singers -- took Best Film, as well as Best Actress for developmentally disabled lead Gabrielle Marion-Rivard. (The film was Canada's savvy submission for the foreign-language Oscar last year, but didn't make the shortlist.)

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