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ABC picks up 'Marvel’s Agent Carter,' renews 'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

ABC picks up "Marvel’s Agent Carter,” renews “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Hayley Atwell will reprise her “Captain America” movie role as Peggy Carter for the ABC series. PLUS: ABC renews "The Goldbergs" for Season 2, and "Modern Family" for Season 6. UPDATE: ABC cancels "Trophy Wife" and "Mixology," and ABC renews "The Middle."

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<p>Hayley Atwell of &quot;Agent Carter&quot;</p>

Hayley Atwell of "Agent Carter"

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ABC renews 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and orders 'Agent Carter' from Marvel

Hayley Atwell reprises her 'Captain America' role in the period drama

In a pairing so logical we're giving them their own story, ABC announced on Thursday (May 8) night that it is renewing "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and ordering the new drama "Marvel's Agent Carter."

"Marvel's Agent Carter" stars "Captain America" veteran Hayley Atwell. Set in 1946, it's the story of Peggy Carter's post-WWII work with the covert Strategic Scientific Reserve, as she balances being a single woman in 1940s America, while also going on secret missions for Howard Stark.

While Atwell's involvement is confirmed, ABC makes no mention of whether or not Dominic Cooper will return for the Stark role. Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters will serve as show runners, with Steve McFeely & Christopher Marcus, and Jeph Loeb also executive producing. 

There has been some speculation that ABC was planning to use "Agent Carter" as a bridge between halves of the second "S.H.I.E.L.D." season, but we thought the same thing about "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" until it got its own slot on Thursdays and flopped.

Although hardly the blockbuster ABC might have dreamed of, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is averaging 10.74 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+7 DVR figures.

ABC announced a slew of other renewals and pickups on Thursday night and I'm just beginning to dig my way through them, so stay tuned for future stories...

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ABC renews 'Resurrection' and 'Once Upon a Time'

ABC renews “Resurrection” and “Once Upon a Time”
They’ll return for a respective 2nd and 4th season. Also renewed: "Revenge," "Scandal," "Castle" and "Grey's Anatomy."

ABC picks up Shonda Rhimes' “How to Get Away with Murder,” “American Crime” and “Black-ish”
Viola Davis stars in “How to Get Away with Murder,” playing a law professor who gets wrapped up in a murder mystery. “American Crime,” from Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley,” stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Huffman in a drama about racial tensions. And Larry Wilmore’s “Blackish” stars Anthony Anderson as an upper middle-class family many who’s trying to maintain a sense of African-American cultural identity among his children. PLUS: ABC picks up comedies Prince "Galavant" and "The Whispers" from Steven Spielberg, plus supernatural series "Forever" and comedy "Selfie."

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries': Can the Travelers be beaten?

Everyone we know could die -- but is there any way to return?

Well, that certainly got real, didn't it?

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"Still the Water"
"Still the Water"
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Cannes Check 2014: Naomi Kawase's 'Still the Water'

Continuing our festival preview with the first of two women in Competition

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the first of two female directors in the lineup: Naomi Kawase's "Still the Water."

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<p>J-Lo had fun on Wednesday night&#39;s &quot;Idol.&quot; Will she have fun tonight?</p>

J-Lo had fun on Wednesday night's "Idol." Will she have fun tonight?

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 4 Results

Which singers will get to sing for home fans this week?

"American Idol" time! 

Are we all excited?

My father is. If Alex Preston survives tonight's cut and returns home to New Hampshire, my dad is planning on going to his rally. Or that's what my dad says. He also insists he voted for Alex 50 times last night, so it's possible he's just kidding. Or maybe he just appreciates how easy "Idol" had made it to vote this season.

So will Alex stick around?

Will we be able to get through more than two picks in the NFL Draft during this time?

Click through and follow along...

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Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank in "The Homesman."
Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank in "The Homesman."
Credit: EuropaCorp

Cannes Check 2014: Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman'

Continuing our festival preview with the Oscar-winning actor's latest directorial effort

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, one of the starrier entries in the lineup: Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman."

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"Once Upon A Time"

"Once Upon A Time"

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'Once Upon A Time''s Horowitz and Kitsis confirm finale will be Wicked Witch-free

Kitsis says, 'I can confirm the Wicked Witch will not be in the finale'

Still wondering about that portal that opened up on last week's episode of "Once Upon A Time"? Join the club. Co-creators Adam Horowitz and Ed Kitsis aren't telling, but one thing's for sure -- that spooky green vapor that came swirling out of the Wicked Witch when Rumple stabbed her isn't going to earn her a spot in the season finale (Sun. May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET). I spoke to Horowitz and Kitsis briefly about how this season finale will be different, why they're happy with what transpired in Neverland (even if you're not) and why the two-hour end of the season will feel more like a movie than you might expect.

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CBS picks up 'How I Met Your Dad'

CBS picks up “How I Met Your Dad”
The “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff has been officially greenlighted for next season. UPDATE: CBS is denying it picked up any pilots, though multiple reports say "HIMYD" is a go.

“The Simpsons” boss reacts to claim that a 2001 episode helped spawn the Syrian Civil  War
"Yes, we had the amazing foresight to predict conflict in the Middle East,” exec producer Al Jean says sarcastically.

Letterman: I bombed at Spike TV’s Don Rickles tribute
“It was just humiliating,” David Letterman says before apologizing.

“New Girl” and “Mindy Project” are rushing through romance too quickly
It’s the opposite of “How I Met Your Mother’s” problem — both Fox series, says Kate Hakala, "have jettisoned seasons of bad dates and career follies and replaced them with a swift resolution of the main character's unresolved sexual tensions — that secret spice of the sitcom — all too quickly."

Piers Morgan calls Larry King a “constant poisonous twerp”
Reacting to King’s latest interview (with Howard Stern) criticizing his CNN replacement, Morgan tweeted: "Hey Larry ... you don't need to KEEP bitching about me. It's over. Relax."

How “True Tori” puts its show on the air so quickly
While shows like “Lindsay” take six months from filming to air, Tori Spelling’s reality show is rushed in 10 days to three weeks.

Does “The Mindy Project’s” deal with Microsoft hurt the show?
Shouldn’t at least one character have an iPhone?

Does Norm Macdonald have a realistic shot at hosting “The Late Late Show”?
His being the polar opposite of Seth Meyers might give him a leg up.

“Surviving Jack” co-creator: “My Television show Was Cancelled. F*ck”
Justin Halperin, who also created the canceled “Sh*t My Dad Says,” writes on his Tumblr: “Although I feel sh*tty about the end result, I am one of the lucky motherf*ckers that was allowed to make a TV show.  Six years ago I was living with my parents.  My possessions were as follows: an air mattress and 30% of a 1999 Ford Ranger. That’s it.  So although I won’t get a chance to make anymore episodes of this show, it’s basically a downright f*cking miracle that I was able to make any.”

"Comedy Bang! Bang!” returns for a 3rd season that will include its series finale — in Episode 5
Says Scott Aukerman: “The season starts to get really super weird because we air our series finale — not season finale, but series — as the fifth episode out of the 20 that we’re doing this year. We say, 'Hey, so… we’ve already taped it years and years down the line, but here’s our series finale!' So we’ll air it, and we’ll show how the show wraps up years down the line.” PLUS: How to catch up on “Comedy Bang! Bang!"

Watch Charlize Theron’s “SNL” promos with The Black Keys
“Hey Charlize. Hey Black Keys.”

Relive Cristina Yang’s greatest “Grey’s Anatomy” moments
Here are 30 of Sandra Oh’s best scenes. PLUS: Ranking ShondaLand’s 20 most romantic speeches.

See the “Game of Thrones” theme played on wine glasses
YouTube user Dan Newbie a water jug and pans to recreate the theme song.

If Jon Stewart is evangelical, John Oliver is professorial
Oliver is doing something different with “Last Week Tonight,” says Ian Crouch. Unlike “The Daily Show,” where Stewart has “become the leader of an audience of acolytes, (Oliver) seems to be out to subtly correct his audience’s prejudices and blind spots.”

Can “Nashville” be saved by its concerts?
The struggling ABC series’ strong suit, amid the lame storylines, has been its music. PLUS: Hank Williams inspired Deacon.

Spike TV spinning off “Tattoo Nightmares”
The cable network has ordered "Tattoo Nightmares Miami.”

See a glimpse of “Masters of Sex” Season 2
Exec producer Michelle Ashford says of the 2nd season: "Whereas most shows stay the same, it’s one of those where it will look really different every year."

“Maron” returns for a Season 2 as laid back as Season 1
Unlike Louis CK and “Louie,” Marc Maron isn’t aiming get heavy or deep. PLUS: There’s something about the podcast scenes that are more spontaneous and genuine, and Maron says he had more confidence going into Season 2.

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'Better Call Saul' casts 3 more

“Better Call Saul” casts 3 more
Actors Patrick Fabian and Rhea Seehorn are expected to play lawyers on the AMC “Breaking Bad” spinoff, while Michael Mando is set to play a Spanish-speaking career criminal.

Report: Fox likely to keep its “Idol” judging panel intact
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. are expected to return next season, according to TV Guide.

NYC creates a “Seinfeld” subway train
The inside of the No. 7 subway line will look like Monk’s Cafe as part of the Mets-Yankees subway series.

Pinterest getting a TV show
FYI Network, the former Bio channel,  is launching “We’re Moving In,” a home design show that will use the social network platform.

Meet Andi Dorfman’s “Bachelorette” bachelors: See the late Eric Hill on the show
Here’s a photograph of Hill out on a group date with Dorfman.

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Sean Penn
Sean Penn
Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

Sean Penn channels his inner action man for 'The Gunman'

Idris Elba and Javier Bardem also star in the Open Road acquisition

Sean Penn has been many things in his four-decade film career, but "action hero" has never really been one of them. That looks set to change as the two-time Oscar winner has taken the Liam Neeson route of middle-aged kickassery by starring in "The Gunman," an action thriller from "Taken" director Pierre Morel.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's weird 'Blue Gangsta' and sexy 'Loving You': Listen

Check out two new track from 'Xscape'

Forget going out to eat at some fancy schmancy restaurant, Michael Jackson wants to stay home in bed with you.  It’s a bit of a creepy notion in hindsight, but it probably wasn’t in 1987, when Jackson originally recorded “Loving You.”

Jackson laid down the mid-tempo ballad, which is featured on “Xscape,” an album of previously unreleased Jackson songs finished by various producers,  for “Bad,” but then didn’t include it on the multi-platinum set, according to Billboard. Timbaland and J-Roc took the tracks and added a funky beat, according to Idolator.

If “Loving You” is instantly recognizable as Jackson, “Blue Gangsta,” a track that bowed on MTV today, is a little more out there. With gritty vocals, full of hiccups and other Jackson trademarks, the singer originally recorded the vocals in 1999 with producer Dr. Freeze. Timbaland adds embellishments such as synths and horns to give it its futuristic feel, according to Rolling Stone. We’re sure it would have had quite the fascinating music video. Listen to "Blue Gangsta" here.

What do you think? Both tracks are more interesting than compelling and don’t compare to “Love Never Felt So Good,” Jackson’s track with Justin Timberlake that came out last week and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Xscape” comes out May 13.

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