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'Game of Thrones' shocker draws 6.3 million

“Game of Thrones” shocker draws 6.3 million
That’s slightly down from the 6.6 million who watched the season premiere, but 48% up on last year’s 2nd episode of the season.


TV Land picks up “Younger,” starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff
The comedy from “Sex and the City” and “Beverly Hills 90210” honcho Darren Star is about a 40-year-old (Foster) who tries to pass herself off as age 26 has received a 12-episode order. It’ll also co-star Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor.


Jimmy Kimmel threatens “Scandal’s” Shonda Rhimes with a drill
Watch the teaser for Kimmel’s “Behind the Scandalabra” teaser. PLUS: Watch a preview of the “Scandal” season finale.


“Glee” is bringing back Heather Morris
She’ll appear in the season finale, based in NYC.


WGN America adapting Native American reservation-set “Scalped” from DC Comics
The “crime noir” drama is set in the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in South Dakota.


“The Daily Show’s” Aasif Mandvi expands his role on HBO’s “The Brink”
In addition to starring in the geopolitical crisis comedy, he’ll also serve as a writer and producer.


See the full trailer for “Rosemary’s Baby”
The NBC miniseries debuts May 11.

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<p>Ben Affleck in &quot;Gone Girl&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck in "Gone Girl"

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Poster for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' with Ben Affleck promises headline news

The potential awards season player hits theaters Oct. 3

If you haven't seen the trailer for "Gone Girl" yet, check it out over at Motion/Captured. I'm anticipating the film, particularly because it's interesting to me that Ben Affleck is sticking with the acting for a while, working with masters like Fincher and Malick rather than diving full force into directing only. It'll only help him moving forward behind the camera, and I think he's taking note of how buddy Matt Damon has been doing the same before saddling up to his first directorial effort.

There's also word today that Fincher is off of the Aaron Sorkin/Steve Jobs project at Sony, which, if true, is a bit of a relief. He's an amazing director and nearly always nails the material, but I'm growing a touch weary of the prestige baiting and long for the old Fincher middle finger days of "Fight Club" and "Se7en," when the style and the substance were both going all the way to 11. Here's hoping whatever his next project is, it's something in line with the earlier days, because I'm sure there's still a lot of punk rock in him (not that I'm saying he's sold out as of late at all, because he hasn't — this is just what I'd like to see).

Anyway, we have our first glimpse of the poster this afternoon. I dig it. Check that out below. The film hits theaters Oct. 3.

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Alicia Keys and Pharrell steal spotlight from Spider-Man in 'It's On Again' video
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Alicia Keys and Pharrell steal spotlight from Spider-Man in 'It's On Again' video

Does the clip get you excited for the movie?

There’s a lot of Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams in the new video for “It’s On Again” from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and not so much Spidey.

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Interview: Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield bring 'Fargo' to the small screen
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Interview: Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield bring 'Fargo' to the small screen

Coen Brothers-inspired FX drama premieres on Tuesday

CALGARY - As pages go, Warren Littlefield is slightly overqualified.

The Brandon Tartikoff protege spent 20 years as an executive at NBC, cultivating in a '90s run as NBC Entertainment President a gig that was, at times, rather wildly successful.

On this March day in Calgary, though, Littlefield is serving as a tour-guide for a group of reporters visiting the set of his FX limited series "Fargo." Just a 10 minute drive from downtown Calgary, we've left the urban center behind and we're at a facility that is doubling for the Bemidji Police Department, as well as several other rural Minnesota hubs.  Depending on which way you wander, there are interrogation rooms, a main squad area, portions of a local hospital and a middle school cafeteria, in which we're conducting most of our interviews next to a fine piece of juvenile art that has nothing to do with "Fargo," but I'm including it anyway. 

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'Mad Men's' Season 7 premiere was its lowest since 2008

“Mad Men's" Season 7 premiere was its lowest since 2008
Roughly 2.3 million viewers watched the Season 7 premiere, down 30% from last year’s premiere.


FearNet is folding
The channel specializing in horror, suspense and thrillers will be folded into Chiller and Syfy after Comcast took 100% ownership in the cable network.


Joe Buck weds
The Fox Sports NFL and MLB broadcaster tied the knot with the NFL Network's Michelle Beisner, whom he met at last year's Super Bowl.

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"Everest Jump Live"

"Everest Jump Live"

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'Everest Jump Live' finally gets an air date, maybe

Joby Ogwyn's journey up - and off - Everest is set

If you thought Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon (actually, the Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park if you want to be picky about it) seemed like a logistical nightmare, you'll appreciate the inherent challenges of Discovery's latest project. "Everest Jump Live" will not only have to wait for climber Joby Ogwyn to scramble up Mt. Everest, the weather will also need to be conducive for him jumping off of it in a wingsuit. Given that sudden weather changes account for a fair number of climber deaths, the May 11th 9:00 p.m. ET time slot has a caveat -- weather permitting. 

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Behind the scenes: 'Game of Thrones' spent 1 week filming last night’s big scene

Behind the scenes: “Game of Thrones” spent 1 week filming last night’s big scene
The shoot used real birds and 200 extras. PLUS: How what happened, happened.


Discovery schedules the live Mt. Everest jump for Sunday, May 11
May 11 was the best opportunity to do the jump due to the weather.


Conan and JB Smoove engage in “erotic exercise rehearsal” together
Watch an outtake from the scrap heap.


“24” vet lands on “Covert Affairs”
Nazneen Contractor, who played Kayla Hassan on “24” Season 8, will recur on the USA drama as Calder’s love interest.


Jimmy Fallon sings "La Bamba" with his entire “Tonight Show” staff
Watch their celebration of three million YouTube subscribers.

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The Black Keys
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The Black Keys turn back time on new track, 'Turn Blue'

Listen to the trippy title tune from their new album

The Black Keys’ title track to “ Turn Blue” is a slinky, retro-sounding, mid-tempo track that expands the soundscape heard on “Turn Blue’s” first single, “Fever.”

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Did 'Game of Thrones' raise the bar with last night’s shocker?

Did “Game of Thrones” raise the bar with last night’s shocker?
Why "The Lion and the Rose” was one of the most satisfying hours of TV ever made. PLUS: The 50 greatest reactions to last night’s shocker, read an “in memoriam” tribute, George R.R. Martin answers the question of who did it, listen to Sigur Ros’ “GoT” cover, and Reek speaks.


Logo pulls “RuPaul’s Drag Race” episode after outcry over “she-male”
The transphobic slur was used in a “You’ve got she-mail” challenge, and in intros.


Elisabeth Moss sees the future of “Mad Men’s” Peggy Olson when she watches “The Good Wife”
"Diane Lockhart is a character on the show,” she says of Christine Baranski’s character. "I was actually watching her last night, going, 'That's who Peggy would be.' This strong woman who's sort of at the top of her game. I think that's who she would be, but in advertising instead of law.” PLUS: Jessica Paré was nervous driving a stick shift, was that another allusion to the Manson murders?, and what was up with that weird Bourbon ad?


Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s visit to Rob Ford’s YouTube web show
On the Google Hangout chat, Kimmel wore the same outfit the Toronto mayor wore during his visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live."


Netflix's “Hemlock Grove” returns July 11
Watch the Season 2 teaser for the Eli Roth supernatural thriller.


Talk shows are using Emma Stone’s Spice Girls obsession to try and create viral moments
On her latest press tour, Stone has been asked repeatedly about her Spice Girl obsession. It happened on Jimmy Kimmel two weeks ago, when Stone proved to be a Spice Girl superfan by recreating their autographs. On Graham Norton last week, she was tricked into thinking the Spice Girls were actually there.


USA renews “Chrisley Knows Best”
The "Patriarch of Perfection” reality show will be back for a 2nd season.


Edie Falco talks about the “Nurse Jackie” season premiere
The Showtime series returned after last season’s relapse. PLUS: Laura Benanti will recur this season.

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<p>Bubba Watson gets his Masters green jacket</p>

Bubba Watson gets his Masters green jacket

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TV Ratings: Masters overrun, '60 Minutes' lead CBS Sunday while 'Once' and 'Cosmos' dip

'Crisis' gets a tiny bump, while 'Resurrection' slows its decline

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 13, 2014.

With 11 minutes of Masters coverage overrun and a Pope Francis-centric installment of "60 Minutes," CBS' Sunday primetime got off to a strong start and then the network cruised to an easy overall win and a tight victory in the key demographic. 

A down week for "Once Upon a Time" pushed ABC to second in the key demo, leaving the network to take some solace in the smallest "Resurrection" drops to date. 

Speaking of declines, FOX's full lineup from "Bob's Burgers" through to "Cosmos" was down. 

NBC had slightly better news with week-to-week bumps for both "American Dream Builders" and "Crisis" and stability for "Believe," not that any of those numbers were actually especially good.

[As usual, ratings for cable offerings including the MTV Movie Awards and the "Mad Men" premiere will be available later in the day.]

On to Sunday's ratings...

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George R.R. Martin on “Game of Thrones” shocker: 'I didn’t want it to be unrelentingly bleak'

George R.R. Martin on “Game of Thrones” shocker: "I didn’t want it to be unrelentingly bleak”
"I’ve been pretty outspoken in my desire to write a story where decisions have consequences and no one is safe,” says Martin of the events of last night’s episode. "But I didn’t want it to be unrelentingly bleak—I don’t think everyone would read the books if everything was just darkness and despair and people being horribly tortured and mutilated and dying. Every once in a while you have to give the good guys a victory — where the guys who are perhaps a lighter shade of grey have a victory over the guys who are a darker shade of grey. The Red Wedding and this — fans call this the Purple Wedding — occur in the same book. In the TV show, it’s separate seasons.” PLUS: That wedding was stunning, subtle, horrific — even before the final scene, “GoT” showrunners talk about the Purple Wedding -- and almost casting somebody else as King Joffrey, says last night’s director: "I basically was just ripping off Robert Altman,” Sophie Turner found that final day of shooting devastating, he looked like a cross between Caligula and an evil Bratz doll, what if the media reported last night’s shocking event?, the cast found filming to be traumatic, this was a truly sad event, introducing the “GoT” sex chart, Purple Wedding made Stephen King happy, why you shouldn’t celebrate this twist, and it’s true — he’s retiring!


Jon Hamm said “Woah” when watching Don Draper's “Mad Men” premiere scene with that 90s TV star
“It was remarkably affecting,” he said of that scene. Why? "Because we shot it a million years ago and I’d forgotten about it. But it’s a beautiful moment, and she’s so good in it. It’s nice to see her again on screen. It’s this weirdly tender moment that kind of comes out of left field. I was pleasantly surprised by it.” PLUS: Hamm sought advice from Bryan Cranston and Tina Fey on how to say goodbye to Don, how that 90s TV star got the part, why Matthew Weiner casts famous guest-stars, this episode had one of the best elongated moments "Mad Men” has ever used, "Freddy Rumsen" on playing Don's voice, what's up with Freddy?, what a boring season premiere, this felt redundant, it was like the beginning of "The Godfather," was that an homage to “The Graduate”?, and this was an excellent stating point for a jam-packed season premiere.


How Conan O’Brien filmed 50 celebrity cameos in 3 weeks for his MTV Movie Awards opening
"We had this lean, mean SEAL Team Six machine,” says Troy Miller, who directed and produced the segment. "We'd come in, get it from six different angles and people would be out in six minutes.” PLUS: Mark Wahlberg drops many F-bombs during his acceptance speech.


Turner Classic Movies launched 20 years ago today
TCM will celebrate today’s anniversary with tonight’s retrospective, “TCM: Twenty Classic Moments."


“Wheel of Fortune” contestant doesn’t regret mispronouncing “Achilles” to lose out on $1 million
“It was a dream,” said Indiana University freshman Julian Batts. “It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve accomplished so far.”


Why Yahoo! will likely fail in its effort to spend lots of money on prestigious TV shows
As FX boss John Landgraf explains, “It is the pure arrogance of the newly rich and the newly powerful to think content is easy. Breaking through in a cluttered marketplace requires expertise in all of the elements of storytelling. There are so many ways it can go wrong.”


Watch Jimmy Fallon let loose in a bar
“The Tonight Show” host seems to be spending a lot of time in bars in recent days.

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<p>Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald</p>

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald

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Former DreamWorks chiefs to produce drug-smuggling drama 'See No Evil'

'Salt' writer Kurt Wimmer will adapt the screenplay from a Wired article

The husband-and-wife producer team of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have a pretty interesting résumé, as these things go: their credits range from blockbusters like "Men in Black" to specialty passion projects like Guillermo Arriaga's "The Burning Plain."

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