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Adult Swim renews 'Children’s Hospital'

Adult Swim renews “Children’s Hospital”
Rob Corddry’s comedy will be back for a 6th season.

Jason Priestley’s memoir details Shannen Doherty’s diva antics, and recalls roommate Brad Pitt
Priestley recalls his “Beverly Hills 90210” sister complaining that Fox sent her to the airport in a town car, not a limo.

Isaiah Washington was a “nervous wreck” his first day back at “Grey’s Anatomy”
Even Sandra Oh noticed that Washington was nervous. "He’s a prepared, energized actor and he was ready to play,” she says. “I will say, though, he was nervous.”

Craig Ferguson’s successor won’t be decided soon
Unlike the Stephen Colbert decision, CBS will take its time as names like Aisha Tyler, Michael Ian Black and Joel McHale are being floated for “The Late Late” spot.

Chris Rock: "JB Smoove should have a late night show”
“He’s the funniest,” Rock says of the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star and “SNL” alum.

Watch Shannen Doherty in her Animal Planet movie “Attack of the Killer Lampreys”
"Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys” stars Doherty and Christopher Lloyd.

NBC pitting Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” vs. Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” for Emmys
The Peacock is doing what it did in 2010, when it submitted both Conan O’Brien’s and Leno’s “Tonight Shows” for Emmy consideration.

“Wheel of Fortune” fan with Tourette's and Asperger's Syndrome got to compete last night
Trent Girone, who began watching “Wheel” at age 2 didn’t win. But his appearance was “A smashing success."

“SNL’s" Debbie Downer turns 10
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of “Mean Girls.” And today is the 10th anniversary of 17-year-old Lindsay Lohan hosting “SNL” for the 1st time — and breaking character in the Debbie Downer sketch.

“Breaking Bad” alum David Costabile joins “The Unit’s” Regina Taylor on USA’s “Dig”
They’ll co-star with Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche in the archaeology conspiracy event series.

Watch the Season 2 trailer for Ricky Gervais’ “Derek”
“Derek” returns on Netflix on May 30.

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The Black Keys

The Black Keys take you to church in new video for 'Fever': Watch

Can Dan Auerbach save your soul?

The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach wants to testify to you.  In the duo’s new video for “Fever,” he plays an evangelist, eager to save his flock’s souls and, more importantly, get them to open their wallets.

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'CSI' gets a small bump from Patricia Arquette’s backdoor pilot

“CSI” gets a small bump from Patricia Arquette’s backdoor pilot
Wednesday’s cyber-crime-themed “CSI” attracted 9.9 million viewers.

Another report claims Naya Rivera has been fired from “Glee”
Us Weekly reports that Rivera’s contract won’t be renewed for Season 6.

AT&T interested in buying DirecTV
According to The Wall Street Journal, AT&T may spend up to $40 billion on a DirecTV acquisition.

"Lou Avery" from "Mad Men" once had a talk show on Comedy Central
As Keith Olbermann recalls, standup comic-turned-actor Allan Havey hosted “Night After Night with Allan Havey" from 1989 to 1992 on The Comedy Channel, which became Comedy Central in 1991. “You can’t tell by looking at me, but I went into that audition and transformed myself into a middle-aged pain in the butt,” Havey says of his “Mad Men” role.

Clay Aiken takes his Congressional campaign to “The Colbert Report”
Stephen Colbert couldn’t get the former “Idol” to sing the National Anthem.

“Mom,” “The Big C: Hereafter,” “The Fosters” earn Television Academy Honors
HBO’s “Vice” is also being honored by the Academy.

How Caterina Scorsone ended up back on “Grey’s Anatomy”
Scorsone says Shonda Rhimes "has always liked the character of Amelia, so it was kind of always in the back of I think both of our minds that it would be possible that Amelia would come over.” PLUS: Will we get a “Private Practice” update?

“How I Met Your Mother” added to the plaque outside its former studio stage
The CBS comedy’s Stage 22 at 20th Century Fox Studios has also been home to “Dharma  & Greg,” “Plant of the Apes” and “Nine to Five."

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir may end up calling the Kentucky Derby, anyway
Says Lipinski: "You know what, Johnny, maybe we just do this for ourselves and YouTube it?” Says Weir: "I think we will end up Instagraming the race and then maybe call it whether anyone wants to see it or not. We will pick a horse based on how pretty it is rather than the one that has the best odds.”

Check out “The Hotwives of Orlando”
See Hulu’s spoof of “The Real Housewives.”

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<p>Patricia Arquette guested on Wednesday&#39;s &quot;CSI&quot;</p>

Patricia Arquette guested on Wednesday's "CSI"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'CSI' backdoor pilot anchors CBS Wednesday wins, 'Idol' goes low

'Modern Family' and 'Nashville' take big drops for ABC

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Even with "Chicago PD" topping CBS' backdoor "CSI" pilot among young viewers, CBS was still able to ride "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" victory both overall and in the key demographic on Wednesday night.

[NBC had an NBA preemption in Portland, which will probably make the 10 p.m. race closer.]

With CBS' full lineup returning for originals (and perhaps with NHL and NBA playoff competition on cable), there were big drops for ABC's "Modern Family"  (a whopping 0.6 key demo rating from last week's Fast Nationals), "Suburgatory" and "Nashville," as well as FOX's "American Idol" and NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Over on The CW, "Arrow" was up a hair, while "The 100" continued to hold onto its lead-in well, making its case for renewal.

On to the numbers...

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Mariah Carey
Credit: Def Jam

Why Mariah Carey's 'Me. I Am Mariah' album cover makes me sad

'The Elusive Chanteuse' returns May 27

Mariah Carey wants you to know a few things about her new album, now titled “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” but the first take away is that she looks smoking hot in a bathing suit.  Before we think about the music, before we think about the voice, she wants us to think about how after two babies, she can still rock that body. And that makes me sad.

I am a Carey fan, both of her music and of her as a person. I’ve interviewed and met her a number of times over the past 20 years and I’ve found her delightfully real, whipsmart, and funny, which is not how she always comes across in one staged, airbrushed photo after another.  So when I heard the album title and then saw the album cover, my heart sunk a little.

Mariah Carey album cover

Yes, she looks beautiful, but it makes me sad that one of the best vocalists ever can’t rely on her prestigious talent to make us interested in listening to her. I know part of it is the times we are in and the outrageous demands we make on women to look like super models, no matter what their profession, but part of it also comes from Carey.

Maybe she feels a little spooked, and for good reason. She is a pop music artist and pop music is a notoriously tough on women over 30. Carey is 44 (or 45, there seems to be some dispute as to whether she was born in 1969 or 1970).  Plus, this album, originally title “The Art of Letting Go,” has had a series of stops and starts over the past two years. Some singles, such as “#Beautiful,” with Miguel, have done well, while others have not fared as well. (Carey is No. 1 on Billboard’s  Dance Club Songs chart right now with “You’re Mine (Eternal).”

In a video highlight the album cover, Carey delivers in voice over why she chose the album title. It comes from her “first and only self portrait. I drew it when I was three and a half,” she says, calling it a “personal treasure.”. The adorable drawing, which is on the back of the album cover, shows a cute little girl with eyelashes for days. The words, probably penned by an adult, “Me. I am Mariah,” are also on the drawing. (If she did write that at age 3, she had amazing penmanship).

“Please don’t judge me for such a simplistic title,” she continues. “C’mon, I was only three and a half! It was a creative visualization of how I saw myself with the purity of a child’s heart before it was ever broken…because this album is a reflection of some of the peaks and valley that have made me whom I am today, I decided to share it with those of you who actually care and have been with been through it all.”

As far as “The Elusive Chanteuse,”  Carey says, “Along the way there have been a couple of nicknames…lately they’ve been calling me ‘the elusive chanteuse’.” Anyone know who ‘they’ are?

The album comes out May 27 (it had most recently been slated for May 6) and will come in standard and deluxe editions.

Are you excited for “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse?” (The album's tracklisting is below the video).

"Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse" tracklisting:
1. Cry.
2. Faded
3. Dedicated (feat. Nas)
4. #Beautiful (feat. Miguel)
5. Thirsty
6. Make It Look Good
7. You’re Mine (Eternal)
8. You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale)
9. Supernatural (With Special Guest Stars “Dembabies” a.k.a. Ms. Monroe & Mr. Moroccan Scott Cannon a.k.a. Roc ‘N Roe)
10. Meteorite
11. Camouflage
12. Money ($ * / …) (feat. Fabolous)
13. One More Try
14. Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can’t Give Up Now)
15. It’s a Wrap (feat. Mary J. Blige) [Deluxe edition]
16. Betcha Gon’ Know (feat. R. Kelly) [Deluxe edition]
17. The Art of Letting Go [Deluxe edition]
18. Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse

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'The Young and the Restless,' 'Ellen,' 'TMZ' earn Daytime Emmy nominations

“The Young and the Restless,” "Ellen," “TMZ” earn Daytime Emmy nominations
CBS led all networks with 61 nominations, including 26 for “Y&R," while Ellen DeGeneres got nine nods. “TMZ” will compete with “Extra” and “E! News” for best entertainment program, and Barbara Walters’ final season of “The View” nabbed three nominations.

Jay Leno gets his own street at Universal Studios
"Jay Leno Lane" was unveiled on Wednesday.

Chris Harrison: Remaining “Bachelorette” contestants were told of Eric Hill’s death
"We never would have kept it from them,” Harrison says, confirming that Hill didn’t make it far on the show. "He was a good friend of theirs. Absolutely, they know."

“The Simpsons” unveils full Lego trailer
“Something is different about ‘The Simpsons’ today,” Marge says in the nearly two-minute trailer.

Jimmy Kimmel visits a black barbershop to discuss the Donald Sterling controversy
Kimmel also learns about the term "side chick."

Jimmy Fallon and Cameron Diaz photobomb 30 Rock tourists
It’s the latest edition of “The Tonight Show Celebrity Photobomb."

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Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night."
Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night."
Credit: Sundance Selects

Cannes Check 2014: Marion Cotillard in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's 'Two Days, One Night'

Continuing our Cannes preview with the latest from two-time Palme d'Or champs

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month'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: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night." 

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<p>Tasha and Spencer of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tasha and Spencer of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Chaos Is My Friend'

The 'Survivor' Auction brings ribs, popcorn and a big advantage

Pre-credit sequence. Let's see... It was Jeremiah who went home last? Sure. Sounds right. The Final 7 returns home. Jefra is exhausted, but she's feeling good about the decision she made to stay with Tony and that alliance. Kass is feeling smug about Spencer's Idol, which she claims she knew he had. [She did, indeed, voice those suspicions last week.] She's also feeling smug about knowing Spencer wouldn't give the Idol up, saying that a college-aged human male is "the most selfish beast on the planet." "I used my Idol and I used it wrong," Spencer laments. "Tonight we lost the battle, we have not lost the war," he insists of his dwindling alliance with Tasha. The next morning, Tree-Mail arrives and it includes billets of money. "Survivor" Auction! Trish is hungry and looking forward to eating. "FOOOOOD!" she howls. Tony, of course, knows that the auction will also include an Immunity Challenge advantage and he's determined to get it. "This is our life right now," Spencer says of the auction. He's not referring to bidding for peanut butter.

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David Geffen confirms Oprah is interested in buying the L.A. Clippers

David Geffen confirms Oprah is interested in buying the L.A. Clippers
"Larry Ellison, Oprah and me…yes we are partnering in hopes of buying the Clippers,” he said in an e-mail to the Wall Street Journal.

“Better Call Saul” adds Michael McKean
McKean will join fellow “SNL” alum Bob Odenkirk playing a lawyer named “Dr. Thurber."

Fox making an event series out of the Boston Marathon bombing
“Commander in Chief” creator Rod Lurie is writing the series based on the book “Long Mile Home,” by two Boston Globe reporters.

Terry Crews is set to replace Cedric the Entertainer on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”
The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine” reached an agreement, according to Deadline, after Cedric announced he was exiting after one season.

CBS’ Les Moonves calls Stephen Colbert "much more moderate than people think he is”
"You know what? Ironically, Stephen Colbert is much more moderate than people think he is,” Moonves says of accusations Colbert would be to liberal. "He's a great social commentator, and that's sort of what we want. That's sort of what David Letterman has been."

“Little House on the Prairie” cast reunites on the 40th anniversary
Melissa Gilbert was joined by seven other cast members on “Today."

Yes, Kiefer Sutherland daughter is on “Veep”
Actress Sarah Sutherland plays Selina Meyers’ daughter.

“Scandal” finds a new UK home
SkyLiving HD will carry the ABC series after it was dumped by Channel 4’s More 4.

Check out Jerry Seinfeld’s 60th birthday cake
It did or did not have sugar.

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<p>Keri Russell gets her &#39;80s glam on in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell gets her '80s glam on in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Yousaf'

Philip and Elizabeth get a new assignment, Larrick returns to America, and Paige wants to go to camp

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I take a briefcase with me on vacation...

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Elliott Smith

Watch the trailer for Elliott Smith doc, 'Heaven Adores You'

Kickstarter-funded film bows in San Francisco next week.

When Elliott Smith’s song, “Miss Misery,” from “Good Will Hunting,” received a Best Original Song Oscar nomination in 1998, the acclaim catapulted the Portland, Ore., musician into the mainstream.

The world learned about  a shy singer-songwriter with the unique, sweet delivery and beautiful song sense. And then, in 2003, he was gone from self-inflicted stab wounds.

The story of Smith’s musical life is told in “Heaven Adores You,” a documentary, which debuts at the San Francisco International Film Festival next week.

A trailer for the Kickstarter-funded film, directed by Nikolas Rossi, debuted today and it’s appropriately ethereal and somewhat indecipherable.

The clip opens with Smith’s voice talking about how he doesn’t want people to try to pigeonhole him: “I like music, you know. That’s the thing. It’s very uncomplicated.”

“Heaven Adores You” marks the first time Smith’s estate has allowed his music to be allowed in such a project, and the doc includes interviews with his sister, several of his bandmates, and collaborators, sun as Jon Brion and Slim Moon, according to Pitchfork.

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The Futuristics

The Futuristics on working with fun.'s Jack Antonoff, Flo Rida, Chris Brown

How did they come up with that name?

Alex Schwartz and Joe Khajadourian, better known as the production team The Futuristics, have had great success working with such artists as Flo Rida, The Game, and Chris Brown, but as they hinted to us at the ASCAP Pop Awards last week, they’ve got even bigger things coming.

Schwartz played coy when he talked about a song they have written with fun.’s Jack Antonoff. “The song that we did, we don’t want to say whose song it is, there’s a chance it will be coming out very soon,” Schwartz said. We managed to get a few more details out of him: “It’s a male song and it’s about running away, youth and rebelling.” He then added that the reason he was playing it cool was that they were still deciding which artist of those “circling around” the song would get it.

With all their success, the Futuristics have a major gap in their resume in terms of working with women. “We have been doing some sessions with Jo Jo and writing some songs,” they say.

New projects include DJ Felli Fel’s “Have Some Fun,” featuring CeeLo, Pitbull & Juicy J; Lupe Fiasco’s “Believer,” and a new Austin Mahone single with “Pitbull.”

As far as their name goes, as they explain in the video, it’s a combination of an homage to ‘70s R&B group the Stylistics and one of their favorite movies, “Back to the Future.”  Pretty clever!


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