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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

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AMC renews, postpones 'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul'

'Breaking Bad' prequel will now debut early next year, with Vince Gilligan around full-time

Better stop holding your breath for "Better Call Saul," folks. In a good-news, bad-news press release, AMC announced that the "Breaking Bad" prequel series, focusing on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman, has already been renewed for a second season, but now won't premiere until sometime in early 2015, rather than the previously-announced November 2014 plan.

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AMC has already renewed 'Better Call Saul' for a 2nd season — Season 1 will premiere in early 2015

AMC has already renewed “Better Call Saul” for a 2nd season — Season 1 will premiere in early 2015
The 1st season of the "Breaking Bad" spinoff was originally scheduled to kick off in November. Instead,  the 10-episode Season 1 will air in early 2015, and the 13-episode 2nd season will be shown in early 2016. PLUS: Here's the 1st photo from the set, and Vince Gilligan will be more involved with "Saul" as co-showrunner and director of the first episode and Season 1 will air with "The Walking Dead."

Michael Vartan joins “Satisfaction”
The “Alias” alum will recur as a “daring photographer” on the upcoming USA series.

Will NBA champ Tim Duncan announce his retirement on Letterman?
The San Antonio Spurs star is scheduled to appear on “The Late Show” on Tuesday.

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Top 10 performances in Roman Polanski films

Top 10 performances in Roman Polanski films

With 'Venus in Fur' on the way, which actors most excelled under his direction?

Tomorrow, more than a year after its Cannes Competition premiere, Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur" finally opens in US theaters. It's the 20th narrative feature of a career that now spans six decades, so a list themed around the Oscar-winning director's work seemed in order. Given that "Venus in Fur" -- Polanski's third film, after "Death and the Maiden" and "Carnage," to replicate the scale and pace of an intimate stage production -- is based so explicitly around notions of performance, and the push-pull relationship between actor and director, a selection of his most successful actorly collaborations seemed the obvious way to go.

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Chris Martin plays an amiable Pied Piper in Coldplay's new 'A Sky Full of Stars' video: Watch

Have drum, will travel

Chris Martin is a one-man band at the start of the video for “A Sky Full of Stars,”  but he’s far from alone. And by the time the song, the poppiest entry on  the British band’s new set, “Ghost Stories,” ends he has lots of new friends for his adventures.

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Fun. debuts new song, 'Harsh Lights' on 'Jimmy Fallon': Watch

Nate Ruess-led band continues its anthemic ways

Fun. returned with the period in its name intact and with new music on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” last night when it  debuted “Harsh Lights.”

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<p>Meryl Streep in &quot;Into the Woods&quot;</p>

Meryl Streep in "Into the Woods"

Credit: Disney

Stephen Sondheim reveals conservative changes to Disney's 'Into the Woods'

He also says an original song has been added to the adaptation

The folks over at Disney have to be tearing their collective hair out this morning. It seems that "Into the Woods" composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has spilled the beans on the studio's upcoming filmic adaptation of the musical (directed by Rob Marshall and starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick, among others) and revealed that some conservative changes have been made.

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Chelsea Clinton hasn’t been on NBC in 4 months

Chelsea Clinton hasn’t been on NBC in 4 months
The Peacock says that Clinton, whose $600,000 yearly NBC News salary revelation stirred controversy last week, is working on two stories that will air soon.

Is Netflix’s Chelsea Handler talk show revolutionary? We already get late-night talk shows on-demand!
"The late-night programming that we’re watching these days is actually programming that you can watch any time,” says Kevin Fallon "In other words, we’re kind of  already watching late-night on-demand. We’re not watching Jimmy Fallon’s silly skits at 11:35 p.m. each night. We’re watching them whenever our old college roommate posts them on Facebook. Netflix isn’t revolutionizing that viewing habit, it’s taking advantage of it.” PLUS: Handler’s talk show only needs to be worth it for Netflix, this may be Netflix’s 1st misstep, and why Handler’s deal is doomed to failure.

Judd Apatow is publishing a book of his interviews with comedy legends from the last 30+ years
Apatow was a teenager in the early ’80s when he interviewed everybody from Jerry Seinfeld to Howard Stern to Jay Leno. His book will include those interviews, plus more recent interviews with Lena Dunham, Chris Rock and Louis CK and more comedy legends.


Listen to Jerry Seinfeld sing the new “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” theme song
Seinfeld seems to be paying hokey homage to ‘60s sitcom themes.

“Buffy” alum James Marsters to guest on “Witches of the East End”
"Turns out he's a witch,” says a producer on the Lifetime series.

Chris Meloni filmed a special video for “SVU’s” “No More Excuses” marathon on USA
He’ll encourage men to help stop domestic violence and sexual assault during Sunday’s marathon.

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HBO to show Beyoncé mini-concerts before 'True Blood'

HBO to show Beyoncé mini-concerts before “True Blood"
The four-minute "Beyoncé: X10” episodes will air each Sunday at 8:55 for 10 weeks, starting on June 29.

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'Saved by the Bell' inspires an 'unauthorized' Lifetime TV movie

“Saved by the Bell” inspires an "unauthorized" Lifetime TV movie
Meet the cast of “The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story,” which, according to Buzzfeed, will tell the behind-the-scenes dirt from the classic teen sitcom when it airs Sept. 1.

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NBC will send Bear Grylls into the wild with celebs Ben Stiller, Zac Efron and Channing Tatum

NBC will send Bear Grylls into the wild with celebs Ben Stiller, Zac Efron and Channing Tatum
“Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” debuting July 28, will feature one celebrity per episode, including Deion Sanders, “Today’s” Tamron Hall and Tom Arnold.

Claim: Honey Boo Boo was a “tiny, dimpled monster” when she visited Jimmy Fallon last week
“The Tonight Show” interview with the TLC star was heavily edited for broadcast, according to audience member Christy O’Shoney. “The episode left out some deeply uncomfortable spats between Mama June and Alana,” she writes. "You see it a bit in the broadcast, but Mama June was continually either answering questions on behalf of Boo Boo or mumbling  answers to her. The quick wit we’ve come to expect from Honey Boo Boo  was nowhere to be seen, but instead it was fed to her by her pageant mom.”

Syfy’s “Z Nation” taps Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott and DJ Qualls
Ex-“Lost” star Perrineau will lead a group as they navigate zombie-infested terrain.

Watch Maggie Gyllenhaal with a British accent as “The Honourable Woman”
The eight-part BBC2 political thriller will air on SundanceTV starting July 24.

Feds charge 2 NYC men with distributing “Breaking Bad”-branded heroin
The men allegedly stamped the envelopes containing the heroin — which was linked with the overdose deaths of three people — with the “Breaking Bad” logo.

"So You Think You Can Dance” hits a season high
About 5.3 million watched last night’s episode.

Mike Tyson wasn’t a fan of the “Game of Thrones” season finale
“What happened during the ending?” he said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live." “What happened? Nobody won. Nobody took over (everything).”

Here’s your 1st look at the Depression-era “Boardwalk Empire”
Far Rockaway Beach is being transformed into a 1931 version of Atlanta City.

Meet the characters of NBC’s “Wizard of Oz”-themed “Emerald City”
Here’s the casting sheet for Dorothy Gale and the rest of the “Emerald” characters.

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Report: Meryl Streep will play Maria Callas in an HBO film

Report: Meryl Streep will play Maria Callas in an HBO film
Mike Nichols is set to direct Streep as the opera legend in the film adaptation of Terrence McNally’s play “Master Class,” according to Page Six.

“Girls” books Zachary Quinto
The “Star Trek” star and “24” alum was spotted on set filming yesterday. While his role is unclear, the guest spot is only for one episode.

“Big Brother 16” cast includes Ariana Grande’s older brother
Meet the 16 new housemates, including 31-year-old "YouTube Personality” Frankie Grande.

Movie premieres are moving to NYC thanks to Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show”
Fallon moving “The Tonight Show” has led to the Big Apple becoming the hot spot for promotional opportunities, especially during the summer when Ellen DeGeneres’ show is in the dark in L.A. PLUS: Has Fallon gone overboard this week plugging NBC Universal?, and The Roots does a “Harry Potter” rap.

Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic casts the Bobby Brown role
Actor Arlen Escarpeta will take on the role of Whitney’s husband, while Yolanda Ross will play her lifelong best friend.

Ben & Jerry’s announces 2 “SNL”-themed flavors: “Lazy Sunday” and "Gilly's Catastrophic Crunch”
The Andy Samberg/Chris Parnell rap-inspired flavor consists of the vanilla cake batter ice cream containing chunks of yellow cupcake pieces and a chocolate frosting swirl. The Kristen Wiig-inspired flavor features chocolate and sweet cream ice creams flecked with caramel clusters, fudge-covered almonds and a marshmallow swirl.

Watch Sarah Jessica Parker get coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
The “Sex and the City” alum stars in the Season 4 premiere of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

“Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman wants her assistant district attorney job back
Turns out Dorfman didn’t resign, but she has asked that the Fulton County D.A. "strongly consider me for re-hire” after she’s done with her “Bachelorette” promotional duties, which should stop by the end of the year.

Cory and Topanga promoted “Girl Meets World” at L.A. Dodgers game, but they left during a no-hitter
In fact, Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage were gone by the 4th inning of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter.

Which “SVU” character did Taylor Swift name her new kitten after?
“Meet Olivia Benson,”  Swift wrote on Instagram.

Amazon Prime to stream “Wallace & Gromit”
New and old episodes of the British stop-motion animation comedy will be available.

NTSB: Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash was speeding after driving for 13 hours straight
The Walmart driver was traveling 65 mpg in a 45 mph zone.

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<p>&quot;So You Think You Can Dance&quot;</p>

"So You Think You Can Dance"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: Big 'So You Think You Can Dance' bump lifts FOX on Wednesday

'Motive' rises double-digits for ABC

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

A large, but slightly unexplained, bump for "So You Think You Can Dance" helped FOX dominate Wednesday primetime in young viewers and finish a close second to CBS' procedural repeats overall.

Also getting an unexplained week-to-week boost was ABC's "Motive," the only other original on a repeat-filled night.

If you're curious, "Motive" was up 15 percent overall and 25 percent in the key demo, while "So You Think You Can Dance" rose 31 percent in the key demo and 20 percent overall.

On to the numbers...

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