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'The Simpsons' falls to its worst-ever Sunday ratings

“The Simpsons” falls to its worst-ever Sunday ratings
About 3.4 million tuned in for last night’s episode.


“The Daily Show” hires “SNL” writer Michael Che as its newest correspondent
Che, a standup comic and Upright Citizens Brigade alum, who’s in his first season at “Saturday Night Live” will join Jon Stewart in June, after he’s done with “SNL.”


Gloria Estefan’s new musical is getting a reality show
The reality project will search for a singer to play Estefan for the “On Your Feet” production.


Xbox’s TV slate includes 2 “Halo” series, sci-fi “Humans” and "Gun Machine”
“Humans,” a series based on a Swedish drama focusing on synthetic people, will join a soccer reality show and the serial killer drama “Gun Machine” as part of Xbox’s first development slate.


Regis Philbin’s “Crowd Goes Wild” canceled by Fox Sports 1
The sports talk show lasted eight months.


John Oliver’s 1st “Last Week Tonight” premiere was too fast, too furious
The problem with Oliver’s HBO debut was that there were too many stories that he had to race through, which resulted in him and the viewers not having the chance to breathe and react. PLUS: Oliver seemed angry at his audience, too, he did nothing to distinguish his show as not a “Daily Show” knockoff, it was a funny and confident start, and watch the entire premiere on YouTube.


Ion’s new shows include “Reality Obsessed” and “So Chic,” plus reruns of “Rookie Blue” and “Blue Bloods”
Ion this fall will air shows on reality TV, dog training and grandmothers cooking.


“Game of Thrones” surprises even “smug book readers”
"We’ve see the show veer off in non-book directions before, but not like this,” says Joanna Robinson, who adds: "The real game changer is that for the first time, in a truly significant way, the book readers were as surprised as the show watchers. That’s right, the reign of the smug book reader is over. Or, at least, it’s on temporary hiatus.” PLUS: How do you react to Jaime Lannister after last week?, it’s complexity vs. confusion, this was one of the shoddiest-looking episodes to date, the ending was like a horror movie, and see Daenerys’ new throne room.


George R.R. Martin says drones are worse than the Dothraki
"Taking human life should always be a very serious thing,” the “Game of Thrones” author says, noting that in his universe, death is taken seriously because the killer actually sees firsthand what is happening.


Meet “Mad Men’s” despicable Lou Avery, played by a former standup comic
Allan Havey says of his role: "I've been a 'Mad Men' fan since the beginning, so if I had been home watching this guy, I probably wouldn't have liked him either. But as long as people have a passionate response, that's all an actor can really hope for. To me, it's a very high compliment.” PLUS: Jon Hamm & Elisabeth Moss went on a date incognito, and here’s a list of every client Don Draper ever had.


Tori Spelling reportedly secretly hospitalized
According to E!, Spelling recently spent six days in the hospital for undisclosed reasons.


What has “Veep” done to Jonah?
Season 3’s “Blogger Jonah” has become an unusual misfire for such a great comedy series.


HBO to show a tribute to Robert De Niro’s dad
“Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.” will celebrate De Niro’s father, an abstract expressionist painter who never achieved fame.


An email message sent to Dr. Phil threatened to kill “Common Law’s” Warren Kole
The LAPD is investigating the email, which was sent from outside of the country.


Disney Channel renews “Austin & Ally”
The kids’ show will return for a 4th season.

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Once Upon a Time&quot;</p>

Sunday's "Once Upon a Time"

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TV Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time,' '60 Minutes' pace Sunday split, series low for 'Revenge'

'Amazing Race' rises, 'Cosmos' and 'Believe' are steady

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 27, 2014.

With "60 Minutes" standing as Sunday's most-watched show, CBS easily won the night overall, while "Once Upon a Time" and "Resurrection" led ABC to Sunday victory among young viewers.

Although CBS had no sports overrun, "The Amazing Race" posted big gains over last week's sluggish totals, but "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist" were both down.

After a week away, ABC's "Resurrection" actually grew in viewers, but finished down a head in the key demo, leading into a down return for ABC's "Revenge."

Even with "Resurrection" returning to ABC, both "Believe" and "Cosmos" held onto last week's gains for NBC and FOX respectively.

[Note that NBC was preempted for the NBA playoffs in Portland.]

On to the numbers...

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Beyonce and Jay Z wave hello
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5 top reasons Beyonce and Jay Z 's On The Run tour is a smart move

Are the Carters coming to your town?

Mr. and Mrs. Carter, better known as Jay Z and Beyonce, will kick off their On The Run stadium tour June 25 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. Though both are bonafide superstars on their own, here are five reasons why two are better than one.

1. Beyonce only finished her Mrs. Carter World Tour last month, and while it's been a minute since she finished the U.S. portion, it's a bit soon for her to come back again to the U.S. as a solo act, unless she completely revamped the show.

2. Jay Z might be able to sell out stadiums by himself, but he's proven that he likes having a touring partner when it's time to hit the biggest of stages, whether it's his wife this summer or Justin Timberlake for last year's Legends of the Summer tour. In 2012, he and Kayne West tackled arenas together on their very successful Watch The Throne tour.

3. It's looking like a pretty strong summer touring season, especially for stadiums, between Beyonce/Jay Z, Eminem/Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Jason Aldean, One Direction, Luke Bryan and George Strait, not to mention the ever proliferating number of festivals that drain that allow fans a huge bang for their buck, so it only makes sense to provide as much ammo for fans to come to a show as possible by providing two superstars at a ticket price that will probably be less than it would be to see each one separately.

4.  By now, Beyonce and Jay Z have enough songs they've performed together that they could do their own solo portions and then an entire segment together, including "03 Bonnie and Clyde," "Drunk in Love," "Crazy in Love" and the tour's namesake,  "Part ll (On The Run)." Instead of two artists who just happen to be touring together, they have a history of songs that they can now recreate live together.

5. And, of course, the most obvious: They can have a nice summer vacation with Blue Ivy as they criss cross the country together in style.

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Report: Chelsea Handler close to a deal with Netflix

Report: Chelsea Handler close to a deal with Netflix
“Handler has a deal with Netflix, but the format is to be decided,” a source tells the NY Post.


China bans “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Good Wife,” “NCIS”
“The Practice” has also been banned from video streaming websites.


“The Office” stars reunite for Brian Baumgartner’s wedding
Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski and Oscar Nunez were among the attendees at Baumgartner’s house as he married his girlfriend Celeste Ackelson.


Alyson Hannigan: “HIMYM” cut a funeral scene that could’ve improved the series finale
“Honestly, if you saw (that) cut, it would be even more heart-wrenching than what the finale was,” she says.


HBO unveils the full “Leftovers” trailer
Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers” starring Justin Theroux premieres June 29.

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<p>On &quot;Mad Men,&quot; the SC&amp;P partners consider the matter of Don Draper.</p>

On "Mad Men," the SC&P partners consider the matter of Don Draper.

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Field Trip'

Don visits California and the office, while Betty spends a day with Bobby

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I milk the wrong udder...

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<p>Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in "Game of Thrones."

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Oath-Keeper'

Jaime gives Brienne a gift and a task, Daenerys sparks an uprising, and there's trouble at Craster's keep

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I get lost on the way back from my embroidery lesson...

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"Silicon Valley"

"Silicon Valley" 

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'Silicon Valley' recap: Richard must think big but the story gets small

Big Head discovers the secret world of the unassigned

It usually takes a few episodes for a sitcom to find its rhythm. The cast is still learning one another's language, and the writers are determining who these characters really are. "Silicon Valley" came out of the gate looking pretty polished, but this episode -- the fourth -- suggests some ruts are being worn, and much too soon. Still, there was a lot to like, give or take a puke joke. 

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<p>Yep. That&#39;s the Justice League.</p>

Yep. That's the Justice League.

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It's official: Zack Snyder set to direct 'Justice League'

But let's hold off on calling this a shared universe, okay?

Today's not-remotely-shocking news is that Zack Snyder will officially direct "Justice League" for Warner Bros as soon as he's done with "Man Of Steel 2."

For the most part, all this does is clarify the situation. After all, since the moment the conversation about the sequel to "Man Of Steel" began, the question about Warner's entire game plan regarding the DC universe has been in play. Each new announcement about the film has added new characters to the mix. Ben Affleck's onboard as Batman. Gal Gadot is set to play Wonder Woman. Just last week, they hired Sam Fisher to play Cyborg. It seems obvious that they're seeding things for more movies down the road, and now they've called the shot.

Greg Silverman, president of worldwide production for the studio, made it official in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. There's a hilariously breathless quote midway through his story that pretty much explains why they were given the story. "The plans for three superhero movies in relatively quick succession show how intent Warner is on catching up with rival Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel Studios in building a cinematic superhero universe after years lagging behind."

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<p>Dave and Connor of &quot;The Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot;</p>

Dave and Connor of "The Amazing Race: All-Stars"

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Accidental Alliance'

Teams clean hotel rooms and talk about the glory of the Ford Mustang

That was brutal. 

I really have almost nothing to say about Sunday (April 27) night's episode of "The Amazing Race."

It was an hour-long commercial for Ford in which the "result" was never in question.

For the duration of the episode, my notes are nothing more than "Ugh" "Blech" "Boo" and "God, I hate these people."

I'm going to be going into the season's last two episodes rooting much more aggressively *against* several teams than I'll be rooting *for* anybody, which I guess is what the producers want at this point. It's all about passion and "hostility" is a kind of passion. 

And if you would have told me in February that with two weeks to go, Brendon & Rachel would be one of the two teams I'd kinda like to see win this "Amazing Race: All-Stars" season, I'd have told you that you were crazy. 

But that's what "The Amazing Race" has done to me.

And I'm not pleased.

A little bit more after the break...

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Should Porsha be fired?

Are Cynthia and NeNe over for good?

Of course, we have to start off the second part of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion with an in-depth discussion about the Porsha vs. Kenya battle from this week. Don't you love it when Andy tells us (and, by extension, the ladies) that the show does not condone or excuse violence? Hahahahaha!

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<p>When is someone going to photoshop this image of Sandra Bullock into the ending of &#39;2001&#39;? Asking for a friend.</p>

When is someone going to photoshop this image of Sandra Bullock into the ending of '2001'? Asking for a friend.

Credit: Warner Bros.

Has life in the age of casual magic made moviegoers numb to the amazing?

And if so, whose fault is that?

Certainly no one would accuse me of being shy about offering an opinion.

There are times, though, where that opinion isn't welcomed by a reader, and that's normally when I'm writing up a news story and I can't resist a wee bit of cynicism. I know that any time there is news about "Alice In Wonderland 2," I am openly skeptical of the need for that film. I understand that the first one made a billion dollars, but I'm not sure I actually know anyone who enjoyed it. I recently wrote about that when they picked a release date for the film, and I got several angry e-mails from people who resented my attitude, claiming once again that I was being too rough on the movie.

Taking a second look at what I firmly believe may be Tim Burton's worst film, I was struck by two things. First, it is a terrible movie, a frustratingly wrong-headed adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. Second, it is filled with visual marvels from start to finish, a technical accomplishment that would have, at one point in time, been impossible to realize.

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<p>The Globetrotters earlier in this &quot;Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot; season</p>

The Globetrotters earlier in this "Amazing Race: All-Stars" season

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Interview: Flight Time & Big Easy talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

Have the Globetrotters learned to empathize with the Washington Generals?

As I interview The Globetrotters, they're doing what they do best: Trotting the globe.

Nate "Big Easy" Lofton and Herb "Flight Time" Lang were eliminated from "The Amazing Race" All-Stars" on last Sunday's episode. It was the third time they've been on "The Amazing Race" and the third time they've gone home without winning, which you'd think would sting for a pair of basketball players who, by nature of their professional affiliation, never lose. 

Actually, you probably wouldn't think that if you've paid attention to Flight Time & Big Easy, who have earned the right to compete thrice on "Amazing Race" by virtue of their unflagging enthusiasm and their eagerness to entertain both viewers at home and every passer-by at every international location. Flight Time & Big Easy like to make people smile when they're on "The Amazing Race" and when they're not being followed by CBS cameras, they're usually still on the road making people smile.

In this case, that means that this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview was conducted at an airport, complete with deafening background noise at certain points. That's just the way the Globetrotters roll.

In their exit interview, the Globetrotters talk about their 31 Legs of "Amazing Race" experience, the recent challenges that caused them so much trouble and whether or not all of their "Race" losing has helped them empathize with the Washington Generals.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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