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Fox yanks 'I Wanna Marry Harry,' plus Steve Carell’s 'Riot'

Fox yanks “I Wanna Marry Harry,” plus Steve Carell’s “Riot”
Both unscripted summer series have been performing poorly. “I Wanna Marry Harry’s” unaired episodes will be put online.

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Michael Keaton in "Birdman."
Michael Keaton in "Birdman."
Credit: Fox Searchlight

Michael Keaton goes crazy in wild teaser trailer for 'Birdman'

Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest looks like a decidedly trippy ride

Many expected Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" to compete at last month's Cannes Film Festival, where three of the Mexican director's previous four features have premiered -- but it wasn't to be. The initial assumption when it didn't show up was that the film wasn't ready, but Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said otherwise: apparently it was distributor Fox Searchlight that declined to submit the film to the festival. (Hey, their decision to hold "12 Years a Slave" until the fall festival circuit certainly paid off.)

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Atlanta Falcons sign on for HBO’s 'Hard Knocks'

Atlanta Falcons sign on for HBO’s “Hard Knocks”
The NFL training camp reality show returns Aug. 5 for its 9th season.

VH1 is ready for “I Love the 2000s”
The follow-up to “I Love the ‘70s,” “I Love the ‘80s” and “I Love the ‘90s” kicks off on Tuesday.

Shonda Rhimes: I’d love for Bill Clinton to guest on “Scandal”
"That's not really our thing,” she says of the stunt-casting, "but I will say, 'Bill Clinton, if you're out there, we would love to have you…We would always love to have you.”

Kerry Washington makes her 1st post-pregnancy public appearance
"I was anxious about being on the carpet,” the “Scandal” star said last night at a charity event.

DirecTV’s MMA drama “Kingdom" starring Nick Jonas and Kiele Sanchez will premiere Oct. 8
Previously titled “Navy St.,” the drama series is set in a Venice Beach MMA gym in California.

LeVar Burton has enlisted his “Star Trek” pals for a series of “Reading Rainbow” live readings
The first live reading will feature the "Men of Star Trek,” including Burton’s “Next Generation” co-stars Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn and Robert Picardo.

“Chasing Life” adds Ed Asner and "Happy Days” mom Marion Ross
They’ll guest as Italia Ricci’s grandparents.

Mindy Kaling’s next book: “Why not Me?”
Kaling will release a collection of personal essays as an update to 2011’s "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)."

“The Bachelor” franchise’s most successful relationship is showing cracks
Trista and Ryan Sutter admit their flaws on "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.”

Check out Walter White’s “Breaking Bad” action figure
The six-inch figurine will be available at Comic-Con.

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'The Real World' is set to return to Chicago

“The Real World” is set to return to Chicago
The MTV reality show, which filmed in Chicago in 2001, is requesting zoning permits for a “seven-bed, temporary, group living residence.”

“True Detective” creator says all casting rumors are wrong, adds he can’t imagine doing this “exhaustive” job more than 3 years
“Literally, not a single rumor about casting that has been printed anywhere has any truth to it whatsoever,” says Nic Pizzolatto, who has written the first two episodes of Season 2. He did confirm there will be four main characters, with a strong female lead. "But I wouldn’t say it is female-led or anything like that,” he says. Pizzolatto also points out he’s "essentially creating a brand new TV show” each season, a job so “exhausting” that he may give up after three years.

Here’s a close-up look at “The Comeback’s” Valerie Cherish
Says co-creator Michael Patrick King: “Valerie does get in the spotlight, which is what she always reached for, but we found a unique way of telling the story about what can happen when you get something you want."

Lily and Alfie Allen’s father auditions for “Game of Thrones,” again
Keith Allen first auditioned to play Balon Greyjoy, the father of his son’s Theon. This time he’s gone for the role of a slave.

CNN’s George H.W. Bush documentary was paid for by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation
The 41st president, who turns 90 today, will be featured Sunday in “41On41,” was also produced by one of Bush’s White House speechwriters.

“Suits’” season premiere revelations, explained
"One thing I try to encourage is to look in the history of the show,” says creator Aaron Korsh.

Conan O’Brien tackles “Super Smash Bros”
It’s the latest hilarious addition to “Clueless Gamer.”

Jimmy Fallon and Honey Boo Boo do a cheerleading routine together
"If I had pom-poms, could you give me a little cheer?” Fallon asked the TLC star.

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Outstanding Comedy Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Outstanding Comedy Series

Can 'Orange' or 'Brooklyn' put 'Modern Family' in jeopardy?

Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.

Our next category:


Comedy is more subjective than drama, especially because a bunch of the things now categorized as comedies for Emmy purposes are difficult-to-categorize hybrids ("Orange Is The New Black"), comedies-that-are-now-dramas-but-were-never-categorized-as-comedies-before ("Shameless"), comedies that some people don't find even slightly funny ("Girls") or whatever Louis C.K. happens to deliver to FX ("Louie"). The things that are listed as dramas? Well, they're mostly just dramas.

Only one thing is for sure: Until it loses, "Modern Family" is an unstoppable force of nature.

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Comedy Series

Fuzzy eligibility rules mean that half the deserving shows aren't even really comedies

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.

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<p>O.J. Simpson</p>

O.J. Simpson

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: NBC's 'People vs. O.J. Simpson' special leads Wednesday

FOX splits the key demo with 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, NBC got solid numbers from the special "The People vs O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard," leading Wednesday in all measures.

Among other originals, FOX had week-to-week declines for "So You Think You Can Dance," as did ABC with "Motive," while The CW's "The 100" finale was down a hair from last week in the key demo.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Fargo and Hannibal</p>

Fargo and Hannibal

Credit: FX/NBC

'Fargo' vs. 'Hannibal': Which drama's greatness is more improbable?

How on earth did we get two adaptations this great and this unlikely in one spring?

Over the weekend, I was in Austin for the third annual ATX Television Festival, featuring lots of panels, parties and other opportunities for passionate TV fans to rub elbows with both one another and, at times, the people responsible for their favorite shows. As happens at an event like this, there was a lot of talk about TV both during the panels and between them, and one of the recurring questions (even before the screening of this week's episode) was this: How in the world does "Fargo" not only exist, but exist at the level of quality it's at?

And that, in turn, led me to a related question: Which show's greatness is more improbable: "Fargo" or "Hannibal"?

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Sam Smith

11 Must-See Acts at Bonnaroo

From A$AP Ferg to Sam Smith, the acts you can't miss in Manchester

The 13th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicks off today in Manchester, Tenn. As usual, there’s something for everything across the 700-acre farms’s multiple stages--except for Outkast fans-- it's one of the few festivals the reunited duo is skipping. If you’re having trouble figuring out who to see, you can’t go wrong with this list of 11 acts. For the most part, we stayed away from recommending the main headliners since you can make you own mind up on those famous names.  The acts are listed in order of their time slot.

Real Estate
June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Ease into Bonnaroo with a nice set by a this guitar driven indie band from New Jersey, who are sure to deliver an uplifting, care-free set. They may have tackled some darker issues on new album, “Atlas,” but there’s still an unquenchable lilt to what they do.

Sam Smith
June 13, 2:15 p.m.

Chances are good the British crooner will join Disclosure for its set later Friday night, but if you miss that, check out his solo set where he will dazzle you with his strong voice and confessional tales of heartbreak.

Janelle Monae
June 13, 5:30 p.m.

Monae is the complete package. She is a great singer and a great dancer and she puts a premium on entertaining as she skittles across the stage in her black and white outfits. Go to Wondaland with her. You'll be glad you did.

June 13, 11:30 p.m.

If you’ve had a little too much of the acoustic, hippie vibe, then go get your head twisted around a few times by metal band Mastadon, who are sure to be the loudest act at the festival. Be among the first to catch songs from the Metallica-influenced band’s “Once More ‘Round The Sun,” which comes out June 24.

June 14, 12 a.m.

The British electronic duo, Guy and Howard Lawrence, have their breakthrough hit in  “Latch,” featuring Sam Smith in the U.S., but they’ve already had a slew of hits in the U.K. and were big on the festival circuit last year. In their first Bonnaroo appearance, expect lots of songs from their No. 1 U.K. album, “Settle,” and lots of dancing. It will probably be very crowded.

Chance The Rapper
June 14, 2:30 a.m.

If you didn’t catch him on tour with Childish Gambino a while OK or guesting on a slew of other artists’ tracks, here’s your chance to see the Chicago rapper, who draws from diverse influences that span genres and generations, while his star is still ascending.

First Aid Kit
June 14, 3 p.m.

Lovely Americana music courtesy of two Swedish sisters. There are a lot worst ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than listening to their golden harmonies.

Lionel Richie
June 14, 8 p.m.

We’re staying away from recommending top headliners for the most part, but for the past several years some of shows people are buzzing about afterwards come from the WTF veterans, like Kenny Rogers two years ago (who Richie joined on stage) or  … If you want a break from the up-and-comers and hip acts and want to dance all night long to hear wall-to-wall hits (and to dance on the ceiling), then satisfaction is guaranteed at Richie’s show.

Carolina Chocolate Drops
June 15, 12:30 p.m.

They describe themselves as an old-time string band, but they are so much more. Rihannon Giddens’ pure voice has to be heard live to be believed and the sheer musicality of the quartet will take your breath away. You may have heard their song, “Daughter’s Lament” on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack.

A$AP Ferg
June 15, 4:15 p.m.

As if seeing  the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards recipient of Rookie of the Year confidently run through tracks from “Lords Never Worry” and “Trap Lord”  isn’t enough incentive, you have to imagine that other members of the A$AP Mob will show up.

Avett Bros.
June 15, 7 p.m.

They are good on record, but they are great live. Brothers Scott and Seth Avett, and band mates Joe Kwon and Bob Crawford create a lot of noise and it’s usually all harmony-filled and fun. Even if you don’t know the acoustic rock songs, you’ll still be singing and dancing along to many of the tracks. Why they aren’t as big as Mumford & Sons is unfathomable.


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<p>Tilda Swinton at the world premiere of &quot;Snowpiercer.&quot;</p>

Tilda Swinton at the world premiere of "Snowpiercer."

Credit: AP Photo/Richard Shotwel

Tilda Swinton brings 'Snowpiercer' to LA Film Fest and U.S. screens (finally)

One of the better opening night films in some time

LOS ANGELES - After back to back years of opening night duds "To Rome with Love" and "I'm So Excited," the Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off its 2014 campaign with a real winner, Joon-ho Bong's "Snowpiercer."  Stars Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Allison Pill, Kang-ho Song, and Ah-sung Ko were on hand as Bong's critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic thriller finally hit U.S. shores.  Chris Evans, who is essentially the film's lead, sent a video message from London where he's shooting "Avengers: Age of Ultron" proclaiming how happy he was over the LA premiere.

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Louis CK and Judd Apatow ask TMZ to take down Tracy Morgan crash video

Louis CK and Judd Apatow ask TMZ to take down Tracy Morgan crash video
They want footage showing comedian Ardie Fuqua being removed from the vehicle taken down. Louis CK also linked to a post from Fuqua’s daughter asking TMZ to remove the video.

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Up all night to get nerdy: Watch Mastodon's awesome 'High Road' video

Up all night to get nerdy: Watch Mastodon's awesome 'High Road' video

Metal band spell grants +4 enhancement

How do you feel about live action role playing? D&D? "Role Models?" Your grandma?

Check in with your local gamemaster and join in the fun of Mastodon's "High Road" music video, which should speak to your inner dweeb-among-nerds (the fact that you are a nerd a given, you're safe here).

Pressing the heavy riffage up against soft foam swords gives this single from the metal band's forthcoming "Once More 'Round the Sun" some oomph, while the last shot may take the wind out of you. (Did we mention you can buy "Once More 'Round the Sun" with BitCoin?)

"High Road" and "Chimes After Midnight" are the first two songs so far to arrive from the June 24 release. Check out both below.

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