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10 things to look for on 'Saturday Night Live' in May
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10 things to look for on 'Saturday Night Live' in May

Some questions about the show as season 39 comes to a close

As “Saturday Night Live” prepares for its final three weeks, lots of questions still remain in this transitional season. In anticipation of the show wrapping things up until Fall, several key themes will be important to gauge.

Here are ten things you should keep an eye on when the show returns in May:

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"Orphan Black"

"Orphan Black"

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'Orphan Black' recap: How many bad guys are there, anyway?

The plot gets thicker as new players emerge

This week someone asked me why they should bother to watch "Orphan Black," and after watching this week's episode, one element that I forgot to mention in my spirited defense of the show was drummed into me like a bad EDM record. In addition to the smart science and the exceptional acting and the dark humor, there's a very non-Big Four network interest in shades of grey. Bad guys don't slap on masks and kill for sport on this show. No, motivations are complex, as are loyalties, and right now I'm not entirely sure who the Biggest Bad is in the Clone Club universe -- or if all of the Big Bads are entirely bad. How's that for twisty? 

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Ice Age continues as 'Frozen' stays at the top of the charts

Iggy Azalea blooms on the Billboard 200

Frozen” continues its supremacy atop the Billboard 200 next week as the Disney soundtrack continues to outpace its nearest competitor 2 to 1.

Look for “Frozen” to sell up to 110,000 copies next week, twice that of Iggy Azalea’s “The New Classic,”  which will bow at No. 2 (55,000).

Also bowing in the Top 10 next week will be Future’s “Honest” at No. 3 (50,000) and Neon Trees’ “Pop Psychology” at No. 7 (20,000).

Otherwise, the rest of the Top 10 consists primarily of holdovers from this week. Hip hop artist August Alsina’s “Testimony” falls 2-4 (22,000),  Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” rebounds 7-5 (21,000), Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” holds at No. 6, Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” remains at No. 8 (18,000), Shakira’s self-titled set slides back into the Top 10, rising 11-9 (18,000) and 5 Seconds of Summer’s “She Looks So Perfect” EP drops 9-10 (16,000), according to Hits Daily Double.


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<p>The &quot;Last Man Standing&quot; finale</p>

The "Last Man Standing" finale

TV Ratings: 'Last Man Standing' finale helps usual Friday split, with 'Hannibal' up again

'Shark Tank' and 'Blue Bloods' are Friday's best

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 25, 2014.

Yawn. Friday TV ratings are not exciting.

As usual, "Blue Bloods" was Friday's top show overall and carried CBS to an overall win and, as is often the case, "Shark Tank" was Friday's top show in the key demo and carried ABC to victory among young viewers.

There was some minor variation on Friday.

After hitting a low with a 0.8 key demo rating two weeks ago, "Hannibal" added 0.1 for the second straight week, which counts as minor progress. [Note that "Hannibal" dropped 0.1 in Final Live+SD ratings each of the past two weeks, to a 0.7 and a 0.8 respectively.]

After falling last week, The CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" ticked up, though "Hart of Dixie" didn't benefit.

Both the finale of ABC's "Last Man Standing" and FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" were also up.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jeremiah Wood of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Jeremiah Wood of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Jeremiah Wood talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Model says he and Spencer could have been the new J.T. and Stephen

It's hard out there for a "Survivor: Cagayan" Beauty.

For the third straight week, my "Survivor" exit interview is with a castaway who began the season as part of the Beauty tribe.

Following in the footsteps of Morgan and LJ is Jeremiah Wood, who only revealed to his core alliance in this week's episode that he makes his living as a model. 

It wasn't like there was a Beauty alliance that is being picked off. Jeremiah wasn't especially close with either LJ or Morgan. Instead, he grew tight with former Brain Spencer and if you saw the combination of down-home Southern charmer and sometimes awkward mastermind and remembered the partnership with J.T. and Stephen? You're not the only one.

Of course, this budding dynamic duo was thwarted after Kass flipped and then when Tony began his reign of terror, though they had brief hope this week when Jefra, the lone remaining Beauty, decided to join them... only to reconsider.

In this week's exit chat, Jeremiah discusses why he didn't admit to being a model, his JT/Stephen bond with Spencer and why Jefra reversed course when she could have changed the game.

Click through for the full Q&A.

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<p>Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford in "Hannibal."

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Shiizakana'

Dr. Lecter recognizes a killer who wants to be a wild animal

A quick review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I collect church collapses...

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Paul Williams

Paul Williams on Daft Punk and taking del Toro’s 'Pan’s Labyrinth' to Broadway

Plus, why 'The Rainbow Connection' remains in our hearts

“There were a lot of people under 40 going. ‘Who the hell’s that spiky-haired little guy up there accepting that award’,” joked legendary songwriter Paul Williams about his winning this January’s  Grammy for album of the year for his work on Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories.”  That’s someone who got nominated for his first Grammy in 1972, that’s who.

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'House of Cards' will stay in Maryland after the state reached a tax credit deal

“House of Cards” will stay in Maryland after the state reached a tax credit deal
The Netflix series will get $11.5 million in tax credits, which is less than what producers wanted but far more than the $4 million legislators were willing to give the show.

Michelle Obama didn’t rehearse her “Parks and Rec” scene, which had to be done in 25 minutes
The First Lady "just walked on the set and had all her lines memorized and never faltered once. It makes sense,” says co-creator Michael Schur. "All she does is travel around the country and give speeches in front of large crowds of people. We had about 25 minutes with her total, and it was very smooth and easy.” PLUS: Schur wasn’t worried about “HIMYM” finale — or Leslie’s bangs, NBC was vaguely told about the big cameo, and the finale was a bold, feminist leap forward.

“Game of Thrones” writer: Sunday’s episode was "the most difficult episode I've written”
Bryan Cogman wouldn’t go into details, of course, but he has scripted some of the show’s most memorable scenes. PLUS: “Hodor” answers questions Hodor-style.

Gillian Jacobs gets “Community” fans to put mustard on their face to save the show
Today she tweeted: "Tweet @nbc a picture of yourself with mustard on your face. They'll have to give us #sixseasonsandamovie then, right?” PLUS: Check our more “Six Seasons and a Movie” posters.

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen can’t tell themselves apart when watching “Full House”
The twins visited Ellen today to talk about their experience filming the sitcom.

Check out “The Strain’s” eye-popping poster
Featuring a worm coming out of a woman’s eye.

Seth Meyers’ success is baffling: Why is he so successful?
"Can you actually remember any joke that Seth Meyers has made”? asks Elisabeth Donnelly. She adds: “What’s Seth Meyers going to bring to the table? I couldn’t even tell you, that’s how distinctive a personality he is as a host-type guy. His success — he’s ‘influential,' according to TIME — is sort of baffling, clearly kind of Lorne Michaels’ fault, and it’s too bad. There’s a lot of great, wild comic minds out there that could bring energy, wit, and surprises to something like Late Show or the Emmys, but instead, a boring choice like Seth Meyers persists in his winning mediocrity."

Listen to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ son’s band
Henry Hall, 21, son of the “Veep” star and “SNL” alum Brad Hall, is the lead singer of Grand Cousin.

Meet the guys who made up a fake case just to get on “Judge Judy”
The case involved smashed TVs and a dead cat.

Ellen DeGeneres denies being a house-flipper: “I love real estate"
Ellen has been described as a “property hound” for buying so many properties. But, says Ellen, "I’ve never bought to sell. I always say: ‘This is it. I’m never moving.’ People laugh at me now."

“Veep” fans insult “Jonah” by calling him “Jonad”
“Jonad is the most common one that I get,” says Timothy Simons. "I think because it’s the quickest and it’s also only slightly insulting to call another human.” PLUS: Simons talks Jonah on MSNBC, and Kevin Dunn finds “Veep” swearing to be liberating.

“The Newsroom” vet to play Gus Grissom on “The Astronaut Wives Club”
Joel Johnstone will play the 2nd American to fly into space, who was later killed in 1967 during a pre-launch test for Apollo 1.

Why “Orphan Black” should kill off Sarah
Her death could invigorate the series, making it a show where anything could happen. PLUS: It’s okay that “Orphan Black” is getting more political.

Joan Rivers’ “Fashion Police” reportedly pays peanuts
The striking writers on the E! show were makng one-sixth of the Writers Guild minimum.

“Mrs. Doubtfire” was the most-played movie on basic cable last year
“She’s All That” came in at No. 2, “Juno” No. 3, "Austin Powers in Goldmember” No. 4 and “Ice Age” was No. 5.

“Black Box” proves TV has a problem with its portrayal of mental illness
Mental illness shouldn’t be portrayed as some kind of superpower.

University of Michigan student assumes her “Grimm” role tonight
Jacqueline Toboni, 22, was “discovered” thanks to a visit to the university by the show’s co-creator, whose daughter is a student there.

“Bad Teacher”: How other movie-to-TV show adaptations have fared
From “Clueless” to “Ferris Bueller.”

“Wheel of Fortune” celebrates 6,000 episodes
Next week, the game show will celebrate by giving away $6,000 prizes.

Spring and Chrysler will be prominently featured on “24: Live Another Day”
Chrysler is taking over as “24’s” car sponsor from Ford and Hyundai. PLUS: Producer responds to the "When does Jack Bauer go to the bathroom?"

“No, no, no,” John Oliver says when asked if he regrets leaving Comedy Central before Colbert's promotion
“Because,” he says. "I think this is a chance to do something completely different. HBO on Sunday night is a tantalizing thing to try and do something with. I like the idea of trying to change my metabolism, which is so built around a daily production, which I loved and I think there is part of me that is gonna miss the kind of daily grind. But I’m really looking forward to working out how to use the extra time to do some things with higher production. You know, tackle stories that are incredibly difficult to do on a daily turnaround.” PLUS: HBO open to expanding “Last Week Tonight” to other nights.

OWN’s “Running From Crazy” examines the history of mental illness in Mariel Hemingway’s family
Hemingway’s grandfather, Ernest Hemingway, and her sister both committed suicide, which will be the focus of the documentary airing Sunday.

Ian Somerhalder responds to the latest “Vampire Diaries” shocker
Damon is “definitely not very happy” when he finds out the truth.

See the character posters for “Petals in the Wind”
Featuring a “Twisted Sister” and the “Holy Hag."

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<p>Ellar Coltrane in &quot;Boyhood&quot;</p>

Ellar Coltrane in "Boyhood"

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'Boyhood' trailer promises a journey 12 years in the making

Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed film hits theaters July 11

As you know, Richard Linklater has been crafting "Boyhood" for 12 years. He and Ethan Hawke started filming this thing the year before they made "Before Sunset." It has been, in so many words, a long time coming.

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"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

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'Sex Sent Me to the ER': It's a post-rubdown knock-out for one unlucky couple

Getting frisky where it's slippery is never a good idea

If there's ever any question that many people consider television exposure more important than personal privacy or, oh, public humiliation, we have "Sex Sent Me to the ER" (Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET on TLC). In a clip from this week's episode, one woman has a genuinely weird reaction to her man's head injury.

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Columbus Short is set to leave 'Scandal'

Things don't look so great for Harrison, do they?

You know how everyone carps about how Harrison (Columbus Short) never seems to get much of a storyline on "Scandal"? How he's the forgotten Gladiator? Alas, just as Harrison is being pulled into the action (his dalliance with the recently deceased Adnan was both hot and harrowing this past season), he's being yanked out of it. Today Short released a statement through his publicist confirming he'll be leaving the show.

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<p>Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Upton struggle with the witless &#39;The Other Woman&#39;</p>

Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Upton struggle with the witless 'The Other Woman'

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Review: Leslie Mann struggles valiantly but can't save the rotten 'The Other Woman'

I never thought I'd feel bad for Kate Upton

While I can't say "The Other Woman" is a good movie, I can say that it features at least one thing that is genuinely worth seeing.

The film that I kept thinking of as I watched this one was the Colin Higgins mega-hit "9 To 5," with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton teaming up to kick the living crap out of their chauvinist boss Dabney Coleman. While I'm not sure I'd feel like that film held up if I saw it now, it tapped a very potent sense of simmering outrage. It was a well-timed shot across the bow in the cultural conversation on changing roles for women in the workplace.

"The Other Woman," on the other hand, is a largely ridiculous look at crappy rich white people who seem to have nothing to worry about besides what they do with their naughty bits. This is the feature debut of screenwriter Melissa Stack, and it strikes me as so resolutely phony from beginning to end that I'm not sure who the target audience is supposed to be. It doesn't help that Nick Cassavetes seems to have a real problem with maintaining a tone over the full running time. This thing swings from broad gross-out comedy to something that seems to be struggling to be a reflection of real life, and it never establishes a baseline reality. It is a strange misfire that is only saved from being a complete disaster by the efforts of the film's two leads.

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