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In 2013, HBO debuted three new comedy series. One was Christopher Guest's first significant work in decades, featuring many of the regulars from his beloved improvised films. One was the first major solo project from Stephen Merchant, co-creator of "The Office" and "Extras." And one featured the creators of "Big Love" attempting to adapt a British series about the neglected nurses and patients in a hospital's elder care wing.
Going into that year, I doubt a casino would have even given you odds that the only one of the three to survive would be the latter, but that's exactly what's happened. Last month, HBO declined to go forward with Guest's "Family Tree" and Merchant's "Hello Ladies," and tonight the pay cabler decided to order a second season of "Getting On." It will again feature six episodes, and debut later this year.
It's time for Rush Week on "American Idol."
No. I don't know what "Rush Week" means either.
Apparently it will involve live performances and it will involve Randy Jackson and it will also feature the judges eliminating people even before they perform?
I'm confident that whoever the judges send home early from the Top 15 Women, Briana Oakley is going to perform. So she's my picture here.
Beyond that, click through and we'll experience this together.
Last night, I finished reading "A Storm Of Swords" finally, and one of the real tensions of reading the series for me is that I have grown very fond of the cast of "Game Of Thrones," and they've demonstrated such a penchant for killing off characters that I spend pretty much the entire time I read each book clenched and worried now that I'm into material that has not already appeared on the show.
As of the end of the third season of the show, Jon Snow has become a fairly important character simply by virtue of outlasting so many of the other members of his family. Without revealing his fate moving forward, I can say that each and every cast member I've had a chance to chat with has turned out to be very grounded about being part of a phenomenon and I haven't run into anyone yet who has displayed any attitude at all about it. It seems to be a largely diva-free cast, which would seem to be essential if you're trying to pull off something as complicated and large-scale as "Game Of Thrones" on the sort of uber-demanding schedule and budget that they have.
"Doctor Who's" Karen Gillan to star in ABC's "Selfie"
In the "My Fair Lady" inspired pilot from the creator of "Suburgatory," Gillan will play Eliza Dooley, whose social media antics results her being the subject of an embarrassing viral video.
If you love big-voiced R&B singers, it’s a good time for you. First came Ruben Studdard’s “Unconditional,” a few weeks ago, followed by Toni Braxton and Babyface’s “Love, Marriage & Divorce.” Now, to complete the set, comes “Music Speaks” from “American Idol” season 12 winner Candice Glover.
Olympics propels "Today" to No. 1 over "GMA"
The last time the "Today" show beat "Good Morning America" was during the London Olympics.
Kal Penn joins CBS' "Battle Creek," reunites with "House" creator
The crime drama from "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan will be run by "House" creator David Shore.
"NCIS: New Orleans" casts Scott Bakula's character's wife
"Person of Interest" vet Paige Turco will star on the CBS drama.
Haley Joel Osment joins the "Entourage" movie
No word on what the former "Sixth Sense" star will be playing, but his role will be "supporting."
Jimmy Kimmel fills in as KABC sports anchor
Watch Kimmel deliver the entire sports report for ABC's L.A. affiliate.
"The Simpsons'" Lego-themed episode will be called "Brick Like Me"
The 550th episode will air on May 4.
A "Pushing Daisies" musical!?
Says creator Bryan Fuller: "I would love to do a musical and make it all about Kristin Chenoweth and her character, Olive Snook. I think it would be incredible!"
Jason Biggs becomes a dad
The "Orange is the New Black" star and his wife welcomed a son named Sid on Saturday.
PBS tonight tells of "The Rise and Fall of Penn Station"
"American Experience" looks at the New York City landmark that was demolished in 1963.
Lady Antebellum’s members wear their pop influences on their collective sleeve, so it’s no surprise that the band is closing its shows with a very cool mash-up of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and “Cups” from “Pitch Perfect.”
Lucy Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” will release her debut country album, “Road Between,” June 3.
After "Naked and Afraid" put the nude spin on "Survivor," we all knew it wasn't going to be long before every format added a naked element. To that end, VH1 has given the greenlight to “Naked Dating” (working title), a one-hour weekly series that will explore the art of romance free of pre-conceived notions, stereotypes -- and clothes. So, naked naked naked. But blurred out. Still, naked! The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. So, naked!
So did you see the ice dancing last night? Did you? DID YOU? Because it was awesome. And, Team USA for the gold, people. That's never happened before. There was some other stuff, sure, but ice dancing! It wasn't just about Meryl Davis and Charlie White, either. Alex and Mia Shibutani ice danced to friggin' Michael Jackson. They also used some Michael Buble music, but we won't hold that against them.
5:00 p.m. ET - NBC - Alpine Skiing (Women's Giant Slalom), Freestyle Skiing (Men's Halfpipe), Bobsled (Women's), Snowboarding (Men's Snowboard Cross)