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<p>America shunned poor Katharine McPhee in &quot;In My Dreams&quot;</p>

America shunned poor Katharine McPhee in "In My Dreams"

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TV Ratings: 'Amazing Race,' 'Good Wife' lead Sunday while 'Believe' and 'Cosmos' rise

ABC's 'In My Dreams' is another Hallmark Hall of Fame dud

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 20, 2014.

On a sluggish Easter Sunday, "The Amazing Race" helped CBS claim victory among young viewers, while "Good Wife" led the network to its usual overall victory.

Even though it was down week-to-week, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" was actually Sunday's top show in the key demographic, but Hallmark continued not to be a successful brand for ABC, as "In My Dreams" was the network's latest Hall of Fame flop.

"In My Dreams" took the place of spring success "Resurrection" and the lack of 9 p.m. hour competition helped both FOX's "Cosmos" and NBC's "Believe" post week-to-week gains.

Note that this was the rare Sunday without any sports overrun for CBS, which gives the rare opportunity to look at the semi-actual numbers for the network's Sunday shows.

On to the numbers...

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'The Goldbergs' to pay tribute to the Ultimate Warrior

“The Goldbergs” to pay tribute to the Ultimate Warrior
The creator of the ABC sitcom is a huge fan of the WWE wrestler, who died recently.


Did “Game of Thrones” just have its most disturbing scene?
“It is f*cked up,” says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. “It doesn’t get any darker than that, does it?” PLUS: The actors laughed while filming that scene, "GoT" has become TV's most cynical show, it's not going to be easy to come back from that one, it’s a gasp-inducing moment -- but the gasp is largely empty, and Aidan Gillen talks Littlefinger.


“Today” will begin simulcasting on SiriusXM
All four hours of the NBC morning show can be heard on the satellite radio channel, starting in June. This isn’t the first time a network morning show will get a satellite simulcast. “GMA” had one with XM before its merger with Sirius.


Lindsay Lohan reveals she had a miscarriage while filming her reality show
Lindsay made the revelation during a chat with a producer during her two-hour finale.


Stephen Colbert had dinner recently with CBS boss Les Moonves and Julie Chen
Colbert and his wife Evelyn celebrated the “Late Show” announcement on Friday night, according to Page Six.


HBO teases the final season of “True Blood”
“There’s no one left,” says Sookie.


Watch a preview of “Falling Skies” Season 4
The TNT series returns in June.


Kate Middleton wore an outfit straight out of last week’s "Mindy Project"
Mindy Kaling noticed the Duchess of Cambridge's weekend outift, and wrote on Instagram: "UHH, Miss Duchess Whoever, I WORE this dress last week! What's next? Kate in my donut print pajama bottoms I mean c’mon."


British glamour model says she’s planning an abortion to get on “Big Brother”
Josie Cunningham, 23, is worried producers will reject her four-months pregnant body.


“Louie” offers another Season 4 teaser
This one is about dying. UPDATE: Watch another one.


“The Vampire Diaries’” Ian Somerhalder is reportedly dating a former “Idol” contestant
Somerhalder is reportedly seeing Molly Swenson, who was featured in Season 10.


Check out Shirley MacLaine on “Glee”
The Oscar legend is playing a New York socialite as part of a multi-episode arc.


Former “Bachelor” star Melissa Rycroft welcomes a son
It’s the 2nd child for Rycroft, who has a 3-year-old daughter.


Tila Tequila is pregnant
The former MTV “Shot at Love” star is 10 weeks along, she revealed on Facebook.

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<p>Kiernan Shipka as Sally in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Kiernan Shipka as Sally in "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'A Day's Work'

Valentine's Day 1969 brings with it many moves, and not much love

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I'm interrogated by the Hooterville telephone operator...

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<p>Brendon &amp; Rachel of &quot;The Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot;</p>

Brendon & Rachel of "The Amazing Race: All-Stars"

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Donkeylicious'

A Double U-Turn creates high drama in Italy

I don't know if you've heard me mention this lately, but I hate the Double U-Turn. I say the same thing every season.

I debated it with executive producer Elise Doganieri, who smiled and ignored me. 

If you get to the U-Turn and discover you've been U-Turned, you should be bounced directly to the other side of the Detour. When you get sent directly to jail in Monopoly, you've been sent DIRECTLY TO JAIL. You don't get to collect the $200 if you happen to pass Go, because it occurred in the process of the act that was sending you to Jail. The second the card says "Go to Jail," you've been boomeranged on your way to Jail. Period. Full stop. If you hit the U-Turn mat and you've been U-Turned... BOING. Off to the other Detour with you. The first act is to step on the mat and see if you've been U-Turned. If you have been? Done. No further action is allowed. The second act is to decide if you want to U-Turn somebody. When you say "Yes" or "No," your next act is to leave. But you don't get to penalize somebody else before you serve your own penalty. 

I totally get when people say, "But if we do things your way, it pretty much means that the team being U-Turned is sent home and that's why we do Double U-Turns now instead of Single U-Turns."

I don't care. That means that the U-Turn is a bad device, even if it produces  drama. Either fix it, or do away with it!

And I will not complain about the structure of the U-Turn again in this recap.

Click through for my full discussion of Sunday's (April 20) "Amazing Race."

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"Silicon Valley"

"Silicon Valley" 

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'Silicon Valley' recap: Richard tackles the art of negotiation

The latest obstacle pushes Richard out of his comfort zone

The many annoyances of starting a business, any business, are well-fertilized comic turf, and "Silicon Valley" has managed to take broad swipes at quite a few in a short window of time. This week, Richard discovers the name is the thing, and while the business name he wants -- Pied Piper -- inspires near universal revulsion (Jared makes the point that the fairy tale "is about a predatory flautist who murders children in a cave"), he's willing to fight for it. I'm not sure if this week is more about Richard showing he has the guts to go far or simply proof that he has that asshole quality Erlich so values, but it was pretty funny nonetheless. 

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: It's a slapfest for Kenya and Porsha

Let's just say this wasn't exactly a happy reunion

Day-umn. It's only the first part of "The Real Housewives of Altanta" reunion, and we already have a physical assault to handle. Yes, Porsha gives Kenya's hair a good, hard yank, and I think there may have been some slapping before they hit the ground. Unfortunately, that part happened just outside of the lit area of the set, so it's hard to know exactly what happened. Still, whatever went down, Kenya's hair looked pretty good when it was all over, which is a minor miracle.

Kenya wants Porsha fired for her actions, but I wouldn't bet on it. Everyone's been waiting to see which Housewife would smack Kenya first, and if poor Porsha hadn't yanked the scepter out of Kenya's hand, I suspect someone else would have. Actually Kenya's lucky no one decided to beat her to death with that or the megaphone. 

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"Orphan Black"

"Orphan Black"

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'Orphan Black' recap: Season two starts off with a bang

Sarah is out for blood - but is Rachel her only foe?

It's been a long wait (or at least felt like one), but "Orphan Black" is back for season two and Sarah is right where we left her. That's not to imply stasis, however. She's desperately running through the streets, looking for Kira and Mrs S and answers as to why they may have been taken -- if they have, in fact, been taken. 

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<p>Kit Harington as Jon Snow in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones."

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Breaker of Chains'

An assassination's aftermath brings with it many complicated maneuvers

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I explain the distinction between pirates and smugglers...

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<p>Tarantino and Kurt Russell may well work together again if the director ends up making &#39;The Hateful Eight&#39; with last night&#39;s cast.</p>

Tarantino and Kurt Russell may well work together again if the director ends up making 'The Hateful Eight' with last night's cast.

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Quentin Tarantino takes 'Hateful Eight' script out for an all-star live test drive

We were there for this once-in-a-lifetime event

"Okay, we're drifting away from the dialogue a bit. Let's bring it back. No more co-writing."

By far, the most exciting element of Saturday night's live read was actually seeing Quentin Tarantino work with his cast as they performed his latest screenplay, "The Hateful Eight," for a sold-out capacity audience at The Theater at the Ace Hotel.

Depending on where you were seated in the theater, the physical experience ranged from the tolerable to the punishing, with the audience in the upper balcony essentially getting a free sauna as the total lack of air conditioning and the preposterously close rows combined to make the running time of over three-and-a-half hours almost impossible to bear. It is a testament, then, to the compelling nature of Tarantino's script and to the great cast he put together that no one seemed willing to leave before the end, no matter how hard it was to stay seated.

Tarantino explained at the start of the evening that he is still working on the script, and both Bob and Harvey Weinstein were in the audience for last night's event, listening carefully to the audience's reactions, I'm sure. He is currently writing the third draft, and it sounds to me like he plans to make the movie. He promised that the final chapter of the first draft will be reworked completely, making last night's live read the only time an audience will see that version of the ending. That's encouraging, because that wrap-up was by far the weakest part of the experience. It's also encouraging because so much of the rest of the script is already a treat.

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Discovery Channel cancels 'Everest Jump Live' in wake of avalanche tragedy

Discovery Channel cancels “Everest Jump Live” in wake of avalanche tragedy
Discovery released a statement Sunday saying: “In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.”

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<p>How close will the new &quot;Fantastic Four&quot; resemble their comic book counterparts?</p>

How close will the new "Fantastic Four" resemble their comic book counterparts?

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New 'Fantastic Four' will be a more 'gritty' and 'realistic' movie than the original

Screenwriter defends controversial casting

ANAHEIM - First thing's first. The new "Fantastic Four" movie is definitely happening. No delays, no recasting. Josh Trank's vision is going to come to fruition. That's the word from the movie's screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg who was on the Baton Rouge, LA set two days ago and reveals that production begins in earnest in two weeks.

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<p>Expect to see Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy in &quot;X-Men: Apocalypse,&quot; but probably not Hugh Jackman.</p>

Expect to see Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy in "X-Men: Apocalypse," but probably not Hugh Jackman.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Don't expect the original 'X-Men' cast in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Simon Kinberg on the difficulty of writing so many A-listers into one movie and more

ANAHEIM - Simon Kinberg had an unexpected trip to WonderCon on Saturday.  The "X-Men: Days of Future Past" screenwriter and producer stepped in for director Bryan Singer who finds himself in the middle of a publicity nightmare surrounding abuse allegations that took place almost 14 years ago.  It's a rare moment in the spotlight for Kinberg who, in many ways, has become the key man on 20th Century Fox's superhero movies.

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