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Judge Joe Brown arrested for contempt of court

Judge Joe Brown arrested for contempt of court
The TV judge, who is running for D.A., allegedly “blew a gasket” while going to court to represent someone in a child support case.

“Breaking Bad’s” Betsy Brandt lands on ABC’s “The Club"
“The Michael J. Fox Show” star, who just nabbed a role last week on “Masters of Sex,” will play the wife of a country club owner.

“Rookie Blue” gets 22-episode supersized order, but ABC will only show 11 this summer
No word yet on when ABC will show the rest of the Canadian drama’s 11th season.

Letterman tackles “The Good Wife” twist
“What the hell happened?"

Nick Cannon: “It’s official….I’m white!!!”
Watch the “America’s Got Talent” host transformed as a white man.

Netflix dropping “24”
Netflix users have one week to watch all eight seasons. Afterwards, they’ll only be available on Amazon.

“Archer” will mostly “unreboot” itself for Season 6
“I think this next season we will sort of unreboot, or whatever — deboot,” creator Adam Reed tells EW, “and get back to the basics of some spy missions.”

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<p>Missy Peregrym of &quot;Rookie Blue&quot;</p>

Missy Peregrym of "Rookie Blue"

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ABC sets summer premieres for 'Astronauts Wives Club,' 'The Bachelorette,' 'Rookie Blue' and more

ABC has at least 12 original shows premiering this summer

It's going to be an absurdly busy summer of original programming on ABC. I mean, you may not be excited about any of that original programming, but it's sure going to be filling a lot of primetime real estate.

On Monday, ABC announced a summer 2014 schedule that includes four new shows, plus eight returning series. There are scripted dramas, competitive reality shows, docudramas, things from Canada and more. 

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<p>Sam Worthington and Robin Wright</p>

Sam Worthington and Robin Wright

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Sam Worthington and Robin Wright to join 'Everest' ensemble

Universal will release the film in September of 2015

Sam Worthington and Robin Wright will be taking a break away from the worlds of "Avatar" and "House of Cards" soon to join the ensemble cast of Baltasar Kormákur's "Everest," Deadline reports.

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ABC announces summer premiere dates

ABC announces summer premiere dates
ABC’s summer lineup kicks off April 24 with “Black Box,” which will take over for “Scandal.” “Mistresses” returns June 2, “The Bachelorette” on May 19 and “The Astronaut Wives Club”
debuts on July 24.

Kevin Connolly’s broken leg won’t halt the “Entourage” movie
Connolly was playing football last week on set with Super Bowl-winning QB Russell Wilson when he suffered the injury.

Jessica Lange will manage a 1950 Florida “Freak Show” on Season 4 of “American Horror Story”
According to EW, Lange will play a German ex-pat who manages one of the last freak shows in the U.S., consisting of Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson. Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return.

Here’s Mila Kunis on-screen reunion with Ashton Kutcher on “Two and a Half Men”
And here’s one more pic of the "That 70s Show” engaged couple, who are having a baby.

Why “The Good Wife” twist was a betrayal on the entire series
Last night’s shocker, says Margaret Lyons, was "totally abrupt and unconnected to the rest of the story, not at all part of a broader web of ideas or characterizations. No one's complicit in it, no one's responsible for it ... and it doesn't advance the story so much as go back to an old one." PLUS: Julianna Margulies says: “Next week’s episode was the hardest thing"

Whatever happened to anti-drug PSAs?
They are hardly any on TV these days, thanks in part to the lack of government funding and competition from other public service announcements.

Kelli Williams joins “NCIS’” special episode on sexual assault in the Navy
The former “The Practice” and “Army Wives” star will play an NCIS agent on the episode.

Check out “Gotham’s” Alfred
Here’s a pic of British actor Sean Pertwee in his Batman prequel role.

Alyson Hannigan: Final “HIMYM” season “was almost like our methadone”
"This ninth season was shot around so many different schedules,” she says, "and it was such a weird season that it was almost like our methadone. It was a nice way of getting used to not seeing everyone every day of the week. So it prepared us for the finality of it all.” PLUS: “HIMYM’s” costume designer tells all.

“Ally McBeal’s” Gil Bellows to guest on “CSI”
He’ll play a powerful casino mogul in the episode that will launch “CSI’s” latest spinoff.

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'American Horror Story' Season 4 gets a 'Freak Show' title

“American Horror Story” Season 4 gets a “Freak Show” title
Ryan Murphy revealed that next year's carnival-themed installment will be called “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”

Maria Menounos out at “Extra”?
Page Six reports Menounos’ contract is being renewed amid rumors she has clashed with Mario Lopez. Menounos, who joined “Extra” from “Access Hollywood,” is due to star in the Oxygen reality show “Chasing Maria Menounos."

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<p>Michael Fassbender (really) in &quot;Frank.&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender (really) in "Frank."

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'Frank,' 'Obvious Child,' 'The Case Against 8' included in Sundance London lineup

The indie festival's Transatlantic edition gears up for its third year

Established in 2012, Sundance London is growing into a quiet fixture on the British film calendar -- a three-day roundup of highlights from the Sundance Film Festival lineup making their UK premiere, I'm not sure if it's built up much of a public profile -- possibly because of its less-than-central location in the vast O2 Dome -- but for the many Brit industry folk and film fanatics who can't fork out for the January trip to Park City, it's a handy catch-up, and returns for its third edition next month.

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<p>The dysfunctional &quot;Rick and Morty&quot; family.</p>

The dysfunctional "Rick and Morty" family.

Credit: Adult Swim

Mega Dan Harmon interview, part 3: 'Rick and Morty'

On the ways his Adult Swim hit is similar to and different from 'Community'

Welcome to the third and concluding portion of the long interview I did with Dan Harmon a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles. In part 1, Harmon discussed the initial process of his return to “Community” and the beginning and end of his feud with Chevy Chase. In part 2, he talked about some of the specific goals of “Community” season 5 and the non-impossibility of a season 6 (and a movie).

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Shocker boosts 'The Good Wife’s' ratings

Shocker boosts “The Good Wife’s” ratings
The CBS drama had its best numbers last night since January.

“Scandal” should learn from “The Good Wife” on how to create a genuine “OMG” moment
This is what a well-executed “OMG” moment actually looks like. PLUS: Watch a “Good Wife” video about last night, CBS shouldn’t use Letterman for “Good Wife” synergy, and this episode was very reminiscent of Kellie Martin’s key “ER” episode from 14 years ago.

OWN shows Oprah saying the F-word, telling Lindsay Lohan to “cut the bullsh*t”
On last night’s “Lindsay,” Oprah guilt-tripped a complaining Lohan telling her she knew she wanted to continue on. "If that is the case, then you're not going to be f*cking up,” said Oprah, adding: "And I know you're surprised to hear me say ‘f*ck.’"

A Belgian math teacher is using “Game of Thrones” spoilers to discipline his children
If the “Throne” fan students don’t behave, he’ll reveal spoilers from the books. PLUS: HBO releases 2 more “final” trailers.

Alfred Molina joins El Rey’s “Matador”
He’ll co-star with Gabriel Luna in the pilot about a soccer star turned CIA agent from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Judd Apatow talks “Girls” Season 3, says he expects to go back to 10 episodes next season
“I am a big fan of doing more episodes,” he says of this season’s 12-episode run. "Unfortunately, most of the shows on HBO are 10 episodes, so I think we will be doing 10 next year. We don't line up with anybody when we do 12. That's why we double-pumped episodes at the beginning of the season and it's why there's no one around us (at the end)."

See pics of the “24: Live Another Day” London set
This season will have an industrial art-deco feel. PLUS: “24: LAD” is coming out with a comic book ahead of the premiere.

Alyson Hannigan: "HOLY BLEEP I'm 40!!!”
Before turning 40 today, the “How I Met Your Mother” star last night tweeted: "Thank you 30's. You couldn't have been better!!!"

Study: TV stars’ tweets motivate viewers to watch
A new study found that a majority of Twitter users who see a tweet about a show are more likely to take immediate action to watch, search for, or share content.

Animal Planet jumps on the aftershow bandwagon for “River Monsters”
On April 6, a special will air called "River Monsters: Live With Jeremy Wade."

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<p>Iowa State celebrates on Sunday</p>

Iowa State celebrates on Sunday

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TV Ratings: 'Resurrection,' 'Believe' and 'Cosmos' slip as NCAA overrun leads CBS Sunday

'American Dream Builders' is a Sunday dud for NBC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 23, 2014.

CBS got 41 minutes of overrun from a tight NCAA Tournament thriller between North Carolina and Iowa State, which boosted the network's lineup to Sunday primetime wins in most measures.

Due to that NCAA Tournament overrun, I have to remind you that these numbers are time period data and thus we don't have any sort of exact ratings for Sunday night's pivotal episodes of both "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist."

On the other three networks, there was some consistency, at least: Nearly everything went down. ABC got a second straight week of fairly steep declines from "Resurrection," though the freshman hit was still easily Sunday's top drama. Also drooping were FOX's "Cosmos," as well as NBC's "Believe" and "Crisis," which shed viewers after a weak premiere for "American Dream Builders."

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>On &quot;Girls&quot; season 3, Hannah (Lena Dunham) was down at the same time that Adam (Adam Driver) was up.</p>

On "Girls" season 3, Hannah (Lena Dunham) was down at the same time that Adam (Adam Driver) was up.

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'Girls' producer Judd Apatow looks back on season 3

How did he see Hannah's story for the year? And why does he think the show inspires such extreme reactions?

HBO's "Girls" concluded its third season last night. I reviewed the finale here, and I was able to get on the phone with executive producer Judd Apatow for a few minutes to talk about the finale and season 3 as a whole. Apatow's thoughts coming up just as soon as I have a credenza and a cactus plant...

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<p>Josh Charles in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Josh Charles in "The Good Wife."

Credit: CBS

Review: 'The Good Wife' - 'Dramatics, Your Honor'

Will defends a murderer, and Alicia tangles with Nelson Dubeck

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I tell you to call me in five minutes...

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<p>Russell Crowe is driven by visions to prepare his family for the end of the world in Darren Aronofsky&#39;s striking and strange &#39;Noah&#39;</p>

Russell Crowe is driven by visions to prepare his family for the end of the world in Darren Aronofsky's striking and strange 'Noah'

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Review: Russell Crowe is the stormy center of Aronofsky's turbulent and terrifying 'Noah'

The year's most ambitious movie is spilling over with big ideas

Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is not just one of the most ambitious films I've seen this year, it's one of the most ambitious films I've ever seen. It's a movie that is spilling over with ideas and images and emotional explorations of the metaphysical. It's a movie in which shamanic culture is part of the same tradition as fallen seraphim and blatant miracles. It tells a story that is so familiar at this point that it has no impact whatsoever and tells it in a way that is constantly pushing and challenging the viewer. Whatever your idea of the story of "Noah" is, Aronofsky, along with his co-writer Ari Handel, has found a distinct and different way into it, and what he's made is going to be worth conversation all year long.

One of the first things that strikes you when reading the Bible is just how much of it is concerned with lineage. Family trees are incredibly important in the Old Testament, and this film kicks off with a very simplified explanation. In the beginning, there was the garden. There was the fruit. Temptation. The snake. Cast out. Adam and Eve have three sons, Cain, Abel, and Seth. Cain and Abel take their act on the road and Seth and his descendants take care of the relationship with the Creator. Noah is shown to be the youngest descendent of Seth at the start of the film, and he sees his father killed by Men, sons of Cain whose industrial cities have choked the planet with waste and evil.

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