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'Sharknado 2: The Second One' gets July 31 premiere date, announces new cameos

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” gets July 31 premiere date, announces new cameos
Perez Hilton, Biz Markie, Pepa from Salt-N-Pepa, Howard Stern sidekick Benjy Bronk, Robert Klein and Kurt Angle will also make cameos. (Klein and Angle will play the former NYC mayor and fire chief, respectively.)


Obama flubs the spelling of “Respect” during the taping of PBS’ Women of Soul tribute
"When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” said the president.


What was it like to interrogate Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on “True Detective”?
"Those were 10- to 12-hour days for us, with few breaks,” says Michael Potts, who was partnered with Tory Kittles as they grilled Rust and Marty. "We'd do Woody for a day and a half, then Matthew for a while, then we'd get dinner and pick up with Matthew for a day and a half. They were very intense, long-hour days.”


Comedy Central orders “Over The Garden Wall,” its 1st miniseries
10-epsiode comedy-fantasy miniseries is based on “Tome of The Unknown,” starring Elijah Wood.


“Reign” rises, as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” slips
The CW series was up 34%, while “Grey’s” and “Scandal” were down 13% and 10%, respectively, this week.


Adam Carolla not a fan of having female late-night hosts
Carolla, who served as Jimmy Kimmel’s security guard last night, says: "To me it's not so much about women or men, it's sort of who do you want to see at night,” adding: "I don't know if it would be confusing if it's a woman standing there telling monologue jokes. We’re just used to certain genders in certain roles."


Stream the “Game of Thrones” hip-hop mixtape
All 10 tracks from "Catch the Throne" are now available.


Ted Turner admitted to the hospital in South Africa
Says a spokesperson for the Turner Broadcasting System and CNN founder: "Given it is our policy not to comment on his personal health, no further details will be provided."


Lena Dunham asks "Today's" Savannah Guthrie if she's willing to show nipple to become the 5th "Girl"
“You know what, spoiler alert! I'm not,” Guthrie responded, after confessing to Dunham that she imagined herself as the 5th star of "Girls."


Stephen Colbert debuts his alternative or “Happy Birthday”
Colbert’s new National Birthday Anthem is royalty-free.


“Greek” alum Spencer Grammer will play Michael Imperioli’s sister on ABC
The daughter of Kelsey Grammer has joined the pilot “Saint Francis.”


“Orphan Black” episodes will be available on Amazon
The BBC America series will join Amazon Prime.


Juan Pablo defends himself after retweeting an R-word joke
“People,” “The Bachelor” star wrote, "try to be HAPPY and enjoy JOKES and SARCASM... In Venezuela the R word is USED commonly and by NO means is to OFFEND anyone... #Relax #DifferentCulture #Respect.”


“True Blood” promotes barmaid Ginger
Tara Buck will become a series regular after recurring for six seasons.

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<p>Thursday&#39;s &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang' leads Thursday while 'Idol' and 'Scandal' dip

'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' returns weak

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 6, 2014.

With "The Big Bang Theory" leading the way in all measures, everything in CBS' schedule was up on Thursday other than "The Crazy Ones," as the network ruled the night in all measures.

FOX's "American Idol" didn't take a big drop, but it was down slightly, failing to even make things competitive with "The Millers" ("Big Bang Theory" has had a massive advantage for a while) and again leading into a weak week for "Rake," which is being shipped off to Fridays.

After last week's big returns, both "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" took big drops for ABC, but still easily won their hours in young viewers. It didn't help that "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" barely made a ripple in its return.

Speaking of barely making a ripple, other than a solid bump for "Parks and Recreation," NBC's whole lineup barely made a ripple.

Finally, The CW's two dramas both rose, with "Reign" approaching series highs in young female demos.

On to the numbers...

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot; Jeff (Joel McHale) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) get banished to the Outlands.</p>

On "Community," Jeff (Joel McHale) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) get banished to the Outlands.

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Review: 'Community' - 'APP Development and Condiments'

A new social app turns Greendale into a dystopian hellscape ruled by Shirley

A quick review of last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as I own stock in Trivial Pursuit's Baby Boomers Edition...

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Bebe Neuwirth will play chief of staff on 'Madam Secretary'

Bebe Neuwirth will play chief of staff on “Madam Secretary”
The “Cheers” alum will co-star on the U.S. secretary of state drama with Tea Leoni and Tim Daly on the CBS pilot.


NBC posts the first 2 minutes of “Believe” from J.J. Abrams and “Gravity” Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón
The sci-fi series will get a special preview Monday after “The Voice.”


NBC: Bob Costas’ red eye wasn’t due to Botox
Page Six reports that a source claims that Costas’ Olympic eye problem was due to a botched Botox procedure. But NBC tells Page Six: "This has zero truth to this. Zero."


Bellamy Young: “Scandal” cast members’ tweets are monitored for spoilers
“They keep watch, and they’ll say, ‘take that tweet down,’” she tells Jimmy Kimmel. PLUS: Jon Tenney talks Mellie, and watch Episode 2 of “Escandalo."


Jimmy Fallon splashes water on Lindsay Lohan’s face
Check out their “Water War.”


Larry King has no problem appearing on Russian-owned Russia Today
"I don’t work for RT,” says Larry King, whose Ora TV show is shown on RT America, which has been in the news lately for its pro-Russian views in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.


Jimmy Kimmel interviews Jimmy Kimmel
Kimmel asks himself “3 Ridiculous Questions” for a Captain Morgan-promoted spot on his show.

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<p>The WABAC may look different, and Sherman and Peabody may be in 3D, but in its best moments, the new film gets these characters right.</p>

The WABAC may look different, and Sherman and Peabody may be in 3D, but in its best moments, the new film gets these characters right.

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Review: 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' errs by favoring sentiment over laughs

How much subtext is too much?

When I was a kid and Saturday morning was still appointment viewing for me with hours and hours of cartoons on all three networks, I would frequently get up before the sun was even up. I'd get myself a giant bowl of whatever sugary cereal was my poison of choice at the time and plant myself in front of the set so that I had control over whatever was going to be watched well before my sister woke up. There were many weeks where I was up and ready to go before the networks even began their programming, and by default, I would put on the only cartoons playing at that hour, a giant re-run block of "Rocky & Bullwinkle."

At the time, I didn't fully appreciate the lunacy of the Jay Ward productions, and it was only as I got older that I began to understand the silly word play and the gleeful demolition of storytelling cliche that were the cornerstones of all of the different cartoons that existed under that broader umbrella. I grew to particularly enjoy the absurdist take on history that was represented by the "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" cartoons, and when DreamWorks Animation announced a feature film version a few years ago, I hoped they would honor the spirit of the original.

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<p>Eva Green never smiles once in &#39;300: Rise Of An Empire,&#39; and seemed to be making up for lost time when we spoke.</p>

Eva Green never smiles once in '300: Rise Of An Empire,' and seemed to be making up for lost time when we spoke.

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Eva Green talks about her one-of-a-kind performance in '300: Rise Of An Empire'

She seems well aware of what she's done

On the day I was scheduled to talk to both Lena Headey and Eva Green about their work in "300: Rise Of An Empire," there was also a morning screening of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman." Both of my sons were eager to see that, and that meant they would need to come to the interviews with me as well. As a result, they got a chance to meet Green, and by the time we walked out of that room, both of them had grown full beards and their voices had dropped an octave.

Green gives off a powerful feminine vibe in person, and seems well aware of the effect she has on people. It's interesting how similar the roles are that she played in "Dark Shadows" and in "300," right down to a scene that happens in both films. It wouldn't surprise me if she got cast in "300" specifically because of "Dark Shadows." In both cases, she seems to be having the most fun of anyone in the films, taking full advantage of the opportunities presented on the page, and it's exciting because it suggests that we may start seeing more of her in films now that directors have these great examples of what she's capable of doing.

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<p>&quot;The Sopranos,&quot; &quot;The Mary Tyler Moore Show&quot; and &quot;The Simpsons&quot; had three of the greatest TV title sequences ever.</p>

"The Sopranos," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Simpsons" had three of the greatest TV title sequences ever.

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The 25 best TV opening credit sequences of all-time

The end of 'True Detective' prompts a look back at this unsung art form

Among the many delights of "True Detective," which concludes its first season on Sunday night, has been the show's creepy, evocative opening credits sequence, which juxtaposes mundane imagery with the sort of dark symbols of sex and violence that Rust Cohle and Marty Hart deal with every day.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Can Katherine save Nadia - and herself?

There's one way Katherine can save Nadia, but will she?

This episode was loaded with big moments -- tearful goodbyes, weepy flashbacks, rollercoaster plot twists, and more than one character was sent packing. In truth, the body count was pretty damn high. Given we had so much to digest, I'm not sure I felt the feels I was expecting. Too often I felt as if I was cued by the music to register, "NOW FEEL SOME EPIC SAD, DAMMIT," before the plot whirled on to other matters. 

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot; Andy (Chris Pratt) shields April from a bee attack.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," Andy (Chris Pratt) shields April from a bee attack.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Wall'

Leslie gets caught up in Pawnee/Eagleton hostility, while Ron gets a young helper

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I listen to a TED talk by the color beige...

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'Mad Men' gets a groovy ad campaign for Season 7

“Mad Men” gets a groovy ad campaign for Season 7
Matthew Weiner tapped 84-year-old graphic design legend Milton Glaser, famous for his advertising work in the ‘60s, to capture the late ‘60s feel of Season 7. Glaser is responsible for the I ♥ NY logo and many famous advertisements of the ‘60s. The result is a very groovy-looking poster that looks like it’s straight out of the late ‘60s. PLUS: See the Season 7 poster.


Brooke Burke-Charvet: “Dancing” fired me over the phone, while I was in the car with my kids
"My son shouted, 'You got fired Mommy?!'” she says. "I tried to explain the difference between being fired and being let go. Then he yelled, 'You quit!' I laughed at the fine line in it all."


“Chuck’s” Captain Awesome is returning to NBC for “Salvation”
Ryan McPartlin will co-star with Ashley Judd, playing a congressman on the megachurch drama.


Lena Dunham gets picked up by Taran Killam and The National in new "SNL" promos
Killam also pitches the "Girls" star on his proposed spinoff: "Boys." PLUS: "SNL" is bringing back the Potato Chip sketch.


Parents TV Council finds CW’s plan to put uncensored “Reign” online “appalling”
“It's appalling that a broadcast network would flaunt broadcast standards in this manner and the network should be condemned for this action,” says a PTC spokesperson.


“True Detective” creator: "There is a clear mandate in pay-cable for a certain level of nudity”
In his Buzzfeed interview, Nic Pizzolatto responds to criticism of the show’s female nudity: "I’d be happy with none,” he says. "Seems to me if people want to see naked people doing it, there's this thing called 'the internet.’” As for the misogyny, he says, "The gender criticism was expected, but it seems very knee-jerk in the total context of what we did here and what the show is supposed to be.” PLUS: Read about the origins of 13 “True Detective” set pieces.


HBO will air a Bruce Springsteen documentary
“Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes,” airing April 4, will chronicle the making of  The Boss’ new album.


“Orphan Black’s” teasers have a secret message
A secret binary message.


George Lopez’s new sitcom premieres tonight: "I'm ‘Saint George’ on TV. I'm not a saint in real life”
Lopez promoted his new FX comedy on “Extra” days after his arrest for public drunkenness in Canada. "As Latinos, we struggle at times with carnitas and alcohol,” he told Mario Lopez, "but the best thing is not to make the same mistake twice. Justin Bieber does it here. I thought I'd do it in Canada.” PLUS: Lopez seems to be recycling setups from other comedies, and is FX trying to be CBS for a day?


What would the “Game of Thrones” characters look like as rappers?
See the hop-hop version of Jon Snow.


Chris Harrison isn’t sure that Juan Pablo is the worst-ever “Bachelor"
"We need you to love the Bachelor or hate the Bachelor because we need you to have an opinion,” he says. "Apathy is what kills us, when you just don't care what happens.” PLUS: “Bachelor” Juan Pablo’s parents “live with him” -- not the other away around.


Molly Parker talks about her “House of Cards” character
"it’s not something you see very often,” she says of portraying a single congresswoman.


Andy Cohen sings and dances in a cowboy outfit to promote his show going to SXSW
Watch the Bravo star sing and dance about Texas.


Bellamy Young on “Scandal’s” Mellie Grant: "She is often the smartest woman in the room”
“It’s so easy to disregard or underestimate Mellie,” she says. “She can be so hyperbolic. She has big hair. But she is a smart, smart woman. She is often the smartest woman in the room.”


Martha Stewart takes on Reddit questions
"What's the most difficult part about being Martha Stewart?” PLUS: Martha gives Seth Meyers her eggs.


See “Glee’s” 100th episode pics
Including a touching tribute to Finn.


Carrie Brownstein doesn’t like when “Portlandia” homeowners leave their underwear on the floor
“I’ll be honest. it’s not okay,” she tells Letterman. PLUS: Brownstein says "There is a permeating earnestness” on “Portlandia.”


Mayor Rob Ford saw a boost in campaign donations after his Jimmy Kimmel appearance
"It was overwhelming,” says the Toronto mayor’s brother Doug Ford, who’s also his campaign manager. "The numbers came in so high it crashed the website. We're adding a little more horsepower behind it to handle the volume that has been coming in right now.” PLUS: Shame on Kimmel for "ambushing" Ford.


Tom Brokaw talks to Letterman about his battle with cancer
The former NBC News anchor wouldn’t go into details, but says he benefits from having more advantages than your typical cancer sufferer.


Here are 7 things that happen in every “Suits” episode
In honor of tonight’s return of the USA series.


“Grey’s Anatomy” based a lot of Dr. April Kepner on Sarah Drew
The character wasn’t originally supposed to be a Christian, but Drew inspired the writers to turn her into an “authentic Christian.” “For April, the first thing that was revealed was she was a virgin,” says Drew. “I waited until I was married to have sex so I understood April’s motivations. The writers thought it would be a really cool and interesting story to tell that isn’t seen too often.”


Comedy Central’s “Review” tackles our review-obsessed culture
Comedian Andy Daly reviews everything from real life in his new pre-“Daily Show” comedy premiering tonight, a remake of an Australian series. PLUS: Comedy Central had been trying to find a show for Daly, and “Review” is much more dark and brilliant than it appears.


“The Mentalist” gets an Airstream trailer
Check out Patrick Jane’s new digs.


“Bob Burgers” sings about its new Sunday timeslot
“Cosmos” is sending the Fox series to 7 o’clock.


Russell Brand talks Philip Seymour Hoffman with Oprah
"As a drug addict, the first thing you have to do is accept you can never use,” Brand says on Sunday's “Oprah Prime,” reflecting on his addiction.


Denis Leary’s “Sirens” is geared toward “Rescue Me” fans
The USA comedy, a remake of a British series debuting tonight, has the same comic sensibility as Leary’s previous series, but it has more emphasis on the comedy while being just 30 minutes in length. PLUS: “Sirens” is strictly for Leary fans, it is surprisingly funny, and the scripts are holding the show back.


Cobie Smulders: I'm glad I chose “HIMYM” over 2 rival projects
“I decided to go with 'How I Met Your Mother,' which was the best call,” she tells Fashion magazine. "I would’ve been so pissed off if I had gone the other way, don’t you think?”


See 10 new “24: Live Another Day” photos
Here’s another look at Goth Chloe O’Brian.


“L.A. Law” is now out on DVD
With the NBC legal drama’s 1st season now available, the cast looks back on the drama series co-created by  Steven Bochco.


Geoff Edwards, game show host in ‘70s and ‘80s, is dead at 83
Edwards hosted shows like “Jackpot!” and “Treasure Hunt.”

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<p>Sam Woolf of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Sam Woolf of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 12 Results plus Phillip Phillips performs

Kodaline also performs as another singer faces elimination

Wednesday (March 5) night was a bad night for "American Idol."

It wasn't just the imbecilic studio audience sabotaging one performance after another with against-the-beat clapping.

And it wasn't just the performances themselves, which were generally poor, but not exclusively poor.

A big part of the problem was that the judges also seemed disappointed and uncomfortable with the tone being set. Harry Connick Jr., in particular, came across as more consistently dyspeptic  than Simon Cowell ever did on his grouchiest of days. I've never seen a reality judge making so little effort to cover up the sense that he'd rather be some place else.

The big impact is that just about anybody could go home on Thursday. I'm assuming teenage girls will keep Sam Woolf safe, so he's the picture with this recap, but I had a hard time picking. I'd also have a hard time guessing which potentially eliminated contestants might get the Judges' Save. I know the judges worship at the altar of MK Nobilette, but after two straight lackluster performances and a Bottom Three finish last week, would they really waste the Save if MK isn't striking a chord? If Majesty were punished for the second half of last night's Coldplay cover, would the judges take pity? Would the judges keep remembering how good Jena "Gina" Irene was on her original song and ignoring that she hasn't come close to connecting in the same way with anything else?

Let's find out!

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<p>David Nail</p>

David Nail

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Interview: David Nail on No. 1 country hit ' Whatever She's Got' and new album

Plus, he discusses coming 'out the other side' of a long depression

Often, an artist can feel like he’s stumbling around while making an album. Then he’ll find just the right song that brings all the pieces of the puzzle together. So it was for David Nail with “Whatever She’s Got.”

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