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Upfronts 2014: NBC tries to build on its first-place finish by leaning on 'The Blacklist'

Lots of new shows, not a lot of places to put them just yet

A very strange thing happened to NBC this year: for the first time in a decade — a period during which it has mostly been a laughingstock — it will finish a season in first place among the adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers care about most. Ordinarily, a network that wins a season can play things conservatively for the next year, but NBC's success isn't entirely replicable. Yes, the network's buoyed by regular, season-long programming like "The Voice" and hit freshman drama "The Blacklist," but a lot of credit for that win comes from "Sunday Night Football," which always goes away in January (leaving the network's ratings on that night a shambles), and some from the Winter Olympics, which won't be back for another four years.

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<p>Katherine Heigl of &quot;State of Affairs&quot;</p>

Katherine Heigl of "State of Affairs"

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NBC's 2014-15 Schedule: 'Voice' boosts 'Affairs' and 'Marry Me,' 'Blacklist' on the move

This will be the last season of 'Parenthood,' 'Parks and Recreation'

Kicking off the frenzied Network TV Upfronts week, NBC announced its 2014-15 schedule on Sunday (May 11) morning, or at least NBC announced the fall 2014 portion of its schedule, because NBC has left an awful lot of stuff on the shelf for midseason and most of those moves remain shrouded in mystery and potential.

NBC is coming off a season that saw the network rise to No.1 in the 18-49 demographic on the back of NFL football, the Olympics, "The Voice" and "The Blacklist." With the Olympics not available and with Sunday Night Football its own unique animal, it's not surprising that NBC's schedule is built very heavily around leveraging those latter two assets.

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<p>&quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

"Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' & 'Parenthood' to conclude after next season

The long-running comedy and drama were both renewed for final seasons

"Parks and Recreation" and "Parenthood" were both renewed by NBC, but next season will be the last for both series.

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NBC officially cancels 'The Michael J. Fox Show'

NBC officially cancels “The Michael J. Fox Show”
It still remains to be seen whether the seven remaining episodes, including a “Back to the Future” reunion episode with Christopher Lloyd, will ever be shown.

Kevin Hart’s rejected ABC pilot, “Suburgatory” and “Friends with Better Lives” are being shopped to other networks
Hart’s sitcom partly based on his life, starring Romany Malco, was rejected in favor of “Black-ish” starring Anthony Anderson. PLUS: SEE more photos of the new shows.

Barbara Walters finally appears as herself on “SNL”
“Saturday Night Live” saluted “Baba Wawa” by showing all the people who’ve done impressions of her since the ‘70s.

Shonda Rhimes sued over “Off the Map”
A writer claims Rhimes used her manuscript about American doctors living in a remote part of South America on her failed 2011 ABC medical drama.

Boy Scouts rescue Ann Curry
The former “Today” star thought she broke her ankle during a walk through a state park in New Jersey when a scouting troop came across her.

Maria Menounos talking to E! and “GMA”
The “Extra” star could end up with E! in a “major capacity.”

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<p>In the weirdest choice they made for the new film, Godzilla now has a lovely baritone singing voice.</p>

In the weirdest choice they made for the new film, Godzilla now has a lovely baritone singing voice.

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Review: Beautiful and badass, 'Godzilla' puts the awe back in awesome

That's the monster I've been waiting to see

I can't imagine sitting in a theater in 1954 in Japan and watching "Gojira" play for the first time. Ten years earlier, your country faces a nuclear nightmare, and for the first time in human history, the atom was used to wipe a city full of people off the planet in an instant. War reached its most horrifying manifestation, and it completely changed the world. But for Japan, it was not an abstract. It was a redefining moment, part of their identity from that moment, an actual scar they were going to have to live with. Looking at "Gojira" now, it feels like an attempt to come to terms with the hopelessness of that event in a way that people could watch together, a fantasy catharsis that the country needed.

The stark black-and-white images of a giant monster smashing and burning Tokyo must have felt terrifying. Godzilla is barely a character in that first film. He's a rampaging force of nature, and the solution they find to finally stop him is pretty much an equal horror, a worst-case-scenario sort of ending. They know that if they use it, they're turning Tokyo Bay into an aquatic graveyard. To kill Godzilla, they're going to have to kill everything, and that seems like an acceptable trade.

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<p>Jet &amp; Cord of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Jet & Cord of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Jet & Cord talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

The Cowboys talk U-Turns, Brenchel and Express Passes

Where have all the Cowboys gone?

Well, on last week's "Amazing Race: All-Stars," they were U-Turned by Afghanimals Leo & Jamal, forcing them to perform a second Detour in Seville and effectively eliminating Jet & Cord for the third time on the CBS reality favorite.

With their high spirits, stubborn independence and frequently faulty sense of direction, Cowboys Jet & Cord have long been favorites for "Amazing Race" fans and this latest season was no different. As the other teams bonded and bickered, the Cowboys continued to be Lone Rangers and, as usual, that worked out pretty well for them. 

Jet & Cord won the season's first Leg (and promptly handed over their second Express Pass to Jen & Caroline who, miraculously, remain in the Race) and added one first and four second place finishes. That put a big target on them, which is why Leo & Jamal U-Turned them, rather than sticking with their Accidental Alliance's plan to punish Brendon & Rachel. 

At the time, Jet & Cord had harsh words for Leo & Jamal and, in their exit interview, they explain that annoyance. They also discuss their distaste for "Amazing Race" alliances and their own (and my) feelings about Brendon & Rachel.

Click through for the full interview...

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<p>Kids stare in awe at the spectacle that is &quot;Godzilla.&quot;</p>

Kids stare in awe at the spectacle that is "Godzilla."

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'Godzilla' is an artful antidote to the usual this summer

Take a bow, Gareth Edwards

I loved Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" so much I went back for seconds. And I'll probably revisit it many times over as it's a captivating directorial accomplishment, in my view, one that puts the anonymous summer actioners that tend to permeate this time of year to shame. I might not go so far as to declare it a work of art, but it is unequivocally the work of an artist, and that makes all the difference in the world.

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Charlize Theron, Cecily Strong, and The Black Keys

Charlize Theron, Cecily Strong, and The Black Keys

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Charlize Theron and The Black Keys

The star of "A Million Ways To Die In The West" shows off her comedic bonafides

While recent host Seth Rogen took nearly five years to return to “Saturday Night Live,” Charlize Theron makes that period look downright short by comparison. Her one and only other hosting gig took place in November 2000, making tonight’s return thirteen and a half years in the making. (To be fair, filming “Aeon Flux” took a lot out of everyone involved with that production, so we can’t fault her too much.) While preferring dramas to comedies in terms of her film choices, Theron does have “A Million Ways To Die In The West” on the way to your local movie theatre. Pairing her with Seth MacFarlane in that film might seem strange, but that’s probably precisely the point. That film sure looks a long way from "Monster" and "North Country." So maybe we’ll see a different performer than the one that graced Studio 8H at the turn of the century. Hell, maybe she's now the new drummer in The Black Keys. Anything is possible!

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'Orphan Black' recap: You can't keep a crazy Ukrainian clone down

'Orphan Black' recap: You can't keep a crazy Ukrainian clone down

Sarah is on the run, but not for long

It seems that clones are hard to kill unless they have a suspicious cough. It's an important distinction to make, because even as Cosima circles the drain I'm beginning to wonder if Helena might actually possess super powers. Talk about takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. I'd say you can't keep a good woman down, but it really doesn't apply here. 

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Timothy Spall in "Mr. Turner."
Timothy Spall in "Mr. Turner."
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Cannes Check 2014: Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner'

Continuing our festival preview with the seven-time Oscar nominee's passion project

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the first of two British veterans in the lineup: Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner."

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10 top artists we'd love to hear duet with Michael Jackson
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10 top artists we'd love to hear duet with Michael Jackson

Why should Justin Timberlake be the only one?

“Love Never Felt So Good,” the first single from Michael Jackson’s new album, “Xscape,” out Tuesday (13), featuring Justin Timberlake and the King of Pop in a makeshift duet created years after Jackson’s 2009 death. In fact, the whole album “contemporizes” eight previously unreleased Jackson tracks, reimagined by top producers including Timbaland and Stargate. So what if some of Jackson’s biggest hits could be recreated with some of today’s top artists? Here are our picks for a dream Michael Jackson duets album (Though it doesn't appear on "Xscape," Justin Bieber apparently recorded a version of "Slave to the Rhythm." We picked another song for him below). By the way, there's clearly a demand for new Jackson material: "Love Never Felt So Good" debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

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TNT orders a final season of 'Cougar Town'

TNT orders a final season of "Cougar Town"
The 13-episode Season 6 will mark the end of the Courteney Cox vehicle.

"Dracula" axed after 1 season
Jonathan Rhys Meyers' NBC series won't be back next year.


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