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"Party Down South"

"Party Down South"

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'Party Down South' producer talks 'Jersey Shore,' 'Bachelor'

SallyAnn Salsano knows what works - and what doesn't

If you've never heard the name SallyAnn Salsano, you most certainly know the shows she's produced. She's been a showrunner on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," and she's also the brains behind MTV's highest-rated series, "Jersey Shore." The Long Island native now has a very different kind of success in "Party Down South," which has its season finale tonight (Thurs. March 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET on CMT).

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<p>I can&#39;t imagine Nick Offerman has ever been accused of being shy.</p>

I can't imagine Nick Offerman has ever been accused of being shy.

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Nick Offerman explicitly explains why he was cut from Seth Rogen's 'Neighbors'

We've got both safe for work and not safe for work versions of his answer

If there is indeed a zone, then Nick Offerman seems to be living in it these days.

I love stories about artists who succeed later in their career, and I think in Offerman's case, one of the reasons that Ron Swanson clicked is because there was a sense of authority that Offerman gives off that might not have been there in the same way if he was fifteen years younger. I look at him in something like "Sin City," and I can't imagine that guy as the same person who is giving one of the most amazing comedy performances on TV every single week right now.

I wrote about his new concert film on Valentine's Day this year, and the other night on the red carpet, when I heard him use the word "delicious" during an answer, it made me smile. He has this enormous zest for the life he's living right now, and a big part of that is his blatantly passionate relationship with his wife, actress Megan Mullally. He is certainly not shy about discussing just how passionate, either.

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'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' recruits Patton Oswalt

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” recruits Patton Oswalt
Says the comic of his guest role as Agent Eric Koenig: “I got a call from my agent saying they want you on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I said ‘hell, yes.’”

“How I Met Your Dad” pilot won’t be shot by “HIMYM’s” director
A family emergency has forced Pam Fryman, director of 172 of 184 “HIMYM” episodes, to pull out of the pilot. Fryman, who is still onboard “HIMYD” as executive producer and director, will be replaced by Rob Greenberg, who directed the 2nd most “HIMYM” episodes at seven.

“Dancing’s" Danica McKellar & Candace Cameron Bure appeared together in a 1990 TV movie
Watch them in a dancing-themed scene in “Camp Cucamonga,” which also starred Jennifer Aniston, Jaleel White, McKellar’s “Wonder Years” co-star Josh Saviano and Chad Allen.

Tracey Ullman to play the therapist on CBS' “Good Session”
The CBS pilot, co-starring “Psych’s” James Roday and “Mad Men’s” Rich Sommer, revolves around marriage therapy. PLUS: “2 Broke Girls’” Eric Andre joins FX’s “Man Seeking Woman,” Patricia Wettig joins CW’s “Identity."

Netflix to show “Flight of the Conchords” star Rhys Darby’s “Short Poppies”
The mockumentary will feature Darby as a journalist who interviews people in a small New Zealand town, who are all played by Darby.

A&E yanks Mark Wahlberg’s “Breaking Boston” after 1 week
The show about four blue-collar Boston women attracted only 311,000 viewers in its premiere.

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<p>&quot;Dear White People&quot;</p>

"Dear White People"

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Sundance hit 'Dear White People' hitches a ride with Roadside Attractions

The racially-themed campus comedy is scheduled for a fall release

Nearly two months after the Sundance Film Festival wrapped up for another year, the acquisitions news is still trickling in, and the latest hit from Park City to find US distribution is "Dear White People." Justin Simien's debut feature was one of the few to generate critical discussion and debate in what was a pretty low-temperature US Dramatic competition, and was duly recognized with a special Breakthrough Talent award. Now Lionsgate and their adventurous indie arm Roadside Attractions have picked it up for the North American market, with a release pencilled in for the autumn.

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'Survivor' finale and 'American Idol' finale are poised to face each other for the 1st time

"Survivor" finale and "American Idol" finale are poised to face each other for the 1st time
“Survivor” moving its finale to a Wednesday this year means that it will go head-to-head with “Idol.” Over the past two weeks, “Survivor” has beaten “Idol” in the key 18-49 demo.

Isaiah Washington has read his “Grey’s Anatomy” return script: "Shonda Rimes is genius”
"I read the script last night.... The script is so amazing, it will blow you away,” Washington says of his return after seven years.

“Game of Thrones” gives Jaime Lannister a golden hand
Check out the new appendage Lannister will be wearing in Season 4. PLUS: “Game of Thrones” newbie Pedro Pascal says of his audition: “I was actually really upset the season was spoiled for me."

Watch Questlove play dead on “SVU”
The Jimmy Fallon bandleader’s dream came true on last night’s episode.

“MasterChef” is going cruising
The Fox reality show has announced its own fan cruise for Nov. 8-15.

Adult Swim renews “Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell”
The live-action comedy will return for a 2nd season.

How “The Americans” sets are designed
The FX drama’s set decorator, Andrew Baseman, says of his job: "It's really easy to be generic and just throw things on a set. I like to show character. Most of the time, it's not written in the script. Like for a recurring character, it won't say 'on his desk is a bottle and a lighthouse lamp' — none of that's there.”

“The Bachelorette” crashes a Boyz II Men performance
There will apparently be a boy band challenge next season.

January Jones promotes “Mad Men” with a naked photo shoot
Check out her new Violet Grey spread.

“Sleepy Hollow” co-creator: “There’s a lot of amazing footsoldiers coming”
The cast of the Fox drama previewed Season 2 last night at Paleyfest.

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Justin Timberlake's "Not A Bad Thing"
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Justin Timberlake searches for couple in 'Not A Bad Thing' video

Opposite and same-sex pairs share their engagement stories

Remember a few months ago when Ringo Starr went searching for the teenagers he captured in a picture 50 years ago? (And he found them…)

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<p>&quot;Survivor&quot; host Jeff Probst</p>

"Survivor" host Jeff Probst

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'Survivor' finale shifts to Wednesday as CBS announces Spring 2014 end-dates

'Crazy Ones' gets an hour-long finale in April

On behalf of the three or four people out there who recap both "Survivor" and "American Idol," I can now mark May 21 on my calendar with a malevolent skull-of-dread.

CBS announced its Spring 2014 finale dates on Thursday (March 20) morning and the major switch is that for the first time in 10 years, "Survivor" has opted not to go with a Sunday finale and will, instead, wrap the "Cagayan" season on the aforementioned May 21, sticking with the normal Wednesday air schedule.

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CBS announces season finale dates

CBS announces season finale dates
CBS’ season ends with a special Wednesday “Survivor” finale on May 21.

IFC orders “American Documentary” from Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, plus “American Storage
“American Documentary,” from producers Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Hader and Armisen, will spoof documentaries with a regular cast. IFC has also ordered “American Storage,” in which Rob Hube4l plays a bachelor who starts living in a storage unit. IFC also announced it’s going to air the "CollegeHumor Comedy Music Awards.”

ABC will test “Shark Tank” on Thursdays
“Shark Tank” will air on April 10 and 11 as part of a two-night event.

Jimmy Kimmel: “The truth is, right now, Rob Ford is keeping me in business”
Profiled by Esquire, Kimmel talks about the difference between him and Jimmy Fallon: "He’s like an athlete out there. He can jump high, act, sing. He’s a true performer. I’m a broadcaster. That’s how I come at this. Not a stand-up, not an actor, not a commentator. A broadcaster.” PLUS: Kimmel gets Regis Philbin to play God.

Check out Donal Logue on “Gotham”
Here’s your first glimpse of Det. Harvey Bullock.

Discovery’s "Everest Live Jump” will feature NBC News' Willie Geist and Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore
Geist will host the two-hour May special, while Cantore will serve as chief meteorologist.

Emilia Clarke danced the funky chicken in her “Game of Thrones” audition
"David Benioff suggested I do a dance...and so I did,” she tells Jimmy Fallon. PLUS: Kit Harrington is the new face of Jimmy Choo.

Watch Alec Baldwin play a journalist on “SVU”
A “bad journalist.”

Animal Planet renews “Treehouse Masters,” orders “Redwood Kings”
“Redwood Kings” will uncover "the artistry that goes into turning ancient reclaimed redwood trees into creative works of art,” according to Animal Planet.

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First look at 'Gotham' star Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock
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First look at 'Gotham' star Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock

WBTV and FOX Batman not-really-prequel also stars Ben McKenzie

Get ready for a bunch of these first-looks in the next couple weeks. FOX and WBTV are teasing the first look at Donal Logue in character from the upcoming straight-to-series DC Comics adaptation "Gotham."

Logue will be playing Detective Harvey Bullock, described as Future Commissioner Gordon's "rough-around-the-edges" partner and mentor. The character "plays loose with police procedure, but he gets results... and he does it with old-school, forceful panache." 

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Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw to headline CMA Music Fest

Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and others also on June bill

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert are among the artists headlining the 2014 CMA Music Festival.

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<p>A big change on &quot;Community&quot; season 5 has been letting Annie (Alison Brie) grow up.</p>

A big change on "Community" season 5 has been letting Annie (Alison Brie) grow up.

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Mega 'Community' interview with Dan Harmon, part 2

On putting Annie and the Dean into pants, Greendale dystopia and more

Yesterday, I posted the first part of an extremely long interview I did with “Community” creator Dan Harmon about his return to the NBC comedy, saying goodbye to Donald Glover, making peace with Chevy Chase, and more. Now it’s time for part 2, where we get into more of the specific creative decisions that have driven season 5, why Chang remains the character Harmon struggles with most, letting Annie grow up, and how Harmon feels about the possibility of the phrase “six seasons and a movie” becoming a reality, among many Greendale-related topics.

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Ellen apologizes to President Obama for breaking his Twitter retweet record

Ellen apologizes to President Obama for breaking his Twitter retweet record
"I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself,” the president said of Ellen’s Oscar selfie, in an appearance on “Ellen” via satellite. "Getting a bunch of celebrities in the feeding them pizza."

“The 100” opens to great numbers
The sci-fi drama was The CW’s best midseason debut since “Life Unexpected” in 2010.

“Ron Swanson” will headline this year's Congressional Correspondents Dinner
“Parks and Rec” star Nick Offerman has been tapped to be the entertainment at the 70th Annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner, a black tie dinner for members of Congress.

“Wheel of Fortune” contestant shocks Pat Sajak by solving hard puzzle in 1 guess
The contestant only had two letters on the board.

Bradley Cooper proves Louis CK's diss of "Inside the Actor's Studio" wrong
Louis CK said you couldn't ask Sean Penn a question on "Actor's Studio" and make it big. But that's exactly what happened to Cooper.

WEtv renews “Braxton Family Values”
"SWV Reunited” is also returning for a new season.

Check out “The Neighbors’” “Full House” reunion
Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weigner are once again playing a couple.

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