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Laurence Fishburne to play Anthony Anderson's dad on ABC's 'Black-ish'


Laurence Fishburne to play Anthony Anderson's dad on ABC's "Black-ish"

Fishburne got the recurring role after signing on as an executive producer on the ABC comedy pilot, in which Anderson plays an upper middle-class black man struggling to raise his kids with a sense of cultural identity.


Food Network renews Guy Fieri's "Grocery Games" and Alton Brown's "Cutthroat Kitchen"

They'll be back for a respective second and third season.


A&E orders more "Wahlburgers"
After airing three episodes, A&E has picked up 18 more.


"Banshee" is releasing a soundtrack
The Cinemax "Music From the Cinemax Original Series" release features 17 songs from the first two seasons.


ABC casts Kevin Alejandro in "Clementine"
He'll play the ex-boyfriend of the title character on the ABC drama.


Hulu adding more CBS series, from "Ghost Whisperer" to "Everybody Loves Raymond"
"Taxi," "The Brady Bunch" and "Melrose Place" are also coming to Hulu, along with "Undercover Boss" and "United States of Tara." PLUS: "Fraggle Rock" spinoff "The Dooziers" is also coming to Hulu.

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Jimmy Fallon unveils his 1st week 'Tonight Show' lineup -- Justin Timberlake will stop by


Jimmy Fallon unveils his 1st week "Tonight Show" lineup -- Justin Timberlake will stop by
In addition to previously announced Michelle Obama, Fallon will be joined in his first week by Jerry Seinfeld, Lady Gaga, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw. Fallon will end his first week with Timberlake.


The Beatles' 50th anniversary special gets solid numbers, but not as big as the Olympics
About 13.9 million watched the Grammy-produced special. PLUS: The special was mostly unwatchable.


Lena Dunham shows off her book cover
"Not That Kind of Girl" hits bookstores on Oct. 7.


Russian Police Choir performs "Get Lucky" on "Today" after being snubbed by NBC's Opening Ceremony coverage

Technically, the choir performed before the Opening Ceremony on Friday, but their viral video left people wondering why it wasn't shown on NBC.


See Jaimie Alexander on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
She's reprising her "Thor" role as Lady Sif.

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<p>Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated on NBC on Sunday night</p>

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated on NBC on Sunday night

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: 'Grammy Salute to the Beatles' is big, but can't match Olympics on Sunday

Competitive 9 p.m. hour also included 'Walking Dead,' with ratings to come
Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 9, 2014.
 
CBS got a pretty huge overall audience for "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," but that audience skewed old and couldn't match NBC's Sunday Olympics coverage from Sochi in any measure.
 
The Sunday Olympics coverage, which featured downhill skiing and a wide range of figure skating, was in line with Saturday's audience overall and rose from Saturday in the key demo.
 
Given the 40+ million viewers watching NBC and CBS in the 9 p.m. hour on Sunday, it will be interesting to see if AMC's "Walking Dead" return was impacted at all, or if the three networks were wooing three entirely separate audiences. I suspect the latter and we'll post on the zombie ratings when they become available. [PBS and HBO are less likely to provide the ratings for "Downton Abbey" and "True Detective," but there was definitely a lot of TV to watch in the 9 p.m. hour.]
 
For now on to ratings...
 
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<p>Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt</p>

Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt

Credit: AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam

Bruce Springsteen kicks off new U.S. tour April 8

Sixteen dates and counting

When Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band announced that they would play at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest on May 3, fans wondered if it was the start of a new U.S. tour, the group’s first since 2012.

Today, 15 U.S. tour dates to join the Jazz Fest date were announced, as Springsteen continues his tour of Australia. It's hard to imagine he'll stop with just these dates.

The U.S. outing will start in Cincinnati on April 8 and, for now, end on May 18, in Uncasville, Conn.  The dates are in support of Springsteen’s 18th studio album, “High Hopes,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in January.

Tickets go on sale for more dates on Feb. 21, though some start as early as Feb. 15. For more information, go to springsteen.net.
 


4/8 - Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
4/12 - Virginia Beach, VA -Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
4/15 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
4/17 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
4/19 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
4/22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
4/24 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
4/26 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
4/29 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
5/1 - Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/3 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/6 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/13 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
5/14 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
5/17 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
5/18 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun

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NYC is "troubled" by AMC's 'Walking Dead' underground stunt that scared pedestrians


NYC is "troubled" by AMC's "Walking Dead" underground stunt that scared pedestrians

"We are deeply troubled by this video," a spokesperson for New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. "We have forwarded it to the NYPD and are also conducting our own investigation."


"SNL" alum Chris Kattan arrested on suspicion of DUI

Watch footage of the 43-year-old Kattan getting taken into custody.


HLN rebrands itself as a social media cable channel

The former Headline News channel will reformat itself to tackle trending topics and viral news, starting tonight with the show "RightThisMinute," which will spotlight the best in web video.


HBO unveils its Season 4 15-minute trailer
Check out Peter Dinklage dancing.


Facebook created a "Look Back" video for Walter White

Watch a slideshow featuring the "Breaking Bad" character.


Jenna Fischer slams NBC for showing adult promos during daytime Winter Olympics coverage

"The Office" alum tweeted Saturday: "Hey NBC, maybe save the freaky mask-wearing-men/kidnapping promos of your adult shows for the evening Olympic coverage? #kidsarewatching"


Liam Neeson makes a cameo on "Key & Peele"

Neeson was promoting his new film "Non-Stop."


"American Idol" bringing back Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry as mentors

They'll be part of Randy Jackson's "Boot Camp."


Neil Patrick Harris dressed in drag to accept his Hasty Pudding Award
"I felt remarkably good in heels," he said after the Harvard presentation.


"Under the Dome": 2 of these 6 characters will die

Exec producer Neal Baer presented a list of which characters won't make it.


HBO teases "Silicon Valley"

Watch a 30-second preview of Mike White's new comedy.


Ken Burns launches an iPad app

All 25 Burns films will be enhanced via the new app.


Happy 30th birthday, Cecily Strong!

"Getting older is cool as hell, turns out," says the Weekend Update host, who turned 30 on Saturday.


"The Bachelorette's" DeAnna Papas welcomes a baby girl

Pappas met her husband on the set of "The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All."

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Beyonce at this year's Grammys

Beyonce at this year's Grammys

Credit: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP

Six early Grammy album of the year contenders

From Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' to Eminem's 'Marshall Mathers 2 LP'

We hear you, we know it’s only been a little more than two weeks since the Grammy Awards aired, but we’re looking ahead to potential album of the year nominees for the 2014 ceremony. 

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<p>The Cannes awards are moving earlier this year.</p>

The Cannes awards are moving earlier this year.

Credit: AP Photo

Roundup: Saturday night's all right for Cannes prizes

Also: The politics of movie walkouts, and how to define designing 'Gravity'

Quelle horreur! It takes a lot to make the rigidly set-in-its-ways Cannes Film Festival switch things up a bit, but the European elections on Sunday, May 25 have necessitated some shifting in the usual schedule. The Competition awards, usually presented on the last night of the fest, will now be handed out the night before, on Saturday; the final Competition film will also screen a day earlier, on Friday. Those of us to stay on until the bitter end will now have the whole weekend to catch up with any major titles we missed, while a screening of the Palme d'Or winner will close the festival. Is that in place of the usually lousy Closing Film? [Screen Daily]

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<p>Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Patrick (Jonathan Groff)&nbsp;dress up for the annual Folsom Street Fair. </p>

Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Patrick (Jonathan Groff) dress up for the annual Folsom Street Fair.

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Looking' - 'Looking for $200/hour' or 'Hey it's the Folsom Street Fair!'

But you'll see more of it on the SF evening news

After the show's co-creators did almost everything they could to make us dislike both Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Kevin (Russell Tovey) in episode three, "Looking for $200/hour" takes a 180 degree turn and tries to find some chemistry between the two characters.

We begin with the duo spending Sunday in the office hard at work on a last minute presentation.  Eventually they take a break to actually catch up and learn something about each other. (And yes, I'm considering putting swinging chairs in the HitFix office. Fun!).  Shocker: Kevin's long distance relationship isn't as blissful as it might have initially seemed.  Will Patrick pounce on the opportunity?

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Who's to blame for the pajama brawl?

Will Kandi and Kenya's relationship ever be the same?

Wow, that was some brawl, wasn't it? I never really expected to see Kandi come completely unglued, but, as Cynthia points out, you do not mess with Kandi's man, ever. Well, not unless you want to see her cut a bitch.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey" 

Credit: PBS

'Downton Abbey' recap: Edith makes a big decision

Mary gets muddy, and Anna's secret isn't so secret anymore

While most of the big events that came to pass in this episode were ones we saw coming from a mile away (the moment we knew Lord Gillingham was coming back for a visit, we knew Anna's secret wasn't going to stay so secret), there was still satisfaction to be had in how so many of these moments played out. Sure, we can pretty much place money bets on what's ahead for Mary's love life, but that doesn't make me any less interested in watching it all play out (pigs + mud = romance). That being said, there were surprises, and big ones. Well, one big one. Edith.

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<p>Alex Karpovsky and Allison Williams in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Alex Karpovsky and Allison Williams in "Girls."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Girls' - 'Free Snacks'

Hannah gets a new job and immediately wonders if she should regret it

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I am being written about in popular service publications...

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<p>On &quot;The Walking Dead,&quot;&nbsp;Michonne (Danai Gurira)&nbsp;makes some new friends.</p>

On "The Walking Dead," Michonne (Danai Gurira) makes some new friends.

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'After'

Rick, Carl and Michonne cope with the end of their time in prison

A review of "The Walking Dead" mid-season premiere coming up just as soon as I eat all the pudding...

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