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'Doctor Who's' Karen Gillan to star in ABC's 'Selfie'


"Doctor Who's" Karen Gillan to star in ABC's "Selfie"
In the "My Fair Lady" inspired pilot from the creator of "Suburgatory," Gillan will play Eliza Dooley, whose social media antics results her being the subject of an embarrassing viral video.

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<p>Candice Glover on 'American Idol'</p>

Candice Glover on 'American Idol'

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Album review: 'American Idol's' Candice Glover shines on 'Music Speaks'

The belter stays in her sweet spot on debut

If you love big-voiced R&B singers, it’s a good time for you. First came Ruben Studdard’s “Unconditional,” a few weeks ago, followed by Toni Braxton and Babyface’s “Love, Marriage & Divorce.” Now, to complete the set, comes “Music Speaks” from “American Idol” season 12 winner Candice Glover.

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<p>Karen Gillan will be playing American in &quot;Selfie,&quot; so wave that flag proudly!</p>

Karen Gillan will be playing American in "Selfie," so wave that flag proudly!

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'Doctor Who' favorite lands ABC's 'Selfie' lead

Karen Gillan will topline the Emily Kapnek pilot
Karen Gillan, a Scottish actress so appealing she *almost* got me to watch "Doctor Who" regularly, is eying her first American network TV series gig.
 
Gillan has been cast in the lead role in ABC's comedy pilot "Selfie," which comes from "Suburgatory" creator Emily Kapnek and from Warner Bros. Television.
 
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Olympics propels 'Today' to No. 1 over 'GMA'


Olympics propels "Today" to No. 1 over "GMA"
The last time the "Today" show beat "Good Morning America" was during the London Olympics.


Kal Penn joins CBS' "Battle Creek," reunites with "House" creator
The crime drama from "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan will be run by "House" creator David Shore.


"NCIS: New Orleans" casts Scott Bakula's character's wife

"Person of Interest" vet Paige Turco will star on the CBS drama.


Haley Joel Osment joins the "Entourage" movie
No word on what the former "Sixth Sense" star will be playing, but his role will be "supporting."


Jimmy Kimmel fills in as KABC sports anchor
Watch Kimmel deliver the entire sports report for ABC's L.A. affiliate.


"The Simpsons'" Lego-themed episode will be called "Brick Like Me"

The 550th episode will air on May 4.


A "Pushing Daisies" musical!?
Says creator Bryan Fuller: "I would love to do a musical and make it all about Kristin Chenoweth and her character, Olive  Snook. I think it  would be incredible!"


Jason Biggs becomes a dad
The "Orange is the New Black" star and his wife welcomed a son named Sid on Saturday.


PBS tonight tells of "The Rise and Fall of Penn Station"
"American Experience" looks at the New York City landmark that was demolished in 1963.

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Lady Antebellum covers Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' and Anna Kendrick's 'Cups'
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Lady Antebellum covers Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' and Anna Kendrick's 'Cups'

Trio closes show with rousing mash-up

Lady Antebellum’s members wear their pop influences on their collective sleeve, so it’s no surprise that the band is closing its shows with a very cool mash-up of  Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and “Cups” from “Pitch Perfect.”

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<p>Lucy Hale</p>

Lucy Hale

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'Pretty Little Liars' Lucy Hale sets country album release date

First single, 'You Sound Good To Me,' hits the chart

Lucy Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” will release her debut country album, “Road Between,” June 3.

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VH1

 VH1

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VH1 gives a green light to new series 'Naked Dating'

The show asks whether it's easier to find love without clothes

After "Naked and Afraid" put the nude spin on "Survivor," we all knew it wasn't going to be long before every format added a naked element. To that end, VH1 has given the greenlight to “Naked Dating” (working title), a one-hour weekly series that will explore the art of romance free of pre-conceived notions, stereotypes -- and clothes. So, naked naked naked. But blurred out. Still, naked! The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. So, naked!

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2014 Winter Olympic Games

 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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Must-see Olympic events for Tuesday: Will the U.S. pass Russian in the medal count?

Did you see the ice dancing last night? Did you? Come on!

So did you see the ice dancing last night? Did you? DID YOU? Because it was awesome. And, Team USA for the gold, people. That's never happened before. There was some other stuff, sure, but ice dancing! It wasn't just about Meryl Davis and Charlie White, either. Alex and Mia Shibutani ice danced to friggin' Michael Jackson. They also used some Michael Buble music, but we won't hold that against them. 

5:00 p.m. ET - NBC - Alpine Skiing (Women's Giant Slalom), Freestyle Skiing (Men's Halfpipe), Bobsled (Women's), Snowboarding (Men's Snowboard Cross)

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<p>I laughed out loud at the casual way Andrew Garfield chats to Giamatti during this scene, and I hope that's the way the film plays all the way through.</p>

I laughed out loud at the casual way Andrew Garfield chats to Giamatti during this scene, and I hope that's the way the film plays all the way through.

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New 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' featurettes emphasize action, comedy, and The Rhino

Despite myself, I am starting to get invested in this one

Darn it, I'm getting excited.

Here's a case where I hope I enjoy the sequel more than the original, because I really, really like what we've been seeing so far from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Marc Webb's first film had a number of elements I wanted to like more, and it featured pretty much spot-on perfect casting for both Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, but I just couldn't get past what felt like a very pedestrian script.

Over the last few days, several new featurettes appear to have popped up online, and while I tried to resist looking, I finally broke down and watched two new ones, and here's the takeaway: Webb's cranked up the action and the Spider-based character comedy in this one, and in both cases, that's exactly what I want.

It now appears that the first scene with Paul Giamatti as The Rhino is the opening of the film, with Peter Parker swinging into action as Spider-Man to try and stop a truck chase through the city at the exact moment that he's supposed to be at his high school graduation, where Gwen Stacy sits waiting for him. It looks like they've shot a ton of this as actual practical stunt work, and it certainly pays off in something that looks and feels more tactile. I love the gag in both of these where he grabs the truck driving by and whips out-of-frame. That is straight out of the comics in terms of attitude, and looks great. It feels like Webb is getting more and more comfortable with the visual end of things.

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<p>Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert pose on the &quot;Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon&quot; premiere.</p>

Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert pose on the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" premiere.

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Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' debut draws 11 million-plus

The audience is more than Conan's premiere, lower than Jay's exit
Airing in a special midnight time period after a wildly successful night of Olympics coverage, the debut of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" got a reasonable strong sampling.
 
Ratings for a single night, especially a night with an Olympics lead-in and an atypical air-time, probably aren't especially meaningful and can be spun any number of ways, so take all of this with shakers full of salt.
 
Per Fast National Nielsens, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" averaged 11.31 million viewers and did a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49. 
 
That key demo rating matched the number for Jay Leno's February 6 "Tonight Show" departure, but that episode aired at 11:35 also after a night of Olympics coverage. Leno's "Tonight Show" farewell also drew 14.64 million viewers. In the key demo, it tied the Leno exit for the top "Tonight Show" performance since Conan O'Brien's last episode in January 2010, which did a 4.4 key demo rating.
 
It was certainly Fallon's best performance, rising 71 percent overall and 73 percent in the key demo over his last "Late Night" episode.
 
The early numbers put Fallon right in line with Conan O'Brien's 2009 "Tonight Show" premiere in the key demo and ahead of the 9.2 million viewers who watched that Conan debut.
 
Check out our gallery of the Fallon "Tonight Show" highlights below:
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'CSI' is getting another spinoff, with a cyber crime focus


"CSI" is getting another spinoff, with a cyber crime focus
The planned "CSI" spinoff will be hatched via a backdoor pilot, focusing on the Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI. "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker will write the pilot, along with longtime executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue.

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<p>Jack Antonoff</p>

Jack Antonoff

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fun.'s Jack Antonoff bows new project, Bleachers

Listen to debut single, 'I Wanna Get Better'

It should be no surprise that a side project from fun.’s  Jack Antonoff would be bouncy and upbeat musically. What is surprising is how Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better” lifts so many elements from fun —deceptively deep lyrics, overly busy production, and changing tempos—and turns them into something completely different.

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