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'The Simpsons' gets a boost from Lego episode

“The Simpsons” gets a boost from Lego episode
This week’s episode was up 23% over last week, attracting 4.3 million viewers.

Barbara Walters confirms Donald Sterling backed out of their interview Friday night
Walters said on “The View” that the L.A. Lakers owner kept watering down the terms of their proposed interview.

Spike TV orders King Tut event series “Tut”
The six-hour series will tell the story of the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt.

“The Wire” alum Seth Gilliam joins “The Walking Dead”
He’ll become a series regular next season playing a character named “Michael Todd."

“The Boondocks” pays tribute to “Breaking Bad”
Tonight’s episode is titled “Breaking Granddad.”

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<p>Louis C.K. in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. in "Louie."

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Review: Louis C.K.'s genius makes 'Louie' season 4 worth the wait

With a year off, the versatile series returns fully recharged

Early in the marvelous new season of "Louie," Louie makes the mistake of explaining why his building's superintendent left out the most important part of a very old and dirty joke about Pinocchio.

"Why you gotta clutter it up?" the super complains. "I mean, aren't you a comedian?"

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;The Simpsons&quot;</p>

Sunday's "The Simpsons"

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TV Ratings: 'Resurrection' finale, '60 Minutes' lead Sunday split, 'Simpsons' gets a Lego boost

'Family Guy' is Sunday's top show among young viewers

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 4, 2014.

ABC got a tiny bump for the "Resurrection" season finale and the network edged out FOX for victory among young viewers, while "60 Minutes" and "The Good Wife" helped CBS comfortably win Sunday night overall.

Although FOX couldn't quite beat ABC in the key demo, the network had a strong night, with a Lego-filled "Simpsons" episode rising and "Family Guy" actually doing Sunday's best young demo numbers. This animated comedies helped "Cosmos" to growth as well.

In terms of Sunday negatives, NBC's "American Dream Builders" hit another low, while "Believe" stopped several weeks of encouraging stability with a drop.

On to the numbers...

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<p>I can&#39;t promise that Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is about to scream &quot;TELL ME WHERE THE BOMB IS!&quot; in this photo from &quot;24: Live Another Day,&quot; but I&#39;m sure he will say it at one point.</p>

I can't promise that Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is about to scream "TELL ME WHERE THE BOMB IS!" in this photo from "24: Live Another Day," but I'm sure he will say it at one point.

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Review: Jack Bauer returns in '24: Live Another Day'

Can Jack and Chloe function in 2014, and with only 12 episodes?

When FOX announced the long-hinted resurrection of "24" as a 12-episode miniseries called "24: Live Another Day," I immediately wondered two things:

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<p>&quot;Orange is the New Black&quot;</p>

"Orange is the New Black"

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GLAAD Media Awards celebrate 'Philomena,' 'Orange is the New Black' and J.Lo

The awards recognize outstanding media coverage of LGBT issues

Somewhat oddly, the GLAAD Media Awards split their awards across two ceremonies, three weeks apart, on opposite coasts. On Saturday, the second of these took place in New York, as a range of films, TV shows and media outlets were honored for commendable coverage of LGBT issues.

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Katie Couric may return to 'Today' as a temporary fill-in co-host

Katie Couric may return to “Today” as a temporary fill-in co-host
Couric is in talks to take over for Savannah Guthrie when she goes on maternity leave.

Barbara Walters: “The View” may add a man
Walters tells “Extra”: “'The View’ is entering its 18th year. I thought when I created it, the show might last two years. These women are wonderful, and I don’t know, maybe, maybe we’ll add a man… ah, what a thought.”

“SNL” writer Leslie Jones responds to outrage over her “SNL” Weekend Update slavery sketch
Jones, one of two black female writers “Saturday Night Live” hired earlier this year, was under fire on Twitter for saying on Weekend Update, “Back in the slave days, my love life would have been way better. Master would have hooked me up with the best brother on the plantation.” On Twitter, Jones responded to the backlash, tweeting: "Ok I wasn't gonna say any thing because I know that dumb people know how to use the computer too, but now this is so ridiculous. PLUS: “SNL” ties its season low with Andrew Garfield, was "The Beygency” the best “SNL” sketch of all time?, and watch the chicken wing ‘80s sitcom sketch that was cut from dress rehearsal.

“Game of Thrones” director talks about going off-book for the 2nd week in a row
Michelle MacLaren, who helmed the last two episodes, says: "It’s really exciting for the writers and the fans to broach beyond the books. It's exciting to explore different areas that are obviously inspired by the books. Dan and David are such great writers it's exciting to see where they are going to go moving beyond the books, which is starting to happen more and more.” PLUS: Producers made a pact to ignore web comments this season, this week’s episode offered a big revelation, and “Bran” on shooting that scene.

Lara Logan's return to "60 Minutes" appears "less and less certain"
New York Magazine details how the CBS foreign correspondent got into trouble with her flawed Benghazi report.

“Idol” contestant apologizes for calling the show’s fans “retards”
Caleb Johnson insists he was referring to only fans who were “wackos.”

“Mistresses” casts John Heard as Alyssa Milano’s dad
“The Sopranos” alum will play the father who walked out on Milano’s character when she was a child.

Here are 29 revelations from “The Simpsons’” Lego episode
Turns out Homer is an iPhone user.

“Orange is the New Black,” George Takei honored by the GLAAD Media Awards
Takei was honored for promoting equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, while “OINTB” was selected as outstanding comedy.

Neil deGrasse Tyson gets customized space-themed clothing
“I have about 100 celestial ties and about six celestial vests,” says the “Cosmos” host, whose wardrobe is specially made by a bridal designer.

Watch the trailer for “Star Wars Rebels”
Disney XD celebrated “Star Wars Day” with the release of the full trailer.

Chickadee from “Honey Boo Boo” weds
Honey Boo Boo’s oldest sister, 19-year-old Anna (AKA Chickadee), tied the knot over the weekend.

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<p>Leo struggles inside an inflatable bull</p>

Leo struggles inside an inflatable bull

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Bull Down'

The teams head to Spain where another Double U-Turn awaits

I spent my day on the set of FOX's "Broadchurch" remake "Gracepoint" up in beautiful Victoria, BC, so I'm on my own race not-exactly-around-the-world, a race that left me unable to watch Sunday's (May 5) "The Amazing Race" until late, meaning that it's already after midnight as I start on this recap.

Fortunately, this is a really easy episode to recap.

In fact, there are really only two things to discuss about Sunday's episode, which doesn't mean it was a bad episode. In fact, thanks to one utterly bonkers Detour, it was quite fun. But Sunday's Leg was darned straight-forward and, once again, all came down to an over-reliance on the U-Turn for drama.

On to the recap after the break.

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<p>Jay R. Ferguson, Elisabeth Moss and Ben Feldman in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Jay R. Ferguson, Elisabeth Moss and Ben Feldman in "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Monolith'

Don struggles with his new role, while Roger goes looking for his daughter

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as the other couch is full of farts...

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<p>Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones."

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'First of His Name'

A king is crowned, a queen has to protect her kingdom, and things get bloody at Craster's keep

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I forget to skin the rabbit before I cook it...

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"Silicon Valley"

"Silicon Valley"

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'Silicon Valley' recap: It's ripped from real life, but smacks of sitcom shtick

While early episodes snapped, the bar is getting lower

Remember the premiere of "Silicon Valley"? It was just April 21, so it's not as if you have to climb into the way back machine. Still, that first sharp-edged episode seems so far away after this week's episode, a faded memory of better, smarter times. It wasn't that this week's show was bad, per se. It followed traditional sitcom tropes, hit the expected marks, and fell neatly in step with any so-so sitcom you've seen on network TV. Too bad.

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Is it time for NeNe to quit?

Kenya and NeNe battle for the title of queen bee

Even Andy Cohen seemed exhausted by the screaming in the final installment of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion, and I can't blame him a bit. This third episode just felt like one long, worn-out argument. I'm guessing this must be what it's like to break up with a psychotherapy grad student or a card-carrying narcissist. No wonder Andy stuck his fingers in his ears.

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<p>Ben Burtt (left) holds his Special Achievement Award for Best Sound Effects Editing at the 50th annual Academy Awards alongside C-3PO and Mark Hammill.</p>

Ben Burtt (left) holds his Special Achievement Award for Best Sound Effects Editing at the 50th annual Academy Awards alongside C-3PO and Mark Hammill.

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On 'Star Wars' Day, a look at the franchise's Oscar history

22 nominations, seven wins and a tro of special achievement awards

Today is "Star Wars Day." You know, "May the fourth," because it sounds like "May the force (be with you)." GET IT???

There has been plenty of "Star Wars" discussion this week as the people threatening to give us a seventh film in this storied franchise dropped a few casting details on the world. People like Oscar Isaac and Max von Sydow and Adam Driver will be joining old timers Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher for "Star Wars: Episode VII - Whatever Nifty Subtitle They Give It," and we'll probably be hearing about it constantly as the film forges on through production and post-production.

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