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Naya Rivera hasn’t been fired from 'Glee,' but she was written out of the season finale

Naya Rivera hasn’t been fired from “Glee,” but she was written out of the season finale
Rivera’s future won’t be decided until June, reports E!, but she was originally supposed to be in the season finale. “(Naya) isn't fired and her not being in the finale has nothing to do with Lea,” a “Glee” source tells E!. "I don't know where these stories are coming from, but they are not true."


It’s official: Gwen Stefani joins “The Voice”
The No Doubt singer confirmed she’ll be a coach, tweeting: “it’s true." She'll fill in for Christina Aguilera next season.


Letterman pays tribute to Craig Ferguson: “His show was unlike any other late night show"
"I’m telling you, to be unique in the world of television – virtually impossible,” Dave said in a brief tribute on tonight’s “Late Show.” PLUS: Bill Maher tweets: "I think CBS and the media treated Craig Ferguson pretty shabbily."


Craig Ferguson created a late-night talk show for people who hated late-night talk shows
“Basically,” says Eric Deggans, "Ferguson busted up the rigid formula of late night TV wherever he could, producing a show that could split sides one moment and leave you wondering if you stumbled on a celebrity-studded acid trip in the next.” PLUS: Ferguson approached his show as an irreverent genius, from the horse to the robot: guide to Ferguson’s weirdest traditions, and Secretariat exemplified Ferguson’s brilliance.


“The Simpsons” boss: Our “Yellow Wedding” death will be bigger than “Game of Thrones”
“The character that dies is portrayed by an actor who won an Emmy for playing that character,” says exec producer Al Jean. "People who reported on it then reported we were killing an ‘iconic’ character; I’d like to say it’s a great character, but I never used the word ‘iconic.’ It’s a terrific character and it (happens in) our premiere this coming year.”


Twitter boss responds to NBC exec’s accusation that the “emperor has no clothes”
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo insists his service has a huge impact on television.


“The Goldbergs” expects to be renewed for Season 2
Though its creator insisted that nothing’s official.


Why “The Big Bang Theory” is banned in China, but “Game of Thrones” is OK
That’s partly because “Game of Thrones” has official clearance allowing it to broadcast on China’s CCTV. “Big Bang,” meanwhile,” was hugely popular on streaming websites. One theory is that “Big Bang” was removed to bolster the official Chinese state broadcasters, who see video-sharing sites as a threat.


What has “Mad Men” done to Peggy Olson?
Since the season premiere, Peggy has become a "kind of mirror, alternative Don,” says James Poniewozik. "Where have you hidden our Peggy, 'Mad Men’? And how did you replace her with this hostile, unpleasant basket case, lashing out at everyone in sight and pining over a long-lost married man?” PLUS: Matthew Weiner dictates his writing these days, notice this week’s ticking clocks?, will we see more Ginsberg?, Jay R. Ferguson talks Rizzo’s relationship with Peggy, the interior design of SC&P, and what has “Mad Men” done to Megan?


Go inside Zooey Deschanel’s “New Girl” wardrobe room
Costume designer Debra McGuire is responsible for Jess’ preppy look.


“Doctor Who’s” Matt Smith & Karen Gillan reunite, on a plane
They got to fly over the weekend with “Harry Potter’s” Tom Felton.


“Supernatural” debuts its “Bloodlines” spinoff
Here’s what to expect from tonight’s backdoor pilot.


Matt Bomer sought Matthew McConaughey’s advice in shedding 35 pounds for “The Normal Heart”
Bomer says, "I stopped weighing myself after losing 35 pounds. I thought the number wasn’t the important thing to focus on. This wasn’t ‘Biggest Loser.’”


Which network shows have been renewed or canceled?
And which ones are awaiting word on their fate?


What surprised Shirley MacLaine the most about her “Glee” experience?
"That they can do so much in so little time,” she says of her guest stint, which begins tonight. "Really, it’s a shock. And for me, too! I am surprised at that. Someone like me, who was trained my whole life with a sense of understanding that creativity takes time.”


Each Oprah’s Starbucks Chai Tea comes with a special Oprah coffee cup sleeve
And each sleeve has a special Oprah quote on it.


Steve Buscemi: My “Park Bench” talk show wasn’t inspired by Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars"
But, Buscemi adds, "when Jerry’s show came on, it just gave me that much more encouragement. Like, yes, this can be done. Because I love the way that he did it. His show is just so entertaining and free-wheeling and easygoing.”


“The DuckTales” theme gets slow-jammed
Watch a smooth R&B jam of the cartoon series.


Amy Purdy: "I have a rib out of place and my muscles are in spasm”
The “Dancing” star says of her recovery: "I am being very proactive in healing up so I can continue this journey."


“Sopranos” alum Drew De Matteo to star in web series “The Muthaship Starring Drea de Matteo”
She and her friends will star in a digital series for Endemol Beyond.


Lucy Liu had to keep asking to direct “Elementary”
She’ll finally get her chance in Season 3.


What did a linguist learn analyzing 50 TV opening credits from the 2000s?
University of Sydney linguist Monika Bednarek found that most opening credits don’t really open the show.


Betty White answers questions on Reddit
Who should play her in a Betty White biopic? "I would love it if it were Meryl Streep or Julie Andrews but they would probably cast someone like Chris Rock,” she says.


Bob Odenkirk on “Fargo” vs. “Breaking Bad”
“I put the moustache on and I got the Super Cuts haircut, those weren’t in the script, but other than that, I did it the way it was written to me,” he joked of his FX role. “Breaking Bad was getting a script and not attempting to manipulate the words at all.” PLUS: Colin Hanks on that first scene.


Count down the 25 best cop shows of all time
From “Starsky & Hutch” to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”


Arsenio Hall and Ray Romano do each other’s old acts
Watch them trade material from last night’s show.


Jason Priestley to guest on a Canadian sitcom
He’ll play a weatherman named Storm Chambers on “Package Deal."


“Chicago Fire” crosses over with “Chicago PD”
The two-part show-swap kicks off tonight.


Bear Grylls defends putting 13 men on an island with no females
Grylls says “it would be weird to have women” on his new British show, “The Island,” but he’s willing to do a female version.


USA’s “Playing House” gets female friendships right
Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair’s characters, unlike most female friendship portrayals on TV, is actually balanced, and focused on the main characters. PLUS: It’s the “BFF” reunion the world needed, and it’s a lively and lovely show about friendship.

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<p>Zoe Saldana of &quot;Rosemary&#39;s Baby&quot;</p>

Zoe Saldana of "Rosemary's Baby"

Credit: NBC

Exclusive 'Rosemary's Baby' image finds Zoe Saldana in stylish repose

NBC miniseries starts on Sunday, May 11

We're only two weeks from the birth of NBC's new take on "Rosemary's Baby" and, courtesy of NBC, HitFix has an exclusive picture of Zoe Saldana, who will be stepping into a modern version Mia Farrow's pixie cut for the Ira Levin adaptation.

As you can see from the picture above -- a very nice NBC-provided image that is NOT an exclusive -- the new "Rosemary's Baby" has been moved from New York City to Paris and the picture is presumably meant to make us sympathize with Patrick J. Adams' character, because we also would make some very dark pacts to get a Parisian flat with that unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower.

In addition to Adams and Saldana, "Rosemary's Baby" stars Jason Isaacs and Carole Bouquet.  The teleplay comes from Scott Abbott and James Wong, with "Europa, Europa" and "Treme" veteran Agnieszka Holland.

"Rosemary's Baby" will air its first two hours on Sunday, May 11 and the story will conclude on Thursday, May 15.

You'll note that in our exclusive gallery image (below), Saldana is wearing that same sleeveless red number. Credit to costume designer Pierre-Yves Gayraud and costume supervisor Catherine Boisgontier for the snazzy dress.

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"Playing House"

"Playing House"

Credit: USA

'Playing House' review: Two best friends, one baby, all good

Parham and St. Clair are never just mean girls

Television history is littered with buddy comedies, though it isn't often that the buddies in question are women. I'm sure someone somewhere is working on an article about how this is the year of the woman in television, pointing to "Broad City" and, well, this show -- "Playing House" (debuts Tues. April 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET on USA) as the start of a big trend in girl power overtaking TV or some such. Tthat's kind of a shame, really. "Playing House" isn't notable because it has two female leads, or because it's part of a trend, or will soon have a baby in the mix. "Playing House" is notable because it's smart and it's funny. Period.

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'Jeopardy!' spawns 'Sports Jeopardy!' with host Dan Patrick

“Jeopardy!” spawns “Sports Jeopardy!” with host Dan Patrick
Sony Pictures announced today that the NBC “Football Night in America” host will preside over “Sports Jeopardy!” beginning this fall on Sony-owned Crackle.


Rosie returning to “The Fosters”
Rosie O’Donnell, who appeared in five episodes last season, will reprise her role as a foster care worker on two episodes in August.


AOL announces original shows with James Franco, Zoe Saldana, Kevin Nealon, plus Mike Epps’ “That’s Racist”
Epps will explore the back stories of racial stereotypes and ethnic jokes, while Nealon will teach kids comedy lessons, Saldana will help celebs find "My Hero" and Franco will help aspiring actors “making a scene.”


“Malcolm in the Middle’s” Frankie Muniz: "I am buying the Los Angeles Clippers"
In a lengthy Facebook post, Muniz explains how he’s been a Clippers fan since 1994.


Letterman gives an update on his mom, who turns 93 in July
Dave joked to his audience that he and his mom, Dorothy Mengering, have been having trouble reaching each other.


“NCIS” will pay tribute to Ralph Waite in its season finale
The May 13 finale will send “The Walton’s” star’s “NCIS” character, Jackson Gibbs, to his final resting place.


“Masters of Sex” casts a star of “The Game”
Jay Ellis will play a doctor who goes head-to-head with Dr. William Masters.


“Modern Family’s” Nolan Gould passes his driver’s test
Gould turns 16 in October.


Animal Planet renews “Ice Cold Gold”
Season 3, says the cable channel, will "explore the most remote, untouched pockets of Greenland for gold and precious gems."


Olivia Munn and Joel Kinnaman have broken up
“The Newsroom” star and “The Killing” star dated for two years.

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Ray LaMontagne
Credit: CBS

Review: Ray LaMontagne is a shining star on 'Supernova'

With Black Keys' Dan Auerbach at the helm, LaMontagne makes breezy set

Ray  LaMontagne may be from New Hampshire, but on new album “Supernova,” he is in a decidedly West Coast frame of mind.

Time and again, he references California in the lyrics, name checking Beverly Hills, the Pacific Coast Highway, and Ojai.

And that’s not where the homage ends. Many of the songs on the singer/songwriter’s fifth studio set, out today (29), feel inspired by Southern California’s great songwriting era of the ‘60s and ‘70s.  “Ojai” would have fit right in on a Byrds album. Opening track, “Lavender,” is awash in so many Mamas & Papas and Strawberry Alarm Clock psychedelic swirls that you’ll be reaching for a peace sign, go-go boots, and a flower to  wear in your hair before listening further.

The release of “Supernova” comes 10 years after LaMontagne arrived in 2004 with “Trouble,” with his rugged, emotive vocal style drawing comparisons to everyone from Van Morrison and The Band to Joni Mitchell and his musical hero, Stephen Stills.

With his subsequent sets, the critical darling orbited around the same sun, switching it up just enough to  keep it interesting, including recording the last set, 2010’s “God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise,” with his since-dispatched Pariah Dogs.  The set snagged the Grammy for best contemporary folk album, making it understandable if LaMontagne had decided to remain on the country-tinged roads that drove the success of that album.

Instead,  the reclusive LaMontagne seems to have loosened—and lightened— up a bit. On “Supernova,” he transforms from folkie to hippie, and the breezier tone serves him well.

In interviews, LaMontagne has talked about how songwriting had been a painful process for him until “Supernova,” when the songs seemed to flow. Pulling back on the throttle works for LaMontagne. This is the first album where he sounds as if he’s not gritting his teeth at times.

Credit also goes to producer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who recorded the album over a three-week period at his Nashville studio. Using Auerbach’s choice of session players results in LaMontagne’s most cohesive, tight, and crisp album yet.

First single, “Supernova” is the most jubilant pop song LaMontagne has cut, even poppier than the soulful Stax salute, “You Are The Best Thing” from 2008’s “Gossip in the Grain.” Similar to that tune, he’s lavishing praise on the object of his affection, but “Supernova” has a jangle in its step that lifts it above that past effort. On ethereal “Airwaves,” light drums, a wispy organ, and a swaying hypnotic beat bolster LaMontagne’s sexy, delicate vocal delivery. On “She’s The One,” the closest thing “Supernova” has to a rocker, layered vocals and surf-styled guitars propel the atmospheric track.

LaMontagne crashes back to earth on the shape-shifting “Pick Up a Gun,” a hazy, dreamy  sonic kaleidoscope full of cascading melodies, their beauty contrasting with LaMontagne’s vitriolic refrain of  “I never want to see your face again.”

It’s never been LaMontagne’s style to go for the grand gesture; instead he draws the listener in as the courtly reluctant romantic. On “Supernova,” he does so with an easy charm, steeping his sound in the past, while sounding effortlessly fresh.

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<p>Make that a lightsaber and you pretty much know what John Boyega&#39;s going to look like when he stars in &#39;Star Wars: Episode VII&#39;</p>

Make that a lightsaber and you pretty much know what John Boyega's going to look like when he stars in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Credit: Screen Gems

What does the casting of 'Star Wars Episode VII' tell us about the new film?

As Lucasfilm makes it official, we dig in to discuss the choices

It seems like only yesterday I wrote that we would most likely see a "Star Wars" casting announcement soon.

Oh, wait, it literally was yesterday. And while many of the names I mentioned in that piece did indeed end up being part of this morning's official casting announcement made via the official "Star Wars" website as well as Facebook, there were still some big surprises.

Can we talk about Andy Serkis first? His casting would suggest that there's going to be a major performance capture character in the film, but that doesn't have to be the case. I think people forget that Serkis has made plenty of appearances in films as himself. Now, would I be excited if he was performing a major performance capture character in the film? Absolutely. Serkis has proven himself to be the gold standard of breathing life into digital creations, and while I think Ahmed Best became the target of untold oceans of fan hatred for doing exactly what he was asked to do with a character, I'm also sure that having a character in your film that has to be brought to life via digital effects must give all producers the shivers any time they think of Jar Jar Binks.

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<p>Yvonne Strahovski is one of the guest stars this year on &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Yvonne Strahovski is one of the guest stars this year on "Louie."

Credit: FX

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 228: '24,' 'Louie,' 'Playing House' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss the 'Parks and Rec' finale, John Oliver's HBO debut and the latest 'Mad Men'

The

Hey, so remember how the Firewall & Iceberg video show was supposed to be on Monday this week, and the podcast on Tuesday? Funny story, that. Without boring you with the details, scheduling issues scotched this week's video taping, but we decided to keep the podcast on Tuesday so we could discuss USA's "Playing House," which debuts tonight, along with the belated returns of "24" and "Louie," John Oliver's HBO debut, the "Parks and Rec" finale and the many trips on this week's "Mad Men." 

The rundown: 

"Playing House" (00:01:25 - 00:09:20)
"24: Live Another Day" (00:09:25 - 00:27:10)
"Louie" (00:27:15 - 00:34:05)
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" (00:34:10 - 00:41:45)
"Parks and Recreation" finale (00:41:45 - 00:58:55)
"Mad Men" (00:59:00 - 01:23:40)
 
As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. You can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 228

Dan and Alan discuss '24,' 'Louie,' the 'Parks and Recreation' finale and more

The

Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls. No video show this week, so it's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

There's lots to cover this week, including the series premiere of "Playing House," the return of "24" and "Louie" and the finale for "Parks and Recreation."

We also, of course, chatter about this Sunday's "Mad Men." It's what we do.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Playing House" (00:01:25 - 00:09:20)
"24: Live Another Day" (00:09:25 - 00:27:10)
"Louie" (00:27:15 - 00:34:05)
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" (00:34:10 - 00:41:45)
"Parks and Recreation" finale (00:41:45 - 00:58:55)
"Mad Men" (00:59:00 - 01:23:40)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

 

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<p>&quot;Les Revenants&quot;</p>

"Les Revenants"

Credit: SundanceTV

A&E orders Carlton Cuse's 'Returned' remake to series

Raelle Tucker is working with the 'Lost' vet on the 'Les Revenants" adaptation

A&E has given a 10-episode series order to "The Returned" which, unlike ABC's "Resurrection," actually is a remake of the critically adored French zombie drama "Les Revenants."

"Lost" veteran Carlton Cuse wrote the pilot script for "The Returned" and he will executive produce the series with "True Blood" veteran Raelle Tucker.

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ABC to re-air Isaiah Washington’s final 'Grey’s Anatomy' episode on Thursday

ABC to re-air Isaiah Washington’s final “Grey’s Anatomy” episode on Thursday
The May 2007 episode “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” air before his return to “Grey’s” on Thursday.


Cruise ship featuring New Kids on the Block is becoming a reality show
TV Guide Network has ordered eight episodes of "Rock This Boat: NKOTB.”


Joel McHale doubts he could replace Craig Ferguson, says “Late Late Show” host earned way more money from standup
McHale tells Howard Stern that his “Community” contract would prevent him from hosting “The Late Late Show,” if the NBC comedy was renewed.


Patrick Stewart to star in Starz’s “Blunt Talk” comedy, from Seth MacFarlane
Stewart will play a British newscaster named Walter Blunt who comes to America in an attempt to conquer cable news.


A&E orders Carlton Cuse’s adaptation of “The Returned”
The French zombie drama is getting an American remake from the former co-boss of “Lost."


Christina Aguilera confirms Gwen Stefani is joining “The Voice”
Aguilera confirmed the news via Twitter, tweeting: "So excited to have you join #TheVoice squad @GwenStefani!  Welcome to our crazy fam! Kisses- xoxo #blondesdoitbest.”


OWN renews “Raising Whitley,” orders more "Deion’s Family Playbook”
“Raising Whitley” will be back for a 2nd season.


Richard Belzer returning to “SVU”
Det. Munch will be back for the season finale.


“Bachelor” Juan Pablo surfaces at “Dancing with the Stars”
He attended last night’s show with girlfriend/winner Nikki Ferrell.


Tony nominations don’t have enough big names for CBS, other than Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston
A slew of celebrities were snubbed from Tony nominations, from Denzel Washington to James Franco and Michael C. Hall and Michelle Williams.


Jimmy Kimmel wins a Webby Award for his fake twerking video
The prank won best viral video.


Lifetime orders more “Bring It!”
The hip-hop majorette docuseries will return for 10 more episodes.

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Coldplay

Coldplay reveals new song, 'A Sky Full of Stars,' and love for One Direction

Check out second single from 'Ghost Stories'

Coldplay has now revealed five of the nine songs on “Ghost Stories,” and it’s safe to say, based on those tracks, that the album out May 19, is the group’s most atmospheric sonically. Hazy synths inform all of the songs we’ve heard so far and there’s a dream-like quality to all of them, although new single, "Sky Full of Stars," released today,  is definitely the most commercial and dance-y track so far.

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Gaspard Ulliel in "Saint Laurent."
Gaspard Ulliel in "Saint Laurent."
Credit: EuropaCorp

Cannes Check 2014: Bertrand Bonello's 'Saint Laurent'

Continuing our annual cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month'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 second of four French entries: Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent." 

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