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'Game of Thrones' hits a new series high, John Oliver has a solid start

“Game of Thrones” hits a new series high, John Oliver has a solid start
This week’s “Game of Thrones" episode was up from last year’s series high, attracting 6.9 million viewers. Meanwhile, Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” debuted to a “pretty good” 1.5 million.

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From 'Steel' to 'Batman and Robin,' the 15 worst comic book movies of all time
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From 'Steel' to 'Batman and Robin,' the 15 worst comic book movies of all time

How do our favorite heroes turn up in so many terrible movies?

Right now, my kids are burning through several big-screen franchises that had previously been off-limits to them, and sitting through some of the films with them is, to say the least, difficult.

It's difficult not only because several of the movies are wretched, but because I am very, very careful not to tip my own feelings about some of these movies to them as we're watching. I want them to have their own reactions. I want them to feel free to enjoy anything they enjoy. Toshi's eight, and Allen's six, and if they think Jim Carrey is amazing as The Riddler, then I want them to feel free to think that.

Fresh exposure to the highs and lows of how Hollywood has treated some of these characters has been on my mind for the last week anyway as the entire HitFix editorial team tackled the task of putting together a list of the worst superhero films ever made.

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Sarah Silverman joins 'Masters of Sex'

Sarah Silverman joins “Masters of Sex”
Showtime says Silverman will recur in Season 2 as a character named Helen.

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Exclusive: The Chainsmokers' exuberant remix of Guy Sebastian's 'Like A Drum'

Listen to what the '#Selfie' producers do with the Australian superstar's hit

The Chainsmokers are best known as the duo behind viral sensation “#Selfie,” but with their remix of Guy Sebastian’s infectious “Like A Drum,”  Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall show off their considerable remixing prowess. HitFix is excited to exclusively debut the remix below.

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Fox to air a live 'Grease' musical

Fox to air a live “Grease” musical
Fox is following in the footsteps of NBC’s “Sound of Music Live” with “Grease Live,” a 3-hour event that will air sometime in 2015, likely on a Sunday.

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"Grease"

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FOX sets 'Grease Live' for 2015

'The Sound of Music' may be opening the musical floodgates

NBC is no longer the only player when it comes to live network TV productions of classic musicals. 

FOX announced on Monday (April 28) morning that the network is moving forward with "Grease Live," an entirely self-explanatory live production of "Grease," which will premiere in 2015.

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Report: Lisa Kudrow’s 'The Comeback' will return to HBO for a 6-episode run

Report: Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback” will return to HBO for a 6-episode run
E! reports original stars Malin Ackerman and Kellan Lutz are expected to return as will, of course, Kudrow herself.


Bravo greenlights reality shows “Fempire,” “The Fit Club” and “Why Not, Minot?”
Bravo’s new unscripted slate will take viewers into the world of female CEOs, New York’s hottest trainers and a modern-day Gold Rush series set in North Dakota. PLUS: Bravo developing a “Choose Your Own Adventure” reality show.


Watch the 1st episode of Showtime's “Penny Dreadful”
The (likely) edited version is now on YouTube ahead of its May 11 premiere.


See Courteney Cox’s “Drunk History”
She’ll appear in Season 2 with a short hair wig.


Paula Deen will cook for fans on a live 20-city tour
“Paula Deen Live!” will feature a mixture of cooking demonstrations and games.


Check out “The World Wars”
The History channel event series will kick off on Memorial Day.


Watch the producers cut of the “Parks and Rec” season finale
The special cut includes 10 minutes of unseen footage.

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Xbox to add original programming, announces 12 new projects

Big names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott are in the mix

You knew it was only a matter of time. After Netflix scored with original programming like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Arrested Development," Amazon quickly jumped into the game -- and now Xbox is, too. Pretty soon, look forward to new shows from your microwave and blender.

Xbox will launch Xbox: Originals this June with 12 projects. They will be available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices, and, of course, the shows will offer "interactive capabilities." 

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<p>&quot;Hill Street Blues&quot; stars Daniel J. Travanti as Frank Furillo and Dennis Franz as Norman Buntz.</p>

"Hill Street Blues" stars Daniel J. Travanti as Frank Furillo and Dennis Franz as Norman Buntz.

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Review: 'Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series' on DVD

The groundbreaking '80s cop drama still holds up after decades of imitators

Late in the DVD commentary for the pilot episode of "Hill Street Blues," actor Joe Spano marvels at the show's impact on the medium.

"It's extraordinary," he says, "the repercussions of this 48 minutes of television."

The cop drama's co-creator Steven Bochco follows by suggesting, "It's sort of a family tree, and if you look at the branches of the tree, you'll see 25 years of television."

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'The Simpsons' falls to its worst-ever Sunday ratings

“The Simpsons” falls to its worst-ever Sunday ratings
About 3.4 million tuned in for last night’s episode.


“The Daily Show” hires “SNL” writer Michael Che as its newest correspondent
Che, a standup comic and Upright Citizens Brigade alum, who’s in his first season at “Saturday Night Live” will join Jon Stewart in June, after he’s done with “SNL.”


Gloria Estefan’s new musical is getting a reality show
The reality project will search for a singer to play Estefan for the “On Your Feet” production.


Xbox’s TV slate includes 2 “Halo” series, sci-fi “Humans” and "Gun Machine”
“Humans,” a series based on a Swedish drama focusing on synthetic people, will join a soccer reality show and the serial killer drama “Gun Machine” as part of Xbox’s first development slate.


Regis Philbin’s “Crowd Goes Wild” canceled by Fox Sports 1
The sports talk show lasted eight months.


John Oliver’s 1st “Last Week Tonight” premiere was too fast, too furious
The problem with Oliver’s HBO debut was that there were too many stories that he had to race through, which resulted in him and the viewers not having the chance to breathe and react. PLUS: Oliver seemed angry at his audience, too, he did nothing to distinguish his show as not a “Daily Show” knockoff, it was a funny and confident start, and watch the entire premiere on YouTube.


Ion’s new shows include “Reality Obsessed” and “So Chic,” plus reruns of “Rookie Blue” and “Blue Bloods”
Ion this fall will air shows on reality TV, dog training and grandmothers cooking.


“Game of Thrones” surprises even “smug book readers”
"We’ve see the show veer off in non-book directions before, but not like this,” says Joanna Robinson, who adds: "The real game changer is that for the first time, in a truly significant way, the book readers were as surprised as the show watchers. That’s right, the reign of the smug book reader is over. Or, at least, it’s on temporary hiatus.” PLUS: How do you react to Jaime Lannister after last week?, it’s complexity vs. confusion, this was one of the shoddiest-looking episodes to date, the ending was like a horror movie, and see Daenerys’ new throne room.


George R.R. Martin says drones are worse than the Dothraki
"Taking human life should always be a very serious thing,” the “Game of Thrones” author says, noting that in his universe, death is taken seriously because the killer actually sees firsthand what is happening.


Meet “Mad Men’s” despicable Lou Avery, played by a former standup comic
Allan Havey says of his role: "I've been a 'Mad Men' fan since the beginning, so if I had been home watching this guy, I probably wouldn't have liked him either. But as long as people have a passionate response, that's all an actor can really hope for. To me, it's a very high compliment.” PLUS: Jon Hamm & Elisabeth Moss went on a date incognito, and here’s a list of every client Don Draper ever had.


Tori Spelling reportedly secretly hospitalized
According to E!, Spelling recently spent six days in the hospital for undisclosed reasons.


What has “Veep” done to Jonah?
Season 3’s “Blogger Jonah” has become an unusual misfire for such a great comedy series.


HBO to show a tribute to Robert De Niro’s dad
“Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.” will celebrate De Niro’s father, an abstract expressionist painter who never achieved fame.


An email message sent to Dr. Phil threatened to kill “Common Law’s” Warren Kole
The LAPD is investigating the email, which was sent from outside of the country.


Disney Channel renews “Austin & Ally”
The kids’ show will return for a 4th season.

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Sunday's "Once Upon a Time"

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TV Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time,' '60 Minutes' pace Sunday split, series low for 'Revenge'

'Amazing Race' rises, 'Cosmos' and 'Believe' are steady

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 27, 2014.

With "60 Minutes" standing as Sunday's most-watched show, CBS easily won the night overall, while "Once Upon a Time" and "Resurrection" led ABC to Sunday victory among young viewers.

Although CBS had no sports overrun, "The Amazing Race" posted big gains over last week's sluggish totals, but "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist" were both down.

After a week away, ABC's "Resurrection" actually grew in viewers, but finished down a head in the key demo, leading into a down return for ABC's "Revenge."

Even with "Resurrection" returning to ABC, both "Believe" and "Cosmos" held onto last week's gains for NBC and FOX respectively.

[Note that NBC was preempted for the NBA playoffs in Portland.]

On to the numbers...

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5 top reasons Beyonce and Jay Z 's On The Run tour is a smart move

Are the Carters coming to your town?

Mr. and Mrs. Carter, better known as Jay Z and Beyonce, will kick off their On The Run stadium tour June 25 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. Though both are bonafide superstars on their own, here are five reasons why two are better than one.

1. Beyonce only finished her Mrs. Carter World Tour last month, and while it's been a minute since she finished the U.S. portion, it's a bit soon for her to come back again to the U.S. as a solo act, unless she completely revamped the show.

2. Jay Z might be able to sell out stadiums by himself, but he's proven that he likes having a touring partner when it's time to hit the biggest of stages, whether it's his wife this summer or Justin Timberlake for last year's Legends of the Summer tour. In 2012, he and Kayne West tackled arenas together on their very successful Watch The Throne tour.

3. It's looking like a pretty strong summer touring season, especially for stadiums, between Beyonce/Jay Z, Eminem/Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Jason Aldean, One Direction, Luke Bryan and George Strait, not to mention the ever proliferating number of festivals that drain that allow fans a huge bang for their buck, so it only makes sense to provide as much ammo for fans to come to a show as possible by providing two superstars at a ticket price that will probably be less than it would be to see each one separately.

4.  By now, Beyonce and Jay Z have enough songs they've performed together that they could do their own solo portions and then an entire segment together, including "03 Bonnie and Clyde," "Drunk in Love," "Crazy in Love" and the tour's namesake,  "Part ll (On The Run)." Instead of two artists who just happen to be touring together, they have a history of songs that they can now recreate live together.

5. And, of course, the most obvious: They can have a nice summer vacation with Blue Ivy as they criss cross the country together in style.

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