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NBC is poised to finish the season No. 1 in the demo thanks to Fallon, Olympics, 'The Blacklist'

NBC is poised to finish the season No. 1 in the demo thanks to Fallon, Olympics, “The Blacklist”
"It's an incredible turnaround story,” says Comcast CEO Brian Roberts of NBC’s turnaround this season. The result has been a 28.8% jump in revenue for NBC Universal this past quarter.

“The Good Wife” books Nestor Carbonell
The “Lost” alum will play a charming entrepreneur who encounters Alicia.

Former NBC, Fox, WB boss Garth Ancier denies sexually assaulting a minor
Ancier’s attorney tells TMZ, "All of the allegations made by (Michael Egan) against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented."

Women are objecting to Bear Grylls’ new show, “The Island of Lost Blokes”
One female survivalist says of the all-male show, which is being made for UK’s Channel 4: "It's fantastical and ridiculous. Women are every bit as cut out for this stuff as men.”

Max Greenfield nearly quit acting before “New Girl”
“Right before ‘New Girl’ happened, there were definitely moments of, I probably shouldn't do this anymore,” says Greenfield, who had been acting for 12 years before his big break, including a role on MTV’s “Undressed” and “Veronica Mars."

Billy Eichner recalls his “SNL” cameo at age 12
To his dismay, Eichner played one of John Goodman’s overweight children.

Martin Sheen revives “The West Wing’s” President Bartlet for a PSA
Watch Sheen as Bartlet speak out for sentencing reform.

Watch the trailer for WEtv’s “The Divide,” co-created by “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn
Goldwyn has teamed with Richard LaGravenese on a drama exploring the justice system.

“Archer” creator talks about ending the “Vice” experiment and FX asking to make scenes racier
“We have had FX ask us to make scenes racier than the first draft of the script... which is the first time I’ve ever had a network do that,” says Adam Reed. PLUS: This was “Archer’s” most meaningful season, and last night’s ending gives hope for the next two seasons.

An Airbnb reality show?
A dating site is trying to use the rental service to create a reality how about hooking up with renters.

Hulu posts the series finale of “The IT Crowd”
The final episode aired last year, but hasn’t been shown in the U.S. until today.

“Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell opens a bar in Salt Lake City
Burrell’s Beer Bar serves 150 different beers.

Check out the trailer for Syfy’s post-apocalyptic angel drama “Dominion”
The series, premiering June 19, is based on the movie “Legion."

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Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres to produce a design competition show for HGTV

Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and William Shatner have projects, too

Ellen Degeneres may not be the first celebrity to come to mind when you think of reality TV design competition shows (if you think of them at all), but guess what? She's got one. "Ellen's Design Challenge" is a six-episode series for HGTV. Her show joins reality projects for Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and one for "Star Trek" captain William Shatner on sister network DIY.

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Discovery will replace the Mount Everest jump with a documentary on the deadly avalanche

Discovery will replace the Mount Everest jump with a documentary on the deadly avalanche
NBC News, which was producing the jump, captured footage of the disaster, which will be used in the documentary.

“The Voice” hits a Monday low
NBC may be shaking up the judges at the right time.

ESPN will show its 1st-ever NFL playoff game, at a cost of $100 million
ESPN will pay the NFL $100 million per season to move one playoff game off of broadcast TV, starting with one on Wildcard Weekend in January 2015.

“The Fosters” star Teri Polo files for bankruptcy
Polo, who’s famous for co-starring with Ben Stiller in “Meet the Parents,” owes debt of nearly $1 million.

Kristen Bell poses naked for Allure
Check her out in the Annual Nudes Issue.

Travel Channel’s 8 pilots include “Adventure Capitalists” and “Find My Past”
The cable network has also announced shows about iconic cities and unique places around the globe.

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Monday's "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: Strong 'Blacklist' hold leads NBC to Monday split

CBS comedies, FOX dramas are steady for the night

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 21, 2014.

It's almost certain to change in Final numbers, but at least in preliminary figures, NBC's "The Blacklist" retained nearly its entire key demo lead-in from "The Voice" and outdrew the singing competition as well, carrying NBC to a Monday split.

Among other notables, "Dancing with the Stars" helped ABC win Monday overall, FOX's dramas held steady, The CW's dramas added a few viewers and CBS' new comedy block retained well.

On to the numbers...

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NBC adds Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its Kentucky Derby coverage

NBC adds Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its Kentucky Derby coverage
The two figure skaters, who made a name for themselves in Sochi, will offer commentary on the fashionable outfits worn by the celebrities in the audience.

Bill O’Reilly admits Stephen Colbert “may prevail” on CBS
“In the end, Colbert may prevail, but my analysis of him has been to the point and honest, and as you know, that drives zealots on both sides completely crazy,” O’Reilly said on last night’s “O’Reilly Factor.”

Brian Williams to Jimmy Fallon: “I have never said hippety. Never"
The NBC Nightly News anchor tells Jimmy Fallon he’s been told he’s a “huge figure” in the rap and hip-hop community because of his “rapping.” “This has changed my life,” he says. PLUS: Fallon comes up with Brian Williams rap names, and Williams does “Gin and Juice."

“Girl Meets World’s” logo gives a nod to “Boy Meets World”
The Disney Channel spinoff also has a globe.

Aaron Sorkin said “I apologize,” but did he really apologize for “The Newsroom”?
Or was he saying sorry that viewers didn’t get his show?

Bill Cosby to receive the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence
The presentation will be part of the American Comedy Awards, airing May 8 on NBC.

Ellen DeGeneres launching a furniture design competition on HGTV
"Ellen's Design Challenge” will have six competitors battling it out to create furniture within 24 hours.

Check out “Game of Thrones” characters reimagined as ‘80s movies characters
Artist Mike Wrobel gives the HBO series an ‘80s remix. PLUS: Michael Huisman says, "This horse was such a pro."

Katy Perry competes on Jimmy Kimmel’s “Who Knows Katy?” game show
Could Katy beat one of her superfans?

Jimmie J.J. Walker recalls the outrage over “Good Times" with his former writer Dave Letterman
“Oh my heck, darn it, oh fiddlesticks,” Walker said of the outrage.

Louis CK: “I've never been suicidal. But I've wanted to be”
GQ put the FX star on its cover and spoke to him about his past moments of darkness.

Laura Prepon: I’m not dating Tom Cruise
Says the “Orange is the New Black” star: "The thing that sucks is that there's so much false data because people are in mystery as to what Scientology is, so they just kind of make up stuff. It’s kind of unfortunate because then I have to be like, 'No, that's actually not what's happening.'"

“Rookie Blue” heading to syndication
The Canadian-made cop drama airing on ABC will be shown in repeats on Ion beginning this fall.

Amy Poehler pretends to be Pitbull
Watch her “scare” strangers on the street with Billy Eichner.

“The Voice” contestant “freaked out” when her mic died mid-performance
"I kind of geeked out a little bit but for me, it was like keep going, rock it,” says Kristen Merlin. "You have to keep going."

“Rectify”: Here’s the 1st look at Season 2
Here are two pics following up on the Season 1 cliffhanger.

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<p>Kermit, remixed</p>

Kermit, remixed

Credit: Disney

Exclusive premiere: Shy Kidx's EDM remix of 'The Muppets Show' theme

Go bananas to this wild ride and others on Disney remix album 'Dconstructed'

For the Muppets fan who could use their beloved characters in neon hues, we bring you Shy Kidx's remix of "The Muppets Show" theme song.

Today (April 22), Disney released a whole album called "Dconstructed," packed to the brim of playful EDM reduxes of their powerhouse back catalog. You, too, can go bananas to versions of "Circle of Life," "You’ve Got a Friend in Me" and more from DJs and producers like Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren and U.N.K.L.E.

Back to Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang: try and name every character in the video below, which includes never-before-seen Muppets footage.

And then get up and walk in straight line. Use handrails if you have to.

“The Muppet Show Theme” (Shy Kidx Remix), "Dconstructed" and Shy Kidx's EP "Orion" (Epitaph) are out now.

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<p>Michael C. Hall in &quot;Cold in July.&quot;</p>

Michael C. Hall in "Cold in July."

Credit: IFC Films

Sundance hits 'Whiplash' and 'Cold in July' chosen for Cannes Directors' Fortnight

Stacked lineup includes new works by John Boorman and Frederick Wiseman

When the Cannes Film Festival's Official Selection was unveiled last week, many were surprised not to see one carry-over from the Sundance fest in the Un Certain Regard section -- in recent years, it's been something of a tradition for a Park City sensation (often the Grand Jury Prize winner) to compete again there, with the likes of "Precious" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" getting a second surge of festival buzz on the Croisette.

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Marion Cotillard in "The Immigrant."
Marion Cotillard in "The Immigrant."
Credit: The Weinstein Company

Marion Cotillard gets the goddess treatment in 'The Immigrant' trailer

The long-delayed James Gray film gets its US release on May 16

We'd been waiting a good long while to see James Gray's "The Immigrant" even before it premiered at Cannes 11 months ago, and we've been waiting a good long while since -- split festival reviews presumably made The Weinstein Company cautious with this delicate art-house item, but those excited for it have been understandably impatient. Anyway, the wait (in the US, at least) is almost over, with the film set to hit screens on May 16 -- just as Cannes 2014 starts up, as it happens. And while the posters thus far haven't exactly sold the film, the latest trailer is rather more seductive.

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<p>Allison Tolman of &quot;Fargo&quot;</p>

Allison Tolman of "Fargo"

Credit: FX

Interview: 'Fargo' star Allison Tolman discusses being the dark story's hero

Molly Solverson is more than a bumbling cop for the TV newcomer

CALGARY - One week ago, on the eve of the premiere of FX's "Fargo," most of the stories focused on Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, the biggest names associated with the semi-adaptation of the Coen Brothers' Oscar-winning film.

I certainly posted my own interviews with Thornton and Freeman, so I participated in that blizzard of hype.

Having already seen the pilot, I knew the secret of "Fargo," which is that while Thornton and Freeman have the showy parts -- and they're both terrific -- the actual hero of the twisted story of murder, blackmail and revenge is wet-behind-the-ears local cop Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman.

Of course, Thornton has an Oscar and Freeman is simultaneously Watson and Bilbo Baggins, while Tolman is a total newcomer, a Texas-born, Chicago-based actress who had been concentrating on writing and sketch comedy before "Fargo" came her way. 

But now, after "Fargo" delivered a solid premiere for FX last week, it seems like the right time to shine the spotlight on Tolman.

I sat down with Tolman on a sunny March day on the "Fargo" set in Calgary shortly before she settled in to shoot a prickly scene opposite co-star Bob Odenkirk, who plays a less capable member of the Bemidji PD. The balminess of the weather that day -- temperatures perked up above freezing for the first time in months -- steered the initial conversation before we discussed the strange circumstances of her landing the role, Tolman's approach to Molly's investigative capabilities and finding the proper balance of comedy and drama for that "Fargo"-flavored tone.

Click through for the full Q&A and check out the second episode of "Fargo" on Tuesday (April 22) night on FX...

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Orange County' recap: Another marriage hits the skids

Shannon's just arrived, but she's already falling apart

Another new Housewife, another crumbling marriage. Of course, we knew the picture-perfect (and utterly boring) image Shannon tried to drill into us in last week's season premiere was total crap, and this week we discovered she's a looney hypocrite in a crumbling marriage. Aw, shucks! She's gonna fit right in!

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Aaron Sorkin says 'I apologize' about 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin says "I apologize" about "The Newsroom"
“I’m going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don’t mind. I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with 'The Newsroom' and I apologize and I’d like to start over,” Sorkin said during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, admitting there was a "terrible misunderstanding" he had with the media.

Michelle Obama reacts to the “Scandal” season finale
"It was pretty intense,” the first lady tells “ET" at today's White House Easter Egg Hunt. "I just started following ‘Scandal' this year, so now of course I'm hooked.”

Sarah Chalke & Selma Blair team up for Amazon pilot “Really”
They’ll join Jay Chandrasekhar, who’s writing, directing and starring in the comedy pilot about a group of 30-something friends.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing with the Stars"

Credit: ABC

'Dancing with the Stars' recap: It's party anthem night!

Meryl has tamed Maks once and for all

Party anthems! It's fitting, I guess, that the guest judge is Redfoo of LMFAO. Even though he won't be able to offer any useful critique of the dancing, he will be able to keep energy high at the judges' table. More importantly, he'll probably bother the hell out of Len, and that can never be a bad thing. So, what is he looking for in the performances? Something that will make him "go woo," of course. Aren't we all? 

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