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

Monday's "The Blacklist"

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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."

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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"

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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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Netflix says Maryland 'House of Cards' tax dispute is 'overcome-able'

Netflix says Maryland "House of Cards" tax dispute is “overcome-able”
Netflix is still in talks to keep the two-season drama in Maryland. PLUS: “Veep” will stay in Baltimore for Season 4.


Courteney Cox: I’ve tried and failed to have a “Friends” reunion at my house for 10 years
“It’s not going to happen,” she tells Letterman, who asked Cox the typical "Friends" reunion question.


Former Fox, NBC and WB boss accused of sexual assault in case related to Bryan Singer
Garth Ancier, who put shows from “Buffy” to “The West Wing” on TV, is accused of sexually abusing Michael Egan when he was a minor. Ancier was founding entertainment president of Fox and The WB, before assuming the same job at NBC.


“Devious Maids” returns up from last year
In the young adult demo, the ABC Family series reached nearly 1 million viewers.


“Silicon Valley’s fake startup launches a real website
Introducing PiedPiper.com.


“Obsessive-compulsive” James Spader has to speak with “The Blacklist” producers 7 days a week
"I haven't talked to him today yet," says exec producer Jon Bokencamp tells Rolling Stone, "but last weekend, on his birthday, we were on the phone for two and a half hours, and on Thanksgiving, when I was in Colorado, I was out pacing on the phone for two hours. This stuff keeps him up at night. He can dig his heels in. The conversations can be frustrating.” PLUS: Ryan Eggold says Spader is great to work with — when he gets the opportunity.


Finally, “Mad Men” makes race the prominent theme of an episode
Peggy’s a-hole behavior sequence, says Seth Stevenson, "seems like a pretty solid metaphor for midcentury American racial relations.” PLUS: Sally Draper turns 60 this month, about that episode-ending Zombies song, and Matthew Weiner on how he cast Pete Campbell.


Maisie Williams on “Game of Thrones’” 2nd most shocking scene of the week: “It was awful”
"It was disgusting, and I was dry-heaving throughout the whole day,” she says.


Complaint: TV nudity is annoying!
"Here’s the main reason why TV nudity makes me anxious,” says Simon Doonan. "The characters on any series become, over time, familiar and squishy and cosy. They become my TV friends. Because they are my TV friends I expect them to behave like my real friends.”


Report: One of Andi Dorfman’s “Bachelorette” suitors was critically injured in a paragliding accident
Season 10 bachelor Eric Hall was reportedly hospitalized after crashing on Sunday in Utah.


“Community” mocks NBC
Watch the fake shows created for the Season 5 finale. PLUS: “Community” stars are still pushing for “Six Seasons and a Movie."


“Boondocks” isn’t the same without creator Aaron McGruder
It’s been 3 1/2 years since the last season, but that time off won’t make you forget what’s missing in Season 4. As Phil Dyess-Nugent notes, “based on a small sampling of upcoming episodes, the new season is a copy of McGruder’s baby made from a printer that needs a fresh ink cartridge. The clear, hard lines of McGruder’s vision and sensibility aren’t the only things that are a little faded.


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen made a “Portlandia” cameo
Allen, owner of the Portland Trailblazers and the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks, appeared in a Kickstarter sketch.


Kate McKinnon: “SNL” plans to do more all-female music videos
“We’ve got a process worked out about writing these songs so I think we’ll try to do more in the future,” she says of sketches like “Twin Bed” one with Jimmy Fallon and “Dongs  All Over the World.” PLUS: Cecily Strong’s apartment gets a makeover.


Chris Messina defends last week’s “Mindy Project” twist
"I know that’s a wimpy cop-out, and something a lot of guys do,” he says, "but I think you’ll see if you watch the remainder of the season that he tries to redeem himself — he’s made an awful mistake and she’s the woman of his dreams.”


The "Love & Hip Hop" sex tape is the most-pirated sex tape of all time
Mimi Faust’s sex tape is even bigger than Kim Kardashian’s.


Aubrey Plaza: I’ve been trying to get pregnant on “Parks and Rec,” too
"I think they’re doing it to spite me, getting Leslie pregnant,” she jokes. PLUS: Chris Pratt can make a French braid.


“Orphan Black’s” Donnie ranks the clones
"The most awesome clone, the winner of the clone-off for episode 201, has gotta be Sarah. She’s killing it. She’s killing it!” says Kristian Bruun.


Why this week’s “Veep” was one of its best-ever episodes
There was a “scarred humanity” in one scene this week.


Pharrell turned 41 with a “SpongeBob”-themed birthday party
Check out the giant “SpongeBob” burger cake.

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<p>Guess who&#39;s got two thumbs and may be working with Danny Boyle again</p>

Guess who's got two thumbs and may be working with Danny Boyle again

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Danny Boyle may direct Leonardo DiCaprio as Steve Jobs

It would be the first time they've worked together since 'The Beach'

Guess who's got two thumbs and may be playing Steve Jobs.

One of the advantages that Danny Boyle will have if he does indeed sign on to direct the Steve Job biopic that Sony is preparing to make is that he can look at "Jobs," the film released last year, and make sure not to repeat any of that movie's creepy tone-deaf mistakes.

It helps, of course, that Aaron Sorkin is writing the film. In the genuinely weird Ashton Kutcher movie, there are no less than two scenes that treat product reveals as major triumphs of the human spirit. If Sorkin was able to expertly chart the way the various relationship dynamics in "The Social Network" shifted and evolved, then I'm confident he'll be able to turn Jobs, Wozniak, and the other strong personalities in the film into equally memorable and authentic characters. Water Isaacson's book walked a tricky line between the typical authorized mythmaking that happens with autobiographies or officially sanctioned biographies and the tell-all end of the business. It's a sympathetic but not saintly portrait of a guy who sounds like he was incredibly complicated as a human being and undeniably brilliant as a businessman.

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Kacey Musgraves and Katy  Perry
Credit: CMT

Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves saddle up for CMT's 'Crossroads' taping

Read all about it before the episode premieres in June

LOS ANGELES—For the 50th episode of its genre-swapping performance show, “Crossroads,” CMT turned to two female performers at the top of their game: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves. (SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you don't know the songs they performed)

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