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<p>True Detective</p>

True Detective

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'True Detective': The first cop show to truly embrace the digital age

“True Detective”: The first cop show to truly embrace the digital age
DVRs and screen-capturing technology allow us to scrutinize shows, and “True Detective” has exploited that fact to full effect. Its creators, says James S. Murphy, "have made the first true cop show of the digital age, or rather, the first cop show to reckon with and exploit the effects of digitization. 'True Detective' has provided us with so many clues that the creators are daring us to think any aspect of the show is irrelevant. Is it merely a coincidence that the show’s initial crime takes place in 1995, the very year that the DVD was invented, and that Cohle and Martin missed their target then? PLUS: Here are some disappointing endings, here are more insane theories, here are 15 burning questions that need to be answered, here are 7 ways it will end, is “True Detective” anti-Christian?, why the crime doesn’t need solving, here’s perhaps the craziest theory, and what if The Yellow King is "Game of Thrones’” King Joffrey?



With a whopping 17 cast members, “SNL" has become bloated this season
The 17-member cast — including 8 who joined this season — is the largest since “SNL’s” disastrous 1994-95 season, as Mike Ryan points out. That cast, too, had 17 cast members, and the following season Lorne Michaels reduced the cast to 11, including newbie Will Ferrell. The result of having 17 cast members, says Ryan, is that this "particular cast has no real group personality. It's almost impossible to get to know these guys because we see them so sporadically.”


Amy Sedaris joins Jane Krakowski on Fox’s “Dead Boss”
Sedaris will play Krakowski’s co-worker in the British comedy remake.


CW’s uncensored “Reign” sex scenes: Full-body shots, louder moaning
All in all, the “Reign” episode posted online wasn’t that much different from the one that aired on CW.


Cartoon Network is creating a “micro-network” — an app that sends “15-second content bites”
Cartoon Network Anything, coming later this year, will feature games, videos and trivia specifically created for mobile devices.


Lena Dunham went on a “real sick double date” with President Obama and the First Lady
The “Girls” star’s boyfriend, Jack Antonoff of Fun, posted a photo of him and Dunham and a casually dressed First Couple. PLUS: Dunham thought “SNL’s” “Girls” spoof was “one of the best things ever."


Why “Portlandia” is actually a show about Los Angeles
Some of the sketches resonate more among Angelinos than Portlanders.


Seth Meyers: I’m sleeping more with “Late Night” than I did on “SNL”
"I feel like I'm sleeping more with this job than I did at ‘SNL,’” he says. "Because at ‘SNL' you just stay up all night writing, and you stay up all night rehearsing. This has that nice thing of you finish the show and you kinda have nothing to do until the next morning, so that's been good."


Report: “Bachelor” producers can’t wait for Juan Pablo’s season to end
"Everyone on the show is just so over him and cannot wait for this season to be over,” a source tells E!, adding that his anti-gay comments ruined all the hard work put in to Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici’s wedding.


Ke$ha drops the "$" from her name
After leaving rehab, the MTV star will now be known as “Kesha.”


Is “Cheers” still funny in 2014?
Or is the NBC comedy a product of its time?


Robin Wright: “House of Cards” was inspired by my real-life anti-sex violence activism
“Well to tell you the truth, that was kind of my idea, and Beau Willimon, the show runner’s, because I had been involved with this campaign for so many years,” she says of Claire Underwood also becoming an activist this season.


Why Adam Driver is the breakout star of “Girls”
As Leah Pickett argues, "audiences and critics are much more likely to reward male actors for playing strange or unlikeable men, while actors playing unlikeable women are either vilified by the viewing public or brushed aside as too ditzy, bitchy, slutty, or incompetent."

“Community” isn’t really funny this season, but it’s become a terrific drama
Perhaps the shorter season is to blame, says David Sims, Dan Harmon, he says, "is seemingly shedding the lighter, less daring episodes that would pad the earlier seasons. There’s not so much of the gang just hanging around the table and quibbling with school issues, or tripping over some nutty Chang behavior."


Is the rumor true that Peter Capaldi is only aboard for 1 “Doctor Who” series?
There’s talk that Capaldi was selected for one season so that Steven Moffat could send the new “Doctor” in a more “radical” direction.


Spencer Pratt is officially a college graduate
The former “Hills” star posted a photo of his USC diploma yesterday on Instagram.


Why women are drawn to “Looking”
The gay-themed HBO drama,” says Inkoo Kang, appeals to women "who want to see reflected on screen their aspiration of living in a world almost wiped clean of sexism.” PLUS: Scott Bakula talks about his “Looking” role.


Here are the best TV opening credits of all time
From “Cheers” to “Fresh Prince.”


Benedict Cumberbatch talks about becoming an “accidental superstar”
In a lengthy NY Times profile, Cumberbatch calls Sherlock “an absolute bastard.”


Jonathan Banks: I’ll set the dark tone on “Better Call Saul”
The former “Breaking Bad” star says of the “Breaking Bad” spinoff, "essentially, there’s no way around Saul, he’s going to be a lighter tone. And the darker tone will be Mike."


The “Game of Thrones” hip-hop mixtape is actually good
It’s a “rap word-bank fantasy” featuring repeated use of words like “Khaleesi” and “dragon” and “Red Wedding."


Carpenter Adam Carolla helps wronged homeowners on “Catch a Contractor”
The Spike TV series debuting Sunday reunites Carolla with the job he did two decades ago when he met Jimmy Kimmel.


Happy 50th birthday, Wanda Sykes!
"Birthday celebration is in full effect!” the comedienne tweets of her 50th birthday, which is today. "I'm taking over the rest of 2014. Embracing 50! If you don't want the truth, then don't ask me."


VH1’s “The Surreal Life" spawned so many spinoffs
Here’s a family tree, from “I Love New York” to “Celebrity Rehab.”


“The Good Wife” finally returns Sunday
Here’s a refresher on where the CBS drama left off before its hiatus. PLUS: Tony winner Michael Cerveris joining the cast.


Band on Letterman creates a mind-blowing performance
Check out Baltimore’s Future Islands, with its lead singer’s unique onstage presence.


“Once Upon a Time” returns looking like whodunnit mystery
“It’s kind of creepy, but a good creepy — a little like a horror film,” says Ginnifer Goodwin.


“Revenge” is back with a big confrontation
Preview Sunday’s big confrontation between Emily and Veronica. PLUS: Emily VanCamp talks about her off-screen romance with Josh Bowman.


Presenting TV’s best coffee mugs
From “True Detective” to the “Friends” Central Perk mug.


“Glee’s” Harry Shum Jr. gets engaged
Actually, Shum popped the question in October, but his reps confirmed the news today.


Analyzing “Mad Men’s” trippy poster
Is Don Draper going to die?


Ranking “Scandal’s” least-destructive couples
Mellie & Andrew are No. 1.


Another star of the ‘60s “Honeymooners” revival dies
Sheila MacRae, who played Alice, passed away yesterday, three months after the death of Jane Kean, who played Trixie.


ABC’s “Resurrection” looks ridiculous
"Basically, ‘Resurrection' is like 'Touched by the Angel' meets 'The X-Files.' Just in case that sounds like your bag,” says Kevin Fallon. "It’s our fascination with, our desperation for, and perhaps even our fear of resurrection that makes ABC’s new supernatural drama such a genius idea,” he says. "The network wisely named the show ‘Resurrection,' too—instantly, we’re hooked. If only the network had breathed more life into it.” PLUS: Sundance’s “The Returned” ruins “Resurrection,” and it’s a solid show for a network audience.


Seth MacFarlane’s "Cosmos” is in superior and inferior to the Carl Sagan original
“There's a rushed, breathless quality to this finished product. Basic ideas are laid out, but they're almost too basic,” says Verne Gay, pointing to the fact that it’s on commercial TV. Still, it’s hard to ignore that the special effects are much superior than the original thanks to the many leaps in special effects technology. PLUS: It’s a refreshing change of pace to normal unscripted TV, organized religion is irrelevant in this series, host Neil deGrasse Tyson calls this a “surreal project,” and MacFarlane explains the new trippy spaceship.

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<p>Dave Annable</p>

Dave Annable

Pilot Casting: '666 Park Avenue' veterans land 'iZombie,' 'Red Band Society' leads

Dave Annable and Robert Buckley get in on the pilot game

It's time to squish together a couple pieces of casting news into one Friday (March 7) afternoon post, as Dave Annable and Robert Buckley have both landed potential series regular roles on network pilots.

Since both Annable and Buckley were last seen as regulars on ABC's short-lived "666 Park Avenue," it's almost like the fates wanted them to be mashed into the same story.

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Fox renews 'New Girl,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'The Mindy Project' and 'The Following'

Fox renews “New Girl,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Mindy Project” and “The Following”
"These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera,” Fox said of the early renewals. "All four are core assets within our 2014-2015 portfolio of content, and we're really happy to bring them back to our Fox fans for another season."


CW’s “iZombie” nabs “One Tree Hill’s” Robert Buckley
He’ll star in the DC Comics-based drama from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas. PLUS: Paul F. Tompkins joins Molly Shannon's ABC comedy, “Jane the Virgin” adds Mexican singer Jaime Camil, and "House of Cards'" Joanna Going joins DirecTV's "Navy St."

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<p>&quot;The Mindy Project&quot;</p>

"The Mindy Project"

Credit: FOX

'New Girl, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and 'Mindy Project' get early renewals

'The Following' also gets another season on FOX

Wow. FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly wasn't kidding when he said he was "bullish" on low-rated Tuesday comedy "The Mindy Project."

On Friday (March 7) afternoon, FOX made a quartet of early renewals for the 2014-2015 season, with "The Mindy Project" joining relative no-brainers "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Following."

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"Sydney ER"

"Sydney ER"

Credit: Discovery Fit & Health

'Sydney ER': A brutal acid attack disfigures a young man

A lab technician is in intense pain when acid is thrown in his face

Discovery Fit & Health has a new TV series with an Aussie flair -- "Sydney ER," a reality show that debuts tonight (Fri. March 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET) with a double episode premiere. In the first episode, a 19-year-old hip hop star is stabbed in the heart outside of a night club.  In the second? A guy is doused with acid. In the face. Don't watch this clip before eating. FYI, this is not a re-enactment. 

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20 must-see new bands at SXSW: Listen, even if you're not going

20 must-see new bands at SXSW: Listen, even if you're not going

Cymbals, Black Tusk, Teen, Destruction Unit, Stalley, and other artists to know

Sure, you could see Lady Gaga, Soundgarden and Coldplay at the South By Southwest Music Conference next week.

But then you could see dozens of other hot artists that might not be on your radar yet.

Here's a breakdown, with music streams, of 20 artists you may very well fall in love with, from the punk souls of Ghetto Ghouls and Perfect Pussy, to rappers like Stalley and Black Milk, psych like Destruction Unit, dance like Tomas Barfod, pop like Samsaya, noise like Bo Ningen, metal like Black Tusk, country like Lydia Loveless and more.

Check out more music below. What are you excited to see at SXSW this year?

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'True Detective' gets 'spoiled' by 'The Simpsons'

“True Detective” gets “spoiled” by “The Simpsons"
Homer Simpson is The Yellow King, “The Simpsons” reveals in a tweet urging viewers to "watch @FOXTV first!” on Sunday night.


Rebecca Romijn joins Rob Lowe’s NBC tennis comedy “The Pro"
She’ll play a “1 per center” who takes lessons from Lowe’s former pro tennis player instructor character, leading to a possible romantic connection.


Not many watched CNN’s “Chicagoland” premiere
In fact, the eight-part documentary series was walloped by MSNBC and Fox News, drawing just 227,000 viewers.

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<p>American Authors</p>

American Authors

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Interview: American Authors on stalking Ryan Tedder and Paul McCartney

What's the best day of their life?

American Authors are having a moment: the quartet’s debut album, “Oh, What A Life,” came out Tuesday (4), as its banjo-laced song “Best Day of My Life” is reaching critical mass.

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HBO unveils John Oliver’s 1st 'Last Week Tonight' promo

HBO unveils John Oliver’s 1st “Last Week Tonight” promo
“Breaking news…on a weekly basis."


Lindsay Lohan is already trying to escape blame for her messy “Lindsay” trailer
"It is a television show so they want ratings,” she told Jimmy Fallon. PLUS: Lohan is closing in on a $1 million memoir deal.


“Rake’s" Bojana Novakovic has signed on for ABC’s “Agatha” pilot
With the Greg Kinnear drama poised for cancelation, the Australian actress is set to play an ex-con who becomes a big-city criminologist.


Ford, Chevy, Ram respond to Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” conversation about trucks
Ram even sent one of its trucks outside 30 Rock with a sign reading: “Big Enough, Jimmy? Test it Out." It was in response to Fallon's random conversation with The Roots about trucks on Wednsday's show.


Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” gets a porn parody
From the maker of the “Seinfeld” porn parody.


“Chuck’s” Joshua Gomez is returning to NBC in “Ellen More or Less”
He’ll play the title character’s co-worker in the comedy from “Parenthood’s” Jason Katims and J.J. Philbin. PLUS: “Brothers and Sisters” alum Dave Annable joins Fox’s “Red Band Society,” and Jayson Blair joins “Keep It Together."


Check out Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o in a “raunchy" Kenyan MTV soap
The “12 Years a Slave” star played a character named Ayira on “Shuga.”


“Sesame Street” spoofs “Les Miserables” with Cookie Monster
Check out “Les Mousserables.”


“The Office’s” Jenna Fischer celebrates her 40th birthday with a pregnancy pose on the beach
"I think I found a good place to celebrate!” Fischer tweeted this morning from the beach, while showing off her baby bump.

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'Mad Men' Season 7 gets trippy new Milton Glaser key art
Credit: Milton Glaser/AMC

'Mad Men' Season 7 gets trippy new Milton Glaser key art

Don Draper and company return on April 13

AMC is getting aggressive with its end-of-week teases for the upcoming seventh season of "Mad Men."

On Thursday, AMC debuted the first essentially meaningless teaser for the season -- Don Draper getting off of a plane in a mystery location -- as well as a similar first image. 

On Friday, AMC released some trippy new key art for the season, which will premiere on Sunday, April 13, kicking off a seven-episode 2014 run. The key art comes courtesy of graphic artist Milton Glaser.

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John Corbett will play Denis Leary’s best friend on FX’s 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'

John Corbett will play Denis Leary’s best friend on FX’s "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”
Leary will star in a pilot playing the lead singer of New York’s legendary early-’90s band The Heathens.


It’s official: Felicity Huffman joins “American Crime”
The former “Desperate Housewives” star is returning to ABC in a pilot about a racially charged murder from Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley.


Everybody on “Scandal” is suddenly bad at their jobs
What happened? “Scandal” has usually portrayed its characters as being great at their work.


Just because Rust and Cohle are sexist doesn’t mean “True Detective” is too
“It’s time that we all stop assuming TV writers endorse the bad actions of their flawed characters on television,” says Eliana Dockterman of criticism that the HBO series is misogynistic.


Ted Turner has appendicitis
The CNN and Turner Broadcasting Service founder was rushed to a hospital in Buenos Aires for surgery.


Lacey Chabert to star in “Christmas Tree Farm”
The "Party of Five" alum will star in an UP network holiday film about a bank trying to take away her childhood Christmas tree farm.


Jimmy Kimmel will interview Texas Gov. Rick Perry next week in Austin
Kimmel’s SXSW lineup next week will also include Willie Nelson’s first appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” PLUS: Joseph Gordon-Levitt perfectly recreated “David After Dentist” for Kimmel.


“Sons of Anarchy” wants Aaron Paul
Kurt Sutter says of all the “Breaking Bad” actors, he’d most want to work with Paul: "I think it would be fun to get @aaronpaul_8 on the show,” he tweeted.


Watch new “Fargo” teasers
Check out Martin Freeman as an insurance salesman inspired by William H. Macy’s character.


Aaron Paul: “It’s ridiculous” — a grandma asked me to call her a “bitch”
Six months later, Paul says he’s still approached by “Breaking Bad” fans. PLUS: Is this the real Saul Goodman?


Will Ferrell hosts “@midday” on Comedy Central
Watch Ferrell take reveal his “@midnight” “spinoff.”


“Idol” tries to recreate Ellen’s Oscar selfie
With one person missing: Harry Connick Jr.

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7 things we learned from Florida Georgia Line's 'This is How We Roll' video with Luke Bryan

7 things we learned from Florida Georgia Line's 'This is How We Roll' video with Luke Bryan

Bro-country alive and well in new clip

Florida Georgia Line debuted the video for “This Is How We Roll,” another in its string of fun, mindless songs from the duo on “Good Morning America” today.  The tune, which features a bridge by Luke Bryan, is No. 23 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart after seven weeks.

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