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ABC removes Bryan Singer’s name from ads for 'Black Box' in wake of sexual abuse allegations

ABC removes Bryan Singer’s name from ads for “Black Box” in wake of sexual abuse allegations
Commercials will be re-edited to omit the name of Singer, who serves as executive producer on the upcoming drama.

Fox dumping its Saturday night Animation Domination HD block
The ADHD block will end on June 28.

“Community” wraps up its 5th season, having returned to its earlier glory
Dan Harmon did indeed bring back what made "Community" special this season. PLUS: Gillian Jacobs says, "it really has been the strongest season ever."

“Louie” offers another taste of Season 4
This time in Dr. Charles Grodin's office.

Tracy Morgan answers questions on Reddit, recalls getting “there” with Liz Lemon
"It felt good. I hope it felt good for Liz Lemon too!” he writes. "It felt great to get there.” Morgan also admitted to farting in front of Kate Upton and said he’d like Will Smith to play him in the movie about his life.

Bret Harrison joins “Astronaut’s Wives Club” for a “Breaking In” reunion
He’ll play the husband of Odette Annable, his former co-star on Fox's “Breaking In.”

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"Orphan Black"

"Orphan Black"

Credit: BBC America

'Orphan Black' review: Sarah is on the run - but she's not out of moves

The series returns with more whipsaw plot twists and the same high stakes

I wasn't too worried that the second season of "Orphan Black" would stumble at the gate. The first season was too tightly constructed and simply too smart for everything to fall apart, burdened by silly plot twists or the kind of hijinks that have been known to sink big four network series. Yes, Clone Club can rest easy -- the first episode of season two is just as twisty and smart and deadly as we've come to expect. I'd say it's better than "Cats," but you won't appreciate that until you've watched it. 

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Review: Beck simmers then rocks at KCRW taping

He showcases 'Morning Phase' before jubilantly busting into his catalog

SANTA MONICA—Sandwiched in between his two Coachella appearances, Beck came in from the dusty desert to play an intimate show for KCRW’s Apogee Sessions here Wednesday night.

The 100-minute performance was twice as long as his Coachella set and certainly under more pleasant, less blustery conditions: the cosy confines of legendary producer/mixer Bob Clearmountain’s studio, which tightly packed in 200 of the public radio station’s supporters.

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<p>Jay Ryan of &quot;Beauty and the Beast&quot;</p>

Jay Ryan of "Beauty and the Beast"

Credit: The CW

CW sets Summer 2014 plans including 'Beauty and the Beast' return

'Seed,' 'Backpackers' and Penn & Teller are also coming this summer

I've said it once and I'll say it again: If you love original filler programming on TV, Summer 2014 will be your Golden Age.

The CW is getting in on the summer programming act, which will come as no surprise to anybody paying attention to the network's steady hoarding of offerings like "Seed" and "Backpackers" and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," as well as the available backlog of episodes for "Beauty and the Beast."

On Thursday (April 17), The CW set its summer slate, including the long-awaited -- by some people I'm sure -- return of "Beauty and the Beast," which comes two-plus weeks after the network's upfront presentation to advertisers, presumably cementing the drama's chances of a third season. [Short version: The CW makes its own rules, but several bubble dramas would appear to have a better chance of renewal than "Beauty and the Beast" and that doesn't even include spring success "The 100," which would have to really stumble to not get a no-brainer pick-up at this point.]

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<p>Dan Harmon discusses the &quot;Community&quot; season finale.</p>

Dan Harmon discusses the "Community" season finale.

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HitFix First Look: Dan Harmon and Joel McHale preview the 'Community' finale

Can a buried treasure save Greendale? Will this be the end of the series?

When I did that lengthy interview with Dan Harmon last month, he seemed unsure about whether this fifth season of "Community" would be the NBC comedy's last, but he also seemed ready, willing and able to stick around to make the crazy dream of Six Seasons And A Movie into a reality.

Tonight at 8 is the season finale, which may wind up being the series finale, depending on what NBC decides. I've seen the episode, and it's good, and while I don't want the show to go away yet, this one will be able to function as a series ender if it has to be, just like the season 3 finale (written shortly before Harmon's year-long absence from the show).

Whatever it winds up being, it's funny, and here are Harmon, Joel McHale and director Rob Schrab to give you a taste of it, in an exclusive clip.

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Don Rickles getting a Spike TV tribute, featuring Letterman, Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro

Don Rickles getting a Spike TV tribute, featuring Letterman, Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro
“One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles” will air May 28, and also paying tribute to “Mr. Warmth” will be Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, John Stamos, Ray Romano and more.

Prof suspended for posting a photo of his daughter wearing a “Game of Thrones” T-shirt
Bergen Community College administrators found the T-shirt — bearing Daenerys Targaryen’s words of "I will take what is mine with fire and blood” — to be “threatening.”

CW sets summer premiere dates: “Beauty and the Beast” returns June 2
The CW will be premiering five new shows this summer, including "Penn & Teller: Fool Us” on July 30.

PBS’ “Frontline” to tackle the NSA scandal with "United States of Secrets”
The two-part documentary, airing next month, will explore the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations.

Jon Stewart gave Obama the toughest interview of the 2012 election year, says White House press secretary
Says Jay Carney: "Probably the most substantive, challenging interview Barack Obama had in the election year was with the anchor of ‘The Daily Show.'”

A&E orders Dick Wolf’s “D.O.A.” reality show
“D.O.A.” will follow an elite team of detectives as it re-examines controversial murder cases.

Key from “Key & Peele” guests on tonight’s “Parks and Rec”
Keegan-Michael Key “is, as one might expect, truly great,” says co-creator Michael Schur.

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First 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2 trailer welcomes us to the jungle
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First 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2 trailer welcomes us to the jungle

Lorraine Toussaint's Vee is gonna cause some trouble

The first thing you want to know about the first full-length trailer for Season 2 of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" is... June 6. Only six more weeks until one of the best shows of 2013 returns. But you already knew that, right?

Of course you did.

The second thing you'll want to know after watching the trailer: The song is Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors' "Jungle" and yes, you definitely want to download it. [It seems to have something to do with a movie I'd never heard of called "Welcome to Yesterday" that has maybe been retitled "Project Almanac" and won't be out until 2015.

This trailer is, in my critical opinion, kinda awesome a huge two-minute leap forward from both the teaser that accompanied the premiere date announcement, but also the clip reel Netflix submitted for the show's PaleyFest appearance last month.

There are prognostications of doom -- "There's a storm coming." There's Piper being a badass -- "I am a lone wolf and a vicious one. Don't make me rip your throat out." There's a glimpse of Pornstache! A glimpse of Alex! 

There are hints of backstories for several favorite characters, but there are actually a lot of new faces in the trailer, fresh fish who may or may not prove to be important. One fresh fish who will definitely shake things up in Litchfield is Lorraine Toussaint's Vee, who appears to have a past with Red and who gets a terrific first meeting with Crazy Eyes. 

Check out the trailer above.

Yeah, get thee here, June 6!

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Want to know when next year's Oscars will be?
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Want to know when next year's Oscars will be?

The Governors Awards kick things off on Nov. 8

The Academy has filled out its calendar for the 2014-2015 Oscar season, which is set to kick off even earlier than last year as the Governors Awards date has been yanked up a week to Saturday, Nov. 8. The nominations will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 15, while the Oscars, of course, are set for Sunday, Feb. 22.

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<p>Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in &quot;The Rover.&quot;</p>

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in "The Rover."

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Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce face a bleak future in trailer for 'The Rover'

David Michod's thriller will play as a Midnight Screening at Cannes

There was slight disappointment for those awaiting "Animal Kingdom" director David Michôd's buzzy post-apocalyptic revenge thriller "The Rover" this morning -- it didn't nab a slot in the Cannes Competition. Nevertheless, it will premiere at the festival in the Midnight Screenings section, and if this stark, moody and decidedly unsettling first trailer is anything to go by, that might be the right place for it.

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'Frozen' may meet 'Once Upon a Time'

“Frozen” may meet “Once Upon a Time”
Producers of the ABC drama want Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel to reprise their “Frozen” roles, and Bell says she’s totally up for it.

New Orleans to CBS: Make us the home of Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show”
Mayor Mitch Landrieu sent CBS boss Les Moonves a letter offering the late-night talk show tax breaks: “Though it may seem like an unlikely fit, New Orleans and 'The Late Show' or its successor would be a great fit."

The White House press secretary has never watched “Scandal,” is way behind on “House of Cards”
“I haven’t made it that far yet,” Jay Carney said of being behind on “House of Cards,” after failing to follow a comical reference to the Netflix drama during an interview today at George Washington University.

“The Americans” prop master: It was quite a challenge getting last night's car in mint condition
"In a scene that takes place in a showroom from 1982, that showroom has to have cars in near-mint condition,” says Duke Scoppa. "Ideally, they're in mint condition. That's a huge challenge. Lots of time on the show, they want to find cars that are non-descript. Spies want to not be seen. So nothing flashy. The problem is, a lot of these cars are not collectors items, so nobody has these cars. Nobody cares about saving a 1980 Buick Skylark.” PLUS: Noah Emmerich sees Stan as “a thoroughly good person,” and listen to Emmerich talk about his FBI agent character.

Showtime to air a documentary on Kobe Bryant
“Kobe Bryant’s Muse” will delve into the life of the L.A. Lakers star.

“Girl Meets World” will let Ben Savage direct his 1st episode
"It's something I've been prepping for the last 20 years,” he says of his directorial debut.

Watch a montage of “Real Housewives” crying through their botoxed faces
"This is your face on Botox—and it's ridiculous."

Rosie O’Donnell: I shed nearly 50 pounds
Rosie, who currently stars on ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” revealed her weightloss today on Twitter.

“Survivor” had its worst-ever ratings, but won last night anyway
Last night’s network TV was chalk full of reruns.

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<p>Jarl Borg, or as I call him The Cheese</p>

Jarl Borg, or as I call him The Cheese

Credit: History

Interview: 'Vikings' creator Michael Hirst talks 'Blood Eagle' and targeting Paris

Hirst also discusses Lagertha's journey and King Ecbert's fate

On History's "Vikings," a show prone to extended battles, time jumps and portentous prophesies from a hideous seer, an unusual thing happened last Thursday.

I'll pause if you're not caught up on "Vikings" to let you depart, lest you be spoiled.

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Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake and other stars to join 'Oprah's Master Class'

Whooi Goldberg, Tim McGraw just some of those on deck

If you loved the celebrity interviews on "Oprah," rejoice -- "Oprah's Master Class” returns to OWN on Sun. May 11 at 10:00 p.m. with a raft of celebrities who want to talk about themselves. How often does that happen?

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