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Series premiere talkback: 'Black-ish' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of ABC's new Anthony Anderson comedy?

Yesterday, I published my review of ABC's "Black-ish." Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Was Anthony Anderson's panic about his family's blackness (or lack thereof) funny, or quickly annoying? Were you bothered that Anderson and Laurence Fishburne are so close in age? How did you feel about the balance between Dre's work and home lives? Did the stuff with the kids feel too cartoonish? Did you laugh? And will you watch again?

Have at it. I expect to be checking in on this one periodically, just to see if it can maintain the promise I saw in the pilot while also getting funnier.

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<p>Lana Del Rey</p>

Lana Del Rey

Who's gonna save the music industry: PornHub or Urban Outfitters?

No really: Porn site launches label, outfitter vinyl sales soar

Sure, 2014 may be on track to be the worst year in SoundScan's history for music sales, but there might be some bright spots in some very unsuspecting corners: PornHub and Urban Outfitters.

Today, the pornography site announced that it was starting its own label, in a report from Billboard. And yesterday, the clothing and home goods retailer claimed to be "the world's number one vinyl seller," according to Buzzfeed.

(Pictured: Lana Del Rey, whose most recent record "UltraViolence" can be bought now via Urban Outfitters as an "exclusive edition" on blue and lavender vinyl with special album art.)

As for the former, PornHub Records has launched, and coincides with a Song Search Contest to find a "PornHub Anthem." The winner won't necessarily be signed to the label, but is guaranteed to be have chosen from a panel (chock full of who we assume will be very distinguished guests) and the winning music video to be seen by at least 500,000 viewers, with $5,000 to be pocketed.

Keep in mind, PornHub averages about 40 million pageviews a day. How's that day job of yours. Good.

PornHub has hosted premieres of music video content like electronic producer FaltyDL's "Some Jazz Sh*t" video, Coolio's aptly named "Take It To The Hub" and Xiu Xiu's "Black D*ck."

"We're looking for acts that aren't necessarily porn-focused," said PornHub vice president Corey Price of their label model. "We're an ad-based network looking for content that appeals to our demographic. Mature lyrics for an adult audience; no boy bands or teen-pop, for instance."

As for Urban Outfitters' demo, there takes a little wordsmithing to make their case, but according to business reporter Sapne Maheshwari, this is what chief administrating officer Calvin Hollinger said during a meeting with analysts yesterday: "Music is very, very important to the Urban customer… in fact, we are the world’s number one vinyl seller.”

Instead of UO owning its own inventory, it offers wares through about 100 vendors who are already in the marketplace instead. So it's really connecting those businesses to the buyers. 

As for either really saving the music industry? Not really happening. Vinyl records sales are still a drop in the hat compared to digital and CD albums (like, the difference of a hundred million) and PornHub's music appeal will really all depend on how they release and promote their, um, output.

But, hey, this is what they mean when they say music is a "lifestyle."

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Key & Peele: We were too busy on our show to film an Obamacare sketch with President Obama
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Key & Peele: We were too busy on our show to film an Obamacare sketch with President Obama

Julie Chen on if we’ll get another 'Big Brother: All-Stars': 'I don’t think so'

Key & Peele: We were too busy on our show to film an Obamacare sketch with President Obama
“We had to turn him down,” says Jordan Peele. “We were making the season.” Adds Keegan-Michael Key: “We literally couldn’t fit it in to our schedules...So we actually had to relieve the president of his duties."

Chris from “Everybody Hates Chris” joins “The Walking Dead”
Tyler James Williams, who’s almost 22 and who most recently starred on “Go On," will play a character named Noah. No other details have been revealed.

Julie Chen on if we’ll get another “Big Brother: All-Stars”: “I don’t think so”
"I mean, look at the ratings for this past season — higher than last year, all new people,” she tells EW. "Look, we love the Will Kirbys, the Mike Boogies, and the Janelles, and they will always have a special spot in our hearts. And maybe they’ll make an appearance in some sort of stunt, but I think the beauty of this game is showing true fans who have never played it, who have played it just from their armchair at home, have a stab at it and realize, wow, I had no idea what I was in for. You keep the game more pure that way.” PLUS: Why “Big Brother 16” was the best season in years.

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<p>Julie Chen of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Julie Chen of "Big Brother"

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CBS renews 'Big Brother' for Seasons 17 and 18

Either Derrick, Cody or Victoria will win the top prize tonight

On the verge of completing a season that combined high ratings with relatively little controversy, "Big Brother" has been renewed for two additional seasons by CBS.

CBS announced on Wednesday (September 24), just hours before the Season 16 finale, that "Big Brother" Seasons 17 and 18 are set for the summers of 2015 and 2016 respectively.

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CBS renews 'Big Brother' for 2 more seasons
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CBS renews 'Big Brother' for 2 more seasons

CBS renews “Big Brother” for 2 more seasons
That means the long-running-reality show, which debuted in 2000, will make it to Seasons 17 and 18. “Big Brother: After Dark” will also return next year, on the POP channel.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;New Girl&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "New Girl"

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Ratings Analysis: FOX struggles, 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' bumps up, good times roll for 'NCIS: NOLA'

'Forever' isn't huge, but it's the best ABC's had on Tuesday at 10 for years

I dunno about you, but I'm already getting disturbed by the fact that we're two days into the 2014-2015 season and we're largely disaster-free.

OK. That's not exactly true. 

FOX's Tuesday is a disaster. Yes, "Utopia" gets a bigger DVR bump that most reality shows. That's a dud. And yes, "The Mindy Project" will get a nice DVR bump and it's a really good show at this point, but those numbers aren't acceptable. I'll let "New Girl" skate by for a while, just because it isn't FOX's biggest problem. 

But leaving FOX's Tuesday aside... No disasters.

Tuesday's big new premiere was "NCIS: New Orleans" and it drew a massive audience, one that it's hard to imagine any new show topping over the next couple weeks.

And Tuesday's other premiere was ABC's "Forever," which didn't do fantastically, but when the bar was set by "Lucky 7," "Mind Games" and "Killer Women" last season... It's a hit!

"Chicago Fire" came back strong.

"NCIS" remains impressive.

And although nobody's jumping around for joy at the numbers for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," at least they went up from Fast Nationals.

Now let's take a deeper look at Tuesday's Live+Same Day ratings...

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<p>Al Pacino in &quot;The Humbling&quot;</p>

Al Pacino in "The Humbling"

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Al Pacino will be looking for room in the Best Actor race with 'The Humbling'

Barry Levinson's latest received mixed reviews out of Venice and Toronto

Reviews of Barry Levinson's "The Humbling" out of the Venice Film Festival, where the Philip Roth adaptation premiered in competition, seemed mixed at best. Our own Catherine Bray dumped pretty hard on it, mostly bewildered about the choice of source material and the neutering of its gratuitousness. The "watering down" of "Roth's smut," she surmised, leaves the viewer with "just some mumbling from Pacino about how he don't get no respect." Others were kinder, still others not, but no matter, as a newly configured Millennium Entertainment has picked up the film with an eye toward insinuating it into the Oscar conversation.

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See Christopher Walken as Captain Hook on 'Peter Pan Live!'
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See Christopher Walken as Captain Hook on 'Peter Pan Live!'

John Rocker calls 'Survivor' the 'worst thing I’ve ever done'

See Christopher Walken as Captain Hook on “Peter Pan Live!”
Walken has admitted to EW that  “I’m not a good singer.”

“Chuck” alum Zachary Levi may return to NBC in a musical comedy
Levi is producing “Tuned” with Eva Longoria, about an ambitious New Yorker — potentially played by Levi — who has  musical hallucinations.

John Rocker calls “Survivor” the “worst thing I’ve ever done”
In an interview with a morning radio show, the controversial pitcher said of “Survivor,” which he’s competing on with his girlfriend: “I can sum it up by saying it’s the worst thing I’ve ever done.”

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"The Vampire Diaries" Season 6 art

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8 'Vampire Diaries' Season 6 teases from showrunner Caroline Dries

Most importantly: Are we done with doppelgangers?

On Monday (September 22) morning, The CW invited a handful of reporters to break up the madness of premiere week with a screening of the sixth season premiere of "The Vampire Diaries," which will air on October 2.

I'm not going to tell you much about the premiere both because it's a [relatively] long way off and because many of the salient plot points are embargoed. 

But mostly, I'm not quite ready to give more than a quick gut opinion. I felt like Season 5 was frequently over-extended and repetitive, but the finale also set in motion a number of shifts which, if utilized correctly, could clear a lot of the clutter from Mystic Falls. In turn, the premiere is mostly resetting the pieces. How's Elena handling the events of the finale? Poorly! How's Jeremy handling the events of the finale? Poorly! How're Stefan, Caroline, Matt and The Witch Twins handling the events of the finale? Poorly! And how is Alaric handling being alive again and whatnot? Poorly! That doesn't mean it's a depressing premiere, just that there's a lot of flux and, unlike last year's premiere, nobody is wandering around hubristically talking about how it was the best summer ever.

And what's up with Damon and Bonnie? Come on. You know I can't tell you anything.

But I can offer some hints about the season-to-come, thanks to "Vampire Diaries" showrunner Caroline Dries, who dropped by after the screening to answer some probing queries from the press.

I'm sure there are minor spoilers if you want to go into the new season knowing nothing, but otherwise...

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'The Simpsons'-'Family Guy' crossover causes stir with 'your sister’s being raped' joke
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'The Simpsons'-'Family Guy' crossover causes stir with 'your sister’s being raped' joke

The Situation indicted for tax fraud, James Franco’s 'SNL' doc headed to Hulu

“The Simpsons”-“Family Guy” crossover episode causing a stir with a “your sister’s being raped” joke
Some are already troubled by the joke, which is set to air this Sunday. "I was blown out of my shoes when I saw the scene with the rape joke in it,” said Tim Winters of the Parents TV Council. "It really troubled me.” But in a recent interview, Seth MacFarlane defended the joke saying that “in context, it’s pretty funny.” Fox, meanwhile, would offer no comment when asked by the Associated Press.

The Situation indicted for tax fraud
Former “Jersey Shore” star Mike Sorrentino allegedly didn’t pay his taxes on $8.9 million in earnings. His brother is also being charged. If he’s convicted, The Situation could spend nine years in federal prison.

Val Kilmer’s “Real Genius” movie is set to become an NBC comedy
The Peacock is rebooting the 1985 film as a workplace comedy about a rock star-like genius and his sheltered, naive co-worker.

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Deborah Cook explains the rigors of costuming for miniatures in the stop-motion 'Boxtrolls'
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Deborah Cook explains the rigors of costuming for miniatures in the stop-motion 'Boxtrolls'

Shouldn't this work be taken a little more seriously this time of year?

The fact is the work someone like costume designer Deborah Cook does on a film like "The Boxtrolls" should be afforded the same respect during the Oscar season as what, say, Colleen Atwood does on "Into the Woods." Or what another legend like Milena Canonero conjures on "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The disciplines are one and the same, to say nothing of the fact that the level of detail on Laika's latest is as eye-popping as ever. Yet the season often relegates everything done on a stop-motion film to the realm of "animation" and leaves it at that.

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A Most Violent Year
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J.C. Chandor's 'Most Violent Year' to open 2014 AFI Fest

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain star in the New York crime drama

"A Most Violent Year" is currently the dollar bid on "Price Is Right." Set for release at the tail end of December, A24 positioned J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost" follow-up as the last awards contender of the year. But don't think the film will be hustling behind the competition: American Film Institute announced today that "A Most Violent Year" would have its World Premiere on Thursday, Nov. 6, as the Opening Night Gala of AFI Fest 2014, giving it nearly two months to slow boil that buzz.

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