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Charlie Sheen to star in a WEtv relationship show pilot: 'Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence'

Charlie Sheen to star in a WEtv relationship show pilot: “Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence"
Sheen will produce and star in the reality show in which he’ll put engaged couples to the test. The Sheen show is part of several brand-new WEtv series, including “David Tutera’s CELEBrations” and “Mystery Millionaire.”

Stephen Colbert: “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me”
"Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth,” Colbert said in a statement, reacting to the news of his replacing Letterman. PLUS: Jon Cryer pitches himself as "unctuous sidekick."

Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel share the same agent
James “Baby Doll” Dixon — who also represents Jon Stewart and Carson Daly — will soon represent two of the three 11:35 pm network late-night hosts. (Dixon was in the "touchy position" of representing Kimmel and Stewart in 2002 when they were both being considered for ABC's late-night gig.)

Rebecca Romijn to star in TNT's "Librarian” series; Noah Wyle will produce and recur
Romijn, who last year starred on TNT’s “King & Maxwell,” will return to the cable network later this year in “The Librarian.” She’ll be joined by John Larroquette, Christian Kane, as well as Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, who will reprise their roles from the movies.

Watch the “Girl Meets World” trailer
Here’s the first footage from the “Boy Meets World” spinoff.

“Dancing with the Stars” losing its showrunner
Conrad Green, who’s been in charge of “Dancing” since its launch in 2005, is leaving to join Fox’s “Utopia” social experiment reality show.

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<p>Stephen Colbert will leave &quot;The Colbert Report&quot; sometime next year to succeed David Letterman as &quot;Late Show&quot; host.</p>

Stephen Colbert will leave "The Colbert Report" sometime next year to succeed David Letterman as "Late Show" host.

Credit: Comedy Central

Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as 'Late Show' host

Comedy Central star moves up to the network big leagues, but should he stay with 'The Colbert Report'?

Prepare to say goodbye to "Stephen Colbert" and hello to Stephen Colbert, America, now that CBS has wasted no time whatsoever in naming "The Colbert Report" star as David Letterman's successor to host "The Late Show."

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It's official: CBS names Stephen Colbert as Letterman's replacement

CBS names Stephen Colbert as Letterman's replacement
CBS made the announcement official today: "The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of 'The Late Show,' effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment." PLUS: "He was the most logical choice from the start," says "The Late Shift" author Bill Carter.

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Jon Stewart endorses Stephen Colbert, not himself, for the Letterman job

Jon Stewart endorses Stephen Colbert, not himself, for the Letterman job
“He’s done an amazing job with just that very narrow cast of character, but he’s got a lot more he can show,” says “The Daily Show” host, adding that he doesn’t "have that gear, I don’t think” to host a network late-night show. “I just don’t really have it anymore,” he tells Vulture. "I really like what I do, not that Stephen doesn’t. But he has a real opportunity to broaden out in a way that I don’t.”

“GMA” adds ESPN’s Tony “Stat Boy” Reali as a contributor
The “Around the Horn” host will move his show from Washington, D.C. to New  York — and exit “Pardon the Interruption” — to cover social media news for the ABC News morning show.

CNN announces shows from Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling and John Walsh
The “Dirty Jobs” host will profile unique individuals in "Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” Ling will immerse herself in bizarre American cultures and “America’s Most Wanted’s” Walsh will investigate international crime in "The Hunt with John Walsh.”

“Mad Men’s” Jessica Paré becomes fat for Funny or Die
Watch her eat whatever she wants.

Starz orders “Project Greenlight” with a twist
“The Chair” from “Greenlight” producer/star Chris Moore will have two directors make their own distinct movie based on the same script.

“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Tessa Ferrer joins “Extant”
The departing intern will play an astronaut on the Steven Spielberg series.

Ellen “auditions” for Letterman’s job
"I am very flattered but I really love doing my daytime show,” she said as she recreated “The Late Show.”

Tracy Morgan pitches himself as Letterman’s replacement
“We’ll shake the game up. I think Jimmy Fallon needs some competition,” he tells Matt Lauer.

New York Post puts more of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ rear end on its front page
See the “Veep” star’s extended butt crack along with the hand of the tattoo artist.

Goats recreate the “Game of Thrones” theme song
It’s “Game of Goats.”

HLN announces a daily news program “The Daily Share,” plus “America’s Most Liked”
HLN’s social media-centric slate will also include “2 Spouses, 3 Houses,” "Wkly M@shup With Chuey Martinez, "News or Not” and “Beyond the Like.”

Conan plays video games on the Dallas Cowboys’ giant video screen
Watch Conan O’Brien fulfill every gamer’s fantasy.

Watch Amy Poehler and her brother on “Welcome to Sweden”
Here’s a preview of Greg Poehler’s comedy based on his life.

Jimmy Fallon poses as Tom Petty to sing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Stevie Nicks
Watch them recreate the 1981 video.

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Law &amp; Order: Special Victims Unit&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: CBS nips FOX on Wednesday as 'SVU' rises, 'Mixology' falls and 'The 100' holds

'Survivor' is Wednesday's top show in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Wednesday night held true to recent form with "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" holding off "American Idol" and leading CBS to slim wins both overall and in the key demographic.

There were a few notables outside of the top positions on Wednesday. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" got a big bump for a heavily promoted episode and gave "Chicago PD" a smaller audience bump. Over on ABC, leaving "Mixology" alone in a sea of repeats resulted in predictable series lows for the freshman comedy. And while "The 100" also hit series lows on The CW, the drama held up reasonably well in its first airing without a new "Arrow" as a lead-in. 

On to the numbers...

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<p>Bryan Singer and Michael Fassbender prepare for Magneto to go to war</p>

Bryan Singer and Michael Fassbender prepare for Magneto to go to war

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Bryan Singer describes his reasons for returning for 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

He seems ready to reclaim the series as his own

We're in the home stretch now as Fox prepares to release "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," which means we're going to get pounded by publicity materials between now and the actual release date.

This new behind-the-scenes feature that was just released deals primarily with Bryan Singer and his reasons for jumping back into the director's chair for the latest entry in one of the longest-running of the modern superhero series. Singer's first two films paved the way for much of what we see now, and when he left the series, it wasn't completely voluntary.

While I understand how attractive the chance to revisit Richard Donner's "Superman" must have been to Singer, I think it was a mistake for him to leave the "X-Men" series before he made the film that he planned to follow-up "X2" with, and I'm not sure the series has ever truly recovered from that moment.

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<p>Woo of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Woo of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Mad Treasure Hunt'

Given the choice between being ugly or cute, which would you pick?

Pre-credit sequence. "That was a cool Tribal Council," Spencer announces to his fellow castaways as they return to Solarrion after Sarah's blindside. "I expect everybody to be mad," Kass says, but Spencer claims he's not mad, just not appreciative of the move on a qualitative level. Somewhat stupidly, Spencer blames Kass' decision on being steered by "her estrogen." "The No.1 rule of "Survivor" isn't 'Cater the person on top,' it's 'Wonder about the person on the bottom,'" Kass explains. She takes shelter with her new alliance, as her old alliance keeps peppering her with frustrated insults. "You talking strategy, just stop please," Spencer tells Kass. "So, I pissed off five people, but I gained five friends," Kass says, calling herself a free agent. I'm really not sure Kass understands "Survivor" at all. Or maybe Kass understands "Survivor" flawlessly and it's friendship she doesn't get? Dunno.

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From 'Hannibal' to 'Enlisted' - TV Shows on the Bubble 2014

From 'Hannibal' to 'Enlisted' - TV Shows on the Bubble 2014

Checking in on the fates of 'Community,' 'Trophy Wife,' 'Hart of Dixie' and more

What a difference a year makes!

Last spring, my BubbleWatch gallery was speculating on the tenuous futures of shows like "Community" and "Hannibal" and "The Mentalist" and "Hart of Dixie" and "Nashville" and this year my gallery is speculating on the tenuous futures of shows like "Community" and "Hannibal" and "The Mentalist" and "Hart of Dixie" and "Nashville."

This year's bubble also includes new limbo candidates like "Enlisted," "Trophy Wife," "Dracula" and every show on The CW that wasn't already renewed.

Speaking of... ABC is the only network that hasn't done at least one batch of early renewals, so that means that I'm treating shows like "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" as being "on the bubble" even though they're totally not. They're just not officially renewed. 

Anyway... Check out my full BubbleWatch gallery below. As always, I'll update it as various things become formal. And yes, it's a lot of slides to click through. Sorry. I put a lot of effort into this and it's 9500-ish words. So... Enjoy a little, hopefully!

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<p>Annet Mahendru as Nina in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Annet Mahendru as Nina in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Arpanet'

Nina tries to beat the polygraph, while Philip tries to hack the early internet

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I have a friend in Japan named Hirohito...

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Is Joan Jett joining Nirvana at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction?

The band is dropping hints that it's true

It looks like Joan Jett could be playing with the remaining members of Nirvana at their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow night in Brooklyn.

On their Instagram account, Foo Fighters—led by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl—posted a photo of Grohl’s drum set, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic’s bass, Pat Smear’s guitar and Joan Jett’s guitar, according to Stereogum, in a set up from what looked like a rehearsal.

The Rock Hall has not announced whether Nirvana would play at Thursday night’s induction (Fellow inductees Kiss and Linda Ronstadt will not, in fact Ronstadt will not even attend).

Taking the late Kurt Cobain’s place in Nirvana, even just for one night, takes balls, but we can think of few better than Jett to jump in. First off, she and Grohl are great pals and seem to love playing together. Second, she can handle the job. In fact, it would be a real kick to see her tackle  “Smells Like Teen Spirit” or “Come As You Are.”

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on HBO on May 31.


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Which network TV shows are on the bubble?

Which network TV shows are on the bubble?
All of ABC’s freshmen dramas, including “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” look safe. But ABC’s new comedies, including “Trophy Wife,” are in danger of cancelation. And so is “Parenthood” and “Revolution.”

Jane Pauley joins CBS News
The former NBC “Today” star will contribute to "CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS News’ Bob Scheiffer announced tonight.

In 2012, more parents named their daughters “Khaleesi” than “Betsy”
“Game of Thrones” fans have also been responsible for the growing number of babies named “Arya."

“Glee’s” Chris Colfer to visit “Hot in Cleveland”
He'll guest as Wendie Malick’s son. PLUS: Naya Rivera’s engagement to Big Sean is off over a cheating scandal.

FX boss complains that Netflix strips off “FX” and “AMC” from FX and AMC shows
In contrast, John Landgraf notes, Netflix likes to identify its shows as “A Netflix Original Series” but doesn’t like other shows to be associated with their networks.

ABC wants “Nashville” to become a multimedia property
The network hopes to make a lot of money from a concert special, the soundtracks and a three-city tour. “We’ve always regarded this as an opportunity for a larger franchise beyond a scripted TV show,” says exec producer Steve Buchanan.

“Saved by the Bell” creator is now an award-winning playwright
Sam Bobrick, 81, retired from Hollywood after “Saved by the Bell” ended in 1993: "I had always hoped that I'd be able to quit TV and concentrate on plays before I turned sixty," he says. "It seems so did the networks. So it worked out well for both of us."

Cinemax producers sue actress for refusing to film a nude sex scenes
Actress Anne Greene signed a nudity rider to appear in the 2011 series “Femme Fatales. But when it came time to film the scene, she refused, according to the lawsuit.

In defense of splitting up “Mad Men’s” final season
The concept of the season is evolving…

Patrick Duffy talks “Step by Step” and “Dallas”
Duffy still communicates with his former “Step by Step” co-stars Suzanne Somers, Staci Keanan and Christine Lakin, he reveals in a Reddit AMA. He even wrote a letter of recommendation for Keanan when she applied for law school.

“Justified” is proof that making quality TV is hard
But the FX series earned a pass on this disappointing season, says Tim Goodman, something that other shows can’t count on. PLUS: “Justified” isn’t broken.

Good riddance to Barbara Walters
Walters, says Alex Pareene, is "is a national icon and a pioneer, and probably as responsible as any other living person for the ridiculous and sorry state of American television journalism."

Letterman owns “The Late Show,” something that will never happen again
Even in 1993, when CBS gave David Letterman ownership rights via his Worldwide Pants production company, ownership was unheard of outside of Oprah.

National Constitution Center and Julia Louis-Dreyfus mock Rolling Stone’s “Veep” flub
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia tweeted a photo of the founding fathers looking down at the Rolling Stone cover, while Louis-Dreyfus blamed “Veep’s” Mike.

See Sandra Oh’s “Grey’s Anatomy” farewell gift
A fan sent her a celebration of Cristina Yang.

This season’s “Wife Swap”-ers include Jermaine Jackson, Laila Ali, Robin Leach
Also, Eric Roberts, Tichina Arnold and “California Dreams” star Kelly Packard.

Heidi Klum under fire for having her “Germany’s Next Top Model” contestants wear redface
The German contestants were brought to Utah, where they were dressed as Native Americans.

More and more TV characters are watching other shows
“Parks and Rec,” “Trophy Wife” and “Happy Endings” have all name-dropped “Scandal.”

Recalling Sen. Al Franken’s “SNL” career
Franken’s work on “Saturday Night Live” spanned three decades.

Bob Saget banned his daughters from watching “Full House”
“I kind of forbid them to watch it… it was forbidden,” he says, adding that he couldn’t stand to watch a kids’ show after coming home from work. PLUS: 5 "Full House" revelations from Saget’s new memoir.

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<p>Arian Foster and Terry Crews talked about how accurate they felt &#39;Draft Day&#39; was to their own experiences in the NFL.</p>

Arian Foster and Terry Crews talked about how accurate they felt 'Draft Day' was to their own experiences in the NFL.

Credit: HitFix

Terry Crews and Arian Foster look to real life to discuss the authenticity of 'Draft Day'

Is Crews the greatest motivational speaker in Hollywood right now?

One of my favorite people to interview is Terry Crews.

I could probably shorten that to simply say that Terry Crews is one of my favorite people, because it's true. He is one of those character actors who makes anything better simply by being in it, a guy who is both visually distinct and also gifted with a really wicked sense of timing. He's great at comedy and he seems equally adept at drama when people give him that chance.

The last time I spoke with him was during the release of "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2," and I had just seen the first few episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." I talked to him about the potential of that show, so it was nice to be able to sit down with him again on the other end of the season to talk about just how great the show got in that first year. He is part of a wonderful ensemble on the series, and he seems really excited to see how things came together over the first 22 episodes.

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