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'24: Live Another Day’s' finale pulled in more viewers than the '24' series finale

“24: Live Another Day’s” finale pulled in more viewers than the “24” series finale
Thanks to DVR viewers, the “24:LAD” ratings has gone up to about 10.7 million.

Report: “True Detective” Season 2 was written with Vince Vaughn in mind
In fact, Vaughn and “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto have previously worked together, but only briefly, according to Deadline. Pizzolatto was the original writer for Vaughn’s film reboot of “The Rockford Files,” which he had to exit due to his “True Detective” commitments.

NBC renews “Welcome to Sweden”
The sitcom from Amy Poehler and her brother Greg has been picked up for a 10-episode 2nd season. Despite low ratings, "Sweden" has been big among affluent viewers.

CBS pulls “Extant’s” finale from premiere week, expands “Survivor’s” premiere to 90 minutes
The Halle Berry drama will wrap one week early due to disappointing ratings. “Big Brother’s” finale has also been changed to 90 minutes.

“SNL”-themed products are going on sale: From talking Stefon Doll to peanut butter Schweddy Balls
“Saturday Night Live:” has partnered with It’Sugar to sell more than 50 “SNL”-inspired products, from Gilly Sour Gummy Hearts to Debbie Downer hand sanitizer. Products go on sale Sept. 13. PLUS: “SNL” embracing commercial tie-ins for Season 40.

Why “Big Bang” stars deserve even more money — and why they’re each making less than “Friends” cast’s $1 million an episode
Adjusted for inflation, the “Friends” cast’s $1 million an episode is worth $1.3 million in today’s dollars. Which means “The Big Bang Theory” stars are making much less than each of the “Friends” cast members. And with “Big Bang” CBS’ only big comedy hit, as Josef Adalian points out, "'Big Bang' is arguably more important to the Eye than either ‘Friends' or ‘Seinfeld' were to NBC.”

“Arrow” books “Medium’s” David Cubitt as The Manhunter
He’ll guest in the important role of Mark Shaw.

Canada’s prime minister unfollowed Homer Simpson on Twitter
Stephen Harper unfollowed Homer after the CBC revealed that “The Simpsons” patriarch was one of 223 people the prime minister followed on Twitter.

Elisabeth Moss: Even the men cried during “Mad Men’s” final days of filming — except Jon Hamm
"The last three days were kind of like a funeral," Moss says. "It was just everybody crying all day long -- these big, giant men bursting into tears.”

Netflix exec on “Arrested Development” Season 5: "It's just a matter of when"
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos is “positive” that “Arrested Development” will be back, but the cast scheduling has to be sorted.

"The Bachelor Australia” has already gone with a minority Bachelor in Season 2
The current Australian “Bachelor” is half black/half white.

“Justified’s” Joelle Carter to visit “Constantine”
She’ll play a damaged ex-model who’s married to a rock star on the NBC series.

“The Strain” is even more relevant with Ebola in the news
Why it’s the "show for our Ebola jittery moment.”

“SNL’s” booted John Milhiser: I felt “the least funny" this past year
Milhiser and “SNL” newbie Sasheer Zamata talked about their rookie year at an Upright Citizens Brigade event.

What TV can teach the struggling music industry
Like TV, the music industry needs to appeal to adults with more complex content.

“Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan has his own Topps baseball card
Gilligan’s storyboard cards also got the Allen & Ginter card treatment.

Sonia Braga is headed to “Royal Pains”
She’ll play Divya’s former mother-in-law and grandmother to her baby.

“Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson pitches herself for “SVU"
“Maybe I could be Mariska Hargitay's mother or grandmother,” says the “Law & Order” fan.

“The Awesomes” is almost the perfect companion piece to “Guardians of the Galaxy”
The Seth Meyers co-created Hulu cartoon is back with Season 2.

Watch Dan Harmon’s "return" in a “Community” DVD extra
The Season 5 DVD set is due out Tuesday. PLUS: Jim Rash wants a “Game of Thrones” parody.

“Boardwalk Empire’s” Brian Geraghty joins “Chicago PD”
He’ll be partnered with Marina Squerciati next season.

Shark Week parodies abound: From Comedy Central’s Shart Week to Logo’s Snark Week
There’s also Bark Week from Hub Network, Big Cat Week on Nat Geo, Weather Channel’s Tornado Week and Sportsman Channel’s Aporkalypse.

“Sirens” cop gets a promotion
Josh Segarra will become a series regular next season.

“Jeopardy!” teen tournament ended in a 2-way tie
Because it was the last day of the tournament, there had to be two winners.

Piers Morgan to Larry King’s wife: “Tell him it's over, he can stop being a bitch now”
Shawn King has now entered the Larry-Piers war of words, prompting Morgan to tweet: "if Larry can't fight his own battles, tell him to stop being such a graceless old toad."

Check out the trailer for Showtime’s “L Word Mississippi”
"L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin” tells the story of lesbians living in the deep South.

HBO tonight presents "Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words”
With the anniversary of Nixon’s resignation looming, HBO presents a documentary on the former president’s tapes that will leave you “alternately gasping aloud, chuckling and groaning.”

Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence's “Partners”: How did this get on FX?
That’s what Brian Moylan is asking: "You know how in the 90s (or in 2014 on CBS) they used to make sitcoms with big stars, laugh tracks, hokey premises and jokes that even borscht-belt comedians thought were old? Well, FX, one of the hippest channels on the dial (oh my god, remember dials?!) just made one of those.” PLUS: It’s vexing like an out-of-tune guitar, and it’s a cynical, feckless money-grab by veteran talents who should know better.

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Forget the summer, did 'Guardians of the Galaxy' just save the rest of 2014?
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Forget the summer, did 'Guardians of the Galaxy' just save the rest of 2014?

If crowd-pleaser continues to perform it could jumpstart the fall

It's taken a few months, but moviegoers finally found another summer movie they adore. "Boyhood" has a very passionate fan base, but that awards-worthy player still isn't in enough theaters to come close to qualifying for nationwide release. No, America and some parts of the world have gone nuts for James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy," and with not a moment to spare.

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Black Cat spin-off film? Sony expanding 'Spider-Man' universe with female lead
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Black Cat spin-off film? Sony expanding 'Spider-Man' universe with female lead

We wouldn't discount the possibility of a 'Spider-Girl' movie, though

Sony's got a tough road ahead of them.

One of the most depressing but predictable things to happen this weekend was the backlash that has already begun regarding Sony's idea to possibly make a woman-driven "Ghostbusters." While I'm used to seeing knee-jerk reactionary responses from people who show up in comments sections, I was taken aback by Mike Fleming's response on Deadline. If he meant it as a joke, it's tone deaf, and if he's serious, then he's more of a caveman than I expected.

At this point, I feel like I've turned a corner in terms of my own feelings about casting, especially when it comes to these big fanboy properties. I am fully onboard at this point for disruption of the status quo. Female Thor? Great. Black Spider-Man? Bring it on. An all-female Ghostbusters team? Suit up, ladies, and let's see what you've got. If it makes white dudes angry because they feel like they're having to share their toys, then I'm all in.

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Off the Carpet: Will it be Brad vs. Angelina this Oscar season?
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Off the Carpet: Will it be Brad vs. Angelina this Oscar season?

'Fury' vs. 'Unbroken' could make for an enticing narrative later this year

Last week "Boyhood" producer John Sloss asked me why I thought his film could win the Best Picture Oscar this year. Of course, it's only just August, so all you have is the same thing everyone else has: instincts, observation of the lay of the land, etc. And I'm nowhere near calling it for the little engine that could. Rather, I see in it the kind of special quality that tends to light the fuse of many an Oscar winner. But there's plenty that could stand in its way between now and Feb. 22, 2015.

Then again, looking ahead at this year's potential Oscar slate, I'm not really sensing a banner year. Many of these films could end up absolute masterworks; we just don't know yet. But in the awards fray, lately I've just been thinking, "I see 'Unbroken' and then I see everything else." Angelina Jolie's upcoming POW saga about the life of the late Louis Zamperini seems to have all the bells and whistles that you'd expect of a power Oscar player (and of countless potential players that have hit a brick wall, it should be said), so like most of you, probably, I'm expecting it to clean up. But everyone is getting their narratives in order and Sony sure got a nice smooch from The New York Times over the weekend, setting David Ayer's "Fury" up as an unflinching look at the dark underbelly of heroism in World War II.

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<p>Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in &#39;Big Eyes&#39;</p>

Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in 'Big Eyes'

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Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in images from Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'

The Weinstein Company film is set for release on Christmas Day

The start of production on "Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass" isn't the only Tim Burton news happening. Additionally, newly released are the first two images (below) from the Burton-directed "Big Eyes."

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift drops hints about her new album...we think

Will we hear new music during the MTV VMA performance?

Is 18 about to replace 13 as Taylor Swift’s favorite number? Today, Swift posted a video on Instagram with the words, “So, here’s your first clue…”

The video shows a finger, perhaps Swift’s, pushing the number 18 in an elevator, patiently at first and then more adamantly.

Swift has been working on a new album for the last year so it’s likely a reference to her newest set. She has been remarkably reliable in terms of dropping new albums every two years in the fourth quarter. Her self-titled debut came out in October 2006, “Fearless” in November 2008; “Speak Now” in October 2010, and “Red” in October 2012.

Chances are we'll hear new music  live by Swift when she performs at MTV's Video Music Awards on Aug. 24. E News! reports that her performance will be "explosive," and that she is appearing alone, not as part of a collaboration.

And for sure she'll be singing new material when she appears at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which takes place in Las Vegas Sept. 19-20. iHeartRadio DJ Kristin Cruz promised as much when she posted a photo with Swift and tweeted a few weeks ago that the singer would debut "new songs" at the event.

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Ed Sheeran

Watch a dancer get all bendy in Ed Sheeran's new video for 'Don't'

If you like great dancing, you'll love Sheeran's latest clip

After Sia’s “Chandelier,” Ed Sheeran’s new video for “Don’t,” may deliver the best dancing in a video this year.

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Uzo Aduba of "Orange Is The New Black"

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Interview: 'Orange Is The New Black' star Uzo Aduba on Emmy hopes, Season 2 drama and more

How is the Suzanne/Crazy Eyes balance shifting?

Life is a whirlwind for the stars of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black."

When they aren't journeying to Los Angeles to accept awards for the prison dramedy's first season which premiered in July 2013, they're still doing publicity for the second season which premiered in June 2014 and then, of course, there's the third "Orange Is The New Black" season, now in production.

That meant there was a lot of ground to cover when I talked to Uzo Aduba last week, starting with thanking her for dropping by the TCA Awards ceremony in July (she joked on Twitter that she, Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew and Danielle Brooks were furloughed).

We talked about the Emmy process, which sees her going up against Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, including the selection of "Lesbian Request Denied" as her submission episode.

And we discussed Aduba's journey in the second "Orange" season, including her attempts to balance the line between Suzanne and Crazy Eyes.

The Emmy voting deadline is Wednesday, August 6, if such things matter to you. The Creative Arts Awards, the show which includes the Guest Actor categories, will be held on August 16. The second season of "Orange Is The New Black" is available in its entirety on Netflix. And Season 3 will premiere next spring/summer at some point.

Check out the full interview...

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Report: Vince Vaughn in talks for 'True Detective' Season 2

Report: Vince Vaughn in talks for “True Detective” Season 2
According to TV Line, Vaughn is in “preliminary” negotiations to play one of three leads in the 2nd season of the HBO series. Previous reports from last month had Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch in negotiations for “True Detective."

Natalie Zea to star in ABC’s “Members Only”
The “Justified” and “Dirty Sexy Money” alum is set to return to ABC in an upstairs/downstairs Connecticut country club drama from RJ Cutler.

“Warehouse 13’s” Eddie McClintock joins “Backstrom”
He’ll play a police lieutenant who grew up with Rainn Wilson’s Det. Backstrom character, and stole from him.

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Lollapalooza 2014 in photos: Eminem, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Outkast and more
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Lollapalooza 2014 in photos: Eminem, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Outkast and more

The rain didn't keep a weekend of music away in Chicago

Lollapalooza returned to Chicago this past weekend, and brought with it headliners like Kings Of Leon, Eminem, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Outkast and more.

The three-day event ran over Aug. 1-3 in Grant Park, with a few hours spent in the "rain" portion of the "rain or shine" policy.

Still, Nas, Grouplove, Cage The Elephant, Bleacher, Jhene Aiko, Lykke Li, John Butler Trio, White Denim, The Bombay Motorcycle Club, Glen Hansard, Jungle, The Head and the Heart and The Avett Brothers were caught doing their thing on camera.

Check out photos from the intrepid shooters at Associated Press below. Which are your favorite pics?

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'Downton Abbey’s' Hugh Bonneville to visit 'Galavant'

“Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville to visit “Galavant”
He’s set to guest-star as Peter the Pillager.

Cedric the Entertainer’s “The Soul Man” renewed
The TV Land spinoff from “Hot in Cleveland” will return next year for a 12-episode 4th season.

Reminder: “Conan” tonight hosts the “Orange is the New Black” cast
Tonight's guests include Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne and Jason Biggs, marking the 4th time Conan has hosted a TV show cast.

David Spade to make fake IDs for “The Goldbergs”
He’ll guest as a photo store employee.

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Comedy Central announces premiere dates for 'South Park,' 'Key & Peele,' 'Tosh.0,' 'Adam Devine's House Party'

Comedy Central announces premiere dates for “South Park,” “Key & Peele,” “Tosh.0," "Adam Devine's House Party"
“South Park’s” 18th season kicks off Sept. 24 followed by “Key & Peele," “Tosh” returns Aug. 26 and "Adam Devine’s House Party” returns Sept. 9.

“Sharknado 2” to hit theaters for 1 night only
Following the success of the original “Sharknado” in theaters last year, “Sharknado 2: The Second One” will be screened on Aug. 21.

Spike TV and NFL vet Ray Lewis team for “Coaching Bad”
The hourlong reality show will feature nine coaches from different sports receiving instruction from the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and an anger management specialist.

“Idol” finalist from last season: "I have Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever”
It took months for Dexter Roberts to learn about the ailment that forced him off of this year’s tour.

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