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<p>&quot;Rick &amp;&nbsp;Morty.&quot;</p>

"Rick & Morty."

Credit: Adult Swim

Adult Swim renews 'Rick & Morty' for season 2

Twisted, hilarious animated comedy co-created by Dan Harmon has been a big hit

A couple of weeks ago, I finally got caught up with Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty," the twisted, inventive, hilarious animated comedy created by Dan Harmon from "Community" and Justin Roiland. It's a terrific show, and has also been a big hit for Adult Swim, which is why the only surprise about the renewal for a second season is that it didn't happen sometime in January.

"I am excited to make as much Rick and Morty as Adult Swim allows, and I'm relieved to be in a time slot of no strategic value to CBS," Harmon joked in a press release.

The show's in a brief mid-season hiatus right now (the next new episode is set to air on March 10), but Adult Swim's video site has all the previous episodes (you have to be an authenticated cable subscriber to watch them for free, or else you can pay to watch episodes via YouTube or iTunes). If you only have time for one, I'd go with "Meeseeks and Destroy." Also? Watch far away from a mealtime.

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Carl Reiner on Sid Caesar: 'Television owes him a debt of gratitude'

Carl Reiner on Sid Caesar: "Television owes him a debt of gratitude"

"Inarguably he was the greatest single monologist and skit comedian we ever had," Carl Reiner said in a statement. "Television owes him a debt of gratitude for his pioneering work and the great shows he gave us all. Render onto Caesar what is his due. He deserves real applause from the American people."

"Taxi's" Judd Hirsch will drive a cab in the "Sharknado" sequel

"Sharknado 2" is currently casting for local NYC celebrities, including a weatherman and a shock jock.

"GMA" is even topping "Today" during the Olympics

On Monday, "Today" was No. 1. But "Good Morning America" topped "Today" on Tuesday.

Some Olympic fans didn't like Matt Lauer subbing for Bob Costas
A few viewers were particularly annoyed by Lauer's beard. PLUS: How jingoistic is NBC's coverage?, Johnny Weir drawing attention for his "fashion fierceness," and naked Lauer and Al Roker got spanked at a Russian bathhouse.

"Shameless" books Jeffrey Dean Morgan for the season finale

He'll guest as Fiona's new boss.

Adult Swim renews "Rick and Morty"

Dan Harmon's animated comedy will be back for a 2nd season.

TruTV orders a reality show about "Safecrackers"

"The Safecrackers" will follow the Alabama locksmiths as they try to crack lost and abandoned safes.

January Jones: Did "50 Shades of Grey" poster steal from "Mad Men"?

The "50 Shades" poster, she notes, looks like the 2010 "Mad Men" poster of Don Draper standing in front of a window.

"Sesame Street" spoofs "Flappy Bird" with "Flappy Bert"

Check out Bert in a parody of the mobile video game that no longer available.

"Girls" meets the Sochi games
It's the "Shoshi Games 2014," celebrating Shoshanna's Olympic triumphs.

Jason Alexander defends his hairpiece

"I do standup comedy called 'An Evening With Jason Alexander and His Hair,'" the former "Seinfeld" star explains to Craig Ferguson. "The hair has billing and an agent and I had to wear it on your show."

Fox Business Channel to launch a "Strange Inheritance" TV show

The half-hour show will examine "real-life stories of unconventional inheritances."

"Grimm" casts C. Thomas Howell
He'll guest as an FBI agent.

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<p>Cristin Milioti</p>

Cristin Milioti

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' Mother lands an NBC pilot lead

Cristin Milioti will topline 'A to Z' for NBC
So "How I Met Your Dad" has found its Mother, but The Mother from "How I Met Your Mother" has found a new sitcom gig. 
Got it?
Yesterday, amidst much gnashing of teeth and wailing, it was revealed that Greta Gerwig will be the lead in CBS' "HIMYM" kinda-spinoff "How I Met Your Dad."
And today, WBTV and NBC announced that Cristin Milioti will play one of the leads in "A to Z," a new comedy pilot from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
That wasn't so complicated at all, was it?
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<p>The late Sid Caesar in a publicity still with &quot;Your Show of Shows&quot;&nbsp;co-star Imogene Coca.</p>

The late Sid Caesar in a publicity still with "Your Show of Shows" co-star Imogene Coca.

Credit: AP

Hail Caesar: Memories of comedy legend Sid Caesar

The iconic star of 'Your Show of Shows' dies at 91

Sid Caesar, who died today at 91, was a giant, in every sense of the word. He was 6'2", and at his early '50s peak as the star of "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," he was such an impressive physical specimen that when he would impersonate Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire," he made Brando seem puny.

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Will Forte is set to play the 'Last Man on Earth' on Fox

Will Forte is set to play the "Last Man on Earth" on Fox
The "SNL" alum, who was received Oscar buzz last year for his role in "Nebraska," has co-created and will star in a comedy pilot about the last man on Earth.

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"Clash of the Ozarks"

 "Clash of the Ozarks"

Credit: Discovery Channel

Exclusive clip: 'Clash of the Ozarks' has 'True Blood' grit

Watch this and see if it reminds you of the HBO series, sans vampires

If this exclusive clip from the new Discovery Channel series "Clash of the Ozarks" (premieres Feb. 25 at 10:00 p.m.) reminds you of the opening credits of HBO's "True Blood," you aren't alone. While "Clash" doesn't have vampires and werewolves, it does feature a clan war, a guy named Crowbar, and plenty of bad (if not true) blood.

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<p>Will Forte</p>

Will Forte

Credit: Bravo

Will Forte, 'Lego Movie' team land FOX series order

'Last Man on Earth' is slated for midseason 2014-2015
Continuing its "Pilot season is dead" theme, FOX has given yet another direct-to-series order, this one to a comedy project from Will Forte and the team behind the critically adored hit "The Lego Movie."
FOX announced on Wednesday (February 12) that it has ordered "Last Man on Earth," a single-cam comedy that will begin production this summer for a midseason slot in the 2014-2015 broadcast season.
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TV pioneer, comedy legend Sid Caeser dies at 91

TV pioneer, comedy legend Sid Caeser dies at 91
With "Your Show of Shows" launching in 1950, Caesar became one of the "greatest improvisors and one of the most rigorous sketch-comedy artists in television history," says Ken Tucker, who adds that he as "a modest dynamo, a man who disappeared into his comedy as though it was his escape from reality."

Seth Meyers' 1st week "Late Night" lineup: Joe Biden, Kanye West, Lena Dunham

Meyers will also be joined by Kelly Ripa, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Sophia Bush and Brad Paisley.

"Vampire Diaries" and other Atlanta-based TV shows shut production over potentially catastrophic storm

The storm, described as "an event of historical proportions," forced Atlanta shows like "The Originals" to shut down, as well as "Drop Dead Diva" and "Devious Maids."

Paula Deen scores $75M cash infusion

A private investment firm is helping to fund the former Food Network star's comeback by helping start a new company called Paula Deen Ventures.

"HIMYM's" Cristin Milioti joining Rashida Jones' NBC comedy pilot
Milioti will play one-half of a couple in "A to Z"

HBO picks up "Utopia" from David Fincher
Fincher is re-teaming with "Gone Girl" writer Gillian Flynn on an adaptation of the hit British series about die-hard fans of an underground graphic novel.

Drake Bell files for bankruptcy

The former Nickelodeon "Drake & Josh" star is reportedly more than $1.5 million in debt.

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<p>Mariah Carey</p>

Mariah Carey

Does Mariah Carey have a hit with 'You're Mine (Eternal)?'

Slow, smooth R&B track arrives just in time for Valentine's Day

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mariah Carey wants you to be hers. On new single,  “You’re Mine (Eternal),” Carey slips into a little smooth R&B as she recalls what it was like to have her lover in her arms. “You’re Mine (Eternal),” will be on Carey’s much-delayed new album, out May 6.

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<p>Chiwetel&nbsp;Ejiofor in &quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The top 10 shots of 2013: part two

Wrapping up the year in individual film images

Have you been watching HBO's "True Detective?" Did you catch Sunday night's episode? The entire back half of the show built to an absolutely arresting finale, the fallout of which was ultimately captured in one extended take. Some might dismiss it as a mere stunt, but while I was certainly captivated by it technically, I was also drawn in by how consistent and controlled and drilled-down Matthew McConaughey's performance was throughout the take. Shots like that are a group effort above and below the line, even after being meticulously blocked and lit by the camera department.

It was a bit of serendipitous timing for that episode to hit when it did, given that this annual feature was planned for this week. And the concept of continuous takes — or "oners," as they're called — might have some relevance to today's wrap-up of the best shots of the year, but, well…no spoilers yet. I would, however, like to take a moment to consider the year in cinematography in general, because it was a banner year for the industry's camera wizards.

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<p>Kristen Bell, back in the UPN&nbsp;days of &quot;Veronica Mars,&quot;&nbsp;will be at PaleyFest with her movie castmates, plus a somewhat recognizable moderator.</p>

Kristen Bell, back in the UPN days of "Veronica Mars," will be at PaleyFest with her movie castmates, plus a somewhat recognizable moderator.

Credit: Warner Bros.

PaleyFest 2014 panelists announced, plus a familiar moderator

Stars from 'Veronica Mars,' 'Lost,' 'Mad Men,' 'Community' & more will be there

PaleyFest, the two-week spring event where the stars and producers of some of TV's most prominent shows, just announced most of the attendees for this year's festival, which will take place from March 13-28 at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater, and they include Jon Hamm, Kristen Bell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling, Tom Mison, the gang from "Community," a "Lost" reunion" and... me.

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HBO's John Oliver comedy show will be called 'Last Week Tonight,' debuting April 27

HBO's John Oliver comedy show will be called "Last Week Tonight," debuting April 27

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will air on Sundays at 11 pm, following HBO's original lineup of shows, including "Game of Thrones."

"The Killing's" Mireille Enos is pregnant

Enos, and her husband, "Spin City's" Alan Ruck, are expecting their 2nd child. PLUS: "The Killing" promotes Gregg Henry for final season.

Paleyfest announces participants: Which "Lost" cast members will show up?
The "Lost" 10th anniversary panel will include Josh Holloway, Emilie de Ravin, Ian Somerhalder, Jorge Garcia, Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim, Henry Ian Cusick, Malcolm David Kelley, Nestor Carbonell, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

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