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Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Jonathan Frakes will be directing an upcoming episode of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." that will directly connect to the events at the end of "Thor: The Dark World."
That's all you need to know if you don't want to be spoiled at all for the upcoming movie or for the TV series, or both. You can stop reading and just know that Marvel and Disney and ABC have made one of the most profoundly obvious decisions in the history of corporate synergy. They are going to use their TV show that exists because of their big hit movies to lay some expository pipe between one of those big hit movies and the rest of those big hit movies, and the show will promote the movie while the tie-in promotes the show and the new movie promotes not one but two or even three new movies and where does the commercial stop and where does the movie begin at this point can you even tell me?
Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” will kick Katy Perry’s “Prism” out of the top spot, as the Canadian group’s newest sells up to 140,000. “Prism” falls to second place with sales of around 95,000.
Coming in at No. 3 will be Clarkson’s “Wrapped In Red” with sales of up to 70,000, followed by The Robertsons’ “Duck The Halls” at No. 4, moving 55,000 units.
Two more country debuts follow: Toby Keith’s “Drinks After Work” looks good for No. 5 (40,000), while Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” will bow at No. 6 (35,000).
Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” is in a dead heat with Linkin Park’s latest “Recharged,” for the No. 7 spot, with sales of up to 35,000, while Miley Cyrus’s “Bangerz” and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” are duking it out for the No. 9 spot, with each targeted to sell up to 32,000, according to Hits Daily Double.
ABC gives full seasons to "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife," cancels "Back in the Game"
"Super Fun Night" also got a four-episode order from ABC.
"MythBusters" stars recount the LAX shooting
Tory Belleci, who was inside Terminal 3 with Grant Imahara this morning, says: "We were sitting at Gate 33, right around corner of gate 36. All of a sudden we heard gunshot. We were trapped at Gate 33. The doors were locked. Everybody was freaking out. People were running, hiding, jumping over other people. It was complete panic."
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is doing a crossover with the new "Thor" film
"Thor: The Dark World" hits theaters Nov. 8, and the ABC series will pick up where the film left off on Nov. 19. PLUS: More tips on fixing "S.H.I.E.L.D."
Is Kerry Washington a "sellout" for hosting "SNL"?
The "Scandal" star was invited to host "Saturday Night Live" in the spring, before there was a diversity controversy. But Greg Braxton wonders if Washington should've declined the invite: "While it's understandable that Washington is seeking to heighten her profile and take advantage of her hot streak, could she have made a more significant statement about the show's lack of progress in hiring minorities by declining the invitation? She certainly has been outspoken in the past."
Nick Offerman on "Parks and Rec" scheduling: "I dare say we are the throbbing, turgid boner of NBC"
Offerman defended the Peacock's decision to shift "Parks and Recreation" around, comparing it to genitalia: "Like any organism, sometimes you're proud of your genitals, and you want to use them to give pleasure to others. And other times you have to focus on the other parts of your body..."
What about "The Client List" cliffhanger?
Fans of the Lifetime Jennifer Love Hewitt series won't get answers after today's cancelation.
Steven Tyler signs on for another judging job -- Miss Universe
He'll be joined by Carol Alt for the Moscow pageant.
"Scandal's" depiction of the White House Correspondents Dinner wasn't entirely accurate
The annual event takes place at the Hilton, not the Kennedy Center!
Bob Newhart remembers Marcia Wallace
Newhart recalls working with Wallace when she played his receptionist on "The Bob Newhart Show." PLUS: Did you know Edna Krabappel and Ned Flanders were married on "The Simpsons"?
"Dancing" guest judge Cher: I know nothing about ballroom dancing
Cher says of her guest-judging stint on Monday: "I am so not qualified to be judging on a technical basis, because I don't know anything about ballroom dancing. I don't want anyone to not have all the breaks they would have from someone with expertise. That's a little frightening!"
FCC may eliminate sports blackouts
The FCC's acting chairwoman is questioning whether sports blackouts are still in the public interest.
"Doctor Who" writer: I'm prepared for a backlash over the 50th anniversary special
"Oh, I'm totally prepared for howls of protest," says Mark Gatiss, who penned "An Adventure in Space and Time."
"Seinfeld" reunion: George Costanza's mom hijacks Julia Louis-Dreyfus' press event
Estelle Harris, now 85, said at an "Enough Said" screening: "I couldn't think of a "f*cking" question."
"The Talk" will host a "Love Boat" reunion next week
Gavin MacLeod will be joined by Ted Lange, Fred Grandy, Lauren Tewes and Jill Whelan, plus singer Jack Jones on Tuesday.
"Extreme Makeover's" lead project manager arrested for shoplifting at Target
Theron Canevari, 49, allegedly stole some Bose headphones and a folding knife.
Teen bride Courtney Stodden separates from her 53-year-old "Lost" hubby
Stodden and Dough Hutchison have been married for two years.
"The Goldbergs" theme song band samples audio from 25-year-old Nintendo consoles
Producers reached out to Chicago band I Fight Dragons for its 14-second opening.
"2 Broke Girls" gets its own cupcakes
The 2 Broke Not So Vanilla cupcakes will be available through Nov. 15 at Sprinkles stores.
Jerry Ferrera: "Entourage" movie will be "a throwback to the earlier seasons"
"We're kind of taking it back," he says.
A Ryan Seacrest inflatable sex doll is now for sale
No word on if Seacrest will try to halt sales of the sex product.
A documentary on "The Odd Couple's" Art Carney is in the works
Carney's grandson is trying to get his project finished after working on it for eight years.
Stephen Colbert makes fun of Matt Lauer's "Baywatch" costume
"Where in the world is Matt Lauer's dignity?"
Camilla Luddington talks about her "Grey's Anatomy" chemistry with Justin Chambers
"They're learning," she says of their characters, "but there are times when I read a script I just wanna scream at them both, 'Talk! Please! Just talk to each other!'"
"Masters of Sex" boss: Showtime wants us to run for more than 4 seasons
" we just went on the big milestones," says showrunner Michelle Ashford, "we would basically have a four-season show. I think that in success, for business reasons, they want something longer than that, and so now we've had to think about how we would divide up the story if we make it longer than four seasons."
British spy drama "Spooks" is becoming a movie
The long-running series that briefly aired in the U.S. as "MI-5" is coming to the big screen.
"Chuck" is now streaming on Netflix
All five seasons are now available.
"Sherlock" meets "Friends"
What if the BBC comedy was reimagined as the NBC hit sitcom?
New "Saved by the Bell" Complete Collection DVD omits the "Miss Bliss" years
The 13-epiosde series that preceded the NBC comedy is missing from the new box set.
Norway public TV is airing 12 hours of knitting all night
Says a producer: "We'll watch the arm of a sweater get longer and longer; it will be fascinating ... but pretty strange TV."
Why are TV's new witches so different?
From "American Horror Story" to "Witches of East End," these new witches don't serve Satan and don't have husbands.
Oprah's epic yard sale is this weekend
"I've been accumulating things since 1985," says Oprah. "It's just too much stuff."
Bryan Cranston narrates "Big History" on H2
The new History channel spinoff show, premiering Saturday, delves into the mundane aspects of the world, like salt and horses. PLUS: Henry Rollins hosts H2's "10 Things You Don't Know About."
Showtime's "Time of Death" takes viewers into the final weeks of 8 people
It's hard to watch, says Hank Stuever, but it "bears the dignified, documentary-style traits that reality TV had in its earliest days: It is desperately interested in observing people up-close, as they are, and will not turn away when things get too real."
"How I Met Your Mother" co-creator: "I had to run for my life" today at LAX
"The shot of the gunman's enormous rifle on the ground is about 40 feet from where I was sitting -- just so scary...," tweets Craig Thomas, who was supposed to fly to New York City this morning. He adds: "I feel lucky to be alive and grateful for how many amazing people are in my life."
If you didn't read my "About Time" review earlier this week, it serves as a sort of unintentional preamble to this review, since by one of those weird quirks of film development and release, they're both time travel movies.
Richard Curtis uses the idea of time travel to explore the idea of what the heart wants. It's that simple. If you could do it, how would you build yourself the perfect life? It is a device that allows him to write about everything, really. He explores a lot of ideas in his film, and in some very personal ways.
"Free Birds," on the other hand, asks a big silly question: what if turkeys could change the first Thanksgiving so turkey never makes it on the national menu?
But… wait… is that a silly question? The film opens in a turkey farm, and it makes explicit in the first few moments that these turkeys are being fattened up for eventual slaughter. Reggie (Owen Wilson) is the one turkey who can see through to the code of the Matrix. He knows what's coming. And as a result of his near-constant state of panic, he's ostracized, an outsider.
Lorne Michaels on adding a black woman to "SNL": "It will happen. I'm sure it will happen"
"It's not like it's not a priority for us," Michaels says in his first comments about "Saturday Night Live's" diversity controversy. PLUS: A civil rights group wants Michaels to respond to "SNL's" diversity problem.
Attorney General Eric Holder visits the "Homeland" set in Morocco
Holder stopped by the set Wednesday and chatted with (spoiler!) a certain cast member.
Season 1 "Survivor" B.B. Andersen, the 2nd person voted off the island, dies at 77
Andersen died of a brain cancer on Tuesday. As a contestant on Borneo, Andersen asked to be voted off on the 2nd episode of the very 1st season of "Survivor."
Which other TV stars are stuck at LAX?
"Curb Your Enthusiasm's" JB Smoove and NFL Network's Rich Eisen are among the celebrities stuck after this morning's shooting.
FXX teams with Sacha Baron Cohen, will air "The Ali G Show" with new intros
Cohen has signed a production deal with FXX to develop a new show and to air his old one retitled "Ali G: Rezurection."
Oh, "Secret Princes," (Fri. at 10:00 p.m. ET on TLC) what are we going to do with you? Prince Lorenzo de' Medici of Italy is determined to find love in the Lonestar State, but he's going about it all wrong, the silly squirrel. Actually, he may find the language barrier plays in his favor, as everyone thinks it's charming when he says he's good at the sexy, and this probably sounds even less smooth in his native tongue. In this exclusive clip, we see the man in action. We won't even comment on his neckerchief.