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Nathan Lane heads to HBO for 'The Money'

Nathan Lane heads to HBO for "The Money"

He'll play a NYC reporter in David Milch's drama about wealth and corruption.

Is "Breaking Bad" doing everything "The Shield" already did?
There are certain parallels between the two critically acclaimed shows, notes Mark Peters. "In many ways, 'The Shield' was 'Breaking Bad' before 'Breaking Bad.'" PLUS: Composer reveals the 8 hardest "Breaking Bad" scenes to score, What it's like driving Jesse Pinkman's car, the most-watched "Breaking Bad" episode on Netflix on Monday was the pilot, "Gale Boetticher" remembers his "Bad" times, Heisenberg mask selling for $22,700 on eBay, and see Mr. Lambert's cabin next to the Nazi pit.

Melissa Joan Hart details druggie past in tell-all book
"I experimented with weed, Ecstasy, mushrooms and mescaline for about a year and a half," she says.

A&E ends "Hoarders"
The reality show had a six-season run.

Tina Fey: With me hosting "SNL," expect to see a lot of the newbies
Fey points out that she's not promoting anything and, she adds, "I'm always happy to play straight person, so, hopefully, the cast will get to do more than when they have other kinds of hosts. You might get to see those new guys more. Although I’m not promising their parents anything."

"Revolution" creator: Even I was confused by the end of the season
Eric Kripke promises Season 2 will be much improved: "By the end of the season," he says, "around the time that we had drone strikes, I was watching along with everyone else and asking myself what is this show about? I just don't know what this show is about anymore."

Sandra Oh joins Twitter
The "Grey's Anatomy" star is ready to tweet as her final season kicks off.

CW promotes "Amell Wednesdays"
"Arrow's" Stephen Amell and "Tomorrow People's" Robbie Amell star in a new ad.

John McCain is a "Broadchurch" fan

The U.S. senator calls the British series "one of the most entertaining shows on TV right now."

"The Biggest Loser" shows Ruben Studdard crying
The "American Idol" winner was told he has diabetes.

Did "Cheers" expand Frasier Crane's role out of spite for Shelley Long?
A "Cheers" writer debunks the rumors, which Kelsey Grammer perpetuated in his memoir.

"Oz's" Terry Kinney joins ABC's "Black Box"
He'll co-star with Kelly Reilly on the limited series.

Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake's bromance began in 2002
The two met when Fallon hosted the Video Music Awards. The following year, Timberlake made his first of many memorable "SNL" appearances.

Lauren Graham on dating her "brother": "We try not to make out on set"
She tells Ellen that she met her "Parenthood" co-star Peter Krause on the set of "Caroline in the City."

What to expect on "Nashville" this season

Season 2 kicks off after the car crash. PLUS: What "Nashville" creator Callie Khouri learned from Season 1, and an appreciation of "Nashville" music.

Why tonight's "SVU" premiere feels so different
Exec producer Warren Leight explains: "At times it is a little cinematic, at times it is a little theatrical. I didn't want it to feel like another episode or just another premiere."

Lizzy Caplan is always asked about her nudity
The "Masters of Sex" star tells GQ, "I feel like I've answered that question a thousand times."

Are TVs good for restaurants?
Some feel television sparks conversation, while others say it diminishes social chatter.

"The Apprentice" UK boss sues one of his winners
Lord Sugar is suing after the contestant called his company a "sham."

How to make "HIMYM's" "sumbitches" cookies

Here's the recipe for the peanut butter, chocolate and caramel cookies from this week's episode.

Confessions of a "Downton Abbey" bootlegger
A Time magazine writer couldn't wait four months for the PBS broadcast of the Season 4 premiere.

Nick Offerman takes us behind the scenes of his "manly day"

Watch the "Parks and Rec" star's new Funny or Die video.

10 things to know about "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." after watching the pilot

The pilot episode might have left some confusion for those unfamiliar with the franchise.

TLC will debut 2 shows going inside the FLDS church
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be explored in "Breaking the Faith" and "Escaping the Prophet."

"Modern Family" doing well in syndication
Its ratings were as good as the syndication bow of "The Big Bang Theory."

Joel McHale hits Ireland for Esquire Network

Check him out on "The Getaway."

How often does Adam Scott get confused with Adam Scott?
The "Parks and Rec" star isn't a golf fan.

AJ Cook teases the return of "Criminal Minds"
"Were picking up where we left off, essentially," she says.

"Deadwood's" Robin Weigart joins "Chicago PD" and Showtime's "Trending Down"
She'll play Phillip Seymour Hoffman's co-worker on the Showtime series.

James Caan owns the screen on "Back in the Game"

The ABC "Bad News Bears"-esque comedy has Caan basically offering "a master class in abuse-with-a-twinkle. PLUS: It's a worthy successor to "Bad News Bears."

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<p>Alex Gibney at this year's Venice Film Festival.</p>

Alex Gibney at this year's Venice Film Festival.

Credit: AP Photo

Alex Gibney to receive Career Achievement Award from IDA

Laura Poitras and Geralyn Dreyfous will also be honored

Prolific documentary director Alex Gibney's career has accelerated to the point where you could be forgiven for losing track of what his latest project actually is. This year alone, the Oscar winner has brought us two topical, well-received docs: "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" premiered at Sundance and was released theatrically in May, while his study of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, "The Armstrong Lie," premiered at Venice earlier this month. It opens in early November.

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<p>Colton of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Colton of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Rule in Chaos'

Colton becomes Colton again and somebody heads home
Pre-credit sequence. Interesting interpretation in the recap, suggesting that the men got rid of Marissa out of "vengeance." This is probably true, but it's much more passionate than the noncommittal audience-blindside we got last week. She arrives at Redemption Island, where she's hugged by Candice and Rupert, who have no clue who she is. "People had the audacity to put a frowny face next to my name like they were upset about it," says Marissa, who describes herself as "pissed off" and places the full blame on Gervase. Rupert is just glad that Marissa isn't Laura. Rupert and Candice agree that they're also pissed off. 
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CBS orders 'Breaking Bad' creator's detective drama project after shelving it in 2002

CBS orders "Breaking Bad" creator's detective drama project after shelving it in 2002
Vince Gilligan originally developed "Battle Creek" with CBS in 2002, but the series never got made. Now, following the success of "Breaking Bad," CBS is making it into a series with "House" creator David Shore producing. PLUS: Gilligan's high school still displays his art.

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Robert De Niro replaces James Gandolfini on HBO's 'Criminal Justice' miniseries

Robert De Niro replaces James Gandolfini on HBO's "Criminal Justice" miniseries
The seven-part miniseries is moving forward following Gandolfini's death, with De Niro playing an ambitious defense attorney.

"Mistresses" renewed
The ABC drama was the No. 2 scripted series of the summer.

"Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will be repeated on Thursday

ABC is hoping to pick up more viewers for the Joss Whedon drama.

Watch "American Horror Story's" opening for "Coven"

The one-minute theme is pretty terrifying.

Guillermo de Toro to direct "The Simpsons'" couch gag for Halloween

"Treehouse of Horror XXIV" will be a horror film history lesson, featuring classic characters from past years.

Rumer Willis joins E!'s "Songbyrd"
She'll play Bethany Joy Lenz's sister on the songwriting drama.

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Miley Cyrus: The 7 most interesting facts in her Rolling Stone interview

Miley Cyrus: The 7 most interesting facts in her Rolling Stone interview

Watch the director's cut of her racy 'Wrecking Ball' video

Miley Cyrus is Rolling Stone’s current cover girl, and unlike the last two covers, which featured close-ups of Macklemore’s (of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) and Michael J. Fox’s faces, Cyrus, is, of course shown nude with her tongue sticking out.  (Adele and Taylor Swift are the only female Rolling cover subjects that we can remember in recent years who weren’t in some state of undress, but that’s a different topic).

Here are the seven most interesting things revealed in the Cyrus interview:

1. She gets Rolling Stone tattooed on the soles of her feet during the interview. It is her ninth tattoo. She also has a quotation from Teddy Roosevelt. Go figure.

2. She lives in Touluca Lake, in the San Fernando Valley. Her neighbors include “Diddy’s baby mama,” Steve Carrell, who often gives her disapproving looks for her reckless driving; and her parents, who live down the block.

3. Miley is shocked, SHOCKED, she says, by the reaction to her VMA performance of “We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines.” Miley thought there was a chance the network might pull the plug on her mid-performance, but she didn't expect so much shock and vitriol. "Honestly, that was our MTV version," she says. "We could have even gone further, but we didn't. I thought that's what the VMAs were all about! It's not the Grammys or the Oscars. You're not supposed to show up in a gown, Vanna White-style" – a little dig at Taylor Swift. "It's supposed to be fun!"

4. She admits that she says “Molly” in the “We Can’t Stop” lyrics, instead of “Miley,” which she coyly pretended she sang when the song first came out. She does it in a backhanded way, as she’s questioning why “Breaking Bad” can show how to cook meth, yet she gets bleeped. “They killed a guy, and disintegrated his body in acid, but you're not allowed to say 'fuck'? It's like when they bleeped 'molly' at the VMAs. Look what I'm doing up here right now, and you're going to bleep out 'molly'? Whatever."

5. Kanye West helped quell her nerves for the VMA performance: Kanye West had seen her rehearsals and wanted to talk to her before she went onstage. "He came in and goes, 'There are not a lot of artists I believe in more than you right now.”  Those kind words led to the two heading to the studio to record a remix of “Black Skinhead.”

6. Cyrus is not a racist just because she twerked or because she had black back-up singers: "I don't keep my producers or dancers around 'cause it makes me look cool," she says. "Those aren't my 'accessories.' They're my homies." Meanwhile, she argues, the idea that she's somehow playing black is absurd. "I'm from one of the wealthiest counties in America," she says. "I know what I am. But I also know what I like to listen to. Look at any 20-year-old white girl right now – that's what they're listening to at the club. It's 2013. The gays are getting married, we're all collaborating. I would never think about the color of my dancers, like, 'Ooh, that might be controversial.' What do you mean?" she says with a laugh. "Times are changing. I think there's a generation or two left, and then it's gonna be a whole new world."

7. She sees herself as Justin Bieber’s mentor: I'm not much older than him, so I never want it to feel like I'm mentoring him. But I do mentor him in a way. Because I've been doing this shit for a long time, and I already transitioned, and I don't think he's quite done it yet. "He's trying really hard," she adds. "People don't take him seriously, but he really can play the drums, he really can play guitar, he really can sing. I just don't want to see him fuck that up, to where people think he's Vanilla Ice.

 A director's cut of Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" has also been released and it is one long cut of Cyrus's face, completely redolent of Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U," which we've also embedded below, and, which came out before Cyrus was even born.

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<p>Kings of Leon's &quot;Mechanical Bull&quot;</p>

Kings of Leon's "Mechanical Bull"

Album review: Kings of Leon's 'Mechanical Bull' suffers sameness and safety

Is there anything better than singles 'Wait for Me' and 'Supersoaker?'


The new album “Mechanical Bull” from Kings of Leon is sturdy, but hardly ever takes any chances. With the title such as it is, one would expect a more exciting ride, and yet the band keeps it safe and mid-tempo with this sixth full-length.
Songs like sweetly melodic “Wait for Me” and the badass bassline from “Family Tree” get lost in the shuffle of over-mastered middlers. Single “Supersoaker” proves to have staying power but good will is lost by song two, “Rock City,” which has about as much rock as its kindred Counting Crows’ “Hanginaround.”
“Comeback Story” has every opportunity to break out, too, had the band allowed itself to tear away from its four traditional instruments, and perhaps that’s part of the problem. This band of brothers (and a cousin) sound slick and comfortable and when one stretches out – like singer Caleb Followill playing with his higher register on “Tonight” and cheeky lyrics on "Temple," or when they bust out something to dance to on “Coming Back Again.” They should fight off the guitar lines and solos that mirror vocal lines exactly, or shoot for a more daring mix on vocals. Instead, it’s much of the same as before, with a couple of stragglers shooting for single status.


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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

Credit: FX

Watch: Creepy voodoo teasers from 'American Horror Story: Coven'

Watch: Creepy voodoo teasers from 'American Horror Story: Coven'

The teasers just keep coming from "American Horror Story: Coven," and there's nothing we can do to stop them. Did you remember the show comes back on Oct. 9? At 10:00 p.m. ET? On FX? Good. Now, let's watch some creepy stuff. 

What is clear from these two new teasers as well as the awesomely disturbing new poster is that this season isn't just about witchcraft -- it's also about voodoo, which is a mash-up I can definitely live with. What do you think?

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<p>Alfonso Cuar&oacute;n on the set of &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Alfonso Cuarón on the set of "Gravity"

Credit: Warner Bros.

Alfonso Cuarón on the long, strange trip of 'Gravity'

The filmmaker is eager to move on

Alfonso Cuarón is ready to move on from "Gravity." Four years of work on his space odyssey including preparation, digital pre-visualization, barrier-breaking technological advances and on-set innovation to achieve what is easily the most realistic depiction of space on film to date have taken their toll on the director and he's ready to pursue the next thing.

"I'm more than eager," Cuarón says. "I need it. It took so long that I have already processed the film. Even if I finished the last details before Venice, the whole film for me was very old news."

It speaks to Cuarón's philosophy as a filmmaker. For him, the joy of a movie is the experience of the work. The "aftertaste," as he calls it, is what he takes away. He watches his films once with an audience and he moves on quickly to the next thing. And that, by the way, is how "Gravity" started clicking to life.

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<p>Miley Cyrus</p>

Miley Cyrus

Credit: AP Photo

Miley Cyrus's 'Wrecking Ball' tops Billboard Hot 100 for second week

Where does Britney Spears' 'Work B**ch' debut?

Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” holds off a challenge from former chart topper, Katy Perry’s “Roar,” to remain at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week.

“Ball” gains in airplay, while it falls in three other chart indicators: streaming songs, on-demand songs, and digital songs. While “Roar” holds at No. 1 on the Hot 100, it rises to No. 1 on Billboard’s Radio Songs chart, making Perry’s sixth No. 1 on the chart.

Lorde’s “Royals” holds at No. 3 for the third week on the Hot 100, while she jumps 3-1 on the Digital songs chart. The song also remains at No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart fro a seventh week, the longest No. 1 by a solo female in the chart’s 25-year history.

EDM DJ Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” rises 5-4, trading places with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, at No. 6 for a second week, while Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, rises 8-7.

Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” the first single from “ArtPop,” falls 7-8; Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais’ “Summertime Sadness” rises 10-9, and Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” moves back into the Top 10, inching 12-10.

Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch” just barely misses bowing in the Top 10, coming in at No. 12, according to Billboard.

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Watch: Justin Timberlake on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Watch: Justin Timberlake on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Listen to a full stream of 'The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2'

Even though Justin Timberlake was feeling under the weather, he still managed to throw a heck of a party for 10,000 who crowded Los Angeles's Hollywood Blvd. last night to see him perform for “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“You guys are going to have to help me out tonight. I’m a little sick,” he said before showing what a trouper he is.
To be sure, his six-song set was roughly one-third the length of Paul McCartney’s 15-song set the night before, but he still delivered an energetic performance and sounded great. Fans watching on television saw “Take Back The Night” and new single, “TKO,” both from “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2,” which comes out next week.

He also performed “Cry Me A River,” “Rock Your Body,” “Mirrors,” and “SexyBack.”

Below is Timberlake’s live version of “TKO." For a stream of the full set, go here.

“The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2"—all 74 minutes— is streaming in full on iTunes.


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<p>Jim Caviezel of &quot;Person of Interest&quot;</p>

Jim Caviezel of "Person of Interest"

Credit: CBS

Tuesday ratings analysis - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' soars, 'Dads' dips and 'Interest' dwindles

A quick look at the numbers from September 24
Morning ratings are a race, with a dozen reporters rushing to quickly post numbers that we know represent maybe 40 percent of a show's actual audience. That race means less time for spot analysis and commentary, even on figures as incomplete as Nielsen Fast Nationals are.
This season I'm going to try doing some more ratings analysis as the days go along in addition to the regular ratings stories, which I generally try to make as balanced and contextualized as possible anyway. I'm also going to try doing more coverage of Live+3 and Live+7 figures when those become available.
I don't know how regular these pieces will be. Ideally they'd be daily for the next couple weeks until the numbers settle, but no promises. Somedays I may have 10 bulletpoints. Other days I may have three. We'll see. 
Fortunately, there's a ton to discuss about the Fast National numbers for Wednesday, September 24
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