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<p>Nina Tassler</p>

Nina Tassler

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Press Tour: July 2014 CBS Executive Session Live-Blog

Expect 'Big Bang Theory' negotiation questions and more

Good thing news broke on Wednesday that the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" is still negotiating with CBS and WBTV, because without that, there wouldn't have been much excitement to be expected from Thursday (July 17) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel with CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler.

So we've got that to look forward to. We can also probably expect some queries about Thursday Night Football, the early performance of Halle Berry's "Extant" and maybe CBS' difficulties launching midseason shows (but probably not). 

Click through for the full live-blog...

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<p>Halle Berry in Extant</p>

Halle Berry in Extant

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Review: 'Extant' - 'Extinct'

Molly gets an ultrasound, John gets a new lab, and Ethan goes to a party

A quick review of last night's "Extant" coming up just as soon as I'm interested in Neanderthals...

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TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' rises, but 'Extant' droops on Wednesday

'So You Think You Can Dance,' 'Motive,' 'Taxi Brooklyn' also drop

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

CBS won Wednesday night in all measures, but the network's performance was mixed. While "Big Brother" posted tiny weekly gains, Halle Berry's "Extant" dropped well over a million viewers, though at least its decline in the key demo was small.

Speaking of declines, "So You Think You Can Dance," "Taxi Brooklyn" and "Motive" were also off week to week, at least among young viewers. 

On to the numbers...

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BBC apologizes to 'Doctor Who' boss, cast, crew and fans over leaking

BBC apologizes to “Doctor Who” boss, cast, crew and fans over leaking
Said the BBC: "Our sincere apologies again to Steven Moffat, the cast and production team who toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff, the BBC, and of course the fans who expect so much better.”

Here’s your 1st look at “Once Upon a Time’s” Queen Elsa from “Frozen”
Georgina Haig had her hair braided up for the role.

Jerry Seinfeld poses as an anonymous CIA employee on “The Daily Show”
Watch the anonymous whistleblower Seinfeld expose CIA secrets.

Conan "calls out" Stephen Colbert for claiming to make “television history” by showing a Masturbating Bear on air
Conan O’Brien said that Colbert’s tweet nearly killed his own Masturbating Bear, who’s been on TV for 18 years.

Nathan Fielder’s green card lists him as a female
The “Nathan For You” star showed Letterman his green card listing him as an “F” under gender.

Britain's “Saturday Night Takeaway” may come to the U.S.
The weekly variety show hosted by the original “Pop Idol” hosts Ant and Dec first launched in the UK in 2002. ITV is trying to shop an American version.

Shania Twain for “Dancing with the Stars”?
There’s talk she may join next season’s cast.

Report: “True Detective” Season 2 will be “Chinatown”-esque
The murder of a California city manager will kick off Season 2’s investigation, according to Film Divider.

Watch “SportsCenter” host Stuart Scott’s moving ESPYs speech
Scott spoke about battling cancer while accepting the Jimmy V Award. PLUS: ESPYs host Drake sang “Let It Go” as Manny Pacquaio.

“True Blood’s” Deborah Ann Woll joins Netflix’s “Daredevil”
She’ll play Matt Murdock’s longest-running love interest, Karen Page.

Beyonce nets the most MTV VMA nominations
Meanwhile, past VMA favorites Lady Gaga and Britney Spears got no VMA love this year.

CBS will let its NFL announcers decide whether to use “Redskins” or not
"We haven’t talked to them yet,” says CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. “Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say."

Watch a glimpse of “Garfunkel & Oates"
Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome’s comedy-folk duo get the IFC sitcom treatment, featuring a cameo by Ben Kingsley.

Netflix’s “Grace & Frankie” adds June Diane Raphael and Baron Vaughn
She’ll play Martin Sheen and Jane Fonda’s daughter and he’ll play Sam Waterston and Lily Tomlin’s adopted son from Uganda, who identifies as an American Jew.

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<p>Matt Passmore in &quot;Satisfaction,&quot; Judy Greer in &quot;Married,&quot; Tom Ellis in &quot;Rush&quot; and Aya Cash in &quot;You&#39;re the Worst.&quot;</p>

Matt Passmore in "Satisfaction," Judy Greer in "Married," Tom Ellis in "Rush" and Aya Cash in "You're the Worst."

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Review: USA's 'Satisfaction' & 'Rush' & FX's 'Married' & 'Youre the Worst'

USA and FX launch a bunch of new shows tonight, but are any of them any good?

Four new scripted shows debut tonight: two dramas on USA ("Rush" at 9, "Satisfaction" at 10), two comedies on FX ("Married" at 10, "You're the Worst" at 10:30). I loved none of them, but found enough interesting ideas, and enough overlap between several of them, to consider some kind of combined review.

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Derrick from "Big Brother 16"

Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - We Judge With Andy Herren

"Big Brother" is heating up for an exciting elimination, and we're recapping Wednesday's POV episode with BB15 winner Andy Herren.

Here's a meager suggestion: Cherish this time now, because we've arrived at the most enjoyable stage of the "Big Brother" season. While there are still plenty of obvious losers with cellophane eyes and candy brains who need to leave Chenbot Manor and head back to their Not So Elite modeling gigs, we've finally arrived at the moment where we can recognize everyone in the house, identify their weaknesses and strengths, and make real predictions. During last night's Power of Veto episode, I came up with five big points to consider as the season progresses. To validate my points, I'm dragging along Andy Herren -- the winner of BB15 -- to share his thoughts on the players too. 

Here are our five biggest takeaway's from Wednesday's POV spectacular. 

1. Donny is the best. And the worst.


Andy Herren: I hate Donny. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Donny, but that’s why I hate him. He is already WAY more likable that anyone else on this season, or anyone in the history of the "Big Brother" for that matter. He even makes TERRIBLE game moves (not telling Derrick what he wants to hear, running his mouth too much), yet somehow comes out of it with me being like, “DOG GONE IT, I LOVE HIM.” If my ultimate nightmare comes true and he wins, he will be known as the most adorable winner in the history of Big Brother, and I will look even worse than I already do by comparison. This cannot happen. We need a Victoria or a Caleb to win this season, because then maybe people won’t hate me as much. F**k you, Donny. Also, please be my best friend and follow me around everywhere, constantly uttering your irresistible Donny-isms.

HitFix: I worry that Donny is a more charming version of Adam from BB13. Way too trusting, expendable, and secretly hostile about others questioning his gameplay. The chalky brambly facial hair doesn't help either. His sweetness is endearing and I think he has some secret reserves of savviness that could help in the long run, but I'm annoyed by the fact that he almost botched the "Team America" challenge with his awkward rumor-starting tactics about Zach's fake relation to Amanda Zuckerman from BB15. When Nicole said later, "I felt it was almost a setup for me to start a rumor, so I wasn't going to [pass it on]," that was a pretty clear indication that Donny isn't cut out for propaganda missions. No big deal, but AMERICA is at stake.

2. Is Victoria secretly the star? 


Andy Herren: Is it just me, or is Victoria (also known as “Vicky,” in my eyes) the most fascinating person on the show? It seems she doesn’t even realize she is competing for $500,000. Hell, does she even know she is on television? I worry that she may have somehow wandered onto the CBS lot and been corralled into the "Big Brother house," when in actuality she was there trying to find Sarah Michelle Gellar’s dressing room (side note: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s show "The Crazy Ones" has been cancelled for months, but I doubt Vicky is aware). The only moment of screen time Vicky got during tonight’s episode was when she was shown being like, “LMAO I TOTALLY KNEW ZACH WAS RELATED TO THAT AMANDA GIRL FROM LAST SEASON! I ALSO KNOW THAT I AM LIVING IN A HOUSE AND THAT THERE ARE WALLS AND SOMETIMES WE ARE ALLOWED TO GO INTO THE POOL.” I hope she gets second place.

HitFix: I think Victoria is "laying low" (as Julie Chen once poetically put it) because she's still congratulating herself for memorizing three facts about herself in the first episode of the show. "I'm Jewish!" she declared. "I love pink!" she said. "I'm the hottest girl in the house!" she murmured. Who needs gameplay when you have producer-scripted facts about yourself to recite? That's the real question. I feel like this season's houseguests have a strong distaste for non-players. She's not even slightly athletic like the similarly useless Porsche from BB13, so I doubt she'll make it far, but I would watch a half-hour series where Victoria smiled into a camera and recited three-word trivia items about herself. 

3. Is Zach the most well-positioned player in the game?


HitFix: Remember last week when Zach made snafu after snafu, eventually getting himself nominated for eviction in a moment of pure horror? He even betrayed the other half of Zankie, whose magenta streaks reddened in rage. But Zach survived that week and it seems his astounding death spiral has been all but forgotten. You know who that reminds me of? Ian from BB14, who was so erratically behaved during his first week in the house that no one could've suspected he'd make it to the end. Then he won the whole thing. I have a feeling Zach's arc in the house is longer than everyone wants to give him credit for. 

Andy Herren: Zach is absolutely adorable. With every Diary Room confessional where he screams at the camera, I fall more and more in love. I just want to put him in my pocket and carry him around all day while he hugs me and yells cute adorable nothings into my ear. Also, I think he is in a good position in the game. He’s volatile and impulsive, which will actually help him. People are going to be like, “Let’s keep him around. He will always be a bigger target.” If he can pull out a decent mid-to-end game, he could ultimately do well. I think Christine is also playing very well. She’s riding the middle, not being seen as an ultimate floater (oh hi, Jocasta and Vicky) or as a dominant power player (Derrick, Caleb), but she’s doing it strategically. She’s still my pick to win this whole thing. 

4. Yes, we hate Devin. But is this how his game should end?


HitFix: My resting b*tch face turns to rage every time Devin is in the Diary Room. He is infuriating, self-absorbed, obsessed with announcing how well-intentioned he is, and utterly awful at social interactions. He is one of my least favorite nouns, period. It's heartening to see that he'll most likely be eliminated tomorrow, but a part of me is disappointed that no brilliant players (so far) are stepping up to use him as their pawn. Face it: He is powerless. He has been defanged in front of everyone. Why isn't anyone -- like, say, Brittany or Donny -- stepping up to save him for the sake of their own game? Granted, Devin's fickleness makes him unpredictable as an alliance member. (Remember how he swore to Paola that she wouldn't be going home?) But I still think his pathetic vulnerability could be useful to a very smart houseguest. 

Andy Herren: I love how the house hates Devin SO MUCH that they all openly cheered when he lost the Power of Veto. He put up a good fight, but he was ultimately taken out by “competition beast” Donny, who everyone is seriously starting to think of as a threat. Sure, Devin is the absolute worst, but he also makes for great television. I think he is probably going to be sent packing tomorrow, and I’m going to miss the chaos that he is known for throwing the house into. Here’s hoping that Caleb murders Cody or Amber once Devin leaves. We need something dramatic to happen.

5. Final thoughts: Excellent Power of Veto game and a more excellent victory striptease.


HitFix: Maybe I just enjoyed watching Devin work 20x harder than his competitors in order to stay alive during "Tumblin' Dice" (also a fine Rolling Stones tune), but the strategy involved with rolling around in a giant die and figuring out how to toggle properly was kind of a real treat to watch. Poor Derrick turned into a scared dice prisoner with robot moves! Good for Donny, who won this Power of Veto and will use his winnings to do something cutesy like hug a tractor or talk to a squirrel. 

Andy Herren: Cody’s striptease at the end of the episode. I’m dead. RIP. Cause of death: Abs.

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Review: 'The Purge: Anarchy' improves on first film, but not enough to make it matter
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Review: 'The Purge: Anarchy' improves on first film, but not enough to make it matter

By focusing on the bigger picture, sequel corrects many of the first film's sins

It's safe to say I was not a fan of "The Purge."

James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first film, is back to do both jobs again this time, and I think he's made leaps and bounds in terms of making use of his big idea. My biggest problem with the original film was that the scale of the story being told was a financial consideration, not a creative one, and it felt like it wasted the basic idea of a governmental decision to sanction 12 hours per year where anyone can kill anyone for any reason.

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<p>The Bridge</p>

The Bridge

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Ghost of a Flea'

It's a big game of Where's Eleanor?, as everyone hunts for the season's new villain

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as we're on the same bowling team...

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10 all-time greatest Comic-Con movie panels

10 all-time greatest Comic-Con movie panels

Plus: Two very special honorable mentions

If you follow any prominent journalist, critic or entertainment reporter on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed the past few weeks have been spent dreading Comic-Con. There are some prominent exceptions, but for the most part the San Diego pop culture extravaganza is one of the toughest and most stressful events to cover on the entertainment calendar. As members of the media, we often becomes so fixated on the negatives we forget how often Comic-Con brings joy to the movie or TV fan inside all of us. And frankly, it's our job to convey that excitement to all of our readers who can't make it down to Hall H or Ballroom 23.  

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'The Big Bang Theory' cast is still without contracts 2 weeks before Season 8 starts production

“The Big Bang Theory” cast is still without contracts 2 weeks before Season 8 starts production
If a deal isn’t struck with the original five stars by July 30, production will be delayed — though a short delay won’t affect the Sept. 22 season premiere.

Shonda Rhimes doesn't see “Scandal” lasting to Season 8
"I've already decided when Scandal is ending,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I think there's only so much ‘Scandal' you can tell satisfactorily. The Fitz-Liv thing can only be told so long and in such a way. It's not a 10-season or eight-season show. I've already decided how long that is and what that's going to be. I'm not really worried about that."

Jason Lee joins Amazon’s “Cocked”
He’ll play Sam Trammel’s brother and Brian Dennehy’s son in a dramedy about a family gun business.

Latest “True Detective” rumor: Ewan McGregor?
A British tabloid says McGregor is planning to meet with show creator Nic Pizzolatto about a possible role.

Jerry Seinfeld: I’m considering a "Comedians in Cars All-Stars” season
In a Facebook Q&A, Seinfeld also revealed he reviews the coffee shops he visits on Yelp and that next week “Comedians in Cars” will get a spinoff show showing compilations from other episodes patched together. PLUS: The 12 most-underrated “Seinfeld” episodes.

Andy Samberg buys Charlie Chaplin’s former home for $6.25 million
The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star's new Hollywood Hills mansion was also the former home of actress Mary Astor.

Chelsea Handler called tasteless for dressing her sidekick as Hitler
The “Chelsea Lately” star has come under fire for celebrating Germany’s World Cup win with Chuy dressed as the Nazi dictator.

Kickstarter campaign wants a “Breaking Bad” spinoff starring Slash and Val Kilmer
What if they played U.S. Marshals who are seeking to determine if Walter White is still alive?

Listen to the R&B singer who will dub Whitney Houston’s songs for Lifetime movie
Does Deborah Cox sound like Whitney?

Carrie Preston talks about her “True Blood” tears
"Well, there was no problem accessing the emotion for me that day,” she says of this week’s episode. PLUS: Anna Paquin now has purple and blue hair.

ESPN and Sean Astin revive “Rudy” for a college football playoffs promo
Watch Astin reprise his 1993 movie role.

What “The Leftovers” can learn from “Lost”
Damon Lindelof’s HBO series, says Steve Bryant, "never really gives us a reason to give a sh*t. I think there's a simple reason why we don't. It's because we never got to see the rapture happen. All we saw in the pilot episode was a missing baby, a fender bender, and a kid calling out for his dad."

Here are the most iconic moments from Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live”
Over the past five years, Tina Fey has gotten drunk and Oprah has said the word “breasteses!”

Jason Biggs meets his real-life “OITNB” counterpart
The real Larry is named Larry Smith. PLUS: Why is the TV Larry such a jerk compared to the real Larry?

Woody Allen’s never-aired 1972 PBS special attacking Richard Nixon surfaces on YouTube
Check out “Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story.” PLUS: HBO special presents “Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words."

“Full House’s” Candace Cameron Bure facing a backlash for going on a 5-day cleanse
The “Dancing” alum insists that the cleanse is intended not to lose weight, but to get her body back on track.

What it’s like to receive an e-mail from Louis CK
“Hi, begins one e-mail sent in 2011.  "This is LOuie.  It seriously is me. Im even going to leave the O stuipdly capatalized because who would pay an intern to do that??"

“Hawaii Five-0” adds Amanda Setton
“The Crazy Ones” alum will play Masi Oka’s new medical examiner trainee.

Should it matter that “Game of Thrones” will have no female directors next season?
As Carolyn Cox notes, "it’s important to have female voices on a series which often depicts women being silenced.” PLUS: Man climbs the real “GoT” wall with no ropes.

How not to get fired on “SNL”: Do characters, not impressions
Fired featured player Noel Wells was great at impersonating people like Zooey Deschanel and Lena Dunham. But the problem with impressions is that you tend to disappear into your character. While creating a character offers something unique.

Why does Oxygen keep failing to try appeal to young women?
The original Oprah network announced this week yet another rebrand to hook young female viewers.

A Bea Arthur fan has created a “Bea A Day” Tumblr blog
Artist Mike Denison has resolved to create a different Bea Arthur drawing every day for one year.

“The Vampire Diaries” adds another new character
Emily C. Chang will play Ivy, a "quintessential girl next door with an unexpected wild side.”

Watch “Boardwalk Empire” creator talk for 4 1/2 hours
Terence Winter recently sat down with the Archives of American Television.

PBS sets “Icon” Al Capone for "Gangster Night"
The legendary mobster will be part of next Tuesday’s “Gangster Night” on PBS in an "Icon" special.

Michael Vartan hit with divorce papers
The “Alias” and “Bates Motel” vet has been married for three years.

Go behind the scenes of “The Librarians” filming in Oregon
The Noah Wyle series is the latest TNT series to call Oregon home.

On “Virgin Territory," MTV thinks virgins are weird
The reality show about virgins takes a psychological approach to learning why these young people are still virgins out of high school. PLUS: “Virgin Territory” would’ve been perfect six years ago during the teen pregnancy reality show era, and it explores a serious topic in an un-serious way.

WE’s first scripted series “The Divide” is surprisingly good
The cable network known for reality shows like “Marriage Boot camp” has turned in a drama that isn’t “frilly or fun,” says Alessandra Stanley. "It is a smart, intense thriller inspired by the Innocence Project, the nonprofit organization that uses DNA testing to fight to reverse wrongful convictions — including many in death penalty cases.” PLUS: Every character is developed with an intriguingly complex moral point of view, the problematic casting is "decidedly off-Broadway,” and how does co-creator Tony Goldwyn juggle “The Divide” and “Scandal”?

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<p>Ben Affleck in &quot;Gone Girl&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck in "Gone Girl"

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David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' to open 2014 New York Film Festival

Fox comes to the Big Apple for a third-straight year

Filmmaker David Fincher has been away from the screen for a couple of years, since 2011's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" threatened to be a major Oscar force but settled for a handful of nods (and a surprising Best Film Editing victory). He's back this year with the Gillian Flynn adaptation "Gone Girl," which could be a major play for Fox as the studio looks to get its awards legs back after hitting a wall with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" last year. Well, an opening night berth at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival is certainly a great way for the studio to set the stage.

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The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers' new video for 'War On The East Coast'

Take a stroll through the danger zone

The New Pornographers continue their power pop ways with new song and video, “War in the East Coast.”  The catchy track has a bit of a ‘90s BritPop feel, which may account for the video’s style.

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