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<p>I'm not sure how they expect this to cross over to an older audience, but then again, maybe that's not the point.</p>

I'm not sure how they expect this to cross over to an older audience, but then again, maybe that's not the point.

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Fox signs on to develop Mark Millar's 'Kindergarten Heroes' as a family-friendly franchise

Carter Blanchard has been tapped to write it

"Family friendly" and "Mark Millar" are not normally used in the same sentence.

Even so, it appears that 20th Century Fox is planning to give it a shot with "Kindergarten Heroes," a new movie that Carter Blanchard just signed on to write with Simon Kinberg producing. The book does not appear to actually exist yet, and the only artwork I could find for it online is what looks like the front of a book, but I can't find any listing anywhere that would indicate that you actually buy that book.

Selling unpublished material before it hits the stand is nothing new for Millar. I thought it was very interesting when I was on the set of "Kick-Ass" and some of the issues existed only as rough artwork and some story notes. Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman's script actually fed back into the way Millar was thinking, and that cross-traffic is one of the things that made that so much fun for all involved.

As a producer, Kinberg is a busy man these days. He's one of the guys in the mix for the new wave of "Star Wars" films that will kick off with "Episode VII," presumably arriving in theaters in December of 2015. He just produced "Elysium," and he's right there in the midst of things for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" as well.

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'Doctor Who's' 50th anniversary episode will be simulcast worldwide on Nov. 23


"Doctor Who's" 50th anniversary episode will be simulcast worldwide on Nov. 23
At least 75 countries will be able to watch the special on the same day, with BBC America airing the American simulcast.


Jay Pharoah: "SNL" needs a black female cast member
"They need to pay attention," Pharoah tells theGrio. "Her name is Darmirra Brunson…Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she's black first of all, and she's really talented. She's amazing. She needs to be on 'SNL.' I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year."


Watch Miley Cyrus' twerk-free "SNL" promos
"Miley, that VMAs performance, how could you?"


Adam Scott ending "The Greatest Event in Television History"

The 3rd and 4th installments will be the last ones. "It's a lot of work for such a short, stupid thing, so that's why I think we're gonna wrap it up here after the next two," Scott tells Splitsider. The 3rd installment will air in November, while the last one will be shown in February or March.


Sarah Michelle Gellar joins Twitter
"Why is sending this first tweet scarier than going on the @LateShow?" she tweeted before entering Letterman's theater. PLUS: See Gellar and Letterman together nearly 30 years ago.


ABC orders "Lights, Camera, Christmas!"

The reality competition, airing in December, will pit 16 families in a battle for the most impressive Christmas-themed house.


ABC is developing "A Slave In The White House" limited series
After the success of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," ABC is developing a limited series based on President James Madison's slave servant.


ABC is set to mash up "Nashville" and "Once Upon a Time"
"Galavant" would combine the musical drama of "Nashville" with the fairy-tale "Once."


Usher sings ABC Song on "Sesame Street"

A -- Move your arms!


Check out Rob Lowe's "Killing Kennedy" poster

Featuring Rob Lowe as JFK and Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald.


"MythBusters" to tackle zombies for a "Walking Dead"-themed episode

The Oct. 17 special will ask questions like: ”Are axes or guns more effective at dispatching the undead?"


CNBC picks up "Shark Tank" reruns
The ABC reality show is getting syndicated.


New "Carrie Diaries" poster shows off the new Samantha Jones
With the tagline: "Say hello to Samantha. Miss Jones if you're nasty!"


JWoww apologizes for calling Gov. Chris Christie "retarded"
The MTV star wasn't happy with the New Jersey governor's anti-gay marriage stance.


Jay Leno got to drive the "Tumbler" Batmobile
Watch the new episode of "Jay Leno's Garage."


George R.R. Martin says "Game of Thrones'" Purple Wedding will be memorable, too
"It's going to be the wedding of the year, and as memorable in its own way as our wedding last season," he says.


Leslie Bibb joins "The Following"
She'll find herself "in the company" of James Purefoy.

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"Parks and Recreation"

 "Parks and Recreation"

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Watch: Kristen Bell plays Leslie Knope's rival on 'Parks and Rec'

Watch Amy Poehler face off against Bell's beauty queen character

As if you needed another reason to watch "Parks and Recreation" (Thurs. at 8:00 p.m.), now Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars" star, sloth lover and Dax Shepard's baby mama) is doing a guest arc (starting this week) as Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)'s beauty queen, upper crust nemesis from Eagleton. Will this be awesome? Nod your head, because yes, yes it will. In fact, watch this clip and get all kinds of excited about this.

Will you be watching "Parks and Rec"?

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<p>Kenny Powers just wasn't made for this life.</p>

Kenny Powers just wasn't made for this life.

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Danny McBride's committed performance anchors an excellent 'Eastbound & Down' season premiere

Now where do they go from here?

I honestly never expected to see Kenny Powers again.

The end of the third season was such a decisive conclusion, giving him the happy ending that he needed instead of the one he wanted, that I figured we were done with him as a character. After all, heading into that season, Jody Hill and Danny McBride and David Gordon Green all seemed relatively sure that they were done with him, and if they felt like they were finished, who were we to argue?

The very end of that final episode, though, threw so many big ideas at us so quickly that it went from feeling like the finish of something to feeling like a giant challenge. Once your lead character fakes his own death to walk away from his dream life in professional sports, can he really just go home and live a happy domestic life?

Yeah, right.

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<p>A pulse-pounding scene from &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

A pulse-pounding scene from "Gravity"

Credit: Warner Bros.

Experience the third dimension of 'Gravity'

New featurette takes you inside Cuarón's unique approach to 3D

The use of 3D in "Gravity" was part of the equation from the beginning. As director Alfonso Cuarón told me in an interview last week, the original title of the script was "Gravity: A Space Suspense in 3D." Stereoscopic supervisor Chris Parks was involved in the imagery before cameras even began rolling, way back during the pre-visualization phase. It was crucial for the immersive experience Cuarón was looking for.

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<p>Dylan McDermott of &quot;Hostages&quot;</p>

Dylan McDermott of "Hostages"

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Monday ratings analysis: 'Hostages' struggles, 'Blacklist' impresses

'We Are Men" drags '2 Broke Girls' down
Y'all may have noticed that I didn't do analysis for Sunday's ratings. 
 
The reasons were two-fold: There's nothing to say about Sunday Night Football, while football overrun wreaked havoc on both FOX and CBS' numbers. Then either I didn't get Final numbers, or I got them too late and I was on to other things. Apologies.
 
Some VERY quick Sunday hits: "Betrayal" is, predictably, DOA, coming in way below the launch for "Pan Am" and slightly below the launch for "666 Park Avenue." There were only two premiere week dramas that came in entirely stillborn -- "Lucky 7" and "Betrayal" -- and both were on ABC and both creative by David Zabel. Ugh. 
 
Actually, nothing else was meaningful. "Revenge" and "Once Upon a Time" were both below last fall, but above last spring. So that's OK. And "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist" came in really low among young viewers. REALLY low. "The Mentalist" was almost certainly in its last season anyway. I'm not sure what CBS is supposed to do about "Good Wife."
 
But anyway, I'm actually here to give a quick look to the numbers from Monday, September 30, which feature a lot of good news actually. Unless you're CBS. In that case? Not-so-good news.
 
Bulletpoints after the break... 
 
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NY Daily News uses "House of Cards" for inspiration in gov't shutdown front page


NY Daily News uses "House of Cards" for inspiration in gov't shutdown front page
Check out "House of Turds" front page. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel asks people the difference between Obamacare and Affordable Care Act, and Stephen Colbert did a "Breaking Guv" segment on the shutdown.


"The Blacklist" stays strong, "We Are Men" premieres low

CBS' new "Men" comedy actually premiered lower than last year's "Partners."


Vince Gilligan discusses Charlie Rose's "Breaking Bad" cameo with Charlie Rose
"You were just absolutely fantastic ... he was, I think, the best person we could've picked to play Charlie Rose," Gilligan said on "CBS this Morning." PLUS: Badfinger's "Baby Blue" was personally picked by Gilligan, and "Brock" witnessed his mom's shooting.


"The Bachelor" host to perform 3 weddings atop a Rose Parade float
Enter a contest to be part of the "Love Float."


"The Crazy Ones" books Ed Asner
He'll guest as a commercial actor.


"Suits" enlists "Lost's" Patrick Fischler
He'll guest as Gabriel Macht's rival.


Watch a preview of Amy Poehler vs. Kristen Bell
From this week's "Parks and Rec."


"The Walking Dead" releases new webisodes

See all three parts of "The Oath."

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<p>Miley Cyrus</p>

Miley Cyrus

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Listen: Miley Cyrus's 'Bangerz' full-album stream

Hear it one week before its official release

Miley Cyrus’s “Bangerz” goes comes out for another week, but fans can stream the album in full on iTunes.  Hear Cyrus's  the complete album here.

Featuring guests, including Britney Spears (on “SMS Bangerz”), Nelly (“4x4”), Future (My Darlin’”), Big Sean (“Love Money Party”) and French Montana (“FU”),  “Bangerz” was co-executive produced by Cyrus and Mike Will Made It.

The album’s first single, “We Can’t Stop,” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while second single, ballad “Wrecking Ball” is atop the singles chart currently.

"Bangerz" official release date is Oct. 8.

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<p>James Spader of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

James Spader of "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Voice,' 'Blacklist' lead NBC Monday, while weak 'Men' hurts CBS

'Bones' rises, 'Sleepy Hollow' steadies for FOX
Fast National ratings for Monday, September 30, 2013. 
 
NBC's "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" held up reasonably well from last week's premieres to lead NBC to comfortable wins on Monday night in all key measures.
 
With most of the big premieres going last week, CBS had the night's lone launch. The 8:30 comedy "We Are Men" came in weak, under last year's "Partners" launch, and helped contribute to poor numbers for the rest of CBS' lineup, including "Hostages," which didn't get to enjoy the glow of solid DVR numbers for long. 
 
Nearly everything was down from last week, so it's notable to mention that FOX's "Bones" bounced back to its premiere level, perhaps helping "Sleepy Hollow" retain most of its Week 2 audience.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Justin Timberlake in concert</p>

Justin Timberlake in concert

Credit: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

Are the critics too harsh on Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2?'

Do we expect too much from the multi-talented artist?

Do critics expect too much from Justin Timberlake? By and large, he is tremendously liked by most pundits and yet the reviews for “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2,” which came out yesterday, are mixed at best, and dismissive at worst.

I gave  "The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2" a B-. Several critics agree with my thought that between March’s “The 20/20 Experience” and “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2,” there is a fine album, but to stretch the 20-plus songs over two albums was too much. But I can’t help wondering if we all judge Timberlake a bit too harshly given how talented he is and hold him to an almost impossibly high standard because it seems like he can do everything really well. As I read these reviews, most of which are pretty tough, I wanted to defend JT for his willingness to experiment and try to do something new. Yet, at the same time, I found myself nodding in agreement with much of what was said.

See what you think after reading the review round-up  below.

Associated Press: "The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2" uses the same formula that's becoming his musical trademark — the trance-inducing grooves and futuristic electronic beats helmed by Timbaland and Timberlake, who co-wrote each song. Unfortunately it doesn't feel new. Like "FutureSex" and the first "20/20" album, the songs on "2 of 2" are long, but they aren't as entertaining or as cohesive as his first effort. Some tracks sound like leftovers from past recording sessions, and — dare we say it — actually drag on.


Consequence of Sound: The first half of Pt. 2 suffers because it’s the first time it appears that Justin Timberlake is actually trying. His first two records, his time with N*SYNC, his acting experiences, his Lonely Island collaborations, and even his Justin Vernon impression have always succeeded because of the air of effortlessness that surrounded him.


Los Angeles Times: Yet for all his newfound machismo, Timberlake — who heads out on tour again next month — is actually most convincing here at his softest, reaching back in a handful of songs to before the first "20/20 Experience." "Not a Bad Thing" is a dewy, blue-eyed soul number that sounds like it could've come from the final 'N Sync album...And "Pair of Wings," an unlisted acoustic track, closes the disc with a lovely (and unexpected) flash of modesty: "I know I can't save you from the troubles of the world," Timberlake sings in a near-whisper. "But if I could I'd fly you away on a big old pair of wings." Perhaps the sign of true power is knowing when not to use it.

People: This sequel – recorded during the same sessions as the first installment, with the same producers (Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon) – isn't just the collection of leftovers that it could have been. It stands as a stellar set in its own right. Although it can't top its more challenging, cohesive predecessor – a few songs run too long, and a couple maybe could have been dropped – this more singles-driven disc actually has more to satisfy fans of Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds.

Spin: The sequel rarely beats the original. Cinematic exceptions include the return of the Corleone family, the Empire striking back, and the encore early-'80s outing of a certain blue-tights-wearing beefcake superhero; musical exceptions don't really exist at all. Justin Timberlake's follow-up to the spring 2013 commercial juggernaut The 20/20 Experience won't change that. On The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, you won't find an aggressive, exotic foot stomper worthy of its predecessor's "Let the Groove Get In"; nor will you find a shimmering weeper like "Mirrors," or a mid-tempo burner that makes your shoulders twitch as vibrantly as "Pusher Love Girl." The end result is disappointing, but only slightly, in the same way virtually all other second comings let you down.

Hiphopdx: Instead of letting this "experience" marinate, Justin Timberlake made "The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2" a continuation to an album that didn't need a sequel.
Even the most talented artists don’t always know when to leave well enough alone. So when they don’t, they usually make the ill-fated mistake of over-extending their art, which proves to be unnecessary and at times, a hasty blunder. And unfortunately, that summarizes Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2.

Idolator: How “Pair Of Wings” and half the other songs on this album got through any vetting process and were deemed worthy follow-ups to Part 1, we may never know (hopefully that making-of will delve into it!). It’s the first real blemish on JT’s catalog, and more than disappointment, The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2 elicits frustration, because it was so unnecessary. Justin Timberlake didn’t need to do this, and that’s exactly how it sounds.

Chicago Tribune:
[Timberlake] and Timbaland aren’t satisfied just to create songs -- they want to make musical events. Many of the tracks are outfitted with lush orchestration and extended codas that at their best suggest a type of progressive pop or neo-soul music, but just as often come off as indulgent and tedious.

Is the press too harsh on Justin Timberlake? 
 

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<p>Jason Schwartzman announcing the first YouTube Music Awards</p>

Jason Schwartzman announcing the first YouTube Music Awards

Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire set to appear on first YouTube Music Awards

Nov. 3 awards show will honor the most watched videos of the year

Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire will perform at the first YouTube Music Awards.

Director Spike Jonze will serve as the creative direction of the the new awards show, which will take place Nov. 3 at New York’s Pier 36. Nominations for the awards, which will honor the most watched and shared videos, will be announced Oct. 17.  “We’re setting out to create a night that’s all about making things and creativity in the spirit of everyone that uses YouTube,” Jonze said in a statement. “As well as giving out awards, we’ll be making live music videos. The whole night should feel like a YouTube video itself.”

The awards show will also celebrate its homegrown stars such as violinist Lindsey Stirling, whose video channel has garnered more than 400 million views, and Cdza, the collective of NYC musical virtuosos, who debut a new wacky yet musically accomplished video experiment every other week such as “History of Lyrics That Aren't Lyrics” or “History of Wooing Women”

Jason Schwartzman will host the awards show, which will be live streamed around the world on YouTube. Check out his announcement video below.

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your&nbsp;Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Lily (Alyson Hannigan)&nbsp;isn't happy to see what's become of her rehearsal dinner dress.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Lily (Alyson Hannigan) isn't happy to see what's become of her rehearsal dinner dress.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Last Time in New York'

Barney and Robin's elderly relatives make like zombies, and Lily finds Ted's farewell list

A quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I know what people who are sexually attracted to buildings are called...

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