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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"

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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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NBC needs Johnny Carson's family's blessing before it can proceed with miniseries

NBC needs Johnny Carson's family's blessing before it can proceed with miniseries
And that could be a problem since the book that NBC is using as source material has been repeatedly delayed. The Carson family has yet to approve the book.

Bryan Cranston books a return visit for "HIMYM's" final season

He'll reprise his role as Hammond Druthers, Ted's former boss.

Every "Breaking Bad" episode, ranked
Entertainment Weekly says the worst-ever "Breaking Bad" episode aired a few weeks ago. PLUS: Why "Fly" is the best "Breaking Bad" episode.

Merrit Wever on her memorably brief Emmy speech: "My mind went blank"

"I was just really surprised," says the "Nurse Jackie" star, "so I hadn't prepared anything. I was really caught off guard. I think I was overwhelmed and I got a little flooded and then my mind went blank and it seemed like things were quiet for a really long time. So I didn't really have any other choice!"

Celebrities would compete to be sent to space in proposed reality show

"Milky Way Mission," a Dutch format, would have 10 celebs competing in a special bootcamp.

Kim Coates: I believe "Sons of Anarchy" will eventually kill off everybody
"Here's the thing: We're all gonna die by the end of next season," he says. "Whether that's the complete truth or some of us survive, I really believe that."

Emily Osment joins ABC Family comedy
The "Hannah Montana" alum will star in "Young & Hungry" from producer Ashley Tisdale.

Justin Timberlake appeared last night on Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon
On Kimmel, Timberlake sat for an interview and took over Hollywood Blvd. On Fallon, Timberlake got in a hashtag throwdown. PLU8S: Watch Fallon's lip sync-off.

Christopher Abbott explains why he left "Girls"
"The world that Lena wrote was very real, especially in New York," he tells the NY Times. "But it wasn't as relatable for me on a personal level. It's not that I only like to play roles I know to a T, but there's something satisfying about playing parts where you really relate to the characters."

See Jon Hamm & Amy Poehler's "Loser" Emmy party invitation

No Emmys were allowed, but an exception was made for Tina Fey.

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<p>Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams will square off tonight at 9 with their new sitcoms.</p>

Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams will square off tonight at 9 with their new sitcoms.

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Review: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' & CBS' 'The Crazy Ones'

Do these former sitcom icons still have what it takes to carry a show in 2013?

Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox became TV stars about four years apart, Williams with "Mork & Mindy" and Fox with "Family Ties." They made their first big movies about five years apart, Williams with "Popeye," Fox with "Back to the Future." The movie business took much longer to figure out how to harness Williams' unique gifts, but he's worked steadily and topped call sheets for decades. Marty McFly was instantly a perfect film role for Fox, but his run as a successful leading man only ran a few years, up through "Doc Hollywood," before he starred in some flops, went back to TV, then semi-retired due to complications from Parkinson's.

Their careers are not identical, and yet it feels somehow appropriate for these two to be returning full-time to television tomorrow on the same night, at the same time, with a pair of shows — Williams' "The Crazy Ones" (9 p.m., CBS) and Fox's "The Michael J. Fox Show" (9 & 9:30 p.m., NBC) — that seem built with the same guidelines: Step 1. Build star vehicle that lets beloved actor do the thing people love watching them do. Step 2. ________ Step 3. Profit!

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Exclusive clip: Pooping in Iceland's wilds on 'Boundless'

Being an endurance racer isn't all fun and games

On Esquire Network's "Boundless (premiering Sept. 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET), best friends Simon and Turbo compete in an intense 155-mile, seven-day stage race, which involves camping and running through the volcanic ruggedness of the Icelandic Highlands. It also involves using the bathroom outdoors. Apparently, this is not so fun.

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"Orphan Black"

 "Orphan Black"

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'Orphan Black' season two is now in production

Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris and Dylan Bruce return

We knew it was going to happen after a knockout first season, but it's still a cause to rejoice -- start of production on the second season of 'Orphan Black' was announced today. Everybody's back, too (well, not the people who got killed off last season, but still). Tatiana Maslany returns in the lead role of Sarah – an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after discovering she is a clone. Reprising their roles are Jordan Gavaris as the lovable Felix, Dylan Bruce as ex-army officer Paul, and Maria Doyle Kennedy as Mrs. S. The series is shooting on location and in studio in Toronto through February 2014.

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<p>Cobie Smulders appeared in Tuesday's &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot; premiere.</p>

Cobie Smulders appeared in Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere.

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TV Ratings: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is strong, 'Lucky 7' tanks and 'Voice,' 'NCIS' lead Tuesday

'Person of Interest' continues CBS' Tuesday 10 p.m. struggles
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
Although it may have come in below the highest of expectations, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." delivered TV's highest rated drama debut since November 2009 (that would be "V"). In addition, "S.H.I.E.L.D." helped generate good premiere numbers for "The Goldbergs" and, to a lesser extent,  "Trophy Wife," but couldn't help "Lucky 7," which takes an early lead in the race to become fall's first casualty.
For all of that, though, ABC didn't come close to winning Wednesday night. "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" returned strong and helped CBS dominate overall, while "The Voice" and good numbers for "Chicago Fire" helped NBC win among young viewers.
There was plenty of bad news on Tuesday as well. FOX's "Dads," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Mindy Project" all plummeted after decent premieres last week, while the transition to a new slot was anything but smooth for CBS' "Person of Interest," which continued the network's 10 p.m. struggles. 
Oh and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" didn't perform nearly as well against competition as it did in the fallow summer months for The CW.
On to the numbers…
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'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' debuts to big numbers

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." debuts to big numbers

About 11.9 million watched the Joss Whedon drama, making it  TV's highest-rated drama debut since "V" in November 2009.

Stephen Colbert & Jon Stewart hug it out after Colbert rubbed his victory in Stewart's face

"In your face!" Colbert said when Stewart showed on "The Colbert Report."

Netflix exec: There's "no question" that "Arrested Development" will return

"It is just a matter of when and what form it takes," says chief content officer Ted Sarandos, pointing out that "Arrested" could be back as a full season or a movie.

Bill Nye has a partially torn ligament

The Science Guy says he still plans to dance, but to "stand by."

Nina Dobrev & Derek Hough are a couple
"The Vampire Diaries" star, who is good friends with Hough's sister Julianne, has begun dating the "Dancing" Emmy winner.

Check out Damon Wayans Jr. back on "New Girl"
Zooey Deschanel posted a pic of the cast with Coach.

Tom Green gets talk show on AXS TV
Green will start hosting a weekly talk show on Oct. 3, with Richard Belzer as his first guest.

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<p>Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

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'Masters of Sex' star Lizzy Caplan on nudity, the 1950s and typecasting

Why the 'Party Down' alum wanted to play sex researcher Virginia Johnson
Lizzy Caplan has carved out a successful, if very specific, niche for herself in Hollywood as a portrayer of very modern, very sarcastic women. She only occasionally gets to play the lead in things (“Party Down,” “Save the Date”) but more often than not she’s the heroine’s dark, clever best friend (“Mean Girls”).
With Showtime’s terrific new “Masters of Sex” (it debuts September 29 at 10 p.m.), Caplan will be eliminating a lot of preconceptions about her. As pioneering sex researcher Virginia Johnson, Caplan fits seamlessly into the late ‘50s period setting, and works wonderfully opposite Michael Sheen as Johnson’s colleague (and, at times, much more) Bill Masters. She’s still playing an assertive, independent woman — the real Virginia Johnson was very much ahead of her time — but it’s not the kind of role Caplan’s been able to play before, and she does it very, very well.
I'll have a "Masters" review tomorrow, and at press tour, I talked with Caplan about typecasting, coming to grips with the show’s abundant nudity and, yes (briefly) about the ever-possible idea of a “Party Down” movie.
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<p>The &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color&quot; team in happier -- or at least more civil -- times.&nbsp;</p>

The "Blue is the Warmest Color" team in happier -- or at least more civil -- times. 

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Roundup: Seeing red over 'Blue'

Also: That wide-open Best Actor race, and the trouble with IMAX

As discussed in yesterday's Best Picture Contenders gallery, "Blue is the Warmest Color" is already a long shot for Oscar recognition, but it'll become a longer one still if some enterprising publicist doesn't save director Abdellatif Kechiche from himself. It's no secret by now that there was bad blood behind the scenes of the French erotic drama, and Lea Seydoux has already been candid about her disdain for the Algerian-born filmmaker. Now Kechiche has fired back, claiming he considered replacing Seydoux on set, and arguing that the fallout has "soiled" the film to such a degree that it shouldn't even be released. If this is some kind of warped publicity campaign, I'd rethink it. The film is done. It's great. Maybe just let some things go? [The Playlist]

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<p>Andy Samberg and Terry Crews have plenty to smile about right now.</p>

Andy Samberg and Terry Crews have plenty to smile about right now.

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Andy Samberg and Terry Crews talk about the 'Cloudy' sequel and their 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' series

We chat with two very funny men about two very different projects

Right now, Andy Samberg and Terry Crews seem to be joined at the hip, and honestly? It suits them.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is one of the few shows this year that I was willing to add to my rotation based on the pilot, and I like the extended ensemble they put together for the show. Samberg is one of those guys who is at his best when he's not straining, and the best way to make him comfortable is to surround him with equally funny co-stars. Crews has long been an asset to any comedy that hires him, but when you look at him, the first impression is that this is a guy who should be making giant action films.

Sitting down with the two of them to discuss "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2," in which Crews steps in for Mr. T to voice security-guard-and-overprotective-dad Earl Devereaux, it was obvious that they have a very real and relaxed chemistry. Samberg worked on the first one and is returning to the role of Brent McHale here, a strange man-baby who was the mascot of Baby Brent Sardines for most of his life. They are both outrageous roles, but Samberg and Crews still have to find something identifiable and human about them to play, and we discussed that process.

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