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Fox orders 'Man/Child' pilot starring Damon Wayans Jr.


Fox orders "Man/Child" pilot starring Damon Wayans Jr.
The "Happy Endings" and "New Girl" alum will star in a comedy about single dads.


A&E remaking French zombie drama "The Returned"

Ex-"Lost" boss Carlton Cuse is in talks to adapt the French series, which Sundance Channel will air for Halloween.


"The Love Boat" is getting a musical

A Vegas stage show called "The Love Boats" is set to launch next year, featuring music from 1977 to 1986, the years the series ran.


"Game of Thrones" casts Hizdahr zo Loraq

British actor Joel Fry will play the "young scion of an ancient Meereenese family who crosses paths with Daenerys Targaryen."


Watch the newest "Walking Dead" promo

Featuring a glimpse of "The Wire's" Larry Gilliard Jr.


"Young and the Restless" picks up a "Lost" alum

Cynthia Watros will begin on the soap in November.


"Parks and Rec" is returning to the Indianapolis Colts stadium
Amy Poehler is expected to be on hand to shoot scenes at Lucas Oil Stadium. Last December, the guys on the cast filmed scenes on the Colts' football field.


Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kate Upton are officially a coupl
e
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model is dating the former "Dancing" hunk.

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Watch: The Killers' new video for 'Shot At The Night'

Watch: The Killers' new video for 'Shot At The Night'

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas

Bella Heathcote plays a maid who gets her prince in The Killers’ new video for “Shot At The Night,” the first single from the band’s best-of collection,  “Direct Hits," out Nov. 11.

Faster than you can say “Blackjack,” she ditches her cleaning cart for an evening out with her dark and mysterious Romeo, played by Max Minghella, and his friends, who are all perfectly fine with the Cinderella-in-the-making crashing their evening. She returns to the hotel before she turns into a pumpkin, but keeps her magic slipper.

Ever see the Jennifer Lopez/Ralph Fiennes movie, “Maid In Manhattan?” It’s kind of like that but shorter and cuter and there’s no “happily ever after”...as far as we know.

Filmed at The Cosmopolitan, the clip serves as a love letter to the Killers’ hometown, Las Vegas, with the city lovingly shot.

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"The Blacklist"

 "The Blacklist"

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Listen: CulturePop No. 27 - Guest Jim Colucci, 'Real Housewives,' 'Hostages'

Listen: CulturePop No. 27 - Guest Jim Colucci, 'Real Housewives,' 'Hostages'

Melinda and I have to admit that we've had amazingly good luck with getting fun, fascinating guests for our CulturePop podcast, and this week was no exception. Jim Colucci, author of "The Q Guide to the 'Golden Girls'" and "'Will & Grace': Fabulously Uncensored" and the Must-Hear TV correspondent for 'The Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius XM, joined us to talk about both old and new TV shows, including "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and, of course, that beloved '80s sitcom. And yes, we're definitely having him back soon. Here's the rundown: 

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Exclusive: Bernie Taupin and T Bone Burnett on Elton John's song, 'Oceans Away'

Exclusive: Bernie Taupin and T Bone Burnett on Elton John's song, 'Oceans Away'

Taupin on writing the opening track to 'The Diving Board'

Elton John’s “The Diving Board,” his 30th studio album, came out this week and it’s a beautiful, often complex, piano-led album.

In this HitFix exclusive, John’s longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, explains the meaning behind “Oceans Away,” the album’s poignant opening track, which features only John’s vocals and piano playing. Producer T Bone Burnett looks on, adding a few comments at the end.

“Oceans Away” is about Taupin’s father and his service as a soldier during WWll.

“My dad’s pretty much been soaked into so many of my songs. I got to the point where I thought I wanted to do one thing that was just a penultimate song about my father and the Great Generation,” he says. As “the last of those people who fought in the second World War are disappearing and dying that they not be forgotten.”

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<p>Yep. That's a Beast.</p>

Yep. That's a Beast.

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A one-sheet reveals Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux in new 'Beauty and the Beast'

Things are getting hairy for the French stars in February

Whoa. I didn't even realize Christophe Gans was working on this one.

"Beauty and the Beast" is one of those irresistible targets for filmmakers, and I would think for French filmmakers, there is a whole different level of expectation attached to anyone who tackles the material. After all, "La Belle et la Bete," the 1946 film by Jean Cocteau, is one of the classic texts of French cinema, and one of the great fantasy films of all time. Jean Marais gave one of the great film performances as the Beast, and the design of the Beast is both memorable and striking.

Over the years, we've seen many takes on the story, and in America, the one that is most defining was made by Disney in 1991. That was more than just a hit for them. If you didn't see the film during that initial theatrical run, you might not understand just what a phenomenon it was. People reacted like they were at a live performance, and it made perfect sense that the film ended up nominated for Best Picture that year. It's still one of the biggest cultural hits they've ever had, and it continues to be an enormously popular catalog title for them.

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' recap: It's double trouble for the designers

It's time for the textile challenge!

If you haven't watched the episode yet, you may want to before reading this. It's not that last night's "Project Runway" was all that exciting (in fact, it was a little dull), but that the elimination was actually shocking. Thus, I proceed, but I'm starting with spoilers. Consider yourself warned.

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<p>Ron Swanson enjoys himself on Thursday's &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;</p>

Ron Swanson enjoys himself on Thursday's "Parks and Recreation"

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Thursday ratings analysis - Bigger 'Bang,' but smaller 'Parks' and 'Men'

Oh and 'Grey's Anatomy' is still a hit
[As promised, I'm going to start doing some additional ratings analysis a bit after the morning Fast National numbers come in each morning/afternoon. It's a way to get away from merely the regurgitation of data as quickly as possible at 8:30 a.m., though I'll still be doing that. It's possible that next week, I may push the analysis to the afternoon after Final figures become available. I'm trying to get a hang of a routine. I'll also be doing some Live+3 and Live+7 analysis this season as those numbers become available.]
 
Thursday is traditionally the most valuable night for advertisers and therefore for TV networks, making it a ratings battleground. Of course, thanks to "The Big Bang Theory," the battle is a bit of a rout, especially when CBS can air two episodes of the Emmy-winning comedy. 
 
"The Big Bang Theory" is Thursday, September 26's obvious Fast Nationals ratings winner, but it also made "The Crazy Ones" into a clear winner, at least for one week. We know "The Michael J. Fox Show" isn't a winner, but it's too early to call it a loser. It's not too early, though, to start worrying about "Parks and Recreation," or at least its long-term future. 
 
Click through for my full analysis...
 
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Watch: Teaser for Britney Spears' sexy 'Work Bitch' video

Watch: Teaser for Britney Spears' sexy 'Work Bitch' video

Bring your own riding crop

See Britney Spears pose through this 15-second trailer for her “Work Bitch” video. See her crouch in a two-piece outfit. See her stand still as a Lamborghini drives behind her eight other women. See her admire herself in the mirror. See her flick her hair.

That’s basically it for the teaser to the Ben Mor-directed clip for Spears’ current single, which debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.



Mor had this to say to MTV News about Britney Spears video:
"It's about creating iconic backdrops for her and really letting her create iconic moments that represent the theme of the song...And she's definitely letting people know that if you want to achieve the status that she has, it comes with a lot of work and effort."

E! offers a little more insight with this still from the shoot that feature Spears hitting a woman on all fours with a riding crop.

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Jimmy Kimmel's sketch was lame and unfunny -- Kanye West was right


Jimmy Kimmel's sketch was lame and unfunny -- Kanye West was right

Why Kanye has a legitimate beef with Kimmel. PLUS: Kanye refused to play Kimmel's game.


James Pickens Jr. on his "Grey's Anatomy" fate

"I was clued in beforehand," he says. PLUS: "Grey's" is now killing minor characters.


Jon Hamm on "Breaking Bad": "We're both kind of these bastard stepchildren that no one wanted"
The "Mad Men" star was thrilled to see Vince Gilligan & Co. win, noting that "both of our shows were cast off from bigger, fancier networks." PLUS: Talking a lot caused Hamm's throat injury.


NBC orders a "Constantine" TV series from David S. Goyer

Another DC Comics franchise is coming to TV.


"Parks and Rec" proved it can still be really good in its 6th season
The "London" premiere was something special and unusually good. PLUS: New life was breathed into Leslie Knope, how can "Parks and Rec" characters afford such expensive clothes?, see Aziz Ansari's Netflix poster, and Nick Offerman offers fashion advice, and you didn't see Andy at Stonehenge.


"The Price is Right" celebrates 30 years of Plinko
An all-Plinko edition today will mark the anniversary. PLUS: 11 things about "Price" you might not know.


Scott Wolf to play a doctor on NBC
He'll appear on "The Night Shift" as a trauma surgeon.


Khloe Kardashian Odom celebrates her 4th wedding anniversary by dropping the "Odom"
On Twitter, she is now just "Khloe Kardahian."


"Breaking Bad's" Huell gets a "spinoff"

Check out "Huell's Rules."


Adam Sandler attended Andy Samberg's wedding dressed as his "That's My Boy" character
As Samberg explains to Conan, his movie happened in real life.

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<p>Jimmy Kimmel displays one of Kanye West's tweets.&nbsp;</p>

Jimmy Kimmel displays one of Kanye West's tweets. 

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Jimmy Kimmel on Kanye West beef: 'Finally I'm in a rap feud'

Late night host says he's at 'Def Kanye Five'

Has Jimmy Kimmel gotten the last word in Kanye West’s feud with the late-night TV host? In case you missed it, earlier this week Kimmel ran a sketch with children saying the exact lines that West said in his high-profile interview with the BBC, including claiming, “I’m the No. 1 rock star on the planet.”

West didn’t appreciate that Kimmel was poking fun at him and took to Twitter to insult Kimmel eight ways to Sunday in 10 tweets that were slightly schizophrenic: in one he’s putting down Kimmel, another he’s telling Kimmel that he likes him. He posts tweets that feature Spongebob Squarepants. Really?

Here’s Kimmel’s response during his monologue for Thursday night’s show and he seems more bemused than anything else. Kimmel says West also called him right before the so and demanded that he apologize publicly and compared himself to 2Pac. Kimmel laughed that he’s at “Def Kanye Five.”

Since the last pre-show tweet Thursday night, West had been silent on Twitter, but just now West posted a link to a Slate piece that agrees that West has a right to be mad, but mainly because Kimmel is ignorant about fashion and lacking in understanding that rap artists are 100% supposed to be their own hype men.

What do you think about the feud?

 

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'Big Bang' has huge return, Robin Williams attracts 15.6 million, Michael J. Fox nabs 7.3 million


"Big Bang" has huge return, Robin Williams attracts 15.6 million, Michael J. Fox nabs 7.3 million
"The Big Bang Theory's" two episodes brought in 18.3 million and 19.5 million, respectively, while "Grey's Anatomy" and "Glee" returned 30% down from last year.


Stephen Colbert appreciative of "Breaking Bad's" "product placement"

Sunday's episode gave a shout-out to Colbert's Americone Dream. PLUS: Vince Gilligan is Colbert's guest on Monday.


Jimmy Kimmel recounts Kanye West calling to complain
Said Kimmel: "The bit was pretty, I thought, innocuous, but finally I'm in a rap feud."

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<p>Thursday's &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' premiere leads Thursday, while 'Crazy Ones' dominates 'Michael J. Fox'

'Parks and Rec' and 'Glee' return fairly weak
Fast National ratings for Thursday, September 26, 2013.
 
NBC's big swing with "The Michael J. Fox Show" failed to change the Thursday pecking order as "The Big Bang Theory" remained dominant and helped lift "The Crazy Ones" to a big debut and CBS to easy Thursday wins.
 
In a TV landscape in which most shows are returning below previous premiere levels, "Big Bang Theory" was up in most measures from last fall, albeit below several winter episodes from last season. 
 
That doesn't mean that "The Michael J. Fox Show" was a disaster for NBC, since it improved on a weak premiere for "Parks and Recreation" and showed no half-hour drop for the two-hour launch. And "Parenthood" came in above the numbers for most of what NBC aired its 10 p.m. Thursday death slot last year.
 
Meanwhile, ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" premiere was down from last year but sturdy, and FOX's "The X Factor" continued its slightly unexpected trending of week-to-week growth despite stiffer competition.
 
On to the numbers…
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