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Jay Leno begins losing key staff

Jay Leno begins losing key staff

Two "Tonight Show" staffers have fled to "Chelsea Lately."

Fox developing a male strip club drama from Jennifer Garner

Garner will produce "The Whole Shebang," about a newly single soccer mom who inherits a rundown male strip club.

"Mad Men's" split final season: A way to avoid Emmy competition with "Breaking Bad"?

The first batch of seven episodes will compete against the current "Breaking Bad" episodes at next year's Emmys, but the final batch of seven episodes won't have "Breaking Bad" competition.

NBC caught photoshopping the Golden Gate Bridge

"Football Night in America" has the famous bridge with three towers, when it only has two.

Can "Breaking Bad's" Baby Holly win an Emmy?

The baby's line from this week's episode was unscripted.

"American Horror Story" releases a snake teaser

Check out "Coven's" "Slither."

"Prison Break's" Robert Knepper visits NBC's "The Blacklist"

He'll play an FBI target.

Check out the Turkish version of "The O.C."

The Fox series has been recreated for TV in Turkey.

Syfy to air Canadian female werewolf drama "Bitten"
The drama focuses on the only female werewolf in existence.

"The Queen Latifah Show" has a solid debut

Numbers were double "Bethenny's' and close to "Arsenio."

"Under the Dome" boss defends the season finale
When will the big answers actually be answered?

Brad Garrett to guest on "The Crazy Ones"

This will be his first appearance with Robin Williams on screen.

"Community" brings back LeVar Burton

Burton tweeted pics of his return to Greendale.

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<p>Anna Faris and Bill Hader return to the roles they played in the first 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' for the very silly sequel.</p>

Anna Faris and Bill Hader return to the roles they played in the first 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' for the very silly sequel.

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Bill Hader and Anna Faris get silly discussing their return for 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2'

It's safe to call the pair of them 'animated' in this interview

The first "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" was a delightful surprise. I have since made note of the fact that I should never underestimate Chris Miller and Phil Lord, a mistake I've made enough times now to identify it as a mistake. Those guys are busy with "The LEGO Movie" these days, and they're gearing up on "22 Jump Street" as well, and if you saw last night's premiere of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," they directed that as well.

That didn't leave a lot of time for them to make a sequel to the movie that pretty much launched them as feature directors, so Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn stepped up to direct the sequel, which is more ambitious on a story level, as well as much, much stranger. Considering what a margin for failure there was on the first film, I found myself wondering if they could pull off a sequel. When I sat down to talk to Bill Hader and Anna Faris, it was a huge relief to be able to have enjoyed the sequel as much as I did. It's a different movie, but it builds on the pleasures of the first movie in very smart and enormously silly ways.

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<p>Against so many &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;men, does &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;co-star Adam Driver have a shot?</p>

Against so many "Modern Family" men, does "Girls" co-star Adam Driver have a shot?

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Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor for Comedy/Drama

Can Jonathan Banks beat co-star Aaron Paul? And which 'Modern Family' man will be feted this year?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama supporting actor categories. The former is dominated as usual by "Modern Family" men, albeit not quite as dominated as the last few years, while the latter features four former Emmy winners (albeit only two of them for their current roles).

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'Mad Men's' final season will be split in half -- 7 episodes in 2014, 7 in 2015

"Mad Men's" final season will be split in half -- 7 episodes in 2014, 7 in 2015
AMC is giving its first signature drama the "Breaking Bad" treatment, airing the final season over the next two springs.

Rosie O'Donnell joins Jennifer Lopez's "The Fosters"

She'll guest on three episodes of the ABC Family series as a foster care mentor.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" will close down Hollywood Blvd for Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake
McCartney will sit down with Kimmel and perform on Monday, followed the next night by Timberlake.

MTV renews "Ridiculousness" and "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory"
They'll be back for a 4th and 6th season, respectively.

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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

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Watch: 'American Horror Story: Coven''s kiss of death teaser

See the poster slither, too

Time for another "American Horror Story: Coven" teaser! This one promises the kiss of death, though no one seems worse for wear in these 28 seconds of creep. Unless you count the snake. If this whets your appetite, so to speak, you can watch the season premiere Wed. Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. on FX. 

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<p>Richard Linklater at the Sundance Film&nbsp;Festival in&nbsp;January</p>

Richard Linklater at the Sundance Film Festival in January

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Richard Linklater to receive Director Tribute at the Gotham Awards

The independent film awards ceremony takes place on Dec. 2

I often go back and watch "Slacker" just for the unencumbered burst of independent creativity. It has a different spirit than the films that came after it, films like "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction," etc., that would define the indie film movement.

And Linklater has maintained that spirit, setting up shop in Austin, Texas long before it was the posh thing to do. Free of the Hollywood ties even if he mingled with them from time to time. So if ever there was someone fit for an independent film fete, he's the guy. And with "Before Midnight" on the circuit this season, the Independent Filmmaker Project has seized the opportunity to honor him with a Director Tribute at the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards.

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<p>Cover art for 'Wise up Ghost'</p>

Cover art for 'Wise up Ghost'

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Album Review: Elvis Costello & The Roots, 'Wise Up Ghost'

Colloboration haunts and grooves in equal measure

On “Wise Up Ghost,” Elvis Costello and the Roots make surprisingly compatible musical companions. 

From the first jagged synthetic rhythms that open the sinister-sounding “Walk Us Uptown,” it’s clear that there’s something special happening that unfurls through the course of 12 tracks.

The British singer/songwriter, known for his often snarling observations, and the Philadelphia hip-hop collective find an immediate groove that plays to both their strengths: Costello’s trenchant, biting words and complex melodies and The Roots’ imaginative and creative song construction that pulls in a wide array of influences.

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<p>Bruce Dern and Will Forte in &quot;Nebraska.&quot;</p>

Bruce Dern and Will Forte in "Nebraska."

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Bruce Dern stares into the abyss in new 'Nebraska' trailer

Can the veteran make good on his Cannes win in Alexander Payne's latest?

Kris and I disagree on the merits of Alexander Payne's new dramedy "Nebraska," in which veteran Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Dern and "Saturday Night Live" alum Will Forte play a father and son mending their fractured relationship on a bittersweet road trip through the eponymous state.

Reviewing the film at Cannes, where Dern wound up winning the Best Actor award, I was left cold, saying that "Payne can't seem to decide if he's coddling these old-school Midwesterners for their rudely rustic values or sneering at the sheer narrowness of their worldview." Kris, on the other hand, really connected with it at Telluride a few weeks ago, praising it for "[ringing] a lot of genuine notes while never losing its sense of humor." One thing we both agreed on (where others don't) is that it's definitely a leading vehicle for Dern, who hasn't had a role this generous in decades. 

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'Dancing' gets ratings boost, 'Sleepy Hollow' scores for Fox

"Dancing" gets ratings boost, "Sleepy Hollow" scores for Fox
"Dancing with the Stars'" season premiere was up 28% from last year's all-star edition, while Fox drama "Sleepy Hollow" attracted 10 million viewers.

CNN and Tom Hanks team up for "The Sixties"
The 10-part documentary series will look back on the hectic decade. Hanks will produce and likely narrate the project.

James Gandolfini's "Sopranos" castmates show their support at the "Enough Said" premiere

Edie Falco and Aida Turturro were among last night's attendees.

"Homeland" moves filming from Israel to Morocco over Syria war concerns
Concerns over a potential war have raised tensions in Israel.

Fox tackles viral video sensation "The Fox"
A new promo will feature Fox stars singing the catchy dance song from Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis.

Bravo orders "Manzo'd with Children," a "Real Housewives of New Jersey" spinoff

Caroline Manzo and her family will be featured in Bravo's latest spinoff.

Howard Stern's HowardTV is shutting down

The shock jock's In Demand TV channel will end at the end of the year. HowardTV, which launched in 2006, was the successor to Stern's E! show, which ended in 2005.

Rita Moreno to play grandma on "Welcome to the Family"
She'll make her debut on the NBC comedy in November.

"The Newsroom" finale down from last year
Season 2's finale attracted 1.7 million, compared to the 2.3 million who watched the last season-ender.

AMC releases a "Breaking Bad" thank you ad
"It was all in the chemistry."

"Under the Dome" doesn't answer all questions in season finale
Spoiler: They're still under the dome.

"NCIS: L.A." star Daniela Rush is having a baby with her co-star's older brother

Rush is expecting with David Olsen, brother of Eric Christian Olsen.

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Interview: Seth Green talks 'Dads' controversy

The star says TV's role is to 'provocatively challenge audiences to evolve'

On the surface, "Dads" (premieres Tues. Sept. 17 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX) probably seemed like a basic, even family-friendly, sitcom. Best friends and video game company co-owners Warner (Seth Green) and Eli (Giovanni Ribisi) find their lives derailed when their respective fathers David (Peter Riegert) and Crawford (Martin Mull) move in with them. A home run, right? Not exactly. 

Given that Seth McFarlane is the brains behind the operation, it makes sense that buttons would be pushed. What might be more surprising is how unfunny the pilot is. While I wasn't laughing over the small penis jokes and cliched cracks about Asians and Puerto Ricans, nothing else struck me as particularly funny, either -- and apparently I'm not alone in yawning, as plenty of critics have given the show a firm thumbs-down. Still, no one can fault the talented cast doing their best with subpar material -- including Green. I spoke to Green after a heated panel at TCAs, and found his defense of the show more engaging than the show itself. Here's what he had to say about FOX traditions, "All in the Family" and why he thinks the naysayers just don't get it. 

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<p>Cover art for Katy Perry's 'Prism.'</p>

Cover art for Katy Perry's 'Prism.'

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Don't trifle with Katy Perry on new track 'Dark Horse': Listen

Juicy J spices up the song with his rap

Katy Perry unlocked another song from “Prism” at midnight on iTunes, unleashing “Dark Horse,” an atmospheric, spaced-out track featuring rapper Juicy J.

Perry continues the animal imagery started on “Prism’s” first single (and chart topper) “Roar,” as she compares herself to dark horse, although she uses the term in a slightly different meaning than the usual underdog meaning: “So you want to play with magic/boy you should know what you’re falling for/baby do you dare to do this because I’m coming at you like a dark horse,” she sings.

It’s not as out there (literally and figuratively) at “E.T.,” but it’s definitely not Perry’s standard pop with typical verse and chorus, though with its finger snaps and pulsating, hypnotic beat, it will certainly fit in at radio. Juicy J’s rap —outside of regrettable line “She cuts your heart out like Jeffrey Dahmer”—fits in smoothly, though makes the cut sound a little dated. I know it’s only been a little over a year since almost every pop track had a dropped-in rap out of seemingly nowhere, but we’ve already moved on from that somewhat. At least Juicy J’s rap fits in thematically, but for some reason, his heavily autotuned line, “There’s no going back,” takes me right back to  Psy saying “Gangnam Style.”

With both “Roar” and “Dark Horse,” Perry has presented songs about a woman regaining her power and overcoming vulnerability. It’s too soon to know if that’s where all of “Prism” is headed but it does sound like she’s pushing her own boundaries in a way that is commendable and in a way that shows growth, but still leaves plenty of the goofy Perry that people know and love (you only have to look at the adorable video for “Roar” to know that).

What do you think of “Dark Horse?”

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Roundup: DiCaprio goes the presidential biopic route

Also: Wrapping Toronto, and NBR and AFI set awards dates

Leonardo DiCaprio, it seems, has never met a prestige biopic he didn't like. We've already seen his respective takes on Howard Hughes (which netted him an Oscar nod), J. Edgar Hoover and the somewhat less immediately recognizable Frank Abagnale Jr., and will soon see him as business shark turned motivational speaker Jordan Belfort in "The Wolf of Wall Street." Next up: Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the US, already played to Oscar-nominated affect by Alexander Knox in a 1944 biopic. DiCaprio will co-produce the new film, based on a recently published biography by Pulitzer Prize winner A. Scott Berg. No denying the star's conscientiousness and commitment, but would anyone else like to see him do a romantic comedy at some point? [Deadline

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