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2 "MythBusters" stars were in LAX terminal when gunman opened fire


2 "MythBusters" stars were in LAX terminal when gunman opened fire
Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci say they heard gunfire before they were safely evacuated. PLUS: "The Bachelor's" Chris Harrison and James Franco were also at the airport.


Shane West jumps from "Nikita" to "Salem"
He'll star in WGN America's first scripted series, set in 17th-century Massachusetts.


Allison Williams wasn't the 1st choice for "Girls"
Producers originally wanted Lena Dunham's best friend, Audrey Gelman, who turned down the role to work in politics. Gelman has made several "Girls" cameos.


"Hostages" premiere sees 110% jump in 30-day DVR viewership, "Mom" rises 72%
CBS released data also showing that "The Crazy Ones" pilot was watched by 24 million.


Heidi Klum transforms into an elderly woman for Halloween
Check her out at age 100. PLUS: Aziz Ansari was Thomas the Tank Engine.


Ken Jeong will co-anchor tonight's "SportsCenter"
The "Community" star will help tip off ESPN's NBA game coverage.


Fox sends Amaury Nolasco to "Gang Related"
The "Prison Break" alum will play the head of a cartel on the Fox series.


See the funny courtroom sketch of Guy Fieri

Fieri, testifying in the case of his stolen yellow Lamborghini, appears in what's described as "the most wonderful illustration of all time."


From The Onion: NBC cancels "Piven"
What if Jeremy Piven had his own sitcom?

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"Untold Stories of the ER"

 "Untold Stories of the ER"

Credit: Discovery Fit & Health

Exclusive clip: It's raining blood on 'Untold Stories of the ER'

Watch what happens when a man's stitches blow

While this comes just one day late for Halloween, I'd like to think that this blood-spurting exclusive clip from tonight's episode of "Untold Stories of the ER" (Fri. Nov. 1 at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery Fit & Health) might extend the holiday for you just a little bit. It's not a zombie apocalypse, but it's something!

In this clip, we learn about how one patient's vomiting jag rips apart the carotid patchwork on his throat. The result is one big mess that may not be possible to fix. There's a storm in town, and the small hospital isn't equipped to help this guy, who's too unstable to move. His I.V. has come out, the nurse can't find a vein, and he's going into shock. It's a nail biter, but I'm hopeful, aren't you?

Will you be watching "Untold Stories of the ER"? 

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'Scandal' dominates Halloween


"Scandal" dominates Halloween
Most other shows saw declines last night, but "Scandal" maintained last week's season low ratings.


Watch Kerry Washington's "SNL" promos with Eminem

"I love cupcakes."


Joshua Malina dresses as Olivia Pope, Jimmy Kimmel is Snow White
"I didn't do the full Julianne Hough," Malina said of the "Scandal" character. PLUS: Mindy Kaling dresses as Captain Hook.


"Glee" mulls sending Kurt to anti-gay Russia
That's one of three options being considered, including moving the entire series setting to NYC.


Jon Stewart says "Go F*ck Yourself" to Fox News for repeatedly invoking his name

"The Daily Show" host insists he's not that powerful.


NBC casts the von Trapp kids for "The Sound of Music"
Seven children have been cast including Gretl.


Rachel Maddow previews her "Simpsons" cameo
"I will never achieve anything this cool ever again in my life," she said on last night's show.


Vinnie Jones to tar in ABC's "Galavant"

The former British soccer star will play the king's henchman.


January Jones' Halloween costume: "Mad Men's" Betty Draper?
Jones looked like her AMC self while taking her son trick or treating.


Adam Levine is launching a Kmart Womenswear Collection
Turns out "The Voice" star's men's line is a success.


Watch Bob Odenkirk as a 1994 Conan sketch performer
The then-"Late Night" writer was "The Nicknamer."

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"Scandal
"Scandal"
Credit: ABC

'Scandal' recap: Did Fitz commit a heinous crime?

Secrets come unraveled this week

I'm happy to report that, after last week's shaky episode, this week's "Scandal" bypassed the "Law & Order: SVU" true crime theatrics and dug deeper into the storyline that I hope will drive the rest of the season -- re-election. Everyone is digging for dirt, and everyone has secrets. Welcome to Washington D.C.! What I appreciate about this episode is that the secrets come in a rainbow of flavors (did I just reference Skittles? I blame the Halloween candy), some innocent and others far from it. I would say things are getting dark in the Fitz White House, but the reality is they've always been that way -- we just didn't realize how bad it really was. 

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<p>&quot;It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown&quot;&nbsp;</p>

"It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" 

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Great Pumpkin' helps ABC split Thursday, while 'Elementary' outdraws 'Scandal'

Halloween delivers spookily low 'Vampire Diaries' ratings
Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 31, 2013.
 
"Its The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" comfortably outdrew ABC's normal 8 p.m. dramas and helped the network lead Thursday night among young viewers. Overall, though, CBS won despite a repeat of "Big Bang Theory" leading to significant drops for both "The Millers" and "Crazy Ones."
 
While CBS' comedies were down, CBS can be enthusiastic about "Elementary" beating "Scandal" overall for the first time this season, even if "Scandal" still dominated "Elementary" among young viewers.
 
A "Saturday Night Live" Halloween special gave NBC a big boost in the 8 p.m. hour over the network's usual comedies and helped "Sean Saves The World" outdraw "The Michael J. Fox Show" for the second straight week and also top its 9 p.m. companion among young viewers.
 
Halloween siphoned a lot of viewers away from "The Vampire Diaries," but The CW can take some solace in flat week-to-week demos for "Reign." ["Vampire Diaries" was preempted in New York City, which may account for some of the decline.]
 
And, finally, an "X Factor" clip show drew no interest at all for FOX, which had been hoping this would be a night dominated by Game 7 of the World Series.
 
On to the numbers... Keep in mind that TV usage is appreciably lower on Halloween night.
 
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<p>Jurnee Smollett, Peter Krause and Monica Potter in &quot;Parenthood,&quot;</p>

Jurnee Smollett, Peter Krause and Monica Potter in "Parenthood,"

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The M Word'

Kristina scores at the debate, Crosby hates his minivan and Amber considers eloping

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I tell you I'm moving to Europe...

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<p>Cate Blanchett, Woody Allen and Alec Baldwin on the set of &quot;Blue Jasmine.&quot;</p>

Cate Blanchett, Woody Allen and Alec Baldwin on the set of "Blue Jasmine."

Credit: Sony Classics

Roundup: Woody Allen's valentine to casting directors

Also: David O. Russell honored at AFI Fest, and critics' blind spot with docs

Since the Academy created a casting directors' branch earlier this year, there's been a growing debate over whether or not a new Oscar category should be created for them. One person clearly in the "pro" camp is Woody Allen, who has written an open letter in praise of their work -- and, in particular, that of his longtime collaborator Juliet Taylor, whom he credits with introducing him to the work of such actors as Dianne Wiest, Jeff Daniels and Patricia Clarkson. (Wait, he worked with Clarkson in 2009 - bit slow on the uptake there, Woody!)  "Because my films are not special effects films and are about human beings, proper casting is absolutely essential," he writes. "I owe a big part of the success of my films to this scrupulous casting process which I must say if left to my own devices would never have happened." [Hollywood Reporter]

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"Grey's Anatomy"
"Grey's Anatomy"
Credit: ABC

'Grey's Anatomy' recap: Was the Halloween episode a 'Thriller'?

Meredith and Christina face their biggest scare

This week's episode of "Grey's Anatomy" had a little bit of everything, like one of those appetizers of many different fried things. Most of it tasted pretty good, but there wasn't a lot of substance once we cleaned the plate. There was some scary stuff, a little bit of neurotic rambling, a soupçon of self-pitying crying and a drab of genuine sentiment. What it added up to was an enjoyable Halloween episode, if not a memorable one. Also notable was the absence of hot sex. Something had to be cut to make room for the maggots, after all.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Who will die at the 'Monster's Ball'?

We discover what Nadia's really up to

It seems that the Silas-Tessa-Katherine storyline is going to be wrapped up soonish (though really, who am I kidding? There's always time for twists!). Thus, we're getting a healthy dose of the new Big Bad -- Dr. Maxfield -- in tonight's episode. I have to say, Dr. Maxfield seems like one hell of a cold-hearted snake. I know Elena is just trying to do the right thing by snooping into the death of her roommate-for-a-minute Megan, but I can't help but think that when Dr. Maxfield suggested she skip town, it might have been a helpful suggestion. It could save her from an awful fate like, oh, being strapped to a gurney and deprived of blood. Poor Jesse -- I mean, 62547. 

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<p>Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's &quot;The Wolf of Wall Street.&quot;</p>

Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Contender Countdown: Oscar race gets a taste of 'Wolf of Wall Street'

Are there just two potential party crashers left?

Another week, another contender officially enters the fray for Best Picture. Last week, "Saving Mr. Banks" took its expected place among the top five contenders. This week, Martin Scorsese returns to the Oscar game for the fifth time this century with "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Think about that fact just one more time.  Are we really surprised Marty's back in the game?

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'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' stars dress as the Kardashians for Halloween


"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" stars dress as the Kardashians for Halloween
See eight-year-old Honey Boo Boo dressed up as Kris Jenner. PLUS: Jenny McCarthy dresses as Miley Cyrus' tongue, "Orphan Black" celebrates Halloween with fake storylines, Jimmy Kimmel has kids sing about Halloween candy, "PTI" guys dress as Tiger Woods and Lindsay Vonn, and Barbara Walters is Katy Perry.


Dick Wolf is sending 2 "SVU" detectives to his new cop show "Chicago PD"
Ice-T and Kelli Giddish will guest on the "Chicago Fire" spinoff.


Connie Britton is trying to find a way to get back on "American Horror Story"
When asked by Rolling Stone is she'll return, Britton said: "I hope so. I've actually have been talking to them this season, because they're down in New Orleans and I'm in Nashville. I've said, 'Okay, let's see if we can try to figure this out.'"


Barney Stinson's "HIMYM" cheerleader effect theory is real, psychologists find
A new study has confirmed Barney's theory that people look more attractive when they're in groups.


Conan O'Brien's 20th anniversary blooper reel was marred by another blooper

Watch what happens when Conan's staff blundered 20 Years of Bloopers. PLUS: Watch 1999 Conan hit on Jeri Ryan, Julianna Margulies, Gina Gershon and Famke Janssen.


An NBC News subsidiary may pay kidnap victim Hannah Anderson to make a doc about her ordeal
The potential deal is already raising ethical questions.


What "Parks and Rec" can learn from "Grey's Anatomy" about female friendship
The Leslie and Ann friendship is too one-sided, while the Cristina/Meredith friendship benefits from their shared ups and downs. PLUS: Aziz Ansari talks to Charlie Rose,


Discovery is going to Alaska for "Kodiak"
The four-part docuseries will chronicle the families living in dangerous Kodiak Island.


Mom who dressed her kids in "Breaking Bad" costumes says she got an apology from Aaron Paul
The mom, who wants to remain anonymous, faced a slew of criticism after Paul posted her Instagram pic of her kids dressed as Walter and Jesse on his account. She says: "The boys have never been exposed to 'Breaking Bad.'" PLUS: Check out a Walter White pumpkin and a Heisenberg mural.


Should Olivia Pope have a "Scandal" pregnancy?
Here are some pros and cons -- Pro: You'd have babydaddy drama. Con: Because that's what Tony Goldwyn wants. PLUS: Lisa Kudrow on her "Scandal" future, Darby Stanchfield on "Gladiating" while romancing David, take a "Scandal" trailer park tour, and why Olivia should dump Fitz once and for all.


Boston Red Sox World Series MVP David Ortiz is going on Letterman
He'll be on Monday's "Late Show."


"Glee's" Naya Rivera appeared on Arsenio's talk show at age 4
Rivera is returning to the Arsenio Hall show after 22 years. She first appeared to promote her 1991 sitcom "The Royal Family."


Kim Kardashian sues YouTube co-founder for posting her proposal online
Kardashian alleges that Chad Hurley crashed the proposal and shot footage to promote his new internet venture.


"The Glades" alum Matt Passmore headed to USA
The Aussie actor will play an investment banker whose wife is seeing a male escort.


David Arquette reveals Courteney Cox and her "Cougar Town" co-star broke up
In a drunken phone call to Howard Stern, Arquette revealed that Cox is no longer seeing Brian Van Holt -- who, incidentally, once dated Howard Stern's wife, Beth.


Daytime talk show "The Real" picked up for fall 2014

The talk show starring Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai will also air on BET.


Physicists try to explain "Doctor Who's" spacetime

Read their paper, titled: "Traversable Achronal Retrograde Domains In Spacetime."


Watch a preview of James Cameron's Showtime climate change doc, with Matt Damon and Jessica Alba
"Years of Living Dangerously" also features Ian Somerhalder and Michael C. Hall.


Melissa Joan Hart: "Sabrina's" Salem the Cat turned me off of felines
"Being around that Salem cat too much … the set was covered in cat food," she says. "So yeah, I can't do cats anymore."


"Game of Thrones" star Jack Gleeson: Why I'm no longer a Pittsburgh Steelers fan
The actor, who plays, King Joffrey, lost interest in the Steelers after following them in 2009 and 2010.


Check out "The Big Bang Theory"-inspired art gallery
Artists are showcasing their favorite "Big Bang" moments.


French sensation "The Returned" kicks off tonight with "smart horror"
The eight-episodes Sundance Channel series is more upsetting than "The Walking Dead."

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<p>'What do you mean you can't find 2016 on the map?&nbsp;We can't just land in 2015 because you feel like it, Chewie! WHAT&nbsp;ABOUT&nbsp;THE&nbsp;SCRIPT?!'</p>

'What do you mean you can't find 2016 on the map? We can't just land in 2015 because you feel like it, Chewie! WHAT ABOUT THE SCRIPT?!'

Credit: 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Disney and Lucasfilm clash as 'Star Wars' maintains hyperspeed course for 2015 release

Watch: McWeeny and Ellwood talk film's delay

At some point soon, JJ Abrams may need to reach out to the world of "Star Wars" fandom just to calm them down, because the official silence is starting to get very, very noisy indeed.

Today's article in "The Hollywood Reporter" will no doubt whip "Star Wars" fans into a frenzy as they worry about what they will or won't see in theaters in 2015, and we decided to chat about it a bit as well.

Disney didn't buy the "Star Wars" franchise so they could tenderly soothe the nerves of worried fans. They bought it because they are a merchandise driven company, and "Star Wars" remains giant business even in the down periods between movies. Adding a new film to the mix sends the toy business into overdrive, and I suspect Disney is already building the vault where they plan to keep all the money that Bob Iger will swim in, Scrooge McDuck-style, after hours.

While I think fans have every right to worry, I also think we've reached a point where there is very little that any "Star Wars" fan has to say that hasn't already been said a thousand times, and all the hand-wringing ultimately doesn't help anything. People who are determined to hate JJ Abrams already have their minds made up, and I doubt anything's going to make them feel better. I get tired of all the conspiracy speak about Damon Lindelof and Kurtzman and Orci, though, and I wish fans had a way of stepping outside themselves to hear their own shrill arguments sometimes.

Greg Ellwood and I discussed what this could mean and what to take away from today's news in the video you'll see embedded here. I think Kennedy is a very strong producer overall, and I suspect she will continue to push for the best possible film, and perhaps the mix of her strengths and the things that Abrams does well will end up resulting in a movie that will restore faith rather than reconfirming the lack of it.

We'll see, and it sounds like we'll see in 2015, come hell or high water.

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