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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

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'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Do you trust the new Teresa?

Without Teresa's screaming, it's all about Jacqueline's dull tummy tuck
So, this week the detente between Teresa and everybody else continued, more or less. The episode was mostly calm, largely civil, and… weird. Just… weird. Not having Teresa running around and screaming (except while she played with her kids and tried to shatter every garishly expensive thing in her house) is like a day without car crashes. It's a good thing, but it's almost unsettling. When "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" has to trump up excitement by making Jacqueline's Beverly Hills tummy tuck seem as dangerous as a double-organ heart and lung transplant, you know the show's in trouble.
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'Breaking Bad' doubles the viewership of last year's premiere


"Breaking Bad" doubles the viewership of last year's premiere

About 5.9 million watched last night, "Breaking Bad's" biggest audience ever. That's compared to the 2.93 million for the Season 5, Part 1, premiere last year. Meanwhile, "Talking Bad" attracted 1.2 million. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" was huge on Twitter, everybody from Rihanna to Rebecca Black tweeted about the premiere, what will happen to the props?,
Jimmy Fallon releases his "Breaking Bad" poster, and how the color of the clothing provides clues to the characters.


"Duck Dynasty" for Congress?

Republicans in Louisiana are trying to get Willie Robertson to run for a soon-to-be vacated congressional seat.


Swiss shop clerk accuses Oprah of lying about racist encounter
"I don't know why she is making these accusations," says the shop assistant, speaking anonymously. "She is so powerful and I am just a shop girl."


Angus T. Jones now looks disheveled with a scruffy beard
Friends and family are said to be concerned over the former "Two and a Half Men" star's current appearance.


Courteney Cox breaks her wrist
The "Cougar Town" was in Cancun when she slipped, fell and injured herself.


"The Borgias" will end with an e-book

"The Borgia Apocalypse" will be based on creator Neil Jordan's script for a two-hour wrap-up movie.


Steve Wozniak admits to crying while watching "The Big Bang Theory"

The Apple co-founder can relate to the social awkwardness -- so much so that he's watched every episodes twice, taking down notes the 2nd time.


"Game of Thrones" stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are no longer dating in real life
The couple sparked a romance playing Jon Snow and Ygritte.


Kris Jenner fires back at Obama for "picking on" Kim & Kanye

The president said Kim Kardashian and Kanye West shouldn't be used as a mark for success.


Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael sign a comedy deal with ABC
The "Happy Endings" alum and " NTSF:SD:SUV" star are poised to develop their own comedy, starring Raphael.

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<p>Bryan Cranston in &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Bryan Cranston in "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' premiere draws 5.9 million for a series high

Premiere more than doubles last summer's; 'Low Winter Sun' and 'Talking Bad' debut modestly

After "Breaking Bad" began its final batch of episodes with an audience more than double of last summer's premiere, can we call him The One Who Rates?

Sunday night's (mid)season premiere for the AMC drama drew 5.9 million viewers, by far the most in the show's history, and up 102% over the first episode from last summer, according to AMC. 3.6 million of those viewers were aged 18-49, making it the second highest-rated show on cable in that demographic, after fellow AMC drama "The Walking Dead" (which also happens to be the highest-rated entertainment series in all of television in the demo).

At 10 p.m., the new "Low Winter Sun" premiered to ratings — 2.5 million viewers overall — that "Breaking Bad" would have killed for in its infancy, but that don't seem quite as impressive in light of its lead-in. (And that number includes all the "Breaking Bad" viewers who stuck around for at least half an hour of "LWS" to see the previews for "BB" episode 2.)

And at 11 p.m., the first installment of the inexpensive, Chris Hardwick-hosted "Breaking Bad" discussion series "Talking Bad" averaged 1.2 million viewers.

The hype for "Blood Money" was higher than I've ever heard it for a "Breaking Bad" premiere, and clearly more people than ever before were interested. What I wonder is how many of the new viewers are people who caught up with the series in the year since we last had a new episode, and how many were brand-new folks who wanted to see what all the fuss was about. (And what, I wonder, did they make of trying to tread lightly into the story at this point?)

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Tom Bergeron

 Tom Bergeron

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Tom Bergeron talks new format for 'Dancing with the Stars'

He jokes that he has 'a stun gun' to 'zap Bruno' if he goes long

You never know who you're going to bump into on the red carpet, and this week my colleague Gregory Ellwood got a chance to interview Tom Bergeron at the D23 Expo. Though the host with the most was there to promote "Disney Legends," Greg asked him about "Dancing with the Stars" and the new, shorter format. While ABC had aired a separate results show in previous seasons, going forward the celebrity dance competition will combine performance with results. 

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<p>Paramore at the Teen Choice Awards</p>

Paramore at the Teen Choice Awards

Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Inside the 'Teen Choice Awards' with One Direction, Miley Cyrus, and two teenage girls

We rate the performances and disagree over Rebel Wilson's remarks

LOS ANGELES—My ears are still ringing. Last night, one of my closest friends, her two teenage daughters and I attended the Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater here.  The show is an extremely fast-paced two-hour event that salutes teens’ favorite TV actors and shows, movie stars and films, musicians and athletes.

[More after the jump...]

 I’d forgotten that teenage girls will scream at and for anything, so throughout the night, several thousand girls would raise the decibels to beyond earsplitting any time one of the following happened:  1) ANYONE  associated with “Pretty Little Liars” took the stage  2) ANYTIME there was a Miley Cyrus  mention or sighting  3) WHENEVER One Direction performed, accepted an award, was nominated for an award or was spotted in the audience  4) EVERY TIME a celebrity, no matter how minor--and we’re talking even “Dance Moms” level C-List, not even “Duck Dynasty" — walked through the audience and 5) They just felt like screaming, which is, pretty much, all the time.

After the show, Olivia (15), Jacqueline (13) and I (no longer a teenage) graded each of the performances and a few of the other show highlights.

One Direction: “Best Song Ever”:

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"The Man with the 132 lb. Scrotum"

 "The Man with the 132 lb. Scrotum"

Credit: TLC

Watch: 'The Man with the 132 lb. Scrotum' goes for a walk

And you think you have problems

Just in case you're having a bad day -- maybe you've been stuck in traffic, or you're feeling less than attractive -- you may want to watch this clip. There is, in fact, someone who's had a much worse day than what you're having; the guy with the 132 pound scrotum. 

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<p>Dean&nbsp;Norris</p>

Dean Norris

Credit: AMC

Dean Norris describes shooting the 'Breaking Bad' premiere's final scene


Dean Norris describes shooting the "Breaking Bad" premiere's final scene

"The last scene was really interesting," says Dean Norris of that final scene. The first take of the script was written to be violent and hard, he says. "Bryan and I thought it turned out okay," he adds, "but we weren't entirely satisfied. It was weird that this happened, because usually on Breaking Bad scripts you show up and it's written in such a way that you kind of flow right into it. But we felt uncomfortable; it seemed like too much." PLUS: Vince Gilligan explains the season premiere, what a powerful ending, why "Breaking Bad" had no choice with that ending, Is "Hero Hank" a red herring?, "Breaking Bad" smashes straight through audience anticipation, "Breaking Bad's" theme played with meth lab equipment, how was "Talking Bad"?, the case against "Breaking Bad," why Skyler White is the best "Bad" character, who is Kevin Cordasco?, Badger's "Star Trek" story gets animated, and Bryan Cranston on directing the season premiere.


Jimmy Fallon reveals an exact replica of his "Late Night" set, across the hall
Fallon is moving into the replica studio -- which once housed Letterman and Conan's "Late Night" shows -- so that his current studio can undergo a "Tonight Show" renovation.


Lea Michele pays a touching Teen Choice Awards tribute to Cory Monteith

Watch her get emotional at last night's ceremony.


This is John Oliver's final week guest-hosting "The Daily Show"

Jon Stewart returns on Sept. 4. PLUS: Oliver turns up in the wrong studio for Jimmy Fallon.


Jimmy Fallon transforms into Walter White

"Late Night" will unveil its "Breaking Bad" parody in September.


Amy Poehler & Aubrey Plaza pretend to make out

Check out their demonstration for the paparazzi.


"The Following" adds Connie Nielsen

The "SVU" vet will play a love interest for Kevin Bacon.

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<p>Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'News Night with Will McAvoy'

An episode set in real time avoids most of the show's usual pitfalls

A review of last night's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I scroll past "This Week in Nip Slips"...

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<p>&quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine&quot;</p>

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

Credit: FOX

Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

A strong ensemble and likable workplace make up for the lack of laughs

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (FOX)
Airs:Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.
The Pitch: I don't need to make up a sarcastic pitch for this one. You take two writers from "Parks and Recreation," add the directors of 21 Jump Street" (the movie) and throw in a cast led by Andy Samberg and the pitch is pretty straight-forward.
Quick Response: With that pitch and that pedigree comes certain expectations and if you come into the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" pilot expecting a fully baked, perfectly balanced comedic concoction, you may find yourself a bit disappointed. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is one of this fall's better comedy pilots, but it also fits into the "I liked spending 22 minutes in this world and I think I like the characters, but I didn't really laugh" category, which has a handful of entries. Everything in the pilot is nicely understated, starting with Andy Samberg, who I always find appealing disarming when he dispenses with the archness that infects (for better and for worse) so many of his "Saturday Night Live" personae. Instead of gunning for laughs, Samberg just establishes nice chemistry with Melissa Fumero and also with Andre Braugher, who has immediate fun tweaking the "Terse minority authority figure" convention. Also welcomingly near-natural are Joe LoTruglio and Chelsea Peretti, who could have played their roles as "wacky sidekicks," but don't. After being frustratingly wasted on "Arrested Development," Terry Crews is back in form as well and he winkingly slots "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" into the Vocational Irony Narrative genre with my favorite line from the pilot. What "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" instantly succeeds with is establishing the rhythms and rapport of the precinct room, swiftly introducing characters who could believably occupy the same space and showing the early connections between them. That's one of Dan Goor and Michael Schur's great achievements on "Parks and Rec" and the pieces are in place for more of the same here. [The undiscussed cast diversity is also a minor miracle -- This looks vaguely like I'd imagine a Brooklyn station would look, albeit with slightly prettier, funnier people.] I wish the pilot had a bit more comedic energy. The pilot uses a murder as the case-of-the-week and I sense that the show wants its procedural aspects to have at least some zip, but instead there's a lag every time anybody does any police work. That the couple action-for-laughs scenes fall a bit flat is also a letdown if you happen to have been a fan of "21 Jump Street," which really nailed the mix of adrenaline and laughs. For the show to work, the writers will need to hone the consistency of its comedic flow. There's value to the wacky cameos (FOX is promoting Fred Armisen's five seconds heavily), the goofy flashback cutaways, to the reference humor and to the near-parody elements and I have little doubt that the show can successfully integrate all of them in the future, but for a pilot it all left the comedic voice a little thinned.
Desire To Watch Again: The pieces are all here and they just need to gel a tiny bit more for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" to become a winner. FOX is doing "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" no favors in pairing it with the toxic "Dads" as a lead-in. As likable male-driven comedies go, "Enlisted" would have been much more compatible and it wouldn't surprise me to eventually seem these two together. Then again, it also wouldn't surprise me to see "Raising Hope" migrate back to 8 p.m. if "Dads" fails fast and hard and while that wouldn't help the demographic flow FOX is pretending it's going for, it would at least have one funny show leading into another potentially funny show leading into the "New Girl"/"Mindy" hour.

 

Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'The Goldbergs' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Ironside'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'We Are Men' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Almost Human' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Back in the Game' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Sean Saves the World' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Reign' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Crazy Ones' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries

 

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<p>Anna Paquin of &quot;True Blood&quot;</p>

Anna Paquin of "True Blood"

Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO

'True Blood': Saying goodbye to Terry in 'Life Matters'

It's an episode both gross and poignant as the war continues

This week's episode of "True Blood" was equal parts poignant and gory, not always successfully so. Though storylines need to be wrapped up as we go roaring into the season finale next week, the juxtaposition of a fond farewell to Terry Bellefleur and the brutal conclusion of Bill and Eric's efforts to save their vampire kin from human captors was sometimes moving but often jarring. Yeah, I get it -- the horrors that made Terry want to die are probably similar to the horrors we're seeing in the human-vampire battle. Fine. I just think it's hard to switch focus after you've shown someone getting their genitals ripped off. 

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<p>Hard to believe that it's taken forty years for footage from the infamous Jerry Lewis film 'The Day The Clown Cried' to leak.</p>

Hard to believe that it's taken forty years for footage from the infamous Jerry Lewis film 'The Day The Clown Cried' to leak.

Credit: Jerry Lewis

Is this the closest we'll ever come to seeing Jerry Lewis in 'The Day The Clown Cried'?

A fascinating glimpse of a very famous troubled movie

If I could snap my fingers and magically see any movie that already exists right now, there is no question in my mind what film I'd watch. I have been fascinated by the stories about the Jerry Lewis film "The Day The Clown Cried" since the very first time I heard about it.

And why wouldn't I be? The premise is fairly audacious, and the idea that Lewis finished it, looked at it, and immediately ordered it to be buried forever only makes it that much more enticing. I am just as interested in art that fails as I am in art that succeeds, because I think those failures can be incredibly revealing about the artists and the decisions they were making. Jerry Lewis is someone I have grown up watching, and my feelings about him have changed repeatedly over the years. There were times I liked him, times I hated him, times I have considered him both overrated or unjustly overlooked, and when you look at his career as a whole, there's almost no way to dismiss that he is a major part of Hollywood's comedy and filmmaking history.

My own kids have been introduced to his work. The first film I showed them of his was "The Bellboy," and they ended up watching it three times in a week, watching certain scenes repeatedly each time they screened the film. It's amazing to see how far ahead Lewis seemed to think at times, and how he also couldn't resist some of the cheapest gags possible. He appears to be at war with his own sense of taste at times, and that only makes it more interesting to watch his work.

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<p>Lennie James in &quot;Low Winter Sun.&quot;</p>

Lennie James in "Low Winter Sun."

Credit: AMC

Talkback: 'Low Winter Sun' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new AMC drama?

reviewed AMC's "Low Winter Sun" earlier in the week. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Were you wowed by Mark Strong and/or Lennie James, or did you find the whole thing to be quality drama paint-by-numbers? If you watched the original British series with Strong as Frank, how did this start compare? Did you like the use of Detroit locations? Did the presence of James Ransone evoke "The Wire" in a good way, or invite unfair comparisons? (And ditto for David Costabile and "Breaking Bad.") And will you watch again?

I'm fairly lukewarm on the show, but will keep sampling it for a bit. If my opinion changes dramatically one way or the other later in the season, I'll check back in with another review. In the meantime, have at it.

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