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Did Oscars pick Ellen as a response to Seth MacFarlane?

Did Oscars pick Ellen as a response to Seth MacFarlane?
The Academy apparently is trying to distance itself from last year's controversies. PLUS: Is the Oscars done chasing young viewers?, and Ellen boosts ratings when she hosts awards shows.

"It's Alway Sunny" stars feel like they could keep on going by doing 10 episodes a season
"I think at only 10 episodes a season, you really don't run the risk of burning out," says Charlie Day. PLUS: "Sunny" will mock Emmy snubs.

"Glee" releases a "Cory Monteith Memorial Card"

Watch a 12-second tribute to the late "Glee" star. PLUS: Darren Criss talks to Conan about Monteith's passing.

FX picked Courteney Cox's "Dirt" over "Breaking Bad," Vince Gilligan recalls to Charlie Rose

In an hour-long conversation, Gilligan explained that FX had to pick one of the two shows and settled on Cox's 2007 series "Dirt" because  the network had a mandate to add female viewers. But Gilligan credits FX boss John Landgraf with letting AMC acquire the rights to "Breaking Bad." This morning, Landgraf said you can't go darker than "Breaking Bad." PLUS: Watch the "It's Heisenberg" music video."Nightline" goes behind the scenes of the Aug. 11 premiere.

"The League" co-creator finds FXX move exciting yet frustrating

"To be perfectly frank, it's very exciting," says Jeff Schaffer. "It's also a little frustrating right now that we can't tell our fans what channel FXX is yet. … It's like saying, 'When I die I'm going to heaven.' I know it's a good thing but I don't know where that is." PLUS: Nowadays, NFL players ask to be on "The League," and read more "League" tidbits from today's TCA panel.

Watch a preview of talk show host Lindsay Lohan
Mocking Kristen Stewart while guest-hosting "Chelsea Lately."

Joy Behar ends her Current stint with the disassembly of her set
Watch as Al Jazeera "staffers" remove her desk.

Daft Punk to make a rare TV appearance on "Colbert Report"

The "Get Lucky" band will appear next week as pat of Colbert's "Colbchella" concert series.

Why FX is splitting into 3 channels
FX boss John Landgraf says the plan is for FX, FXX and FXM to "support one brand. I don't believe it's possible to be all things to all people. What we hope with the brand is to be able to capture people when they're young and keep them in our brand as they go through their life."

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<p>Ellen DeGeneres</p>

Ellen DeGeneres

Credit: Courtesy of AMPAS

Oscars goes cute and safe with Ellen DeGeneres as host

Pass me a vodka martini with lemon and wake me when it's over

When I woke up this morning I checked my inbox on my phone and quickly saw there were a number of E-mails with the headline "Ellen DeGeneres returns to host…" My first thought was, "Wow, FOX must have spent a ton of money to get DeGeneres to return as an 'American Idol' judge.  I wonder if that means Jennifer Lopez is still coming back?"  Of course, a host and a judge are two very different things (don't worry Seacrest your job is safe and I was half awake) and it quickly dawned on me that, instead, DeGeneres is heading for her second go around as Oscar host.

Oh, well.

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<p>Katy Perry teaser image for &quot;Prism&quot;</p>

Katy Perry teaser image for "Prism"

Katy Perry reveals 'Prism' teaser and single 'Roar' release date

Watch as she destroys her past in one swift move

Katy Perry drops two goodies on her fans today and both reveal a bit about the direction she may be going with her third studio album, “Prism,” which comes out Oct. 22.

Both a new album teaser  and a video snippet for first single “Roar” hint at a Perry who is ready to strip away the artifice. Let’s tackle them one at a time:

The album teaser for “Prism,”  dropped by Perry on Facebook this morning, shows Perry, her face bare of any make-up (other than, we imagine, foundation, mascara, lip balm, concealer, a touch of blush, etc... all the stuff it takes to look like you have no make-up on) and devoid of the usual heavy eye-liner and candy-colored lips. Similarly, her hair is her own, not one of her usual wigs, and while still beautiful, it’s not styled in any particular way and she even has some fly-aways.

[More after the jump...]


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Billy Bob Thornton to star in 'Fargo' on FX

Billy Bob Thornton to star in "Fargo" on FX
He'll play a character similar to Steve Buscemi's in a 10-episode limited series based on the 1996 movie.

Ellen may have beaten out her pal Jimmy Kimmel for Oscar-hosting job

Kimmel was thought to be the favorite by ABC, as hosting the Academy Awards would've given him a boost as Jimmy Fallon moved to 11:30. But producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan prevailed, picking Ellen, who was a guest at Kimmel's wedding last month. PLUS: Watch Ellen's Oscar monologue from 2007.

Lindsay Lohan told rehab jokes when she guest-hosted "Chelsea Lately"
"I've been on a 90-day court ordered vacation," said Lohan, who taped her guest stint Thursday to air on Monday.

CNN's Jake Tapper to guest on "All My Children"
He'll make his acting debut playing a reporter.

Rebecca Romijn's name on her driver's license is "Rebecca Romijn Stamos"

She's been married to Jerry O'Connell for six years, but admits to being too lazy to go to the DMV to change her name. PLUS: Romijn tweeted a pic of O'Connell in a Speedo.

"Big Brother" hits a season high
About 7.04 million watched last night's eviction.

Alexandra Breckenridge will be back for "American Horror Story: Coven"
Ryan Murphy announced the news on Twitter.

Why would the BBC use a live special to announce the new "Doctor Who"?
Does a special mean a big name -- or a woman or black "Who"?

Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" now has a YouTube channel
Check out Andy Cohen's new YouTube Clubhouse.

Valerie Harper filming a TV movie 4 months after announcing she has terminal cancer
The former "Rhoda" star is in Canada filming "The Town That Came A-Courtin'" for the UP channel.

Is "Dads" poised to be as successful as "2 Broke Girls"?

The hatred for the Seth MacFarlane sitcom's racial humor at yesterday's TV critics'  panel was reminiscent of "2 Broke Girls'" session three years ago.

"Breaking Bad" buys "Thanks Albuquerque" billboards"
"We had great chemistry together," says the billboards in Albuquerque. Meet the makers of "Blue Meth" donuts, Bryan Cranston chatted with Stephen Colbert about his "Power Rangers" past, and watch an Etch A Sketch recap of "Breaking Bad."

Antonio Sabato Jr. joins "Castle's" spoof of "Saved by the Bell"

He'll play a former teen star named Ramon Russo. PLUS: Joshua Bitton joins "Castle" as a new detective.

Robin Thicke sings "Blurred Lines" on Jimmy Fallon with kids' instruments
Watch their performance with The Roots.

"Human Giant's" Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel are teaming up for "Crash Test"
Their bringing their standup show, originally created by Aziz Ansari, to Comedy Central.

Tia Mowry's childhood is inspiring a Nickelodeon sitcom

The actress, now known as Tia Mowry-Hardrict, is putting together a comedy based on a 12-year-old girl who lives with her drill sergeant mother. Both her parents were sergeants in the U.S. Army.

See the chocolate version of Mario Lopez
"The X Factor" host was presented yesterday with a  Dove mint and dark chocolate sculpture of his head and body.

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<p>John Landgraf at January's Television Critics Association press tour</p>

John Landgraf at January's Television Critics Association press tour

Credit: FX

Press Tour Live-Blog: John Landgraf on the State of FX Networks

Critical favorite will discuss the FX/FXX split and probably mock Netflix

It's Friday (August 2) morning at the utterly endless Television Critics Association press tour.

Today is FX's day, featuring panels for "Sons of Anarchy," "American Horror Story: Coven" and "The Bridge," among many others.

But first? FX CEO John Landgraf.

Click through for updates on all things FX...

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Ellen DeGeneres will host the Oscars for 2nd time

Ellen DeGeneres will host the Oscars for 2nd time

Ellen will return to Oscar-hosting duties for the first time since 2007, she announced on Twitter. "I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm," she said in a statement.

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13 Must-See acts at Lollapalooza 2013: Nine Inch Nails, Ghost BC, Postal Service

13 Must-See acts at Lollapalooza 2013: Nine Inch Nails, Ghost BC, Postal Service

Listen to music from Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Baroness and more

The 2013 edition of Lollapalooza kicks off today (2) at Chicago’s Grant Park. The Aug. 2-4 fest boasts a stellar line-up this year with such big names as Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix and Queens of the Stone Age, as well as cool developing acts like Chance the Rapper, Emeli Sande, Icona Pop, and Two Door Cinema Club. There are time conflicts galore for music fans, but to help muddle through, here’s our list of 13 Must-See Acts. And remember, if you can’t be there, Lollapalooza’s YouTube channel will live stream nearly two dozen performances.

Who is on your must-see list? 


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<p>Brian Cox and Kim Dickens in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Brian Cox and Kim Dickens in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episodes 8 & 9: 'Leviathan Smiles' & 'Amateur Night'

Wyatt Earp and the Pinkertons come to town, and the theater troupe invites the camp to perform

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

We're doubling up on episodes 8 and 9 this week. Thoughts on episode both "Leviathan Smiles" and "Amateur Night" coming up just as soon as I distract the nations at large from my fiscal turpitudes and miasms...

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<p>Martin Mull, Giovanni Ribisi, Brenda Song and Seth Green in the &quot;Dads&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Martin Mull, Giovanni Ribisi, Brenda Song and Seth Green in the "Dads" pilot.

Credit: FOX

Press Tour: 'Dads' cast, creators discuss offensive humor

Is the new Seth MacFarlane live-action sitcom racist?

Under any circumstances, the press tour panel for FOX's "Dads" was going to be an awkward affair. The live-action comedy from Seth MacFarlane and fellow "Family Guy" writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as best friends and business partners whose estranged fathers (Peter Riegert and Martin Mull) breeze into town and offend everyone with their old-school attitudes. Among other gags, it has Mull dubbing a boxing video game "Punch the Puerto Rican," has Riegert offended by being mistaken for the Eric Stoltz character in "Mask," and has Green and Ribisi convincing an employee played by Brenda Song to dress up like a giggling anime schoolgirl to impress a group of Asian investors.

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Simon Cowell: Last season's 'X Factor' was like a bad dinner party

Simon Cowell: Last season's "X Factor" was like a bad dinner party

Season 3, in contrast, is a "fun dinner party," Cowell told critics. Simon also responded to "The Voice's" claim that it's not about launching careers. "You're making a promise to contestants, you're going to turn them into a real live artist. You can't guarantee, but that is your commitment. Otherwise it’s a game show."  PLUS: Simon can't imagine returning to "Idol," the "X Factor" prize is being reduced from $5 million to $1 million, and Simon declined to talk about becoming a father.

Brian Williams to undergo knee surgery
The "NBC Nightly News" anchor announced tonight that's he's taking a leave of absence.

How difficult is writing subtitles for "Honey Boo Boo"?
Exec producer Sara Reddy, charged with the subtitling task, says: "They talk incredibly fast and they just skip over consonants and entire syllables," she says, adding: "I don't know why I have this gift, but I understand them perfectly, and I don’t think they need to be subtitled."

"Dads" producer: "We don't want this to be the racial-insult comedy show"
The Seth MacFarlane Fox sitcom has come under fire for its racial jokes, particularly one in which Brenda Song is asked to dress as a "sexy Asian schoolgirl." PLUS: Song defends schoolgirl outfit.

Can "Enlisted" pull off being a comedy about war?
The Fox comedy tried "really, really" hard not to become "mocking or disrespectful."

Why DogTV won't work
As Slate explains, the $4.99/month DirecTV channel that launches today looks to canines "like a slideshow powered by a dim strobe light."

What does the "Breaking Bad" trailer "Ozymandias" mean?
Why Walter White goes together with the 1918 poem.

Pakistani talk show gives away babies as prizes
Last month, "Amaan Ramazan" gave away two babies on live TV.

"Castle" paying homage to "Saved by the Bell"
An episode will revolve around the murder of an actor who plays a "Screech"-like character.

Read of Pauley Shore's rise and fall
Why "The Weasel" didn't make out of the '90s.

"SNL's" ticket lottery is now open

To sit in the "Saturday Night Live" audience any time next season, you must show your interest now.

Watch a "heartbreaking end to "Kids' Jeopardy!"
A boy held back tears after adding an extra "t" to Emancipation Proclamation."

Lena Dunham plans to stalk the "Scandal" cast at the Emmys

Last year, she says, she "ended up following Kerry Washington around for 10 hours without actually talking to her." PLUS: Assistant feeds Dunham on "Girls" set.

See 15 new "Boardwalk Empire" images from Season 4
Including new cast member Jeffrey Wright.

Why "Parks and Rec" will be fine without Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins
Both characters had been running out of steam. PLUS: 8 side characters who should be considered for the main cast.

Jason Segel has slimmed down for the final "HIMYM" season
"This time when I take my shirt off, I've made a promise to myself, it doesn't have to be funny," he says.

Food Network orders a kids' edition of "Rachael vs. Guy"
"Kid Cook-Off" debuts Sept. 8.

"Almost Human" insists it's a procedural "police drama"
The J.J. Abrams robot cop drama doesn't want to scare away viewers who don't like genre shows.

Tracy Morgan used to be a barbershop poster model
Check out the "30 Rock" star before he made it big.

FXX to air the Creative Arts Emmys
The annual ceremony had aired on ReelzChannel the past two years.

Bravo renews "Million Dollar Listing New York"
The 2nd-year reality show hit a series high recently.

Disney Junior going to space with "Miles from Tomorrowland"

The cartoon follows a young adventurer and his family as they travel through outer space.

TLC reenacts in-law horror stories
"Surviving the In-Laws" is cheap even TLC standards.

Check out Jimmy Kimmel as a child
He's wearing matching outfits with him mom.

"One Life To Live" and "All My Children" get season finale dates
Their first season on The Online Network will wrap on Aug. 19 and Sept. 2, respectively.

Watch the 1st episode of "Broadchurch"
The BBC drama that Fox is remaking is now available on BBC America's YouTube channel.

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<p>Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg breathe rowdy, enjoyable life into the buddy action comedy in '2 Guns'</p>

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg breathe rowdy, enjoyable life into the buddy action comedy in '2 Guns'

Credit: Universal Pictures

Review: '2 Guns' succeeds largely on the chemistry between Denzel and Wahlberg

Sometimes low-key and charming is enough

Sometimes, when you order a hamburger, all you want is a hamburger.

No one is going to accuse "2 Guns" of being some bold reinvention of the action genre, but it's a big jump forward for director Baltasar Kormakur. His previous American action film was "Contraband," also starring Mark Wahlberg, and honestly, it did nothing for me. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't care for it. The whole thing felt inert to me, which happens sometimes with studio films. You can tell that people threw all the resources in the world at something, but it just doesn't come to life. Those films are, in some ways, more frustrating than flat-out bad films, because it's hard to pinpoint where things went wrong.

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<p>This is just a random picture of Aaryn, because I don't want to spoil elimination.</p>

This is just a random picture of Aaryn, because I don't want to spoil elimination.

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - Whose eviction ends Aaryn's reign?

Would Candice, Howard or Amanda go home?

Another Head of Household tenure will end for Aaryn on Thursday (August 1) night. 

Will the end of her reign see the departure of Amanda, Candice or Howard? Well, yes. Obviously. But which one? 

Let's find out, after the break...

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