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Press Tour: 'Reign' promises Nostradamus, teen romance, more

History gets a slick remodel plus the Lumineers' music

The true story of Mary Queen of Scots, who took the sickly 14-year-old Francis, the Dauphin of France, for her first husband, doesn't seem like the stuff of a romantic CW drama. But, with a little tweaking, "Reign" (premiering Thurs. Oct. 17 at 9:00 p.m.) is giving history a slick, sexy remodel, according to the panel for the show at press tour. 

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"The Originals"

 "The Originals"

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Press Tour: 'The Originals' stars talk vampire fatigue, mermaids

Julie Plec hints at another ship to watch

The eagerly-awaited spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries, "The Originals," doesn't air until October 3, but the journalists at press tour had plenty of questions about the show. The biggest question about the spin-off, which takes "TVD" regular Klaus to New Orleans to explore a witches' curse and relationships from his distant past, was how it will differ from the mothership.

"The way we like to [explain it as] we had an audience grow up with us for four years on 'The Vampire Diaries'… that was more of a coming of age story. This is a show that's not about struggling with [the vampirism], it's about reveling in it. It's about the power of the family community and the power struggle over the entire city. We like to think of it as we went to high school, we went to college, and this is getting a masters degree," said executive producer Julie Plec. 
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<p>Ben Stiller in &quot;The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.&quot;</p>

Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

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Ben Stiller dreams big in first trailer for 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

Also featuring Kristen Wiig and an unsettling photo of Sean Penn

Yesterday, I posted some new images from Ben Stiller's upcoming remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," while noting that the film's more extravagant flights of fancy were clearly being saved or a later unveiling. Immediately, a few of you replied with your thoughts on the film's first trailer (which hit theaters with "The Wolverine" last weekend) and suggested that it could indeed be something special.

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CW not worried that 'The Vampire Diaries' spinoff is facing 'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

CW not worried that "The Vampire Diaries" spinoff is facing "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
CW president Mark Pedowitz said "The Originals" and the Joss Whedon series have different fan bases. "We believe these are people that the fans have known for the last three years and we hope that built-in equity allows the fans to come," he says, adding: "We’re comfortable where it’s sitting."

ABC Family renews "Switched at Birth," orders more episodes of "Twisted" and "The Fosters"
"Switched at Birth" will return for Season 3, while "The Fosters" and "Twisted" will be back in January.

Vanity Fair and Vogue strike TV deals

The Condé Nast magazines are putting out two shows -- a crime and mystery series called "Vanity Fair Confidential" for Investigation Discovery and design competition series "Fashion Fund" for Ovation.

"Love Boat" Captain Gavin MacLeod's memoir reveals his battle with depression, alcoholism
MacLeod didn't get sober until midway through his run on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

What are the chances "The Killing" will return for Season 4?
Season 3's ratings have been about the same as last season, but "The Killing" now has a Netflix deal.

CW's "Reign" wants to educate its viewers, but "it's not the History Channel"
"In each episode, we'll educate people on what element of history helps our story," says exec producer Laurie McCarthy. But Adelaide Kane, who plays Mary Queen of Scots, says: "It's TV, so we can take creative license. It's not the History Channel. Of course we're going to dramatize events and have fun."

Did "The Newsroom" recycle a "Family Guy" joke?
A voice mail joke from a 2008 "Family Guy" episode surfaced on this week's "Newsroom."

Read an oral history of HBO's "Real Sex"
"The 60 Minutes of Sex" lasted from 1990 to 2009.

The government will begin counting scripted shows as part of GDP, but not reality TV
"The vast majority of reality TV shows don't last," says one economic analyst.  "For something to count as investment, it has to last a long time."

"The Bachelorette" produces a "spectacular" moment
There was much sobbing on last night's season finale, part 1.

Conan O'Brien and Eric McCormack were born on the same
Both former NBC stars celebrated their 50th birthday on April 18.

Check out "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" Key Art
"Giving it their best shot."

"Supernatural's" spinoff will be much more of an ensemble
"We'll have main characters who are both human and monsters," says "Supernatural" exec producer Jeremy Carver.

Ice-T takes a selfie
The 55-year-old "SVU" star wrote on Twitter: "This morning: MFs popin sh*t ... 55yrs old. 'Don't sleep on the old cats.'"

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Album review: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines': Let's talk about sex

Album review: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines': Let's talk about sex

Singer gets his groove on and on

If Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” left you longing for short, punchy R&B-based tunes instead of the extended jams, then Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” out today, is the album for you.
While there’s nothing on here that’s likely to challenge insanely catchy  "Blurred Lines'" run atop the Hot 100 (a 2013 record-setting seven weeks and counting), there’s a lot here to like. At times, the album feels more like it belongs to the producers and their beats more than to Thicke, such as on “Take It Easy On Me, “ which sounds almost as if he’s an extra in his own song. But then a tune like “Ooh La La” or “Ain’t No Hat 4 That” comes along, so steeped in ‘70s R&B, with his creamy vocals soaring over the retro rhythms, that you’ll be looking for a disco ball to drop from the ceiling. “Get In My Way” is a modern-day “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.”

Thicke has talked in interviews about his decision to ditch the ballads and stick to the uptempo tracks on “Lines.” It’s a formula that works very satisfactorily here. There’s a lightness to the tunes here that is uniformly appealing, greatly aided by such capable hands (and ears) as Timbaland, Pharrell,,  Dr. Luke, and Projay. It’s one of those albums that you will throw on at a party and not feel the need to change the music until all 11 tracks have gone by.

While Thicke seems to have a fascination with sex, the better tracks here discard the explicit horndoggery vibe. Ones that don’t often suffer for stressing it so singlemindedly.  For example,  “Give It 2 U,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, has a great hook and feel (thanks to Dr. Luke and Cirkut’s programming). but the relentless focus on male body parts makes the song monotonous.

Thicke’s falsetto is put to good use, though it’s easy to wish there were more tunes where he got to sing more instead of compete with the beats or sing in short bursts. The Prince-like “4 The Rest Of My Life,” the closest the album comes to a ballad, is one of the few tunes where Thicke gets to do his thing throughout, both in falsetto and in his lower range. Same with closing track, “The Good Life,” the most traditional verse-chorus song on the album. It’s in striking contrast to much of the rest of the set, yet somehow manages to still fit right in, perhaps because of the upbeat tone.

There are no deep thoughts here. “Blurred Lines” doesn’t pretend to be anything more than a sexy party album meant to get you in a good mood or keep you there for a bit longer. And by that measure, there’s nothing  blurred about its message, whatsoever.

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CW boss says Wonder Woman prequel on hold, 'Nikita' won't go out with three 2-hour movies

CW boss says Wonder Woman prequel on hold, "Nikita" won't go out with three 2-hour movies
"Amazon," the Wonder Woman prequel, is "on pause right now. The script isn’t where we want it," said CW boss Mark Pedowitz.

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Watch Justin Timberlake's 'Take Back The Night' music video

Watch Justin Timberlake's 'Take Back The Night' music video

Michael Jackson, Chinatown and stepping back from nudey ladies

Justin Timberlake's "Take Back the Night" music has the singer keeping to his black and whites but also copping a little MJ for your pleasure -- remember his "Black or White" video? How he took to dancing in the streets all over the world? Well, Timberlake only tries world domination in Chinatown -- and only in order to get bizzay -- but some themes are still there...

The white tennies I'm feeling. The black bib shirt I am not feeling. Ugly concert footage intersperses the night footage of romping through the nabe. And there are very few Chinese people living in New York's Chinatown, apparently. I'm learning a lot.

Still, it's good-natured enough, a far cry from his NSFW "Tunnel Vision" booby-ladies-dancing video and a casual evening (positively slumming) after the dressing-up for "Suit & Tie."

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<p>The last time the Flash was a live-action TV&nbsp;character, he looked like John Wesley Shipp.</p>

The last time the Flash was a live-action TV character, he looked like John Wesley Shipp.

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Press Tour: The Flash to be introduced on 'Arrow,' while CW puts 'Amazon' on hold

No conflicts between DC's movie and TV plans for Barry Allen, the fastest man alive

The Flash is one of the few DC Comics heroes outside of the big 3 of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to have gotten the live-action TV treatment. In the 1990-91 season, John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen, the fastest man alive, in a drama for CBS.

More than two decades later, Barry may be returning to the small screen in live-action form in an upcoming episode of the CW's "Arrow."

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<p>A behind the scenes moment from the new video</p>

A behind the scenes moment from the new video

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Go behind the scenes with One Direction for the 'Best Song Ever' video: Watch

Why they needed to cover Zayn Malik's tattoos and more

If finding out how Zayn Malik transforms from a One Direction band member to a saucy office vixen (minus the tattoos), then this behind-the-scenes feature from the video shoot for One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” is for you. 

The video, directed by Ben Winston, features each of the five lads in character. In addition to Malik, Harry Styles is the office nerdy twit, Liam Payne is a platinum blond, clueless chereographer, Niall Horan is a film executive (his part took four hours in prep for prosthetics and make-up and then another seven hot hours taping), and Louis Tomlinson spoofs Tom Cruise’s Les Grossman character from “Tropic Thunder.”

[More after the jump...]


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CW interested in a 'Flash' series from the makers of 'Arrow'

CW interested in a "Flash" series from the makers of "Arrow"
Will another DC Comics male superhero join CW?

Lisa Kudrow becomes the first "Friends" star to turn 50
Happy 50th birthday, Lisa Kudrow!

Diane Sawyer breaks Brian Williams' 243-week winning streak
Last week, Sawyer's "ABC Word News" barely beat Williams' "NBC Nightly News" in the key 25-54 demo. PLUS: Williams raps "Good Vibrations."

Report: "The Voice" rejected Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo wanted to appear on the season finale, according to Page Six.

Teresa and Joe Giudice released on $500,000 bond each

The "Real Housewives" couple appeared before a federal judge this morning following their 39-count indictment.

Oprah Winfrey Network turns a profit for the first time
OWN was profitable in the 2nd quarter, six months ahead of schedule.

Check out the official "Dexter" ice cream sandwiches
The Showtime series is teaming with Coolhaus ice cream for "killer" ice cream sandwiches.

Walter White recites Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias"

Watch the newest "Breaking Bad" promo.

"NCIS" boss was "very, very surprised" by Cote de Pablo's exit

"I think it was you that I told at some point, that I was 'very confident' that this was going to work out," says showrunner Gary Glasberg. "And I was very confident. This is not what I was planning on." PLUS: "Big Bang's" Margo Harshman to guest on "NCIS."

"The Bachelorette" hits a season high
Part 1 of the season finale was up 22% over last week.

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<p>Mark Pedowitz</p>

Mark Pedowitz

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Press Tour Live-Blog: Mark Pedowitz on the State of The CW

Network president explains how The C-Dub stays in business

Mark Pedowitz has been The CW's president for a couple years now. He's done multiple Television Critics Association press tour panels, so we're pretty accustomed to his relatively brief answers and to the ongoing proof that he's watching all of his network's shows.

He's also got a new drama hit in "Arrow" and a surprising new comedy hit in "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Click through for The State of the CW courtesy of Mark Pedowitz's TCA press tour executive session...

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<p>Sure, this might look like a still from Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno,' but it's actually just the line to get tickets for the 25th anniversary screenings of TIFF's Midnight Madness.</p>

Sure, this might look like a still from Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno,' but it's actually just the line to get tickets for the 25th anniversary screenings of TIFF's Midnight Madness.

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Eli Roth, Sion Sono and Lucky McKee all part of 25th anniversary Toronto Midnight Madness line-up

Looks like it's going to be a wild ride at midnight once again

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Toronto's Midnight Madness section of the annual film event that has become one of my very favorite parts of every year.

The first year I went up for the festival, I didn't have a badge. HitFix wasn't even a year old yet, and I was still working to get set up at each of the festivals. I wasn't sure it would be possible for me to do a good job covering it without a badge, but I ended up walking away feeling like I'd done as well as could be expected, thanks in no small part to Colin Geddes, who programs the Midnight Madness line-up and who is also involved in many other decisions made each year.

He went out of his way to make sure I had tickets for things, and to be honest, I barely knew him at the time. He did it because that's the kind of guy he is. I've gotten to know Colin much better over the years since then, and I think there are very few festival programmers who eat, breathe, and love this stuff the way he does. He travels constantly, he sees movies around the world, and when the actual festival begins, Colin puts on an amazing show. He considers those ten nights to be a sacred trust, and he works his ass off to make sure that year in and year out, people who sit in that Ryerson theater every night at midnight have experiences. Good, bad, that's almost beside the point. What is most important is that you have a genuine reaction, and that you can't just shrug these movies off.

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