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Watch Toni Collette in the first trailer from CBS' 'Hostages'

The 'high suspense drama' promises a political storyline

I would have thought being held hostage would be boring. Insanely stressful, but mostly sitting around and watching some bad guy pace and freak out while you hope that the phone rings. Apparently, I was wrong. "Hostages," which will be airing on CBS Mondays this fall at 10:00 p.m., promises that it is a "high octane suspense drama." So, no boredom. Or at least they don't film the boring part. 

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David Letterman makes a shocking appearance at CBS Upfronts -- his 1st in 15 years

David Letterman makes a shocking appearance at CBS Upfronts -- his 1st in 15 years

Dave gave Les Moonves a long hug, as Moonves quipped about the new late-night dynamic. "I'm honored to be here for your pledge drive," said Letterman.

"HIMYM" cast sings "One Year More" at CBS Upfronts

Lyrics include this line: "No one knew our names, no one gave a lick, except for Doogie and that band camp chick."

Report: Nicki Minaj quitting "Idol"

Her departure, as reported by Us Weekly, makes its seem all the more likely that all four judges are going to exit after this season. PLUS: 10 ways to improve "Idol."

Christian pastors are using "Scandal" to teach lessons in church
Olivia Pope & Co. offer valuable lessons, as some preachers have learned. One pastor delivered three consecutive sermons with the following titles: "I've Been Hucked," "Every Scandal Has a Harrison," and "The Olivia Pope Syndrome." PLUS: "Scandal" meets "The View," and what if this week was a "Scandal" episode?

Coming soon: "Big Bang"-meets-"Star Trek" merchandise
A deal has been struck to sell "Big Bang"/"Star Trek" T-shirts as well as "Big Bang"/DC Comics characters merchandise.

Notorious "Kitchen Nightmares" restaurant claims its social media were hacked

Amy's Baking Company, which Gordon Ramsay walked out on last week, claims it is working with the FBI to find the alleged hackers -- "We did not post those horrible things." (Watch the original episode)

"True Blood" unveils its Season 6 poster
"No One Lives Forever."

Louisiana is in the midst of a "reality TV boom"

The success of "Swamp People" and "Duck Dynasty" has prompted some to dub Louisiana "Hollywood South."

The last time CBS tried 4 comedies on a Thursday was during the Eisenhower administration
The No. 1 network is mostly playing it safe next fall, but is taking a big chance with its new Thursday two-hour comedy block.

"Arrow" ending the season with an "insane" finale
There's just so much going on!" says Willa Holland.

"The Mindy Project" ends the season with all the kinds worked out

Would the inconsistency of this season have worked better on "The Office"?

Why "Star Trek" needs to return as a basic cable series

Even the failed "Enterprise" got more viewers than "Mad Men." PLUS: One writer goes on a marathon viewing of every "Trek" episode and movie.

"SNL's" Bill Hader: An appreciation
Hader, says Tess Lynch, "has a Don Draper quality: He makes the unnerving into something aspirational. There’s a certain amount of intelligence required to take on satire, but some element of his performances always made him seem like the brainiest cast member."

"New Girl" creator: I don't know what "adorkable" means

"I think over the course of the season we definitely know what the show is, and I don’t think the show is adorkable," says Liz Meriwether. "I don't really know what that word means and I never have, but I don’t think that’s what we’re doing, but I don't have any ill will about it." PLUS: Meriwether is the anti-Lena Dunham.

Conan creates a fake morning show: "Wake Up and Back Up"

Filmed entirely on the backup camera of a Toyota Sienna.

Is Andy Samberg trying to be the NYPD's "Hipster Cop"?

His "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" character bares some resemblance to the "hipster cop" who patrolled the Occupy protests.

Ricky Gervais: I vowed not to do "The Office" again, but David Brent is allowed to make a comeback
What he's doing with David Brent these days, says Gervais, is not "The Office."

Ellie Kemper asks: "Can Men Be Funny?"
"The Office" star does a scientific investigation for GQ's comedy issue.

"24" trying to reunite all the original writers, plus some past CTU members
Will Chloe return? PLUS: Why Jack Bauer should stay retired.

"Supernatural" has found a way to stay fresh in Season 8
But this season, which ends tonight, hasn't always been perfect.

"Hannibal" boss: We never battled NBC over the amount of gore to show

The Peacock knew what it was getting into, says Bryan Fuller, who describes his series as "elegant horror."

Jennifer Love Hewitt: "I had to have smaller boobs" on "Client List" billboards
She tells Conan that at one billboard location, complaints resulted in her billboard breasts being reduced and covered up.

New website allows you to track recurring "Arrested Development" jokes

Recurring Developments is "an interactive visualization of running jokes in Arrested Development." PLUS: Mitch Hurwitz: Watch Season 4 in order.

Watch "The Simpsons" couch gag created by the "Robot Chicken" team
Fox posted videos of the "Robot Chicken" crew putting together their couch gag.

Seth Meyers: "I don't think I'll start from Jimmy’s template"
Meyers says he'll take a "clean slate" approach to "Late Night."

Why are "Nashville" scenes so short?

Rather than let storylines play out, the ABC drama fills the screen with tiny moments.

"Dawson's Creek" ended 10 years ago this week
Does the WB finale still hold up?

Mike Rowe narrates a boring family home movie for a fan

Watch the "Dirty Jobs" star use his booming voice on his new series "Mike Rowe My Life."

Daenerys Targaryen is the most popular "Game of Thrones" character on Twitter

The least popular: Joffrey Baratheon.

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<p>Riddick's back and ready to kick more monster butt this September.</p>

Riddick's back and ready to kick more monster butt this September.

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First 'Riddick' trailer promises great new monsters and vintage Vin Diesel

David Twohy's latest looks lean and mean

"Pitch Black" was considered a problem by USA Films.

At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people have forgotten that USA Films even existed, but for a brief period of time, they were a major up-and-comer, an indie with eyes on the mainstream, and they probably reached the pinnacle of their visibility and acclaim when they made "Traffic." They couldn't sustain their momentum, though, and eventually, they had to close their doors.

My most noteworthy interaction with them came when I was still at Ain't It Cool News. Harry Knowles was in LA one week, and USA Films told us that they had a small film they didn't know what to do with, and they asked if we would want to take a look at it. We drove over to their screening room (which is now the Clarity Screening Room, probably the best place in LA to see a 3D print) and they showed us "Pitch Black," which we both loved. We ended up inviting the film to play at the first Butt-Numb-A-Thon in the middle of the night. They ended up sending us both the film and, despite the start time of 2:30 AM, Vin Diesel himself, and it turned into one of the first big highlights of that festival.

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<p>Macklemore &amp; Ryan Lewis</p>

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Can't Hold Us' holds at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Where does Mariah Carey's '#Beautiful' #debut?

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ second single, “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, spends its second week atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Pink’s former No. 1, “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess, holds at No. 2., Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” rises 5-3, while Bruno Mars’ former No. 1, “When I Was Your Man,” also move up, 5-4.  “Man” flips places with Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko, which slips 4-5, according to Billboard.

Rounding out the bottom half, Selena Gomez scores her first Top 10 as “Come & Get It” soars 14-6. It marks her 11th song on the Hot 100.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ former chart topper, “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, falls 6-7,  Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” stays at No. 8, Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX, slides 7-9, while Florida Georgia Line’s former country hit, “Cruise,” dips 9-10.

The top debut on the Hot 100 belongs to Mariah Carey’s “#Beautiful,” featuring Miguel, which starts its chart run at No. 24.

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'The Simpsons' enlists Kristen Wiig

"The Simpsons" enlists Kristen Wiig
She'll play an FBI agent in the "Homerland" episode.

CBS boss confirms "HIMYM's" entire 9th season will span 1 weekend
The entire wedding weekend.

See pics of CBS' new fall shows

From Anna Faris in "Mom" to Robin Williams in "The Crazy Ones."

ACLU campaigning to get "Modern Family" wedding between Cam & Mitchell

ACLU's executive director says: "The ACLU has been working since 1936 to guarantee the rights of lesbian and gay people, and we see sending Cam and Mitch down the aisle before 13 million American viewers as the perfect next step."

Why "Mike & Molly" is moving to midseason
CBS wanted to have fewer repeats.

Frozen banana supplier had no idea he was involved in "Arrested Development" promotion
Chuck Pheterson, who started Totally Bananas in 2009 without ever watching an "Arrested" episode, only learned yesterday of his company's involvement in the Netflix stunt. "We knew it was Netflix, but we didn’t really know what this was all about," he says.

"Game of Thrones" writers to tackle "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
Rob McElhenney says he's recruited D.B. Weiss and David Benioff to pen an episode for next season.

It's an "Ed" reunion
Julie Bowen last night reunited with Tom Cavanagh and Michael Ian Black.

Fred Armisen tries on Google Glass after mocking it on "SNL"
How does the real thing compare to the fake version?

Pharrell Williams joining Rhianna's Style Network reality show

He'll serve as a mentor on "Styled to Rock."

"SYTYCD" Season 10 down from last season
About 5 million watched, which was up from last year's season finale but down 14% from last year's season premiere.

Jimmy Fallon gets Matt Lauer to recite the lyrics to John Mayer's "Your Body is a Wonderland"
The "Today" host was part of Fallon's game show "Wheel of Carpet Samples."

Martha Stewart accidentally calls Jay Leno "Dave"
"Did I say Dave?"

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Rock The Bells adds 'virtual performances' from Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard

Rappers will appear with Bone Thugs N Harmony and Wu-Tang Clan

Taking a trick from last year’s Coachella festival, Rock the Bells 2013 will incorporate holograms of Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard for this year’s traveling festival.

Eazy-E’s image will join Bone Thugs N Harmony, while Ol’ Dirty Bastard will rejoin Wu-Tang Clan. Eazy-E died in 1995; ODB passed in 2004. Rock The Bells is billing their appearances as “original virtual performances.”

The 4-date 10th anniversary edition of Rock The Bell kicks off Sept. 7-8 at San Bernadino, Calif.’s San Manuel Amphitheater, then moving to Mountain View, Calif.’s Shoreline Amphitheater, Sept. 14-15; Washington, D.C.’s RFK Festival Grounds, Sept. 28-29; and Rutherford, N.J’s Meadowlands Racetrack, Oct.4-5.

Other artists (all live as of this writing) on the bill, include Common, Big Krit, Dilated Peoples, Earl Sweatshirt, Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator, Talib Kweli and Danny Brown.


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Chris Brown's new single features Aaliyah: Listen to a snippet

'They Don't Know' featured on next album, 'X'

The next single from Chris Brown’s forthcoming “X” album will feature previously unreleased vocals from the late Aaliyah.

[More after the jump...]


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CBS' Les Moonves: 'We are the center of the universe'

CBS' Les Moonves: "We are the center of the universe"

"This is where the shows start, then they go out to the world," said the CBS boss, responding to Jimmy Kimmel calling the network  "smug motherf**kers." "We're getting paid in so many different ways than we did before."

CBS addresses rejecting "NCIS: Red" and "Beverly Hills Cop"
"We have to make tough choices," CBS President Nina Tassler said of the "Cop" non-pickup. As for "Red," she said, "Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't." PLUS: See Josh Holloway as a CBS cop, and "The Millers" loses Michael Rapaport and Mary Elizabeth Ellis.

TBS is developing a talk show with Diablo Cody
The "Juno" screenwriter would host "Me Time with Diablo Cody," which will examine pop-culture and Hollywood from Cody's perspective. 

"Idol" winner's album will be out this summer
Viewers can order immediately after Thursday's finale.

Sarah Shahi is joining "Person of Interest" full-time

She'll become a series regular next season.

TNT and TBS to offer live-streaming on their websites and on apps
Live-streaming will be available this summer to cable and satellite subscribers.

Read an oral history of "The Office"
TV Guide spoke to everybody involved.

Netflix reveals "Arrested Development's" Tobias Fünke's acting reel
A special website, InsertMeAnywhere.Biz, has been created for the David Cross character.

TBS and TNT unveil their development slate
They include shows from Steven Spielberg, Steve Carell, Sylvester Stallone and Frank Darabont. PLUS: TNT developing a "Monopoloy" game show.

Watch Taylor Swift's "New Girl" cameo

It involved a wedding, but not  "Speak Now."

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<p>Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott in &quot;Hostages.&quot;</p>

Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott in "Hostages."

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Upfronts 2013: CBS tinkers with playbook with 'Hostages,' single-camera sitcoms

Some experimenting, but mostly the same old, successful CBS

NEW YORK -- Every year at Upfront Week, CBS represents stability in an unstable business. Where the other networks at Upfront Week seem to be in a constant state of turmoil, swapping out executives and casting about for a workable business model, CBS has had the same management team in place for 18 years, is the one broadcast network left that actually operates like — and has the audience of — a broadcaster, and runs a very predictable, very successful playbook. This will be the first season since 1991-92 that the network will finish a season in first place among adults 18-49, the demographic advertisers care about most.

So going into the upfronts, you could have made some easy predictions about what CBS would do: another "NCIS" spin-off, probably airing after the other two; a "Beverly Hills Cop" sequel (with Eddie Murphy in a recurring role) to appeal to multiple generations of viewers; lots of crime procedurals that could comfortably air repeats throughout the year; and another freshman class of traditional multi-camera sitcoms that won't get the buzz of the stuff that NBC, FOX and ABC do, but will get ratings that those networks would kill for.

You also would have been wrong on pretty much every front.

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Michael Douglas in "Behind the Candelabra."
Michael Douglas in "Behind the Candelabra."
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Cannes Check 2013: Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at this month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off today. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, Steven Soderbergh with "Behind the Candelabra.")

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CBS' fall schedule unveiled: Thursday comedy block expands to 2 hours

CBS' fall schedule unveiled: Thursday comedy block expands to 2 hours

"Person of Interest" is moving to Tuesday and "Hawaii Five-0" is joining Friday's lineup. "The Big Bang Theory" will kick off a two-hour Thursday comedy block that will end with "Two and a Half Men," with "The Millers" and "The Crazy Ones" sandwiched in between. Meanwhile, on Mondays, Chuck Lorre's "Mom" will follow "2 Broke Girls" and "We Are Men" will be paired with "How I Met Your Mother."

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10 most anticipated films debuting at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

10 most anticipated films debuting at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Get ready for Gosling, Damon, Timberlake, Cotillard, Swinton and more

The annual migration to the South of France has begun. As you read this a global film audience is converging for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and this year's red carpet extravaganza features a number of highly anticipated titles for film lovers on both sides of the Atlantic. All eyes will be on new flicks from Joel and Ethan Coen, Roman Polanski, Sofia Coppola, James Gray, Steven Soderbergh, Alexander Payne, James Franco (that boy just can't take a vacation) and Nicholas Winding Refen among others.

Both Guy Lodge and Gregory Ellwood will be covering the event HiFix and In Contention from opening night film "The Great Gatsby" (a good $50 million of few of you might have caught it last weekend) to Jérôme Salle's closer "Zulu" (a film that far less of you will likely see).  As a kick off to our coverage, check out Lodge and Ellwood's most anticipated films in the story gallery embedded in this post. Then, vote on which movie you're most interested in hearing about in the poll below.

To get the latest word from Cannes follow Guy Lodge and Gregory Ellwood on twitter at @GuyLodge and @HitFixGregory.

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