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Henry Winkler coming to 'Parks and Rec'


Henry Winkler coming to "Parks and Rec"
He'll play Jean-Ralphio's dad.

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'Bates Motel' taps Michael Vartan


"Bates Motel" taps Michael Vartan
The "Alias" alum has been cast as Norma's new love interest. PLUS: Kenny Johnson & Rebecca Creskoff are also joining the A&E series.


Dennis Farina's "Family Guy" cameo was taped before his death

Farina was among a number of big names announced at Comic-Con.


British "Doctor Who" fans are ticked off that the 50th anniversary trailer premiered at Comic-Con
As one UK fan put it on Facebook, "No offence to American fans, but this is a British show ... The least we can get is a trailer when we are the ones who pay the license fee!"


Listen to the "Downton Abbey" opening theme -- with lyrics

Legendary lyricist Don Black penned lyrics to the show's theme song.


"America's Got Talent" is allowing votes by tweet
The NBC reality show is believed to be the first to allow voting by tweeting.


"Orange is the New Black" outperformed "Arrested Development" and "House of Cards"
The prison series from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan did better in its first week than any other Netflix series. PLUS: The show is better than the book.


"The Bachelorette" proves there's not enough words for love

Desiree has been a lousy "Bachelorette," says Andrew Palmer, but "no other cultural product today so consistently and entertainingly dramatizes the inadequacy of the English language in the face of love, or whatever it is that without fail seems to actually develop, despite our skepticism, between the show's star and one or more of its contestants."


"Party of Five": One of the great forgotten dramas of the '90s
Why is it forgotten? Because, says Todd VanDerWerff, "it's become a synonym for a kind of TV that's not cool anymore, dominated more by emotional reactions than high-stakes drama, filled with basically good people trying to do what’s basically the right thing."


Aaron Sorkin finally got  the Internet in this week's "Newsroom" episode
Sorkin, the writer of the Facebook movie, had, before Sunday's episode, treated the internet as "something used by unserious people in basements who never get out of their pajamas," as Glynnis MacNichol points out. "It's as though Matthew Weiner had decided to do a show about Madison Avenue in the 1960s in which the rise of television was just ignored."


Chris Pratt: "I've never really felt any douchier than the day after I sent that photo out"

The "Parks and Rec" star say of his six-pack selfie: "I had all my friends tearing me apart on that one."


How offensive is "Princesses: Long Island"?

The most offensive show in TV history?


Michelle Forbes joins "Chicago Fire"

"The Killing" and "True Blood" alum will play a consultant with the State Fire Marshal's office.


34-year-old actress played a teenager on TV for 2 decades
Actress Bianca Lawson was on "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" 20 years ago, and was a teen on "Pretty Little Liars" last year.


Check out Captain Hook trailer for "Once Upon a Time"

"One Charming Villain."


Jeff Garlin sued for smashing a woman's window
The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star is being hit with litigation from last month's arrest.


WEtv picks up its 1st scripted series, co-created by "Scandal's" Tony Goldwyn
WE is also developing a "Headhunters" drama with Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana.


British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has created a song that samples "Buffy"
""It's not actually on this album," he says of the unreleased track. "I just made a tune sampling some background music from Buffy. I love Buffy, I watch it a lot, and some of the soundtrack is brilliant."


Kel from "Kenan & Kel" to guest on "Sam & Cat"
Kel Mitchell is returning to Nickelodeon.


Jerry Seinfeld tackles cronuts
Watch the comedian devour the new NYC pastry.


Watch a preview of "Hell on Wheels" Season 3
Here's an inside look at the AMC series.


Hannah Murray: From "Skins" to "Game of Thrones" to "Skins"
The actress who plays Gilly on the HBO series talks about returning to her "Skins" role as the anorexic Cassie.


Nat Geo Wild's Big Cat Week kicks off with 2 NFL stars racing a cheetah

Also, Betty White plays a zookeeper.


Meet "True Blood's" 10-year-old werewolf
What was Chloe Noelle's favorite memory on the show?


Piper Perabo: "All of the hens will come home to roost in Season 4"
The "Covert Affairs" star says to expect this season to be very satisfying.


Watch a preview of "Community" creator Dan Harmon's cartoon "Rick and Morty"

The Adult Swim series is inspired by "Back to the Future."


ABC Family's Martha's Vineyard reality show wants to be "The Hills"
"The Vineyard" is as "unscripted" as the MTV series.

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Jimmy Fallon becomes a dad to a baby girl


Jimmy Fallon becomes a dad to a baby girl
The "Late Night" host and wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon apparently kept the pregnancy under wraps. Their daughter was born this morning.


John Travolta going to TV Land to reunite with Kirstie Alley

The "Look Who's Talking" will appear together on Alley's TV Land sitcom "Kirstie."


Report: Juan Pablo offered "The Bachelor" gig
It's his if Juan Pablo Galavis wants it, according to E!

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Claire Holt

Claire Holt

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Watch: 'Vampire Diaries' star Claire Holt talks 'Originals,' sibling staking

The actress talks about the new show and Rebekah's loyalty

While actress Claire Holt has the same (well, almost the same) accent as Rebekah, the lovelorn, lonely, pouty and often miserable vampire she plays on "The Vampire Diaries" and is now taking to the spin-off "The Originals," otherwise she seems to have little in common with the character. That, of course, can only be considered a good thing.

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'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' will end with Season 10


"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" will end with Season 10
"We want to leave them wanting more," Glenn Howerton tells Rolling Stone. UPDATE: Howerton tweets that "Sunny" may not be done after all.


Lisa Kudrow: There will never be a "Friends" movie
Don't expect the cast to reunite anytime soon.


Lifetime orders "Flowers in the Attic" movie starring Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn
They'll play mother and grandmother in a movie based on the bestselling book.


David Anders books "Criminal Minds" guest spot

The "Alias" alum will remove brains, playing a serial slayer.


"Once Upon a Time" gets a new Robin Hood
Sean Maguire will take over the role originated by Tom Ellis.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Dallas Buyers Club&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club"

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Toronto Film Festival First Look: 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'The Invisible Woman,' 'The Railway Man'

New images from some of the year's most anticipated films

The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first 71 selections for the 2013 edition of the annual awards-season kick-off this morning and there is plenty to choose from and send any festival-goer's schedule into a tizzy. New films from Bill Condon ("The Fifth Estate"), Ron Howard ("Rush"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and Jason Reitman ("Labor Day") will be at the top of most people's lists, while others from the likes of David Gordon Green ("Joe"), Atom Egoyan ("Devil's Knot") and Ralph Fiennes ("The Invisible Woman") sit primed to be potential discoveries. I'm not sure a program could be much more stuffed than this, but I look forward to taste-testing whatever early gets we see at the Telluride fest a week before Toronto takes off.

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The 10 best performances in Woody Allen films

The 10 best performances in Woody Allen films

With 'Blue Jasmine' on the way we spotlight the most inspired of an impressive lot

I've already expressed how over the moon I am for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" and particularly Cate Blanchett's performance therein. I spoke with Blanchett this morning and specifically asked if it was an actor's dream to work for Allen. More like greatest fear, she noted, as the bar has been set so high.

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Joseph Morgan

Joseph Morgan

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Watch: Joseph Morgan of 'Vampire Diaries' talks 'Originals'

He isn't so sure Klaus is going to be a good daddy after all

Comic-Con 2013 wasn't so kind to "The Originals" for some reason. The panel for the show was booked immediately after "How I Met Your Mother" and far from the location for "The Vampire Diaries," which meant that fans had to make a difficult decision -- wait in line for "TVD" or see what's going on with the New Orleans-based spinoff. The bad news is that seating was readily available for "The Originals" panel -- but for fans of Klaus (played by Joseph Morgan), that was very good news indeed. Next year, it's doubtful that seats will be so easy to come by.

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

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One Direction tops Miley Cyrus to set Vevo record with 'Best Song Ever'

How many Vevo views did the song draw in its first 24 hours?

One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” is now the best video ever, at least by the numbers.

In its first 24 hours on Vevo, the clip drew 10.9 million views, besting Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop,” which topped Justin Bieber’s previous record last month. “We Can’t Stop” tallied 10.7 million views, while Bieber’s “Beauty & The Beat” garnered 10.6 million.

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Terrence Howard joins Fox's 'Wayward Pines'


Terrence Howard joins Fox's "Wayward Pines"

He'll play a sheriff in M. Night Shyamalan's limited event series.


British soap opera "EastEnders" to acknowledge the Royal Baby on today's episode
A special scene will be inserted to celebrate the baby boy.


Here's your 1st look at Samantha Jones on "The Carrie Diaries"

Does Lindsey Gort look like Kim Cattrall?


ABC News to produce "The Assets," a scripted CIA Cold War miniseries
Airing next year, the limited series is based on the book, "Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed."


The Kanye West HBO pilot is said to be "incredible"
"The Daily Show's" Wyatt Cenac, who had a role on the pilot, shared it an exclusive screening and, says Sam Biddle, it was terrific television.


Jack McBrayer is bringing his "Kenneth" persona to Disney Channel
He's lending his voice to "Wander Over Yonder."


The Sunset Strip's "Rocky and Bullwinkle" statue has been removed
The 20-foot statue near the Chateau Marmont had stood for 52 years but had a crack that was too expensive to repair.


Check out the "Breaking Bad" "Heisenberg" Hat & Box set

The pork pie hat is the official one made by the Goorin Bros. hat shop.


Matthew Perry's "Piers Morgan Live" guest-hosting gig delayed till Friday
His interviews with Lisa Kudrow and Lauren Graham was bumped for Royal Baby coverage.


Bill Hader called out for his lousy wardrobe

On last night's "Conan," Hader acknowledged the "Bill Hader Needs Clothes" Tumblr.

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IFC renews 'Maron'


IFC renews "Maron"

Marc Maron will be back for a 2nd season of his comedy series.


Investors unimpressed by Netflix's "Arrested Development" subscriber growth

Analysts were expecting "Arrested" to result in 900,000 new subscribers last quarter. Instead, Netflix reported 630,000, which is about the same as last year.


"Duck Dynasty" returns Aug. 14
A&E will "Release the Quackin'" on Season 4 in a few weeks.


New Jersey town tries to ban Snooki
Her response: ""Grow up, get over yourself and move on."


ABC buys "Lawless" from Shonda Rhimes
The legal drama is based on a real-life trucker turned lawyer who went back to her hometown.

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Review: Selena Gomez's 'Stars Dance' twirls around endlessly

Review: Selena Gomez's 'Stars Dance' twirls around endlessly

Pop queen takes several spins around the dance floor on solo set

On Selena Gomez’s new album, “Stars Dance,” the goal, to quote Marty from “Spinal Tap,” is to have a good time all the time.

There’s nothing wrong at all with crafting an album of primarily upbeat tunes that celebrate nothing more than being young and in love (or out, as the case is here on a few tunes) and all that entails. But  there is a problem when the whole album, her first solo set after three albums with her former group The Scene, is an exercise in cookie-cutter EDM beats and generic lyrics that tell us nothing about Gomez.

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