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TV Ratings: 'Big Brother,' 'Hell's Kitchen' lead Thursday as NBC comedies dip
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TV Ratings: 'Big Brother,' 'Hell's Kitchen' lead Thursday as NBC comedies dip

'Gang Related' posts small growth for FOX

Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 17, 2014.

"Big Brother" and a repeat of "Big Bang Theory" were, again, Thursday's top shows, though a low repeat for "Elementary" and an up week for "Hell's Kitchen" knocked CBS into a tie among young viewers. 

The "Hell's Kitchen" bump helped FOX's "Gang Related" to slight growth, while  ABC's "Rookie Blue" and NBC's "Hollywood Game Night" were also up in some measures. 

ABC's "Black Box" was down in the key demo and NBC's "Welcome to Sweden" and "Working the Engels" slipped in their second weeks.

On to the numbers.

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TNT renews 'The Last Ship' and 'Major Crimes,' orders a final season of 'Falling Skies'

TNT renews “The Last Ship” and “Major Crimes,” orders a final season of “Falling Skies”
The three TNT series will be back for a 2nd season, 4th season and a 5th season, respectively.

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - 3rd Eviction and The Truth About Donny
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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - 3rd Eviction and The Truth About Donny

Caleb and Devin face Eviction and Jeff Schroeder visits Donny's hometown

Apologies for this late recap of Thursday (July 17) night's "Big Brother." Television Critics Association press tour is causing all sorts of time crunching.

Where were we? Oh right! Donny upset the field and won the PoV and then used it to protect Jocasta, whose most important piece of gameplay all season has been getting violently ill when she was on the Block and letting Donny rescue her.

Let's get down to business!

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CBS will put NFL stars on its entertainment shows to promote 'Thursday Night Football'

CBS will put NFL stars on its entertainment shows to promote “Thursday Night Football”
“You’ll get to see some NFL-themed programs within our own entertainment shows, where you’ll see players, coaches, even potentially owners who are not camera shy starring in some of our TV shows,” says CBS boss Les Moonves. “The entire company is behind NFL on Thursday night at CBS.” PLUS: NFL Draft is moving to L.A. or Chicago.

While promoting "Battle Creek," “House” creator seemed to battle “Breaking Bad” creator for attention
Vince Gilligan created “Battle Creek,” but will have almost nothing to do with the CBS series. “House” creator David Shore, meanwhile, will have everything to do with the series. Yet all the attention was focused on Gilligan, who couldn’t remember why he decided to call the pilot “Battle Creek” when he wrote it 12 years ago.

Entire “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast will visit Jimmy Kimmel on Monday
The visit is timed for the worldwide premiere.

Jim Gaffigan’s rejected CBS family comedy may land on TV Land
The sitcom inspired by Gaffigan’s real life went through two pilots over the past two years, culminating in two rejections.

CW’s #AskSupernatural Twitter hashtag backfires
The network wanted to engage viewers. Instead, it got deluged with angry questions from “Supernatural” fans.

Ad campaign features the non-famous David Letterman and Jon Stewart
The other Letterman and other Stewart talk about sharing a name with a celebrity.

Amazon to remake UK’s “Mad Dogs” with Shawn Ryan
“The Shield” creator will helm the U.S. version of the black comedy/thriller that aired on Sky1 for four seasons.

Turner Classic Movies launches the TCM Movie Locations Tour of Hollywood
The tour takes you to more than 50 filming locations, with a 65-inch screen on board to play clips.

A Swedish woman married to an American is unimpressed with “Welcome to Sweden”
In real life, Swedes would never try to speak English like an American, like they do on the Greg Poehler comedy.

Conan O’Brien joins Tinder, with the help of Dave Franco
Watch them sign up for and try out the dating app. PLUS: Conan bought an ad in The Hollywood reporter to promote his "Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda” role.

Sean Bean wants to resolve “unfinished business” on “Game of Thrones”
"I'm obviously not Jon Snow's dad,” he says. "And you need that to be revealed at some point, don't you?” PLUS: Listen to DJ Hodor’ music.

“Treme’s” Rob Brown settles racial profiling lawsuit with Macy’s
Brown sued last year after he was falsely accused of credit card fraud.

“Stalker” creator: "Everyone can be a stalker”
"Everyone can be a victim — women, men, children, groups, gangs. I mean, there's so many versions of stalking,” says Kevin Williamson.

Ryan Murphy teases “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
It’s Dot and Bette's first day.

This is what a broken Emmy statue looks like
Kathy Griffin claims Jeff Probst broke her Emmy.

"Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories” debuts Sept. 18
Each 15-minute episode "will unspool a chilling and perverse comic tale in each episode and feature an eclectic assortment of guests.”

“Married" and "You're the Worst” are big steps back for FX
“'Married' (and 'You're the Worst') traffic in masturbation jokes that seem dated even for high schoolers, but apparently some people never mature in their ability to express male-female struggles on any other level than the lowest and easiest one,” says Tim Goodman. "The ‘Married' pilot is forced, mostly unfunny and tragic in that you immediately want to root for (Nat) Faxon and (Judy) Greer, two very funny and very likable comic actors, to have better material. The entire cast gets an infinitesimal increase in material in future episodes, but it's difficult to recommend anyone sticking around while Married tries to improve its foundational flaws. 'You're the Worst' is even a — oh, fine, here goes — worse pilot, with the whole production seeming unsure of itself.” PLUS: “You’re the Worst” is the surprisingly smarter show, it’s actually quite gooey, “Married” is the far more substantial series, “Married’s” pilot is a nasty piece of work, both shows are pretty depressing, and both hilariously demolish rom-com conventions.

USA tries to be gritty with “Rush” and “Satisfaction”
Of tonight’s two new dramas, “Satisfaction” starring Matt Passmore bests “Rush” starring Tom Ellis. PLUS: “Satisfaction” wants to be “Hung” for basic cable, and “Satisfaction” mostly delivers.

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Zach Braff on finding the kids for 'Wish I Was Here' and why the Kickstarter backlash is unfair
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Zach Braff on finding the kids for 'Wish I Was Here' and why the Kickstarter backlash is unfair

It's easy to attack him, but have you really heard him out?

I think Zach Braff got a raw deal.

I said it during Sundance. I've said it a few times since. And each time I see someone unload on Braff anew, I shake my head because I think it is, for the most part, unearned.

No one makes art that is universally loved, and sometimes, the art you make is art that either grows in esteem over time or that is popular for a short time before facing a backlash. If anyone understands backlash, it's got to be Brafff.

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GLAAD will hold off on reacting to 'Two and a Half Men’s' fake gay wedding

GLAAD will hold off on reacting to “Two and a Half Men’s” fake gay wedding
GLAAD’s president and CEO would only say in a statement: "We hope the show will acknowledge not only the progress made in acceptance of gay and lesbian couples, but also the fact that — in many areas of the country — same-sex couples are often under greater scrutiny or still barred from adoption options that straight couples have."

“The View” loses the demo ratings to “The Talk” for the 1st time
In the key women 25-54 demographic, “The Talk” bested “The View” by more than 60,000 viewers.

Check out Marilyn Manson as a “Sons of Anarchy” prisoner
Here is the rocker dressed in orange covered in tattoos.

MSNBC pranked by Howard Stern fan during Malaysian flight coverage
“It would appear the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern’s ass,” said the caller.

Howard Stern sidekick crashes a Long Island Railroad press conference to promote “Sharknado 2”
“There are sharks coming,” shouted Stern Show writer Benjy Bronk, who just happens to have a cameo in the Syfy movie.

Jason Biggs defends himself after insensitive Malaysian Airlines joke tweets
The “OITNB” star tweeted: "Hey all you ‘too soon’ assholes- it’s a f—ing joke. You don’t have to think it’s funny, or even be on my twitter page at all.”

Tracy Morgan spotted using a walker
The former “30 Rock” star was captured in NYC going to his doctor’s office.

“Dawson’s Creek’s” filming location is now flooded with raw sewage
The area of North Carolina where the WB series filmed is now facing an ecological disaster.

“Dating Naked” isn’t anything special
The VH1 reality show, premiering tonight, uses the same old reality TV formula. In fact, after a few minutes, you forget the contestants are naked.

“The Vampire Diaries” adds 4 new cast members, including Jodi Lyn O’Keefe
She’ll be joined by Chris Wood, Marco James and Jayson Warner Smith.

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<p>Battle Creek</p>

Battle Creek

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Press tour: Vince Gilligan and David Shore talk 'Battle Creek'

The 'Breaking Bad' creator has ceded day-to-day responsibility to the man who gave us 'House'

Vince Gilligan originally write the script for his upcoming CBS drama "Battle Creek" a dozen years ago. So when asked at press tour about the selection of the Michigan town as the setting, Gilligan admitted that he couldn't remember what he did last week, let alone a script he wrote that long ago.

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<p>Rose McIver in &quot;iZombie&quot;</p>

Rose McIver in "iZombie"

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HitFix First Look: ‘iZombie’ has a brand-new Comic-Con bag

And your friendly neighborhood critic will be moderating that panel

The 2014 Comic-Con kicks off a week from today in San Diego, and I'm going to be pressed into moderating duties for the CW's mid-season series "iZombie," starring Rose McIver (Vivian Scully on "Masters of Sex") as a young zombiefied woman who tries to mitigate her condition by taking a job in a morgue. It's adapted from the DC Comics series by the "Veronica Mars" team of Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero, featuring clips from the show and then a Q&A session, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 6BCF of the Convention Center.

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Johnny Winter

Fiery blues guitarist Johnny Winter dead at 70

Kiss's Paul Stanley, Tom Morello and more pay tribute on Twitter

Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter, known for his fiery, speedy playing and his long-flowing white hair, died yesterday in Zurich, where he was on tour. He was 70.

Winter, the older brother of Edgar Winter, was a contemporary of Eric Clapton and was one of the first blues guitarists so embraced by rock audiences that he was able to sell out arenas during his hey-day in the ‘70s. He was widely influenced by the blues guitarists who came before him, such as Muddy Waters, and he went on to inspire such guitarists as Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Born in Beaumont, Texas in 1944, Winter got his start playing in clubs as a teenager. He signed with Columbia Records in 1969 and appeared at The Woodstock Festival that year.  He performed with Janis Joplin, as well as his brother. He was inducted into The Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988.

Artists including Tom Morello, Kiss’s Paul Stanley and Zakk Wylde took to Twitter today to remember Winter. Matt Sorum noted it has been a rough week for music lovers following the deaths of Tommy Ramone and Charlie Haden, and now Winter.






In addition to touring behind his 70th birthday, he was preparing for the release of his latest studio album, “Step Back,” which features guest appearances by Clapton, Ben Harper, Joe Perry, Dr. John and others.

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'Sons of Anarchy’s' final season kicks off Sept. 9 with a 1-hour, 45-minute premiere

“Sons of Anarchy’s” final season kicks off Sept. 9 with a 1-hour, 45-minute premiere
The Season 7 premiere will be followed by post-show "Anarchy Afterword.”

Alec Baldwin reacts to “30 Rock” mom Elaine Stritch’s death
"I'm sure that even God is a bit nervous right now,” he tweeted. "I love you, Elaine.”

“Milk" Oscar winner, Leonardo DiCaprio on board for a Charles “Lindbergh” miniseries
A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography on the famed aviator, “Lindbergh,” will be adapted by screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for “Milk."

CBS criticized for a lack of diversity in new fall shows
The only minority lead on CBS’ new fall shows is Maggie Q. But CBS boss Nina Tassler pointed out that there is other kinds of diversity on shows like “Elementary,” “The Talk” and even “Two and a Half Men” with its upcoming gay marriage storyline.

“The Simpsons” to do its 1st live show at the Hollywood Bowl
"The Simpsons Take the Bowl” on Sept. 12, 13 and 14 will feature the entire cast on stage, plus Matt Groening and special guets "Weird Al” Yankovic, Beverly D’Angelo and Jon Lovitz.

“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan welcome to work on his CBS “Battle Creek”
Gilligan created the cop show, but has said that he’ll be a spectator in its development. Still, CBS said Gilligan has an open invitation to work on his series.

Aaron McGruder’s next Adult Swim project: “Hooligan Squad”
“The Boondocks” creator is working on a pilot that is set in the future in Japanese-occupied San Francisco, following an American insurgency.

“Madam Secretary” was influenced by Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi hearings
The CBS drama won’t, however, have its secretary of state take an interest in running for president.

“ET’s” Rob Marciano will become chief meteorologist for “Weekend Good Morning America”
Marciano is leaving “Entertainment Tonight” because he wanted to return to his meteorology roots.

Female “Friends” stars reunite
With the 20th anniversary approaching in September, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox last night had dinner together.

“NCIS: New Orleans” already has “NCIS” crossovers planned
“We’re currently planning an episode where Gibbs will make an appearance,” says exec producer Gary Glasberg, adding: “We have a storyline where Michael Weatherly is involved, Pauley Perrette is involved, David McCallum….”

“The Voice” adds Little Big Town as Blake Shelton’s adviser
The country quartet will be part of the show’s battle round.

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FX sets 'Sons of Anarchy' final season premiere date, live post-show
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FX sets 'Sons of Anarchy' final season premiere date, live post-show

Jax and company will roar back into primetime in September

FX has set a premiere date for the final season of "Sons of Anarchy" and guess what? That premiere episode is gonna run long.

"Sons of Anarchy" will start is seventh and final season on Tuesday, September 9 at 10 p.m. The premiere will run a whopping hour and 45 minutes. No word from FX on how many of those minutes will be dedicated to musical montages. 

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Beyonce leads all MTV VMA nominees with eight

Iggy Azalea and Eminem garner seven nods

Beyonce is Queen Bey when it comes to VMA voters. She leads all artists for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards with eight nominations, including the coveted  video of the year for “Drunk In Love,” featuring Jay Z.

Hot on her heels are Eminem and Iggy Azalea with seven nominations each. The nominations were announced with MTV’s Shapchat account. The VMAs will be held Aug. 24 at The Forum in Los Angeles.

Among the artists who were ignored include Lady Gaga, Coldplay, and Justin Timberlake (although his duet with Michael Jackson, “Love Never Felt So Good,” was nominated for best choreography.)

Joining Beyonce as contenders for video of the year are Azalea’s “Fancy,”  Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” Sia’s “Chandelier, and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”  As you’ll recall, Cyrus’ twerk heard around the world occurred at last year’s VMAs.

Ariana Grande, Usher and 5 Seconds Of Summer are among the artists who will be performing at this year’s event.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – "Fancy" Beyonce ft. Jay Z - "Drunk in Love" Pharrell Williams - "Happy" Sia - "Chandelier" Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"

BEST HIP HOP: Eminem - "Bezerk" Drake ft. Majid Jordan - "Hold On (We're Going Home)" Childish Gambino - "3005" Kanye West - "Black Skinhead" Wiz Khalifa - "We Dem Boyz”

BEST MALE: Pharrell Williams - "Happy" John Legend - "All of Me" Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams - "Sing" Sam Smith - "Stay With Me" Eminem ft. Rihanna - "The Monster"

BEST FEMALE: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy" Beyonce - "Partition" Lorde - "Royals" Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem" Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"

BEST POP: Pharrell Williams - "Happy" Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy" Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz - "Talk Dirty" Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem" Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc - "Wake Me Up”

BEST ROCK: Imagine Dragons - "Demons" Arctic Monkeys - "Do I Wanna Know" The Black Keys - "Fever" Lorde - “Royals” Linkin Park - "Until It's Gone"

MTV ARTIST TO WATCH: Sam Smith - "Stay With Me" 5 Seconds of Summer -"She Looks So Perfect" Charli XCX - "Boom Clap" Schoolboy Q - "Man of the Year" Fifth Harmony - "Miss Movin' On"

BEST COLLABORATION: Beyonce ft. Jay Z - "Drunk in Love" Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem" Pitbull ft. Ke$ha - "Timber" Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga - "Loyal" Eminem ft. Rihanna - "The Monster" Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse”

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD: DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down for What" Zedd ft. Hayley Williams - "Stay the Night" Calvin Harris - "Summer" Martin Garrix - "Animals" Disclosure - "Grab Her!"

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE Angel Haze ft. Sia - “Battle Cry“ Avicii - “Hey Brother” Beyonce - “Pretty Hurts” J. Cole ft. TLC - “Crooked Smile” Kelly Rowland - “Dirty Laundry” David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko - “One Voice”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 30 Seconds to Mars - "City of Angels" Beyonce - "Pretty Hurts" Arcade Fire - "Afterlife" Gesaffelstein - "Hate or Glory" Lana Del Rey - "West Coast”

BEST EDITING Eminem - "Rap God" MGMT - "Your Life is a Lie" Zedd ft. Hayley Williams - "Stay the Night" Beyonce - "Pretty Hurts" Fitz and the Tantrums - "The Walker"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY Sia - "Chandelier" Beyonce - "Partition" Usher - “Good Kisser" Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake - "Love Never Felt So Good" Jason Derulo ft. 2Chainz - "Talk Dirty" Kiesza - “Hideaway”

BEST DIRECTION DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down for What" OK Go - "The Writing's On the Wall" Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball" Beyonce - "Pretty Hurts" Eminem ft. Rihanna - "The Monster"

BEST ART DIRECTION DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down for What" Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy" Eminem - "Rap God" Arcade Fire - "Reflektor" Tyler, The Creator - "Tamale"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down for What" OK Go - "The Writing's On the Wall" Disclosure - "Grab Her!" Eminem - "Rap God" Jack White - "Lazaretto"


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