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Lifetime finds a new actress to play Aaliyah

Lifetime finds a new actress to play Aaliyah
"House of Anubis" alum Alexandra Shipp replaces Zendaya Coleman, as Wendy Williams comes on board as a producer.


CW renews “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
A new 24-episode season will kick off next year.


Stephen Colbert gets serious in acknowledging the “horrible tragedy” in Ukraine
While Jon Stewart ignored yesterday’s big news, Colbert took a minute to address what happened at the top of his show.


Chuck Lorre addresses “Two and a Half Men’s” gay wedding, jokes that it was better than a zombie apocalypse
While Jon Cryer says he’s on board with the final season storyline, Lorre explains how it came about: "I mean, you know, we had the freedom, knowing it was our last season to do anything we wanted, and obviously, the show's never had any dignity, so we didn't have to worry about losing any, so we had incredible freedom to do whatever we wanted, knowing that this was it and we were actually going to get to write the end.”


“Big Bang Theory” stars want $1 million an episode
They original five stars made $350,000 an episode, with a piece of the backend.


Univision was No. 1 in the ratings last night in the demo
Among adults ages 18-49, Univision beat Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS.


“The Good Wife” nabs Steven Pasquale, “Ghostbusters” star Ernie Hudson to visit “The Lottery”
Pasquale will guest on two episodes as Alicia’s possible campaign manager.


UK judge rules “Glee” breached the trademark held by a British comedy club called The Glee Club
As a result, “Glee” may have to change its name in Britain.


Erin Andrews exits 1 of her jobs
Andrews will no longer host Fox Sports 1’s Saturday morning college football show next season — in fact, she’s done with college football altogether after more than a decade. That’s because she’ll be spending a lot of time juggling the NFL on Fox and “Dancing with the Stars.”


Christina Hendricks: "We partied for about a week straight” after “Mad Men” wrapped
Hendricks reveals that the cast celebrated by singing “Frozen” songs.


ESPN could get its 1st true competitor if Rupert Murdoch buys Time Warner
All of Time Warner’s sports rights would be a complement to Fox’s current sports rights, which includes NFL and MLB.


Nick’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards covers David Beckham in gold slime
His sons Cruz and Romeo were also slimed in gold.


Tina Fey remembers Elaine Stritch
Elaine was a 'tough old bird,' but I suspect she may have been a 'tough old bird' since birth,” the “30 Rock” star says of her former guest co-star. "I loved her voice, her timing, her stories and her natural elegance.


“The Wire” alum joins “Castle”
Ryan Sands will help Beckett investigate the most difficult case of his career.


Matt LeBlanc checked in on Wednesday's female “Friends” reunion, via FaceTime
"I just happened to FaceTime Courteney and she's like, 'Look who I am with!' I was like, 'Oh, wow, that's good,’” LeBlanc says of the reunion dinner that Courteney Cox had with Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow to celebrate her engagement.


Watch "Weird Al” Yankovic show off the “Conan” studio while singing “Tacky"
Weird Al spent his whole performance walking around the studio where Conan tapes.


“The Wire’s” Dukie releases an EP
Listen to Jermaine Crawford, now 21, perform on his two-track EP.


Natalie Zea weds a “Scrubs” alum
“The Following” star married Travis Schuldt in Hawaii on Wednesday.

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Press Tour: July 2014 The CW Executive Session Live-Blog
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Press Tour: July 2014 The CW Executive Session Live-Blog

Mark Pedowitz talks 'Flash,' 'Virgin' and more

It's The CW's turn at the Television Critics Association press tour.

And if there's any network executive capable of evading questions with the grace of Paul Lee, it's The CW President Mark Pedowitz.

Usually I can predict a few of the things that will come up at an executive session, but this is a bit of a mystery...

Click through for all of Friday (July 18) morning's excitement...

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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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