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'MythBusters' cuts 3 of its stars

“MythBusters” cuts 3 of its stars
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman announced at the end of Thursday’s episode that Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara won’t be back next season.


Watch Peter Krause dump “ice” on “Parenthood” co-star/girlfriend Lauren Graham
"I donated AND icebucketed, CA drought style…,” Graham tweeted of the Ice Bucket Challenge. PLUS: Tom Bergeron takes 3 ice buckets, and “Top Chef” winner Stephanie Izard recreates “Flashdance."


Gary Busey’s erratic behavior is worrying “Celebrity Big Brother” producers
Busey is being closely monitored and there’s even talk of removing him from the house.


Nicole Richie’s VH1 show has been a flop
Networks execs are trying to find a way to reverse the ratings slide on “Candidly Nicole,” according to Page Six.


“The Vampire Diaries” unveils Season 6 trailer
“Damon’s gone,” Stefan tells Elena. “You need to say goodbye, too.”


David Letterman and Serena Williams turn NYC's 53rd Street into a tennis court
Watch Serena smash the window of Rupert Gee’s Hello Deli.


Jimmy Fallon gets local NBC anchors to read fake good news
To counter all the bad news, “The Tonight Show” came up with an "I've Got Good News and Good News” segment.

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<p>Zach of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Zach of "Big Brother"

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Eviction and a Jury Comeback

Will Arnett pours ice water on Julie Chen and other stuff happens too

I'm checking in on Thursday's (August 21) "Big Brother" after spending my afternoon and evening on the set of FOX's yet-to-shoot "Utopia," a new reality show that's exactly like "Big Brother" except for all of the ways it's completely different. 

"Utopia" isn't a competition and while people are sent home, they aren't "eliminations," per se. Also, nobody wins.

Somebody will definitely win on "Big Brother." And somebody will definitely go home, or at least to the Jury House, with the catch being that according to Julie Chen, tonight's episode will also feature the return of a recently eliminated hamster. 

So it sounds like tonight's "Big Brother" will actually be a zero-sum game?

Let's find out, after the break...

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 2 - HitFix Picks
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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 2 - HitFix Picks

A magical drink, The Germans, innovative transportation and talking baseball make the cut

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Picking episodes for Day 1 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon was relatively easy. Yes, "The Simpsons" was quite fine right off the bat and it only improved as the show moved into its second season, but the fans here at HitFix were able to cobble together a clear list of favorites without any hugely disappointing exclusions.

Day 2 was far more difficult. We have five participants picking episodes here and we each snagged two favorites for the day, which stretches from "Bart's Dog Gets an F" through to "Last Exit to Springfield," or from Episode 29 through Episode 76. 

I think we represented many of the best episodes from this fertile early period, but if I had been about to select four or five, I could have easily done it. 

My greatest regret is that we didn't have room for "Selma's Choice," which has possibly my favorite opening of the entire series -- Homer's refusal to stop eating an extra-long sandwich leads to food poisoning and, as a result, Selma has to take the kids to Duff Gardens -- and it also has Lisa's "I am the Lizard Queen" trip. It's a glorious episode. But if I only had two picks... I'm solid on the two I picked. I wish we could have found room for "Radio Bart" and "Kamp Krusty" and "Stark Raving Dad," with its gloriously odd Michael Jackson cameo.

And here's the scary part: The next two days after this one are even tougher, as we move into what is generally accepted as the show's Golden Age.

Check out our recommendations and chime in with your own favorites...

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Rectify

Credit: Sundance

'Rectify' creator Ray McKinnon looks back on season 2

'Was that obtuse enough?' he asks at the end of one answer

Before he was the creator of one of TV's most beautiful and emotionally powerful dramas in Sundance's "Rectify," Ray McKinnon was a character actor. And because I'm so used to watching his long, scarecrow-like frame pop up in films and movies, I never thought of "Rectify" protagonist Daniel Holden — a former Death Row inmate whose conviction is overturned, and who is embodied by an actor (the terrific Aden Young) with no physical resemblance to McKinnon — as an avatar of his creator. Even when I interviewed McKinnon before "Rectify" premiered, I was looking at the man who had played Reverend Smith on "Deadwood," Linc Potter on "Sons of Anarchy," etc.

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<p>Aden Young in Rectify</p>

Aden Young in Rectify

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Season finale review: 'Rectify' - 'Unhinged'

Daniel has to confess his 'crime' in order to go free

"Rectify" just wrapped up its second season, a couple of days after Sundance ordered a third. I spoke briefly with Ray McKinnon about the season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I hoard food under stress...

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Confessions of a 'Simpsons' virgin

Confessions of a “Simpsons” virgin
Megan Greenwell had never seen an episode of the Fox cartoon. So before FXX’s marathon, she decided to immerse herself in as much “Simpsons” as possible over two weeks. "I’ve now watched 68 episodes of The Simpsons in 14 days, an absurd and wholly unhealthy pace,” she says. "During the height of my mania, I saw Simpsons parallels everywhere in my life.” PLUS: An appreciation of Moe Szyslak, the 11 best celebrity cameos, ranking the first 14 seasons, here are 12 things you might not know, what “The Simpsons” taught us about money, and the voice of Homer Simpson loses his dad.


Shonda Rhimes now says she won’t rule out breaking up MerDer on “Grey’s Anatomy"
“I’m not going to say that Meredith and Derek are never going to break up,” she tells TVLine. “I’m not going to say that simply because we’re writing a story and we’re on this long, long journey. I’ve learned never to say absolutes about anything anymore. People always say, ‘Seven seasons ago you said… ‘ Well, I didn’t think we’d still be here.”


New “The Voice” trailer showcases Gwen Stefani and Pharrell
Here’s your first look at Season 7.


Are the Emmys too obsessed with movie stars like Julia Roberts?
Roberts, who is nominated for an Emmy for “The Normal Heart,” is the latest movie star to be featured prominently on the Emmy broadcast. Previous Emmys have also showcased movie stars like Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow.


“True Detective” begins shooting next month with Season 2 expected to air next summer
"It’s set in California, all of California,” says HBO boss Michael Lombardo at the Edinburgh TV Festival. "There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that’s probably all I’m allowed to say. We’ll probably be announcing casting soon."


There’s no consensus at “SNL” or NBC on who should replace Lorne Michaels
“Saturday Night Live” oral history co-author James Andrew Miller delves into Michaels’ past and future as the “SNL” honcho begins Season 40. "Mortality has to be the cruelest imaginable concept for anyone who’s lived a life as exciting, enviable, and admired as Michaels has, and for anyone who’s managed to play the kind of fascinating character he created,” Miller writes. But don’t tell him that. The Michaels ecosystem looks like it is built around a 40-year-old. Not only is there no named 'No. 2' or successor, there’s not even a consensus among those at SNL, NBC, or the entertainment world in general who, if anyone, would or could take over when Michaels decides he’s had enough.” PLUS: Who is the greatest “SNL” cast member?, and past “SNL” stars recall working on the show.


 

Why AMC is struggling to find its next big hit
The cable network might have gotten to cocky after “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad,” resulting in alienating some top-notch showrunners.


“Parenthood” boss’ next project: A Silicon Valley medical drama
CBS has bought Jason Katims’ pitch about "a controversial, outrageous, young tech titan who opens his own hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine.”


“Real Housewives” contract revealed: One Bravo star earned $600K for 4 months of work
Stars of “Real Housewives” can earn extra via a “wardrobe fee,” a “location fee” or even an “on-camera services fee.”


Why are the Emmys on a Monday this year?
Because on Sunday, NBC has a “Sunday Night Football” preseason game while MTV has the VMAs. And apparently no other Sunday was available.


HBO boss defends sex, violence, rape scenes on “Game of Thrones”
"We have certainly not given them an edict or a note that they need to tone down the sexual content in the show,” says HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo.


Billy Eichner and Rhys Darby are coming to “The Millers”
Eichner will play Sean Hayes’ ex-husband, while “Flight of the Conchords” vet Darby will play Will Arnett's nerdy high school classmate who became a George R.R. Martin-like author.


NFL gets its first pay to play Super Bowl halftime offer — from the band The Carnabys
Hard Rock Records has offered to pay $1 million to the charity of the NFL’s choice if The Carnabys perform at next year’s Super Bowl.


“Criminal Minds” to pay tribute to Meshach Taylor
The late “Designing Women” star appeared twice on the CBS series as Joe Mantegna’s former Marine sergeant.


Anderson Cooper gets a comic book makeover
The CNN anchor will appear on Marvel’s "Black Widow" series.


GSN renews “The Chase” and “It Takes a Church”
Both shows have been strong performers for GSN.


Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow win a PEN Literary Award for “Girls”
The PEN Literary Awards also announced that Norman Lear will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


Why do men on “Bachelor in Paradise” wear necklaces?
Is it a standard part of the wardrobe?


Recalling reality TV’s one-hit wonders
From “My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss” to “Kid Nation.”


Frankie Valli will join Carol Burnett on “Hawaii Five-0”
He’ll play her fiancé.


Syfy’s “The Expanse” casts Shohreh Aghdashloo and Steven Strait
They’ll join Thomas Jane in the space opera based on the best-selling book series.


Watch a preview of "Manzo'd With Children”
The “Real Housewives” spinoff stars Caroline Manzo.

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Steven Spielberg is developing a 'Minority Report' TV series

Steven Spielberg is developing a “Minority Report” TV series
“Godzilla” writer Max Borenstein has been tapped to bring Spielberg’s 2002 movie, based on the futuristic story by Philip K. Dick, to the small screen.

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WEtv greenlights 'Sex Box'

WEtv greenlights “Sex Box”
The British reality format that sends couples to have sex in a soundproof, camera-free box before talking about the experience with a group of experts has been picked up for a nine-episode American remake to air next year.

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Review: 'Sin City' sequel serves up ugly stories, no fun, and even wastes Eva Green
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Review: 'Sin City' sequel serves up ugly stories, no fun, and even wastes Eva Green

Even the style wears thin this time around

There's a moment early on in "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" where we find Frank Miller seated in the bar where Nancy (Jessica Alba) is dancing, looking very much like the sort of creep who you'd expect to see populating a Frank Miller universe at this point, and when I spotted him, time and space folded in on one another and reality collapsed.

Well, okay, maybe not, but it is a wink in a movie that is already one long, drunken, woman-hating wink, and more than anything, I sat through the film questioning those years when I actually considered Frank Miller an exciting voice in comics. At this point, "Sin City" is threadbare parody piled on top of suffocatingly stylish homage, and the result is almost unbearable.

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'Glee' bringing back Max Adler

“Glee” bringing back Max Adler
Former bully Dave Karofsky could end up romancing Blaine in a four-episode arc.


“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” casts Absorbing Man
“Teen Wolf’s” Brian Patrick Wade will play new supervillain Carl “Crusher” Creel next season.


HBO boss on “True Detective” Season 2: "It's not as dark, but it's not a light ride”
"It's still dark,” added HBO’s Mike Lombardo, speaking at a television festival in Scotland. "Nic (Pizzolatto) explores the darkness in people's souls."


ABC’s new promo proclaims “Thank God It’s Thursday”
The “TGIT” promo’s message: “I (heart) Shonda Rhimes."


“Scandal” alum Columbus Short arrested
Short finally showed up to court this morning after a judge issued an arrest warrant when he failed to show up last month.

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'Dating Naked' star sues after producers failed to blur her private parts

“Dating Naked” star sues after producers failed to blur her private parts
“I felt lied to, manipulated and used. I was horrified,” says Jessie Nizewitz, who was brought to tears after the July 31 episode showed her actually naked. She’s seeking $10 million.


Michigan town dumps military vehicle that John Oliver mocked
The sheriff of Saginaw, Michigan insists the decision to dump a 19-ton MRAP that was given to the department for free was made before it was mocked on “Last Week Tonight.” But the decision wasn’t announced until this week.


CBS boss Les Moonves takes the Ice Bucket Challenge, nominates wife Julie Chen to do the same live on “Big Brother”
Moonves also challenged the cast of “NCIS." PLUS: Damon Lindelof takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.


Seth Meyers says “Late Night” will return with a revamped set, explains why a Weekend Update-like feature was scrapped
The blue curtain will be gone when Meyers returns to work in two weeks. Meyers also explains in an interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons that he opted not to do a Weekend Update like desk because they couldn’t distinguish it enough from “SNL.” After six months of hosting a talk show, Meyers also tells of the difference between his new and old jobs, specifically how loose you have to be as a talk show host. Meyers also admits: “We are not a very viral show thus far."


“SVU” books Hoda Kotb as herself, brings back Ron Rifkin
An episode titled “Producer’s Backend” will also feature “Smash’s” Brian D’Arcy James and more guest-stars.


“Parks and Rec” unveils its Season 6 gag reel
“This Gag Reel is incredibly profane. Please don’t watch it.”


“Mad Men” creator is the latest TV showrunner with a disappointing follow-up
Matthew Weiner’s movie directorial debut has been getting negative reviews. “The Sopranos’” David Chase, “The Wire’s” David Simon, “Deadwood’s” David Milch and even Joss Whedon also struggled in their follow-ups to their hit shows. PLUS: Weiner asked himself as “Mad Men” was ending, “Why am I so angry?”


“Downton Abbey” bans water bottles and designer underwear from the set
In fact, all things contemporary have been banned in wake of the water bottle fiasco.


“Doctor Who” getting a 10-minute behind-the-scenes spinoff
"Doctor Who Extra” will be shown online.


Watch tipsy “Revenge” stars in their blooper reel
Gabriel Mann is particularly good at chugging champagne.


Check out HBO’s “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” trailer
Dave Grohl’s music documentary series debuts Oct. 17.

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Venice 2014: Get ready for buzzworthy 'Birdman,' Andrew Garfield and Al Pacino

Venice 2014: Get ready for buzzworthy 'Birdman,' Andrew Garfield and Al Pacino

Our critic in Venice on the ones to watch

As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger North American counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes."

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