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  • 'Grey's Anatomy' to tackle teen pregnancy

    Grey's Anatomy is poised to take on teen pregnancy. The ABC medical drama has admitted SAG Award nominee and Image Award winner Keke Palmer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Photos: On the Set of 'Grey's Anatomy's' 200th Episode The Akeelah and the Bee alum will guest star as a pregnant teen who seeks help from the Grey Sloan Memorial doctors and appear in one episode, which is set to air in late March. The storyline marks the latest example of showrunner Shonda Rhimes' tendency to explore social issues. Photos: The Couples of Shondaland: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice,'

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    - Lesley Goldberg

     

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  • John Hodgman Heading to Parks and Rec

    John Hodgman will be doing his best Eagletonian voice on an upcoming episode of Parks and Rec, according to EW. He'll play August Clementine, Eagleton's snobby NPR host who butts heads with Dan Castellaneta's Derry Murbles, the previously established host of Thoughts for Your Thoughts. He's the interviewer who asked Leslie, "Could one say that a book is nothing more than a painting of words which are the notes on the tapestry on the greatest film ever sculpted?" Oh man, there is nothing better than some good old NPR jokes. »

     

    - Margaret Lyons

     

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  • CBS Reveals Premiere Dates for “Under the Dome,” “Extant”

    This isn’t a spoiler or anything, but that weird dome over Chester’s Mill, Maine? It’s still there. We’ll find out more about what’s going on “Under the Dome” when season two returns at 10pm Monday, June 30 on CBS. But those attending CBS’s portion the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour were assured that new … Read more → »

     

    - Melanie McFarland

     

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  • Garry Marshall is set to receive the WGAW Award for Television Writing

    Happy Days” and “The Odd Couple” creator Garry Marshall will receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing, which honors lifetime achievement in oustanding television. The award will be given at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony, which takes place Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. Also read: Writers Guild of America, East, ABC News Reach Tentative Contract Agreement Wgaw president Christopher Keyser praised Marshall’s ability to chronicle friendships through his writing while announcing the honor. “Garry Marshall’s filmography – from ‘The Joey Bishop Show’ to ‘Happy Days’ – is a. »

     

    - Tim Kenneally

     

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  • Writer for "Two and a Half Men" lands own pilot on ABC

    ABC has picked up its fifth comedy pilot, handing out an order for an untitled entry from Two and a Half Men writer Jeff Lowell. The single-camera romantic comedy exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple embarking on a new relationship. Lowell (Common Law, Just Shoot Me) will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment Partners pilot. TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Peter Traugott, who is based at NBC, developed the project and will executive produce, reuniting the former Brillstein TV topper with the company. The pilot order comes six months

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    - Lesley Goldberg

     

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  • Monica Spear and ex-Husband killed during an attempted Highway Robbery

    Monica Spear, a popular telenovela actress and former model, was shot and killed with her ex-husband during a highway robbery in Venezuela, police said Tuesday.

    The actress, 29, appeared in several TV soaps, including Telemundo’s “Flor Salvaje” in 2011 and “Pasión Prohibida” last year.

    “We are deeply saddened by the horrible crime that affected the beloved actress Monica Spear and her family,” Telemundo said in a statement.  “Monica was not only a great professional as we saw in the two novelas she worked with us – but also an excellent person, always enthusiastic, full of strength and determination.  We wish a quick recovery to her daughter and send our deepest condolences to her family.”

    Spear was on vacation with her husband and daughter in Venezuela when they were both killed after their car broke down.

    According to local police, the couple was in a small accident on the Valencia-Puerto Cabello highway that stranded their vehicle. »

     

    - Variety Staff

     

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  • 5 Ways To Combat 'Walking Dead' Withdrawal

    Halfway through the mid-season hiatus of AMC's "The Walking Dead," fans of the drama are beginning to show serious symptoms of withdrawal.

    The latest evidence of their (and our) desperation for a good, old-fashioned zombie fix: some have started using the popular "Dead Yourself" program -- a make-your-own-zombie app that superimposes necrotic eyeballs or decay-ravaged gumlines onto your favorite selfies -- to zombify everything from stuffed animals and snowmen to pumpkins and cupcakes.

    But with a month still to go before season four comes back from its winter break, fans are going to need a way to stay busy once they've made zombies out of their pets, their shoes, and the entire contents of their pantry. Here's how our Zombie Withdrawal Specialists suggest filling the remaining hours:

    1. Re-Watch The Series

    With seasons one through three available for streaming on Netflix Instant (and the first half of season four still stored obligingly on your DVR), now is the perfect time to begin re-watching "The Walking Dead" in its entirety, at the rate of one episode per day; ending with an all-day marathon on February 9 when the show returns to its Sunday slot. Or by forgoing work, sleep and basic hygiene you can watch the whole thing a total of 18 times at a rate of one episode per hour. Options!

    2. Solve A Mystery

    Devote the remaining month to unraveling the mystery of the zombie-feeding, dead-mouse-displaying mole inside the prison! Who was that masked man (or woman) serving the walkers a moonlight feast back at the start of season four? You have 30 days to answer this question, ideally using a complicated system of pushpins, string, and colored markers a la Carrie Mathison in "Homeland."

    3. Put On A Play

    Keep the "Walking Dead" spirit alive by replaying the most dramatic moments from this season so far, using your friends, family, and pets as supporting actors:

    You:[Speaking in a voice choked with emotion.] We can still come back. We're not too far gone. We get to come back. I know we all can change!

    Your cat: [Wearing an eyepatch, holding a katana.] LIAR.

    4.Move To England

    The big bad from season three was finally dispatched in "Too Far Gone," but David Morrissey can still be found sans eye patch, and sporting his actual British accent, wooing a fellow Tube commuter on new BBC romance, "The 7:39."

    5. Throw A Party

    Plan the world's most elaborate party to celebrate the end of the midseason break! Highlights should include a, "Who will die next?" betting pool; an aquarium centerpiece full of severed heads; a rousing game of "pin the bite on the victim"; and a homemade papier-mâché zombie piñata filled with raw hamburger.

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  • 49'ers vs Packers draws almost 42 million viewers

    There appears to be no end in sight to the National Football League’s ratings dominance, as its opening round of the playoffs drew huge numbers across three networks over the weekend.

    The four NFL Wild-Card games averaged about 34.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen, more than the combined 2013 averages for the NBA Finals (17.5 million) and World Series (14.9 million)

    Fox’s coverage of Sunday’s Nfc Wild-card game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, decided on a field game as time expired, averaged a whopping 47.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen — the largest audience for the first round of the postseason in at least 25 years. This was a 24% improvement over last year’s game on Fox (38.1 million for Seattle-Washington).

    Tune-in peaked in the concluding 7:30 p.m. Et half-hour with 53.4 million viewers.

    The 47.1 million average audience is the biggest crowd for any telecast since last year’s Super Bowl on CBS, »

    - Rick Kissell

     

    See full article at Variety - TV News

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  • SNL gets a cast member and a bit of color

    Exclusive: Three years after she graduated from the University of Virginia, Sasheer Zamata is landing a very big break — the young comedy performer has been selected to join Saturday Night Live as a new cast member. Zamata will make her debut on the venerable NBC late-night sketch comedy series on its next live show slated for January 18 with Drake as host and musical guest. Zamata, who trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, becomes the first black female Saturday Night Live cast member in five years since the departure of Maya Rudolph. The lack of female black performers on the show stirred a debate last fall while SNL boss Lorne Michaels had been quietly conducting a talent search. Several dozen actresses were seen in multiple cities. Zamata, whose name had been floated as a suitable SNL candidate before, was among 12 who received callbacks and were invited to »

     

    - NELLIE ANDREEVA

     

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  • Jerry Seinfeld Reveals Seinfeld Secrets and Hints at "Huge" Project With Larry David

    Remember that time Jerry bought a handgun on Seinfeld? Of course you don't, it never happened, but it almost did. Jerry Seinfeld did a Reddit Ask Me Anything (Ama) and revealed some behind-the-scenes tidbits about Seinfeld and teased an upcoming project with Seinfeld co-creator Larry David. Brace yourselves, Seinfeld nostalgia ahead! When asked about plots that didn't make the show, Seinfeld revealed there was a script that saw Jerry buying a handgun. "And we started making it and stopped in the middle and said, 'This doesn't work,'" Seinfeld wrote. "We did the read-through and then cancelled it. A lot of other stuff happened, but trying to make that funny ended up being no fun." No »

     

     

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  • Golden Globe nominees for Comedy Series are...

    The Golden Globe nominees for comedy series are: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) “Brooklyn Nine Nine” (Fox) “Girls” (HBO) “Modern Family” (ABC) “Parks and Recreation” (NBC) Nominees for lead actress in a drama series are: Juliana Margulies — “The Good Wife” (CBS) Tatiana Maslany — “Orphan Black” (BBC America) Taylor Schilling — “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix) Kerry Washington — “Scandal” (ABC) Robin Wright — “House of Cards” (Netflix) Nominees for lead actress in a comedy series: Zooey Deschanel — “New Girl” (Fox) Lena Dunham — “Girls” (HBO) Edie Falco — “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime) Julia Louis-Dreyfus — “Veep” (HBO) Amy Poehler — “Parks and Recreation” (NBC) Nominees for lead actor in a comedy series: Jason Bateman — “Arrested Development” (Netflix) Don Cheadle — “House of Lies” (Showtime) Michael J Fox — “The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC) Jim Parsons — “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) Andy Samberg — “Brooklyn Nine Nine” (Fox)

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  • "Rosemary's Baby" Coming to NBC

    Nearly a week after the success of its live broadcast “The Sound of Music” musical, NBC has officially greenlit another version of a classic project and will be airing a four-hour miniseries adaptation of “Rosemary's Baby.” Scott Abbott and James Wong are writing the screenplay based on the 1967 Ira Levin novel about the problems that arise when a young married couple who move into a haunted Paris apartment. Agnieszka Holland will direct. Lionsgate Television is producing, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern serving as executive producers. The project was announced as in development in July. “Ira Levin’s mesmerizing book was a groundbreaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be,” said Quinn Taylor, Executive Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, NBC Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to adapting his incredible work and bringing those indelible characters to a new generation of viewers.

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  • Hell on Wheels gets greenlit for 4th season

    Great news for the fans of the Hell on Wheels you will be seeing a 4th season although a ratings jump will probably be the only way we'll get a season 5. AMC has renewed its Reconstruction-era Western Hell on Wheels for a fourth season, the network announced today. The first three seasons were ten episodes each, but this new batch, which premieres this summer, will be thirteen. You're welcome, Hell on Wheels fans! Apparently there are on average 3.3 million of you (up since the show moved from Sundays to Saturdays), which means more people watch Hell on Wheels than watch Homeland and The Carrie Diaries.

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  • Tommy Chong set to appear on "Raising hope"

    Tommy Chong of “Cheech and Chong” will guest star in an episode of “Raising Hope” as the proud owner of a medical marijuana card — of course. Hopefully, he won’t get typecast as a stoner from the role. Chong will play Hubert, a love interest to Cloris Leachman’s character, Maw Maw, in an upcoming episode of the Fox comedy. And it sounds like Maw Maw is going to puff puff a little herself. Also read: Brooke Shields to Join ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ For 3 Episodes In the episode, Virginia (Martha Plimpton) disapproves of Maw Maw’s new boyfriend (Chong) and his affinity for marijuana.

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  • The lasting effects of "Breaking Bad"

    Last weekend Breaking Bad's creator Vince Gilligan stated "We always want to outlive our work. Rod Sterling is a perfect example of that." That quote itself should give you an insight into how this critically acclaimed series was approached. Breaking Bad was the story of a terminally ill man finally having enough and snapping. The path Gilligan and his team of writers drove us down was one that defied the formula of modern day TV. Walter White was a character of many layers, a repressed genius who missed his chance at fame and fortune by choosing teaching over corporate science. A suburban dad of a disabled son and a bored wife, a man just following routine and the butt of most jokes told by his DEA brother in law. It was a risky show, one the actors believed in more than the suits, it wasn't until well into the middle of the first season that true promotion began and even then it wasn't what you would expect for a show that would have such an incredible impact of it's audience. The way Gilligan and company weaved the story of such a dull man into one of the greatest crime dramas ever is just amazing. They found a way of giving you an answer to a question while setting up a question resulting from that. To take us through the emotions of kind and sweet to sinister and volatile are remarkable. Just when you start disliking someone they introduce someone you dislike more or an instance that changes how you view certain characters. You cared whether this guy was ok or that guy would survive. Would Hank catch on? Will Walt's wife leave? It became an experience that educated it's audience regarding what made each character tick. Breaking Bad has received many awards, nominations, and it's healthy dose of praise but not nearly enough. Proof of that will be the statistics now after the show came to it's conclusion. The the audience for Breaking Bad via services like Netflix and other streaming services will continue to explode much like Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone continues to dominate streaming services. The dvd, digital sales, and bluray sales have already been insane and record setting and television will again open up the belief that shows who don't stick to the he,he,ha,ha formula are worth investing in.

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  • Fran Drescher gets das boot from Tv Land, Happily Divorced axed

    Fran Drescher best known for her role on the nanny bounced back with her own Tv Land series "Happily Divorced". The show centered around Fran a divorcee , the show drew criticisms because it centered around her divorce because her husband came out as gay but elects to live with him out of financial necessity. The show found some success in its first season and Tv Land hoped it would gain some traction during season 2 but unfortunately it didn't connect with audiences. Tv Land which has become a home to actors developing their own shows did stick with it for two seasons so expect to see it on a streaming service soon enough. Who knows maybe Lifetime or another network may pick up the project.

     

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  • Breaking Bad debuts to 5.9 million viewers

    I will say this if Breaking Bad was on any of the major networks 5.9 million viewers for it's final half debut would've been likely ten times more but 5.9 million on their network is nothing to sneeze at. The final half of the show which finally debuted was expected to be a number masher. The debut is 102% higher than that of last year which is a whopping increase considering the show is entering it's last run. Expect a spinoff or two to spawn from this show, I doubt the network is ready to do away with the Breaking Bad audience. Currently Breaking Bad only sits behind The Walking Dead in terms of pure numbers on premium cable within a demographic of 18 to 49 years of age which just goes to show that the show few believed in has become a behemoth in it's on right. Bryan Cranston and company have been making the media rounds the past month and a half, they've expressed that fans are in for one wacky ending to the show which has sent the internet into a guessing game frenzy. Earlier this year a script was stolen out of Cranston's vehicle but never managed to show up anywhere on the internet which is a first. As you can well imagine hardcore fans of the show would love to get any sort of glimpse towards what direction they plan to take Walt over these last few episodes.

     

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  • Greta Lee leaves "Girls" for new role

    Greta Lee best know for her appearances on the samsh hit "Girls" is said to be joinging "Wayward Pines" as show created by Chad Hoge (The Playboy Club) and M. Night Shyamalan. The show rumored to be in the same style as twin peaks but is a ten part series based on a best selling book by the same name. The show centers around Matt Dillon's character a secret service agent who is responsible for investigating the dissapearance of federal agents in the town of Wayward Pines.

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  • Tobias Menziels joins Starz's "Outlander" series

    Tobias Menziels,39 is best known for his roles in HBO's cult favorite Rome as Brutus and HBO's wildly popular game of thrones has been announced as a cast member of Outlander. He tackles the hard duty of playing a double role on the series as a main character and his own ancestor. Trippy!! The role is stated to be "Frank Randall is Claire's 20th century husband and a professional historian with a deep interest in the 18th century and his own genealogy. Frank and Claire are reunited in 1945, after being separated by the war. They are rekindling their relationship when Claire suddenly disappears."

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  • Cbs and Time Warner war affects Big Brother fans

    So now that the Cbs vs Twc is well under way the big tv dawns and all consuming big brother fans are stuck in the middle. Some live feed subscribers have reported that Cbs has even blocked access to their domakns on the web. these are consumer doubly paying fir access to big brother and having to forego both. many have turned to social media in search of streaming options to catch tonigts episode. this is a case of the people willing to oay for access but having to turn to piracy for it. how long will the war last? Hopefully not lng at all. Cbs lost a great opportunity to flex its muscle by allowing users to access their sites that feature their own streams and then waved those numbers as a mark of victory. The sheer increase in traffic would speak for itself. Yet they blocked access instead...just food for thought

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