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FX Renews “The Americans,” Bd Wong Returns to “Law & Order” and “Portlandia” Does Gay Pride

17 April 2014 4:46 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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FX has officially renewed The Americans for a third season. Ratings aren’t great for this terrific show, but apparently FX was able to make it work thanks to DVR numbers and critical praise. Too bad that kind of equation wasn’t able to save Terriers from cancellation.

To paraphrase a pair of wise bears, “More wigs more fun!”

Barney Stinson‘s catchphrase, “Legend — wait for it — dary” is what linguists call that a “tmesis,” where a word or phrase is interrupted for (usually comedic) effect.

In a profile in The Hollywood Reporter, John Oliver says that making a satirical news show on a premium channel like HBO means more freedom to tackle challenging topics. “To do a very aggressive piece on [General Motors] before a congressional investigation, that’s potentially a problem on commercial TV. I don’t think it would be outlawed. But I think there would be a sense of, »

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“Blue Mountain State” Hopes Fans Will Crowdfund a Movie and Chelsea Handler Won’t Replace Craig Ferguson

16 April 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Yesterday, Ed told you that This Week with George Stephanopoulos hired anti-gay pundit Laura Ingraham. Salon‘s Alex Pareene says that’s just the latest step in a rightward lurch for the Sunday morning talk show, one that involves hiring conservative pundits who make for terrible television. But, really, if you want to watch a Sunday morning talk show, you should be watching Up with Steve Kornacki. Under Kornacki, Up is a lot more political, and Kornacki has turned out to be incredibly skilled at asking the tough questions that cut to the truth of the matter.

It’s finally happening. EW says that NBC has scheduled The Maya Rudolph Show for May 19. The variety special will feature appearances by Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson and Chris Parnell with a performance by Jannell Monae. The variety show is a genre that has struggled on TV (oh, »

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“Flash” Characters Will Cross Over to “Arrow”, “Banshee” Closes Big and “Glee”‘s 100th Episode

18 March 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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ABC Family has ordered additional seasons of Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. Additionally, the channel is developing three more dramas, including one about brother and sister tennis stars.

While Arrow still won’t be airing an episode that previews the proposed Flash spin-off, fans will still get a first look as two Flash characters — the S.T.A.R. Labs scientists played by Danielle Panabker and Carlos Valdes — will appear in an Arrow episode. However, Grant Gustin‘s Barry Allen will not come out from his coma until Flash premieres (if it becomes a series).

Tyler Perry‘s latest movie, The Single Moms Club did terribly at the box office. However, that’s not going to stop Own from turning it into a TV series. Apparently, that’s what a The Haves and the Have Nots-sized hit gets you at Own.

The Boston Globe looks at shows that »

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