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“The Simpsons” Reaches Its Lego Anniversary, Six Seasons for “Hot in Cleveland” and “Childrens Hospital”

2 May 2014 4:39 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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As of this week, streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu are required to have closed captions the same way broadcast TV is required. That happened thanks partly to activism by Marlee Matlin. Matlin is now working to make captions more accurate (yes, please!) and to try to implement crowdsourcing of captions.

Former One Tree Hill cutie Tyler Hilton has joined the cast of CBS’ summer drama Extant, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hilton will play a techie who is a “rock star” at work but socially awkward away from his office.

I hope Tyler Hilton’s wearing those cute specs on Extant.

TV Land has ordered a sixth season of Hot in Cleveland.

Also renewed for a sixth season: Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital, which will take a longer-than-usual hiatus returning in the summer of 2015.

Here’s the latest poster for AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire:

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- Lyle Masaki

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Food Network Star Returns June 1st – Meet The Contestants

24 April 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Food Network Star is a show that represents a bizarre high and low for me. If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably already know my take on the show, and what happens afterward. The short version is that while I actually love the competition show itself, it never (almost) ends up with a person that I would ever watch, and that’s almost always because the person I would actually watch gets cut fairly early.

On the other side of the coin, the show becomes less interesting to me (as do all reality competitions) the more we move into the category of contestants who already own restaurants, or otherwise have a fairly decent food-related career. But, that’s just me.

At any rate, the show has some new twists this time around, and the competition is going on the road.

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- Marc Eastman

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Tahmoh Penikett to Heat Up Another CW Show, Hgtv Orders a Show from Ellen DeGeneres and “Modern Family” Takes an Australian Vacation

23 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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I’ve been trying to figure out a way to discuss last Sunday’s Game of Thrones but end up stuck trying to find a way to word it without being spoilery. However, The Daily Banter nicely sums up why it’s ridiculous to keep calling that one scene shocking when the whole episode was full of shocking brutality.

Tahmoh Penikett seems like The CW’s new featured hunk. The former Battlestar Galatica star recently showed up on Supernatural and Star Crossed. Now, E! reports that he’ll be appearing on the season finale of Reign.

One of the challenges of taking the fake news show format pioneered by The Daily Show to a premium channel like HBO — the lack of commercials. Really. Last Week Tonight producer Tim Carvell explains, “We realized early on, you don’t necessarily want to hear anybody talk to you for a half an hour straight. »

- Lyle Masaki

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Bill Bellamy Signs With Resolution; Director Jonny Campbell Inks With Verve

21 April 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Bill Bellamy has signed with Resolution in all areas. He stars in and executive produces the syndicated comedy Mr. Box Office and toplined the Showtime specials Crazy Sexy Dirty and Bill Bellamy’s Ladies Night Out and exec produced and hosted last month’s Centric Comedy All Stars. Bellamy also is a recurring co-host on The Rachael Ray Show and appeared in the 2013 feature 10 Rules For Sleeping Around. He is managed by Barry Katz. Jonny Campbell has inked with Verve. The UK-based TV director also has signed to helm the BBC/HBO adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. The Warner Bros-produced project will premiere on the BBC before airing on HBO. Campbell directed last year’s BBC Three miniseries In The Flesh and has helmed multiple episodes of UK series including Doctor Who, Shameless, Ashes And Ashes and Phoenix Nights. He is repped in the UK by 42. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Kirstie Alley Defends "Circus Fat" Comment: I Can Call Myself Whatever I Want!

8 April 2014 3:27 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kirstie Alley is coming to her own defense after receiving backlash for her comment that she wasn't "circus fat" in a new advertisement with Jenny Craig. The former Fat Actress star appeared on Rachael Ray's daytime talk show and told her, "So, on my ad, I say I'm not fat-fat, I'm not circus fat, I've just gained 30 pounds. Well first of all, I'm talking about myself, and second of all, I grew up in an era—pioneer days—I grew up in an era where my dad would take me to the fair and to the circus and they actually had fat ladies in the circus." She added, "Everybody in the audience was so thin that they would bring out this fat lady and would like, point and »

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Hollywood Figures Make Last-Minute Push for Affordable Care Act Enrollment

31 March 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood’s role in promoting enrollment in the Affordable Care Act was on display in the final hours before a deadline for coverage this year, as John Legend, Jared Leto and Kerry Washington were among a wave of figures tweeting a link to Healthcare.gov and a top administration official once again defended President Obama’s turn to pop culture to spread the word.

Monday was the last day of open enrollment, with more website problems reported due to a software bug and to a surge in traffic. Nevertheless, a scramble for signups had been expected, and the site reported record volume.

As the enrollment date approached on Oct. 1, the White House sought to tap into pop culture, drawing on Obama’s base of entertainment industry supporters to send out tweets and other types of social media messaging, for YouTube stars to promote signups, and for administration officials to appear »

- Ted Johnson

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DJ Paul -- I'm Still Cool with Paula Deen ... And I'd Give Rachael Ray My Sweet Meat

19 March 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Paula Deen can drop all the n-bombs she wants ... DJ Paul is still down with the celebrity chef, and says he'd love to get in the kitchen with her today.The Three 6 Mafia rapper -- slash chef and celeb caterer -- told us yesterday in NYC ... he's unfazed by the whole controversy surrounding Paula using the n-word.Paul says he was hanging out with Deen at a food festival in NYC minutes before he »

- TMZ Staff

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Rider Strong Films “Girl Meets World” Appearance, “Arrow” Debuts Its Suicide Squad and You Should Watch “Enlisted”

19 March 2014 4:47 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Following this week’s Teen Wolf shocker, MTV has unveiled a memorial site.

Andrew Rannells tells E! that he’d like to see Elijah bring some guy-on-guy sexuality to Girls. “I volunteered myself for nakedness… I feel like with Looking on the air, I gotta represent some gay sex on the show. I’m willing.” I’d think it would be safe to say that we’ll be willing to watch that.

Six reasons you need to watch Enlisted.

Betsy Brandt is getting back to participating in prestige cable dramas, taking a role in the second season of Masters of Sex, according to The Hollywood Reporter in a recurring role. She’ll play Dr. Masters‘ new secretary.

Brandt may not be the only Breaking Bad alum to show up on another cable drama. Aaron Paul and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter have been publicly tweeting each other about »

- Lyle Masaki

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“King of the Nerds” Crowns a Winner, Adrian Pasdar Joins “S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “The Big Bang Theory” Will Be Around Until 2017

13 March 2014 5:05 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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A&E has pulled Those Who Kill from the schedule after two weeks. The crime drama has failed to hold onto the audience of its lead-in Bates Motel. However, A&E isn’t cancelling the show yet, the channel plans on relaunching the show.

CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for three seasons. That will keep the show on the air until the spring of 2017.

This works as a still from tonight’s episode or as a group reaction to the renewal.

If you want to see the best challenges in reality TV you should be watching the amazing King of the Nerds, which airs its finale tonight. Then again, it’s impossible to do any better than to have a “navigate a laser maze to rescue George Takei” challenge.

Rose McIver (last seen on Masters of Sex and Once Upon a Time as Tinkerbell) has been picked »

- Lyle Masaki

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Michelle Obama Reveals What Really Made Her Say "Ew" as a Kid—Plus, What Song Makes Her Happy?

3 March 2014 2:51 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We can probably all agree that seeing Michelle Obama on Jimmy Fallon's "Ew!" sketch with Will Ferrell was one of the best things ever. Right? Right. Along with bringing the funny, Flotus just seemed like such a natural when it came to ew-ing things, and that's because she had her fair share of saying "ew" to some specific dinner options when she was younger. Like what, you ask? "Brussel sprouts. Uh, liver," Obama began to tell Rachael Ray (airing March 5). "Liver was a dark day in our household. It was dark…We were angry." Liver: Ew! Unless you actually enjoy eating liver—like Ray, who said she "grooved on liver"— then it would »

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“Looking” Faces a Minority Trap, a “Portlandia” Teaser and Britney Spears Becomes a “Simpsons” Figure

20 February 2014 4:34 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Hln has announced its first set of new shows as part of its new identity as the channel for the “social media generation”. It includes I Can Haz NewsToons highlighting online political satire, Keywords which sounds like an online scavenger hunt game show and #What’s Your Fomo about people’s “Fear of Missing Out”. I double checked the story to make sure it didn’t come from The Onion. It isn’t. I think. I’d better check again.

Talking to a panel, Looking writer Jc Lee commented on the criticism the show has received from gay viewers, “It’s a minority trap… When you have a piece that showcases a community, there’s this identity factor where if you’re showing a certain kind of queerness, you’re not honoring what queerness is. There’s a sense their queerness feels threatened by a show that is normalizing it. »

- Lyle Masaki

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How to Make Rachael Ray's Doggy Birthday Cake

16 February 2014 4:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Looking for a special way to celebrate birthdays with your pet? Let them eat cake - courtesy of Rachael Ray! The celeb chef created a scrumptious bacon and beef birthday cake for dog Isaboo's 9th birthday last week, and here's your chance to do the same for your favorite pups. In addition to being taste-tested by Ray's team, the cake easily earned Isaboo's bark of approval. "Paws down, best cake ever!" she Tweeted, sharing a picture of the pit bull digging in. Made with ground pork, roasted beets and cream cheese frosting, you might even be tempted to try a piece yourself! »

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Denis O’Hare Turns to a “Rake”, Will Forte is the “Last Man on Earth” and John Oliver Gets a Premiere Date

13 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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The casting for Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham continues as Donal Logue has been picked to play Harvey Bullock, a detective on the Gotham police, one with a confusing history thank to all those continuity reboots at DC Comics.

Fox has ordered a comedy series from the writers of The Lego Movie. The Last Man on Earth stars Will Forte as, well… the last man on earth. The series is expected to start airing sometime in 2015.

Will Forte

The cast of Sharknado 2 has added a handful of actors including Vivica A. Fox, Judah Freidlander, Mark McGrath, Judd Hirsch (playing a cabbie, see what they did?), Kelly Osbourne and, uh, Andy Dick. In a few of those cases, I suspect the casting is the result of a “Which celebrity would you like to see eaten by a shark? (Yes, we already know about Tara Reid.)” survey.

Yes, there is a change. »

- Lyle Masaki

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The CW’s “Flash” Pilot Gets a Former Flash, “White Collar” Might Be Ending Soon and Taylor Lautner Joins a BBC Show

12 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Four roles were cast for Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham. Robin Lord Taylor will play Oswald Cobblepot, a lowlife who eventually becomes The Penguin. Zabryna Guevara was picked for Jim Gordon‘s boss Captain Essen (who may be inspired by Sarah Essen), Erin Richards will be Jim’s fiancee Barbara Kean while Sean Pertwee is set as Alfred Pennyworth, an ex-marine protecting the young Bruce Wayne.

Meanwhile, epic casting news for the CW’s Flash pilot, which added John Wesley Shipp in an unspecified role. Some of you will recall that Shipp played Barry Allen the last time anyone attempted a Flash TV series. Is it too early to start wishing for a role for Amanda Pays (Shipp’s Flash co-star)?

John Wesley Shipp in The Flash, pre-Dawson’s Creek, post-Guiding Light.

Deadline reports that HBO has ordered a season of The Brink, a dark comedy focused »

- Lyle Masaki

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Kevin Alejandro’s New Pilot Role, Fred Armisen Leads the New “Late Night” Band and the Improbable Popularity of “The Walking Dead”

11 February 2014 4:29 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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If you haven’t heard about “Dumb Starbucks” it was a California “art gallery” that completely duplicated the look of a Starbucks, except it added “Dumb” to the Starbucks logo. It turns out the shop was a stunt by Comedy Central show Nathan for You, which parodies business improvement reality shows. I laughed when I saw it on the news, I can’t wait to see the episode.

Tom Cavanagh has joined the cast of the CW’s Flash pilot. He’ll play a physicist at S.T.A.R. labs named Harrison Wells. As far as I can find, there isn’t a DC Comics character with that name to hint as his future.

     Just a mention of Tom Cavanagh has me looking for that Breakfast with Scot DVD.

How is AMC celebrating African-American history month? By developing a Civil Rights drama. Bombingham is set in Birmingham, Alabama »

- Lyle Masaki

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Ross Mathews Was on Days Of Our Lives? 12 Things You Don't Know About the Hello Ross Host

7 February 2014 10:30 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Many know Ross Mathews as the larger than life pop culture superfan! Whether rubbing shoulders with Jay Leno or chatting with A-listers on the red carpet, the Hello Ross host is always at the center of Hollywood. But did you also know that Ross once starred on the juicy NBC soap opera, Days of our Lives? It's true! Between 2008 and 2011, Ross appeared as Chris, a customer at the Salem Health Club, who quickly befriends Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney), Morgan Hollingsworth (Kristen Renton) and other memorable cast members. But that's not all!  From his love for QVC shopping (hello Rachael Ray cookware!) to an epic dinner date with Kobe Bryant, Ross is just full of »

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Biggest Loser's Bob Harper: 'I Was Stunned' at Rachel Frederickson's Weight Loss

7 February 2014 6:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper admits he was shocked when he saw Rachel Frederickson walk out during Tuesday's finale and show off her exceedingly thin frame. "I was stunned. That would be the word. I mean, we've never had a contestant come in at 105 lbs.," Harper says in an interview airing next Thursday on the Rachael Ray Show. Frederickson, 24, started the show at 260 lbs. When she left as a finalist three months ago to work on losing weight at home, she weighed 150 lbs., and later lost 45 more. "What people don't understand is, when the contestants leave to go home … they're in charge of themselves, »

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‘Biggest Loser’ Trainer Bob Harper On Rachel’s Weight Loss: ‘I Was Stunned’

7 February 2014 4:26 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

The Biggest Loser”s long-time trainer Bob Harper is finally speaking out on Rachel Frederickson’s shocking 155-pound weigh loss. Find out what Bob told Rachael Ray about his stunned reaction below!

When Rachel Frederickson weighed in at a meager 105 pounds during the Feb. 4 Biggest Loser Season 15 finale, she became the first contestant in the show’s history to end her season underweight. Bob Harper had previously kept mum about his visibly shocked reaction, but he candidly discussed Rachel’s health during a taping of The Rachael Ray Show on Feb. 6.

‘Biggest Loser’ Trainer Bob Harper: Rachel ‘Not In Good Health’

When Bob taped his Rachael Ray segment — which will air on Feb. 13 — he told the host that himself and his fellow trainers cannot take responsibility for what happens to the contestants’ bodies after they leave the Biggest Loser ranch.

‘Biggest Loser’ Revealed

“What people don’t understand is, »

- Shaunna Murphy

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Bob Harper Admits He Was "Stunned" by Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson's Weight Loss

7 February 2014 1:16 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Bob Harper was visibly shocked when Biggest Loser contestant Rachel Frederickson revealed her 155-pound weight loss on the show's Tuesday, Feb. 4, finale. Now, in an interview for The Rachael Ray Show, he's opening up about his reaction and the controversy around Frederickson's thin frame. In an appearance taped Feb. 6 for the episode airing Feb. 13, Harper was asked by host Rachael Ray what he thought of fan remarks that the season 15 winner is now too skinny. "What people don't understand is, when the contestants leave [...] »

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Bob Harper Speaks Out on Rachel Frederickson's Shocking Biggest Loser Weight Loss: "I Was Stunned"

6 February 2014 8:55 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Biggest Loser's Bob Harper is finally weighing in on season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson's shocking 155-pound weight loss.  Though he and his fellow trainer Jillian Michaels were initially hesitant to comment on Frederickson's new 105-pound frame as Dolvett Quince was her trainer on the NBC reality series, he opened up about the headline-making transformation during an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show. In an interview taped on Feb. 6 for an episode set to air on Feb. 13, Harper was asked by Rachael Ray if he thought Frederickson had lost too much weight. "What people don't understand it, when the contestants leave to go home…they're in charge of themselves," he »

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