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Netflix: Here's When People Get Hooked on Shows

You'd think it'd be the pilot, but no

(Newser) - If you're hoping to avoid adding another TV show to your must-watch list, Netflix has a plan to help you out: All you have to do is skip a particular episode and you should be in the clear. Well, maybe. Based on first season viewing data from 25 different... More »

Sesame Street Moves Down the Block to HBO

But PBS, which has aired the show since 1969, isn't left out in the cold

(Newser) - In addition to their ABCs and 123s, kids watching Sesame Street will now also become familiar with H-B-O. The cable network has announced a new partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the TV show, that means the next five seasons will air exclusively on HBO and via its streaming... More »

Duggars' 19 Kids and ... Canceling, Says TLC

Network will air documentary on child sex abuse with Duggar victims

(Newser) - Another year, another controversial TLC show gets the boot. After pulling episodes of 19 Kids and Counting, TLC confirms it has canceled its most-watched show after claims that cast member Josh Duggar molested four of his sisters and a babysitter as a teen. 19 Kids "will no longer appear... More »

Sesame Street Losing 44-Year Veteran This Season

Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria, to take on 'new endeavors'

(Newser) - "It's the end of an era on Sesame Street," reports CNN . Sonia Manzano, who plays Fix-It Shop owner Maria, is retiring from the show after 44 years. Manzano, who made the announcement at the American Library Association Annual Conference this week, first appeared on the series in... More »

TV Host Wears Same Suit All Year, Makes Point

Karl Stefanovic says men aren't judged as harshly as women

(Newser) - An Aussie TV personality has worn the same suit on-air for a full year, and not because he likes the smell. Karl Stefanovic, a presenter on Australia's morning news show Today, says he kept wearing the blue Burberry knock-off to make a point: "No one has noticed; no... More »

5 Actors Whose TV Debuts Were Awful

Including Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, and more

(Newser) - These 10 actors rounded up by The Stir may have gone on to become big names, but their TV debuts were less than stellar:
  • Jim Carrey: Nope, he didn't get his start on In Living Color, he got it on The Duck Factory, a show about a young animator
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New Netflix Site Will Spoil Everything for You

Including some of the most popular movies and TV shows of all time

(Newser) - "What you are about to see cannot be unseen." That's the warning you'll get right before you enter Netflix's new website dedicated solely to spoilers for popular movies and TV shows. It’s almost unavoidable to be forewarned about what's going to happen on... More »

Alec Baldwin's Next TV Role: 'Rob Ford-Like' Mayor

He's working on one-hour series

(Newser) - This sounds like a show we might actually watch: Alec Baldwin is developing a new TV series with NBC Productions in which he would play the "buffoonish" and/or "outlandish" mayor of New York City—a character much like the actual mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, Deadline reports. Baldwin... More »

Meg Ryan to Narrate How I Met Your Dad

She'll have the same role Bob Saget did in 'Mother'

(Newser) - Looks like Meg Ryan's TV-based comeback is in full swing: She's set to narrate How I Met Your Dad, the Greta Gerwig-starring How I Met Your Mother spin-off that could be coming to CBS (if the network orders the pilot to series). Ryan would essentially have the same... More »

A&E Crime Show Makes Millions, Ruins Lives: Report

'The First 48' pressures detectives to put people away, and fast

(Newser) - The First 48 is a hot reality show about police trying to crack cases—mostly murders—in the crucial first two days of any investigation. But the show also pressures detectives to act quickly, and in two cases suspects served long jail terms before judges learned there was no real... More »

Katherine Heigl Demoted to TV?

She'll play 'maverick' CIA agent in new NBC pilot

(Newser) - For a while there, Katherine Heigl looked like she was headed for America's Sweetheart status . Then she made a bunch of bad movies and got a reputation as being difficult to work with ... and now, well, she appears to be headed back to the small screen she left in... More »

8 Shows You Should Have Watched in 2013, but Didn't

Anthony Bourdain, RuPaul make the list

(Newser) - Rather than another "best of 2013" list, Grantland puts together a list of this year's "overlooked and/or underappreciated" television—shows you should have watched, but probably didn't. Click through the gallery for a sampling, or check out the complete list here . More »

Matthew Perry in Odd Couple TV Remake

He'll star in, write, produce CBS sitcom

(Newser) - Friends star Matthew Perry is reportedly embracing nostalgia with a script deal for a new CBS comedy: a remake of The Odd Couple. The story, which started out on Broadway, became a film in the late '60s and then a TV series in 1970, follows Oscar Madison, an easygoing,... More »

Meg Ryan Gets Her Own Sitcom

She'll star in NBC comedy

(Newser) - For the first time in three decades, Meg Ryan will have her own TV show. She's the lead star (and an executive producer) of a new, not-yet-titled NBC sitcom, the Los Angeles Times reports. She'll play a single mom who goes back to work at a New York... More »

Walking Dead Spinoff in the Works

'Spread the Dead' coming in 2015

(Newser) - AMC is nowhere near done with zombies. The network announced Monday it has greenlit a Walking Dead spinoff, reportedly called Spread the Dead. Newsy reports: More »

The Most Pirated TV Shows of Spring

'Game of Thrones' takes the crown

(Newser) - As we head into the wasteland that is summer television, TorrentFreak takes a look back at the 10 most pirated TV shows of Spring 2013. Surprising no one, Game of Thrones takes the, er, crown, with piracy of the show up 25% over last year. It had an estimated 5,... More »

Next for Lena Dunham: Another HBO Show

'Girls' creator working on series about Betty Halbreich

(Newser) - Lena Dunham's wild success continues: The Girls creator is developing a second series for HBO. Dunham and her Girls co-showrunner, Jenni Konner, are working on a comedy centered around Betty Halbreich, whom Deadline calls a "New York institution ... who has spent decades working with the rich and famous.... More »

We'll Miss You, Liz Lemon

Tina Fey's '30 Rock' character signs off tonight

(Newser) - Tina Fey's 30 Rock ends its seven-year run tonight, and the tributes are plentiful. Here's a sample:
  • Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times : "What is the legacy of these critically acclaimed, low-rated, award-winning seven seasons?" he asks. The "show is itself too singular—and too unsuccessful, in
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Amazon Rebooting Zombieland as TV Series

Will be company's push into original programming

(Newser) - Amazon's first foray into original programming: A series based on Zombieland, the popular movie starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone. The Verge brings the news, citing Broadcast Now , but notes that the series probably won't debut anytime soon: io9 got a peek at the casting sheets... More »

Modern Family, Homeland Win Big at the Emmys

Plus, wins for 'Veep,' 'Game Change,' 'Two and a Half Men'

(Newser) - And they're off! Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the Emmys with jokes about Honey Boo Boo and politics ("Being a Republican in Hollywood is like being a Chick-fil-A sandwich on the snack table at Glee."), and noted that this is the first year none of the four... More »

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