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Yahoo Is the New Netflix? Mayer Shopping for TV Shows

Service looks to compete with Netflix, Amazon

(Newser) - Yahoo is looking to cash in on online TV in a serious way, with insiders telling the Wall Street Journal that it's aiming to roll out four new half-hour comedy series. The series, whose budgets could run to several million dollars per episode, would consist of 10 episodes headed... More »

Tyson Shines in Cosmos Reboot

Miniseries follows Carl Sagan's 1980 classic

(Newser) - Tonight sees the reboot on Fox of what the New York Times calls "arguably the most successful popularization of science since Albert Einstein roamed Princeton without his socks": the miniseries Cosmos, originally hosted on PBS in 1980 by Carl Sagan. Now, Neil deGrasse Tyson leads us on a tour... More »

Why You Should Love Judge Judy

There's a reason Sheindlin is on top, argues Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

(Newser) - The strongest female lead on television has been there for 19 years: Judith Sheindlin. Judge Judy earned its highest rating in 11 years to begin February sweeps, according to TVNewsCheck , and the show was recently renewed through 2017, with good reason. "Sheindlin hears and protects the reasonable American's... More »

Super Bowl Snags Best Ratings in TV History

But viewership peaked when Seattle took a commanding 22-0 lead

(Newser) - Did a blowout victory get in the way of America's great TV love affair? Not at all: Brushing aside initial reports of low ratings, Deadline reports that Super Bowl XLVIII drew 111.5 million viewers—the most of any show in US history. And Bruno Mars' half-time performance with... 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 »

Animal Planet Show Is Staged, Abusive: Report

Creatures drugged, left near death: Mother Jones investigation

(Newser) - Hit Animal Planet reality show Call of the Wildman features its star, Ernie "Turtleman" Brown Jr., finding and trapping "nuisance" animals, apparently for the benefit of both locals and the creatures themselves. But the "reality" of the show is questionable, according to a Mother Jones investigation: The... 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 »

Palin Didn't Read Duck Dynasty Interview She Defended

A&E showing marathon tomorrow despite controversy

(Newser) - When Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson got in hot water over anti-gay remarks , Sarah Palin rushed to defend him from the "hatin'." She told Greta Van Susteren yesterday, however, that she hasn't actually read the GQ interview in question, Politico reports. Van Susteren wanted to know whether... More »

Family Guy Pulls Off a Resurrection

Seth MacFarlane was offering fans a 'lesson'

(Newser) - After a few weeks in the afterlife , Brian the dog is back on Family Guy. ABC News explains the resurrection: With help from a Christmas wish to save his best friend, baby Stewie travels back in time and pushes Brian out of the way of an oncoming car. Briefly, the... More »

NBC to Make Live Musicals a Thing

NBC preps one for next year ... and likely the next and next

(Newser) - NBC's live version of The Sound of Music may not have wowed critics , but it pulled in 18.6 million viewers—the most to watch the network on a Thursday night since the Frasier finale in 2004, the Huffington Post notes (that is, if you don't count sports).... More »

Family Guy Hints at Big Changes

Future episodes suggest Brian's resurrection

(Newser) - Spoiler ahead: The apparent death of a favorite Family Guy character may not have marked his end. Brian the dog is set to appear in future episodes, Entertainment Weekly reports, including one Dec. 15 in which "Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he... More »

Tragedy Strikes on Family Guy

See below for surprising spoiler

(Newser) - Major spoiler alert: A member of the Family Guy family died in last night's episode, and apparently it wasn't a joke. Brian the dog was hit by a car during a street hockey game with baby Stewie, the Huffington Post reports. His last, not-so-funny words: "You’ve... More »

Monty Python Plans Stage Reunion

Will be surviving members' first performance together since 1998

(Newser) - For the first time in more than a decade, all surviving members of Monty Python will be performing together. Member Terry Jones confirmed the event to the BBC following a Sun report. "We're getting together and putting on a show—it's real," he says. "I'... More »

The Simpsons Cable Rights Fetch Up to $1B

...Though the money's essentially moving from one part of Fox to another

(Newser) - Homer and company are officially rolling in d'oh. After 24 seasons, the animated comedy is finally coming to cable, in what Deadline is calling the "priciest off-network pact ever." FXX will pay at least $750 million, and possibly as much as $1 billion, to acquire exclusive rights... More »

You're Not 'Binge-Watching,' You're 'Being Lazy'

Willa Paskin thinks marathon sessions are getting too much credit

(Newser) - Once upon a time, spending six straight hours watching TV was considered a mind-rotting display of laziness. Now, it's called " binge-watching ," and it's "the culturally sanctioned activity of high-achieving, culturally literate adults," writes Slate TV critic Willa Paskin. But she's not convinced it'... More »

Coming Soon to Your TV: Ghost

Beloved Patrick Swayze movie headed to the small screen

(Newser) - Just when you thought Princess Bride on Broadway would be the best entertainment news you'd hear all week, this happens: Paramount is working on a TV pilot based on the Patrick Swayze classic, Ghost, Variety reports. The 1990 movie was, for those of you who don't have the... More »

MTV Releases New Show on App First, TV Later

'Wait 'Till Next Year' is the first series to launch like that

(Newser) - MTV is releasing a full season of a new series today, but don’t reach for that remote just yet. You can watch the show, Wait ‘Til Next Year, for free on your mobile device via the MTV app. It won't show up on TV for another week.... More »

DreamWorks CEO Offered $75M for More Breaking Bad

At $415K a minute, but it wasn't to be

(Newser) - If you would have paid a few extra bucks for a couple more hits of Breaking Bad, you weren't the only one. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was so "nuts for the show" that weeks ago he offered to pay $75 million for three more episodes, Variety reports; that'... More »

Norway's New Must-See TV Stunt: Live Knitting

Settle in for hours of riveting stitching

(Newser) - In its latest experiment with live coverage of mundane events, Norway's public broadcasting network plans to dedicate five hours of air-time to an attempt to break the knitting world record. The NRK network says the Nov. 1 broadcast will be preceded by a four-hour knitting documentary. "It's... More »

A Perfect, Bad Finale

Breaking Bad's last episode satisfies fans, critics

(Newser) - "Guess I got what I deserve." That's the lyric that played when (SPOILER ALERT) Walter White fell over dead in Breaking Bad's finale last night, and while it's a point of contention whether Heisenberg actually did get what he deserved, most critics agree that the... More »

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