David Letterman makes a shocking appearance at CBS Upfronts — his 1st in 15 years
Dave gave Les Moonves a long hug, as Moonves quipped about the new late-night dynamic. “I’m honored to be here for your pledge drive,” said Letterman.
“HIMYM” cast sings “One Year More” at CBS Upfronts
Lyrics include this line: “No one knew our names, no one gave a lick, except for Doogie and that band camp chick.”
Report: Nicki Minaj quitting “Idol”
Her departure, as reported by Us Weekly, makes its seem all the more likely that all four judges are going to exit after this season. PLUS: 10 ways to improve “Idol.”
Christian pastors are using “Scandal” to teach lessons in church
Olivia Pope & Co. offer valuable lessons, as some preachers have learned. One pastor delivered three consecutive sermons with the following titles: “I’ve Been Hucked,” “Every Scandal Has a Harrison,” and “The Olivia Pope Syndrome.” PLUS: “Scandal” meets “The View,” and what if this week was a “Scandal” episode?
Coming soon: “Big Bang”-meets-“Star Trek” merchandise
A deal has been struck to sell “Big Bang”/”Star Trek” T-shirts as well as “Big Bang”/DC Comics characters merchandise.
Notorious “Kitchen Nightmares” restaurant claims its social media were hacked
Amy’s Baking Company, which Gordon Ramsay walked out on last week, claims it is working with the FBI to find the alleged hackers — “We did not post those horrible things.” (Watch the original episode)
“True Blood” unveils its Season 6 poster
“No One Lives Forever.”
Louisiana is in the midst of a “reality TV boom”
The success of “Swamp People” and “Duck Dynasty” has prompted some to dub Louisiana “Hollywood South.”
The last time CBS tried 4 comedies on a Thursday was during the Eisenhower administration
The No. 1 network is mostly playing it safe next fall, but is taking a big chance with its new Thursday two-hour comedy block.
“Arrow” ending the season with an “insane” finale
There’s just so much going on!” says Willa Holland.
“The Mindy Project” ends the season with all the kinds worked out
Would the inconsistency of this season have worked better on “The Office”?
Why “Star Trek” needs to return as a basic cable series
Even the failed “Enterprise” got more viewers than “Mad Men.” PLUS: One writer goes on a marathon viewing of every “Trek” episode and movie.
“SNL’s” Bill Hader: An appreciation
Hader, says Tess Lynch, “has a Don Draper quality: He makes the unnerving into something aspirational. There”s a certain amount of intelligence required to take on satire, but some element of his performances always made him seem like the brainiest cast member.”
“New Girl” creator: I don’t know what “adorkable” means
“I think over the course of the season we definitely know what the show is, and I don”t think the show is adorkable,” says Liz Meriwether. “I don’t really know what that word means and I never have, but I don”t think that”s what we”re doing, but I don’t have any ill will about it.” PLUS: Meriwether is the anti-Lena Dunham.
Conan creates a fake morning show: “Wake Up and Back Up”
Filmed entirely on the backup camera of a Toyota Sienna.
Is Andy Samberg trying to be the NYPD’s “Hipster Cop”?
His “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” character bares some resemblance to the “hipster cop” who patrolled the Occupy protests.
Ricky Gervais: I vowed not to do “The Office” again, but David Brent is allowed to make a comeback
What he’s doing with David Brent these days, says Gervais, is not “The Office.”
Ellie Kemper asks: “Can Men Be Funny?”
“The Office” star does a scientific investigation for GQ’s comedy issue.
“24” trying to reunite all the original writers, plus some past CTU members
Will Chloe return? PLUS: Why Jack Bauer should stay retired.
“Supernatural” has found a way to stay fresh in Season 8
But this season, which ends tonight, hasn’t always been perfect.
“Hannibal” boss: We never battled NBC over the amount of gore to show
The Peacock knew what it was getting into, says Bryan Fuller, who describes his series as “elegant horror.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt: “I had to have smaller boobs” on “Client List” billboards
She tells Conan that at one billboard location, complaints resulted in her billboard breasts being reduced and covered up.
New website allows you to track recurring “Arrested Development” jokes
Recurring Developments is “an interactive visualization of running jokes in Arrested Development.” PLUS: Mitch Hurwitz: Watch Season 4 in order.
Watch “The Simpsons” couch gag created by the “Robot Chicken” team
Fox posted videos of the “Robot Chicken” crew putting together their couch gag.
Seth Meyers: “I don’t think I’ll start from Jimmy”s template”
Meyers says he’ll take a “clean slate” approach to “Late Night.”
Why are “Nashville” scenes so short?
Rather than let storylines play out, the ABC drama fills the screen with tiny moments.
“Dawson’s Creek” ended 10 years ago this week
Does the WB finale still hold up?
Mike Rowe narrates a boring family home movie for a fan
Watch the “Dirty Jobs” star use his booming voice on his new series “Mike Rowe My Life.”
Daenerys Targaryen is the most popular “Game of Thrones” character on Twitter
The least popular: Joffrey Baratheon.