John Oliver’s ‘Daily Show’ debut ratings matches Jon Stewart

06.11.13 4 years ago

John Oliver’s “Daily Show” debut ratings matches Jon Stewart
About 1.5 million tuned in for Oliver’s debut.

Lauren Graham’s debut novel is set to become a TV series, produced by Ellen

The “Parenthood” star has closed a deal with Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres to transform her New York Times bestseller “Someday, Someday, Maybe” into a TV drama.

Alfonso Ribeiro named host of “Spell-Mageddon”

The former “Fresh Prince” star has landed on ABC Family as host of its spelling bee game show.

Nigel Lythgoe: Maybe “Idol” should bring back Simon, Paula, Randy
“That little team, Randy, Paula and Simon, again are the template for judges forever now,” he says. PLUS: Lythgoe blames ratings woes on no longer appealing to families.

Ed Burns joins TNT’s “Lost Angels” as Bugsy Siegel; Robert Knepper promoted
Burns will play the legendary mobster on Frank Darabont’s TNT drama, while Knepper has been promoted to as series regular.

“Big Bang’s” Kunal Nayyar is headed to “Sullivan & Son”
He’ll guest as a ladies man on the TBS comedy.

How reaction to “Game of Thrones” deaths compare to other TV show deaths
Turns out there was more outrage over the “Game of Thrones” deaths then deaths on “Mad Men,” “Downton Abbey,” “Breaking Bad” and “Dexter.”

Why did a defense contractor sponsor a “Sesame Street” video on incarceration?

A new web feature went up on the show’s website explaining, “What is incarceration?”

Jimmy Fallon films an ad promoting Kings of Leon’s new album

Kings of Leon got Fallon to hawk the new album from the “Late Night” set, in a video posted on the band’s YouTube page.

“Downton Abbey” creator responds to “Downton Diddy”

“He did his own version and put himself into it,” says Julian Fellowes. “I thought that was very enterprising.” PLUS: Drag queens spoof “Downton Abbey.”

Katee Sackoff loses many Twitter followers over gun safety tweet
After seeing a news report about a 4-year-old shooting and killing his father, the “Longmire” star tweeted: “Please practice gun safety. This is horrible!”

Is Daenerys Targaryen a white savior on “Game of Thrones”?
The season finale raises an uncomfortable question about race. PLUS: Answering burning “GoT” questions.

Chart shows how the phrase “Spoiler Alert” has grown
“Spoiler Alert” never appeared in the NY Times before 2000.

Hank Azaria reads the L.A. Dodgers’ starting lineup in his “Simpsons” voices

Watch Apu, Moe and Chief Wiggum present the starting lineup.

Don’t compare the NSA’s surveillance program to “The Wire”
Why David Simon was wrong to compare his show to what’s been going on in the NSA.

Why is History channel embracing conspiracy theories?
From JFK to Nostradamus to UFOs, the former “Hitler Channel” now cares about obsessing over conspiracies.

Shohreh Aghdashloo writes memoir detailing her “24” clashes with Kiefer Sutherland
The Iranian-born actress, who played a terrorist in Season 4, says: “I’m afraid working with him proved to be hard. That young man was pretty angry. At the end of the day, I thought he was angry with himself.”

“The Voice” finale will feature Bruno Mars, Nelly, Christina Aguilera
Florida Georgia Line will also perform on next week’s finale.

Jeff Probst releases a 2nd children’s book

The “Survivor”-inspired “Trial by Fire: Stranded, Book Two” is now available. PLUS: Probst offers 4 tips for success.

Lifetime’s “Supermarket Superstar” starring Stacy Keibler debuts July 22

The reality show will pit contestants against each other in pitching their food ideas in hopes of getting their ideas on supermarket shelves.

Judy Blume likes “Girls”: “It’s crazy, it’s sometimes funny, it’s sometimes sad”
“The first season was more real, I think,” says the author of books for children and teens. “And the second season was a little bit more out there.”

“My So-Called Life” cast reunites, sans Claire Danes
Creator Winnie Holzman was joined at the ATX Television Festival by Wilson Cruz, Devon Gummersall and Devon Odessa.

Go record shopping with Fred Armisen

The “Portlandia” star took part in Amoeba Records’ “What’s in My Bag?”

Shirley Jones will play William Shatner’s mom
The “Partridge Family” matriarch has signed on for the live “Hot in Cleveland” episode.

“Pretty Little Liars” returns for Season 3

The cast and creator talk about what’s possibly in the trunk.

Brazilian artist recreates the “Friends” apartment with paper
See Bruna Salvador Conforto’s accurate recreation of the NYC apartment.

See pics from Kristin Cavallari’s wedding
“The Hills” alum married Chicago Bear Jay Cutler on Saturday.

Cartoon Network renews “Teen Titans Go!”

The animated series will be back for Season 2.

“Sam & Cat” gets big ratings for Nick

The spinoff of “iCarly” and “Victorious” was watched by 4.2 million, the best live-action launch on Nickelodeon in three years.

ABC Family’s “Twisted” feels too much like “Pretty Little Liars”
There’s not much original in the new series, premiering tonight.

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