Stephen King responds to ‘Under the Dome’ critics

Stephen King responds to “Under the Dome” critics
“Many of the changes wrought by Brian K. Vaughan and his team of writers have been of necessity, and I approved of them wholeheartedly,” King writes in a note on his website. PLUS: Ranking King’s TV adaptations, and “Under the Dome” books Mare Winningham.

Here’s your 1st look at “Downton Abbey’s” 1st black character

Actor Gary Carr today filmed scenes as American jazz singer Jack Ross.

“The Walking Dead’s” season premiere title revealed
What does “30 Days Without an Accident” mean?

“Goodwin Games” co-creator begs other networks to pick up his Fox sitcom

The beleaguered comedy from the “HIMYM” team ends its brief run tonight, despite good reviews.

RJ Mitte may start modeling after “Breaking Bad”

“I’ve talked to Milan and I’ve talked to Fashion Week,” Mitte says of the response to his recent photo shoot.

Melissa McCarthy: ESPN ESPYs host?

ESPY Awards producer Maura Mandt says, “I would love to see a woman take on the show.”

How Jennifer Carpenter keeps on delivering an intense “Dexter” performance

“I work with this character from a very emotional place,” she says of Deb. “I don’t know how to do anything without going full out.” PLUS: This season is already an improvement, and James Remar on playing Dexter’s dad.

Baby names ruined by TV characters: From Gustavo to Hannah
Also ruined: Enoch, Don and Rayna.

Joey Lauren Adams joins “Switched at Birth”
The “Chasing Amy” star will appear in two episodes as Nikki’s mom.

“Ray Donovan”: Enough with TV anti-heroes!
The new Showtime series isn’t terrible, says June Thomas, but it’s yet another rerun of a damaged tough guy that we keep on seeing with nothing new to say. PLUS: Does Paula Malcomson have the worst Boston accent?

Demi Lovato: I had suicidal thoughts when I was a a 7-year-old on “Barney & Friends”
“The X Factor” judge talks about her struggles in an interview with Cosmo.

Has tweeting about Sunday TV become too obnoxious?

Tweeters are, for instance, watching “True Blood” together with their own annoying inside jokes and slang.

“Under the Dome” looks like a network TV game-changer
More networks will look to investing in high-quality summer program after CBS’ massive hit.

DC Comics is coming out with a comic book tribute to the ’60s “Batman” TV show
Says Adam West: This Batman is “The Bright Knight.”

Seth Myers wants to interview fake people on “Late Night” like he does on “SNL”

“I think it would be nice to have hybrid performers like Conan did in the early days,” says Myers in a comedy roundtable with Mike Meyers, Ben Stiller and Michael Ian Black. “I really do like playing with the straight man character.”

“Futurama’s” David X. Cohen answers questions on Reddit
Will there be closure with this 3rd series finale? “I feel like we’re starting to get pretty good at writing series finales — it’s a bad sign when you have a lot of experience doing that,” he explains. PLUS: “Futurama” takes a dig at NBC.

Coming soon: Holographic TVs?

New technology is making it possible to create a holographic television display.

Eric Mabius is coming to the Hallmark Channel
The “Ugly Betty” alum will star in “Dead Letters,” a TV movie that could end up becoming a series.

“Outsourced’s” Ben Rappaport joins “The Good Wife”

He’ll play a four-year associate next season.

“The Killing’s” butch teenage lesbian might be the best thing about Season 3

The character of Bullet is someone you rarely see on TV these days.

“MasterChef” contestant deletes racist tweets
Krissi Biasiello allegedly used the N-word.

Bravo goes “Below Deck” in new boating reality show
Premiering tonight, “Below Deck” follows the staff of a 164-foot charter boat.

“Breaking Amish” star poses for Maxim

Check out Kate Stoltzfus showing plenty of skin.

“Brooklyn Bridge” child star recalls Gary David Goldberg

Danny Lanzetta, now 36, writes: “After a rather whirlwind audition process, I was cast as Alan Silver, the dashing, athletic, impossibly smart young man at the center of Gary’s newest show, ‘Brooklyn Bridge,’ which chronicled his Jewish upbringing in Brooklyn in the 1950s.” PLUS: Why isn’t “Brooklyn Bridge” on DVD?

“Sh*t My Dad Says” creator recalls his sitcom disaster
Justin Halpern, who’s coming out this fall with the new Fox sitcom “Surviving Jack,” says: “Even when we shot the pilot I thought, “f********ck. This is not my book. This is not working for this character.”

Conan O’Brien’s “Carson on TCM” begins tonight
Each hourlong episode, the first of which begins tonight, is divided into five different interview segments.

Dot Marie Jones doesn’t know if “Glee” will have her back, but Naya River returning
“I’m still waiting to see if I’m coming back to ‘Glee,'” says Jones.

“Beverly Hills 90210” reunion at Chippendales
Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty watched Ian Ziering strip in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Jimmy Kimmel to star in ads promoting Las Vegas, his hometown
The promos will begin airing this week during “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“True Blood” newbie: Nude scenes are “incredibly freeing and empowering”

They are also “really fun,” says Rob Kazinsky. PLUS: Anna Camp on her return.

GSN renews “The Chase” before its premiere

The UK game show-inspired format debuts Aug. 6.

Check out 13 computer fails from ’90s TV shows

“What the hell is e-mail?” says Seinfeld.

NBC’s “Siberia” looks like “Survivor,” but it’s totally fake
The new “reality show” premiering tonight begs the question: What’s the difference between “fake” and “real” reality TV?

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