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10 Things We Learned From Bill Cosby's New Biography

Bill Cosby

Cosby: His Life and Times, Mark Whitaker's comprehensive biography of Bill Cosby, hits stores Tuesday. The absorbing read chronicles the comedian's rise from the Philadelphia projects to stand-up king, his groundbreaking role on I Spy — as TV's first black leading man — and TV's most beloved dad on The Cosby Show. But for every high, there were plenty of lows: his near-bankruptcy, his scandalous affairs that resulted in an extortion trial, his estrangement from a daughter and the bizarre murder of his only son.

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6 Behind-the-Scenes Moments You Didn't See on the Premiere of the New View

Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez and Rosie O'Donnell

The View has ushered in a new season with a new set, new hosts and a very obvious new direction.

 

Season 18 began with Whoopi GoldbergRosie PerezRosie O'Donnell and Nicolle Wallace praising the throne — literally — of Barbara Walters. read more

The 5 Funniest (and Most Bizarre) Moments from the Miss America Pageant

Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart

Who knew Miss America could be such entertaining television?

On Sunday night's live broadcast of the 2015 pageant, Miss New York was crowned the winner in a three-peat for the state. But the victory was hardly the most exciting moment of the night. From misspellings, to bizarre pop-up factoids to the show's highlight — ventriloquism! — here are our top 5 funniest and most bizarre moments from the night.

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Ask Matt: Fall Pilots, The Quest, Utopia, Outlander and More

Red Band Society

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I'm a fan and read your column every week. I've watched the pilots for Forever and Red Band Society, and have added them to my list of shows I'll be watching. I hope they do well. I was wondering if you have seen them, and if so, what did you think? I found Red Band Society to be a feel-good show. I can't help but wonder, though, if it shouldn't be on a younger TV station like MTV, and the fact that it isn't makes me worry about its chances, as it is geared toward a younger audience. Forever is very Sherlock Holmes, which is right up my alley, and I love it whenever Ioan Gruffudd is on my TV screen. Do you think making the pilots available early hurts a TV show? What are your thoughts? - Carmelita

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The Biz: Forecasting Fall's New Hits

Gotham

Fox paid big money for its Batman-prequel series Gotham and touted its September 22 premiere all summer via billboards, transit posters, and on-air promotional spots. According to research that measures viewer interest in the new fall shows, the effort is going to pay off. Research firm Ipsos MediaCT surveys viewers each week throughout the summer and asks if they are familiar with the name of a new show and whether they plan to watch it. The results of the company's TV Dailies Study from the period of Sept. 1—7 were provided to TV Guide Magazine and show Gotham with the highest awareness score of any new show and the second highest score in the intent to view category.

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Play Dancing with the Stars Bingo!

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews

Dancing with the Stars kicks off its 19th season Monday night, with a new executive producer (Rob Wade) and a new full-time judge (former pro Julianne Hough).

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Report: OITNB Writer Divorces Husband, Is Dating Star Samira Wiley

Lauren Morelli, Samira Wiley

Love is in the air at Litchfield — and not just on screen, apparently.

According to TMZ, Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli is dating one of the show's stars, Samira Wiley — and has officially filed for divorce from her husband of two years.

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Martha Stewart on Gwyneth Paltrow's Lifestyle Musings: Be Quiet and Stick to Movies

Martha Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow

Apparently Martha Stewart isn't ready to cede her title of America's go-to domestic goddess to Gwyneth Paltrow just yet.

In an interview with Net-a-Porter magazine, as reported by Page Six, Stewart slammed Paltrow for her Goop endeavor and says the actress should stick to movies. "She just needs to be quiet," Stewart told the magazine. read more

Luke Perry Joins CSI: Cyber

Luke Perry

Luke Perry is reportedly heading to CSI: Cyber.

In a role that's potentially recurring, Perry will play Nick Dalton, a former FBI agent who has ties to Special Agent Avery Ryan's (Patricia Arquette) past, TVLine reports.

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Box Office: No Good Deed Opens at No. 1

Taraji P. Henson

No Good Deed, the new thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, bumped Guardians of the Galaxy out of the top spot at the box office this weekend, opening at No. 1 with $24.5 million, Box Office Mojo reports.

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