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The Biz: Analyzing Matt Lauer's Today Show Contract Renewal

Matt Lauer

NBC decided it's better for the Today show to be in second place with Matt Lauer than without him.

After surviving an ugly media pile on over the messy departure of Ann Curry from Today and the program's fall from first place, he's signed on to remain co-anchor for a few more years. The extension, which comes months before... read more

David Wain Talks Superjail!, Does Not Talk Wet Hot American Summer

David Wain

Originally, David Wain was merely supposed to lay down some quick sample dialogue for a demo pilot an animator friend was working on. "I thought I was just doing a favor," Wain recalls. Four seasons later, though, he's still voicing The Warden on Adult Swim's classically weird animated series Superjail!, about a prison in another dimension where the line between inmate and officer — and reality and fantasy — gets a little blurry sometimes. Season 4 premieres Sunday, June 15 at 11:45/10:45c on Cartoon Network, so Wain took time out from breaking the next season of Adult Swim's live-action Childrens Hospital, where he's an executive producer and sometime actor (he's played himself and a character called "Rabbi Jewey McJewJew"), to talk Superjail! and the myriad other projects he's involved in. (Stay tuned for an exclusive clip of the mercurial Warden in action below the interview.) 

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Video: Martha Speaks Celebrates Summer Learning Day

Martha Speaks

Get ready for Martha Speaketh Weeketh! Summer Learning Day is June 20 and the PBS Kids hit Martha Speaks will join the campaign to encourage young ones to get some summertime education with three new episodes and a cool online game.

The goofy fun begins June 16 when Martha, the ever-hungry talking pooch, eats a copy of William Shakespeare's Hamlet and suddenly starts spouting Elizabethan English. There's more hilarity online with the brand new game, Martha's Steaks (pbskids.org/martha). Kids will expand their vocabulary as they help Martha's furry friends hurdle, dash, soar and tumble to catch treats through Martha's dreamscape of steaks, bacon and drumsticks. Beware of falling hamburgers!

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The Biz: Bill and Willie Geist Talk Family and Parenting in New Book

Bill Geist and Willie Geist

A household that included CBS Sunday Morning humorist Bill Geist and his son Willie, whose dry wit livens up MSNBC's Morning Joe and NBC's Today, had to be entertaining, right? "It was fun," Willie says. "But we didn't... read more

The Biz: Inside the U.K. Crime Wave

David Tennant and Olivia Colman

The British are coming and they're bringing the cops along.

The finale of the BBC's Happy Valley — a dark and at times brutally violent, six episode series that followed a single kidnapping case — scored 8 million viewers in the United Kingdom, a number U.S. network executives would envy. According to Soumya Sriraman, the BBC's executive vice president of home entertainment and licensing, talks are happening with several outlets about carrying the show in the U.S.

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The U.S. Soccer Team Looks For Life in the World Cup's Group of Death

Michael Bradley

The 2014 FIFA World Cup returns to Brazil — "the tabernacle of soccer," according to ESPN host Bob Ley — for the first time since 1950. The quadrennial tournament begins Thursday with the home-team playing Croatia in Sãu Paulo (June 12 at 3:30/2:30c on ESPN). ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will televise all 64 games through the championship on July 13 (and all will be streamed at WatchESPN and espn3.com). Univision has Spanish-language coverage of the games, while ESPN Deportes has them in Portuguese. ESPN's blanket coverage includes daily installments of World Cup Tonight (times vary, most nights on ESPN2).

The U.S. gets underway on Monday, and the team is hoping to avoid déjà vu. The squad's first preliminary-round game is against.... read more

TV's 24 Greatest Action Heroes

Kiefer Sutherland

Even when a TV hero is having a rough day — and 24's Jack Bauer has had plenty of them — our nights are made immeasurably better by their tireless efforts. Generations of viewers have slept more peacefully after cheering on their favorite do-gooders, whether patrolling the Western plains or navigating the farthest reaches of space, battling terrorists from the underworld or... read more

VIDEO: Are the Pretty Little Liars Ready for Life With Ali Again?

Ian Harding, Sasha Pieterse

OK, Liars lovers, Season 5 kicks off Tuesday (8/7c on ABC Family) and as we all know, Ali (Sasha Pieterse) is alive and ready to head back to Rosewood.

Of course, before that, there's also the teeny matter of making sure Ezra (Ian Harding) is OK after being shot in the season finale, (hopefully) uncovering what the heck happened to Mama DiLaurentis, and figuring out if Ali can play nice with Aria and the others. Has she really changed? Will she try to regain her position as Queen Bee? And really, should anyone ever trust her again? ... read more

Why The Arsenio Hall Show Was Canceled

Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall was supposed to spend the week of June 2 in New York City, touting the upcoming second season of his late-night talk show on The View, Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show and Late Show with David Letterman. Instead, he was in Los Angeles, packing up boxes, bidding adieu to his staff and sharing via social media his disappointment over his show's cancellation. "I dreamed that they... read more

Exclusive: First Look at the New Season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Robert Klein, Jerry Seinfeld

Comedians, cars and coffee: Not three things you'd normally associate together. Yet Jerry Seinfeld has made it work, even ...
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