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POSTED: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 6:42 PM
Director M. Night Shyamalan. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif.:

Philly-area filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense") seems to have enjoyed his first foray into television, telling reporters Saturday that he might be up for a second season of "Wayward Pines," a Fox "event series" starring Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, Carla Gugino and Lafayette Hill's Terrence Howard.

"I have an idea," he told me afterward, though he's not ready to say for sure that it passes his "internal test."

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POSTED: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 3:19 PM
Actor Terrence Howard attends the premiere of Fox's 'Empire at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on January 6, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif.:

"Empire," which Fox on Saturday announced had been picked up for a second season, is the new bright star in Fox's firmament and Lafayette HIll's Terrence Howard is at the very center of it as the ailing Lucious Lyon, a man with a violent temper and a contentious relationship with his ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson)

In real life, Howard, who'll also headline later this year in the network's "Wayward Pines," from M. Night Shyamalan,  has been dogged by accusations of violence, both against women in his life and against women he doesn't appear to have known.

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POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 1:22 PM
Comedian/actor Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images)

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif.:

NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt kicked off his semiannual news conference here with a Bill Cosby joke, quipping that the network was "developing a comedy with Bill Cosby and a miniseries with Hillary Clinton."

He wasn't laughing a few minutes later, when reporters questioned him about the decision to cancel plans to develop a new sitcom with Cosby in the wake of allegations by more than a dozen women that the Philadelphia-born comedian had drugged and sexually assaulted them.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 1:44 PM

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif:

Gina Rodriguez was still on a winner's high Tuesday when a bunch of reporters showed up on the Manhattan Beach, Calif., set of the CW's "Jane the Virgin."

If you watched Sunday's Golden Globes (and even if you haven't yet started watching the terrifically entertaining "Jane," in which Rodriguez plays an accidentally inseminated 23-year-old virgin), you may recall the camera's following her, every excruciating step of the way, as she made her way to the stage, where she delivered an emotional acceptance speech.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 12:50 PM
"Community"

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings:

The sixth season of "Community" will premiere online March 17, with two back-to-back episodes, followed by the release of one episode a week after that, Yahoo announced Tuesday.

As one reporter noted, that's "kind of an old-school way"  to roll out a series in the age of binge-watching, when Netflix and Amazon are releasing entire seasons in a single day.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 11:04 AM

Amazon's quest to make television -- or television-like entertainment -- more of a meritocracy continues.

First-time TV writer Woody Allen's getting a series.

The streaming service, which now provides series like the Golden Globes-winning "Transparent" to customers of its Amazon Prime service (who may initially only have signed up for the free two-day shipping) has made much of the selection process, in which anyone can upload a script for consideration and chosen pilots are judged and voted on by viewers.

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POSTED: Monday, January 12, 2015, 12:55 PM
Stephen Colbert (left) with David Letterman on "The Late Show" last year

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif.:

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 8, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler announced Monday.

Given that David Letterman will be exiting the show he created on May 20 -- no doubt with considerable fanfare -- what's CBS going to be doing with that real estate over the summer, you might ask?

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POSTED: Monday, January 12, 2015, 12:01 PM
Michael McKean co-stars in AMC's upcoming "Breaking Bad" spinoff, "Better Call Saul."

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif.; 

Many actors, confronted with a reporter from a city not their own, will try to connect: They have an aunt/second cousin in Philly, once played a club there or passed through on their way to somewhere else.

Michael McKean, who starting Feb. 8 will be co-starring with Bob Odenkirk in AMC's "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul," can top that.

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