Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:09 PM

Jul 22 (TheWrap.com) - HBO's Sunday shows “True Blood” and “The Leftovers” reached encouraging season highs with their last episodes. 

“True Blood” kicked off the night at its 9 p.m. timeslot with 3.6 million viewers. That's the highest viewership for the show since it premiered its final season last month to 4 million viewers. Over the three airings of Episode 705 on Sunday, that number grew to 4.4 million viewers.

The episode marked the return of Eric (Alexander Skarsgaard) to action as he and progeny Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) hunted down Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp).

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:23 PM
Comedian Bill Cosby attends 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Bill Cosby, a noted Temple University alum and booster, will host an intimate evening of stand up to support the Temple men's gymnastics team on Thursday, August 14. The team will now function as club team as of this month, relying on its own fundraising efforts, after the team was cut from Temple's officlal athletic roster in December of last year. 

Available tickets for the 200-seat event, taking place at in the Ballroom of the Independence Visitors Center (1 North Independence Mall W) range in price from $175 to $300. Premium ticket holders will be able to participate in a meet and greet with the entertainment giant after the event. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Daily News' Tom Mahon spoke with coach Fred Turoff, who said he reached out to Cosby about helping. Turoff said he also as in talks with former Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com owner Lewis Katz before his death in May. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:32 AM

Jul 22 (TheWrap.com) - The characters of the WWE are outrageous and outspoken. It's been that way for decades. Nevertheless, the organization has found itself in hot water after words spoken by one of its personalities were associated with the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, which killed 298 people. 

Actress C.J. Perry portrays an over-the-top anti-American Russian named Lana. During Sunday's match, she was shouting to the crowd, asking them if they blame Russia for current events. “You Americans should be scolded for your warmongering in Afghanistan and Iraq. You Americans should be insulted and afraid,” she shouted to the booing crowd. 

She proceeded to declare Russian president Vladimir Putin her idol and role model. While many associated her comments with the Malaysia Airlines crash, the organization is denying any connection, according to media reports.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:44 PM
Filed Under: Television

While Teresa and Joe Giudice's family are tip-toeing around their financial and legal woes on Bravo's “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” the couple got real with each other — and the cameras — on Sunday's episode.

Following a typically huge Christmas celebration at their family home, Teresa and Joe took a moment to reflect on the possibility that this may be their last Christmas together for a while.

It's a touching moment, because let's face it — they've had their moments where it looked like the marriage may fall apart. But if anything can be said about their legal issues, it seems to have strengthened their bond.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 12:29 PM

Jul 21 (TheWrap.com) - FX has picked up a fifth season of Louis CK's dark comedy, “Louie,” the cable channel announced Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour. 

Season 5's run will consist of just seven episodes. ”Louie” is currently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Lead Actor for CK. 

At the press tour, the network also announced a new incarnation of “Fargo” will return in fall 2015.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 12:25 PM
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: Actor Jason Biggs speaks at the 'Word For Word' author event with Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen on June 18, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images).

Jul 21 (TheWrap.com) - Jason Biggs began his co-hosting gig on “The View” on Monday by issuing another apology for the Malaysia Airlines joke he made last week after Flight 17 crashed in Ukraine. 

“There was one line, an old adage: ‘Never attribute to malice that which is explained by stupidity,'” Biggs said. ”I certainly meant no harm; there was no malice, but I was stupid. It was poorly timed. I've always tried to find the humor in situations … it's a knee-jerk reaction for me, it's how I cope.”

The “Orange Is the New Black” star offended Twitter users last Thursday when he tweeted, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?” 

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 9:43 AM

Jul 21 (TheWrap.com) - Good news, everyone! And woo hoo! The crossover between Matt Groening series “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” is coming in just a few months.

The crossover episode of the two series will air on Fox as an episode of “The Simpsons” in November, “Simpsons” producer Al Jean said during a panel at the Television Critics Association on Sunday.

The crossover episode will feature “Futurama” voice actors Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom and Tress MacNeille. 

POSTED: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9:32 AM
Filed Under: Television
George Takei speaks to Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."
While “Star Trek” fans like to imagine the crews of their favorite starships getting along as famously off-screen as they appear to when the cameras are rolling, it just isn't always true. In particular, George Takei and William Shatner have famously not gotten along for years.

On Friday's “Real Time,” Takei spoke with Bill Maher about it, and he didn't shy away from saying what he thought about the original Captain Kirk. “He is Canadian. And Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that,” Takei said of Shatner. “Well, he is a person who is that way … with himself. He is very self-centered.”

He said that the men are both professionals and so they are able to get the work done. “But, it's with a lot of difficulty,” he conceded.

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