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Hollywood’s Old-Time Star Makers Are Swooping In on YouTube’s Party – The star-making system of the future, it turns out, needs the star-making system of the past — or at least a swarm of agents and managers has decided it does.

The TV Watch: After 17 Years, ‘The View’ Isn’t So Clear Anymore – Most of what went on in the first episode of the new season of “The View” was rather stilted, despite the presence of new hosts.

Television Review: 'Play It Again, Dick,' an Online Series – The online-only curiosity “Play It Again, Dick” is billed as a “Veronica Mars” spinoff, but it doesn’t do that description justice.

ArtsBeat: ‘Django Unchained’ Actress Accuses Los Angeles Police of Mistreatment – The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating Daniele Watts’s claim that she was treated unfairly by police officers who detained her after she was seen kissing her boyfriend in a car.

ArtsBeat: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Recap: Happy Days Aren’t Here – No one seems to be having much fun on this HBO drama as threats abound amid the Great Depression.

What’s On TV Monday – Television highlights.

ArtsBeat: ‘Masters of Sex’ Recap: I Will Fix You – There’s a punch or two, some blood and finally an embrace.

‘Terror at the Mall’ on HBO Documents an Attack in Kenya – Dan Reed’s documentary “Terror at the Mall” uses footage from security cameras and cellphones, as well as photographs, to document a Shabab attack on civilians in Kenya.

Television News from the Seattle PI

10 Things We Learned From Bill Cosby's New Biography – 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. Though Cosby is a prominent education advocate, he was a terrible student in school, opting to be the class clown instead of studying up. Because he never opened his geometry book, Cosby, who had the highest IQ in his grade, once took 12 pages to work out one of four problems on a test. In the '70s, Anna saw her high hopes for her son realized when he received his bachelor's degree from Temple University, after he dropped out in the '60s to purse comedy, and a master's degree and doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Because he had little acting experience, Cosby sweated and flubbed his way through the first reading, and things didn't go much better on the pilot. After NBC executives screened the pilot, their note back to creator Sheldon Leonard read, "unanimously disparaging," and requested that Cosby be replaced. Dissatisfied with I Spy's early scripts, which often played up race and didn't treat Kelly (Culp) and Scotty (Cosby) as equals, Culp took matters into his own hands and famously wrote seven episodes. When he decided to end his womanizing ways, he broke up with one longtime girlfriend and took the woman and her mother, who had disapproved of her daughter seeing a married man, out to dinner. The comedian was shooting the episode "Lucas Platonicus" for his CBS sitcom Cosby when producer Joanne Curley Kerner came to deliver the tragic news. Fearing for the safety of his family after his friend Tate's death, Cosby bought a revolver, but he became so paranoid about using the weapon that he locked it in a drawer and never touched it.
6 Behind-the-Scenes Moments You Didn't See on the Premiere of the New View – The View has ushered in a new season with a new set, new hosts and a very obvious new direction. After a little taped introduction from the former co-host, who remains an executive producer on the daytime show, the foursome took their seats and welcomed the audience. Almost immediately the group fell into a rhythm, with O'Donnell showing off her excellent comic timing and opening up about her recent weight loss. Wallace, a former Republican advisor to Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney, shared stories of her eventful career and Perez quickly asserted herself as much more than "the other Rosie." Behind the scenes, it was more chaotic, with confusing stage direction, a lame interstitial game and several miscues. [...] as a longtime viewer, to me the new formula felt more upbeat, fresher, and more at ease. The hosts began the show already on stage, rather than walking in to the audience's applause, but they had no idea what to do when the cameras started rolling. Wallace took the political jokes like a champ. When we asked backstage how she felt about the women poking fun at her conservative background, she said, It would have felt silly and uncomfortable if I had talked about George Bush and Palin and no one had laughed at me. As Rosie O fans know, she's the reason that The View began to give the audience gifts. [So] I'm hoping we can do it a different way, like, let's say we give the audience something, then that company also participates in building a playground in Brooklyn.
Jennifer Lawrence Is Fearless in New Hunger Games: Mockingjay Trailer – Part 1, the third film based on Suzanne Collins' popular Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has escaped the Third Quarter Quell and become the reluctant hero of Panem. In the new full-length trailer, she tells Donald Sutherland's evil President Snow, I never wanted any of this. Elizabeth Banks' previously colorful and energizing Effie is nearly unrecognizable; Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is being used as a weapon against Katniss and the rebellion; and there's also a glimpse of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final film roles.
Single and Ready to Mingle: New Girl Puts Laughter Before Love in Season 4 – New Girl creator and executive producer Liz Meriwether is ready to lighten the mood this season, and it's safe to say she's not alone. Comedy on a comedy may seem like a no-brainer, but last season the show veered from its carefree origins into deep relationship-drama territory. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) unsuccessfully tried to date Cece (Hannah Simone) and his old college girlfriend (Merritt Wever) simultaneously; Winston (Lamorne Morris) got competitive when Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) moved back into the loft; and Coach also tried to date Cece. Most notably, Nick and Jess started to figure out how to be just friends in the wake of their break-up, and Schmidt decided to stop pursuing Cece. A more confident Schmidt will return to his "slutty, douchey ways" and Nick will seek out "girls who don't want a relationship or a girl he doesn't want a relationship with," Meriwether says. "What's fun about this year is that it happened that they're all single at the same time, which is really what we're dealing with in the season premiere and throughout the first chunk of the season," she says. [...] Meriwether says that Nick and Jess make for a pretty hilarious pair of exes.
Ask Matt: Fall Pilots, The Quest, Utopia, Outlander and More – Thanks for giving me another opportunity with this question to point out that TV Guide Magazine is in full fall throttle, with the Fall Preview issue currently on stands, the Returning Favorites issue out later this week and a Fall Cable Preview out the following week. When it comes to making pilots available for early screening, I understand the networks' desire to get certain shows sampled early - cutting through the fall clutter is the greatest hurdle for many of these shows - and it makes sense for both of these particular series to get that sort of exposure. Red Band Society is a risk of sorts because its hospital setting might sound more depressing than the show actually is, but I wouldn't worry about it skewing young, because from Fox's perspective - and don't forget, this is a network that came to prominence with youth-appeal shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and the great Party of Five - this would be a great problem to have. Forever is airing in a tough time period for ABC (Tuesdays at 10/9c) and has a quirky high concept (immortal crime solver who dies, and is resurrected, with unusual frequency) that needs to be seen to be enjoyed. There's chatter among fans, for sure, but not a great deal of optimism for its future, given ABC's track record with such shows, and the additional hurdles that, although The Quest was originally announced last year to air during the regular season (as a thematic filler or companion for Once Upon a Time), it was burned off on Thursdays during the late summer, and once the dismal ratings kicked in, ABC ended up stacking back-to-back episodes for several weeks, never a good sign. [...] I agree, The Quest was great fun, reminding me of how I got hooked on The Mole (not the celebrity version) back in the Anderson Cooper day, but with higher production values and, as you noted, a rousing sense of uplifting adventure and escapism. The yoga zen girl who can't seem to make up her mind on the construction dude to stay or go or whether she wants to jump his bones (that last part is strictly my interpretation); 4. After the premiere, I immediately deleted the series off my DVR and hope to never hear another word about that sorry mess of people!! I guess I'm done with reality television again! - Amy [...] the circumstances and details, both domestically and politically, couldn't be more different, and the most cogent comparison to be made here is with The Good Wife, for which Madam Secretary is intended to be a compatible companion piece. ("Let's put Big Bang Theory-style misfit geniuses in a crime caper!") It might work for CBS, and it gets a big boost its first week by airing after a Big Bang Theory double-header, but I figure it will get lost (for me) in my desire to keep up with more urgently compelling Monday shows like Gotham, Sleepy Hollow and The Blacklist. Matt Roush: I get what you're saying, although given the cost of making and developing TV these days, it's an unrealistic expectation that any network would invest "automatically" in a second season of a show with iffy potential. The real point here, though, is that it's not as if the high failure rate of network TV is anything new - as long as I've been covering TV, the odds for success have been perilous - and looking back at last year's Fall Preview grid, of roughly 23 new shows, eight made it to a second season, so it looks to me like you just made some iffy picks. (With few exceptions - Trophy Wife and The Crazy Ones, most notably - the shows that got canceled largely deserved it.) Last season gave us a few breakouts including The Blacklist and Sleepy Hollow, and a few critical faves like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Mom, and while it's too early to know if this fall's batch has any keepers of that magnitude (I'm high on The CW's Jane the Virgin and The Flash, neither of which are likely to burn up the ratings), I will continue to argue that taking such a negative blanket attitude about broadcast TV puts anyone at risk of missing out on outstanding programming like, say, The Good Wife or (depending on your taste) Hannibal. The only new cable series for this fall that has caught my eye is Showtime's The Affair, which looks excellent and provocative - but we've just come out of a summer where cable produced quite a few new winners, and most will be taking a bit of a breather before premiering new shows. Some networks, like Fox with the upcoming Gracepoint, are toying with the notion of "limited-run" series with distinct end points - in other words, miniseries (a format that used to be a network staple) - and there are rare cases like The Strain (based on a trilogy of novels, also building toward a definite finish line, so a multiple-season miniseries), which know from the start where it's headed and how. [...] even a self-contained story like last season's Hostages (which I suppose would have dramatized a different hostage crisis if there had been a second season) went off the rails pretty quickly, so it's no guarantee of quality. [...] these shows are still the exception, because the U.S. TV model, even for serialized dramas, continues to be based on open-ended runs, with the theory that in success, less is never more. [...] he should be nominated solely for his American accent! In general, he's been a great actor, even back on Brothers & Sisters, but this performance really elevated him to the ranks of more seasoned actors. If the third season (about which I know absolutely nothing and am content to stay that way, without spoilers, until it's back) lives up to the standard of the first two, I'm sure we'll be championing The Americans again in hopes the Academy will finally listen. In all of the furor over A&E's cancellation, this is a good point - that the show did resolve many of the big-picture issues this season, especially where Walt's back story is concerned, and looking back, it might seem as if the show were heading toward an end point. At least CBS played the full season out - though burning off the final two episodes on a Saturday doesn't exactly send a signal of confidence.
The Biz: Forecasting Fall's New Hits – 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. 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. Another series expected to have a strong premiere, based on high scores in both awareness and intent to view, is How to Get Away With Murder, the new ABC drama from Grey's Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes. The CBS drama Stalker, starring Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q, also ranks high in intent to view, a sign that the network's promos are connecting with viewers drawn to the type of scary, suspenseful fare executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Following) is known to deliver. A chart with the awareness and intent to view levels for all of the new fall shows appears in the new TV Guide Magazine out this week.
The 5 Funniest (and Most Bizarre) Moments from the Miss America Pageant – On Sunday night's live broadcast of the 2015 pageant, Miss New York was crowned the winner in a three-peat for the state. The opening sequence featured all 53 contestants lip-synching to Iggy Azaelea's "Fancy" while strutting Atlantic City's boardwalk. Miss Nevada nonsensically reporting that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" (what does that mean?), Miss California citing the state's abundance of avocados by exclaiming "Holy Guacamole!" and Miss West Virginia telling us that she's our "Mountain Mama," apparently in reference to the John Denver song. Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, caught a little flak for her cutesy rendition of Pharrell Williams' already-cutesy "Happy" a la Pitch Perfect -- yeah, she sat on the edge of the stage and banged red plastic cups to the beat. Mackenzie Bart, Miss Ohio, who was much anticipated for her ventriloquism act, stole the show with a performance of Mary Poppins' rapid-fire "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."
Exclusive: Watch Mark Harmon, Jim Parsons and More Get Down in CBS Fall Promo – The new fall season is right around the corner, and from the looks of it, CBS is more than ready to get down to business boogie. Scoop on must-see new shows In the exclusive first-look promo below, the stars of the Eye's new and returning shows strut their stuff - and yes, they "look good."

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