Television News from the New York TimesArtsBeat: ‘The Americans’ Recap: the Oliver North Story – Philip bares his teeth and rips up a Bible. Did that seem believable?
Amazon to Stream Original HBO Content – In a deal believed to be worth at least $300 million, Amazon is forming an alliance with HBO.
Hot Spots: Ads Look to Stand Out Amid the Political Clutter – The 2014 election cycle has ushered in a rush of political advertising, with campaign ads airing as early as last spring and record-shattering spending for the first quarter of the election year.
Critic’s Notebook: ‘Bad Teacher’ and ‘Black Box’ Have Their Premieres – Two new network television shows, “Bad Teacher” and “Black Box,” feature female characters who are torn in various ways.
Critic’s Notebook: Second Season of ‘Moone Boy’ to Begin on Hulu – The second season of “Moone Boy,” the charming Irish-British television series, will be posted on Hulu beginning Thursday.
ArtsBeat: Colbert Visits Letterman on ‘Late Show’ – Once upon a time, the transfer of power from one monarch to another would involve some pomp and ritual, maybe even a passing of a crown. For Stephen Colbert and David Letterman, the ritual took the form of a selfie.
John Oliver Introduces ‘Last Week Tonight’ on HBO – On Sunday John Oliver, the “Daily Show” veteran, will launch “Last Week Tonight,” his new satirical news show on HBO.
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Television News from the Seattle PIWho Was Named People's "Most Beautiful" Star? – Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was named "Most Beautiful" by People, landing the coveted cover of the annual issue. Nyong'o, 31, was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, where she associated beauty with what she saw on TV. "Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair," she said. The actress' mother Dorothy "always said I was beautiful," Nyong'o added.
Watch the First Trailer for Supernatural: Bloodlines – The first trailer for the Supernatural spin-off pilot Bloodlines is here, and it looks pretty darn awesome! The pilot, which will air as a Supernatural episode next Tuesday, features the Winchester boys (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) traveling to Chicago where they run into a police academy trainee, Ennis, whose fiancé becomes collateral damage of a monster war. The Winchesters and Ennis soon discover Chicago is run by dueling mafia-esque monster families, whose members will help round out the ensemble cast of Bloodlines.
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir Join NBC's Kentucky Derby Coverage – The duo's figure skating analysis - as well as their outfits - earned much acclaim during the Sochi Olympics in February. "Johnny and Tara have an infectious energy that will bring a fun and fresh perspective to our Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks telecasts," Coordinating Producer for NBC Sports Group Rob Hyland said in a statement. View original Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir Join NBC's Kentucky Derby Coverage at TVGuide.com
Exclusive: Community Brings Back Donald Glover For Its Latest Movie Poster Parody – The idea of using feature film gags was inspired by show's now infamous "Six Seasons and a Movie" mantra. TV Guide Magazine recently revealed that the show's producers are keen on doing a Community movie, and have even identified Justin Lin (who has directed episodes of the series) as a potential director. To push the conversation forward, the entire Community cast on Monday used their Twitter accounts to share fake movie posters that used their characters to parody The Social Network. [...] TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive look at the latest poster: A take on the 2000 Tom Hanks feature Cast Away - but with Troy (Donald Glover) in the lead role.
Charlize Theron and Andy Samberg to Host SNL – The following week, Samberg will return to the sketch series for its finale with St. Vincent, who makes her musical guest debut. Theron and Samberg join previously announced host Andrew Garfield, who will make his debut on May 3 with five-time musical guest Coldplay.
Watch the First Scene from Orange Is the New Black Season 2 – Entertainment Weekly has shared the first scene from Orange Is the New Black's anticipated second season. In it, we learn that Piper (Taylor Schilling) has gone a little off the deep end since being placed in solitary following her altercation with Pennsatucky. A little darker, a little more fractured, creator Jenji Kohan told the magazine.
Exclusive: USA, Mariska Hargitay Team Up for an SVU Marathon with a Cause – USA Network, the longtime home to those addictive Law & Order: SVU marathons, is teaming up with series star Mariska Hargitay for a new marathon to raise awareness of and to help stop domestic violence and sexual assault, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. To commemorate National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, and in partnership with Hargitay's Joyful Heart charitable foundation and the No More campaign, USA will air a special 16-hour SVU "No More Excuses" marathon hosted by Hargitay and her SVU co-stars Ice-T, Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish. More information on the No More campaign, which aims to end the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault, can be found here.
Exclusive: Royal Pains Adds Alpha House Alum for Mysterious Recurring Role – Fitzgerald will play Emma, a mysterious young woman who shows up in the Hamptons with a hidden past and a secret agenda. On Royal Pains, Fitzgerald joins previously announced guest stars Diane Farr (Numb3rs) and Donna Murphy (Spider-man 2).
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