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Television News from the New York Times

Advertising: ‘Turketarian’ or ‘Meatatarian’? It’s All in the ‘Framily’ – Campaigns featuring coined and made-up words are increasingly prevalent on television, in print, online and in social media.

ArtsBeat: Changes in Store for ‘American Masters’ on PBS – The series will broaden its focus from arts and culture to include science and industry.

Oliver North, Now in the Service of TV’s K.G.B. – Mr. North provided the producers of “The Americans” with so much detail and color for an upcoming episode that he earned a story credit.

ABC’s Nightly News Scores a Rare Ratings Win Over NBC’s – “World News With Diane Sawyer” eked out a 12,000-viewer lead among viewers advertisers most value — the first such ratings victory since last July.

Talk: Tracy Morgan: ‘You Got to Watch What You Say’ – The “30 Rock” star thinks stand-up comedy has changed — but he has, too.

What’s on Tuesday – Television highlights.

Television Review: ‘Fargo,’ a TV Series Riffing on the Film, Begins on FX – FX’s TV adaptation of the Coen brothers’ movie “Fargo” invents new characters and new crimes without losing what made that droll, enigmatic film so distinctive.

Television Review: ‘30 for 30: Soccer Stories’ on ESPN Revisits Hillsborough – An ESPN documentary examines the disastrous 1989 soccer match in England in which 96 fans died.

Television News from the Seattle PI

Brandy Calls Off Engagement – Singer Brandy and her fiancé Ryan Press have called off their engagement, Us Weekly reports. [...] they subsequently "decided to take a step back and re-evaluate the relationship," her rep tells Us.
Nathan Parsons Wolfs Down His Role on The Originals – The CW's The Originals returns Tuesday, April 15 (8/7c) with steamy new werewolf Jackson - played by former Bunheads and General Hospital star Nathan Parsons - hoping to get the vampires and wolves to move past their decades-old beef and make nice. Parsons, who will also join the cast of HBO's True Blood in its final season, gave TV Guide Magazine the lowdown on his new supernatural life. Trying to broker peace with this bunch is a dangerous proposition! The grudge between the wolves and the vamps has gone on so long there's too much baggage, too much emotion and the wounds are still fresh. Were you a fan of The Originals before being cast, or did you have to bone up? Parsons: I was familiar with the world because I had auditioned for an earlier role on the show and I also read several times for Vampire Diaries. [...] I really had to study up on the Mikaelson family lore. Sounds like the producers really wanted you. Parsons: [Laughs] I'm exhausted in the best way possible! I spend more time on planes and waiting around airports than I do at home these days, but it's exhilarating.
Tracy Morgan: I'm "Concerned" About Alec Baldwin – Tracy Morgan has certainly had his share of off-screen drama throughout his career, but now the 30 Rock alum says he feels like the tables have turned and it's his former co-star Alec Baldwin who's continually finding himself in hot water. In November, Baldwin's MSNBC talk show Up Late with Alec Baldwin was swiftly canceled after he allegedly used a gay slur at a photographer. In February, he penned an article for New York Magazine saying he was quitting public life. [...] he's had several public altercations with the paparazzi.
Lost's Titus Welliver Marries Model Jose Stemkens – The actor, 53, and Stemkens, who now works as a fashion consultant, tied the knot at Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, Calif. Welliver, who also plays prosecutor Glenn Childs on The Good Wife, posted several pictures from the big day on his Instagram account, including one of him and Stemkens with the caption: "Pure love! I am blessed."
Exclusive: Inside The Simpsons' Very Special LEGO Episode – In an editing bay on the Fox Studios lot in Los Angeles, final touches are being put on a special LEGO-themed Simpsons episode (airing Sunday, May 4) that is the most ambitious and expensive half-hour in the program's 25-year history. Cheekily titled "Brick Like Me" and set almost entirely in a LEGO world, it's also episode No. 550, a staggering accomplishment for a primetime series. wisenheimers on the production team feeling an odd combination of over-the-moon excitement and enough-already boredom. [...] we had to convince [executive producer] Jim Brooks and our showrunner, Al Jean, that a LEGO episode was a great idea and not just an excuse for our staff of nerds who grew up in the '70s to crack LEGO jokes. Though "Brick Like Me" is definitely tamer than most other Simpsons episodes, Wilfert did approve a sequence where LEGO Marge and LEGO Homer get frisky and are clearly heading to the bedroom. While that merchandising was still in the works, Wilfert pitched another idea: "We went to the guys at The Simpsons and said, 'Wouldn't it be fun if you did your opening couch sequence LEGO-style?' They quickly came back to us and said, 'Forget the couch; let's do an entire episode!'"
News: Ratings: 2 Broke Girls Down in New Timeslot – Filling HIMYM's vacated 8 o'clock slot, 2 Broke Girls, which featured Lindsay Lohan, drew 7.2 million viewers and a 2.2 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down a tenth from its last new episode and more than a point from HIMYM's 3.4 season average. Friends with Better Lives (5.7 million, 1.8), which debuted after HIMYM's series finale two weeks ago, returned down eight tenths. Mike & Molly (7.4 million, 2.1) rose a tenth, while the season finale of Mom (6.7 million, 1.9) slipped three tenths. CBS: 2 Broke Girls 7.2 million viewers (2.2 demo rating); Friends with Better Lives 5.7 million (1.8) Related Articles on The most loathed TV characters Other Links From Dancing with the StarsBonesCastleMike & MollyThe Voice2 Broke GirlsThe FollowingThe BlacklistStar-CrossedThe Tomorrow PeopleFriends With Better LivesMom
Exclusive: Brad Paisley to Guest on Two and a Half Men Season Finale – Country star Brad Paisley has signed on to guest star opposite his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, in the Season 11 finale of CBS' Two and a Half Men. Williams-Paisley is currently appearing on Two and a Half Men in a multi-episode arc as Gretchen, the new love interest for Alan Harper (Jon Cryer). Things are moving fast for Gretchen and Alan, leading to a big moment in the final episode.
Stephen Colbert Will Stop By Late Show Next Week – Stephen Colbert won't officially take over as host of The Late Show until next year, but he'll stop by as a guest next Tuesday, April 22. CBS announced last week that Colbert will succeed David Letterman after he retires in 2015.

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