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ArtsBeat: ‘Better Call Saul’ Recap: A Chimp With a Machine Gun – This week’s episode reveals a giant betrayal.

Excerpt: ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ – Ann-Margret performs the opening credits for the 1963 film.

ArtsBeat: ‘The Wiz’ Will Be NBC’s Next Live Musical and Then Return to Broadway – Maybe next time, “Music Man.”

Television Review: Review: In TV Land’s ‘Younger,’ a Woman Cheats the Clock to Land a Job – Sutton Foster stars as a 40-year-old unemployed mother who poses as 26 to win an entry-level position in the publishing industry.

ArtsBeat: The Fifth Season of ‘The Walking Dead’ Turned Into a Post-Apocalyptic Debate Club – The sword came off the wall, but it was too late to make a difference.

‘Mad Men’: Megan Sings ‘Zou Bisou Bisou’ – Jessica Paré, as Megan Draper, performs the song in Season 5.

ArtsBeat: Trevor Noah, New ‘Daily Show’ Host, Has an Earnest and Comedic Profile on Twitter and YouTube – Trevor Noah’s tweets and clips from his standup comedy performances may offer clues about what kind of host he’ll be when he succeeds Jon Stewart on ‘‘The Daily Show’’ on Comedy Central.

Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ – After only three appearances on the Comedy Central show, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa will step up as its new host.

Television News from the Seattle PI

We Ranked Bravo's New Shows You'll Love (or Love to Hate!) – Below Deck Mediterranean- But only as a guest. Because what's worse than catering to snobby, demanding rich people when there is no escape other than swimming to shore?
ABC Family Orders Drama Based on The Mortal Instruments Book Series – ABC Family is branching out from its typical family dramas and making room in its lineup for an epic fantasy saga. The network, most famous for shows like Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth, has ordered 13 episodes of Shadowhunters, a new drama based on the The Mortal Instruments, a series of young adult novels by Cassandra Clare. When her mother disappears, Clary finds herself thrown into the dangerous world of the Shadowhunters, home to a mysterious and extremely attractive Shadowhunter named Jace. Plans for a feature film franchise were abandoned when the movie failed to impress at the box office.
The Walking Dead's Lennie James on Morgan's Return and What it Means for Rick – Read at your own risk. Among the many major developments in Sunday's Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead was the return of fan-favorite character Morgan. Morgan, who not long ago was a homicidal maniac reeling from the death of his wife and son, now seems to be a zen warrior who wants to preserve life at all costs. [...] when Morgan arrives at Alexandria -- after rescuing Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) from a herd of walkers -- he was shocked to see Rick putting a bullet into the head of Alexandrian Pete (Corey Brill). Did you know all of Morgan's story in Season 5 from the beginning or did you only get it in small pieces like the audience did? Lennie James: [Executive producer] Scott Gimple had approached me at the start of Season 5, and we had a conversation about introducing Morgan back into the series. [...] in order to have as much of me as they could, he came up with the little bits that you saw in the credits and [decided to] introduce Morgan a bit more as he catches up with them in the season finale. [...] my job is to show the journey between [the pilot] and "Clear" and make sure it's still the same man and fill in the gap for the audience. Have I gotten friends out or have I gotten foes out? As far as I'm concerned he saw two people in trouble and did what he needed to do to extradite them from the car. [...] ultimately, when he could kill [The Wolves], he doesn't kill them and actually offers them the possibility of walking in a different direction. Morgan's choice was to not kill them and give them the opportunity of life because where he is at this particular moment in time. [...] clearly that's not where Rick is right now. Do you think Morgan will try to pull Rick back towards his humanity, or is Morgan afraid that being around Rick might lead Morgan back to a dark place? Both things are possible and are certainly going to be of concern to Morgan. [...] if Alexandria ends
Bunheads' Sutton Foster Ditches the Song and Dance Routine to Go Back in Time on TV Land's Younger – For most actresses, age is one of the most hated four three-letter words in the English language. The actress has received a crash course in just that as the star of the new comedy Younger, which premieres Tuesday at 10/9c on TV Land. From Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sex and the City executive producer Darren Star, the series follows Liza, a newly single housewife and mom who must pretend to be 15 years younger to re-enter the publishing world. After finding success and winning two Tony awards in Broadway productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, among many others, she arrived in Hollywood in 2012 to star on Bunheads, a fast-talking dramedy from the creator of Gilmore Girls. [...] this is someone who proclaims, "I still shop at the Gap!" when describing the disparity between her real age and Liza's fake age. [...] it was Foster's gypsy mentality that served her well when she signed on for the role and met with Star's frequent collaborator, famed costume designer Patricia Field. Liza, thankfully, can let her hair down both literally and figuratively with Maggie (Debi Mazar), her longtime BFF and the only person who's in on her big fat lie. The other characters have to believe her but the audience has to be in on the joke, so where is that line so that it becomes believable that you're with [Liza] as an audience, as opposed to going, 'Oh, you know what? View original Bunheads' Sutton Foster Ditches the Song and Dance Routine to Go Back in Time on TV Land's Younger at
Mega Buzz: Will Jamie Believe Claire's Time-Traveling Tale on Outlander? – How will Outlander's Jamie respond when Claire is forced to tell him the truth about where she came from? On the April 18 episode, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) will fight for her life yet again when she and Geillis (Lotte Verbeek) are accused of and tried for being witches. While -- unnecessary spoiler alert! -- Claire survives the ordeal, she will have to answer a lot of major questions from Jamie (Sam Heughan) -- particularly why she and Geillis share a similar scar.
Bill Lawrence Looks Back on Cougar Town's Wild Ride, the Finale's "Head Fake" and How He Really Feels About the Show's Title – Cougar Town's series finale airs Tuesday at 10:30/9:30c. View original Bill Lawrence Looks Back on Cougar Town's Wild Ride, the Finale's "Head Fake" and How He Really Feels About the Show's Title at
Former Scientologist Leah Remini Shows Support for HBO's Scientology Doc Going Clear – Thank you to the brave who did something about it. [...] to those who didn't have a voice, you do now, the actress tweeted Sunday, the night the documentary premiere on HBO. Interviews from several former members, including actor Jason Beghe and director Paul Haggis, detail the blackmail and threats they received while members. The actress began questioning David Miscavige's leadership and the church's policies around the time her daughter was approaching the age where children begin the auditing process.
Everyone and Their Mother Watched The Walking Dead's Record-Setting Season 5 Finale – Sunday's Season 5 finale was the highest-rated finale in series history, AMC announced Monday. The episode delivered 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million adults in the coveted 18-49 demographic, capping off a season that has seen remarkable growth. Sunday's episode of Talking Dead, the series' after-show hosted by Hardwick, also achieved its highest-rated episode in series history, drawing 7.5 million viewers and 4.9 million adults 18-49.

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