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Watch David Letterman Pay Tribute to Robin Williams on Late Show

"I had no idea the man was in pain"

David Letterman returned to the Late Show on Monday and paid tribute to his friend, the late Robin Williams, who had died while the show was on a summer break.

Letterman had known Williams for 38 years. They met at the the Comedy Store in West Hollywood, where Letterman says he watched Williams’ first set at the club.

During his tribute, Letterman lamented Williams’ passing and his depression. “I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering,” he said.

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RECAP: Bachelor in Paradise Watch: Over the Rainbow and Like a Hurricane

Bob D'Amico—ABC

Seven girls, six guys, 100 times the drama

Welcome back to Bachelor in Paradise, where the abs are tight and the morals are loose (except, of course, for Marquel who doesn’t kiss on the first date). In the wake of last week’s excitement, in which a production assistant wound up in the hospital in order to avoid being seen in public with one of the contestants, Ben stormed out because he had a girlfriend, and then Dylan warned Elise he would refuse her rose and then did, there’s no way this week can match the level of savoir WTF-ness, where even the producers have given up pretending that this show is anything but a two-hour disaster.

This week, the men decided who stays and who goes. They will undoubtedly make very smart choices.

Here’s what happened on Bachelor in Paradise:

New Blood: Danielle, who was dismissed from Juan Pablo’s series, arrives on the scene with date card in hand. She quickly decides that she wants to date Marquel, despite the fact that Michelle Money has already staked her claim and sprayed her pheromones all over him. Marquel happily accepts the offer and Michelle is very disappointed. Luckily, she already has a backup plan in beater tee and board shorts: Robert.

Danielle and Marquel: Danielle takes Marquel to a product-placed luxury hotel and Marquel moonwalks for joy. Then they strip down to their swimsuits because it seems increasingly clear that contestants are contractually obligated to wear swimsuits on camera on each date. Danielle confesses that she came on the show hoping to hang out with him. God apparently disapproved of their union, though, because he sent down a bolt of lightning down to smite them, missing by merely a few feet.

Elise and Chris: Elise is given her first one-on-one date card and she chooses Chris, because she apparently has a thing for men who look like Sam the Eagle drenched in Axe body spray who have no qualms about taking sloppy seconds at Rose Ceremonies. Elise says she wants Chris to be her “rainbow,” which probably makes sense in the Elise-iverse. Unfortunately, the actual universe has other plans: Chris twists his knee while walking and breathing simultaneously. He’s in pain, but he doesn’t mind because Elise has “a bangin’ body” and he doesn’t need to walk to appreciate the view. They are sent on an overnight date, because they will clearly make use of the facilities. Elise thinks Chris is “perfect,” but she also chose to wear 5-in. platform heels on cobblestone streets, so her entire thought process is suspect. The producers must agree, because every time she’s on camera they play the etude of insanity. Chris notes once again that his knee hurts, but Elise is hot and while he’s O.K. with listening instead of talking, he’s “ready to get down and dirty.” As they make out in the pool, Elise interviews that “Chris is a real gentleman.” Chris interviews that his knee hurts.

Double Date: Since the men have the power tonight, Michelle and Clare have to think about their future. Sisters do it for themselves by planning a romantic double date with Zack and Robert. It’s unclear who Zack is, but Robert is easy to identify by the fact that he’s never wearing a shirt. Michelle tells Robert that she’s not actually into Marquel, but “totally has a connection” with Robert. Robert smiles and nods. Later, AshLee pouts that she and Graham still haven’t gotten to go on a date. Lacy rolls her eyes, because she is enjoying sitting around the house getting to know Marcus, and AshLee just needs to chill. Houston, we have a problem, when Lacy becomes the voice of reason and restraint.

The New, New Addition: Everyone is sitting around the campfire telling horror stories (presumably from their season on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette) when suddenly, lurching out of the darkness, trudging through the sand in platform heels is Jackie, a piece of flotsam left on the side of the road during Sean’s journey to love. She has a date card, too, and is happy to hand it to Marquel. Much to Danielle’s chagrin, Marquel gleefully accepts.

Marquel and Jackie: Marquel announces that he and Jackie have “great chemistry” and despite the fact that he won’t kiss on the first date, he throws his morals out the window (he caved to peer pressure) and kisses Jackie on the top of some ruins. God didn’t toss down a thunderbolt, so he must approve.

And the Emmy for Editing Goes to: As AshLee talks about how she and Graham were “meant to be” and about their incredible connection, her monologue is perfectly spliced with Graham ranting about how he wants be dating other people and how AshLee wants him to meet her dad and they haven’t even gone on a date yet.

Clare and Zack: Clare is upset because it’s the 10-year anniversary of her father’s death and she misses her family. She cries in Zack’s arms, despite the fact that she doesn’t like to bring up her father’s death, because it makes people feel awkward. Then a turtle interrupts her tears and she squeals, “TURRRRTLLLLEE!” and realizes that it is more than a turtle and, in fact, is a sign from the universe to live fully. So she starts making out with Zack, whom she decides is “just like her dad.”

Chris and Elise, Part 2: Chris and Elise head straight from the Fantasy Suite to the hospital, where Chris ends up in a knee brace with a diagnosis of a sprained ACL, MCL and partially torn meniscus. Elise sees this as the “for worse” part of their relationship and enjoys the chance to show off her caretaking skills in “the real world.” She also takes a moment to declare, “This is my man forever.” Does Elise know that Fatal Attraction was not an aspirational movie?

Attempted Reason: Back on earth, Sarah gently points out to Elise that she was in love with Dylan just three days ago. Now she is head over heels for Chris, and maybe she isn’t tall enough to ride this emotional rollercoaster? Elise does not accept, and the producers cue up the wacky music again.

AshLee and Graham: During their date, Graham tells AshLee that he just wants to enjoy his first date with her without too much pressure to commit. AshLee does not really listen to what he’s saying and instead spends her time waxing on about how they could live together and have “hot babies.” (Is wanting “hot babies” a thing? Like, wow, your baby is hot.) At some point, AshLee says “Hashtag Embarrassing” without irony and Graham doesn’t roll his eyes, so maybe they are meant for each other.

Cocktail Party: There are four set couples: Elise and Chris, Lacy and Marcus, Zack and Clare, and AshLee and Graham. That leaves Robert and Marquel in play with Sarah, Danielle, Michelle and Jackie vying for their affection.

The Rose Ceremony: Marcus chooses Lacy. Zack picks Clare. Graham picks AshLee. Marquel chooses Jackie and Danielle looks devastated, but Marquel can’t argue with God’s will. Robert takes Sarah over Michelle, and Michelle starts crying. Chris chooses Elise, but won’t give her the rose because his knee has an owie. He asks her to come with him to a hospital in America instead. She says yes, and explains that she hoped and prayed on it and wants to leave paradise with him, because he “smells amazing” plus some other reasons. Then, Chris gives Michelle his rose, because “she deserves true love.” Michelle says it’s the sweetest thing and as long as she lives she will always remember it.

Farewell: Over a montage of memories that Chris and Elise made over the last (only) two days of their relationship, the two drive off into the sunset to live happily ever after (read: about three months, tops).

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Saturday Night Live Announcer Don Pardo Dies At 96

He spent nearly four decades with SNL and seven at NBC

Don Pardo, the Saturday Night Live announcer whose effusive baritone ushered in the show’s weekly episodes since 1975 — either live or as a prerecording — died on Monday evening at the age of 96.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the longtime showman and media personality — who announced on NBC the breaking news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 — broke his hip last year, but it is unclear if related health issues were factors in his death.

Pardo was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2010 for a lifetime’s achievement in broadcasting.

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Fox Kills Tina Fey’s New Pilot

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Actress/writer Tina Fay attends the 2014 NBC Upfront Presentation at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 12, 2014 in New York City. Slaven Vlasic—Getty Images

Because the world is a cruel and unfair place

Tina Fey’s latest pilot is officially no more. Fox will not move forward with Cabot College, a comedy about an all-female school that begins accepting male students, according to Vulture.

Fey—of SNL, Mean Girls and 30 Rock fame—was set to produce the show with 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock. The cast included comedians Margaret Cho and Asif Ali, and the script was penned by Matt Hubbard—another 30 Rock alum.

But do not despair, 30 Rock fans. Fey and Carlock have a mid-season order from NBC for a show called The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring The Office‘s Ellie Kemper.


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The Real-Life Alex From Orange Is the New Black Is Writing a Memoir

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Piper Kerman's former lover will share stories from her life in drug-trafficking and her time in prison

Fans of the Netflix show Orange Is the New Black can read Piper Kerman’s best-selling memoir of the same name to find out the real-life story of Kerman’s time in prison. And soon, they’ll be able to hear the same story from another perspective—that of Cleary Wolters, Piper’s lover, who inspired the character of Alex Vause on the show.

The real-life inspiration for Vause, played by Laura Prepon on the comedy drama, has signed a deal with HarperCollins’ HarperOne to publish Out of Orange in May of 2015. Wolters, who went to jail for participating in a drug trafficking and money laundering scheme, will address her complex relationship with Kerman, her crimes leading up to her imprisonment and her experience inside prison in the book.

“Alex [the character] and Piper have inspired me to tell my whole story — an unbelievable saga that takes place all over the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. both in prison and out,” Wolters said in a statement. “I think people may be surprised at what happened to me after I turned myself in — and where my life is now.”

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Take a Trip Back to the ’90s With Saved By The Bell Biopic’s First Trailer

Lifetime drama takes a behind-the-scenes look at making of '90s kids show

Lifetime just released a new trailer for its upcoming television movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, and it looks like there will be plenty of big hair and bigger cell phones.

The movie is a behind the scenes look at the 1990s kids TV show, partly based on a heavily disputed memoir written by Dustin Diamond, who played Screech, and focusing on the growing pains of the young Saved by the Bell actors as they mature both onscreen and off.

Watch out for some raging hormones and big egos.

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Watch John Oliver Deliver a Flawless Takedown of the Turmoil in Ferguson

The Last Week Tonight host probably would have had even more to say after the events of last night

In what’s become a weekly occurrence, John Oliver provided a look at a the week’s top story with ample — and appropriate — measures of outrage and humor. The target of last night’s Last Week Tonight episode was the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

A few of Oliver’s best barbs:

  • “If the police wanted to distract everyone with a video that had absolutely nothing to do with Michael Brown’s shooting, they should have just released Ghostbusters instead. It’s exactly as relevant to everything that happened afterwards.”
  • “Here’s the thing the [Ferguson] mayor doesn’t understand: As a general rule, no one should ever be allowed to say, ‘There’s no history of racial tension here,’ because that sentence has never been true anywhere on earth.”
  • “If you are white in Ferguson, you’d need to be snorting cocaine directly off your dashboard to get stopped by the police.”
  • “If you are getting high in your dorm room right now, you are not paranoid. There is a SWAT team outside and they are coming to get you.”

Make sure you watch all the way to the end, when Oliver delivers an ultimatum of his own to match the one issued by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday.

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Don’t Call It a RomCom! Maligned Genre Is Coming Back

Chris Geere and Aya Cash in FX's "You're the Worst."
Chris Geere and Aya Cash in FX's "You're the Worst." NBC/FX

They prefer to be called "relationship shows"

What’s love got to do with it? Apparently, everything, when it comes to TV.

Romantic comedies may be dead at the movies, but on television, suddenly, the genre is thriving. Or, at least, trying to. But don’t call shows on the air or coming soon “romcoms” — the preference is to refer to them as “relationship shows” so that visions of that last cinematic disaster you experienced doesn’t creep into your mind.

Marketing ploy? Maybe, but it’s also not unreasonable. Tales of love and romance are a tough sell in this age of brooding anti-heroes and sarcastic, narcissistic protagonists…

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RECAP: True Blood Watch: ‘Love Is to Die’


In which Bill mansplains it all

This week on True Blood, the show’s worst season yet also the show’s best final season continues where it left off. Last week’s big cliff-hanger was that as Vampire Bill sat on True Death’s door he’s decided not to accept the cure. Turns out that he doesn’t want to be healed of Hep V and doesn’t want to continue his recently rekindled relationship with Sookie. Sorry, Sookie, he’s just not that into you.

Here’s what happened on True Blood:

In the wake of Bill’s decision to accept True Death instead of sucking on Sarah’s neck (can’t totally blame him for that choice), both Jessica and Sookie are nonplussed and making Emmy-worthy WTF faces. Bill shrugs and Jessica starts yelling and then Sookie starts yelling and as they holler his decisionmaking process becomes a little clearer. Sookie demands that he make a choice, because Bill’s leave-it-to-fate streak manages to even get under her skin, which is saying something. Bill nods. He gets it. He makes his choice: True Death over another few centuries with these two. Jessica gasps and demands answers. Sookie slaps him and demands answers. He says he can’t explain it. Sookie slaps him again, more deservedly this time. Eric finally steps in to put a stop to the slap fight (à la How I Met Your Mother a.k.a. the only show with a worse final season than this one). Jessica demands that Bill release her if he’s going to be such a dillweed and, with a soporific, wedding toast-esque speech that recounts their past, present and future, he does. Sookie wisely cuddles close to Eric’s chest as Bill leaves. As Jessica cries, Pam (Pam!) goes to comfort her with only a smidge of her characteristic causticness warning Jessica that if she cries on her jacket she owes her a new one.

In a fit of despair, Sookie finally remembers her old friend Sam. She heads to his trailer only to find it empty. Apparently Sam capitulated to Nicole’s ultimatum and made the “choice” to leave Bon Temps with his baby mama. Luckily he left Sookie a note (are shape shifters unable to get phone plans?) and as Sookie reads it, we get a dramatic re-enactment of Sam and Nicole packing up the truck and leaving town without bothering to say goodbye to his lifelong friends or, you know, renouncing his mayoralty.

Sookie heads to Sam’s old bar to break the news of his departure to everyone he knows. No one seems especially shocked or bothered by it, just clutching their fake pearls for a moment before turning back to helping Arlene get the party started at Bellefleur’s. Sookie takes Sheriff Andy into the backroom of the bar to give him the letter that Sam left him in private and, as it turns out, Sam did one thing right and did renounce his mayoralty. Jessica isn’t exactly in a party mood, but she is in a deeply thoughtful mood that allows her to forgive James and Lafayette for their transgressions. Then she heads to Hoyt’s house to seek his forgiveness for the things that he can’t even remember. Jessica shows up on his front steps just as he has convinced his girlfriend Bridget that she has nothing to worry about from “that redheaded vampire.” Hoyt’s pants must have been on fire when he said that, though, because the second Jessica shows up, he’s out the door to talk to her, despite Bridget’s ultimatum (the ladies of Bon Temps love the ultimatums) that if he goes, she goes. As Hoyt chases after Jessica to rekindle their romance, Bridget heads straight for Jason Stackhouse. As you do.

Over at Bellefleur’s, party pooper Sookie sits by herself at the bar while most of her nearest and dearest laugh, drink and lollygag at a table not 5 ft. away. Adilyn psychically asks her if she’s O.K., and she says no, so Arlene who boringly uses words to talk, goes to find out what’s up. Sookie tells her that Bill’s dying and finally admits that she held herself back from Alcide’s heart, if not his abs, because she wasn’t over Bill. Arlene smiles and nods politely at that slice of obvious cake she was just served and then tells Sookie that if she wants to move on with her life, she has to decide that she wants to. So Sookie does and goes to eat with her friends. It’s very easy to move past the death of one loved one and the impending death of another, apparently.

There’s a knock on Bill’s door. It’s Eric to the rescue or, you know, just to talk about feelings. He tells Bill that he understands his death wish, because he felt that way himself when he was infected. Bill just needs to get over himself and live … for Sookie. Bill explains that his death is the best thing for Sookie, even though she won’t see it that way for a while, if ever. It’s taken him centuries to work up an ego this large and he wants his last act on earth to be one of extreme arrogance and mansplaining. It’s best for everyone that way. He knows that Sookie only likes him because she is a fae and drawn to darkness, but she just won’t listen, so he has to die. He knows what’s best for her and so he is going to let himself find True Death. Much like Quaker Oats, it’s the right thing to do. Only hitch is, he doesn’t want to be the one to tell Sookie that he’s doing it for her. Damn woman won’t let him get a word in edgewise! (Seriously, was this episode written by Archie Bunker?) He wants Eric to do it for him. Instead of shaking some sense into him, Eric agrees on the grounds that this is the last favor that Bill ever ever gets to ask him. Bill smiles weakly.

Bridget calls Jason, who is the only person she knows in town, to come get her, but when Jason realizes the story that Jessica is about to tell Hoyt, he rushes over to defend his actions as best as someone who sleeps with his best friend’s girlfriend can do. Hoyt plays a one-man round of the knock-out game and fells Jason with one punch. He wakes up in his own squad car with Bridget driving him to the hospital. They head to his house instead and he uses his Southern charms, not to seduce her, but to get her airline ticket change fees waived, which is a true act of modern chivalry. In return, Bridget teaches him how not to sleep with women he shouldn’t.

Over at Fangtasia, Sarah is dragged upstairs. Not to die, but for dye. Pam announces that Sarah’s going back to blonde, and that’s not a euphemism. Out of boredom or an Oscar Wildean aesthetic demi-urge, Pam bleaches Sarah back to blonde and tells her the plan to drain her blood bit by bit and make a mazillion dollars.

Eric is lurking in the shadows as the party at Bellefleur’s breaks up and the sheriff happily watches everyone drunk-drive home. Eric pulls Sookie aside to tell her that Bill is not in fact acting like a “suicidal toddler” who can only say “because” when asked why he wants to die, but in fact has actual reasons behind his death wish. Sookie doesn’t buy it, but when Eric offers her a lift home so she’ll be there when Bill stops by to chat, she takes him up on it, because he’s Eric. She may be sad, but she’s not blind. He drops her off and she invites him in (not dumb, that Sookie), but he turns her down, because he’s not dumb either … sort of.

Back at Fangtasia, he decides to finally give resident barfly fangbanger Ginger what she wants. It takes about a minute, before Ginger is snoozing like a cat on the floor. He’s lucky that it was quick, because while he was making Ginger’s dreams come true, Pam was living in a nightmare. Gus Jr. had her tied to a table with a plus-size stake poised over her heart. Gus Jr. wants to know if Sookie knows the truth about Sarah. After a few false starts, Eric admits she does. Pam is given a momentary reprieve, but Gus Jr. wants Sookie’s address in restitution.

Over at Sookie’s house, Bill stands on the porch working up the courage to knock.

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Orange Is the New Black Locks Up 3 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

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Uzo Aduba accepts the award for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her work on “Orange Is the New Black” at the Television Academy's Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on Aug. 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. Phil McCarten—Invision/AP

Uzo Aduba won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

The main Emmy Awards are a little more than a week away, but Netflix upstart Orange Is the New Black has already stolen a march on its big-name competitors.

At the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys — a precursor to the main event that mainly focuses on the technical, behind-the-scenes work of television production — the comedy drama set behind the bars of a women’s prison took home three big awards.

Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, claimed the award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series on Saturday, while the show’s casting director, Jennifer Euston, won for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.

“I don’t know how to say how incredibly impressed I am to be a part of this show day in, day out,” Aduba said while accepting her award, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show also won an editing award.

Among the other winners were HBO’s Game of Thrones, which took home 4 awards, and Saturday Night Live, which won 5.

Aduba’s co-stars Laverne Cox — the first openly transgender woman to be nominated for an Emmy — and Natasha Lyonne were also nominated for the same guest-star category. The show is up for several more awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, during the main awards due to take place on Aug. 25.

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