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Did Arie Luyendyk, Jr. just reveal the new Bachelor?

Sorry, future Bachelor contestants: Arie Luyendyk, Jr. will not be next season’s star.

The season eight Bachelorette contestant was rumored to be the title Bachelor next season, but Luyendyk refuted those rumors Monday when he tweeted, “I’m not the Bachelor, have fun on the farm people.” The farm reference makes a strong case that Chris Soules, who failed to receive Andi Dorfman’s final rose last season of The Bachelorette and was known for his occupation as a farmer, will be the next Bachelor. READ FULL STORY

Warner Bros. TV eyes possible 'Full House' revival

Have mercy! Warner Bros. TV is eying a possible revival of Full House.

The sitcom, which ran on ABC from 1987 to 1995 before living in syndication on Nick at Nite, may return to the airwaves with some of the original cast intact, including John Stamos, who is actively working to get the show back on the air, according to TV Guide Magazine.

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'Pretty Little Liars' boss teases Ali's 'bold move' and a fatal finale

Last year, the Pretty Little Liars summer finale shocked fans when the camera panned around to reveal that Ezra was the man in the black hoodie and potentially the leader of the “A” team. As we now know, that was all a cover-up—Ezra was merely an author trying to solve a mystery and write a best-selling book—but in the moment, the idea that the beloved Mr. Fitz could be evil was heartbreaking. So heading into tonight’s summer finale, which is being labeled the “fatal finale,” fans are on edge for whatever twist showrunner Marlene King has in store. And she promises it’s a good one.

“[The finale is] a different kind of shocking,” King said. “Literally two days ago, we had our final playback for it, so we could hear all the sound and everything, and there were a few people who work on the show who do music and sound and they hadn’t read the script, and I will say that there were a lot of gasps and some tears were shed. People had to take a moment after they watched it to gain their composure.” READ FULL STORY

Aaron Paul on a huge Emmy night for 'Breaking Bad': 'We were so stunned'

Breaking Bad drove out of the Emmys and into the night with plenty of trophies in tow: The critically adored drug drama won five awards for the second half of its fifth and final season, including acting statues for Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Anna Gunn, as well as the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy for the second year in a row. “It’s an embarrassment of riches, being involved in something as special as Breaking Bad,” says Paul, who claimed his third Supporting Actor trophy for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman, Walter White’s soul-gutted meth-making partner-turned-adversary. “This is probably one of the longest goodbyes in television history—and it’s a damn good one.” READ FULL STORY

Emmys: Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz on a show that made TV seem small

JEFF JENSEN: Melissa, for all the self-serving yet correct talk about how expansive and diverse and ambitious television has become over the past few years, the Emmys made TV seem rather small last night.

Maybe I lost my sense of humor over the summer (too much Rectify and Ferguson, I guess), but Seth Meyers didn’t work for me. The Late Night comedian—at his best when seated behind a desk, gleefully reading his sharp, tart jokes and engaging guests with smart chat—kept the show flowing and didn’t fumble. He was an effective game manager, but nothing more. And he simply lacks the presence and dynamism that an event like this requires.

Meyers invoked his former Saturday Night Live pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and their ace work hosting the Golden Globes, but inviting the comparison only hurt him. (Could they host the Emmys next year? Check that: Can they host everything, like, from now on?) His funniest bit was the “Billy On The Street” video he did with Billy Eichner—and there, Eichner was dragging him along like luggage. (Emmy and NBC would have been better served by Jimmy Fallon, whose strengths—playful and inventive interaction with celebs; genuinely sincere gushing—seem ideally suited to emceeing a kudosfest.) READ FULL STORY

VMA ratings drop: Bring back the twerking bears

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Nicki couldn’t deliver Miley numbers: MTV’s Video Music Awards dropped sharply in the ratings Sunday night.

According to Nielsen, the annual awards telecast had 8.3 million viewers—that’s down about 18 percent from last year. Across all simulcasts on MTV, MTV2, VH1, and Logo TV, and including all repeats, viewers totaled 13.7 million. The show racked up 12.6 million tweets—so, yes, more tweets than viewers.

The telecast was, by VMA standards, surprisingly shock free. Even Nicki Minaj’s much-buzzed performance of “Anaconda” was relatively tame, especially compared to last year’s infamous Miley Cyrus twerk-n-tongue fest. (Cyrus tearfully giving a platform for homeless youth issues just isn’t the same.) After the show, even the perpetually offended Parents Television Council grudgingly admitted “MTV seems to have toned down” the telecast. No worries, MTV, there’s always next year—shake it off.

Early Emmy ratings down, yet second-best in years

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It was the first Monday night Emmys in 38 years. Will it be another 38 years before a network does it again?

In the early numbers, the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were down about 10 percent from last year. Though more accurate live-adjusted ratings are still to come (which could boost matters slightly), the show’s performance is expected to remain below last year’s Neil Patrick Harris-hosted show. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' bosses promise a death in midseason finale

Last week’s episode of USA’s Covert Affairs saw Annie (Piper Perabo) coming to believe that McQuaid (Nic Bishop) orchestrated the Chicago bombing, then having second thoughts when she had the chance to bring him in. “She trusts her gut instinct, and her gut instinct is telling her to trust McQuaid,” co-creator Chris Ord says. “We’ll see where that leads her.”

“If she does go ahead and trust McQuaid,” co-creator Matt Corman adds, “it’s gonna complicate things between she and Auggie even further. Throughout the season, the issue of trust between Annie and Auggie has been showcased, and it’s something the two characters are still working through.”

As the promo for the Aug. 26 midseason finale hints, not everyone will make it to the second half of season five. “Fans of this show have come to expect twists and turns, and this episode delivers. Without getting too specific, yes, a character that the audience has come to know will die,” Corman confirms. READ FULL STORY

Klaus enlists an ally in new 'Originals' season 2 teaser

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So long as The Originals are in New Orleans, there will be war. And considering that there are now more members of the Original family in town than ever before, that war is only going to get bigger when The Originals returns to The CW.

In a new teaser for the second season, Elijah comes face-to-face with his father, Klaus continues plotting against just about everyone, Cami mentions those nifty “weapons” she recently came into possession of, and Klaus finds a weapon of his own. Or rather, Klaus finds a potential ally in Marcel. After all, you can’t kill both your parents without a little bit of help, right?

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'2 Broke Girls' meet one rich girl: Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian has been a staple of the reality-show circuit for almost a decade now, but she’s adding another scripted credit to her resume—this time on a Michael Patrick King comedy.

The star tweeted that she will appear in an episode of CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, which is set to air on Monday, Oct. 27. Kardashian did not mention whether she will be playing herself or a new character on the show. Her most recent forays into comedy, both on How I Met Your Mother and a live episode of 30 Rock, however, indicate it will more likely be the former. Kardashian’s other scripted work includes a four-episode arc on Drop Dead Diva and guest spots on CSI: NY and American Dad.

Whoever she ends up playing, one has to hope Kardashian will be seen playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood on her phone during the episode.

Watch Sara Bareilles sing 'Smile' for the Emmys' In Memoriam segment

Before Billy Crystal’s touching tribute to his friend Robin Williams, Sara Bareilles sang “Smile” as the Emmys honored other members of the television community that died in the past year.

As Bareilles crooned the song made famous by Nat King Cole, the show acknowledged the loss of television stars like Russell Johnson (The Professor on Gilligan’s Island), James Avery (Fresh Prince‘s Uncle Phil), and Ann B. Davis (The Brady Bunch‘s Alice). Marcia Wallace’s animated alter ego, Edna Krabappel, appeared alongside her The Bob Newhart Show character. Sid Caesar, Elaine Stritch, and James Garner were among the onscreen talents who were remembered alongside those who worked behind the camera. The segment even featured Don Pardo’s famous voice booming, “It’s Saturday Night Live.”

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Lifetime suggests Brittany Murphy was murdered in new biopic trailer

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Actress Brittany Murphy died of cardiac arrest in 2009, but the upcoming Lifetime movie about the star claims Murphy died of something other than heart problems.

In a trailer for the film, titled The Brittany Murphy Story, Murphy (played by Amanda Fuller) shields her eyes from camera flashes and fumbles with pill bottles as the title screen displays dramatic phrases like “afraid for her life” and “the suspects,” suggesting the film will focus on speculations that Murphy was murdered. READ FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara blasts critics of 'sexist' Emmy pedestal

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Backstage at the Primetime Emmys, Sofia Vergara blasted critics who called her pedestal gag sexist.

During the 66th annual awards, the Modern Family actress stepped onto on a slowly rotating pedestal, showing off her curves while the president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bruce Rosenblum did his annual dull drone-speech. The gag was immediately slammed on Twitter and some news sites: “A very troubling turn,” wrote HuffPo. “She was treated like a literal object,” fumed Jezebel. “A bizarre, objectifying Emmy moment,” headlined Salon.

Yet when asked whether the stunt was sexist and demeaning, Vergara shot back: “I think its absolutely the opposite. It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it’s ridiculous that somebody started this—I know who she was—who has no sense of humor [and should] lighten up a little bit.”

It’s not immediately clear who Vergara was referring to has having started the criticism.

Vergara’s Modern Family later claimed the best comedy series Emmy for the fifth time (tying NBC’s Frasier for the all-time most wins in the category). The actress then went to HBO’s after party where she hit the dance floor while a retro band played 1960s and 70s pop classics.

Related: Emmy surprises: Wins, losses, moments that stunned

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