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Ashton Kutcher predicts 'Two and a Half Men' will 'go through the roof' -- PHOTO

Ashton Kutcher showed on up on Late Show with David Letterman for his appearance tonight in his “anti-fatwa” gear, poking fun at the jihadist death threat against the talk-show host. “You can’t be too careful sitting next to a guy with a fatwa,” Kutcher said.

Then Kutcher discussed his new role on Two and a Half Men and agreed with a strong prediction about its chances for success. “From the beginning, I said this was a tremendous combination,” Letterman said of Kutcher’s casting on the long-running comedy. “It’s going to go through he roof.”

“I think it’s going to go through the roof,” Kutcher agreed. “I’ve been laughing really hard.” Here’s a video preview: READ FULL STORY

'Late Late Show' anthrax scare: Mysterious powder was corn starch, says CBS

As Craig Ferguson outlined on The Late Late Show Tuesday night, the series had received a threatening letter Tuesday that included an unknown white substance. (Said Ferguson in his monologue: “It’s a very scary situation … My first concern, of course, was for my staff. And by staff, I mean penis.”) Now, the powder, which resembled anthrax, has been identified. A rep for The Late Late Show has confirmed with EW that the substance in the letter — which was sent from a European address — was actually corn starch. “The LAPD and FBI are currently investigating the situation,” CBS says in a statement.

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'Uncle Frank' Potenza, of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' fame, dies at 77

Frank Potenza, the former New York policeman known as “Uncle Frank” in his comedy appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, passed away today. He was 77.

Potenza was a Korean War veteran as well as a former NYPD officer and Las Vegas security guard. Called “Uncle Frank” on the show, Potenza was Kimmel’s real-life uncle; Kimmel asked Potenza to join his talk show as a security guard and on-air contributor when it began its run in 2003. Potenza moved to Los Angeles to participate in his nephew’s show. READ FULL STORY

David Letterman mocks jihadist threat in monologue, Top 10 list

David Letterman can’t be too worried about the jihadist threats made against him last week — because he seems to be having a pretty good time laughing about them. And if anything, he likely pushed a few more buttons Monday night.

Most of Letterman’s Monday night monologue (a clip embedded below) and his Top 10 list were dedicated to addressing the threats against him that posted last week on a website frequently utilized by Al-Qaeda to communicate messages. “You people, to me, are more than an audience; you’re more like a human shield,” Letterman began. “I’m so sorry I’m a little late coming out. Backstage, I was talking to a guy from CBS, we were going through the CBS life insurance policy to see if I was covered for jihad.”

As for the threats themselves, Letterman joked that this wasn’t his first time, saying: “I wish I had a nickel for every time a guy has threatened to cut my tongue out. I think the first time was at the Academy Awards — during the Academy Awards.”

“Everybody’s so sensitive,” Letterman added, before digging his teeth back into the material that seemingly got him into hot water in the first place. “But I’ll tell you, Bin Laden, when they killed him, he’d been locked in his house with six wives for three years. So when the SEALS walked in he said, ‘Just shoot me.'”

“I was looking at the documents earlier today — I don’t know if you’re aware of this — when he was assassinated, Bin Laden, was late arriving in hell. Did you know that? He had to go through Newark. [And] there was a clerical error when he arrived in the afterlife. He was met by 72 vegans.”

Below is the top ten list Letterman presented, titled “Top 10 thoughts went through my mind after hearing about the threat”: READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon tapped for return to 'Saturday Night Live'

Jimmy Fallon is headed from late night to… well, slightly earlier in the night.

The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon host will return to his Saturday Night Live roots when he hosts the show on Dec. 17, which will also feature musical guest Michael Bublé. This will be Fallon’s first time as host. “I’ve never forgotten where I came from,” says Fallon in a statement. “That’s why I’m so incredibly honored to be hosting the Saturday Night Times program December 17th on HGTV.”

Fallon, who has hosted Late Night since 2009, left the show in 2004 — thankfully, not before giving us this sketch: READ FULL STORY

Radiohead, Lady Antebellum will be musical guests for hosts Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy on 'Saturday Night Live'

Alec Baldwin will be in some rockin’ good company when he hosts Saturday Night Live for a record-breaking 16th time on Sept. 24. Grammy-winners Radiohead, who last stopped by Studio 8H in 2000 with host Kate Hudson, will help Baldwin kick off the 37th season of SNL as musical guests. Radiohead’s latest record, The King of Limbs, was released back in February.

The following week, on Oct. 1, chart-topping country trio Lady Antebellum will make their SNL debut in support of their upcoming album Own The Night, on the same evening that Bridesmaids‘ break-out star Melissa McCarthy hosts the show for the first time. Do we hear a Hillary Scott/Melissa McCarthy/Kristen Wiig rendition of Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On”? We can only hope.

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Louis C.K. visits 'Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld' to defend one of his favorite pastimes -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last week, Louis C.K. had a sit-down with comic rival and accused joke-stealer Dane Cook. On tonight’s Louie, he finds himself in the hot-seat again, as a featured guest on Fox News’ Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. In the episode, Louie explores one of his lifetime habits, a taboo activity that hasn’t really been confronted in a sit-com since Seinfeld & Co. competed in “The Contest.” Take a look at the exclusive NSFW clip below: READ FULL STORY

TBS cancels 'Lopez Tonight'

The party’s over for George Lopez. TBS has decided to cancel late-night talk show Lopez Tonight.

The network issued a statement about the two-year show coming to an end:

“TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of Lopez Tonight. Thursday will be the final episode of the show. We are proud to have partnered with George Lopez, who is an immensely talented comedian and entertainer. TBS has valued its partnership with George and appreciates all of his work on behalf of the network, both on and off the air.”

The ratings explain TBS’ decision pretty clearly: READ FULL STORY

Roseanne Barr: 'I am running for President'

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Move over Donald Trump.

Former sitcom star Roseanne Barr says she’s running for president. Barr made the announcement during the taping of Thursday’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“I am running for President of the United States,” Barr said to cheers (preview video below).

According to a Tonight Show insider, Barr then claimed, “I’m totally serious,” and explained, “‘Cause I want to be part of the debates, because I want to represent the tax payer. In fact, I’m choosing the tax payers as my vice president.” READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin to host 'Saturday Night Live' for record-16th time

Alec Baldwin will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, as first reported by the New York Times. It will mark the 16th time that Baldwin has hosted the show, a record. NBC has also confirmed that Bridesmaids‘ break-out star Melissa McCarthy will host the season’s second episode. Both actors will be surrounded by familiar faces; producer Lorne Michaels told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour that the entire cast will be returning for this season, the show’s 37th.

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BET puts 'The Mo'Nique Show' 'on production hiatus'

BET has announced that The Mo’Nique Show is going on hiatus, and a return appears unlikely, according to the Los Angeles Times. In a statement sent to EW, the cable network says, “The Mo’Nique Show will be on production hiatus beginning in the fall. However, new episodes of the show will continue to air throughout the summer. Mo’nique Hicks and The Mo’Nique Show are important to the BET Networks family and we look forward to continuing our relationship with her.”

The Mo’Nique Show, which drew 1.5 million viewers for its October 2009 debut, now draws about 600,000 viewers per episode, according to BET. There are only seven new episodes remaining. Representatives for Mo’Nique did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Harrison Ford fights with Chewbacca on Jimmy Kimmel -- PHOTO, VIDEO

Tonight Harrison Ford stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where the ABC late night host reunites Han Solo with his old Millennium Falcon co-pilot Chewbacca. Sources are keeping quiet on the contents of the cold open skit which brings together Ford with his tall furry Star Wars co-star, but Geeks of a Certain Age should definitely watch. Need more convincing? The episode is guest directed by Jon Favreau. Here’s our exclusive photo, and we’ll update tomorrow morning with any available video from the show:

UPDATE: Video added below! “I’m done with that Star Wars crap!”

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Cinemax renews 'Femme Fatales' for second season

Ready for more powerful, sexy and dangerous women? (Would any man say no to that question?) Cinemax has ordered 13 more episodes of Femme Fatales, a late-night anthology series about (you guessed it) powerful, sexy and dangerous women. The first season is currently airing and features “13 stand-alone episodes find extraordinary ways of coping with their problems, channeling their survival instincts and bringing out their inner guile.” Ooh-kay!

The show is inspired by and styled in the tradition of pulp stories, film noir and graphic novels, and takes place in contemporary settings. The first season ends Aug. 5.

Tanit Phoenix will return as Lilith, the mysterious host of each episode, for season two that’ll bow in 2012. Guest stars for the next season will include Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), Antonio Sabato, Jr. (General Hospital), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Jeff Fahey (Lost) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager). Time to check this show out?

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