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Pivot greenlights second season of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'HitRECord on TV'

Just ahead of the official premiere, Pivot has ordered a second season of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRECord on TV.

The first episode of the variety show was made available online last week and in that time has notched more than 495,000 views.

The network also announced today during its panel at the Television Critics Association press tour that Meghan McCain will join their nightly news program TakePart Live. She will join existing co-host Jacob Soboroff, which airs weekdays at midnight.

'Veronica Mars', 'American Horror Story: Coven' set for PaleyFest 2014

PaleyFest 2014 will be full of marshmallows this year.

No, not literally. But the annual TV conference will kick off its March 13-28 schedule with a panel reuniting the cast of Veronica Mars. The cast, including titular Kristen Bell, will surely have lots to tease: The Kickstarter-funded movie continuation of the tale will be released the following day. Other panels announced so far at the annual festival include American Horror Story: Coven and Pretty Little Liars. The full lineup will be announced Jan. 8.

But a reunion panel isn’t the only good news for Veronica Mars fans today. Pivot announced that it will begin airing reruns of the show, as well as repeats of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, in a new block featuring back-to-back episodes Mondays through Fridays at 10 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET beginning Jan. 13, 2014. READ FULL STORY

'Please Like Me' creator Josh Thomas on the 'Girls' comparison, his love of 'Everybody Loves Raymond'

Twenty-six-year-old Australian comedian Josh Thomas has become the face of Pivot, the new network for millennials that launched today. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, the cable channel, available in roughly 40 million homes, will marathon the six-episode first season of his Aussie import Please Like Me, a comedy he created, wrote, executive-produced, and stars in as Josh, a young man who moves back in with his mother after she attempts suicide and who is just realizing he’s gay. You can watch the first episode below and feel good about getting invested — a 10-episode second season has already been greenlit.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: American TV reviewers are enjoying likening your show to a male version of Girls. What do you think about that?
JOSH THOMAS: Girls is a good show, right? Girls won awards and things, right? [Laughs] I’m fine with that. I was hoping that they would review it as, like, a younger Everybody Loves Raymond, because I love that show. But Girls is fine, yeah.

Do you really love Raymond? Are you joking?
Oh, I love Everybody Loves Raymond. I love that bit in every episode where, like, they’re fighting and you’re like, “Oh no, how could this get any worse?” And then Marie [Doris Roberts] walks in. Wah-wah-waaaah. Do you know what I mean? I f—ing love Everybody Loves Raymond.
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Pivot: New cable channel launches Thursday with 'Video Killed the Radio Star' -- VIDEO

The fact that Pivot, a new network for millennials, is launching Aug. 1, the date MTV hit television in 1981, is purely coincidental. But here’s something that isn’t: The first thing Pivot will air at 6 a.m. ET on Thursday is a video for “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

You may recall that the Buggles’ video was the first one played on MTV 32 years ago. For its update, which celebrates a new generation’s creative power, Pivot recorded independent artists live all over Los Angeles, including Run River North, Goldspot, London Thor, Far and Away, Musical Mammal and Rainbow Jackson. Watch it below. Then, read what Pivot president Evan Shapiro, formerly of IFC TV and the Sundance Channel, has to say about what’s to come on the network — starting with the imported Australian comedy Please Like Me and Friday Night Lights Fridays (thank his millennial daughter for that).
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Pivot network touts debut, fights off Current TV comparisons

Will new cable network Pivot, home to Joseph Gordon Levitt‘s HitRECord on TV and a talk show with Meghan McCain, change the TV model or become the next Current-style casualty?

That was the question of the day at Pivot’s debut panel during the Television Critics Association press tour, which is going on this week in Los Angeles.

“Last I checked, I don’t think Current had a scripted comedy or a music variety show,” said network president Evan Shapiro, referring to Levitt’s program and a scripted comedy from Australian comedian Josh Thomas called Please Like Me. “It’s a completely different approach to television.” READ FULL STORY

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