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Louis C.K. selling tour tickets directly to fans

Louis C.K. — not websites like Ticketmaster or StubHub — has the last laugh on this one. The comedian announced on his website Monday that he will go on tour starting in October, and he’ll be selling tickets directly to fans.

C.K. will sell tickets for the comedy shows from his site, hoping to cut down on the extra fees from distributors, which jack up prices. He’s also taken steps to prevent ticket reselling —  anyone who tries to resell their ticket for a higher price will find their ticket canceled.

“My goal here is that people coming to see my shows are able to pay a fair price and that they be paying just for a ticket. Not also paying an exorbitant fee for the privilege of buying a ticket,” C.K. wrote on his site.

All tickets will be $45, period. The tour runs from October through February.

C.K., who’s also prepping for Thursday’s season 3 premiere of his FX show Louie, did warn fans that he had trouble finding venues that would work with his ticketing plan, so he’s performing “in very new places.” The full list of tour dates and theaters is also on his site.

This isn’t the first time C.K. has played with sales strategy. In December he sold video downloads of his special Live at Beacon Theater for $5 a pop, and he declared the experiment a success. He did the same with his album WORD: Live at Carnegie Hall last month.

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'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on Constance's brood and next week's Rubber Man reveal -- EXCLUSIVE

SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE LATEST EPISODE OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY! SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER!

Well, now we’ve met three of Constance’s four children. Tonight’s American Horror Story featured the introduction of Beau, who haunts the attic of the Harmon house after being smothered by Larry (Denis O’Hare). Beau was in desperate need of a hot oil hair treatment and a mani/pedi to say the least. Viewers also learned what exactly the “infantata” is (basically it’s a Frankenstein baby who does not enjoy breast feeding). The episode also ended with what appeared to be the first moment where Vivien (Connie Britton) realized that this house may be haunted. With next week’s epic Rubber Man episode around the corner, EW talked to Ryan Murphy about all the Horror happenings.  READ FULL STORY

'Desperate Housewives': Eva Longoria dances on a stripper pole in next episode -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

You’ve got to hand it to the folks over at ABC’s soon-to-end nighttime soap Desperate Housewives: They never stop trying to drum up watercooler moments, as evidenced by EW’s exclusive clip below. The clip — from the show’s second episode, airing this Sunday, Oct. 2 — features Eva Longoria’s character Gaby Solis taking lessons on how to use a stripper pole. “So my husband’s having a little problem in the bedroom,” Gaby admits to her stripper instructor, who then asks: “With his wiener?” A resigned Gaby retorts: “Yes, with his wiener.” Then her too-cute (and too-young!) trainer explains: “Well, you can relax because I’m like a doctor, and I see this problem all the time with older women.” Burn! But Gaby takes it in stride, of course. Then, she shimmies up the pole and gives it a whirl — with hilarious results, of course. The whole interaction is worth a laugh or two.

Check out the exclusive sneak peek video here:

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USA gives sitcoms a shot, picks up two half-hour pilots

USA has announced that it is going into the half-hour comedy game after giving the green light to two pilots. The first pilot, called for now the Untitled Douglas McGrath Project (a.k.a. On We Go), focuses on an unlucky Broadway hopeful who returns to his hometown in Texas to care for his ailing father. Nathan Lane will executive produce and possibly star alongside McGrath. The second pilot, Paging Dr. Freed, follows two brothers who have inherited their late father’s medical practice. “The pick up of these half-hour comedy pilots underscores our commitment to broadening the appeal of USA’s entertainment brand,” said USA Co-Presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel.  “We’re excited to be collaborating with some of the most distinct voices in the business as we open up to new genres.”

Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn talk return to 'Days of Our Lives'

Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn are back! Well, not yet. But they’re looking forward to Sept. 26, which will mark the pair’s return to Days of Our Lives and, they say, hopefully a return to the reality-based storytelling that once kept fans coming back for years.

In the video below, the pair chat about their big return and the show’s plan to get viewers back. Hall, who was controversially let go from the show in 2009, says she’s glad to be back after a period of experimentation with “science fiction-y” storytelling. “Everyone is taking chances trying to find out where the audience is. When it gets down to it, they want the simple story,” she says.

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InsideTV Podcast: Who's our favorite new 'Big Brother' contestant? Plus: The returning players we are already loving and loathing

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Expect the unexpected. We must have heard those words a million times last night on the season 13 premiere of Big Brother, but you know what you can always expect on that show? Contestants straddling a giant banana and having whipped cream sprayed all over their faces! Kristen Baldwin, Jessica Shaw and Kate Ward join me on the latest InsideTV Podcast to break down all the latest Big Brother shenanigans. How do we feel about the new players (especially the dude who loves metal, bacon and 90210)? Who is more hateful: Evel Dick or Rachel? And how does the Golden Power of Veto now feel about there also being a Golden Key? (Is the house big enough for that much gold?!?)

To join in on the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you on the go. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think: Is Keith the horniest Deacon you’ve ever seen? Does Rachel’s laugh make you want to slit your wrists? And could Danielle look any more miserable? Hit the message boards and let us know!


Ryan Murphy on his new pilot 'American Horror Story' and adapting 'The Normal Heart'

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Glee's Ryan Murphy is a busy guy. Not only is he about to begin prepping season 3 of his Fox hit, but he also just finished directing
the pilot for American Horror Story, which he wrote with Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk. The show, which stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Jessica Lange and would air on FX, has been shrouded in secrecy, and Murphy is mum on details. "It’s a genre piece and it has creatures in it," says Murphy. "But [it]

is also really about things that we in our day-to-day American society right now find scary. So the edict in the writers room is, let’s write about scares us. What scares you? What scares me? So it’s really about paranoia and suspicion. It’s very sexual between Connie and Dylan. It’s about infidelity. It’s really cool. I’m really proud of it.”

Murphy also has been contemplating bringing Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, currently on Broadway in a critically acclaimed production, to the big screen with Mark Ruffalo potentially starring. “I am moving forward with it,” says Murphy. “I have a couple great casting ideas. I’m having a big meeting with CAA about it, about where to do it, how to do it. I love Larry’s play. I’m so thrilled that he and the play finally got all this recognition. I think it’s a story that needs to be told. It’s a beautiful love story.”

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Bono, The Edge to perform on 'American Idol' finale with 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' cast, not with U2

U2 bandmembers Bono and The Edge will indeed perform on Wednesday’s tenth season finale of American Idol, but it won’t be as a part of U2. Instead, the group confirms on its official website that the pair will accompany the cast of Broadway’s Spider-Man musical — including star Reeve Carney, who plays Peter Parker — on the two hour event. Earlier reports had suggested that U2 would appear as a group, which prompted the band’s clarification about the performance. The appearance by U2 and Bono is no surprise, though, considering that the struggling Spider-Man production, which is filled with songs written by the pair from U2, has rebooted and is headed into super-promotion mode while gearing up for its official opening on June 14.

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'American Idol': James Durbin's final performance -- VIDEO

Almost every season, there’s a shocking fourth place finisher on American Idol. And, last night, James Durbin was the contestant who joined the ranks of Tamyra Gray, Chris Daughtry, and LaToya London by finishing just short of Idol‘s hometown visits. But he still went out with a crowd pleaser — singing Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed,” season 10’s rocker amped up his audience interaction, even planting an adorable kiss on his fiancée. Check out his exit performance embedded after the jump. Warning: Bring the Kleenex.  READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen tour looking to invade foreign countries

Charlie Sheen has wrapped his Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour, but now he’s hoping to take it abroad. “I might do a European leg of this thing,” he told EW last night at a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation charity gala in Los Angeles, which he attended with one of his “goddesses,” model Natalie Kenly (pictured). Sheen says if he’s learned one thing about live performing from the tour it’s, “Leave it to the experts … It was a process. Had I trusted in that earlier, things like Detroit never would have happened. I just would have gone out there with a mic and said, ‘What’s going on? How we doing? Here’s how I’m doing.’ They’d still be dancing in the streets.”

Sheen guessed the tour raised “upwards of 100 grand” for the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake Fund by donating $1 from each ticket sold. READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey to exec produce, and potentially star in, HBO adaptation of play 'Ruined'

Oprah-WinfreyImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosOprah Winfrey may be making a return to acting. HBO confirms to EW that Winfrey and Kate Forte will exec produce an adaptation of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined for HBO Films. Nottage will write the script, set in a brothel in war-torn Congo. The project is being developed as a potential starring role for Winfrey. It centers on Madam Mama Nadi, the women who work for her, and her struggles to avoid getting caught between the government and rebel armies. The off-Broadway production of Ruined, inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s classic Mother Courage, received an A when reviewed by EW last year. “For all of the ugliness and horror Nottage so vividly describes — wild-eyed 18-year-old Sophie was so badly abused that she walks with a pronounced limp, while young Salima was kidnapped, chained to a tree, and raped for five months — she also finds joy, beauty, and laughter in her characters’ lives,” we wrote. Like Brecht’s original Mother Courage, the show features live music, mostly sung by the character Sophie. “You come here to forget/You say drive away all regret,” she sings. “Will the sound drown out your sorrow/So you’ll remember nothing tomorrow?”

'Simpsons' exclusive: David Mamet to guest

David-Mamet-Homer-SimpsonImage Credit: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd; FoxWe swear this is true: David Mamet will pop up on The SimpsonsSimpsons executive producer Al Jean tells EW exclusively that the award-winning playwright/screenwriter (Glengarry Glen Ross) will lend his voice to an episode in which he plays a version of himself — one that was a writer on Thicker Than Waters, a hokey ‘80s family sitcom that Homer becomes obsessed with. In a scene that winks at Mamet’s penchant for using profanity, Homer winds up watching a documentary about the fictional comedy, which features old footage of Mamet getting an earful from one of the Thicker actors. “He just keeps swearing at him, saying, ‘Why don’t you f—ing learn how to f—ing write an f—ing script?'” explains Jean. “And David says, ‘Hmmm, f—. I can use that… ‘” (Obviously, the f-words will be bleeped out.) Jean adds that he was thrilled to include a Mamet cameo on The Simpsons. “Obviously, it’s an honor for us,” he says. “In fact, we clearly ripped off the Jack Lemmon character from Glengarry Glen Ross and used him as our underachieving salesman Gil.” The episode, titled “Homer the Father,” airs Jan. 23 on Fox.

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ABC set to premiere new comedies starring Matthew Perry and Elisha Cuthbert

Matthew-Perry-CuthbertImage Credit: Adam Larkey/ABC; Karen Neal/ABCABC has set the premiere dates for its new midseason comedies Mr. Sunshine and Happy Endings. The former series will bow Feb. 9 and stars Matthew Perry as a self-absorbed manager of a San Diego sports arena. It also stars Allison Janney (The West Wing) and Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted). Happy Endings joins the schedule on April 13 and stars Elisha Cuthbert (24) as a gal who breaks up with her fiancee (Zach Knighton of FlashForward) on their wedding day.

Mr. Sunshine temporarily replaces Cougar Town, which will return to its regular time slot on April 13. Happy Endings – and reruns of Modern Family — will follow the run of Off the Map, the latest medical drama from Shonda Rhimes.

The Wednesday schedule for Feb. 9 through April 6 is as follows: READ FULL STORY

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