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Nickelodeon expands telenovelas for kids slate with three new series

While the Spanish-language channels such as Telemundo and Univision have received much attention for their telenovela serial dramas, Nickelodeon has had success of its own with the daily scripted series for kids.

The channel just renewed "Every Witch Way" for a fourth season and "Max

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CBS adds 'Zoo' to returning summer lineup

CBS is adding an unusual thriller to its summer lineup with the new series "Zoo," based on the novel by perennial bestseller James Patterson.

The series, starring James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nonso Anozie and Nora Arnezeder, is set in a world where animals have finally had enough of humans and are starting to attack them with ever increasing violence and aggression. It's up to a "renegade biologist," played by Wolk, to figure out what's causing the animals to want to wipe us out. Though, one look at the endangered species list would probably give you a pretty good hint as to the animals' complaints.

"Zoo," which premieres June 30, joins a lineup of returning series, including the third season of "Under the Dome," the second season of "Extant" and the latest edition of the reality hit "Big Brother."

As in years past, "Big Brother" will be a big part of the lineup, with a two-night premiere on June 24 and 25. The show will move into its regular Sunday timeslot on June 28...

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E! denies report of $100-million Kardashian deal

Like it or not, the Kardashians may outlast us all.

Page Six is reporting that the clan has signed a deal that will bring the reality TV family back to the cable network for four more years for a cool $100 million -- supposedly a record for a reality TV brand and enough dough to keep little North West in Givenchy for a long, long time to come. 

Whether that news makes you want to cheer or bang your head against the wall, it may not be true. E! is strenuously denying the report, with a spokesperson for the network calling it "grossly inaccurate" and declining to comment further.

The Page Six report also said that Bruce Jenner, who may have his own reality series in the works, is not part of the deal, nor is Kim Kardashian's hubby, Kanye West.  

In addition to "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," which will return for a 10th season this year, the clan has also appeared in numerous spin-offs ("Kourtney and Kim Take Miami," "Khloe & Lamar," etc.).  Khloe has also popped up as a red carpet...

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'Empire' recap: Coming out and respectability politics

The brothers of “Empire” are all over the place, for better or worse. In the latest episode, Hakeem, Jamal and Andre each take important steps on their personal journeys.

With Hakeem, we can put the brooms away; he’s finally acting his age, not his shoe size.

While in the studio, working on a Cookie-produced legacy album for Lucious, Hakeem throws a fit when his mother calls him out for rushing his rap. Lucious lays the smack down, rejecting his normally passive role for one more authoritative (more lion-like, if you will). Playing Dr. Phil, he forces his son to speak candidly about his anti-Cookie feelings.

In one of the rawest moments of Hakeem’s storyline to date, he says he felt abandoned during Cookie’s stint in jail and jealous of her love of Jamal. It’s the first time he’s been able to articulate his emotions -- signs of a changed but still barely legal man.

But if you thought this apparent maturity was self-motivated, think again. Pulling the strings is Camilla, his cougar...

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Conan O'Brien reveals details of his Cuba trip to Jon Stewart

Conan O'Brien carved out a bit of history for himself a week and a half ago when he became the first American TV host to tape segments for his show from the island nation of Cuba. On Wednesday night, he told Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" that the whole thing almost didn't happen.

"We weren't sure we were going to get into the country," O'Brien said. "We didn't make a lot of preparations. ... We were told we had the right papers. We showed up, there is no Internet, so our phones didn't work. ... We walked in, we handed our papers to them. The guy looked at them, our phones are dead, our plane is gone and the guy just looked at us and said, 'No.'"

Luckily, after a detour in which he got to see a bit of "Gilmore Girls" dubbed into Spanish, O'Brien got in the country and was immediately spotted by Canadian tourists. They've been going to Cuba for years.

The rest of the country, however, was completely unfamiliar with O'Brien or the concept of "Team Coco." And that was exactly how he...

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USC Annenberg's media center named for CBS' Leslie Moonves, Julie Chen

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and his wife, "The Talk" co-host Julie Chen, are going back to school -- at least their names are, anyway.

USC Annenberg announced Wednesday that its media center of the new Wallis Annenberg Hall will be named after Moonves, Chen -- an alumna -- and CBS.

The 20,000-square foot, two-story space is a fully converged newsroom that houses the school's student-run digital, broadcast, radio and public relations operations.

Moonves is a member of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Board of Councilors and a past member of USC Annenberg’s Board of Councilors. Chen, who also hosts CBS' "Big Brother," graduated from the school in 1991 with a degree in broadcast journalism and English.

The naming of the center, hereby referred to as the Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center, comes as a result of a joint, undisclosed donation to USC Annenberg. The couple commemorated the building’s christening Wednesday afternoon on campus.

Moonves and Chen join an elite group of...

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