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Emmy Contenders: 'The Fall's' Jamie Dornan found his inner stalker for some perspective

Jamie Dornan, who plays stealthy serial killer on the Netflix crime drama "The Fall,"  took extra (maybe, borderline illegal) steps in getting into the mindset of the tortured persona.

The 32-year-old Irish actor dropped by the Times on Monday for a live chat, and he found himself reluctantly revealing a tactic he used to better understand Paul Spector, the husband and father who moonlights as a psychopath serial killer with a fetish for tying up his victims before killing them.

"The first series, I did do a couple of things to try to get inside [his mind]. On the tube, which is our underground system" — Dornan began with his anecdote before stopping himself.

"Can we get arrested for this? Hold on ... this is a really bad reveal: I, like, followed a woman off the train one day to see what it felt like to pursue someone like that."

Dornan said he kept his distance from his target, and once she reached her stop, lurked behind her for a couple of blocks. And the resulting feeling was one...

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John Oliver says he hates April Fools' Day and so should you

“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver is baffled by April Fools’ Day and wants people to dislike it as much as he does, he said in a Sunday Web exclusive for his popular HBO show.

Oliver even went so far as to make his studio audience pledge not to act like a jerk this April 1.

“Anyone who claims to be excited for April Fools’ Day is probably a sociopath,” he said. “Because what they’re really saying is, ‘I cannot wait to hurt the people close to me.’”

Television and news shows, however, have a long history of embracing April Fools' pranks. 

For example, in 1965 the BBC told audiences it was experimenting with "smellovision." Several viewers reportedly fell for it, saying they could smell scents beamed to their homes.

"South Park" got its fans in a tizzy when it pulled a bait-and-switch for its second season premiere on April Fools' Day in 1998. The ending of the first season was a cliffhanger, leaving viewers wondering about the identity of character Cartman's father. The April 1...

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Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'The Flash' on KTLA

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NCIS A petty officer's murder provides clues to a bombing that's been unsolved for 40 years in this new episode. Mark Harmon stars with guest star A Martinez. 8 p.m. CBS

The Flash In a nod to the original version of this series that aired in the early 1990s, Mark Hamill reprises his role as the Trickster — still behind bars, he's consulted by Barry and Joe (Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin) in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA

Fresh Off the Boat Rex Lee guest stars as Jessica's (Constance Wu) college beau in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC

The Dovekeepers Cote de Pablo ("NCIS") stars in this two-night miniseries set during the time of the historic siege of Masada. 9 p.m. CBS

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lucy Lawless and Edward James Olmos guest star in a new episode. 9 p.m. ABC

New Girl Jess (Zooey...

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'The Wiz' slated to be NBC's next live musical event in December

NBC is easing down the road for its next live musical production.

The network that brought viewers live broadcasts of new versions of "The Sound of Music" and "Peter Pan" has slated "The Wiz" for its next live production on Dec. 3. Cirque Du Soleil will partner with NBC for the TV production, as well as present a major Broadway revival of the musical for the 2016-17 season.

Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon ("A Raisin in the Sun")will stage both the TV production and stage revival of "The Wiz," while Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein ("Kinky Boots", "Hairspray") will contribute new songs to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

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3:20 p.m. A previous version of this post mistakenly labeled Leon as producer.

 

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"We love this yearly tradition and we're more excited than ever to not only bring another Broadway musical to America's living rooms, but also see it land on Broadway as well," said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert...

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'Walking Dead' Season 5 closer sets new finale ratings record

The zombies are unstoppable: "The Walking Dead" ended its fifth season with its best ratings yet.

An average of 15.8 million total viewers tuned in for Sunday's 90-minute season finale, according to Nielsen. That was up slightly from last year's finale of 15.7 million. (The season started with a premiere that netted 17.3 million.)

The Sunday figure included a whopping 10.4 million viewers in the ages 18 to 49 demographic, the group most sought by advertisers.

According to AMC, once time-shifted playback is factored in, all 16 of the episodes from Season 5 of the zombie epic should surpass 20 million total viewers, making "Walking Dead" among the most popular shows on all of TV.

Meanwhile, Sunday's "Talking Dead" after-show chatfest reached a new high as well with 7.5 million viewers.

The "Dead" franchise could prove a winner for AMC for many years. The producers have said the comic books that inspired the series have yielded enough ideas for seasons to come.

What did you think of the...

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Trevor Noah to be Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show' replacement

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian who has been a contributor to Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," will be the program's new host when current host Jon Stewart leaves later this year, the network announced Monday.

“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” said Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless in a statement, noting that he would bring "a fresh voice" to the satirical news show.

Noah, a biracial South African who grew up in Johannesburg's Soweto township, was a surprise pick. Though he has hosted his own program, "Tonight with Trevor Noah," in his native country, the comedian joined "The Daily Show" as a contributor only in December and his name had not been among those floated in the press as a possible successor to Stewart until recently. One of the show's behind-the-scene podcasts features an interview with Noah.

“It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at ‘The Daily Show’ have...

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