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Fresh Off the Boat Louis' (Randall Park) new billboard becomes the target of vandals, and Eddie (Hudson Yang) is horrified when his mom (Constance Wu) hires his crush (Luna Blaise) to be his babysitter in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Skye's (Chloe Bennet) father (Kyle MacLachlan) has a score to settle with Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the action adventure season returns with new episodes. 9 p.m. ABC


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'Judge Judy' extended through 2020 in new CBS deal

CBS has just made it rain for "Judge Judy."

Judith Sheindlin, the irascible jurist behind the hit syndicated courtroom show, has signed a deal that will keep her on the bench and in front of the camera at least through 2020, CBS Television Distribution announced in a news release Monday.

Famed for such no-nonsense expressions as "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining," the 72-year-old Sheindlin also negotiated a production deal with her company Queen Bee Productions. Queen Bee produces a new court show called "Hot Bench."

The terms were not disclosed, but it's likely that Sheindlin's new contract came with a lot of dollar signs attached.

She was already one of the highest-paid TV stars on the planet, with a $47-million annual salary in 2013 that reportedly worked out to nearly $1 million for each of the 52 shooting days she puts in each year.

She's also among the longest-lasting syndicated stars. "Judge Judy" began airing in 1996. 

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'Sharknado 3' will take place during a Mark Cuban administration

If you spent the weekend being horrified by the backroom dealings of the Frank Underwood presidency on Season 3 of "House of Cards," then you may need to medicate yourself before watching "Sharknado 3" on SyFy this summer. Dallas Mavericks owner and "Shark Tank" panelist Mark Cuban will play the president of the United States and conservative political author and commentator Ann Coulter will be the vice president in the film.

The "Sharknado" threequel is written and directed by the returning team of Thunder Levin and Anthony C. Ferrante.

Also returning are stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering to do battle with the airborne shark threat in the skies above Washington, D.C., and Florida.

Cuban and Coulter will join other celebrities in cameos, including Bo Derek, Jerry Springer, 'N Sync performer Chris Kirkpatrick and pro wrestler Chris Jericho.

The first "Sharknado" film was a surprise Twitter sensation when it aired two years ago on SyFy. The follow-up was a ratings success last summer and...

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John Oliver recruits all-star cast to make infrastructure sexy

John Oliver never shies away from difficult or tangled subjects on "Last Week Tonight." He's tackled the net neutrality debate and the importance of the bills passed by state legislatures, neither of which are particularly sexy on the surface. But on Sunday he faced perhaps his greatest challenge -- explaining the particulars of why the nation's rapidly aging and deteriorating infrastructure is such an important topic and one that requires government oversight and engagement immediately.

Time is no object to the show's commercial-free HBO format, and Oliver devoted nearly the entire program -- 21 minutes -- to the subject. But even that wasn't enough to make the subject sizzle with that irresistible magnetism the best hot-button topics exude. And it hasn't helped that nearly every politician uses the same excuse as to why the government is consistently failing to maintain the roads, bridges and dams that allow the country to go about its business: It's just too unsexy.

Well, there's...

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Maggie Smith hints she may be ready to leave 'Downton Abbey'

"Downton Abbey" fans, you may want to sit down before reading this: Maggie Smith may be ready to leave the show.

In an interview with London's Sunday Times newspaper promoting her new film, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," the actress indicated that she's ready to say goodbye to playing Violet, the tart-tongued Dowager Countess of Grantham. 

"They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on," she said in response to speculation about the future of the costume drama, which ended its fifth season on PBS with a heartwarming Christmas special Sunday night and is currently filming its sixth, and possibly last, season in Britain. 

'Downton Abbey' recap: The proposal we've all been waiting for

She added, "I mean, I certainly can't keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now!"

Not quite: Assuming Violet was about 70 at the beginning of the series, which was set in April of 1912, her character would now be in her mid 80s. (In reality, Smith turned 80 in December.)...

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'The Walking Dead' recap: A place too good to be true?

Rick and the survivors arrived in a planned community outside of Alexandria, Va., and it appeared to be the perfect place for them to settle down. For the entirety of "Remember," we -- and Rick -- were waiting for the other shoe to drop. Some hint that the people running this seemingly idyllic community were secret psychopaths or cannibals or even people who read the end of a mystery first.

What we got instead, in the very last moment of the episode, was a reversal of the tried and true "Walking Dead" formula. For once, it wasn't the new characters who pose a threat to stability, it was Rick. And not just any Rick. No, this is the newly clean-shaven Rick, back in a sheriff's uniform. He may look less of a wild man on the outside, but in those eyes, he's a caged tiger.

Gathered on the porch of Carol's big, new, free house in the planned and fortified community, Rick and Daryl wondered if perhaps living in the village would cause them to lose their edge. But Rick didn't seem concerned....

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