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Stephen Colbert walked the floor at Comic-Con as 'Prince Hawkcat'

Movie publicatons everywhere reported that Stephen Colbert was at San Diego Comic-Con in July to moderate the panel for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." But did you know Colbert was also there in the guise of "Prince Hawkcat"?

During Wednesday's "Colbert Report," Colbert revealed that in an attempt to drum up possible film interest in the comic-book property he had just acquired, "Prince Hawkcat," he walked the convention floor in costume. He chatted up fans and tried to figure out just how popular the character was. Hint: not very.

No, "Prince Hawkcat" is not a real comic book, despite the intriguing tag line: "Half Hawk. Half Cat. Whole Prince."

Like many stars before him, including Bryan Cranston, who wore a mask of his own face, and former "Doctor Who" Matt Smith, who dressed as Bart Simpson (just to name two), Colbert was able to walk in costume without being recognized.

He even had a movie pitch and poster all set up, with the compelling title, "T.B.D." As a backup,...

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Darrell Hammond to replace the late Don Pardo as 'SNL' announcer

Darrell Hammond will return to "Saturday Night Live" as the show's announcer when it returns for a 40th season on Sept. 27, NBC announced Thursday. 

The former cast member will replace Don Pardo, who had been the voice of "SNL" since it premiered in 1975 and died last month at 96

During his 14 seasons on the storied sketch-comedy show, Hammond was known for spot-on impressions of figures including Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Sean Connery. Though it was not as well publicized, Hammond also stepped in for Pardo on occasion when the announcer was not well. 

The longest-running cast member in "SNL" history, Hammond officially left in 2009 but has since made several return appearances.

Since departing the show, Hammond has written a memoir, "God, If You're Not Up There, I'm ...," recounting his difficult childhood struggles with drugs and alcohol. He has also appeared in the legal drama "Damages" and the comedy "Are We There Yet?"

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Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Project Runway' on Lifetime

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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History President Franklin Roosevelt's (voice of Edward Herrmann) implementation of the New Deal to stop the Great Depression is recalled in part 5 of the Ken Burns documentary. Meryl Streep provides the voice for FDR's wife, Eleanor. 8 and 10 p.m. KOCE

Haven In this new episode, aftershocks from the recent tragedies continue. Dwight (Adam Copeland) shoulders most of the responsibility for holding Haven together while Duke (Eric Balfour) struggles to process the reality of Jennifer's death. Lucas Bryant also stars. 8 p.m. Syfy

Project Runway In this new episode, designers visit the American Girl Store, where they seek inspiration for fashionable looks for young models. 9 and 10:30 p.m. Lifetime

Rush In the season finale Rush (Tom Ellis) struggles to make a fresh start...

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Meredith Vieira discusses abusive relationship on her talk show

Meredith Vieira startled her studio audience on Wednesday's episode of "The Meredith Vieira Show" by discussing the details of an abusive relationship she'd been in early in her life.

Vieira's new syndicated talk show is only in its second week, but it's already grabbing attention by the host's highly personal revelations.

As part of the current discussion around domestic violence, touched off by NFL player Ray Rice's violent confrontation with his then-fiancee and the Twitter hashtag #WhyIStayed, Vieira admitted to her own audience that she was once in a similar relationship.

"I loved this guy," Vieira said of her former boyfriend. "It started out, we'd have a fight and he'd just sort of grab my arm."

But, as Vieira recounted, things quickly escalated to the point where he was shoving her against walls and even completely naked into a scalding shower and then out of their apartment.

Yet, she didn't leave him. Not until she got a job offer out of state.

She shared with the audiences...

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E! to air all-day 'Fashion Police' marathon, Joan Rivers tribute

E! Network announced Wednesday that it would dedicate a full day of programming to Joan Rivers.

The network, a longtime home to the late comedienne and her red carpet snark, will air an all-day marathon of "Fashion Police" on Friday beginning at 7 a.m. ET/PT. Among the episodes spotlighted are Rivers' 80th birthday celebration and the last “Fashion Police” she did for the MTV Video Music Awards and Primetime Emmy special.

The back-to-back showings will lead in to a tribute special, "Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan," at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The 90-minute special will feature Rivers' daughter Melissa Rivers and her "Fashion Police" cohosts Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos. It will also include behind-the-scenes footage, commentary from friends and family and some of Rivers' best moments on camera.

The comedic spitfire died earlier this month at the age of 81 after complications from throat surgery. Her unexpected death has cast a spotlight on the circumstances...

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Craig Ferguson says he used to drop acid with Doctor Who

Craig Ferguson is on the exit path from his CBS late night show and moving on to his new game show, "Celebrity Name Game."

But during a visit to Seth Meyers' "Late Night" on Tuesday, he spent time looking back. Specifically, at his youth in Scotland when he played in the band Dreamboys with Peter Capaldi, who is now the star of "Doctor Who."

Looking back at that time, Ferguson said he had no idea how he ended up in late night.

"When the rest of the guys were at Emerson or Harvard or doing stuff like that, I was taking acid in the back of a van with the guy who ended up playing the Doctor," Ferguson said.

The Dreamboys was a Glasgow-based punk band that featured Capaldi on lead guitar and vocals and Ferguson on drums. According to the BBC, the band released a three-song vinyl album in 1980, but the group didn't remain together for long.

As Ferguson notes, the band unfortunately, shared a title with the most successful male stripper act in Britain.

"We didn't strip," Ferguson said. "We...

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'Dancing With the Stars' results recap: One and done for Lolo Jones

The “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday night results show is making a brief return for a couple of weeks this season, and we were treated to some backstage footage, oiled up new pros, old pro dancer audition tapes and some salacious stolen kisses during this filler-heavy hour.

We also had to say goodbye to our first couple. Not that the results were all that surprising: Low-scoring Olympic athlete Lolo Jones and her newbie pro partner Keo Motsepe's clunky cha cha and resulting reaction soured both the hurdler and the crowd, and the voters ultimately deemed Lolo too unsparkly to hold her place in the glitterverse. She and her pro partner were cut out of Mirrorball contention.

But the stone-faced Lolo -- despite being unable to redeem her high school slow-dancing experience -- was able to salvage her “DWTS” experience with her gracious concession speech, ending her 15 minutes of dancing fame on a positive note. “I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” she said of her exit. “Betsey had a...

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Bryan Cranston has grand plans for his (fake) one-man show

Bryan Cranston's post-"Breaking Bad" plan worked out pretty well for him. He went to Broadway for an acclaimed run playing LBJ in the play "All the Way" and won a Tony award for his performance as the president.

That show is making its way to TV in the form of an adaptation for HBO. But in the meantime, the actor apparently still has some theater yearnings in him. At least that's the take-away from this five-minute short film Cranston shot to promote the American League baseball playoffs on TBS.

In the short, Cranston reveals his plans for a one-man show that re-creates the feel of ballpark, with a major dose of inspiration from that all-time baseball great Bugs Bunny.

Yes, the whole thing is a gag. But as promotional videos go, this is one of the better ones. And it's even got a cameo from Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez.

Braves fans can also see Cranston doing his best Ernie Johnson play-by-play impression. (He really does attempt to cover every aspect of the ballpark experience...

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Rosie O'Donnell boosts 'The View' to top premiere ratings since 2006

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that Rosie O'Donnell has a way with ratings for "The View."

The sharp-tongued comic returned to ABC's daytime chatfest for Monday's season opener after an absence of seven years.

The result? An average of 3.9 million total viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen.

That was "The View's" best season opener since 2006 - which, not coincidentally, was the last time O'Donnell took a chair as cohost on the morning show. She lasted all of one contentious, newsmaking season in that role.

Producers took the recent retirements of Barbara Walters and Joy Behar - along with the exits of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy - as an opportunity to remake "The View," which has been sagging in the ratings for awhile. Rosie Perez also joined the panel as a cohost, along with GOP political insider Nicolle Wallace.

Whoopi Goldberg is the sole holdover from last season's show.

Critics were not blown away by the first episode, despite O'Donnell's much-heralded return....

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Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Extant' on CBS

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America's Got Talent Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull and Train will perform before Nick Cannon reveals the winner in the season finale. 8 p.m. NBC

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History A devastating illness leaves the political future — and life — of FDR (voice of Edward Herrmann) in jeopardy as the new Ken Burns miniseries continues. 8 and 10 p.m. KOCE

Red Band Society Red is the color of the wristbands worn by young patients in the pediatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital in this new drama. Octavia Spencer portrays a nurse who shows the youths — including a comatose one played by Griffin Gluck — great compassion as they also get support from one another. Dave Annable also stars. 9 p.m. Fox

Legends After a shootout with the smuggling crew, Martin (Sean Bean) takes Dobson (Kirk...

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'Sons of Anarchy: Toil and Till' recap: Bang! Zoom! Yawn?

Every now and again, I fear I am not the target audience for "Sons of Anarchy."

"Toil and Till" is another too-long, too-loud episode of FX's favorite testosterone drama, and I don't know what it says about me that in an episode with a body count that approached 20, I was far more invested in the sarcasm and verbal hair-pulling that came during a slow-drive chat between two recovering drug addicts.

This week's "Sons" suffers from a little post-premiere hangover, and is weighed down by the opening salvos of a Jax-Henry Lin feud we seem doomed to endure for the next few episodes. I understand that the show has written itself into this position, where Jax would logically want and need to unravel Lin's life because he blames him for Tara's death, but we know Lin had nothing to do with it.

So, at least to me, anything Jax does in furtherance of his plot to rip Lin apart just feels like a stand-in until he inevitably figures out what Gemma did.

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Netflix orders two seasons of the Judd Apatow comedy 'Love'

Netflix is showing Judd Apatow some "Love."

The online streaming service has ordered two seasons of "Love," a half-hour comedy created and written by Apatow, Lesley Arfin and Paul Rust.  

The series follows a couple, played by Rust and Gillian Jacobs of "Community," "as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid," according to Netflix.

“Judd Apatow has a unique comedic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful, and shockingly frank -- often at the same time,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a press release. “Together with Paul and Lesley, he’s bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern day comedy of manners.” 

It is the latest romantic comedy venture from Apatow, the writer-director-producer who's explored contemporary relationships in films including "This Is 40" and "Knocked Up." He is also executive producer of the Lena Dunham series "Girls," which airs on HBO, one...

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