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'SNL': Fake ISIS ad with Dakota Johnson divides Twittersphere

A spoof of a Toyota commercial on "Saturday Night Live" stirred some social media chatter for showing a father sending his daughter to join Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS.

The fake commercial, starring Saturday's "SNL" host Dakota Johnson ("Fifty Shades of Grey") and cast member Taran Killam, is a play on the end of Toyota's "My Bold Dad" commercial, in which a father appears to drop his daughter off to join the U.S. military. 

After a corny goodbye, Killam's character says, "You be careful OK." Johnson's character replies, "Dad it's just ISIS," and winks.

"Take care of her," a teary-eyed Killam says as a supposed Islamic State fighter nods and says, "Death to America." The spot ends with a female voiceover saying: “ISIS: We’ll take it from here, Dad."

Last night, "SNL" was tweeted about 25,000 times, according to Nielsen data. Of these tweets, about 9,926 contained "reactions," or tweets with emotions, according to Canvs, a social TV platform created by the firm...

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'Last Man on Earth' is dark in a strangely sunny way

In "The Last Man on Earth," premiering Sunday on Fox, Will Forte plays apparently literally the last man on earth.

A "Saturday Night Live" veteran (MacGruber, Tim Calhoun, Greg Stink), Jane Krakowski's husband/impersonator Paul L'Astnamé on "30 Rock," and Bruce Dern's son in "Nebraska," Forte himself is the creator of the show. (He is shaggy and bearded here, much like his "SNL" character the Falconer.) Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and "The LEGO Movie" are his fellow executive producers; their names have also been pillaged for Forte's character, Phil Miller.

Despite taking place five years in the future and sharing the title and more or less the premise of a 1964 Vincent Price movie, it is not science-fiction. It's an abstraction, really, a comedy about existential cares and social mores in the absence of society. It asks what you do when it doesn't matter what you do because there's no one else around to care, or to care about.

Do you stop at stop...

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Did 'Sex Box' turn anybody on?

Did the controversial “Sex Box” turn on viewers? All signs point to a less than satisfying performance.  

In WE tv’s latest reality show, the title is the concept. Couples have sex in front of a live audience -- though unseen inside a camera-free, soundproof cube because otherwise it’s porn -- and then emerge to have a post-coital discussion with a panel of sex shrinks.

With each episode featuring three couples, Friday’s premiere looked to tap into our obsession with faux-hardcore kink (thanks “Fifty Shades Of Grey”).

But anyone looking for "Fifty Shades"-like buzz -- or a "Sharknado"-like outpouring -- came to the wrong box. There wasn’t much chatter on social media during the show’s premiere.

Most of the show’s preshow Twitter hype came from, surprise, famous reality show personalities. Kenya Moore, Natalie Nunn, Jai Rodriguez, Brandi Glanville and Patti Stranger all plugged the show.

But many of those who were watching online seemed to find the proceedings either amusing or boring.


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William Shatner will miss Leonard Nimoy's funeral: 'I feel really awful'

When Leonard Nimoy is laid to rest, his most famous “Star Trek” co-star will be absent.

William Shatner took to Twitter to express regret that he will have to miss his longtime friend’s service, which is scheduled for Sunday.

“I am currently in FL as I agreed to appear at the Red Cross Ball tonight. Leonard's funeral is tomorrow. I can't make it back in time,” he wrote Saturday afternoon.

“I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried,” said Shatner.

Before the prolific actor expressed his regret he told his more than 2 million followers that he had been avoiding social media, along with all other media, for most of the day in the wake of Nimoy’s passing.

“I am so humbled by the worldwide outpouring of love that has been displayed; words cannot express my feelings,” he wrote. “There are so many people who I need to say thank you to.”

After being honored at Red Cross’ Palm Beach event, Shatner hopes to have a memorial for his friend in...

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Bill Weir checks off his 'Wonder List' for CNN

After Bill Weir arrived at CNN from ABC’s "Nightline" in late 2013, he went right on the air to fill in as a prime-time host interviewing guests in a studio.

Recently looking back on it, he realized his mind was often somewhere else.

“There were a lot of nights when I was walking off the set on the seventh floor thinking, man I’d rather be getting off a plane somewhere I’ve never been telling much deeper stories,” he said at a recent lunch to promote his new CNN program “The Wonder List.”

Not long after Weir made those feelings known to his bosses at CNN, he was off to some of the most spectacularly scenic locations in the world as the cable news channel continues its charge into original series programing.

“The Wonder List,” which premieres Sunday at 10 p.m., is one of 12 series CNN will put on the air this year and the first to be produced in-house. That means it can get revenues from selling it to broadcast outlets around the world.

CNN President Jeff Zucker launched the programming...

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Monday's TV Highlights: 'The Following' on Fox

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The Bachelor Chris Soules is confronted by the women he rejected this season in this new episode that features a preview of next week's season finale. 8 p.m. ABC

Gotham Gordon (Ben McKenzie) investigates Commissioner Loeb (Peter Scolari), and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) is thought to be in cahoots with Dr. Dulmacher (Colm Feore) in this new episode. With David Mazouz and guest stars Nicholas D'Agosto and Nicholle Tom. 8 p.m. Fox

The Fosters Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) organizes a student protest while Callie (Maia Mitchell) risks defying Stef's (Teri Polo) orders — and puts herself in danger —so she can help Kiara (Cherinda Kincherlow) in this new episode. 8 and 10 p.m. Family

The Following There's a new woman in Ryan Hardy's (Kevin Bacon) life (played by Zuleikha Robinson), and he seems happier as a...

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