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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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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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Barbra Streisand duets with Jimmy Fallon, denies she's a diva

Barbra Streisand hasn't been a guest on "The Tonight Show" since 1963. But she broke the streak on Monday night to appear with Jimmy Fallon.

Streisand was there to promote her new album, "Partners," which features the singer pairing up for a series of duets with Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli and John Legend, among others. 

For her first official "Tonight Show" performance in half a century, Streisand sang along with Fallon, who adopted the style of three of her collaborators: Michael Buble, Blake Shelton and even Elvis. Yes, Streisand collaborated with Elvis from beyond the grave.

Give Streisand points for being a sport, even though she seemed less than thrilled by Fallon's vocal abilities.

And forget about the attempted kiss. Streisand wasn't having it.

During her interview segment, where Fallon let her sit behind the desk, she urged him not to give up his "night job."

But then Fallon gushed, "You came on time, you were very polite to my crew, you came to rehearsal, you...

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 premiere recap: The heat is on

Is it hot in Hollywood, or is it “Dancing With the Stars?” Season 19 began with 13 new stars, three new pros, Julianne Hough as a fourth judge, effervescent highs (natural and otherwise) and a public service announcement against texting and dancing. And dimples. Oh so many dimples!

Here’s how the stars aligned during night one of the season premiere event.

The last ended up first. Alfonso Ribeiro, the Broadway child star who danced with Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial, and the originator of the “Carlton” blew the roof off the ballroom with his hot-to-trot Jazz Age jive with Witney Carson. The producers absolutely knew what they were doing when they put the man formerly and forever known as Carlton Banks from the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in the anchor spot of the season premiere. Not only did he dance his socks off, his performance factor was through the roof. No doubt when all is said and done Alfonso would have fulfilled his goal to lose a lot of weight. And perhaps Witney’s...

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Sheinelle Jones to join 'Weekend Today' as news anchor

Sheinelle Jones has been named news anchor of "Weekend Today," NBC has announced. 

Jones comes to NBC News from Philadelphia after signing off as cohost of the morning program "Good Day Philadelphia" in March. She's to begin on "Weekend Today" Oct. 4.

“We are delighted to welcome Sheinelle Jones to NBC News,” said NBC News President Deborah Turness in a news release Monday. “She is an experienced journalist, a fantastic reporter and a dynamic interviewer who will bring so much to 'Weekend Today' and the entire NBC News team.”

A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Jones has also worked as an evening news anchor and reporter at KOKI, a Fox affiliate in Tulsa, Okla. 

She replaces Jenna Wolfe, who was recently named lifestyle and fitness correspondent for "Today." 

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'The View' returns with new hosts -- and a barefoot Rosie O'Donnell

"The View" returned for its 18th season Monday with a new set, new logo, new executive producer and mostly new panel of co-hosts -- all part of a much-hyped overhaul at the long-running ABC show. But as far as makeovers go, this one was relatively subtle.

"We're going to try a lot of new stuff," promised moderator Whoopi Goldberg, the only co-host to return from last season, after the retirement of creator Barbara Walters and the firing of co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. "Some of it will work and some of it won't, but the thing that will never change is great conversation with great women."

She was joined on the shiny gray, turquoise and orange set by incoming panelists Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, and Rosie O'Donnell, who is back on the program after leaving under acrimonious circumstances seven years ago. 

The episode opened with a bit in which each of the co-hosts greeted Barbara Walters, seated on a throne in a nod to the journalist's continued influence over the...

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Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'The Mindy Project' on Fox

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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History President Theodore Roosevelt (voice of Paul Giamatti) risks dividing his party and pushes for the United States to get involved in World War I in part 3 of the Ken Burns documentary. 8 and 10 p.m. KOCE

America's Got Talent The final six acts perform for the last time in this new episode. 9 p.m. NBC

New Girl Jessica Biel guest stars as a scientist who becomes Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) rival for the best man (Reid Scott) at a wedding in the season premiere. Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield also star. 9 p.m. Fox

The Mindy Project With their romance back on track, Mindy and Danny (Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina) are officially a couple and try to readjust to each other in the workplace as the comedy returns for a new season. Ed Weeks, Adam Pally, Ike Barinholtz also star...

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'Boardwalk Empire' recap: Nucky goes on offense in mob war

After barely escaping a mob hit in Cuba, bootlegger Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) figures out who ordered the attack — and retaliates — on “The Good Listener,” Episode 50 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

Nucky narrows the list of suspects by visiting former mafia boss Johnny Torrio (Greg Antonacci), who was forced out of racketeering by his sociopathic protégé Al Capone (Stephen Graham).

“Take the hint and retire already,” Johnny urges.

Given the slayings of Joe Masseria (Ivo Nandi) and Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), Nucky might be the next victim as gangsters scramble to fill a power vacuum.

Johnny arranges a sit-down with Salvatore “Boss of Bosses” Maranzano (Giampiero Judica) so Nucky can ask him face-to-face if he orchestrated the assassination attempt.

“You have nothing to fear from me, Mr. Thompson,” Salvatore assures him.

“Who said I was afraid?” Nucky replies in his usual no-nonsense manner.

Nucky also questions Tonino Sandrelli (Chris Caldovino), who’s caught...

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'Masters of Sex' recap: Bloody fight leads to breakthrough

A violent confrontation with his younger sibling results in a psychological breakthrough for Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) on “Below the Belt,” Episode 210 of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”

The altercation begins after Bill’s brother Frank (Christian Borle) claims their mother (Ann Dowd) is an alcoholic, just like their late father. Frank also accuses Bill of having a drinking problem.

“You mask it better than most,” observes Frank, a regular at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. “But you have all the signs: mood swings, aggression, impulsive decision making, chronic lying.”

“I forgive you for leaving me,” Frank adds, pointing to Bill’s departure from the family that left Frank at the mercy of their abusive “monster” of a dad.

“You want to forgive me?” Bill angrily responds. “Then forgive me for not respecting you. And forgive me for seeing you for what you really are: a weak little boy who became an idiotic clown, who grew up to be a gutless, pathetic man!”

Stung by those cruel words,...

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'The Strain' recap: Beware of your loved ones

If the episode is titled “Loved Ones,” should fans of the hit FX thriller “The Strain” expect an overabundance of missing momma melodrama?

Yes, and this is not such a good thing.

Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, leader of the renegade vamp killing gang and disgraced Centers for Disease Control official, still loves his now-at-large wife, even though she’s technically his ex and she already has a new live-in boyfriend.

And their young son, Zach, keeps asking for her, tracking her iPhone and sending Eph out on a fruitless mission to find her.

She’s a vampire, people! Give it up!

Excitable fans might find themselves shouting that and several other choice things at the screen during Episode 10, which feels like a slog through emotional mud. Too much about Eph’s righteous search, his regrets and his frayed family bonds.

All together now: Yawn!

There’s very little Abraham Setrakian, which is always a mistake, and no Thomas Eichhorst at all, definitely a misstep since the Nazi-turned-supervamp has...

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