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Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Legends' on TNT

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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul re-team for pre-Emmy video

When "Breaking Bad" ended last year, we all suspected we'd see Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul re-teamed on screen in some way. But no one could have predicted it would be this soon.

Cranston and Paul are back in this video promoting next Monday's Emmy awards, sponsored by Audi of America. And they're teaming with fellow Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

No, this isn't an epilogue to "Breaking Bad." Much as we want to see that, well, spoilers. Cranston and Paul are playing all-new disreputable characters in this short. They're the operators of Barely Legal Pawn, a pawn shop that deals in shady goods that also happens to be the subject of a reality series.

Enter "Veep's" Louis-Dreyfus with her supporting actress in a comedy series Emmy for that iconic '90s series, "Seinfeld."

We wouldn't dream of spoiling all the in-jokes here, but be sure to stick around to the very end. It's guaranteed to make faithful "Breaking Bad" viewers very happy.

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MTV renews coming-of-age drama 'Finding Carter' for a second season

“Finding Carter” has found a stable home with MTV.

The network has renewed the scripted drama for a second season consisting of 12 episodes.

The coming-of-age drama from Emily Silver (“Bones”) centers on a teenager (Kathryn Prescott) who learns that her mother abducted her as a child (see, we weren’t kidding about it being a drama).

"The creative minds behind 'Finding Carter' did an exceptional job bringing this story to life and drawing our audience in," Susanne Daniels, MTV’s programming president, said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to another season following Carter on her journey."

“Finding Carter,” currently in the middle of its first season, has pulled in an average of 2.2 million viewers when three days of delayed viewing are included. In fact, its DVR figures are something to note, with the series seeing a growth of nearly 70% on average when the three-day window is factored in.

The drama is part of the network’s growing lineup of original scripted programs, which also...

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'The Strain' will be back for a second bloodsucking season

The vampire infection of "The Strain" is still spreading at the midway point of FX's horror thriller series' first season. And it looks like it will continue to spread into next year, as the cable channel announced on Tuesday that the series would return for a second season.

Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro and Sean Astin star in the series adapted from the trilogy of novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro, Hogan and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers of this tale of a vampiric infection that turns people into creatures that shoot 6-foot appendages out of their mouths to drink blood and further spread the infection.

The second season will debut in the summer of 2015 and will be 13 episodes.

"The Strain" had the most-watched premiere in FX history, with 12.7 million viewers. The first season has averaged 11 million total viewers per episode when VOD and online viewing is factored in.

Del Toro himself directed the pilot episode, which set up the series when...

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America Ferrera to host documentary series for Pivot and Univision

"Ugly Betty" alum America Ferrera has been tapped to host a new Hispanic-focused documentary showcase "Panoramica" on Pivot and Univision.

The young cable network, which launched last summer, is teaming with Univision News, the Spanish-language news division of Univision Communications, to present the documentary series.

"Panoramica" will consist of eight documentary films, which have either been co-produced or acquired by Univision News and Pivot.

The documentaries will air in Spanish on Univision or its sister network UniMás, with a simulcast in English or with English subtitles on Pivot.

Ferrera, who most recently appeared in the big screen biopic "Cesar Chavez," will introduce the documentaries and provide context to the topics the films explore.

Isaac Lee, president of Univision News and CEO of Fusion, noted Ferrera's standing within the Latino community in making the announcement.

“Apart from being a distinguished actress, [America] has become an admired role model for young...

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SundanceTV renews 'Rectify' for third season

SundanceTV's critically acclaimed series "Rectify" will be back for a third season. The channel announced the show's renewal on Tuesday, just a few days before its second season finale airs.

"Rectify" stars Aden Young as a man who was on death row for the rape and murder of his childhood sweetheart. But when new DNA evidence calls into question his original conviction, he is released from prison. He returns to his hometown, causing turmoil in the lives of the people he left behind there.

The series was created by actor and director Ray McKinnon. It's Sundance's first original scripted series.

The series has been noted for its slow pacing, but has earned heaps of critical praise. Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara called the series "television as prose poem."

The languid pacing may not help the series become a hit of "Game of Thrones" proportions, but it has firmly established itself on the list of shows high-brow TV viewers are always urging their friends to watch.

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Hulu renews Seth Meyers' series 'The Awesomes'

Hulu wants to stay in the business of awesome.

The Internet video subscription service has renewed its original series "The Awesomes" for a third season.

The new batch of episodes are expected to roll out sometime in 2015.

Beatrice Springborn, head of originals at Hulu, said its endurance was seen from the beginning.

“With a growing fan base from season to season and a cast featuring some of the funniest people on television, it was a natural decision for us to renew the show for a third season,” she said in a statement. (Guess we'll have to take her word for it, since Hulu--like Netflix--doesn't reveal its viewership data.)

The adult animated series from Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker centers on a team of oddball superheroes. Meyers serves as the voice of main character (and super-genius) Jeremy "Prock" Awesome. He's joined by a ragtag group of characters voiced by the likes of Bill Hader, Rashida Jones and Ike Barinholtz, among others. 

The series is in the thick of its second season...

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David Letterman pays emotional tribute to Robin Williams

Of all the late-night hosts, David Letterman had the closest and longest personal connection to Robin Williams. Though Letterman was on vacation last week, he made sure to pay tribute to his friend on Monday's show.

Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, Calif., home last Monday after he took his own life at age 63. Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, released a statement to the media revealing that the comedian had been dealing with depression and a previously undisclosed diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Letterman said he and Williams were friends for 38 years. The "Late Show" host spent 10 minutes at his desk during the first half of his show recalling Williams and their early days together in the late 1970s at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

"He and I were kids," Letterman said, recalling their contemporaries, Jay Leno, Tom Dreesen, Tim Thomerson, Johnny Dark, Elayne Boosler and Jimmy Walker.

Letterman said when they first saw Williams on stage, he had been introduced as a Scottish...

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Don Pardo, legendary 'Saturday Night Live' announcer, dead at 96

Don Pardo, the legendary radio and TV personality, and the man who introduced the cast of “Saturday Night Live” every weekend since the show began, died Monday, Richard Licata, executive of communications for NBC confirmed. He was 96.

Pardo was a part of “SNL” for every single season except one since it premiered in 1975, according to tv.com.

The cause of death was not immediately clear.

OBITUARY: 'Saturday Night Live' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.  

Staff writer Yvonne Villarreal contributed to this report. 

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Tuesday's TV Highlights: "Royal Pains" on USA

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Restaurant Startup Two hopefuls from Los Angeles claim to have the best mac 'n' cheese ever and hope to earn an opportunity from investors Joe Bastianich and Tim Love to launch their own place and see how well their idea goes over with the public. 7 and 10 p.m. CNBC

Face Off In this new episode the special effects/makeup artists have to mash-up two animals to create a new species. 9 p.m. Syfy

Next Great Baker The top three teams remain, only two will move on to Vegas; where they each create a masterpiece in the season finale. 9 p.m. TLC

Rizzoli

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A&E greenlights Nick and Drew Lachey reality series, 'Lachey's Bar'

Former 98 Degrees singers Nick and Drew Lachey have entered the reality show entrepreneur game with their newly greenlighted A&E series, "Lachey's Bar."

The name is a working title, but it's pretty plain what the show will be about: the Lachey brothers will open up a bar in their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Production is expected to begin immediately on the 10 episode season and should premiere sometime in 2015.

The Lacheys' series follows the same path Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg started down earlier this year with their A&E reality series, "Wahlburgers," which follows the brothers as they run a casual dining restaurant and bar in Boston with an eye on expansion.

The Wahlberg series debuted in January 2014 and was given another 18-episode order by A&E in February. 

Nick Lachey is no stranger to the reality show game: he starred with his then-wife Jessica Simpson in the MTV series "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica" that ran from 2003 to 2005. The couple filed for divorce in late 2005.

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Harry Shearer becomes final 'Simpsons' main cast member to win Emmy

It only took 25 years, but finally all six main cast members of "The Simpsons" have Emmys for their work on the show after Harry Shearer won TV's big award at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday.

Shearer won the outstanding character voice-over performance Emmy for performing multiple characters in the episode "Four Regrettings and a Funeral." In that single episode, Shearer performed as news anchor Kent Brockman, the villainous Mr. Burns, a younger version of Mr. Burns, and Burns' assistant, Smithers. 

Shearer also has portrayed "Simpsons" characters Ned Flanders, Otto the bus driver, Reverend Lovejoy, police officer Eddie, Principal Skinner, Homer's coworker Lenny, Dr. Hibbert, Dr. Marvin Monroe and God, in addition to many more characters over the show's quarter-century on the air.

Shearer is currently in London starring in the play "Daytona." According to Deadline, the actor was asleep in England when he won the award in Los Angeles.

It's just the second time Shearer has been...

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