VMAs Giving Miley Cyrus 'Pretty Free Rein' on Sunday

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

VMAs giving Miley Cyrus “pretty free rein” on Sunday

Nothing is off-limits, says VMA executive producer Garrett English. He adds: "Obviously there are standards and various other things that were always a part of it, but no, (no rules)… It never comes from a place of trying to limit the range, it’s always coming from a place of trying to open up the full palate.” PLUS: Miley wore pasties and made Jimmy Kimmel uncomfortable, and Ali Wentworth copied Cyrus by also wearing pasties on Kimmel, prompting a GMA reaction from husband George Stephanopoulos.


Fresh Off the Boat books Shaquille O’Neal

The NBA legend will guest on Season 2’s third episode, titled Shaquille O’Neal Motors.


The Daily Show will put an emphasis on going viral under Trevor Noah

The Onion’s digital director, Baratunde Thurston, is being hired to make the Comedy Central staple produce more viral content. “There’s more to what The Daily Show can make than what people have seen,” he says.


NBC’s Carmichael Show has network TV’s biggest summer comedy debut in 8 years

About 4.8 million tuned in to the premiere of comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s new comedy.


Mary Lynn Rajskub is coming to Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The 24 alum will play Boyle’s possible soulmate.


Galaxy Quest
TV series lands at Amazon

Amazon Studios will develop the 1999 sci-fi cult hit as a TV series.


Hulu renews Difficult People

The Amy Poehler-produced Billy Eichner-Julie Klausner comedy will return for a second season.


Why USA made the right call in pulling Mr. Robot’s season finale

Read a description of the scene similar to Wednesday’s Virginia TV news tragedy.


A U.S. Ninth Circuit Court judge cites John Oliver in her ruling

Judge Marsha S. Berzon’s decision in the case of Paeste v. Guam footnotes a Last Week Tonight YouTube video from March.


George R.R. Martin: Game of Thrones’ Stannis is still alive in my books

Martin responded to a question on his LiveJournal about Stannis’ fate. “In my books? Alive, beyond a doubt,” Martin responded. On the show, however, Stannis is indeed dead. PLUS: Here’s what GoT has planned for Brienne, and read an interesting new Jon Snow theory.


Survivor tried and failed to bring back Greg Buis and Jeff Kent

Jeff Probst tells which Survivor alums they couldn’t get for the Second Chance season.


Stephen Colbert makes the cover of Time, recalls being a "nerd" when it wasn't so cool

"'Nerd’ now is like someone discovering your favorite band,” says Colbert. "I was a nerd when nerd was nerd. OK? Alright? There was no reward. No one catered to us. We weren’t a demographic. We were a punching bag and a punch line. There was a movie called Revenge of the Nerds because the nerds needed revenge because of all of the things that were happening to them. That’s a cultural artifact that people need to understand. Revenge of the Nerds is proof that nerding has changed.”


Taylor Swift brought out Lisa Kudrow for a Friends duet of Smelly Cat

Kudrow was the second Friends alum Swift trotted out for her 1989 tour in the past week. Matt LeBlanc walked Swift’s catwalk last Saturday.


Buffy’s Nicholas Brendon walks off Dr. Phil

Brendon explains how uncomfortable he felt on the Dr. Phil show’s hot seat: “When I was in that seat, I felt that Dr. Phil went for the jugular, talking about some of my recent mistakes, with no build up. I felt that he wanted me to lay the darkest parts of myself on national TV right from the start, and I’m not willing to do that.”


Dancing with the Stars adds a 15-year-old Vine star

Hayes Grier, who’s also popular on YouTube, broke the news on social media.


Check out David Letterman's cameo in Darlene Love’s new music video

Paul Shaffer also joined the start-studded Forbidden Nights video.


BBC drops out as a producer on Episodes for its possible final season

Showtime will continue producing the Matt LeBlanc for its fifth and likely last season.


Hemlock Grove’s final season drops on Oct. 10

The Eli Roth Netflix gothic horror series is going out with its third season.