Oprah will Act for the 1st Time on her OWN Network

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Oprah will act for the 1st time on her OWN network, co-starring in a TV series from Selma director
Oprah will have a recurring role on Queen Sugar, inspired by Natalie Baszile’s novel, which will be written, produced and directed by Ava DuVernay. Queen Sugar is about a Los Angeles woman who trades her upscale life for an 800-acre sugar cane farm in Louisiana.

SNL confirms Eddie Murphy and many other big names for 40th anniversary special
Everybody from Peyton Manning to Amy Poehler to Justin Timberlake to Paul McCartney will be part of the Feb. 15 special, which will have a live red carpet pre-show hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly and Al Roker.

Nationwide exec on the dead kid ad: “The initial negative reaction from the social space was a little stronger than we anticipated…”
But chief marketing officer Matt Jauchius says of the depressing dead kid ad, “we absolutely anticipated that we would cause a conversation.”

Bates Motel poster uses Psycho as its tagline
Check out the Season 3 art for the A&E series.

Nathan Fillion will play himself on The Big Bang Theory
Raj and Leonard will see the Castle star in a restaurant and debate if it’s actually him on the Feb. 19 episode.

Super Bowl viewers considered Budweiser’s Lost Dog the best ad
It was the most talked-about commercial from Sunday. No. 2 was Nationwide’s dead kid ad.

James Cromwell joins Halt & Catch Fire
He’ll play a Texas millionaire looking to expand into the tech industry.

Chevy defends its blackout ad just before Super Bowl kickoff
A GM exec notes that they received “over 90% positive” reaction, adding: “That was one of the most perfect moments we could have chosen.”

The Late Late Show got weird with guest host Adam Pally and his sidekick Ben Schwartz
“CBS could not give a fart what I’m doing,” The Mindy Project star said of his one-night guest-hosting stint on Friday.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine books Garret Dillahunt
He’ll guest as the best detective in the NYPD.

The Simpsons gets a pixelated opening tribute
Check out one pixel artists attempt to make The Simpsons look like an eight-bit video game.

Dancing with the Stars alum/NFL Network star Warren Sapp arrested for soliciting a prostitute
The Season 7 Dancing alum was taken into custody in Phoenix this morning. He was in town covering the Super Bowl for NFL Network.

Watch the 1st teaser trailer for J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy
The “Harry Potter” author’s miniseries is a joint production from HBO and BBC.

Katy Perry’s world tour is coming to Epix
“Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour” will be shown on March 28. PLUS: Meet one of Katy Perry’s dancing sharks, and did the Super Bowl halftime show diss Taylor Swift?