Did the Obamas Buy The Magnum P.I. house?

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Did the Obamas buy the Magnum P.I. house?
Speculation that the Obama family purchased the $8.5 million Hawaiian “Robin’s Nest” from the classic Tom Selleck series has been sparked by the fact that the paper work was signed by one of the president’s closest friends, on behalf of a limited liability company. Everybody involved in the deal had to sign a nondisclosure agreement.

Bella Thorne is set to star on ABC Family’s Famous in Love
Pretty Little Liars boss I. Marlene King is adapting another book, in which Thorne would play a college student who suddenly becomes a movie star. MORE CASTING: Kelli Williams joins UP’s Ties That Bind, Japanese actress Kiki Sukezane has been cast on Heroes Reborn, and D.L. Hughley joins NBC’s “Heart Matters.

Jeb Bush appears to be following the Stephen Colbert model of running for president
Like Colbert did in 2011, Bush has created his own super Pac to raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals, corporations and unions.

HBO, Showtime and Sony want a “separate lane” for their Internet traffic
Their hoping ISPs give their streaming content special treatment.

Dateline and Investigation Discovery jump on the Robert Durst Jinx bandwagon
Tonight, NBC has Robert Durst: Inside the Long, Strange Trip to take advantage of this week’s news, while Sunday’s episode of Vanity Fair Confidential is devoted to Durst.

Top Gear‘s James May and Richard Hammond refuse to shoot the show while Jeremy Clarkson is suspended
The BBC had hoped to film the three final episodes of the season without Clarkson.

Will Empire become the next Glee or Scandal?
Both “Glee” and “Scandal” were big in their debut seasons, but one of them fizzled out.

AMC’s Preacher casts “Arseface”
Rake‘s Ian Colletti will play the young character with a horribly disfigured face and a severe speech impediment.

Comedy pilot season: Family sitcoms, diversity and veteran actors are all the rage
TV networks are getting back to basics this pilot season, focusing on successful formulas from the past.

John Kerry’s deputy secretary of state explains his House of Cards “consultant” role
Tony Blinken, who previously served as Obama’s deputy national security advisor, says his “consultant” role amounted to taking a “few phone calls” from creator Beau Willimon, who wanted to “test the veracity or not of some foreign policy story lines.”

The Talk is beating The View
The CBS daytime talk show topping The View in total viewers and the key 18-49 women’s demo.

When will the Downton Abbey congressmen end up on reality TV?
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned in disgrace this week, was already a TMZ staple. How soon before he gets his own Bravo reality show?

Broad City: A show about class dynamics
How class discrepancy fuels the comic tension of the Comedy Central series.

Genre shows have helped boost The CW
The CW has found its niche with young viewers craving everything from superhero shows to vampire shows.

American Horror Story‘s Season 1 house sells for $3.2 million
See inside the “Murder House,” which was built in 1908.

The Americans didn’t expect to speak so much Russian — now the show has Russian-speaking rules
At first, producers didn’t think American viewers would tolerate so much speaking of Russian. But they gave in, and established rules for speaking the language: “The rule is that whatever language they’d be speaking in reality is what they speak,” says producer Joel Fields. Adds creator Joe Weisberg: “That’s right. If they’re two Russian speakers, they speak Russian. If there’s a Russian speaker with someone who doesn’t speak Russian, they have to speak English.” PLUS: The Americans‘ bleakness is why it’s so great, and Alison Wright was so excited by these past two episodes.

Watch new Silicon Valley Season 2 teasers
Will there be a special Christmas episode?

Study: TV cooking shows could make you fat
Cornell University researchers studied 500 women in their 20s and 30s, and found that those who watched cooking shows and cooked meals from scratch were more likely to have a higher body mass index.

MTV’s Spring Break: An appreciation
MTV Spring Break used to rule, says Leslie Horn: “Starting in the ’80s and peaking in the ’90s, MTV’s programming took the seediest, rawest parts of the college spring break fantasy, cranked up the nudity, told parents to stay the hell home, threw in some pop stars, and pointed cameras at it all.”

12 years ago: UPN had its own Empire — from Sofia Coppola and John Ridley
The future Oscar winners co-created “Platinum,” a drama series starring Sticky Fingaz about family-run hip-hop label under siege with the help of Francis Ford Coppola.

Cookie Monster tries to break the Internet
Sesame Street is taking full advantage of Cookie Monster this week on YouTube, even enlisting him as a Life Coach.

Why Mike Ehrmantraut is Better Call Saul‘s worst character
Yes, Jonathan Banks is a great actor, but Mike Ehrmantraut is not the type of character whom the show should delve into, says Eric Thurm. “I don’t think we really needed to learn Mike’s backstory,” he says. “Like his boss Gus Fring, Mike worked better as a hyper-competent enigma, a counterbalance to the more emotionally legible characters around him.”

The Nanny stars have a mini-reunion
Check out Fran Drescher and Charles Shaughnessy 16 years later.

Community needs to take more risks now that it’s on Yahoo
Season 6 has to finish the love triangle and give Abed his moment. PLUS: Did a Community writer troll Reddit?

Jim Parsons kisses his Madame Tussauds wax figure
“Every detail on this figure is incredibly accurate and precise,” says The Big Bang Theory star. “From the color of the eyes to the facial features, you can tell how hard the artists and sculptors work to achieve such a realistic portrayal.”

Boy George to serve as Idol mentor
He’ll help the Top 9 navigate through ’80s week.

Disney Junior getting Muppet Moments
The Muppets are returning to TV in a series of shorts in which they have conversations with kids.

Watch James Corden’s Late Late Show billboard stunt
Corden was given a bullhorn and a paint roller to draw attention to himself on top of a billboard across from his studio.

How Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped being terrible
The ABC series benefited by closing itself off from the Marvel cinematic universe.

The Normal Heart‘s Larry Kramer is getting an HBO documentary
The gay rights and health activist will be the subject of “Larry Kramer In Love & Anger” in June.

Steven Bochco, now cancer-free, weighs in on The Jinx, looks back at Hill Street Blues
The TV legend has been battling blood cancer for the past eight months.

Inside the creation of Seinfeld‘s theme song
Jonathan Wolff says he met Jerry Seinfeld because they shared the same friend, comedian George Wallace.

Fox orders supernatural crime drama Houdini and Doyle
The series is based on the unlikely real-life friendship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini.

Downton Abbey begins filming Season 6
Check out Michelle Dockery on the set.