NBC has bought the sequel to History’s hit miniseries “The Bible” from Mark Burnett — who also produces the network’s “The Voice” and “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Showtime’s newest drama “Ray Donovan” bowed Sunday to 1.35 million viewers, topping the 2011 debut of “Homeland” as the network’s best original series launch.

Lady Gaga sang the national anthem at Pier 26 to kick off New York City’s gay pride celebration Friday night… changing the words, to “the land of the free and the home of the gay.”

Jessica Simpson gave birth via Caesarian section to her second child Sunday, a boy, Ace Knute Johnson.

Cher says Katie’s ex-husband Tom Cruise has some serious bedroom skills. “I’ve had just the greatest lovers ever! He was in the top five.”

Five of the “Glee” regulars — Mark Salling, Amber Riley, Heather Morris and Harry Shum, Jr. — are being demoted to just “occasional appearance” roles next season.

The new Terminator movie will arrive in theaters in June of 2015. No mention if it will include Arnold.

A Cirque de Soleil performer fell 50-feet to her death at a Las Vegas show show over the weekend. The mother of two fell during a performance of “Ka” at the MGM grand.

Do the Rolling Stones still have it? Ask any of the 170,000 fans who turned out for a concert in the U.K. over the weekend. They were said to be in top form.

Jennifer Lopez is apologizing after people complain about her singing “Happy Birthday” to the leader of Turkmenistan, a country with lots of reported human rights violations.

And now, there’s Groupon Reserve that gives discounts to upper end clientele at finer restaurants and places in major cities.

You might be saying goodbye to the E-Trade baby soon. The advertising agency that brought that to their advertising has resigned the account.

After a big pre-wedding party weekend in in Cannes, France, Avril Lavigne and her fiance Chad Kroeger were officially married yesterday.

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are quietly telling friends that, yes, some day, they will get married.

A new study at the University of Pennsylvania finds that people who go to bed late are more likely to gain weight. [Is it my fault McDonald’s is open 24 hours?]

FACEBOOK REPORTEDLY TESTING CHAT ROOM FEATURE _ A source says Facebook is building a chat room function. When a user clicks the Host Chat button, the user can name the room if there’s a specific topic or reason for a chat. When a person starts a chat room, it will create a News Feed story that others can join.

MOST U.S. WORKERS WANT TO CHANGE CAREERS _ Only 14 percent of U.S. workers believe they have the perfect job and more than half want to change careers. A Harris survey showed that the most coveted jobs are in the arts and sciences, business management, technology and healthcare.

PHONE SEX NUMBERS APPEAR IN VIDEO GAME _ California video game company Naughty Dog said 800 numbers in the PlayStation 3 game “The Last of Us” turned out to be real phone sex lines and will be removed. The numbers, which in the game are supposed to be for pest control in post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh, connected to real adult chat lines and discovered the report to be true.

RUBEN STUDDARD TO COMPETE ON BIGGEST LOSER _ American Idol Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard will compete on the upcoming 15th season of NBC’s The Biggest Loser.

According to a new survey, the most annoying type of person on a plane is . . . the person who reclines their seat all the way back.  Parents who let their kids run amok are a close second, followed by people with bad hygiene . . . people who hog the armrest . . . and people who keep trying to talk to you. 

In 1966, an American doctor in Vietnam had to amputate the right arm of a North Vietnamese man.  He SAVED THE BONES as a sort of weird souvenir, forgot he had them, then found them in a closet in 2011.  After two trips to Vietnam to find the rightful owner, he finally tracked him down, and returned the man’s arm yesterday . . . 47 years after he lost it.

LONE RANGER REVIEWS ARE NOT KIND _ The reviews for The Lone Ranger are in… and they’re not good. A sample: “In the end, The Lone Ranger is one hot mess — an entertaining one, to be sure, but still a mess.” – Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News

NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK _ Released July 2

Venus and Serena

The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series

The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 4

Party of Five: Season Five