“Fringe” has been given a fifth and final season by Fox. “We are thrilled and beyond grateful that Fox – and our fans – have made the impossible possible: ‘Fringe’ will continue into a fifth season that will allow the series to conclude in a wild and thrilling way,” co-creator J.J. Abrams said in a statement. (LA Times; EW)
In case you missed it, Sir Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance on “30 Rock’s” East Coast live show Thursday, where he slapped Alec Baldwin on the cheek. (According to a person who was at the dress rehearsal, McCartney’s appearance was a surprise for Baldwin.) The West Coast had to settle for Kim Kardashian. Tough break, West Coast. (THR)
Sean Penn was honored at a gathering of Nobel Peace Prize laureates Wednesday for his humanitarian work in Haiti. “It’s an overused phrase, I know, but I trust you know it’s genuine today. I am humbled. I’m trembling and I like it,” the actor said in an emotional speech. (AP)
Rosie O’Donnell doubles down, after the jump.
Rosie O’Donnell was welcomed back on the “Today” show Wednesday after negative comments she made about Lindsay Lohan’s new gig playing Elizabeth Taylor successfully stirred up trouble. She doubled down on her previous statements, comparing Lohan to Whitney Houston. “Watching Whitney Houston’s funeral, I remember thinking, ‘Why didn’t more people say what they knew?’ We all knew,” she told Matt Lauer. “And I know only someone can be in control of their own sobriety, but to look at Lindsay Lohan you can’t help but feel for her. And I do not think she’s untalented — I think she’s quite talented.” (EW)
Adam McKay is reportedly in negotiations to direct a remake of “Uptown Saturday Night,” which originally starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. Will Smith and Denzel Washington are being eyed for the lead roles. (Deadline)
“Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch thought season one of “Downton Abbey” was better than season two. Adjust accordingly. (HuffPost)
Watch Ellen DeGeneres try to read passages from “Fifty Shades of Grey” below.