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Actor Hugh Laurie is definitely filming multiple episodes for HBO’s comedy series “Veep,” but is he the new Vice President? Network officials would not confirm what his role is, but last season’s finale had the lead character of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) taking over as the new United States President. She was also in the midst of a crumbling campaign to win the office herself, so a strong running mate would certainly be needed. Laurie is a two-time Golden Globe winner for his previous long-running role on “House” but never could quite win an Emmy Award despite six attempts. TV Line

Stephen Colbert will host the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors airing December 30 on CBS. He is joining the CBS family beginning in 2015 as the replacement for David Letterman on “Late Show.” Newsman Walter Cronkite hosted for many years and was followed by Caroline Kennedy and then Glenn Close last year. This year’s honorees in Washington will be Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting, and Lily Tomlin. USA Today

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Taylor Swift seems to be unstoppable on the album charts, winning the top spot for a third straight week. Her album “1989” sold an additional 312,000 copies this past week, bringing her grand total to two million copies so far. After the “Frozen” soundtrack, this is only the second album in 2014 to spend three straight weeks at the top. The next three slots this past week were all debut albums from Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, and Garth Brooks. Billboard

Saturday Night Live” star Cecily Strong will headline the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Last season, she was one of the NBC shows’ Weekend Update anchors but has since returned to being strictly a sketch player. The live show on C-SPAN will take place on April 25 with President Barack Obama and other celebrity guests attending. In the event’s 94-year history, Strong will be the fourth woman to emcee. The others were Aretha Franklin, Paula Poundstone, and Wanda Sykes. E! Online

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Plans are now underway to bring the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical “The Visit” to Broadway. The newly-revised production would return next spring with two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera starring. The cast and crew under the direction of John Doyle (“Sweeney Todd”) have been working on the musical in Williamstown. Rivera, Kander, and the late Ebb are all Broadway legends who have also been Kennedy Center honorees. Playbill

One of the hottest properties in Hollywood now has its screenwriter. Peter Straughan (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) will adapt the Pulitzer Prize-winning Donna Tartt novel “Goldfinch” for Warner Bros. Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Brett Ratner are producing. The novel is about a 13-year-old New York boy who survives an accident that kills his mother. He is then drawn into the art underworld after being taken in by a wealthy friend. Deadline

Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin dies at age 78 in Las Vegas. He signed with the legendary Detroit music company in the 1960s before being drafted into the Army. When he returned, he had several hit singles, including “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” in 1966. Variety

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