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The final two guests in the talk show career of David Letterman will be familiar to fans of his shows. Tom Hanks will make his 60th appearance on next Monday’s CBS “Late Show” episode alongside music from Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam). He was the final guest on NBC’s “Late Night” show in 1993. Bill Murray will mark his 44th time on the shows next Tuesday. He was the first guest on both the NBC program in 1982 and CBS show in 1993. The very last episode on Wednesday offers no names but an “hour filled with surprises” and a final top 10 list. The Wrap

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Original cast member and recent Emmy winner Harry Shearer is departing “The Simpsons.” He tweeted the startling news Wednesday night that he is leaving after 26 years. He has a large number of characters, including Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, and Rev. Lovejoy. Executive producer Al Jean is “hopeful” they can convince Shearer to “have a change of heart.” Entertainment Weekly

Chris Brown and Pitbull will team up to perform on Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. The ABC event from Las Vegas will be hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen. Other performers include Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Imagine Dragons, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Van Halen, Kanye West, Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Little Big Town, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, and Meghan Trainor. Billboard

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The first full trailer for the next Guillermo Del Toro film offers creepy visuals and a “secretive, supernatural underground lair.” The upcoming horror movie “Crimson Peak” also features an all-star cast of Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. The plot has a young author who marries a wealthy nobleman, moving into his gigantic, demon-filled estate. It opens nationwide on October 16. Yahoo Movies

The Paley Center for Media hosts a special event on Thursday celebrating African-Americans throughout TV history. An all-star lineup was part of the tribute in New York, including Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Cicely Tyson, Larry Wilmore, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lee Daniels, Michael Strahan, and Phylicia RashadHuffington Post

George Clooney and the epic film “Tomorrowland” are eying a $50 million weekend at the box office next weekend. The science-fiction adventure from Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”) arrives mostly in secrecy, giving potential audience members “a vague idea” of the story. It is projected to win the Memorial Day weekend against the debut of remake “Poltergeist.” Variety

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