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<p>Frank (William H. Macy)&nbsp;uses his youngest son in the &quot;Shameless&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere.</p>

Frank (William H. Macy) uses his youngest son in the "Shameless" season 2 premiere.

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'Shameless' - 'Summertime': The running woman

Debbie runs a daycare, Frank runs from a debt, and Fiona just runs

I posted my review of the early part of "Shamelessseason 2 earlier this week. Now it's your turn. How did you feel about the shift from winter into summer? Were any of the 5 fans of "Lone Star" happy to see James Wolk? Did you miss Steve? Did Frank reach a new low with what happened with Liam? And would you, like me, not object to an ongoing story arc where Fiona returns to track & field full-time? 

In terms of ongoing coverage plans, my feeling from last year and from what I saw of these first four episodes is that "Shameless" is a show better served by me dipping in and out on and only writing something if an episode is notably different from the ones before or after. That said, I'm going to be watching the whole season, so I may do weekly (or bi-weekly) open threads for the episodes, depending on the level of interest.

What did everybody else think of the premiere? 

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<p>&quot;The&nbsp;Descendants&quot;&nbsp;won two awards, for&nbsp;Best Picture and Best Actor.</p>

"The Descendants" won two awards, for Best Picture and Best Actor.

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'Descendants,' Malick, Clooney and Dunst win with Kansas City critics

'Beginners' pleasantly surprises in Best Original Screenplay

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle held its vote this evening and "The Descendants" was named the year's best. I was somewhat confused that "Hugo" won an award designated for sci-fi/fantasy/horror films, though. How does that perception even happen? Anyway, check out the full list of winners below.

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Coachella line-up coming this week. Will Radiohead and Black Keys be on the bill?
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Coachella line-up coming this week. Will Radiohead and Black Keys be on the bill?

The festival drops major hints about who's playing

Look for Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to announce its 2012 line up very soon. The festival changed its Twitter feed photo to a screen stating “Next Week” on Friday. Plus, over the last several days, the festival has been teasing potential acts via linking to their videos.

So far, we’ve gotten and ever since then has been posting videos of potential bands who could play the fest. So far, we’ve gotten videos from Jimmy Cliff, Azealia Banks, Araab Muzik, Breakbot and, just a few minutes ago, Housse de Racket.

They’ve been followed by #Coachella2012. That’s a pretty big hint.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; team</p>
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The "American Idol" team

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Press Tour '12 Live-Blog: 'American Idol'

Steven, J-Lo, Randy, Ryan and the 'Idol' team check in

Buckle in, boys and girls. It's time to hear from the "American Idol" team about why this year's crop of singers is the best crop ever and why "Idol" will continue to be TV's most popular show. 

Click through for the full live-blog, in which we may learn what the "Performance Challenge" episode is all about...

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<p>Even Hugh Laurie doesn't know if &quot;House&quot;&nbsp;will be back next season.</p>

Even Hugh Laurie doesn't know if "House" will be back next season.

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Press tour analysis: FOX has 'Fringe,' 'House,' 'Terra Nova' decisions to make

Many shows have their fates up in the air as we head into the season's second half

There are press tour executive sessions full of announcements about renewals and cancellations, hirings and firings - news, in other words. Then there are sessions like the one FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly just conducted, in which he left the fate of many shows and people - including "House," "Fringe," "Terra Nova," Ryan Seacrest and "X Factor" host Steve Jones - up in the air, while only clarifying the future (or lack therefor) of "Allen Gregory," which is kaput.

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<p>This was Kevin Reilly at last July's TCA press tour. He still looks like this.</p>
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This was Kevin Reilly at last July's TCA press tour. He still looks like this.

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Press Tour '12 Live-Blog: FOX Executive Session with Kevin Reilly

Expect 'Terra Nova,' 'Fringe' and 'House' buzz from FOX's entertainment chief

Our FOX TCA Day began with a "Touch" panel which was really about "24" and "Heroes."

Then we moved on to "Alcatraz," which was really a panel about "Lost."

Now? It's time for FOX Entertainment President Kevin Reilly, who I assume will only be asked about his time running NBC.

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11:08 a.m. Kevin Reilly begins his panel by announcing that he's actually going to be watching the Falcons-Giants game on his phone throughout. Sepinwall looks jealous.

11:09 a.m. FOX is going to be debuting a Saturday "alternative animated" late-night block. Like Adult Swim only on FOX.

11:11 a.m. The animation announcement successfully preempted our question stream, keeping our initial questions from relating to "Fringe," "House" or "Terra Nova." Very tricky, FOX.

11:14 a.m. Interestingly, the digital chatter is still going. This is pretty impressive.

11:14 a.m. Finally our first fresh question. We're talking "House." "I think we've just been avoiding it. To be honest with you, it's hard to imagine the network without 'House,'" Reilly says. They've agreed to put off a decision until after the first of the year and they haven't had said meeting about the fate of the show yet. "Honestly, we simply haven't made the decision," Reilly insists. "Should this be the last season, it's not going to be an unceremonious  finish," Reilly says, adding that he hopes it's a decision they'll make it together.

11:16 a.m. "It could and that'll be their business," Reilly says on the possibility of "House" moving to NBC if FOX decides not to move forward. 

11:17 a.m. "We've done a good job of avoiding some of these big decisions until after the session," Reilly says of the future of "Terra Nova." He said, "It was an exciting bet to take" and he insists that "Terra Nova" worked and that "a distinct audience" stuck with the show and enjoyed it. "The fact is, if this is all we produced, we made money off it, the studio made money off it, the audience enjoyed it," Reilly swears.  He has focus group evidence that the show has a family audience. "I love the cast. I love some of the episodes. I love some of the ideas that were there," Reilly says, while also admitting that creatively, the show was "hunting." The problem is that FOX has fewer holes in its lineup. "It does need to get back into production over the next month," he hints.

11:20 a.m. Reilly is "thrilled" with "The X Factor" and the boost it gave FOX fall. "It's its own show. It's its own energy. It's its own spectacle," Reilly says, promising that there are changes coming, but Reilly doesn't know what they will be. Reilly wants to note that the hosting gig on a show like this is harder than meets the eye. "Whether Steve's the guy or not, it comes under the heading of 'growth in general,'" Reilly says.

11:21 a.m. And what about Ryan Seacrest's future on "Idol." "It's very hard to imagine the show without Ryan," Reilly says, calling this "a tough negotiation.

11:22 a.m. "That time has come and gone," Reilly says of the possibility of a "House" spinoff, but he notes that FOX isn't in such a desperate place that they need to keep the show alive in some form. 

11:23 a.m. Does Reilly have any concerns about market oversaturation regarding music talent shows? "I expect 'Idol' will be down this season," Reilly says, but he tells us not to read anything into that, emphasizing that it's just an 11-year-old show and shows like that drop. "There have been many 'Idol' stories that have been filed prematurely," Reilly says. He adds that until the audience gets bored, audiences aren't tired of the shows. "When the audience is bored, we'll know it's over," Reilly says. "There's no magic number, but you'll watch the trend line and you'll know."

11:26 a.m. Reilly thinks that "Dance" is still a creative tentpole for FOX's summer. "We wanted to get a few more shows on over the summer," Reilly explains, promising that audiences will like the new "So You Think You Can Dance" format.

11:28 a.m. RETRANS QUESTION! This is where I will nap during each executive session. 

11:29 a.m. What's up with "Allen Gregory"? "We will not be making any more 'Allen Gregorys,'" Reilly says, though he adds that FOX is hoping to make more shows with Jonah Hill. With "The Simpsons" reupping and a "Flintstones" reboot upcoming, FOX isn't worried about the occasional animation failure and he predicts that "Bob's Burgers" will go to "the next level" this season.

11:30 a.m. Did FOX blunder by benching "New Girl" for October? "I don't like ever taking a show off, but the reality is that in general, shows need to take hiatus during their life cycle." Reilly says. "We took a hit and 'Glee' took a hit," Reilly admits, while acknowledging that "Glee" is down double-digits this season. He says, though, that there's ample time for audiences to rediscover "New Girl" and "we're off to a hell of a start." He adds, "I'm really proud of the show" and refuses to apologize for the benching. "It's part of the high class problem we have."

11:33 a.m. Time for "Fringe" questions! "'Fringe' has been a point of pride. I share the passion for the show that the fans have," Reilly says. "It's vastly improved our Friday night," he adds. "The hesitation in my voice is that it's an expensive show. We lose a lot of money on that show," he says, while adding that FOX is not in the business of losing money. "Please don't start the letter-writing campaign. I can't take it," Reilly says, while adding that it's a decision they're going to have to make down the road and that discussions really haven't started.

11:36 a.m. Reilly likes FOX's NFL deal.

11:36 a.m. "Glee" spinoff talk? There will not be a "Glee" spinoff, but Ryan Murphy and company have an idea for how to follow the characters who are graduating within the show and he promises a cool end-of-season and fall. So "No 'Glee' spinoff. Trust in Ryan Murphy." Can you do that?

11:38 a.m. How is Reilly feeling about "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" and multi-cam comedy? Reilly is also determined to get back into the multi-cam game. "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" has six or seven episodes remaining and he swears that they'll air. He thinks that multi-cam comedies work best in pairs and they're hard to crack, but he points to CBS for evidence that audiences want to see them. "Think back: Not everybody in this room loved 'Big Bang Theory' when it first came on," Reilly says. "Don't pile on the shows so quickly when they're just hanging out there. I know some of them are just excruciatingly bad, but they're hard," Reilly says. 

That's it for Kevin Reilly, sports fans.

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Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin 

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Press Tour: Kathy Griffin get her own talk show on Bravo

The outspoken stand-up comic is green-lit to rant on pop culture

No matter what comes out of her mouth, loudmouth comic Kathy Griffin will not be kept down. During press tour, Bravo announced that the two-time Emmy winner will be getting her own prime time talk show on the network this spring.

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<p>&nbsp;Brad&nbsp;Pitt holds his Desert Palm Award for Best Actor.</p>

 Brad Pitt holds his Desert Palm Award for Best Actor.

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George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Michelle Williams and more turn out for Palm Springs awards gala

Gary Oldman is probably smoking out of his award right about now

I've never attended the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. It's a key stop along the Oscar trail this time of year, very competitive with the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The two duke it out for honorees, one reticent to honor talent that the other has chalked up for an award. Which is obviously silly. But it seemed time to give it a go.

The evening was a nice enough one. Good whiskey, tasty spare ribs, yummy dessert. But the heathens at my table nearly tore it. I don't quite know what their business was there, but it appeared that most were friends of one of the festival's sponsors. Fine, fair enough, bring your friends. But maybe chastise them for gloating over snapping photos of Angelina Jolie in the bathroom? Earlier I heard another conniving over "getting my picture with George [Clooney]." Ugh.

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<p>Laura Slade Wiggins of &quot;Shameless&quot;</p>
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Laura Slade Wiggins of "Shameless"

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HitFix Interview: Laura Slade Wiggins talks 'Shameless'

'Shameless' co-star talks about playing Showtime's sex-addicted teen
While going through audio files for the recently started January Television Critics Association press tour, I stumbled upon a brief interview I did back at July's press tour with "Shameless" co-star Laura Slade Wiggins.
 
"Shameless" was early in production on its second season when we spoke, meaning that I couldn't ask specific questions about where things were heading, but Wiggins' Karen had a plenty eventful first season.
 
We were introduced to Karen as the sunny daughter of Joan Cusack's Sheila, but as the season progressed, we realized that what appeared to just be a sexual fetish triggered by math and physics instruction was actually part of a full-blown and increasingly self-destructive addiction that led to a truly unfortunate webcam encounter with William H. Macy's Frank. As with the rest of the "Shameless" cast, Wiggins was asked to walk the line between dark comedy and wounded pathos, sometimes within the same scenes, a  blending of tones that had already confused Emmy voters, who unveiled their nominations shortly before this conversation.
 
I now know that Season 2 brings more of the same for Karen, as she tries to tame her sexual demons in the appropriately dysfunctional "Shameless" ways.
 
Click through for the interview...
 
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<p>&quot;Saturday Night Live&quot; host Charles Barkley</p>
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"Saturday Night Live" host Charles Barkley

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Charles Barkley and Kelly Clarkson

Could the Round Mound of Rebound and the first Idol start 2012 off right?
Tonight marks the third time that Charles Barkley has hosted “Saturday Night Live.” I completely forgot that he initially hosted the show in 1993 until doing a little digging in preparation for tonight’s recap. I remember his 2010 appearance well, albeit unkindly. So I’m slightly dreading his presence tonight in this, the first “SNL” of 2012. It doesn’t help my confidence that he spent seemingly half of today inside NBC’s “Football Night in America” studio plugging his appearance rather than working on his sketches. He’s a larger-than-life personality outside of this show, but seems to shrink in this particular spotlight. Oh well. If nothing else, the original “American Idol” herself Kelly Clarkson may brighten tonight’s proceedings.
 
As per usual, only one way to find out. I grade each sketch, you get mad, and then we all move on with our lives. Deal? Deal.
 
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Andy Cohen

 Andy Cohen

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Bravo's Andy Cohen talks about 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' suicide

The producer/talk show host admits there were 'many discussions' about Armstrong

While Andy Cohen was on hand at press tour to discuss his Bravo late night talk show, "Watch What Happens: Live," expanding to five nights a week (Sun. through Thurs.) this week, but it came as no surprise that questions about the recent suicide of Russell Armstrong, husband of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Taylor Armstrong, came up during a panel.

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<p>&nbsp;Norah Jones and her Little Willies bandmates</p>

 Norah Jones and her Little Willies bandmates

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Album Review: The Little Willies featuring Norah Jones soar on sophomore set

Torch and twang combine with great musicianship on 'For The Good Times'

It has taken the Little Willies six years to follow up its self-titled debut with “For The Good Times,” but the quintet, fronted by Norah Jones, has only improved with age.

The band name is, of course, a slightly naughty moniker, but the official explanation is that it comes from the members’ unabashed adoration for all things Willie Nelson, and his compadres...And let’s face it, the Little Merles wouldn’t have provided the same giggle value.

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