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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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Suze Orman

 Suze Orman

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Suze Orman talks about her new show and the death of the American dream

With 'America's Money Class,' Orman wants to save your finances

In debt? If so, you're not alone -- according to US News and World Report, 70 percent of Americans feel your pain. While debtors aren't her only target audience, Suze Orman is hoping to slap some common sense into viewers about handling money with her new show, "America's Money Class with Suze Orman" (premieres Mon. Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET). During a conference call with reporters, the tough love financial expert talked about the death of the American dream, the shrinking middle class and why she's hopeful that she can make viewers face their fears about money.

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Jeff Lewis, "Interior Therapy"
Jeff Lewis, "Interior Therapy"
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'Interior Therapy' star Jeff Lewis no longer flipping out, talks housing crash

The newly minted interior decorator admits 'getting knocked down' paid off

The housing bust had a direct impact on "Flipping Out" star Jeffrey Lewis, who found his business -- and the theme of his Bravo show -- disappearing along with potential buyers."There were times when I thought, why is this happening to me? And sometimes it takes years to figure out the lesson. But getting knocked down was one of the best things to ever happen to me," Lewis admitted during a press tour panel discussion. 

Enter "Interior Therapy," Lewis' new show debuting later this year. Now working as an interior designer, Lewis and assistant Jenni Pulos move in with couples who need home decoration help, usually revolving around personal dilemmas ranging from hoarding to merging belongings following a marriage. "I don't think I could have done this show five years ago," Lewis said. "With [house flipping] it was really about my own taste and my own design. I did what I wanted to do, and if someone didn't like it there were four people lined up to buy the house anyway. Now I can really get into clients' heads and put together a design that would suit their tastes and needs, not just mine." 

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<p><span style="color: rgb(62, 62, 62); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(253, 253, 253); ">Kirsten Dunst in &quot;Melancholia,&quot; which won Best Picture and Best Actress from the National Society of Film Critics.&nbsp;</span></p>

Kirsten Dunst in "Melancholia," which won Best Picture and Best Actress from the National Society of Film Critics. 

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'Melancholia,' Dunst and Pitt among National Society of Film Critics winners

'Tree of Life' close runner-up for Best Picture, takes Best Director

God love the National Society of Film Critics. More often than not, you can count on them to go their own way on the precursor trail -- and they did so in defiant fashion today, becoming the first major critics' group to single out Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" as the year's best, handing star Kirsten Dunst the Best Actress prize into the bargain. (It's Dunst's first win since her Cannes trophy, and not a moment too soon; look out for my interview with her on Monday.) It's the second time the group has stood up for von Trier in this way -- 15 years ago, they gave "Breaking the Waves" the same two awards.

As if to underline their independence from the Oscar conversation, their runner-up picks were also decidedly dark horses: "The Tree of Life" (which lost the Best Picture race by a single point, but won Best Director and Best Cinematography to make up for it) and "A Separation," which won the foreign-language race by a landslide and also took its second major critics' prize in the Best Screenplay category. (The LA Critics reached the same conclusion last month -- could the Academy's writers' branch take notice?)

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<p>&nbsp;'Melancholia'</p>

 'Melancholia'

National Society of Film Critics picks Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

Kirsten Dunst and Brad Pitt nab acting awards

"Melancholia," Lars Von Trier's allegorical film about the end of the world, was named best picture by the influential National Society of Film Critics, beating out "Tree of Life" and Iran's "A Separation." 

The film's star, Kirsten Dunst, also walked away with the title of Best Actress, handily defeating "Poetry's" Yun Jung-Hee and awards magnet Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady"). Brad Pitt won the Best Actor award, for his work in "Moneyball" and "Tree of Life."

"Drive's" Albert Brooks was named in the Best Supporting Actor section for his sinister, against-type turn, while Jessica Chastain was honored for her roles in "Tree of Life," "Take Shelter" and "The Help." Best Director went to "Tree of Life" helmer Terrence Malick. 

Last year, the NSFC (which includes critics from major publications all over the U.S.) chose "The Social Network" as the top film, with "The Hurt Locker" getting the honor in 2009. 

Here’s the full list of this year's winners:

 

BEST ACTOR
*1. Brad Pitt – 35 (Moneyball, The Tree Of Life)
2. Gary Oldman – 22 (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
3. Jean Dujardin – 19 (The Artist)

BEST ACTRESS
*1. Kirsten Dunst – 39 (Melancholia)
2. Yun Jung-hee – 25 (Poetry)
3. Meryl Streep – 20 (The Iron Lady)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
*1. Albert Brooks – 38 (Drive)
2. Christopher Plummer – 24 (Beginners)
3. Patton Oswalt – 19 (Young Adult)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*1. Jessica Chastain – 30 (The Tree Of Life, Take Shelter, The Help)
2. Jeannie Berlin – 19 (Margaret)
3. Shailene Woodley – 17 (The Descendants)

BEST PICTURE
*1. Melancholia – 29 (Lars von Trier)
2. The Tree Of Life – 28 (Terrence Malick)
3. A Separation – 20 (Asghar Farhadi)

BEST DIRECTOR
*1. Terrence Malick – 31 (The Tree Of Life)
2. Martin Scorsese – 29 (Hugo)
3. Lars von Trier – 23 (Melancholia)

BEST NONFICTION
*1. Cave Of Forgotten Dreams – 35 (Werner Herzog)
2. The Interrupters – 26 (Steve James)
3. Into The Abyss – 18 (Werner Herzog)

BEST SCREENPLAY
*1. A Separation – 39 (Asghar Farhadi)
2. Moneyball – 22 (Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin)
3. Midnight In Paris – 16 (Woody Allen)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
*1. A Separation – 67 (Asghar Farhadi)
2. Mysteries Of Lisbon – 28 (Raoul Ruiz)
3. Le Havre – 22 (Aki Kaurismäki)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
*1. The Tree Of Life – 76 (Emanuel Lubezki)
2. Melancholia – 41 (Manuel Alberto Claro)
3. Hugo – 33 (Robert Richardson)

EXPERIMENTAL
Ken Jacobs, Seeking The Monkey King

FILM HERITAGE

1. BAMcinématek for its complete Vincente Minnelli retrospective with all titles shown on 16 mm. or 35 mm. film.
2. Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema for the restoration of the color version of George Méliès’s “A Trip to the Moon.”
3. New York’s Museum of Modern Art for its extensive retrospective of Weimar Cinema.
4. Flicker Alley for their box set Landmarks Of Early Soviet Film.
5. Criterion Collecton for its 2-disc DVD package The Complete Jean Vigo.

 

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