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<p>Bopper and Mark of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Bopper and Mark of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' Premiere - 'Back in the Saddle'

After an initial shocker, the teams head to China
Season 24 of "The Amazing Race" started on Sunday (February 23) night with an episode that inverted the show's ideal momentum. There was a shocking, sad and emotional twist before we got to the opening credits, but then 50 minutes later, the episode concluded without any cursory effort at creating suspense or tension. 
 
And the editors couldn't have created tension even if they wanted to, as the "All-Stars" season began with a purely designed Leg featuring two needle-in-a-haystack -- not especially big haystacks, either -- plus a Roadblock that failed to inject even an iota of difficulty into the game. 
 
For a season that was already plagued by skepticism regarding the "favorite" status of several of the team selections, this was not an ideal premiere, now was it?
 
I'd love to have more to talk about from Sunday's hour, but it wasn't well-suited for recapping, either. 
 
I'll do my best after the break, but at a certain point, I'm probably just gonna stop to go watch "True Detective."
 
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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot;&nbsp;Patti Lupone gives some advice to Hannah (Lena Dunham).</p>

On "Girls," Patti Lupone gives some advice to Hannah (Lena Dunham).

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Incidentals'

Patti LuPone advises Hannah about Adam's first Broadway gig

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as Kristin Chenoweth passes out because I forgot to feed her...

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<p>Danai Gurira as Michonne on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Danai Gurira as Michonne on "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Claimed'

Rick has some unwelcome guests, while Glenn gets to know Abraham and Eugene

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I have something to say about your extremely comfortable and attractive shirt...

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<p>On &quot;True Detective,&quot;&nbsp;the 2012 cops (Michael Potts and Tory Kittles)&nbsp;seek answers from Maggie (Michelle Monaghan).</p>

On "True Detective," the 2012 cops (Michael Potts and Tory Kittles) seek answers from Maggie (Michelle Monaghan).

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Review: 'True Detective' - 'Haunted Houses'

Rust and Marty come to blows, and the cops bring in a new witness

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I need you to tie my shoes for me...

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CNN to end 'Piers Morgan Tonight'


CNN to end “Piers Morgan Tonight”
The former “America’s Got Talent” judge isn’t expected to leave the cable news network, but his 9 pm timeslot will become vacant next month after three years. “Look,” he tells the NY Times. "I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it. That’s run its course and (CNN chief) Jeff (Zucker) and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.”

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<p>Alice Herz-Sommer</p>

Alice Herz-Sommer

110-year-old subject of Oscar-nominated documentary dies in London

Alice Herz-Sommer was the oldest living Holocaust survivor

Here's some sad news with the Oscars just a week away. Alice Herz-Sommer, the 110-year-old subject of Best Documentary Short nominee "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" (and my pick to win the category), has left this mortal coil.

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<p>The four films on the top tier of this year's awards circuit are &quot;Gravity,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;12 Years a Slave,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;American Hustle&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Captain&nbsp;Phillips.&quot;</p>

The four films on the top tier of this year's awards circuit are "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "Captain Phillips."

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'Gravity' leads this year's pre-Oscars industry awards circuit

The film has received honors from seven different Guilds and Societies this season

With the final honors being handed out Saturday night, the industry has spoken through the various Guild and Society awards of the pre-Oscars film awards circuit. And it should be no surprise that the three films that led the charge are the three films most consider to be duking it out for Best Picture.

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<p>Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld in &quot;Romeo and Juliet&quot;</p>

Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld in "Romeo and Juliet"

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'Romeo and Juliet,' 'Evil Dead' and 'Walter Mitty' win film music critics awards

None of this year's Oscar nominees managed a win

Composer Abel Korzeniowski was the big winner at this year's International Film Music Critics Association Awards, landing two prizes for his work on Carlo Carlei's "Romeo and Juliet" and an overall composer of the year honor as well. Nominations leader "Evil Dead" won two awards, while none of this year's Oscar nominees were able to secure any hardware. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Kevin Hart accepts his award for Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 NAACP&nbsp;Images Awards.</p>

Kevin Hart accepts his award for Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 NAACP Images Awards.

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Kevin Hart, '12 Years A Slave' win big at NAACP Image Awards

Plus: Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong'o, Steve McQueen and John Legend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards with four wins.

The historical epic's prizes at Saturday's 45th annual ceremony honoring diversity in the arts included outstanding motion picture, directing for Steve McQueen, writing for John Ridley and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o.

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

"12 Years a Slave"

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'Hunger Games,' '12 Years a Slave,' 'House of Cards' win 2014 Costume Designers Guild awards

Will Oscar lean guild ('12 Years') or BAFTA ('Greaty Gatsby')? Or do the 'Hustle?'

"12 Years a Slave" picked up its first (and only other) guild win since tying for the PGA prize Saturday night, taking out fellow Oscar nominees "The Great Gatsby" and "American Hustle" in the period category (indeed, the only category with ANY Oscar nominees.) Elsewhere, "The Hunger Games" again took the fantasy prize for sequel "Catching Fire," while "Blue Jasmine" won in the contemporary arena. "Behind the Candelabra," "Downton Abbey" and "House of Cards" won throughout the TV categories.

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10 ways to keep 'Saturday Night Live' fresh
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10 ways to keep 'Saturday Night Live' fresh

Some new ideas for the show in the wake of Seth Meyers' departure

With the departure of Seth Meyers, “Saturday Night Live” experiences another big casting change. But change is built into the show’s very DNA, so this isn’t time to worry. Rather, it’s time to get excited about what’s now possible. The effects of his departure will echo beyond the “Weekend Update” desk and ripple into each aspect of the show. Sure, the show can and probably will try to move on and overtly act as if nothing is different. But that’s a terrifically boring approach to take. Anything and everything is possible. That was true when Meyers was there, and now the show has a perfect excuse to try some new approaches. How can the show best take advantage?

We have a few thoughts:

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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'Gravity' sounds good to Cinema Audio Society

'Frozen' wins while 'Candelabra' and 'Game of Thrones' take TV awards

"Gravity" kept its strong industry kudos showing alive Sunday night as it added the feature film Cinema Audio Society award for sound mixing, adding to wins from the PGA, DGA, ASC, ADG, MPSE and VES. "Frozen" won the animated prize, while "Behind the Candelabra" and "Game of Thrones" were among the TV winners.

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