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<p>Prestige wins out over the YA crowd once again.</p>

Prestige wins out over the YA crowd once again.

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'Hustle,' 'Wolf' beat 'Catching Fire' to lead 2014 MTV Movie Awards nominations

Best Picture winner '12 Years a Slave' nominated for Movie of the Year

Is it just me or are the MTV Movie Awards trying to be a little more respectable? Yeah, stuff like "Identity Thief" and "We're the Millers" picked up multiple nominations this morning, but prestige Oscar players "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" led the field with eight each, besting even "The Hunger Games." And Best Picture Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave" is in there for Movie of the Year. Color me surprised, that's all.

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<p>&quot;Ground Floor&quot;</p>

"Ground Floor"

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TBS renews 'Ground Floor' for second season

10-episode Season 2 will premiere in late 2014

Get ready for more upstairs/downstairs sitcom hijinks, because TBS announced on Thursday (March 6) that it has renewed "Ground Floor" for a second season.

One of last fall's pleasant comedy surprises, "Ground Floor" averaged 1.8 million viewers in Live+7 numbers, including 1.1 million in the 18-49 demo. That's not especially huge, but it still rated among 2013's top 10 basic cable sitcoms in the key demo. 

The 10-episode second season will premiere in late 2014, picking up from the first season finale which potentially left our main character Brody (Skylar Astin) having made a pivotal decision in his ongoing struggle to balance work and new love Jennifer (Briga Heelan). Will everything be forever changed? Probably not!

In addition to Astin and Heelan, "Ground Floor," stars John C. McGinley, Rory Scovel, Alexis Knapp, James Earl and Rene Gube. The comedy is produced by Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold and Jeff Astrof. [Now if only Lawrence could get NBC to give "Undateable" a premiere date.]

Sepinwall and I reviewed "Ground Floor" back in this November podcast.

Yay?

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"Oprah Prime - Russell Brand & Heroin Addiction"

"Oprah Prime - Russell Brand & Heroin Addiction"

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Exclusive clip: Russell Brand gives Oprah his addiction solution

'Oprah Prime' reflects on death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

If anyone is going to solve the drug problem in the United States, Oprah Winfrey is the best candidate we have for the job. This week on "Oprah Prime" (Sun. March 9 at 9:00 p.m.), Winfrey sits down for a one-on-one conversation with Russell Brand to talk about addiction. In this exclusive clip, Brand talks about what he sees as a first step toward solving the problem -- and it might not be what you expect. 

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<p>#selfie</p>

#selfie

5 things you need to know right now about The Chainsmokers’ “#Selfie”

Why does the DJ keep playing 'Summertime Sadness?'

It’s such a ubiquitous, of-the-moment idea that it’s hard to believe no one thought of it before: The Chainsmokers’ song and video, “#Selfie,” perfectly captures people’s ongoing obsession of posting self-portraits of themselves onto social media. It’s no surprise that a song that simultaneously celebrates and lampoons our narcissism is having its day, even if it will very quickly be resigned to a pop culture footnote.

Here are 5 things you need to know about “#Selfie”:

1. The two men behind the sensation are Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, collectively known as The Chainsmokers. The DJs recorded a demo of the pulsing dance track, added in an intentionally comedic narcissistic woman totally obsessed with herself in the club discussing her every move, then posted the tune on SoundCloud, as well as shorter version on Vine and Instagram, and the song took off after being picked up by DJ Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, according to Billboard. The viral video propelled it to the stratosphere: The YouTube clip is approaching 5 million views (but will undoubtedly have surpassed that by the time you click on the video... while we wrote this, it got 35,000 more views).

2. If it reminds you of last year’s No. 1 sensation,  Baauer’s “Harlem Shake" (crossed with Moon Zappa's "Valley Girl") you’re not the only one. That’s become the go-to comparison for “#Selfies” rapid-fire viral success. Don’t think any of this is happening organically: TheAudience, a marketing firm that deals with social media, paired The Chainsmokers with Aoki and enlisted the help of its team of “influencers” to spread the video around, as well as helped put together the video.

*3. In addition to the fan-submitted selfies, the video features selfies from the Hof— David Hasselhoff— as well as selfies from DJ Steve Aoki and Snoop Dogg.  We had you at Hof, right?

4. It looks like it will be the next “Harlem Shake” in another way: Radio won’t really touch in any meaningful way other than as a novelty, but its viral success and download sales will send it soaring up the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  The song debuted at No. 55 this week, having sold 92,000 copies. It is No. 6 and climbing on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

5. The “Go F*** Your #Selfie” t-shirt that The Chainsmokers wear in the video is for sale. Yes, you can buy one for yourself for the low price of $29.99. Don’t even pretend you’re surprised that it only comes in sizes S and XS.

The Chainsmokers are on the road, but we think we’ll wait for the package tour that pairs them with Baauer and Psy. We just made that tour up, but it’s inevitable, isn’t it?

What do you think about "#Selfie?"  Love it or hate it?

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Andrew Garfield was upset his Oscar segment with Batkid was axed, says his rep

Andrew Garfield was upset his Oscar segment with Batkid was axed, says his rep
Garfield, through his reps, is denying a Page Six report he snubbed Batkid, saying he had nothing to do with the cutting of the Oscar segment.


Lifetime taps “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn to play an FBI Most-Wanted Mormon sect leader
In "Outlaw Prophet,” he’ll play the leader of a Mormon fundamentalist sect who was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List for more than a year.


Chelsea Handler calls E! a “sad network…everything they do is just a failure" -- will she end up on Netflix?
“When I came to E!, it was a much different network,” she tells Howard Stern. “It was bigger. It was cooler….Funny, cool. Now it’s just sad. It’s a sad place to live. It’s sad. It’s just a sad network …. They don’t know what they’re doing.They have no ideas … Everything they do is just a failure." Handler adds that her contract is up this year, and she would be fine if it wasn't renewed and she ended up on some place like Netflix.


TBS renews “Ground Floor”
The multi-camera comedy will return for a 10-episode 2nd season.


“The Simpsons” couch gag pays tribute to "The Triplets of Belleville” director
French animation director Sylvain Chomet is the latest to give his take on "The Simpsons" couch gag.


“60 Minutes” names its 2nd-ever black correspondent
Ed Bradley was the first. And on Sunday, CBS News vet Bill Whitaker will become the 2nd African-American correspondent on the long-running news program.


Discovery’s “Shark After Dark” host will anchor “Naked After Dark”
Josh Wolf has been tapped to host the “Naked and Afraid” after-show.

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Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley

E! gets into scripted programming with 'The Royals'

It's their first go at it, if you don't count 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'

According to Deadline, E! has picked up its very first scripted series (well, if you don't count any of the Kardashian-centric shows). "The Royals" is a one-hour drama about a fictional bunch of British royals set in modern-day London. The show is supposed to be framed by the story of "Hamlet" and capture the "regal opulense" of the British monarchy. 

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E! orders its 1st scripted series: 'The Royals' starring Elizabeth Hurley

E! orders its 1st scripted series: “The Royals” starring Elizabeth Hurley
"One Tree Hill" creator Mark Schwahn is behind the project about a fictional British royal family, with Hurley playing Queen Helena.


Paul Reiser to romance Jenny Slate on FX
Reiser will recur on “Married,” the comedy that has Judy Greer and Nat Faxon playing a married couple.


HBO will celebrate “Deadwood's" 10th anniversary with a marathon
“Deadwood,” which premiered on March 21, 2004, will be marathoned via HBO Zone (back-to-back) starting March 15 and HBO Signature (nightly) starting April 2.


“True Detective” creator debunks the craziest theories
On widespread speculation that either Rust or Marty is the killer, Nic Pizzolatto says: "It was a little surprising, but not frustrating at all, just part of the experience of having people connect to the show. The possibility is built into the story, as it has to be credible that the 2012 PD suspect Cohle. I just thought that such a revelation would be terrible, obvious writing. For me, the worst writing generally just ‘flips' things: this person’s really a traitor; it was all a dream; etc. Nothing is so ruinous as a forced ‘twist,' I think.” PLUS: There was a huge clue in Episode 3, check out Rust Cohle’s Pinterest page, and how to make Rust’s beer can men.


Prince gives Arsenio a ratings boost
Last night’s “Arsenio Hall Show” actually tied “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the key 18-49 demo.


Check out “Modern Family’s” Sarah Hyland playing Jennifer Aniston’s daughter in the ‘90s
Hyland followed up her role of playing Howard Stern’s daughter in 1997's “Private Parts" with playing Aniston's daughter in the 1998 film “The Object of My Affection.”

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<p>Geoff Stults in &quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

Geoff Stults in "Enlisted."

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HitFix First Look: 'Enlisted' prepares for 'Parade Duty'

The unit starts to resent Pete's resentment of being in rear detachment

So FOX's "Enlisted" remains a very funny, exceedingly likable comedy that has been marooned on Friday nights at 9 with no real lead-in — pretty soon, it'll be airing after episodes of "Rake" that FOX is dumping on the night because there's no place else to put them — and will have to rely on non-traditional metrics, plus some empathy from FOX executives, if it's going to survive to another season. And it absolutely deserves to. It's hard to tell, because the episodes have been airing out of order, but the show has coalesced more quickly than your average freshman sitcom (even "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" took longer to get to the level it's at now), the chemistry between Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young as the brothers is a treat, the supporting characters are used for excellent value, and it's a marvelous thing to get to watch at the end of a long work week.

Here's an exclusive clip from tomorrow night's episode, "Parade Duty," where Stults' Pete once again objects to his unit having to deal with an unglamorous assignment — and where, for once, the rest of the unit finally fights back against his hatred of life in the rear detachment. Enjoy.

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Maksim: 'Dancing with the Stars' wanted me to return as a judge

Maksim: “Dancing with the Stars” wanted me to return as a judge
“I had that option,” says Maksim Chmerkovskiy. “I can’t reveal a lot, but I was offered a judge's position on the show. This was my decision (to return as a pro).”


Was Andrew Garfield responsible for Batkid’s Oscar snub?
Page Six reports that it was the “Spider-Man” star who didn’t like his lines that he was to do with 5-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott, so their appearance was ditched. But the Academy blames production issues for the bit’s cancelation — and pointed out that Garfield hung out at Disneyland with the Batkid on Monday.


“Game of Thrones” won’t start out slow this season
That’s according to John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly: "This season they've completely thrown that template out of the window, and they're determined to put as many surprises in as possible when people least expect it."


“The Hobbit’s” James Nesbitt to star in “Missing” from Starz and BBC
Nesbitt will play a man searching for his missing son on the eight-episode limited series.


Listen to “Archer’s” country music album
“Cherlene” is actually pretty good.


Matthew Rhys on last night’s “The Americans”: “Dramaturgically, it’s fantastic”
"I love that element and the shooting allows for that period, where as an audience, you're developing and discovering things yourself,” he says.


“Grey’s Anatomy” is giving Cristina Yang a “Sliding Doors”-themed episode
The March 27 episode will see Yang’s life had she gone in a different direction.


Mariana Klaveno is joining Dylan McDermott’s CBS stalker drama pilot
The “True Blood” and “Devious Maids” vet will also play a detective alongside McDermott.


Neil Patrick Harris has already moved to NYC 1 week after filming the “HIMYM” finale
"My wonderful west coast days are done,” Harris tweeted after moving for his “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Broadway role.


Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard get in a heated debate with a paparazzi agency owner on "Access Hollywood"
Things got emotional as Bell and Shepard continued their campaign to stop the paparazzi from taking unauthorized photos of celebrity children.


CNN debuts “Chicagoland” tonight from producer Robert Redford
The eight-episode documentary series is almost a travelogue of the Windy City, portraying it as a tale of two cities.

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<p>Aden Young of &quot;Rectify&quot;</p>

Aden Young of "Rectify"

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'Rectify' Season 2 premiere set for June

Aden Young drama will air on Thursdays this summer

One of the best new shows of 2013 has set a summer premiere date for its second season.

SundanceTV announced on Thursday (March 6) that "Rectify" will return on Thursday, June 19 at 9 p.m. This clarifies SundanceTV's TCA press tour announcement from January that was merely "summer 2014" for the 10-episode second season.

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<p>Miranda Lambert</p>

Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton set to perform at ACM Awards

Jason Aldean, Keith Urban also on the bill

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and The Band Perry are among the first round of artists  announced to perform at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

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<p>Lady Gaga at the Oscars this past week</p>

Lady Gaga at the Oscars this past week

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Lady Gaga to appear at SXSW after all

Promoters deny her tour is 'flopping'

Lady Gaga will not be denied. After her plan to perform at South by Southwest (SXSW) at Doritos’ huge vending machine was nixed, she and the crunchy snack found another solution… move the event to the 2,200-capacity Stubbs.

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