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<p>Mads Mikkelsen of &quot;Hannibal&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen of "Hannibal"

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday, while 'Hannibal' premieres low

'Enlisted' equals recent repeats for FOX

Fast National ratings for Friday, February 28, 2014.

After three weeks of NBC Olympics dominance, "Shark Tank" and "Blue Bloods"  put ABC and CBS back in their normal positions atop primetime in young viewers and overall. 

In its first Friday airing, NBC's "Hannibal" outdrew its Thursday episodes from the summer, but its premiere numbers weren't appreciably different from recent "Dracula" performances in the same time period.

Meanwhile, "Enlisted" failed to get any post-Olympics bump and an original did the same numbers as recent encore for FOX. Having a lead-in might have helped.

On to the numbers...

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Report: Teresa & Joe Giudice will plead guilty to federal fraud charges and go to prison

Report: Teresa & Joe Giudice will plead guilty to federal fraud charges and go to prison
The Bravo “Real Housewives” stars have reached a plea deal that would put Teresa behind bars for less than two years and her husband in prison for a minimum three years, according to the Bergen Record.


Warner Bros. posts the first 2 minutes of the “Veronica Mars” movie online
The opening of the film is mostly a rehash for new viewers.


Joan Rivers gets cake in the face
The E! star was at a pre-Oscar bash when she was smothered with cake, but was it a publicity stunt?


Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s fake post-Oscar film trailer with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks
Chris Hemsworth also appears in the 30-second promo.


Dean Winters joins Vince Gilligan’s “Battle Creek”
He’ll play an FBI agent on the detective drama pilot that also stars Kal Penn and Janet McTeer.

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<p>Looks like an Oscars promo picture doesn&#39;t it?&nbsp; Nope, these three represent likely winners at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.</p>

Looks like an Oscars promo picture doesn't it?  Nope, these three represent likely winners at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.

2014 Independent Spirit Awards predictions

Is Brad PItt going to win an Indie Spirit Award?

It may be raining. It may be chilly. One thing is for sure, the drinks will be flowing and the giant tent that is the annual home for the Independent Spirit Awards will be buzzing.

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<p>Never let go.</p>

Never let go.

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On Oscars and the personal gravity of art

With the industry's world stage on the horizon, just something from the heart

When you have passion for movies but find yourself covering the circus that is the Oscar race every year, you're constantly searching out that zen patch of land, away from, maybe even above, the fray.

There are a couple of things I've asserted in all my years of doing this. "No one needs awards coverage this deep," as quoted by New York Magazine in an article last week, is one. "Don't take this too seriously" is another. On the latter, I can't really force that stance on anyone, nor should I. If you want to take the Oscars seriously, as something indicative of greater truth, as something — because of the show's position on the "world stage" — with the potential of illuminating the human condition, or the milestones of artistic history, that's fine. I leave that in the hands of the artists and the art, not the voters and the contest.

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<p>Jeff Probst snuffs David Samson&#39;s torch on &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Jeff Probst snuffs David Samson's torch on "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Marlins President David Samson talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Early Brains leader discusses his choices and a fantasy baseball sleeper

I wanted David Samson to stick around on "Survivor: Cagayan" until May. I had Miami Marlins-based humor to scatter through my recaps for months. 

Unfortunately, it was not to be. The President of the Marlins, a position he has held in good years (a 2003 World Series title) and bad (lots of those other years) since 2002, David made his first "Survivor" mistake before his tribe ever made it to camp.

Put on the spot in the opening seconds of the season, the Brains tribe selected Samson as their leader and, seconds later, Samson selected six-pack-wielding poker player Garrett as the tribe's weak link. At the time, he said it was a 39 Day "Survivor" Strategy, targeting an obvious threat. In his exit interview this week, David offers other explanations. 

See, David made an unfortunate enemy with that decision and after the Brains tribe went down in defeat at the first Immunity Challenge, Garrett targeted David and successfully evicted him from the game. Garrett, of course, was blindsided at the next Tribal, so there are no winners here.

In his exit interview, David discusses the problems with a Brains tribe, the problem with his specific Brains tribe and how he could have been clearer about the Garrett decision. We also talk lots of baseball including how he would have liked to trade Garrett to another tribe and which Florida Marlin would be a good sleeper for your fantasy baseball team this year.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Picture - Is it really a two-horse race or will something shock the world?

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Picture - Is it really a two-horse race or will something shock the world?

'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' do battle while others look for an inside track

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>In the &quot;Hannibal&quot; season premiere, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) adjusts to life behind bars.</p>

In the "Hannibal" season premiere, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) adjusts to life behind bars.

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Season premiere review: 'Hannibal' - 'Kaiseki'

Dr. Lecter and Will Graham trade places, to the discomfort of all involved

"Hannibal" is back for a second season. I posted an advance review yesterday, and I have some thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as the light from friendship won't reach us for a million years...

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<p>Contrary to how it felt watching the movie, there are actual moments where Diogo Morgado does not smile in &#39;Son Of God&#39;</p>

Contrary to how it felt watching the movie, there are actual moments where Diogo Morgado does not smile in 'Son Of God'

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Review: 'Son Of God' is all mini-series left-overs and no miracle

It's the ultimate Teflon treatment of the Greatest Story Ever Told

As the news broke this week that Paul Greengrass is interested in finding a way to bring "Zealot" the bigscreen, it made me sad that we still haven't seen Paul Verhoeven's proposed movie about the historical Jesus Christ. It's a subject Verhoeven's been studying for decades now, and I have to imagine he would bring a real breadth of knowledge to his approach. Like Verhoeven, I would assume Greengrass is going to try to dig deep to show us something we haven't already seen from this story.

Any time a filmmaker tries to tackle a subject as big and vague as "Jesus" for a movie, you're going to learn a lot about the filmmaker from the final product. However, Christopher Spencer has put that theory of mine to the test by turning in a genuinely bland and forgettable picture here, about as middle-of-the-road as a movie can be.

I have no doubt the film will do big business this weekend. It's a perfect film for the faith-based audience to get behind, because there is no chance this movie will rile or upset anyone from that audience. Diogo Morgado stars as Smilin' Jesus, and the emphasis seems to be on how Jesus built his following, with a fair amount of energy spent on the early miracles he performed, none of which come across as particularly miraculous or convincing.

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<p>She&#39;s all grown up: Kristen Bell as she&#39;ll appear in the &quot;Veronica Mars&quot; movie.</p>

She's all grown up: Kristen Bell as she'll appear in the "Veronica Mars" movie.

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Watch the first two minutes of the ‘Veronica Mars’ movie

A quick reminder of what Veronica went through on her TV show

The "Veronica Mars" movie doesn't arrive in theaters for another two weeks — and will be simultaneously available via various digital and On Demand platforms, in addition to all the Kickstarter backers who paid $35 or more getting their own copy of the film on March 14 — and to continue priming the audience, Warner Bros. has put the first two minutes of the film online.

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<p>Twinnies!</p>

Twinnies!

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Interview: Natalie & Nadiya talk 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars'

It was only a one-episode run for the Twinnies

Normally the first team eliminated on "The Amazing Race" ends up being pretty anonymous, because it's just too hard for producers to give quality time to so many players in a crowded premiere episode.

Say what you want about All-Star seasons or the specific All-Stars this season, but very few people were ambivalent about Twinnies Natalie & Nadiya Anderson, who earned fans and haters alike for their first season, which included a contentious money incident, some smart U-Turn strategy and lots and lots and lots of yelling.

On Sunday's "Amazing Race" premiere, though, only the yelling was in evidence and even that was half-hearted after a while. Natalie & Nadiya got an early advantage getting on the first of two flights to China, but struggles in a wedding district saw them fall from first to last. By the time they started bickering at the top of the Canton Tower over ferris wheel cars, they were basically doomed, before they got to their first Roadblock or Detour.

In the season's second "Amazing Race" exit interview -- I also chatted with Bopper about his medical departure -- Natalie & Nadiya talk about the mistakes they made, how things might have been different if they'd had allies from their season and the All-Stars they're disappointed they didn't get to race with more.

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<p>Normally, I&#39;d be scared of these two more than any human being in the cast, but then again, I&#39;ve seen &#39;Full Metal Jacket&#39;</p>

Normally, I'd be scared of these two more than any human being in the cast, but then again, I've seen 'Full Metal Jacket'

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Vincent D'Onofrio signs on as the bad guy in 'Jurassic World'

So far, Colin Trevorrow's put together a great cast for this one

When I recently published a piece about "Fantastic Four," a commenter asked why everyone seems determined to cut slack to Josh Trank as director of that film. While I enjoyed "Chronicle," it's not just a blank check. For my own part, I can only say that I want to see Trank pull it off. I don't know if he will or won't, and it's true… we have only one film to judge. But that does't change the idea that I'd much rather get a great "Fantastic Four" than a bad one, and I'm willing to wait to see if the big choices he's making pay off instead of just pulling that automatic fanboy dismissal of things.

I feel the same way about Colin Trevorrow. "Safety Not Guaranteed" is enjoyable, but didn't exactly blow my mind. I am still not sure what it is about that small romantic drama that made the producers of "Jurassic World" decide he was the guy, but like Trank, I think he genuinely loves the property he's working on and I hope he pulls it off.

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VH1 cancels 'Single Ladies'

VH1 cancels “Single Ladies"
The hourlong dramedy from Queen Latifah is ending after three seasons.


Bill Clinton’s national security advisor complained to Aaron Sorkin he wasn't represented on "The West Wing”
In a draft of a May 2000 speech released today as part of the Clinton White House archives, Sandy Berger, Clinton’s national security advisor said he had to “chew … out” Sorkin, which resulted five months later in Anna Deavere Smith assuming the role of national security advisor on the show. PLUS: Rob Lowe: "I blamed Aaron Sorkin" for this oversight.


George Lopez says he “tied one on last night”
"Not feeling great this morning. I was trying to sleep it off, unfortunately, it was on the casino floor,” the comedian said in a statement of his arrest for public drunkenness.


Is “Scandal” violating the U.S. Constitution?
Last night’s episode could affect President Fitz’s Electoral College votes. PLUS: Harrison with a storyline was the shocker of the night.


Arthur Chu has become one of “Jeopardy!’s” best-ever contestants, no thanks to game-theory
Game-theory has little to do with Chu’s recent dominance. He’s just a brilliant player.


What it’s like to be an Oscar seat-filler
You must look like you belong there, but you’re forbidden from talking to anybody except other seat-fillers.


Jimmy Fallon is keeping “The Tonight Show” top-notch thanks in part to the monologues
Fallon’s monologues were considered one of his weakest attributes, but they’ve become one of his biggest strengths, says Verne Gay. “Effortless, funny, roll-with-the-punches and smart,” he says. "Fans knew all along he could nail this show, but the new monologues-on-steroids  strategy was certainly something to be concerned about. (Fallon is a fine performer, but he's not a joke machine.) But he's nailed that too.”


Richard Simmons has been creating his own TV parodies: Watch him as “Duck Dynasty"
The fitness guru has also parodied “The Carrie Diaries” and “Homeland” on his YouTube page.


Ranking the Oscar hosts of the past 25 years
Billy Crystal is the best — and one of the worsts.


10 Oscar traditions that need to die
From the pre-pre-shows to the mispronunciation of names.


Introducing “Mad Black Men”
Watch the trailer for a diverse take on the AMC series. PLUS: Peggy Olson gets a 2-minute “Mad Men” tribute.


What’s up with Barney’s “HIMYM” series finale outfit?
Neil Patrick Harris was photographed wrapping his character in unusual attire.


“Broad City” tour delayed by Season 2 pickup
The 18-city tour will kick off Nov. 4 instead of March 4.


Ryan Seacrest pens a Vanity Fair tribute to Ellen DeGeneres
"I think a large part of Ellen’s success comes from not pretending to be somebody else,” he writes.


Chris Harrison on having a gay “Bachelor”: “Is it a good business decision?"
In an interview with the NY Times, “The Bachelor” host says he doesn’t know if it’s the show’s job to break barriers. “I just spoke at U.S.C. the other night,” he says, "and I explained it like this: Look, if you’ve been making pizzas for 12 years and you’ve made millions of dollars and everybody loves your pizzas and someone comes and says, 'Hey, you should make hamburgers.' Why? I have a great business model, and I don’t know if hamburgers are going to sell.” PLUS: Harrison delves further into “The Bachelor” in this podcast interview.


It’s amazing what a desk does for Seth Meyers
In his first week on “Late Night," Meyers has proved to be at his best when sitting behind a desk.


Bill Nye takes a selfie with President Obama and Neil Degrasse Tyson
The Science Guy visited the president today at the White House.


CCH Pounder and Kim Dickens will return to “Sons of Anarchy” in a limited capacity
Kurt Sutter says both actresses have other acting commitments, so they’ll each appear in two to four episodes next season.


The “True Detective” glossary almost explains everything
What does “R&I,” “KA,” “DB” and “The Farm” mean? PLUS: 6 theories on The Yellow King, and the power of cramped spaces on “True Detective."


“ER” is being remade in India and Colombia
Warner Bros. has also sold the rights to “Pretty Little Liars” to the Philippines and “Gossip Girl” to Thailand.


“Bones” adds Shohreh Aghdashloo
The “24” alum will play Arastoo's mother.


Sarah Jessica Parker’s new shoe line includes “The Carrie”
Of course Parker was going to name a shoe after her “Sex and the City” character.


Matthew Perry taps one of his “Go On” co-stars for “The Odd Couple”
Sarah Baker’s role as Oscar’s assistant was specifically written for her due to their chemistry.


Jimmy Kimmel’s Spanish-language “Scandal” spoof will return with 3 more installments
“Escandalo” will also feature Latino cast member Guillermo Diaz, who wasn’t on last night’s episode. PLUS: Kimmel had his 2nd-best night ever last night, and see more pics from Kimmel’s post-Oscar video.


New “SNL” Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost: "I’m definitely a little nervous”
Jost just wants to get started. "“There’s something innately credible about someone who writes and is up to date about politics and pop culture moving into Update,” Jost says. “I’m just carrying on a tradition.”


“Kirstie” creator exits
Marco Pennette, who is also show runner of Kirstie Alley’s comedy, is moving to “Mom” to do the exhausting demands of the TV Land comedy. No word if “Kirstie” will be back for a 2nd season.


“NYPD Blue’s” Henry Simmons joins Michael Imperioli on “Saint Francis” on ABC
Simmons will co-own a bar with Imperioli’s character.


Check out "Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge”
Here’s a preview of the Syfy reality show, which will be judged by Jim Henson’s son Brian.


“Hannibal”: The show you can’t get out of your head
With the debut of Season 2, Matt Zoller Seitz says of the NBC drama, "You could say it’s as close as a broadcast network has gotten to the personal artistry of the best premium-cable shows, if it weren’t bolder and more elegant than anything on pay cable right now, including HBO’s own serial-killer drama, 'True Detective.’ The show’s greatest asset is its mastery of tone, a quality most shows don’t have the time or inclination to get right. Hannibal’s formal daring is never empty showmanship; it’s always in service of making the whole series feel like an endless lucid nightmare.” PLUS: Bryan Fuller watches “American Horror Story,” is planning to binge on “True Detective."


See baby Aziz Ansari
The “Parks and Rec” star tweeted a very young pic of himself.


“Girls” isn’t bad, but it needs to be fixed
“The show is missing something now,” says Darren Franich. "It lacks the confessional edge that made season 1 so compelling and season 2 fitfully brilliant. It still  has funny things to say about New York, but all those funny things have  an unmistakable cocktail-party stench: book-industry in-jokes, magazine-industry in-jokes, Broadway in-jokes. The three non-Dunham female leads are all caught in weird ruts: Their characters barely seem to be on the show, and they barely seem to want to be on the show.”


Frank Underwood’s chief of staff was the most interesting character in “House of Cards” Season 2
Michael Kelly’s Doug Stamper proved to be the most compelling this season. PLUS: That hacker subplot was hacky, and Tumblr spoofs “House of Carbs."


Discovery tonight unleashes “Game of Stones”
Meet the stars of the new gem-hunting reality show.


“Smallville’s” Laura Vandervoort gets engaged
The “Bitten” star is marrying British actor Oliver Trevena.


Watch The WB stars dance together in a promo from 2000
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Keri Russell, David Boreanaz, Katie Holmes, Katherine Heigl, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder, Alyssa Milano, Jamie Foxx, Michele Williams, James Van Der Beek, Scott Foley, Shannen Doherty, Joshua Jackson and Melissa Joan Hart.

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