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'American Idol' Season 13 Finalists - The Boys talk to HitFix

'American Idol' Season 13 Finalists - The Boys talk to HitFix

Interviews with Ben, CJ, Sam, Dexter, Caleb and Alex

Last Thursday (February 20) night, "American Idol" narrowed its field from 20 down to the season's Top 13 and then, still gasping from the adrenaline rush of eliminations and jubilation, the Top 13 paraded up and down a blue carpet in Hollywood answering questions from reporters. 

I was on the spot with one of HitFix's ace videographers to brave the erratic blue carpet lighting and journalistic jostling and we were able to chat with all 13 of the finalists who will be performing together for the first time tonight.

Before Wednesday's episode begins, check out my interviews.

Up first? The six guys in the Top 13.

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Nat Geo gets Charlie Sheen to narrate a Vietnam War documentary

Nat Geo gets Charlie Sheen to narrate a Vietnam War documentary
The star of “Platoon” will lend his voice to “Brothers in War,” based on the book "The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam."

Jimmy Fallon’s demo ratings beat every 10 pm network show last night
Falon’s “Tonight Show” ratings in the 18-49 demo even topped NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”

Scott Bakula: “Nobody knows that I auditioned for ‘Saturday Night Live’ ... It was ugly"
Nobody knows, Bakula tells Arsenio Hall, “because I didn’t get the job.” He adds: “It was ugly. It was one of my worst auditions ever."

NBC bringing back “America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior” after May sweeps
“Got Talent” will return the day after Memorial Day.

Liam Neeson flips off a Ferrari-driving Ari Gold
Check out pics from the set of the “Entourage” movie.

Watch a young, bare-chested Matthew McConaughey on “Unsolved Mysteries”
The 1992 NBC acting role is listed as McConaughey’s 1st IMDb acting credit.

Marvel is spending $200M to film Marvel’s Netflix hero series on-location in NYC
The 60 hours of episodes will help provide 400 full-time jobs and 3,000 part-time production jobs.

MTV2 orders a Major League Baseball show starring Fat Joe and Sway
"Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave” will try to bring together MLB and pop-culture.

“The Writers’ Room” to visit “Scandal,” “House of Cards,” “The Walking Dead”
“Sons of Anarchy,” “The Good Wife” and “Pretty Little Liars” will also be the focus of the 2nd season of Jim Rash’s Sundance series.

CW sets season finales, announces “Labyrinth” miniseries premiere date
“The Vampire Diaries” will end the season on May 15, while “Labyrinth” will air over two nights (May 22 and 23).

“The Americans” has every cast member wear the “Felicity” wig
In tribute to Keri Russell, most of the cast and crew has been photographed in a “Felicity” wig that will be part of a “Felicity” wall.

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<p>Jason Momoa, right, is by far the highlight of &quot;The Red Road.&quot;</p>

Jason Momoa, right, is by far the highlight of "The Red Road."

Credit: Sundance

Review: Sundance stumbles with 'The Red Road'

Jason Momoa's charisma can only do so much for pokey Jersey crime story

Sundance Channel entered 2013 like a network with something to prove, and did it ever. Making the move into original scripted dramas like sister channel AMC, Sundance gave us three of that year's absolute best shows: the New Zealand mystery miniseries "Top of the Lake," the meditative life-after-prison series "Rectify" and the creepy supernatural French series "The Returned." Now, the first of those was an international co-production, and the latter an import that Sundance acquired, but together they sent a message about how serious Sundance was about being great, and quickly, while also laying down a very clear aesthetic for the channel: the TV version of indie cinema. If it wasn't as revolutionary as seeing HBO present "Oz," "The Sopranos" and "Six Feet Under" all in a row, it was perhaps the most impressive debut trifecta since then(*).

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Actress - No reason for Blanchett to be 'Blue'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Actress - No reason for Blanchett to be 'Blue'

A heavyweight field of actresses, but it's not much of a contest

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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10 acts who ruined their own Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

From Axl Rose to Van Halen

Kiss may be the latest band to let a long-simmering feud and hurt feelings keep them from playing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when the group is inducted April 10, but they certainly aren't the only ones. The road to the Hall is littered with acts who couldn't put their animosity on hold for one night against former bandmates or from artists who couldn't be bothered to show up for an honor they consider questionable at best and ridiculously pointless at worst.

While the vast majority of performers seem genuinely thrilled to get recognition for their life's work, here are 10 who turned their back on the evening or, for one certain group, certainly had the ceremony take a strange turn it couldn't have expected.

This year's induction ceremony takes place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and will air on HBO in May.

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Interviews with the 2014 Oscar nominees

Interviews with the 2014 Oscar nominees

Catch up with this year's players ahead of the 86th annual Academy Awards

It was pencils down for Academy members yesterday at 5pm PT. The votes are in and being tabulated as you read these words. We'll know in due time what the winners of the 86th annual Academy Awards will be, but in the meantime, how about a crash course in how all of these films came to be, right from the horses' mouths? We've collected all of our interviews with the Oscar nominees in one easy-to-navigate guide below, so dig back into the talking points one more time before the big show on Sunday.

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<p>Raul Castillo, right, will join the &quot;Looking&quot; cast full-time with Jonathan Groff and others now that HBO has renewed it.</p>

Raul Castillo, right, will join the "Looking" cast full-time with Jonathan Groff and others now that HBO has renewed it.

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HBO renews 'Looking' for season 2

Dramedy about gay friends in San Francisco will add to its regular cast

HBO has ordered a second season of "Looking," its new dramedy about a trio of gay friends in San Francisco.

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<p>Peele and Key</p>

Peele and Key

Credit: Comedy Central

Key and Peele are coming to FX's 'Fargo'

Comedy Central stars will play FBI agents

In case you weren't already amused enough by the eclectic cast for FX's "Fargo," which features Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg, Glenn Howerton, Kate Walsh and more, the network announced on Wednesday (February 26) that Key & Peele are joining the cast.

Comedy Central stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will join "Fargo" for a four-episode arc that lets them work together, playing a pair of FBI agents. 

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An 'About a Boy' rerun tops 'New Girl'

An "About a Boy” rerun tops “New Girl”
Repeats of “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher,” which debuted after the Olympics over the weekend, did quite well in their timeslot premieres. PLUS: “Mind Games” has a weak debut for ABC.

Key and Peele join “Fargo”
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will play FBI partners on the final four episodes of the FX event series.

Man arrested for meth lab was wearing a “Breaking Bad” Los Pollos Hermanos T-shirt
Check out Daniel Kowalski, 21, in his “Breaking Bad” mugshot. PLUS: “Game of Thrones'" Maisie Williams can sympathize after watching “Breaking Bad."

Fox’s hip-hop drama “Empire” reunites Taraji P. Henson with Terrence Howard
The “Person of Interest” alum will play the ex-wife of Howard, who she co-starred with on “Hustle & Flow.”

Lisa Kudrow loses ex-manager’s $1.7 million lawsuit over “Friends” residuals
A jury ruled against Kudrow in the contract dispute.

“The Bachelor’s” new favorite word: Honest!
Honest has replaced “amazing” as the most-used word on “The Bachelor,” as Jimmy Kimmel has discovered.

Can Erin Andrews deliver young male viewers to “Dancing with the Stars”?
That’s supposedly why Andrews, who has a male following thanks to college football, was supposedly hired. PLUS: More “Dancing” rumors: Tim Tebow, Sharon Osbourne, Juan Pablo.

Paula Deen says she can relate to Phil Robertson and Nigella Lawson
"It's amazing that some people are given passes and some people are crucified,” the former Food Network star tells People, adding:  "I'm fighting to get my name back.”

Starting tonight, “Idol” fan can vote via Google
You can vote up to 50 times, and share your results via Google+.

“House of Cards” tweets jumped 430% in Season 2 from Season 1
But is Twitter an accurate way to measure a show’s popularity?

Why “Hannibal” is better than “Silence of the Lambs”
The NBC series is the best version of Thomas Harris’ work yet.

“True Detective” crew members’ Instagrams may offer clues on the final two episodes
Some Redditors discovered the Instagram accounts by googling crew members’ names.

Paul Rudd battles Jimmy Fallon in lip-syncing
Who won the title of "Best Lip Syncher”? PLUS: Fallon tries on Shaquille O’Neal’s blazer, and watch Questlove’s first day at “The Tonight Show."

“Biggest Loser” winner Rachel looked healthier this morning on “Today”
Rachel Frederickson said she has no regrets: "I felt so proud of everything I had accomplished. My journey was my own. I loved it. I lived it. I felt really proud of what I did."

“SNL” could do wonders for Lena Dunham’s image
Will “Saturday Night Live” do to the polarizing “Girls” star what it did to Justin Timberlake’s image? PLUS: Check out Dunham on “Adventure Time."

Jane Lynch to guest on “Girl Meets World”
Lynch confirmed her guest appearance on Twitter, but nothing else about her role.

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HBO renews 'Looking'

HBO renews “Looking”
In picking up the gay-themed dramedy for a 2nd season, HBO is also promoting three fan favorites (Lauren Weedman, Raúl Castillo and Russell Tovey) for Season 2.

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<p>Blake Shelton, Carson Daly and Shakira share a moment on &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Blake Shelton, Carson Daly and Shakira share a moment on "The Voice"

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TV Ratings: Low 'NCIS,' solid 'About a Boy' encore lead Tuesday while few play 'Mind Games'

'Glee' is off to a weak Tuesday start for FOX

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

CBS had its least-watched Tuesday of originals this season, but still captured the night overall with ease. Meanwhile, "The Voice" and solid encore performances for the pilots of "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" led NBC to victory among young viewers.

CBS' overall win broke a long streak for NBC, which had dominated primetime since the Olympics.

It was a weak Tuesday premiere for "Glee," which couldn't even approach the "Dads"/"Brooklyn" demo numbers from the fall.

Early returns also weren't great for ABC's "Mind Games." Some people will eagerly report that "Mind Games" did, at least, top last month's premiere for "Killer Women," but given that that drama launched with a sluggish "Trophy Wife" lead-in, "Mind Games" had a fairly robust two-hour "Bachelor"  priming the pump.

Finally, it was another big week for "Supernatural" and an OK week for "The Originals," though after spending the fall as near-equals, "Supernatural" has opened up a big lead. Most of that "Supernatural" advantage appears to be in male demos, so The CW probably isn't worried (especially with "The Originals" already renewed). ["Supernatural" also beat "Glee" in all young male demos.]

On to the numbers...

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Amazon revives 'Ripper Street'

Amazon revives “Ripper Street”
Amazon is partnering with BBC on a 3rd season of the canceled British series. New episodes will be shown on Amazon Prime first before airing on BBC One.

Jim Parsons explains “Bazinga” in “SNL” promos
“The Big Bang Theory” star also shows off his dancing skills.

Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are still going strong
“Late Night’s” 2nd night was only down 15% from Monday’s premiere, thanks to Kanye West’s medley of his greatest hits.

“How I Met Your Dad” casts the gay best friend
Upright Citizens Brigade's Drew Tarver will play Todd, a “kindred spirit” of Greta Gerwig’s character.

Jimmy Kimmel gives Joel McHale tips on hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner
“Unfortunately you happen to be doing this, when we have a President who is actually very funny,” Kimmel explained to the “Community” star.

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