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<p>Jesse Custer in &quot;Preacher.&quot;</p>

Jesse Custer in "Preacher."

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Seth Rogen officially adapting ‘Preacher’ comic for AMC

Can Rogen, Goldberg and 'Breaking Bad' alum Sam Catlin turn Garth Ennis' blasphemous comic epic into TV?

It's official: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are adapting "Preacher" for Sony and AMC, with "Breaking Bad" alum Sam Catlin serving as showrunner and executive producer.

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Ashton Kutcher tells Charlie Sheen: 'Dude, shut the f*ck up' -- Sheen is 'so sorry'


Ashton Kutcher tells Charlie Sheen: "Dude, shut the f*ck up" --  Sheen is "so sorry"
"Seriously," Kutcher said on Jimmy Kimmel, "like. Enough already. Like it's like three years later and you're still blowing me up on Twitter. Like come on dude, really?" Sheen responded this morning on Twitter, saying "message received."


"Criminal Minds" has its biggest audience with Episode 200 in nearly 2 years
The CBS drama had its best viewership since May 2012.


Watch Howard Stern argue with Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
Seinfeld told Stern earlier this week he had the video edited to emphasize their arguments.


AMC puts zombies beneath NYC streets to scare New Yorkers

Watch the latest "Walking Dead" promotion.


"Sons of Anarchy" is credited with saving the motorcycle industry
"We basically saved Harley," says Mark Boone Jr.


Matt Damon won't get to sit on Jimmy Kimmel's couch tonight
The entire cast of "Monuments Men" will take over Kimmel's couch, but there won't be any room for Damon.


Funny or Die has a dark take on Jay Leno's final day

What if Leno tried to take his life after his final "Tonight Show"?


"Happy Endings" alum Zachary Knghton joining "Parenthood," gets a Fox pilot
He's expected to romance Erika Christensen, while also starring on Fox's "Weird Loners."


"The Americans" nabbed by Amazon
Amazon has secured video on demand rights to the FX series.


ABC is promising something shocking will happen when Rosie O'Donnell returns to "The View" on Friday

Rosie already filmed her appearance on Tuesday.


"SNL" newbie Brooks Wheelan filmed every day of 2013
Watch a video of Wheelan in the months before he got the big job as featured player. PLUS: Why isn't Wheelan being used more?

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<p>Your &quot;American Idol&quot; judges</p>

Your "American Idol" judges

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TV Ratings: Rising 'American Idol' Wednesday tops 200th 'Criminal Minds' as FOX cruises

'Tomorrow People' and 'Law & Order: SVU' dip
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 5, 2014. 
 
Viewers stuck around for the start of the Hollywood Round on "American Idol," as the FOX singing competition posted a little week-to-week growth among young viewers and slightly more growth overall. FOX won Wednesday in all measures. 
 
"Criminal Minds' got a big bump for its 200th episode, drawing its biggest audience since May of 2012, but still couldn't push ahead of "Idol" overall.
 
Predictably, with their lead-ins returning, both "Suburgatory" and "Super Fun Night" posted big gains, while "Nashville," "The Tomorrow People" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" were among the shows dipping. 
 
With "CSI" back, NBC's "Chicago PD" dropped in viewers, but didn't slip at all in the key demo.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Jimmy Kimmel offers 'best wishes' to Jay Leno


Jimmy Kimmel offers "best wishes" to Jay Leno
Kimmel, who said "f*ck him" in response to a question about Leno in 2012, tweeted this morning: "Issues aside, 20 years at #1 is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations and best wishes to @jayleno on an incredible run." PLUS: Sandra Bullock tears up for Jay, and "The Tonight Show" has its best Wednesday since Conan's 1st week.


Amazon releases 10 new pilots

Watch new shows form "The X-Files'" Chris Carter and Jason Schwartzman, or starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell or Jeffrey Tambor. Watch them here.


Rachel's "Biggest Loser" trainer: Don't "come to broad conclusions"

"Please try not to look at one slice of Rachel's journey and come to broad conclusions," says trainer Dolvett Quince. "Rachel's health is and always has been my main concern and her journey to good health has not yet ended!!"


"Scandal" casts Fitz and Mellie's older kids
Madeline Carroll and Dylan Minnette have both appeared on "Lost."


Jimmy Kimmel helps pal John Krasinski give away $1.5M for esurance

Krasinski's Super Bowl commercial ended on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."


Nick Offerman sings "Pu**y & Weed" for Conan
The "Parks and Rec" star was offering tips on being a man.

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<p>Steve Coogan and Philomena Lee</p>

Steve Coogan and Philomena Lee

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Roundup: Philomena's audience with the Pope

Also: Perils of talking movies on Twitter, and is 'Labor Day' a victim of 'urban critics?'

Last I heard, Pope Francis is not an Academy voter, though at a time in the season where every headline opportunity counts, an appointment with him can't hurt. Oscar-nominated "Philomena" star/writer Steve Coogan and the film's real-life subject, Philomena Lee, met with His Holiness yesterday -- obviously not to promote the film (though there are reports of a screening being scheduled at the Vatican), but to campaign for the release of 60,000 adoption files held by the state and Church in Ireland. Lee says, "As the film portrays, I have always put great faith in the church and the good will to put the wrongs of the past right. I hope and believe that his Holiness Pope Francis joins me in the fight to help the thousands of mothers and children who need closure on their own stories."   [BBC News]

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<p>Oprah&nbsp;Winfrey at the 29th annual&nbsp;Santa&nbsp;Barbara International Film Festival</p>

Oprah Winfrey at the 29th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Oprah reflects on 'The Color Purple,' America's disinterest in news and '12 Years a Slave'

The Montecito resident picks up SBIFF's Montecito Award

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — After dancing across the stage at the Arlington Theatre to start a two-hour salute to her work on the big screen, Oprah Winfrey sat down across from moderator John Horn of the LA Times and made it clear from the outset that she was under "no illusion" about her "body of work," as she playfully referred to her scant work as a film actress throughout the evening. "God bless the editor who put that together," she said of the typical introductory clip package that kicked off the Montecito Award tribute off.

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<p>Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox in &quot;The Michael J. Fox Show.&quot;</p>

Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox in "The Michael J. Fox Show."

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NBC pulls 'The Michael J. Fox Show' from schedule

How did what NBC thought was a sure thing not work out to this degree?

NBC was so certain that "The Michael J. Fox Show" would be a hit that the network ordered a full season worth of episodes without even making a pilot. Instead, the sitcom was such a ratings disappointment that tonight NBC quietly pulled it from the schedule, replacing it and the already-canceled "Sean Saves the World" with "Hollywood Game Night." Production had already wrapped on the season, 15 episodes have aired; it's unclear when the remaining 7 (including a "Back to the Future" reunion between Fox and Christopher Lloyd) will air, though an NBC publicist told Vulture's Joe Adalian that they were looking for a place on the schedule after April 3. It's not officially canceled, but with those numbers and the amount of money NBC spent, it's hard to imagine it returning next season.

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NBC cancels 'The Michael J. Fox Show'


NBC cancels "The Michael J. Fox Show"
Michael J. Fox's sitcom has been yanked from the schedule, effective immediately. It will be replaced by "Hollywood Game Night." NBC ordered 22 episodes of the sitcom, 15 of which have already aired.


Someone stole Leslie & Ben's "Parks and Rec" lock from a Paris bridge
"That stinks," says "Parks" co-creator Michael Schur. "Please bring it back."


LAPD investigating death threats against 5-year-old "Good Luck Charlie" star
Police say somebody posted online death threats against Mia Talerico, who plays Charlie on the Disney Channel series.


Ex-Cooking Channel host found dead
"Drink Up" star Daryl Robinson was discovered dead in his apartment building early this morning. Police haven't figured out what caused his death.

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<p>It looks like they had a lot more fun making 'The Monuments Men' than I&nbsp;had watching it.</p>

It looks like they had a lot more fun making 'The Monuments Men' than I had watching it.

Credit: Sony Pictures

Review: George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' is unfocused and too soft

Talk about a film in search of a tone

George Clooney is now five films into his career as a director, which gives us enough room to try to discern a voice or a thematic intent or a unifying vision for the films he's made, and yet, when I look at those five films, what ultimately emerges is a portrait of a somewhat invisible man.

I think "Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind" is a very stylish film, and he navigated a fairly tricky piece of writing there. I understand why so many directors were drawn to Charlie Kaufman's script, and I understand why so many directors ultimately chose not to direct that same script. Clooney has a strong eye for casting, and he also helped figure out how to sell that reality, which wasn't easy at all. I think he also made very strong choices with "Good Night, and Good Luck," a fairly dry piece of writing about a decidedly non-sexy subject. While "Leatherheads" doesn't really work, I can see exactly what sort of screwball tone he's trying to pull off, and I understand the appeal of it. And while I think "The Ides Of March" tries to inflate a fairly simple idea into something more significant, it's obvious that he's a smart guy who wants pop entertainment to grapple with grown-up subjects.

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<p>This was one of the pictures associated with tonight's &quot;American Idol.&quot; I don't know who she is.</p>

This was one of the pictures associated with tonight's "American Idol." I don't know who she is.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Hollywood or Home

Hollywood Week starts with a shocking twist. Apparently.

After weeks of auditions on Season 13 of "American Idol," it's finally time to learn which contestant this season lost the most weight.

Oh. Sorry.

I mean, Hollywood Week is apparently beginning with a twist, but it probably won't be a weight-lost twist.

What will it be?

Let's find out.

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'The Big Bang Theory' and its fellow CBS Thursday shows could benefit from starting 6 weeks later


"The Big Bang Theory" and its fellow CBS Thursday shows could benefit from starting 6 weeks later
The eight NFL games airing on Thursday nights, six of which will air during the TV season, would give CBS a huge promotional push for its Thursday primetime lineup. PLUS: Les Moonves expects the Thursday comedy block to continue after new NFL games.


"Ray Donovan" adds Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn

"The Simpsons" star and "Twin Peaks" alum will play husband and wife on Season 2.


Clay Aiken already deleted controversial tweets ahead of his Congressional run

In fact, most of his tweets, including many targeting Republicans, have disappeared.


George Clooney pranked Matt Damon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler over Golden Globes joke

Damon recounts to Letterman how Clooney got his elaborate revenge.


CBS orders a Wall Street drama from producer John Cusack
Cusack is teaming with several "Justified" writers on a project set in the world of Wall Street power and money.


What you didn't see from last week's "SNL": Lorne Michaels hugged Seth Meyers on stage

"Lorne was visibly very choked up," according to one audience member. PLUS: Rolling Stone ranks the Top 50 "SNL" sketches of all time.


"The Blacklist" books Lance Reddick

He'll play one of James Spader's character's many assets.


Andy Richter to visit "The Millers"

The Conan sidekick will try to control Will Arnett.


"Sherlock" cut a scene at a gay club from Season 3
Steven Moffat says the scene was cut from Episode 2 because the stag night was too long. As Martin Freeman recalls, "There were lots of topless men going past, and (Sherlock and John) are just like, 'Why are we here?'"


Lifetime to "Bring It" with a hip-hop majorette reality show

"Bring It!," premiering March 5, follows Miss D and her Dancing Dolls Troupe.


Why didn't "Today" address the shocking "Biggest Loser" weight-loss?

Rachel Frederickson was interviewed this morning, but the show ignored last night's controversy.


"Criminal Minds" celebrates 200 episodes
"We're not the media darling of the critics," says Joe Mantegna, "but more people, around the world, pee during our commercials than during all of those media darlings combined." PLUS: What's the secret to "Criminal Minds'" longevity?, and Paget Brewster talks Prentiss' return.


ABC orders "Astronaut Wives Club" to series

The drama about the wives of the pioneering American astronauts of the '60s is from "Gossip Girl" co-creator Stephanie Savage.


Sochi Olympics will be NBC's most-complicated games
Sochi is more off the beaten path than any other games that NBC's senior VP of operations has covered. "One of the things logistically challenging about Russia and Sochi is that from a marketplace point of view there is no Home Depot here, no Costco here, no city industrial base or any kind of base to draw from," says John Fritsche.


"Saved by the Bell" and "Punky Brewster" digital comics debut today
You can buy the comics through Amazon's Digital Bookstore.


Should "The Walking Dead" kill Rick?

He's become such a drag on the AMC series.


"New Girl" gave viewers an "alternate version Adam Brody"
The Adam Brody guest-starring this week wasn't the one Seth Cohen fans expected.


Watch an "Americans" blooper reel

From the Season 1 blu-ray, which comes out next week.


Sales of Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl cocktail are plummeting

The former Bravo star's liquor line, which Beam acquired in 2011, dropped 26% last year.


Check out "Psych" in the '60s

Is the Feb. 28 60s-themed episode "Mad Men"-esque?


Syfy to turn comic book "DMZ" into a TV series
"Mad Men" producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton are set to write the comic book adaptation, which transforms NYC into a demilitarized zone.


"Top Chef" ends an underwhelming season
Has the Bravo reality show run out of "top chef"-quality contestants?


"Originals" star finds a new job

One cast member is jumping to NBC's "Odyssey" drama pilot.


Alan Tudyk is taking over "Children's Hospital" spinoff "Newsreaders"

He replaces Mather Zickel, who was cast on an NBC pilot.


Watch Austrian TV's "Game of Thrones"-themed Super Bowl promo
This follows Austrian TV's "Thrones"-themed NFL playoffs promo. PLUS: Meet the "Game of Thrones" production designer.


PBS tonight launches a "Super Skyscraper" series

The four-week series debuts with an examination of One World Trade Center.

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<p>Miranda Lambert</p>

Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Lambert longs for a simpler past on new song, 'Automatic'

Does nostalgia suit her?

Miranda Lambert is only 30, but she’s already longing for the good old days. 

On “Automatic,” the first single from her forthcoming fifth solo album, laments how easy folks have it these days as she reminisces about the days that people used maps, dried laundry on the line, recording the country countdown on cassette from radio (guilty on that one, but for me it was the Top 40), driving a stick shift…and that’s just the first verse.

The greater theme of the song, written by Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, and Natalie Hemby, is that when everything is handed to you, you don’t appreciate it. I’m not so sure that having to roll down our windows instead of pushing a button built character, but Lambert seems to think so.

The song "is about slowing down, taking a breath and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply," Lambert said in a statement.

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