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NBC’s 'The Voice' contract called 'dehumanizing'

NBC’s “The Voice” contract called “dehumanizing”
The 32-page legal document, obtained by the NY Daily News, allows the show to change the rules at any time and to eliminate any contestant even if they’re winning. The show is also allowed to release medical or psychological tests to the public.

Anne Heche to star in USA’s “Dig" miniseries
She’ll play the head of the Jerusalem FBI office in the limited series from “Homeland’s” Gideon Raff” and “Heroes’” Tim Kring.

Check out "Mad Men's" Joan in her airplane promo shot
Here’s the 1st look at Christina Hendricks in the final season. PLUS: Check out Betty Draper Francis and her baggage.

Kevin Nealon will co-star on "The Pro" with Rob Lowe
The “SNL” and “Weeds” vet will co-star on Lowe’s tennis pro comedy pilot.

“Scandal’s” Joe Morton joins TNT’s “Proof”
He’ll play the head of the hospital in the medical drama pilot from Kyra Sedgwick, starring Jennifer Beals.

Lady Gaga visits Jimmy Kimmel in an outfit made of coffee filters
She was covered head to toe in coffee filters. PLUS: Kimmel pranks SXSW attendees with fake band names.

Watch Vince Gilligan’s acting debut on “Community”
The “Breaking Bad” creator did a scene opposite Gina Gershon.

“Grey’s Anatomy” ties its series low with “Idol” in the 9 pm timeslot
Still, “Grey’s” managed to top last night’s “Idol” results show.

“True Detective” meets “King of the Hill”
Watch a haunting mashup of the two shows.

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<p>Thursday&#39;s &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Hell's Kitchen' premiere boosts FOX Thursday, but CBS still rules

'Big Bang Theory' is down, but still Thursday's tops

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Fleeing "The Big Bang Theory" to 9 p.m. failed to give "American Idol" a bump in its new first time period airing, however the return of "Hell's Kitchen" handily outperformed "Rake," giving FOX a Thursday boost. However, "The Big Bang Theory" kept CBS atop the night in all measures.

The "Idol" shift to 9 p.m. had its biggest impact on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," which had a second straight week of big declines and also led to some "Scandal" slippage. 

Subtracting "Idol" from the 8 p.m. hour failed to provide any boost to the competition, as "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and "Community" were flat, while "Parks and Recreation" was down a hair from last week.

Of *very* minor interest: The CW's "Reign" had a repeat for a lead-in and faced "Idol" for the first time, but came very close to reproducing last week's near-series-highs and finished in line with its general season averages.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Chadwick Boseman in &quot;Get On Up.&quot;</p>

Chadwick Boseman in "Get On Up."

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Chadwick Boseman chases stardom in first trailer for James Brown biopic 'Get On Up'

'The Help' director Tate Taylor reunites with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny and June Carter Cash, Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf, Cate Blanchett as (more or less) Bob Dylan -- playing an iconic musician has been a successful route to awards attention for several actors in recent years. That may be the long-term goal for Tate Taylor's glossy-looking James Brown biopic "Get On Up," but the more immediate goal suggested by the film's first trailer is launching 31-year-old leading man Chadwick Boseman to major-league stardom.

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'Scandal': A big secret is revealed, but a bigger twist may be ahead

It's an OMG moment, but what does it mean?

ABC promised us that there would be an OMG moment (the network's marketing magic, not mine) at the very end of tonight's episode of "Scandal," and damn if that wasn't the case. Of course, spoilers ahead, so don't even think of clicking through if you haven't seen the episode. 

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<p>Jason Bateman is justifiably proud of his young cast for &#39;Bad Words&#39;</p>

Jason Bateman is justifiably proud of his young cast for 'Bad Words'

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Jason Bateman on directing his young stars in 'Bad Words'

Plus he talks about how great Kathryn Hahn is

Jason Bateman is about as good a spokesman as any movie can have, and when he's finally making the jump to be a director as well as an actor, he's got plenty of reason to turn on the charm.

When I was at the Four Seasons recently, I was in the first group of people talking to him in the morning, and I was sitting outside the room where we were going to speak along with four other people. When he came walking up, he stopped and looked down at all of us, smiling. "Hey, how about we just do this out here, press conference style? Right now. Let's go."

Bateman and I are pretty much the same age, and I feel like I've been watching him on TV my whole life. I have strong memories of him on "Little House In The Prairie" and, in particular, "Silver Spoons," where he perfected the art of being smug. There was something so gleefully rotten about Derek, the kid he played, that it sort of set him as a certain type right away. Bateman never really got roles as likable as the roles given to Michael J. Fox, but it felt like he got the scripts that Fox passed on, a tendency that reached its apex when he starred in "Teen Wolf Too."

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Arthur Chu: 'People say I’m the Walter White of Jeopardy!'

Arthur Chu: “People say I’m the Walter White of 'Jeopardy!’"
Chu doesn’t consider himself a villain. "It’s really more of an antihero thing,” he says. "People are saying, antiheroes are big now, people say I’m the Walter Whit e of 'Jeopardy!,' or like I was Moneyballing Jeopardy!. It was something that made ‘Jeopardy!' different for a while and I think a lot of people appreciated that.” PLUS: Chu answers Reddit questions, including one from a former competitor.

“Enlisted” star signs on for CBS pilot “Cuz-Bros”
Stults’ role on the CBS comedy pilot is dependent on “Enlisted’s” cancelation. PLUS: S. Epatha Merkerson joins NBC’s “Babylon Fields,” and Trevor Donovan and Christopher McDonald join History’s “Texas Rising.”

Ellen did another bit today with the Oscar pizzeria
Ellen tweeted for her followers to stand outside Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria this afternoon.

China’s ambassador to the U.S. thinks “House of Cards” is a realistic portrayal
"I have seen both seasons of 'House of Cards,' which I think embodies some of the characteristics and corruption that is present in American politics,” says Ambassador Cui Tiankai.

“Doctor Who” gets a new villain: Keeley Hawes as a banker
The former “MI-5”/“Spooks” star will play “a powerful out of this world character with a dark secret.” Steven Moffat says she "achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on 'Doctor Who': she plays a banker."

Syfy orders “Ascension” miniseries
The six-hour space opera will tell of a covert space mission launched by the U.S. government in 1963.

Smart sitcoms are surviving thanks to network TV’s “major sitcom depression”
There hasn’t been a blockbuster sitcom hit since “Modern Family” in 2009, which has led to networks renewing low-rated-but-smart shows like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “New Girl,” “Parks and Rec” and “The Mindy Project.”

TV Land’s “The Soul Man” live season premiere will be simulcast on BET and Centric
Centric will also begin airing reruns of the Cedric the Entertainer comedy.

“Cougar Town’s” Bill Lawrence: I may be done with network sitcoms
“I would be surprised if I ever personally ran a network show again,” says Lawrence, who has two shows, including one on NBC, coming out this spring. “The system has changed. We’re talking about a landscape now where the difference between a 1.3 rating and a 0.9 rating is the difference between a 22-episode pickup and getting canceled, which is crazy.”

Hallmark Channel renews Kitten Bowl,  slates movies with Catherine Bell, Tiffani Thiessen
Hallmark is also launching "The Kitten Paw-Star Game.”

Meet the new “Bones” squintern, a “Latin Lover”
“Young and the Restless” alum Ignacio Serricchio will play Rodolfo Fuentes, Brennan’s new intern from Cuba.

E!’s "Eric & Jessie: Game On” is moving to NYC, thanks to the Jets
Star Eric Decker has signed a big $36 million deal with the New York Jets.

Piers Morgan films an “Entourage” movie cameo
“Who needs TV?” tweeted the outgoing CNN star. PLUS: Morgan’s last day on “Piers Morgan Live” is March 28 — see who’s trying out for his slot.

“Modern Family’s” Los Angeles geography is pretty accurate
Not just the physical geography, but the cultural geography.

Here are more “Boy Meets World” characters that should be brought back
Remember Nancy Kerrigan?

Why do few women play instruments on “Nashville”?
Is it a reflection of the real-life country music scene.

Gillian Anderson on “The X Files” vs. “Hannibal”
Anderson was asked on Reddit, "Why did it take you a whole series to believe Fox Mulder, but only one season to believe Will Graham?!” To which she responded: "The irony was not lost on me in that moment. Let's just say that.”

Seth Meyers & Andy Cohen will reenact “Friday Night Lights”
The two late-night hosts filmed a bit together at SXSW.

“Sherlock” is shown twice in France — once for younger viewers, again for older viewers
The BBC hit is so popular in France it airs on different channels targeting different demos.

Meet Bob Odenkirk’s wife, talent manager to the stars
Naomi Odenkirk represents everybody from Kristen Wiig — her former babysitter -- to Bill Hader to Jenna Fischer.

“Two and a Half Men’s” Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer go on a double date
Kutcher and Mila Kunis were spotted going to dinner with Cryer and his wife, Lisa Joyner.

“Shameless” promotes Emily Bergl
She’ll become a series regular next season.

Jon Gosselin is writing a tell-all
“It’s about my feelings and my marriage,” he says. “Kate will flip.”

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein talk about the “Portlandia” process
What’s the difference between writing songs and writing sketches?

Mark Wahlberg’s “Breaking Boston” follows four women with Southie accents
Wahlberg and his family have come to own shows about Boston.

See 14-year-old Zooey Deschanel
The “New Girl” star is honoring Throwback Thursday.

CBS’ Wall Street drama adds “Treme’s” David Morse and “Hotel Rwanda’s” Sophie Okonedo
They’ll join the drama from producer John Cusack.

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"Project Runway: Under the Gunn"

"Project Runway: Under the Gunn"

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Macklemore judges designers on 'Project Runway: Under the Gunn'

The Grammy winner has some good ideas about evening wear, too

It only makes sense that a guy who sings about finding great stuff in thrift shops, Grammy winner Macklemore, would be a guest judge on "Project Runway: Under the Gunn." On this week's episode (Thurs. March 13 at 9:00 p.m. on Lifetime), the rap sensation has some thoughts on what works and what doesn't. Trust the man who can pull off a second-hand fur, people!

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot; Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) has a message about payday.</p>

On "Community," Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) has a message about payday.

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Review: 'Community' - 'VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing'

Annie and Abed compete for a third roommate, and a treasure trove of textbooks causes trouble

A quick review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I move inland where lumber is more plentiful...

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<p>Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson as Duke Silver on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson as Duke Silver on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'New Slogan'

Leslie considers her job offer, Andy meets Duke Silver and Tom looks for a restaurant

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I participate in your Julia Roberts weird cameraman husband fantasy...

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<p>I don&#39;t know who&#39;s going home, but I know Harry is playing on Thursday.</p>

I don't know who's going home, but I know Harry is playing on Thursday.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 11 Results plus Harry Connick Jr. performs

Mali Music will also drop by the results show

It's Anything Can Happen Night on "American Idol." 

On maybe 70 percent of "Idol" Thursdays, you can narrow your elimination predictions down to two or three singers, maximum, with anybody else being a shock. After Wednesday's decent Songs From The Cinema Night, I'll be able to give easy explanations for two or three boots, but there's a lot of wiggle room for something confusing to happen. 

Open question: Is there a frontrunner? I mean a *real* David Archuleta/Melinda Doolittle/Adam Lambert-style frontrunner? Have we ever been this later in the season without anything like a favorite?

Think about that, while I start my live-blog:

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<p>Alright, alright, alright! Time for a whole lotta &quot;True Detective&quot; talk on this week&#39;s Firewall &amp; Iceberg.</p>

Alright, alright, alright! Time for a whole lotta "True Detective" talk on this week's Firewall & Iceberg.

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 7: Alan and Dan talk 'True Detective' in LA

Dan and Alan talk in person and also discuss the surprise success of 'Resurrection'

Happy Thursday, boys and girls! As promised — or, rather, as promised first in January, then delayed due to injury, then promised again last week — it's time for an in-person installment of the Firewall & Iceberg show! Yup, I survived the trip to LA, and to the HitFix offices, and Dan and I got to sit behind the same enormous desk to discuss the conclusion of "True Detective," review NBC's Derbel McDillett hostage drama "Crisis," and discuss whether the surprise success of "Resurrection" will save Paul Lee's job.

Things went so well, in fact, that this may not be the only in-person show of the month, but I shall say no more until Tuesday.

As for this show, the rundown:

0:00-10:31 ("True Detective" finale/ season 1 Recap) 
12:04-20:35 ("True Detective" season 2)
21:37- 27:30 ("Crisis")
27:30- 30:15 (mail/ "Resurrection")

As always, you can send us questions at There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at

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<p>Kristen Bell is ready and willing to step back into the part of &#39;Veronica Mars&#39; if that&#39;s what fans want.</p>

Kristen Bell is ready and willing to step back into the part of 'Veronica Mars' if that's what fans want.

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Kristen Bell on making the 'Veronica Mars' film for old fans and new viewers

Did the Kickstarter success put pressure on the series star?

For some reason, I had to fly to Dallas to do all of the "Veronica Mars" interviews on the day before I flew to Austin, even though the entire cast and crew was heading into Austin the same time I was for the same film festival.

No matter. I'll take whatever the opportunity is to sit down with Kristen Bell. We met on "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and at that point, I had just caught up with "Veronica Mars" and had realized that she was, in fact, awesome. I was on the set for a week in Hawaii, and my wife and my son had joined me, so they were hanging out at the pool and dropping by set to see some of what was going on as well. Bell was hilarious and completely disarming and didn't seem remotely stand-offish with any of the people staying at the hotel.

We ended up seeing her several times over the next few months, most notably at the premiere of the movie. Before the party, my wife and I were standing outside the restaurant on the top floor of the Hollywood & Highland center, and we saw Bell approaching. She was in a dress that looked like a full-time job to wear, and she ducked behind us so that the photographers outside weren't able to see her. "Give me a minute here, guys," she said. She used the momentary shelter to make a few fairly major adjustments for both comfort and modesty, and then hurried inside.

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