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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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<p>Don Draper flies TWA in the &quot;Mad Men&quot; final season teaser.</p>

Don Draper flies TWA in the "Mad Men" final season teaser.

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Don Draper takes a flight in 'Mad Men' final season tease

'Que Sera' for the AMC hero as he enjoys the comforts of TWA

The final season of "Mad Men" (or, at least, the first half of the final season, which is being split between this year and next) doesn't begin until Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. on AMC. But as usual, the quintessential show about advertising likes to begin its brand promotion early, with an image and/or video for viewers to fuss over and decode until there are actual episodes to fuss over and decode.

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<p>Nicole Kidman in &quot;Grace of Monaco.&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

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Nicole Kidman finally speaks in new 'Grace of Monaco' trailer

The glitzy biopic will open this year's Cannes Film Festival

We've been waiting a while for a complete trailer for The Weinstein Company's "Grace of Monaco" -- a teaser was unveiled before the film was postponed from its initial November 2013 release slot, but it was all flash and champagne and satin drapery, withholding Nicole Kidman's actual performance as Oscar-winning actress turned European princess Grace Kelly. Now, with director Olivier Dahan's film just over two months away from opening the Cannes Film Festival, we get to see a little more, and... well, it's still flash and champagne and satin drapery, but there's more of a sense of what the stakes are, and the commitment with which Kidman is interpreting a tricky role.

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Nearly every HBO drama or miniseries has been created by a white man

Nearly every HBO drama or miniseries has been created by a white man
Since 1975, according to The Huffington Post, 34 of the 38 people responsible for every HBO miniseries and drama has been white. Three woman and one non-white man made up the other four. In response, HBO insists that it’s trying to diversify: "We can do better; we are doing better; we are striving to do better,” says a spokesperson, pointing out a new diversity initiative, plus new projects with Oprah, Steve McQueen and Jenji Kohan.

“Survivor’s” ratings go up in 2nd week
“American Idol” was also up, as was “Criminal Minds."

NBC synergy: “Late Night” and “Today” are taking full advantage of Lena Dunham hosting “SNL”
This morning on “Today," Dunham talked about going on “Late Night” to ask Seth Meyers for advice on hosting “Saturday Night Live."

“Homeland’s” David Harewood joins ABC’s “Selfie”
The British actor will play the boss of Karen Gillan in the pilot from “Suburgatory” Creator Emily Kapnek.

“The Big Bang Theory” gets the Lego treatment
Check out the “Mini” version of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the rest of the gang.

Jimmy Kimmel will join Andy Cohen in Austin
Kimmel and Cohen are both bringing their shows to SXSW, and Kimmel will be Cohen’s only guest on Monday’s “Watch What Happens Live.”

HBO is helping to create a “Girls” bus tour
HBO is working with the company behind the “Sex and the City” and “The Sopranos” tours to celebrate the famous Brooklyn landmarks on the Lena Dunham series.

“Rectify” gets June 19 Season 2 premiere date
The Sundance Channel series returns June 19 at 9 pm.

Prince takes over “Arsenio”
Prince even helped break up a couple on last night’s show.

“The Soup” unveils its “True Detective” parody
Why are they speaking gibberish? PLUS: “True Detective” gets the “Twin Peaks” remix.

ABC’s low-rated new dramas has dragged the network to 4th place
“Mind Games” is expected to become the third Tuesday failure, as ABC struggles in 4th place both in total viewers and in the key 18-49 demo.

Listen to Big Boi’s “Game of Thrones” song
Here’s the debut of “Mother of Dragons” from the “Catch the Throne” mixtape. PLUS: Listen to Wale’s “King Slayer."

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” uses fake home exteriors for “security purposes”
"It was so unsafe,” says Kim Kardashian. "The Hollywood star tours would stop by too, bc they recognized my home from our show. After that we realized how unsafe it is to show the exterior of our homes.” PLUS: Khloe Kardashian mocks herself guest-hosting “Chelsea Lately”

Miss Piggy boasts about putting cake in Joan Rivers’ face
It was all part of a promo for "Muppets Most Wanted.”

Watch Paul Giamatti play God on “Inside Amy Schumer”
Says Schumer: “We thought, ‘Who would be the funniest person to play God?’ And immediately we were like, ‘Paul Giamatti.’”

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<p>Andy Daly in &quot;Review with Forrest MacNeil.&quot;</p>

Andy Daly in "Review with Forrest MacNeil."

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Review: Comedy Central's 'Review with Forrest MacNeil'

Andy Daly series builds and builds as it goes along into something truly great

Sketch comedy shows don't usually have story arcs, even when they feature recurring characters. The Target Lady on "SNL" didn't go on a complex character journey over multiple seasons. Jordan Peele's character in the "Key & Peele" soul food sketch didn't reappear a few episodes later having turned cannibal after enjoying a human foot with his cellar door and stork ankles.

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Exclusive behind-the-scenes: Ace Reporter's 'Stick To' music video

Exclusive behind-the-scenes: Ace Reporter's 'Stick To' music video

You don't just eat Franklin BBQ

Like a moth to flame, during SXSW I will flock toward Franklin BBQ.

I have more in common with Ace Reporter's "Stick To" music video than I thought.

Directed by Austin-based Peter Simonite and Annie Gunn, "Stick To" personifies one of the weirder winged insects and puts him on a bike; he's drawn to a light in an apartment, who as it ends up is Alex Gehring from rock band Ringo Deathstarr

Watch the video below, then watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes commentary video below it. Simonite and Gunn describe the process of sending their human-moth out into the streets, and just how he got his dusty aura: with the help of ashes collected from Franklin's barbeque pits.

Gunn and Simonite were also behind Immaculate Noise favorite Explosions in the Sky's short film "Postcard from 1952"; the latter director also helmed another clip from a popular Austin band -- Spoon -- for their "Everything Hits at Once."

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Report: NBC is banning Jimmy Fallon’s guests from doing other network shows

Report: NBC is banning Jimmy Fallon’s guests from doing other network shows
According to TMZ, the ban applies to not only CBS and ABC’s late-night shows but the morning shoes as well.

AMC teases a glimpse of “Mad Men’s” final season
Watch Don Draper step off an airplane.

AMC coming out with a “Walking Dead” mobile game
The game will be released to coincide with Season 5.

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<p>The cast of CBS&#39; &quot;Criminal Minds&quot;</p>

The cast of CBS' "Criminal Minds"

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' holds off 'Survivor' as 'Criminal Minds' to lead Wednesday

'Arrow' hits a series low, while every ABC show other than 'Mixology' rises

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

"American Idol" got a small performance show uptick to narrowly avoid the ignominy of losing to "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" among young viewers, while also leading FOX to slim victories in most key measures on Wednesday night.

Despite leading FOX to wins, "Idol" was neither the top show overall nor among young viewers on Wednesday.

The "Idol" decline-bump, up among young viewers but not overall, was fitting for an up-and-down Wednesday 

There were declines for "Survivor," "CSI," "Law & Order: SVU," "Chicago PD," "Arrow" and "The Tomorrow People." While "Mixology" was down in its second week for ABC, the declines probably could have been worse, though expect a bigger fall in Finals.

"Mixology" was, in fact, ABC's only dropper as "The Middle," "Suburgatory," "Modern Family" and "Nashville" all rose.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Wait a minute... that&#39;s not Quentin Tarantino or George Clooney! What&#39;s going on here?</p>

Wait a minute... that's not Quentin Tarantino or George Clooney! What's going on here?

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Win a VIP ticket to party 'From Dusk Till Dawn' in Austin this weekend

We've got the details on where and when for you

If you're going to be in Austin this coming weekend, what do you have planned for Saturday night?

Keep in mind that the city is going to positively brimming over with options, since it'll be smack dab in the middle of the opening weekend mayhem for SXSW, and as always, it's also spring break for UT and it's a party city to begin with.

I'd like to invite you to take a chance and try to win VIP passes to a party that HitFix is happy to be co-presenting this year. We're taking over Red 7 in downtown and transforming it into the Titty Twister to help celebrate the launch of both the El Rey Network and their first original series, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series."

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