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<p>Lang Lang was on fire at the Grammys</p>

Lang Lang was on fire at the Grammys

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TV Ratings: The Grammys cruise past The Pro Bowl on Sunday

'The Bachelor' wedding fails to offer much competition
Fast National ratings for Sunday, January 26, 2014.  
The NFL held its annual star-depleted Pro Bowl on Sunday night and earned big enough ratings for a solid second place finish, coming in well behind the Grammy Awards telecast on CBS.
For the primetime segment, the Grammys and Pro Bowl were both down single-digits from last year.
Audiences were less enamored with ABC's "The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine's Wedding" and with FOX's Animation Domination, which lagged well behind.
Remember, of course, that the Grammys aired live on the right side of the country, but taped on the left and that the telecast ran through 11:40-ish, while these numbers only reflect the 8-to-11 segment of the ratings. And the Pro Bowl aired live nationwise, so those numbers are also preliminary.
On to those numbers...
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Rosie O'Donnell is returning to 'The View' for the 1st time since 2007

Rosie O'Donnell is returning to "The View" for the 1st time since 2007
She'll appear as a guest on Feb. 7.

Trent Reznor tweets "F*ck you" to Grammys for cutting off his performance
The Nine Inch Nails singer was abruptly cut off at the end last night while performing with Lindsey Buckingham, Dave Grohl and Josh Homme. PLUS: Grammys mispell Cory Monteith's name.

Starz orders "Breaking Bad" producer's "gritty" drama about ballerinas

"Flesh and Bone" stars "Black Swan's" Sarah Hay as a troubled ballerina who joins a prestigious New York City ballet company. It's from Moira Walley-Beckett, one of "Breaking Bad's" key writer-producers.

Watch Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon play nice in their 1st joint interview
Leno assured Fallon that he was giving up "The Tonight Show" for good this time. PLUS: Leno admits in his "60 Minutes" interview that he said all the same nice things about Conan that he's saying about Fallon, and watch the 1992 "60 Minutes" profile of Leno.

Sundance Channel changes its name to SundanceTV

The cable network is also launching a new URL,

Stephen Colbert, Kathy Griffin among Grammy winners

Colbert won his 2nd Grammy for "America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't," while Griffin took home her first Grammy.

MTV orders a Mexican version of "Jersey Shore" -- "Mexico Shore"

MTV Latin America is also remaking "Ridiculousness."

"The Bachelor's" Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici officially marry

The pair tied the knot last night live on ABC.

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<p>Ryan Lewis and Macklemore accept the best new artist Grammy Award Sunday night.</p>

Ryan Lewis and Macklemore accept the best new artist Grammy Award Sunday night.

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Macklemore says the Grammys handed best rap album out to the wrong act

You won't be surprised by whom Macklemore feels was more deserving

Guess who is very upset that Kendrick Lamar didn’t win the Grammy for best rap album for “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City?”  No, not Lamar.

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<p>Lars Ulrich</p>

Lars Ulrich

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Lars Ulrich says Metallica is 'energized' in making their next new album

Metal band will work throughout 2014 for a 2015 set

LOS ANGELES - Metallica played a unique performance tonight (Jan. 26) at the Grammy Awards during CBS telecast, but the band is fresh off of a stint on the big screen for "Metallica: Through the Never."

Saturday night at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton, I caught up with the metal band's drummer Lars Ulrich who said Metallica is headlong into crafting a new album. The making of "Through the Never" was an experience that provided "a whole other way of being creative and having a creative outlet. We were very inspired by making that," he said

"Now we're energized to make a record. The film was fun, but it's time to make the next record."

He seemed skeptical that they could finish it for 2014, so Metallica is eyeing a 2015 drop instead.

And would "Through the Never" co-star Dane DeHaan guest on the set?

"We will find him!"

Watch the full interview above. Metallica played "One" at the Grammy Awards 25 years ago, which they celebrated by collaborating with pianist Lang Lang on the same song during the ceremony this year. They wil also release "Metallica: Through the Never" on DVD/Blu-Ray on Tuesday (Jan. 28).

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<p>&quot;Dallas&nbsp;Buyers Club&quot; (and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman)&nbsp;Jared Leto pays tribute to Lou&nbsp;Reed and introduces Metallica at the 56th annual Grammy&nbsp;Awards.</p>

"Dallas Buyers Club" (and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman) Jared Leto pays tribute to Lou Reed and introduces Metallica at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

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Jeremy Renner, 'Skyfall,' David Fincher: Hollywood's 2014 Grammys presence

Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams had the best night of them all

Adele, Pharrell Williams and David Fincher were among the list of current and former Oscar nominees to win Grammys Sunday night.

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Queen Latifah on marrying 33 couples, Macklemore & Lewis and her new nickname

Queen Latifah on marrying 33 couples, Macklemore & Lewis and her new nickname

She stands up for rap's history of handling social issues

While some are crediting Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with bringing a new openness to rap music for their same-sex anthem, “Same Love,” Queen Latifah, who performed with the duo on the Grammys, says rap has always addressed topical issues.

“I don’t think this is new ground for hip hop,” she said in the print press room. “When I started rapping it was much more common for rappers to speak about different  things going on in the world. We’re part of the reason that apartheid was changed, according to the attention of a lot of people who didn’t know what was going on or  violence in the communities anything that was some time of social justice, we’ve always been able to talk about through hip hop i hope this is inspiration to all the rappers out there and all the hip hop artists out there that they can continue to tackle any subject that they want. Tackle what may seem like a difficult subject to start.”

As far as presiding over the marriage of 33 same-sex and heterosexual couples, Queen Latifah took her duties very seriously. “I had to get sworn in as a commissioner by the state of California, so you can call me Queen Commish.”  She was touched by the participants’ courage to get married on TV, regardless of their orientation.  “It wouldn’t matter whether it was same sex couples, heterosexual couples, bi-racial couples…this is someone’s life commitment. You want to make sure you do it right. That was what sunk in for me.”

And with that, she was off to sign the 33 marriage certificates.

The video embedded in this piece is from the TV room, so it says some great stuff beyond what Queen Latifah said in the print room.




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<p>Cyndi Lauper</p>

Cyndi Lauper

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Cyndi Lauper is working on a new musical: Songwriter wins Grammy for 'Kinky Boots'

What can you expect from the 30th anniversary of 'She's So Unusual'

LOS ANGELES - On the eve of her win for Best Musical Theater Album for "Kinky Boots," Cyndi Lauper walked the red carpet for Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton.

She was sporting her wild-red half-dreads and a flirty top; I've always loved Lauper's style, and even more than that, audiences for 30 years have loved her sense of self and artistic evolution.

Speaking to HitFix before the party, we talked fashion, of course, but then delved into what it takes to be successful. Her Grammy Award and previous Tony Awards wins arrive in time for the 30-year mark (OK, 30-and-a-half) of "She's So Unusual," her 1983 debut, for which she's crafting an anniversary set. She's also already "in the process" of working on another Broadway show, but wouldn't get into much detail.

"I don't want to jinx anything," she said. "You'll hear about it."

Lauper hinted at TV work and writing more music, along with spending more time with her family. She last released a studio album in 2010, "Memphis Blues."

And she issued some advice to you creative types.

Figure out what you want to do, and if there's gatekeepers in your way, just understand that that's what that person says. Look over their shoulder and see where you wanna go, and then figure out a plan of how you're gonna get there. And in the end you'll get there. It's the guys that give up -- just don't give up. Understand what it is you wanna do. And then make a plan.

I've been told so many times how I stink that I'm not this and I'm not that and that I can't do this and I can't do that. I always think to myself, "For you, maybe."

So, yeah, here's Cyndi Lauper basically being awesome for five minutes.


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<p>Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez walk the streets of San Francisco in the second episode of &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez walk the streets of San Francisco in the second episode of "Looking."

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Review: 'Looking' - 'Looking for Uncut'

Did Patrick just ruin his chances with Richie?

After some surprising controversy following the first episode, "Looking" is back for round 2. If I personally hadn't been in the middle of the 24/7 Sundance whirlwind I would have ripped off a whole essay on writers who wouldn't know a good TV show on gay men if it hit them, but movies and bronchitis got in this way.  Please, tear this one down. Lord knows we need more "Will & Grace" and "Modern Family." Perhaps someone can bring the godawful U.S. "Queer as Folk" back.  But, I digress...

The good news is this week's episode was written and directed by co-series producer Andrew Haigh who earned critical acclaim a few years ago for his independent film "Weekend."  Having seen the first four episodes, series creator Michael Lannan is unfortunately the series' weakest link on the writing staff so far. Heigh and episode 4 writer Allan Heinberg just seem a bit more on point.  So, if you were actually disappointed by episode 1, the second go around might get you on board.

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<p>Adam Driver and Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Adam Driver and Lena Dunham in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Dead Inside'

A death doesn't affect Hannah as much as Adam would like, while Jessa learns another death was anything but

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I place one crumb of human compassion in this fat free muffin of sociopathic detachment...

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<p>Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl accepting Best Rock Song at the 2014 Grammy Awards</p>

Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl accepting Best Rock Song at the 2014 Grammy Awards

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Paul McCartney makes a confession about Nirvana backstage at the Grammys

Should we 'cut him some slack?'

Paul McCartney had a confession to make backstage after he and the remaining members of Nirvana grabbed the Grammy for Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack": He had no idea with whom he was playing.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey" 

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'Downton Abbey' recap: Can Anna still conceal the truth?

Bates is suspicious, but can Anna keep this secret forever?

While a great many minor things happened in this episode of "Downton Abbey," mostly they seemed to be crumbs for us to remember for future storylines. Evelyn Napier shows up? Hmm, interesting. Edith visits a doctor when she says she's going to Michael's office? Have a bad feeling about that one. Robert defies Branson and Mary's plans for the estate? That may actually be fine. Really, it's all very well and good, but the focus of this episode is the one we've all been waiting to see (and perhaps dreading to happen). Spoilers ahead, people. 

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<p>On &quot;True Detective,&quot;&nbsp;Maggie (Michelle Monaghan)&nbsp;enjoys a night out with Marty and Rust.</p>

On "True Detective," Maggie (Michelle Monaghan) enjoys a night out with Marty and Rust.

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Review: 'True Detective' - 'The Locked Room'

Cohle and Hart try to double date, and Cohle makes a beer can man

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I cut up this beer can...

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