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<p>&quot;Shark Tank.&quot;</p>

"Shark Tank."

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' nets ABC Friday win, 'Enlisted' up

'Shark' has highest-rated regular episode ever

Fast National ratings for Friday, January 24, 2014.

ABC won Friday night thanks to the highest-rated regular "Shark Tank" episode ever, while FOX's timeslot swap of "Enlisted" and "Raising Hope" paid dividends for the first-year military comedy without really hurting the veteran show.

For the night, ABC averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, and 7.2 million viewers overall. FOX was second (1.4, 5.1 million), followed by NBC (1.3, 5.4 million), CBS (1.1, 8 million) and the CW (0.3, 772,000).

8 p.m. --
"Bones" won the hour for FOX with a 1.8 rating and 7.4 million viewers, up from last week.  "Dateline NBC" was second (1.4, 7.3 million), followed by an "Undercover Boss" repeat on CBS (1.2, 6.4 million), "Last Man Standing" and "The Neighbors" on ABC (1.1, 5.1 million) and "The Carrie Diaries" on the CW (0.3, 916,000).

9 p.m. -- "Shark Tank" (2.2, 8.1 million) won the hour for ABC with its highest-rated regular episode ever. NBC's "Grimm" (1.5, 5.9 million) was second, followed by a "Hawaii Five-0" repeat on CBS (1.0, 8.1 million). Placed immediately after "Bones," "Enlisted" (1.0, 3.2 million) added more than a million viewers from last week and was up significantly in the demo, while "Raising Hope" (0.8, 2.4 million) actually did slightly better in the demo this week than it did a week ago at 9.  A CW "Supernatural" repeat (0.2, 628,000) was in last place. 

10 p.m. -- "20/20" (1.9, 8.3 million) won the hour for ABC, followed by a "Blue Bloods" repeat on CBS (1.0, 9.7 million). The "Dracula" season finale (1.0, 3.1 million) was up slightly over last week.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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<p>Guy Lodge, Chris O'Dowd and John Michael McDonagh at the Sundance Film Festival.</p>

Guy Lodge, Chris O'Dowd and John Michael McDonagh at the Sundance Film Festival.

Chris O'Dowd and John Michael McDonagh talk 'Calvary' and finding the darkness in comedy

The Fox Searchlight pickup was one of Sundance's hottest international titles

PARK CITY - John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary" was one of my most anticipated titles heading into Sundance, and with the festival at a close, it's among the films my mind returns to most often.  The Irish writer-director's follow-up to the raucous cop comedy "The Guard" -- also a Park City premiere a few years back -- has a sharper, more complex comic flavor, taking on matters of faith, morality and mortality in the story of a Catholic priest (Brendan Gleeson) threatened with murder by one of his own troubled parishioners.

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<p>Could Motoko Kusanagi finally be on her way to the big-screen, and if so, who in the heck is going to play her?</p>

Could Motoko Kusanagi finally be on her way to the big-screen, and if so, who in the heck is going to play her?

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Rupert Sanders reportedly set for 'Ghost In The Shell' movie at Dreamworks

Will this Spielberg pet project finally get off the ground?

I remember the first wave of Hollywood's flirtation with anime, and it was obvious at the time that none of the films that they talked about making were actually going to get made. They would have all been prohibitively expensive and even more prohibitively bizarre, a combination that never ends well for studios.

For a while, Guillermo Del Toro was positively manic about getting "Domu" made as a movie, and I'll admit… I would have loved to have seen that, but I acknowledge that as a commercial proposition, that is insane. "Akira" has gone through the development mill for years with any number of different directors attached, and I've read several radically different scripts for that potential project over that time. James Cameron came very close to making "Battle Angel Alita" instead of "Avatar," and there was a period of time where he transformed an entire floor of the Lightstorm building, allowing his artists to work in the environment from the movie, with the rich people's paradise overhead and the garbage-strewn Earth below.

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Obama takes on 'The West Wing' tradition of 'Big Block of Cheese Day'


Obama takes on "The West Wing" tradition of "Big Block of Cheese Day"

On Wednesday, the Obama administration will copy the Bartlet administration with a day-long open house.


Mitt Romney "Slow Jams The News" with Jimmy Fallon

The former presidential candidate was promoting his "Mitt" documentary on "Late Night." PLUS: Zach Braff was seatmates with Romney on a plane.


Mira Sorvino is headed to BBC America
She'll play two characters stuck in one body in "Intruders."


"American's Next Top Model" finalist joins an ABC comedy pilot

Cycle 11's Analeigh Tipton will play one-half of a young couple. PLUS: ABC orders "Astronaut Wives Club" and three other dramas.


Margaret Cho to star in Tina Fey's Fox comedy pilot
She'll play the college president in the comedy about a female college that's about to accept males.


NBC orders a remake of the Tom Hanks movie "The Money Pit"

The 1986 film also starring Shelley Long got a pickup, as well as "Fifth Wheel."

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<p>&quot;Rudderless&quot;</p>

"Rudderless"

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Review: Billy Crudup shines in William H. Macy's 'Rudderless'

Sundance closer also co-stars Selena Gomez, but don't see it for her
It's funny, but if you asked me to list my favorite actors, it would take me a while to get to Billy Crudup.
 
Probably that's Crudup has made some strange, but often admirable, career choices and has occasionally vanished in the background in the sort of paycheck roles I wouldn't begrudge him for a second.
 
However, when I think back on Crudup's body of work, he's given some performances that I consider to be all-time classics.
 
"Almost Famous," for example, doesn't work without Crudup's passionate, mercurial Golden God Russell Hammond. In a perfect world, Crudup would have picked up an Oscar nod for "Almost Famous." He did not. Instead, his highest profile acting honor is an Independent Spirit nomination for "Jesus' Son," a cult classic in which he gets astounding comedic mileage from some very dark material, etching one of cinema's best and most unique depictions of drug addiction. And although I may be a party of one on the movie, Crudup's commitment in Robert Towne's underrated "Without Limits" never ceases to impress me.
 
He's done decent work since then, but perhaps the reason I don't include Crudup among my favorite actors is because his last great performance -- unless you were a fan of his radioactive blue super-wang in "Watchmen" -- was all the way back in 2000.
 
That's no longer true. 
 
"Rudderless," one of the Closing Night films of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival represents a confident directing debut for William H. Macy and gives Crudup his best role in years. The actor responds with a performance that's funny, heartbreaking and confidently musical, anchoring a film with a challenging and sometimes shaky premise that very much requires his steadying presence.
 
More on "Rudderless" after the break.
 
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"Lizzie Borden Took An Ax"

 "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax"

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Review: 'Lizzie Borden Took An Ax' is a swing and a miss

The biopic can't decide what to do with a troubled main character

There's a lot to like about "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" (Sat. Jan. 25 at 8:00 p.m. on Lifetime). It's a thoroughly modern take on the woman who made parental murder the stuff of a catchy little rhyme perfect for jumping rope. The music is slick (songs by the Black Keys, Sons of Jezebel and the Kreeps jazz up the soundtrack), the cinematography slicker, the cast stellar. Christina Ricci, with her doe-like eyes and callous smirk flutters easily between insincere delicacy and murderous glee. It's all such fun... if only it worked.

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<p>Geoff Stults and Parker Young in &quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

Geoff Stults and Parker Young in "Enlisted."

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Review: 'Enlisted' - 'Pete's Airstream'

Pete tries to deal with his emotions, Jill makes new friends and Randy gets naked

A review of tonight's "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as we have a mini-seminar on mole people...

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"My Strange Addiction"

 "My Strange Addiction"

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Watch: Fan spends over $100k to resemble Justin Bieber on 'Addiction'

Hope he still feels it's money well spent this week

No matter what happens to Justin Bieber in the courts, he can always count on one fan rooting for him all the way. In the season 5 finale of "My Strange Addiction" (airs Wed. Jan. 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET), we meet 33-year-old Toby. He has spent over $100,000 on plastic surgery to transform himself into (by his standards) a doppelganger of Justin Bieber. In this clip, get the full rundown of everything he's had done to be more of a Belieber.

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Oscar Talk: Nominations postmortem (finally) and Sundance chatter

Oscar Talk: Nominations postmortem (finally) and Sundance chatter

Is this really going to be a split year?

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

On the docket today…

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<p>&quot;Fed Up&quot;</p>

"Fed Up"

Credit: Scott Sinkler

Review: Obesity documentary 'Fed Up' isn't fresh, but it's persuasive

Sundance doc continues a conversation about healthy eating
I'm into the third week of the TCA Press Tour/Sundance double-bill and things have begun to get just a bit punchy and, with punchiness, I start falling back on intellectually facile puns. 
 
So when I tell you that Stephanie Soechtig's Sundance US Documentary Competition entry "Fed Up" offers ample food for thought, you're going to have to take that with a grain of salt.
 
Oy. See what I did there?
 
Yeah. I have no pride. 
 
Just because it's punny doesn't mean it isn't true. One of the pleasures of Sundance is riding shuttles with passionate audiences discussing the movies they've just seen and I don't remember the last time I took a shuttle in which every single rider was so deep and loudly in conversation about the film that they just saw as after catching a matinee of "Fed Up."
 
It's telling that I don't think I heard a single person discussing "Fed Up" in terms of its cinematic quality or lack thereof. Nobody wanted to talk about whether or not "Fed Up" was a "good" movie, but everybody wanted to engage with the documentary's central polemic.
 
Even at a film festival, not everybody is equipped with the vocabulary or the desire to talk about the merits of direction or editing or cinematography, but no matter who you are or where you go, absolutely everybody has the vocabulary and the desire to talk about food and eating. And just as devoted moviegoers are stubborn in their subjective approval or disapproval of certain films, "eating" is something that most people think they know how to do correctly, so when a documentary like "Fed Up" comes along and assails the fundamentals of this very basic human process, everybody has an opinion and everybody wants to share the things that they're sure they're doing right and the things they're apparently doing wrong. 
 
So that's something I have to keep in mind when I'm reviewing "Fed Up."
 
I don't think it's a very good movie, but I think it's a hugely effective documentary, at least in certain contexts. It happens that the Sundance Film Festival is exactly the context in which "Fed Up" would be most superficially effective. The question is how the filmmakers, including executive producer and narrator Katie Couric, will be able to get "Fed Up" out into our national bloodstream so that its ideas will be able to circulate. Without wide distribution, concentrated most heavily among young viewers, it has no value at all. With wide distribution, particularly in schools, I've seen first-hand how well it instigates conversation. Ultimately, I think that Soechtig will be happier with that compliment than she'll be unhappy about any minor disappointment I feel in "Fed Up" as an aesthetic endeavor. "Fed Up" is designed to make people rethinking their eating habits, not to win Oscars.
 
More on "Fed Up" after the break...
 
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'Duck Dynasty's' falling viewership: Is stiffer competition to blame?


"Duck Dynasty's" falling viewership: Is stiffer competition to blame?

The NY Times points out that "Duck Dynasty's" record-setting numbers last summer came against weak competition. So it could be the anti-gay comments and the tough Winter schedule that is responsible for the decline in viewership.


Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon will sit down for a joint interview with Matt Lauer
Monday's "Today" will feature a unique look at the current and future "Tonight Show" hosts. PLUS: It sounds like Leno wants another talk show gig.


"SVU" boss: "The headlines seem to be ripping from us"

This week's "Law & Order: SVU" episode just happened to revolve around corrupt New Jersey politicians.


Ben Affleck pulls out from directing Fox's "The Middle Man"
His "Batman vs. Superman" commitment will keep him from directing the high-profile pilot.


Lance Bass defends "The Bachelor" Juan Pablo's homophobic remarks
The openly gay former 'N Sync-er says it isn't Juan Pablo's fault he grew up in a culture that frowns upon homosexuality. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel has Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici take a lie detector test.


"Girls" gives a shout-out to the website that offered $10K for unphotoshopped Lena Dunham Vogue pics
On Sunday's episode, Hannah praises Jezebel, the website that spent last week antagonizing the "Girls" star. PLUS: Allison Williams & Cynthia Nixon talk "Girls" and "Sex and the City."


"Community's" Troy Barnes: An appreciation
Troy was the NBC comedy's most consistently funny character. PLUS: "Community" cast says goodbye on Twitter, and behind the scenes of Donald Glover's last episode.


HBO to show a 15-minute "Game of Thrones" special

Airing next month, "Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing" will look back and forward.


AMC's "Turn" casts a veteran of "Dawson's Creek" to play George Washington

Ian Kahn will play a pre-presidency Washington.


A "Law & Order" fan has catalogued every computer in all 456 episodes
Check out Jeffrey Thompson's project, titled "Computers on Law & Order."


Watch a new "Hannibal" promo

Featuring many body parts.


"Skins" alum to play queen on "Reign"

Kathryn Prescott, from the UK version of "Skins," will get to play queen for a day.


Fred Armisen is releasing 7" singles from his fictional "SNL" bands

Included are music from Crisis of Conformity and Ian Rubbish.


Mitt Romney's Netflix documentary "Mitt" shows how awful it is to run for president
The 90-minute film is barely a documentary about politics.


"Electric Company" star Luis Avalos dies

Avalos, 67, played Doctor Doolots and several other characters on the PBS hit.


Lifetime's "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" isn't satisfying
The film starring Christina Ricci misses out on the drama of the infamous murderer. PLUS: It delivers a fresh take on the case, and the heavy metal soundtrack is so annoying.


Starz's "Black Sails" is stuck in landlocked tedium
The Michael Bay pirate drama focuses more on bureaucracy than on pillaging. PLUS: It's a show where things continuously seem about to happen.

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Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

'Basic Instinct''s Sharon Stone to play first female VP for TNT series

The action-drama will be written by 'Bourne Identity''s Heron

Sharon Stone might be most famous for playing a femme fatale in "Basic Instinct," but now TNT has announced that she'll be stepping up in the world -- or at least on a TV show. She's set to play the first female Vice President in "Agent X" (working title), an action-drama pilot for the cable network.

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