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<p>Jarl Borg, or as I call him The Cheese</p>

Jarl Borg, or as I call him The Cheese

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Interview: 'Vikings' creator Michael Hirst talks 'Blood Eagle' and targeting Paris

Hirst also discusses Lagertha's journey and King Ecbert's fate

On History's "Vikings," a show prone to extended battles, time jumps and portentous prophesies from a hideous seer, an unusual thing happened last Thursday.

I'll pause if you're not caught up on "Vikings" to let you depart, lest you be spoiled.

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Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake and other stars to join 'Oprah's Master Class'

Whooi Goldberg, Tim McGraw just some of those on deck

If you loved the celebrity interviews on "Oprah," rejoice -- "Oprah's Master Class” returns to OWN on Sun. May 11 at 10:00 p.m. with a raft of celebrities who want to talk about themselves. How often does that happen?

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'Orange is the New Black' creator promises male frontal nudity this season, says: 'I love graphic sex'

“Orange is the New Black” creator promises male frontal nudity this season, says: “I love graphic sex”
"We have some male frontal nudity this season, but I don't think it's going to be erect,” says Jenji Kohan, adding: "I love graphic sex, the more sex the better.”

“Scandal” almost made Scott Foley Fitz’s VP
Shonda Rhimes says on tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel special that there were two options for Jake Ballard, and one was to make him President Fitzgerald’s veep candidate.

Washington D.C.’s Capital Hill staffers may get their own reality show
A "House of Cards” veteran is reportedly putting together a reality show featuring “D.C. up-and-comers.”

“Scandal’s” Columbus Short releases a statement addressing his wife’s abuse allegations
"As much as I would like to provide my side of events,” he says, "my counsel has instructed me that a Court of law is the only and proper venue to deal with such matters. Accordingly, I must refrain from making any comments even though that is very difficult for me under the circumstances. Thank you to my fans for your continued support during this difficult time.”

“Watch What Happens Live” with Lindsay Lohan was already taped last night
Andy Cohen kept his vow not to drink alcohol, according to TMZ, but the audience was allowed to get drunk. The episode airs tonight.

Claim: “Glee’s” Naya Rivera and Lea Michele are feuding on set
Rivera this week questioned Michele’s diva antics, according to TMZ.

Joel McHale competes in Billy Eichner’s “Mo’Lympics”
The “Community” star competes in a series of physical challenges celebrating the career of Mo’Nique.

Watch a preview of “Modern Family” in Australia”
A kangaroo punches Phil Dunphy in the face.

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"Life Below Zero"

"Life Below Zero"

Credit: Nat Geo

Exclusive clip: Preparing to kill on 'Life Below Zero'

Target practice is just part of it

It's hard to imagine working up the nerve to kill a bear after one has almost killed you, but that's the kind of kill-or-be-killed thinking required on "Life Below Zero," which follows intrepid Alaskans as they carve out an existence in harsh terrain. In this exclusive clip, Sue Aikens talks about her near-death experience -- and why she's gearing up to hunt a bear. 

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; judge Jennifer Lopez</p>

"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: Dipping 'American Idol' leads FOX to Wednesday wins, while 'The 100' gets a bump

'Survivor: Cagayan' is Wednesday's top show in most measures

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

With "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" both in repeats, "American Idol" was able to post week-to-week declines and lose the 8 p.m. hour to "Survivor: Cagayan," but still win Wednesday primetime in all measures.

Because the 8 p.m. hour remained competitive, a new "Arrow" posted no real gains for The CW, but against mostly repeats in the 9 p.m. hour, "The 100" was up over last week's "Arrow"-free airing and also returned to 2 million viewers for the first time since its second episode.

On to Wednesday's numbers...

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Netflix unveils 'Orange is the New Black’s' Season 2 trailer

Netflix unveils “Orange is the New Black’s” Season 2 trailer
“I am a lone wolf and a vicious one,” says Piper.

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Fox offers a glimpse of 'I Wanna Marry Harry'

Fox offers a glimpse of “I Wanna Marry Harry”
Watch a preview of the new reality prank dating show.

Chelsea Handler tells Ellen: “I could never be on a regular network. I would never do that to my fans"
“I would never go to CBS,” she says after being asked about her Instagram photo. “My mouth? What would they do with me there? I could never be on a regular network. I would never do that to my fans, or to myself, or to the network."

“The Vampire Diaries” director Paul Wesley declined to direct himself shirtless
Wesley convinced the writers to change a scene from tonight’s directorial debut that would have him shirtless as Stefan.

Tracy Morgan revisits “SNL’s” Brian Fellow
Morgan talked about his “Saturday Night Live” character on “Watch What Happens Live."

“CSI” alum Gary Dourdan lands on “Glee” and “Being Mary Jane”
The formerly troubled actor will play Mercedes’ record producer on “Glee” and a retired civil trial attorney on the BET series.

“Arrow’s” twist, explained
All about that Ravager.

See “Real Housewives” star Porsha Williams’ mugshot
Williams was arrested and released on bail after being charged with assaulting fellow cast member Kenya Moore.

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<p>Robert Pattinson in David Mich&ocirc;d&#39;s &quot;The Rover.&quot;</p>

Robert Pattinson in David Michôd's "The Rover."

Credit: A24 Films

Robert Pattinson and 9 other stars with films at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

New films with Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, Meryl Streep and more

The last four or five editions of the Cannes Film Festival have been heavy on global movie star power. Sure, it won't always compete with Hollywood fueled Toronto, but the programmers have made sure the paparazzi have had someone pretty to photograph on the festival's legendary red carpet.  2014 is no different.

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<p>Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in "Foxcatcher."

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Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart are carpet-bound as Cannes 2014 lineup is revealed

Directors competing for Palme d'Or range from Bennett Miller to Olivier Assayas

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux sent out mixed messages in his -- very long, as usual -- preamble to announcing this year's Cannes Film Festival lineup. First he mentioned a focus on newer, fresher filmmakers, but mentioned elsewhere that "Cannes is an event for the regulars." Predictably enough, the latter statement turned out to be closer to the truth: of the 18 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, 13 have been to the dance before. (And of the Competition virgins, Bennett Miller and Xavier Dolan are hardly unknowns.)

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<p>Tony and Woo chat on &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tony and Woo chat on "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Bag of Tricks'

Even in a position, one castaway has to resist paranoia

Pre-credit sequence. After voting Morgan out, Solarrion is down to nine. As they return to camp, Tony knocks over all of the torches. He doesn't pick them up. In fact, he wants to cause a little more bedlam. He explains to Spencer that his alliance has been targeting people who don't deserve to be in the game anymore and he wants to know why he's been targeted twice (kinda, since no votes went against him the previous week). Tony says Woo's more athletic and LJ's more athletic and he wants to know why he's been targeted. Tony enjoys being a force of chaos for absolutely NO reason, so he starts demanding explanations for why the minority alliance didn't just come kneel before him and agree to vote Morgan out. Yeah, Tony. That's just how "Survivor" works. "But anyway, I appreciate the compliment," he tells them. He has a 6-3 advantage, but he knows that getting rid of sitting ducks is never that easy. He knows he could be gone tomorrow and he sounds prepared to split up his alliance if necessary. Foreshadowing, baby!

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<p>Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'New Car'

Philip considers a purchase, and the spies deal with tragic news from back home

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I sell one of my kids...

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<p>Bilbo&#39;s worked too hard to get there and back again for New Line to go changing titles on him now.</p>

Bilbo's worked too hard to get there and back again for New Line to go changing titles on him now.

Credit: New Line Cinema

Is New Line planning to change the title of the final 'Hobbit' film?

They wouldn't do that this late in the game... would they?

There are fan sites, and then there are fan sites. The One Ring has been around long enough that they have earned their spot atop the mountain as the end-all be-all source for news on all things involving the cinematic interpretations of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.

When they call a source reliable, they've been doing this long enough to know what that means, and they wouldn't publish a random rumor unless they were fairly sure there is truth to it. So let's use that as a jumping-off point and just take it as a given that when The One Ring says that New Line is considering a title change for the final chapter of "The Hobbit," there's something to it.

The original plan for bringing "The Hobbit" to the screen was to break it into two parts. The first would be called "An Unexpected Journey," and the second would be "There And Back Again." When they made the decision to break the story into three parts, they named the second film "The Desolation Of Smaug" and left "There And Back Again" as the final title. There was a moment where they registered a possible alternative title, "The Battle Of Five Armies," but that seemed like something they considered without ever committing to it.

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