It was pencils down for Academy members yesterday at 5pm PT. The votes are in and being tabulated as you read these words. We'll know in due time what the winners of the 86th annual Academy Awards will be, but in the meantime, how about a crash course in how all of these films came to be, right from the horses' mouths? We've collected all of our interviews with the Oscar nominees in one easy-to-navigate guide below, so dig back into the talking points one more time before the big show on Sunday.
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HBO has ordered a second season of "Looking," its new dramedy about a trio of gay friends in San Francisco.
In case you weren't already amused enough by the eclectic cast for FX's "Fargo," which features Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg, Glenn Howerton, Kate Walsh and more, the network announced on Wednesday (February 26) that Key & Peele are joining the cast.
Comedy Central stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will join "Fargo" for a four-episode arc that lets them work together, playing a pair of FBI agents.
An "About a Boy” rerun tops “New Girl”
Repeats of “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher,” which debuted after the Olympics over the weekend, did quite well in their timeslot premieres. PLUS: “Mind Games” has a weak debut for ABC.
Key and Peele join “Fargo”
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will play FBI partners on the final four episodes of the FX event series.
Man arrested for meth lab was wearing a “Breaking Bad” Los Pollos Hermanos T-shirt
Check out Daniel Kowalski, 21, in his “Breaking Bad” mugshot. PLUS: “Game of Thrones'" Maisie Williams can sympathize after watching “Breaking Bad."
Fox’s hip-hop drama “Empire” reunites Taraji P. Henson with Terrence Howard
The “Person of Interest” alum will play the ex-wife of Howard, who she co-starred with on “Hustle & Flow.”
Lisa Kudrow loses ex-manager’s $1.7 million lawsuit over “Friends” residuals
A jury ruled against Kudrow in the contract dispute.
“The Bachelor’s” new favorite word: Honest!
Honest has replaced “amazing” as the most-used word on “The Bachelor,” as Jimmy Kimmel has discovered.
Can Erin Andrews deliver young male viewers to “Dancing with the Stars”?
That’s supposedly why Andrews, who has a male following thanks to college football, was supposedly hired. PLUS: More “Dancing” rumors: Tim Tebow, Sharon Osbourne, Juan Pablo.
Paula Deen says she can relate to Phil Robertson and Nigella Lawson
"It's amazing that some people are given passes and some people are crucified,” the former Food Network star tells People, adding: "I'm fighting to get my name back.”
Starting tonight, “Idol” fan can vote via Google
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“House of Cards” tweets jumped 430% in Season 2 from Season 1
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Why “Hannibal” is better than “Silence of the Lambs”
The NBC series is the best version of Thomas Harris’ work yet.
“True Detective” crew members’ Instagrams may offer clues on the final two episodes
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“Biggest Loser” winner Rachel looked healthier this morning on “Today”
Rachel Frederickson said she has no regrets: "I felt so proud of everything I had accomplished. My journey was my own. I loved it. I lived it. I felt really proud of what I did."
Jane Lynch to guest on “Girl Meets World”
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Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
CBS had its least-watched Tuesday of originals this season, but still captured the night overall with ease. Meanwhile, "The Voice" and solid encore performances for the pilots of "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" led NBC to victory among young viewers.
CBS' overall win broke a long streak for NBC, which had dominated primetime since the Olympics.
It was a weak Tuesday premiere for "Glee," which couldn't even approach the "Dads"/"Brooklyn" demo numbers from the fall.
Early returns also weren't great for ABC's "Mind Games." Some people will eagerly report that "Mind Games" did, at least, top last month's premiere for "Killer Women," but given that that drama launched with a sluggish "Trophy Wife" lead-in, "Mind Games" had a fairly robust two-hour "Bachelor" priming the pump.
Finally, it was another big week for "Supernatural" and an OK week for "The Originals," though after spending the fall as near-equals, "Supernatural" has opened up a big lead. Most of that "Supernatural" advantage appears to be in male demos, so The CW probably isn't worried (especially with "The Originals" already renewed). ["Supernatural" also beat "Glee" in all young male demos.]
On to the numbers...
Amazon revives “Ripper Street”
Amazon is partnering with BBC on a 3rd season of the canceled British series. New episodes will be shown on Amazon Prime first before airing on BBC One.
Jim Parsons explains “Bazinga” in “SNL” promos
“The Big Bang Theory” star also shows off his dancing skills.
Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are still going strong
“Late Night’s” 2nd night was only down 15% from Monday’s premiere, thanks to Kanye West’s medley of his greatest hits.
Jimmy Kimmel gives Joel McHale tips on hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner
“Unfortunately you happen to be doing this, when we have a President who is actually very funny,” Kimmel explained to the “Community” star.
One of my favorite writers, Nick Davis, doesn't often do long-form work on the Oscars these days, so his piece in The Advocate on this year's unusually narrow Oscar field -- with just a dozen films taking all the slots for picture, director, acting and writing -- is a treat. The race has got harder, he says, for dark horses and discoveries. "If you’ve been paying any attention to TV spots or popular magazines since September, you’d already heard of every movie in every category where the victor speaks for more than 20 seconds ... In the top ranks, Oscar risks feeling gratuitous, furnishing extra hype to already well-hyped entertainments. If that’s all he’s good for, why not let him wander off into that Nebraskan good night?" Not that it's all bad news, he says: "Whenever Academy glory and global notice extend to an urgent, brilliantly filmed commemoration like 12 Years a Slave or to Her’s sly, searching meditation on what we mean by 'love,' an angel gets its wings." [The Advocate]
A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as all the other tenants are middle-aged gay veterans...
A review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I've started the second season of media content...
LOS ANGELES—On his seventh studio album, "Riser," out today, 11-time Grammy nominee Dierks Bentley finds himself examining the circle of life as he deals with the death of his father followed by the joy of the birth of his third child and first son. Though the album has plenty of upbeat tracks, it's the deeper cuts, like current Top 10 single, "I Hold On," the dark "Bourbon In Kentucky," and "Here on Earth" that stick to your ribs. A 40-minute documentary, "Dierks Bentley: Riser" follows the country star's journey as he makes the album. Bentley screened the doc here Feb. 20 and HitFix spent some time with him afterward. CMT produced a 30-minute special that features much of the documentary's footage, while a deal for the full documentary to bring it to a TV outlet, such as Netflix or Hulu is being worked on.
Bentley filmed an episode of CMT's "Crossroads" with OneRepublic, which will debut in mid-March.
Remember how I said Andi was the front runner in the exhausting battle to win Juan Pablo's heart? The only sane one still left in the game? Possibly too sane to even be in the game? I take it all back. It's not that I don't think you have many, many assets, Andi. It's just that I think there must be a nightmare romcom bad date character with your name on it.