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<p>Titus Welliver in &quot;Bosch,&quot;&nbsp;one of five new Amazon pilots.</p>

Titus Welliver in "Bosch," one of five new Amazon pilots.

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With ‘The After,’ ‘Bosch’ and more, Amazon crowdsources its pilots again

A more promising group of pilots than last year's batch

Last April, Amazon entered the original series business in a very novel way: by making 14 pilot episodes — six children's shows, two animated comedies and six live-action ones — available for all of its customers to watch and offer feedback on, whether through customer reviews or surveys about each show. Amazon didn't say those things — plus the number of times each show was viewed — would be the only factors for what got turned into a series and what didn't, but it seemed like a much more democratic, and sensible, approach to series development than the byzantine process most of the networks still use.

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<p>The last night of &quot;The Tonight Show with Jay Leno&quot;</p>

The last night of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

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Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' farewell draws biggest audience since 1998

Jimmy Fallon also capitalizes on the Olympics-boosted telecast
Audiences were eager to say good-bye to Jay Leno on Thursday (February 6) night, as "The Tonight Show" drew its biggest overall audience since 1998.
Boosted by a strong "bonus" night of coverage from the Sochi Winter Olympics, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" drew 14.6 million viewers, the most since May 14, 1998. That was, of course, the night of the series finale of "Seinfeld" and featured Jerry Seinfeld as a guest. That episode drew just under 15 million viewers.
This was, in fact, the fourth largest audience ever for a Jay Leno "Tonight Show," following the 1993 episode following the "Cheers" finale (22.4 million), Leno's 1992 debut (16.1 million) and, again, the post-"Seinfeld" episode. 
Among adults 18-49, Leno's send-off drew a 3.8 rating. That's the biggest "Tonight" show audience in the key demo since -- chortle -- Conan O'Brien's last "Tonight Show" in 2010, which did a 4.4 key demo rating. It was the best 18-49 rating for a Thursday "Tonight" since President Obama's first appearance in March of 2009.
Leno's departure also gave a big bump to his successor, as "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" drew 6 million viewers, the biggest for a regularly schedule weekday "Late Night" since 1993 when David Letterman exited.
Check out the gallery below to see the things we pretended we were going to miss about Jay Leno.
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5 new country artists to watch

5 new country artists to watch

We've got something for every taste

Kacey Musgraves surprised the Nashville music community when she snagged Grammy Awards for both country song for “Merry Go ‘Round,”  and country album of the year with her debut album, “ Same Trailer, Different Park.” A number of other newcomers hope to follow in her successful path. Like Musgraves, many of them have already experienced success on the charts as songwriters for other artists.

Here’s a look at five hot new country acts to watch and listen for. They range from good-time party boys to artists you'll want to lean in closely to hear what they have to say.

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Jay Leno's final 'Tonight Show' ratings: 14.6 million, the best since 1998 'Seinfeld' finale

Jay Leno's final "Tonight Show" ratings: 14.6 million, the best since 1998 "Seinfeld" finale

Last night's goodbye was the highest-rated "Tonight Show" broadcast since the show after the "Seinfeld" finale in May 1998. In fact, it was the 4th-biggest "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" broadcast. (The post-"Cheers" finale "Tonight Show," Leno's debut in 1992 and the post-"Seinfeld" finale episode are Leno's Top 3 shows.

Rosie was her controversial self in her return to "The View"

Rosie O'Donnell quickly proved perfect for the format, starting off by saying: "Is Hasselbeck here? Just checking."

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy is coming to "Parks and Rec"
Says "Parks" boss Michael Schur: "He plays the former lead singer of a band called 'Land Ho!' — complete with exclamation point; Tweedy’s pitch — that was very popular in Indiana a while back."

Watch Letterman interview Paul & Ringo for Sunday's Beatles special

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Debi Mazar joins "Entourage" movie and Darren Star's TV Land pilot
She'll play Sutton Foster's best friend on "Younger," while also reprising her "Entourage" character in the feature film.

"The Real World" is bringing in big ratings with "Ex-Plosion" twist

This week's episode was the highest-rated in three seasons.

Simon Cowell is rejoining the British "X Factor"
Cowell left the UK "X Factor" in 2010 to launch the American version. Now he's returning as a judge.

ABC orders 10 more years of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve," plus more American Music Awards

The AMAs will continue to air on ABC for the next nine years, while Ryan Seacrest is signed on for "Rockin Eve" through 2017.

"Dancing" pros Derek Hough & Mark Ballas buy a house together
The two friends are splitting a $1.275 million house.

"Sherlock" might not return for 2 more years
Steven Moffat doesn't know definitively how long the wait will be, but he says: "If people have to wait two years, they'll have to wait two years." PLUS: What about a "Sherlock" spinoff?

Paul Wesley to direct for the 1st time on "The Vampire Diaries"

"It's an honor and the cast couldn’t be any more supportive, which I feel truly grateful for," Wesley says of his directorial debut.

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Iggy Azalea's new single 'Fancy' with Charli XCX is her catchiest yet
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Iggy Azalea's new single 'Fancy' with Charli XCX is her catchiest yet

Debut album slated to come out April 14

Australian model-turned-rapper Iggy Azalea is back with a new single, “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX.

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Winter Olympics open to 19.6 million

Winter Olympics open to 19.6 million
The first night of the Sochi Olympics was down from the first night of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which opened with the Opening Ceremonies.

Jay Leno goes out with his best ratings in 5 years, Jimmy Fallon has his best night ever

His final "Tonight Show" saw Leno's best numbers since President Obama's first appearance in March 2009. PLUS: Leno seemed like he was really done this time, it was hard to feel emotional about him leaving, and the final show was proudly unhip and awash in nostalgia.

Watch the "trippy" intro to the Sochi Olympics

The Winter Olympics ceremony is happening right now -- nearly 9 hours before its East Coast broadcast and about 12 hours before its West Coast airing. PLUS: There was already a screwup, and the opening ceremonies will feature a Russian pop act that was a hit in America.

"Game of Thrones" promotes Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen's translator
Nathalie Emmanuel will become a series regular in Season 5.

Wendy Williams is donating her "artifacts" to the Smithsonian

a wig, a pink wig head and a bedazzled microphone will join the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's television collection.

Ex-"Idol" bandleader named music director at "Dancing with the Stars"
Ray Chew and his band will make their debut when Season 18 premieres on March 17.

Barbara Walters made a "catty" comment to Elizabeth Vargas on "The View"
"We all knew!" Walters said to her ABC News colleague on Thursday's show. Walters later clarified: "I never would have deliberately said anything to hurt her, and I called to tell her that."

"Nashville" coming to Hulu Plus
All episodes are now available on the streaming service.

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<p>Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir of the United States</p>

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir of the United States

Credit: Vadim Ghirda/AP

TV Ratings: Winter Olympics lead NBC past 'Big Bang Theory' and 'American Idol' on Thursday

It's the biggest network Thursday since September
Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 6, 2014.
The Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics won't air until Friday, but Thursday's "bonus" night from Sochi delivered big ratings to NBC as the canned sporting events led the network to easy wins, crushing FOX's "American Idol" and also topping CBS' powerhouse "Big Bang Theory."
The Olympics took a big bite out everything in its path on Thursday, knocking "Rake" and "The Crazy Ones" to series lows and siphoning viewers elsewhere. 
It's a reminder why you'll be seeing a lot of repeats in the next two weeks.
On to the numbers...
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<p>A scene from &quot;Captain Phillips.&quot;</p>

A scene from "Captain Phillips."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Roundup: On writing, or writing down, 'Captain Phillips'

Also: Channing Tatum's Team Oscar, and clothing 'The Grandmaster'

Not everyone was expecting "Captain Phillips" writer Billy Ray to take the WGA Award last weekend -- though Kris, I believe, called it. Anyway, it seems to have been a popular win, and while he seems unlikely to repeat that triumph on Oscar night, it's nice to see one of the season's most formidable also-ran films get a moment in the sun. Ray himself has now written a good piece about his experience of writing the film -- in which he refuses to claim much credit: "I like the feeling I get when I'm working on a true story — a sense of authenticity, that I'm really reporting and not just writing ... [Phillips], like the movie itself, is real and unvarnished, imperfect but thoroughly human. I always felt there was a real nobility in that; my job was simply to capture it. In that sense, it's really Captain Phillips who wrote this movie — I just wrote it down." [LA Times]

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Jay Leno chokes up as he says goodbye to 'The Tonight Show'

Jay Leno chokes up as he says goodbye to "The Tonight Show"

"It really is time to go," Leno said before quoting Johnny Carson and tearing up. PLUS: Watch the star-studded musical surprise for Leno, and Leno dresses in drag as celebs offer him advice

Letterman offers congrats to Leno
"Congratulations on a wonderful run," David Letterman said on Thursday's show, "and I'll tell you something -- If I was Jay Leno and I was retiring? You know what I would do? I'd go out and buy myself a car." PLUS: "The Late Show" Twitter also said goodbye, and Jimmy Fallon offered a classy sendoff.

Watch Jimmy Kimmel humiliate Matt Damon

The cast of "Monuments Men" appeared on Kimmel's show, but there was no seating for Matt. PLUS: Kimmel had firefighters spray water on Damon.

Jimmy Kimmel has more celebs read mean tweets: Jon Hamm, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Garner

Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matt Damon are also part of the 6th edition of celebrities reading mean tweets.

"HIMYM" co-creator tweets a pic of the 1st draft of the "Finale" -- from 2/21/06

"No memory of writing it. Wish I could show the rest!" tweeted Carter Bays.

Chuck Lorre accomplishes a rare showrunner feat: 4 shows in the Top 20

"The Big Bang Theory," "Mom," "Mike & Molly" and "Two and a Half Men" all placed in the Top 20 shows.

Conan celebrates "The Walking Dead's" return with kissing lesbian zombies

According to Conan, it's a TV first.

"Once Upon a Time" is casting for "The Wizard of Oz's" Glinda

Glinda the Good Witch is coming to the ABC drama.

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin&nbsp;Scorsese and Jonah Hill at the 29th annual Santa Barbara International Film&nbsp;Festival</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese and Jonah Hill at the 29th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio look back on a fruitful collaboration

The director and actor received Santa Barbara's Cinema Vanguard Award Thursday

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio hit the stage at the Arlington Theatre Thursday night as co-recipients of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award. A two-hour discussion, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy, covered all bases of their 12-year pas de deux, including, of course, their introduction to each other's work.

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<p>Reece Shearsmith isn't sure which way is up in the truly surreal and original 'A Field In England,' the latest from filmmaker Ben Wheatley</p>

Reece Shearsmith isn't sure which way is up in the truly surreal and original 'A Field In England,' the latest from filmmaker Ben Wheatley

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Review: Reece Shearsmith freaks out in Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England'

A psychedelic period war film that defies easy genre labels

There are few filmmakers working right now who seem as set on the expansion of the very definition of "genre" as Ben Wheatley. Film after film, he throws curve balls at the audience, trusting them to be adventurous enough to follow him as he explores some truly dark and oddball corners of human experience.

Anyone who saw his breakthrough film "Down Terrace" would probably be excused for thinking he was just another English filmmaker in love with working class criminals, a sort of collision of Mike Leigh and Shane Meadows. With "Kill List," though, he made it clear that whatever you expected him to be, that's probably not what he was interested in being. "Sightseers" is the sort of dark comedy gem that can be fiendishly difficult to pull off, but he made it look effortless. They're all films that feel like they are drawn from a very British tradition of storytelling, but Wheatley has his own voice, and he's bending and breaking expectation with a fiendish sort of glee at this point.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Will Katherine make Stefan fall for her?

Damon just can't stay out of trouble, either

We knew it was only a matter of time before someone figured out "Elena" wasn't really herself. The only surprise was that it wasn't Katherine herself who gave away her true identity. Watching her roll her eyes, flirt mercilessly with Stefan, and wing her way through conversations she doesn't entirely understand, it's been hard to believe that Elena's nearest and dearest aren't whispering about how "off" their friend seems.

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