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<p>Tuesday's &quot;NCIS: Los Angeles&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS: Los Angeles"

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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday wins, no Super Bowl bump for 'New Girl'

'Biggest Loser' gives NBC a 10 p.m. win with young viewers
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Strong performances from its procedural drama trio, particularly "NCIS: Los Angeles," helped CBS sweep primetime on Tuesday night, commandingly winning all three hours overall and two of the three hours in the key demo.
Among other notables, NBC attracted minimal attention for its preview of the Sochi Olympics, but got a small finale bump for "The Biggest Loser." 
There was no real Super Bowl bump for "New Girl" -- most shows tend not to see any real post-Super Bowl growth -- and while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" certainly outperformed the normal 9:30 performances by "The Mindy Project," it wasn't above its normal 8:30 performances. And don't look now, but "Dads" was FOX's most-watched comedy for the night.
Over on ABC, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Goldbergs" were in their normal range, as were "Trophy Wife" and "Killer Women," with a low normal.
Finally, "The Originals" and "Supernatural" were both down week-to-week, though "Supernatural" came closer to retaining last week's big audience.
On to the numbers...
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<p>The Chili Peppers</p>

The Chili Peppers

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Axl Rose weighs in on Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'karaoke' Super Bowl performance

My thoughts on 'Peppergate'

For reasons that are unclear, Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose has decided to weigh in on Peppergate, as I’m now calling it, which is better known as the mini-scandal that has erupted since it was revealed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were not playing live during their guest appearance with Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl  halftime show on Sunday.  In fact, their instruments weren’t even plugged in.

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Discovery Channel will show a man leaping live off Mount Everest

Discovery Channel will show a man leaping live off Mount Everest
Discovery hopes to capture that Wallenda magic in May, when Joby Ogwyn will attempt the first wing suit flight off of the summit of Mount Everest.

Bill Nye the Science Guy spent last night debating a creationist

Watch highlights from Nye's debate with creationist Ken Ham at his Creation Museum in Kentucky.

Axl Rose mocks the Red Hot Chili Peppers' unplugged Super Bowl performance
The Guns N' Roses frontman wrote to Billboard, "Maybe they all had microchips installed in their asses and not only pick up the frequencies of their instruments but get Direct TV and the internet too! Like Google Glass... Google Ass!"

Stephen Colbert interviewed Pussy Riot, with a Russian translator
Did the Russian band get Colbert's jokes?

"Once Upon a Time" adds another "Lost" alum
Eric Lange, who was on "Lost's" 5th season as Stuart Radzinsky, will play the young Prince Leopold.

Matt Damon reads Jimmy Kimmel's mean tweet calling him a "d*ckhead"

"Too they don't give an Oscar for blowing ass because Matt Damon would win every year."

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<p>On &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine,&quot;&nbsp;Holt introduces Peralta and the other cops to his husband Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson).</p>

On "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Holt introduces Peralta and the other cops to his husband Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson).

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Party'

Holt invites the squad to his birthday party, and quickly comes to regret it

A review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I give our kiss umami flavor...

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<p>Lupita Nyong'o and Emma Thompson at the SAG&nbsp;Awards</p>

Lupita Nyong'o and Emma Thompson at the SAG Awards

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Roundup: Women fight back on the red carpet

Also: Jared Leto's heart-to-heart with heckler, and John Hurt takes on Harvey

Even for those of us who enjoy the red-carpet portion of awards season, the vacant questions and 360-degree cameras that female stars must face from the likes of E! have become a bit exasperating. But as Hadley Freeman notes, the women are beginning to fight back against this institution, with stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Thompson and Elisabeth Moss making a point of rebelling against red-carpet routine, whether by photobombing fellows stars or giving the finger to the (ugh) "manicam." "We have reached peak red carpet," writes Freeman. "It's all just got too stupid and too hysterical, and there are too many savvy, funny women working in the industry to put up with this bullshittery any more, or to swallow the old line that any bad behaviour on the red carpet could destroy their career." [The Guardian]

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It's official: Clay Aiken is running for Congress

It's official: Clay Aiken is running for Congress
The former "Idol" runner-up released a campaign video announcing his run for a North Carolina congressional seat.

"Naked and Afraid" is getting a spinoff talk show: "Discovery After Dark"

Each week, the "Naked and Afraid" castaways will talk about their ordeal.

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright would be open to doing a lot more "House of Cards" seasons
"As long as Beau (Willimon) and me and David Fincher and Netflix feel that we have story to explore and terrain to move into, I think that we can move on as long as we feel," says Spacey.

Did Budweiser's touching Super Bowl ad violate military regulations?
Is a member of the military allowed to endorse a particular beer brand?

Why Jerry Seinfeld is wrong to dismiss diversity in comedy
By calling diversity in comedy "PC nonsense," Seinfeld is essentially saying that a comedy world packed with white men is no big deal. "The very response to his statement, and to the whole recent history of diversity in comedy, shows that he'd do well to give it more weight," says Lily Rothman. PLUS: This is a case of Seinfeld being lazy and taking into account his own privileged perspective.

"Jeopardy!'s" controversial game-theory contestant admits: I stole these strategies

"I don't know that much about game theory myself. I took one undergrad course on it," says Arthur Chu. "I didn’t make them up. I liberally stole them."

Jerry Seinfeld, pals with Leno and Letterman, examines their relationship
"They're intertwined as people," says Seinfeld, who's had both David Letterman and Jay Leno on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" in the past year, pointing to unseen clips of both men behaving the same way and telling the same jokes.

Here's a list of the richest characters on "Game of Thrones"

Tywan Lannister is worth nearly $10 billion.

Chinese geeks can relate to "The Big Bang Theory"
The CBS sitcom especially resonates in a country where men outnumber women.

Is Juan Pablo the most-hated "Bachelor" ever?

Even more hated than Jason Mesnick?

Jerry Seinfeld is eyeing Jon Stewart, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Jessica Parker for "Comedians in Cars"
"There's so many people" that we're looking at, says Seinfeld, who adds: "I haven't had a 'no' yet."

Behind the scenes of "24: Live Another Day" Super Bowl promos

"There were so many moving parts," says Kiefer Sutherland. PLUS: Judy Davis exits "24: Live Another Day" for personal reasons.

David Strathairn to star in ABC's "Clementine"

He'll play the father of the title character, a habitual criminal.

CBS orders "Scorpion," a drama with a "Big Bang" twist

Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, is behind the project, along with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Justin Lin about a group of eccentric geniuses who solve the world's problems.

PBS animates one of Jimi Hendrix's final interviews

From September 1970.

Showtime posts "Inside Comedy" episode with Jimmy Fallon and Zach Galifianakis
Watch the Season 3 premiere of David Steinberg's interview series.

Cory Monteith's band releases one of the "Glee" star's final songs

Listen to Bonnie Dune's "Maybe Tonight."

Andy Cohen talks "kicking butt" on "Watch What Happens Live" and no longer being a Bravo exec

Cohen says of no longer having executive duties, "I believe it was January 3 when I woke up and for the first time in my life I didn't have a boss. So it's great."

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has 3 glaring problems
The Fox freshman comedy has been terrific, but there are some gaping issues like making it easier for the audience to connect with the characters, which the show has failed to do. PLUS: 9 reasons to love "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Stephen King's short story "Ayana" is set to become a TV series
The 2007 short story focuses on a young girl who kisses her dying father, and saves his life.

A toddler is obsessed with the "Parks and Rec" theme song
Watch a YouTube video of a kid going crazy with that theme.

"Teen Mom's" Jenelle Evans is expecting a 2nd boy, plans to name him "Kaiser"
"We didn't want something that everyone else had or had even heard before, even us," she says. "So we wanted something different, and we ended up looking up Kaiser."

Former "Brothers and Sisters" star Sarah Jane Morris welcomes a girl

This is the second child for Morris and her husband.

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<p>Michael Rapaport as Daryl Crowe and Edi Gathegi as Jean Baptiste in &quot;Justified.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Michael Rapaport as Daryl Crowe and Edi Gathegi as Jean Baptiste in "Justified." 

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Shot All to Hell'

Many bodies drop in an extra-long episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I drop a toonie...

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"Naked and Afraid"

 "Naked and Afraid"

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'Naked and Afraid' set to return next month - with a friend

'Discovery After Dark' set to debut after 'Naked and Afraid'

Missing "Naked and Afraid"? Then good news -- the series will be back and baring all yet again on Sun., March 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET.  Even better, the show now has a companion program running immediately afterward -- "Discovery After Dark" (w/t) -- which will host the survivalists from "Naked and Afraid," probably in clothing. But that's just a guess. "Discovery After Dark" premieres at 10:15 p.m. ET

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<p>Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge are not-so-strangers on a train in the latest episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge are not-so-strangers on a train in the latest episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' kicks off the second half of the season with a Stan Lee cameo

What does 'T.R.A.C.K.S.' stand for?

Now that Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon are giving interviews promising that the back nine episodes of this first season of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." will be throwing big reveals and twists and payoffs at us nonstop, is it fair to judge the show based on how much forward momentum we get from each episode?

They've certainly made a case in the last two episodes for a new game plan in effect, and we've made some big strides in terms of getting answers to things that have been in play since the first episode of the year. I'm not sure what I think of the answers, but I can't fault them for failing to deliver on the promise to get things moving and start to sort out this season's secrets.

By far, the biggest thread that they've got to follow now involves The Clairvoyant, the shadowy figure behind everything. I've got to believe that they're playing coy with this person's identity so that when we do finally lay eyes on them, it will be a major moment of some sort. The other major thread has to do with Skye, who we now know is an "0-8-4," an object of unknown origin. The "previously on" package this week mentioned both those threads and then also reminded us of Ian Quinn (David Conrad), who has popped up a few times this season, taunting Coulson openly in the last episode.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey at the 2014 SAG&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Matthew McConaughey at the 2014 SAG Awards.

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Matthew McConaughey dives into Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees'

The Oscar frontrunner's streak of prestige projects keeps going

If Matthew McConaughey wins the Best Actor Oscar next month -- and the smart money says he will -- you could forgive the guy for taking his foot off the pedal a bit, and maybe dallying in one shoddy romantic comedy for old times' sake. Instead, however, the McConnaissance is continuing unabated, as the revived Hollywood golden boy keeps signing up for one classy project after the next.

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<p>&quot;Return to Homs&quot;</p>

"Return to Homs"

Credit: Kahtan Hassoun

Sundance review roundup from The Fien Print

All the crazy documentaries that weren't reviewed at the Festival
I know that the Sundance Film Festival ended over a week ago, but in the six days I was at Sundance (and on screeners in the days before), I saw 25 movies. 
I wrote full reviews for 13 of them. 
But that left 12 movies that I just didn't have the time to write my usual 1000-to-1750 words on. Since getting back from Park City, I've been slowly working my way through capsule reviews for those 12 movies. These are roughly the length of my Take Me To The Pilots entries, which means that in this format, people are going to complain about all of the text and the lack of paragraphs.
Because I'm just one part of HitFix's awesome Sundance team, which included Greg Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Guy Lodge and Katie Hasty, I saw an odd assortment of movies at the Fest, with only six narrative films on my list. Instead, I saw a ton of documentaries and so a lot of these movies probably didn't get more than a few reviews out of Sundance from any outlets.
So click through for 12 capsule reviews of tiny Sundance movies. Who knows? Maybe your interest will be piqued for when one of them comes to TV or Netflix or whatever... The reviews are stretched over three pages. Because otherwise, this would be too long.
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Flea: NFL made Red Hot Chili Peppers pretend to play our instruments

Flea: NFL made Red Hot Chili Peppers pretend to play our instruments
The bass, drums and guitar-playing at Super Bowl halftime were all pre-recorded, at the NFL's insistence, the RHCP bass player is now admitting. "It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it," he wrote in an open letter to RHCP fans.

"Lost's" Dominic Monaghan is set to star in Swedish-set "100 Code"

He'll join Swedish-born actor Michael Nyqvist as an NYPD detective who is sent to Sweden to investigate the case of dead women.

Jay Leno told 4,607 Bill Clinton jokes -- he was the No. 1 target

The Center for Media and Public Affairs found that Clinton was No. 1, George W. Bush was No. 2 with 3,239 jokes and Al Gore was No. 3 with 1,026 jokes. President Obama, Hillary Clinton and O.J. Simpson came in 4th, 5th and 6th, respectively.

Stan Lee: My "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." cameo tonight is bigger than usual

"Oh, I like to think of it as a supporting role!" he says. Actually, it's only a minute or two, but there's more to it than there is to my usual cameos."

"New Girl" nabs Alexandra Daddario

The "True Detective" and "White Collar" vet will become a neighbor of Jess and her friends. PLUS: Zooey Deschanel to produce an animated fairytale for Fox.

Cinemax's "Blanco" adds Franka Potente and Amaury Nolasco

They'll join Shiloh Fernandez in the potential drama about a gangster who becomes an informant.

"The Flash" gets a girlfriend

Candice Patton is joining the CW cast, as is Broadway star Carlos Valdes.

PBS' "American Experience" looks at "Amish: Shunned"

Tonight's two-hour film profiles seven people of all ages who left the Amish community.

"SNL's" Kenan Thompson is becoming a dad

His wife, Christina Evangeline, is said to be four months pregnant.

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