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Rush Limbaugh: Conan O'Brien ripped me off

Rush Limbaugh: Conan O'Brien ripped me off
"We were the first to discover and document how the media, all of them, will use the same word or phrase in covering a story," said the conservative talk show host, in reaction to Conan's bits showing how newscasters repeat the same words.

"Duck Dynasty" stars' New Year's Eve interview boosts Fox News ratings

Willie and Kori Robertson didn't say anything newsworthy in their late-night interview.

Why did "Fresh Prince's" Uncle Phil feel so real?
James Avery's character, says Rembert Browne, "was the opposite of so many black fatherhood tales that were playing out in the media, on television, and in real life. Instead of abandoning a child, he took in an extra. It's hard to fully express how important it was to see a character like that growing up, but it mattered tremendously. It's why Philip Banks felt real. Mainly because you wanted him to be."

Mindy Kaling's "Mindy Project" character is on Tinder

Users of the matchmaking app have reported being matched with the fictional character, though it's unclear if Kaling is behind it all.

"Downton Abbey" gets the Lego treatment
A man spent 15 hours putting together the "Downton" castle and its people as a Christmas gift for his girlfriend.

Report: "Captain America's" Agent Carter is getting a TV spinoff
Hayley Atwell is set to take on the role after playing Peggy Carter in the movies.

Check out John Travolta on "Kirstie"
It's a "Look Who's Talking" reunion.

"The Big Bang Theory" is a hit in France

The CBS comedy has replaced "Desperate Housewives" as the most popular American comedy around the world. And according to Nico Case, who lived in France in 2011, "bazinga" could be heard more than "bon jour" on the streets of Paris. PLUS: "Big Bang" owes its success to classic TV.

TV Guide Network will air marathons of CW shows
"The Tomorrow People," "The Originals" and "Reign" will be marathoned on Jan. 4, 11 and 18, respectively.

"The Walking Dead" celebrates the New Year with "Apocalypse Resolutions"
The resolution cards include one showing Daryl, with the caption: "GET NEW CLOTHES."

"My Little Pony" does a "Mad Men" tribute

The "Friendship Is Magic" special is set in "Manehattan."

Super Bowl will be live-streamed for free for the 3rd year in a row

But you'll have to pay to watch the NFC Championship game.

How to avoid "Sherlock" spoilers
The British series aired in the UK on Jan. 1 -- 18 days before the U.S. airing.

"Full House" meets "Some Like It Hot"
Check out John Stamos and Bob Saget dressed as the iconic Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis characters.

"HIMYM" co-creator: I watched the "Cheers" finale for inspiration

"Cried as hard as I did in 1993," tweeted Craig Thomas.

"Top Chef's" Gail Simmons welcomes a daughter

Dahlia Rae Abrams is the first child for the "Top Chef" judge.

ABC kicks off 2014 with spy miniseries "The Assets"

The eight-part miniseries debuting tonight tells the story of double agent Aldrich Ames, who sold American secrets to Russia.

Patricia Richardson: There will never be a "Home Improvement" reunion show

"Earl died, we can't have one without Earl," she says.

Check out every "Futurama" character on a single poster

See one fan's tribute to the late sitcom.

Flavor Flav loses his mom

The former reality star's mother, Anna Drayton, passed away on New Year's Eve.

Joseph Ruskin, legendary "Star Trek" guest actor, dies at 89
Ruskin appeared in five "Trek" series.

With Dan Harmon's return, "Community" feels like it's grown up

In many ways, tonight's two-episode Season 5 comeback for Harmon presents a sadder, wiser and more subdued show -- one preferable to last season, says Alyssa Rosenberg. It "feels less elaborate and extravagant than the version of Community that Harmon used to run," she says. PLUS: "Community" feels like "Community" again, it's back to being weird and fun, Donald Glover's departure hangs over the first five episodes, Joel McHale calls "Community" "The Wire of comedy," Gillian Jacobs says the "repilot" is brilliant, NBC promotes "Greenville," and "Community" is planning a '70s disaster movie episode.

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<p>It's pretty much this for two hours.</p>

It's pretty much this for two hours.

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Review: Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin feel stranded in the arch and odd 'Labor Day'

The adaptation of Joyce Maynard's book falls completely flat

Does Jason Reitman have an authorial voice?

It's a fair question to ask at this point. After all, he's got a screenplay credit on four of the six feature films he's directed if you include "Men, Women & Children," which is in production now. When you look at the six films, though, I don't really see a common thread or see a common voice between them. Even "Juno" and "Young Adult," both written by Diablo Cody, have very different sensibilities. And "Thank You For Smoking" is about as far away from "Labor Day" in tone and content as possible.

Does he have to have a recognizable singular voice that we hear in each new project? Is that a requirement if we're going to treat him as a "serious" filmmaker? Or is the real mark of his talent his ability to bring a different voice to each story based on the story itself? After all, "Thank You For Smoking" started as a brutally satirical novel that is outrageous in a way that is totally at odds with the sort of wry sincerity of "Up In The Air" or the blistering anger that simmers just below the surface of "Young Adult." Reitman seems far more concerned with finding the best way to tell each story, and less concerned with making himself the main focus of things.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey"

Credit: PBS

Have you been able to avoid the 'Downton Abbey' season 4 spoilers?

U.S. viewers finally get the show on Jan. 5, but it's too late for some of us

So, while Brits have already watched the entire fourth season of "Downton Abbey" (the eight episodes plus a Christmas special began way back on Sept. 22 across the pond), American fans are finally getting a chance to catch up -- the show returns stateside on Sun. Jan. 5 (9:00 p.m. on PBS). The real question is, of course, whether or not fans have been able to dodge the spoilers, which have been harder to avoid than zombies in "The Walking Dead."

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<p>A scene from &quot;Mandela:&nbsp;Long Walk to Freedom&quot;</p>

A scene from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Mandela' composer Alex Heffes reflects on the experience of putting music to a legend's life

'The lens of scrutiny is very much focused.'

It's enough of a challenge to capture a life like Nelson Mandela's in a 146-minute film, but how do you use music to reflect such an extraordinary man? That is the challenge that faced composer Alex Heffes on Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom," and his compositions have since earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.

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<p>&quot;Inside Llewyn&nbsp;Davis&quot;&nbsp;missed out on a PGA nod, but then, so did Best Picture nominee &quot;A&nbsp;Serious Man.&quot;</p>

"Inside Llewyn Davis" missed out on a PGA nod, but then, so did Best Picture nominee "A Serious Man."

Credit: CBS Films

What today's PGA announcement means for Oscar

Which film(s) won't carry over to a Best Picture nomination?

The Best Picture Oscar nominees that failed to receive PGA nominations in the last four years — i.e. the relevant era — are "The Blind Side," "A Serious Man," "Winter's Bone," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "The Tree of Life" and "Amour." So there is hope yet for films like "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Philomena" that absolutely have support within the Academy but missed out on recognition this morning. And also note, one of the films that missed with PGA over the last four years was a Coen brothers effort that manifested great passion within the Academy.

The films that made the PGA cut but missed with Oscar over that stretch are "Invictus," "Star Trek," "The Town," "Bridesmaids," "The Ides of March," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Skyfall." There are more misses because the PGA has stuck with 10 nominees over the last two years, when the Academy changed its rules slightly to allow for anywhere from five to 10 nominees (and have ended up with nine both years). So someone from today's announcement will absolutely be left off, but who?

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Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs

 Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs

Credit: HitFix

Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs talk nerd boners and 'Community'

HitFix visits the set and talks to the stars about the return of Dan Harmon

Season five of "Community" is upon us (the show returns Thurs. Jan. 2 at 8:00 p.m. on NBC), and I got a chance to talk to stars Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs about the show's new season, the return of Dan Harmon and "nerd boners" for Nathan Fillion (who will be guesting this season).

In addition to all the stars who will be appearing on the show (including Robert Patrick and "Breaking Bad" star Jonathan Banks), they have a few suggestions for people they'd like to come play. Brad Pitt, clear your schedule!

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'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' earn PGA nods

'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' earn PGA nods

'Inside Llewyn Davis' snubbed by producers in best picture precursor

The Producers Guild of America announced the 10 nominees for theatrical picture and animated picture categories today for the upcoming 25th PGA Awards and familiar names such as "American Hustle," "Gravity," "12 Years A Slave," "The Croods" and "Frozen" made the cut.  Surprisingly, the Coen Bros' and Scott Rudin produced "Inside Llewyn Davis" and The Weinstein Company's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was snubbed from the 10 motion picture honorees.

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'Don't Look Back,' warns new 'Walking Dead' poster

"Don't Look Back," warns new "Walking Dead" poster

AMC has released a poster featuring Rick and Carl on train tracks.

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Bruce Springsteen is using 'The Good Wife' to promote his new album

Bruce Springsteen is using "The Good Wife" to promote his new album
Two of Springsteen's new songs from the album "High Hopes" will be used on the legal drama on Jan. 12. will then stream the album.

Time magazine puts Seth Meyers on the cover
Here's the future "Late Night host's reaction on Twitter: "@TIME shamelessly panders to the "My Mom" demographic." PLUS: "Meyers' last SNL episode won't be before the beginning of February, he guesses."

Watch James Seinfeld visit Louis CK's boat
It's the Season 3 premiere of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

Appreciating James Avery, one on the most endearing black father figures in TV history
As The Root points out, Uncle Phil's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" mirrored that of Avery, who didn't have a father figure in his life growing up. PLUS: "Fresh Prince" co-stars remember Avery, Avery has a "Ninja Turtles" past, and "l'oncle Phil" is the most-read story in France's leading paper, Le Monde.

"Duck Dynasty" stars are launching their own gun line
The line of guns, which includes an assault rifle, isn't just intended for duck hunting. PLUS: Willie Robertson says "we all learned a lot" from the controversy.

Nigella Lawson recalls her "mortifying" trial on "GMA"

The TV chef felt like she was on trial.

Puppy Bowl books internet sensation Keyboard Cat for halftime
"Puppy Bowl X" will also feature Lil Bub, while allowing, for the first time, a fantasy draft and MVP interactive voting.

Miley Cyrus rang in the New Year by kissing Ryan Seacrest on the lips
The pair locked lips at midnight in Times Square.

Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff get naked for a charity calendar
Check out the former "Battlestar Galactica" co-stars in the buff for their charity organization, Acting Outlaws.

"Breaking Bad" fan who won a contest to watch the finale with cast arrested on drug charges

Ryan Lee Carroll was charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor for drug possession.

Jamie Chung gets engaged to Bryan Greenberg
The "Real World"/"Once Upon a Time" vet is set to marry the former "How to Make it in America" star.

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<p>The cast of &quot;Modern Family&quot;</p>

The cast of "Modern Family"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds,' 'Modern Family' repeats lead New Year's Day Wednesday

It's all repeats all the time to start 2014
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
Perhaps ceding much of the TV audience on 2014's first night to ESPN's college football coverage, all five networks aired full slates of repeats on Wednesday night. While "Modern Family" delivered the biggest audience among young viewers, "Criminal Minds" helped CBS dominate overall and eke out a primetime victory in the key demo.
You'd be hard-pressed to find anything truly notable amongst the repeats --  FOX, for example, continues to get CW-sized audiences for comedy encores -- but maybe ABC could take some minor notes from a "Goldbergs" repeat improving on a "Middle" repeat among young viewers, suggesting plausible compatibility should the network ever want to make an changes.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin&nbsp;Scorsese on the set of &quot;The Wolf of&nbsp;Wall&nbsp;Street&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese on the set of "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

'Wolf of Wall Street's' DiCaprio and Scorsese to receive Santa Barbara fest honor

Plus: Thoughts from both on their on-going partnership

The last couple of days of the year were pretty electric for Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and "The Wolf of Wall Street." The perception out there was that they — particularly DiCaprio, who hopped on the phone with a number of outlets on Monday (including this one) — were backed into a corner and needed to defend their film against an array of accusations. The studio probably wanted the bad press tapered, but whatever the case, it's been a bumpy road this holiday for a film some consider unequivocally the year's best, others consider an abomination.

But here at the beginning of the year, whether Oscar and guild nominations are in the film's future or not, there will be tribute love for the two creative forces from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Paired up, DiCaprio and Scorsese will receive the fest's Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the historic Arlington Theatre.

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<p>In &quot;Enlisted,&quot;&nbsp;Parker Young, Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell play brothers in the same Army unit.</p>

In "Enlisted," Parker Young, Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell play brothers in the same Army unit.

Credit: FOX

'Enlisted' producers talk about FOX military comedy

On getting laughs while being respectful to the military, the 'Stripes' influence, and more
It isn't often that the creator of a sitcom gets choked up talking about his new show, but "Enlisted" isn't your typical sitcom. On the one hand, it's a goofy workplace sitcom about a straight-arrow brother (Geoff Stults from "The Finder") being forced to work alongside his misfit brothers (Chris Lowell from “Veronica Mars” and Parker Young from “Suburgatory”). On the other, their workplace happens to be an Army base, and even though they work in a rear detachment unit, doing support work on the homefront for the soldiers serving overseas, and the family members left behind, it's at a time when we still have soldiers risking their lives on foreign soil, a fact the show isn't blind to.
Before FOX moved "Enlisted" to midseason (it debuts on Friday the 10th at 9:30 p.m.), it was one of the few network fall pilots I genuinely liked, as much for the way it tried to balance "Stripes"-style hijinks with an acknowledgment of what's happening in the military right now. It's a show that manages to find laughs in Army life without actually making fun of the Army or its soldiers, a distinction that's important to creator Kevin Biegel, who learned to balance comedy and emotion on "Scrubs" and "Cougar Town." When I sat down with Biegel and fellow executive producer Mike Royce (co-creator of "Men of a Certain Age") back in the summer, Biegel got visibly emotional several times while discussing the subject matter, as well as the show's influences, his relationship with his own brothers, and more.
Assuming I have time next week (when approximately 73 new and returning shows are debuting), I’ll write a separate review, but if that doesn’t happen, know that I enjoyed it a lot.
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