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Coldplay veers into the mystic on new song 'Midnight'

Is this the British group's new direction?

Coldplay takes a bit of a left turn in the British band’s new tune, “Midnight.” The trance-like tune features Chris Martin’s heavily-processed vocals layered upon a bed of a spacey beats.  The band dropped the song with no warning at, appropriately enough, midnight. It’s the first new music from Coldplay since “Atlas,” written for “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

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Seth Meyers has a bigger “Late Night” debut than Jimmy Fallon

Seth Meyers has a bigger “Late Night” debut than Jimmy Fallon
Early numbers show last night’s “Late Night” was the best for the franchise in a decade.

NYC mayor will play himself on “The Good Wife”
Mayor Bill de Blasio will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Mayor Bloomberg, who also made a cameo on the CBS series.

Alec Baldwin’s daughter hired by TV Guide Network and “ET”
Ireland Baldwin, 18, will be a fashion correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and TVGN’s live coverage from the red carpet.

Seth Meyers' "Late Night" launch was too stuck in his “SNL” past

"At times,” says Darren Franich, "the premiere of 'Late Night' felt dangerously like the TV equivalent of 'It’s Pat' or 'A Night at the Roxbury,' an ‘SNL' sketch decontextualized into some awkward uncanny valley between What It Was and What It Wants To Be. Meyers was still yelling like a fake newscaster, not talking like a real host.” PLUS: Seth's monologue should be called “Weekend Upright,” it was a “not embarrassing” debut, Amy Poehler pretty much co-hosted the 2nd half of the show, was there a Stefon tribute on Seth’s desk?, Seth had a strong debut — playful and self-possessed, “Late Night” is in good hands once again, Seth showed a lot of promise, Seth had the most self-assured late-night debut in memory, and those chairs look ugly and uncomfortable and Seth’s desk looks too tiny and useless.

Miley Cyrus: I’m not playing Tinker Bell on NBC’s live “Peter Pan”
“I would rather choke on my own tongue,” she says of the false report.

Peter Dinklage could star in a “Beats Of Valhalla” series for HBO
A leading role is reportedly being written for the “Game of Thrones” star.

“Access Hollywood” adds Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski to its Oscar coverage
They’ll critique the fashion from this year’s red carpet.

Hallmark Channel orders “The Good Witch” starring Catherine Bell to series

She’ll reprise her TV movie role as Cassie Nightingale.

Watch Billy Bob Thornton on “Fargo”

Here’s your first glimpse of him in action in the FX remake.

“True Detective” and “Looking” hit series highs on HBO
Could the ratings rise be good news for “Looking”?

Bethenny Frankel is “relieved” her talk show was canceled

"What I really want right now is to be with my daughter, to do yoga, to
focus on Skinnygirl and my writing, and to give myself a break,” she explains in an open letter.

Josh Groban helps Jimmy Kimmel celebrate 2000 shows

The singer sang a special, ignorant song for Kimmel on last night’s show.

The Beatles meet social media on Jimmy Fallon
With Fallon as John Lennon and Fred Armisen as Ringo.

Ryan Seacrest and NBC are launching a new music awards show, but he won’t host

The iHeartRadio Awards will air on May 1, 17 days before the Billboard Awards on ABC. But Seacrest’s “Idol” schedule will keep him from hosting.

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<p>Megan Boone plays dress-up on &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Megan Boone plays dress-up on "The Blacklist"

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TV Ratings: No Olympics? No problem, as 'Voice,' 'Blacklist' lead NBC Monday

'How I Met Your Mother' is strong, 'The Following' is weak
Fast National ratings for Monday, February 24, 2014.
Even without Winter Olympics coverage from Sochi, NBC extended its recent run of ratings domination with a big return for "The Voice" and an easy hourly win for "The Blacklist."
Without the Olympics, "The Bachelor" was able to regain some of its lost audience, which also boosted overall viewership for "Castle." 
CBS' comedy lineup came back with a solid "How I Met Your Mother" number, but much lower numbers for the rest of the Monday block, which were down double-digits.
The return of original programming meant another drop for FOX's sputtering "The Following," which is now well below lead-in "Almost Human" overall and tied with the freshman drama in the key demo.
And, finally, "Star-Crossed" was down a tiny bit from last week's premiere, settling in right at the usual "Hart of Dixie" number.
On to the numbers...
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Lena Dunham will host 'SNL' on March 8

Lena Dunham will host "SNL" on March 8
The "Girls" star will make her "Saturday Night Live" debut, as will musical guest The National.

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Roundup: Oscar bloggers become the story
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Roundup: Oscar bloggers become the story

Also: YouTube rescues 'The Square,' and J.Law gets dressy

I'm not sure I have anything much to say about Boris Kachka's lengthy profile of the Oscar-blogging community, but it's certainly a weird read. (In Contention largely escaped scrutiny, as Sasha Stone and Jeff Wells take the lion's share of column space.) "Today’s Oscar bloggers are writing from inside the house. You may not know their names, but most everyone in Hollywood does—loves them, hates them, courts them. At junkets they attend what one of them calls “Oscar Blogger Days.” They’re at every festival and VIP after-party, with a hand on Melissa Leo’s shoulder, a joke for Alfonso Cuarón, or a whisper into the ear of George Clooney’s publicist. When they write something negative or leave an actor out of their predictions, they hear about it, a lot." [Vulture]

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<p>Keri Russell in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell in "The Americans."

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Review: FX's 'The Americans' takes a leap in season 2

Some minor fine-tuning takes period spy drama from very good to great

"The Americans," FX's Cold War drama about KGB spies posing as a married couple in Ronald Reagan's America, had the poor timing to arrive as a very good new show near the start of what turned out to be an incredible year. Had it debuted in a different period — even a year or two earlier — it would have set a very high bar to clear for all that followed and been a constant point of comparison. But there was just so much quality TV in 2013 that it kept slipping behind other work, even though it had so much to recommend it. When I did my best-of rankings for the year, I wound up putting it 18th, simultaneously kicking myself for doing so while struggling to argue that I preferred it to the previous 17.

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Lisa is the new target, but why?

Lisa jokes that it's her turn, but she may not be wrong

So, that happened. Is anyone else having flashbacks to middle school? It seems that all of the Housewives except for newbies Joyce and Carlton been holding on to niggling resentments toward Lisa for most of the season (or really, most of the series) and have just been too chicken or busy getting spray tans to confront her. Now, with Yolanda leading the charge for reasons that still aren't entirely clear, these women are joining forces to take down the series' queen bee. This brings up a lot of questions, not the least of which is, how did I miss the fact that Lisa and Ken smoke?

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<p>Poor Bopper!</p>

Poor Bopper!

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Interview: Bopper discusses his 'Amazing Race: All-Stars' medical exit

Why is Mallory his 'perfect double'?

"The Amazing Race" has had twists that sent teams home before leaving Los Angeles, but no Racer has ever gone less distance than William "Bopper" Minton.


Sunday (February 23) night's "Amazing Race: All-Stars" premiere began with a sad twist for Team Kentucky. 


Bopper, a fan favorite who cheered for partner Mark through an arduous, health-testing Bollywood challenge in their first season, began experiencing internal pain the night before the Race was set to begin, was diagnosed with an inflamed pancreas and was told he shouldn't Race. Instead, Mark was paired, seemingly out of nowhere, with fellow Kentuckian Mallory, making her third appearance on the show, but her first without father Gary.


That's the narrative as presented by "The Amazing Race" on Sunday.


On Monday morning, I talked with Bopper about his medical condition, how he handled it and how the show handled it. Bopper explained his recent perfect storm of catastrophes and his relief that Mark was able to continue without him. He also noted why Mallory was the closest the show could find to another Bopper.


Click through for the full conversation.


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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Sound Editing - 'Gravity' will fend off 'All is Lost' and 'Lone Survivor'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Sound Editing - 'Gravity' will fend off 'All is Lost' and 'Lone Survivor'

Chalk another one up for Alfonso Cuarón's craft juggernaut

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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'The Bachelor' recap: Juan Pablo heads to hometowns with mixed results

Does the wrong woman go home this week?

It's time for hometowns! Yay! We can always count on a meltdown, as it turns out families tend not to cotton to relationships formed on television shows through lack of contact with the outside world, unrealistically fabulous first dates (You, me, Vietnam! Go!) and a false sense of limited resources. Or, they're just crazy and overprotective. Tomato, tomahto!

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CBS gets Jamie Lee Curtis to star in a drama pilot

CBS gets Jamie Lee Curtis to star in a drama pilot
In her first regular series role since “Anything But Love” in 1989, Curtis will star in a soapy medical show, playing the mother of three kids who grew up on a reality show. PLUS: Skeet Ulrich joins NBC’s “Babylon Fields."

Watch a preview of Seth Meyers' couch-less "Late Night"

Here is Meyers interviewing Joe Biden with Amy Poehler at the vice president's side. PLUS: Anna Wintour's daughter is a "Late Night" producer.

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<p>I&nbsp;would totally give someone an award for both of those dresses.</p>

I would totally give someone an award for both of those dresses.

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A full rundown of my picks if I had an Oscar ballot

From 'Gravity' to 'Get A Horse!', here's the way I'd vote if I could

2013 was an unusually rich year for movies. I felt strongly about both my top ten choices of the year and the runners-up, and I still left off a ton of movies that I enjoyed completely and that I'd recommend to audiences. One of the things that is hardest for me to get my head around when contemplating the Oscars is the idea of picking one thing to represent the year in each of these categories.

Still, if I were told today that I had an Oscar ballot and I was asked to vote, the only way I could do it would be operating from pure gut feeling. I wouldn't worry about trying to predict anyone else's response. This was an annual exercise for Siskel and Ebert for years, and they always seemed to use the opportunity to champion what they felt were the underdogs of the nominations.

We'll run down every category here. If you want a list of all the nominees and in-depth writing about the entire race, you should be on In Contention, where Guy Lodge, Greg Ellwood, and Kris Tapley eat and breathe this stuff. What I'm doing here is what I imagine many Academy voters do… I'm going to run down the list and just pick what I pick, the thing that I think speaks the most to me about last year.

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