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Ryan Seacrest, Harry Connick Jr. talk on the 'American Idol' Top 13 blue carpet

Ryan Seacrest, Harry Connick Jr. talk on the 'American Idol' Top 13 blue carpet

Randy Jackson also discusses his new mentor role
On Thursday (February 20) night, as soon as I finished recapping the "American Idol" Top 13 results, I rushed up to Fig & Olive in Beverly Hills for the season's Top 13 party.
On the traditional blue carpet, I talked with all 13 of the finalists, 12 of the 13 in 1-on-1 interviews, about they challenges they're going to face this season and the challenges they've already faced. [Special kudos to Team HitFix's daring cameraman for braving the blue carpet's strange and erratic lighting system.]
In addition, many of the show's decision-making bigwigs came and talked to reporters in groups of four or five. We got host Ryan Seacrest, who I asked about the season's more substantive judging panel, and mentor Randy Jackson, who I asked about the itch of watching "Idol" performances without judging for the first time. We also got Harry Connick Jr., who I asked about raising the level of the discourse on the judging panel. [Keith Urban's few minutes fell victim to the problematic lighting, while Jennifer Lopez whizzed by my side of the carpet like she was a speed skater.]
Check out highlights from those three interviews above.
Stay tuned for my Top 13 interviews before next Wednesday's show!
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Will 'Frozen' freeze Eric Church out of the top album spot next week?

"Frozen" enters "Titanic" territory

The soundtrack to “Frozen” will likely pop back up to the top spot on the Billboard 200 next week.

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<p>Skier&nbsp;Mikaela Shiffrin won Gold on Friday</p>

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin won Gold on Friday

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TV Ratings: Olympics coverage hits Sochi lows for NBC Friday

'Shark Tank' returns to help ABC to second in the demo
Fast National ratings for Friday, February 21, 2014.
Anchored by 18-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin's slalom win, NBC's Olympics coverage still dominated Friday night, albeit with the lowest primetime numbers from Sochi.
ABC aired the only other new primetime programming and got good numbers for a new episode of "Shark Tank," helping the network finish second among young viewers. CBS was second overall with three repeats of "Blue Bloods."
On to the numbers...
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<p>Jennifer Lopez</p>

Jennifer Lopez

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NBC orders Jennifer Lopez drama 'Shades of Blue' for 2015-16 season

Ryan Seacrest-produced drama won't begin production til next year
With the other networks looking at pilots and straight-to-series orders for the 2014-2015 season, NBC is shifting the conversation in an unexpected direction, ordering a straight-to-series drama for the 2015-2016 season.
Yes. That's not this fall, but next season. What makes NBC so confident and forward-looking? Only Jenny From the Block.
On Friday (February 21) night, 11:30 p.m. on the East Coast in fact, NBC announced that it has given a 13-episode order to "Shades of Blue," a drama executive produced by and starring Jennifer Lopez.
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<p>Eminem and Rihanna</p>

Eminem and Rihanna

Eminem and Rihanna plan stadium tour together

'The Monster' tour will hit three markets

Fans of Eminem and Rihanna’s hits, “Love the Way You Lie” and “The Monster,” are about to be very happy: The two superstars are touring together this summer.

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NBC gets Jennifer Lopez to play an undercover FBI agent, with she and Ryan Seacrest producing

NBC gets Jennifer Lopez to play an undercover FBI agent, with she and Ryan Seacrest producing
The "American Idol" judge will executive produce and star in "Shades of Blue," in which Lopez will play a "single mother and detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force." NBC has given the series a 13-episode straight-to-series order.

Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake present the "History of Rap 5"

Fallon closed out his first "Tonight Show" week with "Wild Thing," the "Fresh Prince" them and other hip-hop's classics. Here's the complete song list.

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'Dancing with the Stars' dumps Brooke Burke-Charvet -- she calls it a 'shocking elimination'

"Dancing with the Stars" dumps Brooke Burke-Charvet -- she calls it a "shocking elimination"

Burke-Charvet didn't know her co-hosting job was in limbo until ABC told her this afternoon she was not coming back. "I have enjoyed seven seasons co-hosting DWTS but understand the need for change considering the position of the show at this juncture," she tells E! in a statement. "I've always been one to embrace change and looking forward to pursuing opportunities I previously wasn't able to entertain because of contractual obligations to the show. I've seen my fair share of shocking eliminations in the ballroom but this one takes the cake."

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<p>I&nbsp;thought he was dead.</p>

I thought he was dead.

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Heroes vs. Villains: What would you call Snake Plissken?

Time to vote on John Carpenter's most iconic anti-hero

The NCAA basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains. 

The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the Heroes bracket or the Villains bracket?

You decide.  You have 48 hours. Choose wisely.

Halloween, 1981. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

An eleven-year-old kid spent weeks putting together a meticulously detailed costume with an eyepatch, guns, sleeveless shirt, and a leather jacket, and headed out with three of his friends to make the house-to-house rounds in a suburban neighborhood called Mountain Shadows. He was thrilled to be dressed as Snake Plissken, the main character in John Carpenter's "Escape From New York," and thrilled to see people's reactions to the costume.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Sound Mixing - In space, everyone can hear 'Gravity'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Sound Mixing - In space, everyone can hear 'Gravity'

The technical juggernaut leads an action-heavy field of contenders

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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ABC News was tipped off to Jimmy Kimmel's Olympic Wolf hoax, but didn't spill the beans

ABC News was tipped off to Jimmy Kimmel's Olympic Wolf hoax, but didn't spill the beans
ABC News did tell some ABC-affiliated shows not to run with the story, but a media ethicist is questioning whether the news outlet should've warned others about a story that implied a security problem in Sochi. PLUS: How to spot a Kimmel hoax, Kimmel's hoaxes are getting old, and that wasn't a hoax -- this was a lie.

Chelsea Handler takes the NY Times to task for putting her in parentheses

A recent profile of Jimmy Fallon mentioned Fallon's 11:30 timeslot competitors, but Handler was the only one of them written about in parentheses, which she found offensive As Handler writes in The Huffington Post, "I wanted to confirm what a parenthetical suggests, so I looked up the definition. The first few definitions that came up were: incidental, subordinate in significance, minor or casual."

"House of Cards" Season 3 filming delayed over Maryland tax credit dispute
Production has been pushed back to mid-June as the Netflix series awaits the fate of two separate tax bills.

Parker Posey will head up a mental hospital on Comedy Central

She'll guest star in the pilot of "Crazy House," set in an insane asylum.

Coming to OWN: "The Tyler Perry Show"?

Perry this week Instagrammed a photo of him on a "Tyler Perry Show" stage, with a message that something will be announced on Tuesday.

PBS' "Charlie Rose Show" to delve into the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Tonight's show will examine the 50-year history of SI's swimsuit edition.

Nancy Kerrigan: Why I picked NBC to tell my Tonya Harding story
Kerrigan wasn't available for ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary on the same subject, but she'll break her silence in NBC's one-hour film airing Sunday. "I trusted them enough to portray my family and the history of this because it is very complicated and long," says Kerrigan. "It's 20 years later. I've moved on. I don't revisit this on a daily basis." PLUS: A writer from "The Critic" on facing Kerrigan-Harding: I got kneecapped.

Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show": A recess playground where everybody gets a trophy

How much positivity is too much? Fallon's "Tonight Show" shuns negativity, as Hank Stuever points out: "He is fawning, stuttering, easily distracted and smarmy beyond the call of the duty; he is always telling his guests that their latest whatever (movie, TV show, record, White House initiative) was great, amazing, just amazing, great, so great. That's how Fallon rolls. His is not to question, but to revel." PLUS: Is Fallon avoiding political jokes? He delivered only one this week, and Fallon has energized "The Tonight Show," as promised.

"Downton Abbey" has been too careless with its portrayal of rape
"Downton's" portrayal is part of a growing trend of shows treating sexual assault insensitively, from "Scandal" to "American Horror Story," says Saide Gennis, who adds: "It's time these shows are held to a higher standard and learn to treat sexual assault with the sensitivity and gravitas it warrants. Or at the very least, include a trigger warning at the beginning of the episode."

"Dallas" gas station is expanding to NYC
Ewing Energies will open a gas station on Monday, the day the TNT series returns for Season 3.

Mike Tyson will pop up on a "Franklin & Bash" episode

He'll of course be playing himself.

Ioan Gruffudd joins "Forever" on ABC
The "Fantastic Four" star will play the lead in a drama about an immortal NYC medical examiner.

"ET" becomes the 1st media outlet to sign up for Kristen Bell's "pedorazzi" ban
"Entertainment Tonight" will stop publishing photos of celebrities' kids.

"Smash's" Christian Borle returning to NBC

He'll co-star in odd couple comedy "Lifesaver."

Is "Downton Abbey" the TV equivalent of the Beatles?
It's hard to tell if "Downton" is the highest-rated British TV show to ever air in America because PBS hasn't always kept track of ratings. Plus, the major networks would show British hits like "The Prisoner" and "The Avengers" on network TV in the '60s.

UK "Pop Idol" duo Ant & Dec are trying to conquer America, again
Ant & Dec -- who inspired the Ryan Seacrest/Brian Dunkleman pairing on "American Idol" -- already have a failed American game show on ABC. Now they're contemplating bringing their "Saturday Night Take-Out" to the United States.

The Baltimore Sun is offering a "Which Character Are You From 'The Wire'?" quiz

How would former Baltimore Sun writer David Simon react to seeing his show reduced to a quiz? PLUS: "Sheeeeeeeeeit": "Sen. Clay Davis" got McNulty.

What the "Veronica Mars" movie set was like
Here's a report from Day 3 of filming, with extra comments from Rob Thomas.

Phil Keoghan answers "Amazing Race" Reddit questions -- he's opposed to a behind-the-scenes show
Keoghan says all the good stuff is shown on TV, and he also describes how he spends his down time on the welcome mat. PLUS: Keoghan breaks down the All-Star teams.

Why are all the journalists on "House of Cards" so terrible at journalism?
"'House of Cards' has no fewer than four journalists as fairly major characters," says James Ball. "The problem is, likeable as some of them may be, they're all awful at their jobs. Seriously, they suck." PLUS: Is Molly Parker's character also a war criminal?, "House of Cards" proved to be a great show after Season 2, and does Claire Underwood really make "House of Cards" fully feminist?

Watch the new "Hart of Dixie" promo
The CW is touting the drama's move to Fridays.

"Friday Night Lights'" Tim Riggins inspires poet to write Riggins-inspired poetry
Poet Nico Alvarado has written four Riggins poems for the University of Houston's literary journal.

Ranking the "Sex and the City" seasons

In honor of Saturday's 10-year anniversary since the series finale, here's how each season ranked.

Seth Cohen falls in love with Blair Waldorf: The Supercut
What if Adam Brody and Leighton Meester's real-life romance was made on "The OC." and "Gossip Girl"?

Don't ever binge-watch "Girls"

The HBO series is not built for binging -- it'll leave you feeling like you're living the show.

NBC's "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher": 2 sitcoms where everybody sounds like a sitcom character

"Most sitcoms are populated either by characters you'd meet in life or characters that only exist on sitcoms," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "Two new NBC sitcoms, 'Growing Up Fisher' and 'About a Boy,' fall into the second category. That's not to say they're incompetent or otherwise unwatchable; they're professional bits of work, acted and written and directed with energy. They might catch on with audiences or they might not, and they might improve drastically or they might not. Whatever happens, I'm in no rush to watch either show again, because I'm tired of sitcoms in which everybody acts and sounds like a network sitcom character, talking very quickly and in a peppy and 'bright' tone to make you think they aren't irritating, even outright horrible people." PLUS: "About a Boy" is NBC's best sitcom in years, David Walton is good at not being Hugh Grant, the show waters down the book and movie, the pilot is utterly charming, and "Growing Up Fisher" seems like a pale imitation of "The Goldbergs."

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Screenplay - Will 'Her' get 'Hustled?'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Screenplay - Will 'Her' get 'Hustled?'

We can safely say it's not Woody Allen's year

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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'SVU' kills off Questlove

"SVU" kills off Questlove
It was always "The Tonight Show" bandleader's dream to play a "Law & Order" dead body.

Watch Fred Armisen's "Late Night" band in action
Seth Meyers' people have posted a 13-second clip of The 8G Band.

Becki Newton joins "Weird Loners" on Fox
She'll co-star in the comedy pilot about people afraid of relationships.

Hulk Hogan, 60, will make his WWE comeback on "Monday Night Raw"

He'll not only appear on next week's show, but he'll host WrestleMania 30.

Molly Shannon will play a New Hampshire mom ion an ABC comedy pilot
The "SNL" alum will be part of a comedy about a family that opens a group of tourist cottages in New Hampshire.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" season finale will be a Lonely Island reunion

Jorma Taccone will reunite with Andy Samberg when he directs the season's final episode.

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