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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane

 Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane

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Press Tour: Seth MacFarlane plugs 'Cosmos' as an 'anti-hero' antidote

The 'Family Guy' creator had choice response to 'creative nerd' label

A 21st century continuation of Carl Sagan's heady 1980 series "Cosmos" may not be the pet project you'd expect from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, but it's just one of the surprises the new series, which will air on both FOX and Nat Geo networks, hopes will blow your mind. 

Starring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (who became a Twitter break-out star for his comments about the scientific inaccuracies of "Gravity"), the new show is set to premiere Sun. March 9 on FOX and Mon. March 10 on Nat Geo. While the audience at press tour tried to show an interest in all things science, most of the questions were lobbed squarely at MacFarlane. 

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'Idol' reveals changes: Fewer sob stories, Randy Jackson's boot camp, more alums

"Idol" reveals changes: Fewer sob stories, Randy Jackson's boot camp, more alums
Season 13 will also have a fresher song list and a "Hollywood or Home" surprise round.

10% of the Golden Globes broadcast was devoted to winners walking up to the stage
That's according to a Washington Post investigation: "The Golden Globes were a disaster of table arrangement," explains the Post's Caitlin Dewey. "That's not just the griping of the Twitter masses, but a matter of actual, verifiable fact: We timed how long it took the winners in every category to get to the stage, and the answer is … way longer than necessary."

"Glee" will spend the rest of the season in NYC
Fox's Kevin Reilly confirmed that "Glee" will spend the rest of the series, the next 1 1/2 seasons, in New York.

Watch BBC's Olympics promo, narrated by "Tywin Lannister" from "Game of Thrones"

Charles Dance is the voice of this year's BBC Winter Olympics coverage.

Fox: Why we're remaking "Broadchurch" instead of airing the original UK version
American viewers, says Fox Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly, "would be more comfortable seeing something made for America … there are cultural particularities (to the original) that would cap it off." He also points out that "Gracepoint" will have 10 episodes instead of "Broadchurch's" eight, with a different ending.

Sasheer Zamata begins working at "SNL"
Featured John Milhiser instagrammed a photo of his new office mate.

"The Simpsons" apologizes to Judas Priest
Sorry for calling the band's music "death metal."

Angry Taylor Swift fans are ticked off at Tina Fey

They didn't like Fey's "there's a special place in hell" diss of Swift during last night's Golden Globes.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" names guest judges, including Kim Kardashian and Neil Patrick Harris

"Community's" Gillian Jacobs, Linda Blair, Adam Lambert and Leah Remini will also judge this season.

Check out Josh Hartnett and Eva Green on "Penny Dreadful"
Here's your first look at the Showtime horror-drama.

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<p>Amy&nbsp;Adams and David O.&nbsp;Russell at the 71st annual&nbsp;Golden&nbsp;Globe Awards</p>

Amy Adams and David O. Russell at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards

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Golden Globe predictions scorecard

How did Team HitFix do?

The Globes are over and done with (and perhaps best left that way), but let's take a look at how Team HitFix did with our predictions in any case.

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Foster the People return with dreamy 'Coming of Age': Listen
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Foster the People return with dreamy 'Coming of Age': Listen

New album, 'Supermodel,' headed for stores in March

It’s been more than a minute since Foster the People broke through in 2011 with “Pumped Up Kicks” from its major label debut, “Torches.”

The trio, led by Mark Foster, returns with a new album, the Paul Epworth-produced “Supermodel,” on March 18. First single, “Coming of Age,” hits airwaves today.

Foster the People have shifted slightly away from their Beach Boys obsession (although only slightly given how the tune ends) and moved on to new wave and  late-‘80s Brit Pop for “Coming of Age,” a shimmering, yet propulsive guitar-and-synth driven track.

“I try to live without regrets,” Mark Foster sings, though he knows that’s easier said than done, especially “when my fear pulls me out to sea,” leading him to hurt the ones he cares about the most. It’s a more personal, reflective tune than their previous hits.

Bolstered by sweet backing vocals and a nice bridge three-quarters of the way in, the track has staying power and could build to be a nice winter/spring time hit.  Foster shows Brian Wilson a little love with the ending vocals.

Coachella-bound Foster the People recorded the album in Morocco, Los Angeles and London with Epworth, best known for his work with Adele.  In addition to Coachella, the group is also confirmed for two club dates this month: Seattle, Jan. 19, and Portland, Jan 20.

The video below is time-lapse footage of a mural painting of the cover art in downtown Los Angeles. Below the video is the tracklisting for "Supermodel." 


"Supermodel" track listing

1. Are You What You Want to Be
2. Ask Yourself
3. Coming of Age
4. Nevermind
5. Pseudologia Fantastica
6. The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones
7. Best Friend
8. A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon
9. Goats in Trees
10. The Truth
11. Fire Escape



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"Brain Games"

 "Brain Games"

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Interview: Let 'Brain Games'' Jason Silva blow your mind 4 ways

The 'wonder junkie''s last video has 2 million hits so far

"Brain Games," the Emmy-nominated Nat Geo show that returns for its second season tonight (Mon. Jan. 13 at 9:00 p.m.) promises more blow-your-mind revelations courtesy of host Jason Silva. Just as you'd expect from enthusiastic "wonder junkie" Silva, this is a TV series that is both smart and great fun (hey, Emmy nomination, people), and the second season explores a new array of topics on how we see, process and think about the world around us - with episodes devoted to attraction, trust, competition, colors, stress and more. Really, everything you need to know? "Brain Games." Okay, everything that's fun to know, at least. Watch this clip from the premiere to get a sense of it. 

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<p>Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston and Emily Mortimer in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston and Emily Mortimer in "The Newsroom."

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HBO renews 'The Newsroom' for third and final season

Aaron Sorkin will team with 'Office' alum Paul Lieberstein to wrap things up

HBO announced that Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" has finally been renewed for a third season, which will go into production in the spring and air in the fall, and that this will be the show's final season. This qualifies as a good news, bad news kind of day, though different segments of the show's audience — some of whom thrill to the Sorkin-y dialogue and/or to his critique of the dire state of American politics and the media that covers the politicians, some of whom (yours truly included) who feel the show magnifies pretty much all of Sorkin's worst instincts as a dramatist — will disagree on which piece is the good and which is the bad.

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<p>Ellar Coltrane will age over a decade during the running time for Richard Linklater's audacious experiment 'Boyhood,' just added to the Sundance schedule.</p>

Ellar Coltrane will age over a decade during the running time for Richard Linklater's audacious experiment 'Boyhood,' just added to the Sundance schedule.

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Richard Linklater's experimental 'Boyhood' added to Sundance line-up at last minute

This one's been in the works for a while

Last year, when it was announced that "Before Midnight" was going to play the Sundance Film Festival, it was a bit of a shock. Richard Linklater managed to keep the entire production under the radar, and it was a lovely surprise to realize that it was already finished and we'd be seeing it shortly.

This year, Linklater managed to surprise again with this morning's announcement that "Boyhood" has been added to the Sundance schedule in the TBA slots that many of us had noted on the schedule. It is unusual for Sundance to leave a prime slot in the Eccles theater unclaimed, so we figured there was something interesting that they were working to secure. I would have never guessed it would be "Boyhood," though, and it seems crazy to me that after years and years of waiting, I'm actually going to get to see the film this coming week.

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Season 13</p>

"American Idol" Season 13

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'American Idol' Season 13 Press Tour Live-Blog

J-Lo, Keith, Harry, Ryan and the 'Idol' team talk about bouncing back

It's time for our latest "American Idol" panel. 

Season 13 starts on Wednesday and I can tell you that the new judging panel of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. isn't the toxic cesspool that FOX created that season when they thought drama between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey would be a big draw. The judges have a nice chemistry and, at least in the first episode, it's true that the good singers have been foregrounded and there are only a couple time-wasting joke auditions.

Expect the judges and Ryan Seacrest to talk about putting the emphasis back on the contestants as they meet with the Television Critics Association press tour. 

Click through for the full live-blog.

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'The Newsroom' will end with Season 3

"The Newsroom" will end with Season 3
Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama will come to an end so that he could focus on other projects. For Season 3, Sorkin will be joined by "The Office's" Paul Lieberstein. Season 3 will air in the fall.

If "Bones" is renewed, Season 10 will likely be its final season

Fox is currently negotiating a 10th-season renewal. PLUS: Fox's "Broadchurch" remake won't have the "Broadchurch" ending, and "The Mindy Project" will likely return next season.

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"The Newsroom" will end with Season 3

"The Newsroom" will end with Season 3
Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama will come to an end so that he could focus on other projects. For Season 3, Sorkin will be joined by "The Office's" Paul Lieberstein.

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Lea Michele's title track, 'Louder': Listen
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Lea Michele's title track, 'Louder': Listen

Don't let anyone turn out your heartlight

 After the video for Lea Michele’s new  single, “Cannonball,” bowed last week, the “Glee” singer is back with the title track from her upcoming album, out March 4.

If “Cannonball’s” message is about starting to live today, “Louder’s” take-away is to ignore anyone who’s trying to extinguish your inner flame.

“Louder” is similarly anthemic and mid-tempo, but has a softer approach than “Cannonball,” despite its exhortation to “scream a little louder.”  The song is an inspirational ode to “come out of the shadow, step into the light, this could be the moment that could change your life.” While it could be a single, it's melodically too close to "Cannonball" to be the follow-up.

The “Glee” star told Billboard, which debuted the track, the song’s mission statement resonated with her. "I always think it's so important to live your life to the fullest, and love as hard as you can love, and fight as hard as you can fight. Be loud, be bold, be yourself, whether or not people understand that message. That's what I think of when I think of the song and album."

What do you think of “Louder?”

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 Batman logo

Press Tour: 'Gotham' to feature familiar 'Batman' characters

Bruce Wayne will be 'somewhere around 12' according to FOX's Reilly

During press tour, FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly addressed a flurry of questions (and limited his opening questions with an egg timer, which he ultimately reset). But in the onslaught of information, he confirmed some good news for "Batman" fans. The origin story "Gotham," which digs into the story of Commissioner James Gordon, is set to staff up in February and head "into script right after that," according to Reilly. 

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