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"Ice Cold Gold"

 "Ice Cold Gold"

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Exclusive clip: Miners face brutal task in 'Ice Cold Gold'

Greenland has the goods, but who's crazy enough to face the elements?

Given how many gold mining reality TV shows there are on the air right now, you'd think some of these guys would just say, eh, maybe it's time to go into a field that's less crowded, like directing. But no, these rough and ready guys are determined to find gold, even when that means going to places with intentionally misleading names, like Greenland, which is mostly ice. If The North Face isn't sponsoring this show, it should. Anyway, here's a first look at the second season of Animal Planet's "Ice Cold Gold" (premieres Thurs. March 6 at 10:00 p.m.),  in which we meet our seven determined miners and see that, even though they seem to be having a lucky streak, that comes with a whole new set of complications. Seriously, guys, have you considered real estate? Something? 

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Bob Costas only spends a few minutes on screen each night during the Olympics

Bob Costas only spends a few minutes on screen each night during the Olympics
On his first night back, Costas was clocked in at 5 minutes 28 seconds, according to the NY Times. On Tuesday, he was on screen for 10:17. When the NY Times told Costas that, he responded: "If you told me 15 minutes, I would say that sounds right."

"Sharknado 2" filming takes over Times Square
Check out Ian Ziering and Judd Hirsch on top of a yellow taxi cab. PLUS: Watch Mark McGrath and Ziering in action.

Is Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" theme inspired by "The Electric Company"?

A video for "-tion" sounds very familiar.

Kate Mara talks about filming Season 2 of "House of Cards"

Mara says she still hasn't finished watching this season. She's on Episode 6. PLUS: 2% of Netflix subscribers finished Season 2 in 2 to 3 days.

Shingles sidelines Keith Olbermann
"To those asking, Shingles feels like you fell 3 flights," the ESPN2 star explained on Twitter. "On to sharp poison ivy. Which then spontaneously combusts. Emitting toxic fumes."

Watch Lena Dunham address the "Girls" backlash in an hour-long interview
The "Girls" honcho talks to ESPN's Bill Simmons about the Vogue Photoshop controversy and wanting to guest on "Scandal." "Basically, my life's great passion is the idea of being a guest star on Scandal," Dunham says. "I want to be like, a senator who did something wrong."

CBS Entertainment chief gets a promotion
Nina Tassler will become chairman of CBS Entertainment after successfully serving as president of CBS Entertainment since 2003.

Matthew Rhys had to convince his mom he's not dating "Americans" co-star Keri Russell
"She calls up going, 'What's going on? I just read this about you,'" Rhys tells People. "I tell her, 'You have to take off your Google alerts.'"

"Parks and Rec" spawns "The Hapley Group"

Watch the new "Parks and Recreation" web series, starring news anchor Perd Hapley.

Treat Williams lands on NBC

The "Everwood" alum will co-star in the "Traffic"-like pilot "Odyssey."

"True Detective" has made "The King in Yellow" book an Amazon bestseller
The 1895 collection of short stories yesterday shot up 71% to 7th place on Amazon's bestseller book list.

Spike TV will dramatize the feud between Donald Trump and Steve Wynn
The event series will be based on the book "The War at the Shore: Donald Trump, Steve Wynn and the Epic Battle to Save Atlantic City."

Letterman tonight has on has on 3 Olympians
Medal-winning skiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper will be Dave's guests.

Joan Rivers gives Jay Leno the finger
"The f*cking curse is gone," she said on "Inside Edition. "To Jay! Well, Jay. Twenty-three years. I’m still here and you're going to be selling cars."

How to save "Downton Abbey": Kill Mr. Bates!
"Bates deserves to die," says Andrew Romano, "because 'Downton Abbey' creator and writer Julian Fellowes has failed for several seasons now to give him a reason to exist. Actually, let me rephrase that: Fellowes has failed for several seasons now to give him a reason to exist that is not idiotic, irritating, implausible, and deeply, depressingly tedious."

Food Network renews "The Kitchen"

A batch of 13 more episodes will premiere in January.

Ex-"Bachelor" star Shayne Lamas is out of the hospital
Lamas is recovering from a miscarriage.

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<p>American Gracie Gold</p>

American Gracie Gold

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TV Ratings: Tiny Olympic bump for NBC Wednesday, while 'Idol' and 'Criminal Minds' get close

Didn't figure skating used to be more popular than this?
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
Despite a reputation as the most popular of Olympic events, the start of the ladies figure skating competition from Sochi gave NBC only a small night-to-night bump on Wednesday, not that the less-than-impressive growth kept the network from dominating primetime in all measures.
In purely hypothetical terms, we'll see if NBC gets a bigger bump for Thursday's figure skating if early reports have either Ashley Wagner or Gracie Gold making a run for the medal podium.
FOX's second straight two-hour "American Idol" performance episode almost perfectly mimicked Tuesday's episode, but "Idol" was edged out by CBS' new "Criminal Minds" overall and only barely held off the procedural in the key demo.
On to the numbers...
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Arsenio accepts Brian Williams' apology

Arsenio accepts Brian Williams' apology

"A lot of people apparently called NBC last night on my behalf," Arsenio Hall said on last night's show in response to Williams admitting on "NBC Nightly News" that they had erred in omitting Arsenio from a report on late-night TV.

"Late Night with Seth Meyers" will begin taking Fridays off after 1 month

"We're going to do five days a week the first month, then we're going to become a four-day-a-week show," Meyers tells Howard Stern. "I think that's the way to maintain life sanity."

A male "Modern Family" fan inappropriately touched Sarah Hyland in Australia
A male fan reportedly grabbed Hyland's breast outside a "Modern Family" party, something Hyland alluded to on Twitter.

Paget Brewster to play Michael Imperioli's wife on ABC

She's co-starring on the ABC comedy pilot "St. Francis."

Tracee Ellis Ross to play Anthony Anderson's wife on "Blackish"

The "Girlfriends" alum will co-star on the ABC comedy pilot.

"ER's" Sherry Stringfield joins "Under the Dome"
She'll have connections to the dome's origins when she surfaces in Season 2.

"The Vampire Diaries" casts its 1st gay character after 5 seasons
Co-creator Kevin Williamson, who is gay, waited so long because he didn't want to have a typical teen coming out story.

Matthew McConaughey works on his Oscar acceptance speech with Jimmy Kimmel
Kimmel didn't like that McConaughey saved his best award speech material for his Golden Globes victory.

Lestor Holt joins Brian Williams on "Rapper's Delight"
Watch the latest Jimmy Fallon rap bit. PLUS: Jonah Hill & Martin Scorsese star in Fallon's "#Hashtag2."

Charlie Sheen's fiancee is already married

Ex-porn star Brett Rossi is working on divorcing her current husband so she can marry the "Anger Management" star.

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<p>Benjamin Stockham and David Walton in &quot;About A&nbsp;Boy.&quot;</p>

Benjamin Stockham and David Walton in "About A Boy."

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Review: NBC's watered-down take on 'About A Boy'

David Walton and Minnie Driver step into Hugh Grant and Toni Collette's shoes

When Jason Katims was a struggling playwright in New York, or even in his early days apprenticing under Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskowitz on emotionally precise dramas like "My So-Called Life" and "Relativity," I doubt he imagined that one day, he would become the TV business's go-to man for adapting books and movies to television. He developed the WB's "Roswell," based on a popular series of YA novels about human/alien romance. Though he didn't come on board with "Friday Night Lights" until after the pilot was made, he had to maintain the tone of Peter Berg's adaptation of his own film, which was an adaptation of a book. And when "FNL" ended, Katims transitioned to "Parenthood," a very loose adaptation of the 1989 Ron Howard movie, which had already been attempted as a TV series (with a young Leonardo DiCaprio) in the early '90s.

And now he's the man behind "About a Boy," a half-hour comedy series based on both the Nick Hornby novel and the 2002 film with Hugh Grant, which will get a sneak preview after NBC's Olympic coverage on Saturday night at 11 before transitioning into a Tuesday at 9 p.m. timeslot.

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<p>Christoph Waltz at last year's Oscar ceremony.</p>

Christoph Waltz at last year's Oscar ceremony.

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Roundup: The science of Oscar acceptance speeches

Also: Nas doc to open Tribeca, and the worst reviews of Best Picture nominees

Who gets thanked the most in Oscar acceptance speeches? Nathaniel Rogers and Chris Kirk crunch the numbers from the last decade's worth of ceremonies, and have made some interesting discoveries -- chief among them, that Meryl Streep gets thanked more often than God. "What comes out in the moment—or doesn’t—is a true reflection of feeling, whether the speech feels rehearsed and polished or immediate and spazzy. And in Hollywood—and what’s more Hollywood than the Oscars?—billing matters," they write. Included is an exhaustive cross-referenced chart breaking down individuals actors' speech by class of person thanked, and in what order. Geek out. [Slate]

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<p>I'm not sure if 'fantastic' fully describes them, but they sure are charming.</p>

I'm not sure if 'fantastic' fully describes them, but they sure are charming.

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Meet your new 'Fantasic Four': Not who you expected, is it?

There are big expectations for an ensemble that is largely untested as stars

If there is any superhero film on the horizon that has me crossing my fingers at the moment, it's "Fantastic Four."

There are other films I am more confident will work because of things I've seen or read or heard, but when it comes to "Fantastic Four," I want them to get it right. I want my kids to have a series of great movies about some of the best Marvel characters that remain undefined so far on film.

No offense to the team that took the first crack at it (I'm not counting Roger Corman's disastrous tax dodge version), because I think they tried to do a certain version of things, with a particular interpretation of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, her younger brother Johnny, their friend Ben Grimm, and an evil lunatic named Doom, and it's just plain not for me. The world never felt right. The casting wasn't right. The way they built their bad guys in both movies was fairly inept. It just… didn't work.

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<p>Was Faith from &quot;Buffy&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Angel&quot;&nbsp;a hero or a villain?</p>

Was Faith from "Buffy" and "Angel" a hero or a villain?

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Heroes vs. Villains: Faith from 'Buffy' and 'Angel'

She started good, went bad, then turned good again

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

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<p>Luke Bryan: Why is this man smiling</p>

Luke Bryan: Why is this man smiling

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Luke Bryan keeps the party going with 'Spring Break 6' EP

Does 'Like We Ain't Ever' come with sunscreen and aspirin?

In between his full-length studio albums, Luke Bryan has released a highly successful series of “Spring Break” EPs that have ensured the party will never stop as long as you have a drink in your hand.

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Brian Williams apologizes to Arsenio Hall

Brian Williams apologizes to Arsenio Hall
At the end of tonight's "Nightly News," Williams responded to Arsenio's rant over being omitted from a report on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" that pointed out Fallon's many late-night competitors, except Arsenio.

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<p>Ben Briley of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Ben Briley of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Rush Week - Top 15 Boys

Can the 'Idol' Men improve on Tuesday's lackluster performances

Things started fairly well on Tuesday's "American Idol," with decent performances from Majesty Rose and Kristen O'Connor. Then, the decline began. By the end, the judges were overpraising the emotional-but-unremarkable MK Nobilette and celebrating Malaya Watson's admirably personality-heavy performance just to make it seem like the night hadn't become a disaster. 

Has the pendulum swung back in favor of the "Idol" men? We'll find out on Wednesday night when 10 members of the Top 15 perform.

I'm assuming that Ben Briley *has* to perform, otherwise the judges are telling America, "Yo. Thanks for voting. We don't really care."

The question becomes how many White Guys With Guitars the judges will select to perform. If Ben is already going, for example, there's really no chance that Casey Thrasher, Alex Preston and Dexter Roberts are ALL gonna go. Is there? And when it comes to providing kibble for the show's young female core, could Spencer Lloyd, Briston Miller and Sam Woolf all get chances? Really?

Let's find out! 

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China's leaders are loving 'House of Cards'

China's leaders are loving "House of Cards"
As The Washington Post reports, the Netflix series is a hit among Chinese Communist Party leaders: "It’s little surprise that a show devoted to political machinations would resonate in a country with a long history of back-stabbing leadership purges and inner-party struggle. Many in the Chinese public perceive their leaders as brazenly unscrupulous, with the only goal in governance to consolidate power and wealth. But another reason the show may be a success here, some China experts in the United States fear, is because its unflattering portrayal of U.S. politics affirms Chinese government propaganda about American hypocrisy and bullying." PLUS: Google searches lead to illegal streaming of "House of Cards."

Justin Timberlake too ill for tonight's concert -- will he be healthy on Friday for Jimmy Fallon?

Timberlake, who postponed tonight's concert at Madison Square Garden over "health reasons," is Jimmy Fallon's only guest on his first Friday night on "The Tonight Show."

Judd Hirsch joins ABC's "Forever" pilot
The former "Taxi" star will play the best friend of the lead character, NYC's star medical examiner.

Jeremy Piven's "Mr. Selfridge" renewed

The British drama, which also airs on PBS, will return for a 3rd season.

Rebel Wilson has a "backlog" of film projects in case "Super Fun Night" is canceled

The ABC comedy ends its first season tonight, and Wilson says it was rigorous: "For me, it was a seven-day, 17-hours-a-day job. No one could ever prepare you for how insane that kind of schedule is. It's like doing four and a half movies back to back."

Jon Stewart recalls his '80s past as a bartender in a New Jersey punk rock nightclub
Once, a patron pulled a gun on him while X was performing.

Lisa Kudrow's "The Comeback" wants to make a comeback -- but not on any streaming services
Co-creator Michael Patrick King thinks a streaming service or web series would actually hurt the viewing experience of a show like "The Comeback."

Bravo orders its 1st scripted series: "Girlfriends Guide to Divorce" starring Lisa Edelstein
The series from Marti Noxon also features, Janeane Garofalo, Beau Garrett, Paul Adelstein and a cameo by Carrie Fisher.

"The Crazy Ones" casts Marilu Henner as Sarah Michelle Gellar's mom

She'll guest on an April episode.

Watch "The Bachelor's" Juan Pablo in a local TV ad for an appliance store in Rochester, NY
Viewers in Rochester, NY got to see Juan Pablo in a local commercial during this week's "Bachelor" episode. Juan Pablo went to college in the Rochester area.

Kristen Bell is refusing to promote "Veronica Mars" with media outlets that publish photos of celebrity kids

Bell won't promote "Veronica Mars" with outlets like E! Online, accusing them of publishing "#pedorazzi" images.

Can Chris Pratt become a movie star off of "Guardians of the Galaxy"?

The "Everwood"/"The O.C."/"Parks and Recreation" vet has appeared in many movies in recent years, but "Guardians" is his first truly starring role.

Howard Stern grills Seth Meyers on "SNL" and Lorne Michaels -- Kristen Wiig had the best-ever audition
Lorne Michaels never fake-laughs, says Meyers, but Kenan Thompson manages to crack him up every week. Also, he says Wiig had the greatest audition he's ever seen. PLUS: Meyers introduces himself in new NBC featurette.

Why are CNN anchors so riled up these days?
Is the straight-laced cable news network morphing into Fox News, or MSNBC?

Rob Schneider's independently produced sitcom will be filmed at a for-profit Florida university
Schneider's "Real Rob" will be shot at Full Sail University, which he says "has everything a major studio offers."

Beck recalls rejecting "Mad Men's" multiple offers to write the theme song
The artist tells Billboard that he remembers saying, "It's about ad executives in the '60s? They’re going to make a show about that? Really? Um, I don’t think so."

Starz's ballet drama taps the director of Australian film "Animal Kingdom"
David Michôd will helm the pilot episode of "Flesh and Bone."

HBO reveals details of "True Detective's" season finale
The March 9 episode will be called "Form and Void." PLUS: The crazy mythology that explains "True Detective."

Tim Daly is coming to "The Mindy Project"

No details of his guest-starring role have been released.

Why binge-watching is lame and lonely -- it's "television masturbation"
So argues Roland S. Martin: "Watching 'House of Cards' by myself and not at the same time with my friends and social media following is a boring and lonely existence. This may sound absolutely crazy, but binge viewing and not being able to share with others is sort of like television masturbation—you are the only one who gets to be satisfied." PLUS: "House of Cards" is making TV a social obligation.

Is "Girls" the "Reality Bites" for millennials?
Is Adam Driver the new Ethan Hawke? PLUS: The "Girls" beach house is for rent.

"Wonder Years" star Jason Hervey addresses his "feud" with "Sons of Anarchy" creator

Hervey is producer of Discovery Channel's "The Devil's Ride," a reality show that has really infuriated "Sons of Anarchy's" Kurt Sutter. PLUS: Wayne and Paul have a "Wonder Years" reunion.

"Flowers in the Attic" casts Cathy's abusive lover

Will Kemp will play Cathy's abusive dancer boyfriend.

An appreciation of CeeLo on "The Voice"
Even though his feedback was never practical, it was always deep.

It has to be said: "Downton Abbey" has jumped the shark
"The increasing weakness of creator Julian Fellowes' writing skills is harming the series, especially in comparison to its first season," says David Weigand.

USA beats the world in TV addiction
Americans watch more television each day than any other country, a new study shows.

Fiona Apple films a cameo for a French superhero TV show
Check her out as "Feux Verts," AKA "Green Lights."

Listen to a podcast devoted to Johnny Carson
Former "Colbert Report" staffer and viral video star Mark Malkoff is talking to big names like Carl Reiner, Mel Brook sand Dick Cavett about "The Tonight Show" legend in his new podcast series.

"Game of Thrones" star Kit Harrington: My great-great grandfather invented the toilet.
John Harrington is responsible for The John.

"True Blood's" Rutina Wesley makes a plan on "Sesame Street"

Rutina, Elmo and Abby explain the word plan."

Showtime will show a documentary about Gaddafi
 "Mad Dog: Inside the Secret World of Muammar Gaddafi' airs April 11.

A Hungarian designer created a "Breaking Bad" poster for each of the 62 episodes
Check out Zsolt "Zsutti" Molnár's artistic creations.

Is it wrong to love "The Real World: Ex-Plosion's" craziness?
Yes, the twist is stupid. But this season has been highly watchable. PLUS: How the "Real World" pulled off the exes twist.

"Frasier's" Peri Gilpin signs on for a Lifetime movie

She'll play the mom of a troubled teen in "The Choking Game."

"Live" surprises Mandy Patinkin with not 1 but 2 ex-girlfriends

Including one woman who got her first kiss from the "Homeland" star.

Check out more pics of David Tennant filming Fox's "Broadchurch" remake

Canada is subbing for California in "Gracepoint."

"The Simpsons" is releasing figurines of its 25 greatest guest stars

Check out figurines of Yao Ming, Britney Spears, Tom Hanks and Hugh Hefner.

Adam Brody confirms that, "yeah," he got married to Leighton Meester

The former "O.C." star confirmed his wedding to the former "Gossip Girl." PLUS: Here is the best Seth Cohen-Blair Waldorf fan fiction.

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