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Maya Rudolph reunites with Lorne Michaels for an NBC variety pilot


Maya Rudolph reunites with Lorne Michaels for an NBC variety pilot
The former "SNL" star will film a primetime variety pilot that will air after the Winter Olympics as a special. If it's a success, it'll be picked up to series.


Jeff Probst will be naked on "Two and a Half Men"
Check out the "Survivor" host's cameo -- in the buff.


"Under the Gunn": Tim Gunn gets his own Lifetime fashion competition series
The Lifetime competition will also feature "Project Runway" alums Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos.


Another "Friends" reunion: Matthew Perry to join Courteney Cox on "Cougar Town"
Last season, Cox made a cameo on Perry's NBC sitcom "Go On."


Key & Peele team with Judd Apatow for a movie deal
"I love these guys," says Apatow, "because they are riotously, make you sick because you can't stop laughing, funny,"


How to conquer "The Price is Right" with game theory
"You don't even need to know the prices."


CNN to air a documentary on founder Ted Turner
"Ted Turner: The Maverick Man," hosted by Wolf Blitzer, airs on Sunday.


"Twilight"/"Dexter" writer Melissa Rosenberg to pen Netflix's "Jessica Jones"

Rosenberg initially worked on developing a show about the Marvel character three years ago.


Maria Sharapova joins NBC's Winter Olympics coverage

The tennis champion actually spent some of her early childhood in Sochi.


Matt Lauer & Ellen DeGeneres pretend to be Hoda & Kathie Lee
Watch them reenact the 4th hour of "Today." PLUS: Lauer had to wear a "testicle vice" when he dressed as Pam Anderson for Halloween.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers' 'Dracula' salary is being delayed due to addiction concerns


Jonathan Rhys Meyers' "Dracula" salary is being delayed due to addiction concerns

NBC structured the actor's salary so he'd have an incentive to completing the 10-episode order.


"The Real World: Ex-Plosion": Season 29 will add exes

The seven housemates will get a shock one month into their three-month stay in San Francisco when their exes move in.


Andy Cohen steps down as Bravo exec, extends "Watch What Happens: Live" deal
Cohen will now produce shows for Bravo while continuing to host his talk show for the next two years.


Maggie Siff talks "Sons of Anarchy"

What is her reaction to Tara's desperation?


"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." keeps on falling
This was the 6th straight week that the ABC freshman drama saw a ratings decline.


Watch "Modern Family" kids play "Modern Family Feud"
It's girls against boys. Watch Part 2.


Larry David looked absolutely miserable at last night's Knicks game
Is this the perfect Larry David photo?


Gene Simmons' wife and daughter sign on for a Canadian reality show
Former "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" stars Shannon Tweed-Simmons and Sophie Simmons will star in a reality show focusing on their relationship.


Ruben Studdard returned to "The Biggest Loser" because Jillian Michaels broke the rules
As a result, last week's results were declared "invalid."


"Nashville's" Jonathan Jackson signs record deal
The actor-singer, who plays bad-boy rocker Avery Barkley, will record for Loud & Proud Records.

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<p>Jim Caviezel of &quot;Person of Interest&quot;</p>

Jim Caviezel of "Person of Interest"

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TV Ratings: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' drops, 'Originals' tops 'Supernatural' and CBS, NBC split Tuesday

'NCIS' and 'The Voice' lead the night
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
 
"NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" continued with their run of stable domination for CBS overall on Tuesday, while NBC eked out a victory among young viewers thanks to "The Voice" and, to a lesser degree, "Chicago Fire."
 
It was mostly a business-as-usual Tuesday night.
 
Over on ABC, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." had yet another drop, as the vaunted drama fell below the 7 million viewer mark and may now be threatening the 2.0 threshold among young viewers. Despite that drop, "The Goldbergs" rose slightly and "Trophy Wife" was flat.
 
FOX's comedies were also on the low side, with "Dads," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" all finishing within 0.5 of each other among young viewers and within a million viewers.
 
Finally, the newly picked up "The Originals" continued its fairly impressive start for The CW as the "Vampire Diaries" spinoff moved ahead of "Supernatural" both overall and among young viewers, beating its lead-out in both measures for the first time. It was, in fact, The CW's most watched Tuesday night since 2009.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Coach&nbsp;(Damon Wayans Jr.), Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;sample some Chinese delivery.</p>

On "New Girl," Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) sample some Chinese delivery.

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'New Girl' and 'The Mindy Project'

Coach tries to whip Nick into shape, while Mindy has a sleepover at Danny's

It's (late) morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I say it with words and say it with the Ghostbusters thing...

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<p>Craig T. Nelson as Zeek in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Craig T. Nelson as Zeek in "Parenthood."

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HitFix First Look: On 'Parenthood,' Zeek and Sarah enjoy a snack

Coach and Lorelai Gilmore doing Whip-its? What more do you need?

On last week's episode of "Parenthood," Zeek Braverman was left home alone after wife Camille decided to take a month-long trip to Italy without him. Zeek and Camille's rift has been one of this season's better story arcs, but it's mostly been played for pathos so far. This clip (exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours) from tomorrow night's episode, "The Ring," suggests at least a few laughs are in store for Zeek as he comes to find some advantages to living life Macaulay Culkin-style, with some supplemental food help from kids like Sarah.

Enjoy. "The Ring" airs tomorrow night at 10 on NBC.

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<p>Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron at last night's &quot;Lone Survivor&quot; party.</p>

Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron at last night's "Lone Survivor" party.

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Roundup: Oscar and all tomorrow's parties

Also: 'Lone Survivor' makes a splash, and what happened to Holly Hunter?

The Oscar race may be a little under four months away, but the campaign circuit is already in full swing in Hollywood, where any number of industry screenings, Q&A's, parties, dinners and other glad-handing events are vying for the time and attention of voters. Glenn Whipp considers today's packed diary, with competing events for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "12 Years a Slave," "Her," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and "Inside Llewyn Davis," and wonders if things have already gone too far. "It's out of control," one academy member said of the barrage of events. Says one Academy member, "It's out of control ...people are already burned out. I'm just going to put on my pajamas and wait for the screeners to start arriving." The heart bleeds, doesn't it? [LA Times

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<p>Briga Heelan and Skylar Astin in &quot;Ground Floor.&quot;</p>

Briga Heelan and Skylar Astin in "Ground Floor."

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Review: TBS' 'Ground Floor' a retro comedy treat

Opposites attract comedy from Lawrence & Malins a reminder that multi-cam can be fun

Sometimes, when I suggest a show is aspiring to be "the best new sitcom of 1979," it's meant to suggest that the newcomer leans too much on old storytelling ideas that have outlived their usefulness. Some old ideas, though, get left behind through no fault of their own, and can be awfully valuable to the person who remembers to pick them up. When "NCIS" debuted, for instance, it felt like the best new drama of 1983, but for all the right reasons.

The sitcom "Ground Floor," which debuts with back-to-back episodes Thursday night at 10 on TBS, is the latter kind of retro. It's a traditional multi-camera sitcom, shot on a stage in front of an audience, featuring lots of punchlines and big physical comedy. Aside from a few uses of profanity — because it's a cable show that airs after 10 o'clock in the year 2013 — you could send these episodes back in time to NBC in the mid-late '90s and it would instantly be one of the better comedies outside that top tier of "Seinfeld," "Frasier" and "Friends."

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Best Animated Feature 2014: Is this the weakest year for the category to date?

Best Animated Feature 2014: Is this the weakest year for the category to date?

An lackluster slate could bring Walt Disney Animation that elusive first Oscar win

Last week the Academy announced its list of 19 films submitted for consideration in this year's Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race. Not all 19 are immediately eligible as there are other criteria they have to pass first, but even if two or three are knocked from the list (and only one really looks to be nixed), there will be at least 16 contenders, meaning the Academy's animation branch has the option of nominating up to five films.

But even then, that's just a ceiling, not a requirement. And in a year as seemingly weak as this for the category, it's entirely possible not enough movies hit high enough marks in the scoring process to even get it to five. Nevertheless, with the list out, it seemed the perfect opportunity for us to wrap up our weekly contender galleries feature. So have a look below to see what we're thinking and feel free to comment on this year's Best Animated Feature Film race in the comments section. Also, if you haven't already, sign up for HitFix Oscar Picks and make your own predictions.

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<p>Bruce Dern and Will Forte do superlative work as a difficult father/son team in Alexander Payne's new film 'Nebraska'</p>

Bruce Dern and Will Forte do superlative work as a difficult father/son team in Alexander Payne's new film 'Nebraska'

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Review: Will Forte and Bruce Dern do great small-scale work in Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

A difficult father-son drama lands a gentle punch

Bob Nelson's got to be floating on air right now. The screenwriter of the new film "Nebraska" has been working in the industry since at least 1996, and this is his first produced feature. Not only did he manage to find a filmmaker who was excited about his work, but that filmmaker turned out to be Alexander Payne, and the film is a smart, subtle, stripped-down gem, a low-fi version of what we're used to seeing Payne do. Even better, Nelson's script may finally earn Bruce Dern a sort of lifetime achievement award, a full season of people seeing the veteran actor's praises thanks to a performance that highlights what it is he's done so well for so long.

Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) is, for lack of a better term, an old cuss. He has never been particularly easy on his sons David (Will Forte) and Ross (Bob Odenkirk), and his wife Kate (June Squibb) has long since curdled. As he's gotten older, Woody has maintained a more and more tenuous grasp on reality, and it seems like he may have finally turned a corner. He has become fixated on a piece of sweepstakes mail that came to his house, convinced that he's won a $1 million prize, and all he has to do is get to their office in Nebraska to pick it up. Each day, he starts out to make the trip on foot, and it's become a real problem for his family and for local law enforcement. He seems to have no regard for the conditions or the weather or how he's going to survive while he's en route.

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Jimmy Smits and Katey Sagal in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Jimmy Smits and Katey Sagal in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Tara's last stand in 'Huang Wu'

Jax faces a series of big decisions involving Tara, Galen, Clay and Patterson

By now we know what's working, and what's not working, this season on "Sons of Anarchy," and "Huang Wu" suffers for focusing too much on the wrong half of that equation. After last week's episode so effectively built up urgency and suspense, this week's was the equivalent of letting the air slowly out of a balloon that had been primed to pop.

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"The Originals"

 "The Originals"

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'The Originals': Who will win the war - Marcel or Klaus?

Klaus can't be killed, but Marcel has that pocket witch...

In tonight's new episode of "The Originals' (Tues. at 8:00 p.m. on the CW), we got a few surprises. Klaus bit Elijah with his killer hybrid spit! Tyler's back! Oh, and Marcel didn't steal Hayley last week -- Tyler did. I'm not sure I bought much of Tyler's cameo appearance, as much as I enjoyed seeing him again (even if he did show up on "The Vampire Diaries" just to take a crap on Caroline's heart).

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<p>Malcolm D. Lee</p>

Malcolm D. Lee

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Malcolm D. Lee talks 'the Black Pack' in 'Best Man Holiday'

What has changed in African-American cinema since the director's initial film?

Malcolm D. Lee is fairly comfortable calling his first film "The Best Man" a "classic" African-American-centered film. The 1999 flick was "one of the movies that started it all, so to speak, with African-American movies, African-American as just being American, just being human beings and not always causing mayhem and what-have-you." 

That doesn't mean "The Best Man Holiday," that film's sequel, doesn't have its fair share of what-have-you, which is stoked by its returning cast like Terrence Howard, Melissa De Sousa and Taye Diggs. In the 15 years that it's taken to arrive at the next chapter of the "Best Man" story, Lee said he wanted to arrive at a story that was more "complex, sophisticated and worthy" of the talents from what he calls his Black Pack.

But the holidays will bring out the crazy out of anyone, and Lee said that choosing to work with a Christmas-themed story helped "illustrate" and push along his plot. Family holidays don't hurt a color palate, either, with lush decor and stage-like scenery for brawls, breakups, perils, absurdities, music and celebrations of the couples from the film.

Watch our full interview above on how Lee knew his timing was right for a sequel more than a dozen years on, and how to portray deep topics like faith in a non-cheesy way. Stay tuned for more interviews from the cast.

"The Best Man Holiday" is out on Friday (Nov. 15).

 

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