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Stevie Nicks is coming to "American Horror Story"


Stevie Nicks is coming to "American Horror Story"

She'll play herself in a "Coven" season that has featured her music.


A&E orders "Wahlburgers" reality show from Mark and Donnie Wahlberg
The reality show will take viewers behind the scenes of the Wahlberg family burger restaurant.


Fox orders an "Everest" event series
Hikers will attempt to conquer Mount Everest in this 10-episode event series that could be renewed for more seasons.


Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel last night told the same monlogue joke
Both Kimmel and Fallon told the exact joke about Miley Cyrus and her EMAs joint-smoking.


"Crazy" voting system blamed for Elizabeth Berkley's shocking "Dancing" ouster
"I think it's the new system that the votes from last week count for this week and it makes it more unpredictable and it's crazy," says Derek Hough.


Sam Waterston appears on "Colbert" as "Poncho Denews "

Watch "The Newsroom" star make fun of "60 Minutes."


CNN names a new host for "Reliable Sources"
The Sunday media show will be hosted by the NY Times' Brian Stetler, who replaces Howard Kurtz, who now hosts a media show on Fox News.


Louis CK's reading of The Gettysburg Address pales in comparison to Stephen Colbert
Louis CK also participated in Ken Burns' Gettysburg project.


David Morrissey: "I really hope to make it to season 5 of 'The Walking Dead'"

The actor talks about the "Line of Sight" pilot for AMC and his future as The Governor on "The Walking Dead."

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<p>Monday's &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Monday's "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' outdraws 'Castle' as ABC and NBC split Monday

'The Voice' rises slightly, 'Dancing' falls
Fast National ratings for Monday, November 11, 2013.
 
After a couple weeks behind "Castle" in total viewers, "The Blacklist" recaptured its 10 p.m. crown overall, posting week-to-week gains. Ultimately, that shift made very little difference as even a weak "Dancing with the Stars" helped ABC stay atop the Monday ratings overall and "The Voice" helped NBC to its normal commanding Monday win.
 
It was a mixed Monday for CBS' comedies, with "2 Broke Girls" rising, but "Mike & Molly," "Mom" and "How I Met Your Mother" all dipping.
 
In their last week paired together before next Monday's "Almost Human" premiere, FOX's "Bones" and "Sleepy Hollow" were steady.
 
And, finally, The CW's "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast" added a chunk of viewers, but were unchanged in the key demo.
 
All numbers are, of course, subject to change, since some NFL preemptions are probably messing with the figures. [The CW had the Monday game in Miami. I'm not sure who had it in Tampa, or if even people would admit to watching the Buccaneers to make any difference.]
 
On to those numbers...
 
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<p>Oprah&nbsp;Winfrey at the Los Angeles premiere of &quot;Lee Daniels' The Butler&quot;</p>

Oprah Winfrey at the Los Angeles premiere of "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Oprah Winfrey to receive Santa Barbara fest's Montecito Award

'The Butler' star gets a nice boost for her Best Supporting Actress hopes

It almost seems too perfect for the Santa Barbara Film Festival to recognize “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” star Oprah Winfrey with the annual Montecito Award this year. Winfrey lives in Montecito and doesn’t offer up too many chances for film awards lately, so festival director Roger Durling and company have struck while the iron is hot.

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<p>Revolution is in the air and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) aren't going to back down in 'The Hunger Games Catching Fire'</p>

Revolution is in the air and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) aren't going to back down in 'The Hunger Games Catching Fire'

Credit: Lionsgate

Review: Jennifer Lawrence digs in as 'Catching Fire' ups the stakes for Katniss Everdeen

Francis Lawrence takes the franchise and runs with it for the highly-anticipated sequel

Gary Ross is going to end up being the Chris Columbus of the "Hunger Games" franchise, the guy who set up a solid template before stepping aside for a director who brought a much stronger sense of style to the series. I think the first "Hunger Games" film is a much better movie overall than the first two "Harry Potter" films were, but I think the weakest link in what Ross did with the first film was his visual plan. I liked that he seemed unconcerned with spectacle, but there could definitely have been a richer sense of world-building in someone else's hands.

What Ross got completely right, though, was casting, and he got really lovely performances out of his entire cast. Jennifer Lawrence may have seemed like a gamble when she got the role, but now Ross looks positively prescient. It's one thing to cast one person correctly, but Ross built a very odd ensemble that doesn't make completely sense on paper, but that seems to perfectly embody the world that Suzanne Collins created. With this second film, new director Francis Lawrence takes that solid ensemble, adds some important new pieces to that group, and then expands the world in a way that doesn't throw out Ross's film, but that uses it as a way to get to something even better.

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<p>Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith and Josh Brolin in &quot;Labor Day.&quot;</p>

Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith and Josh Brolin in "Labor Day."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Roundup: January 31 is the new 'Labor Day'

Also: Comparing past and present versions of '12 Years a Slave'

With Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" effectively out of the awards conversation -- with good reason, in my opinion, though it has its admirers -- Paramount evidently thought it wasn't worth subjecting the film to the commercial pressures of the Christmas rush. The Kate Winslet-John Brolin drama hasn't shifted out of the race entirely: it'll have a one-week qualifying run, beginning December 27. But regular US audiences will only be able to see it from January 31, when it goes wide -- one week before George Clooney's "The Monuments Men." Makes sense for a film that might connect more with adult (particularly female) audiences starved for higher-end mainstream fare in the winter lull, though those peek-a-boo qualifying releases have their detractors. [Hollywood Reporter]

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<p>Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) sings the song &quot;In Summer&quot; from &quot;Frozen.&quot;</p>

Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) sings the song "In Summer" from "Frozen."

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

'Book of Mormon' meets Disney in new 'Frozen' song

Get a sneak peek at what might be this year's best movie musical

Walt Disney Animation Studios might have the best movie musical of the year on its hands, but up until now they have been somewhat reticent to show it. If you've caught any trailers or TV spots for "Frozen" you may have realized it's just enough story paired with well-tested comedic bits to convince young boys to go see what is essentially a "princess" fairy tale. Well, if you're a fan of great music and specifically songs of the Broadway variety, you're in for a major treat.

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Tom Mison in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Ichabod (Tom Mison) has his 'Alas, poor Yorick' moment

Credit: FOX

'Sleepy Hollow' recap: Headless returns in 'Midnight Ride'

It's Ichabod versus the Internet and we all win

"Paul Revere, you rum beggar!" - Ichabod Crane

You're just not going to hear that anywhere else on television. And I think at this point we can safely say that's one of the key reasons why "Sleepy Hollow" has become the breakout hit of this year's freshman class.

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Did Lisa fake faint?

Plus, Taylor drops in and Carlton hates everyone
So, so much happens on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" this week! Actually, no. I mean, a big day for these gals is brunch and a new purse. Their first world problems must be created from petty grievances, hurt feelings and simmering jealousy over who has the cutest shoes. Good news! They've got plenty of those! Oh, and Yolanda has Lyme disease. So, there's one actual problem. Excuse me, I feel a little faint. Hey, I bet Lisa does, too! We'll get to that matter shortly, never fear.
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<p>Jim Lee's iconic take on the Batman suit could be the template for what we'll see in Zack Snyder's upcoming sequel to 'Man Of Steel'</p>

Jim Lee's iconic take on the Batman suit could be the template for what we'll see in Zack Snyder's upcoming sequel to 'Man Of Steel'

Credit: DC Comics

Snyder confirms Lex Luthor and Kevin Smith offers Batman details for 'Man Of Steel 2'

Could the Batman suit be more stripped down this time around?

As "Man Of Steel" arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this week, it will be greeted by another three weeks of articles written by people willfully mis-interpreting much of what happens in the film, and I will spend those three weeks resisting the urge to get into a million pointless flame wars about the film.

What is apparent to me at this point is that the "complaints" that drive me most crazy are the ones that people simply aren't willing to debate, not even when they hear or read something that contradicts the point they think they're making. You can have the director and the writer specifically discuss what happened in the film, and people will still insist that they saw something else entirely happen.

I'm not talking about "I liked it" or "I didn't like it," either. I'm talking about looking at one scene and seeing two totally different things. I don't know that I've ever seen it happen to quite the extent that it happened with this film, but it amazes me. I'm doubly curious to see what happens with the sequel with this level of division in the audience.

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<p>A&nbsp;&quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;flashback recalls happier times for Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;and Ted (Josh Radnor).</p>

A "How I Met Your Mother" flashback recalls happier times for Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Ted (Josh Radnor).

Credit: CBS

Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Platonish'

An extended flashback mercifully takes us away from the Farhampton Inn for an episode

You may recall that last week I said that I was stepping back from regular "How I Met Your Mother" reviews, but that I would likely post talkbacks here each week, and that I would weigh in at some length if the episode warranted it. Well, even though I know "Platonish" was written and produced some time in the past, it does feel a bit like it was specifically designed to shake me from my resolve. For spoiler's sake, a few brief thoughts on why coming up just as soon as I am not allowd to writ th lttr E...

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

Credit: ABC

'Dancing with the Stars' recap: This elimination is a real shocker

The couple being sent home this week will surprise you
We're closing in on the end game -- next week it's the semi-finals! I had thought I had a good idea of who would make it through this season, but I've been surprised. Usually at this point in the competition the board has been swept clean of crappy dancers. Not true this time around. There are some dancers who are making it through strictly on personality, which is fine, but watching them clomp around the floor is getting a little depressing -- especially as more talented performers are sent packing. Of course, this is "Dancing with the Stars," not "Best Dancers Ever," so it's not like we really come here for great dancing. This finale might be really surprising, I'll say that much!
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<p>&nbsp;&quot;Killing Kennedy&quot;</p>

 "Killing Kennedy"

Credit: Nat Geo

Who's that guy? Meet 'Killing Kennedy''s Will Rothhaar

Plus, watch this deleted scene from the movie of Oswald and his mom

Nat Geo's "Killing Kennedy" broke records for the network, drawing in the most total viewers (3.4 million) of any program in the network's history. If you haven't seen it, you can catch the encore this Fri. Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (and watch a deleted clip from the film). But if you have seen it, you probably have a question -- who was that guy who played Lee Harvey Oswald, anyway? In a movie full of name brands (Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin, Michelle Trachtenberg) he was the unknown quantity, which seemed fitting for the person playing an assassin we think we know but probably don't.  

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