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Philip Seymour Hoffman dead: He was set to star on Showtime's 'Happyish'

Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46: He was set to star in Showtime's "Happyish"

The news of Hoffman's death today comes just 2 1/2 weeks after Showtime announced a 10-episode order for "Happyish," a comedy starring Hoffman. As Showtime president explained on Jan. 16, "'Happyish' is a very personal comedy starring one of the really great actors of our time, Oscar-winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman. 'Happyish' is about the fear — in this world of 25 year old CEOs and 27 year old billionaires — of becoming culturally irrelevant at a surprisingly young age. Hoffman plays Thom Payne, a successful but self-loathing creative director at a New York ad agency.... While true happiness is an unreasonably high bar, 'Happyish' might just be within reach." PLUS: Here's a 23-year-old Hoffman in his first on-screen acting role on "Law & Order" in 1991. UPDATE: Showtime mourns Hoffman's death.

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<p>Phillip&nbsp;Seymour Hoffman at the 30th annual&nbsp;Sundance Film&nbsp;Festival just two weeks ago.</p>

Phillip Seymour Hoffman at the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival just two weeks ago.

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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York

He was 46 years old

Philip Seymour Hoffman had pretty much settled into one of the top tier actors of his generation. I shouldn't even hedge: he WAS one of the great actors of his generation, arguably at the very top. His trick was making it look easy, so the other guys get that recognition. The flashy players stand out. But Hoffman was sublime each and every time out. He brought A-game to things like "Along Came Polly," for Christ's sake.

And now he's gone?? I can't even begin to register that. That's a punch right in the stomach.

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Seth Meyers bids an emotional farewell to 'SNL,' with help from Amy Poehler and Stefon

Seth Meyers bids an emotional farewell to "SNL," with help from Amy Poehler and Stefon

Meyers, who's been on "Saturday Night Live" so long he joined shortly after the 9/11 attacks, was a huge part of the show, on and off screen. As "SNL" oral history author James Andrew Miller tweeted, "What you saw of @sethmeyers on #SNL was small part of his contributions. As writer/mentor @nbcsnl he leaves big shoes to fill."

Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash brings together Letterman, Kimmel, Fallon
The future of 11:35 -- plus Seth Meyers -- were under one roof Friday night to salute the King of All Media. Kimmel emceed the event, which a slew of celebs attended, from Bryan Cranston to Sarah Silverman to Louis CK to Gov. Christie, Rachael Ray, Katie Couric, Dr. Drew, Tracy Morgan, Barbara Walters and George Takei. PLUS: Watch Jimmy Kimmel's intro for Stern,  Fallon did shots on stage with Stern, and here's a rundown of the 4-hour Birthday Bash.

Listen to Letterman's interview with Howard Stern: Dave called Jay Leno when his 2nd exit was announced
David Letterman also talked to Stern about his "Late Show" future, saying: "If it were up to me, I would not quit. On the other hand, it's not always up to me and you can't go on forever. It really is stupid that I'm still doing the show."

Lena Dunham gets revenge on Howard Stern, saying he looks like a "cartoon of a Jewish female horse"
The "Girls" star was a surprise roaster at Stern's Birthday Bash, and she quickly got revenge on the shock jock for saying last year that she "looked like Jonah Hill and was raping his eyes" -- a comment for which he later apologized for during an interview with Dunham.

Kurt Sutter: I've "inquired" about expanding "Sons of Anarchy's" final season
On his podcast, Sutter said an expansion might not happen because it wouldn't benefit FX, cost-wise.

"SNL" celebrates Black History Month with "28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy"
Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson and Sasheer Zamata starred in this "black history review revue." PLUS: NY Times investigates "SNL" after-parties, and learns that they haven't been the same since Horatio Sanz left.

The Puppy Bowl was filmed in October
Here are 12 things that you might not know about today's Big Game, including why you don't see more poop.

See pics of Stephen Colbert in college
Colbert's Northwestern University acting teacher shares photos of Colbert when he had much-longer hair. PLUS: Steve Carell had a mustache in his college yearbook photo.

Jay Leno scores big ratings on his final Friday night

Leno, who leaves "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, had a season-high viewership on Friday.

"Veronica Mars" spinoff details unveiled
Ryan Hansen will be playing a version of himself in the Dick Casablancas spinoff.

Alex Karpovsky reacts to his "Girls" hookup

"It was interesting and exciting and it was a very sort of perverse form of two people needing, depending and also sort of expressing their hatred towards one another in a very physical sense," he says.

"Blue Bloods" attracts 12.8 million, its biggest audience since its premiere

The Tom Selleck drama had an impressive viewership on Friday, especially for a 4th-season show.

"Magnum P.I." house is for sale for nearly $16M
The 8,921 sq. ft mansion lies on the shores of Oahu.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" animator dies at 89
Arthur Rankin Jr.'s company Rankin/Bass was a pioneer in the '60s of making stop-motion animation films.

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<p>Russell Tovey in a scene from the third episode of &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Russell Tovey in a scene from the third episode of "Looking."

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Review: 'Looking' - Russell Tovey joins 'Looking at Your Browser History'

Oh, and Scott Bakula too

Last episode, Patrick (Jonathan Groff) screwed up a great date with potential husband material Richie. Are you ready to cringe at what he does this week?

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'Frozen' takes top honors at Annie Awards

'The Croods,' 'Monsters University' and 'The Wind Rises' all take home awards

Rife as they are with studio politics, the Annie Awards can sometimes perversely turn against frontrunners in the animated Oscar race, but if you were looking for any such shake-ups this year, you were out of luck. Disney's all-but-certain Oscar winner "Frozen" was the night's big winner, taking five awards for Best Animated Feature, Direction, Music, Production Design and Voice Acting for Josh Gad's irrepressible summer-loving snowman.

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity.&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity."

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Emmanuel Lubezki wins ASC Award for 'Gravity'

'Game of Thrones' and 'Killing Lincoln' take TV categories

Well, if you didn't already think the cinematography Oscar race was a done deal, it certainly is now: season-long favorite Emmanuel Lubezki has taken the ASC Award for "Gravity."

Of all the cinematography precursors on the circuit, the ASC is the most resistant to 3D and CGI-enhanced imagery: recent Oscar winners in the category like "Avatar," "Hugo" and "Life of Pi" all failed to win here, so it wouldn't have been a surprise to see the voters plump for the more old-school work of "Inside Llewyn Davis" or even "The Grandmaster." The fact that they, too, joined the "Gravity" express underlines that this year, nothing is coming between Lubezki and his overdue first Oscar.

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Melissa McCarthy and Imagine Dragons

Melissa McCarthy and Imagine Dragons

Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Melissa McCarthy And Imagine Dragons

The Seth Meyers Era ends with one of the show's most dependably great hosts
Normally, I’d kick things off by saying how excited I am by the prospect of Melissa McCarthy hosting for the third time in three seasons of “Saturday Night Live.” She’s been a fantastic host in each of her previous two attempts, and already at the point where having her as host every year (if she wants to do it) seems like a desirable option. But tonight, it’s all about the end of the Seth Meyers Era on “SNL”. It might seem odd to say goodbye to someone who will actually be on NBC more often per week than now once he takes over “Late Night” after the Winter Olympics. But as head writer for almost a decade, Meyers has shaped the content of the show in ways we won’t really know until his departure.
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<p>Joaquin Phoenix in &quot;Her.&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her."

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'Her,' 'Captain Phillips,' 'Stories We Tell' win WGA Awards

TV awards for 'Breaking Bad,' 'Veep,' 'House of Cards'

The Writers' Guild of America Awards have taken place in their customary confusing fashion, with the lack of co-ordination between the East Coast and West Coast ceremonies meaning certain key winners were revealed well before their awards were actually presented. The WGA should probably work on that. Anyway, the big news is that the three big winners in the film categories are Spike Jonze for "Her," Billy Ray for "Captain Phillips" and Sarah Polley for "Stories We Tell."

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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot;&nbsp;Hannah (Lena Dunham)&nbsp;gets some bad news to go with her ice cream.</p>

On "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham) gets some bad news to go with her ice cream.

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Only Child'

Hannah gets involved in Adam and Caroline's relationship, and Marnie asks Ray for advice

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I've locked eyes with Michiko Kakutani...

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<p>&quot;Alone&nbsp;Yet Not&nbsp;Alone&quot;</p>

"Alone Yet Not Alone"

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Academy issues a statement about Best Original Song executive decision

Claims Broughton emailed 'nearly one-third' of the music branch's members

The Academy has released a statement concerning the decision to rescind the Best Original Song Oscar nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone." Here it is in full...

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<p>Donnie Wahlberg also directed Friday's &quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

Donnie Wahlberg also directed Friday's "Blue Bloods"

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TV Ratings: Big Friday for 'Shark Tank' and 'Blue Bloods' while 'Enlisted' and 'Bones' slip

'Carrie Diaries' finale duplicates last week's numbers
Fast National ratings for Friday, January 31, 2014.
All of the normal Friday champs had big nights, with "Hawaii Five-0," "Blue Bloods" and "Undercover Boss" all hitting season highs and "Shark Tank" coming in strong, albeit below last week's series highs, as ABC and CBS scored their normal primetime victories. 
While "Shark Tank" may have been down from last week, both "Last Man Standing" and "The Neighbors" were up for ABC.
And not only were they season highs for the CBS hour-longs, but you'd have to go back a bit to find any competition. For "Blue Bloods," it was its biggest audience since its series premiere. Yes. Series. And for "Undercover Boss," it was the biggest audience since last February.
FOX, in contrast, had a tough night with "Bones," "Enlisted" and "Raising Hope" all dropping, though the numbers for "Bones" were still quite respectable.
Finally, the season (series?) finale for The CW's "The Carrie Diaries" duplicated last week's audience in viewers and may have ticked up a hair in total viewers. We'll have to wait and see.
On to the numbers...
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Former 'Friends' star David Schwimmer joins an ABC comedy pilot

Former "Friends" star David Schwimmer joins an ABC comedy pilot
Schwimmer is starring in relationship comedy "Irreversible" in what could become his 1st regular TV gig since "Friends."

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