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<p>Jane Levy of &quot;Suburgatory&quot;</p>

Jane Levy of "Suburgatory"

Credit: ABC

ABC pushes 'Revenge' to 10, sets midseason launches for 'Suburgatory,' ''Mixology' and more

When will 'Mind Games' and 'The Bachelor' premiere?
Coming off a difficult fall, ABC is shaking things up at midseason.
On Tuesday (November 19), ABC announced its full midseason schedule, which includes a time period shift for "Revenge," the return of "Suburgatory" to a familiar home, season premieres for "The Bachelor" and "The Taste," plus series launches for "Killer Women," "Mind Games," "Mixology," "Resurrection" and "The Assets."
Let's look at things chronologically, shall we?
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'Family Guy' stars get a huge raise

"Family Guy" stars get a huge raise

Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis and Mike Henry will each get a raise of up to $175,000 to $225,000 an episode for at least two seasons. The raise doesn't apply to Seth MacFarlane, who has his own separate deal.

Dwayne Wade's life may become a Fox comedy

Three The Hard Way" will be inspired by the NBA superstar's book, "A Father First."

Nurses' complaints prompt MTV to move "Scrubbing In" to midnight -- with editing

American Nurses Association and other nursing groups had complained that the reality show was too focused on hooking up and not the reality of the nursing profession. So episodes will be changed to show more clinical scenes.

FX orders Guillermo del Toro's vampire drama "The Strain"
The drama thriller will premiere in July 2014 with a 13-episode order, and the involvement of "Lost's" Carlton Cuse.

E! to air a "Heidi & Spencer" special
"After Shock: Heidi & Spencer" will look back at Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt's reality journey, featuring new interviews. It airs Dec. 9.

NeNe Leakes OK after doctors discover blood clots in her lung

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" had gone tot he hospital recently complaining of having a shortness of breath.

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<p>Mickey Mouse is literally busting out of the screen in the new short film 'Get A Horse'</p>

Mickey Mouse is literally busting out of the screen in the new short film 'Get A Horse'

Credit: Walt Disney Feature Animation

As he celebrates his 85th birthday, does Mickey Mouse still matter?

As he heads back to theaters next week, it's a question worth asking

As I mentioned in my review of Disney's newest animated feature film, "Frozen," there is also a short that's going to be playing in front of the movie, and as much as I would recommend the feature, I would also urge anyone who's an animation fan in a broad general sense to check it out for the short, "Get A Horse."

Directed by Lauren MacMullan, the short connects the present to the past in a fascinating way, and it is absolutely essential to see it in 3D if you want to see what the filmmakers had in mind. As I watched the short, I found myself laughing a fair amount, which wasn't wildly surprising at the time. It was only afterwards that it struck me: that might be the first time in my entire life that I have laughed out loud because of something that Mickey Mouse did.

Animation is one of my favorite things about the existence of movies. I cannot overstress how much I love the entire idea of animation, and from childhood on, I have watched anything and everything I could. I spent many of my childhood years in Florida, close enough to Walt Disney World that we went as often as eight or nine times a year. It's easy to see how large a shadow Disney animation has cast over the entire art form, and there is no denying that Mickey Mouse is an icon, instantly recognizable around the world.

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<p>Patton Oswalt</p>

Patton Oswalt

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Yay, Patton Oswalt is hosting the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

Annual telecast will air Saturday March 1 on IFC

While the awards season is often full of intense competition and tear-jerking films, Patton Oswalt promises to bring some funny this time around.

The comedian will serve as host for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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Does Frank Darabont still watch 'The Walking Dead'? 'Are you f*cking kidding me? No...

Does Frank Darabont still watch "The Walking Dead"? "Are you f*cking kidding me? No..."

Darabont tells Rolling Stone of his abrupt exit: "...I had to take some time off after that to really reassess everything, to really get over the emotional devastation of having some truly malevolent people tear asunder a brilliant family that had gathered to create this hit for them. It was a very, very deep and loving family, the cast and the crew, and to have that torn apart was – when somebody throws a hand-grenade into that situation, it's tremendously emotionally trying. So would I want to watch another episode of The Walking Dead after that? Are you f*cking kidding me? No, you put that traumatic disappointment behind you and move on with your life."

ABC unveils midseason schedule: "Revenge" moves, "Mixology" goes after "Modern Family"
"Revenge" will air at 10 pm on Sundays when it returns on March 9. Its 9 pm timeslot will be replaced by "Resurrection." UPDATE: ABC cancels "Betrayal."

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reacts to the "SNL" spoof of him
"It's crazy, man."

BBC America and YouTube will show "The Doctor Who 50th Live Pre-Show" special

The special will air 20 minutes before the 50th anniversary special airs on Saturday.

CNN will actually try out 2 shows at 11 pm

Don Lemon will host "The 11th Hour" for three week when Erin Burnett goes on maternity leave, while Brooke Baldwin will host "CNN Today" from 11:30 to midnight. Also, Lemon and Jake Tapper will fill in on Burnett's primetime show.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Last Tycoon" to be adapted for HBO

The writer of "Captain Phillips," Billy Ray, is set to write and direct the project based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's final unfinished novel.

Sarah Silverman releases a new music video

Check out "Diva."

Introducing "NCIS" analyst Ellie Bishop

Here's a preview of Emily Wickersham in her new role.

Could Sherri Shepherd leave "The View," too?
RadarOnline claims Shepherd fears she's going to be cut when Barbara Walters leaves.

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<p>Rob Lowe and Nick Offerman in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Rob Lowe and Nick Offerman in "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

HitFix First Look: On 'Parks and Recreation,' Chris and Ron talk parenting

Two men with very different emotional styles try to work together

"Parks and Recreation" presents its second double-feature in a row this week before taking the rest of 2013 off. (New episodes will resume on January 2 at 8:30 p.m.; most network shows are either pre-empted or in repeats for much of December.) 

Here's a clip (exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours) from the first of those two episodes, "Fluoride," in which expectant fathers Chris and Ron bond — or, rather, Chris tries to bond with a typically terse and unemotional Ron — while constructing their own cribs in Ron's beloved woodshop.

Enjoy. "Fluoride" and "The Cones of Dunshire" air Thursday at 8 & 8:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.

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Patton Oswalt will host the Spirit Awards

Patton Oswalt will host the Spirit Awards
The independent film awards airs the night before the Oscars.

A "Back to the Future" reunion on "The Michael J. Fox Show"?

Michael J. Fox says Christopher Lloyd is shooting an episode next week.

CW to tackle terrorism with a sleeper cell pilot

A young female FBI agent will go undercover in a sleeper cell in what is being described as "Alias" meets "Homeland."

Chris Farley "would have crushed" playing Mayor Rob Ford, says his brother
"I think it's safe to say that my brother would have crushed playing the Rob Ford guy on SNL," Kevin Farley tweeted on Monday.

Amazon calls "Alpha House" its "number one most-watched show"
What does that mean exactly? Amazon wouldn't say.

MTV picks up 10 more "Awkward" episodes

That brings Season 4's total to 20, though that season hasn't begun shooting yet.

Larry King turns 80 today, Ted Turner turns 75

Happy birthday to the "CNN legends"!

Will Monty Python's reunion come to TV?
The five surviving members of the British comedy troupe are planning a reunion on stage.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." may get cameos out of Stan Lee and Samuel L. Jackson

Will there be a "Captain America" crossover?

"Nashville" star will become the 1st celeb to answer the $1M "Millionaire" question

Charles Esten, who's playing for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will make it to the $1 million question round next week on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

"Parks and Rec" hosts an "Everwood" reunion
Chris Pratt is reuniting with his "grandma," Debra Mooney.

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Kanye West's 'Bound 2' video is an instant classic and not in a good way

Kanye West's 'Bound 2' video is an instant classic and not in a good way

See Kim Kardashian's assets on display in new clip

Kanye West lets his wild horses run free in his new video for “Bound2,” while his fiance Kim Kardashian lets her breasts run free. It’s as cheesy a video as we’ve ever seen. So much so, I’m a little in awe of just how bad it is.

The Nick Knight-directed video, which premiered on “Ellen” yesterday, has some of the worst green screen work (perhaps intentionally?) I’ve ever seen as West rides his motorcycle through very scenic America, but only has eyes for a topless Kardashian who straddles the bike and him and reclines on his ride, seemingly not caring at all that she’s gliding past the Grand Tetons. She also looks sexily into the camera and hugs her man...because, really, no sight can compare to the sight of her man.

It’s an instantly iconic video but not for a good reason. Unlike the other famous video it has recalled for me and some other bloggers—Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” which featured lead singer David Coverdale’s then girlfriend, Tawny Kitaen, having her way with a car hood —this one isn’t the least bit sexy except maybe to Kimye. Their combined narcissism runs as rampant as the flowing rivers. And it’s a bad song to boot. And yet, I cant stop watching it...

What do you think?

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<p>Tom Mison of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

Tom Mison of "Sleepy Hollow"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Sleepy Hollow' holds up after OK 'Almost Human,' while ABC and NBC split Monday

ABC gets big bumps courtesy of football inflation
Fast National ratings for Monday, November 18, 2013.
ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" posted big week-to-week gains overall, while NBC's "The Voice" declined week-to-week among young viewers, but the two networks held onto their regular Monday night split.
Monday's big variation came courtesy of FOX, where "Almost Human" got off to a very "Bones"-esque start, drawing slightly fewer viewers than last Monday's "Bones" but doing a slightly higher number among young viewers. Of paramount importance to FOX, though, was the fact that despite a new lead-in, "Sleepy Hollow" was flat week-to-week.
Most of Monday's regulars were within sight of their recent averages with only the tiniest of variation, though ABC's "Castle" took advantage of the absence of "Blacklist" in the 10 p.m. hour to post some big gains, though the same could not be said for CBS' "Hostages."
Note that although ABC will still win the night overall regardless of what happened, the network had Monday Night Football coverage in both the New England and Carolina markets, which more-than-partially explains the huge bump bump and will lead to a larger-than-normal adjustment for individual programs in Finals.
On to the numbers...
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Angelina Jolie accepts her honorary Oscar at the Governors' Awards.
Angelina Jolie accepts her honorary Oscar at the Governors' Awards.
Credit: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

Watch Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury accept their Oscars

It's not the Oscar ceremony, but at least we can watch it

Kris gave a great recap of the Governors' Awards over the weekend, but as mentioned in this morning's roundup, there are still plenty of people who would rather see the presentations for themselves instead of reading about them. The debate over the pros and cons of separating honorary Oscars from the actual Academy Awards ceremony will resurface annually until (if ever) the Academy reintegrates them. If it was a little more vocal this year, it's because it's not often that a superstar still at her professional peak -- that'd be Angelina Jolie, the youngest ever recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award -- is among the honorees, together with two household-name veterans.

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Bobby Moynihan was injured playing Mayor Rob Ford on 'SNL'

Bobby Moynihan was injured playing Mayor Rob Ford on "SNL"

Moynihan twisted his ankle in the opening sketch, according to Page Six, and was forced to miss the premiere of his new movie "Delivery Man." PLUS: Rob Ford launches a Canadian reality show, "Ford Nation."

Howard Stern will be back on "America's Got Talent" next season for 1 more season
"It started out as a goof. Now it's becoming a job," says the shock jock, who promises this will be his last season.

Bravo renting out "Top Chef" contestants as caterers
More than 30 "Top Chef" alums will be available as part of the cable network's partnership with the online catering service Kitchit.

"Almost Human" Episode 2 tumbles 29%
The robot cop drama's Monday premiere also had fewer viewers than lead-out "Sleepy Hollow."

Bill Cosby takes over "Late Night"
Cosby did whatever he wanted during last night's visit with Jimmy Fallon.

"Monday Night Football" had to mute Tom Brady after he drops the F-bomb on a referee

Watch an angry Brady after last night's game.

CNN gives Don Lemon a late-night show

Lemon will take over the weekday 11 pm hour starting next month.

Barbara Walters refuses to tell Jimmy Kimmel whom she liked the least on "The View"
Kimmel had been trying to get an answer out of Walters since he appeared on "The View" on Monday.

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"Life Below Zero: Hungry Country"

 "Life Below Zero: Hungry Country"

Credit: Nat Geo

Exclusive clip: Feel the buggy buzz on 'Life Below Zero'

Just try not to itch while watching this

When Alaska warms up, it's stunningly beautiful. It's also riddled with mosquitos. In this exclusive clip from "Life Below Zero: Hungry Country" (airs Tues. Nov. 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Nat Geo), we see how Glen is faring with the bugs as he treks to the water to fish. If you think you know buggy, chances are you really don't. Warning: watching this clip will make you feel itchy, guaranteed.

Glen would stay home and a, but he's avoid the mosquito storm, but he's low on food. Living 65 miles from the nearest road, it's not like he can just pop over to Ralph's and pick up a few TV dinners, either. Fishing isn't the most efficient way for him to feed himself, but it might be the only way -- and, as we later learn, the fish aren't biting.

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