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Elisabeth Hasselbeck boosts 'Fox & Friends'

Elisabeth Hasselbeck boosts "Fox & Friends"
Numbers are up 22% in total viewers and 16% in the demo.

"Catfish" star dies suddenly at 26

Michael Fortunato, who died Saturday of a pulmonary embolism, appeared in a Season 2 episode of the MTV series.

"Homeland" boss explains Sunday's episode

Will we get answers to Brody? PLUS: Why is "Homeland" so terrible this year?

Is "NCIS: LA" losing a character, too?

"What I heard is that there will be a character leaving at the end of this season, or towards the end of this season," Daniela Ruah tells E! "That's what I've heard. I don't know who it is. It might be me! Who knows?"

Michelle Obama will return to "The Biggest Loser"
The First Lady will promote her new water-drinking initiative in a November episode of the NBC weightloss reality show.

Watch NBC's "Goodbye John Munch" promo

This week's "SVU" officially says farewell to Richard Belzer's character.

Christina Milian's "Dancing" elimination shows flaw in new voting system
Milian was eliminated after scoring the first 10 of the season.

"Breaking Bad"-inspired "Dance Bitch" song has become an underground sensation
The Jesse Pinkman techno track came out after the series finale. PLUS: See a clean-shaven Vince Gilligan from Season 1.

Why is masturbation on TV more taboo than actual sex?
The CW's decision to trim down a "Reign" masturbation scene is befuddling since it's sandwiched between two sex scenes.

Jimmy Fallon kicks off his "Clean Cut Comedy Tour" with mostly rehashed material
The "Late Night" host, performing in St. Louis, was upstaged by the four comedians opening up for him. PLUS: Watch Fallon's visit to St. Louis' NBC affiliate.

Why these 10 TV characters never change their clothes
From Rick Grimes to Dexter Morgan.

Tatiana Maslany on "Parks and Rec": Watch a preview
The "Orphan Black" star makes her debut on Thursday's episode.

Betty White is now starring in an airline safety video
Air New Zealand hired White for a safety video set in a retirement home.

"Downton Abbey" characters are the latest to get "Simpson"-ized

See "The Simpsons" version of Charles Carson.

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Kenan Thompson: Lack of talented black comediennes to blame for 'SNL's' diversity problem

Kenan Thompson: Lack of talented black comediennes to blame for "SNL's" diversity problem
"It's just a tough part of the business," Thompson tells TV Guide. "Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready."

CBS' Monday shakeup stabilizes ratings

Replacing "We Are Men" with a moved-up "2 Broke Girls" improved CBS' Monday numbers, though "Mom" was down 10%.

Donald Glover: "I didn't leave 'Community' to rap"
"I don't wanna rap. I wanted to be on my own," Glover wrote in one of several handwritten messages posted to Instagram Sunday night. "I've been sick this year. I've seen a bunch of people die this year. This is my first time I've felt helpless."

Marvel is quietly putting together a package of 4 shows

The package being offered to cable and such outlets as Netflix and Amazon would comprise of 60 episodes.

A "Smash" musical will become a real show
"Smash" stars Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus are attached to star in a "Hit List" concert at 54 Below in New York.

Ivanka Trump welcomes her 2nd child

The "Celebrity Apprentice" star announced the birth of a baby boy on Monday.

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<p>Megan Boone of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Megan Boone of "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'The Blacklist' levels for NBC Monday, while CBS boosts 'Broke Girls'

'The Voice' is still Monday's top program in all measures
Fast National ratings for Monday, October 14, 2013.
With new shows, early drops are the norm, so it's notable that NBC's "The Blacklist" was flat week-to-week and combined with "The Voice" to help the network rule Monday in all measures.
CBS saw some positives from shaking up its Monday comedies, with "2 Broke Girls" getting a small bump from "How I Met Your Mother" and both "Mom" and "Hostages" adding a few viewers thanks to a "Big Bang Theory" repeat. Despite those cosmetic changes, though, CBS still finished fourth for the night.
Meanwhile, FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" remains close-to-level, while "Hart of Dixie" maintained its premiere week advantage over "Beauty and the Beast" for The CW.
On to the numbers...
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Ashton Kutcher is still TV's highest-paid actor, followed by Jon Cryer and Ray Romano

Ashton Kutcher is still TV's highest-paid actor, followed by Jon Cryer and Ray Romano

Forbes says Romano is highly paid thanks to "Everybody Loves Raymond" royalties and his new arc on "Parenthood." Neil Patrick Harris and Mark Harmon tied for 4th place.

Watch Elizabeth Berkley' recreate her "Saved by the Bell" freakout on "Dancing"
Last night's theme was "Most Memorable Year of My Life."

Claim: Jenny McCarthy is dragging down "The View"
Are viewers tuning out when she speaks?

Jimmy Fallon will sit down with Stephen Colbert at a New Jersey film festival
"Jimmy Fallon in Conversation with Stephen Colbert" is scheduled for Nov. 24 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Paula Deen's "E! True Hollywood Story": "Revisionist propaganda"?
E! may have gone easy on the former Food Network star because her husband and sons agreed to participate.

VH1 to air 6 Super Bowl kickoff concerts

Each of New York's five boroughs will be part of the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz.

Report: Jimmy Kimmel & Jimmy Fallon made a "pinky promise" to play nice

According to RadarOnline, there's even the possibility that the two Jimmys will appear on each other's shows for a cameo once they start going head to head at 11:30.

Caroline Manzo quit "Real Housewives" because it was embarrassing her
"Over the past few years," she explains on her blog, "my outlook on the show has changed from something I couldn't wait to show my future grandchildren to something I hope my future grandchildren never see."

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Tina Fey & Amy Poehler will return to host the next 2 Golden Globes

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler will return to host the next 2 Golden Globes

NBC has signed both comedy stars to host the Globes in 2014 and 2015.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey</p>

Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey recalls his biggest fear going into Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

The danger of losing an intimate experience was very apparent to the actor

Speaking with Matthew McConaughey about his work in Jean-Marc Vallée's "Dallas Buyers Club" last week, it was obvious -- as it was at Sundance when he was promoting "Mud" -- that the actor is savoring every step of his career's newfound upward trajectory. He's taken to the "McConnaissance" like a duck to water, and it's because he's clearly a guy who relishes an experience.

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;plays some poker.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Robin (Cobie Smulders) plays some poker.

Credit: CBS

Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Poker Game'

Barney has to choose between Robin and his family, and Ted and Marshall settle an old argument

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I take a sewing class to work on my Halloween costume...

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Best Supporting Actor 2014: Oscar contenders include George Clooney, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hanks

Best Supporting Actor 2014: Oscar contenders include George Clooney, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hanks

A massive list of hopefuls reveals the widest-ranging acting race of the year

Welcome to the most packed acting category of 2014: Best Supporting Actor. Though that's always the case, isn't it? Well into every season hope consistently springs eternal for potential players across the spectrum, particularly in ensemble pieces of which there tend to be plenty.

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<p>Michael Fassbender in &quot;12 Years a Slave.&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender in "12 Years a Slave."

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Roundup: Michael Fassbender too busy for an Oscar campaign

Also: 'Fifty Shades' gains an Oscar nominee, and is 2013 a classic movie year?

It's been obvious for some time that Michael Fassbender isn't all that fond of the publicity game -- particularly when it comes to awards season. He's currently among the Best Supporting Actor favorites for his brutal turn in "12 Years a Slave," but if/when he nets that overdue first nomination, it'll be without much campaigning on his end. Speaking to GQ, Fassbender says he'll be avoiding the awards circuit to focus on work: "That's just not going to happen, because I'll be in New Zealand ... You know, I get it. Everybody's got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can. But I won't put myself through that kind of situation again." Fair enough. Mo'Nique let her performance speak for her in 2009, and it didn't obstruct her path to the Oscar. Can Fassbender do the same? [GQ]

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Tom Mison and Katia Winter in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Katrina (Katia Winter) share a moment in purgatory in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Credit: FOX

'Sleepy Hollow' recap: Roanoke, pestilence and 'John Doe'

Ichabod struggles with lost time, Abbie wrestles with her faith and the show loses a bit of its spark

I suppose sooner or later there needed to be a "Sleepy Hollow" episode dealing with Ichabod feeling out of place in the 21st Century, but I'm not sure it needed to be quite as clumsy or underwhelming as "John Doe." Not that the hour was any kind of severe misstep, more like a minor stumble as the still-promising show continues to find its voice and build its narrative foundation.

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<p>I wish SAG had passed a rule demanding that Scatman Crothers be in every film ever during his lifetime, because he was pretty much the best.</p>

I wish SAG had passed a rule demanding that Scatman Crothers be in every film ever during his lifetime, because he was pretty much the best.

Credit: Warner Bros

Review: Stephen King's 'Shining' sequel sees Danny Torrence burning bright as adult

An excellent structure makes this one of King's tighest stories in years

"His daddy had been a scary man, and how that little boy had loved him."

- Stephen King, "Doctor Sleep"

There is something deeply broken at the heart of "Doctor Sleep," Stephen King's sequel to one of his single greatest works, "The Shining." In the early part of King's publishing career, there was a sort of white-hot intensity to it all, like he had to get it out of his head, onto the page, into the minds of his readers.

When I just recently spoke with Kimberly Peirce about her new adaptation of "Carrie," we talked about the voice of that book and the insistent, urgent nature of it. King seemed like these voices were pouring out of him, and when you read "The Shining" today, it is amazing how white-hot passionate it is. There are few books to ever deal more effectively with the way anger and addiction can rot away a marriage, and even without the involvement of the supernatural, "The Shining" would be a powerfully disturbing read.

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<p>I&nbsp;hope 'Encyclopedia Brown' spends most of his upcoming film just quoting the works of Irvine Walsh</p>

I hope 'Encyclopedia Brown' spends most of his upcoming film just quoting the works of Irvine Walsh

Credit: Phase 4 Films

Will Warner's 'Encyclopedia Brown' deal with school shootings and bullies?

The writer/director of 'The Dirties' is writing it now, so it's a fair question

I just recently reviewed "The Dirties," a film by Matthew Johnson, and I thought it was a smart and even-handed look at how easy it is, even in today's more aware environment, for the seriously broken and the deeply angry to plan and execute an attack on others. We love to tell ourselves that after 9/11 and Columbine and every other breach of our public safety in the last fifteen to twenty years that we have changed and we are safer and we are being more careful now. Nonsense, of course, and "The Dirties" was very good about showing the way people play into these breakdowns and the way bullying culture is allowed and even enabled.

To call him an unconventional choice to write "Encyclopedia Brown" is an understatement. I'm not actually sure what name recognition value there is in "Encyclopedia Brown" these days. My third grader reads a similar series assigned by his school called the "Jigsaw Jones" mysteries. Makes sense. Kids still do jigsaw puzzles, so the idea of a puzzle being something you have to piece together is a reference they'll get. An "encyclopedia," though, is pretty much an unknown idea to them. While I enjoyed the Donald Sobol books when I was young, I never really had any illusions about them being great stories or particularly character-driven.

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