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FX orders 'Tyrant' to series

Channel won a bidding war for political drama from 'Homeland' producers

"Tyrant," a drama that's had a more newsworthy-than-usual development process, has been ordered to series by FX.

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News Update: SAG Awards TV nods ignore 'Orange Is The New Black,' Tatiana Maslany

News Update: SAG Awards TV nods ignore 'Orange Is The New Black,' Tatiana Maslany

Familiarity reigns with the acting branch
Early, early, early Wednesday (December 11) morning, the Screen Actors Guild announced nominations for the 20th Annual SAG Awards, featuring a variety of acting and ensemble nominations across a slew of movie and TV categories.
Sepinwall already did a written analysis piece on the stick-in-the-mud SAG Award TV nominations, which basically shunned the outstanding new shows from the past year.
In the HitFix Los Angeles offices, though, I interviewed Greg Ellwood about the movie nominees and then he turned around and interviewed me about the TV nods. 
This gave me a chance to rant a bit about a couple new shows that SAG voters neglected and about the frustrating SAG Awards category system in which Maggie Smith and Tatiana Maslany would somehow be competing for the same nomination.
Check out the video above and our Winners & Losers gallery below. The SAG Awards will air on Saturday, January 18 on TNT and TBS.
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A 'Trailer Park' reality franchise?: TLC's 'Welcome to Myrtle Manor' adds 'Trailer Park' to its name

A "Trailer Park" reality franchise?: TLC's "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" adds "Trailer Park" to its name

TLC and The Weinstein Company that "Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor" will spawn more "Trailer Parks" spinoffs.

Julie Chen: "The View" has lost its way -- it doesn't know what to do with Jenny McCarthy's talent

"('The View') has lost its way is my feeling," "The Talk" star tells "Extra," "because they don't really talk about politics anymore and when they do, no one is really trying to hear what Jenny is saying… That's how I feel. I don't think she's suited for what they used to do." Chen adds that McCarthy is better suited for a show like "The Talk."

"Sons of Anarchy's" Season 6 finale was its 3rd-most-watched episode ever
With 5.2 million viewers, it was also the highest-rated season finale in the show's history.

Jimmy Kimmel reveals an alternate ending to his viral twerking girl on fire prank

The unaired ending is now on YouTube. PLUS: Tom Hanks & Wiz Khalifa create a Christmas card for one Kimmel audience member.

Fox shows are now available on Xbox One
Xbox One users can watch shows like "New Girl" and "Almost Human" if their cable company allows it.

"Parks and Rec" invites Jean-Ralphio back for Episode 100

The Saperstein family will be reunited. PLUS: Rent-A-Swag really does exist.

"Today" apologizes for "offensive" joke about Nelson Mandela memorial sign language interpreter
During the 9 o'clock hour, a producer popped up to give his own fake sign language.

Create your own "Game of Thrones"-inspired paper snowflakes

Each based on the sigils of the major houses.

Ellen DeGeneres uses her talk show to deny marriage problems with Portia de Rossi

In an unusual move, Ellen addressed a magazine report claiming their marriage "crumbles."

Is "The Mindy Project" just rehashing "When Harry Met Sally"?

A new video shows just how much influence the classic Billy Crystal-Meg Ryan movie has had on Mindy Kaling's Fox comedy.

"The Bridge" promotes Emily Rios and Matthew Lillard
They'll become series regulars in Season 2.

Why "Taystee" from "Orange is the New Black" is the breakout star of 2013
Danielle Brooks has proven to be one of Hollywood's "precious gems."

How does "Downton Abbey" tea taste?
The "Downton" tea truck hit NYC streets today.

Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa makes a comeback -- in Britain

Mustafa is back to his Old Spice ways in a new UK ad campaign.

"I Love Lucy" is coming to Blu-ray

Season 1 in Blu-ray will be available March 18.

See "SYTYCD" stars tWitch & Allison's wedding photo
The couple got married Tuesday at Nigel Lythgoe's villa.

NBC tonight presents "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale"
Tonight's special features Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire and Ken Jeong.

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The best ensembles of 2013

The best ensembles of 2013

From studio hits to indie darlings, a wonderful year for cast performances

Everyone had a keen eye on this morning's Screen Actors Guild nominations because, as ever, the group's Best Ensemble category can be highly indicative of where the Best Picture Oscar race might be heading. But i's also a unique opportunity for actors to spotlight their own through recognition of a movie's cast, something critics often do on the precursor circuit but the Academy hasn't taken to yet.

Unfortunately, more often than not, that merely translates to a slew of SAG notices for big, sprawling casts full of movie stars. That's doubly unfortunate in a year such as 2013, which has been an exemplary study in brilliant ensemble work, from studio productions to indie players and all points in between. So it seemed our own spotlight was in order.

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<p>Look out, Tom, there's something right behind you!</p>

Look out, Tom, there's something right behind you!

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Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt try to save the world again and again in 'Edge Of Tomorrow' trailer

This alien invasion spin on 'Groundhog Day' looks massive

One thing's for sure: if they ever make another adaptation of "Starship Troopers," there is no way they can make excuses for not using the jump suits that Robert Heinlein wrote about in that book.

Doug Liman's trippy new film "Edge Of Tomorrow" looks like "Groundhog Day" with a body count, and one thing I will always love about Tom Cruise is that he does not sneer at genre. He has built a career out of working with giant directors on giant mainstream films, and if he wanted, he could easily avoid ever having to deal CGI aliens or greenscreen stunts or any of that. He could do Oscar-bait drama every year forever and make the studios perfectly happy.

Cruise loves this stuff, though. He loves the physicality of this kind of storytelling, where action is as important as anything else, and he seems to genuinely enjoy world-building. If "Edge Of Tomorrow" works, it will work because we buy into the stakes and because there is a compelling sense of urgency as Cruise finds himself repeating the same day over and over, each time learning something new, putting all of these journeys together until he can find a way to defeat the alien menace that threatens the Earth.

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"Grey's Anatomy"

 "Grey's Anatomy"

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Interview: 'Grey's Anatomy''s Sarah Drew talks 'shocking' winter finale

She reveals why you cannot miss the last five minutes

The "Grey's Anatomy" winter finale airs this Thursday (Dec. 12 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC), and a wedding is on the books (isn't that the best time for a wedding, after all?). Dr. April Kepner (played by Sarah Drew) is set to walk down the aisle with paramedic Matthew (Justin Bruening), but more than a few people are rooting for a last minute save from Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). Of course, actually getting hitched is just one of April's problems, according to Drew. I talked to the actress briefly about the midseason finale, whether April turns into a bridezilla, and why the last five minutes of the show's script made Ellen Pompeo stop the table read. 

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News Update: '12 Years' and 'Dallas' SAG Awards nominations winners

News Update: '12 Years' and 'Dallas' SAG Awards nominations winners

Analyzing SAG's big day

The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards and the big winners were "12 Years A Slave," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler." 

HitFix's Daniel Fienberg and I took some time to chat about the nominations and whether they can really have an impact on this year's Oscar race. You can watch our conversation in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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<p>Joaquin&nbsp;Phoenix in &quot;Her&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"

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'Her' crowned best film of the year by San Diego Film Critics Society

'12 Years a Slave' shut out after leading nominations

The San Diego Film Critics Society has just announced "Her" as the year's best film. Spike Jonze's latest picked up three awards total, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Score. "12 Years a Slave" led the way with Tuesday's nominations announcement, but was ultimately shut out of the winning pool entirely. Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") and Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") won top acting honors, while Matthew McConaughey received a special prize for his body of work in 2013. Check out the full list of winners below, and as always, keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda in &quot;The China Syndrome.&quot;</p>

Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda in "The China Syndrome."

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'China Syndrome' writer Thomas S. Cook posthumously honored by WGA

Oscar-nominated writer is awarded Morgan Cox Award for service to Guild

The late screenwriter Thomas S. Cook, who passed away in January aged 65, will be honored with the Morgan Cox Award for Guild service at the Writers' Guild Awards in February, it was announced today. Cook was best known for co-writing the 1979 issue thriller "The China Syndrome," for which he shared in an Oscar nomination and a WGA Award. (He and his co-writers lost the former to Steve Tesich for "Breaking Away.")

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Bio channel will be rebranded as 'FYI'

Bio channel will be rebranded as "FYI"

A&E's Biography spinoff channel will be converted into an upscale lifestyle channel.

"Arrow" gets Robert Knepper to play a villain

The "Prison Break" alum will play the "Clock King."

16 female TV characters who were cyberbullied in 2013
From Skyler White to April Kepner to Dana Brody, "it's hard to be a woman on television without the internet saying horrible and disgusting things about you," as Kate Aurthur points out.

Simon Cowell mulls doing "The X Factor" 1 night a week

"X Factor" may follow "Dancing with the Stars" with a one episode per week format.

Should SNL's "I Wish it Was Christmas Today" be considered a classic Christmas song?
The song, which debuted 13 years ago from Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan, has become a "Saturday Night Live" mainstay -- and it will probably be featured next week when Fallon returns to host "SNL."

"Scandal's" Columbus Short is upset he wasn't on "The Power Rangers"
He tells Conan he really wanted to be the Black Power Ranger.

Check out the trippy poster for Syfy's "Helix"
"Play God. Pay the Price," states the promo for Ron Moore's new series.

Original "Ironside" star dies
Don Mitchell, 70, played an ex-con turned cop who aided Raymond Burr's character in the '70s police drama.

Spike TV orders "Basket Case" from Rob Reiner

Reiner is set to produce a TV series based on the Carl Hiaasen book about an investigative reporter.

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"Doctor Who"

 "Doctor Who"

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Watch the trailer for Matt Smith's farewell episode of 'Doctor Who'

The Christmas special promises the siege of Trenzalore - and Daleks!

Not to put a lump of coal in your stocking, but come Christmas we'll all have to say goodbye to 11th "Doctor Who" Matt Smith. Still, from the looks of the trailer for "The Time of the Doctor" (airing Wed. Dec. 25 at 9:00 p.m. on BBC America), he's going out with a bang. We get Daleks, Cybermen, a weeping angel and the Silence. Oh, and lots of pretty snow. It is Christmas, after all!

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SAG Awards nominee reactions: Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, Jared Leto

SAG Awards nominee reactions: Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, Jared Leto

Plus: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and more

This year's SAG Awards nominees took out their humble card Wednesday morning to thank their peers for the recognition and we're guessing a majority of their reactions were not written by their personal publicists.  A few others? Well, judge for yourself.

To check out reactions from Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Tom Hanks and more, check out the embedded gallery below.

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