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Bravo is delving into Facebook chatter to boost 'Real Housewives' rerun ratings

Bravo is delving into Facebook chatter to boost "Real Housewives" rerun ratings
A new Facebook feature lets companies scan private posts of Facebook users for keywords that Bravo can use to promote repeats in other social media.

"Hawaii Five-0" promotes Chi McBride
he'll become a series regular after debuting in this season's premiere.

"Crazy Eyes" comments on Julianne Hough's blackface for the 1st time
"Orange Is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba says: "I think maybe it was an unfortunate event, but she apologized and I feel like we can all move on."

"South Park" remakes the "Game of Thrones" theme
Watch "A Chorus of Weiners."

"Revolution's" fall finale ties its lowest ratings
The good news: "Revolution's" ratings aren't too bad.

MTV cancels "Nikki & Sara Live"

Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer say MTV isn't picking up their talk show for a 3rd season.

TV Guide Network to air "The Bold & the Beautiful" reruns

Reruns will air the day after original broadcast.

Lifetime announces pageant coach reality show "Kim of Queens"

Pageant expert Kim Gravel will transform "diamonds in the rough" into confident young women, starting in January.

"Banshee" Season 2 trailer, poster unveiled
The Cinemax series returns Jan. 10.

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Watch Arcade Fire's sweet new video for 'Afterlife'

Watch Arcade Fire's sweet new video for 'Afterlife'

No, you don't have to wear formal attire or a costume to view it

Arcade Fire’s new video for “Afterlife” couldn’t be more different than the clip for “Reflektor’s” title track.

Instead of showcasing the band in oversized masks and white suits,  the Emily Kai Bock-directed video plays out like an indie film about the life of a Hispanic family trying to get through life day-to-day.

The clip, which does not feature the band,  starts with a long Spanish-spoken intro with a man, presumably a single dad, having dinner for his two sons after a day spent selling flowers by the roadside—a very familiar sight in Los Angeles, by the way.

They then all have their dreams, seemingly all about the same women: the father’s love of his life, who is the mother of his two children. She’s absent from their lives now for unexplained reasons, but weighs heavily in their thoughts.  It’s sweet and poignant and beautifully shot, especially the black and white portions from the father’s dream. But the nightmare of the little boy being put in the washer almost sent me over the edge.

Better yet about the video: you don’t have to dress in a costume or formal wear to watch it. As you heard, Arcade Fire’s request that fans wear “formal attire or costume” to their arena shows was met with a bit of a backlash from fans who thought paying for a ticket should be all required for their entry.

Yesterday, Arcade Fire took to its Facebook page to tell everyone to calm down a little bit; they were just trying to liven up the festivities:

“To everyone really upset about us asking people to dress up at our shows… please relax. It's super not mandatory. It just makes for a more fun carnival when we are all in it together. So far these have been the best shows we have ever played.
See you soon.

Arcade Fire”


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"Untold Stories of the ER"

 "Untold Stories of the ER"

Credit: Discovery Fit & Health

Exclusive clip: Woman is stuck in a toilet on 'Untold Stories of the ER'

Guys, this really can happen when you don't put the seat down

Women complain all the time about how their husbands and boyfriends forget to put down the toilet seat. Now, they might finally have a really strong argument to get their menfolk to change. In this exclusive clip from "Untold Stories of the ER" (airing Fri. Nov. 22 at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery Fit & Health), a woman is stuck on the john for 18 hours before paramedics are called. Eighteen. Hours. And why did this happen? Yup, her husband didn't put down the toilet seat. 

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Hugh Jackman to host TNT's annual 'Christmas in Washington' special

Hugh Jackman to host TNT's annual "Christmas in Washington" special
Performers this year include The Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow and Anna Kendrick.

Jon Stewart ends his feud over Chicago deep dish pizza
But not before declaring New York City pizza as magic, with the help of Matthew Broderick and other celebs.

"Criminal Minds" and "CSI" each hit a season high
CBS dominated Wednesday night with "Survivor" topping "The X Factor."

Is Kate McKinnon "the new Kristen Wiig" of "SNL"?
McKinnon, who joined "Saturday Night Live" for the final five episodes of Wiig and Andy Samberg's tenure in spring 2012, responds to "the new Kristen Wiig" talk: "I think what has emerged is that all of the women are so strong that there doesn’t seem to be one female face of the show. I'm so happy to be a part of this generation, because that’s an exciting development."

"Revolution" surprise, explained
Did "24" have anything to do with last night's development?

Alec Baldwin jokes he's in love with a man

The MSNBC star is trying to ease the backlash over his homophobic slur.

Letterman snuggles under a blanket with Jennifer Lawrence
"Let me get in there," says Dave.

"Survivor" contestant votes her mom off the island

Ciera Eastin weeped as the votes were read, even though her mom appeared to take the strategic decision in stride.

Ron Burgundy sings on Conan for "dear friend" Rob Ford
"He is the best."

"The Hills" star Whitney Port is engaged

She's the latest "Hills" alum to get engaged, joining Lauren Conrad, who got engaged last month.

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Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd and John Goodman will host 'SNL' in December

Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd and John Goodman will host "SNL" in December
Fallon will host his 2nd "SNL" Christmas episode (he last hosted in December 2011) with musical guest Justin Timberlake. Rudd will host for the 3rd time and Goodman will host for the 13th time and for the first time since 2001. Goodman hosted "SNL" every season from 1989 through 2000. In fact, Goodman ranks 3rd all-time in hosting, behind Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. PLUS: Will Forte pitches Fallon a new "Tonight Show" theme song.

Jimmy Kimmel vandalizes John Krasinski & Emily Blunt's home
Check out his elaborate Christmas-themed prank, sponsored by HP!

The Situation under federal investigation
The former "Jersey Shore" star's businesses are at the center of a government probe, but no details have been released.

Adam Levine delivers his "Sexiest Man Alive" acceptance speech on Jimmy Kimmel

"The Voice" star says: "Great choice!"

Taraji P. Henson: "That's life"
The "Person of Interest" star says this week's twist wasn't surprising.

Leah Remini joins "The Exes"
She'll recur on the TV Land comedy as David Alan Basche's sister.

Comedy Central orders "The Chris Gethard Show"

The New York City public access show has been ordered a Comedy Central pilot, from producers Zach Galifianakis and Funny or Die.

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<p>Jordin Sparks guest starred on Wednesday's &quot;CSI&quot;</p>

Jordin Sparks guest starred on Wednesday's "CSI"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' leads CBS Wednesday, while 'Modern Family' drops big

'Arrow' and 'The X Factor' also fall
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
"Criminal Minds" posted its second week of growth following a series low earlier this month, helping CBS sweep Wednesday night overall and also comfortably triumph among young viewers. 
CBS' easy win in the key demo was somewhat related to a big drop for the comedy hit "Modern Family," which was down by a whopping 0.5 among adults 18-49. We'll see if ABC has some spin later to explain that drop.
Among other dropping shows on Wednesday were FOX's "The X Factor" and The CW's "Arrow," as well as the rest of ABC's non-"Modern Family" comedies, though ABC's "Nashville" posted a small gain.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Laurie Metcalf and Alex Borstein are a doctor and a nurse in &quot;Getting On.&quot;</p>

Laurie Metcalf and Alex Borstein are a doctor and a nurse in "Getting On."

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'Getting On' an uneven comic look at eldercare

Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash play frustrated hospital workers

"Getting On" (Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO) is a dramedy about the nurses and doctors who staff the overwhelmed, underfunded, disrespected elder care unit of a California hospital. They take care of women who are old, infirm, and need help with even the most basic functions of life, like going to the bathroom and cleaning up after.

Okay, time for some honesty: based on that description, how many of you have instantly written off any chance of ever watching this show? And did anyone, anywhere, read that and rush to set the DVR season pass?

Now let me double down on that by telling you that of the show's four main characters, only one comes across as instantly sympathetic, while the others run the gamut from neurotic to passive-aggressive to narcissistic.

How excited are you now?

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<p>Steve McQueen</p>

Steve McQueen

Credit: AP Photo

Roundup: McQueen named Director of the Year by Palm Springs

Also: Robert Duvall campaigns for casting doc, and BAFTA nabs Stephen Fry again

Another day, another Palm Springs Film Festival award announcement. The fest's latest honoree is Steve McQueen, who has been named Director of the Year for "12 Years a Slave," and will receive the prize at an awards gala on January 4. For those of you keeping score, the British filmmaker joins Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Career Achievement Award winner Bruce Dern on the winners' list. As with the other Palm Springs awards, the director prize usually goes to an imminent Oscar nominee, though last year's recipient, Robert Zemeckis for "Flight," was an exception. “[McQueen] is a master of utilizing the senses to create the essence of his works," says Palm Springs chief Harold Metzner. [PSIFF]

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<p>Donald Sutherland doesn't get older, he just gets cooler.</p>

Donald Sutherland doesn't get older, he just gets cooler.

Credit: HitFix

Donald Sutherland takes the subtext of 'Catching Fire' very seriously

Find out which of his older films young fans have mentioned to him

We may be living in an age where genre material has become completely dominant, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily treated with any more respect than it was in the past.

Donald Sutherland didn't have a huge presence in the first "Hunger Games" film, but when I spoke to him about that movie, it was obvious that he felt like the books offered up some great meaty subtext, and he was eager to see if the films would end up reflecting that. This time around, he's playing a much more prominent role, and President Snow has become an active antagonist instead of just a presence hovering at the edge of things. He is focused on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now because he's aware of just how important she could be to the ultimate fate of Panem.

Sometime, I'd love to do a long-form interview with Sutherland about his full body of work. This is a guy who worked with everyone, who was a giant movie star during my favorite era of movie-making, and who helped birth Jack Bauer. Sutherland is about as badass as badass gets, and one of the nice fringe benefits of him getting cast in something like that that speaks to a younger generation of filmgoers is that it may inspire some of them to go back and check out some of his earlier work.

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<p>Ciera and Laura of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Ciera and Laura of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Big Bad Wolf'

The season's familiar twist finally pays dividends in an emotional episode
Pre-credit sequence. Snakes at the camp. Get it? SNAKES! Thunder. Lightning. "We lost a good one," Katie tells her fellow castaways. She knows that if she doesn't figure something out, she's doomed. Silly Katie doesn't realize, though, that Ciera and Laura may have become the biggest targets, even if they seem all nestled in the bosom of a seven-person alliance. They're the season's last remaining couple and they're giddy about their position of power. Ciera's feeling cocky, figuring that she's survived one Tribal Council after another, while her mother was voted out at her first Tribal. The daughter has become the daughtee. Wait. That doesn't work. "It is a little unnatural feeling to follow my daughter's lead, but I totally trust her judgment," Laura says, calling this a "Survivor" gift. Ciera wants to go as far as she can with her mother, but she also thinks she has a better chance of winning. That was our first one-segment pre-credits in weeks.
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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

Credit: FX

'American Horror Story: Coven' recap: Will Queenie be loyal?

Kyle's luck finally changes and Marie Laveau gets a gift

I just don't get Zoe. One week, she oozes puppy-eyed empathy and love-kissy snuggles. The next, she's all about the killing and the zombie sex. Truth is, Killer Zoe is much more fun, don't you think?

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'Person of Interest' creator defends shocking twist

"Person of Interest" creator defends shocking twist

"There are a million concerns that go into this — from us, the network, everybody else," says creator Jonah Nolan. "The primary concern is to tell a compelling and entertaining story. Everything else is secondary." PLUS: Watch the cast's reaction, and Taraji P. Henson visits Letterman.

Hulk Hogan considered suicide after "Hogan Knows Best" was canceled
"After the show...I kind of hit rock bottom," The Hulkster tells "Oprah: Where are they Now?," especially combined with his son's car accident and his failing marriage. (Watch the video)

"The Mentalist" jumping 2 years into the future
The time-jump will take place next month.

Ian Somerhalder's life is becoming a comic book
"The Vampire Diaries" star's celebrity life and environmental activism will be highlighted in "Fame."

Billy Joel hasn't watched "Glee," but he's glad the show is paying tribute to him

"I'm very happy that my material is being done by people of that age group, and that I guess it has meaning for them," says Joel, who inspired Thursday's episode "Movin' Out."

Khandi Alexander's biggest "Scandal" thrill was meeting Lisa Kudrow
"Above and beyond everything else, the most amazing thing is that I got to Meet. Lisa. Kudrow," she says. "Oh my god! I'm such a big fan of HERS. You have no idea ... I told her. I said, 'Lisa, you have understand, I love "The Comeback."' I still watch it as if it's still on TV. " PLUS: Alexander met Kerry Washington years ago at an actor's lab.

Are TV dramas better to watch in bars?
The communal atmosphere of a bar benefits shows like "Scandal," and even "Breaking Bad."

"Revenge's" Josh Bowman: "I'm trying to pitch a Daniel death by the end of the season"

"I love working on the show," he says, "but I'm just being honest. My character has flip-flopped the most, and it's been so hard for me to play." PLUS: The sound of "Revenge."

Movie tie-in hampers "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
The TV series can't delve into its own world when it has to be conscious of the Marvel movies. PLUS: "S.H.I.E.L.D." is getting good, finally.

How "Friends" hooked up Monica and Chandler
Fifteen years later, producers recall the surprise coupling.

Don't call "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" a conservative propaganda

One New Republic writer deemed the Fox comedy a conservative sitcom because it doesn't take the liberal view of the NYPD.

How will John Oliver's exit impact "The Daily Show"?
Will there be a new heir apparent?

Sarah Silverman: "Network TV is just not the place for me"
So why did her rejected sitcom "Susan 313" end up on NBC? "The networks want you," Silverman explains, "and you forget about 'I want to take this to cable.' You’re just so excited by love and acceptance." PLUS: Why Silverman shouldn't be "as dirty as the guys" in her standup, and why that opinion is wrong.

Hulu renews "Behind the Mask"

The sports mascots docu-series will be back for a 2nd season.

Roastmaster Jeffrey Ross says he's coming to "The Simpsons"

Will he roast Homer Simpson?

What is up with "New Girl's" Schmidt?
Schmidt seems to be off this season.

Conan mashes up Thanksgiving and Hanukkah
Thanksgivukkah is upon us.

"The Sound of Music": Here's an extended preview of NBC's live event
NBC is offering a 2 1/2 minute "first look" at next month's event.

Kelly Clarkson's NBC Christmas special will feature William Shatner, Whoopi, Robin Williams
"Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale" airs on Dec. 11.

Bobby Moyniham reveals his favorite "SNL" wig
It was from a sketch that got cut from the show.

Inside the "Modern Family" kitchen
Production designers tell all about where the Dunphys like to cook.

Adam Driver doesn't watch "Girls," has only seen the pilot

Does he watch the show on HBO? "No, no, no," he says. "I did watch the pilot with Lena, like, four months or so after we shot it, when we'd just found out that it was picked up. I watched it on her laptop in her apartment." PLUS: Check out illustrated "Girls."

Why is "It's a Wonderful Life" rarely on TV?

The holiday movie used to be on television all the time.

Meredith Vieira's worst "Today" guest was with a comedian named Steve
Stephen Colbert or Steve Martin?

Check out The Miz on ABC Family
The WWE wrestler and "Real World" alum stars in "Christmas Bounty."

"The League" cast tells all

With Season 5 ending, "The League" stars reflect on the beginning.

"Devious Maids" star Paula Garces welcomes a boy
It's the 2nd child for the actress, who has a 21-year-old daughter.

Scott Wolf and his "Real World" wife are expecting Baby No. 3
The "Perception" star's wife Kelley from "Real World: New Orleans" is  pregnant.

Psychic Sylvia Browne dies
Browne, 77, was a frequent guest on talk shows from "Montel" to "Larry King Live."

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