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<p>Mads Mikkelsen in &quot;The Hunt.&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen in "The Hunt."

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Denmark's 'The Hunt, Italy's 'The Great Beauty' join foreign Oscar race

Two high-profile Cannes hits join the field as the deadline nears

Denmark may have teased out the process somewhat by releasing a shortlist of potential submissions, but there was never much doubt over what film they'd ultimately choose to represent them in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. And so it was confirmed today: Thomas Vinterberg's moral melodrama "The Hunt," which premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival, is the Danish hopeful. And one with good reason to be hopeful, at that; I'm hardly alone in thinking we could be looking at our winner here.

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'Revolution' and 'Modern Family' return down, 'SVU' up

"Revolution" and "Modern Family" return down, "SVU" up
"Revolution's" new timeslot resulted in a series low, but it was only down 10% from the season finale.

Jon Hamm on his upcoming surgery: "I've got a polyp on my vocal chord. It sounds worse than it is"
The "Mad Men" star, who begins filming the final season on Nov. 4, tells Jimmy Kimmel: "it doesn't sound as bad as how the National Enquirer reported it, which was that I was coughing up blood and probably have cancer."

"Breaking Bad" gets the Green Day treatment
Watch a "“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" retrospective of the AMC series. PLUS: Watch a Lana del Rey-inspired tribute.

"The Neighbors" books Meredith Baxter and "Family Matters'" Reginald VelJohnson
They'll appear in the Thanksgiving episode as the parents of Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Charlie Day had to change Danny DeVito's underwear on "It's Always Sunny" set
Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney played the clip last night during a joint interview on "Conan."

Paul Wesley is dating a former "Vampire Diaries" co-star
Fresh off his split from wife Torrey DeVitto, Wesley has found romance with Phoebe Tonkin.

Bear Grylls fake fire stunt prompts firefighter false alarm

Grylls was filming "Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell" with fake flames when the fire department was alerted.

"South Park" tackles the NSA in an unexpected way
Last night's premiere focused on the public's behavior following the Edward Snowden revelations.

"Elementary" adds Laura Benanti

The "Go On and "Playboy Club" will guest on the CBS drama.

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;Modern Family&quot; premiere</p>

Wednesday's "Modern Family" premiere

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TV Ratings: 'Modern Family,' 'Criminal Minds' premieres lead Wednesday

'X Factor' rises big, even against strong competition
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
Although it was way down from last year's premiere, the hour-long launch for "Modern Family" was Wednesday's top show both overall and among young viewers, though the return of "Criminal Minds" still helped CBS win overall.
On a busy premiere Wednesday, FOX got encouraging numbers for "The X Factor," which actually rose week-to-week despite enhanced competition, pushing the network to second in the key demographic. NBC, meanwhile, was reminded of how strong "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" can be, especially when it goes into the 10 p.m. hour.
Wednesday's only major premiere was ABC's "Back in the Game," which retained reasonably well from its "The Middle" lead-in.
There were no outright disasters on Wednesday, which resulted in the fall's most competitive four-way night so far.
On to the numbers…
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<p>Catherine Deneuve</p>

Catherine Deneuve

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Roundup: Deneuve honored by European Film Awards

Also: Ranking Ron Howard's oeuvre, and is this Lubezki's year?

I'll be attending the European Film Awards once more in December, and one of several good reasons to do so is that Catherine Deneuve will be in attendance. The French legend has been announced as the recipient of this year's EFA Lifetime Achievement Award. Hard to argue with that: from "Repulsion" to "Belle de Jour" to "Dancer in the Dark," Deneuve is an art house icon whose career spans multiple nations and generations. (No one else, after all, can claim to have worked with Bunuel, Polanski, Truffaut, von Trier and Ryan Murphy.) I've long argued that she should be near the top of the Academy's honorary Oscar list, not least since her lone Oscar nod (for "Indochine") hardly even represents a career high. Also receiving an honorary award at the ceremony will be Pedro Almodovar; shouldn't those two have collaborated by now? [EFA]

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<p>Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in "Masters of Sex."

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Review: Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan in Showtime's 'Masters of Sex'

A smart, sincere look at the lives of sex researchers Masters and Johnson

Bill Masters is a sex researcher who admittedly doesn't know very much about sex. In one of the very first scenes of Showtime's excellent scripted drama "Masters of Sex" (Sunday at 10), which chronicles the pioneering real-life work of Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters is puzzled to learn of the very idea of women faking an orgasm, and tries to press a prostitute named Betty for an explanation as to why she would practice such deception.

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'Labor Day's' humble Kate Winslet thinks she's always going to be dreadful

'Labor Day's' humble Kate Winslet thinks she's always going to be dreadful

Obviously that's not the case

TORONTO - Kate Winslet is very pregnant. Chances are when you're reading this she's still very pregnant. Moreover, Winslet is so far along that we may not catch the Oscar winner on the awards circuit until very close to the December release of her new film "Labor Day." In fact, she may not be able to promote the film again until 2014. That obviously made a chance to chat with her at the Toronto International Film Festival a major priority.

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'Sesame Street' muppets perform their theme with Jimmy Fallon and classroom instruments

"Sesame Street" muppets perform their theme with Jimmy Fallon and classroom instruments
Watch their performance with help from The Roots.

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;X Factor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Auditions #5

Simon, Demi and company are back for a third week of auditions

It's time for another two-hour installment of "The X Factor."

Once again, I recapped "Survivor" on East Coast Time, though that will change once "X Factor" goes live, unless of course people stop watching entirely. No. I don't mean "low-rated." This show is already that. I mean a collective and cohesive decision by the entire nation to watch ANYTHING other than "X Factor." Don't laugh. I could happen.

And now on to Wednesday's (September 25) auditions...

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'Nashville' season premiere recap: Will Rayna survive the crash?

The primetime soap lathers up with new twists

"Nashville"'s back, and even though the show has had ample times to rest and reboot, it returns with some of the same problems it had last season. Cheesy plot twists? They spring up like stubborn kudzu, weighed down with some redundant flashbacks (Deacon was a drunk! We know!). But who cares? We find out what happened to Rayna and Deacon! That's the important part, isn't it? 

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<p>Thomas M. Wright as Steven Linder in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Thomas M. Wright as Steven Linder in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'All About Eva'

With the Tate story wrapped, the series gets back to its strengths

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I empty the ocean with a shot glass...

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<p>David Tennant and Olivia Colman in &quot;Broadchurch.&quot;</p>

David Tennant and Olivia Colman in "Broadchurch."

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Season finale review: 'Broadchurch'

Alec and Ellie get their man in the devastating conclusion

"Broadchurch" came to the end of its first season tonight. For the most part, I said what I had to say about this terrific show in my initial review, but I have a few specific thoughts on the mystery's conclusion coming up just as soon as I score a little cocaine for you...

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Nathan Lane heads to HBO for 'The Money'

Nathan Lane heads to HBO for "The Money"

He'll play a NYC reporter in David Milch's drama about wealth and corruption.

Is "Breaking Bad" doing everything "The Shield" already did?
There are certain parallels between the two critically acclaimed shows, notes Mark Peters. "In many ways, 'The Shield' was 'Breaking Bad' before 'Breaking Bad.'" PLUS: Composer reveals the 8 hardest "Breaking Bad" scenes to score, What it's like driving Jesse Pinkman's car, the most-watched "Breaking Bad" episode on Netflix on Monday was the pilot, "Gale Boetticher" remembers his "Bad" times, Heisenberg mask selling for $22,700 on eBay, and see Mr. Lambert's cabin next to the Nazi pit.

Melissa Joan Hart details druggie past in tell-all book
"I experimented with weed, Ecstasy, mushrooms and mescaline for about a year and a half," she says.

A&E ends "Hoarders"
The reality show had a six-season run.

Tina Fey: With me hosting "SNL," expect to see a lot of the newbies
Fey points out that she's not promoting anything and, she adds, "I'm always happy to play straight person, so, hopefully, the cast will get to do more than when they have other kinds of hosts. You might get to see those new guys more. Although I’m not promising their parents anything."

"Revolution" creator: Even I was confused by the end of the season
Eric Kripke promises Season 2 will be much improved: "By the end of the season," he says, "around the time that we had drone strikes, I was watching along with everyone else and asking myself what is this show about? I just don't know what this show is about anymore."

Sandra Oh joins Twitter
The "Grey's Anatomy" star is ready to tweet as her final season kicks off.

CW promotes "Amell Wednesdays"
"Arrow's" Stephen Amell and "Tomorrow People's" Robbie Amell star in a new ad.

John McCain is a "Broadchurch" fan

The U.S. senator calls the British series "one of the most entertaining shows on TV right now."

"The Biggest Loser" shows Ruben Studdard crying
The "American Idol" winner was told he has diabetes.

Did "Cheers" expand Frasier Crane's role out of spite for Shelley Long?
A "Cheers" writer debunks the rumors, which Kelsey Grammer perpetuated in his memoir.

"Oz's" Terry Kinney joins ABC's "Black Box"
He'll co-star with Kelly Reilly on the limited series.

Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake's bromance began in 2002
The two met when Fallon hosted the Video Music Awards. The following year, Timberlake made his first of many memorable "SNL" appearances.

Lauren Graham on dating her "brother": "We try not to make out on set"
She tells Ellen that she met her "Parenthood" co-star Peter Krause on the set of "Caroline in the City."

What to expect on "Nashville" this season

Season 2 kicks off after the car crash. PLUS: What "Nashville" creator Callie Khouri learned from Season 1, and an appreciation of "Nashville" music.

Why tonight's "SVU" premiere feels so different
Exec producer Warren Leight explains: "At times it is a little cinematic, at times it is a little theatrical. I didn't want it to feel like another episode or just another premiere."

Lizzy Caplan is always asked about her nudity
The "Masters of Sex" star tells GQ, "I feel like I've answered that question a thousand times."

Are TVs good for restaurants?
Some feel television sparks conversation, while others say it diminishes social chatter.

"The Apprentice" UK boss sues one of his winners
Lord Sugar is suing after the contestant called his company a "sham."

How to make "HIMYM's" "sumbitches" cookies

Here's the recipe for the peanut butter, chocolate and caramel cookies from this week's episode.

Confessions of a "Downton Abbey" bootlegger
A Time magazine writer couldn't wait four months for the PBS broadcast of the Season 4 premiere.

Nick Offerman takes us behind the scenes of his "manly day"

Watch the "Parks and Rec" star's new Funny or Die video.

10 things to know about "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." after watching the pilot

The pilot episode might have left some confusion for those unfamiliar with the franchise.

TLC will debut 2 shows going inside the FLDS church
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be explored in "Breaking the Faith" and "Escaping the Prophet."

"Modern Family" doing well in syndication
Its ratings were as good as the syndication bow of "The Big Bang Theory."

Joel McHale hits Ireland for Esquire Network

Check him out on "The Getaway."

How often does Adam Scott get confused with Adam Scott?
The "Parks and Rec" star isn't a golf fan.

AJ Cook teases the return of "Criminal Minds"
"Were picking up where we left off, essentially," she says.

"Deadwood's" Robin Weigart joins "Chicago PD" and Showtime's "Trending Down"
She'll play Phillip Seymour Hoffman's co-worker on the Showtime series.

James Caan owns the screen on "Back in the Game"

The ABC "Bad News Bears"-esque comedy has Caan basically offering "a master class in abuse-with-a-twinkle. PLUS: It's a worthy successor to "Bad News Bears."

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