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'Duck Dynasty' stars are coming out with a Christmas album


"Duck Dynasty" stars are coming out with a Christmas album

"Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" drops on Oct. 29.


Jerry Seinfeld & Andy Cohen team for "I Call Shotgun!"

The Thursday AOL event will be used to promote Seinfeld's new season of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."


"Game of Thrones" gets mashed up with "D*ck in a Box"

Inspired by recent events.


Simon Cowell egg-pelter writes essay explaining her actions
"I would like to thank Cowell for not pressing charges," writes Natalie Holt. "As an act of goodwill, I would also be happy to offer to pay his dry cleaning bill or buy him a new shirt, maybe with a few more buttons at the top."


"Vikings" adds 2
"Law & Order's" Linus Roache and "The Hunger Games'" Alexander Ludwig will become series regulars in Season 2.


NBC still has high hopes for John Stamos' sitcom pilot

"I Am Victor" is getting revamped for a possible midseason slot.


Canadian talk show host "Stromboulopoulos" has weak debut on CNN
George Stroumboulopoulos gave CNN its 2nd-worst Sunday ratings in the 10 pm timeslot this year.


DirecTV renews "Rogue"
The Thandie Newton suspense drama will be back for a 2nd season.


WEtv renews "Joan & Melissa" and "Tamar & Vince"

They'll be back for a 4th and 2nd season, respectively.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': Should Tamra choose Vicki or Gretchen?

Tamra finds herself torn between two friends

You can't say "The Real Housewives of Orange County" don't know how to party. Okay, you can say they don't know how to party particularly well, and you can point out that one of them drunkenly pees on the bed while wide awake and fully dressed, but hey, they can certainly stay up until 2 a.m., suck down vodka and wiggle listlessly to dance music. They must be so proud.

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<p>Neko Case as &quot;Man&quot;</p>

Neko Case as "Man"

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Listen to Neko Case's new song 'Man' feat. M. Ward

See the singer in drag, in character or 'simply' sarcastic?

It's not beyond Neko Case to write her songs in the voice of a variety of characters, and a male's narrative hasn't been one she's shied from. In "Man" featuring M. Ward -- the first full song to arrive from the songwriter's new album -- there's something explicit in the way in which she writes about gender identity as central to its message.

In the song stream below, you'll actually see Case dressed as a man with a mustache and button-up, leading the reins of a horse in one hand and holding a lit lighter in another. It's a classic, if antiquated, take on a "man."

"I'm a man, that's what you raised me to be / I'm not your identity crisis, this was planned," she sings. "If I'm dipsh*t drunk on pink perfume* then I am the man in the f*cking moon, because you didn't know what a man was until I showed you."

Lined with Ward's heavy, fun ballsy riffs and a big tempo, Case's song is about grand gestures, exaggerated swagger and turning what a "man" is into a singular notion. "That's the kind of animal I am / it's that simple."

And that's why I think "Man" is another shining example of Case's wit: the things she's doing with her definition of a "man" are precisely what writers insist on doing with the definition of "woman." It takes normativity to the extreme, lines like "the woman's heart is the watermark by which I measure," a truism with which many men would disagree, but yet it persists. "I'm the man's man, always been," sings the woman with harpsichord delicately plunking in the background.

While I don't know if it was an influencer on Case, "Man" reminds me of the song "I'm a Woman," which was written by famous (male) team Leiber & Stoller. It was made famous by Peggy Lee, then covered by, say, Bette Midler, and (even more interestingly) Raquel Welch and Miss Piggy. It backed a perfume commercial in the '70s. It defines the woman by her ability to fill a man with good eats, to be a child-bearer and care-taker, to iron and clean and pay the bills. Or "get back to business," in Beyonce parlance, a multifaceted yet still limiting image on the definition of "woman."

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Previewing the 2013 Emmy Nomination previews
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Previewing the 2013 Emmy Nomination previews

Our summer series starts with Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Ballots for the 2013 Emmy Awards officially went up on Monday (June 10) evening and, as always, we'll be previewing the major categories between now and the ballot deadline on June 28.
 
As always, Sepinwall will be writing up his dream ballot with his six ideal nominees.
 
And, as always, I'll be gallery-izing the leading nomination contenders. In each gallery, the first six slides represent my actual predictions for nominations. The next 5-or-so slides represent the top contenders should any of my six should falter or be proven needlessly optimistic. The rest of the slides are me looking at the Emmy chances for people who are increasing longshots but check certain plausible Emmy boxes: They're from new shows, they're former nominees, they're high profile show additions or they're great actors who had great seasons but probably won't build Emmy momentum. The first half of the galleries are pseudo-scientific (or at least predictive). The second halves are just trying to be informative or contemplative.
 
And this first gallery -- Supporting Actor in a Drama -- may be the biggest. Promise. I started writing entries without the official ballot and so I forgot lots of people and then had to add to what was already a really full category and it suddenly became huge. I'm gonna aim for 20-to-25 as opposed to 25+ for future galleries.
 
Check out Supporting Actor in a Drama:
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<p>The Civil Wars</p>

The Civil Wars

Review: The Civil Wars' new haunting single 'The One That Got Away'

Be careful what you wish for

The Civil Wars are no more as an ongoing concern, but the co-ed, Grammy-winning duo has left us a lovely parting gift in one last album, a self-titled sophomore set recorded before they split up last November over "irreconcilable differences of ambition.". The album comes out Aug. 6 via Sensibility Music/Columbia Records.

The first single, “The One That Got Away,” released today, is a haunting regretful, cautionary tale.

[More after the jump...]

 

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<p>Michael Cudlitz from &quot;Southland&quot;&nbsp;deserves an Emmy nomination.</p>

Michael Cudlitz from "Southland" deserves an Emmy nomination.

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

A category so stacked you could make 2 or 3 ballots worth of great performances

The Emmy ballot was released yesterday, which means it's that time of year for Fienberg and I to spend the next week or so moving through a bunch of major categories and analyzing them in two different ways. As always, Dan will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like Charles Dance from "Game of Thrones"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).

We're starting off with the candidates for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Dan's exhaustive analysis is embedded below, and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>Ben Affleck with one of the two BAFTAs he won at this year's ceremony.</p>

Ben Affleck with one of the two BAFTAs he won at this year's ceremony.

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BAFTA sets nominations date, allows an extra week for phase two of voting

Nominees will be revealed on January 8, winners on February 16

When AMPAS last year set the unprecedentedly early date of January 10 for the unveiling of their nominations, several other precursors -- those that feel duty-bound to precede the Oscars, come what may -- duly felt the crunch. None more so than the BAFTAs, which have been fashioning themselves as the Oscars' principal shadow event since 2000, and thus found themselves announcing their nominations a mere day before the Academy. It was a slightly chaotic bit of scheduling, and not one we're in a hurry to repeat.

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Jimmy Fallon adds 'Starring' to 'Tonight Show' title, names writer Amy Ozols boss


Jimmy Fallon adds "Starring" to "Tonight Show" title, names writer Amy Ozols boss

Fallon's "Tonight Show" will be called "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Johnny Carson was the last to use "Starring," while Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien used "with" in the title. Meanwhile, "Late Night" writer Amy Ozols will serve as executive producer of the new "Tonight Show."


"The Book Of Negroes" miniseries coming to BET

The slave story is based on the book by Lawrence Hill.


"The Talk" to devote a special episode to the Emmys
All winners will be invited, not just CBS winners.


"Brothers & Sisters" alum Sarah Jane Morris lands on "Occult"

She'll play Josh Lucas' wife on the A&E series.


Matthew Weiner approves of "'80s Don Draper"

The "Mad Men"-inspired Twitter account is "hilarious," says Weiner, who admits to laughing at any parody of his show.

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<p>The &quot;Man of Steel&quot;&nbsp;prepares for his close-up this weekend.</p>

The "Man of Steel" prepares for his close-up this weekend.

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3 on 3: How does 'Man of Steel' measure up?

DC Comics unleashes its great blue hope

At the stroke of 8pm PT last night, reviews for Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" hit the internet like a speeding bullet. The verdict? Mostly positive, in some corners, breathlessly so. HitFix's Drew McWeeny gave the film a glowing A+ review, calling it the Superman movie he's waited his whole life to see, "a winner top to bottom." Some will find the spectacle overwhelming, others will warm to its exciting vision, but few can argue that it's not a unique entry in the franchise to date.

All eyes are on the Father's Day weekend, when this first contact story of an alien with two dads crashes onto screens nationwide, bringing with it the hopes for a new DC universe on screen. It enters a long legacy of screen incarnations that stretches back to 1951's "Superman and the Mole Men" and features a bold new take on a legendary icon and myth. So how does it stack up in that legacy, and what can be expected as it soars into theaters? In another "3 on 3" installment, a trio of HitFix's staffers ponders that and more.

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'Veronica Mars' movie adds 'Weevil'


"Veronica Mars" movie adds "Weevil"
Francis Capri will reprise his role.


John Oliver slips in seamlessly as "Daily Show" fill-in
His Britishness is allowing him to be more blistering than Jon Stewart.


"Big Bang," "Bunheads," "Breaking Bad" among Critics Choice TV Awards winners
Tom Bergeron and "Behind the Candelabra" also took home awards at the 3rd annual event.

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<p>Heidi&nbsp;Klum and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the eighth annual &quot;Made in&nbsp;NY&quot;&nbsp;Awards</p>

Heidi Klum and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the eighth annual "Made in NY" Awards

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Spike Lee razzes Bloomberg and the Weinsteins recall their film roots at the eighth annual 'Made in NY' Awards

Other recipients included Alan Cumming, Heidi Klum and Barbara Walters

NEW YORK - The eighth annual "Made in NY" Awards were presented tonight at Gracie Mansion under a torrential Gotham downpour braved by the city's elite. The awards are given each year to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to various fields in New York's entertainment and digital industries, and this year's recipients covered the gamut from filmmaking to journalism to technology and all points in between.

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<p>You're ready to do this a number of times, right, Michael?</p>

You're ready to do this a number of times, right, Michael?

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Critics' Choice TV awards go to 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' and 'Behind the Candelabra'

Michael Douglas wins his first of likely many TV awards as Liberace

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) couldn't make up its collective mind in a number of key races at tonight's BTJA Critics' Choice Television Awards. Three categories ended in ties, two of them major categories of Best Drama Series (which went to "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones") and Best Reality Series (which went to "Push Girls" and -- dear lord -- "Duck Dynasty").

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