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Proposed ABC drama asks: What if America lost the Revolutionary War?

Proposed ABC drama asks: What if America lost the Revolutionary War?
The alternative reality project, titled "The Thirteen," would be set in the present-day, with the Americans still fighting the British for freedom.

Ohio station apologizes to Julie Chen
The Dayton NBC affiliate that prompted Julie Chen to fix her eyes has said sorry, even though it's under new management from the time when Chen worked there in 1995.

Katie Couric denies she's replacing Barbara Walters on "The View"

She tweeted of the rumor: "It's totally not true and crazy how complete falsehoods get repeated. The world we live in I guess!"

Cher: I turned down Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony gig due to Russia's anti-gay laws
"I can't name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show," Cher tells a Canadian magazine.

Rosie O'Donnell makes a standup comedy comeback

Rosie last night worked a packed room at a comedy club in New York.

Gordon Ramsay to guest on "Phineas and Ferb"
Watch the Fox star lend his voice to the Disney Channel series.

See the "Scandal" Season 3 cast photo
Packed with many scandalous headlines.

"Jersey Shore" stars react to Seaside Heights boardwalk fire
"Damn Seaside again," tweeted Pauly D.

Alec Baldwin ending his WNYC podcast as he moves to MSNBC
The "Here's the Thing" podcast allowed Baldwin to hone his interviewing skills, which he'll use on his new talk show.

Check out "Revenge's" Season 3 poster
Featuring bloody bride Emily Thorne.

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<p>Can you write and record a theme song for the upcoming Firewall &amp;&nbsp;Iceberg video show?</p>

Can you write and record a theme song for the upcoming Firewall & Iceberg video show?

Contest: The Firewall & Iceberg video show needs a theme song!

Do you have the musical chops to introduce Dan and Alan's show?

From the beginning, Firewall & Iceberg has relied on audience feedback. We answer your questions most weeks. We took our name from a listener suggestion. A week ago, we asked for your feedback on the logo for a video version of the show that we're working on, hopefully to launch in October. (The winner, overwhelmingly, was the version with the classic color bars reminiscent of the audio podcast's logo.) And now we're hoping we have some musical geniuses in the audience who might want to provide the video show with a theme song.

Here's the deal: we need a 30-second music sample (and one that can also work at 10 seconds, depending on formatting issues that are still being discussed). It can have lyrics. It can have no lyrics. It can be heavy metal. Ska. Hip-hop. Barbershop. Whatever you think says "Firewall & Iceberg" (aka "Two guys bicker about TV") and is musical, send it to us. Dan and I will pick a winner, and that winner will be credited in the show, in addition to their song being played at the top.

Some legalese:

* Entrants must be the full rights owners of the song.

* Entrants must be willing to sign something granting HitFix the full rights to the song

* By submitting a song, you agree to the full contest rules which can be found here: Official rules.

All entries should be emailed to

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<p>Robin Thicke performing in Malaysia</p>

Robin Thicke performing in Malaysia

Credit: AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin

Robin Thicke sets tour dates for 2014

Jessie J and DJ Cassidy are onboard

Robin Thicke will take “Blurred Lines” on the road early next year.

The theater tour starts Feb. 21 at Atlanta’s Fox Theater, before wrapping five weeks and 15 dates later in March 29 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The tour is concentrated primarily on the east coast, although it does hit a few midwest cities before ending on the west coast. Missing? Cities like Los Angeles and any city in the south.

Opening the shows will be Jessie J and DJ Cassidy.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. If you feel like combining your love for Thicke with your love for good causes, Thicke has partnered with Tickets for Charity to sell specific seats with proceeds going to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Natural Resources Defense Council. Those can be found at

In related “Blurred Lines” news, co-writer (and performer) Pharrell told the Associated Press that he sees no similarity between the mega hit, which spent 12 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100, and Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.” Thicke has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to preemptively rule that “Blurred Lines” does not infringe on the Gaye classic. “If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It’s completely different,” Pharrell said.

Robin Thicke Tour dates

February 21                        Atlanta, GA                         Fox Theatre
February 25                        Camden, NJ                        Susquehanna Bank Center                
February 27                        Washington, DC                Patriot Center
March 1                                Mashantucket, CT           MGM Grand Theatre
March 2                                Atlantic City, NJ                 Borgata
March 4                                Boston, MA                        Agannis Arena
March 7                                New York, NY                    Theatre at MSG
March 12                             Detroit, MI                          Fox Theatre
March 15                             St. Louis, MO                     Fox Theatre
March 20                             Austin, TX                            ACL Live at The Moody Theater
March 21                             Thackerville, OK                Winstar Casino      
March 23                             Denver, CO                         Fillmore Auditorium
March 26                             Seattle, WA                        WAMU Theater
March 27                             Vancouver, BC                  Rogers Arena
March 29                             San Francisco, CA             Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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Read the 150 Miley Cyrus FCC complaints

Read the 150 Miley Cyrus FCC complaints
The FCC has no authority over MTV, but that didn't stop many viewers from objecting to her twerking.

"The X Factor" sees slight rise on Night 2

But ratings are still down dramatically from last year. PLUS: Simon Cowell sings.

"Today" unveils a new orange logo

The new "Today," launching Monday, will have a completely orange theme.

Does Barbara Walters denying Katie Couric will replace her on "The View" mean it's true?
Walters has been having recent credibility problems, from her retirement to Elisabeth Hasselbeck's exit. PLUS: Watch Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Fox News promo.

Mark Harmon reacts to Cote de Pablo's "NCIS" exit
"We've had a lot of changes," he told Arsenio Hall, "and we've managed to get better with the changes both in front of the camera and behind the camera. We have another change this year, with Cote leaving and it's up to this highly professional group to use that as a springboard, to improve and stay number one."

"Big Bang Theory" bringing back Leonard's mom
Christine Baranski will reprise her role.

Jay Leno addresses his fling with Sharon Osbourne: "Sharon gave me a 'heart-on'"
On last night's "Tonight Show," "The Talk's" Aisha Tyler presented Leno with a gift from Sharon.

Jeff Probst wants more early season "Survivor" players to return
The "Fans vs. Favorites" season didn't have anybody from Seasons 1 through 15. But Probst is glad to see old-school players on for next season.

ESPN's Brent Musberger recalls his awkward interview with Eminem
His wife told him, "Brent, at least you didn’t call him 'beautiful.'"

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<p>Michael Douglas as Liberace in &quot;Behind the Candelabra.&quot;</p>

Michael Douglas as Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra."

Credit: HBO

Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Will 'Behind the Candelabra' star power trump the competition?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented next Sunday night, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

We'll begin the same way we did last year, by looking at the nominees for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, which features one show that still arguably doesn't belong here ("American Horror Story"), a huge commercial hit ("The Bible"), a couple of HBO films starring multiple Oscar winners ("Phil Spector" and "Behind the Candelabra"), a prestige cable miniseries that might have turned into an ongoing series if its ratings were better ("Political Animals"), and the start of Sundance Channel's impressive push into original scripted series ("Top of the Lake"):

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Could Katie Couric join 'The View'?

Could Katie Couric join "The View"?

The NY Daily News reports that if/when "Katie" is canceled, Couric could end up replacing Barbara Walters when she retires.

Conan O'Brien made his "Late Night" debut 20 years ago today
On Sept. 13, 1993, Conan O'Brien replaced David Letterman, beginning an unlikely journey through late-night, with a writers' room that included Louis CK, Robert Smigel, Bob Odenkirk and Dino Stamatopoulos (AKA Star-Burns from "Community"). Conan famously overcame his first rocky years, which included Howard Stern throwing him a cancelation party and roasting him with a puppet in 1994. To mark the 20th anniversary, Conan looked back at some of his famous "Late Night" bits, from Pimpbot 5000 to Clutch Cargo. PLUS: Watch Conan's 1st "Late Night" Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3, featuring John Goodman, Drew Barrymore and Tony Randall.

"Sons of Anarchy" creator blasts the Parents TV Council

"I would imagine these are not evil people," says Kurt Sutter. "But they are just not very intuitive or intelligent individuals. It's such a small and simple view of process. The fact that people want to be monitoring what my children watch is terrifying. There is no awareness of what is the bigger objective of that episodes, the bigger point of the narrative. And to me that's a really simplistic, dangerous view of anything, never mind the creative process."

Report: Selma Blair threatens lawsuit over "Anger Management" dismissal

According to TMZ, Blair is claiming wrongful termination.

"Burn Notice's" series finale, explained
Creator Matt Nix talks about the events of last night. PLUS: Will there be a spinoff? Was the final season too heavy?

"SVU" to tackle the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal

The "Law & Order" franchise is set to rip the former New York City mayoral candidate from the headlines, but with a Hispanic candidate.

Jimmy Kimmel puts his wife in a sketch with Jake Gyllenhaal
What happened when Jimmy lost his wedding ring?

Watch a preview of "Parks and Rec" in London with Heidi Klum

Here's the first promo of the one-hour season premiere.

Ranking Aaron Sorkin's work

From worst to best ("The West Wing").

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Jake Gyllenhaal compares the 'Prisoners' cast to playing on the Yankees

Jake Gyllenhaal compares the 'Prisoners' cast to playing on the Yankees

Obviously not this season's team

TORONTO - Like everyone, actors make good choices and bad choices in their career. At this moment, Jake Gyllenhaal is working on a string of great choices. Since the back-to-back 2010 misfires "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" and "Love & Other Drugs," he has starred in the well-respected box office hit "Source Code," earned critical acclaim for the surprise success "End of Watch" and should have one of the biggest hits of his career when the ensemble thriller "Prisoners" opens later this month. Plus, he recently took a major creative chance with "Enemy," an experimental drama he shot with his director Denis Villeneuve before they collaborated on "Prisoners." Both "Enemy" and "Prisoners" debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival where the Oscar nominee sat down to talk, mostly, about the latter.

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<p>Scarlett Johansson in&nbsp;&quot;Don&nbsp;Jon&quot;</p>

Scarlett Johansson in "Don Jon"

Credit: Relativity Media

On the resurgence of Scarlett Johansson

Between 'Don Jon' and 'Under the Skin,' the star is partying like it's 2003

Fun fact: it's 10 years ago to the day that Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" went on limited release in Los Angeles, mere days after doing the Venice-Telluride-Toronto stretch that was a rarer feat for prestige films then than it is now. In some respects, it does feel that long since we first laid eyes on Coppola's woozy Tokyo kinda-love story, which is not to say it doesn't hold up rather beautifully. The director's three subsequent films, albeit variations on a consistent theme, exhibit an arc of wearied, cooled maturity, while indie film festivals are still awash with atmospheric imitators that may or may not know the source of Coppola's own cribbing. 

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<p>Jesse (Coby Bell)&nbsp;and Sam (Bruce Campbell)&nbsp;get into a jam in the &quot;Burn Notice&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

Jesse (Coby Bell) and Sam (Bruce Campbell) get into a jam in the "Burn Notice" series finale.

Credit: USA

Series finale review: 'Burn Notice' - 'Reckoning'

Michael Westen's adventures come to an explosive end

"Burn Notice" has come to an end. I wrote about the series as a whole earlier, and I have a few  thoughts on the finale coming up just as soon as I smoke one more cigarette...    

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<p>&quot;The X Factor&quot; contestant Jorge Pena</p>

"The X Factor" contestant Jorge Pena

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Auditions Night #2

We're back for at least one more night of recapping

Somebody at FOX loves me. 

Or hates me. 

Yesterday, I blogged the Season 3 premiere of FOX's "The X Factor" and left the fate of future recaps in the hands of one of three possibilities. Well, the show wasn't especially awesome, but it also wasn't worse and in the last 20 minutes, we got Alex & Sierra and Rion Paige, who were pretty nifty. And traffic for the recap wasn't outrageously good, but it certainly wasn't bad. And, finally, the consensus from readers wasn't a consensus at all. Some of you said that without having my recaps to accompany the show, there wouldn't be a point. Some of you said that you'd prefer I not torture myself. And the vast majority of you probably couldn't care less. 

That counts as a wash. 

Then I saw that Thursday's (September 12) episode was a full two hours and that temporarily pushed me into the, "No thanks" camp.

But FOX cut me off on the exit ramp and posted Thursday's full episode online, thereby cutting out commercial time and letting me do "X Factor" on my own schedule.

That explains the strange time-stamps in this live-blog. They relate to time in the episode and not to air-time.

And that also explains why I'm recapping tonight's episode.

More after the break!

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<p>Julia Roberts at a press conference for &quot;August:&nbsp;Osage County&quot;&nbsp;at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.</p>

Julia Roberts at a press conference for "August: Osage County" at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

Contender Countdown: It's already hard out there for a best picture player

New Feature: Rank the top 10 best picture contenders as you see them

It's going to be one of those years, a season where so much is at stake that the back-biting begins very, very early. In fact, too early. We saw signs of these behind-the-scenes shenanigans last season when "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Misérables" lost their legit Best Picture-contending statuses in pressure-filled PR takedowns. It's only September and competing consultants and publicists already appear to be trying to influence the media to do their bidding. A few disparaging quotes heard across Toronto…

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<p>Ray&nbsp;Dolby was 80</p>

Ray Dolby was 80

Credit: Dolby Laboratories

Tech Support: Oscar-winning sound pioneer Ray Dolby leaves behind a rich legacy

The audio legend passed away today at the age of 80

Those entering the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 at the 86th annual Academy Awards will pass under the marquee named after a man who changed the art and science of movies, a man whose thumbprint is on the very form itself, a man who passed away earlier today at the age of 80.

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