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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.

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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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<p>&quot;Superman:&nbsp;The&nbsp;Movie&quot;&nbsp;received nominations for Best Film Editing, Best  Original&nbsp;Score and&nbsp;Best Sound. It received a Special Achievement Award  for its visual effects.</p>

"Superman: The Movie" received nominations for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. It received a Special Achievement Award for its visual effects.

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Superman at the Oscars

A look at the franchise's Academy luck plus 'Man of Steel' awards speculation

Don't get too excited. Unlike "Star Trek," the Superman franchise hasn't yielded all that much fodder for a discussion of Academy Awards along the way. But there are a couple of things worth mentioning, as well as, of course, speculation to be tossed around regarding the Oscar chances of the latest installment. So let's take a look.

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<p>Henry Cavill makes the character of Superman his own in Zack Snyder's triumphant 'Man Of Steel'</p>

Henry Cavill makes the character of Superman his own in Zack Snyder's triumphant 'Man Of Steel'

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Review: Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel' delivers a whole new level of superhero thrills

Emotional, beautiful, and filled with brutal battles, this is a winner top to bottom

"Man Of Steel" is the Superman movie I've waited my whole life to see.

In the film, the most important struggle that Clark Kent aka Kal-El (Henry Cavill) has to overcome is the tension between his Kryptonian nature and his Earthly nurture. He is the last remnant of a once-vibrant race, and he is also fully human, a nice kid from Kansas. From that small description, this film spins a story so epic, so powerful, that my first viewing of it left me dizzy.

Growing up, I was much more of a Marvel fan overall, and of the DC characters, Batman was the one I really dug. I always thought Superman was okay, but somehow perpetually corny. It occurred to me as I was preparing to write this review that the most fundamental difference between DC's two flagship heroes comes down to one important detail: Batman is defined by his missing parents, while Superman is defined by his surplus of parents. Batman's grey moral code and his brutal, cold nature make sense based on his formative experiences, while Superman's optimism and his belief in the good inside people is completely due to the example given him by Pa and Ma Kent.

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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette' has bloodshed, gunslinging and a woman scorned

One unlucky bachelor gets called out for keeping a girl in reserve

So this should be an exciting episode -- the promos promise an angry girlfriend (hell hath no fury like one) and a visit to the medic. This is like the Red Wedding of "The Bachelorette"! 

Things start off with a goofy group date. Ten guys, horrible uniforms, and dodgeball! Dodgeball can be surprisingly rough when you have grown men playing (more like rugby than a cute playground sport for kids), so it's not quite humiliating all on its own. No, the guys have to be suited up like extras in a Will Ferrell movie, complete with headbands and hot pants. I honestly think this is supposed to give Des a chance to decide if she can ever be turned on by any of these guys after having seen them in these uniforms. 

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Neil Patrick Harris: Hosting the Oscars is on my bucket list

Neil Patrick Harris: Hosting the Oscars is on my bucket list

Though he's worried about the scrutiny, he says: "I would think hosting the Oscars would be a great bucket list check-off."

Ranking all 30 "Game of Thrones" episodes
"The Rains of Castamere" comes in at No. 3 in this Buzzfeed list. PLUS: "Game of Thrones" vs. "Lord of the Rings," watch the "Khaleesi" play the "Thrones" theme on the piano, how "Jaime Lannister" acts without a hand, "Tywin Lannister" on the Red Wedding, "GoT" parenting tips, "Arya Stark" on the season finale, the nudity by the numbers, and "GoT" finale breaks piracy record.

"Veronica Mars" film adds Christine Lakin
The "Step by Step" star originally appeared in the 14th episode of Season 1.

Check out "Game of Thrones'" Michelle Fairley on "Suits"
Exec producer Aaron Korsh says: "We're huge 'Game of Thrones' fans — we talk about it, we watch it, we love it."

Group of U.S. senators urges Nickelodeon to drop junk food ads

If Nick doesn't comply, could a ban on junk food ads be in the works?

"TMZ" the TV show releases "Black Baby" video it was afraid to show

TMZ filmed this segment months ago but shelved fearing it would be accused of racism.

Conan writer Deon Cole debuts his "Black Box" on TBS
How did Cole end up becoming a frequent presence on "Conan"?

Lorne Michaels sells HBO a comedy starring 2 ex-Jimmy Fallon writers
Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin will play reporters in Atlanta.

Why "Mad Men's" Bob Benson may not be what you think he is
Last night's reveal could be another case of Matthew Weiner's misdirection. PLUS: Benson was unbelievable, and Benson: The Investigation.

Simon Cowell is getting skinny

"The X Factor" star's ex-girlfriend has reportedly helped lose a lot of weight.

How Guillermo Diaz deals with all the "Scandal" shockers
"I'm nervous every time we're going to start a new episode," he says, "because I never know if I'm going to have to be naked, if I'm going to be waterboarded, if I'm going to have to walk into a house where everyone's dead, and have to have these emotions ready."

Dr. Drew baffled that people hold him accountable for "Celebrity Rehab" deaths
"They think I'm a millionaire and they think I am, like, rampaging or exploiting people to maintain that," he says. "And that could not be farther from the truth."

Jay Leno is a pioneer in his use of 3-D printing
He uses a 3-D printer to print out parts for his various cars.

Andy Richter moving after his parked car was hit by drunk drivers
The "Conan" sidekick has experienced damage to his car a lot since moving on to a busy street 11 years ago.

HBO's Pussy Riot documentary doesn't go in-depth
Tonight's film "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" is more like "Pussy Riot: The Telemovie."

What John Oliver learned shadowing Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show"
"His management skills, which I guess people have no reason to take any interest in, are just incredible," says Oliver. He builds this whole machine, all the cogs which work to get this show on the air each day. It all comes from his management. He oversees everything. When you're getting ready to put yourself in his shoes for awhile. . . It is pretty amazing the things those shoes can do." PLUS: "The Daily Show" needs his outsider's perspective, and watch Oliver's best "Daily Show" moments.

"King & Maxwell" has good chemistry, bad storylines

The TNT series starring Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney, says Verne Gay, "is a cop show where everything has been thrown into a blender and -- after a few minutes on high -- is ready to be poured down the throat of the viewer. The dialogue's preposterous, the plot ludicrous, and the premise as fresh as a wrung-out old mop." PLUS: Too much "Moonlighting."

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