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Best and Worst of the 2013 Tony Awards

Best and Worst of the 2013 Tony Awards

Plus: Ladies first, those kids can sing and dance and more

Did you spend your Sunday night watching the NBA Finals, the finale of this season's "Game of Thrones" or the latest episode of "Mad Men"?  If so, you likely missed of the best award show telecasts of the year. Of course, when Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Tony Awards would anyone expect anything less?  

The 2013 Tony Awards featured thrilling performances, a moment that will be marked in entertainment history and, um, Mike Tyson.  It wasn't perfect, but it was great television. With that in mind, check out the best and worst of this year's show courtesy of Daniel Fienberg, Kristopher Tapley and Gregory Ellwood.  

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<p>Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper in "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Favors'

Sally sees something bad, Peggy has rats and Bob Benson takes a knee

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as Fred Astaire punches Ginger Rogers in the face...

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<p>The Hound (Rory McCann)&nbsp;and Arya (Maisie WIlliams)&nbsp;in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

The Hound (Rory McCann) and Arya (Maisie WIlliams) in "Game of Thrones."

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Season finale review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Mhysa'

Benioff and Weiss use the end of season 3 to set the wheels in motion for season 4

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" season finale coming up just as soon as I sheep shift your bed...

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<p>&quot;Kinky Boots&quot; star and Best Actor winner Billy&nbsp;Porter</p>

"Kinky Boots" star and Best Actor winner Billy Porter

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Cyndi Lauper and 'Kinky Boots' rock the Tony Awards

Tom Hanks loses and Cicely Tyson wins on first nominations

The American Theatre Wing's 67th annual Tony Awards were presented tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and it was Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's "Kinky Boots" that basked in the glow of glitz and glitter, walking out with the most awards on the night.

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<p>Cyndi Lauper at the 67th annual&nbsp;Tony Awards</p>

Cyndi Lauper at the 67th annual Tony Awards

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Cyndi Lauper inches one step closer to an EGOT at the 2013 Tony Awards

With a Grammy, an Emmy and now a Tony, only the Oscar remains

With her Tony win in the Best Original Score category tonight for her work on the Broadway smash "Kinky Boots," musician Cyndi Lauper has inched a step closer to some elite industry awards company.

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<p>The Broadway cast of &quot;Kinky Boots&quot;</p>

The Broadway cast of "Kinky Boots"

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2013 Tony Awards Live-Blog

Neil Patrick Harris celebrates theater you haven't seen
Greets, salutations and welcome to theater's big night! Or... theatre's big night. I spell it that way, because I've actually been to London more times than New York in the past year and seen more West End theatre than Broadway theater. The only Broadway show I caught this year, in fact, was "The Heiress," which was supposed to be a big Tonys contender, but... wasn't.
 
So I don't have a clue what deserves to win at Sunday (June 9) night's Tony Awards. 
 
You can think of this live-blog, then, as a chance to chatter along below, but if you aren't watching the show live, it'll let you know when you want to skip around to catch highlights like the reported duet between Neil Patrick Harris and Andrew Rannells, or when the cast of "Bombshell" is going to perform.
 
It's a public service or something for those of you who are watching the "Game of Thrones" finale or a new episode of "Mad Men"...

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Nigel Lythgoe confirms his 'Idol' firing


Nigel Lythgoe confirms his "Idol" firing
"Just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired," Lythgoe tweeted, adding that "Fox still loves me" and that he'll still do "So You Think You Can Dance."


Simon Cowell egged live on "Britain's Got Talent"

Violinist Natalie Holt apologized for storming the stage and egging Cowell, but said: "I basically took a stand against people miming on television and against Simon and his dreadful influence on the music industry."

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<p>&quot;Dia de los Muertos&quot;</p>

"Dia de los Muertos"

Credit: Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham

2013 Student Academy Award winners announced

Students recognized from colleges and universities around the world

The 40th annual Student Academy Awards were held tonight in Beverly Hills. It's worth keeping an eye on these because you never know if they can turn around and show up at the Academy Awards, like Luke Matheny's "God of Love" and Timothy Reckart's "Head Over Heels" have in recent years.

The event was hosted by comedian and -- did you know? -- 1978 Student Academy Award-winner Bob Saget. Presenters included "Boys Don't Cry" writer/director Kimberly Peirce, "The Avengers" star Clark Gregg, last year's Oscar-nominated golden girl Quvenzhané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") and star of the upcoming "Saving Mr. Banks," Jason Schwartzman.

Sixteen students from colleges and universities around the world were honored. Check out a full list of winners below.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Music Power Rankings: Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Johnny Cash make this week's list

NIne Inch Nails and Miley Cyrus show up too


1. Apple: As Sony Music becomes the last major record company to sign on, look for Apple to launch its iRadio streaming service within the next few weeks. Game changer? iBet.

2. Justin Bieber
He’s conquered earth, so now he looks for planets beyond as he plans to travel into space with Virgin Galactic. Non-Beliebers ask if he can stay there.

3. Johnny Cash: The man in black gets his own forever stamp, as if he needed that to achieve immortality

4. Nine Inch Nails: Trent Reznor-led band releases first single in five years, “Came Back Haunted”... ironically, perhaps, the band’s least haunting song ever.

5. Brian Wilson: Surf’s Up as the Beach Boy returns to Capitol Records for a new solo album.

6. Miley Cyrus: Her new single,  “We Can’t Stop,” starts off strong with sales of up to 200,000 copies in its first week.

7. Mariah Carey: Lambs unite! Carey’s 14th studio album will comes out July 23.

8. Robin Thicke: The soulful R&B singer lands his first top 10 hit with summer smash “Blurred Lines.” It’s amazing what a little nudity can do.

9. Taylor Swift: She spends the night together with the Rolling Stones as she joins the band in Chicago for a version of “As Tears Go By.”

10. Little Mix: The female foursome’s “DNA” bows at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, surpassing the Spice Girls for the best ever debut by a British female act.  #girlpower

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"America's Got Talent"

 "America's Got Talent"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'AGT,' 'Ice Road Truckers' and sex slaves

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

 Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 
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'Walking Dead' and 'Vampire Diaries' bosses don't remember the accused ricin sender


"Walking Dead" and "Vampire Diaries" bosses don't remember the accused ricin sender

Shannon Richardson, AKA Shannon Guess, listed both shows on her IMDb resume, but she may just have been a glorified extra.


"Veronica Mars" movie adds Percy Daggs III
Veronica's best friend, Wallace Fennel, will be part of the film. UPDATE: Chris Lowell will also be in the film.


Christina Ricci signs on to play Lizzie Borden in a Lifetime movie
She'll play the woman who was tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother.


Perhaps "Daily Show" fans need this break from Jon Stewart

Will three months off rid Stewart of some of his "annoying tics," like his overreliance on goofy accents?

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<p>NBC's &quot;Dracula&quot; starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers</p>
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NBC's "Dracula" starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers

 

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DVR Gridlock 2013-14: Friday Nights

Increasingly busy night adds 'Bones,' 'Dracula' and 'Hawaii Five-0'
[Over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments.]
 
FRIDAY NIGHTS
 
8:00 p.m.
ABC: "Last Man Standing," "The Neighbors"
CBS: "Undercover Boss"
FOX: "Junior Masterchef," "Bones"
NBC: "Dateline"
 
 
9:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Shark Tank"
The CW: "America's Next Top Model"
FOX: "Sleepy Hollow" encores and "Raising Hope," "Enlisted"
NBC: "Grimm"
 
 
10:00 p.m. 
ABC: "20/20"
CBS: "Blue Bloods"
NBC: "Dracula"
 
What's Changed: Credit the networks for trying to do new things on Friday night and for continuing to try to buck the conventional wisdom that Friday airings mean death. "Grimm" will be starting its third season on Fridays. "Last Man Standing" will be in its second Friday season. And that's saying nothing of established successes like "Blue Bloods" on CBS and ABC's "Shark Tank." Friday Night Lives! And this fall, FOX will bring still-fairly-robust success "Bones" to Friday, while CBS is doing the same with the slightly-less-robust "Hawaii Five-0." And then you have a few flashy new shows. NBC will try semi-literary, star-driven drama in the 10 p.m. hour with "Dracula" and then "Crossbones." [Did this work last time NBC tried it with a little show called "Crusoe"? Well, no. But you've forgotten "Crusoe" even existed and I apologize for the reminder.] FOX, meanwhile, is planning an isolated comedy block starting mid-fall, if you assume that "Raising Hope" and "Enlisted" will ever actually air on Fridays. And then there's The CW's "Carrie Diaries," which failed on Mondays, so surely it'll succeed on Friday, right? There's a lot of stuff happening on Friday.
 
How the Ratings Race Is Impacted: CBS is still likely to dominate Friday overall, but you've gotta credit the network with trying to narrow the gap. "Hawaii Five-0," which only remains on the air due to its international viability, won't come close to equalling the 9-ish million viewers "CSI: NY" was drawing here, though it may keep up with "CSI: NY" in the key demographic. Assuming that "Shark Tank" has another solid summer of repeat sampling, it may be strong enough to help ABC win the night among adults 18-49 all on its own. There are several plausible x-factors. FOX has teased a "Bones" move to Friday several times in the past. Is this just another bluff? If "Sleepy Hollow" fails fast and hard, for example, why wouldn't FOX just keep "Bones" on Monday and shift "Almost Human" to 9 p.m.? Similarly, if "Dads" fails fast and hard, why wouldn't FOX shift established cult favorite "Raising Hope" to a Tuesday 8 p.m. slot it has occupied in the past? And if that happens, what would becoming of that Friday comedy block? I'm not sure both of those failures/shifts are likely, but one of them? I'd almost guarantee it. If "Bones" somehow remains on Fridays, though, it could/should give FOX its best numbers on the night in several years and could make the network competitive in the key demo. Similarly, what if somehow "Dracula" capitalizes on its brand name and maybe star Jonathan Rhys Meyers? Maybe that's enough to combine with the already-respectable "Grimm" to help NBC take the key demo. It'll also be worth watching to see how low numbers for "Carrie Diaries" are and if The CW suddenly finds itself thinking a six-episode final season for "Nikita" isn't quite long enough. It's actually surprising how many strange things could be afoot on Fridays this fall.             
 
My Predicted DVR: During the spring with "Nikita" and "Happy Endings" and "Vegas" and something I'm forgetting -- I don't want to admit how many episodes of "Cult" I watched -- my DVR was recording steadily on Friday nights. That could continue to be the case this year. I'll stick with "Carrie Diaries" and "Bones" at 8 p.m. and "Raising Hope" (and occasionally "Shark Tank") in the 9 p.m. hour. And I'll definitely give "Dracula" an extended shot in the otherwise-vacant 10 p.m. hour. That's a lot of Friday TV viewing and doesn't include the occasional Starz drama or whatnot.
 
How have the new schedules impacted your Fridays?
 

 

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