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<p>&quot;The Goldbergs.&quot;</p>

"The Goldbergs."

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Upfronts 2013: ABC counting on 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' for next season

Will the fanboys come in big numbers for Agent Coulson? And why is the 'Once Upon a Time' spin-off airing on Thursdays?

Every year at upfront time, ABC seems to be in the same situation, doing the same things. They're a network with a number of genuine hits ("Modern Family," "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal"), and yet that struggles in the overall ratings (this season, they'll again finish fourth among adults 18-49). And each year they respond with a ton of high-concept new series — next season will feature a dozen new sitcoms and dramas, including "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" spin-off — that will be placed into problematic timeslots and/or left to fend for themselves. 

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ABC unveils its fall schedule: 'Dancing' results show cut


ABC unveils its fall schedule: No more "Dancing" results show

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will kick off a Tuesday night full of all-new shows, while "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" will precede "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursdays and "Betrayal" will follow "Revenge." PLUS: ABC to air some dramas in batches of 12, and ABC renews "The Taste" and "Shark Tank," plus "The Bachelor, "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Funniest Home Videos."

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<p>'Demi'</p>

'Demi'

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Review: Demi Lovato's new album 'Demi'

'X Factor' judge's material doesn't always match her strong pipes

Demi Lovato has grown up in the public eye from the time she appeared on “Barney & Friends” through her Disney Channel series “Sonny With A Chance” to her current stint as an “X Factor” judge, with many of the challenges she faced as she transitioned from a Disney star to an adult on display. 

She’s candidly and bravely funneled some of her experiences, including her struggles that ultimately led to her spending time in a treatment center and being diagnosed as bi-polar,  into her material, such as on 2011’s  “Skyscraper.” Her largely female teen audience has embraced her for her ability to sing about complicated issues in an uncomplicated fashion in a manner that rings true and full of self discovery and hope, yet seldom sugary.

So there’s reason to believe that when she calls an album, “Demi,” as she has her fourth collection, out May 14, that she will be revealing some thing about herself in a way that we may not have previously experienced. Sadly, for much of “Demi,” that is not the case.

The problem with “Demi” is that too much of the music here is so generic that it could be any teen queen—or king, the peppy “Something That We’re Not” is melodically cut from the same cloth as any number of One Direction songs—delivering these tunes.

Almost every song can be matched to previous pop hit: “Made In The USA” sounds like Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone,” with a very heavy kick drum (surprisingly, the song was not written by Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote “Gone,” but he does show up as a co-writer on the “Firework”-like “Neon Lights”) “Really Don’t Care,” featuring Cher Lloyd, who adds a Ke$ha-like rap in the middle, sounds like Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” Similarly, the dance-tinged “Never Been Hurt” could be a cousin to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

Lovato has a strong voice many levels above the typical teen star and she’s striving to appear grown up, as first single “Heart Attack” showed. She shines when the lyrics resonate with a depth that seems to match an emotional level we know she possesses.

When the often overly-produced album strips away enough bells and whistles to focus on her vocals, such as on“Shouldn’t Come Back,” a spare, emotional ballad that may be about her estranged father and how tired she is of being so sad and mad, the results are strikingly poignant. She delivers the song with a depth of feeling that is missing on much of the rest of the tunes. She does not have to open a vein and bleed on every track, but “Shouldn’t Come Back” only highlights what she is capable of achieving...and she is capable of achieving a lot.

Similarly, though “Warrior” sounds like a Christina Aguilera track circa 2006, Lovato sells the tale of a survivor so convincingly that she makes the song her own.

For those who are looking for a largely uptempo album that fits squarely into much of the pop landscape on radio today, “Demi” will be a pleasing fit. For fans who gravitate toward songs like “Shouldn’t Come Back” and “Warrior,” “Demi” will serve as a sign of the depth that Lovato can reach and will hopefully strive for as she continues to find her own voice.

 

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<p>Cristin Milioti in a scene from the &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Cristin Milioti in a scene from the "How I Met Your Mother" finale.

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After 'How I Met Your Mother' finale, what comes next?

A reaction to comments from the 'HIMYM' creators about the structure of the final season

I already reviewed the "How I Met Your Mother" season finale last night, but I have some morning-after thoughts — including words from Carter Bays — on what the episode means for the show's final season, coming up just as soon as we watch a movie that doesn't start with a desk lamp jumping on top of a capital I...

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<p>A moment from Lady Antebellum's 'Goodbye Town'</p>

A moment from Lady Antebellum's 'Goodbye Town'

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Watch: Lady Antebellum says goodbye to love in new video for 'Goodbye Town'

Charles Kelley tries to mend his broken heart

Lady Antebellum, whose new album, “Golden,” is a lock to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, unveiled a video for the album’s second single, “Goodbye Town,” today.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Bill Hader as Stefon.</p>

Bill Hader as Stefon.

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So long, Stefon!: Bill Hader leaving 'SNL' after 8 years


So long, Stefon!: Bill Hader leaving "SNL" after 8 years

“It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader, who joined the "SNL" cast in fall 2005 with Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, tells the NY Times. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.'" When Hader broke the news to Lorne Michaels in February, he said he didn't cry, "but I did think I was about to faint." Saturday will be Hader's final episode.


How "How I Met Your Mother" found its mother

"HIMYM's" casting director had been touting Critin Milioti for two years.


Adam Scott & Amy Poehler to recreate "Hart to Hart"

For "The Greatest Event in Television History" for Adult Swim, the "Parks and Rec" stars will reunite as husband-and-wife team Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.


Jeff Probst: Why Brandon Hantz wasn't at the "Survivor" reunion
"We had a conversation and everyone, including Brandon, felt this was the best decision," said Probst, who also explains why the entire cast wasn't up on stage (the stage couldn't handle 20 people).

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<p>Sarah Polley has every reason to smile now that her new film 'Stories We Tell' is opening</p>

Sarah Polley has every reason to smile now that her new film 'Stories We Tell' is opening

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Sarah Polley talks about the artistic freedom that led to her brilliant new 'Stories We Tell'

An interview with one of the most exciting young filmmakers working

These days, a number of my interviews are done by phone because I am juggling some complicated scheduling around the lives of my kids. It's just a fact of parenthood… you make space for all of their stuff because you have to. You do it no matter how hard it is, because it means something to them and you only get one shot at that.

At least, that's how I feel right now. I know people who have made that sort of effort and still managed to fumble things, and no matter how hard we want everything to work out for our lives and the lives of our kids, that's not always the case and we know that. And sometimes, the stories we tell ourselves or that we tell our kids are used to help paper over some sort of hurt, and we justify it by saying we're trying to avoid hurting them any more than is necessary.

What happens when you get away with a story for so long that you forget you told it, until someone else starts peeling away at the edges of it? What happens when you discover that something you've accepted as part of your daily life, one of the fundamental truths of your world, is simply not true?

All of this is dealt with in Sarah Polley's remarkable new film "Stories We Tell," which I gave a fairly breathless review earlier this year. The film is available now for you in a number of different ways, and I want to urge you to give it a try. It is as exciting in its own way as any of the summer blockbusters, and smarter than all of them rolled up into one.

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'HIMYM': Who's the new girl?


"HIMYM": Who's the new girl?

Newbie Cristin Milioti not only appeared in the Broadway musical "Once," but had brief roles on "The Sopranos" and "30 Rock."


Watch Christopher Meloni in Fox midseason comedy "Surviving Jack"
Fox also released the trailer for midseason drama "Gang Related." PLUS: Fox auto-tunes its fall lineup.


"Seinfeld" said goodbye 15 years ago today
Does "Seinfeld" still hold up 15 years later? Of course it does.


"Young and the Restless" will take its time to address the fate of Jeanne Cooper's character
When Cooper died, the writers had already finished scripts through July.


Did "Game of Thrones" show its worst-ever scene this week?
This torture has been dragging on for weeks.


Fox emphasizing year-round programming, plus shorter seasons

"We're not going to be confined to a traditional 22 episode" order for most shows, said Fox Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly. "There will be shows that play at 13, 15, 17. There's no magic number. Shows will premiere and stagger throughout the year." He added that he's tired of hearing the word "midseason" because shows are launched year-round.


"90210" has a happy ending, for the most part

The series finale wasn't so kind on one character.


Last year, NBC said "Animal Practice's" monkey was the best-testing character in years

This year, NBC says Michael J. Fox's comedy, Sean Hayes' sitcom and  James Spader's "Blacklist" were the best-testing shows in years. So is NBC's testing flawed? PLUS: Judging the new NBC shows.


"Homeland" casting directors: A lot of potential big-name "Brodys" rejected us
Talking about casting the five main characters, casting directors Junie Lowry-Johnson and Libby Goldstein say they want after a lot of big names for the Nicholas Brody role. But many feared playing a good guy turned bad guy.


Jere Burns loves being a TV badass
The "Justified" and "Bates Motel" guest star says: "There's nothing more fun than a crazy, really smart guy."


"Breaking Bad" creator lost sympathy for Walter White, then changed his mind
Vince Gilligan says his perception of Walters changed over the final eight episodes. "I’ve realized that judging the character is not a particularly fruitful endeavor on my part, and yet I have done that," he says. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" fan arrested digging for keys to the set.


Amy Poehler: "Ron Swanson is going to have a baby"

The "Parks and Rec" star joked about Ron's pregnancy. PLUS: Introducing "Tron Swanson," and the Ron Swanson Guide to Romance.


See Barbara Walters as a Playboy Bunny

In 1962, Walters wore the bunny suit for a segment on NBC.


Should it matter that Seth Meyers is another white male network late-night host?
Will the TV networks ever give a non-white male a chance to host a late-night show?


"SNL" should never bring back an alum 1 year after their departure
Kristen Wiig's many signature characters were too fresh in our memories, weighing down her homecoming. PLUS: 9 people banned from "SNL."


"Buffy" writers, "The Shield" writers and "The X-Files" writers reunite
Check out the "Buffy" reunion for The Hollywood Reporter, as well as "The Shield" reunion and "The X-Files" reunion.


Magic Johnson bringing 5 black women together for a late-night talk show

Johnson's Exhale network is set to launch the talk show "Aspire" next month.


"Mad Men" filmed in a real tiny plane
"It's tiny," says Kevin Rahm, who plays Ted Chaugh. "Literally, we barely fit in there. You had to watch your knees when you shut the door."


"Revenge" course-corrects with its Season 2 finale

The two-hour season-ender undid a lot of the damage from this season. PLUS: Meet "Revenge's" costume designer.


Watch "The Office's" David Brent teach guitar in his new web series
Ricky Gervais is releasing "Learn Guitar with David Brent."

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<p>Angelina Jolie at the Women in World Summit last month.</p>

Angelina Jolie at the Women in World Summit last month.

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Angelina Jolie has preventative double mastectomy due to cancer likelihood

The actress takes to the pages of The New York Times to tell her story

Via New York Times op-ed, actress Angelina Jolie had this to offer tonight:

"My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman…

"Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex."

Read the rest here.

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<p>Eddie and Erik of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Eddie and Erik of "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Interview: Erik Reichenbach and Eddie Fox talk 'Survivor: Caramoan'

The season's 5th and 4th place finishers discuss their experience
"Survivor: Caramoan" ended its season on Sunday (May 12) night with a satisfying winner, a loopy Final Tribal Council and surprises that started within seconds of the start of the episode.
 
Viewers didn't make it through the first commercial break before Favorite Erik Reichenbach collapsed on the path leaving Tribal Council and had to be pulled from the game. It was a move that was simultaneously shocking, but not wholly surprising, given that Erik had suffered an existential crisis in the previous episode and practically wished for an injury to free him from his "Survivor" shackles and the mocking coconuts.
 
Erik's abrupt departure made EMT Eddie Fox the least likely member of the Final 4, since he had been targeted almost from the beginning, when he was part of the Pretty Person's Alliance. Instead, episode after episode passed with Eddie being targeted, but then spared in favor of alternative targets and bigger blindsides.
 
Eddie's relief was short-lived and he was the last person sent home before the Final 3.
 
My last batch of "Survivor" exit interviews were broken into three groups. In this first interview, Erik & Eddie discuss the strategy that read as under-the-radar or passive, they discuss the pressure "Survivor" puts on Alpha Males and they also explain why they went after Sherri so hard at Final Tribal. Tomorrow I'll have the season's joint second/third place finishers. And then on Wednesday (or maybe Thursday, depending on scheduling) I'll have a relatively long chat with the season's winner.
 
Click through for Erik & Eddie's exit interview...
 
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<p>Did Stanley Kubrick give an assist on this one?</p>

Did Stanley Kubrick give an assist on this one?

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The best of space station astronaut Chris Hadfield's photos from orbit

Well, my favorites, anyway...

I struggled with posting this because it's not movie-related (or even entertainment-related) and it seems like a weird way to use HitFix resources, but the more I thought about it, the more I couldn't really resist. After all, "Star Trek Into Darkness" is set to hit theaters on Friday and capture the imaginations of space freaks the world over, while at the same time, we have the homecoming of Commander Chris Hadfield and company from a few months' stint on the International Space Station -- real-life heroes of the cosmos. And Hadfield in particular has been doing what I think is some Pulitzer Prize-worthy work up there. Let me explain...

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Christina Aguilera to return to 'The Voice'

Christina Aguilera to return to "The Voice"
After a season off, Aguilera will return next season with about the same salary, replacing Shakira.


"HIMYM" shocker

Producers ended the season with a blank slate.


"Real Housewives of NY" Season 6 confirmed, but only 4 cast members are signed on
LuAnn de Lesseps and Aviva Drescher are, at the moment, part of the Season 6 cast.


Fox developing a "Billy the Kid" limited series

After ordering two limited series today, Fox is teaming with Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson on a limited series on the notorious outlaw.


Dr. Joyce Brothers, famed TV psychologist, dies at 85

The doctor with a frequent TV presence who once hosted "The Joyce Brothers Show" in the '50s on NBC came to fame by becoming the first woman to win "The $64,000 Question."

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