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Jay Leno honored with Mark Twain Prize for Humor, feted by Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler
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Jay Leno honored with Mark Twain Prize for Humor, feted by Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler

Google changes Stephen Colbert's height to 5-10.5 after he complained he should be listed as 5-11

Jay Leno honored with Mark Twain Prize for Humor, feted by Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler
Seth Meyers, JB Smoove, Garth Brooks, Kristen Chenoweth, Kevin Eubanks and Wanda Sykes also helped honor Leno with the nation’s top humor prize Sunday night at the Kennedy Center. Chelsea Handler said in her tribute: “I never really said it to you, because you’re never really listening, but every single time I was on his show, he’d come back and ask me how I was doing, how was life. You made a difference in my life. I totally love you. And if you ever need anything from anyone, call Jimmy Fallon.” PLUS: Watch attendees try to impersonate Leno.

Google changes Stephen Colbert's height to 5-10.5 after he complained he should be listed as 5-11
Colbert ranted at Google last week on "The Colbert Report" for listing him as 5-10.

Shonda Rhimes slams tweeter upset her shows have too many “gay scenes”
"If you are suddenly discovering that Shondaland shows have scenes involving people who are gay, you are LATE TO THE PARTY,” Rhimes said in a series of tweets.

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<p>Miles Teller in &quot;Whiplash&quot;</p>

Miles Teller in "Whiplash"

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Off the Carpet: So let's talk about that crowded Best Actor Oscar race

If four spots are indeed spoken for, who gets the last seat at the table?

Let's start with a broad assessment that may or may not be true, but can be taken as close enough for the purposes of this column: there are four Best Actor slots spoken for. What are they? Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher," Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," Michael Keaton in "Birdman" and Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Only one of those films, mind you, has opened and screened for the Academy ("Birdman"). But if I were a betting man, I'd say that quartet is secure. So who slides in besides?

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<p>Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in &quot;Birdman&quot;</p>

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in "Birdman"

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'Birdman' warmly received at Academy screening as Norton and company hold court

The film netted a sizable turnout at its official AMPAS exhibition Sunday

BEVERLY HILLS — Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" flew into limited release this weekend with a fantastic $103,750-per-screen average and plenty of Oscar potential. This comes on the heels of a New York press blitz built around a closing night New York Film Festival berth for the film and with the expectation for limited availability from the ensemble and key crew members during the upcoming awards season (and in lieu of a proper Los Angeles premiere, to boot). At the film's official Academy screening Sunday afternoon, Alejandro González Iñárritu's thematically rich, formally inventive opus drew a sizable turnout (800 or so people in the 1,000-seat venue) and a warm reception that seemed to indicate this one will do well with voters.

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<p>Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Strangers'

Rick's group meets Father Gabriel, and Bob runs into a familiar face

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I lead you into a trap so I can steal all your squirrels...

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<p>Boardwalk Empire</p>

Boardwalk Empire

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Friendless Child'

Nucky and Luciano go to war, and Nucky finally reads Gillian's letter

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I catch you in a good mood...

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<p>Terry Crews in Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Terry Crews in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Halloween II'

Peralta and Holt try another Halloween bet, and Gina gets danced out of her group

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I buy a tuxedo off a disgraced magician...

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Letterman’s longtime cue-card guy fired for assaulting a 'Late Show' writer
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Letterman’s longtime cue-card guy fired for assaulting a 'Late Show' writer

Report: An autopsy was never performed on Joan Rivers

Letterman’s longtime cue-card guy fired for assaulting a “Late Show” writer
Tony Mendez — who's also host of “The Late Show’s” web series “The Tony Mendez Show” was terminated last week after getting into argument with writer Bill Scheft. “I know I shouldn’t have put my hands on him,” the 69-year-old Mendez tells the NY Post. “But this has been coming for a long time.”

Report: An autopsy was never performed on Joan Rivers
Melissa Rivers requested that an autopsy not be performed, and that means we’ll never learn what exactly killed Rivers, according to TMZ.

Mindy Kaling and Matt Damon are starring in a Super Bowl commercial together
The pairing is notable because Kaling once starred in a stage show called “Matt & Ben” about Damon and Ben Affleck’s friendship, where she played Affleck. No word on what product they were filming their commercial for.

“Glee’s” Matthew Morrison weds
Morrison tied the knot with model Renee Puente on Saturday. PLUS: “The Vampire Diaries" star Candice Accola also got married this weekend, and Evan Rachel Wood is dating Katherine Moennig from “Ray Donovan” and “The L Word."

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<p>Drew Christy of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Drew Christy of "Survivor"

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Interview: Drew Christy talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

Latest bootee isn't all that illuminating on his swift fall from grace

In his online "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" bio, Drew Christy says of his Personal Claim To Fame: " I seem to pull off the unthinkable with ease. People will ask me... How did you do that?"

On Wednesday night's "Survivor," Drew absolutely pulled off the unthinkable. In 44 minutes of television, Drew went from a position of power in a tribe that couldn't lose, a tribe on which the women were on a minority and couldn't create any sort of meaningful alliance to having his torch snuffed. Along the way, he decided to throw a challenge, but didn't tell anybody, led a campaign to vote out Kelley, but couldn't get a single person to join him, and managed to mobilize the tribe's women so that, amidst the chaos Drew created, they were able to vote him out in an impressive blindside.

Drew pulled off the unthinkable and I was, indeed, eager to ask the 25-year-old traveling sales rep how he did it. 

Unfortunately, I was out of town this week and had to conduct my "Survivor" exit interview with Drew via email through the show's team. The email option is one I'm tremendously grateful to have when, every season or two, I just can't do my normal phone interview. But doing interviews in this way makes it impossible to ask follow-up questions or to reask questions when queries come up that the subject would prefer not to answer.

In the case of my Drew interview, I probably would have wanted follow-ups to nearly every question and I would have wanted second shots at the five or six questions that didn't get answered at all. It's too bad, because Drew says in one of the responses that he didn't think the edit was a good representation of his time out there, but several questions that would have let him go into depth on his own interpretations went unanswered.

Don't expect illumination here...

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Doctor Who - Flatline
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Recap: 'Doctor Who' - 'Flatline' turns the audience into a surrogate Time Lord

They came...from the SECOND DIMENSIOOoooOOoooOON!

When we last left the Doctor and Clara, the former had shown his willingness to sacrifice the one to save the majority while the latter had proved the Doctor isn’t the only one who lies. Determined to keep up her double life, Clara’s playing a dangerous game with both Twelve and Danny.

But who was behind the computerized voice of Gus? Or does it even matter? Will “Flatline” continue the trend of the Monster-Of-The-Week (MOTW) or will the threads of this season start to coalesce? Time to find out!


Either we’re in the 1970s or this balding hipster hasn’t updated his decor since then. He’s whispering into a corded wall phone — truly an archaic device — to the police. He knows who did “it” and they’re everywhere. Whoever “they” are prove the hipster’s paranoid delusions are true by instantly murdering him.

Godspeed, sir. You make delightfully eccentric wallpaper.

In the TARDIS, Clara is haphazardly throwing her stuff into a bag. Ostensibly because Danny doesn’t like her leaving things behind, but in reality because Danny can’t find out she didn’t break up with the Doctor. Twelve is suspicious of a boyfriend being cool with time and space travel, but not with Clara leaving her toothbrush around. However, he doesn’t pick up on Clara being adamant in making sure they’ve returned to the EXACT same time and place they left from earlier.

Unrelated to anything, Clara’s jacket is amazing.

Ms. Oswald lies straight to Twelve’s face and turns to leave. But there is a problem. The TARDIS door is significantly smaller than it should be. It’s never done this before so of course the Doctor is intrigued. They both squeeze through (which is a hilarious visual) and OH MY GLOB. Sexy is so cute and adorable! But also, this probably spells certain doom, or at least a Scooby-Doo mystery to solve. 

The Doctor is excited. Clara is pissed because they definitely didn’t land back in her apartment.  “Let me enjoy this moment of not knowing something. It happens so rarely,” Twelve opines. Quite frankly,  it’s refreshing to see this return to a Doctor who revels in not knowing instead of bluffing that he knows everything. Clara agrees with Twelve and wanders off to see if anything strange is in the area while the Doctor tries to figure out why the TARDIS is suddenly way, way smaller on the outside.

Nearby, graffiti artist Rigsy is suffering the indignity of doing community service…by painting over his own work. His supervisor is the instantly deplorable Fenton, a man who exhibits the kind of casual cruelty that makes you instantly hope he’s slated for death by monster. 

A quick cut back to inside the TARDIS, where the Doctor is doing science with steampunk googles — hell yea! — when Sexy starts shaking like a Polaroid picture. That can’t be good.

Wandering around near the Bristol train station, Clara stumbles upon a memorial of some sort. Photos and candles and teddy bears are gathered against a wall. Further off underneath the bridge are murals of people, all with their backs facing the viewer. 


One of the community service guys cat calls her and Rigsy is like “Dude, what the hell? It’s a MEMORIAL,” and abandons his civic duty to perform the sacred right of spewing exposition at a main character. He tells her about all the people who have gone missing, including the most recent person. I assume he’s talking about poor Balding Hipster. Finally, a clue!

Clara quickly returns to where she left the TARDIS but it’s nowhere in sight…until she looks down. Sexy is now a Teacup TARDIS. The Doctor explains something is leeching the external dimensions but he’s still the same size. Then he proves it by sticking his hand out of the tiny door and my brain is not happy about what it’s looking at but I have no words to describe this emotion.

Twelve instructs Clara to put the TARDIS in her bag, explaining he futzed with the weight and pointing out if the TARDIS didn’t displace her weight all the time, her true size would fracture the surface of the Earth. Huh, never really thought about that. 

Before getting into her purse, the Doctor hands Clara the tools she’ll need to defeat whatever is out there. The psychic paper, the sonic screwdriver, and a nanotech optic nerve implant so Twelve can see what she sees. 

Our artist Rigsy catches back up and asks Clara who she is. With an evil grin, Clara declares herself to be the Doctor. “Doctor Oswald,” to be precise. Inside the TARDIS, Twelve bristles, so of course she twists the knife by adding she’s not really a Doctor, she just picked the title because it makes her sound important.

With her local guide in tow, Rigsy and Doctor Oswald head to the latest crime scene. And it’s definitely not Balding Hipster’s house. Rigsy says when the victim disappeared, there was no sign of a struggle. The spookiest thing though? The doors were locked…from the inside. Great. We’re inside a fireside ghost story. 

Side note: I assume that cracked desertscape one the wall is important, since the camera lingers on it.

Talking to the Doctor, who Rigsy can’t see or hear, Clara is coming off as slightly bonkers. Her declaration that perhaps the victim fell prey to a shrink ray, before getting down to start looking under furniture, is the last straw. Doctor or not, Rigsy can smell crazy and he is out of here. In a moment of desperation to keep her local guide, Clara busts out the Teacup TARDIS and introduces him to the Doctor. 

Somehow this soothes Rigsy and he is back on board. A tiny person in a miniature police box is cool, I guess? Maybe Rigsy was a fan of “The Indian in the Cupboard” as a child. 

But opening the TARDIS doors has let whatever was leeching the external dimensions steal the INTERNAL dimensions! I don’t know what that means but sounds bad! Clara agrees and closes the door while the Doctor paces near the chalkboard which is still housing the unknown equation that been around all season. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

To the next crime scene! Okay, THIS is definitely Balding Hipster’s house. His commitment to the decorating schemes of the 1970s is admirably, if misguided. Clara has convinced a local police officer — via psychic paper — that she’s here to take over. At Twelve’s direction, she starts sledgehammering the walls. Sadly, there are no wolves inside them.

While Rigsy pumps Clara for information about how she got her “job,” the police officer steps into another room to talk to her superior on the phone. Which means it’s time for her to die. Oh look, the walls are melting! Either that’s the monster or we’ve all got a contact high from being in this house.

By the way, cool suspended egg chair.

Nope, it was the monster and definitely NOT drugs. The officer dies screaming as whatever it is sucks her right into the ground. By the time Clara and Rigsy arrive, there’s nothing left but her flashlight. Looking through Clara’s eyes, the Doctor finally realizes what is going on. The mural on the wall isn’t a spooky forest, but a flattened nervous system. The cracked desert was human skin. Whatever the MOTW is, it’s from a universe with only two dimensions.

And it’s vivisecting humans to try and figure out the third one.

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Fox trims 'Mulaney’s' episode order
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Fox trims 'Mulaney’s' episode order

'Buffy’s' Nicholas Brendon arrested in Idaho

Fox trims “Mulaney’s” episode order
Fox has reduced its Season 1 order from 16 to 13 episodes after "Mulaney" just completed filming on Episode 13.

Report: Stephen Collins may not face child molestation charges
According to TMZ, law enforcement sources in the NYPD, LAPD and L.A. Sheriff’s Department think "the cases will go nowhere. All 3 cases are decades old, and our sources say prosecution would be barred by the statute of limitations.”

“Buffy’s” Nicholas Brendon arrested in Idaho
Brendon, in Boise for a local Comic-Con, was taken into custody for resisting and obstructing arrest last night after causing a disturbance in his hotel lobby.

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<p>Hook and Emma are going on a date on &quot;Once Upon a Time&quot;</p>

Hook and Emma are going on a date on "Once Upon a Time"

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Jennifer Morrison and Colin O'Donoghue tease 'Once Upon a Time' Emma-Hook date

Why is it important that both characters changed clothes?

VANCOUVER, BC. It seems like so long ago, but "Once Upon a Time" actually began with Jennifer Swan's Emma Swan on a date.

Romantically it wasn't a successful liaison, but it established Emma's skip-tracer as a non-nonsense woman with no time for fairy tales. Eventually, she made time.

Another Emma Swan date last season, with Chris Gorham's yet-to-monkey-out Walsh, was used to show audiences how memory-free Emma was adapting to single life in New York City. 

This Sunday (October 19), Emma is back on the prowl, but as you can see from the picture accompanying this story, fans are going to see a much different side of Emma's romantic life. 

After several seasons of flirting and wooing and resisting and that awkward thing where Emma lost her powers by performing mouth-to-mouth on him, plus a big kiss and then more flirting and wooing, Emmy and reformed pirating bad-boy Hook are going out on a date. 

And no, they're not going to Granny's.

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<p>&quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

"Blue Bloods"

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TV Ratings: 'Amazing Race' rises, 'Cristela' dips and CBS, ABC split Friday

As usual, 'Blue Bloods' and 'Shark Tank' lead the way

Fast National ratings for friday, October 17, 2014.

Although "Cristela" was down in its second airing, the freshman comedy still played its part in helping ABC narrowly win Friday night among young viewers. The margin-of-victory there was small because "The Amazing Race" delivered season highs for CBS, helping the network rule overall.

Otherwise, it was business-as-usual on Friday, "Shark Tank" delivering primetime's best key demo number, "Blue Bloods" leading overall and "Utopia" coming in a low.

Let's get to the numbers...

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