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<p>Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin in the &quot;Shameless&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin in the "Shameless" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Shameless' - 'El Gran Canon'

Frank wakes up in Mexico, Jimmy's in-laws return, and Lip builds a killer robot

I'm very happy to have "Shameless" back on my TV, and I have a few thoughts on the season 3 premiere — and the series as a whole — coming up just as soon as I focus on the White Sox box scores...

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<p>Allison Williams and Andrew Rannells in a scene from the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere. </p>

Allison Williams and Andrew Rannells in a scene from the "Girls" season 2 premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Girls' - 'It's About Time'

Hannah dates Donald Glover, Elijah and Marnie try a duet, and Shoshanna wants her dignity

"Girls" is back. I offered some initial thoughts on the new season on Friday, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as the pants made of SCUBA material make me look crazy...

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<p>Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes</p>

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes

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2013 Golden Globe Awards Live-Blog

Following Tina Fey & Amy Poehler and all of Sunday's winners

Because of the football game between the Patriots and Texans -- GO PATS! -- I missed most of the red carpet coverage before Sunday (January 13) night's Golden Globe awards.

That gives me something else to muse on during this live-blog, other than the usual winners, losers, speeches and graceful hosting by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Follow the live-blog, join the conversation and make fun of the dreadful predictions from me and Greg Ellwood.

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"The Carrie Diaries"

 "The Carrie Diaries"

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Press Tour: 'The Carrie Diaries' talks big hair, neon and Sarah Jessica Parker

It's, like, the '80s all over again with this "Sex and the City" 'origin story'

It's hard to believe Carrie Bradshaw, the main character of "Sex and the City" ("SATC"), was ever a teenager, but that's the concept behind both Candace Bushnell's YA books and the TV series "The Carrie Diaries" (premieres Mon. Jan. 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET). The stars and producers behind the show said at press tour that the series will feature big hair, neon clothing, a dirty Manhattan and, perhaps, some ideas about why Carrie grew up to pick Big over sweeter, kinder Aiden on "SATC."

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<p>Jamie Foxx and Leonardo&nbsp;DiCaprio in &quot;Django Unchained&quot;</p>

Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio in "Django Unchained"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Django' is Tarantino's biggest hit and 'Lincoln' crosses $150 mil as Best Picture nominees storm the box office this year

This is the story of the season

Kudos to The Weinstein Company this year for finding a fortunate release strategy in "Silver Linings Playbook" after bungling the release of "The Master" in September. It looks like it's going to work out. But I imagine most over there are happy as of late that "Django Unchained" is hitting as big as it is. Indeed, they needed this.

Not only that, but with this weekend's $11 million take, the film has become Quentin Tarantino's highest-grossing film to date. "Django" crossed the $125 million mark this weekend, besting the $120 million total "Inglourious Basterds" brought in 2009. It was down about 40% from last weekend with very little change in screen count and will likely percolate for a while longer.

Meanwhile, this is all part and parcel of the story of the year: Best Picture nominees have been box office hogs.

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<p>Jessica Chastain in&nbsp;&quot;Zero&nbsp;Dark&nbsp;Thirty&quot;</p>

Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Kathryn Bigelow's embattled film goes wide this weekend

At this point, anyone who hasn't seen "Zero Dark Thirty" -- which is the majority of the movie-going public -- has had to hear it chewed on and mulled over for well over a month. Critics awards and controversy have shrouded the film upon delivery to a wider audience this weekend, and it's turned up #1 at the box office as a result. But how about some reactions? When/if you get around to the film, and indeed, if you already have, cut loose with your thoughts on it in the comments section below.

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<p>Lance Briggs plays himself on tonight's &quot;lost&quot; episode of &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Lance Briggs plays himself on tonight's "lost" episode of "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' producers on 'Kickball,' Sunday scheduling and renewal hopes

A 'lost' season 2 episode sees the light of day, and ABC promises the double-pumping is a good thing

Tonight at 10, ABC will be airing something doubly unusual: another episode of "Happy Endings" on a Sunday night — as part of a recent strategy where that show and "Don't Trust the (Bitch) in Apt. 23" have been airing on both Tuesdays and Sundays so they can finish their seasons before "Dancing with the Stars" returns in March — and an episode that was left over from the previous season.

For scheduling reasons, tonight's episode, "Kickball 2: The Kickening" — a sports-filled episode guest starring Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs — never aired last spring, and has been sitting in limbo in America (though it's aired internationally) until tonight.

When I was at ABC's press tour party a few nights ago, I ran into "Happy Endings" producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff, and asked them about "Kickball" finally seeing the light of day, their thoughts on this scheduling strategy, and whether they think they have a shot to come back next year.

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<p>The CW President Mark Pedowitz</p>

The CW President Mark Pedowitz

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Press Tour 2013 Live-Blog: The CW Executive Session with Mark Pedowitz

Expect 'Battle Royale,' 'Arrow' and 'Vampire Diaries' spinoff questions

The CW President Mark Pedowitz has met with the Television Critics Association press tour a few times now, but Sunday (January 13) morning marks the first time he's come before us with that most elusive of TV programming unicorns -- a bona fide hit. 

How will the fall success of "Arrow" impact The CW in the present and what will it mean for future development, including the network's "Wonder Woman" prequel and more? 

Click through for the full TCA press tour live-blog:

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70th Golden Globe Awards predictions: Will 'Lincoln' and 'Homeland' rule the night?

70th Golden Globe Awards predictions: Will 'Lincoln' and 'Homeland' rule the night?

'Les Miserables,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'Modern Family' should also do well

It's that time of year. The few hours a year when the worlds of film and television come together in a drunken mess (well, until they reconvene at the SAG Awards in two weeks).  Yes, it's Golden Globes time people. And if anyone can throw a party, er, find movie studios and networks to pay for fabulous parties it's the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Using our connections with those that are the "inside" of the approximately 80-something member organization and our ability to predict the HFPA's need to please everyone, HitFix's Executive Editor Daniel Fienberg and I present you our predictions for the 70th Golden Globe Awards.

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<p>&quot;Maggie Simpson in 'The&nbsp;Longest Daycare'&quot;</p>

"Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Academy opens three more categories up to entire membership

Documentary Feature, Live Action Short and Animate Short will go out on screener

In years past, the Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film (Animated) and Best Short Film (Live Action) categories have been decided by the limited amount of members who could make it to the screenings of the films and therefore prove they viewed them before voting. This has always made predicting the results of those categories a little interesting, given the assumed "typical" sort of member who would have the time to participate. Things are changing this year, though.

In an email AMPAS president Hawk Koch sent out to Academy members, he notes that, "For the first time this year, our entire membership will be able to vote in three additional categories. The Academy will be sending you DVD screeners of the nominated films from these three categories before final voting begins." However, he added, "We look forward to seeing you at our screenings of the nominated films, which will begin on January 19 in Los Angeles, New York, London and San Francisco." So obviously a theatrical look is still preferred.

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10 things we learned from the 85th Academy Awards nominations

10 things we learned from the 85th Academy Awards nominations

'Why? Why? Why?'

It's been two days since the Academy Awards nominations were announced and Hollywood is still getting over the snubs and surprises. Like Nancy Kerrigan's primal cry of "Why? Why? Why?" echoing through time, industry pundits, critics across the globe, a plethora of Sony Pictures employees and Academy members not in the directing branch are opening questioning how Kathryn Bigelow could have been overlooked in the best directing category.  And the outrage over Ben Affleck's omission is only slightly quieter.  Clearly, it's never to late to review the lessons the Academy's collective membership have taught us so far this year.  With that in mind, here's 10 things we've learned so far.

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<p>Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in &quot;Homeland,&quot;&nbsp;which will stand on its own next fall.</p>

Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in "Homeland," which will stand on its own next fall.

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Showtime announces premiere dates for 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' & more

'Nurse Jackie' in April, 'Ray Donovan' in June, 'Masters of Sex' in September

In television, you use established hits to launch new ones. In the fall of 2011, Showtime used its big gun "Dexter" to help launch "Homeland." Two years later, "Homeland" can comfortably stand on its own, and today Showtime announced (during David Nevins' executive session) a 2013 schedule that will split the two dramas up so they can be used to launch a pair of new series, "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex."

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