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<p>Nicole Richie vs. Yvonne Strahovski was one of many memorable &quot;Chuck&quot;&nbsp;fight scenes.</p>

Nicole Richie vs. Yvonne Strahovski was one of many memorable "Chuck" fight scenes.

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'Chuck' vs. the Greatest Hits: Best moments in the show's history

Shower fights and Jeffster! songs and so much more

In case you've missed the frequent references in my just-completed 5-part interview with Fedak and Schwartz, "Chuck" airs its honest-to-goodness 2-hour series finale tonight at 8. I'll have a review of the finale, and a final post-mortem with Fedak, both up at 10 Eastern, but I couldn't resist doing one more "Chuck" post before then, this time looking back at some of my favorite moments from 5 seasons of this silly, sweet, awesome show. 

I started off wanting to stick to an even 10, then was willing to throw in as many as I could think of, before deciding I couldn't spend the whole week scouring YouTube and Hulu. (And note that many of the YouTube clips I wound up choosing wouldn't allow embedding, so you'll have to watch those over there.) These aren't every one of my favorite moments (for instance, I couldn't find a clip of Chuck and the bad guy chasing each other through the Gravitron), but they're enough to capture the many flavors and moods, the majesty and the absurdity of that thing that Fedak liked to call "the 'Chuck' show." 

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<p>Kelsey Grammer was terrific on last night's first &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Kelsey Grammer was terrific on last night's first "30 Rock."

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Review: '30 Rock' - 'Idiots Are People Three!/The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell'

Kelsey Grammer, Denise Richards and the Phillie Phanatic help both episodes score big laughs

Because "30 Rock" premiered at mid-season but had a full season order, from time to time we'll get nights like last night with back-to-back episodes, and I have a review of both coming up just as soon as I care about locally-sourced pig sweepings...

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<p>Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Chuck (Zachary Levi)&nbsp;and Casey (Adam Baldwin)&nbsp;went freelance in the final &quot;Chuck&quot;&nbsp;season.</p>
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Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) went freelance in the final "Chuck" season.

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'Chuck' vs. the Retrospective Interview, Part 5

Morgan gets the Intersect, Casey gets a girlfriend, and the show gets a finale
"Chuck" airs its last two episodes ever tonight at 8 and 9 on NBC, and that means we've come to the conclusion of the long interview I did with the show's co-creator, Chris Fedak (and, in previous installments, with Josh Schwartz as well).
In part 5, we look at how Morgan as the Intersect worked out, at the introduction of Carrie-Anne Moss as Gertrude Verbanski, the revelation of the season's big villain, and more.
I'll have a review of the finale up tonight at 10 Eastern, along with one last Fedak interview, this time discussing what goes down in the finale.
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<p>Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons in &quot;The Words.&quot;</p>

Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons in "The Words."

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Is the Sundance Film Festival's Oscar run officially over?

2012 is turning out to be another weak year for Academy Awards contenders

PARK CITY - It's been quite common over the past few years to receive a press release from the Sundance Film Festival congratulating the just announced Oscar nominees who debuted or screened their films at the previous edition of the festival. Impressively, the list of nominees was growing and including bigger and bigger categories almost every year.  What once was just some nominations in the documentary short category had grown to best actor, best original screenplay and - gasp - best picture.

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<p>Diane Keaton in&nbsp;&quot;Darling Companion&quot;</p>

Diane Keaton in "Darling Companion"

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SBIFF raises the curtain on the 27th annual

Honorees will include Viola Davis, Christopher Plummer and Martin Scorsese

SANTA BARBARA - The 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicked off tonight with the world premiere of Lawrence Kasdan's "Darling Companion," starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline. Unfortunately I couldn't make it down in time to catch it, but I'm here now and ready for a few days of awards season awareness.

The Santa Barbara fest smartly positioned itself a number of years back as a destination for Oscar contenders. Being the biggest phase two exposure of that sort, the festival's profile has sky-rocketed since Roger Durling took over executive director duties some time ago, adding lengthy tributes scattered throughout the fest as well as the Kirk Douglas Award (which is handed out every October at a private dinner -- this year's recipient was Michael Douglas). This year, a number of Oscar nominees will be appearing at the fest to have a little love thrown their way.

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<p>One of the Texas auditioners on Thursday night's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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One of the Texas auditioners on Thursday night's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Texas Auditions - Live-Blog

Were the stars tonight big and bright deep in the heart of Texas?

So what have I missed, y'all? It seems like a dozen months ago that I recapped the "American Idol" premiere and then the Sundance Film Festival began.

I assume you've been keeping up with Liane Bonin Starr's "Idol" recaps in my absence, while also keeping up with all of my Sundance coverage... 


I know I'm live-blogging on West Coast Time tonight, but let's get going with Thursday's (Jan. 26) auditions from Texas...

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'Good Taste Tastes Good'

The designers get to meet their idol - but only get six hours to work

We're down to the last ten designers, though I'm sure we're not down to our last wacky-ass design challenge. It seems that each week the designers are put through the paces for our amusement, but with little opportunity to highlight their actual skills. I guess making these guys show us how they can create evening gowns for Muppets or constructed from plastic knives or while wearing blindfolds makes things easier for the judges (she sent a model down the runway naked - she's out!), I'm not sure it's determining who's the best designer. But then, I guess reality TV doesn't really give a crap about that, anyway. 

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<p>Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in &quot;The Help.&quot;</p>

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in "The Help."

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Predicting Sunday's SAG Awards

Could 'The Help' have its biggest night of the season?

Positioned almost a month away from the Academy Awards ceremony, the Screen Actors' Guild Awards are frequently something of a buzzkill in the Oscar race -- not because they don't make for a perfectly entertaining evening in themselves, but because they have a nasty habit of sealing up the competition in a number of categories, making life rather dull for attentive awards-watchers.

A certain degree of overlap with the Academy membership makes their routine foreshadowing of the acting Oscar winners -- in the 17-year history of the awards, nearly 70% of the performances honored by SAG went on to take the big prize -- inevitable, though since the awards calendar was reshuffled a few years ago, they tend to answer some questions in the race a bit too early. With this year's acting races already showing little wiggle room, don't count on the Guild to open things up.

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<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;shows off her bowling skills on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) shows off her bowling skills on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Bowling for Votes': The perfect game

Leslie overreacts to a slight, April tries to crush Chris and Tom schools Ron

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I find an octagonal house...

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<p>Chevy Chase as Pierce on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Chevy Chase as Pierce on "Community."

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Why I miss 'Community': Because Pierce isn't as dumb as he looks

Every now and then, the old man has something to teach Jeff

It's Thursday at 8, which once upon a time would have meant an episode of "Community" was about to start. Instead, "Community" remains off of NBC's schedule with no announced return date(*), which means it's time for another installment of Why I Miss "Community," which I'm going to keep running every Thursday until we know the show's coming back.

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Kim Kardashian

 Kim Kardashian

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Are you ready for Kim Kardashian's multi-episode arc on 'Drop Dead Diva'?

The tabloid fixture debuts her new character on the show's season premiere

Just in case you thought the Kardashians might finally be reaching the end of their extremely lengthy fifteen minutes, guess again. Kim Kardashian, who last year snagged a role in Tyler Perry's "The Marriage Counselor," has just landed a multi-episode arc on the fourth season of the Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva" according to Deadline Hollywood. On the show Kardashian will play Nikki, the new love interest of Fred (Ben Feldman). Nikki will also be partnering with Fred's ex Stacy (April Bowlby) in a new business venture. 

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<p>&nbsp;Chris Brown</p>

 Chris Brown

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Listen: Chris Brown is back with 'Turn Up The Music'

Does it remind you of a certain recent 'party hit?

Wow. Someone has been listening to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and “I’m Sexy And I Know It.”  And his name is Chris Brown.

“Turn Up The Music,” a song from Brown’s forthcoming album, “Fortune,” is a straight-up slab of electro-dance that is a kissing cousin to “Party Rock Anthem... especially the first several bars.

[More after the jump...]

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