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"Honey Boo Boo," "True Blood," "Homeland"

"Honey Boo Boo," "True Blood" and "Homeland" 

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10 TV shows we once loved but have overstayed their welcome

'Homeland,' 'True Blood' and more just need to go, now

"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy has announced that next season -- the series' sixth -- will be the last for the show. Unfortunately, that news comes not a moment too soon. Even diehard fans have tired of the weak storylines, and the death of star Cory Monteith last year created a hole in the series that simply can't be healed. 

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<p>The Operating System communication device from &quot;Her.&quot;</p>

The Operating System communication device from "Her."

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K.K. Barrett on creating the world of 'Her' with Spike Jonze

Why creating the film's smallest design element was the toughest task

If there is one unsung hero of Spike Jonze's "Her" its production designer K.K. Barrett. Well, as unsung as an Academy Award nominee can be. Barrett has collaborated on everyone of Jonze's films and his work on "Her" may be his best. From a futuristic Los Angeles to the intricate work to get Samantha's operating system just right, "Her" takes place in a world that is far more intricate than it may seem.  And much of that is due to the work of Barrett and his co-nominee, set decorator Gene Serdena.

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<p>The PGA&nbsp;Awards winning producers of both &quot;Gravity&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;12 Years A&nbsp;Slave.&quot;</p>

The PGA Awards winning producers of both "Gravity" and "12 Years A Slave."

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Contender Countdown: Voting is over, but who will win Best Picture?

Dreaming of a tie

The polls are closed. The votes are being tabulated. Six months after "Gravity" and "12 Years A Slave" premiered within a few days of each other we still don't know for sure which film will win the most coveted film prize in the world, the Academy Award for Best Picture. After 86 editions of Oscar, this race will go down as one of the top 10 closest ever.

Pretty amazing, isn't it?

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Adapted Screenplay - Can '12 Years' fend off 'Philomena?'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Adapted Screenplay - Can '12 Years' fend off 'Philomena?'

Why, oh why, can't 'Before Midnight' be the sure-fire winner?

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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'Law & Order: SVU' gets Katie Couric grill 'journalist' Alec Baldwin


“Law & Order: SVU” gets Katie Couric grill "journalist" Alec Baldwin
Couric will play a talk show host, while the media-hating Baldwin will play a controversial newspaper columnist in the episode directed by Mariska Hargitay.


Justin Long to play a “Sober Companion” on Fox

The former “Ed” star will play a court-appointed sober companion whose job is to keep his clients clean.

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Matthew Perry’s 'Odd Couple' remake gets a CBS order


Matthew Perry’s “Odd Couple” remake gets a CBS order
The former “Friends” star will try to make another sitcom comeback playing messy Oscar Madison.


Seth Meyers opens to 3.4 million, Jimmy Fallon is still getting impressive ratings
Meyers’ “Late Night” launched to 3.4, which is up from the 2.8 million who saw debut nearly five years ago. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon, without an Olympics lead-in attracted 6.3 million on Monday.


The Sochi Olympics had the lowest-ever ratings among young viewers
The 18-49 demo ratings are dead last — No. 2 is the 2006 Torino games.


“Pretty Little Liars” star gets engaged to a “Suits” star
Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams had been dating for three years.

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Syfy cancels 'Being Human'


Syfy cancels “Being Human”
The remake of the UK hit sci-fi series will end after the current Season 4, and the cast has already posted a video thanking fans.

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<p>Joshua Oppenheimer after receiving the BAFTA for Best Documentary.</p>

Joshua Oppenheimer after receiving the BAFTA for Best Documentary.

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Joshua Oppenheimer on what awards really mean for 'The Act of Killing'

We sit down with his Oscar nominee to discuss his uniquely cathartic documentary

By the time Oscar night rolls around on Sunday, it'll have been over 18 months since "The Act of Killing" -- Joshua Oppenheimer's searing, inventively constructed documentary about Indonesia's vast anti-Communist genocide of the 1960s, and its ongoing aftermath in the country today -- had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Since then, the film (which boasts Werner Herzog and Errol Morris among its executive producers) has become one of the most celebrated non-fiction films of recent years, racking up critical plaudits and awards, topping Sight & Sound's poll of 2013's best films and, of course, scoring an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

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Ashley Judd signs on for NBC’s 'Deception'


Ashley Judd signs on for NBC’s “Deception"
She’ll play the matriarch of a Texas megachurch.


"Entourage" movie will premiere in summer 2015

A release date has been set for June 12, 2015.


Greg Grunberg is returning to ABC
The former “Heroes” and “Alias” star is joining “Warriors,” playing an OBGYN and surgeon who is bound to a wheelchair. PLUS: “Mad Men’s” Ben Feldman joins Rashida Jones’ NBC pilot, “ER’s” Erik Palladino joins ABC’s “Agatha,” “Dead Like Me’s" Callum Blue is added to TNT’s “Proof,” and “Parenthood’s” Matt Lauria joins DirecTV’s “Navy St."


“Dallas” returns down in the ratings, but not as down as last year

The TNT reboot, which launched to 6.9 million viewers, returned last night to 2.7 million.


Conan O’Brien is back for more “Carson on TCM”

Next month will feature vintage “Tonight Show” interviews with Lucille Ball, Gregory Peck, Sally Field, Diane Keaton, James Stewart and Jack Lemmon.


Piers Morgan denies being nasty to his CNN staffers

An anonymous staffer claims to the NY Daily News that Morgan "was always such an a------ to people working for him."


“Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson auditions for Paula Abdul on Australia’s “SYTYCD"
Ferguson dropped by “So You Think You Can Dance” in Australia while filming “Modern Family” Down Under.


Introducing “Full House of Cards”
What if the “Full House” theme was replaced by the “House of Cards” theme?

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 221

Dan and Alan talk 'Hannibal,' 'Americans,' 'Mixology' and much more

The

Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
 
We were supposed to do a Firewall & Iceberg Video Show today and a podcast tomorrow, but instead technical problems set in and so... All Podcast! We know. You're very sad. 
 
That means that we have reviews of NINE new and returning shows in this podcast. And we've got a couple shows we love! And a couple shows we hate! It really runs the gamut. 
 
And we talked just a little about the late, great Harold Ramis. Just because.
 
Here's today's breakdown:
Harold Ramis (00:01:25 - 00:05:00)
Weird NBC Moves (00:05:00 - 00:15:00)
"Mind Games" (00:15:15 - 00:21:50)
"Game of Arms" (00:21:50 - 00:27:40)
"Mixology" (00:27:40 - 00:35:15)
"The Americans" (00:35:20 - 00:42:30)
"The Red Road" (00:42:30 - 00:51:10)
"Vikings" (00:51:15 - 00:55:19)
"Hannibal" (00:55:20 - 01:03:30)
"Bates Motel" (01:03:35 - 01:08:25)
"Those Who Kill" (01:08:35 - 01:16:30)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

 

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 221

Dan and Alan also review 'The Red Road,' 'Vikings,' 'Bates Motel' and lots of other mid-season premieres

The

Hey, so remember how the Firewall & Iceberg video show was going to return this week, and there was so much to talk about that even a video show and a podcast would barely be enough to contain it all? Well, technical difficulties scotched the video show's relaunch, which pushed this week's podcast up a day and also forced us to compress a lot of material into it (and dump other things, like a planned "True Detective" segment). With any luck, all the glitches will be worked out for next week, but in the meantime this is a review-heavy podcast, full of stuff we really liked, stuff we really hated, and a few things that fell in between.

The rundown: 

Harold Ramis (00:01:25 - 00:05:00)
Weird NBC Moves (00:05:00 - 00:15:00)
"Mind Games" (00:15:15 - 00:21:50)
"Game of Arms" (00:21:50 - 00:27:40)
"Mixology" (00:27:40 - 00:35:15)
"The Americans" (00:35:20 - 00:42:30)
"The Red Road" (00:42:30 - 00:51:10)
"Vikings" (00:51:15 - 00:55:19)
"Hannibal" (00:55:20 - 01:03:30)
"Bates Motel" (01:03:35 - 01:08:25)
"Those Who Kill" (01:08:35 - 01:16:30)
 
As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. You can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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13 Oscar upsets we'd love to see this year

13 Oscar upsets we'd love to see this year

Not that they will ever happen

In the world of awards season you may know who is going to win. You may actually have been told a nominee is a lock to take home Oscar gold by the media. But that doesn't mean they'd get your vote. That's one reason we love when the proverbial upset occurs during the Academy Awards telecast. Nothing beats a surprise.

Well, instead of predicting what upsets are going to happen (and let's be honest, there are usually one or two every year), the In Contention team has rounded up the upsets that we'd actually love to see.

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