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'CSI' is getting another spinoff, with a cyber crime focus


"CSI" is getting another spinoff, with a cyber crime focus
The planned "CSI" spinoff will be hatched via a backdoor pilot, focusing on the Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI. "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker will write the pilot, along with longtime executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue.

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<p>Jack Antonoff</p>

Jack Antonoff

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fun.'s Jack Antonoff bows new project, Bleachers

Listen to debut single, 'I Wanna Get Better'

It should be no surprise that a side project from fun.’s  Jack Antonoff would be bouncy and upbeat musically. What is surprising is how Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better” lifts so many elements from fun —deceptively deep lyrics, overly busy production, and changing tempos—and turns them into something completely different.

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'Napoleon Dynamite's' Jon Heder joins Fox family comedy


"Napoleon Dynamite's" Jon Heder joins Fox family comedy

He'll play an underachieving 30-something man who lives with his parents, played by Jane Kaczmarek and David James Elliott.


11.3 million watched Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" debut, topping Conan O'Brien's "Tonight" launch
Final numbers reveal that Fallon's "Tonight Show" premiere -- which premiered at midnight, instead of 11:35 -- topped Conan's debut in 2009 in total viewers, 11.31 million vs. 9.17 million.


A&E orders "Breaking Boston" from Mark Wahlberg
The reality show will follow a group of blue-collar women.


CBS shakes up "The NFL Today": Tony Gonzalez is in, Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe are out
CBS had to do something because it was losing badly to "Fox NFL Sunday."


Adam Brody & Leighton Meester reportedly got secretly married
"The O.C." star and "Gossip Girls" star, both of whom starred on shows created by Josh Schwartz, had a "super-secret wedding," according to Us Weekly.


Jimmy Kimmel convinces pedestrians that President Franklin D. Roosevelt has just died
Last night's bit was a "brilliant social experiment," says Obama's former speechwriter, Jon Favreau, who adds: "As you watch this @jimmykimmel prank, think how much importance we attach to polling responses and focus groups."


"The Bob Newhart Show": The Complete series is coming to DVD

The classic sitcom will be released in a complete box set on May 27.

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20 years later: An oral history of 'Reality Bites'
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20 years later: An oral history of 'Reality Bites'

How an unassuming romantic comedy defined and defied a generation

It was February 18, 1994. Kurt Cobain was still with us, but the grunge revolution had already begun to morph into something more palatable: "alternative." A generation labeled "X" was struggling to enter the work force amid a recession, that economic reality yielding "slackers" and "sell-outs" in equal measure — labels that would soon enough become little more than pop cultural shorthand.

Ben Stiller's "Reality Bites" had already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and an intense marketing campaign had the film aimed squarely at a target audience destined to deny it. It was an unassuming romantic comedy invested in its characters more than its setting, but it registered — rightly or wrongly — as an attempt to define a generation. Two decades on, it exists less as a snapshot of an era than an emotional Polaroid of what it's like to go out and make your way in the world.

On the occasion of the film's 20th anniversary, HitFix talked to 10 individuals involved with the production of the film: stars Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn; screenwriter Helen Childress; producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher; cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki; and singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb. What follows is their recollection of how it all came to be.

(Note: Ben Stiller declined requests to comment for this article. His quotes in this piece have therefore been taken from the 18th anniversary screening of "Reality Bites" at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.)

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'The Walking Dead' again beats the Olympics in key viewers


"The Walking Dead" again beats the Olympics in key viewers
For the 2nd week in a row, the zombie drama topped NBC's Sochi coverage in the all-important 18-49 demo.


"Flowers in the Attic" sequel casts Rose McIver
She'll take over from Kiernan Shipka as the older Cathy Dollganger.


"Real World" alum Jacinda Barrett will play Kyle Chandler's wife on Netflix
She's joining the psychological thriller from the creators of "Damages."


Stevie Nicks wants to write music for "Game of Thrones" after writing poetry for its characters
The HBO series has provided solace for the Fleetwood Mac singer since her mother died.


"Modern Family" cast has arrived in Australia
Turns out "Crocodile Dunphy" has Australian roots.


Why dumping every episode at same time has ruined the "House of Cards" viewing experience

Netflix's strategy has turned something that should be pleasurable into a burden, as viewers race to watch every episode in an attempt to avoid spoilers. "TV should not feel like a race, something to slog through just to breathe easy on the other side," says Louis Peitzman. "As entertaining as 'House of Cards' is, the show loses something when it becomes a marathon out of necessity and not desire." PLUS: Watch a brutal supercut of Frank Underwood's political advice.


Utah Jazz owner becomes an "Undercover Boss"

Greg Miller will disguise himself for an NBA team-themed episode.


CNN anchor slams "court jester" Jon Stewart
Chris Cuomo says Stewart's "Daily Show" interviews aren't hard-hitting enough. "When he gets a heavy in the chair next to him, he’s making jokes or nodding yes, yes, yes!" he says.


Watch Chris Farley perform as Matt Foley months before he joined "SNL"
Second City has found a clip of Farley performing his famous motivational character three years before it was resurrected on "Saturday Night Live." The clip also features Bob Odenkirk, who created the character, and Tim Meadows.


Check out the "Revenge" graphic novel
Emily Thorne got the comic book treatment.

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<p>Jimmy Fallon</p>

Jimmy Fallon

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The smartest thing Jimmy Fallon did on his 1st 'Tonight Show': He introduced himself


The smartest thing Jimmy Fallon did on his 1st "Tonight Show": He introduced himself
"At first blush, it seemed incredibly obvious. It may just have been incredibly brilliant," says James Poniewozik, adding: "Each introduction Fallon made was a chance to frame the story, from the beginning, in a way that could make these longtime Tonight viewers–many of them older–comfortable with him, even while he hopefully brought in new ones."


Fallon's debut was strangely muted
"As if determined to distance himself further from the high-octane opening antics of the last new guy who tried to do this job -- (Conan) O'Brien -- Fallon entered stage center in a muted gray suit," says Mary McNamara. "And if he didn't go as far as apologizing for becoming the sixth man to host 'The Tonight Show,' he did rigorously, and at times irritatingly, reaffirm his signature humility."


Fallon's 1st night was "brilliant"

"Yes, he needs to relax," says Tom Shales, "and maybe cool it a little with the clapping, the drunk-uncle laughter, the excessive delight at whatever and whoever comes his way—but the sheer force of his apparent happiness is essentially irresistible. Some people spend fortunes and bathe their brains in drugs to create and sustain this kind of bliss; how disheartening it would be to learn that Fallon requires artificial stimuli to reach it, but that seems very, very unlikely. There's considerable evidence to support the idea that Our Boy Jimmy is as genuine as they come."


Fallon just needs to cut down on the gratitude and humility

"While gratitude and humility are admirable traits," says Robert Bianco, "there were times in Monday's opening moments when Fallon risked taking them to uncomfortable extremes. One more 'thank you,' one more 'I never thought I'd be here,' and viewers might have wondered whether they wanted to be there themselves."


Fallon's expanded new studio looks big, but it isn't
Only 50 new seats were added and Fallon didn't want to make the studio too big. As Verne Gay points out, "What the designers did apparently do was blow out the floor space in front of a new proscenium instead — which gives the illusion of expanse — and added that gilded bandstand for the Roots. All in all the studio redesign appears to be a real winner for the show."


Fallon's "Tonight Show" is trying to "triangulate" itself to appeal to young and old viewers
"In this first show," says Darren Franich, "you could marvel at how effectively Fallon and his team have attempted to triangulate themselves. Fallon’s new set is purposefully old-fashioned compared to the college-cafe-in-the-meatpacking-district where he lived on Late Night. But his bit about yearbook awards for Olympic athletes found time for a weed joke and a Saved by the Bell reference ('Lesbian Screech'), while mixing in rimshots about the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber."


This felt like a "blah" episode of "Late Night"

A "lack of originality pervaded the episode," says Margaret Lyons, who considers Fallon's "Tonight Show" debut more of a bland episode than any kind of watershed moment. "It was a respectable episode, fine and functional, but almost overwhelmingly not special," she says.


Fallon needs to get his interviewing skills in order

"For all his skills as a performer," says Brian Lowry, "Fallon is still a question mark in terms of his ability to make magic out of nothing at the desk, the place where Johnny Carson and David Letterman thrived – and endured. And frankly, his 'Aw shucks, I'm just so happy to be here' posture in Monday's maiden interviews with Smith and U2 got a little tedious even before the night was over."


Fallon couldn't have done a better job with his 1st episode

Most importantly, Jimmy Fallon's 1st guests showed that they liked him. "People are coming because of your heart," said Will Smith. "That," as Tim Goodman, points out, "couldn't be more true, because it's the ultimate Fallon hook. He doesn't offend. He's nice. He's happy. He likes to make fun of himself and spoof things without cruelty. He is, in many ways, a better fit than O'Brien."


That U2 rooftop performance was scary to watch

"The whole thing appeared to be one wind gust away from disaster," says Hank Stuever. "Jimmy, please don’t take your friends to the roof. Acrophobes everywhere are begging you."


Having U2 perform in the middle of the show seemed almost revolutionary
Traditionally, late-night shows have musical guests perform at the end, when viewers are tuning out.


Fallon stayed in his comfort zone by using many of his "Late Night" bits
"Yes," says Sarene Leeds, "Fallon's Tonight Show is just a brighter, shinier and bigger (no kidding – Fallon was dwarfed by the expanded floor and Johnny Carson-size curtain, and keyboardists James Poyser and Kamal Gray from house band the Roots are no longer relegated to their balcony perches), version of Late Night, but the transition is already way more seamless than the host's early days on Late Night."


Letterman acknowledged Fallon's 1st night with a crack about Leno
"First thing this morning, I get a call from my mom. She says 'David, did something happen to Jay?' What am I gonna do?" he asked his audience.


NY Post rails against New York for giving "The Tonight Show" tax breaks when Fallon was never leaving NYC
"Why are New York taxpayers using tax credits to bribe — er, subsidize — these men to do something they intended to do all along?" says the tabloid.


Olympic bobsledder fires back at Fallon
Steven Holcomb didn't like being called the "most likely to find an old hot wing in his pocket."


Remember when Fallon was a (kind of) movie star?
Let's recall Fallon's disappointing performances in "Taxi" and "Fever Pitch."

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<p>The Gallagher clan from &quot;Shameless&quot;&nbsp;will be around at least one more season.</p>

The Gallagher clan from "Shameless" will be around at least one more season.

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Showtime renews 'Shameless' & 'House of Lies'

With 'Episodes' already renewed, current Sunday lineup returns intact next year

From the Department of Unsurprising But Still Welcome News: Showtime has renewed "Shameless" for a fifth season, along with the less exciting but non-terrible news of a "House of Lies" renewal. With "Episodes" already renewed a while back, that means the entire current Sunday lineup will return in 2015.

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Showtime renews "Shameless" and "House of Lies"


Showtime renews "Shameless" and "House of Lies"

They'll be back for a 5th and 4th season, respectively.


VH1 to show "Naked Dating"
Each episode will feature a man and a woman dating, as they each date two naked suitors. The reality show will be filmed in an exotic locale and edited "according to network standards."


Joe Biden will appear on "The View"

The vice president will make his 4th appearance Tuesday, the morning after appearing on the debut of "Late Night with Seth Meyers."


Elaine Stritch drops the F-bomb on "Today"

Watch the 89-year-old say the F-word in front of Hoda and Kathie Lee.

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<p>USA's 2-man bobsled team took the bronze</p>

USA's 2-man bobsled team took the bronze

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TV Ratings: Olympics leads Monday, 'Star-Crossed' launches OK and low 'Castle' drops 'Intelligence'

'The Following' and 'Almost Human' are steady for FOX
Fast National ratings for Monday, February 17, 2014.
 
With bobsledding and the finals for ice-dancing, NBC's Monday Olympics coverage was up from recent nights and dominated primetime in all measures.
 
For some reason, each of the networks decided to put up a fight on Monday, which featured plenty of new programming, including one series premiere.
 
That premiere, The CW's "Star-Crossed," wasn't huge, but it improved a hair on recent "Hart of Dixie" audiences, which is probably all The CW could have expected going against the Olympics.
 
Also oddly, after taking last week off against the Olympics, a new "Castle" returned to ABC and drew lowish numbers, but also took a bite out of the audience for CBS' only new show of the night, "Intelligence."
 
Finally, FOX's dramas were consistent with last week's numbers. "The Following" was up a tiny bit in total viewers, while "Almost Human" was up a whopping 0.1 in the key demo.
 
On to the ratings...
 
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Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' debut ties Conan O'Brien's "Tonight" launch


Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" debut ties Conan O'Brien's "Tonight" launch
Early numbers show Fallon's 11:35 debut was up from Jay Leno's 2nd "Tonight Show" launch in 2010. PLUS: Once banned by Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers returned to "Tonight" for the first time in more than 25 years.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Dallas Buyers Club.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club."

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Roundup: Is Matthew McConaughey this year's Julia Roberts?

Also: Daniel Day-Lewis to present at Oscars, and Steve McQueen's UN date

Matthew Eng makes the case for this year's Best Actor race boasting several parallels with the Best Actress race of 2000, likening Matthew McConaughey's Ron Woodroof to Julia Roberts' Erin Brockovich: Roberts and McConaughey’s performances force us to rethink the performer him/herself and to firmly reconsider their reliable if occasionally misguided talents, right at the moment when everyone began to wonder if that was all there is ... Much like McConaughey, Roberts’ nomination initially seems like a longtime celebrity going through the standard biopic motions [but both are] stellar, indelible examples of two time-tested and admittedly type-cast stars giving peak performances by using the vitality of their respective star personas." [The Film Experience]

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<p>Was Walter White from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;a hero or a villain?</p>

Was Walter White from "Breaking Bad" a hero or a villain?

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Heroes vs. Villains: Where does 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White fall?

Should Heisenberg count as a good guy forced to do bad things, or TV's worst monster?

The NCAA basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains. 

The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the Heroes bracket or the Villains bracket?

You decide.  You have 48 hours. Choose wisely.

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