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Michael Chiklis joins 'American Horror Story'

Michael Chiklis joins “American Horror Story”
He’s joining “Freak Show” as Kathy Bates’ ex-husband and Evan Peters’ father.

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<p>Lindsey and Jeff Probst enjoy a little night-vision on &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Lindsey and Jeff Probst enjoy a little night-vision on "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Lindsey Ogle discusses quitting 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Has Lindsey warmed to Trish? No. Not really.

"Survivor" isn't a show for quitters and yet many players have quit on "Survivor" over 28 seasons.

Players have quit with broken bones, nasty infections, heart problems, stomach problems and whatever those two things were that caused Colton to quit. Jenna quit to be near her ailing mother. Susan quit because Richard Hatch rubbed against her. Various levels of in-game misery caused Janu, Kathy, NaOnka and Purple Kelly to quit.

On Wednesday (March 26) night's "Survivor: Cagayan," Lindsey Ogle quit because of her concerns that if she continued to spend time with gloating Bostonian Trish, something bad might happen. Jeff Probst hailed this as a strange sort of "Survivor" first. As a result, the Solana tribe lost Cliff and Lindsey, which Trish and Tony hailed as a huge triumph, even if they were now way down in numbers. 

Solana subsequently won two straight challenges, which as either a fluke or addition by subtraction.

In the first of this week's two exit interviews, Lindsey talks a lot about her decision to quit, her thoughts on Trish and whether or not Solana got better without her. She also discusses her post-"Survivor" plans.

Click through for the full Q&A.

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<p>On &quot;Hannibal,&quot; Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) sports a familiar look.</p>

On "Hannibal," Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) sports a familiar look.

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Mukozuke'

Will reacts very poorly to news of Beverly Katz

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as my demographic is murderers and people obsessed with murderers...

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<p>&#39;Call Of Duty: Ghosts&#39; is the latest addition to our XBox One library here&nbsp; at Team HitFix.</p>

'Call Of Duty: Ghosts' is the latest addition to our XBox One library here  at Team HitFix.

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Game Night: 'Call Of Duty Ghosts' joins the line-up for our third broadcast

We're still just starting to figure all of this out

Sometimes an entire week goes by and you barely even turn on the machine.

Last Friday night, we played a good deal of "Titanfall," and then after the mandatory 475 hour install, we got to play some "Dead Rising 3" as well. This week, a third title showed up from my GameFly account, and late last night, I got "Call Of Duty: Ghosts" fully installed, and then played the first two or three levels. So far, it feels a lot like a "Call Of Duty" game. I thought the addition of Riley-vision, where you can control your German Shepherd like it's a drone plane, was sort of wackadoo, but that's one of the things I like about gaming… crazy ideas appear in all sorts of games.

Other than last night, though, I haven't had time for anything this week. I haven't watched anything at home, and I haven't had any time for gaming. I was on the road until Wednesday, I was busy with my kids all weekend, and then once I got back to town, I've been writing non-stop to catch up.

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'How I Met Your Mother' exits as the “old soul” of network sitcoms
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'How I Met Your Mother' exits as the “old soul” of network sitcoms

“How I Met Your Mother” exits as the “old soul” of network sitcoms
Compared to more recent comedies like “Modern Family,” “Girls” and “Louie,” "the multi-camera, laugh-tracked comedy of HIMYM often seemed like a throwback to the ‘Cheers’ era,” says Kevin Craft. "Or, even more specifically, it often seemed like a faster-paced version of ‘Friends.' The premise, after all, is awfully similar: Five young New Yorkers spend an inordinate amount of time in a neighborhood bar (rather than a neighborhood coffeehouse), enjoy sleeping with one another, and engage in various shenanigans as they navigate the space between adolescence and adulthood. The primary difference between the two shows is that while ‘Friends' usually attempted to suppress the cheesier aspects of its plot, ‘HIMYM' has always been unapologetically sentimental. From its title to its overarching narrative, ‘HIMYM' offered a schmaltzy celebration of a hapless romantic and the four friends who endlessly support him in his quest to find Mrs. Right.” PLUS: Ranking the Top 50 episodes, ranking the 10 best episodes, “HIMYM” was a sitcom based on a philosophical principal, the 10 most important things we learned from “HIMYM,” Josh Radnor on why “HIMYM” connected with younger generations, director Pamela Fryman is the “real mother” after directing nearly every episode, the cast reveals their favorite swear words, and Ashley Williams was The Mother backup plan.

Happy 50th anniversary, “Jeopardy!” — it's the game show requiring the highest degree of Pure Skill
Sunday marks the 50th birthday of the long-running game show created by Merv Griffin with help from his wife Julann. Why has “Jeopardy!” endured? As Chris Jones explains, 'Jeopardy!' remains the closest we've come to the javelin throw of game shows. It is, in short, the game show that requires the highest degree of Pure Skill — both a vast knowledge base and very quick access to the brain's darkest reaches. (I made it through the early qualification rounds of ‘Jeopardy!' to play in a simulated game, and that's when I really understood how much speed factors into the final result. It is a massive determinant.) Any idiot can win the slots. A very small percentage of the population could conceivably win a game of 'Jeopardy!’” PLUS: Read a brief history of “Jeopardy!,” Ken Jennings stars in the Ultimate “Jeopardy!” quiz, and why doesn’t “Jeopardy!” care about its 50th birthday?

How “Scandal” is hiding Kerry Washington’s baby bump
Everything from Fitz’s knee to Fitz’s arm has been used to cover Olivia Pope’s belly.

Isaiah Washington’s return to “Grey’s Anatomy”: Here’s his 1st pic on set
Ellen Pompeo Instagrammed a pic of Washington on set.

Study: Only 44% of millennials ages 14 to 24 watch TV on TV
That's compared to the 53% of millennials ages 25 to 30 who watch TV, while Generation Xers (ages 31 to 47) spend 70% of their time consuming television.

Nat Geo’s “Nazi War Diggers” under fire for its handling of human remains
“I have never seen such a casual and improper attitude toward the treatment of human remains,” one archaeologist reacted after seeing a clip of the four-part series, which has drawn widespread condemnation. “It makes me shiver.”

Ranking every “Game of Thrones” death
Which Starks death was the worst? PLUS: A “Game of Thrones”-inspired necklace is for sale for $25K, Maisie Williams on growing up on “Game,” behind the scenes of the costuming, why Peter Dinklage avoids the books, Jon Snow will talk a lot more this season, “GoT” hits the beach, and how the characters are trained to use their weapons.

ABC has canceled 3 shows in the Tuesday at 10 pm slot this season
That timeslot has become a “dead zone” after the failures of “Lucky 7,” “Killer Women” and “Mind Games.”

“Growing Pains” star Jeremy Miller: I’m a recovering alcoholic
Miller, now 37, who played Ben Seaver, says of his alcohol addiction, which he kicked two years ago: ""I’m not your classic child star gone bad. My problems didn't begin until well after the show, when I was dealing with family stuff and alcohol became a way to suppress painful emotions."

“Broad City” proved to be the anti-“Girls” in its treatment of being young
"Life is short,” says Alison Willmore, "and 'Broad City’ makes as compelling an argument for not rushing toward adulthood as ‘Girls' does that youth can be excruciating.” PLUS: Has “Girls” sparked a men in shorts trend?

Has a Leno-less late-night made Letterman happier?
After watching “The Late Show” this week, Bruce Handy says he found Letterman "acting as if he once again, maybe-sorta-kinda enjoys being in front of an audience. His smiles and laughs, at times, seem genuine, believe it or not, and he’s got a crazy-grandpa aspect now, as if at any moment he might say something outrageous or embarrassing. It’s almost sweet, even if what actually comes out of his mouth are lame monologue jokes about  John Boehner having orange skin or husbands not knowing how to load dishwashers properly.” PLUS: “CBS Sunday Morning” visits Letterman’s writers’ room this weekend.

In defense of “Parenthood’s” Joel
Why is everybody hating on him this season?

“No show ever killed people like ’24' killed people”
With all the recent TV deaths, let’s not forget how terrific “24” was at dispatching characters.

Ricky Gervais plans to do more “Derek"
Gervais is mulling a 3rd season of his Netflix series. PLUS: Gervais films a meta ad for Audi.

Conan O’Brien introduces “CONAN360°”
Now you can watch “Conan” from a 360-degree angle.

Can E! replace Chelsea Handler?
Contract talks between the cable network and the “Chelsea Lately” host are about to get heated up, but does E! have a backup plan in case Handler bolts for an outlet like Netflix?

A YouTube trend: Mashing together a TV show’s opening credits from every season
This way, every cast member can be represented. PLUS: Here are 32 TV opening credits with a “with” and an “and."

“Dancing” plans a “Full House” reunion on Monday
Candace Cameron Bure yesterday Instagrammed a photo of Lori Loughlin and Andrea Barber visiting her at rehearsals.

Check out a real-life Marge Simpson
A Russian photographer set out on capturing a model dressed as “The Simpsons” matriarch.

Ryan Seacrest’s Nickelodeon “Webheads” will be hosted by "Big Time Rush's" Carlos PenaVega
The summer game show will pit kids against each other in challenges revolving around viral videos.

Part of Arsenio’s problem: He’s competing against 2 Jimmys with “urban swag”
Esquire catches up with Arsenio Hall, and notes that he’s competing against Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, both of whom were influenced by his urban talk show of the ‘90s. "It's almost as if Hall is competing with a pair of updated versions of his original talkfest,” as Barry Michael Cooper explains.

James Van Der Beek apologizes to comedian Mike Birbiglia over his Carson Daly rudeness
Seth Meyers helped orchestrate last night’s “Late Night” apology.

“The Americans’” Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys fuel more gossip that they're dating in real life
Last night, they appeared to go on a date.

“Silicon Valley’s” Mike Judge is done working on network shows
Judge says of his experience with Fox and the “idiotic notes” he got over “King of the Hill”: "I thought, Fox made $1 billion off this — are they still going to harass me? It was just a miserable experience."

Comedian Carol Leifer, the “real Elaine” of “Seinfeld,” has penned her memoir
The former “Seinfeld” writer who now produces “Devious Maids” has titled her memoir: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying: Lesson from a Life in Comedy.”

Investigation Discovery orders 2 paranormal specials
"Restless Souls” and “Cell Block Psychic” air next month.

‘60s “Batman” creator Lorenzo Semple, Jr. dies at 91
Semple was responsible for the pilot of the “Batman” and also wrote the 1966 movie.

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Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder

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PaleyFest: 'Vampire Diaries'' Ian Somerhalder talks 'toxic' Delena

'The whole friends with benefits idea doesn't typically work out'

I got a chance to talk to Ian Somerhalder at PaleyFest last week, and I had to ask him about whether or not Damon and Elena's relationship on "The Vampire Diaries" was as toxic as the characters seemed to think it was. Ian had his own take on it, and about that toxic comment? Well, watch the clip. He had his own take on friends with benefits, too, if you're wondering.

Do you think Damon and Elena should get back together? 

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<p>Joe Manganiello&#39;s hair seems to have fully recovered from the trauma of &#39;Sabotage&#39;</p>

Joe Manganiello's hair seems to have fully recovered from the trauma of 'Sabotage'

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Joe Manganiello talks about standing up to icon Arnold in 'Sabotage'

When is this guy playing a superhero?

There are many reasons to learn how to pronounce Joe Manganiello's last name. First, it's a sign of respect, and Manganiello deserves that. Second, it's a simple courtesy that should be extended to anyone you're going to have a conversation with. And finally, Manganiello stands about eight-foot-three and could easily fold about 95% of us in half and shove us up our own butts without breaking a sweat, so perhaps we should try to avoid angering him.

There are a few scenes in "Sabotage," the gnarly new crime thriller from David Ayer, where Manganiello goes head-to-head to Arnold Schwarzenegger, and all I could think during those scenes is that you could clone Arnold, stack both of them on top of each other, and they still wouldn't be the same size as Manganiello. While that sounds like it would be a huge advantage, it's often not in Hollywood. Since the average height of a working movie star is four-feet-nine-inches, being a giant can make it hard to cast someone.

Thankfully, there are directors who are willing to take the chance, and as soon as someone figures out that Manganiello is basically a real-world superhero, he'll end up with some film franchise that launches him to the next level of stardom. After all, he's got a very centered charm, he has worked as a stunt performer which makes him even more credible as an action star, he's got a strong personality, and he's able to play dangerous at the drop of a hat. His work on "True Blood" gave him a chance to show off his range, and he's rumored to be in Terrence Malick's upcoming "Knight Of Cups," although no one is officially in a Malick movie until Malick finishes editing it.

We talked about how it was for him to go head-to-head to Arnold in "Sabotage," and he strikes me as a guy who takes full advantage of every opportunity he gets. His choices for how to play his character are interesting, both in terms of the external (his hair is something else) and the internal. He gives pretty good crazy, and when everyone's chewing scenery, it's hard to stand out. I hope this is the beginning of even more big roles for the guy, because anyone who can stand his ground against an icon like Arnold is ready to step up and become an icon in his own right.

"Sabotage" opens everywhere today.

PS - it's "Man-jen-ello."

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Dana Delany heads to Amazon

Dana Delany heads to Amazon
She’ll play Ron Perlman’s wife on “Son of God.”

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<p>Michael Pena plays the famed labor leader in Diego Luna&#39;s long-in-the-works &#39;Cesar Chavez&#39;</p>

Michael Pena plays the famed labor leader in Diego Luna's long-in-the-works 'Cesar Chavez'

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Review: Diego Luna's 'Cesar Chavez' is a noble but lifeless failure

As with many biopics, hero worship prevents any real drama from sneaking through

There is no doubt that when Diego Luna took the stage to introduce the world premiere of his film "Cesar Chavez" at this year's SXSW, he was honestly moved by the entire experience of getting the film made, and it is obviously important to him. It was an emotional introduction to a film that took him a long time to get made, and I would never begrudge him that genuine sense of accomplishment.

Unfortunately, "Cesar Chavez" has the same problems that plague many biopics, and it is a reminder of just how problematic the genre is as a whole. Just because someone did something that was important doesn't mean their life is suitable for a motion picture. Like many biopics, "Cesar Chavez" offers up a very specific point-of-view on the labor organizer and his accomplishments, and the respect that Luna has for his subject is clear in every moment of the film. The script by Keir Pearson is admirably restrained in many ways, but it is also almost completely devoid of anything that would give the film the feel of actual life. This is a movie full of wax figures, where even their flaws are perfect. Just to show that Chavez wasn't perfect, the film repeatedly returns to his troubled relationship with one of his sons, but it is resolved in such an on-the-nose way that even his problems seem more noble and beautiful than most people's successes.

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<p>Tom Wilkinson at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival</p>

Tom Wilkinson at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

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Tom Wilkinson set to join MLK biopic 'Selma' as President Lyndon Johnson

Ava DuVernay is directing with David Oyelowo leading the cast

There's quite a lot of firepower already stacked up behind Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma." Brad Pitt and Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing (hot off a Best Picture Oscar win for "12 Years a Slave") along with Oprah Winfrey, and today, a new actor has been announced for the cast.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Sabotage."
Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Sabotage."
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Tell us what you thought of 'Sabotage'

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington star in David Ayer's thriller

The Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback continues apace, though if you've already forgotten that "Escape Plan" and "The Last Stand" came out in the last year, no one would blame you. Can "Sabotage" make a more lasting impression? Not if the critics have anything to do with it: reviews of the DEA task-force thriller have been largely dismissive, which is disappointing considering the promise of director David Ayer ("End of Watch," "Harsh Times") and a classy supporting cast. I haven't seen it myself, so let's open the floor to you: Are the critics right, or does "Sabotage" deliver? Share your thoughts in the comments, and vote in the poll below.

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"Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers"

"Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers"

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First Look: 'Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers'

It's gripping television, but is one year later too soon?

It's hard to believe, but it's been almost a year since the Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured 264 others.  Because the way we mark tragic anniversaries in this media-saturated age is with television programming, Nat Geo will bow a special two-hour documentary, "Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers" on Sun. April 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET., of which I was given an early look.  It's worth noting that the gears of justice grind more slowly than those of television -- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the bombings, has not yet gone to trial.

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