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<p>Troy and Abed separaaaaaating!</p>

Troy and Abed separaaaaaating!

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Review: 'Community' - 'Geothermal Escapism'

Another game turns Greendale into chaos as Troy prepares to say goodbye

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as we do the Reverse Danny Thomas...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;helps Andy (Chris Pratt)&nbsp;prepare for a new kind of gig.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," April (Aubrey Plaza) helps Andy (Chris Pratt) prepare for a new kind of gig.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Farmers Market'

Ben tries to erect a firewall with new underling Leslie, Andy plays a kids party and Ann vents to the staff

A review of tonight's Adam Scott-directed installment of "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I go back to rabbinical school...

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NBC orders Rob Lowe's pilot 'The Pro'

NBC orders Rob Lowe's pilot "The Pro"
Lowe is set to return to NBC's sitcom lineup, playing a former tennis pro who reunites with his former partner.

Marvel's Deathlok is joining "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

J. August Richards' character will be transformed into the super cyborg next month.

Justin Bieber is being represented by a "Real Housewives" husband

"Real Housewives of Miami" star Lea Black's husband, Roy, has decided to take on Bieber's arrest.

Florida Marlins president is in hot water over his "Survivor" bio

In his biography posted on "Survivor's" website, David Samson says, "Personal Claim to Fame: Got local government in Miami to contribute over 350 million dollars to a new baseball park during the recession."

Jay Leno tells "60 Minutes" he was "blindsided" by his 1st "Tonight Show" exit
He also says that he hated being portrayed as the villain in NBC's spat with Conan O'Brien.

Happy 40th birthday, Tiffani Thiessen!

"Saved by the Bell's" Kelly Kapowski is now in her 40s. PLUS: Mr. Belding joins "Saved by the Bell" musical parody.

Goodbye to "Community's" Troy

Celebrate Donald Glover's final episode with his funniest moments. PLUS: The best of Troy crying.

Bill Cosby should look at Tim Allen's sitcom comeback success

The former "Home Improvement" star has quietly had a solid following on Friday nights with "Last Man Standing," which is ABC's 3rd highest-rated sitcom. PLUS: What would "The Cosby Show" be like in 2014?

Teen who stole Guy Fieri's Lamborghini gets life in prison

Max Wade, 19, was convicted of trying to kill the boyfriend of the girl he liked -- an act that led to the discovery of Fieri's Lamborghini in a storage locker.

Ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame says "Homeland" jumped the shark

Plame, who was outed as a spy during the Bush administration, says: "I think they have jumped the shark this season."

HBO is developing "The Couple" from Spike Lee
The Black & Sexy TV web series follows the adventures of a black couple.

Lessons from watching A&E's "Wahlburgers"

Mark Wahlberg is using his burger reality show to celebrate "Entourage."

"Revenge" gives Charlotte a new love interest

Introducing Henri Esteve.

"Mad Men" meets "Benson"

What if the '80s sitcom was mashed up with the AMC series?

Why a gay "Bachelor" would never work

A gay "Bachelor" would be too boring for mainstream viewers.

British TV is promoting the Super Bowl by teaching viewers how to call in sick

Super Bowl kickoff in the UK is 11:30 pm.

"Reign" returns

What to expect from the CW series as it begins its 2014 run.

What would "Game of Thrones" look like if it were set in feudal Japan?
A "Thrones" has drawn his own version of a Japanese "Game of Thrones."

See the "Kitten Bowl" in action

Here's a preview of the Hallmark Channel event, starring Howard Stern's wife.

"The Mentalist" casts a romantic partner for Teresa Lisbon
Pedro Pascal will guest on the CBS drama.

Watch the 1st official "Salem" trailer
Shane West stars in this gory WGN America video.

Here's Raj with his new "Big Bang" love interest

"Lost" alum Tania Raymond makes her debut on the Feb. 6 episode.

"The Vampire Diaries" hits 100 episodes
The writers recall their biggest debates over the past five seasons. PLUS: How much longer can "Vampire Diaries" keep the vampire genre interesting?


"Rake" starring Greg Kinnear is afraid of its own broadcast TV antihero
"As currently constructed," says Andy Greenwald, this clumsy American version (of the Autralian show 'Rake') clearly looked to House M.D. as an example of how to make an antihero work on broadcast TV. But that show's dark lead was a better, and more simply drawn binary: Gregory House was a miracle worker as a doctor and a disaster as a human. Rake, by contrast, is a series so desperate for us to love its antihero and simultaneously terrified of his rough edges that it chases after him with a lathe." PLUS: It's an overly familiar character study, and "Rake" isn't a bad show -- it just doesn't have the courage of its convictions.

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<p>This is Alyson Ragona.</p>

This is Alyson Ragona.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #4 - Atlanta

It's time for Keith, J-Lo and Harry to head to the Dirty South

Once again, the Sundance Film Festival has been good enough to take the entire evening off so that I can recap "American Idol."

Once again, I am lying.

However, it's time for some "American Idol" auditions from Atlanta.

Click through for my full reaction to Thursday (January 23) night's episode.

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<p>Matt Walsh plays a man who feels victimized by his local government in 'Hits,' the first film written and directed by comedian David Cross.</p>

Matt Walsh plays a man who feels victimized by his local government in 'Hits,' the first film written and directed by comedian David Cross.

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Review: David Cross makes a disappointing directorial debut with 'Hits'

Easy targets don't provide nearly enough laughs or outrage

PARK CITY - David Cross has never seemed to me like someone who is completely comfortable with his own role in pop culture.

There are a number of things Cross should be proud of, with "Mr. Show" holding a deserved spot at the epicenter of '90s alternative comedy in Los Angeles. One of the reasons that show was so endlessly great was because Cross and his creative partner Bob Odenkirk both knew tons of wildly funny people who they could call on to come and play when they had their show. When Cross and Odenkirk made the "Mr. Show" movie, "Run Ronnie Run," it was not an easy or satisfying experience for either one of them, and while I think there are things to like about it, they never quite managed to figure out how to make a film feel as free and inventive as the show did from week to week. I think they were both frustrated by choices that were made that they couldn't really challenge or change since they weren't the directors, and Odenkirk made the jump to directing films for himself a while ago. It certainly wasn't a foregone conclusion that Cross would also end up directing, but it's a natural progression.

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<p>&quot;Love Child&quot;</p>

"Love Child"

Review: 'Love Child' looks at online addiction in South Korea

Sundance doc puts an unspeakable tragedy in cultural context
I don't know if Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia's "Web Junkie" is the perfect complement to Valerie Veatch's "Love Child" or if "Love Child" is the perfect complement to "Web Junkie," but I know that a being able to intellectually pair the two documentaries is one of the biggest advantages to this year's Sundance Film Festival programming obsession with the dangers of the Internet.
Of course, once audiences get away from Park City, it's unlikely that "Web Junkie" and "Love Child" are going to be viewable in tandem. "Love Child" is an HBO Films documentary and thus will get visibility through the premium cable giant, while HBO, unlikely Sundance, will probably be discerning enough to think that programming two documentaries on Asian countries and their explorations of the notion of Internet addiction might be overkill.
That wouldn't be exactly true.
It turns out that while "Web Junkie" lacked, "Love Child" confidently delivers, while what "Love Child" lacks is the thing "Web Junkie" does best. With careful editing, the two docs could be melded into one emotional and authoritative documentary on a captivating subject, but then you'd have a three-hour movie. [I'll be completing The Oy Vey The Internet Is Freaky Trilogy with "The Internet's Own Boy" tomorrow evening. I suspect it will be sufficiently its own thing that it will stand alone. We'll see!]
Click through for my full review of "Love Child," which is going up against "Web Junkie" in the World Documentary Competition at Sundance…
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Justin Bieber

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5 steps Justin Bieber needs to take immediately

What he should do to save himself and his career

“Wait. I’ve already seen this movie and I know how it ends…and it almost always ends badly.”

That’s what I thought this morning when I read about Justin Bieber’s arrest in Miami for driving under the influence and drag racing. Though anyone who has paid any attention to Bieber over the past year could have seen this coming—in fact, the only shock is that it took so long. However, just because someone is on an obvious collision course, that doesn't make the ensuing wreck any less sad.

Bieber has been under a relentless spotlight for more than four years. He’s gone from a 15-year old with a tragically bad haircut and a seemingly preternatural maturity level to a punk who’s acting out every chance he gets.

For the last year or so, very few Bieber headlines have been about his music. Instead, they’ve been about his and his friends’ behavior: speeding through his gated community, egging a neighbor’s house, urinating in a bucket, spitting on his fans, getting caught with pot on his tour bus, sending photos of his penis to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez…really, there’s no shortage of incidents.  None are so major individually as to elicit too much concern, but collectively they are a massive red flag that he is in trouble.

Five steps Justin Bieber needs to take to get his career—and life— back under control before he becomes another fame casualty:

*He needs to go to rehab: After the egging incident and assorted other hijinks, Bieber contested that he was simply being 19. No, he’s simply being 12....or he's being a 19-year old with substantial abuse issues. He needs to realize he has a problem—whether it’s with pot, alcohol, lean, or whatever else is being alleged—and get some help, not only with the physical addiction but with learning what it means to be an adult and to take responsibility for his actions.

*He has to clean house:
Bieber has way too many enablers circling him feeding off his fame. According to reports, his entourage blocked off a residential street in Miami last night so he could drag race. Really?  No one thought to tell him this might not be a bad idea? Whether it was Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson or a host of other gone-before-their-time superstars, surrounding yourself with people who are paid by you  to do your bidding (and, therefore, will never tell you no)  is a one-way ticket to disaster. He may need to clean all the way to the top, including manager Scooter Braun— or Braun may be the one person who can still talk sense into his young charge. The usually chatty Braun has been silent on Twitter since Biebs' arrest.

*He needs to disappear for awhile: Bieber hasn’t really had a break since he broke through four years ago: he’s either been on tour or making music. Yes, with teen idols, there is the need to strike while the iron is hot because of the built-in short shelf life, but he has been in the news almost every week. He needs to quit Twitter (his 49 million followers will somehow survive if they don’t know his every thought) and he needs to go to an undisclosed location…perhaps a bunker… and concentrate on being a 19-year old instead of a worldwide superstar.

*He needs to concentrate on the music: Last fall, Bieber released one song each Monday for several weeks before they were collectively available. The #musicmonday series was also meant to build excitement for his new theatrical documentary, “Believe.” The music gained no traction whatsoever and the movie tanked. The problem with the music wasn’t the delivery system, it was that none of the songs were compelling enough to warrant repeat listens. So after a nice, long, healing hiatus, he needs to focus on the music and figure out what works for him because the recent flight of songs didn’t.

*He needs to spend some time with Brad Pitt:
Pitt and his partner, Angelina Jolie—our generation’s Richard Burton and Liz Taylor— seem to navigate fame in a way that enables them to shine light on the causes and projects they want to promote. They have cameras in their faces all the time and they never fuss or complain. Yesterday, Bieber posted a picture of what it was like for him at the beach in Miami, and it showed him being stalked by three photographers. It is horrible that he is so mercilessly trailed, but he has to find a way to come to terms with his fame and the paparazzi and no one has done that better than Brad Pitt.

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'Duck Dynasty's' ratings continue falling

"Duck Dynasty's" ratings continue falling

Last night's episode was watched by 6.65 million, down from the 8.5 million who watched the season premiere. That's the lowest viewership since December 2012.

Fox picks up reality show "Utopia"

"Utopia" from "Big Brother" creator John de Mol puts 15 people together to create their own small society.

"Hot in Cleveland" is getting animated

The stars of the TV Land comedy will travel the world as cartoon characters in a special animated episode.

"HIMYM" reveals new mom-centric opening credits for Episode 200

Shot from The Mother's perspective.

U2 will debut a new song during a Super Bowl ad

The commercial in partnership with (RED) and Bank of America will help raise money to fight AIDS.

Lindsay Vonn could join NBC's Olympics coverage
NBC is trying to figure something out since the injured skier can't travel to Sochi.

Get to know "SNL's" new Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost
He's written for Nickelodeon, he writes for the New Yorker and he began dating Rashida Jones after meeting her at Seth Meyers' wedding. PLUS: See some of Jost's standup.

Stephen Colbert promotes his pistachio Super Bowl ad

Watch as Colbert gets crackin'.

Mindy Kaling & B.J. Novak speak French in the trailer for his new book

See the former "Office" castmates in an ad for Novak's "One More Thing."

"Tori & Dean's "Dean McDermott checks into rehab
Dean is rehabbing amid reports he cheated on his wife.

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Ellen Pompeo & Patrick Dempsey sign on for 2 more years of 'Grey's Anatomy'

Ellen Pompeo & Patrick Dempsey sign on for 2 more years of "Grey's Anatomy"
Their new contracts will keep them on the ABC hit through Season 12.

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HBO cancels 'Family Tree' and 'Hello Ladies,' while 'Getting On' is poised for renewal

HBO cancels "Family Tree" and "Hello Ladies," while "Getting On" is poised for renewal

The Stephen Merchant and Chris O'Dowd comedies are not going forward.

"About a Boy" books Adrianne Palicki

She'll play David Walton's love interest in a reunion with Jason Katims, who also produced "Friday Night Lights."

Lauren Graham's CW dramedy project will be called "Unfamous"

"Unfamous" is based on Graham's debut novel, "Someday, Someday Maybe."

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"Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor"

 "Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor"

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Exclusive clip: 'Trailer Park' security guard gets his heart stolen

Love inspires a security guard to pick up his megaphone
Is anything more romantic than a guy standing outside your home reading poetry through a megaphone? No? Well then, you should enjoy this exclusive clip from this week's episode of TLC's "Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor" (Thurs. Jan. 23 at 10:00 p.m.). Head of Security Marvin wants a do-over with Anne, and what better way to get one than to read her a poem? Very, very loudly?

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Also in this episode, Bandit shows up and wants to move back into the trailer park…on a house boat. Becky hires a new hunky handyman to fix things up and Amanda is immediately smitten. Marvin investigates whether a new Myrtle Manor resident is conducting illegal activities out of her trailer. And a deejay visits the park to see if it’s the best in Myrtle Beach. Can you stand it?
Are you watching "Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor"? 
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<p>Macklemore &amp;&nbsp;Ryan Lewis</p>

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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2014 Grammy Predictions: Best New Artist

Will James Blake be the surprise winner?

As we get closer to the Sunday’s Grammy Awards, we’re making our predictions in the Big Four categories: Record, album, song of the year and best new artist.

Monday,  we tackled Record of the Year. Tuesday, we looked at Album of the Year. Yesterday, it was Song of the Year. Today, we make our pick for Best New Artist.

The nominees for Best New Artist are:

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

You could hear gasps in the press room when Lorde and Imagine Dragons weren’t included in this category given that they were two of the biggest success stories of the year. Having said that, it’s hard to argue with this bumper crop —with one exception. The one act who shouldn’t have been nominated is Ed Sheeran. Given that he received a song-of-the-year nomination last year for his break-through hit, “The A Team,” last year would have been the time to nominate him for this award. It used to be that if you had been nominated for a Grammy, you couldn’t be eligible for Best New Artist subsequently, but that rule changed a few years ago.

I would say that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have a lock on this award, but the Grammy voters are notoriously hard to predict here, for example, picking Bon Iver, who had already had enough success that he shouldn’t have been eligible in 2012,  or jazz darling Esperanza Spalding in 2011. If the Nashville contingency all votes for Kacey Musgraves, she could take it, just as Zac Brown Band did in 2010. And I’d never rule out Blake somehow nabbing it.

Should win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Will win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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