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<p>Dana Delany and Marg Helgenberger in &quot;China Beach.&quot;</p>

Dana Delany and Marg Helgenberger in "China Beach."

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Review: Reflections of 'China Beach' on DVD

The 25-year-old Vietnam War series holds up well in the golden age of drama

December is Top 10 season for TV critics, as we look back on the past year to figure out the best (and sometimes) worst shows we saw. 2013 was an extraordinarily deep year in television, one where I could have easily cooked up 3 or 4 different lists without having a dud among them. Yet as I whittled my list (which you'll see next week) down to 10, I had to keep fighting the temptation to find a very high ranking for a 25-year-old TV show: "China Beach," the Vietnam War drama which finally arrived on DVD earlier this year.

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Carrie Underwood on her 'Sound of Music' critics: 'Mean people need Jesus'


Carrie Underwood on her "Sound of Music" critics: "Mean people need Jesus"

"Glory to God tonight...I couldn't be more proud," the former "Idol" winner tweeted. "What a tough thing to pull off and we did it! I am so blessed!!!"


"Teen Mom 3" canceled?
Several of the MTV show's stars say on social media that "Teen Mom 3" is over.


"Family Guy's" opening credits replaces Brian Griffin with Vinny
Tony Sirico's doggie character is now getting top billing.


Peter Berg confirms: There won't be a "Friday Night Lights" movie
"There’s not gonna be a movie," he tells Collider. "We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn't; I've come to believe it's probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it's gonna happen."


Watch a preview of Bob Barker's 90th birthday "Price is Right" celebration
This is Pet Adoption Week, which ends with a special visit by Barker.


Paul Rudd and One Direction help "SNL' ratings rebound
Rudd was up 20% over the Josh Hutcherson episode. PLUS: Kristen Wiig returns as "SNL" makes fun of "The Sound of Music Live."


"Game of Thrones" video game coming next year
"We'll be taking advantage of all the fiction to make something great," says the CEO of Telltale Games. "We're just really getting into it right now and thinking about characters -- who has the most at stake, who has the biggest impact on the world."


BBC releases "Sherlock" Season 3 trailer
It's an interactive trailer, featuring unique onscreen messages.


Susan Boyle diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome
The "Britain's Got Talent" star learned of her Asperger's a year ago, and says she couldn't be more "relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself."


"Downton Abbey" unveils its Christmas trailer
Love letters, disagreements and royal balls at Buckingham Palace.


Meredith Baxter weds her longtime girlfriend
The former "Family Ties" star tied the knot Sunday with contractor Nancy Locke.

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<p>&quot;American Hustle&quot;</p>

"American Hustle"

Credit: Sony Pictures

Roundup: 'American Hustle' ensemble gets Palm Springs honor

Also: MacLaine's Kennedy Center honors, and the Coens' failure fixation
I'm interested to see how it shakes out, awards-wise, for ensemble of "American Hustle," one of the most integrated and evenly weighted in any of this year's heavyweight contenders. Jennifer Lawrence appears to have nailed down a Supporting Actress spot for her sensational turn, but I'd like to see Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper start picking up equivalent momentum, while Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and even Robert De Niro all contribute to the electricity. At any rate, it's one case where ensemble honors seem justified and not merely a veiled award for the film as a whole. So it is that "Hustle" will receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the Palm Springs fest, which has already announced acting honors for Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Dern and Julia Roberts. [PSIFF
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<p>Nicole struggles with a robot in Tokyo</p>

Nicole struggles with a robot in Tokyo

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Finale - 'Amazing 'Crazy' Race'

Should dropping flour from a plane be worth a million bucks?
It's odd that an "Amazing Race" season that began with some people, myself included, suggesting this could be the most blandly likable assortment of contestants in Race history ended with a two-hour finale that left me, and a few other people if Twitter is any barometer, searching desperately for anybody to root for. 
 
It was a deserving Final 4, but it was also a Final 4 that people seemed to approach in the conditional tense.
 
"I could like Jason & Amy *if* Jason were a bit more memorable and a bit less macho."
 
"I could like Travis & Nicole *if* Travis weren't so sanctimonious and condescending when Nicole struggles."
 
"I could like Tim & Marie *if* Marie were somebody else."
 
"I often like teams like Leo & Jamal and I think I could like them *if* they were completely different."
 
I've seen desires for a Tim & Amy super-team pop up in comment sections and on Twitter and I think I would agree that that would be a more appealing matchup, but even before Sunday's (December 8) finale made it explicit, I already had a hunch that without Marie, Tim's chances of having any interest in doing "The Amazing Race" would be nil. Without Marie, there is no Tim on this show and it's possible that a goodly portion of what we all liked about Tim was his attitude in the face of Marie anyway.
 
I'm not sure that I've ever gone into an "Amazing Race" finale with so little rooting interest, so in lieu of wanting any one team to win, I quickly found myself just wanting the team that won to be deserving, to perform in such a way that I could go, "OK. I can buy that after 12 Legs, this was the pair that earned the million bucks.
 
And?
 
Full recap after the break...
 
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<p>&quot;Gravity&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Her&quot;&nbsp;provided Warner Bros. with a surprisingly potent LAFCA haul.</p>

"Gravity" and "Her" provided Warner Bros. with a surprisingly potent LAFCA haul.

Contender Countdown: 'Gravity' and 'Her' rise in the race

Not the best week for '12 Years A Slave'

What a week. We knew that the end of year honors from the nation's preeminent critics groups would send a ripple through the best picture race. We didn't know it would send a shockwave.

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<p>Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Phallic Victories'

Bill struggles in Virginia's absence, while Dr. DePaul thrives in her presence

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I tell you how many pap smears can be administered for $7...

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<p>Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Homeland' - 'Big Man in Tehran'

Brody's mission takes an unexpected turn

A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I ask if that's a head scarf you're wearing...

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<p>On &quot;Treme,&quot;&nbsp;Albert (Clarke Peters)&nbsp;takes Davina (Edwina Findley)&nbsp;on a tour of his childhood stomping grounds.</p>

On "Treme," Albert (Clarke Peters) takes Davina (Edwina Findley) on a tour of his childhood stomping grounds.

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Review: 'Treme' - 'This City'

Janette, Antoine, Albert and others get a lot of bad news in a George Pelecanos special

A review of tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I wonder where that $300 has gotten to...

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"Once Upon A Time"

 "Once Upon A Time"  

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'Once Upon A Time' recap: Will Peter Pan ruin Storybrooke?

Tinkerbell struggles to find her confidence

This week's episode of "Once Upon A Time" isn't exactly twisty-turvy. We know Henry (well, Pan in Henry's body) is going to put some nefarious plan into action, and everyone will fall for it because their defenses are down, and the pieces will be put in place for a bang-up midseason finale next week. Still, there are a few surprises, like the appearance of a really cheesy-looking Medusa. The scope of the show is getting a little broad, in that Greek mythology (Pandora's box and Medusa), Arthurian legend and Mary Shelley's favorite monster all fall under the fairytale banner. But I guess as long as we don't see ewoks, hobbits or the cast of "Glee" in any future episodes, I guess it's all fine.

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Santa Barbara fest taps seven break-out 2013 'Virtuosos'

Santa Barbara fest taps seven break-out 2013 'Virtuosos'

One of the most impressive line-ups for the award to date

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has as of late extended its role call of "Virtuosos" Award winners, an annual tip of the hat to a given year's stand-out performers not honored elsewhere in its tribute program. And this year's line-up is as exemplary as ever.

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<span>Read more at <a href="http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention#MhyguW6YXbgQclZR.99" style="color: #003399;">http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention#MhyguW6YXbgQclZR.99</a></span></div>
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<span>Read more at <a href="http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention#MhyguW6YXbgQclZR.99" style="color: #003399;">http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention#MhyguW6YXbgQclZR.99</a></span></div>
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<p>Alfonso Cuar&oacute;n netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.</p>
Alfonso Cuarón netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention#MhyguW6YXbgQclZR.99
Alfonso Cuarón netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention#MhyguW6YXbgQclZR.99
Alfonso Cuarón netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention#MhyguW6YXbgQclZR.9Alfonso Cuarón netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.

Alfonso Cuarón netted his second Best Director prize of the day from the group.

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New York Film Critics Online award '12 Years a Slave,' Cuarón, Ejiofor

Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto keep on an even keel

The New York Film Critics Online also jumped into the fun on a very busy day for the precursor circuit by handing "12 Years a Slave" its Best Picture award. "Gravity" helmer Alfonso Cuarón took Best Director while acting honors went to Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o: the consensus quartet at this stage, I think it's safe to say. Check out the full list of winners below.

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;&nbsp;picked up eight nominations</p>

"12 Years a Slave" picked up eight nominations

Credit: Fox Searchlight

'12 Years a Slave' leads with Houston film critics nominations

Intersting notices for 'The Hunt' and 'Man of Steel'

The Houston Film Critics Society has announced its list of nominees for 2013, and "12 Years a Slave" leads the way with eight nominations. The slate is full of the usual, though there were unique notices for "The Hunt" (Best Actor) and "Man of Steel" (Best Original Score). Check out the full list of nominees below, and remember to keep track of the season at The Circuit.

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