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

Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Credit: Focus Features

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' tops with Dallas-Fort Worth critics

'Dallas Buyers Club,' of course, gets some hometown love

Do you remember a time way back when -- maybe a week or so ago -- when people were worried that "12 Years a Slave" wasn't winning enough critics' awards? Well, the regional critics sure are rectifying that situation. Steve McQueen's film has nailed down another Best Picture win, this time from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics' Association, also taking Best Supporting Actress and Screenplay. "Gravity" was well-served too, taking Best Director, Cinematography and Score. Naturally, local son Matthew McConaughey wasn't going to be denied Best Actor. Nothing particularly new in this list, then, though the ranked listing of the top five vote-getters is a bit unusual. Full list after the jump; everything else at The Circuit.

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<p>Jeff Nichols won his second-ever Gene Wyatt Award &quot;for best capturing the spirit of the South&quot; with &quot;Mud.&quot;</p>

Jeff Nichols won his second-ever Gene Wyatt Award "for best capturing the spirit of the South" with "Mud."

Credit: Roadside Attractions

'12 Years a Slave' leads Southeastern film critics winners

Jeff Nichols wins his second-ever prize for capturing the spirit of the south

"12 Years a Slave" has dominated a number of regional critics awards announcements today, bringing its tally of Best Picture prizes into the double digits. So expect a number of posts reflecting that in the next hour or so. The Southeastern Film Critics Association went for the film in a big way, handing it prizes for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay in addition to Best Picture. Jeff Nichols, though, took the group's Gene Wyatt Award (for best capturing the spirit of the south) for the second time in his career. He previously won for "Shotgun Stories." Check out the full list of winners below and keep track of it all at The Circuit.

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<p>Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers</p>

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Steelers-Bengals game, 'Family Guy' lead Sunday split

'Once' drops, while 'Survivor' finale puts CBS in third
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 15, 2013.
 
NBC's Sunday Night Football showdown between the Steelers and Bengals helped the network to an overall win on Sunday night, but NFL overrun and a strong showing by "Family Guy" helped FOX eke out a slim win among young viewers.
 
There was a lot of competition on Sunday night, with CBS' "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" finale doing OK numbers and leading to a drop for "Once Upon a Time." We'll have to stay tuned for cable numbers as well, particularly the drama finales on Showtime.
 
Note, of course, that FOX had NFL overrun and CBS also had chunks of NFL overrun in several markets, so nearly all of these numbers are likely to shift a bit.
 
On to those preliminary numbers...
 
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<p>&quot;American Hustle&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;&nbsp;each picked up 13 nominations from the Broadcast Film&nbsp;Critics Association.</p>

"American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" each picked up 13 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Credit: Sony Pictures/Fox Searchlight

'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' lead Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations

Dubious genre categories again provide the opportunity to bait movie stars

So yes, the headline is that "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" led this morning's Critics's Choice Movie Awards nominations (courtesy of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, of which I am a member). But when you stop and analyze the list, it's worth pointing out that three of "Hustle's" 13 nominations came in the "comedy" categories that were added along with a few other dubious genre fields by the group last year in order to land more high-profile attendees to the annual awards show. "12 Years" had no such padding from a genre bump, so it's really the dominant force here and I expect it to carry through to a win next month as it continues to be the critics' choice region-to-region for the year's best film.

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'Better Call Saul' will be available on Netflix, soon after the season finale


"Better Call Saul" will be available on Netflix, soon after the season finale
Netflix viewers won't have to wait long to watch the Saul Goodman spinoff. Unlike "Breaking Bad," there will be a short wait for "Better Call Saul."

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Is NeNe too harsh about tardiness?

NeNe loses her cool, but Kenya comes unglued

Oh, NeNe. Some people have real problems, like Kandi wrestling with her crazy mother and Porsha not being able to buy both of the ridiculously expensive pairs of shoes she wants! You, however, need to get into a huff when your cast mates can't make it to the bus on time. Sure, Phaedra was three hours late, but what's a few hours between friends? Not that you're friends. And Kandi stopped at Chik-Fil-A when you had a perfectly lovely fruit plate waiting. So, never mind. Get into a huff. You're allowed, NeNe.

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Give 'Homeland' credit for doing what it had to do


Give "Homeland" credit for doing what it had to do
The Showtime series may have just alienated its biggest fans, says James Poniewozik, "and there's no guarantee they'll come back for a show about–who? what?" The writers had painted themselves into a corner, he says, and "'Homeland' and Showtime deserve credit for doing what the story called for." PLUS: This was long overdue, "The Star" didn't redeem Season 3, Where does "Homeland" go from here?, why you should stick with "Homeland," and why it's time to ditch "Homeland."


"Family Guy" reveals Brian's fate
Is the dog still dead?


Are these the 3 black female "SNL" finalists?
According to the NY Daily News, Sasheer Zamata, Natasha Rothwell, and Kerry Coddett -- who has publicly slammed "SNL" for its lack of diversity -- are the three remaining hopefuls.


Next "Survivor" season will divide teams into brains, brawn, beauty

Jeff Probst says the groupings reflect "the different qualities that people bring to Survivor. Not saying these necessarily are the only three, but these are three very distinct type of people." PLUS: Probst says Tyson is unlike any winner.


"Sister Wives" stars triumph after a federal judge strikes down parts of Utah's anti-polygamy law
As the NY Times reports, the TLC stars challenged a state law on "cohabitation" -- "the language used in the law to restrict polygamous relationships — violates the First Amendment guarantee of free exercise of religion, as well as constitutional due process." But a law banning multiple marriages is still in place.


Howard Stern to Netflix?
With Howard TV dead, the TV version of the shock jock's radio show could wind up on Netflix. The NY Daily News reports the video on-demand company has reached out to Stern.


Katie Couric is expected to earn $6M a year from her part-time Yahoo! job
Her work on Yahoo! will be secondary to her ABC talk show.


To score an exclusive interview, "Today" paid for a five-day trip to NYC for 15 people
All that to interview the family who was stuck in subzero temperature for two days.


Check out pics from "Game of Thrones" Season 4

Very blurry pics from an HBO preview.


J.J. Abrams/Alfonso Cuaron's "Believe" taking a break to accompany a new showrunner
The NBC series was expected to launch after the Winter Olympics.


Matthew Perry cast himself in the wrong "Odd Couple" part
He'd be perfect as the persnickety Felix Unger, not Oscar.


What's next for "Revenge" after a "holy moly" midseason finale?

Showrunner Sunil Nayar talks about last night's shocker.


Pregnant "Teen Mom" Jenelle Evans arrested

The "Teen Mom 2" star was taken into custody after getting into a fight with her boyfriend -- see her mugshot.


UK "X Factor" winner will get to open for Beyonce
The winner of this year's competition will accompany Beyonce on her UK tour dates.


Ex-Disney Channel star Dylan Sprouse:  Yes, those those are my nude photos

The former "Suite Life of Zack and Cody" confessed to taking the naked selfies that have surfaced on the web.


"The Bachelorette's" Trista & Ryan renew their wedding vows 10 years later

"It's an understatement to say I hit the jackpot," says Trista Sutter.


"Masters of Sex" creator: "Yeah, yeah. We're gonna definitely take leaps"

Michelle Ashford talks about the Season 1 finale, and why her show is unlike anything else, including "Mad Men." PLUS: The finale worked, despite rom-com tropes, "Masters" had an unusual approach to telling its story, and Michael Sheen is the least sympathetic antihero on TV.


Ex-"Real Housewives" star Michaele Salahi weds on pay-per-view

The former "Real Housewives of D.C." star got married over the weekend to Journey rocker Neal Schon, and their wedding was broadcast via pay-per-view.


"SNL" presents Guy Fieri's Christmas special

Bobby Moynihan has a dead-on Fieri.


An "AbFab" movie?

"I'm very close to picking up a pen," says Jennifer Saunders. "That's how close (a movie) is."


Peter O'Toole once appeared on Letterman smoking a cigarette atop a camel
RIP to the "Lawrence of Arabia" star.


Lifetime unveils Christina Ricci in "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" trailer

The Lifetime movie also features Billy Campbell and Clea DuVall.

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<p>Consider.</p>

Consider.

Credit: A24

Roundup: Why an Oscar for James Franco is no laughing matter

Also: The expansion of the Academy, and the best hair in 'American Hustle'

Since James Franco started popping up on critics' awards lists -- most notably with that tied LAFCA win -- for his off-the-wall performance in "Spring Breakers," I've noticed a lot of readers dismissing him as a "joke" contender. (Isn't that the inside-the-box thinking for which we usually chastise voters?) But while A24 has been appropriately playful with their campaign, it's no joke to them, nor to Franco himself. He talks to Mark Olsen: "Honestly, I don't know why people say, 'Really? Is this a real campaign?' I'm an Academy voter. I've been nominated for an Oscar. I'm more proud of this performance than anything that I've done ... I've been working in this industry for 16 years. I know when I'm a part of something that's cutting edge. I want to go out and say yeah … consider it."  [LA Times]

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<p>&nbsp;Jeff Probst and the &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot; Immunity Necklace</p>

 Jeff Probst and the "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" Immunity Necklace

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' Finale - 'It's My Night'

Who won the 27th installment of 'Survivor'?
Pre-credit sequence. "Another tough vote," Tyson says as Kasama returns to camp. Ciera is, once again, apologizing for playing the game and all that. She is, however, hopeful that Redemption Island will bring an alliance-mate back into the game. It could hardly not. "My best shot is going to be with Monica and Gervase," Tyson says, explaining that he may have to use the Immunity Idol to keep Monica in line. Tyson offers her the Idol and tells her that she can either use it or take it home to her kids. She doesn't take it, but Tyson says he'll send it to her. Monica has a plan. "If the guys really do think I'm their lapdog, fine. But I'm not going to be manipulated by Tyson and Gervase," Monica says, noting that whoever comes back from Redemption will give her two choices at the Final 3. This is gonna be a big Monica episode, I sense.
 
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<p>Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

'Masters of Sex' creator Michelle Ashford talks season 1

Does the show favor Johnson over Masters? And what will season 2 look like?
Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” just concluded a debut season so strong that I ranked it the fifth-best show overall of 2013. I reviewed the season finale here, and I talked to the show’s creator, Michelle Ashford, about the finale, about what liberties she’s comfortable taking with the real story of Masters and Johnson, about how she intends to handle the story’s big span of time when there’s no way her series will last as long as the partnership, and more, all coming up just as soon as I tell you babies grow on trees…
 
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<p>Caitlin FitzGerald and Michael Sheen in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Caitlin FitzGerald and Michael Sheen in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

Season finale review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Manhigh'

Bill makes his presentation, Margaret confronts her husband and Ethan goes to California

Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” just concluded a debut season so strong that I ranked it the fifth-best show overall of 2013. I interviewed creator Michelle Ashford here, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I can spot a statistically average masturbator from a mile away...

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<p>Damian Lewis as Brody in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis as Brody in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Season finale review: 'Homeland' - 'The Star'

Carrie tries to get Brody out of Iran

A review of tonight's "Homeland" season finale coming up just as soon as you explain a Baby Bjorn to me...

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