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<p>Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston and Emily Mortimer in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston and Emily Mortimer in "The Newsroom."

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HBO renews 'The Newsroom' for third and final season

Aaron Sorkin will team with 'Office' alum Paul Lieberstein to wrap things up

HBO announced that Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" has finally been renewed for a third season, which will go into production in the spring and air in the fall, and that this will be the show's final season. This qualifies as a good news, bad news kind of day, though different segments of the show's audience — some of whom thrill to the Sorkin-y dialogue and/or to his critique of the dire state of American politics and the media that covers the politicians, some of whom (yours truly included) who feel the show magnifies pretty much all of Sorkin's worst instincts as a dramatist — will disagree on which piece is the good and which is the bad.

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<p>Ellar Coltrane will age over a decade during the running time for Richard Linklater's audacious experiment 'Boyhood,' just added to the Sundance schedule.</p>

Ellar Coltrane will age over a decade during the running time for Richard Linklater's audacious experiment 'Boyhood,' just added to the Sundance schedule.

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Richard Linklater's experimental 'Boyhood' added to Sundance line-up at last minute

This one's been in the works for a while

Last year, when it was announced that "Before Midnight" was going to play the Sundance Film Festival, it was a bit of a shock. Richard Linklater managed to keep the entire production under the radar, and it was a lovely surprise to realize that it was already finished and we'd be seeing it shortly.

This year, Linklater managed to surprise again with this morning's announcement that "Boyhood" has been added to the Sundance schedule in the TBA slots that many of us had noted on the schedule. It is unusual for Sundance to leave a prime slot in the Eccles theater unclaimed, so we figured there was something interesting that they were working to secure. I would have never guessed it would be "Boyhood," though, and it seems crazy to me that after years and years of waiting, I'm actually going to get to see the film this coming week.

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Season 13</p>

"American Idol" Season 13

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'American Idol' Season 13 Press Tour Live-Blog

J-Lo, Keith, Harry, Ryan and the 'Idol' team talk about bouncing back

It's time for our latest "American Idol" panel. 

Season 13 starts on Wednesday and I can tell you that the new judging panel of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. isn't the toxic cesspool that FOX created that season when they thought drama between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey would be a big draw. The judges have a nice chemistry and, at least in the first episode, it's true that the good singers have been foregrounded and there are only a couple time-wasting joke auditions.

Expect the judges and Ryan Seacrest to talk about putting the emphasis back on the contestants as they meet with the Television Critics Association press tour. 

Click through for the full live-blog.

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'The Newsroom' will end with Season 3

"The Newsroom" will end with Season 3
Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama will come to an end so that he could focus on other projects. For Season 3, Sorkin will be joined by "The Office's" Paul Lieberstein. Season 3 will air in the fall.

If "Bones" is renewed, Season 10 will likely be its final season

Fox is currently negotiating a 10th-season renewal. PLUS: Fox's "Broadchurch" remake won't have the "Broadchurch" ending, and "The Mindy Project" will likely return next season.

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"The Newsroom" will end with Season 3

"The Newsroom" will end with Season 3
Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama will come to an end so that he could focus on other projects. For Season 3, Sorkin will be joined by "The Office's" Paul Lieberstein.

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Lea Michele's title track, 'Louder': Listen
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Lea Michele's title track, 'Louder': Listen

Don't let anyone turn out your heartlight

 After the video for Lea Michele’s new  single, “Cannonball,” bowed last week, the “Glee” singer is back with the title track from her upcoming album, out March 4.

If “Cannonball’s” message is about starting to live today, “Louder’s” take-away is to ignore anyone who’s trying to extinguish your inner flame.

“Louder” is similarly anthemic and mid-tempo, but has a softer approach than “Cannonball,” despite its exhortation to “scream a little louder.”  The song is an inspirational ode to “come out of the shadow, step into the light, this could be the moment that could change your life.” While it could be a single, it's melodically too close to "Cannonball" to be the follow-up.

The “Glee” star told Billboard, which debuted the track, the song’s mission statement resonated with her. "I always think it's so important to live your life to the fullest, and love as hard as you can love, and fight as hard as you can fight. Be loud, be bold, be yourself, whether or not people understand that message. That's what I think of when I think of the song and album."

What do you think of “Louder?”

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 Batman logo

Press Tour: 'Gotham' to feature familiar 'Batman' characters

Bruce Wayne will be 'somewhere around 12' according to FOX's Reilly

During press tour, FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly addressed a flurry of questions (and limited his opening questions with an egg timer, which he ultimately reset). But in the onslaught of information, he confirmed some good news for "Batman" fans. The origin story "Gotham," which digs into the story of Commissioner James Gordon, is set to staff up in February and head "into script right after that," according to Reilly. 

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'Seinfeld' reunion: Jerry Seinfeld & Jason Alexander are filming today in 'Monk's Café'

"Seinfeld" reunion: Jerry Seinfeld & Jason Alexander are filming today in "Monk's Café"

Seinfeld and Alexander have closed down Tom's Restaurant, the real-life Monk's, to film something -- possibly a Super Bowl or, more likely, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

Fox: RIP pilot season

"We are going to be bypassing pilot season," Fox Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly announced today. "The broadcast development system was built in different era and is highly inefficient. It is nothing short of a miracle talent can still produce anything of quality in that environment." PLUS: "The X Factor" will have a different format -- if it returns, "Bones" will likely be renewed for Season 10, and "Gotham" will feature all classic Batman characters, including Bruce Wayne.

Golden Globes hits a 10-year high, according to new numbers
About 20.9 million viewers watched last night, up 2% from last year.

Will Forte will debut an unused "SNL" sketch, "Jenjamin Franklin," on "Late Night with Seth Meyers"

"It’s called Jenjamin Franklin," says Forte, adding: "It's a woman that is the spitting image of Benjamin Franklin and she’s on a date with a guy who's kind of into Colonial history."

Listen to Alex Trebek's 1st hip-hop single
The "Jeopardy!" host's reading of rap categories from last week has been remixed into a hip-hop song.

"Chuck's" Joshua Gomez is coming to "The Crazy Ones"

He'll guest as a copywriter.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey at the 71st annual&nbsp;Golden&nbsp;Globe Awards</p>

Matthew McConaughey at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards

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Off the Carpet: Final thoughts on Oscar season's competitive first phase

Nominations will be announced on Thursday

We're in the home stretch with votes being tallied and the line-up of nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards being readied. We'll know what's what on Thursday, bright and early, as will those who find themselves in this very competitive race.

Guy Lodge, Greg Ellwood and I will have a sweeping list of our predictions for you later today and you can parse them at your leisure. (I'm pretty much decided.) But as we gear up for the big reveal, as ever, I have some thoughts…

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<p>FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly</p>

FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly

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FOX Executive Session with Kevin Reilly Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect discussion of 'Dads,' '24,' 'Gotham' and more

Thanks to Sunday's Golden Globe awards, FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly has plenty to celebrate at his Television Critics Association press tour pow-wow with reporters. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was a surprise double-winner and it's always good to have positives.

How long will Reilly be able to remain chipper? 

Follow my live-blog and see for yourself!

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 Shakira and Rihanna's 'Can't Remember To Forget You': Listen

Shakira and Rihanna's 'Can't Remember To Forget You': Listen

You can certainly shake your hips to it

Shakira and Rihanna bounce through their heartache on “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” an ode to a guy who is bad in all the good ways.

The two play off each other, trading parts about the boy who makes them forget everything other than “kissing in the moonlight.”

The track, which premiered today on “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,”  is relentlessly and aggressively upbeat, bringing in Latin beats in homage to Shakira’s Colombian background, and Caribbean touches, as tribute to Rihanna, who is from Barbados. Plus, it adds in an ‘80s, Police-like rhythm, similar to that heard on Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” as MTV and other outlets also noted.

It’s loud and in your face and it comes out in time to be hitting its stride when Shakira returns as a coach on “The Voice” on Feb. 24. The song will be on Shakira’s new album, out March 25.

Given that the song credits list six songwriters — Shakira, Rihanna, John Hill, Tom Hull, Daniel Ledinsky and Erik Hassle — you’d think they would have come up with a more memorable chorus. Instead they seemed to rely on the star appeal of their names and lots of bells and whistles. Having said that, it’s certainly better than another recent superstar collaboration: Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears’  paste-up on “SMS (Bangerz).”

What do you think of “Can’t Remember To Forget You?”
How do you like it compared to Shakira’s 2007 collaboration with Beyonce,  “Beautiful Liar,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100?


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Kiefer Sutherland: A '24' movie could still happen

Kiefer Sutherland: A "24" movie could still happen
"The script for the film is very different," Sutherland said at TCA this morning. "The film is an ongoing situation. There's always an opportunity to do that. But Howard (Gordon) came up for 12 episode run of this and this opportunity presented to us first. It's a fantastic idea. If this ends up causing a film to be made, so be it." PLUS: "24: Live Another Day" will unfold in real time, and more details.

Jimmy Fallon creates his own "Saturday Night Fever" in new "Tonight Show" promo

"We're bringing 'The Tonight Show' back to New York, right?" PLUS: Check out the newest Seth Meyers promo.

Conan O'Brien lookalike claims he's Conan's long-lost illegitimate son

Greg Keating claims his mom worked at 30 Rock in the early 90s and was fired when she got pregnant.

"Downton Abbey" producer defends last night's episode
"It is not us just being flashy and trying to get attention," says exec producer Gareth Neame.

Raj's new "Big Bang" love interest is from "Lost"

"Lost" veteran Tania Raymonde will guest-star on "The Big Bang Theory."

After Amy Poehler made out with Bono, Nick Kroll tweeted a warning for him to "watch his back"
Kroll, Poehler's boyfriend, wasn't mentioned in Poehler's acceptance speech.

ReelzChannel orders a "Polka Kings" reality show

Reelz will delve into the world of poker, via The Chardon Polka Band.

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