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<p>Was Faith from &quot;Buffy&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Angel&quot;&nbsp;a hero or a villain?</p>

Was Faith from "Buffy" and "Angel" a hero or a villain?

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Heroes vs. Villains: Faith from 'Buffy' and 'Angel'

She started good, went bad, then turned good again

The NCAA basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains

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<p>Luke Bryan: Why is this man smiling</p>

Luke Bryan: Why is this man smiling

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Luke Bryan keeps the party going with 'Spring Break 6' EP

Does 'Like We Ain't Ever' come with sunscreen and aspirin?

In between his full-length studio albums, Luke Bryan has released a highly successful series of “Spring Break” EPs that have ensured the party will never stop as long as you have a drink in your hand.

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Brian Williams apologizes to Arsenio Hall

Brian Williams apologizes to Arsenio Hall
At the end of tonight's "Nightly News," Williams responded to Arsenio's rant over being omitted from a report on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" that pointed out Fallon's many late-night competitors, except Arsenio.

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<p>Ben Briley of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Ben Briley of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Rush Week - Top 15 Boys

Can the 'Idol' Men improve on Tuesday's lackluster performances

Things started fairly well on Tuesday's "American Idol," with decent performances from Majesty Rose and Kristen O'Connor. Then, the decline began. By the end, the judges were overpraising the emotional-but-unremarkable MK Nobilette and celebrating Malaya Watson's admirably personality-heavy performance just to make it seem like the night hadn't become a disaster. 

Has the pendulum swung back in favor of the "Idol" men? We'll find out on Wednesday night when 10 members of the Top 15 perform.

I'm assuming that Ben Briley *has* to perform, otherwise the judges are telling America, "Yo. Thanks for voting. We don't really care."

The question becomes how many White Guys With Guitars the judges will select to perform. If Ben is already going, for example, there's really no chance that Casey Thrasher, Alex Preston and Dexter Roberts are ALL gonna go. Is there? And when it comes to providing kibble for the show's young female core, could Spencer Lloyd, Briston Miller and Sam Woolf all get chances? Really?

Let's find out! 

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China's leaders are loving 'House of Cards'

China's leaders are loving "House of Cards"
As The Washington Post reports, the Netflix series is a hit among Chinese Communist Party leaders: "It’s little surprise that a show devoted to political machinations would resonate in a country with a long history of back-stabbing leadership purges and inner-party struggle. Many in the Chinese public perceive their leaders as brazenly unscrupulous, with the only goal in governance to consolidate power and wealth. But another reason the show may be a success here, some China experts in the United States fear, is because its unflattering portrayal of U.S. politics affirms Chinese government propaganda about American hypocrisy and bullying." PLUS: Google searches lead to illegal streaming of "House of Cards."

Justin Timberlake too ill for tonight's concert -- will he be healthy on Friday for Jimmy Fallon?

Timberlake, who postponed tonight's concert at Madison Square Garden over "health reasons," is Jimmy Fallon's only guest on his first Friday night on "The Tonight Show."

Judd Hirsch joins ABC's "Forever" pilot
The former "Taxi" star will play the best friend of the lead character, NYC's star medical examiner.

Jeremy Piven's "Mr. Selfridge" renewed

The British drama, which also airs on PBS, will return for a 3rd season.

Rebel Wilson has a "backlog" of film projects in case "Super Fun Night" is canceled

The ABC comedy ends its first season tonight, and Wilson says it was rigorous: "For me, it was a seven-day, 17-hours-a-day job. No one could ever prepare you for how insane that kind of schedule is. It's like doing four and a half movies back to back."

Jon Stewart recalls his '80s past as a bartender in a New Jersey punk rock nightclub
Once, a patron pulled a gun on him while X was performing.

Lisa Kudrow's "The Comeback" wants to make a comeback -- but not on any streaming services
Co-creator Michael Patrick King thinks a streaming service or web series would actually hurt the viewing experience of a show like "The Comeback."

Bravo orders its 1st scripted series: "Girlfriends Guide to Divorce" starring Lisa Edelstein
The series from Marti Noxon also features, Janeane Garofalo, Beau Garrett, Paul Adelstein and a cameo by Carrie Fisher.

"The Crazy Ones" casts Marilu Henner as Sarah Michelle Gellar's mom

She'll guest on an April episode.

Watch "The Bachelor's" Juan Pablo in a local TV ad for an appliance store in Rochester, NY
Viewers in Rochester, NY got to see Juan Pablo in a local commercial during this week's "Bachelor" episode. Juan Pablo went to college in the Rochester area.

Kristen Bell is refusing to promote "Veronica Mars" with media outlets that publish photos of celebrity kids

Bell won't promote "Veronica Mars" with outlets like E! Online, accusing them of publishing "#pedorazzi" images.

Can Chris Pratt become a movie star off of "Guardians of the Galaxy"?

The "Everwood"/"The O.C."/"Parks and Recreation" vet has appeared in many movies in recent years, but "Guardians" is his first truly starring role.

Howard Stern grills Seth Meyers on "SNL" and Lorne Michaels -- Kristen Wiig had the best-ever audition
Lorne Michaels never fake-laughs, says Meyers, but Kenan Thompson manages to crack him up every week. Also, he says Wiig had the greatest audition he's ever seen. PLUS: Meyers introduces himself in new NBC featurette.

Why are CNN anchors so riled up these days?
Is the straight-laced cable news network morphing into Fox News, or MSNBC?

Rob Schneider's independently produced sitcom will be filmed at a for-profit Florida university
Schneider's "Real Rob" will be shot at Full Sail University, which he says "has everything a major studio offers."

Beck recalls rejecting "Mad Men's" multiple offers to write the theme song
The artist tells Billboard that he remembers saying, "It's about ad executives in the '60s? They’re going to make a show about that? Really? Um, I don’t think so."

Starz's ballet drama taps the director of Australian film "Animal Kingdom"
David Michôd will helm the pilot episode of "Flesh and Bone."

HBO reveals details of "True Detective's" season finale
The March 9 episode will be called "Form and Void." PLUS: The crazy mythology that explains "True Detective."

Tim Daly is coming to "The Mindy Project"

No details of his guest-starring role have been released.

Why binge-watching is lame and lonely -- it's "television masturbation"
So argues Roland S. Martin: "Watching 'House of Cards' by myself and not at the same time with my friends and social media following is a boring and lonely existence. This may sound absolutely crazy, but binge viewing and not being able to share with others is sort of like television masturbation—you are the only one who gets to be satisfied." PLUS: "House of Cards" is making TV a social obligation.

Is "Girls" the "Reality Bites" for millennials?
Is Adam Driver the new Ethan Hawke? PLUS: The "Girls" beach house is for rent.

"Wonder Years" star Jason Hervey addresses his "feud" with "Sons of Anarchy" creator

Hervey is producer of Discovery Channel's "The Devil's Ride," a reality show that has really infuriated "Sons of Anarchy's" Kurt Sutter. PLUS: Wayne and Paul have a "Wonder Years" reunion.

"Flowers in the Attic" casts Cathy's abusive lover

Will Kemp will play Cathy's abusive dancer boyfriend.

An appreciation of CeeLo on "The Voice"
Even though his feedback was never practical, it was always deep.

It has to be said: "Downton Abbey" has jumped the shark
"The increasing weakness of creator Julian Fellowes' writing skills is harming the series, especially in comparison to its first season," says David Weigand.

USA beats the world in TV addiction
Americans watch more television each day than any other country, a new study shows.

Fiona Apple films a cameo for a French superhero TV show
Check her out as "Feux Verts," AKA "Green Lights."

Listen to a podcast devoted to Johnny Carson
Former "Colbert Report" staffer and viral video star Mark Malkoff is talking to big names like Carl Reiner, Mel Brook sand Dick Cavett about "The Tonight Show" legend in his new podcast series.

"Game of Thrones" star Kit Harrington: My great-great grandfather invented the toilet.
John Harrington is responsible for The John.

"True Blood's" Rutina Wesley makes a plan on "Sesame Street"

Rutina, Elmo and Abby explain the word plan."

Showtime will show a documentary about Gaddafi
 "Mad Dog: Inside the Secret World of Muammar Gaddafi' airs April 11.

A Hungarian designer created a "Breaking Bad" poster for each of the 62 episodes
Check out Zsolt "Zsutti" Molnár's artistic creations.

Is it wrong to love "The Real World: Ex-Plosion's" craziness?
Yes, the twist is stupid. But this season has been highly watchable. PLUS: How the "Real World" pulled off the exes twist.

"Frasier's" Peri Gilpin signs on for a Lifetime movie

She'll play the mom of a troubled teen in "The Choking Game."

"Live" surprises Mandy Patinkin with not 1 but 2 ex-girlfriends

Including one woman who got her first kiss from the "Homeland" star.

Check out more pics of David Tennant filming Fox's "Broadchurch" remake

Canada is subbing for California in "Gracepoint."

"The Simpsons" is releasing figurines of its 25 greatest guest stars

Check out figurines of Yao Ming, Britney Spears, Tom Hanks and Hugh Hefner.

Adam Brody confirms that, "yeah," he got married to Leighton Meester

The former "O.C." star confirmed his wedding to the former "Gossip Girl." PLUS: Here is the best Seth Cohen-Blair Waldorf fan fiction.

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<p>Imagine Dragons</p>

Imagine Dragons

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Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' sets a very impressive record

Whose chart record does the band break?

If it feels like you’re been hearing Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive”  forever, that’s because you have.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' remains the most popular song for fourth week

Mariah Carey's 'You're Mine (Eternal)' gets off to a slow start

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, kicks its competition to the curb for one more time as it spends its fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100.

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2014 Winter Games

 2014 Winter Games

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Winter Games Round-Up: Bode's injured, but America's still strong in the slalom

Women's figure skating features a rousing rivalry, too

Okay, after all the heartwarming video about Bode Miller and "let's make him" cry interviews with the guy, we're just going to have to accept that he hurt his knee in the giant slalom and won't compete in the slalom. It's okay, though. He has a lot of medals. Like, six, which is a US record. He even got a bronze in the Super-G last weekend. Don't cry for Bode. There have been way too many tears this Olympics, people. It's going to be okay.

If we're going to cry for anyone, we may want to cry for the men's Russian hockey team, which was eliminated by Finland. Given that President Vladimir Putin pretty much said they'd better damn well bring home the gold, I'm a little worried about them. 

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<p>Terrence Howard</p>

Terrence Howard

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Oscar nominees Terrence Howard, Judd Hirsch land pilot roles, but not together

FOX's 'Empire' and ABC's 'Forever' snag stars
Under normal circumstances, Terrence Howard and Judd Hirsch have very little in common, but for the purposes of Wednesday (February 19) afternoon news, they're both Oscar nominees who are getting into the pilot game. 
No. Hirsch and Howard are not getting into the pilot game together, though TNT's "Hirsch & Howard," featuring Judd Hirsch and Terrence Howard playing exaggerated versions of themselves and fighting crime would be a massive, massive hit. 
In the short term, though, Terrence Howard has landed the lead in FOX's hip-hop drama pilot "Empire," while Judd Hirsch will play a supporting role in ABC's drama "Forever."
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11 suggestions to improve this year's Oscars

11 suggestions to improve this year's Oscars

They probably have it all figured out, but just in case...

By now, the ideas are already in place for the 86th annual Academy Awards. We've heard about a few of them, of course. Like the vague them of "heroes" and the celebration of "The Wizard of Oz." And of course, we all know the Best Original Song nominees will be on hand to perform. But outside of that, there are certainly a few things we HOPE we'll see on the show. The Oscars seem ever in need of improvement (and naturally, everyone's a critic). So we humbly offer 11 suggestions, should the producers be in some last-minute scramble to figure this thing out.

Check out what we're thinking in the gallery story below and feel free to offer up your own suggestions in the comments section.

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<p>Jai Courtney is your new Kyle Reese because why not?</p>

Jai Courtney is your new Kyle Reese because why not?

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Kyle Reese is cast as Jai Courtney joins 'Terminator Genesis'

My indifference remains overwhelming

Whew. I was starting to worry this might be good.

Perhaps I should dial back the skepticism a bit. After all, they're bound to eventually make a "Terminator" spin-off/reboot/remake/sequel that's not annoying and pointless, right? All they have to do is keep cranking them out every few years with a new cast of actors with some career heat, and I'm sure they'll stumble over a good movie at some point.

Sure, they've announced three different times now that they're going to "kick off a whole new trilogy," and each time they've announced that, they've failed, but that doesn't mean anything. I'm sure it was simply because the public wasn't ready. This time… this time it will all be different.

Sure, Jai Courtney and Sam Worthington would confuse me if I had to ID one of them in a police line-up, and sure, Courtney seemed mercifully spared of the horrors of charisma in "A Good Day to Die Hard," but I'm sure it's a great idea to pin your wildly expensive franchise film on him because the public just hasn't caught up yet.

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Arsenio Hall slams Brian Williams for not counting him as a late-night competitor vs. Jimmy Fallon

Arsenio Hall slams Brian Williams for not counting him as a late-night competitor vs. Jimmy Fallon
Arsenio asked his viewers to complain to NBC after "NBC Nightly News" showed nine late-night hosts -- everybody from Conan O'Brien to Chelsea Handler to Andy Cohen -- but no Arsenio.

Terrence Howard joins Fox's hip-hop drama from Lee Daniels
Howard will play the head of a record label named Lucious Lyon.

"True Detective" could boost Matthew McConaughey's Oscar chances

The HBO series is a reminder to Academy voters how far McConaughey has come as an actor. It'll also be the first time in a while that somebody starring on a TV starring gets an Oscar.

ESPN to air a special on "The N-Word"
The "Outside the Lines" special on Sunday will feature Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, rapper Common, Mean Joe Green and various journalists, academics and athletes.

Fox expanding its airing of ads during "American Idol"
The "double box" featured was shown twice on last night's show.

NBC's "Nancy & Tonya" documentary will air before the Olympics closing ceremonies
NBC has scheduled the documentary for Sunday at 7 pm.

"Dallas" launching a J.R. Ewing bourbon brand

Warner Bros. TV is teaming with Southfork Bottling Company for J.R. Ewing Bourbon, which hits shelves next month.

Craig Ferguson books a Scottish band for all of next week

Glasgow's Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire will perform every day next week after impressing Ferguson on Monday's "Late Late Show."

Mel Brooks remembers Sid Caesar on a special "Conan" episode

As Brooks points out, Caesar was a master of talking in German as gibberish.

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