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Haley Joel Osment and Yara Martinez

Haley Joel Osment and Yara Martinez

Haley Joel Osment, Yara Martinez talk 'Alpha House' politics

Yara admits the downside of making out with Mark Consuelos

You may miss Haley Joel Osment in the pilot of "Alpha House" (his character doesn't step from the shadows until we're a few episodes into the season), but he's sure to have an impact. As Shelby, an eager young reporter for the Reno Gazette assigned to cover Senator Laffer (Matt Malloy), he might be just doing his job -- or maybe looking for dirt to dig. Go ahead, say it -- Shelby just has a sixth sense about these things. 

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<p>Say goodbye to &quot;The Daily Show,&quot;&nbsp;John Oliver, now that you've signed to do an HBO&nbsp;series.</p>

Say goodbye to "The Daily Show," John Oliver, now that you've signed to do an HBO series.

Credit: Comedy Central

John Oliver leaves 'The Daily Show' for HBO series

After his summer run filling in for Jon Stewart, his own show was inevitable

Danger! Danger! John Oliver has parlayed his superb turn as fill-in host of "The Daily Show" into a new weekly topical comedy series for HBO.

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John Oliver is leaving 'The Daily Show' for his own weekly HBO talk show


John Oliver is leaving "The Daily Show" for his own weekly HBO talk show
Oliver will host a Sunday night show starting in 2014 that will take a satirical take on the news, much like "The Daily Show." Oliver says in a statement: "I'm incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now. I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at 'The Daily Show' for the best seven and a half years of my life. But most of all, I’d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it's entirely his fault."

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FX renews 'Hell on Wheels'


FX renews "Hell on Wheels"
Season 4 will expand to 13 episodes, up from 10.

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Watch David Bowie's new NSFW 'Love is Lost' video
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Watch David Bowie's new NSFW 'Love is Lost' video

This one costs more than $12.99

David Bowie’s initial video for “Love is Lost” cost $12.99. This new NSFW one looks like it cost considerably more.

The 10-minute clip, set to James Murphy’s remix of “Love is Lost,”  opens with enough quick-cut, computer generated handclapping images to drive you a little batty before giving way to other cool black and white images with geometric shapes forming into what looks like an eye, but it could be anything really.

Computer images continue to morph into different shapes from mountains to water to body parts until it’s clear we’re building a man and woman here, so it’s Bowie’s version of the Creation story.

The second half features the computer-generated naked couple come to life and enjoying themselves as the video goes back and forth between seeing them clearly and seeing them in blurred, visual effects. In the end, they sadly devolve. Dust to dust... that kind of thing.

Other than what looks like close-ups of Bowie’s eyes, he does not appear in the video.

It’s arty and interesting, but probably not the best use of your 10 minutes. "Love is Lost" is the latest single from Bowie's "The Next Day." 

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

Behind the scenes on Rihanna's new 'What Now' video

Why isn't she putting out an album this year?

Rihanna’s video for “ What Now,” the latest single from “Unapologetic,” looks like it will not have a happy ending.

“It’s going to be kind of eerie, very creepy,” Rihanna says in this behind-the-scenes three-minute short. Instead of a love story that follows the lyrical narrative, she decided to go with something “a little demented.”  And by “demented,” it looks like she means an exorcism takes place or, at least, she does an “exorcism dance.” Is that like the Humpty Dance? Or a Safety Dance?

Shot in Thailand, the full video will bow tomorrow.

For Rihanna fans, today marks the year anniversary of the start of the 777 promo tour to : Rihanna took a plane-load of contest winners and journalists on a plane to play seven shows in seven days in seven countries. It was a wild ride to say the least. I was on the plane and here are a few thoughts about it.


For those keeping count, Rihanna has released a new studio album every year since
 her 2005 debut, “Music of the Sun,” except for in 2008. Since 2009, she has put out a new studio album each November. So this will mark the first time in four years that we don’t have a new studio set from Ri-Ri for the holiday season in five years.

So why no new album this year? The primary reason is most likely that she has been on tour for most of 2013, showing up late in many cities, but on tour, nonetheless.

Secondly, there are conflicting reports about whether she is done with her contract with Island Def Jam. On the Rihanna tour last year, sources indicated that “Unapologetic” was the last album on her contract, but then took that back.  Most contracts are for one or two albums with options for up to seven albums, so she has fulfilled that requirement. Plus, I have no doubt that after her initial success, she renegotiated her contract, so the initial contract would no longer be applicable.

She remains a strong seller: “Unapologetic,” bolstered by such hit singles as “Diamonds” and “Stay” has sold 1.11 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan and her digital downloads also are noteworthy, for example, “Stay” has sold more than 3 million downloads this year.

Regardless of the reason, it's not a bad idea for Rihanna to sit this holiday season out, as it's a bit of a glutted field this fall with new sets from Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga already here and with Britney Spears' "Britney Jean's" imminent arrival.

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<p>Steve Martin and Punch Brothers get down at the Buffalo Club in Santa Monica</p>

Steve Martin and Punch Brothers get down at the Buffalo Club in Santa Monica

Credit: HitFix

Steve Martin, Punch Brothers and more celebrate 'Llewyn Davis' at Santa Monica jam session

T Bone Burnett and company wrangle another lively musical event for the film

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — After premiering at Cannes and bringing the film (and a jam session) to Telluride, not to mention a big concert event in New York ahead of a NYFF bow, it was time to bring the "Inside Llewyn Davis" party to Los Angeles Wednesday night as CBS Films, producer Scott Rudin and music maestro T Bone Burnett turned out quite the crowd at The Buffalo Club in Santa Monica. A number of talented young acts hit the stage to offer up a pair of folk music sets for the largely industry crowd, and they even had a celebrity surprise up their sleeve.

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix in&nbsp;&quot;Her&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Her' Q&A: Spike Jonze on why he replaced Samantha Morton with Scarlett Johansson

Also: How did the film influence Arcade Fire's new album 'Reflektor?'

HOLLYWOOD — Unfortunately for Spike Jonze, the pivotal role of "Samantha" in his new sci-fi tinged romantic drama "Her" had to be recast after the film was already in the can. Luckily for Spike Jonze, "Samantha" is actually a computer operating system - i.e. she's never actually seen on-screen.

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CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on Ed Sullivan with a 2-hour special


CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on Ed Sullivan with a 2-hour special
The Feb. 9 special will air 50 years to the day of the band's famous performance.


James Gandolfini's hometown is naming a street after him
Park Ridge in New Jersey will formally change the name a portion of Park Avenue in a ceremony on Dec. 1.


When will Fox pull the plug on Simon Cowell's "X Factor"?
As The Guardian notes, ratings are now "too atrocious to ignore", having plunged 28% from last year. PLUS: "X Factor" has slight rebound from last week's series low.


"Murphy Brown" premiered 25 years ago today

Candice Bergen is "thrilled" her classic sitcom is finally airing on cable, premiering Dec. 2 on Encore Classic.


"The Mindy Project" books JoAnna Garcia
JoAnna Garcia Swisher will guest as Adam Pally's sister.


How will W. Kamau Bell say farewell tonight?

The "Totally Biased" star plans to talk about his cancelation on tonight's final episode.


Oprah Winfrey Network orders 2 more Wanda Sykes comedy specials

The "Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious" specials will air in January, featuring Jeff Ross, Wayne Brady, Jackee harry, Lance Reddick, Cheryl Hines, Tichina Arnold, Jeff Probst and Tichina Arnold.


Nick Offerman celebrates the midpoint of Movember with "Stachedance"
Watch Offerman's "What a Feeling" tribute to his mustache.


"South Park" takes on "Game of Thrones"

"I've started watching 'Game of Thrones,'" Butters tells Cartman on last night's episode. "Well, it's pretty good, I guess. But have you ever noticed that almost every time they show a guy's wiener, that guy's character is gay?"


Watch TNT's "Mob City" trailer
Frank Darabont's adaptation of the book "L.A. Noir" premiers Dec. 4.


"Doctor Who" teases the 50th anniversary special with a webisode

Watch the prequel to "The Night of the Doctor."


"Dexter" props are up for auction
Proceeds will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Maksim returning to 'Dancing' as a guest judge


Maksim returning to "Dancing" as a guest judge

Maksim Chmerkovskiy will help judge next week's semi-final round.


Jack Black & Tim Robbins to star in HBO comedy pilot "The Brink"
Robbins will play the U.S. secretary of state and Black will play a foreign service officer in the Jerry Weintraub comedy about a geopolitical crisis.


Alec Baldwin's stalker found guilty
Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin was sentenced to six months for harassing Baldwin.


Key & Peele help out Jon Stewart

The Comedy Central duo, in addition to being last night's guests, helped decide "The Daily Show's" "Racist or Not Racist?" panel.


Ryan Murphy describes Stevie Nicks' "American Horror Story" cameo
In Episode 10, Nicks will appear as "part of Fiona's ruse in that Fiona is trying to get the true Supreme to reveal herself because she needs to stay alive," says Murphy.


Jennifer Hudson gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Hudson become the first "Idol" contestant to get a star on the Walk of Fame.


Here's your 1st look at Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic"
The TV movie update stars Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn and "Mad Men's" Kiernan Shipka.


New website streams Nickelodeon shows from the '90s and early '00s
Watch live shows now at NickReboot.com.


"Treme" star files a class action lawsuit against Macy's

Rob Brown is accusing the department store of having a "shopping while black" policy.


"Duck Dynasty" star films a political ad

Watch Willie Robertson promote a GOP businessman who is trying to get elected to Congress.


PBS renews "Tavis Smiley"

The nightly talk show will air two more years.

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<p>Peele &amp; O'Neill!</p>

Peele & O'Neill!

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' leads CBS Wednesday as 'X Factor' also rises

'Modern Family' is Wednesday's top show in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
 
After getting squashed by ABC's CMA Awards telecast last week, "Criminal Minds" bounced back in a big way with a season high audience, leading CBS to Wednesday wins both overall and among young viewers.
 
"Criminal Minds" was one of several shows posting rebounds without ABC's special, with FOX's "X Factor" also regaining some of its missing audience and The CW's "Arrow" rising to its second largest audience of the season. "CSI" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" were also up a little.
 
There was also good news for ABC's "The Middle," which returned up after a week away, as did "Back in the Game." ABC will boast that "Super Fun Night" was also up from its last original airing, but that was after a "Modern Family" repeat, as opposed to last night's new "Modern Family." And even "Nashville" was up a hair from two weeks ago.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Matt Malloy and John Goodman

 Matt Malloy and John Goodman

John Goodman and Matt Malloy talk 'Alpha House'

The stars discuss playing Republican for Gary Trudeau

When people think of Gary Trudeau, they probably think of the politically-themed comic strip "Doonesbury." What they don't think of is a sitcom about Republicans. During a recent press day for Trudeau's new Amazon series "Alpha House" (premieres Nov. 15), I talked to stars John Goodman and Matt Malloy about why they wanted to get involved and what they thought of their oddball characters. 

While people may not associate Amazon with original programming, "Alpha House" and the new series "Betas" hopes to change all that. The shows feature recognizable talent and clearly aim to horn in on the prestige audience Netflix has built. 

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