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Jay Leno's has a star-studded final 'Tonight Show'


Jay Leno's has a star-studded final "Tonight Show"
"Tonight is our last show for real. I don’t need to be fired three times — I get the hint," Jay said in his last opening monologue. UPDATE: Conan uses Olympics to joke about Leno: "NBC will finally get to show somebody who’s okay with passing the torch."

 

 

 


Bob Costas kicked off NBC's Winter Olympics coverage with an eye infection

What happened to Costas' left eye? His assistant explains: "Bob has some sort of infection which has his left eye completely red and almost completely closed, making it impossible to put a contact lens in it." PLUS: Watch the Peter Dinklage-narrated Olympics opening.


Conan O'Brien puts on zombie makeup for his "Walking Dead" special
Watch the "Conan" cold open for his gathering of the stars of the AMC hit.


Ruben Studdard thinks Clay Aiken would be great in Congress
"If he wins the race, it could be the best thing that’s ever happened to his district," says the Season 2 "Idol" winner.


California to begin selling Snoopy license plates
Proceeds of the plates will go towards funding museums and science centers in California.


"About a Boy" adds Will Sasso

He'll romance Minnie Driver on the NBC comedy.

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<p>Get ready for Group Chaos on &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Get ready for Group Chaos on "American Idol"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - 'Hollywood Round, Week #1'

How many lives would Group Night claim?

I don't understand "American Idol" naming.

Last night's episode was the start of Hollywood Week, but tonight's episode is technically titled "Hollywood Round, Week #1." How many weeks the Hollywood Round? And why am I adhering to the arbitrary "American Idol" naming system?

I don't know.

Anyway, last night we had solos and did the preamble to the group performances

Tonight? Let's see how those Groups go.

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Leonard Nimoy reveals he has a serious lung disease, but is 'doing OK'


Leonard Nimoy reveals he has a serious lung disease, but is "doing OK"
The 82-year-old former "Star Trek" star tweeted that he has developed "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease."


"House" helps solve a medical mystery
A German man's illness had stumped doctors for months -- that is, until he met a doctor who was a "House" fan.


Lifetime picks up Shiri Appleby's "Un-Real" reality show-inspired satire, rejects Alicia Silverstone's pilot

"Un-Real" from Marti Noxon is a drama that goes behind the scenes of a reality TV competition. Meanwhile, Silverstone's "HR" is being shopped to other networks.


Presenting the Sochi Winter Olympics TV guide

NBC's coverage starts tonight with figure skating. The tape-delayed opening ceremony airs Friday.


Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater marquee now looks like it did when the Beatles arrived in 1964

"The Late Show" is celebrating Sunday's 50th anniversary of The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show." PLUS: Even "SportsCenter" is commemorating the Beatles' 50th anniversary.


Owner of the real-life Bada Bing "Sopranos" strip club is a "mob rat"
Turns out Anthony "Tony Lodi" Cardinalle, owner of New Jersey's Satin Dolls strip club, Genovese family associate is now talking to the feds after pleading guilty in December to a trash hauling scheme.


Amazon announces "Veronica Mars" and "Ravenswood" fan fiction
Fan fiction writers inspired by the two shows can get their works published legitimately via Kindle Worlds.


Kaley Cuoco: I want a "Big Bang" wedding, too

"I'm ready for them to get married," she says of Penny and Leonard. "Maybe because I just got married -- so come on Penny and Leonard, it's been six years! It took us six months! But I hope that's in the cards for them."


Here are all of NBC's comedy failures in recent years
From "Whitney" to "Outsourced" to "The Paul Reiser Show."


Does Clay Aiken really face long odds in his Congressional race?

The district the Democratic Aiken is running for has been redrawn to be solidly Republican. PLUS: Why Aiken is perfect for Congress.


Kate Walsh was originally supposed to star on "Reign"
How did Amy Brenneman end up with her role?


The lessons of "The Michael J. Fox Show" -- Michael J. Fox wasn't the problem

Fox proved he's still a good actor, but his NBC sitcom was a lesson in how stars from nostalgic sitcoms don't lead to a hit comedy. PLUS: "Fox Show" never settled on a point of view, or tone.


"Nashville" needs to dump some characters
The ABC series, says Willa Paskin, is suffering from "Disposable Significant Other Disease. There are currently four ancillary characters on 'Nashville' playing the temporary love interest, a boyfriend or girlfriend who might as well have 'waiting to be dumped' tattooed on his or her forehead."


Discovery Channel teases "Amish Mafia's" return
Season 2 kicks off Feb. 25.


"The Real World: Ex-Plosion" is refreshingly authentic

Breaking down the fourth wall by showing the producers and cameraman has
breathed new life into the long-running MTV reality show.


Comic book flips genders of "Star Trek" characters

Introducing Captain Jane Tiberia Kirk.


Why an "Idol" contestant came out on the show
Keith London performed Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy" on Wednesday's episode, without changing the pronouns.


Inside the "House of Cards" editing room with director Robin Wright
Wright had to look closely at her face for her Episode 10 director's stint.


Oprah says she cried after giving her employees the day off for her 60th birthday
"For my birthday I had all of my employees take the day off and they just gave me a book of all the things that they did on my day off," she says.


Elle editor explains why Mindy Kaling's cover was in black and white

Kaling was the only one of four TV stars whose cover came out in black and white, and the fact the others were white and more fit caused some controversy. But Elle's boss Roberta Myers explains: "In the black-and-white photo, I thought that Mindy looked powerful, beautiful, potent, and sexy in the best sense of the word."


"The Killing" adds 3

Tyler Ross, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden will be part of the six-episode final season.


"Arrow" shocker, explained

"So that's what Sara Lance has been doing for all these years!"


Check out the Season 2 poster for "Da Vinci's Demons"
"Same Genius. New World," says the Starz series.


An appreciation of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's" animator
Arthur Rankin Jr., who died last week at 89, created a world that never gets old -- one that even inspired Will Ferrell's "Elf."

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<p>Jay Leno</p>

Jay Leno

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Goodbye, Jay Leno: This isn't the farewell he deserves


Goodbye, Jay Leno: This isn't the farewell he deserves

This "second ejection," says Robert Bianco, "seems to have left all involved a bit embarrassed — like family members who are called yet again to the deathbed of a lingering relative and can no longer think of anything to say. Even the timing of Leno's presumably final departure, shoehorned between the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, seems designed to cut short any valedictory celebration." He adds: "Leno has been a good, loyal and very successful soldier for NBC, and he deserved a better farewell than the one he's been given." PLUS: 10 reasons why Leno will be missed, and in defense of Leno.


Why we'll miss complaining about Leno

"Leno not being around anymore to bitch about makes me downright melancholy," says Steven Hyden.


White House calls today "the end of an era"

"The President wishes him well," White House press secretary Jay Carney said today. PLUS: Michelle Obama tweets, "Thanks for the memories."


Leno's 2nd exit has been carefully orchestrated, unlike the 1st exit

"If Leno’s treading very cautiously, it’s because, once again, he’s being compelled to turn over the franchise to someone far more popular with the media than he," as Lisa de Moraes explains.


Where will Jay Leno's 4 million viewers go?

They've already rejected David Letterman, so will they turn to Fallon or Kimmel?


A history of Jay Leno hate: Comedians, Hollywood insiders just love hating Leno

Hating Leno has been hugely popular for more than two decades.


Jay Leno's writers remain loyal

"He's a really good guy," says former "Tonight Show" writer Mike Colasuonno. "We always had a good time. He's always got your back. He always makes you laugh."


NBC is insulting Jay Leno!
The lack of buildup for his final "Tonight Show," the way they're giving Jimmy Fallon "starring" billing -- the Peacock is treating Jay unfairly.


Jay Leno is the Nickelback of comedy
"Now that he's retiring, his legacy will not be twenty years of outstanding ratings," says Stephen Marche. "It will be the legacy of hate he has built up. He is the definitive icon of show-business betrayal. In the light of posterity, Jay Leno will always be the man who hid in a closet to listen in on executives discussing him." PLUS: Leno thrived by being America's dullest man, and goodnight and good riddance!


Where will Leno land?

Will he end up in cable or syndication?


Leno's 6 greatest moments

From Hugh Grant to the unplugged show.


A brief history of Jay Leno's joke-stealing

The accusations against Leno are numerous.


Craig Ferguson gives Jay Leno a 1969 Ford Bronco
"It'll keep you busy if you get bored."

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<p>Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in a scene from &quot;Dallas Buyers Club.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in a scene from "Dallas Buyers Club."

Credit: Focus Features

Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey breaks down key 'Dallas Buyers' scene

The balance between sincerity and sentiment

The unexpected love thrown to "Dallas Buyers Club" by the Academy was on of the best surprises when the Oscar nominations were announced last month.  The film's 6 nods are a testament to the moving direction of Jean-Marc Valle (he earned an editing nod), the smart script by  Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack and, obviously, the career best performances from stars Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner and other unheralded members of the film's ensemble. McConaughey and Leto are the frontrunners in the best actor and best supporting actor categories respectively and have deservedly swept the equivalent Golden Globe and SAG Awards honors.  

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"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

 "Sex Sent Me to the ER"

Credit: TLC

'Sex Sent Me to the ER' gets a jumbo-sized order from TLC

The network is currently casting couples for new episodes

How much did you love "Sex Sent Me to the ER" on TLC? If the answer to that question is "a whole lot," you're not alone in your adoration. TLC's four episode run of the series averaged 1.9 million viewers. Not surprisingly, TLC is looking to serve up many more tales of sexual misadventure, as the show has now been picked up for an additional 35 one-hour episodes. Best of all? If you have a horror story to share, you just might get your chance. 

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<p>Cher</p>

Cher

Credit: Cher.com

Cher blasts label via Twitter for not "caring" about her album

She's looking ahead to next month's tour

“Closer to the Truth,” Cher’s first studio album since 2002’s “Living Proof,”  debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in September, but it failed to make much of a splash after its initial bow.

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'60 Minutes' will re-air its 2006 profile of Philip Seymour Hoffman


"60 Minutes" will re-air its 2006 profile of Philip Seymour Hoffman

In the 2006 interview, the 38-year-old Hoffman says: ""I went (to rehab), I got sober when I was 22 years old. You get panicked … and I got panicked for my life."


Jay Baruchel is making his TV comeback on FX in "Man Seeking Woman."
The "Undeclared" alum will play a "naive romantic" on the FX comedy pilot from Lorne Michaels.


Daniel Stern and "The Big C's" John Benjamin Hickey join "Manhattan"

The WGN America series revolves around The Manhattan Project.

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Foster the People's new video for 'Coming of Age' doesn't land its punches

Foster the People's new video for 'Coming of Age' doesn't land its punches

The concept doesn't quite gel

There are so many rituals associated with coming of age, whether it’s getting your school portrait taken, fending off bullies, having your first crush, or running from the cops after committing some minor prank.

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"Ultimate Survival Alaska"

 "Ultimate Survival Alaska"

Credit: Nat Geo

Nat Geo announces 'Ultimate Survival Alaska' casting call

Only the toughest survivalists need apply

Reality TV producers have finally discovered that they don't really need the lure of a million dollars to make people do terrifying things. No, for some intrepid adrenaline junkies, bragging rights are more than enough. With that in mind, Nat Geo has announced a casting call for the new season of  "Ultimate Survival Alaska." Only people who like being really, really cold apply!

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Amy Adams broke down on 'Inside the Actors Studio' over Philip Seymour Hoffman


Amy Adams broke down on "Inside the Actors Studio" over Philip Seymour Hoffman
Adams was reportedly sobbing during Wednesday's taping of the Bravo show.


Congresswoman played Olivia Pope in a "Scandal" spoof video
Rep. Donna Edwards, Democrat of Maryland, unveiled the video last night at the 70th Annual Congressional Dinner.


"Two and a Half Men" gets Kimberly Williams-Paisley to romance Jon Cryer

The casting will reunite her with her "According to Jim" co-star Courtney Thorne-Smith.


Peter Facinelli joins NBC's "Odyssey"

He'll play a "disillusioned corporate attorney" on the global conspiracy thriller pilot.


Jay Leno has had his best week since his 2010 return to "The Tonight Show"

The big ratings has boosted Jimmy Fallon, whose "Late Night"  has had its highest ratings since Leno's last final week in 2009.

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<p>Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave in Wes Anderson's &quot;The Grand Budapest Hotel.&quot;</p>

Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

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Is 'Grand Budapest Hotel' the first Oscar contender of 2014?

It may be the best thing Ralph Fiennes has ever done

It's taken five weeks, but 2014 finally has a great movie on its hands. No, it's not "Boyhood," any other selection from the Sundance Film Festival last month or Lars Von Trier's slightly overrated "Nymphomaniac." It's Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel." That's no disrespect to Richard Linklater's buzzed drama, it's no doubt great. "Grand Budapest" is very different from "Boyhoood" or any other film that screened in Park City. Simply, Anderson's latest is an example of an auteur at the peak of his cinematic powers.

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