One of the big names missing when the Oscar nominations were revealed earlier this month was media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who won acclaim for her supporting turn in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," but failed to pick up a nomination.
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"Scandal" is casting for Fitz & Mellie's 2 older kids
Get ready to meet 15-year-old Jerry and Karen, his younger sister.
Robert Evans is developing a cable drama about Hollywood in the '70s
The former Paramount Studios honcho who oversaw "The Godfather" and who was celebrated in the documentary "The Kid Stays in the Picture" will delve into the studio system when "there was a mob influence, drugs, sex, excess, casting couches, and some of the best movies made in the 20th century."
Oprah Winfrey cancels her 60th birthday party
Oprah, who turns 60 on Wednesday, opted to cancel her birthday party because her guest list got out of control, according to E!
Casey Wilson and "Happy Endings" creator are re-teaming for NBC's "Marry Me"
Wilson will star in fiance David Caspe's "Mad About You"-esque comedy pilot about a newly engaged couple. PLUS: NBC orders a Jason Bateman-produced comedy pilot.
Stephen Root joins AMC's "Turn"
He'll help establish the first American spy ring on the Revolutionary War drama.
Fox says Regis Philbin isn't leaving his Fox Sports 1 show -- he's just taking a break
Reege will take February off from "Crowd Goes Wild" before returning in March for a limited schedule.
Seth Meyers asks fans to design his desk
The winner will get a chance to hang out on Seth's new "Late Night" set.
Craig Ferguson isn't concerned about his new "Late Night" rival, Seth Meyers
"I just do my show," says the "Late Late Show" host. "My show is not like any other show out there. I just do the show I want to do for me."
Alyson Hannigan weeps over "HIMYM"
Watch Hannigan cry on "The Talk" over the prospect of losing TV hubby Jason Segel.
Letterman will interview Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr for their 50th-anniversary return to Ed Sullivan Theater
David Letterman's interview with the surviving Beatles will be shown not on "The Late Show," but on the CBS special "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," which airs 50 years to the night of their famous "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance.
Syfy renews "Haven" for a supersized Season 5
The sci-fi drama will return with 26 episodes, half of which will air in the fall.
Chevy Chase lands on "Hot in Cleveland"
The former "Community" star will guest-star on the TV Land comedy when he goes on a date with Valerie Bertinelli.
It seems an uncommon occurrence for the live action short Oscar category to feel so much more compelling than its animated counterpart. Perhaps that's because the potential for instant gratification is so readily apparent in the animated field, or that the animators so often have a wide array of styles and media up their collective sleeve, making for a fresh-feeling crop every year. But I can't remember the last time the live action nominees made for this stacked a race, and indeed, like the animated shorts and the documentary shorts, the field is in keeping with the overall trend throughout the Oscars this year: thick competition.
NBC orders Ellen's lesbian-themed comedy pilot
"One Big Happy" revolves around a lesbian who gets pregnant as her straight best male friend gets married to the love of his life.
Tim Tebow will guest co-host "GMA"
The ESPN analyst will appear on Friday's "Good Morning America."
Disney Channel unveils its first same-sex couple
"Good Luck Charlie's" lesbian moms Susan and Cheryl made their debut on Sunday's episode.
"The Following" disappoints in its timeslot return
The Kevin Bacon drama had its lowest-ever rating in the key 18-49 demo.
Michelle Obama is helping the Puppy Bowl players practice
This year's Puppy Bowl players paid a visit to the White House, where they worked out with First dogs Bo and Sunny.
Amazon Prime adds "Hannibal"
NBC hopes the addition of "Hannibal" will boost Season 2's ratings.
"The Walking Dead" releases a new midseason trailer
Says Rick: "We'll never get things back to the way things used to be."
"Portlandia" offers a glimpse of Season 4
Check out the "Prairie Home Companion Tailgating" sketch.
We neglected to report on the nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards a little earlier this month, and while there is zero overlap between their list and the Academy's, more than a few of these names should be familiar to you. Leading the way with 10 nomination is Denis Villeneuve's Jake Gyllenhaal-starring thriller "Enemy," which was somewhat overshadowed at the Toronto fest last year by the pair's Hollywood collaboration, "Prisoners." Gyllenhaal joins the Best Actor field along with two other notable non-Canucks, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Radcliffe. Not present in the category is Xavier Dolan, but the boy wonder's kinky noir "Tom at the Farm" (one of my 2013 Top 10) scored eight nods, including Best Picture. Also nominated in the top field: Canada's unsuccessful Oscar submission "Gabrielle." Full list of nominees after the jump. Keep up with the season at The Circuit.
Oscars will celebrate "The Wizard of Oz's" 75th anniversary
"We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars," say the show's producers.
Watch a preview of Tina Fey's car ride with Jerry Seinfeld
Fey reveals on this week's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" that she doesn't drive.
"Duck Dynasty"-backed congressman has invited Willie Robertson to tonight's State of the Union speech
Robertson will be Louisiana U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister's guest tonight, after the reality stars helped him get elected.
Regis Philbin is leaving Fox Sport 1's "Crowd Goes Wild"
The sports show has been a flop, averaging 62,000 viewers. Reege will exit after the Super Bowl.
Jimmy Kimmel's lie detector confirms "The Bachelor's" Sean & Catherine didn't have sex
A professional polygraph examiner found that Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici weren't lying when they said they didn't have sex before marriage.
Chuck Lorre uses his "Mom" and "Mike & Molly" vanity cards to explain his Ben Affleck penis joke
Lorre insists he was just joking -- he didn't actually peek at Affleck's penis while the two were peeing.
Spoiler: Check out "24: Live Another Day" filming with Kiefer Sutherland and Yvonne Strahovski
Here are new spoilery photos from the set.
Madonna will join Miley Cyrus on MTV "Unplugged"
There's no word on what the duo will perform together.
Jon Stewart enlists "Jersey Boys" and other NYers to beg Sean Hannity to stay in New York
Watch "The Daily Show's" epic production, all for the Fox News host.
"HIMYM" creators regret not using The Mother more in the 1st half of the season
"In hindsight," says Carter Bays, "it took making the first half of the season to realize we weren't using her enough, but I think these last nine episodes correct that error nicely." PLUS: Here's every loose end that was wrapped on last night's episode, and Episode 200 was one of "HIMYM's" highest-rated episode in years.
Meet the new droid for DisneyXD's "Star Wars Rebel"
His name is Chopper. PLUS: Watch Bill Hader do "Star Wars" impressions on Conan.
Kaley Cuoco buys the "Khloe & Lamar" house
"The Big Bang Theory" star is spending $5.49 million to buy the reality stars' mansion.
ABC renews "Bet On Your Baby"
The game show where parents predict what they're child is going to do next will return for a 2nd season.
Kerry Washington didn't tell her "Scandal" co-stars she was pregnant
Says Joe Morton: "We sort of knew, but she obviously wanted to keep it private, so we helped her do that. So there was no kind of big celebration."
Nigella Lawson won't face drug charges after admitting to using cocaine
The celebrity chef had admitted using marijuana and cocaine while in court.
Watch Amy Poehler on top of boyfriend Nick Kroll
Watch a preview of tonight's "Kroll Show."
"Ellen" mistakes Travis Barker for Pink's husband
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" labeled Carey Hart as "Travis Barker."
"The State" stars reunite on "@midnight"
Michael Ian Black joined former co-stars Michael Showalter and Kerri Kenny-Silver last night on Comedy Central.
Stephen Colbert boasts about his Grammy win
"It is like the Nobel prize of audiobooks," he says of winning the award for best spoken word album.
J.C. Chandor is pretty hot property these days. His first film, "Margin Call," netted him an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay; "All is Lost" may not have garnered quite the awards attention people initially expected, but was still a formidable follow-up -- one that earned him a Cannes berth, lest we forget. So hopes are high for Chandor's third feature, "A Most Violent Year," which is already building quite an ensemble.
Emma Thompson has bowed out of receiving the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Modern Master prize this year. "Nebraska" star Bruce Dern will be honored instead.