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Barbara Walters wins the night with her final 'Most Fascinating People' special


Barbara Walters wins the night with her final "Most Fascinating People" special
The special -- which named Hillary Clinton No. 1 "most fascinating" person of 2013 -- also featured the "Duck Dynasty" clan, excluding Phil Robertson, who instead went duck hunting.


Matt Smith will be naked in "Doctor Who" Christmas special
The BBC has released two pics of The Doctor in the buff.


Watch the trailer for "Salem"
WGN America's first scripted series, set in 17th century Massachusetts, is from Brannon Braga and stars Shane West, Ashley Madekewe, Seth Gabel and Xander Berkeley.


Fox renews "MasterChef Junior"
The kids' competition will be back for Season 2.


See Sacha Baron Cohen revive his Ali G character for FXX
Cohen yesterday filmed NSFW intros for FXX's "Ali G: Rezurection" with bikini babes in a hot tub.


"Suburgatory" returns with animated opening credits
Watch the Jan. 15 opening inspired by Etsy paper dolls.


Amber Portwood tells Dr. Phil: I was high the entire time on "Teen Mom"
"This is actually my first time on stage sober, so I'm really nervous," she says. "Every time you see me on that show, I am high."

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Jennifer Lawrence

 Jennifer Lawrence

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Does Jennifer Lawrence have it right about fat shaming?

The Oscar winner gave Barbara Walters her opinion, but is she right?

What's so great about Jennifer Lawrence? Everything, duh. This week, we saw the Oscar winner as her usual unvarnished, unrehearsed self in a sit-down for ABC's "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013." Because Walters' modus operandi seems to be trying to make celebrities cry or scream, the topic of weight had to be addressed. Guess what? J-Law had some opinions. 

"Why is humiliating people funny?" she wondered. "And I get it, I do it too. We all do it."

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Introducing the inaugural HitFix Oscar Power List

Introducing the inaugural HitFix Oscar Power List

Counting down the brokers, artists and strategists crucial to this time of year

Have you ever wondered who the power players really are on the awards circuit and how they stack up this time of year? Are you curious to dive deep on the industry side of things to discover just how that element of the Hollywood machinery operates? Then HitFix's inaugural Oscar Power List is right up your alley.

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Cybill Shepherd is coming to 'Trophy Wife'


Cybill Shepherd is coming to "Trophy Wife"

She'll play Malin Akerman's "wild mother."


Phil Robertson's "Duck Dynasty" suspension is not a First Amendment issue
A&E is not the government, as James Poniewozik points out: "Losing your job for saying something that embarrasses your private employer–even if that is a media outlet–is not a free speech issue. It is not a First Amendment issue. It may be dumb, it may be justified, but it is not a constitutional violation," he says. PLUS: "IStandwithPhil" website petition drive launches.


"24" adds Judy Davis
She'll play a "fierce German arms dealer" on "24: Live Another Day."


Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" logo recalls "The Honeymooners"
The classic New York sitcom also used the moon as a backdrop.


Michael Buble easily beats Celine Dion in battle of network Christmas specials
Buble's 3rd annual special grabbed five million viewers.


Daft Punk will play the Grammys
The French electronic duo hasn't performed on TV since the 2008 Grammys.


"Sesame Street" meets "Sex and the City"

Watch Kim Cattrall's "fabulous" visit.


Hulu spoofs "House of Cards"

Tyler Labine's "Deadbeat" has created a parody of the Netflix drama's trailer.


Conan visits the American Girl Store

Watch Conan O'Brien hang with a little doll. PLUS: Jennifer Lawrence shares her butt plug story with Conan.

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<p>Miley Cyrus fascinates Barbara Walters</p>

Miley Cyrus fascinates Barbara Walters

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TV Ratings: Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' leads ABC on a sluggish Wednesday

'Sing-Off' tops 'The X Factor' once again
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
 
Viewers weren't hugely fascinated by ABC's broadcast of "Barbara Walters: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013," but they were at least vaguely interested, as the special was a sluggish Wednesday's top show in most key measures, leading the network to ratings wins.
 
Without any assist from "The Voice," NBC's "The Sing-Off" slipped somewhat, but still beat "The X Factor" and outdid NBC's latest Michael Buble Christmas special, which was in line with last year's weak performance. And speaking of specials that never draw big ratings, at some point CBS' has to cut ties with the "Home For The Holidays" series, which has positive aspirations, but draws astoundingly low ratings every year, falling even lower this year.
 
Meanwhile, The CW finally got OK numbers for an IHeart Radio special, as the "Jingle Ball 2013" telecast outdrew the network's various album release specials.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Keri Russell on &quot;The Americans,&quot; Emmy Rossum on &quot;Shameless&quot; and Gwendoline Christie on &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell on "The Americans," Emmy Rossum on "Shameless" and Gwendoline Christie on "Game of Thrones."

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TV Top 25 of 2013

A year so deep that even a top 20 (or 25) leaves some great things out
As usual, earlier this month we ran a video with my picks for the 10 best shows of the year. (And I was part of our Second Annual HitFix Television Critics Poll.) And now, as usual, it’s time for my written list of those 10, plus the 10 shows that finished just behind it…
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Roundup: Palm Springs hails Meryl Streep as an Icon
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Roundup: Palm Springs hails Meryl Streep as an Icon

Also: Variety's Directors to Watch, and who's out to get Lana del Rey?

As notices for "August: Osage County" continue to cool, Meryl Streep's beginning to look the most vulnerable of the presumed Best Actress frontrunners -- but she's still Meryl Streep, so awards will keep coming her way regardless. The latest comes from the Palm Springs Film Festival, which will present her with the Icon Award at the awards gala on December 4. The prize, first given to Michael Douglas, is effectively a career achievement award, though festival chairman Howard Metzner's statement focuses specifically on her "Oscar-worthy" work in "August." Incidentally, Streep's co-star Julia Roberts will receive the Spotlight Award. [PSIFF]

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'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments: An 'irreconcilable problem' for A&E


"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments: An "irreconcilable problem" for A&E
On the one hand, A&E doesn't want to offend people who would be offended by Robertson's comments, whether they're gay or not. On the other hand, as James Poniewozik points out, "once you take any kind of action on that, you've got the opposite problem — with deeply religious viewers who like the Robertsons for their faith. They're going to see it as you punishing him for saying out loud what he believes, and maybe for what they themselves believe, and what they believe is the word of God. You’re punishing him, in their eyes, for being one of them." PLUS: Fox News hosts and Sarah Palin defend Robertson, and Robertson released a statement saying: "I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me."


Kristen Johnston is "almost completely unable to move" due to a rare autoimmune disorder
The former "Third Rock From the Sun" explained on Facebook: ""I've been really, really sick since early Sept. Full body muscle weakness to the extent that just walking difficult, stairs impossible and I even need a neck brace to hold my head up."


Simon Cowell confirms Demi Lovato is done with "The X Factor"

Cowell says Lovato's tour next year conflicted with the Fox reality show. "She and I have had our ups and downs but now consider her a true friend, he added. "The door will always be open. And thank you Demi."


Man dies during an Australian trip his wife won on "Ellen"
Brandon McGraw, a U.S. Marine, was in Australia with his wife when he died in a parachuting accident over the weekend.


"Elementary" casts Paul Sorvino and "The Sopranos'" Vincent Curatola
They'll guest as feuding mob bosses.


Jay Leno on CNN would mean he and Conan O'Brien would be working for the same company, Time Warner
Is Leno too costly for CNN? And would Time Warner want to shell out big bucks for a late-night show opposite its TBS late-night star, Conan.


Claim: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" promotes bullying, exclusion
"Perhaps I am wrong, but this strikes me as a terrible, terrible lesson for kids," Michael Schaffer says of the children's classic. "At the very basic level, 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' presents a fairly grim, Hobbesian vision of society: If you want to be accepted, you have to prove your economic utility—which, in the case of magical flying reindeer, appears to only involve the annual sleigh-pull."


"First Night 2013 with Jamie Kennedy" won't happen again this New Year's Eve
Orange County station KDOC confirms it won't resurrect last year's trainwreck.


"Chelsea Lately" star Heather McDonald may become a"Real Housewives"

McDonald has recently been spotted with the ladies of "The Real Housewives of Orange County."


Why did Netflix remove most "SNL" episodes?
Does "Saturday Night Live's" deal with Yahoo! mean fewer episodes on Netflix?


A pair of college professors release a book about becoming "Supernatural Fangirls"
A psychologist and a professor of British literature explain their "Fangasm" over the CW series: "Why 'Supernatural'? Solid writing, an intricate mythology, scary monsters both literal and metaphorical. A story of love, loyalty, and family. An emotionally intense relationship between the main characters that generates enough chemistry to power a small city. Two very hot actors. Wasn’t that enough?


Finn Hudson's "Glee" mom joins "The Fosters"

Romy Rosemont will become a recurring guest star in the spring.


Check out "Justified" pics of Michael Rapaport and David Koechner
Alicia Witt is also part of Season 4.


Coming soon: "Sons of Anarchy" action figures
A toy company is also making "SOA" plush toys, key rings and bobbleheads.


Howard Stern dresses in drag for his Christmas card
The "America's Got Talent" judge is sitting on his wife dressed as Santa's lap.

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<p>Who is this mysterious figure, and what do they mean to the increasingly complex world of the 'How To Train Your Dragon' movies?</p>

Who is this mysterious figure, and what do they mean to the increasingly complex world of the 'How To Train Your Dragon' movies?

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The new trailer for 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' promises an epic mystery

So what is it with Dreamworks and long-lost parents?

First reaction: the new "How To Train Your Dragon 2" trailer looks great. I think this is going to be one of those situations where a first film was big but the sequel is GIGANTIC. I have a feeling kids are going to be ranting and raving and generally flipping out for this one, and on a big giant screen, I'll bet it looks amazing.

Second reaction: oh, so that's what it's about.

Third reaction: wait, what is it with Dreamworks and long-lost parents?

I thought "Kung-Fu Panda 2" took an interesting approach to dealing with the very real issues that arise with being adopted, particularly into a family that is in some significant external way different than your birth family. One of the few choices they made that really threw me was resolving the story the way they did and then adding on the post-credits scene where Po's real family is revealed suddenly to be alive. If sets up some big dynamics that the next film has to deal with, and i'm curious to see how they handle that. Here, though, we've got a different sort of parental reveal as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) discovers an entire world he had no idea existed, and he reclaims something he thought he lost.

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"The Sing-Off"

 "The Sing-Off"

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What do you think of 'The Sing-Off''s final four groups?

This double elimination was a tough one - but was it right?

In the crowded universe of singing competition reality TV shows, one of the most easy going and, yes, fun might be "The Sing-Off." The judges know what they're talking about and somehow manage to be nice without melting into useless marshmallows (we're looking at you, Paula Abdul, wherever you are). There's no voting from home, which means the best singers (as judged by people who know) win instead of the whole show devolving into a popularity contest. The host, Nick Lachey, appears to be neither overcaffeinated nor miserable. Even the competition itself seems friendly enough (at least there's a lot of hugging). But, this is a competition show like any other in that only one can win, and that means kicking people to the curb, week after week.

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<p>I wish I looked like this when I was sick. That would probably confuse everyone I know, though.</p>

I wish I looked like this when I was sick. That would probably confuse everyone I know, though.

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Christina Applegate on rediscovering Veronica Corningstone for 'Anchorman 2'

Turns out it wasn't as easy as slipping back into the outfits

Christina Applegate deserves credit for helping shape the character of Veronica Corningstone in the first "Anchorman." In the early drafts I read of the film, she was just as big a weirdo as any of the Action News team, and there was no real reason why her character ended up being the one to break the glass ceiling of San Diego local news.

Applegate was undervalued as a comic actor for the first leg of her career, no doubt because she was a blonde teenage girl and "Married: With Children" played up her hair-band-music-video-goddess appeal, but even on that show, she displayed positively deadly comic timing. Like Paul Rudd, she got reborn thanks to "Anchorman" showing off just how far out there she could push things, and in a film that was dominated by boys having a good time, she more than held her own.

When we spoke last weekend, she was both under the weather and missing her daughter, but I thought she was very frank when talking about how hard it was for her to get a handle on stepping back into the character for "Anchorman 2."

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<p>Gervase of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Gervase of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Gervase Peterson talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

'Survivor' original and 3rd Place finisher talks about his Final Jury shutout
On the very first "Survivor," Gervase Peterson was an early favorite, but he fell victim to the Pagonging of his original tribe after the Merge, becoming the third member of the original Jury.
 
After spending 30 days in "Survivor: Borneo," Gervase had to wait 13 years to get another shot at "Survivor" and he mostly made it count, forming a strong core alliance and working it all the way to end and the Final 3.
 
Of course, getting to the Final 3 only does limited good if you face a Jury and get shut out, which is what happened to Gervase on Sunday's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" finale. The respect of the "Blood vs. Water" Jury largely went to the season's winner, Tyson, who was credited as the architect and driving force of a powerhouse three-person alliance.
 
That perhaps doesn't give Gervase credit for what was the season's biggest tangible power shift, as he turned his back on outside-of-the-game friend Aras and helped lead two straight votes that swayed the season.
 
In his exit interview, Gervase explains why he picked Tyson over Aras, how he knew that the Jury wasn't going his way and why he perfects Old School "Survivor" to New School. 
 
Click through for the fill Q&A...
 
 
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