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<p>Ciera and Tina [And Tyson] of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Ciera and Tina [And Tyson] of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Ciera Eastin & Tina Wesson talk 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Fourth and Fifth placers talk mother-voting, New School 'Survivor' and beating Tyson
Ciera Eastin came ever-so-close to getting her "Survivor" exit interview with her mother Laura Morett. 
 
For several Redemption Island Duels, Laura was dominating and seemed poised to return to the game, but in the climactic Arena showdown, former winner Tina Wesson was more successful balancing a vase on a teeter-totter.
 
That denied me a paired exit interview with Laura and the doting daughter who voted her out of the game, the only vote cast by a player against their loved one in this "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" season. Of course, we already know what they would have said, since they repeated their love for each other over and over through the season and in the reunion show, but I could have tried to stir up some trouble.
 
Instead, Tina and Ciera, the season's fourth and fifth place finishers were like a friendly mutual admiration society. 
 
In this exit interview, Ciera makes a pretty convincing case for her pair of not-entirely-successful big moves, as well as the possibility that she could have beaten Tyson if she'd made the Final 3, while Tina discusses the lessons she learned about New School "Survivor."
 
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Jimmy Fallon gets pelted with snowballs in 'SNL' promos


Jimmy Fallon gets pelted with snowballs in "SNL" promos

Watch Fallon also sing a duet with Kate McKinnon.

Escapist shows were all the rage in 2013
From "Scandal" to "House of Cards," viewers preferred flashy escapism over high-minded drama.


Bradley Cooper: I wanted to "kill myself" on "Alias" after my role was reduced
Cooper was so miserable that he asked J.J. Abrams to write Will Tippin off the series, and got his wish.


Simon Cowell's dream "X Factor" panel: Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Miley Cyrus
Even though he already dumped Paula, they would be his "dream team."


What will the "Family Guy" fan who got an "RIP Brian" tattoo do now?

He could always wait until the show's cancelation.


Ryan Seacrest: We're not letting Miley Cyrus near the Times Square ball

"This is a ball she cannot touch," he says of her "New Year's Rockin' Eve" performance. "This one she cannot. She's not allowed to. But she can be standing under it when it goes down, when it drops."


Adrianne Palicki calls "Wonder Woman" failure "probably a blessing"
"It would've been a really hard thing to shoot," she says of the failed David E. Kelley pilot. "And I got to wear the costume -- I should say, I got paid to wear the costume! So not many people get to say that."


Daniela Ruah's pregnancy won't stop her from appearing in every "NCIS: LA" episode
Writers are using creative editing and special storytelling to hide Ruah's baby bump.


Damian Lewis: "Brody became quite a divisive figure" on "Homeland"

Reflecting more on the season finale, Lewis says: "Some thought the show couldn't move on until Brody was gone, some felt Brody was the show and it couldn’t survive without him. We'll see. All I know it was just terrific fun and a huge privilege to play such a fabulously written character and to be working with the people I worked with." PLUS: Season finale was in some ways offensive, "Homeland" told the worst lies about U.S. foreign policy and "Homeland" was creating tension for American diplomacy.


"SVU" alum Diane Neal joins Starz's "Power"
Also: Kristen Wiig's "Bridesmaids" comedy writing partner Annie Mumolo is joining "About a Boy."


Why was "South Park" so good this season?

Perhaps the long delay and the shortened season allowed Matt & Trey to streamline their show-making process.


Oscar gets a facelift
Check out the new logo for the Academy Awards.


Regis & Kathie Lee reconnect on Twitter

"Reeeeege!!!! I'm lovin you on twitter!" tweeted Kathie Lee, adding: "How can life get any better?"


All about "Six Feet Under's" series finale death montage
Read an oral history of that legendary seven-minute flash-forward to end the HBO series. PLUS: Read an oral history of "Sex and the City's" Splat episode.


Inside Tyler Florence's home
The Food Network star is listing his San Francisco Bay Area home for just under $2 million.


Here are 23 "Game of Thrones"-themed Christmas gifts

From dragon to "Game of Thrones" plushies.


Will Forte's favorite "SNL" sketch: Dancing with Peyton Manning in the locker room

Forte says he came up with that 2007 sketch with "30 Rock's" John Lutz, who came up with the idea of dancing.


"Scandal" stars: Then & Now
Columbus Short used to dance for Britney, Tony Goldwyn was a "Ghost" and Guillermo Diaz was in "Half Baked."


How "The Simpsons" brand took over the world
Twenty-four years after its debut, "The Simpsons" is still raking in lots of money from merchandise sales.

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NFL had 9 of the Top 10 TV broadcasts of 2013


NFL had 9 of the Top 10 TV broadcasts of 2013

At No. 7, the Oscars was the only non-NFL top-TV broadcast this year.


"The Voice" will return Feb. 25, with Usher and Shakira
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will also be back for Season 4.


Charlie Sheen's manager and publicist both resign

Sheen's manager, Mark Burg, represented Sheen for 16 years, while publicist Larry Solters has represented Sheen since his 2011 meltdown.


TCM sets tributes to Peter O'Toole and Joan Fontaine
Both movie legends will get a tribute on the same day, Dec. 29.


"The Young and the Restless" fires Michael Muhney
The "Veronica Mars" alum played Adam Newman for nearly six years.


Showtime unveils "Penny Dreadful" trailer
The psychosexual horror series stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Billie Piper.


PBS tonight examines "How Shakespeare Changed the World"

"The Walking Dead's" Andrew Lincoln narrates this documentary calling Sherlock "the first CSI."

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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Juan Pablo is the new 'Bachelor' but is the show missing the point?

The first Latino 'Bachelor' gets stuck with a vanilla cast

For a reality TV show to churn through 17 seasons, it has to change at least a little bit to hold our interest. Since the essential formula of "The Bachelor" (premiering Mon. Jan. 6 at 8:00 p.m.) can't twist too much (boy meets girl, repeat, repeat, repeat), in season 18 the ABC series will deliver a first -- "I'm the first Latino bachelor," as Juan Pablo Galavis helpfully describes himself.

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<p>Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner all return for 'Anchorman 2:&nbsp;The Legend Continues'</p>

Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner all return for 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Review: 'Anchorman 2' actually smuggles in some smart satire amidst all the silly

The long-rumored sequel takes a hard look at the face of modern news

Adam McKay might be one of the strangest guys making mainstream comedy right now, and one of the things that I dearly love about his work is that the more success he has, the weirder he allows himself to be. He and Will Ferrell have built a lovely filmography out of making a series of films together that seem to be divorcing themselves more completely from reality each time out.

As a result, when you look at "Anchorman" next to "Anchorman 2," you can see that there's been an evolution between the two, and how you feel about the film is going to depend largely on how you feel about a movie that doesn't seem terribly interested in any sort of traditional structure and that resolutely refuses to take anything seriously. Even when it seems like the movie is starting to tip into some weird maudlin territory regarding the relationship between Ron (Ferrell) and his young son Walter, it's all just a chance to rip on the Hollywood cliche of making comedies about how every working father is neglectful and stupid, especially ones that work hard at their jobs.

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<p>Mark Burnett</p>

Mark Burnett

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NBC greenlights Mark Burnett's 'Bible' sequel, makes us rewrite the same story

Mark Burnett's 'A.D.' will premiere in 2015
Fun new TV publicity trend courtesy of NBC: Announcing "greenlights" for TV projects that it previously announced as either being "acquired" or "in development" so as to get a second wave of stories about a nascent project before milking a third wave of stories around casting.
 
Kudos, NBC!
 
Last week, NBC announced that it was giving a greenlight to "Rosemary's Baby," a four-hour event series that the network previously announced it was developing back in July. The only new pieces of information in last week's NBC release were the involvement of director Agnieszka Holland and new co-writer James Wong, but we all dutifully wrote the story and, in some cases, attempted to cast the miniseries.
 
This week's gratuitous NBC press release? The official greenlighting of "A.D.," Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's follow-up to their History Channel smash adaptation of "The Bible."
 
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<p>What do you think of the makeover?</p>

What do you think of the makeover?

Credit: AMPAS

Academy unveils new logo for the first time ever

Oscar gets a spotlight from above

For the first time in its history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has created a visual identity for the organization with a logo.

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John Mayer and Katy Perry coo at each other in 'Who You Love' video: Watch
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John Mayer and Katy Perry coo at each other in 'Who You Love' video: Watch

The two lovebirds are sickeningly sweet in new clip

A few days ago, Beyonce and Jay Z showed us how they were “Drunk In Love,” today fellow real-life couple John Mayer and Katy Perry make googly eyes at each other for our voyeuristic pleasure in the video for languid, mid-tempo ballad “Who You Love.”

There’s something about watching a real couple singing and cooing at each other that feels a little strange to me, especially when you wonder if they’ll be together this time next year or if the video will serve as an embarrassing reminder of their forever love before forever ended  (Yes, we're also talking to you Kanye West and Kim Kardashian).

In the Sophie Mueller-directed clip, various couples hold on for dear life as they ride a bucking bronco in a symbol that love is a rough, exhilarating trip for all of us. It then switches to Mayer and Perry, looking like something out of “Little House on the Prairie,” holding each other closely and singing gently as they gaze meaningfully into each other’s eyes. It feels like we’re intruding on a personal moment, which is exactly the point. Perry looks seductively into the camera every now and then to show us the depth of her affection for Mayer.

Here’s hoping the crazy kids make it. If they don’t, they’ll certainly have a video to remind them of the days their hearts were intwined...before the ride got too rough.
 

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NBC greenlights 'A.D.,;' a sequel to 'The Bible'


NBC greenlights "A.D.," a sequel to "The Bible"
The 12-hour miniseries from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey will follow "The Bible" series, telling the events after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.


"NCIS" is the top scripted show, "Dancing with the Stars" beats "Idol" as the No. 1 reality show of 2013
"The Big Bang Theory" was the top comedy show, while "Dancing" edged out "American Idol" for the first time.


"Today"-"GMA" feud to become a Lifetime movie
CNN host Brian Stetler's book "Top of the Morning," which documented the morning news show wars, including Ann Curry's brief stint as co-host of "Today," is getting the Lifetime movie treatment.


Frank Darabont sues AMC over "Walking Dead" profits
Darabont, who created the AMC TV series, claims he was deprived of millions of dollars thanks to AMC's deal licensing the show to itself.


Walter White, a meth distributor in Montana, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison
Unlike the "Breaking Bad" character, Walter J. White was caught by the DEA with four ounces of methamphetamine. He later admitted to receiving up to two pounds a week of meth from one supplier.


Did "SNL" lift its "Three Wise Men" sketch from "Studio 60"?
Aaron Sorkin's NBC drama series featured a "Three Wise Guys" pitch that was rejected.


Jennifer Lawrence: "I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV"

Lawrence says on Walters' "Fascinating" special: "If we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling somebody fat?"


Snapchat CEO's girlfriend is competing on "The Bachelor"

Lucinda Aragon, 24, has been seeing Evan Spiegel, the co-founder of the $2 billion photo sharing app.


"Grey's" star Chandra Wilson will guest on "General Hospital"
She'll play a hospital patient.


TV critics pick "Breaking Bad" as 2013's No. 1 show

According to Hitfix's 2nd annual poll of TV critics, "Orange is the New Black" is the 2nd-best show and "Game of Thrones" is No. 3.


Snooki hit with a federal class action lawsuit over weightloss pills

a Long Island woman has filed a class-action suit against the MTV star, accusing her of shilling Zantrex diet pills that are unsafe.


The Hub will show a "My Little Pony" Yule Log on Christmas Day
For four hours on Christmas morning, an animated fireplace from Pinkie Pie's house will be on display.


"L.A. Law" is finally coming to DVD

Season 1 of the acclaimed 1986-1994 NBC legal drama will be available on Feb. 25.


CNBC apologizes for airing a song with the N-word
"We accidentally aired a piece of music this hour during a tease with inappropriate lyrics," said CNBC's Kelly Evans.


"SNL's" Taran Killam releases his first comic book

Check out "The Illegitimates."


Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is launching her own reality show
She's searching for the next "Elite Brand Ambassador."


Here is the worst TV of 2013
From "Dads" to "The Following" to the "Dexter" finale.

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<p>Disney's &quot;Frozen&quot;&nbsp;won three awards.</p>

Disney's "Frozen" won three awards.

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Phoenix critics award '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity,' 'Frozen'

Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett win top acting honors

After a some taste-testing elsewhere by some more regional critics, it's back to the grind with another Best Picture win for "12 Years a Slave," this time from the Phoenix Film Critics Society. The film won three awards, as did Disney's "Frozen," but Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" was a more dominant figure winning four, including Best Director. Refresh yourself on the nominees here and check out the full list of winners below. Remember to keep score throughout the season via The Circuit.

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<p>Kurt Cobain of Nirvana</p>

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana

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Why the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame only got it half right this year

Who should have gotten the nod that didn't?

Last night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its class of 2014:  Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens.

There are a number of things right with this picture. And a number of things wrong.

First off, before any discussion of the Rock Hall and its induction process can begin, let’s first agree that such conversations are always subjective. Plus, it helps to remember that the majority of the 600 voters are white, middle-aged men, many of them rock critics, who, especially in the early years of the Hall, tried to compensate for the way white rockers appropriated black music in the ‘50s and ‘60s as the building blocks of rock and roll by making sure that a number of unappreciated black acts got their just due by being inducted. For example, in 1986, six of the 10 inaugural inductees were black. This time, there are none.

Secondly, throw away any notion that Rock & Roll means anything other than pop music. The Hall never limited itself only to true “rockers,” but every time someone like Madonna gets inducted, as she did in 2008, people work themselves up into apoplectic states about how she’s not “Rock.” Well, neither are about 50%, if not more, of the inductees.

So with that out of the way, I’d say that without question, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame voters, of which I used to be one, got it right this year with Peter Gabriel, Kiss and Nirvana.  All three acts are pioneers at what they do/did.

Both as a member of Genesis and as a solo act, Peter Gabriel elevated rock to an experimental art form, blending in other genres and fearlessly pushing boundaries. Kiss,  who has been eligible for more than a decade and whose fans have done everything but storm the Rock Hall’s castle in protest, took metal in a cartoonish yet innovative way to the masses. Nirvana, one of the few acts to get in the first year it was eligible, ushered in the grunge movement and has continued to influence the next generation of rockers.

After that, it gets a little sketchy. The other acts on the 2014 ballot were Yes, LL Cool J, The Replacements, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, NWA, The Meters, Link Wray and the Zombies.

I would have picked Chic before Ronstadt, H&O, or Cat Stevens. Yes, they were a disco band, which automatically makes them second class to many voters, but they were so much more. They brought in R&B and a certain loose-limbed aesthetic to their music that proved to have great legs long after disco died. It seemed like Nile Rodgers work with Daft Punk would have helped bring him and the band to the fore this year, but they’ll have to come back again... for a ninth time.

I would have also gone with Link Wray this year. Best known for “Rumble” and “The ‘Batman’ Theme,”  Wray invented a whole new language on the electric guitar that thousands of musicians have adopted from rock to punk and country. 

Thirdly, I would have picked NWA. Yes, they were long shots, and some of the more conservative voters may have objections to their politics or feel like Public Enemy’s inclusion this year gives them a pass on hard core rap for a little while, but their music represents the rebellion and social protest that the absolute best music represents. Albums like “Straight Outta Compton” and “Niggaz4Life” are time capsules of the racial tensions brewing on the West Coast in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

I'll go a step further, I absolutely believe that Hall & Oates should be in, though I would have waited a few more year, but I'm not so sure that, as much as I love both Ronstadt and Stevens, that either one of them  should be included. At some point does it just become popular names? 

Of course, there are still a number of acts who weren’t on the ballot this year that deserve inclusion, among them Cheap Trick and Todd Rundgren.

Do you think the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame voters got it right this year?

 

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Obama wishes Washington was like 'House of Cards,' Netflix CEO offers him a cameo


Obama wishes Washington was like "House of Cards," Netflix CEO offers him a cameo

The president this morning met with tech CEOs, including Netflix head Reed Hastings, who offered him a chance to appear on the show. "I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient," said Obama. "It's true. It’s like Kevin Spacey, man this guy's getting a lot of stuff done."


Josh Gad to star in "Gilligan's Island," the movie
Gad will co-write the script of the film based on the TV show, but it's not clear if he'll actually play Gilligan or The Skipper.


"Veronica Mars" to kick off Paleyfest in L.A.
The cast will get together on stage the night before the movie opens.


GSN orders a church matchmaking show

"It Takes A Church" will allow members of a church congregation to play matchmaker for single parishioners.


John Mayer drops the F-word on "GMA"
Check out his interview with Katy Perry.

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