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"Survivor" is set to return to CBS for seasons 29 and 30

Jeff Probst will be back, too
It's hard to remember a time before "Survivor," and it seems that we won't have to envision a time after it, either. The reality series is showing no signs of slowing down, and now CBS has ordered two more editions (a 29th and a 30th for those keeping score at home) to air during the 2014-2015 season.
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'Survivor' gets a 30th season

"Survivor" gets a 30th season
Jeff Probst's reaction to CBS' renewal for Seasons 29 and 30? "At this point," he says, "I feel like if our audience continues to watch and we continue to win our time slot week to week, then I think we could have another renewal after this."

Showtime won't proceed with "The Vatican" starring Kyle Chandler

The Paul Attanasio project directed by Ridley Scott, described as "a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church," proved to be too problematic.

"Modern Family" is ready to take on Las Vegas

"It's looking like we probably will do an episode where everybody goes to Las Vegas," says producer Christopher Lloyd. PLUS: There's a "strong possibility" that Mitch & Cam will get married this season.

Jimmy Kimmel convinces pedestrians that Kris Jenner is Time's Person of the Year
Watch another prank on ignorant people on Hollywood Blvd.

"Mad Men" was robbed!
Why Matthew Weiner should be furious over this year's Golden Globes snub.

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CW midseason schedule puts 'The 100' after 'Arrow,' puts 'Star-Crossed' on Mondays

'Hart of Dixie' and 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' are heading to Friday
The CW has announced its midseason schedule and after a solid fall, the network to look to shore up a few of its weaker spots, adding premieres for "Star-Crossed" and "The 100" and moving around the pieces for Monday and Friday nights.
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Report: Prince will play himself on 'New Girl's" Super Bowl episode

Report: Prince will play himself on "New Girl's" Super Bowl episode

Hannah Simone tweeted yesterday that "exciting news" is coming today -- a tweet that Prince's new band retweeted. And that news, according to the website Dr. Funkberry, is that Prince will make his sitcom debut on the Super Bowl episode of "New Girl." Apparently Prince is a big fan of the Fox sitcom, though the network has yet to confirm if he will indeed guest-star

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CW shakes up Mondays, benches 'Beauty and the Beast'

CW shakes up Mondays, benches "Beauty and the Beast"
"Hart of Dixie" will move to Fridays in the spring, as "Star-Crossed" and "The Tomorrow People" take over Monday nights.

Did Tina Fey take a car ride with Jerry Seinfeld?
Seinfeld this morning released a teaser of the new "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" season, featuring the voices of Howard Stern and apparently Tina Fey.

VH1 orders a white female rappers reality show from Ryan Seacrest

"Girls In The Game" will follow what VH1 says is "a group of up-and-coming white female rappers as they aspire to and struggle for fame."

Watch more Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Golden Globes promos

NBC has released two promos featuring the comedy duo.

Happy 90th birthday, Bob Barker!
"The Price is Right" host enters his 90s today. Go behind the scenes of his "Price" return, which airs today.

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<p>Kate Winslet has picked up yet another invitation to the Golden&nbsp;Globes with a nomination in the Best Actress in a Drama category.</p>

Kate Winslet has picked up yet another invitation to the Golden Globes with a nomination in the Best Actress in a Drama category.

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Kate Winslet talks new challenges and portraying a fragile character in Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day'

The actress became a 10-time Golden Globe nominee this morning

It was clear this morning that there was an opportunity in the Golden Globes category of Best Actress in a Drama for some lucky actress to step up to the plate. With the usual suspects in the lead actress field being split off and Meryl Streep finding herself in the comedy/musical field, who was going to land the recognition? Would it be critical darling Adèle Exarchopoulos? Indie hopeful Brie Larson? Or someone else entirely?

In the end, it was Kate Winslet who showed up, receiving her first awards recognition of the season for her performance in Jason Reitman's "Labor Day." In the process, the Oscar-winning actress picked up her tenth Globe nomination to date and finds herself in the thick of a talented group of women. Some time ago I talked with Winslet about tackling the role of the fragile, emotionally cut-off Adele in the love story, which was adapted from Joyce Maynard's novel. Read through our back and forth below.

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Golden Globe Awards nominee reactions: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Parsons, Leonardo DiCaprio

Golden Globe Awards nominee reactions: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Parsons, Leonardo DiCaprio

Plus: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lawrence and more

Today's Golden Globe nominees were rustled out of bed by publicists with great news or found themselves unable to sleep as they awaited their fate from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. As ever, the usual wave of responses and reactions has begun to roll in, so what did folks like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Lawrence and Julianna Marguiles have to say about their good fortune? Check out their thoughts and more in the gallery below.

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Report: 'SNL' recently held a secret audition for black female comedians

Report: "SNL" recently held a secret audition for black female comedians
Apparently Lorne Michaels is serious about adding a black female cast member, as there was reportedly a special showcase held Dec. 1 at the Groundlings in L.A. just for black females.

"Game of Thrones" invites fans to roast King Joffrey
Check out the new website,

Golden Globes voters love shiny new things, as this year's nominations prove

From Tatiana Maslany to Taylor Schilling, the Globes' TV nominations showed that it's the awards show that wants to be first to give its stamp of approval. PLUS: Was this a snub-free year for TV nominees?, the biggest shocks and snubs, the 30 biggest snubs, what was Taylor Schilling's reaction, Tatiana Maslany's phone started "blooping" a lot, and more TV nominee reactions.

Ashley Benson slams photoshopped "Pretty Little Liars" poster
"Our faces in this were from 4 years ago.....and we all look ridiculous," she wrote on Instagram. "Way too much photo shop. We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It's not attractive."

NBC postpones "It's a Wonderful Life" for "The Sound of Music Live" rerun
The annual airing that was scheduled for Saturday has been pushed back to next Saturday.

Heather Locklear as "Murphy Brown"?
Diane English and Candice Bergen talk to Katie about how network execs were pushing for another famous blonde for the CBS comedy.

"Wholock": "Doctor Who" meets "Sherlock"
Check out a mashup of the two BBC series.

Report: Martha Stewart to ax 100 staffers

The NY Post reports that Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is in such bad shape that Stewart has to drop 25% of her employees.

"Duck Dynasty" stars entertain the troops in Afghanistan

Willie and Jep Robertson took part in a USO tour.

Damian Lewis apologizes to Sir Ian McKellen

The "Homeland" star made disparaging comments that some believe were targeted at "The Hobbit" star.

Lea Michele opens up to Ellen about Cory Monteith's death

"Grief goes with you every day, whatever you're doing," she says in her first sit-down TV interview since her boyfriend's death.

Watch "The Simpsons'" Christmas couch gag
For Sunday's "White Christmas Blues."

"South Park" makes fun of Kim Kardashian's body

She has the body of a hobbit!

Miley Cyrus to ring in the new year with Ryan Seacrest

She'll perform on ABC just before the ball drops.

Steve Carell interrupts a British TV weather forecast

Watch Carell as he promotes "Anchorman 2" in the UK.

ABC orders 4 more "Shark Tank" episodes

Season 5 will now have a total of 28 episodes.

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<p>Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez</p>

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez

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Interview: 'Frozen' composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez react to Globes nom

'Book of Mormon' and 'Winnie the Pooh' writers on ladies in cinema

Composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez together composed the music for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh" and the musical adaptation of "Finding Nemo," but just this morning nabbed their first Golden Globe nomination for a different Disney property. "Let It Go" from "Frozen," performed by Idina Menzel, is now up for a 2014 for Best Original Song.

Lopez and Anderson-Lopez have earned acclaim for their work on Broadway and in TV/Film -- in their own right for musicals like "In Transit" and "Book of Mormon" and together on projects like kids' TV show "Wonderpets"

Below, I talk to the couple about their nomination, females in the working music world and their next theater endeavor.


Congrats on your nomination. You’ve each earned awards in theater and in film. What does the Golden Globes nomination mean to you?
Robert: We’ve been watching the Golden Globes forever. We never imagined being nominated for one. It’s an incredible honor and we’re grateful.
Kristen: I’m so excited, for Tina – that is, Tina Fey and Amy Pohler. Totally.
There’s different versions of the song out there, and it seems to work for very different reasons. Did you write with that in mind, how’d that work?
Robert: When we wrote “Let It Go,” we already had Idina in mind, she was such a great Elsa. And then when Disney came back and said “We want to do a different version” and this time it was with Demi Lovato. We got to work with another producer, tailor a different version, change the bridge. But we love both versions.
Why do you think “Frozen” worked as a movie on the whole?
Kristen: I think it’s a wonderful message about families, and about how fear can distance us. You can strengthen the bond if you go toward the love, that is, true love will heal everything. It’s a good message for the holidays, or any time. I love the message that sisterhood is just as valid and strong as romantic love.
Speaking of women’s representation, you just don’t always see a lot of women composers and writers in the Best Song or Best Score field. Do you feel pressure or have any thoughts about being one of the few recent entries there, Kristen?
Kristen: First, I’m just thrilled and grateful to be here and to have a nomination. Statistically there’s something going on there [in the nominations].  Fifty percent of people graduating from these writing schools are women, and they are less and less represented as time goes on. I feel like I have been inspired and learned so much from the amazing female writers that I have in my life. They’re a wonderful group of women that I’m hoping will be a part of changing the playing field.
And with “Frozen” and “Catching Fire” leading the way with female protagonists, I’m excited for more doors to be opened to female stories.
You guys have written for kids, for families and for adult-only audiences. What does it take to write – lyrics especially – music that’s funny for a variety of audiences?
Robert: We look to be a little subversive, no matter what audience. We’re always looking where that line is, try and skate very close to that line. When people are surprised, that’s when they’re likely to be affected by a story.
What’s next for you in 2014?
Robert: We have a lot of projects lined up. The one we actually can talk about is “Up Here.”
The musical with Alex Timbers?
Robert: Yeah, it’s about consciousness. It’s reverent about all things romantic comedy and yet looks at cosmic questions and self.
Are there more Disney films – or any other films – you’re working on in the future?
Robert: We loved working with Disney. We had the best time working with them hope to have another chance to do it again.
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<p>Wednesday's &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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TV Ratings: 'Sing-Off' tops 'X Factor', while 'Survivor' leads CBS Wednesday

'Arrow' hits a series high with young men
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
"Criminal Minds" paced CBS' easy Wednesday win overall, while "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" delivered the network's best demo numbers as CBS also won among young viewers.
"Modern Family" bounced back from lows in its most recent airing and helped ABC finish Wednesday in second in most measures, while "The Sing-Off" had NBC in third, despite the relative failure of "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Tale."
Meanwhile, "The X Factor" continued to limp to the end of another season on FOX, while "The Tomorrow People" squandered more than half of its lead-in audience from a strong "Arrow."
On to the numbers…
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<p>Team &quot;Philomena&quot;&nbsp;is all smiles today.</p>

Team "Philomena" is all smiles today.

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'Philomena' and 'Rush' spark with Globe nominations, but no room for Oprah

'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' lead the way

Coming into today's Golden Globes nominations announcement, we knew a couple of things. We knew the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loved two movies that may or may not find Best Picture traction with the Academy: Stephen Frears' "Philomena" and Ron Howard's "Rush." Both picked up nominations in the Best Picture — Drama category. We knew "August: Osage County" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler," two films that went over like gangbusters with SAG yesterday, weren't the group's cup of tea. The former picked up only two nods while the latter was shut out entirely (no Oprah, even). And we knew "Saving Mr. Banks" was dinged up after landing just one nomination yesterday. It only managed that same nomination this morning.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift, Coldplay, U2, Alex Ebert vying for music Golden Globes

Does Alex Ebert have a chance against Hans Zimmer, John Williams or 'Mandela?'

Taylor Swift is yet again in the running for a motion picture award, as her "Sweeter Than Fiction" joins other big-name acts like U2 and Coldplay in the 2014 Golden Globes category for Best Original Song. The single from the film "One Chance" was co-written by fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, giving "Sweeter Than Fiction" an extra edge of star power (though Swift can typically hold that down on her own).

The country crossover star was up for a Golden Globe Award last year, too, for "Safe & Sound" with The Civil Wars, though Adele's "Skyfall" took home that music award because she's Adele and she takes home all of the awards.

U2 signaled a bout of action with their "Ordinary Love" for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," their first new material since 2009's "No Line on the Horizon." The rock crew purportedly contributed at the behest of Harvey Weinstein; they've gone on to hint that a new album may arrive in Q2 of 2014, which is good timing should they make an appearance at the January Globes ceremony.

Music from actual musicals made their way into Best Original Song, as "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frozen" both get their nod. Idina Menzel sings on "Let It Go" from the latter film; it was composed by "Winnie the Pooh" collaborators and husband-and-wife duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (it is a decidedly safer song than Robert's "Book of Mormon" compositions). When you see "Inside Llewyn Davis" -- no "should" about it -- you may find the "Please Mr. Kennedy" nod particularly comedic, given the context of its novelty. Oscar Isaac has better performances and better tunes out of his titular role, but the Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver support certainly gave this a boost on the ballots.

What you don't see on here? Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" from "The Great Gatsby" which was, notably, one of the rare "new" movie musics representing on the woefully 2012-based 2014 Grammy nominations list.

The Best Original Score tally is just as competitive as Best Original song, with mainstays like Hans Zimmer ("12 Years a Slave") and John Williams ("The Book Thief") facing off against scores like Alex Ebert's pensive and isolating "All Is Lost." Ebert is perhaps better known as the eccentric frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, making the sound and nomination reminiscent of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' get for "The Social Network.

Alex Heffes' "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" has a decent shot, too, given the eclectic winners over the last five years. Foreign-language and foreign lands featured prominently in recent winners "Life of Pi," "The Artist," and "Slumdog Millionaire." Another Brit, Steven Price, simply went out of this stratosphere for "Gravity" -- that's a story sort of similar to former honoree "Up," right?

Best Original Score
"All Is Lost" - Alex Ebert
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" - Alex Heffes
"Gravity" - Steven Price
"The Book Thief" - John Williams
"12 Years A Slave" - Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song
"Atlas," Coldplay ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire")
"Let It Go," Idina Menzel ("Frozen")
"Ordinary Love," U2 ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom")
"Please Mr. Kennedy," Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver ("Inside Llewyn Davis")
"Sweeter Than Fiction," Taylor Swift ("One Chance")

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