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<p>&quot;Short Term 12&quot;</p>

"Short Term 12"

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'American Hustle,' 'Short Term 12' lead Detroit critics nominations

And Matthew McConaughey finally gets some 'Mud' love

The Detroit Film Critics Society has announced nominations for 2013, and it's not "12 Years a Slave" or "Her" or "Gravity" dominating the list, but indie "Short Term 12" and NYFCC winner "American Hustle," with five nods apiece. That's a nice change of pace. "The Wolf of Wall Street" finally shows up in a regional critics list, and it warms my heart to see Matthew McConaughey finally land some precursor recognition for "Mud" (in a truly colorful Best Supporting Actor line-up). Check out the full list below, and keep track of all the goings-on at The Circuit.

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Watch the teaser trailer for season two of 'Vikings'

The History series is set to return this February

If you've been anxiously awaiting the second season of the scripted series "Vikings," good news -- not only is the show returning to History in February, the teaser trailer just released hints at drama to come. 

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Watch: 'Sherlock' debuts interactive trailer for season three

Fans can open up a variety of tantalizing photos and clips

Leave it to "Sherlock" to release a trailer loaded with twisty reveals that require just a bit of work from loyal viewers. BBC One has released an interactive trailer for the show (which returns to the air Jan. 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS in the U.S.). Click on the text that pops up intermittently throughout the trailer and see additional photos, additional footage, and even a hint as to how Sherlock may have survived that fall after all (think diagrams). 

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<p>While the Best Picture race remains up for grabs, Jared Leto is slowly  dominating the Best Supporting Actor circuit for his performance in  &quot;Dallas Buyers Club.&quot;</p>

While the Best Picture race remains up for grabs, Jared Leto is slowly dominating the Best Supporting Actor circuit for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club."

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Off the Carpet: The critics leave it wide open

With the first wave of precursor announcements behind us, where do we stand?

The New York Film Critics Circle went with "American Hustle" after being gridlocked over whether to choose that film as 2013's Best Picture or "12 Years a Slave." "12 Years" came back around with the first wave of regional critics notices, taking Best Picture from the Boston Society of Film Critics and winning huge with the online Beantown crowd, among others. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association answered their east coast brethren by completely ignoring "Hustle" and finding its own unsettled gridlock between "Gravity" and "Her" for the year's top honor, ending in a tie.

The chatter that has arisen in the wake of this initial precursor wave could have been predicted: it's anyone's game.

At this point last year, "Zero Dark Thirty" was dominating the critics groups' superlative lists. Mid-month, that tide eventually shifted to "Argo," but those were the two and nothing else ever seemed to be dominant. Here we are at the start and four different films have been crowned the year's best by the most respected organizations. Two of them we knew would be in the thick of it, the other two needed the boost of early kudos to insinuate themselves into the race. We're truly off to the races.

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'Californication' to end with Season 7

"Californication" to end with Season 7

David Duchovny will wrap up his Hank Moody character starting in April.

"Bonnie & Clyde" miniseries watched by 9.8M across History, A&E and Lifetime
History channel had the largest audience, followed by Lifetime and A&E.

Ryan Seacrest would like to co-host "Today" someday
Seacrest told CNN: "There's been a paradigm shift in the style of those shows... the style of show that I watched when I was a kid and you watched when you were a kid is a little bit different than it is now."

Coming soon: "SpongeBob"-themed yellow USPS mailboxes
The United States Postal Service has unveiled special "SpongeBob MailPants" boxes.

Here are all the "sucks" uttered on ESPN this past month
Watch what prompted ESPN to clamp down on "sucks."

"Bob's Burgers" honors "Battlestar Galactica" on its 10th anniversary
Last night's episode had a "Edward James Olive-Most" burger.

Irish American female from Boston places 3rd on "Arab's Got Talent"
Jennifer Grout, 23, was the unexpected star of this season.

Sarah Palin hangs out with "Duck Dynasty" stars
Palin was in Louisiana on her book tour when she visited with the Robertson family.

Anderson Cooper and other CNN stars make a Ron Burgundy video
Cooper joins Wolf Blitzer and Chris Cuomo in a video for Will Ferrell's Funny or Die website.

Adult Swim renews "The Eric Andre Show"
Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress will be back for a 3rd season.

Johnny Carson's YouTube page posts a full "Tonight Show" episode from 1979, with guest David Letterman
Watch a holiday-themed episode from Dec. 20, 1979, with guests David Letterman and Bruce Dern.

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The 2013-2014 Film Awards Circuit

The 2013-2014 Film Awards Circuit

Charting the winners and losers of this year's Oscar season

Welcome to the 2013-2014 Film Awards Circuit.

In Contention has tracked all the ups and downs of the season right here, from critics awards to industry kudos and more. Things shifted and slid en route to the Oscars, as they always do, leading to "12 Years a Slave" taking down the big win for Best Picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards (which was really just a drop in the bucket of all the kudos it picked up throughout the season as it certainly dominated the regional critics awards).

The circuit's various announcements are divided into a few different categories below to make it easier to navigate this year. We tried to be as on the ball with it as possible, but feel free to reach out via email if there's something we're missing.

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'12 Years a Slave,' 'Nebraska' and 'Her' lead the way with St. Louis critics nominations

'American Hustle' and 'Gravity' favorites, too

Steve McQueen's slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" led another batch of nominees today with the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association, but Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and Spike Jonze's "Her" scored large tallies, too. All three were nominated for Best Film along with "American Hustle" and "Gravity." Check out the full list below.

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<p>Hayao Miyazaki's swan song &quot;The Wind Rises&quot;&nbsp;picked up nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.</p>

Hayao Miyazaki's swan song "The Wind Rises" picked up nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.

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'12 Years a Slave' leads 2013 Online Film Critics Society nominees

Passion for 'Drug War' and 'The Wind Rises' as well

The Online Film Critics Society has announced 2013 nominees and once again, "12 Years a Slave" is a dominating force on the regional circuit. The film picked up a field-leading eight nominations. The Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Spike Jonze's "Her" were a few steps behind with six apiece. The line-up includes passion for Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" and Johnnie To's "Drug War." Check out the full list below.

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"Enough Said"

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Women Film Critics Circle falls for 'Augustine,' 'Enough Said' and 'Winnie Mandela'

'Philomena' and 'Mother of George' were favorites, too

The Women Film Critics Circle has spoken up and, as ever, offered some interesting color in a precursor circuit that seems to be all about a few particular names. This is certainly an opinionated and thorough list of contenders. "Augustine," "Enough Said" and "Winnie Mandela" led the way with mentions, though "Mother of George," "Philomena" and "Hannah Arendt" were favorites as well. Check out the full list of nominations below. Winners will be announced on Dec. 16. And remember, keep track at The Circuit.

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Sarah Palin gets a TV show: 'Amazing America With Sarah Palin'

Sarah Palin gets a TV show: "Amazing America With Sarah Palin"
The Sportsman Channel has given the former Republican vice presidential candidate a weekly show in which she explores America's outdoors lifestyle. It premieres in April.

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Tye Sheridan in "Mud"
Tye Sheridan in "Mud"
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Washington critics spring for '12 Years a Slave,' Cuarón, Blanchett

And some good news for Tye Sheridan fans
The Washington D.C. critics had some fun with their awards at the nominations stage, throwing in such offbeat mentions as Baz Luhrmann for Best Director, with Joaquin Phoenix, James Franco and Scarlett Johansson among the acting nominees. Their list of winners, however, is rather more conventional. "12 Years a Slave" leads the pack with six awards, including Best Film, Actor, Supporting Actress and Ensemble, while they also plumped for fellow Oscar frontrunner "Gravity," handing it Best Director and a pair of technical awards.
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<p>Saints QB Drew Brees</p>

Saints QB Drew Brees

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TV Ratings: Panthers-Saints action boosts NBC Sunday, while 'Once' rises for ABC

NFL overrun gives 'The Simpsons' a bump
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 8, 2013.
After last week's Sunday Night Football dud, NBC got a matchup of playoff-bound teams and rode the Panthers-Saints matchup to easy Sunday wins in all key measures. 
FOX got a boost from its own NFL overrun and took second for the night among young viewers, while "60 Minutes" and the "Amazing Race" finale helped CBS claim second overall. [Note that CBS had a slew of football delays and started 27 minutes late in a number of markets, though the network's placement is unlikely to change.]
ABC saw "Once Upon a Time" rise over last week's airing, while "Revenge" was steady in its return after several weeks away. "Betrayal," however, sunk.
On to the numbers...
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