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<p>It's the most wonderful time of the year</p>

It's the most wonderful time of the year

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TV Ratings: 'Victoria's Secret' leads CBS Tuesday, while 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' drops big

'NCIS' and 'NCIS: LA' are Tuesday's most-watched
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
 
CBS' latest airing of the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" was down from last year's telecast among young viewers, but still led Tuesday night in the key demo, helping the network win in all key measures.
 
And remember that big bump "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got two weeks ago when "NCIS" was away? It didn't last long. With "NCIS" back on the schedule, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." plummeted to a series low on Tuesday. Having "S.H.I.E.L.D." back did, however, help give "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" a slight boost after last week's declines.
 
NBC's "Biggest Loser" and "The Voice" also dropped with "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" back, but "Chicago Fire" benefited from the lack of "CSI" and gained overall viewers.
 
Finally, The CW discovered that the only thing that draws a smaller audience than a new "IHeart Radio" special is a repeat of a previously low-rated special.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of 'Dallas Buyers Club&quot;</p>

Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of 'Dallas Buyers Club"

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Redford snubbed and 'Dallas' gets a boost in otherwise unsurprising SAG announcement

A few unruly races finally settled a little bit

This morning's Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations announcement wasn't going to have a lot of surprises. At this stage, most of the players are known. It's a dense race, however, so the only question was, who was going to get squeezed out?

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<p>Kevin Spacey from &quot;House of Cards&quot;&nbsp;got a SAG&nbsp;nomination.</p>

Kevin Spacey from "House of Cards" got a SAG nomination.

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SAG Awards TV nominations favor the familiar over the new

Kevin Spacey from 'House of Cards' is the only acting nominee from a new series

One of the defining traits of The Quality TV Deluge of 2013 has been the arrival of so many impressive new series to add to a  landscape that already included the shows of HBO, AMC, FX, et al. The likes of "Orange Is the New Black," "Masters of Sex," the different Sundance series, "The Americans," and more added so much vitality to television — and so many indelible performances, like Tatiana Maslany playing a half dozen roles on "Orphan Black."

If showbiz awards are designed in part as a historical record of what a particular year was like, then today's Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations didn't do a great job of telling the story of 2013. It featured most of the usual suspects(*) like "Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk Empire" and "Modern Family" and "Downton Abbey," and as a result there was virtually no room to recognize newcomers.

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<p>SAG Awards nominees Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons of &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

SAG Awards nominees Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory"

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'Breaking Bad,' 'Big Bang Theory' lead 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations

'Mad Men' and Jon Hamm were entirely shut out
With semi-surprising nods for Mayim Bialik and Anna Gunn, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Breaking Bad" were among the TV leaders at Wednesday (December 11) morning's nominations for the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
 
With three nominations apiece, "Modern Family" and "30 Rock" also placed well with the SAG membership, which will announce their winners on Sunday, January 18. [If you include the Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble category, "Breaking Bad" actually earned four nominations, while "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Boardwalk Empire" all join the pack with three.]
 
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2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees - complete list

2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees - complete list

'12 Years A Slave' and 'Breaking Bad' lead with 4 nods each

The Screen Actors Guild announced this year's nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards. The winners will be announced during a live telecast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18. The nominees are as follows...

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<p>For your consideration: Oscar Isaac and cat in &quot;Inside Llewyn Davis.&quot;</p>

For your consideration: Oscar Isaac and cat in "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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Roundup: The rights and wrongs of campaigning cats

Also: R.I.P. Eleanor Parker, and Disney's self-referencing awards campaign

It happens pretty much every year: some adorable animal in one of the year's major awards titles charms critics enough that its "performance" places in various year-end polls, while others make irony-laced calls for awards recognition. Two years ago it was that craven red-carpet whore Uggie; this year, it's the cat/s of "Inside Llewyn Davis" that has surfaced in the Indiewire critics' poll for Best Supporting Performance. Joe Reid, albeit with his own tongue fairly far in cheek, is tired of the joke: "Handing an Academy Award to your cat is something to do when you're eight years old and holding pretend Academy Awards in your bedroom, because you're an only gay child who just wants to re-enact the Whoopi Goldberg-hosted 1998 Oscars, and the cat makes a better Gwyneth Paltrow than you do." The old Billy DeWolfe song "Don't Dress Your Cat in an Apron" comes to mind. [The Wire]

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Kurt Sutter had 'Sons of Anarchy's' Season 6 finale shocker planned for years


Kurt Sutter had "Sons of Anarchy's" Season 6 finale shocker planned for years
"I knew early on in the series," he says. "I won't say from the very beginning, but fairly early on ... Obviously, I wasn’t quite sure of the circumstances that would get us there, but I knew that that’s what we were ultimately writing towards." PLUS: Maggie Siff on how she prepared for the finale, Sutter is surprised by hatred toward Tara, Rockmond Dunbar and Theo Rossi talk about their pivotal scenes, and Katey Sagal talks "Team Gemma."

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Tyler Perry reacts to news of Paul Rudd's 'SNL' Madea

Tyler Perry reacts to news of Paul Rudd's 'SNL' Madea

Um, did Tika Sumpter just forget her role in the movie?

If you happened to watch "Saturday Night Live" last weekend, you might have caught the show's spoof on the recent trend of African-American themed holiday films entitled "White Christmas."  The skit featured Paul Rudd as a Caucasian version of Tyler Perry's signature Madea character as well as also poking fun at the box office smash "The Best Man Holiday."  Conveniently, HitFix spoke to Perry, who was promoting "A Madea Christmas," less than 12 hours after the skit aired and asked him what his reaction was.

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<p>Travis and Nicole of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Travis and Nicole of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Travis & Nicole talk 'The Amazing Race'

ER Docs discuss second half struggles, or lack thereof
My interview with ER docs Travis & Nicole Jasper went down a wormhole.
 
In the first half of the season, Travis & Nicole were one of my favorites, earning the nickname The Power Parents with a string of strong performances  that proved they were both smart and physically able.
 
Then, though, as the season progressed the Power Parents seemed to struggle, particularly Nicole, who had a series of Roadblock stumbles and had to be bailed out by the willing assistance of eventual winner Amy. In the process, Travis became more and more critical of his wife's challenge contributions and much of the early audience support vanished. 
 
After the last of Nicole's struggles, attempting to drop a bag of flour from a bush plane onto a target in Alaska, Travis & Nicole slipped to third, where they ended the season. Still, despite those difficulties, Travis & Nicole never finished lower than fourth in any Leg, a feat achieved by surprisingly few "Amazing Race" teams across the show's recent history.
 
In their exit interview, though, Travis & Nicole insisted that they didn't struggle and that what looked like struggles were actually a reflection of the enhanced competition of reaching the end of the Race. I'll admit that I wasted several minutes rephrasing a single question. It happens. Some of the answers to my rephrased question are good. So there's that.
 
The interview also contains discussion of the lessons Travis learned from watching himself on TV.
 
Click through for the full Q&A...
 
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<p>If Will Smith and Martin Lawrence make a 'Bad Boys' sequel in the forest but Michael Bay's not involved, does it make a sound?</p>

If Will Smith and Martin Lawrence make a 'Bad Boys' sequel in the forest but Michael Bay's not involved, does it make a sound?

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Is 'Bad Boys 3' a sign of what's ahead for Sony under Mike De Luca's leadership?

If so, let's hope this is only part of the story

When I first started writing about movies online, we were smack-dab in the middle of the first era of Mike De Luca. At that point, he was the enfant terrible of New Line Pictures, the guy who helped transform them from a sort of low-grade exploitation house into the studio that ended up winning Best Picture with "Return Of The King." De Luca was the risk-taker, the guy who championed films like "Boogie Nights," and along with Richard Brener and Stokely Chafin, he built New Line into something bigger and better than just "the house that Freddy built."

De Luca was young, though, and he embraced a certain kind of lifestyle that led to bad press, fair or unfair. He became a liability for the company, and he eventually left under a dark cloud. It has taken him years to build himself back up, and he's done it by working hard and completely rebuilding his image in the industry. When he was just promoted to co-president of production for Sony Pictures, it was a major, major moment for him, a redemption fulfilled, and it happens at a moment where the industry could use a guy with the same sort of edgy sensibilities that made him such a superstar in the first place.

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C.C.H. Pounder and Charlie Hunnam in 'Sons of Anarchy'

This kind of crap never would've happened on 'The Shield.'

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'Sons of Anarchy' season six finale recap: 'A Mother's Work'

Jax makes a very big decision and has to live with the consequences

Forgive me if this goes astray, but I'm still working through my stages of grief over this "Sons of Anarchy" finale. I'm currently on depression, and hoping that writing this will move me toward acceptance.

[Here's an obligatory spoiler alert if you decided to click on an article about the "Sons of Anarchy" finale and yet don't want to know a thing about it. I'm not going to bury the lede because it's really the only thing worth talking about. Most of this episode was extremely slow and incredibly boring.]

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"Captain Phillips" and "Blue Jasmine"
"Captain Phillips" and "Blue Jasmine"
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'Blue Jasmine' and 'Captain Phillips' set for Oscar season re-releases

Will putting them back into theaters pay off for Sony?

It's not a new trick to put Oscar contenders that have mostly come and gone from the multiplex back into theaters this time of year. It can often help regain steam heading into the voting period or, better yet, rack up on extra box office dollars in the latter-year fog of awards season.

Today, Sony Classics and Sony Pictures each announced that Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" and Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," respectively, would be heading back to screens. Allen's film, which features a Cate Blanchett performance that has been dominating on the critics circuit and may well win the Oscar, will re-release into 300 theaters this weekend, while Greengrass' gripping account of Somali piracy off the coast of Africa starring Tom Hanks will expand into a whopping 1,000 theaters on January 15, just one day before the Oscar nominations.

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