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Some Clay Aiken donors feel 'duped' by his Esquire TV docu-series
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Some Clay Aiken donors feel 'duped' by his Esquire TV docu-series

Lego is coming out with a 'Big Bang Theory' set

Some Clay Aiken donors feel “duped” by his Esquire TV docu-series
Several L.A. donors said they were asked to sign a release form at an L.A. fundraiser, but they were told that a documentary was being filmed for the BBC and that it wouldn’t be shown in the U.S. "I can speak for myself and many of your Los Angeles supporters when I say we feel duped, taken advantage of and lied to,” says the organizer of the L.A. fundraiser.

BBC America teases “Orphan Black” Season 3
The official synopsis reads: "Just when they thought they knew their enemies and allies, season three reveals our clones are more vulnerable than ever before…”

Lego is coming out with a “Big Bang Theory” set
The set is due to be released in 2015.

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<p>Anson Mount of &quot;Hell on Wheels&quot;</p>

Anson Mount of "Hell on Wheels"

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AMC renews 'Hell on Wheels' for a fifth and final season

14-episode closing run will end in 2016

Stop us if you've heard this before, but AMC's "Hell on Wheels" is about to reach the end of the track.

AMC announced on Friday (November 7) that it has renewed the absurdly resilient historical drama "Hell on Wheels" for a fifth and final season.

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Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez are no one's sidekicks in 'Big Hero 6'
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Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez are no one's sidekicks in 'Big Hero 6'

It's so nice to see how these characters are treated in the film

While I would never recommend a film only because of its message or its themes, when a movie can entertain and inspire in equal measure, I consider it a tremendous bonus. That's the case with "Big Hero 6," which opens in theaters everywhere this weekend. It is a fun, sweet, occasionally very silly superhero story that mixes equal parts Disney Feature Animation and Marvel Comics to excellent effect. It is also, unabashedly, a film that celebrates the virtues of being smart.

It amazes me that we should have to reinforce that idea at all. It should be a given at this point that there is something admirable about genuine intellectual curiosity, and it should be exciting on a cultural level when we make major breakthroughs in science. Instead, there seems to be a cultural divide, and it seems to be getting wider, in which there are people who are defiantly proud to be stupid. We have a mainstream where every opinion, no matter how stupid, is given equal weight, and we pretend that it's all about opinion instead of fact.

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<p>Amanda Peet in &quot;Togetherness.&quot;</p>

Amanda Peet in "Togetherness."

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Trailer Park Theater: 'Orphan Black,' 'Girls' & 'Togethernes

A footage-less 'Orphan Tease' and longer looks at HBO comedies

Look, I'll be honest. There is no footage I will be able to show you today — or maybe ever — that will be the equal of "Too Many Cooks." We just have to accept that the viral video bar has been permanently raised to a perhaps impassable level. But we have to allow for the ability to watch other things, even if they can't give us anything as spiritually fulfilling as "Coat" and "Pie." So let's look at the latest teaser trailers for "Orphan Black," "Girls" and HBO's new comedy "Togetherness."

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'Ask Drew' features a Michael Jackson memory and a very personal Movie God game
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'Ask Drew' features a Michael Jackson memory and a very personal Movie God game

We lost one of my favorite answers this week to a tech glitch

It's always a bummer when a technical glitch happens.

This week, we lost an entire question and answer to some sort of strange microphone flutter. Someone wrote in to ask about the year 1994, asking if there were films that were overshadowed by "Pulp Fiction" that year that deserved some praise, and I took the opportunity to sing the praises of Roger Avary's "Killing Zoe" for a bit. I love that movie, and I think it's got a great dark evil energy about it. The work by Eric Stoltz and Julie Delpy is outstanding, and Jean-Hugues Anglade is like some mad hallucination in it.

Anyway, we had to lose the whole thing, so it's a quicker-than-normal episode of "Ask Drew!" this week. We had a longer-than-expected hiatus between episodes, and we'll be turning that around and getting back on the every-other-week schedule now. It was my schedule that complicated everything. Our video team is always up for for this, and they said we've been getting waves of questions lately.

Remember… you need to send your question directly to so that they can compile them without me seeing anything. We played Movie God again this week, and it was a very specific variation on the game, with them pitting two infamous articles I wrote against each other.

We'll be back with a new "Ask Drew" sooner rather than later, so keep the questions coming in, and thanks as always for playing along.

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<p>Karen Gillan of &quot;Selfie&quot;</p>

Karen Gillan of "Selfie"

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'Forever' gets a full season from ABC, 'Selfie' will not

Karen Gillan/John Cho comedy won't get a back-nine

Beating accusations of a Friday Afternoon News Dump by a few hours, ABC confirmed a Good News/Bad News proposition this morning.

Which would you like first?

Fine. We're cockeyed optimists here, so we'll go "good news" first.

"Forever" has been given a full-season order by ABC, which picked up a back-nine for the immortality-fueled procedural, which stars Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza and Judd Hirsch.

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AMC renews 'Hell on Wheels' for a 5th and final season
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AMC renews 'Hell on Wheels' for a 5th and final season

'Too Many Cooks' creator speaks: Most of the actors used their real names for '80s sitcom spoof

AMC renews “Hell on Wheels” for a 5th and final season
The final 14 episodes will air in two parts: seven in summer 2015 and seven in 2016.

“Too Many Cooks” creator speaks: Most of the actors used their real names for '80s sitcom spoof
Chris “Casper” Kelly says names like Gwydion Lashlee-Walton weren't made up in the Adult Swim viral video. But, he adds, the actors didn’t know what they signed up for. So what does it all mean? Says Kelly: "Here’s what it is: I’m a fan of David Lynch and Charlie Kaufman and Tim and Eric, and I wanted to try to do something weird like that."

A “Damn!” supernatural show is in the works
"Now And Again” creator Glenn Gordon Caron is developing another drama about a man who gest a 2nd chance at life after his death. But this time, the dead man will be a conman who returns as an angel.

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ABC cancels 'Selfie,' gives 'Forever' a full season
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ABC cancels 'Selfie,' gives 'Forever' a full season

Key & Peele interpret President Obama’s post-midterm speech

ABC cancels “Selfie,” gives “Forever” a full season
The Ioan Gruffudd drama will stick around, while the Karen Gillan-John Cho comedy won't be picked up beyond its initial 13-episode order.

Key & Peele interpret President Obama’s post-midterm speech
Watch “Obama” and his anger translator react to the Republican triumph on Tuesday.

John Cena to guest on “Parks and Rec”
The WWE superstar took time off from “Monday Night Raw” this week to film his cameo, but it’s not known what he’ll be doing.

HBO teases “Togetherness”
Check out the family comedy from the Duplass brothers, starring Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey and Amanda Peet.

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Eddie Redmayne
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Eddie Redmayne to receive Palm Springs Film Festival’s Desert Palm Achievement Award

The 'Theory of Everything' Best Actor momentum builds....

’Tis the season for Oscar frontrunners to scoop awards from festivals and organizations across the nation, building momentum towards the main prize. Friday morning, the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced that "The Theory of Everything" star Eddie Redmayne is set to receive the fest’s Desert Palm Achievement Award. Why? Because he’s great! 

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<p>Jessica Chastain in &quot;A Most Violent Year&quot;</p>

Jessica Chastain in "A Most Violent Year"

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'A Most Violent Year' is a masterful portrait with Oscar-worthy work from Isaac, Chastain

J.C. Chandor's latest is a monument to still waters running deep

"A Most Violent Year" is probably the year's most patient movie. It's a slow burn in the best way, not unlike "A Most Wanted Man" in that regard (which makes their similar titles all the more interesting). I was reminded of Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" a lot while watching the film at its AFI Fest opening night gala Thursday night; it's a painterly movie about the difficulties of remaining pure and honest in a corrupt and flawed world. Masterful work.

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Sharon Osbourne: We’re planning to revive 'The Osbournes'
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Sharon Osbourne: We’re planning to revive 'The Osbournes'

NBC in talks for a live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s 'A Few Good Men'

Sharon Osbourne: We’re planning to revive “The Osbournes”
This time, Ozzy will be sober, Sharon Osbourne said on a British talk show, adding that filming of eight episodes is set to begin in January with Kelly and Jack. No word on if it’ll be shown on MTV. "Ozzy’s decided he wants to do another few episodes, about eight, of "The Osbournes,’” she says. "It’s been 13 years since we first did it. He said for the three years we did he was drunk the whole time and he’d like to be sober.”

NBC in talks for a live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men”
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers of “Sound of Music Live” and “Peter Pan Live,” are involved in the talks to bring Sorkin’s 1989 play to the small screen.

Jon Stewart admits: I hate interviewing politicians
Stewart made the admission in an interview with "CBS Sunday Morning’s” Mo Rocca, the former “Daily Show” correspondent. "Imagine having to interview salespeople," Stewart tells Rocca on Sunday’s show. "They're salespeople. They live in a world of denial and conjuring.”

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<p>Thursday&#39;s prom-themed &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's prom-themed "Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Murder' rises, 'Men' falls and 'Big Bang Theory' leads Thursday

CBS rules overall, while ABC takes the key demographic

Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Up slightly week-to-week, "The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday's top show in all measures and helped CBS win the night overall, but "How To Get Away With Murder" was also up and helped ABC reign among young viewers.

CBS ruled overall despite a big post-premiere drop from "Two and a Half Men" and a smaller drop from "The McCarthys." "Mom" was also down from last week's Fast Nationals, but retained well relative to other recent post-"Big Bang" shows.

There was more positive news for NBC's "Bad Judge" and "A to Z," which rose despite effectively being cancelled last week, while "Parenthood" was also up.

Of course, NBC had the NFL preemption in Cincinnati, while CBS had the game in Cleveland, meaning that any variations for both networks could well be wiped out or minimized.

Let's get to numbers...

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