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Laurence Fishburne returning to HBO as Socrates Fortlow

Laurence Fishburne returning to HBO as Socrates Fortlow

Fishburne will reprise his 1998 "Always Outnumbered" HBO TV movie role of     
Socrates Fortlow for a new series called "The Right Mistake," based on the Walter Mosley novels.

"Entourage" movie begins filming Jan. 16
"Getting pumped," said creator Doug Ellin, as he tweeted the start date.

"Person of Interest": Behind the scenes of last night's shocker
There seemed to be no signs of emotion during the filming of last night's episode. PLUS: "I felt like people could see it on my face."

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Everybody will return to 'America's Got Talent' next season

Everybody's will return to "America's Got Talent" next season
There will be no hosting or judging changes next season.

Obama awards Oprah the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Oprah was one of 16 medal of freedom recipients, including Bill Clinton, honored today at the White House.

Khandi Alexander: I didn't tell my agent or manager about my "Scandal" role
Alexander says she also "didn't tell my guy, I didn't tell anyone" about playing Olivia Pope's mom. "So everyone was shocked I had kept this information to myself for so long," she says. "But we do it out of respect for the audience because the fans deserve to have the thrill of that moment, which is taken away when it's leaked."

Comedy Central renews "Adam DeVine's House Party"

The "Workaholics" star's standup series will be back for a 2nd season.

A Roger Ebert documentary is in the works, from producer Martin Scorsese

Based on Ebert's memoir "Life Itself," the film will be paid for via crowdfunding.

"Breaking Bad" writer's ballet drama is poised to get a greenlight at Starz
Moira Walley-Beckett, whose credits include the "Ozymandias" and  "Gliding Over All" episodes of "Breaking Bad," is auditioning real-life ballet dancers for "Flesh and Bone."

Bill Cosby scolds Jon Stewart for cursing

Cosby didn't like Stewart's use of profanity at a recent benefit they both attended. "What you have you to understand, Jonathan: from whenst I cometh, when people cursed, the next thing that was gonna happen was somebody was gonna hit you," Cosby said.

Here is every single death in George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" books
"Proof that George R.R. Martin is ruthless."

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<p>On &quot;Breaking Bad,&quot;&nbsp;Walter White had his barrel, and now you can win your own.</p>

On "Breaking Bad," Walter White had his barrel, and now you can win your own.

Credit: AMC

Win a copy of 'Breaking Bad: The Complete Series'!

Roll out the barrel for every episode, a Pollos Hermanos apron, and more bonus features

UPDATE: We have a winner: Dan Carroll of Chicago, who picked "One Minute" as his favorite episode.

Pretty much every Sunday since September 29, someone on Twitter or Facebook has asked me when they should expect my next "Breaking Bad" review, followed by an expression of sadness that one of the great shows of our time has come to an end.

There won't be any more episodes (though perhaps Walt or Jesse will appear in the background of a scene on "Better Call Saul"), but next week's release of "Breaking Bad: The Complete Series" at least affords a good way to keep reliving what we already got. Not only does the set — which comes in a commemorative barrel not unlike a certain key season 5 plot point — contain all 62 episodes, uncut and uncensored (no more guessing what Walt tells Gretchen at the restaurant!), but a new 2-hour documentary about the life of the series, a 16-page booklet, a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, an alternate ending (which you may or may not have seen on YouTube recently), all the bonus features from previous season releases, and more. At the bottom of this post is a video of Vince Gillian opening up the barrel and explaining all that comes inside.

And as it turns out, we're giving away a copy of that set.

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Bob Costas to anchor NBC's Olympics coverage for a record 10th time

Bob Costas to anchor NBC's Olympics coverage for a record 10th time
He'll also helm NBC's late-night Winter Olympics coverage for the 3rd time.

Report: MSNBC is cold to Alec Baldwin's return because he barely worked on "Up Late"
An "insider" tells Page Six, "He would only show up at work an hour a week to prep for the show, and when he did turn up, he was in an angry mood, red-faced, and shouting at all the staff. And he said the air at 30 Rock was too dry, it was bad for his voice, he needed a humidifier."

George W. Bush painted a portrait of Jay Leno
The former president gave Leno a pretty dead-on portrait of "The Tonight Show" host as a departing gift.

Ginnifer Goodwin is pregnant
The "Once Upon a Time" star and co-star Josh Dallas are expecting their first child together.

"Sons of Anarchy" shocker, explained
Says Kurt Sutter: "Ultimately he made choices that hurt a lot of other people, that came back to hurt him."

Anderson Cooper extends his CNN contract

Cooper will stick around through the 2016 presidential election.

Leighton Meester & Adam Brody are engaged
The "Gossip Girl"-"The O.C." couple have been dating since early this year.

David Blaine boosts ABC's ratings

"David Blaine: Real or Magic?" especially delivered in the 10 pm hour. PLUS: Ranking the celebrity reactions -- Ricky Gervais went crazy.

Teresa and Joe Giudice plead not guilty to new fraud charges
"The Real Housewives" stars were arraigned this morning in federal court on the new charges.

LAPD creates a "Walking Dead"-inspired video
Is the "Invasion of the Zombie Bandits" the best use of the Los Angeles Police Department's time?

"Foyle's War" renewed

The new series will be set after WWII during the Cold War.

"Game of Thrones'" Sansa Stark meets Steve-O
"My new awesome friend and star of my favorite television show of all time!"

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<p>David Blaine impresses the stars of &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;</p>

David Blaine impresses the stars of "Breaking Bad"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' rises, David Blaine works ABC magic and 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday

'Dads' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' have small gains
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has [possibly temporarily] stopped its slide!
While the tiny "Thor"-inspired bump for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." probably wasn't even ABC's biggest news of the night -- relatively solid numbers for "David Blaine: Real or Magic" will probably lead to more primetime prestidigitation -- it's still a [possibly temporary] stop to negative trending that dated back to the week after the pilot.
Of course, ABC still couldn't come close to winning Tuesday night.
With its "NCIS" double-bill and "Person of Interest," which moved ahead of "Chicago Fire" for the first time this season among young viewers, CBS easily won Tuesday overall and also scored a slim key demo prize.
Meanwhile, it was low-business-as-usual for CBS' comedies, yet another uninspired performance for a CW IHeart Radio special and a small corresponding drop for "Supernatural." And at some point, NBC will have to figure out a format for "The Voice" that doesn't inevitable swoon at midseason, as the reality hit took yet another dip.
On to the numbers...
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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.)&nbsp;and Cece (Hannah Simone)&nbsp;go on a date.</p>

On "New Girl," Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Cece (Hannah Simone) go on a date.

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' - 'Longest Night Ever'

Coach and Cece's date causes problems for everyone else

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as we get physical with a baby...

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<p>Patton Oswalt and Andy Samberg on &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Patton Oswalt and Andy Samberg on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Sal's Pizza'

Patton Oswalt guests as an annoying fire marshal

A review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as we stop home for my pizza bib...

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<p>Rockmond Dunbar in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Rockmond Dunbar in "Sons of Anarchy."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Aon Rud Persanta'

The club takes a vote, while Tara considers her options

Geoff Berkshire remains HitFix's regular "Sons of Anarchy" reviewer, and his take on last night's episode is here. I have a few thoughts of my own, though, coming up just as soon as I'm not allowed to take you to daycare...

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<p>Sean Bobbitt and Steve McQueen on the set of &quot;12 Years a Slave.&quot;</p>

Sean Bobbitt and Steve McQueen on the set of "12 Years a Slave."

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Roundup: Cinematographers come down on 3D

Also: McQueen defends '12 Years' aesthetic, and what about an R-rated 'Hunger Games?'

The Hollywood Reporter's annual roundtables with actors and directors always make for enjoyable reading, though one rarely loses the sense that it's being treated as a campaign exercise by all involved. Their first ever cinematographers' roundtable, however, is quite a fresh, candid affair. Five DPs, including Sean Bobbitt ("12 Years a Slave"), Barry Ackroyd ("Captain Phillips") and Bruno Delbonnel ("Inside Llewyn Davis") get together for a chat on subjects from 3D to film-versus-digital to why their films never look the way they should on Blu-ray. Interestingly, no one speaks in favor of 3D -- Ackroyd deems it a "gimmick," Dryburgh "unnecessary," and Bobbitt is "mystified" by it. Still, they'll have to make their peace with losing the Oscar to "Gravity."  [Hollywood Reporter

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<p>The Berserker staff causes all sorts of trouble in a special episode of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

The Berserker staff causes all sorts of trouble in a special episode of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Credit: ABC/Marvel Studios

Asgard and 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' come together in a special 'Thor' related episode

The tie-in wasn't what we expected, though

"I can't think of a single time when anything alien in human hands ended well."

So here we are… the first direct tie-in to a Marvel movie currently in release on "Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD." I've been curious to see how they would handle this since the moment they announced the series, and considering how many dangling threads there are at at the end of "Thor: The Dark World," it seems like this is a perfect test case.

Here's where we start to see what happens after the events of one of the big Marvel films, as characters move in to clean up, categorize, and study the aftermath of something like, oh, let's say giant Elven spaceships opening interdimensional rifts centered in the middle of England while Asgardian superbeings beat the ever-lovin' crap out of evil creatures.

Skye (Chloe Bennet) gives voice to the average citizen here, reminding Coulson (Clark Gregg) that not everyone knows all of the backstory already. It's funny hearing her talk about Thor and remembering that her character hasn't been front and center for any of the truly cosmic stuff yet. She's taking it all on faith at this point.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6

"Sons of Anarchy"

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Murder most foul in 'Aon Rud Persanta'

The body count skyrockets in the season's most shocking episode

Well, spoiler alert "Sons of Anarchy" fans: That happened.

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Dear 'New Girl': 'Stop Trying to Make Nick and Jess Happen!'

Dear "New Girl": "Stop Trying to Make Nick and Jess Happen!"
"All the best parts of their personalities were dropped" since they got together, complains Natalie Abrams, adding: "Pairing two dysfunctional characters is a recipe for disaster because now Jess' shtick comes off as campy, not adorable." PLUS: Furguson the cat is coming back.

Rosie O'Donnell: I think I was Barbara Walters' least-favorite host on "The View"
On Twitter, Rosie weighed in on Jimmy Kimmel's question to Walters asking, "Who was your least favorite host?"

Josh Hutcherson gets punched in his "SNL" promos
Watch as Bobby Moynihan punches the "Hunger Games" star in the face.

Watch Vince Gilligan spend nearly 10 minutes unboxing the "Breaking Bad" DVD barrel
Gilligan "nerds out" over all the special features.

Kate Gosselin drops lawsuit against Jon Gosselin
Kate had accused her ex-husband of hacking and wiretapping. She is still, however, suing the author of "Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled The World."

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is no fun: Where did it all go wrong?
"S.H.I.E.L.D." is the fall's biggest disappointment, transmitting "all the joy of an annual tax audit," says Maureen Ryan. "Why should viewers trust this show to transport them to interesting places?" she adds. "It has yet to appreciably deepen its characters beyond a trait or two. Ward remains cold and distrusting. May is remote and kicks ass. Coulson may not be what he seems. Fitz and Simmons are clumsy, socially awkward geniuses. Skye appears to exist on the show solely as an exposition-delivery system. Can you recall one villain? Can you remember which one is Fitz and which one is Simmons? Does it matter?" PLUS: An appreciation of Agent Coulson, and Chloe Bennet talks Thor.

"24" casts a charismatic hacker
Is Michael Wincott's character based on Julian Assange?

TV's older characters: Why are they so vulgar, inappropriate and/or moronic?
From "Mom" to "Dads" to "The Millers," older characters on sitcoms are behaving immaturely these days.

Check out TLC's "Buying Naked"
Here's a clip from the special, airing Wednesday.

Adam Levine named People's Sexiest Man of 2013
Says "The Voice" star: "As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn't really think that this was on the table."

Why is Sarah Michelle Gellar looking bloody and banged up?
Check out Gellar's new "Crazy Ones" look.

Animal Planet's canceled "Wild Recon" host pleads guilty to smuggling lizards
Donald Schultz admitted to violating the Endangered Species Act.

"The Tomorrow People" casts a "Queer as Folk" star
Robert Gant will play the "surprise boyfriend" of Stephen's mom.

Dianna Agron tries to explain why she wasn't in "Glee's" Cory Monteith tribute episode

"I've nothing but love for that show and everybody involved in it, and it was such a huge part of my life," she says.

Steven Moffat blames BBC's "outright stupidity" for canceling "Doctor Who" in 1989
"Ah, 50 years," he writes. "What can one say about 50 years of Doctor Who? Well, first of all, one can be pedantic. Doctor Who hasn't been on for 50 years – owing to the outright stupidity and unforgiveable blindness of the BBC (sorry guys, it needs to be said), there was a 16-year gap." PLUS: Daleks invade Buckingham Palace, a "Doctor Who" glossary for beginners, check out a remote-controlled flying TARDIS, and see 11 Doctors running in one GIF.

Taran Killam meets Karen Gillan
"We may be the same person from parallel dimensions," the "SNL" star says of the similarly named former "Doctor Who" star.

See "The Simpson"-ized Anderson Cooper
The CNN host is "very excited" to be on Sunday's episode. PLUS: What is your go-to "Simpsons" quote?

Is this the worst-ever "Family Feud" answer?
"Name something you know about zombies..."

Elizabeth Berkley hated her "Saved by the Bell" one-piece swimsuits

"They used to put me in a one piece," she says noting that Kelly Kapowski got to wear bikinis. "I'm sorry, but at 16 you don't want to be the girl in the one piece with baggy shorts."

Peek inside Steve Newlin's "True Blood" vampire field guide
The new book "True Blood: Steve Newlin’s Field Guide to Vampires (And Other Creatures of Satan)" comes out Nov. 26. PLUS: "True Blood" stars come out for book launch party.

"Duck Dynasty" has the No. 1 Christmas album
In fact, the Robertsons have the biggest debut country Christmas album of the past decade.

Fox's ADHD comes up with its own "Sesame Street" Thanksgiving dinner
Is that Big Bird on a platter?

Which are TV's most bookish shows?
Literary references were a big part of shows like "The Simpsons," "Lost" and "Breaking Bad."

"Dexter" will live on in comic books
Marvel Comics has announced the Australian-based comic series "Dexter Down Under," penned by "Dexter" book author Jeff Lindsay.

Stop lying to children, Jimmy Kimmel!
Why Kimmel's annual Halloween candy stunt is bad for their development.

See Kathy Bates' head on a "Coven" platter
"American Horror Story" gets the Entertainment Weekly cover treatment this week. PLUS: Stevie Nicks has arrived on set.

"The Young and the Restless" swaps actors
Billy Abbott is out as Billy Abott, and David Tom is back in.

"Arrow" casts a "Spartacus" alum as the daughter of Ra's al Ghul
Katrina Law will play Nyssa al Ghul.

Finance workers box it out on "White Collar Brawlers"
This is reality TV on Esquire Network.

Mindy Kaling offers a "Dear Teenagers" essay

"I think about you all the time," Kaling writes for the website Rookie.

Watch Bjork deconstruct a TV set

Time magazine has unearthed this unusual old video in which Bjork compares the inside of a television to a miniature city.

"Frontline" updates its 1993 documentary "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?"
Tonight's broadcast is a two-hour edited version of the three-hour film that aired in 1993.

Josh Holloway to become a dad again
The "Lost" alum and "Intelligence" star is expecting his 2nd child with his wife.

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