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Maksim returning to 'Dancing' as a guest judge

Maksim returning to "Dancing" as a guest judge

Maksim Chmerkovskiy will help judge next week's semi-final round.

Jack Black & Tim Robbins to star in HBO comedy pilot "The Brink"
Robbins will play the U.S. secretary of state and Black will play a foreign service officer in the Jerry Weintraub comedy about a geopolitical crisis.

Alec Baldwin's stalker found guilty
Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin was sentenced to six months for harassing Baldwin.

Key & Peele help out Jon Stewart

The Comedy Central duo, in addition to being last night's guests, helped decide "The Daily Show's" "Racist or Not Racist?" panel.

Ryan Murphy describes Stevie Nicks' "American Horror Story" cameo
In Episode 10, Nicks will appear as "part of Fiona's ruse in that Fiona is trying to get the true Supreme to reveal herself because she needs to stay alive," says Murphy.

Jennifer Hudson gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Hudson become the first "Idol" contestant to get a star on the Walk of Fame.

Here's your 1st look at Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic"
The TV movie update stars Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn and "Mad Men's" Kiernan Shipka.

New website streams Nickelodeon shows from the '90s and early '00s
Watch live shows now at

"Treme" star files a class action lawsuit against Macy's

Rob Brown is accusing the department store of having a "shopping while black" policy.

"Duck Dynasty" star films a political ad

Watch Willie Robertson promote a GOP businessman who is trying to get elected to Congress.

PBS renews "Tavis Smiley"

The nightly talk show will air two more years.

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<p>Peele &amp; O'Neill!</p>

Peele & O'Neill!

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TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' leads CBS Wednesday as 'X Factor' also rises

'Modern Family' is Wednesday's top show in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
After getting squashed by ABC's CMA Awards telecast last week, "Criminal Minds" bounced back in a big way with a season high audience, leading CBS to Wednesday wins both overall and among young viewers.
"Criminal Minds" was one of several shows posting rebounds without ABC's special, with FOX's "X Factor" also regaining some of its missing audience and The CW's "Arrow" rising to its second largest audience of the season. "CSI" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" were also up a little.
There was also good news for ABC's "The Middle," which returned up after a week away, as did "Back in the Game." ABC will boast that "Super Fun Night" was also up from its last original airing, but that was after a "Modern Family" repeat, as opposed to last night's new "Modern Family." And even "Nashville" was up a hair from two weeks ago.
On to the numbers...
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Matt Malloy and John Goodman

 Matt Malloy and John Goodman

John Goodman and Matt Malloy talk 'Alpha House'

The stars discuss playing Republican for Gary Trudeau

When people think of Gary Trudeau, they probably think of the politically-themed comic strip "Doonesbury." What they don't think of is a sitcom about Republicans. During a recent press day for Trudeau's new Amazon series "Alpha House" (premieres Nov. 15), I talked to stars John Goodman and Matt Malloy about why they wanted to get involved and what they thought of their oddball characters. 

While people may not associate Amazon with original programming, "Alpha House" and the new series "Betas" hopes to change all that. The shows feature recognizable talent and clearly aim to horn in on the prestige audience Netflix has built. 

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<p>Ben Affleck</p>

Ben Affleck

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Roundup: Why Ben Affleck loves 'Enough Said,' and more peer appreciation

Also: NYFCC names the date, and Alexander Payne's male weepie expertise

The best vaguely Oscar-related feature online today is Variety's "Directors on Directors" gallery, in which notable filmmakers comment on other directors' work that most stood out to them this year. Obviously, it's one big back-patting session, but it's the occasionally surprising combinations that make it interesting. It's not hard to see why Peter Bogdanovich would be so keen on Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," or Michael Mann on "Captain Phillips," but I wouldn't necessarily have expected Ben Affleck to single out Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said." "Her direction is void of spectacle, distraction or maudlin sentiment," he says. "She directs with the humanist, realist sensibility of Renoir." Also cool: Ryan Fleck on Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines," and plenty more. [Variety]

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<p>Key and Peele, seen here as they normally appear when not working, will collaborate with Judd Apatow to actually kill me from laughing in a movie theater.</p>

Key and Peele, seen here as they normally appear when not working, will collaborate with Judd Apatow to actually kill me from laughing in a movie theater.

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Judd Apatow teams with Key & Peele for 'Untitled Movie I Cannot Wait To See'

Did I mention I can't wait to see this?

Good call, Universal.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are two of the funniest people on television right now, and their sketch show "Key & Peele" is brutally funny, week after week, bit after bit. Peele seems to be the guy who disappears into his characters, while Key is just plain hilarious, as outrageous and oversized a comic presence as Daffy Duck. As long as these guys are given room to follow their own voice as a team, they represent pretty much unfettered potential.

It was just a matter of time before someone got them to make a movie as a team. So far, I think Keegan-Michael Key has had better opportunities in movies. Whatever you think of the film as a whole, it's pretty hard to deny that he is in amazing form in "Hell Baby," where he plays a character named F'resnell who is basically Bugs Bunny. He's that character who can step in from the edge of the frame, make any joke, do anything, and then skate away with no consequence. It's the sort of role that a comic must love just as an exercise in pure unbridled energy. I liked him a lot when he guested on "The League," too, as a character named Carmenjello. The moment Key starts speaking, in pretty much anything I've seen him in, I'm laughing. He has that sort of energy as a comic performer. He is innately funny, and seems to have an endless appetite for pushing things to strange and hilarious places.

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<p>If he did plan Monday night's event, I'll bet it made Andy Kaufman smile to imagine the chaos he caused.</p>

If he did plan Monday night's event, I'll bet it made Andy Kaufman smile to imagine the chaos he caused.

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An unexpected appearance by Andy Kaufman's 'daughter' at an event raises new questions

Words like 'alive' and 'dead' get strange when you're talking about Andy

Andy Kaufman is alive.

Ultimately, it is irrelevant if he actually still occupies a body and is actively participating in things, because it is obvious just from reading reactions to Monday night's amazing events at the annual Andy Kaufman Awards that he is still creating conversation and speculation, which seems to have been his lasting legacy.

I've read anything i could find today about the incident, and I'm still not sure what to think. I do know that I wish I'd been in the room, and I am hoping someone got this on tape so that we can actually see it at some point. For now, here's what we know. Every year, there is a talent competition to help foster new comedy voices, and it comes down to a performance/awards show where they pick the winner. This was the ninth annual event, and as part of the ceremony each year, they have a special guest come to speak.

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<p>Katie and Tina of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Katie and Tina of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'My Brother's Keeper'

Two Tribal Councils make for a busy episode
Pre-credit sequence. "Kasama"? Did we know that was the Merge name? Did we care? Nah. Probably not. Anyway, the tribe just blindsided Aras. "That was a great move. As a fan of the show, Aras did not see that coming," Vytas says, putting on a happy face. Vytas hugs everybody. "Vengeance is gonna be mine at some point," Vytas vows to us, while also telling Tyson that he'll get him. "I can't keep my mouth shut," Tina says, instructing Monica and Tyson that they won the battle, but they have five Jury votes that they'll never get. Tyson says that he felt pushed out, but Tina snidely tells him that he was never really in an alliance. At this point, hilariously, everybody goes around and says that they were sure they'd been in an alliance with Aras. "Everybody?"  Tina says, chastened. Tyson snorts at the idea of Tina lecturing him on the way to play the game. "I'm like, 'Tina, if everybody played the game the way you do, I'd win the game 100 percent of the time."
Katie's Choice. The next morning, Tina has reached the acceptance stage, telling Katie that she needs to go off on her own, that she needs to advance herself in the game if she can. They kiss on the cheek and Katie has to figure out what to do next. "I don't really know how to say 'Keep me instead of her,'" says Katie, suddenly rocking thigh-high socks for some reason.

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"Top Chef New Orleans"

 "Top Chef New Orleans"

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'Top Chef' recap: A musical chairs challenge just isn't fair

A potluck challenge yields mixed results

Even though this has been a fairly boring season of "Top Chef," we do get a mild surprise at the beginning of this week's episode: Nick is sick! I should say Nicholas has strep, but that doesn't rhyme. In any case, he must recover from strep throat in one day or risk being eliminated from the challenge. I didn't think this was humanly possible, so I'm wondering if part of this episode will feature a wonder drug or a maybe some real New Orleans voodoo, which would really spice things up!

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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

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'American Horror Story: Coven' recap: The girls conjure a serial killer

Queenie, Zoe and Nan decide to bust out the spirit board

"American Horror Story," you so crazy! I say that with love, by the way. So much happened in this episode, much of it entirely batcrap insane, that it took a while to digest it all. It was like going to a Vegas buffet of all-you-can-eat mucho nutso. Still, that's a minor quibble. I am hoping, though, that you can stop with the extreme low angle shots. I don't need to see so many feet, and it's less spooky than annoying. There are so many other ways for you to trigger nausea. But, again, the loopy cinematography just means you're trying as hard as you can to bring the shock and awe. Don't think I don't appreciate it. 

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<p>Khaya Cohen of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Khaya Cohen of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - First Elimination and '80s Night Performances

One act will be sent home, followed by Top 12 performances

We're back for what is sure to be a frenzied Wednesday (November 13) night installment of "The X Factor."

Thanks to last Wednesday's voting SNAFU, we ended up watching 26 performances last week, which was a lot. Only Thursday's voting counts, but once can assume that emotionally, all support or lackthereof was cumulative. 

Per FOX, we're expected to open the show with the season's first elimination and then we'll move on to '80s Night performances by the season's Top 12. Does that mean it's really a single elimination episode? 


Click through for all of the live-blogging fun.

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NBC reviving 'Last Comic Standing' with producer Wanda Sykes

NBC reviving "Last Comic Standing" with producer Wanda Sykes

The standup comic reality competition will be back this summer with Sykes taking over as executive producer. A new host has yet to be named.

Brooke Shields signs on for "The Michael J. Fox Show"
She'll romance Fox's 19-year-old son as part of a three-episode arc.

Shiri Appleby tonight plays an "SVU" rape victim
Tonight's role, she says, was "emotionally exhausting and rewarding."

"I Love Lucy's" last surviving adult cast member dies
Shirley Mitchell, 94, played Lucy's cackling friend Marion Strong.

New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski to appear in the "Entourage" movie
He'll of course play himself.

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<p>Will Forte seems justifiably proud of his experience working on Alexander Payne's new film 'Nebraska'</p>

Will Forte seems justifiably proud of his experience working on Alexander Payne's new film 'Nebraska'

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Will Forte, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk on the emotional journey of 'Nebraska'

We discuss the absent Bruce Dern as a force of nature

Considering the conversation around "Nebraska," it surprised me when Bruce Dern was not at the press day for the new Alexander Payne film. Having said that, the three actors who were there were great interviews, and it's obvious how much the film means to them when you hear them talk about it.

For Will Forte, this is a redefinition, and I'm excited to see what it does for him overall. I feel like I might have phrased something wrong to him when I said that there were a lot of guys up for the role. What I really meant was that the script was a favorite for a lot of actors, and there were a ton of people who wanted to play that part and who pushed to get into the room with Payne. I think Forte's been under-utilized in general, which seems like a weird thing to say about a guy who works as hard as he does.

June Squibb is one of those actors who has been working for decades, but who has never really had that breakthrough role, and she seems to be enjoying the conversation about "Nebraska" enormously. It helped that when I walked in, she was paired with Bob Odenkirk, who I've known for years at this point.

What really strikes me about the ensemble that Payne put together is that he's not really interested in just working with movie stars. Sure, "The Descendants" starred George Clooney, but I honestly think Payne casts based on the role and not just based on some math equation.

"Nebraska" is the sort of film that doesn't have any special effects or giant high concept set pieces, entirely dependent on your investment in the characters, and Payne put together a heck of a cast to make that happen. Here's hoping you enjoy the conversation with them as much as I enjoyed having it.

"Nebraska" opens this Friday.

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