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Seven things to watch for on tonight's CMA Awards, including Taylor Swift and Dave Grohl

Will Luke Bryan and Zac Brown be on their best behavior?

Tonight’s Country Music Assn. Awards promise to be full of great performances and some very interesting showdowns. The show, which includes appearances by Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, and even Dave Grohl and Jason Mraz, will once again be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

We’ve highlighted seven things you should keep your eye on for tonight:

Taylor Swift’s performance: Tonight, the CMAs will honor Swift with the Pinnacle Award, a trophy it has only given out once before to Garth Brooks. It’s bestowed upon someone who has taken country music to new commercial and international heights. While it’s debatable how much of a country artist she still is (see “Today’s” snipe at Swift today, which felt more like NBC pettily raining on ABC’s parade more than anything else), Swift has always showed up at the CMAs and tonight, in a great move, she is surrounding herself with hardcore country royalty, including Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, and Sam Bush. She is seriously punching above her weight musically here and she knows it, which makes me like her ever more. 

Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl: No word on what the two acts are performing together in advance, but as we broke last week, Grohl will produce the new ZBB album. This will be our first public look at their chemistry together, and, perhaps a hint at a new song.

Kacey Musgraves:  On her first album, she’s managed to upset the country apple cart a little with her sometimes edgy lyrics about smoking pot and kissing girls, but she’s caught everyone’s attention: to the tune of scoring six nominations tonight. Should she win big, it may be time to officially anoint her as the face of where young country music is headed, but my guess is that the nominations will have to suffice. The CMA voters are ready to publicly praise her, but other than New Artist of the Year (which could go to her or the more commercially successful Florida Georgia Line), she might not want to clear off mantel space just yet.

Zac Brown vs. Luke Bryan: A few weeks ago, Zac Brown started a firestorm when he called Luke Bryan’s mega-hit, “That’s My Kind of Night,” one of the worst songs” he’d ever heard. Bryan didn’t write the song, which went on to spend more weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart than any other song in the last 50 years, but watch for Brown’s reaction tonight if Bryan performs the tune  (EDITOR'S NOTE :  Bryan just announced that he'll be doing a new song, "Drink A Beer." )  The two aren’t aren’t going head-for-head on any awards tonight, but it could be fun just to see how they react to each other. Sadly, country artists are known for their civility, so everyone will probably be on their best behavior.

Eric Church: He will debut the title track from his forthcoming album, “The Outsiders,” on tonight’s show. He’s discussed how rock the song is, but it’s not so much of a departure (in fact, to us it sounds like something that Hank Williams Jr. could have done... well, until the bridge when it cranks up to a heavy metal-like guitar solo) to cause the potential debate he might want it to. Given his strong live appeal and the song’s anthemic chorus, it could be a water-cooler moment.

George Jones Tribute: So for all you youngsters who don’t even know who George Jones was, it’s time to listen to Alan Jackson and George Strait pay homage to the greatest singer of all time. The two artists- who are the CMAs’  most nominated acts—will perform together in what is sure to be a touching moment and a gratifying one for long-time country music fans.

Entertainer of the Year:
Always a very hot race. Reigning champ Blake Shelton is nominated again and it seems the CMAs like to award him for the spotlight he’s shown on country music as mentor on “The Voice” as much as for his live show.  It’s Luke Bryan’s year and he stunned everyone by capturing this award at the Academy of Country Music Awards this spring, so he has the momentum. However, my guess is this is a race between Swift and George Strait, who is nominated, in part, because he is on his last tour, so it might be nice to honor him again before the cowboy rides away.




 

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<p>Jessica Lange of &quot;American Horror Story: Coven&quot;</p>

Jessica Lange of "American Horror Story: Coven"

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FX renews 'American Horror Story' for a 4th season or installment or whatever

Expect 13 more episodes in 2014
FX has ordered a fourth installment of "American Horror Story," the drama series the network likes to refer to as a "miniseries franchise."
 
The 13-episode fourth installment will, presumably, premiere next October, assuming it follows in the footsteps of "American Horror Story: Murder House," "American Horror Story: Asylum" and the current "American Horror Story: Coven."
 
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'American Horror Story' renewed


"American Horror Story" renewed
FX has ordered a 4th season of the horror anthology series.


Bob Odenkirk: "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" may be a prequel and sequel
"I don't know what they're going to do," he tells IGN. "I know they've talked about prequel, but they’ve also talked to me about sequel, and they’ve also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel."


$4,000 worth of cables stolen from "Orange is the New Black" set
The Netflix series was filming on location in Brooklyn last week when the expensive cables were swiped.


"Today's" skydiver exclusive beaten by "GMA's" "Dancing with the Stars" exclusive
Paying more than $100,000 didn't do much for "Today's" ratings.


This week, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Sleepy Hollow" had the same ratings
One began the season with a lot of hype, the other as an underdog. And for this week at least, they are even.

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FCC wants to fine TBS for a 'Conan' promo that simulated an Emergency Alert System warning


FCC wants to fine TBS for a "Conan" promo that simulated an Emergency Alert System warning
The FCC is proposing a $25,000 fine for using a false distress signal.


Kate Gosselin: My ex-reality star kids do not have developmental problems
Refuting Jon Gosselin's recent comments, Kate says: "Each and every one of our children has met and continues to exceed all physical, mental and emotional developmental milestones throughout their lives."


Behind the scenes of "SNL's" Wes Anderson horror parody

How much work went into creating "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders"?


"Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul will reunite on a David Blaine special
They'll be among a number of stars, including Kanye West, who will appear on "David Blaine: Real or Magic," airing Nov. 19.


Ruben Studdard booted off of "The Biggest Loser"
The former "Idol" champ only lost 39 pounds in four weeks.


Coach's "New Girl" return was underwhelming
Damon Wayans Jr. was outshined by another guest star, Taye Diggs. PLUS: Turns out Coach is one-dimensional.


Rob Lowe & Rashida Jones had their final "Parks and Rec" table read on Tuesday

"Many laughed. Some cried," tweeted Lowe.


Kurt Sutter explains the latest "Sons of Anarchy" surprise
"The elements of this were really desperate," he says.


"Scandal" inspiration Judy Smith is working on a medical drama project for CBS

She's teaming with "CSI" exec producer Carol Mendelsohn on "The Advocate."


Matt Lauer and Al Roker will submit to live prostate exams on "Today"
Both Lauer and Roker and the other male "Today" stars are also growing out their mustaches for "Movember,"


Netflix's "Lilyhammer gets a Season 2 premiere date
Steven Van Zandt series returns after midnight on Dec. 13.


"Awkward" promotes Greer Grammer
She'll become a series regular in Season 4.

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<p>Tuesday's &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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TV Ratings: 'Voice,' 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' dip while 'NCIS' leads Tuesday split

'The Originals' and 'Supernatural' tie for The CW
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
 
Staying true to recent form, "The Voice" simultaneously dropped week-to-week and also carried NBC to a Tuesday win among young viewers, while steady "NCIS" (and dropping "NCIS: Los Angeles") paced an overall win for CBS.
 
After one week away, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returned and continued a slow-but-steady ratings decline, as "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" celebrated last week's back-nine orders with drops as well. [ABC wants to note that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was flat among adults 18-34 and up slightly among men 18-34, if you prefer that spin.]
 
On the positive side of things, FOX's comedies returned after a week away and "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" were both up a hair, while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" outdrew "New Girl" for the second straight airing.
 
And on The CW, "The Originals" tied "Supernatural" in the key demo, beat "Supernatural" among young women and narrowed the gap overall, but still hasn't received a full-season order.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Andy Samberg in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - '48 Hours'

When is Jake Peralta going to stop acting like a 12-year-old?

A quick review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as my mouth smells like rotten trout milk...

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<p>Hans Zimmer at the 2010 Oscar nominees' luncheon.</p>

Hans Zimmer at the 2010 Oscar nominees' luncheon.

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Roundup: Hans Zimmer on the Oscars and a life in movies

Also: Emma Thompson's BAFTA tribute, and studios' co-lead problem

Hans Zimmer will very likely receive the tenth Oscar nomination of his career for his robust, striking score to "12 Years a Slave"; he may well even get his second win. (Yes, he's only won for "The Lion King.") It'll be a suitable capper on what's been a busy year for the German composer: I think he's equally Oscar-worthy for "The Lone Ranger," and there's "Rush" and "Man of Steel" besides. Anyway, the subject of the day's best online read, as he reflects (and gossips) on a range of films he's scored in his career, from "My Beautiful Launderette" to "Inception." On the Oscars, meanwhile, he says, "[They're] incredibly seductive. You see people who you admire and who you think have incredible artistic integrity make complete fools of themselves on that stage. Me included.” [Vulture]

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<p>Ian De Caestecker as Fitz in &quot;Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.&quot;</p>

Ian De Caestecker as Fitz in "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD."

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' - 'FZZT'

Simmons contracts an alien virus in the show's most promising episode so far

A review of last night's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" coming up just as soon as I menacingly offer you a cookie...

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<p>Lynne Ramsay at the 2013 Cannes&nbsp;Film&nbsp;Festival where she served as a member of the festival jury.</p>

Lynne Ramsay at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where she served as a member of the festival jury.

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'Jane Got a Gun' producers sue director Lynne Ramsay

A production already tainted with controversy just got uglier

It has seemed almost too quiet on the "Jane Got a Gun" front as of late. But beneath the surface, things have been tumultuous for the Natalie Portman western.

You may recall director Lynne Ramsay walked off the movie on day one of shooting, leaving a cast and crew high and dry on the New Mexico set with no clue that she was already on a plane. "Warrior" director Gavin O'Connor replaced her, cleaned house a bit and attempted to forge on, though rumor had it things were in just as much disarray as the day he arrived, if not worse.

Well, things just got uglier. Monday the film's producers filed a lawsuit against Ramsay in federal court.

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'X Factor' Season 3 Interviews: The Groups - Alex & Sierra, Restless Road and Sweet Suspense

'X Factor' Season 3 Interviews: The Groups - Alex & Sierra, Restless Road and Sweet Suspense

Will the adorable duo or one of the the newly minted trios win?
FOX toasted the season's "X Factor" Top 12 with a red carpet fiesta on Monday (November 4) night at The Bazaar in Beverly Hills.
 
I started with my chat with creator/judge/mentor Simon Cowell and I'm slowly making it through my interviews with all 12 acts, starting earlier today with the Girls -- Rion, Khaya and Ellona.
 
Up next? The most ballyhooed of the categories, Cowell's Groups. This is a category that features my personal favorite in simultaneously musical and adorable Alex & Sierra, the season's early favorite in newly minted country trio Restless Road and equally fresh-faced teen trio Sweet Suspense, which could be a dark horse if they can harness that fanbase that made Fifth Harmony into last fall's "X Factor" sleeper. 
 
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<p>We voted on our ten favorite Marvel movies, and there's not a single duck from outer space on the list.</p>

We voted on our ten favorite Marvel movies, and there's not a single duck from outer space on the list.

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Ranking The 10 Best Marvel Movies So Far

From 'Spider-Man' to 'Blade,' see where your favorites showed up

Making lists is one of those things that unites film fans, and it seems to be an almost reflexive action. "What's that? 'Thor: The Dark World' is coming out? Hmmm… seems like we should rank all the Marvel movies so far."

For the purposes of this particular gallery, the HitFix staff voted on every Marvel title since "Blade" was released, and as always, I was surprised by the final result. It's interesting when we get people like Guy Lodge voting in these because he will flat out tell us that he's not a fanboy, and yet that makes his votes more urgent because he's looking at them as a film fan first.

There were some titles that I was not surprised to see here as well. It does not surprise me to see that the sequels to both "Spider-Man" and "X-Men" still place so high on the list. Those films were both made near the start of this superhero cycle, and there was such an amazing energy about them, about what these filmmakers were starting to recognize as the potential of these movies and these characters. It still shines through when you watch the movies, and that sense of invention is what makes the best of these movies so exciting.

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

Even Patterson (C.C.H. Pounder) wants to know the real reason Charlie Hunnam ditched 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: The truth comes out in 'John 8:32'

There's bad news and worse news for Jax, Gemma, Nero and Tara this week

I don't want to get ahead of myself here, but all of a sudden I have hope that this crazy, messy, frequently infuriating season of "Sons of Anarchy" could actually pull itself together for a decent finish. Maybe it's cockeyed optimism to keep up my enthusiasm up for the next four episodes. Maybe it's wishful thinking to believe that the amount of time spent setting up various plot threads has to mean some degree of serious thought went into planning the respective payoffs. Whatever it is, I'm taking "John 8:32" as a positive sign for the future.

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