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Rob Lowe's 1970s Malibu childhood is set to become an ABC series

Rob Lowe's 1970s Malibu childhood is set to become an ABC series

Lowe and a former "West Wing" executive producer have sold ABC on "The Point," a semi-autobiographical series set in 1976, based on Lowe's childhood in Malibu.

Breaking Pad: Apple enlists Bryan Cranston to promote the iPad Air
Watch the first iPad Air commercial, featuring Cranston's voice.

Read Fox's memo telling "The Mindy Project" to cut out "balls"
The standards and practices memo tweeted by showrunner Matt Warburton also asks that "penis" and "69" be substituted.

Keith Carradine joining daughter Martha Plimpton on "Raising Hope"
Carradine will play a singing cowboy in an episode set at a dude ranch.

"Doctor Who's" 50th anniversary special will screen in 3D in U.S. theaters, too
"Day of the Doctor" will be shown in theaters in eight countries.

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<p>Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll raise hell on a deranged road trip in 'Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa'</p>

Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll raise hell on a deranged road trip in 'Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa'

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Review: Knoxville and Nicoll give 'Jackass' spinoff 'Bad Grandpa' real heart

The first narrative film in the series pulls off a tricky balancing act

It is easy to dismiss the "Jackass" franchise as chaos and stupidity, but it is also wrong to do so. As much as anything else released in the last 13 years, "Jackass" captures a mood that is part of our time, an aggressive comic voice that seems thrilled by the violence and uncertainty of a post-"Columbine"/post-9/11 society. "Jackass" matters precisely because it is totally silly in a world where it is not easy to be silly.

As if to underline that point, "Bad Grandpa" is the first "Jackass"-related project to be made after the death of Ryan Dunn, who the film is dedicated to during the closing credits. While it would seem bodily harm is part of the job description for these guys, up until that moment, they were live-action Looney Tunes, always able to stand up and move on and shake off any amount of grievous injury. Dunn's real-world demise was shocking because of how pointless it was. If you told me that one of the guys from "Jackass" was eaten by a bear when he tried to ride it while dressed as a beaver, I would raise a beer to that. Dealing with the grief after a drunk driving death can be difficult under the best of circumstances, but it must have been brutal to deal with under a media microscope. It would not have surprised me at all if they had decided to call it a day and retire the brand completely. After all, I can't imagine Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, and Jeff Tremaine had any idea how successful this would all be in the first place.

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Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville and George Clooney in "The Monuments Men."
Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville and George Clooney in "The Monuments Men."
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3 on 3: Who wins and who loses with the 'Monuments Men' move to 2014?

The Oscar race just got a bit less crowded, but what's in it for the movie?

And another one, as they say, bites the dust. Well, for this year, anyway. Most Oscar pundits had George Clooney's WWII adventure "The Monuments Men" placed fairly prominently on their prediction lists, and with the unveiling of a high-toned new trailer last week, the all-star attraction seemed primed for the season ahead. That is, until Sony Pictures dropped the bombshell that the film would not be ready for release this year after all. "The Monuments Men" thus becomes the highest-profile film so far -- following others like Sony Classics' "Foxcatcher" and The Weinstein Company's "Grace of Monaco" -- to bow out of the awards race before it's begun.

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'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' keeps on slipping

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." keeps on slipping

Every week sees another ratings decline. Does the ABC drama need a superhero?

McKayla Maroney and Richard Schiff are visiting "Bones"

The Olympic gymnastic gold medalist and "The West Wing" alum will guest on the same episode.

Mandy Patinkin: "I broke down and started crying"
That was his reaction to this week's episode.

A Roger Ebert statue is in the works

Funds are being raised to place a statue outside the Ebertfest venue in Champaign, Illinois.

"Chuck" co-creator returns to NBC with an organ donor-superhero project
Chuck Fedak's drama would revolve around four people given organ transplants that transform them into superheroes.

History channel is developing a WWII miniseries on "The Liberator"
The miniseries will revolve around U.S. Army officer Felix "Shotgun" Sparks, a hero of World War II's European battles.

UK "Skins" star joins MTV's "Finding Carter"

Kathryn Prescott will play the title character in a drama about a teen who learns her mom abducted her as a child.

Adult Swim renews "NewsReaders"

The newsmagazine-mocking show will be back for a 2nd season.

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<p>Tuesday's &quot;New Girl&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "New Girl"

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TV Ratings: 'Voice,' 'NCIS' lead Tuesday split, while 'Brooklyn' tops 'New Girl' in viewers

ABC's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' slips again
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
A slight bump for "The Voice" helped NBC second a Tuesday ratings win among young viewers, while "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" helped CBS sweep primetime overall.
The week-to-week declines continued for ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," albeit at a very low level this week, with "The Goldbergs" possibly even posting a little growth, with ABC holding its position in a distant third for the night.
Over on FOX, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" inched ahead of "New Girl" in total viewers for the first time and also grew a little bit in the key demo, while "Dads" added a few viewers as well.
And on The CW, both "The Originals" and "Supernatural" were down a little this week, but continued to do fairly steady numbers.
On to those numbers...
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<p>Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and &quot;Sherlock&quot;&nbsp;will be returning to American in January on PBS.</p>

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and "Sherlock" will be returning to American in January on PBS.

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PBS announces 'Sherlock' season 3 premiere date

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be back in January, along with 'Downton Abbey'

"Sherlock" will be returning to America in January — and teaming up with "Downton Abbey" on Sunday nights on PBS.

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<p>Bradley Whitford and Malin Akerman go '80s in &quot;Trophy Wife.&quot;</p>

Bradley Whitford and Malin Akerman go '80s in "Trophy Wife."

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Trophy Wife' & 'New Girl'

Halloween brings out the best in three Tuesday sitcoms

It's morning round-up time, with thoughts on last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Trophy Wife" and "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I like yoga, Tuvan throat singers and NASCAR...

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Ryan Seacrest to keep on hosting 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Ryan Seacrest to keep on hosting "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve"
Seacrest signed a "multi-year" deal, but exactly how long hasn't been revealed.

Jeremy Piven's hefty paycheck is holding up the "Entourage" movie

Piven has already signed on for the movie, and he has always been paid more than his co-stars since the series began because of his fame. As The Hollywood Reporter explains, "negotiations with co-stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon have become heated in part because they want pay more comparable with Piven's."

Conan will begin showing his NBC clips as he looks back at 20 years on air
Starting next week, Conan O'Brien's TBS show will celebrate "20 Years of Conan." PLUS: Conan sends Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to the American Beer Festival.

PBS will air "Sherlock" and "Downton Abbey" back-to-back
Season 3 of "Sherlock" kicks off Jan. 19.

Watch Edward Norton's "SNL" promos
See his Halloween costume.

Johnny Weir joins NBC Winter Olympic coverage
The two-time Olympic figure skater announced that he's retiring to join NBC's team.

Walton Goggins talks "Sons of Anarchy"
"This is the story that we felt gave Venus the opportunity to become really three-dimensional," says the actor.

"Breaking Bad" tombstone moved from cemetery to a steakhouse
The fake tombstone in a real Albuquerque cemetery upset those with loved ones buried nearby.

Original British "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" ending after 15 years
The one that started it all is calling it quits after original host Chris Tarrant announced he would step down.

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Roundup: Why the Oscars matter, even if they don't
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Roundup: Why the Oscars matter, even if they don't

Also: Breaking down '12 Years a Slave,' and how Jared Leto got cool

The best Oscar-related piece on the internet comes from Salon critic Andrew O'Hehir, who examines our fascination with the awards, as as we concede that they mean little in the grand scheme of things: "The Oscar race has things to teach us, every single year; but on the other hand, the manufactured narrative that gets spun out of it is almost entirely devoid of meaning ... like electoral politics with the ideology shoved under the carpet." The difference this year, he says, is that neither of this year's two apparent race-leaders fit the usual Oscar formula: "12 Years a Slave" is a "valuable historical corrective" and "formally audacious," while "Gravity" "may have too much catharsis ... a remake of Kubrick’s '2001' made by HAL." [Salon]

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<p>Because when you're Ron Burgundy, OF&nbsp;COURSE&nbsp;you bottle-feed milk to a shark.</p>

Because when you're Ron Burgundy, OF COURSE you bottle-feed milk to a shark.

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Racial discomfort and flipping Winnebegos feature in new 'Anchorman 2' trailer

It looks like the Action News team has some trouble with the '80s

Anytime it's taken the better part of a decade to make a sequel to a film, it is at lastly somewhat likely that the sequel is going to suck. It's no one's fault, per se, but it's just one of those things. Maybe it's hard to go back to something after that long. Maybe it's hard to recapture whatever made the thing special in the first place.

That will not be the case with "Anchorman 2."

At this point, I've seen enough of the film to be very confident that they have recaptured the exact voice that made the first "Anchorman" so much fun. I find myself frequently amazed at how much of an institution the first film is at this point considering the response when it was released. People seemed to enjoy it, but there was no immediate sense that it was going to turn into a phenomenon that people quote constantly, or that it was going to eventually become part of the pop culture lexicon. I love that the film finally found its audience, and that there is so much passion for it now.

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Best Supporting Actress 2014: Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Scarlett Johansson

Best Supporting Actress 2014: Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Scarlett Johansson

A colorful array of performances from legends and newcomers alike

Coming around to the final of the four acting categories this season, Best Supporting Actress isn't as jam-packed as the Best Supporting Actor field, but it's pretty dense in its own right. What's more, while it's not exactly "wide" open, there is room to navigate and we could end up with a surprise or two.

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Walton Goggins and Katey Sagal in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Venus (Walton Goggins) bonds with Gemma (Katey Sagal) in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Venus rises in 'Sweet and Vaded'

Walton Goggins injects some heart and soul into the season before Tara brings the nasty

Certain parts of "Sons of Anarchy" inevitably feel like a little boy's fantasy of what it means to be a grown-up man: a tough, cool guy who wins every fight, scores with any woman he wants and outsmarts every rival. But to the show's credit, "Sons" has always been equally interested in its female characters, routinely giving them the same level of badass cred as the guys. There's plenty of reasons to quibble with the way certain characters are (or aren't) developed, but when it comes to storytelling "Sons" rarely discriminates based on gender. Maybe that's one reason the character of Venus van Dam works so well.

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