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<p>Andy Samberg and Jo Lo Truglio in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Jo Lo Truglio in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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FOX gives 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' full season order and post-Super Bowl slot

Andy Samberg comedy will join 'New Girl' after NFL championship game

FOX has given "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" a full season order — and slotted it to air with "New Girl" after the Super Bowl in February.

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NBC cancels 'Ironside' and 'Welcome to the Family,' announces 'Community's' return


NBC cancels "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family," announces "Community's" return
The 5th season of "Community" will launch on Jan. 2 with back-to-back episodes. NBC also announced that "Chicago PD" will debut on Jan. 8. PLUS: NBC orders 4 more "Sean Saves the World" scripts.

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<p>Joel McHale, Alison Brie and &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;will be back on NBC in January.</p>

Joel McHale, Alison Brie and "Community" will be back on NBC in January.

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NBC sets 'Community' return, cancels 'Ironside' and 'Family'

The study group will be back on Thursdays at 8, 'Chicago P.D.' will air Wednesdays

NBC just announced mid-season changes to the biggest trouble spots on its schedule, including the January return of "Community" to Thursdays at 8, the "Chicago Fire" spin-off "Chicago P.D." taking over the Wednesday at 10 timeslot in January, and "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family" being pulled from the schedule.

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'America's Next Top Model' gets a 21st Cycle


"America's Next Top Model" gets a 21st Cycle
Once again, it'll be boys vs. girls.


Adrian Grenier on "Entourage" movie feud: I want everybody to be paid equally
So who's getting the bigger salary? It's not clear, but Grenier explained on Twitter: "I will sign any deal that gives ALL the boys an opportunity to share in the upside of success EQUALLY."


ABC is updating Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe character with "Castle" creators
ABC is promising a "smart, sexy and stylish update" of the classic detective.


"Private Practice" alum Paul Adelstein joins the "Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce"
He'll co-star with Lisa Edelsein on the Bravo scripted series.


Maria Shriver returns to "Today" for the first time in 15 years
This morning, California's former first lady filled in for Savannah Guthrie.

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<p>Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar of &quot;The Crazy Ones&quot;</p>

Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar of "The Crazy Ones"

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'Mom,' 'Crazy Ones' and 'Millers' get full seasons on CBS

Sorry, 'We Are Men'
CBS has given full season orders to all of the new freshman comedies it hasn't cancelled. 
 
On Friday (October 18) morning, CBS announced no-brainer back-nine pickups for "The Crazy Ones" and "The Millers," as well as the slightly less obvious back-nine for the Monday offering "Mom."
 
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'CSI' sets a return for George Eads


"CSI" sets a return for George Eads
The actor, who left the show after Episode 3 following an on-set dispute, will return for Episode 9, which will be "CSI's" 300th episode. Nick Stokes' absence will be addressed on that episode.

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CBS gives full seasons to 'The Crazy Ones,' 'The Millers' and 'Mom'


CBS gives full seasons to "The Crazy Ones," "The Millers" and "Mom"
As CBS points out, they are, respectively, the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 new sitcoms of the fall.

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<p>Lupita Nyong'o in &quot;12 Years a Slave.&quot;</p>

Lupita Nyong'o in "12 Years a Slave."

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Tell us what you thought of '12 Years a Slave'

The much-discussed Oscar favorite opens in limited release today

We're all pretty much on the same page here at HitFix when it comes to Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." Greg was impressed at its Telluride premiere, and Kris immediately followed suit. Last week, Drew McWeeny added his approval with an "A+"-grade review. With the film still smoldering in my mind from this morning's London Film Festival screening, I wouldn't go quite as far as that, but it's an imposing, impassioned work from a truly vital filmmaker -- like McQueen's first two films, "Hunger" and "Shame," it's a sensually vivid exploration of physical extremities and endurance, here married to more expansive, even universal, story material. Performances are as every bit strong as you've heard they are: not just from the Oscar-buzzed principals, but such striking cameo players as Alfre Woodard and Adepero Oduye.

Anyway, with the film now on limited release -- yes, we realize not all of you have access to it -- it's time to turn the conversation over to you. Muse on the validity of its Oscar-frontrunner status if you wish, but it's also a film that offers up plenty for discussion and debate away from the awards race. Vote in the poll below, and have share your thoughts in the comments.

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Justin Bieber smiles even when his heart is breaking in 'Believe' clip: Watch

Justin Bieber smiles even when his heart is breaking in 'Believe' clip: Watch

New movie arrives Christmas Day

Justin Bieber doesn’t always feel like going on stage, alright people? In this clip from “Believe,” which is Bieber’s gift to the world on Christmas Day (Hey, God gave us Jesus, Bieber delivers his movie), he talks to some very sympathetic friends about how sometimes, it’s hard to gear up to perform in front of thousands of people who have paid their (or their parents’) hard-earned money to see you.

“I can be going through a big argument, ‘I’m about to go on stage right now, we’re young’,” he says, mimicking talking on the phone. “And then I got to go rise up on the toaster and it’s like I’m upset and I don’t want have to smile and put on a happy and be... sometimes you just gotta suck it up and that’s one of the things you have to deal with being in this world, in this industry,” he says. The toaster, by the way, is the springboard that catapults him onto stage. And it would appear that he may be talking about Selena Gomez in the clip.

While it’s tempting to play the world’s smallest violin for Bieber, I have always marveled that artists can be having the worst day and, if they’re professional, they have to suck it up and leave all of that off the stage and come out as if this is the moment they’ve wanted for all day and the only thing that matters.  And Bieber has had to learn that at a younger age than most.

The John Chu-directed “Believe” opens Dec. 25.




 

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Gay MSNBC host: Why I'm co-hosting Miss Universe in Moscow despite Russia's anti-gay laws


Gay MSNBC host: Why I'm co-hosting Miss Universe in Moscow despite Russia's anti-gay laws
"I am not going to boycott," says Thomas Roberts, "Boycotting and vilifying from the outside is too easy." Roberts replaces Andy Cohen, who declined to host this year due to Russia's new anti-gay laws.


Netflix planning DVD-style extras for "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black"
"We'll experiment with our originals," says a Netflix exec. PLUS: Here are some suggestions for bonus features.


Nicollette Sheridan can't revive her "Desperate Housewives" lawsuit
A judge today ended Sheridan's long battle against ABC and its nighttime soap.


"SNL's" diversity controversy: Lorne Michaels recruits from improv groups with very few minorities
The Groundlings, Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade have a very tiny percentage of minorities, particularly minority women. PLUS: W. Kamau Bell tackles the "Saturday White Live" controversy.


Has Jason Segel lost too much weight?

The "HIMYM" star looks like he lost a dramatic amount of weight.


Alec Baldwin: I do yoga with Lorne Michaels and Paul McCartney
The MSNBC host talks about his new show, his hopes of landing Obama for an interview and his yoga routine with the "SNL" honcho and the Beatles legend. "We call ourselves middle-aged white men yoga," he says.

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<p>Robert&nbsp;Redford in &quot;All is Lost&quot;</p>

Robert Redford in "All is Lost"

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Tell us what you thought of 'All is Lost'

J.C. Chandor's one man show starring Robert Redford hits theaters this weekend

After bowing at the Cannes Film Festival in May and selectively navigating the early fall festival circuit, J.C. Chandor's "Margin Call" follow-up "All is Lost" is finally floating into theaters this weekend. Here is Drew McQeeny's A- review. It's a brilliant film, which I wrote about in tandem with "Gravity" at Telluride. Reviews are stellar and it looks like it could figure into the Best Picture race in addition to a sure-bet Best Actor nomination for Robert Redford. At Telluride, Chandor told me of Redford, "Everyone has such a history with the guy that it's really hard to get a role where he can kind of play a blank slate." It's true, but it's a hurdle cleared by the actor's work here. As it moves out into limited release, more of you will have a chance to see it. So when and if you get around to the film, please tell us what you thought in the comments section and feel free to vote in the poll below.

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<p>Gavin DeGraw</p>

Gavin DeGraw

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Gavin DeGraw: 'I needed to be more relevant': Interview

Singer/songwriter talks change of pace on new album, 'Make A Move'

On his last album, 2011’s “Sweeter,” Gavin DeGraw worked with co-writers on four songs instead of penning every song by himself and the result was a number of hits, including Top 10, double-platinum smash “Not Over You.”

So when it came time to record “Make A Move,” which came out Tuesday (15),   DeGraw decided to go all in: he used co-writers on every track. “I thought why not try to keep the momentum going,”  he tells HitFix. “By including all these personalities, it will make it a lot more diverse, a lot more timely.’ Among his collaborators were OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Busbee, Boys Like Girls’ Martin Johnson and Kevin Rudolf.

Indeed “Make A Move” may be the most wide-ranging set the blue-eyed soul singer has recorded. While there are his trademark mid-tempo tunes that show off his expressive voice, there are also a number of pop, up-tempo tracks like first single, “Best I Ever Had,” which, like Train’s “Drive-By,” is a fast-paced track with sung/spoken choruses and a catchy melody.

DeGraw wrote the song with Johnson, with whom he had already penned “Everything Will Change,” one of the album’s most emotional, moving songs. The two were in a Los Angeles studio and “Martin’s got this crazy drumbeat.” DeGraw recalls. “He says, ‘Sing something, anything,’ so I sang the first line of the song and then he says [the next line] and we just kind of went for it. The erratic lyrical content suited the sound of the melody. That song just makes me happy. It’s a freakishly insane lyrical journey.”

Some of DeGraw’s longtime, hardcore fans took to his Facebook page to declare their love for the song, while others felt it was too radical a change of pace from hits like “Not Over You” and his breakthrough, “I Don’t Want To Be.” “I think that happens a lot of time. When you put out a single, fans [think] that’s an indication of what the whole album is, but singles don’t mean what they used to mean,” he says. “It used to represent an entire album where one producer did an entire album, now the singles themselves live in a vacuum. The next song will be completely different.”

DeGraw will admit that he “did feel like I needed to be more relevant. I always feel like it’s important to try different things.” While he strove to be diverse, he balanced that with his desire “to maintain a sense of self. There are always things you want to include.”

He uses his friends and former tour mates Train as an model. The band has seen a tremendously successful second act, bolstered by such hits as “Hey, Soul Sister, “Marry Me,” and “Drive-By.” “They are one of the great examples for what it means to be adaptable, what it means to be relevant,” he says.

Plus, the last thing he would want any fan to believe is that if they’ve heard one DeGraw album, they’ve heard them all, he says: “That would be artistically devastating.”

DeGraw hits the road Dec. 4 in support of “Make A Move.”

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