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<p>Thursday&#39;s &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Scandal,' soft 'McCarthys' and 'Elementary' premieres pace Thursday

'A to Z' hangs on the precipice after another weak night

Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 30, 2014.

"Scandal" led ABC to a Thursday night victory among young viewers, while CBS held on to the overall title despite soft premieres for "The McCarthys" and "Elementary."

Even "The Big Bang Theory" was lackluster in its return to Thursday, though the boosted lead-in gave "Mom" a relatively high number.

Perhaps viewers were lured away by night-before-Halloween revelries, or maybe by the off-network Thursday Night Football action, but numbers were generally depressed throughout. 

The ugliest numbers were on NBC where "Bad Judge" slipped below The Mulaney Line to a 0.9 key demo rating and "A to Z" fell to a low enough key demo number that it may be time to keep an eye out for cancellation.

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Too Big to Fail'

Adam, Crosby and Amber grapple with money troubles, while Dylan bonds with Kristina

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as the Sorting Hat assigns me to Gryffindor...

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Stephen Colbert: I'm saying goodbye to 'The Colbert Report' on Dec. 18
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Stephen Colbert: I'm saying goodbye to 'The Colbert Report' on Dec. 18

Which big-name actor made a surprising cameo on last night's 'Big Bang Theory'?

Stephen Colbert: I'm saying goodbye to “The Colbert Report" on Dec. 18
Colbert used the promotion of the paperback version of “America Again” to announce he’s leaving one week before Christmas.

Which big-name actor made a surprising cameo on last night's “Big Bang Theory”?
The CBS comedy cast an Oscar winner whose mom turned him on to the show.

Chelsea Handler accuses Instagram of sexism for removing her topless photo
Handler was ticked off that this topless photo of her was removed for violating Instagram’s “Community Guidelines.” "If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it's ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?” she wrote.

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Still Alice - Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore
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Tangible evidence why ‘Still Alice’ stars Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart are Oscar contenders

Watch the first clip from the Alezheimer’s drama

“What is it like? What does it actually feel like?”

”It” being early-onset Alzheimer’s, the condition plaguing Julianne Moore’s character in the upcoming “Still Alice.” Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s drama is astounding because it stomachs quiet tragedy in the most naturalistic, delicate way possible. There are moral conflicts, internal struggles, objective explanations, and truths that rip apart characters like a spray of bullets. Or in the case of Kristen Stewart’s character Lydia, playing opposite Moore’s mother character, there are questions. Alzheimer’s is an existential disease. “Still Alice” plays right into that.

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<p>The Vampire Diaries</p>

The Vampire Diaries

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'The World Has Turned and Left Me Here'

A familiar face returns and Elena tries to move on

“The moral of the story is, don’t fall in love with your brother’s girl.”

Damn it Kai. Of course you had to go and do … that. Let’s get our witchy woo together and sink our teeth right into Thursday night’s “The Vampire Diaries,” shall well?

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'Avengers,' Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne hit the 2014 Britannia Awards

'Avengers,' Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne hit the 2014 Britannia Awards

Highlights of the show air Sunday on BBC America

The beginning of the show-and-tell portion of awards season has often been marked by many with the Hollywood Film Awards (sigh) or, more recently, the Academy's Governors Awards. This year that designation actually falls on BAFTA's Britannia Awards. The latest incarnation of the show took over the Beverly Hilton Hotel Thursday night with some of the world's biggest stars taking part. And, surprise, a number of those famous faces are fighting for the Oscar spotlight.

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Horror at the Oscars! 10 horror-ish films that should have been nominated for Best Picture

Horror at the Oscars! 10 horror-ish films that should have been nominated for Best Picture

Did your favorite make the cut?

Halloween is tomorrow! Did you pick out your costume yet? If you're stuck, HitFix has a few ideas for you. In the meantime, here's something else to chew on.

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Jon Cryer on 'Two and a Half Men' gay wedding controversy: It 'surprised us'
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Jon Cryer on 'Two and a Half Men' gay wedding controversy: It 'surprised us'

'Lost' alum Jorge Garcia plans to chop off his signature long hair

Jon Cryer on “Two and a Half Men” gay marriage controversy: "Hopefully we haven't done something too terrible in taste”
"For us it was just a fun, silly idea that some people were taking kind of seriously, so that sort of surprised us,” says Cryer of the plan for Alan to marry Ashton Kutcher’s character. "But at the same time I understand. This is a time when our nation is changing so much. And let's remember, same-sex adoption is still illegal in some states so I can see why people would be nervous about it. And as long as the fight is still being fought they have a right to be sensitive about it.” PLUS: Jon Cryer recalls when Charlie Sheen began going crazy on “Men,” Sheen says "I just think it makes sense” for him to return to “Men,” Cryer recalls being labeled “The Show Killer,” and Conchata Ferrell recalls auditioning for Berta.

Eric Stonestreet fools his Twitter followers by linking to a fake story on “Modern Family’s” cancelation
The headline from Clickhole, which is affiliated with The Onion, reads: "Whoa: ABC Just Canceled ‘Modern Family’ In Order To Teach People That Something You Love Can Be Taken From You With No Warning Whatsoever."

“Lost” alum Jorge Garcia plans to chop off his signature long hair
Garcia, now 41 and a regular on “Hawaii Five-0,” says he’s going to cut his signature long hair so he can get “real suit-and-tie guy” roles. "I've had long hair for so long, I need to start feeling like a grown-up,” he says.

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“The Meredith Vieira Show” given a partial renewal for Season 2
NBC-owned stations has picked up the freshman talk show. Now it’s up to the non-NBC-owned stations to decide whether to order a Season 2.

World Series Game 7 was watched by 23.52M
That’s close to the 25.4 million who watched the last Game 7 three years ago.

Watch a supercut of Matthew McConaughey Lincoln car ad parodies
“South Park,” Ellen and “SNL” weren’t the only ones to spoof the ubiquitous ads.

9 revelations from Amy Poehler’s book -- her funniest “SNL” memories always involve Will Forte
In “Yes Please,” Poehler recalls she and Forte doodling penises during a sexual harrassment presentation.

Michael J. Fox: Tina Yothers would beat me up on “Family Ties” set
Andy Cohen asked Fox, “Who was more annoying, pre-puberty or post-puberty, Tina Yothers?”

What does the “Game of Thrones” raise mean for the future of the series?
It appears the 7-season planning is going full steam ahead. PLUS: George R.R. Martin judges “GoT” Halloween costumes.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” gets a Disney twist
An artist fan of the FX series has created original artwork combining Disney and “Freak Show” characters.

Watch Prince’s 1st appearance on “SNL” — from 33 years ago
Prince was a highlight from the much-maligned 6th season.

Netflix outdoor ads in France use GIFs of “Breaking Bad,” “Fargo” and “OITNB”
It’s a bit jarring seeing the moving digital billboards.

DC Comics is killing it on TV — compared to Marvel
While Marvel has found success on the big screen, DC Comics has been dominant on television with “Gotham,” “Arrow,” “Constantine” and “The Flash.” Meanwhile, Marvel’s only current TV show on air, “Agents of S.H.l.E.LD.,” isn’t bad but isn’t great.

British “Hustle” star Adrian Lester joins “Red Band Society”
The “Girlfriends” vet will play a world-renowned international neurologist.

Watch “Doc McStuffins” featuring singing “Downton Abbey” stars
Joanne Froggatt and her fellow castmates lent their voices for Sunday’s episode of the Disney Channel series.

What’s with all the “bottom shaming” in "How to Get Away With Murder”?
The ShondaLand drama has earned raves for its graphic portrayal of gay sex. But that portrayal of gay sex, says J. Bryan Lowder, "has thus far persistently contained a nasty strain of bottom shaming—and that kind of retrograde mess is not progressive in the least.” PLUS: Doucheface is the Pornstache of “How to Get Away with Murder."

Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s dystopian sci-fi novel flops
The E! stars' "Rebels: City of Indra” sold just 13,000 copies since June.

How “Mom” became an aspiration version of itself
The CBS comedy returns for Season 2 looking a lot different from its pilot.

Taylor Kitsch has a piece of Tim Riggins’ “Friday Night Lights” locker
Kitsch also reveals that all of Riggins’ jerseys are hanging in his closet.

Fox developing “Zoobiquity”
An adaptation of the book linking animal and human health issues is in the works.

“Major Crimes” books Tuc Watkins
The “Desperate HousewiveS” alum will be part of the final two episodes of the season.

“CSI: Miami" alum Adam Rodriguez joins “The Night Shift”
He’ll play a doctor on the NBC medical drama.

Watch a “House of Cards”-inspired political ad
North Carolina state Sen. Chad Barefoot channeled the Netflix series to attack his opponent.

Lena Dunham was interviewed by the daughter of “Girls” producer Judd Apatow
Maude Apatow writes: "I met Lena Dunham when I was in sixth grade. For a long time, I knew her as just this ridiculously kind person who was working on some sort of television project with my dad that I was not allowed to see."

MTV’s “Slednecks” didn’t learn any lessons from “Buckwild”
The Alaskan version of the canceled West Virginia reality show about out-of-control millennials repeats many of the dangerous stunts of its predecessor.

Watch a video showcasing the gay subtext of “Franklin & Bash”
TNT has two gay subtext-heavy shows, “Franklin & Bash” and “Rizzoli & Isles.”

What to expect with the return of “Elementary”
Season 3 takes place eight months after Season 2.

Check out Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn as vampires
In Funny or Die’s “Haunted House Hunters.”

“Millionaire Matchmaker” to feature Perez Hilton, TLC’s Chilli and a TMZ staffer
Watch the trailer for Season 8.

CBS’ “The McCarthys” has potential, but it hasn’t figured itself out
Tyler Ritter, John’s son, is more like his late father than Jason Ritter, and the show is a throwback to past hit sitcoms. PLUS: The characters are appealing, and it’s a by-the-numbers sitcom.

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Disney's 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' brings on the writer of 'Orphan'
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Disney's 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' brings on the writer of 'Orphan'

This is the studio's second at-bat with the classic Bradbury tale

Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is not just one of his finest works, it's one of the best books I've ever read, and at this point in my life, that includes thousands of titles. What makes "Wicked" so great isn't just the story, although it's got a great plot, and it's not just the language, although Bradbury ladles it on like a master. It is the way "Wicked" captures not only the feeling in the air as Halloween approaches, but the way he observes and dissects human behavior so carefully and completely.

Here's a paragraph from the book that just makes me swoon.

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Exclusive: The Channing Tatum 'Foxcatcher' photo you've been waiting for (sort of)

Exclusive: The Channing Tatum 'Foxcatcher' photo you've been waiting for (sort of)

Oscar contender finally hits theaters next month

It's hard to believe, but we are just a few weeks away from "Foxcatcher" finally hitting theaters. It will arrive almost six months to the day following its world premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In the weeks since, Bennett Miller's drama has earned more strong reviews at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals, just to name a few. Steve Carell has solidified himself as a legitimate Best Actor contender for his transformative performance as John du Pont, Channing Tatum has earned some of the best notices of his career for his portrayal of former Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and Miller finds himself with a third-straight Best Picture contender. Yes, things are still moving steady on the "Foxcatcher" train.

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More 'Terminator: Genisys' images and details pile on the awkward for Paramount
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More 'Terminator: Genisys' images and details pile on the awkward for Paramount

It's like they're trying to sabotage the film

Working as a studio publicist is not an easy gig. There are plenty of times when you are asked to be an advocate for a product that you know just doesn't work, and when there are hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, the pressure to keep your smile fixed firmly in place is overwhelming.

Right now, it must look like Gotham City the day after the Joker dropped Smilex on everyone, because I can't imagine anyone at Paramount or at Skydance, the David Ellison-led production partner on the film, is feeling good about the reaction to this first big blast of publicity. They managed to set it up so that "Entertainment Weekly" would spend a few days rolling out images, probably imagining a wave of goodwill that would carry them right into Halloween weekend.


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Tech Support: Period and fantasy do battle for Best Costume Design

Tech Support: Period and fantasy do battle for Best Costume Design

Can Colleen Atwood pull off two nominations in one year?

"Clothes don't make the man?" That rule certainly doesn't hold true in the movies. Dress can say a lot about characters, their class, their self-image, their self-consciousness, the period and place in which they live, the story they're living and how a director wishes an audience to perceive them.

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