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Jenna Syde and the Watchers
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Listen: CulturePop No. 17 - Guest Jenna Syde, 'Dexter,' 'True Blood'

Rocker and fan girl Jenna Syde talks 'Game of Thrones,' 'Hemlock Grove'

Melinda Newman's been traveling all over the place, so this week I had a chance to interview a kick ass singer (and TV fan) Jenna Syde of Jenna Syde and the Watchers. If you haven't heard of her, she's an L.A. icon with great pipes -- and CulturePop is the first to broadcast the band's latest single, "Love Doll," from the new EP, "Pretty In Plastic." Hear it here first.

Plus, we talked about all of Jenna's favorite TV shows, including "Game of Thrones," "True Blood," and "Dexter" -- which you might recognize as the inspiration for the band's EP cover. But click through, because you'll want to see the band's entirely-shot-in-a-strip-club video. Yeah, that. Anyway, here's the rundown:

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'Mad Men's' Matthew Weiner: 'No one's going to die...this season'


"Mad Men's" Matthew Weiner: "No one's going to die...this season"

"Thank God!" said Jessica Pare in response to learning that Megan Draper isn't being killed off. "It's just not part of the show. No one's going to die," says Weiner, adding "This season... I didn't say never!"


George Wendt to have a "Cheers" reunion with Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman
He's guesting on TV Land's "Kirstie."


Krysten Ritter will be back for the "Veronica Mars" movie
"I'm thrilled to be reprising my role of Gia Goodman in the Veronica Mars movie!!!" says Ritter. "It's gonna be very juicy Marshmallows!!!!!"

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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars 'treasures' the '70s in retro video: Watch

Have disco ball, will dance

Bruno Mars steps back to ‘70s for his video for the sparkly “Treasure.”

The song sounds like something straight out of a Shalamar, Michael Jackson or Prince disco album, so it stands to reason that the video similarly goes back to that time. In a look that Bruno and the boy first sported when they performed the song on the Billboard Music Awards, Mars and his band are all in matching red suits with gold chains and what we can only hope are polyester shirts.

[More after the jump...]

 

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CBS cuts Obama audio from the 'Under the Dome' pilot


CBS cuts Obama audio from the "Under the Dome" pilot

The president's remarks from Hurricane Sandy were re-used in the pilot sent to critics, but CBS has opted to leave the presidents voice on the cutting room floor.


"Grey's Anatomy" promotes 4
Gaius Charles, Camilla Luddington, Tessa Ferrer and Jerrika Hinton will become series regulars next season.


"Breaking Amish" is L.A.-bound

The new cast will have to deal with the modern world of Los Angeles.


Vincent Kartheiser explains "Mad Men's" Pete and Bob moment
Kartheiser says, "Pete's not quite aware when it first happens that that's what it is. It’s not like Bob tried to kiss him, so he’s being subtle. He’s being slight with it, you know, because he doesn't quite know that that’s what it means." PLUS: Kiernan Shipka has noticed Sally Draper's shorter skirts.


"Scandal" promotes Scott Foley

He'll become a series regular in Season 3.


Jorge Garcia's "Lost" reunion: He'll appear on "Hawaii Five-0"

He's returning to Hawaii for a reunion with Daniel Dae Kim.


"Katie" stations are not impressed
The mostly ABC affiliates that air Katie Couric's talk show are hoping there's tweaks to next season because Season 1 didn't meet their ratings expectations.

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Stephen Colbert's mom dies at 92


Stephen Colbert's mom dies at 92
Lorna Colbert died on Wednesday. She had 11 children, including Stephen, the youngest, who paid tribute to her last year after taking a brief hiatus when his mom was ailing. Lorna Colbert lost her husband and two sons in a plane crash in 1974, when Stephen was 10.


50 Cent's drug kingpin drama gets series order at Starz
"Power" follows a nightclub owner who lives a double life working in the drug world.


NBC Entertainment boss: We have 2 years to turn things around

"We've got to start seeing some success in the next two years," says Jennifer Salke.


Converse coming out with a "Simpsons" sneaker collection
The shoe collection will be timed to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary.


Jeff Probst: "Survivor's" final season might feature all winners

"We've talked about an all-winners season quite a few times and it really comes down the cast," says Probst.


Jimmy Kimmel invades Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video

Kimmel's sidekick Guillermo also interfered with the video shoot.


Starz puts the "Magic City" Season 2 premiere online
Watch an edited version for free.


Lifetime's Lizzie Borden movie adds Billy Campbell and Clea Duvall
They'll join Christina Ricci in the film about the infamous murder trial.

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Diahann Carroll on "Oprah's Master Class"

 Diahann Carroll on "Oprah's Master Class"

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Exclusive clips: Icons Diahann Carroll and Berry Gordy dish for Oprah

The stars talk about 'drug music' and the best review ever

Oprah Winfrey may have retired from her self-titled talk show after 25 years, but that doesn't mean she isn't pulling in the star power over at her OWN network. "Oprah's Master Class" (airing Sundays) features stars hand-picked by Oprah to share the lessons they've learned along the way, as well as their successes, failures, triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Monsters University.&quot;</p>

A scene from "Monsters University."

Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

Waiting for a heavyweight in the animated Oscar race

The last six winners have been first-half releases, but what about this year?

Yesterday's Variety story about "Despicable Me 2" receiving a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Annecy Animation Festival in France on Wednesday evening didn't seem especially noteworthy. At any film festival, a standing ovation is just as often a polite formality as it is an acknowledgement of exceptional achievement, and as reporter John Hopewell noted, the French-crafted film was always likely to be warmly received at a local fest.

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HBO unveils 'The Newsroom' posters


HBO unveils "The Newsroom" posters
One for each character, complete with a quote. PLUS: Spoiler: Aaron Sorkin may be ahead of the news this season, instead of two years behind.


HBO teases "True Detective" starring Woody Harrelson & Matthew McConaughey
Michelle Monaghan also stars in the serial killer drama debuting next year.


Discovery sued after a reality show's pyrotechnic disaster kills 1 woman
A rocket malfunctioned last year during filming of the military-themed "Brothers in Arms," killing Terry Flanell. Her family has filed suit against Discovery.


Charlie Sheen calls "Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham a "desperate guzzler of douche agua"
Sheen wasn't happy that Farrah leaked their private text conversations.


Eve Best exiting "Nurse Jackie"
It was her decision not to return for Season 7.


"Burn Notice" bringing back Garret Dillahunt
His character key in the Michael story will return in an episode this season.


"Real Housewives" wedding: Joanna Krupa ties the knot

The former "Dancing" star got married in a $1 million "Princess Wedding."


CBS moves "Brooklyn DA" to Saturdays

The first three episodes aired on Tuesdays.

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<p>Sting at the Songwriters Hall of Fame</p>

Sting at the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Elton John, Aerosmith, Foreigner honored at lively Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony

Hitfix takes you inside the star-studded evening with Sting, Billy Joel and more


NEW YORK—Sting sang a feisty “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” to Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm shared a stage together for the first time in a decade, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry delivered a spiky “Walk This Way” at the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies here Thursday night (14).

Sure, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is great, but many musicians say the hall they really want to join is the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It’s much less glitzy and has no museum (yet) to show off its wares, but to be considered a songwriter in the same company as greats like Bacharach & David, Leiber & Stoller, Bob Dylan, Holland/Dozier/Holland and Jimmy Webb is what many songwriters consider to be a career pinnacle.

That spirit was evident at the ceremony at New York’s Marriott Marquis. In addition to Tyler and Perry and Jones and Gramm, other inductees included songwriters Holly Knight, JD Souther, and Tony Hatch.

“For all the awards we ever got, this is the one,” Tyler said, accepting with Perry by his side. He talked about the process of songwriting, and how Perry’s “licks and leads...would tell me what to sing. It’s been a crazy ride. Music is the strongest drug there is. This [award] is the one that means everything to us.”

Similarly, John and Taupin, who received the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award,  an honor given to songwriters previously inducted in the Hall, acknowledged the giants who had come before them, who now sat right in front of them. “To be in the room with Jimmy Webb, he was our idol,” said John. “Smokey Robinson was our idol. To be in the same room fills me with humility, joy and pride. Songwriting takes you around the world. When you write a song, it’s like giving birth to a child.”  He also joked that in their 46-year partnership, he and Taupin had never fought. “We may have had an argument about what I was wearing,” he said, “but not about songs...he’s one of the loves of my life.”

In one of the evening’s most humorous speeches,  producer/songwriter Benny Blanco received the Hal David Starlight Award, which honors an up-and-coming talent. Blanco inducted by previous recipient Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, has co-written a slew of hits, including Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera’s “Moves Like Jagger,” Ke$ha’s “Die Young,” and Wiz Khalifa’s “Work Hard, Play Hard,” which Khalifa performed at the ceremony.

“I almost peed in my pants,” said Blanco, as he took the stage, joking that the award was far beyond anything he had ever aspired too. “All my life, I thought I was aiming high for McDonald’s employee of the month award.” He described songwriting as “about being yourself, spilling your guts and hoping no one locks you up for what you said. Songwriting’s a drug and I’m probably  going to smoke it until the day I die.” He shook his head, looked around, at the songwriting royalty before him and remarked his incredulity about being “in a room [with people] I should probably be serving food to.”

The highlight of the evening was a reunion between Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, which turned from slightly awkward at the acceptance podium, after being inducted by Billy Joel, to brotherly as the two performed together for the first time since Gramm left the band in 2003.

They warmed up with a well-received “Jukebox Hero,” but really hit their stride with a moving rendition, backed by a full choir, of “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Gramm, who suffered from a benign brain tumor years ago, sounded startlingly strong and clear, bringing the crowd to its feet during the song and for a long standing ovation.

Other standouts included Alison Krauss, who delivered an angelic, poignant version of Souther’s “Faithless Love,” a tune originally made famous by Linda Ronstadt, and Jordin Sparks’ moving rendition of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” which received the Towering Song Award. President Bill Clinton inducted the civil rights tune via video.

For all their songwriting prowess, honoree after honoree tried to explain the unexplainable: the magical, inexplicable alchemy that creates a song. Perhaps Souther said it best when he described songwriting is like “trying to start a car on ice...you have no idea how you did it.”

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<p>Billy Joel and Elton John at the Songwriters Hall of Fame</p>

Billy Joel and Elton John at the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Elton John and Billy Joel make up from the stage at Songwriters Hall of Fame

Could this lead to a Face to Face reconciliation?

NEW YORK—Piano men Billy Joel and Elton John, who have been bickering with each other through the press for the last two years after  more than 15 years of successfully touring together on their Face to Face outings, goodnaturedly  put their differences behind them at Thursday night’s Songwriters Hall of Fame 2013 induction ceremony in New York, even though they never spoke face to face.

“I didn't see you tonight Mr. Joel, but I love you dearly," John said from the stage, after he and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin accepted the Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor bestowed upon songwriters previously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

John left after receiving the award, presented by Sting, but on the off chance that the “Your Song” singer  was still in the crowded Marriott Marquis ballroom,  Joel responded to the olive branch when he later took the stage to induct Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm.

“Is Elton still here,” he asked. “I tried to get over to his table [but] some girl came up and said ‘Remember when you threw me in the pool?’ If he’s still here, call me. It’s the same phone number. We’re fine. It’s probably just pianist envy.”

The pair’s history goes back almost 20 years. While still touring individually, the two also began playing together off and on again starting in 1995 in a series of tremendously popular and  lucrative outings that featured them playing their own sets, as well as a set together. They last toured together in 2010.

In 2011, John complained to Rolling Stone about “so many canceled tours because of [Billy’s] illnesses and various other things, alcoholism...he’s going to hate me for this, but every time he’s gone to rehab, they’ve been rehab light. When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors.”

More recently, John said that he thought Joel, who hasn’t put out an album of new rock songs in more than 20 years because he’s afraid or too lazy to write new material. In a profile in The New York Times last month, Joel responded by saying, “That’s his opinion. I don’t do it because I don’t wanna. He tends to shoot off his mouth...Maybe he’s trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something. He’s kind of like a mom.”

Maybe now the two will actually talk face to face soon, if not Face To Face.

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<p>Merritt Wever in &quot;Nurse Jackie.&quot;</p>

Merritt Wever in "Nurse Jackie."

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Celebrating the women of 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Cougar Town' and more

Part 3 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like Maisie Williams from "Game of Thrones"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer submitting herself as supporting for a show that has her name in it). I'm also obviously limiting myself to shows where I watched enough this season to feel comfortable picking names. (I've only seen a couple of "The Middle" episodes this year, for instance, so while I assume Eden Sher was marvelous all year, I can't say it with enough conviction to put her on the list.) 

Dan's exhaustive analysis is embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>Gerald McRaney as George Hearst in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Gerald McRaney as George Hearst in "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 3: 'True Colors'

Hearst exercises his authority, and the stagecoach brings an old friend of Al's to the camp

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 3 "True Colors," coming up just as soon as the bacon has a human aftertaste...

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