'The Sound of Music Live' wasn't a travesty, but Carrie Underwood can't act

"The Sound of Music Live" wasn't a travesty, but Carrie Underwood can't act
The "Idol" alum sure could sing. But, says Hank Stuever, "When Underwood spoke her lines, she was as flat as the label on a Swiss Miss package of cocoa." Even Stephen Moyer struggled in this unusual format. PLUS: NBC's gamble paid off, give NBC credit for tackling the challenge, and "Vampire Von Trapp" alternated between German and English accents while Underwood spoke in a Southern accent.

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler attempt to sing in their first Golden Globes promo
Here's a preview of their "opening song."

DiGiorno tried to sell pizzas by live-tweeting "The Sound of Music Live"
"DOUGH a crust an unbaked crust RAY, a guy that likes pizza ME a pizza liked by a guy named ray FAH no idea what fah is SO so LA a city T tee."

Regina King joins "The Strain"

She'll play the manager of a rock star on the FX Guillermo Del Toro series.

Watch Paul Rudd's "SNL" promos with One Direction
Or as Rudd says, "The band I used to be in but was unceremoniously asked to leave."

You can now buy a "Breaking Bad" snow globe

With blue crystals that land on an RV when you shake it.

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Brian Griffin will still be on 'Family Guy,' despite his TV death

Brian Griffin will still be on "Family Guy," despite his TV death
According to Entertainment Weekly, Brian will resurface on the Dec. 15 episode.

PBS posts "Frontline's" 1999 look at the life of Nelson Mandela
The film "The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela" is now online for the first time. PLUS: TV networks aren't changing their primetime lineups for Mandela, and Danny Glover played Mandela in a 1987 HBO movie.

Alec Baldwin is going back to TV for 1 night, thanks to TCM
On Jan. 6, Baldwin will interview Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne for "Private Screenings."

HBO taps Esai Morales to play the president of the United States
He'll star in the HBO comedy pilot "The Brink."

"Mob City" attracts a modest viewership

Just 2.3 million tuned in for the first night of the noir miniseries.

Iran state TV attacks Jon Stewart -- then copies him
Iran’s state broadcaster recently devoted six minutes to attacking Stewart's upcoming film "Rosewater." Yet another report on the same channel uses some of Stewart's "Daily Show" tactics to mock the media.

Play "The Sound of Music Live" drinking game
Take two sips every time someone's accent falters.

Dreama Walker to star in "The Grim Sleeper" on Lifetime

The film will focus on L.A.'s notorious "grim sleeper" killer.

"Billy on the Street" nabs Lindsay Lohan and Lena Dunham
Season 3 of Billy Eichner's game show will also feature Olivia Wilde, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Joel McHale, Paul Rudd and Neil Patrick Harris.

"Lost" alum Rebecca Mader joins "Once Upon a Time"

She'll play the latest Big Bad.

What are the Top 10 episodes of 2013?
"Breaking Bad" is No. 1.

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Nelson Mandela dies: ESPN preempts programming to pay tribute

Nelson Mandela dies: ESPN preempts programming to pay tribute

After news broke of Mandela's death at age 95, ESPN moved signature program "Pardon the Interruption" to ESPN2 so ESPN could cover Mandela's death from a sports perspective. ESPN also had Bob Ley delve into Mandela's legacy.

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Dianna Agron is on board for 'Glee's' 100th episode

Dianna Agron is on board for "Glee's" 100th episode

Agron, who was conspicuously absent from the Cory Monteith tribute episode is "IN" for the "Glee" 100th, Ryan Murphy tweeted.

"SNL's" Nasim Pedrad and Elliott Gould rejoin "Mulaney"
The Fox comedy project starring former "SNL" writer John Mulaney is retaining Pedrad and Gould, who were in the original NBC pilot.

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Walmart ads will sing 'Sound of Music' songs during tonight's live musical

Walmart ads will sing "Sound of Music" songs during tonight's live musical
The ads will feature a family of 12 children doing activities while singing songs from the musical.

"Breaking Bad" and Netflix score big in Writers Guild Award nominations
Netflix's decision to submit "Orange is the New Black" as a comedy paid off as the video company earned five nominations between "Orange" and "House of Cards."

Pam Grier eyes an action TV series
Entertainment One is working with Grier on a domestic terrorism drama project.

"Sex Sent Me to the ER" coming to Discovery Fit & Health
The four-part January special will have physicians and patients recounting "jaw-dropping" stories of sexual injuries.

President Obama jokes he'd like to host "SportsCenter" when he retires
"At least I know what I want to do when I retire … host ESPN 'SportsCenter's' Top 10 list," the president quipped to Disney CEO Robert Iger, who oversees ESPN.

Esquire Network orders "Friday Night Tykes"
The reality show will document 8- and 9-year-old football players in San Antonio.

Amy Robach will work on "GMA" while she undergoes chemotherapy

This morning, she said, "now I'm feeling really good. Physically, I'm doing remarkably well, but mentally, it's another challenge."

Check out HBO's black and white stylized "True Detective" poster
"Touch Darkness and Darkness Touches You Back."

Ryan Murphy talks Kathy Bates' stunning "American Horror Story" scene
The follow-up to last night's episode, he says, is "one of my favorite things we've ever done."

"Downton Abbey's" Carson plays a dark Santa for a Greenpeace ad
Watch Jim Carter's interpretation of Santa Claus.

"Orphan Black" Season 2: What to expect

Here's the first image from the new season.

Gordon Ramsay takes on the Swedish Chef
Watch an all-new "Muppisode" featuring the "Hell's Kitchen star, along with Beaker and Sweetums.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the trailer for his new "HitRECord on TV" show
The half-hour Pivot variety show premieres on Jan. 18.

Keri Russell separates from her husband

"The Americans" star, who was burglarized yesterday, is making news again with her separation. Russell has two children with her husband of nearly seven years, Shane Deary.

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E! orders 'Botched,' a bad plastic surgery reality show

E! orders "Botched," a bad plastic surgery reality show
"Botched" aims to correct bad plastic surgery, from, as E! puts it, "frightening facelifts, shockingly bad boob and hideous nose jobs, to devastating tummy tucks and lopsided butt lifts."

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The Flash helps boost 'Arrow's' Ratings

The Flash helps boost "Arrow's" Ratings

The introduction of Barry Allen was the season's most-watched episode. PLUS: "Modern Family" hits a season low.

Benedict Cumberbatch gives a dramatic reading of R. Kelly lyrics
Cumberbatch tackled "Genius" for Jimmy Kimmel. PLUS: Cumberbatch is "The Cumberbatchelor."

Kristin Chenoweth added to "Glee's" 100th episode
Ryan Murphy tweeted that April Rhodes will return.

Houston "Scandal" fans are upset they have to wait till 12:45 AM to watch tonight's episode
Tonight's NFL Network game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars
is being simulcast on Houston's ABC affiliate, per NFL rules requiring cable games to air on local TV.

Chris Elliott will guest on "Community"
He'll play Greendale Community College's disgraced founder.

Conan auditions for TV commercials
He wants in on the "lucrative IHOP spokesman racket."

"The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!" star dies
Danny Wells, 72, played Luigi in the live-action 1989 series.

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Real sports news forces ESPN to scrap Ron Burgundy's 'SportsCenter' stunt

Real sports news forces ESPN to scrap Ron Burgundy's "SportsCenter" stunt
The "Anchorman" star was set to co-host Thursday's 6 pm ET "SportsCenter" -- until a Florida attorney scheduled a press conference four hours earlier in the Florida State QB Jameis Winston sexual assault investigation. PLUS: Ron Burgundy will be on NBC Sports Network for 4 hours Thursday.

Russell Simmons teams with John Singleton for HBO's "Club Life: Miami"
The duo are developing a drama on the South Beach scene, through the eyes of a reformed criminal.

History channel developing a "Jamestown" colonial miniseries
The 1607-set miniseries will explore the first permanent English settlement in America.

Viewers are watching more TV than ever, thanks to Video on Demand
Live TV viewing may be down, but VOD viewing is up.

See Matthew Perry & Courteney Cox together again, on the "Cougar Town" set
It's been nearly 10 years since they got married on "Friends."

"SNL" newbie Noël Wells was named after Christmas
Wells was born two days before Christmas in 1986. PLUS: Vanessa Bayer on "SNL" sleeping habits.

"True Blood's" Joe Manganiello recalls when he was a homeless alcoholic
"My life was ruined," Manganiello says of his drinking problem, which ended 11 years go.

Look at Juan Pablo's "Bachelor" bachelorettes
The show has posted their images and profiles on Facebook.

Northern Ireland to use "Game of Thrones" in new tourism campaign

Says Northern Ireland's tourism minister: "In order to attract new and repeat visitors, Tourism Ireland will be seeking to capitalize on the huge popularity of 'Game of Thrones.'"

Will "Glee" screw up Heather Morris' return?

Ryan Murphy hasn't always done right by Brittany S. Pierce.

"Arrow" is like a live-action motion comic
As tonight's episode introduces The Flash, it's time to praise the look, feel and direction of the CW series -- which puts other action shows to shame.

"Ferris Bueller's" Alan Ruck joins USA's "Novice"
He'll play Shane Coffey's dad in the series about a guy who moves back home and joins a Korean crime syndicate.

"The Real World's" San Francisco house used to be a ballroom
See images from the former concert venue the Avalon Ballroom.

Check out new "Sherlock" pics

Here's your first glimpse of Season 3.

Happy 40th birthday, Tyra Banks!
The "America's Next Top Model" star enters her 40s today.

Go on a tour of the real "Alpha House"
Three Democratic U.S. senators gave CNN a tour of what they call the "Omega House."

"Kirstie" isn't great, but it's perfect for TV Land

Kirstie Alley's new comedy is moldy, but the acting is quite professional and gets the job done.  PLUS: It is neither good nor terrible.

"Mob City" desperately wants to be noir
Frank Darabont's 1947-set TNT miniseries delivers on his intent to pay tribute to film noir. "The problem," says Tim Goodman, "is that once the audience knows something like 'Mob City' is going to be a slavish devotion to the genre, then the clichés of noir end up being the defining feature and not so much the story. And that seems like a lost opportunity." PLUS: "Mob City" is "an almost exuberant rifling of noir staples," it's a satisfying trip back in time, Frank Darabont talks about his obsession with noir, and Jon Bernthal on playing an LAPD detective.

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Lance Reddick joins 'American Horror Story'

Lance Reddick joins "American Horror Story"
The "Fringe" alum will play Papa Legba when "Coven" returns in January.

"Weeds"/"Orange is the New Black" creator Jenji Kohan sets up a Salem project at HBO
Kohan is working on a project revolving around the intolerant Salem period.

Syfy orders "Dominion" based on the "Legion" film
Christopher Egan,  Anthony Stewart Head, Luke Allen-Gale, Alan Dale and Roxanne McKee will star in a serious about a rebellious soldier set 25 years in the future.

Check out Paul Giamatti on "Downton Abbey"
He plays Lady Grantham's brother in the Christmas special.

TV Land renews "The Soul Man"
Cedric “The Entertainer will be back for a 3rd season.

HBO to air Billy Crystal's "700 Sundays" stage show
Crystal will play numerous characters in the autobiographical play.

Tom Everett Scott joins "Beauty and the Beast"
He'll recur as a brilliant archaeologist with a short fuse.

"Once Upon a Time" casts Rapunzel
"The Originals" alum Alexandra Metz will make her debut as Rapunzel in Episode 14.

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Perez Hilton is set to star in 'Gay Dads of New York'

Perez Hilton is set to star in "Gay Dads of New York"

Bunim-Murray is producing the reality show about a group of gay dads in New York City. It has yet to find a network home.

Ryan Murphy announces which "Glee" originals will return for Episode 100
So far, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Harry Shum Jr. have signed on for the special episode.

Eddie Izzard inks talent deal with NBC

The British comedian hopes to get his own TV show.

"The Biggest Loser" wants more celebs after Ruben Studdard boosts ratings

Ruben was a "dream contestant," but finding other celebrities has been tough.

HBO may reboot "Real Sex"

The long-running documentary series, which ended in 2008, is coming back as a pilot on Jan. 2 titled "SEX // NOW."

"The Bachelor" reveals details of Juan Pablo's 27 bachelorettes

This season includes bachelorettes whose occupations include "free spirit" and "dog lover."

IFC to show more chapters of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet"
Chapter 34 and more are coming in 2014.

Conan discovers a secret message in the Kardashian Christmas Card
What is hidden in their elaborate card?

"Team Nigella" graffiti found in London
Check out the massive graffiti in support of Nigella Lawson.

Watch McKayla Maroney on "Bones"

The Olympic gold medal gymnast flips out during her guest appearance.

NFL will have a game kick off next year at 9:30 AM ET, 6:30 AM PT

The Detroit Lions-Atlanta Falcons game from London next season will be shown nationally in what is believed to be the earliest NFL kickoff time.

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