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'Wicked Tuna' fish cooking tip: It's all in the Ritz - or Goldfish - crackers

27 January 2013 2:00 PM, PST

When Capt. Dave Marciano isn't piloting his boat, Hard Merchandise, from its home port of Gloucester, Mass., to the waters of the North Atlantic in search of tuna, haddock and other fish, he might be found in the kitchen at home.

"The kids seem to think I'm a pretty good cook," Marciano, who plies his trade on National Geographic Channel's Sunday hit  "Wicked Tuna" tells Zap2it. "They enjoy it when I cook."

As Marciano explains, one side benefit of the fisherman's life is being first in line for the freshest seafood possible, whether it's tuna steaks, haddock or even lobsters.

"Anytime I want seafood," he tells Zap2it, "I just need to bring whatever we caught for the day home from work."

As for specific recipes, Marciano shares one from his Grandma Angie, an Italian immigrant who encouraged the young fisherman -- the first in the profession from »

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SAG Awards 2013: Jewelers help celebrities bring out the bling

27 January 2013 1:00 PM, PST

It seems almost quaint compared to today's practices, where actresses have designers offering gowns, jewelers lending baubles and stylists pulling looks together.

Once, however, it was simpler. Major stars, those who hoisted statuettes by night's end, arrived at galas in homemade dresses and wore their own jewelry. Joanne Woodward was stunning in a gown she sewed for the Oscars. To this day, anyone would clamor for Elizabeth Taylor's diamonds.

As styles became grander, so have the jewels, and viewers tune into shows such as the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, airing Sunday, Jan. 27, on TBS and TNT, to see the displays.

Henri Barguirdjian, president and CEO of Graff USA, a luxury jewelry company, explains why some jewelers lend pieces.

"So many people are watching the shows, whether the SAG [Awards] or the Oscars," he tells Zap2it. "And they are jammed with celebrities. The fashion houses and the jewelry »

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'House of Lies' Don Cheadle: 'It's a blur'

27 January 2013 12:00 PM, PST

Zap2it: With the fast-paced nature of "House of Lies," how many script pages do you go through per day?

Don Cheadle: Well, it depends. We've done as many as seven to nine pages, which can be ridiculous. I guess the average day would be five pages, but it can be more. It's a blur. We're sometimes shooting three episodes at a time.

Zap2it: What do you think the effect of that pace is?

Don Cheadle: One of the comments I get back a lot on the show is, "It seems like it's over before it starts." It's definitely something that's different from what I've done before in a popular sort of vein.

Obviously, I haven't played a character like this week in, week out. I've played characters who definitely have had some of the same aspects, but not as condensed and not as full-throttle.

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SAG Awards 2013 and Carl Reiner honor Dick Van Dyke

27 January 2013 11:00 AM, PST

Of Dick Van Dyke's many talents, the most remarkable may be the moment you think about him, you smile.

The affable actor, singer and dancer has that effect on audiences. His colleagues think highly of him, too. They're bestowing upon him the Life Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, airing live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 27.

Although his former co-star Mary Tyler Moore took this honor last year, Van Dyke says, "It never occurred to me I might be next. It was a total surprise to me. I found out a couple of months ago. They told me, and I just couldn't believe it. It was another surprise in a career of surprises."

Few people realize that Van Dyke, 87, started with Walter Cronkite. Van Dyke wouldn't come right out and say he was proud of his career, which continues with his singing quartet, The Vantastix. »

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'Saturday Night Live' highlights: Yolo, Adam Levine's chest and 'Catfish'

27 January 2013 9:37 AM, PST

Adam Levine -- Maroon 5 singer, "Voice" judge, "American Horror Story" sacrificial lamb and generally hot guy -- hosted "Saturday Night Live" this week. While not all of the sketches were perfect, there were a few highlights. And not all of them were the sight of Adam Levine's bare chest.

But that was indeed one of them. Levine's opening monologue featured a few special guests (Jerry Seinfeld, Cameron Diaz, Adam Samberg) and a bunch of "The Voice" references. Most of it was pleasant enough if not entirely memorable. The sight of the "SNL" host's shirtless, tattooed body, however, was impossible to forget. In a good way.

If you want to just watch the important part, move the video forward to the 5:05 mark.

Because Samberg was back anyway -- and because the show had a singer for a host -- Lonely Island and the "SNL" digital short returned for »

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2013 Producers Guild Award winners: 'Argo,' 'Homeland,' 'Modern Family' and more

26 January 2013 10:44 PM, PST

The Producers Guild Awards were awarded on Saturday (Jan. 26). Often considered the precursor to the Academy Awards, both the television and movie producing awards were handed out at the Beverly Hilton.

Among the big award winners of the night were "Argo," "Homeland," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Modern Family" and "The Colbert Report."

Check out the full listing of winners here.

Special awards

Norman Lear Achievement Award

J.J. Abrams, presented by Jennifer Garner

Stanley Kramer Award

"Bully," producers Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen, presented by Bradley Cooper

David O. Selznick Achievement Award

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, presented by Anne Hathaway

Visionary Award

Russell Simmons, presented by LL Cool J

TV awards

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama

"Homeland" (Showtime)

Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, »

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'The Bachelorette' winner Jef Holm is single after split from Katianna Bear

26 January 2013 1:49 PM, PST

Jef Holm, the former winner of "The Bachelorette," is single yet again.

Holm, the 26-year-old entrepreneur who won the heart of Emily Maynard last year, has split from his girlfriend, Katianna Bear. Spotted in Park City, Utah for some Sundance film festival partying, the star of "The Bachelorette" Season 8 confirmed to Wetpaint.com that his rebound relationship was over.

According to reports, the split between Holm and Bear was amicable and that it was simply time to end the relationship. The two started dating after Jef Holm and Emily Maynard ended their post-"Bachelorette" engagement in October 2012. During his "Bachelorette" season, Holm surprised many by winning the heart and hand of single-mom Maynard. One of his competitors, Sean Lowe, is currently starring in his own season of "The Bachelor."

Based on the man's activities at Sundance, there was no heartbreak to worry about. Holm was seen out at nightclubs and gifting suites, »

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'Ben and Kate' officially canceled by Fox

26 January 2013 1:30 PM, PST

Production has shut down on "Ben and Kate." Just days after the comedy was pulled from the Fox winter schedule, 20th Century Fox Television made the decision to officially cancel the show.

The decision ended up being swift and very final for the critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged comedy.

Although the show had an 18-episode order from the network, production closed abruptly on Friday (Jan. 25), partway through what would have been the 16th episode. The remaining two episodes of the order will not go into production, and there will be no further filming of the current one.

Earlier in the same week, Fox removed the show from its Tuesday-night time-slot, scheduling extra episodes of "Raising Hope" and "New Girl" in its place through the end of February. "Hell's Kitchen" will take over the slot following that. There is no indication of when the un-aired episodes of "Ben and Kate" might appear. »

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ABC orders pilots from David Shore, Sofia Vergara and Kyle Killen

26 January 2013 1:07 PM, PST

The pilots just keep on coming into the weekend. On Friday (Jan. 25) ABC ordered pilot production to go forward on projects produced by Kyle Killen ("Awake," "Lone Star"), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family") and David Shore ("House").

Kyle Killen's new drama pilot, "Influence," is a workplace drama centered on two brothers -- one a bipolar, genius psychologist and the other an ex-con -- who head an agency that solves problems using the science of human motivation and manipulation. Killen will both write and executive produce the pilot.

"Killer Women" is based on the Argentine soap series, "Mujeres Asesinas," and will be produced by Vergara, Ben Silverman, Martin Campbell, Luis Balaguer and Hannah Shakespeare (who also wrote the pilot script). The show will focus on Molly Parker, a tough and beautiful woman who happens to be the only female Texas Ranger.

"Doubt" is a legal drama written and produced by David Shore. »

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TV ratings: CBS repeats win the night, while 'Kitchen Nightmares' grows

26 January 2013 11:05 AM, PST

Fast National ratings for Friday, Jan. 26, 2013.

Most Friday-night shows were in repeats this week, but that didn't stop CBS from taking a win over its rivals. Even new fare on Fox and The CW couldn't compete with their rival's rerun domination.

Even with this win, however, ratings were down almost across the board on the networks. Without original programming (other than news programming), CBS, NBC and ABC all lost numbers from the week before. The CW did get a slight uptick during the 9pm hour, when slightly more viewers tuned in for a "Carrie Diaries" repeat than had watched a "Beauty and the Beast" rerun a week earlier.

Fox had the lone real gain of the night, thanks to a new "Kitchen Nightmares" facing off against pretty much nothing. The show posted a 0.5 million gain in ratings over the series finale of "Fringe" the week before.

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'The Americans': Watch the thrilling opening titles in both Russian and English

25 January 2013 8:19 PM, PST

"The Americans," a period drama set in the Cold-War years of the early 1980s, starts its run on Wednesday (Jan. 30). Get into the spirit of things with the opening credits for the show.

Starring Keri Russell ("Felicity") and Matthew Rhys ("Brothers and Sisters"), "The Americans" focuses on a nice, normal, suburban husband and wife who just happen to be Kgb spies. They have to execute counterspies and sneak around Washington while cooking brownies and pretending to be travel agents. Also, their neighbor happens to be a member of the FBI counter-intelligence agency.

The opening sequence reflects this duality perfectly. Images of wholesome, apple pie-style Americana are intercut with visions of the Cold War and icons or the old Soviet Union. As an added bonus, many of the names in the credits are written first in Russian and only later in English.

And there's even a shot of the old video game, »

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'Smash' Season 2: Ellis will return... somehow

25 January 2013 6:57 PM, PST

Is Ellis really going to return to "Smash" when the musical-theater drama returns for season 2? Most fans were elated to learn that this most despised of characters was done after a single season. So how does Ellis Boyd (Jaime Cepero) make his return?

The answer may lie in the past.

Josh Safran, the new "Smash" showrunner was quoted by TVLine as saying, "Ellis may return, but not necessarily in the present."

Assuming that "Smash" isn't going all sci-fi on us with a jump to the future, a non-present appearance indicates that Ellis will be seen in some past event. Will there be flashbacks? Dream (or, in this case, nightmare) sequences? Will we see the man as an assistant again, or does he have some other role to play.

The character of Ellis was one of many aspects of "Smash" that was changed after the end of its first season. After a long hiatus, »

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'Community' video: Are you ready for a Thursday night dance remix?

25 January 2013 6:17 PM, PST

You had better hope you're ready, because that's what we have. Now that "Community" seems certain to actually return for season 4 on February 7, NBC is ready to promote the show's spot on Thursday nights.

Granted, Thursday was always "Community" night. That was half of the problem, considering the competition in that time slot. After so long off the air, however, it's probably good to remind people.

And there is no way you could possibly forget that "Community" will air on Thursdays after watching this video.

Like other "Community" videos before it, this one was created using lines from past episodes, combined with auto-tuning, some creative mixing and a music track. The result is enough to make any fan of the show get up and dance. Non-fans of the show will probably just be confused. But they probably would be confused anyway, so don't worry about that.

Some highlights:

The return »

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'New Girl': Steve Howey cast as a love interest for Jess

25 January 2013 5:58 PM, PST

"Shameless" actor Steve Howey has been cast as a possible love interest for Jess (Zooey Deschanel) on "New Girl." But can this big, handsome man truly be the love Jess is looking for?

Howey is best known for playing Kevin Ball on Showtime's "Shameless" and Van Montgomery on "Reba." He will appear in an upcoming episode as Jax McTavish, a professional football player who comes into the roommates' lives after Winston (Lamorne Morris) interviews him at work (as first reported by TVLine). Jax, apparently a somewhat intense young man, then comes to the loft where Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Nick (Jake Johnson) are celebrating 10 years of living together.

It's at this party that Jess and Jax first meet.

Jax is but one in a long line of suitors who basically exist to keep Jess and Nick apart for just a little longer. When last we saw Miss Day, for example, »

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Tavi Gevinson gives Stephen Colbert a One Direction skinny jeans makeover

25 January 2013 4:56 PM, PST

Child fashion prodigy and Rookie magazine publisher Tavi Gevinson is now the youngest guest to appear on "The Colbert Report."

The 16-year-old blogger and fashion industry darling paid a visit to Stephen Colbert to explain how she manages high school English homework while running a magazine and, more importantly, to give Colbert a makeover.

The segment was not short on charm, with Colbert offering to write a guest piece for Rookie. "I was thinking of writing a column from the point of view of a 48-year-old dad," says Colbert. "It's called 'You're Not Wearing That.'"

Tavi shared her own expertise by taking Stephen through a range of proposed makeover options, including the "Tortured Artist," a shirtless look that got plenty of hoots and hollers from the live audience.

Another look had the host channeling Harry Styles. "There were some really great photos of the members of One Direction modeling puppies, »

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Pilot news: J.J. Abrams' robot cops, a James Caan comedy, juvenile delinquents from space and more

25 January 2013 4:33 PM, PST

Pilot season continued in full force on Friday (Jan. 25), with several new dramas and comedies ordered by the networks. Among them are two pilots from J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Fringe," "Star Trek," "Star Wars," etc.), a dystopian drama called "The Hundred," a show about an assassin family from John Wells, and a comedy starring James Caan.

Fox got the first of the J.J. Abrams pilots: an untitled project that is a buddy cop show set in the near future when Lapd officers are paired with human-like androids. J.H. Wyman ("Fringe") wrote and executive produced the pilot. Abrams and Bryan Burke will executive produce.

The second Abrams pilot, "Believe," has been ordered by NBC and was written/produced by Alfonso Cuaron ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban") and Mark Friedman, with Abrams and Burke again executive producing. This show focuses on an unlikely friendship between a supernaturally gifted young girl and »

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'The Bachelor': Tierra's meltdown, Amanda's possible broken jaw and Selma's no-kissing rule

25 January 2013 3:53 PM, PST

On the next "Bachelor" episode, the roller derby date turns dangerous for Amanda. In the above clip, she takes a tumble right onto her face. An ambulance is called and one of the staff members thinks she could have a broken jaw.

Meanwhile, Selma gets a solo date with Sean and he is totally smitten. He wants to kiss her and she wants to kiss him, but she says, "I can't kiss you." We wonder if Selma has a no-kissing rule until later in the process? What's that all about?

And finally, Tierra has her meltdown -- "Wy should I be tortured every day and live life uneasy? ... I am breaking down inside ... I can't be tortured like this." Yes, it's so torturous on this show. We're talking Gitmo-level torture, y'all.

"The Bachelor" airs Monday nights sat 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC.


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'Under the Dome': Britt Robertson of 'The Secret Circle' cast as Angie in the Stephen King show

25 January 2013 3:22 PM, PST

The town in "Under the Dome" is starting to fill up. The latest casting news about the CBS summer show (which comes from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King) is that Britt Robertson will play the role of Angie.

The star of "The Secret Circle" and "Life Unexpected," Robertson's new character is a pretty, young waitress. Angie has always dreamed of leaving her small town of Chester's Mill and studying to become a nurse. That is most likely not going to happen once the events of the TV show begin.

Robertson join a few other parts that have been cast for the series. Alexander Koch will play the role of Junior Rennie, the disturbed young man who loves Angie, Natalie Martinez ("Detroit 1-8-7") is Linda, a sheriff's deputy desperate to keep order, and Colin Ford ("Supernatural") will play an intelligent teen in the town.

"Under the Dome" will air on CBS »

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Sarah Palin is no longer with Fox News

25 January 2013 2:56 PM, PST

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Fox News have parted ways.

Palin, who last appeared on the channel in December, didn't renew her contract with Fox News, The New York Times reports. Or Fox News decided not to renew her -- it's unclear whether Palin or Fox decided to break off their relationship, or if it was mutual.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin," Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming at Fox News, says in a statement. "We wish her the best in her future endeavors."

Palin hasn't commented on her departure. She joined Fox News in 2010 and appeared on various programs as a commentator. »

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'Bering Sea Gold': Emily Riedel struggles to balance her various passions

25 January 2013 2:00 PM, PST

The next time you read an improbable plot twist in a novel and say, "Oh, please, that could never happen!" remember Emily Riedel of Discovery Channel's Friday reality hit, "Bering Sea Gold."

The 24-year-old, born on the Fourth of July in Alaska, has been studying operatic singing in Vienna and wants to complete her master's degree in fine arts. But like all of us in this economy, she needs some money. So she went to work for her childhood friend and followed in her eccentric father's footsteps, diving in Alaska's Bering Sea to suck up gold from the ocean floor.

"A couple of years ago," she says, "my life was all about the pursuit of opera and the pursuit of music. I thought of myself as an artist. It still is about that. I went up to Nome, and I wanted to earn some money in a very creative way, »

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