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Grammys 2013: Ne-Yo to be a new judge on 'The X Factor'?

10 February 2013 3:56 PM, PST

With Britney Spears and L.A. Reid done with "The X Factor," the big question is who will fill their shoes. Judging by his response to Ryan Seacrest at the 55th Grammy Awards, Ne-Yo might be one of the new judges on the show.

"It's conversation. Nothing is set in stone right yet. It's talks," he told Seacrest on the red carpet after much hedging.

That's a lot less than what he said the last time "The X Factor" judging opportunity was brought up. During a January interview with That Grape Juice, Ne-Yo confirmed that he's been courted for the role.

"There've been a few conversations, but nothing is set in stone," he said. "There's been a few lunches and dinners (laughs) but that's all I can say right now." »

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'Once Upon a Time' Season 2 shows no sophomore slump

10 February 2013 2:30 PM, PST

"Once Upon a Time" was one of my favorite new shows of the fall of 2011. Fairytales are a fertile ground from which to mine stories and I loved the way "Ouat" combined characters from different tales in what the creators termed "mash-ups."

Furthermore, I found myself so glad to see a show on TV that a family could enjoy together. So many shows nowadays are either for children or for adults -- very few are for both. Sure, adults can watch children's shows, but they aren't exactly drama-filled fare. And certainly children should not be enjoying "Mad Men" or "Homeland" with their parents.

Along came "Ouat," which offered exciting drama and compelling characters that was also completely family-friendly TV. It was a big hit in my house.

However, I was a bit worried when the first season ended with the curse being broken. A big storyline like that being resolved »

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'The Walking Dead's' Steve Yeun: Creator Robert Kirkman 'should be dead' or at least a zombie

10 February 2013 2:00 PM, PST

When Steven Yeun's character, Glenn Rhee, first appeared on "The Walking Dead," he was a smart-aleck pizza deliveryman who used his encyclopedic knowledge of Atlanta to save his comrades from hungry zombies. Not that it earned him much respect.

As the AMC hit drama's third season resumes Sunday, Feb. 10, Glenn has evolved from a flaky kid into a mental and physical warrior, thanks to the love of a good woman and the knowledge that he's capable of more than scrambling through sewers.

"The second season was Glenn realizing what his true purpose was and what it means to survive in that type of situation," Yeun tells Zap2it of the "Dead" zombie apocalypse scenario. "It's mainly to live for another person, or other people. And as Steven, the actor, I found more understanding of what my purpose was and how to play this character. The third season is both of us actualizing it. »

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Grammy Awards 2013: Carrie Underwood keeps on being 'Blown Away'

10 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST

"Blown Away" is an apt title for the song that Carrie Underwood has scored her two latest Grammy nominations for.

The music superstar has earned five of the honors since winning the fourth season of "American Idol," and she says she's thrilled to be in the running again for her most recent CD's title cut, nominated for best country solo performance and best country song. She'll also perform when CBS televises the 55th Annual Grammy Awards from Los Angeles' Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10.

"It's the Grammys!," the friendly Underwood tells Zap2it. "Those are something you learn about when you're a kid, before you even realize exactly what they are. Growing up watching them and seeing all kinds of music coming together for one night to celebrate a great year, it's a cool thing to be a part of now. It's just fun to be there and to be a part of history. »

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William H. Macy a 'Shameless' Jack White fan and 'Shameless'-ly bad carpenter

10 February 2013 11:00 AM, PST

Zap2it: What bands do you like?

William H. Macy: In the classic age of rock 'n' roll, I was everything from the Band to Zeppelin -- all of it. I was very eclectic. I liked it all, and some weird stuff. And then I didn't listen to a lot of music, all through disco and that stuff, and then I'm relatively out of it. And then I went through a period when I listened to only children's music. That was about six years, or four years.

Zap2it: At the beginning of fatherhood, obviously.

William H. Macy: No, I never had any kids. I just got into children's music. No, I'm kidding. So what am I listening to now? My standbys: Randy Newman, greatest thing that ever happened; Paul Simon, the other greatest thing that ever happened. Love Paul McCartney, so sue me. Other stuff: Wilco I like. »

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SNL mocks Super Bowl blackout in opening sketch

10 February 2013 10:30 AM, PST

For the opening sketch during the Feb. 9 episode of "Saturday Night Live," the late-night comedy show took the opportunity to mock the Super Bowl power outage, which delayed the big game last weekend for over a half hour.

The "SNL" regulars were skewering the NFL broadcasters, who had to vamp for a pretty long time during the blackout. There wasn't much to discuss and there were only so many times they could throw to commercial.

In the spoof, the Dan Marino love child mention was pretty good, but Jay Pharaoh as Shannon Sharpe made the funniest quip when he said, "Ray Lewis knows who killed those people because it was him."

If that had actually happened during the real broadcast, that would have been amazing. But we aren't sure this sketch has anything on the funny tweets happening during the actual blackout. »

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'Saturday Night Live': Justin Bieber sends Hillary Clinton racy pictures and more highlights

10 February 2013 8:19 AM, PST

We have to admit -- we thought since Justin Bieber seems to have a pretty great sense of humor about himself that his "Saturday Night Live" appearance would be funny. Alas, he was not handed the best stuff to work with.

However, there were a few gems, so we've got video highlights for you.

Bieber's monologue, celebrating Valetine's Day and Black History Month, was pretty funny, as was his Valentine's Day message (the Hillary Clinton thing was very startling and therefore very funny). "SNL" also did a very commercial for Bravo shows.

Weekend Update had a few good jokes and a funny bit with Kenan Thompson as the Only Black Guy in Every Commercial. The "Grease" send-up made us laugh. The protective older brother sketch didn't really tickle our funny bone -- until Taran Killam got so into it that Bieber started giggling. It always makes us laugh when one »

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'Saturday Night Live' with Justin Bieber live blog: Follow along with us, Beliebers!

9 February 2013 7:59 PM, PST

Justin Bieber is hosting "Saturday Night Live" tonight (Feb. 9) -- but not only that, he's also the musical guest, making him one of only 29 people to have simultaneously hosted and been the musical guest for an episode of "SNL."

Follow along with us here starting at 11:30 p.m. Et/Pt as we live-blog Bieber's appearance on the show. He was the musical guest once before in 2010 and made a cameo as Tina Fey's student in a kind of creepy sketch.

How do you think Bieber will do? All times Eastern.

11:29 -- We kick things off with a Super Bowl power outage opening sketch, with the "broadcasters" riffing during the blackout when they really don't have anything to talk about. Ummm ... if this is an indication of how funny the episode will be, we're in trouble. Bring on Bieber!

11:34 -- Dan Marino's love child discussion made »

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Christina Ricci is 'Girlfriend in a Coma'; 'Breaking Bad' alum gets a 'Bloodline'

9 February 2013 11:40 AM, PST

The latest news for the 2013-14 pilot season.

Christina Ricci, most recently of "Pan Am" and a guest-starring turn on "The Good Wife," has landed the title role in "Girlfriend in a Coma." The show centers on Karen, a woman who awakens from a coma to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter she didn't know she was pregnant with when she went into the coma. [EW]

"Breaking Bad's" Jonathan Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut on the AMC drama, has lined up another role. He'll star in "Bloodline," an NBC drama about an orphan who is stuck between two families, one of murderers and one of mercenaries. Banks will play the head of the family of mercenaries. [TV Line]

"Friday Night Lights" alum Aimee Teegarden has been cast as Emery, the main character in the CW pilot "Oxygen." Teegarden's character is a human high school student who falls in love with one »

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TV Ratings: 'The Job' and 'Touch' premiere soft for CBS and Fox, respectively

9 February 2013 8:58 AM, PST

Fast National ratings for Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

"The Job" premiered to half of what "Undercover Boss" earned in the same time slot a week ago, with a rather anemic 4 million viewers. CBS still won the night, but not by as large a margin as it usually does.

In other premieres, "Touch" was back, but only to the tune of 3.77 million viewers. That's down considerably from its first season premiere, though it's up from the Season 1 finale. Still, not great numbers for the Kiefer Sutherland drama.

The Eye averaged 8.2 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/9 share in households on the night, but that only beat second-place NBC by less than 2 million viewers. The Peacock earned 6.5 million viewers and a 4.5/7. ABC was right behind with 6 million viewers and a 3.9/6, while Fox trailed at 3.8 million viewers and a 2.4/4. The CW was fifth at just over 1 million viewers and a 0.6/1.

In adults 18-49, ABC led the »

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'Community' ratings rise for Season 4: Wait, what?

8 February 2013 8:40 PM, PST

"Community" saw a ratings increase for the Season 4 premiere. Seriously.

Sometimes, the ratings surprise us. That makes sense, considering that virtually none of us (including me) understand exactly how these silly things work. But there are reasons why "Community" should have had its ratings rise for the premiere. Here are four such reasons.

It's not that much of an increase.

Although any increase in audience numbers is a good thing, the jump seen for the Season 4 premiere wasn't all that big. The total number of viewers increased by only 6 percent over the Season 3 premiere in 2011.

On the other hand, the competition wasn't as strong then either. "The Big Bang Theory" had yet to reach its recent, epic numbers at that point, and "American Idol" wasn't even on the air. So maybe "Community"s 4 million viewers are a good sign.

The audience is actually pretty big.

At this point, everyone knows »

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Justin Bieber on 'Saturday Night Live': Watch a promo video for this host and musical guest

8 February 2013 4:33 PM, PST

On Saturday (Feb. 9), Justin Bieber will join a rarified group of celebrities who have been both the host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live." You will have to wait for the show to find out what sort of mockery and silliness The Biebs will give us, but you can watch a promo for the episode now.

Hopefully, it will be enough to treat your Bieber Fever.

Justin Bieber appears with "SNL" star Jason Sudeikis in three short bits meant to promote the upcoming episode. Each one has the same basic format: Bieber and Sudeikis stand on a mostly empty stage while Justin gives his quick and unadorned intro.

It only gets really interesting after that. The variety in the videos comes mainly from Sudeikis' reactions to the teenage dream standing next to him. Most of the responses have to do with Bieber Fever. The best version of the promo »

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'Duck Dynasty': Willie Robertson says the Super Bowl blackout was 'weird for me'

8 February 2013 4:02 PM, PST

As a result of being one of the stars of A&E's hit reality series "Duck Dynasty" -- running as a marathon tonight (Friday, Feb. 8) and returning with new episodes on Feb. 27 -- Willie Robertson, the head of Louisiana-based duck-call manufacturer Duck Commander, got to attend Super Bowl Xlvii, held Sunday, Feb. 3, in the Superdome in New Orleans.

Partway into the second half of the game, a power outage -- now blamed on a device designed to prevent just that -- plunged part of the stadium into darkness and halted the game for about half an hour.

Willie Robertson had chosen just that moment to be on a mission to get a drink.

"I was still recognized," Robertson (at far right, above) tells Zap2it, "fans coming by like crazy, taking pictures and all that. I didn't realize it had happened. I didn't realize the game wasn't going on. I »

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'Do No Harm' canceled by NBC after two episodes

8 February 2013 3:03 PM, PST

NBC has pulled its freshman drama "Do No Harm" off the air after just two dismally rated episodes.

The network will replace it with repeats of "Law & Order: Svu" for the next couple of weeks, and they could scarcely do worse than "Do No Harm." The show, a Jekyll-and-Hyde story starring Steven Pasquale, premiered to just 3.1 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 a week ago. That was the smallest debut ever for an in-season scripted show on one of the big four networks.

Thursday's (Feb. 7) fell further, drawing only 2.2 million people and a 0.7 in the 18-49 demographic. Only The CW's "Beauty and the Beast" drew a smaller audience Thursday night on the broadcast networks. "Do No Harm" finished 10th in adults 18-49 in its timeslot, behind ABC and CBS but also "Suits" on USA, "Archer" on FX and "Impractical Jokers" on TruTV, among others.

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Damon Lindelof brings Tom Perrotta's 'Leftovers' to HBO

8 February 2013 2:36 PM, PST

Damon Lindelof is taking on his first TV project since the end of "Lost," and like that show the new one deals with people affected by a strange event.

Lindelof has a pilot deal with HBO to adapt Tom Perrotta's novel "The Leftovers," about how a family deals with the aftermath of being left on Earth when others are taken up in the Rapture. Perrotta ("Election," "Little Children") is co-writing the script.

"The Leftovers" centers on Kevin Garvey and his family, who have wildly different reactions to the Rapture. He wants to continue living as normal a life as possible, but his wife has joined a cult, his son is following a "prophet"/con man and his daughter has withdrawn. Other characters struggle with the notion that this rapture didn't go according to their interpretation of the Bible -- not everyone who disappeared was a Christian, or even necessarily a good person. »

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'The Bachelor': AshLee rats out Tierra to Sean on her solo date

8 February 2013 2:15 PM, PST

Check out these sneak peek clips from the latest "Bachelor" episode, airing Monday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC.

Above, AshLee is asked point-blank about Tierra and she tells Sean like it is. AshLee says:

"It's the house and Tierra. Every time we're all together, Tierra sits by herself. We try to invite her, but she doesn't want to be part of the group. She really is not polite. She isolates herself. It's awkward. Who you get is a completely different girl than the house gets."

Do you think Sean will listen this time?

On the group date, Sean gets Catherine, Desiree and Lindsay up at the crack of dawn (or just before) so they can watch the sunset from the eastern-most point in the U.S. Again, we are struck by how gorgeous Catherine and she is just out of bed.

And finally, Tierra gets the one-on-one »

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Chris Cooper tapped for 'Klondike,' Discovery's first scripted mini-series

8 February 2013 2:01 PM, PST

Discovery Channel is jumping into the increasingly popular basic cable scripted programming arena, with the mini-series "Klondike" and they've set Oscar-winning actor Chris Cooper to co-star.

Based on Charlotte Gray's novel "Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike," the mini will follow six strangers in a remote small town battling the environment and a collection of dangers characters as they search for gold in the 1890s.

Paul Scheuring ("Prison Break") is the primary writer and executive producers include Ridley Scott.

Cooper -- who won an Oscar for "Adaptation." and will soon be seen in "August: Osage County" opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts -- will take on the role of Father Judge.

If the "Klondike" concept gives off a faint "Hatfields & McCoys" vibe, it's probably completely intentional. History's Emmy-winning miniseries set ratings records when it premiered last summer.

"Klondike" doesn't have an air date yet, but it's »

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'CSI: NY' and 'CSI' crossover: Gary Sinise on his first trip to the Vegas set

8 February 2013 2:00 PM, PST

Zap2it: Do you like doing series crossovers, as "CSI: NY" does with "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" this week?

Gary Sinise: I do. It's fun. I went to the "CSI: Miami" set when we did a crossover there, and [former "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" co-star] Laurence Fishburne came to our set, but I never went to the "CSI" Vegas set before. It was nice to go over there and work with those folks.

There are people there who have been on that show ever since it started, and they're happy and excited about doing the work. They still love it. They've had some cast changes there, but there's a consistency with some of the people. This is kind of a historic franchise in television history, and to be able to spend time with people who were there when it all started was fun.

Zap2it: Had you crossed paths with Ted Danson before? »

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Christina Applegate leaves 'Up All Night': Time to pull the plug?

8 February 2013 1:34 PM, PST

The massive renovation project that is NBC's comedy "Up All Night" has suffered another setback: Star Christina Applegate is leaving the show.

"It's been a great experience working on 'Up All Night,' but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors," Applegate says in a statement to Deadline. "Working with [executive producer] Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and wish them the best always."

The "different creative direction" for the show is a big one. It shut down production in December to make the switch from a single-camera show to a live-audience, multi-camera comedy. "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey and showrunner Tucker Cawley have also departed in recent months.

NBC is apparently still moving »

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'The Job' seeks gainful employment on CBS

8 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST

With the unemployment rate hovering near 8 percent overall -- it's much higher for certain age and ethnic groups, and higher overall if you count in the underemployed and those who have stopped seeking work -- jobs are tops on the minds of many Americans.

Even those who are employed may find themselves with shrinking hours, paychecks and benefits or facing shaky prospects for the future.

At least for a few people, a new competitive reality-tv series could be the answer to their prayers, and for others, it may offer insights to improve their professional outlook.

On Friday, Feb. 8, CBS premieres "The Job," from executive producers Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Apprentice"), Michael Davies ("The Glee Project," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?") and Jay Bienstock.

After "The Glee Project," a competition to find a new cast member for the hit Fox series, Davies wondered if there were other areas of life »

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