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'NCIS' recap: 'Tis the season (to be afraid of spores)
3 hours ago
Nothing says the holidays like a terrible public health outbreak!
But as terrifying as the circumstances were for that gang of NCIS on this week’s holiday-themed episode, the episode was from from all doom, gloom and a bunch of sick children who’d been infected with an African spore that cause strep pneumonia. There was also a lot of heart.
Palmer’s story was particularly touching and, in fact, somewhat stemmed from the case of the week, which involved a mysterious respiratory illness afflicting children in military families. As a result of seeing all the sick children, Palmer found »
- Sandra Gonzalez
'The Voice' finale: Winner of season 5 is....
4 hours ago
Spoiler alert! Don’t click through unless you want to know!
Season 5′s winner has been announced on tonight’s finale of The Voice — featuring some truly horrendous group performances, plus guest stars Celine Dion, Paramore, Ne-Yo, and One Republic, plus a stunningly cray collaboration between Christina Aguilera and “the most down-to-earth real person that I’ve ever met in this business,” Lady Gaga!
The winner of The Voice is…..
Tessanne Chin (Team Adam) has won season 5!
- Annie Barrett
Who will win 'The Voice'? Will Tessanne, Will, or Jacquie leave season five on a high note? -- Poll
9 hours ago
You, loyal and unflinching Voice fan, deserve a pat on the back. Or at least a new couch. After weeks of rooting and voting for your favorite singers, you’ll get a big musical sigh of relief tonight when the Season Five winner is announced.
Like any journey, there were some ups and downs. How about that Twitter instant save that quickly became the Twitter instant save curse? Or upsets like Matthew Schuler going home before the semifinals? Or coach Blake Shelton never taking coach Christina Aguilera fishing, like he promised? But let’s not forget the high notes. Schuler »
- Jennifer Arellano
Joseph Gordon-Levitt confirms he's working on 'Sandman'
12 hours ago
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has personally confirmed the rumors about his involvement in a bigscreen adaptation of The Sandman, tweeting that he is “incredibly honored” to be working with studio Warner Bros., writer David Goyer, and original Sandman creator Neil Gaiman on the project. Early reports implied that Gordon-Levitt would direct and star in the film, but he clarified his current role in a later tweet: “I’ve signed on as a producer on Sandman. The rest remains to be seen.”
- Darren Franich
Microsoft launching original Xbox shows (including the 'Halo' series?) early next year
14 hours ago
The Xbox One hit stores almost a month ago. Launch titles like Ryse and Dead Rising 3 didn’t inspire much confidence, but Microsoft always positioned the Xbox One as a new kind of device: An entertainment console that would unite the disparate media machines in your living room into one glorious voice-operated mega-machine. (It’s the Megazord, basically.) To that end, Microsoft already announced plans to populate Xbox Live with original TV series, including a Halo series executive produced by Steven Spielberg, director of Always and also several other films you may have heard of.
Since Microsoft made that plan, »
- Darren Franich
'Silent Night': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- Poll
18 hours ago
The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, »
- Katie Atkinson
Apple's 'Misunderstood' commercial: Have yourself a merry little cry -- Video
16 December 2013 11:19 PM, PST
Uh oh. You better sack up and secretly edit poignant home movies on your iPhones, pouty teens!
Apple’s new 90-second Christmas commercial just had me sobbing into my own iPhone as I went about my usual antisocial business of splaying out on the couch, ignoring this great big wondrous world around me, and playing with filters on Instagram. Here’s how good Apple commercials are: I didn’t even need to see this one to know I was already obsessed with it — much like your sulky teen won’t ever need to make real eye contact with his relatives »
- Annie Barrett
'The Sing-Off' React: Talkin' 'bout my generation
16 December 2013 11:00 PM, PST
The theme of Monday night’s episode of The Sing-Off is its most impressively vague yet: “My Generation.” Anyone who has never watched this show might think that means the teams will sing songs that they were raised on, or maybe even from the decade they were born, but to those people I would scream, “You’re so wrong!” and “Why aren’t you watching The Sing-Off, do you hate good-natured fun?!” Nick Lachey explains the theme as “the songs of yesterday and today,” which he doesn’t seem to understand means All Of The Days.
The songs that were »
- Jodi Walker
'How I Met Your Mother' recap: Justice (and scotch) is served
16 December 2013 6:57 PM, PST
Having people in your life who you’d do anything for — even go to jail — that’s the dream, so said Barney at the top of tonight’s How I Met Your Mother. And right he is. But as he — and we — were reminded this hour, sometimes one of the best things you can do for someone you care about is let them go.
But how did we arrive at such a poignant lesson? A troublemaking wedding attendee named Darren (Andrew Rannells) is partly responsible and I’ll explain how in a bit. First, let me tell you about Darren, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
'Revenge' wedding: Where have I seen that church before? PopWatch investigates!
16 December 2013 1:13 PM, PST
Every girl has an idea of what their perfect wedding would be, and a fair share of them probably have a Pinterest board to prove it. My ideas have been inspired by a handful of movies, TV shows, pictures, real-life events, and so on. However, the single biggest inspiration was Caleb and Julie’s wedding from season 1 of The O.C. Before you judge me, there are actually only two things I liked about their wedding: Their first dance to Jem’s cover of “Maybe I’m Amazed,” and the idea of getting married in a glass chapel. Take one look »
- Samantha Highfill
I'm Still Not Over... the ending switch in 'My Sister's Keeper'
16 December 2013 1:00 PM, PST
[Spoilers follow, although if you've yet to see My Sister's Keeper, you're not missing anything.]
When I first read My Sister’s Keeper, I was devastated. The tale, told from multiple points of view, centers on a teenager with leukemia, Kate, and her younger sister, Anna, who was conceived solely to be a possible donor match for her dying big sister. But one summer, following many painful procedures, Anna decides she doesn’t want to be part of her sister’s medical treatments anymore and sues her parents for medical emancipation. The whole family struggles with the fact that if Anna stops her treatments, Kate will die.
The book grapples with big questions about medical ethics and family responsibilities. »
- Erin Strecker
Best of 2013: The year's top shipper moments
16 December 2013 12:00 PM, PST
Spoiler Alert! Shippers live for the payoff, and in 2013, fans of NCIS, Suits, Castle, Parks and Recreation, and Bones got the ultimate with a goodbye kiss, angry first-time sex in the file room, a proposal, a surprise wedding, and a long-awaited wedding, respectively. (Sorry, Downton Abbey fans, that your Mary and Matthew bliss was so short-lived. Ditto, Sons of Anarchy fans, who watched Tara and Jax finally reconnect, which only made her exit all the more painful.)
For other viewers though, the yearning continues. Here are 10 moments from 2013 that will keep shippers hanging on and tuning in.
• Scandal, May 2: »
- Mandi Bierly
White House releases 2013 holiday card -- Photo
16 December 2013 7:35 AM, PST
Christmas is going to the dogs!
Or, at least, the Obama’s holiday card is. The President’s 2013 card features a pop-up White House as well as a drawing of Obama dogs Bo and new addition Sunny walking in the snow alongside the message, “As we gather around this season, may the joy of the holidays fill your home.” A sweet message no one could possibly find any fault with! (Yeah, right.)
For those that are curious, Bo is an old pro at starring in holiday greeting cards. Last year’s card featured Bo playing outside in the snow as well. »
- Erin Strecker
'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Was John Goodman good enough? -- Vote
16 December 2013 6:57 AM, PST
I love that Saturday Night Live not only reveres its past but makes it a priority to revisit it. In the past few seasons, Martin Short and Dana Carvey have hosted — not necessarily because they have something new to plug but simply because they’re funny and mean something to the show. Ditto for John Goodman, who hosted on Saturday for the first time since 2001. Perhaps his appearance was slightly pegged to Inside Llewyn Davis, which is expanding; and perhaps it was originally slated to promote Monuments Men, his George Clooney movie that was originally scheduled for Dec. 18, but if »
- Jeff Labrecque
'Family Guy': Guess who's back! (Hint: Exactly who you thought would be) -- Video
16 December 2013 6:29 AM, PST
Three weeks ago, Family Guy shocked fans by killing off one of the show’s most-beloved figures: Brian Griffin, the erudite dog/liberal caricature who’s one of several characters voiced by series creator Seth MacFarlane. As it turns out, however, all that outrage was misplaced — because as of last night, Brian’s back. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good psych!
Here’s how it went down. During a routine holiday shopping trip, brilliant baby Stewie spotted something incredible in a toy store — his past self. This version of Stewie had traveled into the future before his time machine broke… »
- Hillary Busis
'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- Poll
16 December 2013 6:00 AM, PST
The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why »
- Katie Atkinson
'Masters of Sex' season finale: How does it compare to real life?
15 December 2013 8:00 PM, PST
If you haven’t watched the season finale of Masters of Sex yet, go ahead and catch up before this post spoils everything and you’re forced to console yourself with help from Ulysses.
If, however, you saw Dr. Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) profess his love for Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) in the pouring rain, you’re either dying to know what’s going to happen next, or you suddenly have an inexplicable craving to watch a Nicholas Sparks movie.
Me? I wanted to see how much of Masters and Johnson’s real story had been fictionalized in the service of a good cliffhanger. »
- Melissa Maerz
'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' season finale: And the winner is...
15 December 2013 7:10 PM, PST
After 39 days, 4 million tears, 1 white rock, and too many burned hidden immunity idol clues to count, Survivor: Blood vs. Water finally crowned its winner Sunday night. My full recap will be up soon, but to sound off on who won, read on for more. [Spoiler Alert: Read on only if you have already watched the season finale of Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Not that I don't want you read this article. But you really should watch the episode first. Just some friendly advice, that's all. Take it or leave it. Totally your call.]
The episode began with seven players still vying for the title of Sole Survivor of Blood vs. Water. But in the end, there could only be one (hence the “sole” in the title), and that one was Tyson Apostol. In his third time playing the game, Tyson checked off all the boxes on his résumé through »
- Dalton Ross