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Amy Adams Hosts SNL: Watch Video of Best and Worst Sketches

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The ingredients for Saturday Night Live’s Christmas-themed episode – hosted by five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams, with squeal-inducing musical guests One Direction and sketch-rich fodder from this week’s Sony Pictures/North Korea hacking scandal – had visions of guffaws dancing in our heads.

Though an all-over-the-place opening monologue — highlighted by a welcome cameo from SNL alum Kristin Wiig (“Isn’t this the second time you’ve crashed my monologue?” asked Adams) and a cast sing-along of “We Need a Little Christmas” – wasn’t exactly memorable, the show’s strongest moments managed to create just enough holiday cheer to make it worthwhile. »

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Kevin Hart Hosting First SNL of 2015

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Saturday Night Live will usher in the new year with a little help from its old pal Kevin Hart.

The Wedding Ringer star will return to host SNL‘s Jan. 17 episode (11:30/10:30c), NBC announced during Saturday’s Amy Adams/One Direction extravaganza.

Hart first hosted SNL in March 2013 opposite musical guests Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

A musical guest has not been announced.

Excited for Round 2 with Hart? Drop a comment with your thoughts below. 

Related storiesMysteries of Laura Adds Boardwalk Alum Meg Steedle as Series RegularHannibal Recast Shocker: Michael Pitt Out, Joe Anderson In as Mason Verger »

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TVLine's Performers of the Week: Laurie Metcalf and Stephen Colbert

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A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Laurie Metcalf

The Show | Getting On

The Episode | “Doctor Death”

The Airdate | December 14, 2014

The Performance | From the very first episode of Getting On, Metcalf’s self-absorbed, perpetually beleaguered Dr. Jenna James has been a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown (or perhaps even a psychotic break). In the show’s Season 2 finale — as her fledgling hospice program became the focus of a racketeering and anti-kickback proceeding in California Superior Court — Metcalf conveyed her character’s denial, panic, scheming and, ultimately, her acceptance of a probably grim fate, »

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Ratings: Amazing Race Ticks Up With Finale, Splits 3-Way Demo Win

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CBS’ The Amazing Race wrapped its 25th running on Friday night with 6.5 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating, up 10 percent and a tenth week-to-week but expectedly down from both its May (8.2 mil/1.8) and year-ago (9.2 mil/2.1) finales, which aired on Sundays.

Leading out of the Race, CBS’ star-studded Home for the Holidays special did 3.3 mil and a 0.5.

NBC’s Nick Cannon special premiered to 4.7 mil and a 0.9, while Dateline drew 6.7 million viewers (Friday’s largest audience) and a 1.3 rating, tying Amazing Race and a Shark Tank rerun for the nightly demo win.

Related storiesDarlene Love's Final Late Show »

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Mysteries of Laura Adds Boardwalk Alum Meg Steedle as Series Regular

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NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura has added Boardwalk Empire alum Meg Steedle as a series regular, TVLine has confirmed.

Steedle will make her debut in Episode 15 as Francesca “Frankie” Pulaski, a young detective who scored so high on her detective exam that she was initially assigned to headquarters at One Police Plaza — a placement that proved to be underwhelming for her.

When she joins the 2nd Precinct, Frankie’s sunny demeanor and optimism initially gets her pegged as naive and impressionable, though Laura will discover that the noob is using that disposition to conceal a dark secret.

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Darlene Love's Final Late Show Visit: Watch Her Full Performance

20 December 2014 5:00 AM, PST

‘Twas a bittersweet Christmas celebration at The Late Show on Friday, as David Letterman welcomed back a beloved guest for one last hurrah.

Darlene Love, who’s been belting her holiday classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for the past 28 years, returned to the Late Show stage for one last performance — and you’d better believe she went out with a bang.

A red ball gown, falling snow, a full band and choir… There’s no doubt about it, Ms. Love outdid herself this year. (Side note: CBS recently released this supercut of Love’s performances over the years, which is also a must-watch. »

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Late Late Show: Craig Ferguson Says Goodbye With Incredible Twist Ending

19 December 2014 10:54 PM, PST

A massive musical number? Check. A casual, low-stakes chat with Jay Leno? Check. A surprise ending that will surely echo through the annals of television history? Oh my God, check.

Craig Ferguson spared no expense Friday during his final hour as the host of CBS’ Late Late Show, kicking things off with a star-studded (albeit pre-recorded) rendition of Dead Man Fall’s “Bang Your Drum.”

That was pretty much it for the evening’s big surprises, other than a phone call from “Bill Cosby,” who says he’s doing “pretty good,” in case you were wondering. The rest of the »

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Glee First Look: A Reunion-y Season 6 — With Bonus Quinn and Karofsky!

19 December 2014 8:39 PM, PST

Don’t trot out the old adage “you can’t go home again” — not when you’re talking about the plucky, musical twentysomethings of Glee.

As evidenced by the following first-look photos from the first four episodes of the high-school musical’s sixth season, the original wide-eyed members of McKinley High School’s New Directions have all gone back to Ohio — Lima, to be specific — with songs in their hearts and plenty of accompanying drama, to boot.

Quinn and Puck are looking pretty cozy, while Brittany and Santana seem to be spending a lot of time together, too. But Kurt »

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The Amazing Race Season 25 Finale: And the Winner Is...

19 December 2014 5:54 PM, PST

The Amazing Race‘s 25th season reached its final pit stop on Friday, with four teams — instead of the usual three — competing for the $1 million prize. But which team was first to arrive at the winner’s circle?

Before a champ could be determined, the remaining four pairs — surfers Adam and Bethany; wrestlers Brooke and Robbie; dentists Misti and Jim; scientists Maya and Amy — headed back to U.S. soil after their stint in the Philippines.

Let’s hit the highlights of the final leg:

* Upon realizing that Maya and Amy were not, in fact, eliminated, Brooke and Robbie make »

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Cable Ratings: Colbert Report Ends on High Note, Covert Finale Ticks Up

19 December 2014 3:42 PM, PST

Stephen Colbert” went out on a high note, as The Colbert Report finale on Thursday night drew its largest audience ever: 2.5 million total viewers.

The nine-year-old Comedy Central program’s previous record was 2.4 million viewers, set in October 2008. TVLine readers gave the send-off an average grade of “A.”

Elsewhere on the cable dial Thursday, White Collar‘s series finale drew 1.9 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, up 19 percent and a tenth week-to-week, per TVByTheNumbers.

The yet-to-be-renewed Covert Affairs‘ finale retained 1.6 mil/0.4, up a tenth week-to-week while on par with its season opener.

Related storiesWhy'd SNL Snub Sherlock? Was Once a Bit Sketchy? »

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David Schwimmer Joins FX's Oj-Themed American Crime Story as Robert Kardashian

19 December 2014 3:15 PM, PST

David Schwimmer‘s newest friend: Oj Simpson.

The Friends actor is set to play Oj pal-turned-defense attorney Robert Kardashian in FX’s American Crime Story: The People V. Oj Simpson, TVLine has learned.

American Crime Story, from American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, got a straight-to-series order in October — with a 10-episode first season focusing on the murder trial of NFL star Simpson, who was accused and ultimately acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson.

As we previously reported, Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and Emmy-nominated Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) will play O.J. Simpson and prosecutor Marcia Clark, »

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Once Upon a Time Casts Ernie Hudson as Ursula's Father Poseidon in Season 4

19 December 2014 2:17 PM, PST

A retired Ghostbuster is heading under the sea for Once Upon a Time.

Ernie Hudson will appear as Poseidon in Episode 15 of the ABC drama’s fourth season, our sister site Deadline reports. In addition to being the god of the sea, Once‘s Poseidon is also the father of Merrin Dungey’s Ursula, a concept omitted from Disney’s The Little Mermaid in 1989, though later included in the Broadway musical.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher is also set to appear in Episode 15, reprising the role of Ariel.

In addition to his work on the big screen, Hudson has recurred in a number of TV series, »

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Sarah Jessica Parker Eyes HBO Comeback in Divorce Comedy

19 December 2014 2:00 PM, PST

Onetime Sex partners Sarah Jessica Parker and HBO are looking to reunite by way of Divorce.

TVLine has learned that Parker is nearing a deal to return to the pay cabler as the star of a potential new half-hour comedy series that tells the story of a very, very long divorce.

Parker would play one half of the troubled couple. She is also expected to serve as an exec producer alongside actress-writer Sharon Horgan (who penned the pilot script), Paul Simms, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan.

Parker’s possible Divorce pact with HBO comes a decade after Sex and the City ended its six-season run. »

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Hannibal Recast Shocker: Michael Pitt Out, Joe Anderson In as Mason Verger

19 December 2014 1:09 PM, PST

Michael Pitt will no longer be hearing the screaming squealing of the lambs pigs when Hannibal returns for Season 3.

The actor, who played sociopathic meat-packing magnate Mason Verger in Season 2, is not returning to the series and will be replaced by Joe Anderson (The Divide, The River), TVLine has learned exclusively.

The decision not to return was Pitt’s, according to sources.

The recast comes at a fairly convenient time in Mason’s story arc: When we last saw him, he was under the influence of Dr. Lecter’s hallucinogenic drugs, and being led by the titular serial killer to »

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Revenge Winter Premiere Photos: Emily and Victoria Clash Over Daniel's Death

19 December 2014 12:56 PM, PST

If you thought Daniel’s death would bring Emily and Victoria closer together, you don’t know Revenge. Like, at all.

New photos from the ABC drama’s winter premiere (Jan. 4, 10/9c) find the two most important women in Daniel’s life — for better or worse — shooting daggers at each other as they attempt to make sense of his senseless murder.

Stranger still, it looks like Victoria is going to weasel her way into Revenge‘s little gang of Scoobies; several photos show the grieving mother downing vino while Emily, Nolan and David get to the bottom of Malcolm Black’s next move. »

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The Mentalist Sneak Peek: Meet 'Teresa Lisbon, Psychic Medium'...?!

19 December 2014 12:31 PM, PST

This Sunday on The Mentalist (CBS, 9:30/8:30c), Patrick Jane isn’t feeling so hot. Cue Teresa Lisbon, psychic extraordinaire!

As seen in the above sneak peek from the episode “Black Market,” an illness forces Jane to direct his FBI colleagues remotely, as they investigate a murder linked to a counterfeit diamond operation. That means that Jane must “get inside Lisbon’s head” as she takes on his role as “psychic.”

Elsewhere in the episode: Abbott is concerned that transgressions in his past could harm his wife’s chance to obtain a prestigious job in Washington, D.C.

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TVLine Items: Bates' Peep Hole Promo, Broadchurch Return Bumped & More

19 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST

Tracy Spiridakos checks into A&E’s Bates Motel next season, and TVLine has your first look at the Revolution alumna’s racy red debut in a promo that pays homage to Psycho.

Spiridakos will recur as Annika Johnson, a mystery woman who shows up at the establishment.

Bates Motel returns for Season 3 in March 2015.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Broadchurch Season 2 will now premiere Wednesday, March 4, at 10/9c on BBC America, a month after the previously announced Feb. 4 date. Check out a new trailer below:

* Pivot’s first scripted drama Fortitude will debut Thursday, Jan. »

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MasterChef Junior Season 3 Poster: Gordon Ramsay Serves Up a Pun!

19 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST

While the smell of burnt toast lingers in your kitchen, a fresh crop of 8- to 13-year-old contestants is preparing to rock palates and explode minds on Season 3 of MasterChef Junior (premiering Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8/7c on Fox).

Now, TVLine has an exclusive first look at the Season 3 poster — featuring judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot, plus one pint-sized chef whose whisk game probably puts yours to shame.

The Season 3 premiere, it should be noted, kicks off with the 19 contestants tackling a mystery box challenge, in which they must make a complete restaurant-quality dish using any of the ingredients they are given. »

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Outlander Stars Tease 'Epic Battle,' High Stakes for Jamie and Claire

19 December 2014 11:32 AM, PST

“If you enjoyed the first half of the season, the second half of the season’s a lot darker.”

Outlander fans, you have been warned by Jamie Fraser himself.

In the sneak peek below, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and more players from the Starz drama preview the second half of Season 1, bowing April 4, 2015 — and it’s not going to be pretty.

“The stakes are going to change, and a lot of the relationships will deepen,” Ep Ronald D. Moore hints.

Among the other highlights: Claire and Jack Randall get too close for comfort, Dougal proves his loyalty, Claire is accused »

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Why'd SNL Snub Sherlock? Was Once a Bit Sketchy? Did White Collar Call for a Pretty Cameo? And More TV Qs

19 December 2014 10:35 AM, PST

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Once Upon a Time, Hart of Dixie, NCIS and White Collar!

1 | Should we read anything into the fact that Saturday Night Live host Martin Freeman omitted Sherlock from his list of credits during the monologue? Which of Taran Killam’s impressions was more impressive: Alan Rickman or Gollum? And has the show offered up a less funny sketch this season than the inscrutable “Pine River Lodge Tree Lighting” (with Freeman and Kenan Thompson »

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