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5 things to watch for in reality TV this winter

11 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's a lot of reality TV ahead in 2015: more than 70 new and returning reality shows debut in January alone. Here's a guide to some of the highlights and lowlights, and trends that I've spotted among all the reality TV networks are flinging our way. Twists and changes come to the big shows "The Amazing Race" (CBS, Feb. 25) will, for the first time, bail on the one thing that made it different: casting people with preexisting relationships. While all 11 teams are dating couples, including a former New Kid on the Block and his boyfriend, five of the 11 teams will meet for the first time at the race's starting line. It seems like a desperate attempt to create even more drama, but it may also be interesting to see how well strangers function as a team during a race around the world. "Survivor Worlds Apart" (CBS, Feb. 25) isn't celebrating its 30th season with an all-star season, »

- Andy Dehnart

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2014 Year In Review: See The Hottest Celebrity Bods!

15 hours ago | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

The weather may be cooling down, but Hollywood's heating up! 2014 was the year of celebrity selfies -- from pics on the beach, to the pool and even in their bedroom -- there was no shortage of stars sharing some super sexy snaps. And toofab's rounded up this year's hottest celebrity bods for your viewing pleasure!Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio is not stranger to a bikini pic or two, and we can definitely see why! The model has probably one of the best beach bods out there, and she showed off her famous figure a ton this year. "Arrow's" Stephen Amell works hard for his sexy physique -- so we don't blame the actor for indulging in some shameless self promotion! Amell's Instagram feed is pretty much flooded with pics of his washboard abs and buff biceps. Keep them coming Stephen! And, if we could crown the best celeb »

- tooFab Staff

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2014 in Review, Part 1: Best and Worst in Drama, Comedy and Reality, the Most Improved, Underrated and More!

24 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The end of another year means a time for reflection… about which TV shows rocked our world, kept us howling and inspired strongly worded tweets of rebuke. From fantastic Fargo and a not-so-plain Jane to a dippy Dome and woefully jilted Trophy Wife.

Yet while some small-screen encounters are best left forgotten — Mixology was just a terrible, food-poisoning hallucination, right? — it’s TVLine’s job to take one last look at the good, the bad and the “Why didn’t more people watch this?!” that dominated our conversations in 2014.

Photos Team TVLine Shares Its 2015 Wish List for Castle, Idol, Outlander, »

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Bones, Once, Arrow, Grey's, Parks, Nashville, Blacklist, Sleepy Hollow and More

23 December 2014 3:52 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Now that Bones has decided to incorporate Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy into the show, will we get to see Brennan in the early stages of her pregnancy this time? Or will there be another time jump? —Tiera

Ausiello: Sounds like you’ll get a ringside seat to that elusive first trimester, since exec producer Stephen Nathan tells me that Brennan and Booth will, a least initially, attempt to keep the pregnancy a secret from their co-workers.

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Jordin Sparks -- Flips the Bird to Seahawks Fan

23 December 2014 12:12 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

It was the battle of the birds ... Cardinals vs. Seahawks ... and Jordin Sparks let hers fly right in the direction of a Seattle fan this weekend -- and TMZ Sports has the pic. Sparks -- a die-hard Az Cards fan -- was singing the National Anthem at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale this weekend ... when a fan in a Seahawks beanie got her attention.  We're guessing there was some smack talk between the two »

- TMZ Staff

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American Idol Twist! Meet the Season 14 Top 24 Now

23 December 2014 7:30 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Get ready to meet the American Idol Top 24! Yes, before you see their auditions. It's an American Idol first, y'all. The Top 24 of American Idol Season 14 did an ominous group video for "Feeling Good" and it's full of silhouettes, cliffs, hand movements and dark corners. It looks like Gracepoint up in here! Ryan Seacrest introduces the music video below. Do you have any early favorite contestants yet? Check it out and tell us whom you're rooting for already! This is only one of many changes coming for American Idol this year. The former ratings giant has been struggling to lure in and retain viewers in recent years. As a result, Coca-Colas has pulled those infamous red cups and will »

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‘American Idol’ Previews Top 24 Singers Before Season 14 Premiere (Video)

23 December 2014 12:05 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

American Idol” offered fans a sneak peek at their Top 24 finalists of Season 14 two weeks before its premiere on Jan. 7. While their faces weren’t seen in the short promotional video introduced by Ryan Seacrest, their voices were heard.

Also Read: ‘American Idol’ Loses Coca-Cola as Sponsor for Season 14, Keeps Ford

“It’s an ‘Idol’ first,” the long-time host touted at the start of the preview video. “Before we even show you the auditions, we are going to introduce you to the Top 24.”

The finalists each sang one line of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” while standing in silhouette. So »

- Jason Hughes

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Jordin Sparks, Post Breakup: 'I'm in a Good Place' - But You Won't Find Me on Tinder!

22 December 2014 8:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Following a public breakup this fall, Jordin Sparks is single and ready to mingle - well, sort of. "I'm pretty much dating myself, who am I kidding?!" the singer, who's partnering with Microsoft Lumia for its #MakeItHappen campaign to make unfulfilled 2014 resolutions happen, told People last week. The American Idol alum, 25, and boyfriend of three years Jason Derulo split in September, and Sparks says she's in no rush to jump back in the dating game. "I'm not ready to deal with all that," she says with a laugh, before adding: "I don't have time for distractions or people who are going to waste my time. »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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Military Posers Are 'An Epidemic,' Says Soldier Who Outs Them

22 December 2014 7:10 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Anthony Anderson has been unmasking "military posers" on his website Guardian Of Valor for the past three years. But the moment he glimpsed the video of a former infantryman angrily confronting a wannabe serviceman trying to pass himself off as an Army ranger at a shopping mall in Pennslyvania on Black Friday, he knew a few fans of his site might find it interesting. "It really holds your attention," Anderson recalls thinking while viewing the clip of Army veteran Ryan Berk denouncing a pudgy 30-year-old man in Army fatigues - later identified as Sean Yetman - as he pretends to be a decorated combat veteran. »

- Johnny Dodd, @Johnny_Dodd

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Military Posers Are 'An Epidemic,' Says Soldier Who Outs Them

22 December 2014 7:10 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Anthony Anderson has been unmasking "military posers" on his website Guardian Of Valor for the past three years. But the moment he glimpsed the video of a former infantryman angrily confronting a wannabe serviceman trying to pass himself off as an Army ranger at a shopping mall in Pennslyvania on Black Friday, he knew a few fans of his site might find it interesting. "It really holds your attention," Anderson recalls thinking while viewing the clip of Army veteran Ryan Berk denouncing a pudgy 30-year-old man in Army fatigues - later identified as Sean Yetman - as he pretends to be a decorated combat veteran. »

- Johnny Dodd, @Johnny_Dodd

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Kelly Clarkson and Baby River Rose Look So Happy Before Celebrating First Christmas Together

21 December 2014 6:45 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Excuse us, but we're just catching our breath after this adorable post. One week before Kelly Clarkson celebrates her first Christmas with baby River Rose, the American Idol winner shared another beautiful picture of her daughter before a very special concert. "This is how River and I feel about our first annual Miracle On Broadway show!" Clarkson shared on Instagram. "It was beyond incredible thanks to all of you! More pics to come!" We don't know what's cuter: River's festive outfit, Kelly's loving face or what about that stunning wedding ring? Nicely done, Brandon Blackstock! For the past several weeks, Clarkson has been hard at work planning her inaugural »

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‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ Producer Rob Lee on When to Tweak a Long-Running Series

19 December 2014 8:40 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Over the past two decades, veteran producer and president of Bayonne Entertainment, Rob Lee, has produced more than 500 hours of scripted and non-scripted programming, including Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” and “Euros of Hollywood,” and Own’s “Love In The City.” Previously, he produced “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew” for MTV, and NuvoTV’s “House Of Joy.”

If that’s not enough to make you dizzy, Lee is also producing several pilot presentations, including “Fountain of Youth” for HBO, “The Post Game” for USA, and “Family Love” for Bravo.

Lee spoke with TheWrap about what it takes to keep a long-running show fresh, »

- Jethro Nededog

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Kevin Hart, Jennifer Aniston, and Michael Keaton honored at the first People Magazine Awards

19 December 2014 4:23 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For those who thought the Hollywood Film Awards were a bit too virtuous, People Magazine decided 2014 was the year to throw a hat into the awards ring, conjuring its own set of accolades to hand out during a star-studded gala event. Thursday night, the winners of the first annual The People Magazine Awards were announced during a two-hour NBC special hosted by Nick Cannon. Completely comprised of talent-based honors, Jennifer Aniston took home the show’s Movie Performance of the Year — Actress award for her work in "Cake," while Michael Keaton earned the Male equivalent for his turn in "Birdman." Hey, People is following the awards circuit! After squeezing her way into the SAG and Golden Globes, the People award marks Anison’s win for "Cake," and the first award she has won for feature film work. Which is nice in an Al-Pacino-wins-for-"Scent of a Woman"-plus-every-other-contribution-to-the-medium kind of way. »

- Matt Patches

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'The Sing-Off' falls flat

17 December 2014 10:06 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

At the start of NBC's "The Sing-Off," Nick Lachey called it "a very special edition" of the a capella singing competition, which had the subtitle "Holiday Special." Those were both very nice ways of saying that NBC cut the show: from the 11 hours, seven episodes, and 10 groups last year to two hours, one episode, and six groups this year. Also, the prize was cut in half to $50,000, and the show lost last year's fun face-off performances between the bottom two teams. Along with all that, it lost a lot of what made it such a terrific series. Most significantly, judge Ben Folds was gone, replaced by Patrick Stump because Ben Folds was on tour and apparently NBC couldn't figure out how to reschedule the show to film with its true star. Stump couldn't figure out how to judge, either. While returning judges Jewel and Shawn Stockman gave specific feedback, identifying individuals' strengths and sometimes weaknesses, »

- Andy Dehnart

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Fox Faces Challenge to Make ‘American Idol’ Sing

17 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The red cups are off the judges’ table. Coca-Cola, which struck a landmark ad deal with Fox in 2002 that kept drinking cups emblazoned with the soft-drink company’s logos on the “American Idol” set, has dropped its sponsorship of the show just before it starts its 14th season.

“Coca-Cola and Fox have mutually decided to end their 13-year ‘American Idol’ partnership,” the advertiser and the network said in a statement. “We look forward to working together on new collaborations in the future.” Ford Motor, the last of what was once a troika of big “Idol” sponsors, will stay with the program, though it has trimmed its support in recent seasons. At&T ended its “Idol” association in January.

The departure of Coke underscores the challenge Fox faces to rehabilitate the show in the eyes of viewers and marketers. The pressure is even greater with Fox having a down year overall, »

- Brian Steinberg and Cynthia Littleton

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Bruno Mars Tries to Make Gold Hair Rollers Happen

17 December 2014 7:47 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Bruno Mars took to The Voice stage with Mark Ronson last night to sing their catchy new single "Uptown Funk," but it was his very questionable 'do that had viewers doing a double take.

The 29-year-old "Just the Way You Are" singer took to the stage in a full set of hair rollers, definitely making for one of the most bizarre beauty trends we've seen in a while.

Photos: The 11 Strangest Hairstyles of 2014, Ranked

Though this isn't the first time the usually stylish star has rocked the rollers look.

He also wore the style in the music video for "Uptown Funk" in a scene when he and Mark get their hair done together at the salon.

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... At least now we know how these flawless curls are achieved!

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Photos: Celebrity Trend Spotting!

Et caught up with The Voice season seven finale coaches ahead of Tuesday's performance-packed finale, when they talked candidly about whether or not »

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Endemol Shine Group Sets Corporate, International Management Teams as Deal Closes

17 December 2014 6:55 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The newly minted Endemol Shine Group has set key corporate posts and international management teams following the end of a lengthy regulatory review of the merger of 21st Century’s Shine Group and Apollo’s Endemol and Core Media assets.

The joint venture of Fox and Apollo Global Management aims to create a production powerhouse fortified by strong local infrastructure in major TV markets. Former BSkyB exec Sophie Turner Laing was tapped in September to lead the merged entity, which boasts a roster of shows ranging from “American Idol” and “MasterChef” (pictured) to “Broadchurch” and “Peaky Blinders.”

The new structure, which formally launches Jan. 1, blends execs from Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group and Endemol as co-heads of several departments, including international operations, where Shine’s Gary Carter and Endemol’s Martha Brass are carving up territories. Core Media Group, the smallest of the three entities, will maintain some autonomy and its own capital structure, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Voice Season 7 Finale Recap: Did the Right Artist Win? Plus — Best & Worst Moments!

16 December 2014 8:01 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Let me begin this recap with a bold prediction: Season 7 of The Voice, despite being the weakest in the history of NBC’s singing competition, will be the first to launch a chart-topping, stadium-filling superstar.

I will stop short, however, of predicting which contestant gets the job done for the only reality franchise where the slightest hint of negativity is greeted by producers in Hazmat suits, sealed in plastic biohazard bins and shipped to landfills in deepest New Jersey. (I live in the Garden State, so that joke is officially not offensive.)

I mean, let’s face it: At noon today, »

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American Idol: Fox Cutting Results Show

16 December 2014 5:32 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

On Friday night, while walking the red carpet at the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest told THR that the reality show will be cutting the results show this season. Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance have each made a similar change.

He said, "We are going to do the performance show and the results in the same show... So there won't be a 'Wait 'til tomorrow night.' There won't be a 'Coming up, coming up, coming up.' We are going to put it all into one format in one night. So that will be exciting."

Seacrest noted, "[It will be] one night when we get to the final stage, the top 10, there will be one night of performances and results all in one night."

What do you think? Do you »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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'The Voice' Finale: Can the Show Produce the Next Kelly Clarkson?

16 December 2014 5:26 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ahead of tonight's season-seven finale of The Voice, Et spoke to the coaches and finalists about the potential impact winning the show could have on a musical career. But, are the days of creating a Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood gone for good?

News: What The Voice's Rookie Coaches Learned this Season

Blake Shelton has coached three protégés to victory (Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery), but none of the show's winners have been able to attain the success of early American Idol winners like Kelly or Carrie.

"Most record companies that sign artists for 20 years never get a Kelly Clarkson," Blake told Et. "Carrie Underwood -- same thing. [Successes like that] are one in a million -- not just for a reality show, but in the music industry."

Blake's archrival Adam Levine has coached two winners (Javier Colon and Tessanne Chin), and he told us that a win affords an artist with opportunities they might not get »

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