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TV Preview: When Piers Met Oprah (Plus Macaroni and Cheese)

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  • January 12, 2011 11:01 AM
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Piers Morgan Tonight begins its run as the replacement for Larry King Live on Monday, but Morgan has been teasing his first interview, with Oprah Winfrey, for days. You'll notice it's not Piers Morgan Live, and the already-taped two-hour extravaganza will be cut down to 45 minutes or so on air. That's some heavy-duty editing, with lots of interesting bits likely to be left out.

Watch Stephen Colbert's TV Commercial Sell-Out-Off

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  • January 12, 2011 5:06 AM
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Deep into awards season, it's time to remember what awards are really about: money.
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Movie Review: It’s Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet

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  • January 12, 2011 5:01 AM
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Even slimmed down, Seth Rogen brings the good-hearted shlubiness of his Knocked Up character to his superhero’s role in The Green Hornet. Michel Gondry may be its director – and he’s usually a film’s wizard -- but The Green Hornet is Seth Rogen’s show. As actor and writer he provides its most winning qualities.

TV Review. "Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides"

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  • January 11, 2011 3:30 AM
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While he was raking in awards for Crazy Heart last year, Jeff Bridges made a point of thanking his stand-in, Loyd Catlett. Now Catlett, who has observed Bridges at close range over four decades, offers one sly little comment in the American Masters bio Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides: "Rooster Cogburn is probably the Dude’s great-great-great grandfather.”
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Ratings Update: Shameless, Episodes Have Big Premieres

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  • January 10, 2011 11:28 AM
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Shameless, Showtimes lively dark comedy with William H. Macy as a falling-down-drunk father of six, was the network's biggest drama premiere in seven years. Matt LeBlanc's meta-comedy Episodes also had a big debut. As The Hollywood Reporter story notes, those numbers only included subscribers, not viewers of the network's free weekend, so Macy and LeBlanc can settle in.

Films in Progress: The Loving Story

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  • January 10, 2011 6:55 AM
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Now and then I’ll give you a peek at a film in progress – something that doesn’t come with major hype – and keep you posted when it turns up on screen. Here’s a look at The Loving Story, a beautifully made, nearly finished documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving, the interracial couple who were arrested and forced to leave Virginia in the 1950’s, and whose Supreme Court case finally struck down anti-miscegenation laws.

TV Review. Off the Map, Where Grey's Anatomy Collides With Lost

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  • January 10, 2011 3:00 AM
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The promos for Off the Map, the new ABC drama about doctors in a run-down clinic in a remote South American village, look like Grey’s Anatomy meets Lost, but I never imagined this disappointing clunker would really be that mashup. The series is executive produced by Grey's Shonda Rhimes and created by one of its producers, Jenna Bans, and like that much more engaging medical soap opera, Off the Map features attractive young doctors among an experienced hospital staff. Love affairs! Jockeying for the bloodiest cases!
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Watch Jim Carrey Do Black Swan

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  • January 9, 2011 5:40 AM
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The best way to watch SNL is always to record and zap through most of it, but last night's was worth stopping a couple of times. Bill Hader already has his John Boehner impression down, a bawling baby who crumbles at the mention of a flag or a kitten, at everything except people without health care. And host Jim Carrey took on Black Swan. Carrey never does pointed satire, so the sketch is tailored to his outsized physical schtick, but it's funny, and worth waiting for him in full swan makeup at the end.

Best on TV: So Much to Watch, So Few Hours In One Sunday

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  • January 7, 2011 5:20 AM
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There are no good, major films turning up this weekend, but Sunday is crammed with great television.
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Catching Up on The Great Oprah Filibuster of 2011

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  • January 7, 2011 4:30 AM
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Twice a year, the Television Critics’ Association has what I consider a dinosaur of a gathering, commonly known as TCA Press Tour, in which networks trot out their new shows and talent. I’m always happy not to be there, especially yesterday when I could sit back and read the very funny tweets from critics trapped in the room during the presentation for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. The headline: in answer to a single question which no one can quite remember, Oprah went on for – someone clocked it – 18 minutes and 15 seconds. This was supposed to be a press conference, not a dramatic monologue, but it ended up inspiring the hashtag #oprahfilibuster.

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