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Monday Review: Six by Sondheim

America Ferrera, James Lapine

Few love words as passionately as Broadway's master composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, but there's one word that makes him cringe: "Hummable," a quality some (erroneously) find lacking in his challenging, rewarding scores. "Drives me up the wall," he growls.

Which is why it's such an ironic delight when Sondheim performs as part of a new staging of his autobiographical "Opening Doors" production number (from the initially flop musical Merrily We Roll Along), playing a producer who bullies a team of young songwriters to conjure a "humm-umm-able melody."

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The Biz: Inside the New HBO Documentary Six By Sondheim

Six By Sondheim

How fortunate for Stephen Sondheim fans that the Broadway musical maestro came of age in the television era. The new HBO documentary Six By Sondheim, premiering Monday at 9/8c, digs deep into TV talk and news program archives to provide a fast moving yet intimate portrait of America's greatest living composer and lyricist. The film also includes several new music-video style interpretations of Sondheim compositions. One includes a cameo by the legend himself in a performance of Opening Doors with Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera, Laura Osnes and Darren Criss. Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, who directed and co-executive produced Six By Sondheim, offered a glimpse into the filmmaking process.

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Meredith Baxter Marries Nancy Locke

Meredith Baxter; Nancy Locke

Meredith Baxter and her longtime partner Nancy Locke tied the knot over the weekend, People reports.

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Keck's Exclusives: How I Met Your Mother's Burning Questions

Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders

On Jan. 27, CBS's How I Met Your Mother airs its 200th episode, titled "How Your Mother Met Me," which promises to fill in several details involving the titular parent. "Various claims we've made about the mother over the years — like her making breakfast and singing show tunes — will be paid off," promises cocreator Craig Thomas.

But while some of the mysteries surrounding Ted's wife may get solved, the cast members have some questions about their own characters, as well as storyline wish lists, that they're anxious to have addressed before the series wraps this spring. Thomas and cocreator Carter Bays respond to the queries... read more

The Mentalist: Jane Gets His Groove Back

Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

Meet the new Jane, same as the old Jane?

It's been three months that Patrick Jane's (Simon Baker) been in (isolated) detention on The Mentalist — during which time he apparently couldn't find a decent razor — and Abbott (Rockmond Dunbar) and Fisher (Emily Swallow) are growing impatient, champing at the bit to have Jane join their ranks at the FBI. But there's only one problem: he won't work for them unless all his demands are met, and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) is the final holdout. Fisher takes a trip to Washington to personally recruit Lisbon, who's getting increasingly frustrated with the office politics at her desk job, and convinces her to at least hear Jane out.

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The Price Is Right Exclusive: First Look at Bob Barker's 90th Birthday Celebration

Drew Carey and Bob Barker

Bob Barker, come on down! The Price Is Right kicks off its special Pet Adoption Week on Monday on CBS (check local listings for times), and it all leads up to Barker's 90th birthday celebration on Thursday. read more

Who Won The Amazing Race 23? Plus: Get a Sneak Peek at All-Stars!

Phil Keoghan

[SPOILER ALERT: The following story reveals the winners of The Amazing Race 23. Read at your own risk.]

After clocking in more than 35,000 miles in nine countries, ER doctors Travis and Nicole, exes Tim and Marie, dating couple Jason and Amy, and cousins/Afghanimals Leo and Jamal face off in the final two legs for the $1 million on The Amazing Race 23.
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Box Office: Frozen Tops Catching Fire; Out of the Furnace Flops

Frozen

Disney's latest effort, Frozen, overtook Catching Fire this weekend for the first time in the three weeks they've both been in theaters. The animated feature earned $31.6 million in comparison with the Hunger Games sequel's $27 million, Box Office Mojo reports.

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Report: MTV Cancels Teen Mom 3

Teen Mom 3

MTV has canceled Teen Mom 3, according to postings by the show's stars on social media.

"Teen Mom 3 was one of the best experiences I ever had! I will never forget it!" Briana DeJesustweeted Saturday.

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The Sing-Off Takes a Few Pages From The Voice for Revamped Return

The Sing-Off

Before the red chairs, before the Adam Levine-Blake Shelton bromance and before The Voice took the country by storm, NBC was home to another hot vocal competition show: The Sing-Off.

Premiering in 2009 as a four-night special holiday event, The Sing-Off became a surprise smash thanks to its mix of strong a cappella performing groups and... read more

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