February's Big Event Scorecard: The Grammys had Adele. The Super Bowl had Eli Manning. The Oscars, the last and least of these annual TV spectacles, had ... Cirque du Soleil? And endless pointless montages of movie stars gushing about how wonderful the movies are. And Billy Crystal recycling age-old shtick, including the "What are they thinking?" gag that had us squirming along with the celebs in their seats, making for a night that was (to borrow from a nominated title) Extremely Long and Incredibly Dull.
Viola Davis, Jean Dujardin
Fun fact: No movie about movie-making has won Best Picture at the Oscars. Will The Artist break that tradition at the 84th Academy Awards? We'll have to wait until Sunday (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, ABC) to find out, but in the meantime, let's make some predictions. Check out the nominees here, print out your ballot, make your picks and compare them to ours below.
The pundits say history will repeat itself at the 84th Academy Awards, and they're not talking about the return (at long last!) of host Billy Crystal.
Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Kimmel
Oprah Winfrey will join Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards, ABC announced on Thursday.
Winfrey, who's the recipient of the Academy's Jean Hershold Humanitarian Award this year, will be joined on the post-Oscars show by George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese and Helen Mirren, among others. Billy Crystal will kick off the program and Coldplay will close it out with a performance on the Kimmel outdoor stage.
Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson
Those writing about the inexorably declining ratings of American Idol will have to stand down for at least a day as the amateur talent competition stayed even with last week in the industry-prized 18-to-49 demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
Now, we'll have to see if the cliff-hanger involving the hopeful who fainted and fell off the stage gooses the ratings for Fox. (By comparison, fair or not, NBC's The Voice grabbed 17.69 million viewers with a 6.6 demo rating Monday night on its first regularly scheduled airing.)
One of the better things about a good episode of NBC's stalwart Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is that you can rarely tell where it's headed. Is tonight's cameo-heavy hour (10/9c) the latest condemnation of reality TV's sordid excesses? Sure looks that way at the start, as we encounter an especially slimy Michael McKean (relishing his repulsiveness) as the predatory producer of a crap-tastic train wreck titled Showgirls, featuring young hopefuls who would do "whatever it takes" to land the starring role in a Broadway musical. (No small irony this is airing the week of the all-important-to-NBC Smash premiere, where such things could never happen!) As he liquors up a nervous contestant for her "audition," he leers for her to "seduce the audience. Let them know you want this." Doesn't take a genius to know where this is going.
Person to Person
The revival of CBS' legendary program Person to Person special will feature George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi and Warren Buffett.
Longtime newsman Edward R. Murrow launched...
George Clooney, Kristen Wiig
George Clooney, Kristen Wiig and Kathy Bates are among the list of presenters for Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, executive producer Jeff Margolis announced Thursday.
Asa Butterfield, Melissa McCarthy
Hugo received the most nominations — 11 — for the 84th Academy Awards, followed closely by Best Picture favorite The Artist with 10.
The Martin Scorsese will be one of nine films vying for Best Picture against The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse. Under new Academy rules, the ...
Screen Actors Guild Awards
What's the hardest job in showbiz? It may just be seating the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
"I describe it as seating on speed! It is seating for a wedding, but the wedding is on camera," SAG Awards producer Kathy Connell tells TVGuide.com. "Nobody realizes that the SAG Awards has more actors than any other award show because we're the only one that honors casts and ensembles. Our room is ...