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Orange is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black could lead to Emmy gold. The Netflix series is poised to become the first Outstanding Comedy nominee from a streaming service, just as House of Cards broke the drama barrier in 2013. (The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has allowed programs from digital services to compete against broadcast and cable series since 2008.)

Chances of earning some nods — nominations will be announced on July 10 — might increase, thanks to the buzz and marketing surrounding the launch of Orange's second season, which was released in its entirety on June 6. Netflix has focused much of its "For Your Consideration" Emmy campaign on the prison comedy, which didn't receive a series Golden Globe nomination for its first season but was nominated for Program of the Year and Outstanding New Program by the Television Critics Association as well as Best Comedy Series by the Critics' Choice Television Awards. House of Cards is expected to secure its second nod for Outstanding Drama Series.

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John Goodman Brings Christmas Cheer to Saturday Night Live

Sylvester Stallone, John Goodman, Robert De Niro

John Goodman returned to Saturday Night Live to host the show for the 13th time this week, and got into the holiday spirit with the help of fake camels and some whipped cream. Surprise guests included Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, who joined the Inside Llewyn Davis star for a sketch about three lesser-known biblical figures, the Three Wise Guys. Check out some of the episode's best sketches below:

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Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Returning to SNL

Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon


Saturday Night Live
 is bringing back some familiar faces throughout the month of December.

Paul Rudd will host the show for the third time on Dec. 7, two weeks before Anchorman 2's release. He'll be joined by musical guest One Direction, coming back for their second stint as musical guest.

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The Weekend Playlist: Amazon's Alpha House, Almost Human

Alpha House

There's another serious new player in the ever-expanding universe of online original-content providers (see: Netflix and Hulu) — and happily, Amazon's entry into this suddenly cluttered marketplace is not just seriously funny, but it's as bracingly timely as the latest exasperating political headline.

Alpha House (three episodes bow Friday on amazon.com, with future episodes available to Amazon Prime subscribers) is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company. The setting is a Washington, D.C., row house, home away from home for four Republican senators, led by the fearlessly outrageous John Goodman as a good-old-boy/former football star who's outraged to discover he won't be able to coast through his next election. (His new opponent: a legendary Duke coach. As someone observes: "You're like a retired god. He's active.")

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Amazon Announces Premiere Dates for Alpha House, Betas

Alpha House

Amazon has announced premiere dates for its first two original series, Alpha House and Betas.

Alpha House will premiere on Nov. 15, while Betas will bow a week later on Nov. 22. The first three episodes of each show will be available immediately to all Amazon customers for free. After the first episodes premiere, Amazon will release one episode weekly via its Prime Instant Video service, for Amazon Prime subscribers.

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The Weekend Playlist: Dead Popular, 40 Years of Great Performances

Steven Yeun

Is "I've Got You Under My Skin" the most appropriate sweet nothing to croon in the skin-crawling world of AMC's The Walking Dead? No matter, because there's not much of a lull in Sunday's powerful episode (9/8c), ominously titled "Infected." Which suggests the virus that felled Nerd Boy last week creates a bloody panic in the cell block, reminding us how illusory any notion of safety can be. "I haven't seen anybody be lucky in a long time," former Army medic Bob Stookey (new regular Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) observes as a full gamut of courage, terror and anguish is displayed during and after the latest crisis. Earning special bonus stripes this week: Melissa McBride as the awesome Carol, who takes a few distraught girls under her wing, but not to coddle them: "You want to live, you have to become strong" is her mantra. Meanwhile, the walkers keep pressing up against the prison gates and the audience can't get enough of the riveting mayhem, as evidenced by the record numbers who turned out for last Sunday's premiere.

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Original Becky from Roseanne Never Watched the Finale

Lecy Gorenson

Spoiler alert?

Lecy Goranson, who played the original Becky on Roseanne, never kept up with the show after she left for good in its penultimate season — and, as a result, she didn't even know that her on-screen father, Dan (John Goodman), died in the series finale.

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Roseanne Barr Opens Up About Feud with Chuck Lorre, Tells Him to "Get Over It"

Roseanne Barr

Johnny Galecki has welcomed several of his former Roseanne co-stars, including Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf, into The Big Big Bang Theory universe. However, one... read more

Amazon Orders Five Series, Including John Goodman Comedy

John Goodman

Amazon has ordered five original series, including the political comedy Alpha House starring John Goodman.

Amazon Studios made all of its 14 pilots available for free back in April, and used feedback from Amazon and LOVEFiLM customers to help decide which pilots would be among the company's first original series.

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Zombieland, Alpha House Lead in Viewer Votes Among Amazon Pilots

John Goodman

Amazon unveiled 14 new original pilots last week, and according to TVGuide.com's poll, Alpha House, Zombieland and Onion News Empire are the early favorites.

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