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Let's get this week's highlight reel started on a positive note.

TEARJERKER OF THE WEEK: Kurt Hummel plaintively singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on Glee as we relive home movies in his mind, showing bonding moments with his (now comatose) dad Burt, including a tea party where the little boy playing Young Kurt is an uncanny dead ringer. A catch in his voice, a lump in our collective throats, a Kleenex run at the commercial break. Chris Colfer's sensitive yet tough performance as a boy sticking by his non-beliefs during a trying time is the highlight of "Grilled Cheesus," a tricky, affecting exploration of faith, religion, friendship and family. Amber James' soaring renditions of "I Look to You" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (the latter backed up by a church choir) also top this week's Glee Hit Parade, and or course Rachel turns to Yentl for inspiration. Even a friend's dad's coma can't rain on her Streisand parade. We also learn Sue has turned from God because of the cruelties visited upon her beloved sister, and Emma shows uncommon wisdom as she opens Finn's eyes to the folly of praying to a sandwich. The best Glee episode in quite a while, reminding us why we stick with this show even when the notes sometimes seem sour.

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Rick Sanchez Apologizes on GMA: "I Have to Stand Up and Be Responsible"

Rick Sanchez

Rick Sanchez says he screwed up.

"It was wrong for me to be so careless and so inartful, but it happened and now, I have to stand up and be responsible for it, just like I teach my kids," the former CNN anchor told ABC's Good Morning America during his first television interview since he was fired.

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Top Moments: Rethinking Kanye West, the Beatles and The Event

Kanye West, Glee

Television made us rethink what we thought to be true this week. The Event told us that dead people were alive. The Good Wife reintroduced a sex scandal we long thought over. Mad Men's Joan crushed our dreams of seeing her couple up with Roger Sterling. Glee's Chris Colfer reimagined the Beatles. And an artful performance by Kanye West allowed us to reconsider Saturday Night Live as a venue for progressive musical happenings. Welcome to Top Moments: Up Is Down Edition.

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Rick Sanchez Publicly Apologizes for "Inartful" Comments

Rick Sanchez

Rick Sanchez issued a public apology Wednesday, calling his comments about Jon Stewart "inartful" and "mangled," according to a statement obtained by Variety.

In the statement, the 52-year-old said he had a... read more

Rick Sanchez Let Go From CNN After Calling Jon Stewart a "Bigot"

Jon Stewart, Rick Sanchez

CNN fired host Rick Sanchez Friday, a day after he called Jon Stewart a "bigot" during a radio interview.

"Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we... read more

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert to Host Dueling Rallies in D.C.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

Not to be outdone by Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are planning their own rallies — against one another.

The late-night funnymen announced Thursday plans to ... read more

Jon Stewart to Appear on The O'Reilly Factor

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart will return to Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor.

Though Stewart, who's scheduled to appear Wednesday, is a frequent critic of Bill O'Reilly's employer and it's fair to say the two hosts have differing political opinions, Stewart has read more

Top Moments: The Manly Men of Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, and... The View?

Barack Obama, Jon Hamm

The boys were back in town this week. Rescue Me's Tommy had a spectacular flameout in his quest for sobriety. Coach Taylor counseled a pained player on Friday Night Lights. The men told all on The Bachelorette. President Obama charmed the ladies of The View. And Don Draper tried to get his groove back on the new season of Mad Men. Welcome to Top Moments: Manly Men Edition.

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Her Quest for World Domination Continues: Olivia Munn to Guest-Star on Chuck

Olivia Munn

Oh, how her nerd herd will grow.

Olivia Munn, who rose to Internet fame among fanboys while hosting G4's Attack of the Show — a gig that saw her roam the floors of Comic-Con dressed as Princess Leia and chomp down on all manner of sausage and cucumber on-air — has scored a role on NBC's Chuck.

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Conan Takes Manhattan

Conan O'Brien

Cheers to Conan O'Brien for his triumphant return to New York City. Performing a mere 200 feet away from NBC's 30 Rock, his old place of employment, Conan rocked Radio City Music Hall with a high-energy, star-jammed extravaganza. Proving his career has risen from the dead ...
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