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Emmys 2014: Did Seth Meyers Play It Too Safe?

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers continued his breakout year Monday night as the host of television's biggest night, the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Hosting a major awards show is ostensibly an honor, but increasingly, in the world of live-tweeting, a thankless assignment — and one that was made even more tedious by the fact that this year's Emmy telecast occurred on a Monday. Did Meyers rise to the occasion?

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Seth Meyers on Hosting the Emmys: Jokes Will Be "Upbeat," Not "Cutting"

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers says his first few months of hosting Late Night has prepared him to host the Emmys for the first time in August.

"I feel the most ready than I've ever felt, but... read more

Top Moments: John Oliver Makes Us Laugh Talking About Net Neutrality

John Oliver

Our top moments of the week:

11. Best Icebreaker: Jonah Hill has been apologizing for the wrong transgression this whole time. A day after his tearful mea culpa on The Tonight Show for using an anti-gay slur, the 22 Jump Street star drops by The Colbert Report, where... read more

Top Videos: Ricky Gervais Plays Word Sneak, a 9-Year-Old's Unbelievable AGT Audition

Adrian Romoff

This week, Ricky Gervais couldn't keep a straight face while playing "Word Sneak" withJimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and hilarious husband-and-wife team Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally talked about their new show "Summer of 69 — No Apostrophe" on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Nine-year-old piano prodigy Adrian Romoff blew the judges away on America's Got Talent, and Netflix mashed up Orange Is the New Black with Arrested Development. Finally, a cat and a horse brought their amazing friendship to the Internet. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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6 Reasons You Should Be Watching Ricky Gervais' Netflix Series Derek

Ricky Gervais

The world would be a better place if we were all a little more like Derek Noakes, the titular character of Netflix's British import Derek.

That may be a surprising notion, given that Derek — a simple-minded man who works in an old-age home in Britain — is the creation of Ricky Gervais, whose stand-up comedy and past work on shows like The Office and Extras can be biting, to say the least. Even Gervais admits thatDerek, which he describes plainly (and accurately) as "a show about kindness," is less a departure from his previous projects and more a complete rejection of them.

"In recent years — and I'm culpable; I may even be one of the major driving forces in it — there's been a comedy of embarrassment, of excruciating social faux pas, the minutiae of human behavior, and usually the bad side," Gervais, who plays the lead role of Derek in addition to writing and directing the series, told TVGuide.com last week. "What's slightly different about [Derek] is, all those comedies and all the characters I've created before were sort of laughing at the blind spot, laughing at the difference between how the characters see themselves and how we see them. And with this, I've closed that blind spot. People are more sincere and more honest. ... The big theme is that kindness trumps everything."

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Top Videos: Muppets Unscripted, Christopher Walken Dance Supercut, Fargo Trailer

Kermit the Frog, Ty Burrell

This week, the stars of the upcoming movie Muppets Most Wanted — both felt and human — got together to answer questions from Twitter users. A contestant on Wheel of Fortune solved a seemingly-impossible final puzzle with just two letters, and the self-described "world's greatest trick shot artists" performed nine trick shots in a row. Plus: A pit bull was caught misbehaving by a Nanny Cam, and The Huffington Post put together an amazing compilation of Christopher Walken dancing. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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Celebrities React to Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

Philip Seymour Hoffman

News of Philip Seymour Hoffman's sudden death Sunday shook the film world, and many of the actor's colleagues, friends and co-stars took to Twitter to express their grief.

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Muppets Most Wanted Trailer: Fear the Frog!

Muppets

"It's not easy being mean." Those are the words of the frog Constantine in the upcoming Disney film Muppets Most Wanted, which hits theaters this spring. It seems that the master criminal bears a striking resemblance to another amphibian we may know: Kermit. read more

Stephen Merchant Goes Solo With the New Comedy Hello Ladies

Stephen Merchant

It's 8am, and Stephen Merchant is in pain. The 6-foot-7 Englishman strained his back the night before while lip-synching to DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince's "Boom! Shake the Room" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in a clip that's about to go viral.

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The Thursday Playlist: Burn Notice and Other Finales, Derek on Netflix

Ricky Gervais

Fans often feel burned when the final curtain falls on a favorite show — especially when it happens unexpectedly and without resolution (just ask fans of A&E's The Glades or, even more recently, AMC's The Killing, which at least solved its third-season case before the grim fadeout). This is not the situation with USA's Burn Notice, which has been leading all summer to a calculated big finish (Thursday, 9/8c) after seven seasons of... read more

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