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Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

Fringe

Fringe
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With Walter's well-known love for music and drugs, it figures that his Euterpean tastes tilt toward progressive and psychedelic rock. And prominent in his vinyl collection is a band called Violet Sedan Chair, so Walter is in for a treat when he meets Roscoe Joyce (Christopher Lloyd), the group's keyboardist. Also of note is the show's move to Friday, and the episode's title, "The Firefly," is likely a nod to Joss Whedon's sci-fi cult classic "Firefly" that floundered on Friday nights. — Joe Friedrich

Read on for previews of Kitchen Nightmares, Medium, Onion News Network, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Portlandia and Comedy Central Presents. read more

Top Moments: Idol Flirts with Disaster, Jersey Shore Pops a Squat

American Idol

Our top moments this week:

11. Worst Undercover Job: On Undercover Boss, Sheldon Yellen, CEO of disaster recovery company Belfor, does some immediate disaster recovery himself after hearing lowly employee ...
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Jersey Shore Episodes 3 & 4: Do We Love Them or Hate Them?

Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore fans got a special treat this week with two new episodes — and the gang was as productive as usual. Snooks got arrested for being annoying, Deena hooked up with Ronni's doppelgänger, J-Woww broke up with her man in front of an audience, and the Sitch coined our new favorite Shore phrase. Check out our double-episode breakdown for each cast member.

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American Idol Episode Recap: Who Let the Dawg Out?

American Idol

As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for. After many viewers (yours truly included) complained that American Idol's Season 10 premiere on Wednesday didn't offer anything remarkably different from past seasons, Thursday's episode gave us something we've never seen before: Randy Jackson's bare stomach. I'm pretty sure that's not what any of us were hoping for. So, what had Randy (and Steven!) taking off their clothes? And which New Orleans singers gave J. Lo goose bumps and moved her to tears? Let's find out.... read more

J.J. Abrams: Fringe Deserves to Live Beyond Season 3

Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

Fringe's big move to the Friday dead zone has sent fans into a panic, but series executive producer J.J. Abrams says the sci-fi series will stay true to its story no matter where it lives.

But it's not going to get more complicated either. Abrams says at the risk of cancellation, writers won't... read more

Tamera Mowry Gets Engaged

Tamera Mowry and Adam Housley

Looks like the Mowry family has more good news to celebrate: Tamera Mowry is engaged.

The Sister, Sister star will wed Fox News Channel correspondent ...
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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Member Commits Suicide

HFPA

A longtime member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has committed suicide, The Wrap reports.

Max B. Miller's body was found Monday night by his friend, Claire Brunel, a day after the organization's annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Brunel told a friend that she found Miller lying on his bed ...
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A Who's Who Primer for the Spartacus Prequel Gods of the Arena

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena rewinds the clock, resurrects a couple of dead guys and introduces two new characters who share in the gladiator-era debauchery and bloodlust.

Set approximately five years before Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the six-part prequel (premiering Friday at 10/9c on Starz) features a more youthful but no less ambitious Lentulus Batiatus (John Hannah), and his randy wife Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) as well as Gladitor Crixus (Manu Bennett) and Oenomaus (Peter Mensah). New to the story are Gannicus (Dustin Clare), a gladiator, and the merry widow Gaia (Jaime Murray), both of whom provide much of the entertainment — and trouble — in Batiatus' world before the arrival of Spartacus.

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NBC Entertainment President Angela Bromstad to Exit

Angela Bromstad

Angela Bromstad, prime time entertainment president of NBC and Universal Media Studios, is leaving the network.

"Today I wanted to let you know that I'm leaving NBC Universal," Bromstad wrote in an e-mail to her staff Thursday, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "I cannot possibly sum up my thoughts and emotions in an e-mail but suffice it to say I have tremendous ...
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ABC Gives Jimmy Kimmel Midnight Slot, Trims Nightline

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jimmy Kimmel Live will move up its start time by five minutes, ABC announced Thursday.

Beginning Feb. 4, the late-night talk show will begin at midnight instead of 12:05 a.m. ET. The move trims Nightline, which begins at 11:35 p.m. ET, to 25 minutes from 30 minutes.

Watch clips from Jimmy Kimmel Live

To compensate for the shortened time, the newsmagazine ...
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