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Christmas in Washington (Friday, 8/7c, TNT)

It's the most wonderful time of the year — for musical holiday specials, at the very least. Mariah Carey, who kicked the TV week off with an ABC Christmas special on Monday, is part of the all-star lineup of this concert extravaganza, taped last weekend at the gorgeous National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Ellen DeGeneres hosts, and joining Carey onstage are ... read more

Mariah Carey Expecting Twins

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

It's an early Christmas present for Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon: The couple is expecting twins.

Cannon announced the big news on his radio show, 92.3 Now, Thursday morning.

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Kris Jenner Embarks on Joint Venture with Music Management Group

Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian

Kris Jenner is transitioning from mom-ager to full-time manager.

Jenner, who already manages her kids and the band BG5, has formed a new joint venture with music management group Wright-Crear Management, E! reports. Her son, Rob, will assume the day-to-day operations.

"Music is in my blood and this is my dream job," he told E! News.

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Aretha Franklin Released From Hospital

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin has been released from a Detroit hospital where she recently underwent surgery for an undisclosed illness.

Aretha Franklin recovering from "highly successful" surgery

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Date Set for Roger Ebert's TV Return

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert's new movie review TV show will premiere Jan. 21, the film critic announced.

Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies will air in 192 markets across the United States and worldwide in 175 countries via the Armed Forces Network, Ebert wrote in his Chicago Sun-Times journal.

Ebert, who lost his ability to speak after a battle with thyroid cancer, announced his TV return in September. The new show will feature contributors who will use Ebert's trademark "thumbs up/thumbs down" rating system he made famous on At the Movies, which ended earlier this year. Ebert, who communicates with post-it notes and a computer program that turns text into speech, will contribute regular segments as well.

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SAG Nominations: Modern Family Leads, Betty White Still National Treasure

Ed O'Neill, Betty White

Modern Family led the 17th Screen Actors Guild nominations Thursday with four mentions, as Ed O'Neill finally got some awards love, while Betty White continues to be the toast of the town.

The cast of the ABC comedy will vie for comedy ensemble honors against defending champ Glee, The Office, 30 Rock and Hot in Cleveland. Modern Family stars O'Neill — who was snubbed at the Emmys and the Golden Globes — Ty Burrell and Sofia Vergara picked up acting ...
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Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory
8/7c CBS
Any one of Penny's dates — Leonard expected — would be the last person with whom the guys would have anything in common, let alone befriend. However, they do find a perfect reason when they ask her latest buff boyfriend to help them by joining them in a costume contest in which they're entering as members of the Justice League. — Bill Ecklund

Read on for previews of Gift of the Magi, Thursday Night Football, Burn Notice, Larry King Live, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2010. read more

VIDEO: The Vampire Diaries' Brotherhood Is the Heart of the Show

Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley

Is The Vampire Diaries' Damon Salvatore getting soft?

Ordinarily, we would have expected bad boy Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to move in on Elena (Nina Dobrev) while her true love — and Damon's brother — Stefan (Paul Wesley) was locked away in a tomb. So why didn't he?

On the set of The Vampire Diaries: What the show will — and won't — take from the books

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Poll: Which Celebrity Breakup Shocked You the Most?

Jesse James and Sandra Bullock

2010 may just go down as the  year of shocking celebrity breakups. First, there was Sandra Bullock's divorce from Jesse James. Then Courteney Cox and David Arquette announced their separation. And now, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds have called it quits.

Look back at our list of some of the most surprising splits of the year, and tell us which breakup floored you the most.

March
New Oscar winner Sandra Bullock filed for divorce from Jesse James shortly after several women — namely tattoo model Michelle "Bombshell" McGee — claimed to have had affairs with the Monster Garage star. Bullock and James had been married since 2005.

April
Melissa and Tammy Etheridge separated after... read more

NBC Expands Sing-Off Finale; Plans Perfect Couples Preview

Street Corner

NBC is capitalizing on its hit The Sing-Off and expanding the show's season finale by 30 minutes.

The network will stretch The Sing-Off's live finale until 10:30/9:30c Monday. The 2½-hour broadcast will be followed by a preview of the comedy... read more

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