• ‘Duck Dynasty’ Dad Suspended Following Anti-Gay Remarks

    Jase, Uncle Si, Phil, Willie, and Jep Robertson (Jeff Riedel/GQ)

    UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, A&E, the cable network which airs "Duck Dynasty," suspended Phil Robertson indefinitely from filming, issuing the following statement: "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty.' His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

    GLAAD issued the following statement in response to A&E's decision, attributed to GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz: "What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike. By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value."

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    The stars of "Duck Dynasty"

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  • NBC

    Welcome to TV Rewind, in which we look back at iconic episodes of beloved shows and try to determine if they still hold up today. This week, we look at the episode of "Saved by the Bell" in which Zack Morris dates a homeless girl who lives in a car and the mall with her dad.

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  • And the Winner of ‘The Voice’ Season 5 is…

    photo: Tyler Golden/NBCJamaican diva Tessanne Chin had already experienced some success in her native land — first as a member of the reggae-rock band Mile High, later as a solo artist with the 2006 hit single "Hideaway." She even toured with Jimmy Cliff and collaborated with Shaggy. But it was actually her friend Shaggy's suggestion that she try out for "The Voice" that finally made Tessanne an American sensation, when she was crowned the Season 5 "Voice" champion on Tuesday night.

    Upon hearing the good news, Tessanne broke into hysterical sobs, which only grew louder when her coach Adam Levine ran onstage, knelt at her feet, and presented her with a shiny new "Voice" trophy. She had just about composed herself, like a true professional, to perform her Ryan Tedder-penned coronation song "Tumbling Down"...when she broke down again as her mother walked onstage. "MAMA!" she screamed, as she ran into her mom's waiting embrace. Aw.

    It had been clear from Tessanne's first audition of Pink's "Try," which had

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  • ABC Family

    It’s that time of year again: mid-December, when all of our favourite shows go on winter hiatus and there’s nothing good to watch on television. And now that most of us have the magic of Netflix in our lives, that means it’s also the time of year when we fill our evenings with all of the terrible, Christmas-themed, made-for-TV movies that the on-demand service has bought the rights to.

    That’s right: I watched “The 12 Dates of Christmas” completely voluntarily. Why did I do it? I’d like to say it’s because I’m in the holiday spirit, or that it’s cold outside and I was bored, but honestly, I really don’t know.

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  • Well, that was fast! It seems as though it was just a few weeks ago that "Family Guy" laid the Griffins' pet dog Brian to rest. Oh, wait -- it was just a few weeks ago. But after three whole episodes without him, Brian was resurrected on Sunday night's episode, just in time for the holidays.

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  • A group of black female comedians at a showcase audition for "Saturday Night Live." (Bresha Webb/Instagram)

    In "it's about time" news, "Saturday Night Live" recently held a secret audition for black female comedians.

    "The audition came about from an inside source from 'SNL,'" actress Bresha Webb told The Jasmine Brand on Dec. 11. "I don't think any of us had a clue about the showcase until two days prior. It was an awesome opportunity even though it was such short notice but, if you're ready, you ain't gotta get ready and we were READY!"

    She went on: "We were all very supportive of each other and there was no sense of competition or pettiness. We were just happy that some new black women in comedy were being considered and given a shot."

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  • Les Moonves and Julie ChenLes Moonves and Julie ChenJulie Chen is talking trash about rival daytime chatfest "The View." In an interview on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show, the host of CBS's "The Talk" said the ABC show may have made a major mistake in hiring Jenny McCarthy for the show's current season. While Chen admitted that the former MTV star is likeable and beautiful, Chen said McCarthy's a fish out of water when it comes to talking politics. "That's what put ['The View'] on the map, but they don't do that any more," she said. "No one wants to hear Jenny McCarthy talk about the New York mayoral race ... or politics. They don't."

    Chen later told Extra that "The View" doesn't seem to know how to use McCarthy. "Now, with Jenny, it seems like they don't know what to do with her talent," she said. "The show has lost its way is my feeling because they don't really talk about politics anymore and when they do, no one is really trying to hear what Jenny is saying. ... I don't think she's suited for what they used to do."

    Of course,

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  • Iconic television comedy "Murphy Brown" premiered 25 years ago, made Candice Bergen a star, and was famously the topic of a speech by Dan Quayle during the 1992 election.

    But it could've all turned out very differently, as Bergen and creator Diane English revealed to Katie Couric on her talk show. CBS apparently didn't want Bergen to play the acid-tongued Murphy.

    [Related: 25 Things You Didn't Know About 'Murphy Brown']

    "They wanted someone much younger," Bergen acknowledged. "They said, 'Couldn't Murphy be coming back from a week at a spa, does it have to be a month at Betty Ford for alcoholism? And does she have to be 40, couldn't she be in her early 30s?' And Diane said, 'Are you insane? The whole point is her edges.'"

    An incredulous Couric then revealed the name of the actress that the network almost cast instead — Heather Locklear!

    As the audience gasped, Couric quickly made sure to say she had nothing against Locklear. "But she's not Murphy Brown!"

    Amen to that!

    Locklear

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  • The Butler (The Weinstein Co.), Rush (Universal) and Enough Said (Fox Searchlight)The Butler (The Weinstein Co.), Rush (Universal) and Enough Said (Fox Searchlight)

    Leo! Julia! Meryl! Sandra! But no Oprah?

    When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the Golden Globe nominations for excellence in film and television early this morning, we were shocked — shocked! — that power person Oprah Winfrey did not get her sure-thing, bet-the-farm nomination for Best Supporting Actress in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." And that's only snub No. 1!

    1. "The Butler" Gets Served
    Oprah went down with the ship when her drama about the civil rights movement as seen through the decades-long tenure of a White House butler got royally snubbed. Forest Whitaker in the title role got no love, along with director Lee Daniels and screenplay. But, why? It's possible that it became a victim of the "12 Years a Slave" juggernaut — which received a leading seven nominations (tied for most with "American Hustle").

    Both "12 Years a Slave" and "The Butler" treat historical moments in African American history. And both have enormous casts that showcase new and newfound

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  • Dallas Buyers Club'Dallas Buyers Club' (Credit: Focus)

    Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has proved that nothing keeps you on your toes quite like the annual Golden Globe nominations.

    Per usual, this year's nominees were filled with predictable shoo-ins ("12 Years a Slave," Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine," Meryl Streep for whatever movie she's in this year), at least somewhat bewildering snubs (no Martin Scorsese directing nom for "The Wolf of Wall Street" ... and no love for "Lee Daniels' The Butler") and a handful of completely out-of-left-field choices (two noms for a movie about two jerks driving around in circles?). And the term "Comedy or Musical" continues to get more and more vague as the films nominated in that category aren't exactly, you know, "Anchorman 2."

    Still, perhaps today's greatest victory is we can now say that we live in a world where Matthew McConaughey has finally been recognized for his awesomeness (in "Dallas Buyers Club," though he deserves it for "Mud," too) after last year's ignoring of his

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