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Golden Globes: Jessica Lange wins for supporting actress in a series

Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story"

Jessica Lange of "American Horror Story" won the Golden Globe award for supporting actress in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television. Lange beat out Kelly MacDonald of "Boardwalk Empire," Maggie Smith of "Downton Abbey," Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family" and Evan Rachel Wood of "Mildred Pierce" for the award.

Lange plays intrusive neighbor Constance who, by use of her Southern charm, worms her way into the lives of her newly moved-in neighbors in the horror series on FX. This is Lange's 12th Golden Globe nomination and fifth win.

The Golden Globes are being held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday and are being televised on NBC. 

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 Photo: Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story." Credit: FX

Golden Globes: Idris Elba wins for actor in a TV miniseries

Golden Globes: Idris Elba wins for actor in a TV miniseries

This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

Idris Elba of "Luther" won the Golden Globe award for actor in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for television. Elba beat out Hugh Bonneville of "Downton Abbey," William Hurt of "Too Big to Fail," Bill Nighy of "Page Eight" and Dominic West of "The Hour" for the award.

Elba plays antihero detective John Luther in the series on BBC America. His "Luther" character is able to identify a killer at 10 paces but has suffered a mental breakdown, which resulted from the flawed decision of chasing down a pedophile. Elba has also appeared in "The Wire, " "The Office" and the film "Thor."

The Golden Globes are being held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday and are being televised on NBC. We'll carry all the breaking TV news and reaction here on Show Tracker.

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[For the record, 6:45 p.m. Jan. 15: This post originally listed Idris Elba's character as Martin Luther. His character's name is John Luther.]

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Photo: Idris Elba at the 69th Golden Globe Awards. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Move over, Tina Fey: Julianne Moore is Sarah Palin in HBO film

Julianne Moore plays Sarah Palin, right, in HBO's 'Game Change.'

Sarah Palin impersonators have some new competition -- Julianne Moore. So pack your moose-hunting bags, Tina Fey.

HBO has released the teaser trailer for "Game Change," a film starring Moore as the polarizing former Alaska governor when she debuted on the GOP ticket in 2008. It chronicles the campaign from the moment she stepped out as GOP nominee John McCain's pick for vice president leading up to their ultimate defeat in the presidential election. Watch the trailer below.

Moore, who recently starred in "Crazy Stupid Love," is the newest addition to the ranks of Palin impersonators, joining the likes of comedian Kathy Griffin and "30 Rock" writer Fey, who uncannily parodied the "Sarah Palin's Alaska" star on "Saturday Night Live" soon after she was announced as McCain's running mate. Maybe Moore's stints alongside Fey on "30 Rock" helped her hone that spot-on impression?

The Jay Roach-directed film based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's bestselling book also stars Ed Harris as McCain and Woody Harrelson as campaign strategist Steven Schmidt. Emmy-winning "Recount" writer Danny Strong wrote the script.

See Moore as the pump-wearing, camera-winking, "you betcha" phenomenon this March.

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Photos, from left: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in "Game Change"; Sarah Palin as Sarah Palin. Credits: HBO; Robyn Beck / AFP

Jimmy Fallon to release comedy album with 'Late Night' songs

Jimmy Fallon to record second comedy album, guest host  American Top 40 and 'Saturday Night Live'Jimmy Fallon is getting back behind the mike to record his second comedy album.

The "Late Night" host has inked a deal with the Nashville-based Warner Music Records; the album is to be released next summer.

"Having a new album coming out soon on Warner Bros. means so much to me," Fallon said in a statement. "Mostly, it means I should probably start writing some songs."

The "Saturday Night Live" alum has had success performing catchy parodies and getting his late-night guests — Justin Timberlake, Mick Jagger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Springsteen among them — to sing duets with him and show off their musical stylings. Recently on "Late Night," Fallon performed the theme from "Reading Rainbow" as Jim Morrison.

His upcoming album "will include music, parodies and other impresario compositions that became instant classics after performances by Jimmy and his guests on the 'Late Night' show," according to a statement from Warner. It will also feature never before released material from NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."

The music label boasts other comedians including Bob Hope, Steve Martin, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Katt Williams and Lisa Lampanelli.

Fallon's first album, "The Bathroom Wall" (2002) earned him a Grammy nod in the spoken comedy album category.

The increasingly busy comedian will also be filling in for Ryan Seacrest on the radio broadcast of "American Top 40" this weekend. Then, he'll be returning to "Saturday Night Live" on Dec. 17 to host for the first time.  

Guess he'll have to be writing those songs while he's on the road.

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Photo: Jimmy Fallon at his office at NBC Studios in Manhattan. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times

Kaley Cuoco to host 2012 People's Choice Awards

Kaley Cuoco of 'The Big Bang Theory' will host the 2012 People's Choice Awards.Kaley Cuoco of the Emmy-nominated uber-geek comedy "The Big Bang Theory" will host the 2012 People's Choice Awards, the organization announced Thursday.

Which pretty much means Cuoco is landing more hosting gigs than her "Big Bang" alter-ego is landing hemorrhoid commercials.

"We are thrilled to welcome Kaley as the new host of the People's Choice Awards," executive producer Mark Burnett said in a statement. "She's been making people laugh on top-rated comedy series for the last decade.... I'm looking forward to working with her on a fun-filled, comedy-packed show in January."

Cuoco hosted the Teen Choice Awards last August, where she competed for the spotlight with teens more interested in flailing their arms in front of the cameras than answering her loaded questions about the debt ceiling. But how else is a girl to prove that teens are smarter than we think? She may be better suited for the slightly older crowd drawn in by the People's Choice Awards.

She plays funny-girl-next-door Penny on the top-rated CBS comedy, which won the 2010 People's Choice Award for comedy series. The 25-year-old actress also starred in the final season of syndicated supernatural drama "Charmed" and the now-defunct series "8 Simple Rules," the favorite new TV comedy award winner in 2003.

She'll next appear in the independent feature film "The Last Ride" with Jesse James and the Lifetime television movie "Untouchable: The Drew Peterson Story" with Rob Lowe.

The 2012 People's Choice Awards, in which fans determine the nominees and winners in 41 music, movies and television categories, will air Jan. 11 on CBS.

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Photo: Kaley Cuoco at the 2011 Emmy Awards. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

Kate, Pippa Middleton get royal 'True Hollywood Story' treatment

Kate Middleton and Pippa Middleton at the royal wedding. The women are the subject of an upcoming 'E! True Hollywood Story'

Royal wedding (and Pippa Middleton) watchers, rejoice. E! has announced a one-hour special devoted to Prince William's new wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her sister, Pippa.

The "E! True Hollywood Story: Kate & Pippa" will tell the tale of the commoner sisters who were launched into the international spotlight after Kate fell in love with a royal, the network said in a statement.

"Kate and Pippa have always been incredibly close," said royals author Claudia Joseph, who was interviewed for the special. "You can see the warmth between them; they spend a lot of time together. When Kate and William broke up [temporarily], it was Pippa she went on the town with."

Commentators will weigh in on the girls' quaint upbringing, their transition into London's social scene, William and Kate's courtship at St. Andrews University and Pippa's instant celebrity status boost since the April 2011 royal wedding.

"THS: Kate & Pippa" airs Oct. 12 at 10 p.m.

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Photo: Pippa Middleton carries her sister Kate Middleton's train at the royal wedding in April. Credit: Alastair Grant / Associated Press

Kristin Cavallari: 'Dancing With the Stars' boot kicks up fan ire

Kristin Cavallari kicked off, Chaz Bono stays on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Kristin Cavallari got the boot on "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday night, but fans of the dance competition think that Chaz Bono was the one who deserved to go home.

On Monday, Cavallari nabbed a 24/30 score for her "Crazy In Love" samba with pro Mark Ballas while Bono earned a meager 18 points for his rumba set to his father Sonny Bono's "Laugh at Me." But Tuesday's results sparked the ire of the audience and boos from the crowd when Cavallari and her partner were voted out of the competition because of low audience votes. Perhaps a tweet from Cher, Bono's mom, promising that she'd be in the audience if her son made it to week four might have tipped the scales?

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said Bono "looked really distracted ... not quite focused in the dance." Len Goodman said it was his best performance though he still had much work to do and Bruno Tonioli said he looked "a little bit lost" during the performance. Nonetheless, viewers kept the competition's first transgender contestant on for another week. Watch the dances below and judge for yourself.

 

"I wish I could thank each & every one of you personally for your votes. YOU are the reason @LaceySchwimmer & I ARE DANCING AGAIN next week!!" Bono tweeted after the results.

But fans are still accusing the show of turning the competition into a popularity contest that has a flawed voting system that discounts judges' scores on actual skill versus juggernaut-like fan bases. Cavallari did get more praise from the judges than Bono across the board, and a much higher score to boot.

"The judges should have the final say in who goes home. Keeping the poor dancers is ridiculous. My husband says he no longer wants to watch, as it's not really a contest," wrote Show Tracker commenter Shirley Hicks.

"I had a bad feeling about this season as soon as I realized that the audience was voting out the new pros... it's all about your fanbase," added commenter Zachary Foreman. "Models and reality stars don't have big fan bases, nor do first year DWTS pros. I think they should put the bottom two dancers up to audience vote. That way, they couldn't mess up too much."

Cavallari later mused that votes from viewers didn't really match up to the skill of the contestants

"It is what it is. That's the thing with 'Dancing with the Stars,' you never know," she joked to Us Weekly. "It's clearly not a dance competition!"

"But I'd rather go out on top and have people be shocked than have people be like, 'Thank god she's leaving, it's about time.' It was the best experience I've ever had. I could not be happier that I did the show."

Who do you think should have gone home? Will you keep watching this season even if it's flawed?

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Left photo: Mark Ballas and Kristin Cavallari perform a samba. Credit: Adam Taylor / ABC

Right photo: Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer rumba. Credit: Adam Taylor / ABC

Charlie Sheen: A roundup of his 'winning' apologies

Is Charlie Sheen's Warner Bros. settlement what prompted his apology tour?

Charlie Sheen is winning -- back the public, that is.

As the former "Two and a Half Men" star and Warner Bros. near a $25-million settlement, Sheen seems to be going on an apology tour that reeks of damage control and casts the onetime warlock in a tiger blood-free light. "The Tonight Show," "Today," the Emmy Awards, "The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" and Twitter were a few places hit with torpedoes of reparation.

The lessons: Sheen hit rock bottom when he was fired from "Two and a Half Men"; he thought he could return to the CBS show despite his behavior and lashing out at creator Chuck Lorre and costar Jon Cryer; he wishes the sitcom the best, along with its new star Ashton Kutcher; and he still doesn't really know what happened during the rampant media frenzy. Sheen also said he's seeing his kids a lot more, and he's "mending fences" with ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller.

Is it too far-fetched to believe that the former "rock star from Mars'" public mea culpas were brought on by a humbled reaction to his roast? Or could they be part of the Warner Bros. settlement? (Is there a clause that says "Thou shalt apologize for your 'Sheenanigans'"?)

Whatever the reason, here's a roundup of the former Adonis DNA-clad actor's introspective appearances in which he put his infamous public outbursts to bed. The even-keeled interviews are a far cry from the one-on-one webcam sessions in "Sheen's Korner" that flooded the Internet last March. They also have people noticing his calm and apologetic demeanor rather than his erratic streams of consciousness.

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Jennifer Lopez will return to 'American Idol,' Nigel Lythgoe confirms

Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson will return to 'American Idol,' producer Nigel Lythgoe tells Ryan Seacrest.

Jennifer Lopez will be back at the "American Idol" judges' table with Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson now that she has signed on for the 11th season of the Fox show.

After weeks of speculation, "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed the news that Lopez would return to the series on "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" Wednesday.

"I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of 'American Idol,' is back for the next season," Lythgoe said over the phone.

Auditions with all three judges will begin in a couple of weeks, Seacrest added on Twitter.

But it comes as no surprise to many that the celebrated panel would be back, despite early skepticism following the departure of original judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul -- especially after the newly installed judges helped garner 10 Emmy nods for the reality competition.

Tyler's deal with "American Idol" runs for two more seasons but Lopez had initially signed a one-year agreement. However, her return could mean a pay raise for the singer, who reportedly will be getting $20 million instead of the $12 million she got on her first go-round.

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Photo: "American Idol" judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson with host Ryan Seacrest. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Jorja Fox returning to 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' as series regular

Jorja Fox returning to 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' as series regular

Jorja Fox is returning to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" as a series regular in the fall.

The actress was a series regular for the first seven seasons, playing tenacious forensic scientist Sara Sidle. Fox left at the beginning of Season 8 and returned only as a guest star the following seasons. But now she's coming back to Clark County for good, TV Line reported.

Fox will be starring alongside Ted Danson, who recently replaced outgoing Laurence Fishburne as head of the investigation team for the procedural during the CBS show's 12th-season shakeup.

Fox has appeared on "ER" as Dr. Maggie Doyle and played Agent Gina Toscano on "The West Wing." She'll also star in Ben Stern's indie drama "3 Weeks to Daytona" with Scott Cohen this year.

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Photo: William L. Petersen with Jorja Fox in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Credit: Robert Voets / CBS.

'Cash Cab' strikes and kills pedestrian in Canada

A "Cash Cab" taxi struck and killed a pedestrian in Vancouver when a technical staff member was driving the replica cab back to the lot after filming on the Canadian version of the game show wrapped for the day.

The staff member crashed into a 61-year-old man crossing the street and the man died in the hospital soon after the accident Friday, police said. The family of the Surrey man has requested that his name not be released.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his friends and his family," said Andrew Burnstein, president of Castlewood Productions Inc., the production company behind the Canadian version of "Cash Cab."

"My heart also goes out to the driver of the vehicle, a member of our technical staff, who is shaken and devastated by this tragic accident, as is our entire team," he said.

There were no witnesses to the crash and charges had not been filed, according to the Vancouver Sun. The driver remained at the scene of the accident and the replica taxi is being held by investigators.

The trivia game show pays out cash to unassuming passengers who correctly answer questions for the duration of their commute. Adam Growe, a comedian and a licensed taxi driver, hosts the Canadian version of the mobile show. He was not driving the cab at the time of the accident, which is reportedly the worst in the show's history. 

 The American version of "Cash Cab" is filmed in New York and Chicago and broadcast on the Discovery Channel. Its host, Ben Bailey, has said that he never gets into fender benders.

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MTV renews werewolf drama 'Teen Wolf' for a second season

'Teen Wolf' renewed for second season on MTV

Let the moonlight howling continue! "Teen Wolf" will return to MTV for a second season in 2012.

The network announced Wednesday that it will be picking up 12 more episodes of the steamy drama -- a remake of the classic '80s film -- starring Tyler Posey as newly bitten werewolf Scott McCall.  

"We're incredibly proud of this show," David Janollari, head of MTV's programming, said in a statement. "Executive producer Jeff Davis has brought an exciting, cinematic story to life with a breakout young cast who our audience has wildly embraced. Picking up 'Teen Wolf' for a second season marks another step towards the further diversification of our schedule, with this big, bold, entertaining scripted series."

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The show premiered following the MTV Movie Awards last month to decent ratings culled from its lead-in viewers. With an average of 1.7 million weekly viewers, the breakout series has become MTV's highest-rated new series of 2010 and 2011, according to the network. Take that, guidos and teen moms...

On Monday, Scott will face his second full moon as a werewolf with best friend Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) while his romance with the new girl in town takes a hit.

The question is, how will the lupine drama fare with the glut of supernatural programming hitting the tube?

Are you happy to see "Teen Wolf" howl again? Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Tyler Posey stars in MTV's updated thriller, "Teen Wolf." Credit: MCT

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