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Luke Bryan to Sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

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Country music singer Luke Bryan has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

His performance, which marks his first time appearing at the Super Bowl, will come as part of the pregame show. Super Bowl LI will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5.

The announcement was made by the NFL and Fox.

A two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association entertainer of the year, Bryan has sold nearly 8 million albums and had 17 number-one singles. His latest album, “Kill The Lights,” is certified platinum and has sold 3.5 million tracks.

Last year’s national anthem was performed by Lady Gaga, who gave a rousing rendition decked out in a glittery red pantsuit. The pop star will be headlining this year’s halftime show.

Other performers who have sung the anthem on the high-profile stage include: Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, and »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Kristen Stewart To Host Feb. 4 ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Kristen Stewart, whose short film and directorial debut Come Swim is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, will host the February 4 installment of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The musical guest will be Alessia Cara. The Twilight actress’ hosting gig was announced in an on-air promo during tonight’s episode hosted by Aziz Ansari. On January 28 NBC will air a repeat of the November 19 episode hosted by Kristen Wiig with musical guest… »

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Veronica Mars Boss Rob Thomas Shares 'Six-Episode' Revival Update

21 January 2017 9:40 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

With the Gilmore Girls revival behind us, it’s time to reopen our investigation into a second Veronica Mars reunion project.

Over the summer, leading lady Kristen Bell confirmed our initial scoop that she and series creator Rob Thomas are eyeing a limited-series format vs. a fan-funded feature film this time around, telling me at Comic-Con, “We are definitely striving to do it again… And this time around we’re not going to ask the audience to pony up for anything.”

At the Television Critics Association winter press tour last week, Thomas — who was promoting iZombie Season 3 — revealed that the »

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Donald Trump Inauguration Draws 30.6 Million Viewers, Fewer Than Obama in 2009

21 January 2017 2:06 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Donald Trump’s inauguration day ceremonies grabbed 30.6 million viewers on Friday, significantly lower than the crowd that turned out for Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.

Nielsen measured the 12 networks that aired any live coverage of inaugural events between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Et. Obama’s history-making first time out averaged 37.7 million viewers. The highest-rated inauguration remains Ronald Reagan in 1981, which brought in 41.8 million viewers.

The Trump inauguration drew 2.8 million viewers 18-34, 7.2 million 35-54, and 19.2 million 55 and over. Nielsen measured viewership on ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox New Channel, Galavision, Hln, and MSNBC.

Trump’s inauguration ranked as the fifth highest in total viewers, behind Reagan 1982, Obama 2009, Jimmy Carter 1977 (34.1 million), and Richard Nixon 1973 (33 million). The 2013 Obama inauguration drew an audience of 20.6 million. Trump edged out Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration (29.7 million) and George W. Bush 2001 (29 million).

In household ratings — percentage of households tuning in — Trump ranks a mere ninth with a »

- Daniel Holloway

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The Vampire Diaries Spoilers: Elena Returns with or Without Nina Dobrev

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There was a collective shock in the Vampire Diaries circle when Nina Dobrev initially left the show, and now it seems there will be just as big a shock if she doesn’t return for the final season.  Everyone’s now asking the question “will she or won’t she?” when it comes to the CW hit series.   Sources say that “The Vampire Diaries” had very high hopes that Dobrev would in fact return for the final season but now that things are wrapping up, and Dobrev hasn’t fully committed, the show is preparing to move on without her. In an earlier interview

The Vampire Diaries Spoilers: Elena Returns with or Without Nina Dobrev »

- Nat Berman

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‘Last Man Standing’ Tops Friday To Extend Streak, ‘Emerald City’ Ratings Slip Further

21 January 2017 10:19 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ABC’s Last Man Standing extended its strong 2017 ratings showing with another solid delivering last night. The multi-camera sitcom starring Tim Allen was the top program on Friday in adults 18-49 (Live+same day) for a fourth consecutive week with a 1.3 rating, even with last week and the second highest result for the show this season behind its January return (1.5). Last Man Standing has been a success story in broadcast syndication where it launched last fall. The extra… »

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‘Raised By Wolves’ Pilot From Greg Berlanti, Diablo Cody Ordered at ABC

20 January 2017 7:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has given the green light to the pilot for Diablo Cody and Greg Berlanti’s “Raised By Wolves.” The half-hour comedy is based on the British series of the same name.

The pilot, written by Cody, centers on Sheila Gable, a single parent and one tough mother. Joining Sheila are her dad and five offbeat kids as they try to survive on a shoestring budget in the Midwest. The original U.K. series was created by Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline and ran for two seasons on Channel 4.

The project comes from Warner Bros.-based Berlanti Prods., with Cody, Berlanti and Sarah Schecter serving as executive producers. Cody is also co-creator with Tig Notaro on Amazon’s “One Mississippi.”

This is the second pilot for Berlanti at ABC; the first, “Deception,” was ordered Thursday. But while “Deception” is a drama and the company also has the considered-a-sure-thing “Black Lightning” in the works, Berlanti »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Country Star Luke Bryan To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl 2017

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Country singer Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem at Super Bowl Li as part of pre-game proceedings, the NFL and Fox announced today. The performance will air live on Fox just before kickoff. Accompanying Bryan will be actor Kriston Lee Pumphrey on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf, who will perform the anthem and “America The Beautiful” in sign language. A two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, Bryan… »

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This Is Us: 6 Facts You Didn’t Know About Justin Hartley

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If you haven’t tuned into the new NBC drama This is Us, you are missing out. The series, which scored 11 million viewers in its fall finale and continues to dominate its time-slot on Tuesday nights, has critics and fans laughing and crying.  The success of the show is due in part to the excellent chemistry between the cast which includes Justin Hartley, Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia. Justin Hartely is no stranger to the world of television. The actor recently appeared on Mistresses and Revenge. Here are six facts you may not know about the This is Us actor. 1. He was almost Two Superheroes Justin Hartley appeared on

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- Tim Gerstenberger

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Once Upon a Time Eyes Musical Episode for Spring — Who Will Sing?

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Will Grumpy and the rest of Once Upon a Time‘s dwarfs finally sing about whistling while they work? Will erstwhile cricket Dr. Archie Hopper let loose with a tune about wishing upon a star?

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“Be prepared” (as Scar might croon), because such melodic mysteries might be addressed during Season 6. TVLine hears that the fantastical, fairy tale-themed ABC series is currently planning a musical episode, to air sometime this spring. And to that end, some cast members are actively brushing up on their vocal skills. »

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TV Review: ABC’s ‘Downward Dog,’ Starring Allison Tolman

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Remarkably, “Downward Dog” manages to make a dog into one of the most annoying sitcom characters of the 2016-2017 season. It’s quite a feat, especially considering that Martin is a sweet, hapless-looking mutt, a sad-eyed omega who always looks a little guilty until his tail thumps happily onto the floor. But that’s what happens when you give a dog a mockumentary sitcom, where he both narrates the action and then “talks to” the camera. “Downward Dog” even animates Martin’s poor little mouth so it looks like it’s making words.

This type of gimmick is usually relegated to the loopy realities of children’s programming or dream sequences (or, worst of all, insurance commercials). “Downward Dog” grafts this schtick onto what is otherwise a mumblecore relationship comedy, with an apparent eye towards sincerity. And in giving Martin a personality, the show settles on a mopey, selfish little cretin who observes, matter-of-factly »

- Sonia Saraiya

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Putin Mocks Trump’s Inauguration (Watch)

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Alec Baldwin may have gotten the night off with his much-praised portrayal of Donald Trump, but Beck Bennett took center stage as Vladimir Putin on “Saturday Night Live” to reassure Americans in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“Relax, I got this. Putie’s going to make everything Ok,” announced a shirtless Bennett-as-Putin. “I promise that we will take care of America. It is the most expensive thing we have ever bought.”

He acknowledged the skepticism of the newly elected President — but pointed out he’s had skeptics, too, but they haven’t been heard from since. “It’s like they’re gone. It always works out,” he assured.

In response to yesterday’s women’s marches, “Putin” introduced a Russian woman: Fan favorite Olya, played by Kate McKinnon.

“Hello. I am Olya, a Russian woman,” said McKinnon-as-Olya, who was reciting from a card. “I am so happy. Each »

- Debra Birnbaum

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John Legend Responds to Paparazzi ‘Monkey’ Attack: ‘Dehumanization Has Always Been a Method of Racism’ (Watch)

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John Legend has never been one to stand down.

Earlier this week, the Grammy and Oscar-winning musician experienced racially charged harassment by a paparazzi when he was with his wife, Chrissy Teigen, at an airport.

Teigen tweeted about the incident on Thursday, writing that a paparazzi photographer at John F. Kennedy airport asked “if we evolved from monkeys.”

For the first time, Legend opened up about the run-in on Saturday at the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where he was on hand to promote his Wgn America series “Underground” on which he’s an executive producer.

Paparazzi at JFK just asked me "if we evolved from monkeys, why is John Legend still around?" – and people wonder why celebs lose it in pics

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 19, 2017

“We were right next to each other and we looked at each other like, ‘Did »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Leslie Jones Wonders Why ‘Hidden Figures’ Story Wasn’t Taught in School — Watch

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Hidden Figures” has earned strong reviews and earned $84 million at the box office so far, which is to say that its title characters — three black women who played vital roles at Nasa in the 1960s and beyond — aren’t as hidden as they were a month ago. Last night on “SNL,” Leslie Jones raised what now seems like an obvious question: Why did almost no one know this story before? Watch below.

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Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe star as the main trio (Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson) in the film, which is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name and takes place in the lead-up to John Glenn’s first orbit around the earth. Jones admits that she almost didn’t see “Hidden Figures” out »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Tim & Eric’ Star Tim Heidecker’s New Song Approves of Punching Neo-Nazis in the Face

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Richard Spencer, a prominent member of the so-called “alt-right” who has called for “peaceful ethnic cleansing,” was punched in the face following Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. As you can imagine, a wave of sympathy (read: gifs, memes and hashtags) immediately followed after video of the incident made its way online. Among the many to chime in is Tim Heidecker of “Tim and Eric,” who recorded a song called “Richard Spencer.” Listen below.

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Spencer — who, contrary to said video evidence, tweeted on Friday that he “can take a punch” — has called Martin Luther King, Jr. a “fraud and degenerate” in the past. He also, in case you’ve already forgotten, got his clock cleaned a couple days ago. Heidecker’s piano ballad chronicling the event revolves around a few key lines: “You can’t wish anyone dead, »

- Michael Nordine

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Spurs v. Cavaliers Gives ABC Its Best Non-Christmas NBA Ratings Of Season

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  The season two debut of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, with the San Antonio Spurs' overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, was the highest-rated, non-Christmas NBA game of the 2016-17 regular season across ABC and Espn. Averaging a 2.6 metered market rating, viewership peaked with a 4.0 rating from 11-11:15 p.m. Et, according to Nielsen. In the San Antonio market, Saturday Primetime delivered a 13.9 rating, the highest-rated game in the market this season across… »

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Aziz Ansari Pays the Price for Not Loving ‘La La Land’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’ — Watch

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Aziz Ansari hosted last night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” and among other important topics touched on in both his monologue and skits — like, say, the inauguration of Donald Trump — was “La La Land.” Set up as an interrogation between Ansari’s character and two cops (Cecily Strong and Beck Bennett), the bit puts the “Master of None” star in the hot seat. Watch below.

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: In Which Aziz Ansari Compares President Trump To Chris Brown

As tends to happen around this time of year, one film has emerged as an awards heavyweight and frequent talking point. Damien Chazelle’s musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone occupies that spot this time around, meaning that backlash — and, in the case of this skit, backlash to the backlash — is inevitable. “I liked it,” Ansari says defensively of his thoughts on “La La Land.” “I just »

- Michael Nordine

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Quotes of the Week: Young Pope, SNL, Chicago Fire, Girl Meets World and More

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Little-known fact: The best way to prepare for today’s NFL conference championships is by reading Quotes of the Week. (It’s true, we swear.)

RelatedTVLine’s Performer of the Week: Homeland‘s Rupert Friend

This time around, we’ve got The Young Pope‘s penchant for a certain beverage, a Paula Abdul reference on Lucifer, Home Improvement admiration on Fresh Off the Boat and a dramatic exchange from Girl Meets World‘s series finale. 

Also included in our roundup: double doses of Saturday Night Live and The Big Bang Theory.

Check out the gallery on the right – or click »

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SNL Proves that Out of Great Adversity Comes Great Comedy

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  Although a majority of Americans would say that the worst thing to happen to America is Donald Trump running for and winning the Presidency it may be the best thing to happen for Saturday Night Live (SNL). This season in particular has had some truly great comedic commentary on the current political reality.  SNL‘s thoughts on President Trump have been on display for a while now.  However, this episode, done the day after Donald Trump officially became the President of the United States, stands out as its best overall show. Some of this has to be credited to the

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- Joy D'Angelo

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Rise Bigly Post-Inauguration With Host Aziz Ansari

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Viewers clearly were seeking out Saturday Night Live take’s on President Donald Trump’s inauguration, lifting the late-night sketch comedy program’s ratings to its highest levels since the episode that followed the Nov. 8 Presidential elections. There was some confusion, with Alec Baldwin quoted earlier this week that he would reprise his Trump last night, but I hear he was not supposed to be on the show as SNL, just like it did with the first show after the November… »

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