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Bored of the Holidays Already? Knit Your Own 'The Killing' Sweater!

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 25th 2011 6:50AM
Danish television series 'The Killing' (a.k.a. 'Forbrydelsen') and AMC's remake, also called 'The Killing,' have more than a few things in common apart from the plot: Crabby expressions and those sweaters. In fact, the sweaters are such an integral part of the drama that we think it's about time they got co-starring credits.

Pay attention all you 'Killing' fans who are stuffed to the gills with turkey and want nothing more than to wrap yourself in comfy knitwear and sit sour-faced in front of the TV for the rest of the weekend: You can now do it Sarah Lund/Linden-style.

Whether you want to buy their sweaters from the Faroe Islands, or knit them yourself, we guarantee that all will be revealed after the jump.

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Did You Miss the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade? Don't Worry, We Have You Covered

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 24th 2011 3:05PM

Another year, come and gone. (Sniff, sniff)

We're thankful for a great many things (especially certain TV shows), and one of those things is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Did you miss the show this year? If so, we have a slideshow of your favorite pop culture balloons that floated through Manhattan.

From Spongebob to Kermit, we've got you covered. We even have the Mighty Morphin Samurai Rangers. Yep, they're a thing now.

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From Small Screen to Singer: When TV Stars Double as Musicians

by Spinner Editors, posted Nov 24th 2011 2:00PM
From Spinner: We love a good crossover, especially when our favorite TV stars pick up a microphone and belt out some tunes.



The good folks over at Spinner have compiled a bunch of videos of TV celebs from Joey Lawrence to Zooey Deschanel as they showcase their vocal chops. Though a number of singers have moved from music to television, this list features stars who made it big on the small screen before picking up a microphone, to varying degrees of success.

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'Smash': Katharine McPhee Covers Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2011 11:20AM
Katharine McPhee Smash Beautiful CoverThe 'Smash' goodies keep on coming! Hot on the heels of the new poster art, NBC has released the first official music video from the series, featuring Katharine McPhee covering Christina Aguilera's hit song 'Beautiful.'

In the pilot episode, McPhee's character Karen Cartwright auditions for a role in the new Marilyn Monroe musical with the song.

In addition to original shots, the video also features new footage from the show.

Watch the video below. 'Smash' premieres Mon., Feb. 6, 10PM ET on NBC.

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'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving': 5 Things We Want to See

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 23rd 2011 11:00AM
A Very Gaga ThanksgivingIt's Thanksgiving! The leaves are changing in certain parts of the country that still have seasons, the smell of butane from turkey fryers is filling the air and ABC is celebrating with ... Lady Gaga?

Because nothing says making the holidays "hip" like Gaga!

'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving' (Thurs., Nov. 24, 9:30PM ET on ABC) is a 90-minute TV special conceived and directed by Gaga herself that finds the queen of shock performing eight songs for a small audience that includes her friends and family. The songs range from her biggest hits to holiday classic 'White Christmas,' and she's even doing a duet of 'The Lady Is a Tramp' with Tony Bennett.

Yep, this is really a thing. ABC is calling it "Gaga-fied," I'm calling it awesomely random.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13: The Winner of the Crystal Ball Is ...

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 23rd 2011 9:00AM
J.R. Martinez may have been crowned the 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 champion and walked away with the coveted Mirror Ball trophy, but only one star took home the newly christened Crystal Ball.

That's right -- AOL TV had it's very own award to dish out to one very lucky star.

Unlike the Mirror Ball, the Crystal Ball doesn't go to the most skilled dancer or even the star with the most likeable personality. Instead, it went to the person who I believe rose to the challenge week after week and, in the end, walked away from the experience somewhat transformed.

So who took home the incredibly shiny Crystal Ball? The answer may surprise you ...

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Happy Endings' Spoofs a Popular Reality Show -- Figure It Out!

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 22nd 2011 8:40PM
'Happy Endings' - 'Full Court Dress'Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) is taking her love of fashion to the next level on this week's 'Happy Endings,' designing a dress for sister Jane (Eliza Coupe) to wear to a charity event.

In 'Full Court Dress' (Wed., Nov. 23, 9:30PM ET on ABC), the quirky Chicago shop owner reveals that she's been figuring out how to sew with an online sewing class, and the Web site may or may not be a total rip-off of 'Project Runway,'* complete with the second step-cousin of guru Tim Gunn,** Nick Gun, as the instructor.

(*For legal purposes, we should probably say that it isn't a rip-off. Even though it is.)
(**There's really no relation whatsoever.)


We've got the exclusive sneak peek at the blinking, flashing, fluorescent mess of a Web site for Situation Walkspace. Let's take a look, shall we? And fair warning: Get ready to be suffocated by the cutting edge of fashion.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Finalist Ricki Lake Tells Us 25 Things We Don't Know About Her

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 22nd 2011 7:30PM
Ricki LakeWe've loved watching Ricki Lake charm American audiences once again on this season of 'Dancing With the Stars,' and can you believe her transformation? Amazing.

She's lost more than 20 pounds since the season began, but what don't we know about the 'Dancing' finalist?

Ricki Lake shared "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" in this week's Us Weekly, and we've got the list right here, including her drink of choice, the famous couple she bought her house from, the TV character name she went by as a kid and the one thing we'll never see her do.

Keep reading for the full list ...

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Finale: Who Will Win?

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 22nd 2011 4:20PM
dancing with the stars season 13 finalsWhen Season 13 of 'Dancing With the Stars' premiered, hardly anyone thought Rob Kardashian would make it to Week 4, let alone the finals -- but he did. And perhaps even more surprising? He deserved to.

But just because he's leading the pack heading into tonight's grand finale (Tues., Nov. 22 at 8PM ET), doesn't mean that you should count out J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake just yet.

Ricki's been Season 13's ringer. She has the performance background, the technique and, from Week 1, she was in it to win it. Did I mention that she's also had the biggest physical transformation?

J.R. was the relative unknown with the heroic background. He's relied on his natural talent and personality to get him through week to week, winning the hearts of millions of Americans. Then there's Rob. Every season has an underdog, and this season, it was Rob. Sure, he may have millions of fans and tons of celebrity support, but he's had to fight for his spot in the finals. Do any of you remember his disastrous Week 1 waltz?

So who will take home the Mirror Ball and become the Season 13 'Dancing With the Stars' champion? Let's discuss ...

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'After Lately' Behind the Scenes: Jen Aniston's T-Shirt and Stalking Reese Witherspoon

by Heather McDonald, posted Nov 22nd 2011 2:15PM
Heather McDonaldAs part of our new guest blog series, E! star Heather McDonald has written an essay for AOL TV about her many hilarious celebrity encounters on 'After Lately.' Stay tuned for more posts from the 'After Lately' cast of comedians.

When Jen Aniston entered the set of 'After Lately' (premieres Sun., Nov. 27 at 11PM ET on E!) to shoot her scenes, the first thing that I noticed was her T-shirt. It was the classic Jen Aniston T-shirt she is famous for (with the heart-shaped neckline and cap sleeves), and that is exactly what came out of my mouth: "Jen, you're wearing the Jen Aniston T-shirt you're famous for." And she responded with, "What, that's weird." It was weird (and weird for me to say out loud), but look up paparazzi photos of Jen running errands throughout the last 15 years and she's consistently wearing that style of T-shirt, with her perfect, cute real boobs in a non-padded bra. In fact, that night I told my husband about her cute boobs, and my 5-year-old son looked up from his iPad and asked, "Boobs can be cute?" "When they're Jennifer Aniston's they can be," I answered.

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The Biggest TV Turkeys of 2011

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 22nd 2011 12:00PM
TV Turkeys: Playboy Club, Entourage, Cougar TownThere are plenty of shows to be thankful for, but 2011 was also the year for some major TV turkeys.

You know what we're talking about -- those shows or televised events that are just too horrific for even our "worst" lists of the year.

We've picked our top turkeys, included proof of poultry, and ranked them on a gobble-meter scale of 1-10, 1 being the least offensive or surprising in terms of suckiness, and 10 being scream-at-your-TV-in-anger levels of suck that we hope we never have to endure again.

Take a look at our list, then chime in down in the comments with your own top picks for the bottom of the barrel.

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'Gossip Girl': 10 Things to Know About the 100th Episode & More

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:00PM
gossip girl 100th episode Spotted: Manhattan's favorite Upper East Siders (and Brooklynites) celebrating the 100th episode of 'Gossip Girl' at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York. As always, it was a fashionable affair for the cast -- Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Chase Crawford and Ed Westwick were all on hand -- but the real guest of honor, according to executive producer Josh Schwartz? The celebratory cake!

"We've talked about the cake for a long, long time," Schwartz told AOL TV. "'The OC' went to 93 or 92 episodes, so we were close but no cake. It's really a testament to Stephanie [Savage] and her leadership, guiding the show to 100 episodes. We birthed it, but Stephanie's really raised this child. I just send an alimony check."

But it wasn't all cake talk. The cast also teased the highly anticipated 100th episode, and all we can say is OMG! Orgies, dance sequences, a royal wedding and a potential runaway bride? This is one episode you can't miss. And from what we hear, the first 10 minutes see the entire cast doing something they've never done before.

What can it be? Let the gossip commence ...

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Derek Hough on 'Dancing With the Stars' Judges: 'They've Been the Same Since Season 1'

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 21st 2011 2:15PM
dancing with the stars finals derek houghFor eight seasons, Derek Hough has been the golden boy of 'Dancing With the Stars.' He has won the coveted Mirror Ball trophy all three times he's made it to the finals, and many believe that his work with celebrity partner Ricki Lake this season on the newly redone dance floor will earn him a fourth.

You might be surprised to know, then, that he's not especially worried about extending his perfect record. "Previous seasons, I've definitely felt the pressure to win, like it was mine to lose and, luckily, I won, but this season I don't feel that sort of pressure," Hough tells AOL TV. "I really like everyone that's in the final, and I think whoever wins totally deserves it."

With the grand finale of Season 13 looming (Mon., Nov. 21 at 8PM ET), AOL TV caught up with Hough to talk about his freestyle finale plans, the possibility of new judges and his laid-back new attitude -- one that apparently doesn't prevent him from throwing a few friendly jabs at fellow pro Karina Smirnoff.

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Who Scored Big in Week 7 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 21st 2011 1:45PM
It was a very crowded week for our favorite 'SNL' players. Not only did they have to share the spotlight with Jason Segel --who appeared to be glowing from having so much fun – but they also had to share the spotlight with the Muppets. Also, a key element of success on the Relevancy Poll was missing this week: The "Weekend Update" segments. I mean, yes, there were two segments, but they were monopolized by the real John Huntsman and then, later, by Kermit the Frog. Who's number one? Let's find out!

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TV Shows We're Most Thankful For

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 21st 2011 10:30AM
HomelandWe're thankful for a lot of things, but we're all about TV around here, and so is this list. Yes, it's time once again for the annual staff picks for TV Shows We're Most Thankful For.

There's plenty to choose from -- and obviously we had to narrow it down quite a bit -- but each of us has decided on one show that makes weekly viewing and analysis fun and worthwhile, for whatever reason.

Some of us appreciate a good laugh above all, some put dramas on a pedestal, and others are into vampire dramas with a hint of Somerhalder. You get the idea.

Take a peek at our quick list, then please share your own show that makes you thankful in the comments. Gobble gobble!

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