'South Park' gets picked up through season 20
November 17th, 2011
02:45 PM ET

'South Park' gets picked up through season 20

Like its broadcast network animated brethren "The Simpsons," Comedy Central's "South Park" is in it for the long haul.

The series, which first debuted in 1997, has been picked up for an additional three seasons, according to a statement from Comedy Central. This means we'll be watching new "South Park" episodes all the way up through 2016.

"South Park's" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are sticking with their now iconic show as writers, editors and directors, and say in the statement that creating the series "is a blast and we can't wait to make more."

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Filed under: Late Night comedy • television
November 17th, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Vince Gill: Near victim of sex abuse as preteen

Millions of fans know Vince Gill as a country music superstar and 20-time Grammy winner, but the sexual abuse scandal involving Penn State has the artist reflecting on an incident from his past: He was a near-victim of sexual abuse as a preteen.

The 54-year-old singer-songwriter made the revelation to CNN and "Showbiz Tonight" before a show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California - a venue he last played 35 years ago as a fledgling artist. Gill was sharing stories about his new album, "Guitar Slinger," when talk turned to Penn State.

"It conjured up something that happened in my past when I was about that age, as a 12-year-old kid starting 7th grade," he confided. "There was unfortunately a gym teacher at our school that wound up being the same kind of thing...and there were some advances made towards me that were very awkward."

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'Top Chef': Nothing better than a team challenge
November 17th, 2011
12:36 PM ET

'Top Chef': Nothing better than a team challenge

Now that we have 16 cheftestants competing, "Top Chef" Nation can pretend the first two episodes never happened and return to skewering a manageable number of chefs and excoriating a manageable number of dishes using only our eyes. Otherwise known as normalcy.

After hitting the reset button, we were given a quick introduction to a few of the chefs. Like Beverly Kim, who had a vision board crumpled piece of paper that looked like it survived the Constitutional Convention and read, “Congratulations Beverly, you have won Top Chef Season 9.” Ugh. Chefs are a delicate bunch.

Back in the kitchen, we saw the first Quickfire of the year, and the show’s first chance to embrace Texas. So what Texas “staple” did they reveal? Rattlesnakes, which the guest judge assured us are “traditional in Texas cuisine.” OK, then.

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Ra Ra Riot performs at The Earl in Atlanta
November 17th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Soundcheck with Ra Ra Riot: Life after death

In 2007, Ra Ra Riot was on the cusp of success when a tragedy nearly ended the young band’s career.

The founding members, a group of Syracuse University students, had begun generating buzz at the 2006 CMJ Music Marathon and Film festival, and were starting off on the right foot.

And then Ra Ra Riot’s original drummer and songwriter, John Pike, went missing when the group attended an after party for a show in Providence, Rhode Island in early June, 2007. Pike was eventually found dead from an apparent drowning.

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Lea Michele: I can eat you under the table
November 17th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Lea Michele: I can eat you under the table

“Glee” star Lea Michele is fighting eating disorder rumors, telling Allure that despite her vegan diet, she can really chow down.

"People get confused, like, you know, I just eat grass," Michele jokes about her veganism in the December issue. Although she's said that her diet does help her stay in shape, the actress tells Allure that just because she doesn’t eat animal products doesn’t mean she can’t pig out.

"I'm half Italian," she says. "I can eat some b-–s under the table."

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Mariah Carey's new manager: Randy Jackson?
November 17th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Mariah Carey's new manager: Randy Jackson?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Randy Jackson is very close to signing a deal that would have him managing Mariah Carey’s career.

Apparently Mimi and the “American Idol” judge go way back. Jackson was the vice president of A&R for Columbia Records during the 1990s, where Carey was signed from 1988 to 2001.

Plus, Randy has a long history of working closely with Mariah. He played bass for her in the studio and on the road, served as her musical director, appeared on her records and has co-written and produced tracks for the diva.

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