'Duck Dynasty' hangs on during controversy, and more news to note
January 16th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

'Duck Dynasty' hangs on during controversy, and more news to note

Today's talk you might've missed:

  • For a moment there in December, it looked like "Duck Dynasty" was done for. But even after all of the commentary and complaints, the show still returned to A&E on Wednesday night with decent ratings. They weren't anything to brag about, though: 8.5 million were watching at 10 p.m., which is less than the 2013 Christmas special and the season four premiere last summer. [THR]
  • We wonder if Jim Parsons feels squicky at all about buying the $6.375 million Los Feliz mansion that was once the love nest of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. We also wonder if everything there is practically bathed in glitter from "Twilight." [LAT]
  • "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky are going from a family of three to five: the couple are expecting twins in the spring. [Hello!]
  • Hope Ryan Sweeting's marriage with Kaley Cuoco is a long one, otherwise this new tattoo he got is going to be annoying to remove. [GossipCop]
  • Jessica Simpson has finally joined the world of Instagram, and we couldn't be happier about it - now we get to see a close-up of her sister Ashlee's engagement ring. [Jessica Simpson's Instagram]

Filed under: While you were working
NBC orders 'Anchorman'-esque comedy from Will Ferrell
January 16th, 2014
02:50 PM ET

NBC orders 'Anchorman'-esque comedy from Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell is joining his other "SNL" alums and coming home to roost at NBC.

The actor has a pilot order in place with the network for a comedy called "Mission Control," which will have a style similar to "Anchorman."

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Filed under: television
Harry Connick Jr. is awesome. 'Idol's' ratings? Not so much
January 16th, 2014
12:06 PM ET

Harry Connick Jr. is awesome. 'Idol's' ratings? Not so much

Harry Connick Jr. has managed to give "American Idol" something the show desperately needed - good buzz - but he hasn't been able to lift the reality singing competition out of its sad ratings slump.

The series returned for its 13th season on Wednesday with 15 million tuning in and a 4.6 rating in the adult demographic - enough to help "Idol" dominate the ratings on Wednesday but still a drop nonetheless. According to EW, Wednesday's episode was the lowest-rated premiere in "Idol's" history.

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Filed under: American Idol 2013 • television
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