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'Smash': Watch Jennifer Hudson sing the new song 'I Can't Let Go' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you’re going to hire Jennifer Hudson to guest-star on a musical like Smash, you better have an epic ballad for the Oscar-winner to sing. Well, thankfully, the producers of the NBC series know exactly how to use Hudson’s talents. In this exclusive clip from the climax of episode 4, Hudson’s Veronica “Ronnie” Moore sings a brand new song, written by Smash‘s composers and exec producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, while performing at her own televised concert.

Regular viewers will recognize Derek (Jack Davenport), who directed the concert, standing in the wings; Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) singing back-up; Tom (Christian Borle) on the piano; and newcomers Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Kyle (Andy Mientus), whose characters are credited with penning “I Can’t Let Go” on the episode. Also, look for a cameo in the audience by Sheryl Lee Ralph as Ronnie’s controlling mother. Watch the spectacle below… READ FULL STORY

Watch a sneak peek of TLC's 'Totally T-Boz' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

On Jan. 1, TLC premieres the four-part series Totally T-Boz, which chronicles the comeback of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of the girl group TLC (“No Scrubs,” “Unpretty,” and “Waterfalls”). Below, we’ve got your first look at the show’s cold open and title song in which T-Boz, a single mother to 12-year-old daughter Chase, breaks down her life since the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes — a divorce, a brain tumor that robbed her of her speech, sight, hearing, and balance, and an ongoing battle with Sickle Cell — and how she plans to reinvent herself.  READ FULL STORY

Fox's New Year's Eve lineup loses Phillip Phillips, gains 'X Factor' winner and a host -- EXCLUSIVE

Due to a scheduling change, Phillip Phillips will no longer be playing Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live!, but the network has added two names to the show: Marlon Wayans will host the 90-minute special broadcast from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and Tate Stevens, winner of The X Factor, will join previously announced performers Lifehouse and Carmen Electra. Fox’s cameras will also cut to the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square at midnight.

Wayans’ new film, A Haunted House, hits theaters Jan. 11. He’s performing with his brother Shawn Wayans at The Orleans Showroom in Vegas on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.

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'The Voice' winner Cassadee Pope talks Blake, her upcoming album, and dealing with haters

Ready for your mind to be blown? According to 23-year-old Cassadee Pope — newly crowned winner of NBC’s The Voice — the ever-eccentric Cee Lo Green is actually “really normal” in person. “You can sit down and have a conversation with him and it’s not weird,” she explained yesterday during a visit to EW’s offices in New York City. “He’s very intellectual.”

Cassadee’s insight about Cee Lo is much more surprising than her recent win, which seemed foretold as soon as her cover of Blake Shelton’s “Over You” shot to No. 1 on iTunes’s singles chart. While the singer says she never thought of herself as season 3’s frontrunner — “I knew that stuff can happen in this show and not be lasting” — she will admit that her iTunes sales made her “very optimistic” before Tuesday’s finale. And though Cassadee feels like her victory still hasn’t really sunk in, she also can’t wait to get back to the recording studio in January and start work on a debut album that combines pop, rock, and country — sort of like “an edgier Taylor Swift [record], not as country, with more mature lyrics and more challenging vocals and melodies.”

Intrigued? Read on for more about Cassadee’s time on the show, her relationship with mentor Blake Shelton — and her near miss with the Muppets.

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'X Factor' season 2 finale: The judges and hosts weigh in on America's choice

The X Factor wrapped up its second season on Thursday with a holiday-themed blowout, crowning its winner at the end of the two-hour episode. So long as you’re unafraid of spoilers, read on to learn what Simon and co. had to say about who took home the $5 million prize. READ FULL STORY

New 'Voice' judges Shakira and Usher take a ride with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton -- VIDEO

With Cassadee Pope crowned season 3’s Voice victor, it’s out with the old and in with the new judges.

In a new promo for next season’s show, newcomers Shakira and Usher bond with returning judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton (the only two judges with winning team members) over music, naturally. After the odd couple picks up the Latin songstress and R&B crooner, the four egos fight over control of the radio. Struck by “a total eclipse of the heart” (we’ve all been there …), they finally agree on a station.

Watch the jam session below: READ FULL STORY

TLC to debut 'Totally T-Boz' -- EXCLUSIVE

T-Boz is ready to cut that solo album!
On Jan. 1, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins goes from the hit group TLC to the hit net TLC to show how she plans to reinvent her career as a solo artist by moving to Los Angeles with family and friends. The series will also feature Chilli from TLC as the two discuss plans for the future.
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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Music Supervisor Alexandra Patsavas scores with 'Scandal'

As the music supervisor for shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas has long been TV’s musical rainmaker. Pinpointing emergent, primetime-ready tunes for those shows is one challenge, but for her work on Scandal, another drama from Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes, Patsavas faced another one — breathing new life into old-school R&B classics. Below, Patsavas discusses how she takes a well-worn track like Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” and gives it new meaning, plus her one major exception in Scandal‘s soulful set list.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.
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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Sam Palladio on Gunnar & Scarlett's greatest 'Nashville' hits

Today, The Music of ‘Nashville‘ original soundtrack is released, but there’s a good chance you already own the two songs it features performed by British actor Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Aussie actress Clare Bowen (Scarlett) — their duets in the season premiere (“If I Didn’t Know Better”) and midseason finale (“When the Right One Comes Along”). Below, Palladio takes us behind the music of the five Gunnar/Scarlett songs heard in the first half of season 1. For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.  READ FULL STORY

Snooki and Jwoww to ring in MTV's New Year

New York’s Times Square is getting a little bit Jersey for New Year’s Eve.

MTV says Jersey Shore stars Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley and comedian Jeff Dye will host the network’s live New Year’s Eve special from Times Square.

MTV’s Club NYE 2013 will also feature performances from Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Rita Ora, and others. Ke$ha described the final night of the year as a time when people come together to celebrate “in a sweaty, drunken, dance-fueled orgy of bliss.”

Polizzi said she is hoping to use “a leopard bedazzled microphone” for her hosting duties.

The special is set to air at 11 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 31.

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Vince Neil on learning to fly on 'The Aviators' and a planned reality series -- VIDEO

Vince Neil and PBS may seem like unlikely collaborators, but the two have joined forces for a few episodes of television that come with sky-high expectations. PBS’ The Aviators — the Anthony Nalli-hosted docuseries that provides a behind-the-scenes look at airplanes and the people who fly, build, and otherwise obsess over them — is chronicling the journey of the 51-year-old Mötley Crüe frontman as he sets out to earn his pilot’s license. (Check local listings for air dates.)

His televised education won’t be completed at the conclusion of the second episode, though. EW has learned that Neil has signed a deal with FourPoints Television, which produces The Aviators, to star in a reality series that will follow him through the final stages of realizing his dream. (No network is attached yet.) Titled Vince Neil… Escapes, the travel adventure series will tag along with Neil as he works with a flight instructor, attempts to overcome obstacles with the FAA (Neil has two DUIs on his record, including one that resulted in a fatal accident), and jets off to hot spots in North America and the Caribbean. “It’s not about having a reality show,” says Neil. “But if it’s going to keep me flying, and I am basically getting paid to get better as a pilot, then absolutely! I’ll have that sea plane going to the Caribbean sooner than I thought.”

Below, Neil recounts his experience of learning to navigate a single-engine propeller plane on The Aviators. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Inside Kristen Wiig's enchanting last dance on 'SNL'

After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig said goodbye on May 19. She’d co-written and starred in the surprise 2011 blockbuster Bridesmaids and the time had come, just as it had for stars like Chevy and Eddie and Will before her. SNL godfather Lorne Michaels called her one of the “top three or four” performers the show had ever produced, and during her reign, the show was dominated by sketches filled with the likes of the Target Lady, tiny-handed Dooneese, and compulsive one-upper Penelope.

Colin Jost started writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005, the same year that Wiig began as a featured player. They connected creatively and ultimately collaborated on several sketches, including some of her Björk bits and a commercial parody for Red Flag perfume. With Mick Jagger hosting the season finale, Jost assumed the responsibility of sending her off in style. The premise he came up with could not have been more simple — Jagger bidding farewell to an honored “graduate” with an impromptu dance  — but when each cast member cut in to share one last moment while Arcade Fire played the Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow,” the effect was magical.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.

As told by: Colin Jost

I don’t think I raised the bar in any way. I think people find different ways of saying goodbye or people find different ways of saying goodbye to them. I remember when Will Ferrell left, he had a really funny documentary where people talked about Will, and Tracy Morgan talks about how Will Ferrell stole from him and [says] really mean stuff. I remember that Tina [Fey] and Jimmy [Fallon] had done one that was like a “Summer Lovin” from Grease kind of farewell. So people have different ways of doing it, and I think this is just one of them. READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood to play Maria in NBC's 'The Sound of Music'

The hills are alive… with a new version of The Sound of Music.

Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will star as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s broadcast of the original stage version of The Sound of Music, the network announced today. An air date has not been set for the three-hour live event, but it will be broadcast sometime during the holidays in 2013. READ FULL STORY

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