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Join us today for a Google+ Hangout with Dylan Bruce from 'Orphan Black' at 2 ET

Orphan Black‘s second season is coming to a close this Saturday, and to gear up for the finale, EW is hosting a live Google+ hangout with Orphan Black‘s Dylan Bruce, better known as “Hot Paul.”

RSVP at the event page, and come back later today at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT to take part in the event. Bruce will be on hand to answer questions and maybe even share a few details of tomorrow’s finale.

Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America.

'American Idol' partners with Google, Facebook for new voting system

The competition on American Idol is finally getting started tonight, with the top 13 finalists performing for America’s vote. And now, for the first time ever, fans can show their support for their favorite performers with the help of Google and Facebook.

Starting on Wednesday night, voting will begin at the top of the performance show, and Idol fans will be able to vote for their favorite contestants via Google Search. The search-engine giant has partnered with Idol, and anytime a fan searches an Idol-related term, a voting window will appear on the search page. You can vote up to 50 times per contestant and can vote for as many contestants as you want. After casting their votes, fans will have the opportunity to share their votes on Google+, follow contestants, join community conversations, or participate in Google Hangouts about the show.

In addition to Google, American Idol has made a new friend with Facebook. Because the voting window is now open throughout the show, Facebook will present on-air visualizations of how the voting is progressing. Using real-time East Coast voting trends, viewers will get to see an array of voting information, such as demographic voting trends and relative contestant rankings, as it’s happening live.

Get a peek at what the new voting process will look like on your computer or iPad below: READ FULL STORY

Mindy Kaling joined us for a Google hangout: Here's what you missed -- VIDEO


At noon ET today, The Mindy Project‘s Mindy Kaling joined EW’s Laura Hertzfeld for a Google hangout to talk all about season 2 of the comedy. Luckily for those involved, 30 Rock writer-turned-Mindy staffer (and recent Emmy winner) Tracey Wigfield joined the fun as well. The co-workers reminisced about Wigfield’s guest appearance on last season of Mindy, revealed how they met (Twitter love!), and played one round of shag-marry-kill with B.J. Novak, James Franco, and Seth Rogen. And that all happened in the last 10 minutes.

So just in case you missed it, here’s a quick rundown of some of the highlights from the entire half-hour hangout:

Google celebrates Festivus with 'Seinfeld'-inspired Easter Egg


The “Festivus” pole on Google

Type “Christmas” into Google and you get the standard list of search results that you expect.

Type “Festivus” and Seinfeld fans receive an unexpected treat: The undecorated aluminum Festivus pole.

The Easter Egg is Google’s tribute to the alternative holiday tradition inspired by a 1997 episode of the NBC comedy classic, where George Costanza’s disgruntled father tells how he created Festivus to replace over-commercialized Christmas. “A Festivus for the rest of us” includes traditions such as the “Airing of Grievances,” where each person at the event tells the others all the ways they’ve disappointed them over the past year, and “Feats of Strength,” where the head of household challenges another family member to a wrestling match.

The secular mock-holiday is based on Seinfeld writer Daniel O’Keefe’s own family tradition that extends back to 1966 (as detailed in his book, The Real Festivus).

A Google spokesperson contacted by said: “If you’re not big on the holidays, don’t forget there’s a Festivus for the rest of us. No tinsel, just a sturdy pole. Good luck if you’re chosen for the Feats of Strength.”

The egg was spotted yesterday by TechCrunch. With holiday specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas delivering big ratings, one wonders how annual Dec. 23 repeat of the Seinfeld‘s Festivus episode (“The Strike”) on NBC would do…


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