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Charlie Sheen Will Reprise Ferris Bueller Role on The Goldbergs

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Gilles Mingasson—ABC Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg and Charlie Sheen as "Boy in the Police Station" on The Goldbergs.

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Charlie Sheen is about to return to TV, and not just for his rumored reappearance on Two and a Half Men for that show’s finale. The actor will perform in an episode of ABC’s sitcom The Goldbergs as “Boy in the Police Station,” a role he made famous in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The leather-clad teen served as a bad-boy voice of reason to Jennifer Grey’s more uptight character, who famously instructed, “Blow yourself,” before going on to make out with him. The episode will run sometime in 2015 when the show returns with more episodes.

Read more at People.

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Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Play Summer Camp Besties Who Can’t Stop Singing Third Eye Blind

"I would understaaaaaaand"

On Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake made really, really great use of their acting and singing skills.

In a sketch about summer camp, Fallon and JT play a pair of brace-faced pubescent boys who can’t fall asleep (as they ate too many Pop Rocks, obviously), so they stay up late talking about crushes and their changing bodies and other pubescent boy things. Eventually, the conversation turns to music, and they launch into a beautiful rendition of Third Eye Blind’s 1998 hit, “Jumper.”

Despite getting scolded several times, they’re just so overcome with emotion that they can’t stop singing. It’s beautiful.

Also, make sure to note how many times they break character. It manages to make the sketch even funnier.

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Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut a New Song on The Colbert Report

The rapper was the show's last-ever musical guest (sob)

Kendrick Lamar debuted a brand new song on The Colbert Report last night. The rapper needed to pull out the big guns, because he was the final musical guest ever on the late night talk show. Colbert joked about the big shoes Lamar needed to fill: “Keep in mind that Paul McCartney, R.E.M., Jack White and Nas were the opening acts.”

Lamar performed the new untitled track alongside a band that featured singer Bilal and Thundercat, who is rumored to be producing on Lamar’s highly-anticipated follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city, along with Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Rahki and Soundwave. The new album is expected to drop sometime in 2015.

Colbert took a moment to ask his guest about his “stage name”: “Why did you decide to name yourself after Anna Kendrick and Senator Lamar Alexander?” before questioning Lamar about being an artist. “I always want to stay true to who I am,” Lamar said.

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The 10 Worst TV Shows of 2014 (That I Watched)

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There may have been worse things that aired on TV in 2014. But if so, pray that you never see them.

Warning: This post contains spoilers, albeit of shows I do not recommend that you watch.

First, the usual disclaimer: these are not, necessarily, the 10 Worst TV Shows of 2014. If it’s hubris for me to declare that I have seen the best things that aired all year, it’s even more so to pretend I could isolate the worst, much less rank them.

It’s physically possible, at least, for a critic to screen enough of the year’s good TV to identify the best of the best. But millions of hours of TV is piped over cable a year. There must be awful, awful things that I have not seen–because they are awful, because I do not seek them out, because life is a gift that it is a sin to waste. There are probably many bad things I have seen and forgotten, because the human brain protects itself from trauma. And there are shows that began terribly and got better, or slightly less bad.

So the below are not the 10 Worst TV Shows of the Year. They are simply the worst things that someone who watches a lot of TV for a living can recall seeing. And for now, that is good, or rather bad, enough. Alphabetically:

The Brittany Murphy Story. It was a banner year for Lifetime movies, badness-wise; this was also the year the channel gave us The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story and Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. But this poorly conceived, poorly cast, rubbernecking biopic had the bad taste to put it over the top.

How How I Met Your Mother Treated Its Mother. HIMYM itself wasn’t the worst comedy of the year, and for much of its run it was one of the best sitcoms on air. But its final story arc, which introduced, then killed off, a love interest in order to got Ted and Robin together, was an example of the danger of sticking to a show’s original plan no matter what.

I Wanna Marry “Harry.” I’ve defended reality TV more times than I can count. I even defended Joe Millionaire. But this crass, sexist Buckingsham, roping women into a dating show with a fake prince, was indefensible, unwatchable and quickly cancelled.

Marco Polo. If not the worst TV show of the year overall, at least the worst in terms of dollars-to-quality: Netflix’s reported $90 million budget bought sluggish drama, laughable nude martial arts, and a Silk Road caravan laden with embarrassing Orientalism.

Mixology. ABC’s dating comedy at least had an interesting concept–one night out at a bar, over the course of a season–but in practice, it was a tumblerful of singles-sitcom clichés shaken into a nasty cocktail.

The Mysteries of Laura. NBC’s detective drama was at heart an unremarkable, old-fashioned, corny whodunit. But the premise–she’s a cop and she has kids! can you believe it!–managed to have it all, in all the wrong ways.

The Newsroom, “Oh Shenandoah.” After a promising start to The Newsroom‘s final season, an episode focusing on campus rape and digital culture combined the worst of this show’s preachy tendencies into a perfect storm of hot air.

“The Simpsons Guy.” Introducing the Simpsons into a bloated episode of Family Guy was like having the Sistine Chapel repainted by the guy who draws Mallard Fillmore.

Stalker. Even by the standards of TV’s most exploitative crime stories, this lurid women-in-peril drama was slimy. Naturally, it’s been picked up for a full season.

Utopia. It was the fall’s most promising reality-show concept–a group of people spend a year building a society, in rural isolation–but, filled with irritating personalities for maximum conflict, it managed to be both depressing and dull. But it did at least get cancelled, leaving our own world a little bit closer to perfect.

Again, this is only an incomplete list, for the sake of my own sanity. Share the worst things you’ve seen on TV in 2014 in the comments–and better luck in 2015.

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Why Stephen Colbert Is Signing Off at the Perfect Time

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Andrew Harrer—Getty Images President Barack Obama talks to Stephen Colbert during a taping of The Colbert Report in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University on Dec. 8, 2014 in Washington, DC.

When you’ve got Fox News medical experts calling the First Lady fat on TV in real life, how can a satirist raise the stakes?

Stephen Colbert has said that when he takes over for David Letterman on The Late Show he’ll be saying goodbye to his “Stephen Colbert” character, the right-wing blowhard intended as a parody of cable-news talking heads—particularly those of the conservative persuasion. The character will be missed, but it’s also a good time to say goodbye; the “Stephen Colbert” of The Colbert Report narrowly avoided outliving his usefulness as a comic device.

Which isn’t to say that cable news isn’t as absurd, now, as it was in 2005, when The Colbert Report launched. But it’s come to defy parody. At the moment Colbert’s show debuted, conservative media was in retreat as then-President George W. Bush’s popularity collapsed post-Katrina. The degree to which Fox News hosts were on the defensive during Bush’s second term made it the perfect moment to satirize their vanities and excesses. Colbert’s emphasis on “truthiness” implied that there was a concrete truth, one that ran directly counter to what conservative pundits were putting forth.

The (somewhat) bad news for Colbert was Barack Obama’s reelection. Obama is now at the point in his presidency that Bush was when Colbert rose to super-fame, and it’s not conservative media that’s against the ropes: It’s liberal MSNBC. And if the joke of Colbert’s character was his bluster in the face of the facts, the current landscape has him doubly vexed. Not merely have, in triumph, conservative talk-show stars wildly outpaced the capacity for satire—Megyn Kelly’s confidence that her audience would follow along as she declared Santa Claus was white last year is a benign example—but the audience can’t be counted on to assume there’s an objective truth out there at all.

“Truthiness” is funny when it can be presumed there’s an actual truth that one side is seeking to obfuscate. When both conservatives and liberals seem lost in the woods, the joke is a bit muddled. The core audience for the “Colbert” character had been liberals looking to laugh at a disempowered GOP operative endlessly spinning. These days, though, many conservative talking points are less spin on unfortunate events than capitalizing on resurgent popularity. And conservative or liberal, a confident victor just isn’t as funny as a loser trying to redefine the terms of “winning.”

Colbert’s done admirably well in keeping up with changing trends in the political and media landscape. But if things keep going how they’ve gone for the next couple of years, we likely won’t miss the character as much as we thought we might. The parts of conservative media that Colbert satirized—the perpetual attempts to frame every issue as political in a manner that flatters the GOP viewpoint—have been mainstreamed. So too has outlandish freedom with language and wildly provocative claims.

When you’ve got Fox News medical experts calling the First Lady fat on TV in real life, how can a satirist raise the stakes?

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Watch John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Prank Jimmy Kimmel

The gift-wrapped, ornament-filled car was just the beginning

Last year, Jimmy Kimmel did what he thought was necessary to put an end to an ongoing prank feud with his neighbors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. He not only made it snow in Los Angeles, but also he gift-wrapped their entire house from roof to lawn with Christmas carolers and an elf thrown in for fun. While one would think that would be impossible to top, this year Krasinski and Blunt struck back, and it turns out they are kind of evil geniuses.

But on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, Kimmel revealed that Blunt and Krasinski have managed to best him, and he had the video to prove it. Not only did they gift wrap his car, but they filled in with sparkly baubles that he had to remove before he could drive. That was a good prank, but it was just phase one of their dastardly Christmas scheme.

When these people feud, everyone wins.

Watch the full clip here:

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Stephen Collins Confesses to Child Molestation

Stephen Collins in Beverly Hills in 2010.
Frederick M. Brown—Getty Images Stephen Collins in Beverly Hills in 2010.

"I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret," Collins said

Actor Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors in a statement to People.

A recording of the 67-year-old 7th Heaven actor confessing to child molestation was released to TMZ and published in October. Collins recounts three victims from 1973 to 1994 and how “I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way” in the last 20 years.

In his statement to People, Collins said, “Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since. I’ve decided to address these issues publicly because two months ago, various news organizations published a recording made by my then-wife, Faye Grant, during a confidential marriage therapy session in January, 2012. This session was recorded without the therapist’s or my knowledge or consent.”

Read more at People

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The Simpsons Make It to 25 Years

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It was 25 years ago Wednesday that America first met The Simpsons for real. Sure, some folks had seen a rough version of the family during sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show. But Dec. 17, 1989, marked the first actual episode, a dedicated time of the week for Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie to enter Americans’ living rooms.

It’s been quite a ride since then, with the show becoming such a cultural touchstone that TIME’s James Poniewozik called it “The Best TV Show Ever” in 1999. In the decade between the premier and that declaration, it transformed from a show about trouble-making Bart into what was really a show about Homer, America’s lovable oaf of a dad—and, of course, about the entire universe of characters creator Matt Groening brought to Springfield.

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Twenty-five years and more than 550 episodes later, true fans know The Simpsons has long since passed it’s prime (it went downhill after season nine). But with its 26th season underway, the 25th anniversary is a fitting time to take stock of its unprecedented staying power.

Marking the show’s 100th episode in 1994, TIME’s Richard Corliss noted some of the things that make the show special, and they’re just as fitting today. Here’s just one of them:

For a family of underachievers, the Simpsons have achieved quite a bit. In the show, Homer has been a monorail conductor and a baseball mascot; he won a Grammy (for Outstanding Soul, Spoken Word or Barbershop Album) and survived eating a deadly blowfish. Marge sang Blanche Dubois in the musical O Streetcar! Lisa created her own talking doll, mastered the saxophone and the Talmud, was a Junior Miss Springfield, uncovered political corruption and saved the Republic. Bart adopted an elephant, fell down a well and was rescued by String, and was tried for murdering Principal Skinner. Maggie had her first word voiced for her by Elizabeth Taylor.

Read the rest here, in the TIME Vault: Simpsons Forever!

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Spoiler Alert! Who Is the Season 7 Winner of The Voice?

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Trae Patton—NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images Craig Wayne Boyd, Matt McAndrew, Carson Daly, Damien Lawson and Chris Jamison, left to right, on the set of The Voice on Nov. 16, 2014

Only one star could walk away with The Voice title

The stage lit up as Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J serenaded the crowd with number one hits during The Voice Season 7 finale Tuesday night, but all eyes were on the four finalists who sang beside them, battling it out to win the competition.

Matt McAndrew, Damien Lawson and Chris Jamison of Team Adam Levine and Craig Wayne Boyd of Team Blake Shelton sang their hearts out from the start of the blind auditions down to the moment the winner was revealed.

In the end, only one star could walk away with The Voice title and it was Craig Wayne Boyd from Team Blake.

Boyd, the 35-year-old singer from Nashville, Tennessee, hooked the country’s vote and proved he had what it took to become America’s next musical superstar after belting “Sweet Home Alabama” on stage with the iconic Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“There has never been a more deserving person to hold that trophy than Craig Wayne Boyd,” Shelton said after the show as he stood next to Boyd.

On Monday night, Boyd awed America as he performed original song “My Baby’s Got a Smile On Her Face” – gifted to him by his coach.

Shelton had been “carrying the song around in his back pocket for years” not knowing what to do with it, and even admitted that he didn’t record it himself because of the difficulty level.

“You know, looking back, I don’t know if I’m really one of those guys that believes in meant to be’s,” said Shelton, about the song. “This may have been one.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Walking Dead Spinoff Location Revealed

From left: Josh McDermitt, Chad L. Coleman, Lauren Cohan, Alanna Masterson, Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney, Andrew Lincoln, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, and Michael Cudlitz. The cast of "The Walking Dead" attend the season 5 premiere on Oct. 2, 2014 in Universal City, California.
Frazer Harrison—Getty Images From left: Josh McDermitt, Chad L. Coleman, Lauren Cohan, Alanna Masterson, Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney, Andrew Lincoln, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, and Michael Cudlitz. The cast of "The Walking Dead" attend the season 5 premiere on Oct. 2, 2014 in Universal City, California.

The new location adds some intriguing setting possibilities

No more sweat-drenched survivors trudging through forests! The Walking Dead‘s companion project is taking the zombie apocalypse out of Georgia. Sources confirm TV Line‘s report that the as-yet-untitled pilot is set in Los Angeles.

The scenery shift to the West Coast adds some intriguing setting possibilities: Beaches and the ocean, Hollywood, iconic landmarks, walker celebrities (though the cable show could likely never top Bill Murray in Zombieland), a nearby desert, and a larger metropolis to play with than the original hit’s occasional dips into Atlanta.

Just because the setting is Los Angeles doesn’t guarantee it will be shot there. AMC, which had no comment, is still casting the pilot written by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. So far Cliff Curtis (Sunshine), Frank Dillane (who played Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm) have signed on.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly

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