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Ten things you missed when a New York theater put on 'Hit List' -- a musical from 'Smash'

Smash lives!!

Kinda. Sorta. Well, not really. But for a few brief, shining moments on Dec. 9 and 10, a gaggle of alumni from NBC’s failed musical experiment banded together to put on a show: a concert version of Hit List, the hip downtown musical that tried to wrest our attention from Bombshell in season 2.

As fans (and, yes, hate-watchers) know, in the context of the series, that attempt was largely unsuccessful — even if Hit List did go on to win a bunch of fake Tony awards. But in a small, moodily lit cabaret, when performed uninterrupted for an audience stacked with Smash partisans and Broadway insiders, something completely unexpected happened: Hit List worked. Sure, the show wasn’t exactly the groundbreaking edgefest Smash kept trying to insist it was — and it also wasn’t the self-referential campfest I was hoping it might be. But as a simple fable about a beautiful, fame-hungry jerk and the talented boy who inexplicably loves her, I could see this thing having legs beyond its three-performances-only run. (If and only if its writers can work out the rights issues with NBC, which might be impossible.)

Want more details? Gather round, pour yourselves a few martinis, and get comfy; the show will go on… right now! Here’s everything you missed by not going to Hit List:

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Sorry, Internet: 'Jeopardy!' confirms that 'gif' has a soft 'g' -- VIDEO

I know it. You know it. The American people know it. And now it’s been corroborated by the ultimate smartypants authority: Jepoardy, and more specifically, Alex Trebek.

Yes, Steve Wilhite — inventor of the looping mobile image format that conquered the Internet long ago — has always insisted that his creation should be pronounced with a soft “g;” you’re supposed to say it like the peanut butter, not “gift” without the “t.” And yet plenty of us continue to ignore his wishes, including the Oxford English Dictionary — which allows for both pronunciations.

Not America’s favorite quiz show, though. Tuesday’s Final Jeopardy established that as far as Trebek is concerned, the soft “g” rules. Could this finally be the video that convinces everyone to let go of gif? Only time will tell; for now, though, watch it and weep.

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Macklemore pays tribute to Trayvon Martin at AMAs -- VIDEO

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis couldn’t attend the American Music Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night due to their touring schedule. So when the duo won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop album for The Heist, they accepted their award via satellite from Miami — where Macklemore was inspired by his surroundings to take a political bent in his speech.

After opening with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. — “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” — Macklemore brought up one of this year’s most hot-button issues: the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the trial of his killer, George Zimmerman.

“Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award, I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it,” Macklemore said to cheers and applause. “This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers, and our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.”

Watch his speech below.

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David Blaine is neither real nor magic

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It just seems very obvious to me that David Blaine is some sort of wizard or alien, sent here from an entirely different realm to infatuate us with magic so as to slow down the process of science. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Lady Gaga lives for applause, but gets laughs too

Lady Gaga knows how to make fun of herself.

If there was one takeaway from last night’s show, it was that Lady Gaga knows what you all are saying about her. And in the constant jostling for pop-culture supremacy, one of Gaga’s advantages has been that, when she allows it, she often comes across as a down-to-earth goofball. And happily, last night viewers mostly got the silly theater kid and not the art-house provocateur, which led to an overall enjoyable 90 minutes that, while not always laugh-out-loud hilarious, was consistently amusing.

From the moment she busted out of the doors in a 1920s stage costume straight out of Chicago, there seemed to be two goals for the evening. 1.) Remind people that she’s the pop star, who can, you know, really belt; and 2.) Send up her image before the bloggers can. On both of those counts, she succeeded. She didn’t have a super viral moment like her “Three Way (Golden Rule)” sketch from the last time she was a musical guest (with host Justin Timberlake), but with only one real dud, she anchored what was easily one of the better episodes of the season so far. READ FULL STORY

'Scandal': We need to talk about that [SPOILER]

WTF plot moments are Scandal’s bread and butter. READ FULL STORY

'Nashville' lip-lock: Did the show just go full-on soap opera? -- POLL

With T-Bone Burnett leaving Nashville, there has been a lot of talk recently about how the show is walking a fine line between being an insider look at the music industry and being a soap opera. Personally, I would say the show is a good 70 percent music, 30 percent soap, or at least 60-40. In general, I feel like it isn’t too over-the-top, but it does have its moments — See: Peggy’s fake pregnancy, Rayna and Deacon’s car accident, Juliette’s mother’s death (though that sort of worked for me), and almost everything that includes Rayna’s father.

However, when it comes to being really shocking, there are a few surefire ways a show can catch an audience off-guard, including a car accident and/or sudden death. But my favorite way to get a good gasp out of your viewers — just ask The O.C. — is the unexpected girl-on-girl lip-lock. It was even surprising back when Marissa and Alex did it on the beach, and The O.C. never even tried to hide the fact that it was a modern-day soap opera. I didn’t expect it then, and I certainly did not expect it now.
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'Mindy Project' react: Bringing sexting back

Mindy has been meeting-cute with a lot of guys lately. It was only a matter of time before we saw a morning-after with one of them; I just didn’t think the lucky suitor would be Danny.

PSYCH! They didn’t hook up — but last night Mindy and Danny did come closer to discussing the Taylor Swift song in the room than they ever previously had. Mindy lost her purse, including her apartment keys and wallet, so she needed to crash with Danny for the night. He did not seem enthused, but he later relents. When they got back to his apartment, they run into Danny’s crazy-neighbor-turned-hookup-buddy, and Mindy pretended to be his girlfriend (Chloe Silverado) to get her to leave — but naturally Mindy took things too far, embellishing she was pregnant as the duo awkwardly touched each other in a way that was very reminiscent of two aliens discovering the human body for the first time.

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Jimmy Kimmel's 'Kill Everyone in China' skit to get White House response

ABC and Jimmy Kimmel have already apologized for airing a segment on Kimmel’s late night show that had a child suggest “Kill everyone in China” as a way to lower U.S. debt. (You can check out video of the segment here.)

Unsurprisingly, immediately tons of people were upset with the supposed-to-be-humorous suggestion, so much so that a WhiteHouse.gov petition asking the White House to shut down Jimmy Kimmel Live! has reached over 100,000 signatures since it was formed Oct. 19. READ FULL STORY

'Girls' star Allison Williams spills all of Pete Holmes' most embarrassing secrets -- VIDEO

Have you been watching The Pete Holmes Show, a new Conan O’Brien-produced program on TBS? It’s part talk show, part sketch show, and all charming — thanks mostly to Pete Holmes himself, a veteran standup who’s probably best known outside of comedy circles for voicing the E-Trade baby in a series of popular commercials. (So yeah, Lindsay Lohan isn’t his biggest fan.)

But Holmes is more than a simple comedian. As the host revealed during his show’s second episode Tuesday night, he’s also a “gal kinda fella” — a.k.a. a dude who’s perfectly comfortable sitting on a couch in his PJs and eating fro-yo while Allison Williams of Girls fame spills all of his deepest, darkest secrets, including when he lost his virginity and why he and his ex-wife got divorced. (Spoiler alert: She was cheating on him with some dude named Rocko.) Also, they spend some time speaking in exaggerated Bahston accents, just ’cause.

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