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Join 'The Voice' debate: Team Christina vs. Team Shakira -- POLL

Ever since Shakira was first announced as Christina’s replacement, fans of the blond vocalists have been participating in a battle round of their own. And now that we know that both Christina and Shakira will return to their red swivel chairs within the next year, fans are more polarized than ever. While both are undoubtedly superstars, as coaches, they both have their pros and cons. Is Christina too mean? Is Shakira too nice? We’ve heard it all before. Now, we weigh in with our analysis, and you get to tell us which bombshell you prefer: READ FULL STORY

'The Office' series finale. One writer hated it. One writer loved it. Let's discuss.

Last night’s series finale of The Office was way up in the ratings — meaning that a bunch of people who haven’t been viewing the daily happenings of Dunder Mifflin tuned back in to see Pam, Jim, Dwight — and yes, even Michael — one last time.

This morning at Entertainment Weekly Headquarters we naturally all had opinions about what worked and what didn’t in the farewell episode of the long-running sitcom. Was it a fitting end for America’s favorite paper company?  Over email this morning, Jeff Labrecque and Erin Strecker hashed out the supersized episode — Jeff didn’t care for it; Erin loved it. Read their debate, and then tell us what you thought of the finale in our poll below.

JEFF LABRECQUE: For the record, I am a devoted fan of The Office. I’ve watched just about every episode from the very beginning and I’ve never been part of the herd that liked to complain that the show lost its fastball in the final few seasons. But I can’t remember a series finale of a beloved show that was more self-congratulatory. It was simple and total wish-fulfillment for every character. (Except Toby?) It almost felt like the writers crowd-sourced the plot from the whims of the show’s biggest fans. (Turns out they sorta did, according to Jenna Fischer, who told Dan Snierson that executive producer Greg Daniels asked each cast member for what their dream for their characters would be.) It just felt like one 75-minute long curtain-call, bow after bow after bow, patting itself on the back while taking every easy way out. Didn’t it feel a little pandering to you? READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' poll: Let's play casting couch!

Who do those ankles belong to? How I Met Your Mother is heading into its season finale next week and a promo released Thursday hints at a possible big reveal. Even if the promo is just a big tease, we think it’s high time to get down to business and take some guesses about who will play the mother of Ted’s children. Everyone has their opinions about when and how she’ll show up, but we can all agree that since HIMYM has cast nearly every hot actress under 35 on the show at some point in its eight years, the pickings are getting slimmer. We can’t believe it’s taken us this long to get around to thinking about making some guesses.

But as we make our casting picks, we need to consider what we know so far: she’s got ankles!; she plays the bass at Barney and Robin’s wedding; she was Rachel Bilson’s roommate; she loves that yellow umbrella; and she was once Ted’s student at Columbia.
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'The Vampire Diaries': Will Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev's breakup affect Delena 'shippers?

This is a stressful time to be a Vampire Diaries fan. Not only is next week the season finale, but Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev have ended their adorably zen, fedora-laden relationship of the past three years. READ FULL STORY

Is Steve Carell returning to 'The Office' a good idea?

The Internet got pretty excited yesterday when reports surfaced Steve Carell would reprise his role as horrible boss Michael Scott on The Office’s series finale. Many fans are certainly thrilled – the show was obviously at its best in the early seasons when Jim and Pam were getting their flirt on and Carell’s Scott was making you grateful your boss wasn’t that bad. (Can we all just take a moment and remember when he forced Oscar to come out of the closet?) So it was no surprise that as The Office finally closes up shop after nine seasons, fans have been clamoring for a return of the World’s Best Boss. But is a Scott appearance a good way for the show to end?

Finale fans are divided into two camps: Those who think finales are about making people happy – a reward for those who’ve enjoyed the high and low points of a show who want something to smile about, no matter how improbable; others strictly want story and don’t want to see a bunch of shoehorned-in A-list return guest stars mugging to the cameras. Television’s history has shown fans example after example of times when former stars swing by for a return appearance…with mixed results.  READ FULL STORY

Would you pay for YouTube?

Your daily mid-afternoon procrastination may need to find a new outlet.

Google-owned YouTube.com, a.k.a. the Internet video free-for-all, may be turning into a pay service for certain popular channels. In response to a report that the change to a partial paywall could come as soon as next week, a YouTube spokesperson tells EW, “We have nothing to announce at this time, but we’re looking into creating a subscription platform that could bring even more great content to YouTube for our users to enjoy and provide our partners with another vehicle to generate revenue from their content, beyond the rental and ad-supported models we offer.”

A report from The Financial Times says the new pay model “will apply to as many as 50 YouTube channels, [and] viewers will be able to subscribe to each channel for as little as $1.99 a month.” In this way, it sounds like YouTube will become similar to Hulu: a lot of the content is free, but to get all of it viewers must pay a small monthly fee. It seems unlikely YouTube will eventually charge for all its content (cat videos are probably safe for now), but channels that are creating content specifically for YouTube, like original web series, seem destined to eventually cost fans some cash. The Financial Times reports that a few of the channels targeted for premium status include The Onion and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Would you pay to watch YouTube? READ FULL STORY

It's a Disney all-nighter! Disneyland and other parks to stay open for 24 hours on one day in May

Get ready for ’round-the-clock Disney.

Three Disney theme parks will have extended hours for one day next month, staying open from 6 a.m. Friday, May 24 to 6 a.m. Saturday, May 25. The announcement for the 24-hour “all-night party” came on the official Disney Parks blog last week. Participating parks are Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Florida’s Disney World.

Dance parties, characters making appearances in pajamas, and new Monsters University-themed additions to parades are among the ways the parks will celebrate the extended hours. READ FULL STORY

'The Vampire Diaries' 'Originals' spin-off: Five points to debate -- POLL

The Vampire Diaries’ Originals spin-off may not have spurred a spike in the ratings, but it certainly inspired some heated debate. Fans have taken to the comments section of the EW.com recap in droves to sound off on some of the more polarizing (surprise pregnancy, anyone?) plot points featured in Thursday night’s backdoor pilot. Now, with the CW announcing a full season pick-up for The Originals, I break down the most pivotal storylines and give you the chance to vote on what you loved (or loathed). READ FULL STORY

Tom Brokaw thinks Lindsay Lohan ruined the White House Correspondents' Dinner

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is a classy event, y’all. And that means that certain celebrities simply shouldn’t be allowed to attend.

At least that’s how Tom Brokaw feels. And with tomorrow’s 2013 dinner looming overhead, the newsman told Politico what he doesn’t want to see at the event, or rather who he doesn’t want to see. According to Brokaw, celebrity guests are a key ingredient in the evening. And when it comes to picking and choosing those classy celebrities, Brokaw has strict guidelines that look a little something like this: The 1975 cast of SNL sits on the perfect choice of the spectrum, while at the other end of the spectrum, all by her lonesome, is LiLo. READ FULL STORY

'Vanilla Ice Goes Amish': Yes, this really is a TV show

Stop, collaborate, and listen: Ice is back with a brand new reality show. It’s called Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, and it’s about — you guessed it — professional punchline Vanilla Ice (a.k.a. That’s My Boy star Rob Van Winkle) learning construction from an Amish community in Ohio.

This isn’t Ice’s first time at the reality rodeo, of course: He’s also currently starring in The Vanilla Ice Project, a home renovation series on the DIY network (which will air Amish as well.) And in the past, he’s appeared on the second season of trailblazing humiliation factory The Surreal Life, as well as competitions including Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, Dancing on IceCelebrity Boxing, and The Surreal Life: Fame Games. (Vanilla Ice was also a judge on Canada Sings in 2011 — who knew!)

At this point, there’s really nothing left to do but giggle quietly, pause to reflect on our lost youth, and try to come up with some snarky captions for the photo above. I’ll get the ball rolling:

“Raise the barn? I’d rather raise the roof — go ninja, go ninja, go!

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