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'Vikings' star Jessalyn Gilsig blames Duran Duran for her worst haircut ever

Ah, your teen years — when emulating a celebrity’s questionable style choices may seem like a good, but take it from Vikings star Jessalyn Gilsig: You might regret it.

The actress, whose show closes out its intense second season tonight on the History Channel, speaks from experience, of course. After years of fangirling over Duran Duran, that was one of several lessons she learned. (Another? Once you get hair steps, there’s no turning back.)

More on that and other confessions in Gilsig’s Pop Culture Personality Test, which you can watch below: READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'Downton Abbey' keeps our Winter TV Preview classy

It’s the biggest PBS phenomenon since Sesame Street, and might very well be the classiest thing you do every Sunday night. Yes, Downton Abbey is returning on Jan. 5, and Entertainment Weekly was on the set for season four of the British TV phenomenon. Creator Julian Fellowes’ wildly popular period drama about life on a decadent English countryside estate shocked viewers last season with two major character deaths (we’ll never forget you, Matthew and Sybil!), and the show’s anticipated fourth season promises to be nothing short of shocking, exciting, and traumatic — which is just what we’ve come to expect of the Grantham and Crawley clan. Even guest star Shirley MacLaine was floored by the show’s drama: “When Matthew died I nearly threw a chair at the television. I thought, what is Julian Fellowes doing? It took me a few days to get over it.” READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' retains crown as Most Pirated TV Show

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It seems like everyone, with or without HBO, knew about the Game of Thrones Red Wedding episode — which could explain why the show once again tops TorrentFreak’s annual list of the most pirated TV shows. Per the site, GoT‘s season 3 finale bloodbath was downloaded an estimated 5.9 million times via BitTorrent. After the show topped the charts in illegal downloads in 2012, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told EW he considered it, “a compliment of sorts”: “The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.” READ FULL STORY

Four things to know before the 'Vikings' season finale

Vikings concludes its first season on History tonight at 10 PM and has packed a whole lot of Norse adventure-drama into just a handful of episodes. So far, we’ve followed our hero, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), as he’s successfully raided England, overthrown Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), and protected his family from a constant stream of threats and intrigue.

There’s a whole lot of story to resolve in tonight’s season finale, so catch up on the four big things you need to know before you watch below.

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No HBO, no problem: Get your blood and battles fix with 'Vikings' instead

There are plenty of people out there who got sucked into the epic fantasy world of Game of Thrones on Blu-ray and DVD who are feeling a little blue with the show’s third season now airing on HBO, a channel not every Thrones fan has. It’s no secret that premium cable packages can be pretty pricy. So until season three hits stores next year, accessing the channel’s currently airing programming legally is pretty difficult.

While you wait, you could beg one of your friends to invite you over for a Thrones marathon or read the excellent books on which the series is based … or you could dive straight into a different swords and wars epic to tide yourself over. On History, Vikings stalk the vast northern landscapes instead of White Walkers and Wildlings, and we are hooked on their tales of raids, secrets, love, battle, and betrayal. You know, all the things you love about Thrones.

(The first five episodes are available on both History’s website and Hulu for your binging pleasure.)

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