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"Community," "The Voice" Win Honors at Critics' Choice TV Awards

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC's Community was honored as best comedy series while The Voice was named best reality show competition at the 2nd Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in Los Angeles Monday night.  

NBC won a total of five awards at the star-studded ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  The winners were chosen by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was named best talk show, while Amy Poehler of the peacock network's Parks and Recreation tied Zooey Deschannel of Fox's New Girl for best actress in a comedy series.  Actor Paul Rudd's appearance on NBC's Parks and Recreation was named best guest performer in a comedy series.

Here's a list of the winners:

Best Drama Series
Homeland – Showtime

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad – AMC

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes – Homeland – Showtime

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito – Breaking Bad – AMC

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men – AMC

Best Reality Series
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – Travel Channel

Best Reality Series – Competition
The Voice – NBC

Best Reality Show Host
TIE: Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars – ABC and Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance – FOX

Best Talk Show
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC

Best Comedy Series
Community – NBC

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K. – Louie – FX

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
TIE: Zooey Deschanel – New Girl – FOX and Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation – NBC

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell – Modern Family – ABC

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Julie Bowen – Modern Family – ABC

Best Animated Series
Archer – FX

Best Movie/Miniseries
Sherlock – PBS

Five shows were acclaimed as the most exciting new series:
The Following - Fox
The Mindy Project - Fox
Nashville - ABC
The Newsroom - HBO
Political Animals - USA

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NBC Confirms "30 Rock" Will End Next Season

NBC/Jessica Miglio(NEW YORK) -- The critically-acclaimed, but low-rated Tina Fey comedy 30 Rock will indeed come to an end next season.

NBC confirmed Monday that the series will end with an abbreviated 13-episode seventh season next year.  The finale will be an hour long.

Over the weekend, when it announced its 2012-2013 schedule, NBC said it had not decided whether 30 Rock's next season will be its last.

NBC on Monday dropped a few other tidbits regarding the 2012-2013 season, according to Variety: it has ordered 10 episodes of a pirate drama, Crossbones, that is set in the 1700s, and a potential Munsters remake titled Mockingbird Lane could debut in mid-season if the network approves of the yet-to-be filmed pilot.

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"The Voice" Recap: Jermaine Paul Crowned Winner of Season Two

Justin Lubin/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Jermaine Paul, a former backup singer from Spring Valley, N.Y., was crowned the winner of the second season of NBC's The Voice on Tuesday during a live grand finale.

Paul was mentored by country singer Blake Shelton.  The decision was based on viewer votes.

Paul emerged victorious after weeks of blind auditions, battle rounds and judges “saves.”  In addition to the title, he also gets a recording contract with Universal Republic Records and $100,000 cash.

As confetti rained down and the crowd rose to its feet, a tearful Paul gave thanks to his family, friends and supporters, and cried “Nobody but Jesus.”  He then took the mic one last time to sing his finale song “I Believe I Can Fly,” by R. Kelly.

Juliet Simms, the female rocker mentored by Cee Lo Green, finished second in the voting.  In third place was former Mousketeer Tony Lucca, coached by Adam Levine.  Opera singer Chris Mann, who was mentored by Christina Aguilera, finished fourth.  All of the contestants received a new car from KIA Motors.

Tuesday night’s results show also featured guest performances by Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum and Daryl Hall and John Oates.

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"30 Rock" to Go Live Again

NBC/Jessica Miglio(NEW YORK) -- The NBC comedy 30 Rock will go live for the second time in series history on Thursday night.

In the episode, airing at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, Alec Baldwin's network executive character Jack Donaghy tries to shut down the live production of the variety show TGS.

The episode will emanate from the same studio where Saturday Night Live airs. 

30 Rock star Tina Fey says the episode will involve so many costume changes for the cast that "we're going to trust the SNL dressers to literally carry people to where they're supposed to be and put their clothes on them."

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Alec Baldwin Says He's Sticking with "30 Rock" Until Next Year

Marc Stamas/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- Alec Baldwin isn't leaving NBC this year, but he might leave the network next year.

Last week, the 30 Rock star complained on Twitter that a Today show crew was camped outside his New York City apartment building for a report regarding the arrest of his alleged stalker.  He then wrote he is "leaving NBC just in time."

Appearing Monday at a Washington, D.C., event to promote funding for the arts, Baldwin clarified that he will remain with 30 Rock through the show's upcoming seventh season, but added that the show is scheduled to end next year.

In a dig at NBC, Baldwin said he doesn't like the Today show, and implied that he prefers ABC's Good Morning America and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.  Baldwin also noted that his next project will be a Broadway play.

The actor is scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill Tuesday to encourage Congress to increase funding for the arts.

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Alec Baldwin Blasts "Today" Show, Claims He's Leaving "30 Rock"

Marc Stamas/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin on Wednesday dropped a not-so-subtle hint that he's leaving 30 Rock during a Twitter rant that targeted another NBC program: the Today show.

Baldwin was apparently upset that a Today show crew camped outside his New York City apartment building as part of a segment regarding the recent arrest of his alleged stalker.

In a series of tweets, Baldwin writes, "Outside my apt today, along side [sic] the other stalkers from the tabloid press, a crew that identified themselves as being with the Today Show....I haven't appeared on the Today Show in many years. But did they have to camp outside my apt?....No one from NBC contacted me until the Today Show arrived at my apt. I think I'm leaving NBC just in time."

Despite Baldwin's suggestion that his days on 30 Rock are numbered, E! Online reports he remains committed to the comedy.

Last weekend, a Canadian actress named Genevieve Sabourin was charged with stalking after attempting to contact Baldwin.

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Pre-"Friends" Jennifer Aniston: Will My Career 'Ever Happen?'

Barry King/Liaison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Before she became an A-list actress as one of the stars of the NBC sitcom Friends, Jennifer Aniston openly questioned the future of her career.

In a new book from former NBC President Warren Littlefield, the author recalls running into a pre-Friends Aniston at a gas station in Hollywood. At that point, Aniston had appeared in NBC's poorly-received TV adaptation of Ferris Bueller's Day Off as well as various pilots.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Littlefield recalls in the book that Aniston asked him, "Will it ever happen for me?" Littlefield says he thought to himself, "God, I wanted it to."

Littlefield's book, Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV, is excerpted in the May issue of Vanity Fair. The article reveals, among other things, that Friends was originally titled Six of One.

The book will be released May 1.

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Matt Lauer Signs New Contract to Remain on "Today" Show

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Forget all that talk of Ryan Seacrest replacing Matt Lauer on the Today show.

Lauer will remain with NBC's morning news program after signing a new, multi-year contract with the network, according to The New York Times, which spoke with NBC News President Steve Capus.  The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but is reporting he received close to $30 million per year.

Capus tells the Times, "Matt is the franchise, and our franchise player has decided to keep leading our team."

An official announcement is expected on Friday's edition of the Today show.  Lauer has co-anchored the morning news program since 1997.

There had been rumors that Seacrest may eventually replace Lauer as co-anchor on the program, since Lauer's previous contract reportedly was set to expire at the end of the year.  Earlier this week, Seacrest announced he will be involved in NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics in London.

It's still possible a spot may open up alongside Lauer, according to TMZ, which claims he no longer wants Ann Curry as his co-host.  Allegedly, Savannah Guthrie is in line to take over for Curry.

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Ryan Seacrest and Matt Lauer: Face to Face on "Today"

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Seacrest announced on NBC's Today show Wednesday that he's joining the network's coverage of the summer Olympics. And while he was there, Seacrest also touched on rumors that he has been tapped to replace Matt Lauer when the Today anchor's contract expires next year.

Needless to say, things got interesting.

"Do you see yourself doing a job like this?" Lauer asked Seacrest.

"I don't know...I see you doing this as long as you want to," Seacrest responded, before turning the tables on Lauer.

"How long will you be on the Today show?" he asked.

Lauer said there was no tension between the two and that they recently had discussed the issue over dinner.

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Report: Chevy Chase Clashes with "Community" Creator

Chevy Chase (L) with castmates from "Community." Jordin Althaus/NBC(WASHINGTON) -- It’s not a tight-knit community on NBC. There are reports that Community star Chevy Chase has had a major falling out with series creator Dan Harmon.

According to, Chase, who plays middle-aged college student Pierce, walked off the set during shooting of the upcoming season finale. Harmon reportedly countered at the show’s end-of-season wrap party by giving what Deadline refers to as a “F*** you, Chevy” speech in front of the actor, his wife and his daughter. Harmon also encouraged the crew to say “F*** you” to Chase.

Chase left the party and left a profane voicemail message for Harmon in which he aired his grievances. Part of the message has leaked online.

According to Deadline, Chase has walked off the set of Community multiple times in the past.

Community has not yet been renewed for next season.

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