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Although she proclaimed last year’s Most Fascinating People special was the last, Barbara Walters returned to ABC Sunday night with a 2014 edition. You can’t keep a good broad down. Not only did the alphabet network resurrect the annual special, but also super-sized it, expanding it to two full hours.

While I enjoy the special, I thought last year’s supposed final list was fitting with Hillary Rodham Clinton as her last ‘Most Fascinating Person.’ The 85-year-old journalist picked the former First Lady as her first back in 1993.

The ten personalities that made the cut this year were Scarlett Johansson, Chelsea Handler, Taylor Swift, Neil Patrick Harris, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Strahan, businessmen Elon Musk and David H. Koch and author George RR Martin. Find out below who the ‘Most Fascinating Person’ is and why Walters chose her.

watch the video after the jump to find out

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On its mid-season winter finale airing December 14, Once Upon A Time says goodbye to Elsa and her Frozen buddies. Personally, it’s about time the ABC show ices them out.

Coming into this season I was excited but after watching the first couple of weeks I lost interest and most of the episodes have been sitting on ice on my digital recording device. Dare I say, it was worse than the Peter Pan arc from last year. Hopefully, Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis rebound with their new story arc.

A trio of evil familiar faces will make their debut this Sunday. Dubbed the Queens of Darkness, Maleficent (Kristin Bauer Van Straten), Ursula (Merrin Dungey) and Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit) head over to Storybrooke to wreak havoc. Smurfit really looks the part, but I feel Dungey was miscast. Too bad they didn’t call on RuPaul to play the Little Mermaid villain.

Entertainment Weekly speaks with Horowitz and Kitsis about the second half of this season and shares a few exclusive pics. Head over to EW.com to read what they have in store for us, along with how the producers decide which beloved characters they’re going to use next.

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Revenge could’ve easily signed off after the Season 3 finale. Everything seemed perfectly tied up. Emily had finally gotten her revenge. Girl deserved some time to relax and decompress after scheming for years.

This season of Revenge has been lackluster to say the least. But that all changed during last night’s mid-season finale. I definitely didn’t see that coming.

I’m not going to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but one of the stars is speaking about the shocking turn of events. Josh Bowman who plays Daniel Grayson chats with Entertainment Weekly about last night’s developments.

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Two on-the-bubble freshmen series received very different news today. ABC ordered more episodes for one but halted production on the other. Care to make any guesses?

If you picked Selfie as the one who received bad news, you get a gold star. The alphabet network ruled out buying more episodes beyond its initial order of 13. Though ABC hasn’t made it official, Selfie is essentially canceled.

No word on whether ABC plans to air the remaining episodes or simply burn them off online as the network has previously done before. Personally, I enjoyed the show and think it fell victim to the Cougar Town syndrome. Good sitcom hindered by a polarizing title.

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Scandal: Mama Pope Lives & Books Return Gig

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As if Olivia Pope’s life wasn’t tumultuous enough. Her terrorist mother returns to cause more trouble on the Scandal midseason finale, airing November 20.

Khandi Alexander reprises her role as the deliciously evil Maya Pope. She was last seen in the Season 3 finale being held captive by Papa Pope in the hole. Both Fitz and Olivia believed she was dead (again). Details on her return are being kept under wraps, as per usual with the show.

Her return couldn’t have come at a better time if you ask me. I love Scandal, but the show seems to have lost its OMG mojo during Season 4. Perhaps Shonda Rhimes is too busy with How To Get Away With Murder? Whatever the reason, it’s just not the same.

Also, I might be in the minority, but I prefer Olivia (Kerry Washington) with Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) than Fitz (Tony Goldwyn). Anyone else Team Jake?

Excited for Alexander’s return? Who do you think Olivia’s true soulmate is? Sound off below.

15 Songs That Changed Country Music

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Some of you might be surprised to know I love my country music. Especially hits from yesteryear. Who doesn’t love an old school Dolly Parton number, right?

After Dancing With The Stars, ABC aired a special hosted by Robin Roberts leading up to the network’s telecast of the Country Music Awards. Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music spanned decades, highlighting some beloved classics and a couple of relatively modern smashes. Surprisingly, Taylor Swift made the cut, alongside Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks and Martina McBride. You might be surprised to learn which song took the top spot.

During the countdown, several of today’s biggest country acts honored the country music legends who have shaped their careers by covering their hits. Lady Antebellum performed the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers mega-hit, “Islands in the Stream.” Hunter Hayes performed Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Kacey Musgraves performed Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Martina McBride sang the Tammy Wynette classic “Stand By Your Man.” Check them all out below, along with the Top 15 Songs That Changed Country Music.

check out the Top 15 after the jump

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“Sometimes the best man for the job…. is a woman.” How outdated and cheesy is that tagline? I suppose the retro mentality is fitting for the period-set Marvel’s Agent Carter. ABC unveiled the first teaser for it’s new Marvel offering during the most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

“When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash, he contacts Peggy — the only person he can trust — to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name.” – ABC Description

The idea of committing to another television program from Marvel is a tad unappealing, especially given how disappointing S.H.I.E.L.D. has been. Thankfully, Agent Carter is only an eight-part miniseries. At least that’s what the alphabet network is saying. However, I’m sure if this is a ratings smash, network execs will figure out a way to bring it back.

Marvel’s Agent Carter premieres in January 2015 with Hayley Atwell reprising her role from Captain America: The First Avenger. The series takes place immediately following the events of that movie. Check out the first teaser trailer below.

watch preview after the jump

The First Canceled Show Of The Season Is…

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There’s no happily ever after for Manhattan Love Story. It took exceptionally much longer this year to happen, but the axe has finally fallen.

The ABC romantic comedy is the first causality of the new television season. The most recent episode attracted only 2.62 million viewers and a paltry 0.7 rating in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic. I saw the first episode but it didn’t really do anything for me even though I like the leads played by ANTM alum Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman.

ABC was also the first network to cancel a show last year. However, the axe fell on Lucky on October 4. CBS’ Made In Jersey and NBC’s The Playboy Club earned the dishonorable distinction on Oct. 10, 2012 and Oct. 4, 2011 respectively. Typically, networks have been swift and fast getting rid of dead weight but this year they’ve been taking their time. Will more shows follow suit now that the first casualty has occurred?

In other ABC-related news, the alphabet network gave good news to seven of its shows by ordering more episodes. Find out which shows will air less repeats below.

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