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November 13, 2008

Kenny Chesney, CMAs round 'em up


"Knight Rider" would kill for those ratings, and so would most network primetime shows, for that matter. The CMA Awards pulled in 15.9 million viewers last night, carving a fat path through the night and taking down all comers.

Though it slipped a little from the prior year, it's one of the healthy awards shows, and those are in short supply. Note to Oscar producers: Think you could find something for Brad Paisley to do?

Kenny Chesney took the top Country Music Association trophy -- entertainer of the year -- making this his fourth win in the category in five years. He's had 29 nominations over the years for seven total wins. Something to crow about? Or just a backhanded compliment? You decide.

Full list of winners here, including George Strait, who knocked Brooks & Dunn off their perch to become the winningest artist in CMA history.

Elsewhere on the dial, cable's still on fire, but Emmy nominated "Top Chef" is braising, sauteing and flambeing. On the opposite end of the spectrum, "Pushing Daisies," which picked up a dozen Emmy nominations and three wins in its first season, is cold to the touch though rigor mortis hasn't set in yet. Go here to join other obsessive fans in the fight to keep the show alive. See you there!


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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  • Mmmmm, chocolate Oscar. Not every star will walk away from the 81st annual Academy Awards with a trophy, but if they hit the high-profile Governor's Ball they can have pastry chef Sherry Yard's gold-dusted candy version. Also on the menu from celeb chef Wolfgang Puck is tuna tartare in sesame miso cones, chopped Chino Farms vegetable salad with ginger soy vinaigrette, Maine lobster and caviar. Serve it up! (Getty Images)

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