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Charlie Sheen will reprise an '80s role for 'The Goldbergs'

Charlie Sheen is going back to one of his most memorable roles. But though there's been a lot of speculation over a possible return to "Two and a Half Men," that's not the one he's looking at. While many people know the role, the character never even had a name.

Sheen will be playing "Boy in the Police Station" from the 1986 comedy classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" once again in the '80s-set ABC comedy "The Goldbergs."

In the episode, which will air sometime early in 2015, Goldberg son Barry, played by Troy Gentile, will skip school in an attempt to emulate the one-day hooky odyssey of Ferris in John Hughes' film.

Sheen made a brief appearance near the end of the film when Ferris' sister, Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), was arrested. He played a punk also cooling his heels in the police station who helped Jeanie get over her long-standing resentment of her brother.

The minor role came just before Sheen's big break in Oliver Stone's "Platoon."

The episode will be titled "Barry Goldberg's Day...

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Thursday's TV Highlights: 'White Collar' on USA

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A big heist and a risky con job in the series finale of "White Collar." With Matt Bomer.

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The Taste In this new episode the contestants prepare foods for holiday celebrations. 8 p.m. ABC

Two and a Half Men Walden and Alan (Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer) try to prove to Louis (Edan Alexander) that Santa is real. Former series regular Melanie Lynskey returns as Rose in this new episode. 9 p.m. CBS

Project Runway All Stars The designers are challenged to create looks for single clients of a matchmaking website. Laverne Cox ("Orange Is the New Black") serves as a guest judge. 9 p.m. Lifetime

White Collar To help Neal (Matt Bomer) carry out a risky heist, Peter (Tim DeKay) gets involved in a dangerous con in the series finale. 9 p.m. USA

Project Runway: Threads The young designers...

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BET veteran Stephen Hill promoted to president of programming

BET Networks have named BET veteran Stephen Hill as its president of programming, signifying an apparent change in leadership strategy for the cable network that targets African Americans.

Hill, who has been at BET for more than 15 years and most recently was president of music programming and specials, will succeed Loretha Jones, who departed in September following a six-year stint as head of original programming, news and development.

In the newly created position, Hill will oversee original programming, music programming, specials and BET news divisions. He will report to Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks, and will continue to be based in New York.

Hill has been credited with developing one of BET's most popular shows, "Real Husbands of Hollywood," a mock-reality series starring Kevin Hart.

His appointment may indicate a change in direction for the network, which had brought in two Hollywood insiders to help BET become more prominent in the crowded network arena.

Jones,...

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Shonda Rhimes to receive WGA's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award

Prolific writer-producer Shonda Rhimes will score another win in February when she takes home the Writers Guild of America West's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award.

Rhimes currently has three shows on the air that have been so successful that ABC's Thursday night lineup of "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder" is often referred to as "ShondaLand," which is also the name of her production company.

Rhimes is being honored for her work in bringing more diversity to the prime-time television lineup both in front of and behind the camera.

In a statement, WGAW President Chris Keyser said, "Her ability to create, consistently, television that is, at once, excellent, provocative and crowd-pleasing is almost the least of it. She is a breaker of barriers."

This is not Rhimes' first award. She's previously received a WGA Award for "Grey's Anatomy," a Peabody, a Golden Globe, an AFI Award, an NAACP Image Award and more.

She also currently serves as the cochair of the WGAW's...

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'The Colbert Report' becomes 'The ColbDewar's Repewars'

Just two more shows on Comedy Central to go, and Stephen Colbert is looking to cash in every way he can, including selling off naming rights to his show, "The Colbert Report."

On Tuesday's show, Colbert revealed that Dewar's Scotch had won the rights and that henceforth the show formerly known as "The Colbert Report" would become "The ColbDewar's Repewars."

Along with the new name, the show also got a new opening, including lyrics to Colbert's longtime theme. As a bonus, the lyrics are easy to learn.

They go like this: "Drink, drink, drink, drink, drink, drink."

Just be sure to listen to the last part, which includes the key word: "Responsibly."

The new opening was so good it set Colbert chuckling.

"Here's a fun little party game," he said. "Drink Dewar's every time you hear the word 'drink.'"

"It was an easy decision to go with Dewar's," Colbert said. "One, their check cleared."

And that was all the reason he needed.

Just two more "Colberts" on Comedy Central after this. Watch...

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'The Voice' live finale: 15 highlights (aside from crowning a winner)

Yes, Craig Wayne Boyd won “The Voice” on Tuesday night, snatching the crown away from the outstretched hands of all three members of Team Adam: Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison and Damien. This much you know. But that didn’t happen until the last five minutes of the two-hour live finale. So what else happened on Monday night? 

Here are 15 highlights from the Season 7 final results show: 

1. Pharrell Williams snapped things into focus straight off by offering some healthy perspective: “Everybody’s going to have to go home at some point,” he mused, noting that what matters most is what the singers do “the day after” and how they use the show “as a platform.” Williams has made that point before, but on the final night of the season, it seemed especially resonant. 

2. We were given a glimpse into who was friends with whom backstage, as the finalists introduced their “bring-back song” lineups: DaNica Shirey provided a “shoulder” for Boyd to lean on when he was “down and out”? Taylor John...

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