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In this week’s three-day exhibition, Jeopardy pit two of its finest minds -- champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter -- against the newest artificial mind designed by IBM. The supercomputer Watson took on the two champs in a two-game session that left the human contestants battling for a moment just to buzz in as each question was fired out by Alex Trebek.

At the end of the two-game, three-day session, Watson dominated. The computer scored a sum of $77,147 (the total comes from Watson’s odd penchant for betting off dollar amounts in Double and Final Jeopardy rounds), with Jennings scoring $24,000 and Rutter $21,600 at the end of two Final Jeopardy rounds. For his Final Jeopardy answer (which he got correct), Jennings added a personal message: “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.”

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Gallery: Jeopardy Exhibition Ends, Ken Jennings Welcomes New Overlord


IBM is taking computer gaming to an epic level.

Monday marked the debut of the supercomputer Watson, a machine so smart it’s capable of playing a game of Jeopardy . . . and maybe, winning it. The three-day game pits the computer against the show’s two greatest champions, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, and at the end of Round 1 Watson is tied for first place.

Watson ruled categories like “Beatles People” and “Literary Characters APB,” though it struggled and offered wrong answers to other categories, including “Name the Decade.”

Still, the computer’s prowess was such that at the end of the episode, it’s tied with Rutter with $5,000 in the Jeopardy game bank . . . and champion Ken Jennings trails behind the machine with only $2,000 in the till. Check out the video above to get a look at Watson in action.

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Gallery: Man vs. Machine: Jeopardy-Style

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Here’s an update on the shows you'll be seeing more of in the months to come:


  • The A-List: New York (Logo) – Season 2
  • Bethenny Ever After (Bravo) – Season 2
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – Three more seasons
  • Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker (TLC) – Season 2
  • Californication (Showtime) – Season 5
  • Flipping Out (Bravo) – Season 5

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Gallery: TV Extensions, Renewals and Cancellations (1/21)

The day I first dreamed about over two years ago has finally came true.

This morning on Live with Regis and Kelly, said this would be his “last year on this show.”

Philbin, who is just two years shy of hitting his 30-year anniversary on the program, gave no specific reason for deciding to retire now.

“It's been a long time," he explained. "It's been 28 years since I’ve been here and it was the biggest thrill of my life to come back to New York, where I grew up as a kid watching TV in the early days, you know -- never even dreaming that I would one day have the ability, or whatever it takes, to get in front of the camera and talk to it.”

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Gallery: Regis Philbin (Finally!) Announces His Retirement

We would call this contest man versus machine, but Ken Jennings is more superhero than man.

The famed Jeopardy! winner, along with fellow champ Brad Rutter, will test his wits against IBM’s Watson program. Designed by the company’s artificial intelligence team, Watson will take on the two challengers over a three-day contest being held on February 14 though 16.

IBM hosted a similar competition in 1997, when it created a chess-playing computer to compete against champion Garry Kasparov. The computer (Deep Blue) won the six-game match by two games.

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Gallery: Jeopardy! Champions to Challenge IBM Computer Program

Parks and Recreation Season 2 DVDHere are some of the options available this week:

  • The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (Volume 17)
  • Birdy the Mighty: Decode (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Have Gun Will Travel (Season 5, Vol. 1)
  • The Lucy Show (Season 3)
  • Parks and Recreation (Season 2)
  • The Public Defender (Volume 6)
  • Sid & Marty Krofft's Saturday Morning Hits
  • Soldiers of Fortune (Complete Series)
  • Space: 1999 (Season 1)
  • The Special Relationship (TV Movie)
  • A Touch of Frost (Season 15)

Make sure to also check out the film options for this week.

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Gallery: TV on DVD: November 30, 2010

One of our favorite things about is finally coming to an end.

What will we miss when the talk show queen wraps her daytime program? That hilarious moment every year when audience members are transformed into bouncing and screaming spectacles.

Ladies and gents -- we present highlights from Oprah's (next to) last "Favorite Things" special. (Part 2 airs Monday.) Enjoy it while it lasts.

(Click here to see the gifts she's mentioned so far.)

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Gallery: VIDEO: Audience Screams for Oprah’s Favorite Things

Nancy O'DellAlthough she’s the host of The Insider, it turns out Lara Spencer did not have the inside advantage when it came to Mary Hart’s job.

For months now, it had been speculated that Spencer would take over Mary Hart’s soon-to-be vacant post at Entertainment Tonight. Unfortunately, Lara lost out to another blonde personality: Nancy O’Dell.

O’Dell is, of course, no stranger to entertainment reporting. She previously hosted Access Hollywood alongside Billy Bush.

"I remember watching Entertainment Tonight when it first premiered and dreaming about working for the show someday," O'Dell stated. "I am honored to be the one chosen to fill a TV legend's seat and I hope I can do her proud!"

Nancy will first appear on the ET set in January when she begins correspondent and fill-in anchoring duties. She will then take over the highly-coveted position when Hart signs off at the end of the 2010-11 season.

"Leaving this job was not an easy decision, but knowing I will pass the baton to Nancy O'Dell makes that decision much easier," Hart said. "Nancy is a talented and respected entertainment correspondent. We have spent many years working on opposite sides of the celebrity battlefield, and I know the show will flourish with Nancy as co-anchor."

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Gallery: Nancy O’Dell Taking Over Mary Hart’s Entertainment Tonight Post

Practical Magic-A television series based on the movie Practical Magic is currently in the works for ABC Family. The 1998 film starred Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sisters in a family of witches.

-Meanwhile, a premiere date has been announced for the big screen version of 21 Jump Street. That film, based on the old FOX series, will premiere on March 16, 2012. Jonah Hill will be one of the stars.

-Love The Amazing Race? Well, you might enjoy the scenery even more next season. "We are doing Amazing Race in HD next year. I just announced it, there you go," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler promised.

-Longtime Wheel of Fortune announcer Charlie O'Donnell passed away on Monday from unknown causes. O'Donnell, who had been a fixture on the program for nearly three decades, was 78 years old.

Gallery: TV Talk: Practical Magic Series, 21 Jump Street Movie

Accidentally on Purpose Season 1 DVDHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Accidentally on Purpose (Season 1)
  • Alias Smith and Jones (Complete Series)
  • The Bionic Woman (Season 1)
  • Eden of the East (Complete Series)
  • Jonathan Creek (The Specials)
  • A Mind to Kill (Series 2)
  • Pee-wee’s Playhouse (Complete Collection)
  • The Real L Word (Season 1)
  • Shaun of the Sheep (Season 1)
  • Tales from the Darkside (Final Season)
  • TapouT (Complete Series)

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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Gallery: TV on DVD: October 19, 2010