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<p>The Good Wife</p>

The Good Wife

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Review: 'The Good Wife' - 'Oppo Research'

Alicia finds out the downside of running for office

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as we go without ordering or paying...

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Men Women and Children
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Adam Sandler and 'Men, Women & Children' cast reunite for 'American Beauty' live-read

Rosemarie DeWitt, Kaitlyn Dever, and Dean Norris join the LACMA event

By the end of its theatrical run, Jason Reitman's Internet drama "Men, Women & Children" will likely amount to the director's least financially successful picture. No, not every film can click with the zeitgeist like "Juno" and haul in $143.5 million. But when Reitman's Kate Winslet-Josh Brolin drama "Labor Day" tapped out at $13.4 million this past winter, analysts considered it a disappointment. This weekend's specialty box office reports pin "Men, Women & Children" just under $128,500 after its second weekend — something beyond mere disappointment for Reitman and Paramount Pictures.

The silver lining: With "Men, Women & Children," Reitman found actors that ignite him and perhaps vice versa. The door for future collaborations appears to remain open, with the first already in motion.

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Katie Holmes will reprise her Jackie Kennedy role in 'The Kennedys – After Camelot'
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Katie Holmes will reprise her Jackie Kennedy role in 'The Kennedys – After Camelot'

Billy Eichner accuses Burger King of ripping him off

Katie Holmes will reprise her Jackie Kennedy role in "The Kennedys – After Camelot”
ReelzChannel is following up on its 2011 “The Kennedys” miniseries with a four-episode follow-up based on the book “After Camelot, which documents the Kennedys from Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1968 to the present. Holmes will also serve as an executive producer while directing one of the episodes.


Billy Eichner accuses Burger King of ripping him off
A new Burger King ad features a guy on a street yelling at people, which prompted a Twitter tirade from Eichner on Sunday night: "Hey @BurgerKing-thanks for stealing my act for ur new commercial!! Except its not as funny & everyone knows u stole it. GET YOUR OWN IDEAS."


“SNL” ties its lowest-ever demo ratings with Bill Hader
Last week’s episode was down from one-tenth from the Sarah Silverman episode. PLUS: Watch the unaired Coal Miners sketch, and "SNL" had a great episode despite a terrible cold open.


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<p>The Affair</p>

The Affair

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Affair'

What did everybody think of Dominic West and Ruth Wilson in Showtime's new drama?

I posted my review of Showtime's "The Affair" a few days ago (along with an interview with Sarah Treem). Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight — or watched the pilot on YouTube or On Demand earlier — what did you think? Can you forgive Dominic West for cheating on Maura Tierney, or Ruth Wilson for cheating on Joshua Jackson? Did you find one perspective more interesting — or more "real" — than the other? Did you get tired of seeing some of the same scenes twice, or were the differences interesting enough? How did you feel about the prank Noah's son pulls, especially coming so soon before the incident at the restaurant with his daughter? If you're a "Wire" fan, did you laugh at John Doman again scolding Dominic West? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead</p>

Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead

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Season premiere review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'No Sanctuary'

It's wall-to-wall zombie action at Terminus

"The Walking Dead" is back for its fifth season — and has already been renewed for a sixth. My review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I provide you step by step instructions, complete with illustrations and a well-composed FAQ...

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<p>Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Narcisse in Boardwalk Empire</p>

Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Narcisse in Boardwalk Empire

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Devil You Know'

It's all in one night as Chalky waits for Narcisse, while Eli and Nelson try to sting Capone

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as the room is as occupied as a room can get...

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<p>Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn in Homeland</p>

Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn in Homeland

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Shalwar Kameez'

Is a Quinn/Carrie romance in the cards? And is it in any way a good idea?

A few thoughts on tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I bring doughnuts...

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<p>Chelsea Peretti in Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Chelsea Peretti in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Jimmy Jab Games'

The squad does its own version of 'Office Olympics'

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I draw the wrong lessons from the fall of Addis Ababa...

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Best and Worst of 'Dracula Untold': So bad it's good?

Best and Worst of 'Dracula Untold': So bad it's good?

At least Charles Dance got a paycheck, right?

Maybe the critics were wrong.

Maybe "Dracula Untold" is the entertaining fantasy action-adventure moviegoers have been waiting for since, um, "Guardians of the Galaxy" opened at the beginning of August. Maybe Luke Evans has a huge following know one really knew about.  Maybe America has just been waiting for Dracula to be a hero like those Vamps in "Twilight" and "True Blood."  Whatever it was, "Dracula Untold" almost won the weekend at the box office and somewhat over performed with $23 million at the box office.

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Review: 'CITIZENFOUR' is a thrilling re-examination of Snowden's NSA leaks

There's no going deeper than the where Laura Poitras' drives her latest documentary.

Imagine sitting in on Deep Throat's first meeting with Woodward and Bernstein. Not like "All the President's Men," shrouded in Gordon Willis shadows or dramatized by William Goldman's cunning ear, but watching as a fly on the wall, witnessing men risk careers, futures and lives in the name of uncovering conspiracy.

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'SNL' pays tribute to Jan Hooks with 'Love is But A Dream'
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'SNL' pays tribute to Jan Hooks with 'Love is But A Dream'

Check out Netflix’s 'Daredevil' in his black costume

“SNL” pays tribute to Jan Hooks
“Saturday Night Live” paid tribute to the late Hooks twice on Saturday: First in primetime, in a 1990 “Vintage SNL” episode hosted by Alec Baldwin. That was followed by a tribute by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig during the live show, featuring a re-airing of the famous “Love is But a Dream” short film that co-starred the late Phil Hartman. Wiig called Hooks “one of the best there ever was and her influence is clear in everyone of us who’s been here since."


“SNL” confirms Jim Carrey as host with musical guest Iggy Azalea
Carrey, who returns to “SNL” on Oct. 25, previously hosted in 1996 and 2011.


“SNL” brings back Stefon to mock "MTV’s Dan Cortese" — Cortese responds
For the first time, Stefon appeared on Weekend Update without Seth Meyers, who was performing in Las Vegas. Stefon repeatedly name-dropped Cortese, who quickly responded on Twitter: "Yo @nbcsnl & #stefon I would've responded sooner but me & Winger are killin' it #Rocknjock style at Hooters in Cleveland! See u next week!" PLUS: "SNL" spoofs "Hollywood Game Night," and the puppet sketch's return was thanks to Howard Stern.


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<p>John Mulaney of &quot;Mulaney&quot;</p>

John Mulaney of "Mulaney"

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Interview: 'Mulaney' creator-star John Mulaney on his FOX comedy's learning curve

What does 'Mulaney' creator John Mulaney think of his leading man?

It can't be ignored that "Mulaney" premiered last Sunday night on FOX and the ratings weren't especially good.

I got on the phone with creator-star John Mulaney on Thursday and made a promise up-front: I'd lead with quick ratings discussion and then never return to the topic and we stuck to it.

The bottom line on that subject: FOX is 100 percent behind "Mulaney" and the network knows things will turn around. And what else would anyone say after one week?

Mostly, we discussed the learning process on "Mulaney," which was originally developed at NBC, moved over to FOX and which is already far deeper into production than most freshman shows. 

This week, in fact, found "Mulaney" working on its 13th episode, while Mulaney was also, at least according to Twitter, parlaying with old chum Bill Hader in advance of Hader's "SNL" hosting stint, so it's impressive both that he found time to chat all, but also that he politely apologized because production lunch break was delayed by seven minutes, making him late to call.

Instead of talking about ratings or following in the NY Times footsteps to talk about reviews, Mulaney and I discussed the transition from stand-up to sitcom structuring, the need to sometimes adjust his material to network commercial considerations and, in an amusing moment, the strengths and weaknesses of Mulaney's leading man.

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