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<p>Poppy Montgomery studies a crime scene in &quot;Unforgettable.&quot;</p>

Poppy Montgomery studies a crime scene in "Unforgettable."

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Review: CBS' 'Unforgettable' a dull police procedural

Poppy Montgomery can remember everything, but you likely won't

In "Unforgettable" (10 p.m., CBS), Poppy Montgomery plays Carrie Wells, a woman with an extremely rare condition that allows her to recall ever moment of her life in perfect, vivid detail. The condition, which a handful of Americans have in real life, was the subject of a "60 Minutes" feature last year, in which it was discovered that one of the people who has it is former "Taxi" star Marilu Henner. In a bit of corporate synergy, CBS' entertainment division decided to turn the feature into a weekly drama series - with Henner on board as a consultant - and gave Henner's super power to Carrie, a former Syracuse cop who winds up helping out the NYPD.

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<p>Scott Millan accepts the Best Sound Mixing Oscar for &quot;The&nbsp;Bourne Ultimatum&quot;&nbsp;at the 80th annual Academy&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Scott Millan accepts the Best Sound Mixing Oscar for "The Bourne Ultimatum" at the 80th annual Academy Awards.

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'Captain America' and 'The Help' sound mixer Scott Millan to be feted by CAS

Long and illustrious career has included Oscars for 'Apollo 13,' 'Gladiator,' 'Ray' and 'The Bourne Ultimatum'

When you look at sound mixer Scott Millan's pedigreed resume, the last thing he seems to need is another award. Four Oscars (for "Apollo 13," "Gladiator," "Ray" and "The Bourne Ultimatum") with another four nods besides, three BAFTA awards, five Emmys for daytime soap "The Young and the Restless" and two honors from the Motion Picture Sound Editors organization, for "American Beauty." That's quite the haul.

Millan has also been awarded three times by the Cinema Audio Society over the years, including a somewhat unexpected win in 2003 for "Road to Perdition." (Blockbusters "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "Spider-Man," as well as eventual Oscar-winning musical "Chicago" seemed likelier victors.) Well, the Society is set to recognize him once again at February's 48th annual CAS Awards, with a coveted lifetime achievement award.

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<p>The new &quot;Two and a Half Men&quot;&nbsp;cast, with Ashton Kutcher joining Angus T. Jones and Jon Cryer.</p>

The new "Two and a Half Men" cast, with Ashton Kutcher joining Angus T. Jones and Jon Cryer.

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'Two and a Half Men' - Good riddance, Charlie Harper

Did Ashton Kutcher's intro take too many shots at Charlie Sheen?

CBS kept the "Two and a Half Men" season premiere - the first episode of the series with Ashton Kutcher, and perhaps more importantly, the first without Charlie Sheen - under careful wraps, to heighten anticipation and increase tune-in. (And based on some early morning tweets from CBS execs, it worked.) Fienberg offered his review of the premiere last night, and I have a few thoughts about how this whole affair continues to unfold coming up just as soon as I buy a Zune...

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<p>Nicolas Winding Refn on the set of &quot;Drive&quot;</p>

Nicolas Winding Refn on the set of "Drive"

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Interview: 'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn

We talk to the filmmaker about fashioning 'a real hero' out of neo-noir pulp

“Did you like the movie?” Nicolas Winding Refn asks buoyantly from a New York sidewalk, as he takes a brief stroll around the block from his hotel. He’s escaped for a hit of air in the midst of a packed publicity schedule, but if he’s at all tired, that isn’t coming through the phone line – the city gives him a buzz, he says. In any case, his question is phrased with jazzed excitement rather than uncertainty: it’s one to which he has every reason to be confident of the answer.

The movie in question, of course, is “Drive,” Refn’s sleek, sexy, bubblegum-flavored fast-car thriller that hit US theaters on Friday. I like it very much indeed, but that hardly makes me special; since bowing in competition at Cannes, where it scooped the Best Director prize for the 40-year-old Dane, the film has collected more critical valentines than are usually reserved for the kind of high-octane action-fests that have a natural home in the multiplex.

Then again, Refn directs it as if he were Henry Higgins to “Fast Five”’s Eliza Doolittle, with a discerning eye, a literate ear and a healthy streak of European eccentricity: without wishing to speak for the Justin Lins of this world, it seems unlikely that most filmmakers would find their prime creative inspiration for such a project in the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm.

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<p>Zooey Deschanel and her &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;roommates (from left, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson and Lamorne Morris).</p>

Zooey Deschanel and her "New Girl" roommates (from left, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson and Lamorne Morris).

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Review: FOX's 'New Girl' showcases Zooey Deschanel

Indie film/music star is adorable, but if you don't like her, you won't like her show

Midway through the premiere episode of the new FOX sitcom "New Girl," the show's heroine Jess (Zooey Deschanel) tries to counsel new roommate Nick (Jake Johnson) about a bad break-up. She tells Nick that living with regret isn't good for anyone, and Nick - who, like his other two roommates, has struggled to adjust to Jess's many quirks since she moved in - retorts, "Or I could pretend to be more like you, Jess, and live on a sparkly rainbow and drive a unicorn around and just sing all the time."

With "New Girl," which debuts tonight at 9, there is no middle ground. You either want to live on a sparkly rainbow and drive a unicorn with Zooey Deschanel, or you find her insufferably twee and cringe every time she starts singing her own theme song or dropping "Lord of the Rings" references.

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<p>Could &quot;Contagion&quot;&nbsp;be a potential Best&nbsp;Picture contender in a leaderless field?</p>

Could "Contagion" be a potential Best Picture contender in a leaderless field?

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Oscarweb Round-up: Are we all underestimating 'Contagion?'

Also: Madonna reportedly set to re-cut 'W.E.' and Melissa McCarthy from Emmy to Oscar?

In today's round-up, Mark Harris brings up something I've been wondering about lately: Could Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion," a well-regarded, star-studded, financially successful piece of smart dramatic filmmaking be in the hunt for Best Picture recognition? I've had at least one conversation with an Academy member who considers it one of the year's best films. Warner Bros. will already have plenty to work with in "J. Edgar" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," not to mention a planned Best Picture push for the critically acclaimed and box office-busting "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," but talk about a varied slate. Let's see what's going on in the Oscarweb today...

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"Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing with the Stars"

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Recap: The 'Dancing with the Stars' contestants hit the floor for the first time

Some stars dance, others just stumble around

Ah, our first introduction to our stars as they trot down the stairs. First thought – some of the stars seem comfortable and have a spring in their step, and some are Rob Kardashian.

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<p>Ashton Kutcher of 'Two and a Half Men'</p>
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Ashton Kutcher of 'Two and a Half Men'

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Ashton Kutcher debuts on 'Two and a Half Men' - Some quick thoughts

CBS comedy says farewell to Charlie Harper and hello to Walden Schmidt

Monday (September 19) night marked the long-awaited debut of Ashton Kutcher's Penis as the new co-star of CBS' "Two and a Half Men."

The long-running CBS hit comedy returned to start its eighth season with its first new episode since February. Everybody, of course, knows why "Two and a Half Men" has been absent and if you somehow missed the Charlie Sheen news, the premiere spent a solid 15 minutes urinating on the memory of poor, departed Charlie Harper just in case.
 
I have, at most, been a sporadic "Two and a Half Men" viewer over the years, only catching it on airplanes or when I accidentally left the TV on from an earlier program, but this auspicious changing-of-the-guard -- appropriate terminology since viewers, like Buckingham Palace Queen's Guard, probably didn't laugh -- was a fine cause to peek back in.
 
Some quick thoughts on the season premiere of "Two and a Half Men" after the break...
 
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<p>Maureen (Amber Heard)&nbsp;gets out of uniform with Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian)&nbsp;in &quot;The Playboy Club.&quot;</p>

Maureen (Amber Heard) gets out of uniform with Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian) in "The Playboy Club."

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'The Playboy Club' - 'Pilot': My kind of town

What did everybody think of the new NBC drama?

I posted my review of "The Playboy Clubearlier today. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of it? If you're a "Mad Men" fan, do you think comparisons are fair or unfair? Did you like the musical numbers? The dramatic stylings of Mr. Eddie Cibrian? Are there any "Firefly" fans among you who are just going to set a season pass for the promise of more Sean Maher? And do you miss David Krumholtz's long hair from the "Numb3rs" days? Is the eye candy enough to ignore the rest? Have at it.

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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Recap: Two women on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' crack up

It's a meltdown-palooza for the housewives

So, all's well at Camille's fabulous Beaver Creek home. Everyone's resting apres ski, the house is quiet, life is good. Oh, except that Taylor is losing her effing mind. Well, that's certainly not chic. The nerve! 

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<p>Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings in &quot;2 Broke Girls.&quot;</p>

Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings in "2 Broke Girls."

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'2 Broke Girls' - 'Pilot': Horse play vs. word play

What did everybody think of the new CBS sitcom?

I published my review of "2 Broke Girlsthis morning. Now it's your turn. Do you agree with the people who made this the highest-testing CBS pilot of all time? Are you with me and Fienberg that the last scene with the girls and the horse was significantly better than all that came before it? Either way, do you agree on the awesomness of Kat Dennings? Once this settles into the post-"HIMYM" timeslot next week, will you continue watching? 

Fire away, folks.

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<p>Barney (Neil Patrick Harris)&nbsp;and Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;tear things up on the dance floor in the &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) tear things up on the dance floor in the "How I Met Your Mother" season premiere.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Best Man'/'The Naked Truth': The mighty Beercules returns

An uneven start to the new season, but some glimmers of comedy hope

"How I Met Your Mother" is back for a new season and I have a review of the first two episodes coming up just as soon as I lick the plane...

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