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I'm not quite sure why Charlotte has become so peripheral to the twisty-turny drama of "Revenge," but for the past few weeks her appearances have seemed largely ornamental and, yes, kinda ridiculous. Tonight, she might as well have hung a sign around her neck stating, "I am the plot twist! Please ignore previous character development!" Granted, there hasn't been much of that this season anyway. Other than twirling around and muttering in French, she's seemed unclear about who she should be hating and why. Next week I'm expecting Emily to hand her some note cards so she can keep up.
The good news: Cinemax is bringing back its terrific action drama "Strike Back" for another season.
The bad news: it'll be the last one.
In last week's Best Supporting Actress contenders gallery, I mentioned how farcical it was that Felicity Jones was being campaigned in that category for her inarguable lead performance in the title role of Ralph Fiennes' biographical romance "The Invisible Woman" -- category fraud is a fixture of the race now, but some calls are still too dishonest to let stand. Evidently, enough people agreed for Sony Classics to let common sense prevail, as Scott Feinberg reports that the company has switched Jones' campaign to a leading one. A small victory on principle, then -- though Jones is unlikely to be nominated either way for her strong work in the film. (Now, how about an honest supporting campaign for Jones' superb co-star Joanna Scanlan?) [Hollywood Reporter]
"Sons of Anarchy's" Maggie Siff is pregnant
Siff is expecting her first child, revealing the news via her Twitter bio's change to "future mom." No word yet if her pregnancy will have any impact on the FX series.
Alyssa Milano: CBS' "Charmed" reboot is too soon
Milano shared her thoughts on Twitter: "The thing about them doing a #charmed reboot is... it just... it feels like yesterday. It feels too close."
Jeff Probst will guest on "Two and a Half Men"
The "Survivor" host announced his Nov. 14 guest spot on Twitter, but didn't say if he'll be playing himself.
"Sleepy Hollow" is boosting tourism to Sleepy Hollow, New York
The tiny village in Westchester County has seen a threefold increase in tourism since the debut of the Fox series.
"SNL" puts "Don't Smash My Pumpkin" music video on the web
Watch Taran Killam's cut PSA. PLUS: "SNL" creates a Wes Anderson horror movie.
Martha Plimpton apologizes for calling Julianne Hough a "moron"
The "Raising Hope" star ranted on Twitter over Hough's blackface "Orange is the New Black" costume, saying: "Can we use this moment additionally to also recognize that elevating morons to celebrity status does not help the world in any way? Ever?"
Watch Greg Kinnear in Fox's "Rake"
Here's the first trailer for the Australian legal drama remake.
RIP Edna Krabappel: Remembering Marcia Wallace's "Simpsons" character
Here are Bart's teacher's 11 best episodes.
See the trailer for "Cosmos" from Seth MacFarlane and Neil deGrasse Tyson
Fox's "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey" is a sequel to Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage."
Alfonso Ribeiro welcomes Alfonso Ribeiro Jr.
The "Fresh Prince" star welcomed his second child on Sunday.
Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde are expecting
The couple met on the 2011 season finale of "Saturday Night Live."
"Simon & Simon" star Mary Carver dies
Carver, 89, played the mother of the two private-detective brothers.
"Water. Mother Nature's piss. It's what brings us here today."
Kenny Powers has learned absolutely nothing, and it terrifies me.
On the one hand, Kenny and April speak to each other in a way that they never could in previous seasons, and the scene where they're in bed at the beginning of the episode and Kenny's making it rain is both vintage Kenny but also tender in the only way he seems capable of being tender. He's kidding, of course, and he makes a few crazy ladyboy jokes, but underneath that, there's a different level of communication. When you look back at that first season, April is right to treat Kenny like he's garbage, because he pretty much is garbage. Maybe that's why I'm so invested in seeing Kenny pull things together this season. He's come so far, and if he ruins things this time, I don't see where he gets another chance at things down the road.
He's already defied the odds repeatedly, and it feels like he's unaware of just how lucky he's been.
Ken Marino's Guy Young is the wall that Kenny's racing towards at 150 MPH, and I'm not sure Kenny even knows where the brakes are. It's like Kenny has no radar whatsoever for when he's starting to seriously antagonize people, and he expects that when things in his life start going well, then everyone else has to feel the same way he feels. He wants to see April enjoying their new success the same way he's enjoying it, and he wants his brother (John Hawkes, who always grounds the show in a different sort of reality when he shows up) to forgive him for past offenses simply because he's flush, and he behaves like he's rich when the truth is that he's employed, and nothing more. Kenny strikes me as one of the most quintessential modern American characters on film or TV because of how firmly he seems to be able to simply shrug off reality when he doesn't like it.
At the start of the season, I couldn't wait to explore more of Hook's backstory on "Once Upon A Time." Now that we're in the dreary monotony of Neverland, it seems even more important to dig into his -- or, really, anyone's -- story just to get us out of the jungle. While what we learn about Hook isn't all that twisty or particularly insightful (there's still a lot of Hook to unravel, I'm sure), it's a reminder of what worked in the first season and what has been largely missing in this one.
Earlier this week, I wrote about how terrific this season of "The Good Wife" has been, and tonight's episode was a cut above even what's come before. A few specific thoughts coming up just as soon as I put my pants on so we can have a quorum...
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I don't plan on much typing the next few days...
A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I'd be worried if I was a duck...