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NBC wants to reboot 'Murder, She Wrote,' with Octavia Spencer

NBC wants to reboot "Murder, She Wrote," with Octavia Spencer

Spencer would take on the Angela Lansbury role in a contemporary reimagining of the CBS series, which ran from 1984 to 1996.

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<p>This is his 'I'm about to open up a giant-sized can of whoop-ass' face.</p>

This is his 'I'm about to open up a giant-sized can of whoop-ass' face.

Credit: Marvel Studios

First 'Captain America 2' trailer promises bigger and more brutal sequel

Is Marvel slowly making S.H.I.E.L.D. a bad guy?

"This isn't freedom. It's fear."

"Thor: The Dark World" is just around the corner, and I've heard there is a pretty big tag on the film that connects to another Marvel property. I'm going to assume that if you see "Thor: The Dark World" in the theater, one of the things you'll see before the film will be the new "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" trailer. That's the genius of Marvel. They're going to be teasing other movies to you at the start and the end of the film, and even more remarkably, people will be looking forward to it.

While it seems like there's not more than a day or two that goes by without some mention of some Marvel project, there are a few times a year where they sort of go into overdrive, and that's what we're about to head into for "Thor." Our own Greg Ellwood just went to London to talk to the cast of the film, and I'll be seeing it soon for review. Today, things kick off with the online premiere of the trailer for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and while I've seen footage for the film at both the San Diego Comic-Con and Disney's D23 Expo, this is the first real look that they're giving the general public.

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Influential 'Scandal' blogger exposed as an ABC employee

Influential "Scandal" blogger exposed as an ABC employee
Courtney Pajor, a director of special sales for ABC, is being accused of starting the @scandal411 Twitter account, where she's amassed 26,000 followers with her opinions. ABC says it is investigating the matter.

"Suits" renewed
The USA series will return for a 4th season.

"Homeland's" Morena Baccerin welcomes a son

Baccerin was pregnant while filming this season of "Homeland."

Johnny Weir won't speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws when he joins NBC's Olympics coverage
"I risk jail time just going there, but the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement," says the former Olympic figure skater, who will be part of NBC's Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi.

"CSI's" 300th episode attracts 10.4M, "Super Fun Night" sees its first rise in ratings
Fox's Game 1 of the World Series failed to make a dent on CBS crime dramas.

"SNL" alum Jerry Minor has an explanation for the show's diversity problem
"You have a white dude from Canada pushing 70, how much is he going to be in tune with what a person like me or yourself wants to do?" says Minor, a black comedian who was part of the cast in 2000 and 2001.

Sean Hayes blames NBC's lack of viewers for his sitcom struggles, but he's wrong
Hayes says in an interview with The TV Page, "NBC programs great shows, it just doesn't have the eyeballs CBS does." But NBC is No. 1 this fall in the key 18-49 demo and No. 2 in total viewers, a few million behind CBS.

Why "Trophy Wife" is the season's best new sitcom
The ABC sitcom has proven to be much smarter than its dumb title. PLUS: "Trophy Wife" is aided by a strong cast of child actors.

ABC Family has its best Tuesday ever
"Pretty Little Liars" and "Ravenswood" combined for big ratings.

Matt Smith & David Tennant hatched a plan to do more "Doctor Who" together
It's not going to happen, though, but Steven Moffat says, "They got on like a couple of old women. They just say in the corner and gossiped the entire time."

Here's your 1st look at "Big Bang's" Bill Nye vs. Bob Newhart episode
The scientist and the comedian faceoff in the Nov. 7 episode.

Report: Mary McCormack kicked out her hubby for kissing Katharine McPhee
The photo that surfaced this week is the latest in a string of bad news for McCormack, whose NBC sitcom "Welcome to the Family" was canceled last week.

Naya Rivera pitching herself for a "Glee" spinoff
Santana, she says, "can do anything."

Anna Faris made out with her TV mom

Faris talked to Conan about kissing "Mom" co-star Allison Janney.

"Oz" alum Kirk Acevedo joins "Blue Bloods"

He'll play Marisa Ramirez's criminal brother.

Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" music video turns 15
Britney was just 16 when she shot that controversial music video.

"It's Always Sunny" meets "Game of Thrones" episode had an uncharacteristically highbrow vibe
Last night's episode was written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of the HBO drama.

Nick Offerman promotes Movember by celebrating mustache history
Watch the Greatest Moments in Mustache History.

"TMZ Live" renewed through 2017

The "TMZ" spinoff airs through most of the country.

"Bachelorette" stars are coming out with a book of poetry
Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried are releasing, "Diamonds and Hearts: A Poetic Memoir."

"Duck Dynasty" releases a "Battle of the Beards" video game
The new game is out today on iOS. PLUS: Teen arrested in Uncle Si replica scarecrow theft.

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<p>Red Sox hurler Jon Lester</p>

Red Sox hurler Jon Lester

Credit: David J. Philip/AP

TV Ratings: FOX, Red Sox win big with Wednesday World Series Game 1

'Super Fun Night' and 'CSI' both rise, 'SVU' and 'Tomorrow People' dip
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
Game One of the 2013 World Series was a rout for the Boston Red Sox and it also proved to be a rout for FOX, which controlled Wednesday night in all key measures.
The game was up by 28 percent over last year's World Series opener among young viewers for Fast Nationals, which doesn't necessarily mean much due to both the nature of live events and the geographic nature of the two participating World Series teams. Stay tuned for more numbers later.
The World Series helped take a small bite out of all of ABC's comedies other than "Super Fun Night," which may end up slightly up week-to-week.
Facing baseball, CBS' "Survivor" also went down, but "Criminal Minds" rose and the 300th episode of the "CSI" mothership got a small bump.
And over on The CW, "Arrow" was down a little and sent "The Tomorrow People" slipping into slightly problematic territory for the first time. [I may need to do some analysis on this later.]
On to the numbers...
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<p>Charlie takes an intelligence pill in an &quot;It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia&quot;&nbsp;written by the &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;guys.</p>

Charlie takes an intelligence pill in an "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" written by the "Game of Thrones" guys.

Credit: FXX

Review: 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'Flowers for Charlie'

'Game of Thrones' producers Benioff and Weiss write an amusing 'Flowers for Algernon' riff

A quick review of last night's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" coming up just as soon as Mahoney is my favorite "Police Academy" character...

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<p>Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in &quot;Before Midnight.&quot;</p>

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in "Before Midnight."

Credit: Sony Classics

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Before Midnight' in line for gold at Gotham Awards

Acting nominees include Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson

I guess you could say awards season has officially kicked off, with the Gotham Independent Film Awards -- as usual -- providing the race with its first slate of nominees. And to the surprise of absolutely no one, "12 Years a Slave" leads the field with three nominations -- get used to it coming out on top in pretty every nomination list for the next three months. Those nods include Best Feature (of course), and Best Breakthrough Actor for Lupita Nyong'o, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is mentioned in the newly created Best Actor category.

Its rivals for the top award include the Coen Brothers' upcoming "Inside Llewyn Davis," and three critics' favorites from earlier in the year: "Before Midnight," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Upstream Color." ("Upstream" lead Amy Seimetz has much to celebrate this morning, having scored a Best Actress nod, as well a Best Breakthrough Director nod for her first feature "Sun Don't Shine.")

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<p>Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper in David O. Russell's &quot;American Hustle.&quot;</p>

Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper in David O. Russell's "American Hustle."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Contender Countdown: Is Oscar ready to do the 'Hustle?'

Trying to avoid heartbreak in the Best Picture race

Last week this pundit discussed the buzz that was circling back on "Saving Mr. Banks" before its world premiere as the closing night film at the 2013 London Film Festival. And as chronicled by Guy Lodge's review and my own rundown of "Banks'" Oscar chances, the film is truly a player. Fast forward two days and in something of a surprise, another potential contender, "The Monuments Men," moves to 2014. That means we have just two unseen contenders left: "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

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<p>Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife."

Credit: CBS

Review: 'The Good Wife' better than ever thanks to firm civil war

Broadcast network drama's standard-bearer is on a great run

We crossed a line a few years ago as a culture where it became profoundly uncool, if not inviting ridicule, to suggest that a drama airing on a broadcast network belonged in the discussion of the best shows on TV. Maybe that line was crossed a couple of years ago when Emmy voters failed to nominate a single network show for Outstanding Drama Series, but whenever it was, the talking points have become set in stone: Cable dramas make fewer episodes, and can focus more on telling the best stories without having to pad things out! Network shows have to deal with censors, and with interfering executives! Cable shows don't have to worry about spoonfeeding audiences, or giving them blandly likable characters!

I've made some of those arguments in the past, including against the last network show to get one of those drama series nominations: CBS' "The Good Wife." A couple of years ago, I even suggested that the series, excellent as it was, might be  improved if creators Robert and Michelle King were allowed to just do 13 episodes a year and not have to waste time on the less interesting corners of Alicia Florrick's world, like her kids' latest misadventures with social media.

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<p>&quot;Blue is the Warmest Color&quot;</p>

"Blue is the Warmest Color"

Credit: Sundance Selects

Roundup: Defying the NC-17 rating for 'Blue is the Warmest Color'

Also: Clooney justifies 'Monuments' delay, and is 'Captain Phillips' jingoistic?
There's been much fuss about the MPAA hobbling "Blue is the Warmest Color" with an NC-17 rating, the film's inability to screen in Idaho, and so on. In New York, however, one theater -- the IFC Center, of course -- is taking matters into their own hands by ignoring the restrictive rating. Manager John Vanco says viewers of high-school age will be admitted, stating: “This is not a movie for young children, but it is our judgment that it is not inappropriate for mature, inquiring teenagers who are looking ahead to the emotional challenges and opportunities that adulthood holds.” That strikes me as a sensible attitude, and A.O. Scott -- who has permitted his 14-year-old daughter to see the sexually explicit film twice -- agrees. [New York Times]
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<p>Johnny Knoxville was, of course, injured when we got together to talk about his new film 'Bad Grandpa'</p>

Johnny Knoxville was, of course, injured when we got together to talk about his new film 'Bad Grandpa'

Credit: HitFix

Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll share 'Bad Grandpa' road trip memories

Knoxville talks about one actor's near-death experience

"We're trying to cut off his supply of Mountain Dew," I was warned before I walked into the room to talk to Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. For once, Knoxville was not the primary threat I would be facing.

As we discuss in the interview, Knoxville and Nicoll worked together in last year's "Fun-Size," a charming kid's comedy, and they spend pretty much the full running time of "Bad Grandpa" onscreen together. I've been chatting with Knoxville on and off for the last decade, both in formal interviews and just running into him around Los Angeles. By this point, I have a pretty solid understanding of the way these guys work together, and we're not starting from scratch when we discuss whatever the latest mutation is.

That's the way I'd describe whatever "Jackass" is. There's no single person who defines what it is. Instead, you've got Knoxville, Spike Jonze, and Jeff Tremaine, all of them equal owners of it, and when they've done the shows or the movies in the past, there has definitely been a voice to it.

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<p>This is actually from next week's &quot;Arrow,&quot; but it's a cool Black Canary pic so I'm using it anyway.</p>

This is actually from next week's "Arrow," but it's a cool Black Canary pic so I'm using it anyway.

Credit: The CW

'Arrow' teases a big DC Comics villain in 'Broken Dolls'

Which familiar name sent for Black Canary?
"Arrow" is a show that I watch every week, but only occasionally have anything to say about, but there were a few juicy tidbits in this Wednesday's (October 23) episode, so it seems like a good enough to check in, at least on the highlights.
After a first season that only tip-toed around the source material's DC Comics roots, "Arrow" has begun to dive headlong this season. Last week, we had the return of Kelly Hu's China White and the introduction of Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger. We've slowly begun to push Colton Haynes' Roy Harper in the direction that I'm told will lead to his becoming Red Arrow. I'm also told that Summer Glau's Isabel Rochev has potentially fruitful comic book roots, if the show pushes her there.
And we're getting towards the big guns. 
Grant Gustin has been cast as Barry Allen, who will bring some superpowers to Starling City as The Flash in multiple episodes this season and then, probably, in a spinoff series next year. 
We're very tentatively getting into the Black Canary storyline that fans have been awaiting since Katie Cassidy was initially cast as Laurel Lance, though we're not there yet.
But on Wednesday, we got a pretty big hint about somebody even higher profile.
[If you don't want spoilers... avoid.]
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<p>Tina and Laura get the cage on Wednesday's &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Tina and Laura get the cage on Wednesday's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'One-Man Wrecking Ball'

Would a Tribal Shuffle make big waves?
Pre-credit sequence. Galang voted out Laura M last week. I barely remember that. Laura B says that it was sad to see somebody voted out first, but she's relieved that it wasn't her. "I feel like an octopus," Tina says cryptically. Aras was the only person who looked into Laura M's eye when she left and he hopes that she takes Redemption gracefully, rather than targeting Aras as a ringleader and singling him out. The next morning, Tyson and Gervase are planning for a Merge and anticipating that Aras will align with Vytas immediately, so they both agree that if they lose again, they may need to target Aras. This leads to Tyson talking about Aras' Zen beliefs which leads to Tyson's declaration, "I believe in magic. It's awesome." Tyson knows he has to tread lightly and agrees, "That's the tricky part - When to dethrone King Aras," Tyson isn't pushing Gervase too hard, but Gervase is determined he doesn't want to be viewed as a chess piece. He announced that he and Tyson are a power couple. Gervson? Tyvase? Yeah. Tyvase, for sure.
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