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David Labrava, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan and Theo Rossi in 'Sons of Anarchy'

David Labrava, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan and Theo Rossi in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Salvage' pauses the insanity

A murder-free episode reasserts the show's interest in brotherhood while setting up more trouble ahead

If I had to speculate about what helped make "Sons of Anarchy" such a big hit for FX, it wouldn't just be the extreme violence, the soapy twists, the provocative peek into outlaw culture or the availability on Netflix Instant. Those are all important factors, sure, but so is the strong sense of friendship and brotherhood at the core of SAMCRO. At one point or another, I think every fan of "Sons of Anarchy" has bonded with the characters because of their bonds with each other. And that's not something we've seen much of this season, at least until "Salvage."

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"The Originals"

"The Originals"

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'The Originals' recap: Klaus puts plans into action in 'Tangled Up in Blue'

Klaus and company begins stirring up chaos in New Orleans

After a lot of talking and plotting and talking some more, it seems as if Klaus' dastardly plan to take New Orleans back from Marcel is finally being put into action. While the Original bad boy's convoluted plot relies a bit too heavily on deus ex machina (even with that convenient compulsion trick), this episode delivered some gloriously devious twists and turns, however loosely based in logic they may have been. Best of all, Klaus and Marcel are fighting over more than just turf as a full-fledged love triangle has taken shape. To paraphrase Klaus, "Oh, to look (if not be) young and in love… what a tragedy."

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Barbara Walters denies any "View" unhappiness with Jenny McCarthy


Barbara Walters denies any "View" unhappiness with Jenny McCarthy
Through her rep, Walters said, "There is absolutely no truth to this story."


Mark Wahlberg: "Greedy" people are holding up the "Entourage" movie

Wahlberg wouldn't specify who's being greedy, but it's been reported that several cast members are holding out for more money.


"The Walking Dead" tops 2nd week of Twitter TV rankings
"American Horror Story" came in 2nd place, followed by "Catfish" and "The X Factor."


NFL considering more Thursday Night Football games -- possibly on Google or Netflix
The Wall Street Journal reports that the NFL is considering putting on doubleheader games on Thursday nights, and the league is considering partnering with nontraditional media like Google and Netflix.


Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" is already on its 2nd showrunner
Amy Ozols, who was named showrunner in June, will be replaced by "Daily Show" vet Josh Lieb.


Sharon Osbourne calls NBC a "disgrace" -- "America's Got Talent's" stage is a "death trap"
Sticking up for her former makeup artist, who is suing NBC after falling through the stage, Osbourne says it's "the worst stage in the entire world."


"The Walking Dead" gets the "Honest Trailer" treatment
"A show so inconsistent, you have to keep talking yourself into keep watching." PLUS: Why "Walking Dead" picked Michael Cudlitz, and Hyundai is giving away a zombie-proof survival machine.


"Sherlock's" Benedict Cumberbatch: My name sounds "like a fart in a bath"

Cumberbatch tells Katie Couric he once changed his name to "Benedict Carlton," using his middle name, until an agent told him to change it back.


"All My Children's" Thorsten Kaye joins "The Bold and the Beautiful"
He's the new Ridge Forrester.


Does TV have too many Fitzes?
There's "Scandal's" Fitz, a Fitz on "Pretty Little Liars" and a Leo Fitz from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."


Jeff Garlin interviews Bob Odenkirk
"The Goldbergs" star and the "Breaking Bad" alum go way back, from their time living in New York when Odenkirk was a writer on "SNL."


Why does the Internet hate cable TV wives?

A sketch shows what the real world would be like using pro-anti-hero comments from TV recaps.


Dear Kenan Thompson: Here are black women who'd be perfect for "SNL"

The thing is you have to dig deeper to find them.


Dan Patrick marks the 10th anniversary of being pranked on "SportsCenter" by a fake Steve Bartman
It was 10 years ago tonight that Captain Janks of the Howard Stern show pretended to be the infamous Chicago Cubs fan.


Watch a supercut of Stephen Colbert breaking character
Five minutes of Colbert cracking up.


Is "Supernatural's" Dean Winchester bisexual?

It was recently revealed that Dean was supposed to say "I love you" to the angel Castiel, but the line was changed to "I need you."


PBS devotes 3 hours to "Superheroes"
"Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle" is entertaining enough, but PBS decided to air it in one night instead dividing it over three weeks.


"The Simpsons" merchandise alone has raked in $4.6 billion
In fact, it's 20th Century Fox's biggest moneymaker.


See behind-the-scenes "Breaking Bad" photos
"Breaking Bad" camera operator Andy Voegeli has been tweeting photos for the past two days. PLUS: Aaron Paul does Drake Hands.


"Sleepy Hollow" is fall TV's unlikeliest breakout hit
Some of the reasons for its success is that it's limited episode order has kept it focused, that it's a genre show that doesn't feel like a genre show and that it's over-the-top crazy.


Spoiler: Photo captures filming of an important "Game of Thrones" scene
Filming took place last week on a beach in Ireland.


How "Sons of Anarchy" became the most popular show in FX history

As much as 7.9 million, watch nowadays, when you consider time-shifting viewers. That's way up from the 2.2 million tuning in during Season 1.


20 years ago today: Fox canceled "The Chevy Chase Show"
Chase's talk show (watch here) was one of TV's biggest-ever disasters.


See pics from "Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special
Featuring David Tennant and Matt Smith.


Japanese kindergartners sing "It's Always Sunny's" Dayman song
With Peter Griffin's face on the whiteboard.


E.G. Daly: A midlife crisis prompted me to try out for "The Voice"

The noted voice actress says: "I felt fragile as I got closer to 50, and it threw me into a spiral. I couldn't see what I wanted to do anymore, but woke up one day -- after going to doctors and therapists -- and realized I wasn't doing what I wanted to be doing."


Watch an interview with the "SNL" cast before the show's 1975 debut

Lorne Michaels and his cast sat down for an interview with Tom Snyder.


Read about Mike Myers' unmade "SNL" Dieter movie
Could the "Sprockets" host have carried a whole film?


Conan plays an "Eric Andre Show" prank Adult Swim couldn't air

What was wrong with showing a deranged Ronald McDonald?

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"Joe Millionaire," Kathy Griffin, Carson Kressley

"Joe Millionaire," Kathy Griffin, Carson Kressley

10 Reality TV shows that we'd like to see come back

They're gone but not forgotten...

It's hard to say goodbye, and when it comes to reality TV it's something we have to do pretty often. There's plenty of programming churn in the fast, cheap and often out of control world of reality, even when that means we're left with lingering nostalgia (FYI, Bravo is airing a "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" reunion Oct. 20 at 9:00 p.m.).

We rounded up a list of flawed but sometimes fabulous reality TV shows that have been taken off the air but might deserve a second chance. Some were great, some were weird, and some just had awesome potential. Here's our list -- and let us know yours, too.

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<p>Steve McQueen</p>

Steve McQueen

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Steve McQueen on '12 Years' squeamishness: 'It's the truth and should be respected as such'

Is the media doing another disservice to the film?

Much has been made the last couple of days about the "tough medicine" of Steve McQueen's slavery drama "12 Years a Slave." Two stories, one at the LA Times and another at The Wrap, played up modest attendance at the film's Academy screening* this weekend as evidence that its "brutal" depictions are keeping the squeamish at bay.

In reality, though, this is just another step the media has taken in doing another disservice to a film that is hardly something you have to take a deep breath and suffer through. (The first disservice, of course, being breathless proclamations that it was the Best Picture Oscar contender to beat.) The film's account of slavery is unflinching, yes, but some reports, ever since it was first unveiled for audiences at the Telluride Film Festival, would have you believe it was shackles by way of Gaspar Nöe or Eli Roth rather than the thoughtful Brit at the helm.

All of this was on my mind this morning when I talked to McQueen about the movie, so I led in with it. Is his film so brutal, I asked.

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"Little Couple"

"Little Couple"

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Exclusive: 'Little Couple' heads to India for the season finale

Bill and Jen are about to add to their tiny family

It's time for the season finale of TLC's "Little Couple," and that can only mean one thing -- Jen and Bill are off to India to adopt their daughter, Zooey!

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<p>Forever Fest founders Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons</p>

Forever Fest founders Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons

Credit: Annie Ray

Forever Fest: Girlie films and culture event launches in Austin

Tickets now on sale for festival curated for fangirls: Read the HitFix Q&A

When Forever Fest founders Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons first told me about their event, I was hard-pressed to think of another festival like it. Programmed by women and celebrating girlie pop culture, the weekend-long Alamo Drafthouse affair's demo seems like an after-thought at so many other popular film, book and culture festivals.

"Empire Records," young adult literature, "Dirty Dancing," "Sixteen Candles," cute cat videos and Danceoke (that's karaoke for dancing... look out "Single Ladies") are among the front-and-center features of fangirl-centric festival, which runs Nov. 1-3. Like the Drafthouse's program for Fantastic Fest, Forever Fest is catered to the fan.

Organizers and founders Pitre (a lead programmer for the Drafthouse and host of Girlie Nights) and Fons (of Fons PR, of which the Drafthouse is a client) have already launched their Kickstarter to fund "the ultimate slumber party," set at the Alamo's Ritz location and the Intercontinental in the capital's downtown. The hope is that attendees invite their girl friends (and guy friends, too), as a weekend out to safely be as girlie as little or as much as they want.

But like anything branded for females, there comes an almost political level of what qualifies as "girlie" or "for women." "Rom-com," "girlie" and "chick flick" carry heavy weight, as gendered terms and with some needlessly negative connotations. The organizers have remained resolutely light when it comes to their event, that FF acts not as a statement but a celebration. Below the video, check out what the organizers have to say about reclaiming "girlie," who and what the fest is for and why there aren't more Forever Fests out there. 

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<p>Marcia Gay Harden and Emma Stone in &quot;Magic in the Moonlight.&quot;</p>

Marcia Gay Harden and Emma Stone in "Magic in the Moonlight."

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Emma Stone goes rustic in first glimpse of Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Can the film meet the bar set by 'Blue Jasmine?'

I'm keeping my expectations tempered for Woody Allen's 2014 project, "Magic in the Moonlight" -- which officially revealed its title today, along with a couple of first-look images. It's been a while since Allen strung together two successful films in a row, so after the justly acclaimed (and unexpectedly popular) "Blue Jasmine," recent form dictates that his follow-up will be more of a "To Rome With Love."

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<p>I'm not sure if Agent Coulson is a clone or not on 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.', but I'm 100% sure that Jemma Simmons is played by 23-year-old Jennifer Garner.</p>

I'm not sure if Agent Coulson is a clone or not on 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.', but I'm 100% sure that Jemma Simmons is played by 23-year-old Jennifer Garner.

Credit: ABC/Marvel Studios

Review: Is every week going to see Coulson's past come back on 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'?

The fourth episode already starts to cover familiar ground

With the announcement that Marvel has four more dramatic series and a mini-series that it is developing, it is clear that television is the next beachhead for them. They are planning to make a major impact, and so it is fair to look at "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." as a first indication of how they think about TV.

One of the main complaints so far is that it feels like a TV show from the '80s, before the recent push towards a greater sense of realism and character writing, and it's true… no one is going to mistake this for HBO's version of a Marvel Comics show, but it seems like they're trying to build something that fits, in terms of tone, neatly alongside the movies. That can't be easy when you realize how much less money they have in general. So far, it is a conventional TV show with just a bit of sass to it, and if they can turn it into something even better than that, I'll be excited. So far, it doesn't transcend that description at all, but I'm not sure I expected it would.

The fourth episode, called "Eye-Spy," kicks off in Sergel's Square in Stockholm, Sweden, when a group of men in red featureless masks and identical suits calmly march into the square, all carrying briefcases. A young woman wearing headphones seems to get some sort of read off of them when they walk by, and she falls in behind them as they head for the subways. When they all file onto a train, she gets on after them. She's openly watching them by this point, and slowly, they all seem to become aware of her.

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Listen: Katy Perry's 'Prism' song previews
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Listen: Katy Perry's 'Prism' song previews

Hear 90 seconds of each song from the Oct. 22 release

Katy Perry’s “Prism” comes out a week from today, but while you’re waiting to hear her “Roar,” you can listen to 90-snippets of each of the 13 songs above and beyond the handful we’ve already heard: “Roar,” “Dark Horse” and “Walking On Air.”  We've embedded them in for you instead of making you go to ITunes, so it takes a second to load up, but then just press play and enjoy.

 

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<p>Raise your glasses, because Amy and Tina are back for two more years.</p>

Raise your glasses, because Amy and Tina are back for two more years.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler save awards season and Oscar now has a 2015 job opening

Happy day, happy day

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Our long national nightmare is over. No, the government is still shut down and Congress is still driving us toward a default, but one of the greatest unanswered questions of the 2014 awards season has been answered: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the Golden Globes again.

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Bruno Mars' steamy, NSFW 'Gorilla' clip with Freida Pinto as a stripper: Watch
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Bruno Mars' steamy, NSFW 'Gorilla' clip with Freida Pinto as a stripper: Watch

Luis Guzman also make an appearance, keeps his clothes on

I haven’t watched enough episodes of “Nature” to actually know how gorillas make love, but I doubt it involves stripper poles and getting sweaty in the back seat of a car, but that’s how Bruno Mars imagines it in the steamy new clip for “Gorilla.”

The slow groove song from "Unorthodox Jukebox" closes his concerts and it a tour de force. Here, the 2014 Super Bowl headliner takes the action to a strip club, named, appropriately enough, The Jungle, where he is in the backing band for the strippers. He and a hot, hot stripper, played by “Slumdog Millionaire” star Freida Pinto, in a performance that her parents would surely not approve of, have a thing going on. He watches her strip while other men throw money at her, and then they go get it on in the back seat of his car, Gorilla style (I just made that last part up).

It’s a sexy, if somewhat oddly so, song mainly because of the feel and pulse and the Mars-directed video (is there nothing he can’t do?) captures that feeling perfectly, even if the chatty opening set-up with two other strippers and a cameo by Luis Guzman lasts a little too long.

Speaking of the Super Bowl, NFL director of entertainment television and programming Sarah Moll told Billboard that Mars may bring some of his buddies along with him to perform at the half time show on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, N.J. “Bruno’s been making some phone calls to some friends,” she said. “We probably will announce another act before the performance.” Given that the temperature will be around 20 degrees, chances are Pinto won’t be joining him, at least not at the character she plays in “Gorilla.”
 

 
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