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'Once Upon A Time' recap: Is Tinkerbell 'Quite a Common Fairy'?

In other news, Mulan almost makes a big confession

While this week's episode is ostensibly about Tinkerbell joining the Neverland fun, it's hardly the big excitement, if you ask me. No, Ed Kitsis and Adam Horowitz did something pretty remarkable in that [spoiler ahead; consider yourself warned]…

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<p>Patricia Arquette and Steve Buscemi in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Patricia Arquette and Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire."

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The North Star'

Nucky sees Margaret on the way to Tampa, while Chalky can't resist Daughter Maitland

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I'm attacked by a rogue possum...

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<p>Damian Lewis as Brody on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis as Brody on "Homeland."

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Tower of David'

Brody resurfaces in Venezuela, while Carrie gets back on her meds

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I build a house out of popsicle sticks...

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<p>Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese in "The Walking Dead."

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Season premiere review: 'The Walking Dead'

Life at the prison is good — but is it too good to last?

"The Walking Dead" is back for a fourth season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I guess that you were a homicide cop...

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Michael Cudlitz joins 'The Walking Dead'


Michael Cudlitz joins "The Walking Dead"
The actor, coming off of "Southland,:" will play Sgt. Abraham Ford, a pivotal character from the comic book.


Edward Norton will host "SNL" for the 1st time

He'll host the Oct. 26 episode with musical guest Janelle Monae. PLUS: "SNL" spoofs the shutdown with "Gravity."

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<p>Rowan and Shane of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Rowan and Shane of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Rowan & Shane talk 'The Amazing Race'

'Queen of Bingo' stars discuss their 'Race' demise
When I talked to "The Queen of Bingo" stars Rowan Joseph and Shane Partlow before they embarked on their "Amazing Race" experience, the long-time buddies and co-stars were in performance mode, giving nearly endless answers, playing off of each other energetically.
 
I spoke with a less enthusiastic Rowan and Shane this week following their "Amazing Race" elimination. They were sent packing after a tough Leg that included a bad cab ride, a mistaken gamble on a long-haul bus to Santiago, Chile and a strange Roadblock in which Rowan did a full task along with an unaffiliated amateur shoeshine worker, rather than one of the marked shiners, leading to a long delay.
 
Despite all of those misadventures, Rowan and Shane finished the Leg right behind Baseball Wives Nicky and Kim, very nearly surviving.
 
In their exit interview, Rowan and Shane discuss the circumstances behind their elimination and I pull teeth.
 
Click through for the full conversation...
 
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<p>Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with the least likely suspect, but she turns out to be exactly what he needs in the new Spike Jonze film 'Her'</p>

Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with the least likely suspect, but she turns out to be exactly what he needs in the new Spike Jonze film 'Her'

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Review: Phoenix and Johansson make magic in 'Her'

An unconventional romance packs a hefty human punch

One of the reasons Spike Jonze remains so interesting as a filmmaker is because each individual piece of art he creates seems to exist in its own world, and only when you set it all next to each other and consider the full range of what he creates do you get a full picture of just how emotionally rich and complicated his body of work really is. I'm almost glad I hadn't seen all of "Her" yet when we spoke at this year's Toronto Film Festival, because I think I might have been too emotional to fully articulate my reaction at that point.

Jonze can certainly indulge his goofball side with very silly things, but he has also made movies that contain devastating endings, broken-hearted masterworks that clobber the audience with a bracingly direct quality. I would argue that "Being John Malkovich" could be on a short list of the very saddest endings of all time. I remember being horrified by it the first time I saw it and wondering why more people weren't just battered by the suggestion of Cusack's fate, of the hell his daily life would be living silently trapped behind someone else's eyes. "Adaptation" was one of the most complicated and difficult emotional reactions I've ever had to a movie, and it took me a long time to work my way up a second viewing. And then "Where The Wild Things Are"… well, we've said enough about that.

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Bruce Willis and Cecily Strong promote this week's episode

Bruce Willis and Cecily Strong promote this week's episode

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Bruce Willis And Katy Perry

The action star returns to his comedic roots in Studio 8H

The thirty-ninth season of “Saturday Night Live” has seen a lot of changes in its cast from the past few seasons, but really not much change in terms of overall quality. You take the good, you take the bad, you take the Drunk Uncle, and there you have the facts of “SNL” in this decade. It doesn’t matter if you throw up a seemingly slam-dunk host like Tina Fey or a potential wild-card like Miley Cyrus: the core elements of the show are what they are, meaning that there’s little in the way that’s going to change until the new writing staff figures out how to work with the new cast in ways that honor the show’s history while forging its future. 

That’s why tonight’s episode isn’t really about host Bruce Willis and musical guest Katy Perry, a past host who will undoubtedly end up in at least one sketch tonight. (Late update: Nope! I was wrong.) It’s more about seeing if any synergy between the on-screen and off-screen talent has sparked something that might indicate how this version of the show will operate. It’s not about expecting a fully-formed unit bonded over an intense three-week period to suddenly appear on the small screen. Rather, it’s about seeing any hints about what this iteration of the show’s cast might offer. The six new cast members have barely made a dent thus far, and the returning cast members have largely done new iterations of old characters. There will be at least two weeks between this episode and the next, so the show needs to make some impression that will last for that fortnight. (Update: Ed Norton will host in two week's time, as announced during tonight's broadcast.)
 
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Charlie Hunnam exits 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' blames hectic TV schedule


Charlie Hunnam exits "Fifty Shades of Grey," blames hectic TV schedule

The "Sons of Anarchy" star won't play Christian Gray, says the studio, because of his "immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey."

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Alec Baldwin's new MSNBC talk show is surprisingly boring


Alec Baldwin's new MSNBC talk show is surprisingly boring
Baldwin launched "Up Late" with the head-scratching decision to devote a full hour to a New York City mayoral candidate that the rest of the country doesn't care about. PLUS: Watch Baldwin's debut.


MTV renews "Teen Wolf," gives it a "Wolf Watch" talk show

Season 4 will be accompanied by an aftershow.


Elizabeth Berkley will reenact her famous "Saved by the Bell" caffeine pill freakout on "Dancing"
Next week she'll be dancing to "I'm So Excited" by the Pointer Sisters.


"MasterChef" finalist commits suicide
Josh Marks' death comes months after a confrontation with Chicago police.


Kelly Clarkson would like to audition for "The Voice"
"I'm always like, 'I just want to see how many chairs will turn around,'" she says.


BJ Novak previews his new book

The former "Office" star is releasing a collection of short stories called "One More Thing."


Lifetime is the latest network to a "Wizard of Oz"-themed project

"Red Brick Road" is described as an edgy, "Game of Thrones"-like take on "Oz."


"Star Trek" to CBS!?

There's a report that "Star Trek" movie co-writer Roberto Orci has discussed bringing the "Trek" franchise with CBS.


Watch "Boardwalk Empire's" Michael Shannon get rejected by The New Yorker
Shannon wanted his poetry and prose published in the prestigious magazine. PLUS: Patricia Arquette on joining "Boardwalk."


"Breaking Bad's" RJ Mitte is now hosting college club parties
Friday night, club goers got to hang out with "Flynn" and do fireball shots.


"The Walking Dead" returns with an emphasis on character development
Season 4 doesn't miss a beat with new showrunner Scott Gimple, says Tim Goodman, who adds: "What feels most promising is that by establishing more of the myriad characters, you just know that once you get to know them and their stories it's going to be a lot harder to lose them. And that's good for the drama." PLUS: The slower pace is a brave move, it seems like we're headed towards "Nowheresville," how Gimple approached Season 4, Robert Kirkman wants every character to have a reason for being there, and this is "Walking Dead's" best premiere yet.

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<p>Donnie Wahlberg of &quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

Donnie Wahlberg of "Blue Bloods"

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' is solid, but 'Blue Bloods' anchors CBS Friday sweep

'MasterChef Junior' wins its hour with young viewers
Fast National ratings for Friday, October 11, 2013.
 
Even with a season low in viewers, "Blue Bloods" helped CBS to its usual dominant performance on Friday night overall and also led the network to eke out a slim victory in the key demo over ABC.
 
A weak night for "20/20," as well as the continued sluggish performance by "The Neighbors" were responsible for ABC slipping from its usual perch atop Friday in the key demo, though ABC and FOX both topped CBS among adults 18-34.
 
There wasn't much else of excitement, though "MasterChef Junior" was up a little in the key demo and won its hour.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Marissa of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Marissa of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" 

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Interview: Marissa Peterson talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Gervase's niece talks about being an early target
Marissa Peterson never really had a chance in this "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" season. 
 
Well, she had a chance, but the chance got messed up pretty quickly. She responded negatively to future tribal ringleader Brad at the very first grouping of the castaways, putting a target on her back. Then, when the Returning players defeated the Newbies in the first Immunity of the season, Marissa's uncle Gervase, a veteran of the very first American "Survivor" season, made a display of enthusiasm that rubbed Brad the wrong way and made the target even bigger. 
 
Marissa was the first member of her Tadhana tribe voted out and weathered two Redemption Island Duels before going out on this Wednesday's episode.
 
Perhaps if Brad hadn't been so giddy to vote out the strong, feisty Marissa, followed by the strong, feisty Rachel -- keeping the much less strong and much less feisty Katie and Ciera -- Tadhana wouldn't be searching for its first challenge win of the season. We'll never know. 
 
Marissa certainly thinks Tadhana would be doing better if she'd stuck around. She's also the first contestant I've talked to this season with a pragmatic understanding that this is a game and it may have been necessary to writer Gervase's name down at some point. 
 
Click through for the full exit interview, which may make you wish we'd gotten a bit more Marissa...
 
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