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'Big Bang Theory' will pit Bill Nye vs. Bob Newhart

"Big Bang Theory" will pit Bill Nye vs. Bob Newhart
Turns out Professor Photon is a rival of The Science Guy.

"Breaking Bad" remake: Check out the Spanish-language version of Walter White

Diego Trujillo stars in "Metastasis," A Colombian version of "Breaking Bad" from Sony.

Fox orders ex-"SNL" writer John Mulaney/Martin Short sitcom that NBC rejected

The Lorne Michaels-produced sitcom has received a six-episode order, but it's unclear if "SNL" star Nasim Pedrad and Elliott Gould will reprise their roles from the original pilot.

Colin Hanks joins "Fargo"
He'll co-star on the FX series as Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly.

Damon Lindelof: "Breaking Bad's" finale helped me say goodbye to "Lost"

His message to the haters: "If it's unpleasant and exhausting for me to keep defending the 'Lost' finale, aren't you getting tired of hating it? And so … I, like Walter White, want out. To be free. And to grant you the same."

Kurt Sutter explains the "Sons of Anarchy" shockers
A last-minute change of plans forced Sutter to turn a negative into a positive.

Bryan Cranston to narrate "Big History" on H2

"I was asked to be the voice of 13.7 billion years of history," Cranston says of the 10-hour series.

Watch the "Girls" porn parody trailer

"This Ain't Girls XXX" is indeed terrible.

Ziva says goodbye to "NCIS"
Last night's episode was like a bullet to the heart.

Ronan Farrow may get his own MSNBC show

Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen (or Frank Sinatra), is poised to get a weekend show on the left-leaning cable news network.

Mariska Hargitay on "SVU" torture: "It was hard and it was painful and it was scary"
She adds: ""It's one of those scenes where you really don't know what's going to happen until you do it."

5 "Simpsons" characters who should die

From Sideshow Bob to Grandpa Simpson.

Conan furloughs his non-essential staffers
Which "Conan" workers were deemed "essential"?

Brant Daugherty mugged after "Dancing"

The "Pretty Little Liars" star says he was approached by a man with a gun when he got home from taping "Dancing with the Stars" last week.

ABC Family may reunite "90210's" Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling
Garth is in talks to join Spelling in "Mystery Girls."

Check out the Solis family "Desperate Housewives" reunion on NBC
Here are Ricardo Chavira and Eva Longoria together again on "Welcome to the Family."

Amy Poehler sent "SNL's" Cecily Strong some flowers
"Walked into this, the greatest thing in the world," Strong tweeted.

Sarah Michelle Gellar greeted by her "Buffy" pals on Twitter
Gellar was welcomed by David Boreanaz, Emma Caulfield and Eliza Dushku.

Here's your 1st look at Ron Moore's "Helix"

The "Battlestar Galactica" honcho is returning to Syfy with a series starring Billy Campbell.

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"Extreme Cheapskates"

 "Extreme Cheapskates"

Credit: TLC

Watch: One couple's gross but frugal habits on 'Extreme Cheapskates'

In the season premiere, one couple takes cheap to a new low

I'd like to think I try to be smart about my finances. Yet, I draw the line at sharing dental floss. You know who doesn't? These people on "Extreme Cheapskates" (season premiere Wed. Oct. 23 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC). Never has a couple sharing the shower been so unsexy. 

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'Two and a Half Men' promotes Amber Tamblyn

"Two and a Half Men" promotes Amber Tamblyn
She'll be a series regular after being initially signed to a five-episode arc

David Tennant to reprise his "Broadchurch" role with an American accent in Fox's remake
Tennant has joined the American remake of the BBC series.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and ABC's other Tuesday newbies tumble in Week 2

"S.H.I.E.L.D." dropped 31%, "The Goldbergs" fell 29%, "Trophy Wife" lost 39% of its premiere viewers and "Lucky 7" dropped 38%.

"CSI: NY" alum A.J. Buckley joins "Justified"

Buckley will play yet another Crowe family member.

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<p>Chloe Bennet of ABC's &quot;Marvel's Agents of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Chloe Bennet of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of 'S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' plummets on Tuesday, while 'The Voice' and 'NCIS' lead

'The Mindy Project' beats 'Trophy Wife' in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
ABC's glow from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." lasted only a week as the "Avengers" spinoff took a steep drop in its second airing. While the numbers for "S.H.I.E.L.D." were still OK out of context, the reduced lead-in also dropped "The Goldbergs" and sent "Trophy Wife" and particularly "Lucky 7" heading into the Danger Zone.
While ABC had the dramatic results, the network wasn't a factor in the night's big races. Also a non-factor was FOX, which saw its two-hour comedy block continue to slide, with "Dads" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" now low-rated twins.
"NCIS" and "Person of Interest" held onto most of their premiere audiences and led CBS overall, while "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" helped NBC maintain its domination among young viewers. 
On to the numbers...
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<p>Michael B. Jordan in &quot;Fruitvale Station.&quot;</p>

Michael B. Jordan in "Fruitvale Station."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Roundup: The illusion of diversity in the Oscar race

Also: Darren Aronofsky bows down to 'Gravity' and dark days at Paramount

There has already been a lot written about race in these initial stages of the Oscar season, and there will be plenty more to come -- even if early projections of an 80% black Best Actor field seem increasingly unlikely to pan out. Kia Makarechi writes that he's glad the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba and Forest Whitaker are in the awards conversation, but believes the supposed diversity of this year's race is merely an illusion: "These roles have to be played by black actors ... we'll know when Hollywood casting directors and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences view people of color as deserving of equal opportunities to shine when a black man in the role of a fictional caring father, son, teacher, student, doctor, author or otherwise non-racially coded character is nominated for and wins Best Actor." [Huffington Post]

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<p>Liza Lapira, Rebel Wilson and Lauren Ash in &quot;Super Fun Night.&quot;</p>

Liza Lapira, Rebel Wilson and Lauren Ash in "Super Fun Night."

Credit: ABC

Fall TV Reviews: 'Super Fun Night,' 'Ironside,' 'The Millers' & more

Not much to get excited about the week after the fall season's official beginning

Not that this has been a great overall fall for new series, but pretty much every rookie of note — from the genuinely good ("Masters of Sex") to the uneven but promising ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD") to the mediocre shows that do one thing very well ("The Blacklist") — have already debuted over the last couple of weeks. What's left over for this week are the runts of this unimpressive litter, none worthy of a full-length review, but which we can discuss briefly before they debut:

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<p>Never forget.</p>

Never forget.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Simon Kinberg has been announced as a new writer for Fox's 'Fantastic Four' film

How close is Fox to pulling the trigger on this one?

 Okay, so I finally figured it out. "Simon Kinberg" isn't actually a single person. It's a collective of people who are able to crank out massive amounts of work at any given moment. He's part of the team of writers working on "Star Wars," he's a jack-of-all-trades on "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," he just had "Elysium" in theaters, and now he's also writing "Fantastic Four" while he produces Mark Millar's "Kindergarten Heroes."

Is that correct?

Is that seriously what is happening?

Holy cow, see what I mean? No way one guy's doing all of that at the same time.

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney take 'Gravity' to New York

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney take 'Gravity' to New York

Oh, and Emma Watson and Katie Holmes were invited too

Hey, boys and girls, it's time for another movie marketing lesson from your friends at HitFix.

What do you do when you have a film that mostly appeals to men, but you want to make sure you get the attention of younger women? It's really important those women go with their boyfriends on Friday and Saturday night, because that means their boyfriends will definitely go. Well, when your cast is limited to just two, cough, older, cough, actors, there isn't much you can do. Sure, rave reviews (97% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8 100 grades so far on Metacritic) and amazing footage are selling it pretty damn well, but it's opening week. The pressure is on! Someone in the studio is no doubt saying, "How can we liven things up a bit down the homestretch? I mean, yeah, the movie stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, but how do we make some noise on, y'know, those gossip sites (Sandra can't do this on her own!)?"*

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<p>Britney says you betta...</p>

Britney says you betta...

Watch: Britney Spears is a kitten with a whip in 'Work Bitch' video

Her hair extensions do excellent acting

Well, that’s certainly an interesting product placement: a woman uses a Beats Pill as a ball gag.  Yes, with approximately 29,895 or so shots of Britney Spears in her new video for “Work Bitch,”  the image of an extra is the one that I took away.  In part because it’s one of the more creative, if not repellant, ways I’ve seen a blatant product placement in a video and, quite frankly, it’s the most interesting thing in the video.

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<p>It's not officially an episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.i.E.L.D.' until Agent Ward kicks someone in the face.</p>

It's not officially an episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.i.E.L.D.' until Agent Ward kicks someone in the face.

Credit: ABC/Marvel Studios

'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' starts to come into focus in its second week

Plus what larger connections to the Marvel Universe happened this week?

Last week, Alan Sepinwall wrote about the premiere episode of Marvel's first foray into weekly television, but tonight, he passes the torch to me. I'm going to be writing the recaps for the series each week here on HitFix, and I'm curious to see if this becomes can't-miss television for me the way previous Whedon shows have been.

The pilot episode probably had more expectations placed on it than any other TV show in recent memory, at least from the fans who you would expect to be the target audience. I'm not sure exactly what anyone else expected from a Marvel TV show, but looking at the first episode, it's about what I thought it would be. The stories have to be smaller scale than the things we've seen in the movies so far, and it's a procedural, so they need to try to create self-contained plots that drive the show while they parcel out bits and pieces of information for the larger mythology.

I liked the gadgetry in the first episode, and I think the cast is solid. Brett Dalton's got the sort of character to play that is going to be hard to make interesting, only because someone has to be the straight man while everyone else gets to be quirky or eccentric. I'm curious to see how they fill in the backstory for Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), and I already enjoy the chemistry for Fitz/Simmons (Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge).

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Tommy Flanagan and Charlie Hunnam in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) is concerned about Jax (Charlie Hunnam) on "Sons of Anarchy"

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Wolfsangel' ups the body count

Multiple deaths aren't enough to justify another flabby 90-minute episode

Everything that happens in this week's "Sons of Anarchy" could've been condensed into a pretty solid hour of TV. So why did "Wolfsangel" have to be yet another unnecessarily bloated 90 minute episode?

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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;suffers some undeserved abuse from Cece (Hannah Simone) while Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;looks on.</p>

On "New Girl," Nick (Jake Johnson) suffers some undeserved abuse from Cece (Hannah Simone) while Jess (Zooey Deschanel) looks on.

Credit: FOX

Evening TV Round-Up: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' New Girl' & 'The Mindy Project'

Jake goes in a slump, the truth about Schmidt comes out and Mindy and Casey hit a snag

It's evening round-up time, with quick reviews of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I pump my fists too hard at a Weird Al concert...

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