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'24' bringing back Kim Raver and William Devane

"24" bringing back Kim Raver and William Devane

"24: Live Another Day" will feature Audrey and her dad, James Heller.

Albuquerque newspaper runs a paid Walter White obituary
Albuquerque residents who are part of the Facebook group “Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour” placed today's obit, which states: "He will be greatly missed." UPDATE: The obit cost $166 plus tax.

"Scandal" returns to it best-ever ratings, "The Millers" premieres big

Olivia Pope attracted 15% more viewers than her Season 2 finale, while "The Millers" scored 13.2 million. On NBC, "Welcome to the Family" got only 3.3 million and "Sean Saves the World" premiered to 4.9 million. "The Originals" retained 75% of "The Vampire Diaries'" audience, which was down 25% from last year's premiere.

Nat Geo orders "Duck Quacks Don't Echo"
The "Brain Games" companion, based on a UK series, will have panelists challenge each other with scientific questions.

Watch Kate Walsh on DirecTV's "Full Circle"

The "Private Practice" alum is one of several big names in the Neil LaBute limited series.

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"The Originals"

"The Originals"

Credit: The CW

'The Originals' premiere recap: 'Always and Forever'

Is it really family first for this messed-up vampire family?

Remember when you thought hybrids were just cars? Oh, those were the days! Watching the premiere of "The Originals," I'm a little overwhelmed with the new layer of mythology that has been slapped on top of what I thought I knew from "The Vampire Diaries." While I'm sure it entirely makes sense somehow (Julie Plec wouldn't lead us astray), I can't help but think, man, it's been an awful lot of work just for Klaus to claim dual citizenship.

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<p>Forest Whitaker in &quot;Lee Daniels' The Butler.&quot;</p>

Forest Whitaker in "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Roundup: Forest Whitaker to be honored at Gotham Awards

Also: The significance of Iran backing 'The Past,' and the brevity of 'Gravity'

Forest Whitaker's awards season prospects are very much in flux: his potential Oscar nomination for summer hit "The Butler" (which would be only the second of his career) is largely dependent on whether or not certain prestige films take hold in the months to come. One honor he'll definitely be receiving, however, is the Actor Tribute at the indie-oriented Gotham Awards on December 2. "Breaking boundaries and challenging audiences with complex, multifaceted roles, Forest Whitaker is a significant independent voice whose performances have only been elevated by his visionary work as a producer, director and humanitarian," says Gotham Award director Joana Vicente. Previous recipients of the tribute include Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon and Robert Duvall. [Hollywood Reporter]

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'Scandal's' Tony Goldwyn: 'When we read the script, I was like, "What?!"'

"Scandal's" Tony Goldwyn: "When we read the script, I was like, 'What?!'"
Goldwyn says Season 3 of "Scandal" is very different. "It is different, which I was so happy to find out, because I didn't know, and I was so afraid we'd start repeating ourselves," he says. "It's darker. It's more complex than Season 2, if you can believe that. The complexities of it are just more intricate. So far, while a lot of crazy stuff that happens, they aren't the big, dramatic things. We are really starting to sink deep roots." PLUS: Gladiators and cast and crew react to the season premiere, "Scandal" stars become mannequins at Saks Fifth Avenue, Olivia Pope's fashion detailed, even guys like "Scandal," is "Scandal" optimistic?, Scott Foley defends Jake Ballard, should you root for Fitz & Olivia?, why Olivia is no role model, and Capitol Hill is hooked.

"Glee" releases "Farewell to Finn" promo
"It was very hard," Ryan Murphy says of next week's episode. "I struggled even working on it because what you're seeing is what they felt not just about Finn but Cory. It's amazing performances across the board and everybody went into it with a lot of love." PLUS: Naya Rivera gets engaged to Big Sean.

Stephen Colbert performs an epic gov't shutdown wedding
A couple couldn't be married at the Jefferson Memorial, so they wed on Colbert. (Watch Part 2).

Louis CK taking a much more leisurely approach to "Louie" Season 4

At NY PaleyFest, a reinvigorated Louis CK explained: "We usually start shooting in February for that year's show, and we’re four months ahead this time. So we have much, much more time."

Tina Fey's "SNL" premiere was the best opener in 2 years

That may have something to do with last year's "SNL" season premiere with Seth MacFarlane airing two weeks early.

Hallmark Channel picks up "Signed, Sealed & Delivered" starring Eric Mabius
The "Ugly Betty" alum's movie, airing next week, will become a series.

"The Originals" is a far cry from "The Vampire Diaries"

It's lacking in "Vampire's" post-adolescent heat. PLUS: There's a steep learning curve.

Why is "Hell on Wheels" so anti-Mormon?

On the AMC series, Mormons are "either bloodthirsty, violent jerks or simpletons," says Scott Pierce. "It's lazy writing relying on clichés and stereotypes."

See pics from "Grey's Anatomy's" 200th episode

Next week's episode is set amid a charity gala. PLUS: Sandra Oh says: "I'm going through so much therapy, by the way, to get through this."

"Breaking Bad" characters get "Simpson"-ized
What if Walter White & Co. lived in Springfield?

In defense of "The Millers'" use of fart jokes

The gassy CBS sitcom does have a point with its reliance on flatulence. PLUS: Margo Martindale is terrific on terrible "Millers," and Will Arnett has had quite a year since "Up All Night" ended abruptly.

Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof renew their wedding vows on their 10th anniversary
The Whedonverse stars celebrated their 10th anniversary this week.

"Sean Saves the World" is hilarious despite obvious jokes
The new NBC comedy is a serviceable sitcom. PLUS: Sean Hayes was made for TV.

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<p>Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity"

Credit: Warner Bros.

Tell us what you thought of 'Gravity'

Alfonso Cuarón's next-level ride hits theaters this weekend

For nationwide audiences, the wait is over. And hopefully we haven't built it up too much around here but me, Greg, Guy, Drew -- we're pretty much over the moon for "Gravity," an experience like none you've ever had in a theater. I caught it twice at Telluride and it seemed at the time that a tandem piece with "All is Lost" made sense, given thematic and narrative parallels. We've talked to the film's director, Alfonso Cuarón, as well as producer David Heyman and star Sandra Bullock. It truly is one of the great movies of our era and I'm not personally concerned about overstating it. Now, however, it's your turn. So when you get around to seeing it this weekend or whenever, please tell us what you thought in the comments section and feel free to vote in our poll. I know I'll be heading out to see it in IMAX tonight and, at some point, Dolby Atmos. It warrants multiple trips to the multiplex, I think.

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<p>Colton Cumbie of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Colton Cumbie of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Colton Cumbie discusses quitting 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

So, has Colton really changed? Was this season a victory?
Colton Cumbie won few fans in his run on "Survivor: One World," which included bold strokes of strategy, but many more accusations [founded] of racism and bullying. 
When Colton returned for this season's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," he was joined by his fiance Caleb and he professed to have a desire to change the way people looked at him. For one night, it seemed to be working, as Colton told his fellow castaways about his struggles growing up gay in the South and appeared to be winning sympathy.
It lasted for one episode. By the second week of the season, Colton was attempting to plot and scheme on a tribe of returning contestants who had no desire to get into that part of the game any sooner than necessary. If Colton temporarily removed the target from his back on the first night, it returned very quickly.
On Wednesday's episode, Colton lasted only five minutes. Before a Redemption Island Duel, he started crying and announced his decision to leave. "Survivor" host Jeff Probst then determined that Colton couldn't depart without being called a quitter multiple times and being told that some people shouldn't play "Survivor," they should just watch on TV. It was an unsparing assault from Probst and response on my episode recap has been mixed between people thinking the host was needlessly combative and people who felt that it was no more than Colton deserved. 
In our second "Survivor" exit interview after an abrupt game exit -- Probst accused Colton of also quitting in his earlier season when he left the game  for appendicitis that turned out merely to be an infection -- Colton discusses why, in the long run, this season was still a small victory and tries framing his exit as an attempt to take pressure off of Caleb. He discusses his frustration with his tribe and talks about his "Survivor" future.
Check out the full Q&A and draw your own conclusions.
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'Scandal' season premiere recap: Olivia is the target in 'It's Handled'

Is it time for Fitzlivia to confess the truth?

War makes strange bedfellows, doesn't it? As much as the drama on "Scandal" seems to swirl around Fitz and Olivia doing it in dark corners of the White House, the truth is this show is really as much about duking it out as an old special on the History network. In the season premiere, we see unexpected alliances and declarations of intent; battle lines are drawn and shots are sent arcing over the bow. The secret of Fitzlivia is out, and it's going to take a whole lot of force to stuff it back in the box. Oh, our poor gladiators. Their white hats definitely got dirtier this week.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'

Elena and Caroline are off to college, but they won't be carefree for long

"The Vampire Diaries" is back, and for just a moment it's possible to pretend that the season opener might ease into the action. Caroline and Elena are skipping off to college just like regular girls who drink beer instead of blood, talking about laundry days and where to put the panini press, while devoted Damon has promised to keep the flame alive long distance while babysitting Jeremy. This makes me miss old, bad boy Damon just a little bit, as he seems to be one step away from wearing an apron and making French toast, but he's still his snarky self, so I'll let it pass. These first few moments are as charming as they are jarring, as we know "The Vampire Diaries" never lets our vampires relax for long. 

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<p>The cast of &quot;Welcome to the Family.&quot;</p>

The cast of "Welcome to the Family."

Credit: NBC

Series premiere talkback: 'Welcome to the Family' & 'Sean Saves the World'

What did everybody think of the new NBC sitcoms?

I briefly reviewed both "Welcome to the Family" and "Sean Saves the World" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For anyone who tuned into either one, what did you think? With "Welcome to the Family," did you find yourself enjoying one family more than the other? Did you want to see Mike O'Malley and Ricardo Chavira duke it out in the boxing ring? Are you invested in the teen lovebirds at all? With "Sean Saves the World," did you enjoy all the slapstick? Linda Lavin and Sean Hayes both performing at top volume? Tom Lennon (and I highly recommend reading our interview, if only for the section on "the mustache discount") having a 'stache and doing weird things? Megan Hilty not singing? And will you watch either one again?

Have at it.

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<p>Demi Lovato of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Demi Lovato of "The X Factor"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - The Four-Chair Challenge Round #2

Which Girls held onto Demi Lovato's Four Chairs on Thursday?

In case you've forgotten, Wednesday night's "X Factor" featured the debut of the Four-Chair Challenge and saw Kelly Rowland narrow her team of Geriatrics down to Jeff Gutt, James Kenney, Rachel Potter and Lillie McCloud.

Then Demi Lovato listened to the first four Girls and assigned chairs to Bree Randall, Khaya Cohen, Jamie Pineda and Ashly Williams. However, with six Girls still to perform, I'm assuming that Bree and Jamie are almost certain to be displaced.

Click through and follow along for my recap of Thursday (October 3) night's "The X Factor"...

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<p>Terry Richardson's <a href="">latest</a> Miley Cyrus outtake</p>

Terry Richardson's latest Miley Cyrus outtake

Credit: Terry Richardson

Sinead O'Connor threatens Miley with lawsuit: 'You are such an anti-female tool'

Cyrus mocks O'Connor's initial letter, infuriating Irish singer

Miley Ray Cyrus has a message for Sinead O’Connor: butt out. But it's clear that O'Connor is doing nothing of the sort.

If you're not up on the action, yesterday, O’Connor wrote an impassioned open letter to Cyrus, applauding her talent, and advising her to stop letting herself be “prostituted” by other people who were eager to exploit a young girl. She had been through the whole thing and had fought against having her sexuality be used a marketing tool. She perhaps felt she had a right to voice her opinion because the director’s cut of Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” is basically a remake of O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” video: both focus solely on the singer’s face as she performs the song in one shot.

It’s actually a lovely letter, and even if Cyrus doesn’t agree, it’s hard to argue that O’Connor’s heart wasn’t in the right place.

Instead of thanking O’Connor and sending her on her way, Cyrus decided to mock her and remind folks that O’Connor hardly has a past free of rebellious acts.

Early this morning, she tweeted “Before Amanda Bynes... there was...  “ and posted a rundown of O’Connor’s tweets when she was having a mental breakdown in January 2012  and publicly asked  if “can any psychiatrist see me today [and] get me back on meds [and] help me without having to go to the hospital?” and “I’m really un-well... and in danger.”  O'Connor subsequently canceled her 2012 tour to support her new album  because of her bi-polar disease. 

But she wasn’t done.  Cyrus then posted, without comment, a photo of Cyrus tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul ll on “Saturday Night Live” in 1992. That was a career killer for O’Connor and she was banned for life from “SNL” for her actions. (Deathandtaxes points out that Cyrus's screen grabs quoting O'Connor's 2012 meltdown are from someone else using O'Connor's which is possible, since O'Connor quit Twitter last year, But the words are verbatim from O'Connor's tweets in 2012 as her breakdown was happening.)


Why didn't Cyrus just quote the title of O'Connor's 2012 album back to her in response: "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)." 

Inbetween cutting down O'Connor, Cyrus has been retweeting provocative photos of her taken by Terry Richardson featuring her in a very revealing leotard and smoking up a storm.

Of course, O'Connor couldn't let Cyrus's reply go unanswered and O'Connor has now ripped Cyrus a new one for mocking people with mental illnesses... rightfully so. She also calls Cyrus "such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry."  O'Connor demands Cyrus take down the tweets or that she will "hear from my lawyers." 

O'Connor's page is crashing because so many folks are trying to access her response to Cyrus's response. Here it is in full: 

Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you? Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.

I mean really really… who advises you? have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? You will yourself one day suffer such illness, that is without doubt. The
course you have set yourself upon can only end in that, trust me. I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only
send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated.

Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered.

It is most unbecoming of you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you. And worse that you are such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry. I hope that you will apologise to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.

Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance. I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your tits out to read.

UPDATE: Cyrus responded a few minutes ago, clearly trying to cool down the flames. She tweeted, "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting and performing on SNL this if youd like to meet up and talk lemme now in your next letter. ; )"   Note the irony that Cyrus is on "SNL"  this week, which, as we noted above, is off limits to O'Connor.


Not to be left out, now Amanda Palmer (the former Dresden Dolls member who raised $1 million on Kickstarter to fund her solo album) decided she needed to weigh in, so she's written an open letter to O'Connor to respond to her open letter to Cyrus.

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<p>Will Arnett and Margo Martindale get down and boogie in &quot;The Millers.&quot;</p>

Will Arnett and Margo Martindale get down and boogie in "The Millers."

Credit: CBS

Series premiere talkback: 'The Millers'

What did everybody think of the new CBS sitcom?

I briefly reviewed "The Millers" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Are you sad to have Margo Martindale farting here rather than returning to "The Americans," or do you agree with her that fart jokes are just funny? Did you enjoy the big dance number? Beau Bridges' technological difficulties? JB Smoove's bemusement at the behavior of white people? Will Arnett in his second vaguely human network TV role in a row? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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