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<p>Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams will square off tonight at 9 with their new sitcoms.</p>

Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams will square off tonight at 9 with their new sitcoms.

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Review: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' & CBS' 'The Crazy Ones'

Do these former sitcom icons still have what it takes to carry a show in 2013?

Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox became TV stars about four years apart, Williams with "Mork & Mindy" and Fox with "Family Ties." They made their first big movies about five years apart, Williams with "Popeye," Fox with "Back to the Future." The movie business took much longer to figure out how to harness Williams' unique gifts, but he's worked steadily and topped call sheets for decades. Marty McFly was instantly a perfect film role for Fox, but his run as a successful leading man only ran a few years, up through "Doc Hollywood," before he starred in some flops, went back to TV, then semi-retired due to complications from Parkinson's.

Their careers are not identical, and yet it feels somehow appropriate for these two to be returning full-time to television tomorrow on the same night, at the same time, with a pair of shows — Williams' "The Crazy Ones" (9 p.m., CBS) and Fox's "The Michael J. Fox Show" (9 & 9:30 p.m., NBC) — that seem built with the same guidelines: Step 1. Build star vehicle that lets beloved actor do the thing people love watching them do. Step 2. ________ Step 3. Profit!

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"Boundless"

 "Boundless"

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Exclusive clip: Pooping in Iceland's wilds on 'Boundless'

Being an endurance racer isn't all fun and games

On Esquire Network's "Boundless (premiering Sept. 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET), best friends Simon and Turbo compete in an intense 155-mile, seven-day stage race, which involves camping and running through the volcanic ruggedness of the Icelandic Highlands. It also involves using the bathroom outdoors. Apparently, this is not so fun.

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"Orphan Black"

 "Orphan Black"

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'Orphan Black' season two is now in production

Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris and Dylan Bruce return

We knew it was going to happen after a knockout first season, but it's still a cause to rejoice -- start of production on the second season of 'Orphan Black' was announced today. Everybody's back, too (well, not the people who got killed off last season, but still). Tatiana Maslany returns in the lead role of Sarah – an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after discovering she is a clone. Reprising their roles are Jordan Gavaris as the lovable Felix, Dylan Bruce as ex-army officer Paul, and Maria Doyle Kennedy as Mrs. S. The series is shooting on location and in studio in Toronto through February 2014.

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<p>Cobie Smulders appeared in Tuesday's &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot; premiere.</p>

Cobie Smulders appeared in Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere.

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TV Ratings: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is strong, 'Lucky 7' tanks and 'Voice,' 'NCIS' lead Tuesday

'Person of Interest' continues CBS' Tuesday 10 p.m. struggles
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
 
Although it may have come in below the highest of expectations, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." delivered TV's highest rated drama debut since November 2009 (that would be "V"). In addition, "S.H.I.E.L.D." helped generate good premiere numbers for "The Goldbergs" and, to a lesser extent,  "Trophy Wife," but couldn't help "Lucky 7," which takes an early lead in the race to become fall's first casualty.
 
For all of that, though, ABC didn't come close to winning Wednesday night. "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" returned strong and helped CBS dominate overall, while "The Voice" and good numbers for "Chicago Fire" helped NBC win among young viewers.
 
There was plenty of bad news on Tuesday as well. FOX's "Dads," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Mindy Project" all plummeted after decent premieres last week, while the transition to a new slot was anything but smooth for CBS' "Person of Interest," which continued the network's 10 p.m. struggles. 
 
Oh and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" didn't perform nearly as well against competition as it did in the fallow summer months for The CW.
 
On to the numbers…
 
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'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' debuts to big numbers


"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." debuts to big numbers

About 11.9 million watched the Joss Whedon drama, making it  TV's highest-rated drama debut since "V" in November 2009.


Stephen Colbert & Jon Stewart hug it out after Colbert rubbed his victory in Stewart's face

"In your face!" Colbert said when Stewart showed on "The Colbert Report."


Netflix exec: There's "no question" that "Arrested Development" will return

"It is just a matter of when and what form it takes," says chief content officer Ted Sarandos, pointing out that "Arrested" could be back as a full season or a movie.


Bill Nye has a partially torn ligament

The Science Guy says he still plans to dance, but to "stand by."


Nina Dobrev & Derek Hough are a couple
"The Vampire Diaries" star, who is good friends with Hough's sister Julianne, has begun dating the "Dancing" Emmy winner.


Check out Damon Wayans Jr. back on "New Girl"
Zooey Deschanel posted a pic of the cast with Coach.


Tom Green gets talk show on AXS TV
Green will start hosting a weekly talk show on Oct. 3, with Richard Belzer as his first guest.

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<p>Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

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'Masters of Sex' star Lizzy Caplan on nudity, the 1950s and typecasting

Why the 'Party Down' alum wanted to play sex researcher Virginia Johnson
Lizzy Caplan has carved out a successful, if very specific, niche for herself in Hollywood as a portrayer of very modern, very sarcastic women. She only occasionally gets to play the lead in things (“Party Down,” “Save the Date”) but more often than not she’s the heroine’s dark, clever best friend (“Mean Girls”).
 
With Showtime’s terrific new “Masters of Sex” (it debuts September 29 at 10 p.m.), Caplan will be eliminating a lot of preconceptions about her. As pioneering sex researcher Virginia Johnson, Caplan fits seamlessly into the late ‘50s period setting, and works wonderfully opposite Michael Sheen as Johnson’s colleague (and, at times, much more) Bill Masters. She’s still playing an assertive, independent woman — the real Virginia Johnson was very much ahead of her time — but it’s not the kind of role Caplan’s been able to play before, and she does it very, very well.
 
I'll have a "Masters" review tomorrow, and at press tour, I talked with Caplan about typecasting, coming to grips with the show’s abundant nudity and, yes (briefly) about the ever-possible idea of a “Party Down” movie.
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<p>The &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color&quot; team in happier -- or at least more civil -- times.&nbsp;</p>

The "Blue is the Warmest Color" team in happier -- or at least more civil -- times. 

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Roundup: Seeing red over 'Blue'

Also: That wide-open Best Actor race, and the trouble with IMAX

As discussed in yesterday's Best Picture Contenders gallery, "Blue is the Warmest Color" is already a long shot for Oscar recognition, but it'll become a longer one still if some enterprising publicist doesn't save director Abdellatif Kechiche from himself. It's no secret by now that there was bad blood behind the scenes of the French erotic drama, and Lea Seydoux has already been candid about her disdain for the Algerian-born filmmaker. Now Kechiche has fired back, claiming he considered replacing Seydoux on set, and arguing that the fallout has "soiled" the film to such a degree that it shouldn't even be released. If this is some kind of warped publicity campaign, I'd rethink it. The film is done. It's great. Maybe just let some things go? [The Playlist]

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<p>Andy Samberg and Terry Crews have plenty to smile about right now.</p>

Andy Samberg and Terry Crews have plenty to smile about right now.

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Andy Samberg and Terry Crews talk about the 'Cloudy' sequel and their 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' series

We chat with two very funny men about two very different projects

Right now, Andy Samberg and Terry Crews seem to be joined at the hip, and honestly? It suits them.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is one of the few shows this year that I was willing to add to my rotation based on the pilot, and I like the extended ensemble they put together for the show. Samberg is one of those guys who is at his best when he's not straining, and the best way to make him comfortable is to surround him with equally funny co-stars. Crews has long been an asset to any comedy that hires him, but when you look at him, the first impression is that this is a guy who should be making giant action films.

Sitting down with the two of them to discuss "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2," in which Crews steps in for Mr. T to voice security-guard-and-overprotective-dad Earl Devereaux, it was obvious that they have a very real and relaxed chemistry. Samberg worked on the first one and is returning to the role of Brent McHale here, a strange man-baby who was the mascot of Baby Brent Sardines for most of his life. They are both outrageous roles, but Samberg and Crews still have to find something identifiable and human about them to play, and we discussed that process.

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Best Picture 2014: Oscar contenders include 'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips' and '12 Years a Slave'

Best Picture 2014: Oscar contenders include 'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips' and '12 Years a Slave'

Surveying this year's field of awards hopefuls

The Oscar season is howling to life in the wake of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals. NYFF is right around the corner and very soon it'll be October, "Gravity" (with "Captain Phillips" and "12 Years a Slave" right behind it) and we'll pretty much be off to the races. It's time, then, for our annual early plunge into this year's contenders, which we'll bring to you on a category-by-category basis over the next few weeks. We begin today with, what else? Best Picture.

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<p>Olivia Colman of &quot;Broadchurch&quot;</p>

Olivia Colman of "Broadchurch"

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Interview: Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker talk 'Broadchurch'

BBC America drama finishes its first season on Wednesday
"Broadchurch" ends its eight-episode run on Wednesday (September 25) on BBC America. 
 
For American viewers patient enough to avoid just rushing to BitTorrent sites after getting hooked on this British murder mystery, answers are finally coming.
 
Yes, answers are coming in the death of Danny Latimer, but what are the chances that those answers will bring satisfaction to Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Oliva Colman) or closure to grieving mother Beth Latimer (Jodie Whittaker)? Well, that's what "Broadchurch" is really about.
 
Back in July at the Television Critics Association press tour, I sat down for 10 minutes with Colman ("Tyrannosaur") and Whittaker ("Venus") to talk about their twisty, emotional murder mystery, which was a sensation in the UK. The conversation took place before the premiere, but I didn't transcribe the interview in time and once I transcribed it, I realized it would be just as effective before the finale, since it really spoils nothing. 
 
So warm up for Wednesday's finale with my chat with Colman and Whittaker, after the break...
 
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Tina Fey's 'SNL' promos promise no more wardrobe malfunctions


Tina Fey's "SNL" promos promise no more wardrobe malfunctions
"It's under control," she says. "It's not going to happen again."


Dottie from "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" auditions for "The Voice"
E.G. Daly, AKA Elizabeth Daly, AKA Buttercup from "The Powerpuff Girls" and Tommy Pickles from "Rugrats," wasn't immediately recognized. That's why she went on a reality show to perform as herself.


"Breaking Bad" theme composer had been "biding his time" to use the eerie music during the show
"In the first season," says Dave Porter, "the theme may have seemed a little darker and bolder than the show actually was. But the point was to have that little taste of where the show was going. Fast forward six years, and we’re close to the end. I’ve been biding my time, looking for a moment where I could introduce the theme into the story itself."

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Ron Perlman in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Clay (Ron Perlman) survives yet again on 'Sons of Anarchy'

'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Poenitentia'

Clay takes his chances in prison, Toric takes a turn for the worse, and Tig lands in hot water

The problem with trying to keep a show like "Sons of Anarchy" interesting after six seasons is that viewers start to feel like they've seen it all before. A crooked cop who's no better than the MC? A mother who'll do anything to get her kid(s) back? A member of the MC facing almost certain death right before the credits roll? We've been down these roads before.

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