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<p>&quot;Mad Men&quot; star and Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks</p>

"Mad Men" star and Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks

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Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 Live-Blog

From Neil Patrick Harris to all of the winners, we've got you covered

Happy Emmy Night, Everybody!

Are we all excited for the accelerated 55 minute show that will be over in time so that everybody can watch the penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad"? 

Crud.

Anyway, this'll be where I am for the next three hours. Follow along! Comment below! And check out my Full 2013 Emmy Predictions with Sepinwall so that you can make fun of how ineffectively psychic I am!

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Zosia Mamet

 Zosia Mamet

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Emmys fashion fail or fab: Zosia Mamet

The 'Girls' star makes a statement - but is it a good one?

Well, this is awkward. I like the bottom half of this dress soooo much. And then there's this odd thing going on in the bodice, which seems to be saying, "Hello. I have small breasts. Please stare at them." I'm wondering if the black leather is there in case she needs an extra shoe or something. 

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<p>The CW's &quot;The 100&quot;</p>

The CW's "The 100"

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Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The 100'

In The CW's idealistic future, everybody over 35 is in orbit somewhere

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"The 100" (The CW)
Airs:Midseason
The Pitch: "Imagine a world populated only by sexy young people, where the old people -- anybody over 35, really -- is off in isolation somewhere where they're entirely irrelevant." "Ummm... We're The CW. That's *all* of our shows." "Oh. Well. Um. In this one, the old folks are off in space somewhere." "It's like a metaphor! For all our other shows! Sold!"
Quick Response: As unlikely as it is that my "Pitch" was what actually sold "The 100" to The CW, this midseason drama is close to being parody, without being funny. If "Star-Crossed" is like somebody studied The CW's dramatic formula and delivered a pilot that checked every single familiar box in the most familiar way possible, "The 100" is like somebody was looking at that CW formula and started to get cocky and was like, "What if I take that formula and graft it onto a really silly YA-friendly high concept that nobody will ever think to question because the actors are all so darned cute?" Because dystopic futures with heavy-handed thematics are popular with the kids, "The 100" starts with an absurd premise -- 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse, humanity is floating in space stations and they decide to send 100 juvenile delinquents down to Earth to see if it's safe to repopulate. Of course, in this society, literally any minor crime can make you a juvenile delinquent, so it's much more "Lord of the Sexy Flies" than "The Dirty Eight-Dozen." For 44 minutes, Jason Rothenberg's pilot script is basically nothing but expositional dialogue, as everybody explains future tech and the global situation, rather than illustrating it, and all of the characters are introduced by having other people describe them -- "You're the guy who..." "You're that girl who..." "Isn't your father..." "That's just like somebody who..." -- rather than doing things that might teach you about the characters organically. Of course, Rothenberg would be right to point out that in a pilot that could plausibly have 100 main teenage characters, it's hard to introduce the whole world fluidly. Maybe that's why the Dirty Dozen was only 12, perhaps? It's not like there weren't 100 military prisoners who might have made that Anti-Nazi mission a bit easier. But in a movie, even learning 12 characters is hard. Seven? Now that would be magnificent! But 100? That's cuckoo bananas. And while several of the "100" stars are the latest models off of the CW assembly line -- Marie Avgeropoulos, for example, survived "Cult" -- most of them are unfamiliar (and some are really, really bad at the acting thing, even if they excel at the "good-looking" thing. So it's pretty people crash-landing on Earth and blathering, while it becomes increasingly obvious that there are weird things happening in the land we used to call home. It's "Carrie Diaries" meets "Chernoybl Diaries" in the future! Meanwhile, all of the recognizable actors -- Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington, Kelly Hu, Desmond from "Lost" -- are out in space being SO DAMN OLD and arguing about future-civics or something. The old people are in one clunky, exposition-heavy show. The young people are in a completely different clunky, exposition-heavy show. The old person show is boring. The young person show is annoying. The old person show reminds you of why there are so few old people in "Hunger Games"/"Divergent"/"Delirium." At least at the end of the young person show, there's a cliffhanger that may be silly enough to get a few people (sad people, like me) back.
Desire To Watch Again: I'm of two minds here: Ideally, a pilot with this much exposition really should have set its world up well enough that once we get to the second episode, things should fly. However, very little of the exposition in the pilot makes much sense, so I fear there's more explaining still to come. Plus, of the 100 juvenile delinquents, we've barely met any of them, so they could be awkwardly introducing us to new characters for years to come. I won't be staying with the show for that long, but it's pretty much inevitable that I'll watch a few more episodes.

 

Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Resurrection' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Surviving Jack' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'About a Boy' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Believe' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Us & Them' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Star-Crossed'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Intelligence' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Crisis' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Rake'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Mom' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Lucky 7'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Dads' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Super Fun Night'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Welcome to the Family' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Millers' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'The Goldbergs' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Ironside'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'We Are Men' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Almost Human' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Back in the Game' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Sean Saves the World' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Reign' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Crazy Ones' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries

 

 

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<p>ABC's &quot;Resurrection&quot;</p>

ABC's "Resurrection"

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Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Resurrection'

Midseason drama has one interesting question, but needs more

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Resurrection" (ABC)
Airs:Sundays at 10 p.m. starting in March
The Pitch: "If zombies are big on AMC, maybe people returning from the dead will be big on ABC, too." "But are they zombies?" "Well, not exactly." "So what are they?" "Can't tell you!" "Sold."
Quick Response: I may be irrationally gun-shy, but I'm distrustful of entirely serialized dramas that are set up as being ultimately only about the answering of a single question. That rule doesn't necessarily apply to investigation-type dramas, because wanting to know who killed Rosie Larsen, or that sorta thing, will definitely keep me going for at least 12 or 13 episodes. But in the case of ABC's "Resurrection," I came away from the pilot with the key question that everybody will have: Why are residents of Arcadia, Missouri coming back to life many years after their deaths? [Or at all, I guess. Once you're coming back from the dead, I don't suppose it necessarily matters how long it takes. Still pretty strange.] So yes, I kinda want to know the answer. But there's really nothing else that was put forward in 44 minutes that I need to know anything more about. I don't care about any of the characters or the circumstances behind any of their deaths. So given that there's a book by Jason Mott out there, is there a point in watching 13 hours of a TV show? Well, the book doesn't star Omar Epps and I like Omar Epps, playing an immigration official, even if I'm confused by his absence of facial hair and even more confused by his character's jurisdiction in all of this. The book doesn't have Kurtwood Smith, getting a rare opportunity to play a character who is entirely sincere, without any sarcasm or venom or plausible menace (I could be wrong about the last two). The book doesn't have Devin Kelley, who I liked in "Chicago Code." It is, in fact, a pretty sturdy cast here. And pilot director Charles McDougall knows how to lay on some atmospherics and there are couple rather gorgeous visuals, mostly in the early-going. McDougall also lays on the spiritual schlock and even though I knew it was coming -- this show went through several titles, but "Resurrection" is the one that's least subtle, religion-wise -- the arrival of a friendly priest character who starts giving lectures on belief left me cringing. With this and NBC's midseason drama "Believe" and FOX's departed "Touch," TV has been pushing the "Messianic Kid & Stoic Guardian" buddy drama pretty hard, but it's at least semi-ironic how these shows all want to be about faith, but universally have almost no faith in the audience's ability to put anything together without spoon-feeding.
Desire To Watch Again: I'll definitely give "Resurrection" one more episode to see if an ancillary mystery arises that will keep me engaged long enough to get the answer to the big question. "Resurrection" is a bit sleepy in its pacing, but it seems to be bursting with vim and vigor compared to "Betrayal," the drama that'll be occupying its time slot all fall. I have "Betrayal" pegged for a swift collapse, so I wonder how quickly ABC could push up the premiere, or if I'd rather just read the book in a couple days and save my Sunday TV viewing for other things. [Or maybe I'll just watch the French drama "Les Revenants," which airs on Sundance this fall and may or may not be REALLY similar.]

 

Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Surviving Jack' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'About a Boy' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Believe' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Us & Them' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Star-Crossed'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Intelligence' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Crisis' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Rake'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Mom' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Lucky 7'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Dads' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Super Fun Night'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Welcome to the Family' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Millers' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'The Goldbergs' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Ironside'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'We Are Men' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Almost Human' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Back in the Game' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Sean Saves the World' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Reign' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Crazy Ones' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries

 

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'Saturday Night Live': 10 things that excite and scare us about the new season

'Saturday Night Live': 10 things that excite and scare us about the new season

How are things looking after a summer of change?

 

With a new season of "Saturday Night Live" ahead of us, plenty of questions remain about the upcoming year. The revolving door at 30 Rockefeller Center has seen a bevy of activity, with old cast members leaving and a half-dozen new ones entering. In all this chaos, what can we expect from the show’s thirty-ninth season? Here are ten storylines that will define this season. Some are positive. Some are negative. But all will have an impact when "Saturday Night Live" premieres on September 28.

Check out the gallery below...

 

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

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Music Power Rankings: Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry rule the week

Who else makes the list?

1. Britney Spears: It’s a busy week for Spears as she launches new single “Work Bitch” and finally announces her 2-year Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood (and yet all I can think about is the missing comma between “work” and “bitch.”

2. Miley Cyrus: She crashes through to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Wrecking Ball,” her first chart topper. Nudity: 1,  Relying on her talent: O.

3. Katy Perry: She ties the record for most No. 1s on Billboard’s Pop Song charts with her bestie, Rihanna. Maybe they can have a sing-off.

4. Michael Jackson: The defense rested this week in the 21-week trial brought on by his mother against concert promoter AEG LIVE.  I predict the jury sides with AEG, but there are really no winners in this case. Regardless of the verdict, the King of Pop is still gone.

5. Arctic Monkeys: The group becomes the first U.K. act on an indie label to have its score five consecutive UK No. 1 albums...add that to “A.M.’s” nomination for the Mercury Prize and these little monkeys certainly aren’t feeling any chill.

6. Pink: She expands her entertainment repertoire to include acting with a part in “Thanks For Sharing,” a movie about sex addiction, which opened Friday. #dirtylittlefreaks

7. Pandora: The streaming service lands a major victory over music publishers (and songwriters) when a judge rules that ASCAP’s blanket license applies to all its repertoire and that individual music publishing companies cannot withhold their songs while negotiating higher rates with Pandora.

8. Big Freedia:
The Queen of Bounce is ready to prove that she is the Twerkiest of all, as she goes to set the Guinness World Record for twerking. She will be joined by 250 dancers, all twerking for at least two minutes, in Manhattan’s Herald Square, right by Macy’s.

9. Jay Z and Beyonce: The power couple tops Forbes List of highest-earning celebrity couples with $95 million. Yes, that list is actually a thing now.

10. Carole King: It’s never too late to honor one of the greatest songwriters of them all. Fellow musicians will prove to King, named this week as the MusiCares Person of the Year, that she’s got a friend on Feb. 24, the night she’ll be feted in song.

 

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<p>FOX's &quot;Surviving Jack&quot;</p>

FOX's "Surviving Jack"

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Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Surviving Jack'

Chris Meloni shines in this coming-of-age comedy

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Surviving Jack" (FOX)
Airs:Midseason
The Pitch: "'The Wonder Years'... '90s Edition" or else "Feces My Dad Says: Origins"
Quick Response: Of the three "Wonder Years"-style comedies premiering this season, "Surviving Jack" was easily my favorite pilot, topping ABC's shout-y "The Goldbergs" and NBC's odd (and being altered) "Growing Up Fisher." There are several reasons for that. The first and most important is that Chris Meloni is just terrific. Meloni perfectly nails the mixture of prickly outrageousness and well-intentioned -- but still awkward -- love that William Shatner blundered in Justin Halpern's "Feces My Dad Says," which now feels like the batch of test cookies that were burnt and properly discarded in preparation for this. The "SVU" veteran is truly funny, but also recognizably human in a way that grounds the entire show. I also have to admit that "Surviving Jack" is much more my jam, historically speaking, than "The Goldbergs" was. The early-90s world of hypercolor t-shirts, scrambled porn and burgeoning adolescence struck a chord with me, but for the most part the pilot was much less "Let's make a campy, dated reference just for the sake of snarky dramatic irony" than "The Goldbergs" was. Yes, "Surviving Jack" is yet another comedy pilot that didn't make me laugh, but I smiled a lot in general recognition. Much will depend on relatively unknown leading man Connor Buckley, who has appealingly sarcastic timing in certain scenes, but reads too flat and bland in others. Buckley doesn't have to be Fred Savage for "Surviving Jack" to work, but he has to imprint a bit more strongly in later episodes, or else this will just become "The Chris Meloni Show," which wouldn't be bad, but it probably isn't what this wants to be. Another alternative, should Buckley fizzle, would be for "Surviving Jack" to push Claudia Lee into the forefront. Fans of "Hart of Dixie" and "Kick-Ass 2" (a weird Venn Diagram that I'm not even a part of, since I thought "Kick-Ass 2" was pretty dismal) know that Lee has impressive comic timing as well as singing and dancing skills that might as well be utilized. Also capable of picking up the slack is Rachael Harris, who wasn't in the original pilot and has never, despite many sitcom attempts, been given a part that properly utilized her gifts. As was the case with "The Goldbergs," "Surviving Jack" lacks the weight that flashing back to the late-60s brought to "The Wonder Years," but it has potential when it comes to the humor and the heart.
Desire To Watch Again: FOX has several not-hilarious-but-likable comedies that could either evolve into funny shows as they develop their individual voices, could remain laughless-but-charming or could become unpleasant as FOX's comedy development team pushes them to be more overt. But as with "Enlisted" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," I look forward to watching a couple more "Surviving Jack" episodes.

 

Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'About a Boy' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Believe' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Us & Them' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Star-Crossed'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Intelligence' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Crisis' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Rake'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Mom' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Lucky 7'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Dads' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Super Fun Night'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Welcome to the Family' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Millers' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'The Goldbergs' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Ironside'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'We Are Men' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Almost Human' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Back in the Game' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Sean Saves the World' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Reign' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Crazy Ones' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries

 


 

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Robin Williams

 Robin Williams

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Robin Williams talks 'Mork,' 'Crazy Ones' and walking the cat

The Oscar winner talks about the strangest audience experience ever
It's been a long time since Robin Williams had a sitcom to call his own ('Mork & Mindy' went off the air in 1982), but this season the Oscar winner is back with 'The Crazy Ones' (debuts Thurs. Sept. 26 at 9:00 p.m. on CBS). On the show, he's the wacky, unhinged owner of a powerful ad agency with Sarah Michelle Gellar as his long-suffering daughter and partner. I joined a handful of reporters to talk to Williams during press tour, and while at 62 (and seven-years sober) he's no longer a frantic force of nature, he still has the quick wit and wry perspective that has been so effective in both television and film, comedy and drama. He discussed why he's never been offered a second sitcom until now, why he left Los Angeles and what it's like to walk a cat. Really. 
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Jay Leno pretends to put a pillow over Jimmy Fallon's face


Jay Leno pretends to put a pillow over Jimmy Fallon's face
Watch Friday's "The Tonight Show" cold open. PLUS: Fallon & Leno claim to be good pals, and Fallon's "Tonight Show" writers' pitch packet accused of violating WGA guidelines.


Damian Lewis: "Homeland" should've killed off Brody
"The more compromised storytelling is to keep him alive and to keep him bubbling along somehow," he tells Men's Journal. "It's the executives who write that version."


Jeff Garlin: My gut feeling is that Larry David will do more "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Writing in Sports Illustrated, Garlin explains, "I think, if you ask me my gut feeling, Larry will come to realize 'Curb' is the most fun he and I will ever have working, and he'll miss it so much he'll have to do more."


"NYPD Blue" turns 20

"It arrived on ABC on September 21, 1993 with as much hype and controversy as any show anyone could remember at the time, and more than most shows have debuted with since," says Alan Sepinwall, who used to recap each "NYPD Blue" episode as they aired. He notes that "Blue" was then considered an R-rated TV show, but would be more PG-13 today.


D.B. Sweeney joins "Two and a Half Men"
He'll romance Courtney Thorne-Smith's Lindsay.


Country stars help promote "Nashville"
See the new promo featuring Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town, as well as Sheryl Crow.


Vince Gilligan sloppy? Why "Breaking Bad" doesn't deserve all its acclaim
Jason Whitlock argues that "Breaking Bad" is getting a pass on its "impossible-to-believe plot twists. You would think there had never been a fast-paced, high-action TV show that explored the drug world, featured a white male's spiraling descent into immorality and showed the price paid by his family and former friends. All of the critics bowing at Gilligan's feet need to re-watch 'The Shield.' Shawn Ryan's 'Shield' covered every inch of ground 'Breaking Bad' is trampling upon. 'The Shield' did it without sloppily cutting the corners routinely cut by BB." PLUS: Courtney Love watches "Breaking Bad" and "Talking Bad," director Michelle MacLaren is flying from "Game of Thrones" for Emmys, inside the anonymous "Breaking Bad" writers' room, and watch a video for Hank Schrader.


Why "Million Second Quiz" didn't work
Dumb trivia and confusing rules were only part of the problem.


Ken Jeong poised to play "Dr. Ken" on NBC
The real-life doctor/"Community" star will play a doctor in a pilot for the Peacock.


Subdued Elisabeth Hasselbeck just isn't the same on "Fox & Friends"
As expected, Hasselbeck isn't the same outside "The View" environment. PLUS: Gretchen Carlson claims "Fox & Friends" has a no-pants rule.


Fox giving away a pre-Super Bowl 30-second ad worth $850K
The catch? You have to pay a $150,000 entry fee to participate in the contest.


See the "Queer Eye" at their 10-year reunion
"I think we all look better ten years later!" says Carson Kressley.


"Parks and Rec" has become "a weird bizarro world"

Co-creator Michael Schur says of all the upcoming changes: "It feels like the end of some kind of special era. It's sad, but it's not necessarily a bad thing."


Watch the new "NCIS:LA" opening credits
See the opening credits from the Sept. 24 premiere.


Scott Baio admits he's too "illiterate" to watch "Arrested Development" on Netflix

"I have Apple TV," he says. "I don't know quite how to work it, so I don't watch anything on it."


"The Walking Dead" enlists Phineas from "Phineas and Ferb"
Will Vincent Martella be playing a zombie?


Anna Faris joins Twitter
Says hubby Chris Pratt: "Welcome darling. Now you can see what I'm always doing with my phone!"


High school student gets in trouble for wearing a "Duck Dynasty" T-shirt
The "I will hurt you physically and metaphysically" shirt was deemed to be threatening by school officials.


Unlike "Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire" puts black characters front and center
Chalky White and Valentin Narcisse are a big part of this season.


"New Girl" creates a fake crosswalk in Hollywood
"Any use of this crosswalk is strictly prohibited," states a sign next to the fake crosswalk.


Louisville newspaper fooled by a letter from "Will McAvoy"
Read the letter quoting from Sunday's "Newsroom" finale. PLUS: Aaron Sorkin's flaw: He can't write anti-heroes.


A "Newsroom" writer's assistant wrote some disturbing Lena Dunham fan fiction
His lengthy screed is titled "Lena Dunham's D*ck."


"Glee's" Heather Morris ready to give birth
Check out her massive baby bump. PLUS: Max Adler is engaged.


Presenting TV's most stylist men
From Don Draper to Jax Teller to Raylan Givens.


Julie Chen: Why "Big Brother" finale didn't focus on the racism controversy
"We wanted the finale to be a celebration of who won," she says, "and not have the spotlight moved away from that person. We didn’t want the whole show to be me scolding the Houseguests."


Henry Winkler's book based on his childhood will be adapted by the BBC
BBC's children's network CBBC will turn "Hank Zipzer: The Worlds' Greatest Underachiever" into a TV show.


"South Park" will livestream all 234 episodes on the web

The countdown to Wednesday's season premiere kicks off today at SouthParkMarathon.com.


Jimmy Kimmel: I am Shasta to David Letterman's Coca-Cola

"I don't compare myself to him because that depresses me," Kimmel says of his idol.


Shiri Appleby joins Lifetime pilot

She'll play a staffer on a reality TV dating show in Marti Noxon's "Unreal."


Janina Gavankar lands on USA

The "True Blood" vet will star opposite Ben Rappaport in "Love is Dead."


"Ray Donovan's" Austin Nichols" is dating an "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star
He is currently romancing Elizabeth Henstridge.


Watch the "Revenge" Season 3 extended promo
The 3rd season kicks off Sept. 29.

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<p>Chris&nbsp;Hemsworth and Daniel Br&uuml;hl in &quot;Rush&quot;</p>

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl in "Rush"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'Rush'

Ron Howard's Formula 1 biopic opens this weekend

I was late catching up with Ron Howard's "Rush," having missed various press screenings while I was in Venice. So maybe my expectations had been unduly raised by the numerous rave reviews -- including our colleague Drew McWeeny's -- that came out of Toronto. But I found the racing biopic, which details the rivalry between 1970s Formula 1 titans Niki Lauda and James Hunt, rather flat and uninvolving, its two mostly unpleasant protagonists burdened with a blunt script from Peter Morgan that hammers home its 'driving=life' metaphors for all they're worth. Howard directs proficiently in a latter-day Eastwood sort of way, without betraying much affinity for, or investment in, the source material. On the plus side, it's a handsome production, lifted by the vivid cigarette-box palette of Anthony Dod Mantle's sleek cinematography. And while's it's Daniel Brühl's Lauda who gets the angst and the makeup and the Oscar buzz, I was particularly taken with Chris Hemsworth's suave, switched-on performance as the more smooth-operating Hunt. Anyway, that's enough from me -- what did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments, and vote in the poll below.

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<p>Dexter</p>

Dexter

Credit: Showtime

Appreciating 'Dexter,' the drama that changed Showtime forever


Appreciating "Dexter," the drama that changed Showtime forever
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<p>&quot;About a Boy&quot;</p>

"About a Boy"

Credit: NBC

Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'About a Boy'

David Walton is either perfectly cast or totally miscast

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"About a Boy" (NBC)
Airs:Midseason TBD
The Pitch: "It's like 'About a Boy,' only warmer and fuzzier."
Quick Response: On one hand, Jason Katims' adaptation of Chris and Paul Weitz's adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel works very well. It successfully brings nearly a full movie or book's worth of story into 22 minutes and, thanks to both Katims and director Jon Favreau, there are a couple laughs and three or four totally effective warm fuzzies. Nobody does warm-fuzzies like Jason Katims. David Walton brings ample charm to the lead role and, after having been rascally and winning in a slew of failed NBC comedies, perhaps this'll be the one that brings him a certain level of stardom. Minnie Driver is a neurotic, sometimes hilarious mess and once you accept that you're not going to instantly embrace her -- You aren't supposed to, just as you weren't immediately supposed to love Toni Collette's character in the movie -- I think she's very, very good. Even though we're mostly in the early antagonistic stage of things, I think there's fine chemistry between Walton and Driver. And although Benjamin Stockham is more of a sitcom kid than I'd like -- I prefer Nicholas Hoult's understated eyebrow-driven work in the movie to Stockham's expressive mugging any day -- he's funny enough and I think the sitcomization of the semi-eponymous "boy" sets up the the "... on the other hand," which you knew was coming. On the other hand, Katims and Favreau have pretty solidly missed the point of Hornsby's book and the movie. Or changed the point. I think Walton's well-cast for what Katims and Favreau want to do, but I think he's probably miscast for the source material. At 34, Walton is still young enough that the character's boyish behavior is almost entirely unconditionally winning. Yes, he's childlike, but he's not so old that it's a problem and just because he's got friends who have more mature lives and just because he's got a different lifestyle from the Driver character, that doesn't mean he's doing anything wrong. Hugh Grant was 42 in the movie and part of why his performance there is SO great is because he's also charming, but you see the cracks in his charm, you see the desperation and sadness that maybe the character *doesn't* initially feel, but maybe he *should* feel. There's a lesson that the character *has* to learn in the book and the movie, whereas with this casting and this tone, you figure that David Walton's character has a few good years before he can legitimately be judged. If you age down that main character, you drain the title of its double meaning and you take away what's at the core of Hornby's book. Maybe. Of course, there's room for wiggling. Grant was a little older than Hornby's Will, if memory serves, and that added age brought the melancholy of the book to the surface for the movie. If Walton is younger, what aspect will that bring to the surface of the TV show? And will whatever aspect that is justify the change? We'll see. As it stands here, the main dynamic is less like "About a Boy" and more like "Bent," only with a kid. A few people loved "Bent." I liked "Bent" a lot. If attaching a brand name to a remake of "Bent" gets "Bent" back, some people will be perfectly happy (and some people will feel mighty bait-and-switched).
Desire To Watch Again: Ample. My reservations about the pilot stemmed largely from familiarity with two versions of the source material that this doesn't adhere to in terms tone/theme. Probably I need to get over that. At a certain point "About a Boy" will become its own thing. Katims worked on "Friday Night Lights," which wasn't the book or the movie, but was awesome as its own thing. He has worked on "Parenthood," which isn't the Ron Howard movie and has been, in my opinion, much better as its own thing. I like Walton and Driver. A lot. Once I see what "its own thing" is, I can easily imagine enjoying "About a Boy" as its own thing. But it's not Nick Hornby's "About a Boy." So get ready for that.

 

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