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<p>The cast of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

The cast of "Sleepy Hollow"

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DVR Gridlock 2013-14: Monday Nights

How will 'The Blacklist,' 'Mom' and 'Sleepy Hollow' impact your life?
[Over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments.]
 
MONDAY NIGHTS
 
8:00 p.m.
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars"
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother," "We Are Men"
The CW: "Hart of Dixie"
FOX: "Bones"/"Almost Human"
NBC: "The Voice"
 
9:00 p.m.
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars"
CBS: "2 Broke Girls," "Mom"
The CW: "Beauty and the Beast"
NBC: "The Voice"
 
10:00 p.m.
ABC: "Castle"
CBS: "Hostages"
 
 
What's Changed: After Sunday's really dull schedule and limited alterations, Mondays are somewhat overhauled. At least ABC is keeping things simple with "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor." NBC's got "The Voice," but after using the reality hit to unsuccessfully launch "Smash," "NBC" thought it had a genuine hit with "Revolution" this year, but after a spring of declines, "Revolution" is off to fend for itself on Wednesdays and the James Spader thriller "The Blacklist" is at 10 p.m. CBS is using "How I Met Your Mother" and "2 Broke Girls" to launch a pair of new comedies in "We Are Men" and "Mom," while "Hawaii Five-0" has been shipped off to Fridays in favor of an innovative, by CBS standards, revolving limited drama wheel of "Hostages" and then "Intelligence." Similarly, FOX will shift "Bones" to Fridays post-baseball and will then go with two new dramas in "Almost Human" and "Sleepy Hollow," at least until "The Following" returns at midseason, at which point anything could happen. And, finally, The CW has shifted "Hart of Dixie" back to Mondays, where it will be paired with the totally incompatible "Beauty and the Beast."
 
How the Ratings Race Is Impacted: On the surface, it would be fair to assume that the basics of the ratings race won't change. "Dancing with the Stars" will, barring a big drop, keep ABC in first overall, while "The Voice" will, barring a big drop, keep NBC in first overall. It's unlikely that "Dancing" will fall enough for any shifting to ensue there, though that franchise continues to skew older and older with each passing installment. Probably for one season, "Dancing" might get a bump -- or at least "Dancing" might stabilize -- as ABC rolls results into a lone Monday telecast. As for "The Voice," the perception is that NBC's singing show is on the upswing and FOX's "American Idol" is on the downswing and while that isn't untrue, the audience for "The Voice" loves the spinning chairs and likes every subsequent step progressively less to the point where recent live shows have been basically on par with spring performance installments of "Idol." While that's not a glowing trend, there's no reason to think the spinning chairs will decline any time in the near future, especially with the revolving mentor panel keeping things semi-fresh. Similarly, if it's any good, "The Blacklist" should be able to do what "Revolution" has been doing in recent weeks, which is "good enough." If it's not good, NBC has several midseason dramas ready to fill in there. CBS is the network taking the big risks, which will either lead to big rewards or create several gaping holes. "We Are Men" doesn't seem like an especially smooth companion to the final season of "How I Met Your Mother," but CBS has several midseason comedies -- "Bad Teacher" and "Friends with Better Lives" -- that might be more compatible if it fails. "Mom," on the other hand, looks like a good, broad match for "2 Broke Girls" and, if successful, could boost either the off-brand "Hostages" or the on-brand "Intelligence" as the season progresses. And The CW's Monday was such a disaster last year that almost anything will be an improvement, with "Hart of Dixie" sure to outdraw what "Gossip Girl" and "Carrie Diaries" did last year. The CW's decision to renew "Beauty and the Beast" was already slightly silly, but the choice to put the sure-to-struggle drama on Mondays guarantees what could be a big collapse.
 
My Predicted DVR: It's funny that in the 8 p.m. hour, the show guaranteed to have DVR space is The CW's pleasing-and-low-pressure "Hart of Dixie," which isn't "Gilmore Girls," or even "Bunheads," but it remains an effective-enough version of the old WB formula. I'll probably suffer through the last season of "How I Met Your Mother," while watching the FOX dramas on Hulu (or "Almost Human" proves worthwhile). The 9 p.m. hour has become really soft, suddenly. I continue to actively hate half of "2 Broke Girls" and to only periodically enjoy the other half, but it'll keep its DVR space, while I'll be able to give "Sleepy Hollow" a while to either settle into its lunacy, or to spiral further out of control. I'll keep watching "Castle" at 10 p.m. and I'm sure either "The Blacklist" or "Hostages" will claim my second 10 p.m. DVR slot, though it may take a few weeks of Hulu co-viewing to determine which one I drop. Or maybe "The Blacklist" and "Hostages" will both be awesome and I'll have to figure out a full Hulu/OnDemand rotation. Or maybe they'll both stink and I'll be able to do other things. Hope springs eternal!
 
How have the new schedules impacted your Mondays?
 
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"Mistresses"

 "Mistresses"

Credit: ABC

'Mistresses' is soapy, sexy, and predictable summer fun

The sex is a little shocking but the plot lines sure aren't

When "Mistresses" started, I had looked away from my computer screen for about a second. "The Bachelorette" had just wrapped up with that disastrous "rap" video, and I couldn't stand to watch the carnage after a certain point. But when I turned back, I momentarily wondered why my Slingbox was suddenly feeding me soft porn. After all, I sure as hell had no intention of paying extra for it.

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<p>Henry Cavill seems to know they've made something special with Warner's latest Superman film, 'Man Of Steel'</p>

Henry Cavill seems to know they've made something special with Warner's latest Superman film, 'Man Of Steel'

Credit: HitFix

Henry Cavill describes the pressure of becoming Superman for 'Man Of Steel'

It sounds like it was a very tough 'shed-ule' for the British actor

I'm pretty sure the Screen Actor's Guild passed a bylaw recently that says every working actor must take a role in a superhero movie. Even so, there are certain roles that have to be among the most daunting to approach, and I would imagine there is no more that is more simultaneously terrifying and thrilling to learn you're going to play than Superman.

Even James Bond isn't the same level of pressure. Superman is enough of an icon to scare an actor, but when you consider how iconic and beloved the work of Christopher Reeve was, there's a reason no one's been able to claim the role as their own since then. When I met Cavill for the first time, it was only a few days after he was announced as the star of "Man Of Steel," and I was at WonderCon to moderate a panel with him for the film "Immortals." It was a kick to introduce the new Superman to an audience, and he handled himself with grace at the event, as well as in the interview we did that same day, where we talked about the first time he wore the suit for his audition.

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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette' fellas shoot a bad rap video before the claws come out

It's all about confessing heartbreak and hospital visits to woo Des

So, tonight we will be treated to the train wreck that is "The Bachelorette" rap video. Other things happen, of course, but because the chorus to the "song" performed in the video has a brainwashing effect on the guys, it sort of sets the tone. You'll see. 

Still, a few guys manage to avoid the group date and thus remain sane. First off, Des chooses to have a solo date with Brooks, who is probably going to be the one who proposes. No one else has such great hair, and that seems to be the important criteria for how anyone couples off on this show (well, some guys have been bald, but still). More than that, you can see that Des and Brooks have great chemistry. Unless he tells her he likes sleeping in warm buckets of his own pee or only eats live Labrador puppies, this is probably his to lose. 

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Review: Queens Of The Stone Age's new album '...Like Clockwork'
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Review: Queens Of The Stone Age's new album '...Like Clockwork'

Josh Homme taps his inner David Bowie

More than ever, Queens Of The Stone Age sound like a glam rock band on their sixth full-length “… Like Clockwork.” That is to say, Josh Homme not only embraces an arching, aching, menacing sound, but also makes a whole theater out of those sonic dynamics, from bedraggled slow dances to ballroom thumpers and purpose-driven lyricism over rock music’s MVPs. 

Players like Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and QOTSA’s prodigal bassist Nick Oliveri fill in the gaps of Homme’s black fever dreams. “… Like Clockwork” has all the big names of modern rock but without embracing all its latest and worst idiosyncrasies. Here, they avoid over-arranging, over-mastering and throwing synths into the mix for giggles. They keep the swinging drums tight like on the title track and “I Appear Missing,” the vocals working closely with the guitars like a Spoon song on “I Sat By the Ocean.”
 
But Homme makes for an even finer David Bowie on epics like pensive ”The Vampyre of Time and Memory”: “I want God to come / and take me home / cause I'm all alone / in this crowd,” he sings in a disquieted vibrato, before he threatens to spiral out in a fit of sarcasm. “I’m alive / hooray.”  The sinister Little Nemo that is “Kalopsia” amuses itself with the dreamy she-bop-she-bop melody line from “I Only Have Eyes For You” -- a song with a notion that, in itself, is a sort of kalopsia – prior to thrashing out with nonsensical guitar wails in Morse Code.
 
Homme here is pioneering beyond the jolting, muscle-bound rock of 2002’s “Songs for the Deaf” or even QOTSA’s last effort “Era Vulgaris.” It’s more of a construction, an open-shirted nihilistic, unanchored vibe that allows cameos from Elton John on “Fairweather Friends,” for instance, or the rallying cry “I wanna suck… lick… cry… spit” convincingly over a dance-rock boom-cha for “If I Had a Tail.” A lot of work (and not just play) went into these honed carnival rigs, and it ultimately pays off as a set that’s good on repeat. Solid for its singles starting with “My God Is The Sun” and the Jagger-swagger of "Smooth Sailing, "...Like Clockwork" is among the year’s best rock album crop so far.

 

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<p>Brie Larson gives a stellar, shattering performance in 'Short Term 12,' which opens later this year after several festival appearances.</p>

Brie Larson gives a stellar, shattering performance in 'Short Term 12,' which opens later this year after several festival appearances.

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Brie Larson shines in the trailer for the sensational 'Short Term 12'

Who is John Gallagher Jr. and why isn't he in everything?

There is a very special film coming out this year that I'll be telling you more about soon, but today, the first trailer for "Short Term 12" is available.

Some recent conversation (some constructive, some not) about the ratings system of reviews here on the site that I've had reveal that people have very different ideas about what ratings actually mean. If I give a film an "A+," that automatically means it makes my top ten list at the end of the year, right? Because that rating means I think it's perfect, right?

I'm giving "Short Term 12" the same rating I'm giving other films this year that couldn't be more different, but in doing so, I'm not comparing those films. The rating is me saying how well I think they execute the film they're trying to make. I could give a film a B+ and not like it at all. Like is one small part of my overall rating of a movie. Instead, I'm more curious to see how well someone pulls off the things they try to do, both stylistically and in terms of narrative, and me giving something an A+ is me saying that I feel like they made the best version of that movie, like they hit the target dead center.

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<p>&quot;The Wizard of Oz&quot;</p>

"The Wizard of Oz"

Credit: Warner Bros.

'The Wizard of Oz' to be re-released in IMAX 3D

The 75th anniversary restoration sets a one-week engagement

Superman and Batman aren't the only icons celebrating 75 years in the pop cultural consciousness as of late. Next year, Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion all join in on the fun as Victor Fleming's classic of Technicolor cinema, "The Wizard of Oz," pops the cork on its diamond anniversary. And Warner Bros. plans to celebrate on the biggest screens around.

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<p>Bono</p>

Bono

Credit: Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org/AP Images

U2 eyes a fall release for new set

Band and Danger Mouse wrap up mixing in New York

U2 is nearing completion of its next album, which will likely come out this fall.

Producer Danger Mouse, who is also mixing the new set, received a visit from all four members —Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. —on Friday at New York’s Electric Lady Studios, according to Rolling Stone. The band later went to the roof of the studio to record “Sunday Bloody Sunday” for Inside Out, a global art project. Coldplay's Chris Martin also stopped by the studio, but it's unknown if he appear on the album.

The album will be the band’s follow up to “No Line On The Horizon,” which came out in 2009. Bono joked at the end of last year that the album would be called “10 Reasons to Exist,” but that really does look like it may have been a hoax.

The group also worked with Lady Gaga/Jennifer Lopez producer RedOne before picking Danger Mouse (though wouldn’t you love to hear the RedOne sessions?)

Lack of material does not seem to be an issue. Clayton told Hot Press earlier this spring, “We have an abundance of riches, we could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves.”

Daniel Lanois, who has worked with the band before, said to expect an “adventurous” set. “It sounded amazing,” he told U.K. paper The Globe and Mail. “Very, very big and powerful sounding.”

Clayton said the band is looking at a release in September, October or November.



 

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Watch: Vampire Weekend's 'Diane Young' music video features Santigold, Chromeo

Watch: Vampire Weekend's 'Diane Young' music video features Santigold, Chromeo

Guests like the Dirty Projectors kids makes this the Best Last Supper Ever

I think of videos like Vampire Weekend's "Diane Young" as sharing the same vein as LCD Soundsystem's "Drunk Girls," with nothing particularly harmful, or overtly glorifying, but objectively silly, and God love 'em for it.

In the single-room vid, the band sits besides dance, rock and pop brethren Santigold, Chromeo, Sky Ferreira, Despot, David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) and others at the Indiest Last Supper Ever. Odd shenanigans like smoking a sax bong and kissing an espresso-maker ensue. Conceptually, they plot their theater around the absurd, and here, perhaps by the lyrics "out of control but you’re playing a role."

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'Idol' cancels 25% of its tour dates after disappointing season


"Idol" cancels 25% of its tour dates after disappointing season
Fans aren't as interested in "Idol" summer concerts this year. PLUS: "Idol" alum is doing gay porn.


Why Robb Stark's "Game of Thrones" actions are worse than Walder Frey's

As Matthew Yglesias argues, "Whether he broke his original promise out of a misguided sense of honor (as in the books) or simply true love (as in the show), he's actively undermining the key social and political institution of Westeros." PLUS: Watch Maisie Williams' reaction, and Twitter account documents "GoT" outrage.


Few visit Archie Bunker's home
The "All in the Family" house in Queens used to be a tourist destination, but not anymore. Not even on the day Jean Stapleton died.


"The Killing" returns matching last year's premiere
The Season 3 debut was down, though, from its Season 1 debut. PLUS: A real-life lesbian inspired Season 3.


Why the new "Doctor Who" should be a female

There is already precedent for a female Doctor. PLUS: Why there shouldn't be a female "Doctor Who."


For women, "SVU" has a "strange therapeutic quality"

"It might upset you to watch one rape story," says Emily Nussbaum, "but it thickens your skin to watch a million."


MTV teases the return of "Catfish"

Watch the trailer for Season 2.


"The Simpsons'" Fast Food Blvd opens at Springfield theme park
Now tourists can drink at Moe's Tavern and eat at Krusty Burger.


What if "Mad Men" ended the season by killing Don Draper?

"How Weinerian would that be?" says Seth Stevenson. "Icing the icon of your show seems like the sort of zagging—a rebellion against TV's established order, if you will—that (Matthew) Weiner can't resist." PLUS: Is Bob Benson a Don Draper clone?, credit Weiner for doing a lot of experimentation this season, explaining the L.A. wardrobe, "Mad Men" is Moby Dick, and why Lane Pryce is still "Mad Men's" central character.


Jimmy Kimmel throws a bachelor party in Vancouver
How did he celebrate? By riding a book.


What did Josh Holloway do during his TV hiatus?

Over the past three years, the "Lost" star marathoned on "The Walking Dead" and wrote a kids' movie while raising his 4-year-old daughter.


Check out Kris Jenner's new show

Here are two promos for the daytime talk show debuting July 15.


"Revolution" ends "messy" first season tonight
Can it resolve its problems in time for Season 2?


What took so long to make a reality show about Jewish American Princesses?

Bravo's "Princesses: Long Island" is not just another "Real Housewives" rip off.


Comedy Central gives "Drunk History" a premiere date
The Funny or Die web series launches July 9.


How "Arrested Development" reinvented the catchphrase

It took the traditional character-based catchphrase and made it fungible.


Watch the final season "Skins" trailer

Jack O'Connell, Kaya Scodelario and Hannah Murray star in three separate movies to close-out the 7th and final season.


ABC Family's "The Fosters" is "The O.C." meets "Switched at Birth"

J.Lo's new drama, premiering tonight, features what could be a female Ryan Atwood.


ABC's "Mistresses" is not very good -- except at being a guilty pleasure
The ABC drama is perfect for mindless summer viewing, says Matthew Gilbert. "The new ABC series isn't good in any way, except in its ability to suck you in with pretty actors and titillating themes," he says. PLUS: "Mistresses" is bad trash, and how Alyssa Milano became a "Mistress."

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<p>Nathan Fillion took some time at the 'Monsters University' press day to talk to us about the possibility of a return to the 'Firefly' universe with 'Avengers' director Joss Whedon</p>

Nathan Fillion took some time at the 'Monsters University' press day to talk to us about the possibility of a return to the 'Firefly' universe with 'Avengers' director Joss Whedon

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Nathan Fillion dismisses the idea of more 'Serenity' as 'an impossibility'

But he's also mighty diplomatic in the way he says it

When they were shooting "Serenity" at Universal Studios, I got a chance to visit the set and take a walk through the main ship, which had been built to give them a chance to do a full continuous shot from the front of the ship to the back without cutting away or cheating, and I must admit… it's one of the most impressive sets I've seen built. Functional, but completely immersive. It was the ship. I'm so used to seeing things in pieces and in sections that to just step inside something real like that was sort of dizzying.

I'm not rabid about the continuation of the adventures of Mal Reynolds and his crew, but if they made another one, I'd sure see it. I enjoyed the comic series that followed the show, and I think it's a cool world that they had just started to explore.

When I sat down with Nathan Fillion, it was as part of the press day for "Monsters University," and I'll have my interview with him about that film coming a little closer to release. For now, I wanted to run the final question I asked him about whether anything's changed now that Joss Whedon finally has a billion-dollar-monster under his belt, with another one already in the works.

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<p>Beyonce performs at &quot;Sound of Change Live&quot; in London.</p>

Beyonce performs at "Sound of Change Live" in London.

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Watch: Beyonce delivers 'Standing On The Sun' in full

Does the song bring the heat?

Beyonce debuted the full version of “Standing On The Sun” before a very enthusiastic audience in Antwerp, Belgium the other night. And why wouldn’t they be excited? As she declared, she was performing it “just for you,” as she repeatedly stressed. Yep, just for them and the millions who will see it on YouTube.

[More after the jump...]

 Clad in a beautifully, billowing long red dress, Beyonce delivers the song like a Sun Goddess. It starts as an elegant presentation of the mid-tempo tune, which is all about how when her love touches her, she feels like she’s standing on the sun. Though it’s more of a simmering than a full-blown heat until she gets to the spoken-word part, where she actually says, yes, “I’m gonna love you a long time,” and goes into an African-influenced dance (as African rhythms explode in the background) that reflects her tasteful passion.

A snippet of the song first debuted in her H&M commercial in April. Along with “Standing On The Sun,” fans have also heard full versions of “Grown Woman,” and “Bow Down/I’ve Been On,” but there’s still no word as to when Bey will release a new album.

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