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'Lost' reunion: Josh Holloway to star in USA’s 'Colony' from Carlton Cuse
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'Lost' reunion: Josh Holloway to star in USA’s 'Colony' from Carlton Cuse

“Lost” reunion: Josh Holloway to star in USA’s “Colony” from Carlton Cuse
Holloway is reuniting with former “Lost” executive producer Cuse on a thriller about an L.A. family dealing with a “foreign occupation. Holloway will play a former FBI agent who is forced to collaborate with the occupational government to protect his family.

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'The Daily Show' under fire from One Direction fans for joking that one of its members is a terrorist
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'The Daily Show' under fire from One Direction fans for joking that one of its members is a terrorist

'How to Get Away with Murder' got no 'pushback' over the graphic gay and straight sex scenes

“The Daily Show” under fire from One Direction fans for joking that one of its members is a terrorist
"Daily Show" correspondent Jessica Williams didn’t mention any member of One Direction by name when she joked to Jon Stewart, "Just as you were talking, a new terrorist group has formed, with one member each from ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction and the Zetas drug cartel.”  Yet many One Direction fans are accusing “The Daily Show” of targeting Zayn Malik, the only Muslim member of the boy band. They’ve even started a “#TheDailyShowGoneTooFar” hashtag.


“Jimmy Kimmel Live” was No. 1 last night thanks to ShondaLand Thursdays
Kimmel, who had on “Scandal’s” Darby Stanchfield as well as Denzel Washington, bet out Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman.


“How to Get Away with Murder” got no "pushback” over the graphic gay and straight sex scenes
"I knew I wanted to push the envelope, especially with the gay sex,” creator Pete Nowalk tells E! "And to me, writing the gay characterization and writing some real gay sex into a network show is to right the wrong of all of the straight sex that you see on TV. Because I didn't see that growing up, and I feel like the more people get used to two men kissing, the less weird it will be for people. I just feel like it's a lack of vision that you don't see it on TV, but ABC has never had a note about any of the weird stuff in the show, so I'm gonna keep it going.” PLUS: Season 1 has been mapped out, and why the cast looks so familiar?


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Shonda Rhimes conquers Thursday with 'How to Get Away with Murder' delivering a bigger audience than 'Scandal'
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Shonda Rhimes conquers Thursday with 'How to Get Away with Murder' delivering a bigger audience than 'Scandal'

'Gilligan’s Island' premiered 50 years ago today

Shonda Rhimes conquers Thursday with “How to Get Away with Murder” delivering a bigger audience than “Scandal”
About 14 million checked out the latest ShondaLand series, while “Scandal” returned to bigger numbers. “Grey’s Anatomy,” though, suffered a 12% dip in its new 8 pm timeslot. PLUS: “Murder” is now the No. 1 new show.


Jerry Seinfeld’s new “Comedians in Cars” season will feature Kevin Hart, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Fred Armisen
Ali Wentworth, Colleen Ballinge and Bill Burr will also take a ride with Seinfeld.


“Gilligan’s Island” premiered 50 years ago today
The classic sitcom ran for three seasons, the first of which was in black and white.


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<p>&quot;How To Get Away With Murder&quot;</p>

"How To Get Away With Murder"

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TV Ratings: Big 'How To Get Away With Murder' premiere upstages Thursday Night Football

'Scandal' also delivers big numbers in its 9 p.m. premiere

Fast National ratings for Thursday, September 25, 2014.

ABC's Shonda Rhimes Thursday got off to a terrific start in its first week, edging out CBS' Thursday Night Football overall and putting up strong key demo numbers as well. 

The biggest success for ABC was the tremendous launch for "How To Get Away With Murder," which comfortably outdrew its "Scandal" lead-in and tied with the Kerry Washington smash in the key demo. But even "Grey's Anatomy" seemed rejuvenated in its new time period.

CBS' coverage of the Thursday Night Football game between the Giants and Washington still led the night among young viewers, of course, and although ABC had a slim overall win, football tends to tick up in Finals, so there's a good chance CBS will come out on top overall as well when Live+Same Day analysis takes place.

Meanwhile, "Parenthood" and "Bones" did standard numbers in their latest premieres, while getting upstaged by ABC and CBS.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Amy Landecker, Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway on the set of Transparent</p>

Amy Landecker, Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway on the set of Transparent

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'Transparent' creator Jill Soloway on her great new Amazon series

A convergence of personal and professional lives led to the Jeffrey Tambor-led show

This morning, Amazon released the entire first season of “Transparent,” a great new dramedy starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman coming out to her family and beginning her full gender transition at an advanced age. I already published my review, as well as an interview with Tambor, and now I have an interview with the show’s creator, “Six Feet Under” and “United States of Tara” veteran Jill Soloway. It’s a deep dive into the world of trans politics — including the question of whether it’s ideal to have a cis male (aka someone born a man) like Tambor playing this role — how Soloway’s professional past and family history shaped the series, the prospect of people watching all 10 episodes at once, and more.

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<p>Lauren Graham and Craig T. Nelson in Parenthood</p>

Lauren Graham and Craig T. Nelson in Parenthood

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Season premiere review: 'Parenthood' - 'Vegas'

The final season begins strongly with a birthday trip gone awry and other Braverman complications

"Parenthood" began its final season last night, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as we literally watch paint dry...

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'The Daily Show' airs controversial Washington Redskins segment
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'The Daily Show' airs controversial Washington Redskins segment

People magazine apologizes for offensive Viola Davis tweet quoting from 'The Help'

“The Daily Show” airs controversial Washington Redskins segment
For the 2nd night in a row, Comedy Central targeted the Redskins' name. In fact, “The Daily Show” piece, which was supposed to feature a “tense showdown” between Native American activists and Redskins fans, aired vs. the Redskins game on CBS. Before introducing the piece, Jon Stewart offered a disclaimer: “Recently, we sent our intrepid reporter Jason Jones out to the field to explore the phenomenon of a certain Washington D.C. football team’s controversial name. We learned later that some of the participants who participated in the piece — they didn’t enjoy the experience.” He added: "We take the complaints seriously…If we find out, in a piece, that someone was intentionally misled or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented. We do not air that piece.” PLUS: Redskins fans target CBS’ Phil Simms, who tried not to say “Redskins” during the game — and slipped up only once.


People magazine apologizes for offensive Viola Davis tweet quoting from “The Help"
During the premiere of “How to Get Away With Murder,” People tweeted: “Waiting for Viola to break into ‘You is kind. You is smart. You is important.’” During “Scandal,” People tweeted another potentially offensive tweet: "Olivia's back to straight hair so you KNOW she means business."


Jon Favreau is shopping a drama project that would cover the history of the NFL
The project would cover the evolution of the pro football game, reaching back all the way to the ‘20s.


Chris Pratt: My cheesy, chest-baring headshot got me “Everwood”
Pratt explained the story of that headshot to Jimmy Fallon. PLUS: Pratt in high school would “plagiarize” “SNL."

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'Pride' and 'Warcraft' have put Ben Schnetzer on the verge of breaking out

'Pride' and 'Warcraft' have put Ben Schnetzer on the verge of breaking out

You don't know his name now, but you will

TORONTO — You likely have no idea who Ben Schnetzer is. Even if you're one of the few moviegoers who saw the WWII drama "The Book Thief" in theaters last year you wouldn't know the name. You'd remember his performance as Max, the young Jewish man who hides in the family's basement, but you'd find yourself scratching your head as to who actually played him. Since finishing "Thief," the 24-year-old has shot three other movies: "The Riot Club," "Pride" and Duncan Jones' big screen adaptation of the classic video game "Warcraft." Each project finds him playing widely different roles, but if you're looking for a true sign of his talent you must see his performance in the new drama "Pride."

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Best Albums Of 2014 So Far: Fall Edition

Best Albums Of 2014 So Far: Fall Edition

Catching up with Miranda Lambert, Aphex Twin, Shellac, FKA Twigs and more

The first time Team HitFix checked in with our favorite albums this year, we were extolling sets from St. Vincent, Beck, Kelis, The War on Drugs, Future and future-islands" class="autolink">Future Islands (not related) around April.

For the halfway mark of 2014, Melinda Newman shared some of the efforts topping her charts, like country star Miranda Lambert, rising country star Sturgill Simpson, "Stay With Me" saddie Sam Smith, new folkers First Aid Kit and veteran singer Rosanne Cash.

How did we get through three-quarters of the year so far? As we anticipate (or simply cross our fingers) for new albums from acts like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Adele and Frank Oceans to rear up by the end of 2014, there's been some awesome new additions to our running list.

Click through our gallery below, for our descriptions of great 2014 albums from Aphex Twin, Shellac, Alvvays and FKA Twigs, Sylvan Esso, Neil Young and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib.

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<p>Alfred Enoch in &quot;How to Get Away with Murder.&quot;</p>

Alfred Enoch in "How to Get Away with Murder."

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Series premiere talkback: 'How to Get Away with Murder' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of ABC's latest Shonda Rhimes-produced drama?

This morning, I posted my review of ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder." Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight, what did you think? Did it feel Shonda Rhimes-y enough for you, or did it, like the short-lived "Off the Map" (also created by a longtime Rhimes apprentice, and not Rhimes herself) play more like imitation Shonda? How did you feel about Viola Davis as the imperious and complicated Annalise Keating? Did you prefer the classroom and trial parts of the show, or the mysterious glimpses of what the students get up to three months from now? Did any of the supporting characters — whether the students, Annalise's associates, her husband, Wes's mysterious roommate — stand out to you? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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Review: Salma Hayek's got to get primal to survive the action movie 'Everly'
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Review: Salma Hayek's got to get primal to survive the action movie 'Everly'

Plus we discuss the film's most difficult choices

AUSTIN - "Everly" puts me in an uncomfortable position.

Sure, nowhere near as uncomfortable as the circumstances faced by Everly (Salma Hayek) over the course of the film, a one-room action movie, but as a film critic, I find myself really wrestling with my reaction.

On the one hand, I like the energy of the film, and I think Hayek is about as appealing a lead as she's been in a while as the film opens in media hell, with her as a sex slave who finds herself at a turning point, freedom in her sights, but with a whole wall of mayhem between her and escape. The film makes a lot out of its single location, and I'm a fan of films where you watch one space get more and more destroyed over the course of an evening. Director Joe Lynch directs the film like a hungry man chasing a ham sandwich, and it's that eagerness-to-please that I genuinely like about the film.

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<p>The premiere of ABC&#39;s &quot;Black-ish&quot;</p>

The premiere of ABC's "Black-ish"

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Ratings Analysis: 'Black-ish' debuts strong, 'Laura' audience is big and old

'The Goldbergs' gets a big bump, 'Red Band Society' struggles again

So you spend your morning at temple for Rosh Hashanah and you miss Fast National ratings and then you pull up Final Live+Same Day ratings for Wednesday, September 24 and...

Stop it with the "Mysteries of Laura," America! Although the Debra Messing dramedy took a drop from last week's post-"AGT" sneak among young viewers, it still drew over 10 million viewers in its first Wednesday 8 p.m. airing, which is a success of almost mind-boggling magnitude. 

It's such a big success that it thoroughly distracts me from nearly all of Wednesday's other notables, which include a terrific premiere for "Black-ish," an impressively consistent return for the new season of "Survivor" and a solid time period transfer for "The Goldbergs."

Things weren't all entirely positive. "Modern Family" and "The Middle" were both down from last year's premieres, while "Red Band Society" remains unable to attract an audience beyond young female viewers.

Let's get down to some analysis, starting with...

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