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In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your Fall Sunday night game plan:
Watch: Gotham (Fox): Bruce Wayne is here, but at only 11 years old, Gotham puts the focus on detective Jim Gordon, his partner Harvey Bullock, and the criminals who will one day become the most infamous faces in Gotham. Deemed the ‘most promising show’ of the fall season, Gotham looks to focus on the dark forces at work and the few trying to stop them before a certain caped crusader is »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Masters of Sex wrapped Season 2 Sunday night with two surprise comebacks (Barton! Ethan!), a shocking betrayal (Bill sabotaged the CBS story and unwittingly played a role in Virginia losing her kids!), and a big turning point with regard to Bill and Virginia’s work (they’re gonna start passing on their sex knowledge to couples like Lester and Barb!).
“Their work has now shifted from data collecting to actually helping people who are suffering,” explains series creator Michelle Ashford of the finale’s closing scene. “It’s the very beginning of what [becomes] intensely therapeutic work for them. This is what »
Birds of a Feather: Camargo’s Debut a Tepid Chekhovian Transplant
Contemporizing classic literature can be a tricky feat, though it more often than not seems unjustified. Actor Christian Camargo has reworked Anton Chekov’s classic play The Seagull for his directorial debut, Days and Nights, curiously setting the Russian tragedy in 1984 New England. With an extremely lucrative cast at hand, Camargo’s fiddling around with the text isn’t completely bereft of ingenious new ways to converse with Chekov’s classic, though more often than not, this is simply another tedious glimpse of familial dysfunction, relocated to the heart of a Wasp’s nest. While it isn’t necessary to be familiar with the material Camargo is in correspondence with, one’s awareness of it may impede rather than enhance this film, which often feels strained or confused upon comparison.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend in 1984, and famous »
- Nicholas Bell
Is Vinny the dog headed back soon to Family Guy? Not right away, but the actor who gave voice to him is. Tony Sirico—who played the Griffins’ replacement pooch for Brian in three episodes last season—is guest-starring in another episode this season, EW has learned exclusively. This time, the former star of The Sopranos will play a heightened version of himself in several live-action moments that are sprinkled into an installment of the animated Fox comedy that will air in late fall or early winter. “He is irritated about what’s being said a couple different times throughout one episode, »
- Dan Snierson
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Related Monday Ratings: Big Bang Remains Quite Huge
Mom, which was to return this Monday in the 8:30 time slot, will instead opens its sophomore run on Thursday, Oct. 30, the same night that CBS restores its regular, aprés-Thursday Night Football line-up. There, the Anna Faris/Allison Janney sitcom will lead out of Big Bang Theory. (Two and a Half Men, the new sitcom The McCarthys and Elementary round out the night. »
This weekend, Denzel Washington will stop at nothing to save Chloë Grace Moretz in the bloody action thriller "The Equalizer," a young boy tries to save his underground friends from an evil exterminator in the stop-motion animation movie "The Boxtrolls," the fourth season of "Once Upon a Time" premieres Sunday night on ABC, and the Golden Globe-winning comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" returns for its second season Sunday night on Fox.
Also in theaters this weekend: "The Two Faces of January" follows a con artist (Viggo Mortensen), his wife (Kirsten Dunst), and a stranger (Oscar Isaac) who flee Athens after getting caught up in the death of a private detective. "Pride" is a comedy-drama that follows U.K. gay activists working to help miners during their prolonged strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. "Days and Nights" follows a family dealing with desire and the fragility of love over one weekend. »
- Jonny Black
Every Chekhov adaptation presents unhappiness in its own way, albeit typically at a country house where a tense family gathering exposes each character's underlying discontent. Loosely based on The Seagull, writer and director Christian Camargo's debut feature, Days and Nights, unfolds during Memorial Day 1984, when Reagan's America offered Cold War propaganda, a deadly immunodeficiency virus, and an atmosphere of stifled creativity. There's a touch of Grey Gardens to the New England lake house owned by Elizabeth (Allison Janney), an actress who brings her latest paramour home for the holiday weekend. Camargo casts himself as the outsider, Peter, a Hollywood director who becomes the focus of desire, resentment, and hostility. Peter immediately senses a ruin »
Christina Applegate is logging into Web Therapy. EW has learned exclusively that the Up All Night and Married… With Children alum is returning to TV with a multi-episode guest role on Lisa Kudrow’s Showtime comedy about a self-consumed therapist who counsels her patients via video.
Applegate will pop up later in the season as a Boston-based “fixer” named Jenny Bologna, who reaches out to Fiona (Kudrow) to offer damage-control services after the Nsa scandal. Jenny also divulges a disturbing secret that rocks Fiona’s world.
Season four, which premieres Oct. 22 at 11 p.m., also boasts guest spots by Gwyneth Paltrow, »
- Dan Snierson
Polly Bergen dead at 84: ‘First woman president of the U.S.A.,’ former mistress of Tony Soprano’s father Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen — whose roles ranged from the first U.S.A. woman president in Kisses for My President to the former mistress of both Tony Soprano’s father and John F. Kennedy in the television hit series The Sopranos — died from "natural causes" on September 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. The 84-year-old Bergen, a heavy smoker for five decades, had been suffering from emphysema and other ailments since the 1990s. "Most people think I was born in a rich Long Island family," she told The Washington Post in 1988, but Polly Bergen was actually born Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14, 1930, to an impoverished family in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her father was an illiterate construction worker while her mother got only as far as the third grade. The family »
- Andre Soares
“7th Heaven” cast reunites Beverley Mitchell last night posted a pic of her Stephen Collins, Jessica Biel, David Watson, David Gallagher and Catherine Hicks, but where was Ruthie? “The Good Wife” gets a cameo out of Gloria Steinem Julianna Margulies says she was starstruck when she filmed a scene with the feminist icon, who’s playing herself. "I made a fool of myself and then had to email her and had to apologize,” Margulies said on “Live! with Kelly and Michael." “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is coming to Vimeo The online video service will stream 80 episodes of the cult comedy series, plus any new episodes made over the next year. Click Read Full Post For More Marvel’s “Agent Carter” adds James D’Arcy He’ll play Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark. After binging on “Parks and Rec," Diane Keaton says “I've fallen in love »
- Norman Weiss
Can anyone top Allison Janney's performance? Last week, Ellen DeGeneres challenged Mom's Anna Faris and Janney to participate in American Ninja Warrior's parking lot competition. Janney came out on top, while Faris played by her own rules. On Monday, it was Usher's turn to test his skills by running, jumping, climbing, balancing and more. "I think I'm gonna do great," Usher said. "I hope I can land somewhere in between great and Ok." Unlike Janney and Faris, the singer refused to test or try out the obstacle course before doing it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I wanted to really experience it, to be challenged, you know?" Usher explained. Watch the video »
Does Ellen DeGeneres have what it takes to be "America Ninja Warrior!?"After putting Usher, Allison Janney and Anna Faris to the test, the talk show host will take to her own "American Ninja Warrior" course on Tuesday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show.""One show that I absolutely love is 'American Ninja Warrior,'" she told the audience. "I love it so much that I had them build the course right here in the parking lot -- and I finally tried it. I think I did pretty well."With the help of a stunt double, Ellen jumps, swings and throws herself through the obstacles like a champ. Check out the video above to see the big finish!Want more Ellen hilarity? Check out these can't-miss clips:"Apparently Kid" Noah Ritter Shares His New Favorite WordChanning Tatum Faces Fear of Porcelain Dolls on "Ellen"Ellen DeGeneres Recreates Nicki Minaj »
- tooFab Staff
Fifteen years ago this week, Sam Mendes’ film American Beauty arrived in U.S. theaters. In Florida, a film critic named Jay Boyar reviewed Mendes’ first full-length feature for the Orlando Sentinel—and he wrote that after seeing it, he “decided that the little satirical film would come and go without much fuss.”
However: “In the weeks since I saw the film, it has opened in a few places to ridiculously generous reviews,” Boyar mused. “Entertainment Weekly called it ‘bracing in its intensity’ and the New York Times praised its ‘eloquent flights of fancy.’ I’m sorry to say that »
- Ashley Fetters & Esther Zuckerman
Allison Janney may have just won two Emmy awards for her performances on “Masters of Sex” and “Mom,” but she accomplished an even more impressive achievement on “Ellen” … at least as far as physicality goes. Janney and her “Mom” co-star Anna Faris were challenged to tackle the custom version of the “American Ninja Warrior” obstacle course Ellen DeGeneres had built in her parking lot. See video: Allison Janney Is First Actor to Win Double Emmys in 12 Years To keep it authentic, DeGeneres even invited “Anw” hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila to join her in the commentator's booth to give the. »
- Jason Hughes
This season on American Ninja Warrior, Kacy Catanzaro proved that women have what it takes to complete the Anw obstacle course when she became the first female to ever reach the finals. The 5-foot-tall, 100-pound gymnast made the course look easy when huge, muscled guys over 6 feet tall have been bested by it season after season. But now she's not the only woman who's dominated the Anw obstacle course. Mom star Allison Janney just proved that she can literally do anything by completing the insanely difficult obstacle course on Ellen, and it's the greatest video you'll watch today. Watch the video above to see Janney kick major butt! Not only did she complete the course like a pro, »
Emmy winner Allison Janney can add another title to her already impressive resume: "American Ninja Warrior!"Janney and her "Mom" costar Anna Faris were challenged to complete Ellen DeGeneres' version of the popular TV obstacle course -- and watching them do it may just be the best video of the entire week.The 54-year-old "West Wing" alum absolutely schooled her 37-year-old onscreen daughter on the course, which included rope swinging, wall climbing and a couple balancing acts."I didn't think I was gonna do that last one, but with the cheers, the support, I had to do it," a winded Allison told the crowd after scaling the final (and incredibly tall) wall.Faris finished as well ... by Totally cheating. Check out the video above. We have to say, we're mighty impressed with one of them. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Set in 1980s New England, the story follows a movie star (Allison Janney), who brings her new boyfriend to a family retreat on Memorial Day weekend that turns disastrous. Christian Camargo co-stars and makes his directorial debut with this adaptation, which also stars Katie Holmes, Ben Whishaw, Jean Reno, William Hurt, Juliet Rylance, Michael Nyqvist, Cherry Jones, Russell Means and Mark Rylance, arriving in theaters and on VOD platforms September 26.
Days and Nights is writer/director Christian Camargo's directorial debut, inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and set in rural New England in the 1980s. The film centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The »
A former basketballer is coming to Mom.
Retired Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox will guest star on an upcoming episode of CBS’ sophomore comedy, which stars Anna Faris as struggling single mother Christy and Emmy winner Allison Janney as her vitriolic mother, Bonnie.
Fox will play Dr. James Kendall, the handsome doctor who’s married to Jill (recurring star Jaime Pressly), the newly sober woman whom Christy is sponsoring. The wealthy doc is no longer willing to put up with his wife’s erratic behavior and addiction issues.
Mom returns for its second season on Sept. 29 at 8:30 p.m. »
- Marc Snetiker
The undeniably likeable Nashville star—who rocks a great head of hair, by the way, and that is a detail that’s relevant for this story—has recorded a brief cameo for Family Guy, EW has learned exclusively. A cutaway gag in an episode titled “Baking Bad” that will air in October involves Peter breaking into Britton’s home. “She wakes up in bed to discover Peter is munching on her hair,” says executive producer Steve Callaghan, adding: “Especially if you saw her in Friday Night Lights, her hair just looks so yummy, »
- Dan Snierson
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