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Girls Casts Ana Gasteyer and Anthony Edwards As Shoshanna’s Parents

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If you’re a Girls fans who has always wondered how Shoshanna became the eccentric but lovable girl we know and love, you should be very excited about this news. The HBO comedy has revealed who it has cast as Shosh’s mom and dad, and both characters will make their first appearances in the show’s upcoming fourth season. As first reported by Variety, Ana Gasteyer and Anthony Edwards will play the parents of Zosia Mamet’s Girls character in Season 4, and from the article’s description of Shoshanna’s parents’ appearance, it doesn’t sound like things have gotten much better for her since the end of Season 3. The recent college grad becomes aggravated with her folks “when they make a big deal of her diploma signing,” and she will “also struggle to find a job, as she blows a job interview on the Jan. 25 episode.” As seen »

- Chris King

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Outlander Preview Promises Show’s New Episodes Will Be “Darker”

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Fans of Starz’s Outlander still have to wait more than three whole months for new episodes of the time-traveling, Scotland-set romance series. However, the show’s stars and Outlander executive producer Ronald D. Moore are giving everyone a little bit of an early Christmas present with this brand new teaser, which features footage from upcoming episodes of the series (eight episodes still remain in the show’s first season) and brief interviews with the actors who portray Claire, Jamie, and Dougal about what can be expected for their characters when the series returns in April. “The stakes are going to change, and a lot of the relationships will deepen,” Moore says in the video. Specifically, it looks like the love between Claire and Jamie, who got married in the season’s seventh episode, “The Wedding,” will continue to grow, despite the challenges they face. “Jamie and Claire’s relationship really begins to blossom, »

- Chris King

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Amy Adams and Jimmy Fallon Play Holiday Flip Cup on The Tonight Show

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There are two main reasons why I’m glad I tuned into last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. First, I got to see one of my favorite actresses, Academy Award nominee Amy Adams (can we just give her an Oscar already? She really deserves one). And second, I got to see Amy Adams face off against Jimmy Fallon in a holiday-themed version of flip cup (a game I’m very familiar with, since I’m not too far removed from college), and it was incredibly entertaining not because the game was competitive but because of just how bad Adams was at playing it. As you can see for yourself in the video below, Adams and Fallon, who were both donning Santa hats, each had six cups of beer (hers were green; his were red, because, you know, Christmas colors) sitting in front of them, and their job was to… »

- Chris King

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Last Night’s Colbert Report Finale Was the Perfect Sendoff to the Wacky, Beloved Show

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Last night was the series finale of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, and as was to be expected, it was a can’t-miss event filled with celebrity cameos from the likes of Jon Stewart, James Franco, and even Santa Claus himself. Although Colbert began the final episode of his show discussing Syria, the “news” segment of the finale episode didn’t last very long and was quickly followed by one last edition of Cheating Death with Stephen Colbert in which the host actually killed Death himself, the Grim Reaper. It was weird, wacky, and totally insane; put simply, it was everything I loved about The Colbert Report during its run. Like The Daily Show, which airs a half-an-hour before it at 11 p.m., The Colbert Report used humor to comment on the political issues facing our country at the moment and the, most of the time, idiotic ways that cable news covers these topics. »

- Chris King

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Eion Bailey’s Pinocchio to Return in Once Upon a Time Season 4

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Here’s some Once Upon a Time casting news that we certainly wouldn’t lie about. Eion Bailey, who played August Booth, aka Pinocchio, during the ABC series’ first and second seasons, will be reprising his role in the back half of Once Upon a Time Season 4. It’s not clear yet whether this will be only for only one episode or a multiple-episode arc, but I think it’s safe to say that, unless a major change in the present happens, Bailey’s August will be appearing in flashbacks. Bailey last appeared in the Season 2 episode “Selfless, Brave and True,” in which August was killed trying to warn Emma about Peter Pan’s follower (and Neal’s fiance at the time) Tamara. The Blue Fairy was able to resurrect August but only in the form of his seven-year-old self. The last we saw of him, he was happily reunited with his father, »

- Chris King

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The Vampire Diaries Casts 24’s Annie Wersching in Recurring Role, Ian Somerhalder to Direct a Season 6 Episode

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A new face will be arriving in Mystic Falls in 2015. The Vampire Diaries has cast 24‘s Annie Wersching to recur in the back half of The CW drama’s sixth season as Lily. According to TVLine, which first broke the casting news, Lily is a “beautiful and strong” woman, who is also“articulate and caustic,” and “has a reputation for protecting the ones she loves at any cost, though it’s unclear as to who (or what) those loved ones are.” We’ll first meet Wersching’s Lily in Episode 15 of Season 6. In addition to playing Renee Walker on 24, the actress’s past TV credits include Extant, Bosch, Dallas, General Hospital, and Castle, where she will appear again later on this season in her recurring role as Dr. Kelly Nieman. Additionally, following Wersching’s first appearance in the 15th episode of The Vampire Diaries‘ sixth season, Episode 16, “The Downward Spiral, »

- Chris King

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Our Favorite Christmas TV Episodes

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It is that time of the year again. After eating pounds of turkey last month on Thanksgiving, TV fans are now treated to countless television movies and episodes devoted to the Christmas season. Before your favorites series take a break and return next month with fresh new episodes, they may feature a holiday-themed episode before saying goodbye for the year. While there have been many great Christmas-themed hours of TV in 2014, like New Girl’s “LAXmas,” The Middle’s “The Christmas Wall,” and The Mindy Project’s aptly titled “Christmas,” we decided to turn our attention to some of our favorite shows from the past and take a look at their best holiday-centric installments. From The Office to The O.C. (because you can’t have Christmas episodes without Chrismukkah, and anyone who disagrees is wrong, plain and simple), these are our favorite Christmas TV episodes. The Office, Episode 5.10 Moroccan Christmas, »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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The Best New Shows of 2014

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2014 was another great year for television, and it was an especially great year for new shows, as, more than ever, freshman series were arriving and making us fall in love with them quicker than we ever though we could, claiming more and more spots on critics’ “Best of the Year” lists. I, like many of my colleagues here at TVOvermind, found myself enjoying a lot of the new shows in 2014 even more than some of my returning favorites, and even though I didn’t get to watch all of the new series that debuted this year (more on that in a minute), I watched enough of them that I wanted to dedicate an article to discussing how great of a year it’s been for first-year shows. So, in no particular order, this is my list for the best new shows of 2014. (And for the record, I have not been… »

- Chris King

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Kiefer Sutherland Doesn’t Think He’ll Play 24’s Jack Bauer Again

18 December 2014 11:44 AM, PST

Has time finally run out on Jack Bauer? It seems so. After Fox resurrected 24 and its infamous protagonist for the highly anticipated (and pretty much critically beloved) limited series event 24: Live Another Day this past summer, there was a possibility that the show could return for a future miniseries-type event, or even the long-awaited film that the show’s producers have been talking about since the end of 24‘s eighth season. However,  it sounds like series star, Kiefer Sutherland, who won an Emmy for his role as Jack Bauer after the series’ fifth season, is ready to move on. In a recent interview with the UK’s Telegraph, Sutherland was asked if he would consider taking on the role again in any future 24 projects, and his answer was pretty clear. “Me, I don’t see going back to it,” Sutherland said regarding the idea of doing more 24. “We had set… »

- Chris King

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How Chuck Wore Its Heart on Its Sleeve and Stole All of Ours

18 December 2014 11:08 AM, PST

It’s really easy to be cynical with the world today, especially with the state it’s in right now. There’s so much greed, violence, and corruption out there that it’s hard not to become enveloped by it all and forget that there are actually good people and good things in this world that we can turn to. Heck, this is even true for TV, where every show nowadays is being pushed to be darker and edgier. However, there was one show that, even when it did dip into darker territory, kept things hopeful and optimistic, making it one of my favorite series of all-time. I’m talking, of course, about NBC’s Chuck, which was a mix-and-match of different shows, from workplace comedy to action-packed spy series to deeply romantic love story, which all blended together to produce an honest, genuine, and heartfelt series that made its characters feel real and authentic, »

- Chris King

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Black Mirror’s White Christmas Is One of Its Best Outings

18 December 2014 8:52 AM, PST

Channel 4 debuted their much-anticipated Christmas-themed Black Mirror special this week, and it was very much worth the wait. Black Mirror exists as one of those frustrating British show that trades short, three-episode seasons with yawning gulfs in between them for high quality offerings. It’s probably worth it (like the similarly formatted Sherlock), but the waiting and scarcity of episodes can be exhausting. Series three of Black Mirror is in fact coming, but they wanted to participated in another British tradition in the meantime, the extended Christmas Special, something we’ve seen from The Office to Doctor Who to Downton Abbey over the years. Though Black Mirror has poached familiar faces over the years for its ensemble casts, the Christmas Special is the first to pull someone really, truly recognizable for its main lead, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm. It’s also the first time the show has had an American actor/character in… »

- Paul

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The Slow Burn of BoJack Horseman’s First Season

18 December 2014 8:27 AM, PST

At first, BoJack Horseman is a fairly simplistic, consistently clever little satire of Hollywood superficiality, a familiar story told through the lens of the absurd world it was set in. BoJack, a former 1990s sitcom actor (on the long-running, thoroughly mediocre Horsin’ Around) and current washout, partied and philandered around his mansion and La, consistently surrounded by reminders of who he once was; from “Chapter One” to the season’s seventh episode “Say Anything”, BoJack is a series of well-trodden stories about a horse-man’s mid-life crisis as he tries to explore the most successful (and darkest) periods of his life with the ghost writer of his memoir, Diane (a woman he’s slowly falling in love with, as well). However, the last five episodes of BoJack‘s first season  take a sharp left, abandoning most of the slapstick humor and silly, slightly vulgar B-plots for a very serious character »

- Randy Dankievitch

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New Orphan Black Season 3 Trailer Declares “This Is War”

18 December 2014 8:06 AM, PST

As 2014 ends and we head into 2015, one of the most anticipated events of new year is the premiere of Orphan Black Season 3. After the show’s second season finale provided the major twist that there were also militarized male clones (played Ari Millen) created instead of just the female ones that we have gotten to know over the past two years, Orphan Black fans have been eager to see what will happen next. Now, we have a bit of a taste of what’s to come in this new teaser trailer for Orphan Black Season 3, which doesn’t provide any new footage, really, but does promise one thing: “This is war.” Although we don’t know too much yet about the upcoming season, we do know about the slew of new characters that Orphan Black Season 3 will be introducing us to, like Ferdinand (played by James Frain), “a well-educated, ‘cleaner’ who… »

- Chris King

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The Best of the Best Friends Season 3 Episodes

18 December 2014 5:57 AM, PST

It is hard to believe that it already week three in our countdown of our favorite Friends episodes. This week will feature our three favorite episodes from season three. Wow, that is a lot three’s! The third season of Friends featured the break up of Ross and Rachel, Phoebe meeting her younger brother, and Chandler and Joey adopting a baby chick and duck. Though season three was not one of the better seasons of the comedy, there will still a few classic episodes. Here are our top three picks: The One Where No One’s Ready, original airdate September 26, 1996 Many Friends fans would select this second episode of the season as their all-time favorite. Unlike most episodes, this one takes place in the exact amount of time the episode airs and only includes Monica’s apartment for the setting. Ross is attending an important banquet at the museum and he has invited the entire… »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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Suits’ Gina Torres to Recur in Revenge Season 4

17 December 2014 2:40 PM, PST

Even though Revenge doesn’t return with new episodes until January, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what the back half of the show’s fourth season will look likely thanks to this newest casting announcement. As first reported by TVLine, Suits’ Gina Torres is set to recur in the second half of Revenge Season 4. She will be playing “an aspiring socialite named Natalie Walsh.” Here’s how TVLine describes the character: In addition to her dreams of conquering high society — Natalie comes from “humble-but-ambitious roots” — she’s also arriving with a few enemies in her sights, though it’s not yet clear which Hamptons resident she’ll want to “drive a stake into.” In addition to Suits, Torres’ other past TV credits include Hannibal, Gossip Girl, Alias, 24, and, of course, her role as Zoe Washburne on the beloved Joss Whedon-created sci-fi series Firefly. Torres joins »

- Chris King

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How South Park Found Success Through Serialized Storytelling in Season 18

17 December 2014 1:53 PM, PST

For much of its first 17 seasons (give or take an “Imaginationland” or “Black Friday” trilogy), South Park has been pretty standalone with its episodes. Typically, the boys get into some sort of crazy situation, the most outrageous resolution ever occurs, and Kenny dies; that’s how things happened for a while—rinse, wash, repeat. However, that concept changed in the most recent season of South Park, the show’s eighteenth, as the animated comedy series embraced serialized storytelling  and continuity and became a better show because of it, producing one of its best seasons of all-time. It’s not unheard of for comedy series to try out more serialized storytelling, especially in recent years. While most sitcoms of the past have been fine with essentially re-booting every episode, more recent comedies, such as Community and Parks and Recreation, have found themselves telling season-long arcs over multiple episodes, where characters’ actions »

- Chris King

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Is J.August Richards’s Deathlok Returning to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

17 December 2014 11:47 AM, PST

While Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still months away from its already highly anticipated mid-season premiere in March of 2015, it’s not stopping us from reporting all the latest news we can get about the show while we wait. Today we may have something very exciting to look forward to. One of the characters that had a large presence last season and had a huge fan following was the character of Mike Peterson a.k.a. Deathlok, played by the marvelously talented J. August Richards who is most-known for his role Gunn Charles on the Joss Whedon drama Angel, the spin-off show of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The last time we saw him on the show was in the season one finale, where he told Skye (now also known as Daisy) that he had to go into hiding after he was controlled by John Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Hydra. »

- Andy

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Why You Should Be Watching Graceland

17 December 2014 10:42 AM, PST

Graceland, created by Jeff Eastin, and based upon real events, has recently been renewed for a third season by USA Network. However, for some reason, this summer show seemingly fell below most viewers’ radars, which is a shame. If you haven’t given this series a chance already, allow me to re-introduce it to you and present you with some arguments as to why it might be worth your while. Graceland follows the life and work of six undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and Ice, respectively, all of whom live under the same roof, a lavish Southern California beach house called Graceland. This upscale residence was confiscated from a Elvis-Presley-fixated drug lord, who named the property. The series stars Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito, Manny Montana, Serinda Swan and Brandon Jay McLarenm and these are some of the reason reasons you should be watching this overlooked show. It’s Friends in California and… »

- Virginia Podesta

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Could Justified End Without Raylan or Boyd Dying?

17 December 2014 9:56 AM, PST

We’re about a month away from the beginning of the end for Justified. The FX drama, which stars Timothy Olyphant as Deputy Us Marshall Raylan Givens and Walton Goggins as his old friend and constant adversary Boyd Crowder, kicks off its final season on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 10 p.m. on the network, and as many assumed (and have pretty much had confirmed due to the final scene of Season 5 between Boyd and Ava and FX’s promos for Season 6), it will center on the showdown that began all the way back in the series’ pilot: Raylan vs. Boyd. Lots of fans are expecting this to be a bloody battle, one where at least one (if not both) of these two men doesn’t walk away, but this assumption got me thinking: could Justified end without killing off either Raylan or Boyd? I personally think it could. It’s understandable why… »

- Chris King

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The Future Has Arrived in the First Trailer for Parks and Recreation’s Final Season

17 December 2014 8:52 AM, PST

Pretty much every single Parks and Recreation fan was shocked but also excited about the big twist that occurred at the end of the show’s sixth season, when the series time jumped from 2014 to 2017. Well now, in the first trailer for Parks and Recreation‘s seventh and final season, we get a glimpse into what the future holds for our favorite characters, and even though the technology may have improved (just check out April’s tablet!), it doesn’t look like the series that we’ve been enjoying for the past six years has changed too much. In the 30-second trailer below, we discover that in the past three years Tom has become a self-described “mogul,” Andy has his own TV show that looks like it has do with his alter ego, Johnny Karate (sadly not Bert Macklin), and Jerry/Larry is now being called “Terry,” because, as he tells us, »

- Chris King

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