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The Week in Television: True Detective Has Its Season 2 Cast, Flash vs. Arrow Trailer & First Photo From Sherlock’s Christmas Special

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Between Thanksgiving yesterday (we here at TVOvermind hope you and your families had a great Thanksgiving by the way!) and Black Friday shopping today, it’s understandable if you weren’t able to keep up on all the TV news that has been released. Fortunately, there wasn’t too much big news to talk about this week (give or take a True Detective casting announcement). However, as always, we’re here to provide you with the headlines from the week that you need to know in our weekly feature, “The Week in Television.” – True Detective has officially announced its Season 2 cast. Joining Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn as leads in the HBO drama’s second season will be Rachel McAdams. Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) and Kelly Reilly (Black Box) will play supporting characters. True Detective Season 2 is slated to premiere in 2015. [Entertainment Weekly] – Even more movie stars are coming…

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- Chris King

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What Is Arrow Season 3 Leading Up To?

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Before Arrow Season 3 began, I wrote a piece listing all the reasons why The CW superhero show’s third season could be its best yet. Laurel’s journey to becoming Black Canary, a darker Thea, romantic tension between Oliver and Felicity, and the arrival of Ra’s al Ghul were just a few of the reasons why I was so excited for what Arrow (which has become one of my favorite shows on TV) could accomplish in its third year. However, we’re seven episodes into Arrow Season 3, and so far, there’s no denying that the show, which ended on a creative high last year, has had some issues. Storylines have been very start-and-stop (like Thea’s training with Malcolm or the flashbacks to Oliver in Hong Kong) or repetitive (the continued hunt for Sara’s killer), and Ra’s al Ghul has only made one brief (almost too »

- Chris King

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Miss Happy Endings? Find Out What the Show’s Cast Is Doing Today

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There’s been a lot of great ensemble comedies in recent years, from The Office to Parks and Rec to Community. However, there’s one short-lived sitcom that doesn’t get enough credit, even if its fans are an incredibly loyal (if small) bunch. I’m talking, of course, about Happy Endings, the ABC comedy that had an awful pilot (and a pretty rough first season) before transforming into one of the funniest shows on TV. Those, like myself, who were big fans of Happy Endings, which was created by David Caspe, enjoyed the series for a lot of reasons: its fast-paced, joke-a-minute style; its countless pop culture references; and, more than anything else, the show’s stellar cast, who, in between one-liners, could somehow turn these cartoonish, over-the-top characters into real people that we could relate to. It’s been tough not having the entire Happy Endings cast together since it ended last year, »

- Chris King

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Are the Belchers of Bob’s Burgers TV’s Best Family?

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When it comes to portraying families on television – comedy or drama – there’s an important balance to be found between conflict and unity, being able to bring family members into direct opposition with each other for dramatic purposes, yet having a strong enough foundation to make sure those conflicts can be believably resolved in the space of an episode (or in some, a few episodes). Rarely, a comedy is able to maintain that balance without either becoming too bitter or too spiteful: even classic comedies, from I Love Lucy to Frasier, struggled with the idea of having a family that can annoy each other, but still love each other – which makes Bob’s Burgers ability to do it so effortlessly even more impressive. Even in its earlier, much rougher episodes, Bob’s Burgers has always been an antithesis to this: where many comedies draw conflict from isolating members from the family, »

- Randy Dankievitch

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When Everything Changed For Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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One of the most glaring cast changes in television history, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s replacement of Janet Hubert with Daphne Maxwell Reid in season four wasn’t just an awkward transition to a new actress playing Vivian – it was a moment that fundamentally changed Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a show… and not for the better. When talking about Fresh Prince, it’s very much a show of two distinct eras: The Era of Vivian, and the much less entertaining Age of New Vivian. So what went wrong? Off-screen, the details have been well-noted: Hubert and Will Smith just didn’t work together well, which led to her firing and eventual replacement at the beginning of season four. Unfortunately for Fresh Prince, it took the show’s best character along with it: the show’s strong matriarchal center, a woman who wasn’t just a mother and professor, but »

- Randy Dankievitch

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The Americans Season 3: What We’re Anticipating

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We’re still two months away from The Americans‘ third season premiere on FX (January 28th, to be exact) – but that doesn’t mean we can’t start speculating on what stories we might see play out with the Jennings family and their associates/enemies/lovers. Here’s what stories introduced in the season two finale (“Echo”), we’re looking forward to seeing next season (spoilers ahead, obviously): The Recruitment of Paige The biggest revelation in “Echo” centers around Jared, the son of Philip and Elizabeth’s murdered partners (killed by Jared, as we find out in his final scene), revealing that he was already working for the Kgb, trained by Philip and Elizabeth’s new (and already dead) handler Kate. After Larrick’s final stand in upstate New York, it’s revealed to the Jennings (by way of Claudia) that Paige is going to be next: lest the Jennings forget, »

- Randy Dankievitch

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The Flash Season 1 Episode 7 Review: ”Power Outage”

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As we are six days away from an epic superhero TV crossover on The CW, last night’s The Flash continues the adventures of the fastest man alive where Barry Allen has to face the meta-human Blackout (guest star Michael Reventar). I’m familiar with Blackout a little bit and the way they portrayed him in this episode was surprising as I thought they would take him on a more villainous route. I felt really sorry for him because this was a guy who just trying to have a great time with his friends that night before the particle accelerator incident. Right now, there are three different categories of people that got affected by the incident. There are the heroes (Barry), the villains and the victims and Blackout was one of them. We also got the return of Arrow’s Clock King (played by the masterful Robert Knepper) as he took the entire… »

- Andy

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Duck Dynasty Season 7 Episode 2 Review: “Good Night and Good Duck”

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One of the great things about Duck Dynasty is that you always know exactly what you’re getting. If you need a half hour of family friendly laughs and redneck antics, you always know where to go and you will  never be disappointed. You’d think they’d have run out of ideas in seven seasons, but they haven’t yet! This week, the Robertsons took over a local news studio, and did a Thanksgiving edition of “Good Morning Arklamiss”. It was everything you ‘d expect with a morning show. Two anchors (Willie and Jase), a field reporter (Phil), a weatherman (Si), a cooking segment (with Korie and Miss Kay), Jepercise (obvious) and more! The fashion segment even featured recent Dancing with the Stars runner-up Sadie Robertson. The best bit of the episode, for sure, was Si doing the weather. Of course, Uncle Si is arguably the best part of Duck Dynasty, »

- Nick Hogan

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The Cast Changes of Three’s Company

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Three’s Company had already left the airwaves when I was born in 1985. However, I was still able to fall in love with the hijinks of Jack Tripper, the dumb blonde moments of Chrissy Snow, and the good old reliability of Janet Wood in the form of reruns. The show can still be watched today on TV Land. As a result, even younger fans than myself are able to watch the classic misunderstandings of this comedy. The sitcom experienced many different cast changes over its eight year run. Some of these were amicable (The Ropers), while others were pegged with controversy (Chrissy Snow). Here is a look at all the cast changes that took place on one of the most popular shows from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Like with most popular television series, a spin-off of Three’s Company saw the departure of two of the main characters on the show. »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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Supergirl Could Take Place In the Same World as Arrow and The Flash

26 November 2014 1:42 PM, PST

When it was announced that Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s Supergirl television series was heading to CBS instead of The CW, many people, including myself, were disappointed that the show would not be on the same network as Arrow and The Flash. With Berlanti at the helm and the fact that Kara would be a woman in her early 20’s (not to mention the fact that the character appeared in the later seasons of The WB/CW’s Smallville), The CW felt like the perfect fit for Supergirl, especially because it would allow for a possible three-show crossover between it, Arrow and The Flash. However, as first reported by KSiteTV, new information from a profile on Berlanti coming out in the Dec. 5 issue of Entertainment Weekly shows that there is a possibility that Kara could be heading to Starling or Central City at some point during Supergirl‘s run. »

- Chris King

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Selfie Season 1 Episode 8 Review: “Traumatic Party Stress Disorder”

26 November 2014 1:16 PM, PST

The first twelve or so minutes of this episode of Selfie is pretty predictable comedy set-up: it’s Henry’s birthday, and he doesn’t like gifts, so Eliza decides to get him a gift. Hilarity ensues, and Henry ends up at a Blues Traveler concert while Eliza organizes a surprise birthday party at Henry’s house – from beginning to almost-the-end, “Traumatic Party Stress Disorder” is average comedic far, heightened with Selfie‘s penchant for great dialogue… but nothing special or memorable, traits one could also apply to the last few, much better, minutes without much argument for me. However, how those final minutes are framed, and how it gives depth to a completely unecessary and clearly short-lived character in the process, make “Traumatic” a better episode than one of this kind really has any right to be – which in the end, is disappointing, since Selfie‘s been canceled and »

- Randy Dankievitch

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Ellen DeGeneres Becomes Anastasia Steele in This 50 Shades of Grey Movie Parody

26 November 2014 1:01 PM, PST

One of the best things that Ellen DeGeneres does on her show, Ellen, is parody different movies and TV shows. While I didn’t think Ellen could top her jokes about Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln commercials (which have also been spoofed by Saturday Night Live and South Park), she may just have done that by debuting her “starring role” in the new 50 Shades of Grey film. That’s right, everyone, don’t believe what you’ve heard about the movie; Dakota Johnson is no longer its female lead—Ellen has now become Anastasia Steele, at least in this awesome and really funny parody. In the video below, you can watch as Ellen cuts Johnson out and inserts herself into the biggest scenes in the film’s trailer, as she pretends to act opposite Jamie Dorman, who will be playing the infamous Christina Grey (a role that was originally nabbed by »

- Chris King

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Benched Season 1 Episode 5 Review: “Shark, Actually”

26 November 2014 12:22 PM, PST

Ineffective shark metaphors aside, “Shark, Actually” is another solid entry for Benched, one that finally pushes Nina to the background – if only for a few scenes – to focus a little more on Phil and Carlos, continuing to build out the world of characters in the public defender’s office (and around it). Of course, all the great jokes and heartwarming small moments can’t outweigh the feeling the show’s forcing its two leads together; something that embodies itself right in the title, a play on Love, Actually. Not that Phil and Nina wouldn’t make a great couple: I just think teasing an idea so early robs a show of potential character-building, instead constructing stories around why people are good for each other, rather than stories that exemplify why these people are just good people in general – and when Nina’s off learning that there is such a thing as a honest, »

- Randy Dankievitch

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Drew Carey, Judd Apatow, John Mayer & More to Be Late Late Show Guest Hosts

26 November 2014 12:16 PM, PST

The Late Late Show will be without a true host for almost three months after Craig Ferguson leaves in December. Right now, Ferguson is scheduled to leave on the show on Friday, Dec. 19, and James Corden, who was officially announced as Ferguson’s successor back in September, will take over as host on Monday, March 9, 2015. For the time in between Ferguson’s departure and Corden’s debut as host, CBS has lined up a slew of guest hosts for The Late Late Show, 10 of them to be exact. The first guest host will be The Price Is Right‘s Drew Carey, who will take control of The Late Late Show from Jan. 5-9 and then will return for March 2-6, the final week before Corden takes over. Carey, in addition to The Price Is Right, also served as host of Whose Line Is It Anyway? from 1998-2007. The rest of »

- Chris King

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The Mindy Project Season 3 Episode 9 Review: “How to Lose a Mom in 10 Days”

26 November 2014 11:42 AM, PST

As much as a Thanksgiving episode would’ve been both appropriate and undoubtedly hilarious if Annette Castellano hosted, The Mindy Project finally addressed the overbearing mother-son relationship between Danny and his Ma. Annette has a key to Danny’s apartment but it’s her inopportune timing that makes her barging in even more irritating to Mindy.  By the end of the episode, she’s learned to at least knock on the bathroom door rather than go right in when Danny is bathing with Mindy.  I have to wonder though if Annette’s obtrusive behavior will continue.  Like I said, it’s progress that she knocks at least but she does still let herself into his apartment.  People don’t change their personalities completely.  Danny will always be his Ma’s favorite boy and she’ll always treat him as such. Mindy’s solution to dealing with Annette is to set her up on a date. »

- Jen

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The Flash Vs. Arrow Trailer Is Here and It’s Awesome

26 November 2014 11:27 AM, PST

Fans who watched the all-new episode of The Flash last night were given more than just another solid episode of the freshman series, one that provides us with even more information about what exactly Harrison Wells is up to behind-the-scenes. They also got the first, full-length, minute-long trailer for The Flash Vs. Arrow crossover, and oh man, it’s awesome. Starting with the opening “training” scene between Barry and Oliver and ending with an even longer look at the epic fight between the two of them, the trailer, like most of the ones put together for Arrow over the past year or so, is almost movie-like. Everything from the tone of the scenes to the action itself feels and looks like a superhero blockbuster, one that will span two nights, with the first installment “Flash vs. Arrow,” airing next Tuesday, Dec. 3, followed by “The Brave and the Bold” on Wednesday, »

- Chris King

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New Girl Season 4 Episode 9 Review: “Thanksgiving IV”

26 November 2014 9:26 AM, PST

In recent weeks, New Girl has valued comedy over character, and for a show that dealt with so much romantic drama between its two leads last year, a story decision that sometimes got in the way of the show’s comedic rhythm, I can’t really fault New Girl for wanting to be “just funny” for a little bit. However, when the show puts together episodes like “Background Check” or last night’s “Thanksgiving IV,” ones that not only are filled with some amazing jokes but that also dig deep into who these characters are and want they want, that’s when New Girl goes from a good sitcom to a great one. This week it’s pretty simple: everyone just wants to be loved. While the idea behind “Thanksgiving IV” isn’t revolutionary (it’s pretty much the story New Girl has been telling all season: the battle between »

- Chris King

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New Once Upon a Time Photos Preview a Hook & Emma Kiss, Anna & Kristoff in Danger & More

26 November 2014 7:50 AM, PST

As I wrote about earlier this week, Once Upon a Time has really been firing on all cylinders throughout the first half of its fourth season, and by the looks of these photos from the show’s next all-new episode, entitled “Fall,”airing this coming Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC, it doesn’t looks like the show has any plans on slowing down. As the pictures below, along with ABC’s official description for the episode, show, Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time should feature a lot of action in both the past and present. Hook and Emma’s kiss is a sign that the two of them seem to be still doing well, despite Hook’s worries that she’ll see that he’s a bad man, and Regina and Robin Hood appear to be getting even closer, as she and Henry visit (and possibly even stay) at his camp. »

- Chris King

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New Supernatural Photos Preview Sheriff Jody Mills’ Return

26 November 2014 7:29 AM, PST

Supernatural fans, get ready to see another familiar face. After Kate, the werewolf that Sam and Dean spared back in Season 8, reappeared in “Paper Moon,” the fourth episode of this season, I figured it was only a matter of time until we saw another person from the Winchesters’ past. And it looks like I’m right, because in next week’s episode, “Hibbing 911,” the eighth installment of Season 10, Kim Rhodes will be returning to the show as Sheriff Jody Mills, one of Sam and Dean’s only remaining allies (not to mention one of the very few women that they have met that has actually survived this long—it’s pretty much just her and Felicia Day’s Charlie). In the episode, Jody is required to attend a mandatory sheriff’s retreat and is partnered Donna (returning guest star Briana Buckmaster), the very enthusiastic and upbeat sheriff that Sam and »

- Chris King

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Why We Should Be Very Excited About the Unorthodox Cast of True Detective Season 2

26 November 2014 7:24 AM, PST

On Monday, you probably couldn’t have missed the news that True Detective Season 2 finally has its cast, and surprisingly, many of the leaks were true. The final roster is Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams in the four major roles of the season. We even know who each is playing: – Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. – Vince Vaughn as Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner. – Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. – Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the…

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- Paul

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