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Saturday Night Live Recap: MacFarlane Sets Great Tone

16 September 2012 8:15 AM, PDT

Last night Saturday Night Live kicked off its 38th season with first timer Seth MacFarlane taking the reigns as the host for the evening. With several fan favorite cast members not returning from last season (Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Abby Elliot), SNL seemed to have a bit of a hill to climb to earn a potentially skeptical audiences approval, however, I believe they did a pretty good job.

As expected, politics took a front seat for the cold opening, a trend we can probably plan on at least through the fall. What viewers weren’t expecting, however, was to love Jay Pharoah as the new President Obama, formerly played by Fred Armisen. Nailing Obama’s staccato like speech patterns and over confident delivery, Pharoah’s impression of the president was spot on. As usual, Jason Sudeikis’ comical Mitt Romney was overplayed and hilarious, setting the tone for a fun »

- Rachel Brumm

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Doctor Who 7.03 Recap - "A Town Called Mercy"

16 September 2012 7:41 AM, PDT

This week’s story starts with a voiceover – a little unusual, but it happens occasionally. A woman tells us that her favorite story was about a man who lived forever and fell from the stars, whose eyes were heavy from the weight of all they’d seen. We cut rather quickly to a pursuit in the desert. A man who has a metal light for an eye, who looks a lot like Community’s Kickpuncher, has cornered his prey and demands the man make peace with his gods. “Once they were your gods, too,” the man responds. He lunges for a weapon, but Kickpuncher shoot him before he can reach it. As he dies, the man questions if he’s the last one left. Kickpuncher solemnly answers there’s one more – the Doctor. Cue Theme Song

We join the Doctor, Amy, and Rory at the entrance to the town of Mercy in America. »

- Laura Morrell

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American Idol Judges Confirmed: Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban Join the Judges' Table

16 September 2012 7:31 AM, PDT

There's been some uncertainty about this upcoming season's crop crop of American Idol's judges after both Jennifer Lopez and Stephen Tyler declined to return.  Then Randy Jackson was rumored to be leaving, only for that rumor to be squashed.  The Mariah Carey had reportedly joined the judges' table.  Today, Fox has confirmed the four judges for the new season: Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

“I am thrilled about this year’s judges’ panel! We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and Idol’s heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to American Idol – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him, »

- Clarissa

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The Good Wife Season 4 Photos: First Look at Maura Tierney

16 September 2012 7:07 AM, PDT

The Good Wife season 4 premiere isn’t for two weeks but we have a sneak peek at what will be going on in episode 2. Following on with the theme of The Clash song lyrics the second episode is called “And the Law Won” (episode one is “I Fought the Law”) so this doesn’t spell a whole lot of good for all those at Lockhart Gardner. Spoilers ahead.

Maura Tierney’s character Maddie Hayward will be introduced in this second episode and Hayward is an influential Chicago millionaire who Eli (Alan Cumming) targets as a donor for Peter's (Chris Noth) gubernatorial campaign. As you can see from the promo photos Maggie will also be interacting with her former E.R. co-star as well as Diane (Christine Baranski) so will she have dealings with Lockhart Gardner as well as Peter?

Nathan Lane is appearing for a second time as Clarke Hayden; the »

- emma fraser

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The Good Wife Season 4: Behind the Scenes Videos

16 September 2012 7:06 AM, PDT

With just two weeks to go before The Good Wife returns, we have not one but two behind the scenes videos that reveal what we can expect from season 4 and it sounds like this will be an explosive year. Both videos give hints as to what lies ahead, but leave enough room for speculation about the state of certain relationships.

Co-creator Michelle King reveals that the season premiere will pick up seconds after the season 3 finale and we will join Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) as she confronts the person on the other side of the door. Last year saw Kalinda's character being used mainly to service other characters storylines; this doesn't appear to be the case this year as we will be diving into Kalinda's past and her personal life. They have been reticent to reveal too much about Kalinda in previous seasons and the character has remained mostly a mystery, »

- emma fraser

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Saturday Night Live Premieres With Host Seth MacFarlane

15 September 2012 12:47 PM, PDT

Tonight Saturday Night Live returns to our small screens to kick off its 38th season and unlike premieres of the past which chose to use an SNL veteran to mark the occasion, tonight’s host is a Saturday Night Live newbie.

Funny man Seth MacFarlane will take the stage tonight hosting for his first time with musical guest Frank Ocean. Typically known by audiences for his deep sounding and sarcastic dialogue in characters such as Stewie on The Family Guy and that inappropriate teddy bear in last summer’s hit movie ‘Ted,’ it will be a change of pace for viewers  to see him live and in person.

As fans of Saturday Night Live well know, hosting SNL can be a challenge even for the most talented of actors. Studio 8 has seen its fair share of huge first time host successes such as last season’s Jason Segal and perhaps, »

- Rachel Brumm

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America's Next Top Model 19.04 "The Girl Who Does What Tyler Perry Says" Recap

14 September 2012 7:16 PM, PDT

The reality show villain is a blessing and a curse to a viewer. Television thrives on conflict and I understand the inclination to keep big, drama-happy personalities around, but if they're around too long or outlast talented individuals, it takes away from the season as a whole. You want to be entertained, but you want the season to produce a hungry, talented, likable winner that you can root for. And for that eventual winner to be given the camera time needed to build a fanbase that will help them, and by extension the show, become a success. Following in the Top Model footsteps of the likes of Camille, Melrose, and Alexandria, Kristin is the next villain to try her hand at spicing up a cycle. But does she succeed?

Kristin is Awful and Other House Drama

Y'all, Kristin is horrible. It's been fairly obvious that this "former" mean girl is »

- Shilo Adams

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Parenthood Preview: Drew Begins Senior Year

14 September 2012 2:16 PM, PDT

Last week on Parenthood, much of the focus was on Haddie and her final days at home before college. It was a major milestone for her both educationally and personally, though the road to her tearful goodbye wasn't smooth. Now that one Braverman child is off soaking up knowledge and culture in New York, it looks like another will be stepping up to fill her shoes, as Drew begins his senior year of high school on next week's episode.

But you have to remember - this is the Braverman family. Drew can't just hop in the car, go pick up his girlfriend, and drive the both of them to school. Oh, no, that's not how it works on Parenthood. Both his mother and grandfather try to give him last minute advice before taking off; as expected, it's less "Do a good job!" and more "Wash your hands." Sarah may have »

- Shilo Adams

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American Horror Story: Asylum Teaser: Awakening

14 September 2012 12:17 PM, PDT

Recurring themes have started to pop up in the teasers for American Horror Story. We've already had instances of the woods, stairs, and color proving to have some type of hidden meaning, but what about recurring characters? The first season of the show had the infamous Rubber Man making appearances in promos leading up to the premiere, while the second season hasn't keyed in on a character that distinctive. It could be that the setting, a church-ran mental facility in the 1960's, lends itself to uniformity (i.e. the nuns and their habits), but for now, there's been no one character to tie things together.

In the latest teaser for American Horror Story ("Awakening"), the white nun that has popped up in a few teasers makes her return in a set-up that reminiscent of "White Rave" and "Red Rave". Initially hidden by a sea of hands, the nun slowly rises from the darkness, »

- Shilo Adams

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Homeland Season 2 Premiere Photos: Brody Gets Political

14 September 2012 11:18 AM, PDT

As much as the first season of Homeland was a commentary on terrorism, government, foreign policy, and national security, it made sure to have Brody and Carrie as the centerpieces, the conduits by which issues like those mentioned were explored. Their relationship evolved tremendously through the first season, from Carrie trailing Brody's every move to their romantic entanglement to Carrie's psychotic break brought on from her obsession with bringing Brody to justice, and the show never failed to ignite whenever the two were brought together.

In the photos from the second season premiere of Homeland, we get to see the paths that both are on, with the episode reportedly taking place several months after the events of the finale. Brody, who persuaded Abu Nazir to embrace the idea of infiltrating the government and spreading their ideas rather than attacking again, is shown to be in office, his bid to appear legitimate seemingly going well. »

- Shilo Adams

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Meet The X-Factor's Jillian Jensen, the Talented Tearjerker

14 September 2012 10:07 AM, PDT

I'm not normally an X-Factor/The Voice/American Idol kind of person, but I'll be damned if I can't pass up an inspiring story when one happens on the show. The big buzz this week on The X-Factor is all about young Jillian Jensen, the singer who brought an entire auditorium, judges included, to tears with her performance.

The reason being? She had a backstory to go along with her talent. She was bullied all through junior high and high school and mocked for her singing for years. On The X-Factor's stage, she got to prove them all wrong.

She was crying practically through her whole performance, but it drenched her bluesy voice in emotion. She had a special connection to anti-bullying advocate Demi Lovato, and the entire sequence is enough to make your eyes wet no matter how stoic you think you are.

Check out Jensen above, and expect »

- Paul

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Supernatural: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles Thank Fans (a.k.a. It's All Fun and Games 'Till Someone Gets Punched)

14 September 2012 10:05 AM, PDT

Supernatural is all about the big numbers these days.  Sure, the U.S. ratings aren't exactly breaking any records, but the show is approaching its 8th season and the stars have agreed to do seasons 9 and 10.  In addition, the milestone 150th episode is coming up (it's the season 8 premiere, in fact), and the show also recently surpassed 10 million Facebook fans. 

It's this latest milestone that prompted stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles to put together a little "thank you" video to their fans.  The set-up is simple: the boys come together to say thank you...until guest star D.J. Qualls comes by to rain on the parade.  And then mocking laugher by Jensen leads Jared to take some action.  Of the punching variety.

Watch the video below and don't forget to tune in to the season premiere of Supernatural on its new night: Wednesday, October 3 at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt on The CW. »

- Clarissa

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Sons of Anarchy - Pics for 5.02 "Authority Vested" And Season Preview

14 September 2012 8:57 AM, PDT

If you thought the Sons of Anarchy season 5 premiere, "Sovereign", was an ass-kicking ride through hell, keep your chaps on, Soa is just getting started. The second episode, "Authority Vested" premieres Tuesday at 10pm on FX, we've had a look at it and it sustains the momentum of "Sovereign" and twists the throttle just a little more.  We've included the promo pics from the episode above, which you can peruse by using the arrows at the top of the page, but what about that promo up top?

I had completely forgotten, somehow, that Tara also had knowledge of Gemma's involvement in the death of John Teller until I saw the den mother put baby in the corner.  Since she has kept that little secret to her self, I'm guessing Tara is referencing something else entirely when she suggests that Jax would kill her; and honestly, I have no clue what that could be. »

- Jon Lachonis

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Clips - Parks and Recreation Premiere Clips - Leslie and Andy Take on DC

14 September 2012 8:34 AM, PDT

Look out Obama, Leslie is coming for you.  NBC has release some clips from the premiere episode of Parks and Recreation "Ms. Knope Goes to Washington", which will air Thursday, September 20th at 9:30 Et/Pt on NBC. Not content to simply lampoon Washington, the episode will also feature some actual politicians including Democrat Barbara Boxer, and Republican's John McCain and Olympia Snowe.  Sadly, no Obama or Romney.

Leslie And Andy Head To Washington D.C.—Senators Barbara Boxer, John McCain And Olympia Snowe Guest Star—Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Andy (Chris Pratt) visit Ben (Adam Scott) and April (Aubrey Plaza) at their new jobs in Washington D.C., and Leslie feels overwhelmed by the city -- especially after meeting two of her idols (Senators Barbara Boxer and Olympia Snowe). Meanwhile, Ron (Nick Offerman) throws a “thank you” barbeque for the entire Parks and Recreation staff. Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, »

- Jon Lachonis

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Doctor Who Promo Pics "A Town Called Mercy"

14 September 2012 8:07 AM, PDT

Doctor Who returns this Saturday to continue its ratings-record breaking new season.  This time the Doctor and crew wind up in the old west, where the Doctor gets a Stetson ... and a gun?!  Folks were riled enough when the first footage of Matt Smith as the new doctor, at the time, featured him with a gun in hand, something that is particularly not Doctor-like, so the idea that The Doctor will suddenly become a gunslinger in the old west is sure to rile the purists.

Only two more fresh episodes will follow "A Town Called Mercy", at which time [Spoiler Alert] The Doctor will be traveling with a new companion. So enjoy your ponds while you have them!

Click the arrows to get a look at the images. »

- Jon Lachonis

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Video - Touch (Sort of) Returns Tonight on Fox

14 September 2012 7:53 AM, PDT

Touch returns to Fox tonight with the bonus episode "The Road Not Traveled".  The title is in the tradition of the show to title episodes and include references to various concepts of Quantum Mechanics, or perhaps more appropriately: Quantum Mysticism.  In this case they seem to be leaning towards the idea that every situation in reality that offers multiple outcomes creates alternate dimensions where each possibility occurred.  Sounds possible!

The title is particularly apt for this episode of Touch since it is not necessarily a part of Touch's fall run, which officially begins October 26th when Touch will be teamed with the final season of Fringe.  Not that the episode truly takes place in an alternate dimensions from what I can tell.  Here's the plot-line from Fox:

Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) finds that his car has mysteriously stopped in the town where he got his start as a reporter. Now »

- Jon Lachonis

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Big Brother - Is Dan an Evil Genius, Or a Dedicated Coach?

14 September 2012 7:29 AM, PDT

It seems like Big Brother has gone to the dogs.  The dirty dogs, at that.  I'm not sure what is more exasperating, the apparent surplus of naivete among the general hamster population, or Dan's capacity for pure evil.  No matter how many times openly throws his fellow houseguests under the short bus, they continue to trust him.  It's as if each one of them thinks they are the only one that should trust him, despite the fact he continuously proves them wrong.  But is this what is really going on?

Sure, last night's eviction of Shane should have been the straw that broke the camel's back, and despite Danielle's very firm warning to him not to double-cross her he still went directly to her for damage control, assuring her that he is still functioning as her coach and it is his intent to see that she wins.  So let's play Devil's, »

- Jon Lachonis

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Bravo Creating a Scripted Heathers Series

14 September 2012 5:27 AM, PDT

Well, at least it's not a movie reboot. That's about all I can say about the fact that Bravo is said to be bringing a Heathers show to its network.

The cult classic film starring the original Mean Girls seems like a good fit for the Real Housewives network, but is this something anyone asked for?

The idea was announced with few details in a recent press release from the channel:

"Bravo Media announces five additional scripted projects currently in development including "Heathers," a present day update of the cult classic 1980's film, "The Apartment (working title)," about a beautiful Upper West Side apartment rented as a private space for extra-marital affairs, "The Darlings (working title)," set in Wall Street after the crash of 2008, "All American Girl," centered around a female lifestyle magazine across three different time periods, and "Rita," a family drama following an acerbic, outspoken private school teacher »

- Paul

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Big Brother 14 Final Eviction Night/Final Three Reveal Recap: Greatest Big Brother Move in History? Um... If You Say So.

13 September 2012 10:29 PM, PDT

Well, that just happened. Dan managed to crawl his way into the final three on Big Brother by double-crossing a clueless Shane and Danielle with a move some (not I) are ready to call "the greatest in Big Brother history." You know? Like Dan's funeral ploy was "the greatest in Big Brother history a couple of weeks ago. While I haven't been "misted" by anything Dan has casted on the Big Brother house and the viewing audience, the fact remains that he's in the final three, meaning Danielle and Ian are in some serious trouble.

The night started with a recording of the Hoh competition that took place after Jenn was evicted last night. Danielle eventually won the competition, sealing her spot in the final three. Meanwhile, Dan immediately started to scheme on how to spin Dani's win his way, and even though he still ended up on the block. »

- Mark O. Estes

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Glee Preview: Brittany Sings Britney Spears One More Time

13 September 2012 7:07 PM, PDT

Glee returned for its fourth season this week with a new format (time split between New York and Ohio) and new cast members.  Back at McKinley, the search for the new Rachel was on, with Blaine eventually being chosen as the new lead vocalist for New Directions.  Meanwhile, Will had the task of finding new members for the glee club.  Wade joined the school and the glee club to celebrate his differences, while Will recruited two new members: Marley and Jake.

While the glee club learned to get back on its feet without its recently-graduated members, Rachel accidentally started a feud with her Nyada dance teacher, and befriended a classmate, Brody.  But her loneliness didn't disappear until Kurt showed up in New York, determined to live there despite being out of school.

In next week's new episode, the show tackles Britney Spears for a second time.  At McKinley, Brittany S. »

- Clarissa

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