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TV's 27 Most Polarizing Characters: Do You Love 'Em... or Loathe 'Em?

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A funny thing happened to the TV characters who made our original “Most Polarizing” list: many are no longer with us! (Was it something we said?)

Actually, chalk it up to cancellations and such. Regardless, that mass exodus of those you love, love, love or haaaaate has created a void, which we are here to fill.

RelatedCalendar: When Will Your Favorite Shows Return From the Holidays?

TVLine pays attention, taking notice of the characters that, like clockwork, spark debate — be it either Arrow blonde, a traitorous S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, the ruler of an Empire, Once Upon »

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Ratings: As NBC Football Dominates Thanksgiving, Two CBS Shows Rise

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NBC Sunday Night Football‘s Thanksgiving night broadcast of the Bears/Packers drew 25.2 million total viewers and an 8.0 demo rating (per fast nationals), up 10 and 8 percent year over year and topping CBS’ four fresh offerings combined.

Related: When Will Your Favorite Shows Return From the Holidays? Save These Dates!

That said, leading out of an old Bang (12.8 mil/3.4), CBS’ Life in Pieces (8 mil/2.2) is currently up 22 percent in the demo from last week. Mom (6.7 mil/1.6) and 2 Broke Girls (5.9 mil/1.6) each dipped one tenth, while Elementary (5.3 mil/1.0) ticked up a tenth.

Related storiesSupergirl Casting a (Young) SupermanScorpion Recaplet: Candid CameraSupergirl Recap: Planes, »

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Is Jessica Jones a Super-Easy Costume? Is Glenn Still a Dead Man? How Will Who Bring Clara Back? And More TV Qs

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We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Doctor Who, The Good Wife and Chicago Fire!

1 | Has Jessica Jones given young women the easiest (and a modest!) superhero costume to pull off? (That said, doesn’t it kind of look like Shiri Appleby’s UnREAL wardrobe?) And after so many start-and-stops, has Rachael Taylor (Charlie’s Angels, 666 Park, Crisis…) finally found herself a winner?

PhotosCancellation Jitters: 8 Shows in Danger

2 | Shouldn’t Grimm‘s Rosalee be getting some »

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Movember Check-In: Judging Beards From Arrow, Walking Dead and More

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TV beards can go one of two ways: They’re either so epic that they deserve their own on-screen credit, or so dreadful that they deserve to be written off — like, yesterday.

RelatedQuantico: 5 Things to Know About Marcia Cross’ Big TV Return

As we approach the end of November — and the end of Movember, an annual campaign in which participants stop shaving to raise awareness for various cancers — TVLine is taking a look at some of the small screen’s most famous, and often polarizing, beards for your judging viewing pleasure.

We’ve compiled more than 10 examples from shows like The Walking Dead, »

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Quantico: 5 Things to Know About Marcia Cross' Big TV Return

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Quantico‘s Caleb and Clayton Haas better get themselves in line, because in a few weeks’ time, mama’s coming home.

As previously reported, Desperate HousewivesMarcia Cross soon will debut in the recurring role of Claire, the wife of the FBI Deputy Director and mother of the conflicted recruit.

Casting the primetime vet “was like kismet,” executive producer Joshua Safran tells TVLine. “I’m very grateful that happened.”

Related Quantico Sneak Peek: Is an FBI Interrogator Going to Torture Alex?!

Aside from a few one-off roles, Cross hasn’t done much TV work since Desperate Housewives ended in 2012.

“The role was written for her. »

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Once Upon a Time Video: Regina and Snow Throw Shade at Emma's Plan

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This Sunday on Once Upon a Time (ABC, 8/7c), Regina and Snow White get wind of the Dark Hook situation Emma created, and their reaction is… well, understandable (and full of eye rolls), as seen in this exclusive sneak peek.

PhotosOnce Upon a Time: Dark Hook Targets Rumple, Zelena Wants Her Baby

As revealed two weeks ago, Emma tethered Hook to Excalibur in order to save his life back in Camelot, after he had been mortally wounded by the enchanted blade. But in doing so, she sealed both their fates as Dark Ones, creating a “bigger problem,” Regina notes, than »

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Bones Stars Send 'Happy Thanksgiving' Wishes — From the Old West

26 November 2015 10:18 AM, PST

Filed under “Too Cute Not to Share,” Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz recorded a “Happy (Cruelty-Free) Thanksgiving” message to fans, whilst “undercover” as cowboys for an upcoming episode.

RelatedFox Midseason Plan: New Girl Returns, Sleepy Moves, Bones Mia

Happy #Thanksgiving from all of us. #Bones https://t.co/ooxGCoUavU

Bones (@BONESonFOX) November 26, 2015

In the ninth episode of Season 11, titled “The Cowboy in the Contest” and airing Dec. 10, Booth and Brennan undergo one of their well-loved undercover operations, to look into shenanigans at an Old West-theme shooting competition.

Who among you were already planning to abide by Deschanel and serve “tofurky” this evening? »

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015: Al Roker's Tummy Poke, the Scariest Balloons and More Weirdness

26 November 2015 9:23 AM, PST

You’ve got to love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, that one magical event every year where the Kool-Aid Guy and Hello Kitty can put their politics aside — they have opposing views about Palestine — and just be thankful they’re both still relevant.

PhotosMacy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015: 16 Must-Discuss Moments

This year’s spectacle might have appeared to be business-as-usual, but if you really paid attention — specifically to every delightfully bizarre question asked by America’s foremost sharter Al Roker — there was plenty to get excited about.

PhotosFriends: The One Where We Rank All the Thanksgiving Episodes

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Ratings: Empire and Survivor Slip to Series Lows on Thanksgiving Eve

26 November 2015 9:06 AM, PST

Fox’s Empire saw its numbers get gobbled up by Thanksgiving eve traveling and planning, slipping 19 and 30 percent to 9.1 million total viewers and a 3.1 demo rating — series lows on both counts.

RelatedEmpire Recap: He Kissed a Girl (¡!¡!) — Did He Like It?

Opening Fox’s night, Rosewood (4.6 mil/1.2) shed a few eyeballs plus three tenths in the demo, also hitting series lows.

RelatedWhen Will Your Favorite Shows Return From the Holidays? Save These Dates!

Over on CBS, Survivor‘s double-pump averaged 8.2 mil/1.8, down 10 and 14 percent to series lows for a non-reunion episode. With a beefier lead-in, Code Black (7.6 mil/1.4) rose 15 percent and two tenths, »

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Friends: The One Where We Rank All the Thanksgiving Episodes

26 November 2015 6:21 AM, PST

Holidays can be a joyous time with family — or a wonderful time to catch up with Friends.

The classic sitcom made Thanksgiving an annual tradition — except for that one year it was too busy with Ross, Rachel and the world’s most unnecessary pros-and-cons list (I mean, Julie, really?!) — leaving millions of viewers to anticipate how the Central Perk Six would celebrate the glutenous occasion.

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?

Whether the holiday was marked by the disappearance of Underdog, or the arrival of A-list guest stars like Brad Pitt and Christina Applegate, viewers »

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TVLine Readers Give Thanks for Arrow, Parks and Rec, The Good Wife, Once, Kimmy Schmidt, Grey's and More!

25 November 2015 9:03 PM, PST

As TVLine readers gather ’round the dinner table this Thanksgiving, based on what you’ve told us, many of you will be raising a glass to another superb year of television.

Now that Team TVLine has shared its small-screen gratitude, it’s time to highlight the characters, shows and scenes that left you feeling thankful in 2015.

PhotosWhat TVLine Is Thankful For: Vampire Rebirth, Juicier Scandal, More Gilmore, Peggy Olson, Sleepy Joe and More

From How to Get Away With Murder‘s groundbreaking HIV storyline to Parks and Rec‘s farewell season to Pretty Little Liars‘ big ‘A’ reveal, you gave »

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Empire Recap: He Kissed a Girl (¡!¡!) — Did He Like It?

25 November 2015 9:01 PM, PST

Poor Laz Delgado!

Adam Rodriguez’s duplicitous Empire character ends this week’s episode — and possibly his run on the series — on the brink of being turned into just another Malbec stain on Cookie’s office carpet, but winds up getting upstaged by a vomiting junkie, a completely crazy kiss and (not so surprisingly) the Lyon matriarch’s eye-popping new jacket (a Tom Ford for Sesame Street original, naturally).

RelatedWhat TVLine Is Thankful For: Vampire Rebirth, Empire‘s Closet, Juicier Scandal, More Gilmore, Sleepy Joe and More

Worst part is, even if he survives Lucious’ “oh, baby boy, you are soooo dead” death-stare, »

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Dr. Phil Check-in: Give Thanks for Your Family — at Least Your Father's Not 'The Breast-Pump Bandit'

25 November 2015 3:13 PM, PST

On Wednesday’s Thanksgiving-eve installment of Dr. Phil, our titular truth-bomb-dropper was determined to find what might qualify as rock bottom for his latest guest, hapless enabler Laura. “Maybe it’s a house covered in blood, a urine-filled vase and a woman running around high!” he said enthusiastically, before cutting to commercial.

RelatedCancellation Jitters: 8 Shows in Danger

“Wait just a second, though,” I thought to myself. “Wasn’t Laura’s personal nadir the moment the local press nicknamed her (now ex-) husband John “The Breast-Pump Bandit”? (John got the name because of his penchant for shoplifting the maternity products, then selling them online for cash. »

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TVLine Items: Olsen-less Fuller House, HBO Sets Animals Debut and More

25 November 2015 12:22 PM, PST

It’s official: Netflix’s upcoming Tanner family reunion won’t include an appearance from Michelle.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who portrayed the youngest Tanner sibling on Full House, will definitely not appear on the streaming service’s Fuller House revival, co-star Lori Loughlin tells The Huffington Post.

RelatedFuller House: New Photos Reveal the Tanner Home’s Updated Look

Loughlin revealed that Season 1 of the continuation has “wrapped and they didn’t come in,” adding, “I don’t think they’re going to make a cameo [in future seasons]. They didn’t this season.”

Executive producer Robert L. Boyett initially said »

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Quantico Sneak Peek: Is an FBI Interrogator Going to Torture Alex?!

25 November 2015 11:59 AM, PST

When an interrogator known for his… thorough work apologizes in advance for your questioning — that’s when it’s time to panic.

So it’s perfectly understandable that Alex looks less assured than normal in this exclusive clip from Sunday’s episode of Quantico (ABC, 10/9c) — there’s a good chance a waterboarding (or worse) lies in her immediate future.

RelatedQuantico Scoop: Htgawm, Damages Actors Among Season 1 Additions

The episode finds present-day Alex at the mercy of an FBI team that prides itself on getting intel others can’t. And given that Agent Parrish turned herself into the Bureau at »

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Cancellation Jitters: 8 Shows in Danger

25 November 2015 10:45 AM, PST

Looking for a juicy Thanksgiving dinner conversation-starter? Tell everyone their favorite show is about to get cancelled.

Or, rather, might be cancelled.

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Now that the fall TV season has come to a close, it’s time to take stock of the casualties and determine which broadcast shows are entering 2016 with targets on their backs. And in the spirit of inclusiveness — it is the holiday season after all — we welcomed a few cable series into our Death Watch roundup.

Scroll through the gallery below — or »

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What TVLine Is Thankful For: Vampire Rebirth, Juicier Scandal, More Gilmore, Peggy Olson, Sleepy Joe and More

25 November 2015 10:31 AM, PST

Team TVLine’s collective stomach may be overly stuffed with food this Thanksgiving, but our hearts will be pleasantly full of gratitude for the treats this year in TV has bestowed upon us.

During the fall, long-running dramas Scandal and The Vampire Diaries rediscovered their creative grooves, while summer brought us a hotter-than-ever bounty of addictive shows, from promising newcomers like UnREAL and Fear the Walking Dead to mainstays such as Suits and Penny Dreadful.

RelatedWhen Will Your Favorite Shows Return From the Holidays? Save These Dates!

We’re also thankful HBO is providing closure on the low-rated Looking and »

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Once Upon a Time Photos: Dark Hook vs. Rumple, Zelena Wants Her Baby

25 November 2015 9:26 AM, PST

This Sunday on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Hook does battle with — no, neither shampoo nor a razor — but a former Dark One aka his lonnnnnngtime nemesis Rumplestiltskin, as seen in this fresh crop of photos.

RelatedOnce Upon a Time Casts Hercules, Meg — Plus: Scoop on a Returning Heroine!

In the penultimate Season 5A episode, “Broken Heart,” Hook — who just learned from Emma that back in Camelot she fated him to be a fellow Dark One, to save his life — seeks revenge anew from Rumple, putting both of their fates in jeopardy.

Camelot flashbacks meanwhile will reveal how Emma »

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Ratings: DWTS Ticks Up vs. May Finale

25 November 2015 8:36 AM, PST

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars wrapped Season 21 on Tuesday night with 13.5 million total viewers and a 2.4 rating (per finals), up in the demo versus May’s Rumer/Val coronation (13.5 mil/2.3) though down 16 and 20 percent from Alfonso and Witney’s year-ago win (16 mil/3.0).

RelatedDancing With the Stars Finale: Which Couple Won the Mirrorball Trophy?

Opening ABC’s night, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving did 7.5 mil and a 2.2, tying NCIS for the scripted demo win.

RelatedWhen Will Your Favorite Shows Return From the Holidays? Save These Dates!

Elsewhere in the ratings….

CBS | NCIS (16.2 mil/2.2), New Orleans (11.9 mil/1.6) and Limitless (6.5 mil/1.3) each »

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Girl Meets World Renewed for Season 3

25 November 2015 8:30 AM, PST

Ready or not, high school, here come Riley and Maya!

Disney Channel has ordered a third season of Girl Meets World, TVLine has confirmed, which will see the show’s stars — Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Peyton Meyer and Corey Fogelmanis — heading into the next phase of their education/world-meeting.

RelatedRowan Blanchard on Girl Meets World‘s Love Triangle: ‘We All Saw It Coming’

Of course, this won’t be the first major shake-up for the sophomore series. The comedy recently introduced a love triangle between original trio Riley, Lucas and Maya, which will come to a head in the Dec. »

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