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Homeland's Portrayal of Pakistan as 'Grimy Hellhole' Angers Officials

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It seems not everyone was enamored with Homeland‘s creative resurgence in Season 4.

Pakistani officials who binge-watched all 12 episodes of the Showtime hit’s recently concluded run of episodes were outraged by the way their country was portrayed, according to the New York Post.

Season 4, which was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, focused on Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison as she worked to uncover a terror plot against the U.S. embassy in Islamabad that was supported by some members of the Pakistani government and its Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

“Maligning a country that has been a close partner and ally of the Us… »

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Pretty Little Liars Photos: A Fight With Toby Leaves Spencer in Tears

26 December 2014 1:19 PM, PST

Toby’s finally cast-free and mobile when Pretty Little Liars returns in January — but why is he using his legs to run from Spencer?

New photos from the ABC Family drama’s Jan. 13 episode find the formerly rock-solid Spoby on shaky ground, as Toby chooses to walk away from a crying Spencer on the streets of Rosewood.

So, why the lovers’ quarrel? The answer lies in the episode’s official description, per ABC Family: “When a surprising bit of evidence shows up, Toby is put in a difficult position with his job and with Spencer. … Spencer tries to convince »

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TVLine Items: Sopranos Vet Visits Hawaii, Penny Dreadful Promo & More

26 December 2014 12:39 PM, PST

How does a mobster say “Aloha”?

We may find out, because The Sopranos alum Michael Imperioli is heading to Hawaii Five-0, EW.com reports.

The actor will appear in at least two episodes as a reformed criminal, originally from Staten Island, who has a passion for surfing. Now, he owns an Oahu-based barbershop and acts as a confidential informant.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Blessing: There’s a new teaser for the second season of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful! Curse: Still no word on the premiere date!

* Forget to get someone a gift this holiday? There »

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Did Homeland Cheat Death? Is Benched Courting Big Laughs? Messy Affairs? Are Girlfriends Vapid? And More TV Qs

26 December 2014 10:57 AM, PST

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 Homeland, The Affair, Major Crimes and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce!

1 | Does anyone find Saturday Night Live’s “Garth and Kat” the slightest bit funny? Let alone enough that it calls for Kristen Wiig to consume valuable Weekend Update time?

2 | Did any Homeland viewer not fret that Quinn’s truck was going to blow up? (And wasn’t it a relief that it didn’t?) And wasn’t it odd that Carrie embarked on »

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Ratings: Grinch Wins Christmas for ABC, Surging to 5-Year High

26 December 2014 8:45 AM, PST

ABC’s broadcast of the animated classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas topped Thursday night with a 1.9 demo rating (surging 58 percent from a year ago), while drawing 5.9 million total viewers (up 44 percent).

Those tallies mark five- and four-year highs for the ‘toon.

Leading out of that, the live-action, Jim Carrey-fronted Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas did 5 mil and a 1.8.

A repeat of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (6.8 mil/1.2) drew Christmas night’s largest audience.

Don’t know what else to tell you here, ‘cept that something called The 12 Dogs of Christmas on The CW did 920,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating. »

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2014 in Review, Part 2: Best and Worst Couples, CGI and Scenery-Chewing — Plus Death Scenes, Crushes & More!

26 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST

Ahhh, 2014 — the year we got Flash-ed (in a good way), gave our hearts to Hannibal (only to have ‘em turned into tartare) and thanked our lucky stars we didn’t have romantic partners like those on Nashville or Masters of Sex.

We’re continuing our trip down memory lane with a look at the best and worst relationships, death scenes and CGI moments that TV had to offer in the last 12 months — as well as revisiting the year’s most horrifying sequences, crazies sex scenes, biggest tearjerkers and more.

Click through this gallery for our picks in dozens more categories »

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Jenna Coleman Reveals Her Doctor Who Status at Close of Christmas Special

25 December 2014 7:06 PM, PST

Fans of Doctor Who‘s current Companion received a Christmas Present just under the wire, when at the conclusion of Thursday’s holiday special Jenna Coleman confirmed she’s continuing on as Clara.

“It’s wonderful,” Coleman said at the close of Doctor Who: Last Christmas, putting to rest recent rumors of her possible exit. “I get a whole other series of stories with the Doctor, and I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved…. I think [Clara and the Doctor] finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.”

Peter Capaldi coming on as the Twelfth Doctor “allowed the dynamic to totally change, »

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The Mentalist Sneak Peek: Is Jane Prepared to Walk Away From the FBI?

25 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST

Has The Mentalist revealed part of its series-ending endgame?

As seen in this exclusive sneak peek from Sunday’s episode (CBS, 9:30/8:30c), Lisbon nudges Jane to revisit the idea of quitting the FBI. But in the name of him (and her?) exploring what greener pastures? And is he really ready to give up the mental stimulation?

Elsewhere in the episode “The Silver Briefcase,” a chance encounter with a military colonel leads Jane to believe the soldier is hiding something, and thus dig into the closed murder case of the man’s wife.

Want more scoop on The Mentalist, »

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Save the Dates! Your Guide to 125+ January Returns, Debuts and Finales

25 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST

As you clear out your DVR backlog during this holiday break, rest assured of one thing: A fresh batch of TV goodness is coming at you soon enough.

Thus, TVLine has hand-crafted this handy calendar of return dates (Murder! Arrow! NCIS!), season premieres (Glee! Justified! Looking!) and series debuts (Agent Carter! 12 Monkeys!), peppered with a sprinkling of finales (we’re Kleenex’d and ready, Parenthood).

Here is our round-up of January dates, plus a glimpse at February. (Remember: Once, S.H.I.E.L.D., The Following, Bones and a few others aren’t on until March.) Finales are in bold. »

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Amy Adams on Today Show Interview Cancellation: 'I Still Don't Understand'

24 December 2014 10:09 AM, PST

Earlier this week, NBC’s Today show axed a scheduled interview with Amy Adams due to her apparent unwillingness to discuss the recent Sony hack — but that’s not how Adams recalls it.

“I expressed that I was uncomfortable,” Adams told the press Tuesday at a screening for her new movie Big Eyes. “I said I would rather not add my voice to this conversation, but it was clear they were drawing a hard line, that this would be part of the conversation. … I walked away from the conversation and went up to the room to do the interview. I »

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Ratings: Shrek and Toy Story Top Tuesday, Silence One Direction

24 December 2014 8:46 AM, PST

ABC’s one-two punch of Shrek the Halls and a Toy Story That Time Forgot encore topped Tuesday night, besting an uberpopular boy band along the way.

Shrek opened ABC’s slate with 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, while Toy Story did 4.7 mil/1.2 — with the animated features tying for the nightly demo win. ABC’s Year in Review special drew 5.3 mil and a 1.1.

Over on NBC, One Direction’s first-ever Stateside TV special premiered to just 3.1 mil and a 0.7 (though it gave the Peacock a 7 percent boost among female teens). Holiday special encores from Michael Buble and Kelly Clarkson »

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2014 in Review, Part 1: Best and Worst in Drama, Comedy and Reality, the Most Improved, Underrated and More!

24 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST

The end of another year means a time for reflection… about which TV shows rocked our world, kept us howling and inspired strongly worded tweets of rebuke. From fantastic Fargo and a not-so-plain Jane to a dippy Dome and woefully jilted Trophy Wife.

Yet while some small-screen encounters are best left forgotten — Mixology was just a terrible, food-poisoning hallucination, right? — it’s TVLine’s job to take one last look at the good, the bad and the “Why didn’t more people watch this?!” that dominated our conversations in 2014.

Photos Team TVLine Shares Its 2015 Wish List for Castle, Idol, Outlander, »

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Extant Season 2: Who's In? Who's Out?

23 December 2014 6:43 PM, PST

CBS’ Extant is readying some of its cast for blastoff.

Due in part to a shift in storyline focus for Season 2 – in which Halle Berry’s Molly will search for her alien offspring — original players Goran Visnjic and Camryn Manheim will only return for a couple episodes, our sister site Deadline reports, while Hiroyuki Sanada and Michael O’Neill won’t return at all.

So, who’s definitely on board for Season 2 of the of the summertime drama? In addition to series lead Berry, Pierce Gagnon (who plays Molly’s android son Ethan) and Grace Gummer (Humanichs partner Julie Gelineau) will return as series regulars, »

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Bones, Once, Arrow, Grey's, Parks, Nashville, Blacklist, Sleepy Hollow and More

23 December 2014 3:52 PM, PST

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Now that Bones has decided to incorporate Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy into the show, will we get to see Brennan in the early stages of her pregnancy this time? Or will there be another time jump? —Tiera

Ausiello: Sounds like you’ll get a ringside seat to that elusive first trimester, since exec producer Stephen Nathan tells me that Brennan and Booth will, a least initially, attempt to keep the pregnancy a secret from their co-workers.

Question: »

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Teletubbies' Sun Baby Is All Grown Up: Meet 19-Year-Old Jess Smith

23 December 2014 3:23 PM, PST

It’s the then-and-now you didn’t know you needed to see today.

Jess Smith, a 19-year-old student at Canterbury Christ Church University, has revealed that she played the iconic sun-baby in the children’s TV show Teletubbies. And just like Smith’s character, the news is setting the interwebs ablaze.

According to London’s Telegraph, Smith filmed her part — which was simply looped throughout the British series’ four-season run — in 1996, at which time the BBC paid her 250 pounds and a box of toys.

Ready to see what Smith looks like today? (Hint: She’s the one on the left. »

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Team TVLine Shares Its 2015 Wish List for Castle, Idol, Outlander, Good Wife, Grey's, Homeland, Selfie and More

23 December 2014 3:00 PM, PST

Are you there, TV Powers That Be? It’s us, TVLine.

With the New Year approaching, we’re looking ahead to 2015 and crafting our TV-related wish lists.

Our small-screen desires run the gamut from more Clone Club time on Orphan Black to a permanent breakup on Grey’s Anatomy to a second chance for Constantine.

But that’s not all! We’ve also got our fingers crossed for a Community return, a graceful Good Wife exit and a Nashville course correction. Plus: Which cancellation has us wishing it were just an April Fools’ Day joke? Who should get the ax »

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Legend of Korra Finale: Bosses Confirm 'Korra and Asami Fell in Love'

23 December 2014 1:04 PM, PST

Legend of Korra fans can stop debating the titular heroine’s feelings for former-rival Asami; the Nickelodeon series’ creators have set the record straight about the final scene of Friday’s series finale.

“Our intention with the last scene was to make it as clear as possible that yes, Korra and Asami have romantic feelings for each other,” co-creator Michael Dante Dimartino writes in a Tumblr post. “The moment where they enter the spirit portal symbolizes their evolution from being friends to being a couple.”

Co-creator Bryan Konietzko has a bit more to say on the subject. Read his Tumblr »

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Entourage Movie Trailer: Vince & Co. Reunite on the Big Screen

23 December 2014 11:46 AM, PST

Oh, men of Entourage, never change.

It’s been three years since Vince, E, Turtle and Drama last graced the small screen, but you wouldn’t know if from the first official trailer from the HBO series’ upcoming feature film.

Vince (Adrian Grenier) is still making movies of questionable value. Drama (Kevin Dillon) is still obsessing about the female form. Agent-extraordinaire-turned-studio-head Ari (Jeremy Piven) is still freaking out about everything. The guys are still finding themselves adrift in a sea of bikini-clad females.

In fact, if it weren’t for Turtle’s (Jerry Ferrara) dramatic weight loss, you might think »

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TVLine Items: New Better Call Saul Trailer, Fargo Marathon and More

23 December 2014 11:28 AM, PST

“Money is the point!”

So declares the new trailer for AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul, whose title character gets violent after being told to listen to his heart over his bank account.

The show’s two-night premiere airs Sun., Feb 8 and Mon., Feb 9 at 10/9c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) will guest-star in an episode of Hawaii Five-0 as a Congolese warlord who was the most wanted man in the world, but is now hiding in plain sight as a taxi driver, EW.com reports.

* Fxm will marathon »

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Video: Cut SNL Bit Twists Love Actually, Cracks Up Host Amy Adams

23 December 2014 8:53 AM, PST

If you look for it, we’ve got a sneaky feeling that love actually is all around… and so are creeper pervs, if this unaired Saturday Night Live sketch is to be believed.

The bit, performed during the dress rehearsal for last Saturday’s Amy Adams-fronted episode but trimmed from the live broadcast, finds a man (cast member Pete Davidson) delivering a special holiday message to a woman (Adams) — a la Andrew Lincoln’s (The Walking Dead) declaration of devotion to Keira Knightley in the 2003 film Love Actually.

Of course, this is SNL, so the sweet gesture eventually devolves into a skeleton-dancing, »

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