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Why 'Dexter,' a Show About a Serial Killer, Resonates With Us

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 6th 2011 3:00PM


Over the six seasons I've been watching 'Dexter,' I have at times been frustrated that the show insists, season after season, on setting our man up with a double -- a partner, a lover, an enemy. Like other fans, I've bemoaned the predictability of it. But on the other hand, there is something to be said for a show that consistently tackles the fascinating idea of how others affect our view of ourselves.

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All Of Your Favorite Actresses Star in This New Funny Or Die Video

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 12:30PM
Funny or Die Home for ActressesMegan Mullally, Lake Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Casey Wilson, Aubrey Plaza, Ellie Kemper and Michaela Watkins have teamed up for a new Funny Or Die video, 'Home for Actresses.' See, we weren't kidding with that headline.

In the new video, Mullally plays Peggy Dvorak, the owner/headmistress of an institute that acts as an "in-patient" facility for actresses to learn how to be cooler. As if the likes of Plaza, Wilson and Caplan needed help getting cooler.

She's not teaching acting, because "acting can't be taught," no, Peggy teaches these very funny ladies "how to be cool." From fashion tips to dating do's and don'ts -- date a guy with a drug problem -- Peggy has advice for all situations.

Check out the video below.

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When 'Glee' Met Chewbacca: Scoop on the Wookie's Presence

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 4:45PM
Harry Shum Jr. GleeAfter the cast of 'Glee' tweeted a lot of lovable photos with our favorite Wookie, Chewbacca a few weeks ago, Gleeks were left wondering what Chewbacca was up to on set. So when AOL TV got Harry Shum Jr. on the phone last week, we had to ask for some scoop about his furry encounter with the 'Star Wars' star.

"It was incredibly awesome," Shum said. "It was a huge surprise."

Why was Chewie there? Warning, minor spoilers below.

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Chord Overstreet on His Return to 'Glee' in a Speedo

by Crystal Bell, posted Dec 5th 2011 4:20PM
chord overstreet gleeGleeks, get ready. Sam Evans is returning 'Glee', and Chord Overstreet couldn't be more excited to return to the role that made him -- and his Trouty Mouth lips -- famous.

In this week's all-new 'Glee' (Tues., Dec. 6 at 8PM ET on Fox), Sam is back -- guitar and 'Red Solo Cup' in hand -- to help the New Directions win Sectionals.

This time around, Sam ditches his football cleats for a skin-tight speedo in hopes of scoring a Letterman jacket, and a date with his ex, Mercedes. But it's not going to be easy. "She's not exactly up for just dropping her current boyfriend, so that's a little frustrating for Sam," Overstreet told AOL TV. "He never really got over her."

While Overstreet can't confirm how long he'll be sticking around McKinley, he does have an exciting project coming up. After leaving 'Glee' last summer, he went straight to the studio to start working on his acoustic pop debut album, which fans can expect sometime in 2012.

"I got a lot of great stuff done, and I'm really excited about how the finished album is going to sound," Overstreet said. "I think I'll be ready to release an album around next year."

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Who Scored Big in Week 8 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Dec 5th 2011 12:45PM
The interesting thing about "Coach Bert," the best sketch this past Saturday night, was that no cast-member really stood out – at least as far at the Relevancy Poll is concerned. The concept and the writing were perfect, but it was played so straight, other than Buscemi, it's hard to remember who was even in the sketch. One of the lesser sketches of the night, "Miley Cyrus Show," was all about Vanessa Bayer. And to Bayer's credit, having a recurring sketch as popular as "Cyrus" is quite the coup. So, sorry Taran Killam, you were great in "Coach Bert," but it doesn't help you much around these parts. And so it goes with the Relevancy Poll...

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'New Girl' Stars Dish on Jess' Love Life and the Roommates' Future (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 5th 2011 12:30PM
It didn't take long for 'New Girl' to establish itself as the fall's most solid (and charming) hit, and Zooey Deschanel's lead character, Jess, also wasted no time in finding herself an equally dorky love interest.

In Tuesday's episode of the Fox comedy, Jess has decided to sleep with her new boyfriend, Paul (Justin Long), but she's worried that, having just emerged from a long relationship, her skills will be rusty.

"Jess gets really insecure and she's afraid she's not going to know what to do," said Jake Johnson, who recently spoke about the show in a dual interview with co-star Lamorne Morris. The actors, who play Nick and Winston on the show, were back in Chicago (where I live) to visit family for the Thanksgiving holiday, and I spoke to them in a Michigan Avenue coffee shop about what the future holds for their characters and for Jess, who doesn't want to mess up her still-new relationship with Paul.

Naturally she goes to her male roommates for advice.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jesse James Calls 'BS' on 'American Chopper' Rivals (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 10:10AM
Jesse James American ChopperJesse James is going head-to-head with Paul Teutul, Sr. and Paul Teutul, Jr. as part of 'American Chopper Live,' (Dec. 5 and 6, 9PM ET on Discovery) and he's not afraid to stir the pot.

In the exclusive clip below, James compares his style to that of the Teutuls.

"I don't build anything that I can't ride," he said. "Like riding, fitting me, going fast, stopping fast, all that stuff is first and foremost before I even think about style or anything else. Paul Senior and Paul Junior ..."

Check out the video below to see what he has to say about the Teutuls and what he calls "bulls---."

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'SNL' Scorecard: Steve Buscemi is Not a Pervert and the Return of 'Sex' Ed Vincent

by Mike Ryan, posted Dec 4th 2011 11:50AM


Oh, glory be, after more than 13 months, "Sex" Ed Vincent has returned to 'Saturday Night Live.' Funny, back in October of 2010, if I would have had a sneak peak at the upcoming hosts for the next year, yeah, my initial reaction would have been, "Yep, 'Sex' Ed will return during the Buscemi show." Speaking of Buscemi, honestly, I can't remember a thing about the last time he hosted in 1998 (and I watch a lot of 'SNL') – that will not be the case this time around. Buscemi's show was such a solid engagement... that is until, for the second show in a row, an eccentric Kristin Wiig character brought the show to a screeching halt. On to the scorecard!

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'Glee' Cast Reveals Details of 'Weird' Backstage Antics

by Crystal Bell, posted Dec 2nd 2011 5:00PM
Glee Cast PsychiatristWhen you're part of a big ensemble TV cast, there's a lot of downtime on set. While some stars retreat to their trailers in solitude, the cast of 'Glee' has found a different way to pass time between takes.

'Glee' heartthrobs Chord Overstreet and Harry Shum Jr. recently told AOL TV about their favorite game-- "psychiatrist."

"We sit in the room and one person leaves the room and has no idea what's going on and everyone in the room has to come up with a problem that they all have," Shum told us during a recent phone interview. "Then, the 'psychiatrist' has to come in and guess what problem everyone has."

Despite the faux title, the actor says being a "psychiatrist" on the 'Glee' set is not an easy job.

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The Month That Made Me Love Kelly Ripa

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 2nd 2011 2:00PM
Kelly RipaKelly Ripa is cute and fashionable and does a helluva job making me believe I need shiny new energy efficient appliances in my home. But still, I've never really been a fan. Until now.

Yes, TV people, this was the month that made me love Kelly Ripa. She's now charming audiences sans Regis every morning with a roundup of guest co-hosts for 'Live! With Kelly' that makes me think someone's picking names out of a deep and diverse celebrity-filled hat over there. And you know what? The chemistry is totally there, with all of them.

But that's not what turned the tides and made me see the bright, talk show host light about Kelly Ripa. Here are just a few recent examples of her media perfection, in and outside of her 'Live!' day job.

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'I Hate My Teenage Daughter': You Can't Bully Us Into Laughing At This One

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 2nd 2011 1:00PM
Before I dive in to the meat of my column this week, a few caveats: 1. I understand that 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' is a sitcom and therefore not to be taken overly seriously. 2. Like everyone else, I adore Jaime Pressly and think she is enormously talented.

With that said, let me begin.

The premise of 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' is this: two moms -- best friends -- were nerds growing up, and they spoil their daughters in an attempt to provide them with the perfect youth they didn't have. Instead, they've raised monsters. The show gets going when both women are called into school because their daughters have locked a wheelchair-bound fellow student in the bathroom.

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'Pan Am' Cast On Nipple-High Pants & Why You Should Give the Show Another Try

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 2nd 2011 12:05PM
Pan Am Cast Interviews'Pan Am' is on the bubble -- a very stylish bubble.

Rumors of the show's cancellation spread like wildfire after star Karine Vanasse took to Twitter and said she received "the call." But the show is safe for the time being, according to a statement from ABC affirming the network's commitment to air all 14 episodes of Season 1 and confirming that it is still being considered for renewal.

"It's only going to get better," Christina Ricci told AOL TV during a visit to the show's New York set in early November. "It's just our first [season]. We're still trying things out and figuring out what works and what doesn't. I feel like we're just going to get better and better."

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Maggie Q Talks Nikita and Michael, Reuniting with Alex and Charities Close to Her Heart

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 2nd 2011 10:30AM
Maggie QTonight, The CW will air the last 'Nikita' episode of 2011, which will probably result in much wailing and rending of garments when we're left with an inevitable and infuriating cliffhanger to speculate over for the next four weeks.

Suspecting that this whole "winter hiatus" nonsense was just another evil scheme devised by Division to lower our morale, we decided to track down the show's elusive heroine to gather some much-needed intel on Nikita's relationships with Michael, Alex, Owen and Ryan.

In addition to supplying us with scoop about Nikita's potential romances and the character's troubled backstory, Maggie Q also shared a few of her favorite charitable organizations with us, just in case you're in a giving mood this holiday season. Hit the jump for our one-on-one chat with Q, but tread carefully, there are light spoilers ahead.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'Wire' Star Dominic West on the Killer 'Adult' Role That Could Have Wrecked His Career

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 2nd 2011 10:00AM
'Appropriate Adult,' a British film airing Dec. 10 on Sundance Channel, is a fascinating and tremendously well-acted look into the heart of darkness. It features Dominic West and Emily Watson doing some of the best work of their careers, and it was well received when it aired in the U.K. earlier this year (the Guardian called it "mesmerizing").

But for a number of understandable reasons, West, who is best known for his leading roles in 'The Hour' and 'The Wire,' thought the role might capsize his career.

"It was something everybody advised me not to do -- certainly my wife didn't want me to do it," West said in a recent phone interview from his home in London. "It was not a popular decision in the press here until people had seen the film."

In 'Appropriate Adult,' the actor plays notorious serial killer Fred West, who, with his wife, Rosemary, murdered more than a dozen young women, including members of their own family, during the '60s and '70s. Many feared a film about Fred West would somehow glamorize the couple or otherwise minimize the damage they did to the victims and their families.

But West said the script by Neil McKay convinced him that the film offered him "a very well-written, very challenging role that I felt I couldn't give up even if it was to ruin my career, which I don't think it has yet." [See West's performance for yourself in the exclusive clip below.]

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'Weed Wars' Looks Inside the Business of Medical Marijuana With a Colorful Cast of Card-Carrying Characters

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 1st 2011 6:00PM
Steve and Andrew DeAngelo, 'Weed Wars'The war on weed just got a lot more colorful.

Despite your own personal feelings about medical marijuana use and the fight to legalize the drug, the folks at Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the largest dispensary on the West Coast (and the largest retailer of cannabis on the entire planet, according to the owners), are opening their doors to show the other side of the story.

Steve DeAngelo, the founder and executive director of Harborside, and his brother Andrew, the general manager, are bringing weed to reality TV with Discovery Channel's new four-part series 'Weed Wars' (premieres Thurs., Dec. 1, 10PM ET).

They're not in the business of dealing a drug -- they provide a variety of wellness treatments and services to their card-carrying clients, as well as a assortment of cannabis-laced products, including edible treats and desserts, lotions, teas, topicals and, of course, a wide range of smokable product as well.

I caught up with the DeAngelos to talk about the issues, the fear that comes with running a business like this and the eclectic characters -- staff and clients alike -- that we'll see on the show, which makes the series reminiscent of a workplace sitcom of sorts.

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