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Neil Gaiman Wants in on the Teen Book Job on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:45AM
Neil Gaiman, 'The Simpsons' - 'The Book Job'It almost feels weird to say this, but in a very clever and entertaining episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), Homer develops a plan to make a fortune by churning out a tween novel by committee. Popular fantasy author Neil Gaiman played himself, as an existing author wanting in on the scheme.

The entire episode was framed as a heist, with Homer assembling his team, writing the novel and getting it published. The head of the publishing house was in place as the evil villain, while Gaiman proved to be the cleverest of them all, duping everyone by getting the book ultimately published under his own name.

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Jeff Goldblum and Sarah Silverman Get Dirty on 'The League' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 6:30AM
Jeff Goldblum, 'The League''The League' (Thu., 10:30PM ET on FX) treated us to two fun guest stars who came together in a very disturbing way during an even more disturbing Thanksgiving dinner. It turns out Ruxin's dad, played by Jeff Goldblum, is just like him in almost every way. And we thought one Ruxin was bad.

But as bad as it was seeing double, it was nothing to what Andre went through when his sister, played by Sarah Silverman, showed up and confirmed what the guys have been telling him for years ... except for Ruxin. She taught them everything they know about sex, and in fact offered to give Kevin a refresher course when she found out Jenny wasn't as satisfied as she should have been.

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We Finally Learn How Mac Got Fat on 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 6:00AM
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'How Mac Got Fat'The secret was finally revealed in what turned out to be a rather lackluster episode of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX). Considering what a big deal was made of Rob McElhenney gaining all that weight for this season, it hasn't borne the comedic fruits it seemed he intended.

And now, with the episode that finally revealed why he gained all that weight in the first place, it turned out to be somewhat disappointing. The most intriguing thing about the episode was that Charlie was the voice of reason and sanity when everyone else was letting the bar's success go to their heads.

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Dwight Shocked by the True Story of the Battle of Schrute Farms on 'The Office' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 2:30AM
'The Office' - 'Gettysburg'When Andy came up with an inspirational trip to the Battle of Gettysburg on 'The Office' (Thu., 9PMET on NBC), Dwight got on his high horse about the Battle of Schrute Farms being the northernmost battle during the Civil War. As always, he was full of bluster and conviction, which made it all the more sweeter when he found a curator who was familiar with it.

Oscar, the resident know-it-all, had been on a tear the whole day with Dwight about the veracity of his claims of a significant battle on his land. So he was a little stunned that the Battle of Schrute Farms existed. But both men were in for a huge surprise when a video showed what it really meant.

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Dean Pelton's Commercial Shoot Drives Everyone Mad on 'Community' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 1:30AM
'Community' - 'Documentary Filmmaking: Redux''Community' (Thu., 8PM ET on NBC) didn't do itself any favors in being accessible and straightforward with its comedy this week, as Dean Pelton slowly unraveled from reality while filming a new commercial for Greendale.

That said, for those who subscribe to the show's particular brand of humor, Abed's documentary video chronicling the over-budget and over-time video shoot was a genius blend of absurdity and sheer confusion. Sometimes, like last week, 'Community' keeps it real and gives us character piece. And then other times, we get what basically amounts to a cartoon version of reality, like this week.

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Sheldon Crashes Amy's Date With Stuart on 'The Big Bang Theory' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 1:00AM
'The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition'While it's unlikely there's any real danger of a 'Moonlighting' situation with Sheldon and Amy on 'The Big Bang Theory' (Thu., 8PM ET on CBS), they nevertheless moved their relationship forward by the tiniest increment. It has been a year after all, so why not?

Because they weren't really anything official, Amy was receptive to Stuart asking her out on a date. Sheldon found himself consumed with anxiety and jealousy and finally decided that he had to act fast. So he crashed their date.

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Justin Long Is the Male Jess on Thanksgiving Episode of 'New Girl' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 16th 2011 2:00AM
Justin Long, 'New Girl' - 'Thanksgiving'It was a Thanksgiving celebration on 'New Girl' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX), which means all the traditions like turkeys in the dryer and dead old ladies on the toilet. Wait, that doesn't seem right.

But it was funny, as the gang found themselves relocating to a neighbor's apartment when their dryer turkey experiment led to a fire in their apartment. Never mind that the lady of the house was dead, it gave us time to get to know Jess' bizarre male counterpart Paul, played by Justin Long.

So was it weird seeing someone just as goofy as Jess driving the guys crazy, or do we like the idea of her finding someone like herself she can enjoy? Of course, if they're too much alike, doesn't that mean he'll soon be driving her crazy? Future episodes perhaps ...

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'Glee' Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: Finn Pushes Santana Out of the Closet (VIDEO)

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 16th 2011 12:30AM
glee mash off['Glee' -- 'Mash Off']

Hear that, gleeks? That was the slap heard around the world -- and it was also a huge wake-up call for 'Glee' fans everywhere because that was seriously one of my favorite episodes ever. Okay, so it had a little too much Sue Sylvester for my liking, but at least her slandering ways had a purpose this episode. Everything from the song choices to the tight choreography and witty one-liners made this episode a knock-out.

And since Puck's tacky "Hot for Teacher" serenade happens within the first five minutes, it's easy to forget it ever happens. On the other hand, the Troubletone's "Rumor Has It/Someone Like You" Adele mash-up is now second favorite 'Glee' song ever (because nothing can come close to "Teenage Dream" in my book).

Naya Rivera, you have officially become my favorite gleek. Sorry Chris Colfer, but you had your season last year, and although I still love you and your fabulous ensembles, now, it's Naya's chance to shine -- and Santana's coming out storyline is pretty explosive.

For starters, she didn't come out. She was pushed out by an angry, fed up Finn.

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Ray Thrown Out Naked for Cheating With Olympia Dukakis on 'Bored to Death' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 6:30AM
'Bored to Death' - 'Two Large Pearls and a Gold Bar'A little tip from this week's 'Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO). If you're going to cheat on your significant other, try not to do it in the house you share with her. When Ray got caught cheating with an older woman -- Olympia Dukakis, no less -- he was thrown out of the house immediately.

Unfortunately for Ray, and the people out in the streets, he was in the middle of a bubble bath which "immediately" came down, and so he found himself running around outside wearing nothing but a swim cap. Luckily, George is there to help a friend in need, so Ray won't end up homeless. It also keeps him closer so he can continue going on wacky adventures with George and Jonathan, which is really what we're tuning in for every week.

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Max Can't Help Herself, Keeps Kissing Johnny on '2 Broke Girls' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 1:15AM
'2 Broke GIrls' - 'And the Really Petty Cash'Just as life hasn't been easy for Max up until this point, neither is love going to be an easy path. And just because a guy is nice and charming and clearly into you, doesn't mean he's going to dump his girlfriend so he can be with you. Max learned that hard lesson this week on '2 Broke Girls' (Mon., 8:30PM ET on CBS).

Johnny keeps coming around, and Max is weak to his charms, but Johnny is apparently more than willing to keep Max on the side, and keep his girlfriend Cash as well. It's unclear whether Cash was aware of the situation, but she certainly dropped hints that she was.

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Barney and Robin Make a Mistake by Sleeping Together on 'HIMYM,' Or Was It? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 1:00AM
'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Tick, Tick, Tick'A sitcom reaches a point in its life cycle where they don't have to strive so hard for the punchline, or even to get the laugh. 'How I Met Your Mother' (Mon., 8PM ET on CBS) proved that this week with Barney and Robin's romantic struggles.

None of their moments together were particularly funny, but because we're so invested in these characters and we care about their well-being, we don't care. Luckily, we could laugh at Ted and Marshall for partaking of all that marinated sub sandwich as a balance point.

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Ray Liotta Plays Ruxin's Scary Boss on 'The League' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 11th 2011 8:10AM
Ray Liotta, 'The League''Goodfellas' star Ray Liotta was in fine form on 'The League' (Thu., 10:30PM ETon FX) this week guest-starring as Ruxin's scary boss.

Now, Ruxin has been lying to his boss about being sick at work and it turns out that his boss really, really hates employees lying about being sick. It all goes horribly wrong for Ruxin when the pair are out on the golf course together.

After Ruxin blames his constant sneezing on being allergic to bees his boss tries to help him by stabbing him in the thigh with an epi pen. We just don't think it will end well for Ruxin ...

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A Surprise Visitor Helps Michael Seal the Deal With an Explosion on 'Burn Notice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 11th 2011 5:45AM
'Burn Notice' - 'Breaking Point'To try and take down this week's target, Michael needed to convince him he was an arms dealer on 'Burn Notice' (Thu., 10PM ET on USA). But when an unexpected visitor arrives in a truck, Dion gets a little jumpy and Michael has to think fast.

Sam and Fiona managed to get the guy out of the truck, and Michael quickly came up with the best story he could have. "I had that truck brought in for a little demonstration," he said. "You can't truly appreciate an RPG until you have held it in your arms like your first-born child."

He gave Dion the weapon and had him try it out by blowing up the truck with a satisfying explosion. The play worked brilliantly, as nothing feels more powerful than creating a massive blast.

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Dee Fears Someone Is Out to Kill Jay Leno on 'It's Always Sunny' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 11th 2011 5:30AM
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'The Gang Gets Trapped'It's hard to imagine, but 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX) may have just had its most ridiculous premise yet. The entire episode saw half of the gang hiding out in a complete stranger's house, while Charlie and Mac manned the van outside. Why were they doing this?

Something about Indiana Jones and an art exhibit made them decide that they needed to secure a vase for a museum from a house. Instead, we got to see Frank, Dee and Dennis move around this house while the family came in and out saying cryptic and confusing things.

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Alien Pilgrims From Space on 'South Park' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 10th 2011 9:15AM
'South Park'Holiday time in 'South Park' (Wed., 10PM ET on Comedy Central) is always eventful and more than a little weird. Having been assured that everything they've been told about Native Americans being from space is untrue, the kids are on the couch (natch) as the door is blown open by a pilgrim asking "Why hast thy race sent me to earth?!"

Pretty soon the the kids find themselves mixed up in an ancient feud between alien Pilgrims from space and the Native Americans. Both groups are fighting to control the valuable "stuffing mines."

Of course, this being 'South Park,' it ends in violence, but we do learn a valuable lesson: Alien pilgrims from space have a very nasty test to tell if you're lying about being one-sixteenth Native American.

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