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'Free Agents' Stars Talk 'Party Down' Parallels & Being the Anti-Romantic Comedy

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 14th 2011 11:00AM
Hank Azaria & Kathryn Hahn, 'Free Agents''Free Agents' is not 'Party Down' ... but it does share some very key elements with that cult favorite, canceled-too-soon show.

First and foremost: creator John Enbom, who shared creator credit on 'Party Down' with Paul Rudd, Dan Etheridge and Rob Thomas, whom Enbom first teamed up with after working in the writers room on Thomas' other other cult favorite series 'Veronica Mars.'

But possibly even more important than pedigree here is set-up. Much like the Casey-Henry 'Party Down' romance rollercoaster, 'Free Agents' PR execs Alex (Hank Azaria) and Helen (Kathryn Hahn) get the wham-bam-thank you ma'am out of the way really early on. It's the "what now?" that drives their relationship -- at work and in the bedroom -- as opposed to the more popular "will they/won't they" dilemma. They did already, and as Enbom, Azaria and Hahn all promise, they will again and again.

And thirdly, well, let's just say they'd welcome any 'Party Down' alums to stop by for a guest spot.

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Kathy Griffin Gets Naked -- Often -- At Anderson Cooper's House (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 14th 2011 2:00AM
Kathy Griffin, 'Anderson'Anderson Cooper invited Kathy Griffin to stay at his house, and while he may have been surprised by a lot of what went down, we certainly weren't. He had Griffin on his new show, 'Anderson' (Weekdays, Syndicated), where he showed some of the footage. It was almost 'Too Hot for TV!'

To make matters worse, the first night Griffin was in his house, she was there alone. That freed her up to send pictures of herself in various states of undress, draped all over his house. Clearly she was making herself more than comfortable in his house.

She then crawled into bed to continue making him uncomfortable, asking him if he wanted to touch her, and even revealing that she's wearing his underwear. But nowhere turned out to be safe from her shenanigans.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 4, Episode 2 Recap (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 13th 2011 11:00PM
['Sons of Anarchy' -- 'Booster']

This episode provides textbook examples of what I think is working -- and wobbling -- this season on 'SOA.'

The long-term tensions, alliances, goals and conflicts that are being set up among various club members are gold, as far as I'm concerned. One thing I especially like about this episode is the variation on a theme we've seen explored in the past -- the idea that when Clay and Jax are allied, they're actually more dangerous to the club than when they're at each others' throats.

That's not to say that the alliance is smooth sailing all the way. Far from it. Jax felt blindsided by the deal that Clay had made with the cartel about transporting coke, and Clay couldn't believe that Jax would really and truly walk away from the club forever. Both men were forced, not willingly, to accept the situation as it is, and given their parallel goals -- to make money before leaving the club's leadership positions -- they had to grudgingly get over whatever problems they might have with each other's actions.

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Maya Rudolph Talks Oprah Inspiration and Getting Into 'Up All Night'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 13th 2011 1:00PM
Maya Rudolph, 'Up All Night''Up All Night' was my favorite new comedy of this fall TV season. Note that I say "was" ...

You see, I went on and on about how perfect the show is for the comedic talents of all involved, most notably stars Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph.

But then they went and made some changes, turning Rudolph's character Ava into a talk show host -- even more scattered than she was as Reagan's (Applegate) PR boss-slash-pal originally -- and hiring Nick Cannon to play her show sidekick. That's when my declarative "is" became a hesitant "was" with 'Up All Night' (premieres Wed., Sept. 14, 10PM ET on NBC; moves to its regular time Wed., Sept. 21, 8PM ET).

And my hesitation is warranted: the rejiggered pilot that was sent out isn't quite firing on all the same funny cylinders that the original was, and it definitely drags in spots. The brief glimpse of Nick Cannon's character inspiring his "audience" to cheer and clap made me cringe. And most of all I just worried that Rudolph was being pigeon-holed into a character more worthy of a 'Saturday Night Live' skit.

BUT ... there's a silver lining. A few actually. 1) Rudolph was amazing in almost every 'SNL' skit she did; 2) pilots are never really great or necessarily indicative of what's to come; and 3) I still like the off-kilter comedic moments from all the stars, when they can squeeze them in.

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Are Networks Saving the Best New Shows for Midseason?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 13th 2011 9:00AM
Terra NovaHere we are: Fall TV premiere week.

There are some exciting shows slated for fall, including 'Person of Interest' (CBS' Michael Emerson-Jim Caviezel procedural with a twist), 'Up All Night' (NBC's relatable new comedy starring Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph), 'Pan Am' (ABC's swinging '60s drama set in the world of mile-high espionage), 'Secret Circle' ('The Vampire Diaries' boss Kevin Williamson's answer to witches) and 'Terra Nova' (Fox's ambitious time-travel dinosaur drama, pictured), just to name a few.

But some of the most buzzed-about shows are being held for January 2012 and beyond, and we're not the only ones taking note.

We gathered a group of esteemed critics to pick their favorite new dramas and comedies -- check out all our videos here -- and the conversation changed completely when we opened the selection up to include midseason offerings as well.

So, as much as people are probably over this common fill-in-the-blank statement, I'm saying it: This year, midseason is definitely the new fall. Check it out ...

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Review: Sarah Michelle Gellar Makes Her TV Comeback in the Risky 'Ringer'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 12th 2011 11:30AM
Facts must be faced: 'Ringer,' Sarah Michelle Gellar's new identity-switcheroo drama, is a little bit silly.

'Ringer' (9PM ET Tuesday, the CW) isn't terrible. But it's less than it could be, and it has yet to present viewers with compelling reasons for putting up with its contrivances.

Props to 'Ringer' for even attempting a film noir atmosphere on a CW budget, but when a noir doesn't have a sense of visual flair or the right tone of wounded melancholy -- yet takes itself seriously -- it can quickly start to feel mildly cheesy, if not ponderous.

In 'Ringer,' Gellar plays identical twins, and if you value your health, you won't do a shot every time one of her characters is shown in a mirror. (Get it? Two sisters! Identical twins! Mirror images! Get it?)

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'Spartacus' Star Andy Whitfield Has Died at 39

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 11th 2011 10:25PM

Andy Whitfield, who played the title role in the first season of Starz's 'Spartacus,' passed away Sunday. The actor was 39.

"No words to express the depth of such a loss," 'Spartacus' creator Steven DeKnight said Sunday evening on Twitter. "You will be deeply missed, my brother."

According to a statement released to the AP by Whitfield's family, he died at home," on a sunny Sydney morning, in the "arms of his loving wife." His wife Vashti called him a "beautiful young warrior."

"He passed peacefully surrounded by love," said the statement from Vashti Whitfield. "Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was."

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From Jack Bauer to Cylons, How Scripted Television Dealt With Sept. 11

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2011 12:30PM
Given the enormity of what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, it was natural that many television writers would spend the next decade working out what it meant in the stories they told. But the shows that grappled most directly with what it meant to live in a post-9/11 world (and I examine those shows in a bit more depth below) sometimes had a difficult time wrestling with the moral and political complexities of the age while still telling a gripping story. Who knew that a show about killer robots would be one of the most successful shows to combine concerns about terrorism with satisfying character drama?

Of course, in the relatively immediate aftermath of the tragedy, many scripted television shows had episodes or moments that paid tribute to what occurred on Sept. 11, including 'NYPD Blue,' 'Third Watch' and 'The West Wing,' among many others (and almost a decade later, 'Fringe' depicted still-standing twin towers in one of its most memorable moments).

Others programs dwelled on our longing for reassurance in a chaotic world in more oblique ways. 'Lost,' after all, depicted a plane crash, a struggle for survival and the difficulty of sustaining relationships in extreme circumstances, and 'Jericho' took our fears about the state of our union and amplified them in a variety of ways.

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Talking TV Podcast Talks 'Louie' and 10 Returning Shows We're Excited About

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 8th 2011 2:15PM
With the onslaught of new shows around the corner, Ryan McGee and I decided to talk briefly about 10 returning programs we're quite interested in (we each picked five shows).

And of course, the word "brief" was in our podcast planning documents, but it didn't quite work out that way. Between our opening gabfest about the FX show 'Louie,' which concludes its second season tonight, and the discussions of the other 10 shows, the podcast ended up being about 90 minutes long.

The rundown of shows we discussed, which includes 'The Good Wife,' 'Supernatural,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Luther' and 'Glee,' is below.

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'Suits' Season 1 Finale Preview: Is Harvey's Mission Accomplished? Is Mike's Secret Safe?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 8th 2011 10:00AM
Gabriel Macht & Patrick J. Adams, 'Suits'Confession: I don't really watch any USA shows. Exception: I love 'Suits.'

Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Mike (Patrick J. Adams) have amazing chemistry as the no-nonsense power lawyer and his legal eagle protege with a big secret. And after an entire season of secret-keeping, you can't possibly think they won't end on a cliffhanger, can you? The best part of tonight's finale (Thurs., Sept. 8, 10PM ET on USA) is that it almost makes you forget that Mike never went to law school. Almost.

I'm already ready for Season 2, but first, a quick, spoiler-free preview of the Season 1 finale, and a sneak peek after the jump.

Thanks to last week's big set-up, we know that Harvey is on a mission to right his wrongs and get an innocent man that he helped put away for murder released from prison. But it's not so easy, and his biggest obstacle is District Attorney Wolf (played by the always fabulous Chi McBride), who doesn't feel the need to help Harvey's cause.

Elsewhere there's a ballet ticket bribe, an odd can opener reference and the explosive return of Mike's old buddy -- and his lady Jenny's ex -- Trevor. We also finally find the one fault in Mike's amazing memory, and Harvey takes one for the team ... literally.

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'Alphas' Gets a Second Season from Syfy

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 7th 2011 2:50PM
'Alphas,' Syfy's show about a crime-fighting team with special powers, has gotten a second season from Syfy, TVLine reports. The show, which wraps up its debut season Sept. 26, will return in 2012 with a super-sized number of hours -- 13 episodes, as opposed to this season's 11.

'Alphas,' which stars David Strathairn as the leader of a group of men and women with special abilities, has emerged as one of the most promising new shows of the year, as I wrote here. The drama has overcome a rocky beginning to become an enjoyable and intelligent take on superhero-flavored storytelling, and after a strong debut, it's been pulling in more than 3 million viewers each week,

Check out this article to find out which season 1 episodes you should watch to get caught up (if you're not already), and we've got intel below on what to expect when the show returns Sept. 12 with guest stars Brent Spiner ('Star Trek') and Rebecca Mader ('Lost').

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'Louie' Makes the Leap to Greatness in Its Essential Second Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 7th 2011 1:45PM
It's not often that a show gets me to think differently about the possibilities of television. But that's just one of the side bonuses of the brilliant season of 'Louie' (10:30PM ET Thursday, FX) that concludes this week.

Generally speaking, I'm predisposed to like mythology, the meatier the better. But 'Louie' doesn't feature characters traveling along a particular timeline and doesn't develop interlocking stories over the course of a season. This increasingly assured comedy takes a few ideas and examines them from a variety of angles with a thoughtful blend of rigor, humor and innocence.

Yes, innocence. Sure, 'Louie' devotes large amounts of screen time to topics like masturbation, awful sex and self-loathing, but there's something innately winning about Louis C.K.'s dedication to the truth of a situation, no matter how strange or squirm-inducing. And in terms of craft, 'Louie' has proven in recent weeks that its creator, Emmy nominee Louis C.K., has an incredibly astute grasp of how stories work, how to pace them and what makes them interesting.

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Michael Emerson Talks Playing Mysterious Again for 'Person of Interest' & Old 'Lost' Pals

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 7th 2011 12:00PM
Michael Emerson, 'Person of Interest'Michael Emerson is an award-winning creep, a critically lauded man of mystery, a spine-tingling scene-stealer. In short, Emerson is an actor who always intrigues.

His latest series, 'Person of Interest' (premieres Thurs., Sept. 22, 9PM ET on CBS), finds him giving viewers goosebumps once again as Finch, a secretive billionaire and software genius on a mission.

Teaming up with Reese (Jim Caviezel), an ex-CIA wildcard, the two use sophisticated surveillance technology to prevent violent crimes, but their brand of vigilante policing doesn't go unnoticed by the actual police (including homicide detective Carter, played by Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson).

I caught up with Emerson to hear all about his latest role, his new costars and keeping up with his old 'Lost' pals, too.

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EXCLUSIVE 'Community' Season 2 Behind the Scenes Clip & DVD Giveaway

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 6th 2011 10:00AM
'Community''s Yvette Nicole BrownWe love Shirley on 'Community' almost as much as we love Yvette Nicole Brown, so this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the Season 2 DVD (out today) is a real gem.

Creator Dan Harmon sat down with Brown -- in her full Father Guido Sarducci get-up from their last paintball duel, naturally -- to pat himself on the back for something he believes he achieved this year. "I fully and completely captured the 'Black Woman Experience' with your character this year," Harmon said straight-faced, to which Brown appropriately let out one of her fabulous signature laughs.

The clip also shows Harmon and Joel McHale reenacting a scene between Shirley and Britta (Gillian Jacobs), horrible imitations and all, before really diving into what's important: Season 3.

So what does Brown want to see happen for Shirley this season (premieres Thurs., Sept. 22, 8PM ET on NBC)? Note: We wholeheartedly support all her ideas!

Now for the fun part: Watch the video and tell us what YOU want to see happen in Season 3 in the comments. We'll select one lucky winner at random to receive the 'Community' Season 2 DVD.

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First Look at the Tammy vs. Tammy Drink-Off on 'Parks and Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 2nd 2011 4:45PM
Tammy vs. Tammy in an "old-fashioned prairie drink-off?" Holy shot glasses, the new season of 'Parks and Recreation' can't arrive fast enough.

In the video below, we get our first glimpse of Patricia Clarkson as Tammy 1, Ron Swanson's first ex-wife, for whom the adjective "formidable" seems inadequate. We also see Paula Pell as the intimidating Tammy Zero, the mother of all Ron Swanson goodness (are we a little disappointed that Ron's mom, the O.G. Tammy, if you will, doesn't have her own awesome mustache? Discuss in comments).

In the four-minute behind-the-scenes clip, which features the 'Parks and Recreation' cast talking about what's to come when the show returns, the Tammys sit down for the aforementioned drinkoff, and unwisely, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) tries to keep up.

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