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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

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'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' recap: Reunion pt. 2

Things get ugly when Rosie and Joe Giudice join the show

It's the second part of the three part "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" reunion, and, as Andy Cohen promises, nothing is off limits! Gosh, there really are benefits to casting a series entirely with narcissists without boundaries! Anyway, last week we left off with Rosie stomping around back stage, rending her clothes and going all She-Hulk on us, because Teresa insulted the memory of Kathy and Rosie's dearly departed dad. That's exactly where we pick up for part deux, though I'm disappointed to see that Rosie has not been put into restraints or been shot up with horse tranquilizer. But hey, there's a potential felony about to happen, so don't get in the way of that, Bravo minions!

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<p>Sonny (Michiel Husiman)&nbsp;on &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Sonny (Michiel Husiman) on "Tremé."

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Review: 'Tremé' - 'Me Donkey Want Water'

Men and women try to cut deals with one another, and some people are going to get screwed

A few quick thoughts on tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as you translate my insult...

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<p>Damian Lewis and Jamey Sheridan in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis and Jamey Sheridan in "Homeland."

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Beirut Is Back'

Saul and Brody both have calls to make

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I picture you in a Burka...

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<p>Natalie and Nadiya of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Natalie and Nadiya of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Long Hair Don't Care'

Indonesian cabdrivers produce a lot of drama
I guess Sunday (October 7) night's installment of "The Amazing Race" was meant to teach us all an unpleasant truth about overcoming adversity, right? And an unpleasant truth about what happens when you put your fate in the hands of strangers, right?
 
I'm trying to think of what else, if anything, I learned from the episode, which was pointlessly mis-titled "Long Hair, Don't Care." But this is all I've got: You can be as heroic as you want, proving yourself a deserving inspiration to thousands or millions, but in a race for a million dollars, sometimes all of the individual achievement in the world ceases to be relevant in the face of the outside forces of ineptitude. 
 
Sigh.
 
More after the break...
 
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<p>Stephen Graham as Al Capone in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Stephen Graham as Al Capone in "Boardwalk Empire."

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Blue Bell Boy'

Nucky, Capone and Gyp all demonstrate who's in charge

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I deny brussel sprouts exist...

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<p>Demetri Martin</p>

Demetri Martin

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HitFix Interview: Demetri Martin on 'Standup Comedian,' Comedy Central, balance

What do Daniel Kitson, Eugene Mirman, John Oliver and John Benjamin have in common?

Demetri Martin's a master of one-liners. For a little more than a decade, he's built off that trade, starting with his first big segment of standup on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," then touring and fulfilling stints on "The Daily Show" and writing for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." You could say now he's a renaissance man of comedy, writing books, launching his short-lived sketch show "Important Things with Demetri Martin," acting in "Contagion" and "Taking Woodstock," penning and selling screenplays and other TV concepts.

However, this week, he's circled back into being the quick, clever standup comedian for the moment -- and wouldn't you guess, it's called "Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian," aired on Comedy Central and out now on CD/DVD. It's his first since 2007's equally dry-titled "Demetri Martin. Person," and it contains the drawing segment and musical interludes that have snuck their way into his usual act. Whatever that is.

But the "Standup" version will last just this little while, as Martin finishes another screenplay and book, the latter due in March, dubbed "Point Your Face at This."

Below is an abridged conversation with the comedian and writer, who's still studying to find a balance.

 

You’ve worked on a few different kind of shows for Comedy Central now, how was making this new special and the experience different?
 
Now I have more creative control over the specials, when I did my first one on the network for “Premium Blend,” it was four minutes on the show. That was in ‘99. In 2003, I shot a “… Presents” and in both of those cases, I show up and they edit. I would go to the tapings, do my live set, and then I’d see the special on TV and it felt like the show had totally changed. Ever since I started doing the drawings, bringing in the boombox and the guitar, I’ve felt like I’d be able to control those segments, and when we go to commercial. From [Comedy Central’s standpoint], it’s hard to edit those things, so what airs is pretty much what I performed.
 
This one just has one segment with the guitar, while some comedians like Reggie Watts and Flight of the Conchords try to integrate music in to all parts of the show, like a musical. How has your relationship to music in the show changed?
 
I started to play music because of the one-man show aspect. It’s like scoring a movie. That’s why I started doing it. I can’t sing so well. I wanted music to do to the pace of the comedy.
 
When I’m doing a headlining show and I’ve got 90-minutes, I can tell when I can bring [the guitar] in. And I’m improving, trying to get better at playing it. I even try to have a guitar on the road, and have Garageband there and ready, so I have this library of my own music. So if show producers ever need music to fill in some spots, I’ve already got some there, and they don’t need to clear music through some other place.
 
As for Flight of the Conchords and Reggie, those guys are real musicians, to their core. If I were that good at that stuff, that's would I would do too.
 
You’re releasing another book in March, what was your approach to it?
 
For me its about finding stories with some surprises in it... [“This Is a Book by Demetri Martin”] had a lot of single panel drawings, poems, one page musings… the next book is going to be a collection of short stories, I’m aiming for things that are a little bit longer. I’m learning how I do it. I really like being a beginner at something., like finding your edges or your limits. The books are informed by stand-ups and pushing those limits.
 
What did you take away from your experience doing the “Important Things” show? Did it help define for your what success or failure in comedy is?
 
I heard this guy give a talk, about there being a difference between being happy and being happy about something, like the experiencing self and remember self. The experience can be feeling really happy lying on a raft in a swimming pool and it’s a hot day and you’ve got a drink and it feels nice. Now, if somebody does a cannonball and you fall off and your drink’s ruined…then your remembering self didn’t have such a good time.
 
So with that, I’m happy about doing the series. While I was doing it, I wasn’t happy. I bit off too much, as a producer, writer, actor. I got everything I wanted in terms of the show, sans marketing. I worked as many hours as I could handle, jammed in as much content as I could, I could act and do a lot of things... I can only do my best. When I’m overwhelmed, I think of that idea of experience and remembering self. I’d love to win trophies, be in movies, have a body of work I’m proud of and find a way to enjoy it along the way. Success is probably a more of a complicated thing than that. As a creative person you want to have a foothold and sense of progress.
 
You’ve already mentioned working in more movies – do you want more work in front or behind the camera?
 
I’d like to make my own movies, and then act in them. That way, I’m pretty sure I’ll be right for the role.
 
I like stand-up. But I’d also like a family and house and a yard. I want to work with a lot of people, have colleagues, and on good film sets, there’s people there that work with the same people for years and years. I love that collaborative spirit in that medium. Comedy is a lot more solitary. Again, its that dichotomy: what I’m experiencing along the way. I’d like to have a little bit more of that balance, writing books, be home and have a regular life and see your friends at night, and not at airports walking through scanning devices. I’m constantly trying to strike the balance.
 
Tell me about some of the most inspired people you’ve been around. What other comedians do you think have struck some balance, or have shown you a way to do things?
 
There are some good friends that I just don’t see often kno how I love standup and I love how they do it. Daniel Kitson, Eugene Mirman, John Oliver, John Benjamin… whether you’ve been in TV spots, or played a festival, or if you’ve bombed, had good shows, got into a long term relationship or had your heart broken, in Scotland or New York… it’s like, You guys get me. None of the guys I listed are “club” comedians, they’re a different kind. The composite of these kind of guys is an understanding of the moment. They remind me about that balance, that it’s not all about comedy, it’s all about the season of a person’s life.

 
You can buy a fat bundle to of "Standup Comedian" on DVD, CD and a T-shirt and print here.

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Watch: Kevin Michael Richardson teases 'The Cleveland Show'

Watch: Kevin Michael Richardson teases 'The Cleveland Show'

Which voice is the hardest for the animation veteran?
One of the best ways to fill spaces in an article about Kevin Michael Richardson would be to list the myriad animated programs and features he's lent his distinctive and versatile voice to.
 
You've heard Richardson on "Batman: The Brave and the Bold," "ThunderCats," "Transformers: Prime," "American Dad," "The Boondocks," "Lilo & Stitch: The Series," "Teen Titans," "Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!," "The Fairly OddParents," "Clerks: The Animated Series," "The PJs," "The Simpsons" and, honestly, too many shows to list.
 
"The Cleveland Show" returns to start its fourth season on Sunday, October 7, giving viewers plenty of opportunities to hear Richardson, who voices Cleveland Jr. and basically any random voices the producers need covered.
 
In this interview, Richardson teases the upcoming season of "The Cleveland Show" and discusses which of his endless reservoir of voices causes him the most difficulty. 
 
Check it out!
 
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Watch: Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and Dan Mintz talk 'Bob's Burgers'

Watch: Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and Dan Mintz talk 'Bob's Burgers'

Which star sings a HitFix song as Michael McDonald?
Two years ago, I sat down with Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and Kristen Schaal to discuss their yet-to-premiere animated comedy "Bob's Burgers."
 
 
I can't recommend it highly enough.
 
A few weeks ago, I walked into the interview room with Mirman (Gene on "Bob's Burgers") and Roberts (Linda) and they immediately recognized me from that bizarre interview. This time, Schaal was absent and Dan Mintz (unmistakably Tina) was in her place and it's possible that if you go back to the original conversation, a good percentage of the insanity came from her direction.
 
This interview isn't quite so crazy. But it has some moments of hilarity and it features Roberts singing a new HitFix-themed song in the style of Michael McDonald. 
 
"Bob's Burgers" airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on FOX.
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<p>Daniel Craig, Muse and Bill Hader of &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig, Muse and Bill Hader of "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Daniel Craig and Muse

Would James Bond and the recent debate give 'SNL' good material?
The brief, two-week run of “Saturday Night Live” Thursday specials ended rather ignominiously last week, with the second and finale installment lacking any apparent need to exist outside NBC’s desire to push back the return of “30 Rock”. If NBC wanted to air those “Weekend Update” specials as a way to capitalize on the current election season, surely they would have opted to air one on the night immediately after the first debate. It wasn’t a bad half-hour, but it was incredibly unnecessary. And given how necessary “SNL” has historically been during the peak of the presidential races, that seems like a shame.
 
In any case, we’re back tonight with host Daniel Craig and musical guest Muse. James Bond-inspired humor will undoubtedly be on the plate, but I hope I’m not alone in yearning for some sort of “Layer Cake” parody tonight. Because that movie is AWESOME. It’s a long shot, but still not as long as all of you completely agreeing with my grades for tonight’s sketches. As always, I’ll be assessing them in real time. Let’s get down to (British) business, shall we?
 
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<p>&nbsp;Adele</p>

 Adele

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Music Power Rankings: Mumford & Sons and Adele vie for the top spot

Justin Bieber, Psy and 'American Idol' also make the Top 10

1. Mumford & Sons: The lads from Britain land the biggest-selling first-week sales of any album this year as “Babel” sells 600,000 copies. Enjoy while it lasts, boys, Taylor Swift will blow past that with “Red’s” Oct. 22 bow.

2. Adele: “Skyfall” falls right to the top of the iTunes chart mere minutes after its release. Could it debut atop the Billboard Hot 100 based on only four days of airplay and sales?

3. Psy: It looks like the South Korean rapper is going to ride “Gangnam Style” all the way to the top of Billboard Hot 100 next week (unless Taylor Swift or Adele are album to stop him).  He will forever join the ranks of the Macarena and Lambada. And we all remember the names of the two artists who had those hits, right?

4. Foo Fighters: The band signs off for a hiatus, but leader Dave Grohl assures the world that they aren’t breaking up and that he loves the band as much as the rest of us do

5. The Replacements: The much-beloved Minneapolis alternative band reunites for a charity EP to help ailing former drummer Slim Dunlap. Maybe they can convince the Smiths to get back together.

6. Rush: The Canadian power trio finally gets what its millions of fans have been clamoring for for more than a decade: a nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Can we have “A Show Of Hands” of who thinks they should get in?

7. Justin Bieber:
After yakking on stage on the opening night of the “Believe” tour, he comes to Los Angeles for two sold-out shows at Staples Center. If photos on my FB and Twitter pages are any indication, he,  no doubt, spent more time taking photos with every celeb’s young daughter than he did on stage.

8. “American Idol”:  Does it matter if the Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey fight footage was staged?  Whether real or fake, it managed to get the focus squarely on “American Idol” again and away from its competitors. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

9. Viva Digital: Digital album sales are up 15% over this time period last year. It’s still not enough to put the overall market ahead of this time last year, but it probably means that your grandma has finally learned how to download her favorite Susan Boyle album.

10. The Beatles:
Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do.”  And the world changed forever. Thank you seems inadequate.


 

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Watch: Rachael MacFarlane talks 'American Dad' and 'Hayley Sings'

Watch: Rachael MacFarlane talks 'American Dad' and 'Hayley Sings'

What was the inspiration for MacFarlane's new album?
It's been a big 2012 in the MacFarlane family.
 
Obviously, Seth had a big screen hit and was recently announced as the host of next spring's Oscars.
 
Sis Rachael, meanwhile, has continued with her vocal work as Hayley on "American Dad," but on September 25, she also released her first album, a collection of standards, plus rearranged '60s and '70s classics. Several tracks from the album were heard on last Sunday's "American Dad" premiere.
 
In this interview, MacFarlane discusses the style and inspiration for "Hayley Sings," as well as upcoming developments on "American Dad." 
 
"American Dad," of course, airs on Sunday nights at 9:30 on FOX.
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<p>A scene from &quot;Frankenweenie.&quot;</p>

A scene from "Frankenweenie."

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'Frankenweenie'

Tim Burton's latest animated effort hit theaters yesterday

We may have led with "The Paperboy" yesterday, but if we were to focus on the new release that's likeliest to find awards recognition in the next five months, it'd have to be Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" -- the kook merchant's first animated feature since 2005's "Corpse Bride," and a likely bet to repeat that film's nomination for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. (I think it could easily go one better.) Due to the quirks of transatlantic embargoes, I'm not supposed to discuss the film until its UK premiere on Wednesday, when it'll open the London Film Festival, but I will say that I can happily endorse our colleague Drew McWeeny's enthusiastic take. But let's turn it over to you. Do you think it's a return to form for Burton? Could it net him his first golden statue? Feel free to rate the film above, and share your thoughts below.

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