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Housekeeping note: Alan's week off

Housekeeping note: Alan's week off

Time to recharge the batteries after press tour and Comic-Con

Just a quick housekeeping note: After two-plus weeks at press tour and Comic-Con, I'm taking this week off to recuperate and remind my family what I look like. Other than the "Halt and Catch Fire" review that was published this morning, plus a couple of video interviews I did with team "Hannibal" at Comic-Con (and which will be published over the next couple of days), don't expect anything from me until Monday. I'm most likely skipping over reviewing the next episodes of "The Bridge," "The Leftovers" and "Masters of Sex" and will jump back in next week with a bunch of things.

Have fun without me, folks.

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<p>Mackenzie Davis in &quot;Halt and Catch Fire.&quot;</p>

Mackenzie Davis in "Halt and Catch Fire."

Credit: AMC

Review: AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire' nears end of season 1

A drama reverse-engineered from past hits starts finding its own identity

Late in last night's episode of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," the show's hero, computer salesman Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), tries to dismiss a competitor who's never experienced the joy of creating something(*). Joe's rival points out that they're both in the computer compatible business, just trying to copy IBM, and therefore neither can brag much about their flair for originality.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman prepare for war in 'Mockingjay' teaser
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Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman prepare for war in 'Mockingjay' teaser

This one's going to play rough

Now that's what I call a teaser.

Not because it's the most amazing thing I've ever seen, keep in mind, but rather because it's a tease, and that's about it.

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'Karma'
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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'Karma'

With the clock running out, the show discovers a possible loophole

Tonight’s episode brings Will Yun Lee, formerly of “Witchblade” and the ill-fated “Bionic Woman” reboot, on board as Katsurou “Mr. Gus, Jr.” Ryouichi. He’s the son of the CEO of the Yokonomo Corporation and the head of its North American division. The Yakuza forces capture Eric and Pam in mid-rampage and deliver them to Gus Jr., who shares Eric’s vengeful hatred of Sarah Newlin; after all, by tainting the Tru Blood supply and creating the Hep-V epidemic, she bankrupted his company. The vampire and the businessman-gangster come to an agreement to share information and split the work: Eric, who knows that Sarah has an infected vampire sister living in Dallas, will kill her, and Mr. Gus will take the body. I would assume that, after a quick stop at the taxidermist, he’d have the corpse stuffed and mounted in the lobby of the Yokonomo corporate headquarters, as a warning to others. But we just found out from “The Bridge” that even in Texas, this sort of thing don’t fly.

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Fight'

Bill and Virginia spend a long, strange night together

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as the chef walks the cow through a warm room...

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Gladys'

The Guilty Remnant deals with a death in the family

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I listen to a little Hall & Oates...

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Nicole on "Big Brother"

Nicole on "Big Brother"

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Recap: 'Big Brother" Sunday: Zankie Rules The Roost

Zach's ego grows even more during his stint as Head Of Household

It’s Zankie Time in the “Big Brother” household, with both Frankie and Zach serving as Heads Of Household as tonight’s installment starts. That status will change by night’s end, with the weekly Battle Of The Block and the potential for Team America to force a major verbal battle during tonight’s nomination ceremony. Will The Detonators stick together another week, or will that alliance implode?

Let’s find out what happens on this Sunday (July 27) installment…

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<p>&quot;The Hundred-Foot Journey&quot;</p>

"The Hundred-Foot Journey"

Credit: DreamWorks Studios

Helen Mirren explains the importance of a light touch in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

Plus: Why location shooting in the south of France was so important

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — In Lasse Hallström's latest film, "The Hundred-Foot Journey," Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren was given the opportunity to play a very forthright, proud restauranteur in the south of France. It's a character that plays well to her strengths and offers a striking foil to Manish Dayal's Indian chef-in-training, Hassan.

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Guillermo del Toro brings 'The Strain' to Comic-Con: Live-Blog
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Guillermo del Toro brings 'The Strain' to Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse and company lead the last Hall H panel of Comic-Con 2014

After live-blogs for "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Following," it's time for the final Hall H panel of Comic-Con 2014.

It's Guillermo del Toro and company taking the stage for FX's "The Strain," which will be preceded by a screening on Sunday (July 27) night's episode, which was one of my favorites so far, featuring some jaw-droopingly gross moments, as well as a hilarious sequence for Corey Stoll's wig.

Apparently this is the first TV show ever to be paneled in Hall H during its first season.

Who knew?

Click through for the highlights...

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'Sons of Anarchy' boss: There will be no spinoffs, but a prequel is still a possibility

“Sons of Anarchy” boss: There will be no spinoffs, but a prequel is still a possibility
“I think spinoffs work well on procedural dramas, which this clearly is not,” Kurt Sutter said at Comic-Con. PLUS: A “Sons of Anarchy” novel is coming soon.


Nicki Minaj to guest on Cartoon Network’s “Steven Universe”
Check her out as one-eyed creature Sugilite.


“The Following” reveals an alternate Season 2 ending at Comic-Con
Producers also talked about how Season 3 will be a complete reboot, mostly set in NYC.


What it’s like inside Homer Simpson’s head
FXX brought a giant version of Homer’s head to Comic-Con.


Watch the “Person of Interest” Season 4 trailer
Here’s the first look at Season 4, from Comic-Con.


Piper Perabo marries “Covert Affairs” exec producer
The “Covert Affairs” star tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend Stephen Kay yesterday in NYC.

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'Sons of Anarchy' comes to Comic-Con for the last time: Live-Blog
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'Sons of Anarchy' comes to Comic-Con for the last time: Live-Blog

Kurt Sutter and the SAMCRO team come to Hall H for the last time

Well, we all survived "The Following," which wasn't a bad panel, even if the crowd ran out of questions very early. My full "Following" live-blog is here.

Now it's time for "Sons of Anarchy." We did a "Sons of Anarchy" panel at TCA press tour less than a week ago, so we'll see what new details we get today...

We've got an hour of this and then "The Strain."

So let's get our "Sons of Anarchy" on...

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<p>&quot;Mad Max: Fury Road&quot;</p>

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer finds Tom Hardy in a dusty post-apocalyptic hell

Well hot damn

Before I even got out of bed this morning, I was watching the "Mad Max: Fury Road" trailer. How do you like THEM apples, Hall H? But seriously, it seems Warner Bros.' presentation of materials for George Miller's upcoming film won the day at Comic-Con yesterday despite the presence of DC Comics and Marvel Studios. Hard to do, but a nice surprise, nevertheless, and today WB has mercifully made the trailer available to us non-Coners.

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