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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and 'Dads' do OK for Fox


"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Dads" do OK for Fox
Both new Fox comedies didn't debut to big numbers, but they did improve upon their timeslots.


Netflix and FX vied for "Better Call Saul"
WGN America was also interested in the "Breaking Bad" spinoff, but Netflix really wanted it bad, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but AMC decided to go ahead with the prequel at the 11th hour.


Hulu picks up "Sherlock," "Doctor Who" and more British series

"Top Gear," "Torchwood," "Luther" and "Blackadder" will also join the online service.


Jon Stewart scorches CNN
Watch "The Daily Show" mock Monday's shooting rampage coverage. PLUS: Piers Morgan to Stewart: Worry about Jon Oliver, not CNN.


Allison Janney reenacts "The Jackal" on Arsenio Hall
Watch her perform her famous "West Wing" scene.

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<p>LL Cool J -- host of previous years' Grammy Nominations Concert Live </p>

LL Cool J -- host of previous years' Grammy Nominations Concert Live

'Grammy Nominations Concert Live' set for Dec. 6 on CBS

Find out who receives nomintations for the 2014 Grammy Awards

Nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards will be announced Friday, Dec. 6 on “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! —Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night” television special on CBS.

Airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the special marks the sixth time the nominations (or at least nominations in a few of the 1,859 Grammy categories) will be announced via a prime-time special. This marks the first time the show has been slotted on a Friday night, a ratings graveyard, although the thinking may be that folks are more amenable to music programming to kick off their weekend. The program, which will be beamed live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, combines performances from likely nominees with a reading of the nominees in a few categories  scattered in between. The full list of nominees goes up online on Grammy.com as soon as the show is over.

No word yet on who will host the Grammy Nomination Concert Live, but there’s a good chance that Grammy host LL Cool J (and “NCIS Los Angeles” star) will show up.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place Jan. 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center and will air on CBS. The Grammys are moved up this year a few weeks this year as not to compete with the Winter Olympics.

Eligibility for the 2014 Grammy Awards ends Sept. 18. Check out our gallery of potential best new artist contenders here.

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<p>Gwar</p>

Gwar

Fans petition for Gwar to replace Bruno Mars at Super Bowl halftime

Good luck with that

You may think Bruno Mars and Nickelback have nothing in common, but you’d be wrong. Remember two years ago when Nickelback haters started a petition to protest the Canadian band performing during halftime at the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit in 2011? 

A new petition has started asking the NFL to replace Super Bowl XLVIV halftime performer Bruno Mars with heavy metal shock rockers Gwar, who perform in horror film/sci fi costumes and  have more than a little fondness for graphic, over-the-top performances.  More than 18,000 people have signed the petition, according to NME.

The idea is a hilarious one and maybe Mars can work up a rendition of “Gorilla” that would feature Gwar. "We don’t want another year of sitting around talking through a muted, boring NFL Super Bowl halftime show," wrote campaign founder Jeff Cantrell, who started the petition on change.org. "We want something different. We want a real spectacle that only Gwar can provide. Doesn't the NFL want more viewers? Don’t advertisers want more people paying attention? This way everyone wins." If pearl-clutching Super Bowl watchers still haven't gotten over Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," imagine the fun they'd have with Gwar's cartoonish gory antics?

The Super Bowl takes place Feb. 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Maybe Mars can respond as Nickelback did with the help of comedian Paul Scheer and Funny Or Die with a similar clip. In the meantime, here's a little Gwar to get you going this Wednesday. Unlike Mars, Nickelback protesters didn't have  specific act in mind to replace them, although local heroes such as Bob Seger and Kid Rock were suggested, they just wanted Nickelback out.

 

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<p>Pedro Almodovar on the set of &quot;I'm So Excited!.&quot;</p>

Pedro Almodovar on the set of "I'm So Excited!."

Credit: Sony Classics

Roundup: Almodóvar to be honored at European Film Awards

Also: Towne joins 'Mad Men,' and the best of the worst of 'Diana'

It hasn't been the best professional year for Pedro Almodóvar, with his sex comedy "I'm So Excited!" having opened to some of the chilliest reviews of his career, bypassing the festival circuit in the process. (Unsurprisingly, Spain will not be putting it forward for Oscar consideration.) But here's a silver lining: he'll receive the European Achievement in World Cinema Award at this year's European Film Awards in December. ("I'm So Excited!" is also eligible for those, though this award suggests they're not anticipating any big wins there.) “I am very thankful for this award," says the director. "From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators... I share with them the joy of this award.” Almodóvar has five previous EFA wins to his credit, most recently for "Volver" in 2006. [EFA]  

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<p>The &quot;New Girl&quot; premiere. No puzzles.</p>

The "New Girl" premiere. No puzzles.

Credit: FOX

'New Girl' Season 3 Premiere - Are you 'All In'?

Nick and Jess canoodle, while Winston does puzzles
[Normally, this would be Sepinwall's recap. Unfortunately, Alan is still well short of 100 percent and was unable to take his turn at the plate. Since "New Girl" is a show that I enjoy, I figured I'd pinch-hit. This will not be as good as Alan's recap would have been. How's the poem go? "I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do/ To swell a progress, start a scene or two." Or at least I can fill in for a "New Girl" premiere recap. Hopefully Sepinwall will be back soon.]
 
Thanks to "Sports Night," I'll always know the *worst* thing that can happen when a Will They/Won't They couple finally gets partnered up and seems on the verge of happiness. 
 
You'll recall that Casey and Dana spent a season flirting and trying to figure out their feelings for each other, but as we reached Season 2, it looked like the sailing might be smooth. So Aaron Sorkin decided that Dana decided that Casey was too close to his divorce and she didn't want to be a rebound, so she insisted that in order for them to be a couple, he'd have to date other women for six months first.
 
Ugh. Dana's dating plan was the worst.
 
So now whenever a TV couple gets together, as long as the woman doesn't immediately demand that her beau start dating other women, I consider that to be a big win.
 
In that light? It was a great "New Girl" premiere on Tuesday (September 17) night. 
 
Otherwise? Yeah. That was a little rough. FOX made most of its premieres available for critics to view beforehand and "New Girl" was strangely absent, following a season in which nearly every episode was posted early for review. After watching "All In," I'm much less surprised. [Had the "New Girl" premiere been up early, Sepinwall could have reviewed it, too.]
 
A few more thoughts on the "New Girl" premiere just as soon as I pull over for a piñata shaped like a monkey...
 
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Sandra Bullock: Alfonso Cuarón gave me the balls to do 'Gravity'

Sandra Bullock: Alfonso Cuarón gave me the balls to do 'Gravity'

Plus: How 'War Horse' puppeteers made her fly

It can't be easy being the third choice for a coveted role, but after viewing "Gravity" it will be hard to imagine anyone besides Sandra Bullock playing Dr. Ryan Stone in Alfonso Cuarón's groundbreaking new film.

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Charlie Hunnam and Jimmy Smits in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Charlie Hunnam as Jax and Jimmy Smits as Nero in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'One One Six'

SAMCRO's solution to tragic violence is even more violence

If last week's controversial and divisive school shooting twist was meant to spur any soul-searching among the "Sons of Anarchy" crew it wasn't evident this week.

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AMC seems fearful its cupboards are going bare


AMC seems fearful its cupboards are going bare
Splitting "Mad Men's" final season? A "Breaking Bad" spinoff? A "Walking Dead" spinoff!? "Not to sound ungrateful for a little extra Don Draper or the continued counsel of Mr. Saul Goodman," says James Poniewozik, "AMC is starting to look like it threw a dinner party, found spider webs in the cupboard, and is stre-e-e-e-e-tching the leftovers in the refrigerator as far as they will go."


Jamie Lee Curtis to star in an ABC Family horror drama
The project will reunite Curtis with her "Halloween H2O" director Steve Miner.


"Modern Family" finds Cam's sister
"Suburgatory" vet Dana Powell will guest as Cam's sassy sister.


"Covert Affairs" shocker, explained

"We really wanted to do this this year. It's not something we've ever done ..."


Lea Thompson joins "CSI" for November sweeps

The "Caroline in the City" alum will work in the crime lab as part of her "CSI" guest stint.


Report: "Big Bang" stars are banding together to demand another raise
Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco -- who each earn $350,000 an episode -- are expected to band together for a salary bump for Season 8 and beyond.


George R.R. Martin: "Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros"
The "Game of Thrones" author reacts to this week's episode, and says he thinks "Breaking Bad" will definitely win next year's best drama Emmy, though he thinks "Game of Thrones" still has a shot this year.


"Breaking Bad's" Walter White: Why are we so often willing to give him a pass?

Walt's actions at the end of this week's episode may make him seem noble. But, says Maureen Ryan, "Walter White is not noble. He's not selfless. He's not a hero. He may be a complicated guy, but what dominates the mixture right now is his obsessive need not just to manipulate everyone around him but to control their lives and their impressions of him. To all the people who see him as a more or less decent guy who's trying to do the right thing, let me ask you this: If a man rescues people from a burning building, do we give him a medal -- even if he's the one who set the fire?" PLUS: "Gomie" & "Hank" filmed this video after shooting this week's episode, how Giancarlo Esposito would like "Breaking Bad" to end, Dean Norris defends spoiling this week's episode on Twitter 2 days later, and why do Walt & Skyler still have an answering machine.


"NCIS" taps "Sopranos" alum as Ziva's likely replacement

Emily Wickersham, who once played A.J. Soprano's girlfriend, will potentially succeed Cote de Pablo's Ziva during her three-episode arc.


Watch "Duck Dynasty" stars on "Last Man Standing"
Here's a preview of the Season 3 premiere.


Nathan Lane headed back to "The Good Wife"
He'll reprise his role as Clarke Hayden.


"Suits": What's next?

Exec producer Aaron Korsh on tonight's midseason finale: "Sometimes I think we've made things clear, and then it turns out we haven’t. And sometimes I think we've made them unclear, and it turns out we were clearer than I thought."


It's a mini-"Seinfeld" reunion
Jerry Seinfeld showed up on the red carpet to support Julia Louis-Dreyfus' new movie "Enough Said." PLUS: Seinfeld is calling tonight's Mets game.


"SVU's" season premiere is deeply upsetting
Gasps and groans were heard when the Season 15 premiere was screened recently.


"The Mindy Project" is going to regret making Mindy likable
Mindy needs to stay obnoxious if she wants to pull off something truly revolutionary on TV. PLUS: "Mindy" is finally good this season,


Networks are now competing for new shows with cable and Netflix
For instance, NBC lost a comedy project to Netflix as the traditional model for selling shows has been upended.


Julie Chen: I was not shunning my Asian heritage

On Tuesday's "The Talk," Chen defended getting plastic surgery on her eyes, saying she still "looks Chinese."


"New Girl" creator doesn't fear the "Moonlighting" curse
The Nick and Jess relationship "adds a lot of new tension to the loft," says Liz Meriwether. "On the whole, though, the show is still the same. Nick and Jess' relationship has deepened and become romantic, but it definitely hasn't drastically changed everything. It's added a lot of great story opportunities and it's been to fun to figure out how any relationship could survive being in that loft." PLUS: Zooey Deschanel on her "New Girl" romance, and Lamorne Morris on Damon Wayans Jr.'s return.


Amber Riley: "Dancing" isn't as grueling as "Glee"
"Glee is more grueling," she says, adding: "Trust me."


How "GMA" told one of its contributors to lose weight -- without telling them to lose weight
Tory Johnson wasn't told she'd lose her job if she didn't shed pounds, but that was the message she got.


Firefighter loses job for quoting Dwight Schrute

A Canadian firefighter and his pal were fired for quoting sexist lines from "The Office" and "South Park."


New "SNL" cast parties together for the 1st time
NBC hosted a bash to welcome the six new featured players. PLUS: Cecily Strong considers Amy Poehler her hero.


"Real Housewives of O.C." alum Kara Keough to appear on "Say Yes to the Dress"

Keough is getting married in February.


Here's your 1st look at "Glee's" Klaine in Season 5
Darren Criss and Chris Colfer are ...


How to skip to all the sex scenes on Showtime's "Masters of Sex"

The Showtime pilot is now up on YouTube, complete with nudity.


Jon Tenney is going back to "Major Crimes"

The "King & Maxwell" star will direct an episode and reprise his role as FBI Agent Fritz Howard.


"True Blood" promotes Bailey Noble
Adilyn Bellefleur will be a series regular next season.


"Scandal" to air a catch-up special
"Scandal: The Secret is Out" will air before the Season 3 premiere.


E! orders "The Drama Queen"
The reality show will follow around a celebrity manager.


"Sons of Anarchy" covers a Rolling Stones song

Listen to the new version of "As Tears Go By." PLUS: Donal Logue on Lee Toric's demons.


See Alexis Bledel as a '90s model

The "Gilmore Girls" and "Us and Them" star teen modeling before going into acting.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck gets big numbers for her "Fox & Friends" debut

More than a million tuned in for her debut on Fox News.


The evolution of Alex Trebek's mustache

The "Jeopardy!" host had a "porn stache" in the early '70s.


PBS' "Latino Americans" covers 500 years of history in 6 hours
The three-part documentary is compelling viewing.


Check out 20 board games based on '70s and '80s shows

From "Happy Days" to "Cheers."


"The Bachelor's" Juan Pablo gets his own cake
Tonight is the first night of taping the next "Bachelor" season.


Animal Planet orders "Alaska Gold Diggers"
The reality show will follow five Orange County women who are looking for love in Alaska.


"Parks and Rec" celebrates Ron Swanson's emotional range

Watch a compilation of Ron's emotions. PLUS: Nick Offerman reveals the secret to his success, and all about Leslie Knope's house.


Watch the "Awkward" Season 3 fall trailer
The final 10 episodes of the season start airing Oct. 22.


Fox's "Dads": "A brilliantly depressing portrait" of white men in decline?
The Seth MacFarlane-produced comedy is indeed terrible, but it's saying something that even it's creators might not realize, says Darren Franich. "If the show were even a little bit funny," he says, "then this could play like farce. But because almost everything these four men say is totally dumb, it plays like tragedy. Here are four white dudes who are incapable of engaging in a new multicultural era — incapable, really, of even growing up." PLUS: Maybe the stars know how awful the show is, "Dads" boss says there's "pretty much one guy who's offended," and "Dads" is the worst new comedy in years.


"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" manages to pull off a comedy about cops
Few shows have been able to do it, "but 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' gets the formula right immediately," says Tim Goodman. "It's broad, but funny because it's broad -- you get the tone immediately and go with it." PLUS: "Brooklyn" has "intelligent design" with his characters, it's a lame premise that wastes Andre Braugher, can Andy Samberg's character become a real person?, and how the cast became so diverse.

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<p>Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio and <span class="st">Stephanie Beatriz in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;<br />
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Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Credit: FOX

Series premiere talkback: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

What did everybody think of the new FOX sitcom?

I published my review of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who watched the new FOX sitcom tonight from the "Parks and Recreation" guys, what did you think? Did you buy Andy Samberg as a cop, and like him in a relatively human role, or did you find his character too smug? How did you feel Andre Braugher did in a 100% comedy setting? Outside of those two and Terry Crews, did any of the supporting characters make an immediate impression on you? Did you laugh? And will you watch again? 

I intend to cover this show regularly, whether on its own or in a round-up with "New Girl" and any other Tuesday comedies I stick with. As I said yesterday, it's not great yet, but I see a lot of potential (and laughed at various bits like the "SNL" cameo, "Detective Terrible Detective" and Braugher's response to the robot voice), and in general I trust Mike Schur when it comes to fine-tuning a comedy with good raw material.

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<p>Guillermo Del Toro (left)&nbsp;and Alfonso Cuar&oacute;n at the Toronto Film Festival last week for the premiere of &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Guillermo Del Toro (left) and Alfonso Cuarón at the Toronto Film Festival last week for the premiere of "Gravity"

Credit: AP Photo/Eric Charbonneau

Alfonso Cuarón says 'Pacific Rim' made 'Gravity' feel like a 'tiny Sundance film'

High praise from one of Guillermo Del Toro's close filmmaking friends

We're going to have a few nibbles of a recent interview with director Alfonso Cuarón leading up to a larger piece dealing specifically with his work on the space spectacle "Gravity." Today, with the summer movie season not too distant a memory just yet, I thought I'd ask Cuarón for his thoughts on "Pacific Rim."

It's not arbitrary. You might recall back in 2006 when Cuarón's "Children of Men" was in the race with Guillermo Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" and Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel" that much was made of the "three amigos," this trio of Mexican filmmaker friends from way back who had accomplished their greatest feats in one year, each of them in the thick of the circuit. All three ended up with nominations, whether for writing, directing or editing. "Gravity" is Cuarón's first films since "Children of Men," though Del Toro and Iñárritu have respectively made "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" and "Biutiful" in the interim.

"I love 'Pacific Rim,'" Cuarón tells me. "I know that's Guillermo and his passion, since I first met him and was going through his film collection and seeing all these Japanese films. As a kid I was a fan, myself, of this Japanese show called 'Ultraman' and I could see all of his amazing love for that."

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<p>Seth Green and Peter Riegert in &quot;Dads.&quot;</p>

Seth Green and Peter Riegert in "Dads."

Credit: FOX

Series premiere talkback: 'Dads'

What did everybody think of the new FOX sitcom from Seth MacFarlane and friends?

Still recovering from my appendectomy (a lot of what's being published on the blog this week was written well in advance), which meant I wasn't able to do a full review of FOX's "Dads" in advance of tonight's premiere. I'll say that while the Seth MacFarlane brand of humor can translate into live action at times ("Ted"), for the most part there are things that Peter Griffin or Quagmire can get away with saying that Peter Riegert or Martin Mull can't without seeming really really nasty. And by putting MacFarlane humor into a multi-cam sitcom format, you get the studio audience hooting and cheering their approval whenever one of the dads says something inappropriate, which undercuts the producers' arguments that they are not necessarily endorsing these things.

The whole thing's such a mess that FOX wound up running one of the stranger "pay no attention to the critics" ads I've ever seen (which Fienberg wrote about at length yesterday) to deal with the harsh advance buzz. Now the thing's aired, so what did you all think? Did it live up/down to all the negative commentary? Did it seem not worth the fuss? Will you watch again?

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<p>The Black Widow and Nightwing clean up pretty well, all things considered.</p>

The Black Widow and Nightwing clean up pretty well, all things considered.

Credit: HitFix

Gordon-Levitt and Johansson on the difference between superhero franchises and indie films

Is the process really any different for actors in the end?

There are certain faces that seemed to be ubiquitous at film festivals this year, and when one of those belongs to Scarlett Johansson, you will not catch me complaining about the situation.

I saw "Don Jon" at SXSW this year, and it is an uncommonly perceptive directorial debut by Joseph Gordon Levitt. He stars in the film which he also wrote, but it is the way he nails certain observations about the way everyone has their own fantasy they depend on to get them through that impressed me most. It is a very observant point that I would expect from an older writer.

In addition to making a number of smaller films this year that feed certain artistic needs for each of them, JGL and ScarJo both have experience now being part of these giant megafranchise superhero films that are the bread and butter of the Hollywood system at the moment. While Christopher Nolan's final Batman film was more divisive than the first two, I think one of the things that seemed to really speak to people was the work that Joseph Gordon Levitt did as a Gotham City police officer who didn't need a mask and a cave and a limitless arsenal to stand up and do what he believed was right. He was a moral compass in the film in a way I found really surprising, and I think he helped ground that last film.

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