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<p>Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

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'Masters of Sex' star Lizzy Caplan on nudity, the 1950s and typecasting

Why the 'Party Down' alum wanted to play sex researcher Virginia Johnson
Lizzy Caplan has carved out a successful, if very specific, niche for herself in Hollywood as a portrayer of very modern, very sarcastic women. She only occasionally gets to play the lead in things (“Party Down,” “Save the Date”) but more often than not she’s the heroine’s dark, clever best friend (“Mean Girls”).
With Showtime’s terrific new “Masters of Sex” (it debuts September 29 at 10 p.m.), Caplan will be eliminating a lot of preconceptions about her. As pioneering sex researcher Virginia Johnson, Caplan fits seamlessly into the late ‘50s period setting, and works wonderfully opposite Michael Sheen as Johnson’s colleague (and, at times, much more) Bill Masters. She’s still playing an assertive, independent woman — the real Virginia Johnson was very much ahead of her time — but it’s not the kind of role Caplan’s been able to play before, and she does it very, very well.
I'll have a "Masters" review tomorrow, and at press tour, I talked with Caplan about typecasting, coming to grips with the show’s abundant nudity and, yes (briefly) about the ever-possible idea of a “Party Down” movie.
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<p>The &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color&quot; team in happier -- or at least more civil -- times.&nbsp;</p>

The "Blue is the Warmest Color" team in happier -- or at least more civil -- times. 

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Roundup: Seeing red over 'Blue'

Also: That wide-open Best Actor race, and the trouble with IMAX

As discussed in yesterday's Best Picture Contenders gallery, "Blue is the Warmest Color" is already a long shot for Oscar recognition, but it'll become a longer one still if some enterprising publicist doesn't save director Abdellatif Kechiche from himself. It's no secret by now that there was bad blood behind the scenes of the French erotic drama, and Lea Seydoux has already been candid about her disdain for the Algerian-born filmmaker. Now Kechiche has fired back, claiming he considered replacing Seydoux on set, and arguing that the fallout has "soiled" the film to such a degree that it shouldn't even be released. If this is some kind of warped publicity campaign, I'd rethink it. The film is done. It's great. Maybe just let some things go? [The Playlist]

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<p>Andy Samberg and Terry Crews have plenty to smile about right now.</p>

Andy Samberg and Terry Crews have plenty to smile about right now.

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Andy Samberg and Terry Crews talk about the 'Cloudy' sequel and their 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' series

We chat with two very funny men about two very different projects

Right now, Andy Samberg and Terry Crews seem to be joined at the hip, and honestly? It suits them.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is one of the few shows this year that I was willing to add to my rotation based on the pilot, and I like the extended ensemble they put together for the show. Samberg is one of those guys who is at his best when he's not straining, and the best way to make him comfortable is to surround him with equally funny co-stars. Crews has long been an asset to any comedy that hires him, but when you look at him, the first impression is that this is a guy who should be making giant action films.

Sitting down with the two of them to discuss "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2," in which Crews steps in for Mr. T to voice security-guard-and-overprotective-dad Earl Devereaux, it was obvious that they have a very real and relaxed chemistry. Samberg worked on the first one and is returning to the role of Brent McHale here, a strange man-baby who was the mascot of Baby Brent Sardines for most of his life. They are both outrageous roles, but Samberg and Crews still have to find something identifiable and human about them to play, and we discussed that process.

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Best Picture 2014: Oscar contenders include 'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips' and '12 Years a Slave'

Best Picture 2014: Oscar contenders include 'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips' and '12 Years a Slave'

Surveying this year's field of awards hopefuls

The Oscar season is howling to life in the wake of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals. NYFF is right around the corner and very soon it'll be October, "Gravity" (with "Captain Phillips" and "12 Years a Slave" right behind it) and we'll pretty much be off to the races. It's time, then, for our annual early plunge into this year's contenders, which we'll bring to you on a category-by-category basis over the next few weeks. We begin today with, what else? Best Picture.

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<p>Olivia Colman of &quot;Broadchurch&quot;</p>

Olivia Colman of "Broadchurch"

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Interview: Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker talk 'Broadchurch'

BBC America drama finishes its first season on Wednesday
"Broadchurch" ends its eight-episode run on Wednesday (September 25) on BBC America. 
For American viewers patient enough to avoid just rushing to BitTorrent sites after getting hooked on this British murder mystery, answers are finally coming.
Yes, answers are coming in the death of Danny Latimer, but what are the chances that those answers will bring satisfaction to Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Oliva Colman) or closure to grieving mother Beth Latimer (Jodie Whittaker)? Well, that's what "Broadchurch" is really about.
Back in July at the Television Critics Association press tour, I sat down for 10 minutes with Colman ("Tyrannosaur") and Whittaker ("Venus") to talk about their twisty, emotional murder mystery, which was a sensation in the UK. The conversation took place before the premiere, but I didn't transcribe the interview in time and once I transcribed it, I realized it would be just as effective before the finale, since it really spoils nothing. 
So warm up for Wednesday's finale with my chat with Colman and Whittaker, after the break...
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Tina Fey's 'SNL' promos promise no more wardrobe malfunctions

Tina Fey's "SNL" promos promise no more wardrobe malfunctions
"It's under control," she says. "It's not going to happen again."

Dottie from "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" auditions for "The Voice"
E.G. Daly, AKA Elizabeth Daly, AKA Buttercup from "The Powerpuff Girls" and Tommy Pickles from "Rugrats," wasn't immediately recognized. That's why she went on a reality show to perform as herself.

"Breaking Bad" theme composer had been "biding his time" to use the eerie music during the show
"In the first season," says Dave Porter, "the theme may have seemed a little darker and bolder than the show actually was. But the point was to have that little taste of where the show was going. Fast forward six years, and we’re close to the end. I’ve been biding my time, looking for a moment where I could introduce the theme into the story itself."

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Ron Perlman in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Clay (Ron Perlman) survives yet again on 'Sons of Anarchy'

'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Poenitentia'

Clay takes his chances in prison, Toric takes a turn for the worse, and Tig lands in hot water

The problem with trying to keep a show like "Sons of Anarchy" interesting after six seasons is that viewers start to feel like they've seen it all before. A crooked cop who's no better than the MC? A mother who'll do anything to get her kid(s) back? A member of the MC facing almost certain death right before the credits roll? We've been down these roads before.

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Fox orders 'Gotham,' a Commissioner Gordon origin series

Fox orders "Gotham," a Commissioner Gordon origin series
The proposed series will follow Gordon before his first encounter with Batman.

Dr. Drew reveals he's recovered from a 2-year battle with prostate cancer
"I'm cancer-free," says Drew Pinsky, who secretly underwent surgery 14 months ago.

"South Park" targets the NSA in its season premiere
Season 17's debut episode is titled "Let Go, Let Gov."

What was Francis Ford Coppola doing on "The Young and the Restless" set?
The acclaimed director wanted to learn more about current TV filming.

Tyrion Lannister was No. 1 among "Game of Thrones" characters in screentime in Season 3

Daenerys Targaryen was No. 2, followed by Robb Stark, Jon Snow and Jaime Lannister.

"NCIS: LA" premiere: What to expect

Season 5 picks up where Season 4 left off.

Is "Breaking Bad's" Heisenberg dead?

Or is Heisenberg still a part of Walter White that can never truly die? These questions imply different views on morality, psychology and human nature. PLUS: Why use the "Breaking Bad" theme music in the bar scene?, "The Shield's" Vic Mackey meets Hank Schrader, "Breaking Bad"-ize any web page, Jesse Plemons is a singer/songwriter in a band called Cowboy and Indian, "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" director isn't upset with this week's episode, what does "Breaking Bad" actually mean?, RJ Mitte's big moment was meeting Saul, see fake posters for "Breaking Bad's" best episodes.

Jay Pharoah can impersonate almost the entire cast of "Love And Hip Hop Atlanta"
Watch the "SNL" impersonator unleash his VH1-inspired impressions.

Amy Poehler raps

Listen to Poehler tackle Paula Deen and butter on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. PLUS: Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally have a "silent but deadly" love for each other.

"Girls" star Allison Williams recalls Tina Fey's advice: "Wear a bra, don't smoke"

Williams once worked as Fey's assistant on "30 Rock."

Esquire Network: Does it live up to its "Man at his Best" tagline?

Yes, it does, including no T-and-A or reality shows that would appeal to Spike TV viewers. PLUS: Esquire has a shallow idea of modern manhood.

2 out at "Real Housewives of Orange County"

Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino are not expected to return for Season 9.

Another Mulder & Scully 20th-anniversary "X Files" reunion will take place next month
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reunite at a Paley Center event in October.

"HIMYM" unveils "Bangity Bang" song sung by Sam "Soul Man" Moore
"Bangity Bang" has been a tongue-and-cheek staple on the show for years.

"The Price is Right" stays relevant with a "secret formula" of wins-per-minute

 "It's a beautifully conceived game show in that every act has so many things that happen in it," says exec producer Mike Richards. "There's a chance for three wins in a four-minute act -- which is unlike any other game show."

"Big Bang Theory" bringing back Kate Micucci
Raj's ex will make a cameo in Season 7. PLUS: Kunal Nayyar visits "Sesame Street" to help Grover.

"Homeland's" Zuleikha Robinson to play Josh Holloway's "Intelligence" wife
She'll recur as an "intelligence officer missing from duty."

Watch Kris Humphries play himself on "The Mindy Project"

The Kim Kardashian ex was part of Mindy's "Getting Over It Gang."

"American Dad" recruits Kim Kardashian ... to play an alien

She'll lend her voice to a furry alien whose spaceship crash-lands in Langley Falls.

From The Onion: "New Netflix Gas Lets Users Inhale Multiple Seasons Of TV Shows"
Says a company spokesperson: "“With Netflix Gas, we’re really hoping to tap into a demographic that’s a little more fast-paced, a little more on-the-go, and that just wants to sit down whenever they have the chance and breathe in three or four seasons of, say, 'Fringe' in less than 10 seconds."

Will "Trophy Wife" suffer the same burden as "Cougar Town"?

The ABC comedy starring Malin Ackerman has a title that is very much at odds with its focus on female relationships. PLUS: "Trophy Wife" is funny but kind of overwhelming.

Watch the official "Ravenswood" trailer

The "Pretty Little Liars" spinoff debuts Oct. 22.

John Stamos is not a TV junkie

"I watch 'The Daily Show,' Letterman," he says. "I'm not into shows like 'Boardwalk Empire' or 'Breaking Bad.'"

"Heroes" alum Jack Coleman joins "Scandal"
He'll recur as a "charming Southerner." Meanwhile, "Warehouse 13's" Joanne Kelly is joining "Hostages." PLUS: Richard Kind joins USC comedy.

Joss Whedon mastery of TV is put to best use on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Despite an awkward and irritating title, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is perfectly suited for television, thanks to Whedon's past on "Buffy" and "Angel." As Mary McNamara notess, "Though there's CG aplenty, the pilot is nowhere near as in-your-face as one might expect. Whedon understands that though television can do many things, it cannot out-blockbuster a blockbuster." PLUS: Whedon is too cautious in explaining everything, and it's sort of a middle ground between "The Avengers" and "Buffy."

"Lucky 7" feels too much like failed ABC shows "Six Degrees" and "The Nine"
It's another show about disparate people brought together by fate. PLUS: Its traits and twists are so tired.

"Person of Interest" Season 3: "What is The Machine up to?"
What to expect as Season 3 kicks off tonight.

ABC has something special with "The Goldbergs"
The Jeff Garlin sitcom is like a modern and more "Jewish Wonder Years," with many of the same elements that made "Modern Family popular. PLUS: Enough with '80s nostalgia!

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<p>Jerry Bruckheimer</p>

Jerry Bruckheimer

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American Cinematheque honors Jerry Bruckheimer

The blockbuster merchant is the first producer to receive the award

It's been a time of mixed fortunes for Jerry Bruckheimer, the Hollywood super-producer ("Beverly Hills Cop," "Top Gun," "Black Hawk Down") whose surname is as distinctive a cinematic brand as that of any auteur. Not long after his overly expensive western "The Lone Ranger" took a beating (undeservedly so, in my opinion) from critics and ticket-buyers alike, it was announced that he and Walt Disney Pictures would be ending their once-lucrative deal. As Greg noted when reporting the news last week, it wasn't his first such flop -- is there still room for studio mega-producers in this day and age?

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<p>Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Credit: FOX

Evening TV Round-Up: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' & 'New Girl'

Peralta and Holt chase a tagger, and Winston tries to kill a cat

It's evening round-up time, with brief thoughts on tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I'm tried as an adult Highlander...

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<p>Brett Dalton in &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Brett Dalton in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

Series premiere talkback: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

What did everybody think of Joss Whedon's new ABC drama?

I published my review of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? If you haven't memorized all the different Marvel movies, could you follow this? If you're a devout fan of Marvel comics and/or movies, how do you feel the world of SHIELD was adapted for TV? Did Clark Gregg work as the lead? Did you like the younger actors, or did you find yourself wishing J. August Richards was taking one of their places? Did the superhero police procedural format work for you, or did it feel too similar to non-super shows like "NCIS" or "Bones" (some of which already have pretty high-tech gadgets)?  Did the whole thing feel like a Joss Whedon show, or like Whedon (and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen) as guns for hire for a larger entity? And will you watch again?

I'll keep watching, but the plan right now is for someone else at HitFix — most likely Drew McWeeny, who has written extensively about all of Marvel's film projects at various phases of development at his Motion Captured blog — to do weekly coverage. If I have specific thoughts on specific episodes, I'm more than free to write them here; this is just a matter of time management.

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"Little Couple"

 "Little Couple"

Credit: TLC

Exclusive clip: 'Little Couple' preps for Will's first surgery

Sometimes being a little person is not much fun

Just in case you were thinking being a little person was only a hassle when you need to get the peanut butter on the top shelf, this might be the right clip for you to watch. On this week's episode of "Little Couple" (Tues. Sept. 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET on TLC) Will has to undergo surgery, and poor Jen and Bill can't do much more than sit on the sidelines. Being a parent is hard; being the parent to a little person is that much harder.

In this clip, Jen and Bill deal with what it's like to feel powerless to help the little guy who's just getting to know them. No one will tell if you tear up a little.

Will you be watching? 

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