Tina Fey and Arcade Fire prepare for this week's 'Saturday Night Live' premiere.

Tina Fey and Arcade Fire prepare for this week's 'Saturday Night Live' premiere.

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Tina Fey and Arcade Fire

The thirty-ninth season starts with a familiar face as host and a slew of unknown faces along for the ride.

First of all, welcome back to another season of “Saturday Night Live” recaps! Second of all, sorry about the promotional photo to the left of this paragraph and the nightmares it will undoubtedly inspire. That’s on NBC, not us.

There are many changes in the air as the show starts its thirty-ninth season, with six new cast members, a host of departing ones, and the latest round of “the show isn’t as good as it used to be” swirling around it like vultures who haven’t found a new or interesting thing to say about the show in decades. No one knows if the show will be better or worse this season. But it will absolutely, positively be different. And “different” is often good when it comes to “SNL”. Change is built into the show’s DNA, and there’s no reason to think that the departures of Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, and (later this season) Seth Meyers will finally kill the show. If “The Californians” couldn’t kill this show, nothing can.
 
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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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John Cho in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Andy Dunn (John Cho) has a real pain in the neck in week two of 'Sleepy Hollow'

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: Good witch, bad witch in 'Blood Moon'

How did FOX's crazy surprise hit stack up in week two?

We got a good sense of exactly what kind of wackadoodle show "Sleepy Hollow" aspires to be from last week's surprisingly highly rated pilot, but now comes the real test. Did enough viewers like what they saw to tune in for week two, and will the events of the second episode keep them hooked?

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'Saturday Night Live': 10 things that excite and scare us about the new season

'Saturday Night Live': 10 things that excite and scare us about the new season

How are things looking after a summer of change?

 

With a new season of "Saturday Night Live" ahead of us, plenty of questions remain about the upcoming year. The revolving door at 30 Rockefeller Center has seen a bevy of activity, with old cast members leaving and a half-dozen new ones entering. In all this chaos, what can we expect from the show’s thirty-ninth season? Here are ten storylines that will define this season. Some are positive. Some are negative. But all will have an impact when "Saturday Night Live" premieres on September 28.

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' finale recap: Who will win the big money?

Andy, Gina Marie and Spencer battle for half a million bucks

Tonight's the night! This isn't the final three I expected (it never is) but it's still going to be interesting to see how this plays out. I don't envy the members of the jury house, as each of these players is so different they will not only have to decide on who had the better game, but they will have to define what they consider good (or at least winning) game play in the first place. 

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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'

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'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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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The final three remember the good old times

It's a flashback-o-rama in this clip-centric episode

So, our final three is Andy, Spencer and Gina Marie. Who deserves to win? Good question. I think who you're rooting for at this point just depends on what you consider strong game play. Or, if you don't think any of them demonstrated exactly that, maybe you just toss up your hands in despair or pick a name out of a hat or something.

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Can McCrae save himself?

It's an early elimination tonight, but who will go home?

It's a special eviction episode of "Big Brother"! And "Big Brother" winner Ian is back! It's chaos, people! Quick, run into the streets and knock over a liquor store! BURN SOMETHING! It's crazy! Oh, wait. Sorry, there have just been so many "special" episodes of "Big Brother" I'm starting to feel a little faint from the non-stop adrenaline pump. 

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Katey Sagal on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Katey Sagal on 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6 premiere recap: 'Straw'

Sex, guns, murder and a whole lot of crazy kick off the beginning of the end for FX's biker soap

I stopped taking "Sons of Anarchy" seriously a couple of seasons ago. There's just too much heartache -- and too many headaches -- to expect anything more than the "adrenalized soap opera" and "bloody pulp fiction" Kurt Sutter himself declared the show to be back in 2011. That worked fine for awhile. But now I'm worried that Sutter really needs us to take this show seriously again, and it could be too late to turn back.

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Will the Exterminators be unbroken?

McCrae is the target, but will someone make a Big Move?

Old Yeller is gone (hey, McCrae called Amanda that, not me), and so is Elissa. We're left with McCrae and the Exterminators, which could be a great doo-wop group name, but suggests this could be a potentially dull week. If McCrae doesn't win the veto, the rest of the house is perfectly aligned in sending him packing. I mean, this is "Big Brother" and anything is possible, but for once, it seems like everyone (except McCrae) can relax for a few days knowing the target is on someone else's back. 

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