Tom Mison, Erin Cahill and Nicole Beharie in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Here's something you don't see every Thanksgiving

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: Giving thanks in 'Sanctuary'

Family ties, haunted houses and tree monsters: It's Thanksgiving, 'Sleepy Hollow'-style

It's Thanksgiving on "Sleepy Hollow," and that means an episode rich in family, traditions and ... tree monsters?

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Josh Hutcherson and Bobby Moynihan

Josh Hutcherson and Bobby Moynihan

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Josh Hutcherson and HAIM

The star of "The Hunger Games" makes his debut as host
Look, Josh Hutcherson seems like a nice enough guy. And I understand he’s one-third of the love triangle in what is currently the biggest non-Marvel, non-“Star Wars” franchise around. So when I say I don’t know why he’s hosting, I want you to understand that I understand the business side, just not the creative side. If you want to pimp out “The Hunger Games”, there are probably a dozen other people in that film franchise that would generate more excitement as host than Hutcherson. Again: he’s a good actor, when the material is right. (Check out “The Kids Are Alright” if you don’t believe me.) And I hope I’m surprised by how well he does. But if the first half-hour consists of Panem-centric parodies and Hutcherson playing himself, strap in for a world of pain.
 
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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6

"Sons of Anarchy"

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Murder most foul in 'Aon Rud Persanta'

The body count skyrockets in the season's most shocking episode

Well, spoiler alert "Sons of Anarchy" fans: That happened.

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Orlando Jones and Lyndie Greenwood in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Irving (Orlando Jones) brings Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) to work on her first day out of the asylum

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: 'Necromancer' is a fist bumping good time

Another strong episode argues the show could be more than just a guilty pleasure

"Sleepy Hollow" is officially on a roll. Two weeks in a row of first-rate episodes and everything's coming together. I'd say "Necromancer" is as close to a perfect episode as the show has delivered so far. (Though some may consider it a misstep that we now have a backstory for Headless... more on that in a bit.)

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They live for the applause, applause, applause...

They live for the applause, applause, applause...

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Lady Gaga

The pop star pulls double duty during her first hosting gig
I’m sure there are some reservations about Lady Gaga hosting “Saturday Night Live” tonight. But I’m not sure I see the problem, at least in theory. Her musical output has produced some of the great highs and lows of modern pop music, and I wouldn’t be the least surprised to see either extreme matched comedically tonight. I’ve enjoyed her sketch appearances in the past (in 2009 and 2011), and her larger-than-life presence will at least add some excitement to tonight’s proceedings. For someone as image-conscious as she is, Lady Gaga has not been afraid to send up herself during her brief appearances on the show in the past. So I’m going into this with an open mind and hoping for the best. Tonight will probably go one of two ways: in one scenario, she’s a team player in an episode that doesn’t really stand out from the rest; in the other, this is Guest Star-A-Polooza, with countless cameos throughout that turn the episode into a circus. (Maybe Timberlake returns the favor for her cameos in 2011, for example?)
 
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Jimmy Smits and Katey Sagal in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Jimmy Smits and Katey Sagal in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Tara's last stand in 'Huang Wu'

Jax faces a series of big decisions involving Tara, Galen, Clay and Patterson

By now we know what's working, and what's not working, this season on "Sons of Anarchy," and "Huang Wu" suffers for focusing too much on the wrong half of that equation. After last week's episode so effectively built up urgency and suspense, this week's was the equivalent of letting the air slowly out of a balloon that had been primed to pop.

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Tom Mison in 'Sleepy Hollow'

Ichabod (Tom Mison) has his 'Alas, poor Yorick' moment

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: Headless returns in 'Midnight Ride'

It's Ichabod versus the Internet and we all win

"Paul Revere, you rum beggar!" - Ichabod Crane

You're just not going to hear that anywhere else on television. And I think at this point we can safely say that's one of the key reasons why "Sleepy Hollow" has become the breakout hit of this year's freshman class.

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Past 'Saturday Night Live' stars we'd like to see mentor the current cast
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Past 'Saturday Night Live' stars we'd like to see mentor the current cast

What advice can Bill Murray, Amy Poehler and Mike Myers give?

In the middle of the second break of the thirty-ninth season of “Saturday Night Live,” we here at HitFix have some homework for the cast before they return to live TV on November 16th. With the show still struggling to find its identity, we’ve paired up each current cast member with a past one. Why? So those still on the show can watch footage of former Not Ready For Prime Time Players in order to glean inspiration, hone existing skills, and potentially develop new approaches. There’s something to be learned from almost everyone that’s ever performed in Studio 8H (both good and bad), but here are some pairings that we think would improve not only the individuals but also "Saturday Night Live" as a whole.

Check out the story gallery below and share your own thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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C.C.H. Pounder and Charlie Hunnam in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Even Patterson (C.C.H. Pounder) wants to know the real reason Charlie Hunnam ditched 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: The truth comes out in 'John 8:32'

There's bad news and worse news for Jax, Gemma, Nero and Tara this week

I don't want to get ahead of myself here, but all of a sudden I have hope that this crazy, messy, frequently infuriating season of "Sons of Anarchy" could actually pull itself together for a decent finish. Maybe it's cockeyed optimism to keep up my enthusiasm up for the next four episodes. Maybe it's wishful thinking to believe that the amount of time spent setting up various plot threads has to mean some degree of serious thought went into planning the respective payoffs. Whatever it is, I'm taking "John 8:32" as a positive sign for the future.

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John Noble in 'Sleepy Hollow'

John Noble's Sin Eater is hungry for some tasty, tasty transgressions in "Sleepy Hollow"

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: John Noble is 'The Sin Eater'

A deeper dive into Ichabod's past also introduces new characters played by John Noble and James Frain

It's about time for a deeper dive into Ichabod's past on "Sleepy Hollow" and that's exactly what we get from "The Sin Eater," the show's first episode back after a two week hiatus. Unfortunately, it's also an episode that highlights a widening gap between the complexity of the series mythology and the simplicity of its execution. "The Sin Eater" is a perfectly fine, workmanlike installment that does what it needs to do. But when you've been off the air for two weeks, you want to come back with a bigger bang than this.

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