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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Taran Killam and Kerry Washington

Taran Killam and Kerry Washington

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Kerry Washington and Eminem

Get your red wine and popcorn ready as the 'Scandal' star hosts for the first time

Let’s talk about race and “Saturday Night Live”.

Let’s talk about it even though every time we do, it devolves into anarchy in the comments.
 
Let’s talk about it specifically because of that anarchy, which rather than dampening any desire to have a rational discussion about it only makes me want to keep attempting to have it.
 
Let’s talk about it not simply because Kerry Washington is the host this week, but rather because it’s a useful conversation to constantly have.
 
Let’s talk about it because I’ve already talked about it here, here, here, and here and the rage that inevitably flows from a small, vocal portion of the readership is often more instructive about the show’s than anything I can bring to the table.
 
Let’s talk about it because talking about it is in fact talking about ways to make a show near and dear to the hearts of many “SNL” fans better.
 
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Rey Gallegos and Charlie Hunnam in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Fiasco (Rey Gallegos) and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) exchange pleasantries

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Los Fantasmas' revisits the past

Sins of the past catch up with several characters as we head toward the season's third act

We're into the second half of the season now and "Los Fantasmas" feels like an episode designed to put a lot of pieces into position for bigger plays to come. The school shooting returns in a major way, Gemma begins formulating her next steps in light of Tara's betrayal, Nero makes a big decision with unexpected consequences and Jax bares his soul to Tara in a would-be heart-wrenching moment that's arguably too little and unquestionably too late.

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Edward Norton and Bobby Monyihan prepare for "Saturday Night Live"

Edward Norton and Bobby Monyihan prepare for "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Edward Norton and Janelle Monáe

The first rule about Ed Norton hosting the show: Let's talk about Ed Norton hosting the show
Edward Norton isn’t exactly known for his comedic talents, relying mostly on intense turns in such films as “Fight Club” and “American History X” for his rise to fame. But he’s had plenty of intentionally funny roles as well, such as in “Keeping The Faith,” “Death To Smoochy,” and his recent foray into the world of Wes Anderson films. For those with even a hint of interest in the behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood, Norton is also known as an opinionated talent who often provides creative input into his many endeavors, even when said input isn’t sought. But when it comes to “Saturday Night Live,” collaboration is the name of the game, and it should be interesting to see just how much Norton is willing to puncture his own persona tonight. Along for the ride will be musical guest Janelle Monáe. If you’ve never seen Monáe perform, you’re in for a treat.
 
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Walton Goggins and Katey Sagal in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Venus (Walton Goggins) bonds with Gemma (Katey Sagal) in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: Venus rises in 'Sweet and Vaded'

Walton Goggins injects some heart and soul into the season before Tara brings the nasty

Certain parts of "Sons of Anarchy" inevitably feel like a little boy's fantasy of what it means to be a grown-up man: a tough, cool guy who wins every fight, scores with any woman he wants and outsmarts every rival. But to the show's credit, "Sons" has always been equally interested in its female characters, routinely giving them the same level of badass cred as the guys. There's plenty of reasons to quibble with the way certain characters are (or aren't) developed, but when it comes to storytelling "Sons" rarely discriminates based on gender. Maybe that's one reason the character of Venus van Dam works so well.

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'SNL': 10 observations about the new season after three shows
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'SNL': 10 observations about the new season after three shows

Do hosts even matter any more?

We’re only three episodes into the thirty-ninth season of “Saturday Night Live." But that’s not stopping us from making ten observations about the current season as a whole. Who has shined? Who has faded into the background? What trends can we already detect?

Read on to find out about the current state of the show.

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