<p>Allison Janney of &quot;Mom&quot;</p>

Allison Janney of "Mom"

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Interview: 'Mom' star Allison Janney talks multi-cam drama, comic grieving

Emmy winner explains how multi-cam is and is not like theater

The only people surprised when Allison Janney won an Emmy last fall for "Mom" were people who haven't been watching "Mom."

In the first season of the Chuck Lorre-produced sitcom, Janney's Bonnie battled a relapse of her alcoholism, had manic sexual misadventures with daughter Christy's chef boss and went through menopause.

Paired with the "West Wing" favorite's very different Emmy-winning turn in Showtime's "Masters of Sex," it was a pretty terrific year for Janney. 

As much emotional heavy-lifting as the "Mom" writers gave Janney last year, Season 2 has been even darker, as Bonnie has had to cope with the death, under very risqué circumstances, of Alvin (Kevin Pollak), the love of her life and Christy's father. 

Rather than writing Alvin's death, dealing with it for an episode and then moving along with hilarious hijinks, the "Mom" team has taken Bonnie on a sad and often lonely spiral, only sometimes peppering the grief with humor. Don't be surprised when Janney is back in the Emmy field again this fall. [And despite a reduced profile on "Masters of Sex," Janney's work in the Season 2 premiere will almost certainly have her up for Guest Actress in a Drama for a second time.]

Last month, I dropped by the "Mom" set on the Warner Brothers lot to talk about the different processes of doing big emotions on a sitcom versus a drama and her initial experience doing multi-cam comedy. We also discussed the periodic appearances by Bad Bonnie, who had just blackmailed her entire condo board in the previous episode.

Click through for the full Q&A and remember that "Mom" airs on Thursdays at 9:30 on CBS and could always use a bigger audience.

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<p>&quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot; - The Merge</p>

"Survivor: Worlds Apart" - The Merge

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Recap: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' - 'The Line Will Be Drawn Tonight'

After the Merge, castaways are forced to take sides

Pre-credit sequence. When we left things, Rodney had just been blindsided by Joaquin's eviction. This won't go well. Escameca returns and Rodney is simmering. "It's the game," Joe says, philosophically and still in the game. Tyler is the first to express his disappointment and to praise the Blue Collar tribe for its Rodney-excluding unity. It falls to Mike to attempt to coddle Rodney. "Hopefully he doesn't take it too personal," Mike tells us, suggesting he's never actually met Rodney. Mike takes a walk with Rodney and explains that their perception was that Joaquin was reeling him in. "I was working on a fugazi fake alliance," Rodney protests, adding that he thought he was Michael Jordan and now he's feeling like Luc Longley. "I'm acting, bro. I'm putting on my De Niro," Rodney insists. [He may have referred to his "dinero," but we all know who or what he meant.] "Now, all of a suddenly, I've gotta be Mike's bitch till we get to the Merge," Rodney says, vowing revenge. Fortunately...

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Top 9</p>

"American Idol" Top 9

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - Top 8 Kelly Clarkson Night Plus Elimination

Get ready for filler as we fill two hours with eight solos... and more

The Kelly Clarkson Songbook.

That's what we're getting on Wednesday (April 1) night's "American Idol." 

This is not to question Kelly Clarkson's awesomeness or even the very-goodness of Kelly Clarkson's discography, but there are some people in this "Idol" season who seem like they're going to be well-suited to tonight's theme and other people for home this may be excruciating, especially since the "Idol" voters are back in female-shunning mode this season.

Let's see how things go...

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<p>&quot;Weird Loners&quot;</p>

"Weird Loners"

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TV Ratings: 'Weird Loners' tanks, 'Dovekeepers' skews old and 'NCIS' leads Tuesday

'New Girl' dips to The Mulaney Line for a new episode

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

"NCIS" delivered Tuesday's best numbers to lead CBS to an overall win, though an old-skewing debut for "The Doverkeepers" dropped CBS into a tie in the key demo.

In addition to "Dovekeepers," Tuesday's big premiere was "Weird Loners," which tanked aggressively, doing only a 0.7 in the key demo, serving mostly to make FOX look back with nostalgia on the numbers for "The Mindy Project." FOX also saw an ugly number for "New Girl," which celebrated its renewal by drawing only 2.3 million viewers and hitting The Mulaney Line.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Sam Heughan of &quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

Sam Heughan of "Outlander"

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Interview: 'Outlander' showrunner Ronald D. Moore on the end of The Droughtlander

'Battlestar' veteran talks sex scenes, flashbacks and shifting POVs

The Droughtlander is nearly over.

After more than six months away, "Outlander" is finally returning to Starz on Saturday, April 4. Fans have been champing at the bit since September 27 to get the resolution of the cliffhanger involving Claire, Black Jack and the just-in-time arrival of Jamie.

Almost immediately upon the return, fans will notice something different. The premiere features Jamie's voiceover, a big deviation from Diana Gabaldon's book. The change in POV makes a large difference when it comes to The Important Thing That Happens in the premiere, an event that fans of the book have been waiting for all season.

Back in January at the TCA press tour, I sat down with "Outlander" showrunner Ronald D. Moore to discuss the impact of the POV swap, as well as the expanded role of Frank and how changes from the book have shaped the first season. [In the PaleyFest video above, Moore tells me a bit about Gabaldon's involvement in the series.]

We also talked about the well-regarded "The Wedding" episode and why it was important to have that episode written and directed by women (Anna Foerster and Anne Kenney, respectively) and whether or not it has been difficult to keep Claire from becoming too steadily a damsel-in-distress.

Check out the full Q&A below, as well as my PaleyFest interviews with stars Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies.

Note that there are some spoilers here if you haven't read the book. Not huge, but some.

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<p>Baron Davis of &quot;Sin City Saints&quot;</p>

Baron Davis of "Sin City Saints"

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Interview: 'Sin City Saints' star Baron Davis compares acting to playing under Mike Dunleavy

Is the Yahoo comedy star still hoping for an NBA comeback?

Somewhat lost amidst the hype about the return of "Community," Yahoo premiered the original basketball comedy "Sin City Saints" last week. 

Focusing on the hijinks surrounding an NBA team in Las Vegas, "Sin City Saints" has a strong cast that includes Malin Akerman, Toby Huss, Bruce from "Mixology," Tom Arnold and several former NBA players including Rick Fox and Baron Davis.

A couple weeks back I sat down to talk to Davis and Arnold in separate conversations about the new Yahoo comedy.

Baron Davis plays Billy Crane, a former NBA player who retired too young and decides to take one last shot at a comeback. Davis, of course, also retired young and there were links of media reports suggesting he was hoping to join the roster of an NBA playoff team. In our conversation, we also talked about Davis' personal dislike for practice and how that carries over to pretending to play basketball on TV.

In addition to his basketball career, Davis has been paying his dues in Hollywood for a while. He produced the Stacy Peralta documentary "Crips and Bloods: Made in America," among other projects. Most recently, through Indiegogo funding, Davis has been putting together "The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce," a documentary about the Compton summer league that he's also directing.

In the interview, Davis discusses his hopes for a comeback and his own experiences with dreadful NBA owners, which gets comedic treatment in "Sin City Saints," now available on Yahoo.

Check out the full Q&A and stay tuned for the Tom Arnold interview, which is kinda just a monologue or two about Las Vegas...


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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Monday's "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'Night Shift,' 'Following' dip as ABC, NBC split Monday

ABC takes the night overall, while NBC wins among young viewers.

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 30, 2015.

"Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice" led the normal ABC and NBC Monday split. The only meaningful variations included drops for "Night Shift" and "The Following."

Also declining on Monday? "Scorpion," "Mike & Molly" and, well, most things.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>John Slattery of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

John Slattery of "Mad Men"

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Interview: 'Mad Men' star John Slattery reflects on Roger Sterling's journey

Slattery talks Robert Morse, directing and learning to recognize exposition

The following article contains a spoiler about the upcoming second half of the "Mad Men" season. It's not a big spoiler. It's about facial hair. But I feel like warning you anyway, given how secretive Matt Weiner and the "Mad Men" team are about even the least significant of spoilers.

The last seven "Mad Men" episodes begin to roll out on Sunday, April 5 and other than that facial hair spoiler, there's no point in trying to get anybody to talk about where things are headed. But we were able to talk about where we've been, so if you haven't seen the 2014 episodes, that's spoiled here.

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<p>Edward James Olmos of &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Edward James Olmos of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Interview: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' guest star Edward James Olmos

The 'Battlestar' veteran has only cryptic hints about Agent Gonzalez

No stranger to taking command of a carrier on a sci-fi-tinged show, Edward James Olmos made his debut on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." last week.

We still don't know much about the "Battlestar Galactica" star's Agent Gonzalez, other than that he is apparently the head of The Real S.H.I.E.L.D., whatever that actually means.

I didn't get many answers in a brief conversation with the "Stand and Deliver" Oscar nominee last week. It was one of those things where a nine minute interview became a 7:30 interview, which was made shorter by the need to repeat several questions due to a problematic phone connection.

Still, I learned that Olmos has a long personal history with Marvel comics, which helped the producers woo him even though they couldn't tell him all of the secrets about Agent Gonzalez.

Regarding spoilers, the only tidbit of knowledge I gleaned was this: "When Agent Gonzalez laughs, the whole world laughs with him." Olmos told me to remember that, so you should probably remember it took. 

Think of this as just a little tease for Tuesday (March 31) night's "Marvel's Agents of S..H.I.E.L.D." 

Full -- relatively speaking -- Q&A after the break...

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'Walking Dead' finale, 'Killing Jesus' draw big Sunday numbers

Latest Bill O'Reilly adaptation hits NatGeo highs, while zombies hit a finale high

The latest season finale of "The Walking Dead" and the premiere of National Geographic's "Killing Jesus" both delivered notable numbers on Sunday (March 29). 

[Insert facile resurrection/Zombie Jesus joke.]

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