A review of the "Doctor Who" season finale coming up just as soon as I go out with you for texting and scones...
The Doctor confronts the Silence with a little help from his friends
Spy dramedy's final season and fairy tale procedural's first to both premiere Oct. 28
Remember how yesterday - while reporting news of Stan Lee's guest appearance - I reminded you folks that the fifth and final season of "Chuck" would be debuting on Friday, Oct. 21? Well, adjust your viewing calendars by a week, as NBC has pushed the premiere for both "Chuck" and the fairy tale-themed cop drama "Grimm" back one week, so both will debut on Oct. 28 at 8 and 9 p.m., respectively.
Given what a mess some of NBC's other nights have been, I had started to wonder if perhaps the network might deploy "Chuck" - which has a small but relatively consistent audience - on a different night (Wednesday, maybe?) to stop the bleeding there. Instead, they're still set to be on Fridays, with the move apparently being made to make it easier to promote the "Grimm" premiere closer to Halloween. (All four of NBC's Thursday comedies will be airing Halloween-themed episodes the night before.)
So Chuck, Sarah, Casey, Morgan and company will still be back - just a few days later than originally planned.
Episode two tones down the pilot's rampant sexism
Terrorism thriller is easily the fall's best new series
They seem too good to be true at first, the two leads of Showtime's "Homeland," the best new show of the fall season. One is Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a tough, smart, dedicated CIA agent who can only be held back by her by-the-book superiors. The other is Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), a Marine sniper who went missing in Iraq 8 years ago and was long presumed dead, only to be discovered alive and (relatively) well during a special forces raid on his captors' base.
The two could be poster girl and boy for the War on Terror, but almost immediately "Homeland" (it debuts Sunday night at 10) begins showing cracks in the facade.
Things get worse rather than better with the second episode
How long can the show get away with turning Andy into Michael Scott 2.0?
Alan and Todd VanDerWerff talk about the difference between "normal" and "abnormal" episodes
Ron faces off against two ex-wives and his mom in a riotous episode
What did everybody think of the new CBS sitcom?
I posted my review of "How to Be a Gentleman" earlier today. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched - whether you're a Rickety Cricket fan, a Johnny Drama fan, a Murray Hewitt fan, Chloe O'Brien or Dave Nelson fan, or simply someone who left the TV on after "Big Bang Theory" - what did you think? Did you find it funny? Do you intend to come back for more? Did all the characters step out of a time machine from 1997?
Have at it.
Chuck will meet Spider-Man's co-creator in the final season's 7th episode
"Chuck" has been loading up on the nerd-bait casting for the spy comedy's fifth and final season. Guest stars already announced for the new season, set to debut on Friday, October 21(*), include Mark Hamill, Carrie-Anne Moss and "Community" star Danny Pudi.
(*) UPDATE: NBC today pushed back the premiere date by a week, to October 28.
To that list we can now add perhaps the most Comic Con-friendly guest star of all time: Stan Lee, legendary co-creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and almost every other iconic Marvel Comics character (including most of the roster of Joss Whedon's "Avengers" film).