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2014 Fall TV Preview: Get show reviews and a customizable schedule

Another season, another new crop of eager shows waiting to see if they’ll pass or fail with a TV audience whose attention is more divided than ever. Gracepoint, black-ish, Gotham, How to Get Away with Murder, Mulaney: Which will succeed? Which will drop out before the year is over?

In our annual Fall TV Preview, we weigh in on 12 new shows worth keeping an eye on, run down all the new and returning faves, and even look ahead to 2015.

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What to watch this week: 'Red Band Society,' 'The Good Wife,' 'The Mindy Project'

Red Band Society


Red Band Society

It's here, it's here! The fall TV season kicks off this week with a bunch of new shows, like Red Band Society, and returning faves like New Girl and Mindy Project. Click here for our top TV picks.

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'Outlander' recap, episode 6: Revealing Randall's true nature in 'The Garrison Commander'

Mean, mean Randall.


Mean, mean Randall.

Follow along with Michelle Stark, the Feed's TV expert and Outlander novice, and Brittany Volk, an 'Outlander' book fanatic and TV nerd, as they share their thoughts on Starz's new series every week. Here's what they thought about episode 6, "'The Garrison Commander."

Michelle: Well, this was a thoroughly unpleasant episode. Between the graphic amputation scene and that extended sequence about Jamie's lashing and, OH YEAH, that part where Captain Randall beats up poor Claire, I found this hour very hard to watch. "I look forward to the opportunity to reveal my true nature to you," Randall tells Claire early in the episode, and boy, does he ever. Suggesting she's a prostitute in French, calling his vicious attack on Jamie "an exquisite bloody masterpiece" - what a nut job this guy is. Yeeesh. The episode redeems itself at the end, with the news that Claire can solve all her problems by marrying a Scotsman. Hmm, gee, who ever could that be, ya think? …

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Chris Pratt hosting 'Saturday Night Live' premiere

Chris Pratt


Chris Pratt

The Year of Chris Pratt continues.

The Guardians of the Galaxy stud has been tapped to host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. The show's 40th (!) season debuts Sept. 27. This is Pratt's first time hosting, and he'll be joined by first-time musical guest Ariana Grande.

Thanks to Guardians, the entire world now knows what longtime Parks and Recreation (and Everwood!) fans have known: Pratt is a talented dude. We can't wait to see what he does on the Studio 8H stage.

The week after, Sarah Silverman (a loose-cannon highlight of this year's Emmys) hosts the Oct. 4 show with five-time musical guests Maroon 5. Fun fact: Silverman starred on SNL as a cast member back in the '90s. It should, at the very least, be unpredictable. Here's hoping her boyfriend, Masters of Sex's Michael Sheen (a.k.a. "Mr. Fancy Pants"), pops up for a cameo.

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James Corden replacing Craig Ferguson as new 'Late Late Show' host

Corden in 'Into the Woods'!

Corden in 'Into the Woods'!

Looks like the rumors were right: British writer/actor James Corden will take over for Craig Ferguson as host the The Late Late Show on CBS. Score another point for hosts named James in late-night!

Never heard of Corden? Join the club. He hasn't done much stateside, save for a Tony-winning performance a few years back in Broadway's One Man, Two Guvnors and an appearance this year in the movie Begin Again with Keira Knightley.

But on the other side of the pond, he's pretty famous. He co-created and starred in British sitcom Gavin & Stacey, which was adapted this year by Fox into a sitcom called Us and Them that will sadly never air; and co-created and stars in Hulu show The Wrong Mans, an action comedy/drama about two British office workers. Later this year, he'll appear alongside Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and more as the Baker in the anticipated movie adaptation of stage musical Into the Woods. Bottom line: The dude is talented. But does that mean he'll make a good late-night host?   

CBS announced Corden's hiring Monday with very little details. They did say he'll start in 2015; Ferguson steps down as host of the show in December.

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Neil Patrick Harris married boyfriend David Burtka in Italy this weekend

NPH tweeted this photo Monday. Aw.


NPH tweeted this photo Monday. Aw.

Alert! One of our fave celebrities, estwhile child star and current awards show host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris, 41, got hitched over the weekend to longtime boyfriend David Burtka. The couple had been dating publicly since at least 2007.

Guess what? @DavidBurtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the 'n' and 'd' in 'husband'.

You may know Burtka, 39, as occassional star in NPH's adorable Instagram feed, where he often posts photos of his fam including his now-hubbie and their two adorable toddler twins Harper Grace and Gideon Scott. Burtka also popped up on Harris' show How I Met Your Mother as Scooter, Alyson Hannigan's character's dorky ex-boyfriend.

People reports that How I Met Your Mother director Pam Fryman officiated the wedding ceremony, and the couple's kids participated, too. Oh, and Elton John was there to play some reception tunes.

Harris wrapped Mother for good in March of this year, then took the lead role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

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'Outlander' recap, episode 5: Paying 'Rent'


Follow along with Michelle Stark, the Feed's TV expert and Outlander novice, and Brittany Volk, an 'Outlander' book fanatic and TV nerd, as they share their thoughts on Starz's new series every week. Here's what they thought about episode 5, "Rent."

Brittany: This episode picked up right where we left Claire, wearing a fabulous furry wool coat, and on a journey throughout Scotland with Dougal, Jamie and some crude, stinky guys. To try and understand why these men are on the road, she thinks back to some history lessons from Frank. Dougal is raising money for the Jacobite army, and Claire knows they're on the losing side of history. Just how much should she intervene to save their lives? Jamie's life? I've watched and read lots of sci-fi stories that deal with time travel and changing history, but these books impress me because they weave Claire's actions into history seamlessly, but still with surprising twists. As she continues to plot a way to get home, she's realizing she could also help these guys and their cause. I'm glad because I'm getting sick of the "Claire's Escape Plan Doesn't Work, Again" show. …

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AMC orders spinoff of wobbly 'Walking Dead'


Good news and potentially shaky news here for Zombie Nation: AMC has ordered a 2015 spinoff to apocalyptic smash The Walking Dead, which makes savvy financial sense seeing as how the undead drama is the highest-rated scripted program in the history of basic cable. But the televised travails of Rick Grimes & Co., which fires up Season 5 at 9 p.m. on Oct. 12, has suffered from wobbly storytelling and tonal shifts the past few seasons. Week after week, it's a Walking crapshoot.

With most of the Good Guys captured in Terminus at the hands of Cannibalistic Bad Guys, the original series looks like it could tonally shift again: into a straight-up action series. Maybe a more streamlined approach will help the series find its footing. Still, spinning off a show on stumbly legs is a creative risk, the possibility of a diluted product becoming even more diluted. The new series, which does't have a name yet, will be helmed by showrunner Dave Erickson, who co-wrote the admittedly dazzling pilot with comic book creator and source-material geek-god Robert Kirkman. …

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Lackluster 'Dancing with the Stars' season 19 cast includes...

The pros of this season's 'Dancing with the Stars'


The pros of this season's 'Dancing with the Stars'

The new "celebrity" cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars was announced this morning on Good Morning America, and it's not quite as exciting as last year's Olympic double threat of Charlie White and Meryl Davis. In fact, it's one of the most lackluster (and older-skewing) casts we've seen in a while.

The 13 celebs joining season 19 are:

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum Alfonso Ribeiro, 42, who proved Thursday morning he's going to be a character. Already, there were many, many references to the Carlton dance he did on the '90s show. Ooooh, boy. He's with pro Witney Carson.

Duck Dynasty "star" Sadie Robertson, who's only 17 and bears a strong resemblance to a young Miley Cyrus. With Mark Ballas.

Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, 51. Our money's on him to go home first. (Sorry.) With Emma Slater.

Olympic hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones, 32, who's sure to bring the controversy the show always desires. With new pro Keo Motsepe.

Mean Girls stud Jonathan Bennett, 33. If you loved the Lindsay Lohan movie, you'll instantly recognize his smarmy face. If you didn't, you will have no idea who this man is. With new pro Allison Holker, one of So You Think You Can Dance's very best alums. …

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Not So Fast, Taylor Swift! CMAs say you're country for one more night

A week after Taylor Swift said she's now a full-time pop star, Nashville decided to lure the singer back into her country boots for one last yeehaw.

On Nov. 5, Swift will compete for female vocalist of the year at the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards, nominations for which were announced Wednesday. Swift — who's trumpeting upcoming LP 1989 as an "official" pop switcheroo — will compete against tried-and-true cowgirls Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood.

The CMAs, which will be held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and hosted once again by Brad Paisley and Underwood, are country's ultimate showcase — never mind that there are 87 other country awards shows.

The mondo CMA prize is entertainer of the year, where you won't find Swift's name this year. Instead, shotgun-toting heartbreaker Lambert will compete against hubby Blake Shelton, lord of the frat boys Luke Bryan, shaggy Keith Urban and "King" George Strait. (Strait has now been nominated for a CMA a record 83 times. Wow.) …

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I wanna play too!! Fallon, Levine duel on musical impressions game


I demand to play the Musical Impressions Generator game with my Tampa Bay Times coworkers! Michelle Stark? Stephanie Hayes? C'mon! Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the affable host battled Maroon 5 hunk Adam Levine in an awesomely entertaining mimicry showdown, including Eddie Vedder warbling The Muffin Man and Bob Dylan rasping out Rude. I do a wicked Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty impression. Who wants to take me on???

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Fox sends out seriously ill-timed 'Sleepy Hollow' release

A firm's plan to drum up interest in the show’s Sept. 16 digital, Blu-ray and DVD release turned into a PR nightmare for the network.

The firm, ThinkJam had sent out a cheery email to journalists with these opening words:

Heads will roll as sleepyheads celebrate Headless Day today, September 2. On this National Beheading Day, viewers everywhere can share in the fun as fans prepare for the release of Sleepy Hollow: Season One on Digital HD now and arriving on Blu-ray and DVD September 16.

We hope you like them and are able to share them with your readers! If you share via your social media platforms, please tag them with #HeadlessDay!

They also included four e-cards with inscriptions such as "Does this axe make my head look small?"

The email arrived in journalists inboxes just as news was breaking that journalist Steven Sotloff had been beheaded at the hands of ISIS militants. This was also 14 days after video surfaced of the same group beheading captured American photojournalist James Foley.

The firm immediately issued an apology: …

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What to watch this week: 'The Leftovers' finale, Lifetime's 'Saved by the Bell' movie, 'So You Think You Can Dance'

The cast of Lifetime's Saved by the Bell movie.


The cast of Lifetime's Saved by the Bell movie.

This week on TV, HBO's bleak drama The Leftovers ends its first season, our fave reality competition So You Think You Can Dance crowns a winner, and you can get a glimpse at CBS's new fall shows in the aptly named CBS Fall Preview.

Click here for our top TV picks this week.

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'Outlander' recap, episode 4: What's up with 'The Gathering'?

Before the Gathering scene with Jamie, as Claire tries to escape, she encounters some drunk men who try to rape her. But it's Dougal to the rescue! He convinces them to leave, but, oh wait, he's pretty drunk, and wants her for himself. Graham McTavish is absolutely terrifying here. As much as we might joke about why Claire shouldn't want to leave, this scene is a great example of just what kind of danger she's in all the time.

And now the clan of plaid is off on a journey throughout Scotland and Claire is going along. So of course, she's already plotting a way to get to Craigh na Dun.

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Jimmy Kimmel stages glorious mini 'Friends' reunion on his show


Allow us to send you into the long Labor Day weekend with this delightful tidbit: a mini Friends reunion happened on Jimmy Kimmel's show Wednesday.

Kimmel asks his guest Jennifer Aniston to read some lines with him from a Friends script he wrote. Well, "more than" read lines: They take to a full-on reproduction of the classic show's kitchen set to recreate an episode, complete with laugh track and music cues. Kimmel is Ross, natch, and before long, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow show up, too. Where are Joey and Chandler? Dead from Marcel the Monkey's rabies, according to Kimmel.

Cox and Kudrow are so game ("How YOU doing?"), even though the whole script is about Ross' penchant for love-making. Aniston seems majorly put-off by the whole thing, but we're hoping it's just her awesome comedic acting skills on display. Our fave part? When Kimmel scolds them all for not taking it seriously: "Can everyone please try acting like you've been on a TV set before and read the lines? This isn't some kind of improv camp, this is television." …

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