Rory and Lorelai Gilmore
The best TV shows draw you into a distinct world. Whether it's the meth wasteland of Breaking Bad, the mythical world of Game of Thrones or the unglamorous paper supply company of The Office, great series create worlds so vibrant and realized you don't want to leave.
Add to that list Gilmore Girls, the hourlong dramedy that ran on the WB network from 2000-2007 and is set to start streaming on Netflix this Wednesday, Oct. 1. Set in fictitious small town Stars Hollow, the show follows enviably awesome mother/daughter duo Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) Gilmore, and a quirky cast of characters — Lorelai's best friend Sookie, town selectman/blowhard Taylor Doose, diner owner Luke Danes, wealthy grandparents Emily and Richard Gilmore. …Full Story
Martin Short and John Mulaney
A handful of new shows debut this week, including Fox's new sitcom from standup comedian John Mulaney, a remake of British mystery drama Broadchurch and a rom-com starring the mother from How I Met Your Mother. Click here for our full list of top TV.Full Story
Michelle: Well, Brittany, here we are, the last episode of Outlander's first half-season. The show's going off the air until April 2015, when it'll air 8 more episodes to conclude the first season. Good thing "Both Sides Now" was suitably eventful. I loved starting the episode with Frank in modern (1940s) times, worried over his missing wife. It's a neat perspective and one that's super easy to forget when we're watching Jamie and Claire heat up that marriage bed in the 1700s. "My wife is NOT with another man," Frank says. Uh, you wrong. …Full Story
Cyrus and Fitz, raging.
Grab a long-stemmed wine glass and kick back in your chaise on an island that doesn't exist, Scandal is back! Last night's season 4 premiere "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia" did an impressive job tying up last season's loose ends, starting new story lines and holding dear everything we love about the show: crazy Mellie, crazier Cyrus, Olivia's wardrobe and lots more. Some highlights:
* The No. 1 reason I love Scandal? In the first seven minutes of last night's episode, Olivia went through two hairstyles, Portia de Rossi showed up as a new character AND Harrison died. It's easy to think of Scandal as a giant pile of fluff, but notice the way they get all the big players into perfect position so quickly. It's masterful.
* Oh, yeah, total bore of a character Harrison died over the summer, because the actor who played him had to go. Annnndddd we're already over it. …Full Story
Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe
A period piece starring Daniel Radcliffe as a doctor during the Russian Revolution. A multimillion-dollar fantasy epic adapted from a popular book series. An artists' collaboration led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A Steven Soderbergh medical drama with Clive Owen.
If these sound like the lineup of a blockbuster movie season, think smaller. A lot smaller.
Click here for our full story on a handful of quality TV shows airing on channels you've probably never heard of: A Young Doctor's Notebook on Ovation, Outlander on Starz, HitRecord on TV on Pivot, The Knick on Cinemax.Full Story
Viola Davis in 'How to Get Away with Murder'
Let's get something straight: ABC's new show How to Get Away with Murder was not created or written by Shonda Rhimes, the mighty showrunner of huge network hits like Grey's Anatomy (now heading into its 11th season) and super buzzy Scandal.
The new series, an hour-long drama that will follow Grey's and Scandal on Thursday nights, was created by Peter Nowalk, a protege of Rhimes who cut his teeth on those other two shows. Rhimes' involvement in Murder is as executive producer, and the show comes out of her production company, ShondaLand (which means ABC's entire primetime Thursday lineup now consists of ShondaLand shows). She's not writing scripts, and it shows.
Click here for our full review of the show.Full Story
Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson in 'black-ish'.
ABC is leading the way this season for diversity on network shows, with one new drama (How to Get Away with Murder) built around a black woman, and two new comedies airing later in the year about a Mexican woman (Cristela) and an Asian family (Fresh off the Boat).
Then there's black-ish, a new comedy premiering Wednesday about an upper-middle-class black family. The show is confident in its point of view as it explores modern racial politics without being alienating or preachy. Oh, and it's laugh-out-loud funny. Click here for our full review.
And to read about other shows debuting this season and to create your own printable schedule, check out our interactive Fall TV preview. Full Story
Finally! We have a confirmed lead for the second season of HBO's hit drama True Detective. Colin Farrell confirmed to Irish newspaper The Sunday World that he's "doing the second series" and is "excited." Yeah, so are we, Farrell! There's something about Farrell as an actor that's hard to look away from. Now please, HBO, just let him use his fierce Irish accent.
At some point over the past couple months, it's been rumored that practically every actor in Hollywood will star in the show's second iteration. Since first-season star Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are not returning for Season 2, the field is wide open. Other actors in the rumor mill include Vince Vaughan, Elisabeth Moss (please, please!), Friday Night Lights' Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams. The new season will be eight epiosdes, just like the first, and will take place in California.
Until the rest of the cast is confirmed, amuse yourself all over again with these suggestions from the #TrueDetectiveSeason2 meme that popped up shortly after the second season had been picked up by HBO. Our faves? Johnny Weir/Tara Lipinski, Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen (seriously!), and the Gilmore Girls.Full Story
Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne in 'black-ish'
This is it, everyone. Prepare your DVRs and claim your spot on the couch: The fall TV season is in full swing this week. A bunch of new and returning faves are premiering; the good (black-ish), the bad (NCIS: New Orleans) and the Scandal.
For our full list of top picks this week, click here. To read about other shows and to create your own printable schedule, check out our interactive Fall TV preview. Full Story
Brittany: After six episodes of foreplay, we finally get what we've all been waiting for! Jamie and Claire are married, so now they can finally get to the marriage bed. I loved the storytelling of this episode, where it goes back and forth from past to present to show the wedding and how it came together. Sam Heughan and Caitriona are so cute together. It felt like they were at a high school party and they sneak off to a bedroom to makeout and everyone is gossiping about them downstairs. The two were very nervous, but Claire was (legitimately) more reserved than Jamie, even though he's the virgin, although not a monk, wink wink. The episode had a good mix of heavy romance and light humor, and it all melted my heart. …Full Story
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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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.Full Story
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? …Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story