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What to watch this week: 'So You Think You Can Dance', 'The Strain', 'The Bachelorette'

Bear Grylls and Zac Efron

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Bear Grylls and Zac Efron

This week in our top TV picks: We find out whether Tampa native Josh Murray wins The Bachelorette's heart ... adventureman Bear Grylls gets celebs like Zac Efron to go along with his outdoorsy shenanigans ... So You Think You Can Dance votes off a big chunk of the remaining dancers ... and a new show premieres on ABC set in a medieval world called Everealm.

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'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch goes to Comic Con to talk about ... penguins?

Cumberbatch with a penguin

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Cumberbatch with a penguin

With a resume that includes Star Trek, The Hobbit and fan-favorite BBC show Sherlock, you’d think Benedict Cumberbatch could’ve made it to Comic Con at least once before.

But the British dreamboat made his debut on Thursday for … Penguins of Madagascar?

Well, aside from Cumberbatch voicing a superspy wolf in the Madagascar sequel, rumors say he could be annouced by Marvel’s panel today as oddball superhero Doctor Strange, which would make at least a bit more sense (Cumberbatch + Marvel might just make the Internet explode, after all).

He stoked those rumors Thursday when a fan asked what superhero he’d like to play, and he responded, “Nurse Normal,” then explained, “That was a joke on Doctor Strange.” Other actors rumored to be on the short list are Tom Hardy and Joaquin Phoenix, but they’re not at Comic Con causing swooning and screaming, are they?

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Comic Con news: 'Firefly' cast reunites for video game

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No power in the ’verse can stop Firefly.

Announced at a panel Thursday, the crew of the spaceship Serenity are reuniting for the game Firefly Online — including Alan Tudyk, whose fan-favorite character Wash was tearfully killed off in the 2005 follow-up movie Serenity.

In the game, you can create your own character and a spaceship to captain. No one seems to know when it will launch, although a trailer says if you aim to misbehave, you can register now at keepflying.com. However, as of this writing, the site appears to be down because apparently you can stop the signal. Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal, Internet! You’re almost as bad as Fox!

Joss Whedon’s sci-fi Western TV series was canceled due to low ratings in 2003 after just 11 episodes aired (out of order) on Fox, but it has since earned a huge cult following. Even though Browncoats have lost many a war to reboot the show, they keep on flyin’.

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Comic Con news: 'Teen Wolf' picked up for a fifth season

 Actor John Duff, Tyler Hoechlin, Shelley Hennig and Dylan O'Brien attend MTV's "Teen Wolf" panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24 in San Diego, California.

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Actor John Duff, Tyler Hoechlin, Shelley Hennig and Dylan O'Brien attend MTV's "Teen Wolf" panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24 in San Diego, California.

Man, people really like their cheesy supernatural television.

Fans squealed and screamed, and some shed tears at Thursday’s Comic-Con panel for MTV’s hit series Teen Wolf, according to the AP, when executive producer Jeff Davis announced the show had been picked up for a 20-episode fifth season. He also confirmed actor Dylan Sprayberry has been upped to a series regular.

The fainting continued whencast members like Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin and Holland Roden took questions from fans about the shown on which a town is filled with various packs of werewolves. Davis says season five focuses on “human problems instead of creating another mythology or creature.” Yeah, like all of that unwanted body hair that comes with wolf puberty.

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Keep an eye out for Tampa RV dealership Lazydays on new Travel Channel show

Jack and Phyllis Fredericks, of Chatham, N.Y., look at Fleetwood RVs at the Lazydays RV SuperCenter in Seffner in this 2009 file photo.

Jack and Phyllis Fredericks, of Chatham, N.Y., look at Fleetwood RVs at the Lazydays RV SuperCenter in Seffner in this 2009 file photo.

Hey, look! The Tampa Bay area is being featured on TV this weekend.

Shopping for an RV at Lazydays in Seffner is the focus of a reality show premiering Sunday on the Travel Channel.

Big Time RV takes viewers behind the scenes of the country's largest recreational vehicle dealership as customers tour and test different makes and models, from $18,000 travel trailers to $1 million tour buses

Get all the details from Susan Thurston's story here.

 

 

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Jessica Biel is going to be on 'New Girl'

Jessica Biel is coming to 'New Girl'.

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Jessica Biel is coming to 'New Girl'.

Gather 'round kids, and let us tell you about a time when Jessica Biel was a weekly fixture on our TV screens. This was back in the heyday of a little network called the WB, home to such '90s tween classics as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek and 7th Heaven. Biel starred on that last one as chaste older daughter Mary Camden, a minister's kid whose worst crime was vandalizing her school's gym. We felt for her. We sympathized with her actions. Mary Camden could have been any of one us.

Then Biel went and married Justin Timberlake, and we were all UGH JUST GET OUT OF HERE RIGHT NOW GIVE ME YOUR LIFE.

Since then, we've tired of all things Biel, especially her terrible career choices. Total Recall? Lame. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry? Ugh. Valentine's Day? Come on.

So it's with mixed feelings that we report Biel has signed on to star in the season premiere of one of our fave comedies, Fox's New Girl. She'll play a nemesis of Zooey Deschanel's character Jess, a stunning (of course) scientist at a wedding the gang attends. Unfortunately for Jess, she finds out she's competing with Biel's hot nerd for the interests of the same guy. Good luck with that one, Zooey. …

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FX renews 'Fargo', with a new cast and story, and 'Louie'

Billy Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'

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Billy Bob Thornton in 'Fargo'

Well, this isn't really a surprise, but it's welcome news nonetheless: FX announced at the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour today that its first-year drama Fargo is returning for a second season. Fargo, which ended its first season in June, cleaned up in the Emmy nominations announced earlier this month.

Writer-producer Noah Hawley had teased that the anthology series based loosely on the 1996 Coen Brothers movie would likely be back, but since the first season was a contained story with a clear ending, it wasn't a sure thing.

So it makes sense that Fargo's second season, also 10 episodes like the first, will feature a new cast (see ya, Billy Bob!), a different time period setting and a new story. Hawley will again be the showrunner.

Here's the obligatory statement from FX CEO John Landgraf: "We could not be more proud of Fargo. Noah's audacious, bordering on hubristic riff on my favorite Coen brothers film earned 18 Emmy nominations, the most of a single program in our history. Fargo was nothing short of breathtaking and we look forward to the next installment."

Indeed, season 2 has a lot to live up to. …

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What to watch this week: 'The Bachelorette,' 'The Leftovers,' 'Hotel Hell'

Justin Theroux in 'The Leftovers'

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Justin Theroux in 'The Leftovers'

Up this week on our list of top TV picks: Only two more weeks until we find out if a Tampa Bachelorette contender wins the grand prize ... Gordon Ramsay goes to Hotel Hell ... and we can't get enough of The Leftovers, HBO's eerie and poignant new drama. 

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James Garner, who reluctantly found fame on 'Maverick' and 'The Rockford Files', dies at 86

Joseph Cotten, right, guest stars as a business tycoon who hires James Garner to investigate his prospective son-in-law, whom he suspects is a phony, in a special 90-minute presentation of NBC TV's The Rockford File on Oct. 18, 1974.

Joseph Cotten, right, guest stars as a business tycoon who hires James Garner to investigate his prospective son-in-law, whom he suspects is a phony, in a special 90-minute presentation of NBC TV's The Rockford File on Oct. 18, 1974.

James Garner, one of the first stars to find success in both TV and movies, died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home on Saturday. He was 86. You might know Garner from TV's Maverick, or The Rockford Files in the '70s.

The Feed's Sean Daly, a Rockford Files fanatic, writes:

"James Garner had a Hollywood chin but Everyman's eyes. He was a relatable lug whose most iconic work — TV's Maverick in the '50s, The Rockford Files in the '70s — endures because his beat-up, beleaguered guys looked a whole lot like us: trying and failing to avoid trouble, dodging bill collectors and bad news on the answering machine. ... And yet a large swath of Mr. Garner's roles — from the Scrounger in 1963's The Great Escape to those flirty Polaroid commercials with Mariette Hartley in the '70s — were imbued with a comic, eye-rolling exasperation. Mr. Garner's guys often just wanted to be left alone, heroes in spite of themselves."

Click here for the full obituary.

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St. Petersburg teen singing on ABC's 'Rising Star' Sunday

Macy Kate

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Macy Kate

Because it is our life's duty to inform you when someone from the Tampa Bay area is competing on a reality show, we must tell you that local teen Macy Kate will compete Sunday on ABC's singing competition Rising Star.

The 16-year-old from St. Petersburg was pulled from the audience to sing during the premiere of the ABC show earlier this summer, and now she'll be back again to perform with Gabrielle Nicole as part of the Duels portion of the competition.

You'd be forgiven for not knowing the show, hosted by Josh Groban and featuring Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris as musical experts. Rising Star utilizes an app voting system that ABC hoped would turn it into the Next Big Thing; instead, it's just sort of fizzled. Oh, Groban, your talents are being seriously wasted.

Here's a video of Macy Kate competing earlier in the season:

 

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Bryan Cranston returning to TV in HBO adaptation of 'All the Way'

Bryan Cranston portraying President Lyndon B. Johnson during a performance of 'All the Way.'

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Bryan Cranston portraying President Lyndon B. Johnson during a performance of 'All the Way.'

This is how a multiple-Emmy-winning actor like Bryan Cranston follows up an all-time great TV show like Breaking Bad: He's returning to TV in a Steven Spielberg project based on a character Cranston just won a Tony Award for playing.

Yep, the erstwhile Walter White is headed back to television to star in an HBO adaptation of the Broadway play All the Way, which was just named best play at the Tonys last month. Cranston's tour de force performance as Lyndon B. Johnson also won a Tony (halfway to an EGOT!). 

HBO picked up the rights to the play, which closed June 29 after 131 performances on Broadway, and will adapt it for the small screen. Cranston will play LBJ in the series, too. Oh, and Steven Spielberg is the executive producer.

So if Cranston doesn't win that Breaking Bad Emmy he's up for next month, don't worry. There's a good chance he'll be back up at the podium again. We knew TV's reigning meth king couldn't stay away for very long.

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Newbies Noël Wells, John Milhiser, Brooks Wheelan leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

From left, 'SNL' cast members John Milhiser, Bobby Moynihan, Noel Wells and Brooks Wheelan attend the American Museum of Natural History's 2013 Museum Gala.

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From left, 'SNL' cast members John Milhiser, Bobby Moynihan, Noel Wells and Brooks Wheelan attend the American Museum of Natural History's 2013 Museum Gala.

If you thought there were too many people in the Saturday Night Live cast last year, well, you'll like this news. If you were a fan of featured players Noël Wells, John Milhiser or Brooks Wheelan, well, sorry: They won't be returning for SNL's 40th season.

All three joined the sketch show in 2013 as part of a cast rejiggering that included the hiring of EIGHT (predominantly white and male) new cast members. No word yet on whether the other newbies - Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien, Colin Jost and Sasheer Zamata - are coming back. Jost is the show's head writer and currently a Weekend Update co-anchor, so he's probably fine, but Deadline thinks that O'Brien's place as a performer is less solid. (Longtime castmember Nasim Pedrad - known for her Kim Kardashian and Ariana Huffington impressions - is also leaving the cast; she's starring on Fox's Mulaney sitcom this fall.)

Wheelan announced his departure from the show in a tweet on Monday, quipping "FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!". Way to laugh through the pain, Brooks. …

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ABC announces fall TV premiere dates: 'How to Get Away with Murder', 'Dancing With the Stars', 'Selfie', more

Do NOT mess with Viola Davis on Shonda Rhimes' new show.

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Do NOT mess with Viola Davis on Shonda Rhimes' new show.

The summer Television Critics Association press tour is underway, and Tuesday it was ABC's turn to step up and talk about its upcoming programming. Topics included Paul Lee touting the network's (albeitly pretty impressive) commitment to diversity in its fall slate of shows; Lee defending his poor treatment of the now-canceled and critically beloved sitcom Trophy Wife; and a lively discussion of new Shonda Rhimes drama How to Get Away With Murder, with a panel that included Rhimes and a dozen other people, like the show's star, Oscar nominee Viola Davis. …

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Tampa player Josh Murray makes it to the final two on 'The Bachelorette'

Murray and Dorfman

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Murray and Dorfman

Here at the Feed, The Bachelorette doesn't usually make our list of must-watch shows. (Something about all those group dates freaks us out.) But when a local guy has a 50-50 shot at winning the whole thing, we have to take note.

On Monday's episode of the ABC dating show, Tampa native Josh Murray got another rose from Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, making him one of two finalists going into next week's finale. The former pro baseball player, 29, will face off against Nick Viall, 33, a software executive from Chicago. Last week, Dorfman visited the guys' hometowns, and Murray took her to Tampa to play some baseball and stroll along Bayshore Boulevard. (Watch a clip of their date below.)

This week, the guys went on dates with Andi in the Dominican Republic, where Josh got in touch with his silly side and made Andi dance in the streets. Awwww. Watch a clip here.

For more on Murray and the secret world of the Bachelorette fantasy league, check out this story from Times staffer Caitlin Johnston.

 

 

 

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Tampa native scores big in 'The Bachelorette' fantasy league

Murray with the bachelorette.

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Murray with the bachelorette.

You thought fantasy leagues were just for men quarreling over their mythical squads of football players? Think again. Allow us introduce you to The Bachelorette fantasy league, where men gain points for doing things like kissing to dancing.

Even better, one of the guys competing for bachelorette Andi Dorfman on the ABC dating show this season is Tampa native Josh Murray. He's one of just three contestants left.

How's Murray doing in the fantasy league? The Times' Caitlin Johnston happened to pick him for her fantasy league when Bachelorette started, so we'll let her tell you all about it. Click here for Johnston's story.

The Bachelorette airs at 8 p.m. tonight on ABC.

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