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Filed Under:Entertainment / Television
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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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TV highlights: Emma Roberts makes her ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ debut

A reconfiguration of the tribes leaves one castaway left out while another tribe is forced to negotiate for its next meal after mismanaging the food supply on “Survivor” (CBS at 8 p.m.). RETURNING SHOW: “The 100” (CW at 9) opens its second season with Clarke frantically trying to make sense of her surroundings just as an enemy reappears. Read full article >>

Breakout star Bethenny Frankel returns to ‘Real Housewives’ — but why?

Listen, the only reason any smart person goes on a reality TV show is as a stepping stone to... a career much better than being a reality TV star. It’s a long shot, but for years, hopefuls have at least been able to look to the shining example of Bethenny Frankel. Show More Summary

‘The Good Wife’ recap: ‘Shiny Objects’

Ah, a look into attorney Elsbeth Tascioni’s mind — it’s a very bizarre place to be. Elsbeth is one of the quirkier people of “The Good Wife” universe. As Alicia and co know all too well, it’s great when she’s on your side and terrifying when she’s not, because you never quite know where her strange thought process will go. Read full article >>

TV highlights: A ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Halloween-themed special

Instead of its usually super-scary Halloween episode, “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family at 8 p.m.) is treating its fans with a Halloween-themed behind-the-scenes special that’s got interviews with current cast members and visits from dearly departed characters from seasons past. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘The Millers’ moves to a new night for its Season 2 premiere

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS at 8 p.m.), a show full of unfortunate situations, has Sheldon and Raj undertaking an underground research expedition that eventually turns into a test of how long they can exist in tight quarters before they drive one another insane. Read full article >>

‘Gracepoint’ recap, Episode 3: Carver’s penance

A note: For every episode of “Gracepoint” on Fox, I’ll be doing a quick rundown of what happened before embarking into a breakdown of what was different or similar in “Gracepoint’s” arguably better BBC America sister “Broadchurch.” (“Gracepoint”...Show More Summary

TV highlights: Rick leads a risky mission on ‘The Walking Dead’

Once Clara and the Doctor are separated, she finds a menace from another dimension and it’s up to her to fight it off on “Doctor Who” (BBC America at 9 p.m.). On a very different “48 Hours” (CBS at 10), there is no murder. Instead, there’s...Show More Summary

Kendra Wilkinson, please stop showing your family falling apart on reality TV

First, there were the tabloid headlines this summer: Former Playboy mansion resident and “Girls Next Door” star Kendra Wilkinson discovered her husband, former NFL player Hank Baskett, may have cheated on her with a transsexual model. Show More Summary

‘Sonic Highways’: Dave Grohl’s busy but beautiful road trip

Early on in “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways,” an eight-episode road trip/rockumentary series that premiers Friday on HBO, frontman Dave Grohl warmly and earnestly describes his desire to simply stop for a moment and absorb the characteristics...Show More Summary

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ recap — ‘Massacres and Matinees’

We open up with a full view of Elsa’s setup and it’s looking pretty good for a struggling circus. Regardless, business is still at an all-time low. Since last episode’s string of murders, the town is under a curfew. No one is allowed to be on the streets after dark. Show More Summary

TV highlights: ‘Top Chef’ returns for Season 12; Bill Murray stops by the ‘Late Show’

“Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox at 8 p.m.) gets operatic when the 12 remaining chefs are asked to create Italian opera-inspired dishes. A strong contestant considers throwing an immunity challenge to eliminate a few weak players on “Survivor” (CBS at 8). Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Marry Me’ premieres on NBC

“The Flash” (CW at 8 p.m.) makes another appearance when Barry finds out that six gunmen have stormed into a university, but his heroics don’t quite line up with his expectations. Henry and Eliza are brought together in the office when they realize that one person’s strength is the other person’s weakness on “Selfie” (ABC at?8). Read full article >>

In ‘The Walking Dead,’ AMC has found the perfect long-running show

Five seasons in and “The Walking Dead” shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, it’s the opposite. About 17.3 million people watched the Season 5 premiere Sunday night, the highest ratings in the show’s history — and an absurdly large number of viewers for a cable drama. Read full article >>

‘Top Chef’ contestants: Nothing prepares you for the show's surprises

What do chefs George Pagonis and Joy Crump think viewers will remember most about the upcoming season of “Top Chef”? “George’s hair,” Crump said with a chuckle during a three-way call with her fellow contestant, referring to the slicked-back mane that hints at Pagonis’s Greek roots. Read full article >>

Vivian Howard lives ‘A Chef’s Life,’ her attempt to show the real North Carolina

Kinston, N.C. — Matthew Cunningham is not a natural for TV, though to be fair, few farmers probably are. He has a ruddy face and keeps his camouflage baseball cap clamped to his bald head. His thick twang obscures the few words he utters: What inspired his farm stand? “Need to make a living,” he mumbles. What do you cook your beets in? “A big pot.” Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Jane the Virgin’ premieres on the CW

The girls do a Vegas trip, but when Penny answers a work e-mail, Bernadette and Amy accuse her of being a “buzzkill” on “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS at 8 p.m.). Meanwhile, the boys try to invent something. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘The Walking Dead’ returns to AMC for Season 5

After taking on space aliens last week, “Doctor Who” (BBC America at 9 p.m.) must face a different type of dangerous creature that’s stalking passengers on the Orient Express. Former castmember Bill Hader hosts “Saturday Night Live” (NBC at 11:30) with musical guest Hozier. Read full article >>

Jan Hooks, comic actress on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ dies at 57

Jan Hooks, a comic actress who spent five years performing skits as part of the “Saturday Night Live” cast, died Oct. 9 in New York. She was 57. Her agent, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Cristela’ premieres on ABC

The teams are sent off into Scotland’s Shetland Islands where their challenge appropriately involves corralling sheep while conquering an obstacle course on “The Amazing Race” (CBS at 8 p.m.). The rockumentary “Genesis: Sum of the Parts”...Show More Summary

Stand-up guy: Mark Twain Prize recipient Jay Leno returns to his comedy roots

LANCASTER, Pa. — It’s pitch-black and starting to pour in Amish country. Jay Leno, the former “Tonight Show” host, the man who banked hundreds of millions of dollars as late-night television’s No. 1 attraction, isn’t being shuffled into a stretch limo by a phalanx of handlers. Show More Summary

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