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Filed Under:Entertainment / Television
Posts on Regator:2819
Posts / Week:14.3
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ — ‘Magical Thinking’ recap

“Freak Show” came back from its two-week hiatus with an episode that almost makes up for all of this season’s false starts and sluggishness. Delicious new characters are introduced, old scores are settled and the table is set for the final two episodes to be great.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘American Idol’ returns for Season 14 and the ‘People’s Choice Awards’

RETURNING SHOW: Still holding on for dear life, “American Idol” (Fox at 8 p.m.) returns for a 14th season and, for the first time, sans Randy Jackson. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. travel to Nashville for auditions in the opener.Read full article >>

Fox’s ‘Empire’: A hip-hop mogul prepares to drop his final track

At least a decade overdue but welcome to try its luck, Fox’s stylish if overly sudsy midseason drama “Empire” (created by Lee Daniels) is set in a deadly serious world of hip-hop and R&B record-label management, and all the high-carat nonsense that comes with it.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ premieres on ABC

(All times Eastern) After a nearly five-month hiatus (save for those murderous Halloween and Christmas specials), “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family at 8 p.m.) is back and inching closer to justice for Mona as the girls become determined to find incriminating evidence against Alison, using any means necessary.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘The Bachelor’ returns for Season 19

(All times eastern)RETURNING SHOW: Just when you thought (and hoped and prayed!) it was gone forever, “The Bachelor” (ABC at 8 p.m.) returns for a 19th season with a brand-new bachelor, Chris Soules, a wealthy businessman and farmer from Iowa. Show More Summary

‘Downton’ actors hint at political, romantic developments in Season 5

LONDON — When we were last in the aristocratic world of “Downton Abbey,” Lady Mary Crawley was raising a skeptical eyebrow to two possible suitors, storm clouds were (re)gathering over Anna and Bates, and Carson and Mrs. Hughes set pulses racing when they held hands at the seaside in the season finale.Read full article >>

Weekend TV highlights: ‘Downton Abbey’ returns for Season 5

(All times eastern) The 2007 remake of John Waters’s 1988 cult hit about a socially conscious teenage girl who becomes an overnight sensation after a spot on a local dance show, “Hairspray” (ABC at 8 p.m.), stars Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, John Travolta as her mother, Edna, and Zac Efron as the hunky Link Larkin. Read full article >>

ABC’s sincere and goofy ‘Galavant’: Gladdest knight and the quips

Well, isn’t “Galavant” charming! ABC’s four-week medieval musical ad­ven­ture, created by Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “The Neighbors”) and premiering Sunday night, is a harmless running gag about a heartsick knight attempting to “rescue” a distressed damsel who’d prefer to stay in the lap of luxury with her kidnapper, the local tyrant king.Read full article >>

TV highlights: See Billy Joel receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize on WETA

(All times Eastern)Now in a new time slot, “Undercover Boss” (CBS at 8 p.m.) follows Jose Costa, president of the auto body repair chain Maaco, as he goes undercover and ends up getting heated after finding out an employee is cutting corners at work.Read full article >>

New Year’s Day TV marathons: Your list of what to watch

Don’t feel like moving from the couch/your bed? Pretty standard on New Year’s Day. Here’s a list of TV marathons to keep you company:“Friends” (Netflix): All 10 seasons are officially available Thursday. That should be a given, even if you’ve been watching reruns on TBS for years.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘HGTV Dream House 2015’ offers a tour of this year’s grand prize

(All times eastern)“Inspiring Stories” is the theme of the 126th annual procession of marching bands, floral floats and equestrian units, also known as the “Tournament of Roses Parade” (ABC at 11 a.m. and NBC at 11:30). Olympian, World War II veteran and “Unbroken” inspiration Louis Zamperini will be honored during the celebration in Pasadena, Calif.Read full article >>

The latest thing at ‘Downton Abbey’: Exit signs

“Downton Abbey” has found its groove, which, of course, involves no real groove at all. A groove would ruin it. Viewers have figured out that their beloved British period drama moves through its stories like a perfunctory telenovelaShow More Summary

TV highlights: Taylor Swift, Elton John perform on ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

(All times eastern) Reality television overlord Ryan Seacrest hosts the mainstay of New Year’s Eve festivities, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2015” (ABC at 8 p.m.), with Jenny McCarthy as his correspondent on...Show More Summary

TV highlights: ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ on CBS

(All times eastern)“Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler” (MPT at 8 and 9 p.m.) details Kumbh Mela, a Hindu festival in which pilgrims bathe at the confluence of India’s Ganges and Yamuna rivers. Then, the host travels to Nigeria to experience the Osun-Osogbo festival, which honors the Yoruba goddess Osun. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Happy New Year, Charlie Brown’ on ABC

(All times eastern) Originally broadcast on New Year’s Day 1986, “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” (ABC at 8 p.m.) has the Peanuts gang throwing a party while Charlie struggles to get through Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” and ends up missing everyone’s surprise for him. Show More Summary

TV highlights: Lisa Kudrow’s ‘The Comeback’ wraps up its second season

(All times Eastern)The Lifetime Original Movie “A Wife’s Nightmare” (Lifetime at 8 p.m.) has Jennifer Beals starring as a woman whose husband’s long-lost adult daughter shows up on their doorstep. But something’s not right. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Now That’s Funny!’ goes behind the scenes of your favorite comedy

Hosted by actress Aisha Tyler, “Now That’s Funny! On Set With TV’s Hottest Comedies” (CBS at 8 p.m.) offers a behind-the-scenes peek at hit comedies “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Episodes.” Also features interviews with lead actors, brainstorming sessions in the writers’ room and table readings.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Doctor Who’ returns for a Christmas special on BBC America

As the hours tick down, television seeks to squeeze out any remaining holiday cheer, and first up is a prime-time showing of “Elf” (ABC Family at 7 p.m.), which has Will Ferrell playing a human who has been raised by elves and decides to leave the North Pole to find his birth father in New York City. Read full article >>

Michael Sam, Oprah and the danger of thinking reality TV is the answer

Within four days of Michael Sam being drafted by the St. Louis Rams on May 10, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network announced they had signed the athlete to a reality show deal. On paper, it seemed like a natural move. Sam was making headlines around the world as the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. Show More Summary

TV highlights: Classic Christmas films and specials take over prime time

With Christmas Day mere hours away, what better way to welcome it into your home than with the classic and rightly bawdy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (ABC Family at 7 p.m.). For National Lampoon newbies, this one has the Griswolds hosting their dysfunctional relatives for the holiday and Clark going mad over his blinding light display. Read full article >>

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