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Watch DirecTV's 'Downton Abbey' parody, starring 'the charming Mr. Hitler'

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Downton Abbey doesn’t return to American televisions until January, but CollegeHumor and DirecTV paired up to give us something to satisfy our British-period-drama thirst with The Britishes, a series of Downton Abbey parodies.

Adolf Hitler visits the Britishes’ (yes, that’s the family’s last name) estate in the first episode, titled “The Charming Mr. Hitler.” In the sketch, Hitler woos the ladies with his Germandrawing skills, and desire to traveland somehow escapes accusations of his evil. READ FULL STORY

Jerry Seinfeld reunites with Kramer in 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' promo

As Jerry Seinfeld prepares for the fifth season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he’s enlisted the help of an old neighbor to boost the show and its host Crackle’s presence.

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Lena Dunham, Natasha Lyonne, more lip-sync to 'You Don't Own Me' in PSA

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Fifty years ago, Lesley Gore released “You Don’t Own Me,” a feminist anthem that includes lines like, “don’t tell me what to do, don’t tell me what to say.” Now, the song is being re-purposed for a PSA urging women to vote in the midterm elections.

The PSA, which begins with an introduction by Gore herself, features dozens of womenincluding famous feminists like Lena Dunham, Natasha Lyonne, and Tracee Ellis Rossip-syncing to “You Don’t Own Me.” READ FULL STORY

In this week's 'Polished,' actress Julie Meyer gets Zen about the Hollywood grind

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Since she got her first break while working in a salon—where a customer helped her get a role to get her SAG card—Julie Meyer has appeared on a variety of shows in guest spots, from Southland to How I Met Your Mother to The Middle and The New Normal.

Her first real gig was doing sketches with Jay Leno on The Jay Leno Show, so she’s had some interesting experiences during the five short years she’s been acting in Los Angeles. Add another one to the list: She was cast in a supporting role on NBC’s upcoming Adam McKay/Will Ferrell-produced comedy Mission Control—starring Krysten Ritter—but the network announced last week it wasn’t going forward with the series.

As she shows in the video, Meyer has a remarkably positive approach to the Hollywood grind. READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' dolls axed from Toys 'R' Us following petition

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Apparently Heisenberg is no match for a Florida mom. The Associated Press reported Toys “R” Us has stopped selling Breaking Bad dolls, in the wake of a petition calling for them to be removed.

“Let’s just say, the action figures have taken an ‘indefinite sabbatical,'” Toys “R” Us said in a statement EW obtained. The petition, which garnered over 9,000 signatures, called the company’s “decision to sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys…a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values.” READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel makes 'Fury' infinitely cuter by adding Furbys

Fury is a pretty serious movie, but Jimmy Kimmel managed to make it way less serious with the addition of a few little critters from the late ’90s.

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Are we all numb to the atrocities of 'Walking Dead'?

The Walking Dead is a cable-TV show about the zombie apocalypse and the brave band of survivors who are barely clinging to hope and their humanity. It airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC, and millions watch—season 4 averaged 13.3 million viewers per live episode and last week’s season 5 premiere set a record with 17.3 million. By definition, it’s a gruesome show that doesn’t flinch from grotesque violence, and always has been—in the very first scene of the series’ very first episode, a shaken Rick Grimes, still wearing his crisp police-officer duds, shoots a little-girl walker in the head.

That was four years ago, and Rick is now a completely different man. The Walking Dead‘s audience has changed along with him, and it’s become harder and harder to shock them. But that’s a challenge the show’s creatives have gleefully accepted. Last season, a marauding gang of villainous predators threatened Rick’s teenage son, Carl, Deliverance-style while Rick was forced to watch, and his “Hail, Mary” response was to rip out his captor’s throat—with his teeth. READ FULL STORY

2,000+ sign petition to remove 'Breaking Bad' toys from Toys 'R' Us

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For Breaking Bad fans, an action figure of Heisenberg carrying a gun might sound pretty cool. But when said action figure is sold on the same shelf as a Barbie at Toys “R” Us, well—odds are Skyler White wouldn’t be too happy about it.

Susan Myers, who started a petition on Change.org, is campaigning to get the Breaking Bad action figures removed from shelves. As Myers wrote, “Their decision to sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values.” READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' haunted house scared the bejeezus out of me

Keeping up to date on all things Walking Dead means more than just reading the comic and watching the TV show. Sometimes it means living it as well. I did that a few years ago when I went undercover as a zombie on the show back in season 2, although that bastard Robert Kirkman ended up cutting my scene because “the performance just wasn’t there.” Screw that. So this time I decided to switch sides and join the survivors and see if I could escape the clutches (and, more importantly, jaws) of the undead by walking through Rick’s — and Daryl’s and Carol’s and Glenn’s — shoes at The Walking Dead: End of the Line haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

All the houses at HHN consist of monsters or demons or vampires or aliens or predators or serial killers or clowns — CLOWNS! — totally invading your personal space and jumping out at you…often with blunt instruments of death at their disposal. It is unsetting. But I was especially excited to check out The Walking Dead one because the maze is a complete retelling of the events of season 4. So what awaits you in The Walking Dead: End of the Line? A few terrifying highlights: READ FULL STORY

Every 'Simpsons' 'Treehouse of Horror' short, ranked

Update: The list has been amended to include the three segments from “Treehouse of Horror XXV.”

That’s right: In honor of The Simpsons‘ 25th (!) annual Halloween special, EW didn’t just rank the top 25 “Treehouse of Horror” segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single “Treehouse” segment ever seen on the show—and you’ll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below.

Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons‘ Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because “Treehouse” segments give the series’ writers a break in two ways: First of all, they’re short, which means that they can explore plot threads that are amusing but too flimsy to support an entire half-hour. And secondly, they’re not bound by the laws of canon (or taste), giving the show’s staff an opportunity to follow their wildest whims—transforming Springfield into a town as drawn by Dr. Seuss, or putting a gremlin on the side of Bart’s schoolbus, or transforming Homer’s head into a giant doughnut.

What makes a good “Treehouse” short? Punchy one-liners and visual gags help, but the best of the bunch have two more things in common: Novel premises (which, admittedly, get increasingly difficult as the show ages) and a genuine stab at including a few real scares. (In other words: The recent trend toward parodies of random movies that have little or nothing to do with horror as a broad category just doesn’t do it.) You’ll find what made the cut in the list below, as well as what maybe should have been left on the cutting-room floor.

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