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'Gotham' star Ben McKenzie talks his most rewound TV moment, and more

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In tonight’s premiere of Gotham, Ben McKenzie plays a young Jim Gordon, a good guy in a world full of bad ones. He spends his days bossing criminals around, meeting future super-villains, and occasionally, getting his butt kicked. But in real life, McKenzie’s less interested in being the boss … and more interested in being bossed around?

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Miss America was dismissed from sorority amid alleged hazing violations

She may love “Jane Austin” and street hot dogs, but who knew that the newly crowned winner of Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, was also allegedly into hazing?

An article today by Jezebel reported that in April 2013, Kazantsev was dismissed from the Alphi Phi Theta Mu chapter at Hofstra University for hazing pledges, and formerly held the position of New Member Educator and Recruitment Committee President. EW confirmed Kazantsev’s dismissal from the sorority with the Alpha Phi International Fraternity and the Miss America organization, but both organizations chose not to divulge further into the reasons behind Kazantsev’s ousting.

In response to Jezebel’s article and Kazantsev’s hazing allegations, a Miss America spokesperson said in a statement:

“Kira has been very open and candid about her termination from the Alpha Phi sorority. It’s unfortunate that this incident and unsourced allegations have been exploited to create a storyline that distracts from what we should be focusing on: Kira’s impressive academic achievements at Hofstra University, including earning a triple major from the Honors College and her commitment to serving her community. Kira is an exceptional ambassador for the Miss America Organization, and we are excited to be a part of her journey as a force for good across our nation, promoting education and service and working to empower young women.”

Hofstra University did not immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.

Entertainment Geekly Mailbag: 'Smash Brothers' talkback and a 'Big Brother' counter-theory

This is the Entertainment Geekly Mailbag, where I respond to comments, questions, and angry clarifications. (You can email me at darren_franich@ew.com.) This week: Everyone takes issue with my brutally accurate assertion that Kirby is one of the worst players in Super Smash Brothers.

You sir are right on all accounts except one: Kirby. Is. Awesome. And is my go-to character in Smash Bros. If you’d like me to demonstrate why he should be ranked higher on your character list, Ill happily play a round with you ;)
-theatregeek

I would never dream of insulting anyone’s choice of Go-To Character, because that is a deeply personal decision. Like, your Go-To Character is sort of a weird combination of your favorite baseball player, your mascot, your child and your significant other. READ FULL STORY

A history of the ever-changing 'Saturday Night Live' cast

Ever since its second season, when Chevy Chase decided to ditch Saturday Night Live for Hollywood—he was replaced by some guy named Bill Murray—the only constant on NBC’s long-running sketch series has been change.

Some cast members leave to make movies or TV series or joke-punk albums nominally written by their British alter egos. Others quit in protest. Still more are forced out, not because they want to leave but because the show is going through a fraught series of retoolings (see: the ’80s). Or because it has to make room for a new crop of bright young things (see: Chris Parnell, the first time he was let go from SNL). Or because budget cuts mean an across-the-board belt-tightening (see: Chris Parnell, the second time he was let go from SNL). Or because the previous year’s cast was simply too damn big (see: the four featured players from season 39 who won’t be returning when the show does Sept. 27). And every time cast members go, either gently or kicking and screaming, there’s a fresh crop of untested talent waiting to take their places. Just call SNL the hydra of comedy.

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'South Park' criticizes Washington Redskins owner with scathing promo

Cartman, the central character from Comedy Central’s South Park, took on Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder in a promo for the 18th season of the animated series. Cartman skewers the team’s recent federal trademark debacle, which was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the grounds that the team’s name was “disparaging to Native Americans.” In the promo, it’s Snyder who’s ticked off that Cartman is using the team’s name for his own company. But Cartman has a pretty good comeback for that.

“When I named my company Washington Redskins, it was out of deep appreciation for your team, and your people,” Cartman says in the promo. READ FULL STORY

Billy Crystal and Jimmy Fallon reminisce about Robin Williams

During his appearance on The Tonight Show last night, Billy Crystal emotionally told Fallon about eulogizing his friend Robin Williams at the Emmys. That prompted a sad—but, naturally, hilarious—remembrance of Williams from both Crystal and Fallon. READ FULL STORY

Derek Jeter does it his way in farewell Gatorade ad

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It’s best not to look too closely at the way Derek Jeter and his New York Yankees are limping home this September, his 20th and final season in pinstripes. Better to focus on the glory days—the World Series titles, the clutch playoff home runs*, and the general sense of class he brought to the game for two decades. He’s earned his place in the pantheon of Yankee greats, from Ruth to Gehrig to DiMaggio to Mantle to Reggie.

In a new Gatorade commercial set to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Jeter takes a game-day stroll to Yankee Stadium, surprising fans who treat him like an immortal. Yet I have enough faith in the Bronx’s what-have-you-done-for-me-lately denizens that I’d bet at least one passerby yelled, “Can I borrow that wet newspaper when you’re finished hitting .249 with it!?” and had to be edited out.

To be fair to Jeter, who’s still a lifetime .309 hitter, even Sinatra sometimes forgot the lyrics as he approached the final curtain. READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy' cast poses as 'Orange Is the New Black' characters

In a new photo Ellen Pompeo posted on WhoSay, some of the Grey’s Anatomy cast got into character as their Orange Is the New Black favorites, including Sara Ramirez as Alex. Welcome to what Pompeo calls “Blue is the new black.”

If Meredith Grey were a member of Litchfield prison, who would she be? Well, that probably depends on whether we’re talking about dark-and-twisty Meredith or present-day Meredith, but regardless, Ellen Pompeo seems to be a fan of Tricia (and her cornrows). And considering these guys are all still alive despite working at what will always be known as “Seattle Grace-Mercy Death,” I’d say they’d have a good shot against the women of Litchfield. Well, until they met Red.

Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Jon Stewart offers advice to the NFL on 'The Daily Show'

While television ratings for the NFL have been promising to kick off the season, the league has been under fire for its leniency toward players who have committed acts of violence off the field. Jon Stewart blasted the league on Wednesday night’s The Daily Show.

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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Fallon face off in lip-sync battle

Who knew Blake Shelton was such a fan of ’80s jams?

Wednesday night on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon had one of his signature lip sync battles, but this time, he pitted himself against some pretty professional competition. The Voice judges Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani took up the challenge, and they did not disappoint.

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