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'SNL' premiere recap: Highlights, lowlights, and whatever Arcade Fire was doing -- VIDEO

The theme of Saturday Night Live‘s 39th season opener: “SNL is back… and starring a bunch of people you’ve never heard of!”

This meta focus made sense — as Tina Fey(‘s plastic surgeon) said in her monologue, this is a “rebuilding year” for NBC’s sketch series. But even though the show seemed determined to remind us about how much it had changed, the premiere was a fairly smooth ride from start to finish. Maybe that was due to a longer rehearsal period than usual; maybe it was the steadying presence of Fey herself, who always seems to have a blast when she returns to her TV home. Or maybe it’s because SNL itself has become a well-oiled machine, one built to survive any major departures — except perhaps that of Lorne Michaels himself.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s pull back and discuss the show itself — its best moments, its worst moments, and… whatever you’d call Arcade Fire.


'Parenthood' react: 'You don't wait for anything'

I have a confession to make: In the span of two months this summer, I binge-watched all of Parenthood, overheated my laptop, used up a grand total of 3.25 tissue boxes to soak up my tears, and fell in love with this show. Yes, there were bumps along the way — looking at you, Sarah Braverman — but I went into this season premiere expecting only charm coupled with the most emotional gut punches from the Braverman clan.

And this episode delivered the classic Parenthood I’ve come to love.

“It Has to Be Now” was an hour of the Bravermans taking chances with a renewed sense of “carpe diem,” as Kristina calls it, but as usual, realizing their flaws in the process.

Kristina, now cancer-free, is enjoying time with Adam, telling him cheesy-but-sweet phrases like “Life is a gift” as they dance together at a bar. But just as the two agree to seize each day, Bob Little pays them a visit and gives Kristina the opportunity of her dreams: to run his mayoral campaign. Adam retreats into his protective nature, warning Kristina how Bob, sleazeball extraordinaire, spent last season lying to her — but all that said, it’s clear Kristina wants to finally take a chance. And her thoughts of taking the job are encouraged by Gwen. “If this is something you want to do, you do it,” she tells Kristina. “This is not the dress rehearsal.” The music swells, and I grab my first tissue. (Sorry, readers, I’m a crier. Perfect choice in shows, don’t you think?)

'Modern Family' react: The kids are alright

The always enjoyable (and constantly Emmy-winning) comedy is back for season 5, and it’s off to a strong start.

The first half-hour, “Suddenly, Last Summer,” tugged at heartstrings with Mitch and Cam’s storyline, as they find out they can finally marry (insert baby Fulgencio vomiting here). Sure, it pulled the usual antics with competing proposals, and Gloria and Claire as Cam and Mitch’s wingwomen, respectively (Claire, in particular, seemed overjoyed to rattle off manipulative proposal ideas to a horrified Mitch). But the payoff, with Mitch and Cam saying “Yes” in unison, forgave the bumps along the way. I don’t know about you, but the moment nearly made me “sob like a Tony winner,” to quote Mitch. READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef Masters' finale react: The Last Supper

This is it. The end of Top Chef Masters means summer’s officially over, so we whipped up a pumpkin spice latte and settled in for the finale. The opening montage reminded us of chefs gone by — oh how we’ve missed you and your Canadianness, Lynn — and geared us up for the one big challenge to rule them all, sans quickfire. Read on — but not if you don’t want to find out who was named the winner of Top Chef Masters!


'Breaking Bad' takes over 'Conan' -- VIDEO

Just like you, Conan O’Brien is obsessed with Breaking Bad. Just like you, he’s been spending the last few months both eagerly anticipating and dreading the series finale on September 29. And just like you, Conan also thinks it’d be just awesome to spend half an hour palling around with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Vince Gilligan.

But unlike you, Conan actually has the power to make that last part happen. Thus, last night’s episode of Conan — a celebration of AMC’s Emmy-winning drama, featuring altered opening credits, appearances by every full cast member, several goofy in-joke segments (“BarrelFlex: Get fit the Breaking Bad way!”), and even a special musical guest: Los Cuates de Sinaloa, performing the opening song from season 2′s “Negro y Azul,” a.k.a. “The Ballad of Heisenberg.”


'Hostages' react: 'We know all your secrets'

Put simply, Hostages on CBS seems like 24 and Homeland rolled into a neat, network-friendly package. It checks off the elements of every other TV thriller you’ve ever watched: A protagonist faces a seemingly unsolvable problem. A morally gray villain has mysterious motivations. It all takes place in D.C., involves the POTUS and has a lot of characters fiddling with cell phones. Throw in some snappy action sequences, lingering shots of long hallways and ominous music, and you’ve got yourself a perfunctory drama cocktail. Caution: Spoilers ahead!


'How I Met Your Mother' recap: The Wildcard

We’re officially on the road to the end of How I Met Your Mother. And after Monday’s season premiere, I can say with more conviction than ever that I hope this is a journey that goes slower than a roadtrip with Lady Tedwina Slowsby. Because I’m not ready to say goodbye. Not yet.

Luckily, there’s an entire season ahead of us, and, as you might have guessed when the show announced that the season would take place in the 55 hours leading up to Robin and Barney’s wedding, we’ll be making lots of small stops along the way.

Spoilers ahead!

Emmys 2013: The show's top five social moments were ...

In today’s world, when something happens on television that you either agree or disagree with, your reaction goes as follows: You scream at the television (in joy or rage), and then you take out your smartphone (or your iPad, laptop, etc.) and see what social media is saying. Twitter! Facebook! It’s how you manage not to watch anything alone. So after last night’s Emmys, which were packed full of surprises, which moments managed to get the most Facebook attention?

1. Breaking Bad wins Best Drama Series: Topping the list of most social moments on Facebook is the big win that Breaking Bad fans had been waiting for. And luckily, for East Coasters at least, they got to watch it happen live without missing even a minute of the show’s penultimate episode. And you know what? It almost made up for the fact that neither Aaron Paul nor Bryan Cranston took home a statue of their own. Almost. READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef Masters' react: Hot for teacher

And then there were four. Who better to strike fear in the hearts of our competitors than a bunch of teachers? Okay, so they were like, the most inspiring, amazing teachers ever. But still. Everyone has math class nightmares, right? It’s not just me?

Spoilers ahead!

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon flash back to '90s summer at camp

If a sketch from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is to be believed, in 1995 Justin Timberlake was just a nerdy kid at camp (with a head full of “NSYNC: The Early Years” hair) and he was just like you: He had a crush on Topanga from Boy Meets World and sang Hootie and the Blowfish songs every chance he got.

If only you’d been there, too! Maybe you’d hear him one night and, I don’t know, go over to his room and then he’d sing to you, and then you’d make a joke about something ’90s related, and he’d think you were really charming, and then he’d kiss you and fall in love with you a little bit. Then he’d go off and be world famous, but it would all be fine, because he fell in love with you first.

But he didn’t. Instead, he graduated from camp (or The Mickey Mouse Club) and now sings songs with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the late night clip — which once again has teenage Fallon and Timberlake being goofy nerds at camp — below: READ FULL STORY

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