Life-changing revelations, rampant bribery, vehicular sex, addiction, international intrigue, threats of violence (nay, murder!), a valiant act of self-sacrifice, an unsolvable love triangle, and even a bit of original music. It may not have seemed like it, but New Girl‘s season 3 premiere had all the elements of a classic high drama. Admittedly, it didn’t all fit together perfectly. But, New Girl, you’ve never let me down before. Like Nick, Jess, and one of Winston’s puzzles, there are good, solid foundations there. I’m confident that over the course of the next 20-odd episodes, everything will fall into place (maybe with the help of an almond or two). READ FULL STORY
Tag: Fall TV (11-20 of 262)
As EW’s TV critics, we’ve already weighed in with our six best new shows of the fall, including buzzy series like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Blacklist. But now, we present six more new shows — these ones aren’t necessarily the best, but there is potential in them. Here are the shows we’ll be keeping our eye on this fall.
Premieres Friday, Oct. 25, at 10 p.m. on NBC
The vampire drama has been done to death. But if anyone can bring it back from its shriveled, dehydrated-human-jerky corpse, it’s Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who’s such a pale, slithery nightstalker, it’s easy to believe he actually spends his nights slurping from goblets of Type-A Negative and growing out his fingernails to Nosferatu lengths. So it’s a stroke of genius to cast him as Dracula in this 19th century period drama, which finds our fanged hero posing as an American entrepreneur so that he can seek revenge on the Order of the Dragon, a group of Victorian high-society folks who cursed him long ago. Because Dracula is brought to you by the exec producers of Downton Abbey, there’s also plenty of frilly costumes and forbidden romance: Dracula keeps getting distracted by the beautiful Mina (Jessica DeGouw), who might be the reincarnation of his dead wife. The melodrama is cranked up so high, you can almost see Rhys Meyers stifling laughs. But Dracula’s fight against the rich kids does have a certain 99-percenter timeliness, and the secret-society angle should excite the Comic-Con geeks — especially when Van Helsing shows up. —Melissa Maerz
Need a reason not to budge from your couch until December? How about 119 of them?
That’s how many new and returning shows EW features in our annual Fall TV Preview issue, a smorgasbord of scoop covering networks, cable, and beyond (the Internet — it’s a thing!). Here’s what you can expect to find inside:
I wanted to like the first season of The Mindy Project. I really did.
But even though I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Mindy Kaling fan from way back when — I ate up every Subtle Sexuality video, read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? as soon as I could get my hands on a copy, and still remember yearning to see Matt & Ben when I was in high school — there was just something about the ex-Office star’s sitcom that didn’t connect with me.
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Tonight, Sons of Anarchy returns (10 p.m. ET on FX), and whether you’re a die-hard fan who’s forgotten where the season 5 finale left off, or a new viewer curious to see star Charlie Hunnam (the newly-cast Christian Grey) in action, here are five things you need to know/remember about the state of SAMCRO, which, newbies, stands for Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original (the outlaw charter Hunnam’s character, Jax, is president of). We’ll try to keep this as simple as possible. UPDATE: Read our season 6 premiere recap, and our extensive postmortem with creator Kurt Sutter.
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Here at EW, Fall TV Wish List is a new weekly series in which our TV critics Melissa Maerz and Jeff Jensen weigh in on what they hope the coming season will bring for some of their favorite shows. Today: Showtime’s Homeland, which premieres its third season on Sept. 29.
WHERE WE LEFT OFF
“Maybe all this will end in tears,” Brody (Damian Lewis) predicted during the season 2 finale. And that’s pretty much what happened. (Then again, it’s pretty much what always happens: Just watch the Claire Danes Cry Face Supercut.) After Quinn (Rupert Friend) declined to kill Brody, Brody’s car exploded right next to the memorial for Bill Walden (Jamey Sheridan), killing Estes (David Harewood) and much of the C.I.A. The followers of the late Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) leaked Brody’s old confession tape to the national news, implicating him (falsely) in the bombing, while also cluing in Jessica (Morena Baccarin) about her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s past. And Carrie (Claire Danes) made her big, romantic, “I’ve decided I want to be with you” speech to Brody, only to have their celebratory snogging interrupted by a massive boom! and a run for the Canadian border, where she and her terrorist boyfriend parted ways. (“Goodbye, love!”) The good news? At some point, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) actually smiled — ostensibly because Carrie survived the explosion, but maybe also because Patinkin knew that he’d earned that Emmy nod. The bad news? Now Brody will never get to be Carrie’s cabin boy.
Seth MacFarlane makes cartoons about dumb guys. That’s his job, and he’s done it so well with clueless buffoons like Peter Griffin that Family Guy has become one of the top-rated shows on Fox. So why is his latest pilot, Dads, which he created alongside fellow Family Guy producers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, inspiring so much outrage over its “racist” humor that one watchdog group is calling for Fox to reshoot the pilot?
On the twelfth day before Christmas, the universe sent to me a Rajtastic episode of The Big Bang Theory.
After a string of storylines centered around the BBT lovebirds in which Raj was reduced to the role of cast jester, our favorite astrophysicist returned with a bang tonight. While the boys played up the geek stereotype while simultaneously playing Dungeons & Dragons, Koothrappali joined the gals, who were reaffirming some stereotypes of their own by sporting scant apparel, for a girls night out. Southern California — where women can dress down all four seasons of the year. This Christmas-themed episode was no “Bath Item Gift Hypothesis,” but it was hilarious and heartfelt, nonetheless. READ FULL STORY
Relationships were tested in tonight’s episode of Modern Family.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “What else is new?” But unlike previous spats triggered by miscommunication, Claire and Cam were upset with Phil and Mitch because they didn’t believe in them. The two men, who rarely see eye to eye, didn’t think their partners were capable of successfully flipping a house they had stumbled upon. They came to their senses once they saw the abandoned lot that Claire and Cam had transformed into a baseball field for Manny and Luke’s Little League playoffs and ultimately bought the house.
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On the heels of last week’s nude fest, tonight’s episode of The Big Bang Theory was pretty kinky.
We opened with an insightful conversation about Spider-Man‘s theme song, begging the question, can Spider-Man really do whatever a spider can? The boys part ways before Raj’s film festival on movies that kill their franchises. Howard goes to Bernadette’s parents’ house for dinner and Sheldon heads to Amy’s apartment to accompany her to a colleague’s memorial service. READ FULL STORY
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