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'The New Normal' sneak peek: 5 takeaways

Ann Romney or no Ann Romney, Modern Family‘s Cam and Mitch better watch out — there’s another couple vying to become America’s favorite same-sex pairing. The New Normal premieres on NBC on September 11, but the pilot is already streaming on Hulu — and, much like the first episode of The Mindy Project, it proves that Normal is a promising new series with a few minor wrinkles. Here’s what I took away from Episode 1:


'The Office': Are you in for Season 9? -- POLL

If a long-running sitcom announces its ending, but its fan base has already abandoned it, does it make a sound? We’ll find out this fall, when The Office returns to NBC for its ninth and final season.

Once and future showrunner Greg Daniels announced yesterday that Dunder Mifflin Scranton will close for good in 2013. The news was bittersweet: While it’s good to hear that NBC’s flagship comedy will get time to wrap up loose ends and craft a worthy finale, many fans think that finale is two seasons too late. The Office hasn’t been the same since Steve Carrell moved to Colorado near the end of Season 7, and an eighth year tarnished by go-nowhere storylines and weirdo Regional Manager-turned-CEO Robert California (James Spader) was by far the series’ lowest point.

Much like late-period installments of The Simpsons, latter-day episodes of The Office are still more amusing than much of what’s on TV, but newer shows like Community, Happy Endings, Parks and Recreation, and Modern Family — the latter two of which wouldn’t exist if The Office hadn’t popularized the faux documentary format — have stolen the show’s buzz and its thunder. Because it’s a lot more fun to watch a series in its prime than it is to witness the slow devolution of something you once loved, it’s no surprise that a lot of once-devoted viewers have abandoned ship over the last year. (EW even stopped recapping it last year.)

Daniels’ announcement, though, changes everything. Well, maybe. READ FULL STORY

Matthew Perry's 'Go On': Deja vu on NBC?

There’s something familiar about Go On, a new sitcom NBC previewed after tonight’s Olympics coverage — and I’m not talking about star Matthew Perry’s latest variation on Chandler Bing.

The show centers on Perry as Ryan King, a slick sportscaster who’s just suffered a devastating loss. Though Ryan wants nothing more than to bury his feelings and get on with his life, his bro-y boss (John Cho) insists that Ryan get help before returning to work full-time. Ryan is resistant — “Therapy? It’s not in my blood. I go see a shrink, my dad will roll around in his grave. At least, I think he’s dead. We don’t talk about that kind of thing” — but eventually relents. He joins an ethnically and generationally diverse therapy group that meets in a dingy classroom — an assembly that also includes an uptight, shiny-haired Tracy Flick type, a middle-aged, motherly nurturer, an older gent, and an antisocial weirdo with a wide-eyed stare.

See what I’m getting at? From its premise to its characters to its very set, Go On contains more than a whiff of NBC’s Community — which seems odd from a business perspective, given that show’s notoriously low ratings.  READ FULL STORY

Which familiar face are you most looking forward to seeing on a new TV show this fall? -- VOTE

While you’re busy figuring out how many more swings you’ve got left in that summer hammock, the broadcast networks are already focusing on the fall, preparing to push a bunch of new shows across your television screens. Not surprisingly, many will feature a familiar face or two. Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis stand imposingly on opposite sides of the law in CBS ’60s-era drama Vegas. Terry O’Quinn is downright devilish as an upscale apartment building owner in ABC’s 666 Park Avenue. David Krumholtz and Michael Urie are partners in CBS’ Partners.

You can get your first sneak peek of the season this week, when NBC previews Go On (Aug. 8), a comedy featuring Matthew Perry as a glib (were you expecting a different adjective?) sports talk radio host who’s forced to try group therapy to help him cope with his wife’s death, and Animal Practice (Aug. 12), a comedy in which Weeds‘ Justin Kirk stars as a highly skilled vet who doesn’t enjoy humans and whose closest friend is “Dr. Rizzo,” played by… the drug-dealing, cigarette-smoking monkey from The Hangover 2. (Her credits also include Night at the Museum and Community.) The capuchin — whose real name is Crystal — will be up to all kinds of tricks, from running a gambling ring to going on rounds in a toy car.  All while wearing a lab coat. And playing a male monkey. READ FULL STORY

'Dexter' season finale: Did the final scene make up for a lackluster season? Vote!

I’ve been rooting for Dexter all season. After every slightly disappointing-but-not-totally-bad episode, I reacted like a mother talking to her child after losing soccer game — with never-ending optimism. “You’ll get ‘em next time.” “You tried your best.” “That’s a shame. Pizza?”

Then I watched “Nebraska,” the seventh episode of this season, that found Dexter coming face to face with Trinity’s son, who, like his father, had started killing. Sounds like a juicy episode, right? Not so. It was, actually, the season’s worst episode. (Gun-wielding Dexter? More Brian Moser? Lord.) Possibly the series‘ worst episode. That’s when even my hope began to waver.  READ FULL STORY

Fall TV post-mort: What are you still watching? DVR'ing?

Let’s think back for a moment to the start of the fall TV season when we were giddy with hope and optimism about all the new (Hart of DixieNew Girl! The X Factor!) and old (Modern Family! Glee! Fringe!) shows we’d watch in the months ahead. Back then I posted a series of blog posts outlining what I planned to view live versus DVR every night of the week. At the time, I really did have every intention of sticking to my schedule, but naturally as the weeks wore on and plotlines developed my interests began to waver, for better and for worse. I’m sure you know what I mean, unless you’re one of those people who actually follows through with your goals, in which case we can’t be friends. Nevertheless, now that we’re in the midst of the dreaded hiatus period, I figured it would be a good time to reflect on where we started off this season and where we ended up. Check out my day-by-day post-mort below, beginning with all the shows I so naively intended to watch: READ FULL STORY

Fall TV Poll: What show should be shown the door next?

Look at that face. Could you cancel that face? Well, if you’re Fox… maybe. Allen Gregory is still standing for the moment, thanks to a plum time-slot between The Simpsons and Family Guy, but can the freshman show hang on after so-so ratings? As one of several shows to premiere this past week, Gregory‘s fate hasn’t been decided yet. Add its name to the purgatorial list that includes high-profile newcomers Pan Am, Terra Nova, Once Upon a Time, and Last Man Standing. Keep reading to see which shows are in danger as we slide into November, and cast your vote for which should be canceled next.


'Desperate Housewives': Are things just about to get interesting?

Little of much interest happened on last night’s new episode of Desperate Housewives, as per usual.

Lynette went to therapy with Tom and then went on the hunt for a man and almost did the nasty with a rather nice dude, just before realizing that she wants to try to resolve things with Tom. (Renee coached her through her return to the dating scene: “Lay off the ice cream. There’s no Photoshop in real life.”) Gaby battled the Mean Girls of the PTA, as she tried to put on an event at Juanita’s school. Susan battled, too — but she was at odds with her art teacher, as he continued to pick at her through the hour. (And she continued to act like a junior high kid, endlessly giggling at the art class model’s penis. I couldn’t agree more with what the art teacher told her later in the episode, when he was trying to convince her to come back to his class: “You’re a bizarre car crash that somehow fascinates me.”) And Bree, well, she — in true Bree fashion — managed to turn a homeless soup kitchen into a hipster bisque hangout.

All pretty much filler, if you ask me, as we soldier on through the series’ final season. Just 17 more episodes until we can put this old timer to sleep! But, okay, yes — I’m staring to write like Mary Alice talks! — there were a few little tidbits that were juicy in the episode.


This Week's Cover: 'American Horror Story' and eight other new shows you love

Do you like scary movies? Then you’ll love FX’s new series American Horror Story, the craziest new TV series of the fall season — and perhaps ever. Created by Glee’s Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, AHS is a feverish, sexed-up reimagining of one of the most reliable tropes of the genre, the haunted house. And in this week’s issue, EW goes behind the scenes of the fabulously freaky frightfest. The Harmon family — father Ben (The Practice‘s Dylan McDermott), mother Vivien (Friday Night Lights‘ Connie Britton), and daughter Violet (newcomer Taissa Farmiga) — move from Boston to Los Angeles for a fresh start, but end up moving into a house that makes the Insidious abode look like a trip to Disneyland. Despite a warning that the previous owners have died in the house, the family still moves in and that’s when all hell literally breaks loose. Pretty soon, Vivien is having sex with someone/something in a rubber fetish suit, Ben is sleepwalking naked around the house, and Violet is encountering a basement-dwelling creature nicknamed the “infantata.” And that’s just in the first 50 minutes. “I read the script and I was like, ‘Um…whaat? I don’t understand,'” says Britton. “I kind of took a leap of faith.”  READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Check out our Twitter interview with Ryan Murphy!

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Tonight, American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy answered EW’s questions and also a few queries from EW readers in a Twitter interview on EW’s Twitter feed, @EW. Will the Harmons ever get out of that house? What’s the deal with Constance? Will there be a season two of AHS? Find out the answers to these and more in the full transcript of our interview below. Warning: SPOILERS FOLLOW! You can also tune in to watch tonight’s episode, titled “Murder House,” at 10 p.m. ET on FX, and open up a second screen at EW’s ViEWer to chat about what unfolds, live or even if you catch up with it later on DVR!  READ FULL STORY

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