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'Private Practice' season premiere: Heart attack -- or attack on our hearts?

Well, wasn’t that a rather deceptive way to open the new season of Private Practice? All summer, we fans have been wondering what, exactly, was going to happen to Pete — who suffered a heart attack in the last few seconds of May’s season finale — when the show revved back up this fall. So, naturally, Practice didn’t make us wait long and opened just minutes after the aforementioned medical emergency: Pete was still laboring on the floor, post attack. Stressful!

Not too much later, Sam was called into the hospital to help out Charlotte with a patient. They were pumping a chest, doing all they could, Sam was distraught, until Charlotte told him that they had to call it. The death, that is. Time: 10:17. Only — and as the whole thing was playing out, it became pretty clear what was going to happen — Pete wasn’t the dead body on the table. It wasn’t until the camera finally panned to the guy — a total unknown, who, frankly, we don’t care about — that we saw the patient’s true identity. I said it already, but: deception!

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Was there anything more exciting on TV last night than baseball?

The most exciting TV last night came unscripted. But unlike much of the Wednesday reality TV lineup, it didn’t involve histrionic singers or immunity idols. The drama came from a little game called baseball. And what drama!

If you were a Red Sox fan, your season’s sudden end felt apocalyptically anti-climactic. To put it into EW-friendly pop culture terms, the Sox missing the playoffs after entering September with a nine-game Wild Card lead is a bigger disappointment for the Nation than the respective bummer factors of The Phantom Menace, the Matrix sequels, that Roseanne finale, Chinese Democracy, and the oeuvre of Kevin Costner combined. And if you were a Rays fan, last night felt something like this. READ FULL STORY

ABC's 'Happy Endings': Five reasons to love it!

When Happy Endings premiered last spring, the obvious dig on the show was that it was yet another collection of six twenty-to-thirtysomething friends with a shockingly large amount of free time who spend their half hour on our television nattering comically about their relationships. Which, in fairness, it is. Happy Endings even has a played-out will-they-or-won’t-they premise: A year ago, Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) left Dave (Zachary Knighton) at the altar. But because their core group of friends is so tight-knit — Alex’s uptight sister Jane (Eliza Coupe), her easy-going husband Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.), and their college buddies, kind-of-a-mess Penny (Casey Wilson) and slovenly-straight-acting gay dude Max (Adam Pally) — Alex and Dave have maintained a warm-if-tricky friendship…that may be hiding something more!

Yeah, I know, it’s like network romcom Mad Libs. And yet next to The Good Wife, I don’t know if there’s another returning show I’m more excited about this season. Tonight’s season 2 premiere was a great example as to why. Let me count the ways:

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'Glee' has some Mommy issues tonight

Idina Menzel’s Shelby Corcoran returns to Lima, Ohio tonight, bringing back both the baby she adopted from Quinn and Puck, as well as Rachel’s conflicting emotions about her biological mother.

And as if there isn’t already enough potential for high drama, Kurt’s got some new issues to deal with as he tries out for the lead in the school play. Shouldn’t be anything a little song and dance can’t fix, right? We’ll see.

You can watch tonight’s episode with us on our new second-screen app, EW.com’s ViEWer. Just click here to try it out. Come on. You know you wanna.

And you should check back after the show for our recap or join Keith Staskiewicz’s inaugural meeting of the Diss-a-Glee Club. (We mean it this time. Some overbearing cheerleading coach sabotaged him last week but this week he outmaneuvered her.)

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'Hart of Dixie' series premiere: Bilson's back!

What do you get when you mix Sweet Home Alabama with The OC and just a hint of Gilmore Girls? A fun new Monday night dramedy, Hart of Dixie.

Rachel Bilson stars as Dr. Zoe Hart, a fresh-out-of-med-school grad from NYC who has life all figured out. She gives a speech so inspiring at her graduation ceremony that a older gentleman, Dr. Harley Wilkes, invites her to come work at his practice in Blue Bell, Alabama. She passes, but four years later, after finding out she won’t be a heart surgeon in NYC until she sees patients as “People to help, not puzzles to solve,” Dr. Hart has a change of heart (See what I did there?) and decides to become a general practitioner for a year. She takes Dr. Wilkes up on his continued offers to move to Alabama and work for him. Will she learn lessons of life and love in the good ol’ South? Bet on it. READ FULL STORY

'2 Broke Girls': It had a decent pilot. Is it becoming a good series?

Last week, Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings’ sitcom 2 Broke Girls got off to a bumpy but promising start: The chemistry between Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) was strong, but many of the jokes pertaining to city life missed the mark. The premiere fit nicely into the good-for-a-pilot category, but the important second episode, which doesn’t have the excuse of being the first, had to be better. Was it? READ FULL STORY

'Gossip Girl' season premiere: [Spoiler!] is expecting. Who do you want the father to be?

Okay, Gossip Girl affectionados. If you missed tonight’s season premiere then read ahead at your own risk because there’s a BIG SPOILER ahead.

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Premiere of Fox's Animation Domination lineup: Amazing or meh?

Fox’s Animation Domination lineup debuted last night with four season premieres. The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, and American Dad all unleashed cartoon chaos. But were they any good? Let’s go show by show…

The Simpsons’ “The Falcon and the D’ohman”

After 22 seasons of The Simpsons, you’d think that even the most dedicated fans would be tired of Bart and Co. Not I, my friends. Tonight’s episode gave me plenty of reasons to watch the show’s 23rd season. In the season premiere, Wayne, a former U.S. secret agent turned detached security guard at Homer’s nuclear power plant (voiced by former 24 star Kiefer Sutherland), is charmed into a friendship with his dimwitted coworker and later has to save Homer from an old Ukrainian enemy who kidnapped him.

Funniest moment nominee: “How are you going to find him?” Marge asks Wayne. “Homer is implanted with several highly powerful tracking chips,” he responds. Marge wonders, “How did that happen?” “I put them out in a bowl and he ate them,” he replies. Ha! Fat jokes!

Verdict: This is why I still love The Simpsons. Tonight’s episode featured goofy bar humor and a Kim Jong-il musical. What a combo, right? And I laughed at both.

The Cleveland Show’s “BFFs”

Season four of the Family Guy spinoff finds Cleveland in a sad place after he discovers his old friend Peter Griffin came to visit his Stoolbend, Va., neighborhood for four days and didn’t even try to see him. Cleveland takes an emotional drive back to Quahog, R.I., to find out why his buddy dissed him.

Funniest moment nominee: When Cleveland rings the Griffins’ doorbell, Stewie asks Brian, “Has he been canceled already? He doesn’t get to just come back!”

Bonus funny moment: When Peter finally speaks to Cleveland, he explains, “My phone died… of AIDS.” With his arms folded, Cleveland retorts, “AIDS is no longer a death sentence.”

After Peter tells him that they were never really friends, Cleveland decides that he and his crew should attend Ric “The Nature Boy” Flair’s friendship camp. Wooo! Canoes! Cleveland and friends are then kidnapped by a gang of back-country woodsmen. But Peter saves them from hillbilly rape (“Let go of my Negro,” he yells), later saying that a psychiatrist revealed his fear of rejection and that he dumped Cleveland before he could be dumped himself.

Verdict: I geeked when I first found out Cleveland was getting a spin-off years ago and I’m equally elated I can laught at him and his family now. I’ll definitely tune in this season.

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'Desperate Housewives' season premiere: Which Wisteria Lane lady will spill their big secret first?

It’s inevitable: One of the four ladies of Wisteria Lane will eventually slip up—or, alternatively, crack under pressure—and reveal the secret we saw them hide last night on the season premiere of Desperate Housewives. It’s too juicy a landmine to not have the repercussions play out deliciously on this, the show’s last season. “There’s no task more unpleasant than getting rid of an unwanted guest,” the always-wise and ever-dead Mary Alice intoned knowingly, as the ladies collectively buried Gaby’s skeevy step-father Alejandro in the woods, with the help of the man who killed him, Carlos. Fat chance of no one spilling the beans on this one.

So who is most likely to crack? Right now, it seems like Susan is cruising fastest toward a reveal, but let’s take a look at each of the housewives’ odds, based on what happened in last night’s season premiere.

LYNETTE
Some Potential for Cracking
Lynette seems more preoccupied with the chaos surrounding her family right now rather than worrying too much about the secret she’s partially harboring. So if it is her who buckles, it won’t be until she resolves the current situation with her separation. But, Lynette did have a perplexing nightmare, which sent her running back into Tom’s delightful arms, and signals that—maybe, just maybe—she’s not as steely as the facade she’s putting out there. In short: She could be a ticking time bomb.

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'Whitney' series premiere: The jokes feel not-so-fresh, but is there hope for this show?

My favorite part of tonight’s Whitney debut from title star Whitney Cummings came really early on when she says in voice over, “Whitney is taped in front of a live studio audience. You heard me.” It made me think of Reginald Veljohnson making a similar announcement over the sax-heavy end credits of Family Matters, only with a twist. That little wink gave me hope that this might be the type of savvy, self-aware sitcom that’s able to lightly mock the laugh-tracked, multi-camera format that NBC seems to have mostly abandoned.

But that wasn’t the only throwback. I’m sure this show wants to entertain while cleverly shining a light on the modern relationship and the evolving differences between men and women. The most important thing for Whitney is to feel current, relevant. Unfortunately, the humor here felt tired, very Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. The whole time, I kept expecting a joke about a toilet seat, and whether it had been left up. READ FULL STORY

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