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PopWatch Planner: 'Liz & Dick,' 'Killing Them Softly' and more

Will Liz & Dick reignite Lindsay Lohan’s career? How hot does Brad Pitt look as a mafia enforcer in Killing Them Softly? What else is on deck this week in our PopWatch planner? Check it out below!

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'Glee' star Amber Riley jazzes up Off Broadway musical 'Cotton Club Parade'

Glee diva-in-training Amber Riley made an impressive New York stage debut last night in Cotton Club Parade, a Broadway-ready revue boasting a spirited selection of classic jazz and swing numbers, some eye-popping choreography, and Wynton Marsalis’ incomparable 16-member Jazz and Lincoln Center All Stars orchestra. The 26-year-old L.A. native best known as Mercedes Jones showed off her pipes and some fine footwork on two standards by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” READ FULL STORY

Chord Overstreet hops onto Brad Pitt parody bandwagon, spoofs Chanel commercial -- VIDEO

Again with the famous people dressing as other famous people for Halloween! Avril Lavigne’s ex did it; Emma Roberts did it; and now we’ve learned that Chord Overstreet, a.k.a. Glee‘s Sam “Trouty Mouth” Evans, did it too. He hit a Halloween party this weekend dressed as Brad Pitt in those unintentionally hilarious Chanel No. 5 ads — and even made a video parody of the commercials for good measure.

Worth noting: Roberts and Overstreet used to date. Pitt and Aunt Julia also starred together in 2001’s The Mexican. We’re not sure how Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger fit in, but this must have something to do with the full moon.

Check out a full color photo of Overstreet’s over-the-top Brad getup at People, and watch a teaser for his black-and-white Pitt parody below. No wonder his Glee character prides himself on his impressions; he’s pretty good at imitating Pitt’s drawl.

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Happy Spirit Day! Celebs celebrate anti-bullying event by wearing purple

They’ve got spirit, yes they do! They’ve got spirit — how ’bout you?

No, this isn’t a pre-Halloween ghost celebration. Today, tons of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender folk and their allies are wearing purple in honor of Spirit Day, a GLAAD anti-bullying initiative. Naturally, a passel of celebrities are following suit on Twitter — or at least tweeting their support of the occasion. Here’s a roundup of some of the famous faces participating in the festivities:

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This week in television breakups

Ouch. This past week certainly hasn’t been easy for those of us who are a little too unhealthily involved in the lives of television characters. Glee, How I Met Your Mother and Grey’s Anatomy all had major relationship shake-ups, just  a few weeks into the fall season. (SPOILER ALERT! for this past week’s episodes ahead). On Monday, after an episode-long tease over who exactly would break up, Barney and Quinn called it quits over on How I Met Your Mother. It was hard to feel too sad about that one, though, not with an ending that had Barney and Robin off on a “sometime in the future” lunch date. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' Britney tribute -- Silly or mean? POLL

You want a piece of her?

Britney Spears was the name of the hour last night on Glee, with the show performing eight more of her songs, after a first “tribute” episode for the singer aired during the show’s second season.

Quality-wise, the episode was enjoyable with well-produced numbers throughout. But on Access Hollywood today, host Billy Bush reported that he’d spoken with Britney’s manager this morning, and her team was livid over the portrayal, which they had no idea was coming. (EW reached out to Spears’ publicist, who has yet to respond.)

If true, I can definitely see where the anger comes from. While the first Britney episode was about overcoming challenges, this tribute episode seemed to focus on the darkest periods of her life and make jokes about it. Everything from shaving her head and fighting with the paparazzi to her disastrous 2007 VMA performance was referenced in some way. On the show, Brittany was going through a similar breakdown that mirrored Spears’. I’m not sure “tribute” was necessarily the right word for this hour of television. It’s a part of her legacy, sure, but it’s not the part we need to celebrate.

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Ryan Murphy says he's the male Lady Gaga, plus more fun facts from 'Vogue' profile

Ryan Murphy is one of the most successful men in television. This fall, he’ll have three scripted shows on the air — Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal. In honor of this impressive achievement, Vogue wrote a lengthy profile on the TV scribe. The story includes everything you ever wanted to know (and some things you didn’t) about Murphy. To spare you the burden of clicking through all six pages of the Vogue article, we have selected five fun facts for your reading pleasure.

1. Murphy likes to order people’s food for them: When Vogue writer Jonathan Van Meter sat down for dinner with Murphy at the Chateau Marmont, Murphy immediately ordered them both Spaghetti Bolognese. “I fundamentally knew exactly what you would like,” he told Meter. Vegetarians, beware!

2. He considers himself the “male Lady Gaga”: Because his work is “at once inflammatory and wildly popular.” Murphy then insisted Meter print the Gaga remark.

3. He had an affair with a 21-year-old when he was 15: “We would wash his Corvette, go fishing, and listen to Christopher Cross on eight-tracks,” Murphy said of the relationship.

4. He is “obsessed with Ann Romney”: Granted, this was meant to be somewhat sarcastic, but he goes on to say that he admires the Republican presidential candidate’s wife and her brood of children.

5. He wishes he’d created Girls: Despite his reputation for being “smug,” Murphy said he does watch and admire other people’s work. “I love Lena Dunham,” he proclaimed. Glee cameo?

BONUS: Glee‘s Lea Michele wants to be Murphy’s daughter: This is not technically a fact about Murphy, but Michele’s remark was too bizarre to be overlooked. “I am incredibly jealous that I am not their daughter. Because the Murphy household would be my dream.” Intense. Watch your back future Murphy baby!

Read more:
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Ryan Murphy tweets deleted Tina/Mike scene; Gleeks can commence freaking out — VIDEO

PopWatch Planner: 'Boardwalk' is back. Plus: 'Glee' does Britney (again) and the Emmys!

Next Sunday’s Emmys will honor the best in TV, but to keep you going until then, one of the most-nominated shows is back in business when Boardwalk Empire season 3 premieres on HBO Sunday night. Gangsters in all forms are taking center stage this week, from aforementioned Prohibition-era Atlantic City, to modern-day Chicago, where My Boys star Jordana Spiro takes on the ailments of the mob in Fox’s The Mob Doctor.

We may be more than a month out from Halloween, but horror flick The Cabin in the Woods will be coming out on DVD this week to get you in the mood. If that’s not scary enough, conquer your fear of updating your iPhone with the Apple iOS 6 release on Wednesday. Luckily, the rest of the week has only fun things in store: Another Britney episode on Glee, a baseball movie for the end of summer, and JGL on SNL. Have a great one!

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16
Boardwalk Empire season premiere, HBO, 9 p.m.

Put on your flapper dress and settle in for the first hour of the new season, which starts off at the beginning of 1923. What will Jimmy’s (Michael Pitt) death mean for the leadership of the Boardwalk? Will Margaret’s (Kelly MacDonald) deal with the church be the beginning of the end for her and Nucky (Steve Buschemi)? Check out clips from the new season hereREAD FULL STORY

Thursday night TV: 'Big Bang' or '30 Rock'?

Thursday, traditionally primetime’s biggest night, won’t really get interesting until Oct. 4. By then, every network — minus The CW — will have premiered new episodes of its fall Thursday shows. As of tonight, though, only Fox is airing shiny new autumnal TV: CBS has comedy repeats and a new Big Brother, ABC’s showing summer series Wipeout and an old ep of Grey‘s, and NBC’s entire night has been turned over to the season finale of America’s Got Talent.

But in early October? By then, we’ll be four episodes into the fourth season of Glee, and all of NBC’s comedies will have returned. Meredith Grey will be sobbing all new sobs on ABC, and Lucy Liu will be steaming up screens as a sexy Dr. Watson on CBS’s Elementary. ‘Twill be a glorious time, my friends. A glorious time indeed.

So let’s fudge tonight’s TV Timeslot Wars poll by pretending that frabjous day is already upon us. When October rolls around, comedy lovers will be faced with a tough choice at 8 pm: The Big Bang Theory‘s nerds or 30 Rock‘s nerds? If you like one, there’s a good chance you also like the other — though you could always ditch both for extra Britney on The X Factor‘s results show.

Here’s the moment of truth — which show will you watch live? Let us know in the poll below.

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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:

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