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'Downton Abbey' Recap: Sex And Drugs (Rock ’n Roll Hasn’t Been Invented Yet)

January 26th, 2015 10:57am EST
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Tony Gillingham (Tom Cullen) doesn’t understand how a lady can sleep with a man, then not want to marry him; Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier) returns to Downton a heroin addict; and Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) has a freak out at dinner.

Thomas is back, and as Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) puts it, “Charming as ever, I see.” Not only is the valet still surly, he’s looking ill and constantly MIA. When Thomas steals a spoon from the kitchen, everyone suspects he’s cooking in his room (a DA no-no), but Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) oddly enough keeps coming to Thomas’s rescue with excus...
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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Jake's Heart is Crushed, And So Is Ours

January 26th, 2015 10:36am EST
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Jake's Heart is Crushed, And So Is O
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" might be a comedy, and we might have laughed plenty at "The Defense Rests" (if you sat there stonefaced while Holt cackled at the genius of Wuntch's name autocorrecting to "butt," you may be a robot).

But it wasn't the funniest episode of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" history. And that's intentional- "The Defense Rests" is probably the closest thing this show will get to a Serious Emotions episode.

And those Serious Emotions come from Jake and Sophia, finally doing what was foretold when Eva Longoria only signed on for three episodes- breaking up.

At first, it's not a breakup...
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'Mulaney' Recap: 'He Has An Achilles Body'

January 26th, 2015 10:31am EST
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What type of TV universe does “Mulaney” exist in? Is it the kind in which psychopaths can thrive in their own little pocket like in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”? Is it the show business exaggeration of “30 Rock”? Is it the mostly realistic world populated by main characters who act like they are at a slight remove from everything, a la “Seinfeld”? Or is it the touchy-feel sort of so many sitcoms that try to teach real-world lessons so didactically?

Because of this state of uncertainty, it is hard to know what conclusions to make about Lou teaching John about power moves. The op...
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'Bob's Burgers' Recap: 'Late Afternoon In The Garden Of Bob And Louise'

January 26th, 2015 9:44am EST
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Bob Belcher’s passion comes out when he gets into activities that are not typically known for inspiring passion. This could be a recipe for annoying others, but for the most part, he does not indulge his interests at the expense of the people in his life who do not share them. This is partly because he has not very often had the opportunity to fully indulge his passions. Acceptance into the community garden changed all that.

Bob insisted that this opportunity was for the sake of the restaurant, and thus the family. He certainly seemed to believe this. Not that this was a particularly ...
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'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Of 'The Two Lisas'

January 26th, 2015 8:38am EST
'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Of 'The Two Lisas'
Shameless is always filled with incredible moments. It can take something wacky and turn it into a beautiful moment that defines characters and relationships in an honest way. But sometimes it can go so over the top that it hurts the characters irrevocably. The scene where Lip is finally kind to Mandy is sweet until you remember that she literally tried to murder Karen and destroyed her life forever. Any honest moment with Frank is destroyed by his various inhuman acts, including keeping a woman from a heart transplant. So many characters have had moments they can’t come back from and “The ...
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'Galavant' Star Vinnie Jones: 'I Wanted To Get Back To Comedy'

January 25th, 2015 12:10pm EST
'Galavant' Star Vinnie Jones: 'I Wanted To Get Back To Comedy'
Hollywood audiences know Vinnie Jones for being the tough guy in films like X-Men: The Last Stand and The Condemned. So it's been a pleasant surprise to see him hamming it up as royal henchman Gareth on ABC's Galavant. And the role isn't as far afield for him as you might think.

"I wanted to get back to comedy," he told us in an interview on Friday. "I love comedy, I just love it, and I wanted to get back to it. I think that's what I'm best at [and] that's what I enjoy more."

Vinnie actually became a household name on the lighter side of film, when he was cast in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 12 Recap: Blake Shelton

January 25th, 2015 11:20am EST
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The last time a male country music star hosted “SNL,” the results were a lot more interesting. The thing is, Tim McGraw has much more acting experience than Blake Shelton, and thus he was a lot more comfortable branching out from his country persona than Shelton was in this episode. “The Voice” judge mostly stuck to variations of himself or generic roles. This was fine for ensuring a show that ran smoothly, but it also prevented his appearance from being a truly memorable one.

Inside the NFL – This take on the New England Patriots deflated ball scandal made the weird decision of focus...
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Radio And TV Pioneer Joe Franklin Dead At 88

January 25th, 2015 9:47am EST
Radio And TV Pioneer Joe Franklin Dead At 88
Radio and television pioneer Joe Franklin has died. He was 88.

"Joe went unexpectedly and passed away Saturday night," said friend and former produver Steve Garrin. "The last two weeks were the first time he ever missed a broadcast in over 60 years."

Franklin was a mainstay of late-night radio and TV in New York City. Most recently he worked at WJZ, WOR, and the Bloomberg Radio Network.

The entertainer was "the pioneer of the modern TV Talk Show Format," according to his website which says he interviewed more than 300,000 guests such as Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman, Lou Giordano, Barbara ...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Trust' - Won't Get Framed Again

January 25th, 2015 9:15am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Trust' - Won't Get
Frank Martin gets framed for a lot of things. Last season, he was a suspected terrorist after he got duped into carrying a bomb, and this week he's the prime person of interest in the disappearance of a former client. It just goes to show you that the life of a transporter has a certain number of recurring concerns. Yet even on the second try, Transporter: The Series can't quite get this one to work at full speed.

You see, nine months ago, Frank was in Toronto - on a motorcycle, which is a change of pace for him - taking a very long drive to help the girlfriend of a corporate CEO escape hi...
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Blake Shelton Calls Himself 'The Justin Bieber Of Country Music' [Watch]

January 25th, 2015 7:58am EST
Blake Shelton Calls Himself 'The Justin Bieber Of Country Music'
Blake Shelton took over hosting duties on "Saturday Night Live" and quickly set himself apart from the pack of other country superstar hosts such as Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton.

"The Voice" stated in his opening monologue.

"Yes I have been drinking. For those of you that don't know my work I am kinda like the Justin Bieber of country music. Just a trouble-making cutie," he said.

"I have to say that I do feel like a fish out of water here in New York City as everything is so fancy. The only comedy show I watched growing up was 'Hee Haw,'" Shelton explained.

Shelton then threw an improp...
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