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Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV: A User’s Guide

July 28th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV:
As a born and bred New Yorker, I’m drawn to shows about my city, taking comfort in the familiar sights and settings; yet I often find myself asking, “Did the writers of some of these shows ever step foot in Manhattan?”

I can shake off the inconsistencies, but I sometimes wonder about all the people saving their babysitting and paper route money hoping to someday move to the Big Apple hoping to mirror the glamorous life seen on the small screen.

Hence, a guide to separating fact from fiction:

‘Smash’ only lasted two seasons, but it was long enough to get your hopes up that moving here wo...
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9 TV Shows We Were Instantly Hooked On

July 26th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
9 TV Shows We Were Instantly Hooked On
There are a lot of great television shows, but there aren't many that are immediately addictive. Most shows take a few episodes before they find their characters or their most interesting story. Every once in a while, though, there's that show which grabs you right away - and that's what we're celebrating this week.

Here's our short list of nine shows that turned us into fans before the end credits rolled on their first installment. See if you recognize any of them, and leave your own picks at the end of the article.

24: We were sold on 24 before we ever saw the pilot. Created by Joel Sur...
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12 Things We Learned From NBCUniversal's Cable TCA Press Tour

July 16th, 2014 9:39am EDT
12 Things We Learned From NBCUniversal's Cable TCA Press Tour
Summer is here, and that means it's also time for the Summer TCA Press Tour, when TV networks to show off their latest slew of shows to a crowd of film critics.

But the days are long and stuffed with television. Hours upon hours, days upon days. A lot of TV. So for convenience's sake, we've shortened things down to only the most important parts of each presentation- this time, from NBCUniversal, and all the many cable channels currently in their employ.

12. "Mr. Robot" is the Real Title of a Real Pilot on USA

USA was quick to announce two new pilots it had just ordered. One, "Complicatio...
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Brooks Wheelan Fired From 'Saturday Night Live' After Only One Season

July 15th, 2014 8:15pm EDT
Brooks Wheelan Fired From 'Saturday Night Live' After Only One S
Comedy is a tough business - just ask Brooks Wheelan. The funnyman, who joined "Saturday Night Live" for its 39th season, is out of a job after just one season on the show.

The stand-up comedian tweeted: "Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke...FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!"

Wheelan, 27, appeared on the Weekend Update skits, where he created public service announcements against irresponsible behavior. He also impersonated stars such as actor Jared Leto, British boy bander Harry Styles and guitarist Slash.

Filmmaker Judd...
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Gavin Rossdale To Join Gwen Stefani On 'The Voice'

July 15th, 2014 2:24pm EDT
Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
On September 22, "The Voice" will return with judges Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. Being the only lady on the coaching panel is tough, but Stefani will have some familiar help in the form of her husband, Gavin Rossdale.

In the second stage of the competition, Rossdale's mentoring could prove useful to get Team Gwen where it needs to be. Stefani revealed to Access Hollywood, "He is super articulate and he has a really good opinion and he is smart and he's been doing a really good job. We both have, I think, a lot of experience in the sense that when you ...
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Top 9 Famous Kid Robots

July 6th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Top 9 Famous Kid Robots
There is a new robot in town. Well, if you wanna get technical it’s an android. So it won’t be flexing animatronic guns with these guys or be commanded to solve a murder mystery. But in an already crowded block of steel saviors, this ‘bot stands apart for having a baby face. That’s right. Kid robots, er androids are making a comeback. The newest resident of this small community is Ethan (read more about him below) from “Extant,” which priemeres July 9 on CBS. He comes from a long assembly line of kid ‘bots making TV and movie appearances. So, let’s boot up the memory packs and rewire them t...
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The Top 10 Television Lawyers

June 10th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
The Top 10 Television Lawyers
In honor of the return of Suits - which features Harvey Specter, the best attorney currently practicing on television - we're recognizing our Top 10 Television Lawyers. Legal dramas are a staple on the small screen, and they've given us some fantastic litigators over the years.

Our list has only two criteria for inclusion: 1) That the character must be a practicing lawyer. No characters who just have law degrees, retired lawyers, or ex-lawyers. During the run of their show, we have to have seen them in the courtroom.

2) The characters are ranked by who we'd most want to represent us in co...
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Henry Hereford Takes To The High Seas With NBC's 'Crossbones'

June 6th, 2014 3:15pm EDT
Henry Hereford Takes To The High Seas With NBC's 'Crossbones'
Pirates have taken over NBC's airwaves with the premiere of Crossbones, the new high-seas adventure with an impressive creative team and a cast led by John Malkovich. English actor Henry Hereford has a recurring role as Frederick Nightingale, and we touched based with him last week to talk about how entertaining it is to play in a pirate's world.

"[It's] very cool. It's very exciting," he enthused. Why did he end up taking the plunge? "I think there were so many factors involved. I'm a massive fan of Luther, which is the TV show that Neil Cross wrote for the BBC [that] is done incredibly w...
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Jimmy Shubert Talks Competing To Be 'Last Comic Standing'

June 5th, 2014 4:15pm EDT
Jimmy Shubert Talks Competing To Be 'Last Comic Standing'
NBC's Last Comic Standing is like The Voice for stand-up comedians: it exposes these folks, who have been grinding for years if not decades just to make us laugh, to a national TV audience. The show has made a splash in its return, and one of the comics it's introduced us to is Jimmy Shubert, who called up BFTV recently to chat about competing on LCS and his career to date.

Why would he be willing to put himself into the reality TV machine? "Just because what I read about what they were trying to do this season," he told us. "Wanda Sykes, who's a great comic, brought the show back after a ...
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7 Celebrities Who Like Scientology A Little Too Much

June 4th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
7 Celebrities Who Like Scientology A Little Too Much
When former King of Queens star Leah Remini went on the Ellen Degeneres Show last week, she used it as an opportunity to clearly state that she believes she is better off since leaving the "religion" of Scientology last summer.

The now Xenu-free Remini stated that she and her family have found "new ways to reconnect" and that leaving the religion "has really brought us closer together."

While we're happy for Remini, but we can't help but hope that some other famous celebrities would follow her example.

Here are 7 Famous Stars Who Are A Little Too Into Scientology.

Tom Cruise

Well,...
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