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'Archer' Recap And Review: 'The Kanes' - Meet The Parents

February 27th, 2015 9:05am EST
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Season six of Archer has gotten some mileage out of how terrible a grandmother Malory is going to be (four words: "in a white church"), so it's natural that the show would now introduce baby AJ's maternal grandparents. That's the premise of "The Kanes," in which Archer meets Lana's parents and Lana's parents meet the insanity that is Archer.

Heading to San Francisco for this family reunion, we get the full briefing: both of Lana's parents hail from academia, which somewhat explains how she ended up as a protester before joining the spy game.

But Claudette and Lemuel Kane don't know that; ...
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'Archer' Star Aisha Tyler: 'The Insanity Is Nigh For Lana'

February 26th, 2015 2:08pm EST
'Archer' Star Aisha Tyler: 'The Insanity Is Nigh For Lana'
Tonight's episode of Archer focuses on Lana Kane and her parents, Claudette and Lemuel Kane (voiced by CCH Pounder and Keith David). With the parents coming to town, this was the perfect time for us to sit down with the voice of Lana, the ever-witty Aisha Tyler, to ask how much of Lana she sees in herself, if maternity has made Lana a bit nicer, and how crazy the Archer cast really gets.

"I think the insanity is nigh on Archer for Lana," teased Aisha. "That’s about all I can tell you, but she’s about to enter a world of reckless pain for in a few episodes, so I think that will be very fun....
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'The Americans' Recap: Phillip's Job Crisis

February 26th, 2015 1:45pm EST
'The Americans' Recap: Phillip's Job Crisis
In this episode, we learn that Phillip is as screwed up as his wife. Sure, Keri Russell’s Elizabeth character was separated from her family, brutally raped by a superior, and forced into a fake marriage with a guy she didn't know. But Phillip had to do the dirty with a guy with manboobs as part of his training. He’s straight. And did I mention manboobs?

His seduction of the CIA program head’s underage daughter Kimberly (and how far he might have to take it) is torturing him. It’s especially squicky because she’s around the same age as his daughter. Isn’t turning her to the cause almost a d...
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'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Recap: The Gang Kinda-Sorta Kills Someone Off

February 26th, 2015 12:29pm EST
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Recap: The Gang Kinda-Sorta
Is anyone else noticing that "It's Always Sunny's" title gags are starting to lose a little steam?

As solid as this season has been (astoundingly solid, considering how badly most shows sag once they hit the decade mark), that "Sunny" trademark of turning the episode title into a punchline has't been the same lately.

Episode titles like "Charlie Work" and "Psycho Pete Returns" just hang there. They describe the episode just fine, but there's no punch.

Remember how things were in the early seasons? Like when Dennis and Dee quit the bar to start new, super-successful dream jobs. Then, sec...
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Lady Gaga To Have Major Role In Season 5 Of 'American Horror Story' (Watch)

February 26th, 2015 8:25am EST
Lady Gaga To Have Major Role In Season 5 Of 'American Horror Sto
Lady Gaga's already Mother Monster, so it's only appropriate that she become a real, monster too.

The singer's just announced over Twitter that she'll be joining the cast of "American Horror Story" next season, and as a series regular, no less. Meaning, she'll be playing a major role, and not just hopping on "AHS" for an episode or two.

Gaga also revealed the theme and subtitle for the next of FX's hit horror anthology. Coming this fall: "American Horror Story: Hotel."

Admittedly, "Hotel" isn't nearly as terrifying as "Freak Show" or "Murder House," but this hotel probably has a bunch of...
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'The Americans' Star Noah Emmerich On His Journey To Television

February 25th, 2015 12:07pm EST
'The Americans' Star Noah Emmerich On His Journey To Television
Noah Emmerich wasn't looking for a television show when The Americans came calling. With movies like Cop Land, Frequency, Miracle and Super 8 to his name, his longest TV role was doing a four-episode arc as shady FBI agent Garrett Fowler on USA's White Collar. The idea of a series regular part just didn't appeal to him.

"For a long time, I thought I wanted to avoid doing a series," Noah explained when we sat down with him at FX's Television Critics Association. "I thought I'd get bored by the repetition. One of the main reasons I wanted to become an actor was to try on so many different ha...
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'Justified' Recap And Review: 'Alive Day' - In Which People End Up Dead

February 25th, 2015 9:03am EST
'Justified' Recap And Review: 'Alive Day' - In Which People End
For an episode called "Alive Day," this week's Justified deals an awful lot with death. As in, several people meet theirs by the time the credits roll. This is how it always starts on this show: first the small fish start to be bumped off, then the next thing you know we're climbing the food chain until there's a whole collection of bodies. But who's really deserving of their demise?

Naturally, this episode picks up near where last week left off, because that ending was too intriguing not to do something with. Boyd is understandably suspicious to find Raylan's car out in front of Ava's hou...
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'Archer' Recap And Review: 'Nellis' - The One With Area 51

February 20th, 2015 9:06am EST
'Archer' Recap And Review: 'Nellis' - The One With Area 51
Archer has already done undersea, in space and let us not forget Skytanic, so it was probably only a matter of time before Adam Reed got to an episode involving aliens. And when Adam Reed does something, he really goes for it. "Nellis" may be the most off the wall episode this season...yet.

Incredibly brassed off about Lana setting him up royally, Archer has dealt with his anger in the only way he knows how: massive debauchery. This forces him to phone Cheryl/Carol for help, as he is now too broke and drunk to get home. But when she sends her private jet to get him, it's really so everyone...
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'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: The Gang Gets Flanderized

February 19th, 2015 11:36am EST
'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: The Gang Gets Flander
Ever heard of Flanderization? It's a real thing, birthed in the seedy time-suck that is TVTropes.org.

Essentially: the longer a TV show airs, the more likely its characters will become caricatures of their former selves. Specifically, a caricature of that character's biggest defining trait.

Ned Flanders (who went from gentle guy next door to ultra-conservative Christian loon) being the example that gives the trope its name.

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is acutely aware of Flanderization. It'd have to be, as "The Gang Misses the Boat" is one long ode to a show that's since turned f...
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'The Americans' Recap: Elizabeth And Phillip Argue About Paige Some More

February 19th, 2015 8:40am EST
'The Americans' Recap: 'Dimebag' - Elizabeth And Phillip Argue A
Early 80s electropop duo Yaz ,and their seminal debut album Upstairs at Eric’s, figure heavily into this week’s episode. Kimberly, the CIA chief’s daughter whom the Jennings have decided to turn, is listening to Yaz when Phillip first insinuates himself into her life. He later buys the album for his daughter. Is he trying to win Paige's favor from Elizabeth? Or is he softening the blow for when Paige finally finds out who her parents are? He’s using one child and trying to protect another. The spy game is really not a place for parents. The late nights alone! Mom has to go recuperate in som...
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