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The Monday Playlist: A Night for Moms (Mabley and Mom), Who's Turning 50

Moms Mabley

With her floppy hat and flapping gums, Jackie "Moms" Mabley is mostly remembered these days for her outrageous appearances on late-'60s and '70s-era variety and talk shows, as mainstream as Ed Sullivan and as of-the-moment as the Smothers Brothers, performing racy and politically barbed stand-up routines whose sting was couched in a dirty-old-lady's guise.

Among those influenced by Mabley was Whoopi Goldberg, who performed an homage to the comedian early in her own career. In the HBO documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (Monday, 9/8c), the View personality directs and participates in this tribute to the pioneering comic's life and legacy, with TV clips and audio excerpts (enhanced with crude animation) from her many comedy albums, which hold up surprisingly well. read more

Ask Matt: Scandal, Walking Dead, NCIS, Elementary, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Joe Morton

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I started watching Scandal from the start, when it was simply a problem-of-the-week plot mixed in with a little soap opera with Olivia and the President. They lost me a little bit last year when they temporarily dropped that element to completely focus on the soap opera element when the president was shot. With the addition of the B613 storyline (and possible new Harrison storyline), I feel the show has lost its focus. I was highly enjoying Lisa Kudrow's story and performance only to have the show dragged down by B613's machinations and apparent manipulation of Quinn. I get the fear the show could be the political Love Boat where the guest stars get all the meaty storylines, but I watch shows like Strike Back for my spy action and adventure. Have these writers learned nothing from the mistakes countless shows including Alias and recently Revenge have made with these over-the-top secret maniacal agencies? — Brian

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Exclusive Mike & Molly Sneak Peek: Molly Sees Dead People

Melissa McCarthy, Katy Mixon

Look who's scared to death of dead people.

On Monday's episode of Mike & Molly (9/8c, CBS), Molly (Melissa McCarthy) visits Victoria (Katy Mixon) at her funeral parlor job as part of research for her book. Except not much research ...
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Mike & Molly Sneak Peek: Molly Invades Mike and Carl's "Mobile Therapist Office"

Billy Gardell, Reno Wilson

Business and pleasure are about to mix on Mike & Molly.

On Monday's episode (9/8c, CBS), Molly (Melissa McCarthy) decides she wants to write a crime novel. What better way to do research than to go on a ride-along with Mike (Billy Gardell) and Carl (Reno Wilson), right? Wrong!

25 unnecessary spin-offs

"Mike is not into it at all. Shocking, right?" Wilson tells TVGuide.com. "Carl wants it ...
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Glee and Sandra Bullock Top People's Choice Awards Nominees

Lea Michele and Chris Colfer

Glee has topped the People's Choice Awards nominations with eight nods, including favorite network TV comedy.

Katy Perry and Sandra Bullock follow with five nominations apiece. Bullock will face her fiercest competition yet in the favorite duos category: She's nominated against herself for Gravity with George Clooney and for The Heat with Melissa McCarthy.

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Keck's Exclusives: First Look: Molly Meets Her Idol

Susan Sarandon, Melissa McCarthy

When Mike & Molly decided to introduce the best-selling author who inspired Molly's new career as a novelist, Melissa McCarthy called one of her favorites to play the role: Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, who guest stars on the November 25 episode of the CBS comedy.

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Exclusive Mike & Molly Sneak Peek: What Does Molly Really Want to Do?

Melissa McCarthy, Brian Baumgartner

It's a new season and a new start for Molly when Mike & Molly returns for its fourth season.

On Monday's premiere (9/8c, CBS), Molly (Melissa McCarthy) finally drums up the courage to quit her teaching job (wait 'til you see how) and finds herself ...
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Ask Matt: Remakes, "New" Mike & Molly, NCIS Spin-Offs, Castle

Mark Harmon

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Question: Curious for your take on this. NBC just announced a remake of Murder, She Wrote with Octavia Spencer. They recently cancelled their re-imagining of the ...
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Melissa McCarthy Defends Controversial Elle Cover: "I Picked the Coat!"

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy thinks everyone needs to calm down.

The actress recently became the center of a minor controversy for appearing on the cover on Elle — looking absolutely stunning — in a Marina Rinaldi coat, which many felt was used to conceal as much of McCarthy's body as possible. But according to the actress, she just wanted to embrace the changing seasons!

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Elle Defends Controversial Melissa McCarthy Cover

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy was among the women chosen for Elle's November Women in Hollywood issue, but not everyone is happy with her choice of style, according to Us Weekly.

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