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Weekend TV: FX's Creepy Strain, Return of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex

Mia Maestro

"It's not for everyone," growls the grizzled, sword-wielding Armenian pawnshop owner (Game of Thrones' David Bradley), whose unromantic notion of vampire slaying includes mass decapitations and body burnings. Likewise, FX's deliciously freaky and gruesomely graphic The Strain (Sunday, 10/9c) won't be for all tastes. But the network is betting, probably correctly, that a midsummer popcorn feast of classic monster-movie horror, served without apology and blessedly free of irony, will resonate with fright fans eager to jump out of their seats, which turns out to be a Strain specialty. This could, and deserves to be, FX's Walking Dead-sized blockbuster.

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Watch This Tonight: Hemlock Grove

Bill Skarsgard

Hemlock Grove might not have the cache of Netflix's other original offerings, but it does have one thing in spades: absurdity.

When the supernatural drama returns for Season 2 this Friday, Peter (Landon Liboiron) and Roman (Bill Skarsgard) are still on the outs while they deal with their personal demons (literally!). As it turns out, Peter's decision to turn on the wrong moon has more repercussions that anyone imagined.

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The Comeback Team on Valerie's Evolution and the Show's Return: "The DNA Is the Same"

Lisa Kudrow

Despite its loyal fan base and critical adoration, series co-creator Michael Patrick King and co-creator and star Lisa Kudrow admit they used to have a hard time talking about their short-lived 2005 HBO satire The Comeback for many years. "[It was] too much of an ... read more

How Emmy's Controversial Category Choices Paid Off, and This Year's Other Trivia

Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

According to the Emmy Awards ballot, True Detective isn't a miniseries, but Fargo and American Horror Story: Coven are. Orange is the New Black, Nurse Jackie and Shameless are comedies, even though there are frequently more tears than laughs on those shows.

The debate over how to classify shows that defy classification ruffled plenty of feathers during this year's Emmy campaign season. Yet... read more

Top Moments: Another True Blood Shocker and Halle Berry Is on a Roll

Halle Berry and Jimmy Fallon

Our top moments of the week:

13. Worst Union: FYI takes reality dating one step further by introducing strangers to each other — as they walk down the aisle to get married. By the end of  Married at First Sight's premiere, we see one of the pairs reactions and are left hanging. Will Jamie would go running or say "I do"? Regardless of the outcome, we're not embarrassed to say that we can't... read more

Carter Bays: How I Met Your Dad Isn't Happening

Greta Gerwig

Contrary to reports that How I Met Your Dad was still in the works, it seems the How I Met Your Mother spin-off dead after all.

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Fox Announces Premiere Dates for Gotham, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and More

Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue

Fox is getting a head start!

The network announced premiere dates Thursday for their upcoming fall programming slate, which spans two months and ends in early November withMasterChef Junior.

Kicking off the network's fall programming slate on Sunday, Sept. 7 is Utopia, a new reality series that combines elements of Survivor with Big Brotheras contestants create a new society in the wilderness.

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New seasons of comedies New Girl and The Mindy Project will officially kick off Fox's scripted slate on Tuesday, Sept. 16. read more

HBO Teases True Detective Season 2, Addresses Future of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

As fans get increasingly heated and worried over whether Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin will finish his book series A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the hit drama is based, the powers that be over at HBO aren't nervous at all... read more

Ben Savage Reminds Us That We're Old: We Didn't Have the Internet on Boy Meets World!

Sabrina Carpenter, Danielle Fishel and Rowan Blanchard

Riley is definitely her father's daughter on Girl Meets World, but the sequel series is no direct carbon copy of Boy Meets World. For one, the world is a lot different from 21 years ago.

Emmy nominations surprises and snubs

"In Boy Meets World, we didn't have the Internet, which is so ...
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HBO Announces Final Season Premiere Date for Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

It looks like luck has finally run out for Steve Buscemi's gangster Nucky Thompson.

HBO announced Thursday that the fifth and final season of the Prohibition Era Boardwalk Empire will debut... read more

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