Watching the premiere of FX's stunner of a limited series Fargo (Tuesdays, 10/9c), you might have noticed newcomer Allison Tolman among the more familiar visages of Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman and wondered, "Who's that girl?" Tolman took a break from playing budding Bemidji detective Molly Solverson to answer just that question (and a few others).
The Simpsons' Very Special LEGO Episode
When two legendary behemoths get in each other's space — say, King Kong and Godzilla — results can be tragic. But when the LEGO Group and The Simpsons come together, it's a little slice of Springfield heaven. A very pricey slice.
Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk
There's no place quite like the twisted heartland of FX's Fargo (Tuesday, 10/9c), a marvelous 10-episode variation on themes established in the quirky 1996 Oscar winning film. Once again, warm and neighborly small-town decency gives way to a bitter chill that has less to do with the snowy Minnesota plains than with the dark crevasses of human depravity.
Phoebe Tonkin, Nathan Parsons
Will they give peace a chance? The CW's The Originals returns Tuesday, April 15 (8/7c) with steamy new werewolf Jackson — played by former Bunheads and General Hospital star Nathan Parsons — hoping to get the vampires and wolves to move past their decades-old beef and make nice. Or at the very least be frenemies. Parsons, who will also join the cast of HBO's True Blood in its final season, gave TV Guide Magazine the lowdown on his new supernatural life.
Anna Hopkins and Grant Bowler, insert: Jim Murray
Killing an Earth Republic officer with a letter opener is a sure way to lose your gig. When Syfy's Defiance returns June 19, badass Datak Tarr (Tony Curran) is out as mayor and E-Rep dandy Niles Pottinger (Jim Murray, inset) is in, after a seemingly bloodless coup.
ABC's Scandal has helped juice Jimmy Kimmel Live ratings on Thursday nights, and in turn the late-night show has been very good to the show's "Gladiator" fans. Now, as Season 3 of Scandal draws to a close, Jimmy Kimmel Live is promising a blowout post-finale special on Thursday night at 11:35/10:35c.
Allison Janney, Anna Faris
All season long, I've been likening CBS's freshman sleeper Mom to gritty sitcom foremothers like Roseanne and Grace Under Fire (shows on which executive producer Chuck Lorre famously spent time before his current CBS heyday). That comparison rings especially true in the first-season finale (Monday, 9:30/8:30c), as third-generation mom-too-soon Violet (Sadie Calvano) gives birth while her own imperfect mother, Christy (Anna Faris), and caustic grandma Bonnie (Allison Janney) look on with emotional empathy.
Brett Dalton, Bill Paxton
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Question: What do you think of the "Uprising" arc in the second half of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first season? I think it is miles better than the first half of this season, which was pretty so-so at times. [Spoilers ahead] The tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Hydra infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Garrett being revealed as the Clairvoyant working for Hydra, were very good plot twists, along with Agent Ward being a turncoat to work for Agent Garrett and Hydra — or could Ward be going undercover for Agent Coulson to help S.H.I.E.L.D. bring down Hydra? I really hope this show gets renewed for a second season by ABC, so that it will continue to improve and be a better show that everyone can enjoy to watch! - Chris