Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Carl Reiner (inset)
Carl Reiner is one of the great Renaissance men of show biz — an actor, comedian, director, producer, author, screenwriter and playwright — but, until now, he's never been a singing-dancing ghost pirate! The nine-time Emmy-winning legend will lend his voice to Disney Channel's animated hit Jake and the Never Land Pirates (Friday, Oct. 3 8:30am/7:30c), where he'll play lovelorn Captain Treasure Tooth who is reunited — thanks to Jake and his pals — with his long-lost ghost girlfriend, Peg-Leg Peg (Seinfeld vet Estelle Harris). Check out this exclusive TV Guide Magazine clip from the episode, followed by our chat with the ever-busy Reiner, now in the seventh decade of his career.
David Tennant, Anna Gunn
The best stories tend to convey universal truths with, presumably, a universal appeal. But I'm still having trouble with Fox's not-quite-new mystery drama that I keep calling Gracechurch — an inadvertent mash-up of its actual title (Gracepoint) and that of the superb British series it so slavishly copies: Broadchurch, a BBC America import that was No. 3 on my Top 10 list of 2013. (Here's my initial review of the original.)
Why Your Cable Bill is So High
Think your $150-plus monthly cable bill has gotten out of control? You're not alone.
Earlier this summer, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) launched a website for consumers to share their TV billing horror stories. Within 10 days, her office received 428 responses, mostly complaints about the rising cost of TV and broadband services. Several people criticized inconsistent charges, unexpected bill increases and new fees for services they didn't want.
Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q
TV really doesn't get much uglier or more cynical than CBS's Stalker (Wednesday, 10/9c), a crass and calculated attempt to keep the Criminal Minds crowd appeased for yet another hour of tacky, icky violence — disproportionately perpetrated against unfortunate women — presented within a glum, indifferently acted formula.
Yvette Nicole Brown
Shirley, Community fans are going to be disappointed with this news. But alas, it's true: Yvette Nicole Brown is departing the fan favorite comedy after five seasons.
Brown — who has played Shirley Bennett since the 2009 launch of Community — confirms to TV Guide Magazine that she has asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons. Sony Pictures TV and executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna have honored her request.
The actress says the change was necessary in order to take care of her ailing father. "My dad needs daily care and he needs me," Brown says. "The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."
En Vogue Christmas
Hold On: En Vogue is reuniting to star in a new holiday movie for Lifetime. In An En Vogue Christmas, the funky divas will play themselves, reuniting to perform a benefit concert to save the nightclub where they got their start.
An En Vogue Christmas opens with members Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Rhona Bennett having all gone their separate ways. But when the club that made them stars is forced to shut its doors, the trio organizes a Christmas-themed concert to raise money for the venue.
John Cho, Karen Gillan
How I'd love it if any of this season's dismal new wave of romantic comedies, all vying to be the next How I Met Your Mother, made me LOL. Sadly, I'm more inclined to search for a "cringe" emoticon, especially where ABC's two new Tuesday night entries are concerned.
The less objectionable is Selfie (8/7c), a strained attempt to update Pygmalion to the Instagram era, but coming off more like My Fair Lucy — because this Eliza Doolittle, here called Eliza Dooley (Doctor Who's Karen Gillan), is silly and vapid beyond belief or tolerance.
When a mysterious hatch is uncovered, things start to go haywire. It's not an episode of Lost, but close: Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof came up with the story behind the Phineas and Ferb episode "Lost in Danville," which airs Monday night at 7:30/6:30c on Disney XD.
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LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell
LL Cool J may have participated in CBS's salute to the Beatles earlier this year, but he certainly won't be singing "We all live in a yellow submarine" when his Sam and Chris O'Donnell's Callen find themselves trapped in a hostile submersible as NCIS: Los Angeles opens its sixth season. Last May's cliffhanger found the partners taking an...