Oh, brother! There's nothing like a famous sibling rivalry to give an early game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants the sizzle of the postseason. Four years after big brother Peyton and the Colts outgunned Eli and the Giants it's Manning Bowl II on Sunday Night Football (Sept. 19, 8:15pm/7:15c, NBC).
In this era of nonstop TV, where the seasons blur together with nary a break, finales cluttered this week's TV landscape while we count the days for the official fall TV season to begin. So as our lead topic, some fond and not-so-fond farewells.
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Starting with TNT's Emmy-winning The Closer, a humdinger of a showdown between Brenda and a sarin gas-bomb-toting psychopath (Matthew Glave, well played), taking revenge on the police and fire squads who'd rejected him. His manifesto ...
Maybe Glee producers weren't being cagey with us when they denied that seemingly straight New Directions addition Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) was going to turn out to be Kurt's (Chris Colfer) boyfriend. Now there's another candidate to add to the suspect list.
The new season's sixth episode will introduce ...
Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
The gang was (almost) all there for the premiere of HBO's new Jersey crime epic Boardwalk Empire — the Sopranos gang, that is. Former cast members including James Gandolfini, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Vincent Curatola and Aida Turturro as well as creator David Chase showed up for Boardwalk's splashy New York premiere on Sept. 15 thanks to its multiple Sopranos connections. After all, the series stars Steve Buscemi, who played Tony's inept cousin, and was created by Terence Winter, an Emmy-winning writer for The Sopranos.
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Winter had considerable research to do before attempting to create an authentic representation of Atlantic City during Prohibition...
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Of course the Paddy's crew would get gay marriage so twisted that even married gays (or Mac) would use liberal Biblicisms to get it banned.
And we'd have it no other way. Back for their sixth season last night, the barflies of Brotherly Love mixed the issue into their usual cocktail of wrong and raunchy, and ended up with yet another those artfully offensive episodes that had us choking on our alley almonds...
Andre Leon Talley, Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker
Check out Top Model having a conscience!
And not just a social one, although guest Demi Lovato's pitch for the Pacer Center during last night's photo shoot to promote anti-bullying among teens was spot on (and super important). No, we're talking about Tyra and company's unexpectedly responsible decision to eliminate Anamaria for being too thin.
Throughout the episode...
It looks like Gale Harold's character is the only person on Hellcats who's not all fired up about cheerleading. Harold joins the CW drama in episode 3 as a law professor who puts Marti (Aly Michalka) to the test.
"Julian Paris is trying to determine whether or not [Marti] is actually serious about what she's saying that she wants to do," he told TV Guide Magazine at the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview Party for the CW. "She's taken a scholarship as a cheerleader, and I don't know that he truly trusts that her intentions are actually pure."
For the actor...
Have the Roaring '20s ever roared with such vibrant, violent, extravagantly entertaining life as in HBO's Boardwalk Empire? This instantly captivating period piece feels thrillingly modern as it captures with remarkable detail a chaotic time of invention and re-invention, of social progress and prosperity upstaged by the gaudy corruption and jazzy debauchery of the Prohibition era.
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Boardwalk brilliantly marries Martin Scorsese's virtuosic cinematic eye to Terence Winter's (The Sopranos) panoramic mastery of rich character and eventful story. They romanticize Atlantic City as the Rome of a bootleg empire, where gangsters converge from Chicago and New York to traffic in illegal hooch (among other vices)...