By Sergio Aragones for TV Guide Magazine
It's a MAD world for Kevin Shinick, producer of a new animated series — based on the iconic humor mag that has been skewering pop culture since 1952. When asked if he feels at all daunted by the task of putting his own spin on the influential and beloved publication, Shinick takes a "What? Me Worry?" approach: "There's not so much apprehension or intimidation as there is 'I want to do it justice' for the fan in me — I'm going to be my biggest critic because I love the magazine."
Shinick compares the new series to Adult Swim's Robot Chicken: a chaotic mix of animation styles and off-the-wall sketches designed to capture even the shortest attention spans....
John Stamos and Matthew Morrison
This won't hurt a bit, Mr. Schuester. Actually, it might — a lot. But it's Will's heart, not his teeth, that is most in jeopardy when John Stamos joins Glee in Season 2's second episode as Emma's dentist beau, Dr. Carl Howell.
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"Just when Will thinks he'll win Emma because he can sing and dance, we find out Carl used to be in an '80s boy band," reveals John, who'll likely sport a mullet for flashbacks. "I discover Will's chewing his teeth, so the other day I had, like, four fingers in Matthew Morrison's mouth."
Carl will also be administering anesthesia to hygienically challenged students Rachel, Artie, Brittany and Santana, inspiring a dreamy sequence that will take them into the world of Britney Spears...
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Monday, 10/9c, Travel Channel)
The outspoken culinary expert and world traveler celebrates his 100th episode with a return to Paris — hitting all the foodie hot spots in the City of Lights with the renowed chef Eric Ripert (whose chops Bourdain busted while guest-judging Top Chef last week). A daylong marathon of favorite episodes ends at 9/8c, with a "What Were We Thinking?" retrospective special that looks back at five years of filming the show in locales all across the world...
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Question: I was absolutely thrilled with the Emmys, both the show itself, plus the recipients of the awards were for once not terrible to watch. But a couple of questions remain. I was probably happiest that Jim Parsons received the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy, though I wish the show itself would have gotten recognition. I know that you have discussed previously why Big Bang Theory wasn't nominated and probably won't be, but do you think that Parsons' win could possibly change that? The show seems to be on a continuing upward spiral, and I hope that the Academy will maybe recognize that next year.
My mom and I were discussing the Emmys the morning after, and I told her that Modern Family had beat Glee in the comedy series category. She couldn't fathom how Glee would possibly be considered a comedy (she's probably seen about half of its episodes). I tried to explain to her that if Glee had gone in as a drama that it would have had absolutely no chance, and that putting Glee and, for example, Mad Men on the same playing field would be absolutely ridiculous. Maybe you could help better explain why Glee is a comedy, and why it's not a drama? — Alex
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If there was ever a time for Futurama fans to go on a bender (get it?!), it was last night. Because after 11 years, two networks and a whole bunch of time off in between, the damn thing finally celebrated 100 episodes.
Ever since Matt Groening unleashed his follow-up to The Simpsons in 1999, the sci-fi snark-toon has had trouble finding its footing...
Michael Costello, Project Ruway
Cheers to Project Runway for taking the fashion equivalent of chicken bleep and turning it into chicken salad.
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The 11 remaining designers on Lifetime's creatively resurgent reality show were presented with real-life women (read: not models) in real-life bridesmaid's gowns (read: monstrosities) and asked to turn them into something chic. The results ranged from the high-stylish ...
Parker, play dead! Those are the instructions given to Leverage's blonde grifter-in-training played by Beth Riesgraf as Nate (Timothy Hutton) and his team of do-gooder con artists pull their last con of the summer — a job that brings them one step closer to nabbing the as-yet-unseen international crook Damien Moreau...
Michael Cristofer, Rubicon
There are renaissance men in this world, and then there's Michael Cristofer.
He's currently kicking keister on Rubicon as eccentric intelligence czar Truxton Spangler — a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a trench coat — but acting hasn't always been his thing. In fact, Cristofer is way better known as a playwright (he won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony for "The Shadow Box") and film scribe (The Witches of Eastwick), and he's also an acclaimed director (his HBO movie Gia made Angelina Jolie world famous). Now he's penning his first opera...
John Fisher, Valerie Hampton, Jerry Lester, Jason Woodall
If Prison Break were set inside this big house, Michael and Linc never would have seen daylight. In A&E's eye-opening docuseries The Squad (Thursday, 10/9c), a crack team of Tennessee corrections officers is followed as it thwarts escapes, hinders smuggling and investigates all manners of jailhouse crimes. We were scared straight after speaking with the squad's special agent in charge Jason Woodall about things he's witnessed behind the walls...