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Reporter Resigns on Live TV: "F--- It, I Quit"

Charlo Greene

We've seen reporters quit on air and we've seen them curse during a live broadcast, but what happens when you get both in one sentence? TV gold.

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In the video below, Charlo Greene, a reporter for Alaskan CBS affiliate KTVA, finishes up a segment about marijuana by admitting she's actually the owner of the cannabis club featured in the segment. Perhaps concerned with the apparent conflict of interest, Greene then resigns from the job in fantastic fashion.

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Exclusive: Charlie Sheen Pursues a Return to Two and a Half Men

Charlie Sheen

As Anger Management nears the end of its 100-episode order, Charlie Sheen is bracing for what may be the FX sitcom's wrap. Simultaneously, his previous series, Two and a Half Men, is also about to end — and Sheen would like to be a part of that send-off.

Sheen tells TV Guide Magazine that he has approached Two and a Half Men with an idea about how he could make a return to the sitcom. "I've reached out to them and they've reached back," he says. "We're trying to figure out what makes the most sense. If they figure it out like I've presented it to them and they want to include me in some final send-off, I'm available and I'm showing up early. If not, it's on them."

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New Season Reviews: Gotham, Scorpion, Forever, Sleepy Hollow

Katharine McPhee, Elyse Gabel

Happens all the time in the Bat-verse: The bad guys get all the best material. And so it was in the beginning, or at least in the origin story as presented by Fox's stylish, vividly hardboiled Gotham (8/7c), an exercise in pulp-noir chic that, to be enjoyed properly, should be considered more Dick Tracy than Batman in approach.

As Robin might proclaim, if he were around (which he isn't): Holy corruption! The sordid Gotham City on display here reflects executive producer Bruno Heller's time spent on HBO's Rome rather than his sunnier stint with The Mentalist. This city of menace boasts a retro sheen cluttered with jarring contemporary details, projecting what's intended as an out-of-time (or timeless) quality to frame this iconic story. You know how it goes: Young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz of Touch) is orphaned when his wealthy parents are murdered in a back-alley robbery, inspiring a lifetime devoted to vanquishing Gotham's most-wanted goons.

But that's another tale for another time, because the focus of Gotham is on clench-jawed, strait-arrow Detective (future Commissioner) James Gordon, played with a pugnacious dour solemnity by Ben McKenzie. read more

As the Fall Season Begins, Will 4 Remain TV's Magic Number?

Lost, Friends

As the official 2014-2015 TV season kicks off on Monday, Sept. 22, we're about to find out whether TV's unofficial "Rule of 4" will strike again.

What's the "Rule of 4"? Quite simply, in the past few decades, years that ended in "4" have turned out to be game-changing seasons in network TV. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered and immediately revived a moribund NBC, as well as the entire sitcom genre.

By 1994, NBC was struggling once again — until Friends and ER came along and made the Peacock Network an unstoppable force for the rest of the decade. By 2004, it was ABC on the ropes, until Lost and Desperate Housewives debuted and turned that network around.

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Ask Matt: Shondaland Thursday, Madam Secretary vs. Race, Superheroes, Outlander and More

How to Get Away With Murder

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I'm wondering what you think about the scheduling of ABC's Thursday night programming. I don't even KNOW if there's a Family Hour any more, but it seems to me that Scandal is pretty heavy on the sex and violence and may not work so well at the 8 pm (Central) hour. Do you see ABC getting complaints about it and possibly switching Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder? — Jan

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South Park Pokes Fun at NFL (But Not How You Think) in New Promo

South Park

South Park has done it again! The Comedy Central show, which routinely nails its handling of hot-button issues, has taken on the Washington Redskins trademark debate in the promo for its 18th season. 

In the promo, animated versions of Redskins owner Dan Snyder and player Robert Griffin III ask Eric Cartman to stop using the team's name despite the recent loss of the trademark. The sketch then pokes fun at the NFL's disregard for using a name that many view as an insulting ethnic stereotype. "You have no right to use our name to get attention," Snyder says. "Don't you see that when you call your organization the Washington Redskins it's offensive to us?"

Hulu to exclusively stream every season of South Park

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Watch Emma Watson's Incredibly Powerful Speech on Gender Equality

Emma Watson

Emma Watson is speaking up for gender equality in a speech that has captured a lot of attention. 

On Saturday, the British actress was at the launch of the HeForShe campaign at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, where she spoke about being sexualized by the media at an early age and being characterized as bossy for wanting to direct plays.

Emma Watson graduates from Brown University

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James Spader Previews The Blacklist's Intense Second Season

James Spader

The adventures of James Spader's jaunty criminal turncoat Red Reddington continue with federal agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) digging deeper into her husband's villainous betrayals, baddie Berlin (Peter Stormare) still at large, and the rest of us wondering if — and how — Red and Lizzie are related. Here, Spader assesses the situation and (of course) dodges all spoilers concerning Season 2 of The Blacklist.

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The Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki Talks Season 8 Changes, Conflicts and Wedding Plans

Johnny Galecki

All aboard! The Big Bang Theory hits the road in Season 8 — but not for long after Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) 45-day cross-country train ride goes off the rails. While on a mission to find himself, the socially awkward genius actually finds himself trapped in Kingman, Arizona, with all his belongings stolen. He calls roommate Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik) for help. "Sheldon can certainly still ruin Leonard's day," Galecki says with a laugh. "But there's a degree of fatherly patience that Leonard has with Sheldon that I find touching."

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Postmortem: The Good Wife Star on "Incredibly Traumatic" Premiere and What's Next

Julianna Margulies and Matt Czuchry

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's season premiere of The Good Wife. Read at your own risk.] 

The Good Wife hit the ground running in... read more

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