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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

Exclusive Good Wife Video: Alicia and Diane Join Forces in Extended Sneak Peek

Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranksi

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from The Good Wife's Season 6 premiere. Read at your own risk.] 

Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry) can't seem to catch a... read more

Fall TV Popularity Contest: Does Madam Secretary Get Your Vote?

Téa Leoni

Will you elect Madam Secretary for another term?

Now that the political drama has premiered, we want to know your... read more

Gotham: 6 Things Fox's Batman Prequel Gets Right (And 3 Things We're Worried About)

Ban McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith

Fox's Gotham is arguably the most anticipated new show of the fall season, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's destined to become a hit. 

The new drama, created by The Mentalist's Bruno Heller examines the city protected by Batman long before the Dark Knight was around to protect it. Stepping in as the city's hero is rookie detective (and future police commissioner) Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) who, along with his cynical partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), encounter nascent versions of the Batman franchise's villains, including The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) and The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), while investigating the murders of the parents of a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).

On the Set:  Go behind-the-scenes of Fox's Gotham

But as anyone who watched the first two-thirds of ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — last season's buzziest new show — knows, creating a superhero TV series without a superhero can be tricky business.... read more

Why Gwen Stefani Was "Afraid" to Join The Voice and What Changed Her Mind

Gwen Stefani

Thanks to her unique voice and trend-setting style, Gwen Stefani has never had a problem standing out. But on one of her first days on the set of The Voice, the lead singer of No Doubt quickly realizes she is going to have to do something big to set herself apart during the... read more

Meet Scorpion's Brilliant, Big Bang Theory-Esque Crime-Fighting Team

Scorpion

Scorpion is not The Big Bang Theory, but it doesn't mind comparisons to CBS' wildly popular hit comedy. 

After all, both series seem to share the same DNA: Socially awkward nerds get help relating to the world from a beautiful waitress who joins their group. "The truth is while breaking the show and the characters and coming up with ideas that kind of all came together, it was brought up at some point by someone at CBS who said, 'Oh, wow, this is like Big Bang Theory in the field," executive producer Nick Santora said during the Television Critics Association fall previews. "And so I went, 'Yeah, it is.' [I was] smart enough to fake it and lie."

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