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The Birds of Prey Swoop Into Arrow

As if Arrow wasn't flying high enough already, the superhero hit is aiming for new heights with this week's episode, inspired by the popular DC Comics title Birds of Prey (which was also the basis for a short-lived 2002-03 WB series). "It's beloved," says executive producer Marc Guggenheim of the comic book, whose menagerie has showcased the Huntress, Black Canary and Barbara Gordon's tech-savvy Oracle. "We're excited to be doing our version of it."

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Season 1, Episode 13
Having discovered that Helena is Huntress, Harley uses a machine that gives her metahuman hypnotic powers. She then hypnotizes Helena and persuades her to knock Barbara unconscious and steal an access disk. Having discovered that Helena is Huntress, Harley uses a machine that gives her metahuman hypnotic powers. She then hypnotizes Helena and persuades her to knock Barbara unconscious and steal an access disk. Barbara recovers and uses her subneural device to enable her to stand and fight Helena, eventually neutralizing the trance. But Harley uses the disk to gain complete control of the clock tower and, after killing Wade (recurring guest star Shawn Christian), she broadcasts the hypnotic signal to every television set in New Gotham. Working together with Alfred, Dinah and Reese, Helena must infiltrate the clock tower and battle Harley and her cohorts before they gain control of the entire city.

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Season 1, Episode 12
After a robber, Chris Cassius (Ian Reed Kesler), breaks into a chemical factory and drinks a mixture that gives him the power to turn people to stone, Barbara cancels her vacation with her boyfriend, Wade (recurring guest star Shawn Christian). Unwilling to allow Barbara to continue neglecting her personal life, Alfred the butler brings Wade to the clock tower and exposes her secret. Meanwhile, Helena goes to Arkham Asylum and interrogates a villain named Clayface (Kirk Baltz), who possesses the same abilities as Chris, and learns a shocking fact about her past. She must race to prevent Chris from killing New Gotham's most powerful people at a charity fashion show.

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Season 1, Episode 11
Concerned over the disappearance of several female metahumans, Helena investigates Malcolm Lagg (Donovan Leitch), who manages a fight club that pits metahuman women against one another as men watch. After luring Helena to a prison in Old Gotham, Malcolm captures her and injects her with a substance to make her more aggressive. While Dinah and Reese infiltrate the operation, Barbara tries to find an antidote for the drug. But Malcolm catches Dinah and injects her as well, forcing her to fight Helena. Barbara and Reese must race to save Dinah and Helena before their battle becomes deadly.

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Season 6, Episode 5
The police investigate the apparent suicide of Julian Shepherd who drowned after driving his car into a nearby river.

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The Birds of Prey Swoop Into Arrow

As if Arrow wasn't flying high enough already, the superhero hit is aiming for new heights with this week's episode, inspired by the popular DC Comics title Birds of Prey (which was also the basis for a short-lived 2002-03 WB series). "It's beloved," says executive producer Marc Guggenheim of the comic book, whose menagerie has showcased the Huntress, Black Canary and Barbara Gordon's tech-savvy Oracle. "We're excited to be doing our version of it."

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Ask Matt: Season's Surprises (Good and Bad), Olympics, Superheroes

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Question: Now that the "traditional" network season is about half over, do you have any shows you've found to be either pleasant surprises (those you didn't think much of initially, but improved) or disappointments? I know that for me, the biggest disappointment has been (as it has been for many people) Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is basically just the 21st-century A-Team. It's fairly entertaining enough, but if it were to disappear tomorrow, I wouldn't shed any tears. The two happiest surprises for me have been The Crazy Ones (which didn't sound like it would be good, and I quit watching after the pilot but have caught up and found it quite enjoyable — probably because they keep Robin Williams' zaniness in check and the supporting cast has proven very funny) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I didn't really know much of Andy Samberg so wasn't that interested, but the early reviews had me check it out. I was very glad, too, because that's one new show I look forward to every week. I find it to be a worthy successor to The Office in its heyday. I'm also finding Almost Human to be getting much better from its middling premiere, though it's still not quite appointment TV. — Scott

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Ian Abercrombie, Elaine's Boss on Seinfeld, Dies at 77

Ian Abercrombie, the British stage actor best known as Elaine's boss Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld, has died. He was 77.

Abercrombie died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications of kidney failure, according to the Los Angeles Times. He had recently been diagnosed with lymphoma.

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Born in England, Abercrombie started out as a stage dancer and made his American stage debut in 1955 in a production of Stalag 17 with Jason Robards. After serving in the Army as part of Special Services in Germany, he returned to acting, appearing in numerous plays, TV shows and films before a seven-episode arc on Seinfeld changed his life.

"Incredibly so," he told CNN in 1998. "I mean, I have been ...
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The Joy of Sets: Fastlane, Birds of Prey and Other Piles of Awesome!

While June may be my birthday month — thereby the best month ever — July brought with it some of the greatest DVD gifts a TV addict could ask for. Including some long-awaited arrivals, as well as two takes on L.A.'s prettiest people. So if you missed any of them, get with the program. Just don't ask to borrow mine. 'Cause I'm not sharing these goodies! — Damian HolbrookFastlane — Finally! Fox's uber-fab cars-and-cops series parks itself on shelves, complete with Peter Facinelli in low-rider leather pants, Bill Bellamy doing drama almost better than he does comedy, and a scorchin' attitude. In fact, the only thing missing is the "Amber" from Tiffani Thiessen, who is still pretty hot as the ex-junkie in charge of the Candy Shop, a sort of sexed-up Batcave for her bad-boy employees. And yes, Pervy McPervesters... the Thiessen-Jaime Pressly hot-tub smooch is intact. Buy Fastlane on Amazon.comTiny Toon Adventures — They're tiny, they're tooney, they're all a lit... read more

The Wire and Other Announced Releases

New releases announced today, April 2:Birds of Prey - The Complete Series will be coming out July 15 Freakazoid! - Season 1 will be coming out July 29 Shaggy & Scooby-Doo: Get a Clue! - Volume 2 will be coming out July 8 Tiny Toon Adventures - Season 1, Volume 1 will be coming out July 29 The Wire - The Complete 5th Season will be coming out August 12 The X-Files - Revelations will be coming out July 1 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

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Premiered: October 09, 2002, on WB
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Premise: Three DC Comics heroines team up to safeguard New Gotham from a variety of unhinged criminals. They're led by ex-Batgirl and intelligence expert Barbara Gordon, now known as Oracle.

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