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Thursday TV: Rectify Finale, Simpsons Marathon

Rectify

The upcoming fall season will be lucky to generate even a fraction as many hits as this unusually busy TV summer produced, a list of keepers that includes Outlander, The Strain, The Knick, The Last Ship, Undateable, to name just a few. (Even something as underwhelming as AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, which didn't, has been renewed by its increasingly desperate network, and I'm hoping for good news about the future of WGN America's Manhattan and WE's The Divide.)

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Thursday TV: Meloni Tackles Comedy as Jack

Chris Meloni

I've barely adjusted to The Goldbergs mining the 1980s for comic nostalgia — seems not that long ago that Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone's empty vault, and that's a subplot in an early April episode — and now comes Fox's Surviving Jack (Thursday, 9:30/8:30c), a coming-of-age family sitcom set in the not-so-distant past of the 1990s. (Can't wait for the arc about Y2K anxiety.)

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Top Moments: It's the End of the Road for House of Cards and Downton Abbey

Kate Mara

Our top moments of the week:

11. Worst Surprise Party: On Switched at Birth, Kathryn's new BFF Renzo surprises everyone when he turns her impromptu book party into a murder-mystery game. However, the biggest surprise comes later in the evening, when Kathryn overhears her husband, John, talking to their son's mother-in-law, Jennice, about the kiss they shared while Kathryn was out of town. Kathryn reveals herself as the (fictional) murderer, cuts the party short and then kicks John out of the house. That's one way to... read more

Amy Adams and Matthew McConaughey to Appear on Inside the Actors Studio

Amy Adams

Oscar nominees Amy Adams and Matthew McConaughey will both appear on Inside the Actors Studio in February, Bravo announced Thursday.

Adams... read more

VIDEO: Portia de Rossi Reveals When She First "Truly" Came Out

Portia De Rossi

Portia De Rossi wasn't afraid to get personal when she reunited with the cast of Arrested Development on Thursday's Inside the Actors Studio. When James Lipton asked de Rossi about her marriage to Ellen Degeneres, the actress revealed her initial anxiety about coming out in Hollywood.

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Arrested Development Cast Reunites for Inside the Actors Studio

Arrested Development

Warden Gentles is locking up the Bluths one last time. The cast of Arrested Development will reunite on Inside the Actors Studiohosted by recurring guest-star with James Lipton.

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First Look: Jake Gyllenhaal Visits Inside the Actors Studio

Jake Gyllenhaal

As if James Lipton doesn't have enough to celebrate these days — after 16 nominations, Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio won its first Emmy award for Outstanding Informational Series/Special, at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 15 — the host and executive producer will be joined on stage by Jake Gyllenhaal on Thursday (8/7c, Bravo).

Gyllenhaal, 32, takes his turn in the hot seat to open up about his Oscar-nominated career from cult-classic Donnie Darko to his upcoming theatrical release Prisoners, in which he stars opposite Actors Studio favorite Hugh Jackman. Gyllenhaal also discusses his relationship with his famous sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and reminisces about former costars Anne Hathaway (Love & Other Drugs) and the late Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain), admitting, "It felt like losing a family member, and it still does to this day." 

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The Thursday Playlist: Valerie's Story, Jake G on Actors Studio

Valerie Harper

This is the calm before the new-season storm. A week from now, only the most advanced devices will be able to handle the crush of new (and mostly returning-hit) programming airing on Thursdays, with expanded season openers of long-running faves The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation and Grey's Anatomy among the draws.

By comparison, this is a much quieter Thursday, although NBC once had high hopes that the two-hour climax of the seemingly endless and haplessly muddled Million Second Quiz (8/7c) would be something to shout, instead of yawn, about. Instead, the peacock's more anticipated headliner is Valerie's Story — A Meredith Vieira Special (10/9c), an hour-long good-news report from the former Today co-anchor chronicling Valerie Harper's unusually public battle against terminal brain cancer. read more

Cory Monteith's Autopsy Results Not Due Until At Least Tuesday

Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith's autopsy report will likely not be completed until at least Tuesday, the British Columbia Coroner's office confirms to TVGuide.com

Monteith's autopsy was being performed Monday, but a spokeswoman for the coroner's office said it was normal for the results to take some time before being released. In addition... read more

James Lipton Celebrates 250 Episodes of Inside the Actors Studio

James Lipton and Bradley Cooper

James Lipton returned to the fourth season of Arrested Development, which rebooted on Netflix this past weekend, but this week (Wed. May 29, 7/6c, Bravo), he's celebrating another milestone. In 1994, Lipton created a Master's degree course at the Actors Studio and started televising his seminars with famous performers. Hundreds of interviews later, Inside the Actors Studio is celebrating its 250th episode by bringing back such guests as Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lopez and Ellen Burstyn (Wednesday, 7/6c, Bravo). Let's get this party started. read more

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Premiered: June 12, 1994, on Bravo
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Performers and directors discuss their lives, inspirations and craft as they weather a shower of compliments from host James Lipton before an audience of students from New York's Actors Studio. Along with ample film clips and his stack of blue index cards, Lipton's borderline obsequiousness became the show's trademark (and fodder for 'SNL' parody), and a hit with viewers, who turned the series into a consistent ratings grabber for Bravo.

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