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Tuesday TV: Playing House, the Fabulous Fargo

Jessica St. Claire, Lennon Parham

If at first you don't succeed, try cable. Which helps explain the déjà vu feeling that accompanies USA Network's new-but-kinda-familiar Playing House (Tuesday, 10/9c), starring and executive produced by real-life BFFs and partners-in-comedy Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who performed similar duties for the blink-and-you-missed-it NBC sitcom dud Best Friends Forever, which aired for several weeks two midseasons ago.

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Ask Matt: Hannibal Revisionism, Race Redemption, Blacklist In-Joke, and More

Raul Esparza

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Question: I've been enjoying the insights into the early Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates on Hannibal and Bates Motel. I know that both shows are just based on the original works and can certainly invent stories for the characters. However, I expect the TV series to at least honor the future stories that we're so familiar with. What I mean: Bates Motel is terrific at bringing young Norman along where we can understand the Norman in Psycho and how he got that way. The taxidermy and now the blackouts are both critical, as is the relationship with Mother. However, I was very upset that they killed off Dr. Chilton in Hannibal since he is an important character in the novels. We can accept that what we see in Jack, Will, Bloom, Lounds, etc. are consistent (genders aside) with what we see later in Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs. But now, there is no place for Chilton in the future stories. Am I out of line and the only one who has complained? — Jerome

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Mega Buzz: 24's Reunion, a S.H.I.E.L.D. Return and a New Bones Romance

Kiefer Sutherland, Cobie Smulders, David Boreanaz

Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams

Jack is back! Please spoil the return of 24— David 
Although he's been on the lam for four years, Jack comes out of hiding to stop the assassination of the U.S. president in London. And as you might guess, he's promptly captured the minute he shows his face. But Jack's not that rusty. In fact, there's a very specific reason Jack allows himself to get caught — and it involves a familiar face. Unfortunately, Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski), a Bauer-esque CIA operative looking to prove her worth, wastes little time standing in the way of the blessed reunion. Say it with me: Dammit!

Please tell me Cobie Smulders is going to stay on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. full-time! — Cara
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Will the Cellist Bring Coulson Back From the Brink?

Amy Acker

Next to finding out how Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) survived, fans of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s consummate company man have been desperate to learn more about the mysterious cellist, a person he was dating whom was briefly mentioned at the time of his death in The Avengers.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Exclusive: Amy Acker to play famous role from Coulson's past

On Tuesday's episode (8/7c, ABC), those fans will finally get to meet the woman who became Coulson's true love Audrey, portrayed by Whedonverse alum Amy Acker. "What I find remarkable is that Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson said one line in The Avengers and that was it," executive producer Jeffrey Bell tells TVGuide.com. "Out of that, we... read more

Ask Matt: Scandal, Person of Interest, Nashville, Revolution and More

Scandal

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Question: From the moment Cyrus elected (pun intended) not to let anyone else in on the bomb threat to the final silliness of Olivia and Jake wending skyward on daddy's jet, the Scandal finale was all the usual over-the-top perfection Gladiators have come to love and expect from Shonda Rhimes when she's operating at the top of her "a little too much is not enough" game. Nice homage to the Keyser Söze reveal from The Usual Suspects at the end. Sorry Columbus Short got offed; perhaps if his character had been given a real reel life I'd miss him more, but that was one of the flaws in the mostly great/outlandish storytelling that truly bugged this fangirl. I know it was a rush from plot point to plot point, but I'm willing to accept the pregnancy as a legitimate excuse for the end-of-season, roller rink stop-and-go, punch in the face/gut action. And what a nice sendoff for Joe Morton! Now let's see how Rhimes gets Olivia back in the game. Who's she gonna play with now? This could be a signal that there are new players, yet to be named. And how in the expletive deleted are they (Ms. Rhimes and Ms. Pope) gonna top that?! — McKenzie

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Ratings: Fargo Gets Off to OK Start; S.H.I.E.L.D. Up

Billy Bob Thornton

Aw, geez. Fargo had a modest debut Tuesday.

The well-received drama bowed to 2.65 million viewers, with 1.02 million in the 18-to-49 demographic. That's slightly below FX's most recent launch, The Bridge in July, which drew 3.04 million. Counting encores, Fargo pulled in 4.15 million and 1.79 million in the demo.

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Tuesday TV: You Betcha, Fargo's Terrific

Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk

There's no place quite like the twisted heartland of FX's Fargo (Tuesday, 10/9c), a marvelous 10-episode variation on themes established in the quirky 1996 Oscar winning film. Once again, warm and neighborly small-town decency gives way to a bitter chill that has less to do with the snowy Minnesota plains than with the dark crevasses of human depravity.

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Ask Matt: S.H.I.E.L.D., Helix, Justified, Hannibal and More

Brett Dalton, Bill Paxton

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Question: What do you think of the "Uprising" arc in the second half of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first season? I think it is miles better than the first half of this season, which was pretty so-so at times. [Spoilers ahead] The tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Hydra infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Garrett being revealed as the Clairvoyant working for Hydra, were very good plot twists, along with Agent Ward being a turncoat to work for Agent Garrett and Hydra — or could Ward be going undercover for Agent Coulson to help S.H.I.E.L.D. bring down Hydra? I really hope this show gets renewed for a second season by ABC, so that it will continue to improve and be a better show that everyone can enjoy to watch! - Chris

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Top Moments: Parks and Rec Delivers a Big Twist and Anne Hathaway Sets "Da Club" on Fire

Jimmy Fallon, Anne Hathaway

Our top moments of the week:

13. Best Kiss: After Adam's laser-tag-turned-make-out birthday party on The Goldbergs goes awry, it seems like he won't get his first kiss after all. But when Adam ends up throwing the original laser tag party he wanted, and that brings Dana in the line of (laser) fire, he valiantly dives in front to save her. How does she thank him? With a kiss! Awww... read more

S.H.I.E.L.D.: Cobie Smulders Set to Return

Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders will reprise her role as Maria Hill on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. later this monthTVGuide.com has confirmed. But when Maria returns, she won't exactly be seeing eye-to-eye with her old buddy Coulson (Clark Gregg).

Now that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been disbanded, Maria has begun working for Tony Stark and is open to finding a new way to help the world. Coulson, on the other hand, has a bit more trouble letting go of the organization, even though it hasn't always been truthful with him.

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