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Ask Matt: Black-ish, The Middle, Anarchy Music, The Voice, The Knick, and More

Sleepy Hollow

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Question: OMG! The Halloween episode of Black-ish was the funniest yet! Between all the pranks at home and his office (Josh getting hit was the best — twice!), the daughter deciding not to prank anymore, and the kids not going trick-or-treating because they didn't want to get diabetes, I couldn't decide what was funnier; well, maybe Josh getting hit twice in the nose was the best! However, I think the best thing of the whole episode was the ending when they came out dressed like the Jackson 5; brought back so many awesome childhood memories for me! This is the best sitcom of the 2014 season! I hope they renew it as I look forward to watching it every week! — Amy, Galloway, OH

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Ask Matt: In Praise of Walking Dead's Carol, Scandal's Mellie, Face Off, ABC's Wed Comedies, Gotham

Melissa McBride

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Question: I thought this might be the year when The Walking Dead would finally be represented among the Emmy nominations, at the very least for Melissa McBride as supporting actress for last season's devastating "The Grove" episode. But the noms came and went with nary a Dead mention. I thought this show was among the most-watched basic cable shows, often posting numbers to rival some of the highest-rated broadcast programs every week. I know that its genre is already one strike against it, but is this show also a victim of its own success regarding recognition, where the more popular a show is, the more it provokes attitudes from voters that "normal" people might see as snobbish or anti-populist? While it's true that the dispersal of everybody into smaller groups during the second half of last season was seen as less than successful, and the quality this season appears to have roared back with a vengeance, I'm still thinking there will probably be no difference next year, recognition-wise.

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ABC Orders More Episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time and More

Jerricka Hinton, Ellen Pompeo and Christopher Redman

This may end up being the kindest fall TV season in recent memory. Not only have the broadcast networks not canceled a single new show, but one of them is already adding episodes to its existing hits.

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Ask Matt: Big Bang, Homeland, Utopia, Mysteries of Laura, Midseason TV, Sons of Anarchy, and More

Jim Parsons

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Question: Let me preface this by saying The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows, and I have been with them since Day 1, but after watching the premiere episodes on the first Monday of the season, I see a very disturbing trend. Sheldon is rapidly becoming the next Fonzie/Urkel. In the early days of the show, Sheldon was odd but likeable, and you always rooted for him. Now as he is being written, he is becoming more and more obnoxious, as evidenced in the way he treated Amy and the others in the two episodes last week. When shows have a breakout star like Jim Parsons, that person becomes the go-to guy in almost every episode, at the expense of the remaining cast members. Am I wrong in my assessment, or do you think a little less Sheldon and maybe a little nicer Sheldon would be better for the show and the audience? — Terry

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Ratings: Stalker Doesn't Quite Catch Fire

Stalker

Stalker found an OK following Wednesday.

The CBS drama opened to 9.1 million viewers and a 2.0 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, even with CSI's performance in the slot last year. Survivor (9.5 million, 2.4) kicked off CBS' night down three tenths from ...
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Ratings: Black-ish Starts Strong; Survivor Returns Up

Black-ish

ABC may have finally found its Modern Family companion.

Black-ish premiered Wednesday to 10.8 million viewers and a 3.3 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, retaining nearly all of Modern Family's ...
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New Season in Review: Black-ish a Truly Modern Family

Black-ish

Comedies with an actual point of view are as rare as they are welcome — especially in a fall awash in mediocre new cookie-cutter romantic comedies. Even in a better season, ABC's provocative and very funny Black-ish (9:30/8:30c) would stand out for its broad and biting satire of an uneasily post racial society seen through a very modern-family prism. (It's also about time ABC scheduled a smart family comedy after its multiple-Emmy-winning champ Modern Family.)

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Exclusive: Check Out The Middle's New Poster

The Middle

The Hecks are in The Middle of nowhere — at least they are on their new poster.

Fall TV: Familiar faces in new places

In the exclusive first look at the Season 6 key art below, the Hecks are ...
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Ask Matt: Men Getting Married, 24, Blacklist, TNT Shows and the Emmys

Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher

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Question: I have never been a fan of Two and a Half Men (tried to watch it years ago, but the only thing I found funny was Conchata Ferrell) and never understood how it has stayed on the air for so long. I saw that creator Chuck Lorre is planning on the main storyline next season to be about the two main characters (Walden and Alan, both heterosexual) "marrying" each other in order for Walden to achieve his goal of adopting a child. To me, I find this appalling on so many levels. Gay men and women (and their straight allies) have fought for so long for equal marriage rights, so having two straight men "marry" just seems like a mockery for those fighting for marriage equality. I am a little ashamed of Lorre even coming up with this idea (particularly as his biggest star, Jim Parsons, on his biggest show, The Big Bang Theory, is gay). Your thoughts? — Tim in Atlanta

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ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates for Scandal, Grey's and More

Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington

Mark your calendars, Gladiators: Scandal will kick off its fourth season on Thursday, Sept. 25.

ABC announced its full list of fall premiere dates Tuesday for new and returning shows, including Grey's AnatomyNashville and Shonda Rhimes' new series How to Get Away With Murder.

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Premiered: September 30, 2009, on ABC
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