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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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Ask Matt: Emmy Snubs, Sweden, 24, Dome and Extant, and More

Juliana Margulies, Tatiana Maslany

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Question: Once again, this year's Emmy nominations are predictably boring. What was the bigger snub: No Good Wife nomination for Best Drama (especially with a weak Downton Abbey season in its place) or no nomination for Tatiana Maslany for her web of roles on Orphan Black? (I already know the answer: Both snubs were egregious.) — Erin

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ABC's Fall 2014 Schedule: Thursday Gets Rearranged, S.H.I.E.L.D. on the Move

Tony Goldwyn, Kerry Washington, Jeff Perry

Thursday night is Shonda night on ABC this fall.

The network will move Grey's Anatomy and Scandal to 8/7c and 9/8c,  respectively, to make room for Shonda Rhimes' new series How to Get Away with Murder in Scandal's current 10/9c timeslot.

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Upfronts: ABC's 2014-15 Fall Schedule

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Below you can find ABC's new fall schedule along with a list of pilots the network has picked up to series for the 2014-15 season. Click here for CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW.
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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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Wednesday TV: Psych Finale, Family Goes to Vegas, Live TV on TV Land

James Roday, Dule Hill

As USA Network's Psych hangs up its pineapple after eight seasons of tomfoolery — or should it be called Shawn-foolery? — mystery takes even more of a back seat to comedy than usual in the series finale (Wednesday, 9/8c), ominously titled "The Breakup." While there is a murder to be solved (frequently referred to as "our last case"), it's a perfunctory distraction at best to Shawn's main concern: how to tell Gus that their bromantic partnership may in fact be over. read more

Ratings: The 100 Opens Strong; Idol, More Hit Lows

The 100

The 100 got off to a good start for The CW.

The drama premiered Wednesday to 2.7 million viewers and a 0.9 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, posting The CW's best numbers in the time slot since ...
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ABC Announces Season Finale Dates for Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Modern Family and More

Jeff Perry, Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn

ABC has unveiled the season finale dates for its prime-time shows, including Scandal and Grey's AnatomyScandal will conclude its truncated third season on Thursday, April 17, while Grey's will wrap up on Thursday, May 15.

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Ratings: Mixology Premieres Low; Survivor Returns Up

Adan Canto, Vanessa Lengies

Another day, another low premiere for ABC.

Mixology bowed Wednesday to 5.2 million viewers and a 1.8 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, making it the lowest-rated premiere following Modern Family  ever. It also posted the worst retention rate (58 percent) out of ...
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