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Question: I started watching Scandal from the start, when it was simply a problem-of-the-week plot mixed in with a little soap opera with Olivia and the President. They lost me a little bit last year when they temporarily dropped that element to completely focus on the soap opera element when the president was shot. With the addition of the B613 storyline (and possible new Harrison storyline), I feel the show has lost its focus. I was highly enjoying Lisa Kudrow's story and performance only to have the show dragged down by B613's machinations and apparent manipulation of Quinn. I get the fear the show could be the political Love Boat where the guest stars get all the meaty storylines, but I watch shows like Strike Back for my spy action and adventure. Have these writers learned nothing from the mistakes countless shows including Alias and recently Revenge have made with these over-the-top secret maniacal agencies? — Brian
The Governor has returned! But he may not be the same sadistic, maniacal and ruthless leader of Woodbury that we remember.
Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead (9/8c, AMC) will actually flash back to where we left off with The Governor (David Morrissey) after he slaughtered most of the residents of Woodbury, fleeing into the ether for who knows where last season until he suddenly appeared outside of the prison in last week's episode. But Morrissey insists that viewers should keep an open mind about The Governor's return. Find out what's in store:
There's another serious new player in the ever-expanding universe of online original-content providers (see: Netflix and Hulu) — and happily, Amazon's entry into this suddenly cluttered marketplace is not just seriously funny, but it's as bracingly timely as the latest exasperating political headline.
Alpha House (three episodes bow Friday on amazon.com, with future episodes available to Amazon Prime subscribers) is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company. The setting is a Washington, D.C., row house, home away from home for four Republican senators, led by the fearlessly outrageous John Goodman as a good-old-boy/former football star who's outraged to discover he won't be able to coast through his next election. (His new opponent: a legendary Duke coach. As someone observes: "You're like a retired god. He's active.")
Josh Charles, Julianna Margulies
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14. Best-Laid Plans Award: On The Amazing Race, Tim and Marie use their Express Pass to skip the Detour and smugly decide to lie to the rest of the teams that they still have it. Their plan goes up in flames at the Roadblock when Jason points out that Tim and Marie are not wearing costumes from either Detour like the rules stipulated. Oops! Now when will everyone find out that Tim and Marie have...
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What can you tell me about the Bones honeymoon episode? — Kristy
ADAM: As we previously teased, the getaway won't be all romance. "They're going to get bored just hanging around having sex and going to the beach," Emily Deschanel jokes about the pair getting swept up into a murder investigation. But the real reason the vacation is derailed is Brennan's competitive nature. "We discover a set of remains that Brennan does not have faith the coroner there will be able to solve," Deschanel says. "There's a bit of a rivalry with the medical examiner." And why does Booth get sucked in? "Brennan's books are very popular in Buenos Aires, so Agent Andy, who is the character based on Booth in her books is a real hero there," Deschanel teases. Guess he can't let down his fans!
Will Hook tell Emma that Neal is alive on Once Upon a Time? — Cherish
NATALIE: You'll find out his decision very soon...
AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a fifth season, the network announced Tuesday.
"We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season," AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement. "This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently — and most notably — with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here's to more Dead."
Longtime stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham has died after a short battle with cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 82.
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As if a killer flu, killer zombies and the threat of a killer Governor roaming in the wind wasn't enough, now The Walking Dead's rag-tag group of survivors are facing the threat of an actual killer inside the prison walls.
The fourth season kicked off with a mysterious flu claiming one of the Woodbury transplants. But when Karen Karen (Melissa Ponzio) and another guy (let's just call him Red Shirt, shall we?) also died, it became clear the flu wasn't the cause. Instead, Tyreese (Chad Coleman) discovered their dead and burned bodies in the prison yard.
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So, who killed them? "There...
Super Fun Night
This week, Rebel Wilson and the rest of her Super Fun Night castmates got into the Halloween spirit with a graveyard rendition of "The Monster Mash," and Bob's Burgers star Kristen Schaal showcased some "sexy" costumes on The Daily Show. Also, Sarah Silverman posted a previously unseen television pilot online, Andrew Lincoln talked about one of the toughest challenges he faces filming The Walking Dead, and Betty White spoofed Miley Cyrus' video for "Wrecking Ball." Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
There are no safe places on The Walking Dead.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of the survivors learned that the hard way over the course of the first two episodes as a flu ravaged through the prison. As if that wasn't enough, now there's a vicious murderer roaming the halls!
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In an exclusive first look at Sunday's episode, we get a glimpse of...