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Lauren Graham and Matthew Perry Will Make an Odd Couple Indeed

Lauren Graham is securing her post-Parenthood career, starting with a stint on CBS' The Odd Couple reboot starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. Graham will play Gaby, the ex-wife of Perry's Oscar Madison, which is something of a meta moment, considering Graham and Perry were once an item. (As of right now, Graham is currently dating co-star Peter Krause, he of the "great biceps.") But the two have worked well together as this marks the third Perry venture she has guest-starred on: The first two were Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Go On. Hopefully though this show will see better days than the other two.

ABC Has Canceled Manhattan Love Story

ABC’s Manhattan Love Story is no more: The network has canceled the little-seen romantic comedy, the first freshman casualty of the new fall season. Production on the 8:30 p.m. Tuesday show has halted, and no more episodes will air. A previously scheduled Halloween special will air in place of MLS next week, and then, starting November 4, ABC says it will fill the now-dead show’s slot with a second helping of fellow freshman Selfie. MLS debuted to a modest 4.7 million viewers and then continued to bleed viewers each of the four weeks it aired, attracting just 2.6 million this week. (It also got virtually no bump from time-shifting, a sign viewers either had no interest in it or, just as likely, no idea it even existed.) Finally, critics were also harsh on MLS, with Vulture’s Margaret Lyons urging viewers to “run” from the show.

World Clown Association President Speaks Out Against Scary Clowns

The clown community has a bit of a PR problem right now. First there was a freaky-deaky clown harassing people in a small California town. Then American Horror Story: Freak Show returned and brought with it a nightmarish clown. Halloween season is always a metaphorical tiny car surprisingly full of literal scary clowns, and there’s the ongoing problem of the Insane Clown Posse. 

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3 Reasons Why TLC Ditched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo So Quickly

Well, that was quick: Barely 24 hours after TMZ published a photo of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch Mama June Shannon with a convicted child molester, TLC has decided it's better to no longer redneckognize its spinoff of Toddlers and Tiaras. The network has shelved the upcoming third season of the show (even though the episodes had already been filmed) and says it has no plans to even air reruns of the show. It’s a dramatic development, and a decision TLC executives probably didn’t make lightly. “There’s a whole season that had been shot. You don’t walk away from that unless you’re really concerned,” one reality TV veteran told Vulture Friday. So why did TLC move with such speed and seeming finality? Three reasons immediately come to mind:

Better to be safe than sorry. »

  • Posted 10/24/14 at 1:15 PM
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Neil Marshall on Directing Constantine and Figuring Out New Ways to Kill People on Game of Thrones

Violence dominates director Neil Marshall's work, from his 2002 werewolf action film Dog Soldiers to his battle-centric Game of Thrones episode "Watchers on the Wall" from earlier this year, the latter of which earned Marshall an Emmy nomination. Marshall grew up in Northern England, reveling in hyperviolent horror films that were banned during the U.K.'s Video Nasties scare of the mid-1980s. Now 44, he's gone on to helm The Descent, one of the most viscerally disturbing horror films of recent memory, and the pilot episode of Constantine, a dark, supernatural drama based on DC Comics' Hellblazer series. Vulture talked to Marshall about decapitations, ex–Sex Pistol John Lydon, and taboo VHS tapes.

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Cartoonist Garry Trudeau on Season 2 of Alpha House and Binge-Watching

Did Garry Trudeau feel the need to change anything for season two of his Capitol Hill satire Alpha House, all ten episode of which roll out on Amazon Prime today? “We just tried to do it better,” the Doonesbury cartoonist tells Vulture of the series, which stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy as a quartet of GOP congressmen sharing a D.C. townhouse. “We tried to make the stories faster, funnier, and edgier — all that good stuff.”

"Smarter people than I at Amazon have determined that binge-watching is the way to go." »

The Vampire Diaries Recap: Bring Back the ’90s

I left you all last week with lots of questions, and after this week’s episode — well, as par for the course, I only have more of them — but at least we did get some answers. We know a bit more about Kai, that Alaric functions better on bourbon than blood, what Sheriff Forbes looked like with a Pamela Anderson haircut … and the mysterious paternity of new girl Sarah was revealed!

So let’s get down to our recap, because we’ve got some ground to cover:

Right off the bat, minus 100 for no Caroline in this episode. »

  • Posted 10/24/14 at 10:30 AM
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Report: TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

According to a report by TMZ, TLC has cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after learning that Boo Boo matriarch Mama June is dating a convicted child molester. TLC told TMZ: "Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being." In addition, TMZ is reporting that TLC has "shot an entire new season of episodes but will not air them." There goes Honey Boo Boo.

Parenthood Recap: Bravermans Drunk, Bravermans in Love

Take the Braverman wives — please!

But seriously, folks: Aren’t wives just the worst? They’re always doing and saying the naggiest things.

“Take your heart medication.” »

Gracepoint Recap: Sound and Fury, Signifying … Something?

Ahem-hem: I wish to tentatively announce that now is the time for Broadchurch fans to tune back in to Gracepoint. We’ve begun to venture off the beaten path in ways that forcefully — maybe even too forcefully — distinguish this series from its predecessor (more on that in a minute). But we’ve also kept some of the original threads in play. Like a stringy younger brother trying to assert himself against a jock older brother, our little Gracepoint is becoming bold, sometimes impetuous. He’s making moves. We’re not always sure what he’s trying to accomplish, and he might be hurting himself along the way, but at least he’s trying to be different.

In this episode, almost everything flows from that last moment in the previous installment. »

Scandal Season 4, Episode 5 Recap: Let’s Get Drunk

Everyone forced into an underground bunker is contractually obligated to talk about what it’s like to have sex with Olivia. Last night, it was Jake’s turn, and he decided that the best moment to bring up “being inside” (fuckin’ BARF) Olivia was when Fitz was roundhouse-punching him in his face.

Did you enjoy watching Fitz punch Jake in the mug? Well, I didn’t, not one bit. »

How to Get Away With Murder Recap: Penis Pics and Prejudice

“Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?”

That, of course, was the burning question at the end of last week’s How to Get Away With Murder. And this week — after a run-in with Nate in which he reveals that Annalise is, in fact, sleeping next to a killer — the ever-confrontational Ms. Keating interrogates her philandering husband Sam to get some real answers. His version: “I’m sorry I slept with her. I’m sorry I lied about it. But I didn’t kill her.”

Once a cheater, always a cheater, right? »

Why CBS and HBO May Have Ushered in TV’s Cord-Free Future

CBS, the storied network that’s been around since before the invention of television, may be moored in history and tradition — but it also has a strong history of blowing up tradition in order to move itself, and the TV industry, forward. That revolutionary ethos was on display once more last week with the announcement that the network, through a subscription service called CBS All Access, was becoming the first American broadcaster to sell its content directly to consumers without a cable- or satellite-company middleman. Whatever the actual impact of the move — which came a day after a similar move by HBO to “unbundle” HBO Go — the symbolism was staggering: The home of Paley and Murrow had embraced an idea that could lead to the end of network TV as we’ve known it.

To be sure, the key word here is symbolism. »

  • Posted 10/23/14 at 5:30 PM
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There Might Be an Archie Comics TV Show Called Riverdale

Archie Andrews is dead (sort of) in his long-running comic, but he may yet get one more chance to live, thanks to Fox. The network is developing a TV show called Riverdale that will follow the red-headed teen and his gang of squeaky-clean friends. Actually, take out the "squeaky-clean" part — Deadline says the project will be a "bold, subversive" drama that explores the "the darkness and weirdness" underpinning the Archie universe. That could mean anything from Desperate Housewives to Blue Velvet! The show will be produced by Everwood's Greg Berlanti. This is Berlanti's second attempt at bringing Archie comics to television (the first was Dawson's Creek).

The 11 Scariest TV Shows Ever (and Where to Stream Them)

When you think of horror, you think of horror movies, but some of the deepest and most lasting shivers have come from television. Here is a list of ten small-screen classics guaranteed to keep you up at night.

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Yes, Constantine Is a Show About a Man Who Fights Demons, But I Didn’t Believe a Second of It

I didn't believe a second of NBC's Constantine, adapted from DC Comics' Hellblazer series.

That might seem a strange complaint given that the story concerns an exorcist/demonologist (Matt Ryan) who travels the world, battling demons who've possessed innocent mortals while trying to right a tragic mistake. It must be a tone thing and a performance thing: The show's got the atmosphere and visuals things nailed down.

The show seems stuck a creative netherworld all its own. »

  • Posted 10/23/14 at 1:00 PM
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Fox Is Making a TV Version of Hitch

CBS has Rush Hour, NBC has Marley & Meand now Fox is getting in the remaking-well-regarded-but-hardly-untouchable-comedies game — the network is developing a TV version of Hitch, with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith signed on to produce. (Somewhere, Aziz Ansari is screaming with joy.) The series will reportedly be a single-camera rom-com about "dating and sexual politics," which means it will fit in perfectly with all the shows that will be canceled this time next year.  

James Corden’s Late Late Show to Debut in March

The new James Corden–hosted version of CBS’s The Late Late Show has a premiere date: The U.K. actor will make his debut as Craig Ferguson’s replacement on March 9, the Eye network just announced. With Ferguson stepping down December 19, Vulture hears CBS will fill most of the three-month gap between his exit and Corden’s debut by having rotating guest-hosts on The Late Late Show. Meanwhile, Corden and CBS have also decided to outsource the job of Late Late Show executive producer to another Brit, hiring Ben Winston, an exec producer of hit music competition show The X Factor, to oversee Corden’s new chatfest. Winston and Corden have worked together before on the Brit Awards and on sketches for charity telethon Red Nose Day. Oh, and Winston directed Corden in the One Direction video for “Best Song Ever.”  

The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz on the Anal Episode and Adam Pally on Skeleton Sex

It was the booty call heard 'round the world. On the October 7 episode of The Mindy Project ("I Slipped"), Danny tried to get some action from his girlfriend Mindy’s back section, marking network comedy’s first attempt to talk about anal sex.

“Well, I have to correct you there as I believe there was one pioneer before us who bravely tackled anal sex on broadcast TV, and that was an episode of Amen starring Sherman Hemsley,” Ike Barinholtz joked when Vulture sat down with the actor/writer/producer on the show’s L.A. set last Friday. “Actually, I don’t think it has ever been done before, probably with good reason. We’re proud to make history any way we can. In fact, we sent that episode straight to the Smithsonian. It will be running on a perpetual loop for eternity next to Archie Bunker’s chair.”

"You think they are going to let us get away with that in our time slot?" »

Nashville Recap: Baby Boom

Last night’s Nashville will forever be called the “of course that happened” episode. Of course applesauce kid is Gunnar’s. Of course that homeless dude can sing like an angel. Of course the first time Will goes cruising for sex in the park, he gets jumped. Of course Zoey seizes the opportunity of Juliette’s illness to bulldoze her way into the spotlight.

And (spoiler alert if you didn’t watch next week’s preview): Of course Maddie will end up kissing Colton.

I mean, of course.

I do love the fact that, on Nashville, dunking fries in applesauce (um, ew?) is considered a hereditary trait. »