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Straight People Are Like This, and Gay People Are Like This in CBS’s New Sitcom The McCarthys

If this were 1994, The McCarthys would be a groundbreaking sitcom. Set in Boston — or Baaaaah-stun — it's about a sports-obsessed Irish-American family. The patriarch, high-school basketball coach Arthur McCarthy (Jack McGee), hires his gay son Ronny (Tyler Ritter) to be his assistant coach after the previous occupant of the job unexpectedly dies. (Well, maybe not unexpectedly; the recently deceased's name was "Fatty" McFadden, and he was quite fat, you see. This is the source of much mirth.) Complications ensue.

The McCarthys carries itself like a genial sitcom that just wants to have a good time. »

The Weirdest, Sexiest Costumes on American Horror Story: Freak Show

American Horror Story's costume designer, Lou Eyrich, has worked with its creator, Ryan Murphy, since 1999 — and has been an integral part of creating the show's distinctly creepy feel on all of its seasons, from Asylum to super-fashion-conscious Coven to this season’s Freak Show.

“We’ve developed quite a shorthand," she says. "He'll just say something like, I want it like Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger. And I'll know exactly what he means. In my head, I'll know what he needs.” So when Murphy told her he wanted the mood for American Horror Story: Freak Show to be "old, faded Hollywood glamour," Eyrich knew just how to create the show's dreary, rundown costumes. “The overall inspiration was carnivals and circuses from the late-'40s into the early '50s,” she told the Cut by phone. “We did a ton of research on freaks, and watched tons of movies from the early '50s, like The Greatest Show on Earth  — we referenced that a lot, because we loved that Technicolor look.”

I couldn’t just run to the mall and purchase an outfit, you know? I had to really design for each freak." »

  • Posted 10/30/14 at 3:05 PM
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Here’s What the Cast’s New Deal Means for the Future of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is HBO's biggest hit, and now its stars are getting a raise to match. As The Hollywood Reporter reports, the show's cast has signed a new deal with the network that will make them some of the highest-paid actors on cable. Just like a Lannister, HBO always pays its debts. This deal is exciting news not just for the casts' friends and family (who can safely ask them to pick up a few more tickets to Glastonbury next year), but also for fans, who can peer deep into the flames of the announcement to glean hints about an uncertain future. Here are some predictions; like Melisandre, we will take zero responsibility if they turn out to be wrong.

Mild-ish book spoilers below! »

Soon There’ll Be a Reason to Revisit Arrested Development Season 4

Man, remember Arrested Development season four? It feels like it was a million years ago. Well, it appears Mitch Hurwitz is about to give fans a reason to revisit it. In an interview with Pretentious Film Nerds, he talked about how he thinks of the show as a series of challenges. "With the fourth season, a lot of the battles were creative — I mean, internal, I should say, and scheduling, and things like that," he explained, before revealing, “Right now, I’m cutting a version of season four that tells it chronologically.” He didn't add, "I've made a huge mistake," but it was implied.

  • Posted 10/30/14 at 10:30 AM
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Peter Pan Live!’s First Promo Is Full of Magic and Fake Wind

NBC'S Peter Pan Live! is so close (December 4), we can already taste the viewing-party snacks we're preparing to serve, and we can already feel the impending tweet-storm brewing. It's so close, we already hear the orchestra warming up, see the wind in Allison Williams's — er, Peter Pan's — hair. Or is that just the promo below, which features glimpses of the "magic" behind what will ultimately be the live viewing event of the year. Of the month, at least!

  • Posted 10/30/14 at 10:00 AM
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This Is What Hodor Looks Like in a Christmas Sweater

Since he's got next season off, Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn has more time to indulge his favorite hobbies. In between stops on his DJ tour, Nairn stopped by British Big and Tall store High and Mighty, where he bought this Bran-d new reindeer sweater. It's starkly ridiculous.

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Nashville Recap: Drama Queens

Help me out here, guys. How do you think the writers of Nashville came up with Scarlett’s “awesome” story line this season? Do you think they all sat in a room with a sign on the door that read: “Scarlett’s Awesome Story Line Meeting in Progress. Do Not Disturb.” And do you think they worked through the night, with lots of crumpled up balls of paper that said things like, “adopts a scraggly dog” and “gets really into yoga” and “buys a good hairbrush” until a eureka look passed over one writer’s face and he broke into a huge, self-congratulatory grin and said, “I’ve got it! Scarlett befriends a kindly black homeless man who sings like an angel and has a tragic past!” And they were all, “OMG, nailed it!” “Genius!” “Heh, heh, no wonder they pay you the big bucks, Bob!” And there was much rejoicing and cigar-smoking and high-fiving all around.

Maybe I’m overthinking this? »

American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: Clowning Around

I have a sneaking suspicion that thousands of American Horror Story fans are going to run out this morning and go to Jo-Ann Fabric, Michael’s Craft Store, and whatever shoe store is next to them in the mini-mall so that they can buy some lace, hot-glue-gun it to a mask, and then shine their knee-high boots. It’s an instant Elsa Mars costume that is far more flattering than her Life on Mars ensemble we’ve grown accustomed to.

This is the episode where it finally got good. »

Jim Carrey Tested David Letterman for Ebola

Ebola has landed in the U.S., and even our nation’s most beloved celebrities are (theoretically) at risk. Tonight on The Late Show, Jim Carrey did his due diligence by popping a thermometer in David Letterman’s mouth and asking him the standard Ebola screening questions, including “Have you ever kissed a monkey or licked an airport toilet seat?” and “Are you now or have you ever planned to be a member of ISIS?” We’re relieved to see that Letterman appears to be just fine, mainly because Taylor Swift was his guest yesterday, and we do not want Meredith and Olivia to have to go into quarantine.

Metallica Has Booked a Weeklong Residency on The Late Late Show

Craig Ferguson’s last night as host of The Late Late Show takes place sometime in December — the date is still TBA — and he intends to go out with a bang, not a whimper. Rolling Stone reports that Craig has booked Metallica for a week of shows celebrate the ten-year-anniversary reissue of their documentary Some Kind of Monster — but mostly to celebrate Craig. "What better way to celebrate Craig's awesome tenure at CBS than to come and shake the rafters for a whole week,” said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Nothing to sell, nothing to promote (except a reissue DVD) ... purely hanging at Craig's personal request. Bring it!"

  • Posted 10/29/14 at 5:50 PM

We’re Getting Closer to a Unified Theory of American Horror Story

Not to gloat or anything, but when we laid out the possible connections between the universes of American Horror Story, we were onto something. EW is reporting that Lily Rabe is set to reprise her Asylum role as Sister Mary Eunice, the nun who was also a victim of satanic possession. This is the second role to be repeated within the AHS universe (and also the second character from Asylum). Will we find out exactly how Pepper was brought to the Asylum? And even further: Is there a connection between Freak Show’s chanteuse Elsa Mars and the former cabaret singer Sister Jude? Oh man, this is good.

  • Posted 10/29/14 at 4:00 PM
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How Game of Thrones Producers Are Keepings Nosy Fans Away

The producers of Game of Thrones are locked in a struggle as brutal and unyielding as the one they depict on Sunday nights: How do you keep fans in four countries away from the set of the most popular fantasy series on television? For the most part, you don't, as the numerous posts we've written about the production of Game of Thrones' upcoming fifth season attest. But that won't stop these intrepid producers from trying! Here are all the ways they're trying to keep their sets secure.

  • Posted 10/29/14 at 3:30 PM
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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Will Be on American Horror Story: Freak Show

After a bunch of not-so-subtle hints pointed directly at American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, Neil Patrick Harris will make a cameo on this season's Freak Show. Woo-hoo! Turns out, if you're famous and make a good enough argument (read: "Please"), then you can pretty much cameo on whatever you want. Neil will bring along his husband David Burtka in the show's final two episodes "as a chameleon salesman." Burtka will appear in the show's season finale, TV Line reports, as part of "a sexy storyline with Jessica Lange’s batty chanteuse."

What If My Partner and I Have Opposite Taste in TV? Your Pressing Questions, Answered

Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email staytuned@nymag.com, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned.

My husband likes darker dramas (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, The Walking Dead), whereas I would be happy to only watch lighter dramas or comedies (Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project, Orange Is the New Black). What can we watch together that we'll both like? Previous good matches have been Parenthood, Alias, and Orphan Black. —Claire

My girlfriend likes fantasy things like Harry Potter, Supernatural, and Once Upon a Time. I like darker shows: The Wire, Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under. Is there something in between? —Alan

What should yo do when you live with someone who has opposite TV taste to you? The only show we've ever agreed on is You're the Worst. —AD

A list of shows for the genre-rigid. »

How Close to Cancellation Are These 10 New Fall TV Shows?

Networks are being extraordinarily patient with their freshman series this fall, handing out full-season orders to a whopping ten newcomers while officially pulling the plug on just one (RIP, Manhattan Love Story). As the season moves into its third month, however, executives are going to have to start making the difficult calls about series still in limbo. That’s because we’re getting to the point in TV’s production calendar where networks either need to order more episodes of first-year shows or shut down production. (The one exception this year is CBS, which has picked up all four of the frosh series it has debuted to date.) As the day of decision nears for 2014’s newbies, let’s take a look at the odds of survival for the remaining newcomers. (We didn’t include NBC’s Constantine on our list because just one episode has aired, making it hard to assess the show’s chances.) 

It’s been a brutal fall for TV rom-coms. »

Watch Chris Rock’s Saturday Night Live Promos

Chris Rock goes Man on the Street with Bobby Moynihan for his Saturday Night Live promos, and even though Prince isn't there (or is he?), they're really working those Prince jokes. Let's pray for a Saturday night full of Prince jokes, Prince impressions, and Prince performances. We can make it happen.

Amy Poehler Quizzed George R.R. Martin About Game of Thrones and They Basically Became Best Friends

Sometimes late-night TV is like the dinner party of your dreams. Here, just imagine Seth Meyers invited you over on Saturday night, and you show up, and Amy Poehler and George R.R. Martin are there. And after the meal, do you play Charades? Nope! Instead, everyone quizzes Martin about Game of Thrones lines, and it's so much fun, and you look at each other and tacitly know you'll all remember this night for the rest of your lives.

Mad Men’s Jessica Paré Is Pregnant

Megan Draper is expecting her first child! The news was first announced on the Instagram account of Paré's boyfriend John Kastner, a dreadlocked Canadian punk musician, and has since been confirmed by "Page Six." Congratulations to the happy couple! How do you say "zou bisou bisou" in baby?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Recap: Lazy Little Thing Called Love

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has a serious shipping problem. "A Fractured House" started on a strong note, as Hydra attacked the U.N. with a brutal new weapon while posing as S.H.I.E.L.D. It doubled down on the intrigue with the introduction of a promising new character: Senator Charles Ward (Tim Dekay), the allegedly sociopathic older brother of Grant Ward. It was all humming along just fine — and then Hunter and Bobbi popped in with their Mr. & Mrs. Smith routine and ruined everything.

The show has a total inability to make romantic relationships either convincing or interesting. »

Sons of Anarchy Recap: We All Fall Down

“Light thickens; and the crow / Makes wing to the rooky wood: / Good things of day begin to droop and drowse; / While night's black agents to their preys do rouse.” —Macbeth, 3.2.53.

In the first scene of the pilot episode of Sons of Anarchy, two crows stand on a road in the night, chewing on garbage, as they move aside to let Jax Teller ride by. As the show heads into its final act, Gemma’s crows — crows are often a bad omen — have been slain and are bloodying her bed. Her caged birds were never free; they went from captivity to death, their presence a message of foreboding death and destruction.

This week's episode, “The Separation of Crows,” begins at dawn, Jax on the roof alone. The sun is rising, and an instrumental “All Along the Watchtower” plays in the background. This time, Jax is without the insight of his father’s journal (The Life and Death of Sam Crow: How the Sons of Anarchy Lost Their Way), which guided his steps in early seasons. That’s no more. Jax is alone, and those shiny white sneakers are about to get spattered with blood.

Morning signifies a new start. »