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    So, How Is Elvis Costello’s Variety Show?Not so great!
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    Pilot Preview: CBS’ ‘Worst Week’ Makes Us Cover Our EyesIt’s like ‘Meet the Parents,’ only more so.
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    Pilot Preview: CBS Making ‘The Ex List,’ But Don’t Check It TwiceOn a visit to a psychic, florist Bella Bloom learns that she has already dated — and discarded — her future husband.
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    Pilot Preview: CBS’ ‘Harper’s Island’ Might Be KillerBack-stabbing both literal and figurative in CBS’ mid-season replacement.
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    Pilot Preview: TNT’s ‘Raising the Bar’ Perverts the Justice SystemIf ‘Law &Order’ and ‘Melrose Place’ had an orgy with ‘Ally McBeal,’ this would be the unholy offspring.
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    Pilot Preview: J.J. Abrams’s ‘Fringe’ Brings ‘X-Files’ Weirdness Back to FoxAnother spooky mystery from J.J. Abrams, this one with an overtly supernatural vibe.
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    Pilot Preview: CBS’ ‘Project Gary’ Gives Jay Mohr a JobSpoiler alert! This crazy multi-cam family happily ends their day eating pizza together.
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    Pilot Preview: ABC’s ‘Life on Mars’ Probably Not Worth DiscoveringThis week, Vulture’s taking a look at the best and worst of the new season’s picked-up TV shows. Which are good? Can anything replace ‘Cavemen’?
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    Pilot Preview: TNT’s ‘Truth in Advertising’ Is the Will & Ed ShowTwo sitcom lawyers return, in an ad-agency drama.
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    Pilot Preview: CBS’ ‘The Mentalist’ Knows If You’ve Been Bad Or GoodSimon Baker plays a TV psychic turned intuitive detective in this fall series. Is it worth a season pass?
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    Pilot Preview: CBS’ ‘The Eleventh Hour’ Will Blind You With ScienceThis week, Vulture’s taking a hard look at the best and worst of the fall’s new picked-up TV shows. Which are worth a season pass?
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    We’ve Read the Screenplay for the Notorious B.I.G. BiopicWe’ve read the script and it doesn’t look like Notorious B.I.G. will get the smart, probing biopic his legacy deserves.
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    What Will Critics Be Talking About in Broadway’s All-Black ‘Cat’? Horny James Earl Jones, That’s WhatThe former Lord Vader still has a lot of light left in his saber.
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    R.E.M. Finally Sounding Like R.E.M. AgainObviously it was with major trepidation that we approached “Supernatural Superserious,” the super-stupidly titled new R.E.M. song from the band’s forthcoming album, Accelerate.
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    What’s Buzzing at Sundance: Hold On, We’ll Find SomethingYou can’t say Sundance is a bust — if these films were at Tribeca, everyone would be thrilled. But so far it’s definitely a dud.
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    ‘Art Star’ Vanessa Beecroft: Slammed at SundanceA new documentary shows the art provocateur at her worst.
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    We’ve Got Dave Eggers’s and Spike Jonze’s Script for ‘Where the Wild Things Are’How did a 338-word story become a 111-page screenplay?
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    New York Television Festival: Which Pilots Are Ready for Prime Time?Five pilots at this year’s fest get their moment in the sun.
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    We Just Heard the New Wu-Tang Album!Vulture just got back from a listening session for 8 Diagrams, the first new Wu-Tang Clan studio album since 2001’s Iron Flag, which is optimistically scheduled for a November 13 release. It was 22 minutes of raw, unmixed goodness, spread over ten tracks, which were handpicked from the forthcoming LP by WTC leader RZA.
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    Script From New Paul Haggis Project LeakedJudging from the snatches of dialogue (paired with appropriate bit of imagery) that you’ll find after the jump, we suspect In Valley of Elah will polarize movie fans.
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    ‘Young Frankenstein’: You’ll Never Believe What They’re Calling Megan MullallyThe young woman outside the Paramount Theatre says she’s come to the Seattle preview of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’s follow-up to his tremendous hit The Producers, because she’s a “bitch.” “And so is Megan Mullally!” she squeals. “From Will & Grace! She’s a bitch, I’m a bitch. We have a connection!” Ms. Mullally’s superfan is among an older and decidedly more guarded crowd — the middle-aged couple sitting next to us came because they got a deal when they bought tickets to Spamalot.
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    Book Expo GalleyWatch: Which Fall Books Got the Biggest Push?
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    ABC’s ‘Miss/Guided’: Like Déjà Vu All Over Again
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    The CW’s ‘Reaper’: Don’t Fear It!
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    ABC’s ‘Big Shots’: For Men and the Women They’ve Always Wanted to Be
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    NBC’s ‘The IT Crowd’: Skip IT!
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    HBO’s ‘Flight of the Conchords’: Kiwi Comedy at Its Most Deadpan
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    ABC’s ‘Dirty Sexy Money’: Proof You Can Never Be Too Rich
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    NBC’s ‘Bionic Woman’: She’s Got Super-Enhanced Legs, and She’s Learning How to Use Them
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    ABC’s ‘Sam I Am’: Mean Girl, Awake!
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    ABC’s ‘Pushing Daisies’: Bringing the Dead Back to Life
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    The CW’s ‘Aliens in America’: Season-Pass It!
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    ABC’s ‘Cavemen’: Cro-Mags, Julie White, and Wild Neanderthal Sex