First Clip from SOUTH PARK: Season 18 Premiere Takes Aim at the Washington Redskins

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Even though it’s only been a year and there’s even been a video game in the interim, it seems like forever since we got a new episode of South Park.  Thankfully, the wait is almost over as the show will be returning for its 18th(!) season this Wednesday.  The first clip for the new season aired during today’s Redskins-Eagles game, which was no accident since the show’s first target this year will be the offensive name of Washington’s football team.  The NFL has been in the news a lot the past few weeks, so it will be interesting to see if Trey Parker and Matt Stone weave those elements into their scathing satire as well.

Hit the jump to check out the clip from the Season 18 premiere of South Park.  The long-running series returns on Wednesday at 10pm EST on Comedy Central.

THE STRAIN Recap: “The Third Rail”

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Hunting down and fighting monsters is what The Strain does best, and “The Third Rail” was an excellent showcase for it.  As the gang assembles in order to attack the Master in his lair, chaos and looting carries on all around them.  But the rag-tag bunch on the hunt, as well as those left back at the pawnshop, have a difficult time with one another.  The vampirism also claims another victim close to home.  Hit the jump for why, “you’ve been waiting for this your whole life, haven’t you?  Well congratulations on the vampire apocalypse.”

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “One For The Money, Two For The Show”

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For so many reasons, it’s difficult to believe that “One for the Money and Two for the Show” is Masters of Sex‘s penultimate episode this season.  It was a season that started out with such excellent potential regarding a shifting paradigm in Ginny and Bill’s relationship, even introducing a race-related storyline that was primed for something so different on television (one that could have even made Masters fully step out of Mad Men‘s shadow by meaningfully incorporating minority characters and perspectives).  Instead, the show dropped that Buell Green narrative quickly and unceremoniously, jumped forward in time, and ended back at a place emotionally before “Fight” or even the season opener.  Hit the jump for why maybe the show needs someone to tell them they look weird in this tie.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Rodef”

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As has been Ray Donovan‘s trajectory all season, Ray’s attempts to manage his family — even under the guise of protecting them — have finally unravelled completely.  Though he spent much of “Rodef” covering his bases with Ezra, Abby, Avi, Lena, Cochran and others (should he end up in jail), in his final scene of anguish, he was unable to protect the two most important people in his life: Conor and Bridget.  Yet, as always, it wasn’t chance or fate that led to that outcome, but Ray’s own choices.  Hit the jump to find out how many Vietnam vets it takes to screw in a lightbulb (“You weren’t there, man!”)

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “What Jesus Said”

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Even for someone who likes Boardwalk Empire‘s slowest and most meditative episodes, “What Jesus Said” necessitated the use of caffeine to get through it.  The summation of its vignettes seemed to be that you can’t escape who you are.  In the end, almost everyone was haunted by the past, or faced with the reality of a life they preferred to keep hidden.  Boardwalk‘s final season seems to be, in part, about consequence, and there’s no better way to drive that home than to consider what it is that got you there.  Hit the jump, boy!

Colin Farrell Confirmed to Star in TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2, Offers Update on Show

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The rumors have been swirling for a while that Colin Farrell was in talks for True Detective Season 2, but now the actor has confirmed that we will indeed appear.  There’s still no official confirmation that Vince Vaughn will be appearing (or Taylor Kitsch for that matter), but now that this piece of info is firmed up I would expect some more official announcements in the coming weeks.

Season 2 of Nic Pizzolatto‘s show will reportedly take place in three different California cities with a plot that, to me, is beginning to resemble Chinatown via Zodiac in that it’s about land deals but also how different law enforcement agencies intersect with each other.  The casting news came with this semi-logline that this next stretch of episodes, “looks set to pick up on the vicious murder of a corrupt businessman found dead the night before he completes a deal.”  Hit the jump for more on Colin Farrell joining True Detective Season 2.

THE KNICK Recap: “Start Calling Me Dad”

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The threads that The Knick has laid down for its first five episodes have started to intertwine in its sixth.  Algernon’s secret medical practice has an unexpected visitor, and Cornelia takes steps to apprehend Typhoid Mary.  Even Thackery’s desire to figure out where Christiansen went wrong in his treatment of previa patients turned a corner.  And though it wouldn’t be an episode of The Knick without a death, “Start Calling Me Dad” was, on the whole, one of the series’ lighter episodes.  Hit the jump, or away, moldy rogue, away!

Six GOTHAM Clips Lift the Curtain on Fox’s Batman Origin Series

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Fox’s Gotham premieres in just a few days, so I can’t see it taking much more than these six clips to tide you guys over until then.  To be perfectly honest, this show is so far removed from my own personal tastes that I don’t feel qualified to tell you whether these clips are “good” or “bad.”  They just exist.  The show features  James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), along with Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney.

Hit the jump to check out the Gotham clips.  Be prepared for the Batverse to feel very different from both the Nolan and Burton takes on the world (so far, at least).  Gotham is set to kick off on Monday, September 22nd and also stars Donal Logue, John DomanBarbara KeanCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith and Zabryna Guevara.

CBS Orders SUPERGIRL TV Show from ARROW Producer Greg Berlanti

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The Supergirl TV show is officially a “go”.  We heard a couple of weeks ago that Arrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti was developing a possible TV series based on the DC comics heroine, and now Deadline reports that CBS has given a big series commitment to Supergirl.  The drama will be written by Berlanti and Ali Adler (The New Normal, No Ordinary Family), with Adler also acting as an executive producer on the series.  Apparently CBS’ straight-to-series commitment is bigger than the one Fox recently gave to the upcoming Gotham, which is a prequel of sorts to the Batman storyline.  This continues the expansion of comic book adaptation fever into the TV world, which is becoming more and more crowded with small screen iterations of famous superheroes.  More on Supergirl after the jump.

New AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Images Reveal Kathy Bates’ Bearded Lady, Michael Chiklis’ Strong Man, and More

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Ahead of the fourth season premiere next month, FX has unveiled a batch of new American Horror Story: Freak Show images.  Ryan Murphy’s anthology series returns with a new setting, hook, and cast of characters, this time focusing on the carnies of a traveling freak show in 1952 Florida.  These images give us a close-up look at Kathy Bates as the Bearded Lady, Michael Chiklis as the Strong Man, and plenty more additions to the ensemble.  This anthology format has been a suitable outlet for Murphy, who tends to expend all of his creative energy in a short amount of time.  Even so, portions of AHS seasons in the past have felt too crowded and overloaded at times.  My hope is that the Freak Show story will be a bit more streamlined this year, but regardless, seeing a bearded Kathy Bates and a two-headed Sarah Paulson should be quite entertaining.

Hit the jump to check out the new American Horror Story: Freak Show images and a disturbing new poster.  The series also stars Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Angela Basset, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Patti LaBelle, Finn Wittrock, Naomi Grossman, and John Caroll LynchAmerican Horror Story: Freak Show premieres on FX on October 8th.

Exclusive First Look at Terry O’Quinn’s Character in PHINEAS AND FERB’s Upcoming LOST Episode

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Not only are Phineas and Ferb bringing back Shaun and Ed, they’re also bringing back Lost (in their own, unique way).  On September 29th, Disney XD will air the episode Lost in Danville, with a story by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof himself.  Not only that, but Terry O’Quinn (who played John Locke on the show) will voice a character named Captain Mystery.  Rob Morrow and Jane Kaczmarek also guest star in the episode.

We have the official first look at O’Quinn’s Captain Mystery.  Hit the jump for a better look.  Phineas and Ferb’s Lost in Danville airs Monday, September 29th at 730PM.

THE WALKING DEAD Maze Preview: 32 Images from Universal Studios Hollywood’s HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS Attraction

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Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary.  Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-A-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever.

Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour The Walking Dead: The End of the Line maze, which brings many of the shows key visual moments to life.  As the only property they’ve brought back three years in a row, thanks to the huge popularity of the show, this time around, they’re focusing on the events and stand-out Walkers of Season 4.  Hit the jump to learn more about what to expect from the highly detailed maze.

Fall Pilot Review: RED BAND SOCIETY

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It’s been a long time since Fox invested in a teen-oriented drama.  The last major success was arguably The O.C.‘s launch in 2003.  Since then, networks like ABC Family and The CW have mostly taken the reins on younger-skewing series that incorporate both drama and comedy (and some of the most attractive teenagers — or adults playing teenagers — on the planet).  Red Band Society is no different, except its hook is that its teenagers live together on the pediatric ward of a hospital, fighting to survive cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart failure and eating disorders.  Hit the jump for whether Red Band Society deserves a place in your Fall viewing schedule.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Toil and Till”

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Over the years, Sons of Anarchy has been its best when its stories relate to the club, and club politics.  Gangsters (and gang-busting law-enforcement) may come and go, but SAMCRO is forever.  Too often in the last few seasons, the show has favored overly twisty plots and one-off actor cameos over character drama for the Redwood members we’ve come to know and love.  But “Toil and Till” was an example of how all of that can work together beautifully when given the chance.  This hour had some great, extended character moments, along with one long, badass shootout.  Hit the jump for why clarity settles all scores, and pays back all debts.

James D’Arcy Will Play Jarvis in Marvel’s AGENT CARTER TV Series

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Marvel Studios’ second foray into network television, the ABC series Agent Carter, is poised to start production soon, but the show has just now added a key cast member.  Variety reports that Cloud Atlas actor James D’Arcy has signed on to play Howard Stark’s Butler Jarvis—yes, that Jarvis—in the period spy drama.  D’Arcy will bring flesh and blood to what is likely the basis for Tony Stark’s virtual butler in the MCU, though that’s due to change in Avengers: Age of Ultron when the movie Jarvis (voiced by Paul Bettany) takes on the form of The Vision.  More on Agent Carter after the jump.

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