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  • 'Battle Creek' Series Premiere Review: Should It Be Better Than It Is?

    Ken Tucker at Yahoo TV 4 hrs ago

    Josh Duhamel stars as an FBI agent who has been reassigned to Battle Creek, Michigan, much to the surprise of the police force there, especially Detective Russ Agnew (Dead Winters), the cop who’s partnered with him. Agnew, jaded and cynical, keeps wondering why a smooth customer like Duhamel’s Milt Chamberlain is in Battle Creek. A handsome agent who doesn’t mind letting you know he’s played golf with President Obama, Chamberlain must have done something bad to be assigned to Battle Creek — "a step down,” Agnew notes, "from Boise."

    Chamberlain’s backstory runs beneath some plots that are ordinary cop-show fare (a stabbed-to-death waitress, for instance) and archly unusual stuff (the second episode is all about breaking up a maple-syrup cartel). Duhamel and Winters do good work as guys who rub each other the wrong way. House ’s Kal Penn is prominent among the group filling out Battle Creek ’s mediocre-level police department, which is headed up by Tony Award-winning, two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer in a gruff-police-commander role that could have been lifted directly from a TNT series like Major Crimes or The Closer .

     

  • 'SNL' Recap: Dakota Johnson's Monologue Has Her Dad 'Fifty Shades' of Embarrassed

    Ethan Alter at Yahoo TV 9 hrs ago

    Going into tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live , both the show and host Dakota Johnson were riding high. SNL had just come off its blockbuster 40 th anniversary show, which reminded 23.1 million fans just how much they loved (and, occasionally, loved to hate) the sketch comedy behemoth. Meanwhile, Johnson is the star of — and, really, the only good thing about — a little movie called Fifty Shades of Grey . She also won the Oscars pre-show extravaganza with a hilarious red carpet interview where she visibly rolled her eyes at her mother, Melanie Griffith’s fuddy-duddy reaction to her involvement with Shades .

    Ms. Johnson — who first demonstrated her comedic chops on the short-lived Fox sitcom Ben and Kate and uses them to great effect in Fifty Shades as well — easily ranks amongst the season’s best hosts, gamely playing through sketches that didn’t come together and nailing the skits that were on point.  Fifty Shades ’ financial success technically makes Johnson a star; this SNL appearance confirms she actually deserves to be one.

    Best Sketch: "Say What You Wanna Say"

    Episode MVP: Sasheer Zamata

  • 'Once Upon a Time': Producers Tease What's Ahead

    Carrie Bell at Yahoo TV 1 day ago

    The winter finale of Once Upon A Time saw the Snow Queen on ice, the safe return of Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff to Arendelle, and the end of the ABC fairy tale's foray into Frozen . However, the fine citizens of Storybrooke won't be celebrating a happy ending for long. When OUAT returns Sunday, new threats (along with one particularly stubborn old one) will be revealed by the thaw.

    "The arrival of these villains has a real profound effect on our core characters, [especially] Snow and Charming, and that is something we really dive into in the next few episodes," executive producer Adam Horowitz said at a media preview of the first two episodes — "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "Unforgiven" — of season 4's spring half. "Using all kinds of fun toys at our disposal, the goal is to deepen who they are, show another layer, and hopefully show a bit of the why they became who they are, making them more understandable… flesh and blood real people."

    If you want to remain in the dark about the Dark One's plan, new characters, and season 4 part two plot points, look away now. Otherwise, read on for more spoilers:

    AXIS OF EVIL

  • What We'll (for Real) Miss About 'Glee': Table for 1 at Breadstix

    Ethan Alter at Yahoo TV 1 day ago

    What's one step up from Olive Garden, but not quite as authentically Italian as The Old Spaghetti Factory? Glee 's Breadstix: Lima, Ohio's most famous — well, OK… pretty much only — semi-gourmet Italian joint. It's upscale enough to serve as a fancy dinner date destination for students on a budget, but not intimidatingly ritzy enough to keep you from plopping down on a random afternoon for a plate of spaghetti for one. Everyone who samples Breadstix comes to learn of its peculiar charms, whether it's finding a mouse in your order or the bottomless supply of breadsticks that the restaurant is legally obligated to keep carting out to the table.

    Related: Sing Along With Our Recaps of 'Glee's' Final Season

    Best Song: "Uptown Funk" The new New Direction kids Roderick and Jane did right by this funky Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars ditty, bringing the normally sedate Bar Mitzvah crowd to its feet without the aid of the Electric Slide or "Hava Nagila."

    Best Sue Line: "Shut up, dreidel. This is between butt-chin and me."

  • 'The Last Man on Earth': Choose Your Own TV Apocalypse!

    Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV 1 day ago

    Will Forte's new Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth , where he plays the only survivor of a globe-spanning virus, makes the apocalypse seem almost… fun! He gets to squat in abandoned mansions and get really drunk and smash stuff with no consequences. He's king of the woooorld! (By default.)

    Photos: 'The Last Man on Earth' Premiere Red Carpet

    But of course, this isn't the only post-apocalyptic wasteland we've encountered on TV lately. Here, we round up a few of the recent TV apocalypses and rank them, from "absolute hell on earth" to "relatively pleasant." Although we don't think anything below can top soaking in a wading pool filled with tequila and margarita mix.  

    The Walking Dead

    What Killed Everyone? Zombies, duh. It's the No. 1 show on TV! Where have you been?

    Pros: If you've ever had the urge to stab, shoot, and decapitate dozens of people without going to prison, well, this is the apocalypse for you!

    Falling Skies

    Cons: Did we mention "robotic killing machines"?

    12 Monkeys

    Dominion

    Jericho

    The Last Ship

  • 'Downton Abbey': A Supercut of All the Yelling

    Kristen Baldwin at Yahoo TV 1 day ago

    The Downton Abbey Season 5 finale is almost upon us, and we here at Yahoo TV are perhaps a little too excited. The penultimate episode left us with so many questions (stop reading if you haven't watched): What's going to happen to poor Anna? She can't survive in jail! Has Thomas finally found a true friend in Andy? And will Robert tell Edith that he's figured out Marigold is her daughter? Of course, we'll have to wait until Sunday, March 1 to find out — so until then, we've been passing the time by putting together mashups of our favorite Downton Abbey moments. Up first: "Calm Downton," a tribute to the Crawley clan's well-documented (and quite un-British) temper tantrums. While Lord Grantham is the king of angry outbursts, as the video above shows, everyone at the Abbey sometimes flies off the handle — even Cora .

    Related: For the Love of God, 'Downton Abbey,' Not the Dog!

    Enjoy, Downton fans. See you Sunday night!

    The Downton Abbey Season 5 finale airs Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. on PBS Masterpiece.

  • New 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Art: When Tyrion Met Drogon...

    Robert Chan at Yahoo TV 1 day ago

    April 12 can't come soon enough.  Game of Thrones returns and, while those who've read the books have a general outline of what's coming in Season 5, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have been deliberately steering the show away from the source material. Anticipation — and anxiety — from readers and non-readers alike is at an all-time high.

    A new poster shows Tyrion at the bow of a ship as an enormous dragon rises from the surrounding fog. This image is uncomfortably reminiscent of last season's shot of Daenerys Targaryen's largest, Drogon, coming upon a young sheepherder before devouring him. Given George R.R. Martin's warning about this season — "People are going to die who don't die in the books... so everybody better be on their toes" — is anybody getting a little nervous for The Imp?

    Video: 'Game of Thrones': Watch the Cast Crack Up in a New Blooper Reel

  • 'Secrets and Lies' Star Juliette Lewis on Playing an Unsmiling Cop and Working With Ryan Phillippe (Again)

    Carrie Bell at Yahoo TV 2 days ago

    A lot changes in 15 years. The last time Juliette Lewis and Ryan Phillippe crossed career paths, on a bloody kidnapping caper called The Way of the Gun , she was the victim and he was packing heat.

    Now, for Secrets and Lies , Lewis is the heat and it's Phillippe who winds up in her cross hairs. You can get a tiny taste of the shift in dynamics in this exclusive clip from Sunday's premiere of ABC's 10-episode remake of an Australian series about a cul de sac turned inside out after a child is murdered and the neighborhood father who found the body becomes the prime suspect.

    Lewis spoke with Yahoo TV exclusively from her home in New York about reteaming with her tormentor from 2000, who she says has "gotten better with age"; the "tough challenge" of being detached detective Andrea Cornell; shooting (literally and figuratively) in North Carolina; and why she is so excited for audiences to watch this "slow-building whodunit with a ton of human drama."

    Secrets and Lies premieres Sunday, March 1 with a two-hour special from 9 to 11 p.m. on ABC.

  • What to Binge This Weekend: Watch Tim Kring's Avengers Assemble in the First Season of 'Heroes'

    Ethan Alter at Yahoo TV 2 days ago

    Superheroes are running amok on television today; in one corner of the TV universe, speedy Flash and sharpshooter Arrow are protecting their respective metropolises (neither of which happen to be Metropolis… that's Superman's turf, after all) from various rogues. Meanwhile, special agent Peggy Carter recently completed her maiden small-screen adventure and cleared the way for those agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to return next week. And, over in Gotham city, a young orphaned boy is deciding on a career path that will one day include vigilantism. (Don't forget about the shows that have yet to debut, including Sony Playstation's upcoming Powers and CBS's in the works Supergirl pilot.)

    Related: What 'Agent Carter' Can Learn From TV's Other Comic-Book Shows

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    All four seasons of Heroes are available to stream at Netflix, but you really only need to watch Season 1 .

  • 'Fresh Off the Boat' Sneak Peek: Eddie Gets Crushed

    Victoria Leigh Miller at Yahoo TV 2 days ago

    Things are looking up for the Huangs. Well, at least two of them. On the upcoming episode of ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, Louis and Jessica (Randall Park and Constance Wu), have finally scored an invite to the country club, but their tween son, Eddie (Hudson Yang), is thinking more about impressing his girl-next-door crush Nicole (Luna Blaise).

    Related: 'Fresh Off the Boat' Showrunner on Working With Eddie Huang, Going Beyond Race

    In this exclusive sneak peek from the episode "Showdown at the Golden Saddle," Eddie opens the front door and feigns surprise that his fantasy girlfriend has stopped over. Unfortunately, the Casanova Kid's tweenage dream turns into a full-on nightmare after his parents rattle off babysitting instructions to Nicole, whom they've actually hired to babysit him and his brothers. That's right, babysit.

    "What is happening?" a mortified Eddie asks as his parents tell his dream girl about his gentle bowels and favorite Flintstones Chewables flavor.

    Fresh Off the Boat airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.