Television News from the New York TimesArtsBeat: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Recap: Shouldn’t Ichabod Be a Loser in Love? – A headscratcher of an episode.
ArtsBeat: ‘Gotham’ Recap: Gordon Puts Everything Right, Before the Commercial Break – This week tracked a new colorful villain and the Penguin’s rise in the Gotham underworld.
What’s on TV Tuesday – Television highlights.
ArtsBeat: ‘The Affair’ Recap: Does Noah Sound Like a Writer? – A few moments of inauthenticity add up.
Gerard Parkes, Actor on ‘Fraggle Rock,’ Dies at 90 – The actor who played the inventor on “Fraggle Rock” was born in Dublin and had lived in Canada since the 1950s.
Critic’s Notebook: ‘Freak Out’ ‘Deal With It’ Use Hidden Cameras – The hidden-camera shows “Freak Out” on ABC Family and “Deal With It” on TBS go all out on Halloween.
ArtsBeat: ‘Homeland’ Recap: Carrie Takes On the Men – And is Carrie channeling Hillary Clinton?
What’s On TV Monday – Television highlights.
Television News from the Seattle PIOn the Set: Inside the World of Fall's Coolest New Hit Gotham – Many attribute this spike to the recent murders of billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne, as well as rising interest in the city's infamous Arkham district, home of the failed Arkham Asylum and turf-war favorite of organized crime. The series premiere drew 14.1 million viewers (including seven days of DVR playback) opposite the return of those jokers on The Big Bang Theory, and the second episode retained 86 percent of the audience. Netflix snapped up the rights to Gotham before a single episode aired, and even critics - professionals and otherwise - have embraced the prequel. In the downtime between scenes, he and Donal Logue, who costars as Gordon's corrupt and volatile partner, Harvey Bullock, are all smiles and nodding heads as a camera operator explains an upcoming sequence involving an exploding truck. When asked if they were concerned about reworking such iconic characters for TV and risk upsetting the comic book contingent, Logue and McKenzie point to the endorsement of DC Comics' chief creative officer, Geoff Johns, as the geek version of a papal blessing. Year One animated DVD movie - the main worry has been hitting the right notes as the noble but flawed Gordon readers have come to know and respect in books like Batman: The brainchild of executive producers Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) and Danny Cannon (Nikita), Gotham has the privilege - and the curse - of having 75 years of Batman lore to cull from, as well as help from a summer-long marketing blitz that included Comic-Con appearances, subway posters, and billboards. [...] even though it's not a straight-up superhero show like The Flash or Arrow, Gotham does fit into the shared DC universe currently being forged on TV by Johns. (Episode 2 even includes a wink to Arrow's Queen Consolidated in a skyline shot.) "The Yoda of this whole project is Geoff, who is a genuine genius in this world," says Heller. To ensure that, the producers mashed up the Gordon origin story with a classic TV crime procedural that is both anachronistic (cop cars are vintage, but the show sticks to no specific era) and ambitious, then coated it in a feature-film sheen. Logue, who's racked up killer credits on Sons of Anarchy, Law & Order: SVU, and Vikings, is the reliable utility player capable of comedy and menace. With the presumed-dead Cobblepot secretly back in town and twitching to make ex-boss Mooney and mob kingpin Falcone pay for ordering Gordon to off him in the premiere, the bodies have been dropping and the players left standing are in for a surprise. [...] the simmering showdown between the grande dame of Gotham's underbelly and the former underling who tried to dethrone her is set to ignite an all-out mob war over the Arkham area in the next few episodes. Viewers will also get to see what Logue considers "the seminal act" that turned Bullock into the dirty cop he is, and Mazouz's broody, self-destructive Bruce may even make a friend his own age in Bicondova's Selina Kyle.
Critic's Notebook: Checking In On Flash, Jane, Forever, Sons – This whimsy-laced procedural about an immortal medical examiner who can't be killed - no matter how many times he dies in the line of duty - is at its best when projecting its charming hero, Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), into his past - as in his latest case (10/9c), featuring a copycat killer who's mimicking classic killers like Jack the Ripper. The trappings of Forever go so far beyond the routine - Gruffudd's charisma, his rapport with police helpmate Alana De La Garza, the sinister enigma of "Adam," who makes a welcome and significant return appearance - that it's a shame when the whodunit part of the show plays like elementary-school Sherlock Holmes. We're now in the backstretch of the bloody final season of FX's Sons of Anarchy, with a body count so extreme you may wonder why the networks haven't sent a war correspondent to the mean streets of Charming. There's no way his vengeance-fueled vendetta will end well, but the real suspense in this episode involves the fates of club outcast Juice (Theo Rossi) and Jax's lying liar of a wife-killing mom Gemma (Katey Sagal), the latter fretting over any sign that her son might make her pay for what happened to his beloved Tara. Seriously, dude, get out before it's too late. Because whatever's coming next isn't going to be pretty.
Video: Creating the Soundtrack for Cartoon Network's Over the Garden Wall – Cartoon Network's first animated mini-series begins Nov. 3 and TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive look at the ambitious event's music. In a Wizard of Oz-like twist, they have stumbled into a fantasy universe of the past filled with the things of folk tales, as well as talking and singing animals, all wrapped up in the seemingly constant backdrop of harvest time. The song comes about in a tavern scene when Wirt is mistaken for needing advice on courting and a character breaks out into song describing what he must accomplish to successfully court and marry, including trips to the cobbler and seamstress.
Grimm Exclusive Video: Trubel Runs Into the Octo-Man! – Check out TV's sexiest crime fighters Check out her first run-in with a Gedachtnis Esser, aka Octo-Man, below. src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/NnzsPC/widget/select/E6rFKtbS7Prr?form=html&excludeSharing=true" frameBorder="0"> Grimm returns for its fourth season on Friday at 9/8c on NBC.
Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara to Star in First Scripted Series for Pop – The comedy will follow a formerly rich family that loses all its money in a Ponzi scheme and is forced to move into a motel in Schitt's Creek, a small town they once bought as a joke. Levy will star as video store magnate Johnny Rose and O'Hara will play his soap opera star wife Moira. Daniel Levy, who created the series with his father, will play their hipster son David and Annie Murphy will play their socialite daughter Alexis.
Exclusive Marry Me Sneak Peek: Jake Moves In - and Annie Can't Handle It – Which flopped? "Seriously, how are Jake and I gonna be married if I can't even handle living together?" she asks her fathers, The Kevins (Tim Meadows and Dan Bucatinsky), in the exclusive sneak peek below. Check out the sneak peek to see The Kevins' advice for Annie (and why they might be to blame). View original Exclusive Marry Me Sneak Peek:
Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82 – De la Renta, who famously styled Jackie Kennedy, passed away at his Connecticut home on Monday surrounded by friends, family and "more than a few dogs," his company's executives Eliza Bolen, his stepdaughter, and her husband, Alex Bolen, said in a hand-written statement to People. The gown ended up on the cover of Life, earning the designer an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga. In the past year, his gowns have appeared on red carpets 54 times, including Sarah Jessica Parker's black-and-white gown for the Met Ball. In loving memory. "The world lost one of the most extraordinary people that I have ever met," wrote supermodel Karlie Kloss.
Hannibal Buress Calls Bill Cosby a Rapist During Stand-Up Set – While NBC is gearing up for Bill Cosby's return to TV, Hannibal Buress urged his fans to reconsider their support of the legendary comedian. During a stand-up show in Philadelphia last Thursday, Buress called out Cosby on the multiple allegations of sexual assault that have plagued him for years. [...] it's even worse because Bill Cosby has the f---ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. [...] [that] brings you down a couple notches, Buress said, lambasting Cosby over the 14 different women who have accused him of sexual assault.
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