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Frances McDormand, True to Herself in HBO’s ‘Olive Kitteridge’ – The Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, who set the HBO mini-series “Olive Kitteridge” in motion and stars in it, chafes at Hollywood’s conventions and defies its norms.

Television Review: ‘Constantine,’ Hard-Boiled Exorcist, Returns as NBC Series – The rumpled exorcist “Constantine,” invented as a comic-book character and also the focus of a 2005 film, makes its debut as an NBC series on Friday.

ArtsBeat: Newly Found Tapes Capture John Cleese and Graham Chapman, Pre-Python – Before “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” the comedians starred in “At Last the 1948 Show,” a BBC series whose episodes were thought to be lost.

CBS Says James Corden Will Start as ‘Late Late Show’ Host in March – The British comedian is succeeding Craig Ferguson, who ends his 10-year run on Dec. 19. In between, there will be guest hosts.

ArtsBeat: Showtime Finds a Replacement for Philip Seymour Hoffman – The British comedy actor Steve Coogan will take over the starring role in the Showtime series “Happish.”

A Comcast Executive Raises Doubts About Streaming Services – Stephen Burke, the NBCUniversal C.E.O., said he was surprised by announcements last week that HBO and CBS would start subscription streaming services.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman Encouraged to Take a Break From NBC News – The medical journalist has finished her 21-day Ebola quarantine, but has been told by the network’s news president to return to work next month.

ArtsBeat: Giddy Up: A New ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Teaser With an Old Seinfeld Pal – The comedian invited his former co-star Michael Richards to help out on the video series.

Television News from the Seattle PI

Watch the Teaser for Netflix's New Kyle Chandler Series Bloodline – Next March, the streaming service will unveil its latest new series, Bloodline, whose cast includes Kyle Chandler and Sissy Spacek. The show, from the creators of Damages, takes place in the Florida Keys and follows four adult siblings whose secrets come to the surface when their black sheep brother returns home. View original Watch the Teaser for Netflix's New Kyle Chandler Series Bloodline at
Video: PBS Kids' Dinosaur Train Celebrates Halloween – The popular PBS Kids-Jim Henson Company series Dinosaur Train gets a leap on Halloween with a special episode airing Monday, Oct. 27 that finds the Pteranodon family riding the Night Train all the way back to the Jurassic Period. Sounds rather scary but Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don are soon having a grand time exploring beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
Video: Jake and the Never Land Pirates Goes Primetime With Battle for the Book – Fans of the Disney Channel superhit Jake and the Never Land Pirates will get a double dose of wonderful when the series airs a primetime special - Jake and the Never Land Pirates: The music-filled special, premiering Sunday, Oct. 26 (6pm/5c) on both Disney Channel and Disney Junior, has that goofball baddie Captain Hook showing up at the Darling family home in London and stealing a precious storybook that belongs to Wendy (voiced by Maia Mitchell of ABC Family's The Fosters).
Watch the First Official Trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron – The first official trailer for The Avengers 2 has arrived - but it may provide more questions than answers. Age of Ultron leaked Wednesday night and features several familiar faces, including Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), as well as newbies Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Check out the trailer below to get a first look at the reunited Avengers, as well as James Spader's chilling title villain Ultron:
CBS Trims CSI's Episode Order – CBS has trimmed the episode order for Season 15 of CSI, TVLine reports. CBS says the decision was due to a plethora of shows that it has yet to debut, including the CSI spin-off CSI: Cyber, Vince Gilligan's new series Battle Creek, and the seventh and final season of The Mentalist.
Report: Modern Family, La Bamba Actress Elizabeth Pena Died of Alcohol Abuse – Actress Elizabeth Pena's death last week was caused by cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse, TMZ reports. Pena, who starred in the movies La Bamba and Jacob's Ladder, and played Gloria's (Sofia Vergara) mother Pilar on Modern Family, died Oct. 14 at age 55.
She's Outta There! Alison Sweeney Says Goodbye to Days of Our Lives – Soap superstar Alison Sweeney checks out of NBC's Days of Our Lives next week, nearly 22 years after she joined the show as stormy conniver Sami Brady. Sami leaves Salem a widow, thanks to the recent presumed death of her hubby EJ. After a series of deeply emotional farewells with friends and family, she will head to L.A. where studio execs - who have read that horrid Sami expose written by her son - are eager to put her story on screen. [...] TV Guide Magazine had to get Sweeney's take on all this! Was there any real acting required to play all your goodbye scenes? | Man, is it! A while back Sami had a scene with Will and one of Guy Wilson's lines reminded me exactly of something Sami said when Will was a baby and the emotions really got to me. TV Guide Magazine: Besides you! I'd bet my money on Kate. [...] there's Sami's final scene with Nicole, which is fabulous and a hell of a lot of fun. How'd you feel about the choice to kill off EJ, rather than sending him and Sami off into the sunset together? When will I ever get a chance to act out scenes as wonderfully painful as the ones in the morgue? I relished the opportunity and wanted to do them justice - not just for me but for all of the EJami fans I knew would be feeling the same way. [...] for all those who were opposed to the EJ-Sami pairing, there's a poetic justice there, if you choose to look at it that way. The idea that Hollywood execs read Will's article and want to be in "the Sami Brady business" was a sweet send-off that I felt to the bone. Sami desperately needs something to look forward to so she's taking the kids off on a new adventure but the writers made sure it's not anything permanent and that Sami can come back to Salem any time she wants.
Exclusive: A Halloween Monster Mash on The Talk – Ghouls just wanna have fun! CBS's hit daytime gab show The Talk will celebrate Halloween Friday, Oct. 31 (2pm ET; 1pm CT/PT) with a salute to Hollywood's classic movie monsters - and TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive first look. Hosts Julie Chen (Dracula), Sara Gilbert (The Mummy), Sharon Osbourne (Bride of Frankenstein), Aisha Tyler (Frankenstein) and Sheryl Underwood (Creature From the Black Lagoon) will welcome guests Eric Christian Olsen (Dr. Victor Frankenstein) from NCIS:

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