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Thursday, October 2, 2014

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FOX

'The Simpsons Guy' is TV history

BY DREW MARON

So what happened when the two shows met? The most disturbing car-wash in the history of mankind. Well, that and one of the most fascinating episodes of television in some time.

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'Masters of Sex' manages to be both analytical and human

Showtime

BY CHLOE GILKE

“Masters” has a powerful thesis here, and the episode closes with the satisfying conclusion that love and sex — intimacy and passion — are inseparable.

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Second season of 'Sleepy Hollow' lives up to high expectations

FOX

BY ALEX INTNER

It's unclear, going forward, if the drama can maintain what it's doing over a full 18-episode season, but it was a damn fun episode of television, comparable to the best of season one.

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' ensemble shines in season two premiere

FOX

BY DREW MARON

Like their other comedic masterwork, “Parks and Recreation,” Dan Goor and Michael Schur bring every character to a level where any one of them can be your favorite.

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Season two of 'The Blacklist' keeps up torrid pace

NBC

BY JORDYN KAY

By asking tough questions and going through hellfire to find answers, the season two premiere is no different. The episode is filled with the usual explosions and gunfire and, as always, left viewers wondering what could possibly happen next.

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Though often ridiculous, 'Scorpion' shows potential

CBS

BY DREW MARON

“Scorpion” has a lot going for it and is honestly not very deserving of some of the more negative criticism. The pilot might not be spectacular ,but the fundamental ideas at its core showcase at least some semblance of potential.

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Great 'Good Wife' holds momentum in premiere

CBS

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

Alicia is now a wife in name only, and her relative goodness is complex, but as proven in “The Line,” “The Good Wife” continues to grow even six seasons in.

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Davis kills it in 'How to Get Away With Murder'

ABC

BY DREW MARON

Viola Davis manages to craft a character that’s charismatic, admirable, flawed, tough, manipulative, brilliant, sly and everything else you’ve ever felt about that favorite professor of yours who knows a little too much to be nice.

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'Parenthood' final season aims high

NBC

BY CHLOE GILKE

It’s a shame that we’ve only got twelve more weeks with the Bravermans, but if this premiere is any indication, the final season is sure to be a treat.

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Smart and funny 'Black-ish' definitely earns its primetime slot

ABC

BY ALEC STERN

Because the best comedies can be both smart and far-reaching, and “Black-ish” is just that — never dull nor dumb, universal in its appeal and ultimately, the perfect companion for “Modern Family.” ABC, you finally did it.

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'Thinking Sex' Symposium to explore origins of sexuality studies

BY COSMO PAPPAS

This Thursday, a symposium entitled “Thirty Years of ‘Thinking Sex,’” taking its name from Rubin’s landmark 1984 essay of the same name, will gather Rubin and five other scholars to celebrate and reflect on her impact on the field.

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Grace Prosniewski: Banned Books Week reminds us of censorship past and present

BY GRACE PROSNIEWSKI

So why do people continue to try to ban books? Well if you can tune out the shrill cries of “Won’t somebody think of the children!” the answer is the same as it’s always been.

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Columbia

'The Equalizer' lures you in, then disappoints

BY MAYANK MATHUR

Denzel Washington cuts an imposing figure even when he’s dressed in bland attire and is convincing as both the good-guy and the ruthless special agent.

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Capitol Records

Lady Antebellum come in for a smooth landing on '747'

BY GREGORY HICKS

It spits a little more fire relative to Lady A’s conventional delicateness, but it’s far from the proclaimed gutsiness. Not exactly an Eric Church record.

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Adam Theisen: When Tom Petty met Tony Soprano

BY ADAM THEISEN

I want to talk about the greatest use of music in a TV show that I have ever seen. When Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) puts on “American Girl,” the ’70s Classic Rock Radio staple by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, for her husband Tony.

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CBS

Téa Leoni stars in sanitized 'Madam Secretary'

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

But beyond McCord, who television viewers will easily root for, “Madam Secretary” seems like it’s poised to be a spin on the well-troped D.C. meets domestic drama.

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Comedy Central

Revitalized 'Key & Peele' continues to shine

BY AKSHAY SETH

The ability to anchor race-sensitive arguments with its hosts’ volatile chemistry is the essence of what makes “Key & Peele” great television — a shining inkling of what “Chappele’s Show” accomplished.

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Roadside Attractions

Wiig and Hader elevate flawed 'Skeleton Twins'

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

And as strong as the script and performances may be, the idea that a brother and sister, two best friends united by their unique place in the world, would prefer emotional turmoil for themselves and for each other just doesn’t hold up.

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Michéle Ramo World Jazz Orchestra celebrates Kerrytown Concert House anniversary

BY CAROLYN DARR

The set will feature Ramos on the mandolin, guitar and violin, Hepler singing and Howard Alden, a jazz guitarist from New York, on guitar and banjo.

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'A Grand Night for Singing' unites campus musical groups

BY REBECCA GODWIN

The concert event, which was started in 2010, is an opportunity for the campus community and the greater Ann Arbor community to see some of the many performers currently studying in SMTD.

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