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May Madness Nominations: Past TV Comedies

Update: Nominations are over, vote in the bracket tournament!

I love TV-related bracket tournaments. What I don’t love is said tournaments leaving out so many great shows (yes, Hulu, I’m looking at you), and not giving TV fans a chance to pick which shows are included.

So in preparation for TV Breakroom’s May Madness bracket tournament, you, this site’s readers, get to choose which 64 shows will battle it out for the best show of all time!

I’m dividing this competition into four sections (though the bracket itself will be randomized), between past and present shows, as well as comedies and dramas. Present shows will include renewed shows and any shows that have aired episodes fall 2013 or later (even if they have since been canceled). Comedies will include all 20-30 minute shows, while dramas will include 40 minute plus shows, even if they are very funny. So Psych, which you might consider a past TV comedy, will actually be among the present TV dramas. Each of these 4 sections will have their own nomination poll, in consecutive weeks.

This site’s typical guidelines (scripted, live-action, primetime shows) apply. So don’t look for (or nominate) The Simpsons, Whose Line is It Anyway?, or daytime soaps. Online shows like those created by Netflix and Amazon are eligible, web series with episodes shorter than 20 minutes (no matter how much we love The Guild) are not. Shows must have aired either a full season or at least 5 episodes to be eligible as well.

Especially for these past show nomination rounds, there are dozens of shows that aren’t included in the 60+ options below. Feel free to nominate any great ones I missed, and if they meet the guidelines I’ve outlined above, I will add them to the poll.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can vote for up to 10 of your favorite past TV comedies. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into our bracket tournament next month!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s May Madness nominations! Voting ends around 12AM April 14th, and the top 16 will make it into our bracket.

Which past TV comedies deserve to be in our May Madness bracket? (Choose up to 10!)

  • M*A*S*H (33%, 18 Votes)
  • Hogan's Heroes (28%, 15 Votes)
  • Friends (26%, 14 Votes)
  • Gilligan's Island (22%, 12 Votes)
  • Scrubs (22%, 12 Votes)
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (20%, 11 Votes)
  • The Cosby Show (19%, 10 Votes)
  • 30 Rock (19%, 10 Votes)
  • Will & Grace (17%, 9 Votes)
  • The Andy Griffith Show (17%, 9 Votes)
  • That 70s Show (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Golden Girls (17%, 9 Votes)
  • I Love Lucy (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Get Smart (17%, 9 Votes)
  • The Office (US) (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Seinfeld (15%, 8 Votes)
  • The Addams Family (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Full House (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Arrested Development (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Happy Endings (11%, 6 Votes)
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Night Court (11%, 6 Votes)
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (11%, 6 Votes)
  • The Bob Newhart Show (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Laverne & Shirley (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Home Improvement (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Taxi (7%, 4 Votes)
  • The Office (UK) (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Fawlty Towers (7%, 4 Votes)
  • All in the Family (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Happy Days (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Saved By the Bell (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Fraiser (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Boy Meets World (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Cheers (6%, 3 Votes)
  • The Brady Bunch (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Roseanne (6%, 3 Votes)
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Married . . . with Children (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Newhart (4%, 2 Votes)
  • NewsRadio (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Better Off Ted (4%, 2 Votes)
  • The IT Crowd (4%, 2 Votes)
  • My Name is Earl (4%, 2 Votes)
  • WKRP in Cincinnati (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Gomer Pyle: USMC (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Everybody Hates Chris (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Outsourced (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Guys With Kids (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Mr. Bean (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Reno 911! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Go On (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Party Down (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Up All Night (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sanford and Son (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Malcolm in the Middle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Honeymooners (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Weeds (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ben & Kate (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Bernie Mac Show (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 54

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TV News: Bones Renewed, Alphas Canceled, River Song to Arrow, Don’t Trust the B and Ben and Kate Pulled from Schedule and More!

I’ve been very bad about posting updates this month (still luxuriating in the aftermath of my Doctor Who marathon), but here’s some TV news from the month of January!

Doctor Who alum Alex Kingston (River Song) will appear on multiple episodes of Arrow as Laurel Lance’s mother, Dinah. Fans of the Green Arrow comic books know she’s the original Black Canary, so it’s possible she and Oliver Queen may come to blows. Might she also share a scene with fellow Who alum John Barrowman?

Series 7 of Doctor Who resumes March 30th on both BBC1 and BBC America. I’m so glad they’re not making us wait for the episodes after they air in Great Britain!

Bones secured an early renewal for another season, and showrunner Hart Hanson has a pilot order with CBS for an additional show. Unfortunately, the premise doesn’t interest me in the least, but he did amazing with The Finder, so who knows?

Speaking of The Finder, its lead actor Geoff Stults has been reoccurring on Ben and Kate, but FOX has pulled that from the schedule. At least he showed up in the last-episode-before-likely-cancellation-burnoff, though it was in a manner that indicated he won’t return. I really hope Stults finds an awesome pilot this season, though I’m thinking he might want to avoid FOX. I know I’ve become a bit wary of any shows airing on that network. If bubble show The Mindy Project doesn’t make it, I’ll only have two returning shows to watch on FOX this fall: Bones and New Girl.

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 has also been pulled from the schedule, effectively canceling the show, and instead viewers will get a double dose of bubble show Happy Endings. I still don’t know why ABC, FOX, and NBC all scheduled a comedy block for Tuesdays at 9, but clearly, ABC lost that battle. A pity, since I enjoy both shows, but the writing’s been on the wall for a while.

Another blow was the cancellation of Syfy’s Alphas, particularly galling since season two ended with a cliffhanger. One of the best-acted shows around, its powers-with-limitations approach worked very well. I’ll be keeping an eye out for these actors in the future (especially Ryan Cartwright, who led me to the show from Bones). Poor Summer Glau, even reoccurring on a show still brings the curse.

Broadcast networks have ordered a flurry of pilots, but since most of what we know about them is a paragraph description, it’s hard to tell which ones I’ll be checking out if they make it to series. The CW is giving The Selection another go after sending the first pilot back for retooling, and The Vampire Diaries may be getting a spinoff – The Originals (featuring Klaus, Elijah, and Haley from TVD). FOX is looking at Delirium, based on a YA trilogy about a world where love has been eradicated by a special procedure people get at age 18.

Arrow’s Huntress, Jessica De Gouw, has been cast opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in NBC’s Dracula.

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Eight TV Fandoms I Embraced in 2012

2012 was a great year for me in regard to uncovering awesome TV shows. It may even top 2011, when I got pulled into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Bones, Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Veronica Mars, not to mention enjoyed great new fall shows like Once Upon a Time, Grimm, Suburgatory, and Person of Interest.

My top eight new shows for 2012 are also a mix of brand new and new-to-me shows. Like with the list above, this year wasn’t always my first exposure to the shows in question, but 2012 was the year they hooked me. I’m listing the shows in roughly chronological order of getting sucked in.

The Finder

This short-lived Fox drama (so many awesome shows can say the same thing) caught my attention as a companion show to Bones – not quite a proper spinoff as none of the main characters from Bones joined the new show. But with a planted pilot, same showrunner, and guest appearances by Bones cast, the tie was definitely there. Geoff Stults (as Walter) and Michael Clarke Duncan (as Leo) hit it out of the park on day one, but the ratings didn’t match the show’s awesomeness. Fox also aired the episodes out of order, threw in a month-long hiatus in March, and moved the show to the Friday death slot – starting Easter weekend!

From the beginning, the show felt like it should have been airing on USA Network – it had the same breezy, pop-culture-riddled sensibilities as Psych, and would have been a perfect fit for their “Characters Welcome” brand. But in the end, the cancellation of the show was moot, as Michael Clarke Duncan, who as Leo was the heart of the show, passed away over the summer.

I’m still waiting for the DVD set to become available, but at least The Finder introduced me to the amazingness of actor Geoff Stults, who I’m currently enjoying as a reoccurring cast member on Ben and Kate. Sadly, that show also airs on Fox, and I’ve learned not to get attached to anything airing on that network now.

True Blood

Buffy and Being Human showed me that shows about vampires are cool. So to feed my bloodlust, I decided to try out this buzzy HBO show, not really expecting to like it – keeping things PG-13 is more my style, and I’m not a fan of the deep south. But checking out episode one led swiftly to two, and three, as each twisty cliffhanger glamoured me into watching more. Short season meant catching up in time for season 5, and while this show is fairly low on my list of vampire TV shows, it’s addicting enough that I’ll keep coming back.

Happy Endings

There’s a dearth of good comedy over summers, so I decided to give this recommended show a try in late August, and quickly grew to love the quirky group.

The Vampire Diaries

After catching up on True Blood, I decided to try out the last major vampire show currently airing that I hadn’t seen. Plus, I was looking at writing a book with a high school setting and vampires trying to control their urges, and I wanted to make sure it was different enough from this show. The pilot bored me, but I heard later that the rest of the show was a vast improvement, so I dove in during September, and caught up on all three seasons within 3 weeks, just in time for the season 4 premiere.

Like True Blood, the fast-paced storylines made the show insanely addictive, but in this case, the characters and relationships became an even bigger draw. Damon’s struggle with what sort of person to become, Elena’s compassion without weakness, Stefan’s dual nature, Caroline’s ditziness turned to strength, Alaric’s unlikely allies becoming the family he always wanted, and more.

Elementary

No, it’s not Sherlock, but it doesn’t have to be – I love both shows, and Jonny Lee Miller makes an amazing Holmes. Making Watson female, setting the show in NYC, and coming up with new stories instead of revamping the classics all help differentiate this show. And with us getting only 4 1/2 hours of Sherlock every 18 months or so, there’s plenty of room for a fun, quirky drama like this. I enjoy the recovering addict twist, and Joan Watson’s slower progression to teaming up with her client.

Arrow

Aside from Alphas, TV has been sorely missing a good superhero show, and in the wake of The Avengers’ popularity, the Batman trilogy’s gritty conclusion, and America’s obsession with bow-toting heroes, Arrow is exactly what was wanted. While there are still a few rough edges on this new drama (dialogue could use some help), great ratings will give it time to truly soar.

Doctor Who

I always knew I would eventually watch this show. I purchased digital editions of series 1 and 3 back in 2010, and watched a few episodes here and there, but didn’t get hooked. I watched a couple more earlier this year, and in November started liking the show more and more. In December, I started marathoning through Doctor Who in earnest, as most shows were going on hiatus and I had more time. I rewatched season 1 with my sister (and liked it a whole lot more the second time) around Christmas, and caught up with the whole show (excluding classic Who) a few days after the New Year.

Torchwood

I bought the first two series of Torchwood in 2010 also, and despite some misgivings about the show’s adult content, I liked the character of Jack Harkness from Doctor Who enough to give the show a try (and keep all the crossovers in their proper places). As a result of watching the two together, it’s hard to separate Torchwood as a distinct show in my mind. It’s the only show on this list I’m not current with, as I still have 6 episodes left of the Miracle Day mini-series. It’s definitely a more serious show (during various episodes I found myself longing for the more lighthearted Who), morality is a bit grayer, and quite often there isn’t a happy ending. But it definitely grows on you, and there are quite a few exceptional episodes.

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2012 Black Friday Deals on TV Shows

Amazon has some amazing deals on TV shows this weekend, so I thought I’d share them with you here. Prices are accurate at the time of posting, and I expect they’ll remain the same through the weekend, but there’s no guarantee, so order now!

Prices are for DVD sets, unless otherwise noted

How I Met Your Mother, seasons 1-5: $7.99 each

Burn Notice, seasons 1-5

White Collar, seasons 1-3

Community, seasons 1-3

Happy Endings, seasons 1-2

Modern Family, seasons 1-2: $11.99 each

The Walking Dead, seasons 1-2

Firefly, complete series: $7.99

The Office, seasons 1-7

Downton Abbey, series 2: $13.00

Psych, seasons 1-4: $7.99

The Big Bang Theory, season 5: $19.49

House, seasons 2-7: $11.99 each

Breaking Bad, seasons 1-4

Supernatural, seasons 1-7: $9.99 each

Fringe, seasons 1-4: $9.99 each

The Tudors, complete series: $34.99

Mad Men, seasons 1-4

Blue Bloods, season 1: $10.96

Bones, seasons 1-5: $7.99 each

Friday Night Lights, complete series: $53.99

Lie To Me, seasons 1-3: $10.49 each

The West Wing, complete series: $89.99

Charmed, complete series: $49.96

True Blood, seasons 1-3: $16.99 each

Gilligan’s Island, complete series: $32.99

The Good Wife, season 1: $9.99

Justified, seasons 1-2: $9.99 each

Parks & Recreation, seasons 1-2

 

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Favorite TV Couples Ultimate Showdown

Back when we did our favorite TV couples polls (with realistic and speculative divisions) last spring, I promised that in the fall, we’d have the winners from those polls face each other in an ultimate showdown. Friends, that time is now. The top 20 couples in each of the two polls have joined together with 10 newbie wild card competitors to determine which couples are truly TV’s top 10!

Since this poll will take place over Thanksgiving (for us Americans), I’ll keep the poll open through the end of the month, giving you a full 15 days to get the word out for your favorite couples. You can vote for up to 10 couples, but choose carefully, as you only get to vote once! (Oh, and be sure to enter our Friends giveaway!)

Unlike most of our polls, you can’t nominate other couples, since this is based on the results of two previous polls. Even for our ten wild card additions, I only choose couples that did not appear in the previous polls. Some were overlooked, some are newer shows or newer couples, but I chose 5 from speculative shows and 5 from shows without speculative elements: Brad and Jane from Happy Endings, Nick and Jess from New Girl, Auggie and Annie from Covert Affairs, Troy and Britta from Community, Daniel and Kate from Perception, Oliver and Laurel from Arrow, John and Rachel from Alphas, Fargo and Holly from Eureka, Nathan and Audrey from Haven, and Adama and Roslin from Battlestar Galactica.

Fans have used Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, forums, Reddit, Pinterest, blogs, and chatboxes to get the word out about past polls. Our toolbar at the bottom of the page has lots of quick links to help you share this post, or you can mouse over the image above!

Without further ado, choose your favorite 10 out of the 50 couples below! Poll will close Friday night, November 30th.

Which is your favorite TV couple? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Castle and Beckett (Castle) (29%, 1,283 Votes)
  • Tony and Ziva (NCIS) (26%, 1,160 Votes)
  • Elena and Damon (The Vampire Diaries) (15%, 680 Votes)
  • Derek and Meredith (Grey's Anatomy) (14%, 621 Votes)
  • Arthur and Gwen (Merlin) (13%, 555 Votes)
  • Scully and Mulder (The X-Files) (12%, 517 Votes)
  • Booth and Brennan (Bones) (11%, 474 Votes)
  • The Doctor and Rose (Doctor Who) (10%, 462 Votes)
  • McGee and Abby (NCIS) (10%, 461 Votes)
  • Barney and Robin (How I Met Your Mother) (9%, 398 Votes)
  • Chandler and Monica (Friends) (9%, 389 Votes)
  • Kensi and Deeks (NCIS: Los Angeles) (9%, 387 Votes)
  • Luke and Lorelai (Gilmore Girls) (7%, 330 Votes)
  • Rachel and Ross (Friends) (7%, 311 Votes)
  • Charming and Snow (Once Upon a Time) (7%, 304 Votes)
  • Marshall and Lily (How I Met Your Mother) (6%, 276 Votes)
  • Hodgins and Angela (Bones) (6%, 273 Votes)
  • Buffy and Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (6%, 265 Votes)
  • Nick and Jess (New Girl) (6%, 262 Votes)
  • Leonard and Penny (The Big Bang Theory) (6%, 244 Votes)
  • Peter and Olivia (Fringe) (5%, 240 Votes)
  • Chuck and Sarah (Chuck) (5%, 238 Votes)
  • Wash and Zoe (Firefly) (5%, 232 Votes)
  • Peter and Elizabeth (White Collar) (5%, 231 Votes)
  • Mal and Inara (Firefly) (5%, 227 Votes)
  • Leo and Piper (Charmed) (5%, 223 Votes)
  • Rumpelstiltskin and Belle (Once Upon a Time) (5%, 217 Votes)
  • Auggie and Annie (Covert Affairs) (5%, 206 Votes)
  • Sheldon and Amy (The Big Bang Theory) (4%, 192 Votes)
  • Buffy and Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (4%, 188 Votes)
  • Shawn and Juliet (Psych) (4%, 175 Votes)
  • Emma and Graham (Once Upon a Time) (4%, 170 Votes)
  • Michael and Fiona (Burn Notice) (4%, 169 Votes)
  • Adama and Roslin (Battlestar Galactica) (4%, 166 Votes)
  • Eric and Sookie (True Blood) (4%, 166 Votes)
  • Eric and Nell (NCIS: Los Angeles) (4%, 164 Votes)
  • Elena and Stefan (The Vampire Diaries) (4%, 163 Votes)
  • Simon and Kaylee (Firefly) (3%, 144 Votes)
  • Cole and Phoebe (Charmed) (3%, 138 Votes)
  • Willow and Oz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (3%, 114 Votes)
  • John and Mary (Supernatural) (2%, 104 Votes)
  • Ned and Chuck (Pushing Daisies) (2%, 97 Votes)
  • Nathan and Audrey (Haven) (2%, 89 Votes)
  • Oliver and Laurel (Arrow) (2%, 85 Votes)
  • Ellie and Awesome (Chuck) (2%, 74 Votes)
  • Troy and Britta (Community) (1%, 53 Votes)
  • Brad and Jane (Happy Endings) (1%, 43 Votes)
  • Daniel and Kate (Perception) (1%, 27 Votes)
  • Fargo and Holly (Eureka) (1%, 26 Votes)
  • John and Rachel (Alphas) (0%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,413

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TV Olympics: Favorite Halloween Episode

The holidays are coming to TV Breakroom a little early this year, as today we kick a three-poll arc celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas episodes! First up on the calendar, it’s time to vote for the spooky and funny episodes that either give you great ideas for costumes and pranks or make you afraid to sleep at night.

If there are any great Halloween episodes I left out, please nominate them in the comments! Side note – I love the vampire/Spanish symmetry of the left and right pictures above.

Poll will be open for one week, and you can vote for up to 3 episodes. Be sure to check out our other ongoing Olympic polls and the medal results on our main event page!

What's your favorite Halloween episode? (Choose up to 3!)

  • Supernatural - It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester (64%, 130 Votes)
  • NCIS - Code of Conduct (15%, 30 Votes)
  • Bones - Mummy in the Maze (14%, 28 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother - Slutty Pumpkin (12%, 24 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Fear Itself (11%, 22 Votes)
  • Castle - Vampire Weekend (10%, 20 Votes)
  • Criminal Minds - Devil's Night (10%, 20 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Halloween (9%, 19 Votes)
  • The Big Bang Theory - The Middle Earth Paradigm (8%, 16 Votes)
  • Chuck - Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror (7%, 15 Votes)
  • The Big Bang Theory - The Good Guy Fluctuation (7%, 14 Votes)
  • Angel - Life of the Party (5%, 11 Votes)
  • Community - Epidemiology (5%, 10 Votes)
  • Community - Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps (4%, 8 Votes)
  • The Office - Halloween (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Suburgatory - Halloween (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Freaks and Geeks - Tricks and Treats (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Happy Endings - Spooky Endings (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Community - Introduction to Statistics (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 204

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ABC Premiere Dates 2012 — Your Fall TV List – TVLine

ABC has finally announced its fall 2012 premiere dates, with most shows coming back during the final week of September (starting Monday, September 24 with Castle, and ending Sunday, September 30 with Once Upon a Time at their normal times).

Notable exceptions include Suburgatory (which returns Wednesday, October 17, in a new 9:30 time slot), Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (Tuesday, October 23 at 9 and 9:30 – I wonder if they did that so Apt. 23 would come back on the 23th – great way to get people to remember!), and the network’s two country-music themed offerings, Nashville (October 10) and Malibu Country (November 2).

The only new show I’m planning to check out on ABC this fall is Last Resort (premiering Thursday, September 27, at 8), with a cast that includes Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse), Autumn Reeser (No Ordinary Family), and Scott Speedman (Felicity).

ABC Premiere Dates 2012 — Your Fall TV List – TVLine.

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ABC 2012-13 Primetime Schedule: ‘Revenge’ To Sunday, ‘Happy Endings,’ ‘Don’t Trust The B’ To Tuesday, ‘Last Man Standing’ To Friday – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers

ABC announced its fall schedule yesterday, with a few returning freshmen shows (and Happy Endings) moving, but most of the schedule staying the same (Once Upon a Time, Castle, and Suburgatory all stayed put).

It looks like most of the new shows I want to try out on ABC are being held for midseason – including comedies How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) and The Family Tools (both of their trailers look pretty decent and far funnier than the descriptions suggested) and perhaps drama Zero Hour (looks interesting, probably will depend on how busy I am).

For fall, I was planning to try out The Neighbors (which has taken Don’t Trust the B—-‘s spot on Wednesdays at 9:30, the returning comedy has moved to the same time on Tuesdays following Happy Endings), but the preview makes the show look pretty dumb. I don’t think it’ll last long, though the post-Modern Family slot might hold off the inevitable for a bit. Last Resort, on the other hand, looks great, and I hope it will fare well with the competitive 8/7c slot on Thursdays. 666 Park Street seems pretty much straight horror from the preview, so I’m likely to pass on it completely (I was hoping for something more along the lines of Grimm/Warehouse 13/Buffy – call me old-fashioned, but I prefer supernatural baddies that you can beat up and behead, with a cast who can quip to lighten the tension).

Looking back at ABC’s list of pilots, there are so many I wish had gotten picked up! Primarily Beauty and the Beast. At least there won’t be network wars over who can keep the title. And since Americana wasn’t picked up, Once Upon a Time’s Belle (Emilie de Ravin) can stay where she belongs. Gilded Lillys, Gotham, and Prairie Dogs also sounded good.

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Spoilers on Bones, Suburgatory, Mad Men — Spoiler Alert! Web Series – TVLine

The Spoiler Alert! web series is back, this time with discussion on AMC’s The Walking Dead season finale and Mad Men season premiere. Suburgatory’s Jeremy Sisto dishes on his Clueless co-star Alicia Silverstone joining the show for several episodes, and all the nods to the movie they were able to add in. And then Community’s Gillian Jacobs and Happy Endings’ Adam Pally pre-enact the birth scene from the next episode of Bones!

Spoilers on Bones, Suburgatory, Mad Men — Spoiler Alert! Web Series – TVLine.

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