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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Since Christmas is less than a week away, I wanted to do something special for my fellow TV fanatics. So I gathered up scoop for 6 fantastic shows, stuffed ‘em in an article, and wrapped it all together with a big sparkly bow. This is way better than a candy gram you guys! (Sorry Glenn Coco.) This week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List features exclusive Arrow scoop from the loveable Seth Gabel, upcoming details from the all-knowing Vampire Diaries boss Julie Plec, and hilarious Happy Endings dish from the cast. I also threw in some stocking stuffers from the premieres of Suits, Bunheads and Shameless!
Plus, for the first time ever I answered one of your Twitter questions! I think I’d like to make this a regular thing so don’t forget you can request scoop on your favorite shows using the hashtag #LeannesList. Remember, I give extra point for alacrity and effulgence. Happy Holidays TV Lovers! 1.Arrow: Starling City Pill Pusher
You all know that I love me some Arrow — and that’s not just because Stephen Amell is the closest thing to a perfect human being since Hunter Parrish. Arrow is smart, creative, thrilling, and has a vast repertoire of comic book characters that spice up every episode. (Granted the closest I’ve ever come to a comic book is through the cast of The Big Bang Theory, but hey, I’m sure they’re great!) One of the most highly anticipated Arrow villains is without a doubt Count Vertigo, and what makes it even more exciting is the fact that beloved Fringe alum Seth Gabel will be bringing the antihero to life.
Gabel — who first appears in episode 12, entitled “Vertigo” — explains, “It’s a definite adaptation to this darker, more realistic world that is “Vertigo.” And instead of being an Eastern European count as is depicted in the comic, I am a street thug drug kingpin who doesn’t have superpowers.” The actor continues, “But the superpowers that the character has in the comic book are manifested in the form of the drug called Vertigo, which I push on the citizens of Starling City.” Oh! This is gonna be good, I can tell.
Fans of The CW freshman hit know that Oliver is not particularly focused on the petty street crimes of his city — however, it seems that The Count’s drug dealing might hit a bit too close to home. When I pressed for details, Gabel revealed that The Count would not just be sharing scenes with Arrow/Oliver. Could this be connected to Thea and her drug habits? Gabel was sly with his answer, saying, “Hmm, it’s possible but I can’t say for sure.” I’m just going to go ahead and say with Thea’s less-than stellar track record, I would not be surpised at all if she went on a little superhero drug binder. (P.S. I am in no way obligated to tell you that Gabel’s movie Allegiance is now available on VOD, in theaters on December 28th in New York and January 4th in Los Angeles. Just thought you’d like to know.)
Bunheads: A Gilmore Girls Guest Star!
Bunheads is one of the cutest shows to have ever graced our TV screens, and the fact that reminds me so much of Amy Sherman Palladino’s first great love Gilmore Girls is just icing on the cake. I don’t usually like to admit this, but one of the reasons I wanted to become a journalist is because of Rory Gilmore. So yes, Gilmore Girls will always have a special place in my heart. So you can imagine my squeals of delight when I was watching the Bunheads winter premiere and saw a familiar Stars Hallow face. Remember TJ (Michael DeLuise)? Well, he’s back and more magical than ever! A few months ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with the legendary Sutton Foster to discuss the Bunheads finale, and we gushed on our shared loved of all things Gilmore Girls (Psst! You can check it out right here!). Now I was able to chat with the iconic Broadway legend about what fans can expect from the show’s Jan. 7 premiere. When we last saw Michelle, she had just maced her entire class minutes before their big Nutcracker finale, and she left the hospital full of shame despite the adorable "Oh captain! My captain!" salute the girls gave her. So where is Michelle after the summer jump? “I’ve left Paradise and I’m living in Vegas on a friend’s couch," Foster says. "And working in Henderson, Nevada as a magician’s assistant in a casino. Everyone is kind of at a standstill." I can safely reveal that Michelle does indeed make it back to Paradise, but it does take quite a bit of coaxing, and one adorably sweet video. Foster explains, "It takes several forces to get Michelle to come back, and I think it all boils down to people seeing greatness in Michelle that she actually has to offer that even Michelle doesn’t believe in." But Hubbell does...
3. Suits: Handsome? Party of Two?
Dapper, dashing, and damn he’s sexy. There’s just something about a man in a suit that puts a smile on a girl’s face and daydreams in her head. Luckily, I was able to catch up with my favorite stylish twosome in the Suits winter premiere. When we first see the Pearson Hardman gang for the second half of Season 2, the mood in the office is — how shall I put this? — tense, to say the very least. Morale is less than stellar following the big partnership civil war, especially for Louis. (He was on the losing side of that fight, remember?) With Mike still reeling from the death of his grandmother, the case he and Harvey tackle in the premiere hits especially close to home. Mike lost his parents when they were hit by a drunk driver, so the fact that he's defending a teenage driver who killed a man and fled the scene doesn't exactly sit well with him. But not to worry Suits-lovers! It's not only gloom and doom — there's still room for a little levity thanks to Donna and Louis' romantic tryst with the spunky Sheila Sasz. (Say her name out loud. Laugh. Repeat.) Oh and bee tee dubs, Suits returns to our lives on Thursday, Jan. 17.
4.The Vampire Diaries: Mystic Falls Magic
After last week’s Christmas massacre, many fans (myself included) are dying to know what’s in store for the second half of Season 4. Not only did executive producer Julie Plec reveal an obscene amount of details to Holywood.com about Klaus and the cure, she also shed some light on our new oncam eye-candy Professor Shane. Plec says that the all-knowing teacher will continue to be a major presence in the second half of the season. “We'll definitely learn a lot more about Shane's agenda — the why, the where, and the how, the who — over the next couple of episodes.” We do know one thing for sure: Professor Shane is one super shady guy. He is currently teaching Bonnie — aka the most boring character of the season (come on you know it’s true!) — about a new type of magic called Expression. For those of you that are still in shock over the death of Mayor Lockwood, let me remind you: Expression is an unnatural form of witchcraft that requires the use of 12 human sacrifices in order to channel a darkness that is even worse than black magic. What’s most curious is the fact that Professor Shane helped get those 12 hybrids slaughtered/sacrificed, so does this mean that Expression becomes even more powerful? Plec explains that almost all of the answers that we need have already been revealed, “If you look back from the beginning of the season and sort of connect all the dots we've given you so far you can probably piece together quite a lot of the story.” Looks like this is a perfect excuse to binge-watch the first nine episodes again over our holiday break!
5. Happy Endings: Best News Ever!
Yes, it’s true that Happy Endings has without a doubt one of the quirkiest and most all around awesome casts on TV, but there is one person who is the hilarious cherry on top of a perfect sundae: Derrick. For those of who don’t know who Derrick is, I’m sorry but I don’t think we can be friends. (D-R-A-M-A. Drama!) Sigh. Okay, fine, watch this. Amahzing, right? Now that you all understand the perfection of Derrick, I am beyond excited to tell you that he’s coming back! A few months ago I visited the set of Happy Endings, and was overloaded with fantastical details of what’s to come — and now I can finally spill! One of my favorite people in this world, Adam Pally, reveals, “Derrick has a fun story line with me where I'm having trouble finding my gay identity, and Derrick takes me through the gay underworld on kind of a gay vision quest.” We’ve seen Max in the past as a bear — no, I’m, serious — but Pally says that our favorite freeloader is now evolving. “He was a cub, but the years are passing…. he's not quite a bear anymore, so he's gotta figure it out.” Casey Wilson adds, “Not quite a bear, not yet a woman.”
Another giggle-worthy episode that’s coming up features the best co-dependent girl and gubby (gay hubby) relationship on TV. Fans will soon be treated to an episode that Pally describes as “Penny and Max’s Requiem For a Dream storyline.” Wilson explains, “There's a real funny story coming up with us… Penny's coaching Max on how to not call a guy too much if you don't want to call him, and how to lose weight, which is to take NyQuil and drug yourself around 4pm so you sleep through the night. So you don't call anyone and you lose weight. And they become NyQuil addicts and never leave the apartment. And we think we look great.” Just you wait, NyQuil-ing is now going to be one of the hottest dieting trends of 2013. “I like when they treat Max and Penny like girlfriends," Pally says. "That to me is some fun stuff.” Well, to me, anything this show does is “fun stuff,” but I think that’s enough Happy Endings gushing for one day. Moving on!
6. Twitter Question: @NotATherapist What do you have on Shameless or House of Lies?
Eenie meenie miney… Shameless! Confession: I love this show. Like almost to an unhealthy level. When I watch it I suddenly feel like I’m just as much of a badass as the Gallaghers, and at any moment I’ll break a beer bottle and threaten to stab someone with it. But then I remember that I’m 5’3”, from Orange County, and have a Sprinkles cupcake subscription.
The Season 3 premiere of Shameless is filled with everything we’ve been missing these past 6 months: crazy characters, hilariously crude plotlines, and dead naked guys. (Oh yes, you read that last one correctly.) It’s been 137 days since the Gallaghers have seen their pathetic patriarch Frank, and it seems like Debbie is the only one who is desperate to see him. Jimmy is now a Rachel Ray-watching, cookie-baking Mr. Mom, but a visit from his past could ruin his chaotically perfect life with Fiona. Lip and Ian get into a inhaler-inducing chase with the police, and Veronica and Kevin are performing a racy and racist new web show. Madness! Also, get excited for one of the most exciting battle robot competitions you’ve ever seen.
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This week’s Once Upon a Time finally gave us something we’ve been craving for more than a year now: An in-depth look into Emma’s past! And we hate to say it, but it was definitely worth the wait. So how did she get that little yellow VW bug? Who is the mysterious man in NYC we saw in the season premiere? And why is the episode called, “Tallahasee”? We’re here to catch you up on all those goodies, plus fill you in on the shared nightmares of two cross-realm characters and the return of the a fan-favorite motorcycle enthusiast. Grab an Apollo bar and relax as we fill you in on everything you missed...
Fee Fi Foe Fum: “It’s a little freakier than I remember from the story,” Emma (Jennifer Morrison) winces at the sky-high beanstalk as she attempts to recall the childhood tale from her memory. Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) sneers, “Sounds like a lovely tale, but the truth is a bit more gruesome.” It turns out that the giants grew the portal-hoping beans in plunder riches from different lands, but when Jack defeated the giants, all the beans were destroyed in the process. Now there is only one giant left, “the strongest and the most terrible of them all,” and Hook and Emma set off on their climb to the top to snatch the magic compass from the giant’s treasures. But before she left, Emma pulled Mulan (Jamie Chung) aside and told her that if she is not back in ten hours, then she must cut down the beanstalk and keep moving forward. Brutal. On their climb, (somewhere out there a Miley Cyrus song is playing softly is the distance..) Hook is doing his best to break through Emma’s tough exterior, but our heroine is only focused on one thing: getting home to Henry. At the tippy-top of the beanstalk, Hook purposely makes a huge racket and the giant (Jorge Garcia) emerges out of his cave in search of the intruders. Emma nails him right in the face with a bag of sleeping powder and the giant crashes to the ground (hopefully dreaming the sweetest Lost dreams.) “I don’t mean to upset you Emma but I think we make quite the team.” Hooks says and he flashes his best heart-melting smile at Emma.
After looting around, the duo is having difficulty locating the compass, and unfortunately the giant is awake from his impromptu nap. Not to worry, Emma successfully traps the giant under a cage in the cave and then two of them begin to have a hear-to-heart. The giant gives Emma the compass and when he breaks free from the cage, he spares her life because she spared his. Aww. Just as Emma and Hook are about to leave the cage, she handcuffs him to the wall explaining, “I can’t take the chance that I’m wrong about you.” Emma’s ten hours are up and Mulan begins to hack away at the beanstalk, and of course Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) is beyond pissed about their secret plan. Luckily Emma hops down just as Snow was about to go all mama-bear attack-mode on the warrior's behind. Snow sternly tells at her daughter, “We go back together, that is the only way.”
Love and Loss: Emma is creeping down a Portland alley— with some super cute black horned-rimmed glasses—and she has set her sights on one thing: a yellow bug. After jimmying the lock and hotwiring the engine Emma begins her joyride, but there’s only one problem: the owner was asleep in the backseat. “Impressive, but you could’ve just asked me for the keys,” he smiled. Surprise! Turns out the his name is Neal Cassidy (Michael Raymond-James) and he is also our mystery man we kinda-sorta met in the season premiere—the one who received the Storybrooke postcard with the word, “Broken” scrawled on the back of it. It just keeps getting better when Emma discovers that he isn’t actually the owner, “I stole a stolen car?” Looks like Emma has met her match.
Fast-forward a bit and we see that Emma and Neal are in love and have been Bonnie and Clyde-ing nearly every convenience story in the USA, but Neal thinks it’s about time that they settle down and find a real place to live in…Tallahassee. (Yes, random I know.) However their plans are put on hold when Neal discovers that there are wanted posters plastered all over the place with his face on them. Apparently, Neal’s previous hobby was stealing expensive watches, but he stashed all of them in a locker at a train station when the police came after him. In order to save their dreams of starting a new life together, Emma offers to retrieve the loot from the locker. Neal asks, “So you want to steal the watches to help me get away with stealing the watches?” Emma’s answer is short and sweet, “I love you.”
Emma successfully snatches the watches, but Neal is chased down and tackled by a familial face: August! “You want to protect Emma? Come with me,” He whispers. August explains that his is Emma’s guardian angel and after getting his fill of this world’s “temptations” he has regained his focus to get Emma over to Storybrooke. After showing the skeptic something in a wooden box (I’m dying to know what’s in there!) Neal understands that in order to help his lady love he must let her go. Unfortunately this means that he called the police and gave an anonymous tip that someone was stealing watches from a train station. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to watch as Emma realizes that the one person she has ever loved, has just betrayed her.
Two months later in Canada, Neal is overwhelmed with guilt for what he did to Emma, but August assures him that eventually she will be fine (after an 11-month stint in a minimum security prison on Phoenix.) Neal asks that August gives Emma the VW and a giant wad of cash for when she is finally free, and to let him know if anything changes. August simply answers, “I’ll send you a postcard.” (Ooh how the plot thickens!) Later in Phoenix, we see a distraught looking Emma holding a positive pregnancy test. Oh boy. Looks like we’ve finally found out who Henry’s father is!
Nightmares and Terrors: While Emma was up in the beanstalk, Snow was comforting a sleepless Sleeping Beauty. Aurora explained that ever since she awoke from her cursed slumber, her dreams have been filled with terrifying images. Snow—who has had personal experience with these spellbinding side-effect—agrees to watch over her while the princess gets some sleep, but Aurora quickly begins to scream. She dreamt that she was trapped in a windowless red room, with curtains that were on fire. Across the room Aurora says that “he” is staring at her through the flames. Over in Storybrooke, Henry (Jared Gilmore) awakes from a nightmare and his beyond handsome grandpa rushes downstairs to make sure he’s all right. Charming (Josh Dallas) lights a candle to “keep the bad dreams away,” and asks Henry to describe the dream. Henry had the exact same dream as Aurora, except in his version there was a “she” staring at him through the flames. Curious, yet oh-so creepy…
What did you think of “Tallahassee”? Why do you think Aurora and Henry are having almost Identical dreams? Were you surprised to learn that the mystery man is actually Henry’s father? Cast your spell in the comments below!
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It's crunch time, as networks prepare to premiere brand new seasons of their tried-and-true shows and launch new ones in hopes of fattening up their viewership. Although the premiere week for the fall 2003 TV season doesn't officially begin until Monday, Sept. 22, some networks have already gotten a head start.
UPN, for example, has already debuted five new series, including Jake 2.0, Eve, All of Us, Rock Me Baby and The Mullets, and has already premiered its recurring shows Enterprise and WWE Smackdown!.
The WB, meanwhile, rolled out new series Steve Harvey's Big Time, All About the Andersons, Run of the House and Pepsi's Play for a Billion, and premiered current favorites including 7th Heaven, What I like About You, Reba and Everwood.
The FOX network premiered only one new show, The O.C., which was immediately successful. Last week it debuted its Saturday lineup with Cops, America's Most Wanted and Mad TV.
Last but not least, NBC introduced two new skeins, Whoopi and Happy Family.
For the most part, networks have been rerunning their season finales to whet viewers' appetites. Still lost as to when your favorite shows are set to debut or when to catch the newest buzz shows? Hollywood.com has compiled a nifty schedule of the fall TV season for you:
Thursday, Sept. 18
New! 8 p.m.: Threat Matrix (ABC)
8 p.m.: Survivor: Pearl Islands (CBS)
8:30 p.m.: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (The WB, new timeslot)
9 p.m.: Extreme Makeover (ABC, new timeslot)
Friday, Sept. 19
8 p.m.: Wanda at Large (FOX, new timeslot)
New! 8:30 p.m.: Luis (FOX)
New! 8:30 p.m.: Like Family (The WB)
9 p.m.: Boston Public (FOX, new timeslot)
Monday, Sept. 22
8 p.m.: Yes, Dear (CBS, new timeslot)
8 p.m.: Fear Factor (NBC, two-hour premiere)
8:30 p.m.: Still Standing (CBS, new timeslot)
9 p.m.: Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
New! 9:30 p.m.: Two and a Half Men (CBS)
New! 10 p.m.: Las Vegas (NBC)
10 p.m.: CSI: Miami (CBS)
Tuesday, Sept. 23
8 p.m.: 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (ABC)
New! 8 p.m.: Navy NCIS (CBS)
8 p.m.: Gilmore Girls (The WB)
New! 8:30 p.m.: I'm with Her (ABC)
9 p.m.: According to Jim (ABC)
9 p.m.: The Guardian (CBS)
9 p.m.: Frasier (NBC, one-hour premiere)
New! 9 p.m.: One Tree Hill (The WB)
9:30 p.m.: Less Than Perfect (ABC)
10 p.m.: NYPD Blue (ABC)
10 p.m.: Judging Amy (CBS)
10 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU (NBC, new timeslot)
Wednesday, Sept. 24
8 p.m.: My Wife and Kids (ABC, one-hour premiere)
8 p.m.: 60 Minutes II (CBS)
8 p.m.: Ed (NBC)
9 p.m.: The Bachelor (ABC, two-hour premiere)
9 p.m.: The West Wing (NBC)
New! 10 p.m.: The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. (CBS)
10 p.m.: Law & Order (NBC)
Thursday, Sept. 25
8 p.m.: Friends (NBC, super-sized episode)
8:45 p.m.: Will & Grace (NBC, super-sized episode)
9 p.m.: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
New! 9:30 p.m.: Coupling (NBC)
10 p.m.: Without a Trace (CBS)
10 p.m.: ER (NBC)
Friday, Sept. 26
8 p.m.: George Lopez (ABC, one-hour premiere; new timeslot)
New! 8 p.m.: Joan of Arcadia (CBS)
New! 8 p.m.: Miss Match (NBC)
8 p.m.: UPN Movie Friday (UPN)
New! 9 p.m.: Hope & Faith (ABC)
9 p.m.: JAG (CBS, new timeslot)
9 p.m.: Dateline (NBC)
9:30 p.m.: Life with Bonnie (ABC, new timeslot)
New! 10 p.m.: The Handler (CBS)
10 p.m.: Boomtown (NBC, new timeslot)
Saturday, Sept. 27
8 p.m.: The Wonderful World of Disney (ABC, new timeslot)
8 p.m.: 48 Hours Investigates (CBS, new timeslot)
8 p.m.: NBC Saturday Movie (NBC)
9 p.m.: Hack (CBS, new timeslot)
10 p.m.: The District (CBS, new timeslot)
Sunday, Sept. 28
7 p.m.: America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC, new timeslot)
7 p.m.: 60 Minutes (CBS)
7 p.m.: Dateline (NBC)
New! 8 p.m.: 10-8 (ABC)
New! 8 p.m.: Cold Case (CBS)
8 p.m.: Charmed (The WB, two-hour premiere)
8 p.m.: American Dreams (NBC)
9 p.m.: Alias (ABC)
9 p.m.: CBS Sunday Movie (CBS)
9 p.m.: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)
10 p.m.: The Practice (ABC, return to old timeslot)
New! 10 p.m.: The Lyon's Den (NBC)
Monday, Sept. 29
10 p.m.: Third Watch (NBC, new timeslot)
Wednesday, Oct. 1
8 p.m.: Smallville (The WB, new timeslot)
New! 8:30 p.m.: It's All Relative (ABC)
9 p.m.: The King of Queens (CBS, one-hour premiere; new timeslot)
9 p.m.: Angel (The WB)
New! 10 p.m.: Karen Sisco (ABC)
Thursday, Oct. 2
8:30 p.m.: Scrubs (NBC)
Friday, Oct. 3
New! 8:30 p.m.: Married to the Kellys (ABC)
Saturday, Oct. 4
10 p.m.: L.A. Dragnet (new timeslot)
Sunday, Oct. 5
New! 9 p.m.: Tarzan (The WB)
Wednesday, Oct. 8
9:30 p.m.: Becker (CBS, new timeslot)
Monday, Oct. 20
8 p.m.: Joe Millionaire (FOX, new timeslot)
New! 9 p.m.: Skin (FOX)
Tuesday, Oct. 28
9 p.m.: 24 (FOX, commercial-free)
Wednesday, Oct. 29
8 p.m.: That '70s Show (FOX)
New! 8:30 p.m.: A Minute with Stan Hooper (FOX)
9 p.m.: The Bernie Mac Show (FOX)
9:30 p.m.: Cedric the Entertainer Presents (FOX)
Thursday, Oct. 30
New! 8 p.m.: Tru Calling (FOX)
New! 9 p.m.: The O.C. (FOX, time-period premiere)
Sunday, Nov. 2
7:30 p.m.: King of the Hill (FOX)
8 p.m.: The Simpsons (FOX)
New! 8:30 p.m.: The Ortegas (FOX)
9 p.m.: Malcolm in the Middle (FOX)