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What To Watch This Week on TV: Meet 'The McCarthys'

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— Laurie Metcalf stars as the matriarch of this sports-obsessed Boston family on The McCarthys. Among the brothers are Gerard (played by former New Kids On the Block member Joey McIntyre) and Ronny (Tyler Ritter). The premiere episode, airing Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS, focuses on Ronny's decision to move away from the close-knit family to Providence. The broad comedy may be guilty of too many easy jokes about how Ronny's family fail to grasp gay culture just as often as he bungles sports trivia, but its heart is in the right place. 

TV's current reigning villainess and a Happy beginning for Eliza Coupe, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' RECAP - 'Edward Mordrake, Pt. 1' [Spoilers]

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In previous installments of American Horror Story, the Halloween episodes were some of the best offerings. But tonight's first half of this year's Halloween two-parter left a lot to be desired. For one, it lacked any real scares. Even our murder clown failed to do much murdering or clowning.

And the new monster introduced this evening, Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley), was more Katie Couric than Freddy Krueger. Unless you have a fear of intimate conversation, he didn't really come off as much of a threat.

One thing that is becoming clear this season, however, is that the best thing about Freak Show may be Finn Wittrock. As Dandy Mott, he's the least predictable of the bunch. Even at his most subdued, he can make viewers profoundly uncomfortable, but when his tantrums reach a fevered pitch, Wittrock really lets loose. I'd happily watch an hour of just him, his mother (Frances Conroy) and Patti LaBelle in a Woody Woodpecker costume. Here's hoping he returns next season.

Get on your Howdy Doody costume, and let's discuss Mordrake, Mott and all our favorite freaks, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Downton Abbey Creator Opens Up About Season 5's Gay Storyline - VIDEO

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Itching to know what awaits Downton Abbey's sometimes villainous but almost always tortured gay character Thomas Barrow on the forthcoming season of the popular costume drama? Show creator Julian Fellowes recently revealed one plot twist in store for handsome Thomas that may put you in a tizzy. Find out more, AFTER THE JUMP... (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!)

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Get Ready For The Comeback Of 'The Comeback': TRAILER

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After an August tease, HBO released the full trailer today for the long-awaited second season of The Comeback, with Lisa Kudrow playing an alt-universe version of herself as a has-been former sitcom star. The highly satirical and often uncomfortable comedy originally aired in 2005 to mixed reviews. But over the years, the show has developed a devoted following and critical reassessment, with some placing it in their top 10 shows of that decade.

Now after a nearly 10-year lapse, The Comeback is making its own comeback with six new episodes that will follow Kudrow's kooky character Valerie Cherish as she is cast in...an HBO show, of course. The series, written and produced by Michael Patrick King (from the Sex and the City franchise) and featuring out actor Dan Bucatinsky (now infamous for his role on Scandal), will premiere on HBO Sunday November 9th. 

Watch the preview AFTER THE JUMP...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Gwyneth Paltrow Goes To 'Web Therapy'

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— While there's still plenty to scrutinize about How To Get Away With Murder's ambitious, promiscuous gay law student Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), you've got to hand it to the show for boldly putting steamy same-sex scenes on network TV. (Take last week's office hookup, for example.) His character is allowed to have a lot more depth (and sex) than we're used to seeing gay characters have on a network series, even on such a pulpy nighttime soap. This week's episode, Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern on ABC, shines a spotlight on Connor's classmate Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza).

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Here's the Steamy Gay Office Scene from Thursday's 'How to Get Away with Murder': VIDEO

Shonda Rhimes's new Thursday night ABC show How To Get Away with Murder promised a lot of gay sex and has been delivering on those promises.

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Thursday's show did not disappoint in that regard, in an episode focusing on Jack Falahee's gay law student Connor Walsh, which leads to this way-steamy-for-network-TV scene in an office copy room with Paxton, the intern to one of his professor's clients.

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