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What To Watch This Week on TV: 'Gracepoint' Intrigues; McDermott Stalks Stalkers

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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.

— Potty-mouthed funnylady Sarah Silverman returns to SNL (she was part of the cast from 1993-1994) this weekend. This time, she’s got hosting duties with musical guests Maroon 5 at 11:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

Stalkers, bad judges, grisly murders, and more on TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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What Makes Amazon's 'Transparent' So Special?

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You might want to cancel your weekend plans. Today Amazon releases all ten episodes of their excellent original series, Transparent. Not only is it far and away the strongest offering from the streaming service (and one of the best this television season), it’s also a new high-water mark in telling trans-inclusive stories.

The series follows a Los Angeles family with three adult children as they cope with their father’s coming out as a transgender woman. Forced to re-examine their family dynamics, the sun-soaked dramedy pushes and pulls at all members of the Pfefferman clan, as they struggle to live openly and honestly with one another and within themselves.

Maura Pfeffermen isn’t exactly the sort of role you’d envision for Jeffrey Tambor — the self-described “schlumpy” 70-year-old actor best known for portraying George Bluth on Arrested Development and Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show - but he is beyond fabulous. Labels like “career-defining” don’t do justice enough to his work here.

“I’m so proud of this show,” the actor told us earlier this month. “This show shines a light on something that needs to be shone and a conversation that has to move forward … That’s important, and that makes me smile when I get up in the morning.”

Find out more about what makes Transparent so special, with thoughts from the creator, cast and more, AFTER THE JUMP

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'How to Get Away with Murder' Promises Lots of Gay Sex, and Here's the First Taste: VIDEO

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Shonda Rimes's new Thursday show How to Get Away with Murder is promising a lot of gay sex, and viewers already got a taste of it on the show's premiere last night.

E! reports that its creator Peter Nowalk tells them it's part of life and people should see it, plus straight sex gets too much airtime comparatively:

And you can expect a lot more same-sex sex and same-sex romance as the series continues because, as Nowalk puts it, "It's part of life." "I knew I wanted to push the envelope, especially with the gay sex," Nowalk explained to me. "And to me, writing the gay characterization and writing some real gay sex into a network show is to right the wrong of all of the straight sex that you see on TV. Because I didn't see that growing up, and I feel like the more people get used to two men kissing, the less weird it will be for people. I just feel like it's a lack of vision that you don't see it on TV, but ABC has never had a note about any of the weird stuff in the show, so I'm gonna keep it going."

Nowalk reveals that Connor (Jack Falahee), the gay character, is definitely going to have a romance in the first season, right off the bat, starting with the second episode. It was in important to show a gay person as a full-fledged character."

Check out the show's first gay scene, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Norman Reedus Discusses Whether Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon Might Be Gay: VIDEO

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Last month we reported that Robert Kirkman, the creator of AMC's The Walking Dead, answered a fan letter in which he was asked whether Daryl Dixon (played by actor Norman Reedus) might be gay since he hadn't had any romantic leanings toward any of the female survivors.

Said Kirkman:

“All I can say is that it’s been discussed. We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there’s ever a quiet period in the show where he’s not consistently distracted by crossbowing… we’ll tackle it in the show.”

Reedus expands on that idea in the current issue of GQ:

I remember Frank Darabont, after the first season we were at a party in LA, He said, 'I've got an idea for Daryl. He's gay. Would you be interested in that?' I was like, 'Let me hear you out.' He said, 'Well, he's prison gay—like, you'll catch him looking at a member of the same sex, but if you mention it to him, he'll just stab you and be like what the f--k?—he will never admit it.' I was like, 'That'll blow minds—let's do that.' And he said, 'I knew I hired you for a reason.' "

Reedus adds that he doesn't think Daryl is very confident romantically, "[he's] not the type of guy who's gonna throw somebody up against a tree in the moonlight."

In more Walking Dead news, check out a brand new clip from the folks at Bad Lip Reading, who bring their hilarious lip-dub antics to Season 4 of the show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Set Your DVR: Ten New Shows To Watch For This Fall

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The fall TV season kicks into high gear this week. In addition to returning favorites, the networks are rolling out their most promising pilots in hopes of hooking audiences on the next big hit.

Through a completely unscientific method of assessing critical acclaim, teaser trailers, advanced buzz and good old gut feelings, we've put together our guide to ten new shows worth a look this fall. This season's picks include a pregnant virgin, a transgender father of three, crime fighters, freaks and a shirtless, sweaty Nick Jonas.

Preview the trailers and share your own picks, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: 'SNL' Welcomes Chris Pratt; Lucy Lawless joins 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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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.

— It’s a big return for Saturday Night Live this week. Chris Pratt -- the hunky lead of the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy and Parks and Recreation’s adorable buffoon, Andy -- is joined by musical guest and pint-sized diva-in-training Ariana Grande. Also, comedian Michael Che takes over for Cecily Strong, becoming the first African-American Weekend Update anchor.

New Voice judges, Shonda's soapy melodramas and more, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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