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  • Winter TV Preview: 5 New Shows We Like Already

    'True Detective' (HBO); 'Rake' (Fox); 'About a Boy' (NBC); 'Enlisted' (Fox); 'Looking' (HBO)

    We know: We didn't think we had room in our lives for any more TV shows, either. But a new year means new TV, and after getting an early look at these five new series premiering soon, we're ready to clear some space off our DVRs to make room for them. Give these promising newcomers a shot; they're worth deleting all those old "Honey Boo Boos" for.

    1. "True Detective" (HBO, premieres Jan. 12)

    It's only January, but this quietly riveting crime drama already looks like a contender for 2014's best new show. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson bring serious star power to this tense tale of two cops (one a family man, one a loner) investigating a ritualistic murder across two decades. Observing how the men change over time as they pursue justice, it's more a morality tale than a strict procedural, and it won't get stale, either: The series will refresh each season, "American Horror Story"-style, with new characters and a new crime.

    2. "Rake" (Fox, premieres Jan. 23)

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    Even Walt Disney World isn't immune to "Downton Abbey" fever.

    "Downton" star Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora) received a royal welcome Sunday while visiting the Orlando resort's Epcot theme park — and even posed for a cute spoof of the "Downton" cast photo.

    McGovern, dressed a lot more comfortably than she does as the Countess of Grantham in jeans and a sweater, stood in front of a faux castle in the park's United Kingdom pavilion alongside Disney employees in period garb... including a very dapper Goofy in top hat and tails.

    [Video: Season 4 Scoop From 'Downton Abbey's' Mrs. Patmore, Lesley Nicol]

    Here's the official "Downton Abbey" Season 4 cast photo, for comparison:


    Carnival Film and Television Limited/Masterpiece

    McGovern seems to have Cora's coy smile down pat, even when not in costume. And though co-stars Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith didn't join her at Disney, at least she gets to stand in front this time!

    Plus, Goofy makes a dashing Mr. Carson. Although we wouldn't trust that klutz to bring us our morning tea without

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  • A&E Reinstates ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson: His Family and Fans React

    This undated image released by A&E shows Phil Robertson, flanked by his sons Jase Robertson, left, and Willie Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty." Phil Robertson was suspended for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people but was reinstated by the network on Friday, Dec. 27. In a statement Friday, A&E said it decided to bring Robertson back to the reality series after discussions with the Robertson family and "numerous advocacy groups." (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

    It's a late Christmas gift for "Duck Dynasty" fans: Just nine days after placing star Phil Robertson on indefinite suspension following his controversial remarks in an interview with GQ, A&E has reversed its decision and reinstated the patriarch, effective immediately.

    And since no filming for the show has taken place in those nine days, Phil won't miss a single episode.

    [Related: Phil Robertson Gives Miss Kay a Ring Despite Latest 'Duck Dynasty' Drama]

    Here's A&E's official statement, in full:

    As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

    That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal

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  • From Pee-wee to Mr. T: The 12 Weirdest Holiday Specials We’ve Ever Seen

    'Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special'; 'Babes in Toyland'; 'Mr. T and Emmanuel Lewis in a Christmas Dream' (Everett Collection)'Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special'; 'Babes in Toyland'; 'Mr. T and Emmanuel Lewis in a Christmas Dream' (Everett Collection)

    We all have our favorite Christmas specials: Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Grinch. But not all holiday specials go on to become beloved classics, you know. In fact, some are the TV equivalent of that ugly sweater with three arms Grandma knitted for you. And thanks to YouTube, these misfit toys are preserved forever for our viewing pleasure.

    This year, we're decorating our tree with these holiday oddballs: a dozen Christmas TV specials that definitely did not stand the test of time.

    1. "The Star Wars Holiday Special" (1978)

    Any discussion of weird Christmas specials begins and ends with this notorious misfire; George Lucas himself has said he'd like to track down every remaining copy and smash it with a sledgehammer. (And this is a man who still defends Jar Jar Binks!) It's basically a bad acid trip that combines "Star Wars" with every terrible variety show you had to sit through in the '70s because there was nothing else on.

    Following Chewbacca as he tries to get back to his

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  • 15 Things We Learned From the New ‘Breaking Bad’ Documentary

    The cast of 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 (Frank Ockenfels/AMC)The cast of 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 (Frank Ockenfels/AMC)

    Christmas has come early for "Breaking Bad" fans: The "Complete Series" Blu-ray set is in stores today, and it's packed with commentaries and special features to go along with all 62 episodes of AMC's epic drug-trade drama.

    But the 99.9-percent pure highlight for fans has to be "No Half Measures," the 2 hour and 15 minute (!) documentary about the making of "BB's" final season. The filmmakers had amazing access to the cast and crew throughout the production of "BB's" final eight episodes, letting us be a fly on the wall (or in the meth lab) as Walter White's long journey from Mr. Chips to Scarface draws to a close.

    [Related: 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Scoop From the Man Who Created Saul Goodman]

    You should really watch the entire thing, but here, we've picked out 15 things the documentary taught us about one of the greatest TV dramas of all time.

    1. "Breaking Bad" ended right where it began.

    That flashback to Walt and Jesse's first cook at the beginning of Season 5's "Ozymandias"? That

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  • Charlie Sheen Wants to Work With Chuck Lorre Again

    Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre (Getty)

    Is one of Hollywood's nastiest feuds over? Maybe... if we're judging by Charlie Sheen's Twitter.

    The "Anger Management" star reached out to his former "Two and a Half Men" boss Chuck Lorre with a tweet on Sunday, apparently to pitch an idea the two might work on together:

    And yes, that's a picture of the 2007 People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy that Sheen and Lorre won for "Two and a Half Men."

    Of course, it'll take more than just a sentimental tweet to smooth over the bad blood between these two. During Sheen's infamous meltdown in 2011, he viciously attacked Lorre in the media, calling his boss a "clown" and a "charlatan" and leading Warner Bros. and CBS to kick him off the lucrative sitcom. (Ashton Kutcher replaced Sheen on "Men" that fall.)

    [Related: You Won't Believe How Much the Stars of

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  • ‘Murder, She Wrote’ Rebooted … With a Twist

    Angela Lansbury (L) and her new replacement, Octavia Spencer (Getty Images)

    Jessica Fletcher is digging her typewriter out of storage... and she looks a lot different this time.

    NBC announced today it is rebooting "Murder, She Wrote," with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the lead role. The original series, of course, starred Angela Lansbury as mystery writer-turned-detective Jessica Fletcher (a role that earned her a whopping 12 Emmy nominations — but no wins), and was a staple of CBS's primetime lineup from 1984 to 1996.

    The new take on "Murder," from writer Alexandra Cunningham ("Desperate Housewives") and producer David Janollari ("Six Feet Under"), casts Spencer as "a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who self-publishes her first mystery novel." Spencer said in a statement, "I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective, and in a recent meeting with [NBC entertainment chairman] Bob Greenblatt, he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV. Naturally, I said, 'J.B. Fletcher meets Columbo'… and here we are."

    Watch the

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  • Is Jessica Lange Eyeing an End to Her ‘American Horror Story’?

    Jessica Lange as Fiona in 'American Horror Story: Coven' on FX.

    Can you picture "American Horror Story" without Jessica Lange? You may have to, soon enough.

    When Yahoo TV spoke with Lange recently about the upcoming third season of FX's horror anthology (subtitled "Coven"), we asked whether she's planning to stay with the show for the long haul, for as many seasons as FX wants. Surprisingly, she isn't. "No, I'll probably do, maybe… if we do another one, I'll do that, but then… yeah. Because I'm kind of coming to the end of acting, anyhow."

    We told her that would be a real shame, and we meant it: The Oscar winner has been nothing short of mesmerizing, first as murderous Southern belle Constance in Season 1 (for which she won an Emmy), then as sadistic nun Sister Jude in last season's "Asylum." This time around, in "Coven," she plays a wily witch named Fiona who heads up a secret school for young witches in the heart of New Orleans. (Her co-stars include fellow "Horror Story" veterans Sarah Paulson and Taissa Farmiga, along with newcomers like Kathy

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  • Is Samuel L. Jackson Making an ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Cameo?

    Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in 'Marvel's The Avengers' (Zade Rosenthal/Marvel)

    ABC's new superhero drama "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." had a Hulk-sized debut last week, with more than 16 million viewers sampling the high-octane "Avengers" spinoff. But this week's Episode 2 might be even bigger... thanks to one A-list star.

    As first noted by Entertainment Weekly, a series of hints from the show's Facebook page and star Clark Gregg's Twitter seem to indicate that Samuel L. Jackson may reprise his "Iron Man" and "Avengers" role as S.H.I.E.L.D. head honcho Nick Fury in this week's closing credits. How's that for a cameo, Marvel fans?

    [Related: Get Up to Speed With Our 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Primer]

    First, a Episode 2 promo clip posted on Facebook yesterday implores viewers to "stay to the very end"... and ends with a S.H.I.E.L.D. logo bearing Fury's signature eye-patch:

    Then Clark Gregg tweeted out these subtle-as-Thor's-hammer teases:


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  • Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul speak onstage at the "Breaking Bad" panel during Comic-Con International 2013.

    "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston doesn't play the goofy sitcom dad anymore, but he still loves to play the occasional prank.

    Cranston in his Walter White mask (Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

    In real life, Cranston looks more like "Malcolm in the Middle's" Hal than his "Breaking Bad" character Walter White (aka Heisenberg); he's clean-shaven, with a full head of hair. But just to mess with fans at Comic-Con this weekend, he put on a Walter White mask, complete with bald head and goatee, and roamed the halls unrecognized. (That's Cranston there, on the left.)

    He even used a higher voice to conceal his identity from fans. And with all the outlandish costumes on display at Comic-Con, we can't really blame anyone for not looking twice at this getup.

    Cranston walked out onstage during Sunday's "Breaking Bad" panel in the mask, too, and kept it with him while he and the rest of the cast answered questions from fans about all five seasons of their Emmy-winning AMC drama.

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