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October 3, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Jeffrey Tambor is best known for his delightfully offbeat characters, from the fawning sidekick to Garry Shandling's late-night talk show host on "The Larry Sanders Show" to the head of the dysfunctional Bluth family in the recently revived cult favorite "Arrested Development. " For his latest role, Tambor will get in touch with his feminine side. On a recent September afternoon in the Pasadena hills, Tambor sported long, shoulder-length blonde hair, palazzo pants and chunky jewelry over a white blouse -- the wardrobe favored by his character in "Transparent," in which the paterfamilias reveals to his grown children that he is exploring a new identity as "Maura.
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October 3, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In this season's new comedies, casting has too often outclassed concept, with terrific performers trying to elevate material that does not always return the favor. That trend continues Thursday with three shows in which very good actors work very hard with mixed results. NBC's "Welcome to the Family" is the evening's clear winner, though its catalytic event - teen pregnancy - is not exactly a laughing matter. But to modernize "Bridget Loves Bernie," creator Mike Sikowitz ("Rules of Engagement")
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October 2, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Comic John Mulaney is having a very good day. On Wednesday Fox announced that it has given a series order to the 30-year-old stand-up vet and "Saturday Night Live" writer's show "Mulaney. " The multi-camera ensemble comedy was created, written by and stars Mulaney. It's based on his life and experiences as a comedian coming of age in New York City. The show is being produced by Universal Television and executive produced by "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels. It also costars Martin Short as Mulaney's boss.
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September 27, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Stephen Merchant, the tall fellow sometimes found near Ricky Gervais (he co-wrote and co-directed "The Office" and "Extras," and costarred in the latter), has put himself out front in his own HBO series. Created with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (writers for the American "The Office"), it is called "Hello Ladies," and it is funny and disturbing in exactly the manner and proportions one would expect from his earlier works. Merchant plays Stuart, a Web designer living in Los Angeles in circumstances that suggest this Web design is a career worth investigating.
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September 27, 2013 | By Rachel Miller
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Michael Boatman have joined the Nickelodeon family to star in NickMom's first scripted comedy, "Instant Mom. " Premiering Sunday, this Mom-centric, primetime program is built around Tia Mowry-Hardrict's character, who becomes an "Instant Mom" after inheriting her new husband's three children. "Instant Mom" is NickMom's first original scripted comedy -- what does that mean to you? Does being the pioneers of NickMom's first comedy add extra pressure on the show?
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September 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
For young adults watching Tuesday night TV, it was a toss-up between the non-superheroes of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " and the wannabe superstars of "The Voice. " "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the "Avengers" offshoot from producer Joss Whedon, had a successful launch Tuesday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The ABC series, which is Marvel's first television effort since its acquisition by the Walt Disney Co., drew nearly 12 million viewers and posted a 4.6 among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, the demographic most coveted  by advertisers.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' That's a strong debut, and the show did particularly well among its younger core audience.
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September 25, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 22 - 28, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Big Bang Theory In Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) absence, Sheldon and Penny (Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco) spend some quality time together in the two-episode season premiere. 8 and 8:30 p.m. CBS Parks and Recreation Leslie (Amy Poehler) heads for London with Ben, Andy, April and Ron (Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman)
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September 25, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Michael J. Fox was a huge TV star back in the 1980s and '90s. But can he do it again?  The 52-year-old star returns Thursday night in "The Michael J. Fox Show," the NBC comedy in which he plays a middle-aged broadcaster angling for a career comeback after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.  That plot line of course parallels the real life of Fox, the former star of "Family Ties" and "Spin City," who disclosed his Parkinson's diagnosis in...
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September 24, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 22 - 28, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     Revolution In the season premiere Neville and Jason (Giancarlo Esposito, JD Pardo) are searching for a lost loved one in a refugee camp. 8 p.m. NBC The Middle The entire family insists on accompanying Axl (Charlie McDermott) to college in the season premiere.
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September 16, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 15 - 21, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Dads Two college buddies (Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green) who became rich off an idea for a video game company are surprised by their fathers (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert), both of whom want to move in. Vanessa Lachey also stars in this new comedy.
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