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8.8 (---) (8.7) (7.4) (---) (---) (---) NFL CBS
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3.6 (1.7) (2.7) (2.8) (2.1) (0.8) (1.2) 60 Minutes
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3.4 (3.9) (---) (---) (0.7) (0.3) (0.8) Once Upon A Time
3.1 (3.8) (1.5) (1.9) (2.2) (1.1) (1.8) The Simpsons
2.6 (2.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Amazing Race
2.6 (2.5) (0.6) (1.1) (---) (0.6) (---) American Dad
2.6 (3.2) (---) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) Revenge
2.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Steel Magnolias
2.3 (2.5) (1.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) Bob’s Burgers
2.2 (---) (1.1) (1.3) (---) (0.7) (1.2) Cleveland Show
1.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Jeff Dunham
1.7 (1.8) (---) (0.7) (0.6) (0.4) (0.8) The Good Wife
1.7 (2.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) 666 Park Avenue
1.6 (2.1) (1.1) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (1.0) The Mentalist
1.6 (1.7) (1.6) (1.2) (1.4) (---) (1.4) Real Housewives NJ
1.5 (---) (---) (0.9) (---) (---) (1.2) AFH Videos
1.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.5) (---) MLBaseball
1.1 (1.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Dexter
1.0 (1.3) (1.1) (1.1) (1.1) (---) (---) Breaking Amish
0.9 (0.9) (1.0) (1.2) (---) (---) (---) Boardwalk Empire
0.9 (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.2) (---) (---) Long Island Medium
0.8 (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Homeland
0.8 (0.8) (0.9) (0.7) (0.8) (---) (1.0) Watch What Happens
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) Austin & Ally
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Curiosity
0.7 (---) (0.6) (0.6) (---) (0.5) (---) Good Luck Charlie
0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Halloween Wars
0.5 (0.4) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) Hell On Wheels
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  • Oct. 14, 2012, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see where they're going with Homeland

    by Mel_Gibsons_Nazi_Dad

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Excited for Homeland. Predictions (possible spoilers):

    by American Mythos

    The man who made Brody's suicide vest is going to bite it tonight. After picking apart the promo, it's pretty clear that's who Brody is chasing through the woods and putting in a shallow grave. I can't wait to see the beginnings of Carrie's vindication, provided Saul makes it out of Beirut alive. I hope they don't pull some contrived bullshit that sees the great Mandy Patinkin perish before he can reveal the truth.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 4:19 a.m. CST

    There's no way they would (could) do that.

    by Truxton Spangler

    Even for shock value (recalling this show springs from the loins of 24ers). The Saul/Carrie relationship is one of the best parts of the series. And Patinkin actually appears to like being on this show....for now.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 5 a.m. CST

    Is copper any good?

    by WeylandYutani

    I like Tom Fontana's work, but have yet to hear any feedback about this series. As a fan of Homicide, will I like this, or is it just a rip of Deadwood? Anyone care to comment?

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    The T-Dawg character...

    by Hipshot

    Has almost ruined Walking Dead for me, and no matter what they say, even if they bring "Tyrese" in later, I'm very sure that "T-Dawg" was their tar-babied version of the character until they caught the audience reaction.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    It most be tought to be Mandy Pitakin

    by popboy

    Leave criminal Minds to do Homeland and then be written out of Homeland. bummer

  • None of those shows are worth the time investment required to suffer through them. However, I have given 666 Park Avenue a look. It certainly hasn't wowed me. And 60 Minutes has morphed into a lame entertainment news show. Very disappointing. Sunday programming is pretty threadbare except for The Walking Dead.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST


    by bender

    How can that character ruin the show for you? In season 2, he was pretty much nonexistent.

  • Crossbow Hillbilly, however, is a racist stereotype of southern culture and should be removed from the show immediately.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Revenge = Modern remake of Sailor Moon.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    She changes clothes and hair colors to gain superpowers.

  • It's subtle, but clearly laid out for anyone paying attention.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Dear writers of OUaT

    by thepoohguy

    Under no circumstances should you take any consideration from the Heroes playbook. You are making us believe that Regina may want to give up her evil ways a la Syler. This was a bad mistake because then they had written themselves into a corner and didn't know if they wanted him to be good or bad and couldn't make up their minds. It was bad for that show, and it will be bad for this one if you do the same thing with Regina. Thanks for listening.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Poor Mentalist. Idiot move to Sunday.

    by jimbojones123

    Especially with the first two episodes being more Red John centric than the first half of each season usually is.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Once is losing it's sex...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Red used to dress like a slut, and Blue fairy had BOMBS! Now everyone is dull ansanitizeded.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Sucks that comic book men is one so damn late

    by Redhead_Redemption

    seriously AMC, do you really need to run WD twice back to back? Just put CBM on at 9:30 followed by WD at 10 then talking dead at 11...repeat those three again at 11:30 for the west coast

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    The problem with comic book men is that everyone's a douchebag

    by Mugato5150

    except Ming I guess but that's just because he's a pussy. I like seeing all the memorabilia though.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by darkpassenger

    excellent once upon a time tonight, very emotional

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST


    by darkpassenger

    did you see regina in the flashbacks the other week when she was supposed to be younger? I thought she looked pretty bangin

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    I just want to give Carrie a big hug

    by superlaser

    ... and tell her everything will be OK. Not in a sexual way (OK, that too), but Claire Danes does the best pouty puppy dog look right before she starts to cry. Gets me every time.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    T Dawg is a hopolite now?

    by Xiphos_2

    I guess that degree in the classics really paid off for him.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Loved Once Upon A Time tonight!

    by Paul

    Great introduction of Lancelot and reintroduction of Regina's Mom. Sad that the Princes Mom died. Curious how Emma and Snow are going to be able to return. Looks like were going to get a bunch of villians in Storybrooke though to replace Regina now that she may be going good with Hook, Prince Charmings Father and Cora. I bet though that they are going to use Cora a lot like they use Lionel in Smallville as a way of turning Regina back to evil just like how Lionel did. I just hope that if that happens that they truely kill Cora, because reforming Lionel in Smallville was the worst thing that they did, good Lionel was horrible. But Regina's turn to good seems a tiny bit more believeable.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Hey lana lang long time no see

    by Paul

    hope that your doing well. Just a piece of advice, I know that you may not like a bunch of shows on TV, but theres a lot of people who do and it only causes problems and is a little hurtful to people to have you come in and declare that all these shows are horrible. You might want to keep those types of thoughts to yourself. With all respect. I hope that you have had a wonderful summer and that a lot of great things happened to you and will happen.

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST


    by Jared Parker

    you're wrong about copper and homeland. these shows have real depth, suspense and drama. dexter is starting off on a really good footing this year, and i haven't felt that way about this show in two seasons. deb finding out her bro's secret adds a whole new level of suspense to the show

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Dexter has improved but not stellar - Treme lost me for good last season

    by FrodoFraggins

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:42 a.m. CST


    by Bop N Rumble

    Oh, my tremendously talented teacher of tastes. Yesterday I did some salsa dancing with a woman. She was very graceful. All the while I kept thinking: "I hope she has the brains of I_love_lanalang." But alas, she did not. You are one in a billion, more worth than a trillion and on the scale of 1 to 10 you are a centillion. Be well, my divine doe-eyed diva of dizzyingly distinguished decorum.

  • And for her to go "HOLY FUCK". I'm surprised she hasn't asked yet... Hopefully she will. I mean her department is chasing down all of these murderers that Dexter has already killed. 666 is good, Once Upon a Time is good, Walking Dead is good... I have no time to watch whatever else is on Sunday, really enjoying the shows I have already.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Paburrows_Rises - It's a pleasure to hear from you again.

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    Thank you for your kind words. You're a nice guy. You're right. I should be more circumspect when commenting on shows that I dislike. It's just that I get so frustrated after essentially being away for several months. When I finally get home, there's not much on tv that catches my interest. I realize it's not the end of the world, but I wish there was more quality programming out there. I hope you and your wife are enjoying yourselves and your lives are filled with love. Best Wishes, -Lana

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    JP1 - I don't think I'm wrong about Copper or Homeland.

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    I've heard that Homeland is supposed to be a great show, but I found it to be rather by-the-numbers boring. Copper was an instant turn off for me. Very drab. Dexter was kind of fun the first 2 seasons, but it's a gimmick show, and that gimmick has become quite stale.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Bopnrumble - I'm upset that you were dancing with another woman!

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    But I, of course, forgive you because the rest of your post was classic Bopnrumble brilliance. While it's true I was not on the dance floor with you, I have performed many soutenus in my mind accompanied by your beautifully balletic belle-lettres . Don't forsake me for the salsa woman!

  • Seriously, an international terrorist organization gets somebody into the US Congress...and they send him to taxi a guy to a safe house??? There's nobody else who could do that??? But the acting is great and they do a nice job building very convincing tension, even with the more eye-rolling plot points it all feels more real than 24, which always seemed like a comic book to me.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by Bop N Rumble

    Oh, my blissful ballerina of beautiful ballads. I could never forsake you. The salsa woman could never steal my heart, because you already stole it. She couldn't carry your bra, let alone your intellectual baggage.You and I are meant for each other. We are both of the breed called sexual intellectual. I want to gaze into your eyes and feel your soul, nibble on your neck, and massage your sole. Let me gasp for air when you hold me tight, later on I'll be your guiding light. Sleep tight, my scintillating goddess of the night.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I like how Carrie dolled herself up

    by Itchy

    so she'd look good when they found her. She really has to be completely nuts because she conveys schizo with ever fiber of her being. She's exactly the kind of nut job I'd bang at a college party back before I realized how draining with those kind of people is.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    still watching 666, its alright kinda soap operaish

    by rakesh patel

    but yeah i've been watching longer then i expected.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by 300 monkeys

    Patinkin left Criminal Minds in 2007, when Howard Gordon was still working on 24. Homeland started in 2011. There is no connection between these two events, unless he can see into the future.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Yeah, it was kinda silly to send such a prized asset

    by Truxton Spangler

    to do grunt work. But it did serve an an effective, if not the most logical, plot device.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    itchy, Carrie dolled herself up because she was planning to go get laid...

    by American Mythos

    That's why she put on a wedding ring. In season one, the wedding ring was to telegraph to men she only wanted sex, not anything serious. She was planning to go out, but literally decided to just stay home and off herself.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST


    by Itchy

    that wasn't the impression I got ... didn't see any clues she was headed out. Just figured she wanted to look good when they found her. Either way, it works - she's nuts. I was expecting Saul to come over at the last second a save her - even better they way they wrote it. Really illustrates her bipolar swings.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    last season I was getting impatient. then I picked up a compendium of the comics, and saw the Tyrese character, and realized there's only about a 1 in 260 chance that the original though was not transforming Tyrese into this ball-less wonder. when Michonne showed up, I realized I'd hit a crux point. That the most likely progression now was either killing T-Dawg or allowing him to remain a eunuch, then have Michonne shack up with a white guy (as opposed to Tyrese). nd realize that if they did that, the show is dead to me. I am sick of this shit. mother show that is very close to losing me is "Criminal Minds" with the Derek, gorgeous black profiler never having had a relationship, and now they're implying he screwed the fat white chick. her natural equal is the geeky guy, who is not even close to Derek in any way. lets just say the idea gags me, and leave it at that. If they go there, I'm done.

  • We know that the VP has serious presidential aspirations. We know that he and Estes are "company men" and good friends. And the VP has at least floated Brody's name as a potential running mate. So outing Brody as a terrorist could have serious political implications for the VP, none too good for his future. I wonder if he'll try to convince Estes to hinder Saul's investigation, forcing Saul and Carrie to go off the reservation to bring down Brody themselves. In the interest of national security of course. The downside of that plot path would be risking the show becoming a little too cartoonish like 24.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    if the vp finds out about brody

    by jsfithaca

    he'll probably want him killed, and framed on the terrorists or another third party. this way he protects national security and protects himself politically.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by Itchy

    My balls. Lick them. Turd.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 12:07 a.m. CST

    LOL, i_love_lanalang

    by Tim

    You wish there was more quality programming out there, yet you like Walking Dead? Great contradiction right there. Boardwalk Empire and Homeland and two of the finest shows of all time. Dexter is not so bad either. Not to mention all the shows that are still in progress but not on the air right now, and this is pretty much one of the best eras of television ever. And what's funny is, if you enjoy shitty acting and poorly drawn characters like TWD offers, you should have a limitless amount of garbage to watch. Step up your tastes, man.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    This was the first bad episode of Homeland

    by Keith

    SPOILERS And it makes me worry that the show is going to fall apart. Episode 1 made me wonder if the writers were going to have to use contrivance after contrivance to make things work given the climactic resolution of season 1. Episode 2 almost alleviated those concerns (a great episode in many respects), and yet the final scene, although incredibly dramatic, seemed to be painting the plot into a corner. Episode 3 was the sum of all fears: contrivance, coincidence, contrivance, coincidence. Brody having to collect the tailor did not flow organically from any part of the existing story: it was asserted, and it felt stupid and wrong. Then: crazy bad luck! The tire blows. Then: crazy bad luck! The guy falls on a piece of metal that happens to be sticking out of the ground in the woods. (Huh? Why?) And rather than bruising his ribs, it goes straight through him, because people in movies and TV shows are made of paper. Then right at the end, the writers lazily want to take us back to the jealous love triangle between Brody, Jessica and Mike. Really bad stuff. Right now the series feels on the verge of being broken, the way that The Killing clearly did by the second or third episode of season 2.