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Retro bleak: Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are 'Partners' in groaners

In 2012, CBS premiered a new show about two odd-couple male pals. It was called Partners, and on the surface, it seemed to have everything going for it—a prime slot following How I Met Your Mother, a great pedigree courtesy of two ’90s sitcom wizards (it was created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan of Will & Grace fame), two charismatic stars (Michael Urie and David Krumholtz). Even so, Partners failed to gain traction. Critics griped that its old-fashioned jokes were tired rather than appealingly retro; just a few weeks into the 2012-2013 TV season, it became one of the first shows to get the ax.

Clearly, those who don’t pay attention to TV history are doomed to repeat it.

FX’s newest offering, like the CBS series, is a lowest-common-denominator comedy with a laugh track. It was also created by two men whose careers peaked in the ’90s—Robert Horn produced Living Single and the short-lived CBS sitcom High Society; Robert L. Boyett’s last name will be familiar to anyone who grew up watching Miller/Boyett family comedies like Full House, Family Matters, and Step by Step. It, too, stars two veteran actors, albeit ones significantly more seasoned than Urie and Krumholtz: five-time Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer and ex-Martin star (and onetime Big Momma) Martin Lawrence. Like that other show, Partners is also called, uh, Partners.

Most importantly: Both are stereotype-laden throwbacks to a simpler time when multi-cam sitcoms ruled and no joke was too broad. And both are, well, not that good. READ FULL STORY

Every 'Simpsons' episode is going online

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Soon you’re going to be able to watch every episode of The Simpsons anywhere you want. Cable network FXX, which last year struck a deal to obtain the exclusive cable network rights to the longest-running primetime animated series, is putting The Simpsons archive online, all fully searchable.

FXX is launching “Simpsons World,” a new way of getting on-demand Simpsons content. For the first time, viewers can access every episode of the series via their computer or other networked devices. “Authenticated” FX subscribers will have instant access on iPhone, iPad, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android phones and tablets, Smart TVs, and additional set-tops devices. Viewers will also be able to search for specific quotes, curate their own own personalized playlists, and share their favorite show clips and quotes (non-subscribers will be able to watch the clips, just not full episodes). READ FULL STORY

'You're the Worst' gives the rom-com formula a mild case of crabs

Suggested alternate title: Love in the Time of Cynicism.

From the moment you see Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere) taking pictures of his junk during a wedding toast, it’s pretty clear You’re the Worst doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. To wit, Jimmy is mid-waltz with the bride—his ex—when he informs her he’s only come to her wedding to gawk at the imminent “disaster” of love and marriage.

The surly new half-hour rom-com from Stephen Falk (Orange Is the New Black) presents a challenge for itself by offering up a character like Jimmy as its entrée into the series. Despite audiences’ seemingly insatiable appetite for antiheroes in basic-cable dramas, it’s fairly rare to lead a comedy with someone kind of awful (Worst‘s FX sibling Louie has been blazing that trail to much acclaim). How are viewers meant to fall in love with Jimmy, who’s as reactive as he is bitter? And, more importantly, how are they to believe a woman would fall in love with him? READ FULL STORY

Wes Bentley joins 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Wes Bentley has gone from an American Beauty to an American Horror Story.

The Hunger Games actor will once again show off his dark side in the two-part Halloween episode of the upcoming season of FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show. EW has confirmed that Bentley will play Eddie, a shady figure from Kathy Bates’ character’s past seeking revenge. The project reunites Bentley with show cocreator Ryan Murphy after working together on the HBO pilot Open.

The FX anthology hit’s fourth season will center around on the last American freak show in 1950s Florida with returning stars to the series Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy and Bates as well as newcomer to the group, Michael Chiklis.

'Fargo' creator Noah Hawley answers our season finale burning questions

Fargo creator Noah Hawley promised a bloody season finale for his TV adaptation of the Coen brothers movie, and he wasn’t lying. But whose blood was spilled? [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched last night’s season finale of Fargo.] The final showdown between Lorne Malvo and Lester Nygaard ended up a bit of a draw: Nygaard bloodied Malvo’s leg with a bear trap while Malvo bloodied Nygaard’s nose by hurling an object at his face. In the end, they both died by other hands. No longer the Cowardly Lion, Gus Grimly found his courage and pumped Malvo full of lead while Nygaard later fell through the ice while running from authorities ready to arrest him after hearing the incriminating audio evidence on Malvo’s cassette. We spoke to Hawley to get his take on the finale, whether Lester is really dead, what happened to Oliver Platt’s Stavros, and what we might see if the show returns for season 2. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story: Freak Show': Sarah Paulson tweets preview of two-headed character -- PHOTO

Sarah Paulson gave American Horror Story fans an exciting glimpse at the characters she will be playing on the upcoming Freak Show season. Yes, characters. 

Paulson tweeted out a picture revealing that she would be playing both Bette and Dot, who appear to be siamese twins and likely an attraction at the 1950s Florida freak show run by Jessica Lange’s character. READ FULL STORY

Tracy Morgan TV series update: 'His show will be waiting for him'

One thing Tracy Morgan doesn’t have to worry about: The status of his new TV series.

FX Networks released a statement Tuesday about their untitled upcoming project starring the hospitalized actor-comedian; a half-hour comedy series  created by the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia team.

“The only thing we are concerned with is the health and recovery of Tracy Morgan and the victims of this tragic accident,” read the statement. “We will support Tracy and his family in every way possible throughout his recovery. At the point when Tracy has recovered and decides that he is ready to go back to work, his show will be waiting for him. Right now our thoughts and prayers remain with Tracy, the other victims of the accident, and their families.”

Morgan was hospitalized early Saturday after his limo was slammed by a truck on the New Jersey turnpike. The truck caused a six-car collision that killed comic James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and left three — including Morgan — with serious injuries. FX’s comedy-channel spin-off FXX ordered 10 episodes of the Morgan show in April from creators Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton. The series was originally scheduled to begin in August and slated to debut in January on FXX along with Sunny.

FX's 'The Strain' first trailer

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No more teasers. This is the first trailer for FX’s “real vamps” drama series The Strain. The show, co-created by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) and Chuck Hogan and showrun by Carlton Cuse (Lost), tells the story of an apocalyptic outbreak. The 13-episode first season launches in July. Who says the vampire genre is dead? READ FULL STORY

'The Americans': Is Keri Russell's Elizabeth a bad mother?

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Abandoning her kids at home without a babysitter. Leaving them to defend themselves from some creepy guy with a beer bottle. Failing to lock the door when she’s tangled up with their dad in a position that might scar those young’uns for life.

Some might say that choices like these make Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) a terrible mother. Well, tonight’s season finale of The Americans probably won’t help her reputation. [Spoiler alerts ahead!] READ FULL STORY

FX and FXX set summer premiere dates for 'The Bridge' return, new Guillermo del Toro drama

FX and its younger sister channel FXX announced several premiere dates for new and returning original series this summer, including the second season of The Bridge and the premiere of The Strain from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. READ FULL STORY

'Legit,' 'Chozen' canceled at FXX and FX

Animated comedy Chozen has been canceled by FX after one season, and comedy Legit on the young-adult skewing FXX will not be returning for a third, it was announced Wednesday.

The cancellations aren’t surprising as both shows had been struggling in the ratings. Chozen was the first original series ordered for FXX and centered on a white, gay rapper just out of prison, voiced by Bobby Moynihan. The series had its finale March 31.

Legit, which starred Australian comedian Jim Jefferies as a stand-up whose character, along with his friends, attempts to become legitimate in life, moved to FXX this season and will have its series finale tonight.

'Louie': Sarah Baker breaks down starring in the 'Fat Lady' episode

You probably already know Sarah Baker from her intimate confessions about Drew Carey in The Campaign, or her grief over her cat on NBC’s short-lived sitcom Go On. And you’ll be seeing a lot more of her soon, as a fast food clerk in the Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy, and as a Christian aid worker in the Reese Witherspoon drama The Good Lie, about the lost boys of Sudan.

But mark tonight as her breakout moment, because she was unforgettable on Louie. In an episode called “So Did The Fat Lady,” she played Vanessa, a funny, cute, straight-talking waitress who’s not afraid to tell Louie (Louis C.K.) what it’s really like to date in New York as a “fat girl” (her words) in her 30s. It was a conversation-starting performance, and a fiercely honest one that will no doubt resonate for women (and some men) everywhere. Below, we talked with the actress about weight, double standards in comedy, and what it was like to “date” Louis C.K. READ FULL STORY

'The Americans': Noah Emmerich on Stan's 'dark and difficult' season 2 journey

You would think that as an FBI agent, Noah Emmerich’s Stan Beeman would have it a little easier than most of the characters on FX’s hit spy drama — but not so much. Last season, he became involved with Russian informant Nina Sergeevna (Annet Mahendru), who turned out to be a double agent of sorts. And as we saw from his reactions in Wednesday night’s episode, “New Car,” his personal and professional life are pretty close to disintegrating completely. “It’s sort of a painful place that we find him in,” Emmerich admits, speaking about his character’s journey so far in season 2. “He’s struggling.”

EW spoke with Emmerich about how Stan is adapting to his painful struggle, how his relationship with Nina has affected him, and what he thinks is in store for Stan as we head into the home stretch of the season.

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