NEW GIRL Teasers: Megan Fox Arrives

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Megan Fox joins the cast as Reagan in this week’s NEW GIRL and she causes a bit of a shake up when she sublets Jess’ room for a few episodes.

Chasing the Magic. Nick’s job as a bartender attracts a lot of eligible women, but while Winston things Nick is just playing hard to get by turning them down, Nick admits that he’s just “chasing the magic”. He doesn’t want to settle for any girl — he wants to find someone that makes him feel magical. Winston eventually convinces him that chasing the magic is a fools errand and Nick agrees to stop.

Enter Reagan. Well, Nick agrees to stop until he sees the beautiful Reagan (a pharmaceutical rep) at a doctor’s office. She’s self-assured, authoritative and used to getting her way. When she tells the doctor about the horrible motel she’s been put up at for the next month by her company, Nick blurts out that they have a room she can sublet.

The Green Eyed Monster. It turns out that Nick isn’t the only one with admirers at the bar….Cece has them as well. And Schmidt is a jealous monster about the men who show her attention, especially since he hasn’t picked out a ring for her yet. Interestingly, Cece has a history with Reagan that distresses Schmidt greatly, bringing up all sorts of issues regarding trust.

A New Friend? Nick goes to great lengths to convince Reagan to sublet Jess’ room, including installing the world’s worst rain shower at her request. But between the Schmidt-Cece insanity and Nick’s overeagerness, Reagan isn’t convinced that she needs this group drama in her life and it’s up to the others to show her that being a lone wolf isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Don’t miss an all new episode of NEW GIRL on February 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

THE X-FILES Recap: Scully and Trashman Are Tearing Us Apart

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Glen Morgan’s “Home” is a classic episode of THE X-FILES. It paired grotesque killings, worthy of the first viewer discretion warning in series history, with the upbeat “Wonderful, Wonderful!” by Johnny Mathis while somehow managing to feature a meaningful look at Dana Scully’s desire for eventual motherhood. Nearly twenty years later, Morgan’s “Home Again” has revisited that idea of Scully as a mother against a background of a pretty nasty string of murders in which victims were quite literally torn apart to the sounds of Petula Clark’s cheerful “Downtown,” with a twist of the extra pain (this is The Pain Files, after all) of the loss of Scully’s own mother. Although the similarities are striking between “Home” and “Home Again,” one thing’s for certain: When it comes to THE X-FILES, nothing is ever quite the same. The darkness simply builds and builds.

People treat other people like trash — some more than others. The latest episode of THE X-FILES began with the abuse of less fortunate people in Philadelphia by one Joseph Cutler, who was part of a plan to relocate the homeless to an abandoned hospital. Cutler’s fatal flaw? He was far too gleeful regarding the attacking of the local homeless with high-powered hoses. As painful as that may have been for those unfortunate souls, Cutler was soon visited by who we later learned was the Trashman, who came to Cutler’s office in the middle of the night and proceeded to rip him apart.

Enter Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who have had plenty of experience with these spooky cases, which the man formerly bullied with the nickname Spooky Mulder didn’t seem impressed to be asked about.

No footprints were left by the killer, which Mulder found interesting enough to make a light quip about how it would obviously be impossible for a man to be born without prints, but before he could really get down and dirty with investigating the case with his partner, she was called away on family business by her brother Bill.

William Scully, Jr., why does your sister have your full name as your caller id instead of simply “Bill?” Things that make you go hmm.

As Mulder stayed behind to work the case on his own, he found himself breaking up a fight between Nancy Huff and Daryl Landry, who were on opposite sides of the relocation issue. They were each speaking on behalf of those whom they represented, but Mulder wanted to know who spoke for the homeless. Almost out of thin air, a man appeared to say that the man with the Band-Aid on his nose was the guy to look for, but as Mulder was busy trying to figure out what that meant, the seemingly homeless man vanished.

Vanishment and appearances out of thin air would be the name of the game as the Trashman would arrive, rip victims apart, and toss them in the garbage disposal before returning to his truck. In the particularly horror movie-esque killing of Ms. Huff, Trashman somehow teleported himself from the street outside Nancy’s apartment to the top of her stairs before destroying her amidst the backdrop lightning and the soundtrack of “Downtown.”

It wasn’t until after Mulder and Scully were working together again that any resolution was found. After some brief joking in a dark, dank entryway over Scully’s ability to run in three-inch heels back in the day, followed by some waving of flashlight beams in one another’s faces that I can only describe as the classically inappropriately-timed Mulder and Scully flirting, they came upon the man who believed himself responsible for bringing Trashman to life.

Perhaps it was because I’d suffered through nearly an entire episode of Scully being upset (just like back in the day!) or perhaps this was the true intention, but most of what came out of the basement dweller’s mouth made zero sense until he made the very poignant comment about how we treat one another like trash. From there, he described how he’d envisioned the Trashman and wished for him so badly that Trashman had become a living entity — with a mind of his own. Mulder did his Mulder-speak thing where he drew on his vast knowledge of what Scully would have called “pure science fiction” had she not been too busy thinking about William, and came to the idea of a manifestation body. Mulder was convinced such things would never become the brutal murderers that Trashman was, but in the end, that was the best explanation we were going to get.

Trashman went after Landry as his final victim, but Mulder and Scully were too late. Scully had no idea how Trashman had vanished into thin air because her mind was clearly elsewhere, causing her to temporarily forget how these cases go, I’m guessing. Meanwhile, I was left wondering what what kind of sick mind has Trashman’s face turn into a gray version of one of those Wal-Mart smiley faces after completing his last mutilation.

Another not-quite-closed case for the X-files.

Dana Scully cries. We all cry. Case? What case? From the moment Scully received that phone call from Bill Junior about Maggie Scully’s heart attack, it was obvious the real focus of “Home Again” was going to be on watching the inhumanly talented Gillian Anderson prove she’s still got it. Actually, let’s all agree that Anderson’s better than ever. Forget the cancer arc, forget Mulder’s abduction and subsequent near-death, forget giving up William: This is everything.

Fourteen minutes into an episode, and I’ve never been so wrecked in all my life. While the Trashman was ripping his victims apart from the outside, Dana Scully and her latest personal tragedy were destroying viewers from the inside.

Following Scully’s initial reaction of shock to her brother’s phone call, it was Mulder’s hesitance to reach out and comfort his partner, friend, and former lover before squeezing her elbow and telling her to go to her mother that drove the existence of their strange estrangement home again. After that brief bought of awkwardness, though, Fox Mulder was Dana Scully’s rock and only comfort as she watched Maggie die, then suffered through the lasting old wounds that losing her mother caused. It, at least for this viewer, once again raised the question of why and how these two needed a wedge driven between them in the first place. Aside from that initial hesitance, which could easily have been written off as shock or not wanting to mix personal emotions with on-the-job behavior, the dynamic between Mulder and Scully was nothing more or less than that of two people who cared deeply for one another and had a long, long history of comforting one another at the worst of times.

As Scully spent quite a lot of her time suffering at her mother’s side, with neither of her brothers present to share the burden as Bill was in Germany and Charlie and Maggie were estranged, her medical training barely made an appearance. At one point, she asked a nurse why a particular medication was being used, only to learn that her mother had changed her advance directive without telling her. Otherwise, Scully was the grief-stricken daughter, begging her mother to wake up, bargaining with her for more time, and wanting more time to ask her mother the simple questions. She refused to let Bill know whether she expected Maggie to live long enough for him to get there because she was a daughter first, and as she held her dying mother’s hand or kissed her on the forehead with an ever-deepening mask of grief on her face, it was clear that Dana Scully simply didn’t have the capacity to consider the medical odds because the answers would break her. Gone was the Dana Scully of old who stoically stood by and said she was “fine” when her world was obviously crumbling, and in its place was a woman who had suffered far too much and was forced to do so yet again.

Mulder arrived just in time for Maggie’s extubation, and he sat not by Scully’s side but across the room, where they had some sort of silent conversation that ended only when Scully asked whether they’d ever managed to find a way to wish someone back to life. Mulder answered that he’d invented it when Scully herself was in a hospital — just like this. Viewers had received the treat of watching a flashback to that particular past trauma earlier in the episode as Scully remembered the first of her own many near-deaths. For continuity’s sake, I’m going to guess she and Mulder had that conversation at some point…

Just before Maggie’s death, Scully was finally able to reach Charlie so he could say goodbye to his mother and tell her he was there, despite whatever had caused their estrangement. Following this, Maggie woke up long enough to clutch Mulder’s hand and say that she, too, had a son named William before flatlining. Of note, Scully’s own mother didn’t acknowledge her before dying. So, once again, Dana Scully can’t have any happiness whatsoever.

After Maggie’s death, when the gurney was brought in to take her for organ harvesting, Scully had a meltdown, demanding that the gurney be taken away. But it was Mulder who stepped in, took her into his arms, and held her as she cried and asked why her mother made that comment about their son. (Thanks for the nearly identical pose to the hug in “Memento Mori,” you soul-slicing show, you). Finally breaking the hug, Scully demanded to get back to work while Mulder tried to talk her out of it, only to be left in the hallway, staring after her like a lost puppy as she stormed off to get back to business. Perhaps this was the reappearance of “I’m fine” Scully in its own way.

During the Trashman’s creator’s discussion of wanting something so badly that it becomes a real entity and has a life of its own, Scully thought about how she could have maybe wished William into existence, only for him to become something far different than she would have ever expected. As Mulder argued with the man about the possibilities, Scully remembered watching William make his mobile move, introducing William to his father for the first time (kill me), and telling Mulder she’d given their son away, all while toying with the mysterious quarter necklace she’d found amongst her mother’s possessions.

Coming out of her memory-driven trance, Scully drew a parallel between how the Trashman had become this monster without his creator’s intention and how she had given up her son when he didn’t turn out to be what she’d imagined: “You’re responsible. If you made the problem, if it was your idea, then you’re responsible. You put it out of sight so it wouldn’t be your problem, but you’re just as bad as the people that you hate.”

Because the heartbreak of losing one’s mother isn’t enough, Dana Scully must also have this mixed up with the heartbreak of having given up her own son. Can Scully not beat herself up over this, please? No? Ok, carrying on.

After the case was as closed as the ones on THE X-FILES ever get, Dana and Fox — because she used his first name here and it’s very telling that this was a personal moment, completely removed from their working relationship — had a conversation on a log with Maggie’s ashes at their feet. Scully said she finally understood why Maggie had asked for Charlie and no one else: She wanted to make sure that he was okay before she went away. She also understood why Maggie had brought up William: She wanted them to know to take responsibility and know that William was okay, even if they were unable to see him. Scully admitted that, while she knew the decision she and Mulder had made to give William up for adoption was best for him, she couldn’t help but think of him, citing all sorts of questions that a mother who’s given up her child may have.

The conversation, as well as the episode, ended with Scully telling Mulder she needed William to know that they didn’t treat him like trash by giving him away, as Mulder wrapped an arm around her shoulders, pulling her in to rest her head against his shoulder.

Final thoughts.

  • That’s two out of four episodes so far where the memory of William has played a major role, and the wounds run about as deeply as ever. Kudos to the team at THE X-FILES for not sweeping this under the rug, as they so easily could have with only an intended six-episode revival and a representative smattering of episode types.
  • How Glen Morgan managed to cram such a personal, relatable story for Maggie Scully’s death and your trademark bizarre case into an hour of broadcast television (so probably more like forty-three minutes), I have no idea. But, much like “Home,” I have a feeling “Home Again” is one that will be talked about for many years to come.
  • Maybe it was the realness of Scully’s latest loss that made it so much harder to watch. Gone were the alien conspiracies and miracle babies, and left in their place was only the human suffering that we all face.
  • I’ve praised her plenty above, but this is seriously Gillian Anderson’s episode. I can’t say that enough. When you’re this good, you’re simply this good.

There are only two episodes left of THE X-FILES season 10. Tune in for the next one on February 15 at 8/7c on Fox.

 

 

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH to Return in March on Fox

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Fox has announced that THE LAST MAN ON EARTH will return on March 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. In addition to the winter premiere of THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, the animated series BORDERTOWN will move to its new time period on Sundays at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.

“The winter premiere will pick up exactly where the show left off, with Mike Miller’s space capsule careening through the sky toward Earth, finally putting him on the same planet as his big brother, Phil/Tandy (Will Forte). Mike Miller (guest star Jason Sudeikis) thinks he is the last man on earth, but who knows what or whom he might encounter. As previously announced, Critics’ Choice Award winner and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jacob Tremblay (THE ROOM) will appear as a young Phil/Tandy in an upcoming episode this spring.”

Before moving time periods on Sunday, March 6, BORDERTOWN returns with all-new episodes on Sunday, Feb. 14 (9:30 p.m. ET/PT) and Sunday, Feb. 21 (9:30 p.m. ET/PT).

THE GRINDER Sneak Peeks: The Two Grinders Face Off

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Timothy Olyphant returns to THE GRINDER tonight in what is poised to be an episode Grinder vs. Grinder showdown.

After returning to Boise and showing up at the firm, Stewart decides to invite Olyphant to spend more time around Sanderson & Yao. Dean is initially very territorial and hates Olyphant, but the two men start to bond over their shared actor/lawyer experiences. Stewart realizes his plan backfired and his wife suggests that he try to pit the two men against each other. After all, both of them are used to be the “star”. All of this leads to the two Grinders going head-to-head in a mock trial for ultimate Grinder supremacy.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE GRINDER on February 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

Tonight on NEW GIRL: An Unusual Request

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Nick gets an unwelcome visit on this week’s NEW GIRL. His cousin and his wife are coming by the loft to ask for a handout because apparently Nick is considered “the rich one” among his family. But he’s not eager to lend them any money, so Schdmit sticks around to convince him to be strong and cheap. But it turns out that they didn’t come by to ask for money…they came by to ask Nick for his sperm so they can start a family. Nick seems more eager to give them his sperm instead of his money, but Schmidt cautions against it. And then the situation spirals completely out of control.

Meanwhile, Winston takes Cece wedding dress shopping and, not surprisingly, he’s really into it (packing whistles to help support her when she tries on a great dress). Schmidt tells her to wait until Jess gets back, but Cece is determined to get the ball rolling on the long process and doesn’t want Winston to really participate. But Cece isn’t crazy about the help she’s getting from the saleslady so Winston steps in to be her wedding dress guru. Unfortunately, the champagne that Winston brings leads to a very unfortunate “dress” situation.

Don’t miss an all new episode of NEW GIRL on February 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

THE X-FILES Recap: How Fox Mulder Got His ‘I Want to Believe’ Back

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One thing THE X-FILES has been really good at is seamlessly blending serious drama — either in the form of the underlying conspiracy mythology or the many personal tragedies Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have suffered — with the absurdly hilarious. After having visited the mythology in “My Struggle” and the pain in “Founder’s Mutation,” the next logical step for THE X-FILES season 10 was to take a turn for the comedic. And Darin Morgan’s “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” delivered. Big time.

Fox Mulder’s midlife crisis. The X-files may have been reopened, but Mulder hadn’t exactly jumped back into them as gleefully as he would have done when he was a younger, more believing man. After a brief interlude in the woods to introduce viewers to the monster of the week, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” opened with Scully entering a basement office in disarray.

No, Mulder hadn’t destroyed the place to finally get his partner, who had actually worked in the place more recently, her own desk or her name on the door. He had been going through old case files and discovering that most of his life’s work was made up of nothing more than a bunch of carefully orchestrated hoaxes…and throwing pencils at the “I want to believe” poster. Scully’s poster, to be exact.

In 2016, Scully wants to believe, but Mulder just wants to rant about how the Hairy Whatsit of Walla Walla was never a real thing (the folks at HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS would tend to disagree) because cases involving monsters just aren’t his thing anymore. Because despite looking just as good in a red Speedo as ever, as is revealed later in the episode, Mulder sees himself as getting too old for this stuff: “I’m a middle-aged man, Scully. No, I am. I am. I’m thinking maybe it’s time to put away childish things…the Sasquatches and Mothmen, and jackelopes. I thought it would be great getting back to work, but is this really how I want to spend the rest of my days?”

Yes, Mulder. It is. Now, get to work. You have a monster case to solve with the lovely Skepticus-Maximus-turned-Believer sitting across the desk from you.

“So, we’re looking for a man-sized horned lizard with human teeth. Sounds a bit silly, doesn’t it?” Scully and Mulder’s work on the case of the were-monster took so many bizarre twists and turns, it felt like the hallucinations of a fever-addled brain. That’s actually a compliment, even though it may seem to be the opposite. Interviewing an eyewitness led to some sort of discussion about the monster’s horn, causing Scully to ask if it was a unicorn; and then they needed to know whether the thing was wearing boxers or briefs, I guess? But that’s just the beginning.

Fitting with his description of himself as a middle-aged man, Mulder spent most of the early moments of his investigation failing to understand how the camera app on his phone worked. When he and Pasha the animal control officer were attacked by the monster, he tried to record the whole thing, only to find out later than he’d had the lens facing the wrong way and therefore had no video evidence of the monster’s existence.

Mulder did, however, discover that the monster had spewed blood at him out of its eyeballs, which he discovered via the internet was something done by horned lizards. By this point, Mulder was starting to show a little bit of that old excitement for dealing with these kinds of cases, and Scully was openly admitting that she’d forgotten how much fun they could be. Gone were the trademarked Scully eyerolls and sighs, meant to (poorly) cover up her own amusement.

The real enjoyment for both partners came later, after Mulder discovered the motel manager had methods of peeping on guests. There was the return of the red Speedo, which Mulder apparently sleeps in these days, and then Fox used the head of an actual fox to spy on his partner in bed. Ok, those bits were actually thrown in for viewers’ enjoyment, but the big Mulder and Scully moment came when Mulder went to Scully’s room in the middle of the night. (No, not for that.)

As Mulder ranted and raved his way through his latest bout of speculation, complete with the inclusion of appropriate Scully interjections, it seemed as if the real Special Agent Fox Mulder was back on the case. Gone was the guy who had no interest in going on another wild goose chase to fall for some monster hoax. Scully took note, delivering one of the most memorable lines of THE X-FILES to date in “yeah, this is how I like my Mulder.”

She was, however, not buying Mulder’s story, no matter how much she liked him like this. If the series of hilariously on point and eerily familiar facial reactions weren’t enough to get that across, the assertion that her partner was “batcrap crazy” certainly ought to have been.

Mulder’s plan of action: Check out of the Peeping Tom Motel or whatever it was called, then get to work on solving the case.

Take a walk in the graveyard? Mulder’s next interview was with a psychiatrist. Observation number one: Mulder was offered a prescription for anti-psychotics because he believed that a monster could exist and therefore was just as crazy as, if not crazier than, the patient who believed himself to be said monster. Earlier, Scully had asked Mulder if he’d taken his meds when he came to her room to do his hyper dialogue dump (shoutout to the superhuman David Duchovny for surviving that), so the general consensus would seem to be that Mulder needs to be medicated.

Observation two. As absurd as this entire episode is, there were some pretty interesting things happening between Mulder and that shrink. While Mulder believed “not everything can be reduced to Psychology,” the psychiatrist made an incredibly valid point himself: “It’s easier to believe in monsters out there in the world than to accept that the real monsters dwell within us, here.” Now, if Sveta’s mind-reading trick in “My Sruggle” is to be believed, Mulder’s mental health is what ruined his relationship with Scully. Piecing that together with this is rather telling indeed. Or, you know, it’s just a commentary on how crazy is as crazy does.

Either way, Mulder got the bright idea to visit the cemetery from Dr. Rumanovitch because, apparently, the best advice to give your patient who thinks he’s a monster is to tell him to go for a stroll amongst the graves when he feels an episode coming on. Before he could make it to the graveyard, though, Mulder got a phone call from Scully, complete with the classic, “Mulder, it’s me” greeting. She was pretty sure she’d found their suspect in a worker at a cell phone store, but her attempt to ask questions was thwarted when the guy destroyed the place and ran off. Mulder arrived at the scene just in time to ask Scully why she’d gone after a potentially dangerous suspect by herself — I think it might be the first time either of them has admitted how stupid their tendency to do this is — then execute his own disappearing act.

Off to the graveyard Mulder went, where he met Guy Mann and listened to his — to steal Scully’s phrase — batcrap crazy story. Guy Mann was a monster in his natural state, who’d been bitten by a human, forcing him to turn into a human. And then it just got weirder from there. It was a strange, yet somehow perfectly natural, reversal of the typical werewolf myth. Rather than a man becoming aware that he was a monster, a monster became aware that he was a man. Maybe men are the real monsters?

Guy’s story involved everything from calling his psychiatrist a “witch doctor,” to getting a puppy, to a scandalous lie about Scully coming on to him, which (thankfully) Mulder wasn’t buying. Even within the insanity of Guy’s story about himself in all his 90s tv monster makeup glory, the plot took a turn for the serious, when Mulder had to explain to the were-monster himself (ok, so it didn’t turn too serious) what a transgender is.

I want to believe. After Guy Mann finished his ridiculous tale, we found Mulder passed out on the grave of Kim Manners (lovely tribute), only to be awoken by a phone call from Scully. People, this is important: Fox Mulder’s ringtone for Scully is theme for THE X-FILES. That’s so meta.

Scully was busy getting herself potentially trapped by Pasha the animal control guy, all while in the process of not only cracking the case wide open but also reminiscing about the long-dead Queequeg. As Mulder rushed off to the Animal Control Office to save his partner, she was busy saving herself because Dana Katherine Scully needs no rescuing; and when Mulder yet again reprimanded her for going off on her own without backup, she patted him on the chest and reminded him that she’s immortal.

The plot thickens with yet another throwback.

So, as the case came to a close with Scully stealing a puppy — because Mulder’s obviously been a terrible influence on her — and Mulder continuing to argue with Guy Mann about the absurdity of his story, Fox Mulder finally admitted the most important thing of all: “I want to believe.” The discouraged and disenchanted man we met at the beginning of the latest episode of THE X-FILES wasn’t exactly long-gone, but after having a lot of fun with his partner on the most unbelievable of cases, he somehow remembered that he could want to believe without actually being there yet.

Perhaps it’s because there were so many reminders of old times; perhaps it was just a matter of remembering himself. Either way, Fox Mulder wants to believe again, so all is about as right in the world of THE X-FILES as it can get.

The bottom line. “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” is bound to go down in history as a favorite episode of THE X-FILES. Seeing both partners regain their joy in investigating these cases would have been enough to make this an instant classic. But it’s in the multiple references to beloved moments from the original series (like the Speedo, Queequeg, the pencils, Scully’s not at all surprising immortality, etc., etc., etc…) that really makes this story strong. Laughing one’s way through a classic monster-of-the-week case is one thing, but  remembering all the little things that made THE X-FILES special in its original run is like a love letter to a dedicated base of fans, both old and new, that never stopped wanting to believe.

Don’t miss the next new episode of THE X-FILES on February 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

LUCIFER Sneak Peeks: The New Normal

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The devil as a consultant to the L.A.P.D.? It’s not the craziest thing to ever happen on TV. And in this week’s all new episode of LUCIFER we’ll see that the titular character has essentially been paired with Chloe after a movie star’s son is killed after being chased by the paparazzi. This case, of course, is going to bring up part of Chloe’s past — as a former actress and as the daughter of a famous actress.

Meanwhile, Amenadiel interrupts Lucifer’s “devil’s threesome” with yet another message to encourage the devil to return to Hell. But Lucifer is having too much fun topside to go back and he would rather see Amenadiel be forced to rule Hell in his stead.

Don’t miss an all new episode of LUCIFER tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

THE X-FILES Sneak Peeks: A Good Old-Fashioned Monster Hunt

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Tonight’s all new episode of THE X-FILES (“Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-Monster”) is much in the same style as some classic X-FILES episodes such as “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’”, which makes sense since they were both written by Darin Morgan.

Blending humor with a good old-fashiond monster hunt, the episode finds Mulder struggling with his beliefs. Now he’s despondent that everything supernatural and strange he ever believed in has a rational explanation and is no longer fantastical. And so Scully tries to perk him up with a case involving a dead body found in the woods…that may have been killed by a monster.

Rhys Darby plays Guy Mann, a curious sort of fellow who gives a fantastic monologue right in the middle of the episode (to tell you any more would spoil you!). It’s a series of scenes you absolutely don’t want to miss. And Kumail Nanjiani guest stars as Pasha, a deadpan animal control worker. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have settled well in to their older Mulder and Scully roles in this episode, equally adept at melding comedy with existential drama.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE X-FILES tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

GREASE: LIVE – Relive the Performances Here

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The cast of GREASE: LIVE brought high energy to their performances last night and despite a few technical glitches, the live musical extravaganza was successful and fun.

If you didn’t get a chance to catch the show live, Fox has put together clips of the major performances and moments of the series and you can watch them below. Some highlights include Boyz II Men crooning “Beauty School Dropout”, Vanessa Hudgens singing “There Are Worst Things I Could Do” and the cast coming together for the final “We Go Together”.

GREASE: LIVE Preview: New Look at Fox’s Next Live Musical Show

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Fox has released a new one minute long preview for GREASE: LIVE, giving viewers a look at more of the recognizable dance numbers from the upcoming live performance.

The network has also shared photos from the rehearsals. The live event stars Julianne Hough as the angelic Sandy – Rydell High’s most talked-about newcomer – and Aaron Tveit as bad boy Danny Zuko. Also tapped to star are Vanessa Hudgens as iconic bad girl Rizzo; Keke Palmer as sassy Pink Lady Marty Maraschino; Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie, Danny’s tough-guy sidekick; Carly Rae Jepsen as Pink Lady and beauty school dropout Frenchy; Kether Donohue as Pink Lady Jan; David Del Rio as T-Bird Putzie; Jordan Fisher as Doody; and Andrew Call as Sonny.

GREASE: LIVE airs this Sunday, Jan. 31 7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on FOX.

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