American Horror Story Scoop: Ryan Murphy Teases Kathy Bates’ Turn as a ‘Bad, Bad Woman!’

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American Horror Story Season 3 SpoilersCrazy as she was, Misery psychopath Annie Wilkes apparently has nothing on the super-villain Kathy Bates is bringing to American Horror Story in Season 3.

“Oh, Kathy’s never [played] someone this bad,” Ryan Murphy revealed to TVLine with a laugh at PaleyFest Wednesday night, where he was honored with the event’s inaugural Icon Award. “Her [character] is a bad, bad woman!”

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While most details surrounding the acclaimed actress’ buzzy new role are being kept under wraps, Murphy couldn’t help but raise fans’ expectations just a teensy bit more by promising that Bates’ Horror Story nemesis is “five times worse than [her] Misery character — which is why she liked it.

“When I pitched this to Kathy, her mouth was drop-jawed because what I was pitching actually happened,” Murphy continued. “It’s a true event……

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What to Watch Thursday: Community’s Euro Trip, Idol’s Top 20, Archer Gets Cookin’ and More

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Community - Season 4On TV this Thursday: American Idol drops and gives you 20, Malcolm McDowell gives the Communitysome international flavor, Project Runway puts age before beauty and Archergourmet have his cover blown. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox)| The fourth and final group of semifinalists take the stage; after tonight, only the Top 20 will remain.

8 pm Zero Hour (ABC)| Laila, forced to repair the next clock for White Vincent, begins leaving a trail of clues for Hank to follow. Meanwhile, Hank’s parents seem to be hiding a secret, and a famous historical figure may hold the key to unlocking the next clock.

8 pm Community (NBC)| After getting shut out of “The History of Ice Cream,” the study group begins its European History class with Prof. Noel Cornwallis (played by Malcolm McDowell, Entourage) — which of…

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Wendi McLendon-Covey Modern FamilyThe Cam-Pam rematch is on!

TVLine has learned exclusively that Bridesmaids funny lady Wendi McLendon-Covey will reprise her Modern Family role as Cam’s lesbian nemesis Pam later this season — but she’ll be without her better half, played by Michaela Watkins.

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This time around, Cam and Claire recruit contractor Pam to assist them with their house renovation/flipping project. “I think Cam has some ideas about the restoration, and he’s fighting [about it] with Claire,” explains McLendon-Covey. “So they get Pam involved.

“We’ll see how my contracting skills are,” the actress adds with a laugh. “We’ll see how comfortable I look with a hammer in my hand!”

Also on deck for McLendon-Covey: A three-episode return to CBS’ Rules of Engagement, which kicks off its seventh season on Feb. 4.

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It’s 2013, TVLiners, and that means we’re resolving to bring you a whole new year full of great TVLine Mixtapes!

As always, here are some great songs from recent TV episodes, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection. Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams!

The Final Page, Part One And TwoSERIES AND EPISODE | How I Met Your Mother, “The Final Page, Part Two”
TITLE | “Let Your Heart Hold Fast”
ARTIST |Fort Atlantic
ALBUM | Fort Atlantic (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | The only thing that makes this legen – wait for it – dary moment even more incredible is the perfect song choice that follows Robin’s “Yes.” How I Met Your Mother music coordinator, will…

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doctorwho300We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week(-plus) of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Doctor Who, Parenthood, American Horror Story: Asylum and The Big Bang Theory!

1 | Revisiting Christmas: Did Doctor Who‘s sinister snowmen give anyone else flashbacks to Calvin & Hobbes? And can we get a(nother) round of applause for astoundingly telegenic new castmember Jenna-Louise Coleman?

2 | Can Downton Abbey somehow close the gap between UK and Stateside airings, if only so we don’t have to keep inventing new levels of “spoiler alert” warnings?

3 | Is everyone that Underemployed‘s Sophia encounters a lesbian? Her classmate’s boss, the random girl waiting in line for the bathroom… and now her former professor!

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The Thompson family returns for the first of a series of specials dedicated to detailing how the family celebrates the the holidays! First up is Halloween — and you better not ever give Alana dental floss as a treat, you hear?!

It’s January 6, so what better time to revisit Halloween with the Thompson clan! Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fans want their hysterical footage, and they’ll take it whenever TLC decides to air it. But, were tonight’s Halloween hijinks with Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and crew worth the airtime? Let’s recount the hour.

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cassadee pope the voice winnerThe X Factor and The Voice have concluded their respective Season 2 and Season 3 installments, and with the celebratory confetti swept up and carried off to a Los Angeles-area landfill, it seems like the right time to do a post-mortem on how the reality singing competitions’ final results played out.

In this week’s Reality Check, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I examine how The X Factor‘s Tate Stevens lost the battle of the Top 3 performance finale, but still managed to win the war. (Hint: An unfortunate duet between his arch rival and an embattled country diva probably helped his chances.) We also talk about what the show’s producers should try to change for Season 3 — and yes, we get more specific than “Burn it to the ground and start from scratch!”

PHOTOS | X Factor: The 25 Best Performances of Season 2

Melinda and I…

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blog_aa_10.11.12Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hello? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Can it really be happening? Is Gossip Girl really coming to an end? Since I know it is, can you let me in on some series finale secrets — especially regarding the flash-forward? —John
Ausiello: Three future couplings will surprise you. Two won’t.

Question: Do you have one last Gossip Girl scoop for me? — Kayla
Ausiello: There’s a twist in the final 15 minutes that I dare say will prove more polarizing than the incendiary Dan-Blair-Chuck triangle.

Question: 666 Park Avenue is awesome. Any chance it will be picked up by another network? —J.R.
Ausiello: No.

Question: Do you know if Jimmy Smits will be returning to Sons of Anarchy next season? I hope so. I really like him and Katey Sagal together. —Beth
Ausiello: There’s no…

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