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KFC to ‘Double Down’ on college girls’ butts [via AdFreak]

KFC has found a new way to promote its Double Down sandwich (Monterey and pepper jack cheese, bacon and sauce sandwiched between two fried pieces of chicken) to college guys: splashing it across the backside of girls’ sweatpants. “On select college campuses,” the press release says, “female undergraduates will sport KFC Double Down branded sweatpants to encourage students to try the unique bun-less sandwich.” It pays $500, in case you were on the fence.

German scientists discover rare ape species in Asia [via Agence France-Presse]

A new rare and endangered species of ape has been discovered in the tropical rainforests between Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The discovery of the northern buffed-cheeked gibbon, by scientists from the German Primate Center, “is a minor sensation,” GPC spokesman Christian Roos said. “The male of the new species is covered with black fur that appears silver in sunlight. His chest is brownish and his cheeks deep orange-golden in colour. The females are orange-beige in colour.”

Thanks to friend of the blog Barbara King for this tip.

The underrated brilliance of Steve Buschemi [via Salon]

Steve Buschemi doesn’t fit with HBO’s textbook leading men, “intense, deep-voiced, fearsomely macho.” But the “Boardwalk Empire” star is “the actor as Swiss Army Knife: Whatever a story needs, he’s probably got it. … He is always immediately recognizable as Steve Buscemi, rarely playing parts that require him to disguise his face or voice (as if such a thing were possible). But he rarely recycles performances, even when he seems to have been typecast in a particular mode that he’s mastered before: the fast-talking criminal, for instance, or the philosophical outsider, or the small-town loser.”

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“Boardwalk Empire”

Premieres Sunday, September 19, 9 p.m. on HBO

Starring Steve Buschemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Kenneth Williams, Stephen Graham

Atlantic City, 1920, Prohibition. A potent mix, a fascinating period of American history and Steve Buschemi. Who could want more? Buschemi stars as Nucky Thompson, the city’s corrupt treasurer who runs his business like a mobster. Entertainment Weekly: “Buscemi’s shifty-eyed fixer has no scruples about ordering beat-downs, but he also has a soft heart for a few people who impress him.” EW seems to have some reservations, but Buschemi is the kind of actor who can make a role his own; “Boardwalk Empire” seems to be in a similar vein as “Mad Men,” a period drama that reveals characters’ interiority slowly, almost painfully so. Michael Pitt looks like he’ll make an excellent sidekick; he has the kind of roughshod young face required of bootleggers in the ’20s. Oh, and Al Capone makes an appearance; how fun is that?

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“The Event”

Premieres Monday, September 20, 9 p.m. on NBC

Starring Jason Ritter, Laura Innes, Blair Underwood, Željko Ivanek, Scott Patterson, Sarah Roemer

Be wary. Recent big-mystery shows like “FlashForward” and “V” have no pop, and “Lost” ended unsatisfactorily, to put it diplomatically. “The Event” follows a variety of mysteries through Sean Walker (Ritter), who investigates the disappearance of his girlfriend and manages to uncover some sort of government plot. Some heft is given to the cast from Innes, Ivanek and Underwood. Scott Patterson, formerly of “Gilmore Girls,” is also on the cast list, though not in the preview, and as he showed in two of the “Saw” films he plays government investigator well. This pilot will have to judged by how engaging it is; no one is looking to get burned by such a mystery-based show again.

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“Mike and Molly”

Premieres Monday, September 20, 9:30 p.m. on CBS

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Billy Gardel

It’s a traditional sitcom, but “Mike and Molly” doesn’t look like a traditional plot. McCarthy and Gardel star as the eponymous characters, a fourth grade teacher and a police officer. Both are overweight; in fact, they meet at an Overeaters Anonymous gathering. Gardell already has some notable roles under his considerably sized belt, including stints on “The King of Queens” and “Yes, Dear.” McCarthy, of course, is best known for her time as Sookie St. James on “Gilmore Girls,” where she was consistently a bright spot and engaging actress. Furthermore, CBS has had some success with more traditional-style sitcoms, including “The Big Bang Theory” and “Rules of Engagement” (as usual, pretend “Two and a Half Men” doesn’t exist). It remains to be seen whether such success will come to “Mike & Molly.”

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“Outlaw”

Premieres Wednesday, September 15, 10 p.m. on NBC

Starring Jimmy Smits, Jesse Bradford, Carly Pope, David Ramsey, Ellen Woglom

Smits plays Supreme Court justice Cyrus Garza, who quits the high court in the pilot and returns to private practice. E! Online: “Why, you ask? Only Garza himself seems to know for sure. To change the legal system? To represent the little man? To make his late father proud? Or does it have to do with his $250,000 gambling debt?” The premise seems a little shaky; Smits is some sort of SCOTUS playboy — something anyone who knows anything about the Supreme Court knows is implausible — but as the below preview makes clear, he has a heart of gold and balls of steel. If anyone can pull it off, Smits is the best bet; it could go the way of “The Good Wife” or “Drop Dead Diva,” two wildly different legal dramas that span the spectrum. The rest of the cast, E! says, doesn’t feature much in the pilot. However, Bradford, playing an ambitious Ivy League grad, has shown how well he can play such sniveling roles before. Pope portrays “the bisexual bad-girl private investigator,” which sounds suspiciously like a rip-off of Archie Panjabi’s Emmy Award-winning character on CBS’s “The Good Wife.” Still, worth a watch.

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“The Whole Truth”

Premieres Wednesday, September 22, 10 p.m. on ABC

Starring Rob Morrow, Maura Tierney

I love a legal drama, and this one promises to stay focused on the legal drama. Morrow always seemed constrained on “Numb3rs,” and Maura Tierney has her own set of acting chops (including “NewsRadio,” a seriously underrated comedy). Will it prove more popular than the single-season “Law and Order: Trial By Jury” (another seriously underrated show)? We’ll see.

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Bonus Made-for-TV Movie!

“Sharktopus”

Premieres Saturday, September 25, 9 p.m. on SyFy

Quite possibly better than SyFy’s previous hit, “Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.” Need I say more?

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