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TK-421 Why Aren't You At Your Post?

Two Primetime Sitcoms Are Getting Star Wars-Themed Episodes For May The Fourth

Never let it be said that Lucasfilm doesn’t love tie-ins.

Both The Big Bang Theory and The Goldbergs have partnered with the Star Wars production company to honor that most revered holiday, May The Fourth. Geek culture is kind of the entire point of The Big Bang Theory, so no real surprise there. However, it sounds like they’re going all out with the set design for this one. Here’s a hint: I’m sure it’s perfectly safe for droids.

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The Boob Tube

The Horror: Website Tells You How Much Of Your Life You’ve Spent Watching TV

Want to kick the weekend off with an overwhelming sense that you’ve been wasting your life? Of course you do! Website tiii.me has you covered. Just plug in the TV shows you’ve watched, select how many seasons you made it through, and you’ll be treated to a precise number of days, hours, and minutes that you spent watching TV instead of doing more productive things like… I dunno, taxes.

Your friendly neighborhood TMS writers each put in 3 TV shows; Jill’s is above, and Rebecca’s and Susana’s are behind the jump. Of course, just three shows is nothing. Feel free to plug in your own TV shows and share your number in the comments. The highest total gets bragging rights!

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This Makes Sense

Website Shows You Exactly How Hard Your Favorite TV Shows Started Sucking Over the Years

Or not, in some cases. To get more mathy with it, software engineer Kevin Wu‘s Graph TV compiles the IMDB user ratings for the episodes of any given TV show and converts them into handy-dandy graphs. It’s an interesting starting point for discussion, if not the definitive determination of a show’s increasing or decreasing level of suck. For example, the ratings for season seven of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are way too high. What the hell, IMDB users?!

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President Obama Will Introduce Tonight’s Premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Carl Sagan is one of my personal heroes. His writings have influenced me greatly, and his iconic series Cosmos remains an important touchstone for me. However, like the universe, our scientific knowledge has expanded, and special effects have become fancier as well. While I’ll always love the old series, I’m very glad we’re getting a new Cosmos for younger generations. Okay, “glad” is an understatement. I have snacks. My nebula-print t-shirt is clean. I am so ready for this.

Apparently, some folks with much more sway than I have been preparing for tonight’s debut as well. Folks like, say, the President of the United States.

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she blinded me with science

Facebook Page “I F-ing Love Science” Is Getting A TV Series, With Craig Ferguson Producing

Here at The Mary Sue, we fucking love science. We love smart ladies doing cool things, too. Therefore, we take it as rather exciting news that the enormously popular I Fucking Love Science Facebook page is evolving into a brand spanking new TV show. The series has been greenlit by the Science Channel, and CBS’ Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson will be taking the helm as executive producer. Elise Andrew, the one-woman team behind the Facebook page, is coming aboard as consulting producer.

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Today In News We Did Not Expect: Heroes Is Coming Back

Yeah. We’re surprised, too.

During last night’s Olympic coverage, NBC announced that Heroes will return as a stand-alone miniseries in 2015. 13 episodes of Heroes Reborn (no, not that Heroes Reborn) are on the docket, with Tim Kring, the original series’ creator, back in command. NBC’s press release is predictably vague on details, though NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke does suggest that some familiar faces may make an appearance.

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The Boob Tube

Study Shows That TV Viewers Prefer Not to Multita—Ooh, Twitter

Turns out that the “Technology is ruining our attention spans! People never talk face-to-face anymore! Waxing nostalgic about the pre-Internet era makes me feel superior to others! Grrrrrrr” apocalypse isn’t quite upon us: A study has found that an overwhelming majority of TV viewers still prefer to actually focus on what they’re watching instead of doing other things.

Sorry, second screen apps. You are doing your best.

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Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

Get Watching! Netflix Will Be Removing Tons Of Movies & TV Shows In The Next Few Days

Ok, folks, time to be couch potatoes. Netflix has decided to do a little Spring cleaning and remove a ton of items from their service. But there’s good news, they’ll also be adding a few new ones in the new year.

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If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time

UK Labour MP Points Out There Are No Female Engines In Thomas The Tank Engine

Parents, it’s never too early to teach your kids about fair gender representation in the media! Mary Creagh, the UK’s Labour shadow transport secretary, reminded us all that gendered social conditioning starts young when she pointed out that children’s TV shows unfairly portray transport jobs as exclusively male – particularly placing blame on Thomas the Tank Engine.

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Our Adorable Past

FX Is Making a Rasputin Miniseries; Odds of the Existence of a Sexy!Rasputin Show Very High

Sure, you know Grigori Rasputin as a historical Russian cult-of-personality leader and infamous murder victim with a seriously grody beard and strange haircut, but did you know that he’s getting a miniseries from the network that brought us American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck, and Archer?

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