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‘Dads’ pilot taking heat in reviews for stereotypes

It doesn’t debut until next month, but the Fox sitcom “Dads” is already taking heat in early reviews for being crass, sexist and exploiting racial stereotypes.

Facing reporters Thursday, its stars and producers defended the show as focusing on human frailties for the sake of laughs and enlightenment. They vowed to refine it, as needed, as the season unfolds, and asked its audience not to rush to judgment.

“In the pilot (episode) we all noticed some things we’d like to change or tweak moving forward,” co-creator Alec Sulkin said at the session of the Television Critics Association. He acknowledged they may have “missed the mark a few times” in the pilot.

“The first six episodes, you’re improving your pilot,” said Mike Scully, another executive producer whose credits include the once-excoriated “The Simpsons.”

“I think you’re going to notice a change in the tone and balance,” Scully said.

“Dads” centers on two friends, played by Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi, whose politically incorrect fathers re-enter their lives. The raucous, loose-lipped dads are played by Martin Mull and Peter Riegert.

“Dads” premieres Sept. 17.

Criss, Hale co-host Teen Choice show

Darren Criss of “Glee” and Lucy Hale of “Pretty Little Liars” will co-host Teen Choice 2013, which will include a performance by country group Florida Georgia Line.

Jenni “JWoww” Farley will host the teal carpet coverage of the Aug. 11 show that celebrates teen favorites in television, music, film, sports, fashion and comed.

Sandra Bullock, Kerry Washington, Miley Cyrus, Jim Parsons, Adam DeVine and Gabby Douglas were announced Thursday as the latest stars set to appear on the show. They’ll be joined by Lily Collins, Max Greenfield, Liam Hemsworth, Demi Lovato, Ian Somerhalder, The Wanted and Rebel Wilson, among others.

Hanks helms film ‘Captain Phillips’

Tom Hanks looks set to have a busy autumn.

Maritime piracy drama “Captain Phillips,” in which he stars, is set to open the London Film Festival, as well as cinema fests in New York and Tokyo.

London festival organizers announced Thursday that the Paul Greengrass-directed movie will open its 57th edition on Oct. 9.

“Captain Phillips” is based on the true story of Richard Phillips, commanding officer of the Maersk Alabama, a container ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.

Phillips offered himself as a hostage to the pirates in exchange for the freedom of his crew and ship.

The London Film Festival runs Oct. 9 to 20.

“Captain Phillips” will also open the New York Film Festival on Sept. 27 and the Tokyo International Film festival on Oct. 17.

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