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Sarah Michelle Gellar Doubles Your Pleasure: When Actresses Tackle Dual Roles

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 30th 2011 2:00PM
After 8 years away from TV, Sarah Michelle Gellar returns this fall in 'Ringer,' one of the more talked-about pilots of the season. Never one to back away from a challenge, our girl comes back not as one character, but two -- identical twins Bridget and Siobhan. As SMG herself pointed out at Comic-Con, she's doing this for the love of the game, not the paycheck (only soap stars get paid extra when they take on an evil twin/clone/long lost cousin side project). In honor of her noble dedication to her craft, here's a few other actresses who've gotten multiple listings in a TV credit.

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Top 10 Musical Episodes: 'Buffy,' 'Scrubs,' 'The Simpsons' and More!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 26th 2010 7:00PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once More With Feeling
If 'Glee' has you yearning for more song-and-dance routines on TV, hold onto your (top) hats! From April 29 to May 5, Fox is turning several of its shows into musicals, including 'Bones,' 'House,' 'The Simpsons,' even 'Fringe.' On May 2, 'Family Guy' will celebrate its 150th episode with an extended episode featuring new and familiar musical numbers. Suffice to say the shows should be a blast, for both us and the actors.

Of course, TV aficionados know this is nothing new. Shows like 'Ally McBeal,' 'Eli Stone,' and 'SpongeBob SquarePants' have featured musical numbers regularly, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention 'Viva Laughlin' and 'Cop Rock' (even though the latter was declared by TV Guide to be one of the worst shows ever, ouch!). In fact, we can trace the trend back to classic episodes like Bugs Bunny's 'The Rabbit of Seville' and 'What's Opera, Doc?'

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'Glee'-Inspired Musical Week on Fox Includes a Singing, Dancing 'Fringe'

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 11:14PM
Geeks, meet Gleeks.

To kick of the May sweeps, Fox is planning a week of 'Glee'-inspired musical programming, including a musical episode of sci-fi fan fave 'Fringe.' In the April 29 episode, entitled 'Overture,' the show's paranormal investigators will find themselves suddenly breaking out into song and dance numbers.

Turns out a lot of the 'Fringe' cast have music backgrounds, so they were psyched to show off their crooning and hoofing skills as part of the typical weirdness of the show. How do these musical interludes come about? Read on for spoilers.

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James Marsters Joins the New 'Hawaii Five-O'

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 17th 2010 8:30AM
james marstersBad boy for hire James Marsters has landed his next villainous role. The former 'Buffy' bloodsucker and current 'Caprica' cult leader will play Steve McGarrett's nemesis in the new 'Hawaii Five-O.'

Marsters announced the big news on his official Facebook page. Sadly, he's only signed for a guest spot in the CBS pilot, produced by uber-geeks of the moment Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ('Fringe,' 'Star Trek'). Of course, the guest gig could turn into a recurring role if the producers like what they see (fingers crossed!).

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Watch James Marsters in a Sneak Peek of Friday's 'Caprica'

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 4th 2010 5:04PM
Former 'Buffy' bloodsucker James Marsters starts his recurring gig on Syfy's 'Caprica' this Friday. Marsters plays cult leader and "one true God" worshipper Barnabus Greeley on the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel series.

Syfy has sent out a sneak peek of Marsters' 'Caprica' debut, which features a grim-faced Barnabus talking to one of his followers and wrapping his arm in (yikes!) barbed wire:



Marsters is set to appear in five episodes of 'Caprica' this season. During a conference call with news outlets this week, he said the door was left open for his character to come back and possibly cause some more havoc for 'Caprica's V-club addicted, polytheistic ladies and gents.

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Jane After Dark: I Believe in the Power of 'Supernatural'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 13th 2010 10:00AM
Supernatural - Jane After Dark
'Supernatural' is one of those shows I've been hearing about since it first premiered in 2005. I was never a fan of shows with demons and ghosts and the like until I finally watched 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' Now I'm sort of hooked on them.

I'm not gonna lie, though. I'm just a few episodes into 'Supernatural,' and so far, it's terrifying. It could be a good long while before I'm able to swim in a lake ('Dead in the Water'), go camping ('Wendigo'), fly on a plane ('Phantom Traveler'), or look in a mirror ('Bloody Mary'). And I'm convinced that my husband is probably a shape-shifter ('Skin').

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Julie Benz Talks 'Dexter,' 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Uncorked'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 12th 2010 3:00PM
Julie BenzIt's been a wild ride for Julie Benz lately. Her character Rita Morgan was tragically killed off in the season four finale of 'Dexter,' and now she's playing a stripper taken in by Susan on 'Desperate Housewives.' Her run on that show has just been extended.

She also has a Hallmark Channel movie, 'Uncorked,' airing March 6. She plays a high-powered executive who's not looking to fall in love, but fate has a different plan when a business conference takes her to wine country.

We caught up with Benz and got the scoop on all her upcoming projects, including several feature films.

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TV's Most Memorable Mothers and Daughters

by David Hofstede, posted Jan 29th 2010 3:00PM
The new CW series 'Life Unexpected' explores the unique relationship between Lux (Brittany Robertson), a teenager raised in a succession of foster homes, and her birth mother, radio talk show host Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby).

It's the latest in a tradition of TV series featuring memorable mothers and daughters, a formula that has inspired both great shows ('The Gilmore Girls') and disasters ('Kath and Kim'). If 'Life Unexpected' becomes a hit, perhaps we'll have one more duo to add to this list of TV's most memorable moms and the girls they love.

Check out the top 10 list after the jump.

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Diablo Cody thinks a Jennifer's Body series would be "amazing"

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 22nd 2010 3:02PM
Diablo Cody at the 2010 Winter TCAsAbout a month ago, our friends at CliqueClack listed five reasons why Diablo Cody's thriller Jennifer's Body should be made into a television series.

They seemed to list some compelling reasons, especially the fact that it would play well with fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So when Cody was at the TCAs to promote the upcoming season of her Showtime hit United States of Tara, I decided to ask her about the prospect as she got off-stage.

"I had never heard that," she replied. "That would be amazing."

When I asked her if the show would appeal to Buffy fans, she asked, "Did the original Buffy movie do well in the theaters?" When we said it didn't, she shot back in self-deprecating fashion: "This could be the perfect metaphor, then."

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Buffy season eight Big Bad revealed

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 12th 2010 9:00AM
Buffy the Vampire SlayerFor those not keeping track, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise has continued to a season eight in the comic books. In her latest escapades, Buffy (with her Slayer army) has been fighting a masked villain named Twilight who apparently is familiar with Buffy.

In an interview, Dark Horse editor Scott Alie revealed the secret identity of Twilight. Spoiler is after the jump ...

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Scott Patterson Joins '90210'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 14th 2009 3:03PM
Stars Hollow is coming to Beverly Hills.

According to the Ausiello Files, '90210' has recruited Scott Patterson to play Liam's biological father for at least two episodes. The casting is especially nice, as Patterson previously worked with showrunner Rebecca Sinclair on 'Gilmore Girls.'

Patterson is known for his work as Luke Danes in 'Gilmore Girls,' a role he kept for seven years. He was also called "spongeworthy" by Elaine on 'Seinfeld,' wooed Grace on an episode of 'Will & Grace' and appeared in two of the big screen's 'Saw' movies, 'Saw IV' and 'Saw V.'

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Vamps Aren't Tramps: Why Vampires Rule Right Now

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 8th 2009 11:55PM


What is the deal with vampires? That seems to be the question on everyone's lips this season. Not just us commoners either - last week George Stromboulopolos asked Shawn Ashmore for his opinion (who is apparently qualified to answer based on his appearance in the 'X-Men' movies) - and Shawn had no reply. When such great minds as these are flummoxed, who am I to tackle the subject? And yet, here we are.

I think we all know that vampires in pop culture are metaphorical, but we're not really sure what they're standing in for. With zombies, George Romero pretty much decided it for us. In fact, the idea that zombies stand for consumerism is so entrenched that one of the few moments of purposeful comedy in 'New Moon' has Bella's friend dismissing the latest horror flick for being so predictable.

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Best TV Shows of the 2000s

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 7th 2009 6:00AM
Best TV Shows of the '00s
Boiling any decade's list of the best TV shows down to 40 is tough; a common viewer complaint is that there are hundreds of channels and nothing worth watching, but we'd argue that they're just not looking in the right places.

Our list of the 40 best shows of the 2000s is chockful of edgy dramas ('CSI' and 'Deadwood'), sharp comedies ('30 Rock' and 'Chappelle's Show') and reality shows -- like 'The Amazing Race' and 'Top Chef' -- that have transcended their genres to become just plain good entertainment. Family dramas, clever teens, "'Seinfeld' on crack" and comeback efforts by Kiefer Sutherland and Neil Patrick Harris also pepper our lineup, so delve into the AOL TV list of the top 40 shows of the 2000s and let us know what you think we got right and wrong.

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We Give Thanks for Our 11 Favorite Thanksgiving Episodes

by David Hofstede, posted Nov 24th 2009 5:05PM
Best Thanksgiving episodes
Whether it's the parades or football games or Charlie Brown cooking toast and popcorn, television is as much a part of Thanksgiving as the turkey and cranberry sauce. This year, we're giving thanks to some of our favorite TV holiday celebrations. It was supposed to be a top ten list, but just like with Thanksgiving dinner, we couldn't resist a little extra stuffing.

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7 TV Shows That Shouldn't Be Made Into Movies

by Chris O'Connell, posted Nov 17th 2009 11:00AM
Veronica MarsEver since 'Gilmore Girls' creator Amy Sherman-Palladino recently disclosed to Entertainment Weekly that she isn't ruling out a movie adaptation of the coming-of-age mother-daughter dramedy, we've been thinking of the other television shows rumored to become movies in the not-so-distant future.

Mostly, we've been thinking about how much we will hate them.

Behold, the seven worst (maybe) upcoming TV to film adaptations and why they are bad ideas.

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