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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Fringe,' 'Gossip Girl,' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 10th 2011 1:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Californication,' 'Dexter,' 'Fringe,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' 'Parks & Recreation' and 'The Closer.'

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Bob Newhart Joins Lifetime's 'Project Five,' 'Heroes' Star Heads to 'Law & Order: CI' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 9th 2011 6:00PM
Bob NewhartBob Newhart has joined the cast of Lifetime's anatholgy film 'Project Five.'

According to TV Guide, Newhart will join the star-studded cast as Dr. Roth, a friend of Jeanne Tripplehorn's character, Pearl.

Besides 'Big Love' star Tripplehorn, the cast includes veteran stars Patricia Clarkson, Tony Shalhoub, Rosario Dawson, Kathy Najimy, Jeffrey Tambor. The project of five short films tells the story of how breast cancer impacts people's lives.

Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Alicia Keys and Patty Jenkins direct separate parts of the film series.

In other casting news ...

Adrian Pasdar will guest star on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.' The former 'Heroes' star will be joined by 'Mad Men' actor Bryan Batt in the episode titled 'Trophy Wife.' Pasdar will play a wine collector and Batt a wine sommelier. [TV Guide]

Bill O'Reilly is branching out into scripted television. The Fox News anchor will play himself as a potential murder suspect on an episode of 'Rizzoli & Isles.' [TV Guide]

Adam Arkin is heading to 'The Closer.' The 'Sons of Anarchy' actor will play Steven Hirschbaum, described as "a Bernie Madoff-like businessman." Arkin previously directed an episode of the TNT drama. [TV Guide]

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Glee,' 'The Big Bang Theory' and Much More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 29th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Burn Notice,' 'Californication,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'CSI,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Private Practice,' 'Psych,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'The Good Wife' and 'The Mentalist.'

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Boston Rob Gets New Series, 'Blue Bloods' Creators Leave Show and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 25th 2011 2:20PM
Boston RobRob Mariano is going from 'Survivor' to TV host with the History channel's 'Around the World in 80 Ways.'

'Amazing Race' and 'Survivor' veteran Boston Rob will team up with Dennis Anderson, the creator of the monster truck Gravedigger brand to host the new series. According to History, the two will attempt to travel the world using 80 different modes of transportation, never repeating the same one.

"This series captures History's commitment to highly compelling entertainment within a historical framework," Dirk Hoogstra, senior vice president of development and programming at History, said in a statement. "The dynamic between our two hosts will make for great television, while viewers can journey around the world with them to explore the ingenuity of travel in every era, throughout all stages of technological advances."

The two hosts will use everything from blimps, fighter jets, ostriches and even build their own vehicles to get around the world. At times the two will work as a team, other portions of the journey will be a race.

In other TV news ...

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is tackling the troubled 'Spider-Man' Broadway musical. The storyline will feature a play with lots of high-flying wire work called 'Icarus.' A person involved in the play is killed in what looks like a stunt gone wrong. There are characters very close to the play who sound an awful lot like Julie Taymore and Bono. [TVLine]

'Blue Bloods' showrunners Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have left the CBS drama. Reports indicate CBS wants to take the show in a more procedural direction. Ken Sanzel left his executive producer post in August after creative tension with Tom Selleck. [Deadline]

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Californication,' 'Smallville,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 8th 2011 10:00AM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Californication,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'House,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Modern Family,' 'Private Practice,' and 'Smallville.'

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 12 (Season Finale) Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 28th 2011 4:42AM
'Californication' S04/E12['Californication' - 'And Justice For All']

The title of the season finale of 'Californication' suggested a sort of closure that it could never possibly deliver. There would be justice, for sure, but for "all?" Certainly Hank would feel the cold hand of justice probing him in unwanted zones, but would Becca have a real father? Would Charlie learn that he has a child in the making and end up back with Marcy? Would Karen have something -- anything -- to rely on? Would Mia die in a tragic sex-related explosion? That would be pure justice.

The notion of "justice for all" may be misleading and idealistic, conjured up to give people a false sense of hope and to keep them believing in a truth or purity that doesn't exist. Is there justice for us all? It's difficult to imagine, and I don't think Hank Moody will bring us any closer to knowing.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 11 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 21st 2011 6:40AM
'Californication' S04/E11['Californication' - 'The Last Supper']

Hank Moody was running out of options, especially options that end with him and his family intact and happy. He Loves to talk about how much Karen and Becca mean to him, but rarely exhibits behavior that would corroborate such an outrageous claim. He's a classic test case for a communication study: Which form of language -- our words or our actions -- do we trust the most in others?

Hank's words would have us believe that Karen and Becca mean more to him than anything, but his actions put them somewhere between enemas and getting punched in the junk on the list of things he truly cherishes. It took Karen way too long to shift her trust, and that's a comment on either Hank's mysterious allure, or Karen's stupidity.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 10 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 14th 2011 6:30AM
'Californication' S04/E10['Californication' - 'The Trial']

The last trial I watched on television was the 'Seinfeld' finale, so I was looking forward to seeing how everything would play out for Hank. Getting dressed for the trial, Hank stated that "I look like an FBI agent" in a not-so-subtle nod to Duchovny's most famous role, Fox Mulder from 'The X-Files'.

For the first time through all his 'Californication,' Hank was scared, but what was he scared of, exactly, was left open to interpretation. After a pep talk from Karen -- statutory rape trial pep talks aren't in the pep talk handbook, either -- Hank took a few seconds of personal time to reflect, fix his hair, and barf. It would be easy, if not irresponsible, to assume he was puking about the trial, but considering what had been said, he was sick over the thought of losing Karen and Becca.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 9 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 7th 2011 5:45AM
'Californication' S04/E09['Californication' - 'Another Perfect Day']

Hank Moody lives a simple life. Sleep, screw, smoke, write, argue, wear the same clothes, repeat. Do you notice something missing from that day-to-day routine, besides eating and pooping (he's like Jack Bauer with a hangover)?

I don't see "love somebody other than himself" or "stop acting like a 16-year-old after his first beer and hand-job" on the list. Maybe you see other omissions, and I'm sure those omissions would help make Hank's life more easy than simple. As it stands, his simple life is hard, but a few more adjustments in attitude and responsibility could help make his simple life a lot easier.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 8 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 28th 2011 5:25AM
'Californication' S04/E08['Californication' - 'Lights, Camera, Action']

So, what if the love of your life is the thing that has been keeping you from true happiness? It's not uncommon for people to get into a lengthy relationship, have their souls and any inkling of self-respect removed, yet continue to pony up to the bar and order a tall stiff glass of incompatibility because it's the only thing they know will get them drunk enough to make it through another night.

What I'm trying to say, rather unsuccessfully, is that maybe all this time spent trying to please Karen and win her back wasn't just in vain, but misguided as well, because Karen and Hank just aren't good together. If every relationship that began with two people partying until one of them was knocked up ended up being a perfect match, divorces would be like exercise: Not worth the pain in the ass. But since so many people spend so much time with the wrong person for the wrong reasons, divorces (break-ups) aren't only worth it, they're like Caribbean vacations ... and it's time for Hank to book a flight to Aruba.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 7 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 21st 2011 5:20AM
'Californication' S04/E07['Californication' - 'The Recused']

So, what happens when you have that inevitable sexual encounter with the friend, co-worker, or person from high school you bumped into at the reunion who used to look like a troll, but now has a whole "used to be hideous, now I'm hot" thing going on? What if that person is your lawyer, set to defend you on your statutory rape charge and frustrated over how much of a hapless prick you are in spite of that fact? But the biggest question of all is: How do you use the entire situation to win back your daughter and her love-of-your-life mother?

I can guess how Hank Moody will answer these questions. The morning after will be a tale of two reactions: Hank, having brokered any number of these "whoops, we just hit it" situations, will rise with a quip and a fart and be on his way, to relish in his memory until the next one rolls around. Abby, will be all wrapped up in the ethics of it, and possibly a tad skeeved when she stops to think about how many notches came before her. As for winning back Becca and Karen, the "hey I'm powerless to stop my sexual prowess" well is running dry, and with it the pity. He can only hope he was good enough in bed to re-hire Abby. Not quite your typical job interview.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 14th 2011 5:30AM
'Californication' S04/E06['Californication' - 'Lawyers, Guns and Money']

The title of this episode of 'Californication' hints at something decidedly not Hank Moody. He despises lawyers and their soulless profession. The thought of Hank brandishing a weapon is absurd to almost comic degrees, and while he should have money shooting out of his fingertips at will, he doesn't.

He holds the kind of elitist cool principles that make all three of those things cripplingly lame. Now his actions and decisions have transformed them into necessary evils for Hank to survive: The lawyer to keep him out of his own way, out of prison, and presumably into her bed; the money to pay for the lawyer, to buy his daughter's guitar and love, and to fund his various binges; and the guns to challenge Ben, the new threat to Karen's love, to a duel at high noon.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 5 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 7th 2011 6:05AM
'Californication' S04/E05['Californication' - 'Freeze-Frame']

What do you do when you rely so heavily on one thing, one person, one relationship to define you? You don't do anything if everything is going smoothly, in fact, you most likely never even think about how great it is while it's happening. Hit a bump in the road, however, or a pothole the size of Kentucky in Hank Moody's case, and in one turn you don't really know who you are anymore.

Without Karen and Becca, Hank is just another celebrity cautionary tale, here to warn children about the evils of drugs, alcohol and a cynical disposition. With them, he's a beacon of hope for art, language, and true love, sent here from the future to save the world.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 4 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 31st 2011 5:45AM
['Californication' - 'Monkey Business']

For all Hank Moody's trials, tribulations and blackout-induced personal abuses, he has known all along that there's one thing that could save him. It's the thing that, from an outside perspective, should come most easily to him, but that outside observer probably never had to sit down and write something for money.

Writing is ultimately what Hank is running -- or at least hiding -- from, and every day that he doesn't write is a day when his idle hands and mind get into more mischeif. When he's writing, manipulating language and finding the way, he's at his most content -- and so is everyone around him. We last saw Hank alone in a dark room, banging away at a typewriter. Good times.

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'Californication' Season 4, Episode 3 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 24th 2011 5:15AM
'Califronication' S04/E03['Californication' - 'Home Sweet Home']

Hank Moody has been down before, both literally and figuratively, but we've never seen him this low. So low that he has to reach up to touch bottom.

I'm hoping that the fading moments of last week's episode of 'Californication' showed a man who thinks he knows everything, completely out of answers, humbled and terrified by a life that has been chasing him for years and has finally caught him from behind.

That's my hope. It looked a lot more like the last act of a desperate psycho girlfriend playing the "I'll kill myself" card for one last chance at happiness. Say it ain't so, Hank. Say it ain't so.

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