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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Glee,' 'Psych,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 22nd 2011 3:00PM
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: 'Bones,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Damages,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Law & Oder: Criminal Intent,' 'Law & Oder: SVU,' 'Modern Family,' 'Parks & Recreation,' 'Psych,' and 'White Collar.'

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BET Renews 'The Game,' Logo Greenlights 'The A-List: Dallas' and 'Sex Rx' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 18th 2011 11:30AM
The GameBET is staying in 'The Game.' After rescuing the show from cancellation on The CW, the series has brought in record ratings for the network.

According to Deadline, the series' fourth season debut was seen by 7.7 million viewers, a staggering number compared to the less than 2 million viewers the show was bringing in while on The CW. Season 4 ended with an audience of around 4.4 million viewers.

BET is also expected to renew 'Let's Stay Together' and announce a series pickup for 'Reed Between the Lines.' Former 'Girlfriends' actress Tracee Ellis Ross stars in 'Reed' as a busy psychiatrist. Malcolm-Jamal Warner also stars.

In other TV news ...

Logo has renewed 'RuPaul's Drag Race.' The companion series 'Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race' and 'The A-List: New York' have also been renewed. The network has ordered two new shows, 'The A-List: Dallas' and 'Sex Rx.' 'A-List: Dallas' comes from the producers of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' and 'Sex Rx' follows sex addiction specialist Christopher Donaghue. [Deadline]

Dog of 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' fame bailed out Nic Cage from a New Orleans jail. "I performed my duties as a bail bondsman and not in connection with our show. This is what I do for a living," Dog said in a statement. "There are two sides of my job: I release my clients after they have been arrested; and pick them up if they don't show up in court. I do not believe the latter will be the case for Mr. Cage." [E! Online]

Mariah Carey may have "something" to do on 'The X Factor,' but she won't be a judge. Simon Cowell revealed details during an interview: "I think Mariah will have a role on the TV live shows," he told Jackie Brown. "I met her recently and she was on great form. And her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which only Mariah could come up with. She'll be involved in some form. I literally adore her. I love her to bits." [CBS News]

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'NCIS,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 25th 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: 'Bones,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'CSI: Miami,' 'Damages,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Modern Family,' 'NCIS,' and 'Parenthood.'

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A.J. Cook Returning to 'Criminal Minds,' Chris Messina Joins 'Damages' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 1st 2011 11:45AM
A.J. CookA.J. Cook is heading back to 'Criminal Minds.'

After being let go from the series, Cook will return to the CBS drama for one episode this spring.

According to TVLine, Cook will return to set this week.

Fans mounted online campaigns in support of Cook and her character, J.J., but the only result was a two-episode swan song earlier this season.

UPDATE: Cook took to Twitter to confirm the news. She's returning for Paget Brewster's final episode of the CBS series.

In other casting news ...

'Little Fockers' star Teri Polo has landed a TV role in ABC's 'Man Up!', a comedy about what it's like to live as a modern man. She'll play a "super-mom who is addicted to Facebook." She also scored the lead in the Hallmark movie 'A Taste of Romance.' [Deadline Hollywood]

Chris Messina has joined the cast of DirecTV's 'Damages.' The 'Julie & Julia' actor will play a former soldier friend of Ellen Parsons who is recruited to work for a shadowy private security firm in Afghanistan. [Entertainment Weekly]

Jane Lynch and Kiefer Sutherland will lend their voices to episodes in season 23 of 'The Simpsons.' Lynch will play Homer's new assistant -- who then takes his job. Sutherland will play a very Jack Bauer–esque character who heads to Springfield to escape his enemies. [TV Guide]

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Ask Mo Time: Answering Queries on 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Terra Nova,' 'Damages' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 31st 2011 6:15PM
In one of last week's Talking TV podcasts, Ryan McGee and I took on several reader questions that were posed here. Below are answers to more questions I recently received on that post and via Twitter.

Katie71483 asks: Do we know yet when NBC is going to air the fifth season of 'Friday Night Lights'? I can't wait and at the same time am completely dreading the end. Have you seen any of it? Is it worthy sendoff for one of TV's finest shows?
Mo says: The 60-minute series finale of 'Friday Night Lights' airs Feb. 9 on DirecTV, but fans will have to wait awhile to see the show's fifth and final season on NBC. A representative for NBC said Monday that season 5 of FNL will begin airing in "late spring" on the network; a more exact date should be announced soon.

Here's the odd thing: The show's season 5 DVD set will be released April 5, so it seems that the fifth season is likely to air on NBC after it's already out on DVD.

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11 Great '[TV Show] in 60 Seconds' Videos

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 29th 2011 2:00PM
Watching Landline TV's 'Dexter' in 60 Seconds' video reminded us how much we enjoy the 'In 60 Seconds' format.

The phenomenon really took off on YouTube with a number of movie plots edited down to one minute. Full television series aren't as simple to cut down with so many characters and story arcs each season. However, there are some excellent ones out there and we unearthed 11 of the best.

The tone of the videos vary greatly -- some are meant to be informative, others humorous. They are created from actual clips, or re-enactments, or animation, or even feline theatre. A few focus on a specific character, or season, and some portray the show's broader themes. You'll enjoy all of them, and leave a little more educated.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Glee,' 'Parenthood,' 'The Office' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 21st 2011 1:30PM
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 e-mailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '90210,' 'Chuck,' 'Community,' 'Damages,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Parenthood,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and 'The Office.'

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America Ferrera Joins 'The Good Wife,' 'The Game' Grabs Record Ratings and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 12th 2011 6:20PM
America Ferrera'Ugly Betty' star America Ferrera is joining 'The Good Wife.' But, it's not as a new lawyer or poor soul of a client: Ferrera is joining the cast as a romantic interest for Eli (Alan Cumming).

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ferrera will play Natalie, a graduate student who catches Eli's eye. The Emmy-winner will appear in an episode next month along with 'Seinfeld' veteran Jerry Stiller. This is Ferrera's first TV gig since the end of 'Ugly Betty.'

"It's thrilling to have two actors who combine such dramatic and comedic ability," Robert King, co-creator and executive producer of 'The Good Wife,' said in a statement. "We've been watching and loving America for years now on 'Ugly Betty,' and it'll be fantastic to see her take on a completely different role - especially one that puts her across from Alan Cumming."

Stiller will play a judge who has a problem staying awake while on the bench. His character will preside over one of Diane's (Christine Baranski) cases. So far Stiller is just contracted for one episode.

"And Jerry Stiller is our dream judge," he said. "It was great when we got to stop saying 'We need a Jerry Stiller-type in the role' and just got Jerry Stiller."

In other TV news ...

John Goodman has joined the cast of 'Damages.' Goodman will play a CEO of a shady military contractor and a defendant in a wrongful death suit after an incident in a war zone. [USA Today]

'NCIS' pulled in its biggest audience ever: 22 million viewers. The CBS drama, now in season 8, helped the network win the night in overall viewers. [CBS]

In other surprising ratings news, the return of 'The Game' on BET was seen by 7.7 million viewers. The former CW show averaged less than 2 million viewers during its third season. [Deadline Hollywood]

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The Show Girl Talks Best of 2011 TV, 'Hot In Cleveland' & 'Southland' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 31st 2010 11:00AM
The Chicago CodeHappy New Year! 2010 was a crazy year for TV, but there's plenty to get excited for in 2011 -- I've got the super-fast rundown of some of the best new and returning shows, like 'The Chicago Code,' 'The Killing' and 'Episodes.' (If you haven't set your DVRs yet, now's the time.)

I also catch up with the cast of 'Hot In Cleveland.' They've got an amazing batch of guest stars for season 2 -- Mary Tyler Moore, anyone? -- but who are Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves hoping will come play?

Then I hit the set of 'Southland' to answer some fan questions. The most asked: Will Cooper get a love interest this season? Michael Cudlitz and Ben McKenzie sound off on who Cooper's dream lover is.

Got TV questions? Email me at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com or tweet me @TheTVShowGirl and I just might get you answers on the show.

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Sorry Fans, Don't Look to DirecTV to Save Your Shows Anymore

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 22nd 2010 4:30PM
Damages, Friday Night LightsTwo critical darlings may be enough for DirecTV. After saving 'Damages' and 'Friday Night Lights,' the satellite broadcaster will no longer be answering desperate "save our show!" pleas.

According to Variety, DirecTV's 101 Network -- which can be seen by 19 million subscribers -- will refocus on original programming after 'Damages' launches in 2011.

"In the future, I think we're going to move away from that model," Chris Long, senior vice president of entertainment and production, said.

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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actress in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 22nd 2010 4:30PM

With the Emmy awards a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

On Friday, I discussed the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy category. Now come the categories for lead actress and actor, starting with the six worthy nominees for Lead Actress in a Drama.

Nominees:
Connie Britton, 'Friday Night Lights'
Glenn Close, 'Damages'

Mariska Hargitay, 'Law & Order: SVU'
January Jones, 'Mad Men'
Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife'
Kyra Sedgwick, 'The Closer'

Who will win:
The temptation here is to say that one of the previous winners, such as Hargitay or Close, will take the award because of the Academy's lack of creativity with their picks. But Margulies is a known quantity -- she's been nominated six times for 'ER,' both in the lead and supporting categories, winning after the show's first season -- and 'The Good Wife' was widely-watched enough to make me think that she may get the award this year. She carried the first year hit on her shoulders and did a great job playing the wounded but resilient Alicia Florrick.

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Emmy Picks: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 21st 2010 4:00PM

For the next few days, I'll be listing the Emmy nominees in the major categories and giving you picks and possible dark horses. Feel free to agree, disagree, and make your own picks in the comments.

Yesterday, I made my pick in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category. Today, I look at their male counterparts in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category.

Nominees:
Andre Braugher, 'Men of a Certain Age'
Michael Emerson, 'Lost'
Terry O'Quinn, 'Lost'
Aaron Paul, 'Breaking Bad'
Martin Short, 'Damages'
John Slattery, 'Mad Men'



Who will win: As good a year as Aaron Paul had (more on that in a second), I can't see the Academy denying 'Lost' a statue in this category. Both Emerson and O'Quinn did excellent jobs in the series' last season, with its sideways time flashes and seeming parallel universes. And both have won in the past. So this is pretty much a toss-up; I'll give the nod to Emerson because of Dr. Linus' inherent creepiness.

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Emmy Picks: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 20th 2010 5:00PM

For the next few days, I'll be listing the Emmy nominees in the major categories and giving you picks and possible dark horses. Feel free to agree, disagree, and make your own picks in the comments.

Let's start with an interesting mix of the safe and the new: the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category.

Nominees:
Christine Baranski, 'The Good Wife'
Rose Byrne, 'Damages'
Sharon Gless, 'Burn Notice'
Christina Hendricks, 'Mad Men'
Elisabeth Moss, 'Mad Men'
Archie Panjabi, 'The Good Wife'

Who will win:
The Academy just loves, loves, loves Christine Baranski. Sure, she only won once, for 'Cybil' in 1995, but she's been nominated six times since then, including twice this year (she got a guest actress nod for playing Leonard's mom on 'The Big Bang Theory'). And now that she's nominated in the drama category for the first time, they'll jump at the chance to give her the statuette. Even though she did a good job as ice queen law firm honcho Diane Lockhart in 'The Good Wife,' the Academy will likely just give her the award because she's an old friend.

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Canceled 'Damages' Gets a Reprieve from DirecTV

by Audrey Fine, posted Jul 19th 2010 8:30PM
Glenn Close in 'Damages'Just when those corrupt corporate bad guys thought it was safe to resume their dastardly business practices, comes the news that ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes will be back.

That's right, folks, as it has been rumored since April, 'Damages,' the critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged Glenn Close legal drama, may have been given the boot by FX after three seasons (although, an official announcement was never made) but DirecTV has swooped in at the last minute to save the day.

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Is 'Damages' Canceled?

by Gary Susman, posted Jul 6th 2010 3:40PM
Glenn Close in 'Damages'For all its critical acclaim and the Emmy-grabbing prowess of Glenn Close, FX's 'Damages' is not expected to be renewed for a fourth season. Still, a report in TV Guide declaring the show dead may be premature.

In his column on Monday, the magazine's Matt Roush wrote, "Where FX is concerned, it really is over for 'Damages.'" He cited the twisted legal drama's low ratings and high production cost (with its New York City location shooting and its big-name cast, which this season included Close, Ted Danson, Lily Tomlin, Martin Short, and Campbell Scott). "While season 3 was a vast improvement over 2 in terms of quality and story, it didn't draw an audience big enough to justify the expense of a star-heavy show filmed in New York," Roush wrote. "This was a business, not a creative, decision."

If 'Damages' really has been canceled, however, FX has yet to say so. "No announcement has been made," FX Vice President of Media Relations Roslyn Bibby told TV Squad today. She said she did not know when a decision on the show's future would be announced.

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