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Steve Carell Snubbed for 'Office' Emmy

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 18th 2011 9:40PM
Steve CarellWhile there's no doubt Jim Parsons does incredible work as Sheldon on 'The Big Bang Theory,' one of the biggest bummers of Sunday's Emmy Awards telecast was the inimitable Steve Carell losing out on his final chance to win an Emmy for his six-year stint as Michael Scott on 'The Office.'

Though the show's writing has been uneven in recent seasons, there's no doubt Carell's performance -- especially in the episode 'Garage Sale,' where Scott proposed to longtime girlfriend Holly Flax -- was statuette-worthy.

Carell has been nominated for acting Emmys and Golden Globes for all six years he's played Michael Scott, but the only win he took for the character was in 2006, when he nabbed the Globe. The actor left 'The Office' this year, so it was his last chance to snag some Emmy love.

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Emmys Opening Musical Number: Did Jane Lynch or Jimmy Fallon Do It Better? (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 18th 2011 9:05PM
Jane Lynch Emmys openerJane Lynch kicked off the 2011 Emmy Awards with a musical number filled with celebrity cameos (Leonard Nimoy!), which, coincidentally, is how Jimmy Fallon kicked off the 2010 ceremony.

So, how did the two compare?

Well, Fallon went big with a 'Glee' tribute and Bruce Springsteen cover, while Lynch took the solo route with an original number about the magic of television and how everyone on TV lives in the same building.

Both recruited a ton of celebs to help out, but Fallon had the stars sing along with him while Lynch dropped into different show sets. Both included a requisite 'Dancing With the Stars' dig, though.

Who nabbed the bigger stars?

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Sept 19-25

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 18th 2011 2:00PM
Two and a Half MenNote: Since this is officially "premiere week," with dozens of new and returning shows airing, I'm emphasizing the "picks" portion of the title and only spotlighting a selection of the most noteworthy offerings. For a full listing of new and returning shows and their timeslots, check out our fall premiere grid or alphabetized list to plan your schedule.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

'Eureka' (8PM ET, SyFy)
season finale
After a controversial summer which saw the renewal and subsequent surprise cancellation of the series, the show's fourth season comes to a close with a dramatic episode guest-starring Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. A special holiday episode will air in December before 'Eureka' returns for its final season next year.

'Two and a Half Men' (9PM ET, CBS) season premiere
'2 Broke Girls' (9:30PM ET, CBS) series premiere
One is a comedy I've never seen, the other is one of my favorite comedies of the fall -- guess which is which? Though I've never sat through an episode of 'Two and a Half Men' before, I can't deny that I'm curious to see how the long-running Chuck Lorre comedy will reinvent itself post-Charlie Sheen -- with the addition of Ashton Kutcher, it has the potential to be either an epic comeback, or an epic trainwreck (check out AOL TV's exclusive interview with Kutcher, Cryer and Jones here). More of a sure thing, however, is the charming '2 Broke Girls,' one of my favorite comedy pilots of the season. Centered around a bristly Brooklynite and a Park Avenue princess, the risqué comedy had me laughing out loud for the majority of the episode, which is more than can be said for a lot of the new sitcoms this year ...

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Justin Long Joins 'New Girl,' Lonely Island Member Books 'Up All Night' & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 2nd 2011 2:40PM
Justin LongZooey Deschanel is getting an equally adorkable love interest on 'New Girl' when Justin Long joins the cast.

Long -- yes, the movie star and Mac guy from the Apple commercials -- will play a recurring love interest for Deschanel's character, Jess.

According to EW, Long will play Paul, a music teacher, in three episodes of the new comedy about a lovelorn newly single woman living with three dudes.

'New Girl' premieres Tues., Sept. 20, 9PM ET on Fox. Long is set to appear in episode six.

Aww, hipster love!

In other casting news ...

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'The Big Bang Theory' Brings Back Christine Baranski

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 19th 2011 2:20PM
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang TheoryLeonard better be on his best behavior in 'The Big Bang Theory' season premiere because mama is back in town!

CBS announced 'The Good Wife' star Christine Baranski will be reprising her role for the first episode of Season 5.

Baranski, who currently stars as legal eagle Diane Lockhart on CBS's hit drama 'The Good Wife,' plays Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, Leonard's overly analytical mother on 'Big Bang Theory.'

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Kaley Cuoco to Host Teen Choice Awards

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 27th 2011 7:00AM
Kaley CuocoIt's been announced that 'The Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco is to host the 2011 Teen Choice Awards on August 7.

Cuoco confirmed the news on Twitter: "Well, it's official. Yours truly is hosting the Teen Choice Awards. Woop woop!"

OneRepublic and Selena Gomez & the Scene will perform at the 13th annual ceremony, which will be aired live on Fox.

Teen Choice 2011 also unveiled the nominees for its new and final voting category of the summer: "Choice Vampire."

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Comic-Con 2011 Wrap-Up: The Stars Share Their Love for All Things Con (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 24th 2011 6:40PM
San Diego Comic-Con InternationalComic-Con is sweaty, smelly, crowded, crazy, devoid of anything actually edible and a complete whirlwind for all involved. But truly, Comic-Con is nothing if not an epic celebration of fandom.

Need proof: Four-day badges with special preview night access sold out for this year's Con before last year's Con had even ended. With over 100,000 people in attendance, it's grown by leaps and bounds since the first incarnation in 1970.

This year, we covered the Con like no one else, bringing you video interviews with the stars of your favorites shows, recaps and highlights from all the hottest panels and up-to-the-minute breaking news on casting and TV scoop.

As our last hurrah after a long four days in San Diego, here's our Comic-Con 2011 "best of," with scenes from the convention floor and plenty of awesome costumes, plus sincere thanks to fans and hilarious Comic-Con stories from the stars.

"Anywhere you can see like a Wolverine crying or like a Jabba the Hut trying to catch its breath ... people dressed up as things that are like invincible or extremely powerful, but like, 'Yeah, can I have two Starbucks?' is the funniest thing to me," 'Community' star Donald Glover said.

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Comic-Con Q&A: The 'Big Bang Theory' Cast Teases Season 5 Love Triangles (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 23rd 2011 10:40AM
Jim Parsons, 'The Big Bang Theory'The cast of CBS' hit comedy 'The Big Bang Theory' sure knows how to make an entrance at Comic-Con. The men and women behind TV's number one sitcom were greeted like rockstars in a filled-to-capacity Ballroom 20, and AOL TV caught up with them right after for all the scoop on Season 5 (premieres Thurs., Sept. 22, 8PM ET on CBS).

Okay, technically they haven't started shooting yet, so the spoilers were sparse, but we did unearth some hints about the ongoing Priya/Leonard/Penny love triangle from Johnny Galecki, and asked the stars to weigh in on how Penny and Raj's hook-up might affect the dynamic of the group.

Simon Helberg also shared his predictions for Howard and Bernadette's future following their engagement, while Jim Parsons gave us a very Sheldon-esque opinion on whose side his character might take once Leonard finds out about Raj's betrayal. Dun, dun, dun!

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'Big Bang Theory' Barenaked Ladies Music Video for '5 Nights a Week' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 15th 2011 11:30AM
It's a big week for CBS' hit comedy 'The Big Bang Theory.'

Not only did the series score five Emmy nods, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for both Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, it's also the star of a very special music video collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies ... who just so happen to sing the show's infectiously catchy theme song ... which just so happens to be the song featured in the video! Ain't that a coincidence?

Not so much, actually, since the 'Bang'-tastic video will be used to promote the off-network launch of the ratings heavy-hitter in syndication this fall, where it will air five nights a week on TBS, the Fox Television Stations and broadcast stations across the country from Sept. 18.

Hit the jump to catch a first look at the music video, featuring the main cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' behind the scenes and on set during an episode taping.

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 24 (Season Finale) Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 20th 2011 9:45AM
the big bang theoru s04e24['The Big Bang Theory' – 'The Roommate Transmogrification']

'The Big Bang Theory' ended its fourth season by indulging in a bit of bedroom scandal, relationship drama, and 'Star Trek'-themed sex jokes. The show played it safe and sleazy, and it left us laughing and scratching our heads with a strange and shocking cliffhanger ending. And it worked! The finale, despite its flaws and severe "WTF?"-ery, was a funny and compelling nugget of nerd fluff. And it was all over way too soon.

Like most of the good episodes this season, this one wasn't particularly innovative or clever -- actually, the jokes and situations were mostly pure stock -- but it was still enormously entertaining. There was a lot of out-of-the-blue insanity here that mostly rang false, but who cares? This is one of the silliest sitcoms on the planet. What matters are the jokes, the delivery and the performances. And, as usual, all of that stuff -- the important stuff -- was on-point here.

The big shocking developments of the night didn't really make any sense, and they all felt unearned and tacked on to raise the stakes and to throw everything into season finale cliffhanger mode. Priya is moving back to India and she didn't tell Leonard! Bernadette is making Howard feel more insecure than ever! Raj hooked up with Penny! Wha? Drama! Awesome, ridiculous, manufactured sitcom drama. Love it or leave it. Me? Love. It.

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CBS Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 18th 2011 9:20AM
Person of InterestIt's CBS's turn to shake things up with its fall schedule, which the network just announced this morning.

'CSI' is finally getting the boot from its longtime Thursday night time slot in favor of the J.J. Abrams-produced 'Person of Interest,' while 'The Good Wife' is getting transferred from Tuesdays at 10PM to the highly competitive Sundays at 9PM slot.

The network's two new comedies will both get their shots after established shows, with '2 Broke Girls' airing after 'How I Met Your Mother' on Mondays and 'How to Be a Gentleman' landing post-'Big Bang Theory' on Thursdays. Interestingly, 'Rules of Engagement' is being pushed to Saturday nights.

CBS is saving the Robert De Niro-produced cop drama 'The 2-2' for mid-season (hopefully with a better name).

The full fall schedule is after the jump.

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People Wanted Jim Parsons to Pass the Phone to Tom Hanks at a Telethon (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2011 3:42AM
Jim Parsons, 'Late Show with David Letterman'TV fans love Jim Parsons as brainiac lunatic Sheldon Cooper on 'The Big Bang Theory.' He's received multiple awards for his portrayal, which means his peers and critics appreciate him as well.

But does that make him a big star? Apparently not big enough for some people, according to what he said on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

It was while working on telethons that Parsons realized he wasn't perhaps as big of a deal as some of the other guests. When Letterman asked, "Do [the callers] want to talk to you?" Parsons said, "A lot of them do," but not all of them.

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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 22 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 6th 2011 1:45PM
the big bang theory s04e22['The Big Bang Theory' – 'The Wildebeest Implementation']

Three of the show's sideline players stepped up to the plate on this week's episode of 'The Big Bang Theory,' but it was Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler who really stole the show.

Nunal Nayyar and Melissa Rauch delivered several fine, funny moments this week as Raj and Bernadette, but Bialik's quirky Amy is quickly becoming one of the show's go-to characters for hearty gut laughs.

Watching Amy's weekly de-evolution from stone cold scientist to Penny's catty "bestie" has been one of the season's biggest joys. The character has formed a fun little girls group along with Penny and Bernadette, and she's pushed the ladies to cook up some wild, fun-to-watch schemes, like this week's insane "Operation: Priya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya."

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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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