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Are These The Top 10 Shows of 2011? AFI Says So

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 12th 2011 12:45PM
AFI Top 10 TV Shows 2011'Parks and Recreation' stands very tall next to 'Boardwalk Empire' on the American Film Institute's list of Top 10 TV shows of 2011. Can you imagine a meeting between Leslie Knope and Nucky Thompson?

A who's who of veteran shows and critical darlings filled out the rest of the list, some for the first time. 'The Good Wife,' 'Parks,' 'Louie,' and 'Justified' are all brand new entries to AFI's year-end list.

Showtime's 'Homeland' and HBO's 'Game of Thrones' were the only new 2011 shows to make the list.

Take a peek at the full list below.

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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 11 Recap (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 12th 2011 12:05AM
The Good Wife What Went Wrong Recap['The Good Wife' - 'What Went Wrong']

Alternate episode title: How Alicia learned to deal with life sans sex. Subtitle: Facebook ruins more lives!

After a seemingly slamdunk case ends in a guilty verdict, the Lockhart/Gardner team goes into overdrive to find out what happened in the jury room.

Following several trips to the button lady, an arrest, a wonderful scene between Alicia and Kalinda (more on that below) and multiple visits to the judge, our hero defense attorney saved the day. How? Because the judge friended a jury. Darn that Facebook Facebranch!

'The Good Wife' loves its social media and technology stories.

And now the meat of the episode ...

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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 10 Recap (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 12:05AM
The Good Wife Season 3, Episode 10 Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Parenting Made Easy']

I'm a sucker for Julianna Maruglies walking down hallways in tears.

What does that mean? A few things first:

Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Carpenter and John Michael Higgins (he was freed from 'Happily Divorced' for a hot second!) all sat around in a room with Alicia for much of the episode. MJF turned in an understated performance, in a good way. Carpenter was pretty convincing as a uber Christian professor trying to get her job back and a far cry from potty-mouthed Deb Morgan. Quite refreshing. JMH fit the role of greedy arbitrator nicely.

For the first time in a while, the case of the week wasn't overly complicated, nor did it have to contend with an action-packed installment of the Eli Gold show. It had space to grow. It wasn't the most compelling, but that's OK.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on the 'Sons of Anarchy' and the Ladies of 'The Good Wife,' 'New Girl' and 'Suburgatory'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 23rd 2011 12:30PM
Once again, Ryan McGee and I have recorded two podcasts for your listening pleasure.

In the first podcast, we talk about what we're digging about three lady-centric shows: 'The Good Wife,' 'New Girl' and 'Suburgatory.' As I said in a piece I posted earlier today, which re-examines several shows that debuted this fall, 'Suburgatory' has taken a big leap forward in quality and tonight's Thanksgiving episode is well worth a look.

We also did a separate podcast delving into Tuesday's shocking episode of 'Sons of Anarchy,' which I wrote about here.

Running times for the first podcast are below.

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The Biggest TV Turkeys of 2011

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 22nd 2011 12:00PM
TV Turkeys: Playboy Club, Entourage, Cougar TownThere are plenty of shows to be thankful for, but 2011 was also the year for some major TV turkeys.

You know what we're talking about -- those shows or televised events that are just too horrific for even our "worst" lists of the year.

We've picked our top turkeys, included proof of poultry, and ranked them on a gobble-meter scale of 1-10, 1 being the least offensive or surprising in terms of suckiness, and 10 being scream-at-your-TV-in-anger levels of suck that we hope we never have to endure again.

Take a look at our list, then chime in down in the comments with your own top picks for the bottom of the barrel.

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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 9 Recap (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 21st 2011 2:45AM
['The Good Wife' - 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot']

It was old home week on 'The Good Wife' last night. I don't know about you, but I did a little jig of glee when I saw that Patrick Breen and Linda Emond were back as Capt. Terrence Hicks and Judge Loera Kuhn. When they appeared in a crackling season 2 episode, I wrote at the time that I'd happily watch a military-law spin-off starring those two characters.

(By the way, I just want to say hello to all our 'Good Wife' regulars. I'm filling in as Lockhart Gardner recapper for my co-worker Chris Harnick, who will be back on the case next week. I hope I do as good a job as Chris does at chronicling the weekly 'Good Wife' maneuvers, legal and otherwise).

I woudn't say that 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's' case was quite as gripping as the firm's last military trial -- there was so much going on in this week's episode that the main case felt a little undercooked, as it were, and we barely got to know the young woman at the center of it.

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The Situation Lands 'Suburgatory' Role, 'True Blood' Adds Series Regular and More Casting News

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 15th 2011 7:30PM
the situation on suburgatoryCiao Seaside! The Situation is leaving the shore and headed to the suburbs.

Our favorite juicehead gorilla, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino will guest-star on ABC's hit new comedy 'Suburgatory,' reports TV Guide.

The Situation will play himself, and we can't wait to see him and Noah (Alan Tudyk) compare tans. The 'Jersey Shore' star will somehow end up in the suburbs, where he'll serve as the fist-pumping DJ at Tessa's (Jane Levy) school dance.

Sorrentino's acting debut will air sometime next year.

In other casting news ...

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Carrie Preston Previews Her Different 'Law & Order: SVU' Role and 'Good Wife' Future

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 15th 2011 3:00PM
Carrie Preston Law and Order SVU InterviewCarrie Preston describes herself as a chameleon actress, and for good reason. Known for serving up drinks with a side of sass as Arelne on HBO's 'True Blood,' Preston has used her hiatus from the popular vampire series to book a series of dramatic roles on top network shows.

After a recent stop on 'The Good Wife,' in which she received raved reviews (both AOL TV and EW thought she deserved an Emmy nomination), Preston will next be seen on NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU.'

In 'Educated Guess' (Wed., Nov. 16, 10PM ET on NBC), Preston plays Bella, the aunt of a troubled young woman, Gia, played by Natasha Lyonne. Bella and her husband George (Tim Guinee) took in Bella's sister, Diane (J. Smith Cameron) and Gia after some family problems.

"All the series regulars are wonderful on this show and it was really fun having these guest stars to share the experience with," Preston told AOL TV.

So, is her 'SVU' character like Arlene or her 'Good Wife' character Elsbeth Tascioni? Not so much, Preston said.

"She's much more uptight and has some co-dependency issues and some controlling issues, I think," Preston said.

Find out what else the 'SVU' guest star had to say about working on the show, her future on 'The Good Wife' and what's next on 'True Blood' below. Plus, exclusive first-look video of Preston in action with the 'SVU' detectives.

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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 8 Recap

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 12:01AM
The Good Wife, Season 3 Episode 8 Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Death Row Tip']

Some of the best episodes of 'The Good Wife' have been when Lockhart/Gardner is racing against the clock to achieve a goal, think 'Nine Hours,' a standout of Season 2. However, that wasn't the case with 'Death Row Tip.'

Alicia and Justin (Romany Malco) rushed to get a stay of execution for a man guilty of some vicious crimes. He had info, the name of a man who committed murders one of their clients was accused of, but that came at a price.

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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 7 Recap

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 7th 2011 12:05AM
The Good Wife Season 3, Episode 7 Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Executive Order 13224']

Dear Carrie Preston:

Thank you. Thank you for returning to 'The Good Wife' and making me laugh harder than I ever have during an episode of this fantastic drama. Please return soon.

This recap could easily turn into a love letter to Preston, but I'll try and keep that to a minimum. Her character, Elsbeth Tascioni, returned to help Alicia out of a potential prison sentence and in doing so became the most entertaining guest star this show has seen in a long while, maybe ever.

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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 6 Recap (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 31st 2011 12:15AM
The Good Wife Affairs of State Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Affairs of State']

Just going to put this out there right now: Please let Parker Posey come back to 'The Good Wife.'

'The Good Wife' seems to have gotten its groove back after stumbling out of the gate with the first few episodes of Season 3. In 'Affairs of State,' Alicia and Caitlin worked to protect their client from rape and murder charges as the State Department went back and forth about his diplomatic immunity to the benefit of Cary. Meanwhile, Eli used Kalinda to vet his ex-wife, Vanessa (Posey), who wanted to run for political office.

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Bubble Trouble: Why 'Pan Am,' 'Parks and Rec' and 12 Other Shows Could Go 'Pop!'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 28th 2011 11:00AM
Bubble Shows 2011For producers of underperforming television shows, this is the scariest time of the year -- and it's got nothing to do with Halloween specials. By now, the glow of premiere season has long since worn off, and shows we couldn't wait to see just a few short months ago are in serious danger of getting the hook.

Truth be told, the majority of broadcast shows are floating precariously atop the cancellation bubble. A world without 'Fringe'? An NBC Thursday night without 'Community'? Folks, it could happen.

Take NBC: the struggling network is aggressively developing new shows, desperate for a hit. Can old standbys like 'Parks and Recreation' survive when big dogs Sarah Silverman and Dane Cook are all developing new shows at the Peacock network?

A few notches away on the dial, CBS's 'CSI' franchise is starting to fizzle and the network has its eye on new comedies. With three different 'CSI' shows, it's safe to say one will probably go.

Who will survive this season? Only time will tell, but any of these shows could be goners by May.

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A 'Scrubs' Reunion On 'Cougar Town,' Jennifer Carpenter Heads to 'Good Wife' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2011 12:30PM
Zach Braff'Scrubs' star Zach Braff is paying 'Cougar Town' a visit.

He'll join fellow Sacred Heart alumni Robert Maschio (The Todd!), Sarah Chalke, Sam Lloyd and Ken Jenkins in an upcoming Season 3 episode.

Details on Braff's role are being kept under wraps, but TVLine reports he'll be seen in the flesh this time. Braff's voice previously was heard in a Season 2 episode.

'Cougar Town' returns to ABC sometime during midseason.

In other casting news ...

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'The Good Wife' Cast is All Smiles Behind the Scenes (PHOTOS)

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 25th 2011 10:15AM
The Good Wife Behind the Scenes PhotosBreaking news: Archie Panjabi can smile!

In these new behind the scenes pictures from CBS, the oh-so-serious Panjabi cracks quite a few smiles while filming a scene as Kalinda Sharma with Alan Cumming.

'The Good Wife' photos showcase what it's like working on the drama show. Spoiler alert, the cast likes to laugh!

Check out the pictures below.

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Ratings Report: 'Once Upon a Time' Debuts Strong, 'The Good Wife' Dips

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 24th 2011 2:00PM
Once Upon a Time'Once Upon a Time' has worked ratings magic for ABC. The fairy tale drama from the writers of 'Lost' debuted to 12.8 million viewers with a strong 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

'Big Love' star Ginnifer Goodwin and 'House' veteran Jennifer Morrison star in 'Once Upon a Time,' a drama where fairy tale characters exist, but are trapped in the real world. As always, the real test is to see how the show does in week 2.

'Desperate Housewives' got a boost thanks to 'Once' and pulled in 9.2 million viewers and a 3.0 in the 18-49 demographic. 'Pan Am' was steady at 5.8 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating.

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