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'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Season 10 Premiere Grabs Big Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted May 2nd 2011 5:10PM
Law & Order: Criminal Intent'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' returned -- with original stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe -- to a whopping 5.1 million viewers, up 43 percent from last season.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Criminal Intent' rose by double digits in key demographics. The show was watched by 1.88 million adults 18–49, up 35 percent. In the 25–24 demo the show was watched by 2.04 million, up 21 percent and in the 18–34 demo 632,000 tuned in, up 31 percent from last year.

With ratings this big for a 10-year-old show, can viewers expect an 11th-season reprieve? Despite USA's announcement that this 10-episode season would be the last, Dick Wolf has gone on record indicating hope for a new season of 'Criminal Intent.'

Wolf said he hoped "enough fans will come out so the powers that be reconsider their decision."

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USA Network Announces Summer 2011 Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 11th 2011 2:45PM
White CollarBreak out that popcorn -- USA Network is bringing back its classic summer-fun programming with new episodes of hits such as 'Covert Affairs,' 'White Collar' and new shows including 'Suits' and 'Necessary Roughness.'

'Suits,' formerly known as 'A Legal Mind,' stars Gabriel Macht as a top corporate lawyer and Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross, a brilliant college dropout. Gina Torres also stars.

USA's other new series, 'Necessary Roughness,' follows Callie Thorne as a therapist for a football team. She soon becomes the go-to therapist for big names in music and politics. Mehcad Brooks, Marc Blucas and Scott Cohen also star.

Check out USA's full schedule below.

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'White Collar' Season 2 Finale Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 9th 2011 1:45PM
White CollarFor some reason it seems like this is the third season finale of 'White Collar,' doesn't it? The way that the seasons are split up on cable -- and those half-seasons usually see a cliffhanger in each -- it seemed like this was actually the finale for the third season, not the second. I had to double check to make sure I wasn't crazy (note: I wasn't crazy).

And like another finale, this one ended with a bomb going off. But it wasn't the only explosive thing to happen ...

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Gwyneth Paltrow Resolves 'Glee' / Kings of Leon Feud, January Jones Talks 'Mad Men' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 17th 2011 1:10PM
Gwyneth PaltrowThe Kings of Leon and Ryan Murphy have resolved their feud in the form of an unlikely peacemaker: Gwyneth Paltrow.

The actress, who starred in Murphy's 2006 film 'Running With Scissors,' took it upon herself to patch things up between the feuding parties -- via text message, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After the band said they wouldn't license their music to 'Glee,' Murphy, uh, quoted the lyrics to the non-censored version of Cee Lo's 'Forget You.' The band insisted it often turns down such requests and it wasn't meant as an insult to the show, but drummer Nathan Followill got into a war of words with Murphy on Twitter.

According to THR's source, though, after Paltrow's intervention "it's all good now."

In other TV news ...

The 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' animated series is getting a whole hairier -- the most famous Wookie of all, Chewbacca, will appear in the show's season finale. "Rrrrrrrowwwwr," confirmed Chewie to the New York Times this morning when asked if the rumors were true. [NY Times]

January Jones thinks everyone should just chill out about 'Mad Men' because she's certain a new season will eventually be filmed. "People should relax," she said about speculation over the ongoing contract discussions that have stalled production on the yet-to-be-announced season 5. [Entertainment Weekly]

VH1 announced a star-packed lineup for the 15th season of its popular 'Storytellers' series. Kings of Leon will lead off the new season, which is set to premiere in May. Also getting episodes of their own are Death Cab for Cutie, Cee Lo Green, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray Lamontagne. [THR]

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'Burn Notice' Prequel Movie Gets New Cast Members

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 1st 2011 7:45AM
Bruce CampbellMichael Westen and Fiona Glennane might not be a part of it, but Sam Axe is still going to have a whole lot of company -- and even a date or two -- in the 'Burn Notice' prequel movie.

As production continues in Bogotá, Colombia a trio of new cast members have been announced. TVLine.com reports that 'Burn Notice' star Bruce Campbell, who plays Sam Axe, will be joined by Chandra West ('The Gates'), RonReaco Lee ('The Good Guys'), Kiele Sanchez ('The Glades') and John Diehl ('The Shield').

West will play Sam's new love interest, the "smart and sexy" Donna. Lee and Sanchez will play, respectively, a field medic and a humanitarian who run into trouble in Colombia. Diehl rounds out the cast as Rear Admiral Lawrence, a no-nonsense naval officer who will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

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'Royal Pains' Season 2, Episode 13 (Winter Season Premiere) Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 21st 2011 4:30AM
royal_pains_usa_network_season_two['Royal Pains' - 'Mulligan']

The return of 'Royal Pains' for the completion of Season 2 picked up with the dramatic cliffhanger involving Hank and Evan's dad, Eddie.

When Boris lowered the boom on Edward R. Lawson, what was really going on? Was Eddie running another scam, or was he really having a heart attack?

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TLC Plans Royal Wedding Coverage, USA Orders Two Series and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 19th 2011 6:30PM
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Royal WeddingAnglophiles looking for to-the-minute coverage of April's royal wedding, look no further: TLC has you covered.

The network announced today that it plans to air five full days of coverage leading up to the highly anticipated event. That includes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "specials, interviews with royals, a round-table discussion with experts and a show focusing on 'extreme' collectors of royal memorabilia."

Of course, TLC will also broadcast the wedding live.

In other TV news ...

The girls of 'Make It or Break It' will handspring their way back onto TV screens beginning March 28. ABC Family announced today that the gymnastics show's midseason premiere will immediately follow 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' on the same day. [ABC Family]

USA has ordered two new shows to series. Both 'A Legal Mind' and 'Necessary Roughness' received 11-episode orders, and each will air a 90-minute pilot. [Deadline]

The schedule for PaleyFest 2011 was officially revealed today, and it's making us seriously consider buying a plane ticket to Los Angeles for the second week of March. It features panels with Jimmy Fallon, 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Raising Hope,' and the casts of 'Freaks & Geeks' and 'Undeclared' will officially reunite on March 12. [Paley Center]

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'White Collar' Season 2, Episode 10 Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2011 6:30AM
White Collar['White Collar' - 'Burke's Seven']

"I have never appreciated your distrust in me more." - Neal, to Peter, who has his computer rigged with a secret code


Never mind the mystery of who killed Kate, or what the secret is behind the music box, or even the mystery of where Neal gets all of his amazing clothes. 'White Collar' fans want to know one thing.

Diz Mozzie survive getting shot in the summer finale?

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USA Crowned Top Cable Network for Fifth Year, NBC Beefs Up Streaming Offerings and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 21st 2010 11:10AM
Matt Bomer, White CollarUSA Network is on fire -- for the fifth year in a row. The cable channel was tops among viewers 18-49, 25-54 and overall viewers.

According to Variety, returning shows 'Royal Pains,' 'Burn Notice' and 'White Collar' helped elevate the network above the strong competition.

'Royal Pains' grabbed an average of 7.3 million total viewers and 3.09 million in the 18-49 demographic. 'Burn Notice' had 6.59 million viewers and 'White Collar' had 5.37 million. New series 'Covert Affairs' averaged 7.05 million viewers with 2.96 million in the 18-49 demographic.

In other TV news ...

'Survivor' ratings have hit a series low. The finale started with 17.2 million viewers but dropped to 13.3 million. In the 18-49 demographic the series pulled in 4.1 million, 7 percent below last fall's finale. [TV Guide]

Katie Couric and CBS News are discussing a pay cut and expanded role for the anchor. Couric's party and CBS reportedly both agreed Couric must take a pay cut in order to stay at the network. Besides hosting 'CBS Evening News,' Couric also does assignments for '60 Minutes.' [Hollywood Reporter]

NBC is posting entire fall runs of episodes online. The network has beefed up its website and Hulu with episodes of 'The Event,' 'Parenthood,' 'Outsourced' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' Episodes of 'The Office' and '30 Rock' will also be streamed through the end of year, but in five-episode chunks. [Variety]

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'Burn Notice' Finale Heats Up and Jay Karnes Talks Brennen (and 'V')

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 10th 2010 10:00AM
'Burn Notice' will have a two-hour season finale on Dec. 16, and in the first hour of the USA show's finale, as you can see in the exclusive clip below, Michael Westen will be encountering some old friends.

Well, not so much friends as... guys Michael hates. But hey, at least they've known each other for a long time!

One of the old frenemies is Tyler Brennen, who's played by Jay Karnes ('Sons of Anarchy,' 'The Shield').

"I think Brennen's not used to being around people who are smarter or as smart as he is," Karnes said in a recent interview. In previous encounters between Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) and Brennen, the burned spy has not followed the arms dealer's orders and "walked away clean." But this time when he and Michael encounter each other, "Brennen's ego is involved. He's trying to settle a score."

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'Burn Notice' Season 4, Episode 13 Recap (Winter Season Premiere) (VIDEO)

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 12th 2010 5:30AM
burn_notice_jeffrey_donovan_2010_usa_network['Burn Notice' - 'Eyes Open']

If you've been watching 'Burn Notice' since it started, you might have thought that Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) was a bit of a superman. Could anything really stop him? Well, thanks to Jesse's (Coby Bell) sharp shooting; we learned that Michael does indeed bleed. He nearly died, but if he did, what would happen to the show?

So, it wasn't a shock to discover that for the winter season premiere, Michael was in Mount Sinai Hospital with a bullet hole in his chest. When he came to after three days and two surgeries, his first question echoed the pilot, "Where am I?" And like that first episode, it was Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) who answered succinctly: "Miami."

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'Psych' Star James Roday Reveals Your Favorite Gus Nickname (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 10th 2010 5:00PM
Psych'Psych' is finally back tonight at 10PM on USA. We know, it's been a tough wait for us too.

To celebrate Shawn and Gus' return, we teamed up with USA to find out your favorite nickname that Shawn has given Gus.

Did Magic Head win the top prize? Longbranch Pennywhistle? Or did the original, Silly-Pants take the cake?

We'll let 'Psych' star James Roday tell you.

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Fox News Wins Midterm Election Ratings, Cybill Shepherd to Guest Star on '$#*! My Dad Says' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 3rd 2010 6:00PM
Fox News logoAfter voting for their favorite candidates in the midterm elections yesterday, Americans made another choice: their preferred news network.

Ratings from last night's midterm election coverage are in, and America chose Fox News as its preferred election night viewing. According to Daily Intel, almost 7 million people tuned into the network for election results. That's more than twice as much as CNN's viewership and MSNBC's viewership combined.

More than 2.4 million viewers watched CNN, while MSNBC drew more than 1.9 million.

In other TV news ...

Cybill Shepherd will guest star on '$#*! My Dad Says.' The actress will play a life coach in the show's Nov. 18 episode. [TV Guide]

'The Chicago Code,' previously known as 'Ride Along,' will premiere on Mon., Feb 7 at 9PM on Fox. The drama follows Chicago's most well-respected policemen and women who work to expose political corruption in their city. [Hollywood Insider]

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USA Announces Winter Premiere Dates for 'Royal Pains,' 'White Collar,' 'Fairly Legal'

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 8th 2010 3:30PM
USA NetworkRest easy, fans of mischievous, attractive, problem-solving leading men. USA has announced the winter premiere dates of 'Royal Pains' and 'White Collar,' as well as the series premiere date of new legal drama 'Fairly Legal.'

According to Deadline, conman Neal Caffrey will return to TV screens on Tue., Jan. 18 at 10PM, while private doctor to the rich Dr. Hank Lawson will return when 'Royal Pains' premieres on Thu., Jan. 20 at 9PM, with 'Fairly Legal' making its debut immediately afterward at 10PM.

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USA Renews 'White Collar,' 'Royal Pains' and 'Psych'

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 28th 2010 11:40AM
USA NetworkSomething's working in the original programming department at USA. The network has just renewed 'White Collar,' 'Royal Pains' and 'Psych,' and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that means every single original series currently on the channel's lineup will return for another season.

'White Collar,' about a con man working with the FBI to catch white collar criminals, will return for a third season with 16 episodes. 'Royal Pains,' about a private doctor to the fabulously wealthy, will also get a third season, but most likely with 18 episodes to allow for two uninterrupted runs. 'Psych,' the network's long-running show about a police consultant and his buddy, will return for a sixth season of 16 episodes.

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