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TV Rewind: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Renewed, ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Dead And Buried, Spears Facing ‘X-Factor’ Firing

27 December 2012 11:00 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Carson Blackwelder

Television Contributor

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip! This week, Carson fills in.


Top Stories

• CBS’s How I Met Your Mother will return for a ninth season, ensuring that the sitcom will definitely overstay its already wavering welcome.

• The question as to whether or not Dan Stevens will return for the fourth season of Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey has been answered.

• AMC continues its dismal relationships with showrunners as The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara got the boot. This means that the zombie drama will be getting its third showrunner within four seasons — that’s a lot of creative disconnect.

• ABC shelved the rest of Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn’s canceled 666 Park Avenue until summer and is filling in the extra hour on Sunday with new episodes of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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'Parenthood' Creator: It's Not Over

27 December 2012 7:01 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Have we officially seen the last of Jason Ritter on "Parenthood"? Not according to series creator Jason Katims.

Not only has he promised that Mark (Ritter) will return, but he hinted that his relationship with Sarah (Lauren Graham) may not be entirely over ... even after Sarah and her boss Hank (Ray Romano) slept together in the show's Christmas episode.

“We certainly have set up that there’s a chemistry between the [Sarah and Hank] that they both are aware of, but this does not mean that Sarah has put an end to the relationship with her and Mark, either,” Katims told TVLine. “We have not seen the last of Mark ... there’s still more to be figured out. It’s not just over.”

Ritter also hinted at his return to the NBC drama via twitter last week.

In October, Graham told The Huffington Post about Ritter's reaction to Romano's guest spot. "Ritter sent »

- Leigh Weingus

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Parenthood's Jason Katims Weighs In on Sarah, Mark and Hank… and Jason Ritter's Return?

26 December 2012 5:27 PM, PST | | See recent news »

If you were among those who worried that Parenthood‘s Sarah might suffer whiplash, given the way she went from being Mark’s fiancée to falling into bed with her boss, showrunner Jason Katims wants to shed light the single mom’s seemingly abrupt change of heart.

Related | TVLine Asks: Did Parenthood‘s Sarah Hop Beds Too Fast?

“The idea with that episode,” in which Sarah (played by Lauren Graham) slept with Hank (Ray Romano), “was to talk about how everything is so charged around the holidays,” Katims tells TVLine. “To me — and obviously at this point this is just »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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The Top 15 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies

25 December 2012 8:06 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Now that you’ve had your fill of peppermint, presents, and multiple viewings of AMC’s White Christmas and Miracle On 34th Street, how about a little snark to go along with that special Holiday movie – sans the warm and fuzzy. It’s time for some mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy Geek style. In our gift to you, Wamg presents our list of the 15 best non-traditional films. Lovers of It’S A Wonderful Life can consider yourselves excused cuz Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. movies.

Black Christmas

Black Christmas (the 1974 version of course), generally acknowledged as the forerunner of the ‘slasher’. genre, is so graphic in its imagination that you don’t even need to see any gore or murder. Black Christmas, which holds up spectacularly well after almost 40 years, tells the tale of a group of sorority sisters that are hounded and »

- Movie Geeks

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TV highlights 23/12/12

21 December 2012 7:16 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mr Stink | Secret Lives Of The Apostles | Mount Pleasant Christmas Special | Loving Miss Hatto | Homeland | Him & Her: The Christmas Special | Never Let Me Go | Bad Santa

• Plan your Christmas and New Year viewing with our interactive guide to festive television

Mr Stink

6.30pm, BBC1

Children's books are a familiar second-career path for people in public life, from Prince Charles to Ricky Gervais. Happily, even for a busy person, David Walliams's efforts seem a cut above the celebrity norm. The tale of a homeless man befriended by a middle-class schoolgirl, this adaptation features a suitably strong cast. Benidorm regulars Johnny Vegas and Sheridan Smith play the parents of 12-year-old Chloe, who invites a tramp (Hugh Bonneville) to hang out in her family's garden shed. Gentle family comedy, featuring Walliams himself as the prime minister. Jr

Secret Lives Of The Apostles

7pm, National Geographic

Don't expect revelations about what Peter and Paul »

- John Robinson, Martin Skegg, Julia Raeside, Rebecca Nicholson, Hannah Verdier, Paul Howlett

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He Said, She Said: Golden Globe Nominations

16 December 2012 5:12 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Rachel Bennett & Carson Blackwelder

Television Editor & Columnist, Television Contributor


With the Emmys behind us, it’s time to focus on the Golden Globes.

The 2013 Golden Globe nominations were announced Thursday to much surprise and some bewilderment, as occurs with most award shows. The ceremony will take place Jan. 13 and will be hosted by the dream team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

We here at loved some of the nominations, but we’re still shaking our heads over some people and shows that are missing. Take a look at our thoughts on the Golden Globes below:

Carson’s Take

Three Nominations I Loved

1. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Connie Britton, ABC’s Nashville (All of the Nashville love, really)

ABC’s Nashville has definitely proven itself to be my favorite new show amid the lackluster new programming this fall. With the incomparable Britton at the helm, »

- Rachel Bennett

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The Defiant Sentimentality of ‘Parenthood’

7 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

NBC’s Parenthood is a drama deserving of the kind of veneration normally reserved for Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and other cable TV darlings. Based very loosely on the 1989 Ron Howard-directed comedy of the same name and developed by Friday Night Lights writer Jason Katims, the series is a deft mix of humor and gut-wrenching poignancy that can, rather amazingly, turn its audience into bunch of sobbing fools without having to resort to emotional manipulation. Parenthood revolves around the Bravermans: Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia); their four adult children, Adam (Peter Krause), Sarah (Lauren Graham), Julia (Erika Christensen), and Crosby (Dax Shepard); and the significant others and kids of the four siblings. They’re a family so close-knit and mutually supportive that they’d seemingly rather die than not do everything together—they attend little league games and school plays as a 16-member unit. They are the kind of “fight hard but love »

- Amber Humphrey

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Piper Perabo Joins Go On as Ryan's Love Interest

3 December 2012 12:18 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Covert AffairsPiper Perabo has booked a guest arc on NBC’s Go On — and no, it’s not one of Annie’s really deep cover gigs.

Perabo will play a former member of Lauren’s support group who returns for some therapy and strikes up a relationship with Ryan, our sister site Deadline reports.

Related | Exclusive: Go On Recruits Olympian Shaun White

The actress will be around for three episodes. She’s the latest big name to spend some time on the NBC comedy; Parenthood‘s Lauren Graham and Olympic beach volleyball champ Misty May-Treanor recently took guest turns. »

- Kimberly Roots

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From Rory To Richie, The Top 10 Teens In TV History

27 November 2012 9:20 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Rachel Bennett

Television Editor & Columnist


If there’s one type of TV character that can appeal to younger and older viewers, it’s the TV teen.

For younger audience members, TV teens are figures to whom to relate and admire. Older audience members, on the other hand, use these characters to relive the innocence and optimism of youth that somehow gets sanded down over time.

TV teens are tricky to pull off, as they can become just as obnoxious as real teens occasionally are. But if portrayed with a relatable honesty and vulnerability, they can evolve into some of the best TV characters ever.

Tessa Altman (Jane Levy) of ABC’s Suburgatory is on her way to cementing her place among famous TV teens, but until she does, here are my choices for the top 10 teens in TV history:

10. Rory Gilmore, The WB and The CW’s Gilmore Girls »

- Rachel Bennett

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Will Fringe Make a Bald Move? Did a Gossip Girl Get Amnesia? Best New Comedy? And More Qs!

24 November 2012 5:43 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Gossip Girl, The Voice, Bones and Hart of Dixie!

1 | How, how, how is General Hospital‘s Anna not choking on cigarillo breath from Faison every time she kisses “Duke”?

2 | So… bald Joshua Jackson by the Fringe series finale, yathink?

Related | Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on NCIS, Grey’s, Army Wives, Glee, Revenge, Shameless and More!

3 | While we applaud Saturday Night Live‘s integration of the three female newbies, did it have to come at »

- Team TVLine

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Tuesday TV Ratings: New Girl, Happy Endings, and New Normal Hit Series Lows, Vegas Up

21 November 2012 2:22 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Tuesday night’s comedy logjam continues to wreak havoc on all parties involved as last night’s ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights: ABC’s Happy Endings hit a series low 1.2 rating and 4.87 million viewers, down from last week’s 1.3 rating. The Fox comedy New Girl also hit a series low with a 2.0 rating and 4.09 million viewers, dropping two tenths from last week’s 2.2 rating. Additionally, NBC’s new comedy The New Normal garnered a series low with a 1.6 rating and 4.35 million viewers. One of the only gainers of the night was the CBS drama Vegas, which notched a 1.8 rating and 10.2 million viewers.  That’s up two tenths from last week’s 1.6 rating. Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, November 20th, including Go On, NCIS, The Mindy Project, Parenthood, and more. NBC New comedy Go On continues to perform strong, as »

- Adam Chitwood

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Lauren Graham Is Ryan's Old College Buddy On 'Go On'

21 November 2012 3:56 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Lauren Graham got to brush off the old comedy chops by showing up a half hour early to NBC for a guest spot on Matthew Perry's new sitcom, "Go On." She played Amy, an old college buddy of both Ryan and Steven. And while he only thought of her as a buddy in the abstract, when she arrived and stayed at his place, he suddenly started seeing things differently.

Ryan is new at being single, and still in mourning. So he didn't expect to have feelings for anyone yet. That's why he gave his blessing for Steven to make a move -- suddenly everyone has feelings for their old college buddy, though she is played by the lovely Lauren Graham so it's understandable.

When Ryan realized he was interested in pursuing her, things escalated into a competition between the two men for the lovely lady's hand. Neither of them »

- Jason Hughes

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What to Watch Tuesday: Lauren Graham Goes On, Covert Finale, Fringe from the First and More

20 November 2012 7:05 AM, PST | | See recent news »

On TV this Tuesday: Covert Affairs spies its Season 3 finale, Chaz Bono Chers some good advice with the Degrassi kids, a former Gilmore Girl helps Matthew Perry Go On and Fringe starts over from the beginning. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

Preview | Ben and Kate Video: Nat Faxon Stuffs Sexual Innuendo Into Thanksgiving

8 pm Fringe (Science Channel) | Mitigate your grief about Olivia & Co.’s approaching end by rewinding to the beginning! Starting tonight, Science Channel will air three hours of the mind-bending sci-fi drama every Tuesday. (A »

- Kimberly Roots

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TV on Tap: Raul Esparza Joins "Hannibal," "30 Rock" is a TV Miracle and Jamie Bamber is a Hot, Scruffy "Monday Morning" Doc

20 November 2012 6:59 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I'm surprised The New Normal isn't celebrating Thanksgiving with a "Freedom from Want" homage.


EW has the trailer for TNT's upcoming David E. Kelley medical drama Monday Mornings, which features a scruffy Jamie Bamber in scrubs. I think that's enough to get me to check out the pilot.

NBC is developing a comedy created by and starring Kenan Thompson which could take Thompson away from Saturday Night Live.

CSI is planning an episode where the team investigates the death of a female tennis pro and has booked champs Chris Evert and Lindsay Davenport.

The Av Club takes a look at 30 Rock and notes that in just about any other year, it would have been the kind of short-lived comedy that lands on critics' lists of brilliant shows that ended too soon, like Action, Buffalo Bill or Get a Life.

Hannibal keeps adding to its guest cast. TV Line reports »

- LyleMasaki

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Parenthood Sneak Peek: Watch the Aftermath of Mark and Sarah's Big Fight Now!

19 November 2012 9:30 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Mark (Jason Ritter) fans, brace yourselves! The Parenthood fan favorite couple is about to have a big, big fight on the NBC family drama, which is only the latest roadblock on the road to happily ever after. (Ray Romano is still proving to be a big one as well!) However, Mark and Sarah, who recently moved in together, aren't arguing over Romano's character Hank in this exclusive sneak peek from tomorrow night's episode. No, they are arguing over Mark's role in Sarah's son Drew's (Miles Heizer) life, and his place in their family... "I realize I don't have very much experience parenting with somebody," Sarah says after apologizing. "I want you »

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Sneak Peek: Lauren Graham & Matthew Perry Reunited On 'Go On'

15 November 2012 7:39 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

It's "Gilmore Girls" meets "Friends" next week -- or, if you prefer to think of it this way, a Braverman learns how to "Go On."

Lauren Graham, a star on NBC's "Parenthood" and Matthew Perry's real-life ex-turned-friend, will appear in next week's "Go On" (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Et on NBC) as Amy, an old college friend of Ryan (Perry) and Steven (John Cho). Of course, since Ryan and Steven are mature adults and good friends, they wouldn't compete over a woman, right? Or maybe they would.

Elsewhere in the episode, Ryan brings the grief-recovery gang to his radio station, and the delightfully acerbic Anne (Julie White) introduces her kids to the radio host.

"Go On" airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Et on NBC.


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'Go On': Lauren Graham takes a shot with Ryan

14 November 2012 4:13 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

NBC will offer up a double dose of Lauren Graham next week. In addition to her regular appearance on "Parenthood," she's also guest-starring on "Go On."

Graham -- a good friend of "Go On" star Matthew Perry -- plays Amy, a buddy of Ryan's (Perry) and Steven's (John Cho) from college. Perry told us earlier that "there were some sparks" in their college days, and she tries to re-ignite them in Tuesday's (Nov. 20) show. Also, they play Pop-a-Shot.

It's not all smooth going, though. Ryan is obviously still working through the loss of his wife, but Amy's presence also brings out a competitive streak in Steven, one that extends beyond barroom basketball games.

This last photo is devoid of context, but the T-shirt with the stretched-out neck and the slightly messy hair suggest a "morning after" scenario, don't you think?

Are you looking forward to seeing Lauren Graham on "Go On »


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Jason Ritter On 'Parenthood': 'The Sooner Hank Gets Out The Better'

13 November 2012 6:56 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Now that we're in the thick of Season 4 of "Parenthood" (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Et on NBC), Hank (Ray Romano) has become an obvious threat to Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Mark's (Jason Ritter) relationship.

So how's Ritter feeling about Hank's presence on the series? He's a little threatened himself.

"[Sarah] and Mark have been through a lot, but now that they're living together, the realities are different from the fantasy dating section of the relationship," Ritter told TV Guide. "Hank is so real and grounded, even if he does have a bleak outlook. Mark has a lot of ideals.

"Though the sooner Hank gets out of town, the better," he added.

Romano told HuffPost that he was worried about getting in between Ritter and Graham's characters initially. "I remember when I found out that there was going to be a little more between Hank and Sarah, I called up Jason Katims and I said, »

- Leigh Weingus

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Jason Ritter Talks Parenthood And Remembers His Famous Dad

13 November 2012 4:00 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Jason Ritter knows how to make the most of an opportunity. When the 32-year-old actor was invited to guest star on the first season of the NBC dramedy Parenthood, he was only supposed to appear in a three-episode arc as sexy, mild-mannered high school teacher Mark Cyr. Cut to Season 4: Ritter has an Emmy nomination under his belt, his character is engaged to fortysomething single mom Sarah (Lauren Graham) — age difference be damned — and he's even managed to wangle his way into the official family portrait. But all that could be at risk, thanks to the recent arrival of Sarah's new boss, Hank, played with crotchety magnetism by Ray Romano. Ritter opens up about his status as an almost-Braverman, life lessons from his late dad, John, and what's really beneath the nice-guy façade...

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- Ingela Ratledge

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The ‘Parenthood’ Method Versus ‘Glee:’ Dealing With Difficult Subjects on TV Series

12 November 2012 9:12 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Carson Blackwelder

Television Contributor


NBC’s Parenthood returns tonight after two weeks off the air, bringing with it all of the difficult issues the series tackles year after year.

Season four of this intense family drama centers around Kristina Braverman’s (Monica Potter) shocking diagnosis and emotional battle with breast cancer.

Interestingly enough, cancer has been with the show since the very beginning. Actress Maura Tierney was originally cast to play Sarah Braverman, the second child of the Braverman family. However, the drama moved its premiere from the fall to midseason because of Tierney’s real-life breast cancer.

Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts between treatments and production led to Tierney leaving the cast of ParenthoodLauren Graham, everyone’s favorite Gilmore Girls mom, replaced her. Having this tumultuous beginning poised Parenthood to be a series that could discuss serious issues and do so in a mature, sophisticated manner.

Of this season »

- Carson Blackwelder

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