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From Masters of Sex to Boardwalk Empire: How Accurate Are Fact-Based Dramas?

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Halfway through the pilot episode of the Showtime series Masters of Sex, which is based on the story of real-life sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters leaves his wife, Libby, in the care of another doctor as she undergoes infertility treatments so he can slip into a neighboring examination room and watch a prostitute masturbate... It's an amazingly rich six minutes of television that manages not only to set up most of the first season's major plotlines and underlying emotional tensions, but also to explain the story's historical import. In a strictly factual sense, it's also mostly made up.

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- David Peisner

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Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi and Crew Attacked by Teamsters in Boston

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The cast and crew of Top Chef were not greeted with a tea party upon arriving in Boston to film the show's upcoming 12th season, which debutsWednesday, Oct. 15 on Bravo.

According to a new report from Deadline, host Padma Lakshmi and other Top Chef crew members were verbally attacked by picketing Teamsters in June after the series hired local production assistants to drive cast and crew vehicles.

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- Kaitlin Thomas

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Meet the Cast of Fox's Reality Experiment Utopia

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This fall, Fox's new experimental reality Utopia will drop 15 strangers in a remote location for a year, with limited supplies and no backgrounds, and task them with creating a society from scratch.

Based on the hit Dutch show, the American adaptation comes from creator John de Mol, who will executive-produce along with David TibballsConrad Green (who left Dancing with the Stars to join the show) and Jon Kroll(The Amazing Race).

Add Utopia and other new fall shows to your Watchlist

The Season 1 cast includes a lawyer, a preacher, a pregnant lady (who's keeping it a secret) and an ex-con. What could possibly go awry with this crew?!

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- Liz Raftery

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Suits Midseason Finale: Where Does Louis Go From Here?

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Suits creator Aaron Korsh is guessing you had the same thought he did after last week's episode.

"After we finished shooting it, I was like, 'Can this just be the summer finale?'" Korsh tells TVGuide.com. "It really could've ended right there and it would've made sense."

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Despite saving the firm from the SEC last week (watch it here), Louis (Rick Hoffman) couldn't get back into Jessica's (Gina Torres) good graces for his ...

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- Joyce Eng

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Mega Buzz: The New Doctor Who and Sons' and Boardwalk's Final Seasons

19 August 2014 7:07 PM, PDT

Each week, executive editor Adam Bryant satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

What can you tell me about Twelve and Clara's dynamic on Doctor Who? — Aisha

Things will be very different between the pair now that the Doctor — to put it gently — has a few more years on him. In fact, without her schoolgirl crush influencing her, Clara begins to come into her own and be more assertive in their relationship. "I think she succeeds in dominating him, telling him what to do," Peter Capaldi teases. But don't expect him to be a total pushover. "She can only get so far with that," Capaldi says. "Then he'll turn. He often turns."

What is Juice up to when the new season of Sons of Anarchy begins? — Luke

Since he both "betrayed" Jax and killed the sheriff to protect Gemma, he's understandably keeping a low profile. »

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Exclusive: Justin Hartley Joins The Young and the Restless

19 August 2014 7:19 AM, PDT

The Young and the Restless has finally found its Adam Newman! TV Guide Magazine can exclusively report that, after an extensive casting search, the part of the presumed-dead Genoa City troublemaker has gone to former Smallville and Revenge star Justin Hartley. The actor will report for work at the CBS soap in late September and is scheduled to hit the air during November sweeps.

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- Michael Logan

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Exclusive: Justin Hartley Joins The Young and the Restless

19 August 2014 6:29 AM, PDT

The Young and the Restless has finally found its Adam Newman! TV Guide Magazine can exclusively report that, after an extensive casting search, the part of the presumed-dead Genoa City troublemaker has gone to former Smallville and Revenge star Justin Hartley. The actor will report for work at the CBS soap in late September and is scheduled to hit the air during November sweeps.

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- Michael Logan

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Inside Peter Capaldi's Wild First Season of Doctor Who

19 August 2014

Peter Capaldi remembers the car that came to his London home last August to drive him to the live TV special that revealed him to be Doctor Who's newest star. Because it only took him to a parking lot. "Like in a cheap British spy movie, I was dropped off and told to wait for another car to pick me up," says the actor, whose first full episode in the title role is the Season 8 premiere, airing August 23. "Then I was put in the backseat, covered in a blanket, and taken away to become the Doctor. This is a true story."

Here's the thing about Doctor Who: Its hero is a time-traveling alien (species: Time Lord) who periodically regenerates into a whole new being. Many actors have portrayed the "numbered" Docs — First...

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- Aubry D'Arminio

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Debbie Reynolds to Receive SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

18 August 2014 10:33 AM, PDT

Debbie Reynolds will be the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAG Awards next January, the guild announced Monday.

Reynolds, 82, is the Oscar-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated star of more than 50 movies, and has appeared on dozens of television shows. She is perhaps best known for her role in 1964's The Unsinkable Molly Brown, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, as well as her guest-starring turn as Grace's (Debra Messing) mother on Will & Grace.

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- Liz Raftery

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Video: A Day in the Life at Comic-Con With Constantine's Matt Ryan

18 August 2014 7:48 AM, PDT

Matt Ryan wasn't a Comic-Con newbie this year, but the star of NBC's upcoming series Constantine took the experience to a different level last month in San Diego. The Welsh actor, who describes his experience as "just wow," attended the geek heaven convention last year for the video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, for which he'd done the motion capture for the character of Edward Kenway. But this year, as the star of the highly anticipated adaptation of the cult comic book hit Hellblazer, he was under a much brighter spotlight.

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- Ileane Rudolph

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First Look: Nicholas Sparks Makes His TV Debut With Lifetime's Deliverance Creek

18 August 2014 7:41 AM, PDT

For his first TV venture, superstar romance novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember) saddles up to executive produce a Civil War Western with a feisty female in the crosshairs. The Lifetime movie (and backdoor pilot) Deliverance Creek (airing Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8/7c) stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as widowed mother Belle Gatlin Barlowe, who turns outlaw to protect her family and land from corrupt bankers.

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- Ileane Rudolph

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Ask Matt: Robin Williams, Playing Approval Matrix, Comics and Arrow, and More

18 August 2014 7:31 AM, PDT

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: With the passing of the legendary TV talents Robin Williams and James Garner, don't you think it would be remiss if the upcoming Emmys didn't do a clips tribute to both of them? Awards shows have an unfortunate habit of dedicating chunks of time to a theme or subject that either makes no sense or ends up really boring. But these two gentlemen, who broke character boundaries and were excellent actors outside their niche personas, deserve special recognition. I just hope the producers of that upcoming show have the smarts to do something special, outside of the "In Memoriam" roll call. Your thoughts? — Karen

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- Matt Roush

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