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Adam Baldwin Previews His Castle Visit (Firefly Shout-Outs Included), Reflects on Chuck Finale

15 April 2012 4:32 PM, PDT

Rick Castle is about to get Slaughtered.

In this Monday’s episode of Castle (ABC, 10/9c), Nathan Fillion’s novelist will dive head first – for better or for worse – into a storyline with a rough, tough and gruff NYPD detective named Ethan Slaughter and played by Adam Baldwin.

And while the episode obviously offers the geeky thrill of a reunion between the onetime stars of Firefly (where Fillion played Capt. Mal Reynolds to Baldwin’s Jayne Cobb), it will also serve a larger purpose, as the ABC hit closes in on its “very emotional” Season 4 finale (airing May 7).

Your 2012 Finale »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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SNL With Josh Brolin: Best and Worst Skits

15 April 2012 7:53 AM, PDT

When Steven Spielberg shows up to direct Laser Cats 7 — starring a stuffed-animal E.T. playing E.A.T. (Extra Awesome Terrestrial) — you know you’re in for a weird, wacky edition of Saturday Night Live. And while host Josh Brolin was more of a fringe player than the star of the show — even his monologue felt like little more than an excuse for Jay Pharoah (yes, he’s still in the cast!) to break out his wicked Will Smith impression — there were nevertheless an above-average number of laughs in the episode. Here are my picks for best and worst sketches:

SNL Drafts Eli Manning, »

- Michael Slezak

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SNL Drafts Eli Manning, Welcomes Back Rihanna

14 April 2012 9:04 PM, PDT

NFL quarterback Eli Manning, who led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl win this past February, will — wait for it — tackle his first Saturday Night Live hosting gig on May 5, the NBC sketch show announced during this weekend’s telecast.

Manning’s only previous SNL appearance was in 2007, as an audience member when his big brother and fellow NFL Qb Peyton — who is now with the Denver Broncos — hosted.

Rihanna will serve as SNL‘s musical guest for a third time during Eli’s debut. The five-time Grammy Award winner last rocked Studio 8H in October 2010, alongside host Jon Hamm. »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Casting News: Ellen Burstyn Joins USA's Political Animals, Parenthood Actress to Army Wives

14 April 2012 1:05 PM, PDT

Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn has joined the cast of USA Network’s upcoming drama series Political Animals.

Army Wives Plots Life Goes On Reunion

Debuting this summer, the six-episode D.C.-based project from executive producers Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money) and Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire) centers around newly-appointed Secretary of State Elaine Barrish (played by Sigourney Weaver).

Burstyn will play Margaret Barrish, the mother of Weaver’s character and a former Vegas showgirl. She is described as a tough Chicago broad with a biting tongue and sharp wit who’s the first one to open a bottle of booze »

- Vlada Gelman

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Ratings: Grimm Gains, Fringe Dips Back to Low, The Finder Falls Again

14 April 2012 9:01 AM, PDT

Even with its two cop shows on the bench, CBS led in total audience this Friday (and tied ABC for the demo win), thanks to its broadcast of Acm Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert, which averaged 7.7 million viewers and thus trounced all comers in the 9 and 10 o’clock hours.

Undercover Boss (7 mil/1.7) meanwhile scored the night’s best 18-49 numbers despite dipping a tenth week-to-week.

Exclusive: Fringe Stars Talk Finale (‘We Shot Two Endings’), Drop Clue About Season 5 Storyline

Among genre-tv fare, Grimm was up 11 and 23 percent, delivering 5 million total viewers and a 1.6 rating, while Fringe (2.9 mil/0.9) dipped 4 percent and a tenth, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for This Weekend

14 April 2012 7:47 AM, PDT

On TV this weekend: A “mini” version of Titanic sets sail, SOAPnet hosts a Veronica Mars-athon, HBO goes Girls crazy and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are several programs to keep on your radar.

Saturday, April 14

8 pm Titanic (ABC) | This two-night miniseries, penned by Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes, kicks off with three hours that track similar events from different characters’ points of view, each culminating in a cliff-hanger as the ship begins to founder. The final hour (airing Sunday at 9 aka the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking) weaves all the storylines together as tragedy strikes. »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Tree Hill's Finale: Burning Questions Answered!

13 April 2012 8:06 PM, PDT

It’s been a little over a week since we said a sad so long to Nathan Scott & Co., and — since we’re still in the early stages of mourning (aka denial) — we decided a trip back to One Tree Hill was in order.

Here, creator Mark Schwahn and star James Lafferty relive the series finale and answer your lingering questions, which likely include “What about Peyton?” “Why Bevin?” And, of course, “How come no one in Tree Hill ages?!”

Were any scenes cut from the series finale? | Schwahn tells us that, thankfully, the network agreed to air the uncut Oth finale, »

- Megan Masters

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Revenge First Look: Is Jack a Murder Suspect? Plus: An Update on Fauxmanda's Whereabouts

13 April 2012 4:10 PM, PDT

Poor Jack! First, the Revenge stud was rejected by his lady love Emily. Then he was abandoned by his new gal Amanda. And now — as seen in the following first look clip — he’s the latest suspect in the murder of cuckoo Tyler Barrol.

This Wednesday’s return episode of the addictive drama (10/9c, ABC) finds the Graysons’ fearless spokeswoman, Ashley, IDing the man in a new crime sketch as the Hamptons’ own lovelorn bar manager. But who gave the artist his description in the first place? (Emily’s eyes seem to suggest it was Victoria.)

Revenge Hot Shots: An Old Flame Is Rekindled, »

- Megan Masters

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TVLine Items: The Latest Office Overhaul Buzz, Flintstones Reboot Is Delayed and More!

13 April 2012 1:00 PM, PDT

Is The Office 2.0 on the way… again?

Having already undergone a makeover at the start of this season (following the departure of front man Steve Carell), the NBC comedy is reportedly considering yet another reboot should it receive a Season 9 pickup (the likelihood of which we’re currently calling “a sure thing“).

Details surrounding the purposed change are scarce, but our sister site Deadline is reporting that Office executive producer Greg Daniels is pitching a revamped series that would feature new and a few returning characters.

In extremely related Office news, talks to have John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak »

- Megan Masters

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Your 2012 Finale Guide: Get Exclusive Spoilers on 52 of this Season's Big Finishes!

13 April 2012 12:28 PM, PDT

It’s time to finally erase that Oprah’s Life Class episode you’ve stashed on your DVR for weeks; face it, you’re not going to harness your inner potential or manifest your best self this week. Plus, you’re gonna need the space to record all of the big reveals, big guest stars, and big cliffhangers ahead as your favorite shows end their seasons. That mixture of excitement and anticipation you feel as you read through our finale rundown? Consider it the mother of all a-ha moments. You’re welcome.

2012 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Axed? »

- Team TVLine

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Did Grey's Lock an Emmy Nod? Does Chuck Bass Get a Raw Deal? A Glee Miracle? And More TV Qs!

13 April 2012 11:10 AM, PDT

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, here are some queries we’re going to lob at you, from shows including Fringe, Glee, Gossip Girl, NCIS: La, Psych and Grey’s Anatomy!

1 | Does Fringe not receive enough kudos for the top-notch quality and bountiful quantity of its split-screen work featuring actors acting opposite themselves?

2 | Did the “feeding” scene in last week’s Grimm make it the most gruesome episode to date?

3 | Are any Fairly Legal fans actually warming up to this new guy, Ben? Or are we just distracted by »

- Team TVLine

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Spoiler Alert!: Good Wife's Cary/Kalinda 'Moment!' Thrones Face-Off! Gilmore Movie Update!

13 April 2012 9:52 AM, PDT

This week’s Spoiler Alert! is brought to you by the letter “G,” which presented us with the perfect opportunity to spotlight three of our favorite obsessions: The Good Wife, Game of Thrones and (because some of us just can’t let go) Gilmore Girls.

First up, official Friend of TVLine Matt Czuchry drops by to tee up this season’s final three Good Wife episodes. Specifically, he previews a huge, long-awaited (and recently confirmed) development for Cary, shares a little “Calinda” scoop, and promises a thrilling finale plot (particularly for one much-loved character). Czuchry also talks about his new »

- Michael Ausiello

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Ratings: Community and Scandal Rise, Awake Flat, The Office Hits New All-Time Low

13 April 2012 9:04 AM, PDT

With CBS in repeat mode*, several Thursday shows — including three “bubble” series – rebounded from last week’s soft numbers.

NBC’s Community, with 3.2 million total viewers, a 1.4 demo rating and a luminous Gillian Jacobs, inched up 6 and 8 percent, while fellow NBC comedy Up All Night (3.2 mil/1.5) — leading out of a fresh Office episode — wrapped its freshman run with gains of more than 20 percent.

2012 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Axed? What’s on the Bubble?

At 10 o’clock, with The Mentalist riding the pine, ABC’s Scandal (7.5 mil/2.1) upticked a bit; NBC’s Awake however stayed flat »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Simpsons Exclusive First Look: Bryan Cranston and Homer Do Some James Bonding

13 April 2012 8:42 AM, PDT

Bryan Cranston can’t seem to stop being “drawn” to Fox’s Sunday-night “Animation Domination” lineup.

On the heels of his guest gig on The Cleveland Show (as ventriloquist critic Graham Kensington), the Breaking Bad star is set to appear in the May 6 episode of The Simpsons. This time, he’ll play secret agent Stradivarius Cain, the protagonist of a spy movie at which Homer — who could’ve seen this coming?! — embarrasses Marge.

Exclusive: 52 Season Finales Spoiled!

Later, the plot twists when a concussion makes Homer think he’s receiving husbanding tips from the action hero. Judging from the picture below, »

- Andy Patrick

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Person of Interest Sneak Peek: Reese Gets a Blast from His Dark Past

13 April 2012 8:20 AM, PDT

Fans of CBS’ Person of Interest will have to tough it out until April 26 for the next new episode, but based on these first-look photos, it promises to be well worth the wait.

In “Matsya Nyaya” — the first in a streak of all-original episodes leading up to the Season 1 finale airing May 17 — The Machine’s latest mark sends Reese undercover as part of an armored truck crew. That case evokes memories of Reese’s last mission for the CIA and the painful decisions he was forced to make. As seen here, Annie Parisse (As the World Turns, Unforgettable) reprises her role of Reese’s partner, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Friday

13 April 2012 7:40 AM, PDT

On TV this Friday: Shark Tank breaks a sweat, The Finder looks for a meal, Grimm goes on a shocking double date, In Plain Sight (finally) surfaces big daddy issues and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are seven programs to keep on your radar.

Save the Dates: April’s Big Premieres and Finales!

8 pm Shark Tank (ABC) | Just when you thought the product pitches couldn’t get any more bizarre, a medical student serves up T-shirts that generate sweat-activated motivational messages, while a Texan inventor turns trash into (literal? proverbial?) gold.

8 pm The »

- Alyse Whitney

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Exclusive: Fringe Stars Talk Finale ('We Shot Two Endings'), Drop Clue About Season 5 Storyline

13 April 2012 6:35 AM, PDT

Fox’s Fringe, which for four years now has traded in dual universes, doppelgängers and shape-shifting body doubles, is fittingly prepping alt versions of its Season 4 finale, as Fox and Warner Bros. TV continue to negotiate the possibility of a Season 5.

“We’ve shot two [endings],” John Noble told TVLine at the opening of the Beverly Hills Paley Center’s “Television: Out of the Box” exhibit, which was created in conjunction with Warner Bros. TV.

Fringe Videos: Walter Is Drug ‘Tested’ En Route to the Other Side, ‘Meana’ Warns Fauxlivia

Noble says many “big questions” will be answered in the season »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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The CW's Ringer On the Bubble: Keep Or Cut?

12 April 2012 7:32 PM, PDT

Come mid-May (if not at times sooner), the networks will be making tough calls as to which series will return for the 2012-13 TV season, and which … won’t. As we did last spring, TVLine is singling out select “bubble” shows to assess their prospects.

Next up is a tale about twins that’s hoping to make The CW do a “double” take as it considers renewal.

The Show: Ringer (The CW)

The Time Slot: Tuesdays at 9/8c; season finale airs April 17.

2012 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Axed? What’s on the Bubble?

The Case For »

- Megan Masters

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Idol Top 7 Results Recap: Saved by the Belle?

12 April 2012 6:25 PM, PDT

Whether or not you’re happy with the outcome of this week’s American Idol Top 7 results show, I think we can all agree on one thing: The sight of Phillip Phillips with Colton Dixon’s head in his lap, gingerly stroking his rival’s magnificent coiff as they delivered the line “Why so serious?” in a group rendition of Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” was the stuff of Idol legend.

Actually, maybe we can agree on two things? Because, to paraphrase Randy Jackson, blah blah blah, blah blah blah, blah blah blah, America got it wrong with the Bottom 3 this week, »

- Michael Slezak

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Bones, Scandal, The Good Wife, The Killing, Breaking Bad and More!

12 April 2012 3:59 PM, PDT

Is Bones about to hit a new baby bump? What’s the 411 on Olivia Pope’s own Scandal-ous past? Has The Killing finally found its killer? Read on for those scoops plus other teases from TV’s hottest shows.

Bones | As many longtime viewers have wanted, the Fox drama on April 23 will explore the impact baby Christine has not just on her crime solving parents, but on Booth’s first child. As executive producer Stephen Nathan tells the Inside Line, “When Parker finally returns to meet his new sister after being overseas with his mother, Booth walks on eggshells »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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