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Reality Check: Awful Eliminations, Questionable Front-Runners Tarnish The X Factor, The Voice

18 November 2012 1:53 PM, PST

Not all reality singing competition contestants are created equal. And when the best of ‘em are sent way too soon to the results-show guillotine, it can result in a creative tailspin worthy of the World War I Flying Ace under heavy fire from The Red Baron.

That was pretty much what went down this past week on The X Factor and The Voice — and on an all-new Reality Check, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I try to figure out (with some help from our friends from Homeland, Doctor Who, and Sherlock) where voters went wrong, and how the shows can restore their respective mojos. »


- Michael Slezak

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Jeremy Renner Hosts Saturday Night Live: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches!

18 November 2012 6:59 AM, PST

Another week, another Saturday Night Live opening monologue that found its guest host in a moderately amusing bit of musical theater. For those of you keeping score at home, we’re now eight episodes in to Season 38, and six of our hosts having kicked things off by either singing and/or dancing.

Jeremy Renner, for his part, made things a little more interesting this week by showcasing his piano-playing skills on alternate theme songs to three of his recent films, but alas, his caveat that he’s not known for comedy proved all too prescient. Renner frequently seemed so focused »


- Michael Slezak

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What to Watch Sunday: Carell on The Simpsons, a Mentalist Jailbreak, Turkey Day Tips and More

18 November 2012 5:11 AM, PST

On TV this Sunday: The Mentalist does the cell-block tango, Steve Carell spends some out-of-Office time with The Simpsons, MythBusters and the Food Network talk Turkey Day and the American Music Awards honors Dick Clark’s memory. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

Noon Thanksgiving Live (Food Network) | Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray and other Food Network hosts answer viewer questions and offer Thanksgiving remedies in this interactive holiday special.

Related | Thanksgiving Feast: What Are You Grateful for This TV Season? Let Us Know!

8 pm The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards (ABC) | Justin Bieber, »


- Kimberly Roots

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Sneak Peek: Castle Is Caught in a Parent Trap!

17 November 2012 9:14 PM, PST

Chasing murderous bad guys will seem like a walk in Central Park when Castle invites Rick and his mother Martha to break bread with Kate and her dad Jim — and we’ve got a pair of video sneak peeks.

Photos | It’s  Very Castle Christmas!

In this Monday’s episode of the ABC series, it’s time to “meet the parents” — or more accurately have the ‘rents spend quality time with each other for the first time since their kids coupled up. But as you can see in the first clip below, you may as well ask oil and water to blend together easily. »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Jennifer Esposito Opens Up About the 'Ugliness' of Her Blue Bloods Suspension

17 November 2012 7:44 PM, PST

Jennifer Esposito, elaborating publicly for the first time since she was put on medical leave by Blue Bloods producer CBS Television Studios, says the sequence of events leading to her estrangement from the crime drama “makes me sick.”

Related | Blue Bloods Gives Danny Another New Partner as Jennifer Esposito’s Lawyers Review Options

According to excerpts obtained by TVLine from an interview airing on Fox News Channel’s Fox Files this Sunday at 9/8c, Esposito recalls how her doctor advised that she seek a reduced work load due to her struggles with Celiac disease. The actress claims that rather than »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Ratings: Malibu Country Drops Again, Shark Tank and CSI: NY Top Night

17 November 2012 10:12 AM, PST

ABC’s freshman series woes continues, as Malibu Country — which started off country strong — declined for a second consecutive week.

With lead-in Last Man Standing itself slipping 5 and 12 percent to 7.1 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating, the Reba-repped sitcom dropped 9 and 24 percent week-to-week to 6.7 mil/1.3. Versus its robust debut, Malibu has now shed 43 percent of its demo delivery.

Topping Friday in the demo was Shark Tank (6.7 mil/1.9), despite dipping two tenths, while CSI: NY (steady at 9.5 mil/1.4) drew the largest audience (with Blue Bloods on the bench).

Elsewhere on the night….

* Undercover Boss (9 mil/1.7) dipped two tenths. Capping CBS’ night, »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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The Voice's Michaela Paige on Deadly High Heels, Bleeped Lyrics and the Origin of Her Mohawk

17 November 2012 9:36 AM, PST

Before she made the Top 12 on Season 3 of The Voice, Michaela Paige thought reality TV was “stupid and pointless.” Good thing somebody in her household felt differently.

The Mohawk-rocking 16-year-old explains that it was her father who sent to show producers a video of her singing Jessie J’s “Nobody’s Perfect” (taped at a New York City record-label showcase), and that fateful move led to her invitation to the Season 3 Blind Auditions and a spot on Blake Shelton’s team.

Of course, Michaela has other reasons to thank her dad, too. “He was the first one to discover me »


- Michael Slezak

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Doctor Who Christmas Special Minisode and Trailer: Look at Frosty Go…Homicidal?

17 November 2012 8:05 AM, PST

“This Christmas, the Earth will face a terrible, terrible danger. But as all humanity hangs in the balance, will anyone be able to persuade the Doctor to save the day?” asks series star Matt Smith in the first of two new promos for Doctor Who‘s 2012 Christmas Special.

“Yes,” grins Jenna-Louise Coleman, who’ll be costarring in the special, then somehow taking over as the Doctor’s new companion, despite the fact that things didn’t end so well for her when last we saw her in “Asylum of the Daleks,” the Season 7 premiere.

If you want to poke around »


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Exclusive Shameless First Look: Take a Peek at What Season 3 Has in Store for the Gallaghers

17 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST

If you’re looking to hop aboard the Shameless train before Season 3 takes off on Jan. 13, we’ve got just the thing to help you out: an exclusive first look at two new promos, each containing some catch-up material and lots of fresh footage.

Related | Bradley Whitford Joins Shameless

First up, watch Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and Frank (William H. Macy) review the insanity that is their lives (past and present), and then take a peek at a stunning new spot with the whole family. After that, hit the comments with your thoughts on what the Showtime drama’s new season has in store. »


- Megan Masters

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Arrow Scores True Blood's Janina Gavankar

16 November 2012 3:53 PM, PST

Laurel Lance, meet your competition.

True Blood shapeshifter Janina Gavankar will recur on The CW’s Arrow as a vice cop and face from Oliver’s past, Zap2it reports.

Photos | Arrow Meets The Huntress

Gavankar’s tough, sexy and formidable officer, McKenna Hall, enters the picture when a sketchy new drug called Vertigo becomes all the rage in Starling City — which also marks the introduction of Seth Gabel’s villainous foe.

Complicating matters, McKenna and Ollie share some history from the days before he disappeared.

Gavankar’s TV credits include The League, The Gates and The L Word. She »


- Vlada Gelman

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ABC Cancels Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue

16 November 2012 3:07 PM, PST

ABC has done what the U.S. Armed Forces could not: It sunk the Colorado.

The network cancelled Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue Friday, our sister site Deadline reports.

Both freshman dramas had struggled to maintain an audience. Thursday’s Last Resort, which reportedly was an important factor in whether or not the series would receive a full-season pick-up, saw a slight ratings drop to 5.8 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating. 

Similarly, last Sunday’s 666 Park earned only 4 mil/1.3, matching the previous episode’s series low.

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- Kimberly Roots

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First Look: The Vampire Diaries' 1940s Trip Means Salvatores in Uniform, [Spoiler]'s Return!

16 November 2012 2:09 PM, PST

We think you’re going to really enjoy this gallery: The Vampire Diaries flashes back to 1940s New Orleans in the Dec. 6 episode (The CW, 8/7c), and we’ve got a sneak peek at Stefan and Damon as World War II GIs — and the return of a much-missed character!

Related | Vampire Diaries Recap: Confessions of the Heart

After Stefan shares a suspicion about Elena with his brother, the two head to The Big Easy to investigate. They need to find someone who can remember what happened during their last jaunt there in 1942, which involved Stefan’s pal Lexi (Arielle Kebbel), a flame of Damon’s, »


- Vlada Gelman

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Exclusive: NCIS Enlists Greg Germann to Play Vance's Deputy

16 November 2012 2:06 PM, PST

The NCIS hierarchy will be fleshed out some when viewers meet Jerome Craig, the deputy director who serves under Vance.

And playing the potentially recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively, will be Greg Germann, whose myriad TV credits include Ally McBeal and most recently, Showtime’s House of Lies.

Related | Matt’s Inside Line Has Scoop on NCIS‘ ‘McAbby’

“I’ve been a big fan of Greg’s going back to Ally McBeal and [the mid-'90s legal drama] Sweet Justice, and he’s a gifted actor with incredible timing and a wonderful sense of humor,” NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg tells TVLine. “Playing the NCIS »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Blue Bloods Exclusive: Annabella Sciorra Cops Role as [Spoiler]'s Shrink

16 November 2012 1:35 PM, PST

Fresh off her recent visit to CBS’ The Good Wife, Annabella Sciorra has copped a role on the network’s Blue Bloods — where she’ll aim to get inside someone’s head.

TVLine has learned that the Sopranos alum will guest-star in the 11th episode of Season 3 as Grace, an NYPD psychologist who is met with quite a challenge when she is tasked with assessing Jamie’s emotional condition in the wake of a fatal shooting.

In addition to her Good Wife appearance, Sciorra’s TV credits include Fox’s Mental, »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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TVLine Items: WWE Crashes The Soup, La Lucci Visits Colbert, Web Therapy Renewed and More!

16 November 2012 1:23 PM, PST

The WWE Superstars are invading The Soup.

E!’s weekly pop culture-skewering clip show has teamed with the WWE on a wrestling-themed special titled The Soup Salutes WWE: Piledriving Clips in Your Face.

The half-hour event, to air Wednesday at 10:30/9:30c following an all-new episode of The Soup, will feature moments from WWE events past, as well as in-studio appearances by fan faves The Miz, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, Brodus Clay, Eve and Hornswoggle. Commentators Michael Cole and JerryThe King” Lawler will also be on-hand to emcee.

USA Network will rebroadcast the special on Monday, Nov. 26, immediately following Monday Night Raw. »


- Megan Masters

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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Monica Potter

16 November 2012 11:51 AM, PST

A new feature in which we spotlight the past week’s shining star

The Performer | Monica Potter

The Show | Parenthood (NBC)

The Episode | “Together”

The Airdate | November 13, 2012

Related | Parenthood‘s Mae Whitman, Matt Lauria Talk Amber and Ryan’s ‘Wonderful’ New Romance

The Performance | Never one to sit back and let others take the wheel, a cancer-stricken Kristina struggled with needing to be taken care of but not wanting to be seen as a victim. Her internal battle, however, was quickly projected outward when she found herself overwhelmed by the presence of her overbearing-but-well-meaning mother-in-law, Camille.

Venting to Adam over the phone, »


- Team TVLine

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Was Modern Family's Kiss Amiss? More Cary on Good Wife? Bloody Face Vs. Otto? And More Qs!

16 November 2012 10:57 AM, PST

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 Parenthood, American Horror Story: Asylum, Nashville and Glee!

1 | Didn’t Fringe‘s Etta hologram look like Gwyneth Paltrow? And wasn’t that one well-behaved group of commuters on the monorail Peter, Olivia, Walter and Astrid took? Maybe Observer rule has brought some positive changes to the world!

Video | New Spoiler Alert!: Fringe ‘Observations,’ Grey’s Death Takes a Toll and Gossip Girl Finale Twist!

2 | Was Nikita‘s dinner double date the show’s most intense scene yet? »


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CBS Pulls the Plug on Partners

16 November 2012 10:45 AM, PST

CBS has cancelled Partners after a half-dozen episodes.

The freshman comedy, starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie, premiered to 6.5 million total viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, demonstrating just 75 percent retention out of How I Met Your Mother from the get-go. The numbers ebbed and flowed from there, with the show this past Monday hitting a series-low rating of 1.8, while drawing 5.6 million viewers.

Video | How I Met Your Mother Exclusive: Joe Manganiello Chows Down, Screws Up

CBS comedy repeats — beginning with Two and a Half Men on Nov. 19 — will fill the Mondays-at-8:30 void effective immediately, with Rules of Engagement Season »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Army Wives Exclusive: Major Character Getting Killed Off Amid Season 7 Shake-Up

16 November 2012 10:41 AM, PST

Army Wives‘ classified Season 7 battle plan has leaked, and if you’re a fan of the show, believe me when I tell you it will have you standing at attention.

Not only does it include (at least!) one major casualty, it also includes a handful of new recruits and contains a dozen other bits of top-secret intel. So proceed with caution…

First, the big news: Leading lady Kim Delaney, who has played Claudia Joy Holden since the Lifetime drama launched six years ago, will not be returning — like, ever. Exec producer Jeff Melvoin confirms to TVLine that her character (who »


- Michael Ausiello

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Grey's Anatomy Scoop: Constance Zimmer Scrubs In as… New Love Interest For [Spoiler]?

16 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

Entourage grad Constance Zimmer has booked a recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy, TVLine has learned.

The actress will play Dr. Cahill, a super-confident, self-possessed, laser-focused professional with a wicked sense of humor.

Might Dr. Cahill be the mysterious new love interest series creator Shonda Rhimes confirmed Alex (Justin Chambers) would be getting later this season? “We’re going to watch Alex really grow up and step up this season,” Rhimes said, “and find real love with somebody who doesn’t leave him for once. »


- Michael Ausiello

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