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The Top 10 Television Lawyers

June 10th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
The Top 10 Television Lawyers
In honor of the return of Suits - which features Harvey Specter, the best attorney currently practicing on television - we're recognizing our Top 10 Television Lawyers. Legal dramas are a staple on the small screen, and they've given us some fantastic litigators over the years.

Our list has only two criteria for inclusion: 1) That the character must be a practicing lawyer. No characters who just have law degrees, retired lawyers, or ex-lawyers. During the run of their show, we have to have seen them in the courtroom.

2) The characters are ranked by who we'd most want to represent us in co...
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Top 4 Memorable Imaginary Moments On Season Five Of 'The Good Wife'

May 20th, 2014 9:20pm EDT
Top 4 Memorable Imaginary Moments On Season Five Of 'The Good Wi
If there’s ever a show’s title that encompasses the overall series season it was ‘The Good Wife’s’ “A Weird Year” label slapped on its season five finale. And boy, did it ever hold up. In an effort NOT to whip out the spoiler alert card, let’s just say if the last few minutes made you gasp and scratch your head, viewers have been doing it all season. Specifically with the trippy mind games we watched Alicia and the late Will (still not over it) Gardner play out in their heads. Peep the videos and photos below for four of the most memorable imaginary moments on The Good Wife this season.

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China Censors 'The Big Bang Theory,' Other U.S. Shows For Promoting Criminal Activities

May 20th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
China Censors 'The Big Bang Theory,' Other U.S. Shows For Promot
China has pulled several U.S. shows from video streaming websites, claiming the programs contain harmful content.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) made the order last week to remove "The Big Bang Theory," "The Good Wife" and "NCIS," from public viewing.

It's not known exactly why the watchdog group made the move, although officials have been planning to increase censorship of foreign content, a source told The Hollywood Reporter.

There was a public outcry following the ban, prompting SAPPRFT officials to claim they pulled the programs o...
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'The Good Wife' Season Finale Review: 'A Weird Year'

May 19th, 2014 8:52am EDT
'The Good Wife' Season Finale Review: 'A Weird Year'
Could there be a more apt title for the season finale of The Good Wife? This cycle has seen one firm split into two (each with their own contentious problems), the death of one of the show's most beloved characters, a political scandal, and the apparent demise of the Florrick marriage. A weird year, indeed.

Legally, things are crazy as both firms find themselves in the line of fire regarding the failed adoption story that was last touched upon in 'The Last Week'. This gives us the excuse to see more of Christian Borle as uptight attorney Carter Schmidt, who's now suing both teams for six m...
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Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May Not Work

May 15th, 2014 2:40pm EDT
Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May No
Now that all the big networks have revealed what they’ll be showing us this fall, let’s take a look at what may or may not work.

SUNDAY:

ABC is essentially playing it safe, and keeping Sunday Night intact. American Crime will swap for Resurrection at midseason. Resurrection was a buzzy drama that started seeing a ratings decline. Not waiting till midseason is probably a smart move. You don’t want to lose any more audience. It’s not a winning strategy, but ABC just doesn’t want to be in last place.

NBC has football, another super safe move. CBS is shaking things up, banishing Amazing Race...
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5 Season Finale Spoilers You Need To Know: 'Supernatural,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Arrow,' And More...

May 13th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Supernatural
It seems like it was just yesterday when the fledging seasons's epic stories were just beginning to blossom. In the blink of an eye, the 2013-14 season is coming to an end, and it's time to prepare to spend the summer, mourning (or cheering) the dead, swooming from the proposals, weddings or births and hanging from all those cliffs. Here are 5 season finale spoilers on "Supernatural," "Grey's Anatomy" and more...

"Supernatural" (The CW)

The CW's sci-fi thriller has literally gone to hell and back, so what's in store for "Supernatural's" season 9 swan song? According to supervising p...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'The One Percent'

May 12th, 2014 8:42am EDT
'The Good Wife' Review: 'The One Percent'
As we're just one week away from The Good Wife's fifth-season finale, this is where you'd expect hints to start appearing and pieces to begin falling into place. That's exactly what happens in "The One Percent," which handily dispatches a case of the week while playing out various scenes meant to ramp up the underlying tensions before we get to the finish line.

One of Alicia's clients, Fortune 500 CEO James Paisley (Tom Skerritt, Leverage) gets pied in the face, then opens his mouth and threatens a very pricey merger (is there any other kind?). It's then a struggle for Alicia and Cary to d...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'The Deep Web'

May 5th, 2014 10:49am EDT
'The Good Wife' Review: 'The Deep Web'
After last week's uncomfortable episode, The Good Wife opts for a lighter touch this week, and it mostly works. When Alicia meets Daniel Irwin (Nestor Carbonell, from every show ever made, but we're always going to think of him as Batmanuel from The Tick) while both are going through the tedious process of jury duty, flirting is immediate.

Everything else that follows is awkward, from Alicia talking to herself when she doesn't know what to do, to her watching some intentionally bad film that's way too on the nose. The good news here is that Carbonell's a natural in the romantic foil role (...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'Tying The Knot'

April 28th, 2014 8:37am EDT
'The Good Wife' Review: 'Tying The Knot'
You could call this the "reunion" episode of The Good Wife. Should be future Emmy winner Josh Charles is back, directing the action, while Dylan Baker once again reprises his role as the show's creepiest client, Colin Sweeney. The result is an installment that's kind of like Clue, except without the three different endings.

Needing a very important signature on some merger paperwork, Alicia gets roped into Sweeney's engagement party and stuck having to convince his equally bizarre fiancee Renata (played by Laura Benanti, previously seen as Det. Nick Amaro's wife Marie on Law & Order: Speci...
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Josh Charles Returns To 'The Good Wife' As Director

April 27th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Josh Charles Returns To 'The Good Wife' As Director
Just a few weeks after Will Gardner's exit, Josh Charles is returning to The Good Wife - but it's behind the camera. The former series star is the director of tonight's episode, "Tying The Knot," which also sees the return of Dylan Baker as recurring client Colin Sweeney.

It's the second episode Charles has directed in Season 5; he previously helmed the season's eighth installment, "The Next Month", which aired back on November 17. He made his directorial debut with another segment of The Good Wife, Season 4's "The Art of War."

Earlier this year, Charles won a People's Choice Award for hi...
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'The Good Wife' Season 5 Episode 18: Tying Up Loose Ends

April 23rd, 2014 4:17pm EDT
The Good Wife
A powerful Good Wife 5.18 Sunday night, which tied up lots of loose ends, and moved the narrative along to new, more stable ground, which will be a good foundation for future developments.

The realization that the NSA had been tapping her phone conversations snapped Alicia out of her depression about Will's death. This had all kinds of beneficial consequences. She gave an aggressive defense of Finn, which shut down, at least for now, the dastardly attempt of the new state prosecutor to make Finn the scapegoat for Will's death. (But it's great to see Michael Cerveris aka the Observer fr...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'All Tapped Out'

April 21st, 2014 8:37am EDT
'The Good Wife' Review: 'All Tapped Out'
With the big bombshell of Season 5 out of the way, now we're starting to see where The Good Wife is headed. There's another power struggle ahead. That pesky wiretapping business to wrap up. And the segue of Finn Polmar from State's Attorney to free agent. All these things are addressed in Sunday's episode. Never let it be said these writers aren't efficient.

When Clarke Hayden (a returning Nathan Lane) and Cary find out about Diane's suggestion of a merger, Clarke suggests that Cary start making decisions without Alicia, who's apparently still having "difficulties." The subsequent conversa...
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How Many Sharks Have Your Favorite Shows Jumped?

April 19th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Supernatural
In the fickle word of entertainment, it's rare when a television show makes it through its first season. For the lucky shows that do, they risk jumping the shark, Hollywood's term for a show's cringe-worthy decline due to over-the-top or nonsensical plotlines. Has your favorite long-running series like "Supernatural" or "The Good Wife" made the leap? Read on to find out...

"Supernatural"

It's a little baffling that the CW's sci-fi show is bringing in some of its best ratings yet in its ninth season. It's mind-boggling to realize that after nearly 200 episodes, "Supernatural" is s...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'A Material World'

April 14th, 2014 9:15am EDT
'The Good Wife' Review: 'A Material World'
With Will Gardner's death addressed and Finn Polmar officially added to the team, The Good Wife is picking up where Season 5 left off before its crushing revelation, with legal wrangling and personal complications. "A Material World" is not the show's most perfectly put together episode, but this one will definitely leave you wondering.

The episode opens with Diane and Alicia having drinks after Will's funeral. Soon, they're more than slightly inebriated and riffing on not only the ceremony, but their professional futures. Diane suggests that the two firms merge and become one again, which...
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'The Good Wife' Recap: 'The Last Call'

March 31st, 2014 8:35am EDT
The Good Wife
We don't know about you, but we are still very much in recovery from that bombshell The Good Wife dropped on us last Sunday. (If you haven't seen last week's episode, stop reading now - or if you must continue, you can read our review for the major reveal. Your choice there.) Setting aside the fact that we still get choked up thinking about what happened, we now have to turn our eyes to another, very important question: how, exactly, are you supposed to follow that up?

It's a question that plagues every writer who drops a major bombshell. Actually doing the deed - whether it's killing a ch...
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Who Is 'The Good Wife's' Matthew Goode?

March 25th, 2014 12:10pm EDT
Who Is 'The Good Wife's' Matthew Goode?
You can't really replace Josh Charles, considering that he's one of the best actors of all-time. But as The Good Wife moves on from Will Gardner, if we've indeed already met his replacement, he's a pretty good catch, too. Matthew Goode is a damn fine actor in his own right, and if you don't already know him, well, that's what we're here for.

Prior to his playing top state's attorney Finn Polmar in Sunday's pivotal episode, you probably recognized Goode as Mandy Moore's love interest in the rom-com Chasing Liberty a decade ago. Or a little closer to the present tense, he was Amy Adams' love...
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'The Good Wife' Leaves TV Viewers Shocked And Stunned

March 24th, 2014 4:03pm EDT
'The Good Wife' Leaves TV Viewers Shocked And Stunned
If you haven't seen The Good Wife season 5 episode 15, don't read any further. If you have:

Shocker! It all happened because Josh Charles wanted out of the series. And as sometimes happens when an actor or actress wants to leave, the producers decide to grant the wish, with a vengeance, and have the character leave not only the series, but life on the series, completely. Last year, at the end of the season of Downton Abbey, Matthew got this treatment.

And, last night, Will Gardner got it in on The Good Wife. The character had already lost twice in the past year. First, he lost Alicia, as...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'Dramatics, Your Honor'

March 24th, 2014 8:51am EDT
'The Good Wife' Review: 'Dramatics, Your Honor'
The Good Wife just crushed us. It also happened to bring in a great guest actor, and give resolution to a plot started in one of our favorite episodes of Season 5. But mostly, we are very much in mourning at the most upsetting thing that any TV show could've done to us this year.

"Dramatics, Your Honor" brings us back to the murder trial of Jeffrey Grant, a plotline that began back in November with the episode "The Next Week." Across the aisle is prosecutor Finn Polmar, played by Matthew Goode, a terribly underrated actor that deserves to be known as more than 'the guy from Chasing Liberty...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'A Few Words'

March 17th, 2014 8:49am EDT
'The Good Wife' Review: 'A Few Words'
Last Sunday, The Good Wife began a three-episode story arc by giving us Jack Davenport; this week, it continues by bringing in Carrie Preston and Jill Hennessy. What could go wrong?

Well, actually, a lot if you're Will Gardner. The emotional strain has been wearing on him all season, and the professional pressure continues to increase for our favorite character. With Nelson Dubeck (Eric Bogosian, appearing everywhere like a bad cold) nipping at his heels, Will turns to Elsbeth Tascioni (Preston, in entertaining, impressive, Emmy-winner form as always). Watching the energetic Elsbeth taking...
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CBS Renews A Ton Of Shows

March 13th, 2014 3:16pm EDT
The Good Wife
CBS issued renewals to NCIS, NCIS: LA, CSI, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Mom, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, and 48 Hours. Add to that the renewal of The Big Bang Theory, and CBS just renewed a whopping 20 shows.

Not being picked up, but still not cancelled, are The Mentalist, Intelligence, Hostages, and The Crazy Ones. I would definitely rule out Intelligence and Hostages. Both failed to grab huge audiences. I think The Mentalist will prob...
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'The Good Wife' Season 5 Episode 13: NSA On Television

March 10th, 2014 2:22pm EDT
The Good Wife
The Good Wife roared back with episode 5.13 last night, pulling back into play the NSA and stories ranging from Peter's campaign to Alicia's drug king client. The NSA connection couldn't have been more apt, given Julian Assange's Skype talk to SXSW a few days ago and Edward Snowden's Skype talk to the same today.

On The Good Wife, our happy duo at the NSA are tapping into Alicia's conversations and everyone she is connected to. Alicia pretty quickly realizes her conversations are being overheard, but it's not until near the end of the episode that Cary puts some of the pieces together and ...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'Parallel Construction, Bitches'

March 10th, 2014 9:13am EDT
'The Good Wife' Review: 'Parallel Construction, Bitches'
The Good Wife didn't need to do anything to get us excited about it coming back; it's already the best show on network television and one of the best on television, period. Yet it pushes itself to another level this week, with a guest appearance from elite actor Jack Davenport (Smash), the return of Mike Colter, and a title that's worthy of a spit-take. As the beginning of a "three-episode event," this is one hell of a start.

Alicia is unsettled when fellow attorney Charles Lester (Wallace Shawn) visits her at home. Lester works for Lemond Bishop (Colter), who's been arrested on suspicion ...
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Jack Davenport Features In Tonight's 'The Good Wife'

March 9th, 2014 12:07pm EDT
Jack Davenport Features In Tonight's 'The Good Wife'
As if The Good Wife isn't brilliant enough, tonight's midseason premiere includes a marvelous bit of casting: a guest appearance from the criminally underrated Jack Davenport.

The former Smash star plays Assistant United States Attorney Frank Asher in the episode, entitled "Parallel Construction, Bitches," which focuses on the drug-related arrest of recurring player Lemond Bishop (Mike Colter). Expect it to be a great supporting turn from the consistently solid British actor, who's quietly established a presence for himself on American television with his starring roles in CBS's Swingtown,...
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5 Spoilers You Need To Know: 'New Girl,' 'Scandal,' 'Hawaii Five-0' And More...

February 24th, 2014 2:45pm EST
New Girl
Every four years, the Winter Olympics inspires nations through through extreme snowy sports, the human spirit and a centuries' old flame. As much as I enjoyed the tear-jerking interviews and the incredible performances, I'm glad the Olympic torch has been extinguished and the television can resume its regularly scheduled programming. In honor of all of the returning shows, here are five spoilers you need to know on "New Girl", "Hawaii Five-0" and more...

Schmidt Happens. If you are hoping for Schmidt and Cece to reunite on Fox's "New Girl", you might not want to hold your breath. T...
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'The Good Wife': Robert & Michelle King Share Insight At TCA

January 20th, 2014 10:24am EST
The Good Wife
Are you going through The Good Wife withdrawal? Don't worry, we are too. Thankfully, we had a chance to hear from executive producers and co-creators Robert and Michelle King during CBS's Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation this week, and they shared insight on Season 5, from the big changes to Bruce Springsteen.

Last Sunday's episode featured three songs from The Boss's new album, High Hopes, and we found out how that arrangement came to be. You can thank the network. "CBS came to us with as they said, this fantastic opportunity, that Bruce had a new album, and they wanted t...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'We, The Juries'

January 13th, 2014 8:18am EST
The Good Wife
Now that The Good Wife has gotten plenty of mileage out of its personal drama, it's time to throw some professional scandal back into the mix.

Last week's episode ended with Eli finding out that an anonymous source sent the press video that insinuates Peter may have become Governor of Illinois through some less than ethical means. (You have to feel for Eli. He's just moved past worrying that Peter slept with his ethics consultant, and now this happens.) Eli brings this development to Peter and Marilyn, and the latter immediately starts an investigation. At the center of it is fixer Jim Moo...
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'The Good Wife' Scores At People's Choice Awards

January 9th, 2014 8:32am EST
The Good Wife
Let's hope the Golden Globes take note: CBS's top-shelf drama The Good Wife won twice at Wednesday night's People's Choice Awards, hauling in more hardware for one of the best shows on television.

Star Julianna Margulies accepted the trophy for Favorite Network TV Drama, which The Good Wife scored over Chicago Fire, Grey's Anatomy, Nashville and Parenthood.

Margulies was nominated for Favorite Dramatic TV Actress, but lost that category to Castle star Stana Katic.

Meanwhile, Josh Charles was named Favorite Dramatic TV Actor, beating out Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest), Kevin Bacon (The...
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'The Good Wife' 5.11: Bowling Balls And Bogdanovich

January 6th, 2014 1:03pm EST
The Good Wife
What do bowling balls and Bogdanovich have in common?  They provided punchlines to two Good Wife stories in episode 5.11.

The bowling balls knock down all the pins in a brand new story about copyright - in this case, of a recording - continuing The Good Wife's droll and savvy treatment of all things on the front burner of our information age.   Copyright is notoriously difficult to enforce, especially when it comes to musical performances. But in a case in which two different bands record a version of someone else's song - whose copyright is fully acknowledged - and the second bands arrang...
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'The Good Wife' Review: 'Goliath And David'

January 6th, 2014 8:17am EST
The Good Wife
What show's so good, we cut our vacation short so that we could recap it? The Good Wife, which returns from its holiday hiatus with Alicia and Will still using cases as battlegrounds in their personal war. Seriously, this rivalry is more bitter than anything that went on during Sunday's NFL playoffs.

Picking up exactly where 'The Decision Tree' left off, while Marilyn insists that Peter isn't her baby's father but declines to name who is, Alicia chats up the band that played the Florrick/Agos holiday party and ends up representing them in their lawsuit against a Glee-esque TV show. Will se...
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4 Shows To Watch In 2014

January 3rd, 2014 12:20pm EST
Suits
There's no rest for the awesome. We're just days into the new year, but already there's plenty of great TV coming your way. Here are BFTV's picks for the four shows you absolutely cannot miss in 2014 - and you can tell us which programs you're most excited about in the comments.

The Good Wife (CBS; returns Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 PM ET/PT): Fresh off racking up three Golden Globe nominations, the crown jewel of network television will pick up its fifth season on Sunday. The series has been on fire all season long, and we can't wait to see how it finishes out one of the best single seasons of...
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