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The 19 Best Summer Television Shows Ever

May 29th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Mad Men
Summer television has the unfair reputation of being the dumping ground for shows "not ready" for the fall or spring, or where offbeat series never take off or go to die. While shows have certainly been banished to the warmer months, dozens of classic shows either got their start or existed entirely in the summer.

Survivor

Reality TV existed before Survivor, but its success on CBS as a Summer show opened the door to every and any kind of reality TV... for better or worse. It was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and was one of the highest rated shows on television for its first ele...
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'Californication' Finale: Is Hank Heading To The Big House?

March 26th, 2011 11:00pm EDT
David Duchovny and Carla Gugino, <i>Californication</i> | Photo
Now that Californication's Hank Moody has been convicted of statutory rape, it's time for him to face the music.

Sunday's season finale (9/8c on Showtime) finds Hank (David Duchovny) awaiting his sentencing, and the outcome floors him. But you shouldn't necessarily expect the show's next season to resemble Oz.

With Hank's secret revealed, how much Californication is left?

"The consequences were never about the true legal repercussions," creator and executive producer Tom Kapinos tells TVGuide.com...

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Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade

December 18th, 2009 9:39am EST
Greatest Entertainers of the Decade
This week, we've brought you the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, Albums and Movies of the Decade. Now it's time to roll it all into one with the Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade.

This was a decade where entertainment became increasingly fractured. With 500 channels 500 bazillion websites and every medium on-demand, bringing together any significant chunk of people to one thing was a true sign of greatness. In an era when nobody had to agree - making them agree took something beyond the level of entertainer we saw in the past.

With that in mind, here are the Ten Greatest Entert...
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Our Favorite TV Villains

October 29th, 2009 9:38am EDT
Maryann from True Blood
Halloween is coming up fast and it's caused people to look for the best costumes, pick out the best candy, and maybe even plan to visit scary haunted houses or watch horror films to celebrate. Halloween is a great day to cuddle up with your friends and scream at your favorite flicks, but movies are not the only ones who offer up some scary characters to haunt your sleep. Television often provides psychopaths, murderers, manipulators, and demons to taunt you not just for two hours, but for seasons upon seasons of mayhem! Here's a look at some of the scariest villains on television and why th...
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Q&A Lance Reddick: 'The Rollercoaster Ride Is Going To Continue On 'Fringe''

September 17th, 2009 9:30am EDT
Lance Reddick
Lance Reddick stars in the hit FOX series Fringe as Agent Phillip Broyles who is the special agent in charge of the Fringe Division. Fringe is the arm of the government responsible for investigating crimes and science that the average agent or scientist wouldn't be able to grasp. Along the way they uncover things that seem out of this world, spectacular and intriguing beyond a doubt. Lance is not only an extremely talented actor who has been on some of the best television shows of the past decade in the form of The Wire, Oz, Lost and now Fringe, but he is also someone who can keep secret...
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'Monk' Recap: 'Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man'

August 17th, 2009 10:56am EDT
Monk
Hey, did you know that twelve years ago Trudy Monk died in a car explosion and no one has been arrested for it yet? Any fan of the show "Monk" certainly knows this fact, since it has been bludgeoned into our head since day one. Trudy was the light of Monk's life! Without her he fell to pieces and lost everything! Twelve years have gone by and it is still the center point of his character, but the good thing is to know that they promised her case will be resolved by the end of this season. I wonder sometimes if they waited to solve it because they didn't know how to write Monk without the gu...
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'Law & Order: SVU' Star Chris Meloni Shows Off His Guns

July 9th, 2009 9:56am EDT
Christopher Meloni
We spotted Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni at Pastis Restaurant in New York City yesterday wearing a sleeveless dress shirt and tie - probably taking a break while filming. This 48-year-old looks like he works out a bit, no?

Image © Janet Mayer / PR Photos

Mariska Hargitay and Chris recently signed contracts for another season of "SVU." That was in some doubt, with fans of the show wondering whether the actors might be replaced after their two-year contracts expired.

Meloni's accomplished television background consists of appearances on NYPD Blue (1993), the HBO's p...
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Edie Falco Tackles Healthcare, Prescription Drug Addiction In 'Nurse Jackie'

June 5th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Edie Falco
Edie Falco is much more than her role as Carmela on "The Sopranos." She's a cancer survivor, a single mom, and the star of the new Showtime series "Nurse Jackie."

A native of Brookyn, New York, Falco started her television career with appearances on "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Oz" and "Law & Order." She has also starred in films such as "Freedomland," "The Quiet" and "Sunshine State."

In her latest project, Falco plays Jackie, a nurse battling the insanity of everyday life in the American health care system. Jackie is great at her job, but she's also a deeply troubled woman,...
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'Burn After Reading' Is Entertaining But Not Oscar Worthy

September 15th, 2008 10:05am EDT
Burn After Reading
The biggest challenge for an Oscar winner, be it a writer, actor, or director, is the first project following the ultimate Hollywood triumph. Expectations are so high and buzz is so great, it can create an almost impossible set of standards to live up to.

This is the case with the Coen brothers' latest release, "Burn After Reading." Though an entertaining enough way to kill two hours on a Saturday afternoon, you can be sure this will not be the film to earn the duo their next little gold man.

The story is of a former CIA agent's (John Malkovich) "top secret files" that fall in...
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The Emmy's 60th Anniversary: Fans Get To Vote For Best Comedy And Drama Moments

August 28th, 2008 11:27am EDT
All In The Family
As a means of celebrating its 60th Anniversary (really, are we just going to have a garish celebration for any year ending in 0 or 5 now?) Emmy has decided to name the most memorable moments from both Drama and Comedy on TV.

The best thing about this countdown is that the fans get to decide. On the Emmy website are a list of 20 funny moments and 20 serious scenes just begging for your vote. You only get to choose one in each category, so you're going to need some help. You'll find it below as each category is narrowed down to the five best. Also listed are some moments that shouldn...
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The Most Underrated & Overrated Influential TV Shows

August 22nd, 2008 9:28am EDT
Miami Vice
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and on television it often appears to be the only form of creativity. Yes, ever since Milton Berle first stole a joke for "Texaco Star Theatre", TV has been a wild west of borrowing material and copying good ideas until they've become completely stale. Many of these ideas were so good, in fact, that their resonance is still felt today, and that's when a show crosses over from being copied to being influential.

Over the years, many shows have been considered influential. From "The Dick Van Dyke Show" first showing both the home and office l...
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HBO Vs. Showtime

August 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Big Love
An average TV viewer has hundreds of options to watch on any given time slot, so if he or she chooses to pay extra money for a special channel, it better deliver on what it promises. HBO and Showtime are two channels that offer movies - both new and old - and quality television programming. Usually the shows are inappropriate for regular cable, and they are given more freedom to be daring, innovative, and crude.

HBO has been showing new movies and producing popular television since 1977, while Showtime focused more on boxing championships and premiering impressive short independent fi...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

June 2nd, 2008 8:53am EDT
Law and Order CI
Monday, June 2

Greek (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) - Casey considers asking ex Evan to help her study for the LSATs. Yeah, a lot of studying is going to get done there.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) - Barney tries to tame a cougar/law professor played by Jane Seymour, who turns out to be a tough grader of Barney's, um, performance, in this repeat.

Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods (MTV, 10 p.m.) - Haylie Duff hosts the search for Broadway's next Elle.

Tuesday, June 3

Hell's Kitchen (FOX, 9 p.m.) - Disaster strikes again as one chef get to close ...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters L Through Z

May 29th, 2008 10:45am EDT
Danny Trejo
Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy." Part Two: Letters L-Z. If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here.

Stubborn General or Muslim, Harry Lennix

Lennix played Lock, the unbelieving general in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. He appeared in short bursts in TV shows such as Diagnosis Murder and ER before a longer stay on Commander in Chief. He played a Moor in Titus and a Muslim in 24. He is currently s...
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Is HBO Losing Its Edge?

April 14th, 2008 10:57am EDT
The Sopranos
Remember the slogan, "It's not TV, It's HBO?" Well, up until a couple months ago this marketing ploy actually rang true. HBO has long been the trendsetter of original series that break all boundaries and push audiences' perception of what television is and should be.

Unfortunately, thanks to the culminations of the network's most beloved quartet of series - Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and most recently The Wire - the Crown Royal of premium cable programming is in threat of losing its edge over the best of the rest.

There was a time when HBO stood for first-run...
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'Eli Stone' Recap: Visions of the Future

April 11th, 2008 8:56am EDT
Eli Stone
It's a nice foggy day in San Francisco, and it's good to see that. This might seem nitpicky, but "Eli Stone" rarely features establishing shots of the city with the famous fog present, so it's a nice change. The writers don't waste any time moving things along this week, as Eli (Jonny Lee Miller) gets his vision in the first scene. And it's...wait for it...a vision of the future! No, it's not a dark, Sarah Connor-like nightmarish view of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but hey, it's still the future! Seems like a man named Dennis Mosley (Sterling K. Brown) is quite the popular leader in ...
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'Eli Stone' Recap: Matters Of The Heart

April 4th, 2008 9:14am EDT
Eli Stone
Eli's (Jonny Lee Miller) visions take an odd turn as he learns more about his brother Nate's (Matt Letscher) dark past in this week's marginally entertaining installment of "Eli Stone." Nate is being sued by a widower (played by "Oz" alum Blake Robbins!), who claims that Nate made a biased decision when he passed over the man's wife for a heart transplant. He has good reason to believe that there was foul play involved, as his wife was an alcoholic, and everyone seems to know the problems that the Stone boys have with alcoholism. Thanks, dad!

Atticus Finch would be proud

It is q...
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NBC Takes A Chance With 2008-09 Schedule, Year-Round Programming

April 3rd, 2008 8:36am EDT
Heroes
You've got to hand it to NBC. The once mighty network has been reduced to a perennial loser, regularly coming in behind the rest of the Big Four in every conceivable metric. So instead of trying in vain to come from behind in a game being dominated by CBS and Fox, NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman and company are taking a different approach. They are changing the way the game is played.

Already breaking from convention (by unveiling their new schedule six weeks before the traditional upfront presentations), the hardworking folks at NBC proved that they sincerely meant it when they said ...
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TV On DVD Recommendation: 'Homicide: Life On The Street'

March 7th, 2008 3:19pm EST
Homicide: Life On The Street
"Homicide: Life on the Street" is one of the least-watched long-running police dramas that ever aired. It is superior in every way to its contemporaries "Law & Order" and "NYPD Blue" and the modern "CSI". Picking up the mantle of realism left bare by the departure of "Hill Street Blues", "Homicide" detailed the everyday happenings in Baltimore's Homicide Division.

It was shot mainly using hand-held cameras in a style that would become the norm for gritty realistic crime dramas on both the big and small screen. The series' true ensemble cast prominently featured the excellent Andre...
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TV's 10 Most Unrealistic Couples

January 22nd, 2008 10:14am EST
CSI
Reality is not always a factor when it comes to TV relationships. Actually, it usually isn't. Often, two characters that would never come together in real life are forced into a relationship for any number of reasons. It's not really a problem for most TV viewers because they understand that entertainment value will always trump reality.

That being said, there are some on-screen relationships that make perfect sense. Then there are the head scratchers. Below is a sampling of the latter. Please note, just because these relationships are unrealistic doesn't necessarily mean they ...
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A Lost Art: Top TV Opening Credit Sequences

January 11th, 2008 11:23am EST
The Cosby Show
The television opening credit sequence is truly an art form. Frankly, it is hard to believe that it has never been considered as a category for any of the major award shows. It should be. An excellent sequence can make a mediocre series good, a good series great, and a great series…well, you get the idea.

Okay, so maybe the above statement is a little bit of a stretch. Still, opening sequences can be pretty entertaining. They may be a dying art form these days, but that is all the more reason to celebrate the very pinnacle of achievement in the field. There have been many great ...
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HBO Enters Into Development Deal With Charles S. Dutton

October 10th, 2007 9:34am EDT
Charles S. Dutton
HBO has entered into an exclusive overall development deal with Charles S. Dutton, a multiple Emmy winner for his work as both an actor and a director. The agreement covers series, movies and miniseries.

"HBO has enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with 'Roc' Dutton, and we are looking forward to teaming up with him on other exciting ventures," said Michael Lombardo, president, Programming Group and West Coast Operations, HBO.

Dutton has a career spanning theater, television and film. His HBO credits include acting roles on the hit series Oz (Emmy nomination) and The Sopranos....
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New TV on DVD, September 5

September 5th, 2006 8:00am EDT
Lost
TV fans have a bunch of new DVD releases to choose from this week. Before the fall 2006 season begins, catch up on Lost season two or Supernatural season one. Or kick it old school and check out Fraggle Rock season two, season four of Alf and The Bob Newhart Show, Silk Stalkings season five, or season six of Oz and The Flintstones.
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Former NBA Player to Guest Star in 'Love, Inc.'

November 8th, 2005 7:00am EST
Rick Fox
Coming up on Love, Inc.:

Former NBA star Rick Fox will guest star in a three-episode story arc as David Marley, Clea Lavoy’s (Holly Robinson Peete) love interest. The episodes will broadcast Thursday, Nov. 3, Nov.10 and Nov. 17 on UPN.

As a recent divorcee, Love, Inc. owner and relationship guru Clea Lavoy is often introduced to men by her team of savvy matchmakers. In an effort to keep her personal life private, she pursues David Marley (Rick Fox) on her own. Spontaneity and adventure prompts Clea to suggest skinny-dipping on their first date. However, the light from the ful...
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