Craig Tomashoff

Special Report: Faith on TV

The Simpsons

They say that God works in mysterious ways. As proof, look no further than a recent story in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, which praised Homer Simpson for being a "true" Catholic. The publication cites The Simpsons for using "Christian faith, religion and questions about God" as recurring themes.

At first glance, it seems odd that a child-choking, beer-swilling glutton who has embodied all seven deadly sins could be considered a shining example of a man of faith. Then again, as the Vatican paper explained, the Simpson family "recites prayers before meals and, in their own way, believes in the life thereafter." Even Melissa Henson, director of communications for the Parents Television Council, says, "The Simpsons is one of the more balanced treatments of faith-based characters that you'll see... read more

Brad Meltzer's Unsolved History

Brad Meltzer

From searching for the Freemasons' involvement with the long-missing White House cornerstone to discovering the truth behind the curious death of explorer Meriwether Lewis, best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer and his three-person team of investigators travel the country to solve American history's biggest mysteries in Brad Meltzer's Decoded (Thursday, 10/9c, History). In the process, they do something Meltzer considers even more important — "Bring alive what history is."

TV Guide Magazine: What would make for the ideal episode of Decoded?
Meltzer: It would be real, not something that's been done 5,000 times... read more

Exclusive: Destination Truth Goes Live in Ireland

Destination Truth

Whether it's ghosts at Chernobyl or monkey bats in Madagascar, Josh Gates has braved plenty of scary things during his time as host of SyFy's Destination Truth. Next season, however, he'll face perhaps his most dangerous challenge ever: live television. For the first time in the show's history, he and his crew of intrepid investigators will air their search for freakish phenomena as it happens, live from Duckett's Grove Castle in Ireland. The four-hour show will air ... read more

Scott Bakula: A Man of a Certain Age

Scott Bakula

Telling most actors that they look fit enough to play a role younger than their real age would be considered a compliment. Unless you're Scott Bakula. This season, on his TNT series Men of a Certain Age, the 56-year-old's character turns 50. And he's actually rather bummed about the idea. ...

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Poll: What's Your Opinion About Faith on TV?


Religion and faith have always had a place in primetime television. Sometimes, it's been dealt with directly, on shows like Touched By An Angel and 7th Heaven. And sometimes, it's shown more subtly, whether it's the Heck family going to church on The Middle or Finn seeing the face of Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich on Glee. We'd like to know what you think about primetime's portrayal of religion, and whether television could use more or less of it. Let us know in the poll after the jump... read more

TV Guide Magazine's Comedy Roundtable: Laughing Matters

Comedy Roundtable

After a long drought that had critics reading prime-time comedy its last rites, the genre is back, thanks to a handful of veterans like NBC's The Office and several new upstarts, including ABC's recent Emmy winner Modern Family. With that in mind, TV Guide Magazine sat down with Neil Flynn (The Middle), Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory), Mindy Kaling (The Office), Joel McHale (Community), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) to talk comedy, careers and cop shows. ...

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The Truth Is Out There

Josh Gates

When Josh Gates goes on a road trip, he's got bigger problems than worrying about a flat tire. Like potentially running into the occasional ghost, Yeti or leprechaun. As the host of Syfy's Destination Truth (9/8c), which returns for its fourth season tonight, he's traveled the globe many times over to explore (and sometimes expose) mysterious myths and legends.... read more

TV's Best Credit Sequences: What's Your Favorite?

The Simpsons

Whether it's the Simpson's on their couch, Jim Rockford asking callers to leave their name or an animated ad man leaping off a building, the fun of television isn't always limited to what happens within the show. These opening credit sequences can be as interesting — sometimes even more so — than the series they introduce each week.

TV Guide Magazine is counting down the top television credit sequences of all time, and we need your help... read more

William Petersen's Long Good-bye to CSI

William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, CSI

For eight seasons CSI (returning Thursday, Oct. 9 at 9 pm/ET, CBS) has seen more than its share of stabbings, shootings, stranglings and poisonings. But the real crime is what's about to happen this year: The longtime hit's star, William Petersen, is about to exit the series. Word came this summer that his character, Gil Grissom, will be replaced by a new CSI, played by Laurence Fishburne. As the countdown begins for Petersen's last 10 episodes, we sat down with him and longtime costar Marg Helgenberger (who plays colleague Catherine Willows) to reminisce about their days together and ponder their futures apart.

TV Guide: What would you like to see happen in your last scene together?
William Petersen: We finally have sex? Believe me, it's been brewing all along. For me, anyway.
Marg Helgenberger: Catherine would love to have a roll in the sack with Grissom!

Petersen and Helgenberger drop some clues about Grissom's exit, a possible CSI movie and much more after the jump! read more

Amazing Race Preview: Who Will Win?

T.K. Erwin, Rachel Rosales, Nicolas Fulks and Donald Jerousek, Amazing Race 12

After nine cities, four continents, nearly 30,000 miles and one giant bowl of camel milk, it all comes down to this: Three of the original 11 teams are left running in The Amazing Race 12, and only one will win the $1 million prize in the Jan. 20 season finale on CBS (8 pm/ET). The finalists took a quick time-out to talk with TV Guide about what to expect, and veteran Racer Mirna Hindoyan offered her odds on who would come out on top.

Nicolas and Don
Biggest weakness: "It's our lack of a killer instinct," Nicolas admits. "For much of the game, we've been playing to not be eliminated rather than to win."

Greatest strength: That has to be "our cooperation," Nicolas says. For 95 percent of the race, he figures he's been the clear leader of their team. But for the other five percent, whether it was changing a flat tire in Ireland or mining for gold in Burkina Faso, read more

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