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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Exclusive: Amy Acker to Play Famous Role from Coulson's Past

Amy Acker, Clark Gregg

Whedonverse alum Amy Acker has landed a pivotal role on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Acker will appear in at least one episode of the ABC series as... read more

Ask Matt: Justified, CSI, Person of Interest, Resurrection and More!

Timothy Olyphant

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Justified is the very best cable has to offer. It is well written and the actors seem to have been born to play those characters. I cannot believe how you can love and hate a person at the same time, but with Boyd (Walton Goggins), that is the way it is. Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) is the good/bad guy that women want to love and men want to kill or the very least knock out! Please tell me that Art (Nick Searcy) and Raylan are going to end as friends. Raylan and Art were more than friends by the second season and I would hate to think Art would distance himself from Raylan because he did not intervene when Nicky Augustine got his just desserts! — Ann

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The Tuesday Playlist: War of the Worlds at 75, Women of Interest, Naked Vegas

Orson Welles

Today's history lesson: You shouldn't always believe what you hear. Long before TV, let alone social media like Twitter and Facebook, the medium of radio held sway over the public consciousness — and more to the point, the collective imagination — in a way that now seems hard for many to fathom. One visionary who understood its potential and power was Orson Welles, "prodigy and provocateur," who at the astonishingly precocious age of 23 triggered a Halloween eve panic in 1938 with his innovative and infamous CBS Radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds.

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Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker Give Us a Debriefing on Their Person of Interest Characters

Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi

Root is out of the psych ward and ready to rock! On tonight's Person of Interest, Amy Acker's undeniably devious, possibly crazy cybercrusader has a long-awaited showdown with — and then teams up alongside — Sarah Shahi's cold-blooded supersoldier, Samantha Shaw. "Shaw knows that when she's with Root, s--t's gonna go down," Shahi says. "One or both of them will wind up in the hospital, but it's gonna be fun."

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The Tuesday Playlist: Ladies' Night on POI, Frontline Tackles NFL Concussion Crisis

Sarah Shahi, Paige Turco and Taraji P. Henson

Last Thursday, I was honored to moderate a panel at the "Made in NY" PaleyFest at New York's Paley Center, celebrating the third season of CBS's terrific cyber-thriller Person of Interest. Before the discussion with many of the show's cast and executive producer Jonathan Nolan, there was a screening of this week's episode (Tuesday, 10/9c) — the best of the season to date, and a fairly pivotal one — that is especially enjoyable in how it showcases the series' fabulous femmes fatales. With the target du jour a chameleon Casanova, the women must act as nightclub and social-media bait: an off-duty and glammed-up Carter (Taraji P. Henson), the ferociously trigger-happy Shaw (Sarah Shahi, hilariously playing against her natural beauty) and Reese's favorite fixer, the alluring Zoe Morgan (recurring co-star Paige Turco). A CBS contact refers to them as "Finch's Angels," and if they want to spin themselves off, that would be fine by me. A scene where the three ladies of the evening compare their weaponry is a riot. So's a later scene in which Shaw reflects on her disdain for relationships. (When I asked Shahi if Shaw has a soft side, she wasted no time in barking a "No.")

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Ask Matt: Cancellations, Renewals (Sleepy Hollow), Breaking Bad, Person of Interest

Nicole Beharie, Tom Mison

Question: So we had the first cancellation of the season with Lucky 7 after two showings. There are no tears from me as I never watched it. My question is: On what planet did anyone ever perceive this show's premise to be interesting or sustainable? Out of the hundreds of pilots, it is sometimes hard to believe someone at ABC thought this was one of the best. What do you think is next? — Rob

Matt Roush: Next for ABC, or next in the long annals of "what were they thinking" pilots? (That sound you hear is ABC kicking itself for not keeping Body of Proof around as a back-up, because for the time being, Scandal repeats will be airing in place of the unlucky 7.) To be fair, Lucky was based on a more successful British series, The Syndicate, but something clearly got lost in translation. (Same thing must have happened regarding ABC's equally mediocre Betrayal, based on a Dutch series and adapted by the same exec producer, who's batting 0 for 2 right now.) Your point about the sustainability of a pilot's premise is a good one, and comes up frequently when analyzing the failure of shows as disparate as last season's Last Resort and (though it may be premature) this season's Hostages — more on that one later. But from the moment many of us saw clips of Lucky 7 at last spring's upfront presentation, it felt like nothing we could imagine almost anyone would want to see. And we were right.

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Amy Acker Puts Down Roots on Person of Interest

Amy Acker

Person of Interest is rooting for Root.

The CBS sci-fi thriller has promoted Amy Acker to series regular for the upcoming Season 3, it was announced at Saturday's Comic-Con panel. Root is a talented assassin and cyber-hacker for hire who is intent on setting the Machine free. In the Season 2 finale ...

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Which DC Comics Characters Do You Want to See on Arrow?

Stephen Amell

After only one season, Arrow has solidified its place in geekdom by bringing in familiar genre faces in a variety of roles tied to the DC Comics mythos.

From Torchwood's John Barrowman and X-Men's Kelly Hu to Spartacus' Manu Bennett, Fringe's Seth Gabel and Doctor Who's Alex Kingston, Arrow has seemingly proven its ability to snag the best stars from the genre universe for roles like... read more

Person of Interest Finale: Can Reese and Finch Save the Machine?

Michael Emerson, Amy Acker

The season finale of CBS' Person of Interest will literally be a race to the finish.

In the penultimate episode of the show's sophomore season, Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) learned that The Machine had taken extraordinary measures to protect itself from a virus that was designed to take The Machine offline. Once the virus took hold, The Machine made two phone calls — one to Reese and one to Finch's hacker nemesis Root (Amy Acker) — potentially giving them access to The Machine's secrets for 24 hours. So, who capitalizes first? ... read more

Mega Buzz: The Revolution Tower, Following's Missteps and an Americans Death

Billy Burke, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Rhys

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

Thanks for all the scoop on Revolution. What the heck is the tower?! — Clark
NATALIE:
We will see the tower of power before the end of the season, co-executive producer David Rambo says. "It's very much like the cave that the Dragon guards in mythology," he says. "It's a place of a lot of power and it's dangerous for everybody who goes in there. Whoever controls the tower, controls the power."

Will the FBI ever do something right on The Following? They can't all be that stupid, can they? — Jason
ADAM:
We can't speak for the whole Bureau, but... read more

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