It's only natural for AMC's Mad Men to be consumed with thoughts of mortality as it heads further into the turbulent late '60s in its sixth and reportedly next-to-last season of existence. A year ago, the central set piece in the premiere was a surprise birthday party. This time, it's a similarly eventful wake. And that's not the only way in which Sunday's two-hour opener (9/8c), written by series creator Matthew Weiner, drives the death-comes-to-us-all theme home with such sledgehammer relentlessness and obviousness that for the first time, I began to think maybe it is time for this beautifully crafted series to start thinking about giving up the ghost. There's no denying the importance of a show that manages to win four well-deserved best-drama Emmys in its first four times at bat — I didn't hesitate to include Mad Men among the Top 10 in a recent "60 Greatest Dramas of All Time" package in TV Guide Magazine. But does it have to be this self-important?
The Mindy Project
The cast changes at The Mindy Project continue.
Recurring star Ike Barinholtz — who plays Morgan and also writes for the freshman Fox sitcom — has been promoted to a series regular, star, creator and executive producer Mindy Kaling revealed at Fox's winter TV previews Tuesday.
The promotion is the most recent of many for The Mindy Project. Stephen Tobolwsky exited in December, Amanda Setton will also soon be departing, and...
Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson
In TV comedy, there's a fine line between the delightfully quirky and the annoyingly irksome, and Fox's Tuesday night lineup — now home to four half-hour sitcoms, forcing Glee's move to Thursdays — tap-dances around and over that line with reckless abandon. My advice: surrender and enjoy.
Stephen Tobolowsky, Mindy Kaling
Glee's Stephen Tobolowsky, whose credits also include Heroes and Californication, is joining Fox's The Mindy Project as the head of Mindy Kaling's medical practice, while Richard Schiff, who appears in the pilot, won't continue on the show.
Kevin Bacon, Mindy Kaling
Fox has released trailers for its new fall series The Mindy Project, The Mob Doctor and Ben and Kate, along with previews for midseason shows The Following and The Goodwin Games.
Fall TV scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?
In The Mindy Project, The Office's Mindy Kaling stars as a young Bridget Jones-type OB/GYN trying to navigate both her personal and professional life...
Nat Faxon, Mindy Kaling and Scott Foley
Following on NBC's heels, Fox has ordered comedies It's Messy, Ben & Kate and The Goodwin Games as well as Kevin Williamson's serial killer thriller The Following and The Mob Doctor drama to series, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Fall TV Scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?
In It's Messy...
The Good Wife
There are no guns in sight and nary a cuss word to be heard when Jennifer Carpenter — best known as Dexter's foulmouthed cop sister Debra — guest stars as a religious Republican professor on the December 4 episode of CBS' The Good Wife.
On Sunday's season finale of True Blood, at least three, possibly four former cast members, previously thought to be dead, or as dead as one can be on this show, returned for an extra-spooky, Halloween-set season finale. Great, you think, just what this show needs, more characters. But wait! This episode also has a steep body count, my friends. At least four series regulars appeared to die during this hour. It's really hoary cliff-hanger stuff that will continue to enrage you for the next 10 months or so until True Blood's fifth season is finally upon us. Who died? Who was resurrected? Let's do this: I'll tell you what happened during this jam-packed hour, and then I'll make some wildly speculative predictions about Season 5. Then you let me know if you agree in the comments section below. Deal?
Looks like Mad Men's Don Draper has found himself a new blonde.
Mad Men promotes Jared Harris to series regular
Anna Camp, who played vampire-hating preacher's wife Sarah Newlin on True Blood's second season, was photographed on the set of Mad Men filming scenes with...
True Blood's Anna Camp will play Pam's sister on The Office this season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Camp, best known as True Blood's anti-vamp preacher's wife Sarah Newlin, will play Penny, who will attend ...