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Weekend TV Review: Bountiful, Resurrection, Cosmos

Cicely Tyson

Just try telling Carrie Watts that you can't go home again. This elderly Texan, determined to make her way back to a town that time and everyone but she has forgot, bristles with restless gumption, fueled by an indomitable spirit that erupts in hymns she can't stop humming — or singing, as in a memorable scene set in a deserted bus station after midnight.

On Broadway, where Cicely Tyson won a Tony Award last year for her luminous performance as Carrie in a revival of The Trip to Bountiful, audiences often joined in as she sang "Blessed Assurance" in the play's rapturous high point. And for a moment, in Lifetime's languid movie adaptation (Saturday, 8/7c), you might find your own living room transformed into a choir loft.

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Exclusive: Robert Forster, Lou Diamond Phillips to Guest Star on NBC's Ironside

Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Forster

Ironside has booked a pair of veteran actors to assist in one of the team's most dangerous cases yet. TV Guide Magazine has learned Academy Award nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and La Bamba star Lou Diamond Phillips will guest star in the same episode of the NBC police drama.

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Exclusive First Look Clip: Don't Mess With Ironside

Blair Underwood

The action heats up on this week's Ironside, when the NBC drama's titular character (played by Blair Underwood) and his team try to track down a serial stabber.

As Virgil (Pablo Schreiber) and Teddy (Neal Bledsoe) are hot on the serial killer's trail, Det. Ironside and Holly (Spencer Grammer) investigate a case-within-a-case when they discover a teenage witness to the slashing went missing as a child. Their search takes them to the heart of the New York City's Greenwich Village where Ironside finds himself in the middle of a heated exchange.

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Fall TV Popularity Contest: What Did You Think of Super Fun Night and Ironside?

Rebel Wilson

Did you have a super fun time with the girls of ABC's Super Fun Night? Did you find NBC's Ironside remake arresting?

Now that these new series have premiered, we want to know your thoughts — and what you think of every new show this season!

Vote: Which fall premieres won you over? Which flopped?


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5 Things to Know About NBC's New Ironside

Blair Underwood

Robert T. Ironside is back on the beat for NBC — but this won't be the same old cop show from the '60s and '70s.

Reimagining the original series that starred Raymond Burr as a paraplegic detective, NBC's new Ironside (premieresWednesday at 10/9c) moves the action from San Francisco to New York and puts Blair Underwood (L.A. Law, Dirty Sexy Money, The Event) in the wheelchair. As Underwood's acerbic Ironside closes cases by any means necessary, he will wrestle with the ghosts of his traumatic past while he tries to continue living and working with his injuries. 

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Wednesday Playlist: Not So Fun Night, Ironside Premiere; Ovation's Starry Young Doctor

Rebel Wilson

After her breakthrough performances in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, no one would question why Rebel Wilson has become a sought-after star, or why ABC would want to build a show around her ample and fearlessly outrageous talents. But Super Fun Night hasn't been much of a joyride so far.

The original pilot, which has been replaced by another episode for its official premiere (9:31/8:31c), elicited this reaction from me in the Fall Preview issue: "The grotesque extremes to which Wilson stoops to get laughs in this frenetic vehicle have a whiff of desperation. It might also be more fun if she used her authentic Aussie accent." The objection stands about her Americanized speech (her choice), and while the new opener is a little less degrading — instead of exposing her body on a city street with flashing lights on her underwear, a new gag involves an office elevator door shredding her dress, revealing her Spanx at work — it's not much funnier.

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Danny Glover to Play Blair Underwood's Father on Ironside

Danny Glover

Five-time Emmy nominee Danny Glover will appear on NBC's new crime drama Ironside, the network announced Friday.

Glover, 67, will play Frank, the father of the show's main protagonist, Ironside (Blair Underwood). He will appear during a flashback sequence, which... read more

Critic's Notebook: NBC at TCA

Linda Lavin, Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty

Pity the network that has to follow cable at the annual Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Such was long-time underdog NBC's lot on Saturday, putting its happiest face on a mixed bag of new fall programming in front of an audience that just a day earlier had sat in rapt fascination as the cast and creator of AMC's Breaking Bad presented their farewell TCA panel — the first episode of its final run (airing Aug. 11) is as gripping as you could hope, by the way. The cable portion of TCA also included a spectacularly geek-tastic celebration of Doctor Who's upcoming 50th anniversary staged by BBC America (complete with TARDIS and Dalek, a roving Cyberman and a museum-quality display of costumes and props).

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TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Panel Reveals Scoop & Secrets at Comic-Con

TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorites

Comic-Con's biggest stars were out for the third annual TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorites panel, with president and editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum welcoming some the hottest names in TV, including Blair Underwood (Ironside), Henry Ian Cusick (The 100), Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow), Giancarlo Esposito (Revolution), Kristin Bauer (True Blood)... read more

NBC's Community, The Blacklist and More Head to Comic-Con

Danny Pudi

Comic-Con is almost here! On Tuesday, NBC released its full 2013 lineup for the geektastic international convention held each summer in San Diego.

In addition to panels and screenings of fan favorites such as Community and Hannibal, NBC will also showcase some of its anticipated new series, including The Blacklist and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Series stars and creative teams scheduled to attend are subject to change, but check out the anticipated schedule below. read more

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