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Monday TV in Review: Smash's Opening Night, Plus House, Castle, and More

Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty

Resist the urge to pigeonhole or, worse, dismiss NBC's Smash as a "Glee for grownups." It's more original and exciting than that, bringing a thrilling charge of bold creative energy to network TV's mid-season that the fall largely lacked. Smash (premiering tonight at 10/9c, and maybe you caught wind of it during the Super Bowl?) is a musical show-stopper, a lavish and dishy wallow in the glittery yet ...
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House on Trial: How Will Jeffrey Wright Rule?

House, Jeffrey Wright

Monday's pivotal episode of House shines a light on perhaps the most crucial question of the series: Do Dr. House's life-preserving ends justify his usually outlandish means?

House First Look: Jeffrey Wright puts Dr. House on trial!

For nearly eight seasons, Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) has been able to pull almost any stunt he pleased at Princeton-Plainsboro, simply because he's a brilliant diagnostician who saves lives. But in Monday's episode (8/7c, Fox), House's methods end in a catastrophe that threatens one of his team member's future at the hospital. Enter Dr. Walter Cofield (guest star Jeffrey Wright), the head of neurology at a nearby hospital and a former mentor to Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps) — and the man who will determine whether House or his team is to blame for the accident.

"Jeffrey's character really decides the fate of the series — he puts House's process on trial," director and executive producer Greg Yaitanes tells TVGuide.com... read more

House First Look: Jeffrey Wright Puts Dr. House on Trial!

Jeffrey Wright and Hugh Laurie

Just how important is Jeffrey Wright's upcoming guest role on House?

"Jeffrey's character really decides the fate of the series — he puts House's process on trial," executive producer Greg Yaitanes tells TVGuide.com of Monday's episode, "Nobody's Fault."

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Wright plays Dr. Walter Cofield, the former mentor of Omar Epps' Foreman and current head of neurology. When one of Princeton Plainsboro's patients is involved in a violent incident, Cofield questions House (Hugh Laurie) and his team about their particular style of practicing medicine.... read more

Golden Globes Predictions: Who Will Win?

Zooey Deschanel, Brad Pitt

Awards season kicks off Sunday with the 69th Golden Globe Awards (8 ET/5 PT on NBC). Who will emerge victorious? We don't know yet, but we can have fun predicting — and so can you. Download your ballot here, make your picks and compare them to ours below.
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Ask Matt: Vampire Diaries, Dexter, Glee, the TV Laugh Track, and More!

Nina Dobrev

Question: As we approach the annual barrage of year-end Top 10 lists, I'm dreading the fact that one worthy, excellent TV show will be overlooked by most critics: The Vampire Diaries. Don't get me wrong, I love Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones as much as any sane person, but I also think TVD is one of the most expertly paced, perfectly plotted shows on TV right now. Unfortunately, I don't think many professional critics bother to watch it, though they'll analyze lesser shows like True Blood and The Walking Dead just because of the networks they air on. Even if critics don't think The Vampire Diaries is Top 10 worthy, I think it at least deserves to be part of the year-end conversation. Why is it so hard for a show like this to be taken seriously? — Donnie

Matt Roush: I like Vampire Diaries and probably give it more consideration than ...
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Hugh Laurie: I'm Done With TV After House

House, Hugh Laurie

When House eventually wraps its run, it won't just be the end of a long-running series, it will be the end of a 30-year TV career.

Star Hugh Laurie tells Scotland's The Daily Record that he plans to leave television acting when House concludes. "I think I have been rather spoiled here," the 52-year-old actor told the newspaper. "I can't imagine there will be another one quite like this. ... I wouldn't go... read more

House Preps For The End

Hugh Laurie

Is it lights out for House? Executive producer David Shore is set to meet with execs from Fox and Universal TV (which produces the show) in the coming days to decide if this is indeed the last season of the long-running medical drama.
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House's Jesse Spencer on Chase's Return, Playing Power Games and Molding New Team Members

Jesse Spencer

The band is back together.

On Monday's House (9/8c, Fox) Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) finally lures Drs. Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Taub (Peter Jacobson) back to Princeton-Plainsboro to rejoin his team of diagnosticians. read more

Fall TV: Who Did It Better?

Ashton Kutcher, Ted Danson, James Spader

Ever feel like your favorite TV shows are sharing the same brain? Thanks to contract negotiations, pilot trends and similar cliff-hangers, we've seen several shows treading similar story line territory already this fall. CSI, Law & Order: SVU, The Office and Two and Half Men all replaced lead characters while NCIS and Castle both saw characters on a shrink's couch. But which shows did it better? Below, we pit them against one another and pick a winner... read more

Lisa Edelstein on Leaving House and Her Good New Role: "I Just Move On"

Lisa Edelstein, Good Wife

After years of playing second fiddle to Hugh Laurie's selfish, outspoken misanthrope on House, Lisa Edelstein is ready to have some similar fun of her own.

"I loved playing Cuddy for all this time, but I definitely wanted to shift out of that, because I've been playing this sort of repressed control freak for seven years," she tells TVGuide.com. "I want to have a little bit of fun."

Edelstein shocked House fans earlier this year when she announced she was hanging up her stethoscope after seven seasons — essentially leaving the complicated "Huddy" relationship unresolved. (The last fans saw of Cuddy was when House was driving his car into her dining room, so complicated may be an understatement). Now, just six months after her departure, Edelstein is already back on the small screen with a multi-episode arc on The Good Wife.

Check out all the familiar faces returning to TV this year

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