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Ask Matt: Broadchurch or Gracepoint? Plus: Emmys, Covert Affairs, Suits, More

Nick Nolte, Anna Gunn and David Tennant

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Question: I was wondering if you have seen Fox's Americanized version of BBC America's Broadchurch, now called Gracepoint? I watched the BBC America miniseries and therefore I already know who did it. Now I am sure the American version will have a different person, but how different can these shows really be? Even David Tennant is in it, playing the part he played on Broadchurch. Your thoughts? — Amy

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Ask Matt: Robin Williams, Playing Approval Matrix, Comics and Arrow, and More

Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Question: With the passing of the legendary TV talents Robin Williams and James Garner, don't you think it would be remiss if the upcoming Emmys didn't do a clips tribute to both of them? Awards shows have an unfortunate habit of dedicating chunks of time to a theme or subject that either makes no sense or ends up really boring. But these two gentlemen, who broke character boundaries and were excellent actors outside their niche personas, deserve special recognition. I just hope the producers of that upcoming show have the smarts to do something special, outside of the "In Memoriam" roll call. Your thoughts? — Karen

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Maverick and Rockford Files Star James Garner Dies at 86

James Garner

Legendary actor James Garner died Saturday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports. He was 86.

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Glee Tops the Television Critics Awards

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Fox's Glee led the winners of this year's Television Critics Association Awards, taking home statuettes for Program of the Year, Outstanding New Program and Individual Achievement in Comedy for Jane Lynch.

Modern Family (ABC) won Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, while Lost (ABC) and Breaking Bad (AMC) tied for the Outstanding Achievement in Drama prize. The group also recognized Julianna Margulies for Individual Achievement in Drama for The Good Wife (CBS).

The complete list of winners:

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James Garner Suffers Minor Stroke

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Veteran actor James Garner has suffered a minor stroke. Entertainment Tonight reports that Garner, 80, underwent surgery and his prognosis is described as "good."Garner most recently starred on ABC's 8 Simple Rules, but is best known for his role as Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama The Rockford Files. — J.R. Whalen read more

Tom Selleck: No Mystery Why He's Bound for Vegas

Tom Selleck, Jesse Stone: Sea Change

Tom Selleck still has that compelling Magnum charm, even as the somewhat dissipated Jesse Stone. Tonight in Jesse Stone: Sea Change (9 pm/ET, on CBS), the fourth in a series of TV-movies based on Robert B. Parker's best-sellers, boredom leads small-town police chief Jesse to reopen an unsolved 1992 bank robbery and murder. Selleck spoke to us about the Jesse movies, as well as his past and future projects, including his move to Las Vegas. TV Guide: Jesse Stone. He drinks too much, he can't let go of his ex, he's overqualified for his job....Tom Selleck: I was very attracted to [Jesse] — he's so flawed, and yet a guy that I rooted for. I love playing him. We read more

Help! Many years ago there ...

James Garner, Maverick

Question: Help! Many years ago there was a TV program called Maverick, which was about two brothers, Bret and Bart. One was played by James Garner and the other by...? It's driving us nuts. Please try to help. I can see his face, but not his name. Thanks.Answer: Don't get too down about it, Irwin. The late Jack Kelly, often called "the other Maverick" while the series was on the air, seemed destined to play second banana to one star or another throughout his entertainment career. But to his credit, he had as good an attitude about it as anyone in the business. Kelly started off his career at the age of 2 weeks, modeling for an Ivory Soap ad. But his early acting years were spent in the shadow of older sister Nancy, who won Tony for the play The Bad Seed and an Oscar nomination for the movie read more

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