Imagine a TV world where the late-night comedy audience is not fragmented in a clutter of Dave or Jay or Stewart/Colbert, Conan, the Jimmys and Craig.
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13. Most Intriguing Tease: How I Met Your Mother's exhaustive time-jumping episode wraps up with an emotional payoff when it flashes-forward to 2015 and shows new dad Ted cradling his infant baby girl. (All together now: Aw!) But the real tease is that Barney is very conspicuously hiding his left hand throughout the scene. We know he's getting married in the season finale, but will he still be...
Forget about the bad girl. Embrace the Beek. As in James Van Der Beek, the long-ago Dawson's Creek heartthrob who spoofs his own quasi-celebrity status with such ruthless zeal he elevates ABC's latest odd-couple comedy into a surreal stratosphere of anything-goes outrageousness.
"The Beek" (playing himself more or less, but ...
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I hear there's going to be a kiss in Castle's 1940s film noir episode. Is that true? — Erin
ADAM: After chatting with Stana Katic, my money is on a kiss... and much, much more. "What fans will see is probably the fulfillment of what most any fan would like to see happen with the Castle and Beckett relationship," Katic says of the episode, in which Castle daydreams about a detective who falls in love with a gangster's moll (played in Castle's fantasy by Beckett, of course). "Fans will be seeing the ultimate expression of love for those two characters." Ultimate expression of love? Is that what the kids are calling it these days?
How will Owen and Cristina be changed in Grey's Anatomy's alternate universe? — Vanessa
NATALIE: For one, they're not together. ...
Inside the Actors Studio (Monday, 7/6c, Bravo)
Even in those moments when it succumbs to fawning self-parody, there's something about James Lipton's craft/career-focused Q&A's that I find irresistibly endearing. (May have something to do with my nostalgia for what Bravo was like before all of those heinous Real Housewives took over the network.) This week, this marginalized show — notice how it airs outside prime-time parameters — welcomes its first-ever graduate from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Said successful alum being Bradley Cooper, beloved by TV fans for his work on Alias but now busy with a film career including The Hangover, Wedding Crashers and the new Limitless opposite Robert De Niro.