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Exclusive Postmortem: Chicago Fire Boss on Tuesday's Big Death and the "Fractured" Firehouse

Jesse Spencer and Lauren German

[WARNING: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday's Chicago Fire. Read at your own risk!]

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Chicago Fire Boss Previews Season 2: Where We Left Off and What's Ahead

Chicago Fire

It's hard to keep track of a team as big and as busy as Firehouse 51. In between battling blazes and saving lives on Chicago Fire's freshman season, Matt Casey, Kelly Severide and the rest of the squad somehow found ample time to find, and lose, love more times than we can count. And things are just starting to heat up! "We're just adding more pressure points: The risk of closures, new people coming in," showrunner Matt Olmstead tells TVGuide.com. "It's more pressure on this family, and do they fracture or do they galvanize?"Ahead of the Season 2 premiere (Tuesday, 10/9c, NBC), TVGuide.com is catching up viewers on where we left off and what's coming up... read more

CSI: NY: Silence (and Green Day!) Speaks Louder Than Words

CSI: NY

"Speak! Say something — anything," CSI: NY 's Mac Taylor demands during an interrogation on Friday's episode. Though it may seem like a pretty innocuous line, it's significant during this hour: Even though it comes roughly midway through the episode, it's the first line of dialogue uttered. 

CSI: NY's Season 9: This year, it's personal

Appropriately titled "Unspoken," Friday's CSI: NY (9/8c, CBS) eschews the spoken word for the music of Green Day, which underscores the action of the episode's first three acts. During those scenes, a gunman (Boss's Jeff Hephner) opens fire at a political rally for a senator (Neal McDonough). In the aftermath, CSI Lindsay (Anna Belknap) is injured and a child is accidentally shot as the gunman flees.

Executive producer Pam Veasey, who crafted the episode, says the idea was inspired by last year's Oscar-winning Best Picture The Artist and came to her when she and the team were pitching fresh ideas for the perennial bubble show's ninth season. "We had pitched that our [goal] this season was: 'Do the unexpected,'" Veasey tells TVGuide.com... read more

Meet the Boss Ladies

Sanaa Lathan

Ruthless Chicago mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) would've been smart to recall the adage "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." In Season 2 of the dark political drama Boss, Kane will face the ire of the many women in his life whom he's scorned — not to mention betrayed and humiliated.

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Matt's Guide to Weekend TV: Premieres of Once Upon a Time, Boss and More!

Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison

Once is not enough. Sometimes a second look, or a second episode, is necessary to convince a skeptic that a show is worth taking a risk on. So it is with ABC's dazzling but dauntingly precious Once Upon a Time (Sunday, 8/7c), which back when I was considering it for Fall Preview left me wondering: "Is this ambitiously whimsical fantasia the next Pushing Daisies cult fave or the next Eastwick insta-flop? (Either way, it will likely be an uphill climb to happily ever after.) It would be easier to love if it weren't so convoluted and campy."

But then ABC made another episode (the third, airing Nov. 6) available for review, and I started to find myself enchanted and beguiled, ready to curl up with more chapters of this fractured fairy tale. First, though, you have to digest the premise, and the overstuffed and often overripe pilot is a lot to swallow. We begin in a lavishly rendered fairy-tale land ...
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The Playboy Club: What Went Wrong

The Playboy Club

It took years for The Playboy Club to hop into primetime. It took NBC three weeks to kill it.

Quick cancellations are nothing new in TV, but the rapid demise of The Playboy Club might serve as a cautionary tale for programmers as they depend more on familiar franchises and icons to attract distracted viewers.

With so much competition for the attention of viewers, network execs are looking for anything that might give them an edge in marketing and awareness — which is why so many remakes with familiar titles are hitting the air. The Playboy Club wasn't a reboot of an old show, but rather an original series looking to leverage a popular global brand.

NBC liked that the name "Playboy" would at least cut through the clutter of fall TV's slew of new series launches. "Many programmers would look at it and say, 'Here's a huge brand that should be able to... read more

Eddie Cibrian to Replace Jeff Hephner in Playboy

Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian will replace newcomer Jeff Hephner in NBC's upcoming pilot Playboy, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

Playboy follows Nick Dalton (Cibrian), a Chicago attorney in 1963 who is a key-holder at the Playboy club and has ties to organized crime. Amber Heard, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Naturi Naughton have been cast as Playboy bunnies. David Krumholtz co-stars as the club's general manager.

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Jeff Hephner Lands Lead Role in NBC's Playboy

Jeff Hephner

NBC has found its Hef — or "Heph," rather.

Jeff Hephner has scored the lead role in NBC's drama pilot Playboy, Deadline.com reports.

NBC developing drama set in Playboy clubs

The project takes place in 1963 and follows Nick Dalton (Hephner), a Chicago attorney who is a key-holder at the Playboy club and has ties to the mob.

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Ghost Whisperer Producers: "This is a Great Whodunit"

Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side IV - Webseries

Hi everyone!
 
Ghost Whisperer is back with an all-new original episode.
 
When the ghost of a private investigator haunts Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt), she can't cross him over until she closes a very personal and haunting case. This is a great whodunit!
 
"Dead Eye" was written by executive producers P.K. Simonds and Laurie McCarthy. It was directed by John Behring.
 
This episode guest stars John Asher as Charlie (NCIS, CSI), Matt Lowe as Todd (Endwar, Double Trouble), Bruce Davison as Josh Bedford (X-men), Erin Chambers as Sherry (Cold Case, Medium), Jeff Hephner as Alex (Easy Money, Private Practice), and Allison Andreas as Brittany (Belittled, 8 Simple Rules).

Musically, the episode features "Cabin" by Mark Feldman, "In Case I Go Again" by Mikey Wax, "Lifetime" by Katharine McPhee (Verve Music Group), "Morning" by Michael Kisur, "Against the Girl" by In For the Kill, "Not A Lullaby" By The Weepies (Nettwerk), and "Ready to Love Again" by Lady Antebellum (Capital Records Nashville). read more

"Kyle Ainge"

After talkin smack about last weeks episode Im happy to say I enjoyed this one more I wouldnt place it in the fabulous file but it sure was better than a week ago I specifically liked the macabre feel especially in my favorite scene the way Colleen Sharon Gless killed CAA talent agent Bob Levitz Todd Cahoon Ill get to that later I want to start with how differently I felt about the Colleen character this week compared to last Now that we realize she really isnt the power agent she was claiming to be that shes an unknown low-life crazy stalker pretending to be a Hollywood power player suddenly I like her Last week it bothered me when she asked Sean to touch her boobs I felt no strong female agent would be caught dead doing that Color me na239ve I totally fell for her act I shouldve picked up the clue phone when Sean dropped Colleen off in front of her fancy house drove away and then Colleen turned around and kept walking Na239ve moi thought she read more

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