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Watercooler: NBC Needs to Get Bent

Bent, David Walton and Amanda Peet

Seriously, what the headline says. Because the powers-that-be clearly don't get how delightful this new rom-com is, or they wouldn't be burning off all six episodes with three weeks of back-to-back airings. Much like last season's Perfect Couples (ironically also from executive producer Tad Quill and co-starring David Walton), Bent has a charm that is seemingly lost on the network happier with things like... read more

Watch My Show: Bent's Tad Quill Answers Our Showrunner Survey

David Walton, Amanda Peet

Relationships are rarely pretty, and Tad Quill has written about some messy ones on shows such as Scrubs, Spin City and last year's Perfect Couples. But things start out even messier for the unlikely couple on Bent, Quill's new NBC comedy (premiering tonight at 9/8c) about a type-A lawyer and single mom (Amanda Peet) and her womanizing, laid-back contractor (David Walton). Joey King plays Peet's wise-beyond-her-years daughter, while Jeffrey Tambor is Walton's unemployed father. Quill took time to answer our showrunner survey in the hopes that viewers will get Bent.

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Critic's Notebook: Finale Roundup (River, Southland) and a Bent New Comedy

Bruce Greenwood, Eloise Mumford, Joe Anderson

A mere two nights after The Walking Dead finale shattered cable ratings records, and more than a few nerves, with its zombie shooting gallery at Hershel's now-abandoned farm, two more dynamic series signed off for the season Tuesday night — hopefully not for good (though one seems a likely goner) — giving us some fun and tense times. Sometimes both at once.

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5 Reasons to Fall for NBC's New Romantic Comedy Bent

Bent, David Walton and Amanda Peet

Blink and you might miss Bent, NBC's new romantic comedy, which premieres Wednesday at 9/8c. Although the series will only be on for three weeks of back-to-back new episodes, Bent actually deserves a closer look. The comedy, from Scrubs writer Tad Quill, follows a newly divorced, high-strung single mother (Amanda Peet) and the lackadaisical ladies' man she hires to re-do her kitchen (David Walton).

So what makes this half-hour comedy worth the investment? Here are five reasons to check out Bent:
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Marcia Gay Harden to Guest-Star on Bent

Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden has landed a guest spot on the midseason NBC comedy Bent, TVLine.com reports.
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VIDEO: Love Bites Star Greg Grunberg Explains What an "Eye-Gasm" Is

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg doesn't need to look far for inspiration playing his character on NBC's Love Bites.

"I play a big, dumb married guy — not a stretch, which is great for me," Grunberg jokes to TVGuide.com.

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Bette Midler to Star In Phil Spector Biopic

Bette Midler

Bette Midler has been cast opposite Al Pacino in HBO Films' upcoming movie about troubled music producer Phil Spector, according to The Hollywood Reporter...
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Exclusive: Bob Newhart to Appear on Lifetime's Project Five

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart has joined Lifetime's new original movie Project Five, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Lifetime renews Army Wives, sets Diva premiere

An anthology of five short films, Project Five explores the impact of breast cancer on people's lives. Newhart, 81, will play ...
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Which Arrested Development Alum Is Playing Will Arnett's Dad on Running Wilde?

Will Arnet, Jeffrey Tambor, Peter Serafinowicz

If there's one man who should play Will Arnett's TV dad on Running Wilde, it's the man who portrayed him before.

Jeffrey Tambor, who played the Bluth patriarch on Arrested Development, will reunite with his on-screen son in an upcoming episode of the Fox series, TVGuide.com has confirmed. The 66-year-old actor will play... read more

NBC Plans to Order More Law & Order, Beef Up Pilot Development

Law & Order

Law & Order is one step closer to breaking Gunsmoke's long-standing record.

Check out photos of Law & Order

NBC Entertainment chief Angela Bromstad recently told BusinessWeek that the network plans to order a 21st season of the legal drama, making it the longest-running prime-time drama in TV history.

"I'm a Law & Order junkie," Bromstad said. "I wouldn't want to be responsible for not having Law & Order break the record."

While Bromstad plans to honor the old, she's also keenly focused on the new. Bromstad said NBC will produce 18 pilots this spring, the most since 2003 and a marked increase over last year's 11... read more

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