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Big Bang Theory Scoop: Details on James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher's Guest Roles

Carrie Fisher, James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher will both guest-star in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

As first reported by TVLine.com, the Star Wars alums — who played Darth Vader and played Princess Leia, respectively — will cameo as themselves on the CBS series. But why exactly will they cross paths with Sheldon (Jim Parsons)? read more

Thursday Review: IFC's Spoils of Babylon; More (and Better) Comedy on Network TV

Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins

Here's the thing about satire: Parody has a sharper sting if what's being ridiculed is actually relevant. And while it looks like everyone's having a grand time lampooning the old-school histrionics of the classic TV miniseries "epic" in IFC's elaborate all-star Funny or Die put-on The Spoils of Babylon, I'm afraid the fun isn't all that contagious, in part because the joke is such a stale one to begin with.

The whole enterprise, which consists of six half-hour chapters (the first two airing back-to-back starting Thursday at 10/9c), has the musty whiff of one of those movies derived from so-so Saturday Night Live sketches. Each installment opens with a staged intro, featuring a heavily made-up Will Ferrell as a rotund Orson Welles-like egomaniac impresario (described as "author, producer, actor, writer, director, raconteur, bon vivant, legend, fabulist" — and that's just the first episode's credits) who sinks further and further into his (wine) cups as he reflects on his lost late-'70s "masterpiece," which he self-financed as if he were Scrooge McDuck.

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Thursday TV Review: Community Returns, ABC's Assets

Paul Rhys

Happy New TV Year! With the Winter Olympics only a little more than a month away, the networks are wasting no time premiering new and returning shows through January, making this almost as busy a month for programming as the heights of September. Let the winter midseason begin.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Some underdogs adopt a never-say-die mentality. In the fringe world of wackiness known as NBC's Community, it's more like never say graduate, as the cult comedy returns for an against-the-odds fifth season with back-to-back episodes (Thursday, 8/7c) once again under the warped tutelage of mercurial series creator Dan Harmon. (For more on his and the show's comeback, go here.)

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SAG Awards Surprises and Snubs: Big Love for Big Bang, But None for Mad Men

Mayim Bialik, Jon Hamm

Wednesday's Screen Actors Guild nominations were out with the old, but not totally in with the new. Former awards darling Mad Men was nowhere to be found, while fresh faces came in the form of usual suspects at other awards shows. Check out our surprises and snubs below, and then tell us yours.
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The Thursday Playlist: A Scandal-ous Friend, Runway All-Stars

Scandal

Once upon a very different time, Lisa Kudrow owned Thursday night along with her other TV Friends during NBC's now-distant era of "Must See" supremacy. She's back on the same night, on a different network, but once again she's landed on the buzziest show of the moment: ABC's Scandal (10/9c), where she begins a recurring role as Josephine Marcus, a Democratic Congresswoman — and outspoken critic of the Grant administration — who tangles with First Lady Mellie (the awesome Bellamy Young). What drew Kudrow back to network TV? May have something to do with her longtime friendship and working relationship with producing partner (and guest actor Emmy winner) Dan Bucatinsky, who plays Cyrus's excitable partner James on the show. While she's reason enough to tune in, the Pope & Associates subplot also sounds like fun, as they take on as a client a politician notorious for snapping photos of his unmentionables. (Sound familiar?)

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GLSEN Auction Offers Up Major TV Prizes

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington may have to handle some seriously sticky situations on ABC's hit Scandal, but her involvement with the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network's (GSLEN) online auction is not in need of any fixing.

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Bob Newhart to Go Head-to-Head with Bill Nye on The Big Bang Theory

Bob Newhart

It turns out that Professor Proton has a rival!

Bob Newhart will reprise his Emmy-winning role in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory that will also guest-star Bill Nye, CBS announced Wednesday.

How long can The Big Bang Theory go on?

When Professor Proton seeks Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) help with an experiment... read more

Keck's Exclusives: First Look: Big Bang's New Couplings

Mayim Bialik and Simon Helberg

CBS's The Big Bang Theory is mixing things up on its Oct. 3 episode by pairing characters that rarely interact for a big scavenger hunt involving a hidden gold coin.

Raj (Kunal Nayyar) organizes the citywide search, which partners Leonard (Johnny Galecki) with Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Amy (Mayim Bialik) with Howard (Simon Helberg), and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) with Sheldon (Jim Parsons).

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Big Bang Theory Romance Scoop: Will Raj Hit It Off with the Ladies?

The Big Bang Theory

Is love in the air for Raj on The Big Bang Theory?

Now that Raj (Kunal Nayyar) can finally talk to women without the aid of alcohol, the possibilities seem endless. Guess again. "He's not doing well!" Nayyar tells TVGuide.com of Raj's romantic exploits on Season 7, which premieres Thursday (8/7c, CBS). "He hasn't been able to talk to women for a long time, so he's going to put... read more

Breaking Bad, Modern Family Top Emmy Awards

Breaking Bad

Breaking BadModern Family and Behind the Candelabra topped Sunday's 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

After four losses, Breaking Bad finally won its first trophy for drama series, while Anna Gunn took home drama supporting actress honors.

Modern Family became the first show to four-peat in comedy series ...
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