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The Weekend Playlist: Spurt-acus Returns, a Pivotal Downton, the SAG Awards

Liam McIntyre

Here's blood in your eye. And your hair, chest, ears, anywhere and everywhere it might pool. Gird your loins to make way for TV's most relentless avenging gladiator/terminator in Starz' Spartacus: War of the Damned (Friday, 9/8c), kicking off the final season of the premium channel's signature series of lust and bloodlust.

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Critic's Notebook: ABC at TCA

Michael Chiklis

Wait and see. That's a fairly typical approach to the fall TV season this time of year, as pilots are being tweaked and strategies put in place to launch a new crop of shows.

But for ABC, rocked in the last few days by the abrupt resignation of its entertainment president Steve McPherson, a wait-and-see attitude permeated the network's entire Sunday presentation on the TCA circuit.

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The Whole Truth's Maura Tierney: I Have a New Perspective on Everything

Maura Tierney

When Maura Tierney makes her return to TV, it will be in a role tailor-made for her.

The 45-year-old actress, who last season dropped out of NBC's Parenthood to undergo breast cancer treatment, recently replaced Joely Richardson on ABC's upcoming legal drama The Whole Truth. But even though she's the second actress to get the part, she was the first person creator and executive producer Tom Donaghy wanted for the role.

Maura Tierney finds The Whole Truth at ABC

"I'd been seeing a lot of female characters on television that weren't strong in the way that ... women can be strong and also feminine," Donaghy said at the Television Critics Association's fall TV previews. "I knew Maura had the elegance and ... wit. So, I wrote it with her talents in mind, never thinking she would be available."

Although Tierney joked that her ego led her to take on the role, she was somewhat reserved in discussing her health... read more

Maura Tierney Finds The Whole Truth at ABC

Maura Tierney

Less than a year after dropping out of Parenthood to undergo treatment for breast cancer, Maura Tierney is returning to TV with a starring role on the upcoming ABC drama The Whole Truth, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The 45-year-old actress, now in remission, replaces Joely Richardson, who dropped out of the project to... read more

ABC Orders Six More Series For Fall

Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry and Michael Imperioli are among the stars returning to TV as ABC picked up six more new series this fall, Variety reports.

Friends star Perry will return to the small screen in Mr. Sunshine, a comedy about a sports arena manager facing 40. Perry will executive-produce the series, which co-stars... read more

Actress Lynn Redgrave Dies at 67

Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Redgrave, best known for her roles in the film Georgy Girl and Broadway shows Shakespeare for My Father and Nightingale, has died after battling breast cancer. She was 67.

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The actress died Sunday night at her Connecticut home, her publicist Rick Miramontez said. She was treated for breast cancer in 2003.

"Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven-year journey with breast cancer," Redgrave's children — Ben, Pema and Annabel — said in a statement Monday. "She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before. The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives."

Corin Redgrave dies at 70

Born in London, Redgrave was a member of the illustrious Redgrave family of actors. She was the youngest ... read more

Numb3rs' Rob Morrow Heading to ABC

Rob Morrow

Rob Morrow is saying goodbye to Numb3rs and hello to Truth.

The 47-year-old actor has joined the cast of ABC's... read more

Nip/Tuck Stars Land Pilot Roles

Dylan Walsh and Joely Richardson

Nip/Tuck will make its final incision Wednesday, and stars Dylan Walsh and Joely Richardson have already found potential future employment.

Kelly Carlson on Nip/Tuck's outrageous sex scenes

Walsh has been cast in lead of Michael Dinner's untitled CBS pilot, originally known as ATF, and Richardson has been tapped for ABC's The Whole Truth... read more

"Candy Richards"

Back on November 14 2006 when we saw the future lives of the NipTuck characters I mostly praised the episode since it was such a pleasant change of pace What I wasnt thinking at the time was how unfortunate it would become as a viewer that we know exactly what will become of the characters So Julia got shot last week so what We know that she survives since she was in the future episode So Christian and Annie got in a car crash caused by paparazzi this week We knew immediately that theyd be OK since theyre also in that episode And now even after multiple knife stabs in his back by crazy Colleen at the very end even though blood was gushing out of his mouth Sean cant be dead he too was in that damn futuristic episode Of course one can argue that the episode-of-the-future couldve just been someones dream but it wasnt presented that way when it aired so I guess I have the right to bitch about it right Imagine how shocking and suspenseful that stabbing read more

As American Idol Truly Begins, Nip/Tuck Ends

American Idol's David Archuleta by Frank Micelotta/Fox

When Nip/Tuck’s Julia McNamara (Joely Richardson) woke up from her gunshot coma in a state of retrograde amnesia, I found myself thinking: Can I have some of what she’s having? There’s a lot about Tuesday night’s TV offerings I’d like to forget, from the musical mediocrity of American Idol’s disappointing opening night of actual competition to the bloody mess of Nip/Tuck’s season finale.Regarding Idol: I can’t imagine it will be all that hard to kick two male contestants on Thursday night’s results show. Honestly, I’d be hard-pressed to find two guys to keep.OK, that’s overstating things a bit. I could make a plausible case for five, maybe six of the guys. But only a precious few showed any actual star quality, or joy in performing: young charmer David Archuleta, who, as Ryan Seacrest noted, many of the viewing audience would probably like to adopt; Australian hottie Michael Johns, who just as many might prefer to marry; and dre... read more

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