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Is WGN America's Manhattan a Blast? 4 Reasons to Watch the Atomic Drama

Manhattan

Up and atom! It's time to discuss WGN America's latest original series Manhattan. Set in 1943, Manhattan follows a sequestered group of physicists racing to develop the first atomic bombs during World War II. Right now, you're probably worried there isn't room on your DVR for another slow-paced historical drama, but don't let that cloud your judgment. Manhattan easily earns a series pass for the way it blends scientific and political suspense with the project's emotional fallout on the scientists and their nuclear families. 

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Weekend Review: I'll Take Manhattan

Manhattan

Remember when nostalgia used to signify a comforting escape into the past? It hasn't been the same since Mad Men took us beneath the surface glamour to expose the grim consequences of chasing and selling the American dream. WGN America's bold new period drama Manhattan (Sunday, 9/8c) goes even further, eschewing the romantic veneer altogether in a gritty story of scientific mavericks operating in extreme circumstances. Looking back at a bygone time (World War II) with a jaundiced eye, the ambitious Manhattan is far more serious in intent than the channel's more recent effort at historical-fiction original programming, the lurid Salem.

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Exclusive: SVU Collars Rosanna Arquette, Sons' Mark Boone Junior, John Benjamin Hickey

Rosanna Arquette, John Benjamin Hickey

Sons of Anarchy star Mark Boone Junior, Rosanna Arquette, and John Benjamin Hickey will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively... read more

Jesse Eisenberg and 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski Head to Modern Family

Jesse Eisenberg

Modern Family hasn't lost its touch when it comes to snagging very special guest stars.

Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, 30 Rock alum Jane Krakowski and The Big C vet John Benjamin Hickey are all set to appear in an... read more

Postmortem: The Good Wife Bosses on That Heart-Crushing Exit and "Warrior Princess Alicia"

Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies

[WARNING: This story contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of The Good Wife. If you haven't seen this episode, we suggest you escort yourself away from this page immediately.]

 

"The path to the corner office is always sudden, and incestuous."

Those were Diane's words of wisdom to Alicia (Julianna Margulies) at the end of The Good Wife's second season. More than... read more

The Good Wife's Ben Rappaport on Carey's "Brotherly" Bond with Cary and Winning Over Alicia

The Good Wife

Is Lockhart/Gardner big enough for two Carys?

They may share the same name, but there was no confusing Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry) with Lockhart/Gardner fourth year Carey Zepps in the season premiere of The Good Wife. In his first appearance on the show, Carey-with-an-e not only gave Alicia (Julianna Margulies) a hard time about her history with Will, but also almost (accidentally) blew Florrick, Agos & Associates' cover with David Lee.

"Sometimes you got to start things with a bang," Ben Rappaport tells TVGuide.com. "If you're going to introduce someone new, you got... read more

The Good Wife: Stockard Channing, Dreama Walker Returning, Office Alum to Visit

Stockard Channing

The Good Wife is in store for some motherly advice when the CBS legal drama returns this fall — whether she likes it or not!

Stockard Channing is set to reprise her role as Alicia's mother, Veronica, in the... read more

Laura Linney Says Goodbye to The Big C

Laura Linney

When it comes to acting, Laura Linney knows no fear. She has embodied everyone from steely First Lady Abigail Adams in HBO's John Adams to FDR's mousy cousin/lover in the ­recent biopic Hyde Park on Hudson. But with her Golden Globe-winning performance on The Big C, she took on a seemingly impossible feat: making cancer funny.

Now the show is being put to rest with a four-­episode finale, but neither Linney nor her character, Cathy, is going down quietly. Tonight's episode finds her struggling with chemotherapy — she wants to stop treatment so she can feel well enough to take care of her family and make sure they'll be strong enough to survive without her.

Soon after the show's fourth season wrapped, the 49-year-old three-time Emmy winner shared her thoughts about the end of Cathy's journey.

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Top Moments: Diane Keaton Laughs with Ellen and the Judges Attack on Idol

Diane Keaton and Ellen DeGeneres

Our top moments of the week:

12. Worst Dating Rule: Ryan Lochte may not want to do The Bachelor, but he's still looking for love on What Would Ryan Lochte Do? the only way he knows how. Seriously, he only knows one way: take a girl out for a little raw fish, because he's "never met a girl that didn't like sushi." (Until he meets Megan, who has never eaten sushi or even heard of wontons.) When his older sisters learn this, they reprimand him for taking all his dates to the same place. "It might be the same place. It might be the same table," he says. "But it's a... read more

Weekend TV: The Walking Dead Puts a Scare into Sundays

Andrew Lincoln

"See that?" shrieks one of the band of zombie-slaughtering survivors in AMC's The Walking Dead, eyes wide and wild in bloodthirsty pride as we bear graphic witness to a new way of dispatching a "walker" — this one tricked out in riot-gear armor, befitting the new season's prison setting. Yes, of course we see. It's not as if we can look away, much as we might want to at times. Granted, we might need to look twice, because in the tradition of the greatest horror-movie thrill rides, we're sometimes watching through our fingers as we climb the back of our chairs and sofas in revulsed shock and awe. read more

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