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Weekend TV in Review: Good Wife, Zombie Mania, Crisis, ESPN's Big East Requiem

Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry

Just about the best news I heard all week: CBS's renewal of the splendid The Good Wife for a sixth season, among a ton of other pick-ups. If the month or more of special-Sunday distractions (Super Bowl, Olympics, Oscars) caused you to drift away, now's a great time for "Opting Back In." Which happens to be the name of a keynote speech Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is nervously preparing for the annual American Bar Association powwow in New York City — an occasion allowing for a terrific running gag involving new Mayor Bill De Blasio (Sunday, 9/8c).

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Tyler Perry Leads NAACP Image Award Nominations

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry leads the NAACP Image Awards nominations with 19 nods.

Tyler Perry's House of Paine is up for outstanding comedy series with five of its stars -- David Mann, LaVan Davis, Cassi Davis, Lamman Rucker, Lance Gross, and Keshia Knight Pulliam — also nominated in the acting categories. 

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NAACP Awards: Grey's, Tyler Perry Are Big Winners

Tyler Perry by Jesse Grant/Getty Images, Chandra Wilson by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP

While The Great Debaters dominated the film categories at Thursday's NAACP Image Awards — it turned eight nods into a quartet of wins (including best motion picture and acting kudos for Denzel Washington and Jurnee Smollett) — Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Grey's Anatomy emerged as the most-lauded TV series. Grey's walked away with drama series and writing team honors, while Chandra Wilson scored best supporting actress. TBS' House of Payne, meanwhile, was named best comedy series, while LaVan Davis and Lance Gross won for lead and supporting actor in a comedy, respectively.In the other TV races, Ugly Betty's America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams won for lead and supporting comedy actress; CSI: NY's Hill Harper and The Unit's Regina Taylor copped the top prizes on the drama side; and House's Omar Epps took home the supporting actor/drama trophy. read more

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