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It's another ridiculously busy night of TV, with premieres and finales jousting for attention amid other distractions. It's just as well that CBS' top-rated lineup is taking a breather with repeats.
First, the farewells, going head to head. Once again, NBC sends away its reliably tear-jerking Parenthood (10/9c) earlier in the TV year than we'd like, but a limited run of 15 episodes beats the alternative. Shows like this don't tend to repeat well, and if a shorter run makes business sense — while freeing up the time period in the back half of the season for something else (in this case, a retooled Smash in two weeks) — then so be it. This fourth season has been Parenthood's strongest and most emotionally charged to date, especially in the storyline involving Kristina's breast cancer ordeal, providing Monica Potter and Peter Krause (as husband Adam) with their strongest dramatic material to date. Emmy voters, wake up and take note.
Two months after Larry Hagman's November 23 death, the Dallas cast past and present has assembled at the city's swanky Petroleum Club to shoot an epic, drama-filled memorial for his legendary J.R. Ewing. Among the mourners who have returned to pay their respects — or disrespects — are Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), Gary and Lucy Ewing (Ted Shackelford and Charlene Tilton), Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly), Mandy Winger (Deborah Shelton) and Cally Harper Ewing (Cathy Podewell). On set, the late actor's spirit is still very much alive. Each morning when he passes Hagman's trailer, Patrick Duffy, who plays Bobby Ewing, knocks on his friend's door. "Not like I'm expecting him to say, 'Come in,'" Duffy says. "But just to say to Larry, 'I'm still here, pal.'" And if you believe some of Hagman's costars, he's been knocking right back.
Showtime's competitive juices aren't limited to the arena of scripted entertainment. Now the pay cable network is challenging HBO's Real Sports franchise by turning to masters of long-form narrative with the launch of 60 Minutes Sports (10/9c). Among the segments in Wednesday's premiere: a closer-up profile by Bob Simon of FC Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi, whose prowess at 25 was demonstrated in last Sunday's 60 Minutes piece on the Barcelona team.
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I can't wait to meet Rick's dad on Castle this February! Got any more intel? — Jeannie
ADAM: You may be waiting longer than you think for that meeting. Although creator Andrew W. Marlowe confirms that there will be some further exploration of Castle's father come February sweeps, he certainly isn't the focus of the episodes. "I would not characterize the two-parter as being about his dad," Marlowe says. "Hopefully we can find a great and elegant way to embrace Castle's father's mythology in a way that's going to be exciting."
I can't believe there are only three episodes of Fringe left! Got any scoop on how it all ends? — Marc
NATALIE: As the two "good" Observers, September/Donald and Michael, help Walter piece together his plan, we'll get an interesting look at the origins of the fedora-wearing baldies....
Larry Hagman fans will be able to see the dearly departed Dallas star on the small screen this spring.
Hagman, who died in November, will be featured on the CBS special I Get That A Lot, in which celebrities masquerade as ordinary people and then act like they're not stars when they're inevitably recognized. The actor filmed his segment in September, and appears as a salesman offering free samples of barbecue sauce, according to the network.
Dallas fans will soon have to say goodbye to Larry Hagman's J.R. — but they'll meet two new members of the Ewing and Ramos clans. Emma Bell (formerly Andrea's sister, Amy, on The Walking Dead) plays Bobby Ewing's well-bred...
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As producers behind TNT's Dallas continuation plot how to bid farewell to J.R. Ewing, the cable network has put together a new video to pay homage to the man behind those famous eyebrows.
Look back at Larry Hagman's TV Guide covers through the years
The new video promo features images of...
Larry Hagman, the television icon best known for playing J.R. Ewing on CBS' Dallas as well as TNT's current incarnation, died Friday, TVGuide.com has confirmed. He was 81.
Hagman died of complications from...
[SPOILER ALERT: The following story reveals major plot points from Wednesday's Dallas season finale.]
Everything's bigger in Texas, and the first season finale of TNT's Dallas was no exception...