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Ask Matt: Broadchurch or Gracepoint? Plus: Emmys, Covert Affairs, Suits, More

Nick Nolte, Anna Gunn and David Tennant

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Question: I was wondering if you have seen Fox's Americanized version of BBC America's Broadchurch, now called Gracepoint? I watched the BBC America miniseries and therefore I already know who did it. Now I am sure the American version will have a different person, but how different can these shows really be? Even David Tennant is in it, playing the part he played on Broadchurch. Your thoughts? — Amy

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Hollywood Icon Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

Lauren Bacall

Legendary stage and film actress Lauren Bacall, best known for roles in films like To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, has died at the age of 89.

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One Day at a Time Star Bonnie Franklin Dies at 69

Bonnie Franklin

Bonnie Franklin, best known for her work on One Day at a Time, died at her home in Los Angeles on Friday, The Hollywood Reporter reports. She was 69. read more

Exclusive First Look: A Pretty Little Liars Halloween Treat

Ashley Benson

All aboard the crazy train! Pretty Little Liars rises from its midseason-break graveyard with a tricky Halloween episode set on the Rosewood Ghost Train. And according to executive producer Marlene King, it's the end of the line for one Rosewood resident. "We are killing someone," she reveals. "Someone is not getting off... read more

Matt's Guide to Wednesday TV: Football, Dancing, Damages and Bogie-Bacall Magic

Rose Byrne and Ryan Phillippe

When the ratings for tonight's TV are tabulated on Thursday, there's little doubt what will top the charts — and it won't be the doings in Charlotte on the second night of the Democratic National Convention. (It won't be Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, either, for which civilization can breathe a sigh of relief.)

One of TV's biggest draws returns with the official NFL Kickoff 2012 on NBC (coverage starts at 7:30/6:30c), with the opening game of the season a rematch of the Giants and Cowboys. read more

Love Feuds and Blood Feuds: HBO's Hemingway & Gellhorn, History's Hatfields & McCoys

Hemingway & Gellhorn

You can almost hear echoes of Bogie and Bacall as the rugged author taunts his ravishing muse: "There's nothing to writing, Gellhorn. All you do is sit down at your typewriter and bleed."

Ernest "Papa" Hemingway, embodied with... read more

CBS Revives Person to Person to Peek Inside Homes of George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi

Person to Person

The revival of CBS' legendary program Person to Person special will feature George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi and Warren Buffett.

Longtime newsman Edward R. Murrow launched... read more

Wonder Pets Returns with One of Kitt's Final Performances

TV's former Catwoman voices Cool Cat (inset).

When Nickelodeon's Emmy-winning The Wonder Pets! series kicks off its third season on May 18, Eartha Kitt will be among the guest stars, voicing a Cool Cat who wants to scat. Kitt's voice work for the animated series marks one of her final performances before succumbing to colon cancer last Christmas Day.

Playing Hip Hippo to Kitt's Cool Cat in the season opener is ... read more

Criminally Good
We're mesmerized by these mobsters

It started with a bang: Uncle Junior popping Tony in a fit of dementia. But most of the fireworks in this brilliant sixth season of The Sopranos have been more emotional than visceral, a psychologically riveting study of the corruption (of soul and spirit) that taints anyone within whacking distance. That long list includes poor Gene, the hit man who hanged himself; hapless Artie Bucco, whose restaurant and psyche are in tatters; jailed Johnny Sack, whose daughter's wedding ended in his tearful public humiliation and loss of esteem; and Tony's delinquent son A.J., who can't live up to anyone's expectations and whose attempted revenge hit on Junior was truly pathetic (the kid can't even vomit like a man). "It's not in your nature," Tony told A.J. in one of the season's many wrenching scenes of anguish and regret. Not that there hasn't been comic rel read more

I just wanted to say that I ...

Question: I just wanted to say that I nearly broke a rib laughing during last Sunday's Sopranos after the way Lauren Bacall got jacked, not to mention her subsequent reaction to it. Also, I guess I'm the only fan out there who isn't upset with the way the season is progressing. I know it's slow going right now, but a lot of good shows in the past have taken their time building up to a thrilling conclusion, like X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, etc. Answer: I am loving this season beyond measure. To me, this spring there has been all the rest of TV, and then there's The Sopranos: so much richer and more real (with, I guess, the exception of this hilarious Hollywood detour) than anything else around. The episode about Vito's gay life being exposed was truly a landmark episode, illuminating this season's theme of how everyone's life and potential have been corrupted by exposure to the Sopranos (from Vito to the poor schnook who hung himself in the premiere to pathetic Artie ... read more

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