Two battered, tragic warriors meet face to face before their climactic skirmish, and there's at least one thing they can agree upon (besides the desire to kill each other): "There is no justice. Not in this world." What, you were expecting a happy ending to Starz' bloody breakout hit Spartacus? (Apologies if that's a spoiler.)
The series finale (Friday, 9/8c) justifies this last season's subtitle, War of the Damned, with a truly epic clash of historic titans. It's up to its bared knees in graphic gore as usual, but the finale is steeped even further in stirring demonstrations and declarations of honor, sacrifice and a willingness to die for the cause of freedom. "Whatever happens ... we decide our fates, not you," proclaims Spartacus (Liam McIntyre), leader of the outnumbered slave army, during his secret meeting with Roman "Imperator" Crassus (Simon Merrells). Unlike past seasons, when the Roman antagonists were mostly craven dupes, neither Crassus nor his second-in-command Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) are fools — but neither is Spartacus, who still has some bold and unexpected maneuvers up his shield during this primal and visceral encounter of fire, blood and literal and metaphorical guts.
Louis C.K. doesn't really identify himself as a white person.
The comedian, who stars on FX's Louie, was born in California, but moved to Mexico, his father's homeland, at the age of 1. They moved back to America when C.K. was around 7.
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Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz
Soul searching doesn't come easily for a character as clinical, rational and emotionally aloof as Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel), but near-death experiences have a way of waking people up to what's important in life. Doesn't hurt that this is a Big Sweeps Month dictating Big Stunts on long-running shows, an opportunity for Fox's Bones (8/7c) to try its latest change of pace: a mystical trip into a heaven-like netherworld for this non-believer, prompted by a shooting in the lab that leaves Bones fighting for life.
Claire Danes, Damian Lewis
Awards season makes its second stop Sunday at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on TNT/TBS). While we count down the minutes, let's take a stab at who will take home the big prizes. Can Homeland keep its win streak going? Will we see a Best Picture front-runner come out of this? Check out our predictions below and tell us yours.
Who are the funniest people? That's the question Rolling Stone answers in its list of the 50 funniest people around now. From actors to comedians, Twitterers, TV hosts and more, the list was compiled based on the funniest people who are currently active.
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Michael C. Hall, Laura Linney
Good news, Dexter fans!
For the first time ever, the serial killer drama will premiere this summer, Showtime announced Saturday.
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Yvonne Strahovski and Zachary Levi
Deaths! Interrogations! Plane crashes! Breakups! Weddings! Catfights! Sex dreams! TV had it all this year. From Desperate Housewives' fitting farewell to Fringe's powerful flash-forward, 2012 served up some remarkable hours of television, and we've assembled the top 25 episodes. Which ones made the cut? Tune in all week to see the full list.
Here are Episodes 15-11. (Catch up with Episodes 25-21 and Episodes 20-16.)
Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
There was no Homeland-sized snub or Patrick J. Adams-esque shocker with the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations this year, but there were still some pleasant and unpleasant surprises among the pretty run-of-the-mill list. Check out our picks below and then tell us yours.
Louis C.K. took on a tough task hosting Saturday Night Live just days after Hurricane Sandy ripped through much of the show's home city. But from his opening monologue, the comedian wasted no time in addressing the disaster and then immediately (but also tastefully) poking fun at the city's residents.
"Today they turned the power back on which is great because we can go back to using way too much electricity, like insane amounts of electricity," he joked.
Only hours before he takes the stage, comedian Louis C.K. released an open letter detailing his first experience hosting Saturday Night Live. The gig has been especially meaningful for the actor since it will be long-running comedy's first show back since Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City earlier this week.