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Top Moments: Mother Loses a Father, Castle Gets a Meta Heat Wave

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Cutest Acceptance Speech: When Neil Patrick Harris picks up his best comedy actor trophy at the People's Choice Awards, he is forced to switch languages from English to baby talk ("ug-ha, baga-badga," to be exact), in order to thank his new twins. (Note to other celebrity parents: Only Harris has the skills to make baby talk seem charming.)

11. Most Progress: Orson tries his best to win back Bree on Desperate Housewives by denigrating her surprising relationship with Keith. Just when fans think her ex-husband has won... read more

Hot in Cleveland's Betty White: "You've Had Such an Overdose of Me Lately"

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Betty White will be the first to tell you that she's overexposed.

"What is this Betty White business?" the 88-year-old, who turns 89 in two weeks, said of her continued praise during Wednesday's Television Critics Assn.'s winter preview. "It's really silly. You've had such an overdose of me lately. Trust me, I think I'm going to... read more

Bonnie Franklin, Melanie Grifith Among Hot in Cleveland's Season 2 Guest Stars

Bonnie Franklin, Melanie Griffith

Looks like Betty White and  Mary Tyler Moore aren't the only duo reuniting during Hot in Cleveland's second season.

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Mary Tyler Moore to Guest-Star on Hot in Cleveland Season Premiere

Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore will appear on the Hot in Cleveland Season 2 premiere, TV Land announced Tuesday.

While details of Moore's role is being kept under wraps, she'll have a storyline with Elka (Betty White), who was arrested in last season's finale.

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Dynasty's John Forsythe Dies at 92

John Forsythe

John Forsythe, best known for his roles as the conniving patriarch Blake Carrington on Dynasty and as the voice of mysterious millionaire Charles Townsend on Charlie's Angels, has died. He was 92.

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Forsythe died late on Thursday from complications of pneumonia in his home in Santa Ynez, Calif., his rep told TVGuide.com. Before the pneumonia, Forsythe's health had... read more

Mary Tyler Moore Welcomed to the Jungle

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She can turn the world on with a smile, but can she turn more viewers on to a sophomore-season drama? Seven-time Emmy winner Mary Tyler Moore has been booked for a multi-episode arc on NBC's Lipstick Jungle, playing mom to Brooke Shields' Wendy. Moore's alter ego, Joyce, is a retired high-powered executive who forces Wendy to question the ideal of "Having it all." And then a clown named Chuckles dies and they attend the funeral together. — Matt Mitovich read more

TCA Awards: Correcting the Emmys

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No awards system is perfect, and the TCA Awards is no exception. But arriving two days after the often-inexplicable results of the Emmy nominations, Saturday night's low-key, good-time TCA Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton was a welcome course correction to several especially egregious Emmy oversights. (And, lo and behold, nary a mention of Boston Legal anywhere.)First up: Michael C. Hall, ignored by the Emmys but cited by the TCA for “Individual Achievement in Drama,” for his mesmerizing performance in Showtime's Dexter as a serial killer targeting Miami's lowest forms of criminal life. (Other contenders in this category included Friday Night Lights' Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, also shamefully snubbed at the Emmys.)Friday Night Lights, a near shutout at the Emmys despite its status as a first-year critics’ darling (and recipient of Peabody and AFI awards), was later named Outstanding New Program. (The field also included 30 Rock, Dexter, Heroes and Ugly Bet... read more

We Have the 411 on Reno 911!

Carlos Alazraqui, Reno 911!

From Barney Fife to Barney Miller, cops and comedy have made hysterical bedfellows. Comedy Central's cult hit Reno 911! is proof that the bumbling-police shtick remains in fine hands. The mostly improvised series plays its Cops-like parody for plenty of white-trash gags and silly sexual innuendos. Comic Carlos Alazraqui, who plays dim-witted deputy James Garcia, took a few moments away from World Cup action to lay down the law with TVGuide.com about his screwy series arriving on DVD this week, what the new season promises, and what's up with these modern Keystone Kops hitting movie screens. TVGuide.com: So, Reno 911! — The Complete Third Season is here on DVD.Carlos Alazraqui: Yeah, and fans will love the read more

It seems a given, in the many ...

Question: It seems a given, in the many questions about network scheduling that you receive, that Saturday night is where TV shows go to die, so no one schedules a potential keeper on Saturday. Yet within living memory (mine, at least), CBS had a killer Saturday lineup that would put any recent "must-see" night to shame (All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett). I know we went out on Saturday night in the '70s (and with no TiVo, or even VCRs). It can't just be due to the fracturing of cable — if the audience is really too small on Saturday, then it's too small whether your share is 15 percent or 35 percent. I've been looking back trying to find the tipping point, but I can't see when the landscape changed. What in the business has caused this change in perception? On a completely unrelated note: I have fallen in love with Slings & Arrows. Has there been, or is there going to be, a third season? I need more of New Burbage! Answer: First off, I'm thrilled ... read more

I read a question-and-answer ...

Question: I read a question-and-answer that was originally published in September 2005. The question was about Laura Petrie's maiden name on The Dick Van Dyke Show. The answer was Meehan. I recall one episode in which her maiden name was Meeker, and then in subsequent episodes it was Meehan. I remember reading an explanation, but I don't remember what it was.


Answer: No problem, Laura — luckily, I do. Mary Tyler Moore, who played Laura on the legendary show, divorced husband Richard Meeker and didn't want to keep his name as her character's maiden name. So via the magic of TV, it changed. Want to make a fortune? Invent a machine allowing us to change the past without any other ill effects in real life, too.

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