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Weekend TV: Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, Bletchley Return

Elisabeth Moss

And so the unnecessarily long goodbye begins for AMC's breakout, breakthrough signature series Mad Men, its final 14 hours being unconscionably broken into two halves over two years, starting Sunday at 10/9c. (Yes, it worked for Breaking Bad, but this isn't that kind of show.) While prolonging the inevitable, and potentially blunting whatever narrative momentum still exists in a most inelegant and desperate-seeming way, it's no wonder the often dazzling opening episode — titled "Time Zones," in a nod to the firm's now-bicoastal focus — is so preoccupied with time.

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Ask Matt: Dramedies, Arrested, Nurse Jackie, H50, Hannibal

Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman

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Question: Why don't the broadcast networks produce comedy-dramas anymore? It was not more than 10 years ago when the networks were full of successful long-running dramedies like Ally McBeal, The West Wing and Gilmore Girls. But now all those dramedy show-runners have moved over to the cable networks: David E. Kelley has just produced Monday Mornings for TNT, Aaron Sorkin is with The Newsroom on HBO, and Amy Sherman-Palladino had (the great) Bunheads on ABC Family. And lots of successful ...
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Ask Matt: Thrones Unspoiled, Nurse Jackie, Mad Men, Orphan Black

Game of Thrones

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Question: So I was watching two shows I really like this week coming to the end of their seasons. The first, Orphan Black, is not so well known, though I expect that is in the process of changing. The other, Game of Thrones, is very well known and discussed. I realized as I watched these shows, how little the first one has any type of spoilers and with the second, as well read and known as it is, that I hadn't had it spoiled for me prior to this episode. I have watched many shows both with and without knowing spoilers, and after watching ...
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The Weekend Playlist: Goodbye, Spartacus, Hello, Da Vinci; Louie C.K. Stand-Up

Tom Riley

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.

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Keck's Exclusives: Morena Baccarin on V's Deadly Season Finale

Morena Baccarin

Spoiler Alert: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday's V season finale. So if you've yet to watch, don't read!

Wow! Did you watch V's go-for-broke season finale last night? Series star Morena Baccarin didn't. Only because she's visiting her home in Brazil (where V's not shown), while awaiting word on whether or not ABC will renew her struggling series for a third season. The concluding episode of Season 2.... read more

Keck's Exclusives: V's Finale Bloodbath

Scott Wolf, Laura Vandervoort

Leapin' lizards! V's March 15 season finale will kill off up to one-third of its cast! With only central characters Anna (Morena Baccarin) and Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) safe, executive producer Scott Rosenbaum says two or "possibly even three" of the following actors have been let go: Scott Wolf (Chad), Logan Huffman (Tyler), Morris Chestnut (Ryan), Joel Gretsch (Father Jack), Laura Vandervoort (Lisa) and Jane Badler (Diana). Hoping the bold move will get him a third-season renewal from ABC, Rosenbaum says he chose his victims based on "what would be most devastating for the characters I want to continue." 

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V Scoop: Does John May Live?

Michael Trucco

Could a certain sexy Cylon be heading back to V when the ABC series returns?

Executive producer Scott Rosenbaum says the show isn't done with Michael Trucco's story line yet. "John May... read more

Comic-Con Gets Hot for TV Guide Magazine

Julie Benz

What happens when you take a couple of aliens, a doofy superspy, two burgeoning superheroes, and a vampire diarist, and throw them all together? A lot of whoopin' and hollerin'. At TV Guide Magazine's Hot List panel at Comic-Con on July 23, some of television's most genre-riffic stars — V's Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Mitchell and Morris Chestnut; The Cape's David Lyons, Keith David and Summer Glau; No Ordinary Family's Julie Benz; Human Target's Chi McBride; Chuck's Zach Levi; and Vampire Diaries executive producer Kevin Williamson — gathered for the ultimate Con-vergence... read more

V's Lizard Baby Gets a Due Date — and a Tail

V

The moment ABC announced its revamp of V, fans of the original miniseries remembered its terrifying birth scene and wondered: Could the new version be as creep-tastic?

Yes and no, says Lourdes Benedicto, who plays unfortunate mom-to-be Val.

Who will be joining the Fifth Column on V?

"By the end of the season, she is going to have the baby," Benedicto tells TVGuide.com, though the blessed event might not be... read more

V's Elizabeth Mitchell: "It Gets Better and Better"

Elizabeth Mitchell

Yes, V has been off the air for four months, but Elizabeth Mitchell promises that the show will come back stronger than ever. The fan favorite from Lost (R.I.P., Juliet) tells TVGuide.com how Erica's controversial bond with Father Jack might change, what she loves about castmates Morena Baccarin and Morris Chestnut and whether her maternal instincts will turn violent as Lisa and Tyler's connection deepens...

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