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The Tuesday Playlist: Family Affairs on New Girl and NCIS

Margo Martindale and Jake Johnson

What kind of family must it be where slacker bartender Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) is seen as the responsible one? That answer becomes clear in a sporadically amusing road-trip episode of Fox's New Girl (9/8c) that takes the roomies to Chicago to lay Nick's scoundrel of a dad (former guest star Dennis Farina) to rest. The formidable Margo Martindale (Justified, The Americans) presides over the ridiculous antics as Nick's gruff but needy mom, and cable clown Nick Kroll hams it up as his emotionally volatile brother. As usual, Schmidt (Max Greenberg) hijacks the proceedings with his death neuroses, and while he wonders "What's with this open casket thing?" it's his encounter with said coffin and its contents that provides the episode's biggest laughs.

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Ask Matt: Nashville and More Cancellation Anxiety, Downton, Justified, Big Bang

Connie Britton

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Question: I've never written to you before, but I'm hoping you can look into a crystal ball for me and reassure me about the fate of Nashville. I'm totally hooked by this show, which is saying a lot since I haven't watched anything regularly on the big three networks for about 10 years or so. I'm extremely worried that Nashville is doomed for cancellation, since it appears that the ratings are pretty lackluster. Any gossip or buzz that you can pass on to reassure me? read more

2012's Best Episodes: Chuck's Memorable Finale and New Girl's Awesome New Game

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.)
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Roush Review: The Disarming Justified Finale

Justified

If "Slaughterhouse" is what you're going to call your season finale, after building up to a major bloody showdown all season, you'd better be able to justify it. Thankfully, we're talking FX's Justified here, and when does it ever not live up to expectations?

Even before he completely went off the rails ...
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Postmortem: Justified Boss on the Bloody Finale, Raylan and Arlo's Future and the Series' End

Justified

[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the Season 3 finale of Justified. Read at your own risk.]

It wouldn't be a Justified finale if things didn't get bloody.

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After an episode-long manhunt for Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough), the loose cannon Detroit mobster took Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) hostage and stormed Noble's Hollow... read more

Ask Matt: Justified, The Killing, Hunger Games (on TV?), Smash, and More

Timothy Olyphant

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Question: I'm really surprised by the lack of comment (here and elsewhere) on this season of Justified. It had a lot to live up to after that near-perfect second season and (in my opinion) has been maintaining the standard extremely well. I haven't enjoyed TV-show dialogue this much since The West Wing went off the air. read more

Cheers & Jeers: Justified Finds Another Lostie

William Mapother

Cheers to Justified for adding another piece of work to its rogues' gallery.

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Faced with the prospect of filling Margo Martindale's Emmy-winning "sh--kicker" boots, FX's down-home crime drama has wisely decided to flood the zone with as many baddies as possible. We've recently been introduced to Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson — both alums of... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Carl Lumbly

This was a good week for welcoming back familiar and much-missed talent to some very good shows. Let's start with one of cable's underdogs, TNT's gritty and gripping police drama Southland, which introduced Carl Lumbly (who'll always be Dixon from Alias to me) as the squad's militaristic new captain, Brucker. "Our job just got harder," grumbles one of the grunts. Bad for him, good for Southland. Pledging to command a pro-active patrol, with Mickey D applications at the ready for those who screw up, Brucker's mantra is: "We protect! We serve! And we kick a— till we smell s---!" Yeah, he's that kind of boss.

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Justified: 6 Reasons Why We're Pumped for Season 3

Timothy Olyphant

Let's raise a glass of "apple pie" moonshine in honor of the dearly departed Justified villain Mags Bennett. Margo Martindale's Emmy-winning portrayal was a huge part of what made the Southern-fried FX drama's second season such a thrilling ride and will no doubt be a tough act to follow. And executive producer Graham Yost knows it.

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"I would be lying if I said we didn't consider that," Yost tells TVGuide.com. "It gives you some pause that people responded so ...
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Mega Buzz: One Tree Hill's Goodbye, a New Five-0 Villain and Housewives' Murder

Bethany Joy Galeotti, Alex O’Loughlin, Ricardo Chavira

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Are any of my beloved characters going to die in the final season of One Tree Hill? — Danica
ADAM:
I would say it's a distinct possibility (but look closely, that's not a body Haley is looking at in this promo). Rob Buckley's thoughts on the matter also seem pretty grim. "The One Tree Hill family as we know it is going to change by season's end," he teases. "The people we start the season with [are] not the same group we end it with."

Let's start 2012 with some Hawaii Five-0 spoilers? — James
ADAM:
How do you say "Book 'em, Danno!" in Russian? read more

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