Happy New TV Year! With the Winter Olympics only a little more than a month away, the networks are wasting no time premiering new and returning shows through January, making this almost as busy a month for programming as the heights of September. Let the winter midseason begin.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Some underdogs adopt a never-say-die mentality. In the fringe world of wackiness known as NBC's Community, it's more like never say graduate, as the cult comedy returns for an against-the-odds fifth season with back-to-back episodes (Thursday, 8/7c) once again under the warped tutelage of mercurial series creator Dan Harmon. (For more on his and the show's comeback, go here.)
In the Sherlock Holmes canon, his archnemesis, Moriarty, has always served as a potent stimulant: an intellectual equal who can challenge the master detective's powers of deductive reasoning with his own acts of evil genius. But with the revelation at the end of Elementary's first season last May that Moriarty and Irene Adler (Natalie Dormer) — Sherlock's long-lost lover — were one and the same person, Jonny Lee Miller's Holmes experienced a whole new kind of stimulation.
Natalie Dormer and Jack Gleeson
Following last season's brutally violent Red Wedding, HBO's Game of Thrones will present another colorful — and potentially tragic — marriage ceremony when Season 4 premieres in spring 2014.
"It's going to be the wedding of the year, and as memorable in its own way as our wedding last season," promises the books' author, George R.R. Martin, of the marriage of King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). "It's what the fans call the Purple Wedding, based on the color of the wine, which plays a big part."
Jonny Lee Miller, Rhys Ifans
London is calling on Thursday night!
Elementary returns for its second season Thursday night (10/9c, CBS), and like the Parks and Recreation premiere on NBC, it will feature a trip to merry old England when Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) venture across the pond.
Elementary Sneak Peek: Joan is shocked to meet Sherlock's brother
When a former colleague hits a spot of trouble, Sherlock returns to his homeland but then finds himself in trouble when he crosses paths with his brother Mycroft (Rhys Ifans), whom he hasn't spoken to, much less even mentioned to Joan, in years. Will the brothers be able to reconcile? TVGuide.com caught up with executive producer Rob Doherty to get the scoop on Season 2:
Julianne Moore has joined The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, Lionsgate announced Friday.
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Happy birthday, Bob Newhart! What a marvelous coincidence that his 84th birthday falls on the same night CBS is repeating his terrific Emmy-nominated guest performance on The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, 8/7c). And wouldn't it be splendid if this finally earns him an Emmy? It's unfathomable that he has yet to receive one for his illustrious career. Newhart's timing is impeccable as ever as "Professor Proton," the former TV host of a kiddie science show that Sheldon and Leonard still obsess over (so what else is new). And while they gush over meeting their hero, he's understandably much more impressed by Penny — although what she's doing with these geeky goofballs is a puzzle he'll never understand. The good news is that he's expected to return at least a few times during the next season, so maybe he'll eventually figure it out. Whatever the excuse, it's a treat to see Newhart working his magic before a live audience on one of TV's most deserving smash hits.
Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, Lionsgate announced Thursday.
Peter Dinklage and Sophie Turner
Would you pledge your allegiance to House Stark or House Lannister?
Not everyone can be born to a noble house, and therefore Game of Thrones bannermen (and we peon-like fans) must align with the bigger, more powerful players. And while the Tyrells, Greyjoys, Baratheons and Targaryens have made some bold moves, the Lannisters and the Starks are the two main houses that are currently dividing Westerosi loyalties on HBO's fantasy drama (airing Sundays at 9/8c).
Charles Dance and Peter Dinklage
New additions to the family are a tricky thing on Game of Thrones.
On Sunday's episode, both Tyrion and Daenerys welcomed new members into their respective families. But while Daenerys acquired a strong and charismatic follower, Tyrion's fan club was sorely lacking. Who else felt the love? Who felt the loathing? TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "Second Sons":
Jonny Lee Miller and Natalie Dormer
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Elementary's season finale. Read at your own risk!]
Elementary finally unmasked Moriarty, but it probably wasn't who you were expecting.
After reuniting with Irene Alder (Natalie Dormer), whom Moriarty had apparently kept captive, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) begins to deduce that his former lover might be working with Moriarty, but sadly he was mistaken.