If I counted right, you can hear Betty White say "I'm the luckiest broad on two feet" at least three times during the course of the "Funny Ladies" retrospective that kicks off a new season of PBS' Pioneers of Television (check tvguide.com listings). Who could or would want to doubt her? The evidence is right there in clips and stills from this living legend's earliest TV appearances in the 1940s and '50s, establishing her as a versatile broadcaster and gung-ho performer even before Lucille Ball made us fall in love with her — and blazing a trail for all who would follow.
It's a good time to be Seth MacFarlane, with a hit movie (Ted) under his belt, a gig as Oscar host in his future, and a mini-empire on the Fox network, whose Sunday "Animation Domination" lineup is overrun with his shows, most notably and memorably Family Guy. Not many shows that got canceled early in its run (after several seasons of incredibly incompetent scheduling), only to be resurrected on the strength of DVD sales and a cult cable following, manage to live on to mark a 200th-episode milestone.
TNT's programming slate includes a drama starring Eric McCormack, projects from John Wells and Mitch Albom and a TNT Tuesday Night Mystery, while TBS hopes to build on its "Very Funny" motto with The Wedding Band.
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Are there any good story lines coming up for Cristina and Owen on Grey's Anatomy? — Heather
NATALIE: Meredith and Callie might be on the baby train, but Cristina is definitely not. Which is bad news for Owen, who's going to start to get the procreation itch himself, according to Kevin McKidd. "They rushed into their marriage at the start of the season, and the conversations they never quite had on fundamental things about life, not just children, are going to start to creep back in," he tells us. "There are going to be some bumps for them."
I love Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) together on Parks and Recreation. What's next for them? — Barry
NATALIE: "There's a surprise twist to their relationship. Ann is very concerned that he is cheating on her," executive producer Mike Schur reveals. "[An upcoming] episode is about...
When last we saw Peter Cambor on NCIS: Los Angeles, his character, operational psychologist Nate Getz, was packing up his office for a secret assignment.
Exclusive: What's next for NCIS: Los Angeles' Nate?
Nate returns in Tuesday's episode, and while the team reunion may be sweet, don't expect an abundance of revelations about Nate's disappearance.
"The mystery still remains as to where exactly he's gone, but what you need to know is he's done some special training to improve the skill set he already has," Cambor tells TVGuide.com. "You get to see my new skills come to use, and I'll say it's not like he went to typing school."
Indeed, Nate goes undercover at a prison with Sam...