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"Chuck vs. the Truth"

The truth is out there... or was it? Tonight a poison expert (guest star Kevin Weisman) got to Chuck and his crew and exposed them all to some killer truth serum, causing Sarah and Casey to drop the spy act and tell it like it is. Sorta.Unfortunately Ellie got poisoned as well, and Chuck put her welfare before everything and everyone else. He had one dose of the antidote, and he gave it to her. Not a very spy-like move, but certainly a 100 percent Chuck choice. With time running out, Chuck realized how to track down the bad guy and got the antidote for everyone, but not before he got a painful confession from Sarah: Their fake relationship has no chance of getting real.And that makes things even more difficult for Chuck, who found someone who could be real, and right, for him. The O.C alum Rachel Bilson breezed into Chuck's life with a broken phone and a deli sandwich named after him — what's not to love? Too bad he already has a "girlfriend" in Sarah. You can't blame Chuck fo... read more

O.C. Cutie Woos NBC's Chuck, More Casting News

• Josh Schwartz's superbly entertaining NBC premiere Chuck is bringing on The O.C.'s own Rachel Bilson for a multi-episode run as a romantic option for the titular geek, says USA Today. For more on Chuck and the season's other new shows, listen to the special TV Guide Talk podcast, featuring me, Ausiello and Roush and available Friday.• Martin Mull has joined the TNT light-drama pilot Family Man, playing William H. Macy's older brother who can barely hold down a job at Astroburger. (I'm already laughing!)• Also per the Reporter, Anne Archer has boarded Lifetime's Family Practice pilot as the Kennedyesque clan's matriarch, opposite Beau Bridges.• Lifetime has inked a deal to develop a comedy project starring identical twins Natalie and Nicole Garza.• Judy Davis and James Purefoy (Rome) will topline Diamonds, a $15 million miniseries about a lady senator whose daughter is murdered in Africa, says Variety. read more

December 21, 2006: Baby New Year

Just to clarify: Seth’s not about to become a daddy, but Frank already is one. Let’s start with the main focus of the night, Seth and Summer. Is it wrong for me to sort of wish the pregnancy test had been positive? Purely for the reason of having a good soap-opera story line play out, because Seth’s and Summer’s relationship has been a little...well, boring this season. Not that they were ready to become parents, especially with Seth’s “gimme a high five” reaction when he thought the test was Taylor’s and not Summer’s. Seth, Seth, Seth – I was so disappointed in him. Well, at least he redeemed himself at the end, after he was able to figure out his true feelings for Summer (thanks to Ryan’s help) and propose to her before looking at the test results. The alien ring, Seth’s declaration of his love, Summer’s surprise and acceptance – it was all very sweet, if for just a moment. And then, suddenly, it all felt...wron... read more

December 14, 2006: It's a Wonderful Chrismukkah

‘Twas the night before Chrismukkah,when people worried through The O.C.Because Ryan wasn’t stirring,stuck in a coma was he.Chrismukkah is always very special on The O.C., and this installment didn’t disappoint. This year they borrowed a popular page from the TV Christmas Handbook and did their own “alt-universe” spin on It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey stand-in Ryan was able to see what life in Newport would have been like if he never arrived there, and it wasn’t pretty. But it was funny. Funniest of all had to be Summer, Chester’s “mindless bimbo” of a bride-to-be. Every time the clueless, bling-loving junior Newpsie was on screen I cracked up. And although the save-the-earth Summer that we have come to know the past few months can be a bit of a downer, this episode showed how things would have been much worse if Summer had gone in the opposite direction.Likewise, it showed Sandy going in a direction that strayed far from the et... read more

Do you think there's going to ...

Question: Do you think there's going to be some on-screen awkwardness between Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson now that they've split up in real life?


Answer: The word from the set is that they're both handling the split professionally and remain good friends.

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December 7, 2006: Blog Smog

So it’s really no surprise that Taylor keeps a blog, one that no less details “the erotic memoirs of a soulful college girl” (even though technically she’s not in college at the moment). What is surprising is how this show manages to keep Taylor and Ryan’s budding relationship so refreshingly adorable. I love how Taylor doesn’t even realize that Ryan’s asking her out at first, and gets all apologetic about their kiss (“I’m a lip-biter... sometimes I draw blood”). She’s self-deprecating, while he’s inadvertently insulting, calling her “weird” and “strange.” She stages elaborate soap-opera schemes (“What if I did rent a homosexual for the evening, and pay him with rare collectibles from Asian cinema?”), while he has fantasies involving roller skates and soapy window-washing that Seth deems “pedestrian” and “average.” This opposites-attract plotline isn’t an original conce... read more

Love Notes: Scrubs Engagement, O.C. Split and More

Scrubs cutie Sarah Chalke got engaged to longtime boyfriend Jamie Afifi last week during a Hawaiian getaway, reports People.... The O.C.'s Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, who have been dating since 2004, have called it quits, says Life & Style.... Lance Bass and Reichen Lehmkuhl have ended their (same-sex, shhh!) relationship, says People.... Dancing with the Stars' Willa Ford is engaged to NHL star Mike Modano, says Us, and plans to tie the knot once hockey season ends and the groom gets a final count on his teeth. read more

November 30, 2006: Not the Most Obvious Couple

Sure, Taylor was enamored with Ryan for rescuing her from her loveless marriage. And she appreciated the beauty of the sight of a shirtless Ryan. But what was the telltale sign that she had truly fallen for the guy? She actually thought the king of brooding was funny. And while Ryan’s far from Seth when it comes to witty retorts, Taylor has no problems in the humor department. Becoming someone’s uncertified sleep therapist is definitely a novel way to go about seducing someone. And she gets bonus points for the elaborateness of her approach: 50 candles, flannel pajamas and an offer to be a warm body. Her false denial when Ryan finally asked her whether she liked him was priceless, as well as somewhat believable. I can’t say that I fault him for not picking up on things initially — Taylor is a little bit kooky, and she’s always jumped into projects (like high school committees) with tremendous gusto, so attacking his insomnia with such tenacity wasn’t ou... read more

The O.C. Preview: How Marissa's Death Has Rocked Newport!

Ben McKenzie and Rachel Bilson, The O.C.

With Mischa Barton's Marissa gone, graduation over, and Kaitlin Cooper back in Newport for good, can The O.C. remain as juicy and scandalous as ever? You bet it can. With Marissa's death and everyone dealing with it in their own way, there's plenty of room for relationship turmoil, new story lines, and guest stars to stir the pot. When Season 4 premieres (Thursday, Nov. 2, at 9 pm/ET, on Fox; now streaming at MySpace.com), the twisted O.C. family is displaced and obviously changed five months after the season finale's fatal accident. With the very first glimpses of Ryan, it's hard not to think back to his Chino days, and with Summer starting her first semester at Brown University, things for the fake-tan-loving freshman have cl read more

Majoring in Angst
On The O.C., life after graduation and Marissa

One's natural reaction to The O.C.'s return (Thursday, Nov. 2 at 9 pm/ET) is to wonder, "Is that still on?" It's looking awfully creaky for a fourth-season show, as it picks up five months after May's tragic graduation finale. That's when golden-girl Marissa died, although some might say Mischa Barton had been playing dead for years. Did you know one of the stages of grief was getting yourself beaten senseless in cage matches? That's how her beau Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) is moodily coping, just another excuse for him to throw punches in his T-shirt. Meanwhile, her best friend Summer (Rachel Bilson) has shed her materialism as a Brown undergrad in Rhode Island, where she's busy with environmental protests. "I don't do sarcasm anymore. I'm post-ironic," she tells Seth (Adam Brody). Here's an inconvenient truth: She's not great company anymore, and neither's the show. Granted, read more

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