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Question: This TV mid-season has brought us three dramas about serial killers: The Following, Hannibal and Bates Motel. Why do competing networks often program similar TV shows? Remember the recent explosion of shows set in the 1960s (The Playboy Club, Pan Am, The Hour)? Last year we had the more successful slate of fantasy universe-meets-modern universe shows (Grimm, Once Upon a Time). What gives? Are the networks just waiting around for word of what their rivals are doing so that they can make a duplicate? Or is it all just coincidence? — Sam
Billy Burke, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Rhys
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Thanks for all the scoop on Revolution. What the heck is the tower?! — Clark
NATALIE: We will see the tower of power before the end of the season, co-executive producer David Rambo says. "It's very much like the cave that the Dragon guards in mythology," he says. "It's a place of a lot of power and it's dangerous for everybody who goes in there. Whoever controls the tower, controls the power."
Will the FBI ever do something right on The Following? They can't all be that stupid, can they? — Jason
ADAM: We can't speak for the whole Bureau, but...
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys
Felicity as Mata Hari? The mind reels. And yet there's Keri Russell, once America's sweetheart on The WB, bewigged and brazenly seducing classified secrets out of a Department of Justice stooge in the opening minutes of FX's engrossing spies-among-us drama The Americans (Wednesday, 10/9c).
USA has canceled legal dramedy Fairly Legal after two seasons, Deadline reports.
The cancellation comes a day after USA also killed buddy cop comedy Common Law. Fairly Legal, which premiered in January 2011, starred Sarah Shahi (Life) as a successful mediator who must work for...
Fairly Legal star Sarah Shahi will soon be heating things up on NBC's Chicago Fire. The actress has signed on to appear in at least five episodes of the Dick Wolf-produced drama....
Cheers to Virginia Williams for letting her hair down — literally and figuratively — on Fairly Legal.
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The How I Met Your Mother alum spent Season 1 of USA's quirky dramedy emanating a...
The latest dazzling nature epic from the good folks at Discovery will chill you in all the right ways. The team of producers from Discovery and the BBC Natural History Unit, responsible for the sumptuous breakout hits Planet Earth and Life, are now introducing armchair travelers to Frozen Planet (Sunday, 8/7c), an endlessly fascinating seven-part foray into the most remote and unforgiving regions of the Arctic and Antarctic.
When Fairly Legal returns for Season 2 on Friday (9/8c on USA), it will be a different world for Kate Reed, star Sarah Shahi tells TVGuide.com.
"The things she found most comfortable in life: Justin, her boat, some of her work, we've pulled that out from underneath from her," Shahi says. "She doesn't have a security blanket anymore. She's being forced to become an adult a...
Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller
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Question: Just wondering about Terra Nova and the rumors that they'll be shopping it around to another network. It took them pretty much forever to get the first season prepared, I'm assuming because of the special effects. If they wind up on another network, that probably means a smaller budget, faster production, fewer dinosaurs, more focus on the people, character-driven stories, etc. Right? Sounds entertaining to me. (I do confess, though Terra Nova struck me as a bit of a mess in some ways, I was looking forward to seeing how the story played out.)
Mary McCormack and Sarah Shahi
The final season of In Plain Sight will premiere in March, USA announced Wednesday.
The Mary McCormack-led series will kick off its fifth and final season on Friday, March 16 at 10/9c. In Plain Sight will follow Fairly Legal, which debuts its second season at...