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Ask Matt: Mother Finale, More Good Wife Reaction, Americans, NCIS

Josh Radnor, Cristin Milioti

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Question: I imagine you must be getting flooded with questions and/or ranting about the finale of How I Met Your Mother. I was among those who left the finale feeling incredibly sad, not what I expect from a show that's kept me laughing (and sometimes crying) for the last nine years, even when others were saying that the quality had declined. The thing is, when looked at objectively, I don't even have a major problem (Major Problem!) with the content of the finale. Yes, people get divorced and people die. People get remarried after both, and I've known several people in my own life who have reconnected with an old girlfriend or high-school sweetheart after the death of a spouse. It doesn't invalidate the marriage or even lessen the feelings of loss. The finale itself had great moments: the high-infinity, Marshall's "positive talk" about his corporate job, Judge Fudge, the mother's Gore/Lieberman costume, robots versus wrestlers, etc. Seeing Barney with a child was wonderful, although I did think he had grown more than immediately going back to his old ways after his divorce. And the scene on the platform was near perfection as they wove in how their almost-shared history was influencing their connection, making the whole nine-year story relevant to how he'd actually met the mother. (By the way, one more TM would be the name we've known Tracy by: The Mother.)

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Tuesday TV: A Henson Challenge, Brooklyn Finale, NCIS's Big Easy Spinoff

Gigi Edgley

If you like Syfy's Face Off (as I do), then you're already predisposed to enjoy the channel's new reality competition series Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesday, 10/9c), which often feels like a shot-by-shot copy, complete with fetching female host (Farscape's Gigi Edgley), insane time pressures in producing elaborately fanciful Henson-esque creatures, and a three-member judging panel including the likable Brian Henson (Jim's son and chairman of the Henson Company with its fabled Creature Shop). What Creature Shop may lack in originality it makes up for in creative energy, with the contestants further challenged in mentoring sessions by being made to focus on having the full-body costumes be fully functional for the skilled Henson puppeteers within. The climactic "Screen Test" reveals are fun to watch, and the critiques (as in Face Off) are smartly constructive.

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NCIS Creator Gary Glasberg: Tuesday's Spin-Off Episode Is a "Love Letter to New Orleans"

Mark Harmon, Scott Bakula

NCIS will set the stage for its upcoming New Orleans-based spin-off on Tuesday's episode (8/7c, CBS), the first of a two-parter that follows Gibbs (Mark Harmon) to the Big Easy. There, he teams up with his former colleague Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) to investigate the murder of a former NCIS member who was Pride's mentor.

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NCIS: New Orleans Casts Fast & Furious Star

Lucas Black

Fast & Furious star Lucas Black has joined the cast of CBS' NCIS: New Orleans, TVLine.com reports.

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Sons of Anarchy Star CCH Pounder Joins NCIS: New Orleans

CCH Pounder

Sons of Anarchy star CCH Pounder has signed on for the NCIS: New Orleansspin-off, TVLine reports.

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NCIS: New Orleans Casts Scott Bakula, JAG Alum

Scott Bakula

NCIS: New Orleans has nabbed Scott Bakula for the lead role, TVLinereports.

Bakula will play NCIS Special Agent Pride, who's driven by the need to do what's right.

NCIS boss on the "challenge" of Ziva's exit and "very positive" reaction to Bishop

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Exclusive Video: Star Trek: Enterprise Season 3 Beams on to Blu-ray

Star Trek Enterprise

They boldly went into space a century before Captain James T. Kirk. Now the intrepid crew members of Star Trek: Enterprise are continuing their voyage into the universe of high def. Star Trek: Enterprise — Season 3 makes its Blu-ray debut Tuesday, Jan. 7 with a six-disc set that includes all 24 episodes, plus cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes, archival mission logs and the all-new featurette "Temporal Cold War: Declassified."

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Scott Bakula Explores Star Trek: Enterprise's Legacy With Blu-Ray Release

Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 1 of Enterprise, the fifth (and so far final) Star Trek TV series finally arrives on Blu-ray Tuesday. Besides all 25 episodes, the six-disc set is chock full of special features including an eight-part documentary including new cast and crew interviews about the launching of the space exploration prequel series and behind—the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, cast commentary, and a frank conversation with shows creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who admits his true feelings about Diane Warren's theme song. Scott Bakula, aka Captain Jonathan Archer, commander of the Enterprise NX-01, shares some memories and what else is in the stars for him.

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Desperate Housewives' Dirty Laundry: Bree Van de Kamp's Wild Ride

Marcia Cross

Desperate Housewives wraps its eight-season run on Sunday, May 13 (9/8c on ABC) and what a long, strange trip it's been for the ladies of Wisteria Lane! As we prepare to kiss our favorite harried housewives goodbye, TVGuide.com takes a look back at each of the four protagonists' biggest triumphs, greatest downfalls and all the juicy hookups, makeups and breakups in between.

Check back every day this week for our takes on the other Housewives' wild rides.

Name: Bree Van de Kamp (formerly Hodge)
Known For: Perfect manners, conservative values, cooking skills, firearms skills, alcoholism
Marriages: Rex Van de Kamp (widowed), Orson Hodge (divorced)
Children: Andrew and Danielle (one additional faked pregnancy, to cover for... read more

Desperate Housewives Videos: 5 Scandalous Sneak Peeks of the Series Finale

Desperate Housewives

[SPOILER ALERT! If you don't want even the tiniest hints about what is going to happen on the Desperate Housewives series finale, do not play any of these clips! Don't say we didn't warn you.]

There's only two hours left of Desperate Housewives, but the ladies of Wisteria Lane have a lot of loose ends to tie up before they say goodbye... read more

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