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Matt's Picks: October 18-21

Raising Hope

How I Met Your Mother (Monday, 8/7c, CBS)
House's loss is Mother's gain, as Jennifer Morrison begins a recurring role as the new woman in Ted's life. Sparks fly when Ted encounters Zoey, an outspoken activist passionately committed to saving the landmark building that's slated to be torn down for the new GNB headquarters — Ted's architectural dream project. In other House news regarding a famous Jennifer, you're not seeing double, but ... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Terrence Howard Lays Down the Law

Terrence Howard

Cheers to Terrence Howard for his passionate performance on Law & Order: Los Angeles.

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As suave Deputy DA Jonah Dekker, the Oscar-nominated actor (Hustle & Flow) may be the most purely charismatic cast member on any L&O show since Chris Noth. And when he butts heads with Peter Coyote's more politically minded DA, it's a battle of seductively gravelly voices to rival Alec Baldwin and Will Arnett's verbal smackdowns on 30 Rock... read more

Terrence Howard Draws from Nelson Mandela, Thurgood Marshall for Law & Order: Los Angeles

Law & Order: Los Angeles

After spending the summer playing Nelson Mandela for the upcoming film Winnie, Terrence Howard just couldn't let go of the South African president-activist so easily. So he found a way to bring Mandela to his newest role, Deputy District Attorney Jonah "Joe" Dekker on Law & Order: Los Angeles.

"The most important part of him was his legal appetite and his appetite for moral rightness. When we finished the movie, I wasn't finished being a lawyer," Howard told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.

Law & Order: Los Angeles' Terrence Howard says character is show's "moral compass"

Added executive producer Rene Balcer: "He did the read-through in Nelson Mandela's voice. That was quite an experience to hear... read more

Law & Order: Los Angeles' Terrence Howard Says Character Is Show's "Moral Compass"

Terrence Howard

Last week, Law & Order: Los Angeles fans got their first look at Alfred Molina behind the prosecutor's table as Deputy District Attorney Ricardo Morales. This week, viewers will meet his counterpart, D.D.A. Jonah "Joe" Dekker... read more

Meet the New Law & Order: Los Angeles DDA

Law & Order: Los Angeles

Welcome to LawLaw Land! This new Law & Order spin-off drops the gavel in L.A. with a pair of movie stars — Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard — headlining the cast.

"When this came up, it was a dream come true, a chance to work on a show with a wonderful history and with a creative energy that is still very relevant," says veteran film actor Molina. Molina, the onetime villain Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2, plays ... read more

VIDEO: Exclusive First Look at Peter Coyote on Law & Order: Los Angeles

Peter Coyote

Following in the footsteps of former senator Fred Thompson and Sam Waterston, Peter Coyote steps into the lead district attorney role when Law & Order: Los Angeles premieres Wednesday. According to the 68-year-old character actor, it did not take much to convince him to join the show. "When [series creator] Dick Wolf called me to do this, he just ran down the cast list," Coyote says. "I said yes; I mean how can you turn this crew down?"

In this video, Coyote talks about... read more

Law & Order in Review: A Classic Transported to L.A. and U.K.

Skeet Ulrich

The most radical departure in NBC's Law & Order: Los Angeles (Wednesday, 10/9c) isn't the new location, but the lack of a portentous "these are their stories" intro. It's not the only thing that has been lost in the transition. 

The pilot episode (which includes a brief glimpse of Wanda de Jesus as the police lieutenant, replaced afterward by ... read more

What Are the 10 Most Anticipated New Fall Shows?

Alex O'Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0), Jason Ritter (The Event) and Skeet Ulrich (Law and Order: Los Angeles)

Hawaii Five-0The Event and Law & Order: Los Angeles are the most eagerly anticipated new fall shows of TVGuide.com's TV Team research panel.

Fall Preview: Get scoop on 28 new shows

The shows were the top ... read more

Teri Polo Cast in Law & Order: Los Angeles

Teri Polo

Teri Polo has joined the cast of Law & Order: Los Angeles, an NBC rep tells TVGuide.com.

The 41-year-old Meet the Parents star — alongside the cat and Ben Stiller — has been cast in the recurring role of... read more

Mega Buzz: Cristina's Grey's Breakdown, Mitchell's Hidden Past, and CSI: NY's New Face

Sandra Oh, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sela Ward

Every week, senior editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

What's Cristina up to when Grey's Anatomy returns? — Jenni
ADAM: She won't be great. While Cristina is usually the rock the other docs lean on, her reaction to the traumatic season finale rampage takes longer to sort out than some of the other surgeons. In fact, when she is finally cleared to go back into surgery, an accident in the OR freaks her out so much that she collapses into a sobbing mess on the floor.

Can we get some more Modern Family scoop? — Rusty
MICKEY: If you were as tickled as we were to discover that Mitchell and Claire were once an figure-skating duo named Fire and Ice, you're going to love the next nugget... read more

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