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Thursday Review: A Parks and Rec Farewell, Comedy Legends on Men

Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones

Emotions have been running high lately on NBC's best Thursday comedies. Saying goodbye to beloved characters can have that effect. Last week, Community sent Abed's playmate Troy (Donald Glover) off to sail the world with LeVar Burton, but not before staging one last epic stunt that turned Greendale into Lava World. This week, the focus shifts to a more grounded yet fictional Indiana — where, incidentally, there is an actual Greendale (I grew up there) — as Pawnee prepares a going-away bash for Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) and Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) on Parks and Recreation that may not be as surreal as Community's but compensates with a reservoir of genuine emotion and character-rich moments. read more

Weekend Playlist: Doctor Who and Other TV Legends (Burnett, Cosby), Plus: Red John!

Matt Smith, David Tennant

Who knew? Few could have foreseen the enduring success of Doctor Who given its inauspicious origins a half-century ago — a fascinating story of pluck, luck and imagination delightfully rendered in An Adventure in Space and Time, a new TV movie (Friday, 9/8c) airing as part of BBC America's 50th-anniversary Who celebration this weekend.

You don't have to be a Whovian to appreciate this jaunty re-creation of a simpler, scrappier time in TV history. A "year-ometer" (cute touch) dials back to 1963, when the staid BBC's brash new head of drama, Canadian showman Sydney Newman (a marvelously uncouth Brian Cox), greenlights a new sci-fi serial to appeal to kids and fickle sports fans. With a miniscule budget, an overheated "broom cupboard" of a studio and an edict of "no tin robots or BEM (bug-eyed monsters)," Newman appoints an unorthodox team to realize his vision: Verity Lambert (Call the Midwife's Jessica Raine), an ambitious pioneering female producer, and Waris Hussein (Sacha Dhawan), a novice Indian director.

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Keck's Exclusives: Betty White, Carol Burnett and Tim Conway Reunite on Hot In Cleveland

Carol Burnett and Betty White, insert Tim Conway and Betty White

Back on The Carol Burnett Show, the comedy queen and Betty White played sisters Eunice and Ellen Harper in the recurring "Mama's Family" sketches. More than three decades later, they're reuniting on the June 26 episode of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland. Carol Burnett guest stars as... read more

Carol Burnett and Tim Conway to Reunite on Hot in Cleveland

Carol Burnett

Comedy icons Carol Burnett and Tim Conway will reunite on an upcoming episode of Hot in Cleveland, TV Land announced Thursday.

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Queens of Comedy: Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett Talk Sketches and Becoming BFFs

Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett

No doubt about it, Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler is one of the funniest peeps on the planet. So who inspired her? As part of our ongoing series of interviews called "Icons & Innovators," we gave the former Saturday Night Live sensation a chance to chat with the comedy star she admires most: the legendary Carol Burnett. The winner of six Emmys — three of them for her beloved 1967-78 laughfest The Carol Burnett Show — Burnett came close to working with Poehler when they both did voice work in the hit animated film Horton Hears a Who! But these two comedy greats have never performed face-to-face. What's Hollywood waiting for?

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Cheers & Jeers: The Importance of Being Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine

Cheers to Ernest Borgnine for making Betty White look like a rookie.

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The recipient of the 2011 Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild is five years older than last year's winner (who somewhat improbably took home a SAG trophy this year for Hot in Cleveland). The guy has done it all, making 164 movies... read more

On the Set: NCIS Welcomes Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart and Mark Harmon

Shooting a scene in the autopsy lab on the NCIS set, Bob Newhart looks a bit absentminded, and an interloper might not know whether to chuckle. The TV legend is playing Dr. Walter Magnus, who preceded Ducky (David McCallum) as the unit's medical examiner. Looking over a corpse with Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Ducky suggests their old colleague add his forensic two cents. "Walter, why don't you jump into some scrubs? ...Walter?"

Newhart's hesitancy in responding isn't far off from the trademark stammer he made into a science on two of TV's most beloved sitcoms, The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78) and Newhart (1982-90). Since NCIS is a drama in touch with its lighter side, you might guess the visiting icon was cast in "Recruited" to capitalize on his levity. Not so. The former doc... read more

Joe Jonas Admits to "Geeking Out" While Filming Hot in Cleveland Guest Spot

Joe Jonas and Valerie Bertinelli

How did Joe Jonas react to working with Betty White?

By "totally geeking out [and] taking pictures," he tells TVGuide.com.

Joe Jonas wants to go from Disney to the dark side

On Wednesday's Hot in Cleveland, which stars Valerie Bertinelli , Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, the 20-year-old guest-stars as... read more

Week of April 14: My Top Five Moments

1. The Eli Stone finale. Tears, cheers, and Victor Garber sang again. Bring this show back! 2. Cirie orchestrating the ouster of Ozzy on Survivor. Love how holding the immunity idol can come back and bite you if you play it too smug—or don't play the idol at the right moment. (Just ask James.) 3. Kristy Lee leaving American Idol, finally. I would have been happy with a Syesha 2-fer. (Who’s singing Memory on Andrew Lloyd Webber night next week? The ears bleed in advance.) 4. Tim Conway on 30 Rock, shredding Kenneth the Page’s love for TV with his warped nostalgia for things like the “Jew room.” 5. Jim’s mock-proposal to Pam (he’s holding on to an actual ring!) at the end of an unpleasantly Michael-centric episode of The Office, which thankfully was back in the office this week. (There will probably be a sixth moment after watching tonight’s Battlestar Galactica.) read more

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