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Roush Review: Lifetime's Five, HBO's Enlightened

Jeanne Tripplehorn

They rarely make TV-movies like Lifetime's Five (Monday, 9/8c) anymore, and I really wish they would. A sensitively told issue-of-the-week anthology in the classic life-affirming tear-jerker tradition, the high-profile talent is on both sides of the camera in these intertwined vignettes dealing with breast cancer. Though the subject matter is wrenching, the tone here is more about emotional uplift, emphasizing the importance of bringing loved ones along for the fight.
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Social TV: 5 Must-Read Tips for Actors to Better Interact with Their Fans

Walden Schmidt

Monday's premiere of Two and a Half Men scored 28.7 million viewers — the best in its nine-season history. Did the addition of social media rock star Ashton Kutcher and his 7.7 million Twitter followers have something to do with it? We'll probably never know for sure, but there's no question that harnessing the power of a loyal online fan base is an invaluable asset for any celebrity. We asked Kendall Aliment, a digital strategist at ID-PR, for five ways for actors to better engage their fans... read more

CSI Finale: Will This Be the Final Langston-Haskell Showdown?

CSI

CSI's Ray Langston may finally have his shot to end Nate Haskell once and for all.

Finale Preview: Get scoop on 39 season-enders

Thursday's finale (9/8c, CBS) finds Langston (Laurence Fishburne) face-to-face with Haskell (Bill Irwin) inside the notorious Dick and Jane Killer's childhood home. Haskell has lured Langston there by kidnapping his ex-wife, Gloria (Tracee Ellis Ross), and Haskell hopes to prove once and for all that he and Langston are two sides of the same coin.

"Haskell and Langston are reflections of each other, at least in Haskell's mind, executive producer Carol Mendelsohn tells TVGuide.com... read more

Exclusive: Bob Newhart to Appear on Lifetime's Project Five

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart has joined Lifetime's new original movie Project Five, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Lifetime renews Army Wives, sets Diva premiere

An anthology of five short films, Project Five explores the impact of breast cancer on people's lives. Newhart, 81, will play ...
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Matt's Picks: April 25-28

Cee Lo Green

Glee (Tuesday, 8/7c, Fox)
Too much isn't always a good thing for this erratic yet always exuberant series, but with Lady Gaga music as the hook (including "Born This Way," which doubles as an episode title), this week's outing expands to 90 minutes. With prom looming, Quinn aims her sights on the title of queen — but so does the super-sized Lauren. Meanwhile, Mr. Shue is using the Gaga playlist to teach the glee club more musical life lessons in self-acceptance and embracing what makes each of them special.

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BET Renews The Game, Let's Stay Together

The Game

BET has renewed The Game for a fifth season.

The order is no surprise as the sitcom — rescued by BET after CW axed it two years ago — has been a ratings success for the network. The season premiere drew a record 7.7 million viewers and the season finale bowed out to 4.4 million.

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In addition, the network has picked up ...
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Girlfriends Goes Bye-Bye

Girlfriends by Darien Davis/Paramount Pictures/The CW

When Aaron proposed to Joan in Girlfriends' seventh-season finale, fans suspected that that episode was the series' swan song. But it wasn't. The show returned for an eighth and final season. But instead of going out with a bang, Girlfriends went out with a whimper — another victim of the writers' strike. Today, CW executives announced there will be no new post-strike Girlfriends episodes because the network has decided to "focus its creative and financial resources on shows that are in consideration for renewal next year." So Monday's episode, where Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) read her fiancé Aaron's letter to his former students and learned that he would be returning from Iraq in two weeks, will be the series' last. New episodes of its spin-off, The Game, are expected to premiere in March. "Although it's always difficult to say goodbye, I choose to focus my energy on the history that Girlfriends has made," Mara Brock Akil wrote in her official farewell statement. "I am imme... read more

Is This the End for the CW's Girlfriends?

Tracee Ellis Ross and Richard T. Jones by Lisa Rose/The CW

During Monday night's seventh-season finale of the CW's Girlfriends, William and Monica got back together; Maya and Darnell found a new house and bought back Darnell's old garage; and Aaron proposed to Joan. Basically, everyone got a happy ending — including Lynn (who'd landed her first regular paying gig only one week before). But it was all just too jubilant and tidy. Everyone and their mama showed up for Joan's surprise engagement party — her parents, her boss, her one-time assistant Peaches, and even her dry cleaner! The shindig could have easily doubled as a series farewell reunion show. And many who watched the finale had to wonder: Could this in fact be the end of Girlfriends? Insiders close to the show say CW execs have not tipped their hats either way. Officially speaking, creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil will not find out if Girlfriends will get an eighth season until next week, mere days before the CW's May 17 upfront advertising presentations in N... read more

NAACP Awards Play the Grey's Card

Grey's Anatomy was the big winner at the 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards, taking home a quartet of statues, including lead actor in a drama series for Isaiah Washington. The lightning-rod serial also came out on top in the best-drama, supporting-actress (Chandra Wilson) and writing (Shondra Rhimes' "It's the End of the World" episode) contests.ABC's Ugly Betty followed with three wins of its own, in the comedy-series, supporting-actress/comedy (Vanessa Williams) and writing/comedy categories.Among TV's other winners were Close to Home's Kimberly Elise (lead actress/drama), Everybody Hates Chris' Tyler James Williams and Girlfriends' Tracee Eliis Ross (in the lead-acting/comedy slots), House's Omar Epps (supporting actor/drama), and Girlfriends' Reggie Hayes (supporting actor/comedy). For the full list of winners, go here. read more

Tracee Ellis Ross: Listen Up, Girlfriends!

Tracee Ellis Ross, Girlfriends

Don't hate Girlfriends' Joan Clayton because she's beautiful. And has a successful business. And a great house. And, according to recent episodes, a great hookup for free clothes. When tonight's season finale gets under way (at 9 pm/ET on UPN), the lawyer-turned-sports-bar-owner will be a heartbroken mess because, well, after Joan dumped two of the three — yes, three! — guys she was dating, she got kicked to the curb by the third. Will Toni, Maya and Lynn be around to pick her up? Girlfriends star Tracee Ellis Ross dishes (sort of) about her character and (definitely) her own opinions on life. TV Guide: This has been some s read more

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