There's not much that Fox, sitting so pretty, and coming-from-behind NBC have in common. But as each network demonstrated in their noisy Upfront presentations on Monday, music is key to their future.
NBC has The Voice and the midseason musical drama Smash. Fox has Glee (which opened the Upfront with a Warblers number and a diatribe by Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester), American Idol (which closed the show with a medley sung by this season's also-rans, accompanied by So You Think You Can Dance veterans) and the upcoming fall "tentpole" The X Factor, which will take over Idol's Wednesday and Thursday berths. This newest network singing competition was the centerpiece of Fox's event, with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and the rest of The X Factor talent taking the stage — with Randy Jackson tagging along until Simon shooed him off, and Paula Abdul cooing "I love you, Simon," when prompted to speak.
The Peacock has finally found its voice. But as a critical new season of rebuilding beckons, they've got to be careful not to wear it out.
That was the takeaway from NBC's cautiously optimistic kickoff to Network Upfront Week on Monday, as new NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced, "Today is the start to the road to recovery," while warning the turnaround could take years. Unspoken was the acknowledgement that it could hardly get worse. While not everything on the new season's slate looks like a winner, NBC is once again showing signs of life. And by midseason, when the new shows look to be much stronger, the buzz is likely to get much louder.
Tuesday's season finale of NCIS won't allow Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team much time to mourn the sad death of Mike Franks (Muse Watson).
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As shown in the closing moments of last week's episode, E.J. Barrett (Sarah Jane Morris) and her team were on the wrong end of the Port-to-Port Killer's gun. Regardless of how that all works out, the deadly turns continue when P2P, aka Lt. Jonas Cobb (guest star Kerr Smith), gets his hands on Ziva (Cote de Pablo). That not only puts DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) on high alert, but also brings about the return of Ziva's CIA boyfriend, Ray (Enrique Murciano).
"We brought everybody in and they all join forces," executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TVGuide.com...
Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles
It's been a busy — and heart-wrenching — couple of weeks on The Good Wife.
Moments after becoming Mrs. State's Attorney, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) learned about Peter's one-night-stand with Kalinda (err, Leila) and kicked him out. Last week, she drew enemy lines against Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) after two years of friendship. In the midst of the blow-ups, the tears and the divorce talk, has a chance for Alicia and Will (Josh Charles) to be together finally emerged?
"The nature of what's transpired with Alicia and Peter, Alicia and Kalinda — these things push Alicia and Will closer together as friends," Charles tells TVGuide.com. "I think — at its core — there is a deep love...
James Frey, Oprah Winfrey
As a worshipful fan wearing a red cape and tiara brandishes a large sign that says farewell, oprah, the queen of talk, the object of her devotion is across the street on her Chicago set chanting in triumph, "Twenty-five years, twenty-five years, twenty-five years!"
It's eight episodes prior to the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show and all 315 audience members are supercharged, knowing it's their last chance to attend a taping. During ad breaks, Winfrey — her casual jeans and tee offset by a gold-spangled cardigan and shoes — grabs every opportunity to remind them of the extraordinary number of years the show that changed daytime TV has been on the air...
Kym Johnson and Hines Ward
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba wasn't the only one in tears Monday night after watching football great Hines Ward and Kym Johnson conquer the Argentine tango on Dancing With the Stars. Many in the audience were crying, too. Just before the dance, they had witnessed Friday's rehearsal footage and the dance trick that went horribly wrong, sending Johnson to the hospital...