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Fairly Legal

Fairly Legal
10/9c USA
Sarah Shahi stars in USA's latest series as disenchanted lawyer Kate Reed, who decides to make a career switch. Eager to stop fighting and start actually solving problems, Kate decides to become a mediator. It's a transition that's immediately put to the test when she has to settle a dispute that could spell the end for her recently deceased father's law firm. — Brie Hearn

Read on for previews of Perfect Couples, Bones, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Royal Pains, CSI and Parks and Recreation. read more

American Idol Episode Recap: New Jersey Auditions

American Idol

And so it begins again. After one of the busiest off-seasons in American Idol history, Fox's reality juggernaut returns promising that, despite last year's questionable talent pool, sagging ratings and mass defections from the judges' table, "the best is yet to come" in Season 10. Host Ryan Seacrest even trotted out the word "epic." So, did the show live up to the hype? Let's find out... read more

From Show Choir to Ballsy Mediator: Meet Fairly Legal's Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi

Fairly Legal creator and executive producer Michael Sardo remembers exactly when he realized he had found his leading lady.

"I had seen 90 women when Sarah Shahi came in. When the casting director pulled out a pretend gun in the audition scene, they all backed up," Sardo tells TVGuide.com.  "Sarah's audition started, the casting director pulled out the fake gun, and she leaned in. Right then and there, I knew she was Kate."

Fearlessness was an important prerequisite for the role of mediator Kate Reed, the center of USA's new drama, Fairly Legal. After the sudden death of her father, both her mentor and best friend, Kate agrees to work for her difficult stepmother (Virginia Williams) to help keep her father's law firm afloat. When she's not settling disputes for bitter divorcees and powerful CEOs, Kate is also still dealing with her split from... read more

My Pawnee Valentine: The Cast of Parks and Recreation Explains Who's Hooking Up and Why

Amy Poehler, Adam Scott

When we last left Pawnee — a ridiculously long eight months ago — Parks and Recreation's romantic entanglements were only beginning to get, well, really tangled.

Visiting auditors Ben (Adam Scott)  and Chris (Rob Lowe) took a shine to Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ann (Rashida Jones), but Leslie kind of hated Chris' cynical attitude toward government, and Ann kind of hated that she got drunk and hooked up with Chris. Then there's April (Aubrey Plaza), who really hated Andy (Chris Pratt)  for letting Ann... read more

TV's New Romantic Comedies: How To Tell Them Apart

Perfect Couples, Mad Love

Love is in the air on network TV. From NBC's Perfect Couples to ABC's Happy Endings, each of the big four networks have new romantic comedies to kick off the new year. How to tell the difference between the young love on CBS' Mad Love and Fox's Traffic Light? TVGuide.com has worked up a handy guide to navigate prime time's web of romance. (Just be ready for some TV sitcom déjà vu.)

Olivia Munn: Why I left Attack of the Show!

Perfect Couples (Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC)
Premise: Three very different couples try to figure out the definition of the perfect relationship.
You Know Them From: Worst Week's Kyle Bornheimer, FlashForward's Christine Woods, Attack of the Show!'s Olivia Munn and... read more

The Big Bang Theory: Can Rick Fox Measure Up to Wolowitz?

Big Bang Theory

Rick Fox inspired a rather, well, big idea while visiting girlfriend Eliza Dushku when she filmed her guest spot on The Big Bang Theory last fall.

"I met the creators and showrunners ...
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On the Set: Vampire Diaries' Bonnie Really Wanted to Kiss Jeremy

Katerina Graham, Steven R. McQueen

Although The Vampire Diaries' Bonnie declined Jeremy's advances, star Katerina Graham says it wasn't a rejection — it was more for his protection.

"She doesn't want to see him hurt or killed, especially for her," Graham tells TVGuide.com, adding that Bonnie really did want to kiss him.

Vampire Diaries' Steven R. McQueen: Jeremy is throwing his heart on the line

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Joan Rivers: Fox News Canceled My Appearance Over Sarah Palin Remark

Joan Rivers

According to Joan Rivers, she has learned the power of Sarah Palin the hard way.

Rivers claims Fox News Channel canceled her Thursday morning appearance after TMZ reported that she called the former Alaska governor "stupid" and "a threat." Rivers, 77, tweeted about the incident Wednesday, writing, "Outcome: DON'T PISS OFF SARAH PALIN. She's apparently... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Glee's Valentine's Day Set List

Glee

Let's hope you haven't had your fill of silly love songs, because there's a colorful collection of classics — both old and new — lined up for Glee's February 8 Valentine's Day episode. "The name of the episode is 'Silly Love Songs,'" Matthew Morrison (Will) tells me. "My assignment to the kids is to have them... read more

What Did Owen Wilson Name His Son?

Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson and girlfriend Jade Duell have named their new son... read more

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