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Watercooler: Only Skins Deep?

Skins

Unless you've been living under a rock where pop-up ads, Twitter feeds and word of mouth are forbidden, you know that MTV revealed its Skins last night. And while less frisky than the source material — the scorchingly brazen British series about drug-addled, sex-obsessed teens — the U.S. version wants to shock as much as the kids want to boff.

Does it succeed? Well, like the characters in search of hooking up, sort of. Following the template.... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Two and a Half Men — The Sheen is Off

Charlie Sheen

Jeers to Two and a Half Men for treating its star's dead-serious self-destruction as a joke.

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CBS' inexplicably long-running sitcom continues to make light of Charlie Sheen's real-life debauchery, even as his alarmingly gaunt and haggard appearance reflects the toll it's taking on him... read more

Ask Matt: Good Wife, Fringe, Downton Abbey, Community Roger Ebert & More

The Good Wife

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

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Question:
What on earth were the writers thinking when they wrote the January 11 episode of The Good Wife? All the lawyers and investigators acted in a disgusting and sleazy manner, and the gratuitous violence against women done by the male investigator was unforgivable. One more repugnant episode like this one and I won't be watching the show. — Ruth

Matt Roush: I'm betting your reaction is exactly what the show's writers were hoping to evoke (that week, the script was credited to show creators/executive producers Robert and Michelle King). Maybe not the "I'm quitting you" thing, but revulsion for sure. The entire purpose of the episode was to show our quasi-heroes in a negative light. These are not saints, not even Alicia. And I'm glad the show allows us to see that her moral quandaries don't stop with her husband but often extend to her work. Even good lawyers and good wives play dirty, and The Good Wife expects the viewer to be able to handle that. It's refreshing to see a mainstream network drama go a little dark once in a while. That's why they call it drama... read more

Howard Stern Calls Jay Leno a "Crook" on TV Interview

Howard Stern

Howard Stern says that Jay Leno is a "crook."

In an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, the shock jock calls the NBC late-night host "insane" and accuses him of stealing sketch ideas.

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Lee Majors to Guest-Star on $#*! My Dad Says

Lee Majors

Lee Majors will appear on $#*! My Dad Says, William Shatner announced Tuesday on Twitter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 1970s TV star will play an arrogant millionaire who competes against Ed (Shatner) for Rosemary (Jean Smart). The episode will air Feb. 3.

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Regis Philbin Leaving Live with Regis and Kelly

Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin plans to leave the daytime talk show he's co-hosted for 28 years by fall.

At the start of Tuesday morning's show, Philbin, 79, told the Live with Regis and Kelly audience: "This will be my last year on this show."

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The King’s Speech, Black Swan Lead BAFTA Nominations

The King's Speech

The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth as King George VI, received a leading 14 nominations for the latest British Academy Film Awards, Britain's equivalent of the Academy Awards.

Coming off of his win at Sunday's Golden Globes, Firth was nominated for leading actor and is up against Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Javier Bardem (Biutiful) and James Franco  (127 Hours).

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011

Life Unexpected

Life Unexpected
8/7c CW
The CW has not officially canceled this show, but they didn't pick up a full season of episodes for Season 2, so things don't look good for the show's fans. In this two-hour season finale, it's somewhat fitting that characters find unexpected things happening. Baze makes big plans for a future with Emma, unaware of the past she shares with his father. Then Lux arranges to enjoy a romantic meal with Eric, but is shocked when her parents arrive to throw a wrench in those plans. — Jennifer Sankowski

Read on for previews of The Biggest Loser, NCIS, No Ordinary Family, Pioneers of Television, White Collar and College Basketball. read more

Piers Morgan Debuts on CNN; 25 Years To Go?

Piers Morgan

One show down. A mere 25 years to go. That's if Piers Morgan is going to last as long as the guy he's replacing on ratings-challenged CNN — Larry King.

The British host, best known in the U.S. as a judge on America's Got Talent, will now be judged. Apparently, he hopes the judges will be as kind as they were with his predecessor and first guest, Oprah Winfrey, someone else with a quarter-century endurance record on television.

Piers Morgan on the banning of Madonna, butt-kicking of CNN

The host of Piers Morgan Tonight (weeknights at 9/8c) has gone on record with his disdain for an eminence grise like Madonna — clearly trying to show his outrageousness. Maybe he doesn't know America so well: These days, that'll make you more a face in the crowd than a distinctive persona.

Despite what he promised, Morgan displayed... read more

Life Unexpected Creator: "The Promise of the Pilot Is Paid Off in the Finale"

Life Unexpected

Although the CW's Life Unexpected has been all but canceled, creator Liz Tigelaar was tasked with writing a finale that could serve as a series-ender that would satisfy fans.

A show about two unlikely parents whose 16-year-old child enters their lives, Life Unexpected stars Shiri Appleby as Cate and Kristoffer Polaha as Baze, opposites who hooked up at the high school prom and subsequently produced a child. After giving her daughter up for adoption, Cate went on to become a successful radio host whose life with boyfriend Ryan (Kerr Smith) was rocked when said child, Lux (Britt Robertson), re-entered her life. 

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