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Questions: A couple of questions on NBC's Monday night lineup. First, what has your opinion been on Chuck this year? I never thought I would say this, but I find myself wishing they had tied up everything last year, when I thought Chuck was at an all-time high in quality. This season has seemed extremely uneven and uninspired to me, with the usually unbearable Buy More plotlines made even worse by the fact that there isn't a whole lot going on in the A-plot week to week either. Your thoughts?

Secondly, I have been enjoying The Event a great deal, but find myself not caring at all whenever the scene shifts to Sean and Leila. Everything they are involved in just seems so small and trite compared to the big conspiracy storyline, and I also don't find myself impressed by those actors' performances. I understand that since Lost and the brilliant work that show did with its characters, all of these high-concept shows have tried to incorporate the everyday hero to resonate with viewers, but the difference there (other than character portrayal) is that those heroes were thrust into the meat of the plot, rather than being relegated to the side plots we have seen in The Event. I just find myself thinking ... read more

Barbara Walters on Oprah and Her 10 Most Fascinating People

Casts of Jersey Shore and Barbara Walters

The holidays are approaching, which means it's time for a Barbara Walters special or two. The ABC News veteran is hosting back-to-back shows on December 9: Oprah: The Next Chapter (9/8c) and the 18th annual 10 Most Fascinating People (10/9c), in which Sarah Palin all but announces her 2012 presidential run.

As for Oprah, "The interview is extremely personal," says Walters. "She talks about ... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Original V Star Marc Singer Returns to ABC's V!

Marc Singer

The excitement just keeps on building for ABC's V. Following the awesome news that Jane Badler will be appearing as Anna's evil mother Diana comes word that Jane's original V co-star ... read more

Matt's Picks: November 29 - December 2

Detroit 1-8-7

Restrepo (Monday, 9/8c, National Geographic Channel)

Combat has rarely been captured with such authentic immediacy and gritty urgency as in this wrenching you-are-there Afghan War chronicle from Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) and Tim Hetherington. Their cameras capture the near-constant tension of life (and, naturally, death) with a platoon stationed in a treacherous outpost — named for a beloved fallen medic — where the next firefight attack could come at any moment. There are moments of raunchy levity and rowdy rough-housing as the men settle in to this no-man's-land, but the overall impact is devastating. There's a reason this has already been short-listed in the documentary feature category at this year's Oscars. ...

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Jason London and Girlfriend Are Engaged

Sofia Karstens and Jason London

Jason London and his girlfriend, Sofia Karstens, are engaged, E! Online reports.

London, 38, proposed Saturday night in Los Angeles with a ring passed down by Karstens' grandmother.

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Pair of Kings Star Kelsey Chow Never Hesitated About Attending College

Kelsey Chow

How does Pair of Kings' Kelsey Chow balance college with her career?

"I'm very lucky to have a strong support system with my friends and my family," she says. "They have kept me grounded."

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Poll: Which Canceled Show Deserves More Time?

Rubicon

Unfortunately, even promising television sometimes gets the ax. Intricate, intelligent writing didn't keep AMC from crossing off Rubicon, and Huge's witty teen dialogue and emotional depth failed to win a huge audience. Not even super producer JJ Abrams or the combined star power of Maura Tierney and Rob Morrow could rescue Undercovers or The Whole Truth, respectively. So we ask: Which of these canceled shows deserves more time?

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

Chuck

Chuck
8/7c NBC
Post-Thanksgiving is filled with complications for Chuck when unforeseen guests arrive for a Turkey Day leftovers meal. It all turns "fowl" for Chuck, whose personal world continues to collide with his spy life. Guess who's coming to dinner? That would be his good old mom (Linda Hamilton). We then turn our attention to the Buy More, where Morgan gears up for the year's most hectic shopping day. As for Jeff and Lester (AKA "Jeffster"), the two "buy morons" hatch their latest scheme. Elsewhere, Ellie is still digging up family clues left behind by her late father. Timothy Dalton and Monet Mazur guest star. As for Chuck, he's in luck: The series returns with new episodes on Jan. 17. — Dean Maurer

Read on for previews of College Basketball, Lie to Me, Unanswered Prayers, CMA Country Christmas and 90210. read more

Leslie Nielsen of Airplane! and Naked Gun Fame Dies at 84

Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen, whose career went from officious and villainous types to the hilariously buffoony roles in Airplane! and the Naked Gun movies, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia, his agent told TVGuide.com. He was 84.

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He was surrounded by family when he died in a hospital near his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home.

The actor had a whole career before becoming one of the funniest guys in movies. He typically played people who were quite humorless.

Before his starring roles in The Poseidon Adventure and Forbidden Planet, he appeared in several live television series such as Lights Out, Tales of Tomorrow and Armstrong Circle Theatre.

A student of the Actors Studio, the Canadian-born Nielsen went on to appear in innumerable episodes of various TV series, spanning the Golden Age of Television and its anthologies including... read more

NCIS' Michael Weatherly Set to Make His Directorial Debut

Michael Weatherly, NCIS

NCIS star Michael Weatherly will pull double duty later this season as he makes his directorial debut.

"I like cameras and I like sets and the surgical nature of make believe that happens — the whole process," Weatherly tells TVGuide.com. "I love all aspects of production, and I have a great deal of respect for the whole craft. I'm really excited about directing; it's an extension of my curiosity about film and TV."

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Weatherly expects to go behind the camera for an episode filming in January. He says the crew may also document his directorial experience for a special feature on the forthcoming Season 8 DVD.

Weatherly, who has made known his desire to direct for some time... read more

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