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Watercooler: Premiere Week Survival Guide, Part 1

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Don't know about you, folks, but our DVRs earned their pay last night!

With the 2010 fall TV season finally in full swing, Mondays suddenly became about a lot more than Bachelor Pads and Real Housewives. It was a new-show bonanza across the dial and honestly, it was kind of impossible to keep up. NBC gave us the always-awesome Chuck, the enticing "are they aliens?" mythology of The Event and the not-so-enticing "are they kidding us with these clichés?" of Chase. Fox dropped its soapy new Lone Star right after the season premiere of House (loved one, liked another). CBS brought back ... read more

CSI: Miami Gets Psychic for Sweeps and Holds Out Hope for Lady Gaga

CSI: Miami

CSI: Miami is welcoming some psychic friends for a special sweeps episode. On November 7, Southland's Shawn Hatosy guest stars as a murder suspect with no recollection of how he ended up in the proximity of a dead body. To verify his story, CSI Natalia Boa Vista (Eva La Rue) goes undercover and investigates a suspicious psychic, played by Beth Littleford (The Hard Times of RJ Berger). "She's drugged him, but I don't believe the drug story," says La Rue. "So I go under cover and she drugs me."

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Fall Preview: Raising Hope Delivers the Funny

Raising Hope, Lucas Neff

"There's gotta be more to life than cleaning the same pool over and over!" declares Raising Hope's 23-year-old Jimmy Chance. "There isn't," his mother replies, before heading out for a day of scrubbing toilets. 

"I'm just drawn to ... read more

Soap Veteran Kim Zimmer Joins One Life to Live

Kim Zimmer

Can one soap possibly contain Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser and Kim Zimmer without imploding? We'll find out October 1, when Guiding Light alum Zimmer returns to One Life to Live as Echo DiSavoy, a role she was fired from 27 years ago. Back then, Echo sneakily seduced Clint Buchanan and tried to get him convicted of murder. And she's still a hell-raiser. ... read more

Ratings: Dancing Dominates Premiere Night; Lone Star Disappoints

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Karina Smirnoff

On the first official night of the fall TV season, Dancing with the Stars led ABC to a ratings win, while Fox's Lone Star was the night's biggest disappointment, according Nielsen estimates.

Dancing's two-hour premiere averaged 21 million viewers and improved 22 percent in the adults-18-to-49 demographic over last fall. Leading out of Dancing, Castle (11.2 million viewers) also saw a 22 percent bump in the demo versus last year... read more

Lindsay Lohan Drops Suit Against E*Trade

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan has withdrawn her lawsuit against E*Trade, The Associated Press reports.

Lohan dropped the lawsuit — in which she claimed the financial company based the "milkaholic" baby named Lindsay in its ad after her — on Monday, according to a Manhattan court filing. read more

Backstage at Opening Night of Dancing With the Stars

Dancing with the Stars

"I'm about to vomit," said Barbara Chase, moments before the curtain rose on Season 11 of Dancing With The Stars. Chase, suffering from nervous tension, is the proud daughter of "America's Mom," Brady Bunch veteran Florence Henderson, who at 76 is the show's star senior citizen. "She's always stayed in shape," said Chase, "but this is so hard." Is it like going from zero to 60 in terms of her physical stamina? "No, not zero. More like 35 to 60. But still..."

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HBO Renews Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire has been renewed for a second season after airing one episode, HBO announced Tuesday.

"The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing," HBO president Michael Lombardo said.

Fall TV Popularity Contest: What did you think of Boardwalk Empire?

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Keck's Exclusives: Will Forte Returns to How I Met Your Mother

Will Forte

What are you going to do now, MacGruber? How about return to CBS's How I Met Your Mother? In his first move since leaving the cast of Saturday Night Live, Will Forte (aka MacGruber) is reprising his role as HIMYM's Randy in this season's sixth episode. Randy, a low-level Goliath National Bank employee, briefly became Barney's 'Rebound Bro' in Season 3.

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The New Tuesday in Review: Hope, Glee and the Rest

Raising Hope

Monday introduced my favorite new drama of the season: Fox's Lone Star. Tuesday night brings us my favorite new comedy of the fall, also on Fox: Raising Hope (9/8c). It's a highlight of another very busy night.

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