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TVGuide.com's In Focus: Timothy Hutton's Big Breakthroughs

Timothy Hutton, Leverage

For Oscar-winning actor Timothy Hutton, agreeing to star in TNT's Leverage wasn't a tough decision — at least not after he read the script.

"It was a real opportunity to play a person who had these awful things happen involving his son and the destruction of his marriage — someone who needed a real breakthrough in their life," Hutton says. "I wondered how this tragedy would manifest itself in him and the choices he would make."

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Hutton plays Nate Ford, the leader of a crack team of cons who use their skills to take from the rich and powerful and give back to those they've wronged. But despite Nate's noble intentions, he hasn't always made the best choices. Case in point: When Season 3 begins (Sunday at 9/8c), Nate is in jail... read more

Exclusive: Jordin Sparks and the Big Time Rush Boys Debut New Video

In Friday's episode of Big Time Rush (8/7c on Nickelodeon), the guys bump into American Idol winner Jordin Sparks when she's recording a new song with the band's label. Not only did the show's stars, James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena and Logan Henderson, get to act alongside the singer, but the foursome filmed a new music video with her as well. Shooting with Sparks "was a lot of fun," Pena tells TVGuide.com. "She's very talented, and it's a very funny episode."

Watch the video for the brand new song "Count on You," which will be featured in Friday's episode, titled "Big Time Sparks."

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Exclusive: Get a First Look at ABC's Downfall

Chris Jericho

ABC's high-tension new reality series Downfall doesn't premiere until next week, but we've got your first look.

Chris Jericho to host ABC's Downfall

Hosted by WWE superstar Chris Jericho, the game show takes place atop a 10-story building in Los Angeles. Contestants must answer questions against a clock to win prizes and a shot at $1 million.

In each round, if contestants fail to answer fast enough, they'll see a conveyor belt moving facsimiles of their prizes to the edge of the roof, so they'll plummet and be destroyed. The contestants can back up the conveyor belt, however, by putting either their own personal possessions or family members at risk of going off the roof.

Downfall premieres Tuesday, June 22 at 9/8c on ABC. Watch the video after the jump... read more

Breaking Bad: Have We Seen the Last of "Good Guy" Jesse?

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

[WARNING: The following story contains plot details from the Season 3 finale of Breaking Bad. Read at your own risk.]

For much of Breaking Bad's superb third season, Jesse (Aaron Paul) considered himself "the bad guy."

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He blamed himself for the death of girlfriend Jane (Krysten Ritter), who gave up her sober lifestyle to begin using again with Jesse. But despite that — and Jesse's meth-making efforts with Walt (Bryan Cranston) — Jesse was never a murderer, which Walt realized in this season's penultimate episode, when he killed two rival drug dealers instead of letting Jesse go through with it.

In Sunday's heartbreaking and shocking season finale... read more

Justified Exclusive: What's Next for Raylan and Boyd?

Walton Goggins and Timothy Olyphant, Justified

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 1 finale of Justified.]

Few were left standing at the end of Justified's bloody first-season finale, but among the survivors was Walton Goggins' Boyd Crowder, a character who has escaped death twice this season.

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In the finale, Boyd, who was originally intended to die in the pilot, survived a shootout between his friend/nemesis Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and two Miami drug-cartel assassins. Even though Raylan spent much of the second half of the season trying to put Boyd back in jail after he blew up a meth lab, he still lets Boyd give chase to an assassin instead of bringing him in... read more

Criminal Minds Finale Asks: Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Tim Curry, Criminal Minds

Bad things happen in Los Angeles when the lights go out.

That was the idea Criminal Minds co-executive producer Erica Messer and the rest of the writers kept in mind when crafting Wednesday's season finale (9/8c on CBS).

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"The mandate given to me by [executive producer] Ed Bernero for the finale was just to make it the scariest one we've ever done, which is an interesting assignment," Messer tells TVGuide.com. "I started thinking, 'OK we've done 114 episodes: What is the scariest episode we've ever done?' What I realized is, I needed to know what scares me. If I wrote my fear then there will be a truth to it."

So Messer added... read more

CSI Finale: A Tale of Two Serial Killers

CSI

CSI's season-long hunt for Dr. Jekyll will finally come to a close, thanks to another serial murderer, Nate Haskell, aka The Dick and Jane Killer (Bill Irwin).

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At the end of last week's episode, Haskell told Dr. Ray Langtson (Laurence Fishburne) that he knows Dr. Jekyll's true identity. The finale (Thursday at 9/8c on CBS) features Haskell as the Hannibal Lecter to Langston's Agent Starling in a Silence of the Lambs­-­esque cat-and-mouse game.

"How much of what Haskell is giving them is truth?" executive producer Carol Mendelsohn tells TVGuide.com, noting that Captain Brass will be furious that the team is trusting a convicted killer to help. "Langston believes that in the lies are some truths, and that the truths that Haskell is spinning will actually help in the investigation. And little by little, they do get closer to Dr. Jekyll."

Finale Preview: Get scoop on 31 must-watch season-enders

But the show... read more

Exclusive: ABC Family Sets Premiere for Melissa & Joey

Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence

ABC Family's new original series, Melissa & Joey, will premiere Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 8/7c, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

What '90s stars do you want back on TV?

The series stars Melissa Joan Hart as a politician who hires a... read more

Brothers & Sisters Finale: Who's Going to Die?

Brothers & Sisters

Brothers & Sisters' Walker family has overcome cancer and a miscarriage this season, and it has dealt with the loss of the family business. What else could go wrong?

Finale Preview: Get scoop on 31 must-watch season-enders

From the look of the promos for Sunday's Season 4 finale (10/9c on ABC) — a lot. The episode includes a massive car accident, and it appears that at least one Walker won't survive. So, who... read more

CSI's Marg Helgenberger: Catherine Will Risk Everything to Stop Dr. Jekyll

Marg Helgenberger, CSI

CSI's 10th season has seen Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) rise to the challenge of being a supervisor. But how will she respond when one of her team members is suspected of murder?

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In Thursday's episode, Dr. Ray Langston (Laurence Fishburne) continues his obsessive hunt for serial killer Dr. Jekyll. But when Heidi Custer (Monet Mazur), an investigative reporter from Langston's past, ends up dead, some begin to wonder if Langston himself is behind the Jekyll murders.

"There are some doubts in some of the other team members, but Catherine is the one who really has his back," Helgenberger says... read more

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