Fall TV


Roush Review: Human Target Hits the Bull's-eye

Human Target

Nice save, Fox. Before the season started, it looked as if the network was hanging the appealing high-action sleeper Human Target out to dry on Fridays, where it was originally scheduled. But the early cancellation of Lone Star and a schedule shuffle opened up a slot on the show's former night (Wednesday) from last midseason. And all of a sudden we now have an hour of exhilarating midweek escapism to enjoy, reminding us how good a show like this can be (as opposed to the fizzle and fast fade of NBC's Undercovers in the same time period)... read more

Fringe Exclusive: Across the Universes

Fringe

Who says you can't go home again? Now that Fringe's Olivia knows she's actually a captive in Walternate's wild world, it's time for our heroine to head back to the universe she belongs in.

"Olivia just needs to find someone she can trust," says Anna Torv, whose Agent Dunham has spent the bulk of Season 3 on the other side — being brainwashed and experimented on by Walternate — while her doppelgänger (aka Bolivia) was over here, working as a secret agent within Fringe Division by day and rocking an unsuspecting Peter's world by night. Thankfully, her time in the alt-verse has allowed Olivia to line up a few allies to aid in her escape... read more

Is Castle's Latest Case Out of This World?

Castle

For once, Richard Castle might not be the nerdiest person at a crime scene.

On Monday's Castle, Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) investigate a murder that could be out of this world. "We have a couple [crew members] on the show ... who are from The X-Files, and so in a lot of ways this was our chance to do our Castle version of an X-Files episode," creator-executive producer Andrew W. Marlowe tells TVGuide.com.

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It all starts when the coroner determines that the victim died in a rare way. "We find a woman who's been killed due to explosive decompression," Marlowe says. "There are very few things that cause it, and one of those things is exposure in outer space. Of course, Castle sets off jokingly suggesting that maybe aliens were behind it."

Oddly enough, each turn in the case lends some credence to Castle's theory.... read more

Criminal Minds: Can Garcia's Secret Hobby Help Catch a Creepy Killer?

Kirsten Vangsness, Shemar Moore

Criminal Minds' quirky lab tech Penelope Garcia is about to show her BAU colleagues — and viewers — a side of her they've never seen.

On Wednesday's episode, the show will reveal that Garcia (Kirsten Vangness) spends her time outside the lab acting in a theater troupe. When Hotch (Thomas Gibson) finds out, Garcia begs him to keep it a secret from the rest of the group.

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But the truth comes out when a woman dressed like a 1950s starlet is found murdered in an alley. In their investigation, the team discovers that her murderer, played by Prison Break's Robert Knepper, has cut off her lips in a deranged homage to his former movie star mother (Sally Kirkland). When a second victim goes missing, the team needs to draw the killer out, so Hotch calls on Garcia to use her acting skills... read more

In Focus: NCIS' Michael Weatherly Is Happy Being the Second Banana

Michael Weatherly, NCIS

Michael Weatherly shares plenty of similarities with Tony DiNozzo, the character he has played for eight seasons on NCIS.

Weatherly and DiNozzo are both energetic cut-ups who always seem in search of a punch line. And they both talk a lot. Like, seriously, a lot.

"Energy is the biggest part of my job," Weatherly, 42, tells TVGuide.com. "That sounds weird, but if I'm in a scene, I try to punch it up. And sometimes I really overdo it and they have to cut around me."

Check out photos of Weatherly throughout his career

And of course, Weatherly and DiNozzo are different in many ways.... read more

Fringe's Alternates Grapple with Empathy

Fringe

The alternate versions of Olivia and Walter may be playing for the same side on Fringe, but that doesn't mean they share the same objective.

Anna Torv's alt-Olivia, who the producers call Bolivia, was sent to our universe by "Walternate" (John Noble) on a mission to infiltrate the Fringe Division. However, a twinge of empathy has begun to creep up on Bolivia as she realizes this universe isn't filled with soulless devils as she was told... read more

The Walking Dead: A Zombie Show with More Heart Than Brains

Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead

If you've seen any zombie film, the flesh-craving creatures of AMC's The Walking Dead aren't exactly novel.

That's not to say that makeup and special effects wizard Gregory Nicotero hasn't seriously outdone himself. Or that being caught on a city block surrounded by hundreds of soulless, hungry ghouls isn't terrifying. It's just that this story is about more than delivering a few scares.

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"The most compelling part of the series is how emotionally involved you become in these characters' lives," executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator, Aliens) tells TVGuide.com. "Even though I've read all the scripts and was there when it was shot, I still find myself becoming surprisingly emotional in almost every episode over something the characters are having to endure. To me, that is unexpected and remarkable."

That idea was paramount for Hurd's collaborator, writer-producer-director Frank Darabont, who tried for years to get an adaptation Robert Kirman's beloved series of comic books off the ground... read more

Fall TV Report Card: How Is the New Class Doing?

Hawaii Five-0, Nikita

Despite a relatively lackluster development season, a few shows have struck a chord with audiences: CBS' Hawaii Five-0 has dominated on Monday nights and the CW's Nikita has proven that the network can launch more than shows for young women. Boardwalk Empire's record premiere bodes well for HBO, which already has a hit in its stable with True Blood. On the flip side, Lone Star's early cancellation shocked critics, if not the general viewing public. No such uproar greeted the axings of My Generation, Outlaw and The Whole Truth. For now, everything else seems to be treading water. Here's how we see fall TV's freshman class thus far... read more

Mega Buzz: NCIS' Daddy Danger, House's New Doc and Chuck's Run-In with 007

Cote de Pablo (NCIS), Hugh Laurie (House), and Zachary Levi (Chuck)

Every week, senior editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Have you heard anything about Ziva's storyline on NCIS' November sweeps episodes? — Carly
ADAM: A special security team will be tasked with protecting Ziva's father (Michael Nouri) when he attends an NCIS conference. Also at the conference: former NCIS agent Riley McCallister, whose troubled past has given him a bit of a hero complex. It's probably no accident that McCallister is played by Michael O'Neill, who learned a lot about gunplay as a Secret Service agent on The West Wing and as the gunman who shot the hell out of Seattle Grace in last year's Grey's Anatomy finale.

Who does Amber Tamblyn play on House? — Peter
MICKEY:
House describes her as the "the love child of Einstein and Mary Poppins." The brainiac's bleeding-heart principles of course irk the cranky doc. So he fires her — several times.... read more

Friday Night Lights Executive Producer Jason Katims on the Show's Final Season

Friday Night Lights

Our favorite more-than-a-football show Friday Night Lights begins its fifth and final season Wednesday (9/8c, DirecTV; the show will air on NBC this spring). Executive producer Jason Katims shares his plans for the folks of Dillon, Texas, as they head toward the final down... read more

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