"It's not anything that the audience can't handle," KaDee Strickland stresses as she sits in the living room of Sam's beachfront house on the Private Practice set during one of the few days she's not covered in prosthetic cuts, scrapes and bruises.
The "it" in this situation is her character Charlotte's sexual assault and brutal beating in this Thursday's episode of Private Practice (10/9c on ABC).
Private Practice tackles rape during sweeps
At the end of last week's episode, Charlotte walked out of her office at the hospital only to encounter a deranged man whose face the audience has yet to see (though we know he's played by Buffy alum Nicholas Brendon). After a harsh smack, he shoved her back into the dark office as the episode faded to black.
"The fact that she has this happen in her place of business is a very powerful statement because she has to go back to it," Strickland says. "It will never be the same thing to...
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The guest stars and events that the networks have planned for the first week of November sweeps:
Monday, Nov. 1
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"Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?"
That's the title of the Nov. 4 sweeps episode of Private Practice, and trust us, everyone will hear about what happened to Charlotte King (KaDee Strickland).
The sweet-yet-hardened Charlotte will be faced with her most difficult obstacle yet when she becomes the victim of a violent sexual attack in the closing moments of the Oct. 28 episode. Her attacker: A mentally unstable man (played by Buffy alum Nicholas Brendon) who walks into the ER.
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TVGuide.com spoke with Strickland to discuss how she dealt with the storyline, as well as the ramifications of Charlotte's rape...
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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...
Family vacations are all about relaxing and time away from stress — unless a serial killer is after you.
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Just ask CSI: NY's Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) and Lindsay (Anna Belknap), who find their beach getaway interrupted by an escaped murderer in Wednesday's season finale (airing 10/9c on CBS).
"They've been working hard and want to take a little break with the family," Belknap tells TVGuide.com...
Lost's highly divisive series finale lifted ABC to an easy ratings win Sunday night, but the show's numbers no doubt fell short of expectations.
The 150-minute finale averaged 13.5 million viewers and was the show's highest-rated episode in two years. However, the hype surrounding the finale didn't translate to record-setting numbers. (ABC suggests that 20.5 million unique viewers tuned in for at least six minutes throughout the episode.)
Still, Lost fever carried the network. A two-hour clip show that preceded the finale drew ...
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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."
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But the show...
"Did that really just happen?"
That's what you may be yelling at your TV screen on Thursday, May 20 after watching the season finale of Grey's Anatomy.
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The two-hour finale finds a gunman terrorizing the hospital, claiming the lives of several beloved characters. For once, taking that old adage of "no one is safe" lightly is not an option.
Here are the five things you should know about the season finale. (Warning: Spoilers galore):