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Marco Polo: The Khan and I

Lorenzo Richelmy

Marco Polo's instructions are clear enough: "Watch and remember what you see," commands the gouty but still formidable Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong), whose Mongol warrior hordes control most of 13th-century China. As if the handsome Venetian (suave Lorenzo Richelmy) would be likely to... read more

On the Set: Bones Celebrates 200 Episodes With a Nod to Old Hollywood

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz

Dozens of men donning fedoras and ladies adorned in poodle skirts mill about a fake street on Fox's Century City back lot, which has been transformed into a carefree and colorful 1950s Los Angeles for Bones' 200th episode. Suddenly, a bloodcurdling scream pierces the joyous scene as a body falls to the ground, a knife protruding from its back. "That puts a... read more

First Look: Disney Sets Preview of Animated Comedy Adventure Star vs. The Forces of Evil

Star vs. The Forces of Evil

This isn't your regular Disney princess. Star vs. The Forces of Evil, which debuts as a special preview next month on the Disney Channel, stars Eden Sher (The Middle's Sue Heck) as the voice of Star Butterfly, teen royalty with attitude.

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Watch My Show: Kingdom's Byron Balasco Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Byron Balasco

The world of mixed martial arts is brutal enough, but DirecTV's freshman series Kingdom throws something else into the ring: family. The show, executive produced by Byron Balasco (Without A Trace, Detroit 1-8-7), centers on Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo), who owns an MMA gym and attempts to take care of his fighters while also maintaining a relationship with his sons (Jonathan Tucker and Nick Jonas). DirecTV has already ordered a 20-episode second season of Kingdom, which wraps up Season 1 Wednesday night. Balasco took time to answer our TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey and explain why viewers should tap in.

TV Guide Magazine: I've got room in my life to watch just one more show. Why should it be yours?
Byron Balasco:
We will fill your void.

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Hot Topics: Can TV Still Tackle Real Issues?

Anna Faris and Sadie Calvano

Just two seasons in, the CBS sitcom Mom has already tackled some not-immediately-funny issues, including alcoholism, gambling, homelessness, and cancer. Even star Anna Faris admits she was shocked when her character's teen daughter turned up pregnant in the second episode.

"I thought it was a joke," says the actress, who plays Christy, a young mother struggling with sobriety. "I couldn't believe that so early on we would go down that road. We put a lot of trust in our viewers."

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Still Glowing Strong at 50

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps

Everyone's favorite red-nosed reindeer is back for his annual go-round, and this year the spotlight on him is shining even brighter than his shimmering schnoz. The classic stop-motion musical Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — which first aired Dec. 6, 1964 — celebrates its golden anniversary airing Tuesday, Dec. 9 (8/7c on CBS); the U.S. Postal Service is marking the milestone with four stamps in its honor.

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Ask Matt: Gracepoint, Walking Dead, New Girl, Dallas RIP, Parenthood, Castle and More

Anna Gunn, David Tennant

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: With just one episode remaining for Gracepoint, our household finds itself perplexed. We never saw Broadchurch, so our opinion can't be influenced by that distinction, but we've completely enjoyed the "Americanized" version. The past couple of episodes in particular have been tightly written and filmed (the atmosphere of the town is palpable). Despite our enjoyment, however, it seems we can't see a review or story about Gracepoint without hearing how inferior a product it is, which is obviously counter to our appreciation of the series. So the question we have is this: If we were to watch Broadchurch AFTER Gracepoint finishes, are we likely to believe the original is "not as good" a series because we saw the adaptation first? — The Galvins

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The Librarians Book "Tongue-In-Cheek, Fun Family Adventure" in New TNT Series

The Librarians

TV is making librarians sexy again. Make that The Librarians. In three hit TNT movies between 2004 and 2008, swashbuckling egghead Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) saved the world as an avatar of an ancient covert organization dedicated to protecting powerful magical artifacts from evil cabals. Flynn is back in the new spinoff series, and this time he's got protégés and a new kickass comrade, played by Rebecca Romijn.

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Review: Peter Pan Flies Again

Peter Pan Live

If it's any consolation, the new Annie movie looks way worse. Though punishingly overlong and occasionally flat-footed, NBC's Thursday broadcast of Peter Pan Live! was another honorably ambitious and sporadically enjoyable attempt to bring the thrill of musical theater into America's living rooms. It helps that Peter's fantastical fairy-tale trappings are an easier sell, even to the loaded-for-snark Twitter audience, than the leaden mechanics of last year's more uneven The Sound of Music Live! (But still, what was NBC thinking, flashing those "Tweet With Us!" banners?)

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Weekend TV: Red Tent, One Child, Librarians

At times, you might mistake Lifetime's enjoyably earnest Biblical epic The Red Tent (Sunday-Monday, 9/8c) for an Old Testament version of Call the Midwife. Adapted from Anita Diamant's novel, this saga of revisionist her-story focuses on willful Dinah (The White Queen's Rebecca Ferguson), the only daughter of Jacob (Game of Thrones' Iain Glen) — he of the many sons, including the sartorially infamous Joseph. read more

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