Allison Janney, Anna Faris
All season long, I've been likening CBS's freshman sleeper Mom to gritty sitcom foremothers like Roseanne and Grace Under Fire (shows on which executive producer Chuck Lorre famously spent time before his current CBS heyday). That comparison rings especially true in the first-season finale (Monday, 9:30/8:30c), as third-generation mom-too-soon Violet (Sadie Calvano) gives birth while her own imperfect mother, Christy (Anna Faris), and caustic grandma Bonnie (Allison Janney) look on with emotional empathy.
Brett Dalton, Bill Paxton
Send questions and comments to email@example.com and follow me on Twitter!
Question: What do you think of the "Uprising" arc in the second half of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first season? I think it is miles better than the first half of this season, which was pretty so-so at times. [Spoilers ahead] The tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Hydra infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Garrett being revealed as the Clairvoyant working for Hydra, were very good plot twists, along with Agent Ward being a turncoat to work for Agent Garrett and Hydra — or could Ward be going undercover for Agent Coulson to help S.H.I.E.L.D. bring down Hydra? I really hope this show gets renewed for a second season by ABC, so that it will continue to improve and be a better show that everyone can enjoy to watch! - Chris
In recent years, animated TV shows — especially those geared toward kids — have skewed towards the fantastic, with characters going on wild, and often elaborate adventures.
And so the unnecessarily long goodbye begins for AMC's breakout, breakthrough signature series Mad Men, its final 14 hours being unconscionably broken into two halves over two years, starting Sunday at 10/9c. (Yes, it worked for Breaking Bad, but this isn't that kind of show.) While prolonging the inevitable, and potentially blunting whatever narrative momentum still exists in a most inelegant and desperate-seeming way, it's no wonder the often dazzling opening episode — titled "Time Zones," in a nod to the firm's now-bicoastal focus — is so preoccupied with time.
He's game for pretty much anything. Morgan Spurlock's terrific CNN docuseries Inside Man returns for Season 2 on Sunday, April 13 (10/9c) and it finds the intrepid investigator hanging out with the Hollywood paparazzi at LAX. His mission? Photograph Kim Kardashian! TV Guide Magazine spoke with Spurlock to get all the Krazy dish.
The doctor is in — and she looks just like Supergirl! Helen Slater is heading to CBS's The Young and the Restless as an OB/GYN named Dr. Chiverton. But which Genoa City gal is expecting a baby? The soap is keeping that quiet for now, since there are several possibilities beyond the obvious one, Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman), who currently thinks she's pregnant.
I Wanna Marry "Harry"
The royal con is on this summer when Fox launches I Wanna Marry "Harry," a new reality dating series from producer Ryan Seacrest where "average English bloke" Matthew Hicks is transformed into Prince Harry and introduced to a dozen single American women looking to land a Prince Charming of their own. As the faux Harry courts the ladies with a series of fairytale dates, will they fall for the crown or see through the ruse?
Robert Osborne and Matt Roush
True fact: One of the first things I most loved about TV was the movies. Specifically old movies, the classics that once upon a technologically simpler time were only accessible to most of us via TV. No VCRs, DVRs, DVDs or streaming in those days. They would often air at odd times in the late afternoon (pre-Oprah era) or late at night. Which is also why one of my earliest memories of my long relationship with TV Guide Magazine involves scouring the local listings for the movies the stations in my market (Cincinnati) would be showing any given week, back when they used to do such things.
Tom and Jerry
Nothing succeeds like failure. Seventy-four years after they first hit movie screens, Tom the cat is still trying to exterminate Jerry the mouse — without any luck. The slapstick duo is back in The Tom and Jerry Show, a new series that "captures all the silliness and joy I felt when I watched as a kid," says Seinfeld vet Jason Alexander, who provides the voice of Tom's ever-frazzled owner, Ric. "You'd think there'd be only so many ways for this cat and mouse to take a pratfall or fly off a cliff, but they're still finding ways to keep it fresh."