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On the Set: Inside Chuck's Shocking and Emotional Final Mission

Chuck

That sweetly charming, nerd-friendly secret-agent series Chuck will end its five-year run with two back-to-back episodes called "Chuck Versus Sarah" and "Chuck Versus the Goodbye." But the finale could just as easily be named "Chuck Versus the Kleenex" because there's that much weeping and wailing and tissue-grabbing going on down at the set.

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Liam McIntyre Takes Over As Spartacus' Rebel With a Cause

Spartacus

This is not the way you want to land a job. But Liam McIntyre is making the best of it. The 29-year-old Australian actor — little known even in his own country — has stepped into the starring role in the hit sex-and-swords series Spartacus: Vengeance, which returns Friday (10/9c, Starz) That part was... read more

Leslie Knope Goes Bowling For Votes on Parks and Recreation

Amy Poehler

Leslie Knope's Pawnee City Council campaign lands in the gutter tonight on Parks and Recreation when she stages a meet-and-greet that turns into a giant alley-oops (8:30/7:30c, NBC). "She does a focus group and there is this one guy who's like, 'I don't know, I just don't like her...she doesn't seem like the person I wanna go bowling with,'" explains star Amy Poehler. "So Leslie, in her usual bulldog way, loses sight of the big picture and spends the whole episode trying to get this one guy to like her. She hosts this bowling event and casually invites the guy in hopes of getting his vote."

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Exclusive Video: Mad Mash-up: 2 Broke Powerpuff Girls

MAD

The folks at Mad are having way too much fun. Monday's episode of the Cartoon Network series (based on the iconic humor magazine) features "2 Broke Powerpuff Girls," a clever mash-up of the late, great, adorable cartoon The Powerpuff Girls and CBS's bawdy new sitcom 2 Broke Girls.

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Watercooler: Not a Dry CSI in The House for Catherine's Farewell!

Marg Helgenberger

"There comes a point in one life in which one feels compelled to make a change. I have been offered another job... with the FBI. And I have decided to take it."

And with that — as well as copious tears and hugs from her CSI family — our beloved stripper-turned-criminalist Catherine Willows left the... read more

Tribute: Lost in Space's Dick Tufeld

Lost in Space Robot

Actor Dick Tufeld, who voiced the Robot on the 1960s sci-fi series Lost In Space, died January 22 at age 85 while watching the NFL playoffs. You may not know his name, but Tufeld created two of TV's most enduring pop culture catch phrases — "Danger, Will Robinson, danger" and "That does not compute." In 2004, TV Guide Magazine caught up with Tufeld, who was still doing voice-over work. He had recently recovered from a paralyzed vocal chord, which kept him from speaking above a whisper until a rare operation returned his familiar voice.

TV Guide Magazine:  It's nice to talk to the character that gave so many generations so much pleasure.
Dick Tufeld
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Work It: The Quick Life and Death of This Season's Worst New Show

Kate Reinders, Rebecca Mader, Amaury Nolasco

As he stepped in front of reporters at this month's TV Critics Association press tour, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee knew a surefire way to get a rise out of the assembled reporters: "So, what do you think of Work It?"

The critics, who had christened the sitcom this season's worst new TV series, laughed. And when Lee put the cross-dressing comedy out of its misery a few days later, few tears were shed. Even ABC execs quietly admit that Work It wasn't good — and left many viewers asking the age-old question, "How does a critically reviled show like that make it to the air in the first place?"

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Wednesday TV in Review: Get Touch-ed, a CSI Farewell, Face Off and More

David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland

This mid-season, we're being asked repeatedly to take giant leaps of faith with shows that dare to be different, that refuse to settle for the same old TV formulas, despite all of the risk that entails. Risk is the operating principal behind shows like NBC's Smash (Feb. 6), a dazzling but dauntingly inside (theater) baseball look at the making of a Broadway musical. Ditto ABC's The River (Feb. 7), a terrifying supernatural quest into an exotic heart of darkness in the Amazon jungle that's not for the faint-hearted. Later in the season, not yet scheduled, NBC will offer up Awake, a gripping but grim psychological drama about a grieving man trapped between two possible dream worlds.

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Amazing Race Welcomes Big Brother Vets, Married Clowns for 20th Season

Amazing Race

Big Brother winner Rachel Reilly may have walked out of the house with the $500,000 check last summer, but does she have what it takes to race around the world for the full million.
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