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Dancing With the Stars: Shock, Awe and Injuries

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani

It wouldn't be Dancing With The Stars without injuries — and in the last 24 hours, there have been two doozies, both involving the professional dancers. On Tuesday night, despite the fact that he had just dislocated his shoulder, Derek Hough powered through the pain to perform a reunion dance with his movie star sister, former pro Julianne Hough

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Matt's Guide to Wednesday TV: A Good Knight for Guest Stars

T.R. Knight

Say it ain't so, George. T.R. Knight, once upon a time the beatific BFF of all the Grey's Anatomy gals, is this week's guest rapist on Law & Order: SVU? He can't believe it either, and in this week's episode (NBC, 10/9c), which provides new cast members Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino with their best showcase yet, Knight is thoroughly convincing as a family man who never stops protesting his innocence, though the evidence is damning. Told that DNA doesn't lie, he sputters, "Neither do I!" as he literally sweats out this ordeal. But never forget this is SVU, known for the outlandish twist, so when the DA declares, "You have got to be kidding me!" at a critical juncture, you wonder if she's ever watched this show. Bravo to Knight for his bravura work here. He has been missed.

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Watercooler: Sit Down and Shut Up, Last Man Standing

Tim Allen

So apparently Tim Taylor had a secret family. Either that, or nobody thinks we'll realize that Last Man Standing is Home Improvement with daughters instead of sons. And groans, instead of laughs.

Kicking off last night despite the fervent prayers of TV Guide Magazine's Matt Roush, Tim Allen's new comedy tests the meaning of both "new" and "comedy." Using the Improvement template as a cookie cutter, the show casts Allen as a macho dimwit (sound familiar?) with a manly job (right?), a hot sensible wife (of course!) and a house full of... read more

Ask Matt: Homeland, Revenge, Dancing, Prime Suspect, and More!

Damien Lewis, Claire Danes

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

Question:
Homeland is excellent! Absolutely loved the first episode! I love the drama, storyline and just how it was set up for the entire season. My question to you is if this show is supposed to be only one season or depending on the ratings may extend to another season? 

­— Mike

Matt Roush: Isn't it great! Let's hope Homeland runs for as many seasons as the story allows. You always have to figure shows like these are intended to run beyond a single season. (If not, we'd be calling it a miniseries.) But I do understand the question, because the initial premise of the show — is Brody a sleeper agent, or is Carrie crazier than she seems? — makes you wonder where the story will go once we get to the root of what happened during Brody's captivity and whether that figures into a larger terrorist conspiracy. Preferring to go on the ride without knowing where it's heading (no spoilers here, obviously), I'm basically looking on this season as the first chapter in what is promising to be an emotionally compelling thrill ride.
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Roush Review: Last Man Standing

Tim Allen

Even TV comfort food has an expiration date. So it is with Tim Allen's comeback vehicle on the network that made him a star.
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The Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on How the Show Was Saved

The Simpsons

Mmmmm... contract renewal. Things were looking grim a week ago for The Simpsons, as the possibility loomed that a new deal between the voice actors and 20th Century Fox TV might not happen.
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Cheers & Jeers: Dancing With the Stars' Chaz Bono — He Did It!

Chaz Bono

Cheers to Chaz Bono for a transcendent turn on Dancing With the Stars.

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Watercooler: Can Someone Please Help the Real Housewives' Kim?

Kim Richards

Dear Bravo,

You need to get one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills some help.
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Cher's Ballroom Blitz: A Low-Key Affair

Cher

She's worn plenty of glitter and feathers in her time, but when Cher arrived in the ballroom at Dancing With the Stars on Monday, everything about her highly-promoted appearance was very low key: She wore a simple black dress and muted floral shawl. Her hair was down and unadorned. But everyone was aware of her presence, and she couldn't stay quiet before, during and after her son, Chaz Bono, danced the paso doble to "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky.
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