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The Guide to Tuesday TV: Sons of Anarchy and Covert Affairs Finales!

Oded Fehr

"You ask for a simple white Christmas ..." and everything goes to cartoon hell on Eureka, already the most animated of Syfy's quirky series, and a natural to be brought back for a one-night-only Christmas special, a gift for fantasy fans, packaged with similarly themed episodes of Warehouse 13 and Haven. The Eureka special (8/7c) is especially inventive, as the isolated mountain town's overtaxed Super Photon Generator interacts with a child's hologram-generating storybook, and abracadabra, everyone becomes a cartoon character (including Sheriff Carter's much-abused Jeep, cleverly and petulantly voiced by The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons). read more

Women's College Basketball Preview: A Winter Wonderland of Top Tier Showdowns

Brittney Griner

The women's college basketball season isn't even a month old, but it already feels like March Madness. Several top teams have faced off in early games and another big match-up looms when the past two NCAA champions — No. 8 Texas A&M at No. 2 Connecticut — face off at the Jimmy V Classic tonight (part of a cancer-research initiative honoring late North Carolina State coach Jimmy Valvano). The winner of that game won't be moving up to the top of the rankings heap. (At least not yet.) That spot is being tenaciously held by Baylor, which has already defeated No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 7 Tennessee. "They are a pretty intimidating team," says ESPN's Rebecca Lobo. "They've got Brittney Griner back, the most dominant player in women's college basketball."

A 6-foot-8 All-American, Griner led the Lady Bears to Big 12 regular season and tournament titles last spring. She was also the only collegian to... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Robin's Heartache: Why How I Met Your Mother Did It

Cobie Smulders and Kal Penn

Spoiler alert: This story reveals major details from this week's episode of How I Met Your Mother. Within the span of two episodes of the CBS comedy, Robin (Cobie Smulders) learned she was pregnant, only to be hit with the double whammy last night's episode she was in fact not pregnant — and could not have children.

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The X Factor's Astro: "I'm Gonna Be Worldwide!"

Astro

After his elimination from The X Factor on December 1, 15-year-old Brooklyn rapper Brian Bradley, aka Astro, stopped by TV Guide Magazine's office to chat about his performances during the competition, advice he'll always remember from the judges, and his plans for the future.

TV Guide Magazine: What was the best part of being on The X Factor?
Astro:
The best part of the experience was... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Will Arnett Gets an Up All Night Brother, Plus New-Episode Sneak Peek!

Dean Winters

NBC's Up All Night is giving Will Arnett's Chris a brother, and the actor playing him has some impressive TV street cred.

Actor Dean Winters — known for his roles as Rescue Me's Johnny Gavin, 30 Rock's Dennis Duffy, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicle's Charley Dixon, Oz's Ryan O'Reily and Law & Order: SVU's Brian Cassidy ...
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Ask Matt: Vampire Diaries, Dexter, Glee, the TV Laugh Track, and More!

Nina Dobrev

Question: As we approach the annual barrage of year-end Top 10 lists, I'm dreading the fact that one worthy, excellent TV show will be overlooked by most critics: The Vampire Diaries. Don't get me wrong, I love Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones as much as any sane person, but I also think TVD is one of the most expertly paced, perfectly plotted shows on TV right now. Unfortunately, I don't think many professional critics bother to watch it, though they'll analyze lesser shows like True Blood and The Walking Dead just because of the networks they air on. Even if critics don't think The Vampire Diaries is Top 10 worthy, I think it at least deserves to be part of the year-end conversation. Why is it so hard for a show like this to be taken seriously? — Donnie

Matt Roush: I like Vampire Diaries and probably give it more consideration than ...
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Exclusive Preview: DC Comics Recharges Static Shock

Static Shock #4

It's been seven years since the animated Kids' WB series Static Shock signed off, but the character still has lots of juice. DC Comics launched a monthly Static Shock series in September, bringing the character into the comic book mainstream. In issue No. 4 (on sale Wednesday at comic book stores and online) readers will learn more about the conspiracy involving Static's new enemies (including one who isn't what he seems) and the mystery surrounding his sister and ...
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Cheers & Jeers: SNL Gets Some Nucky

The Black Keys, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg

Cheers to Steve Buscemi for a double shot with a twist.

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In his second stint as guest host of Saturday Night Live, the Emmy-nominated actor showed off his sillier side, hilariously playing everybody from a burnout friend of Miley Cyrus (Vanessa Bayer) to a murderer who bonded with Dateline's creepy Keith Morrison (Bill Hader). In the standout ...
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Celebrities Recount Their Awkward Childhoods for The Mortified Sessions

David Nadelberg, Mo'Nique

David Nadelberg is mortified. When he launched his critically acclaimed stage show Mortified a decade ago, he couldn't have imagined that he would eventually host a TV spinoff for the Sundance Channel.

"Certainly me being on camera was never part of the vision starting out," Nadelberg says. "I feel very exposed about the whole thing. It's not something I'm used to in life. That's been an interesting ...
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The Monday Guide to TV: A Holiday Closer, Charlie Brown and More Country Awards

The Closer

Is he a good Santa or a bad Santa? Sounds like a case for Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick), and in a very campy Christmas episode of TNT's The Closer (9/8c) — one of many holiday episodes we'll be weighing in on this week — the Santa is ...
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