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Science Channel Sets Airdate for Ridley Scott's Prophets of Science Fiction

Prophets of Science Fiction

Director Ridley Scott's eight-part series Prophets of Science Fiction has landed a premiere date, launching Wednesday, November 9 on Science.

Scott serves as narrator for the show, which chronicles iconic science fiction creative minds such as H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov and Jules Verne and George Lucas. Prophets will kick off with a profile of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley.

The first four episodes will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. through November, and return for another four episodes in February.

Scott says the series ...
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Big Brother Winner Rachel Reilly Dishes Her Latest Stint on The Bold and the Beautiful

Rachel Reilly

Rachel Reilly won the $500,000 grand prize last month on Big Brother 13. Now she's working for tips on The Bold and the Beautiful! The marriage-crazy redhead will return to the CBS soap October 28 and 31 as Rachel, a saucy cocktail schlepper at the Bikini Beach bar, and she'll have her real-life fiancé (and fellow Big Brother player) Brendon Villegas in tow. The future Mrs. V gave TV Guide Magazine the lowdown.

TV Guide Magazine: What's with all the B&B love? This is your 10th appearance!
Reilly: I know! Isn't it crazy? [Laughs] And this time I'm a bride! Brendon and I are part of the Halloween shows so they put us in wedding outfits, which of course I loved! We're getting Bikini Beach ready for a party. Amber [Adrienne Frantz] is there flirting with Thorne [Winsor Harmon]. The costumes and makeup are so fantastic you're going ...
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Watercooler: What Did We Learn from the Real Housewives from Hell?

Real Housewives of New Jersey

Forget the dude on Homeland. The true prisoners of war last night were fans of The Real Housewives of New Jersey! Held captive by the Garden State's battling harpies, viewers were subjected to a barrage of screaming matches, accusations and insults as the ladies wrapped up the second half of their season-ending reunion. What did we learn from this experience? Other than the fact that Andy Cohen deserves a Purple Heart for bravery ...
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American Idol Vet Diana DeGarmo Gets Jersey-Licious on The Young and the Restless

Diana DeGarmo

When the folks at The Young and the Restless needed a really lousy singer, they went out and found themselves a great one. American Idol Season 3 runner up Diana DeGarmo joins the CBS soap October 31 as Angelina, the Jersey girl daughter of mob boss Angelo Veneziano (Mike Starr). She comes to Genoa City with dreams of being a chart-topping vocalist. And what Angelina wants, Angelina gets! TV Guide Magazine spoke with DeGarmo about her trash-tastic new role.

TV Guide Magazine: Sounds like Y&R is getting some comic relief! Give us the deets on this chick.
DeGarmo: Well, she's an over-the-top, gum-smacking, tone-deaf princess whose hair is as large as her attitude. [Laughs] And I'm having a blast! Angelina believes she's Barbra Streisand mixed with Celine Dion and her father — who thinks his spoiled-brat daughter sings like a choir of angels — really puts the pressure on Devon [the young music producer played by Bryton James] to show her the ropes and make her a success. It's fantastically hilarious because it puts the poor kid in a horrible predicament!

TV Guide Magazine: Word is, she'll develop a mad crush on Kevin Fisher [Greg Rikaart].
DeGarmo: Ooh, she wants him bad! Angie has her eyes, her heart and her body set on landing Kevin — and it scares him to death! He's just so sweet ...
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Ask Matt: Walking Dead, Homeland, Terra Nova, Dexter and More!

Walking Dead

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Question: I'm new to The Walking Dead this season, but I did catch up on all of Season 1 with the marathon presentation before the Season 2 premiere. I mostly like it and I know we're supposed to suspend disbelief, especially when watching a show about zombies. However, I do think they try to make it seem "real" plot-wise, and I especially like the explanation provided during the Season 1 finale where only the brain stem comes back to life which would account for the mobility and other "mindless" behavior. However, it also occurs to me that these are supposed to be smart people caught up in this fantastic scenario from hell. So why don't they just make it to a marina and procure a nice big boat and hang out on a lake somewhere? The way these zombies move, it's clear they can't swim or otherwise follow, and they could just cruise around and make the occasional raid to get gas and hunt, not to mention just fish for sustenance. I know ...
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Exclusive: Peter Gallagher to Guest Star as Whitney's Dad

Peter Gallagher

One of TV's most beloved dads is giving fatherhood another try. Peter Gallagher — who played easygoing do-gooder dad Sandy Cohen on The O.C. — has been cast for a guest shot on NBC's Whitney. Gallagher, who currently stars on the USA series Covert Affairs, will play the father to Whitney Cummings' title character in an as-yet-to-be scheduled episode of the freshman sitcom.
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X-Treme Makeover: Marvel's X-Men Go Anime on G4

X-Men

Everyone's favorite mutants are coming to TV. The X-Men, Marvel Comics' legendary team of super-powered outcasts, are getting an extreme makeover in a gritty and dynamic new animated series premiering tonight at 11/10c on gaming/geek-themed cable network G4.

Following the success of Iron Man and Wolverine, which premiered this past summer, X-Men is the third in ...
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Matt's Guide to Weekend TV: Premieres of Once Upon a Time, Boss and More!

Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison

Once is not enough. Sometimes a second look, or a second episode, is necessary to convince a skeptic that a show is worth taking a risk on. So it is with ABC's dazzling but dauntingly precious Once Upon a Time (Sunday, 8/7c), which back when I was considering it for Fall Preview left me wondering: "Is this ambitiously whimsical fantasia the next Pushing Daisies cult fave or the next Eastwick insta-flop? (Either way, it will likely be an uphill climb to happily ever after.) It would be easier to love if it weren't so convoluted and campy."

But then ABC made another episode (the third, airing Nov. 6) available for review, and I started to find myself enchanted and beguiled, ready to curl up with more chapters of this fractured fairy tale. First, though, you have to digest the premise, and the overstuffed and often overripe pilot is a lot to swallow. We begin in a lavishly rendered fairy-tale land ...
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Homeland: On the Set of Showtime's Twisty New Thriller

Homeland

In Homeland, terrorist plots aren't dismantled in 24 hours and the hero doesn't save the day by slaughtering suspects. Ten years after the horror of 9/11, good and evil are sometimes far from black-and-white.

"This is not 24, which had a muscular response to what happened on 9/11," says British actor Damian Lewis, who plays Sgt. Nicholas Brody, the Marine who's become a hero after eight years of imprisonment by Al Qaeda, on the set near Charlotte. "It was a show for its time. Now we live in a world where people are divided about the best way to wage war on terror."

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Networks Rethink the Ratings Game As DVR Usage Spreads

Kim Coates

What a difference seven days makes. Many primetime shows are seeing their ratings skyrocket when a week's worth of DVR usage is included — and network execs are scrambling to figure out how to adjust to a time-shifting world.

Now that DVR penetration has reached around 42% of viewers, it's having a real impact on viewership — and making the initial next-day ratings that everyone reports (which includes live viewing, plus only that night's DVR usage) increasingly irrelevant.

For example, when season four of FX's Sons of Anarchy debuted September 6, it attracted 4.9 million viewers, a good number, but not a network record. By the time seven days of DVR usage was counted, that number had climbed ...
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