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Exclusive: Newly Rebranded Cloo TV Picks Up First Original Series

Cloo, the NBCUniversal cable network formerly known as Sleuth, as ordered its first-ever original show.

Killer Instinct, a 13-part true-crime series, will premiere Saturday, Sept. 17 on the crime-and-mystery channel. The one-hour show explores some of the country's most notorious crimes, as seen through the eyes of FBI criminal profiler Mark Safarik.

Safarik, who has helped solve countless high-profile cases, will show how... read more

Exclusive: Syfy Picks Up Fourth Season of Merlin

Bradley James and Colin Morgan

Merlin is conjuring up another season at Syfy. The drama, which saw its ratings rise in season three, will be back for a fourth season in 2012.

The show — known as The Adventures of Merlin throughout the rest of the world, outside of... read more

Roush Review: Breaking Bad and Other Weekend Picks

Breaking Bad

Summer escapism? Nice while it lasted. For those who prefer a more riveting, nail-biting variety of TV, one of cable's darkest masterpieces of mayhem is back after a long absence, having lost none of its sinister allure in its fourth season.

For fans of adult, morally murky drama, AMC's criminally intense Breaking Bad is a cause for celebration — though any drinking going on may be just to settle one's nerves. The grim silence is deafening, and the tension nearly unbearable, as the story picks up in the immediate aftermath of last season's climactic shocker, with partners in meth-making crime Walt and Jesse (Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul) facing the consequences of having murdered their fellow chemist to save their own necks.

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Why Cloris Leachman Is Nominated as a Guest Star, and Other Emmy Oddities

Cloris Leachman, Joan Cusack

Cloris Leachman appeared in almost every Raising Hope last season, while Joan Cusack could be seen in virtually every episode of Shameless. And yet, both scored Emmy nominations Thursday in the guest star category...
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Critic's Notebook: The Emmy Nominations

Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler

The Emmy voters are nothing if not creatures of habit, so in a year of very few new breakout hits, it's no surprise that the surprises are far and few between. (For a list of top nominees, go here.)

But there were some doozies — the most startling being the snub for The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick, last year's unexpected winner for drama actress. As the TNT hit enters the beginning of its final stretch, Sedgwick was knocked out by new arrivals Mireille Enos, the haunting star of AMC's controversial The Killing, and Oscar winner Kathy Bates, who carries NBC's quirky sleeper success Harry's Law. (Frontrunner in the drama actress race is unquestionably The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, as the CBS critics' darling boasts nine nominations, towering above all other network dramas, trailing only HBO behemoths Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones).

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Sara Bareilles Is the New Judge on NBC's The Sing-Off

Sara Bareilles

Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles has signed on to serve as the new third judge on NBC's talent competition The Sing-Off.

Bareilles will appear as a judge alongside Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men) as The Sing-Off morphs into a weekly, two-hour series this fall (having previously aired in 2009 and 2010 as holiday events). Nick Lachey continues as host...
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Afternoon Delight, Indeed: Carolyn Hinsey's Hard-Hitting Soap Book Is Here

Afternoon Delight

Bam! Pow! Carolyn Hinsey's new take-no-prisoners suds tome Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter (available at thesoapbook.com and amazon.com) is already a hit, having commanded the No. 1 spot on Amazon Kindle's pop culture list for the last two weeks. And the hardcover edition is just shipping this week. If you've ever been addicted to a soap opera, you'll want to grab this terrific mix of historical perspective, sage advice, lip-smacking gossip, biting criticism (Ellen Wheeler, duck for cover!) and — most important — some real hope and faith in the long-term future of daytime drama. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Hinsey, who is best known for her outrageously snarky "It's Only My Opinion" column in Soap Opera Digest. We could talk to this broad all day...
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Cheers & Jeers: Roseanne Goes Nuts!

Roseanne Barr and Johnny Argent

Jeers to Roseanne Barr for overexposing herself with Roseanne's Nuts.

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The ex-sitcom despot makes a lot of noise in her new Lifetime "docu-series" about how she's... read more

Sneak Peek: Craig Ferguson's Parisian Adventure

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Bonjour, Monsieur Ferguson! Craig Ferguson and the Late Late Show team hopped across the pond in June to tape a week's worth of shows in Paris (they begin airing August 1).

"Craig has spent a lot of time there," producer Michael Naidus tells TV Guide Magazine. "He wrote his novel while he lived there. It's a city he knew very well and liked a lot." The host, who retitled his show Le Late Late Show Avec Craig Ferguson for the week, was joined by good friend, actress Kristen Bell (Heroes) and his robot sidekick Geoff as they journeyed through the City of Lights, conducting impromptu interviews with local Parisians against breathtaking backdrops.

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Roush Review: Rescue Me and Damages

Denis Leary

This is a bittersweet night for FX, as it prepares to bid farewell to one of its longtime signature series — the bawdy firehouse dramedy Rescue Me, whose seventh and final season will wrap this fall to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 — and in an ironic twist, it's going head to head against a new season of Damages, the riveting legal thriller the network dropped after three low-rated seasons, but which was rescued from oblivion by DirecTV. (Unlike the Friday Night Lights situation, in which NBC aired the show after the DirecTV run, Damages will air exclusively on DirecTV. So if you're not a subscriber, it won't be that tough a choice.)

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