Alan Harper, Ashton Kutcher
They came to bury Charlie, and was anyone surprised when it turned out to be one long ewww-logy?
That's Two and a Half Men for you: proudly crude and heartily heartless. "His body just exploded like a balloon full of meat," said Rose, and that's about as sentimental as things got. (His nephew Jake promptly piped up, "Anyone else hungry?") There wasn't a wet eye in the house during the post-Charlie Sheen/Charlie Harper season opener, which began with Alan trying to read last rites over his mangled brother's coffin, interrupted by vengeful exes rattling off a gamy litany of STD jokes and a mother more interested in finding a buyer for his Malibu manse. (Among the potential buyers: John Stamos and, in the episode's best-kept surprise, Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson as an embittered version of Chuck Lorre's Dharma & Greg.)
Cote De Pablo
The wait is almost over, NCIS fans! Before the ninth season of the hit CBS show premieres tonight at 8/7c, series star Cote de Pablo visited TV Guide Magazine's offices to offer up some teases, including why we won't be seeing Tiva singing again any time soon and what it's really like working with costar Michael Weatherly. Check out our exclusive video below!
Constructing the new multimillion-dollar studio for NBC's upcoming newsmagazine show Rock Center With Brian Williams has been a TV version of an archaeological dig. "We've found a piece of the set from the soap opera The Doctors," says Williams. "And an old applause sign from when they did live TV there."
Uncovering remnants of the past in the Rockefeller Center location seems fitting, as Williams' newsmagazine sounds like a bit of a throwback as well. Rock Center (expected to be the first replacement on the schedule when one of NBC's new fall shows falters) will have two or three ambitious, deeply reported stories each hour, following the model of 60 Minutes. NBC News even enlisted former 60 Minutes producer Rome Hartman to put together a team that shares that show's sensibility. "He's assembled an army," says Williams, who will anchor the live program while remaining at NBC Nightly News. "In the world of producers and correspondents, this is going to be Cooperstown."
Even a Jedi knight is no match for spy-for-hire Chuck Bartowski! Sci-fi icon Mark Hamill (with Zachary Levi) guest stars as a rich thief named Jean Claude for Chuck's October 21 season premiere.
HBO continues to dominate the Emmys, beating all other outlets this year with 19 total wins. But is the pay cable network's Emmy stranglehold on the wane?
HBO's tally was down from last year's 25 wins, and represented the channel's smallest Emmy haul since 2003 (when it won 18). And HBO won just four awards during the Primetime Emmys telecast on Sunday night, compared to eight on last year's broadcast. (It's been more than 15 years since HBO won so few during the telecast.)
Ken Kercheval, Larry Hagman
J.R. Ewing is not going to be happy about this one darn bit: TNT's new Dallas, premiering next summer, has recruited Ken Kercheval to resume his iconic role of Cliff Barnes, the sad-sack oilman who was repeatedly duped by Larry Hagman's scheming J.R. during the soap's original 1978-1991 run.
Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch
With preparations for Howard and Bernadette's wedding taking place throughout the season, the Big Bang Theory cast share what they think their characters should give the future Mr. and Mrs. Wolowitz.
Last season on House, Dr. Taub (Peter Jacobson) learned he had impregnated two women. And come Episode 5, after House exits prison and the action returns to Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, we will see Taub "reaping the benefits of my exploits," says Jacobson.
Two and a Half Men
This being such an epic week in the TV business, with the majority of new and returning shows premiering in the kickoff to the official TV season, I'm adjusting my "guide to the week" format all week to focus separately on each night as a whole: analyzing the programming strategies and showdowns while previewing the pilots and season openers I've seen in advance.
Monday in a Nutshell: ABC and CBS should continue to dominate. Dancing With the Stars has once again cast a buzz-worthy group — though some are wondering if they've overstepped and alienated their more mainstream fans with lightning-rod contestants like Chaz Bono and Nancy Grace. (Get over it, folks. It's a dancing show, all for fun.) And Castle makes for a fine nightcap. CBS' popular comedy lineup includes one new winner (Two Broke Girls) and one show in transition (Two and a Half Men) that's more talked about than almost any new fall series, while Hawaii Five-0 more than holds its own. Fox is shaking things up with its big-budget fantasy spectacular Terra Nova (which bows next week), which should open big at the very least. We'll see if its family-friendly tone attracts a broader-than-cult following. A Cuddy-free House (premiering Oct. 3) may be on its ...