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Critic's Notebook: The CBS Upfront

Ashton Kutcher

With CBS, it's not the shows that surprise us, it's the moves. Like uprooting CSI from its decade-long anchor position on Thursdays, making room for a new crime drama — you were expecting something else? — while bolstering Wednesday night (not unlike Survivor's move last season) by taking on the even longer-in-the-tooth Law & Order: SVU at 10/9c. Or moving its most acclaimed drama, The Good Wife, to become the centerpiece of the high-profile Sunday lineup. (Yes, viewers affected by fall football overruns will have to cope, but if any show benefits by being watched live, it's this modern masterpiece)...
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Cheers & Jeers: NCIS' Killer Guest Star — Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Cheers to Kerr Smith for his dead-on guest shot on NCIS.

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Critic's Notebook: The ABC Upfront

Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh

Through the first two days and three networks of the upfront week, a nagging thought keeps occurring to me. When people ask me what to look forward to in the fall, I fear my answer is going to be: Just wait until midseason!

Once again, as with Awake and Smash on NBC and Alcatraz on Fox, some of my most visceral and enthusiastic knee-jerk responses ...
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Watercooler: Who Was Glee's All-Star?

Jonathan Groff

It's time to play favorites, kids.

Last night on Glee, Jesse St. James and the worst teacher ever held auditions to see which of the New Directions crooners would take lead solo at Nationals next week (way to be prepared, Schu!). And while the tryouts all but crippled the emotional momentum of the main story — the death of Sue's sister — with ...
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Dancing With the Stars Backstage Report: Drew Lachey and Warren Sapp Handicap the Finale

Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke

Now that the Disney Kid has beaten the Karate Kid, all bets are off. With Tuesday night's elimination of Ralph Macchio, it'll be Chelsea Kane, Kirstie Alley and Hines Ward in next week's Dancing With the Stars finale. But even show insiders are at a loss, trying to figure out who will ultimately sashay home with the prize.

"I gotta believe it's gonna be either Chelsea or Hines," says second season champ Drew Lachey, one of those rare birds who maintains the physical conditioning required to come back to this show and do what he did Tuesday night: Reunite with his pro partner, Cheryl Burke, and dance. "Chelsea and Hines are the strongest ...
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Paris Hilton Lets Viewers Into Her World

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton may have been a staple of reality television almost since its inception, but when her new Oxygen show The World According to Paris premieres on June 1, even she will be entering new territory. "There's a lot of things in the show that I'm like, 'Oh my God, I cannot believe I'm going to allow this on television,'" she told TV Guide Magazine at the premiere party on May 17.

For the girl who has always wanted to show her fans a picture of perfection, airing her more vulnerable moments, including arguments with boyfriend Cy Waits, was not an easy ...
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General Hospital's Laura Wright Finally Breaks Her Emmy Curse

Laura Wright

It's official: Hell froze over! After 20 years as one of the soap world's most acclaimed stars, General Hospital's Laura Wright — who plays bitch-on-wheels Carly Jacks — has at long last been nominated for a Daytime Emmy. (The awards air June 19 on CBS.) TV Guide Magazine spoke with the four-soap vet to find out what finally went Wright.
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Divorce Court Makes Judgment Call with New Format

Judge Lynn Toler

Time's change. So does Divorce Court. The landmark show — currently nominated for a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program — has always been about unhappily marrieds. But there's a big shakeup coming this fall. We got the deets from the judge who has presided over the syndicated hit since 2006 — the wise, funny and (dare we say it?) adorable Lynn Toler.
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Meet The Middle Scene Stealer Atticus Shaffer

Atticus Shaffer

Atticus Shaffer is having Lego flashbacks. "It was a Star Wars set," he says with a groan that makes him sound 70, not 12. "Something like 1,035 pieces. It took me three days to put together." Shaffer only had a few last bricks to click when... Crash! Meowww! "My cat jumped on it and destroyed everything." Shaffer scrunches up his shoulders, tosses up his hands. "So you just start rebuilding."

The adorable young star of The Middle is tenacious like that. At a Lego store near where the ABC sitcom shoots in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, Shaffer is recalling his most memorable projects: read more

Critic's Notebook: The Fox Upfront

Zooey Deschanel

There's not much that Fox, sitting so pretty, and coming-from-behind NBC have in common. But as each network demonstrated in their noisy Upfront presentations on Monday, music is key to their future.

NBC has The Voice and the midseason musical drama Smash. Fox has Glee (which opened the Upfront with a Warblers number and a diatribe by Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester), American Idol (which closed the show with a medley sung by this season's also-rans, accompanied by So You Think You Can Dance veterans) and the upcoming fall "tentpole" The X Factor, which will take over Idol's Wednesday and Thursday berths. This newest network singing competition was the centerpiece of Fox's event, with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and the rest of The X Factor talent taking the stage — with Randy Jackson tagging along until Simon shooed him off, and Paula Abdul cooing "I love you, Simon," when prompted to speak.

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