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Ask Matt: FX (Lights Out, Archer), Game of Thrones, Southland and More!

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Question: I was saddened to learn of the cancellation of Lights Out. It has been a great show with great performances. If I had any complaint about this outstanding series, it would be that there could have been more boxing, especially early on in the series. Do you think that was a contributing factor, or is it just another case of a good show not finding its audience in a competitive time slot? This has also made me concerned about my favorite prime-time sitcom, Archer. The writing and voice acting are insanely brilliant. (For me, I rate it a hair above Community.) Do you think it will come back for a third season? Will we need to let slip the ...
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Cheers & Jeers: Californication Hits a New (Rob) Lowe

David Duchovny

Jeers to Californication for letting Hank Moody get off—so to speak.

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The fourth-season finale of Showtime's smut-com (which, despite its flaccid ratings, has inexplicably been picked up for Year 5) opened ... read more

Watercooler: Oh Baby! Fringe's Name Game

Anna Torv

If babies bring joy, alt-babies bring oy, as we learned last Friday night on Fringe when Fauxlivia birthed the son she conceived while playing mata hari (and way more than footise) over in this world with Peter last winter. Blessed event? More like "god help us."

After being abducted and subjected to some crazy alt-world gizmo, the dark-haired Dunham's fetus grew faster than you could say "shades of the original V's Starchild." Next thing you know, we're getting nightmare-inducing shots of the kid practically karate-chopping his way out of her belly until —boom! —the speedy-delivery arrival of what is sure to be a bundle of trouble for Fauxlivia, baby-daddy Peter, his current bedmate Olivia, and, really, the entire world... read more

First Look: Booster Gold Rushes Into the Smallville Spotlight

Smallville

Get ready, Clark Kent, there's a new golden boy in town. On April 22, Smallville introduces Booster Gold, "a glory-seeking showboat from the future," says Days of Our Lives star Eric Martsolf, who plays the DC Comics cult favorite. "The episode takes place in Booster's very early stages where he's at his conceited best, where he believes he can do whatever he wants. He's gonna stay for the photo op and bask in the glory of his heroic efforts."

Booster's behavior shocks Clark ... read more

Thousands of Hopefuls Show Up for The X Factor Auditions

Simon Cowell

Thousands of singing hopefuls braved the harsh weather to attend the very first US auditions for Simon Cowell's new talent show The X Factor at the L.A. Sports Arena. The estimated crowd of 18,000 was so vast, it even caught executive producer Rob Wade off guard.

"I mean, look at this!" an excited Wade told TV Guide Magazine, at 6:30am on March 27, while pointing at the crowds that were gleefully cheering for the cameras despite the steady drizzle. "We thought around five thousand [would show up]. It could have been two. So I'm really, really happy."

With a multi-million dollar contract at stake, the producers expected the level of talent to be high... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Brothers & Sisters Wedding Finale?

Brothers & Sisters

We are gathered here today for... the final episode ever of ABC's Brothers & Sisters? Could be. While shooting the May 8 season-ending nuptials of Sarah and Luc (Rachel Griffiths and Gilles Marini), the cast told me they weren't sure if they'll be back for a... read more

Matt's Picks: March 28-30

Nurse Jackie

Nurse Jackie (Monday, 10/9c, Showtime)
Premium cable's finest (dark) comedy returns for a third season, with the pill-addicted nurse (Edie Falco) as stubbornly defiant as ever, even as the fabric of lies she has constructed between her family life and the hospital continues to shred. Jackie's desperation is as harrowing as it amusing, but there's plenty more going on as... read more

Keck's Exclusives: First Look at Outsourced's I Do's

Outsourced

When Rajiv (Rizwan Manji) takes Vimi as his bride in Outsourced's May 12 finale, his coworkers gather on the beach dressed in traditional formal attire for an Indian wedding extravaganza.

"Rajiv needs one more best man in his crew, so he enlists me... read more

CBS Renews Sunday Reality Staples Amazing Race and Undercover Boss

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race

CBS is keeping it real on Sundays, picking up another round of both The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss for next season.

The network hasn't yet determined whether both shows will remain in their Sunday slots this coming fall. But CBS is making a point of highlighting how well both shows did last fall vs. tough Sunday Night Football competition on NBC — which means it's very likely both shows will... read more

Scoop on Modern Family, The Office and More at the Comedy Awards

Jon Cryer, Kristin Wiig

Some of the funniest people on the planet gathered in New York City Saturday night for the first-ever Comedy Awards (which airs April 10 at 9 p.m. simultaneously across MTV Networks' Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite). Eddie Murphy received the Comedy Icon Award and paid homage to his greatest comedic inspirations: Bill Cosby, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Pryor and George Carlin. But the biggest award of the evening was also the most... read more

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