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Cheers & Jeers: Melinda Clarke's One-Two Punch on Nikita and CSI

Melinda Clarke

Cheers to Melinda Clarke for two-timing it on Nikita and CSI 

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The O.C. and Vampire Diaries vet holds down juicy roles on a pair of Thursday at 9 p.m. dramas. She was sadly nowhere to be seen last night on the CW's spy series — back after a too-long hiatus — as Amanda, Division's master manipulator. But fear not, Amanda fans: She'll be back next week, hooking up mole Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) to a lie detector.

Meanwhile, last night Clarke reprised her recurring role on CSI as Lady Heather, the dominatrix who got a kick out of flirting with Gil Grissom (William Petersen). Now working as a sex therapist... read more

Watercooler: Gigolos...You've Got Male!

Gigolos

OK, so...yeah. Gigolos. This one is gonna be tricky.

Last night, Showtime whipped out its new docudrama about five male escorts sharing their wares around Vegas and we gotta say, the cable net sure has found a ballsy companion piece to The Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Graphic to the extreme, yet perversely intriguing at times, this thing is sure to be a full-frontal assault on the sensibilities of many more genteel viewers. After all, it's not often we see as much as Gigolos shows and the fact that the producers (including former 21 Jump Street stud Richard Grieco!) were able to shoot so much NSFW footage of the guys servicing their female clients is mind-blowing... read more

Roush Review: Upstairs or Down, You Can Go Home Again

Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard

"This house is going to see such life!" So declares the new mistress (familiar face Keeley Hawes) of Upstairs Downstairs' 165 Eaton Place, blowing out the cobwebs after years of disuse. This address is so iconic to fans of classic British TV, it's a wonder Masterpiece Classic waited until its 40th anniversary to time-warp us back for more sudsy ups and downs in this fabled London estate. (For those devoted to the original, a deluxe new 21-DVD set of the complete '70s series has been issued by Acorn Media.)

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Army Wives Moves On After a Big Loss

Terry Serpico and Catherine Bell

The shocking death of soldier Jeremy Sherwood (Richard Bryant), fatally wounded in the line of duty in Afghanistan on the March 27 episode of Army Wives, left not only the show's characters and fans shaken, but also the close-knit cast and crew. "Some were angry," admits executive producer Jeff Melvoin. "I explained, 'It's good that you feel that way, because that's what death means.'"

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Here Come the Judds

Naomi and Wynonna Judd

While the Judds' farewell tour is the impetus for this new six-part reality series about the country duo, music is only a small part of The Judds. The underlying theme is the often strained relationship between mom Naomi and daughter Wynonna.

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History Mounts New Taxidermy-Themed Alaska Reality Show

Mounted in Alaska

Hungry for yet another reality show set in the 49th State? We're stuffed — but then again, so are the animals in History's Mounted in Alaska, and that's the draw.

The show, which launches Thursday night at 10/9c on History, revolves around Alaskan taxidermist Russell Knight. The owner of Knight's Taxidermy, Knight and his team are asked to preserve wildlife ...
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Exclusive: Sleuth Gets a New Name; Meet Cloo

From the company that morphed Sci Fi into Syfy comes another channel name destined to wreak havoc with your computer's spell check.

TV Guide Magazine has confirmed that NBCUniversal will change the name of Sleuth, its crime and mystery cable channel, later this spring. The new name? Cloo TV.

Why the name change and quirky spelling? Just as NBCUniversal realized that it ...
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American Idol Backstage Report: So Ryan Seacrest Thinks He Can Dance?

Ryan Seacrest

All of a sudden, Ryan Seacrest has Happy Feet. And once again, this new exuberance on stage — and his tendency to break into dance — has been inspired by this season's most physically uninhibited contestant, Nashville's Paul McDonald

On Wednesday night, McDonald rocked the Idol Dome with his version of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." "It was fun," said McDonald after the show. "I felt like I was in my band ...
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Watercooler: Breaking In (Kind of) Cracks Us Up

Bret Harrison, Christian Slater

Seriously Fox, you picked Running Wilde over this? Dag.

Last night, Breaking In, the show that was bumped from the fall lineup by that waste of Will Arnett, finally made it to the air and was able to do in 30 minutes what Wilde barely did in 13 episodes: Entertain us.

Set around the inter-office antics of a ...
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Cheers & Jeers: An AOK SVU/LOLA Crossover

Terence Howard

Cheers to Law & Order: SVU for making "Reparations" for previous storytelling crimes.  

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In an unusually sober episode of the too-often sensationalistic series, Terrence Howard smoothly crossed over from Law & Order: LA as his character, ADA Jonah Dekker, flew in to defend his cousin (excellent Chicago Hope vet Vondie Curtis-Hall) on rape charges. The case pitted ...
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