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Watercooler: American Idol's Top 24… Have At 'Em!

American Idol

Thank God Jennifer was able to pull herself together after Wednesday's so not staged "breakdown," because this train needs to get moving and last night, we finally headed out of the station. After what feels like two dozen weeks of auditions, Randy, Steven and Weepy McLopez made their "final judgment" (as Seacrest boomingly kept calling the ep, like God crossed with Guy Smiley) and unleashed ...
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Cheers & Jeers: Two and a Half Men — Good Luck, Chuck!

Chuck Lorre

Cheers to Chuck Lorre for giving Cheers & Jeers a shout-out.

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On his website, the Two and a Half Men cocreator posted the vanity card that would've aired after last night's episode of his sitcom The Big Bang Theory — had CBS not censored it: "It was more fun writing these things when I was fairly certain no one was reading them," it began. "That is no longer the case. These days it seems like ...
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Roush Review: Fringe, Supernatural, Spartacus: Friday Night Lights Up

Fringe

As someone who spends a healthy (if that's the word) chunk of most weekends catching up on Friday night TV, here are some very strong arguments for even the most cabin-feverish among us to stay in this Friday night. It's also a classic DVR dilemma. Which to watch live, which to record?

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My vote is on having a real-time Fringe experience — which in this case means flashing back in time to another pivotal moment in the worlds-collide mythology. This terrifically imaginative series, hitting its peak in its third season in every way but ratings, needs every fan's support. I do think Fox believes in the show and is rooting for it to succeed, but the move to Fridays is proving to be as challenging as trying to tell the two Walter Bishops apart back in 1985. (I had to play back one scene twice because I temporarily lost track of which world we were in.)

Fringe reminds me of Lost in the way that over time it has abandoned almost any pretext of reeling in the casual viewer. You're either into ...
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Dr. Drew on Charlie Sheen's Woes: Further Trouble Ahead?

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen's bizarre comments on Thursday came with some dire consequences ­­­— and addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky saw it coming.

Pinsky told TV Guide Magazine earlier this week that he found Sheen's recent erratic behavior to be troubling, and not the sign of someone in proper recovery.

"It's very manic, very grandiose," Pinsky says.

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Exclusive: Fringe Producers on Peter and Olivia's First Meeting…and Their Future!

John Noble

Fringe heads back to 1985 again this week (Friday, 9/8c, Fox) for more of the Bishop back story, and — if you've seen the promos — it turns out some of our heroes have known each other a lot longer than any of them realize. So we grabbed executive producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman for an exclusive, spoilery chat about the heartbreaking episode, what Peter and Olivia's fateful encounter 26 years in the past means for their future, and of course, alterna-babies.

TV Guide Magazine: First off, I hear you're tweeting during the show tomorrow night? You're gonna be bombarded.
Joel Wyman:
We love the fans and it's so great to be able to communicate with them.

TV Guide Magazine: How long have you been planning to reveal that Peter and Olivia met when they were kids down in Jacksonville?
Jeff Pinkner:
We have known it for... read more

Supernatural's Ultimate Meta Episode: Sam and Dean Become Jared and Jensen

Supernatural

Some Supernatural fans hate them, others — count me among them — love when the show punches through the fourth wall. Writer Ben Edlund (he wrote last season's hilarious "Changing Channels") is back Friday (9/8c on The CW) with another exposé of life behind the scenes on a TV show. This time, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) find themselves thrust into the topsy-turvy world of Supernatural, the TV series. Executive producer Sera Gamble lets us in on the joke.

TV Guide Magazine: This episode, "The French Mistake," sounds like the biggest meta episode you've done.
Gamble: We're going pretty far! [Laughs]

TV Guide Magazine: What does the title mean?
Gamble: It's a reference to a song at the end of Blazing Saddles, that's a reference to breaking the Fourth Wall. We chose the title as a winking nod to that concept.

TV Guide Magazine: What's the situation Sam and Dean find themselves in?
Gamble: Castiel has been fighting ...
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Cheers & Jeers: A Top Chef Cut Down to Size

Top Chef

Cheers to Top Chef: All-Stars for taking one cheftestant down a much-needed peg.

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SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched this week's episode, stop reading now.

Following his sweep of the Muppets cookie quickfire and the Target all-night elimination challenge, Dale Talde was getting a little big for his britches ("I crushed an episode!" he exclaimed. "I've won $30,000, but I'm a greedy American."). Pride goeth before the fall: His oyster-wrapped steak failed ...
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Matt's Weekend Picks: February 25-27

Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki

Supernatural (Friday, 9/8c, The CW)
It's a mad, mad, meta world when the Winchester brothers are transported to a parallel universe where Sam and Dean become their actual alter egos: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, stars of a TV show called Supernatural. Even weirder, Castiel turns out to be a Twitter fiend whose real name is Misha Collins, and so on. Sounds like a fun change of pace from the recent grim tidings. Meanwhile, in the same... read more

The Biz: The Weather Channel's Sunny Outlook

From the Edge with Peter Lik

When the weather outside is frightful, viewers flock to The Weather Channel. But the cable network wants people to keep tuning in even when outdoor conditions aren't extreme, as well as hold on to viewers who log on to TWC's weather.com or other online sources for forecasts.

TWC will step up those efforts on March 31 when it launches From the Edge, a new weekly half-hour series built around the... read more

The Mentalist Goes Mental

Simon Baker, Aunjanue Ellis

Who set fire to serial cop-killer Todd Johnson, executing him in his jail cell? That mystery has been haunting the characters on The Mentalist since November, and tonight one of the CBI's very own is fingered as the perp!

First, Agent J.J. LaRoche (Pruitt Taylor Vince), who's been investigating the case as head of CBI's internal affairs, will reveal that one of Johnson's victims had been sleeping with... read more

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