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The Middle

"Why does fun always have a price?"

 

These are the words of Poor Sue Heck — I can never refer to this scene-stealing character (played brilliantly by Eden Sher) without adding the word "poor" in front of her name — in another hilarious episode of ABC's underappreciated The Middle. Yes, the show is fun, but with the sting of truth. Living in the shadow of the marvelous Modern Family (which offered up another farcical hoot this week), ABC's Wednesday ...
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Miss America's Big Birthday

Teresa Scanlan and Emoly West

Here she is, Miss America! The grandmother of all reality shows marks its 90th anniversary with the best present of all: a return to network television after spending the last five years on cable (twice on CMT and three times on TLC).

"It's great to be back where we belong," says Sam Haskell III, chairman of the board of the Miss America Organization, who helped orchestrate a three-year deal with ABC. "We've all worked hard to make this happen," he continues.

Haskell ...
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Larry Hagman Visits Wisteria Lane

Larry Hagman

In seven seasons on Desperate Housewives, Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) has successfully taken on cancer, sexual harassment, her husband's amorous exes, a serial killer, a neighborhood child molester and a gold digger out to bag one of her boys. But could anything have prepared her for the arrival of J.R. Ewing on ...
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Golden Globes Preview: Who Should Win?

Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies

Could dead men turn the tables on ad men this year at the Golden Globes? You never know with those quirky Globes voters, who in years past have given cult shows like The X-Files and Party of Five best-drama honors.

If Mad Men wins again, and it is the deserving ...
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Hollywood's Golden Night

Ricky Gervais

Armageddon seemed just a wee bit closer the day the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominations for the Golden Globe Awards. That's because one of the year's biggest Oscar-buzz films, True Grit, was snubbed in every ...
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Seen & Heard: NBC TCA Party

Alison Brie

Thursday night's NBC All-Star Party, held in conjunction with the Television Critics Association press tour, brought out a rather interesting mix of characters: A new superhero (The Cape's David Lyons), a legendary TV producer (David E. Kelley), Beverly Hills socialites (Paris and Kathy Hilton) and even an Oscar winner (Kathy Bates). But the crowded lobby of the Langham Hotel in Pasadena quickly turned into a place where old friends got a chance to catch up and new friends were made.

As soon as Parenthood's Erika Christensen spotted pals Jason Ritter (The Event) and Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) she rushed ...
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Cheers & Jeers: Is Ted Williams Just What Dr. Phil Ordered?

Ted Williams, Dr. Phil

Jeers to Dr. Phil McGraw for mining Ted Williams' rocky private life for ratings gold.

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"I want to help 'the Man with the Golden Voice,'" the daytime-TV Ph.D. (who weirdly sported matching black leather jackets with Williams) disingenuously declared before launching into what amounted to a three-day on-air intervention. But did he really help Williams — a man who was living on the street a few weeks ago — by sticking TV cameras in his face and encouraging family members he'd abandoned to confront him with his failures? McGraw piled on, calling Williams "a... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Office Alums Return for Michael's Movie

Melora Hardin, Steve Carrel

Before he departs The Office, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is inviting us all to a screening of Threat Level Midnight, the film he vowed to complete ever since his co-workers discovered his screenplay back in Season 2. The February 17 episode will see the returns of alums Melora Hardin (Jan), Rashida Jones (Karen), David Denman (Roy) and Andy Buckley (David), with almost everyone playing roles in the action/thriller.

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Exclusive Video: Men of Cougar Town Let Loose

Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Dan Byrd

They're hilarious, sexy and know how to belt out a Bon Jovi tune! TV Guide Magazine brings you an exclusive behind the scenes video with the men of Cougar Town, featuring interviews with Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt and Dan Byrd. The guys dish ...
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Big Shocks in Big Love's Final Season

Ginnifer Goodwin, Bill Paxton and Jeanne Tripplehorn

The cat's out of the bag in the fifth and final season of Big Love: Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), Utah's newly elected State Senator, has announced that he and his family are polygamists — and it's not sitting well with everyone.

"I don't think Bill regrets [the announcement], although I think he has underestimated the amount of animosity and persecution he faces," Paxton said at the Los Angeles premiere on January 12. "But he has to try to reform the image of plural marriage and polygamy, otherwise it will be left to guys like Alby (Matt Ross) to promote."

Bill's three wives struggle to come to terms with living out in the open for a ...
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