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Meet the New Spartacus: Liam McIntyre Talks About Taking Over the Gladiator Gig

Liam McIntyre

There's a new gladiator in town! After a long and exhaustive casting search, actor Liam McIntyre has landed the lead role in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The 28-year-old Aussie unknown will replace fan fave Andy Whitfield, who had to withdraw from the show last year after being diagnosed for the second time with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Season 2 of the international hit starts shooting this spring, with a projected January 2012 airdate. TV Guide Magazine spoke with McIntyre, who beat out a broad and beefy contingent of Spartacus wannabes — a list that included former Prison Break star Dominic Purcell and All My Children grad Aiden Turner ...

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Zeke and Luther Season 3 Premiere Date Revealed

Hutch Dano and Adam Hicks

Mark your calendars, kids! February 28 is when the popular Disney XD comedy Zeke and Luther returns for its totally gnarly third season.

For the skateboarding BFFs played by Hutch Dano and Adam Hicks, getting sponsored by Riot Skates at the end of Season 2 opens the door for new adventures — not all of them excellent.

The Season 3 premiere, titled "Zeke's Last Ride," finds one of the boys literally falling on his face while attempting a stunt.

So it sounds like the road to becoming the next Tony Hawk is paved with obstacles, but there should be silliness too as the duo struggle to ... read more

The Truth is Out There: What's Next for the Pretty Little Liars?

Troian Bellisario

Got a secret, but we cannot keep it. Not after talking to Pretty Little Liars executive producer Marlene King about the pretty little twists she's got up her sleeves. So text your besties and feast on these teases of what's coming up for our fib-dependent foursome ...

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Ask Matt: Summer-to-Winter TV, Fringe, Medium, Bones, Cape and More!

Anna Torv and Lance Reddick

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I've noticed the last few years that shows that were "summer shows" started bleeding into the fall or having new episodes in the winter. I think season 1 of Damages was one of the first. It started in the summer but did not end until the fall, which made it hard to stay with once the regular shows started up. But now other cable shows are doing this, including splitting their seasons and airing them at other times. The Closer, White Collar, Burn Notice, and now Royal Pains, which started as ... read more

Video: Busy Philipps Visits Cubicle Confessions

Busy Philipps

Sit back, grab a glass of wine and get ready to laugh as Cougar Town star Busy Philipps visits Cubicle Confessions! Busy shares details about her time as a waitress for California Pizza Kitchen, drinking on the set of Cougar Town and why she doesn't believe in the term "guilty pleasure." Check out the exclusive video after the jump... read more

Castle's Big Kiss

Castle

After two and a half seasons of banter, bullets and bad guys, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) finally lock lips on tonight's Castle (10:01/9:01c, ABC). And, according to exec producer Andrew Marlowe, it was the crime drama's passionate.... read more

Matt's Picks: January 24-27

White Collar

Castle (Monday, 10/9c, ABC)
Two things happen this week that fans have been long awaiting: First, a new twist in the very cold case regarding who killed Beckett's mother. Second, and a much bigger deal to many, a kiss between Castle and Beckett, taking all that unresolved sexual tension to a fever pitch. It all begins when the now-retired detective on Beckett's mom's... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Nathan Lane Returns to Modern Family

Nathan Lane, Modern Family

After a hilarious guest spot on Modern Family last fall, Nathan Lane will reprise his role as Cameron and Mitchell's flamboyant party thrower pal, Pepper, in a spring episode.

This time, "Mitch [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] and Cam [Eric Stonestreet] go out for a boys night with Pepper and a bunch of their other gay friends," Modern Family executive producer Steve Levitan told me at Saturday's Producers Guild Awards, just before going on stage to accept the award for Best Comedy Series. The plot... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Mary Tyler Moore

The more things change, the more they sound the same. And so it was as American Idol returned this week — with shiny new judges, a flashy new opening, but the formula pretty much intact from before. (Delusional tone-deaf losers? Check. Precocious talents? Check. Inspirational sob stories? Name that tune, repeatedly.) One essential ingredient is, of course, missing: the curmudgeonly and biting snark, but also the tang of weary boredom, that was the hallmark of Simon Cowell. In his place, two charismatic supernovas who represent flip sides of the Paula coin: the ditsy loose cannon (an electrifying Steven Tyler) who blurts things like "I think you got the what-is-it-ness" when he's not leering at a parade of nubile Disney Channel refugees or drumming along to the groove of the better talents; and the beatific cheerleader (a luminous Jennifer Lopez) who's quick with the goosebumps and moist eyes and hates to say no. "I'm not in the business of crushing spirits," says J-Lo, who goes on to protest too much: "This is awful. I hate this! Why did I sign up for this?"

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Watercooler: Parks and Recreation-al Therapy

Amy Poehler

We're back!

So sayeth Leslie Knope and so be it. Last night, Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler's adorably entertaining civil servant-com made its long-delayed return and — no offense to the mustachioed magnificence that is Leslie's boss — it has earned a spot at the top of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness.

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