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Matt's Picks: February 28-March 3

Matt Lauria, Jason Clarke

The Chicago Code (Monday, 9/8c, Fox)
As often happens in the best crime dramas, the bad guy often gets some of the meatiest material. And Ronin Gibbons, the Chicago Alderman played so deliciously by Delroy Lindo, is no ordinary adversary. We get a better sense of what makes him tick in this episode, when the powerful politician is confronted by an armed teenage robber, causing Gibbons to look back on his own upbringing, back before he became so cynical about the city's corrupt ways. In another storyline, a bomber blows up a city building and promises more mayhem, putting a ticking clock on Jarek and Caleb's efforts to track down the culprit. This situation is not unlike the dilemma on ABC's Castle an hour later (10/9c), in the conclusion of a tense two-parter that finds Beckett and Castle teaming up with a fed (Adrian Pasdar) to avert a terrorist calamity.... read more

The Biz: ABC News' James Goldston on Moving to Good Morning America

James Goldston

James Goldston is changing executive producer jobs at ABC News, moving from Nightline to Good Morning America. Goldston is the former BBC producer who oversaw the turnaround of ABC's Nightline in 2005, when it looked like the show might be headed for extinction. Now Nightline is often the most watched-show in late night. Can he bring the same touch to Good Morning America, which has been in the ratings shadow of NBC's Today for the past 15 years?

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Exclusive Video: Behind the Scenes with Castle Stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic

Castle

TV Guide Magazine takes you behind the scenes on our smokin' hot photoshoot with Castle stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. From this season's steamy kiss to what's coming up in Castle and Beckett's relationship, no topic is off limits! Plus, the actors reveal ...
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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.

And that was before... read more

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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