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Watercooler: Home Ain't Where The Bachelor's Heart Is

Brad Womack

Last night, our buff Bachelor had his hometown dates with the final four ladies looking to land themselves a slab of Brad and, sorry folks, he had, like, no chemistry on display. With any of them!

Maybe it's that Brad was completely freaked out about having to meet four different families (even though he has had televised practice with this parental gauntlet routine). Maybe having to wear a shirt makes him socially awkward. Maybe it's that five weeks of competitive dating does not a couple make.

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Christina Hendricks Takes Flight in All-Star Superman

Christina Hendricks, Lois Lane

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... Joan Holloway? Best known as the hottest secretary known to man (and Mad Men), Christina Hendricks is busting out some new skills as the voice of a very different kind of Lois Lane in the gorgeous DVD movie All-Star Superman (in stores today). Hendricks, who stars in the movie with Desperate Housewives' James Denton as Clark Kent and Anthony LaPaglia as Lex Luthor, is as excited to be playing the iconic role as we are to talk to her about it. Because honestly, she's pretty damn super, too.

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Cheers & Jeers: Californication's Shameless Showtime Promo

Stephen Tobolowsky and Pamela Adlon

Jeers to Californication for sucking up to the hand that feeds it — Showtime.

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In the inexplicably long-running smutcom's fourth season, the grotesque Marcy Runkle (Pamela Adlon) is being romanced by big-time Hollywood producer Stu Beggs (Stephen Tobolowsky, aka Groundhog Day's Ned Ryerson, wasting his talent). read more

Breaking: Kiefer Sutherland Returns to TV!

Kiefer Sutherland

It's official: Just one year after 24 ended, Kiefer Sutherland is plotting his return to TV.

Sutherland has signed on to star in the Fox drama pilot Touch, in which he will play a man who discovers that his autistic son can predict the future. Word of Sutherland's interest in the pilot, written by Heroes creator Tim Kring, first emerged last week. But there was a big snag: Sutherland's Broadway commitment — the actor currently stars on stage in the play That Championship Season — threatened to derail any immediate TV possibility.

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Keck's Exclusives: James Taylor Lights up Mr. Sunshine

Mr. Sunshine

"It was the most surreal experience of my life," Allison Janney says of dueting with five-time Grammy winner James Taylor for Mr. Sunshine's March 16 episode. The singer guest stars on the ABC comedy as Billy, the ex-husband of Janney's Crystal. Turns out the exes had a lounge act and reunite to sing Leon Russell's "A Song For You," which Janney says "is probably one of the hardest songs to sing for someone who hadn't sung since stepping off the 9 to 5 stage over a year earlier."

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First Look: NCIS' Michael Weatherly Gets His Shot

Michael Weatherly directs NCIS

With the March 1 episode "One Last Score," Michael Weatherly becomes the first NCIS cast member to direct the CBS hit. "Believe me, I knocked on the door a long time," he tells TV Guide Magazine. "Mark Harmon has always said nobody here wants anybody else's job — and here I am, trying to do somebody else's job."

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The Biz: Rating the Replacements

Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN

How have viewers responded to the tumult in TV so far in 2011? Here's what the Nielsen ratings tell us.

American Idol
With the show going in to its 10th season, without Simon Cowell, industry insiders thought Idol could crash and burn. It hasn't happened. Through February 16, the show has averaged 25.2 million total viewers, down only 9 percent. "We feel it's a victory," says Fox executive vice president Preston Beckman, who credits the performance of new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. "We succeeded in reinventing the panel," he adds. read more

Poll: Will You Watch The X Factor?

X Factor

American Idol has not even selected their top 10, but TV audiences are already buzzing about Simon Cowell's return to television after an ad for his new reality competition show, The X Factor, aired during the Super Bowl on February 6. Are you looking forward to Cowell's new show, or do you think there are too many reality competition shows on television already? Sound off in our poll below!

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Ask Matt: Chicago Code, Castle, Fringe and More!

Chicago Code

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Question: I really like the new show The Chicago Code; I am from Chicago and also love the fact that it is shot on location here. My only issue with the show is Jennifer Beals' HORRIBLE attempt at a Chicago accent (and I love her). It is especially grating when she is narrating the story. I have lived in Chicago my whole life, and I can tell you that most people do not have that Dennis Franz (or the SNL characters') accent. That is a South Side thing and only a portion of the South Side actually talks that way. I will say that Jason Clarke not only nails the South Side accent but also the whole South Side mentality of a diehard White Sox fan who hates the Cubs (Sox fans are an angry bunch). Everyone I know that has watched the show has had the same reaction to her and it almost makes the show unwatchable. What do you think? Why can't they just let her talk normally? read more

Keck's Exclusives: V's Finale Bloodbath

Scott Wolf, Laura Vandervoort

Leapin' lizards! V's March 15 season finale will kill off up to one-third of its cast! With only central characters Anna (Morena Baccarin) and Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) safe, executive producer Scott Rosenbaum says two or "possibly even three" of the following actors have been let go: Scott Wolf (Chad), Logan Huffman (Tyler), Morris Chestnut (Ryan), Joel Gretsch (Father Jack), Laura Vandervoort (Lisa) and Jane Badler (Diana). Hoping the bold move will get him a third-season renewal from ABC, Rosenbaum says he chose his victims based on "what would be most devastating for the characters I want to continue." 

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