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On the Set: NCIS Welcomes Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart and Mark Harmon

Shooting a scene in the autopsy lab on the NCIS set, Bob Newhart looks a bit absentminded, and an interloper might not know whether to chuckle. The TV legend is playing Dr. Walter Magnus, who preceded Ducky (David McCallum) as the unit's medical examiner. Looking over a corpse with Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Ducky suggests their old colleague add his forensic two cents. "Walter, why don't you jump into some scrubs? ...Walter?"

Newhart's hesitancy in responding isn't far off from the trademark stammer he made into a science on two of TV's most beloved sitcoms, The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78) and Newhart (1982-90). Since NCIS is a drama in touch with its lighter side, you might guess the visiting icon was cast in "Recruited" to capitalize on his levity. Not so. The former doc... read more

Poll: Which New Mid-Season Show Is Your Favorite?

Off the Map

Now that a few new series have hit the air, we want to know which one has you glued to your tube. Do the dreamy, life-saving docs of Off the Map make you want to head to the jungle? Or do the super-hero adventures of The Cape and hard-hitting blows on Lights Out get your blood pumping? Does Paula Abdul's Live to Dance make you want to get up on your feet? Or does legal dramedy Harry's Law get you excited for upcoming court appearances? Let us know which new show is your favorite so far after the jump... read more

Walt Willey Weighs in on All My Children's New Love Triangle

All My Children

All My Children has spent months percolating a romance between Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her crusty mountain man Caleb (Michael Nouri) and so far her fiancé Jack — played by the marvelous Walt Willey — has remained pretty clueless. But he's about to wake up and smell the triangle. This week, David (Vincent Irizarry) comes out of his coma and remembers it was Kendall (Alicia Minshew) who shot him, and that finds an emotionally frazzled Erica leaning on Caleb, rather than Jack. On February 1, Jack catches the two of them in an embrace. TV Guide Magazine had a chat with Willey who — just like a whole lotta Jack and Erica fans — ain't too wild about this turn of events... read more

Keck's Exclusives: NBC's Chase Casts Annie's Dad

William Sadler

An upcoming two episode arc of NBC's Chase will introduce viewers to the fugitive father of lead character, Deputy U.S. Marshal Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish). It was the search for her father that originally kicked off Annie's lifelong "chase."

Cast in the role of William Frost is character actor William Sadler, who was seen earlier this season in the premiere episode of CBS's Hawaii Five-0 as the father of Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin). That character didn't fare so well, and Annie's dad could also wind up dead if she doesn't act fast... read more

Football's Ratings Blitz

Sunday Night Football

Back in February 1983, when watching TV meant tuning in to ABC, CBS or NBC, 106 million people watched the final episode of M*A*S*H. Legend has it that the water pressure in New York City showed a noticeable drop during the commercial breaks. For 27 years, the M*A*S*H finale stood as the most watched TV show ever, and in an era when the average home has more than 100 channels to choose from, it seemed impossible that any single broadcast could amass that type of audience again.

But Super Bowl XLIV capped what had been a storybook season for the New
Orleans Saints, playing for a city that only a few years before gave viewers the horrific images of Hurricane Katrina... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Two and a Half Men — The Sheen is Off

Charlie Sheen

Jeers to Two and a Half Men for treating its star's dead-serious self-destruction as a joke.

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CBS' inexplicably long-running sitcom continues to make light of Charlie Sheen's real-life debauchery, even as his alarmingly gaunt and haggard appearance reflects the toll it's taking on him... read more

Watercooler: Only Skins Deep?

Skins

Unless you've been living under a rock where pop-up ads, Twitter feeds and word of mouth are forbidden, you know that MTV revealed its Skins last night. And while less frisky than the source material — the scorchingly brazen British series about drug-addled, sex-obsessed teens — the U.S. version wants to shock as much as the kids want to boff.

Does it succeed? Well, like the characters in search of hooking up, sort of. Following the template.... read more

Ask Matt: Good Wife, Fringe, Downton Abbey, Community Roger Ebert & More

The Good Wife

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Question:
What on earth were the writers thinking when they wrote the January 11 episode of The Good Wife? All the lawyers and investigators acted in a disgusting and sleazy manner, and the gratuitous violence against women done by the male investigator was unforgivable. One more repugnant episode like this one and I won't be watching the show. — Ruth

Matt Roush: I'm betting your reaction is exactly what the show's writers were hoping to evoke (that week, the script was credited to show creators/executive producers Robert and Michelle King). Maybe not the "I'm quitting you" thing, but revulsion for sure. The entire purpose of the episode was to show our quasi-heroes in a negative light. These are not saints, not even Alicia. And I'm glad the show allows us to see that her moral quandaries don't stop with her husband but often extend to her work. Even good lawyers and good wives play dirty, and The Good Wife expects the viewer to be able to handle that. It's refreshing to see a mainstream network drama go a little dark once in a while. That's why they call it drama... read more

NBC/Universal's Golden Globes Party: Seen and Heard

Alison Sweeney

Alison Sweeney and Jillian Michaels are not only professional colleagues, but the host of The Biggest Loser told TV Guide Magazine how much the tough trainer has helped her personally. "Jillian's done a lot to inspire me, and she's given me so many great tips," said Sweeney. "I know how she comes across on TV, but I texted her the other day and was like... read more

HBO's Golden Globes After Party: Seen and Heard

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks

A smiling Tom Hanks, producer of The Pacific and Big Love, arrived at 8pm, arm in arm with wife Rita Wilson. They were happy, despite losing in the Best TV Movie or Mini-Series category to Carlos.

The Fighter's Mark Wahlberg, dapper in Armani with wife Rhea Durham on his arm said... read more

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