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Restrepo (Monday, 9/8c, National Geographic Channel)

Combat has rarely been captured with such authentic immediacy and gritty urgency as in this wrenching you-are-there Afghan War chronicle from Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) and Tim Hetherington. Their cameras capture the near-constant tension of life (and, naturally, death) with a platoon stationed in a treacherous outpost — named for a beloved fallen medic — where the next firefight attack could come at any moment. There are moments of raunchy levity and rowdy rough-housing as the men settle in to this no-man's-land, but the overall impact is devastating. There's a reason this has already been short-listed in the documentary feature category at this year's Oscars. ...

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Poll: Which Canceled Show Deserves More Time?

Rubicon

Unfortunately, even promising television sometimes gets the ax. Intricate, intelligent writing didn't keep AMC from crossing off Rubicon, and Huge's witty teen dialogue and emotional depth failed to win a huge audience. Not even super producer JJ Abrams or the combined star power of Maura Tierney and Rob Morrow could rescue Undercovers or The Whole Truth, respectively. So we ask: Which of these canceled shows deserves more time?

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The Mother of All Guest Stars: Linda Hamilton Talks Chuck

Linda Hamilton

She can warm your heart and kick your ass from here to next Tuesday. Nobody plays action moms better than Linda Hamilton, who's gone from sci-fi in The Terminator flicks to spy-fi on Chuck, where she now plays secret agent Mary Elizabeth Bartowski. The character, who abandoned her offspring, Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), almost 20 years ago without explanation, appears to be in league with Russian meanie Alexei Volkov (Timothy Dalton). So how come she shows up unannounced in Monday's episode (Nov. 29, 8/7c, NBC) to have Thanksgiving leftovers with Chuck? Is Mom Bartowski truly bad or is she faking it? The series plans to keep fans guessing. TV Guide Magazine had a chat with the fabulous Hamilton and not even she knows the truth! read more

Keck's Exclusives: Hawaii Five-0 Regular Booked to Law & Order: SVU

Taryn Manning

Watch out Hawaii Five-0. Vultures are circling your seriously underused star Taryn Manning, who was originally described to me as a series regular but has barely appeared on screen as Steve McGarrett's little sis, MaryAnn.  F/X's Sons of Anarchy had wanted Taryn to... read more

Critic's Notebook: Giving Thanks (and No Thanks)

Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble

Before we settle in for a nice long Thanksgiving weekend, some thoughts on a few of the TV shows and headlines that caught my eye over the last few days—some of which makes me thankful, some not so much.

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THANKS to Fox for suddenly making the midseason interesting with its bold scheduling moves in the new year — though NO THANKS to some of the side-effects (especially involving Fringe) and NO THANKS to breaking the news late on a Friday night, as if we somehow wouldn't take notice... read more

Nancy O'Dell on Joining Entertainment Tonight and OWN

Nancy O'Dell

When Nancy O'Dell left Access Hollywood at the end of 2009, she thought she would get a bit of a break. Turns out, she was wrong. "Ryan [Seacrest] had too many jobs, and some of the rest of us had to take over some of them," jokes the future co-host of Entertainment Tonight; she joins the show as a special correspondent in January and will take over as co-host when Mary Hart leaves at the end of the season. But in all seriousness, between hosting duties, a second book (Full of Love) and endorsement deals... read more

Superhero Sidekicks Take the Spotlight on Cartoon Network's Young Justice

Young Justice

It's not easy being a superhero sidekick. They get no respect, what with overbearing mentors who never think they're ready for the big time. But in the new Cartoon Network series Young Justice, when a new generation of crime fighters is told to cool its heels, they won't take no for an answer. Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis finally get their chance to save the day, but they must do it in the shadows... read more

Beyoncé Previews Her Thanksgiving Concert Special

Beyonce

The cranberry sauce won't be the only thing shaking this Thanksgiving. For the second straight year, ABC is airing a concert special by Beyoncé to funk up your Turkey Day.

I Am...World Tour documents an 11-month tour that saw Mrs. Jay-Z perform in 32 countries to over a million fans. "It's an honor to be able to come into people's homes on such a big holiday," says Beyoncé.

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Norm MacDonald Gets Stuck in The Middle

Norm Macdonald

Guess who's coming to dinner? Norm MacDonald joins the Hecks at their Thanksgiving feast, bringing a little snark to the table as Mike's tent-dwelling brother, Rusty. The wonderfully deadpan Saturday Night Live vet gives us a little taste of what to expect from tonight's episode of The Middle. ...

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Better With You's JoAnna Garcia Talks Babies and Marriage

Joanna Garcia

JoAnna Garcia knows plenty about rocking a chic baby bump. After all, she donned a preggie pillow not once but twice as knocked-up teen Cheyenne on Reba. Now she's wearing it yet again as Better With You's free-spirited Mia, who's pregnant and engaged to a guy she's known for just seven weeks.

But there's still one thing making the 31-year-old actress understandably nervous ... read more

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