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Cheers & Jeers: SNL's Obama Crisis

Fred Armisen

Jeers to Saturday Night Live for reelecting Fred Armisen to play President Obama.

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With this season's addition of standup comic Jay Pharoah — whose uncanny impression of the Chief Exec became a YouTube sensation — SNL had the perfect excuse to unseat Armisen, who's never found his voice as Obama... read more

Ask Matt: Fringe, Glee,The Choir, Lone Star, NCIS and More!

Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv

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Question: One of my favorite shows is Fringe, but I can't help but wonder if Fox could pull an X-Files switch. I'm thinking maybe it should be moved to Sunday nights at 9/8c. This was great for The X-Files and made Sunday nights so darn cool. Fringe has that type of feel, and let's face it: two hours of cartoons is a bit much. I have a feeling they could get a nice ratings spike as well. Curious to know what you think — and do we really need more CSI-type shows? — Michael

Matt Roush: Well, those are two very different questions. And one doesn't really inform the other. CSI-style procedurals are still the flavor of the decade — especially on CBS, which knows exactly how to feed its audience — and everyone wants to be in on this lucrative game. But a show like Fringe will always be separate and special, and Fox knows that. The network has done a pretty good job of nurturing the show to where it can go all-out this season. So far, the results have been spectacular, creatively anyway... read more

Matt's Picks: October 4-7

Eric Stoltz

House (Monday, 8/7c, Fox)
Amy Irving makes a rare guest appearance as the patient of the week, a suicidal children's-book author whose puzzling medical conditions may have led to her emotional instability. To crack the case, House looks to her books for clues. Meanwhile, he and Cuddy go on a double date with Wilson and his gal pal Sam (Cynthia Watros). Following House, a new season of Lie to Me gets underway, replacing the unfortunately low-rated Lone Star, the season's first casualty... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Amber Tamblyn's in the House

House

With House's Thirteen MIA while Olivia Wilde shoots back-to-back films (she's expected to return to Princeton-Plainsboro before season's end), House has tapped Joan of Arcadia's Amber Tamblyn to fill the void as med student Martha M. Masters.... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Fox's Big Storm

The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, American Dad

Fox will kick off May sweeps with a crossover stunt that traps the casts of The Cleveland Show, Family Guy and American Dad inside their homes during a hurricane. Here's the forecast for the 90-minute cartoon disaster... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Jon Hamm, James Wolk

Pop quiz: Which TV character this week said this line: "I'm tired of running." And who said this? "I'm done running." Hint: One of them is running straight to the unemployment line.

And so we confront the paradox that one character whose life is built on a lie — the celebrated anti-hero of Mad Men, Don Draper (who uttered the first line) — escapes his latest identity crisis and lives to see another day and several more seasons. Whereas the equally handsome Texas con man Robert Allen of Fox's DOA Lone Star (he's the source of the second quote, unloading on his crooked father) sees his story cut short after a mere two weeks on the air... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Project Runway — Viva Mondo Guerra!

Mondo Guerra, Project Runway

Cheers to Project Runway for its most emotional episode — and season — ever.

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The Lifetime hit started out with entertaining yet predictable catfights... read more

Watercooler: Watch What Happens' Tina-tacular

Tina Fey

Can we just add Tina Fey to the list of celebs who need to guest on every talk show ever? Because like Justin Timberlake, Will Arnett and Cher, the 30 Rock-er just knows how to keep the entertaining energy at a steady flow, whether she's being chatted up by Jimmy, Jay or, like last night, Andy Cohen.

Dropping in to NBC's far more fabulous sister net, the Emmy winner spent the live half-hour fielding viewer questions... read more

Sneak Preview: 25 Most Shocking Reality Moments of All Time

John and Kate Gosselin

You can't make this stuff up! A new TV Guide Network special airing Sunday at 8/7c revisits the jaw-dropping reality scenes that kept us glued to our TVs. Behold, the Top 10... read more

Roush Review: The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

David Cross is a very funny guy — adding him to Fox's Running Wilde was a smart move — but his extreme-geek persona works best in small doses.

In the six-part comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (premiering Friday, 10/9c, IFC), which he created and wrote, Cross grates as a crass Candide... read more

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