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Matt's Weekend Picks: October 8-10

Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins

Supernatural (Friday, 9/8c, The CW)
It's angels in America time again, as Castiel wings it back to Earth to help the brothers solve a case of police murders that seems to hark back to the plagues of Egypt. While there, Cas reveals that Heaven in in post-apocalyptic chaos and God's weapons have been stolen. (Ergo, the search for the staff of Moses.) And while seeking the supernatural thief, they confront an old enemy.... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Terrence Howard Lays Down the Law

Terrence Howard

Cheers to Terrence Howard for his passionate performance on Law & Order: Los Angeles.

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As suave Deputy DA Jonah Dekker, the Oscar-nominated actor (Hustle & Flow) may be the most purely charismatic cast member on any L&O show since Chris Noth. And when he butts heads with Peter Coyote's more politically minded DA, it's a battle of seductively gravelly voices to rival Alec Baldwin and Will Arnett's verbal smackdowns on 30 Rock... read more

The Mentalist: Gunning for Romance

Simon Baker, Malcolm McDowell

It's a crazy, jam-packed night on The Mentalist (10/9c, CBS). The fate of psychic Kristina Frye (Leslie Hope) — abducted last season by serial slayer Red John — will at last be revealed. Malcolm McDowell returns as messianic cult leader ... read more

Is It Just Me: Is Hellcats' Scholarship For Real?

Aly Michalka

Is there such a thing as a "cheerleading scholarship"?

On the CW's new series Hellcats, Marti Perkins (Aly Michalka) — a pre-law student at the fictional Lancer University in Memphis — loses her academic scholarship, so she does what any gal with a hidden passion for handsprings might: lands a cheerleading scholarship on the school's squad. But does that actually exist?

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Stuck in The Middle with Eden Sher

Eden Sher

As overlooked middle child Sue Heck on ABC's The Middle, 18-year-old Eden Sher has caught our attention, making us want to learn more about the girl behind the braces.

She used to have stage fright. "I was really shy when I was little and there was this mandatory school performance in first grade. I refused to go on, but my mom forced me and it was like, 'Click, love it!' Once I realized that I didn't die on stage, it was really great."

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Castle's New Couple

Stana Katic, Victor Webster and Nathan Fillion

Castle's not going to like this one bit. On October 11th's Castle episode, he gets quite the surprise when Beckett's secret beau, Josh Davidson (Victor Webster), pops into the precinct. 

"He's this big, mysterious, hunky guy who rides a motorcycle," says Webster. "But then you'll find out he's a cardiac surgeon as well — blue collar and white collar mixed into one!"

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Dick Wolf Previews Upcoming Law & Order: Los Angeles Cases

Skeet Ulrich

Law & Order: Los Angeles premiered to solid ratings last week, proving that the venerable franchise still resonates with viewers even after a coastal relocation, and creator Dick Wolf offers new details about the series' shifting L.A.-area locales and true-crime inspirations after its decidedly "Hollywood" debut.

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Backstage at Dancing With the Stars: The Return of Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton

Here's what happens when you get to do what you're good at: You own the ballroom. And that's exactly what happened when Michael Bolton stepped up to the microphone to sing the stirring "Hallelujah" in his signature raspy, wounded-soul voice. He may have been booted out by Dancing With the Stars voters last week who didn't care for his dancing, but the crowd on hand Tuesday night to see comedian Margaret Cho get the axe was enthralled by the return of Bolton, who probably would've scored three perfect 10s for his pipes. "I want to buy that record," said one woman sitting next to me, who was never a Bolton fan.

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Watercooler: The Good Wife's Amber Alert!

Kim Shaw

Say what you want about The Good Wife's Amber Madison — God knows, we certainly have — but that homewrecker sure knows how to put on a show.

Last night, Peter's former call-girlfriend popped up again in one of the episode's many high points (the debut of Scott Porter, Lou Dobbs' respectable cameo and Kalinda's dirt on Will among them) as the star of a viral music video that puts Obama Girl to shame. Cooing and gyrating like the straight-up hooker she is, the woman most likely to drive Alicia to break the law is apparently is now using her notoriety to support Peter's bid for state's attorney. And she's making no bones about his ability to serve the public. A few sample lyrics:

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Keck's Exclusives: 24's Chloe is Modern Family Mitchell's Ex!

Mary Lynn Rajskub

She was last seen telling Jack Bauer to "Run!" and now 24's Chloe O'Brian is running to ABC's Modern Family. Mary Lynn Rajskub, who spent six long "days" saving Jack's butt, has been cast on the Emmy-winning sitcom as the old high school girlfriend of then closeted Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). Apparently Chloe's mastermind mental skills did not include gaydar.

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