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...
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...
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...
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...
William Shatner, Justin Halpern
Now that his hit Twitter feed and subsequent book have become the basis for CBS' new comedy $#*! My Dad Says (airing tonight, 8:30/7:30c) — which tonight finds Henry battling his father (William Shatner) over their pad's Wi-Fi connection — we asked author Justin Halpern to hook us up with his top tips for Tweeting.
Don't mess with this guy! Emmy winner Michael Badalucco — aka Jimmy Berluti on The Practice — joins The Young and the Restless October 13 as a menschy but dangerous bookie named Hogan. He'll be after schemer Jeff Bardwell (Ted Shackelford) to cough up some overdue dough — or else. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Badalucco about his first suds experience and found out he's already been reprimanded by the voice of God!
OK, quit playing Movie Mashup and wine-up, everbody! We need to talk about Cougar Town.
Is it as warm and fuzzy as Modern Family? No. Is it as sassy and gay as Glee? Almost. Is there enough to love about this show that it deserves some praise? Definitely. It's got one of current TV's most entertaining ensembles, some hella clever writing (Greysonships, nonversations) and, like its edgier cable counterparts — yes you, It's Always Sunny — Town gets away with being really wrong sometimes. Dead-baby lasagna, anyone? Sure, it may not be your pick for a family-friendly night in, but if you want to cut loose with a goofy, bawdy group of friends, this here is what you're looking for.
Parminder Nagra, who played ER's Dr. Neela Rasgotra, will be reuniting with her old County General colleague, Maura Tierney, on an episode of ABC's legal drama, The Whole Truth. Parminder will appear in the eighth episode (air date TBD) as Pilar Shirazeem, described as a beauty who comes to her best pal's defense when she is charged with killing her husband. From 1999-2009, Maura appeared on ER as Dr. Abby Lockhart, while Parminder's run extended from 2003-2009.