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Cheers & Jeers: (James) Badge (Dale) of Honor

James Badge Dale

Cheers to James Badge Dale for pulling a double shift on a pair of top-rank cable dramas.

Having recently wrapped his run as PFC Robert Leckie in HBO's stirring World War II miniseries The Pacific, Badge Dale has reported for duty as intelligence analyst Will Travers on AMC's intriguing new headscratcher Rubicon. As a widower still grieving over the loss of his wife and child in 9/11, he brings warmth to a series that could be a chilly homage to paranoid '70s thrillers like The Conversation and The Parallax View.

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Keck's Exclusives: Death Rocks the Castle Family

Monet Mazur, Nathan Fillion

In the second episode of Castle's upcoming third season, an extended member of the Castle family will die.

"As in real life, death is sad, but it makes us all appreciate what we have around us a little bit more," series star Nathan Fillion told me after Castle's Comic-Con panel. Added series creator Andrew Marlowe: "This will bring the family closer together."

So who's the unlucky ...
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Vanessa Marcil Reveals Why She's Finally Returning to General Hospital

Steve Burton and Vanessa Marcil

You could say she's arguably the soap world's most popular female star — but there's really no argument about it. Nobody stirs up a fan fuss quite like Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, who returns to General Hospital Aug. 11 as drama queen Brenda Barrett. The actress, who recently wed CSI: NY regular Carmine Giovinazzo, hasn't been seen on GH since 2003 ...
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Keck's Exclusives: Marg Helgenberger Prepares to Leave CSI

Marg Helgenberger

Enjoy Catherine Willows while you can, because soon it will be time to say goodbye to CSI's hottest investigator, as well as to Marg Helgenberger, who has played the role since 2000. In this exclusive interview, one of TV's highest-paid stars reveals why she's signed on for the 11th season and how she'd like to see Catherine exit.

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TV Guide Magazine: Not long ago, you told me that 10 seasons would be enough. Why the change of heart?
Helgenberger: Well, there's been a few changes in my ...
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Keck's Exclusives: Glee Adds Female Coach

Dot Jones

Watch out Ken Tanaka and Sue Sylvester. There's a new force to be reckoned with on the William McKinley practice field. Actress Dot Jones will be joining the Fox comedy in Season 2 as a new ...
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Seen and Heard at Comic-Con 2010

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

Comic-Con 2010 is in the books, and this year's event was another celebration of all things geeky — and many that are not. TV Guide Magazine patrolled the halls and hallways of the San Diego Convention Center, ducking light sabers, caped crusaders and pen stabbings to file these tidbits:
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Batman Sees Red in New Animated Adventure

Batman: Under the Red Hood DVD

The next live-action Batman movie is still in limbo, but the Caped Crusader is back on screen this week in a gritty new animated adventure. In Batman: Under the Red Hood — the latest in Warner Home Videos' series of movies based on DC Comics stories — a mysterious and ruthless vigilante has shown up in Gotham City, and not even the Dark Knight is able stop him.

This violent newcomer, named for the red hood that covers his face, quickly stirs up trouble... read more

Matt's Picks: July 26-29

MasterChef

Huge (Monday, 9/8c, ABC Family)
In this episode, set on "movie night" at Camp Victory, Nikki Blonsky sings. (As any fan of the movie Hairspray knew she ultimately would — although some probably expected it to happen in the talent-show episode.) As the summer crushes escalate in this diverting series, Will (Blonsky) channels her jealousy over Ian's crush on Hayley into writing a love song. Will it be music to the campers' ears? read more

Ask Matt: Damages' Rescue, Summer Crime Drama, The Choir and More!

Damages

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Just wanted to get your thoughts/reaction to DirecTV saving Damages from FX's cancellation fate. I am beyond thrilled one of my favorites and one of the best dramas on TV was rescued! (On a side note, I think Damages was robbed of a Best Drama Emmy nomination.) It will be a long haul to wait until summer 2011 for new episodes, but will be worth it to see Patty spar with Ellen again during a thrilling legal battle. — Kevin

Matt Roush: I'm always pleased when a show I like gets a new lease on life. Was overjoyed for Friday Night Lights when DirecTV came to its rescue (allowing the show to recover from a very flawed second season and move on to new heights) and feel the same for Damages, especially since the show regained its mojo in year 3. In fact, the season was so satisfying I would have been OK if that had been all we got. Still, two more arcs for Patty and Ellen? Who'd complain about that? But for the dark lining in this silver cloud, read on... read more

Comic-Con Gets Hot for TV Guide Magazine

Julie Benz

What happens when you take a couple of aliens, a doofy superspy, two burgeoning superheroes, and a vampire diarist, and throw them all together? A lot of whoopin' and hollerin'. At TV Guide Magazine's Hot List panel at Comic-Con on July 23, some of television's most genre-riffic stars — V's Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Mitchell and Morris Chestnut; The Cape's David Lyons, Keith David and Summer Glau; No Ordinary Family's Julie Benz; Human Target's Chi McBride; Chuck's Zach Levi; and Vampire Diaries executive producer Kevin Williamson — gathered for the ultimate Con-vergence... read more

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