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Matt's Picks: August 30 - September 2

Michael Zegen and Denis Leary

HAWAII FIVE-0 (Monday-Friday, starts at 9 am/8c, Spike TV)
Time to book 'em! You've heard so much about CBS' upcoming remake you've developed a nostalgic taste for the original? You're in luck. All week, Spike TV is airing daylong marathons (9 am-6 pm/ET) comprising the entire first season of the 1968 original, starring Jack Lord as the implacable Steve McGarrett and James MacArthur as boyish Danny "Danno" Williams... read more

Ask Matt: Closer, True Blood, Eureka, Mad Men, Terriers and More

J.K. Simmons and Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

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Question: I absolutely love The Closer! It's one of my favorite shows and I am always so eager to watch that I usually don't even wait for my DVR to get ahead enough to allow me to skip commercials. This season started off with a bang and I've loved it, but I'm a little concerned. What will happen if Brenda does become chief? On one hand, as a woman, I think it would be great for the character to be a female Chief of Police in Los Angeles. On the other hand, I am afraid for what that would mean for her position as a "closer." If she gets some distance from the cases, how can she possibly get all of those confessions that have the audience on the edge of their seats? Plus, I have not enjoyed the rather jerk-like qualities this whole process has brought out in Pope. I know he's got his heart set on being chief, but it seems a little uncharacteristic for him to be such a jerk now when he has not gone completely into that territory before. Please tell me that whatever is in the works is going to maintain the same quality of scripts and keep Brenda right in the middle of the action! Do you have any insight into the rest of the season or what impact this whole development would have for the future of the show? — Beth

Matt Roush: Now that's a true sign of devotion, watching a show in real time, not DVR time. I'm very fond of The Closer as well.... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Debra Monk Signs On to Brothers & Sisters

Debra Monk

Veteran actress Debra Monk, who suffered through Andy Sipowicz's drinking on NYPD Blue as his put upon wife and mothered George O'Malley on Grey's Anatomy, has signed on to Brothers & Sisters as a rival for... read more

Keck's Exclusives: True Blood's Gran is Mom to Desperate Housewives' Tom

Lois Smith

Let's hope she fares better in Fairview than she did in Bon Temps.

After being brutally butchered in True Blood's first season as Sookie and Jason Stackhouse's Granny Adele, veteran actress Lois Smith is headed to Wisteria Lane. Lois, 79, will debut in... read more

Poll: Which Reality Competition Show Seems Like the Most Fun?

Amazing Race

Reality TV offers something for everyone, but what hit series do you think would be the most fun? Maybe it's jetting around the world in The Amazing Race, or learning to live with strangers in a tropical paradise on Survivor. TV Guide Magazine wants to know what reality competition show you would most want to participate on. Vote in our poll below!

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Watercooler: The Real Housewives of DZzzzzzzzzzzzz

Real Housewives of D.C.

To quote Cat, bullocks.

Maybe it's the conditioning we've had from seasons of flipped tables, pulled weaves, Big Poppas and gummy bear breakdowns, but The Real Housewives of D.C. just aren't delivering the goods. And by "the goods," I mean the really bad behavior, of course.

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Exclusive Video: Behind the Scenes with Oprah!

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is celebrating her 25th anniversary this season, and TV Guide Magazine was there as she celebrated with Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Nate Berkus! Check out our exclusive behind the scenes video of our photo shoot with the daytime queen, and watch what happens when Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz meet for the first time! And don't forget to pick up a copy of this week's issue, on stands now!

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Keck's Exclusives: Six Feet Under Mama on Grey's Anatomy

Frances Conroy

Frances Conroy, who played matriarch Ruth Fisher on HBO's Six Feet Under, has been cast on Grey's Anatomy in a role that sounds perfectly suited for this Golden Globe winner's dramatic and comedic talents. Frances will guest star as a patient named Eleanor who blacks out. But that's not the fun part. Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes tells me Eleanor claims she blacked out right around the time she raced into a Laundromat and caught her naughty husband folding another woman's panties. Don't you just hate when that happens?

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Cheers & Jeers: The Closer Enlists Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Cheers to The Closer for recruiting Gary Cole as a guest star. 

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The ubiquitous character actor reports for duty in the Aug. 30 episode of TNT's summer hit as an Army Major who refuses to believe the killings of three servicemen just back from Afghanistan is a gang-related drive-by. It takes a strong actor to butt heads with Kyra Sedgwick's Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, but Cole is more than up to the task.

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Keck's Exclusives: Grey's Anatomy DVD Features Lost Musical Episode

Chandra Wilson

Last May's chilling Grey's Anatomy season finale was so perfect just about the only thing missing was a big musical number. And I've just learned that one was actually filmed, but didn't make the cut because of all the characters that were shot.

Want more Grey's scoop? Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now!

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