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Matt's TV Week in Review: Premiere Week Edition

Mad Men

This week's column is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Ida Blankenship, Don Draper's hilariously cantankerous executive secretary on Mad Men who died at her desk, "like she lived, surrounded by the people she answers phones for," according to Roger Sterling's snarky instant eulogy. Her former swain/boss Bert Cooper saw a bigger, more admiring picture: "She was born in 1898 in a barn, she died on the 37th floor of a skyscraper. She's an astronaut." Also, according to Roger's apparently unpublishable memoirs, a one-time "queen of perversions." Randee Heller's spot-on performance of this old-school gatekeeper, a relic of a time before feminism was on anyone's radar... read more

Blue Bloods: It's A Family Affair

Blue Bloods

It felt like a warm family dinner at the Paley Center for Media's Blue Bloods event in New York City on September 22 — all hugs, smiles and mutual appreciation from actors Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan and Tom Selleck, who play the Reagans, TV's newest clan of New York City cops.... read more

Weekend in Review: Blue Bloods on Friday, Dexter on Sunday

Tom Selleck, Michael C. Hall

To many, and for good reason, Friday is seen as a TV graveyard, a burying ground for shows with low expectations. But the networks aren't giving up on the night just yet. CBS, with its more traditional and very loyal (and yes, more mature) audience, can still do some business with its scripted series. And it can still remember what happened when a little sleeper called CSI broke out on Fridays, soon to change the face of the network.... read more

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Superman/Batman Apocalypse

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD art

Apocalypse is coming. On Tuesday. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the latest DVD movie in Warner Home Video's series of adaptations of classic DC Comics stories, comes out Sept. 28 (in single disc DVD, two-disc special edition Blu-Ray, digital download and on demand). Based on a 2004 story written by former Heroes writer Jeph Loeb, Apocalypse features the arrival of Superman's lost cousin Kara from Krypton. Summer Glau plays the future Supergirl, while Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly reprise the roles they have perfected in multiple animated incarnations of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, respectively. Susan Eisenberg also returns to the DC animated universe as Wonder Woman, a part she played on the late, great Justice League series. Andre Braugher plays the evil despot Darkseid and Ed Asner his lieutenant, Granny Goodness. (Added bonus in the special edition set: a Green Arrow short with Neal McDonagh in the title role.) Check out an exclusive clip after the jump.

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Desperate Housewives: More Drama and More Fun

Desperate Housewives

Welcome back to Wisteria Lane. As Desperate Housewives enters its seventh season on September 26 (9/8c, ABC), Eva Longoria Parker and Felicity Huffman promise that the show is fresher than ever, thanks to the timely arrivals of ... read more

Cheers & Jeers: 30 Rock's Matt Damon — a Bourne Comedian?

Matt Damon

Cheers to Matt Damon for landing on 30 Rock again.

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In the fifth-season opener, the Oscar-nominated actor reprised his role as airline pilot Carol, Liz Lemon's high-flying love interest from last spring's finale... read more

Watercooler: Premiere-Week Survival Guide, Part 4

Anna Torv

Fatigue. Setting. In.

How are you guys holding up? It's only been four days since the new season officially kicked off, and I gotta tell ya, we're gonna need backup. Backup DVRs, that is.

There is no way to get through the week without 'em! Thursdays are now just as bad as Mondays and L.A. jails with all the overcrowding. Last night alone, we had the returns of... read more

Keck's Exclusives: How CSI Nabbed Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret

What did it take to get Ann-Margret to appear on the October 14 episode of CSI? A plea from Anthony Zuiker, the creator of all things CSI, who personally wrote the episode after stepping away from his mother ship several seasons back.

"Ann-Margret is very, very... read more

Smallville Producer Talks the 10th & Final Season

Smallville

Smallville flies into its concluding season Friday night with a jaw-dropping episode so big, we just had to hit up exec-producer Kelly Souders for the super-deets. Up, up and away!

TV Guide Magazine: The first episode back is amazing! So much happened in one hour. What is left?!
Souders:
I know! Believe... read more

CSI: Justin Bieber Fans Will See a Different Side of the Singer

Justin Beiber and George Eads

Will Justin Bieber's acting debut on CSI give his fans a different reason to scream?

The singing sensation guest-stars in the Season 11 premiere as Jason McCann, a troubled teen who's faced with a terrible decision about his only brother — which leads to an explosive confrontation with the CSIs, in particular, George Eads' Nick Stokes.

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"Justin was more than game," Eads tells TVGuide.com "He was into and it really excited to be here. He's just a gifted young kid. I think he did a good job. ... [His fans] can see another side to him and see some vulnerability. I get right in his face pretty good, and he stayed right with me."

Eads says he was able to bond with Bieber in the same way ... read more

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