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A Very Family Guy Christmas

Family Guy

Fox's Family Guy will be presenting an hour-long Christmas special entitled Road to the North Pole, complete with three musical numbers. It's the long-running animated show's first holiday outing since Season 2. The insanity begins when Brian takes Stewie to see Santa at the mall. "They're in a very long line, so by the time they get up there, Santa goes on break," says executive producer Steve Callaghan. "Stewie gets pissed off, so he and Brian go on a road trip to the North Pole to kill Santa Claus."

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Smallville First Look: Carter Hall Returns!

Smallville

Forget the Great Pyramids. The real sight to see in Egypt is TV Guide Magazine's exclusive photo of Smallville's Lois Lane (Erica Durance) hanging with Carter Hall (Michael Shanks)!

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Five Reasons Nikita Kicks Ass

Maggie Q

When we last saw the reluctant assassin Nikita, she was a blonde. But the hair color of the lead actress — Peta Wilson then, Maggie Q now — isn't the only change you'll notice when you tune in to the CW's bold reimagining of La Femme Nikita, the cultish 1997—2001 USA Network series. Early intel suggests this isn't your parents' Nikita. Here's why. ... read more

Watercooler: Premiere Week Survival Guide, Part 3

Doris Roberts and Patricia Heaton

Cripes, are you already behind?

It's OK, most of us are. Especially since every major network fed us new stuff again last night. All night. If it weren't so much fun to watch television and talk about it, this fall season would be exhausting!

ABC takes the prize for the most fresh material, with the returns of ... read more

Cheers & Jeers: David Letterman Goes Another Round with Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix and David Letterman

Cheers to David Letterman for not letting Joaquin Phoenix off the hook.

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After the Oscar-nominated actor used the Late Show host as part of his I'm Still Here hoax, Phoenix returned to come clean—and Letterman cleaned his clock, comedically speaking. Dave proudly declared ... read more

Ellen and Patrick Answer Your Burning Grey's Anatomy Questions!

Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey

We asked, and TV Guide Magazine readers responded in force! Grey's Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey were kind enough to answer a few burning fan questions about the new season of the ABC drama. ...

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Man Vs. Wild Star Visits Cubicle Confessions!

Bear Grylls

TV Guide Magazine's Cubicle Confessions gets wild when survival expert and Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls stops by for an exclusive video interview. Grylls shares his essential survival tips, stresses the importance of never wasting good pee and even reveals the most disgusting thing he's ever eaten! Check out the video after the jump... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: September 24-26

Dexter

Supernatural (Friday, 9/8c, the CW)
Cult alert: This long-running horror show moves to a new night. The story picks up a year after last season's apocalyptic finish, with Sam mysteriously emerging from his hellish purgatory to interrupt brother Dean's domestic bliss. Time to rejoin the fight against evil, this time with the help of their mother's family, led by Grandfather Samuel (The X-Files' Mitch Pileggi). Supernatural follows the final-season premiere of Smallville (8/7c), which is titled "Lazarus" and features a guest appearance by John Schneider as the fallen Jonathan Kent. Sounds like it's going out with a bang... read more

The New Thursday in Review: Stick with the Old

My Generation

For such a critical night of the week as Thursday, you'd think the networks could do better than deliver a pile of new $#*! to their lineups. But with the exception of the CW's already premiered and very promising Nikita, the three new series premiering this Thursday are among the very worst of a lackluster fall lot.

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Let's take them in sequential order. Starting at 8/7c with ABC's My Generation, about which I said in TV Guide's Fall Preview issue: "Welcome to 'Gen Zzzz' — as in: Wake me up when these stereotypes get over themselves. Generation's originality gap squanders its distinctive tone and promising young cast."

To elaborate: Bundling tiresome clichés in fancy but irritating new wrapping, My Generation follows nine members of an Austin, Texas high school's Class of 2000 a decade after graduation, as a documentary camera crew follows them around — as it did back in 2000, although apparently that documentary was never released... read more

Survivor: Nicaragua Recap: "Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All"

Hide your socks and your $1600 designer shoes, because the Survivor: Nicaragua crazies have finally come out to play! We learned about Espada and La Flor's more colorful characters in last night's episode, including conflicted swim teacher Holly, who is still torn about voting off former ally Wendy. It seems Wendy left some of her crazy back on the beach, because Holly starts freaking out on the rest... read more

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