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Critic's Notebook: ABC at TCA

Michael Chiklis

Wait and see. That's a fairly typical approach to the fall TV season this time of year, as pilots are being tweaked and strategies put in place to launch a new crop of shows.

But for ABC, rocked in the last few days by the abrupt resignation of its entertainment president Steve McPherson, a wait-and-see attitude permeated the network's entire Sunday presentation on the TCA circuit.

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Exclusive: Betty White Rocks the Community Set

Betty White

In the second-season premiere of Community, the nicely ripped Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) receives a righteous beat-down from Betty White, America's favorite octogenarian, who plays a deeply eccentric anthropology professor named Jane Bauer.

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As the scene was rehearsed July 29 in L.A., on a set where Senor Chang's Spanish class once stood, White's character ... read more

Ask Matt: Rescue Me, Doctor Who, Mad Men, LOLA and More!

Denis Leary

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

Question: I was wondering what you think about this season of Rescue Me so far. I thought last week's episode was one of the best they have done in a while. I like that the show refuses to compromise or tack on happy endings. Just when it looks like Tommy will finally make an effort to be a good father or husband, something happens and ... read more

Craig Robinson's Five Tips for Being Funny

Craig Robinson

He's not just the host of Last Comic Standing (Monday, 9/8c, NBC), he's also a comic who knows stand-up. So we grilled the Office star for a primer on making 'em laugh.

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Matt's Picks: August 2-5

Aftermath with William Shatner (Monday, 10/9c, BIO) As he proved in his Shatner's Raw Nerve series, the future star of $#*! My Dad Says is no slouch when it comes to interviewing people who interest him. In this new series, he catches up with people who became famous or infamous overnight. First subject: Bernard Goetz, the so-called "Subway Vigilante" who shot four men he alleged were intending to mug him on a New York subway train in 1984... read more

Bachelorette Ali Makes Her Choice

Ali Fedotowsky

It's decision time for the Bachelorette and honestly, Ali Fedotowsky has her work cut out for her. "She really can't go wrong," says host Chris Harrison of the man-tastic task facing this season's singleton. So will it be Roberto, the hard-bodied insurance agent from Charleston, South Carolina, or sexy and sensitive Massachusetts landscaper Chris L.? Here's Harrison's take on Ali's prospective picks... read more

The Biz: Will Conan O'Brien Be Back on NBC?

Conan O'Brien

There's a chance Conan O'Brien could return to NBC's airwaves—albeit very briefly. ... read more

A New Enemy for The Office's Michael Scott

The Office

Michael Scott has had many opponents in recent years, but this season he will get an adversary worthy of a duel at sunset. Timothy Olyphant (FX's Justified) joins The Office for at least two episodes as a salesman who's just a little too good at his job. "He steals clients away from ... read more

Critic's Notebook: NBC at TCA

The Event

There's event TV, and then there's NBC's The Event. Which had better be eventful, for NBC's sake.

You can tell a lot about a network's hope for a show from the way it's launched during the TCA press tour. For NBC, once again in a "rebuilding" year (as the execs put it) after last year's prime-time Jay Leno debacle, the highest expectations are pinned on ... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Jennifer Love Hewitt to Guest on Law & Order: SVU

Jennifer Love Hewitt

After whispering to ghosts and playing a masseuse in a summer TV movie, Jennifer Love Hewitt is taking on the most serious role of her career. "In our third hour, airing September 29, Jennifer will be playing a woman named Vicki who has been raped multiple times and is afraid to leave her house," Law & Order: SVU executive producer Neal Baer tells me exclusively. "One of the reasons we wanted to do this episode is because it addresses Mariska Hargitay's passion for rape kits, which can help gather evidence to convict the rapists. But for some reason these kits have been sitting around unopened in cities all over the country."

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