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The Summer Dregs: Memphis Beat, Downfall

Jason Lee and Chris Jericho

The good news about this year's bumper crop of new summer TV: There's plenty of it. (I spent much of the last few days wading through a mid-July burst of new crime-drama premieres.) The bad news: There's too much of it, and too little of it — at least from what I've seen so far — is any good. (I'm talking about the brand new stuff here, which keeps on coming whether we particularly want it to or not.) At this point, I'm beginning to pine for good old repeats.

Tuesday night provided two particularly painful examples: TNT's dreary Memphis Beat crime drama and ABC's insipid Downfall game show.

Memphis is particularly disappointing... read more

Watercooler: Jimmy Kimmel Isn't Afraid of the Dark

Jimmy Kimmel

I'm pretty sure if we cut Jimmy Kimmel open, we'd find that he is stuffed with awesome. Because the clown prince of late night once again showed us why he rocks last night with one of the strangest, silliest and most inspired talk-show episodes TV has been blessed with since, oh, ever. read more

Keck's Exclusives: Latin Beauty Spices Up Pains and Eastbound

Tony Plana, Ana de la Reguera

Royal Pains goes Cuban for a two-parter kicking off Thursday (June 24, 10/9c, USA), with special guest stars Tony Plana (Ugly Betty) and Mexican sensation Ana de la Reguera (Cop Out), who will also be seen as Danny McBride's season-long love interest on HBO's returning Eastbound & Down.

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The Royal Pains action begins with Hank (Mark Feuerstein) heading to a Cuban hacienda, where Boris (Campbell Scott) is ailing. There, he meets a sexy bartender named Carmen... read more

Cheers & Jeers: What's It All About, Alfre?

Alfre Woodard, Memphis Beat

Jeers to Memphis Beat for saddling Alfre Woodard with another one-note role.

The 14-time Emmy nominee (she's won four — for Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, The Practice and the HBO film Miss Evers' Boys) has lately been wasted in throwaway authority-figure parts on subpar shows like Three Rivers and My Own Worst Enemy. TNT's new cop dramedy is no exception, as Woodard's by-the-book boss mostly stands around scowling at Jason Lee's maverick Tennessee detective... read more

Vote For Your Favorite TV Guide Magazine Cover!

TV Guide Magazine

With issue No. 3000 just a few weeks away, the editors at TV Guide Magazine (subscribe now!) want to know which covers you think are the best. So we've partnered with People's Choice for a joint poll on your fave TV Guide Magazine covers from each decade — as well as your favorite Lost, Lucile Ball, illustrated covers and more. Go to peopleschoice.com/tvguidemagazine to vote! read more

Watercooler: The StaubGoblin Unleashes Her Single on Mankind

Danielle Staub

Oh, sweet mother of all that's holy. Not only has the Real Housewives of New Jersey Danielle Staub inflicted unspeakable pain on our eyes with her flatulence-and-funky-boobs sex tape, it seems she's now intent on making us wish we were deaf, too... read more

Cheers & Jeers: The Bachelorette — Kasey Strikes Out!

The Bachelorette

Cheers to The Bachelorette's Ali Fedotowsky for cutting screwy Kasey loose.

It may have been hard to tell what the mush-mouthed ad exec was saying — even with the subtitles during his love poem! — but there was no mistaking the fact that he's bughouse loony. In a frightening attempt to prove he was there to "guard and protect her heart" (an oft-repeated phrase that no doubt launched a thousand drinking games), Kasey got a tattoo of a heart with a shield and 11 studs, representing the 11 studs who were chasing after her. (Ew.)... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Elena and Katherine To Face-Off on Vampire Diaries

Nina Dobrev, Vampire Diaries

Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and The Patty Duke Show all did it way back in the '60s, and next season on The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev's Elena will make her onscreen debut on the same screen with Nina Dobrev's Katherine, who made her dramatic return to Mystic Falls posing as Elena in May's season finale... read more

HawthoRNe Hot Doc Michael Vartan Tells All

Michael Vartan, HawthoRNe

The med drama HawthoRNe checks back in for Season 2 tonight at 9/8c on TNT with Jada Pinkett Smith's supernurse Christina working at a new hospital. And for Michael Vartan's hotter-than-a-fever Dr. Tom Wakefield, that could mean a prescription for romance.... read more

Marvel Puts Black Panther Into Motion with Digital Series

Black Panther

Marvel continues to mine its vast collection of super heroes with a new motion comic, Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? The 12-part series — debuting Tuesday on iTunes, Xbox Live, Microsoft Zune and PlayStation Network — is based on the 2005-08 comic book series written by Reginald Hudlin, the former entertainment president of BET. Hudlin is an executive producer and wrote the motion comic, which was originally planned as a TV series for BET. (A Marvel spokesperson says the series was shifted to digital following the success of previous motion comics Spider-Woman, Astonishing X-Men and Iron Man: Extremis.)

Black Panther
, created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby... read more

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