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Keck's Exclusives: Friday Night Lights' Reverend Smash?

Friday Night Lights

When Friday Night Lights brings back its starting season lineup before the big 2011 series finale, the Panthers will be missing one beloved player. Turns out Gaius Charles, so great as Brian "Smash" Williams, has embraced God over football and is pursuing a masters degree in divinity.

"He and I used to text, but he has fallen off the radar," reports Lone Star's Adrianne Palicki, who will bring Tyra back to town... read more

The New Season in Review: Monday Madness

Lone Star, The Event

Forget surviving Premiere Week. Just making it through Monday is going to take nearly superhuman endurance this season. So many diverse and worthy choices, I almost won't miss The Big Bang Theory being shuffled off to Thursdays.

Let's start with the new, and in each case, I'll reprint my Fall Preview blurb with some additional comments. And then on to the handful of returning favorites I've been able to screen in advance.

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From the top, my favorite new drama: Fox's Lone Star (9/8c). "This fall's best and most original drama taps a gusher of intrigue and twisty romance, with star-is-born James Wolk the most irresistible con man since Lost's Sawyer. Where is this story going? Can't wait to find out."

To elaborate: Newcomer James Wolk... read more

Brothers In Arms: Peyton and Eli Face Off in Manning Bowl II

Eli Manning

Oh, brother! There's nothing like a famous sibling rivalry to give an early game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants the sizzle of the postseason. Four years after big brother Peyton and the Colts outgunned Eli and the Giants it's Manning Bowl II on Sunday Night Football (Sept. 19, 8:15pm/7:15c, NBC).

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Kyra Sedgwick

In this era of nonstop TV, where the seasons blur together with nary a break, finales cluttered this week's TV landscape while we count the days for the official fall TV season to begin. So as our lead topic, some fond and not-so-fond farewells.

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Starting with TNT's Emmy-winning The Closer, a humdinger of a showdown between Brenda and a sarin gas-bomb-toting psychopath (Matthew Glave, well played), taking revenge on the police and fire squads who'd rejected him. His manifesto ... read more

Cheers & Jeers: January Jones — No Draper on the Runway

January Jones

Jeers to Project Runway for marring one of its best challenges ever with one of its worst guest judges: January Jones.

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Keck's Exclusives: HIMYM's Robin Gets a Supersized Beau

How I Met Your Mother

Everyone's talking about Jennifer Morrison's debut on How I Met Your Mother's fifth episode as a love interest for Ted (Josh Radnor), but someone else in that episode is finding love too. Big love, you could say.

Robin (Cobie Smulders) will meet ... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Is this Kurt's New Boyfriend on Glee?

Chris Colfer

Maybe Glee producers weren't being cagey with us when they denied that seemingly straight New Directions addition Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) was going to turn out to be Kurt's (Chris Colfer) boyfriend. Now there's another candidate to add to the suspect list.

The new season's sixth episode will introduce ... read more

Boardwalk Empire Premiere Draws Big Guns

Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire

The gang was (almost) all there for the premiere of HBO's new Jersey crime epic Boardwalk Empire — the Sopranos gang, that is. Former cast members including James Gandolfini, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Vincent Curatola and Aida Turturro as well as creator David Chase showed up for Boardwalk's splashy New York premiere on Sept. 15 thanks to its multiple Sopranos connections. After all, the series stars Steve Buscemi, who played Tony's inept cousin, and was created by Terence Winter, an Emmy-winning writer for The Sopranos.

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Winter had considerable research to do before attempting to create an authentic representation of Atlantic City during Prohibition... read more

Watercooler: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Goes Gay

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Of course the Paddy's crew would get gay marriage so twisted that even married gays (or Mac) would use liberal Biblicisms to get it banned.

And we'd have it no other way. Back for their sixth season last night, the barflies of Brotherly Love mixed the issue into their usual cocktail of wrong and raunchy, and ended up with yet another those artfully offensive episodes that had us choking on our alley almonds... read more

Watercooler: Top Model Takes a Stand

Andre Leon Talley, Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker

Check out Top Model having a conscience!

And not just a social one, although guest Demi Lovato's pitch for the Pacer Center during last night's photo shoot to promote anti-bullying among teens was spot on (and super important). No, we're talking about Tyra and company's unexpectedly responsible decision to eliminate Anamaria for being too thin.

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