Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo
The countdown to the NCIS season finale begins now.
Now that Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Vance (Rocky Carroll) have given Ziva (Cote de Pablo) permission to pursue her rogue investigation of Ilan Bodner, all of her actions — beginning with a Tony (Michael Weatherly) and Ziva trip to Berlin on Tuesday's episode (8/7c, CBS) —will feed into the season's ultimate conclusion.
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"From this point on, all of these episodes connect and they all propel us toward the finale," executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TVGuide.com. "'Berlin' functions as both a significant part of the Bodner story and has a tremendous Tony/Ziva personal story line that goes along with it. It's primarily work-related, but there are little moments that give them an opportunity to connect and hopefully satisfy a lot of our Tiva fans."
But before Tony and Ziva kick off their European jaunt/manhunt, Ziva will meet new Mossad Director Orli Elbaz (Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Marina Sirtis), the woman replacing Ziva's murdered father...
Jessica Paré and Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Grab your fedora and pour yourself an Old Fashioned — Mad Men is back.
After weeks of speculation over the meaning of teaser trailers and (possibly) Easter egg-filled posters, the AMC drama launches its sixth — and likely penultimate — season with a two-hour premiere (Sunday, 9/8c). Season 5 ended with Don (Jon Hamm) giving in to the acting desires of his new bride Megan (Jessica Paré) and helping her get a part in one of the agency's commercials. As Don literally and figuratively left Megan behind at the soundstage to seek solace in a whiskey glass, he was approached by a woman at the bar who asked, "Are you alone?"
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While we've pondered Don's response to that query in the intervening months, we've also crafted a few more burning questions about what might be ahead for the men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (and Peggy!) this season. After the jump, creator Matthew Weiner and the cast give us their best answers...
Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen
In a year that's already given us Fox's The Following and A&E's Bates Motel, some might argue that we don't need another serial killer TV show. And they'd probably be right.
But NBC's Hannibal isn't just another serial killer show.
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Taking characters from the Thomas Harris novels that inspired a film series that includes Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, executive producer Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) has created a sophisticated drama that doesn't glorify the violence of mass murder but rather examines the toll that hunting serial killers takes on the minds and souls of those who hunt. In fact, even though the show is named after Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who was immortalized as one of the greatest pop culture villains of all time thanks to Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning portrayal, the series — at least initially — isn't entirely focused on the cannibal in the three-piece suit...
On Monday's Castle, Detective Kevin Ryan will get a blast from his past.
When Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) investigate a murder that leads back to an Irish crime family Ryan (Seamus Dever) once infiltrated as an undercover narcotics cop, he must step back into his old persona in order to bring the family down.
NCIS: Los Angeles
As NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer Shane Brennan prepares to possibly launch the franchise's third show, some might wonder: Does the world need another NCIS?
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"I'm sure it's a question a lot of people are asking and I can assure everyone it's not something that we approached lightly," Brennan tells TVGuide.com. "It's something that I certainly wouldn't have done if I didn't think we could make it different and turn a different light on the NCIS world."
The key difference is that the characters at the heart of the new series....
Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas
On Monday's Castle (10/9c, ABC) our titular mystery writer believes he's being haunted. So, who's he going to call for help? (Hint: It's not the Ghostbusters.)
When Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) investigate a string of strange deaths, Castle accidentally watches the "haunted DVD" that he believes might be causing their victims to croak. Cue a full-on panic attack by Castle, who believes he's marked for death.
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In the exclusive first look at the episode below, Castle gets so scared that he actually calls on a fellow storyteller for help...
Antony Starr with Ivana Milicevic
At the beginning of its first season, Banshee executive producer Grey Yaitanes said that beneath the show's sexy, violent action was the beating heart of a love story. And while there's plenty of the former in the Cinemax drama's bullet-riddled Season 1 finale (Friday, 10/9c), Yaitanes promises payoff to the latter.
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"We tackle both and come to very satisfying answers on both," Yaitanes tells TVGuide.com...
Ethan Cutkosky, BD Wong
Following Law & Order: SVU's headline-ripping take on Chris Brown and Rihanna's rocky relationship, the veteran NBC drama is poised to explore another hot topic.
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Shameless star Ethan Cutkosky has been tapped to play a troubled boy named Henry Mesner, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Despite his seemingly normal and supportive upbringing, and various diagnoses and prescriptions, Henry has become increasingly antisocial and his capacity for violence is escalating.
"The question for our detectives is," executive producer Warren Leight tells TVGuide.com, "is Henry a born psychopath?" To help answer that question...
CBS' Golden Boy asks the age-old question: How far will someone go to succeed?
The new cop drama (premiering Tuesday at 10/9c before moving to Fridays at 9/8c on March 8) tells the story of Walter William Clark Jr. (Theo James), a young beat cop who eventually become the youngest NYPD police commissioner ever in just seven short years. But as the flash-forwards that bookend his present-day misadventures as a homicide detective demonstrate, Walter has definitely paid the price for his success.
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"I didn't want him to be an American hero," James tells TVGuide.com of his character's future self. "I wanted him to be a damaged guy...
For the third year in a row, CSI: NY will draw its season to a close Friday without knowing what the show's future holds.
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"No one's told us to write it so that it ends," executive producer Pam Veasey tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "It is an incredible challenge each year to sort of leave it open. Once again, our objective was in [the characters'] personal lives. Have you learned something about each of our characters that says they will go on and they will grow and they are still the family that's wonderful and complete?"
On the other hand, Mac (Gary Sinise), who was shot at the end of last season, is very much thinking about the future — particularly as it involves his girlfriend Christine ...