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 ...
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Despite the gritty realism of its on-the-street look at the Los Angeles Police Department, Southland has always been more about the cops than the cases they work. In Season 5, which premieres Wednesday at 10/9c on TNT, the show takes its character-driven focus even further.
"This season is going to deal a lot more with all of our personal demons and putting them to bed or the inability to put them to bed," Michael Cudlitz tells TVGuide.com. "There are issues that have always been there, but now they're getting magnified. ... You're going to see a lot of what makes these people tick and what makes them explode."
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The new season finds Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz) returning to his role as a training officer only to be disgusted by his rookie's jaded view of the world. But it's the complications between John and the other man in his life — a long-term lover viewers are just now meeting — that will threaten John's hard-fought sobriety. Elsewhere, Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King) struggles with balancing her work with her new baby, and Officers Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) and Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) carry on a tense partnership that's been broken since Ben shot a pimp (possibly for reasons that go beyond heroic bravery). Read on for more of what you can expect for all the characters this season...
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Friday's episode of CSI: NY may feature a side of Mac Taylor viewers don't see very often.
The episode— the conclusion of the CSI crossover event that began on the mothership series Wednesday — finds Mac (Gary Sinise) and D.B. Russell (CSI star Ted Danson) returning to New York to track down the people who have kidnapped Mac's girlfriend Christine (Megan Dodds). And given Mac's personal investment in this case, his desire for justice burns even hotter than usual.
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"Many times crossovers are really big, giant [events], not very personal stories to our team," executive producer Pam Veasey tells TVGuide.com. "But it's very personal to Mac. He [goes] a little bit rogue...
Stana Katic and Jack Coleman, Castle
On Castle's Season 5 premiere, Detective Kate Beckett opted against killing the man who was responsible for her mother's murder. But if given another chance, would she make the same choice again?
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That's the question hanging over Monday's episode (10/9c, ABC), which reintroduces the shadowy Senator William Bracken (guest star Jack Coleman). When Beckett (Stana Katic)and Castle (Nathan Fillion) find evidence that links their current murder victim to Bracken, Beckett seizes the opportunity to finally bring the man behind her mother's death to justice. But as complications arise, Beckett may once again be forced to think outside the law.
"This certainly extends the conversation that we started in the first episode for Beckett," creator Andrew W. Marlowe tells TVGuide.com....
Almost everyone involved with Monday Mornings, the new TNT medical drama from David E. Kelley, knows the audience might be hesitant to scrub into another hourlong TV program set in a hospital.
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"That's the first question that we asked: How this is different than what we already did in Chicago Hope many years ago?" executive producer and frequent Kelley collaborator Bill D'Elia tells TVGuide.com. "But you wind up watching this show differently than you watch any another medical drama...
House of Cards
TV's next great antihero won't be on HBO, the cable network that introduced us to Tony Soprano. He also won't be on FX or AMC, the homes of Vic Mackey, Don Draper and Walter White. In fact, he won't be on TV at all.
That's because Frank Underwood, the ambitious U.S. Congressman played with a biting Southern drawl by Kevin Spacey on House of Cards, is trying to do for Netflix what his morally gray forebears did for their respective networks: put them on...
Some television shows suffer when they pull the focus from their leading man or woman. That's not true of FX's Justified, thanks in no small part to the endlessly watchable Walton Goggins and his backwoods kingpin Boyd Crowder.
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Originally conceived as a white supremacist with a penchant for blowing things up, Boyd was supposed to die in the pilot at the hands of the show's hero, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), one of Boyd's childhood friends. Once the writers saw fit to postpone Boyd's fate, he's spent three seasons vacillating between being a reformed preacher, a faithful lover and a self-interested crime lord — all the while trading barbs with Raylan while (usually) managing to keep his dirty hands out of Raylan's cuffs.
But in Season 4, the old friends and sworn enemies have yet to share a scene. (And according to executive producer Graham Yost, they won't until Episode 5.) Instead, Boyd's once again trapped in a Bible battle with snake-handling Preacher Billy (guest star Joe Mazzello), who has moved into Harlan with the intent to save the souls of Boyd's Oxycontin-addicted customers....