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 ...
Ben McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy
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...
Ted Danson, Gary Sinise
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...